Shippin' Out April 14-18: GT5 Prologue, Wii Okami

Sony revs up a taste of new sim, Capcom's PS2 adventure finds new home, and PC gamers welcome Europa Universalis: Rome, Turok.

Normally a sample of an upcoming game is released as a free demo, or perhaps dangled as a promotional incentive for people who preorder the title. This week's release schedule sees an exception, as Sony will start selling Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for the PlayStation 3 at retailers and through its own downloadable game service for $39.99.

However, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is much more than a simple demo. The game includes more than 70 vehicles and six different tracks (with some alternate layouts thrown in for good measure). On top of that, it marks the first time the series has gone online, with multiplayer races for up to 16 players.

While this Gran Turismo side project is the first to be sold in the US, Japanese gamers have been offered similar titles before. In addition to Gran Turismo 4 Prologue, Sony released a handful of stripped-down Gran Turismo Concept games, featuring as yet undeveloped cars featured in international auto shows.

Beyond that, it's a light week for console releases. Only the Wii has other retail releases scheduled, as Nintendo's system is set to receive ports of the PlayStation 2 hit Okami and the PC offering Dream Pinball 3D, as well as Summer Sports: Paradise Island.

PC gamers have a little more to look forward to, starting with Europa Universalis: Rome, the latest installment in the long-running strategy franchise. This week also sees the PC receiving a port of the Xbox 360 and PS3 shooter Turok, as well as a new Sherlock Holmes title and another Sims 2 accessory pack.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue might be the highest-profile downloadable launch of the week, but as usual, the Wii and Xbox 360 are both adding to their online catalogs. The frantic Sega Genesis arcade shooter Mega Turrican can be added to the Virtual Console for 800 Wii points ($8), while Sega Master System shooter Fantasy Zone is available for 500 Wii points ($5).

Over on the Xbox Live Arcade, Pinball FX developer Zen Studios is set to launch its stand-alone Rocky and Bullwinkle minigame collection this Wednesday for 800 Microsoft points ($10). Atari also has another remake headed to the downloadable game service, as its original arcade tank game Battlezone will be released for 400 Microsoft points ($5). As with other Atari revamps, Battlezone will include original and enhanced versions of the game.

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

APRIL 14, 2008
Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy AllStars (DS)
Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis (PC)
Dream Pinball 3D (Wii)
Mega Turrican (Wii Virtual Console)
Fantasy Zone (Wii Virtual Console)

APRIL 15, 2008
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (retail) (PS3)
High School Musical 2: Work This Out! (DS)
Okami (Wii)
Europa Universalis: Rome (PC)
Cory in the House (DS)
Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! (DS)
Final Fantasy XI: Vana'diel Collection 2008 (PC)
The Sims 2: Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff (PC)
Rondo of Swords (DS)
Turok (PC)
Summer Sports: Paradise Island (Wii)

APRIL 16, 2008
Rocky and Bullwinkle (Xbox Live Arcade)
Battlezone (Xbox Live Arcade)

APRIL 17, 2008
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable) (PS3)

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Discussion

57 comments
viet1125
viet1125

Okami PS2 and then Wii. Why not PC??!!

Tenjikuronin
Tenjikuronin

Okami sounds cool. I'll have to check it out.

n3ck
n3ck

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n3ck
n3ck

Save ur money GT ISN'T WORTH PLAYING FOR FREE.

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

i wish i had a ps3, but i dont have a hdtv to fully experience the detail :( plus its $700 for the 40GB value pack with gt5, better a get a job lol

link631
link631

got okami today playing right now its better than PS2

tootergray34
tootergray34

WHAT?! No Xenogears remake? maybe next week...yes next week for sure

zekere
zekere

I own GT5 prologue since two weeks (live in Europe) and it is the best looking racing sim ever . With the damage download upgrade released later this year and more tracks in the vicinity, you can't go wrong . Yeah, it's not the full game, but there's still much GT to enjoy, and 16 players !! That's an absolute joy !! As an xbox 360 fan I must admit that the lineup of games is veeeerrry poor this year so far !!

Dualmask
Dualmask

So many games, so little money...I had to get Gamefly just to keep up, but some games, you just gotta own. While GT5 Prologue may only be a partial game, knowing Gran Turismo, it's probably enough of a game to keep me busy for a while. Still, dunno if I'm going to get it. I definitely want Okami though. Gotta support high quality 3rd party releases on Wii, plus I never played the original because my PS2 died. I'm looking forward to seeing it in action.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Dude there are plenty of hits for the PS3 and more coming today, you can't be dissing it and calling it a pile of crap, it rocks man, it's a home theatre guru's wet dream, I know it's mine. They have an update today that allows it to now do DTS-HD. I didn't even buy that crappy hd-dvd player for the 360 because the A30 was so much better.

FallenAngelXBL
FallenAngelXBL

Anyone who played Okami on the PS2, if they had even half a brain would have though immediately "this game would be fantastic on the wii". The PS2 version was excellent, and one of the best looking games iv seen ever(stylized graphics kick the **** out of generic graphics). Okami, another GoTY i think...

rob3nelson
rob3nelson

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TheVinster
TheVinster

It's so amusing how people give bias negative comments. Who cares if they say they want a Wii game, instead of your silly GT, it's not like he's calling it out. Like I just did. Anyway, nothing good for this week. GT is only part of a game, Okami is port of, apparently, a great game, and Turok is just plain bad.

dav1000
dav1000

gt5 prologue is already out in england? my mate downloaded it off of the sony store... or is this just for the US.

twistedhades
twistedhades

More details have emerged on the new PS3 80 GB Metal Gear Solid 4 Pack, which is apparently the replacement for the 80GB Motorstorm Pack in North America. The 80GB Motorstorm Pack has essentially disappeared from most retailers shelves as Sony shifts production to this new 80GB pack. This morning, Amazon listed the following new details: Product Description Introducing the PlayStation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Bundle. This limited edition bundle includes the highly-anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots game, new DualShock 3 wireless controller, voucher for free downloadable Pain game, free PlayStation Network membership, internet ready Wi-Fi, and 80GB of hard disk storage for all your games, music, videos, and photos. Every PS3 comes with a built-in Blu-ray player to give you the best high-definition viewing experience and pristine picture quality. Plus, the PS3 can play your entire catalog of CDs and DVDs. The product will come with the following items: o Metal Gear Solid 4 game o Dualshock 3 Controller o Voucher for free downloadable Pain game o Blu-ray player o 80GB HDD A European GTA IV PS3 40GB Bundle was recently revealed, but is a one in the works for North America as well?

dmish82
dmish82

2 More Days til Prologue!!!

aBathingApe_
aBathingApe_

Prologue will sell well, as will Okami. Other than that there is really nothing here that is dazzling. I won't be buying any new games this week. Still waiting for GTA4. =\

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

played okami already but will play it again on wii. sounds stupid but i loved the game, plus the good reviews due to better graphics and improved controls with the wii remote makes the already awesome game even better. i'm sure i won't regret this just like when i re-bought re4 for wii. let's support QUALITY games.

sean_ph
sean_ph

its GT5 Prologue, not GT5.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Grand Turismo 5 and Okami r the top running dogs here!

Pablo620
Pablo620

GT5 Baby Oh Yeah. Just downloaded the update too for the new store...Very Nice

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

how come rainbow six vegas 2 is not that list?

jmdude
jmdude

GT5P, game of the week!!!

Tebbit
Tebbit

GT5 Prologue is definately worth the price of admission. We have it in NZ already (and I assume Europe too), and it doesn't feel like a stripped down version of the game at all. Suprisingly full featured really, especially considering the price.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

If I was into racing sims, I would definitely check out GT5 Prologue.

Willy105
Willy105

Okami better sell, or else all hope is lost....

EnozmeH
EnozmeH

Def. adding all those Wii titles:) Seems like Okami will be a great addition to the collection... Summer Sports will allow me to exercise the Wiimote more and more!

AgentA-Mi6
AgentA-Mi6

40$ dollars is too much for GT5P I'll wait for the full game. I'd rather spend my money on GTAIV

lemaclmc
lemaclmc

oh yea, I forgot that people are making other games other than GTA IV, silly me.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Nothing worth getting for me this week, except maybe Fantasy Zone. Gotta wait until May I guess. I have enough stuff to play already.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Definitely GT5 Prologue (retail) for me. Will wait to see if it's worth upgrading Okami from PS2 to Wii. Waiting on reviews for Rondo of Swords. Maybe even Mega Turrican, if it's anything like them crazy shmups that i dig so much (Gradius, R-Tyope, Ikaruga, Mars Matrix and countless others)

lamprey263
lamprey263

GT5 is not my cup of tea, but it should do well for Sony. I'm still waiting for WipeOut HD, it's been a while since I've had a good hover-combat racer. I guess I'll just have to keep playing Quantum Redshift until then.

09231991
09231991

meh, don't really care for these games to much.

Sarukah
Sarukah

I hope Rondo of Swords will be a great game, I really want to get it!

ps3isdasht
ps3isdasht

GT5~~~!@#$#@%^&$%#%#^$%$!%@#$ #!$#@%$#%$#@%$#@%$#@%$@%$ #@%$@%$@%$@%$#@%$#@%$#@^%#&% ^#$@@@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ehh i was bord

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Hopefully, I'll get Okami soon. After Mario Kart Wii, I'll be a little short on cash...

Loucetios
Loucetios

Can't wait for GT5P, gonna be downloading that as fast as i can

markgowii
markgowii

I love this page two quote: " " Hilarious, noh?

Franko_3
Franko_3

"Europa Universalis: Rome,+Sherlock Holmes:nemesis" woot!!! just at time for summer vacation

ocdog45
ocdog45

i gotta play that GT game

Brambler
Brambler

GT5 Prolouge!!!!!!!! WOooohooo!

-Renegade
-Renegade

Are these release dates or ship dates?

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Why does Okami keep being referred to as a hit? It wasn't. At all. Sadly.

Scubei
Scubei

GT5P All I have to say