Shippin' Out June 28-July 4: Call of Juarez prequel, Harry Potter

Ubisoft's Western shooter and J.K. Rowling's boy-wizard lead this week's retail charge along with Mega Man Star Force 3, Worms 2: Armageddon, The Punisher: No Mercy, Ice Age film game.

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On July 15, Warner Bros.' film adaptation of the sixth Harry Potter book will premiere across North America. But before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits the silver screen, EA's game tie-in will reach the public with its Tuesday release.

"Accio video game", say fans with a penchant for wizard incantations and the film-based games.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the eponymous wizard follows the single-player storyline of the book while participating in multiplayer wand duels, amateur alchemy, and quidditch. The game's release likely comes as a relief for EA, who had to delay Half-Blood Prince out of its holiday quarter last year following Warner Bros.' decision to bump the film to this summer. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will ship on the Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360.

Those who enjoy guns over wands may alternatively be interested in Ubisoft's Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. As the prequel to 2007's Call of Juarez, Bound in Blood takes place toward the end of the Civil War, with brothers Ray and Billy deserting from the Confederate Army and heading to the Wild West. This first-person shooter features a multiplayer mode with all-new features, including five initial playable classes and eight unlockable ones like spy, duelist, and gunsmith. Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood will be available for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Mega Man Star Force 3 is the third installment in the action role-playing series and adds a new noise change mechanic that randomly affects Mega Man and his surroundings. Following previous installments of the Star Force series, Star Force 3 comes in two varieties: Black Ace and Red Joker. Similar to the strategy behind Nintendo's Pokemon series, the two versions have unique differences that can be shared using the Wi-Fi networking capabilities of the DS.

Preceding the release of the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs film by a day, Activision's game of the same name features the film's animal characters participating in a number of minigame challenges. For those seeking a portable game of knock-'em-sock-'em robots, Atlus Co.'s Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament may be the answer. This PSP-exclusive features customizable battle mechs in arena-style combat. The game has an open-world mission structure and sports a four-player ad hoc multiplayer mode.

Zen Studios' The Punisher: No Mercy allows players to take the law into their own hands as Marvel's infamous super-vigilante, Frank Castle. Exclusively for the PlayStation Network, this first-person shooter features a single-player story mode along with arena-style multiplayer. As for Xbox Live, Team 17 has Worms 2: Armageddon prepped for release this Wednesday. The game features new weapons like the Buffalo of Lies and offers five new landscape scenarios built in the style of its PC inspiration, 1999's Worms Armageddon.

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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.


JUNE 28, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

JUNE 29, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

JUNE 30, 2009
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood--PC, PS3, X360--Ubisoft
Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy--PC--Take-Two Interactive
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360--EA Games
Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming--DS--Natsume
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs --DS, PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360--Activision
Infernal: Hell's Vengeance--X360--Playlogic
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace--DS--Capcom
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker--DS--Capcom
My Dress-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
My Make-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
Roogoo: Twisted Towers--Wii--SouthPeak Games
Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament--PSP--Atlus Co.
Treasure World--DS--Aspyr

JULY 1, 2009
Worms 2: Armageddon--X360--Team 17

JULY 2, 2009
ARMA II--PC--505 Games
The Punisher: No Mercy--PS3--Zen Studios

JULY 3, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

JULY 4, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

Discussion

66 comments
ShaquillleJ
ShaquillleJ

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Coolyfett
Coolyfett

I was interested in the Punisher game, but it will not be on UMD, hopefully he will be in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Fingers crossed.

beynolds
beynolds

Fallout 3 DLC for PS3????

dragonsama
dragonsama

Hey Gamespot you forgot that BlazBlue came out on Jun 30. I picked up my copy last night. it's Awesome!

devilscry
devilscry

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devilscry
devilscry

Eh hem..... Since Gamespot has failed to fix its omission, i'll report on it. ALSO COMING OUT THIS WEEK JUNE 3OTH IS BLAZBLUE THE FIRST 2D FIGHTER TO BE RELEASED IN ALL ITS HD GLORY ON BOTH THE XBOX360 AND PS3. MANY FANS OF THE GAME GUILTY GEAR WILL RECOGNIZE THE ART STYLE BEING THAT BLAZBLUE IS SOMETHING OF A STEP BROTHER COMING OUT OF THE SAME PUBLIHER ARC SYSTEM WORKS. ANY AND ALL FIGHTER FANS SHOULD GIVE THIS BEAUTIFULY HAND DRAWN AND FAST PACED FIGHTER ATRY. You're Welcome

anik786
anik786

@kong_sevixnine same here lol!

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

Awww, I saw "call of..." and I thought this was for COD MW2. Still, this game looks good.

Excedra
Excedra

I agree with scar4ever

scar4ever
scar4ever

Only looking forward for Call of Juarez.

firehawk998
firehawk998

I like a lot of people here have the same question why isnt Blazblue on the list the game had already got good review scores. Anyways the game I am most exicted about is the Call of Juarez. As for Harry Potter EA had enough time to polish the game and make it good but I seriously doubt it whether they will polish the game.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

Also, those whining about no MVC2: Capcom's own Seth Killian stumped that release date out. It's NOT coming this week, but I think the tentative date is late July.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

Where the **** is Blazblue? Seriously, that's probably the biggest and best release this week, to be honest. Got my call from GameStop today, so it's mine tomorrow. MegaMan also looks cool, and I've got the Black Ace version on pre-order, though no call yet. That may not be until Wednesday.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I can't wait till they release Worms 2: Armageddon on the PC! I loved the original when it came out 10 years ago. Team 17 has announced it is coming to Steam, but hasn't given a date yet.

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

No Blazblue? huh? Whatever, my preorder for that monster is ready to be picked up tomorrow.

Devil_Vergil
Devil_Vergil

@devilscry: haha well regardless I got the call from Gamestop and I plan on picking up this bad boy tommorow so truth be told, its all good.

devilscry
devilscry

@Devil_Vergil: i had figured it was one of the few top teir games coming out this summer. apperently Gamespot didn't share my opinion....i dunno. then again My Dress up/make up and Roogoo do have a bigger following......what the hell games are those?!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I got some games to rent this week

aceoaces
aceoaces

Sweet, consoles have now caught up to where the PC already was 10 years ago.

Devil_Vergil
Devil_Vergil

@devilscry: I had wondered the EXACT same thing BlazBlue will essentially be ending the VG boom of Q2 and they dont mention it? Low. . . . really really low. . . . .IR sad now

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

i'm looking forward to the new Call Of Juarez. i liked the first one, especially the wild west themed shoot'em up multiplayer, although heavily glitched, it was still fun and had a lot of potential. COJ will atleast tide me over for awhile while i wait for Red Dead Redemption.

devilscry
devilscry

Um.,...why the Blazblue Snub? Probably the bigger game Next to Call of Juarez(tho i have zero interest in juarez) and Harry Potter (do those games even sell well?) coming out this week and not even a mention? not even at all next to all the other crap thats coming out, not one word?? Hey Gamespot, what give???

arcelonious
arcelonious

How come Blazblue isn't on the list for the new releases for this week?

rohail88
rohail88

@kavadias1981 sometimes yes, sometimes no

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

So a bunch of crap tie-in games. A handful of games that are the 24th or so entries in their series. And, some half-assed "been there done that's". Not a good release week. Not even remotely. The only game on their even slighty interesting is Infernal. And it's probably going to be a stinker. Oh well. This at least means more time to play prior releases.

Zathic
Zathic

@kavadias - To a certain extent yes

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Call of Juarez and Infernal: Hell's Vengeance for the Xbox 360 have my attention this week. Then it's slow till NCAA comes out in mid July.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

When I was a kid and I wanted a game for my Amiga 500 or Master System it was the packaging that sold it to me. Does that still apply to kids today? Genuine question there guys, feel free to answer.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Wow, if you have any games console, EA and Activision have got you covered!

Sechu
Sechu

I am considering picking up the prequel to Call of Jurez and the new Harry Potter game. Latter was long enough (release was postponed by half a year or so because of delays in the movie shooting) in the development to be a good game.

xhizors96
xhizors96

OMG yes ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will be GOTY 09 just watch.

playa42018
playa42018

I always wondered what type of people bought those terrible terrible movie games. It finally hit me last night when my uncle asked me to pick up a copy of Transformers: The Game for my 6 year old cousin.

Singularitarian
Singularitarian

What's up with movie tie-ins being spammed to every last system? The Singularity is near.

Game_Master359
Game_Master359

yes!!!!!!!!!!!! wooo!!!!!!!!!!!! gettin hp6 tomorrow accio gamestop get here already!!!!!!!

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

What the hell, where is Marvel vs Capcom 2 in that list? Isn't it supposed to be out this week?

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I still haven't got the first Worms on XBLA mainly because I was waiting to drop a huge Concrete ASS (sorry, Donkey) on all the unsuspecting worms instead. Looks like I can go pick up a worms game this week... maybe. It will eventually hit a deal of the week someday and maybe I'll get it then.

rohail88
rohail88

Hopefully HP6 is fun this time!!

rohail88
rohail88

Hopefully HP6 is fun this time!!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Ooh, I cannot wait for My Dress-Up! I've been waiting for it all year!