Shippin' Out Sept. 11-17: God of War Origins

PS3 compilation of Kratos' PSP exploits joined in stores by NHL 12 and Twisted Pixel's Gunstringer; downloadable debuts topped by free Red Dead Redemption add-on.

With Resistance 3, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Driver: San Francisco, Dead Island, and Star Fox 3DS, the first full week of September was chock-full of high-profile new releases. The second week lets up ever so slightly, with a new PlayStation 3 compilation of Kratos' portable conquests leading a slate featuring EA Sports' annual hockey sim, Twisted Pixel's first Kinect game, and a free downloadable add-on to last year's smash hit Red Dead Redemption.

God of War Origins will let gamers find out what makes Kratos tick. Besides all-consuming rage.

The God of War: Origins Collection brings together the two PSP installments in Sony's popular god-slaughtering action series: 2008's God of War: Chains of Olympus and 2010's God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Both games will be remastered in high definition with support for 3D displays, as well as PlayStation Network trophies.

While NHL preseason games don't start until September 19, this week's release of EA Sports' annual puck sim will signal a welcome end to a tragedy-filled offseason. Putting the focus back on the ice, EA Sports has updated this year's version of the series with a new "Full Contact" physics engine. The publisher aims to increase realism in the game, adding in such features as goalies that can be interfered with more realistically, as well as net battles. It has also revamped the Be a Pro career mode and added a handful of legends to the game, including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Gordie Howe.

The launch of Twisted Pixel's Gunstringer marks a pair of firsts for the developer. The Western-themed marionette-based shooter is both the first Kinect game from the studio, as well as its first retail offering. The Gunstringer will sell for $40 in stores and will be bundled with a voucher code to download Halfbrick's slice-'em-up Fruit Ninja Kinect. The Halfbrick-developed produce-slicing game saw a stand-alone Xbox Live Arcade launch August 10 and sells for $10 separately.

Red Dead Redemption gets a posse of new multiplayer characters this week with the free Myths and Mavericks Bonus Pack. The eight new characters are pulled from the original game's single-player mode and highlighted by aging gunslinger Landon Ricketts. The rest of the new additions include Vicente DeSanta, Drew MacFarlane, Deputy Eli, Deputy Jonah, Javier Esquella, Nastas, and Uncle. The add-on also includes 11 new locations for multiplayer matches.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases 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.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Secrets of the Artificers--PC--Atari

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
The Gunstringer--X360--Microsoft
NHL 12--X360, PS3--EA Sports
Red Dead Redemption: Myths & Mavericks Bonus Pack--PS3--Rockstar
God of War Origins Collection--PS3--Sony
Hard Reset--PC--Flying Wild Hog
Bit.Trip Saga--3DS--Aksys Games
Bit.Trip Complete--Wii--Aksys Games
White Knight Chronicles II--PS3--D3Publisher
Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures
Challenge Me: Word Puzzles--DS--O-Games
Thor: God of Thunder--3DS--Sega
Deca Sports Extreme--3DS--Konami
Call of Juarez: The Cartel--PC--Ubisoft
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad--PC--Tripwire
Nicktoons MLB--X360, Wii, DS--2K Play
Balloon Pop 2--3DS--UFO Interactive
Kinect Zoom peripheral--Nyko

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Expansion--PC, PS3, X360--Wizards of the Coast
TrackMania 2 Canyon--PC--Ubisoft
Defense of the Middle Kingdom--DS--Aksys Games
Bridge--DS--Cosmigo
MotoHeroz--Wii--RedLynx

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47 comments
pszone
pszone

nothing this wk not much coming into uk but i got restanice 3 but got pass on dead island not that great. But god of war hd collection 2 well its great idea anyways lets hope more to come near future oh wait MGS HD collection.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

A relatively light week after the monster week last week. I guess a small respite for cash strapped gamers.

kamber87
kamber87

God of war games are great. This is a must buy for all PS3 owners. One thing I don't get is why make such successful franchise exclusively for one console (and this is not the only title that has that restriction). Everyone should be given a chance to play GOW.

risako9
risako9

Why is BIOHAZARD revival not on the list?

videogamer008
videogamer008

i am not offending Kratos in any way, I totally love him.... he is a great bada%$@ and let me tell you, God of War games are one of my all time favorites. and.... i am not bashing NO other games... i love ALL games..

videogamer008
videogamer008

i love that it is coming in PS3 now because I have God of War I & II in High Definition and I got God of War III.. Now I cant wait to get God of War Originals. I don't want you guys to get me wrong on this but there is 1 thing that i dislike though and it isnt the games themseelves, it is the rapidly buttons pressing... Like, the circle button and the L1 and R1 buttons.... Could anyone tell me how to reduce the difficulty on that or you cant...

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Would love to get GOW: Origins but I'ma wait on it. Also, had no clue they were releasing a White Chronicles II LOL But yeah, I'm saving my dough for October and November: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, and Revelations are my top 3 priorities gaming wise right now. Will have to cop the rest later cause I can't empty out my pockets before Christmas LOL

CheekyIchi
CheekyIchi

I'm going to buy God of War Origins Collection tomorrow from Best Buy! :)

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Hard reset looks interesting, but in general I'm somewhat appreciative of the lull in releases right now. Gives us a chance to save for the onslaught scheduled in the coming months. The more I hear about Skyrim, the more I'm certain it's something I'm not going to be able to skip.

pokecharm
pokecharm

good shout-out for the deaths in the NHL, nice show, Brendan! That really is a unfortunate and I doubt we'll hear the end of the cause from the NHL.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

God of War Origins is a must buy for me. Love the PSP but God of War games should have the Dual Analog controls. PS3 now has all of Krato's adventures. All 5 God of War games can now be played in order on the PS3. I might have to try that.

sonicare
sonicare

After God of War 3, it's hard to go back and play any other version. That game was so good looking it just spoils you.

franzito
franzito

Compilations make fun easy!

Rand401
Rand401

Compilations definitely were a good idea

cameio
cameio

OOOOOH YES God of War Origins Day one for me :D

zidan4000
zidan4000

I played both games on the PSP and I played the PS3 demo of GoW Origins, I am definitely getting this game.

robfield
robfield

I really wish Bit.Trip.Saga didn't have to be on 3DS. I would gladly play that on DS. And even though a 360 or PS3 version is unlikely it would be nice as a downloadable title on those platforms.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'm getting Dead Island this week, I didn't grab it last week because the reviews made me think twice but now that I've seen a little of a Let's Play on Youtube I think I'd like it..... Character voices could have been better but if the game is tense and enjoyable/rewarding I'm in.

fester420
fester420

Still no word on the Portal 2 dlc I guess. It's supposed to come before the end of summer which is the 21st I think and last I heard they were still on track

Polybren
Polybren

Oops. Hard Reset added. Will have to figure out how/why it didn't make it in there originally. Current hypothesis: Human error.

TheArcade
TheArcade

At first I was a little bit skeptical but now I'm really starting to enjoy these collections/compilations.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I'll be picking GOW OC sometime in the future since I've never played GoS. I liked CoO but never bothered with GoS because it's a game that belongs to consoles, not portable with a small screen.

servb0ts
servb0ts

GOW i never played but i'ma wait for all 5 games on one disc before I get to know Kratos lol. WKC 2, I'll pass played 1st got bored after repeatable gameplay. even after beating game twice and reborn 4 times, i simply just lost interest.

AznEvan
AznEvan

I'm stoked for White Knight Chronicles II!! 8D

CrossFire312
CrossFire312

I can't wait to use casual aiming on Red Dead Redemption and shoot everybody in the face as Uncle!

187umKILLAH
187umKILLAH

@fester420 Interesting link & yea I have no doubt it would look better in 3D but seriously how many people have 3D TV's? Bugger all. They put in a lot of work to upgrade from PSP sure but the fact remains the graphics look awful compared to most other games, they would've been better off putting all that time & effort into a new GOW game thats actually designed specifically for the PS3. Even though I thought the demo looked bad it was still fun to play. If it costs $40 where I live then I'd probably get it for gameplay alone, but I have no doubt here in New Zealand its gonna cost at least $80 (most new games are around $100-$120 here) which I don't think its worth.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

@kris9031998 I think you mean why wasn't red orchestra 2 discussed in the article. I was a bit perplexed on that as well. At least it got a little attention down there with Nicktoons MLB... :(

kris9031998
kris9031998

How is Red orchestra not mentioned? (i know its in the list, but that and hard reset are pretty big releases this week)

Altaireed
Altaireed

Hey how about Hard Reset PC exclusive !?

187umKILLAH
187umKILLAH

GOW Origins demo is available on PSN and I must say after playing GOW3 (easily the best looking game on PS3) then going to this demo I won't be picking up this new game unless its very cheap. The graphics are abismal, I understand its a port from the PSP but its no excuse for such awful graphics in this day and age. Sure gameplay is fun & graphics don't make the game but you can't just ignore the fact your basically playing PSOne standard graphics. *If you give me thumbs down you obviously haven't played this new demo or don't mind paying for a new game with graphics that look over a decade old.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

I'm unfamiliar with most of the games that are being released on September. I guess everyone is going to go nuts about October. I think there's a game for everyone that month. I'm saving my money for Dark Souls, I hope everyone enjoy's the game their waiting for this fall and winter (:

Setho10
Setho10

@Polybren - You missed Hard Reset. Released in just a couple of days. At least deserves a spot on the list if not its own paragraph...

icekids
icekids

Im buying GOW Origins and Resistance3 :)

DrMatta
DrMatta

Radiant Silvergun - 14 sep

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Where is Hard Reset on the releases this week? Game releases in 2 days... Come on GS... have to do better on getting list correct.

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

I have no problems with gow but I am not confident about how well its gonna work on ps3. Ps2 to ps3 sort of makes sense but i am not sure about psp. I mean psp and ps3 theres hell of a difference.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

hmm I'm thinking of picking up GOW, is it worth $30? ( I got a coupon to Gamestop)

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

Still waiting on that Red Dead goty you jerks

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

It's a cool idea to move successful PSP games to PS3, I just wish they (Sony, developers) would do it more often.

rubersplayer
rubersplayer

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