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PS3 Releases: week of April 14, 2008

Apr
17

on the shelves

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable and in stores) [gamestats] – it actually went live in the store a day or so early, but I still don’t understand why you wouldn’t buy the Blu Ray for the same price. Just to clearify, because I was confused for a quite while – this is a prequel for GT5, with the idea the actual GT5 will be out this time next year. You’re not getting the amount of cars (only 70) or tracks (only 10 unique) you’ll get in GT5, but you’re getting in a year sooner and probably for $20 cheaper.

Highlights are the near-photo realistic quality and up to 16 player online mode. It’s still a long grind to earn money and move up in cars. There’s no visible car damage – I think this is something the car companies have wanted to avoid – but they’re talking about adding it via patch later in the year. Perhaps they’ll work in more tracks and cars thru DLC?

It’s an unfinished game, but a highly rated one. If you enjoy prior GT games, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re on the fence, I’d say to pick up Burnout this year and wait till next to get GT5, but Prologue seems to be a good deal if you go that way.

in the store (DLC)

Download Games

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue {$40 – 1.7 GB}

Add on Game Content
– Warhawk: Broken Mirror booster pack (new vehicle, new battlefield.) This pack alone is $8, and you can get both this and the first booster pack for $12.

– Rock Band
{free}
* “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton

{$1}
* “Sprode” by Freezepop
* “Shake” by Count Zero
* “Rock Rebellion” by Bang Camaro
(they offer these as a 3 pack for $2.99. If you bought them all individually, it’d cost you $2.97. Someone screwed something up.)

{$2, or all 3 for $5.50 “Classic Rock Pack”}
* “Call Me” by Blondie
* “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
* “Message In A Bottle” by the Police

And the two released quietly earlier this week:

– Super Stardust HD Solo {$5} – must own the original Super Stardust HD

– Lair – Dragons and Control Pack {free – improves game functionality}

Demos
– UEFA EURO 2008

Game Videos
– Warhawk Broken Mirror (Trailer)
– Condemned 2: Bloodshot (TV spot, behind the scenes)
– Haze
– This is Vegas
– GTF Prologue(Friendly Fires, Beyond the Apex)

Movie Trailer
– Pineapple Express

Themes
– Warhawk
– Lair (Mokai)

over the horizon

04/21: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/22: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Iron Man

05/06: Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare (game of the year re-release)

05/15: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
05/27: Hail to the Chimp
06/01: Afrika
06/01: Legendary: The Box

06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots
06/13: Grid
06/15: TNA Impact!

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Beijing Olympics 2008
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Wall-E
06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith
06/29: Soulcalibur IV

06/30: Heist
07/01: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

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