Shippin' Out Oct. 25-31: DJ Hero, GTAIV: Gay Tony, Tekken 6, Forza 3, Ratchet & Clank

Activision spins out turntable-equipped rhythm game, along with Rockstar's second 360-only add-on and Episodes From Liberty City; Namco Bandai fighter, Microsoft racer, and Sony platformer also launching.

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MTV Games' The Beatles: Rock Band may have won in its head-to-head matchup against Activision's Guitar Hero 5, but neither game had a particularly impressive showing on September's NPD sales chart. This week, Activision will attempt to revive the slumping rhythm game genre by approaching it from a new angle, courtesy of DJ Hero.

Daft Punk spinning for the house.

DJ Hero will feature 100 individual songs in 80 all-new mixes previously unavailable to the public, with a number of licensed disc-scratchers, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Shadow, DJ AM, DJ Z-Trip, Grandmaster Flash, Tiesto, and DJ Yoda. The game will also pack in a new turntable peripheral, with the standard-edition Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii packages running $120. Alternatively, gamers can pick up the Renegade Edition package for $200.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has a pair of high-profile exclusives in store this week. Rockstar Games' top-rated Grand Theft Auto IV sees its second downloadable extension with The Ballad of Gay Tony on Wednesday. Xbox 360 gamers can also pick up Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, a stand-alone retail offering that includes Gay Tony and the first GTAIV expansion, The Lost and Damned.

Turn 10's Forza 3 represents Microsoft's other big Xbox 360 exclusive for the week. The follow-up to 2007's acclaimed racing sim, Forza 3 features more than 400 cars out of the box, as well as more than 100 different tracks to race on. Those who purchase the game new will also receive a free batch of DLC, offering exclusive access to 10 additional classic rides and two tracks.

Sony's PS3 isn't without its exclusive this week, either. Insomniac Games concludes its Ratchet & Clank Future trilogy with A Crack in Time. The game will follow the lombax Ratchet as he attempts to save his robotic sidekick, and Sony promises to reveal both their origins and ultimate destinies during the course of the game, teasing a breakup along the way.

Both Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers can get behind Namco Bandai's Tekken 6, which makes its long-awaited console debut after being first announced alongside Sony's console in 2005. Available in two retail configurations, the standard-edition package will cost $59.99. Those looking to pick up a new fight stick can opt in to the Tekken 6 Wireless Fight Stick Bundle, which will be available for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 at participating retailers for $149.99. (A PSP edition of Tekken 6 is expected later this year.)

Scribblenauts developer 5TH Cell and THQ will bring to market Drawn to Life: Next Chapter on the Wii and DS, a sequel to 2007's positively reviewed innovative side-scrolling adventure. Konami has a pair of Dance Dance Revolution titles out this week, as Hottest Party 3 heats up the Wii and X2 steps to the PS2. Ubisoft's latest CSI adventure, Deadly Intent, will also sleuth its way onto the Xbox 360, Wii, and DS.

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 26, 2009
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Game Time--X360, WII, DS--THQ
The Backyardigans--DS--Take-Two Interactive
Hasbro Family Game Night 2--WII, DS--Electronic Arts
Mytran Wars--PSP--Deep Silver
Nerf 2: N-Strike Elite--WII--Electronic Arts
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Game Day--WII, PS2--Take-Two Interactive
SpongeBob's Truth or Square--X360, PSP, WII DS--THQ
World of Zoo--WII--THQ

OCTOBER 27, 2009
100 All-Time Favorites--DS--Ubisoft
All Star Cheer Squad 2--WII--THQ
Arcade Shooter: Illvelo--WII--UFO Interactive
Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island--DS--NIS America
Ben 10: Alien Force Vilgax Attacks--X360, PS2, PSP, WII, DS--D3Publisher
Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life--DS, PC--City Interactive
Cocoto Surprise--WII--Big Ben Interactive
CSI: Deadly Intent--X360, WII, DS--Ubisoft
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3--WII--Konami
DanceDanceRevolution X2--PS2--Konami
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go--DS--Zoo Games
DJ Hero--X360, PS3, PS2, WII--Activision Blizzard
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter--WII, DS--THQ
Dream Salon--DS--Zoo Games
Dreamworks Madagascar Kartz--WII--Activision
Fairytale Fights--X360, PS3--Playlogic
Forza Motorsport 3--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
League of Legends: Clash of Fates--PC--THQ
Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer--WII--Ubisoft
Mountain Sports--WII--Activision
Nostalgia--DS--Ignition Entertainment
Painkiller: Resurrection--X360, PC--DreamCatcher Interactive
Petz Dogz Family--PSP--Ubisoft
Petz Dolphinz Encounter--DS--Ubisoft
Petz Hamsterz Bunch--PSP--Ubisoft
Petz: Saddle Club--PSP--Ubisoft
Press Your Luck 2010 Edition--WII, DS, PC--Ubisoft
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time--PS3--SCEA
Safari Adventures Africa--WII, DS--Conspiracy Entertainment
SimAnimals Africa--WII, DS--Electronic Arts
The Stronghold Collection--PC--Take-Two Interactive
Sushi Academy--DS--City Interactive
Tekken 6--X360, PS3--Namco Bandai
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure--DS--Disney Interactive Studios
Touchmaster 3--DS--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Vegas Party--WII--Storm City Games
Water Sports--WII--Activision

OCTOBER 29, 2009
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony--X360--Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City--X360--Rockstar Games

OCTOBER 31, 2009
Omniball--IP--Vendetta Studios
Wine Tycoon--PC--Got Game Entertainment

Discussion

81 comments
gamefreak3111
gamefreak3111

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gamefreak3111
gamefreak3111

OMG a hamster game where I can spend REAL money to get a VIRTUAL hamster!!!! I wonder who comes up with this genuis?!

prkprkprk
prkprkprk

I want to get tha new Backyardigans game LOL

dianazilla
dianazilla

Petz Hamsterz Bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2121!!111111

UglyDoofus
UglyDoofus

ratchet and clank is gunna b sweet

yoshimitzuPwnz
yoshimitzuPwnz

i can't wait for gay tony, you get PARACHUTES!! YAY there are too many games coming out that i want now: forza 3, gta dlc, tekken 6, assassins creed 2, the list goes on :(

cjasko94
cjasko94

Am I the only person who hasn't bought the GTA4 DLC? lol...

gearsrules
gearsrules

tekken 6 is so overrated it's about time they give this series an overhaul ;)

chronolzx
chronolzx

so many games, not enough time...

firehawk998
firehawk998

Lets see this week FORZA 3, Episodes from Liberty City and Tekken 6 will be a definite purchase for me. I have one question to ask here is Painkiller : resurection a downloable game or will it come on a disk ?

silvertenchu
silvertenchu

you can get Tekken 6 wednasday in Dungeon crawl.com.au

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

tekken 6 with fighting stick! wait for me!!

monson21502
monson21502

its that time again!!!! alot of great games on the way. to bad i cant buy any of them. gotta pay sony 150+ shipping both ways to get my 500 dollar 60 gig ps3 fixed. or i could just wait till next year to get it fixed. then buy some 360 games. or i could act like i forgot about my family for christmas and use that money to get it fixed plus buy the games i want:wink:

WishTifaWasReal
WishTifaWasReal

CANNOT WAIT FOR TEKKEN 6 and the CALENDAR TOO :D Might buy Rachet and Clank future on boxing day

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City! i will have gay old time playing this game

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Can't wait -- I am picking up Crack in Time tomorrow! I want Tekken 6, too, but it'll have to wait a while longer.

Excedra
Excedra

forza, ratchet, tekken, gta!!!!!!!!!!! ill pass dj hero.....

lapalm
lapalm

Can't wait for League of Legends. Tomorrow!!!

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Lots of good releases this week.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I can't wait for Dj Hero, Tekken 6 and Forza 3.

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

I'm looking forward to giving Nostalgia a go once I pick it up.

windrazorx
windrazorx

tekken 6 kiks @$$ i dont care what people say, i've played it at the arcade and it DOES kik @$$ =P

ps3loverr
ps3loverr

not much good games ive tried forza 1 and 2 at my friends house its not impressive he got the game for free with his 360 he offered to give me it with marvel ultimate alliance even tho i have no 360

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

DAAAAMMMNNN Oct. 27 is loaded with games. RaCF CIT and Forza 3 got me sold.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Torchlight tommorow, forza 3, an league of legends..Than next week Dragon age can i have a woot woooot...

dr-snowman
dr-snowman

im goona cry i miss not being able to play ratchet and clank, i need a ps3

jakass13
jakass13

i needz money T.T i cant buy any of these games without currency :(

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

R+C doeslook good, but i still have demon souls and uncharted 2... and borderlands (which is awesome on 360) and MW2 is around the corner. I need to get fired =)

Nobri
Nobri

Lol. "Dream Salon"

Nobri
Nobri

If a franchise can release four games on the same day (Petz), then it mustn't be too good...

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

I know I'll get R&C sooner or later but got alot on the go right now so I'll probally double back for it in December.

gnbfd
gnbfd

lots of Shovelware this week... and RATCHET AND MOTHER****ING CLANK!!!! May have to check out DJ Hero as well though. The setlist looks amazing and the Best Buy demo was sort've fun

dukerav
dukerav

Gahh, I still need to finish Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty before I can even think of Crack in Time. Also, theres a Nerf game for Wii ? Hah.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Forza, GTA expansions, R&C, Tekken... lot of great exclusives coming out this week.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Great games, but I'm most looking forward to GTA's expansions. Just can't wait!

X-RS
X-RS

WOW!! TEKKEN 6 AND RYTHM GAMES ARE ON THE DECLINE!!! THERE TRULY IS A GOD!!!

nonpuddish69
nonpuddish69

Picking up Tekken 6 tonight after work. Bout damn time

nini200
nini200

@ C T Skye Who said you liked Guitar Hero? And you saying DJ Hero's music selection is trash is simply your opinion. You're saying that some of the best DJ's to ever grace the Turntables are trash and you're entitled to that opinion. But at the same time that is your opinion. Just like someone can say that The Beatles: Rock Band is trash and so is the music on it. Fact is, I like DJ Hero, I like the music selection, I like the choice of DJ's, I like the overall game. You may not but I do and for your opinion on how nobody likes DJ Hero, I proved it wrong because I, for one, like DJ Hero and I may even like DJ Hero more than Guitar Hero. Maybe not Guitar Hero Metallica though. I'll have to wait and see.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@nini200 i do not like guitar hero and i have no idea what your talking about, that music is shiit just like the game :P

jshaas
jshaas

All Star Cheer Squad FTW!!!!!! Ballad of Gay Tony looks, well, gay I would like to see some this exclusive DLC on the PS3 though.

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

alot of shovelware amid some good looking games... oh it must be time for the holidays... =)

nini200
nini200

@ C T Skye That's where you fail. Seeing as to how I care about DJ Hero (Probably even more than Guitar Hero) it proves your point moot. DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cut Chemist and DJ AM sealed the deal for me. On topic, That's alot of games. I'm getting Tekken 6 after I can confirm that I can Make Michelle Chang. If I can't make her, I won't be getting it. I'm actually interested in seeing the Monster 4x4 Stunt Racer in action. That could be pretty good.