Shippin' Out October 16-22: Batman: Arkham City

WBIE deploys second installment in Caped Crusader-led action adventure as Professor Layton, Rocksmith, Rachet & Clank also head to market.

The big release season continues unabated, and releases don't get much bigger than Batman: Arkham City. But the Caped Crusader isn't heading to retail alone. Professor Layton returns to the DS and Insomniac is launching the latest in the Ratchet & Clank series. Rocksmith has the music genre covered this week, and Xbox 360 players can now try their hand at ruling the virtual people of a fictional banana republic.

Sure Bats has a belt full of gadgets, but what fells a foe faster than a car door to the sternum?

Rocksteady's Batman makes his return to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this holiday season with this week's release of Arkham City. Arkham City is a follow-up to 2009's Arkham Asylum, and it places Bats in the open world of the aforementioned municipal to face another batch of villains. Under the watchful eye of "warden" Dr. Hugo Strange, who knows Batman's secret identity, inmates of Arkham City are free to do anything they want short of attempting escape.

Those looking for a cooperative PlayStation 3 game may want to give Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One a look. The latest release in Insomniac's inventive platforming series, All 4 One puts players in the shoes of either Ratchet, Clank, Quark, or Dr. Nefariousin, or players can select all of them in co-op mode for up to four players.

Level-5 and Nintendo have teamed for another entry in the whimsical Professor Layton puzzle series for the Nintendo DS this week. The fourth entry in the series, Professor Layton and the Last Specter sheds a light on how the master puzzle-solver met his young assistant Luke.

Ubisoft is taking its latest stab at the rhythm-game genre with the real guitar-controlled Rocksmith. The game begins by teaching players the basics of guitar playing and ramps up in difficulty as a player learns more. It come with an input jack that is compatible with "most electric guitars," and players can strum along to some 50 different tunes.

Kalypso's Caribbean El Presidente simulator makes its way to the Xbox 360 after its late August release on PC. As in previous entries in the series, Tropico 4 puts players in the shoes of the beloved, or hated, dictator of Tropico Island. New features this time around include an expanded economic system and political options that pit the player against foreign powers.

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 Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure--X360, PS3, PC, Wii, 3DS, Mac--Activision

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17
National Geographic Challenge!--X360, PS3, Wii--UTV Ignition Games
Professor Layton and the Last Specter--DS--Nintendo

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
1001 Touch Games--DS--Maximum Family Games
Batman: Arkham City--X360, PS3--Warner Bros. Interactive
Beat Hazard Ultra--PS3--Cold Beam Games
Ben 10: Galactic Racing--X360, PS3, Wii, DS--D3Publisher
Big Foot: Kinf of Crush--Wii--Southpeak Interactive
Double Rivals Attack Pack!--PSP--Sega
Double Super Hero Pack!--PSP--Sega
Everybody Dance--PS3--SCEA
Family Feud 2012 Edition--X360, Wii--Ubisoft
Gem Smashers--3DS, Wii--Crave
JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters--X360, PS3, PC--Maximum Family Games
Jewel Time Deluxe--DS--O-Games
Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine--X360, PS3, Wii--Konami
Jungle Speed--Wii--Tommo
Max & the Magic Marker: Gold Edition--PS3--Pan Vision
Minute to Win It--X360--Zoo Games
Motion Explosion!--X360--Majesco
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact--PSP--Namco Bandai
Okabu--PS3--SCEA
PowerUp Heroes--X360--Ubisoft
Pet Zombies--3DS--Majesco
Petz Puppies & Kittens--DS--Ubisoft
The Price is Right: Decades--PS3, Wii--Ubisoft
Rachet & Clank: All 4 One--PS3--SCEA
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken--PS3--Ratloop Asia
Rocksmith--X360, PS3--Ubisoft
Sledgehammer--X360--Maximum Family Games
Sing4: The Hits Edition--Wii--Crave
The Sims 3: Pets--X360, PS3, PC, Mac--EA
The Sims 3 Plus Pets--PC, Mac--EA
Tropico 4--X360--Kalypso

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt - Trophy Showdown--Wii--XS Games
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike - Tournament Edition--Wii--XS Games
Dungeon Defender--X360, PC--Reverb

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Cities XL 2012--PC--Focus Home Interactive
Cut the Rope--DS--Chillingo
Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge--X360--Mad Catz
Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder--Wii--iFun4all

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35 comments
StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@steelmouth *places dictionary gently on head*

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

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steelmouth
steelmouth

@StJimmy15 smh wats wit the violence

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Is it safe to say that Batman, Skyrim, and Battlefield 3 are the only big titles for the rest of this year?

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@steelmouth *throws dictionary at head*

steelmouth
steelmouth

its times lik this with all the AAA title comming up leading to next year that i really wish i had excesive cash to get em allm, ALL I SAY

wr_d12_2005
wr_d12_2005

Pet Zombies? Pet Zombies? Pet Zombies?

CTR360
CTR360

i buy later this week FM4 batman AC PS3 version. december i buy rachet and clank all 4 one

Pete5506
Pete5506

Really want to play Arkham City, but I'm going to wait for the PC version

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I was planning on buying Forza 4 this weekend, now I'm trying to decide between Batman or Forza? Why can't I be rich?!

fester420
fester420

i see at least three mistakes in this list. very lazy

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Psycho2019 - piracy is always a good reason. You get a few more sales if you force the more impatient pirates to buy on console. In this case, though, they are putting in DirectX 11 support. This one is going to be purrrrrty!

bleat
bleat

so why does it have to be JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters .. a little redundant.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Shipping to my Xbox 360 OCT.18th Batman:Arkham City

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Arkham City is the only thing I'm excited for, can't wait to play one of the best games this year.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Batman: Arkham City will probably be the only thing I play until Skyrim comes out. SOOO JACKED.

punu40
punu40

Batman is a must buy for me, when it is cheaper. I prefer to buy something like GOTY or the best edition, that way i can save more money for other game and probably will also get a few bonuses ....

hunter8man
hunter8man

I'm going into the office early tomorrow so that I can leave early and give all my attention to Arkham City.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Been playing Batman on my 360 since early this morning and I have to say that no one will be disappointed. It rocks on both systems. Also it kicks even more a** in 3D. (My friends has the PS3 version) Check me out Enforcer 266.

whakyZ86
whakyZ86

just batman, sir, just batman. I am still playing arkham asylum -- have been for 2 years now. Whenever I felt stressed, i simply put on AA and beat the crap out of people for hours or took 'em out all cloak and dagger like. Now this game is coming out and it has improved on everything. and its open-worldish...AND I CAN FLY UP TO A PERCH and PREY ON MY ENEMIES Just Batman, sir, Just Batman.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@pokecharm - If it is, this game will have you shutting down half your chain and opening twice as many stores in China..

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Wait, what? Minute to Win It, The Price is Right: Decades, Family Feud 2012 Edition, National Geographic Challenge! AND Bass Pro Shops: The Strike - Tournament Edition are all coming out the same week?!?! Well, there goes my holiday budget for the friends and family :/

EE061003
EE061003

The game industry seem to turn its back to pc gaming whhich is capable of doing more miracles in gaming experience other than consoles.If piracy is the answer then i bet consoles games could be hacked 1000 times more easily than pc games world will see

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@psycho2019 I think it's because they want people that want the game to buy it for consoles to reduce the piracy amount. I think at least...

Psycho2019
Psycho2019

why does everytym the PC version gets delayed!!! :(

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Batman Arkham City this week for me. Then next week Battlefield 3.

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Just Batman Arkham City for me this week! :D

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

Arkham Asylum was amazing so this one is likely gonna be a must play as well

IceJester45
IceJester45

Batman looks cool, but I'll wait until the price drops a little. I'm still playing Dark Souls, Forza and Guardian Heroes.

pokecharm
pokecharm

is fictional Banana Republic also going to be affliated with fictional Gap and Old Navy? I'm ready for my copy of Batman - I think my Gamestop is open at midnight, but I'll meander over during office hours tomorrow and get it :)

Triton
Triton

Never heard of JASF. Looks like Batman all the way.

Barighm
Barighm

Pet Zombies? That sounds amusing.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Gonna ride Disgaea 4 out until Uncharted 3 drops. I'll probably get the GOTY edition of Batman when it's on the cheap next year.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I'll get Batman once it gets cheaper.