Shippin' Out September 24-28: Halo 3, Opposing Fronts

Microsoft unleashes 2007's top 360 title alongside Company of Heroes expansion; sixth Settlers game joins five PS3 games and three Wii VC titles.

Unless you've just come back from a three-year stint researching jungle fauna in the deep Amazon, there's probably a good chance you know Halo 3 is coming out this weekend. Microsoft has dropped over $10 million dollars to promote the Xbox 360 exclusive, which will go on sale at over 10,000 locations at midnight--including hundreds of GameStop and Best Buy outlets. GameSpot's own Halo 3 Launch Center has extensive amounts of information on the title, including an extremely positive review and the video of the campaign's first hour.

If you don't own a 360 or aren't partial to foiling an interstellar crusade by fanatically religious aliens, the week does have some notable alternatives. A trio of high-profile games previously released on other platforms hit the PlayStation 3: Midway's Stranglehold, Electronic Arts' Skate, and Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII. Another game originally slated to arrive last week, THQ's racer Juiced 2, arrives on the PlayStation 3 (and the PSP) on Tuesday, alongside Sony's first-party basketballer, NBA 08 (PS3, PSP).

The days ahead also offer something to PC gamers whose thirst for Nazi blood has not yet been slaked. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, the first stand-alone sequel to THQ's critically acclaimed real-time strategy game, ships out Monday. Other offerings for the mother of all gaming platforms include The Settlers: Rise of an Empire, the sixth installment in the city-building strategy series; and Loki: Heroes of Mythology, an action role-playing game that mingles deities from four pantheons.

With no new releases scheduled for Xbox Live Arcade, and Thursday's PlayStation Store update still unannounced, the Wii's Virtual Console is the only console service with any confirmed new games for download. Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic Kirby's Avalanche teams up with the Sega Genesis favorite Streets of Rage 3 and TurboGrafx-16 throwback Legend of Hero Tonma on the Wii Shop channel.

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

SEPTEMBER 24, 2007
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (PC)
Hour of Victory (PC)
Jackass the Game (PS2)
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (PS3, PSP)
Kirby's Avalanche (Wii VC)
Legend of Hero Tonma (Wii VC)
Skate (PS3)
Streets of Rage 3 (Wii VC)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
Bratz: The Movie (WII, PS2)
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII (PS3)
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2
Dewy's Adventure (WII)
Halo 3 (X360)
Hot Pixel (PSP)
NBA 08 (PS3, PSP)
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire (PC)
Stranglehold (PS3)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence (X360, PC)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2007
No releases announced.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
Loki: Heroes of Mythology (PC)

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hooperfax006
hooperfax006

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commando611
commando611

overall this has been a crap week other than halo 3,all the sales of others where prob 1 sale every store. due to halo 3. lol

Dan2002sk8er
Dan2002sk8er

Jacob-Goodlich - I have to disagree with you on the Halo thing, Halo multilayer will always be fun, then I will agree Assassins Creed will be thew best game this year, but why would anyone care about stranglehold when Halo 3 is released this week. this was a horrible strategy by the makers of Stranglehold, first the game is horrible you slide over all objects and the graphics look like a launch title for the dreamcast. Then they release it along side Halo 3, the people who made this game are a bunch of geniuses. the only game other than Halo that is worth looking at that released this week is Skate.

p00phead
p00phead

i love halo 3 but it was to short in campaign

ParanoidSarge
ParanoidSarge

Wow, I can't believe halo sold that many copies!! I have mine and I'm already addicted.lol. [How come every comment that refers to Halo 3 it has a negative rated comment?(Sony fanboys anyone...)]

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I think it is understood that all eyes will be on Halo 3.

NerdboyHimself
NerdboyHimself

Any particular reason they're not listing Soul Nomad for the PS2? Despite, y'know, being advertised right there on the PS2 page, in a very visible location, the legend "SEPTEMBER 25" plainly visible?

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

its kind of difficult to find the actual release date for stranglehold, but anyway im really glad that halo3 is out........should only take a few days to get bored of and then the REAL game of the year comes out(assassins creed)

Homerj
Homerj

Thanks for the clarification wolf...I saw that and said..theres no way Stranglehold is ready for PS3 so soon.

Pablo620
Pablo620

OMG now i know why there is Halo 3 stuff just about everywhere. Cause it came out today. NO jk really

thewolf619
thewolf619

Stranglehold got pushed to next month, Blazing Angels is being listed as November and NBA08 is next week. Silly Gamespot.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Gotta say, glad to see Halo 3 isn't the only title available this week that has me interested. There's Juiced 2, really enjoyed part 1, and then there's Loki.

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_NeoN

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Jebril
Jebril

Halo is doomed Brats and Dewey are both released in the same week, everyone will forgot about their 360s and play with their Wiis this week. Yeah I know, but it never gets old for me.

Yojimbo8
Yojimbo8

Think the stores will stay open and do another midnight release for CSI? =P

andrewhateme
andrewhateme

Wow another CSI game?? thats Craptastic.

wainojake
wainojake

thats because no one wants to try and compete with halo 3 so they arn't trying to release on the same day

mcxps3
mcxps3

Probably the first time all year the ps3 gets more releases than the wii and 360 not that itll matter though becuz Halo3 is gonna sell moroe on day one than all these aother titles combined. Oh well Back to VF5 and Warhawk, Ratchet and Clank hurry up.

salamancecool
salamancecool

I'll get halo 3 early tomorrow when it comes out.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Wow, can CSI come out with anymore media options? How many different CSIs are on tv now? I'll grab Halo tonight.

Xbox_Gamer_117
Xbox_Gamer_117

Will Halo 3 sell more than all these games togather?!

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

I'm still waiting for another fantastic VC game. I had Kirby's Avalanche when I was little, but I didn't love it. Didn't like puzzle games back then. Don't know if I'll get it now. I kinda want to wait for Tetris Attack or something.

ramanav
ramanav

i have a ps3 and i am going to my friends house to play halo because no good games r comin out for the ps3. I guess i will have to wait till cod 4, unreal tournament 3 and the simpsons.

Brambler
Brambler

mattster1134 ur probably only saying that because u cant afford a 360 I am sure if he has a PC he could afford a crapbox 360

Evilrudy
Evilrudy

I was actually looking forward to Settlers: Rise of an Empire. That demo was sweet.

kutty12000
kutty12000

Wow had no idea CoH OF was coming out this week. Hope it'll have as awesome a SP experience as CoH

graze81
graze81

Is Stranglehold PS3 out this week? Some retail sites are listing Oct 25. I've checked on Futureshop and Bestbuy.ca and they still list the game as coming out today. Does anyone know for certain it is out this week?

pikaby
pikaby

Nothing. Looks like I'll have to settle for Dewy

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

This Damn Shipping for Halo better be on time all the other games this week/Month are useless bargin bin sellers.

mattster1134
mattster1134

ur probably only saying that because u cant afford a 360

mattster1134
mattster1134

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noobgotpwned
noobgotpwned

Halo sucks COH OF is the only good game coming out

premier111
premier111

haha look at the emptiness after halo, because all developers knew that 360's are running halo and PS3/Wii owners are at a friends house playing halo. Hilarious.

TristanH12
TristanH12

They completely left off Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire Wii

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hmm... now should I get Bratz or Halo 3? lol...

waraga
waraga

i will wait for msg4

Doolum
Doolum

wanna give a try to Stranglehold

Vindictae
Vindictae

Definitely getting Opposing Fronts. Looks to be a great expansion to an already great game, and especially with doubling the playable factions. Can't wait to try the British artillery...

woolysockofdoom
woolysockofdoom

Looks like most companies decided to not release any X360 game during this week... I wonder why?