Shippin' Out December 17-21: NiGHTS, MX vs. ATV

Last significant week of game releases sees headliners joined by Rock Band on the PS2; Sensible World of Soccer, Tempest storm XBL.

Although December may be one of the biggest periods of time at retail, it certainly isn't due to games released during the month. 2007 continues to slowly unwind this week, with the most noteworthy game for many being Sega's NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. A sequel to the 1996 cult classic NiGHTS into Dreams... for the ill-fated Sega Saturn, Journey of Dreams again features the pursuits of an androgynous, avian jester in a fanciful world of good and evil beings. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is rated E for Everyone and will retail for $49.99 on the Wii.

With the cold, hard, unforgiving ground of December not being the most ideal of times to miss a jump, motocross fans now have the option of THQ's MX vs. ATV Untamed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS. This year's installment of the off-road racer features larger environments than in past years, as well as new vehicles and modes.

MTV Games and Harmonix will be finishing out their Rock Band set this week with the PlayStation 2 version, which retails for $159.99. The PS2 version of Rock Band has been scaled down from its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts. Although the game includes the full 58-song setlist found in its current-generation brothers, rockers won't be able to battle it out online or partake in downloadable content.

Speaking of DLC, the Xbox 360 will receive the long-anticipated Sensible World of Soccer this week as part of its Wednesday update. Drawing its inspiration from the fan-favorite '96/'97 iteration, SWOS features the classic gaming experience as well as a remastered version that includes updated graphics. It will be available for 800 Microsoft points ($8). Also out this week is Atari's genre-defining shoot-'em-up Tempest, which is available for 400 Microsoft points ($5), the same price as Jeff Minter's recent psychedelic reimagining of the game, Space Giraffe.

Nintendo is also feeding three more into the Wii's Virtual Console this week. Konami's run-fly-and-gun action game Cybernator joins Sega's side-scrolling action games Alien Storm and Monster Lair. All three games can be purchased for 800 Wii points ($8) each.

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

DECEMBER 17, 2007
Alien Storm (Wii VC)
Carrier Strike Force (PC)
Cybernator (Wii VC)
Dai Senryaku VII: Exceed (PS2)
Monster Lair (Wii VC)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, DS)
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (PS2)
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (DS)

DECEMBER 18, 2007
Atari Classics Evolved (PSP)
Draft Day Sports: College Basketball (PC)
Legends of Norrath: Forsworn (PC)
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge (PSP, DS)
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Wii)
Rock Band (PS2)

DECEMBER 19, 2007
Indianapolis 500 Legends (DS)
Sensible World of Soccer (X360)
Tempest (X360)

DECEMBER 20, 2007
No releases announced.

DECEMBER 21, 2007
No releases announced.

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51 comments
lamprey263
lamprey263

awww, I just read the latest issue of Play on the bus ride to work; they gave NiGHTS a 6.5/10, I hope the game reviews for NiGHTS don't average around there

ocdog45
ocdog45

nothing this week......good

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

could be peach's could be corn, who knows

grafkhun
grafkhun

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NightRain
NightRain

I hope NiGHTS turns out to be the great sequel we've been waiting for so long...

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

hmm..rock band PS2 now? i thought it came out a while ago

lamprey263
lamprey263

Wow, NiGHTS made it before Xmas, I thought it was going to be an early '08 release; I'm looking forward to that. It's also good to see Tempest is going to make it on XBLA, though, I wish they'd of included Tempest 2000 instead of this "evolved" theme. And I'm a tad bit disappointed there's still no word about Omega Five, and I believe it was supposed to be released this month, but that's looking very unlikely. And the same thing for Rez, wasn't that supposed to be a 12/07 release as well?

SHACKR
SHACKR

There some good games comin out and there are those bad games.

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Ah. This is why I'm playing my PS2 and not my Wii right now. Nothing good coming out...

Derekj615
Derekj615

Does anyone know if there is a new list for PS3 Rock Band DLC yet???

rvm444
rvm444

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Brambler
Brambler

Was not impressed by the ATV vs MX demo

Da_IceCream_Man
Da_IceCream_Man

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kori911
kori911

Rock Band on ps2 huh?

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

I'm going to give NiGHTS a chance and rent it this weekend to see how it is.

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

NiGHTS will be amazing

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

NiGHTS will be mine! Only game besides Galaxy worthy of a purchase on the Wii. Don't hate me cause I speak the truth.

Loucetios
Loucetios

What about last week bunch of games that there are no reviews for? i mean seriously it doesn't take a week to review UT3 for the Ps3, and i know this is off topic :P

_NeoN
_NeoN

Hmmm... Nothing for me this week, sadly.

_NeoN
_NeoN

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Dreski83
Dreski83

MX vs ATV and NiGHTS... my year is complete 8)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Neo Battle Colliseum... will it even arrive?

Shishio817
Shishio817

NiGHTS interests me, but only because I'd like to see if it's better than the original.

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

Sensible World Of Soccer being 800 points means it's $10, not $8. silly sods.

Pete5506
Pete5506

The demo for MX vs ATV was way fun. I am going to go pick it up later today

PostedOval
PostedOval

MX vs. ATV Untamed on the PSP looks amazing. They must be using the full 333mhz to get those kind of environments!

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

It's about time. SWOS was supposed to come out early 07. Anyway SWOS is a big fav of mine, i grew up playing that game on one of my fav systems ever the amiga 600+.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

At least the video game industry made it easy on me for the week leading up to Christmas. Nothing substantial.

megamanzero32
megamanzero32

NGBC, won't be in stores. If it is, then I praise SNK! Well, *goes to buy it from gamestop online, knowing full well that he won't see it in stores*

GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

''And it's release date is close at hand...!'' In Japan...:(

Loucetios
Loucetios

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GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

I totally agree with Nintendo-Man... NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is the only game at the moment i look forward to... and it's release date is close at hand...!

tyzwain
tyzwain

Nice, good list seeing as it's the last week of the year. I wont expect Nights in the UK for atleast another 2 months.

dragonman46534
dragonman46534

MX Untamed looks sooooooo cool,,im gonna get it as soon as i get some more money,, just bought unreal tournament 3,, its good too,, i like it better than call of duty,, though call of duty 4 has better campain, but they left out multi play campain,,, stupid devs.

GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

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kexet
kexet

does anyone know when mx vs atv is realeased in EU?

GunnBjorn
GunnBjorn

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