Shippin' Out 9/4-9/8: Test Drive Unlimited, NASCAR, Spy Hunter

Sim racing, open-online racing, combat racing lead this week's releases; LocoRoco does whatever a LocoRoco does on the PSP, and Scramble comes to 360s.

Game publishers may have it in for school-going gamers. Ever since back-to-school sales started and the prospect of returning to the classroom has been on the horizon, new, anticipated games have hit retail shelves--just in time to interfere with homework.

August saw the releases of Dead Rising, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Saints Row, and some game about football. September isn't looking like a slouch, either, with the month's first full week featuring a trio of driving games to suit almost any racing fan's fancy.

In pole position is the stock car sim NASCAR 07 from Electronic Arts. The only game licensed by the popular racing circuit steers onto the PlayStation 2 and Xbox and adds new features to emphasize the strategy of team-based racing. NASCAR 07 is rated E for Everyone and sells for $39.99. The PlayStation Portable version, simply titled NASCAR, is also available this week.

For those who would rather cruise the coast of Hawaii than turn left all day, Atari is offering up Test Drive Unlimited for the Xbox 360. The "massively open online racing" game lets drivers explore part of the US's 50th state at their leisure and challenge other gamers to races on the spot. Test Drive Unlimited is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, retails for $39.99, and ships with a 48-hour trial of Xbox Live Gold.

If road rage is your thing, Midway Games' Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run may be up your alley. The game is an update to the Spy Hunter arcade classic and stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and his Swiss Army car, The Interceptor. The primarily mission-based driving game will also see players get out of the car for third-person melee combat. Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run is rated T for Teen and retails for $39.99.

The week's other notable release, LocoRoco for the PSP, is a 2D platformer that features a round, orange blob as its hero. Gamers tilt the screen's perspective with the handheld's shoulder buttons and let gravity do its work on the protagonist as it eats, gets bigger, and divvies up into smaller blobs. LocoRoco is rated E for Everyone and retails for $39.99.

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

SEPTEMBER 4, 2006
Perimeter: Emperor's Testament (PC)
The Secret Files: Tunguska (PC)

SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
Jaws Unleashed (PC)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2, Xbox)
Test Drive Unlimited (X360)
LocoRoco (PSP)
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP)
Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1 (X360)
World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer - All In (PSP)
Yakuza (PS2)

SEPTEMBER 6, 2006
American McGee Presents: Bad Day L.A. (PC)
NASCAR (PSP)
NASCAR 07 (PS2, Xbox)
DIRT - Origin of the Species (PC)
Scramble (X360)

SEPTEMBER 8, 2006
Silent Heroes (PC)

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37 comments
thestrateger
thestrateger

i don't like this game, it has good graphic but it not so good, and the sounds and the title is not so good...

wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

test drive unlimited is released on me birthday coincidence? i don't think so another good reason to get myself a xbox 360

datarez
datarez

Just as a clarification, Nascar 07 is not a Nascar sim, it's Nascar racer. There's no way that it actually simulates anything close to real.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm not dying to play anything this week

faizali86
faizali86

i want to see what locoroco and test drive will be like

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Not sure if Test Drive Unlimited will be a hit or a miss. The concept for the game has great potential, though.

s0l0123
s0l0123

All boring games...yawn.

timmotool
timmotool

Well im glad for this week! Test Drive will rule!... Not really, but I wanna try and drive past my house even though it wont exist and will probally be a big open field or a Hut since mainlanders seem to think we still live in those. But im gonna blast down H3 in a 67 Shelby! WOOOO HOOOO! Hawaii gets noticed for once! YAY!

spinecaton
spinecaton

I want next week to come :( Lego Star Wars will rule all

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Nothing of interest for me this week.

smiley17O
smiley17O

im not to hyped for test drive. even at 40 dollars the game will still probably fail

Bathyj
Bathyj

I want Loco on PS2. NOW !!!

goochyslap101
goochyslap101

test drive is the one to get for you racers with 360's.

Kenshin836
Kenshin836

Yakuza and Bad Day LA are the only good ones coming out

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Scramble doesn't suck. Its a good classic game. As Midway just released a new Spy Hunter game and seems to like putting games on the xbla maybe they'll put the original on the xbla

master_blue
master_blue

perimeter: emperors testament capital!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Ugh... Scramble sucks... at least give us GRADIUS.

faridmon
faridmon

LocoRoco is availible here in europe for almost 2 month, and it bombed, but yeah its good for the PSP fans, no DS games is really sad............ wait, i don't live in America, damn it, gamespot

TheGrandMiG
TheGrandMiG

nothing to interesting btw nasacar sux!

ExcAREentric
ExcAREentric

Yeah, really, Test Drive Unlimited is better then any other test drive game I've played. Motor Cycles FTW.

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Can't wait to get my hands on Test Drive as soon as possible.

gnbfd
gnbfd

LOCOROCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nothing that really pops out at me that says I need to buy this game.

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

Buy LocoRoco , don't worry about the lower than expected score

somesthetic
somesthetic

we're gonna need some loco roco and guilty gear judgment reviews up in here. I'm looking at you, gamespot!

nemesis8722
nemesis8722

Nascar 07 is a sim?? Ya freaking right! lol