Game releases (9 – 13 March 09)

residentevilWhen Resident Evil 4 was released in 2005 on the Gamecube and Playstation 2 it was hailed for rejuvenating the series and bringing back in fashion the Zombie (or is it infected?) shooters. At the time it made my Gamecube purchase pay off, finally. It was even released in 2007 on the Wii to take advantage of the controller and it became the definitive version of the game. Now it’s considered one of the greatest games ever made . In Edge magazine’s 100 Best Games to Play Today list which was published a few days ago it ranks as game number 4 only beaten by Half Life 2, Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Can Resident Evil 5 possibly live up to it’s predecessor legacy? The answer to that question will only become apparent after a few years have passed but i don’t expect that it will.  I suspect that this is the evolution of Resident Evil 4 having very similar gameplay and control characteristics but in an African setting (some have accused the developers and the game of being racist ). But there is one important addition. The Co-op mode. My experience with the demo and after reading a couple of early reviews it’s obvious that the game truly comes alive when playing it cooperatively with a friend either on the same console or online.

Finishing the game a multiple times will unlock the ever so satisfying infinite rocket launcher. So even if i don’t know whether Resident Evil 5 will surpass it’s predecessor’s greatness i do believe that this is a game which will be played over and over and over again but this time with friends.

In case you have not realised by now, Resident Evil 5 is my game of the week.

I would also like to give the heads up to two more noteworthy game releases for this week. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is the sequel to the highly addictive Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords and it’s out on the PC and DS (warning: The DS version has considerable loading times). Finally, it’s Persona 4 on the PS2, one of the most critically acclaimed Japanese Role Playing games launched on a previous generation console.

Release List :

360

Resident Evil 5
Cabela’s dangerous adventures
Secret Service
Trivial Pursuit

PS3

Resident Evil 5
Socom Confrontation
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Platinum
Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
Trivial Pursuit

Wii

Grey’s Anatomy
Sonic and the Black Knight
Job Island- Hard working people
Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
Monster Jam: Urban Assault
My Animal Centre
My Sims Party
Trivial Pursuit

PC

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
World in Conflict: Complete Edition
Eve Online
Hawker Heroes
I-Fluid
Secret Service
Europa Universalis 1
Europa Universalis 2
Europa Universalis 3

DS

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
Suikoden: TierKreis
Travel Games for Dummies
Grey’s Anatomy
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
Driving Test
Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry
Monster Jam: Urban Assault
My Sims Party
Sam Power: Footballer

PSP

Monster Jam: Urban Assault

PS2

Millennium Series Championship Paintball 2009
Monster Jam: Urban Assault
Persona 4
Secret Service
Trivial Pursuit

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Costas

Costas Taliadoros is an accountant by profession but a gamer at heart. He was born in Nicosia in 1977 and was raised by Donkey Kong. At a very young age he started piloting F-15 Strike Eagles over the Iraqi and Libyan deserts and has also seen action in an M1 Ambraams tank somewhere in Eastern Europe fighting against the Soviets. As the years went by, he was integrated into Civilization until he finally conquered the world and sent the first human mission to Alpha Centauri. He graduated from the International Superstar Soccer academy and moved back to Cyprus to start his career. In this dark period of his life he fought and swore against 3 more Master Chiefs on a 4-way split-screen all day and night. It was around this period that he also started traveling to Live in many places around the world but mostly the USA. There, he met a lot of young American teenagers who were willing to discuss topics like his mother and the colour of his skin in great detail. It only strengthened his belief that he still has a lot to learn in this life.

Nowadays Costas can be found on a couch playing games with friends and foes, with beer in close proximity. He is just a non-professional “writer” who loves games, books, comics, football, and running. He is also writing in the video-game site he co-founded, www.forevergamers.com, and on his personal blog, www.lostingames.net.