AU Shippin' Out November 12-November 16: Crysis and Assassin's Creed

Two of the biggest games of the year come down under.


Since its debut at Microsoft's X06 media event, Assassin's Creed has been involved in plenty of rumours regarding its plot details and which platforms it would appear on when finally released. This Thursday, gamers around Australia will be able to see what all the fuss is about when it goes on sale for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In the game, players take control of an assassin named Altair who must climb the ranks of the Assassin Order while suppressing warmongers of the Third Crusade. Assassin’s Creed will be available in both a standard and collector's edition, though sadly the Altair action figure North America is receiving will not be making its way down under. The PC version of Assassin's Creed is set to be released in first quarter of 2008.

Another highly anticipated game to come out locally this week is Crysis from EA and Crytek. Set in 2020, the player takes control of a futuristic US Delta Force operator--Jake Dunn--who is part of a team infiltrating a series of islands in the Philippines Sea. Their mission is to rescue a team of American archaeologists who have been captured by the North Korean army after discovering a meteor buried on the island. Soon after landing at the site, the meteor opens up and a 2-kilometer-wide alien ship appears, transforming the island into an icy world. Meanwhile, aliens start attacking North Korean and US forces alike, and it's up to the player to save the day. In addition to the single player campaign, Crysis features a fully fledged multiplayer mode supporting up to 32 players and a map editor. Crysis will be available in stores Australia wide on the November 15.

Wrestling fans rejoice because this week sees the release of the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008, the sequel to 2006's best-selling sports title in Australia. The game features updated rosters, improved online community support, new environmental hot spots, and more. The Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, and DS version of the game come out on Thursday, with the PSP and PS3 versions to follow next week.

Two first-party titles from Sony are coming out this week in the form of Lair and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction. Lair sees your character taking to the skies on a dragon to defend your home against the Mokai. For Ratchet & Clank, this is their first outing on the PlayStation 3--and their first next-generation adventure--as they get caught in the middle of an invasion led by Emperor Percival Tachyon while on holidays on the planet Kerwan. Both games are released on the November 15.

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

November 12, 2007
No releases scheduled.

November 13, 2007
No releases scheduled.

November 14, 2007
No releases scheduled.

November 15, 2007
Viva Piñata: Party Animals (360)
Viva Piñata (PC)
Assassin's Creed (PS3, 360)
Lair (PS3)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam (PS3, 360)
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008 (PS2, 360, Wii, DS)
The Simpsons Game (PS3, PSP)
SimCity Societies (PC)
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (DS, Wii)
Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power (PC)
Thomas and Friends: A Day at the Races Eye Toy (PS2)
Power Rangers: Super Legends (PS2)
Crysis (PC)
High School Musical: Makin' the Cut (DS)
High School Musical: Sing It! (PS2, Wii)
Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (PSP)
NASCAR 08 (360)
F.E.A.R. Files (360)
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am (PS2)
Gears of War (PC)
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (Wii)
EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark (PC)
Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (Wii)

November 16, 2007
No releases scheduled.

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This information is wrong Ubi just confirmed that due to a lack of shipping AU is getting Assassins Creed on the 21st..... fantastic

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2 days. Can't believe there are only two days left until Assassin's Creed is in my hands. 2 days!! :D

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im going insane waiting for assassins creed i saw it on E3 over a year and a half ago and ive been following it ever since.

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i cant wait for crysis and Assassin's creed to bad i can only get one of them and that is Assassin's creed

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I sure hope i can play crysis with the 360 gamepad, I was never a fan of the keyboard and mouse.

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Assassin's Creed and Crysis are my most anticipated games now, but I think Assassin's Creed is going to be my favorite game of all time, good thing this game is going to be a series! :D

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Power rangers owns you all!

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I'm waiting for Crysis and Gears of War on PC.

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GameSpot AU Staff: be sure you review Lair properly. roffle.

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getting ratchet and clank, maybe assassin's creed if its any good

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this year was very rich for games.. and seems 2007 is " the year of players "

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iaimon said: "@OriginalPiMan - There are no GameStops in Australia, There is however EBgames which is owned and run by the same company." Posted Nov 12, 2007 6:31 pm GMT +8 Wrong. There are gamestops in Australia. At least in perth.

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Lots of good titles. Its a shame that they all come out at same time. i wish I have no work so i coudl play them- but again, wothout work them. life sucks.

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I'm not stingy when it comes to bying games but for gods sake there are just to many good games being released this half of the year. I want mario galaxies when its out and Metroid Prime 3 just came out in aussie and i hired it out and it was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. So i want Mario and Prime for wii (just bought Guitar Hero for it). Thats just the wii. PC is even worse. I just bought stranglehold. I want gears of war. Pre ordered Crysis of course and i also got orange box as well. Sorry for rambling but if i had heaps of money, my games collection would be considerably large right now lol.

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@OriginalPiMan - There are no GameStops in Australia, There is however EBgames which is owned and run by the same company.

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I'm hoping Crysis comes a bit earlier, I'm dying here

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Darth Tyrev: Where is GameStop in Australia exactly? I sure haven't seen one.

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Thats because this is Australia releases, lol

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About that PC version of Gears of War, I'm gettin conflicting release dates. G-spot says 15th, EB website says 19th and the guy at the EB store said the 15th of December (though I think he may have mixed up the months). Can anyone confirm the release date, I'm sorta confused. Also, why in the heck are we getting it a week after the rest of the world does?!? We Aussies always get shafted. Good thing we're not getting shafted Crysis wise. I'd love to give the Creed a go but I haven't a 360 so I'll just wait for the PC version.

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i do believe that Lair and Ratchet and Clank both came out already, a while ago. however, it looks like a good time to be a PC player. They're getting Gears of War and Crysis. however, PS3 and 360 aren't off too badly what with AC coming out and all

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Too bad PC version of Assassins creed was delayed =/

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Yeah Crysis in three days I thought it when i read this it was coming out on the 12 and i was like What eh hell?

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No releases on Nov. 13 or 14? I assume when they say "list taken from retailers" they mean Gamestop. If they don't have AC on the 13th or 14th as promised, ima start a fire.

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\.::CRYSIS::./ :o I can't wait!!

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so assassins creed is released in australia on the 15th or just shipping and is released on the 22nd?

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My wallet started crying when it saw this list.

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Can't wait!

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