Shippin' Out March 15-21: GTA: Chinatown Wars, Resistance Retribution

Big-name DS and PSP installments face off alongside Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution, and Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure.


Just days after Jon Stewart and CNBC's Jim Cramer faced off in the Weeklong Feud of the Century, two other bitter rivals will face off. In this case, the antagonists will be the PSP and DS, each of which will receive a triple-AAA release on March 17. The former will see the debut of Resistance Retribution, the portable debut of Sony's critically lauded PlayStation 3 sci-fi shooter series.

Though advance buzz on Resistance Retribution is good, it will be facing the 800-pound gorilla that is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The first DS edition of the planetary phenomenon--the last console installment of which has shipped more than 13 million units--is receiving rapt early word-of-mouth praise. Previewers have been impressed by Rockstar Leeds' re-creation of four of Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City boroughs--Broker, Dukes, Bohan, and Algonquin--and its numerous minigames, which include drug dealing, automobile hot-wiring, sniper-rifle assembly, and ripping apart vans to find contraband.

Last up on the portable front is Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, Electronic Arts' puzzle adventure hybrid for the DS. Like Level 5's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, the game follows an inquisitive scholar who must solve all manner of puzzles during the course of an adventure. However, the EA Tiburon-developed game also incorporates platforming action as well as a dose of the surreal in the form of an alternate puzzle world.

Is that a DS in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Is that a DS in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Last but not least, Nintendo fans will be able to get their virtual soccer on courtesy of the second Wii installment in Konami's long-running sport sim series, Pro Evolution Soccer 2009. The game will feature new Wii Remote-based controls to improve passing and shooting, and also supports more traditional play with the Wii Classic Controller. It will also support co-op play for up to four players.

Check back later in the week for GameSpot's reviews of the week's debuts. For a full rundown of every new game, check out the New Releases page.

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