Shippin’ Out Feb. 27-Mar. 5: Fight Night Champion, Black Ops PS3 DLC

Posted on February 28, 2011

New release slate highlighted by first M-rated franchise entry and First Strike add-on content for Sony’s console; Beyond Good & Evil HD, Rift, Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II: Retribution also out.

The splendid shooter Killzone 3 and the foul-mouthed Bulletstorm led all releases last week, but this week’s focus shifts to hand-to-hand fighting, Call of Duty multiplayer, and a revival of Beyond Good & Evil.

Leading the pack this week is EA Sports’ Fight Night Champion for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Champion is the first Fight Night game to be rated M for Mature. The game is being billed as one that is “gritty” and “dark,” with animations and player damage that “truly conveys the brutality of the sport of boxing.”

EA is promising a refined physics-based animation system and a new “Full Spectrum Punch Control” scheme. The title will focus on a single-player mode intended to re-create the dramatic and emotional aspects of the sport.

PlayStation 3 gamers looking to add to their copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops can pick up the $15 First Strike downloadable content this week via the PlayStation Network. As for the content, the map pack includes four new multiplayer environments ranging in locale from the Berlin Wall in Germany to a North American hockey rink. The add-on also bundles one environment for the game’s zombie mode dubbed Ascension.

While Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still far off, fans of the series can pick up an updated version of the well-received original this week on Xbox Live. Beyond Good & Evil HD will feature 1080p graphics, including enhanced character models and upgraded textures, and Ubisoft has also remastered the game’s musical score.

Also out this week is Trion Worlds’ massively multiplayer online game Rift for PC. As its title might suggest, the game’s premise is that of “rifts” in space time that are playing havoc with the land of Telara and threatening to tear the fabric of the universe. The world will be highly malleable, as these rifts can be triggered by players or the development team, and they can also occur spontaneously. Their arrival will apparently alter the landscape, as well as open up new areas for exploration.

Those who would rather add to an existing game than pick up a new one can grab Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution for the PC. Retribution follows on from the events that transpired in Dawn of War II’s first expansion, Chaos Rising. Set 10 years later, the game sees the Imperium reeling after an apparent betrayal by Gabriel Angelos’ Space Marines. Gamers will be able to assume command of their chosen faction to experience the events of the game as they play out.

Gamers looking for something a little lighter this week can pick up Rango The Video Game. It will be released the Tuesday before the Johnny Depp-voiced animated Western releases in theaters on Friday, March 4. Like its film inspiration, the action adventure game will follow the travails of its titular out-of-his-element lizard. The game will be set in the Wild West town of Dirt, and gamers will find themselves meeting quirky characters, as well as engaging in shoot-outs and other old-timey activities.

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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Fate of the World–PC–Red Redemption

Martial Empires: The Catastrophe of Babylon–PC–gamigo

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

Chuck E. Cheese’s Sports Games–Wii–UFO Interactive

Fight Night Champion–PS3, X360–EA Sports

Rango: The Video Game–PS3, X360, Wii, DS–Paramount Digital Entertainment

Rift–PC–Trion Worlds

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution–PC–THQ

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

Beyond Good & Evil HD–X360–Ubisoft

Call of Duty: Black Ops: First Strike–PS3–Activision

Perfect World International: Genesis–PC–Perfect World Entertainment

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Shippin’ Out Feb. 27-Mar. 5: Fight Night Champion, Black Ops PS3 DLC” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:55:27 -0800

Shippin’ Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm

Posted on February 20, 2011

New release slate led by Guerrilla Games’ third Helghan title, People Can Fly’s shooter; Knights Contract, de Blob 2 also out.

Last week Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds led all new releases, but this week’s focus replaces fighting with first-person shooting.

Leading the pack this week is Killzone 3. Due out on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 3, the title is the second Killzone title to debut on Sony’s high definition console, following 2009′s adored Killzone 2.

Killzone 3 will be available in two versions, a standard $60 release and a $130 limited-edition package with a replica mask and helmet of the series’ signature Helghast armies. While the headgear is the centerpiece of the extra goodies, the collector’s edition will also include a 6.5-inch articulated cloaking Helghast marksman action figure, an art book, and a voucher to download multiplayer maps, the game’s soundtrack, and more.

Out this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC is People Can Fly’s controversial first-person shooter/kicker Bulletstorm. Developed by Epic subsidiary People Can Fly, Bulletstorm is built around a skillshot system that rewards players for dispatching enemies in creative and often gory ways.

Those who purchase the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will earn access to the multiplayer beta for Epic Games’ Gears of War 3, which will most likely kick off in April.

Also out this week is Knights Contract for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Knights Contract sees players following the unlikely duo of the witch Gretchen and the immortal executioner Heinrich. Though Gretchen actually died at Heinrich’s hands, she has been resurrected and now controls the scythe-wielding warrior. Together the pair struggles to save the world from a “black spell of death” and a supernatural army called the Harmonculous.

As Heinrich, gamers string together appendage-dismembering combos while the computer-controlled Gretchen uses her magic in a supporting role. Players will also be able to coordinate the pair’s attacks by issuing mid-melee commands to Gretchen, as well as executing finishing moves. While Heinrich is invincible, players will need to protect the vulnerable Gretchen if they want to complete their quest.

Gamers looking to get messy can pick up de Blob 2 this week. Unlike its predecessor, which debuted only on the Wii, the sequel hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday.

In the console versions of de Blob 2, antagonist Comrade Black returns to suck the vivacity out of Prisma City, rigging an election to regain control of the commonwealth. As de Blob, players platform their way through the mired Prisma City, spreading color and restoring the city to its once-vibrant nature. de Blob will have a number of new moves and upgradable abilities, as well as a robot sidekick named Pinky. In addition to free-roaming levels, the console versions will feature a 2D underground component.

The DS version will feature exclusively 2D side-scrolling play. The handheld installment sees de Blob lounging in the tropics after having reclaimed Chroma City from the clutches of Comrade Black. In said jungle, however, the evil machinations of Comrade Black collaborator Dr. Von Bolt continue. He is conducting nefarious experiments on woodland creatures. New moves, compatriots, and enemies await de Blob in the DS adventure game.

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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Ys I and II Chronicles–PSP–Xseed Entertainment

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Bulletstorm–PC, X360, PS3–Electronic Arts

de Blob 2–DS, Wii, X360, PS3–THQ

The Dreamcast Collection–PC, 360–Sega

Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money–PC, PS3–Bethesda Softworks

Gray Matter–PC–Viva Media

Knights Contract–PS3, 360–Namco Bandai Games

Radiant Historia–DS–DS–Atlus U.S.A. Inc.

Rec Room Games–DS–Destineer

Trackmania–Wii–Dreamcatcher

Trackmania Turbo–DS–Dreamcatcher

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Bejeweled Blitz Live–X360–PopCap

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Gemini Rue–PC–Wadjet Eye Games

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Painkiller: Redemption–PC–DreamCatcher Interactive

Trapped Dead–PC–Iceberg Interactive


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Shippin’ Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 20 Feb 2011 04:40:25 -0800

Shippin’ Out February 13-19: Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Posted on February 14, 2011

New release slate championed by Capcom’s latest fighting game; Gears of War Triple Pack, Dragon Quest VI DS also out.

Last week You Don’t Know Jack and Mario Sports Mix led all releases, but this week’s focus is more pugnacious.

Leading the pack this week is Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The latest crossover title from Capcom pits characters from the Marvel Comics universe against Capcom’s suite of fighters. On the comics side, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man will be featured in the game. And in Capcom’s corner, Ryu, Chris Redfield, and Dante highlight just a fraction fo the full roster.

Also out this week is the Gears of War Triple Pack for the Xbox 360. This bundle includes the original Gears of War, Gears of War 2, and Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection, which boasts 19 multiplayer maps and the single-player mission Road to Ruin.

On-the-go gamers can pick up the latest Dragon Quest title this week for the Nintendo DS. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation, the portable remake of 1995’s SNES role-playing game arrives on Valentine’s Day.

Another new portable title out this week is Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for the PSP. The title is a remake featuring extra subplots, new and redesigned characters, and added gameplay mechanics that allow players to turn back time, either to change the story’s direction by revisiting key plot points or to replay critical points of individual battles for a better outcome.

Gamers who prefer not to use a controller can pick up two new Kinect title this week. THQ’s Dance Paradise and Brunswick Pro Bowling are both out on Tuesday.

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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation–DS–Nintendo

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Brunswick Pro Bowling–X360–Crave

Dance Paradise–X360–THQ

Gears of War Triple Pack–X360–Microsoft Game Studios

Hyperdimension Neptunia–PS3–NIS America

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds–X360, PS3–Capcom

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together–PSP–Square Enix

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok–PC–Iceberg Interactive


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Shippin’ Out February 13-19: Marvel vs. Capcom 3” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 13 Feb 2011 07:30:48 -0800

The Video Game Release List of 2/7 – 2/13

Posted on February 07, 2011

You’ll cower, you’ll laugh, you’ll pretend to be a playboy, you’ll dribble, you’ll laugh again and hey, perhaps you might just learn a little something too–such is the powerful and varied nature of next week’s new video game releases. Do remember that if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you’ll be able to nab Stacking for free at launch.

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Shippin’ Out Jan. 16-22: Little Big Planet 2, Mass Effect 2 PS3

Posted on January 18, 2011

New release slate championed by Media Molecule’s platformer sequel, Sony debut of Commander Shepard’s latest adventure; Mindjack also out.

Last week massively multiplayer superhero fans received the long-awaited DC Universe Online, but the hero of this week is more lilliputian.

Spearheading the week is Media Molecule’s Little Big Planet 2. First expected to debut during the holiday season, its developer pushed it back in favor of additional polish in September. Little Big Planet 2 expands upon the triple-platinum first game’s creative options. Instead of just being able to create levels in a game, players will now be able to craft entire genres of games, such as top-down racing games, multiplayer shooters, and role-playing games.

Also out this week is BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 for the PlayStation 3. Running on the Mass Effect 3 game engine, the title will debut both at brick and mortar retail and via Sony’s PlayStation Network as a 12 GB digital download on Tuesday. The game casts players once again as Commander Shepard, a former Alliance Marine who finds himself in the employ of the shadowy pro-human group known as Cerberus. For more information, check out GameSpot’s full review of the Xbox 360 edition of the game.

Gamers with a thirst for shooting can pick up Mindjack this week for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The title places players in the turbulent world of 2031, when the planet is beset with political unrest. They will assume the role of Jim Corbijn, a federal agent equipped with high-tech devices that allow him to “hack” the minds of enemies or civilians and control vehicles to control their respective abilities. His skills will come in handy once he is sucked into a netherworld of intrigue where corporations battle countries for supremacy.

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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

Little Big Planet 2–PS3–SCEA

Mass Effect 2–PS3–Electronic Arts

Mindjack–X360, PS3–Square Enix

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–DS–O-Games

Plants Vs. Zombies–DS–PopCap

Touch ‘N’ Play Collection–DS–O-Games

Venetica–PC–Atari


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Shippin’ Out Jan. 16-22: Little Big Planet 2, Mass Effect 2 PS3” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:34:00 -0800

Shippin’ Out January 9-15: DC Universe Online

Posted on January 09, 2011

SOE and Warner Bros. superhero-infused MMORPG takes to the streets alongside Kingdom Hearts II: Re:coded, Prinny 2, and Ghost Trick.

Around this time last year, the gaming industry saw a glut of big-budget titles that missed–or dodged–the holiday release window, including the likes of Darksiders, Bayonetta, and Army of Two: The 40th Day. This year is shaping up to be a bit less front-loaded, though it does still have a few potential hits arriving during the second full week of 2011.

Perhaps the biggest launch this week is DC Universe Online from Sony Online Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The PC and PlayStation 3 game lets players create their crime fighter or villain, and because it is set in the DC Universe, such locales include Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City. Also, a range of heroes and villains from the comic book publisher’s immense stable will lend their presence to the game. The game will also benefit from heralded comic artist Jim Lee and scribe Marv Wolfman, who are contributing to the project.

Handheld gamers have a number of options this week. On the DS, fans of the Disney-Square Enix crossover series Kingdom Hearts can pick up Re:coded, which follows a digitized version of Sora. Fans of Capcom’s Ace Attorney series may be interested in Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, an investigative adventure game from Shu Takumi.

As for the PSP offerings, NIS America returns with its infernal penguin brigade in Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!. A spin-off of the Disgaea franchise, Prinny is an action platformer that the developer billed as the most “challenging side-scrolling action game ever.” Its predecessor follows in those footsteps, taking place after the original and telling the story of Netherworld overlord Etna’s missing panties.

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.

JANUARY 11

101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix–WII–Atlus Co.

DC Universe Online–PS3, PC–Sony Online Entertainment

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective–DS–Capcom

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded–DS–Square Enix

Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!–PSP–NIS America

JANUARY 12

SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny–PC–JoWooD Entertainment

Zeit 2–X360–Ubisoft


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Shippin’ Out January 9-15: DC Universe Online” was posted by Tom Magrino on Sun, 09 Jan 2011 12:00:00 -0800

This Week in New Releases – Dec 12-18

Posted on December 13, 2010

It’s a week light on content and heavy in substance with Super Mario All-Stars and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam.


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The Video Game Release List of 11/13 – 11/19

Posted on November 14, 2010

Well, now that Call of Duty: Black Ops is out of the way it’s time GAME EXPLOSION. There’s a lot going on this week as everyone gears up for the Black Friday shopping spree that will take place in a few weeks. There’s definitely something for everyone here, but I’m leaning toward Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 for the Wii!

Also, the only shooter is Ghost Recon for the Wii. I guess everyone is giving Call of Duty at least 2 weeks of respect in that genre.

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New Releases – Oct 17 – 23

Posted on October 15, 2010

This week we explore radioactive wastelands, Nintendo’s pink mascot, turntables, cage-fighting action, and soccer.


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