Shippin' Out Nov. 21- 28: Gran Turismo 5, DK Country Returns

New release slate led by oft-delayed PS3 racing title, Nintendo's Wii gorilla revival installment; Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, Michael Jackson The Experience, Undead Nightmare Pack also out.


This week's new release slate isn't quite a cornucopia of blockbusters, but it does include two hotly hyped exclusives.

Championing the week is the release of Gran Turismo 5, the long-awaited, oft-delayed PlayStation 3 racing simulator from Polyphony Digital. GT5 will feature close to 1,000 vehicles on more than 70 tracks in 20-plus locations. With a massive budget of $60 million, it is also an official licensee of several major racing circuits, such as NASCAR and the World Rally Championship. A sample of the PlayStation 3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, was released in April 2008, garnering decent reviews.

The road to release has certainly been bumpy for GT5.
The road to release has certainly been bumpy for GT5.

Gran Turismo 5 was originally unveiled for the PlayStation 3 back in 2006. Since then, it has faced numerous delays, missing its first shipping date back in March of this year when its release was put on indefinite hold, before later being delayed again past its November 2 release date.

Another prominent system exclusive due out this week is Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Nintendo Wii. The title was developed by Retro Studios, the outfit behind the Metroid Prime series. The 2D platformer sees Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong return to action with many of the DKC series' familiar trappings, such as collecting bananas, racing mine carts, and being shot out of barrels.

The Wii-exclusives don't stop there. Also due out this week is Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time. From Ubisoft, the zany title follows the neurotic, misshapen rabbitlike creatures as they use a time washing machine to go back in time and alter history to their liking.

The King of Pop will once again hold court this week as Michael Jackson The Experience makes its debut. While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the title won't ship until 2011, the Wii, DS, and PSP versions are out on Tuesday. The title displays the "breadth and depth" of Michael Jackson, with players dancing and singing along to some of his most famous songs. Those picking up the Wii version of the title will earn one of Jackson's famous props: a facsimile of his iconic studded white glove. The glove will be bundled with copies of the game for a limited time.

Gamers looking to fight the undead can pick up the Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Collection at retail this week. The content bundle will arrive in stores November 23, giving those who don't own Red Dead Redemption an opportunity to play the game's add-ons without needing the original disc. The package will include all four of the previously released downloadable content packs: Undead Nightmare; Outlaws to the End; Legends and Killers; and Liars and Cheats. The retail collection will also include all previously released multiplayer free roam modes and will sell for $30.

Game Republic's Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom also hits the PS3 and Xbox 360 this week. The game focuses on cooperation between two lead characters; one of them is a roguish youth who returns to his homeland after its population is decimated by spectral warriors controlled by a "dark force." Once said youth arrives in the kingdom, he teams up with Majin, a horned creature with a mysterious past and the ability to evolve throughout the game. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom's gameplay has players directly control the youth, who in turn can give the AI-controlled Maijin orders to fight off enemies and overcome obstacles.

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 this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

Donkey Kong Country Returns--Wii--Nintendo
Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time--Wii--Ubisoft

Supermarket Mania--DS--G5 Software
Sniper Elite--Wii--Reef Entertainment

Auditorium--PS3--Zoo Games
Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2--DS--O Games
Chuck E. Cheese's Kart Racing--Wii--Tommo
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Unsolved!--DS--Ubisoft
Disney Tangled: The Video Game--Wii, DS--Disney Interactive
Drawn to Life Collection--DS--THQ
Fable III: Understone Quest Pack--X360--Microsoft Game Studios
Football Manager 2011--PC--Sega
Hot Wheels: Track Attack--Wii, DS--THQ
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom--X360, PS3--Namco Bandai Games America
Michael Jackson The Experience--Wii, DS, PSP--Ubisoft
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX--PS3--Namco Bandai Games America
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection--X360, PS3--Rockstar Games
Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earrings--PC, Wii--Dreamcatcher
Silly Bandz--DS--Zoo Games
Spelunker HD--PS3--Tozai Games
Splatterhouse--X360, PS3--Namco Bandai Games America
Worms: Battle Islands--Wii--THQ

Crazy Taxi--X360--Sega
Gran Turismo 5--PS3--SCEA

Marvel Superheroes 3D: Grandmaster's Challenge--Wii--Marvel Comics

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Donkey Kong Country Returns is so much fun. @CaptainHerlock & hotdiddykong, AMEN brothas!!

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@MJ12-Conspiracy I think cockpit view has way too many distractions, I tend to use the hood view or bumper view because I can see more of the track, and for me it's easier to judge turns and such. The arial views where it shows the whole car is just impossible to judge distance (for me at least). Can't wait to place GT5 in my PS3.

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iran-gamer :: They've all been "Toys" from the start. IMO. Unless of course you've come up with a way to cure cancer with your console.

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( Great ) ( Toys) after ( 5 ) years

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no xbox GT? unlucky lads :P

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i won't believe it until i am playing the game

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Gran Turismo 5 is gonna be outstanding.

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@MJ12-Conspiracy I never said anything about the cockpit view, actually I am quite disappointed that only 200 cars have it, I love the cockpit view as much as any hardcore racer, what I meant is that racing games are different and that is all.

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@laptop12 where you at i dont think any country besid SA uses the phrase "fo sho"

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A great week for gaming

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GT5!!!! wooooooooo awesome i didnt pre order but definitly getting day 1

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djsundowner Posted "It blows my mind that so many people complain about all the "useless" features in GT5." djsundowner the only thing useless are the fanboys that are complaining. The game is awesome in every way and feature. Of course you are going to have those who will complain about this or that without even playing the damn game. I have had it for 4 days now and I can't put it down.. Forza and PGR are good games but they don't even come close to what GT5 has to offer.

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I've never heard of Auditorium, but after doing some researching, it actually sounds pretty sweet.

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@ TheKungFool So basicly you would pay for the same game? Sony would love that. Save themselves money. 10 million to update GT3. out in 2007. And then to make more money GT6 out in 2010 costing only 5 Million to make. LIKE printing money. But, NO, Sony had to spend 60+ Million on the game putting in all the extras.

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LOL... the day before Thanks Giving... Dont Bother me family Im busy. LOL XD. Well, I am sure there will be plenty of grumpy people who are dealing with their family thinking about playing or tired from playing all night.

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@CaptainHerlock Same thing with Difficulty, some gamers complain that "This game is too easy! I WANT A CHALLENGE" then they start saying "This game's too hard WTF" If you Play Kirby's epic yarn, and then Donkey kong country returns right after, Your %100 gonna say that.

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I find it funny that some are complaining about having "too much game". Let's get this straight; gamers who's attention spans are shrinking by the minute, and are constantly saying "games are too short", are now (at least one anyway) saying "it's too long"? Oh the delicious irony!

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GT 5 for me this week. I'm glad its finally out and it shall be the best racer of the year.

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GT5: This is so surreal... Am I in shock?

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@scott278us - I do understand that my friend, but I think you need to consider that sometimes its better to do one thing the best, than do five things pretty good. I don't want a door opened into the "other forms of racing", I'd personally rather GT stayed how it used to be, and just kept doing that the best, as opposed to bothering with all these other types of racing. When I buy Madden'11, I don't need them to include college, high school and CFL football aswell. When I buy Tiger Woods'10, I don't need them to include a mini-put option. And, when I buy Gran Turismo, I don't need them to include Nascar, Rally, Carts, Motorcross, etc etc etc.

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For the wait GT5 better get a perfect score. I hope it's not as disappointing as GT4. That game took like four years to make and all it was was GT 3.5.

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It blows my mind that so many people complain about all the "useless" features in GT5. The bottom line is that Polyphony knows how to make a consistently awesome racing game (the ratings and sales numbers will bear that out), so to pile a bunch of new features on top of something that's already great is just icing on the cake. I'll never touch the NASCAR portion as that doesn't interest me, but I'm not gonna hate on the game just because it has it when it still has plenty that I AM interested in.

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@TheKungFool - While I agree with you in some aspect you have to understand the create loves all aspect of racing and wanted to bring us the consumer a chance to experiance what it would be like to be in those positions. While I understand its NOT the full experience it gives us a taste. Look at it this way PD has built their engine now all they have to expand on it. Look to see GT6 be a much much expanded GT5 with more features then you can shake a stick at, because the base has been built. This is true for ALL game companies.

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@tennis12master yeah, littlebigplanet does look good;)

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Donkey Kong and Gran Turismo look awesome possum. Definitely a good week.

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...Crazy Taxi was kinda fun. But to each his own. I personally don't see how a person could play an accurate racing simulator and have fun for hours on end, but I don't care much for driving in real life either.

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GT5 So it wasn't ready for the PS3 launch. But it will be worth it. Four years late but still great! Plus a proper Donkey Kong Country 4. Even if Rare didn't make this installment. Still have DKC 1,2,3 strongly thinking about picking up a wii console just for this game...

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I'll probably get thumbs down for this comment, but I'm just being honest, and this is not intended to troll or create a stir..... ..but personally, the Gran Turismo series has lost me. I liked it back in the PSone & early PS2 days, and GT3:Aspec is probably still my favorite racing game to date, but man, its like they just keep adding so much to it that it doesn't know what it wants to be. So lets cram in Rally. And Nascar. And Carts. And open wheel. I know, you guys probably think I'm crazy, but I'd rather it was just a better version of A-Spec without all the extra modes.

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Got DKCR's yesterday.. getting Splatterhouse tomorrow... and then getting GT5 the day after tomorrow.. oh how I love being poor from this expensive hobby/way of life. ;D

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Donkey Kong!!

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I want DKCR for Christmas!

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@jshaas Just watch today's episode of Now Playing on Gamespot's home page.

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@zidan4000 I'm not saying every racer should be exactly the same, TGU had the worst handling ever, NFS series is an arcade racer and Forza is simulation like the GT series. What I meant was when the other guys do something people like you kinda have to add it as long as it fits with what you are doing. As racers go Cockpit view fits any game design and frankly I can't navigate in third person. I see the cars around be in third person and get distracted, when I'm in the cockpit view I can better judge a turn, it feels more natural for me, bumper cam I've always hated because it's too low to the ground.

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Michael Jackson Travels in Time: The Raving Undead Experience... Awesome.

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Certain writers and reviewers have been asking where the exclusives for the PS3 have been and here is one that will sell pretty well worldwide. Its been a long wait but it finally comes out.

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Will pick up GT5. Pity I don't have a wii as I would have got DKCR too. Always was a fan of the original.

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I would like to know just how many pre-orders Gran Turismo 5 has earned. I expect it to sell through the roof before the Holidays are out.

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Gran Turismo 5 Best Racing Game of the Century.

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gran turismo for sho

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11/24/10-The king will be back. Gran Turismo

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@mario-nin-freak: I like platformers as well. LittleBigPlanet is a prime example of a great platformer on the PS3. Argument aside, I'm really psyched for Donkey Kong Country Returns. :P It looks great. I loved the first DKC.

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@MJ12-Conspiracy... Could you please provide a link to all of your "facts?" I'll be waiting... @monson21502... I've blasted you on here so many times before, and you still haven't learned anything. Please stop posting such ignorant comments, you're wasting everyone's internet! Oh, you should also know that you've been chosen as the 2010 GTOY... Gamespot Troll of the Year! Congrats:D

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More gameplay videos at: << LINK REMOVED >>

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@tennis12master Maybe to you but not me, I mostly like platformers and racing.

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To all the racing fans out there that are not sure of getting GT5, check out my youtube videos and judge for yourself...The game is awesome IMHO and you won'y regret the purchase.. << LINK REMOVED >>

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@monson21502 Why do we have to disgrace two great games with such a mediocre comparison?

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monson21502 posted"crazy taxi is way more fun then gt. ill be buying the better game on the 24th thats for sure" ZeusMX10 monson is getting the 360 version so let him be in his mediocre fanboy world. The rest of us sensible gamers will be enjoy the awesome GT5... Monson check my video here and tell me how much better crazy taxi is than the GT5.. YEAH I THINK NOT!!! << LINK REMOVED >>

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@monson21502 that has to be the stupidest thing you said, way more fun than GT? Crazy Taxi is different and its arcadish, plus it uses taxi. That why is so enjoyable. Gran Turismo on the other hand, is a simulator that loves cars and focuses on real experiences. If your liking arcade, that's fine, but don't go thinking its more fun than GT. Please, do yourself a favor and go crawl under the rock.

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@monson21502 what a dumb post really...I'm so sorry you're gonna waste your money in a mediocre game...