New Releases: 22nd – 28th February

We can’t help ourselves from coming up with new and exciting features here at TheSixthAxis. What can we say? You bring out the best in us.  The origins of this new weekly article – a look ahead at what games are scheduled for release over the coming week – stems from the mammoth 100 PS3 Games of 2010 series yours truly laboured over at the end of 2009.

It was an eye-opening experience; trawling across wikipedia and shuffling through endless press releases. Yet throughout the whole process, one prominent and quite niggling issue kept itching at the back of my mind: you’re only scratching the surface, and what about the 360 games? Or the PSP for that matter?

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After publishing a supplement to the series and facing further addenda that looked like another full ten articles, I took a step back and stopped. This was pointless. If I had continued with the series, I knew I would only be chasing my tail; constantly adding and updating, never giving an accurate and – more importantly – an applicable snapshot in time of the games that you, our readers, are undoubtedly interested in.

So, I began a new venture. And it’s because this different path was so prescient – and (hopefully) so comprehensive – it has taken up until now before we could finally kick things off.

So, what is it? What follows are the games – by day – that should be hitting the shelves (and in some cases the Stores, though I should add that due to when this weekly article is published it will most likely not include all of the new games releasing each Thursday on the PlayStation Stores) between today and the end of the week.

The platforms we’re covering are the PS3, the PSP and the 360. Before you ask: trying to chronicle the amount of Wii and DS games that come out on a weekly basis is an exercise in futility. I didn’t even look into the prospect considering the mere thought filled me so much full of dread and apprehension.

Without further ado, the games of February 22nd to February 28th, inclusive.

Wednesday:

Borderlands – The Secret Armory Of General Knoxx (DLC)

Release date: February 24th (Xbox) / February 25th (PS3)
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software

Synopsis: More multi-munitions mayhem with the third DLC pack for the popular Borderlands. General Knoxx (as it’s known around these parts) ups the level cap to 61 and offers a new area twice as big as The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. It also brings thirty new enemy types to the fray while also throwing new vehicles into the mix. The DLC will cost you 800 MPS or $10. We’ll let you do the conversion to pounds and euros yourself.

Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing

Release date: February 24th
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Sumo Digital

Synopsis: With a demo released last week, we’re hoping what follows is merely preaching to the converted. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars racing (Sonic obviously being the prima donna who needs top billing or he’ll walk right off the stage in his pretty red boots) is a Mario-kart-esque racer with the usual thrills and spills associated with cartoon characters careening around race-tracks while trying to murder one another.

360 fans also get the ability to race with their Avatar (nice!) as does the Wii which we’re merely mentioning for the sake of it. Xbox players also get Banjo Kazooie as a playable character which sounds great, but we’re pretty bummed that there’s no room for Toe Jam & Earl anywhere. Which is just criminal in our books.

Greed Corp

Release date: February 24th (360), February 25th (PS3)
Platforms: PS3, 360
Publisher: W!Games (PS3), Valcon Games (360)
Developer: W!Games

Synopsis: Dutch outfit W!Games’ turn-based eco-strategy game, players choose one of four factions before harvesting and eventually attacking their neighbours. The Green message comes from the fact that, the more you bleed your land dry of resources, the harder it becomes for you to actually survive on it. So, it’s a balancing act between extracting as much as possible around you so as to throw at any of three other adversaries, and trying to not actually starve yourself to death. Just like real life in fact.

Heavy Rain

Release date: February 24th
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: SCE
Developer: Quantic Dream

Synopsis: What else can be said about Quantic Dream’s landmark Heavy Rain? A game that will likely polarise the community upon its release on Wednesday, we’ve already reviewed it and quite liked it, flaws and all. We’ve also wiped a little more of the water from our eyes and dissected the game in our Beyond The Rain feature; an exposé on some of the game’s plot elements. Probably something you might be revisiting this weekend if you plan on picking up the game and then consuming it as quickly as possible.

Pre-orders are apparently strong (which is good news) with the overall vibe for the game from the reviewing community being that it’s definitely unique and special. It just may not actually be a game by the strictest definition, and hence might alienate/infuriate some people entirely.

Thursday:

Valkyria Chronicles – Challenges of the Edy Detachment (DLC)

Release date: February 25th
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA WOW

Synopsis: More Valkyria Chronicles and yet still no Trophy patch. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to settle for six new maps, one for each of the classes in Edy’s team. So, whether you’re a Scout, Lancer or Shocktrooper – there should be something here for everyone.

Friday:

Undead Knights

Release date: February 26th
Platforms: PSP
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Developer: Team Tachyon

Synopsis: Straight from the “why didn’t I think of that?” department of game design ideas, Undead Knights is a zombie-army simulator from Tecmo Koei – a company who knows a thing or two about commanding digital battalions (see the never-ending Dynasty Warriors and Kessen titles for proof). The game stars Romulus and Remus Blood (seriously, they’re brothers, just like the myth!) and Remus’ wife Slyvia Gradis, who we’re pretty sure is just made up. All playable characters, it doesn’t matter who you pick as you quickly discover you’ve already been killed before the opening credits are over, and in the great tradition of undeath, you want revenge on your bastard King/slayer.

The game is pretty much a hack’n’slash medieval no-brainer for the most part, the added lure being the ability to “zombify” adversaries and then set them off to do your bidding. Like attacking enemies for you or working together to overcome obstacles. Who said the undead were a scourge on society?

If the name Undead Knights sounds familiar, you might be thinking of that hiccup Sony had back in October when the PSP Go launched and they mistakenly uploaded the full game to the PS Store labelling it a demo. What a nice surprise for those who downloaded it and discovered it was the full product.

Europe is late to the undead party (no! really?) so we’re the final region to see Undead Knights get a release. The boon from this perpetual mistreatment (thanks to the unfortunate case of us stupid Europeans having something like 6,243 official languages) is that we already know just how good/bad the game is thanks to oodles of reviews out there. It currently stands at 67% on Metacritic – which is not great by any stretch of the imagination – though one reviewer did go so far as to give it 85%. Could be one of those games that finds its niche.

Lips: Party Classics

Release date: February 26th
Platforms: 360
Publisher: iNiS
Developer: Microsoft Game Studios

Synopsis: The fifth Lips game (and the third in English), Party Classics adds another 40 classic tracks from across the previous musically crud-filled decades. It does feature “Bad Romance” by Lady GaGa which is quite catchy. It also contains within its heathen trappings, however, a Cheryl Cole song and not one but two Beyoncé tracks. I need a young priest and an old priest! You have been warned.

Adventures To Go

Release date: February 26th
Platforms: PSP
Publisher: Zushi
Developer: Natsume

Synopsis: Nope, I’ve never heard of it either. A “humourous RPG” apparently, you take on the role of Finn Courtland as you and your merry band take on the evil Arbitus and his gaggle of demons. Another late-comer to Europe, Adventures To Go was released in North America back in October. Since then it’s picked up a few reviews, undoubtedly from people who were just as surprised as me that it existed at all. With an aggregate score of 57%, we think this is one you’re probably going to skip.

It does sound like it did its best though, with a grid-based combat arena in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics. Without, you know, much of the actual tactics.

White Knight Chronicles

Release date: February 26th
Platforms: PS3
Publisher: SCE
Developer: Level-5

Synopsis: Released over a year ago in Japan, Western JRPGers are finally getting their hands on Shirokishi Monogatari – or White Knight Chronicles – which is a lot easier to pronounce. The title hasn’t been received by both Japanese or North American critics with any great warmth, though there probably is enough here to keep fans of the genre happy until Final Fantasy XIII gets here. What’s not to like about a boy who can transform into a giant knight capable of laying the smacketh on anything that comes across his path?

The following games are also released this week in North America, but because we have yet to receive confirmed European dates, we have left them off the above list. Expect them to appear in subsequent articles.

  • Deadly Premonition (360)
  • Lazy Riders (360)
  • Puzzle Chronicles (360, PS3, PSP)
  • Metal Slug XX (360)

Please note: while every attempt is made to get both the dates accurate and every applicable game included, we are not infallible and mistakes will be made. Feel free to mention any omissions or corrections in the comments below. We’ll endeavour to correct the above and even thank you personally. We’re good like that.

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