Shippin' Out July 4-10: Crackdown 2

Independence Day arrives with a fizzle, as Ruffian Games' 360-exclusive open-world actioner joins High Voltage's Wii-only Tournament of Legends, and not much else.

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Fireworks may be the name of the game on the 4th of July, but the US game industry's release lineup for the week is anything but scintillating. The dearth of releases is headlined by Microsoft's sequel to 2007's open-world action adventure Crackdown, as well as the latest Wii exclusive from High Voltage Software.

Pacific City has suffered a mutated zombie outbreak.

Microsoft packed in access to Bungie's Halo 3 multiplayer with the original Crackdown, but Ruffian Games' effort in the franchise won't feature an added sales stimulus. Crackdown 2 takes its cue from the end of the original game, when members of a federal crime-busting task force unknowingly unleashed a virus onto the metropolis where the game is set. The game features online cooperative play for up to four, as well as competitive modes for up to 16 gamers.

The Conduit developer High Voltage returns this week with Tournament of Legends, which is exclusive to the Wii. A fantasy-focused 3D fighter, the game pits players against a range of mythological monsters, such as a minotaur, gorgon, or golem. The fantasy focus follows through to the fights themselves, as players will be able to cast magic and summon assistance from the likes of man-eating lions and venomous snakes in their fights.

With Illumination Entertainment's debut animated film Despicable Me heading to the box office this Friday, D3 Publisher has a game tie-in on tap. To be released for the PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, and DS, the family-friendly action/puzzle hybrid drops players into the soft-soled shoes of supervillain Gru, who schemes to become the world's most renowned crook.

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.

SUNDAY, JULY 4
No new releases announced.

MONDAY, JULY 5
No new releases announced.

TUESDAY, JULY 6
2-for-1 Power Pack: Winter Blast/Summer Sports 2--WII--Destineer
Big Beach Sports 2--WII--THQ
The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice--WII--Konami
Crackdown 2--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
Despicable Me--PS2, PSP, WII, DS--D3 Publisher
Fallen Earth: Blood Sports--PC--Atari
Just Sing with Microphone--DS--Conspiracy Entertainment
Nursery Mania--DS--Zoo Games
Rise of Flight: Iron Cross Edition--PC--777 Studios
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable--PSP--Atlus Co.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior--PC--Navarre
Tournament of Legends--WII--Sega

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge--X360, PS3, PC--LucasArts

THURSDAY, JULY 8
Mahjong: Journey Quest for Tikal--DS--Mumbo Jumbo

FRIDAY, JULY 9
No new releases announced.

SATURDAY, JULY 10
The Silver Lining - Episode 1: What Is Decreed Must Be--PC--Activision

Discussion

26 comments
ChudWarrior
ChudWarrior

Crackdown 2......... Game of the year.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm not really one to want to play long ass RPGs on my PSP but I loved Persona 3 on the PS2, it was lots of fun, so I might as well get it since I've nothing else I want to play on my PSP until Patapon 3 comes out.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I want Persona 3 Portable. Another reason I need to get a psp sometime this year.

AnimeInMe
AnimeInMe

Yeah Crackdown was pretty awful, there is nothing really worth while til this fall.... and they are maybes... Like Mafia 2... Quantum Theory... Oh and some halo game I think ;)

Cthulad
Cthulad

Just such a Meh! week. Glad I grabbed PuzzleQuest2 last week.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Persona 3 Portable is the only game that catches my attention

Flint247
Flint247

Nothing for me this week. Sorry. :(

dkpunk
dkpunk

Crackdown 2 and Monkey Island 2 for me. Pretty slow week though.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

It's all about Monkey Island 2 Special Edition. Definitely getting that. :)

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Bunk weak. Crapdown 2 for people with poor taste and thats it.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I wanted to get crackdown but I might as well wait for it

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

I played the Crackdown 2 demo and was not impressed in the least. Not only was the game really dated looking(Like a 360 launch title), but the controls(Especially the 'lock on' system) were rubbish. Not a game I plan on ever buying. Sign me up for Monkey Island 2 and Persona 3P though.

fkbwii
fkbwii

Thanks for not mentioning, arguably, the biggest release of the week in the video, Persona 3 Portable.

CarnageScream
CarnageScream

Big Beach Sports 2 = I can't believe I haven't heard anything about this game until now. How did game spot keep this info under wraps?

BFKamui503
BFKamui503

I hope my pre-order of Persona 3 Portable comes in today. I want my Junpei hat.

Trogeton
Trogeton

I'm checking out crackdown 2 asap.. the demo was a BIG tease

green_dominator
green_dominator

The only game of note on this list is Crackdown 2, I'll wait till it drops in price before I grab it.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Big Beach Sports 2 comes out this week?!?! I've been waiting so damn long for this game to FINALLY come out!

Jesse-Ray
Jesse-Ray

Can't wait to grind for those orbs 0_o

WllDan7
WllDan7

Nothing for me this week.

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

Crackdown 2 will be in the bargain bin soon enough.