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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Wine Tycoon--PC--Got Game Entertainment
OMG a hamster game where I can spend REAL money to get a VIRTUAL hamster!!!! I wonder who comes up with this genuis?!
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 :(
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 ?
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:
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.
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
Torchlight tommorow, forza 3, an league of legends..Than next week Dragon age can i have a woot woooot...
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 =)
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.
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
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.
@ 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.
@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
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.
@ 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.
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- Forza Motorsport 3
- GTAIV Ballad of Gay Tony
- Tekken 6
- Ratchet & Clank Crack
- GTA: Liberty City
- Painkiller: Resurrection
- Atelier Annie
- DJ Hero
- Wine Tycoon
- Mytran Wars
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Deadly Intent
- Illvelo Wii
- Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
- Drawn to Life Next
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Game
- Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer
- Chronicles of Mystery
- Vegas Party
- Fairytale Fights
- Petz: Saddle Club
- Truth or Square
- Press Your Luck 2010
- Nerf N-Strike Elite
- Dream Salon
- DanceDanceRevolution X2
- Madagascar Kartz
- Safari Adventures Africa
- Petz: Hamsterz Bunch
- Mountain Sports
- Water Sports
- The Stronghold Collection
- Sushi Academy
- All Star Cheer Squad 2
- World of Zoo
- Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
- Touchmaster 3
- Hasbro Game Night
- Hasbro Game Night 2
- Smarter 5th: Game Time
- Petz: Dolphinz Encounter
- SimAnimals Africa
- Diner Dash 2
- Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 3
- Petz: Dogz Family
- 100 All-Time Favorites
- Cocoto Surprise