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New PAL Releases Roundup

SoulCalibur, SBK, FlatOut, more.

For those of you who don't follow such things - and I thoroughly recommend you continue on that course - tonight is the annual Summer Party, where our sisters and brothers at Eurogamer Network's industry website rent out a club in sunny Brighton and dance the night away with whoever bothered to get the train down for the Develop Conference.

As a result, updates tomorrow are likely to be slow-starting. A shame, too, because August itself is at least trying to provide a stimulating basis for our hobby - throwing up the 8/10-rated SoulCalibur IV and a PC version of Rob Fahey favourite FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage. Supporting acts are SBK-08: Superbike World Championship, Puzzler Collection, and something called Space Chimps.

Meanwhile, as a well-known fan of nightclubs and social activities involving colleagues and respected industry peers, I've taken the precautionary step ahead of tonight's Summer Party of flying five thousand miles west and holing up in a hotel in Texas where nobody can contact me except by email. By strange coincidence, said hotel happens to be hosting QuakeCon, id Software's annual showcase spectacular, which last year brought us the unveiling of Rage and Quake Live, news of the Wolfenstein film, id Tech 5 demos, and over an hour of programming legend John Carmack talking and fielding questions from the audience.

So with any luck I'll be able to report on that in the early hours tomorrow morning and you'll be able to read that instead of sitting around waiting for Eurogamer's unflinching professionalism to drag its pathetic beer-soaked backside out of the Brighton gutter and do some sodding work. Either way, here's a neat and tidy list of this week's releases.

This week: