Car combat and Big Boss join Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and the PS3 Fight Night Round 3 on the week's release docket.
With Christmas less than three weeks away, most of the year's biggest game releases are already out on the market. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't new titles of note still arriving in stores.
Ten months after it socked it to the Xbox 360, Electronic Arts' Fight Night Round 3 steps into the next-gen ring again, shipping on Tuesday for the PlayStation 3. Two days later, Full Auto 2: Battlelines, the PS3 sequel to Sega's Xbox 360 car-combat game, pulls out of the retail garage. (A PSP version is due in early 2007.)
The year's other new console, the Wii, gets a trifecta of movie tie-ins this week: The Ant Bully, Barnyard, and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Four older games were also rereleased via the Wii's Virtual Console: Donkey Kong, Jr. (NES), Columns (Genesis), Ristar (Genesis), and Victory Run (TurboGrafx-16).
Several notable handheld titles will also arrive this week. The still wildly popular DS will get two high-profile releases, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Kirby Squeak Squad, and two lesser-known offerings, Lionel Trains On Track and Cartoon Network Racing. (The latter game will also ship for the PlayStation 2.)
Five games will arrive for the DS's rival, the PlayStation Portable. Leading the pack is Hard Rock Casino on Monday. Tuesday will see the release of the long-anticipated Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the third MGS title for the PSP and the first to feature real-time combat. Also due Tuesday are Star Wars: Lethal Alliance and Brothers in Arms D-Day, followed by the PSP WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 on Wednesday. Five PlayStation games were rereleased for the PSP on Monday, although they must first be downloaded onto the hard drive of a PS3, which remain in short supply.
This week will also see Star Trek: Legacy ship for the PC, one week ahead of its Xbox 360 sibling. By contrast, the PlayStation 2 edition of Rayman Raving Rabbids hops into retail on Tuesday, several weeks behind the Wii edition. The only new Xbox 360 game this week is actually a PC rerelease; RoboBlitz will go up on Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
DECEMBER 5, 2006
The Ant Bully (Wii)
Brothers in Arms D-Day (PSP)
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)
Fight Night Round 3 (PS3)
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (Wii)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (PS2)
Star Trek: Legacy (PC)
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance (PSP)
Zatch Bell!: Mamodo Fury (GC)
Still some great stuff. The Kirby game on the DS should be interesting. I'm totally into FULL AUTO 2 on the PS3 right now. It is probably the best and most fun game I've played on the PS3! (and yes, I own Resistance). Great stuff!
The P$3 has a lot of all ready released (OLD) titles on it coming out. How unfortunate for P$3 owners !!!
Finally some PSP related news! Keep it up Tor..... Now I'm confused which game I'm supposed to get! I wana play both MGS and Star Trek! Gotta import MGS tonight :D
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS) Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP) Kirby Squeak Squad (DS) The rest is just a bunch of crap. PS3 gets Fight Night 3 oh wait a minute . . . hasn't that game been released on every other console for about a year now hahaha.
after surviving 2 mgs card games, i deserve mgs:po. it will be a challenge carrying 2 portables though as i'll definitely get castlevania as well!
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- Castlevania: PoR
- 18 Wheels of Steel: Haul
- Star Trek: Legacy
- Brothers in Arms: D-Day
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- State of War: Warmonger
- SW: Lethal Alliance
- WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007
- Fight Night Round 3
- Full Auto 2: Battlelines
- Cartoon Network Racing
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
- Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury
- Rayman Raving Rabbids
- Lionel Trains On Track
- The Ant Bully
- Mercury Meltdown Remix