Shippin' Out Oct 18-24: Borderlands, GTA PSP, FIFA 10, WWE

Gearbox's postapocalyptic shooter opens up, along with portable port of Chinatown Wars, EA Sports' latest footie fest, and Smackdown vs. Raw 2010; Gran Turismo PSP-3000 bundle also debuts.

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The holiday season juggernaut keeps chugging this week, as retailers welcome a host of hardcore titles and a cadre of casual options as well. Among the more interesting new releases are a long-awaited multiplatform shooter, one of the biggest sports games in the world, and a new portable version of the most recent Grand Theft Auto game.

Headlining the week is Borderlands, the sci-fi role-playing first-person shooter from 2K Games and Gearbox Software. Combining driving and on-foot action, Borderlands boasts a massive array of unique, collectible weapons that number over a half-million in total. Originally expected late last year, the game was delayed in part so the developers could implement a new cel-chased "concept art" aesthetic to the game's visuals.

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That's not the only big release from 2K Games parent Take-Two this week. The developer is also readying Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for its debut on the PSP. Originally released on the DS in March, the game was met with critical acclaim but consumer apathy. Rockstar is hoping to change that with the PSP version, including new radio stations and some tweaked minigames as well.

For gamers who would rather shoot penalty kicks than people, EA Sports launches FIFA Soccer 10 in North America. Already released to critical plaudits overseas, FIFA Soccer 10 adds new manager and virtual pro modes to the long-running soccer sim.

The rest of the field of new releases is highlighted by a handful of new titles. Square Enix's Space Invaders Extreme 2 on the DS provides more of the trippy alien-exterminating thrills of the first Extreme, and Agetec's Way of the Samurai 3 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 takes gamers through another branching tale of swords and honor.

$234 worth of stuff for $199? Sure, why not?
$234 worth of stuff for $199? Sure, why not?

Also arriving is the $200 Gran Turismo PSP bundle, which includes a UMD verison of Polyphony Digital's portable racer and a "Mystic Silver" PSP-3000. Also boxed in are a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo and vouchers for a series of downloadable goodies: an unspecified PlayStation Network movie and a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a color not available in the regular game. Bought separately, the game and handheld would cost $209.98, with 2GB Memory Stick Duos selling for as low as $13 to $14 and PSN movies costing $9.99 to $14.99. US residents will also get a 10-song Sony Music Pass voucher.

Last but definitely not least, THQ's WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 gets in the retail ring on the X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, and DS. The game will let players create their own detailed storylines featuring pro wrestlers and introduces six new Road to Wrestlemania storylines.

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.

OCTOBER 19, 2009
NBA 2K10--WII--2K Sports
Space Invaders Extreme 2--DS--Square Enix
Everquest II: The Complete Collection--PC--SCEA

OCTOBER 20, 2009
Alien Monster Bowling League--WII--Destineer
Astro Boy: The Video Game--PS3, X360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS--D3Publisher
Backyard Football 2010--WII, X360, PS2--Atari
Bakugan Battle Brawlers--X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS--Activision
Borderlands--PS3, X360--2K Games
Charm Girls Club My Fashion Mall--DS--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club Pajama Party--WII--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club My Fashion Show--DS--Electronic Arts
Charm Girls Club My Perfect Prom--DS--Electronic Arts
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop--DS--505 Games
CSI: Deadly Intent--PC--Ubisoft
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go--DS--Zoo Games
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo--WII--Namco Bandai Games America
Elven Legacy: Ranger--PC (downloadable only)--Paradox Interactive
FIFA Soccer 10--X360, PS3, WII, PSP, PS2, DS, IP--Electronic Arts
Gran Turismo PSP Hardware Bundle
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars--PSP--Rockstar Games
iCarly--WII, DS, PC--Activision
Imagine Fashion Designer World Tour--DS--Ubisoft
Jam Sessions 2--DS--Ubisoft
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010--DS--Majesco Games
Littlest Pet Shop: Friends--WII--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: City Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: Country Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Littlest Pet Shop: Beach Friends--DS--Electronic Arts
Lips: Number One Hits--X360--Microsoft
Madagascar Kartz--X360, PS3, WII, DS--Activision
Margot's Bepuzzled--DS--Zushi Games Ltd
Marvel Super Hero Squad--WII, PSP, PS2, DS--THQ
Medieval Games--WII--Vir2L Studios
MotorStorm Arctic Edge--PS2--SCEA
Mountain Sports--WII--Activision
Mytran Wars--PSP--Deep Silver
The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun--WII, PS2, PSP, DS--D3Publisher
SingStar Motown--PS3--SCEA
Water Sports--WII--Activision
Way of the Samurai 3--X360, PS3--Agetec Inc.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010--X360, PS3, WII, PS2, PSP, DS--THQ

OCTOBER 22, 2009
Trine--PS3 (downloadable only)--Nobilis

OCTOBER 23, 2009
Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition--PC--Aspyr/LucasArts

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Kleeyook

I hope there won't be trophy for Borderland that require we to collect all those half a million weapons to get. :(

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jakass13

i was just on amazon nd it said beyond good nd evil 2 is coming out Novembr 30 i thought that game wouldnt be out for awhile wat the hell?

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ColdfireTrilogy

if this is like diablo then the loot system is going to be awesome. Just remember 70% of these guns are gonna be trash weapons ... thats just the way a large loot system works.

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ColdfireTrilogy

look at all that DS shovelware ... its comes with the tide changes and thus is affected by the moon.

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Priz23

I have heard so many different numbers for the guns... 200k, 500k, 1 million, and upwards from there... No matter what, there are a ton of guns, and I. AM. PUMPED.

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IcanSpel

borderlands doesn't have half a million guns. I heard it had 16 million guns.

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Gladestone1

Lets go borderlands..Tuesday is going to rock..Game looks sick..Cant wait to play with my bros..Been waiting a long long time for this one..Following this since they announced it..Guns Guns Guns an more Guns..Oh ya forgot the rpg, diablo style of it )...

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alexbartle

i have more games than i can play at the moment and there are still so many coming out all into the start of next year alwell, im drowning in games. oh well best way to go i expect

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david1233

Not meaning to brag but FIFAs been out for more than two weeks here in Ireland. It's really, really good.

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Joe_Zombie

FIFA 10!!!!! 2 DAYS!!!!!!

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DivineMeliadoul

Fifa and Trine:-)

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blackfray

Looks like borderlands doesn't come for pc... but i think it's ok because we would have star wars the force unleashed instead!

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skywarp001

boderlands on pc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woooooooooooooot!!!!!

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fateltear

borderlands just a couple more days

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MERGATROYDER

Oh what a good near holiday season this is turning out to be.

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Excedra

borderlands!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gruug

Console version is listing for $59 at Gamestop. PC is listed at $49.

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bigstingman

FFS FINALLY WE ARE GETTING TRINE!

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Dante200X

" The bad part is that it's 50$ on steam for some reason (well, 45 with the "discount" right now). Console versions are coming out sooner AND they are cheaper? I sure hope valve's steam group knows this....

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westernomelette

hmmm, im not sure what to make out from borderlands, it could be awesome, it could suck... meh

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Harerazer

Mariostar, you sound like a soccer mom.

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Hunt270

Borderlands looks great!

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mariostar0001

(Double post, sorry) And gain new records if you drive over sidewalks to save time, never mind the people you mow down along the way.

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mariostar0001

@redlord15, Cyan, I mixed up the points thing, I could have used a separate term. I mean how in the San Andreas version of the game you gain health and something else RPG style from having affairs.

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Sins-of-Mosin

Borderlands! Been waiting since July for this game, easily a top 3 GOTY contender. Nothing else matters this week, it's all Borderlands!

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megamaster32

lol @ the icarly game i bet that will be bad

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deadcowboy6

I think I'll pick up Way of the Samurai but i do want Borderlands....guess i flip a coin and see which one comes first

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SabryChan

Looking forward for Borderlands:)

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nitromuffin

wish borderlands wasnt cell shaded

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Sprunk_G

I'm buying 2 copy's of borderlands, one to play, and one to have sex with.

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IXIWhistIXI

I hope borderlands delivers...

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ChrisGamer5757

I only just recently discovered this game Borderlands but it looks absolutely fantastic, love the textured mosaic feel of it. Glad they took time to add that. At 40$, how could I pass that up.

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MADE_of_WIN

best games for october and november. boderlands X360, GTA chinatown wars PSP Go, modern warfare 2 X360, Left 4 dead 2 X360 all MUST HAVE GAMES

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-Definition-

Played alittle Borderlands and I have to say that it feels exactly like WoW except with a touch of 1st person shooter and also has a comedic touch similar to Brutal Legend. Looks like they took the Blizzard approach... Take everything thats great about other games, prefect it, throw in your own new concepts and don't take yourself too seriously. Win win.

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fkb90210

is border lands any good??

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necorid

i preordered Borderlands on steam. Discounts FTW!

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godzillab10

WWE 2010 and Borderlands, it's gonna be one hell of a week

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Hellbishop

BORDERLANDS for the gaming joy!

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Jackc8

Heck with Borderlands, I'm getting Charm Girls Club My Fashion Mall :)

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Cyan

@redlord15 With the exception of saying "all for points" mariostar pretty much nailed GTA. I had to quit playing because of all the senseless swearing and sexual content (oddly enough the violence, drug dealing, and running from the cops never bothered me). Is there a lot to the games? Yeah. But you cannot play them and avoid this stuff. If there were a way to tone the games down so that they were not so (intentionally I might add) offensive, I would probably own all of them because the gameplay is very fun, it is just the story and fluff that suck.

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rht992

Borderlands looks pretty dam cool. And hopefully my new job starts in a couple of weeks so i should have the money :)

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Rickiej

Getting Borderlands, GTA chinatown wars for my PSP and The Force Unleashed for the PC. Then it's waiting for nov 3, Dragon age: Origins.

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Timzor

B-b-b-b-b-BORDERLANDS!! Aaah yeah!!

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Rottenwood

@ taylormadederek Selling a game at $40 CAN work... if you're a mega-retailer than can afford to both pay in massive bulk AND take on games as massive loss leaders. Whether or not this can work as a long-term strategy for the business, or specialty retailers, is another story. I suspect that margin games like Borderlands wouldn't be at such a discount, except that retailers are expecting consumers to add another game to the pile because, hey, they got such a good deal on the first one. Now is an ideal time for this tactic, with half a dozen marquee games just being released for the platforms Borderlands is on. I doubt we'll see this kind of loss leader retail tactic once the economy lifts.

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redlord15

mariostar please just be quiet Grand Theft Auto isnt really all about that.if you actually played the game which I know you didnt there has never been a Grand theft auto game that has did that all for points. what i sugget to you is that you pick up a copy of gta4 for the 360 beat that game and tell me that its all about the stuff you said it was in your comment.Im pretty sure that evryone here knows that Grand theft auto isnt really that bad of a game if you consider the amount of detail thats in the game.....I am really tired of these people that hate on this amazing game that won a game of the year.Mariostar its really time for you to see that games changed that its not all about gaining worthless points like in mario grow up!!! games need a story!!!!

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mariostar0001

Another Grand Theft Auto? Could the series just end. I know you'll hate me for this but I really don't understand how a game packed with senseless murder, swearing for laughs, unnecessary sensuality, illegal drug-dealing, and police chases on the wrong side of the law, all for the sake of gaining more points, can actually be any good.

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taylormadederek

Borderlands is what everyone in Canada should be getting. It is going to be $40 at Walmart, Futureshop and Bestbuy. So now you have no excuses. Walmart is where you should get it though as they started the promotion and the rest followed suit. \ \ I already have it preordered at Gamestop but I will just change the preorder and get it at Walmart. Go out and get this game. This will help to SHOW Walmart that $40 DOES WORK for the price of new games. \ \ People should also be picking up Trine in case they didn't know how awesome it was going to be. It will also be coming out for 360 in a bit.

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AdamWriter

I have to wait six extra days for PC version of Borderlands =(

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Generic_Dude

Would be nice to find out what happened with Way of the Samurai 3's October 13 release... and why some stores got it and sold it and why others said there was a recall and all that.