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The Week Ahead - 16/03/07

Feature: Things are picking up...

A great week if you're a Nintendo fan with three excellent games coming your way in Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All on DS and SSX Blur and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 on Wii.

Strangely the 360 is very quiet this week; shocking behaviour when you consider arch rival Sony is releasing the PS3 on March 23. You'd have thought Microsoft would've saved up something special as a spoiler (hello the Halo 3 multiplayer Beta, perhaps?).

Instead we get the dead in the water Rapala Tournament Fishing and Koei's mediocre button masher Samurai Warriors 2 Empires. The release schedule is reasonably chunky for mid-March but next week expect a list as long as Shaquille O'Neil's arm. Yes, PS3 is almost upon us, but are the games any good? Tune in next week to find out.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (16/03/07):

  • Call of Duty 2 Game of the Year Edition Classic, Xbox, Activision
  • CSI Hard Evidence, PC, Ubisoft
  • Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi 2 Platinum, PS2, Atari
  • EA Replay, PSP, EA
  • Harley Davidson: Race to the Rally, PS2/PC, Activision
  • Lunar Knights, DS, Konami
  • March of the Penguins, GBA, Zoo Digital
  • Pacman Rally, PS2, EA
  • Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All, DS, Capcom
  • Pimp My Ride, PS2/PSP/360, Activision
  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
  • Rapala Tournament Fishing, Wii/360, Activision
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids, DS, Ubisoft
  • Saint Seiya: The Hades, PS2, Atari
  • Samurai Warriors 2 Empires, PS2/360, Koei
  • Shrek Smash N Crash, DS/PSP, Activision
  • Sid Meier's Pirates!, PSP, Take-2
  • Spectrobes, DS, BVG
  • SSX Blur, Wii, EA
  • Test Drive Unlimited, PS2/PC, Atari
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, Wii, EA
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8, PSP, Activision
  • World Series of Poker: Tournament Champions, Wii, Activision
  • WWI: Aces of the Sky, PC, Midas

Peripherals:

  • Trash Talk, Xbox 360, Datel
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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice For All (DS)

There's nothing quite like shouting 'Objection!' at the top of your voice on a quiet train. With Colombo-style evidence gathering, goofball characters and courtroom scenes that make Ally McBeal appear staid, Phoenix Wright will make you LOL, ROFL and probably stimulate you into coming up with a few acronyms of your own.

Though there are only four cases to deal with this time round they are more thorny and labyrinthine than the five from last year's outing. Justice for All is also darker and more outrageous with supernatural elements and characters with greater colour and presence. Like the most surreal interactive story you've ever experienced it can also be played for ten minutes or ten hours, making it the perfect handheld companion. And that's something we simply can't object to. (It's got nothing to do with Metallica either - Ed)

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Sid Meier's Pirates! (PSP)

Back by popular demand, Pirates! is the award winning game that ruled the seas 20 years ago. Although there have been a few changes, such as a graphical overhaul and a clutch of new mini-games, the formula is as addictive and refreshing as it was when Rick Astley was bellowing his way up the charts. You indulge in lots of piratey things such as sword fighting, ship-to-ship boarding and courting rich peoples' daughters but there's also a fun management dynamic which sees you looking after the morale of your scurvy crew and amassing trade wealth. Perfect for gaming on the go and one of the best PSP games to date.

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