Shippin' Out April 26-May 1: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Velvet Assassin

Activision and Raven's violent actioner mutates onto all relevant platforms this week, as Replay deploys long-in-the-making tactical shooter.

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When Activision releases the Raven Software-developed X-Men Origins: Wolverine this Wednesday, it will feature the sociopathic mutant stabbing, dismembering, decapitating, and in all other ways mutilating foes with his adamantium-coated claws. Funny, then, that Raven's gore-fest adaptation will tie in to the gore-free PG-13 film of the same name. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which headlines the release slate for the week of April 26-May 2, will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC.

Whereas Wolverine's story takes him through fictional trenches of the very real World War II, Southpeak Games and Replay Studios' Velvet Assassin tells a story based on Violette Szabo, an actual spy during the conflict. Originally announced in 2006 under the moniker Sabotage, Velvet Assassin was later expanded to the Xbox 360 as well. A tactical shooter, the game features a heavily stylized art style that plays out through the heroine's subconscious.

Nintendo's and Sony's portables will receive titles that have already proven to be quite popular in Japan. On the DS, Atlus has armed Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier, the latest installment in the mech-flush sci-fi Japanese role-playing game franchise. The PSP will see its own new installment in a long-running Japanese series, as Koei has on tap this week Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

NEW RELEASES: APRIL 26-May 2
April 28
Fantasy Aquarium World--Wii--Simulation--Destineer
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce--PSP--Action--Koei
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier--DS--Role-Playing--Atlus Co.
Lineage II: Chaotic Throne: Gracia Final--PC--Role-Playing--NCsoft
Smiley World Island Challenge--DS--Adventure--Zoo Digital Publishing
Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason--PC--Action 1C

April 29
Reel Deal Slots: Adventure--PC--Puzzle--Phantom EFX, Inc.
Banjo-Tooie--X360--Action--Microsoft
Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66--X360--Fighting--Sega

April 30
Eco Tycoon: Project Green--PC--Strategy--ValuSoft
Velvet Assassin--X360, PC--Action--SouthPeak Games
Play! The Ultimate Casual Game Collection--PC--Puzzle--Viva Media
MLB Dugout Heroes--PC--Sports--GamesCampus
Drill Sergeant Mindstrong--Wii--Puzzle--Xseed Games

May 1
Tournament Pool--Wii--Puzzle--Destineer
Burger Island--Wii--Action--Destineer
Party Pigs: FarmYard Games--Wii--Sports--Destineer
X-Men Origins: Wolverine--X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC--Action--Activision

May 2
Evochron Legends--PC--Simulation--StarWraith

Discussion

35 comments
jknight5422
jknight5422

I can't wait to get my hands on Burger Island & Party Pigs! Does Burger Island come with Fries or a coupon to Mickey D's?

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

the wii has a games called Burger Island coming out? well i give up.

Saxostev
Saxostev

Hey, how come they don't list Klonoa for the Wii, it comes out on the 29th

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

velvet assassin looks good, but i cant play it, though i think i might rent X-men, it looks pretty decent

lamprey263
lamprey263

looking forward to Virtual On, if Sega did anything right it was their arcade titles Velvet Assassin looks effing horrible but I'm actually stoked just to see critics tear it apart

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I got high hopes for the X-Men game otherwise this is a slow week. Next week should be much better.

N00bl3t15
N00bl3t15

Finally! I've been waiting for Banjo-Tooie to be released on XBLA for months. It might even distract from Peggle for a while..

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

man i love party pigz...those game are really well made just like party babyz, party petz....such creative geniuses behind thos games!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

If I was a male porn star, I'd go by the name Velvet Assassin. Can't believe Koei is still bringing the Dynasty Warriors, though. Those games were decaying on the PS2; what stage are they at now?

nygiants1080
nygiants1080

Can't wait for the Wolverine game....and just for the record the game was in the process of being made before the movie. It has been in development for 2 and a half years. So it isn't a true movie game. It's suppose to be 12-15 hours long too, which is awesome.

solidstein
solidstein

@frosal i dont get why you would get a game that you think sucks unless you are getting it on PC and bit torrent it or what not i just dont see someone wasting money for a game they think will suck especially now in this great economy even though im making alot more in the stock market then i was when it was two high i cant wait for it to go back to 10k so i can make 4 million

CVM_123
CVM_123

cant wait for party pigs!!!

Frosal
Frosal

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sluffmochildeater
sluffmochildeater

I'm psyched for Virtua On. I used to love that game. I'll wait for reviews on Wolverine but it looks pretty good.

starduke
starduke

Wolverine may actually be a great game. I hope it is. Even if it is a movie game, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be bad. The DS version probably is, though. The ones made by Raven should be good. They seem to know how to make good games. A lot of my fav games were made by them. I hope they don't mess Wolverine up. It's funny how a game based on a PG-13 movie will have a M rating. Blood 'n guts 'n Wolvie actually using his claws on the bad guys. It should be cool.

zombey1333
zombey1333

Heh...man, the store I work for sucks with video games. We hardly get in ANY titles, but that could just be because they don't really care about selling games...even if it is one of the few things still selling in this crud-filled economy. All we're getting for the consoles and handhelds is Velvet Assasin and Wolverine. I'm suprised that we're not getting Dynasty Warriors... ....but not really. Those games don't really sell well at my store, maybe one or two will sell when it comes out then the rest just languish in our inventory. Place isn't really in a good place for movie and game sales, stuff that the masses should flock to usually ends up sticking around for a bit. Oh well. Blech, I'm starting to talk about work on here... X_x

Adziboy
Adziboy

"Im not hyped for Velvet Assassian, it looks alrite, nothing special. But i am curious to see how Wolverine is." Two words. Movie game. (Well, comic game but it's based off the movie).

TheArcade
TheArcade

Banjo-Tooie & Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66 should hold me. I love games of this caliber. I'm hoping that both Rare and Sega keep it real with these hardcore releases.

thetravman
thetravman

Dam you Rare for switching to Microsoft. I'd love to see Banjo on virtual console for Wii. Oh well. Our loss.

soulfood4
soulfood4

Im not hyped for Velvet Assassian, it looks alrite, nothing special. But i am curious to see how Wolverine is.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Wonderful! I see Banjo-Tooie on there. Definitely something for me to download this week.

Sheik_Ajmal
Sheik_Ajmal

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jbox32
jbox32

i cant wait for burger island the gameplay videos make it look amazing!

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

Velvet Assassin looks fairly promising but then again Too Human was that way for me too so I'll have to wait and see if it holds up to what I expected it to reach an 8. Might be interested in grabbing Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo Tooie

TristanH12
TristanH12

Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier here I come, lol. It will distract from studying for a calc final, but thtat game looks mad fun!

SteelWingKnight
SteelWingKnight

Nothing interesting. I dont see why people are excited over Velvet Assasin, looks nothing special to me..

zimzvm
zimzvm

same here... Velvet Assassin FTW !

Red122
Red122

Wolverine and Velvet Assassin and maybe banjo tooie

red_echelon
red_echelon

Am super waiting 4 Velvet Assassin! This 1'z gonna ace rock!!! B)

cyw1988
cyw1988

oh yea Velvet Assassin Baby!!!