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Retail Roundup: Feb. 26, 2008 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: Feb. 26, 2008

Ed Kirchgessner  //  February 27, 2008

Here's what's new on store shelves this last week of February.


rontlines: Fuel of War quickly reminds one of the acclaimed Battlefield series due to its focus on vehicles and its sprawling battle maps. This futuristic team-based shooter sets itself apart from most other console fragfests with its large online player cap — although reviews of the multiplayer demo were mixed, fans of team-based shooters should definitely check this one out on either PC or Xbox 360.

Platformers and rhythm games collide on the PSP in Patapon. Players take control of their cyclopean army by striking up a war drum beat on the PSP's four face buttons. With its phenomenal art direction and innovative gameplay, Patapon seems poised to take the world of portable gaming by storm.

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty gives us a World War Two shooter with a twist. In this game's alternate reality, the German Wehrmacht invades North America. Players take on the role of a resistance fighter in New York. Although an interesting premise, it remains to be seen whether Turning Point's play will be able to hold a candle to the competition.

Having never played a Sims title, I really can't attest to the merits of the series. EA is releasing yet another expansion pack: The Sims 2: FreeTime. This add-on enables one's Sim to take up a number of hobbies, including cooking, dancing and fitness. If you've been nurturing an avatar for the past few years, perhaps it's time to teach him or her something new.

For all the Wii owners out there with dreams of setting the world ablaze: your day has come. Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed puts you in control of Crypto, an alien bent on destroying all of human civilization. With any luck, unique Wii controls (and Crypto's new "sidekick") will help breath some luck into this franchise.

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