Friday 13th – pretty unlucky for gamers that donâ€™t own a DS, as thatâ€™s the only format on the receiving end of significant new games this week.
Pokemon Ranger is likely to chart the highest. It isnâ€™t a proper Pokemon game but has something to do with capturing the critters by drawing rings around them. Noir graphic novel Hotel Dusk: Room 215 has had some strong reviews but the very dated looking Harvest Moon DS hasnâ€™t gone down too well. The map is too large, the animation is poor and the menus are ugly. If youâ€™ve got Animal Crossing then stick with that.
Wing Island on Wii is another to avoid, having been billed as a poor manâ€™s Pilotwings with cartoon birds as central characters. Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 on PlayStation 2 might be worth a look if you donâ€™t own the PSP collections though, and judging by the demo Everybodyâ€™s Tennis is a twee alternative to Virtua Tennis.
Next week isnâ€™t looking great at the moment with only Final Fantasy V and Free Running on PlayStation 2 and PSP standing out. Roll on God of War II. But not literally – youâ€™ll get the case covered in back hairs and that.