Shippin' Out May 28-June 1: Halo 2 Vista, Forza 2, Shadowrun, Mario Party 8

Microsoft launches Games for Windows Live with a pair of new titles, Turn 10's racer pulls out of the garage, and Nintendo mascot holds annual celebration.

After weeks of release lists dominated by licensed third-party blockbuster movie tie-ins, this week's slate of new games is headlined by first-party releases.

Microsoft has a trio of big offerings this week, with Halo 2 Vista officially arriving on PC game shelves (revised rating stickers and all), Forza Motorsport 2 racing to the Xbox 360, and online first-person shooter Shadowrun allowing PC and Xbox 360 players to reach out and frag one another. Halo 2 and Shadowrun will be the first two titles compatible with Games for Windows Live, Microsoft's PC counterpart to Xbox Live.

Meanwhile, Nintendo is holding its annual Mario Party come rain or shine, as Hudson adds motion-sensing minigames to the eighth installment of the franchise for its Wii debut.

Movie tie-ins couldn't be completely avoided, as Ubisoft is blitzing retailers with versions of its gaming adaptation of the computer-animated feature film Surf's Up. Versions of the game are set to arrive this week for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and even the GameCube.

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

MAY 28, 2007
The New York Times Crosswords (DS)
ActRaiser (Wii)
Kid Chameleon (Wii)
J.J. and Jeff (Wii)
LA Street Racing (PC)
Marine Sharpshooter III (PC)

MAY 29, 2007
Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360)
Shadowrun (Xbox 360, PC)
Mario Party 8 (Wii)
Tamagotchi Party On! (Wii)
Surf's Up (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, PS2, GBA)
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (PS2)
Crush (PSP)
Legend of the Dragon (PSP)
Pony Friends (DS)

MAY 30, 2007
Mad Tracks (Xbox 360)
The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy (PC)

MAY 31, 2007
Halo 2 (PC)
Surf's Up (GameCube)

JUNE 1, 2007
Surf's Up (PC)

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ORACLEPAGER1029
ORACLEPAGER1029

halo 2 is still not out. how hard is it to put out a product without having to relabel it?

jwallace
jwallace

Kid Chameleon for Wii - I've been waiting for this one. I've played it at a friend's house in early 1992, bought my own copy in 1995, bought a PC version in 2004 and haven't beaten ANY of them. Now I'll have another chance (if I could just find a friggin' Wii. Also, I'm buying a new PC TODAY, so playing Halo 2 and Shadowrun on the PC will be awesome to try out Vista Home Premium.

ELDDJOC
ELDDJOC

Ah .... Halo 2 The crapola makes its 2 year late debut on the PC to the delight of its no brain fans.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Vista's Halo 2 has me most interested from 'em all, even if only to read up on feedback from eager, true-of-heart, Halo gamers. I've seen the trailer for the "Surfs Up" movie and so am looking forward to the game. My apologies for the double post, no idea why it keeps doing that (hence this message everytime... he he)

_NeoN
_NeoN

Vista's Halo 2 has me most interested from 'em all, even if only to read up on feedback from eager, true-of-heart, Halo gamers. I've seen the trailer for the "Surfs Up" movie and so am looking forward to the game. My apologies for the double post, no idea why it keeps doing that (hence this message everytime... he he)

windfish113
windfish113

i just bought shadowrun, for pc ive only played the training missions but i freaking love it, its like counterstrike on crack. with elves. im blown away

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'm interested to see how Shadowrun will do. The concept is interesting...

jknight5422
jknight5422

I'd buy Shadowrun the minute it was out. But unfortunately, I'm still waiting for Unkle Softy to send me a coffin to send my dead Xbox 360 back in for repairs! :-( My Crackdown dvd just came in as well, but it looks like I can't play the Halo 3 beta cuz by the time I get back my 360, it'll be over! Go Softy, Go!

kantjd
kantjd

I wish Halo 2 was available to be bought online. It's far easier for me, living overseas, to get a game that way, instead of the single most dreadful thing to gamers once a game is finally out: waiting

KFrandsen2
KFrandsen2

mario party 8 and forza 2 are definently on my list of games to play soon

gothicdragon216
gothicdragon216

forza 2, shadowrun, and Mario Party 8 are mine! It took a whole, but I got em. I'm wondering why they didn't include Mortal Kombat Armagedden wii in the list of release dates.

lilmp89
lilmp89

Went to bestbuy...they didn't get Forza in their shipment...quite unsaftisfied at the moment...

chaduma
chaduma

Forza Motorsport 2!! I have it, picked up my pre-order before work... now my only problem is not being able to play it until tonight when I get home :-\

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Another bunch of nothing for the PS3... ...Sony said the next generation would start when they said so...perhaps we misunderstood. Or perhaps they forgot to pass an internal memo or something. Cause we’re still waiting for it.

ajy2
ajy2

Uh, seriously, who wants to grow up?

Johann_Lieberg
Johann_Lieberg

bwahahahahahah hahahahhaha hahahahahhaha....look at the lineup for the wii once again... hahahahhaha.. more crappy titiles lmao...nintendo needs to seriously grow up hahahahaha

MasterSparky
MasterSparky

Forza 2!! I have to wait till next friday though God damn!

Brambler
Brambler

see not all DS games are aimed at children, New York Times Crosswords *BOOM*

mamad_raiss
mamad_raiss

I am going to get mad of this sony fanboys , just look at the titles of xbox360 for the upcoming months every week at least one game for xbox360 mostly exclusive . Forza 2 , shadowrun , tenchuz , call of juarez , blue dragon , bioshock , overlord , two worlds and ... . For ps3 nothing exclusive and usually the publisher will push back their ps3 version of their games for some weeks after xbox360 version like Graw 2 , R6 vegas , Dirt , ... I hope sony can bring some good games for next holiday sep-dec 2007 to compete nintendo and microsoft because whatever you fanboys say , with these games PS3 will fall sooner than you think . However I can't wait to play shadowrun on my vista cause I prefer mouse and keyboard .

SkeletalKnight
SkeletalKnight

i cant WAIT to pick up Shadowrun, but my store doesnt have it in yet! this is torture i tell ya!

sumbiznatch
sumbiznatch

THE NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORDS!!!!!! Yes, now I can truly live!

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Forza is a keeper. I may check out Shadowrun as a rental....not so sure about a purchase.

carddude
carddude

Yay! Pony Friends! LOL! JK!

Brambler
Brambler

I still have MLB The Show and the Warhawk Beta to keep me busy, plus i got a surround sound system the other day, so i've been playing Resistance on that, sounds so f'n awesome

svitas
svitas

shadowrun I need it to play in windows live system.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Shadowrun looks like fun. Maybe i'll buy the steering wheel,now that they dropped the price, and pick up Forza2 as well.

ocdog45
ocdog45

looking foward to play shadowrun

slayer1090
slayer1090

i'm just looking forward to Mario Party 8 and Mortal Kombat Armeggedon on the Wii. By the way Where is MKA on the list, it's suppose to be under MAy 29th?

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Yeah! Mario party! If only I hadn't just bought Heatseeker, maybe I would have some money. Oh well.

mohammed888
mohammed888

Teyon Ok I'll rephrase.... PS3 gettining one game which is a movie to game realease HMMMMM. We all KnoW what that ancient law on movie to game GAMES says, they totaly SUUUUUCKKKKK..........

zeecorner
zeecorner

I'm down for some shadowrun, Forza 2 looks freakin awesome too!! Unfortunately I am terrible, and just plain dont like racing games, but still another awesome week to have a 360!

Elkoman
Elkoman

i'll be checking out forza 2, mario party, shadowrun and halo 2 vista

edflam311
edflam311

decisions......decisions.....

BlueYoshi579
BlueYoshi579

Movie related games make me a sad panda.

snrsmith23
snrsmith23

I'm definitly going to pick up Forza 2 and maybe Shadowrun if the reviews look good.

Chainblast
Chainblast

Now if only MS would release a stable X360 maybe some of us fence-sitters might pick a unit up. Heh... Thumbs down to Halo 2 on Vista. Mostly 'cause it's on Vista...

zach_hargis
zach_hargis

I've been waiting in anticipation for both Mario Party and Forza. Going to be a fun week.

dupe576
dupe576

i dont know what to think about shadowrun yet.. i'm dying to see the reviews for it.. and as for forza.. it looks intriguing.. but i have to say i was much more impressed by the dirt demo.. that demo just blew me away

Teyon
Teyon

mohammed888 Actually, the PS3 does get a game this week (though not an exclusive one): "Movie tie-ins couldn't be completely avoided, as Ubisoft is blitzing retailers with versions of its gaming adaptation of the computer-animated feature film Surf's Up. Versions of the game are set to arrive this week for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable..." Reading is fundamental.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

At least my 360 keeps warm with new game releases but my PS3 is getting real cold!!!!

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Crush is the only game that interests me in that list. It's unique and fun. Forza is an overrated piece of garbage, and Wii games are as pathetic as ever. The world can really do without another Mario game!

Wurz1515
Wurz1515

I'm not a fan of Forza, though I don't really like any racing games, Mario Party 8 should be fun just because I can drink myself stupid while playing it. Other than that, Shadowrun would be the only thing I'd give a shot seeing as how I have Halo 2 for X-Box.