Shippin' Out Feb. 8-14: F.E.A.R. 2, Deadly Creatures

Release lineup begins to pick up as headliners join D3's beat-'em-up Onechanbara, trippy PSN release Flower, and 3 on 3 NHL Arcade for XBLA.

January is typically a drought month in the gaming industry, and that proved to be no different this year. February isn't usually known for its blockbuster lineup either, but the game industry has a handful of notable games on tap for the second week of the month.

Taking top billing this week is Monolith's F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. There's quite a story behind the game: Monolith lost the rights to the F.E.A.R. name after Warner Bros. Interactive purchased the studio in 2004. The studio soldiered on with Project Origin, a spiritual sequel to the well-received original F.E.A.R. However, Warner Bros. eventually reacquired the rights to the F.E.A.R. name in the wake of Activision and Vivendi Games' merger in 2008. Now a direct sequel instead of a spiritual successor, F.E.A.R. 2 features a number of new ways to battle the paranormal legions, such as mechanized powersuits, and brings back the franchise's distinctive time-slowing mechanic.

THQ and Rainbow Studios are prepared to unleash one of the more head-scratching games in recent memory, Deadly Creatures. The Wii game is voiced by Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton and follows the travails of a scorpion and tarantula as they do battle with adversaries ranging from Gila monsters to black widows. For a behind-the-scenes look at the game, check out Rainbow Studios' just-released "mo-cap session" with the scorpion.

Deadly Creatures will be accompanied by a number of other off-kilter games this week. D3Publisher has beat-'em-ups Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for the Xbox 360 and Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers for the Wii in the queue for this week. Meanwhile, Sega and Headstrong Games will deliver their light-gun shooter The House of the Dead: Overkill, a video preview of which is available. Sony's adorably passive LocoRoco returns for its second outing on the PSP this week, as well.

On the downloadable front, EA will follow up last week's PlayStation Network release of 3 on 3 NHL Arcade with the Xbox Live edition this Wednesday. On Thursday, ThatGameCompany will debut its hypnotically sublime downloadable game Flower on the PSN. In it, players are tasked with channeling the wind to guide a flower petal through a dreamlike world.

For a full listing of the week's games, check out GameSpot's New Releases page.

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26 comments
Rizer
Rizer

As long as they don't fall back on zombies I'm good with this.

Fady117
Fady117

F.E.A.R.2 is in my opinion a bit of repetition. I mean, even F.E.A.R. was somewhat predictable, though surprising, but the real fun was the bullet-time and the gory finish'em blood spray. Would be glad if Valve uses a better game engine, though. :)

lordvulcan
lordvulcan

The FEAR 2 demo sucked compared to the first one in my opinion. [and I did like the first one, the demo felt like a watered down version of the first game] Nothing interesting for me here.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I may get 3 on 3, and rent FEAR 2

akiwak
akiwak

I've been spending too much much on %30 off games from Circuit City. Nothing here is a must have for this week for me. Gonna wait till RE5 I hope I have enough money for it since I keep going back to CC to purchase other games.....

The_Owner
The_Owner

Nintendo may be sucking in the 1st party, but this looks like it could be the year for Wii 3rd party games.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

High hopes for Deadly Creatures. A game so different that I have to play.

kkkkknaruto
kkkkknaruto

ps3's really changin it up 2009 seems to be a good yr for them

mp5xm8
mp5xm8

The FEAR 2 Demo was awesome the game should be great too. =)

Zemus
Zemus

Genesis Collection! Been waiting awhile

ocdog45
ocdog45

house of the dead and fear is what i want to play.

gnbfd
gnbfd

LocoRoco 2. I missed the first one, might get this one. Deadly Creatures. IDK how good the game actually is. There aren't any reviews yet anywhere that I've seen. Might get it. Flower. Lol non-game. But it's only $10 though, if there's a demo (which I doubt) I'll try it

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm getting F.E.A.R. 2, LocoRoco 2, and Killzone 2 myself... haha, all 2s :P

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

yes every1 will rush for there 29/99 copy of sonic game i bet they will go out of stock fast

bulletwaster
bulletwaster

FEAR 2 (360) Killzone 2(PS3) and Resident Evil 5(360) are my first three must haves of 2009.

Jericho9696
Jericho9696

Can't wait for F.E.A.R, it's probably some of the best shooters of the year 2009.

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

Only one more week to NOBY NOBY BOY!! :p

Shugler
Shugler

does Sonic's ultimate Genesis collection come out tomorrow too?

bigd575
bigd575

Can't wait for fear one more day.

motorola29
motorola29

should keep me busy until street fighter 4. looks pretty decent

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

the only game in my sights is house of the dead overkill? I love shooting zombies and watching there organs and fluids gsh and fly like a chunky mustard filled ballon. Sorry for being graphic that's how I am.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

Theirs 3 games I want from their one I would have to wait to get a PS3 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. I also want Onechanbara for the Wii and The House of the Dead: Overkill for the Wii.