The Week In Review: June 25-29

June 29, 2007

It’s been a while since we did this, so forgive me if I’m a bit rusty. However, with the newly relaunched Snackbar Games, we thought it would be as good a time as any to revisit our weekly look back at video game news, gossip, and all around happenings. So without further ado, we present… The Week in Review!

Things aren’t going too well for Rockstar games. As we have previously reported, Manhunt 2 was denied an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the UK, essentially banning the game from sale in that region. Since that initial report, the as yet unreleased game was also banned from sale in Ireland, and was similarly branded with the scarlet AO (Adults Only) rating in the states.

As things went from bad to worse for the studio, Nintendo and Sony quickly responded, stating that they will not allow a game with an AO rating to be released on their consoles, a move that quickly prompted Take Two to suspend the sequel’s release until things can be sorted out. We eagerly await what the higher-ups will decide. Will they waste millions of dollars and cancel the project all together, or try to edit the game?

But things were not just doom and gloom for Rockstar this week, with the company unveiling their upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition. The pack will cost a whooping $90, but in return, fan’s will net a duffel bag, a customized GTA branded metal safety deposit box, a keychain (for box’s keys), an art book, a soundtrack CD, and of course the game. The Special Edition will be available for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

Staying with GTA IV, Rockstar has also released the second trailer for the game, and two new screens, all of which can be seen on the game’s official website. The game is looking great.

Elsewhere, officials from Nintendo announced that the company plans to release downloadable games for the Wii, in a fashion seemingly not all that different from Xbox Live Arcade of the PlayStation Network. The upcoming service, called WiiWare in the US and Wii Software in Europe, is described as a A