New Releases August 22 Through 27, 2010

Mafia 2

It's Monday again, Ranters, and that can only mean one thing: time to check out the week's new releases.

In terms of sheer volume, there is a decent amount of stuff up for grabs this week. As an added bonus, a lot of it looks fairly interesting, to boot. And not just academically interesting, but interesting enough to actually play.

Take a look at the new releases for August 22 through 28, 2010, broken out by platform and date, and see if you agree.


  • Puzzle Dimension 8/25

Microsoft Xbox 360

Nintendo DS

  • Absolute Reversi 8/23
  • G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den 8/23
  • Crazy Pig 8/24
  • Grease: The Game 8/24
  • Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar 8/24
  • Ivy the Kiwi? 8/24
  • The Bachelor 8/25
  • The Treasures of Montezuma 8/28

Nintendo Wii

  • And Yet It Moves 8/23
  • Martian Panic 8/23 
  • U-four-ia: The Saga 8/23
  • Grease: The Game 8/24
  • Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack 8/24
  • Ivy the Kiwi? 8/24  
  • NHL 2K11 8/24
  • The Bachelor 8/25


  • Elemental: War of Magic 8/24
  • IGT Slots: Wolf Run 8/24
  • Mafia 2 8/24
  • Jade Dynasty: Vengeance 8/25
  • Worms Reloaded 8/26
  • Ship Simulator Extremes 8/27

Sony PS3

Sony PSP

  • Fish Tank 8/26

Resisting the urge to resort to some oft parroted Godfather quote, I'll simply note that Mafia 2 looks like the big retail title of the week. Though the recent demo has sparked some controversy, there simply hasn't been a title like Mafia 2 on store shelves since (arguably) Grand Theft Auto 4. The demand is there, and if the game delivers, it could be a big win for publisher 2k Games.

Proving that we do, indeed, live in the future, there are a ton of digitally distributed gems hitting this week. WiiWare is coming on particularly strong (and I don't say that often) with both And Yet It Moves and Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi?. Both games are vaguely platformers in which controlling the environment is a key mechanic, but the similarities evaporate pretty quickly after that. Worth a look.

Hyper-violent cartoon blood-fest Shank will need to be kept far away from the kiddies when it comes to both XBLA and PSN this week. Obviously less "cute" than the Scott Pilgrim game (which is now hitting XBLA after some PSN exclusivity), the gorgeously animated Shank nonetheless packs a ton of side-scrolling beat-em-up (and shoot-em-up, and cut 'em in half with a chainsaw) goodness. Are we in the midst of a full on brawler revival? Worse things could happen.

As always, we'd love to hear from you. What games you are planning on playing this week? What upcoming games are you looking forward to?

Source: Gamespot

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