European Game Releases [20/6/08]

The storm is now gone at long last. Metal Gear Solid 4 is now out and out of the way. We loved it, it was immense in every way but as sad as it is to have seen possibly a Metal Gear game on sell for the last time ever, we mus move on and forget about the past..and this week is the start of that processs. Big names such as Alone in the Dark for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Oddly enough, no PlayStation 3 verison but the PlayStation 2 verison is coming out this week which is odd…well, not really. The PS3 verison has been slated for November (Last time I checked) but hasnt been seen so has it been canned?

Anyways, there is also the Wii verison of Ferrari Challenge which will be coming to the PlayStation 3 soon enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for all formats, the PS3 verison of The Increidble Hulk, Top Spin 3 for PS3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, Singstar Vol 2 for the Playstation 3 which is a must for me, just based on Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out) been in the game (That reminds me, must download High & Dry and Creep btw) and for one week only, the listing of a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP which is a direct prequel to Final Fantasy VII. Many other have tried to fil the void of Final Fantasy VII beforehand (Advent Children? Bleh) so this has been the closest and, by far, the best attempt so far to do so. I, for one, can’t wait for its release as it certainly is a must buy (Plus, my PSP is in need of a new game, hasn’t had one since MGS: Portable Ops last year)

Here’s the full line-up.

Friday June 20th 2008

Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii)
Ferrari Challenge (Nintendo Wii)
Overlord: Raising Hell (PlayStation 3)
SingStar Vol.2 (PlayStation 3)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo WIi)
The Incredible Hul (PlayStation 3)
Top Spin 3 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation Portable)

Our 3 to Look Out for.

Alone in the Dark – Its the big game of the week for the Xbox 360. Its also the first AitD in years (7 years to be specfic) and it’s from Eden Studios who are known to make a great game or two an example of which, while unreleated to AitD, is Test Drive: Unlimited which was one of the first games I got with my Xbox 360 in Xmas 06 alongside Gears of War.

Judging on video evidence, this one looks great and you’d be a fool to doubt this game’s abilty to scare. If it does indeed do well, could it be the underdog to the horror crown Resident Evil and Silent Hill have been fighting for over a decate? We’ll see.

Singstar Vol.2 – OK, they could just release all the songs on this disc and release it on the SingStore (They’ll be aload of people who’ll buy this game feeling ripped off if this happens) but instead Studio London release it ona Blu-Ray. That said though, it does contain a decent list featuring Morrissey (*shivers* I hate Morrissey…mind you I like The Smiths…weird), Blur, The Libertines, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs (RUBY, RUBY, RUUUUUBY!), Maximo Park and…pretty much the reason why I’m getting this, Radiohead with Street Spirit (And Fade Ouuuuuuuut agaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!!!)

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII – My most anticpated portable title of the year, maybe ever. Before the time of when Metal Gear Solid took over my life, there was Final Fantasy VII which is one of the best games of all time with Zelda: OOT, Super Mario 64 and, most recently (And I mean very recently), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots?

But what happened before the events of Final Fantasy VII? You’ll find out now in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP. Set 7 years prior the the events of FFVII itself, you play as Zack Fair, a 2nd class SOLDIER hoping to be a 1st class soldier. When a team goes missing during a mission, it’s up to Zack to find out what happened to them. During the game, you’ll form you an important relationship with Cloud Strife and also start to see the dark side of Sephiroth in the game.

Be sure to get this game if you have a PSP and loved FFVII because quite frankly, until Square Enix get started on the remake of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3…thats if it ever happens, this’ll be the closest we’ll get to a new Final Fantasy VII game which is brillant.

Next week, it’s Battlefield: Bad Company, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath for the Xbox 360, The Bourne Conspiracy, Bejing 2008 and, at long long last, the European release of Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Nintendo Wii.

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