Shippin' Out April 2-6: Guitar Hero 360

Rocking franchise hits first next-gen platform, PS3s get Enchanted, Sims 2 Celebrate, PS2s go Pop, and Chocobos invade the DS.

Though the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV and the announcement of Harmonix's next project, Rock Band, may have gamers eagerly looking forward to the holiday season's offerings, there are still some options to choose from this week.

Guitar Hero II.

Before Harmonix formed a full Rock Band, it made heroes out of guitar players. Guitar Hero II makes its debut on the Xbox 360 this week, allowing anyone in their living room to unleash their inner Hendrix in high definition. The game comes bundled with the X-Plorer guitar controller for $89.99 and is rated T for Teen.

The other high-definition retail release this week is for the PlayStation 3. Enchanted Arms, From Software's role-playing game, comes across the Pacific Ocean thanks to domestic publisher Ubisoft. Previously released in the US on the Xbox 360, Enchanted Arms follows a young mage who wakes up to find his arm holds the fate to saving creatures known as the golems. The PS3 version adds Sixaxis tilt sensitivity to parts of the game, including a minigame in which players must shake the controller to eat pizzas as quickly as possible. Enchanted Arms retails for $59.99 and is rated T for Teen.

Sims 2 fans can rejoice properly this week, as Electronic Arts is shipping The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff to stores. The new add-on pack for the PC includes everything gamers need to host a gathering, including weddings, dinner parties, and outdoor picnics. Party planning will cost gamers $19.99 and requires The Sims 2 to run.

SingStar Pop.

PlayStation 2 owners can practice their scales with SingStar Pop, a karaoke game from Sony's London Studio. The US version comes with its own playlist, including songs from Gorillaz, A-Ha, U2, and Snow Patrol. The title comes in two options: the game alone for $29.99 or bundled with two microphones for $49.99.

The latest Final Fantasy spin-off, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, is yet another Japanese release that makes it Stateside debut this week. The title features light role-playing elements, a collection of minigames, and card battling targeted at a younger audience. Gamers will play as one of the popular yellow birds and help free fellow Chocobos from their imprisonment in various storybooks. Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales is rated E for Everyone and will cost $29.99.

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

APRIL 2, 2007
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Wii via Virtual Console)
Star Fox 64 (Wii via Virtual Console)
Dragon's Curse (Wii via Virtual Console)
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer (PS2)
Made Man (PS2)
Honeycomb Beat (DS)
Hot Dog King A Fast Food Empire (PC)

APRIL 3, 2007
Rapala Trophies (X360)
Dawnspire: Prelude (PC)
Prince of Persia Rival Swords (PSP, Wii)
Guitar Hero II (X360)
Enchanted Arms (PS3)
The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff (PC)
Cake Mania (DS)
World Championship Cards (PS2)
Dogz 2 (GBA)
SingStar Pop (PS2)
Th3 Plan (PS2)
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (DS)
Pimp My Ride (PSP)

APRIL 4, 2007
Luxor 2 (X360 via Xbox Live)
Frontline: Fields of Thunder (PC)

APRIL 5, 2007
Bliss Island (PSP)

APRIL 6, 2007
Phylon (PC)

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Discussion

55 comments
Tnasty11
Tnasty11

i still wait for a real final fantasy game

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

in all in with Chocobo Tales. other... would be Guitar Heroes II for XBOX 360, but i currently out of fund with that because i like to purchase some import first.

Ryosagi
Ryosagi

Cake Mania and Chocobo Tales for me! ^o^

petejams
petejams

Sony, how is it that Nintendo and MS can announce what downloadable games they have coming out a week before, but we have to wait till Thursday to see what crap your'e going to have up on the Store the same day? The fact that the other two can do it and you don't makes you look disorganized. Sheesh...should I really go out and buy a 360?

lew_0911
lew_0911

I would get FFF, but I'm still pretty much occupied by FFIII. I'll probably get my hands one once I finish it...

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

I got GH2 on ps2 hahahahhahhahahaha

Mr-Apples
Mr-Apples

GH 360 is so good, it's like liquid candy in television format.

blackace
blackace

Just picked up Guitar Hero II (XBox360) and the game rocks. Even my wife gave it a try and she rarely plays video games. Very fun game. Not much else on that list I care about except maybe Prince of Persia. What the hell is Hot Dog King? Another food sim game like Cooking Mama? lol!!

zsc4
zsc4

What a strange list of games, except a few. :?

blackthegame
blackthegame

WTF!!! Hot Dog King A Fast Food Empire (PC) ???

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Nothing interesting this week. :( Well, that means I have more time for C&C 3. :)

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

Pfft, everyone can see that Dogz 2 is the standout offering here.

TTDog
TTDog

Enchanted Arms is a pretty run-of-the-mill RPG, the grid battle system is a nice change to the normal turn based stuff but some of the backgrounds are poor and in some of the battles you struggle to see where you and the enemy are, also if you are in anyway homophobic don't touch it, one of the early characters is as camp as Liberace playing a Village People medley and there's far to much talk of fisting for my liking.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

PSP360Gamr83 - "gahhhh sold out of guitar hero!" I showed up at circuit city when right before they opened and there were allready like 10 people in line waiting for it. It shouldn't be too hard to find the next day, call around to game stores, Best Buy and Circuit city type places. Maybe even China Mart.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Sigh whens God of War 3 coming out...lol jk

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

i already got guitar hero and have been playing 3 days non stop!! i live in NZ btw

zeecorner
zeecorner

why doesnt gamefly have guitar hero II on 360?

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

TequilaSlammer, "wow, shake the sixaxis to eat pizzas. innovation at ts peak there" yes but that one action is (at least at first) more intertaining than anything on any other system out there. I mean the pizza thing (if you have seen the video it's on the last on the spot ep...) is funny enough not to mention the fact that you have to shake the controller to make it happen... now that is brilliant.

BWRoss79
BWRoss79

i have beem playing guitar hero all freakin day!!!!! luxor tonight though O.o

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

How does shaking the sixaxis help you eat a pizza?

jjharney
jjharney

I went into a Target this morning to buy Guitar Hero 2 and they tried to sell me the game and the controller separately. Although they didn't seem to have any copies of the game. Quite frustrating, you walk in and explain to them very clearly that you know for a fact that the controller is bundled in with 90 dollars before tax and they look at you like you're stupid. In this case they also start ringing up the controller, with no game. Gamestop were all pre-ordered out. Best Buy had a stand five or six boxes high (horizontally of course) right at the door. No problems. Quite how Gamestop and Target can both get it so wrong escapes me.

LordLeckie
LordLeckie

Guitar Hero on 360?? what the hell i thought that was a sony exclusive. oh well good news for me and my 360!

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

FFF - Looking forward to it, so getting it. ^_^

TequilaSlammer
TequilaSlammer

wow, shake the sixaxis to eat pizzas. innovation at ts peak there

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

OK week. Nothing really exciting, except for Guitar Hero II

waleywu_basic
waleywu_basic

>Sweet I'm excited about Guitar Hero II coming out for the 360. Probably gonna be top 10 360 games this year... if not top 5. VK, you can control 5 character at once, real life acting fighting, very Crisis core like, of course, CC has way better graphics, Somehow Enix can make any game look like the best game for that particular console (ie: FFXII for PS2, FFVIII for PS3, FFIII for DS and now, CC for PSP)

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Sweet I'm excited about Guitar Hero II coming out for the 360. My computer teacher at school reserved it, I should ask him how it is tomorrow.

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

i wish Crisis core was coming out sooner

waleywu_basic
waleywu_basic

Tnasty11 Crap, 2 mmore weeks of waiting.. although that's the closest game to Crisis core we will see in next 6 months. It's also very playable.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I dont think I am going to get anything this week

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

waleywu_basic VALHALLA KNIGHTS is on the 17th

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

That's 3 for me, another busy week! Guitar Hero II Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales Star Fox 64

_NeoN
_NeoN

Enchanted Arms for the PS3 has peaked my interests. Seen it in action on the 360 and was eagerly awaiting the PS3 port. Read the list twice and still can't believe that there's a "Pimp My Ride" game, for the PSP. No idea what to make of it... Lol.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Enchanted Arms for the PS3 has peaked my interests. Seen it in action on the 360 and was eagerly awaiting the PS3 port. Read the list twice and still can't believe that there's a "Pimp My Ride" game, for the PSP. No idea what to make of it... Lol.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Enchanted Arms on the PS3? I had no idea it was multiplat. I've been waffling on picking it up for the 360, guess now I can wait for a review to see if it was "bettered up" for the PS3 or anything....

jmangafan
jmangafan

Tnasty11. The DS already has FF3, and its going to get FFXII: Revenant Wings. That should be a healthy amount of real FF for people.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

My eyes are focused on Guitar Hero right now...I should be buying it really soon.

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

I want a real Final fantasy game not Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales