Think of the Children for April 16th

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posted 4/16/2008 by Dan Keener
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Platforms: Multiple
This week we have a full slate of games to work with, as the ESRB posted 47 new titles that were rated. Included are the much anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4 and the recently announced Beijing 2008. With this many titles, the PC and DS platforms have a full slate of titles. And a couple titles popped up that didn’t have much buzz.

There were a few surprises and unannounced titles this week. I noticed that Renegade and Double Dragon were rated for the Wii, which will more than likely be a Virtual Console release. It should be interesting to see if they use the Wii remote motion sensing to swing the bat and crack the whip. Another surprise was a second (or is it a third?) Dodgeball game for XBLA on the Xbox 360. A few weeks ago it was Pirates Vs Ninja’s that was rated, plus we have the XNA title Rocketball due out sometime this fall. I know that if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. However, can we dodge an over-saturation of XBLA titles with the same game type?

The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 had a combined six titles rated this week. Both saw the retail titles Robert Ludlum’s: The Bourne Conspiracy and Beijing 2008 get rated. While the 360 added Ninja Gaiden II and the XBLA titles Vigilante 8: Arcade and Double D Dodgeball. The PS3 finally saw Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots get rated. All in all, a solid week with the most highly anticipated PS3 title to date, a couple of worthy XBLA and retail offerings soon to become available.

This week I had a plethora of titles to pick from for the weekly Title of Shame. However, instead of picking on one title, I decided to award it to the entire Pet genre. There were no few than FIVE pet based titles for the PC, Wii and DS this week. Please, I beg you, stop with the Paws and Claws, Petz, Dogz, Catz and Purr Pal titles. Help encourage our children and their parents to get a loving family pet that they can care for and love. Heck, it is probably cheaper in the long run to get a live animal than it is to buy those $19.99 virtual ones every time they come out…

Title Publisher Rating Platforms
2,009 Cards, Mahjongg & Solitaire Games Masque Publishing E Mac, PC
737 Pilot In Command Just Flight E PC
Animal Agents Masque Publishing E PC
Atomica PopCap Games, Inc. E PC, Web Browser, PDA (Palm, Win CE, etc.)
Catz PC Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company E PC
Chaos Wars O3 Entertainment T PS2
Dogz PC Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company E PC
Heroes of the Indianapolis 500 Destineer E PS2
IL-2 Forgotten Battles Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company T PC
IL-2 Sturmovik Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company T PC
Jack Keane Strategy First T PC
Metin2 G4Box Inc. T PC
Mystery Solitaire: Secret Island PopCap Games, Inc. E PC, Web Browser
Seven Seas PopCap Games, Inc. E Mac, PC, Web Browser, PDA (Palm, Win CE, etc.)
Vigilante 8: Arcade Activision T 360
Robert Ludlum's: The Bourne Conspiracy Vivendi Games T 360, PS3
Purr Pals Crave Entertainment Inc. E Wii
Renegade Aksys Games E10+ Wii
Top Spin 3 2K Games E Wii
My Fashion Studio Ubisoft Entertainment E DS
20Q Live Elephant Entertainment E PC
Chaotic Trading Card Game TC DIGITAL GAMES LLC E PC
Beijing 2008™ - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games SEGA E PC, 360, PS3
Boss Hunter: Revenge is Sweet eGames Inc E10+ PC
Double D Dodgeball Yukes Company of America E 360
Double Dragon Aksys Games E10+ Wii
Gourmet Chef Ubisoft Entertainment E DS
Tortuga: Pirates of the New World eGames Inc E PC
Space Chimps Brash Entertainment E DS
Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse eGames Inc E PC
Petz Dogz Fashion Ubisoft Entertainment E DS
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2K Games E10+ DS
Hidden Mysteries: Civil War Game Mill Entertainment E PC
Jeep Thrills Destination Software, Inc. E PS2, Wii
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. M PS3
LOL Agetec, Inc. E DS
Ninja Gaiden® II Microsoft M 360
JumpStart Advanced Preschool World Premium Edition Knowledge Adventure EC PC
Chicken Invaders Topics Entertainment E PC
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. T DS
Silent Hunter III Encore, Inc., A Navarre Corporation Company T PC
Rig Racer 2 Destineer E Wii
Paws & Claws Let's Ride: Friends Forever THQ Inc E DS
Polar Pool Wild Tangent E PC
Supple Episode 1: The Promotion MTI Games, LLC T PC
Top Spin 3 2K Games E DS


Here is the final tally on who, what and where everything was rated for the last week. There were 47 rated titles on nine platforms. PC (24), DS (9), Wii (6) and Xbox 360 (5) had the most games rated. There were 34 of the 47 titles rated at E10+ or lower, 10 rated at T for Teen and two rated at M for Mature.

Got a comment on the article or a rated games, put it in the section below or send me an e-mail. Until next week, make sure you know what your kids are playing……

*The weekly Title of Shame (and any game that is tossed in that paragraph) is done so based on several factors, including which games were rated that week, how does the game concept stack up, is it a re-hashed sequel, lame movie tie-in, rip off of another game, etc…





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