AU Shippin' Out October 15-October 19: The Orange Box

Half-Life's Orange Box opens up in Australia.

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For those who haven't already downloaded it from Steam, The Orange Box for the PC and Xbox 360 is making its way to retail around Australia on October 18. The pack contains 2004's Half-Life 2, its first two episodic sequels, the long-awaited Team Fortress 2, and Portal--enough to keep seasoned fraggers busy for quite a while. With a GameRankings.com average of 98%, The Orange Box should not be missed.

The Bathurst 1000 may be over, but that doesn't mean gamers can't recreate it in the latest V8 Supercars game--V8 Supercars 3: Create & Race. Aside from the world-tour mode that the game has to offer, its big drawing point is its custom-map editor. By using the stylus and touch screen, players are able to design their ultimate track by drawing it on the touch screen. Once your track is complete, you can either drive around it alone, with an artificial intelligence competitor, or with friends via Wi-Fi. V8 Supercars 3: Create & Race comes out on Thursday.

Locally developed Fury ships for the PC on the 16th. It's the first massively multiplayer online game to come out of Australia and is attempting to blend the speed of a first-person shooter with the depth of an MMO. Players are not forced to pay a subscription fee, but it is recommended to get the most out of the game.

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis came out last year for the 360 and is making its way to the Wii on the 19th. In a manner similar to Wii Sports, players use the Wii Remote to swing and hit the ball. There are three different control schemes that allow varying degrees of control over the player and ball.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer and publisher information--actual dates may vary).

October 15, 2007
No releases scheduled.

October 16, 2007
Fury (PC)

October 17, 2007
Thrillville: Off the Rails (PS2, PC, DS, 360, Wii, PSP)
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (360, PS2, DS)

October 18, 2007
The Orange Box (360, PC)
Crash of the Titans (360, GBA, PS2)
Folklore (PS3)
Cocoto Kart Racer (DS)
Dave Mirra BMX Challenge (Wii)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (PC)
Sam & Max: Season 1 (PC)
V8 Supercars 3: Create & Race (DS)

October 19, 2007
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (Wii)

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