Movie-based games headline a heavy week of releases alongside Pokemon's Wii debut and 2K Games' The Darkness for PS3, Xbox 360.
With the summer movie season in full swing, publishers are trying to turn big-screen thrills into small-screen experiences. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third games have commanded a good chunk of new release shelf space in recent months, and they'll be joined by more film-to-game adaptations this week.
While none of their associated movies are out yet, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Transformers, and Ratatouille will all arrive in game retailers this week for a plethora of platforms. THQ is even bringing games for Pixar's Ratatouille to some legacy consoles, as it will be an infrequent new release for the original Xbox, the GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance.
Movies aren't the only fertile gaming ground this week, as Nintendo is releasing its first online-enabled Wii game with Pokemon Battle Revolution, 2K Games brings The Darkness to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and 2K Sports exercises its Major League Baseball license for the multiplatform arcade-style action of The BIGS. A few older games are getting another shot, as Rainbow Six Vegas makes its belated PS3 appearance, while Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition brings the oft-revisited role-playing game to the PlayStation Portable.
On the downloadable front, the Wii boasts Nintendo 64 racer F-Zero X, Super Nintendo brawler Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, and TurboGrafx-16 side-scroller China Warrior. Meanwhile, Microsoft is touting the German board game Carcassonne on the Xbox 360 as its Xbox Live Arcade release of the week.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
JUNE 25, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PS2, DS, PC)
The BIGS (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP)
Pokemon Battle Revolution (Wii)
The Darkness (PS3, Xbox 360)
Hour of Victory (Xbox 360)
Ratatouille (Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox, DS, PS2, PSP, GC, GBA)
F-Zero X (Wii)
China Warrior (Wii)
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Wii)
The Adventures of Darwin (PS2)
Touchmaster DS (DS)
Deer Drive (PC)
Defender of the Crown: Heroes Live Forever (PC)
Call for Heroes: Pompolic Wars (PC)
JUNE 26, 2007
Transformers: The Game (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii)
Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition (PSP)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3)
Overlord (Xbox 360, PC)
Steel Horizon (PSP)
Nervous Brickdown (DS)
Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix (DS)
Chicken Shoot (Wii)
Super Collapse 3 (PSP)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PC)
Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)
Driver: Parallel Lines (Wii, PC)
JUNE 27, 2007
Carcassonne (Xbox 360)
Ah man, don't say that AceCometh. I had high hopes too. Read a few reviews from some buddies about the Overlord demo and those guys are loving it, they make the burning people sound so cool... Lol.
Oh man, that's just so many wicked games out this week. Right up there is Overlord. Looking forward to seeing how the movie-to-game adaptations are welcome.
kevy619 "i would buy overlord, but the darkness is calling. Plus i already put a deposit on it, lol." darkness will be a dud much like its s****y comic. overlord has the best demo out on the 360 in many moons. take back the deposit.
Those of you who own a good PC or a 360..... download the Overlord demo.... and then go buy it this week. That game is awesome!
The BiGS will be insane! I got mine reserved...as for Pokemon, ill leave that alone for the people who need even more pocket monsters battling each other, dont get me wrong I love pokemon but it seems like they are kind of milking diamond/pearl. Especially since the DS version already has Wi-fi connection and now the Wii version will....its just battling on a bigger screen.
Ok where is th on game that i am actually fgoing to buy this week Super Stardust HD its the only ps3 exclusive this and if it got delayed then i will personally go to Eric Lampbell ( the manager of the psstore) and kick him in the stones. Ther resto of the ps3 list looks awesome just cause they are not exclusive doesnt mean we should disregard them but i do not have that kind of money to buy those games. Yeah Sony ur 6 titles closer to ur 380 games goal.
Should I get HP and the Order of The Phoenix for Wii, or The Darkness for PS3??? Hellpppppppppp.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11
Killer2401- "PS3 - 5 360 - 8 Wii - 10 PC - 8 DS - 4 PSP - 7 The PSP has more games coming than the DS. Thats a first.... But the PS3, lol." That may be true, but how many of the PS3 titles are exclusive...still gotta go with zero on that one.
I really hope transformers will be a good game. I would love to buy it. I'll wait and see what Gamespot reviews it and well see.
darkness is complete and ready. im looking forward to pokemon, and dakness and thats it for this month. btw ninja gaiden is ready for realease if anyone wanted to know but they arnt releasing it yet for some reason
With the release of Pokemon Wii, I predict Wii will own July sales. The game might even make the June charts despite its late release.
PS3 - 5 360 - 8 Wii - 10 PC - 8 DS - 4 PSP - 7 The PSP has more games coming than the DS. Thats a first.... But the PS3, lol.
transformers better be good since it looks good and I'm going to buy it tomorrow and I hope it gets a good rating
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- Transformers: The Game
- Pokemon Battle Rev
- Final Fantasy
- The Darkness
- Driver: Parallel Lines
- Lost Planet
- Overlord: Raising Hell
- Seven Kingdoms: Conquest
- F-Zero X
- Rainbow Six Vegas
- Steel Horizon
- Call for Heroes Pompolic
- Disney/Pixar Ratatouille
- Harry Potter: Phoenix
- Hoshigami: Ruining Blue
- Defender of the Crown
- The Bigs
- Chicken Shoot
- Hour of Victory
- Street Fighter II Turbo
- Super Collapse! 3
- Nervous Brickdown
- The Adventures of Darwin
- Deer Drive
- China Warrior