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Retail Roundup: Mar. 12, 2008

Ed Kirchgessner  //  March 12, 2008


A few of the games hitting store shelves this week.

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intendo gives its fans what they've been craving this week in the form of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Though the graphics haven't improved much since the series' last outing on the GameCube, this Wii release features a monstrous character count, highly customizable control schemes and oodles of trinkets to unlock. Whether you're a hardcore fighting fanatic or just a fan of Nintendo, this one's almost guaranteed to be a hit.

Survival horror meets action once again on the Xbox 360 (and now on the PS3) care of Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Players investigate a variety of grisly crime scenes using the game's forensics system, the whole while dishing out their own brand of justice via the title's improved melee combat engine.

Although Crystal Chronicles never reached a broad audience on the GameCube (few gamers had access to the four GameBoy Advances which were required to facilitate multiplayer), Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates looks to bring more into the fold on the DS. Already referred to as a "friendlier Diablo" by some, this one's sure to be popular with on-the-go dungeon crawlers. It's a shame that the multiplayer is limited to local wi-fi play — I'm afraid you won't be gaming with friends unless you're in the same room.

The Wii is quickly becoming the console of choice for fans of lightgun shooters. House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return allows players to rid the world of the zombie menace. Choose your weapon carefully: though not required, Nintendo's own Wii Zapper or Nyko's lightgun peripheral may add a dash of realism to this fantastically blood-soaked romp.

It only took three years, but the PSP's library is continuing to expand at an alarming rate. Another new RPG hits the system this week: Wild ARMs XF. This marks the first portable title in this long-running fantasy/western series. All combat is locked to a hex-based grid, meaning this one may bear more resemblance to Final Fantasy Tactics than Chrono Trigger. Personally, I'm just excited to see the PSP finally getting the attention it deserves.





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