Shippin' Out Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Sonic Chronicles, Silent Hill 5

BioWare's Sega-mascot-centric DS RPG and Konami's PS3, Xbox 360, and PC horror survival frightener top the week's release slate; video feature inside.

As far as game releases go, this week sees the solidly stacked third quarter of 2008 yield to the positively jam-packed final three months of the year. The transition period contains several major games, including the much-anticipated Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. Published by Sega and featuring its iconic hedgehog mascot, the role-playing game is BioWare's first game for Nintendo's DS handheld. Rated E for Everyone, it is also the first younger-audience offering from the Electronic Arts subsidiary, most famous for its grown-up RPGs Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

One game definitely not for the kids is Silent Hill: Homecoming for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The latest installment in Konami's long-running, movie-spawning horror survival series is rated M for Mature for "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, [and] Sexual Themes." The first non-port console installment in the series since 2004 sees Double Helix Games--formed last year when Foundation 9 merged Shiny Entertainment and The Collective--take over development from Konami's internal studio KCET. With gameplay enhanced by a Resident Evil-like combat system, the game follows a man who returns to find his hometown covered in fog--fog that hides unspeakable horrors.

Those impartial to hedgehogs and zombies won't have all that much more to choose from during the week. Namco Bandai's We Cheer will let Wii owners who didn't make the cut for their high-school cheerleading team live out their pom-pom fantasies virtually. Valhalla Knights 2 brings more of Xseed's RPG action to the PSP, whereas the Marvelous-developed Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility marks the anime-inspired series' debut on Nintendo's console. Other offerings include Pop Cutie Street Fashion Simulation for the DS, and War World and Mega Man 9 on Xbox Live Arcade. Two WiiWare games, Art Style: ORBIENT and Bomberman Blast, went live today alongside the Wii Virtual Console redux of Super Turrican 2 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

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

SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
Animal Paradise (DS)
Bomberman Blast (WII)
Super Turrican 2 (WII VC)
Mortal Kombat Kollection (PS2)

SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
CellZenith (PC)
Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft (PC)
Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility (WII)
In the Shadow of the Raven 2 (PC)
Mount & Blade (PC)
Pipe Mania (PSP, DS, PS2, and PC)
Onimusha: The Essentials (PS2)
Pop Cutie! Street Fashion Simulation (DS)
Princess Debut (DS)
The Settlers IV Gold (PC)
Silent Hill: Homecoming (PC, PS3, X360)
Sniper - Art of Victory (PC)
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS)
Unsolved Crimes (DS)
Wonderland Online (PC)
We Cheer (WII)

OCTOBER 1, 2008
Luxor 4 (PC)
Mega Man 9 (X360)
Petank Party (PC)
Valhalla Knights 2 (PSP)
War World (X360)

OCTOBER 2, 2008
Weekly PlayStation Store update (Details to be announced later this week on the official PlayStation Blog.)

OCTOBER 3, 2008
No releases scheduled.

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35 comments
dark_gender
dark_gender

I hope Silent Hill:Homecoming will have some more interesting extras - not only new outfits.SH4 disappointed me a little bit,I hope this won't.

gulamh
gulamh

Sweet! We Cheer! Been waiting for ages.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Silent Hill's release kind of crept up. Nothing else too much of note.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am so getting Silent Hill

Shadow_Pro
Shadow_Pro

silent hill homecoming.. i cant wait !

ichtus
ichtus

Silent Hill + RE4 controls = so action orientated = totally wrong in terms of Silent Hill'ness.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Silent Hill should be alright but disappointing if you are exspecting a blockbuster

ocdog45
ocdog45

looking forward to that silent hill game.

Baramos6
Baramos6

Wait till next month's release list. (-E-N-E-M-Y- Your name wouldn't be Anderj Karl Grudchwelder would it? Just Curious if my friend is online right now) Anyways just to name a few of the ones a lot of people are (probably) looking forward too. Dead Space, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Saints Row 2, Socom: Confrontation(PS3), Midnight Club: LA, Bioshock(PS3), Far Cry 2, Legendary, LittleBigPlanet(PS3), Fallout 3(mmm...), MotorStorm: Pacific Rift(PS3) Fable 2, and even though this is in November...Left 4 Dead 8D

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-E-N-E-M-Y-

Silent Hill: Homecoming better not be disappointing

lamprey263
lamprey263

how the hell does Silent Hill not have like any reviews?

jumpnjackflash0
jumpnjackflash0

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jordis5
jordis5

sonic and megaman yeah

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Does Homecoming include the trophy system?

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Whoa, Sonic made by BioWare. Let's see if it's good.

necronaux
necronaux

Hope there's a better story to Sillent Hill, I didn't like SH4.

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

Thats not exactly a good game chart but hey there never is

snake2215449
snake2215449

Stupid games man. All the awesome stuff is coming late October and early November.

jadefury27
jadefury27

i hope they consider an onimusha remake for ps3 or 360. no sequel though. the game ended on a decent enough note. take a note on how gamecube remade games in the res evil series.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

A quiet week for sure. That Sonic game might be worth a try on the DS. My buddy likes horror stuff so he'll be getting Silent Hill. Might check out Valhalla Knights 2 for the PSP if I get bored enough. Next game I'm looking forward to is Fracture. 98scoutgandia - November.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Bomberman Blast? Nice... I wish Hudson would pony up some news on the PSN Bomberman game.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Nothing for me to purchase this week. :( Oh well, Fallout 3, Fable II, and LittleBigPlanet will more than make up for this weeks lack of games that interest me.

Israels_Son
Israels_Son

Wow, big week for the virtual console.

Doolum
Doolum

Silent Hill. yeah

videogameking26
videogameking26

All about Silent Hill: Homecoming this week, been waiting awhile to finally get my hands on the new installment:-).

GIF
GIF

Barren week for Xbox 360 / PS3 owners who don't like Silent Hill

angelbless
angelbless

Geez Silent Hill is so close... got to find some candles and make a pentagram :P

euphzilla03
euphzilla03

I can't wait for Silent Hill...oooh it's gonna be great.

umbaquaw
umbaquaw

I can't wait till Midnight! 4 Years of mental recovery finally ends and we start the new nightmare that is Silent Hill Homecoming! Heck yes! I have been waiting for this for so long. Anyways, I bet the Silent hill Resort union is going nuts over this, lol.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I cant wait for silent hill. Man October and november is going to be the best months for gaming releases in history. I have been gaming for almost 20 years and this is by far the best year and the best time in history to be a gamer.

Mar044
Mar044

I always smile when I see No releases Schedualed because it just proves that they want us gamers going mad spending our money on one or the other but not all the games you want :)