Shippin' Out January 8-12: Lost Planet, Arthur and the Invisibles

[UPDATE] Capcom's long-awaited 360 shooter joins Atari's Euro-cartoon tie-in on this week's slim slate of new releases, which also features The Shield.

As is the case every year, the first weeks following the December holiday season offer little in the way of new game releases. The second seven-day period of 2007 is no exception, with less than a dozen new titles being offered up to the North American public.

Foremost among the week's offerings is Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, the eagerly anticipated sci-fi shooter for the Xbox 360 that is due out on Friday. Capcom, the game's publisher, is hoping to emulate the success of another of its January releases, Resident Evil 4. Originally released for the GameCube in January 2005, the game, which was later ported to the PlayStation 2, went on to become a best seller and earned accolades, including GameSpot's Game of the Year award.

Parents not too keen on their younger children blasting frozen arachnids from space will have another option this week. Arthur and the Invisibles, Atari's adaptation of the Luc Besson-produced animated film, flutters onto a variety of platforms this week, including the PC, PS2, DS, and Game Boy Advance. Like its movie inspiration, the game follows the adventures of Arthur, a boy who gets shrunken down and discovers a tiny land inhabited by a race known as the Minimoys in his backyard.

Only two other games will arrive in retailers this week: the historic strategy title Heart of Empire: Rome (PC) and the not-so-eagerly anticipated horse-riding sim Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge (PC). However, four more prominent titles will be made available online, including Ms. Pac-Man on Xbox Live Arcade and a trifecta for classic game lovers on the Wii's Virtual console: Gradius (NES), Soldier Blade (TurboGrafx-16), and Dungeon Explorer (TG16).

[UPDATE] One last-minute addition to the week's slate was The Shield, Aspyr Media's PS2 and PC adaptation of the popular crime show on the FX cable network. The game was originally timed to coincide with the premiere of the show's sixth season, which has since been pushed back until later this year.

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

JANUARY 8, 2007
Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge (PC)
Gradius (Wii) (via Wii Virtual Console)
Soldier Blade (Wii) (via Wii Virtual Console)
Dungeon Explorer (Wii) (via Wii Virtual Console)

JANUARY 9, 2007
Arthur and the Invisibles (PC, PS2, DS, GBA)
Heart of Empire: Rome (PC)

JANUARY 10, 2007
Ms. Pac-Man (X360) (via Xbox Live)

JANUARY 12, 2007
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (X360)

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56 comments
pdo4545
pdo4545

this game looks horrible, all disney games SUCK!

datniccah187
datniccah187

The Shield is possible the worst game ever.

Noodleman123
Noodleman123

I bought lost planet today and it is so much fun, not beter than gears of war but its so much fun, good graphics, good gameplay and personaly i think the gamespot review underated it abit, it should have gt a 9 not an 8.1, but everyone has there own opinion, goin to play lost planet now!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

This was the only stuff released this week? Weak!

Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

I wonder why Lost Planet's been getting dissapointing reviews. Seemed pretty cool to me.

Noodleman123
Noodleman123

i watched the striler, looks pretty jam carret

Noodleman123
Noodleman123

Hey shuumuto, yeah mate whats that blue dragon ment to be like, i havent heard much about it, is it gonna be sick

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Lost Planet sure as hell doesn't have any competition. :?

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

Bring on Blue Dragon. That is an RPG to be looking out for.

Noodleman123
Noodleman123

Lost planet is definatley goin to have a lot of value, I cant wait to get it but i dont think its goin to be better than Gears Of War, no way, but i still love playing RPG, i love Oblivion, Yeah Battlemage

Jebril
Jebril

Lost Planet is gonna be alright it won't be huge. I dunno the hype for this game ISNT IN YOUR FACE LIKE THIS TEXT!

okassar
okassar

Judging the demo,the weapons have no value,the enemies are too weak and it's such a confusing game.I warn anyone who even thinks they're going to buy that game.Games with bad demos usually end up bad.Quote me on that.

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Yea the reviews on Lost Planet seem a bit odd...this is gonna be one of those games where you just will have to be your own judge and just get it cuz it's as close as your gonna get to playing a sweet Starship Troopers game...

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

F*** IGN's review and any other review for that matter. I played both demos myself and they are absolutely sick. My mind was made up since E3 06.

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Arthur and the Invisibles is going to be a GREAT movie...better than Rocky VI or Black Christmas....move over 'Departed' this one has oscar gold written all over

makemeweak
makemeweak

Can't wait to play Lost Planet - the demos were amazing! judgenxcutioner - "Wait a minute...another FPS for the 360??! Watta SURPRISE!" FYI it's not a FPS - the viewpoint is in third person, like in Gears of War.

axillia
axillia

At least there's one good game for the week.

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

Screw Lost Planet, it's all about Lucinda Green's Equestrian Challenge baby!!! Yeah! Ride those horses! Lol...

V_Zarnold_N
V_Zarnold_N

well Ms.Pac-man is fun... not worth 5 bucks but still fun... however i hate the first of the year because no really good games come out... im still waiting for games like assassins creed, army of two, and Halo 3

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

It would be nice if both Microsoft and Nintendo would get it together on their Live Arcade and Virtual Console service. Very few good titles so far and so far and few between to keep people interested. Microsoft releases a 25+ year old crappy arcade racing game called "New Rally-X" and honestly this is just bad and who would pay for this. This week its "Ms Pac Man" I mean come on this is just crap nobody wants. Just get some good classic arcade games that can be played multiplayer at the same time. Nintendo has only released a couple of good titles thus far on the Virtual Console while they still continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel for crap we've never heard of or nobody wants.

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

im getting tired of these 3rd person shooters, and fps games. (which for some reason are always on the 360, well of couse pc too, better on pc) Bring on the Rpgs......sometime soon i hope.

jasongm
jasongm

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DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

[*Joy*]--Lost Planet-- I am just going to say it: It has better graphics than Gears, its more involving, and its easily going to be longer.

Noodleman123
Noodleman123

Every 1 exited about Lost Planet, Cant wait till the 12

munsoned
munsoned

does the Wii Virtual Console offer online play?

vaejas
vaejas

I can see that much snow if I walk out my front door!

plaestic
plaestic

VC is starting to make me wish I'd kept that Wii.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

I like Gradius even with all the slowdown.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

This sure is an exciting week of new releases.

fatmexican19
fatmexican19

hey Tranceplant, IGN already reviewed Lost Planet on their site if you wanna check it out, they gave it an 8.5, said it was worth the buy

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I can't wait for lost planet to come out, gonna get it for sure

wakko19991
wakko19991

the lost planet demo was crazy intense...I hope that last fortress in the demo was just for the demo to end, cuz I'd like to see anyone survive that firefight

cyber_myth
cyber_myth

Man I can not wait for lost planet. The demos where so good and the setting of the game is sweet.

ocdog45
ocdog45

Ms. Pac-man and lost planet are gonna get played by me

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

No good titles this week, what shame. Next week will be better though with Phoenix Wright 2 coming out on the 15th or 16th.

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

Lost Planet is an exceptional 360 title, all PS3 fanboys should be jealous.

judgenxcutioner
judgenxcutioner

Another third person shooter for the 360?!! That is kind of a SURPRISE...innit?

earthking
earthking

judgenxcutioner, Lost Planet it a Third Person Shooter...:|.

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

do you even own a 360? Lost planet looks great, also Crackdoen is due for release this month....

judgenxcutioner
judgenxcutioner

Wait a minute...another FPS for the 360??! Watta SURPRISE!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Nothing good this month, eh? Guess we will have to wait until February. Yes, that's right. Lost Plantet is a lost cause...

juanfraino
juanfraino

Gimme the Wario Ware and Gradius and I'll be happy for the rest of the month.

NightRain
NightRain

I'll wait reviews to see if Lost Planet is seriously worth the purchase... I mean the multiplayer demo was okay... I hope the rest is even better.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I'm thinking Lost Planet is going to be pretty sick. I might pick it up on its launch day.

TryMe01
TryMe01

wow, just a handful of games and not a single ps3 of Wii title (VC dont count)

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

i am only looking forward for Lost planet extreme condition..and thats its all!

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

I loved the Demo, so i can love the game this week.