New Releases This Week

Bear in mind that this list is for the following five days (via EB):

  1. Dog’s Life
  2. Guilty Gear X2 #Reload
  3. Syberia II
  4. Gradius V
  5. Call of Duty: United Offensive
  6. Advance Guardian Heroes
  7. ShellShock: Nam ’67
  8. Sly 2: Band of Thieves
  9. Fable
  10. The Sims 2
  11. Gungrave: OD
  12. F-Zero: GP Legend

That’s not even the complete list.

To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more loaded release day for games (September 14th). Such an overloaded release schedule makes me wonder why some of the lesser publishers even bother. Surely, their niche titles could have done just as well — if not better — in the off-season. The summer release schedule was dry beyond belief. Couldn’t have some of these titles filled that void?

I don’t know, I can’t figure it out.

The only consolation to this torrent is the fact that many of these titles are budget priced. In what is a growing (very welcome) trend, the prices of a lot of games is dropping. Some are hitting the budget price mark of 20 USD, others are coming in at 30 USD — including Gradius V — but whatever the price, most are considerably less than the former standard of 40 to 50 USD. Of the games listed above, only two are at $50: Sims 2 and Nam ’67. Thank god I’m interested in neither one of those.

One would hope that with increasing sales volumes, such prices will become more and more standard. They will make such release schedules more manageable.

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