As we enter the last full week of May 2011, we can look back on a month that has already given us MotorStorm Apocalypse, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, and LA Noire. This week’s releases are unlikely to pull many players away from the previously mentioned games, but then again, sometimes you just need to play something new.

This week’s retail releases are all but dominated by Codemasters’ DiRT 3, which is bound for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game, which is hitting practically every platform on the market. 3DS owners have another fighting game to look forward to with the release of Dead or Alive: Dimensions, while Xbox 360 and PC players can also explore Atari’s downloadable Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale. With any luck, PS3 owners can look forward to the return of the PlayStation Store.

Take a look at the new releases for the week of May 22 though 28, 2011, broken out by category and date.

Microsoft Xbox 360

Nintendo DS

  • 99Bullets 5/23
  • Cake Mania: Main Street 5/24
  • Emily The Strange 5/24
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game 5/24
  • Murder in Venice 5/24
  • Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets 2 5/24
  • Duke Nukem: Critical Mass 5/25

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo Wii


Sony PlayStation 3

Though it has never been as commercially successful as such other long running driving game franchises as Need for Speed or Gran Turismo, Codemaster’s DiRT series remains arguably the most acclaimed gaming adaptation of rally racing ever produced. DiRT 3 promises to be the most content packed version of the game yet, with more cars, locations, and routes than ever before. Rumors are that the former head of Codemasters’ racing studio is currently directing an open-world Forza game for Microsoft. We may have that to look forward to, but we’ve got DiRT 3 right now. DiRT 3 releases May 24, 2011, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The Summer movie season has finally arrived, and along with it comes the yearly spate of movie tie-in games. We’ve already seen some good (LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean) and some bad (Thor). Where will THQ’s Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game fit in? The first Kung Fu Panda game was not terrible, and the Kinect integration in the Xbox 360 version of the sequel sounds entertaining, at least for younger players. For now, we’ll agree to remain cautiously optimistic. Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game releases May 24, 2011, for the Xbox 360, DS, Wii, and PS3.

As always, we want to hear from you. Will you be buying any games this week? What upcoming titles are you most looking forward to?

tags: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii