Shippin' Out 4/17-4/21: Final Fantasy XI Online, Brain Age

The Xbox 360's first MMORPG and the Nintendo DS brainteaser join Dreamfall in stores this week.


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Just under 100 years ago, San Francisco was all but destroyed by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent firestorm. A century later, the news is much less earth-shattering--unless you have been waiting for the sequel to The Longest Journey.

Yes, after three years in development, Funcom's Dreamfall: The Longest Journey has finally made it to the Xbox and PC. It joins a host of other games shipping this week on a variety of platforms. The highest-profile releases come from Square Enix. The publisher is not only releasing an expansion to Final Fantasy XI for the PC and PlayStation 2, it is also releasing Final Fantasy XI Online, which combines the two titles and all other FFXI expansion into one Xbox 360 game. Though the game was originally released in 2003 on the other platforms, it will be the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Microsoft's next-generation console.

If Japanese RPGs aren't your thing, this week will see another major release, but of the more puzzling kind. Yes, after taking Japan by storm, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day will finally hit American DSs. It marks the sole release for any Nintendo platform for the week--besides Blades of Thunder 2 for the DS, that is.

APRIL 17, 2006
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC, Xbox)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS)
World Poker Tour (PSP)

APRIL 18, 2006
Atari Racing Collection (PC)
Blades of Thunder 2 (DS)
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition (PC)
Final Fantasy XI Online (Xbox 360)
Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan (PS2, PC)
Franklin: A Birthday Surprise (PS2)
Take Command: 2nd Manassas (PC)
Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT (PS2)
Puzzle Challenge: Crosswords & More! (PS2, PSP)
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship (PSP)
SnoCross 2: Featuring Blair Morgan (PS2, Xbox)

APRIL 19, 2006
Atari Flying Bundle (PC)
Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg (PC)

APRIL 20, 2006
Xpand Rally (PC)
Pet Soccer (PC)

APRIL 21, 2006
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC)
Magic Match (PC)
Super Collapse 3 (PC)

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