Shippin' Out April 24-30: Darkspore

Maxis action role-playing game and IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover headline light week at retail as Outland makes downloadable debut.

After a week that saw the debuts of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs, a comparatively light release schedule might give gamers a chance to actually play their latest acquisitions.

"They look like good, strong hands. Don't they?"

The biggest release of the week is Electronic Arts' Darkspore for the PC, the latest effort from the publisher's Maxis development studio. Inspired partly by the creature creator feature of the developer's previous title, Spore, Darkspore lets players assemble a stable of creatures with complementary super powers and use them to plow through a sci-fi action role-playing game. As in other games in the genre, boss battles, loot collection, and co-op also factor into the final product.

PC gamers will get another notable new release alongside Darkspore in Ubisoft's latest flight sim, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover. Already released in Europe, the World War II dogfighter lets players get behind the controls of more than a dozen aircraft designed to replicate those from the period. However, interested parties may be cautioned to read up on the game before making a purchase, as the game has been the subject of some critical scorn.

On the downloadable front, Ubisoft's Outland makes its debut on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The publisher has previously said Outland was inspired by "epic adventures such as the Prince of Persia series" and Treasure's vertically scrolling arcade shooter Ikaruga. In Ikaruga, players could swap the color of their ship between black and white at will; each color could absorb bullets of the same shade, allowing skilled players to weave their way through otherwise impenetrable barrages of enemy fire. Outland brings the same mechanic to a side-scrolling action game, with blue and red enemies representing the forces of light and dark.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

MONDAY, APRIL 25
Airport Mania: First Flight--DS--Lemon Games

TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Man vs. Wild--X360, PS3, Wii--Crave
Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska--WII--Jack of All Games
Darkspore--PC--Electronic Arts
Assassin's Creed: Ultimate Collection--PC--Encore Software, Inc.
Brothers in Arms: Complete Collection--PC--Encore Software, Inc.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover--PC--Ubisoft
Outland--PS3--Ubisoft
ZEN Pinball: Sorcerer's Lair--PS3--Zen Studios

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
Outland--X360--Ubisoft
Nin2-Jump--X360--Cave
Trouble Witches Neo!--X360--SNK Playmore

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13 comments
Coolyfett
Coolyfett

This game been getting a lot of press!!

THE_BIONIC_ARM
THE_BIONIC_ARM

good thing i dont have to rely on crappy PSN to play on arcade games. haha

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Outland looks interesting, but it's too bad it's only available off the PSN. Ubisoft would be wise to hold off release until the PSN fix is made. Tried the Darkspore beta and I was unimpressed. Game is too repetitive and it's customization options don't make up for the lack of content. Realizing it was just a beta, the core is still what lacks.

WllDan7
WllDan7

@cameio How are you going to get it? Psn is down. And from what sony is saying it may be down this whole week.

svaubel
svaubel

Darkspore interested me a little, until I saw the EA logo on the box. After the Spore fiasco with its DRM, never touching another EA PC game again.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

A weak week although it will give gamers a breather from last week.

cameio
cameio

I will get only one title this week, Outland for my PS3 :)

DeviLBringeRRR
DeviLBringeRRR

I gave all my three Assassin's Creed games to my brother now i can buy Assassin's Creed Ultimate Collection PC Brothers in Arms Complete Collection pc

supertom221
supertom221

My Intenet Speed can rest this week... :P

metalkid9
metalkid9

May and June are gonna be awesome months for gamers. Looking forward to it.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

My wallet can rest this week :)