Shippin' Out Oct 18-24: Borderlands, GTA PSP, FIFA 10, WWE

Gearbox's postapocalyptic shooter opens up, along with portable port of Chinatown Wars, EA Sports' latest footie fest, and Smackdown vs. Raw 2010; Gran Turismo PSP-3000 bundle also debuts.

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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.

$234 worth of stuff for $199? Sure, why not?

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
Mountain Sports--WII--Activision
Mytran Wars--PSP--Deep Silver
The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun--WII, PS2, PSP, DS--D3Publisher
SingStar Motown--PS3--SCEA
Water Sports--WII--Activision
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

Discussion

141 comments
shrimp_bomb
shrimp_bomb

Trine was actually released on PSN... amazing

calebcop
calebcop

Yeah let's hope, pastament.

Pastament
Pastament

If Borderlands came out today, where's the review? I hope this isn't going to be like Scribblenauts where we have to wait 2 weeks after release for a review.

lucebuce
lucebuce

The only games for the PC are Star Wars : Force Unl. and Borderlands and even borderlands will be released for the PC on Oct .26

DredWulf
DredWulf

@ Ranma_X_basic that's next week Oct. 27.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

They're missing a game on the list. i could swear Tekken 6 comes out this week as well.

STurn21
STurn21

I'm liking these good Borderlands reviews. I always love to see new IP's do well.

Nobri
Nobri

@squarejp Ignore my previous comment. I take it back. Feel free to thumbs down the first one.

Nobri
Nobri

@squarejp Since Gran Turismo (PSP) is a new title, I'm pretty sure it's $40. That's what it is on the Playstation Store. So adding $20 to your math makes it $220. So a $200 price tag is still appropriate, not TOO much of a deal, but still a great bundle.

squarejp
squarejp

Errr GT mobile is $19.99 in Fry's Electronics. PSP-3000 + GT + 2GB card + Free DLC = $169.99 + $19.99 + $10 + 0 = $199.98 I think the price is just reasonable not really a deal. But this is about the same deal as PSPgo selling for $199 with 16GB + Bluetooth and better LCD screen with No games. Btw, I got my PSPgo for $199 from Fry's this weekend.

Wings_008
Wings_008

this is going to be a lovely Christmas!!!

levifoskey
levifoskey

one more day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MrCha1nsaw
MrCha1nsaw

Borderlands midnight release tonight!!! WOO!

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

There is ONE review of Borderlands up from OXM and it got an 85. I imagine that the game will sit between a 70 to 80 in the end. I hope that it is a 90 though as I will be playing this starting tomorrow. \ \ Forza next week and Dragon Age the week after that..........Come on MW2

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

i hope this port of Chinatown wars turn out well, if it does, im defo purchasing it this Christmas :)

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

I've been being smart about borderlands and not listening to all the hype, this way hopefully the game won't be a huge let down on release for me like all the other insanely hyped up game.

Anabub
Anabub

Just how much more Borderlands hype can there be before we actually get a review of this game??

Spolings
Spolings

I want Borderlands TOMORROW!! But I live in Europe :( I just can't wait!

quijeros
quijeros

GS announced that Tropico 3 was released last week, but it actually comes out on the 20th.

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

"Borederlands" you see what i did there? =P

bennae66
bennae66

find out if they were union

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

It's ALL about Borderlands people! And yes - it is available for PC on the 26th of this month. :)

mbrown726
mbrown726

Borderlands, 2 weeks later Dragon Age, 2 weeks later COD4 MW2, 1 week later Left 4 Dead 2 & Assassin's Creed 2. This is going to be the best months this year. :)

Snipes_2
Snipes_2

Yes, Borderlands FTW! Can't wait to pick up my copy on Tuesday.

Gohan_Egret
Gohan_Egret

Space Invaders Extreme 2 = GOTY 2009. This is not a joke post.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

Why don't they mention Forza 3? Hello?? Biggest Racing game of 2009?!

slycooper21
slycooper21

Just gonna get a PSN card this week. Queen on Rock Band!!!!

MissMorphine
MissMorphine

borderlands... gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Would be cool if Borderlands will be crushed by bugs and become unplayable. But I know it won't be so, the game looks too great.

AciDiCa-
AciDiCa-

Borderlands is going to be an instant classic, it looks great.

dstv
dstv

Still waiting for modern warfare 2 but borderlands looks good

cjasko94
cjasko94

I hope there will be a Psp GO bundle....or at least a price drop :P

zeniftan
zeniftan

Borderlands for my 360. Uncharted for my PS3. Dragon age for my PC. Am I sorted or what?! ;-p

bleat
bleat

@alexbartle I miss my Rex...

turok0
turok0

Borderlands will be a classic

CaptinJohnny
CaptinJohnny

why the hell does the PC get Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition on October when I have to wait till november 3?

gun-09
gun-09

To HerbalVideogame, We call it innovation.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Borderlands might be sweet, if it wasn't an FPS... Ain't no role playing game I ever heard of.