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The Week Ahead - 02/11/07

Feature: Not the best week, not the worst

Now the price drop has kicked in things are looking up for Sony as sales of PS3 increased 178 percent in the last week. But weirdly there are still hardly any games coming out; this week is no exception with only Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War and Tony Hawk's Proving Ground hitting shelves.

Elsewhere PC is in rude health as Tabula Rasa and TimeShift, among others, get their timely releases. While it's hardly a stellar week for quality releases there are definitely some interesting, varied games evidenced in titles such as Wipeout: Pulse and The Simpsons.

The complete list of games released in the UK this week (02/11/07):

  • Age of Empires III: Asian Dynasties, PC, Microsoft
  • An Arctic Tale, DS, Zoo Digital
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth, 360, THQ
  • Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, PS3/360, Koei
  • Buzz! Junior: Monster Rumble, PS2, Sony
  • Chessmaster, PC/DS, Ubisoft
  • Clever Kids: Dino Land, PS2/DS, Midas
  • Clever Kids: Pony World, PS2/DS, Midas
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigates: Dark Motives, DS, Ubisoft
  • Deal or No Deal, PC, Focus Multimedia
  • EyeToy Play: Astro Zoo, PS2, Sony
  • Hellgate: London, PC, EA
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes, PSP, Atari
  • Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, 360, Ubisoft
  • Operation: Vietnam, DS, Eidos
  • Richard Garriot's Tabula Rasa, PC, NCSoft
  • Syphon Filter: The Dark Mirror, PS2, Sony
  • TimeShift, PC/360, Vivendi
  • The Simpsons, PS2/PSP/DS/Wii/360, EA
  • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, PS2/DS, Vivendi
  • Tony Hawk's: Proving Ground, PS2/PSP/DS/360/PS3, Activision
  • The Sims 2: Castaway, PSP, EA
  • WipeOut: Pulse, PSP, Sony
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire, DS, Eidos
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Hellgate: London (PC)

Set 25 years in the future Hellgate puts you in olde London town. Only now it's infested by demons from another dimension. It's actually a pretty provocative premise for the game and has allowed developer Flagship Studios to combine the horrible with the familiar. London itself is impressively atmospheric and the game spans different genres (FPS/RPG/MMO) ensuring it can be different enough to the traditional shooters and RPGs on PC. It's been a long time in development but the teams' heritage, which includes Diablo and Diablo II, suggests this could be one of the strongest PC games of the year.

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TimeShift (PC/360)

TimeShift could have benefited from a dose of its own speed-up juice during its protracted development but it looks like all that extra effort is going to finally pay off. Set in a dark, futuristic world with some of the best rain effects ever coded (great for you shower fetishists) TimeShift is beautifully grimy. If all this sounds a bit Blade Runner you'd be correct, only with a harder edge. While slow-mo and bullet time effects have been popular in games for the last few years TimeShift takes these concepts to the next level. Stopping time mid-battle sounds particularly intriguing and even allows the player to grab weapons from enemies while they are frozen to the spot. Along with standard slow-mo features to give you an advantage over opponents you can also reverse time to do tricky sections of the game over again. Expect a full review soon.

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The Simpsons (Wii/DS/PS2/360)

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