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This Weeks (2/22-2/28) Notable New Releases.
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Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360):

"Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the fourth entry in the futuristic space opera RPG series, the long-awaited continuation of the celebrated science fiction and fantasy RPG series. This prequel set during the aftermath of World War III combines sci-fi and fantasy elements spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the Star Ocean universe. Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real-time battle system, introducing amazing graphics and next-gen visual effects."

General Features

  • A prequel that combines sci-fi and fantasy elements, spanning multiple planets and the vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the STAR OCEAN universe
  • Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real-time battle system, including the amazing graphics and visual effects only possible on the Xbox 360
  • Features breathtaking CG movies by Visual Works, the cutting-edge studio whose previous work includes cut scenes for the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY RPG series

**In stores: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009.**


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Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (NDS, PSP, 360 and PSN):

"In Puzzle Quest: Galactrix a horrifying scientific accident has provoked another race to attempt extermination of humankind; players will create a persistent pilot who gains skills, crafts items, maneuvers among the universe's political factions, and upgrades the ultimate space fleet as they attempt to end the genocide. An innovative hexagonal puzzle board allows for a wide range of strategic depth as it heeds to gravity according to a player's location in the game universe. A rich and detailed storyline and fresh gameplay elements make the world of Puzzle Quest: Galactrix a captivating new adventure to explore and conquer."

General Features

  • Create a persistent pilot who gains skills and ships as he completes more battles
  • Each enemy you fight will require different tactics
  • Individual battles require only 5-10 minutes of time
  • Experience a conquer-the-galaxy style campaign mode
  • Find new objects to make your pilot and ship all-powerful
  • Trade supplies throughout the galaxy to increase your wealth
  • Meet companions who will join your crew and aid you in battle

**In stores: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009. 360: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009. PSN: Thursday, February 26th, 2009.**

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Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (PS3, 360):

"In Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, videogame action hero Matt Hazard gets his chance to prove once and for all that he is the king of shooters when the new owner of mega game publisher, Marathon Megasoft, gives Matt his comeback role starring in a new title for next-gen consoles that pits him against all of his memorable foes from videogames past. In the world of Eat Lead, however, everything stops being a game and becomes reality when it is clear that someone is using the new game to bring about Matt's death once and for all. With only the mysterious QA to help him, Matt must fight against a legion of Marathon Megasoft catalogue of videogame characters to keep it from being Game Over forever."

**In stores: Friday, February 27th, 2009.**

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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (PS3, 360):

"In the sequel to 50 Cent: Bulletproof, players again become one of the world's biggest hip-hop stars..."

No. Just: NO! Sorry, I can't do it!

**In stores... Oh, does it really matter?!**

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Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop (Wii):

"Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop delivers a more immersive, intuitive and interactive experience as players use the Wii Remote to shoot, slash and bludgeon their way through a zombie infested shopping mall, fighting for survival.

The game follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance journalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to the small suburban town of Willamette only to find that it has become overrun by zombies. Frank escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be a bastion of safety but it turns out to be anything but. It will be a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but players will have full reign of a realistic shopping center and its varied stores offering an endless supply of real and makeshift weapons to fight off the flesh-hungry mob. If Frank is running low on health he can pay a visit to one of the many restaurants or cafes for a meal in order to restore his energy and continue the fight. It's a brutal fight, but with no end in sight to this zombie onslaught, Frank bides his time by messing around with a variety of comedic costumes and making use of improvised and sometimes highly ineffective weapons such as a toy sword or a football."

**In stores: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009.**

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Flock (360 and PSN):

"Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... lovable animal-herding UFO! In Flock, players take control of an alien UFO that is tasked with herding animals to its mothership through a variety of interactive levels. Players will have to overcome the stubbornness of the temperamental beasts (this may require the use of fear, or amorous yearnings, etc.), as well as a series of environmental puzzles that must be solved using Flock's physics-based gameplay. By finding or making a passable route, players can herd the animals safely toward the ship. Solving the puzzles within the suggested time limit yields exciting rewards. But players can also take their time to find more hidden bonuses.

Flock uses a sophisticated physics engine that drives the challenging puzzle elements of the game. Whether it's using the Tractor beam to move obstacles out of the way, or the Depressor beam to stamp out crop circles to guide your herds, being an extraterrestrial has never been this addictive. Friends can also join in through co-op play. And when all the levels have been completed, users can make their own with the level editor that comes with the game."

**Available on 360: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009. Available on PSN: Thursday, February 26th, 2009.**

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Killzone 2 (PS3):

"Two years after the Helghast assault on Vekta, the ISA is bringing the fight to the enemy's home world of Helghan. Taking the role of Sev, the battle-hardened veteran of the special forces unit known as the Legion, players will embark upon a mission to the planet Helghan to capture the Helghast leader, Emperor Visari, and bring the enemy's war machine to a halt. For Sev and his squad, the invasion of Helghan is just the beginning. Tasked with securing Pyrrhus, the Capital City, the team quickly discovers that the Helghast are a formidable enemy on their home planet. Not only have they adjusted to the planet's hostile conditions, they have also harnessed a source of power from the environment that can be used against the ISA. Sev and his team soon discover the fight is greater than simply addressing the enemy forces; the Legion must also learn how to handle the effects of the fierce enemy planet."

**In stores: Friday, February 27th, 2009.**

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What is this Matt Hazard game? I saw a couple of previews that made out like it was a famous old franchise? I never heard of it before.

BTW if anyone buys Chop till you Drop, it's insta-ban time!

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What is this Matt Hazard game? I saw a couple of previews that made out like it was a famous old franchise? I never heard of it before.

"The marketers behind D3 Publisher's satirical campaign talk about creating nostalgia for a retro gaming icon that never existed."

That's actually pretty clever. If people think it's a sequel to a great old franchise, then they may be more likely to buy it. 

gamingeek said:

BTW if anyone buys Chop till you Drop, it's insta-ban time!

Also, Pre-order Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop @ Amazon.com for only $36.99! Free shipping too! 

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Only $36.99! Awesome! I am pre-ordering RIGHT NOW!

Yay!

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**** you guys!

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gamingeek said:


What is this Matt Hazard game? I saw a couple of previews that made out like it was a famous old franchise? I never heard of it before.

"The marketers behind D3 Publisher's satirical campaign talk about creating nostalgia for a retro gaming icon that never existed."

That's actually pretty clever. If people think it's a sequel to a great old franchise, then they may be more likely to buy it.

Page is messed up on my browser, cant read it.

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gamingeek said:

Ravenprose said:

gamingeek said:


What is this Matt Hazard game? I saw a couple of previews that made out like it was a famous old franchise? I never heard of it before.

"The marketers behind D3 Publisher's satirical campaign talk about creating nostalgia for a retro gaming icon that never existed."

That's actually pretty clever. If people think it's a sequel to a great old franchise, then they may be more likely to buy it.

Page is messed up on my browser, cant read it.

 Huh? It works fine on all three of my browsers: Opera, IE7, and Firefox. 

Here's the actual link: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6198231.html

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Eat Lead, Star Ocean and Killzone 2 for me.  Thanks for the update Leo, I know they take a lot of effort and time.

I also pre-ordered Madworld since it was $10 off at amazon.

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Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360): "Star Ocean: The Last Hope is not an RPG for the ages, but it is a lot of fun to play. The way the story is delivered, through awkward dialogue and drawn out cutscenes, could be a lot better. The strong points of The Last Hope, namely the combat and level progression, keep things lively and engaging and help make this one a good way to kick off your JRPG gaming for 2009." -- 8.0 / 10 IGN.Com Review

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (NDS, PSP, 360 and PSN): "Infinite Interactive took what worked in Puzzle Quest and expanded it into an even bigger, longer game. That means if you are a fan of PQ, Galactrix will hook you all over again. The zero gravity puzzle game is slightly more complex, and there is an entire galaxy of quests, mini-games, and characters to get lost in. Some interface hiccups mar the presentation and the visuals aren't all that impressive, but the core gameplay is rock solid. Plus, the music is fantastic. The developers really hit on something with the Puzzle Quest formula, and I'll be on board as long as they can keep it." -- 8.4 / 10 DS.IGN.Com Review

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (PS3, 360): "Swordfish Studios has taken a knowing and often wry eye to the swagger of the 50 Cent juggernaut, and in the process created a near-perfect popcorn game. Its gunplay is solid and backed up by a plethora of neat ideas, its co-op is strong and there's an undercurrent of savvy humour that helps to negate the heavy posturing and more dubious elements of the paper thin plot. Ultimately, the pattern of play becomes too familiar too quickly, but while it lasts Blood on the Sand is a smile-inducing blast." -- 7.6 / 10 IGN UK Review

Killzone 2 (PS3): "The single-player experience is a truly enjoyable campaign across the Helghast home world that will test your skills, particularly on the higher difficulty levels, and the game simply looks phenomenal for a console shooter. But perhaps the strongest segment of the game is the extremely deep multiplayer, which gives seven basic classes with which you can create your own customized super-soldier after performing your class specific duties. Not only did Guerrilla achieve a milestone of delivering a great exclusive title for Sony's PS3, it delivered one of the better shooters to come along in a long time. Get your hands on this game." -- 9.4 / 10 IGN.Com Review
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Sun, 22 Feb 2009 23:21:32

Looks like another really good week for games. I'm definately grabbing Star Ocean The Last Hope and Galactrix (XBLA). I might check out Matt Hazard sometime but it'll most likely be a rental since money will be tight and Street Fighter IV, Halo Wars, and Resident Evil 5 are next on my purchase list.

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Sun, 22 Feb 2009 23:35:44

Killzone 2!!! It better be fantastic or I will be pissed.
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