Shippin' Out August 27-31: Metroid 3, Warhawk, Tiger Woods, Blue Dragon, Stuntman

Quintet of heavy hitters join Dynasty Warriors: Gundam and downloadables such as Super Puzzle Fighter II and Ghouls 'n Ghosts; Guild Wars and Medieval II expansions also due.

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Following the debut of critical darling BioShock, the wallet-walloping release schedule of late 2007 is going into overdrive this week. Although Midway has confirmed to GameSpot that Stranglehold now won't arrive until next Tuesday alongside Electronic Arts' similarly delayed Medal of Honor: Airborne, the pre-Labor Day slate is sporting a quarter of must-have titles.

At the top of every Nintendo-lover's shopping list is Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Heroine Samus Aran's non-Virtual Console debut on the Wii is being billed as the conclusion of her console adventures, following 2002's Metroid Prime and 2004's Metroid Prime 2: Echoes for the GameCube. The game's release is the culmination of Nintendo's "Month of Metroid" PR onslaught, which also saw reworked versions of classics Metroid (NES) and Super Metroid (SNES) released on the Wii.

"Now, an entirely new audience can experience this amazing first-person adventure," said senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications George Harrison, who apparently is still employed at Nintendo of America. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99.

Those who find slinky exoskeleton-clad interstellar adventurers unappealing have several other options. Sony is releasing its much-ballyhooed first-party PlayStation 3 exclusive Warhawk, a reimagining of the 1995 PlayStation classic. As in the original, air combat will feature prominently in the new, online-multiplayer-only game, which will also feature ground forces. The T-for-Teen-rated game will be available for download at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday via the PlayStation store for $39.99 or on Blu-ray Disc starting tomorrow for $59.99.

North American Xbox 360s will also get their own exclusive this week in the form of Blue Dragon, which was released in Japan last December. Designed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, the role-playing game will feature cartoon-style graphics and a fantasy setting, and will have players summon creatures to fight their foes for them.

Without question, the week's biggest multiplatform release is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. EA Sports' annual golf game is typically a major seller, with an E for Everyone rating allowing it a broad, all-ages audience. The 360 and PS3 versions of the game will retail for $59.99, the DS version for $29.99, and the PC, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable editions for $39.99.

Besides the aforementioned quartet, many other games arrive at retailers this week. PC gamers will get the Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms and Guild Wars: Eye of the North expansion packs, as well as Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn, the revamped version of the classic online role-playing game. Stuntman Ignition, THQ's first attempt at reviving the driving franchise it bought in 2006, arrives on the PS2 and 360, while Wild Arms 5 shoots up the PS2. (A PS3 edition of Stuntman is due out next month.) Also of note is Koei's unprecedented series crossover Dynasty Warriors: Gundam for the 360 and PS3.

Last but not least, the 360 and PS3 will also welcome the same downloadable game in the form of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Also, the NES actioner Super C (500 Nintendo points), the SNES RPG Breath of Fire II (800 points), and Genesis classic Ghouls 'n Ghosts (800 points) became available for the Wii's Virtual Console today.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

AUGUST 27, 2007
Breath of Fire II (WII VC)
Carnival Games (WII)
Ghouls 'n Ghosts (WII VC)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (WII)
MotoGP 07 (X360)
NHRA: Countdown to the Championship 2007 (PSP)
Pirate's Revenge (PC)
Super C (WII VC)
Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn (PC)

AUGUST 28, 2007
Stuntman Ignition (Xbox 360, PS2)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (X360, PC, WII, PS3, PS2, PSP, DS)
Guild Wars: Eye of the North (PC)
Brunswick Pro Bowling (WII, PS2, PSP)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (X360, PS3)
Undercover: Operation Wintersun (PC)
Dead Head Fred (PC)
Warhawk (PS3)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes (PSP)
Blue Dragon (X360)
Wild ARMs 5 (PS2)
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (PSP)

AUGUST 29, 2007
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (X360)

AUGUST 30, 2007
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)

AUGUST 31, 2007
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (WII)

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Freestyle_20
Freestyle_20

go warhawk and metriod i will pick those up

flackstone
flackstone

woa 6.0 i thought bluedragon was good. oh well 0_o

dilan94
dilan94

I wanna see how Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 is. It seems like a awesome game.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

in other words, shipping out aug 27-31, METROID PRIME 3!!!!!!! sadly, i cant get this till october. it sucks living in europe. oh well, its 4 weeks till halo 3, yay!!!!!

pooladden
pooladden

METROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

link631
link631

metroid prime 3 owns

Farcical
Farcical

Fair enough. But, from the average gamer's perspective, it's pretty reasonable (especially considering it's only covering two days). You've got appealing games across all platforms (Blue Dragon/Warhawk/Prime), and those PS3/Wii releases have been pretty heavily hyped. Moreover, you wouldn't expect to buy more than one game each week, would you? If most of these releases don't appeal, just feel glad you can save your cash for all the other great games coming later in the year...

Unholy_Smite
Unholy_Smite

to you farcical. to me it's slim pickings! Only 1 game i want and even that is iffy.

Farcical
Farcical

Slim pickings? Are you insane? Blue Dragon, MotoGP 07, Prime 3, Stuntman: Ignition and Warhawk in the space of two days? That's a fairly solid spate of releases...

Unholy_Smite
Unholy_Smite

wow...slim pickings. Another weak lineup for the wii...why is it selling? Only game I see here is warhawk.

jasongm
jasongm

Woohoo! I cant believe not one soul has even mentioned "Monster Hunter Freedom 2" for the PSP, This one could be the sleeper hit! I cant wait, i got mine preordered.

frostbach_basic
frostbach_basic

Too many games!! If only I didn't have to buy those books for school....darn...

_NeoN
_NeoN

Whoa... This is one of the most awesome week's for game releases in terms of the sheer number of, err... awesome titles being released. ;) Was gonna type out the various games I thought were worth mentioning but there's just so many (practically the list of releases). ^_^

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Risrepkel
Risrepkel

Halo 3 comes out next month...

carljohnson3456
carljohnson3456

I sold my Wii literally a week ago, now kinda wishing I had kept it to play MP3... BUT, I used the money sold to help buy a PS3, so I look forward to Warhawk!!!

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

I just picked up Metroid Prime 3: Corruption about an hour ago and I downloaded Warhawk off PSN. I'll also be getting Blue Dragon tomorrow. Great week for gaming!

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I used to like Wild Arms but 4 was a bit of a let down to me...not sure about how 5 is going to be.

zorn99
zorn99

I'll be first in line for Metroid Prime 3. I've played them all from the very first Metroid on the NES.

Maverick19
Maverick19

Aaaaaaa Metroid 3, and Super C are my choice. Along with Warhawk....

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Not too sure about Blue Dragon after the IGN review. I'm anticipating Wild ARMs 5 though. So I might get that.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--aisufi -- japan gave blue dragon great reviews, but i dont think it'll get the same reception here. ~~~~~~ Maybe...It should have done so much better in Japan...if it had not had the relation to MS it they would have bought loads. Still if you want a Japanese RPG this is as good as it gets on any platform for the moment.

aisufi
aisufi

japan gave blue dragon great reviews, but i dont think it'll get the same reception here.

princeweasel1
princeweasel1

Warhawk could be loads of fun, but I'm INCREDIBLY STOKED about Monster Hunter Freedom 2!! BEST PORTABLE GAME EVER!!!

LOGGER13
LOGGER13

Woot! I'll be picking up Warhawk tomorrow ... but I kind want Tiger Woods too. Hmm.

svaubel
svaubel

Yay for Blue Dragon! the game ive had on preorder since January, it's the game that also convinced me to get a 360. Im looking forward to see how it does compared to other RPGs

Tony-Baxter
Tony-Baxter

Well see what the PS3 is made of tomorrow!

Arkk_Angel
Arkk_Angel

and THIS is why competition is great. I'd say something good is being released for every gamer this season. It's a golden age of gaming! :)

dmish82
dmish82

WARHAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!