The holiday season juggernaut keeps chugging this week, as retailers welcome a host of hardcore titles and a cadre of casual options as well. Among the more interesting new releases are a long-awaited multiplatform shooter, one of the biggest sports games in the world, and a new portable version of the most recent Grand Theft Auto game.
Headlining the week is Borderlands, the sci-fi role-playing first-person shooter from 2K Games and Gearbox Software. Combining driving and on-foot action, Borderlands boasts a massive array of unique, collectible weapons that number over a half-million in total. Originally expected late last year, the game was delayed in part so the developers could implement a new cel-chased "concept art" aesthetic to the game's visuals.
That's not the only big release from 2K Games parent Take-Two this week. The developer is also readying Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for its debut on the PSP. Originally released on the DS in March, the game was met with critical acclaim but consumer apathy. Rockstar is hoping to change that with the PSP version, including new radio stations and some tweaked minigames as well.
For gamers who would rather shoot penalty kicks than people, EA Sports launches FIFA Soccer 10 in North America. Already released to critical plaudits overseas, FIFA Soccer 10 adds new manager and virtual pro modes to the long-running soccer sim.
The rest of the field of new releases is highlighted by a handful of new titles. Square Enix's Space Invaders Extreme 2 on the DS provides more of the trippy alien-exterminating thrills of the first Extreme, and Agetec's Way of the Samurai 3 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 takes gamers through another branching tale of swords and honor.
Also arriving is the $200 Gran Turismo PSP bundle, which includes a UMD verison of Polyphony Digital's portable racer and a "Mystic Silver" PSP-3000. Also boxed in are a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo and vouchers for a series of downloadable goodies: an unspecified PlayStation Network movie and a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a color not available in the regular game. Bought separately, the game and handheld would cost $209.98, with 2GB Memory Stick Duos selling for as low as $13 to $14 and PSN movies costing $9.99 to $14.99. US residents will also get a 10-song Sony Music Pass voucher.
Last but definitely not least, THQ's WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 gets in the retail ring on the X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, and DS. The game will let players create their own detailed storylines featuring pro wrestlers and introduces six new Road to Wrestlemania storylines.
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 the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
OCTOBER 19, 2009
NBA 2K10--WII--2K Sports
Space Invaders Extreme 2--DS--Square Enix
Everquest II: The Complete Collection--PC--SCEA
OCTOBER 20, 2009
Alien Monster Bowling League--WII--Destineer
Astro Boy: The Video Game--PS3, X360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS--D3Publisher
Backyard Football 2010--WII, X360, PS2--Atari
Bakugan Battle Brawlers--X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS--Activision
Borderlands--PS3, X360--2K Games
Charm Girls Club My Fashion Mall--DS--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club Pajama Party--WII--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club My Fashion Show--DS--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club My Perfect Prom--DS--Electronic Arts
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop--DS--505 Games
CSI: Deadly Intent--PC--Ubisoft
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go--DS--Zoo Games
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo--WII--Namco Bandai Games America
Elven Legacy: Ranger--PC (downloadable only)--Paradox Interactive
FIFA Soccer 10--X360, PS3, WII, PSP, PS2, DS, IP--Electronic Arts
Gran Turismo PSP Hardware Bundle
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars--PSP--Rockstar Games
iCarly--WII, DS, PC--Activision
Imagine Fashion Designer World Tour--DS--Ubisoft
Jam Sessions 2--DS--Ubisoft
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010--DS--Majesco Games
Littlest Pet Shop: Friends--WII--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: City Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: Country Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: Beach Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Lips: Number One Hits--X360--Microsoft
Madagascar Kartz--X360, PS3, WII, DS--Activision
Margot's Bepuzzled--DS--Zushi Games Ltd
Marvel Super Hero Squad--WII, PSP, PS2, DS--THQ
Medieval Games--WII--Vir2L Studios
MotorStorm Arctic Edge--PS2--SCEA
Mytran Wars--PSP--Deep Silver
The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun--WII, PS2, PSP, DS--D3Publisher
Way of the Samurai 3--X360, PS3--Agetec Inc.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010--X360, PS3, WII, PS2, PSP, DS--THQ
OCTOBER 22, 2009
Trine--PS3 (downloadable only)--Nobilis
OCTOBER 23, 2009
Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition--PC--Aspyr/LucasArts