Following the cancellation of Obsidian's Aliens role-playing game and indefinite postponement of Gearbox's Colonial Marines, fans of the Aliens films will finally get a game this week in the form of Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator. The sci-fi actioner is a story-driven first-person shooter that offers gamers three separate single-player campaigns, following the two titular predatory species, as well as a human option. Published by Sega, Aliens vs. Predator is rated M for Mature and will ship for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on Tuesday.
Virtual litigators get to try out their courtroom chops on the Wii this week, courtesy of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All. The WiiWare port of the 2007 DS hit casts players in the role of Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney renowned for his belief in the innocence of his clients, as well as his ability to translate that belief into a verdict of "not guilty." The point-and-click adventure will let players review evidence and read files with a Wii Remote-based point-and-click mechanic and will feature the recurring cast of characters from the series. The T for Teen rated game will be available for download on the Wii Shop Channel on Monday for 1,000 Nintendo Points, or $10.
Also arriving this week on the DS will be the Phoenix Wright spin-off Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth. The game will have players take their legal skills on the road to crime scenes as the titular character investigates a series of mysterious deaths. It will also feature a brand-new "logic" system, which lets players combine found items to discover new information. Fieldwork aside, Capcom has promised that Ace Attorney-style epic courtroom battles will still play a role in discovering the truth.
Those partial to pocket-sized shooters will be able to get their hands on SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. The game will charge players with fighting former Special Ops soldiers turned mercenaries while trying to locate an ex-KGB agent with knowledge of an upcoming terrorist WMD attack. Rated T for Teen, the game sports an expansive multiplayer component, with the entire campaign being playable in co-op in either ad hoc or infrastructure mode.
Finally, the week will see the release of the latest in the long line of Koei's Dynasty Warriors series, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Based on the PSP game of the same name released last year, it once again places players in the boots of a solider in one of four factions from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. The strategy action game will feature some new role-playing elements, including item crafting and a leveling system. It will also sport online play for up to four players, which is a first for the series.
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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
FEBRUARY 15, 2010
Art of Balance--WII--Puzzle--Shin'en
Becky Brogan: The Mystery of Meane Manor!--PC--Adventure--MumboJumbo
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All--WII--Adventure--Capcom
FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth--DS--Adventure--Capcom
Aliens vs. Predator--X360, PS3, PC--Action--Sega
Chicken Riot--WII--Action--City Interactive
Crime Scene--DS--Adventure--SouthPeak Games
Data East Arcade Classics--WII--Puzzle--Majesco Games
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce--X360, PS3--Action--Koei
Everquest II: Sentinel's Fate--PC--Role-Playing--Sony Online Entertainment
KORG DS-10 PLUS--DS--Puzzle--Xseed Games
Ragnarok DS--DS--Role-Playing--Xseed Games
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3--PSP--Action--SCEA Triple Crown Snowboarding--WII--Sports--Destineer
FEBRUARY 17, 2010
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom--X360--Puzzle--2K Play
FEBRUARY 18, 2010
Deadly Premonition--X360--Adventure--Ignition Entertainment
Ghost Pirates of Voojoo Island--PC--Adventure--DTP Entertainment