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End of the Week in Review

In a galaxy far, far away, there was baseball at E3

By Troy Roberts     May 16, 2003

© 2002 LucasArts

The Electronic Entertainment Expo ends today, but for me it never really began. While James has been off in LA (working hard I hope), I've been here doing as much work as I possibly can in the time allotted. Before you go feeling sorry for me (which I'm sure none of you do), it was my choice not to go to E3 this year for personal reasons. But when the entire gaming industry is in one place and I'm not there, what am I to do?

To be perfectly honest, the easiest week of the year is E3 if you are not attending. No calls from companies asking you questions and there really aren't any new games coming out, which left me with plenty of time to do some major catching up on my backlog of games on my desk, and to even get some free time in on some games I want to play but rarely have the time.

For the most part, baseball games have been pretty prevalent lately. I've gone through ALL-STAR BASEBALL 2004, MVP BASEBALL 2003, WORLD SERIES BASEBALL 2K3 and to be quite frank, they're all basically the same game. Obviously, one looks a little better than another and one plays a little bit different, but if the truth be told, these are all about the same game. Then again, how much difference can you have between games that are based on the same old sport (for more on that, you can check one of my older Gamers' Thumb called "Which one to buy?").

Thankfully, I've been able to dive a little deeper into STAR WARS GALAXIES this week. For all of you gamers that are wondering, GALAXIES will be an awesome game when it is completed. I originally started my character off as a brawler, but somehow I've evolved into a mix of brawler, marksman, medic and entertainer making me some sort of Renaissance man. Go figure.

Of course, I've been paying attention to the news out of LA, but from what James has told me, there really isn't that much to see other than a few exceptional games (GRAN TURISMO 4, ROGUE SQUADRON III, the new MARIO KART, along with METAL GEAR SOLID 3 and RESIDENT EVIL 4). Expect more in-depth coverage from him whenever he gets back next week.

Of course, there is the work as always, and with James gone, it falls all to me. So I need a break. James will be back next week and will probably be covering the updates for at least the next few days, so don't worry if you see me disappear for a few days. In the words of Arnold, I'll be back.


For all E3 coverage, check the Games Section for the newest tidbits...THE MATRIX ONLINE has been announced and will be released sometime in 2004...Both Sony and Microsoft have dropped the prices of their respective systems to $179.99...Nintendo is developing a new PAC-MAN game...DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION is coming to the Xbox...



The week after E3 never produces much new stuff, but EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BOOMSTICK is scheduled to be released, and from what I've played, the game will be fun for all.

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