Shippin' Out June 29-July 4: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Activision's themed rhythm game headlines the week, but is backed up in slim margins by Trauma Center DS and Soulcalibur XBLA.

For those hoping that the first week of July would offer just as many big-name releases as the last week of June, dream on. However, that doesn't mean the train won't keep a rollin' into the new month, and the first title to walk this way will be--no surprise by now--Activision's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Back in the saddle since yesterday, GH: Aerosmith for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Wii features more than 40 songs performed by both the Bad Boys from Boston as well as a variety of acts that are either contemporaries of or inspiration for the band.

It's a good thing that Aerosmith can still muster the star power to sell out stadiums, because its supporting lineup could scarcely fill a four-string quartet. Atlus' surgery simulation with an anime twist heads to the OR for a second time in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2. For this operation, Atlus is catering to med-school novices with a new easy-play mode, and promises increased precision with surgical instruments.

Already available as an ad-supported free download, NCsoft's Dungeon Runners for the PC is traveling to retail this week. The $19.99 boxed edition of the game comes with a six-month premium subscription, which offers gamers log-in queue priority and access to the more powerful items, among other benefits. After the trial period expires, a $4.99 premium subscription fee incurs monthly.

Namco Bandai's Soulcalibur IV won't make its way to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 until the end of July. However, Xbox 360 gamers wanting a look at the game's venerable heritage can pick up the original Soul Calibur for 800 Microsoft points ($10) this Wednesday. Originally released for Sega's Dreamcast in 1999, Soul Calibur was only the second game to receive GameSpot's highest accolades. The XBLA game features leaderboards and a high-definition graphics overhaul, though it will not support online play.

While Sony won't reveal its Thursday lineup until later this week, Nintendo has weighed in with its weekly update for WiiWare and Virtual Console. On WiiWare, Mitchell Corporation will perform a Magnetica redux with Magnetica Twist for 1,000 Wii points ($10). The match-three puzzler supports play for up to four, and incorporates Wii Remote controls. For the Virtual Console, NeoGeo's classic beat-'em-up Fatal Fury 2 takes to the streets for 900 Wii points ($9).

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

JUNE 29, 2008
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii)

JUNE 30, 2008
1 vs. 100 (DS)
Fatal Fury 2 (Wii VC)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (DS)
Magnetica Twist (WiiWare)

JULY 1, 2008
AMF Bowling Pinbusters! (DS)
Ducati Racing (DS)
Purr Pals (Wii)
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 (DS)

JULY 2, 2008
Dungeon Runners (PC - retail version)
Soulcalibur (XBLA)

JULY 3, 2008
Fading Shadows (PSP)

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21 comments
pidow
pidow

Nothing for me!.

gr8scott
gr8scott

Soul Caliber without Mission Mode or Online mode really hurts the replay value of this game. It's like ordering a pepporonni and sausage pizza, but when you pick it up, you find out that it is nothing but a cheese pizza. It's still pizza, but not what you wanted.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

will the aerosmith guitar be compatible with the next guitar hero i.e. gh world tour. cause i really wanna get gh but don't want to waste money if i have to buy a new one when wt comes out. some please reply??

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Yawn all around. With the news of GH:WT and RB2 is there still a reason to have a full priced expansion pack of Aerosmith songs? Nope. And the rest: old school, portables, or junk...

gmagnus
gmagnus

Soul Calibur with no mission battle and no online play = :( @psychoscream007 - you need to find out what "ftw" means.

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

dry week for pc releases, unfortunately

Jinzo99881
Jinzo99881

The first two paragraphs were -painful- to read. Do us all a favor and take those finger-quote 'witty puns' out.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Not even close to a big enough Aerosmith fan to drop $60 on that game. Soulcalibur is a neat surprise, I don't remember anything being announced about that but it is sorta cool.

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Soul Blade > Soul Calibur, if you're gonna go back to it's roots ya gotta go all the way back to the beginning!

ctg867
ctg867

Aerosmith seems like the only thing noteworthy here. Soulcalibur without online play is a waste.

Ranteal
Ranteal

AMF Bowing Pinbusters! FTW

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

I'm going to save my money for SCIV.

ocdog45
ocdog45

this week = to nothing. it is 4th of july weekend so not much gaming should be goign on anyways. its summer people. take a break.

wiifan001
wiifan001

I was gonna get GH: Aerosmith, until I found out there's only 41 tracks. Plus I'm not really a big fan of Aerosmith.

psychoscream007
psychoscream007

@Ghost MLD Dude, Soulcalibur rules. Download it. Guitar hero: Aerosmith is a waste of time and money.

wiifan001
wiifan001

I was gonna get Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and then I found out that there's only 41 tracks, and I'm not really a huge fan of Aerosmith.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Awwwwwww... XBLA gets SC? dammit!

ken-e
ken-e

I was teetering on getting GH:Aerosmith but after seeing the reviews I had horrible flashbacks of playing Rock the 80s and ran for the hills

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

I can't wait to warm up with Soul Calibur until IV comes out. But no online play?! :(