This week's releases are all about the number two....
Every few years Nintendo releases another chapter in the Pokemon epic, a new pair of trainer shoes to fill, new gym badges to acquire, and more importantly, new Pokemans to catch. Why bother yet again? Because each version offers yet another substantial increase when it comes to gameplay refinements and "hey man, there's just the hella fun" factor. The fact that it's also taking place in NYC (kinda) is definitely a high point, though I doubt that there'll be any GTA-caliber hijinks. But one can always dream. DS
For those of you who managed to actually get through the first one and its expansions, rejoice! Part two is finally here. And much like before, you'll get to customize your character (though this time, you're locked in as a homo sapien, so no dragon dude or dudette storming the castle I'm afraid), do a little killing, do a little talking (actually, a LOT of talking, and it's all voice acted too, hence why the producers decided to ax the dragon speak, sorry), and have some sexy time yet again. Get ready YouTube! And naturally, that save file from before is sure to come in handy. Though it would be nice if stuff you did in outer space, a la Mass Effect, also mattered... but this is BioWare we're talking about. So again, one can always dream. Xbox 360, PS3, PC
It's baseball season! And you know what that means... baseball video game season. Two games, out to get your dollars and attention as the best home run simulator. First we have 2K11's offering; whereas the developers have had great success building off of past titles, as it pertains to their basketball offerings, things have not been as smooth on the baseball front. A number of tweaks, improvements, and new features have been promised, but that's to be expected. They've got a tough road ahead of them, especially given the competition.PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, PSP, Wii, DS
Last year's baseball title to beat is back, and all signs point towards it retaining its crown. A bunch of new features have been added to the pot, including a new means to hit, pitch, and throw. The PS3 version also supports 3D displays and the Move of course. Heck, even the PS2 version is getting a sizable retooling. If you're a Sony person, The Show might be you're only real option (unless the aforementioned new control method ends up totally sucking).PS3, PS2, PSP