Shippin' Out December 4-8: Full Auto 2, MGS: Portable Ops

Car combat and Big Boss join Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and the PS3 Fight Night Round 3 on the week's release docket.

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With Christmas less than three weeks away, most of the year's biggest game releases are already out on the market. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't new titles of note still arriving in stores.

Ten months after it socked it to the Xbox 360, Electronic Arts' Fight Night Round 3 steps into the next-gen ring again, shipping on Tuesday for the PlayStation 3. Two days later, Full Auto 2: Battlelines, the PS3 sequel to Sega's Xbox 360 car-combat game, pulls out of the retail garage. (A PSP version is due in early 2007.)

The year's other new console, the Wii, gets a trifecta of movie tie-ins this week: The Ant Bully, Barnyard, and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Four older games were also rereleased via the Wii's Virtual Console: Donkey Kong, Jr. (NES), Columns (Genesis), Ristar (Genesis), and Victory Run (TurboGrafx-16).

Several notable handheld titles will also arrive this week. The still wildly popular DS will get two high-profile releases, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Kirby Squeak Squad, and two lesser-known offerings, Lionel Trains On Track and Cartoon Network Racing. (The latter game will also ship for the PlayStation 2.)

Five games will arrive for the DS's rival, the PlayStation Portable. Leading the pack is Hard Rock Casino on Monday. Tuesday will see the release of the long-anticipated Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the third MGS title for the PSP and the first to feature real-time combat. Also due Tuesday are Star Wars: Lethal Alliance and Brothers in Arms D-Day, followed by the PSP WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 on Wednesday. Five PlayStation games were rereleased for the PSP on Monday, although they must first be downloaded onto the hard drive of a PS3, which remain in short supply.

This week will also see Star Trek: Legacy ship for the PC, one week ahead of its Xbox 360 sibling. By contrast, the PlayStation 2 edition of Rayman Raving Rabbids hops into retail on Tuesday, several weeks behind the Wii edition. The only new Xbox 360 game this week is actually a PC rerelease; RoboBlitz will go up on Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday.

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

DECEMBER 4, 2006
Barnyard (Wii)
Cartoon Network Racing (PS2, DS)
Hard Rock Casino (PSP)
Lionel Trains On Track (DS)
Mercury Meltdown Remix (PS2)

DECEMBER 5, 2006
The Ant Bully (Wii)
Brothers in Arms D-Day (PSP)
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)
Fight Night Round 3 (PS3)
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (Wii)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (PS2)
Star Trek: Legacy (PC)
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance (PSP)
Zatch Bell!: Mamodo Fury (GC)

DECEMBER 6, 2006
Kirby Squeak Squad (DS)
RoboBlitz (X360)
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 (PSP)

DECEMBER 7, 2006
Eye Toy Play 3 And Spy Toy (PS2)
Full Auto 2: Battlelines (PS3)

DECEMBER 8, 2006
18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' (PC)
State of War: Warmonger (PC)

Discussion

81 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

more games for me to buy or rent...

MetalMonster360
MetalMonster360

Still some great stuff. The Kirby game on the DS should be interesting. I'm totally into FULL AUTO 2 on the PS3 right now. It is probably the best and most fun game I've played on the PS3! (and yes, I own Resistance). Great stuff!

mariokartguy
mariokartguy

i want a psp, my sisters getting one for christms, but im getting a wii instead

sabru8
sabru8

My copy is on it's way and so is my cool psp skin for pre-ordering from gamestop.

Dante565
Dante565

MGS Ops will be the best PSP game next to when FF 7 crisis core comes out next year. I love my PSP.

faizali86
faizali86

really good stuff coming this week:)

Animal91X
Animal91X

The P$3 has a lot of all ready released (OLD) titles on it coming out. How unfortunate for P$3 owners !!!

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

MGS PO and Castlevania are the must have for this week.

evolutionex
evolutionex

cant see a title there which interests me......:((

SemiMaster
SemiMaster

The only game that could possibly convince me to get a PSP is coming out soon...

glhx2112
glhx2112

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volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

I bet they wont ship out castlevania and MGSPO till the 7th

pal3_99
pal3_99

I can't wait to get Star Trek: Legacy

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Damn. My local EB Games won't have Castlevania until the seventh.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Star Trek: Legacy is the only game that interest me.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Finally some PSP related news! Keep it up Tor..... Now I'm confused which game I'm supposed to get! I wana play both MGS and Star Trek! Gotta import MGS tonight :D

lou2106
lou2106

METAL GEAR SOLID!!! WOOOT WOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

:( I'm not interested in any of those titles.

ta1snake
ta1snake

Can not wait to read MGS_PO review.

princeofgames90
princeofgames90

While most of them are bad I'm looking foreword to mgs i hope its cool like the ones befor

Rokin1
Rokin1

Not good enough for holydays

DanC1989
DanC1989

I want Portable Ops. Now! :cry:

UnitFoxHound
UnitFoxHound

woot for mpo I cant wait to get my hands on it ^^ FINNALLY

maverickexe
maverickexe

Was'nt legacy supose to be realed on 360 tuesday as well?????

BrodiMan
BrodiMan

MGS:PO is taunting me...I want it now :[

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS) Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP) Kirby Squeak Squad (DS) The rest is just a bunch of crap. PS3 gets Fight Night 3 oh wait a minute . . . hasn't that game been released on every other console for about a year now hahaha.

mjc
mjc moderator

Legacy looks great

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

MY MGS PO Limited edition will arrive any hour now. I am so glad I got PSP:)

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

this month goes to sony, the DSlite and almost nothing for the xbox...

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

after surviving 2 mgs card games, i deserve mgs:po. it will be a challenge carrying 2 portables though as i'll definitely get castlevania as well!

hawkeyes41
hawkeyes41

Finally, the next Castlevania is here. I'm also excited about Kirby Squeak Squad, too.

beyond_17
beyond_17

Correction, GameSpot, that is NOT Solid Snake. Its Big Boss!

-_Wii_-
-_Wii_-

PSP seems to have the better lineup :D

Dante565
Dante565

18 Wheels of Steel is for sure going on my xmas list lol.

ADOOMY
ADOOMY

Cant wait for wwe smackdown vs raw 2007 on the psp i have been waiting the whole year!!!

datniccah187
datniccah187

i can't wait for portable ops, msg is the best

yinyang3
yinyang3

MGS and Castlevania! Yay! I'm happy! Now I need money...