AU Shippin' Out November 20-23: Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed

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Xbox 360 owners have had a good year as far as exclusive titles go, and it's about to get better with the release of the highly anticipated Mass Effect. The game is set in the future, where you take on the role of Commander Shepard, an elite human soldier. Thousands of years ago a mechanical race wiped out all civilization throughout the galaxy and they're about to return. As Shepard, it's up to you to stop this threat and save the galaxy. Mass Effect is being produced by BioWare, which is known previously for Jade Empire and the original Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. Despite one retailer releasing the game early, Mass Effect is still officially going on sale around Australia this Thursday.

To much disappointment, Assassin's Creed was delayed at the very last minute for gamers down under and in New Zealand. Ubisoft Australia has confirmed for GameSpot AU that it will indeed be out this week--no later than Wednesday. For those who don't have it yet, Assassin's Creed is set during the Third Crusade and you take on the role of Altair as you attempt to suppress key decision makers of the war. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

For decades they've been stern rivals--until now. Sonic & Mario at the Olympic Games pits the two icons (and characters from their respective universes) in 20 real Olympic sports and a few not so real sports. This is also the first game to feature any official branding for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Wii version of Sonic & Mario at the Olympic Games comes out on the 22nd, with the DS version to follow in 2008.

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

November 20, 2007
No releases scheduled.

November 21, 2007
Hot Wheels: Beat That (360, PS2, Wii, PC, DS)
Barbie as The Island Princess (PC, PS2, DS)
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets (360, PS2, PS3, PC)
Assassin's Creed (360, PS3)

November 22, 2007
Mass Effect (360)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Pokémon Battle Revolution (Wii)
My Word Coach (Wii)
Beowulf (PC, PS3, 360)
Need for Speed ProStreet (360, PS2, PS3, PC, DS)
Crash of the Titans (PSP)
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (PC)
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008 (PSP, PS3)
Smarty Pants (Wii)
Paddington Bear (PS2)
Bomberman Story DS (DS)
Code Lyoko (DS)

November 23, 2007
Championship Manager 2008 (PC)
Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits (DS)

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    wespb34

    lovin assassins creed

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    GamerTamer1

    I'm getting Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games today.

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    Nintendo_Man

    I will be getting Mario & Sonic, played it before and it was alot of fun.

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    markevens

    The holiday gaming bomb has just been released.

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    Xionethic

    YEA!!!!!!! WHOOOOT im getting it today

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    wrestlemaniaw

    assassin's creed is already out!

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    Chief_Kuuni

    sweet

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    hackologue

    ASSASSINS TOMORROW!!!!

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    toadman682000

    YES!!!!!!! Barbie as The Island Princesscomes out tomorrow!!!!!!

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    jacob-goodlich

    getting assassins creed tomorrow.

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    DMWhiteDragon

    Already finished Mass Effect got it early :) Assassin's Creed will be sweet... also have The Witcher and Metroid Prime 3 still to finish too.

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    Eaz-TK

    already got smackdown vs raw 2008 for ps3 the other day. also getting assassins creed from ebay 40 bucks cheaper

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    MasterChief725

    YESS!!! Mass Effect!!! Right on time!!! what else though...smakdown vs. raw...6.5, mario and sonic...what was that...a 7? assasin's creed..idk...1up gave it a 7.0 i think...oh man...well...maybe that one..oh and of course barbie as the island princess. LOL!

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    MasterChief725

    Mass Effect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and...umm.....uhh sonic and mario??

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    Princecake

    fire emblem...:( where are you?

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    jesusrocks

    Mass effect is nuts - cant wait for Assassins Creed!