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Monday, October 13, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 13, 2008 @ 4:52 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Blitz: The League II (PS3/X360)

Blitz: The League II builds on the fast-paced, over-the-top football action that is a trademark of the Blitz franchise with all-new tackles, gruesome injuries and touchdown celebrations that allow more player control than ever before. The hallmark Blitz brutality can be found throughout Blitz: The League II, including the return of the franchise's trademark late hits.

"Without the typical restrictions associated with the 'No Fun League,' Blitz: The League II is able to offer up an entirely new treatment of pro football, touching on topics otherwise considered taboo," said Miguel Iribarren, senior vice president - publishing, Midway. "Lawrence Taylor returns as our cover athlete, and he's the perfect symbol of the grittier, real-life side of football that only a title like Blitz: The League II can portray."

Cover athlete Lawrence Taylor returns as Quentin Sands, the baddest man in the league and leader of the New York Nightmare. Joining Taylor are comedians Frank Caliendo and Jay Mohr. Caliendo provides the voices for our familiar-sounding color commentator and the prison warden, while Mohr naturally lends his talents as the game's agent. Peter Egan, of ESPN's Playmakers fame, returns to pen the most entertaining Blitz storyline yet.

Blitz: The League II has shipped to stores for the X360 and the PS3, and is expected to be available soon for an U.S. MSRP of $59.99.

Tak and the Guardians of Gross (PS2/Wii)

Following the core elements of the television show, Tak and the Guardians of Gross immerses players into the adventures of Tak as he journeys to visit a Spoiled Shrine where “stray juju magic” is coming out of a mysterious crystal. When Tak picks up the crystal, it explodes into one hundred fragments and four Giant Grosstrosities emerge: the noxious Stink Giant, the molten Cheese Giant, the drippy Slime Giant and the lumpy Landfill Giant. Players will be tasked with helping Tak to reconstruct the shattered crystal in order to trap the Grosstrosities that threaten to destroy the Pupununu Village. In addition to the new Grosstrosities, Jeera will make her video game debut as a playable character in special areas of the game.

Tak and the Guardians of Gross incorporates a brand new and one-of-a-kind parkour style movement system, which allows Tak to run freely throughout various environments. Playing as Tak, players will navigate the levels and explore the world with greater agility and fluidity, running on walls, sliding down poles and swinging on vines.

Tak and the Guardians of Gross is now available for the PS2 and for the first time, the Wii. Tak and the Guardians of Gross is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older and is now available at the suggested retail prices of $19.99 (PS2) and $39.99 (Wii). The game is also scheduled to be available in Europe and Australia later this month.

In addition to Tak and the Guardians of Gross, players can cast and create their own spells with Tak Mojo Mistake, now available for NDS at the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Bratz Girlz Really Rock (NDS/PS2/Wii)

Bratz Girlz Really Rock is the newest addition to the highly successful Bratz video game portfolio released under THQ’s exclusive interactive agreement with renowned Bratz dolls manufacturer, MGA Entertainment. The Bratz video game brand remains one of the top-selling girls’ gaming franchises in North America.

In the Bratz Girlz Really Rock video game, fans can play as Cloe, Jade, Sasha or Yasmin as they glam it up at Camp Starshine, a summer camp for the performing arts. When the girls befriend an accomplished ballerina, they join together for the performance of a lifetime in the camp talent competition. Players can practice in the recording studio or go on stage for a live guitar or keyboard performance to music from the Bratz Girlz Really Rock DVD movie soundtrack. The makeover station provides players with realistic lipstick tubes and blush brushes to apply the latest make-up trends, as well as the ability to cut, color and curl in order to create new hairstyles. Exciting new mini-games include skydiving in chic aerial poses, miniature golfing across 18 holes, playing the guitar or keyboard in a recording studio or live on stage, as well as dancing in a studio or performing on stage.

Bratz Girlz Really Rock, rated E for everyone, is available for Wii $29.99, PS2 and NDS ($19.99).

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno (PS2/Wii)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno, which can be played by up to two players, follows the storyline of the third season of Nickelodeon’s highly successful animated television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno, players will embark on an epic adventure and participate in the climactic conclusion to the 100-year-old war. Playing as one of their favorite characters from the show, players will perform similar explosive martial arts moves, as well as bend all four elements – Earth, Fire, Water and Air – to help them in their journey. Cinematic air battles will take place as players soar through the sky on gliders in new flying levels. The Nintendo DS version of the game will also introduce a brand new and unique “bobble head” style of animation previously seen in Nickelodeon’s special Avatar series of animated shorts.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno, E for Everyone, is now available for the Wii ($29.99), and PS2 ($19.99), while an NDS version ($19.99) is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2008.

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