Shippin' Out June 25-29: Transformers, Harry Potter, Ratatouille

Movie-based games headline a heavy week of releases alongside Pokemon's Wii debut and 2K Games' The Darkness for PS3, Xbox 360.

With the summer movie season in full swing, publishers are trying to turn big-screen thrills into small-screen experiences. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third games have commanded a good chunk of new release shelf space in recent months, and they'll be joined by more film-to-game adaptations this week.

While none of their associated movies are out yet, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Transformers, and Ratatouille will all arrive in game retailers this week for a plethora of platforms. THQ is even bringing games for Pixar's Ratatouille to some legacy consoles, as it will be an infrequent new release for the original Xbox, the GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance.

Movies aren't the only fertile gaming ground this week, as Nintendo is releasing its first online-enabled Wii game with Pokemon Battle Revolution, 2K Games brings The Darkness to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and 2K Sports exercises its Major League Baseball license for the multiplatform arcade-style action of The BIGS. A few older games are getting another shot, as Rainbow Six Vegas makes its belated PS3 appearance, while Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition brings the oft-revisited role-playing game to the PlayStation Portable.

On the downloadable front, the Wii boasts Nintendo 64 racer F-Zero X, Super Nintendo brawler Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, and TurboGrafx-16 side-scroller China Warrior. Meanwhile, Microsoft is touting the German board game Carcassonne on the Xbox 360 as its Xbox Live Arcade release of the week.

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

JUNE 25, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PS2, DS, PC)
The BIGS (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP)
Pokemon Battle Revolution (Wii)
The Darkness (PS3, Xbox 360)
Hour of Victory (Xbox 360)
Ratatouille (Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox, DS, PS2, PSP, GC, GBA)
F-Zero X (Wii)
China Warrior (Wii)
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii)
The Adventures of Darwin (PS2)
Touchmaster DS (DS)
Deer Drive (PC)
Defender of the Crown: Heroes Live Forever (PC)
Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars (PC)

JUNE 26, 2007
Transformers: The Game (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition (PSP)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3)
Overlord (Xbox 360, PC)
Steel Horizon (PSP)
Nervous Brickdown (DS)
Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix (DS)
Chicken Shoot (Wii)
Super Collapse 3 (PSP)
Traxxpad (PSP)
GrimGrimoire (PS2)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PC)
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)
Driver: Parallel Lines (Wii, PC)
Horsez (GBA)

JUNE 27, 2007
Carcassonne (Xbox 360)

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65 comments
dilan94
dilan94

Harry Poter Order of the Phoenix is a great game!

1PSman
1PSman

Rainbow Six: Vegas for PS3 is awsome!!!!!!!!

foritxxar
foritxxar

Buying movie games are HORRIBLE wastes of money... D:

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Talk about a drought. Movie games, rehash collections, and console to Wii ports.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Ah man, don't say that AceCometh. I had high hopes too. Read a few reviews from some buddies about the Overlord demo and those guys are loving it, they make the burning people sound so cool... Lol.

_NeoN
_NeoN

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AceCometh
AceCometh

Sorry, friends, but the Transformers game offically sucks. I had such high hopes for it, too.

unsunghero28
unsunghero28

I tried the Overlord demo, and just didn't like it.

DEMONiAM
DEMONiAM

please don't suck, Transformers!!!!

rl_41
rl_41

Pretty sweet deal for the beginning of summer. Ready for a drout over the next few months?

_NeoN
_NeoN

Oh man, that's just so many wicked games out this week. Right up there is Overlord. Looking forward to seeing how the movie-to-game adaptations are welcome.

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_NeoN

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Sonovius
Sonovius

kevy619 "i would buy overlord, but the darkness is calling. Plus i already put a deposit on it, lol." darkness will be a dud much like its s****y comic. overlord has the best demo out on the 360 in many moons. take back the deposit.

Brambler
Brambler

Can't wait to see the new lame review system put to work on these games

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

yo gamespot, wheres the reviews

kevy619
kevy619

i would buy overlord, but the darkness is calling. Plus i already put a deposit on it, lol.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

just let the old systems die!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I might pick up Overlord depending on reviews.

baddestboy
baddestboy

im probably going to buy darkness and the bigs

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

I want to try out The Darkness, Overlord, also F-Zero X

theonlyone3
theonlyone3

Those of you who own a good PC or a 360..... download the Overlord demo.... and then go buy it this week. That game is awesome!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wow, Xbox, GC, and GBA get some life.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

to bad there aren't any reviews....hint hint!

ocdog45
ocdog45

im picking up RSV and renting the bigs and the darkness

nintendofreak92
nintendofreak92

The BiGS will be insane! I got mine reserved...as for Pokemon, ill leave that alone for the people who need even more pocket monsters battling each other, dont get me wrong I love pokemon but it seems like they are kind of milking diamond/pearl. Especially since the DS version already has Wi-fi connection and now the Wii version will....its just battling on a bigger screen.

NightRain
NightRain

I hope The Darkness is good.

carddude
carddude

I'm reserving my copy of Horsez! I cant wait! LOL!

mcxps3
mcxps3

Ok where is th on game that i am actually fgoing to buy this week Super Stardust HD its the only ps3 exclusive this and if it got delayed then i will personally go to Eric Lampbell ( the manager of the psstore) and kick him in the stones. Ther resto of the ps3 list looks awesome just cause they are not exclusive doesnt mean we should disregard them but i do not have that kind of money to buy those games. Yeah Sony ur 6 titles closer to ur 380 games goal.

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

I really liked the Overlord demo, and I will buy the game when I get some money

Tnasty11
Tnasty11

Final Fantasy!!!! PSP Rocks!! YEAH

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I will be picking up TEH DRAKNESS on 360 tomorrow!!!!111

sinx1971
sinx1971

Overlord and The Darkness will be coming home with me.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

The Darkness, Transformers, and Overlord all looks like outstanding games.

cuneofamily
cuneofamily

Should I get HP and the Order of The Phoenix for Wii, or The Darkness for PS3??? Hellpppppppppp.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1

Pete5506
Pete5506

Lost planet looks good, but I have it for the xbox

Nharia12
Nharia12

I'm still surpised that there churning things out for the GBA.

whitey3221
whitey3221

Killer2401- "PS3 - 5 360 - 8 Wii - 10 PC - 8 DS - 4 PSP - 7 The PSP has more games coming than the DS. Thats a first.... But the PS3, lol." That may be true, but how many of the PS3 titles are exclusive...still gotta go with zero on that one.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I really hope transformers will be a good game. I would love to buy it. I'll wait and see what Gamespot reviews it and well see.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

darkness is complete and ready. im looking forward to pokemon, and dakness and thats it for this month. btw ninja gaiden is ready for realease if anyone wanted to know but they arnt releasing it yet for some reason

TripleO7
TripleO7

First week in awhile where I might buy some games.

smfes
smfes

HARRY POTTER FTW!

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

With the release of Pokemon Wii, I predict Wii will own July sales. The game might even make the June charts despite its late release.

Killer2401
Killer2401

PS3 - 5 360 - 8 Wii - 10 PC - 8 DS - 4 PSP - 7 The PSP has more games coming than the DS. Thats a first.... But the PS3, lol.

jacky531
jacky531

transformers better be good since it looks good and I'm going to buy it tomorrow and I hope it gets a good rating

Homes225
Homes225

A not so boring week! Finally!