Shippin' Out July 10-14: Prey vs. Chromehounds

2K Games' long-awaited shooter takes on Sega's mech actioner for top honors during a slim release week.

Traditionally, as the height of summer approaches, the game-release schedule shrinks--the conventional wisdom being that most people are on vacation, engaging in outdoor activities, or plunking down their dollars to see big-screen blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. That certainly seems to be the case this week, which will see less than a dozen games hit store shelves.

But while the week's release slate may be light, some of the titles on it are heavy hitters indeed. Foremost among them is Prey, the much-anticipated shooter from 2K Games. Loosely based on the canceled shooter from 3D Realms, which oversaw Human Head's development of the current game, Prey shipped for the Xbox 360 and PC on Tuesday. The game, which received decent reviews, is rated M for Mature and will retail for $59.99 on the 360 and $49.99 on the PC.

Prey's only competition on the 360 will come in the form of Chromehounds from Sega. Developed by From Software, creators of the Armored Core series, the game centers on third-person mech combat, with multiplayer Xbox Live battles playing a key part. However, while the game shipped today, its online component got off to a shaky start, not allowing players to log onto Xbox Live until late in the afternoon.

The rest of the week's releases are a mixed bag of lower-level PC titles, including VU Games' Outlaw Chopper, DreamCatcher Interactive's First Battalion, and Wings of Power II - WWII Fighters, a third-party add-on for Flight Simulator 2004. There is also a single PlayStation 2 release, Ultimate Board Game Collection, which had been slated for the previous week but has since slipped without explanation.

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

JULY 11, 2006
Chromehounds (Xbox 360)
First Battalion (PC)
Outlaw Chopper (PC)
Prey (Xbox 360, PC)
Ultimate Board Game Collection (PS2)
Wings of Power II - WWII Fighters (PC)

JULY 14, 2006
Oil: Build an Oil Empire (PC)

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58 comments
surewin
surewin

i don't think it matters either way. we all know that everyone has their opinion saying chromehounds sucks, then below that its great here and their its just the individual.

BentSea
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BentSea
BentSea

"I don't understand the whole PC vs Xbox 360 . I don't see it as a competition. I enjoy the games on the PC but own a Powerbook. I would rather spend 400 bucks on a console to hook up to my home theater surround sound and projector than 1500 ( maybe 1000 if I have tech buddies help me spec it out) on a good gaming PC. The console just suits my needs better. However I have many friends who prefer headphones, a desk, mouse, quick refresh LCD or CRT and a WOW account. I can respect that. We just have different tastes / needs." The trouble with the difference between the two really starts when you factor in that Prey runs perfect on my computer with settings set to high, looking better than on the Xbox 360. The caveat of that statement is that my computer is maybe cheaper than the 360 right now and has not been upgraded in about 2 years. Athalon XP 2400+ (maybe between 50 - 100 with an agp mobo, a nice one even, not a good upgrade buy, but neither is a 360) Radeon 9800 (60) 1.5 gigs 2700 RAM (about 100, maybe less for 3 sticks of 512megs) 250 gig drive (45$) Wireless 802.11g Network Card (15$) DVD Burner (60$) 330 for a far more functional, and in the case of both Prey and, I've found, Oblivion, better performing graphical machine, to which all the good games for the 360 have already been ported.

nrighton
nrighton

I don't understand the whole PC vs Xbox 360 . I don't see it as a competition. I enjoy the games on the PC but own a Powerbook. I would rather spend 400 bucks on a console to hook up to my home theater surround sound and projector than 1500 ( maybe 1000 if I have tech buddies help me spec it out) on a good gaming PC. The console just suits my needs better. However I have many friends who prefer headphones, a desk, mouse, quick refresh LCD or CRT and a WOW account. I can respect that. We just have different tastes / needs.

Chubbums
Chubbums

[quote="gothicdragon216"]exclusive to 360: full auto (most fun car based shooter since Twisted Metal) Perfect Dark Zero (mediocore single play, good multiplay) Chromehounds nuff said[/quote] Thank you for proving my point that the 360 has lackluster games. Chromehounds has been getting bad ratings so far nuff said. Please don't come at me with this "oh, and list some good PC exclusive games" because quite frankly every stellar game the PC gets people with consoles cry for a port. Go to any of the PC forums and you'll see this question constantly asked "Is this coming to the 360/PS3?" PC has such a huge catalog of great games. Don't try to play it off like you wouldn't like to see some of these games on a console. Don't get mad because I'm telling the truth, right now the 360 hasn't released an exclusive killer app.

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

"360 has yet to release an exclusive stellar game." exclusive to consoles: too many to list exclusive to 360: full auto (most fun car based shooter since Twisted Metal) Perfect Dark Zero (mediocore single play, good multiplay) Chromehounds nuff said. When Fable 2, Halo 3, Forza Mortorsport 2, and Gears of War come out, the strength of the x360 will be realized. oh, and list some good PC exclusive games (besides Spore)

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Pery DOES NOT suck. Prey is the best Xbox306 game after Oblvion and is way better than GRAW. Prey is a fresh and awesome experience and not stupid and cliche like GRAW. I hope Prey does great on sales and sequal arrives soon.

_Sam_
_Sam_

Yea, not many this week

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

PC runs smoother and faster games than on a CONSOLE?..duh!! It's supposed to.

Chubbums
Chubbums

Yes your right ssj4_2004 because we all know that Oblivion, G.R.A.W., Call of Duty 2, and Burnout Revenge are exclusives. It's really sad that an Xbox Live Arcade game is ranked in fourth place. Goes to show the rest of the 360 library is full of lackluster games. If it isn't above 90 then isn't stellar. You may want to actually read my posts next time, if not don't bother trying to prove me wrong.

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

Chubbums ssj4_2004 proof enough your a mindless tool. 360 has yet to release an exclusive stellar game. ---- Gamerankings says otherwise...

Saturos3091
Saturos3091

prey and chromehounds both look...okay. The Mechwarrior series was my fav so far...and I hear bad things about both chromehounds and prey. I hear that chromehounds is an extremely slow-paced mech game, with a terrible single player. I hear the multiplayer *online* is good though. I hear prey has a fun single player, but it is only 6-10 hours long and has a bad multiplayer. I can't play online anyway, so I don't care for prey or chromehounds online and I don't know if I'm gonna buy either. So I guess I should say: wait for Gears of War. (if that's your type of game.) and chubbums is an idiot...the 360 hasn't even been out a year and they're still making some of the exclusive games such as "Gears of war", "too human", and "halo 3" better. The 360 will end up with good exclusives and probably more than the ps3, as they seem to be thinking about putting some of the ps3s top sellling games on 360 also.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

the summer drought continues..... :)

TheNasty1
TheNasty1

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crazy_boy166
crazy_boy166

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TheHunter123
TheHunter123

I played the prey demo for PC, and I have to say I enjoyed it, because the game has a total different lean on the FPS series, what with spirit walking and gravity paths. I have to say though I was waiting a long time for Chromehounds. I love 'mech games, and Chromehounds is a breaktrhough for current playable 'mech games, since you can build your own Hounds and fight online in part of 3 countries for world domination. THAT is awesome.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Yay! I have Prey and it is uber fun, glad I purchased it. I'm still pretty positive I won't be picking up Chromehounds.

glinz
glinz

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soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Chubbums- inspite of what you've been saying. Their are alot of people who still enjoy playing those titles on X360 (myself included}. And your bashing is not going to change that. And if you're that unhappy with your X360, sell it! There's nothing WE can do about YOUR problem with the X360!

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I've been playing Battle for Middle Earth II, I can't believe it EA actually did a decent job in translating this RTS to console. This games rocks! For the mature audience who are annoyed by immature children and teen-agers this game is a dream. Because of the amount of thinking and deep strategy needed to play this game they don't bother playing it.

rynmls
rynmls

waiting for august releases...

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

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Chubbums
Chubbums

I'm actually disappointed with the 360, I don't hate the console I hate what M$ is not doing for it. Seriously though why would I praise the 360 when its exclusives so far haven't been that great. Game releases are sparse with either 1 or 2 games coming out each month. How in the hell is that variety? Then we have jackasses from M$ saying they could care less about backwards compatibility. All this on top of the 360 having hardware problems. As for you Slash_out I think your not really honest, your PC must not be good at all if it constantly does what you posted. Also why would I be bitter because I spent about 3k for my PC? Maybe since your probably still in Junior High or High School that may seem like alot of money to you. I have a great paying job, know how to manage money and never regret the investments I make on top of having a $#!* load of money saved up. I also have a 42" panasonic plasma which has dvi-inputs, so hooking my PC to the monitor is not a problem since I have both my comp and TV close to each other, I can easily use the 360 pc controller I have to play games.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Nothing of interest for me this week.

pathogenb
pathogenb

"Chubbums Proof enough 360 has lackluster games. You guys who say Prey sucks are only proving the 360 has no good games. What is at right now? 2 good games so far. Oblivion and GRAW, both of which are on the PC as well. This is reason why I still haven't bothered buying a 360. The only game that changed my mind into getting an Xbox was KOTOR, 360 has yet to release a game as good as this. " you sure do spend a lot of time talking about how much you don't like the X360. seems like a waste of time.

Chubbums
Chubbums

What's up with everyone who gives Halo 1 and 2 a 10 rating? They all seem to be either mindless drones or ignorant fanboys. Here is a prime example of a tool

agent401
agent401

What's up with everyone who has the punching anime guy avatar? They all seem to be either trolls or belligerent fanboys

Slash_out
Slash_out

Well Chubbuns I think your not really honest ... what is bad about adding stuff that please people on a game? While to you it is making it "noob" to normal player it's making it good. And on game like COD, the 3rd person view helps a LOT. And yes people like to have that view. I have quite a good pc, but still I like playing on console better than on my pc. I can be on my sofa, with my big screen, the console won't crash, won't take time to start, should not ram. Well, I must say that if you were jalous of the x360 I would understand why you are so agressive about it. Well I am still happy to see those game coming out on any console. Since I have a PC, x360, GC, PS2, GBA and soon a DS. If they were to come out on other gaming system that I don't have I won't complain, it's better that way, more people will paly it, they'll make more money, and will make a new game faster and probably better. You should try to think that way, instead of being embiterred since you probably paid 1 or 2 k $ for a computer when other had the same thing for 399 $ . But I do agree with you on one point, to me Morrowind is better than Oblivion.

rfry08
rfry08

haha noobs....i have both a high end pc and a xbox 360>>>

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

chromehounds online is gonna rock, lets just hope there will be no more online difficulties

ruwe44
ruwe44

hey chubbums or whatever, you do realize that both the 360 and any PC you own are basically the same thing....Microsoft owns them both when it really comes down to it.

Chubbums
Chubbums

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Imallvol7
Imallvol7

I hate to break it to you guys but I only have a 128mb graphics card (radeon x600 that comes standard with my dell latitud laptop) and 1.8 gh of speed and i run prey better than the 360 does. I will stick with my PC and PSWii until Halo 3 comes out.

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

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GreenHornet00
GreenHornet00

(rolls eyes at Chubbums) Looks like I'll have something to rent this weekend, yay!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Chromehounds looks to be the only thing I want next week will see better games.

samekila
samekila

Man I loved the prey demo going to buy that for sure I will get Chromehounds next week . I will allways like Mech games.

Chubbums
Chubbums

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swildermuth
swildermuth

The 360 has a number (though a small number) of good/great games: Oblivion (ok, on the PC it is good too), PGR3, Fight Night 3 and Geometry Wars.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i thought prey would have gotten a better rating

ThrillhouseLive
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NeonNinja
NeonNinja

It seems liek the 360 is getting some more games, two decent ones at that. Both Chromehounds and Prey look good and they should be fun games for the summer. As to the genius who said GRAW and Oblivion are on the PC so he thinks 360 sucks, well, that depends. The 360 version and PC version of GRAw are both totally different games, and I've played both. The 360 version is waaaaay better than the PC version. As for Oblivion, it depends on how good your PC is. If it's really high end get the PC version, but if it isn't all souped up then the 360 version is way smoother, making for an ultimately more fun game. I hate to tell you this, but think before you spit stuff out like that.

Piernik
Piernik

Wow, what a floptastic week.

Chubbums
Chubbums

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zhuojloh
zhuojloh

agent401, realistic mech game?? Mech does not exist yet in this world. It's a fiction to begin with. Since its fiction why cant you have a mech than can generate enoough upforce to launch them and absorb the impact shock when landed.

NutsSauce
NutsSauce

I'm getting Chromehounds because I like the idea of being able to build my mech. I'm a fan of the old mechwarrior games so this seems like the game for me. I played the Prey demo and didn't like the closed in environments and having to follow one path. I think it will be a good game, just not my type of FPS.