Shippin' Out: SF II' Hyper Fighting, Dungeon Siege II, Safecracker

Microsoft makes good on Xbox Live Wednesdays gaming with classic Street Fighter II, Gas Powered Games cranks out a Dungeon Siege II expansion, and THQ attempts back-to-back movie-to-game hits.

Most release weeks feature brand-new games filled to the brim with new features, new titles, and, well, new everything--at least on the surface. A couple of leading titles this week, however, are breaking that convention.

The most recent Tony Hawk game, American Wasteland, has been inducted into the best-sellers hall of fame for the Sony PlayStation 2. The latest iteration of Tony Hawk skateboarding combines a standard PS2 budget-priced Greatest Hits game with the original American Wasteland collector's edition. Released in October 2005, the collector's edition was a $60 version of American Wasteland that included two classic levels and skateboarders, a making-of documentary, and concept art.

Meanwhile, after a long wait and multiple delays, Capcom's online-enabled take on a 14-year-old classic fighting game will finally become a reality this hump day. Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting will sell for $10 as the fourth entry in Microsoft's Xbox Live Wednesday campaign on Xbox Live Arcade.

Also on Wednesday, The Adventure Company--best known for publishing modern adventure classics such as Syberia--will test the puzzle-solving skills of adventure gamers. Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure is a budget-priced PC title, developed by Kheops Studio, in which players must search for a deceased billionaire's fortune, hidden somewhere in one of 35 safes littered throughout a mansion. For more on Safecracker, check out GameSpot's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2006 coverage.

Tuesday will see the release of most of the week's titles, including one from a popular children's movie license. Publisher THQ scored a hit with its game adaptations of Pixar's film Cars across all game platforms, and investors and analysts rewarded the company after its first-quarter earnings report last Thursday. THQ hopes to break the bank once again with another film tie-in this week when it releases game versions of Nickelodeon's animated movie Barnyard for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance.

Gas Powered Games and Microsoft's first--and perhaps final--expansion pack to their action role-playing game Dungeon Siege II is hitting stores Tuesday. Dubbed Broken World, the PC expansion includes a new single-player campaign and a new race--plus a wrap-up to the game's storyline. Check out GameSpot's most recent coverage of Broken World for more information.

This week's new releases are listed below. The list is taken from retailer information, so actual dates may vary. Contact your local retailer for availability.

JULY 31
Atlantis Quest (PC)
Big Oil: Build an Oil Empire (PC)
Combat Mission Anthology (PC)
Super KO Boxing (Mobile)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Enhanced Greatest Hits (PS2)

AUGUST 1
Barnyard (PS2, GC, GBA)
Battleground Europe: World War II Online (PC, Mac)
Dungeon Siege II: Broken World (PC)
FlatOut 2 (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Mage Knight: Apocalypse (PC)
Mahjong Towers Eternity (PC)
Poker Superstars II (PC)
Super Monkey Ball Adventure (PS2, GC, PSP)
VeggieTales: Larry Boy and the Bad Apple (PS2, GBA)

AUGUST 2
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure (PC)
Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting (Xbox 360--via Xbox Live only)

AUGUST 4
Time to Ride: Saddles and Stables (PC)

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37 comments
SrLynx
SrLynx

It's already Wednesday.....no sign of SF as yet

Jestarius
Jestarius

I'd have to say scrub describes the vast majority of gamers themselves, let alone xbox live.

Jxy
Jxy

Just be sure to mute your headset. Scrubs whine like no other in fighting games. Scrub would also describe the vast majority of XBL gamers.

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

All you n00bs think you are nice because you beat your kid sister at SFII back in the day. Jump onto XBL and you will soon learn the strength of my Dragon Punch mhuhahaha.

daveg1
daveg1

sf2 great and its tommorow!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Can't wait for Street Fighter II!!!

faizali86
faizali86

faltout 2 and dungeon siege are some good games in there

grave_rob
grave_rob

veggietales?!?! aug1st!!!!! sweet deal! wonder when we'll see tetris on xbl....

iebubu
iebubu

I dont have a x360 yet, but please belive that as soon as i get mines (dec or so), SFII will be the second game i purchase, after of course Gears of War bayb

vitosdepersia
vitosdepersia

Street Fighter and Dead Rising demo!!!!!!!!!!!, Hola to you all, see you on Live

nztauranga
nztauranga

I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL!! YOU WILL FEEL THE WRATH OF MY FURY!!!

Dic_Dasterdly
Dic_Dasterdly

Is it a bad sign that the most anticipated game of the summer is 14yrs old? Oh well, Im still hitten up my man Ren and bringing it to you fool!!!

n00bslayer
n00bslayer

YES SF2 Hyper Fighting FINALLY. I WILL PWN U GUYS ONLINE!!!

iwannamilkbone
iwannamilkbone

Holy crap!! Im gonna ROCK all you guys at SFII !!! Youre gonna wish they never released it!!!

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

wow SF2 for 10 bucks? thats 800 MP..i coulda sworn i heard it was gonna be $15 which is 1200 MP...but hey ...if its 10..then thats sweet!

l0uciferr
l0uciferr

Yay, SFII finally.. Hey everyone add my gamertag xI Bish0p Ix so i can OWN YOU ALL

faridmon
faridmon

another boring week, sorry guys but i don't have an XBOX, so SF II diesn't intrest me, maybe fallout is alright but NO DS games? comeon Nintendo, whats happening? and Super Monkey Ball Adventure came in Europe for about 3 weeks ago.

Dolacide
Dolacide

Cool, hump day will be street fighter all day.

Dinghy_Dog
Dinghy_Dog

i shouldnt have to wait 2 days for SF2

runstalker
runstalker

Mage Knight Apocalypse is an early September release, no?

Grant_Guy
Grant_Guy

I will own you all at SF2 : ).

Nipplehook
Nipplehook

Im aching for some drivin' in Flatout2.

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

I own Street Fighter 2 for the snes, but I think it is worth buying again. That is, if the online play is lag free.

Truth01
Truth01

Can you say that SF is shippin out? It's a download so is it really being shipped?

joeamis
joeamis

SF2 should've been $7.50

herbal23
herbal23

I'm waiting for saint's row and dead rising. :-)

dukerav
dukerav

Yay, finally SFII on Live, about time. May consider DS 2 Expansion not sure though.