Shippin' Out August 22-28: Mafia II, NHL 2K11

2K Games' period mobster game hits retail this week alongside 2K Sports' Wii-exclusive hockey sim; Elemental: War of Magic, Shank, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World also due out.

Though the high-profile games Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops are still a ways off, the dog days of summer feel like they're coming to an end this week. Gamers looking for something new to play this week have a number of purchase options ranging from 2K Games' gritty crime sequel to a Wii-exclusive hockey simulator.

Leading the pack is 2K Czech's Mafia II for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A sequel to the adored original, the game casts players as Vito, an up-and-coming made man in the '40s and '50s. Players will follow the violent adventures of the dapper henchman on varied crime endeavors in the living and breathing open world of Empire City.

2K Games' Mafia II gets ratted out this week.

For the Nintendo Wii sports gamer, 2K Sports releases NHL 2K11 this week. Coming exclusively to the Wii, the Visual Concepts-developed title features the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler on its cover. The game will feature improved lighting in arenas, touched-up player models, and improved jerseys and sticks. Additionally, the game will allow players to shatter their sticks, a gameplay mechanic not included in previous installments.

Also dropping this week is Klei Entertainment's Shank, an action adventure beat-'em-up. Hitting the PlayStation Network on Tuesday and Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday, the game thrusts players into a violently stylized 2D world. The title also features a cooperative level, which acts as a prequel to main campaign events, where players can fight as both Shank and his partner, Falcone.

The "epic of epic epicness," Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera hit theaters August 13, but the game of the same name hits Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday. Available for $9.99, the four-player offline brawler takes the premise of the original comics and combines it with side-scrolling action. It also features 8-bit art by renowned pixel artist Paul Robertson.

A scene from Shank.

For the PC gamer, Stardock's Elemental: War of Magic hits Tuesday. The fantasy strategy title is set in a world brimming with magic and ancient lore. In the game, players start with a single wizard character and must recruit heroes to fight for them and thwart the game's nefarious forces.

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, AUGUST 23

And Yet It Moves--Wii--Broken Rules
G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den--DS--Genterprise
Martian Panic--Wii--Zoo Games

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24

Crazy Pig--DS--Dreamcatcher
Elemental: War of Magic--PC--Stardock
Grease: The Game--DS, Wii--505 Games
Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack--Wii--Sega
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar--DS--Natsume
Ivy the Kiwi?--DS, Wii--XSeed Games
Mafia II--X360, PS3, PC--2K Games
NHL 2K11--Wii--2K Sports
Shank--PS3--Klei Entertainment

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25

The Bachelor--DS, Wii--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Jade Dynasty: Vengeance--PC--Perfect World Entertainment
Shank--X360--Klei Entertainment
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World--X360--Ubisoft

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26

Disney Guilty Party--Wii--Disney Interactive
Fish Tank--PSP-iFun4all
Worms Reloaded--PC--Team 17

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

Ship Simulator Extremes--PC--Paradox Interactive

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

The Treasure of Montezuma--DS--O-Games

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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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Discussion

24 comments
BloodMist
BloodMist

@ lookin_boy Uh, no, non-payed off, BS LIARS that pass themselves off as reviewers do.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

loved the mafia 2 demo thats a must for me

Pete5506
Pete5506

Looking forward to picking up Mafia 2

soulless4now
soulless4now

I had no idea Ivy the Kiwi was coming out so soon. Sure has gone under the radar...

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

They didn't even mention Ivy the Kiwi? or Worms Reloaded

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Ivy the Kiwi looks okay. I hope I won the On the Spot challenge to win the game.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I can't wait for tomorrow to get my hands Mafia2 that is going be awesome and it could or it should be a 10/10.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

lol @ all these bad games

lookin_boy
lookin_boy

Mafia 2 is good, but idk if if it's 59.99 plus tax good... i'll wait till something epic comes out next month... sept looks much better

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

sweet! Scott Pilgrim and Shank on Wednesday!

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

The Bachelor? Really? Whoever decided to make that needs to be punished.

Nintendofreakx
Nintendofreakx

bachelor game ugh..... when will developers learn that tv shows turned into games are never good.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

I'll wait for next week. "Metroid: Other M" & "Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep" baby!!!

SuperMegaMaster
SuperMegaMaster

Downloading the demo of Mafia II...can't wait to play it

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

The bachelor: The video game? Please say it's not true. :x

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

I predict that Grease: The Game will be the sleeper hit this year. :)

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Going to try out the Mafia II demo, see how it plays. If it's good, the game will certainly get a look in.

topsemag55
topsemag55

I hope Kevin-V reviews the PC version of Mafia 2.:)