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Retail Roundup: May 21, 2008 on Game and Player

Retail Roundup: May 21, 2008

Ed Kirchgessner  //  May 21, 2008

A few of the games hitting stores this week.


n the event you possessed the wherewithal to place your preorder for Wii Fit back in January, you might actually be able to experience Nintendo's newest experiment this week. Packaged with the Wii Balance Board, this title seeks to bridge the gap between game and exercise video through such virtual activities as hula hooping and soccer ball blocking. It sounds fun, but my lack of foresight will leave me playing Halo 3 with the rest of the fatties.

Free Radical's status isn't quite what it used to be — these GoldenEye veterans went on to produce one too many stale TimeSplitters sequels. Only a little playtime will determine if Haze is the shooter that will restore the developer to greatness. This PlayStation 3 exclusive will have players battling evil corporations and their avatar's own drug habit as they blast their way through a variety of futuristic locales.

Armchair generals get to set out on another tour this week with the release of Theatre of War on the PC. What this real-time strategy game lacks in beauty, it more than makes up for in depth. Developer 1C has brought a commendable degree of technical accuracy to the table in its portrayal of the vehicles and weapons of World War II.

Though I'm not a diehard fan, I have been known to chuckle at the misadventures of Tycho and Gabe. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness sees various characters from the web comic brought to life in a quirky adventure game. This first episode is available for both PC and Xbox 360.

Karaoke aficionados might want to check out SingStar as it makes its long-awaited debut on the PlayStation 3 this week. Players can sing their little hearts out, either alone or with a friend, utilizing the game's pair of packed-in microphones. Expect to see a huge list of downloadable tracks available via PlayStation's online "SingStore."

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