Shippin' Out June 27-July 3: Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Singularity, APB

Busy week at retail includes blocky sorcery, sci-fi FPS, City Interactive's Sniper: Ghost Warrior, not-quite-MMOG APB, bloodthirsty Naughty Bear, Sin and Punishment sequel, and more.

Independence Day is just around the corner, meaning barbecues and lawn parties are in the offing on a grand scale. However, publishers are giving gamers plenty of reasons to stay indoors and chained to their consoles and handhelds this week.

One of the more prominent releases this week is Traveller's Tales' block-happy magical spin on the first four years of the Harry Potter saga. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 comes to the PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, DS, PSP, and PC Tuesday and guides players through Harry's first years at Hogwarts.

Also arriving this week is Singularity, a sci-fi first-person shooter from Madison, Wisconsin-based Raven Software. The shooter combines gun-toting action with time-bending supernatural powers and will hit the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC Tuesday.

Harry Potter goes Lego this week.

Those with a thirst for headshots can get their fix with City Interactive's Sniper: Ghost Warrior for the Xbox 360 and PC. The game takes place in Isla Truena, a fictional South American city. Players will have 16 missions to complete and can enlist in multiplayer matches for a change of pace.

Also being released this week is 505 Games' Naughty Bear. As its names implies, the title puts players in the body of a teddy bear bent on exacting revenge upon those who have wronged him. Players are tasked with racking up "naughty points" and can use a variety of weapons--including a pistol and a frozen leg of lamb--to aid in the quest. The game comes to the PS3 and 360, with both single-player and multiplayer components.

Shifting to the PC market, Electronic Arts releases the repeatedly delayed All Points Bulletin, aka APB, on Tuesday. The large-scale online game revolves around an ongoing turf war between street gangs and law enforcement officials. Players can take to the streets with up to 99 others in individualized instanced virtual cities. It was developed by Grand Theft Auto creator Dave Jones at his Scottish studio, Realtime Worlds, which also developed the first Crackdown.

On the Wii front, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor hits Nintendo's console this week. A sequel to the Japan-exclusive original, Star Successor is an on-rails shooter with plenty of boss fights.

Sony is putting its sights on the virtual tennis court with the latest Hot Shots title. Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip comes to the PSP Tuesday and will be available both at retail and in the PlayStation Store.

Also debuting this week is Konami's N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights II. The Xbox 360-exclusive, a sequel to 2006's fantastic stabfest, hits Tuesday.

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, JUNE 27
Alcatraz (2010)--PC--City Interactive
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor--Wii--Nintendo

MONDAY, JUNE 28
Animal Color Cross--DS--Little Worlds Studio
Brain Drain--DS--Enjoy Gaming
Combat of Giants: Mutant Effects Revenge--DS--Ubisoft
Harley Davidson--Wii--Destineer
Jet Rocket--Wii--Shin'en

TUESDAY, JUNE 29
10 Minute Solution--Wii--Activision
Arma II: Combined Operations--PC--Meridian 4
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien--PSP--D3
DeathSmiles--X360--Aksys Games
Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip--PSP--SCEA
Junior Class Books and Fairy Tales--DS--Navarre Corp.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4--DS, PSP, Wii, X360, PS3, PC--Warner Bros. Interactive
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister--DS--Her Interactive
N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights II--X360--Konami
Rise of Flight: Iron Cross Edition--PC--777 Studios
Runaway: A Twist of Fate--DS--Focus Home Interactive
Singularity--PS3, X360, PC--Activision
The Last Airbender--Wii, DS--THQ
Thomas and Friends: Heroes of the Rail--Wii, DS--Majesco Entertainment
TNA Impact: Cross the Line--PSP, DS--SouthPeak Games
Trinity Universe--PS3--NIS America
Vampire Legends: Power of Three--DS--THQ

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30
Ancients of Ooga--X360--J. Kentwood Entertainment
Puzzle Quest 2--X360--D3Publisher

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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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39 comments
Detroit222
Detroit222

I was interested in Runaway - but cannot find it anywhere. Even Amazon doesn't have it. One website has the date as ?2010.

townsenda1
townsenda1

A lot of games coming out this week, just nothing I'm overly excited about. Sin and punishment looks pretty good though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Nothing really this week

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Cant wait for Lego Harry Potter!

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

would be cool if metroid turned M-rated with tons of blood and gore and action! that would be a must buy for me. would never happen tho so im just talking to myself lol

dagamemon
dagamemon

Probably gonna Check out Sin & Punishment, Lego Harry Potter, and Naughty Bear,

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

Metroid Other M would be coming out... oh well I'll have to wait 'till August.

Game__Raider
Game__Raider

LEGO Harry Potter! Its getting great reviews! Can't wait to get it.

Frostnut
Frostnut

Buying Trinity Universe.If you re a Disgea fan,you should try this one.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'll give Singularity and Ninety-Nine Nights II a try. Oh Gamespot, you didn't list N3 under Tuesday or any day for that matter. Sloppy just like your Transformers review. Heyo!

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@Gladestone1 You shouldn't be surprised, the middle of the year is traditionally the slowest time for games.

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

just Naughty Bear for me.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Sad nothing hits for me until july when starcraft 2 hits..Than my games start to roll in..Games like madden, mafia 2, civ 5, one other game in that month also,Ah well save my cash..Need to buy a new xbox any how just got the rrod last night..Ill buy a slim now )>.

blackfray
blackfray

Nice! really missed a FPS game. the last time i remember played one was Bioshock 2!just don't get it, Why are FPS games sinking but TPS are growing every single day? I'm gonna get Singularity no matter how ordinary it might be.

bloodnutman
bloodnutman

Whats the use of having an Australian Portal if you cannot deliver Australian content..For Example..We used to have Australian Shippin Out..Not much use to your readers if we cannot have localised content.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Preordered Deathsmiles was excited for the special faceplate. Bought a slim 360 and now that faceplate is going to be useless. Swallow sadness and cry deeply. Still pumped for the game, can never get enough of little girls shooting up everything.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks like a pretty "meh" week in gaming.

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

LEGO Harry Potter and Sin & Punishment are my only two must buys

lamprey263
lamprey263

Singularity didn't interest me at first but early reviews look decent. Also, Sin & Punishment didn't really interest me either until I saw the latest TV spot for it. I might consider giving these games a try in the future, but I have to be frugal with my money for the time being.

ClintKeys
ClintKeys

I'll be getting sin and punishment.

Bobby777888
Bobby777888

Ill be getting Ghost Warrior:) 'Bout time we got a decent sniping game!

dean0null
dean0null

Not a single game I'd even want to play. Yet again, I'll be saving my money until DeathSpank hits.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

nothing interesting here DX if only arc rise had kept its release date instead of being delayed for the 4th time

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

The last week of June (well partially a week but nothing is being released on the July part) is also the biggest in terms of quantity of games. Nothing is AAA but the Harry Potter Lego game seems interesting. The New Sin and Punishment, judging by the poor sales in both Japan and Europe, is going to do poorly in North America. Singularity looks like an inferior BioShock, and I think Sniper is too limited. Naughty Bear seems interesting as well but I'm not sure how the game mechanics of it work. All in all a busy retail week, especially considering this time of year is basically dead in terms of major video game releases. With the exception of Lego Harry Potter I don't think the games are going to generate that much interest.

mandmsrock
mandmsrock

sin and punishment, and naughty bear seems good

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

i'll be picking up Naughty Bear.. and will hopefully be renting Lego Harry Potter.

berto64
berto64

only good this week is Singularity others meh when will the good games come out

SethandJeremy
SethandJeremy

I can't wait to get my hands on Naughty Bear.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Let's see how Singularity turns out

muppen
muppen

I wish N3 II would release in Europe this week too.