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

Posted on November 11, 2010

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.

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 where 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, from banana collecting and mine-cart racing to 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 rabbit-like 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 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Donkey Kong Country Returns–Wii–Nintendo

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time–Wii–Ubisoft

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Supermarket Mania–DS–G5 Software

Sniper Elite–Wii–Reef Entertainment

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Crazy Taxi–X360–Sega

Gran Turismo 5–PS3–SCEA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Marvel Superheroes 3D: Grandmaster’s Challenge–Wii–Marvel Comics

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Shippin’ Out Nov. 21- 28: Gran Turismo 5, DK Country Returns” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 21 Nov 2010 17:43:56 -0800

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