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Release This:  Force Unleashed ,  Rock Band 2  Head to Retail

Release This: Force Unleashed, Rock Band 2 Head to Retail

September 15, 2008 | By Danny Cowan

September 15, 2008 | 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 finds long-awaited console titles like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Rock Band 2 bound for store shelves in North America. DS owners anticipate the U.S. release of Dragon Quest IV, meanwhile, as PC gamers worldwide prepare for Crysis: Warhead and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

The following list covers all of the game software we know to be available -- across all platforms and regions -- for the week ending September 20th, 2008.

Games Released in the United States:

Nintendo Wii:
- Igor
- Kidz Sports: Crazy Golf
- Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Super Pick Ups
- TNA Impact
- Zoo Hospital

Xbox 360:
- Armored Core: For Answer
- Battle Fantasia
- Pure
- Rock Band 2
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

PlayStation 3:
- Armored Core: For Answer
- Pure
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

PlayStation 2:
- Speed Racer
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

PlayStation Portable:
- B-Boy
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Yggdra Union
Nintendo DS:
- Animal Paradise
- Bratz Ponyz 2
- Di-Gata Defenders
- Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen
- Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition
- Igor
- Line Rider 2 Unbound
- My Secret World by Imagine
- Red Bull BC One
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Unsolved Crimes

PC:
- Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Legendary Adventures
- Cooking Academy
- Crysis: Warhead
- Enchanted Unicorn
- Everlight
- Hell's Kitchen
- Igor
- LaTale
- Line Rider 2 Unbound
- Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals
- Operation Mania
- The Price is Right
- Pure
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
- Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
- The Witcher Enhanced Edition

A major release week is in store for gamers in the United States, where multiple awaited titles are set to debut across all platforms. All consoles are portables will receive a version of the highly anticipated action title Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, while PC offerings are highlighted by big names like Crysis: Warhead, The Witcher Enhanced Edition, and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Xbox 360 owners can expect to see the Arc System Works fighter Battle Fantasia, mech combat series expansion Armored Core: For Answer, and the multi-instrument rhythm genre sequel Rock Band 2. On portables, a localized version of Square Enix's Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen stands out among a lineup that also features Line Rider 2 Unbound, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition, and Yggdra Union.

Games Released in Europe:

Nintendo Wii:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Xbox 360:
- PDC World Championship Darts 2008
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Warriors Orochi 2

PlayStation 3:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

PlayStation 2:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Tim Stockdale's Riding Star
- Warriors Orochi 2
- Yakuza 2

PlayStation Portable:
- PDC World Championship Darts 2008
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Nintendo DS:
- Allied Ace Pilots
- Jackass: The Game
- Jewel Quest: Expeditions
- Mah Jong Quest: Expeditions
- Mahjongg DS
- My Secret World by Imagine
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Tim Stockdale's Riding Star

PC:
- Birth of America II
- Crysis: Warhead
- Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - Gracia
- Tim Stockdale's Riding Star
- Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
- The Witcher Enhanced Edition

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will also see European release this week, arriving alongside fellow PC debuts Crysis: Warhead and Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - Gracia. UK consoles are also set to see a decent amount of variety this week, with notable premieres including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Yakuza 2, and the worldwide English-language debut of Warriors Orochi 2 on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360.

Games Released in Japan:

Nintendo Wii:
- GI Jockey Wii 2008

Xbox 360:
- Unreal Tournament III

PlayStation 3:
- GI Jockey 4 2008
- Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume
- Unreal Tournament III

PlayStation 2:
- GI Jockey 4 2008
- Heart no Kuni no Alice
- Hokuouki
Nintendo DS:
- Dragon Ball DS
- Illumi Slight: Hikari no Puzzle
- Long Vacation: Iruka to Watashi
- Ochishi Keiji: Keiji-San, Watashi ga Arimashita
- Yajuu Keiji: Tokyo Douji Tahatsu Tero o Chinatsu Seyo!

PlayStation Portable:
- Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena
- Neo Angelique Special
- Samurai Dou Portable

Japanese console releases for the week include Koei's multiplatform horse racing sim GI Jockey 4, Epic's Unreal Tournament III, and a PS3 port of Namco's Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume (previously seen on the Xbox 360 and released in other regions as Eternal Sonata).

On portables, Dragon Ball DS currently ranks as one of the Nintendo DS' top presale titles at online retailer Amazon.co.jp, while Samurai Dou Portable provides an upgraded PSP port of the PS2 action title Way of the Samurai.



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