Shippin' Out 4/10-4/14: Tomb Raider, Auto Assault, Odama

Lara Croft returns with guns blazing, NCsoft hits roads with guns blazing, and Yoot Saito's latest arrives on GameCube with strategic military pinballs rolling.

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Over in the real world, it's a decidedly lowbrow kind of week. Martial arts movie star Steven Seagal is no doubt celebrating his 55th birthday with Zenlike violence, while Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannon Doherty turns 35, Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy of Married… with Children fame) hits 60, and Extreme Championship Wrestling fans mourn the fifth anniversary of the federation's demise. Meanwhile, erudite cinephiles might want to steer clear of the multiplex this weekend to avoid the release of Scary Movie 4, and the New Release section at any DVD retailer might be compromised as well, thanks to Spymate, a secret agent monkey movie from the producer of Air Bud (chances are it's no Lancelot Link).

The game world offers some respite this week, however. The high-concept, military-pinball-real-time-strategy mishmash that is Odama is now shipping for the GameCube, as are the Xbox 360 editions of the American pastime, Major League Baseball 2K6, and the multiplayer-driven first-person shooter Battlefield 2: Modern Combat.

Looking a little deeper into the week, Eidos makes its bid to return the Tomb Raider franchise to glory with Tomb Raider: Legend on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC, while Electronic Arts cranks out another Sims 2 expansion with Family Fun Stuff.

Sega is bringing its first-person bludgeoner Condemned to the PC, SNK Playmore introduces the latest installment of the King of Fighters franchise with NeoWave for the Xbox. Finally, the week ends with a bang (and a screeching of tires), as NCsoft's long-awaited PC massively multiplayer online vehicular combat game Auto Assault screeches into stores, and MLB 2K6 returns to the new release wall once again, this time for the PSP.

For a complete rundown of all the week's new releases, including video reviews, trailers, and other offerings, check out GameSpot's New Releases page. Release dates are compiled from publisher and retail sources and are subject to change.

APRIL 10
Odama (GC)
Major League Baseball 2K6 (Xbox 360)
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (Xbox 360)

APRIL 11, 2006
The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff (PC)
Tomb Raider: Legend (PS2, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox)
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu (PC, Xbox)
Condemned: Criminal Origins (PC)
Classified: The Sentinel Crisis (Xbox)
Real World Golf (Xbox, PS2)
The King of Fighters NeoWave (Xbox)
Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (PS2)
Hummer Badlands (PS2, Xbox)
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Xbox)
Army Men: Major Malfunction (Xbox)
Monster Rancher EVO (PS2)
Cabbage Patch Kids: Patch Puppy Rescue (GBA)

APRIL 12, 2006
Bone: The Great Cow Race (PC)

APRIL 13, 2006
Auto Assault (PC)
Major League Baseball 2K6 (PSP)

Discussion

35 comments
acesion
acesion

when do the awsome games for xbox come out i guess since 2 big hits came out last month that this month would be a little bit slower.

bulldog7
bulldog7

Looks like the best Tomb Raider yet! Thankfully, since the other ones suck!

runstalker
runstalker

Game ratings are so completely f-d up these days. Anything lower than 8.0 is considered sh!tty by gamers. The whole concept of 5 or 6 being 'average' is gone, thanks to meta-critic averages. Nowadays, an 'average' title is a 7.5 grade it seems, while a 7.0 is almost "Don't go there" territory. Sadly, the average scores include rating from the most unprofessional backwoods gaming sites imaginable; fools that are easily manipulated by gaming PR and give 9.0s to meh games. It all disappears into that average score, and few gamers bother to research the sources of the score if they're not GS, IGN, etc. Sad state of affairs. All this is to say that a 7.8 score for TR:L is, you know, pretty damn good.

paparioakbar
paparioakbar

Can't wait to make the acrobatic princess to action !

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

I was going to pick up Tomb Raider for the 360 until I found out that it was short... I'm not paying $60 for a game I'll have beaten in the next couple of days, and from teh screen shots I'm not seeing substantial improvements enough to warrent the extra $$. Still, it would be nice to get a decent 360 game that isn't a FPS.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Odama looks pretty weird. I want it. And what are they talking about? "Erudite cinephiles steer clear of the multiplex this weekend to avoid the release of Scary Movie 4"? Come on! It's got Dr. Phil in it. It's going to be great! :D

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Man! Tomb Raider Legend sure did pick a perfect week to come out. Hardly anything good is coming out this week.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Odama looks wierd and interesting to me. Nice to see the GC get some love.

faridmon
faridmon

i forgot about samurai shamploo: sidetracked, that game blow me away when i wachet the video, also the anime is great but naruto is better.

faridmon
faridmon

odama look great, maybe it will be must have game!!!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i have to LOL that "smaller boobed raider" only got a 7.8.

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

Odama should be great....the video preview on GameSpot was nice. Can't wait to pick it up today. ....so it can stay wrapped until I beat KH2. :)

doomsoth
doomsoth

I don't see really anything that appealing.

dru26
dru26

MLB 2k6 is finally here, THANK GOD.

Cheeseboy90
Cheeseboy90

I hope Tomb Raider Legend won't be as bad as Tomb Raider Angel Of Darkness. That game really sucked!

dusteater
dusteater

Cabbage Patch Kids: Patch Puppy Rescue SWEET! I can't wait to get my hands on that. That game will be awesome. I was being sarcastic, BTW.

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

Tomb Raider demo for the Xbox 360 is ok, not that great.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Tomb Raider looks awesome... might check out Condemned also.

drollia
drollia

I didn't know that the Last Bone game did well enough to warrant a Sequel, but that is good news.

LexLas
LexLas

Yes April the month of Aries is an exciting one for games and all those that take the lead. I can't wait to hear all the reviews for the games of this month.

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

I will be getting Tomb Raider for the 360 tomorrow! I can't wait!

rock790
rock790

Not listeningg!!!!!!!! LALALALALALALALA IIIMMMMM plaing Oblivion

Bawishe
Bawishe

Can't wait for Odama. And may be I'll get Legend.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Maybe BF2, but maybe not. I have to start Oblivion all over again since my sister erased my game. *sigh*

balindos
balindos

I would say if you do not have a 360 and you have a decent PC, get Condemned, that is a good game with good graphics

Snoop_trizzle
Snoop_trizzle

I'm psyched about Tomb Raider, i played the PC demo...Odama looks cool too

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Hopefully Odama rolls right through retail and into thousands of homes.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice I can't wait to get some of thoughs games. Odama looks like it will be a fun Pinball game for the Gamecube.