John Woo's gangster epic locks and loads; EA's WWII shooter takes the plunge; spate of downloadable classics invade the Wii and Xbox 360.
Gamers hoping to catch a breath of air after reemerging from the depths of Rapture have a Stranglehold to look forward to this week. In collaboration with film auteur John Woo, Midway's Stranglehold is the continuation of the cult Hong Kong gangster epic Hard-Boiled. Initially scheduling the game to ship last week, Midway capped off the game's oft-delayed history with one last dally, bumping the Xbox 360 game to this week and the PC and PlayStation 3 versions to later this month. Rated M for Mature, the game retails for $59.99. A collector's edition that includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the game and extended cutscenes is also available for $69.95. A demo for the game is currently available on Xbox Live.
Sharing the limelight with Stranglehold this week is EA's Medal of Honor: Airborne for the Xbox 360 and PC. The latest installment in the long-running series attempts to remove the scripted scenarios of similar WWII shooters by giving players free rein in free-roaming battlefields. Medal of Honor: Airborne is rated T for Teen and will retail on the Xbox 360 for $59.99 and on the PC for $49.99. A PS3 version is slated to release in November. The first level of the game is available in demo form on Xbox Live and GameSpot.
Aside from MOH: Airbone, this Tuesday is shaping up to be a busy release day. Highlights of the day include Worms finding pay dirt on the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable in Open Warfare 2 for $29.99, EA unleashing its latest Sims 2 expansion, Bon Voyage, on PCs for $29.99, and Naruto kicking folks in the face in Uzumaki Chronicles 2 on the PlayStation 2 for $39.99.
Diverging from its typical sure and steady self, the Wii's Virtual Console has not three but four new offerings this week. Both originally appearing on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Hudson's side-scrolling platformer Adventure Island and Nintendo's edutainment spin on Donkey Kong Jr. Math are available for 500 Wii points ($5). Climax Entertainment's Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole is also available this week for 800 Wii points ($8), as is Red Company's TurboGrafx-16 classic Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure for 600 Wii points ($6).
The Xbox 360 will see two classics added to its library this week. Midway's football-from-the future Cyberball 2072 joins SNK's classic beat-'em-up Fatal Fury Special on Microsoft's downloadable game service. Both games can be bought for 400 Microsoft points ($5).
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
SEPTEMBER 3, 2007
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)
Panzer Killer (PC)
Hearts of Iron Anthology (PC)
Adventure Island (Wii)
Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii)
LandStalker: The Treasures of King Nole (Wii)
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Wii)
SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
Medal of Honor: Airborne (X360, PC)
Garfield's Nightmare (DS)
EyeToy: Play 3 (PS2)
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (PC)
Pool Party (Wii)
Legends of Norrath: Oathbound (PC)
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 (PS2)
Worms: Open Warfare 2 (DS, PSP)
Anacapri - The Dream (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (PC)
SEPTEMBER 6, 2007
Crazy Frog Racer (PS2)
SEPTEMBER 8, 2007
Mayhem Intergalactic (PC)
finally stranglehold goes golden,ive been waiting ages for this game,also MOHA looks to be really promising,apart from SKATE its the only EA developed game im looking forward to
I really enjoyed the Medal of Honor demo. I loved Frontline, hated Rising Sun, European Assualt was okay, from what I played Airborne seems really good. I was actually considering just buying it, instead of renting it.
Stranglehold was so short. I finished it in one afternoon. But it was a good game. If you like Max Payne or Matrix, then play Stranglehold. It's awesome.
Awesome to see the PS2 get Naruto Chronicles 2 - I'm still not ready to see the PS2 receive it's last title. On the PC front, Seven Kingdoms has me uber interested. With a few titles I haven't even heard of before reading thru this week's list, all in all I reckon it's a good week for gamers. Plenty of variety IMO.
What a lousy week. Donkey Kong Junior Math for VC? Is there demand for this garbage? And, I'm sorry, but Stranglehold is all hype. Repetitive as all hell and looks like a PS2 game. Speaking of which, do they even release PS3 games anymore? Apart from Lair, what else has come out recently?
screw stranglehold and medal of honor. having played both demos i can already tell that stranglehold will get old FAAAST, medal of honor needs to be tweaked in teh "aiming" department because i cant tell you how many times i lined up the PERFECT head shot only to miss, what a crock of s**t. that sucks, i was looking forward to medal of honor.
Only things I would consider noteworthy on this list would be Stranglehold or Medal of Honor Airborne. I don't own a 360, but if I did I would probably only rent Stranglehold while wating for Halo 3. I'd skip on MoHA.
"And to the genius who thinks MOH Heroes 2 on the Wii will be better then MOH Airborne on the 360/PS3/PC, your a complete fool. Yea, I really wanna play a game made on the PSP on the Wii, that looks pretty awful, plays pretty awful, and has no voice chat. /sarcasm" You almost hit the nail mate, Yes I AM a genius but no... the game is made VERY different than the PSP version, it has graphics compared to Metroid prime 3(which are good and if you say they aren't then you're a diehard fanboy), plays wonderfully thanks to the Wii mote and tomorrow Nintendo is gonna announce a headset for online matches in MoH and Brawl.
Lair isn't on here because Lair was already released, even though it was scheduled for Sept 4, it was released last week; but a word of advice, lots of people have been saying its terrible, and it's not just Wii60 fanboys, but PS3 owners who bought it, not to mention lots of reputable critics. So if you're sad Lair didn't make this list, maybe you'll be more sad when you play it.
Stranglehold!! Whoo! Looks like fun, but what can compete with Crazy Frog Racer for PS2! Not to mention Donkey Kong Jr Math! Lol.
Only things worth nothing are Stranglehold and Airborne. I've played the European PSP demo for Worms, it's awful. Naruto = major phail, if your over 13 and you're into Naruto, get a life. And everything, yes EVERYTHING, on the VC and XBLA is crap, nothing worth buying. So yea, two good games, that I wish I had the money to get around launch, but can't, too bad. Saving up for something. *cough halo 3 cough* Sorry, but Halo 3 is gonna sell more then anything else this holiday, and looks loads better then anything else coming this year. And to the genius who thinks MOH Heroes 2 on the Wii will be better then MOH Airborne on the 360/PS3/PC, your a complete fool. Yea, I really wanna play a game made on the PSP on the Wii, that looks pretty awful, plays pretty awful, and has no voice chat. /sarcasm
So Medal of honor: Airborne with 4 online players(xbox) vs Medal of honor: heroes 2 with 32 online(wii).... Wii>>>>>>>>Xbox BIG TIME
Lair is also being released everywhere today even though most stores had it last week. i bought and i love it i can play it on my psp and the new firmware is said to have made the controls more responsive i still wish the game was longer though.
I wasn't that big into the Stranglehold demo, but I think I will give it a run through with gamefly. I'm interested to see how MoH:Airborne turned out.
Crysis, Blacksite, Army of Two, Oranage Box, and Call of Duty 4 all look waaaaay more interesting then Halo 3.
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- Sherlock Holmes Awakened
- Naruto Uzumaki Chronicle
- Seven Kingdoms: Conquest
- The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
- Hearts of Iron Anthology
- Worms: Open Warfare 2
- EyeToy: Play 3
- Mayhem Intergalactic
- Donkey Kong Jr. Math
- Cyberball 2072
- Adventure Island
- Bonk 3
- Pool Party
- Crazy Frog Racer
- Fatal Fury Special
- Garfield's Nightmare
- Anacapri - The Dream
- Panzer Killer!
- LoN: Oathbound