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Shippin' Out August 8-14: Madden NFL 11

Notable releases this week include EA Sports' latest gridiron game, Monday Night Combat on Xbox Live Arcade, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on the PlayStation Network.


The 2010 NFL season debuts early next month in New Orleans, but EA Sports tackles the living room this week with the latest edition of its flagship Madden series. The football title is easily the most prominent of the week, but it shares the stage with the next entry in Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion and a Scott Pilgrim vs. The World tie-in.

Snow in August? It's in the game.
Snow in August? It's in the game.

Spearheading the retail week is Madden NFL 11 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii. The title arrives Tuesday, August 10, and packs in a number of changes from its 2010 counterpart. EA has told gamers to expect better animations, new team-specific chants, and Gus Johnson play-by-play in the 2011 version.

Also arriving this week is Uber Entertainment's Xbox Live-exclusive Monday Night Combat. The third-person, class-based shooter blends fast-paced combat with the presentation style of a television program. The title is the fourth in Microsoft's five-game Summer of Arcade promotion, which culminates next week with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

The epic of epic epicness, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starring Michael Cera, hits theaters August 13, and a video game tie-in is coming too. The game of the same name is due out August 10 on PSN and is a four-player offline brawler that takes the premise of the original comics and combines it with side-scrolling action and 8-bit-inspired pixel art by renowned pixel artist Paul Robertson.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

Enjoy Your Massage!--Wii--Microforum
Absolute Chess--DS--Tasuke

Galactic Taz Ball--DS--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Madden NFL 11--DS, PS2, PS3, 360--Electronic Arts
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World--PS3--Ubisoft

Monday Night Combat--X360--Microsoft Game Studios

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