Shippin' Out June 12-16: MotoGP 06, Civilizations at War, Metal Gear PSP comic

PC and PS2 release lists reasonably robust while the rest of the systems see few new games, if any.

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Yesterday saw the rare weekend launch of a new system, as Nintendo's highly anticipated DS Lite system arrived on store shelves. But perhaps even more rare is that the system hit the market without a first-party game launching in its week of release.

If it's any consolation to DS owners, their PlayStation Portable-playing counterparts are in a similar spot this week, with no new games coming out for that portable, either. However, PSP owners have something new to spin in their systems, as Konami is releasing the interactive Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel for the system.

As for systems with honest-to-goodness games being released for them this week, the Xbox 360 has one new offering in THQ's MotoGP 06, the GameCube gets a belated release of 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K6, and the Game Boy Advance gets its regular fix of the blue bomber with two editions of Capcom's Mega Man Battle Network 6, as well as the stubbornly unreleased Backyard Baseball 2007, which is making its fifth consecutive Shippin' Out appearance.

While those systems' releases are all down to a trickle, the PlayStation 2 and PC have a number of new titles to choose from. On the PC front, there's a pair of new real-time strategy releases in Midway's Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War and Cinemaware Marquee's Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege. Darwinia, the award-winning indie hit from UK-based Introversion, is set to enter the world of boxed retail products this week after appearing late last year on Valve Software's Steam service.

As for PS2 gamers, they can look forward to new offerings from familiar franchises, as Capcom readies Street Fighter Alpha Anthology for a midweek release, and From Software' mech-based battle series returns with Armored Core: Last Raven. Finally, Eidos' Urban Chaos: Riot Response is set to arrive on the PS2 as well as the Xbox.

[UPDATE 6/13]: Namco confirmed for GameSpot that it has shipped Point Blank DS for the Nintendo DS this week. Curiously enough, the game is virtually unavailable through the most popular online retailers, who either have no product listings for the title, or are expecting it to ship later this year.

This week's new releases are listed below. (The list is taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary. Contact your local retailer for availability.)

Monday, June 12
AMF Xtreme Bowling (PS2)

Tuesday, June 13
Point Blank DS
MotoGP 06 (Xbox 360)
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War (PC)
Major League Baseball 2K6 (GameCube)
Backyard Baseball 2007 (Game Boy Advance)
Darwinia (PC)
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (PC)
Luxor Mahjong (PC)

Wednesday, June 14
Armored Core: Last Raven (PS2)
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (PS2)
Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)
Urban Chaos: Riot Response (PS2, Xbox)
Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (PSP)
Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Falzar (GBA)
Mega Man Battle Network 6 Cybeast Gregar (GBA)

Thursday, June 15
Deep Sea Tycoon: Diver's Paradise (PC)
Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege (PC)
SuDoku & KaKuro Collector's Edition (PC)

Discussion

43 comments
Disgaeamad
Disgaeamad

Metal Gear Solid is the only real interesting thing on the list...

DanteKiller
DanteKiller

Finally! MGS: DGN is here! I can't wait to get it!

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

could someone please stick a fork in Armored Core cuz that *%@# is done.

lageasy311
lageasy311

skitzocyko I think you meant to say YOU are garbage, mgs comic sounds like it could be cool at the right price....it's intereactive so I'd like to see what that's about

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

MOTO GP!! um oh a comic for my PSP. WOW!! must get it....um....NOT!!! What Garbage!!!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Nothing of interest for me this week.

demon75
demon75

I played the Moto GP demo. It's just an enhanced graphics version of the Xbox game.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Finally!!! I have been waiting for the MGS Comic!!! Unfortunately I don't have the money to get it right away :( I think I will have to wait until the end of the month to get it.

ryangrffth
ryangrffth

i thought dead rising was coming out june 13?

runstalker
runstalker

If you missed Darwinia, pick it up. It's awesome, and this retail version is the fully patched up 1.3+ version (i.e., sweet UI). It's a really sublime hybrid strategy experience, stylistically something akin to a Rez or Tempest 2000...trippy, attractive, addicting.

korn18m
korn18m

I pretty much looks like it's all trash to me this week. There is nothing up there that I am much interested in. I am a MGS fan but I really can't see myself paying for a comic book / novel...

tmacyao111
tmacyao111

I think Metal Gear Solid the Digital Comic for the psp is the best of the bunch in this week's releases.

OPOLO
OPOLO

MotoGp - bring it on

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

Can't wait to pick up Street Fighter Anthology. Shame it's not online.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Urban Chaos looks pretty good... let's hope it is.

gnbfd
gnbfd

2K actually released MLB for the GCN? To bad it's 2 months late.

revelations
revelations

I want Moto Gp 06, and I think my first DS purchase may be soon if the store I shop at ever gets the Lite's in.

slayerver1
slayerver1

All about SFA Anthology for PS2 this week. That game made me bust out my PS1 copy of SFA3 and it brings back memories (now on my now playing list. At least the PS1 SFA3 had Guile while the arcade versions and Anthology version doesn't have him.

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

I played the demo of rise & fall and that was fantastic experience and i will buy that game

AngelOfIron
AngelOfIron

Why is Darwinia on this list? It came out last year.

xoverkillx
xoverkillx

Moto GP loooks fun. But it was hard so I might just rent it to see if I can actually do goood.

KIELW93
KIELW93

Slow week for game releases :(.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

maybe rise of nations...but nothing esle

paradyme777
paradyme777

Not getting Moto, still waiting for Prey. Less then a month!

magnolio369
magnolio369

no BIG names there (exsept MGS and motoGP) so i won't bother geting. but i might rent urban chaos! my bad eye sight is not from gaming! now let me back to my japenese strob lighting effect game!

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

The Battle Network to end them all. *sigh* Of course, Capcom's probably going to sprout more MM, but none as original as Battle Network. Speaking of Capcom...Street Fighter Alpha Anthology. I need to play SFA3...

bgres077
bgres077

Won't be buying any of those games

DarkSan00
DarkSan00

w00! MGS COMIC! YAY! well, first I need my psp... : (

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

All games worth at least a try.

hush404
hush404

Today... Monday... is the 12th not the 11th....

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

Rise and Fall and Moto GP seem to be the only good ones.

dj_megaman
dj_megaman

Moto GP looks incredible. I agree about more motocycle games we need'em

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I for one can't wait to get Moto GP on the 360 looks good.Plus ING gave it a nice score so I want to try it out.We need more Motorcycle games and this one looks like it will be a fun one to play online and off.Plus Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War looks to be a nice Strategy game might want to go out there and get it when I get around to get Moto GP too.