Shippin' Out November 5-9: COD4, Gears of War PC, Mario & Sonic

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, Viva Piñata PC, Koei's Bladestorm, Sam & Max: Season Two, and Super Mario Bros. 3 on the VC all part of November's opening fusillade.

This year has already produced its fair share of high-profile instant hits with World in Conflict, The Orange Box, Halo 3, and BioShock, to name a few. Now, in November, the retail inferno has become a firestorm. Ringing in the month with a flashbang is Activision's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. As the title implies, developer Infinity Ward has shelved its World War II roots and given the classic shooting franchise a modern-day face-lift. Rated M for Mature, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A scaled-down, T-for-Teen-rated version will also appear this week on Nintendo's DS.

War is the name of the game this week, as several other conflict-heavy titles come to market. Nearly a year to the day after its console counterpart stormed the sales charts, Epic Games' Gears of War hits PCs this week. The PC version adds five new levels to the original game's campaign, as well as three exclusive multiplayer maps and a game editor for creating user-generated levels. The counterpoint to Epic's brutal shooter announced during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit, Rare's adorable papier-mâchê strategy game Viva Piñata also come to life on the PC this week. Rounding out the big-name PC-exclusive offerings is Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance, the first stand-alone expansion to the solidly reviewed epic-sized real-time strategy game from Gas Powered Games.

Saber rattling is also on offer in Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Continuing in its tradition of period-piece beat-'em-ups, Koei's Omega Force Team reenacts the 14th-to-15th-century war of succession between France and England. Those who prefer their sabers to be manufactured in a galaxy far, far away can check out Traveller's Tales' Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. A redux of the first two Lego Star Wars games, The Complete Saga adds in a few new gameplay enhancements and modes, and is available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and DS.

With Mario and Sonic now set to engage in fireball to spin-dash ball in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in February, once arch-rivals Sega and Nintendo team up in the meantime for some friendly competition this week in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii. Intelligent System's long-running turn-based RPG series also hits the Wii exclusively this week in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Sony's handheld receives a pair of exclusives itself, namely the strategically oriented SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike and Silent Hill: Origins, a prequel to Konami's original survival horror action game.

Like so many aces up its sleeve, Nintendo is busting out Super Mario Bros. 3 to build anticipation for the mustachioed plumber's interstellar jaunt Super Mario Galaxy, which is slated for liftoff next week. One of GameSpot's Greatest Games of All Time, Super Mario Bros. 3 is widely heralded as the quintessential platformer and can be had for 500 Wii points ($5) from Nintendo's Virtual Console. Sega's run-and-gun side-scroller Alien Soldier (900 Wii points, $9) makes its first appearance stateside, and Hudson's Power Golf (600 Wii points, $6) rounds out the VC lineup.

Telltale Games' gumshoe pooch and rabbit-like thing return for the first episode of their new season this week in Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa for PCs. Lastly, two of the seven downloadable titles Microsoft revealed last week arrive sooner than later, with Sierra Online's polymorphic puzzler Switchball and InterServ International's Word Puzzle available on Xbox Live this Wednesday.

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

NOVEMBER 5, 2007
Alien Soldier (Wii VC)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am (PS2)
Bee Movie Game (Wii)
Bratz 4 Real (DS)
Build-A-Bear (DS)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC, X360, PS3, DS)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii)
Power Golf (Wii VC)
Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys (DS)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii VC)
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (PC)
The Bee Game (GBA)
The Simpsons Game (PSP)
Tips, Tricks & Trips + Aircraft Collection (PC)
Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals (PC)

NOVEMBER 6, 2007
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, X360)
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII (PS3)
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008 (X360, PS2)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)
Empire Earth III (PC)
Enchanted (DS)
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate (PC)
F.E.A.R. Files (X360)
Gears of War (PC)
Ghost in the Sheet (PC)
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour (Wii)
Horse Life (DS)
Hot Wheels: Beat That (PC, DS)
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (X360, PS3, Wii, DS)
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit (DS)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
My French Coach (DS)
My Spanish Coach (DS)
My Word Coach (Wii, DS)
Ontamarama (DS)
Panzer Tactics DS (DS)
Power Rangers: Super Legends (PS2, GC, PC)
Puzzle de Harvest Moon (DS)
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (X360)
Silent Hill: Origins (PSP)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike (PSP)
The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff (PC)
Viva Piñata (PC)
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets (DS, PSP)

NOVEMBER 7, 2007
Switchball (XBLA)
Word Puzzle (XBLA)
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Beginning of Destiny (PS2)

NOVEMBER 8, 2007
Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa (PC)

NOVEMBER 9, 2007
My Pet Dolphin (DS)

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98 comments
SHACKR
SHACKR

If I won the lottery on those days, I would shart myself

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haza1995
haza1995

not out in england but ive seen videos and all i can say at the moment is wot a game

EE2lemmonhead
EE2lemmonhead

why didnt they say anything special about F.E.A.R.?

ftjx
ftjx

I hope there will be an eye in the storm where I can go relax

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll be picking up CoD 4. That will be it for me.

catu16alx
catu16alx

it is a big week to bad a pc versoion of assasin's creed isn't on the list. i really wanted that game:(

ignoman
ignoman

Bladestorm and Fire Emblem... save possibly Assassin's Creed, I'll have everything I wanted until next year.

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

CALL OF DUTY 4 on PS3 and Gears of War for PC That's about it 4 me !!!

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I'm going to part with a lot of my money this week :P

_NeoN
_NeoN

You said it RaiKageRyu. ^_^ There are so many fantastic titles coming out for the PC this week... CoD4, Empire Earth III, Gears of War, F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate to name my fav's. A lil disappointed to see the Lego Star Wars title not get released on the PC.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

What a huge week! Tuesday is as busy as always.

Luieburger
Luieburger

I've got the Orange Box. Why would I want to spend $60 for Gears? If it had come out a year ago for PC I would have considered it.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

some great games out, can't wait to buy them all:P

1357900
1357900

Nintendo knows the Christmas season is now upon us{considering Christmas starts in the buisness world this month}, & so, they have now begun to release beyond-kickinest awesome games on the VC in time, for kids, to have a reason to ask their parents for a couple of Wii Points cards for Christmas. But SMB3 is a kickinest awesome game, as well as my favorite game of all time, so I'm not complainin'. I'm ecstatic!:) I'm also ready for Super Mario Galaxy. I wish Brawl didn't get delayed, but I'm kinda glad it did; It's not going to get rushed out, or more importantly lose quality from being rushed out so other big-name games like Mario Galaxy, or Fire Emblem can come out too. Nintendo's taking their time on this one, 'cause i'm pretty certain they know Smash Bros. is their killer app, & killer franchise, alongside their other main franchises. I pray, and hope, that the Smash Bros. delay makes the game's quality, & everything else, all the more worth while. As for this list, the only games I'm lookin' forward to are: CoD4, SMB3, Fire Emblem, & Lego Star Wars.

lamprey263
lamprey263

aww, I forgot to put my $10 down on CoD4, I hope my local GameStop has enough copies where they're not all for reserves anyhow, 1 more week for Kane and Lynch and Mario Galaxy :D

ctg867
ctg867

Only things worth mentioning: -COD4 -Supreme Commander -Fear Files/Perseus Mandate -Lego Star Wars -Silent Hill Orgins -Socom Tactical Strike Also, seeing how none of these games are Nintendo first party, I'm leave out the Wii/DS versions, since they'll most likely suck anyway. See how I left out GoW PC. Lol. Just kidding, Gears was a good game, just not nearly as good as it was made out to be. Especially on the multiplayer side.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

CoD4 is exceeding my expectations.

EternalYoshi
EternalYoshi

Good for Nintendo. It's about time they put SMB3 on the virtual console.

Violetto
Violetto

So many good game I've been waiting for! Viva Pinata on PC, Spanish/French Coach for DS, Ontamarama for DS, Lifesigns for DS, Sims SP for PC, Scene it for 360 ... OH and the most anticipated game of the year, Build A Bear!

Space-Q
Space-Q

Wii VC haha, am I the only one that gets a chuckle out of that? I hear that name just beat out System Software... (SS)

XBASX
XBASX

DS DS DS, Wii Wii.....

Roto101
Roto101

dam man... the US people got CoD4 now :( while we UK lot have to wait 3 more days to get a copy of it!!! ARGH!! lol... my american friends on xbox live keeps blabbin on how good the game is lol

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

Screw Smash Bros Brawl, I'm all about the Hanna Montana over here!!! (jk)

hassam7
hassam7

Awesome but I am only going for COD4 and blazing angels 2 for ps3.

jocaju
jocaju

Only 2 games out that list, Cabela's big game hunter 08 & Socom Tactical Strike. Still waiting for Nov20 Time Crisis 4 & Uncharted!!

hate19
hate19

Pinata, Gears... what's left on the 360? :(

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

In a few more hours I'm going ot be running over to Circuit City to grab me a copy of Call of Duty 4... I can't wait!!

whacker40
whacker40

super mario bros 3 on the vc.................ZOMG! YES! YES! YES!

GawNawRaw
GawNawRaw

Can't wait for Mario and Sonic. This will tide me over as well as SMG, until Brawl comes out.

robx360
robx360

Got COD 4 this evening at gamestop. Will play after I watch WWE RAW.

wiifan001
wiifan001

Oh, my little brother will be happy to hear that Star Wars: The Complete Saga is shipping out on the Wii tomorrow.

xmg0
xmg0

cod4 horay

viperhellfire
viperhellfire

Can't wait for cod4. I'll have to go and try and get it right after school tomarow.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am (PS2) longest and most random title of the year :P

ocdog45
ocdog45

OMG. faer files, gears of war on pc and most important.....COD4

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Guess I'll have to save almost every game I want except Mario Galaxy (which I pre-ordered, includes launch coin!) for my Wish List...ah well, means more money saved!

Devvy01
Devvy01

how can people afford to keep up with all these game purchases? Must be alot of lotto winners out there!