Shippin' Out March 14-20: God of War III, Command & Conquer 4

Huge week at retail also sees launches of Metro 2033, Dragon Age Awakening expansion, Pokemon HeartGold/Soulsilver, and Resonance of Fate.

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Kratos has been yelling about vengeance since he first appeared in 2005, and he's finally on the verge of getting it. After years of anticipation, God of War III hits the PlayStation 3 this week, its arrival preceded by critical acclaim. However, the Ghost of Sparta isn't the only draw in what is shaping up to be a huge week at retailers.

Before God of War III debuts, retailers will welcome the latest extension in Nintendo's Pokemon franchise. The new DS game launches Sunday and will be available in (mostly similar) HeartGold and SoulSilver versions. Each edition comes with a Pokewalker pedometer, allowing players to level up their combative pets even when they're not playing.

Kratos, God of Ogre-Surfing.
Kratos, God of Ogre-Surfing.

There's a third renowned franchise receiving a new installment this week, as Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight launches for the PC. Billed as the conclusion to the series' "Tiberium saga," the game features different campaigns for the Global Defence Initiative and Brotherhood of Nod factions, with each faction playable in solo or cooperative modes. It will also have a five-versus-five, objective-based online multiplayer mode.

Other familiar franchises with releases this week include Dragon Age and Perfect Dark. Last year's hit Dragon Age: Origins will receive its first retail expansion in the form of Awakening, while Rare's original Nintendo 64 shooter is being rereleased on Xbox Live Arcade with a high-definition face-lift courtesy of 4J Studios.

Not every major game launch of the week comes from an established series. THQ and 4A Games are launching the postapocalyptic survival shooter role-playing game Metro 2033 on the PC and Xbox 360. Also, Sega is rolling the dice with new RPG and strategy titles, as Resonance of Fate heads to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while Infinite Space comes to the DS. The former is set in a steampunk world and is developed by Star Ocean studio Tri-Ace, while the latter is the latest fruit of Sega's partnership with Bayonetta and MadWorld developer PlatinumGames.

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 Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

March 14, 2010
Pokemon HeartGold--DS--Nintendo
Pokemon SoulSilver--DS--Nintendo

March 15, 2010
Rage of the Gladiator--Wii--Ghostfire Games
Triple Shot Sports--Wii--The Code Monkeys
101 MiniGolf World--DS--Teyon

March 16, 2010
God of War III--PS3--Sony
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight--PC--Electronic Arts
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening--360,PS3, PC--Electronic Arts
Metro 2033--360PC--THQ
Resonance of Fate--360, PS3--Sega
Infinite Space--DS--Sega
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon--WII--Xseed Games
T.A.C. Heroes: Big Red One--DS--Storm City Games
Hidden Mysteries: Buckingham Palace--DS--Activision
Sonny With a Chance--DS--Disney
Family Gameshow--WII--Zushi Games Ltd

March 17, 2010
Perfect Dark--360--Microsoft
Hall of Fame Ultimate Hoops Challenge--Wii--Zoo Games

March 19, 2010
Mount & Blade: Warband--PC--Paradox Interactive

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i bought DAO Awakening Exp for 22,00 Euro the the day after it came out. i don't know the $$ that equals 22 euro but it should not be more than 32!! so, 22,00 Euros for 20+ hours of gameplay is pretty good!! Especially when my store gives me for 30,00Euros Prince Of Persia and Awakening too!!! :D:D

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God of war just isnt my cup of tea im afraid!

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God of War is my favorite single player game . and it better be yours too!! cuz in case you don't know Kratos is staring mad at you (look at my icon) lol

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Metro 2033 is pretty cool, though I don't think it'll get much attention competing with God of War 3 and FFXIII, which are good too but it's a shame Metro 2033 will go kind of unnoticed next to those. It's very rough around the edges but it makes up for that with atmosphere and presentation.

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dragon age awakening rules and what do u mean by pokemon for kids. ur probably just jealous that pokemon is better then gow.

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The GOWIII demo was ridonkulous for being 3 GB. I played for 10 mins and was like, where did the other 2 gigs go? Either way the game is going to be sick and Resonance looks beautiful as silk.

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Where's my Resonance of Fate review Gamespot?! I realize GOW3 is in the spotlight right now but everyone already knows it's going to be 9-10 out of 10. "A little help, please"

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I can't wait to pick up GOW III after work today. Plus I got a coupon from gamespot, for pre-ordering, for 25% off of another used game. March is gonna be a busy month...

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I bought both God of War 3 and Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, and I've gotta say I'm way more into Dragon Age! There's just so much to do in Bioware's games.

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Definitely getting God f War 3, Resonance of Fate and Perfect Dark!

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can't wait, going to go get my copy today :]

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One of each please.

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There is just to much games coming out. I have a full time job and I can't keep up...Played FFXIII all weeken geting only like 3 hours of sleep each night and still not done....Looks like more sleepless nights for me to make time for GOW3 and Resonance of Fate,

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@Mc_Trickz Fact is, ALL 3, Gow3, Pokemon HeartGold AND SoulSilver are going to sell craploads and ALL 3 are extremely high quality games. Just because one is targeted more toward the "Mature" crowd doesn't automatically mean that it is of higher quality than a game targeted moreso toward "Kids" and "Teens". I also doubt that Gow3 will be GOTY because it has ALOT of serious Competition this year. Monster Hunter 3, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, The New Zelda (which will be shown at E3), Metroid: Other M, Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Street Fighter 4 just to name a few. Now don't get me wrong, GOW is a great game but I just don't think it will be GOTY or even of March. It's too much coming out this month and year.

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@Mc_Trickz What? You have got to be kidding right? Just because a game is targeted toward kids (Yet more adults play it than GOW) instantly means that it is isn't quality? You have got to be joking. What is a Pokemon game against GOW, well let me tell you, very high replayability, a main character that isn't a sellout (Kratos Sold His Soul in Battle because he wasn't good enough to win the fight without help from a Demi-God, now how is that cool? Tell me I'm lying about that then I'll tell you to replay the beginning of GOW 1). Online Play and Voice Chat through the DS built in Microphone. Now what does GOW have on Pokemon? Graphics (Obviously), Blood, Gore, Ripping Monsters into pieces. Now All 3 have their pros and cons, it just depends on the person. All of them are Extremely High Quality Games.

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Man there are three games that I want this week, and Im still not done with Final Fantasy Xlll

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@UnknownForm For some reason most high profile games tend to be released in the middle of week, either Tuesday or Wendsday. Why? I don't know, I assume its on tuesday because they want to get the games shipped to retailers by Monday. Another thing is that Nintendo tends to release new games on Sunday I assume so people can get the game on the weekend and have school or work get in the way.

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Does anybody else notice all the "big games" are being released on Tuesdays, for these past few weeks(e.g. Final Fantasy 13, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, etc...).

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C&C4 and GOWIII in the same week! Nice, but not so much for my wallet.

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@ DaGamingDude I didn't mean for it to sound like I was just talking about graphics. I'm impressed with everything such as, controls, story, graphics, audio, vocals and such. Games have sure come a long way. But that doesnt mean I wasnt impressed back in the days of Wolfenstein 3D either, those games were incredible too. It's just the games coming out right now, are over the top impressive.

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Not gonna get much sleep tonight. Can't wait for the midnight release of God of War 3, it's definitely going to be amazing.

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@nini200 I know man but...What is a Pokemon game against GOD OF WAR?LOL!!They sell because of that,because it's a kid's game,it's simple...

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Gamestop already gave me my ultimate edition and oh boy is it ultimate. The first god boss battle in the game is just so freaking awesome

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METRO 2033!!!! To @ramgoalie9, Metro 2033 has gotten reviews, just not in America. A German gaming magazine gave it a 9/10 and said the game has a run through time just over 10 hours on easy. Considering the first Fable title was so "OVER HYPED" and it only had around 10 hours on hard. Metro 2033 will be the sleeper game of the year.

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Im very curious about Metro 2033. From what I have seen and heard, it has been incredible underhyped. Also, why is every single review already out for God of War, but nothing yet for Metro? I am as excited as the next guy for GOW3, but I would also like to read about Metro 2033.

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Well see about metro 2033.

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I think I'm calling in at work tomorrow to celebrate God of War 3!

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i was looking forward to this game since i played gow 1 & 2 last year in january.i was happy to hear it comnig out ....til my ps3 messed up & then stolen-__-take your stuff yourself when you move-_-i needa job so i can get this & a ps3

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I just got my copy :)

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GoW3 is gonna be insane!...im also pretty pumped for Metro 2033...a great week for gamers :)

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I hope metro 2033 turns out good,beat bioshock 2 so quickly I need another good single player FPS fix PS gamespot fix the layout of the release dates

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Metro 2033.

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Why does everyone care so much about God of War? It's another violent hack 'n' slash type game, does the fact that it has HD graphics really set it apart?

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I can't believe God of War comes out tonight... been waiting for so damn long...

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I'm going for a smaller release, Fragile Dreams: The Farewell Ruins of the Moon! I love that game!

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Awakening for me.

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Damn, every time I get a great game like five more great games that I want come out right after. I'm still trying to finish FF13 and now GOW3 and Awakening are already coming out. I don't have enough hours in the day or the dollars in my bank account for all this!

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A very good week for me! Metro 2033(360), God of War III and Resonance of Fate(PS3)

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Man if God Of War is sold out, I'm gonna cry...

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God of War is almost here!

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GOD OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Who the lazy bum that can't press enter after each release so its a clean list?

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wow, I am going to be video-gamed out for a while, bad company 2 multiplayer, ffxiii, gow3, and metro2033...looks like i am not doing homework for a while. haha.

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WAAAAIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!

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GOD OF WAR III !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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I was going to get the Collector's Edition of God of War 3, but just noticed that I don't have any spare cash. :( Oh well, I have to wait and buy God of War 3 normal then.

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Why so soon GOW3!!? I don't have enough money to buy the Unltimate Edition! :cry:

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I'm definitely picking up God of War 3, maybe Metro 2033 as well if reviews turn out okay. I did want to try Resonance of Fate but I'm a little RPG'd out at the moment trying to get through FFXIII before the God of War 3 release, and since I already have too much to play as is I'm probably going to have to put this one off for a while.