Games | Weekly Game Releases | Week of Oct 16, 2007: What a depressing week. It's all, "sequel, sequel, yearly update, re-release." Very uninspired. Is there some secret rule which requires publishers to clump all the good games together and leave weeks like this as catch-alls for the rest of the crap?


List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Posted October 14th, 2007


Game of the week | Tony Hawk's Proving Ground


I remember back in the day when Tony Hawk games were the coolest thing, each one improving upon the others. For about four years, they were the top of their genre. Then Tony Hawk's Underground came out, launching the series down a ramp into crappiness. Eight years after the original game came out, Hawk's face still shows up once a year, regardless of quality or innovation. But now there's a little thing called .skate, which means Hawk's crew needs to make this game matter if they want to see a tenth game next year. Does this one do the trick? Man, who knows. But the Xbox 360 version comes with a demo of Guitar Hero III, so that's... something?


Also appearing in stores


Avatar: The Burning Earth
Avatar is a Baldur's Gate-lite adventure for kids that incorporates characters from Nickelodeon's Avatar series into hacking and slashing and stuff. The show's not bad, actually, but the game's standard fare. Anyone reading this column is going to find it way too simple, but the kids might just find it the perfect gateway to future action-RPG bliss.


Hannah Montana: Music Jam
OK, guys, don't look at me that way. This game is probably one of my most anticipated DS titles of the season, and no, it's not because I have a crush on Miley Cyrus. It's because Hannah Montana has something amazing hidden beneath the crappy licensed "adventure" game: A band mode where you can make and record music. You create music tracks with the on-screen guitar and drum set, then record and save it. And! Not only can you do all that, but you can then wirelessly link up with three friends, jam out and record that. Screw you, Nintendo, we don't need no steenkin' Band Brothers. Hook the DS up to your computer and you basically have a miniature recording studio. Check out this video if you don't believe me. And that guy totally looks like he could beat you up, so I'd listen to him.


Rockstar Games Table Tennis
Released last year, Rockstar's Table Tennis was a fun-if-shallow Xbox 360 game powered by RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine), the same engine that'll be used for GTA 4. Which means this port is sure to start some "OMG GTA 4 WII CONFIRMED!!!11!1!!" forum talk, because the Internet is full of hysterical doofuses who need a good punching. The graphics obviously aren't as impressive as the Xbox 360's version, but what do you expect? It's not like two GameCubes = Xbox 360, amirite?


Guilty Gear XX Accent Core
This one came out in the middle of September for the PS2, now it's coming out for the Wii, so I'll just copy what we said about it then. The Guilty Gear series seems to be trying its level best to avoid ever producing a true XXX sequel. Thanks, Capcom, for setting that example! But hey, at least this version has re-recorded voices, new moves, music and artwork, multiple modes per character and -- wait a minute -- two characters removed because they're unfair in tournament play?! Justice and Kliff! Nooooooooooooo!


Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY/ Shivering Isles
How many times are they going to release this damn game? This set of releases contains: The same Game of the Year edition released a few weeks ago for, only now for PS3 instead of Xbox 360! As well as the retail version of the Shivering Isles expansion. And those who already have the game (except PS3 owners, who should be used to getting the shaft by now) can download the final chunk of DLC, The Fighter's Stronghold, for free -- but only for this week.


Spider-Man 3
Speaking of getting the shaft, Spider-man 3 is about 5 months late for PSP. Does... does anybody actually know how to program for Sony's consoles?


Beautiful Katamari
The fourth Katamari game in as many years sees nothing new whatsoever. Hey Bannamco, a fresh, quirky idea is only fresh and quirky the first time around. After that, you gotta do something new, or it's just embarrassing. If you've played one Katamari, you've played them all -- although in fairness, it's possible that this might be something genuinely new to Xbox owners. Yeah, like they care. At least it's not sixty bucks.


Victorious Boxers: Revolution
Victorious Boxers is a fairly low-key boxing game that also happens to be really fun. Now it's on the Wii. So far, no third-party sports release for Wii has come close to matching the simple goodness of the five free games in Wii Sports, but maybe this boxing game -- which falls somewhere between Punch-Out!!! and Fight Night -- will do the trick. It should be a no-brainer, but you never know.


Weekly WTF? | Fish Tycoon


Are you tired of asking your significant other for an aquarium full of fish and them telling you no? Well tire no longer! With Fish Tycoon, you get all the fish you can handle in the palm of your hand! That's a better deal than real fish, because they'd all just flop out of your hands and die.


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