Shippin' Out Aug. 9-15: Madden NFL 10

EA's football-sim kicks off Friday; Marvel vs. Capcom 2 slams to PSN, with DS RPG Fossil Fighters stomping in this week; Still Life 2 for PC and revamped Phantom Brave for Wii.

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Although last week saw the release of notable downloadable updates for popular titles, it lacked the debut of highly anticipated stand-alone games. That will change this week, with the arrival of Madden NFL 10. Electronic Arts' pro footballer will check in Friday for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, and PSP, with the series discontinued on the PC. As outlined in GameSpot's preview, the game will introduce a new injury system, the "fight for the fumble" feature, online co-op play, and online Franchise mode. Check back later in the week for a full review.

When it begins to snow, game releases will begin to pick up even more.

Moving from tackling to brawling, Capcom's fighter Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will slam onto the PlayStation Network two weeks after its debut on Xbox Live on July 29. Although the arcade game hit the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2002 and 2003, respectively, the PS3 release will showcase three graphics settings--classic, crisp, and smooth--and remains faithful to the purist-favored Dreamcast edition of 2000. The game will also include online play, widescreen support, and all 56 playable characters unlocked from the get-go. The game will cost $15 on the PSN for the US.

Beyond Marvel vs. Capcom 2, the historic action adventure game Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is slinking its way to the PC. Published by the Russian-based 1C, the World War II third-person stealth sneaking game is the sequel to 2007's Death to Spies. Players control a proto-KGB operative who picks locks, slides past Nazis, and assassinates unsuspecting foes.

Nintendo's handheld is also going prehistoric this week, with the dinosaur-themed role-playing game Fossil Fighters. As the title partly implies, a boy protagonist digs up fossils and conjures gladiatorial dinosaurs from the calcified relics.

From lighthearted to grim, Still Life 2 is a dark mystery adventure game arriving on the PC. The sequel to the 2005 original, Still Life 2 follows a female FBI agent on the trail of a twisted serial killer. Rounding out this week's releases is Phantom Brave: We Meet Again for the Wii. Players will meet Phantom Brave again after its original release on the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The Wii edition is a revamped version of NIS America's 2004 game and features a new scenario and new characters.

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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

AUGUST 9, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

AUGUST 10, 2009
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth--PC--1C
Fossil Fighters--DS--Nintendo
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits--Wii--Over the Top Games
Sky Pirates of Neo Terra--DS--Aspyr
Texas Cheat 'Em --PC--D3Publisher

AUGUST 11, 2009
Active Life: Extreme Challenge--Wii--Namco Bandai Games
C.O.R.E.--DS--Graffiti Entertainment
Imagine: Soccer Captain--DS--Ubisoft
Joint Operations: Complete Collection--PC--Navarre
Monster Mayhem: Build and Battle--DS, Wii--Crave
Phantom Brave: We Meet Again--Wii--NIS America
Still Life 2--PC--Encore Software

AUGUST 12, 2009
Polar Sports Vol. 1--PC--MumboJumbo
Trials HD--X360--Microsoft

AUGUST 13, 2009
Marvel vs. Capcom 2--PS3--Capcom

AUGUST 14, 2009
Madden NFL 10--PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360--EA

AUGUST 15, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

Discussion

82 comments
Betto64
Betto64

hoo good.. Ive waiting...!

HELMET1964
HELMET1964

great new's on madden 2010 being positive about madden 10 has been worth it big time and the other great new's is i am now online ready to play the biggest madden yet on the xbox 360 - gold medal this year - all that hardwork and effort has paid of well done E.A.SPORT'S - my rateing is a positive 9.5/10 - now have gamer tag - and it's like i said i will need my helmet and gumsheild this year - let's play ball - weather you play online or offline this is it - let's rumble - get ready for the biggest season yet - 49er's

Harerazer
Harerazer

I think what blkstr89 meant was when EA first began. They started on PCs (well Commodore 64's, TRS-80's, etc) and that was what made them. Of course they made GOOD games back then so that may have helped also. I recall the safe feeling of knowing that damn near anything from EA was a good buy back then. Now, I think I own like 5 EA games and they're all stuff EA bought instead of built (Rockband, Burnout, etc).

ocdog45
ocdog45

I'm good with marvel and madden. whats up with no background music on the video. nobody wants to hear this guys weird voice.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

I ll wait and see with Madden 2010, so far next gen Madden hasnt been special at all

Sparty_On
Sparty_On

Madden NFL 10 is the best year in and year out I'm excited for Madden.

monopoly2121
monopoly2121

I can't wait untell marvel vs. capcom 2! the only thing is that they have all the characters unlocked. I think its fun to unlock things.

iceeman
iceeman

@blkstr89 you speak the truth my friend.

tremor33
tremor33

Yeah Yeah... we hear you Madden. I'm just waiting for MvC2 on the PS3. It's been so long since they announced it, I almost forgot about it.

Inconnux
Inconnux

its time again boys and girls for our yearly generic madden update. Minor tweaks in stats and graphics included!

dbass999
dbass999

Sega Genesis and Snes made E.A. rich not the pc. this game in HD is great franchise mode online and co op play stil make this series woth it

kilaan
kilaan

@fester420 The funny thing is, publishers/developers lose way more money to second hand game sales than they ever did on piracy.

fester420
fester420

@blkstr89 the reason it is not coming out for the pc is simply because of piracy. I have a ps3, a wii, and a pc. If it were up to me i would rather download the game for free than spending $60 for it. Looks like their getting their $60.

blkstr89
blkstr89

thing i wanna knw is....why is madden 10 not coming to the pc? has EA finally thrown us pc gamers d bone n said "fetch **** fetch. ya'll aint gettin nothing from us until u can fork out as much cash as the console players." wat i want to say to them is...."did u forget who made u rich when u just began punks!"

fester420
fester420

@iceeman do you talk like a caveman in real life?

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

Makes sense I guess to release Madden 2010 on a Friday. Guys wanting something to do during the weekend will probably be more likely to go get it and just veg out all weekend with football.

Regisland
Regisland

nothing for me until august 25th

Nixter24
Nixter24

Lol. I've gotten Madden for the past 6 years... But, this year makes it seem like it will be a game just to waste my time until MW2 (Modern Warfare 2) comes out. Madden should still be fun tho. ~Go Raiders~

Nixter24
Nixter24

Madden 10s new franchise features look amazing. And to add on to the fact, it will be online. You will be able to have: Playoffs, Superbowls, Trades, Drafts, Injuries, and more, All with your friends. This may be the best yet!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Phantom Brave was kind of slept on for the PS2, but it's a very good game. Maybe not Disgaea good, but still quite solid. Hopefully the revamp restores Nippon's trademark offbeat humor.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Not too many decent releases this week. I wanted Madden on the PC. Too bad EA suddenly doesn't like making money.....oh well....

iceeman
iceeman

ea is crazy, still making madden 10 on ps2, but not on pc. when i went to friends house, his ps2 had layer of dust and the pc was tuned to perfection. as for me, i played ea's earl weaver baseball and was hooked.

iceeman
iceeman

ea making a big mistake... although i not fan of football, even i can see they making big mistake... no touchdown for them... the pc is all i play, and i have bought all of their baseball games but go figure they don't make baseball anymore... ea making big mistake...

musicman-04
musicman-04

TO looks way too skinny. People forget that he's a 35 year old fatty. Sure, he's a damn fine athlete, but he's no Freddy B.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

zzzzzzzzz....huh, whu--? Oh...Madden.....zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Nothing for me here, still good for Madden fans this month is only Batman for me..

chikkkenbutt
chikkkenbutt

+10 more for you Tainted_Enigma. And you like the Chargers (whattt?) my man.

Tainted_Enigma
Tainted_Enigma

And my Madden streak continues. Can't wait. And all you Madden haters can kick rocks. Long live Madden, bab'eh Wooo!! P.S. Go Chargers!

Alltapdout
Alltapdout

Why do they always have to show the Bills? Is it that way for everyone? or are they just teasin me?

Ultrabeatdown55
Ultrabeatdown55

I already got my copy of Madden :D And the transaction was legit.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

What a crap list. Seems to be happening a lot lately. However I will be trading 2 and getting Madden for free. This cost me $20 in total. Therefore I will be getting Madden for $20. This is good.

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

Will be getting Madden day 1 for the first time ever. Hope its good, I need a good football game.

Zloth2
Zloth2

"Why no Madden for PC?" The PC changes year to year. Consoles haven't changed for years. They just do a little work to add in a new feature or two, get the new lineup, and they sell millions on the consoles. With the PC they would have to make it work on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 with ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, plus they would have to up the graphics. And after all that, they don't sell nearly as many as on the other boxes.

Vicvonne
Vicvonne

@ people asking why it isnt on PC. EA came out and said the next gen maddens will most likely not be on PC anytime soon due to the fact that ALOT of people pirated Madden year after year after year. Madden 08 was the worse one when more people pirated it than those who actually bought it. Considering it may have increased even more the next year EA stopped putting Madden on PC because they couldnt make a profit.

lop890
lop890

not the dell commercial i want a lolly

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

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shawn7324
shawn7324

Might pick up Still Life 2, can't afford to put $60 toward Madden as I've already spent like $300 preordering other titles this Fall including Wolfenstein releasing this month.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

@thekey - No market = no PC version. Doubt it could sell 100k while the Xbox 360 version might top a million again. That was just the month of August if you remember.

arivaltobeknown
arivaltobeknown

Wow my girl should cancel direct tv cause madden will be on the whole night.whole day.everyday.and the whole week. and the months to come..Best Buy madden challenge here i come. And the name is Storyteller remeber it...

VengfulOne
VengfulOne

I haven't decided if 2010 is worth buying because the demo is only 1 minute long. Maybe If I pre-order I can get the longer demo and then decide if I want to buy the game. Oh wait....

Trogeton
Trogeton

This looks GREAT can't wait

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Drop the price of Marvel vs Capcom 2 to $10 and Im sold. I might still pay it just cuz I really don't care about $15 but others will pass for that reason. On the other hand Id pay $15 for KILLER INSTINCT! Gladly. Somebody listen, please.

solstice779
solstice779

on august 13th, PAIN museum add on is released for ps3

1stpersondabst
1stpersondabst

this madden game looks brilliant go pats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

huerito323
huerito323

im buying Madden 10, if it doesn't live up to expectations AGAIN, I swear it will be the last Madden game I will ever buy. I'll just wait for 2K to make another NFL game.