P*N New This Week 21st March 2010

Welcome to Platform Nation’s weekly feature which tells you the games that you need to care about that are coming out in the next week.

My picks for this week are:

Just Cause 2, Settlers 7, Red Steel 2

Just Cause 2 is the latest sandbox game with mindless carnage and over the top action and stunts. It will be released for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows on the 23rd March for America, while Europe and the rest of the world can join in the fun on the 26th March.

My View: Back in 2006, Just Cause was good fun for anyone who stuck at it and persevered through the sometimes boring side missions.  Bugs also plagued the original, and in some cases they were game killing bugs that you had no choice but to restart the game in order to get past.  To my knowledge Eidos have not yet released complete patches for either the PC or Xbox versions.  The sequel will hopefully right all the wrongs from the first one and give the gamer what they deserve.  The demo has been available for 2 weeks now and I would recommend trying that out before you purchase the full game. I enjoyed the demo but not enough to make this a day one purchase.

Settlers 7 is the latest in the long running Settlers series. It will be released on the PC on the 26th March and comes bundled with the controversial DRM from Ubisoft that requires constant internet connection.

My view: Settlers 2 remains one of my favourite strategy games ever and there is a faithful version for the iPhone on the Apple app store. On the surface it was a simple strategy game but you could micro manage it down to such a fine level of detail that you actually cared for your people on an individual basis. The series lost its way in my opinion when it made the shift to 3D and I really want to see Settlers 7 deliver on some of the fond memories of Settlers 2.

Red Steel 2 is the sequel to one of the first 3rd party games released on the Nintendo Wii. It’s a first person game which uses the MotionPlus, allowing the gamer to alternate between shooting and sword fighting. The game is released on the Nintendo Wii in America on the 23rd March and in Europe on the 26th.

My view: Red Steel for me should have been the game that converted many gamers to the Wii as it gave us the chance to wield a sword in our living room but the execution in-game just did not live up to the theory.   This time round, with the MotionPlus and cell shaded graphics, I’m expecting to enjoy this much more that the original.  I however will be waiting to read the Platform Nation review before making a buy or rent decision.

Other notable releases this week:

Cave Story (WiiWare)

Moto GP 09/10 (PS3, Xbox 360)

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (DS)

Rooms: The Main Building (Wii)

How to Train Your Dragon (DS, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

Bakugan: Battle Trainer (DS)

Cabela’s Monster Buck Hunter with Gun (Wii)

Imagine: Gymnast (DS)

Game Room (XBLA)

Wakeboarding HD (PSN)

Why not leave a comment below telling us which game(s) you’ll be picking up this week?

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