Shippin' Out 3/5-3/9: GRAW2, MotorStorm, Def Jam: Icon

EA's brawler, Ubisoft's shooter, and Sony's off-road racer all hit the retail streets this week.

Back in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was told to beware the Ides of March. However, in 2007 AD, the month got off to a promising start for gamers. PlayStation 3 fans, in particular, will be relieved that they can finally stop playing the MotorStorm drinking game while watching Sony keynote addresses--and start revving up the game itself. Yes, after nearly two years of continuous hype, Sony's first-party off-road racing game is finally hitting pay dirt at retail--check out GameSpot's review for a full rundown.

The new-PS3-game drought was further lessened this week by the release of two Electronic Arts games for the platform. NBA Street Homecourt and Def Jam: Icon both arrive on the console this week, a fortnight after the former's and simultaneously with the latter's Xbox 360 editions. However, the week's most anticipated 360 debut came from EA rival Ubisoft in the form of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2--that is if you don't count Worms on Xbox Live Arcade.

On Tuesday, another eagerly awaited EA title, Burnout Dominator, peeled out onto the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The week's other big PS2 game is actually a port of a PSP game. After selling more than 317,000 copies on the handheld in the US (through January 2007), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is following Liberty City Stories onto Sony's still-popular elder console.

The DS, the current portable champion, got a healthy injection of new games this week, including Wario: Master of Disguise, Shrek Smash and Crash, and Rayman Raving Rabbids. Unfortunately, those were about the only new titles of import coming to a Nintendo platform, excluding the latest crop of Virtual Console titles on the Wii, which included Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts, Sword of Vermilion, and Elevator Action.

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

MARCH 5, 2007
Drake and Josh (GBA)
Dynasty League Baseball (PC)
Elevator Action (WII)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2)
Major League Baseball 2K7 (GBA)
Sword of Vermilion (Wii)
Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts (WII)
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne (PC)
Tortuga - Two Treasures (PC)
Wario: Master of Disguise (DS)

MARCH 6, 2007
Burnout Dominator (PS2, PSP)
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku (PS2, PSP)
Def Jam: Icon (PS3, 360)
Great Invasions (PC)
MotorStorm (PS3)
NBA Street Homecourt (PS3)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (DS)
Shrek Smash and Crash (DS)
Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PC)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (360)

MARCH 7, 2007
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (DS)
Worms (360)

MARCH 8, 2007
Model Train 3D (PC)
ProStroke Golf - World Tour 2007 (PSP)

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68 comments
Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

Huh, I didn't know there was going to be a port of vice city stories.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I was planning on picking up MotorStorm but seeing as there is no split-screen I will have to wait yo get a new PS3 game.

GonLee30
GonLee30

I bet if sony had some rumble in the dang controller the reviews might be better.I bet if sony stoped trying to push two systems and stuck with just one they could lower the price(not that it matters in the long run because the xbow 360 cost more,4400 system,$200 dvd,$100 for hard drive=700$ for a weaker system.Fun how nobody talks about how MS nicks and dimes us just OH MY GOD LOOK AT GEARS!!!!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Not really interested in any of these titles. But at least they got some variety.

muertebringer
muertebringer

graw 2 & def jam thats it for me for a while...

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I own a PS3 and only plan on renting Motorstorm. I also own a great Xbox360 will definitely buy GRAW2 and Def Jam Icon. Go, Wii60!!:D

maclove404
maclove404

Come on achievements, come to daddy...lol

mammyboy
mammyboy

Def Jam:Icon is going to look really good i 3wish i could get it but i have an xbox

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

Can you really even say downloadable games are "shipping out"? Okay..maybe if you go by cybergeography.org's maps of internet traffic, but not really.

DayLightBreak
DayLightBreak

To many games to choose from! MotorStorm,G.R.A.W.2,Def Jam:Icon and God of War 2 coming out next week. I cant decide!!! Plus i have get more M$ points for Worms too. v_v

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

GRAW2 and I'll download Worms. I was considering MotorStorm but the game sounds too shallow for even a rental.

wenbin09
wenbin09

Graw 2 and worms on 360 sounds delicious!

jetsmanfoley
jetsmanfoley

@sja28 Crackdown got a 7.8 and I think it's freakin fun. If you only buy games based on media ratings, you'll miss out on a ton. If you're just flaming on PS3 owners, which it sounds like you are, relax. Not every thread needs to be an opportunity to preach to someone else about their console choice. I do think that Motorstorm is missing too much to justify my $60, but that's because I like sim racers. I think I'm gonna pick up F1 to tide me over until Oblivion and get Motorstorm when more maps come out or I can find a cheaper copy.

ocdog45
ocdog45

burnout (psp), def jam; icon (ps3), motorstorm (ps3), is it this week for me

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Looks like Sony and Microsoft got the goods this week.

BasJay
BasJay

gonna grab worms tomorrow and maybe rent graw and def jam this weekend

ufopuller
ufopuller

worms and gwar2, GREAT DEAL!

sja28
sja28

motor storm is just a 7.9 so whats so good about it??

sja28
sja28

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alberto2045
alberto2045

Icon pretty much is a weird game man I dont like it at all, but Motorsorom is it man!!! thats what am getting

wakko19991
wakko19991

even after gamespot's confusing review (even though Navarro reviews are the best, in my opinion. gerstman close 2nd), motorstorm is the only game I'm looking forward to for some reason. Icon demo killed that one for me. Homecourt demo was too short--so will rent first.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Harlem Globetrotters, lol. What is this? 1983?

Pablo620
Pablo620

Why couldnt best buy have motorstorm today. Well motorstorm this week, god of war 2 next week, oblivion the week after...when will i go to school, when will i sleep...crap

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

By the end of this month I'll be broke. Well at least I'll have motorstorm, life is good.

epormada
epormada

Motorstorm looks nothing like the footage Sony showed at E3 a few years ago! *prediction* Killzone 2 won't look like it's demo footage either! Just a couple more reasons Sony is going down this round! Like we needed any more!

muppen
muppen

GRAW 2..can't wait!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

worms and gwar2 - yea

sarges24
sarges24

Can't wait!! Motorstorm baby!! To bad amazon.com hasn't even bothered shipping it out today like they're suppose to. Oh well, tomorrow I'm going hunting. Maybe Wally World, or some other crack hole in town will actually get a game in on time.... Now next week it's GoW II, followed by Oblivion, followed by, and, and... to bad I've already put a lot of time into the PC version of Oblivion. Oh well, it was so crappy on PC I sold it so I hope the PS3 version is actually playable; no it wasn't my PC it was the game cracking out..... later this Summer will be nice once Blue Dragon drops, hopefully Heavenly Sword. Wow, I can't begin to remember the last time Spring/Summer releases had my amped up... ;)

-L-U-I-S-
-L-U-I-S-

So I'll be getting Motorstorm, Vanguard, Dominator, Homecourt, Vice City Stories, and God of War 2 between this week and the next one? Sweet

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am getting GRAW 2 cant wait

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

I think i might get GRAW 2, it seems to similar to the first one tho.

sja28
sja28

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DanC1989
DanC1989

I'll be picking up MotorStorm on the 23rd, at launch. :D Until then, FFXII >_>

goochyslap101
goochyslap101

money kinda short so graw 2 and def jam and still....crackdown will have to wait, but i will have*bowser laugh*.

sascha23
sascha23

Picking up Motorstorm tomorrow! WOO!

GazzaB
GazzaB

7.9 *sigh* such a pity, the game was looking great. Why they left so much out, i dont understand.

hepcat00
hepcat00

I was going to get MotorStorm, but with only EIGHT tracks and NO LOCAL MULTIPLAYER (not even fricking SPLITSCREEN!) makes it worthless...I might as well play the demo a few more times, cuz that's almost how limited the actual game is.... I'll wait for MotorStorm2 when the game ships complete. *goes back to playing Crackdown*

Javier
Javier

It´s nice to see PS3 games COMING OUT.