Shippin' Out 8/21-25: Madden, Texas Hold 'Em

Annual edition of top-selling franchise arrives on shelves alongside first XBL poker game.

There are other games coming out this week, but none that can compare to the retail stiff arm of Electronic Arts' gaming juggernaut Madden NFL 07. EA is calling an all-out blitz on the gaming industry with tomorrow's release of the title for the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PSP, DS, PC, and Game Boy Advance. With Shaun Alexander as this year's cover boy, EA has gone back to the drawing board and revamped the running game with new moves, new running styles, and the option to control the lead blocker while a back dashes for daylight.

For gamers who couldn't care less about the digital gridiron, there are a few other notable offerings on tap this week. Some online retailers have said they've already started shipping American McGee's satirical PC action game Bad Day L.A., almost certainly the first game to cast players in the role of a homeless man who must single-handedly save a City of Angels beset by multiple catastrophic disasters in a single day. [UPDATE 8/22: Bad Day L.A.'s publisher today confirmed a ship date of August 28 for the game.]

Elsewhere on the release lists, DS owners get a flight sim this week in Natsume's Freedom Wings, Xbox 360 owners can go all-in with the Xbox Live Arcade game Texas Hold 'Em (free for the first 48 hours of availability), and gamers of multiple systems will be able to take Namco's classic yellow pellet-gobbler for a spin on the kart-racing circuit with Pac-Man World Rally.

This week's new releases are listed below. The list is taken from retailer information, so actual dates may vary. Contact your local retailer for availability.

AUGUST 21
First Battalion (PC)
Ship Simulator 2006 (PC)
Freedom Wings (DS)

AUGUST 22
Madden NFL 07 (Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP, DS, GC, PC, GBA)
Yu-Gi-Oh Double Pack 2 (GBA)
Pac-Man World Rally (PS2, GC, PC, PSP)
Rapala Trophies (PSP)

AUGUST 23
Texas Hold 'Em (Xbox 360)

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Discussion

48 comments
manapsal
manapsal

Bad day LA - day - LA=Bad

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

cause you know, 06 is so different from 07, oh i forgot the number, and a runningback is on the cover wow, if people wouldnt be so crazed about football this game should only be like 20, as an expansion pack for 06 or something, but EA likes to rip peopel off :D

nuttabutta
nuttabutta

thats a bold prediction dergy :roll:

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Madden07 and Poker for the Xbox360? Sounds great to me!:)

dEaThAwAiTs013
dEaThAwAiTs013

I've been waiting for Bad Day L.A. for a while now. I hope that turns out to be as good as it looks.

Gigastormz
Gigastormz

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peeviness
peeviness

Does anyone here not like Madden? Talk about rehash - sports games are the worst evolution wise. I don't really care for the game.

dergy
dergy

woe! alooooot of games...i bet not one of them gets a 9

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

""If you don't enjoy football you must be communist" ----Joseph McCarthy---" yeah thats gotta be it. But if i was a communist my name would be hillary clinton.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Yu-Gi-Oh Double Pack 2? So I can get the same crappy game twice on one cart a second time around? Wow.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I'd like to see weeks like this! Two games that I have been waiting for.....Madden and Hold'Em.

TheOneDubb
TheOneDubb

"If you don't enjoy football you must be communist" ----Joseph McCarthy---

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Doesn't sound great but better than nothing, hopefully the trickle of good games will come at a steady stream.

Heazie
Heazie

Yeah, Bad Day was supposed to be on XBOX, I was actually looking forward to it. Also, on Madden, there are alot of new features, the 07 like Sam_Lowery stated, and ALSO, there is a RUNNING BACk on the cover this time!! What more do you need? Oh, and they renamed the right stick again. Worth $60 right there....

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

yes savoy i remember hearing that also

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Hmmm...wasn't Bad Day L.A. suppose to ship for the Xbox at the same time the PC version released. :?

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

"mr_montoya85 - whats the big deal about madden???? it cant be that different from last year. " Of course it's going to be different. Very different, with all kinds of new featurers. For instance, this Madden will have the number 07 after the name instead of 06.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Saint's row next week see you guys on live!!!

mr_montoya85
mr_montoya85

whats the big deal about madden???? it cant be that different from last year.

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

lame releases this week. Cant wait for next week though, Disgaea 2 and Xenosaga 3 on the same day!

danthekilla
danthekilla

Free Texas Hold 'Em YES i love free go MS for giveing us free stuff looking forward for saints row and 9 other 360 games all coming out this year god its a good time to be a gamer

grave_rob
grave_rob

bah! it's NEXT tuesday that i'm lookin' forward to...saint's row baby!

bootsfansonly
bootsfansonly

Madden and Hold'em how sweet is this? They should put your chip stack on your gamerscore card. But man i would still play 2k5 if they would make it playable on 360

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

Ugh! Nothing interesting this week. Just crap crap crap, except Bad Day L.A. seems interesting but I'll wait for reviews.

dwoop
dwoop

I just hope they allow achievements for the 48 hour trial...

MasterChiefSUB0
MasterChiefSUB0

Sweet, I can't wait for Holdem. Can't wait to kick some butt, because I'm not scared to admit that I am very good at it.

Pablo620
Pablo620

JACK i was being sarcastic cause Madden blows

gameloverx
gameloverx

Can't wait to get Texas hold'em for my Xbox 360

GatoFeo
GatoFeo

Dam,that suks!!No NFL 2k7 this year......(How Sad)

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

no games i want this week *sigh* oh well, FFXII can you come any slower?

lilpjayz
lilpjayz

I can't wait until the next NFL 2k, NFL 2k5 is still the best football game on the market

JackOfDiamond68
JackOfDiamond68

Pablo there isnt gonna be any more ESPN NFL 2k games... EA bought the exclusive rights for all NFL teams, players, and likenesses... so EA is the only company thats allowed to make NFL games, which really sucks since 2k did a better job imo...

Pablo620
Pablo620

Damn no NFL 2k7...ill check again next year. Sigh

korn18m
korn18m

What a crappy week. :(

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

I'm curious to read the Bad Day L.A. review. Looks like an interesting game.

supermex2109
supermex2109

finaly, texas hold'em. too bad it is only free for the first two days

Clinton015
Clinton015

Can't wait for Texas Hold Em free games Kick ***....and holdem is always fun withy friends