Shippin' Out Oct. 19-25: Far Cry 2, Fable II, Wii Music

It's raining games, as headliners join Midnight Club, PS3 trio of BioShock, Eternal Sonata, Rock Band 2, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Portal: Still Alive, and more.

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One good indicator for how hectic a week will be at retail? Count the horse games. This week, there are three--Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp, Ener-G Horse Riders, and Petz: Horsez 2008. Three.

As it would turn out, Ubisoft has more in its stable than two of those aforementioned horse games. The hardcore gaming set will be pleased to know that Far Cry 2 will also trot to retail this week. A pseudo-sequel to Crytek's hit 2004 shooter of the same name, the Ubisoft Montreal-developed Far Cry 2 eschews its predecessor's tropical jungle in favor of the war-ravaged African plains--about 50 square kilometers of terrain, as the developers have touted. Far Cry 2 will retail for $49.99 for the PC and $59.99 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Perhaps just shy of Epic Games' Gears of War 2, Lionhead Studios' Fable II bears the distinction of being one of the most anticipated Xbox 360 exclusives that is slated to arrive in 2008. Molyneux, known for his sometimes-errant promises, assures gamers that the latest installment in his studio's open-ended action role-playing game will be 10 times larger than the 2004 Xbox original. One of those in-question promises, online co-op, appeared as if it would result in another case of Molyneux being Molyneux, but Microsoft said today that it will be patching the feature into the game on day one.

Be it a toy or a game, Nintendo's Wii Music headlines the week for Wii releases. The product includes roughly 50 standards and licensed songs that can be played on more than 60 instruments, which are mimicked via the motion-sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Nintendo has yet to reveal the game's full setlist, though it has said a variety of classic game themes such as those from Super Mario Bros. and Zelda will join songs from a variety of genres, ranging from The Police's "Every Breath You Take" to Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."

Sony's PS3 plays catch-up this week, as three critical hits arrive for the console after debuting on other platforms. The PS3 edition of Take-Two's BioShock will receive a number of enhancements over its Xbox 360 and PC counterparts, including new content and the harder-difficulty Survivor mode. Namco Bandai's Chopin-inspired musical role-playing game Eternal Sonata will also see expanded content over its Xbox 360 predecessor, including new characters, outfits, and quests. Lastly, the PS3 edition of Rock Band 2 follows on from the September release of the Xbox 360 game, debuting alongside the $189.99 special-edition bundle that includes the newly designed drum set, guitar, and mic.

One game that won't see a staggered release is Rockstar San Diego's Midnight Club: Los Angeles. Originally slated for earlier this year, Take-Two bumped the street racer a number of times in search of a "more favorable market window," delaying it from September to early October, and then once more to late October. A PSP edition, titled Midnight Club: LA Remix, also arrives, bringing with it both a pared-down version of the sprawling LA cityscape seen in the console games as well as a few tracks set in Tokyo.

On the massively multiconsole front, Activision Blizzard's The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon will arrive on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The game was one of the few that survived Activision's culling of Vivendi Games' properties following the two companies' merger in July. Activision Blizzard will be hitting the same platforms with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, a comic-inspired, non-film tie-in that sees Spidey fending off a symbiote horde spawned by archrival Venom.

Two notable Japanese-created properties arrive for portables this week. From Konami comes Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia on the DS. Rather than picking back up with a new member of the Belmont clan, Order of Ecclesia sees femme-fatale Shonoa fending off Dracula's minions. While the first outing for the series on the PSP, Square Enix and Tri-Ace's Star Ocean: First Departure is actually a redux of the Super Famicom original. Of primary note, the sci-fi RPG includes revamped cinematics and voice work over its 1996 antecedent.

Lastly, the console makers have a fresh slate of new content penciled in for their respective online stores. For the Wii, Tetris Online's Tetris World (1,200 Wii points, $12) provides a new twist to the seminal Russian puzzler, incorporating the Wii Balance Board. Also added to Nintendo's WiiWare today is The Incredible Maze (500 Wii points, $5), Digital Leisure's puzzle game in which players attempt to find their ways out of, yep, mazes.

Headlining Microsoft's Xbox Live efforts this week is Valve's Portal: Still Alive. An expanded version of the first-person puzzler which made it into--and arguably made--last year's The Orange Box, Still Alive includes the original game plus 14 XBLA-exclusive maps and six additional challenge levels. The game is available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). Sony had not revealed its plans for the PlayStation Network as of press time.

One notable absence from this week's release list is Sony's much-anticipated platformer Little Big Planet. Originally scheduled for release this week, the Media Molecule-developed game saw an 11th-hour delay after two verses from the Qur'an were discovered in one of the game's background music tracks. Subsequently, Sony revised Little Big Planet's ship date to the week of October 27.

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

OCTOBER 19, 2008
Rock Band 2 (PS3)

OCTOBER 20, 2008
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: Make the Grade (Wii, DS)
Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games (DS)
Bully: Scholarship Edition (PC)
Carnival Games: Mini-Golf (Wii)
Celebrity Sports Showdown (Wii)
Dead Space (PC)
Deer Hunter Tournament (PC)
Littlest Pet Shop (PC)
Lovely Lisa (DS)
Midnight Club: LA Remix (PSP)
Midnight Club: Los Angeles (X360, PS3)
Monopoly (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
NHL 09 (PS2, PC)
Pass the Pigs (DS)
Penny Racers Party: Turbo Q Speedway (Wii)
Rock University Presents: The Naked Brothers Band The Game (PS2, Wii, DS)
SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom (Wii, DS, PS2)
Tetris Party (WiiWare)
Wii Music (Wii)

OCTOBER 21, 2008
Away: Shuffle Dungeon (DS)
Backyard Football 2009 (X360, PS2, Wii, DS)
Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (PS2, Wii, DS)
BioShock (PS3)
Brain Training for Dummies (PC)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)
Circus Games (Wii)
Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (PSP)
Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 (X360)
Dancing With the Stars: We Dance! (Wii, DS)
Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell (DS)
Disney Sing It (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
Disney TH!NK Fast (Wii)
Ener-G Dance Squad (DS)
Ener-G Gym Rockets (DS)
Ener-G Horse Riders (DS)
Eternal Sonata (PS3)
Europa Universalis III Complete (PC)
EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction (PC)
Fable II (X360)
Far Cry 2 (X360, PS3, PC)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! (Wii, DS)
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 (Wii)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS)
Master of the Monster Lair (DS)
Mechanic Master (DS)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 (Wii)
Pet Pals Animal Doctor (Wii)
Petz: Horsez 2008 (Wii)
Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet (Wii)
Petz: Saddle Club (PSP)
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
Tornado (DS)
TouchMaster 2 (DS)
Transformers: Animated (DS)
What's Cooking with Jamie Oliver (DS)

OCTOBER 22, 2008
Portal: Still Alive (XBLA)

OCTOBER 23, 2008
Cake Mania: Baker's Challenge (PSP)
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (Wii)
Smart Girl's: Party Games (DS)

Discussion

113 comments
necronaux
necronaux

Been looking forward to TouchMaster 2, but the line up of games sounds kinda lame. Glad to see a pool game, and poker added (from TM1), but the rest? WTH (heck)? I'd have liked to seen them add bejeweled and mindsweeper, to say the least.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

LoL @ Junior AIN :P Yay for CoOE, Star Ocean and Eternal Sonata!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

The wii lineup has some serious game ownage. :D Barbie w00t! lol

Mr__Peanut
Mr__Peanut

acid is right, Muslims really need to get a grip and relax.

Acidsmooth
Acidsmooth

This it total BS. I've been waiting patiently for LBP and some stupid religious lunatics have delay my fun because some words mach those found in a book. This is stupid and I dislike Sony for bowing to a dumb ass religion. What is wrong with muslims? I never hated that religion till it wasted 30 minutes of my life and delayed my fun.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Glad I got a copy of LBP shipped to me... not that I'd really need it in a week like this, but I wanted to try it out before Fallout 3 took over my life next week.

nooblet69
nooblet69

Omg, fable 2 and farcry 2 must buys. And then fallout 3 and even more in november !

tastycake
tastycake

out of these 3 Farcry 2 by far

Sw0rDMaN
Sw0rDMaN

Ahhh i dont know where to put my time anymore :P I guess ill try to play each game 2 hours at a time then switch to another game

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

glad my career pays well...gaming's an expensive hobby.

Toxic8
Toxic8

So many good games coming out,too little time to play them all.Thank goodness for weekends.

funnysplay
funnysplay

TurambarGS, Im sorry but the force unleashed was not good at all. To me it was one of the worst games ive played in a long time. However the other 3 look promising.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Insane line up. It doesn't make any sense to me that you'd put out so many top tier games so close to each other - Force Unleashed, Fable/FarCry and then Gears 2. I'm sure there will be a lot of people who buy all four straight up but I know I'm going to have to delay/stagger my purchase of them over the next 6 months. Unfortunately, too little money and not enough time! Sucks having to graduate :S

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Ahh the great week is upon us! So many games, so little money. Fable II and Far Cry 2 are easily the top games this week.

jed1516
jed1516

far cry 2 is my game so getting it

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

Got my Fable 2 already, now I need my Far Cry 2!!!! And next week!!!! Oh god!!! So much heaven!

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

This list here is what makes me hate Nintendo. Look how long that list is...now find the QUALITY games...there is so few, I count about maybe 6-8 good games in the last, and not even all of those 8 are technically "new", just new to a platform. That list is soo cluttered with JUNK games for what systems, no surprise here, the DS and Wii. I am sorry, but for as cool as the technology is, that is put into the Wii and DS...the load those systems with kiddie crap constantly. How about instead of licensing and making hundres of POS title...you go back to focusing on key games and making good games again! Seriously, with the crap Nintendo puts out...i will never get a Wii and with the Privacy crap now with the PS3...I guess the 360 really is the best choice these days.

prodigy0330
prodigy0330

now does this mean i will be able to pick up my copy of far cry 2 today or is it being shipped today and i pick up tomorrow?

Kristophski
Kristophski

I am a happy gamer! Yay for preorders!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Picked up Fable II at GameCrazy's midnight launch. Can't wait to play it before work!

bostadskontrakt
bostadskontrakt

Says October 19-25 in the title and then Oct 19-23 are listed.

funky_facon
funky_facon

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shockster4life
shockster4life

far cry and midnight club $120, GHWT and Fallout 3 next week, $160, realizing i couldn't pay my electric bill when the tv goes out..priceless

shawn7324
shawn7324

I canceled my preorder for Far Cry 2, as I want to finish Dead Space first.

firehawk998
firehawk998

First there was Far Cry 1 and then CRYSIS and now there is FAR CRY 2.

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

farcry 2 looks cool but its not on a beautiful island... instead its in some gd desert.. any way rental for me till resistance 2 and gears 2 come out.

zRO_degrees
zRO_degrees

by the way can't wait 4 fable 2 and Far cry 2

zRO_degrees
zRO_degrees

there is an idiot that come on the page just to be negative about everything

-Renegade
-Renegade

Lots of games releasing on the 21st wow.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

So many games to choose from- where do we start?

King9999
King9999

Man, too many games this week. I have my eyes on Far Cry 2, Star Ocean TFD and Castlevania OoE. I don't think I can get them all at once! Far Cry 2 is a must-have for me, but should I get Castlevania or Star Ocean? Gotta decide...

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

OK so maybe this delay wont be too bad Hopefully with a smaller selection of games to choose from LBP will have a better launch

bennae66
bennae66

this list was a triumph. im going broke here, no success. its hard to over extend my enthu-siasm. too many games. drowning in gaming, oh ver, two months...

bennae66
bennae66

already finished eternal sonata and bioshock a long time ago. g/f getting fable 2 i want farcry but fallout comes next week... i think i will simply download still alive. loved it on orange box and willing to do it all again for the extras but i am a portal nut. age of booty launched last week and it rocked. then next month its gears, mirrors edge and i havent got dead space or silent hill yet. i feel like a cat thats been tossed into a barrel of cream. unsure wether to lap it all up or swim for my life

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

I haven't seen a list this long in ages... But I'm only getting one game! Midnight Club: LA!

starmanuk50
starmanuk50

farcry 2 pre ordered but need to wait till 24th oct in uk :( oh well.

osmifura
osmifura

I dont care, whatever... i only care that the damn games are in stores the release day becasue is a pain when you look for it and they tell you, you have to wait til it arives the day after.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Man I am so excited for Castlevania. Can't wait to get it tomorrow or Wednesday.:D

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Dear God...that's a lot of incredible games. Far Cry 2, Fable II, BioShock, Portal: Still Alive...man. However, it's really too bad that LittleBigPlanet didn't come out this week.