EA's college footballer and THQ's movie tie-in lead a lean midsummer lineup; Cloning Clyde hits Xbox Live Wednesday.
As the summer drags on, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continues to haul in much box-office booty--but game pickings remain slim. Like last week, when the long-awaited Prey and Chromehounds hit stores, July 17 to 21 will see only a handful of noteworthy games set sail for retail.
Foremost among the week's releases is NCAA Football 07 for the PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2. Because Electronic Arts has locked down NCAA football rights until 2011, the title is the only college pigskin game in town. This year's edition will introduce "smart fans," which are audience members who display behavior in response to on-field action and are governed by school traditions. It will also be the first year NCAA Football is fully integrated with the ESPN television network, which will provide an in-game ticker that displays real-life sports scores in real time.
The week's other big release is THQ's Monster House for the Xbox 360, Xbox, GameCube, DS, PS2, and Game Boy Advance. Based on Columbia Pictures' computer-animated comic adventure Monster House, which hits theaters Friday, the game puts players in the shoes of young ghostbusters who must cleanse a manor of poltergeists using spirit-vanquishing super-soakers. The game marks the latest computer-animation tie-in for THQ, which has been enjoying great success this year with its adaptation of Pixar's blockbuster Cars.
The rest of the week's releases are a motley crew indeed. Though little has been heard recently about its console editions, the Michael Mann-remake-inspired Miami Vice game is hitting PSPs. The week will also see Super Dragon Ball Z slap around PS2s, Warpath shoot up Xboxes, and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth do whatever valkyries do to PSPs. Last but certainly not least, the second edition of Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays will see the all-new game Cloning Clyde asexually reproduce onto Xbox 360s for just $10.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates subject to change).
JULY 17, 2006
Wildlife Park 2 (PC)
JULY 19, 2006
Cloning Clyde (Xbox 360--via Xbox Live only)
JULY 20, 2006
Atlantis Quest (PC)
SUPER DBZ! I hope it will be the first dbz fighting game I keep. (crosses fingers) Then Tekken DR next week! Then another whole month till KOF 2006 and even longer for Yakuza...
Lenneth is as big a game as you're gonna get for the summertime... not that its a bad thing. "Slow" isn't really the word to describe it, I mean, it's a great week for RPG fans.
Finally, the week I've been waiting all summer for! Here's hoping that Dynasty mode is funtionable in the PSP version of NCAA 07.
I agree on the Lenneth comment T_T WHY Is not on the list? I want some portable Valkiyrie Profile!!!.
Good stuff this week Blade Dancer and Valkyrie Profile will be games I want to pick up. I wonder why Valkyrie Profile is not on the list its the game every one that has a PSP wants. I heard the Remake of Valkyrie Profile at IGN was a good up date.
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