Shippin' Out 7/17-21: NCAA Football 07, Monster House

EA's college footballer and THQ's movie tie-in lead a lean midsummer lineup; Cloning Clyde hits Xbox Live Wednesday.

As the summer drags on, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continues to haul in much box-office booty--but game pickings remain slim. Like last week, when the long-awaited Prey and Chromehounds hit stores, July 17 to 21 will see only a handful of noteworthy games set sail for retail.

Foremost among the week's releases is NCAA Football 07 for the PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2. Because Electronic Arts has locked down NCAA football rights until 2011, the title is the only college pigskin game in town. This year's edition will introduce "smart fans," which are audience members who display behavior in response to on-field action and are governed by school traditions. It will also be the first year NCAA Football is fully integrated with the ESPN television network, which will provide an in-game ticker that displays real-life sports scores in real time.

The week's other big release is THQ's Monster House for the Xbox 360, Xbox, GameCube, DS, PS2, and Game Boy Advance. Based on Columbia Pictures' computer-animated comic adventure Monster House, which hits theaters Friday, the game puts players in the shoes of young ghostbusters who must cleanse a manor of poltergeists using spirit-vanquishing super-soakers. The game marks the latest computer-animation tie-in for THQ, which has been enjoying great success this year with its adaptation of Pixar's blockbuster Cars.

The rest of the week's releases are a motley crew indeed. Though little has been heard recently about its console editions, the Michael Mann-remake-inspired Miami Vice game is hitting PSPs. The week will also see Super Dragon Ball Z slap around PS2s, Warpath shoot up Xboxes, and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth do whatever valkyries do to PSPs. Last but certainly not least, the second edition of Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays will see the all-new game Cloning Clyde asexually reproduce onto Xbox 360s for just $10.

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

JULY 17, 2006
Wildlife Park 2 (PC)

JULY 18, 2006
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (PSP)
Magic Match (PC)
Monster House (PC)
NCAA Football 07 (Xbox 360, Xbox, PSP, PS2)
Super Dragon Ball Z (PS2)
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (PSP)

JULY 19, 2006
Cloning Clyde (Xbox 360--via Xbox Live only)

JULY 20, 2006
Atlantis Quest (PC)

JULY 21, 2006
Warpath (Xbox)
WWII Combat: Iwo Jima (Xbox)

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something1257
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Crash6
Crash6

TEKKEN NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!

sasuke55
sasuke55

gotta get NCAA 07 and Madden O7

ocdog45
ocdog45

Got NCAA last night. game is crazy tight!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Warpath maybe good for XBL. But I doubt there are many people on Xbox XBL.....

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

I thought Iwo Jima was released in 2001.

rynmls
rynmls

still waiting for august releases...

vu12345678
vu12345678

SUPER DBZ! I hope it will be the first dbz fighting game I keep. (crosses fingers) Then Tekken DR next week! Then another whole month till KOF 2006 and even longer for Yakuza...

DJSANDMAN
DJSANDMAN

NCAA, VP, Blade Dancer and Cloning Clyde will be my new additions.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Come on everybody say it with me: "Summer Drought"

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I don't have a PSP. But if I did, Lenneth would probably get purchased.

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Lenneth is as big a game as you're gonna get for the summertime... not that its a bad thing. "Slow" isn't really the word to describe it, I mean, it's a great week for RPG fans.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Another slow week for gamers, looks like.

snow_kow
snow_kow

Finally, the week I've been waiting all summer for! Here's hoping that Dynasty mode is funtionable in the PSP version of NCAA 07.

pete5883
pete5883

Valkyrie Profile will Purify Weird PSPs!

minime78362
minime78362

NCAA is going to be the bomb. Can't wait.

saturndust
saturndust

I agree on the Lenneth comment T_T WHY Is not on the list? I want some portable Valkiyrie Profile!!!.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Valkyrie Profile and Blade Dancer for my PSP

nolson
nolson

PSU all the way...Sorry buckeyes, can you tell me the score of last year's game??

doshey
doshey

lets go gators lets go

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Blade Dancer and Lenneth! EDIT: Why isn't Lenneth on the list? It's only mentioned...

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Good stuff this week Blade Dancer and Valkyrie Profile will be games I want to pick up. I wonder why Valkyrie Profile is not on the list its the game every one that has a PSP wants. I heard the Remake of Valkyrie Profile at IGN was a good up date.