Shippin' Out May 26-30: Console Quake Wars, PC Mass Effect

Cross-platform ports loom large in retailer lists for holiday-shortened week; Lost Planet Colonies and Death Jr. Wii also hit stores.

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June is primed to be the biggest gaming month since...April. But before gamers can get to Ninja Gaiden II, Metal Gear Solid 4, GRID, The Bourne Conspiracy, Lego Indiana Jones, The Incredible Hulk, Secret Agent Clank, Battlefield: Bad Company, Alone in the Dark, and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, there's still one more week of May to get through.

For the last week of the month, a pair of last year's big-name releases are heading up an informal format-exchange program. Activision's PC first-person shooter Enemy Territory: Quake Wars makes the trek to consoles with ports for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this week, whereas BioWare's Xbox 360 role-playing game Mass Effect heads in the opposite direction, with a PC edition set to arrive on store shelves Wednesday.

Capcom's Xbox 360 game Lost Planet has already made its porting rounds, first to the PC and then to the PlayStation 3. However, this week sees the arctic action game get an expanded edition as Lost Planet: Colonies arrives on the Xbox 360 and PC.

Though there's no Lost Planet to be found on the Wii, owners of Nintendo's consoles won't exactly be left out in the cold. The system will see a full slate of retail releases this week, including Death Jr.: Root of Evil, Emergency Heroes, and Monkey King. Over on the DS, gamers can try out Super Dodgeball Brawlers, pick up USA Today Crosswords (exclusive to GameStop), or the online-exclusive, mandatorily multiplayer LOL (available from Agetec's official Web site).

On top of that, Nintendo's new WiiWare downloadable service has already welcomed Dr. Mario Online RX for 1,000 Wii points ($10), and Family Table Tennis for 500 Wii points ($5). Both games feature multiplayer modes, but as the title suggests, Dr. Mario lets gamers take the action online. The Virtual Console also sees a pair of new offerings in City Connection from the NES (500 Wii points, or $5) and the side-scrolling NeoGeo action game Metal Slug (900 Wii points, or $9).

Microsoft's downloadable slate includes a pair of new Xbox Live Arcade games set for a Wednesday launch. First up is Buku Sudoku, the system's first crack at the popular number-driven logic puzzler. Buku Sudoku tweaks the vanilla version of the game with changing grid sizes as well as cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, and will cost 800 Microsoft points ($10).

The second Live Arcade release for the week is Warlords, the latest in Atari's line of revamped arcade games. Designed for play by up to four players, Warlords takes the ball-and-paddle gameplay of Pong and spices it up by giving each player a castle to protect in a corner of the screen. As with previous Atari arcade releases on Xbox Live, the game will include an original arcade-accurate mode and a remixed Xbox 360-exclusive edition. Warlords will sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

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

MAY 26, 2008
Dr. Mario Online RX (WiiWare)
Family Table Tennis (WiiWare)
City Connection (Wii Virtual Console)
Metal Slug (Wii Virtual Console)

MAY 27, 2008
Mass Effect (PC)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition (PC, Xbox 360)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PS3, Xbox 360)
Super Dodgeball Brawlers (DS)
Kawasaki Snowmobiles (Wii)
Emergency Heroes (Wii)
The Monkey King (Wii)
Death Jr.: Root of Evil (Wii)
Dracula: Origin (PC)
World Championship Cards (PSP)

MAY 28, 2008
Stronghold Crusader Extreme (PC)
USA Today Crossword Challenge (DS, GameStop exclusive)
Buku Sudoku (Xbox Live Arcade)
Warlords (Xbox Live Arcade)

MAY 29, 2008
Sony had not revealed its weekly PlayStation Store update as of press time.

MAY 30, 2008
Chaos Wars (PS2)
Bus Driver (PC)
LOL (DS, available online only)

Discussion

47 comments
Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

Lost Plant = Preorderd. ET:QW I have on PC and it was really disapointing and I have Mass Effect on the X360. I will buy it on the PC when I can be bothered lol

neeger1337
neeger1337

I want to play Mass Effect NOW : (

ctg867
ctg867

Aside from Mass Effect, Lost Planet, and Quake Wars, it's a dry week. Don't have the budget for any of them. Waiting on MGS4, so I'll pass.

gnbfd
gnbfd

WTF is a buku? lol And Dr. Mario is begging for my $10, but my Wii is too busy begging for an hdd for me to care >_>

jknight5422
jknight5422

I just ordered Mass Effect used for the 360. The Sudoku game may be interesting, but for $10? That's a bit steep. I think Warlords should be free or they shouldn't have even bothered porting that. You might find somebody to play Warlords online once in a blue moon.

foxracing1313
foxracing1313

going to pick up mass effect right now :) wooo hopefully its well optimized my system isnt great.

Artemios
Artemios

MASS EFFECT!!!! WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!! I've been waiting for this game on the PC for SO long! ofcourse, like I predicted, most XBox game DO come out on the PC EVENTUALLY!! THANKFULLY games like MASS EFFECT!

masterjjx
masterjjx

I'm going to get Mass Effect after work.

cooldude03
cooldude03

I've been waiting to play Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

Skat137321
Skat137321

Still waiting for Mass Effect and Lost Planet Colonies edition

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

nothin looks good might get Dr mario if only my wii would actually go online why nintendo did you forget an ethernet port built in.Never play it lol. But im saving the cash for Bad company and MGS4 atm those deserve more attention imo.

plaestic
plaestic

Death Jr. and Mass Effect for me.

BRANOMPS
BRANOMPS

Ale hu dojebali smola. :-D slovak crusarder is best.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Nothing new really, Just awaiting Metal Gear Solid 4 and Ninja Gaiden 2!!

HappyBB
HappyBB

Does anyone who already owns the original Lost Planet for the PC buy the Colonies Edition? I have the original game and I am thinking about picking up Colonies. Can I get reimbursement or discount on the Colonies game?

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

metal gear solid 4 and ninja gaiden 2 is all i got from reading that.

NightRain
NightRain

I notice: PC games on consoles and console games on PC. Doesn't always turn good, but this time it will be good. Glad that PC gamers will be able to enjoy a fantastic game like Mass Effect. And I noticed this too: LOL (DS, available online only)

Ranteal
Ranteal

USA Today Crossword Challenge YES. NOW THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS A GAME. RE4,MGS4 ,WII FIT, F ALL THAT. THIS IS THE GAME.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Damn, I haven't played Dr Mario in ages, I wonder if I should consider buying it?

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Dammit, I wanted to preorder Mass Effect so I could get 10 bucks off, but I never got the chance.

wilk25
wilk25

mass effect and lost planet

optimusprime18
optimusprime18

ps2 still has games coming out....best system ever!!! p.s. mjc0961 is 100% right

nucksfan
nucksfan

Waiting on a Quake Wars review, too!

Magatsu23
Magatsu23

Drought? we just got GTA4, and there people calling this a drought? you guys sure are demanding

funnysplay
funnysplay

I may pick up quake wars this weekend if the review is good, other then that im waitin on june to hit.

AngelCage
AngelCage

$9 for Metal Slug???? pricey... Wii metal Slug Antology (7 games) should cost something like $25 by now

Frosal
Frosal

Damn drought, I'll only be getting MEPC and I doubt that'll satisfy me... I've got to resort to my rather large PS2 library, oh well...

ptown58
ptown58

A couple good games and thats it, Dodgeball ? Emergency ? Cards ? Snowmobiles ? Crossword ? Bus ? How do these companies survive ?

lamprey263
lamprey263

hmm, out of curiousity I checked out what kind of game LOL is; this would be much more interesting as a WiiWare game IMO

nate1222
nate1222

I'll wait for 'GAMER' reviews on Mass Effect PC. Simply because of that DRM ****. I want to know what I'll be getting before handing over a damn dime.

ocdog45
ocdog45

ill wait for the review on quake wars .don't think that game will be good on consoles.

Nekromenos
Nekromenos

MASS EFFECT ON PC TODAY! *FAINTS*

ivanfred
ivanfred

I want to buy The Monkey King.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Does anyone know if the Lost Planet Colonies extra content is downloadable on XBL for those of us that bought the original game? And if so, is it free, or how much does it cost? I guess I could check myself but I'm at work :P

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Maybe Quake Wars on 360 or PS3 if it turns out good. Maybe Chaos Wars PS2 if i can find it and it doesn't suck too much. Been a long time since i've seen such a slow week.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Didn't quake wars come out on PC over a year ago? Sure feels like it. Yawn, the PC game wasn't worth porting IMO. As for the rest... is it bad that the Dr. Mario seems more interesting than the full priced releases?

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Lost planet first, then quake wars! Awesome, I'll definately play these once my 360 gets back from texas in a month (stupid unfixable errors...).

nyoroism
nyoroism

Been keeping my eye on LOL for the DS, but now that you can only buy it online, I'm worried about how many people will actually play it.

mrcong
mrcong

Can't wait to get ET:Quake Wars, and eventually LP:Colonies.=) Then in June, I'm looking forward to The Incredible Hulk and BF:Bad Company! It's gonna be a great summer of games!

RHCPfan24
RHCPfan24

Quake Wars looks pretty awesome, and Lost Planet does too.

Saren_Arterius
Saren_Arterius

Looks like Junes going be awesome, thanks first paragraph!