Shippin' Out Nov. 14-20: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

New release slate led by Ubisoft's stealth action game, EA's racer reboot, NBA Jam; other notable launches include Harry Potter 7: Part 1, EA Sports Active 2.0, Apache: Air Assault.

Last week Activision released Call of Duty: Black Ops to critical acclaim and unprecedented monetary success. This week's focus shifts from the Cold War to Rome, racing, and active sports.

Leading the pack this week is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The stealth action game follows the long-knifed Ezio as he once again hunts down the Templars seeking vengeance, but this entry has a twist. Instead of fighting alone, Ezio's adventures in Brotherhood will allow him to recruit an army of killers to fight alongside him.

The Brotherhood travels to Rome this week.

Further, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will feature a multiplayer component, a first for the popular series. In this game mode, players will receive contracts for the heads of other players. They must sneak around the multiplayer environments and kill their opponents before they fall by the knife to another player.

Also hitting shelves this week is Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Revisiting the premise of the original 1998 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, this year's installment in the series allows players to play as--or race from--the long arm of the law. The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game also feature "Autolog," an overarching social network that links players' experiences to those of friends, tracking accomplishments, sharing photos, and recommending events to try.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was developed for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC by Criterion Games, with a Wii version on the way from Exient. Criterion is best known for the Burnout series of games, the last of which--Burnout Paradise--debuted to critical acclaim in January 2008.

While NBA Elite 11 has been officially canned, NBA Jam is due out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 this week priced at $50. The arcade basketball title will drive the lane for high-definition consoles on November 15 at the same price point as the Wii version. The game was originally set to be included exclusively with copies of NBA Elite before that title was canceled.

When NBA Jam ships, players will be able to take part in the game's Remix Tour and Classic Campaign but will have only limited access to the game's online multiplayer component. According to EA Sports, players choosing to take their skills online will initially have only one avenue in which to do so. Players can jump into the classic two-vs.-two online mode on day one but will have to wait until December for a content update that will bring a host of new features.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit revs up on Tuesday.

For the health-minded gamer, EA releases EA Sports Active 2.0 this week. Developed at Vancouver-based EA Canada, the title will support the Kinect and will also feature a nine-week, three-phase program to help motivate players to carry through their fitness regimen. The company will also be releasing new mini-program workouts as downloadable add-ons and will have new virtual trainers. The game's release will be accompanied by the launch of an online hub that will let players upload and share their workout data. The site will also feature fitness tips, forums around certain workouts, and a messaging system that will let players interact.

The first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theaters on Friday, but gamers can pick up the game based on the film this Tuesday. EA's Bright Light studio developed the game, and according to production head Jonathan Bunney, Deathly Hallows will be "darker and more action oriented" than previous installments in the series. Notably, the protective walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have been left behind, as Potter and his cohorts face off against Voldemort's nefarious hordes in the lead up to the young magician's final face-off with the rogue magician.

The studio emphasized the perilous situation that Potter finds himself in on his quest to find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes, and players will battle the likes of Death Eaters and snatchers. Also on hand will be various other creatures from previous installments in the series that Potter must use his magic to vanquish.

Harry Potter returns for another adventure this week.

Those hankering for aerial action can pick up Activision's Apache: Air Assault this week. The game was developed by Russian studio Gaijin Entertainment, whose most recent release was 2009's aerial combat title IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. The title promises players several variations of Apache attack helicopters and 16 multistage single-player missions throughout volatile regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Central America.

Apache: Air Assault has two options of play for virtual pilots. Arcade mode is designed to introduce players to the game's controls. In addition to the introductory level, the game features a Realistic mode, where "realism and precision" are the core focus.

In addition to the single-player experience, the title includes a cooperative component where two players team up as pilot and copilot and fly through a combat experience together. Further, the game supports online multiplayer in the form of Team Deathmatch, Ground Attack, Capture the LZ, and Ground Strike.

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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Dood's Big Adventure--Wii--THQ
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem--DS--Nintendo
Pictionary--Wii, DS--THQ
uDraw Studio--Wii--THQ

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15
NBA Jam--X360, PS3--EA Sports
The Sims 3--Wii--Electronic Arts

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2--PS3--Konami
Apache: Air Assault--X360, PS3--Activision
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood--X360, PS3--Ubisoft
Barbie: Groom and Glam Pups--DS, Wii--THQ
Create--X360, PS3, PC, Wii--Electronic Arts
DanceDanceRevolution--PS3, Wii--Konami
EA Sports Active 2.0--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1--PS3, X360, PC, Wii, DS--Electronic Arts
Hello Kitty Seasons--Wii--Zoo Games
iCarly 2:iJoin The Click--DS, Wii--Activision
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011--Wii--D3
Man vs. Wild--PC, PSP--Crave
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet--Wii, DS, PS3, X360--THQ
Mechanic Master 2--DS--Crave
Namco Museum Megamix--Wii--Namco Bandai Games America
Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke--DS, Wii--Tomy Corporation
NatGeo Quiz! Wild Life--Wii, PS3--D3
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors--DS--Aksys Games
Pac-Man Party--Wii--Namco Bandai Games America
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011--Wii--Konami
Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure--Wii--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Shawn Johnson Gymnastics--Wii--Zoo Games
Sonic Colors--DS, Wii--Sega
Split/Second--PSP--Disney Interactive
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon--Wii--Ubisoft
Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament--PS3, X360--Zoo Games
Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound--DS--Disney Interactive

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Deca Sports Freedom--X360--Hudson Entertainment
Game Party: In Motion--X360--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Zumba Fitness: Join the Party--X360--Majesco Games
Zumba Fitness--PS3, Wii--Majesco Games

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Pipluplikeslink
Pipluplikeslink

Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure--Wii--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment I have been waiting so long for this one!!!!!!! OH YEAH!!!!

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Pipluplikeslink

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Daiki101
Daiki101

Im Exited For Sonic Colors, but its just like sonic unleashed for wii, and its also just like sonic rush on ds... but YAY! XD

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I am just going to have to get used to the word broke! Fable3,Fallout Vegas, AC Brotherhood, and Black Ops! That and I still want NBA2k11 and a bunch more still out there. Oh well, at least we have a bunch of games to keep us occupied.

MissObvious
MissObvious

I'm so ready for some more Assassin's Creed! :D

Sparty_On
Sparty_On

I will be buying NBA Jam looks pretty good he's heating up boomshockla. ACB in Dec before Christmas or after.

Zaka
Zaka

AC Brotherhood for me.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Oh shoot! I forgot 999 got released this week. Gotta sell some DVD's then.

palmakoy
palmakoy

putting harry potter the game in this list up with Assasin creed is an insult.

annoyingdevil
annoyingdevil

@littlebutters what is hello kitty Is that a spelling mistake is it HaloKitty reach ?

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

lookin forward to NFS Hot persuit, was hoping for early review from GS but again no early review, btw (spoiler) GT reviewed it on the 11th and gave it a nine now am waiting for GS score.

Marky360
Marky360

@ceeach thats not actually true companies break the street date all the time. just last year I worked at a gamestop and they broke street date for MW2 a week before it released stuff like that happens mostly only for those who pre-order though

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit will be my first purchase in the series. Criterion showed with Burnout that they know how to make a dynamic arcade-style racing game... better than anyone, I think. They are the only reason I am buying this game, and I can't wait!

Crumblet
Crumblet

Sonic Colors and Brotherhood for me. ...And Hello Kitty Seasons.

ceeach
ceeach

How is that even possible? the official street date release for assassins creed brotherhood is out on nov 16th...No store would have sold you the game before that date because their company could get fined and potentially go out of business. Not to mention, if you even play that game before the actual date, sony could trace your ip address through psn. So you my friend or either lying about having AC brotherhood, or you got it illegally some how...

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Must admit, enjoyed the hot pursuit demo too, will pick it up on release day. Most Wanted was also my fav from the series.

kamizuka
kamizuka

got Assassins Creed: Brotherhood a few days ago . i dont want to be cocky but what do they really mean by "shipping it"? or did i obtain the illegally? because i even saw NFS:HP hopefully he will have GT5 before the 24th.

kamizuka
kamizuka

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juden41
juden41

hello kitty game of the year

AngryFingers
AngryFingers

Definitely going to get Hello Kitty Seasons! Oh-yeah!

sartnd
sartnd

@hhhwwf13 Split screen is bad for your eyes.

sartnd
sartnd

NFS-HP is better then all other NFS games.

piyush18
piyush18

Getting NFS and HP for pc for sure... and later AC for pc again becoz of the late release...

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

AC: Brotherhood NFS:HP demo was fun...and the idea is great, i might get it last NFS game i played was Most Wanted

at950
at950

ok assassin is a good game .we wait for 3

sakshamH
sakshamH

Yup, NFs hp.....thats it!

CTR360
CTR360

hot porsuit for ps3 and brotherhood for 360 for me

casual48
casual48

heard some thing called kinect was being released this week also .. i'll be 2 busy playing brotherhood and hot pursuit to notice .. will probably get kinect during the next new release slow period when it happens

Maxim_Bryant
Maxim_Bryant

Getting HP on day 1... that's Hot Pursuit.

slyguy65
slyguy65

ya its just getting started compared to other stealth adventure games i.e MGS and splinter cell with there 5 plus game installments.

ziv_ew
ziv_ew

@monson21502 its only the 3rd game....

monson21502
monson21502

they need to stop milkin ac and make something new

akiwak
akiwak

Im glad that Brotherhood is coming out. When I first heard about it, I thought to myself that this was going to be just some half @$$ attempt to cash in on the success of AC. Now that I find out that this is a game all it's own and introduces many new tricks, I'll be one of the first ones in line getting this game. With no AC scheduled for next year. Looks like Ubisoft will be hard at work on AC3!!! They can take their time because so far they have delivered nothing but quality when it comes to the AC franchise.

berto64
berto64

AC Brotherhood and NFS nuff said

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Freaking can't wait for Brotherhood.:D

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

Dude I am soooooo pumped for Barbie Groom and Glam Pups on DS!!!!!!!!! Seriously though does anybody know anything about this Marvel Super Hero Squad Game?

fodo_gsr
fodo_gsr

Also APACHE AIR ASSAULT has full cockpit views, including both pilot and gunner seat, with GREAT detail. Best flight game on console yet, for sure.

fodo_gsr
fodo_gsr

APACHE AIR ASSAULT! Freakin' awesome game, I already have it (gamestop released pre-orders early)! There is no advertising for it but it OWNS! Full co-op online and on the same console!! It is licensed by Boeing and the choppers you can fly handle like real choppers!! CHECK IT OUT!!

monson21502
monson21502

i want nfs. but not sure which system im buying it for. guess 360 since i just bought black ops for ps3

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Everyone check out (and hopefully purchase) 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. This is a great opportunity to support the anime adventure text genre popularized by games such as Phoenix Wright, Hotel Dusk, and many more.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Im getting Assasins creed, and MAYBE Sonic colors and MvsD:miniland mayhem. The biggest game I want is Donkey kong country returns, JUST ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL ITS HERE :D

kelt321
kelt321

Well, this will keep me interested for a few weeks

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

FINALLY!!! Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound is FINALLY coming out! I've been waiting AGES for this one!

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

Ghost recon on the wii?? :o and hey a new pac man party... i used to have the one on gamecube i think it was, game was fun lol. and donkey kong next week finally... :)