Shippin' Out Oct. 24-30: Fable III, Force Unleashed II, Rock Band 3

Busy week at retail sees bountiful array of heavy hitters including The Sims 3 for consoles, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, The Fight: Lights Out, Shaun White Skateboarding, and Tony Hawk: Shred.

Halloween is just around the corner, but this week's new release slate is scaring up a jack-o'-lantern full of prominent titles.

The king sits on this throne.

Leading the virtual charge this week is Fable III, Lionhead's third entry in the Microsoft-exclusive series. The action role-playing game comes to the Xbox 360 on Tuesday, with a PC version debuting at a much, much later date. The title differs from the original Fable and Fable II in that the hero begins his or her life as a minion and then leads a revolution against the land's tyrant. The hero will then become a monarch and must face the responsibilities of that hefty position. The title features the voices of comedy hero John Cleese, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Zoe Wanamaker, and others.

Also dropping on Tuesday is LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. The title, due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC, is a sequel to the 2008 original, taking place six months after the events of its predecessor. The original was the fastest-selling LucasArts Star Wars game in history and went on to sell more than 7 million units in its lifetime.

Starkiller fights again.

For music gamers, Harmonix's Rock Band 3 is out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday. Rock Band 3 will ship simultaneously globally in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and "other territories." The game is the first in the series to employ a piano as a playable instrument and will come with a Pro mode, where those with high-end MadCatz peripherals can literally play along with any given song.

The Sims 3 took the PC and Mac by storm when it was released over a year ago. Electronic Arts will hope for similar success with the console version, due out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on Tuesday. A DS version is coming in 2011. Published under the EA Play label, the game will sport many of the same customization and character creation options as the PC edition of the game, as well as some new features. These include karma powers, which players can use to give their in-game incarnations instant luck--be it good or bad.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will let players create and exchange content with one another, while the Wii version will focus on adventure game elements and is set in a beachfront community. The DS will also foster player creativity, with an emphasis on stylus-driven creation tools for clothes, houses, and furniture, as well as a story mode that follows a family through life.

Those looking for a fight this week can pick up Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. The latest entry in THQ's fighting series is due out on Tuesday for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Wii. One of the title's new features is its updated physics system. Objects like chairs, tables, and ladders can be manipulated with greater realism in the 2011 version.

Players can tickle the ivories in Rock Band 3.

Another fighting title due out this week is The Fight: Lights Out. A PlayStation Move exclusive, the title lets players fight in the dark and gritty underground with Sony's new motion controllers, which have shipped more than a million units thus far.

There's also a boarder war happening at retail this week. Tony Hawk: Shred and Shaun White Skateboarding are both due out on Tuesday. Shred is the follow-up to Activision's Tony Hawk: Ride, which also used the much maligned skateboard peripheral. The title is aimed at a younger audience and incorporates a snowboarding component in the iconic skateboarding-only series. Shaun White's game is the frizzle-haired Olympic hero's first stab at the skateboarding genre. Previously, the carrot-topped 24-year-old starred in Shaun White Snowboarding for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

Finally, those who have yet to experience Rockstar Games' sandbox crime game, a new Grand Theft Auto: IV SKU is dropping on Tuesday for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Grand Theft Auto: IV Complete Edition bundles the lauded game with its two expansion packs--The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony--for $40.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Release page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Shaun White Skateboarding--WII, X360, PS3--Ubisoft

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25
Art Academy--DS--Nintendo
Bit.Trip Fate--WII--Aksys Games
Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition--X360, PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
Family Party: 90 Great Games Party Pack--WII--D3Publisher
Go Series: Defence Wars--DS--Gamebridge Robox--WII--DreamBox Games

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
Blood Drive--PS3, X360--Activision
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011--WII--Activision
Crafting Mama--DS--Majesco Games
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy--PC, X360, PS3, WII--Ubisoft
DeathSpank--PC--Hothead Games
Deca Sports 3--WII--Hudson Entertainment
Disney Channel All Star Party--WII--Disney Interactive Studios
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure--WII, PS2--Take-Two Interactive
Dora's Cooking Club--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Fable III--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
Go, Diego, Go! Mega Bloks Build & Rescue--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition--PS3, X360--Rockstar Games
Hasbro Family Game Night 3--X360, PS3, WII--Electronic Arts
Hidden Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials--DS--GameMill Publishing
Imagine Fashion Stylist--DS--Ubisoft
Lego Universe--PC, MAC--NetDevil
Monopoly Streets--PS3, WII--Electronic Arts
Monopoly--DS--Electronic Arts
NERF N-Strike Double Blast Bundle--WII--Electronic Arts
Nickelodeon Fit--WII--2K Games
Petz Catz Playground--DS--Ubisoft
Petz Nursery 2--DS--Ubisoft
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack--X360, PS3--Rockstar Games
Rock Band 3-- X360, PS3, WII, DS--MTV Games
SBK X: Superbike World Championship--X360, PS3--SouthPeak Games
Shank--PC--Electronic Arts
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II--X360, WII, PS3, PC, DS--LucasArts
Superstars V8 Racing--PS3--O-Games
The Ball--PC--Tripwire Interactive
The Fight: Lights Out--PS3--SCEA
The Sims 3: Late Night Expansion Pack--PC--Electronic Arts
The Sims 3--X360, PS3, DS--Electronic Arts
Tony Hawk: Shred--X360, PS3, WII--Activision
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011-- X360, PS3, WII, PSP, PS2--THQ
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5--PSP--Konami
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman--PSP--NIS America

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
Intellivision Lives!--DS--Virtual Play Inc.
Pinball FX 2--X360--Microsoft Game Studios

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition--PC--Focus Home Interactive

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
Chevrolet Camaro--WII--CokeM Interactive

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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75 comments
Sgthombre
Sgthombre

It's a shame Force Unleash II wasn't any good. I have been waiting months for this game, and at this point I doubt I'll even rent it.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@The_Dragon_Born i hope it does because then peter can start making black and white 3 fables good but i really want a new BnW

boctober
boctober

Alright, more from NIS America. Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman is from the creaters of Disgaea. Still love playing PSP strategy/RPG titles. This one is what I pickup this week.

akiwak
akiwak

For me, it looks like I will finally experience GTA and depending on the review of The Fight: Lights Out, I might be willing to shell out money for that!!!

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Too bad there's no Left 4 Dead 3 on that list.

Dantethayer1
Dantethayer1

The Sims 3(PS3), Fable 3 and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II for me this week.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Looking forward to some reviews on fable 3.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

man a lot of good games this week! rock band 3, fable 3, and force unleashed 2 my favorites. (i'm so broke lol)

AnimeNutJill
AnimeNutJill

I can't wait for Fable 3, SvR2011, The Sims 3 Late Night and The Sims 3 for consoles. :D

nparks
nparks

@AgentRebecca I'm not saying all Wii games are shovelware. But you can't deny that there is a ton of it, and that it can be annoying to filter through all the junk spamming the platform to get to the legit titles. To be fair, there's plenty on the 360 and PS3 as well, but there's far more of it on the Wii/DS because they have higher installed bases and because they are much cheaper to develop for.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Fable 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition I'll have to wait till I get some money rolling in.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Fable 3 and Force Unleashed for me. Anyone have thoughts on whether Fable will finally live up to its potential fully?

megamega777
megamega777

Does anyone know when the "prototype" Strat for Rock Band 3 to come out? Please answer me back...

Spybreak
Spybreak

Can't wait for Fable III, RDR Undead Nightmare and Pinball FX 2!

zMd113
zMd113

HooRaay!!!! The Force Unleashed 2 is gonna' be awesome!

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

This month sucks! There are way too many games out there now! Damn it my spare reserves are being punished. Damn you video gaming industry, I love you so! LMAO And just think, more coming next month...Assasin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit anyone?

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

got rock band 3 all paid off. now to decide on whether i should get Star Wars or Fable 3

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

oh, and i already got 1600 microsoft points waiting for RDR's Undead Nightmare and WWE's Fan Access. i'm going to need more points for The Door's RB track pack, though.

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

i've been looking forward to and dreading this week for months. i got Rock Band 3 and WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 prepaid and waiting for me, but i was also wanting (but had to pass on) Fable III, Star Wars and Cabela's Dangerous Hunts. Splatterhouse was originally scheduled for the 26th, too, before getting pushed back a month. what's cool is that RB3 and WWE are both the kinda games that don't require much commitment or thinking.. i can just throw them in anytime i got 5 minutes to spare. and since i'm passing on Fable III (for now), i can focus on my commitment to Fallout: New Vegas that came out last week.

narutoman500
narutoman500

WWE 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAA

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@BrunRaq GameSpot already separated each version, if you click some title(s) you'll see small icon, on upper left. below cover page (green for 360, blue for PC, & violet for PS3, etc) :)

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

what?? DeathSpank & Shank for PC coming very late.. come oonn.. sigh.

LightninLew
LightninLew

"Leading the virtual charge this week is Fable III, Lionhead's third entry in the Microsoft-exclusive series. The action role-playing game comes to the Xbox 360 on Tuesday" the 29th is a friday. wtf?

BigStik
BigStik

Will be looking forward to picking up a copy of Fable III. Inspired by the awesome chicken!

strahd01
strahd01

Yes pinball!. Also yes Fable! but more so Yes Pinball!

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I have The Force Unleashed 2 fully pre-ordered for the 360 and I have Fable 3 nearly paid off but it is still pre-ordered all the same and I'm going to pick up RDR Undead nightmare pack.

TheWickedEnd101
TheWickedEnd101

why is everything set for tuesday??whats so special about tuesday?

XanderZane
XanderZane

Only games I'm interested in is Fable 3 and SW:FU2 for XBox 360. I haven't even played RDR yet, so the expansion can wait. I'm done with the Guitar games. I haven't played one in likfe 3 months now. Gotta get ready for Kinect next month.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

SWFU for the ps3 now thats where its at!!!

dkpunk
dkpunk

Woot Fable 3 and TFU2 for me! RDR Undead next week.

firehawk998
firehawk998

On Oct 26 I will be working for the Reaver Industries. I cant wait for Fable 3 and the Red Dead Undead Pack.

howie1926
howie1926

Fable 3 here I come. TFU2, sorry but your gonna have to wait awhile. Also, RDR Undead...Hellz yes

BrunRaq
BrunRaq

can gamespot please separate pc games from consoles? it shouldnt give so much trouble finding them...

Kendojin
Kendojin

Fable 3 Star Wars TFU II are looking good and are definitely on my list, and when will Activision let Tony Hawk breathe for god's sake!?!?! It's already dead quit beating the horse man!!!! Quit beating the horse!!!

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@nparks I have a Wii and i like Wii games, so i would like to know when Wii games come out. As well as hundreds more.

lookin_boy
lookin_boy

Undead Nightmare tuesday, then maybe the sims 3 next month. im done with fable, it didnt live up to the hype. they had about 7 years to make it epic, and they failed. fun game, solid series, just not what i thought it would be.

Calum947
Calum947

This is a fantastic week for games! Personally I can't wait for Fable 3.

CTR360
CTR360

fable 3 for 36o and unleashed2 for ps3

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

unleashed 2, fable 3, RDR undead and rockband 3 :D

nparks
nparks

Can we move all of the Wii/DS shovelware to a separate list and have one just for real games shipping out? I think that would be really helpful, Gamespot.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@monson21502 Because PS3 fans dis xbox out of boredom for no reason or they are jealous that xbox has Fable 3 and they dont.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@HellWithoutSin With those 2 games, id say busy couple of weeks instead of just one day.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Fable III and The Sims 3. I'm so grabbing Fable III day one if I can.....