Shippin' Out February 20-26: Killzone 3, Bulletstorm
New release slate led by Guerrilla Games' third Helghan title, People Can Fly's shooter; Knights Contract, de Blob 2 also out.
Last week, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds led all new releases, but this week's focus replaces fighting with first-person shooting.
Leading the pack this week is Killzone 3. Due out on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 3, the title is the second Killzone title to debut on Sony's high-definition console, following 2009's adored Killzone 2.
Killzone 3 will be available in two versions, a standard $60 release and a $130 limited-edition package with a replica mask and helmet of the series' signature Helghast armies. While the headgear is the centerpiece of the extra goodies, the collector's edition will also include a 6.5-inch articulated cloaking Helghast marksman action figure, an art book, and a voucher to download multiplayer maps, the game's soundtrack, and more.
Out this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC is People Can Fly's controversial first-person shooter/kicker Bulletstorm. Developed by Epic subsidiary People Can Fly, Bulletstorm is built around a skill-shot system that rewards players for dispatching enemies in creative and often gory ways.
Those who purchase the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm will earn access to the multiplayer beta for Epic Games' Gears of War 3, which will most likely kick off in April.
Also out this week is Knights Contract for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Knights Contract sees players following the unlikely duo of the witch Gretchen and the immortal executioner Heinrich. Though Gretchen actually died at Heinrich's hands, she has been resurrected and now controls the scythe-wielding warrior. Together, the pair struggles to save the world from a "black spell of death" and a supernatural army called the Harmonculous.
As Heinrich, gamers string together appendage-dismembering combos while the computer-controlled Gretchen uses her magic in a supporting role. Players will also be able to coordinate the pair's attacks by issuing mid-melee commands to Gretchen, as well as executing finishing moves. While Heinrich is invincible, players will need to protect the vulnerable Gretchen if they want to complete their quest.
Gamers looking to get messy can pick up de Blob 2 this week. Unlike its predecessor, which debuted only on the Wii, the sequel hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and DS on Tuesday.
In the console versions of de Blob 2, antagonist Comrade Black returns to suck the vivacity out of Prisma City, rigging an election to regain control of the commonwealth. As de Blob, players platform their way through the mired Prisma City, spreading color and restoring the city to its once-vibrant nature. de Blob will have a number of new moves and upgradable abilities, as well as a robot sidekick named Pinky. In addition to free-roaming levels, the console versions will feature a 2D underground component.
The DS version will feature exclusively 2D side-scrolling play. The handheld installment sees de Blob lounging in the tropics after having reclaimed Chroma City from the clutches of Comrade Black. In said jungle, however, the evil machinations of Comrade Black collaborator Dr. Von Bolt continue. He is conducting nefarious experiments on woodland creatures. New moves, compatriots, and enemies await de Blob in the DS adventure game.
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 Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Ys I and II Chronicles--PSP--Xseed Entertainment
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Bulletstorm--PC, X360, PS3--Electronic Arts
de Blob 2--DS, Wii, X360, PS3--THQ
The Dreamcast Collection--PC, 360--Sega
Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money--PC, PS3--Bethesda Softworks
Gray Matter--PC--Viva Media
Knights Contract--PS3, 360--Namco Bandai Games
Radiant Historia--DS--DS--Atlus U.S.A. Inc.
Rec Room Games--DS--Destineer
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Bejeweled Blitz Live--X360--PopCap
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Gemini Rue--PC--Wadjet Eye Games
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Painkiller: Redemption--PC--DreamCatcher Interactive
Trapped Dead--PC--Iceberg Interactive
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