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A peek at this week's new games

Mike Musgrove

It's been a pretty big week for video game releases.

Microsoft released a game called Gears of War-- it's a big sci-fi action game for the Xbox 360 that the company is hoping will be another Halo-style hit. Sorry, I haven't gotten a look at the finished version of it, but the early reviews seem to be raves.

I keep thinking that I don't like the songs in the new version of Guitar Hero II as much as I liked the songs in the original -- but then I keep playing the darn thing, so maybe I'm a big ol' hypocrite. So far, on the game's "hard" level, I've burned through 32 out of 40 songs and am stuck at a level called "Furious Fretwork" (specifically, I'm stuck on Psychobilly Freakout, made famous by Reverend Horton Heat). On the even-harder "expert" level, I'm stuck at Bad Reputation by Thin Lizzy.

Aside from those way-anticipated games, it's been an eclectic week for games in the Post mailroom. There's a new version of Reservoir Dogs, for example, that lets you play the game in either of two styles -- you can go through the heist story as a cool, collected professional, or you can just go psycho, of course. Strangely, the game's maker only snagged one of the actors for the game, Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde).

It's always kind of odd for a video-game player when game companies can't get the whole cast for a project. The weirdest example lately may have been Electronic Arts' Godfather game. Al Pacino didn't let the company use his likeness -- so Michael Corleone is played by some unknown actor.

The other weird package to arrive this week came from Burger King. Yes, Burger King. On Nov. 19, the fast food chain is going to start selling a set of three kid-friendly video games for $3.99 with the purchase of a value meal. This isn't the first time food chains have sponsored video games -- years ago, Domino's Pizza sponsored a game based around its Noid character, for example.

I started to check out a bumper car game in the set, titled "Big Bumpin'" -- but didn't get far, as I was sidetracked by an urgent coffee spilling situation at the Post's game testing lab in Rockville this morning.

By Mike Musgrove  |  November 8, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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I concur with your assessments. And I would add that Call of Duty 3 also came out this week (at least for the 360). I played a couple of hours Wednesday night and the single player game was very similar to the last version, but the graphics seemed to be kicked up a notch.

Posted by: Jester | November 9, 2006 1:40 PM

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