Shippin' Out April 26-May 1: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Velvet Assassin

Activision and Raven's violent actioner mutates onto all relevant platforms this week, as Replay deploys long-in-the-making tactical shooter.

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When Activision releases the Raven Software-developed X-Men Origins: Wolverine this Wednesday, it will feature the sociopathic mutant stabbing, dismembering, decapitating, and in all other ways mutilating foes with his adamantium-coated claws. Funny, then, that Raven's gore-fest adaptation will tie in to the gore-free PG-13 film of the same name. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which headlines the release slate for the week of April 26-May 2, will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, DS, and PC.

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Whereas Wolverine's story takes him through fictional trenches of the very real World War II, Southpeak Games and Replay Studios' Velvet Assassin tells a story based on Violette Szabo, an actual spy during the conflict. Originally announced in 2006 under the moniker Sabotage, Velvet Assassin was later expanded to the Xbox 360 as well. A tactical shooter, the game features a heavily stylized art style that plays out through the heroine's subconscious.

Nintendo's and Sony's portables will receive titles that have already proven to be quite popular in Japan. On the DS, Atlus has armed Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier, the latest installment in the mech-flush sci-fi Japanese role-playing game franchise. The PSP will see its own new installment in a long-running Japanese series, as Koei has on tap this week Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce.

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.

NEW RELEASES: APRIL 26-May 2
April 28
Fantasy Aquarium World--Wii--Simulation--Destineer
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce--PSP--Action--Koei
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier--DS--Role-Playing--Atlus Co.
Lineage II: Chaotic Throne: Gracia Final--PC--Role-Playing--NCsoft
Smiley World Island Challenge--DS--Adventure--Zoo Digital Publishing
Cryostasis: The Sleep of Reason--PC--Action 1C

April 29
Reel Deal Slots: Adventure--PC--Puzzle--Phantom EFX, Inc.
Banjo-Tooie--X360--Action--Microsoft
Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66--X360--Fighting--Sega

April 30
Eco Tycoon: Project Green--PC--Strategy--ValuSoft
Velvet Assassin--X360, PC--Action--SouthPeak Games
Play! The Ultimate Casual Game Collection--PC--Puzzle--Viva Media
MLB Dugout Heroes--PC--Sports--GamesCampus
Drill Sergeant Mindstrong--Wii--Puzzle--Xseed Games

May 1
Tournament Pool--Wii--Puzzle--Destineer
Burger Island--Wii--Action--Destineer
Party Pigs: FarmYard Games--Wii--Sports--Destineer
X-Men Origins: Wolverine--X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC--Action--Activision

May 2
Evochron Legends--PC--Simulation--StarWraith

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