With the primary episode debuting in June 2006 plus the series initially slated to wrap by Christmas 2007, the continuation of Valve's acclaimed Half-Life 2 shooter has followed more of your traditional release schedule. However, Drano now seemingly applied in liberal quantities, Valve is finally getting rid of the oft-delayed Episode Two recently on the Xbox 360 and PC as part with the Orange Box. (A PlayStation 3 version is now slated to check out later in 2010.)

A five-game compilation pack, the Orange Box includes the initial Half-Life 2, its initial two episodes, together with Team Fortress 2 and Portal. It is rated M for Mature. For fans who can not be bothered considering the pack-ins, Valve can also be busting in the Orange Box into FIFA 19 Coins la carte offerings on its downloadable game service Steam.

Shoot-outs can be had using soccer balls now in EA's annual footballer FIFA 08 around the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC. Sports fans who prefer being the speeding bullet themselves can hop into Sega Rally Revo now. The first iteration in the acclaimed racing series heading to consoles stateside since 1999's Sega Rally Championship 2, Rally Revo hits the gas for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP recently and the PC in the future.

Not content to spread one version across several platforms, the Looney Tunes and Bleach cartoons each have a set of games out recently. Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal is Warner Bros.' latest action adventure featuring famous brands Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, and Marvin the Martian. Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck is usually a minigame compilation for that Nintendo DS that boasts the notoriously short-tempered Daffy Duck. Cartoon Network's Bleach series also gets two installments immediately, Shattered Blade around the Wii and The Blade of Fate within the DS.

LucasArts' Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron touches down around the PSP now. Those feeling the Force may either pick within the game without treatment for $39.99 or put money into Sony's limited-edition Star Wars Battlefront pack, that features a ceramic-white PSP Slim using a silk-screened image of Darth Vader about the back plus a copy of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, for $199.99. A revamp on the classic PlayStation strategy game, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War in the Lions also wages tactical war about the PSP soon. Rounding out Sony's platform-exclusive offerings to the week, Folklore spins its fantasy action adventure tale around the PS3.

While Sony remains mum of what it has in store for that week, Microsoft and Nintendo are punching the downloadable circuit hard immediately. Puzzle Quest: Challenge from the Warlords, D3's surprise handheld hit from earlier from the year, brings its jewels to Xbox Live now for 1,200 Microsoft points ($14.99). On the shameless advertisement front, the Toyota-sponsored Yaris also scoots onto XBL immediately at the low, low cost of Cheap FIFA 19 Coins . SNK Playmore raises its dukes for your first time on Nintendo's Virtual Console immediately with a trio of the company's bread-and-butter fighters on the NeoGeo days--Fatal Fury, World Heroes, and Art of Fighting--for 900 Wii points ($9) apiece.

This week's new releases are listed below (list removed from retailer information--actual dates can vary greatly).