Shippin' Out Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Rez HD, Pursuit Force

Barren week sees headliners joined by Bomberman Land on the Wii, PSP, DS; 1080 Snowboarding sole VC release.

In a sharp departure from the week before, the release schedule for this last week of January resembles more of what is to be expected for this time of year. Driving that point home, one of the biggest releases for the week is an updated, downloadable port of a rhythm-based shooting game. With its original iteration released in North America for the PlayStation 2 in 2002, Rez HD is headed to Microsoft's Xbox Live this Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10). The high-definition restyling is joined by an update to 5.1-channel surround sound, and the game features a number of modes across five unique levels. Joining Rez HD on Microsoft's downloadable storefront this week is Ubisoft's Chessmaster Live for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony, Bigbig Studios is bringing Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice to the PlayStation Portable this week. Bigger and badder is the motto for Extreme Justice, and Bigbig Studios has added in a bevy of new content to the game, including two new gangs, a rival police task force, and a number of new vehicles such as a motorbike with sidecar, Jet skis, a helicopter, and a hovercraft. Extreme Justice also includes ad hoc multiplayer action for up to four players.

As GameSpot kicks off its Bombs Away Bomberman Live tournament this week, Hudson is unleashing a new wave of games featuring its iconic demolitions expert. Similar to the Nintendo DS version of Bomberman Land Touch! released for the Nintendo DS in 2006, Bomberman Land on the Wii and PSP as well as Bomberman Land Touch! 2 on the DS plays heavy to the minigame compilation crowd, with 50 different games packed into the Wii and PSP versions and 40 new games added into the DS sequel. The games also feature a variety of classic Bomberman maps, as well as a story mode and multiplayer action for the portable platforms.

Even the Wii's Virtual Console is taking a breather, as 1080: TenEighty Snowboarding is the only classic added to Nintendo's downloadable game service this week. Originally released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, 1080 lets wannabe snowboarders take to the slopes as one of five different riders and across six modes. The game includes support for two players and can be downloaded for 1,000 Wii points ($10).

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

JANUARY 28, 2008
1080: TenEighty Snowboarding (Wii VC)
Pacific Storm: Allies (PC)
Pet Vet 3D: Animal Hospital Down Under (PC)

JANUARY 29, 2008
Bomberman Land (Wii, PSP)
Bomberman Land Touch! 2 (DS)
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice (PSP)
The Sims: Castaway Stories (PC)

JANUARY 30, 2008
Chessmaster LIVE (XBL)
Rez HD (XBL)

JANUARY 31, 2008
No releases announced.

FEBRUARY 1, 2008
King's Bounty: The Legend (PC)

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32 comments
iuns
iuns

DMC4 in a week, then the world will be rocked =D

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

Gotta say, I loved 1080 back in the day, but you can find a used copy of it so dang cheap it isn't worth VCing.

ctg867
ctg867

*Snore* *Waits for GTA IV*

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

1080 was a great snowboarding game for the N64 at the time. Rez was pretty popular and received good reviews, but it didn't sell. So I am curious as to why it didn't sell. I guess the trial version will let me know if I will like it or not.

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

A couple sound OK, but for the most part it looks like a dry spell all around.

cinemax237
cinemax237

What about turok? It ships jan 30. why isn't it on the list?

Pablo620
Pablo620

Damn i want Rez but i dont have a 360

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

bomberman will sel the most this week.

ActivistBike
ActivistBike

Next week will be way better than this week.

chakan2
chakan2

Sigh...there goes 120 bucks. Bomberman, No More Heroes from last week, and Rez is finally out...goodbye money.

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

Rez is fantastic but I wish they'd just make a real bomberman game instead of the minigames

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

rez was fun on ps2. im not sure about a repurchase yet

alberto2045
alberto2045

what no PS3 gaems well I guess I have to wait for GT5

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

1080? Rez and Chessmaster? Good week for DLC... especially with "Working Man" by Rush being one of the Rock Band songs. Regrettably, I will be buying nothing more from XBL until MS fixes their DRM issues.

lamprey263
lamprey263

dang, they sure took their time with Rez, and I'm actually looking forward to Chessmaster on XBL; not bad this week as far as downloadable stuff goes

BasementGamer
BasementGamer

Not the strongest week, but a few goodies. 1080 Snowboarding and Rez should provide some naustalgia for a few gamers. I would download Chessmaster if I still owned a 360. "The mystery of chess is like a sword fight, you must think first before you move."

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

(yawn)...the industry took a break with this week's releases...

Videodogg
Videodogg

REZ will be spectacular on my 56 in 1080p HDTV. $8.00 is a bargin for this game.

Razac17
Razac17

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jpsaply

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