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GT5! Epic Mickey! Totally Fit Mel B!

After half a decade of development, a very high profile delay and constant speculation, PlayStation 3-exclusive simulation racer Gran Turismo 5 releases this week.

Let's say that again: Gran Turismo 5 releases this week. Some doubted it would ever happen. Others simply waited, patiently, for the racer many reckon will be the most comprehensive of all time. But how will you react?

Let us consider what else is out this week, since not all of you will be interested in Sony's behemoth. Well, there's Totally Fit Mel B, Hot Wheels: Track Attack and CSI: Fatal Conspiracy. Yeah!

Jokes aside, basketball fans are in for a treat: NBA Jam 2011 is set for UK release this Friday, and Rockstar's packing all of its Red Dead Redemption downloadable content onto a disk and selling it in shops. Oh, and Wii owners will be biting their nails waiting for Disney Epic Mickey to pop into their consoles – but will Warren Spector's next be worth it?

This Week In Shops!

Gran Turismo 5

  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Formats: PS3

What is it? The granddaddy of simulation racers returns. What we think: Eurogamer's review will be published on Wednesday morning. This just in from Reviews Editor Oli: "With review code only being distributed to press at the weekend, the long-delayed launch of Gran Turismo 5 is going right down to the wire. We'll bring you a review as early as possible on Wednesday. First impressions? It's exactly what you'd expect a new full-blooded GT on PS3 to be. But can it be more?"

IT'S OVER 1000!

Disney Epic Mickey

  • Developer: Junction Point
  • Publisher: Disney Interactive
  • Formats: Wii

What is it? Deus Ex creator Warren Spector's Wii-exclusive platformer. What we think: Eurogamer's review will be published on 9am GMT Thursday morning. Oli previewed last month, saying, 'seeing the breadth of choice, the player's freedom of action demonstrated - and hearing Spector talk about it - does mark Epic Mickey out as a trailblazer.'

Ears one to keep an eye on.

What Else?

  • NBA Jam 2011 (EA Sports / PS3, Xbox 360)
  • PDC World Championship Darts Pro Tour (O-Games / PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Splatterhouse (Namco Bandai / PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Worms Battle Island (THQ / Wii)
  • Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time (Ubisoft / Wii)
  • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (Namco Bandai / PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Tron Evolution (Disney Interactive / DS, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (Rockstar / PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Football Manager 2011 (SEGA / PSP)
  • Wii Party (Nintendo / Wii)
  • Def Jam Rapstar (Konami / PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft / Wii)

Chart Predictions!

Each week one of the team will step up to predict the UK all-formats chart. The following predicts the outcome for the week beginning Friday 26th November (to be reported on Monday 29th November).

Ellie Gibson, Deputy Editor

"Without a doubt, the game burning so much rubber it races into pole position, zooms past the chequered flag and screeches straight into first place on the winner's podium will be Totally Fit Mel B. But Gran Turismo 5 might also do all right. In fact it could be the game which knocks COD off the top spot. Mind you, the last title to do that was a dancing game from Ubisoft, and with Michael Jackson: The Experience out this week, you never know..."

  1. Gran Turismo 5
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  3. Michael Jackson: The Experience
  4. FIFA 11
  5. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Eurogamer Editor Tom Bramwell offered his predictions last week. His crystal ball gazing resulted in Black Ops on top, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in second, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in third, FIFA 11 in fourth and Just Dance 2 in fifth. How did he do? HE GOT EVERYTHING RIGHT!

UK All-Formats Top 5 (reported this morning)

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  4. FIFA 11
  5. Just Dance 2

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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Wesley is deputy editorial director of ReedPop. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.

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