Shippin' Out June 9-13: Metal Gear Solid 4

Guns of the Patriots locked and loaded for PlayStation 3 launch; Prizefighter 360 and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit also on tap.

To date, the first six months of 2008 are on track toward being the biggest first half year the gaming industry has ever seen, with such massive hits as Grand Theft Auto IV, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Wii Fit. While there are still a few weeks remaining in June, the biggest title left in the first half is dominating this week's new release list.

Set to arrive on Thursday, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is by just about any metric the biggest PlayStation 3 exclusive to date. Since its first official mention nearly four years ago, Hideo Kojima's supposedly final go-around with Solid Snake has been the subject of anticipation, speculation, and perhaps a bit of commercial exploitation. But with the game set to arrive this week in an array of bundles and editions, gamers are finally going to get the chance to play the latest chapter in Kojima's ongoing saga.

While all eyes will be on Metal Gear Solid 4 this week, there are a variety of other options for gamers who simply don't cotton to the stealth-action series. The Xbox 360 comes out swinging with Don King Presents: Prizefighter, the first boxing effort from 2K Games. Atari has a couple of heavy hitters of its own with Backyard Baseball 2009 for the Wii--featuring Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz on the cover--and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit for the 360 and PlayStation 3.

As for downloadable titles, Nintendo is releasing Virtual Console versions of a pair of NES games. Namco's arcade classic Dig Dug is available for 500 Wii points ($5), while Konami's Japanese platformer Bio-Miracle Bokutte Upa gets a US debut with a slightly higher price tag of 600 Wii points ($6). Nintendo is also following through on its commitment to introduce new WiiWare content regularly with My Pokemon Ranch, which allows players to watch their Miis interact with captured creatures from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The deed to My Pokemon Ranch will run gamers 1,000 Wii points ($10).

Microsoft has a pair of new Xbox Live Arcade games set for release Wednesday. First up is a revamped sequel to Konami's original pond hopper in Frogger 2. The game features 15 levels, four-player multiplayer modes, and sells for 800 Microsoft points ($10). Also being added to the Live Arcade catalog this week is Capcom's Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, also for 800 Microsoft points. While the game was released last week on the PlayStation Network, the Xbox 360 edition will come with access to the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix beta testing period.

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

JUNE 9, 2008
Don King Presents: Prizefighter (360)
My Pokemon Ranch (WiiWare)
Dig Dug (Wii Virtual Console)
Bio-Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console)

JUNE 10, 2008
The Incredible Hulk (PC)
NASCAR 09 (360, PS3, PS2)
Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy (Wii)
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (PS3, 360)
My Fashion Studio (DS)
Backyard Baseball 2009 (Wii)
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (DS)
Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor (DS)

JUNE 11, 2008
Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (Xbox Live Arcade)
Frogger 2 (Xbox Live Arcade)

JUNE 12, 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

JUNE 13, 2008
Insecticide (PC, downloadable)

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200 comments
akiwak
akiwak

Ok everyone stop fighting and go get MGS4!!! It is so good it does not disappoint. Borrow, Buy or Rent give MGS4 a try and you will see.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

yah,you are rght the XBOX360IS SO BETTER;i agree with you "finaleve"

taniera
taniera

_guenter_26.. OUTLAW neva sed the 360 doesnt look good in HD.. he jst sed that the ps3 looks beta

finaleve
finaleve

DRXgamer93 > Seriously, way to point out yourself. Kudos. MGS4 is so far, the only game I am looking forward to this year. I don't have a PS3 but (hopefully) playing it on a friends PS3. Everyone can shut up because there really is no end to this bickering. It's all "PS3 has better memory with its blu-ray" or "360 games are better" or any other bull,. Seriously, stop stating how much of a fanboy you are and instead of typing it all out, play your system and buy your games. Thats a much better way to actually show support instead of giving everyone a headache.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

no;you do not have XBOX360 "ONEOUTLAW";if you have one,you think diferent;the XBOX360 has the better performance and tools;and the games are the best;why do try show the wrong things right,ever and ever? the XBOX360 IS SO BETTER;

lozvil
lozvil

MGS4..........WEEEEEEEEEEEE.............. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

_guenter_26
_guenter_26

ONEOUTLAW Your statment about RROD is unbelivable you couldnt have gotten it more than 2 times because if you bought a 360 from 06 you couldve gotten it, then in early 07 but by July 07 the 65nm cpu and gpu were used and 3 smaller fans were added maybe before July 07 they added the fans but you couldnt of gotten it after July unless you covered up the power box causing it to overheat like my cousin. My 360 plays good in HD my res is 1080i at 60Hz over component cables and i dont have problems with it but i have a 360 from 06 and i havent gotten RROD.

ONEOUTLAW
ONEOUTLAW

PS3 is the better console, XBOX 360 has alot more games. I have both consoles and could say this, PS3 does look alot better in HD with the HDMI port than the 360. I have had the, "Red Ring of Death" three times within the past two years with my 360. Not yet have I had any problems with the PS3 so far, other than waiting on games. No problem there since the Bluray keeps me busy most of the time. Ninja Gaiden 2 would have been alot better on the PS3, the XBOX couldn't handle the 60 fps and slowed down alot which made the gameplay seem dull. Believe me I am not trying to be a PS3 rider, just giving facts here. The 360 would not be able to handle MGS 4 since it was made only for the PS3. "Look at the interview" Anyways I know the score between each console first hand since I have both. None of this is important I just wanted to be heard. Just wanted to add this, I enjoy both consoles. PS3 has been good to me and the 360... well we have history so I love them both. Yes I do have a 360 checkout the gamertag dawg!

XXMadManVII
XXMadManVII

The screens of MGS4 make me wish I could afford a PS3, i don't even have any friends with one...

USAFCOM
USAFCOM

Other than MGS4 it seems like all children games.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

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luna_chanfui
luna_chanfui

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pinkyfoo
pinkyfoo

So, I heard you liek mudkipz. Can't want for Pokemon ranch.

Kez1984
Kez1984

Wow, we pc guys are getting alot of crap.

Brmarlin
Brmarlin

Honestly couldn't care less about anything this week. Busy playing other games - Stranglehold, Ninja Gaiden 2, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six 3. Incidentally, My Fashion Studio shall be GOTY.

wwf20112
wwf20112

Looking forward to getting Nascar 09.

Ranteal
Ranteal

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sidious
sidious

I just sent my 360 off for replacement cause it's been acting up... thank the maker I will have Metal Gear Solid 4 tomorrow at Midnight to keep me warm and cozy while my X-Box Live is gone...

CVM_123
CVM_123

all the games in the list suck compared to MGS4 cant wait!!

cooldude03
cooldude03

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itwiz90
itwiz90

Its here we are two days and counting from launch. I prepurchased the 80G bundle. Who cares if it goes to xbox (the glitch) later, we have it first. Besides there are aspects of the game that can only be pulled off by the PS3.

DRXgamer93
DRXgamer93

OH and another good point PS 2 is still selling like crazy and XBOX isnt sooooo go and play 360 until you get a red ring or whatever yoiu call that crap

DRXgamer93
DRXgamer93

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DRXgamer93
DRXgamer93

is 360 serious people are friigen fanboys the 360 is NOT GREAT YOU HAVE TO LIGHTEN UP besides Ps3 people arent sayin crap soo dont say crap bout us, and just go play your little repetitive halo O.K, and besides MGS is good and perhaps going to beat halo in rating, not in sales maybe

walkair
walkair

Hideo Kojima is the creator of MGS,not Konami.And Hideo said he wants to end MGS on PS3.Konami owns the rights for MGS though,so i guess they can do whatever they want with it...I hope they don't port it,this is where it should end,this is Snake's home:P

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jtthegame316

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Tandem_Toad

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ctg867
ctg867

This is the part where I start chanting "Snake is coming" or something right? God I can't wait for that game....

tu2pac
tu2pac

Is anyone else sick of the DBZ games... How many more characters can they think up to add in... Admit it...when you're adding in little green men who had a 1 episode life span...it's time to stop.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Wow, I got -8 on my first comment, I must've really touched a nerve. I hope the DBZ game is quite good, the demo was quite nice.

TacticalShado
TacticalShado

now all i have to do is get caught up and refresh the story. Back to MGS 1.

walkair
walkair

MGS4 on IGN=9.9:P MGS4 UK Official PS Magazine=10:P

akiwak
akiwak

I keep staring at the article and looking through the releases this week. The only thing I can read though for some weird reason is MGS4.....

In_Flam3zz
In_Flam3zz

MGS4 will completely destroy the Wii and X360, theyre done. PS3 wins, Sony wins, again. The PS2 owned after about a year and a half, so its the PS3s time now. Goodbye Xbox. =D

carljohnson3456
carljohnson3456

"JUNE 12, 2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)" Just look at that. Simply awesome. I cant believe it's finally here. I remember reading the PSM (the unofficial magazine back in the day) and seeing the screens of the game. I cant believe it's finally, FINALLY here. Thursday cant come soon enough.

rsox07
rsox07

LOTS of games are coming out this week..... sweet,sweet,sweeet

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

I'm suprised MS didn't announce a price cut to battle the release of MGS4 and the PS3 80gig SKU. Anyways can't wait for MGS4.

Amir29
Amir29

I'm so pathetic!!! I keep watching the Metal Gear Saga videos, I've already replayed all 5 of the Metal Gear games, I keep staring at the pics, and the fact that other reviewers are saying that this game is a true masterpiece doesn't help the wait. GET HERE ALREADY!!!!

Lach0121
Lach0121

mgs 4 and ff13 to me are the only reason to remotely play a ps3, and only a few to play on 360 in turn, but im tired of p2p connections. im tired of the same old AA problems.. and frame-rate issues. pc gamming is more expensive yes. but also a hell of a lot more rewarding.

godslim
godslim

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mashom
mashom

I cant wait, even it is 2 day left...

Danthegamingman
Danthegamingman

Yes I have a PS3 and yes I am not interested in MGS4.

Basil777
Basil777

Metal Gear Sold 4 will shadow over all the other games in the list of those which will be released, even the next Dragon Ball Z Game xD