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This week in games: Kinect, Bond, Kratos

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Platforms: X360

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Thursday is launch day for Microsoft's new Kinect motion control system, and the line is already forming in New York's Times Square. The party kicks off at midnight -- and if you're one of the first 3,000 in line, you'll get a free Kinect, plus a game and a year of Xbox Live Gold. So what are you waiting for? Get down there!

What, you're still here? Suit yourself. We'll be bringing you plenty of Kinect coverage this week, as critics and consumers react to Microsoft's entry in the motion controller war, but if you're curious to see how the new system stacks up next to Sony and Nintendo's solutions, you can find out right here.

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James Bond: Goldeneye 007

Platforms: Wii

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If you were a college student during the late 90s, you'll recognize that name, and already be grinning (or wincing) with nostalgia. Goldeneye was one of the first console games to really make the first-person-shooter formula gel with a controller -- and now it's coming to the Wii this week. Critics are giving it the nod over Blood Stone, heaping particular praise on its single-console multiplayer.

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Fishdom Double Pack

Platforms: Yahoo! Games

One fish, two fish; red fish, blue fish. Get two fish games for the price
of one with this red-hot aquarium adventure pack. You'll be laughing all the way
to the tank.

James Bond: Blood Stone

Platforms: X360, PS3, DS, PC

The new Bond movie might be cancelled, but this game ain't. In fact, it's the only chance you'll get at a new Bond experience this year. Boasting writing from veteran 007 scribe Bruce Feirstein, it'll pack all the thrills, frills, and spills of a Bond flick -- or, at least, that's what we're hoping. Early reviews are mixed, so you might want to contemplate putting in some Goldeneye time while this one plays out.

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God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Platforms: PSP

All the God of War games have been critical hits, but the
latest outing of this stellar series on the PSP is looking to have pushed the
envelope even further. Tipped as one of the PSP's best titles ever, it's an
easy recommendation, though its action-packed, brutal gameplay is for grown-up
gods only.

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Pokepark: Pikachu's Adventure

Platforms: Wii

--> The latest Pokemon spin-off comes to U.S. shores
this week. It's not your typical monster-collecting role-playing deal, however,
instead letting you rip around the PokePark as Pikachu in an action-adventure
game. Can it match up to the spectacular success of the DS Pokemon titles?
Actually, no. Judging by its woeful receptions overseas, the world's most
famous electric mouse has blown a fuse.

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Platforms: Wii

A Wii version of a celebrated TV quiz, this game features
over 2,400 clues, commercial-break-style minigames, and three-player support.

"What is Jeopardy, Alex."


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Toy Story 3

Platforms: PS2

One of the year's best kids games comes to the world's
favorite console this week. In the (unlikely) event that you don't already own
a PS2, this week also sees the release of a new bundle deal: a PS2 console,
plus Toy Story 3, for just $99.

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