Shippin' Out Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Final Fantasy XIII-2, SoulCalibur V

New release slate led by Square Enix's role-playing sequel and Namco Bandai's fighting game; Rebellion's NeverDead and Mac version of BioShock 2 also out.

The past two weeks didn't feature many big-ticket items on the new release schedule, but this week makes up for lost time. New titles out this week include Final Fantasy XIII-2, SoulCalibur V, NeverDead, and the Mac version of BioShock 2.

Turns out Final Fantasy XIII wasn't even the final Final Fantasy XIII.

Out in front is Final Fantasy XIII-2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from Square Enix. The game is a direct sequel to 2010's well-received Final Fantasy XIII. It sees the return of Final Fantasy XIII protagonist Lightning, but focuses much more on her now-liberated sister Serah.

Also out this week on the Xbox 360 and PS3 is Namco Bandai's fighting game SoulCalibur V. The publisher has slated 30 characters for inclusion, and the series' tradition of including guest characters from other games will continue, with Ezio from Assassin's Creed confirmed to be joining the mix.

Another major new release out this week is Rebellion's action game NeverDead for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game puts players in the shoes of Bryce Boltzmann, an immortal demon slayer who is prone to dismemberment. Jumping into the fray is encouraged here, as losing limbs can let players roll into previously inaccessible areas, and the severed appendages can be wielded as weapons or reattached to regain full mobility.

Lastly, BioShock 2 comes to the Mac this week. Ported by Feral Interactive, the game takes place 10 years after the events of the first BioShock game. Players return to Rapture, but this time they control a prototype version of the original's lumbering Big Daddy.

For further details, 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.

Tuesday, January 31:
BioShock 2--Mac--Feral Interactive
Final Fantasy XIII-2--PS3, X360--Square Enix
NeverDead--PS3, X360--Konami
Puddle--PS3--Konami
SoulCalibur V--PS3, X360--Namco Bandai

Wednesday, February 1:
Rhythm Party--X360--Konami

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33 comments
Pete5506
Pete5506

Already have my copy of FFXlll-2

chyng85
chyng85

Just wanna get a copy of FFXIII-2~

lilflex1
lilflex1

picking up my ffxiii-13 copy early tomorrow and my bonus weapon for serah to beat that crystal monster faster

daub11
daub11

is this going to be the last and final fantasy?

Jebatin
Jebatin

@Link3301 Nice to hear someone saying something good about XIII for a while. It was well received by critics. Only ones who hate it are butthurt fanboys

Jebatin
Jebatin

@vergil_lives Yes gamespot gave it 7.5 but when you look at some other reviews it's 8-9 almost everywhere

vergil_lives
vergil_lives

@cjburnfist It got a 7.5 on gamespot. That's good but the low end of good. Honestly the game looks as bad as the original.

jasongm
jasongm

Personally the next FF should abandon the "Cosplay" look and take itself serious again, Square Enix should look at what Bethesda or Bioware have been doing with their RPG's. Men should look like men, not Fem Boys.. then we'd take the series seriously again. How i miss the old 2d look, those were the best FF games.

killlo
killlo

I don't care I liked FFXIII so i'm buying this one to :P

Link3301
Link3301

lol. "2010's well received Final Fantasy XIII." Don't get me wrong, I'm playing it now and enjoying it, but I think most people hated it.

leeko_link
leeko_link

NeverDead might be the only game I would check out this week, the rest doesn't really interest me as much.

Runock
Runock

ugh at ezio...get outa my soul cal!

hyksiu
hyksiu

Nothing that i want.

Codester_41
Codester_41

YAY! Rhythm PARTY!... *Ehem* I mean, soul calibur V!

pszone
pszone

I live in uk and yes a be getting ff13 pt 2 and the dealy MGS HD Collection this friday and rest reasle uk this week as well but Puddle was on psn and xboxlive last week in uk so i guess usa turn.

magnum_dragon
magnum_dragon

Neverdead tomorrow then kingdoms of amalur and the darkness II next week then twisted metal im so hyped

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

FF XIII-2 neverDead for me,this week!!!

WllDan7
WllDan7

I have not heard much about neverdead since e3 2010. So I am going to need a review and a demo before I even think about giving that a try. So I am just going to get SCV this week.

Superzone
Superzone

"A Tale of Souls and Swords, Eternally Retold..... for the low price of $60." Can't wait to get my copy of SoulCalibur V on Tuesday :)

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I played the FFXIII-2 demo, and it's quite different. Personally, I'm sick of hearing the complaints about FFXIII that are more getting on the bandwagon than talking about actual real problems. The sequel seems to address a lot of the issues people had with it, but we'll see if they're willing to buy it. I preordered mine after the demo, it seems quite fun to me. Soul Calibur V...I kind of want to buy it, but I have a bad tendency of buying fighting games and then barely playing them. Happened with SC4, SF4 and VF5. I should stop wasting my money on things I don't use.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@Jebatin I did not say I didn't like FF13. I liked it, but I was disappointed with the quality of the game. I didn't mind much the reviews when I got ff13. FF13 didn't impress much like any other ff has done it in the past. So far, from what we have seen, xiii-2 is a worse game than xiii. I am not saying is a bad game, but it doesn't look as good as ff13.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Lets see if those moron's at SE can tell a decent story now... No amount of pretty graphics gonna compensate for horrible storyline in an RPG.

Jebatin
Jebatin

@zzamaro Umm... You're saying it should not have sequel because you didn't like the first game? I'm sorry but that's one of the main reasons why sequels are made - to improve the game. Besides FFXIII-2 is so far getting only good reviews (from proffessional reviewers, not those angry fanboy reviews)

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

just getting Soulcalibur five. i agree with Icehearted about SC V. i think that ff13-2 demo was boring. so i'm going against what i would have bought. if i wouldn't have played the demo.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

XIII-2 is coming out and still no release date on type-0(us) or Versus... well at least soul caliber V will keep me occupied.

Icehearted
Icehearted

OI really feel like Soul Caliber V hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as SCIV did. I had the strangest feeling it was further away than this due to the lack of coverage (oh so punny!), so I'm surprised it's coming out now. All i really know is that Star Wars is not in it (yay) but they've changed the characters drastically (boo-urns). I'll wait for the video review, but as a fan of the series I really hope this goes well.

servb0ts
servb0ts

Paid Off my FFXIII-2 CE Game CE Guide. Lets Go Monsters its Final Fantasy XIII-2 FTW! Wahoo! can't wait to enjoy this Truly Epic Game. this is a good year for JRPG's

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

Getting SoulCalibur V on day one. Diving right into Character customization as soon as I get home.

chocolatesoda
chocolatesoda

I can't contain my excitement for Final Fantasy XIII-2!

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

Looking forward to my special edition of FFXIII-2. Still bummed out that Lightning is barely playable though :(

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Another weak list.....one more week til' Kingdoms Of Amalur comes out. Why would they release Bioshock 2 on Mac after all this time now with Bioshock Infinite on the way???

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

Getting Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soulcalibur V and NeverDead.

zzamaro
zzamaro

final fantasy xiii-2 :lol: the following quotation was done by Square-Enix, it was full of bull* and now we know it "direct Final Fantasy sequels mean better Final Fantasy games" I still liked x-2 but that game was not even close to x. now it seems xiii-2 is worse. In fact, new ff games have gone downhill for a long time. My point is that you need facts to prove your points :lol: People can't just believe what their favorite company says :lol: I never believed that. FF13 should have never had a sequel.