Shippin' Out Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Prince of Persia, GTAIV PC

Game industry begins to unwind as headliners are joined by Destroy All Humans, Mushroom Men, and SingStar Abba.

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Following a torrent of releases leading up to Black Friday last week, the game industry is finally gearing down to ride out the rest of the year. The creek has not yet run completely dry, however.

This week, the highest-profile release is Ubisoft's Prince of Persia. A franchise reboot following the Sands of Time trilogy, the Prince's first outing on Microsoft and Sony's current-gen hardware features an all-new cel-shaded art style. Once again, the titular nobleman will be scaling rooftops in a fantastical setting, and this time he will team up with a new heroine, Elika. A side-scrolling Nintendo DS edition of the game also joins the console and PC versions this week. For an early look at what to expect from Prince of Persia, check back later today for GameSpot's live gameplay marathon.

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto franchise makes its triumphant return to the PC space this week, more than seven months after the retail heavyweight impacted the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Rockstar's Toronto studio has made a number of tweaks to the port of the top-rated game, sprucing up graphics, adding a movie editor, and upping the multiplayer player count to 32.

Other than that, this week has a few other notable releases on the agenda. Though the PS3 edition has been indefinitely shelved, THQ and Sandblast will launch Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon for the Xbox 360. Red Fly Studios' Mushroom Men--one of the flagship games under now-Southpeak-owned Gamecock Media Group--arrives for the Wii and DS, while Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories spins its tale on the PlayStation 2. Sony's current and last-gen console will also see the release of SingStar Abba, featuring the '70s Swedish supergroup behind such hits as "Dancing Queen."

Rare's Banjo-Kazooie, which had previously been announced for last week, represents Microsoft's weekly Wednesday addition to Xbox Live. A redux of the Nintendo 64 original, the game ties in to Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (released to much acclaim in November) and also sports a graphical update. It will be available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Nintendo's WiiWare has two new games this week. Space Invaders Get Even, released compliments of Square Enix-owned Taito, reprises the classic arcade shoot-'em-up with four new levels for 500 Wii points ($5). According to the publisher, three additional levels will also be released at 500 Wii points apiece. Hudson's Pit Crew Panic, a fast-paced racing-inspired action game, also zips to Nintendo's downloadable game service, for 800 Wii points ($8).

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

DECEMBER 1, 2008
Bolt (PC)
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon (X360)
Emma at the Farm (DS)
Metal Slug 2 (Wii VC)
Neopets Puzzle Adventure (PC)
Pit Crew Panic (WiiWare)
Space Invaders Get Even (WiiWare)

DECEMBER 2, 2008
Animal Boxing (DS)
Cate West: The Vanishing Files (Wii)
Dreamer: Puppy Trainer (DS)
Family Party: 30 Great Games (Wii)
Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)
Happy Cooking (DS)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (PS2)
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi (DS)
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars (Wii)
My Fitness Coach (Wii)
My Fun Facts Coach (DS)
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (Wii)
Prince of Persia (X360, PS3, DS)
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure (Wii)
SingStar Abba (PS3, PS2)
Ski & Shoot (Wii)
Slingo Quest (DS)
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (Wii)
The Tale of Despereaux (Wii, PS2, DS, PC)

DECEMBER 3, 2008
Banjo-Kazooie (XBLA)
Bigfoot (Wii)
M&Ms Adventure (Wii, PS2, DS)
SPRay (Wii)

DECEMBER 4, 2008
Sony had not revealed its Thursday release slate as of press time.

Discussion

28 comments
iznie13
iznie13

i already had this game..few month ago i bought it..but in japanese..i bought it with a set of kh2 also..i have kh2 be4..it got stuck so i bought a new one..

Chronikas
Chronikas

I just built a monster GTX 280 SLI rig, so its GTA 4 and PoP all the way. I just don't know when I'll get to play them! I'm still busy with Far Cry 2 and Fall Out 3! Deadspace completely passed me by! I can't keep up!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Sony had not revealed its Thursday release slate as of press time. As always. @ItsEvolution We both know that the PS3 is weak when it comes to multiplatform development. It is consistently getting passed over for new content and updates....or hell even entire games (read: new Destroy All Humans). Don't hold your breath for the content update. Sorry to say 360 is where it is at this generation. Play some Resistance if you want huge battles. You better all be getting Banjo Kazooie also.......possibly a better platformer than Super Mario 64.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

Prince of Persia is the only thing I see worth while for myself.

Alphamale001
Alphamale001

I need to go rent those Mushroom Men games. They look neat. I can't wait to get my hands on Persona 4. That is the December title I am most looking forward to. That PoP game looks neat, but money is tight and unfortunately great games get missed this time of year.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

32 players on GTA4? Booo....update the PS3 version with the same!

Norgavue
Norgavue

Prince of Persia is about all I think this week has for me.

Timbydude
Timbydude

The new Prince of Persia and Banjo-Kazooie are must-buys, and maaaybe Re:Chain of Memories, but I already finished the GBA one (which was amazing), so I might not have very much reason to buy it again.

DarthVillainous
DarthVillainous

I hate how most XBLA games seem to be starting at 1200 points now. Next thing you know it'll be 1600. It's just pure greed, especially when half of them are just ports of old games.

finaleve
finaleve

division_9 > This is US releases, hence why they wrote it up there. ctg867 > The replay feature was only effective with Skate because it was only a 2 minute playback. They could easily upload it to EA without much worry of memory. GTA4's replay feature seems it could go on forever, not only for some intense and goofy action, but the amount of user generated content along with machinima movies. There wouldn't really be such a supportive network to host all those videos and still keep them on there. Pass on the remake of KH:CoM. I'm afraid It'll break my PS2 controller since I broke my GBA's L Button from playing too hard. Lucky enough I was able to beat the find boss without too much trouble. I might get GTA4 PC since the added features seem pretty cool.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I know what I'm getting this week

ctg867
ctg867

I wish my PS3 was backward compatible so I could play Kingdom Hearts, and I wish Rockstar didn't rip off the console people by making the multiplayer really weak, then upgrading it for the PC version, and then upgrading it for the paid DLC coming in February. Not to mention the PC is getting a replay system, which other console games show is obviously possible on the platform. How to fix this? Well first off Sony never should of had a PS3 without PS2 BC, but at the very least, if they put it on the PS Store for $30, which is the price they're selling it for at stores, then I'd call it even. Seriously though, Chain of Memories came out in March of 2007 in Japan with Final Mix II for a little more then a full priced PS2 game. With all honesty, the damn thing should be $20. And as an aside, where the hell are my Final Mix versions of the KH I and KH II? I wish Square would do the smart thing and bring them stateside. As for GTA IV, patch the multiplayer, give me more games modes, gives me more customization options, and tweak the gameplay so it's better suited for multiplayer, since at the moment it isn't. If you do that, I can let the replay thing slide, although it'd be nice to put with the DLC. That I can live with. And oh yea, Prince of Persia is out, lol. That's on my list for next year when I actually have some money.

Vimanesba
Vimanesba

mmmmmm all those awful games coming out...... I'm just waiting for Chain Of Memories, that'll be awesome!

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

"This week, the highest-profile release is Ubisoft's Price of Persia. A franchise reboot following the Sands of Time trilogy, the Prince's first outing on Microsoft and Sony's current-gen hardware features an all-new cel-shaded art style. Once again, the titular nobleman will be scaling rooftops in a fantastical setting, and this time he will team up with a new heroine, Elika. A side-scrolling Nintendo DS edition of the game also joins the console and PC versions this week. For an early look of what to expect from Prince of Persia, check back later today for GameSpot's live gameplay marathon."

Whoever wrote this? is sadly mistaken about the Prince. Planning on getting that one myself Muppen. But how could they make that mistake I mean they've been covering this for months...To slip up like that...To be clear? No I'm not talking about the typo. Heck I can look past that the mistake they made is about the plot...Its a new prince its not the same prince from the prior trilogy.

NightRain
NightRain

The last week of good games coming out this year... gonna wait for next year! For some games... like... hmmm... Resident Evil 5, maybe? ;) hehehe

gnbfd
gnbfd

*sigh* slow week... BUT LOOK! IT'S THE PRINCE!

BradHummr
BradHummr

Wow, busy week of releases eh? And hooray for Prince of Persia. :D Hope to get that one for Christmas.

division_9
division_9

No path of furon for the PS3?, get your facts right gamespot, IGN has already said that Destroy all Humans for the PS3 is just not being released in north America but is still shipping to europe and the rest of the world. Dont you just love how bad GameSpot is?, or how biased?.

Alex_Masterson
Alex_Masterson

Yay Kingdom Hearts! Now I can finally play all three games in the series on my PS2.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

another for PoP after watching the live marathon!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm iffy about Path to Furon, I'd like to see some reviews first, but I'm all set for Persona 4 next week :D

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

wait.... Metal Slug 2 for Wii VC.... maybe i have a problem in my memory, but i can remember something about a Wii Metal Slug Antology wich yes, includes MS2.... maybe was just a dream. bad week, bad week, nothing good anywhere

Mozillo
Mozillo

KH Re:Chain of Memories... is it gonna come out in the UK?

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

Sony said that Super Stardust Portable was coming this week...

Media_Mind
Media_Mind

PoP sounds the best out of this week releases