AU Shippin' Out November 3-7: Gears of War 2

Plenty of games to spend your hard-earned cash on this week.

If the financial crisis facing the global economy hasn't hurt gamers' wallets yet, then this week is sure to do so. There are games for everyone this week, ranging from family entries such as Little Big Planet and The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, to more mature-orientated games such as Gears of War 2. To top it off, the three biggest games of the week, Rock Band, Gears of War 2, and Little Big Planet, are all coming out on the same day!

There's no doubt that Gears of War 2 is one of the biggest games, if not the biggest, for the Xbox 360 this year. Set six months after the original, Gears 2 sees Delta Squad, led by the game's protagonist Marcus Fenix, bringing the fight to the locust after they discover a way of sinking and destroying entire cities. Building upon the first game's hugely popular online mode, Epic has upped the players per match to 10 total and has added in three new game modes. Gears of War 2 comes out in Australia this Friday.

With the offending Koran verses now removed from Little Big Planet, Sony is going for take two of the game's release this week. LBP wooed gamers around the globe with its unique art style and cute characters during its global debut at GDC 2006. Although LBP features a fully fledged story mode (narrated by Stephen Fry), one of LBP's biggest attractions is its focus on user-generated content. Thanks to the game's in-depth level-creation tools, players can create and upload their levels onto their "My Planet" space for other players to play. Expect to see LBP in stores on the seventh of this month.

Even before Rock Band came out in the US, its Australian launch was uncertain. Well, just 12 days shy of a full year on from the initial US release, Rock Band is finally coming down under. Developed by Harmonix, the original developers of the Guitar Hero franchise, Rock Band is a combination of SingStar, Guitar Hero, and Drum Mania, resulting in a full band experience. There are 58 songs on the disc, coming from all eras of rock, such as Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Bon Jovi's karaoke favourite "Wanted Dead or Alive." Rock Band will be sold in three separate packs: hardware only (includes the guitar, microphone, and drums) for A$199.99 ($136.54), hardware plus software for A$249.99 ($179.63), and the stand-alone software, which will set you back A$99.95 ($68.73).

November 6, 2008
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 (PS3, 360, PS2, Wii, DS, PSP)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (PS3, 360, PS2, Wii, DS)
Rugby League 2: World Cup Edition (PS2)
Tom Clancy's EndWar (PS3, 360, PSP, DS)
Bratz Girlz Really Rock (DS)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (PC)
Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno (Wii, DS, PS2)
FIFA Manager 09 (PC)
MySims Kingdom (Wii, DS)
MySims (PC)
Imagine Champion Rider (Wii)
Imagine Interior Designer (DS)

November 7, 2008
Gears of War 2 (360)
Rock Band (360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
Little Big Planet (PS3)

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38 comments
nomaskedhero
nomaskedhero

Why the PC store dates are sooo much more late than the other platforms? This game had been in stores since Nov 6 for PS3, 360, even for the PSP and DC??? Such a different platforms need such different graphics, gameplay, resolution and else. For the platform, which they make these games in (THAT'S CALLED COMPUTER, and has graphics, gameplay and physics are much much much more similar to PS3 and 360 than DS and PSP, this game will be in stores in Q1 2009? What is that?? It means it is 3, 4 or 5 months later than all the other platforms!!

Dr_Darklance
Dr_Darklance

I've been hangin' for Gears 2 for so long now. A couple of days ago I was an hour and a half into Dead Space when my 360 suffered from red ring of death syndrome :-( now it's going to be a real long time before I get to play anything.

bennae66
bennae66

was waiting for gears2 for ages. paid for it in full near 6 months ago... but can i remove myself from fallout for even just 1 day? i got to play dead space for all of 1 night before fallout came out and now its gathering dust. *sigh*

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Some really awesome games coming out! Should be some of the best times!

Shaun832
Shaun832

Wow! That's a good line up on Friday!

SaintAjora
SaintAjora

R2, EndWar and Valkyria chronicles for me!

Paul2005
Paul2005

resistance 2 and gears of war 2 r the best out there.

Temple-C
Temple-C

tudyniuz Posted Nov 3, 2008 1:14 pm GMT Fifa Manager 2009 is the first one I'm getting,after that Little Big Planes and maybe Gears of War 2 Lucky boy with 2 consoles. Oooooh

Temple-C
Temple-C

MY HEAD'S GONNA EXPLODE!

lamprey263
lamprey263

too much to play and not enough time to play it, though Gears 2 has priority over a lot

NiteBorg
NiteBorg

My god.... I want endwar, gow2, I still want fable2 and farcry2, and I already spent my available money on Fallout3. I should start saving money for these kind of months... -_-'

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Atleast we know Gears will be on top of the sales charts here, so one week of not listening to the complaints about Wii Fit being on top.

ChampMLG
ChampMLG

Gears of War 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

Panther_Dud_E3
Panther_Dud_E3

SvR2k9 oh yeah now I know when my store will b getting it

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

Fifa Manager 2009 is the first one I'm getting,after that Little Big Planes and maybe Gears of War 2

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

So many games, not enough time! Definitely getting GoW2 and MK vs DC :)

jimbo-89
jimbo-89

Gears 2 first, then CoD:WW and possibly (whenever its coming out) TR: Underworld

explodinglamas
explodinglamas

endwar and red alert on the same day.... i think im gonna cry, partly in joy, and partly because i dont know which to play first!

Kezman118
Kezman118

Woohoo Gears 2!!!! Cant wait for re-emergence day!!!!

Krammin
Krammin

Little Big Planet for me - then COD W@W, Mirrors Edge, Resistance 2 - Yes I think divorce papers will be for me as well.

Wopenka_11
Wopenka_11

:) Little Big Planet!!! and EndWar of course will be my purchases.

huntercal
huntercal

Gear 2 is now top of my list now that I have Fallout 3 and Fable 2. Wow! alot of sequels this year!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I'll be getting Gears 2 once I fully finish my playtime with Fable II, but at least it's finally coming out, man.

1407
1407

little big planet, gears, nfs undercover and ENDWAR

axeman87
axeman87

I may as well pick up GeOW2, Need for Speed, Mortal Kombat, Fallout3, Mirrors Edge, Prince of Persia and file for divorce all at the same time, hahahaha.

elozl
elozl

LBP is my choice

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

I'll be picking up Gears 2 this week and then Banjo after that. Then my holiday game purchasing will be done!