Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of March 18, 2008: This week is heavy with special operatives and arcade-style sports.

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Imports by parish, courtesy of NCS | Posted March 21, 2008

Game of the week

Metal Gear Solid Essentials
Konami | PS2 (With a PS1 game) | Stealth Action
I'm sure you've played Metal Gear Solid already, and if you haven't, you need to. Conveniently being released before Metal Gear Solid 4, the Essentials set includes Metal Gear Solids 1 through 3. The best part is how it's nowhere near as nice as the swanky Japanese 20 year anniversary set from a while ago. Oh, wait! No, that's the worst part. But seriously, this is only $30, so you have no excuse to miss one of the best series in the history of video games. Even if it is missing the second disc of Subsistence, and thus the emulated versions of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Maybe that's the worst part.

Also appearing in stores

Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Ubisoft | Xbox 360/PS3 | Squad-based Counter-Terrorist
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Again. Whatever. The point is that bad guys are in Vegas again, and it's up to the highly colorful Rainbow Six crew to rappel right into their faces. For America! And leprechauns!

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
Sony | PS3 | Goofy Golf
Tired of realistic golf? Then play this. The PSP version from the launch era was tons of fun - I hate real golf, and I played a ton of it anyway. The mechanics are a lot like the Mario Golf games -- no surprise, as both series were started by Camelot -- and I doubt even Sony would mess much with such a good system.

Speaking of Sony games that are like Nintendo games, can we get a sequel to Field Commander, Sony? Please?

Sega Superstars Tennis
Sega | Wii/DS/PS3/Xbox 360 | Mascot Whoring
It's basically Mario Tennis but with a bunch of characters from the Sega pantheon instead. If you've ever wondered if Ulala and Beat could take down Dr. Eggman and Alex Kidd in a blazing doubles tennis match, here's your chance to find out. Now you can do something productive with your brain instead.

Samurai Warriors 2 XL
Koei | PS2 | Hack-'nslashn'-hack some more
If you like Dynasty Warriors games, you'll probably like this. If you don't, you probably won't. That's more a truism than an analysis, but that's what happens after a series' eleventieth billion essentially identical sequel or spin-off.

Lost in Blue 3
Konami | Nintendo DS | Desert Island Survival
Parish did a great review of Lost in Blue 2, and I get the feeling it's going to apply to this version as well. But hey, third time's a charm, ehh?

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

Wii VC: Super R-Type
Irem | SNES via Wii | Shooter
It's like regular R-Type only super-er. You've got your biomechanical monsters, you've got your pea-shooter that you can charge up to blast them with, you've got your satellite shield thingy. You know the deal. I'm just happy to see a space shooter that's not from the TG16 library.

Wii VC: Spelunker
Broderbund | NES via Wii | Platformer
An old NES subterranean platforming game. I honestly can't think of a reason why I'd get this when there's N out for free and N+ out for cheap, but if you're interested for some reason, then I can't really stop you!

Big in Japan: This Week's imports

Bangai-O Spirits
Before it was one of the best games on Dreamcast, Bangai-O was one of the best games on Nintendo 64. Now it's probably gonna be one of the best games on DS. It's predictable like that. What isn't predictable is just how much stuff it pushes at any given time. Seriously, did anyone realize the DS could process this many moving objects? Multiplayer and a crazy MP3-based file sharing system top it off. Oh, Treasure.

Bokura No Terebi Game Kantei
Namco | DS | Nerd training!
Namco teaches you how to play its video games. No, seriously -- this is basically Brain Age meets Wario Ware meets Pac-Man. Really, I don't think I need to explain why this concept is completely sweet.

Mugen Karou
Sony | PSP | Perspective correction
Here in America we're calling this echochrome. Whatever the name, it's fundamentally similar to Fez in that it involves blurring the lines between 3D perspective and the 2D nature of your screen. Also, I hear it involves wangs or something.

Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage
HAL/Nintendo | DS | Scribblescribblescribble
Just in case your DS's touch screen wasn't quite screwed up enough, HAL is crapping out another Pokémon Ranger game to guarantee it'll be so deeply scratched you'll never be able to play another game again. DS replacement sales +1!

Ys DS & Ys II DS
Falcom | DS | Pricey ports
Remember how once, long ago, Ys and Ys II were combined into a single legendary Turbo Duo release? Yeah, think back tearily, 'cause those days are gone. Nowadays it's all about the naked money grab, which is why Falcom is releasing the two games simultaneously... separately. Translated from Japanese, this means, "Screw you."

Talk about how crappy these games are!