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Shippin' Out September 24-28: Halo 3, Opposing Fronts

Microsoft unleashes 2007's top 360 title alongside Company of Heroes expansion; sixth Settlers game joins five PS3 games and three Wii VC titles.


Unless you've just come back from a three-year stint researching jungle fauna in the deep Amazon, there's probably a good chance you know Halo 3 is coming out this weekend. Microsoft has dropped over $10 million dollars to promote the Xbox 360 exclusive, which will go on sale at over 10,000 locations at midnight--including hundreds of GameStop and Best Buy outlets. GameSpot's own Halo 3 Launch Center has extensive amounts of information on the title, including an extremely positive review and the video of the campaign's first hour.

If you don't own a 360 or aren't partial to foiling an interstellar crusade by fanatically religious aliens, the week does have some notable alternatives. A trio of high-profile games previously released on other platforms hit the PlayStation 3: Midway's Stranglehold, Electronic Arts' Skate, and Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII. Another game originally slated to arrive last week, THQ's racer Juiced 2, arrives on the PlayStation 3 (and the PSP) on Tuesday, alongside Sony's first-party basketballer, NBA 08 (PS3, PSP).

The days ahead also offer something to PC gamers whose thirst for Nazi blood has not yet been slaked. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, the first stand-alone sequel to THQ's critically acclaimed real-time strategy game, ships out Monday. Other offerings for the mother of all gaming platforms include The Settlers: Rise of an Empire, the sixth installment in the city-building strategy series; and Loki: Heroes of Mythology, an action role-playing game that mingles deities from four pantheons.

With no new releases scheduled for Xbox Live Arcade, and Thursday's PlayStation Store update still unannounced, the Wii's Virtual Console is the only console service with any confirmed new games for download. Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic Kirby's Avalanche teams up with the Sega Genesis favorite Streets of Rage 3 and TurboGrafx-16 throwback Legend of Hero Tonma on the Wii Shop channel.

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

SEPTEMBER 24, 2007
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (PC)
Hour of Victory (PC)
Jackass the Game (PS2)
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (PS3, PSP)
Kirby's Avalanche (Wii VC)
Legend of Hero Tonma (Wii VC)
Skate (PS3)
Streets of Rage 3 (Wii VC)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
Bratz: The Movie (WII, PS2)
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII (PS3)
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2
Dewy's Adventure (WII)
Halo 3 (X360)
Hot Pixel (PSP)
NBA 08 (PS3, PSP)
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire (PC)
Stranglehold (PS3)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence (X360, PC)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2007
No releases announced.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
Loki: Heroes of Mythology (PC)

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