Shippin' Out 4/24-4/28: FIFA, Belkan War, Advent Children

Soccer, Air Combat, and Square Enix's RPG-inspired movie join Black & White 2 and Guild Wars expansions on this week's release roster.

Three thousand one hundred and ninety years ago, you wouldn't want to have been a Trojan. Because April 24, according to legend, is when the Greeks left a giant wooden horse outside the gates of the city of Troy on the coast of the Agean Sea. Thinking it was a token of surrender, the Trojans took the horse inside their city gates as a prize--and unwittingly set the stage for one of the earliest recorded commando raids. The horse was full of Greek warriors, who enthusiastically slaughtered the Trojans as they slept before burning Troy to the ground. (Whoops!)

If mythic war is your thing, this week's game releases have something to offer. Lionhead Studios' Black & White 2 gets its first expansion, Battle of the Gods. If you have a PC-gaming rig but hate Peter Molyneux, you've got plenty of alternatives. NCsoft is shipping Guild Wars Factions, the first expansion to its popular--and free--massively multiplayer online role-playing game. If you're into offline role-playing games, Aspyr is shipping SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars. Or, if you missed the boat before, Capcom is shipping the PC port of GameSpot's 2005 Game of the Year, Resident Evil 4, and Valve Software is releasing the Platinum Edition of Half-Life 2.

This week, the only game shipping on PCs, consoles, and handhelds is Sega's driving game OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast. It joins a variety of console-only releases, including Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (PlayStation 2), Painkiller: Hell Wars (Xbox), Rampage: Total Destruction (PS2, GameCube), and 2006 FIFA World Cup (PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS2, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Xbox).

Ironically, one item generating a massive amount of interest among gamers this week isn't a game at all. After months of anticipation, Square Enix's game-inspired, computer-generated movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is finally coming to America. It will be available on both DVD and UMD, the proprietary format of the PSP, tomorrow.

A complete list of this week's releases is viewable below.

APRIL 24, 2006
Black & White 2 - Battle of the Gods (PC)
Half-Life 2: Platinum (PC)
Major League Baseball 2K6 (GameCube)
Neverend (PC)
Rampage: Total Destruction (PS2, GameCube)
2006 FIFA World Cup (PSP, DS, Xbox 360, PS2, GBA, GameCube, Xbox)

APRIL 25, 2006
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War (PS2)
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (PS2)
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (PSP)
Guilty Gear Dust Strikers (DS)
The Hustle: Detroit Streets (Xbox, PS2, PSP)
Metal Saga (PS2)
Out of the Park Baseball Manager 2006 (PC)
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PSP, PC, PS2 Xbox)
Paradise (PC)
Shadowgrounds (PC)
Winback 2: Project Poseidon (PS2, Xbox)

APRIL 26, 2006
Dr. Sudoku (GBA)
Top Gun (DS)

APRIL 28, 2006
Guild Wars Factions (PC)
Painkiller: Hell Wars (Xbox)
Resident Evil 4 (PC)
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars (PC)

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61 comments
i_got_you60
i_got_you60

advent children rox i have seen the movie with subtitles n it kicks ass

alberto2045
alberto2045

now there is a nice list of games!!!

Dragon360
Dragon360

man this is the coolest mavie this year

Bavoke
Bavoke

Saw the movie alredy but the extras on the DVD (FFVII) or wourth to buy it ;)

Bavoke
Bavoke

I have the DVD alredy :D nice movie ;)

Targzissian
Targzissian

The store where I work sold out of FFVII on the first day. We got five copies in and they were all snagged or went to pre-orders. The Best Buy across the street sold out too. I'm going to pick one up sometime because I like that style of computer animation. I wonder if it's better than Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

PossibleGamer
PossibleGamer

NOTE: GW Factions is NOT an expansion. It's a stand alone that can be compatible with the original. And no one kill me but advent children isn't that good. The graphics are really good but the story isn't all that great and it's kinda corny. And don't even get me started on the english voice cast......If you're going to watch it, watch it in japanese.

street_dreamer
street_dreamer

FFVII: Advent children has some of the best fight scenes EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now watch the USA try to make it into a film.

KandyKornMan
KandyKornMan

i dont think hl2 platinum could come out anytime soon.they renamed aftermath to episode 1 but there is an episode 2 in the works.episode 1 is suppose to be out in may sometime. dont matter to me about ff7 its worth watching more than once i think.also i downloaded the japanese version since the u.s. is missing some features.so you do miss out on some cool things with the u.s. version of advent children.but at least its in english so i cant complain.

KandyKornMan
KandyKornMan

no i doubt if half life platinum will be out yet.and the add on to half life 2 was renamed episode 1 if you wondering its coming out may probably.

adamska_br
adamska_br

well.... since anyone with half a brain and some interest on it should have already watched FFVII, I guess the only thing worth salvaging from the week is Ace Combat

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

yay for new ace combat. also, that FF movie looks like it has some sick graphics. I might have to snag that as well.

lpzero
lpzero

Anyone who makes fun of Advent Children is a communist!!!

LinkinSnake
LinkinSnake

saw it FFVII is pretty good (for a computer-generated movie based on a videogame anyway)

Binpo
Binpo

sweet just bought the movie today. already saw it but I stil wana own a copy

d429
d429

its about time./ i have been waiting to se this movie for year snow. im goin gto buy it today so i can watch it. I think it will be the best.

sonicsam6
sonicsam6

already got ff7 and gonna get ZERO

daver4470
daver4470

So the Greeks invaded Troy sometime back in July of 1997? (3190 days ago) Huh! Never knew that!

Mista_Sal
Mista_Sal

Interesting, there's about 3 games and 1 movie in the list that I want to pick up and I will soon.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I have the original FFVII:AC but I'll pick the new english one.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

RE 4 for PC? Yes! Yes! Yes! It may not be Xbox 360 but my dream of killing Illuminados in High Definition can finally becoem a reality!

faridmon
faridmon

and the world cup game one, am going to germany this summer to wacht the world cup but to have a taste before it would be cooooooooool, yeah and i wachted the ff: ac and its alright, ace combat: balkan wars and metal saga looks good and woooohooooooo dr. sudoku its my best week so far in 2006 *getting a hit after the excitment*

faridmon
faridmon

the guilty gear on looks amazing, ok am getting one..... fo the DS of course.

decebal
decebal

Looking forward to Paradise and RE4

ymcop
ymcop

oh, my favor ^__^

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

Zorak000 says: "interesting, RE4 4 PC... I smell another GOTY award! (I hope not...)" come on.....did you forget about oblivion already???

tubarao1
tubarao1

advent childreen goes out on europe too? on 25 april?

Slifer2909
Slifer2909

Meh... i've seen Advent Children both subbed and in english... and i still feel the same way... the only real high points of the movie are the fight scenes

videogameking26
videogameking26

Got Painkiller: Hells War on Reserve so plan to pick that up sometime this week...man more games I just bought 5 in last week

videodrome463
videodrome463

I saw advent children way back in september n i was pleasantly surprised at how good it was n will definitely be pickin it up tomorrow

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

I can't wait for Advent children Myself... Too bad I'm broke until Friday after next...

VFG
VFG

Ditto. FF:AC and ACZero for me tomorrow.

tennenrishinryu
tennenrishinryu

beat dirge of cerberus half way through ace combat already watched ffvii now ff12

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Getting Advent Children tomorrow... can't wait!

Zidanex
Zidanex

I already have Advent Children pre-ordered :)

Unforgiven2870
Unforgiven2870

i'll be picking up Ace Combat Zero in the morning:)