Shippin' Out January 9-15: DC Universe Online

SOE and Warner Bros. superhero-infused MMORPG takes to the streets alongside Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Prinny 2, and Ghost Trick.

Around this time last year, the gaming industry saw a glut of big-budget titles that missed--or dodged--the holiday release window, including the likes of Darksiders, Bayonetta, and Army of Two: The 40th Day. This year is shaping up to be a bit less front-loaded, though it does still have a few potential hits arriving during the second full week of 2011.

Virtual spandex may soon be in short supply.

Perhaps the biggest launch this week is DC Universe Online from Sony Online Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The PC and PlayStation 3 game lets players create their crime fighter or villain, and because it is set in the DC Universe, such locales include Superman's Metropolis and Batman's Gotham City. Also, a range of heroes and villains from the comic book publisher's immense stable will lend their presence to the game. The game will also benefit from heralded comic artist Jim Lee and scribe Marv Wolfman, who are contributing to the project.

Handheld gamers have a number of options this week. On the DS, fans of the Disney-Square Enix crossover series Kingdom Hearts can pick up Re:coded, which follows a digitized version of Sora. Fans of Capcom's Ace Attorney series may be interested in Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, an investigative adventure game from Shu Takumi.

As for the PSP offerings, NIS America returns with its infernal penguin brigade in Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!. A spin-off of the Disgaea franchise, Prinny is an action platformer that the developer billed as the most "challenging side-scrolling action game ever." Prinny 2 follows in those footsteps, taking place after the original and telling the story of Netherworld overlord Etna's missing panties.

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.

JANUARY 11
101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix--WII--Atlus Co.
DC Universe Online--PS3, PC--Sony Online Entertainment
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective--DS--Capcom
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded--DS--Square Enix
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!--PSP--NIS America

JANUARY 12
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny--PC--JoWooD Entertainment
Zeit 2--X360--Ubisoft

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21 comments
whitehot555
whitehot555

I wonder how many people will buy DCUO without realizing it requires a monthly subscription. I was playing the beta nonstop on PS3 and was about 10 seconds from pre-ordering it until I found out it would run me $60 plus the additional $15 per month... no thank you. As much as I liked the beta, it just isn't worth it for me.

Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

DC UNIVERSE WILL BE 1 OF THE GREATEST GAMES OF 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

GHOST TRICK GHOST TRICK GHOST TRICK! From the Creators of Ace attorney :D

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Now that I know DCUO is Pay to Play I'm waiting for Two Worlds II. I kinda want Dead Space 2 as well but I know I'll be able to get farther in Two Worlds so.......Eh, too many games releasing around the same time no matter what you want.

darthwarmonger
darthwarmonger

Played the beta for DC Online, it's pretty good.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

finally... ghost trick is here!!

Lone_Recon
Lone_Recon

HOpe DCUO doesn't flop like FFXIV. Please fix the bugs.

gabrieldbanek
gabrieldbanek

Finally, DC is Live. Now where did I leave my tights at....

gh05tm4ch1n3
gh05tm4ch1n3

earl dc universe will be fine as an MMO it has been well recieved by critics who had access to the beta and that was just a beta, it will be a ever evolving mmo which will have the full support of the gamers playing it and the developers making all the exciting extras.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Dawn of Operation Panties...? Really? Waiting, just waiting, for Dead Space 2's release day. Ready to get my space spook on.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Who the fudge is earl the cannibal? Im actually kind of scared..

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

DCUO!!! First Day Buy All the way!!!

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

If Sony was smart they would have stuck all that money making DCUO into Vanguard. But then again i used the word smart and Sony in the same sentence. dcuo will fail in less than 2 years. keep this post and remember what i said.

uaeboy99
uaeboy99

is cool game wait for it

smash3brawler
smash3brawler

I can't wait for DCUO. I hope they fixed some issues that the beta had

Melgisimo
Melgisimo

DC Universe! DC Universe!! DC Universe!!!