Shippin' Out May 7-11: C&C3 360

Electronic Arts console port of Tiberium Wars tops a light week at retail while Double Dragon, Final Fight, and Sam & Max clean up the downloadable mean streets.

Ordinarily, this week would see the gaming world converged in LA for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual glitzy, loud, brash, and proud convention that gave gamers a glimpse at nearly every game they'd be buying in the next year. But E3 grew too bloated for some people's liking, and the organizers this year are paring it down to a fraction of its former size, as well as pushing it back into July.

Perhaps somebody should have told that to the publishers, as this week's slate of new releases is almost as light as if there had been an E3 stealing everyone's attention. The biggest game of the week is Electronic Arts' Xbox 360 edition of Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, which was released on the PC earlier this year. The 360 edition represents EA's second attempt to port a successful PC real-time strategy game to Microsoft's latest console, with The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II being the first.

The downloadable gaming sector is a little more active this week, with Capcom's SNES brawler Final Fight arriving on the Wii's Virtual Console, while the seminal arcade beat-'em-up Double Dragon arrives on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Gamers who like a few laughs with their vigilante justice this week will be able to download the season finale of Sam & Max, Bright Side of the Moon, from developer Telltale Games' own Web site. (The game is already available on a rental basis to subscribers of the GameTap online gaming service.)

And while it's neither downloadable nor for sale at brick-and-mortar retailers, Atari Age is now selling Adventure II for the Atari 5200, the unofficial sequel to the original Adventure on the Atari 2600.

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

MAY 7, 2007
Final Fight (Wii)
Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii)
Ordyne (Wii)
Winx Club: Join the Club (PlayStation Portable)
Adventure II (5200)

MAY 8, 2007
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (360)
.hack//G.U. vol. 2//Reminisce
Driver 76 (PSP)
Heatseeker (PSP)
Loco Mania (PC)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam (PlayStation 2)
The Sims 2 Deluxe (PC)

MAY 9, 2007
Classic Action: Devilish (DS)
Double Dragon (360)

MAY 10, 2007
Sam & Max Episode 6: Bright Side of the Moon (PC)

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WarGameJunkie
WarGameJunkie

What a disgusting display of titles. Seriously, the winter and all spring (except for GRAW 2) have sucked for every system.

Lilirch100302
Lilirch100302

Looks like ill be pulling my psp out for the week nothing good comming out....

_NeoN
_NeoN

OfficialBed said it, Double Dragon and C&C3 are definitely up there for me too... And so is the 2nd .hack GU title. @Generic_Dude - The GU series is said to be different to the prev games, unless you're refering to the whole concept of the .hack saga cause then there's nothing I can say that'll change your point of view. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

_NeoN
_NeoN

OfficialBed said it, Double Dragon and C&C3 are definitely up there for me too... And so is the 2nd .hack GU title. @Generic_Dude - The GU series is said to be different to the prev games, unless you're refering to the whole concept of the .hack saga cause then there's nothing I can say that'll change your point of view. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

malmeid2
malmeid2

Supposedly the best RTS controller setup ever. BFME 360 was ok with the controls, and if this one is better, plus no lag, count me in! (I'd buy for PC but I have only Radeon X600 8)!)

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

sweet....command and conquer 3 and double dragon :)

NND1
NND1

Double Dragon Baby!!

TheRealMantera
TheRealMantera

feanorkms, wow, great comment. I'm pretty sure that the article just explained that the control scheme was done very well on this port. Why read this website if you don't beleive what they tell you?

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

C&C3 TW will either set the definition console-RTS in a good light, or it'll become a über failure..

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

They're still making .hack games? Ugh... worst RPG series I've ever played I think.

dmastor
dmastor

@ feanorkms I CAN MY BRAIN WORKS and i can learn

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

Damn, none for the Wii60. And is that an Atari 5200 game up there? They're a little late...

SageAnomie
SageAnomie

Im suprised not many people are liking the .hack GU series. While I am not a huge fan of the first 4 instalments. GU actually has a incredible way of displaying itself. I've never seen an intro that grabbed my interest so fast other than Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Zone of Enders (1&2). Id say its definantly the most impressive game on that list up there. People should give the GU series a try

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Man, if I had a 5200 I would so be buying Adventure II right now. I loved the original.

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Might consider C&C - Hope the control is responsive on the 360.

mortzilla3
mortzilla3

I think I will probably rent C&C3 this week.

corp-hicks1
corp-hicks1

They should make a port to PS2 or PS3

feanorkms
feanorkms

Can't do Command and Conquer 3 or any RTS well on the 360 controller.

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

Oh man I have to get a 360, one of my all-time faves is on tehre. Double Dragon is just awesome.

azizrulez
azizrulez

loco mania sounds cool, also ive already got sam and max epi 6

zsc4
zsc4

I might consider Sam and Max

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

gonna get Sam and Max since Halo 2 is pushed back...

jimmyshabadoo
jimmyshabadoo

My 5200 is busted. I remember holding the controller kinda like the way you'd hold a wii controller. It also had an analog joystick to prevent against Nintendo thumb which oddly enough, had not been invented yet. The colecovision kicked it's butt. Strange, the consoles that are out today will face the same fate - three to four year life and then on to the next evolutionary step.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

sam and max looks promising. i can't wiat till a whole set of those games hits the shelves, the whole season. i'll get that.

ocdog45
ocdog45

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is gonna dominate the sales IMO

mesony
mesony

thats cool it will use the camera!!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I wonder how the 360 version of C&C3 will do.

xitwound117
xitwound117

LOTR: BFME II was fun, but C&C 3 is an absolute blast. A must-have for 360 owners that can't buy it for PC!

UtkarshDave
UtkarshDave

It's pretty funny seeing a 5200 game thrown into the list of new releases.

lithus
lithus

I just started playing LotR:BfME2 and I really like it, so I'll probably break down and get C&C3. Eh, it's something to play til Mass Effect and Bioshock comes out.

RtheGamer
RtheGamer

garbage, garbage and more garbage, I am regretting investing in the next generation more and more each day.

MuffinPunk
MuffinPunk

Yeah! Like RaiKageRyu said. WTF is 5200?! Atari?

JTX-TITAN
JTX-TITAN

.hack, tony hawk, and c&c, thats all for me.

datret
datret

Lol at Adventure II, I wonder if there will be a review for it.