Shippin' Out 10/30-11/3: GTA: VCS, FF XII

Killzone: Liberation, F.E.A.R. 360, and Neverwinter Nights 2 will put the fright into gamers this Halloween week.

After a considerable drought of quality releases, the PlayStation Portable is getting a trifecta of AAA titles this week. Foremost among these is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the second GTA game to hit the handheld. As its name suggests, VCS is a return to the setting of the best-selling 2002 PlayStation 2 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and will center on Vic Vance, brother of the earlier game's sidekick/villain Lance Vance.

While the PlayStation 3 edition of Killzone has been missing since the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005, the first PSP game from the franchise will storm stores this week. Killzone: Liberation will begin eating up gamers' free time come Halloween. That's one day after the release of Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony, the first title from Gas Powered Games' action role-playing game franchise to explore Sony's portable format.

Speaking of Sony platforms, one of the most anticipated PlayStation 2 titles will arrive on Tuesday. Five years after Square Enix revealed its existence, Final Fantasy XII is finally getting an American release--seven and a half months after it prompted long lines outside Japanese retailers. The game will be the last FF title on the PS2, with the next--Final Fantasy XIII--having been already announced for the PS3.

The week will also see one of last year's most acclaimed first-person shooters ported to the Xbox 360. Vivendi Games' F.E.A.R, which was named GameSpot's top shooter of 2005, will also scare gamers on Halloween. (The title will ship for the PS3 later this year.) The other big release for the platform is Need for Speed Carbon. The latest entry in Electronic Arts' enduringly popular racing series will also ship for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube, with PS3 and Wii editions to come next month. A portable version, Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City, will ship the same day for the PSP, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance.

The OG of gaming platforms--the PC--will be getting one of the year's highest-profile RPGs this week. After a series of delays, Atari's Neverwinter Nights 2 will finally ship on Halloween. The sequel to the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based title was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, an indie shop founded by veteran RPG designer Feargus Urquhart (Fallout 2) and a series of ex-Black Isle Studios staffers.

A full rundown of this week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

OCTOBER 30, 2006
1701 A.D. (PC)
The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (PC, GBA)
Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (PC, GBA)
Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony (PSP)
Rush (PSP)
Star Chamber Special Edition (PC)
Strawberry Shortcake: Adventures in the Land of Dreams (PC)

OCTOBER 31, 2006
ATV Offroad Fury 4 (PSP)
BattleZone (PSP)
Death Jr. II: Root of Evil (PSP)
F.E.A.R. (Xbox 360)
FIFA 07 (Xbox 360)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (GBA)
Killzone: Liberation (PSP)
Konductra T (DS)
Mind Quiz (PSP)
Need for Speed Carbon (PS2, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, GC)
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City (PSP, DS, GBA)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC)
Power Stone Collection (PSP)
Scurge: Hive (GBA)
The Sims 2: Pets (DS)
Tom and Jerry Tales (DS, GBA)
Unreal Anthology (PC)
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2007 (PC)

NOVEMBER 1, 2006
Age of Pirates: Captain's Blood (PC)
Camp Lazlo: Leaky Lake Games (DS)
Children of Mana (DS)
D-Bug (PC)
DIRT - Origin of the Species (PC)
Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action (DS, PS2)
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (PC)
Jewel Quest Solitaire (PC)
Kim Possible 5 (PS2, DS)
Knights of the Temple II (PS2)
Reel Fishing: Life & Nature (PSP)
Scurge: Hive (PC)
Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock (PC)
UFO: Extraterrestrials (PC)

NOVEMBER 2, 2006
That's So Raven: Psychic on the Scene (DS)
World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer - All In (Xbox 360)

NOVEMBER 3, 2006
Scrabble 2007 (PC)
Shootout (PC)
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron (PC)

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117 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

I need money to get the games I want :(

Crew_SK
Crew_SK

Quote: "PSP is the ROXXXOR.Lo_SER" Damn you fanboy!

Dante200X
Dante200X

GranAvatar_ofMe wrote: TO Dante200X: You are going to wait ages. vcs is for psp jack_A$$.Also ds games what the ones that stay in japan or the crappola that they import here like MArio hoops,ign already said it sucks A$$. Ds is good as dead. PSP is the ROXXXOR.Lo_SER Do did you even read what I wrote? I was quoting some people and answering. The stuff in bold is what i said. So, yeah, i know VCS is for PSP and i said that IF it gets ported to PS2, it'll be crappy just like the PS2 version of LCS. PS-learn to read

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

Man... when the hell is GS going to review GTA: VCS:

alexman234
alexman234

what psp game gta of couese man next year san andreas stories will be out u can play has cj brother i hope

mahjustin
mahjustin

Wow, so popular, I'm gonna wait til FFXII becomes a Greatest Hit's Title

piestuff
piestuff

Needs more Every Extend Extra and Lumines 2.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Some good games releasing this week. FFXII is the only one that really interests me though.

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

i know what PSP game i'll be getting as well...none! PSP = LAME DS = Superior!

Darri
Darri

God, I would cut off and sell one of my toes to be able to play FFXII right now!! I would do nude cartwheels through muddy snow in front of my whole school. I would even watch HALF of Battlefield Earth, and pretend to enjoy it! Yes, really!! So, if theres any American out there with a copy of FFXII who wants to trade it for any of the above acts of daring insanity, please contact me immediately.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I know what PSP game I'll be getting. ;)

SUPRAMAN84
SUPRAMAN84

Wow this is a really big month for games. Let's see FEAR, COD3, Rainbow Six, Resistance, Gears of War, Fifa 07, NFS Carbon, Red Steel, Tony Hawk's Project 8, Excite Truck, and so many more. Unfortunately I cannot afford the new hardware so I'm just adding to my 360's collection. I will get you Wii... after Super Smash Brothers!

vaejas
vaejas

It's such a pretty pretty box.... my precioussss....

urbanlegend13
urbanlegend13

Finally, the time has come : FINAL FANTASY XII !!! :D

GranAvatar_ofMe
GranAvatar_ofMe

TO Dante200X: You are going to wait ages. vcs is for psp jack_A$$.Also ds games what the ones that stay in japan or the crappola that they import here like MArio hoops,ign already said it sucks A$$. Ds is good as dead. PSP is the ROXXXOR.Lo_SER

AngelCage
AngelCage

FINALLY, THE TIME IS OVER!!!!! FFXII, Come whit me!!!!! 4 years, i been waiting for FOUR YEARS!!!! this is almost orgasmic... In two weeks: GTA: VCS ^^. Not this time, my PS2 and me will be very busy for now.

paradyme777
paradyme777

Woot Fear! Can't wait, only one more day.

Fraquelli
Fraquelli

AAARGH!!! the agony of living in a PAL region!!! I WANT FFXII NOW!!!!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Wow, it looks like some good gaming is headed down the pike this week for all platforms. Must be getting close to the holidays...

BYS2
BYS2

yay.. i'm getting ffxii

Lucifer007
Lucifer007

oct 31-nov7 everything comes out

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

quite a few games coming out...... none of which i will be buying.

doomed51
doomed51

FFXII HERE I COME, FINALLY!!!!!

Dante200X
Dante200X

crills wrote: santiagochile and to add to what you said how do you play gta on the psp with only one analog. i played lcs when it first came out you cant even shoot people behind you you have to actully do a half circle to see them to shoot them now thats lame Oh and the other GTAs were any better when it came to that? (besides San Andreas) Santiagochile wrote: And while you pay $50 to play Vice City Stories for the few minutes your PSP battery lasts, I'll be playing games for hours on my DS Lite while I wait for the better, $20 version of Vice City for PS2! not to mention crappier, that is IF it even gets ported

Meskamo
Meskamo

i swear those r US release dates

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

FF XII on PS2, GTA on PSP and Children of Mana on DS ... this is an awesome start for the coming holiday season. And oh, FF III on DS is coming on the 14th too.

grimboy
grimboy

The only one i care about is FFXII. All the others can bite me.

Supreme_Fantasy
Supreme_Fantasy

I'm gonna get FFXII later soon.Haha....Perfect timing:P

Dreski83
Dreski83

FEAR for the 360, Children of Mana for DS, and maybe NWN2 for the PC seems worthy enough to spend my hard money on so that I may stay fully occupied this winter season. If I had to rank priority it would be Children of Mana 1st... nothing beats a decent beat'em up rpg while layed out on the couch with no cords attached.

faridmon
faridmon

childeren of mana for me.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

YES, I count them, three good games for the psp that I want, Killzone, Powerstone and Rush. Not going to mention GTA because that's an automatic. Well I can do without rush, but the other two should be fun. Hopefully Killzone will be on-line soon, I won't get it until it goes on-line because I love multiplayer.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

even with FFXII being release today im also excited for NFSC

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

Can't wait for nfs carbon, the demo was awesome

crills
crills

santiagochile and to add to what you said how do you play gta on the psp with only one analog. i played lcs when it first came out you cant even shoot people behind you you have to actully do a half circle to see them to shoot them now thats lame

Rando1017
Rando1017

Wow, a great game finally comes out on PSP and people still complain. By the way, Liberty City Stories on PS2 looked like absolute crap.

santiagochile
santiagochile

"Wow what a great way to start things off. While you little perverts are playing barbie on your gba's i will be playing GTA VCS and FEAR 360. Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN................ " And while you pay $50 to play Vice City Stories for the few minutes your PSP battery lasts, I'll be playing games for hours on my DS Lite while I wait for the better, $20 version of Vice City for PS2!

Slaveways
Slaveways

psp is finally getting some lovin

elythemonkey
elythemonkey

It all about The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery and Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses. Games that own all, eat your heart out MGS4.

mistermeemee
mistermeemee

wait, good point. Where is Lumines 2? (the only other reason I want a PSP) I played the first Lumines to death and hopefully the second one is just as good, even though it has licensed, unoriginal music.

Andrew020889
Andrew020889

Where's Lumines 2? It says November 2nd on gamespot, but they didn't include it in here.