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Retail Roundup: Mar. 5, 2008 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: Mar. 5, 2008

Ed Kirchgessner  //  March 5, 2008

What's hitting store shelves this first week of March.


ewind to eighteen months ago: Army of Two was lauded throughout the gaming press as one of the most anticipated action games for the next generation consoles. This week, the title finally releases for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with nary a whimper. One editor pointed out that he saw Army of Two's gameplay-free commercial on television over the weekend. Long story short — things don't bode particularly well for this duo.

The God of War franchise has never quite been my cup of tea, what with its Simon-esque boss battles and troublesome camera. Still, one can't argue the fact that the series brought a true sense of maturity to the action genre. God of War: Chains of Olympus brings Kratos to the PSP — smooth controls and well-written prose are rumored to have remained intact.

Although Rockstar Games has garnered quite the reputation as the developer savvy gamers love to hate, they do get things right every so often. Last year's Bully on the PS2 might just have been one of those things. This week, both the Xbox 360 and the Wii see an enhanced port: Bully: Scholarship Edition. Choose your version with care: the 360 will give you high-definition graphics, while the Wii's motion-sensing controls are bound to be unique.

DS gamers looking to test their patience may want to check out Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Part of a long-running (and notoriously challenging) Japanese franchise from developer ChunSoft, players grind through dungeons spanning a number of diverse environments. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first US release not tied to another series — be that Pokemon or Final Fantasy.

Both MLB 08: The Show and Major League Baseball 2K8 hit store shelves this week. The only console not covered by these two releases is the Nintendo DS. Everyone else: take to the field.

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