Shippin' Out January 29-February 2: Rogue Galaxy, Vanguard

Eidos' WWII RTS Battlestations: Midway hits PCs, 360s, Sonic rolls onto PS3, and FUUUUZION FRENNNNNZY!

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This week's slate of releases promises a little bit of everything for living-room gamers. While last week's releases were dominated by handheld games, big-screen gamers reap the benefits of a week with a diverse range of genres.

World War II combat real-time strategy? Check. Cartoony role-playing game? Yup. Fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game? Affirmative. Classic gaming icon redone on a next-gen system? Absolutely. Party game, city-building strategy, and arcade-style shooter? Yes, yes, and yes.

Rogue Galaxy.

Leading the pack is a new PlayStation 2 role-playing game from Level 5, the same team that created the Dark Cloud games. The high-profile Rogue Galaxy was released over a year ago in Japan but only now makes its way to the US in English with some new additions. For more information, read GameSpot's review.

For those looking for a new fantasy-based MMO game, Sony Online Entertainment offers up Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Developed by Sigil Games, Vanguard is set in the expansive realm of Telon and lets gamers choose their way of life from three branches: adventuring, crafting, and diplomacy. There's no shortage of choices, with 19 playable races and 15 different professions.

Battlestations: Midway.

Gamers who prefer their battles in more real-world environments can test their military know-how with Eidos Interactive's Battlestations: Midway for the PC and Xbox 360. The game combines action with real-time strategy as players are tasked with launching a full-scale battle in the Pacific during World War II. Gamers can view the game from a distance and direct units, then seamlessly hop into the cockpit of a plane and take care of business up close and personal.

PlayStation 3 owners starving for a new game for their shiny consoles can finally get one this week. Sonic the Hedgehog heads to the PS3 after a lackluster showing on the Xbox 360. The game sees the speedy mascot up to his old tricks, and Sonic is joined this time by another hedgehog, named Silver.

Fuzion Frenzy 2.

Party games aren't limited to the Wii. The follow-up to the Xbox launch title Fuzion Frenzy hits stores this week with a new developer behind it. Hudson Soft takes over for Blitz Games on Fuzion Frenzy 2, which lets up to four players compete against one another in dozens of simple minigames.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

JANUARY 29, 2007
Mario Kart 64 (Wii via Virtual Console)
Comix Zone (Wii via Virtual Console)
Bonanza Bros (Wii via Virtual Console)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (Wii via Virtual Console)

JANUARY 30, 2007
Rogue Galaxy (PS2)
Battlestations: Midway (PC, X360)
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (PC)
Sonic the Hedgehog (PS3)
Fuzion Frenzy 2 (X360)

FEBRUARY 2, 2007
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (PC)
City Life: World Edition (PC)
Crystal Quest (PC)
Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich (PC)
Ultimate Board Game Collection (PSP)

Discussion

42 comments
Dill-Man
Dill-Man

im still on hotel dusk: room 215 for DS yay DS! :D

Spaction3
Spaction3

I agree with gigabrowser12, don' get the Sonic game, I played it, worst gameplay and ideas ever in a Sonic game.

gmayronne
gmayronne

sonic blows hard.....like it hardcore sucks the life out of the whole sonic series, man i liked sonic back in the day, now his games are C-R-A-P crap

drugun
drugun

Im buying rougue galaxy..................everything else doesnt look as interesting.

Oni
Oni

Fuzion Frenzy 2 looks pretty fun!

GSVale
GSVale

All these games suck, oh wait, I didn't notice Comix Zone there, I take it back. Only 28 days 'til March at least.

AHDOAH
AHDOAH

Rogue Galaxy is worth the wait- -

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

more psp releases please...I hope midway is fun and the multiplayer will pry me away from halo 2.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Riiiidge Racer! I mean Rogue Galaxy. I'll probably pick that up. Geometry Wars... Does that work with Windows XP or is it a Vista exclusive?

Dante565
Dante565

I want rogue galaxy but some of the other games look ok as well.

cduran
cduran

Ariolander, your mistaken, the PS3 doesnt have a little brother it IS the little brother...being that its new. The PS3 needs to learn from its big brother in this case.

DaPlopz
DaPlopz

Battlestations Midway I wanna play but I am tempted by Vanguard. anyone here played it yet?

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

The only game I'm interested in is Battlestations: Midway.

Doolum
Doolum

vivement Fusion Frenzy.And God Rogue Galaxy looks pretty good.i must have it.

Ariolander
Ariolander

Rogue Galaxy! Maybe the PS3 should learn from its little bro and make a game w/o loadscreens and still have amazing graphics.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Rogue Galaxy! Yep yep yep! PS2 still kicks ass!

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

wow interesting week... except 4 sonic- we all hate you now lol

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

Battlestations Midway all the way!!!!!!!!!!

jtanga
jtanga

rogue galaxy all the way...

homaru9950
homaru9950

rogue galaxy an sonic i bene waitinf for those two glad there finally out only two good games mentioned up there (drools......)

blowmestudios
blowmestudios

if Battlestations is the same series as from the playstaion game then i wish i had a 360 and i hope that Sonic doesnt suck on PS3 even though it has eveywhere else im a massive fan having grown up during the genesis days, well see then

slow-pc
slow-pc

Only getting Vanguard here... but ... maybe GW

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Rogue Galaxy doesn't have much competition. I'll be picking that up more than likely.

Pete5506
Pete5506

well I hope the 2nd fuzion frenzy is as good as the 1st

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Rogue Galaxy is the only thing worthile up there.

Cantius
Cantius

I'm going to get Rogue Galaxy alone with Ar Tonelico...

helluvagood
helluvagood

fuzion frenzy is going to be amazing

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

I'll pick up Rogue Galaxy when my current games get stale. It should last until the expansion to Oblivion is out.