Shippin' Out Oct. 12-18: Dead Space, Saints Row 2, FIFA 09

The jam-packed week also offers Golden Axe: Beast Rider, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, Blitz: The League II, Rock Revolution, and Age of Booty.

As the schizophrenic stock market wreaks havoc with publishers' stock and employees' 401Ks, gamers are also finding themselves suddenly impoverished. That's because in addition to the economic woes besetting the country, this week the avalanche of fourth-quarter AAA releases begins burying stores in earnest.

Arguably Tuesday's most anticipated release is Dead Space, the all-new sci-fi horror property from Electronic Arts' Redwood Shores studio. After generating massive amounts of buzz--even Gears of War 2 design director Cliff Bleszinski predicted it would be a "sleeper hit"--the game has finally arrived to stellar reviews, including a 9.0 from GameSpot. Complete with launch-purchase incentives, the M for (very) Mature-rated game goes on sale Tuesday on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $59.99, with the PC version coming October 20 for $49.99.

Speaking of EA, Tuesday sees the megapublisher's sports division ship FIFA Soccer 09. Rated E for Everyone, the latest installment in the multiplatform football series will be available for the PlayStation 2, PS3, PSP, PC, DS, Xbox 360, and Wii for a range of price points. The game is already receiving high marks from critics for its realistic gameplay and numerous solo and multiplayer game modes, such as Be a Pro Online, even getting an 8.5 from GameSpot.

For those who prefer their sports unlicensed and uncensored, Midway's Blitz: The League II also goes on sale this week. The game amps up 2005's Blitz: The League's in-your-face brand of football, replete with gruesome injuries, trash-talking players, and rampant drug use set in a fictional football universe. Full of dark humor and off-field antics, the M for Mature-rated game sells for $59.99 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

If splattering space zombies, slide-tackling strikers, or steroid-enhanced linebackers aren't your game, THQ is rolling out its open-world crime-action offering, Saints Row 2. Heavily promoted as an over-the-top comic counterweight to the brooding Grand Theft Auto IV, the Volition-developed game is receiving almost as much acclaim as the 2006 original. However, unlike its predecessor, which was an Xbox 360 exclusive, the M for Mature-rated sequel is also available for the PlayStation 3 and PC.

The only exclusive game to go on sale at retail this week is SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation for the PS3. Developed by Slant Six, which took over for the MAG-mad Zipper Interactive, the latest installment in the long-running tactical action series is strictly multiplayer, available in a $39.99 a la carte version--at retail or online--or in a $59.99 bundle packed in with the official PS3 Bluetooth headset. The headset is also available on its own for $49.99.

Also on the mid-October roster is Golden Axe: Beast Rider for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Announced with much fanfare at E3 2006, the "reimagining" of Sega's classic action game only recently emerged from seclusion. Developed by Sega-owned US studio Secret Level, the game is rated T for Teen and sells for $59.99.

Rhythm-game enthusiasts who've already tired of Rock Band 2 but can't wait until Guitar Hero World Tour have a third option with the debut of Rock Revolution, Konami's first instrument-based game since the last Guitar Freaks and Drummania games. Though all versions offer several dozen cover songs of top acts, only the 360 and PS3 editions offer Rock Band/Guitar Hero-style guitar, drum, and microphone peripherals. The Wii version will offer "an air-drum and air-guitar experience," letting players use motion to have their characters perform scissor kicks, smash their guitars, or light their instruments on fire. Finally, the DS Rock Revolution will use stylus gestures for "rhythm matching" to allow players to play drums, bass, or guitar on the handheld's touch screen.

In the downloadable department, Nintendo led the way with four offerings: the dual WiiWare titles World of Goo (1,500 points/$15) and Art Style: CUBELLO (600 points/$6) and the Wii VC offerings Secret of Mana (SNES, 800 points/$8) and Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (Genesis, 800 points/$8). Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store will both get the same game this week, Age of Booty. Previously called Plunder, Capcom's pirate-themed real-time strategy game will arrive on the former on Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10) and on the latter on Thursday for $9.99.

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

OCTOBER 13, 2008
Art Style: CUBELLO - WII - WII, PS2
Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno - WII, PS2
Blitz: The League II - PS3, X360
Bratz Girlz Really Rock- WII, PS2, DS
Secret of Mana- WII
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition- WII
Tak and the Guardians of Gross - WII, PS2
Tak Mojo Mistake - DS
World of Goo - Wii

OCTOBER 14, 2008
Battle of the Giants: Dinosaurs - DS
Boogie SuperStar - WII
Dead Space - PS3, 360
Dokapon Kingdom - PS2
FIFA Soccer 09 - DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, WII
Golden Axe: Beast Rider - X360, PS3
Littlest Pet Shop: Garden - DS, WII
Littlest Pet Shop: Winter - DS
Lovely Lisa - DS
Rock Revolution - DS, PS3, X360, WII
Saints Row 2 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Sam & Max: Season One - WII
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation - PS3

OCTOBER 15, 2008
Age of Booty - X360 (XBLA)
The Game of Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition - PC

OCTOBER 16, 2008
Age of Booty - PS3 (PSN)

OCTOBER 17, 2008
Cake Mania: Baker's Challenge - PSP, PS2
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PC, Mac)

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28 comments
lamprey263
lamprey263

I picked up Dead Space, it's pretty great

brhisawsome
brhisawsome

not bad i guess, but gosh i cant wait for next week, Oct 21st is a big day in gaming

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

Sins-of-Mosin:you're right:)

Iced_Earth_Rulz
Iced_Earth_Rulz

looks like I'm not paying any bills for a while, oh well. They'll get over it.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

First off, why does it take Gamespot two days to post this article? This type of article should be posted early on the 12th or late on the 11th. Get your act together! Anyway, I be getting FIFA, Golden Axe, Saints Row 2, and my buddy is getting Dead Space. A great week but not the awesome that will be next week.

darkride66
darkride66

Dead Space is getting fantastic reviews. Looks like EA hit another one out of the park. Spore was a tonne of fun, Madden/Tiger Woods/NHL were all some of the highest rated entries in the series and now I've heard Dead Space might be GOTY material. Excellent time to be a gamer. Thanks EA!

darkpimpdp
darkpimpdp

do my eyes decieve me. did i just see secret of mana for wii?

ocdog45
ocdog45

4 games i want to play, but only one i want to buy (socom) and its only because of the headset to be honest.

ReneRumberg
ReneRumberg

Saints Row 2 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360 PC my ass :P.

raverrozza
raverrozza

socom dead space and age of booty but theres also fallut and LBP comin!!! I cant have them all! some sacrifices are gonna have to be made...

suicidaldys
suicidaldys

This game looks amazing reminds me of the film Event Horizon cant wait!!

onyxdragon7
onyxdragon7

Looks really good, I will definately have to pick it up!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I assumed Dead Space might get released Wednesday, lot of games don't get released on their released days because they're shipped on their release days... bummer. Oh well, it was originally intended to be released Halloween, so at least we don't have to wait another 2 weeks (I guess look at the bright side :D). Yeah, so I called EB Games last Monday, asked if it'd be on retail Tuesday or Wednesday and they told me Wednesday. Hopefully it's there before noon 'cause I want to pick this up on the way to work.

arun_pullat
arun_pullat

What a month! I wonder how the smaller games will survive though.

smith447
smith447

yeah, dead space is rare around here.

HeroxOfxThexDay
HeroxOfxThexDay

..best buy and target only have best buy, they have it tomarrow, this sucks

Eko_Eko_Azarak
Eko_Eko_Azarak

dude. I went to four different places today. No Dead Space.

Smokey420
Smokey420

.....good point Iamprey263.....Awesome!! Socom is finally here.

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's funny, Dead Space is in the headline but not the release list... and where's My Japanese Coach?

Jersalaw
Jersalaw

Heck yeah Secret of Mana. Finally.

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

@ultimo There is a way around your problem. Just purchase games you don't want for the same price of the games you do want. Once Toys R us have the games you want just return your purchased games and trade them in for the ones you do want. You have 45 days to return unopened games @ Toys R us. hope that helps.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

thats weird. i thought fifa 09 was out ages ago. yays time to get my socom on

ultimo8
ultimo8

Why is it that toys r us is having a sale this week, and they decide that they want to delay the big games coming out this same week by 7 days? Everyone else has it, why not them, isn't there some sort of rule or law against that, does anyone know? Maybe I am too emotional for not being able to take advantage of a good sale.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Avatar: Into the Inferno!!! (though I still haven't gotten the second game.)

gnbfd
gnbfd

1 week till LittleBigPlanet!!!!!!!!! 2 weeks till Guitar Hero World Tour!!!!!!!!!!

Morning_Lemon
Morning_Lemon

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ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Here's hoping Sega's Golden Axe is good but unfortunately will wait for the reviews before making a decision.

muppen
muppen

Can't wait for Dead Space, even though it comes out a little later here in Europe. That game looks absolutely awesome and could be the best horror game since F.E.A.R. imo