Shippin' Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm

New release slate led by Guerrilla Games' third Helghan title, People Can Fly's shooter; Knights Contract, de Blob 2 also out.

Last week, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds led all new releases, but this week's focus replaces fighting with first-person shooting.

Leading the pack this week is Killzone 3. Due out on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 3, the title is the second Killzone title to debut on Sony's high-definition console, following 2009's adored Killzone 2.

Killzone 3 will be available in two versions, a standard $60 release and a $130 limited-edition package with a replica mask and helmet of the series' signature Helghast armies. While the headgear is the centerpiece of the extra goodies, the collector's edition will also include a 6.5-inch articulated cloaking Helghast marksman action figure, an art book, and a voucher to download multiplayer maps, the game's soundtrack, and more.

The fight continues this week in Killzone 3.

Out this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC is People Can Fly's controversial first-person shooter/kicker Bulletstorm. Developed by Epic subsidiary People Can Fly, Bulletstorm is built around a skill-shot system that rewards players for dispatching enemies in creative and often gory ways.

Those who purchase the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will earn access to the multiplayer beta for Epic Games' Gears of War 3, which will most likely kick off in April.

Also out this week is Knights Contract for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Knights Contract sees players following the unlikely duo of the witch Gretchen and the immortal executioner Heinrich. Though Gretchen actually died at Heinrich's hands, she has been resurrected and now controls the scythe-wielding warrior. Together, the pair struggles to save the world from a "black spell of death" and a supernatural army called the Harmonculous.

Bulletstorm fires up this week.

As Heinrich, gamers string together appendage-dismembering combos while the computer-controlled Gretchen uses her magic in a supporting role. Players will also be able to coordinate the pair's attacks by issuing mid-melee commands to Gretchen, as well as executing finishing moves. While Heinrich is invincible, players will need to protect the vulnerable Gretchen if they want to complete their quest.

Gamers looking to get messy can pick up de Blob 2 this week. Unlike its predecessor, which debuted only on the Wii, the sequel hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday.

In the console versions of de Blob 2, antagonist Comrade Black returns to suck the vivacity out of Prisma City, rigging an election to regain control of the commonwealth. As de Blob, players platform their way through the mired Prisma City, spreading color and restoring the city to its once-vibrant nature. de Blob will have a number of new moves and upgradable abilities, as well as a robot sidekick named Pinky. In addition to free-roaming levels, the console versions will feature a 2D underground component.

The DS version will feature exclusively 2D side-scrolling play. The handheld installment sees de Blob lounging in the tropics after having reclaimed Chroma City from the clutches of Comrade Black. In said jungle, however, the evil machinations of Comrade Black collaborator Dr. Von Bolt continue. He is conducting nefarious experiments on woodland creatures. New moves, compatriots, and enemies await de Blob in the DS adventure game.

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 Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Ys I and II Chronicles--PSP--Xseed Entertainment

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Bulletstorm--PC, X360, PS3--Electronic Arts
de Blob 2--DS, Wii, X360, PS3--THQ
The Dreamcast Collection--PC, 360--Sega
Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money--PC, PS3--Bethesda Softworks
Gray Matter--PC--Viva Media
Killzone 3--PS3--SCEA
Knights Contract--PS3, 360--Namco Bandai Games
Radiant Historia--DS--DS--Atlus U.S.A. Inc.
Rec Room Games--DS--Destineer
Trackmania--Wii--Dreamcatcher
Trackmania Turbo--DS--Dreamcatcher

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Bejeweled Blitz Live--X360--PopCap

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Gemini Rue--PC--Wadjet Eye Games

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Painkiller: Redemption--PC--DreamCatcher Interactive
Trapped Dead--PC--Iceberg Interactive

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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anti-altair16
anti-altair16

@jonnybutler11 Ok, I'll add you on when I get on then.

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

@anti-altair16 i actually cant play on friday, im at florida for march break but ill add you when i get back. my psn is D3vil_mayDie btw

anti-altair16
anti-altair16

@jonnybutler11 Yeah, I have psn. My psn is the same as my username here. Add me and I'll get online Friday. I don't have time to get on during the weekdays because I wake up at 12 and leave for school by 2:30.

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

@anti-altair16 thanks for replying i guess youre right i played the killzone beta early this month ill try the bulletstorm demo but as you put it killzone sounds better btw- do you have psn? maybe we could play lbp2, cod, rdr etc - or killzone if i get it

DrJoeystein
DrJoeystein

Killzone 3 looks like a lot of fun. When I have the money, I'm definitely going to buy it!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@IceJester45 Guess I'll take your word on it then!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@jshaas Its all the xbox fanboys that are jealous. Quite sad really.

valdips3
valdips3

waiting my copy of killzone 3 shipping....

edroc23
edroc23

Got my copy of killzone3 and sharpshooter. Just waiting for work to be over. Get Ready!!! pew pew pew

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

yo, they forgot about XENOGEARS, it rereleases today on the psn, hahhh hellz yeah baby, i cant wait, rpg gold right there!!!!

jshaas
jshaas

I sense some Killzone haters here. Everyone that posts about it gets a thumbs down.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

advanracer: That's what I did. I got Bulletstorm for Xbox360 and Killzone 3 for PS3.

advanracer
advanracer

Release Day: for Bulletstorm and Killzone3!! Make both your consoles happy. GET BOTH! LOL.

jshaas
jshaas

KILLMUTHAEFFINZONE 3!!!!

Dragdar
Dragdar

played the Kz3 O Beta. lots of fun! improved controls! some balancing issues, but overall, my favorite FPS, will be joining a clan.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

I don't like Knights Contract's gameplay... You got to protect your partner but you are invincible, and we all know that 9/10 partner AI's suck in gaming so far, so making a whole game focused on it would be either a big fail or a big success. Killzone 3, day 1 Collector's Edition purchase for me.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@warhawk-geeby, I don't think I've seen a Killzone 3 score lower than three and a half stars out of five. That's...not bad at all. I'm pretty sure KZ3 is a fairly safe day-one buy.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Do us a favour guys. Let me know if KZ3 is actually any good. It's had mixed reviews, and with the list of games coming out this year I don't know whether to purchase it as a day 1 or to wait a bit. Someone feel free to let me know when they've played it :)

lock445
lock445

I would like to see a review of Bulletstorm before I decide to buy anything.

lock445
lock445

Who goes down the comments list thumbing people down? Hopeless...

IceJester45
IceJester45

Soon I will have Radiant Historia. Oh, and Xenogears is getting an overdue re-release on the PlayStation Store today. It's a good day for fans of old-school JRPGs.

Twiztid-Maddox
Twiztid-Maddox

Knights Contract is gonna go unnoticed thanks to two awesome shooting games coming out... Can't wait to hold both Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm in my hands... Knights Contract will have to wait till it drops to 20 bucks...

cometkd
cometkd

just picked up my KZ3, and the sharp shooter!!! Ps3 is amazingly amzin!!

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

and I am a little bummed about 3D. I have seen the Movies, and I have seen 3D tvs. but i havent seen the games yet. so few people have 3d TVs. I am glad games are implementing it so quickly, but 99% of us cant particpate. The thing I am worried about is graphcis. Look at the 3ds it has to cut its resolution in half to do 3d. but that isnt what I am talking, I am talking about consoles. To do 3D the textures suffer. So I have read. In side to side tests of games, the texture quailty drops to give you 3D persective. will this be the norm? is the 3D effect worth it? I want to know how it will affect game play. Do you think those with 3D tv will do worse in Killzone multiplayer. I would be money playing in 3D will be a disadvantage for online multiplayer

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

painkiller?!??!! I remember that game. it was like the serious sam games. An Classic Arcade Shooter FPS. if that hit XBLA I would it. seems to be PC only like all the others in the series.

rasterror
rasterror

Now to get Bullet Storm so I can go rape people. At least that's according to Fox News.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

to bad I'm broke or I'll be getting kz3 in like 10mins damn economy is making it hard to get a job been looking for couple of months and still no job

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I may have to pick up KZ3, and I'm intersted to see how they implemented the 3D process, although I don't have a 3D ready tv. Sad, I have 4 LCDs, and 1 DLP, and yet none of them are 3D capable. I heard a rumor that Sony was going to implement some sorta 3D tech into the PS3, therefore you won't have to buy a 3D tv to get the 3D effect. I hope that's true because I'm not investing in another LCD, or plasma.

chrno914
chrno914

Time to kill with 'SKILL'? KAPOW!

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

I am getting both KZ3,and Bulletstorm...I can't wait..

pokecharm
pokecharm

I feel like the releases are a lot more peppered this year than they were last year. Every month seems to have at least one amazing game coming out!

BURGERgio
BURGERgio

Sad to say that there is a lot of PS3 fan boys. I'm glad to say i like all consoles including the PC.

SpedKnight
SpedKnight

im sooo glad they fixed the movement in kill zone. the game is going to be amazing and the multiplayer beta was a lotta fun! kz3 FTW!

lilflex1
lilflex1

i was lookin at pre ordering bulletstorm for its gears of war beta but some guy didnt pre order reach and bought it at the same time i did. might do the same

madg23
madg23

not sure wether to get epic bulletstorm or special editon of K3???!!! AAAAGHHHH, i hate decisions :'(

Nishua
Nishua

Xenogears & KZ3 where do I sign. Bulletstorm LMAO Cliffy B you really think I'm going to buy your game just so i can get into the beta of the game I'm THINKING ABOUT buying GoW 3. Sorry buddy, you won't dick me again with your products that aren't finished then released, oh and lying to me about fixing things you never did (e.g. Host Advantage).

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Only thing I'm buying tomorrow is Xenogears! That game is a classic. I'm going to wait on on KZ3 until the Helghast edition gets a price drop. I'm still burnt out on shooters.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I want Radiant Historia...once the price drops.

-John_Connor-
-John_Connor-

I'm picking up Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm. Maybe grab Bejeweled Blitz later on. The rest is a bunch of shovelware and shoddy ports.

shawn7324
shawn7324

Skipping everything here, hoping Homefront is as good as it looks.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

I love the fact that bulletstorm is a "happy" shooter, they just dont take themselves seriously.

therickmu25
therickmu25

Will mess around w/ Bulletstorm until they let me play my beloved Gears of War 3 beta. CANT WAIT

antsaround
antsaround

Killzone 3. Bulletstorm seems hokey!

monson21502
monson21502

be a good time to renew my gamefly, bulletstorm and killzone 3 and the dreamcast collection would keep me busy for a month or 2:P

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

Killzone 3 or Bulletstorm. Tough Choice. But since i'm playing killzone 2 that is where I will lean towards.

Magnum50
Magnum50

And DCS A10C Flight Simulator has just been released... 2/21/// just FYI.

Viiper
Viiper

bulletstorm and gears 3 beta woooooohoooooo :D