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The Week Ahead: Feb 18-22

A look at what to expect from next week: new releases, events and more
New Releases

There's a bunch of interesting releases for the UK today that should make some dent on the charts in ten days' time, although nothing that is likely to turn the world upside-down.

For the Xbox 360 there's Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Elements, the console version of last year's PC original with a few bits and pieces added in for good measure.

The PC version was much-anticipated, but generally failed to live up to expectation in terms of critical response, and according to Eurogamer.net the Xbox 360 edition suffers from some similar problems.

Anybody that's got a DS is likely to be pleased to know the next instalment in the Cooking Mama series is available now in the UK - Cooking Mama 2 promises more recipes, twice as many mini-games and a multiplayer mode as well.

Meanwhile on other platforms, titles to look out for include the PlayStation 3 port of NBA Live 08 and RPG Phantasy Star II for the Wii.

Events

The big thing on everybody's mind next week will of course be GDC, and GamesIndustry.biz will have full coverage from the Moscone Centre from Monday onwards, including a special GDC section on the site with a full event preview, news and interviews.

Charts

Devil May Cry 4 is likely to make the biggest splash in the UK all formats chart next week, particularly with the PS3 and Xbox 360 sales combined - the game's already been released in Japan, although didn't make much of a dent compared to the massive sales there of Super Smash Bros Brawl.

The Club should also feature in there somewhere, and the power of the Disney marketing machine will be on trial for the revival of the Turok brand.

Releases to look forward to next week include FIFA Street 3 and Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.

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