Shippin' Out May 21-25: Pirates of the Caribbean, Halo 2 delayed

[UPDATE] The Master Chief's Vista debut is pushed to May 31 as Captain Jack Sparrow's multiplatform swashbuckler dominates the week's release slate.

On Friday, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End will descend on theaters. But while the film's box-office success is preordained--its predecessor grossed more than $135 million during its US opening weekend--the fate of its game adaptation is less secure. Though it is being released on every major platform, At World's End must overcome a checkered history. Previous games based on the Pirates films have received only middling reviews and so-so sales--check back later in the week to see if the latest installment passes muster with GameSpot's editors.

One game that sold very well when it was first released on the Xbox is Halo 2. Two and a half years later, the game was trying to be a best-seller again when it was supposed to arrive on the PC Tuesday. [UPDATE] However, on Thursday Microsoft abruptly announced the game had been pushed back to May 31. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers," was the extent of Microsoft's mea culpa. Now Shadowrun, the somewhat controversial first-person shooter based on the classic role-playing game, will be the first title for Windows Live, the PC answer to Xbox Live, when it comes out May 29.

Fans of Japanese games also have a nice selection this week. Two distinctly Nippon-ese action role-playing games Square Enix's Dawn of Mana and Atlus' Odin Sphere--both touch down tomorrow alongside Naruto: Ninja Council 3 (DS) and WarTech: Senko no Ronde (Xbox 360).

It's also a good week for downloadable retro titles. Today, the classics Blazing Lazers, Donkey Kong 2: Diddy Kong's Quest, and Streets of Rage 2 all became available on the Wii's Virtual Console service. On Wednesday, the Cold War actioner Rush N' Attack and the seminal Shoot-'Em-Up Xevious will both debut on Xbox Live Arcade.

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

MAY 21, 2007
Blazing Lazers (WII)
Donkey Kong 2: Diddy Kong's Quest (WII)
Streets of Rage 2 (WII)
UFO: Extraterrestrials (PC)

MAY 22, 2007
Brooktown High: Senior Year (PSP)
Death, Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom (DS)
Dawn of Mana (PS2)
Halo 2 (PC)
Legend of the Dragon (PSP)
Marvel Trading Card Game (DS)
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 (DS)
Odin Sphere (PS2)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (X360, PC, WII, PS3, PS2, DS, PSP)
WarTech: Senko no Ronde (X360)

MAY 23, 2007
Diner Dash (DS, PSP)
Rush 'n Attack (X360)
Xevious (X360)

MAY 24, 2007
No releases scheduled.

MAY 25, 2007
No releases scheduled.

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CUBELord
CUBELord

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interpolred
interpolred

Hmmm...I have to check out some reviews. Haven't been active here for a few weeks.

Dizzy-P
Dizzy-P

pirates aint my fing n halo is jus old news man i actually kinda pity ppl who buy old games jus cuz its on a different fing n the graphics might be a bit better cmon peeps save ya money for propa games its time to move on to next-gen.

jacky531
jacky531

I wonder if pirates of the carribean it going to be good cause I dont want to waste money

aikao
aikao

Halo 2 for Vista has been pushed to June 1. As recently reported by Gamestop. If Halo 2 for PC can be delayed twice, and it is a game that has been out for over 3 years, then it would not be a surprise to see Halo 3 get delayed until October or November. And DMShadows...I have called every Circuit City in Southern CA, and they do not carry Halo 2 Vista yet.

wwonka666
wwonka666

I want new games to come out, every day.

darren05r
darren05r

if only... rainbow six vegas was due to be released on 25 may after its april delay. ubisoft are going to start p*****g PS3 fans off if they dont get their act together. teyon, i cannot agree with you that the ps store is getting updates every week. i have only seen one update on the ps store, and they only added one item (cant remember what)

_NeoN
_NeoN

I have high hopes for the Pirates game, planning on catching the movie this weekend. ;) Can't wait. Played a bit of Halo 1 but didn't enjoy it so much, here's hoping the 2nd one will be more to my tastes. Sadly, no Vista yet, so no Halo II too.

_NeoN
_NeoN

I have high hopes for the Pirates game, planning on catching the movie this weekend. ;) Can't wait. Played a bit of Halo 1 but didn't enjoy it so much, here's hoping the 2nd one will be more to my tastes. Sadly, no Vista yet, so no Halo II too.

DMShadows
DMShadows

Halo 2 Vista out today is WRONG... most stores DO NOT EVEN HAVE IT IN STOCK. The only place that DOES seem to be selling it in the States is Circuit City. So if you happen to be so lucky as to be in the USA and live near a Circuit City, go nuts... the rest of us will have to wait until May 31st or June 1st depending on who you talk too.

champhf
champhf

well this is just for vista so whatever,.....played it on xbox no big deal

willripyouanew1
willripyouanew1

Yeah Pirates will drop price 2 weeks from now , 'cuse it'll stink

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

Wha? Halo 2 comming out on the 22nd? Are they sure this time?

Teyon
Teyon

I find it difficult to believe the PSN store isn't getting at least one demo, video or downloadable game. I know there's not much for PS3 this month but the Playstation Network is updated every week. Someone didn't do their research before writing this story I think.

azizrulez
azizrulez

no PS3 games, BUMMER DUDE!!!!! except POTC

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I might end up grabbing Odin Sphere depending on reviews.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Okay but those Wii titles from yesterday are neither new releases nor are they shipping anywhere anymore. My wife has been looking forward to Brooktown High. She loves those Japanese dating sims but the ones available on line are very elementary.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

Dizzy-P.... All of those games aren't coming out for... AWHILE... So if thats all your waiting for... Talk about missing out. Pirates the game will probably sucks.... BUT IT'S GOT ACHIEVEMENTS!!!!

Dizzy-P
Dizzy-P

Who cares about stupid pirate games man lets get to the big games like assassins creed, MSG4, army of two n stuff like that.

bka4u2c_basic
bka4u2c_basic

Most people who are getting Halo 2 for PC already have Vista. I would guess probably less than 10% of people who will buy Halo 2 (PC) will be buying Halo 2 for PC and Vista at the same time. After all there are already 40 million Vista user s in 100 days according to Microsoft. And not everybody is a console gamer so a lot of us never got a chance to play Halo 2 and this gives PC gamers a chance to play it, with better graphics and keyboard/mouse.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Yawn.. nothing special there.

svitas
svitas

halo 2 finally I hope multiplayer will be god so that I buy windows live sistem and beat the crap out of xbox-ers

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

halo 2 might be worth the $20 it costs in 3 years.

xtermin8er93
xtermin8er93

I'm not a PC game player, but it looks sweet. The graphics look updated compared to Halo on the Xbox.

slayer1090
slayer1090

Halo 2 isn't worth getting vista one little bit. I could go and get an xbox plus halo 2 for less than vista. Besides who cares about halo 2, they're 3 years to lates to bring it to the pc.

slayer1090
slayer1090

Halo 2 for the pc isn't one bit worth getting vista for. i could go out and buy an xbox and halo 2 for less than vista. Besides who cares about halo 2, they're 3 years late to bring it t the pc anyways

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Pirates probably wont do that well. If the gameplay is linear to the movie, with pointless side missions and blah...it's probably going to suck. I looked at the graphics on a commercial, and I died a little inside. I'm sure the movie will do much better,

Doolum
Doolum

friends of mine are really looking forward to Halo 2 PC

diablobasher
diablobasher

Wow... There are no good games coming out this month, except the Wii VC releases or course, and i might give Odin Sphere a go, that looks pretty interesting.

Lycen
Lycen

Halo 2 for vista only, hope some tech boys will fix that :)

NightRain
NightRain

Marvel Trading Card game finally released to the DS! As for the rest... RUSH N ATTACK FOR XBLA?? NO WAI!! That game rocked!!! Omg! I gotta get it! LOL @ PC players getting Halo 2. :P

football_legend
football_legend

Still keep an eye out for HALO2 review, if its good, I am getting it again

gagan21
gagan21

definately gonna get Halo 2 for PC :)

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

I'm gonna be honest with u guys....since the 1st Halo all the way to the beta version of Halo 3, I've always been bothered by the fact that the death physics never changed.... If u kill someone with a grenade the players pops up and flails back down to the floor. If he gets shot down the same physics reaction occurs.... Sure we get other kill animations but it seems that bungie loves the way the death animation handles.... I for one think they should mix it up and I wanna know who else agrees? Love the game....HATE the poorly constructed and bitterly repetitive death animation!

VGMusicFreak
VGMusicFreak

Odin Sphere for me. Be sure to read reviews if you are going to get dawn of mana. I hear its not very good as rpgamer and rpgfan reviews say.

lahoor
lahoor

wow tomorrow Downloads in the holywood

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Senko No Ronde, I will be renting that one.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Good week for VC, good week for XBLA, good week for Vista. @snake329: They're posted at www.xbox360achievements.org -- don't look too bad!

staindcoldlp
staindcoldlp

Odin Sphere and Dawn of Mana. I'll finally be busy now.

Snake329
Snake329

Awesome! I wonder what kind of achievements Halo 2 has...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Pretty much nothing except for Halo and Odin