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Shippin' Out September 3-7: Stranglehold, MOH: Airborne

John Woo's gangster epic locks and loads; EA's WWII shooter takes the plunge; spate of downloadable classics invade the Wii and Xbox 360.


Gamers hoping to catch a breath of air after reemerging from the depths of Rapture have a Stranglehold to look forward to this week. In collaboration with film auteur John Woo, Midway's Stranglehold is the continuation of the cult Hong Kong gangster epic Hard-Boiled. Initially scheduling the game to ship last week, Midway capped off the game's oft-delayed history with one last dally, bumping the Xbox 360 game to this week and the PC and PlayStation 3 versions to later this month. Rated M for Mature, the game retails for $59.99. A collector's edition that includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the game and extended cutscenes is also available for $69.95. A demo for the game is currently available on Xbox Live.

Sharing the limelight with Stranglehold this week is EA's Medal of Honor: Airborne for the Xbox 360 and PC. The latest installment in the long-running series attempts to remove the scripted scenarios of similar WWII shooters by giving players free rein in free-roaming battlefields. Medal of Honor: Airborne is rated T for Teen and will retail on the Xbox 360 for $59.99 and on the PC for $49.99. A PS3 version is slated to release in November. The first level of the game is available in demo form on Xbox Live and GameSpot.

Aside from MOH: Airbone, this Tuesday is shaping up to be a busy release day. Highlights of the day include Worms finding pay dirt on the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable in Open Warfare 2 for $29.99, EA unleashing its latest Sims 2 expansion, Bon Voyage, on PCs for $29.99, and Naruto kicking folks in the face in Uzumaki Chronicles 2 on the PlayStation 2 for $39.99.

Diverging from its typical sure and steady self, the Wii's Virtual Console has not three but four new offerings this week. Both originally appearing on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Hudson's side-scrolling platformer Adventure Island and Nintendo's edutainment spin on Donkey Kong Jr. Math are available for 500 Wii points ($5). Climax Entertainment's Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole is also available this week for 800 Wii points ($8), as is Red Company's TurboGrafx-16 classic Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure for 600 Wii points ($6).

The Xbox 360 will see two classics added to its library this week. Midway's football-from-the future Cyberball 2072 joins SNK's classic beat-'em-up Fatal Fury Special on Microsoft's downloadable game service. Both games can be bought for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

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

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)
Panzer Killer (PC)
Hearts of Iron Anthology (PC)
Adventure Island (Wii)
Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii)
LandStalker: The Treasures of King Nole (Wii)
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Wii)

Medal of Honor: Airborne (X360, PC)
Garfield's Nightmare (DS)
EyeToy: Play 3 (PS2)
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage (PC)
Pool Party (Wii)
Legends of Norrath: Oathbound (PC)
Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 (PS2)
Worms: Open Warfare 2 (DS, PSP)
Anacapri - The Dream (PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (PC)

Stranglehold (X360)
Fatal Fury Special (X360)
Cyberball 2072 (X360)

Crazy Frog Racer (PS2)

Mayhem Intergalactic (PC)

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