Shippin' Out February 18-22: The Club, FIFA Street 3

Small, balanced week of releases sees headliners joined by DS Apollo Justice, Wii Dragon Quest Swords, Dynasty Warriors 6 for 360 and PS3; N+ stalks XBLA, Ninja Gaiden III strikes VC.

Best known for its Project Gotham Racing series for Microsoft's Xbox 360, Bizarre Creations will be visiting the projects of another sort this week with The Club. The studio--which was bought outright by publishing powerhouse Activision in September--will be venturing into the underground world of organized crime with the help of Sega. The modern-day gladiatorial shooter will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A demo for The Club is currently available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, as well as through GameSpot for PC users.

For gamers merely looking to channel their inner soccer hooligan, EA Sports will be passing off FIFA Street 3 this week after a two-year hiatus. Taking several cues from the recent NBA Homecourt brand of arcade b-ball, FIFA Street 3 takes to the tar with a stylized look and fields more than 250 pro footie stars drawn from 18 teams across the globe. In addition to versions on the Xbox 360 and PS3, EA will be targeting the mass market with a Nintendo DS edition. With Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War still fresh in many gamers' minds, Koei's Omega Force team returns with the final multiplatform release for the week with Dynasty Warriors 6 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Otherwise, gamers have a number of single-platform releases to anticipate. On the DS, Apollo Justice takes the courtroom floor from Phoenix Wright in the fourth edition of Capcom's Ace Attorney series. Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, a Wii-exclusive action role-playing game from Square Enix, ventures out into the popular universe. Nintendo has a pair of greats from days gone by on its Virtual Console this week as well, with Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom available for 500 Wii points ($5) and Phantasy Star II docking for 800 Wii points ($8).

On the Xbox 360's virtual marketplace this week is Slick Entertainment's N+. Originally a browser-based action puzzler, N+ plays heavy to physics, ninjas, ragdolls, and ninjas. The game is currently slated to appear on the DS and PlayStation Portable later this year, but will be available on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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

FEBRUARY 18, 2008
FIFA Street 3 (X360, PS3, DS)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (Wii)
Need for Speed ProStreet (PSP)
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Wii VC)
Phantasy Star II (Wii VC)

FEBRUARY 19, 2008
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Wii)
Dynasty Warriors 6 (X360, PS3)
History Channel: Battle for the Pacific (PS3)
My Horse and Me (PC)
Pimp My Ride (Wii)
The Club (X360, PS3, PC)
The Guild Universe (PC)

FEBRUARY 20, 2008
N+ (X360)

FEBRUARY 21, 2008
CABAL Online (PC)

FEBRUARY 22, 2008
No releases announced.

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Discussion

31 comments
viet1125
viet1125

PS3, Xbox360... I hope they are working on the PC version...

werc96
werc96

What the hell is N+?

BasementGamer
BasementGamer

Thinking about getting Dragon Quest Swords... besides that not much else interests me. Apollo Justice I guess is a decent series. A couple VC games that might stir up a little nostalgia.

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I can't wait for DW6. It'll be amazing. It's nice to see the series in action in full current-gen form. It's also going to have to hold me over until SW2: XL comes out.

Guitargamer1
Guitargamer1

I will be getting DW:6. I know people make fun of the series but if you get fun and enjoyment to a near endless amount then I say play it. Everybody has a game where no matter what the reviews and other people say they love it. Poeple have one or two movies like that 2 it seems.

funnysplay
funnysplay

I was keeping an eye on the club for a while now. But i sort of lost intrest, save your money for frontlines.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Finally you guys get The Club. Even if you just rent it, give it a chance and you might be surprised.

TehReaper
TehReaper

hmm.. apollo justice: ace attorney, or my horse and me....thats a toughy.

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

The demo for The Club wasn't bad, though certainly not the best game out

moatartareque
moatartareque

lol the article fooled me when i saw the title im like NINJA GAIDEN 3!!!!!

MarcoSnow06
MarcoSnow06

Apollo Justice seems to be the only noteworthy title released this week. Can't wait!

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I heard Dynasty Warriors 6 is bad, even by Dynasty Warriors standards. Shame too, those game have some sort of appeal to them, simple and addicting. The Club looks alright too, but reminds me of Shadowrun a game that does something okay but not enough depth to be worth buying. Isn't there only like 8 maps? Anyway I'll probably rent both.

Webswinger-93
Webswinger-93

The club is kinda fun. Played the demo. The singleplayer isn't that interesting, altough multiplayer is quite entertaining.

SherpaGames
SherpaGames

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ocdog45
ocdog45

some good stuff, nothing big, but fifa wil have to wait. anybody know if the club is gonna be good?

ghost867
ghost867

FIFA Street, along with NFL Tour, were both pretty mediocre by all accounts. Stay far away from those too. Also, the late ports of ProStreet and MX vs ATV shouldn't be looked at either. Given that the normal games haven't really been that good IMO. Honstly, I think the Nintendo fans should pass on Dragon Quest, and pick up Apollo Justice from everything I'm hearing. Dragon Quest by all accounts looks and sounds pretty bad, though I've heard a lot of great things about the Ace Attorney games, a couple of which I've got too play. So pick that up. If you've been interested in the last 10+ Dynasty Warriors games, I'm sure you'll like this. There have been so many games, remakes, spin offs, corroborations, hand held versions, etc to never stop playing these games. Though this week, if you really want a new release, get The Club. Not a great game from what I hear, but a good one. And the demo was alright. I say give Bizarre a chance, help them prove they can do a shooter so they can move onto a great Bond game, which is what they're rumored to be working on next.

DocGonzo1971
DocGonzo1971

I might check out Dragon Quest Swords, but I want to hear more about it first.

ayumichan
ayumichan

I pre-ordered Dynasty Warriors 6 (360) & Apollo Justice! :D I have some wii points to use too but I haven't decided what to get with them yet.

KALHETMAN
KALHETMAN

A 15 Games only HC:BftP(ps3) take really my attention. If Dragon Quest is not action make - maybe too. How long we don't see really good story? Action games is TOO much in market - beginning really burred real Players. Market NEED more intelligent Games to THINKING in the time of funny. But in general is not too bad week. Almost every genre is here. And coming march...

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Boring month, i'll skip this one and i'll wait to next month.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Slow week... gives me some time to finish some of my other games while I wait for Super Smash Bros and GTA IV.

gnbfd
gnbfd

20 days till brawl

DPumbliQ
DPumbliQ

Waahh!! I want DW6 in Europe now!! :cry: :cry: But there are some great games there :P

Naganox777
Naganox777

Nothing here for me, waiting till march!