Shippin' Out October 1-5: Phantom Hourglass, PGR4, NBA, Quake Wars

Headliners joined by Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, FlatOut 2, Crash of the Titans, and Chibi-Robo on retail shelves this week.


Contrary to what Cortana has been leading us to believe, last week did not see the end of the world. However, it did see the end of the wall of Halo 3 noise hyping Bungie's latest shooter. Lo and behold, it turns out that a whole mess of anticipated games come out this week, led for many by Link's latest maritime adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the Nintendo DS. A sequel to 2003's GameCube favorite--and GameSpot Game of the Year--Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass is the first DS installment for the Big N's pointy-eared protagonist Link. Phantom Hourglass is rated E for Everyone and retails for $34.99.

Project Gotham Racing 4 takes to the streets this week for the Xbox 360, and it's potentially the last installment in Microsoft's series developed by Bizarre Creations. That's because Bizarre Creations announced last week that it would be creating a new racing series for Activision, its new parent company. Whether or not that spells the end of the Microsoft-owned PGR property for Bizarre is yet to be seen. In the meantime, fans of the series still have PGR4, which for the first time includes motorcycles and dynamic weather effects, as well as its standard array of exotic sports cars. Rated E for Everyone, PGR4 retails for $59.99.

With the 2007-2008 NBA season tipping off in just a few weeks, 2K Sports' NBA 2K8 and EA Sports' NBA Live 08 are taking to the court for their annual showdown on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2 (as well as the Wii for NBA Live 08). A demo for each is available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. (A free trial of Sony's midcourt air ball NBA 08 is also on the PSN.)

Also out this week is the well-reviewed Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC) as well as Sierra's platformer Crash of the Titans (Xbox 360, PS2, and Wii), and the once-suspected-canned Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS). Activision's latest Spider-Man spin-off--Friend or Foe--swings to the Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC, while Bugbear's FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage crashes onto the Xbox 360. In addition to free demos for Friend or Foe and Ultimate Carnage, the latest interpretation of Alexey Pajitnov's 1985 puzzler--Tetris Splash--can be found on Xbox Live on Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
Hot Wheels: Beat That (Wii, DS)
Balls of Fury (Wii)

OCTOBER 1, 2007
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
NBA Live 08 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii)
Monopoly 2008 (PC)
The Chosen - Well of Souls (PC)
Race (PC)
Popx3 (Wii)
Hoyle Casino 2008 (PC)
Hoyle Puzzle and Board 2008 (PC)
Hoyle Card Games 2008 (PC)
RACE 07 - The WTCC Game (PC)
Ultimate 3D Pinball (PC)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Wii VC)
Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Earth (Wii VC)

OCTOBER 2, 2007
Next Life (PC)
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (X360, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC)
Holly Hobbie & Friends (DS)
Crash of the Titans (X360, PS2, Wii)
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (PS2, DS, GBA)
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow (PSP)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (X360)
NBA 2K8 (X360, PS3, PS2)
Ninjabread Man (Wii)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (PC)
Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS)
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (X360)

OCTOBER 3, 2007
Biker Mice from Mars (PSP)
MLB Power Pros (PS2, Wii)
Tetris Splash (X360)

OCTOBER 4, 2007
No releases announced.

OCTOBER 5, 2007
No releases announced.

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space q please please send that in to nintendo lol XD

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Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow is a MUST BUY for me. The previous PSP games was EXCELLENT.

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Crash of the Titans 360 version for me. Demo really impressed me I might get pgr4 just because it might be the last one.

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OMW! Biker Mice from Mars, those rodents rock. ^_^ Besides the above mentioned title, Quake Wars has me uber anticipated. Seen an interview vid and it sounds and looks wicked.

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1 ps3 game,come on! im actually getting desperate,cant wait for pro evo

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"Just because it's Zelda? Sorry to sound like a fanboy, but besides the CD-i garbage and perhaps Zelda II, what Zelda games WEREN'T awesome? They're all well-reviewed because they're all GREAT, not because they're Zelda." TP was boring. sorry, but it was. especially after just finishing okami.

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Dear Nintendo, Please let Link retire already, I think you've worked him hard enough. He dosen't even have the time to get Zelda pregnant...after how many years? By making him work so much you are just C-blocking him. Thanks, Space

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theres only one game im interested in

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when is the PGR4 Review coming out?

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PGR 4 is going to be great and improve on the PGR 3: but ONLY if they have a longer career mode and the motorcycles don't play like some tacked-on afterthought.

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I'm up for Quake Wars and Phantom Hourglass.

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fantom owerglass yey :D

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nothing is coming out this week.....i reapeat....nothing!

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Im pickin up 2k8.....outdoes any b-ball game on the market every single year

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Zelda, 2k8 and Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow for me

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Already grabbed 2k8 today on 360. hoping to get PGR4 tomorrow. I'll d/l Tetris Splash, rent Spidey:FoF. Waiting for Quake Wars to hit 360. Ninjabread Man looks funny.

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Just because it's Zelda? Sorry to sound like a fanboy, but besides the CD-i garbage and perhaps Zelda II, what Zelda games WEREN'T awesome? They're all well-reviewed because they're all GREAT, not because they're Zelda.

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I might just pick this up; though, I sceptical whether this got good reviews just because it's carries the name "The Legend of Zelda...", or if it's a great game in its of right... oh, what am I saying, this looks awesome. Besides, I don't have that many DS games but this one sounds right up my alley.

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PGR4... sweeeeeet!

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I completely forgot that WindWaker was Gamespot's 2003 GOTY.... my anticipation of Phantom Hourglass just increased even more, which is amazing! :P

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This is a rough week, nothing to good at all.

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busy week 1.zelda 2.spider man 3.Crash of the Titans 4.Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow 2k8

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I thought Quake Wars was coming out this week for 360?

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Zelda : Phantom DS got a thumbs up in the "blog" know what that means (esp. for a Nintendo game)... a rating of 8.5/10 by Gamespot

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woot for zelda! can't wait to play it. hope the reviews for those games are up soon

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we need a zelda review up !!! going to buy it whens its released in the UK

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Why haven't Zelda & PGR4 been reviewed yet?:?

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I'm gonna buy Zelda and NBA 2k8

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going to buy zelda tomorrow!

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No Eye of Judgement? Zelda and PGR 4 are going to be great :D

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