Shippin' Out: July 3-7

Short holiday week even shorter on new releases; 360 Lord of the Rings RTS tops thin list as the pickings are slim.

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When America wrote out its birthday wish list, it apparently had things other than games on its mind. While the country celebrated its 230th birthday, gamers browsed bare shelves as this week's game release list wasn't nearly as meaty as the millions of BBQ grills lit up on Tuesday.

Leading the pack is the Xbox 360's first real-time strategy game, Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II. Based on both the films and books of Tolkien's fantasy world, the game lets players command armies of elves, dwarves, orcs, and other beasties. LOTR: Middle-earth II was previously released on the PC and was published by Electronic Arts.

The PC added several games to its gigantic library, with strategy games For Liberty! and Glory of the Roman Battalion giving gamers with a penchant for historical action something to choose from. More war is available in DreamCatcher's WWII action game First Battalion and Tri Synergy's Terrawars: New York Invasion.

For those with a few extra bucks to spend, a second pressing of the collector's edition of Guild Wars Factions has also reached stores, according to GuildWars.com.

Current-gen consoles were dissed with only one game, the PlayStation 2's Ultimate Board Game Collection, and handhelds were completely shut out of new games. Next week's list is looking a bit anemic as well, but at least has two bigger next-gen titles in Chromehounds for the Xbox 360 and Prey for the 360 and PC.

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

JULY 2, 2006
Kitty LUV (PC)

JULY 3, 2006
Glory of the Roman Empire (PC)

JULY 4, 2006
For Liberty! (PC)

JULY 5, 2006
The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II (X360)
Ultimate Board Game Collection (PS2)
First Battalion (PC)

JULY 6, 2006
Outlaw Chopper (PC)
Terrawars: New York Invasion (PC)
Big Oil: Build an Oil Empire (PC)

Discussion

44 comments
ewjim
ewjim

This is all?! Nine games?! Is there a war or something? WHERE NEW-COOL-GAMES??? There's no even "not bad" game, i'am not even talikng about good...

Sandman100
Sandman100

LOR:BME-2 maybe ok But NCAA 07 in two weeks. That going to be great for the 360.

Sandman100
Sandman100

Gears of War coming out the same day has the PS3.

Lupus64
Lupus64

Gotta LUV that Kitty... *yawns*

flingkatu
flingkatu

I heard of horrible frame rates...under 30 fps at some parts during the training mission...and during the last two levels parts there are tremendous amounts of slow down that even keep you from using your controller for a few seconds...ea really has been missing the mark lately...

CraigBezzle
CraigBezzle

Ugh, nothing good out until...NCAA 07 for 360 ? Sad.

sasuke55
sasuke55

Cant' wait to get my copy I will have to wait until the 10th that's pay day for me.

GoreObsessed
GoreObsessed

Cant wait to pick up my copy of BFME II :).

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

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Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Prey is enough for the whole Summer!!!! Kant wait!

faizali86
faizali86

besides lotr i dont think any of those games are good

langrisser2005
langrisser2005

tsk... yet another game already made going to 360, they just can't get many on their own can they? Majority have been games already released simply ported the 360 and boosting the price.... it's weak.

Striker_Zero
Striker_Zero

BFME2 is going to be awesome....RTS are the best....and personally i thought warcraft for the PS 1 was great too

_Sam_
_Sam_

nothing very good this week :(

grave_rob
grave_rob

there's a battle for middle earth going on right now...in my pants. worst... release week.... ever.

Chemosh013
Chemosh013

it's going to be a very important game for console RTSes... i think a lot of people are viewing at as an experiment for next gen consoles and if it does well more RTSes could be heading the console way!

SolInvictus-HGG
SolInvictus-HGG

Well, at least Titan Quest is finally out. I'll be spending my entire summer playing that game.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Next week is the Golden Week. Well for me it is, PREY!

troakun
troakun

Hooray! Ultimate Board Game Collection!

rynmls
rynmls

nothing good for the ps2...

VampOrdinator
VampOrdinator

dont scare me like that lol i thought they had delayed bfme 2 or somthing!

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Only game there worth purchasing is LOTR.

pohlkat
pohlkat

Sigh, I get so depressed, looking at the same games of 2 or 3 years ago in stores. Why wont someone GIVE ME A HUG!!!!!??????

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I pick up The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II tomorrow at EB games can't wait to play that game.I can't wait until the July 18 can pick up Blade Dancer and Valkyrie Profile for my PSP.

samekila
samekila

I might get LOTR I love strategy but only on PC I will give it a try though

Chubbums
Chubbums

The summer drought continues......

ryokinshin
ryokinshin

could open up rts gaming for consoles if it pulls through

_sean_05
_sean_05

weak Japan pwnz us at videogames happy 4th

joeshoe1121
joeshoe1121

typo "...Glory of the Roman Battalion ..." Glory of the Roman Empire? might want to fix that Gamespot

bob1717171717
bob1717171717

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nigel
nigel

LOTR shold be sweet n the 360. I'll get it ASAP