Shippin' Out March 13-19: Homefront, Shogun 2, Yakuza 4, Halo: Reach DLC

New release slate led by THQ's war-at-home shooter, Sega's period strategy game, Japanese mob title, and the Defiant Map Pack for Bungie's shooter; Top Spin 4, MotoGP 10/11, Gods Eater Burst, and Okamiden also out.

It's a bountiful spring break at retail, as several high-profile new releases are out this week, including THQ's war-at-home shooter, Sega's open-world crime game, and 2K's latest tennis title.

Leading the pack this week is THQ's Homefront for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Due out on Tuesday, the game was developed by Kaos Studios and is a story-driven shooter set after North Korea invades and occupies the United States. The single-player component sees the player as a member of the American resistance fighting the Korean People's Army in an attempt to regain control of the ruined nation. The multiplayer modes are set earlier, letting players engage in military scenarios from the invasion itself.

The war comes home this week in Homefront.

Also due out this week is Sega's Shogun 2: Total War for the PC. Developed by Creative Assembly, Total War returns to 16th-century Japan during the tumultuous Sengoku period. Players assume the role of a daimyo, or clan leader, who must engage with fellow warlords, be it through conflict or diplomacy, to reunite the sundered island nation.

Gamers looking to get their hands dirty can pick up Yakuza 4 for the PlayStation 3 this week. In this latest franchise installment, main character Kazuma Kiryu is joined by equally pugnacious combatants Masayoshi Tanimura, Shun Akiyama, and Taiga Saejima. Each of the four playable main characters has a distinct narrative, with each backstory carrying a connection to the game's Tojo clan.

Those looking to extend their copy of Halo: Reach can download the $10 Defiant Map Pack this week from Xbox Live. The latest Halo add-on updates the Firefight and online multiplayer areas of Reach with three new battlegrounds: Condemned, Highlands, and Unearthed. Condemned is a space-station level supporting six to 12 players, while Highlands takes the fight outside for eight- to 16-player battles in the wilderness of Reach. Finally, Unearthed is set in one of the planet's mining operations and supports up to four players in the Firefight mode.

Sports game fans this week can grab 2K Czech's Top Spin 4 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii. Top Spin 4 features the likenesses of 25 tennis stars, including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Pete Sampras, James Black, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Additionally, players' real-world on-court clothing, as well as their unique movements--which include celebration maneuvers--will be reflected via animations. Further, the game will sport many of the most popular venues in tennis, including Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and others.

Tennis fans can hit the virtual court this week in Top Spin 4.

Racing game fans can pick up MotoGP 10/11 this week for the PlayStation 3. For this year's MotoGP installment, developer Monumental has implemented a new handling system, as well as changed the game's physics system. The studio has also added a new player-assist feature, which can be customized to allow for a more simulation or arcadelike riding experience. Capcom emphasized that the player-assist function can be tweaked in a variety of ways or completely shut off to provide the most realistic riding.

Many of the same modes from MotoGP 09/10 are being carried over to the new game, but Monumental is implementing a handful of new features. Namely, Career mode now features co-op play, allowing for local split-screen. The game also features Championship and Time Trial modes, as well as a suite of online racing features that accommodate up to 20, and Capcom will begin providing current updates for MotoGP 10/11 shortly after the championship season kicks off. The Xbox 360 version of the game has not been dated yet by Capcom.

On-the-go gamers can grab the four-player monster-hunting sequel Gods Eater Burst this week for the PSP. The game is the second installment in Namco Bandai's multiplayer action series for Sony's portable, and it debuted in October in Japan to sales of 263,150. The original God Eater was never released in North America.

Another new portable game out this week is Capcom's Okamiden for the DS. The game picks up nine months after the events of the original, which saw release on the PlayStation 2 in 2006. (It was also rereleased on the Wii in 2008.) The handheld game follows a new protagonist, Chibiterasu, who is the child of the original's sun-god-turned-white-wolf Amaterasu.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

MONDAY, MARCH 14
Maximum Racing: Drag & Stock Racer--Wii--Maximum Family Games
Maximum Racing: GP Classics Racing--Wii--Maximum Family Games

TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel--PS3--NIS America
Dance on Broadway--PS3--Ubisoft
Fit in Six--Wii, PS3--Ubisoft
Gods Eater Burst--PSP--D3Publisher
Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
Homefront--PC, PS3, X360--THQ
Jikandia: The Timeless Land--PSP--Aksys Games
MotoGP 10/11--PS3--Capcom
Okamiden--DS--Capcom
Sega Genesis Classic Collection Gold Edition--PC--Sega
Top Spin 4--X360, PS3, Wii--2K Sports
Trackmania: Build to Race--Wii--Dreamcatcher
Warrior: Legends of Troy--PS3, X360--Koei
Yakuza 4--PS3--Sega

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I bought Okamiden. It was shipped today, so hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. Now I just need to buy a DS so I can play it.

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

Ar Tonelico Qoga. My game of March. End of story.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@zzamaro, Agreed! I don't really give a care what some reviewers say (yeah...I'm lookin' at you IGN) about Yakuza 4. That's my game of choice this week; matter of fact it'll be coming to me fresh from Amazon today. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

TTDog
TTDog

The extra-short single player campaign on Homefront has killed the game for me, I couldn't give a monkeys about online play, and a game that can be finished in 3 hours is taking the mickey.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

I was going to get Homefront, but the campaign is too short. I don't need another fps anyways.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

definitely gunna check out Homefront, other than that. The halo map pack is an insult.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Going go pick up Homefront

soulless4now
soulless4now

I almost forgot that Gods Eater Burst was coming out. Oh well, my wallet is empty anyway. :cry:

Guardsman485297
Guardsman485297

Will be playing Shogun 2 for awhile. Might pick up Red Dawn the game later, before i start no-life-ing it up on Battlefield 3.

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

This is a good week for gamers. The story for Homefront could possibly be the story of the year, Shogun 2 will be great PC game, Yakuza is a hilarious series, a good map pack for Reach, Okamiden looks awesome, and God Eaters Burst did well in Japan. One of these games will be GOTY candidate

RPGFreak90
RPGFreak90

So far, I've heard both good and bad things about Homefront. I'm going to wait for Gamespot's review before I buy it.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Can't wait for Homefront, hope it turns out (crosses fingers).!!!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I can't afford the 3DS now so this sucks.

Flint247
Flint247

I might get Defiant Map Pack for Halo Reach, but I want to wait until I get the Nintendo 3DS first.

Greenphant0m
Greenphant0m

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Parasite Eve - PlayStation Network(F YEAH!!!!!!!) and Homefront.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Actually a pretty decent week considering that last week roared in with Pokemon Black/White and Dragon Age 2. Homefront could very well distinguish itself in the way overcroweded FPS market by having a strong single player campaign. I admit the concept of it is very intriguing.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

yakuza 4 is my game in that list maybe i will pick up home front if its good

lilboicookie
lilboicookie

if THQ can score big in Homefront...they put them self in a good position and Khaos studios

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

I think I will pick up Homefront, the storyline seems intriguing, and I'd also like to see how the multiplayer unfolds. It's THQ's big chance to shine. Apart from that, glad to see Okamiden is out, sad to see that it's a DS exclusive, since it started from the PS2. Yakuza looks promising, and Shogun is nostalgic, hope Sega is on a spree starting from the release of Vanquish.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I'm looking forward to Yakuza. Screw reviews, games that doesn't involve shotting and that stuf *call of duty comes in mind* get usually bashed by many American reviews

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

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CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

An obsolete FPS with Homefront, has no chance of keeping up with this year's heavy hitters like Killzone 3(and Black Ops) ..Battlefield 3....and MW3 :) and I thought Yakuza 4 came out last year?!?!

adrdeju
adrdeju

Picking up Homefront tomorrow. The story line sounds too good to pass up.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Homefront getting some good initial ratings. Might be worth a try. Also, Shogun 2 will be a good buy once I get around to upgrading my PC.

JJGT500
JJGT500

Nothing worth buying for me this week.. Lame Edit- Trackmania looks cool if you got a Wii

Dantethayer1
Dantethayer1

Ar Tonelico 3 for me and maybe Okamiden.

Ricnic67
Ricnic67

Saw a preview about defiant map pack, and i think it looks better than the noble map pack. Homefront looks pretty good too, wonder what GS is going to say about it.

cantor2537
cantor2537

More boring FPS... back to SC2 for me.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Been playing Homefront since Friday. Although the graphics are not the greatest on EITHER system, the game play and online is great.. I think most will enjoy it on whatever system they prefer. That's just my 2 cents.

Slovman
Slovman

Got Homefront on my GameFly queue, but that's it. I'm intrigued by Shogun 2, but I don't think I have the time to invest in that kind of game anymore.

lowkey254
lowkey254

i guess homefront or yakuza 4 are the premier games for this week. I guess I'll finally buy yak3 and then buy 4 next year.

Steyrvolt
Steyrvolt

I don't have enough money to buy a new game, but want to rent Homefront. I'd like to play Ar Tonelico as well, but haven't played any other games in the series; Dunno if the stories connect. Plus, RPGs don't really get stocked in rental stores around me. :(

RaIn285
RaIn285

Just a little more untill Crysis 2!

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I'm looking forward to picking up Homefront tomorrow and I thought Moto GP 10/11 was on both the 360 and PS3.

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

As usual, nothing is mentioned of Ar Tonelico Qoga (other then the listing).

greenmagnuma
greenmagnuma

Nothing for me here, maybe homefront though.