Shippin' Out 10/2-10/6: FIFA 07, Star Trek: Encounters

Fourth quarter of 2006 starts with a whimper as EA ships its soccer game, Star Trek goes shoot-'em-up, BVG gets catty with Housewives.

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It's October, which means stores that hawk games are ready to get crushed under the weight of some seriously big-name titles. However, just looking at this week's list of new releases, one would think the industry is smack dab in the middle of summer.

Kicking off the anemic list is the latest soccer game from Electronic Arts, FIFA 07 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance. The 07 version adds interactive league modes, a revamped shooting system, and clubs and leagues from all over the world. PSP and Xbox 360 versions of the game are scheduled to be released later this month.

Bethesda Softworks is going where only a few publishers have gone before, with the release of Star Trek: Encounters--the first of three enterprising games based on the lore of sci-fi geekdom from the publisher this holiday season. Encounters is an arcade-style shooter exclusive to the PS2.

The rest of the lot sees several multiplatform games catching up on systems they may have missed, such as World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions dealt onto PCs, NHL 2K7 skating to the PS2, and a spin-off of The Getaway, Gangs of London, doing time on the PSP.

Of course, there are also a few games that are a bit off the beaten path, and oddly enough, playing both may lead some gamers to wish they were combined into one game. Buena Vista Games takes boob-tube hit Desperate Housewives and brings it to the PC, adding Sims-style gameplay to the snooping residents of Wisteria Lane. On the other side of the spectrum, Crave Entertainment hits the shooting range with the National Rifle Association-sponsored NRA Gun Club.

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

OCTOBER 1, 2006
Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collection (PC)
Making History: The Calm and the Storm (PC)

OCTOBER 2, 2006
Pony LUV (PC)
Backyardigans: Mission to Mars (PC)
Wildlife Zoo (PC)
Cabela's Alaskan Adventure (PC)
Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure (PC)
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (DS, GBA)
Go Diego Go!: Wolf Pup Rescue (PC)
Unfabulous (GBA)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (GBA)
Dora the Explorer: Dora's World Adventure (GBA, PC)
Hoyle Bridge Club (PC)
Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent (GBA)
The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (PC)
Disney's Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms (GBA)
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (GBA)
Hollywood Posh Pets (PC)
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2007: 10th Anniversary Edition (PC)
Hidden Expedition: Titanic (PC)
NHL 2K7 (PS2)
Jaws Unleashed (PC)
Pacific Storm (PC)
Paparazzi (PC)
Neverend (PC)
Desperate Housewives: The Game (PC)
NRA Gun Club (PS2)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (PC)

OCTOBER 3, 2006
FIFA 07 (PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, DS, GBA)
Star Trek: Encounters (PS2)
Gangs of London (PSP)
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu (PSP)
Mercury Meltdown (PSP)
Bubble Bobble Revolution (DS)
Rainbow Islands Revolution (DS)
Uno 52 (DS)
Star Trek: Tactical Assault (PSP)

OCTOBER 4, 2006
ProStroke Golf - World Tour 2007 (PSP)
Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave (PC)
Naruto: Ninja Council 2 (GBA)

OCTOBER 5, 2006
Hannah Montana (DS)
Disney Princess: Royal Adventure (GBA)
Space Empires V (PC)

Discussion

39 comments
Supreme_Fantasy
Supreme_Fantasy

FIFA 07!!! I want that!!! Sounds a nice soccer game:D

soadnick947
soadnick947

really can't wait for the fifa 07 review for 360. hope its good!

_Sam_
_Sam_

how many more zoo tycoons are there going to be :?

phinsfan
phinsfan

This concept of LUV confuses me.

faizali86
faizali86

lol @ desperate housewives. i think naruto and nancy drew are games that might get a little above 7 out of 10. fifa is the only popular one on that list.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Nothing to write home about, especially for the PSP.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Only 2 good games this month are Spinter Cell: DA and Final Fantasy 12. Then we all get hammered by everything in November. This is stupid. They should have spread more games in October and even last month.

ribbz22
ribbz22

fifa 07 for the xbox is amazing. i cant get enough!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Damn! This has to be the worst release in a long while.

hemakm3
hemakm3

Can't make up my mind between Hannah Montana or Nancy Drew.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

i love TREK so much that i can speak a bit of basic Klingon, yet i would rather chew my own neck off than play it on ps2. any chance of a port?

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Except the Xbox 360 version, the FIFA 07 is worthless upgrade. In the PC they messed up the graphics real bad. I pre-ordered the European FIFA 07 and PES 6 for Xbox 360. I'll have to see myself who is the best this time around. As tradinionaly PES was better, but FIFA 07 for 360 having a new graphics engine, who knows.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

and pc gaming is dying when pc out numbers all the other platforms?

ocdog45
ocdog45

I want FIFA but for the 360. comes out later. I thought scarface comes out this week as well?

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Desperate Housewives: The Game... So who wanna see a 3D Eva Longoria making out with anybody?

Xbox360gamer1
Xbox360gamer1

Masefield is right, no Star Trek: Tatical Assault until the 24th....Too bad cause I was looking for either a DS or PSP game this week.

oosoup2
oosoup2

greeeeaaat xbox 360 week

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

I had no idea so much CRAP could come out in one week. Two more weeks and SP: DA

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Where is my 360 Star Trek ? Hate to buy more PS2 games besides FF12.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

whoa look at all those PC titles! Now there is no need to buy a 360 mwahahaha..... anyway I wanna play Mercury Meltdown!

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

AGAIN another crappy week. The PC has lots of releases but they are all CRAPPY low budget crap! The only good game on here is probably Mercury Meltdown. Well Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is getting released next Monday I can't wait for that!!!!

paradyme777
paradyme777

Boring month for Xbox 360, except for the release of Splinter Cell Double Agent

MROmeo10
MROmeo10

Ohhhh, can't wait to get my hands on Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Hope the stores don't run out. Should have got a preorder :)..... or not.

Masefield
Masefield

Star Trek: Tactical Assault for the DS and PSP isn't supposed to be released until October 24th according to Bethesda.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

wow the backyardians have their own game...

tyler2010
tyler2010

Hannah Montana (DS) For the Win.....Lol

zillik
zillik

jaws unleashed hahaha

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

The games for this week really sucks. I can't wait for next week for God Hand. I bet that the game is gonna kick ass, and some spanking too.

thebrazenone
thebrazenone

anyone who buys any of those games is a fool

BIGDeVriendt
BIGDeVriendt

He is Legend's new album "Suck out the Poison" also hits stores tomorrow. w00t!!!!!

Pablo620
Pablo620

Jeez laweez look how many licensed games, its crazy. Whos to blame...the consumers