In May 2004, Sony and Polyphony Digital announced that they were developing a PSP version of Gran Turismo. More than five years later, the 60fps-graphics game is finally coming out in North America, both solo and in a $200 bundle with a silver PSP-3000, a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, and vouchers for a downloadable movie and in-game Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Curiously, the Gran Turismo PSP bundle won't go on sale until October 20, 19 days after the launches of the game itself and the PSP Go. Priced at $249.99--the same price as the original PSP when it went on sale in 2005--the new handheld will feature 16GB of flash memory and a screen that slides over the controls. It will have a 3.8-inch screen--versus the PSP-3000's 4.3-inch screen--and will be 43 percent lighter than the original, but it will not have a UMD drive. Despite promises of a "solution" by Sony, current North American PSP owners will not get free digital copies of their UMDs to play on the PSP Go. (UK PSP owners will be able to download three games from a restricted list.) For a closer look at the PSP Go, check out GameSpot's unboxing of the portable below.
Wii-wagglers will get a bit of a fright this week in the form of Dead Space Extraction. The Wii-exclusive prequel chronicles the viscera-spattered tragedy that led to the otherworldly carnage of last year's critically acclaimed horror-survival game Dead Space. The game also trades in the over-the-shoulder third-person point of view for a first-person shooter scheme, which sees players blast foes with the Wii Remote, House of the Dead: Overkill-style.
PlayStation 3 owners will get a chance to step into the split-toe tabi of Ryu Hayabusa in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. The reworked version of Ninja Gaiden II will feature less violence than its dismembering, decapitating Xbox 360 sibling, released last year to good reviews. However, it will add femme fatales imported from Tecmo's Dead or Alive series and an upgraded graphics engine. The M for Mature-rated game will come a la carte or via a $70 Collector's Edition bundled with an 80-page book with three parts: a strategy guide, a section with "vibrant Ninja Gaiden art," and a comic book that matches the storyline.
Rounding out the week's releases are Rockstar Games' Beaterator for the PSP, which also will get Sony's racer MotorStorm Arctic Edge. Electronic Arts looses its latest Sims creation, the cuddly espionage-themed MySims Agents, onto the Wii and DS, the latter of which will also receive Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
Speaking of the Wii, Xseed gives Nintendo's console some exclusive action RPG business in the form of Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga. And last but definitely not least for PS3 owners, Bethesda Softworks releases two of its formerly Xbox 360- and PC-exclusive expansion packs for Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage and The Pitt. The Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition--which has all five expansions--ships October 13 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.
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.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
No new releases scheduled.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
Baseball Blast / WII / Sports / 2K Sports
Bass Pro Shops: The Strike / PC, Wii, X360 / Sports / XS Games
Battle of Giants - Dragons / DS / Adventure / Ubisoft
Beaterator / IP, PSP / Puzzle / Rockstar Games
Black College Football Experience - The Doug Williams Edition / X360 / Sports / Aspyr
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010 / PS3, WII, X360 / Sports
Dead Space Extraction / WII / Action / Electronic Arts
Deca Sports 2 / WII / Sports / Hudson
Dream Dancer / DS / Simulation / Zoo Games
Fabulous Finds / DS / Puzzle / THQ
Family Feud / DS, PC, Wii / Puzzle / Ubisoft
Family Fun Football / WII / Sports / Tecmo
Hidden Mysteries: Titanic / DS / Adventure / Activision Value
Imagine Salon Stylist / DS / Simulation / Ubisoft
Just in Time Translation / DS / Simulation / THQ
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days / DS / Role-Playing / Square Enix
MotorStorm Arctic Edge / PSP / Driving / SCEA
MySims Agents / DS, WII / Puzzle / Electronic Arts
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 / PS3 / Action / Tecmo
Obscure: The Aftermath / PSP / Adventure / Ignition Entertainment
Rapala: We Fish / WII / Sports / Activision
Red War: Edem's Curse / PC / Action / Uforia
Sideswiped / DS / Driving / Majesco Games
Smart Boys Game Room 2 / DS / Puzzle / Tommo
Smart Girls Playhouse 2 / DS / Puzzle / Tommo
Smart Kids: Mega Game Mix / DS / Action / UFO Interactive
Tornado Outbreak / PS3, WII, X360 / Action / Konami
Undead Knights / PSP / Action / Tecmo
Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga / WII / Role-Playing / Xseed Games
The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road / DS / Role-Playing / Xseed Games
SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
.detuned / PS3 / Puzzle / SCEA
Axel & Pixel / X360 / Adventure / 2K Play
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley / IP / Sports / NaturalMotion
Boom Brigade / IP / Action / 10tons Entertainment
Critter Crunch / PS3 / Puzzle / Capybara Games
OCTOBER 1, 2009
Dreamer: Top Model / DS / Action / Dreamcatcher
Driift / WII / Driving / Konami
Elven Legacy: Ranger / PC / Strategy / Paradox Interactive
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage / PS3 / Role-Playing / Bethesda Softworks
Fallout 3: The Pitt / PS3 / Role-Playing / Bethesda Softworks
Gran Turismo / PSP / Driving / SCEA
Kissing Frenzy / IP / Simulation / Tequila
Medieval Games / WII / Action / Vir2L Studios
Party Crashers / WII / Puzzle / Detn8
PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe / PSP / SCEA
Shutter Island / PC / Adventure / Merscom LLC
Theatre of War II: Centauro / PC / Strategy / Battlefront.com
OCTOBER 2, 2009
Risen / PC / Role-Playing / Deep Silver
Rock Blast / WII / Puzzle / UFO Interactive