Shippin' Out: Jan. 23-29: Dead Space 2, Two Worlds II

New release slate led by Visceral Games' frightening third-person action game and SouthPeak's RPG; Lord of Arcana and Monday Night Combat for PC also out.

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Last week Sackboy made a lauded return to the gaming scene in Little Big Planet 2, but this week's theme is focused more on horrid death.

Leading the week is Visceral Games' Dead Space 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game follows engineer protagonist Isaac Clarke, who fights snarling alien creatures on the Sprawl, an abandoned civilian space station anchored on one of Saturn's moons. The game will be available both in a standard $60 form and in a limited-edition $80 top-tier pack that bundles a replica plasma cutter, along with other goodies.

Isaac brings the pain to the necromorphs this week.

Also out this week is SouthPeak's Two Worlds II for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. First announced as an expansion pack in 2007, Two Worlds II was initially scheduled for an early 2008 release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. However, the fantasy role-playing game then picked up full sequel status, as well as multiple delays. The PC version is due out in February.

Two Worlds II picks back up with the original's hero, after having languished in prison for a number of years. Gamers find themselves first confronting the nefarious Gandahar (the villain from the original), before setting out on a new quest to save the world. The game also includes new cooperative multiplayer modes, where players can work together to build cities or team up to undertake a dozen story-driven quests.

On-the-go gamers looking for something new this week can pick up Square Enix's Lord of Arcana for the PSP. Primed to debut as a download via the PlayStation Network and at brick and mortar retail, the title revolves around a powerful stone called Arcana, said to be "the source of all order in the world."

Only the most powerful can lay claim to the stone, so players will need to hunt scores of monsters--which the publisher says have been designed by "world-renowned artists"--if they want to discover its secrets.

Third-person shooter fans can download Monday Night Combat for the PC this Monday. Originally pegged to be released last week, the game was pushed back a week by developer Uber Entertainment for additional polish. The title was released on Xbox Live Arcade over the summer as part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, but come Monday it will no longer be an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Monday Night Combat will be available via Steam with features its XBLA cousin does not have. Dedicated servers, Steam achievements, controller support, "editor support," and unannounced "new features" will come bundled with the Steam edition of the third-person, class-based shooter.

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, JANUARY 24
Monday Night Combat--PC--Uber Entertainment

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
Dead Space 2--X360, PC, PS3--Electronic Arts
Lord of Arcana--PSP--Square Enix
Paws & Claws: Marine Rescue--DS--THQ
Two Worlds II--X360, PS3--SouthPeak Games
Breach--PC--Tripwire Interactive

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
World of Tanks--PC--Wargaming.net

Discussion

79 comments
oneligas
oneligas

my Royal Edition of Two Worlds 2 got pushed back till next week ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! rage fit

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Zloth2 Thanks, I may do that. I have so many games anyways, it's hard to find time to play them all. I need to just stick with one game and play it through, before moving on to the next one.There are so many games for all three platforms that we as gamers are spoiled with them, and I would say this is probably the most games ever released in a gen. SNES and Genesis had a lot, so maybe that would be the closest competition, but that is only 2 platforms. Playstation,Saturn, and N64 had a lot of titles, but the Saturn bailed out early. So if this isn't the most games available in a gen, I'm sure it soon will be.

jasongm
jasongm

It looks like if you played the 1st disastrous Two worlds game, you will be lost for the sequel?

Zloth2
Zloth2

@godzillavskong, the game has been out in Europe for a few months now so you can probably find better than previews out there.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@BFKZ So Two Worlds 2 isn't any better than the first one, or is it better, but just not that good? Like I said earlier, they had nothing but good things to say about it in Game Informer's preview, so I was a little interested in it.

dukerav
dukerav

Dead Space 2 is the.... dead obvious choice here, but I really want Two Worlds II to turn out good.

FentonDead
FentonDead

All I see and wanted this week is Dead Space 2. I did try the MP beta for the PS 3 and it rocked. It's very competitive play and fun. If you play your cards right you can do some serious damage on the MP end. The SP the demo did rock at all and I've felt improvements were there from the first. It's rare an gaming company like Visceral Games improve an sequel to the original. Normally the sequels don't pan out like the first game but this game does more than improvement it's, it's GotY to me.

noble95x
noble95x

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doomsoth
doomsoth

Dead Space takes the cake.

seattleguy15
seattleguy15

this is going to a classic game they put fear back in to games

blueboykc
blueboykc

@ BFKZ the only joke here is you...

monson21502
monson21502

been waiting on two worlds 2 for a long time:)

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@ FullMonty1394 sadly the gun is no bigger than the game case and is made of cheap plastic. I feel like I was ripped off but you do get some cool extras like dead space extraction.. The game is still awesom though..

Sloan360
Sloan360

Already reserved Two Worlds II. Might get Dead Space 2 after it drops in price like I did with the first one.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

tjoeb123 Posted Jan 23, 2011 3:25 pm PT @COPMAN221 You didn't be a mean pirate, did you? @tjoeb 123 No,I don't pirate games as that is for LOSERS. I'm playing the full retail version on my PS3 NOT the 360.I'm sure you all know you can't pirate PS3 games like you can on the 360. Check it out ENFORCER266. If you like I can post a video of the actual collector edition I have. Awesome game either way for whatever system you choose..

GeneralShowzer
GeneralShowzer

First Dead Space was mediocre. This one felt the need to add multi-player that will be desolate in a week. pass.

sheik_filan
sheik_filan

Already playing chapter 5 of Dead Space 2!!!!!!

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

omg i want to get killzone and dead space but i can get only one game oh man what can i do

BFKZ
BFKZ

@godzillavskong Iam sorry, i meant to say two worlds 2...thats the one i have on the 360...just try it, but dont buy it trust me, you'll see that this game is a joke...enjoy dead space 2 :D

r_a_i_d_e_r_s19
r_a_i_d_e_r_s19

Can't wait until Two Worlds 2. Have it reserved already!

AceJakk
AceJakk

@noble95x or Skyrim, or Uncharted 3, or The Witcher 2 or Mass Effect 3 or The Last Guardian. I really don't see "Dead Space 2" or "Gears of War 3" taking game of the year for many, many reasons.

lamprey263
lamprey263

none of the GameStops in my area are doing a midnight launch :'(, I'll have to wait until morning to get it, should give me some time to try the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo

FullMonty1394
FullMonty1394

pre-ordered the collector's edition of Dead Space 2... cant wait to wear my Plasma Cutter replica on my belt everywhere i go! :p

skullomania2
skullomania2

At Midnight tomorrow! Hell will be unleashed!!

noble95x
noble95x

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noble95x
noble95x

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Hunterjuggz It was in a Game Informer mag. When I said about hearing the first game was terrible, I was referring to the first Two Worlds, not the first Dead Space of course.I loved the first Dead Space, but I was a bit skeptical of the sequel to Two Worlds, but according to the Game Informer article, they have improved almost everything that was a issue with the first, which was a lot.

Wiplash4elpres
Wiplash4elpres

pickin up dead space 2 on tuesday...im gonna wait for some reviews on two worlds before i buy that one too.

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

@Godzillavskong - Where in gods name did you hear that?! The first was brilliant, its just the wait to see if the second coming has what it takes that makes me a little nervous. Heard and read many great things about DS2, can"t bloody wait!!!!

No_asylum
No_asylum

I'll pick up dead space 2 when its on sale. Two worlds 2, well wait and see the reviews. I really want it for the co-op, but that's not worth the $$ right now.

alabama2561990
alabama2561990

Two Worlds was terrible but i do own and beat it a couple times. Ive heard good things about the sequel but im waiting for the release and a few more reviews before i pick it up

toddx77
toddx77

Already got Dead Space 2 pre ordered on Steam and just waiting for it to unlock on tuesday.

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

@COPMAN221 You didn't be a mean pirate, did you? Also the only thing I'm looking forward to is the EA demos coming out this week (BulletCrysis 2).

jaymillz315
jaymillz315

YEA! TWO WORLDS 2!!! BEST DAY EVER!!!! This was a sarcastic post by the way. But I will be hitting up the Dead Space 2 midnight launch. (Not sarcasm)

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Been playing Dead Space 2 since Friday. Awesome game for either system..

RonTorque
RonTorque

My favorite horror game makes a comeback and this time around it's bigger and better than ever,

JpSega1
JpSega1

dead space 2 is only 10 hours, 6 bucks an hour plus tax

metalkid9
metalkid9

I"m almost done dead space2. I must say it's really awesome! :D

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@BFKZ I've heard the first game was terrible, but there has been a lot of praise given to the progress, and improvement on this sequel. I was reading a pretty big article about it, and they rewrote the game engine, and it looks much better than the first. There are also no hiccups so far in this preview build, which wasn't finished at the time, so I may give this one a chance. I haven't finished Dead Space yet. I'm at the last level, so I probably wait until I finish the first one before I purchase the second!

BFKZ
BFKZ

weird...i already have two worlds...and its terrible...like flat out worst game since velvet assassin :P

MarineXXII
MarineXXII

In other words..."the only game worth buying coming out this week is Dead Space 2."

Superzone
Superzone

Dead Space is my second favorite survival horror game of all time behind Resident Evil 4. Safe to say I'm freaking stoked for Dead Space 2 on Tuesday. Can't wait!!!!!

taxonomic
taxonomic

I have no idea why they have to hold back TW2 for the PC. I'm guessing they want people like me who own high end PCs *and* all consoles to cave in and buy the console version. I just ordered the import version of the game from Amazon last night because I'm not waiting 2 weeks for a game that has been done for 5 months. At least Dead Space 2 is releasing at the same time for us.

Josh-Fu
Josh-Fu

So stoked for Dead Space 2! Can wait for Tuesday! TW2 Got some good press a few months ago but kinda fell of the map, lets hope it is much more streamlined than the original!

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

I'm just here for Dead Space 2 ladies and gents...