Shippin' Out March 20-26: Crysis 2, Lego Star Wars III, Dissidia 012

New release slate championed by Crytek's multiplatform shooter, TT Games' latest block game, and Square Enix's fighting game; The Sims Medieval, Ghostbusters: SOS, Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell Trilogies, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood PC also out.

Next Sunday Nintendo will release its new portable, the 3DS. But this week's focus is placed on aliens, building blocks, and fighting.

Leading the week is Crytek's Crysis 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the platform that birthed the series, the PC. The shooter sees players fend off an alien threat once again, aided by a nanosuit that grants the user superhuman abilities ranging from speed boosts to active camouflage. The sequel features two major distinctions from its predecessor. The original Crysis featured lush tropical environments, but Crysis 2 takes place in the urban jungle of New York City. And, as said, the game will see release on consoles in addition to the PC.

Players can put on the nanosuit this Tuesday.

Gamers looking to grab the latest Traveller's Tales Lego game this week can pick up Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. The game will introduce new battle modes, including close-encounter combat techniques and the ability to build customized bases and fortresses. Gamers can take the side of either a Jedi or a Separatist, each of which comes with its own special abilities.

On-the-go gamers looking for a new title to play can pick up Square Enix's Dissidia 012 Duodecim this week for the PSP. The game features multiple roster additions, including Final Fantasy IV's lance-wielding dragoon Kain. A number of familiar faces will also be returning, including Sephiroth, Tifa, Onion Knight, Cecil, Golbez, Zidane, and Terra.

While the action is still primarily one-on-one, Square Enix is implementing a new assist feature that will let players summon backup allies in battle. Dissidia 012 Duodecim will also include new game modes, items, and costumes, as well as the ability to play through a storyline focused on the character Chaos.

The Sims franchise continues to grow this week. The Sims Studio unleashes The Sims Medieval on Tuesday for the PC/Mac. Announced in early August, The Sims Medieval is a stand-alone Sims spin-off from the creators of The Sims 3 and other series entries. The title, the first in a series, will have players create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every "hero sim" character in the game. Additionally, The Sims Medieval gives players the chance to control people from all walks of life, including kings, queens, knights, wizards, blacksmiths, and bards.

The Sims Medieval takes gamers through time.

On the download front, Atari will release Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime this week on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The top-down game set in New York City will be a cooperative adventure title playable online or offline with up to four players. It will drop players into the boots of the Ghostbuster team's newest recruit and task them with working cooperatively to take down "gigantic bosses." Also, gamers will have a range of weaponry at their disposal, including the proton stream, the plasma inductor, and the fermion shock.

Though the official start to the spring season is this week, gamers looking to bundle up can grab the Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell trilogies this week for the PS3. The Lara Croft bundle will include Tomb Raider: Underworld, as well as high-definition remastered versions of Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Legend. As for the Splinter Cell Trilogy, that pack will contain the original Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Pandora, and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.

PC gamers looking to leap into the stealth killing Assassin's Creed series this week can pick up Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on Tuesday. The game has ditched Ubisoft's embattled always-on DRM, and its single-player component sees Ezio assuming control of an assassin network, commanding the combined effort to rid Rome of its corruption and the Templar order.

In Brotherhood's multiplayer mode, players can align themselves with the pharmaceutical company Abstergo--which kidnapped the series' contemporary protagonist Desmond--and aid the Templar order. Players have a range of characters to choose from in multiplayer, each of which has signature weapons and assassination techniques. Brotherhood's online component also includes a variety of competitive modes.

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 this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Asphalt 3D: Nitro Racing--3DS--Ubisoft
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--PC--Ubisoft
Chainz Galaxy--DS--Jack of All Games
Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D--3DS--Ubisoft
Crysis 2--PC, PS3, X360--Electronic Arts
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy--PSP--Square Enix
Europa Universalis III Chronicles--PC--Paradox Interactive
Hoard--PSP--Big Sandwich Games Inc.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover--PC--Ubisoft
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars--PS3, X360, DS, PSP, Wii, PC--LucasArts
Mayhem 3D--X360, PS3--Zoo Games
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive--PSP--Namco Bandai Games America
PlayStation Move Heroes--PS3--SCEA
Rayman 3D--3DS--Ubisoft
Raving Rabbids Collections--Wii--Ubisoft
Ridge Racer 3D--3DS--Namco Bandai Games
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars--3DS--Ubisoft
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD--PS3--Ubisoft
The Sims Medieval--PC, MAC--Electronic Arts
The Tomb Raider Trilogy--PS3--Square Enix

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime--PS3, X360, PC--Atari
Swarm--PS3--Ignition Entertainment

THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Theatre of War 3: Korea--PC--Battlefront.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 25
Arcania: Fall of Setariff--PS3, PC, X360--JoWood Entertainment AG
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D--3DS--Konami

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COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@monson21502, Yeah I just saw the new release date, June 21. Guess I have to wait just a little longer.. :(

monson21502
monson21502

@COPMAN221, i thought i read that splinter cell collection got delayed a month or so ago.

momothepiggy
momothepiggy

actually 2 days for people in Europe like me

Flint247
Flint247

Nintendo 3DS on Sunday! :D

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@monson21502, I have no idea why EA does this nonsense but it s**ks and so does EA. On a side note does anyone know what happend to the Splinter cell trilogy? No store in my area has it or even knpws anything about it..

monson21502
monson21502

@COPMAN221, i dont buy Ea games anymore. specialy on ps3.. because i had madden 10 then my 60 gig died so when i got a new slim and bbc2 and went to play my friends on madden 10. i couldnt get onto the EA servers. because i forgot my username and password for the ea severs. i went to the ea site and i tried to use the password i had them send me in the emails but none worked and the only thing they said that worked was make a new psn account.... total bs imo. havent bought another ea game since;P

Warriorboy1990
Warriorboy1990

I thought the Splinter Cell Trilogy was being released in June?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Crysis 2, and Dissidia 012. I am also thinking about picking up Splinter Cell Trilogy

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@pelvist Great now he goes calling me teenager...I love how the internet works...

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@Naimscool Waaahhhh!!! Stop complaining about Crysis 2! Dude, what? Just because it's a demo doesn't mean it's immune to criticism. The network problems are abundant. I mean, half the servers don't even work. Also, one of the first things I noticed when I started up the PC demo of Crysis 2, was its start menu, which said "press start to begin." Even worse, the default field of view is 55 degrees. And as if that wasn't enough, the HDR lighting is overly obnoxious. Plus, a complete lack of customization in graphics setting is the icing on the cake... or piss on the steaming pile of ****, in this case. The Crysis 2 demo is a far cry from the original Crysis demo. The first Crysis demo convinced me to buy Crysis; the Crysis 2 demo convinced me to cancel my pre-order.

pelvist
pelvist

@Promised_Trini You find such things amazing? Humm... Im not at all surprised to see you replying, not surprised one bit... Look up the word quote in an english dictionary to see what it means because, I didnt quote you... Now, iv got better things to do then argue with some pre-pubescent teenager who thinks hes the king of gamespot because of his gamespot level. See ya kiddo!

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@pelvist Funny thing just got done playing Crysis 2 about and hour ago and to my amazement...You quote me...

pelvist
pelvist

@Promised_Trini Dont you have Crysis 2 to play? What is it so good that you would rather spend all day trolling on Gamespot?

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@COPMAN221 Yeah I've seen both the PS3 and 360 version...Both look the same to me...

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@pelvist Man give it rest already...I mean don't you have games to play or something...

soulless4now
soulless4now

I didn't even realize the tomb raider trilogy was coming out this week. Almost seems under the radar.

Gliave
Gliave

Arcania: Fall of Setariff....Out for the PS3? In which dimension? :p Arcania 4 hasn't been even released on the PS3 yet...At least not as per the GS date, or the retail stores around here. Watcha shmokin on homes?

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

took crysis off my buy list after playing that multiplayer demo, maddening disappointment. No better, or worse than CoD. will rent 4 campaign though

skills25
skills25

@zmanrwks i was just thinking that...

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Crysis 2 eh? Hope its better than Homefront.

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

How the hell does Ridge Racer 3D and Rayman 3D come out before the 3DS does?

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Crysis 2 and Tomb Raider Triology for me this week

Daavpuke
Daavpuke

HOARD is well ported to PSP. It's a little less polished, but it got tweaked here and there and that makes it very enjoyable. Ironically, I also thought it aimed a lot better without twin stick controls.

pelvist
pelvist

@Promised_Trini Judging by your attitude here i dont expect you to be old enough to go down any root yet...

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@Promised_Trini I don't have the PC version so I don't know. Both the 360 and PS3 versions are identical so it's a win for both consoles. I'm sure certain fanboys will come out and say otherwise.

RAMDAS_666
RAMDAS_666

@Promised_Trini Awesome Avatar Trini....

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@COPMAN221 That was my only two gripes with the game..4GB install on PS3,and the Save file protection I think that should be done away with...Also I heard the PC ver.is using that DRM thing is that true...

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

For those of you thinking of picking up Crysis 2 for the 360 or PS3, I have both and although the game is awesome and there is no difference between the two, the geniuses at EA have once again locked the save files so you cannot back them up if for some reason your sytem fails or you want to continue your save on another system in your household. Also there is a required install on the PS3. Thanks EA

XxSUPERSNAKExX
XxSUPERSNAKExX

I'm going to put on that nanosuit and never take it off

sebetai
sebetai

Monster Tale is coming out on Tuesday as well. Some did get it last week but it's coming out for everyone Tuesday. I'm getting it either Tuesday or Wednesday because i know Tuesday could just be the shipping date. Sunday or Monday I'll pick up my reserved 3DS (Aqua Blue).

Naimscool
Naimscool

stop hating on crysis 2, all you guys played was the multiplayer demo not the campaign demo (which does not exist) and last time i checked crysis is known for having a good campaign. How can you judge a game campaign based on a multiplayed demo, there is no story in mutilplayer, no aliens, and no free roam.

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@pelvist Are you still going on about me...Do you like me or something...Sorry I don't go down root...

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

I played the PC demo for a week or two, and eventually got sick of the horrible network problems and the vomit inducing low field of view, so I cancelled my pre-order. I'll buy it when it's 20 bucks or something.

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

Am I crazy? I think Sims: Medieval looks better than Crysis 2...? Maybe I need to stop drinking?

pelvist
pelvist

@GTA_fan999 Promised_Trini doesnt like it when people bad mouth a game he likes, all this from the guy who made a blog about how hes not a fanboy... Demo's are released to help people decide weather they want to spend their hard earned cash on the game or not. So i think its perfectly logical for people to base their perchase of the game on the enjoyment of their demo...

mbashour
mbashour

@GTA_fan999 it is weird that u can still download the demo although the demo servers are off. but if u had downloaded it before yesterday, u would have basked in the awesomeness of crysis 2. gonna be sweeeet

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@GTA_fan999 Another person basing the whole game on a demo...

GTA_fan999
GTA_fan999

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kennythomas26
kennythomas26

alright Crysis 2 tomorrow can't wait and yes I played the MP demo and I'm not feeling the MP but the single player looks great and I have never played the first Crysis, but I'm looking forward to playing this one anyway.

pelvist
pelvist

@jsobc I wont let some child make stuff up about me on a public forum and not defend myself. Sorry. @Promised_Trini I have to keep editing mine to coincide with your edits. If you werent making such a big deal out of being proven wrong, we wouldnt be here.