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This Week's (3/1-3/7) Notable New Releases.
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Phantasy Star Portable (PSP):

"A conversion of the second chapter of Phantasy Star Unlimited (titled Ambition of the Illuminus) customized for the PSP, Phantasy Star Portable features offline gameplay for up to four adventurers as well as a modified version of the Phantasy Star Unlimited: AotI story quest with new story material and a handful of new characters."

Multiplayer Functions

  • Offline Versus Multiplayer (4 players)
  • Multi-cartridge Multiplayer
**In stores Wednesday, March 4th.**

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Tom Clancy's HAWK (PS3 and 360):

"Set in a near future, this flight combat action game inspired by the best-selling Tom Clancy videogame franchises imagines a world where a private military force has cumulated such power that it attacks the USA. Thrust into the cockpits of incredibly powerful and technologically advanced jet fighters, gamers will benefit from hi-tech piloting assistance, providing comfort, security and enhanced perception. As players gain skills and confidence, they will be able to shed the assistance. But before choosing performance over security, they'll have to weigh the risks carefully."

  • E.R.S. is in-game technology that helps turn novice aviators into elite pilots of the future. The Enhanced Reality System is the backbone of your flight experience: radars and incoming missile detection, anti-crash system, damage control system, tactical map and information relay, and weapons trajectory control. E.R.S. also allows you to issue orders to your squadron, making this system as iconic to HAWX as the Cross-Com system is to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Want to ease into your flight missions and gain a level of comfort? Turn on the assistance mode and take full advantage of your E.R.S. Need to evade your enemy and execute advanced dog-fighting moves? Switch off the assistance mode and feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins as you play in stunning third-person views
  • For the first time ever in the Air Combat genre, experience the entire solo campaign in four-player JUMP IN co-op mode. In PVP mode, challenge up to 15 friends in intense dog-fighting sessions and find out who's the top gun
  • Take the throttle of over 50 of the world's most famous aircrafts. Dogfight over realistic modern landscapes that have endured years of post-war trauma. With support from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Tom Clancy's HAWX goes supersonic with its authenticity and breathtaking graphics
**In stores Wednesday, March 4th.**

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Sonic & The Black Knight (Wii):

"Sonic & The Black Knight brings Sonic into the world of Arthurian legend and offers the worlds most infamous blue hedgehog the chance to become a knight. Using the unique Wii control system, this exciting game will take advantage of both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk to offer an interactive experience that any Sonic fans will love.

Created by Sonic Team in Japan, this innovative game takes Sonic into a medieval world and arms him with a sword to aid in his effort to save the day. Sonic and the Black Knight will provide Sonic fans with an irresistible cast of characters and teach them all what it takes to be a true hero and the ultimate knight. With a series of missions taking place in stunning Arthurian-inspired locations, Sonic and the Black Knight promises to offer a fast-paced adventure that gamers of all ages will enjoy."

**In stores Wednesday, March 4th. Glowing review by DVader654 expected by Thursday, March 5th.**

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Halo Wars (360):

"A strategy game based on the Halo universe, Halo Wars immerses you in an early period of the storied Halo universe, allowing you to experience events leading up to the first Halo title. With the guidance of Serina, a spirited artificial intelligence (A.I.) persona, direct legions of UNSC soldiers, Warthogs, Scorpions, and more, each group having its own strengths and uses in battle. Adventurous commanders can also call upon ancient Forerunner technology, if they are fortunate enough to find it hidden throughout the battlefield.

In campaign mode, command the armies of the UNSC warship Spirit of Fire, with familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. Covenant forces are also waiting for you to lead them into battle in multiplayer skirmishes via the New Xbox Experience. Call upon an arsenal of new and familiar Covenant units such as Grunts, Elites, Ghosts, and even Scarabs to defeat foes on the battlefield."

General Features

  • Groundbreaking Xbox 360 strategy game: Since inception, Halo Wars was explicitly designed to bring a typical PC genre to console gamers. Commanding armies is easy, controlling troops and units effortless, and epic battles are smoothly handled using an intuitive user interface. Halo Wars represents the true next-generation experience, combining a masterful control scheme with the award-winning strategic gameplay only developers Ensemble Studios can provide.
  • Strategic command of armies in large-scale combat: Gamers are in command of the battlefield, playing as either of two unique civilizations: UNSC or Covenant. Counter and crush your opponent by tactically fielding the superior army. Choose among leaders possessing elite skills that can turn the tide of battle. Use various combinations of leaders and units, and create countless strategies tailored to your preferred playing style.
  • New take on a legendary world: Experience the early battles between the UNSC and Covenant, in a time predating Halo. Join the crew onboard the Spirit of Fire, a Phoenix-class colony ship converted for UNSC military use, and guided by the A.I. persona Serina. Discover an ancient artifact during a journey to the planet Harvest, the first planet to be attacked by the Covenant. And then get ready for the wars.
**In stores Wednesday, March 4th. Even more angry rebuttal to GameSpot's review expected by March 4th, 10:30AM.**

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MLB '09: The Show (PS3, PS2 and PSP):

"Sony Computer Entertainment's top-tier, PlayStation-exclusive baseball series hits '09 with a slew of improvements, new features and added details. Road to the Show is back once again, this time introducing interactive training to improve player abilities and performance in a variety of skill sets. Franchise Mode is also going deeper, adding items such as salary arbitration and September call-ups. Adding to the online feature set, MLB 09 The Show introduces Online Season Leagues to allow players to hold fully functional drafts and utilize a flex schedule, allowing players to play games ahead of the schedule. Users can also access a new Roster Vault to tweak player attributes, appearance, and accessories to create the ideal roster."

General Features

  • Road to the Show 3.0: Fans can play offense and defense from a custom-created player's perspective. Road to the Show includes interactive training, a new steal/ lead-off system, updated presentations, and coach interactions. Interactive training consists of a set of mini-games designed to improve a player's ability and performance in various areas of baseball
  • Franchise Mode 2.0: MLB 09 The show features the 40-man roster. Franchise Mode improvements also offer Salary Arbitration, Waiver Transactions, and September call-ups
  • Online Season Leagues: Online Season Leagues are available, allowing players to hold fully functional drafts and utilize Flex Schedules, providing fans the opportunity to play games ahead in the schedule
  • Training/Practice Drills: Players have the ability to choose from a number of different Training/Practice drills, providing players the chance to polish and improve existing skill sets
  • Additional Animations: MLB 09 The Show features more than 700 new gameplay animations, more than 400 new presentation animations, and more than 150 personalized pitcher and batter animations
  • Custom Music, Fan Yells and Chants: Using the My MLB Music feature, players can store their favorite music for play on MLB 09 The Show. Edit tracks to assign batter walk-up music or record your own voice and assign it to play for the player and situation of your choice
  • Replays to Hard Drive via Replay Vault: Store highlight reel replays to your PS3 hard drive as a movie file, and enjoy the ability to playback clips at your leisure. Additionally, players can access an end of game replay to see the most exciting and important plays of the game
  • Mascots: This year every team mascot is available, performing signature moves during each game to pump up the crowd and rally the team
  • Roster Vault: Players can create the ideal roster offline by adjusting player attributes, appearance, accessories, etc. and save them. Once online, players can upload them to allow others users to download, use, and rate the roster
  • Updated Fielding Control: Fielders now have more dynamic reactions and take different routes to run down hit balls. New hotshot plays are included, and depending on a player's attribute level, they can misplay balls and drop a ball too hot to handle Additionally, players can experience more realistic barehanded flips and the ability to dive with the ball in the fielder's bare hand for the putout
  • Legend Mode:
  • A fifth level of difficulty is now available for players seeking the ultimate challenge
**In stores Wednesday, March 4th. For future reference, Phantom_Leo no hablo los deportes. I'm only doing this to be consistent.**

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Edited: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:03:20
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Sun, 01 Mar 2009 19:00:40
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Go Leo! 

Boo Sonic!

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You're gonna make Vader cry!
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I'm going to try HAWX now that I know it has four player co-op. Also, cool, I didn't know Sonic With Swords is coming out soon.
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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 00:07:26
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Damn a lot of nice games coming out.

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Halo Wars (360): "Halo Wars deftly dodges between the hardcore micromanagement of real-time strategy and the instant gratification expected by Halo fans. Ensemble has nailed console RTS controls, but at the expense of some depth. The campaign missions often seem overly scripted and the experience doesn't have the wide-open feel of some other RTSs. But the Halo feel is most definitely present, and serves as one of the game's biggest strengths. The cinematic cutscenes are gorgeous, if the narrative is somewhat thin in places. Overall, Halo Wars is a fresh and expertly polished approach to the console strategy genre, and it's a fitting goodbye from a beloved studio." -- IGN.Com's 8.4 / 10 Review.

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I wont even be playing Sonic and the Black Knight for a while, how can I have a glowing review done... well I could but that wouldnt be fair to do. Nyaa


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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 05:07:04
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Not a bad week. I'll have to pick up Halo Wars a couple of weeks later. I'm kind of interested to see how HAWX turns out but either way I'll just probably rent it. I actually just picked up Ace Combat 6 for the 360 when I saw it on sale for $30 so that'll satisfy my flight game cravings for awhile.

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Archangel3371 said:

Not a bad week. I'll have to pick up Halo Wars a couple of weeks later. I'm kind of interested to see how HAWX turns out but either way I'll just probably rent it. I actually just picked up Ace Combat 6 for the 360 when I saw it on sale for $30 so that'll satisfy my flight game cravings for awhile.

That's 30 dollars you could have spent on Overkill! Hrm

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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:44:31

Well.  I think The Show is the only game I'll be gettgin from this list. And I feel dirty.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 11:59:06
Well somebody has to pick up Sonic and it wont be me! Damnit. GAF to the rescue.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 13:27:46
This is just the calm before the storm that will be next week.
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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:11:43

Foolz said:

Archangel3371 said:

Not a bad week. I'll have to pick up Halo Wars a couple of weeks later. I'm kind of interested to see how HAWX turns out but either way I'll just probably rent it. I actually just picked up Ace Combat 6 for the 360 when I saw it on sale for $30 so that'll satisfy my flight game cravings for awhile.

That's 30 dollars you could have spent on Overkill! Hrm

 



It's also $30 I could have spent on Halo Wars. Nyaa

I always enjoyed the AC series and AC6 was actually a game I really wanted to get when it first came out so it's kind of surprising it took me this long to get it plus it was still in it's original case and the ones that are mostly available now are those ugly grey "Platinum Hits" cases which I didn't want so I grabbed the one in the nice green case while I could.

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