Shippin' Out July 18-24: Need for Speed World

Light week of new releases highlighted by Electronic Arts' open-world racer, not much else.

If last week's new release schedule was light, this week's software offering well is bone dry. A total of four new titles release this week, and of the lot, only one is coming to brick-and-mortar retailers.

The race starts now.

One of the most prominent releases this week is EA Black Box's free-to-play online racer, Need for Speed World. The game is EA's first online-only racing title and is free to play until level 10. For those seeking a deeper experience, EA is also offering the Need for Speed World Starter Pack, which costs $20. Those who purchase the Starter Pack today will get access to the game right now. Those wishing to spend nothing on the game will need to wait until July 27, when the game launches for all. Inside the digital wrapping are access to level 50, a Toyota Corolla AE86 vehicle exclusive to the pack, and $20 worth of speedboost (NFS World's in-game currency).

Starter Pack purchasers also receive a discount on power-ups, double experience point periods, and rental cars. NFS World has 150 miles of in-game road to traverse, including NFS: Most Wanted's Rockport locale and NFS: Carbon's Palmont city streets, as well as a full day/night cycle.

The other notable release this week is Playdead's Limbo on July 21. The puzzle-platformer is exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade and has players controlling a silhouette of a boy searching for his sister throughout various dreary chapters and dark environments. The game, which won some IGF awards, doesn't have loading screens once it is started and progresses through reaching various checkpoints.

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 in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

MONDAY, JULY 19
HoopWorld--Wii--Virtual Toys

TUESDAY, JULY 20
Need for Speed World--PC--Electronic Arts
Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena--DS--Navarre Corp.

WEDNESAY, JULY 21
Limbo--X360--Playdead

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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37 comments
codename-60091
codename-60091

hey i heard that NFS is a pretty good game! oh wait a minute. typing error! sorry about that!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Bit of a slow week, but I hear that Limbo is pretty good so I will check that out

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Limbo looks gross thats just what i like,But its not on ps3 :(

stziggy
stziggy

@taylormadederek Dead on. There are some games I end up waiting till they hit the budget bin because my budget is only so big during Xmas.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

I hope that these games that are coming out later this year fail..........not all of them........but the ones that shouldn't come out then. Now is a GREAT time to release games.............I buy good games when they come out.......not just at Christmas............GIVE ME GAMES ALL YEAR...........I AM NOT A SEASONAL GAMER.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

There have been so many games so far this year, I guess they are giving us time to breathe. I have enough to keep me busy until something interesting comes out.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

"unlock raccoon suits?" what game? Mario World 3 had Raccoon suits but you didnt unlock them ...

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

The calm before the storm, Star Craft 2 is out next week.

Flint247
Flint247

WOW, yet another week I have to pass... :(

jshaas
jshaas

Wow, only 4 games coming this week!! Why did they even bother?

datboiiscoe
datboiiscoe

played the nfs world beta....not impressed at all...n only free till level 10 makes it a big disappointment...

childe_roland
childe_roland

Limbo looks pretty incredible, hope it plays similar to Flashback or Heart of Darkness.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i'll hold my Point for Hydro Thunder (loved that game at the arcade) and next week i'll get Blazblue CS

johny300
johny300

LIMBO is the only good thing this month.

HCL2
HCL2

I will be sure to have limbo. Such a brand new idea which I think worth getting

silverdoe
silverdoe

Only 1 week from SC2. Hell, it's about time!

bschroth
bschroth

Seeing Limbo reminds me of how much I don't like MS points. I wish they'd just charge me straight like on my PS3. Please change this MS and you'll have my money and Sony won't.

jazilla
jazilla

besides limbo...yuck.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Wow, what a dead week. Only four games being released in total and non of them high profile? This week reminds me of the first week of April 2010, in which practically nothing came out!

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

i wanna see if the new nfs is any good...nope...ok, time not wasted.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Yay! Limbo comes out on my birthday -- going to download it as a gift to myself :lol:

gearbear94
gearbear94

wow, limbo looks cool to bad its not coming to ps3

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

this is a super lacking week. usually there would be a ton of physical games, and if not that, a ton of downloadable games but not this week!