Shippin' Out 3/19-3/23: S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Armored Core 4, TMNT

THQ's mutant-hunters, Sega's battle 'mechs, and Ubisoft's heroes on the half shell join Virtua Tennis 3 and the PS3 editions of the Godfather and the Elder Scrolls IV at retail.

Since its release last November, the PlayStation 3 has had only a trickle of releases. This week, however, the floodgates open up, with four titles premiering on the platform.

Besides Sega's Armored Core 4 and Virtua Tennis 3, the highest-profile game is the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Bethesda Softworks. The latest version of GameSpot's top role-playing game of 2006 contains the original game plus a bevy of additional content, including the Knights of the Nine quest line. It does not include the Shivering Isles expansion pack, which will be released for the PC and Xbox 360 next week.

A revamped version of Electronic Arts' adaptation of The Godfather is also coming to the PS3 this Tuesday. The "Don's Edition" of the game will feature an expanded storyline and new gameplay mechanics that will take advantage of the Sixaxis controller's tilt sensitivity.

Another motion-sensitive version of the Godfather will also arrive alongside its PS3 sibling. The Godfather: The Blackhand Edition for the Wii will let players beat down their underworld opponents by realistically swinging the Wii Remote and shoot at foes by pointing the controller directly at them like a gun. It will be the first M-rated game for the Nintendo platform since Far Cry Vengeance was released last December.

Also coming to the Wii is the week's highest-profile multiplatform release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Based on the forthcoming computer-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, which hits theaters on Friday, Ubisoft's action title is hitting every platform besides the PS3 and original Xbox on Tuesday.

Speaking of the Xbox, its successor will get a few titles of its own this week. Besides the aforementioned TMNT, Armored Core 4, and Virtua Tennis 3, the console will see the arrival of Earth Defense Force 2017, the sequel to the cult PlayStation 2 hit Chikyuu Boueigun 2. The biggest puzzle game of all time will also make its 360 debut, courtesy of THQ's Xbox Live-enabled Tetris Evolution, due out today.

Last but certainly not least, a game once considered vaporware will finally materialize on PCs on Thursday. After nearly six years in development, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl will arrive in stores--check back later today for GameSpot's full review of the long-awaited title. Other PC releases of note include the role-playing game Silverfall and the submarine sim Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific.

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

MARCH 19, 2007
Beyond Oasis (WII)
Custom Robo Arena (DS)
Excitebike (WII)
Major League Baseball 2K7 (DS)
QuickSpot (DS)
Splatterhouse (WII)
Tetris Evolution (X360)

MARCH 20, 2007
After Burner: Black Falcon (PSP)
Armored Core 4 (X360, PS3)
Baseball Mogul 2008 (PC)
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (WII)
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road (PSP)
Earth Defense Force 2017 (X360)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)
Frontline: Fields of Thunder (PC)
Full Auto 2: Battlelines (PSP)
Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade (PC)
The Godfather: The Don's Edition (PS3)
The Godfather: The Blackhand Edition (WII)
Kororinpa Marble Mania (WII)
Petz Vet (GBA)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (PSP, DS)
Shining Force Exa (PS2)
Silverfall (PC)
Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific (PC)
Steel Horizon (DS)
Test Drive Unlimited (PS2, PC)
Theme Park (DS)
TMNT (GC, PC, PSP, X360, DS, GBA, WII)
UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 (360, PS2, PSP)
Virtua Tennis 3 (PS3, PSP, X360)
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters World Championship 2007 (DS)

MARCH 21, 2007
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (X360)

MARCH 22, 2007
No releases

MARCH 23, 2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)

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other44
other44

nah, xbox never finish games properly! ..let alone their consoles! haha :P

mingfu
mingfu

tmnt will suck on the psp

zigfeld
zigfeld

Great looking game. Playing well so far.

kottonmouth311
kottonmouth311

Guess what, the best game on this list is Silent Hunter 4..and it's only on PC. WOOOOT. I got a chance to try SKALKER and I recommend you stick with Battlefield or elder scrolls. The firing of weapons doesnt feel good, and the graphics are pretty demanding but dont look to good as well. The charater models are also not too good and the mutiplayer is blane and nothing special with major bugs to boot.

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-Shadowbinded-

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params7
params7

DBZ Another Road!! Getting the PSP is paying off now.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

yet agian the PSP and Xbox360 get the most games. I love my choice for a handhelds "PSP", and consoles "Xbox360". I'm hopeing I get Armored Core 4, and DBZ Shin Budokai: Another Road for my birthday thats on the 11th of April! Heres hopen!

jopak
jopak

ELDER SCROLLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WUJUUUUUUUUUUU

lonelygamer360
lonelygamer360

"In a press announcement from Japan today, Microsoft revealed that Devil May Cry 4 -- formerly only announced for PlayStation 3 -- is headed to Xbox 360 and PC as well, following games like Virtua Fighter 5 and Assassin's Creed by being announced for PS3 first, then moving towards Microsoft's machine later." Oh man this is sure gonna make sony fanboys **** in their pants.....yeah....going great microsoft. Though I am not fanboy of any machine, I feel bad for sony how they r losing the market in gaming...

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

Beyond Oasis Splatterhouse Tetris Evolution AC4 EDF2017 Oblivion Castlevania SotN STALKER What a good week!

AA7
AA7

Ill take me some castlevania please.

Glordit
Glordit

S.T.A.L.K.E.R FTW! Can't wait for my copy and also my bro's copy of TDU!

zsc4
zsc4

Can't wait to get S.T.A.L.K.E.R, hope it's good.

pred890
pred890

I will be getting Oblivion for PS3 tomorrow. WIsh my PC could handle STALKER.

jordan1
jordan1

Stalker is released today... not the 23rd...

zero9167
zero9167

im gonna rent TMNT the demo was ok

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Might get Armored Core 4, Earth Defense Force looks funny, could be OK. I'm not paying for Shivering Isles unless it gets a retail release !

Warlypwnage
Warlypwnage

bah who cares about any of this when you have God of War 2

eafifagame
eafifagame

a good list for playing on norooz(persian new year)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

not a bad list for mid march.

X360MadMan
X360MadMan

Im keeping my cash for the big one,

dee2k
dee2k

In a press announcement from Japan today, Microsoft revealed that Devil May Cry 4 -- formerly only announced for PlayStation 3 -- is headed to Xbox 360 and PC as well, following games like Virtua Fighter 5 and Assassin's Creed by being announced for PS3 first, then moving towards Microsoft's machine later. According to Capcom's Japanese website, the PS3 and 360 versions of the game will ship simultaneously http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3158088

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

I think Capcom is loosing it. They lost 3 of it star developers. Even DMC4 will be on PS3 sometimes before Xbox360, it will hurt the image of the series and as well as PS3. There still a lot of uncertainty around this exclusive. One thing for sure, is the flaming will get worst.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

might have to rent the new godfather game for the ps3

terryboguard17
terryboguard17

Um, DMC4 is still PS3 exclusive, and MGS4 is probably the one PS3 game that has virtually no chance of going cross-platform. But besides that, I'm really waiting for Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Also, still PS3 exclusive. And no, I don't care that it's a remake of an Xbox game. It's still going to look and play great and have enough new content to keep vets such as myself busy for months. So, all of you haters can just keep hatin'.

MorkkiTH
MorkkiTH

sja28 we get it! You love x360!!! I love gaming not only a one particular console!

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

Would one of the Gamespot staff ({[PLEASE]}) remove ALL of sja28's childish, bias comments!!!!!!!!

oscaritoqueloco
oscaritoqueloco

devil may cry 4 check virtua fighter 5 check resident evil 5 check unreal turnament 3 check assassins creed check Mercenaries 2: World in Flames check guitar hero 2 check omg sony is dead really dead only a blind igno.. will buy a &700 $ for almost no eslusives o and ff13 is next trust me then mgs4 and who knows whats next o by the way is official that square enix is working in 3 new games for the 360 they will say what games are those in xo7

Pudgieluv
Pudgieluv

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Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

DMC 4 YES YES YES *Dances* OHHHHHHHH YEAH BABY I LOVE YOU, LONG TIME YES!

sja28
sja28

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racerx737
racerx737

I have to agree with sja28, I don't see how the PS3 is going to fare so well this generation ... if they prove me wrong, good for them ... but if they don't, and Sony drops off the console map, what will happen to all the Sony exclusives like Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, etc.? (and sorry if I'm wrong about those being exclusives, it's 1:30 in the morning and I'm pulling stuff out of my a... i mean out of the air :) )

ocdog45
ocdog45

most games are renters this week. no real buyers

sja28
sja28

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eViL_kA
eViL_kA

"sja28: You really are one of the sadest 360 fanboys on the web aren't you. I see you posting on every topic that's about Sony and you bash them all the time. You should get out of here and get back to school instead and practise a little bit on your grammar. (and BTW, this news wasn't about Sony in the first place, it's just elease dates, so why are you bashing?). Show love for all consoles, it won't hurt you, I promise." / "Your a sad person sja28..............Sad" I thought i was the only one noticing this TROLL posting all over the place. I hope youre getting a check in the mail sja28, because if you are not, then you ARE just a "sad" MS sheep with bad grammar. I wouldn't expect someone who can't think for himself to have much intelligence anyway.

LuminosityBlaze
LuminosityBlaze

Yea, its true. I think its good because now there can be direct comparison between PS3 and 360 so people like so and so can be quiet. Sja, its bad enough you are on every PS3 or multi-platform forum with this stuff, but do you really need to go on the Wii forums too? I was reading something and you had comments that made absolutely no sense. But if it makes you feel better to simply state facts mixed with your own assumptions and bias' everywhere, to refute these so-called Sony "fanboys" , that in reality are not even an actual people and/or thing that exists, then go ahead dun'. Just enjoy your obvious console selection and be glad that you are getting such sweet games too...

sja28
sja28

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RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Looks like we have a mass idiot down in the comments...

munsoned
munsoned

march 20th looks like a good day for all systems

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Hmm... slow week... unless you've got a PS3 and haven't played Oblivion yet. Otherwise there's not much really happening here as far as I can tell. Devil May Cry 4? Link?

sja28
sja28

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Pudgieluv
Pudgieluv

Your a sad person sja28..............Sad