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.


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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Borderlands is the only game I'm excited for, then again, I seem to have an inability to be hyped up for more than one game at a time...

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Glad to see that The Force Unleashed is on it's way to the stores.

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Borderlands is the only game I will get in October

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getting Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars PSP

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Cool I'll get CTW ^_^

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Getting: Borderlands NBA 2k10 GTA: Chinatown Wars Trine

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oh and Motorstorm Arctic Edge!

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Im getting GT PSP, WWE SD vs Raw 2010, GTA CA and FIFA 10!

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Borderlands is a must for me other than that I think it will be a slow time until November, But who knows?

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Wouldn't normally get it right now, but since Future Shop/Best Buy is selling it for $40 on day one, I'm totally in for Borderlands. And I just bought Brutal Legend and Uncharted last Tuesday. There goes all of my money.

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Anybody knows what the system requirements for Star Wars the Force Unleashed will be?

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For some reason I want to buy every PSP bundle pack... I wish they all had cool decals...

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i am getting ........................... none of these

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Getting Borderlands!

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Wow there is a lot of games for me to buy this month

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Strangely excited for Lips. John Denver's Country Roads did it for me for the first game. I hope there is some song as catchy as COUNTRY ROADSSSSS, TAKE ME HOME, TO A PLACE I BELONG!!!!!!

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Boderlands and China town wars for the PSP a must buy for me.

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WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 is a definite for me! I want to see how Borderlands does in the reviews before I invest in it.

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Good thing there's nothing for me this week. I just started Uncharted 2 yesterday D=

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*drools* at Borderlands video...

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PSP getting some awesome games. :D I hope the PSP GO gets a bundle and a price drop before the holidays :P

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Good to know Dragon Ball for Wii is coming. That means I didn't just finish Dragon Ball Origins for nothing and with Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans for DS just a few months after that too. It's going to be a good Dragon Ball reboot on the Nintendo systems (unlike the NES era).

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BORDELANDS finnaly here but im getting for xbox 360

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Forget Borderlands, I got to get the iClary game *looks around to make sure my friend didnt hear me*

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BORDERLANDS!!!! So excited. Too bad I have to wait for the PC version.

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Borderlands looks good

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The only thing good i see on the lists is Borderlands other than that it's mostly tween crap *shivers*

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I'm so excited about Charm Girls Club My Perfect Porn. I actually bought a DS just for this.

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That a lot on Oct 20 ...

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trine :)

Avatar image for shanthjibu

wtf with those fashion games ? wii sux

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why is Tuesday the day the developers and publishers chose to release their games? anyway Borderlands n Chinatown wars are coming out finally yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Borderlands and Dragon Ball are coming, hell yes!

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Contemplated getting Borderlands for 360, but it's definitely worth the extra week for the PC version. I may miss out on buffing my gamerscore, but the advantages outweigh the disadvantages :)

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Borderlands FTW!!

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at KittyHeart The game is only 40$ at Futureshop (owned by Best Buy) in Canada and only at a limited time, at which point it goes back to normal price. They are doing this to bring in customers. They did the same with Batman: Arkhem Asylum Either way great game. (I hope) and I'll be getting it

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good call! I did not know it was $40 here, now I think I might get it :D

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some good titles usa buyers of borderlands take note: the game is 40$ in canada, so usa people should wait for it to drop to 40 before buying