Shippin' Out August 18-22: Too Human, Quest for Booty

Silicon Knights' action-RPG and Ratchet & Clank's bite-sized PS3 offering join XBLA Galaga Legions and Wii VC Mega Man on the week's roster.

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Nearly nine-and-a-half years after it was revealed, Too Human is finally headed to stores. Obviously, given the quantum shift in graphics, the Xbox 360 exclusive that ships tomorrow isn't the same game as the four-disc PlayStation title first shown off in April 1999. The concept remains largely the same, though, with developer Silicon Knights blending elements of Norse mythology and high sci-fi into one action-role-playing-game package. Check back later today for GameSpot's full review.

Those impartial to cyber-swordplay have only a few alternatives this week. PlayStation 3 owners can download Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty via the PlayStation network. As outlined in a recent interview, the latest game will be shorter than prior adventures of the titular Lombax/machine duo and will be priced to match at just $14.99. Although Quest for Booty is episodic in length, there are no sequels to the "stand-alone" game currently announced.

Coincidentally, most of the week's other noteworthy titles are also downloadable. Today, Nintendo released the original NES Mega Man on the Wii Virtual Console for 500 Wii points ($5). Joining Capcom's blue hero is the 1996 NeoGeo game Neo Turf Masters ($9) and Gameloft's WiiWare offering Midnight Pool ($8). On Wednesday, Xbox Live Arcade will see the launch of Namco Bandai's Galaga Legions, the latest revamp of an arcade classic on Microsoft's online service.

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

AUGUST 18, 2008
Mega Man - WII VC
Midnight Pool - WII
Neo Turf Masters - WII VC

AUGUST 19, 2008
Commando: Steel Disaster - DS
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm - PC
Shattered Suns - PC
Too Human - X360
Two Worlds: Epic Edition - PC

AUGUST 20, 2008
Galaga Legions - X360

AUGUST 21, 2008
Anibus - WII
Dracula 3: Path of the Dragon - PC
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty - PS3
Sinking Island - PC
Tank Universal: Challenger Eight - PC

AUGUST 22, 2008
No releases scheduled.

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