It's a shame Force Unleash II wasn't any good. I have been waiting months for this game, and at this point I doubt I'll even rent it.
Busy week at retail sees bountiful array of heavy hitters including The Sims 3 for consoles, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, The Fight: Lights Out, Shaun White Skateboarding, and Tony Hawk: Shred.
Halloween is just around the corner, but this week's new release slate is scaring up a jack-o'-lantern full of prominent titles.
Leading the virtual charge this week is Fable III, Lionhead's third entry in the Microsoft-exclusive series. The action role-playing game comes to the Xbox 360 on Tuesday, with a PC version debuting at a much, much later date. The title differs from the original Fable and Fable II in that the hero begins his or her life as a minion and then leads a revolution against the land's tyrant. The hero will then become a monarch and must face the responsibilities of that hefty position. The title features the voices of comedy hero John Cleese, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Zoe Wanamaker, and others.
Also dropping on Tuesday is LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. The title, due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC, is a sequel to the 2008 original, taking place six months after the events of its predecessor. The original was the fastest-selling LucasArts Star Wars game in history and went on to sell more than 7 million units in its lifetime.
For music gamers, Harmonix's Rock Band 3 is out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday. Rock Band 3 will ship simultaneously globally in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and "other territories." The game is the first in the series to employ a piano as a playable instrument and will come with a Pro mode, where those with high-end MadCatz peripherals can literally play along with any given song.
The Sims 3 took the PC and Mac by storm when it was released over a year ago. Electronic Arts will hope for similar success with the console version, due out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on Tuesday. A DS version is coming in 2011. Published under the EA Play label, the game will sport many of the same customization and character creation options as the PC edition of the game, as well as some new features. These include karma powers, which players can use to give their in-game incarnations instant luck--be it good or bad.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will let players create and exchange content with one another, while the Wii version will focus on adventure game elements and is set in a beachfront community. The DS will also foster player creativity, with an emphasis on stylus-driven creation tools for clothes, houses, and furniture, as well as a story mode that follows a family through life.
Those looking for a fight this week can pick up Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. The latest entry in THQ's fighting series is due out on Tuesday for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii. One of the title's new features is its updated physics system. Objects like chairs, tables, and ladders can be manipulated with greater realism in the 2011 version.
Another fighting title due out this week is The Fight: Lights Out. A PlayStation Move exclusive, the title lets players fight in the dark and gritty underground with Sony's new motion controllers, which have shipped more than a million units thus far.
There's also a boarder war happening at retail this week. Tony Hawk: Shred and Shaun White Skateboarding are both due out on Tuesday. Shred is the follow-up to Activision's Tony Hawk: Ride, which also used the much maligned skateboard peripheral. The title is aimed at a younger audience and incorporates a snowboarding component in the iconic skateboarding-only series. Shaun White's game is the frizzle-haired Olympic hero's first stab at the skateboarding genre. Previously, the carrot-topped 24-year-old starred in Shaun White Snowboarding for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
Finally, those who have yet to experience Rockstar Games' sandbox crime game, a new Grand Theft Auto: IV SKU is dropping on Tuesday for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Grand Theft Auto: IV Complete Edition bundles the lauded game with its two expansion packs--The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony--for $40.
For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Release 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.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Shaun White Skateboarding--WII, X360, PS3--Ubisoft
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25
Bit.Trip Fate--WII--Aksys Games
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
Family Party: 90 Great Games Party Pack--WII--D3Publisher
Go Series: Defence Wars--DS--Gamebridge Robox--WII--DreamBox Games
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
Blood Drive--PS3, X360--Activision
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011--WII--Activision
Crafting Mama--DS--Majesco Games
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy--PC, X360, PS3, WII--Ubisoft
Deca Sports 3--WII--Hudson Entertainment
Disney Channel All Star Party--WII--Disney Interactive Studios
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure--WII, PS2--Take-Two Interactive
Dora's Cooking Club--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Fable III--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
Go, Diego, Go! Mega Bloks Build & Rescue--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition--PS3, X360--Rockstar Games
Hasbro Family Game Night 3--X360, PS3, WII--Electronic Arts
Hidden Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials--DS--GameMill Publishing
Imagine Fashion Stylist--DS--Ubisoft
Lego Universe--PC, MAC--NetDevil
Monopoly Streets--PS3, WII--Electronic Arts
NERF N-Strike Double Blast Bundle--WII--Electronic Arts
Nickelodeon Fit--WII--2K Games
Petz Catz Playground--DS--Ubisoft
Petz Nursery 2--DS--Ubisoft
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack--X360, PS3--Rockstar Games
Rock Band 3-- X360, PS3, WII, DS--MTV Games
SBK X: Superbike World Championship--X360, PS3--SouthPeak Games
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II--X360, WII, PS3, PC, DS--LucasArts
Superstars V8 Racing--PS3--O-Games
The Ball--PC--Tripwire Interactive
The Fight: Lights Out--PS3--SCEA
The Sims 3: Late Night Expansion Pack--PC--Electronic Arts
The Sims 3--X360, PS3, DS--Electronic Arts
Tony Hawk: Shred--X360, PS3, WII--Activision
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011-- X360, PS3, WII, PSP, PS2--THQ
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5--PSP--Konami
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman--PSP--NIS America
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
Intellivision Lives!--DS--Virtual Play Inc.
Pinball FX 2--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition--PC--Focus Home Interactive
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
Chevrolet Camaro--WII--CokeM Interactive
@The_Dragon_Born i hope it does because then peter can start making black and white 3 fables good but i really want a new BnW
Alright, more from NIS America. Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman is from the creaters of Disgaea. Still love playing PSP strategy/RPG titles. This one is what I pickup this week.
For me, it looks like I will finally experience GTA and depending on the review of The Fight: Lights Out, I might be willing to shell out money for that!!!
man a lot of good games this week! rock band 3, fable 3, and force unleashed 2 my favorites. (i'm so broke lol)
@AgentRebecca I'm not saying all Wii games are shovelware. But you can't deny that there is a ton of it, and that it can be annoying to filter through all the junk spamming the platform to get to the legit titles. To be fair, there's plenty on the 360 and PS3 as well, but there's far more of it on the Wii/DS because they have higher installed bases and because they are much cheaper to develop for.
Fable 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition I'll have to wait till I get some money rolling in.
Fable 3 and Force Unleashed for me. Anyone have thoughts on whether Fable will finally live up to its potential fully?
This month sucks! There are way too many games out there now! Damn it my spare reserves are being punished. Damn you video gaming industry, I love you so! LMAO And just think, more coming next month...Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit anyone?
oh, and i already got 1600 microsoft points waiting for RDR's Undead Nightmare and WWE's Fan Access. i'm going to need more points for The Door's RB track pack, though.
i've been looking forward to and dreading this week for months. i got Rock Band 3 and WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 prepaid and waiting for me, but i was also wanting (but had to pass on) Fable III, Star Wars and Cabela's Dangerous Hunts. Splatterhouse was originally scheduled for the 26th, too, before getting pushed back a month. what's cool is that RB3 and WWE are both the kinda games that don't require much commitment or thinking.. i can just throw them in anytime i got 5 minutes to spare. and since i'm passing on Fable III (for now), i can focus on my commitment to Fallout: New Vegas that came out last week.
@BrunRaq GameSpot already separated each version, if you click some title(s) you'll see small icon, on upper left. below cover page (green for 360, blue for PC, & violet for PS3, etc) :)
"Leading the virtual charge this week is Fable III, Lionhead's third entry in the Microsoft-exclusive series. The action role-playing game comes to the Xbox 360 on Tuesday" the 29th is a friday. wtf?
I have The Force Unleashed 2 fully pre-ordered for the 360 and I have Fable 3 nearly paid off but it is still pre-ordered all the same and I'm going to pick up RDR Undead nightmare pack.
Only games I'm interested in is Fable 3 and SW:FU2 for XBox 360. I haven't even played RDR yet, so the expansion can wait. I'm done with the Guitar games. I haven't played one in likfe 3 months now. Gotta get ready for Kinect next month.
On Oct 26 I will be working for the Reaver Industries. I cant wait for Fable 3 and the Red Dead Undead Pack.
can gamespot please separate pc games from consoles? it shouldnt give so much trouble finding them...
Fable 3 Star Wars TFU II are looking good and are definitely on my list, and when will Activision let Tony Hawk breathe for god's sake!?!?! It's already dead quit beating the horse man!!!! Quit beating the horse!!!
@nparks I have a Wii and i like Wii games, so i would like to know when Wii games come out. As well as hundreds more.
Undead Nightmare tuesday, then maybe the sims 3 next month. im done with fable, it didnt live up to the hype. they had about 7 years to make it epic, and they failed. fun game, solid series, just not what i thought it would be.
Can we move all of the Wii/DS shovelware to a separate list and have one just for real games shipping out? I think that would be really helpful, Gamespot.
@monson21502 Because PS3 fans dis xbox out of boredom for no reason or they are jealous that xbox has Fable 3 and they dont.
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- The Sims 3
- SmackDown vs. Raw 2011
- Undead Nightmare Pack
- SW: Force Unleashed II
- Rock Band 3
- The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion Pack
- Grand Theft Auto IV Complete
- The Fight: Lights Out
- Shaun White Skateboarding
- Monopoly Streets
- Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman
- Tony Hawk: Shred
- Petz: Catz Playground
- Crafting Mama
- Hasbro Game Night 3
- GO Series: Defense Wars
- Deca Sports 3
- Nickelodeon Fit
- Disney Channel All Star Party
- Go, Diego, Go! Mega Bloks Build & Rescue
- Blood Drive
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Bit.Trip Fate
- Family Party: 90 Great Games Party Pack