Shippin' Out October 28-November 2: Guitar Hero III, Hellgate, Manhunt 2, Simpsons

Tabula Rasa, PS3 Stranglehold, 360 Virtua Fighter 5, Battalion Wars 2, and many others fill up the US Halloween week release slate.

Though Tuesdays are traditionally prime time for game releases, one of the week's biggest titles got a jump on the competition by hitting retail at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning. That's when more than 3,000 US stores began selling Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, the fourth installment in Activision's rhythm game franchise. Though no initial sales figures are yet available, the game is a preordained hit, given the fact its forbears Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, and Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s sold nearly 5 million copies in the US, generating over $360 million in sales (according to the NPD group).

In addition to its pedigree, Guitar Hero III also has two major factors working it its favor. First, besides being released for the Xbox 360 and PS2, the game marks the series' debut on the PlayStation 3 and Wii--two untapped markets of eager gamers. (The game will ship for the PC and Macintosh next month.) Second, the game has three weeks' head start on its soon-to-be archrival Rock Band from MTV Games and Electronic Arts. The new PS3, PS2, and 360 game is being developed by Harmonix, developer of the first 3 Guitar Hero games, with Tony Hawk studio Neversoft taking over back-end duties for Guitar Hero III.

Gamers not interested in being a virtual Steve Vai also have plenty of options this week, which boasts some big guns in publishers' ongoing onslaught on consumers' wallets. Two major massively multiplayer online role-playing games--Hellgate: London and Tabula Rasa--both launch for the PC. The most venerable gaming platform will also get the offline RPG The Witcher and ports of two console games: NBA Live 08 and Sega Rally Revo.

New to both the PC and the 360 this week is the sci-fi shooter TimeShift, which was picked up by Sierra Entertainment after Atari sold it off. (A PS3 version is due out in later November.) Microsoft's console will add Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, Viva Piñata: Party Animals, and the Xbox Live Arcade game Mutant Storm Empire to its library. Also, just over eight months after it received solid reviews on the PS3, Virtua Fighter 5 will beat down 360 owners both on and offline.

Two animation-inspired multiplatform games also arrive on the 360--and myriad other platforms--this week. EA's controversy-plagued game parody compendium The Simpsons Game (X360, PS2, Wii, DS, PS3) arrives alongside Cars Mater-National (PS2, X360, PS3, PC, DS), THQ's sequel to its first game tie-in to the Pixar film Cars.

Two days before Halloween, Wii owners will receive a trio of spooky classics via the platform's Virtual Console: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, (1988, NES), Samurai Ghost (1992, TurboGrafx-16), and Magician Lord (1990, NeoGeo). Nintendo's ever-popular console will also get cold-cocked by Showtime Championship Boxing and overrun by comic war game Battalion Wars 2.

Last but certainly not least, two delayed titles will finally see the light of retail this week. Months after it was banned in the UK and Australia and given the dreaded AO for Adults Only rating in the US, Manhunt 2 arrives on the Wii, PS2, and PlayStation Portable--albeit in a slightly watered-down, M-rated form. Carnage of a different sort strikes the PS3 in the form of Stranglehold, the game sequel to the Hong Kong action classic Hard Boiled.

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

OCTOBER 28, 2007
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (X360, WII, PS2, PS3)

OCTOBER 29, 2007
Battalion Wars 2 (WII)
Cars Mater-National (PS2, X360, PS3, PC, DS)
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (WII VC)
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (DS)
Magician Lord (WII VC)
Manhunt 2 (WII, PS2, PSP)
Ratatouille Food Frenzy (DS)
Samurai Ghost (WII VC)
Stranglehold (PS3)

OCTOBER 30, 2007
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)
Ben 10: Protector of Earth (PS2, DS, PSP, WII)
Barbie as The Island Princess (DS, PC, PS2, GBA, WII)
Fashion Designer (PC)
Hooked! Real Motion Fishing (WII)
Napoleon Dynamite (PSP, DS)
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja (X360)
NBA Live 08 (PC)
The Office (PC, PSP, DS)
O.M.G. 26 - Our Mini Games (DS)
Sega Rally Revo (PC)
Showtime Championship Boxing (WII)
The Simpsons Game (X360, PS2, WII, DS, PS3)
Super Collapse 3 (DS)
Tabula Rasa (PC)
TimeShift (X360, PC)
Virtua Fighter 5 (X360)
Viva Pinata: Party Animals (X360)
The Witcher (PC)

OCTOBER 31, 2007
Dementium: The Ward (DS)
Hellgate: London (PC)
Mutant Storm Empire (Xbox 360/XBLA)

NOVEMBER 1, 2007
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure

NOVEMBER 2, 2007
SunAge (PC)
Culpa Innata (PC)

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64 comments
ebookerd1
ebookerd1

This is Unbelivable the Greatest game of all time is being released this week FASHION DESIGNER!!! Finally My Life is complete!!! :D (Sarcasm!!! Really)

Devvy01
Devvy01

battalion wars 2 , ds , ea , guitar hero iii ,hellgate ,manhunt 2 ,october 28-november 2 , ps3 , shippin out , simpsons , tabula rasa, wii

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

manhunt 2 was not the game it could have been, but VF 5 X360 WAS AWESOME!

lynch03
lynch03

The Witcher is such an amazing game. I'm playing it right now and this game needs some hype it's just quality.

amitthegreat
amitthegreat

I already tried the overdose...this is crap...

SectionOneOp
SectionOneOp

Just picked up Tabula Rasa, The Witcher and Timeshift, all for the PC (along with Painkiller Overdose and Blazing Angels 2). I might pick up Virtua Fighter 5 in the near future for the 360, we'll see about the reviews.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Lol... Christmas coming earlier, seems like it's been like that the entire year with awesome titles coming out so often. ^_^ Oh man, had no idea TimeShift was coming out this soon - that's got me smiling. Than there's Hellgate: London but still a lil undecided (after reading a few reviews).

_NeoN
_NeoN

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bernieberry
bernieberry

Wow.... Great lineup of games this week. Looks like Christmas is coming early this year.

DMC2677
DMC2677

Also, not even mentioned is the 40 GB PS3 goes on sale on Friday for $399. So many games available over the last month. Let the holiday season begin!!!

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

I'm extremely surprised there's no mention of Disgaea, which is the premiere title for me this week, followed by Stranglehold.

brightboy
brightboy

Naruto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dougphisig
dougphisig

Getting Hellgate: London and may have to pick up Castlevania 2, i always liked that one. Also to Dill-Man the requirements really aren't to bad on hellgate london, it's like 1.8 gig processor and 1 gig of ram can't remember on the video card portion but not to bad.

Warfust
Warfust

Nice lineup this week

Doolum
Doolum

getting stranglehold

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Definitely grabbing Virtua Fighter 5 and Viva Pinata Animals. Already got GHIII. I'll wait on reviews for Simpsons, TimeShift and Manhunt 2 before considering renting them.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I may get Manhunt 2, but I'll wait for reviews.

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Hell yeah!! My GH3, Simpsons Game and Stranglehold are on the way! This is going to be a very good month coming up and we still have Call of Duty 4 to look forward to! :D

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

wtf sega rally has been out of weeks now, can't wait for hellgate

captainslick911
captainslick911

Dont be stupid and pass up The Witcher that game is tight plus its only 40 over at circuit city so is Hellgate so if you have a pc get your game together.

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

Hellgate: London > you all!!! mwuhahahahaa!

A1B2C3CAL
A1B2C3CAL

Hellgate London is in the mail overnight shipping for me! WOOT! I'll see you all in HELL!

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

got GHIII, hellgate: london looks cool, dont know if my comp can run it though, naruto looks good a rent, maybe a buy, bwii same thing, liked the first but money is thin, simpons game- rent, tablua rasa is a ?, dont know much about it too many games, too little money!

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

this...is gonna be an awesome week, GH 3, timeshift, naruto on 360, virtua fighter 5, viva pinata: party animals, and...manhunt 2!!

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

HellGate just in time for Halloween.

LordSpleach
LordSpleach

Who the Hell decided to list the Barbie game. There is no need!

maccaaccam
maccaaccam

does shipping out mean released?

ReaperCloud
ReaperCloud

All these people who are saying "Manhunt 2" must love to play censored games. At this rate, we'll never see any gore/extreme violence in games since they'll just censor them to Hell and back and you sheep will continue to by them. I was going to buy Manhunt 2, but with the censoring done to it...I'll pass.

Star_Wars117
Star_Wars117

GHIII,manhunt 2,Hellgate and Tabula rasa are on my list,

snipe2004
snipe2004

ill probably pick up manhunt 2 and GH3

keeperofgames
keeperofgames

Oh, and BWII for me as well, the online should be awesome

keeperofgames
keeperofgames

I'm certainly getting GHIII and Manhunt 2 for my Wii because I want to play with a wireless guitar and use my wiimote to murder people in any way I want to :D

DeathIsARight
DeathIsARight

guitar hero 3 and manhunt 2...Must buys. I wish I had the money.

alberto2045
alberto2045

hhmmm very nice just like the last one

popsadent
popsadent

Several good games in that list, my wallet feels the pain; but i must buy.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well I am getting Hellgate, but I might have to pick up Manhunt 2

chang_1910
chang_1910

manhunt and BWii and CV II ... so many games, so little money and time :lol:

Rob_101
Rob_101

OMG theres a The Office game?! Why am I just finding out about this now lol?

reactionsok
reactionsok

Wow - GOT TO CATCH EM ALL! not - i can get them all - easily :) TEE HEE MOTHER FING TEE... by going to the store of course a horse...

Shishio817
Shishio817

Can't wait to pick up Naruto: RoaN tomorrow afternoon!!!

aznballer91
aznballer91

iam crying as those benjamins are fading away *lol iam not even american*

K-E316
K-E316

ugh. i see many games based on cartoons.