Shippin Out Oct. 3-9: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Enslaved, Wii Party

Posted on October 10, 2010

Latest in storied series with 3D graphics hits this week next to Ninja Theory’s action adventure game, Nintendo’s minigame collection and NBA 2K11.

Last week’s new release slate was spearheaded by zombies and soccer, but this week’s focus is vampires and basketball.

Leading the pack this week is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. First teased in March 2008 and formally announced during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game drops this week for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Madrid, Spain-based Mercury Steam led development, with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and his Kojima Productions studio serving as support.

As for the game, Lords of Shadow is set in the year 1047 and and follows Gabriel Belmont, who is a member of the Brotherhood of Light. Gabriel’s quest involves roaming the land in pursuit of pieces of an artifact that can bring the dead back to life, in the process battling nefarious underworld creatures and other mythical monsters and beasts.

Also dropping this week is Visual Concept’s NBA 2K11 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Wii. Legendary hall of famer Michael Jordan graces the title’s cover and is featured in the game as a playable character. Further, the game embraces Jordan more fully by including a handful of Jordan Challenges, including ’The Flu Game.’ In this 1997 NBA Final game, Jordan was violently ill and still managed to tally 39 points in a win. Players will have to match that feat to unlock additional goods.

Though NBA Elite 11 has been indefinitely postponed, EA Sports will still be slamming the hardwood with NBA Jam. The arcade basketball title is due out exclusively on the Wii this week, and the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are due out ’by the holidays.’ The game is a revival of the well regarded 1993 arcade game of the same name, and has been updated with new visuals and gameplay changes. The title sports two distinct modes: classic and remix tour, where gamers can play either in a traditional manner, or with an array of new power-ups and battles, respectively.

Ninja Theory’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is due out this week on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Set in a postapocalyptic America, the game tells the story of slaves forced to work together for survival. The game’s protagonist, the muscular Monkey, is captured by slavers along with the techno-savvy woman Trip. The pair escape, but Trip hacks a slave headband to tie her life to Monkey’s, forcing him to protect her as they search for refuge.

On the portable game front, Square Enix this week is releasing Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. The publisher is calling the title a “back to basics” installment in the storied series, and it will afford gamers more than a single-player adventure.

Four-player co-op has been promised for the title, which will be a turn-based role playing game. It will feature a class system akin to Final Fantasy X-2, with players being able to switch their character’s class by changing the hat they’re wearing, Square Enix said.

Also releasing this week is the Wii exclusive Wii Party. Having debuted in Japan in early July, Wii Party marks Nintendo’s first stab at the party genre since 2007’s Mario Party 8. The title is composed of 13 distinct game modes and packs in over 70 minigames. Nintendo recently purchased a majority stake in the game’s developer, ND Cube, a team arguably most famous for the Gameboy Advance title F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.

Shifting to the music-game space, Konami is bringing Def Jam: Rapstar to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii this week. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will come bundled with the game and a wired mic for $69.99, while the Wii package costs $59.99.

Def Jam Rapstar is the maiden effort from 4mm Games, a publishing and development label founded in part by two original leaders of Rockstar Games. Ghostbusters: The Video Game studio Terminal Reality as well as Def Jam Interactive also contributed to the game, where aspiring emcees can sing along with 45 songs from artists like Kanye West, Nelly, and Notorious B.I.G. The game also features a Freestyle mode, in which gamers can drop their own rhymes over tracks laid down by a variety of hip-hop producers.

For further details on the week’s games, visit GameSpot’s New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.


Wii Party–Wii–Nintendo


Deal or No Deal: Special Edition–DS–Zoo Games

Honda Fever–Wii–CokeM Interactive

Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs–DS–Nintendo

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge–DS–WayForward


Actual Crimes: Jack the Ripper–PSP, PS3–Gamers Digital

Apache Overkill–PS3, PSP–Playerthree

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction–Wii, PS2, DS, PS3, PSP–D3Publisher

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow–PS3, X360–Konami

Crime Lab: Body of Evidence–DS–City Interactive

Deer Drive–DS–Mastiff

Def Jam Rapstar–PS3, X360, Wii–Konami

Discover 4 Game Pack–PC–Viva Media

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West–X360, PS3–Namco Bandai Games

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light–DS–Square Enix

Freddi Fish and Friends: ABC Under the Sea–DS–Atari

Haunted House–Wii–Atari

Hollywood Squares–Wii–Ubisoft

I Love Puppies–DS–Destineer

Insider Chronicles Triple Pack: A New Perspective on Mystery–PC–Viva Media

Jewels of the Tropical Lost Island–DS–City Interactive

John Daly’s ProStroke Golf–PS3–O-Games

Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice–X360, PC–Valve

Littlest Pet Shop 3: Blue Team–DS–Electronic Arts

Littlest Pet Shop 3: Pink Team–DS–Electronic Arts

Littlest Pet Shop 3: Purple Team–DS–Electronic Arts

Natalie Brooks: Triple Trouble Collection–PC–Viva Media

NBA 2K11–Wii, X360, PSP, PS2, PS3– 2K Sports

NBA Jam–Wii–EA Sports

Oops! Prank Party–Wii–Hudson Soft

Petz Fantasy: Sunshine Magic–DS–Ubisoft

Sled Shed featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team–Wii–Southpeak Games

Sports Collection–DS–Ubisoft

Tropico 3: Gold Edition–PC–Kalypso

Vampire Moon: Mystery of the Hidden Sun–DS–City Interactive

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: 3rd Edition–Wii, DS–Ubisoft


Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smil
ey–X360–Twisted Pixel Games


Dragon’s Lair Trilogy–Wii–Destineer

Lionheart: King’s Crusade–PC–Neocore Games

WRC: FIA World Rally Championship–PC–Deep Silver

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