AU Shippin' Out June 10-13: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Two big console exclusives released on the same day.

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Ever since its teaser announcement in 2005, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has been the diamond in the rough for Sony fans. Not only has its exclusivity been the topic of much debate, but Atari--the game's Australian distributor--also neglected to confirm that the initial global release date of June 12 would cover our region until a few weeks after the original announcement. MGS4 follows Solid Snake's final mission as he tries to stop Liquid/Revolver Ocelot from taking control of a massive mercenary army and figuring out the truth behind the Patriots. A variety of old characters return and Hideo Kojima has promised that the game will wrap up any questions players have from previous games in the series. MGS4 also comes bundled with the Metal Gear Online starter pack and supports up to 16 players in competitive mode. From there, Konami will release DLC bundles, including maps, for players to download and play. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be available for A$119.95 ($113.78) game only or for A$749.95 ($711.39) bundled with a 40GB PlayStation 3 console and a Sixaxis controller. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots comes out this Thursday exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

Amidst much controversy, Itagaki-san's final game for Temco, Ninja Gaiden II, will be making its way to retail this week. The game sees you take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa as he hacks and slashes his way through such real-world locations as Tokyo, New York, and Venice, as well as fictional locales, such as Lifeblood Shrine. One of the most noticeable additions to NGII is the gore factor. Ryu can now decapitate the limbs of his enemies, and while dismembering a limb may not kill them, it will weaken their attacks. Ninja Gaiden II is the first game in the series to be published by Microsoft and comes out on the Xbox 360 this Thursday.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer and publisher information--actual dates may vary).

June 10, 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
GRID (PS3, PC, 360)
Ninja Gaiden II (360)
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (PS3, 360)
Okami (Wii)
The Incredible Hulk (360, DS)
Looney Tunes: Cartoon Concerto (DS)

Discussion

48 comments
akiwak
akiwak

Wow I can't believe they sent in NG2 Vs MGS4!!!! R.I.P. NG2 you never had a chance.....sorry.

Kratos1235
Kratos1235

This is going to be friggin' awesome!!!

selbie
selbie

Woot!! Okami!!! :D

Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

MGS4, finally! Metal Gear?!? A HIND-D!?! Colonel, what's a Russian gunship doing here?

EPaul
EPaul

W00t finally it's here

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

Why the HELL does Europe get their hands on these games first?!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I found Ninja Gaiden to be a blast of a game

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

doh! After some researching, this is European release dates. still July 8th for us in the good ol' US of A.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

wait, I thought Civ Revolution wasn't coming out until July 8th ?!?!

itwiz90
itwiz90

I am waiting in eager anticipation. MGS4 should blow the doors off Ninja Gaiden, but I am kind of partial to the MGS series.

jimmyhifly
jimmyhifly

UM I got NGII last week these guys are dumb

Lane_McNair
Lane_McNair

elreddiablo, there's plenty of gameplay in the MGS games. and you don't have to be a ps3/sony fanboy to like the MGS series, either.

elreddiablo
elreddiablo

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griffripper
griffripper

I grew up with bith games on the NES, and even then, Metal Gear has been the best to me. =)

sbjedi
sbjedi

Ninja Gaiden is rubbish and Metal Gear looks awsome

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

MGS....we'll see, the real big game is Mr. Meiers game, Civ REVOLUTION BABY!

worthlessdude66
worthlessdude66

I'LL BEAT U ALL IN MGO CAUSE IM THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL88
LOL88

There talking about Ninja Gaiden the other console exclusive...but I dont think i can wait another minute

Meluckycharms12
Meluckycharms12

MGS4 is obviously a must! Can't wait til Thursday! (Agh, I work ALL DAY!) Anyways, I thought Civilization Revolution comes out in July!? If so, I will be upset because I don't want to juggle between MGS and Civ Rev. Also to quote "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be available for A$119.95 ($113.78)" -- I am NOT paying $115.00 for Metal Gear, haha!

godslim
godslim

2 big games wot r they talking about ninja gaiden lol.....coz the only big game is mgs4 lol!

LURCH87
LURCH87

u mean 1 big game (mgs4) right? :lol:

dmish82
dmish82

TWO big games??? I only see one. Metal...Gear...Solid....4!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Civ Revolution... once it got canned from the Wii that was just one more reason to go get a big boy system. though the graphics look a little too Wii like.

h_bacho
h_bacho

NG2 seems to have bombed... definitely gonna get MGS4...it should be illegal not to!

h_bacho
h_bacho

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luke-9493
luke-9493

I know i will get mgs 4 but im not sure about okami or NG2, then again it all depends on how much time and money i have lol

cupydo
cupydo

Game fans big week coming up .

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I'll be getting MGS4 and NGII no matter what people say. It would be nice to have the Wii version of Okami but I already have the PS2 version.

DJ_5
DJ_5

Okami is the only good game in the list.

senjutsu
senjutsu

MGS4 is looking awesome, and since I finished all the other MGS games, I'll finish this one too (the answer to everything). Ninja Gaiden games are cool but too hard and that removes a lot of the fun, so I'll pass on ninja gaiden 2. I really hated the grid demo, but it's maybe because I only like sim racing, like Gran Turismo. Civ Revolution is really really really great. I played the demo for more than an hour. Man, and this was just the demo, lol. Okami was great and looks great on the wii too, but I don't own a wii. The two other games looks mediocre, so I won't even talk about them. Anyway, Viva MGS4 and civ revo! :D

Naked_Snake
Naked_Snake

Can't wait for Looney Tunes... I mean Metal Gear!

cyw1988
cyw1988

Who here feels that the MGS 4 will out sell the Ninja Gaiden?

shredicalous
shredicalous

cant wait to get my hands on my mgs4 ps3 bundle

other44
other44

can't wait for metal gear!

mjc
mjc moderator

Big week coming up :)