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This Week in Gaming: Feb 28 – Mar 6
By Chris West

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Another week, another list. We’ve got a short one this week due to inconsistent developers not actually knowing what their own release date is. So without further ado…

Quick list of games this week:
3.1.11 – Chuck E. Cheese’s Sports Games – Wii – UFO Interactive
3.1.11 – Fight Night Champion – 360, PS3 – Electronic Arts
3.1.11 – Rango – 360, DS, PS3, Wii – Electronic Arts
3.1.11 – Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska – Wii – Mastiff
3.1.11 – Rift – PC – Trion Worlds
3.1.11 – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II — Retribution – PC – THQ

Chuck E. Cheese’s Sports Games
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: UFO Interactive
Retail Price: $19.99
Description:
Join Chuck E. Cheese and his friends Helen, Pasqually, Jasper and Mr. Munch as you swing, shoot, steer and putt your way to victory! Play a variety of fun filled sports as you compete to become an all-star athlete. Do well to earn experience and medals to make it to the Professional League!
Summary:
Do you know who Chuck E. Cheese is? Do you know what playing sports games with cartoon characters on your Wii is like? If you answered yes to both of these, then I’m sure you can imagine what this game is like.
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If there even was one, would you really watch it?


Fight Night Champion
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): 360, PS3
Developer: Electronic Arts
Retail Price: $59.99
Description:
Step into the ring for this 2011 entry in the knockout king boxing franchise. Fight Night Champion sets out to define a new standard in sports videogames by delivering the most dynamic simulation fighting experience to date, pushing visual boundaries and redefining the single player journey for the category.
Featuring a refined physics-based animation system that incorporates improved locomotion, punching and stamina mechanics, Fight Night Champion will enable users to move, attack and dodge with the speed and power of the best champions, contenders and pretenders in the world of boxing. In addition, an all-new control scheme (dubbed Full Spectrum Punch Control) will deliver the most realistic punching system ever seen in a simulation fighting game, while still delivering an accessible experience for all players. And Fight Night Champion breaks the mold of what is expected in a single-player sports game. Players will be introduced to an entirely new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama, emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing.
Summary:
I’ve never been too big of a fan of fighting games, especially boxing games. However, I suppose if you DID want a boxing game, this one looks pretty nice. Graphics look very nice, and it seems to be pretty realistic.
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Rango
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): 360, DS, PS3, Wii
Developer: Electronic Arts
Retail Price: 360, PS3 $49.99 / Wii $39.99 / DS $29.99
Description:
Rango The Video Game invites players to continue on Rango’s wild journey through new adventures inspired by the movie. Set in a gritty, pint-sized, Wild West World filled with off-color characters, wild rides and frantic shoot-outs, Rango invites players of all ages to meet the residents of the town of Dirt and play through Rango’s whacky Tall Tales of Adventure, brimming with intense action and outlandish scenarios.
Explore a variety of environments featured within and beyond the film, and achieve near impossible feats while working to uncover a plot that threatens the entire population of Dirt. Along the way, Rango will encounter all the trappings of an adventure set in the Old West — ridin’, jumpin’, brawlin’, and shootin’ — that are crafted from the film’s pint-sized desert scene.
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I hate to sound like a broken record here, but I’ve never really been a fan of “movie” games. Movies were designed to be movies, not to be games. It seems like a lot of times this limits the gameplay. But… This game doesn’t look bad. I think I’m actually gonna have to check this one out. Definitely give the video a watch…
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Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): Wii
Developer: Mastiff
Retail Price: $19.99
Description:
The Alaskan wilderness is home to some of the most ferocious animals on Earth. Here is your chance to pay them a visit! Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska sends you into the cold, sometimes snowy wilds of the Alaskan frontier. Choose from 35 authentic weapons – including rifles, handguns, and bows – plus scopes and other accessories from Remington, one of the leading makers of outdoor gear. Hunt 30 of the biggest animals that call Alaska home in 35 different environments. Bring friends along on four-player co-op and competitive hunts, and save some space in that trophy room for the 150-plus trophies and achievements you can rack up as you play.
Summary:
Remember going to the arcade before the Wii came out? There were those bright orange rifles just begging you to come slaughter some virtuanimals? If you enjoyed that, you should definitely pick up a motion-controlled hunting game. Should you get this one? Doesn’t matter. They all seem to be relatively the same.
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Couldn’t find a video for Alaska, but like I said, they’re all pretty much the same. So just watch the “Africa” trailer and pretend its colder.



Rift
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Trion Worlds
Retail Price: $49.99 + $14.99/mo Subcription
Description:
Rift is a fantasy Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) where everyday gamers are forged into legendary heroes. Players are challenged to conquer the unknown in an epic, ever-changing world. Rift will feature an unprecedented level of rich and dynamic gameplay, driven by recurring events, unexpected challenges and limitless new content.
Summary:
Don’t just go on this short description, you should watch the video. This game looks absolutely amazing. I was looking foward to Guild Wars 2, but I think I might be rebuilding my gaming machine just for this one.
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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II — Retribution
Release Date: 03/01/2011
Platform(s): PC
Developer: THQ
Retail Price: $29.99
Description:
Taking place years after the events in Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, this title allows players to choose their perspective with the first multiple-race single player campaign in the Dawn of War II series. In addition to the multi race single player campaign, Dawn of War II — Retribution also features new multiplayer units, maps and the new playable Imperial Guard faction when it ships.
It is ten years since the events of Chaos Rising and Sub-Sector Aurelia has been in a constant state of warfare with the Imperium struggling to retain control. The apparent betrayal of the chapter by Gabriel Angelos and his Space Marines has shaken the Blood Ravens and now the Imperial forces are beset on all sides by hostile aliens. Retribution allows the player to select the race of their choosing in a battle to determine the very survival or destruction of the entire sector.
Summary:
How many names can you give a game? I think their next one will be called “Ultra Warhammer 40k Dawn of Another War III — SuperMegaExtreme Edition x2 Platinum.” Ha. Now that’d be a good game.
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Well thats all for this week! Be sure to check out the podcast for updates, and come back next week for a whole new list of upcoming games!


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