What We're NOT Playing (Sorry 'Loco Roco 2' And 'Sonic Unleashed')

Thanksgiving is a great time to catch up on the games that have been sitting in your to-do pile for the past couple of weeks.

I may finally decide to move on from "Fallout 3" after this weekend, for example. Well, on second thought, that means I won't be playing "Fallout 3" anymore.

Scratch that…

Stephen's Not Playing...

"Loco Roco 2" (PSP)

Why he's not playing what could be the best PSP game of the year: Because it's only out in Europe right now, or so I've heard. When did Europeans start getting games before Americans? And on Thanksgiving week no less! What is going on? I think this game is also coming out in Japan -- where it was made -- before it ships in the U.S. Were there just too many awesome PSP games filling up the holiday release calendar in America already? Or is America the new Europe?

Patrick's Not Playing...

"Sonic Unleashed" (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii)

Why he's fallen out of love with this hedgehog: Sega has burned me one too many times with this franchise. Diehard "Sonic the Hedgehog" fans seem intent on supporting the publisher by buying these en masse every time there's a new one, but I won't be a part of it. I'm told the 2D-ish bits of "Sonic Unleashed" show glimpses of greatness, only to be heavily outweighed by the overbearing werehog nonsense. Sega's going to have to try a little harder next time.