Shippin' Out Dec. 7-13: Persona 4, POP PC

Altus' latest Shin Megami Tensei RPG and the Windows edition of Ubisoft's platformer reboot lead a supermodel-thin release list; Meteos Wars, PS3 Sonic Unleashed also launching.

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If brevity is the soul of wit, this week's release list is a charmer of Oscar Wilde-an proportions. The river of top-tier games has dwindled to a trickle, with a few final high-profile releases dribbling onto store shelves less than a month away from New Year's Eve.

First and foremost on this week's docket is Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 for the PlayStation 2. The sequel to GameSpot's top role-playing game of 2007 features similar gameplay, but increases the emphasis on story and character. It follows a silent protagonist staying with relatives in Inaba, a quiet town tucked away in the Japanese countryside. Things don't stay quiet for long, though, as players quickly find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery that bridges the real world and a supernatural realm extant inside TV sets. (Insert "Kill Your Television" joke here.)

Other than Persona 4, the biggest release of the week is the PC edition of Ubisoft's second reboot of the Prince of Persia franchise, which garnered solid reviews when it was released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last month. Not so the PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed, which follows in the footsteps of its critically savaged 360, Wii, and PlayStation 2 siblings on Tuesday. The week also sees the launch of C.O.R.E., a first-person sci-fi shooter from little-known developer-publisher NoWay Studio.

On the downloadable front, the top gun is Meteos Wars from Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q Entertainment. Previewed by GameSpot in October, the expanded Xbox 360 version of the highly praised 2005 DS title will go live on Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Today, Nintendo's console got two WiiWare title: The puzzler Bruiser and Scratch and Canadian-friendly Hockey Allstar Shootout, as well as a Wii Virtual console classic, Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System edition).

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

DECEMBER 7, 2008
C.O.R.E. - DS

DECEMBER 8, 2008
Bruiser & Scratch - WII
Hockey Allstar Shootout - WII
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - PS2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - WII VC

DECEMBER 9, 2008
Build a Lot - DS
Cate West: The Vanishing Files - DS
Drivers Ed Portable - DS
Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War - PSP
Left Brain Right Brain 2 - DS
Neopets Puzzle Adventure - WII
Prince of Persia (2008) - PC
Sonic Unleashed - PS3

DECEMBER 10, 2008
PowerUp Forever - X360
Meteos Wars - X360

DECEMBER 11, 2008
No releases scheduled.

DECEMBER 12, 2008
No releases scheduled.

Discussion

28 comments
Omegaman007
Omegaman007

If Sonice the Hedgehog 2 is coming out on Wii VC this week, then what the heck did I buy a year ago? I've been stomping Dr. Robotnik's head (that's his REAL NAME) for months...must be a typo.

Killer_73
Killer_73

why they releasing it on consoles first it like gta pop was make it's reputation in pcs

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

..........nevermind hm360, your were correct, my bad.......it's weird they are publishing it though......they have never published a Atlus game as far as i know.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

Persona 4 in Europe in 2009, this part i got hm360........but thanks to Square Enix? i'm sorry, but what are you smoking? Persona 4 is made by Atlus, did i miss something or did you not know that? .........if i sound like i'm being rude or mean, i apologize, i just am alittle crazy. :)

hm360
hm360

Persona 4 is coming to Europe thanks to Square Enix in Spring 2009. As is Disgaea 3. So I'm happy.

peacenutman
peacenutman

LOL, the best game on the list happens to be a last-gen game, looks like PS2 just refuse to die.

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

I hope Persona 4 will be released in Europe at some point. I Don't mind waiting since I'm still playing P3 FES, but will it ever come out here?

WhiteSnake5000
WhiteSnake5000

What exactly is the point of Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Who would possibly buy the Master System version over the Genesis version?

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

I can't wait for my Persona 4 package to come from Amazon. I got it for a cool $14 after a couple gift cards and gold box deals. I love Amazon. Anyone get the Social Link Expansion from Amazon? It looks pretty cool. I am super stoked!

blazersoul
blazersoul

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ShadowVari
ShadowVari

I'm getting Persona 4 tomorrow. Can't wait :D

metalkid9
metalkid9

when will they finally start making descent games for psp? my psp is sitting there eating dust

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i wish i could buy P4 right now but i cant :(

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

loved p3 hope p4 is just a good or better

EPaul
EPaul

Yes, finally the rpg i've been waiting for the whole year as arrived

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

sonic might be worth the day time levels, I mean that doesn't look bad, they even said they put werehog levels in because it would take too much time to create sonic levels, so I see why they created the werehog.I'd prefer straight Sonic speed levels, but o'well you gotta admit Sonic in the Daytime looks PERFECT!!!

djmillard2
djmillard2

nothing truly exciting coming out for a while

TheMayor88
TheMayor88

Okay nothing great this week so i save money

ObsidianReio
ObsidianReio

Been waiting for Persona 4, for so long.