AU Shippin' Out June 10-13: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Two big console exclusives released on the same day.


Ever since its teaser announcement in 2005, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has been the diamond in the rough for Sony fans. Not only has its exclusivity been the topic of much debate, but Atari--the game's Australian distributor--also neglected to confirm that the initial global release date of June 12 would cover our region until a few weeks after the original announcement. MGS4 follows Solid Snake's final mission as he tries to stop Liquid/Revolver Ocelot from taking control of a massive mercenary army and figuring out the truth behind the Patriots. A variety of old characters return and Hideo Kojima has promised that the game will wrap up any questions players have from previous games in the series. MGS4 also comes bundled with the Metal Gear Online starter pack and supports up to 16 players in competitive mode. From there, Konami will release DLC bundles, including maps, for players to download and play. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be available for A$119.95 ($113.78) game only or for A$749.95 ($711.39) bundled with a 40GB PlayStation 3 console and a Sixaxis controller. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots comes out this Thursday exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

Amidst much controversy, Itagaki-san's final game for Temco, Ninja Gaiden II, will be making its way to retail this week. The game sees you take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa as he hacks and slashes his way through such real-world locations as Tokyo, New York, and Venice, as well as fictional locales, such as Lifeblood Shrine. One of the most noticeable additions to NGII is the gore factor. Ryu can now decapitate the limbs of his enemies, and while dismembering a limb may not kill them, it will weaken their attacks. Ninja Gaiden II is the first game in the series to be published by Microsoft and comes out on the Xbox 360 this Thursday.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer and publisher information--actual dates may vary).

June 10, 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
GRID (PS3, PC, 360)
Ninja Gaiden II (360)
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (PS3, 360)
Okami (Wii)
The Incredible Hulk (360, DS)
Looney Tunes: Cartoon Concerto (DS)

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