Big Releases for the Week of September 11th, 2006: Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Lego Star Wars II, Rule of Rose, Mega Man ZX
Rule of Rose from Atlus is something of an anomaly on shelves this week. A horror title about a cult of adolescent girls and their cruel initiation rights for a new recruit is the type of game that usually never makes it outside of Japan let alone on a home console at all. Rule of Rose features some classically styled survival-horror gameplay, a killer soundtrack, and some of the creepiest art direction outside of Silent Hill. Gamers looking for something different would do well to check it out.
The DS gets two hot titles this week. Square-Enix developed Mario Hoops 3-on-3 got rave reviews after its release in Japan this past summer. The game has the arcade-style speed and ease that is the trade mark of Mario’s sports titles and gives players a special treat featuring Mario franchise characters alongside Final Fantasy staples like Mog and Cactuar. Capcom’s Mega Man ZX is the latest spin-off series starring the Blue Bomber. Old-school 2D goodness abounds with much shooting, much platforming, and steep difficulty to be had. The big addition to the series here is the seamless world in the style of Metroid and latter-day Castlevania.