Shippin' Out Feb. 1-7: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

PC edition of Criterion Games' demolition-enthused racer highlights week of sparse releases; My World, My Way needles DS.

The first full week of February 2008 was a particularly strong one for the gaming industry as it ushered in the release of such top-name games as Devil May Cry 4, Turok, Culdcept Saga, Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles, and Sins of a Solar Empire. Gamers hoping for a repeat performance this year are, unfortunately, in for a disappointment.

Headlining this week of sparse releases is Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, the long-awaited PC edition of Criterion Games' highly regarded Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 racer. The Ultimate Box includes all previously released game updates made to the console editions, which debuted in January 2008. The PC game also includes the Party Pack, which adds a variety of multiplayer-centric minigame challenges, brighter visuals, and a race-restart option. Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers can download the Party Pack for a fee through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network beginning February 5.

One other retail release worth a mention this week is My World, My Way for the DS. Created by Japanese game maker Global A (Master of the Monster Lair) and delivered to the US by way of Atlus, My World, My Way is a decidedly female-oriented role-playing game that follows the travails of a petulant princess on her quest to find a boyfriend that has a "level 99 in handsomeness." For more on the off-kilter game, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on with My World, My Way.

Tozai Games and Microsoft are teaming this week to release R-Type Dimensions for Xbox Live Arcade. The classic 2D shoot-'em-up has been updated with 3D graphics, and will be available this Wednesday for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Nintendo's Wii has a trio of new games coming to its respective online platforms this week. For WiiWare, Hudson has delivered Snowboard Riot, an action racer where gamers attempt to be the first to reach the bottom of a hill while fending off competitors with a range of power-ups. The game accommodates up to four players, features support for the Wii Balance Board, and will cost 1,000 Wii points ($10).

The WiiWare Channel will also see the release of Lonpos, a logic-based puzzle game where players must use a variety of puzzle pieces to perfectly fill a rectangular playing field. The game features four-way multiplayer and costs 800 Wii points ($8). Lastly, Sega's Master System classic Sonic Chaos will be added to the Virtual Console this week for 500 Wii points ($5).

For a full listing of the week's games, check out GameSpot's New Releases page. Check back later today for a video trailer of this week's releases.

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22 comments
alexLmx6
alexLmx6

i wish the wii would just die already i mean its the story of the modern entertainment industry.. simple things appeal to simple minds, which is what most people are, and the wii is a joke of a system and all these games that get released for it are such garbage like a cooking game?? wtf go to your kitchen see that thing its called an oven hey you can cook on it!! omg i dont have to pay to pretend to cook anymore!! sorry the wii just really gets me steamed

cooldude03
cooldude03

1200 Microsoft points is actually $15 not $10. I hate paying $15 for XboxLIve Acade games, It's bad enough that there aren't new $5 games but more and more are going for $15. The more people that buy these $15 games the higher and higher the Arcade prices are going to get.

ghostlyrics
ghostlyrics

can't wait to test "my world, my way" though I'm a guy :)

DarkEclipse533
DarkEclipse533

BEST CAR GAME EVER(cause its the only one i can play)

samra3feb
samra3feb

And gamespot totally got it wrong, I go to www.criteriongames.com and I read the news everyday, and even on my game! And they say that the restart is a free patch that comes with the update :)

samra3feb
samra3feb

I'm gonna buy the party pack after two days!!! Can't wait, and the restart! Even better, and the island and the legendary cars and the enhanced graphics! Burnout is the best racing game.

gnbfd
gnbfd

wait WTF? I have to pay so I can restart my race the right way? WTH?

McMJ3
McMJ3

Hopefully the restart option gets patched to PS3 and 360 not have to pay 10 bucks or w/e it is for it:lol:

robbie3000
robbie3000

Yeah!!! Finally one of the best racing games out there is coming to the PC. NFS start digging your grave!:)

chadchurchill
chadchurchill

I hate fees!!!! Race restart should be in a FREE PATCH! WTF, EA?!?!?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I have to pay for a race restart option? I hope I'm reading that wrong.

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

um so like 1200 microsoft is 15 bucks not 10... duh

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

...does any1 actually have a wii? i dont lol maybe bcause a lot of the games have crappy controls? i mean the nintendo games are good and that RE one too but a LOT of others just suck and most of the time i look like a retard tryin to get my freakin character to do some move (sometimes even to JUMP) now that is some BS but unfortunately the Wii pwns both 360 and PS3 in console sales =( which is soo sad i actually cried and relieved my anger by smashing my neighbor's Wii with Chuck Norris XD

I_Am_Sin_Seared
I_Am_Sin_Seared

They really need to start releasing better games or long anticipated games for the virtual console. We need Majoras Mask dangit, not that other gay stuff like Lonpos.

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

why is there so many sega games on the wii virtual channel. it's nice to have some, but come on. they have earthworm jim on genesis. since this is wii, why didn't they release earthworm on snes? they should only be releasing sega exclusives, and everything else should be the nintendo versions

Guzthon
Guzthon

The best Multiplatform racing game of 2008 is back, with all the features. I hope that EA would release Burnout games for the Wii.

E_J_S
E_J_S

EA should put/allow Burnout Paradise on Steam with no limited installs, like their latest releases there.

Cherokee_Jack
Cherokee_Jack

Now why is this marketed as some sort of bundle when you can get the same thing for free with the original version?

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Finally a freakin' restart option on Burnout... maybe now it won't suck so bad.

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate box contains all DLC that the console version hads (motorcycles, ect.). Yeah, this will be one hell of a game. I heard that two more DLC updates will be released pretty soon after February 3.

Avalanche_91
Avalanche_91

Yeah, so do I. As I saw in the reviews for the PC version we'll have so much cooler stuff like driving motorcycles, online multiplayer etc...

pakhair
pakhair

I am only waiting for Burnout:Ultimate Box for PC [After 1 Year I can finally lay hands on this game. Hope they don't screw up with technical issues]