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New PAL Releases Roundup

Don't mention the Modern Warfare 2.

So, Modern Warfare 2's out. But that's enough of that. More than enough.

The brave few who also chose to dance into shop-land this week struggle to nominate a leader, with honours probably falling to SimBin's Race On for PC, another no-doubt expertly observed simulation, this time covering Touring Cars from 2006 to 2008. New tracks include Laguna Seca and Road America, but it's probably fair to say that if you're into this then you already know that and don't need me or Wikipedia telling you anything.

Elsewhere it really is slim pickings. There's Invizimals from Sony, which may as well be EyePet PSP; there's Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, which is a decent game but a fairly slight sequel; and there's Tropico 3, a management sim set in a banana republic.

One game that probably has nothing to fear from Activision's war juggernaut is Cooking Mama 3 on DS, although perhaps assuming there's little in the way of demographic overlap is the same wrong conclusion we often scold others for jumping to. But you know, we're probably on safe ground.

Then there's Tornado Outbreak, which gets a mention for no other reason than the bullet points on the back of the box. There are two. They are:

  • Epic Boss Battles
  • Destroy Everything

Woo videogames!

This week in shops:

  • COP: The Recruit (DS)
  • Cooking Mama 3 (DS)
  • Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Invizimals (PSP)
  • Modern Warfare 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Race On (PC)
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage (Wii)
  • Tornado Outbreak (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Tropico 3 (PC, Xbox 360)

This week online:

  • 0D Beat Drop (Xbox Live Arcade)
  • Bubble Trubble (PSP minis)
  • Encleverment Experiment (Xbox Live Arcade)
  • NBA Unrivaled (Xbox Live Arcade)