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November Video Game Preview Thread

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by RC Cola, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. RC Cola

    RC Cola Contributing Member

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    PC:
    Medieval 2: Total War (Historic RTS) 11/14
    Gothic 3 (RPG) 11/20

    Xbox 360:
    Gears of War (Sci-Fi Shooter) 11/7
    Viva Pinata (Virtual Life) 11/9
    DOA Xtreme 2 (Softcore p*rn?) 11/20

    PS3:
    See Later Thread about PS3 Launch for details on launch games.

    PS2:
    SOCOM: Combined Assault (Modern Tactical Shooter) 11/7
    Guitar Hero II (Rhythm/Music) 11/7
    The Sopranos: Road to Respect (Modern Action Adventure) 11/7

    PSP:
    Lumines II (Puzzle) 11/2
    Every Extend Extra (Shoot-‘Em-Up) 11/7
    SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 2 (Modern Tactical Shooter) 11/7
    Gitaroo-Man Lives (Rhythm/Music) 11/14

    Wii:
    See Later Thread about Wii Launch for details on launch games.

    DS:
    Elite Beat Agents (Rhythm/Music) 11/8
    Yoshi’s Island DS (2D Platformer) 11/13
    Final Fantasy III (RPG) 11/14

    Multi:
    Call of Duty 3 (Historic FPS) [PS2, XBX, 360, PS3,Wii] PS2/XBX/360 versions on 11/7, PS3/Wii at launch.
    Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (Skateboarding) [PS2, XBX, 360, PSP, PS3] 11/7 for all versions except the PS3 version (which will be at launch).
    Smackdown vs Raw 2007 (Wrestling) [PS2, 360, PSP] 11/14 for PS2/360, 11/28 for PSP.
    Sonic the Hedgehog (3D Platformer) [360, PS3] 11/14 for 360 version, at launch for PS3
    NFL Street 3 (Football) [PS2, PSP] 11/14
    Metal Slug Anthology (Compilation) [PS2, PSP, Wii] 11/14 for PS2 and PSP, launch title for Wii
    Gunpey (Puzzle) [PSP, DS] 11/14
    College Hoops 2K7 (Basketball Sim) [PS2, XBX, 360] 11/20
    Rainbow Six Vegas (Modern Tactical Shooter) [PC, 360, PS3] 11/20 for 360, at launch for PS3 (or probably also 11/20, despite what GS says right now), and 11/28 for PC
    Superman Returns (Third-Person Action) [Everything except PS3, Wii, and GBA] 11/20
    Star Trek Legacy (Space Combat Sim) [PC, 360] 11/21

    As you can see, I did not include any of the PS3 or Wii launch games that aren’t multiplatform games (ala Sonic or Metal Slug Anthology). I started with them in, but that was an additional 20+ games to the already large list of games, and I wasn’t including a bunch of the lesser known launch games (Blazing Angels, Full Auto 2, Avatar, Cars, etc). So instead of throwing everything into this thread, I think I’m going to go one more month with no PS3/Wii games in this thread (outside of the multiplatform games, but those will still be covered in the other threads). Along with keeping this thread somewhat clean, that will also allow me some extra time to make sure things are completely accurate (some of the given release dates for PS3/Wii games seem a bit off), and it might also give me the chance to cover some of the Virtual Console and PSN downloadable games that will be available at launch (although I probably won’t keep up with that after launch, similar to how I don’t keep up with XBLA games…unless you guys want me to keep up with all 3 services from now on).

    So yeah, as you can tell, this is a HUGE month for games, even without considering the launches of the PS3 and Wii. The 360 is getting perhaps its biggest game yet (Gears of War), as well as some nice eye-candy in Viva Pinata and DOA Xtreme 2. You have Guitar Hero 2 coming out for the PS2, which I believe is a favorite among some of the members here. A bunch of seemingly great puzzle games are coming out on the PSP and DS with Lumines 2 (complete with the Black Eyed Peas and Gwen Stefani :(), Every Extend Extra, and Gunpey. Then you have a bunch of the big annual releases such as COD, Tony Hawk, Smackdown vs Raw, Rainbow Six, etc.

    BTW, 3 games that I previewed last month are now November titles. Children of Mana is out November 1st (the IGN review was posted in the last thread), The Red Star is out November 7th, and EA Replay is out November 14th.

    I'll be spoiler tagging the previews+images of the games coming out, so you won't have to worry about loading a page with a bunch of content after seeing it once already (similar to some of the other ways I've used the spoiler tags in the past).
     
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  2. RC Cola

    RC Cola Contributing Member

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    Medieval 2 (PC)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/medieval2totalwar/news.html?sid=6159815
    There is a demo available for this I believe.

    Gothic 3 (PC)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/gothic3/news.html?sid=6155204
    Gears of War (360)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/gearsofwar/news.html?sid=6158448
    Viva Pinata (360)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/strategy/vivapinata/news.html?sid=6160645
    DOA Xtreme 2 (360)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sports/deadoralivextreme2/story.html?sid=6157194
    SOCOM Combined Assault (PS2)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/socomcombinedassault/news.html?sid=6156670
    Guitar Hero 2 (PS2)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/puzzle/guitarhero2/story.html?sid=6159308
    I haven’t been paying much attention to what songs are in the game, but apparently you can play the Trogdor song from Homestarrunner.com…which is both weird and awesome at the same time.

    The Sopranos (PS2)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/thesopranos/news.html?sid=6149216

    Lumines 2 (PSP)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/puzzle/lumines2/story.html?sid=6154855
    Every Extend Extra (PSP)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/action/everyextendextra/story.html?sid=6155631
     
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    SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 2 (PSP)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/action/socomusnavysealsfireteambravo2/news.html?sid=6156680
    Gitaroo-Man Lives (PSP)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/puzzle/gitaroomanlives/news.html?sid=6152595
    I think this game has been out in Europe and Japan for a little while, so some reviewers in those regions have already reviewed the game (think IGN UK has one review up already).

    Elite Beat Agents (DS)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ds/puzzle/elitebeatagents/story.html?sid=6150679
    Yoshi’s Island DS (DS)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ds/action/yoshisisland2/story.html?sid=6150227
    Final Fantasy III (DS)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ds/rpg/finalfantasyiii/story.html?sid=6157691
    Call of Duty 3 (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/callofduty3/story.html?sid=6159451
    Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sports/tonyhawksproject8/story.html?sid=6157675
    Smackdown vs Raw 2007 (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/smackdownvsraw2007/story.html?sid=6159190
    I don’t know why, but I found pretty much every image of the game at GS kind of funny.

    Sonic The Hedgehog (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/sonicthehedgehog/story.html?sid=6158924
    NFL Street 3 (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sports/nflstreet3/story.html?sid=6157996
     
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    Metal Slug Anthology (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/action/metalsluganthology/story.html?sid=6158487
    Gunpey (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/psp/puzzle/gunpey/story.html?sid=6158520
    College Hoops 2K7 (Multi)
    [​IMG]
    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sports/collegehoops2k7/news.html?sid=6160705
    Rainbow Six Vegas (Multi)
    [​IMG]
    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/rainbowsixvegas/news.html?sid=6160070
    Superman Returns (Multi)
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    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/supermanreturnsthevideogame/news.html?sid=6160431
    Star Trek Legacy (Multi)
    [​IMG]
    http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sim/startreklegacy/news.html?sid=6156898
     
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    Gears of War and Midieval 2 are it for this month if I can get a little cash. GH2 will wait until it comes out for the 360. Between those 2, Kingdom Hearts 2, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Final Fantasy XII, and .hack//GU I should be pretty busy for the next six months or so.
     
  6. SamFisher

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    Not to be a stickler (well, actually to be a stickler) but the Total War games are not RTS's.

    The "Strategy" portion of the game is the opposite (turn-based) while the battle engine (tactics, for lack of a better word) is real time. So to be accurate we'd call it a "TBS-RTT" game, lol.

    The only reason why I raise it is that I really prefer it that way - I mean who the hell wants to bother micromanaging a few peasants to repair your farms or gather wood when you're trying to engage in flanking attacks. By separating the empire building out from the actual battles I think you get a lot more realism.

    I've been a HUGE fan of the Total War series ever since Shogun, came out, and wish it was more popular. In fact in a way I hate it because I'm still schlogging through Rome, which I love, I don't have enough life to waste on a whole new game....
     
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    Rome was a blast. I loved unlocking Macedonia and Greece so I could engage in my favorite form of warfare. Stack phalanxes to hold up the opposing army the flank my heavy cavalry around and smash them. The Romans didn't stand a chance.

    Midieval 2 looks like a whole 'nother thing though. Castle seiges look epic. Hopefully assassins will be slightly easier to use then they were in Rome. I almost never had a successful mission.
     
  8. RC Cola

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    Yeah, I've come to realize that some of Gamespot's genre descriptions aren't entirely accurate. If I think about it, I'll try to make a more fitting description (such as what I did with DOA Xtreme 2 ;)), but I'll forget to do that for some games.

    I'll try to keep that in mind the next time a Total War game (or something similar) is coming out.
     
  9. Kam

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    what is the name of the song from gears of war?
     
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    I dont see this threads so often, so I dont know if this was previously said but I want to know what do you guys think about the sopranos video game?

    I saw some episode about the making of that game and look good.
     
  11. RC Cola

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    Are you talking about the one in this commercial?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wcc-ERAEwA
    Looking at the comments, it is "Mad World" by Michael Andrews.

    If you meant something else, you might have to be more specific.
     
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    I'm surprised nobody else has mimicked the TW formula of massive battles featuring 10's of 1000's of individual units; that's just something you don't see in many conventional RTS games. Perhaps because it's become such a signature itself that it's impossible to imagine anything that woudln't be a total ripoff.

    What I would love to see (aside from other historical variants of the TW formula, though most of the mods take care of that) would be one that expands the economic & empire building formulae to make them a little more realistic and less direct. Instead of building certain buildings in certain units and automatically getting certain troops and upgrades according to a rigid tech tree, for them to happen more "randomly" and amorphously. (I.e., you develop your military budget/recruiting in mountain areas, you get mountain-oriented troops after a few turns, or you build a university near a mining area, your chance of developing metallurgy increases, and build a barracks near it, you get armor upgrades, that you can export to all your troops for a fee).
     
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    I heard about the game a while back when it was announced as a 360 game, but the 360 version was canceled since then. To be honest, I haven't really followed it all that well, but I'm not really expecting the game to be all that good. Looking at the Gamespot page for it, 7 Studios is developing it, and the scores for their games at Gamespot aren't very good (ranging from 3.8 to 6.9). It might be a nice surprise though, and even if it has some flaws, it might be able to be enjoyable for fans of the series.

    I didn't include it in the list, but the game is scheduled to be out on November 7th. If it gets some positive reviews, I'll try to make note of it in the thread.
     
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    Lookin' forward to Guitar Hero II; the girlfriend and I decided to try it while walking around Best Buy last night and we're both hooked!

    It was amazing how easy it was to pick up and play but how you quickly get into some really cool combos. My girl (a non-gamer), on her first time, was gettin' so into it she almost started head banging in the middle of the store while hitting 25 straight!
     
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    yes ive been waiting for this thread

    guitar hero II... i'm pumped

    no mention of the sopranos video game though??? that still scheduled for nov release?
     
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    :D :D :D
     
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    Games I'm looking forward to this month:

    Guitar Hero 2 - PS2
    Elite Beat Agents - DS
    Zelda: Twilight Princess - Wii
    Resistance - PS3
     
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    I'm happy a new TW is coming, i am looking forward to this for some time, I loved Rome.(i never played shogun unfortunatly).
     
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    Like RC said it's "Mad World" by Michael Andrews you might also know it from the main song in Donnie Darko..
     
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    One to add to the list, because I know it will get some talk:


    PC:
    World of Warcaft: The Burning Crusade (MMORPG AddOn) 11/30


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    New Horde Race Blood Elves

    http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/burningcrusade/images/screenshots/ss120.jpg[/img[/spoiler
    New Alliance Race Draenei

    [spoiler][img]http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/burningcrusade/images/screenshots/ss7.jpg
    New Continent Outland

    Movies can be seen here:
    http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/burningcrusade/movies.html


    Also included:
    Levels up to 70
    New Jewelcrafting profession
    New Talents, Monsters, Dungeons
    A new PVP opportunity where you replay classic Warcraft battles from Warcraft 2 and Warcraft 3
     

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