The Raw Recruit #78

By Scott Parrino 16 Aug 2005 0


Welcome to The Wargamer's feature article series, "The Raw Recruit." This weekly feature offers release dates for upcoming computer and board games. The list doesn't include every computer or board game being released, however it does include almost all of the games we believe The Wargamer's audience will enjoy. The release dates presented in this article are for North American releases only and indicate "shipping" dates, not necessarily guaranteed in-store dates. Most major PC titles are released on Tuesday or Wednesday and are widely available across the country by Friday. These release dates are provided in association with The Wargamer's affiliate merchant partner, GoGamer.  Please send any new game release announcements to

New Releases

August 14 - 20
Dungeon Siege II
Madden NFL 2006

August 21 - 27
No Surrender: Battle of the Bulge

August 28 and Beyond
Day of Defeat: Source
Battle of Britain II
Squad Assault: Second Wave

The Raw Recruits for the Week of August 14th

Hot summer days and lots of family vacation time make for little gaming time. The lack of new game releases through the summer months can largely be attributed to our beach-loving, sun-basking culture, but really...what's a pasty-faced geek to do?  And for the rest of us, what games can we enjoy in the hot hot hot summer days?  This week the answer is limited to just two games: Dungeon Siege II and Madden NFL 2006.

Microsoft will release this week their sequel to the 2002 RPG of the same name, marking the return of the hack-n-slash game genre.  To put it simply, the Dungeon Siege series has been consistently labeled as Diablo-lite, a nod to Blizzard's popular RPG game which mixed magic spells with frantic action.  Both Diablo and Dungeon Siege have done well for themselves, so developer Gas Powered Games has revisited the title with a new 3D engine and all-new storyline.  A demo has been released (see our link below), and the game should retail for $50 upon its release.  Orcs, wizards, and dwarves - oh my!

My office fantasy football season opened this week, one of three signs that yes, the NFL season is upon us.  The other two signs are (of course) the start of pre-season play and the release of EA's latest edition of its hugely popular Madden franchise.  While I won't be drafting Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb (Madden curse, anyone?), I predict I will find myself in front of a TV at some point this fall, playing a game of Madden with one of my many casual gaming friends.  Unfortunately, the critics of the series have even more ammunition this year; not only is the series the only official NFL game available, but early reviews have found the 2006 version lacking any real innovation.  For those undeterred by the price tag, Madden will become available on the PC this week.

The Volunteer Recruits

Here's the current crop of game demos released in the past few weeks (some links may expire over time):

  • Codename Panzers - Both a single player and multiplayer demo are available for this new WW2 RTS.
  • Dungeon Siege II [300 MB] - It's a sequel to a pretty solid RPG, but the developer is using this demo to prove its point.
  • F.E.A.R. [647 MB] - 2005's DOOM 3, in demo form.
  • Heroes of the Pacific [313 MB] - Certainly not F-16, but definitely a World War II arcade flight sim.
  • Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [220 MB] - RTW's expected expansion pack is nearly upon us: try it now!
  • T-72 [193 MB] - Tanksimmers, rejoice!  Battlefront's collaboration with a Russian developer has produced excellent fruits.
  • WinSPMBT [100 MB] - This free upgrade to the classic wargame Steel Panthers 2 just became fully Windows compatible.  This is the full version of the game.

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