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Release This:  Killzone 2  Premieres in U.S., UK Gets  Halo Wars

Release This: Killzone 2 Premieres in U.S., UK Gets Halo Wars

February 23, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

February 23, 2009 | By Danny Cowan
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Gamasutra's regular round-up of worldwide video game releases, "Release This!", takes a look at every game title we know to be shipping to stores this week, in an exclusively compiled list.

This week will bring Killzone 2 and Puzzle Quest: Galactrix stateside, along with other awaited titles like Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, Legacy of Ys: Books I & II, and Peggle: Dual Shot. Gamers in the UK will soon receive Halo Wars, meanwhile, as Japan gets Ryu ga Gotoku 3 and Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending February 28th, 2009.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Battle Rage: The Robot Wars
- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Xbox 360:
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
- Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
- Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
- Star Ocean: The Last Hope
- Stoked

PlayStation 3:
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
- Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
- Killzone 2
- Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Nintendo DS:
- Imagine: Ice Champions
- Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
- Peggle: Dual Shot
- Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

PC:
- Drakensang: The Dark Eye
- Penumbra Collection
- Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
- Tom Clancy's EndWar

Killzone 2 leads this week's debuting titles, arriving as what may be this year's most anticipated PlayStation 3 release so far. The third-person shooter sequel (featuring rappers) 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and the shoot'em-up parody Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard are set to premiere on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this week, as 360 owners additionally receive Square Enix's RPG sequel Star Ocean: The Last Hope.

Wii owners can expect to see a reworked port of Dead Rising this week, while on the Nintendo DS, the awaited sequel to Puzzle Quest headlines a lineup that also includes ports for PopCap's casual hit Peggle and the classic TurboDuo RPG compilation Ys Book I & II.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop
- Family Ski & Snowboard
- Onechanbara: Bikini Zombi Slayers
- Winter Sports 2009: The Next Challenge

Xbox 360:
- Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
- Silent Hill: Homecoming
- Winter Sports 2009: The Next Challenge

PlayStation 3:
- Killzone 2
- Silent Hill: Homecoming
Nintendo DS:
- Boing! Docomodake DS
- Cookie Shop
- DropCast
- Imagine Ballet Dancer
- Let's Play: Fashion Designer
- Let's Play: Firemen
- Let's Play: Pet Hospitals
- My Pet Shop
- Populous DS
- Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals
- Winter Sports 2009: The Next Challenge

PC:
- Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason
- Necrovision
- Silent Hill: Homecoming
- Tom Clancy's EndWar
- War Leaders: Clash of Nations

The anticipated real-time strategy title Halo Wars will make its worldwide debut in the UK this week, arriving nearly a week in advance of its scheduled U.S. release date. Other Europe-exclusive premieres set for release this week include the AQ Interactive-developed DS puzzler Boing! Docomodake DS, Namco Bandai's We Ski sequel Family Ski & Snowboard, and the PC strategy title War Leaders: Clash of Nations.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- High School Musical: Dance!

Xbox 360:
- Chaos;Head Noah
- Halo Wars
- Samurai Dou 3

PlayStation 3:
- Ryu ga Gotoku 3
- Tom Clancy's EndWar

PlayStation 2:
- Kira * Kira: Rock 'n' Roll Show
- The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

PlayStation Portable:
- Dragon Dance
- Kamen no Maid Guy: Boyoyon Battle Royale
- Kiniro no Corda 2 f
- Mimana Iyar Chronicle
- Shin Sangoku Musou: Multi Raid
- Your Memories Off: Girl's Style
Nintendo DS:
- Dragon Dance
- Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2
- Game o Shinagara Kaiwa o Tanoshimu! Voice Chat DS
- Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Hishou Kentei 2-Kyuu/3-Kyuu
- Honki de Manabu: LEC de Goukaku - DS Takuchi Tatemono Torihiki Shuninsha
- Kemeko Deluxe! DS: Yome to Meka to Otoko to Onna
- Net Ghost Pipopa: Pipopa DS @ Daibouken!!!
- Shounen Sunday x Shounen Magazine Nettou! Dream Nine
- Teikuauto! DS Series 2 Nippon no Yachou Daizukan
- Uchida Yasuou Mystery: Meitantei Senken Mitsuhiko Series: Fukutoshin Renzoku Satsujin Jiken

PC:
- Ragnarok Online Beginner's Package 2009
- Shining Wind Fan Festa

Halo Wars is also headed to Japan this week, where it will join the visual novel port Chaos;Head Noah and Samurai Dou 3 (Way of the Samurai 3) on the Xbox 360. Sega's Yakuza series sequel Ryu ga Gotoku 3 headlines on the PlayStation 3, as Wii owners get One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 2 - Mezameru Yuusha.

PlayStation 2 offerings this week include SNK's classic fighter remake The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match and the adventure title Kira * Kira: Rock 'n' Roll Show. On portables, the Nintendo DS will host a sequel to Retro Game Challenge with Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2, while the PSP gets a port of Koei's Kiniro no Corda 2 f and the Sangoku Musou series spin-off Shin Sangoku Musou: Multi Raid.



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