Shippin' Out Nov. 6-12: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim

Activision's yearly shooter answers the call days before Elder Scrolls V returns players to Tamriel; Metal Gear Solid HD Collection also mobilizes.

After weeks of quips about the escalating holiday buying period, one of the biggest weeks of the season is actually here. If trends of past years continue, this week's release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will mark the biggest game launch of the year. Skyrim is set to bring dragons to The Elder Scrolls universe with its Friday release, and Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and Peace Walker will make their transition to HD.

Can Call of Duty repel the Battlefield onslaught?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 marks the return of Activision's annual military first-person shooter franchise, and the return of Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare fork of the series on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The multiplayer mode is set to introduce a few changes to the MW2 formula. Additions include a new mode called "Kill Command" that has players in a race to collect dog tags from downed players, a new weapon leveling system, and a revamped streak system. Also, Modern Warfare 2's Tactical Nuke is out.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim eschews the typical Tuesday game release day for a Friday launch to land on its highly publicized 11/11/11 date on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. It has been five years since Bethesda's last Elder Scrolls release, and the developer says it has folded in lessons learned from Oblivion and Fallout 3 alike. In typical series fashion, players can expect a sprawling open-world role-playing game with plenty of side quests to tackle. Dragons are a new addition to the series, and players will gain new abilities as they defeat the various winged beasts.

Announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo just five months ago, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is set to bring an assortment of past games in the series into the HD era. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and the PSP's Peace Walker are making their way to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in "optimized and rebuilt" versions that take advantage of the increased horsepower offered by modern consoles. Not simple ports, the games will feature redrawn 2D art, higher-quality audio, trophies, achievements, and tweaked controls to utilize the second analog stick where needed.

For further details, 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Lalaloopsy--DS--Activision
Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo--DS--Activision

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Let's Cheer--X360--2K Play

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance--DS--Activision
Big League Sports--X360--Activision The Black Eyed Peas Experience--X360, Wii--Ubisoft
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3--X360, PS3, PC, Wii--Activision
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance--DS--Activision
Cars 2: The Video Game--PSP--Disney Interactive
Cave Story 3D--3DS--NIS America
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer--PS3, Wii--Tecmo Koei
DaGeDar--DS--GameMill Publishing
Deepak Chopra's Leela--X360, Wii--THQ
Face Racers: Photo Finish--3DS--Majesco
Fix It: Home Improvement Challenge--Wii--SouthPeak Games
Get Up and Dance--PS3, Wii--Crave
Happy Feet Two: The Videogame--X360, PS3, Wii, DS--Warner Bros.
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan - The Chosen Few--PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS--Mastiff
JAWS: Ultimate Predator--Wii, 3DS--Majesco
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition--PC--Rockstar
Max & the Magic Marker--DS--Easy Interactive
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection--X360, PS3--Konami
Nickelodeon Dance--X360, Wii--2K Play
Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D--3DS--Mastiff
Outdoors Unleashed: Alaska 3D--3DS--Mastiff
Pac-Man Party 3D--3DS--Namco Bandai
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012--Wii, PSP, PS2--Konami
Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking--X360--Ubisoft
Self-Defense Training Camp--X360--Ubisoft
SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip--X360, DS--THQ
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012--X360--Ubisoft
Wappy Dog--DS--Activision
Winter Stars--X360, PS3, Wii--Deep Silver

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Martial Empires: The Path of the Purgatory--PC--Gamigo

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!--3DS--Nintendo

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim--X360, PS3, PC--Bethesda
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7--X360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, PSP, DS--Warner Bros.

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94 comments
LordPeter
LordPeter

Can't wait for Skyrim to be released in a few hours. Will be picking it up here in NZ and then heading straight to the mountains to lock myself away for days. Been playing Elder Scrolls since the beginning. Hope everyone else enjoys it too.

joby1234
joby1234

Very much looking forward to Skyrim,were on the eve of escaping reality for some time and by the time we finish BF4 and MW4 may be out?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

For me this is very.... very simple........ 11.11.11

josephtdavey
josephtdavey

The only games on this list that I'll play are LA Noire for PC... and Skyrim. 55 hours until I will have my hands on the masterpiece. I'll play MW3 for the story(which I always enjoyed), and maybe the spec ops. It will have to wait 6 months though.

atopp399
atopp399

Cave Story 3DS. Finally a decent game for the 3DS. Although it is still a remake of a game you can play free on PC but still, should be fun. The dime a dozen FPS games are getting really old.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Friday can't come fast enough

Rudytt
Rudytt

Skyrim will be worth the wait, and it "ll be sweet to revisit Metal Gear Solid. "cough,cough" sorry boss, need a few days off.

Texasguy
Texasguy

MW 3, MGS HD, Skyrim, Lego HP, Mario Land, and Assassin's Creed in an 8 day stretch. Plus Zelda 5 days later. That is both one of the most epic and most painful release periods ever.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Skyrim for me! It's the only game will be playing this week.

arminius_25
arminius_25

SKYRIM !! I've been counting down ever since the announcement came out. Long pre-ordered the game. TGIF - Thank God It's Friday will take on an entirely new meaning.

bugi782001
bugi782001

just completed uncharted 3, so MW3 tues., Skyrim fri., and super mario 3d land on sunday...oh, the life of a gamer..the wife is really not gonna be happy with me over the new few months ;-)

chakkaron
chakkaron

Should be some interesting offline Co-op on MW3 but the genre of realistic shooter is getting a little old imo. That one could well be a candidate for January sales.

chakkaron
chakkaron

The wait for Skyrim has to be the hardest wait in a long time. Especially the last 2 weeks. So glad it's finally gonna be here and i even got the weekend off to play it!:D

CrakHedSmerf
CrakHedSmerf

ive been counting down the days for skyrim for about 290 days! now i can count on one finger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Activision can keep it's product. Skyrim on the otherhand . . . is like "Oh baby where have you been in my life" moment. Can't wait.

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

It's funny how nearly ten years to the day, I'm still excited to buy Metal Gear Solid 2.

rasterror
rasterror

Well, it's time to start using some vacation time. I already told my wife as soon as these two come out our relationship will be on hold for a little. I'm glad she took it as a joke.

Jasper_73
Jasper_73

skyrim and mw3 coming out in the same week... if u could only get one which would u get?

Decessus
Decessus

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Triton
Triton

May get MW3 when I get tired of BF3 on the PC. Just not enough time.

LunchSackSal
LunchSackSal

Not sure what this modern warfare thing is... didnt a military shooterJUST come out? Anyhow.. *Yawn* .......... GOOooooo SKYRIM!!! Its gunna ROCK!!!

ridhwaans
ridhwaans

"Kill Command" or "Kill Confirmed"?

atopp399
atopp399

Were the preorder numbers for MW3 lower than expected? Where are the articles gloating about it like we had with BF3?

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

The week I've been waiting for all year - MW3 and Skyrim. Heck yes.

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

wtf apparently nobody knows what Zelda is anymore. ppl are too preoccupied giving more money for Call of Duty so they can keep milking the series

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I'm getting both. My most anticipated week of the year =]

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

I am going to get both MW3 and Skyrim. I am more excited for Skyrim, heck, my big three for this year are Uncharted 3(already got, already beaten) Skyrim and Skyward Sword. MW3 I am getting because to be honest I have greatly enjoyed the campaigns in the MW games. There have been some very visceral moments. As for the MP we will wait and see if the MP Is better balanced and different than in previous games(not holding my breath on the latter though). I do prefer Battlefield for my Military FPS multiplayer action, but MW does Campaigns better. None the less, I am really waiting for Skyrim this week, and Chrono Cross to the PSN FTW.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

I'm really surprised there hasn't been an early review of Skyrim or Call of Duty in here. Or even Assassins Creed, one of the reviewers had already said he finished AC:revelations about a week ago.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Yep, Skyrim for me - nothing else on the list even exists!

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@pszone Uh, do you know ANYTHING about ANYTHING?

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Friday is conveniently a day off for me. I have waited almost five years for you, Skyrim... THIS WEEK OF WAITING IS GOING TO SUCK.

pszone
pszone

plus i dont understand mgs hd dely in euope

pszone
pszone

Well skyrm should be no1 why. Because they spend a lot money on this and mw3 didnt spend enough same thing over again. if pp dont buy skyrm enough they can lose a lot mony sriously.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Why does the DS get a different version of MW3 called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance

Cassed
Cassed

It's "Kill Confirmed" not "Kill Command"

Daian
Daian

When i opened my bag of sliced bread today i noticed it's expiration date was 11.11.11. I guess it knew that's when my social life expires if my PC can handle Skyrim :P.

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

I will pick MW3 after finishing BT3 and Uncharted 3 and then back once again and finish once again MGS games for the 4th time lol

gfhgbgfdh
gfhgbgfdh

Why are they saying that MW3 is 'going up against' Skyrim in places...they are vastly different games that aren't even in competition, gamers do know the difference between RPGs and FPSs... Also is there any doubt that MW3 will beat BF3 in sales? BF3 didn't even beat MW2 and the general FPS gaming masses prefer Arcadey reward driven fun to more tactical realism that is slower paced.

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

MGS HD doesn't even come out this year in Europe.

president_bush
president_bush

Nice. I'll be going straight from the amazing Dark Souls to the amazing Skyrim. Life is not complete without wielding a sword every day.

dantcm
dantcm

Let me guess: Call of Duty will beat Skyrim and BF 3 because is Copy >>>Paste....how cruel that would be

gamebreakerz__
gamebreakerz__

It's a shame that a game like Skyrim, which has taken years of hard work to craft and create a massive new game world, will be engulfed in sales by a copy and paste job of a stale shooter.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

Oh yes!! And I'm off work on the right week!! Gotta love when stuff like that works out