Shippin' Out Nov. 30-Dec. 5: Avatar, Rogue Warrior

3D tie-in to James Cameron's sci-fi epic joins Bethesda's Mickey Rourke-led Navy SEAL FPS; Rainbow falls on MX vs. ATV Untamed.

Though traditionally the most active time of the year, the holiday release schedule has had a blink-and-it's-gone quality about it this year, thanks to an overabundance of big-name defections into 2010. With December descending upon the game industry, only a handful of high-profile releases remain.

Avatar the movie won't be out until December 18.

Director James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar won't open in theaters until December 18, but Ubisoft's game tie-in makes planetfall on Tuesday. Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC, James Cameron's Avatar: The Game supplements the film with a new story set on the far-off planet of Pandora. And like the film, Ubisoft's third-person shooter has been developed using stereoscopic 3D technology. However, gamers without the required 3D equipment will be able to play the game in standard display.

Action gamers can also pick up Bethesda Softworks' Rogue Warrior on the Xbox 360, PS3, or PC this week. Initially announced in 2006, the game underwent a complete overhaul in 2008 when Aliens vs. Predator developer Rebellion took the reins. A story-driven first-person shooter, Rogue Warrior features the voice acting of The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke and tells the story of a US Navy SEAL team sent to North Korea, where their attempt to sabotage an ICBM program uncovers a greater conspiracy tracing back to Russia.

MX vs. ATV Untamed stumbled upon its release in 2007, and THQ opted to sideline the off-road racer in 2008 in favor of 2XL's Baja: Edge of Control. In 2009, the franchise returns, as Rainbow Studios releases MX vs. ATV Reflex for the Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, and DS. Beyond its overhauled driving engine, the game features deformable tracks, new environments, and a slew of thumbstick-controlled aerial acrobatics.

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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

NOVEMBER 30, 2009
bittos+--WII--Machine Studios
Copter Crisis--WII--Digital Leisure
Empire Deluxe--DS--Graffiti Entertainment
Encroachment--IP--Patrick Felong
iHack--IP--BoomCo LLC
Martial Arts: Capoeira Fighters--PS2, PSP--Graffiti Entertainment
Reader Rabbit Kindergarten--WII, DS--Nintendo
Strike Force Red Cell--X360, PC--Graffiti Entertainment
Yoga for Wii--WII--Dreamcatcher

DECEMBER 1, 2009
7 Wonders II--DS--Avanquest Software
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel--WII, DS--Majesco Games
DiRT 2--PC--Codemasters
Hair Salon--DS--505 Games
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game--X360, PS3, WII, DS, PC--Ubisoft
The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood--PC--Turbine Inc.
Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes--DS--Ubisoft
MX vs. ATV Reflex--X360, PS3, PSP, DS--THQ
Rec Room Games--WII--Destineer
Rogue Warrior--X360, PS3, PC--Bethesda Softworks
The Seventh Dragon--PC, MAC--Vector
Storybook Workshop--WII--Konami
th!nk Logic Trainer--WII, DS--Conspiracy Entertainment
th!nk Logic Trainer: Kids--DS--Conspiracy Entertainment

DECEMBER 2, 2009
No new releases announced.

DECEMBER 3, 2009
Dreamer: Zoo Keeper--DS--Dreamcatcher
Learn Science--DS--Dreamcatcher
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure--DS--Dreamcatcher

DECEMBER 4, 2009
Zombie Driver--PC--EXOR Studios

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48 comments
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

Worst game of the year!!!!! Don't waste your money on this title!!!!!

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

This month is all about the Saboteur. Only a few more days, its almost here! @ rishi_storm I think you should invest in the saboteur.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Saboteur looks awesome, Avatar might be decent, aside from that this weeks list is pretty weak.

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, at least this week I can save some money with a release list like that, but Saboteur comes 12/8, can't wait

pidow
pidow

I've got two out the bunch.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Man there is not much, and my wallet is thankful for that as well.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Not a single thing I want for the rest of the year. My wallet is happy to hear that.

metalkid9
metalkid9

DIRT 2 FOR PC!!! I've been waiting for this forever :D

Bortson
Bortson

Rogue Warrior Ill have to check the reviews on. Because it does have Steve Marcinko onboard that alone is whats got it on my radar

georgeandoh
georgeandoh

Rogue warrior is trash from what I've seen so far, the sabouteur is what to get. yeah and maybe the avatar.

GSgirl
GSgirl

Im actually waiting for Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

dukerav
dukerav

Huh, Rogue Warrior, there's a game I have heard next to nothing about in a long time, and now I see it is releasing tomorrow ? Somehow I do not see that as a good thing.

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

The avatar of James Cameron...I kind of prefer my avatar...

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Avatar might be cool - after all it looks very similar to the movie (the two can be virtually indistinguishable).

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

nothing this week for me next week... Zelda Ds, hell yeah also when is The Saboteur being released?

blakeney
blakeney

im with Takeshi0106 all the way! cant wait for it, seems like we have been getting "prologues" aka demo for the price of a game, for aaages now!

Vengeancekael
Vengeancekael

None of those games are good, except james camerons avatar^^

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

wow i thought that the Avatar game was the one on Nickelodean. Cuz the font looks exactly the same and I remember seeing a trailer for it a long time ago.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ Humorguy_basic It is hard to get away from the shooter. I much prefer "original" gameplay but what can you do. I try to buy games for how they will draw you in and not so much the perspective of the character. Two of my favorite games ever are Animal Crossing and LittleBigPlanet also Picross, Shadow of the Colossus, Katamari are all excellent along with Forza and Gran Turismo. \ \ There are many good games out there that aren't shooters, they just don't get as much hype. However when I look at my collection, the shooter does make up the largest section.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

@NinoSwaG, Lord of the Rings 2 and 3 were movies made into games and they were great, at least the GBA versions were. Personally I see nothing this week, but I'm not getting anything for a while anyway. The best release this month will likely be the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Even if I don't get it it still sounds pretty cool.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ rishi_storm Dude....I highly doubt that you have to get only one of those games. There are sooooo many better games to get. I can see that you are ONLY a PC gamer but just wait a bit. AC2 will be out soon. There is L4D2, Dragon Age, Modern Warefare 2, Borderlands, and many other "older" games to get. \ \ No offense but limiting to those two games is garbage....Dirt 2 would be OK...but only if you LOVE racing games.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

@ rishi_storm: Save your money for December and get both of these in the January sales, where I am sure they will both be half price! You can see from this list, at least on PC, why so many gamers are moving to indie games and going back to retro games! Do you know Daggerfall, a 20 year old RPG, when made free by Bethesda, had over 150,000 downloads in the first week! That, and ovr 5 million DOSBox downloads must tell you something about what PC gamers think of modern shooter gaming!

rishi_storm
rishi_storm

So here's the deal: i can buy 1 game for this month (dec) and have narrowed down to 2 choices. 1. J.C. Avatar -PC 2. Dirt 2 - PC Which one should i go for!!!

da_chub
da_chub

First of all, a lot of movie based games are rushed by dome no name 3rd party dev. But this isnt true for all movie games, and Avatar actually looks pretty good.

Takeshi0106
Takeshi0106

I'm just still waiting patiently for GT 5

NinoSwaG
NinoSwaG

First of all....Avatar??? Its a game based on a movie....and from my experiences with that....THEY SUCK! now those other releases...hmm..im not gonna be jumping up waiting for gamestop to open to get any of them. actually i dont even think i will get any of them except Reflex and ill wait for a review and price drop. Most of the good games already came out and the rest of them dont even come out until 2010.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Crap, all crap. Once again I am able to catch-up with games already bought. I think that I may also pick up Tekken 6 this week.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Shooters here, shooters there, shooters bloody everywhere! Is it any wonder the majority of gamers in an IGN poll (37%) say they are going to b playing Dragon Age over the break, and the game is still No.1 in Gamespot's chart, which I believe is based on how many clicks various articles/pages are being clicked on! With Mass Effect and Bioshock both being more shooter than RPG, according to their publishers, and more and more shooters due in 2010, I think we're close to saturation point, where most games are going to lose huge amounts of money!

airshocker
airshocker

If Avatar gets a decent review, maybe. Rogue Warrior is a no based on horrible user-reviews. It really does suck when there aren't any good video games coming out every couple of weeks.

uberjannie
uberjannie

On note that if you are looking for a new game there is only two decent games here for you to possibly get : DiRT 2 (Native dx11 support for Windows gamers) James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Now, if only Zombie Driver would cost 5$ it would be worth mentioning.

Irikron
Irikron

Horrible. Every single one.

uberjannie
uberjannie

Rogue Warrior will be epic fail :P Rebellion is a lousy dev and last they came out with action game it was : ShellShock 2: Blood Trails ..

Doolum
Doolum

i wish it was next year already.....

mackieadams
mackieadams

Hurry up and release already, The Saboteur..

andreicucuiet
andreicucuiet

Rogue warrior is realy meh,with a side of F for every sentence.MX vs ATV Reflex is a pretty good racing game,i suggest picking that one up at retail price.

maaly81
maaly81

all of these games are forgettable since Modern Warfare just came out. Retails sales of these games will suffer badly on 360

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Rogue Warrior and Avatar look interesting, but I'll pick it up when the price drops.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Its already December, man this year flew by.

d3emondav3
d3emondav3

I want Rogue Warrior to do well also, but it hasn't had a lot of a footage in terms of, well... anything! We shall wait and see.

shaggydellic
shaggydellic

I wish Rogue Warrior looked better than it does. It seems to have potential but something just seems off with the game. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be halfway decent. And count me in among those who have no clue what to think about the Avatar game. One gameplay video makes it look like total rubbish, the next makes it look like a fun and exciting 3rd person shooter.

buft
buft

@someone_2talk2 i couldnt agree more man, i have spent all year waiting for it

CoolKidX
CoolKidX

The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood. Yay!

someone_2talk2
someone_2talk2

I'm hoping that the movie won't suck. Same with the game.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'm going to be waiting to see what people say about some of these before bothering to look myself. Thou, I'm hoping the movie game is decent as the actual movie looks pretty intense.