Out this week (10/07 through 10/20):

A double dose of the upcoming releases, covering this week and last! What to look out for this (two week period)!

* The Orange Box is a compilation of 5 games, including Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episodes One and Two (each of which are seperate games from the original Half-Life 2), Team Fortress 2, and Portal. All of these games are of the utmost quality, and this is one hell of a deal for FPS fans. The Half-Life series’s narrative campaign sees three installments here, but Episode Two is the main draw, as it is the newest, and the versions of the other two games are re-releases.

Team Fortress 2 is a team-based multiplayer-only killfest where players choose from one of nine character classes to join the fray as, and has been getting rave reviews. Capping the collection off is Portal, an intriguing puzzle game played from the first person perspective using a gun-like device that can create wormholes. The player navigates three-dimensional puzzles by designating entrances and exits to these wormholes, and using them as insta-warps to transport himself to places otherwise unreachable. Quite hard to explain; it is best if it is seen in motion.

* Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is an interesting melding of a typical fantasy roleplaying game quest with a puzzle game in the vein of Bejeweled. The puzzles serve as the means of battling enemies that appear in the quest, and as you go along, your character gains experience, gold, and spells and abilities to influence the outcome of the puzzle battles along the way.

* Playstation 3 RPG fans will want to check out Folklore, and PSP owners will finally get their hands on the long-awaited remake of 1997’s strategy masterpiece Final Fantasy Tactics, which sports an all-new and surprisingly archaic period-English translation, along with stylish animated cutscenes.

* Are you a fan of early ’90s Neo-Geo 2D Fighters? Well, the place to be this week is on the Wii’s Virtual Console, which sees Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, and World Heroes all in one place, and for much less than the hundreds of dollars the home verstions of those games used to cost!

Full list of games for each console after the jump.

Play Station 3

  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Folklore
  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Warhawk (Game Only, as opposed to the version packed with a Bluetooth headset)
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Game of the Year Edition)
  • Everyday Shooter (PSN)

Xbox 360

  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Looney Tunes ACME Arsenal
  • The Orange Box
  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles (Expansion pack to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
  • Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (XBLA)
  • Undertow (XBLA)
  • War World (XBLA)

Nintendo Wii

  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
  • Bleach: Shattered Blade
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Looney Tunes ACME Arsenal
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Mercury Meltdown Revolution
  • Table Tennis
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core
  • Victorious Boxers Revolution
  • Art of Fighting (VC)
  • Crack Down (VC)
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege (VC)
  • Fatal Fury (VC)
  • Gate of Thunder (VC)
  • Super Air Zonk (VC)
  • Samurai Ghost (VC)
  • Vectorman (VC)
  • World Heroes (VC)

Playstation 2

  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Honda SBK-07: Superbike World Championship
  • Looney Tunes ACME Arsenal
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Backyard NFL Football ’08
  • Mountain Bike Adrenaline
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
  • Avatar: The Burning Earth
  • Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey

Nintendo DS

  • Bleach: The Blade of Fate
  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Flipper Critters
  • Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Touch Detective 2 ?
  • The Bee Game
  • Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Trading Card Game
  • Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
  • Avatar: the Burning Earth
  • Disney Princess: Magical Jewels
  • Fish Tycoon
  • Hannah Montana Music Jam
  • Power Rangers Super Legends
  • Prism: Light the Way
  • Petz Wild Animals: Dolphinz
  • Word Jong


  • FIFA Soccer 08
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
  • Sega Rally Revo
  • Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars Battlefront Edition Ceramic White PSP (includes Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron)
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Spiderman 3
  • SWAT: Target Liberty

*In addition physical console releases, each of the current generation systems from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo feature downloadable titles for their respective online networks. Releases for one of these platforms listed above will be marked:

PSN ? Playstation Network (Playstation 3)
XBLA ? Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360)
VC ? Virtual Console (Wii)

This is not a comprehensive list, as other titles for these three ?virtual platforms? can appear at any time, with little to no warning. Remember to look both ways before connecting to the server.

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