Shippin' Out June 5-9: PSP Gradius, PS2 GTA: LCS

Cars get jacked and 'tooned, baseballs get Slugged, The Movies gets stunted, And 1 hits the streets.

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The summer movie season is officially under way, which means gamers need to determine whether they want to spend $50 on the latest console or PC games, or $15 on the latest Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn vehicle and some snacks. (We trust you'll make the right decision.)

With summer popcorn flicks coming out in droves, the inevitable game tie-ins are hitting shelves as well (The Break Up remains exclusive on celluloid, however). Last week it was X-Men: The Official Game that bridged the gap between X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand; this week it's THQ's Cars, based on the Pixar film of the same name that hits theaters this Friday.

Cars drives onto just about every platform, with Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and PC editions parking in stores on Tuesday. Next-gen versions will hit the Wii and Xbox 360 later this year. Eager drivers can pick up the game before the film is released without fear of knowing what happens during the movie--the mission-based driving game takes place after the events of the movie.

If cute and cuddly cars aren't your thing, and you'd rather steal autos and run people over with them, the latest from Rockstar Games may suit you. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories makes its debut on the PlayStation 2 after providing the franchise's debut on the PSP. The game about stealing is almost a steal at the budget price of $19.99. Call it an omen, but the latest in the controversial franchise is available Tuesday...6/6/06.

Liberty City Stories isn't the only game being released where things get smacked with baseball bats. Also this week, Midway's MLB Slugfest 2006 steps to the plate for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. The steroid scandal may be frowned upon in the Big Show, but Midway has embraced beefed-up Major Leaguers by adding moonshot home runs, curveballs with more bite than a Great White, and full-contact gameplay that would make the WWE jealous.

Basketball also goes over the top with And 1 Streetball for the PS2 and Xbox. Ubisoft's baller focuses more on how the ball goes in the basket instead of if--style and panache are the roots of this game. The game also features several of the athletes from the And 1 Mix Tape Tour.

Other notable releases this week include a couple of puzzlers for the DS in Big Brain Academy and Magnetica, The Movies: Stunts & Effects for the PC, and Gradius Collection for the PSP. As for the Xbox 360? It's shut out this week.

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.)

JUNE 5, 2006
MLB SlugFest 2006 (PS2, Xbox)
AMF Xtreme Bowling (PS2, Xbox)
Dark and Light (PC)
Magnetica (DS)
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (PS2, PC)
Origin of the Species (PC)
Big Brain Academy (DS)

JUNE 6, 2006
Cars (PS2, Xbox, GC, DS, GBA, PSP, PC)
Gradius Collection (PSP)
WWII Combat: Iwo Jima (Xbox, PC)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2)
Dragon Ball: Advance Adventure (GBA)
Backyard Baseball 2007 (GBA)
The Movies: Stunts & Effects (PC)
Mumbo Jumbo Puzzle Pack (PC)
Race Driver 2006 (PSP)
And 1 Streetball (PS2, Xbox)
Jaws Unleashed (PC)
Ultra Sudoku & Ultra Kakuro (PC)

JUNE 7, 2006
SuDoku & KaKuro Collector's Edition (PC)
Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege (PC)
Deep Sea Tycoon: Diver's Paradise (PC)

JUNE 9, 2006
Juka and the Monophonic Menace (GBA)
Scurge: Hive (DS, GBA)

Discussion

47 comments
EvanO_O
EvanO_O

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i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

no good games this week........... scurge:hive maybe, but ill pass

dcl1993
dcl1993

Honestly... I don't really give a rat's fanny I just want TOCA Race Driver 06 to freaking come out..

TallicaFan2005
TallicaFan2005

I'm looking forward to AMF Xtreme Bowling and that's about it. About time we get a good bowling sim, and hopefully this is it. I'm talking Top Spin / Amped type sim where you get sponsers, play in tournaments or local games and all that good stuff.

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

Gradius Collection gives me a reason to keep my PSP and PS2 GTA:LCS gives me a reason to sell it.

gohantech00
gohantech00

:lol: Has anyone seen screenshots of Origin of the Species?

swiftstar183
swiftstar183

i C there R no 360 games coming out. when the heck is Street fighter being released on XBLM

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Why is there no info on Scurge?

enoslives7
enoslives7

i hate games based on lame movies

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll probably be checking out Liberty City Stories.

N64ever
N64ever

$20 for GTA: LCS?! I was going to buy it anyway, but this just makes it sweeter.

roadrunner1178
roadrunner1178

Some decent games, but nothing I am interested in yet.

faizali86
faizali86

good games, cant wait to get my hands on some. i agree with wolfskill5544.

faridmon
faridmon

Big brain academy forme, oh wait i don't live in america, damn. maybe i'll wait till it comes to europe.

Piernik
Piernik

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nathanfist
nathanfist

Probably another one of those sucky movie games.

poodeek
poodeek

Wow you people have totally overlooked GTA: LCS. This game is going to kick ass on the PS2. I can't wait!! :p

ghostadv
ghostadv

Besides Big Brain Academy, nothing to get excited about.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

some pretty decent games, but not enough for the hype to go and buy them.

xrmotodude13
xrmotodude13

what is wrong with yall getting excited about a kiddy movie game?!?! i hope these are 11 yr olds on here....i dont think moto gp is coming for the 360 yet XtReMeGaMeR4eVa...i thought it came out like the 12th or something...i cant wait for that game though

lownhigh
lownhigh

damn no cars on 360 oh well

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Might check out The Movies: Stunts & Effects and also GTA: Liberty City Stories.

gt4freak1985
gt4freak1985

I want to see tha movie, and also for a kids game, it could be alot of fun. I love cars and for some reason love the kiddie movies. lots of aduly humor in them too!

paradyme777
paradyme777

Well...nothing really coming out if Moto GP is coming out though that game is looking great and I might get it depending.

gnbfd
gnbfd

I'm goin' for Cars, Big Brain, and Dragon Ball. Possibly getting Movies, Slugfest and Magnetica.

bored88
bored88

The Armored Fury pack is coming for BF2 as well. Edit: It's already out!

Edward1211
Edward1211

man the only good game thats going to come out thats looks good is movies stunts because the rest of the games i don't even know about and i might rent liberty city stories for ps2.

rynmls
rynmls

review of GTA liberty post it already...

Voodoo2k3
Voodoo2k3

not looking forward to anything this week...

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Scurge: Hive on DS and GBA??? Ok so when can I get a review and whats the difference.

mumotuma_man
mumotuma_man

S & E does have free camera... and the movies rocked

trancejeremy
trancejeremy

The Movies: Stunts & Effects better have a free camera mode at least, if not a scene editor. The original game was a joke.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Oh YES. Cars is coming out this week!!!!!! Look at all of the Platforms its on!!!!!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I so want cars just joking. I hope The Movies: Stunts & Effects will make the game the movie even better.

Yagami-Iori
Yagami-Iori

Scurge:Hive... been waiting for that!