Shippin' Out February 4-8: Devil May Cry 4, Turok

Demon and dinosaur hunters prowl with Assassin's Creed DS, Twisted Metal: Head On PS2, Culdcept Saga X360, and multiplatformers Spiderwick Chronicles, American Idol Encore.

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To the chagrin of a vociferous vocal minority within the PlayStation 3 camp, Capcom places the final nail in the coffin of the once-PS3-exclusive Devil May Cry 4 this week with the fourth installment of the game terrorizing the Xbox 360 and the PS3. (A PC version is also expected later this year.) The first original game in the brawler series since 2005's DMC3: Dante's Awakening, DMC4 follows new protagonist Nero as he vanquishes hordes of infernal minions with gusto. A demo for the game is currently available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

Demon hunters won't be the only ones on the prowl this week. Disney's Touchstone Studios is set to revive time-traveler-turned-spacefarer Joseph Turok this week on the 360 and PS3. (A PC version is expected this spring.) Once again, Turok is out big-game hunting for reptiles of the prehistoric sort, and is taking out an army of homo sapiens war criminals along the way. Altair will also be tracking prey this week in the Nintendo DS version of Ubisoft's money maker Assassin's Creed in Altair's Chronicles, a prequel to the console version of the game.

A return to God of War director David Jaffe's roots, Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition is Eat Sleep Play's first project and arrives on the PS2 this week. While the game is technically a port of a near-three-year-old PlayStation Portable game, Jaffe's studio has loaded the disc up with a host of bonus goodies, and will be offering the game at a budget price of $19.99. For the PC, Galactic Civilization developer Stardock will be launching sci-fi RTS Sins of a Solar Empire.

But it isn't all blood, guts, and mayhem this week, as Sierra Entertainment and Konami are coming through with a few family-friendly multiplatform titles. The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the series of children's books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, brings action and adventure to the 360, PS2, DS, and PC, while Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore lands on the 360, PS2, and Wii. Also coming in at a budget price this week is Namco Bandai's collectible card/board game Culdcept Saga for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft and Nintendo's downloadable stores will be stocked with a few new products this week. On the Wii's Virtual Console, side-scrolling shooter Operation Wolf arrives for 500 Wii points ($5), while Tetris-inspired puzzler Columns III runs for 800 Wii points ($8). Arriving this Wednesday to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade will be Poker Smash, a puzzle game where players must clear rows by making poker hands. Developed by indie studio Void Star Creations, Poker Smash costs 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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

FEBRUARY 4, 2008
Carrier Strike Force (PC)
Columns III: Revenge of Columns (Wii VC)
Operation Wolf (Wii VC)
Paws & Claws Pet Resort (DS)
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (PS2)
Sins of a Solar Empire (PC)
World Championship Cards (PS2)
Zoo Tycoon 2 DS (DS)

FEBRUARY 5, 2008
20 Questions (PC)
Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles (DS)
Culdcept Saga (X360)
Devil May Cry 4 (X360, PS3)
Downstream Panic! (PSP)
First Battalion: Gold Edition (PC)
Homie Rollerz (DS)
Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore (X360, PS2, Wii)
Medieval II Total War: Gold Pack (PC)
Merv Griffin's Crosswords (PC)
My Horse and Me (Wii, DS)
Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power (PS2)
Puppy Palace (DS)
Real Soccer 2008 (DS)
Spaceforce: Captains (PC)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (X360, PS2, DS, PC)
Turok (X360, PS3, PC)
Twisted Metal: Head On: Extra Twisted Edition (PS2)

FEBRUARY 6, 2008
Poker Smash (XBLA)

FEBRUARY 7, 2008
No releases announced.

FEBRUARY 8, 2008
No releases announced.

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