Shippin' Out November 19-23: Rock Band, Mass Effect, Uncharted

Platform exclusivity runs rampant as headliners join Unreal Tournament III, Ghost Squad, Time Crisis 4, Mario Party DS, FFXII: Revenant Wings, Trauma Center: New Blood.

In October, Activision's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock gave the performance of its life, racking up more than $115 million in first-week sales and accounting for four of the top 10 best-seller slots for October. This week, MTV Games and Harmonix will hit their opening chord in the Battle of the Bands with Rock Band on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. (A PlayStation 2 version is due out December 18.) In addition to toy guitars, Rock Band amps the rock-centric rhythm game action to...12...with a drum kit and mic and will retail stand-alone for $59.99 and in bundle form for $169. Rock Band's set list includes 58 songs from the likes of the Rolling Stones, Metallica, and Nirvana, with additional downloadable content slated to arrive day and date with the retail package.

Platform exclusivity is the name of the game this week, with nearly every system receiving its own hotly anticipated game. Fresh off its bout of legal wrangling in Singapore due to a steamy alien-on-alien love scene, BioWare's sci-fi space opera Mass Effect arrives for the Xbox 360. Naughty Dog's Indiana Jones-inspired action adventure Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Namco Bandai's light-gun shooter Time Crisis 4 arrive on the PS3. While it's uncertain whether its PS3 counterpart will arrive before the end of the year, Epic Games' gladiatorial shooter Unreal Tournament III arrives a day before the November 20 salvo for the PC.

Retailers are arming themselves with the Wii Zapper this week, and in addition to the packed-in Link's Crossbow Training, Sega is shooting up the Wii arcade-style with Ghost Squad. Atlus hits the siren on Trauma Center: New Blood, while Namco Bandai eschews mano-a-mano brawling for action adventure gameplay in Soulcalibur Legends. The Nintendo DS also gets in on the action this week, with already-a-hit-in-Japan Mario Party DS arriving for the portable, while the world of Ivalice expands with Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

Chair Entertainment's Unreal Engine 3-powered downloadable title Undertow exerts its pull on Xbox Live this Wednesday. The underwater shooter features single- and multiplayer modes, as well as 16-player online action, and can be purchased for 800 Microsoft points ($10). In addition to working the pipes as a plumber and saving the Mushroom Kingdom as a superhero, Mario moonlights as a demolitions expert in Wrecking Crew (500 Wii points, $5) for the Wii Virtual Console. Also appearing on the Wii VC this week is Sonic 3D Blast (800 Wii points, $8) and Super Air Zonk (800 Wii points, $8).

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

NOVEMBER 19, 2007
Avatar: The Last Airbender -- The Burning Earth (X360)
Baby Luv (PC)
College Hoops 2K8 (PS3, PS2, X360)
CSI: Dark Motives (DS)
Eschalon: Book I (PC)
Link's Crossbow Training (Wii)
Mario Party DS (DS)
Medal of Honor: Airborne (PS3)
Sega Rally Revo (PC)
Sonic 3D Blast (Wii VC)
Super Air Zonk (Wii VC)
Time Crisis 4 (PS3)
TimeShift (PS3)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)
Unreal Tournament 3 (PC)
Wrecking Crew (Wii VC)

NOVEMBER 20, 2007
7 Wonders of the Ancient World (PS2)
AMF Bowling Pinbusters! (Wii)
Cabela's Monster Bass (PS2)
Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess (X360, PS2, PC)
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)
Geometry Wars: Galaxies (Wii)
Ghost Squad (Wii)
Godzilla Unleashed (PS2)
Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash (DS)
History Channel: Battle for the Pacific (PS2, PC)
Indoor Sports (Wii)
John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland (DS)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (PC)
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge (PS2)
Mass Effect (X360)
Monster Jam (Wii)
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus (X360, PS2, PC)
Rock Band (PS3, X360)
Showtime Championship Boxing (Wii)
Soulcalibur Legends (Wii)
Star Trek: Conquest (PS2, Wii)
Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake (DS)
Swashbucklers: Blue & Grey (PS2)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (PS3)
Trauma Center: New Blood (Wii)

NOVEMBER 21, 2007
Incursion (PC)
Soldier of Fortune: Payback (PS3)
Undertow (XBL)

NOVEMBER 22, 2007
No releases announced.

NOVEMBER 23, 2007
Black College Football Experience (PC)
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
Petz: Hamsterz 2 (DS)
Petz: Dogz 2 (PS2)
The King of Fighters XI (PS2)

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107 comments
v8nnwilder
v8nnwilder

Sweet another good week in in releases... Just a pity my cash flow won't allow me to buy all of them.... Actually glad I only have a PS3 at the moment... Cause once I have my Xbox and Wii I'll be doomed for cash.... And now all the delays isn't really such an issue. Would have been able to buy them all before xmas either.

MasterIsHere
MasterIsHere

People should look out for those independent titles that no one recognizes...I have found "Eschalon: Book 1" quite enjoyable (even more than Halo 3).

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

Does anyone know if Rock Band is ever gonna come out for the Wii?

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Ghost Squad look really fun, plus it $30. Since I most likely getting a Wii Zapper, maybe I should get it.

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

Rock Band doesn't work with Guitar Hero Guitar unfortunately I will have to wait to have a bass player in my band. Although Rock Band is what Guitar Hero 3 should have been.

StonedDevil
StonedDevil

Shippin' out this November; My already meager funds XD Im really glad that GTA IV was delayed to next year, im already running a wee bit low on cash...

Sefirat
Sefirat

Final Fantasy XI... Delicious ;)

_NeoN
_NeoN

Unreal III for me. ^_^ (Would have added more if I had a next-gen console :/)

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake!?!?! That's gonna be the best game eva!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

King of Fighter XI apparently ships again...

link631
link631

i finally got the zapper today

jaguitar
jaguitar

Rockband has wireless controllers only for the PS3. That is a big selling point for me over the 360 version.

Devvy01
Devvy01

I'm going to have to win lotto to keep up at the moment, so many great games coming out and my poor ole compy just can't handle the pace.

-SlipSkull-
-SlipSkull-

Damn, I won't be buying any of these games until next year. I can't wait to try them though.

hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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DarthFedor
DarthFedor

Why isn't Rock Band coming out on Wii?! Nintendo should have at least tryed to get Rock Band on their console. Doesn't Harmonix know how many Wii's have been sold?? Stupid asses.

ChudWarrior
ChudWarrior

So I guess Gamespot gave Mass Effect a 8.5 out of ten just to be different, because just about everyone else gave it between a 9 or a 10.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Some cool Wii games there. You yanks are lucky to be getting them before us brits *grumble grumble*

mtofu
mtofu

wha? Rock Band has been delayed (in Canada at least) for a whole month. This is garbage.

matt_dangelo
matt_dangelo

dont turn thisinto a fanboy war guys, and great games are coming justin time for Christmas gifts!!

ChaosXeno
ChaosXeno

Already beat uncharted, stopped playing assassins creed, idk it just doesnt seem like big hit to me, getting Mass and effect and both FFXI exp pack and FFXII rev wings hopefully today or tomorrow.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition on the Xbox 360 is a new version of Oblivion that includes the Knights of the Nine expansion, and the Shivering Isles expansion, along with the remixed graphic Shader program found on the PS3 version that was released a year after the Xbox 360 version. In other words, the truly ultimate version of Oblivion ever released is the Xbox 360 version of Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition.

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

I'M GOINT TO GET ALL OF THEM....!!!!

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

Shivering Isles is a definitive pick-up for me.

Syntinal
Syntinal

I had Uncharted last week.

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

ARIS (GameStop's Automated Reservation Information System) called 8 times tonight. Mass Effect, Trauma Center, Geometry Wars, Time Crisis, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XII, Soul Calibur, Ghost Squad. Still in the middle of Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin's Creed, and Resident Evil. .....I love this holiday. =D

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Jesus!! i'm going to be bankrupt come december. Theres just too many games to choose from HELP!!

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

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Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--thisissami -- LOL...welcome to the power of large install bases. If 5% of the DS owners buy a Petz game they will sell more copies and make more money then if 30% of PS3 owners buy Drakes.

ocdog45
ocdog45

another good week for games. i know rock band is going to kill guitar hero. it just has better songs

thisissami
thisissami

Petz: Hamsterz and Dogz? 2? wow... something like this made enough money to warrant a sequel... all i can say is wow....

madmike1515
madmike1515

Mass Effect and Rock band. Damn, there goes my wallet for the next month.

Amadpineapple
Amadpineapple

yay! Rock band, Mass effect, and Phantasy star (lol) Tommorrows going to rule

MortalKombat147
MortalKombat147

getting uncharted, mass effect and unreal tournament 3 this week

sonynhater
sonynhater

uncharted looks okay. Rock Band and Mass Effect is where its at!

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

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Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

already ordered Rock Band (Game Only) hopefully the rumors are true and the 360 GH controllers work..if not i'm sending it right back. Gonna wait to get the other games (Mass Effect, Uncharted) until next year. Both look good though looking forward to the reviews

X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

Uncharted has been out for a few days now.

biglewiss
biglewiss

uncharted and mass effect both own.

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

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