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Game Releases - Week of September 20th, 2004

This week, the U.S. degenerates into a feeding frenzy of releases, with over 40 SKUs and a variety of major titles. The European releases are slightly less substantial in...

Simon Carless

September 21, 2004

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This week, the U.S. degenerates into a feeding frenzy of releases, with over 40 SKUs and a variety of major titles. The European releases are slightly less substantial in number, but include one long-awaited GameCube title in particular, and Japan also sees a few notable games debut. -- Games released in the United States: PlayStation 2: Star Wars Battlefront, Def Jam: Fight For NY, X-Men Legends, Katamari Damashi, Second Sight, Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Headhunter: The Redemption, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Vietcong: Purple Haze, Monster Hunter, Blood Will Tell Xbox: Star Wars Battlefront, Def Jam: Fight For NY, X-Men Legends, Headhunter: The Redemption, Second Sight, Syberia II, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, NHL 2005 GameCube: Second Sight, X-Men Legends, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Megaman X Command Mission, Bad Boys: Miami Takedown PC: Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War, Star Wars Battlefront, Full Spectrum Warrior, Hidden & Dangerous: Sabre Squad, Rome: Total War, Kohan II: Kings Of War, Crusader Kings, Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia, Saga Of Ryzom, Unreal Tournament 2K4: Editor's Choice Game Boy Advance: Advance Guardian Heroes, Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force, F-Zero: GP Legend, Fairly OddParents Another gigantic week for games in the States, with multi-format releases for Pandemic/LucasArts' BF1942-esque Star Wars Battlefront, Raven/Activision's multiplayer brawler X-Men Legends, as well as EA's very hiphop Def Jam: Fight For NY. Quirkier fare includes Namco's budget-priced, super-bizarre PS2 title Katamari Damashi, and elsewhere, Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia expansion gets a U.S. release. There are also a number of notable PC debuts, including Relic's RTS Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War, as well as the PC version of Full Spectrum Warrior and the much-awaited Rome: Total War and Kohan II: Kings Of War. -- Games released in Europe: PlayStation 2: Colin McRae Rally 2005, Demon Stone, Star Wars Battlefront, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Terminator 3: Redemption Xbox: Colin McRae Rally 2005, NHL 2005, Star Wars Battlefront, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Terminator 3: Redemption GameCube: Animal Crossing, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Medabots Infinity, Neighbors From Hell, Terminator 3: Redemption PC: Colin McRae Rally 2005, NHL 2005, Star Wars Battlefront, Saga Of Ryzom, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Warhammer 40K: Dawn Of War, Silent Hill 4: The Room, Kohan II: Kings Of War Game Boy Advance: Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force, Barbie: The Princess and the Pauper Although not quite as many as the U.S., Europe sees a large amount of releases this week, twinning up with the States on titles like Star Wars Battlefront and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, but also including region-centric games like Codemasters' Colin McRae Rally 2005. Especially notable is Nintendo's insanely delayed GameCube title Animal Crossing, a game which debuted in the U.S. back in September 2002, and European gamers will be welcoming with irate but open arms. -- Games released in Japan PlayStation 2: Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma, Sakura Taisen V Episode 0, Tales of Symphonia, Rakugaki Kingdom 2, Metal Slug 4 Xbox: Phantom Dust Game Boy Advance: Advance Guardian Heroes This week in Japan, Sega's massively popular (at least outside the West) Sakura Taisen dating game series hits PlayStation 2, as does the PlayStation 2 conversion of Namco's RPG Tales Of Symphonia. Also debuting, the Microsoft Game Studios Japan-created action title Phantom Dust for Xbox, and SNK Playmore's PS2 conversion of the ever-lovable 2D Metal Slug 4. Sources: NCSX, Play Asia, GAME, EB Games

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Simon Carless

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Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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