AU Shippin' Out January 19-23: Skate 2

Avoid security and stick it to the man in EA's latest skateboarding game.

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2007's critically acclaimed Skate was the result of EA's decision to focus on new IPs, as opposed to sequels. Thanks to a control scheme that was radically different than anything else on the market, Skate became a hit. Due to its success, it has unsurprisingly spawned a sequel, Skate 2. After spending five years in jail, the game's unnamed protagonist is back on the streets and rebuilding his or her (you can now play as a female character) reputation. Some of the new features in Skate 2 include the ability to get off of your board and push objects around to make an ad-hoc skate park, as well as double the amount of tricks that the first game had. Expect to see Skate 2 in stores around Australia later this week.

Although all of those medical degrees that people buy online may not be valid in real life, Montgomery Memorial Hospital--the hospital where Trauma Center: New Blood is set--will be more than happy to have you. This time around, you don your scrubs to fight a new parasite called stigma, which is a man-made organism wreaking havoc on the local populace. One doctor is good, but two is better, and TCNB introduces a new two-player co-op mode to the game, letting both players work on the patient at the same time. Trauma Center: New Blood is out on Thursday for the Wii.

January 22, 2009
AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack (PS2)
Skate 2 (PS3, 360)
My Fitness Coach (Wii)
100 Classic Book Collection (DS)
My Chinese Coach (DS)

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