Shippin' Out 8/28-9/1: Saints Row, Star Fox Command, Disgaea 2

With Madden on shelves, the summer doldrums are officially over and a wave of new releases are on the way to stores this week.

There are two universal truths in gaming retail: Nobody wants to release a game against the latest Madden, and the annual release of EA's gridiron game signals an end to the summer release doldrums. Madden's tackling of stores last week means that now the industry's annual lemming-like race to the cliff with scores of hot new releases tripping over themselves for holiday spending dollars can begin.

This week will see the release of a DS debut for a Nintendo franchise character in Star Fox Command, THQ's first trip to the urban sandbox genre made popular by Grand Theft Auto III with Saints Row, a new expansion pack of Glamour Life Stuff for EA's popular Sims 2, and American McGee's satirical take on a disastrous 24 hours in the City of Angels, Bad Day L.A. And that's just for Monday!

The second, larger wave of releases ships out on Tuesday, with the third epidsode of the Xenosaga trilogy arriving in stores alongside the first Xbox 360 Japanese role-playing game (Enchanted Arms) and a sequel to Nippon Ichi's cult hit strategy game for the PlayStation 2, Disgaea. Tuesday will also see PlayStation Portable versions for a number of franchises, including 50 Cent: Bulletproof, Def Jam: Fight for NY, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, and Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins.

Thankfully, the release schedule peaks early, leaving gamers the back half of the week to enjoy their recent purchases or perhaps pick up late-shipping games like ProStroke Golf - World Tour 2007 for the Xbox and PS2 or Konami's downloadable revamp of Time Pilot for the Xbox 360.

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 28:
Star Fox Command (DS)
Saints Row (Xbox 360)
The Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff (PC)
American McGee Presents: Bad Day L.A. (PC)
Ankh (PC)

AUGUST 29:
50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition (PSP)
Enchanted Arms (Xbox 360)
Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover (PSP)
Dance Factory (PS2)
Super Monkey Ball Adventure (PSP)
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (PS2)
Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (PSP)
World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer - All In (PS2, PSP)
Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (PS2)
One Piece: Grand Adventure (PS2, GC)
Bomberman: Act Zero (X360)
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (DS, GBA)
Prison Tycoon 2: Maximum Security (PC)
Yu-Gi-Oh Double Pack 2 (GBA)
Madagascar / Shrek: Super Slam 2-in-1 Combo Pack (DS)

AUGUST 30:
ProStroke Golf - World Tour 2007 (PS2, Xbox)
Time Pilot (Xbox 360)

AUGUST 31:
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (GBA)

SEPTEMBER 1:
Rapala Trophies (PSP)

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87 comments
Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Saints Row has got to be a top-selling game. I can just see it happening.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

saint's row,enchanted arms, xenosaga lll are on my hit list^_^

Dualmask
Dualmask

Can you create a female character in Saint's Row? Not interested otherwise. Star Fox certainly looks interesting. And now that Disgaea 2 is out, maybe the price of the first one will finally drop and I'll actually be able to get it.

neoand12
neoand12

Disgaea 2 and Saints Row are both dissapointments.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I got my eye on Enchanted Arms and Xenosaga Episode III. Hopefully the reviews will be good.

AbstractTerror
AbstractTerror

I preordered Disgaea 2..... can't wait to pick it up tomorrow :D

Jebril
Jebril

Please guys stop complaining about Saints Row bieng a GTA Rip Off, you guys have obiviously never played the demo or the game and are just going on magazine articles and commercials of it. Yes it pretty much copied everything GTA did, but for me it was just so much better than GTA. Everything (And I mean everything) was improved and added in the game. Saint's Row is an ausome game even for a rip off and the demo was super fun for me, I'm postive that I'll be picking it up soon.

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

woohoo. Good week for X360 with a new bomberman, saints row, and enchanted arms. I was put off by Xenosaga 2 so I dont know if I'll get 3, and I dont own a DS yet, so Starfox looks like a no go. as far as a slow summer, Prey, Chromehounds, FFVII DoS and New Super Mario Brothers were all huge this summer. and what about Dead friggin Rising? Best game I've played on my 360 since Oblivion. In fact, I've been playing it more than oblivion.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Yay Disgaea 2 and Xenosaga III (if only to hope this really disappointing series can ride off into the sunset with a big bang)

_Sam_
_Sam_

Saints Row is just a rip of of GTA

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Too many people sound happy but am a lil disappointed.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Disgae 2, Xenosaga III, Ultimate Ghouls and Goblins, those are my games.

GameNutts
GameNutts

Who cares if the summer was slow?!? I was playing Oblivion the entire time, I wouldn't want anything else to distract me. Now though after 400+ satisfying hours of it, I'm ready for the next wave, and these will keep me busy for quite a while (Madden, Saints Row, Echanted Arms, Xeno 3, Disgaea 2

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

Rock 'em and then sock 'em, robots. :lol:

neoand12
neoand12

I agree with Piernik games like this makes me unhappy with my 360...Come on Gears of war make me happy!

sonnyfromda02
sonnyfromda02

Where is Def Jam for 360?! Oh, well....Saint's Row is gonna hafta hold me over til then....or at least til Gears of War. I still cain't believe they went and ruined tha Bomberman franchise.

Piernik
Piernik

Saints Row is a poor GTA rip-off. Only for noobs.

spartan202
spartan202

Disgaea 2 & Xenosaga Episode 3 waiting 2 months for rpgs to come its about time.

devxwill
devxwill

picking up both Saints Row & Enchanted Arms tomorrow!

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

Saint's Row is such a good game. Enchanted Arms is pretty good and not great (played the Asia version). Bomberman Act Zero is the most horrible game I have ever played.

JunkTrap
JunkTrap

Disgaea II and Xenosaga Ep: III will be a nice addition to my rpg collection. All I need now is FFXII and I'll be pretty much set for PS2 purchases.

baelrrogg
baelrrogg

Damn clever branding....I HAVE to get Xeno 3 but I gotta say disgaea 2 looks pretty quirky...As for the rest...pretty much just a rehashing of previous releases...though bad L.A also looks pretty different...

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Saint's Row and Enchanted Arms have been on my radar for while now.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots for the GBA?!!??!! Why has no one been hyping this game?! It's gonna be teh ROCKAZALAZ!!!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

come on with teh StarFox command! 50 cent games? does anyone over the age of 15 care? any true gangstas are shot, not prissying around in designer gear making bad game tie-ins. one for the wannabes.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Heck yes, Saints Row. Finally played the demo this past weekend and I am definitely picking it up. In fact I reserved it yesterday.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I'm really looking forward to Disgaea 2 and Enchanted Arms, but probably will not buy either of them this week. I'll probably pick up LocoRoco for the PSP next week, though. Good to know the post-Madden waves are beginning to flow.

sasuke55
sasuke55

I won't get it this week but prolly in the next two weeks I will pick up Saints Row. Enchanted Arms Peeks my intrest a little but I will rent that.

CronusSandath
CronusSandath

I am glad the summer drought is over. Star Fox Command does look to be a great DS title. I just wish I had played more of the Xenosaga series before now.

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

To Deathwing13 Yeah, the GTA games are all pretty boring to me, but supposedly this one will be more open ended and the online play intrigues me so I think I am going to just rent it. THE GAME DROUGHT IS FINALLY OVER PEOPLE!!!! G UNIT FTW (jk) !!!!

Deathwing13
Deathwing13

Saints Row, smells like -yet- another GTA rip-off. Pass.

ftjx
ftjx

Apart from saints row and starfox ds theres nothing reaaaly interesting here..... silence before the storm I guess

wenbin09
wenbin09

so much game coming up!!! can't breathe!!!

gamestar412
gamestar412

Holy crap! Bomberman: Act Zero, 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Yu-Hi-Oh in the same week? I might have to take a day off of school.

faizali86
faizali86

first time in 2 months, a decent list of releases!

ShAdYx27
ShAdYx27

damnn....i ordered saints row online from gamestop, and it says that its goin to arrive on aug. 30.....i cant wait any longer...iv been waitin for this game for about 4 months.

grave_rob
grave_rob

it's 1am...just got off work...bout to head out to wallyworld & pick up saint's row

Havoc19
Havoc19

gotta wait till oct 27th to play disgaea 2,.............. damn UK

BXkid360
BXkid360

Enchanted Arms and maybe Star Fox

Kn0w0ne
Kn0w0ne

Sorry, I agree with Digital-Devil, don't like any kind of thug games. They only contribute to the delinquincy of todays youth. Who have enough bad influence from their parents and political leaders in the first place.

Zanoh
Zanoh

Saints Row and Star Fox for me plz.

anime-2k3
anime-2k3

Enchanted Arms & Disgaea 2 here I come :)