Shippin' Out 3/5-3/9: GRAW2, MotorStorm, Def Jam: Icon

EA's brawler, Ubisoft's shooter, and Sony's off-road racer all hit the retail streets this week.

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Back in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was told to beware the Ides of March. However, in 2007 AD, the month got off to a promising start for gamers. PlayStation 3 fans, in particular, will be relieved that they can finally stop playing the MotorStorm drinking game while watching Sony keynote addresses--and start revving up the game itself. Yes, after nearly two years of continuous hype, Sony's first-party off-road racing game is finally hitting pay dirt at retail--check out GameSpot's review for a full rundown.

The new-PS3-game drought was further lessened this week by the release of two Electronic Arts games for the platform. NBA Street Homecourt and Def Jam: Icon both arrive on the console this week, a fortnight after the former's and simultaneously with the latter's Xbox 360 editions. However, the week's most anticipated 360 debut came from EA rival Ubisoft in the form of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2--that is if you don't count Worms on Xbox Live Arcade.

On Tuesday, another eagerly awaited EA title, Burnout Dominator, peeled out onto the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The week's other big PS2 game is actually a port of a PSP game. After selling more than 317,000 copies on the handheld in the US (through January 2007), Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is following Liberty City Stories onto Sony's still-popular elder console.

The DS, the current portable champion, got a healthy injection of new games this week, including Wario: Master of Disguise, Shrek Smash and Crash, and Rayman Raving Rabbids. Unfortunately, those were about the only new titles of import coming to a Nintendo platform, excluding the latest crop of Virtual Console titles on the Wii, which included Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts, Sword of Vermilion, and Elevator Action.

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

MARCH 5, 2007
Drake and Josh (GBA)
Dynasty League Baseball (PC)
Elevator Action (WII)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2)
Major League Baseball 2K7 (GBA)
Sword of Vermilion (Wii)
Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts (WII)
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne (PC)
Tortuga - Two Treasures (PC)
Wario: Master of Disguise (DS)

MARCH 6, 2007
Burnout Dominator (PS2, PSP)
Carol Vorderman's Sudoku (PS2, PSP)
Def Jam: Icon (PS3, 360)
Great Invasions (PC)
MotorStorm (PS3)
NBA Street Homecourt (PS3)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (DS)
Shrek Smash and Crash (DS)
Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PC)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (360)

MARCH 7, 2007
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (DS)
Worms (360)

MARCH 8, 2007
Model Train 3D (PC)
ProStroke Golf - World Tour 2007 (PSP)

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Huh, I didn't know there was going to be a port of vice city stories.

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I was planning on picking up MotorStorm but seeing as there is no split-screen I will have to wait yo get a new PS3 game.

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I bet if sony had some rumble in the dang controller the reviews might be better.I bet if sony stoped trying to push two systems and stuck with just one they could lower the price(not that it matters in the long run because the xbow 360 cost more,4400 system,$200 dvd,$100 for hard drive=700$ for a weaker system.Fun how nobody talks about how MS nicks and dimes us just OH MY GOD LOOK AT GEARS!!!!!

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Not really interested in any of these titles. But at least they got some variety.

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Good stuff

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graw 2 & def jam thats it for me for a while...

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worms is out... finally!!! :p

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I own a PS3 and only plan on renting Motorstorm. I also own a great Xbox360 will definitely buy GRAW2 and Def Jam Icon. Go, Wii60!!:D

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Come on achievements, come to daddy...lol

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Def Jam:Icon is going to look really good i 3wish i could get it but i have an xbox

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Great...

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Can you really even say downloadable games are "shipping out"? Okay..maybe if you go by cybergeography.org's maps of internet traffic, but not really.

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To many games to choose from! MotorStorm,G.R.A.W.2,Def Jam:Icon and God of War 2 coming out next week. I cant decide!!! Plus i have get more M$ points for Worms too. v_v

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GRAW2 and I'll download Worms. I was considering MotorStorm but the game sounds too shallow for even a rental.

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GRAW 2 is the game to play.

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I freaking want GRAW 2 soon!!

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graw 2 is the one i need to buy

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Graw 2 and worms on 360 sounds delicious!

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@sja28 Crackdown got a 7.8 and I think it's freakin fun. If you only buy games based on media ratings, you'll miss out on a ton. If you're just flaming on PS3 owners, which it sounds like you are, relax. Not every thread needs to be an opportunity to preach to someone else about their console choice. I do think that Motorstorm is missing too much to justify my $60, but that's because I like sim racers. I think I'm gonna pick up F1 to tide me over until Oblivion and get Motorstorm when more maps come out or I can find a cheaper copy.

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burnout (psp), def jam; icon (ps3), motorstorm (ps3), is it this week for me

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Looks like Sony and Microsoft got the goods this week.

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gonna grab worms tomorrow and maybe rent graw and def jam this weekend

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worms and gwar2, GREAT DEAL!

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motor storm is just a 7.9 so whats so good about it??

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Icon pretty much is a weird game man I dont like it at all, but Motorsorom is it man!!! thats what am getting

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even after gamespot's confusing review (even though Navarro reviews are the best, in my opinion. gerstman close 2nd), motorstorm is the only game I'm looking forward to for some reason. Icon demo killed that one for me. Homecourt demo was too short--so will rent first.

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motorstorm-ehh. God of War 2 =) =) =)

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Harlem Globetrotters, lol. What is this? 1983?

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Why couldnt best buy have motorstorm today. Well motorstorm this week, god of war 2 next week, oblivion the week after...when will i go to school, when will i sleep...crap

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By the end of this month I'll be broke. Well at least I'll have motorstorm, life is good.

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Motorstorm looks nothing like the footage Sony showed at E3 a few years ago! *prediction* Killzone 2 won't look like it's demo footage either! Just a couple more reasons Sony is going down this round! Like we needed any more!

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GRAW 2..can't wait!

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there are ps3 fans? sicne when?

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worms and gwar2 - yea

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Can't wait!! Motorstorm baby!! To bad amazon.com hasn't even bothered shipping it out today like they're suppose to. Oh well, tomorrow I'm going hunting. Maybe Wally World, or some other crack hole in town will actually get a game in on time.... Now next week it's GoW II, followed by Oblivion, followed by, and, and... to bad I've already put a lot of time into the PC version of Oblivion. Oh well, it was so crappy on PC I sold it so I hope the PS3 version is actually playable; no it wasn't my PC it was the game cracking out..... later this Summer will be nice once Blue Dragon drops, hopefully Heavenly Sword. Wow, I can't begin to remember the last time Spring/Summer releases had my amped up... ;)

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So I'll be getting Motorstorm, Vanguard, Dominator, Homecourt, Vice City Stories, and God of War 2 between this week and the next one? Sweet

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god damn it i want motorstorm now!!!!

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I am getting GRAW 2 cant wait

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I think i might get GRAW 2, it seems to similar to the first one tho.

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BURNOUT!!

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i want graw 2 and def jam

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I'll be picking up MotorStorm on the 23rd, at launch. :D Until then, FFXII >_>

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money kinda short so graw 2 and def jam and still....crackdown will have to wait, but i will have*bowser laugh*.

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Picking up Motorstorm tomorrow! WOO!

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7.9 *sigh* such a pity, the game was looking great. Why they left so much out, i dont understand.

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Wow one week

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I was going to get MotorStorm, but with only EIGHT tracks and NO LOCAL MULTIPLAYER (not even fricking SPLITSCREEN!) makes it worthless...I might as well play the demo a few more times, cuz that's almost how limited the actual game is.... I'll wait for MotorStorm2 when the game ships complete. *goes back to playing Crackdown*

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It´s nice to see PS3 games COMING OUT.

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we will play graw 2 and ps3 owners have to wait 5 more months hahaha poor sony fans they wait alot for most of the games and they pay more for the games plus they pay more for the console and at the end the games are with no achievements and gamerscore and no multimedia in games.. in 20 more days they are going to buy oblivion the only good ps3 game so far but guess what in the 360 is a platinum hit already we pay 29.99 vs 59.99 hahaha

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