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TV On Steroids: The Latest On Console Gaming
By Lynn A. Powers and TDmonthly.com Staff



March 2005

What are the hottest video game titles? Which is the best selling genre of video games? What are the most popular console accesssories? The following are lists of the best selling video games by platform, genre and more!

TOP 20 BEST SELLING VIDEO GAME
TOP 10 VIDEO GAME CONSOLE ACCESSORIES

Top Video Game Titles by Platform:

TOP 10 DREAMCAST TITLES
TOP 10 NINTENDO 64 TITLES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION 2 TITLES
TOP 10 XBOX TITLES
TOP 10 GAMECUBE TITLES
TOP 30 PSX AND PS2 TITLES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION TITLES
TOP 10 PORTABLE SOFTWARE TITLES

Top Fifteen Video Game Titles by Genre:

TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ACTION TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FIGHTING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ARCADE TITLES 
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME RACING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME SHOOTER TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FLIGHT TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME STRATEGY TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME CHILDREN ENTERTAINMENT TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME ROLE-PLAYING TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME SPORTS TITLES
TOP 15 VIDEO GAME FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT TITLES

Top Ten Video Game Genres by Platform:

TOP 10 PS2 VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 GAMECUBE VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 XBOX VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 NINTENDO 64 VIDEO GAME GENRES
TOP 10 PLAYSTATION VIDEO GAME GENRES

TV On Steroids: The Latest On Console Gaming
By Lynn A. Powers and TDmonthly.com Staff




It’s time to begin Holiday shopping, and one gift certain to light up a recipient’s eyes is a video game system. The 3 hottest video game consoles available are the Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation 2 and Nintendo Game Box.



Microsoft Xbox
Microsoft Xbox
Last year, Microsoft stormed the market with their newest console unit and it’s still one of the most versatile around. The Xbox supports both DVD and CD-ROMs, with 64 MB RAM installed and an Intel Pentium III 733 MHz processor. It has a built-in adapter, 8 GB hard drive for music and saved-game storage, and high-resolution display support. The downsides to the Xbox are its bulky size, making it inconvenient to transport, and the need for a separate kit to unlock its DVD viewing capabilities.

Microsoft’s newest feature is Xbox Live, a beta version of its online multiplayer gaming service that is played on the Internet via broadband.

The top 5 new releases for the Xbox are:
TITLE
FEATURES GENRE ESRB RATING
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Variety of open road environments & "Be The Cop" mode. Sports/Racing Everyone
Hitman 2

Choice of 1st and 3rd person viewpoints & Revised and enhanced inventory system. Action Mature
Conflict: Desert Storm
Squad-based action and stealth featuring four easy-to-control soldiers & expansive, realistic environments.
Action Teen
Loons: Fight for Fame

Multi-player game with characters Bugs Bunny™, Daffy Duck™, and Tasmanian Devil™. Action Pending
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings characters, 3D cinematic cut scenes.
Adventure Teen
[1]

Sony Playstation 2


Sony PlayStation 2
Compared to the Xbox’s 733 MHz processor, the PlayStation 2 is equipped with a 300 MHz processor but is still considered to deliver enhanced and clear graphics. This console plays most of the original PlayStation games as well as a large catalog of newer games. It doubles as both a CD and DVD player. This game system does not yet have Internet or hard drive peripherals. The newest peripheral is the DUALSHOCK® analog controller that has 2 independent force feedback units.



The top 5 new releases for the PlayStation 2 are:
TITLE
FEATURES GENRE ESRB RATING
Madden 2003
New tackling & receiving animations, mini-camp mode, & create-a-playbook Sports/Football Teen
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs
Commands issued to computer-controlled teammates via headset Action/Shooter Mature
Grand Theft Auto III
New levels of criminal behavior w/”severe” adult material
Action/Shooter Mature
NCAA Football 2003
New create-a-school mode & create fight songs, logos, stadium, playbooks Sports/Football Everyone
Gran Turismo™ 3: A-spec
Broadcast-quality visuals, 2 modes of play: arcade & simulation
Sports/Racing Everyone
[2]



Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo GameCube
The Nintendo GameCube is the most affordable of the game systems. Tiny and nearly portable, this system has no DVD or audio CD support, but it offers great graphics and good performance. Gamecube comes equipped with a PowerPC 485 MHz processor with 40 MB RAM installed. Most of the titles are geared towards a younger audience. The newest peripheral for the GameCube is the WaveBird Wireless Controller that allows you to play your favorite games without worrying about cumbersome cords.

The top 5 new releases for the GameCube are:

TITLE
FEATURES GENRE ESRB RATING
Super Smash Brothers
More than 20 of Nintendo’s characters come together for the ultimate battle. Action Teen
NFL QB Club 2002 Improved graphics with 1500 new motion captured animations. Action Everyone
Eternal Darkness
Conjure spells, solve puzzles & slay supernatural beasts. Adventure Mature
Sonic Adventure 2
New 2-player battle mode w/12 playable characters. Action Everyone
Star Wars Rogue Leader
11 primary missions bursting with cutting-edge sound.
Action Teen
[3] 


Additional Information:
[1] http://www.xbox.com
[2] http://www.playstation.com/
[3] http://www.nintendogamecube.com/home.jsp



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