Shippin' Out August 15-21: Kane & Lynch 2

Square Enix's gritty crime sequel leads retail pack next to action role-playing PSP game Ys Seven.

In the coming months, Halo: Reach, Fable III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops will all hit retail. Until then, gamers can enjoy the light dog days of summer.

Kane and Lynch fight back.

Leading the pack this week is Square Enix's grisly crime shooter sequel, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. A sequel to the 2007 original Dead Men, the game adds a new story, updated visuals, and a smorgasbord of disturbed criminals to the fray.

Also hitting this week is the PSP action role-playing game, Ys Seven. The seventh iteration in the Ys series, the game released in Japan last year and the localized version hits this week. From Japanese developer Nihon Falcom, the game casts players as Adol Christin, a brave adventurer. Using melee and elemental powers, players will fight monsters and battle bosses, ultimately attempting to thwart nefarious powers and save the day.

Also hitting this week is an expansion for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game City of Heroes. Dubbed City of Heroes: Going Rogue, the expansion lets players shift allegiances from good to evil, thus allowing them to enjoy the game's two metropolises: Paragon City and Rogue Isles.

Ys Seven makes its Western debut this week.

Additionally, Sony Online Entertainment will unleash a free version of the popular MMORPG Everquest II titled Everquest II: Extended. The free version will give players access to all the paid game's zones, including those added with the Shadow Odyssey expansion. However, it will operate on servers that are separate from its paid cousin.

On the download front, Microsoft caps off its Summer of Arcade promotion this Wednesday with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on Xbox Live Arcade. The top-down adventure game from Crystal Dynamics is the first in the series to be offered as a download and tasks players with solving puzzles, conquering magical beasts, and traversing lush forests.

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.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
Battle vs. Chess--PC--Topware Interactive
House M.D.--PC, Mac--Legacy Interactive

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17
City of Heroes: Going Rogue--PC--NCsoft
Deer Drive--DS--Mastiff
Everquest II: Extended--PC--Sony Online Entertainment
Gold's Gym Dance Workout--Wii--Ubisoft
Kane & Lynch: Dog Days--X360, PS3, PC--Square Enix
Top Gun--PS3--Paramount Digital Entertainment
Ys Seven--PSP--Xseed Games

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light--X360--Square Enix
More Great Games for Girls--PC--Viva Media

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
Star Ruler--PC--Blind Melon Studios

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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xstation14
xstation14

Whoever wrote the Kane and Lynch 2 review is gonna get fired

GoldenRamoth
GoldenRamoth

I think xbox can touch the wii as far as virtual console.. almost all of the non-nintendo games I downloaded on wiiware are available on the xbox.. along with some classic M games like Doom and Doom 2 that will never be on WiiWare. Of course, the Doom games swing Arcade in my favor, they're so awesome lol

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 Also way to pick and choose what you respond to as well then turn around and act like you've won.

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 There are plenty of games releasing. Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kirby's Epic Yarn are due out by the holiday season as is Epic Mickey. And the last few years Nintendo has crushed everyone in sales during the holiday season. Go back and read what I said, I never said WiiWare was better than Xbox Live Arcade or the PSN. I said that Sony and Microsoft can't touch the Virtual Console, as in having older games on their systems. Learn to read please.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

kejigoto stated "I'm fairly sure we are going to see the Wii dominate the holiday sales charts again." You have to release games for that to happen and it ain't going to happen. All you're doing is trying to make people believe that the Wii is awesome but it's not. You lost me when you claimed that Wiiware was better than Psn or Live. Maybe you should go to gamefaqs and look at how happy wii users are with nintendo's offerings week after week..

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 Perhaps if you weren't so worried about what sells well or what has the best graphics out there you might actually be able to enjoy games for what they are. You're taking this and making this into something it isn't. As for non laggy online Wii games, Monster Hunter Tri does a great job, Mario Kart Wii is great, and Medal of Honor Heroes 2 does a great job as well. You were saying?

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 In terms of older classic games being offered on the Wii compared to the PS3 and 360, yes the Wii wins hands down. I'm not talking about games originally designed for said service like Braid, Limbo, and the others. Does the 360 and PS3 tout the highest scoring game of all time The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Anything close to it? Didn't think so. If you want to play the sales game then look at life time sales, the Wii is miles ahead. Plus with games like Metroid: Other M, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Donkey Kong Country Returns hitting store shelves by the end of this year, I'm fairly sure we are going to see the Wii dominate the holiday sales charts again. Now here is something that is quite interesting, despite Super Mario Galaxy 2 not breaking sales records I'm still having a blast with it. Sales don't dictate how much fun I have with a game, therefore I'm not overly concerned with how well something sells. But keep playing the sales game though, the PS3 is last place in terms of sales right now. Enjoy your weekly/monthly victories, the Wii is still well over 10 million units ahead of the PS3. If you doubt what I own, then check my profile and you'll see I've got the PS3 and 360. In fact I own nearly 50 games for the 360 and over 20 for the PS3. I'm not bashing on the PS3 or 360 here either because again, sales don't make a system fun. I'm simply saying that the Wii is a great little system that holds it's own very well in my opinion.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 What does playing online have to do with being hardcore? Last I checked it was just simply enjoying the games for what they are and having fun. The Wii has it's limitations yes, but that doesn't make the games on it any less fun. And the PS3 is outselling the Wii? Really? Check July's NPD numbers again my friend, plus the Wii is still pretty far ahead of the 360 and PS3 in terms of sales, so a minor slow down between major game releases isn't that big of deal when it has a 10 million + lead on the others. You obviously have some pretty distorted views on gaming if you think those things are what make someone "hardcore". Oh and by the way, the Call of Duty series is trash. I don't play it on the 360, PS3, and I certainly won't play it on the Wii.

kejigoto
kejigoto

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COPMAN221
COPMAN221

kejigoto You stated " I'm a hard core gamer and I'm quite content with the Wii and its offerings" How "hardcore" can you be playing the wii online with their subpar service? Oh yeah I forgot Call of Duty and other online games rock on the wii ..I would check the sales of the Wii as the fad is now wearing thin and both the 360 and the PS3 are selling more than the Wii.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

kejigoto if you are satisfied with 2 to 3 so called quality games a year then more power to you but that just doesn't cut it for me.What was the last great game on the wiiware? Yeah I thought so! Don't think you want to be comparing that with PSN or 36o. Also your comment still doesn't change the fact that the move controls way better than the wil. Not to mention that the games look and play better on the PS3. Sorry if it offends you but it needs to be said.. Also what are these so called top rated quality games that are better than anything on the PS3 or 360? Please list them as I as well as other can use a good laugh..

shawn7324
shawn7324

I loved 1st Kane & Lynch so all over sequel.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'll be passing on Kane & Lynch 2, but I'm looking forward to the Tomb Raider game coming out on XBLA Wednesday

isshiah
isshiah

kane and lynch will eat up some time before mafia 2 comes out.

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

Haha, I just read "Kane & Lynch: Dance Workout" I was thinking wtf?

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ COPMAN221 Yes Nintendo sure did mess up not including HD, its not like the Wii is the best selling console thus far this generation... Oh wait..... Well they don't have one of the highest rated games this generation.... Oh wait, they have that too..... Funny thing, I'm a hard core gamer and I'm quite content with the Wii and its offerings. Just because it isn't presented in HD doesn't mean its not good and worth playing. Perhaps if you weren't close minded you could realize this. Sorry if this offends you but it needed to be said =(

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

JaxxRaxor I would take Kane and Lynch 2 and Mafia 2 over the same sh*t new year Madden or Metroid Other M.. Let's face it Nintendo dropped the ball big time by giving us no HD and gamecube graphics on the Wii. They have lost touch with the hardcore gamer to cater to John Q Citizen. Sorry if it offends you but it needs to be said...

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Even if I had an HD console and it got better reviews than the last, I still wouldn't care for Kane and Lynch 2. August is stronger than June and July but really Kane and Lynch 2 and Mafia 2 are both 2nd tier stuff sandwiched between the annual Madden and Metroid Other M (which is being released the last day of August).

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Been playing Dog Days for the past three days and I must say it is better than I expected. Two player splt screen is always a plus in my book and the online is sweet.

vadicta
vadicta

What? A Top Gun game??? I've been waiting YEARS for this, and I'm totally sure it's gonna be soooo worth it! :P

kris9031998
kris9031998

Dog days looks......ok.......not amazing, but a good game to last a few days/weeks