The Raw Recruit #8

By Scott Parrino 02 Jun 2003 0

Introduction

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 news@wargamer.com.

New Releases

May 25 - May 31
Lock 'n Load
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord SE
Legion Gold
Enemy Territory

June 1 - June 7
Port Royale
Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon 
Will Rock

June 8 and Beyond
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide
War & Peace
Titans of Steel: Warring Suns
Korsun Pocket
World War II: Frontline Command
Republic: The Revolution

The Raw Recruits for the Week of May 25 and June 1

The past two weeks have been a madhouse for media covering E3, and The Wargamer's staff was no exception.  On the downside, I went last week without updating my regular Raw Recruit column, but on the plus side, I was able to help complete The Wargamer's full-blown E3 coverage.  Our special coverage section for the gaming industry's Mecca is well worth the click

Since I missed last week's column, here's a brief rundown of the games that were released to the North American gaming public during the week of May 25 to May 31.  Up first is the long-awaited release of Mark H. Walker's Lock 'n Load, the squad-based tactical boardgame set in the jungles of Vietnam.  The initial pre-order demand for the game has been so surprising that Shrapnel Games announced last week wouldn't be able to complete the first production run of the game until the early part of this week - the orders should, however, be complete as this article is published.  The next significant release was that of Battlefront.com's and CDV's North American retail debut, Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Special Edition.  The first ever retail release of a Battlefront.com product, the re-packaged Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord title includes a wealth of new content for this "Special Edition", including the recent v1.12 patch, over a 100 new scenarios, new hi-resolution terrain and environmental graphics, and a full 200-page manual.  While long-time fans of the series won't find too much new in the game, it's hoped that gamers who hadn't yet discovered this fabulous franchise will do so with this retail release.  In addition to these big name releases, three other releases should be noted: Strategy First finally released Legion Gold, the updated version of this Roman era turn-based strategy title; Microsoft's Rise of Nations received its public demo for the now-available real-time strategy title, and; Activision released its 100% free multiplayer FPS Enemy Territory (check out previous Raw Recruit discussion on the game), based on the Return to Castle Wolfenstein game.

For this new week of June 1st, there's once again a fine crop of new games from which to choose: Port Royale, The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon, Will Rock in addition to the shovelware package of Dark Age of Camelot: Gold Edition.  Tri Synergy's Port Royale is the $30 import of Ascaron Games' 2002 German release of the same name, which features pirate trading, booty hunting and various other economic activities during the Spice Age.  Although we've not yet gotten our hands on the game, we're intrigued by the economic management aspect and the hyped 3D sea battles with up to 20 ships (Age of Sail, perhaps?).  More information is available on the official web site.  On the RPG front, The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon is the second expansion pack to the well-received The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the first-person RPG from 2002.  Bloodmoon is set in a new frozen world, whose visuals are quite attractive and well-suited for this RPG.  For those looking for a quick fix in the first-person shooter genre this week, Ubi Soft is offering a $20 shooter named Will Rock unabashedly similar to the no frills (but good) Serious Sam - check out the official web site and the game's demo for the full skinny.  Finally, Mythic Entertainment has released a "Gold" edition for its MMORPG, Dark Age of Camelot, which includes the original game and the superb Shrouded Isles expansion pack. 

Top Ten Selling PC Games

Here's the top ten selling PC games list for the week of May 11 - 17 (courtesy of NPDTechWorld).

Top Ten Selling PC Games
1) The Sims: Superstar
2) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
3) Enter The Matrix
4) Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds
5) The Sims Deluxe
6) Command & Conquer: Generals
7) Delta Force Black Hawk Down
8) The Sims: Unleashed
9) Battlefield 1942
10) Diablo 2

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