Shippin' Out May 1-7: MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Black Ops DLC

New release slate championed by third entry in racing series, latest volley of $15 content for Treyarch's shooter; Thor: God of Thunder, Section 8: Prejudice for PC also out.

It's not a busy week for new releases, but the week's two leading offerings pack heavy punches.

Leading the pack this week is the warmly received MotorStorm: Apocalypse for the PlayStation 3. The game includes a single-player story mode that lets gamers experience a plotline unfolding through the eyes of three characters who represent the game's different difficulty levels. The game also sports five new vehicle classes, 40 distinct races, and a four-player split-screen mode that's compatible with online modes for up to 16 players. Finally, Apocalypse will feature customizable vehicles and a game mode creator so players can put their own stamp on the action.

The apocalypse is nigh.

The other prominent new release out this week is the $15 Escalation downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Due out on Tuesday, the DLC will include four multiplayer maps: Hotel, set "on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana"; Convoy, which offers up "intense, close-quarters combat at the scene of an ambushed US military convoy"; Zoo, set in a derelict Soviet-era animal park; and Stockpile, which is set in a small Russian town that contains secret facilities housing weapons of mass destruction.

Also included in the Escalation pack is a new level for Black Ops' zombie mode, called Call of the Dead. It will feature a storyline inspired by famed horror director George A. Romero and will feature the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, and Romero himself. The zombie-slaughtering co-op level features a '70s movie aesthetic that sees the four action stars fending off hordes of zombies on and around a ghost ship.

Like other Call of Duty map packs, the Escalation add-on will debut on Xbox Live, arriving for Microsoft's platform on May 3. Activision has not yet announced when the DLC will be released for other platforms.

Black Ops gets its second batch of postrelease DLC Tuesday.

PC gamers can get in on the sci-fi shooter action this week in Section 8: Prejudice. The game features online multiplayer modes with up to 32 players, as well as a four-player cooperative mode called Swarm. The game also makes concessions to offline gamers with a five-hour single-player campaign and full bot support, ensuring all the game modes can be experienced without going online.

Debuting just ahead of the May 6 premiere of the film Thor will be Thor: God of Thunder. Sega will be crafting custom experiences for Thor's various platforms. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, the Norse god's first stand-alone adventure will be told from a third-person perspective, where he battles to save Asgard from marauding mythological beasts, as well as iconic comic foes such as Ulik, Ymir, and Surtur. The game will pull heavily from the Norse mythos, and Thor will journey from the fire world of Muspellheim to the frozen tundra of Niflheim.

The Wii version of Thor will largely share the high-definition consoles' storyline. However, Sega has swapped out the graphics for a more stylized look, as well as different cinematic sequences, plot developments, dialogue, and locations. Meanwhile, the DS version will be a 2D side-scrolling adventure, complete with its own plot and gameplay.

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.

TUESDAY, MAY 3
Back to the Future: The Game - Episode III: Citizen Brown--PS3--Telltale Games
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Escalation--X360--Activision
Dead Meets Lead--PC--Keldyn Interactive
The History Channel: Great Battles: Medieval--X360, PC, PS3--Slitherine Software
MotorStorm: Apocalypse--PS3--SCEA
Thor: God of Thunder--X360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS--Sega
Under Siege--PS3--Seed Studios, Lda

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury--X360--D3Publisher
Moon Diver--X360--Square Enix
Section 8: Prejudice--PC--Timegate Studios

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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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Discussion

48 comments
warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Warshock Nice one, learn something new everyday!

Warshock
Warshock

@COPMAN221 I would have to agree about that whole statement. It's harder for people to get into RTS's then FPS's (sadly). Also, I was tired of it after beating the second Halo. NEVER really liked 2&3 at all, but ODST was pretty fun and I'm glad that Bungie at least has stopped with Reach. (which was pretty good) SADLY this world lives off of money and the other game company is going to rake in as much as they can from the leftover Halo vein.

Warshock
Warshock

@warhawk-geeby Yeah it actually is. I found out through their collectors edition of Halo 2. They even show their alpha playground of the game. It's pretty interesting.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Picked up Bop's map pack yesterday. Pretty good so far, except for the massive amounts of camping. MotorStorm will get picked up when the PSN comes back online. I'm not enjoying the new GameSpot site.

sambob530
sambob530

Apocalypse sitll isn't out in the U.S.? Wow, poor you guys. Enjoy it, it's an awesome game (been out here for a month and a bit, online rules, and it works with a wheel !)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@warshock Is that actually true? I had a mod once for C&C Generals which some guy had made into HALO. It was awesome. Then the next minute Microsoft had it banned and the RTS game came out.. Seemed a bit weird to me.. Almost like they stole some bloke's idea. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just querying it!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@monson21502 I've got apocalypse and the online is pretty solid stuff. No-one wins by miles anymore and the destruction keeps everything constantly changing - it's great. The customization and betting makes things even better. I agree with your comment about the original motorstorm, but you shouldn't knock this one, it's a joy :)

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@buying1999, You are aware that pirates have been running wild on the 360 and live for years? Hacked accounts and modded systems to steal games on the 360 is nothing new and has been going on way before PSN was hacked. So for you to claim that "MICROSOFT is a company that is "Securely" kicking butt and taking names." just shows how misinformed you really are.

buying1999
buying1999

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COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Warshock Posted "Halo was originally made to be an RTS... so.. yeah. That's how." @Warshock, If that was the case then it would have never gotten this far. Thank God they came to their senses. Either way it's getting old already don't you think? @monson21502, How can you say something will be worse when it hasn't even been released and you haven't even played it yet? Your true colors are shining my friend. It's no wonder why every post you make gets thumbed down on here. I guess I'm not that only one here that sees it. :)

monson21502
monson21502

motorstorm online will be worse then motorstorm 1.. you will have one *cheater* that will lap you while you are running a prefect race..... i used tio like the online till i seen that happen. i was a good bight ahead of 3rd and the dude passes me like i was standing still!! to many cheaters on psn.... now it will be even worse since it so much easyer to do anything they want. sony should just lmake game sharks on the ps3 so the normal none hacker/cheater have a chance... after a few weeks every psn game is ruined by cheaters on psn....

Warshock
Warshock

@COPMANN221 Halo was originally made to be an RTS... so.. yeah. That's how.

rocka_
rocka_

Waiting for Under Siege to come out!

iBlackOut_Q8
iBlackOut_Q8

MotorStormApocalypse all what I need now !! Tho online looks superb specially the Elimination Mode Its really awesome :)

cameio
cameio

I'll buy MotorStorm: Apocalypse i'm soooo looking for it :)

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'll be picking up Motorstorm Apocalypse for sure in the morning, Bangai-O looks pretty cool too so I can't wait to try that out Wednesday.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@monson21502, No one milks a franchise better than Microsoft can. Halo Wars? Come on dude, How do we go from a first person shooter to a RTS game..Would you like some chocolate with that milk? :)

monson21502
monson21502

no1 does it like sony copman... just ask laura croft and her little brother drake:P

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@monson21502, you could say the same thing about Microsoft and the Halo series. The first one on Xbox was the best of them allbut now it's really getting old on the 360. Halo Reach, Halo ODST, Halo 3, Halo Wars, and now they are remaking the original 1 and 2. How long do you think will they contiune to milk the series? Think before you speak and bash dude..

monson21502
monson21502

man sony needs to stop milking their ips to death.... how many motorstorms has their been since 2007???? 2 on ps3 one on ps2 and one on psp all in 4 years.. with the 5th on the way next week!!! thumbs up if you want sony to start making some new games for a change!! or at least hold them to 3 max a gen.....

Pete5506
Pete5506

The PSN is back, I might have to pick up MortorStrom

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

looks like nothing good. anyways i'm refusing to pay full price for any game the next 6 months this hole PSN down give me time to think.

HiramJ866
HiramJ866

looks like nothing good. anyways i'm refusing to pay full price for any game the next 6 months this hole PSN down give me time to think.

slippship
slippship

Finished Apocalypse whilst the network was down, bring on the yanky multiplayer!!!!!!!

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

@keybladegamer The zombie map is probably worth it though.

subtenko
subtenko

Motorstorm is the most action packed racing game ive ever played, and this is only going by the demo! LOL I so glad the sony devs made a game like this for us.

lilboicookie
lilboicookie

sold black ops -_- the game is just too broken

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Too soon for expensive DLC for Black Ops... what are they going to come out with these overpriced maps every two months til the next franchise comes out? No thank you. Not interested anymore - moved on to other games.

j_kizi
j_kizi

wish i had money for motorstorm.. gota wait a bit, im saving up for LA Noire..

chinchillables2
chinchillables2

Thor... a fight with combo and throw hammer system. I don't see much else that will be in the game.

Altaireed
Altaireed

Nothing to see here,move along!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

looking foward for US motorstormers online , the lobbies are gonna be much more full i guess

Flint247
Flint247

Another $15 map pack? *sigh*

laptop12
laptop12

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iBlackOut_Q8
iBlackOut_Q8

Oh yeah MotorStormApocalypse DLC it's really one of the best racing experience on the Ps3 !!!

LeoTheFighter
LeoTheFighter

I would get Back to the Future: The Game - Citizen Brown, but the Playstation Network is still down. :(

Daavpuke
Daavpuke

Hey, what do you know, Under Siege and Dead Meets Lead both come out. I'll probably have to pass on them, since PSN is returning and I'll need to review another game. Plus, Mount & Blade comes out tomorrow.

speedfreak48t5p
speedfreak48t5p

Traded in Black Ops weeks ago. No over-priced map pack for me.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Nothing for me this week,but next week looks better with Brink.