Shippin' Out October 1-5: Phantom Hourglass, PGR4, NBA, Quake Wars

Headliners joined by Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, FlatOut 2, Crash of the Titans, and Chibi-Robo on retail shelves this week.

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Contrary to what Cortana has been leading us to believe, last week did not see the end of the world. However, it did see the end of the wall of Halo 3 noise hyping Bungie's latest shooter. Lo and behold, it turns out that a whole mess of anticipated games come out this week, led for many by Link's latest maritime adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the Nintendo DS. A sequel to 2003's GameCube favorite--and GameSpot Game of the Year--Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass is the first DS installment for the Big N's pointy-eared protagonist Link. Phantom Hourglass is rated E for Everyone and retails for $34.99.

Project Gotham Racing 4 takes to the streets this week for the Xbox 360, and it's potentially the last installment in Microsoft's series developed by Bizarre Creations. That's because Bizarre Creations announced last week that it would be creating a new racing series for Activision, its new parent company. Whether or not that spells the end of the Microsoft-owned PGR property for Bizarre is yet to be seen. In the meantime, fans of the series still have PGR4, which for the first time includes motorcycles and dynamic weather effects, as well as its standard array of exotic sports cars. Rated E for Everyone, PGR4 retails for $59.99.

With the 2007-2008 NBA season tipping off in just a few weeks, 2K Sports' NBA 2K8 and EA Sports' NBA Live 08 are taking to the court for their annual showdown on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2 (as well as the Wii for NBA Live 08). A demo for each is available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. (A free trial of Sony's midcourt air ball NBA 08 is also on the PSN.)

Also out this week is the well-reviewed Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC) as well as Sierra's platformer Crash of the Titans (Xbox 360, PS2, and Wii), and the once-suspected-canned Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS). Activision's latest Spider-Man spin-off--Friend or Foe--swings to the Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC, while Bugbear's FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage crashes onto the Xbox 360. In addition to free demos for Friend or Foe and Ultimate Carnage, the latest interpretation of Alexey Pajitnov's 1985 puzzler--Tetris Splash--can be found on Xbox Live on Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
Hot Wheels: Beat That (Wii, DS)
Balls of Fury (Wii)

OCTOBER 1, 2007
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
NBA Live 08 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii)
Monopoly 2008 (PC)
The Chosen - Well of Souls (PC)
Race (PC)
Popx3 (Wii)
Hoyle Casino 2008 (PC)
Hoyle Puzzle and Board 2008 (PC)
Hoyle Card Games 2008 (PC)
RACE 07 - The WTCC Game (PC)
Ultimate 3D Pinball (PC)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Wii VC)
Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Earth (Wii VC)

OCTOBER 2, 2007
Next Life (PC)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (X360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC)
Holly Hobbie & Friends (DS)
Crash of the Titans (X360, PS2, Wii)
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (PS2, DS, GBA)
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow (PSP)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (X360)
NBA 2K8 (X360, PS3, PS2)
Ninjabread Man (Wii)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC)
Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS)
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)

OCTOBER 3, 2007
Biker Mice from Mars (PSP)
MLB Power Pros (PS2, Wii)
Tetris Splash (X360)

OCTOBER 4, 2007
No releases announced.

OCTOBER 5, 2007
No releases announced.

Discussion

86 comments
Emandudeguy
Emandudeguy

What happended to Biker Mice From Mars?

rodrigo101992
rodrigo101992

I dont like PGR4 but my brother is going to buy it

Gordfacekiller
Gordfacekiller

All I have to say is Snake would kick Logans @$$

hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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sonic0491
sonic0491

i just watched the interview with the devs WHY IS A CRAZY OLD LADY WHO IS PULLING IDEAS OUT HER A** IN CHARGE OF CRASH NOW-NAUGHTY DOG GET IT BACK!

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

zelda i such a sexy game its just not fare to the others why o why is zelda so good

xcube15
xcube15

Who is witting the review for NBA LIVE 08? is taking forever. I bet is going to get a bad review.

R-Force
R-Force

PGR4 is one of the best racers I've seen! Definitely the best racer on 360 in any case.

crazysanta
crazysanta

what games are funnier than halo 3

yanogore
yanogore

I didn't finished with Halo 3 yet, how i supose to play all that games??

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I've just downloaded Tetris Splash. I think it's great with the underwater setting. Worth checking out if you're looking into a new arcade game for your Xbox 360.

Hellmonkey012
Hellmonkey012

Im gettin LoZ PH, I already have it preordered

exokun
exokun

lol biker mice & ninjabread man ^_^

DrMario57
DrMario57

THE ORANGE BOX - OCTOBER 10TH FTW.

slavedheart
slavedheart

Yippie! No non-basketball games coming out for the PS3! Woohoo... I thought I was actually going to have a game to play, thank goodness THAT didn't happen (grumble...back to warhawk)

evergrant2
evergrant2

i want a PGR$ demo, is there one yet

km1498
km1498

Oh yeah; The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Project Gotham Racing 4, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, theres also a couple more on that list that I might rent. Sounds like it will be a good week.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

NBA 2K8 ! Getting that one for sure. Suns 2008 NBA Champions!

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Hell yeah, I'm really looking forward to Phantom Hourglass and seeing how a Zelda game plays on DS.

LordelX
LordelX

A new GBA game. Where can you buy new GBA games now?

DayLightBreak
DayLightBreak

yes finally! all good games coming out, starting this month!

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

phantom hourglass is easily the best of these releases.i love all zelda games and i think that this is a great game.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

I'm really looking forward to Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow

darkenedknights
darkenedknights

Good work Gamespot - the link to your own Spider-man: Friend or Foe page shows the release date of next week. The 10th. Embarrassing.....

N8A
N8A

Mmm phantom hourglass goodness.

sonic0491
sonic0491

i want to get project gotham 4- only because its the last time ill get to enjoy the series. i saw a video review on quake wars and it looks very bland too me so im just going to re buy quake 4. i didint even know crash was coming out- its been a silent title- neh i know it will suck- the originals are the best

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

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Oldwolf62
Oldwolf62

Quake Wars got it, playing it, Love it.. :)

EternalFire00
EternalFire00

The Legend of Zelda: Important Item. Seems to be the running theme with the title nowadays. Anyway, it is amazing and I am getting it.

jocaju
jocaju

Syphon filter: Logan's shadow!! Finally

Nike_Air
Nike_Air

NinjaBreadMan , sweet. Everyone should pick it up.

jdbthexboxgamr
jdbthexboxgamr

NBA Live 08 vs 2K8 and PGR4 vs Flatout UC,let the battles begin..........

Mystic_Flames
Mystic_Flames

PGR4, Phantom Hourglass, Quake Wars, Wii VC Games -- great week

snipe2004
snipe2004

just waiting for the reviews for NBA Live 08 and 2k8 before i decide my choice

lamprey263
lamprey263

@Space-Q - your "Dear Nintendo" comment just made me squirt coffee out my nose :P

PS3Compass
PS3Compass

SYPHON FILTER: LOGAN'S SHADOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

finaleve
finaleve

Space-Q > I have to agree, and Okami is my favorite game thus far (hence my avatar). TP is probably an interesting Zelda game, but it came up too short.

Brambler
Brambler

Nothing til November for me....COD 4, Rock Band, Uncharted.....

bghattas
bghattas

Project Gotham Racing 4 and NBA 2K8 on the 360 this week for me. Then, nothing until the end of the month when I buy Ratchet & Clank and Guitar Hero III for my PS3....with The Orange Box in between.

Silenthps
Silenthps

OMG NINJABREAD MAN COMES OUT TOMORROW :D!!!!

mamad_raiss
mamad_raiss

First IGN uk Review give PGR 4 a 9.1 , It is going to be another AAA title for xbox360 , it seems we should spend 60 every week to buy a great 360 title :( .

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

A new Zelda game = a great gaming week, regardless of whether or not ANYthing else comes out.