Shippin' Out April 30-May 4: Spider-Man 3, PS3 Gauntlet II

[UPDATE] Activision's multiplatform synergistic action movie tie-in dominates the week's releases; Midway's peckish-adventurer classic leads pack of downloadable releases--which also includes the much-vaunted Super Rub-A-Dub.

Even in a season of slim releases, the current week stands out as a lean time. Just 15 games are slated to be released this week, nearly half of which are downloadable retro games for the most recent crop of consoles.

Leading the classic pack is Gauntlet II for the PlayStation 3, which will be available via the PlayStation Store on May 3 for $4.99. The Xbox 360 gets three games--Catan, based on the classic board game Settlers of Catan, and Centipede/Millipede, a compilation of the two titular angry arthropod-based arcade classics. Both games cost 800 Microsoft points ($10). Last but not least, Wii owners got a trifecta of old-school console games: the original NES Castlevania, the SNES Legend of the Mystical Ninja, and the TurboGrafx-16 Shockman.

As for all-new releases, the week is dominated by the media-synergy juggernaut known as Spider-Man 3. The game hits stores the same day as its film inspiration--which is reportedly the most expensive movie ever made--hits theaters. Like many summer blockbuster tie-ins, Activision is bringing the game to a bevy of platforms, including the PC, PS3, DS, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, and Wii. The PS2 and Wii will also get Legend of the Dragon, based on the cartoon series, and Heatseeker, a flight combat sim from British publisher Codemasters.

[UPDATE] Lastly, the week will also see the release of Super Rub-A-Dub for the PS3. The game, which was touted at the D.I.C.E. summit in February, is an expanded version of the "Rubber Duck" tech demo used to show off the PS3 at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo. No pricing information on the game was available as of press time.

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

APRIL 30, 2007
Castlevania (WII)
Cube (PSP)
Legend of the Mystical Ninja (WII)
Shockman (WII)

MAY 1, 2007
Alpha Prime (PC)
The Apprentice: Los Angeles (PC)
Heatseeker (WII, PS2)
Legend of the Dragon (PS2, WII)
UFO: Afterlight (PC)
Ultimate Board Game Collection (PSP)

MAY 2, 2007
Catan (X360)
Centipede/Millipede (X360)

MAY 3, 2007
Classic Action: Devilish (DS)
Gauntlet II (PS3)
Super Rub-A-Dub (PS3)

MAY 4, 2007
Spider-Man 3 (X360, PC, PS3, PS2, WII, DS, GBA)

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78 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

That Super Rub-a-Dub game is more difficult than it looks. I might end up buying that one for my family though. I'm always curious about what the Rubber Duck demo looked like on the PlayStation 2; I'd like to know how it compares to the PS3 version.

NND1
NND1

Awwe Dudes.... Castlevania.... I was just a little kid when this came out !! Now Im gettin' teary eyed!!!

xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

nice, I can finally play Centipede/Millipede and Gauntlet II online. Also good news for the PS2 as it's getting more games which means more sales for Sony. 110 million own it so I doubt they would get a wii when they have a console that the games are available for.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

Having just seen a review of Spiderman 3 I think I'll pass. A whooping 5/10.

waleywu_basic
waleywu_basic

man, another disappointing weekend for gamers. when Spidy is your best game, it's a sad sad day I say no to all of them.

Chasemandvd
Chasemandvd

Spider-Man 3 all the way, after the midnight premiere tonight, going o Wally-World and buying it for tonight. OH-YEAH!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

super rub-a-dub :lol: *waiting on gamespot's review....*

wenbin09
wenbin09

spiderman 3. should i or shouldn't i buy it?

Cheat17
Cheat17

May 4th sounds like a real busy day for the game stores..

bihboy69
bihboy69

NOOOOOOO!!! SPIDERMAN 3 for PS3 IS DELAYED IN AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

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serph-1925
serph-1925

heatseeker and sipder-man on my ps3 yesssss

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

conkertheduke88 wrote: 360 owners will be able to purchase the goblin character a couple months after release for 400 points ... and Spiderman 3 doesnt look good enuf to be 500 million... gears of war or halo may have been higher than that tho I reply: you do know they are talking about the price of the movie and not the game no game cost that much to make

interpolred
interpolred

Nothing that really interests me here... Cool for people that like this list though! :)

smith447
smith447

Spiderman 3. Oh yeah. So buying it. Soooo Buying it.

vaejas
vaejas

Tor: I thought the RSS feed for this story said Centi/Milli was 400 points, and The Major concurs. Anyway, 400 is a perfectly good price for the two, but still not worth playing without a trackball.

dewmandew7
dewmandew7

I'm only getting Gauntlet II if it has multiplayer... otherwise, not worth $5. They should make it online like they did with Mortal Kombat II.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

wtf where the hell is spidey psp hulk angry hulk smash!!!

Gamer443
Gamer443

yay super ruba dub and gaunlet 2 comes out yayayayayayayay

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I'm hopeing that Spiderman three as a film is as good as the last one was. But I just hope their not trying to do too much in only 2 1/2 hours. We need more movies like LOTR where it's not just a film it's an experince. Thats what the movie industry used to be about back in the day. It was the highest form of intertanment and it looks like it could be agian if we get any more kick arse movies that don't just make us cheer at the end but make us cry, cheer, and go lol. LOTR did that for me. The First LOTR movie was great, it had some funny jokes, and killer action. The second was a killer war flick and made me vary sad, but through it all there was still some jokes to be in there to make you smile. The final LOTR movie was vary sad, but yet agian still had some jokes in it to keep you going and up beat during the film. I have to say the ending made my cry the first few times I saw it as it was sad to see the fellowship break up after all they wen't through. We need more movies like that and the US will be back on top for the biggest movie producer in the world.

Erebus
Erebus

trininuyawka wrote: "Erebus, are you kidding? The movie has already broke records over seas this week. And so far it has a 73% positive rating on www.rottentomatoes.com. I'd bet it makes close to $100 million opening this weekend." To which I reply: "You win. :) I'm allowed to be wrong only on mornings following the evening of a full moon."

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I might get Spider-Man 3 depending on reviews.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

mcxps3, no offense to the PSP but I heard it was glitchy on the 360 so I can't imagine it would be very fun on the PSP.

auspicious12345
auspicious12345

hey, they removed my comment! I was the one that told them about super rub a dub thank you very much

Navick
Navick

@mcxps3... I gotta agree with u bro...

slayer1090
slayer1090

360 owners will be able to purchase the goblin character a couple months after release for 400 points ... and Spiderman 3 doesnt look good enuf to be 500 million... gears of war or halo may have been higher than that tho Wow..... just wow. Purchasing 1 character for 400 mp is very stupid. u pay enuf 4 the game and now u have to pay more just to be one more character

Stammalamma
Stammalamma

Hey, for all of you thinking of buying Spider-Man 3 listen up: I work at GameStop and we got our shipment of the game on Monday and, well, all the employees accidentally carried out our reserves a bit early, and, well, that's not the point. THE GAME IS SICK!! I've never been a fan of movie video games but this game is SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!! I got it on PS3 (Collector's Edition) bit I'm sure it's great on every other system (well, maybe GBA and DS not so much). Anyway, IT'S AMAZING!!!!!

mcxps3
mcxps3

why isnt it coming on the psp sony u made the movie when u gave up the game rigths u should have made sure it comes on all ur systems

mcxps3
mcxps3

I really dont like gamespot it is so biased against the ps3 It neglects to mention that the ps3 gets a collectors edition of Spiderman3 and after giving it a totally unfair and against the norm rating they forget to mention that Calling All Cars is coming out tommorrow,

_NeoN
_NeoN

Methedemon hit the nail. ;) Can't wait to catch the movie and hence I'm expecting big things from the game tie-in. Played one of the earlier Spiderman games and quite enjoyed it too. Still a PS2 owner, no next-gen stuff here - at the mo... he he. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

_NeoN
_NeoN

Methedemon hit the nail. ;) Can't wait to catch the movie and hence I'm expecting big things from the game tie-in. Played one of the earlier Spiderman games and quite enjoyed it too. Still a PS2 owner, no next-gen stuff here - at the mo... he he. My apologies for the double post, not sure why it does that.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

super rub-a-dub and spiderman are the ones i need from this list

conkertheduke88
conkertheduke88

360 owners will be able to purchase the goblin character a couple months after release for 400 points ... and Spiderman 3 doesnt look good enuf to be 500 million... gears of war or halo may have been higher than that tho

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

Spider man 3 is good, i didn't expect it to be as good as it was, beat it in like 10 hours though.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Yeah I'll probably pick up Spider-Man 3, but I'm gonna wait real quick and see how the game is, then I'll go pick up the PS3 edition, which will most likely be the best because of all the extra content, I'd rather be the goblin anyways, PS3 owners are making out good with Spider-Man 3, but I wonder why they only added the stuff to the PS3 version, is it because of Blu-ray and more disk space...? or is because they have similar tastes in texts...?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wait, wasn't Calling All Cars supposed to be released?

trininuyawka
trininuyawka

I read the movie itself was either $250 or $350 million, the biggest chunk going to the special effects budget required for Sandman and Venom. A face in sand (i.e. The Mummy) is one thing but to animate a human made of sand in another.

ag1002
ag1002

i am so looking foward to the movie

joehex311
joehex311

According to boxofficemojo, the movie's budget is sitting at 258 million. That doesn't include marketing , though according to reports sony is advertising less than they did for Spiderman 2. Depending on how many theaters it's in this weekend, I could see it possibly beating DMC for highest opening weekend, and since I think the biggest movie opening next weekend is 28 weeks later, I could also see it have a huge carry over to next weekend as well.

gmayronne
gmayronne

500 million to make? probably about 150 mil went to the movie itself, the rest was merchandise, advertising, paying tobey and kirsten UNGODLY amounts of money , and other dumb s**t like that.