Shippin' Out Aug. 28 - Sept. 3: Madden NFL 12

EA Sports' pigskin sim rushes into retail as downloadable stores get Mortal Kombat compilation, The Baconing, Rock of Ages, new BloodRayne, and more.

The latest Madden NFL effort from EA Sports will meet the franchise's traditional August release window, but just barely. Madden NFL 12 blitzes stores this Tuesday, leading a light week of new releases on the retail front. However, digital distribution storefronts will be welcoming a wealth of high-profile downloadable titles for those who don't fancy EA's long-running series of football sims.

Madden's here, so the NFL season can finally start.

Madden NFL 12 features an overhauled tackling system and new focus on setting the atmosphere with a pregame presentation. The franchise mode has also seen some tweaking, with players able to make cuts every week of the preseason, and a revamped free agency system that has managers bidding against one another for top talent in real time. For more on the changes made, check out GameSpot's review of Madden NFL 12.

That isn't the only new game coming from Electronic Arts this week. The publisher also has the Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles expansion pack set to arrive in stores. The first add-on for the historical twist on the popular life sim adds treasure hunting, challenging players to find hidden objects with the aid of maps and shovels and search for rewards that will benefit their hero sims. Other new items include birds that players can name and train, as well as interrogation chairs.

Codemasters also has a new offering in the form of Bodycount. A modern-day first-person shooter, Bodycount has gamers battling class-based enemies in "outrageous and stylish" gunfights. Players will take up arms in worldwide locations like Africa and Asia, and they can use destructible environments to their advantage.

The final notable new releases in stores this week are actually a wave of budget-priced rereleases. Nintendo is adding four new games to its Nintendo Selects lineup of discount Wii titles, and Electronic Arts is gearing up for the launch of Battlefield 3 with the addition of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's Platinum Hits and Greatest Hits lines, respectively.

The downloadable front is particularly busy this week, with a host of notable new games coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC digital distribution services. Hothead Games' DeathSpank series continues this week with The Baconing, the first title in the franchise created without the participation of character creator Ron Gilbert. The original Mortal Kombat trilogy gets compiled for violence-hungry fighting fans with Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection, Majesco Entertainment's half-vampire femme fatale returns in BloodRayne: Betrayal, and the Comedy Central show Ugly Americans gets its first game tie-in with Apocalypsegeddon. In addition to those offerings, Atlus combines tower defense, art history, and the thrill of breaking stuff in Rock of Ages, and Zen Studios bolsters its Pinball FX 2 platform with a new table inspired by Twisted Pixel's Ms. Splosion Man.

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.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo Selects)--Wii--Nintendo
Super Paper Mario (Nintendo Selects)--Wii--Nintendo
Mario Strikers Charged (Nintendo Selects)--Wii--Nintendo
Punch-Out!! (Nintendo Selects)--Wii--Nintendo

MONDAY, AUGUST 29
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Greatest/Platinum Hits)--X360, PS3--Electronic Arts

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
Madden NFL 12--X360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, IP--Electronic Arts
Bodycount--X360, PS3--Codemasters
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles--PC--Electronic Arts
Junior Mystery Quest--DS-Navarre
Junior Island Adventure--DS--Maximum Family Games
Burger Bot--DS--Maximum Family Games
Veggy World--DS--Maximum Family Games
Hoppie--DS--Maximum Family Games
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon--PS3--Comedy Central Games
The Baconing--PS3--Hothead Games
Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection--PS3--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Cladun x2--PSP--NIS America
4 Elements HD--PS3--Playrix Entertainment

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon--X360--Comedy Central Games
The Baconing--X360, PC--Hothead Games
Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection--X360, PC--Warner Bors. Interactive Entertainment
BloodRayne: Betrayal--X360--Majesco Entertainment
Rock of Ages--X360--Atlus
Pinball FX 2: Ms. 'Splosion Man--X360--Zen Studios

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Discussion

29 comments
Dmitheon
Dmitheon

Major Nelson tweets that Guardian Heroes is also coming out for Xbox this week.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Played Madden on both system and both are garbage. How does EA get away with selling the same game year after year? Why does the NFL let EA rip the public off with their crappy product? I guess as long as people continue to buy it, EA will continue their same old business practices. Also what fool would pay $89.00 for the special edtion that comes with a crappy card and extra team. EA has lost it's mind.. Can't wait for the "Next Gen Madden" to arrive completely stripped of any and all features previously availabe on the last gen Madden. Got to love em for that..

Cirkelinespark
Cirkelinespark

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monson21502
monson21502

how much are the nintendo selects??? would love to get punch out for 10-15 bucks

monson21502
monson21502

wow.... buying up the rights to the nfl players must not be enuff for EA. seems like they are paying other devs to not release any good games in the same week as madden now:(

R083R70
R083R70

Good week for me I've been excited for another Deathspank as soon as I completed TOV and love Ugly Americans so much I can't help but get the game.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Nothing this week, but saving up for this fall

daabulls23
daabulls23

Those are sweet Nintendo Selects. Cheap and good games!

Sparty_On
Sparty_On

I will be getting Madden NFL 12 as it's always great year end & year out which is a fact.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

its interesting that there is a huge amount of downloadable games coming out in one week. The Bloodrayne game looks pretty sweet, but I read a review about two weeks ago that said it was too difficult for its own good. I don't have much hope for Ugly Americans though. Mortal Kombat is a nice idea and is priced right as well. I am a big fan of downloadable games. This could turn out to be a pretty exciting week in that category.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

@ chuck_hamburger The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles--PC--Electronic Arts this is why.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Ha ha, another Bloodrayne. Wow, that is.... something. Couldn't they have given that development money to charity instead?

Triton
Triton

On the fence with Madden. Thing I'll wait to see what the crowd says.

Bigmyth
Bigmyth

I'm gonna try both the demo of madden and bodycount ...

seattleguy1966
seattleguy1966

and is bad Company 2 diffrent from battlefield 2?

seattleguy1966
seattleguy1966

i played a demo of body count and i thought it was good

iikefkaii
iikefkaii

For the first time in 13 years I have decided to not pre-order my copy of Madden...I'm sure I'll end up buying it at some point but I need to see something new this year to get me on board. My favorite thing to do in the game is Franchise Mode and I don't think its changed for like 3 years now :/

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Wow, another Madden game... They all just blend together... Anyway, Bad Company 2 is amazing, however, anyone looking to buy it should save up for Battlefield 3. That's just my opinion. :D

dagamemon
dagamemon

Bad Company 2 Greatest Hits, huh? Nice, I haven't had the chance to play it yet, and I'm pretty interested in Battlefield 3, so this sounds like the perfect chance!

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Super Mario Galaxy at $20 sounds good to me. Super Paper Mario as well, it's just about the price to be worth it now.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'm going to try to get Bodycount this week, if I can't I can't.

the22for4
the22for4

for me w8ing 4 months, ill see what new year prices will be.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

Nothing id buy full price this week, good too, i need to save money