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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:22 a.m. PST

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:

Prince of Persia (NDS/PS3/X360/PC)

Set in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology, the warrior Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness that pits the God of Light, Ormazd, against his brother, Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. After witnessing the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life – an act which unleashes Ahriman's corrupted darkness onto the land – the Prince and his deadly companion, Elika, embark on a journey to heal the world from the evil Corruption and defeat Ahriman once and for all.

Led by the all-star team that previously created the Prince of Persia® Sands of Time trilogy, Prince of Persia has been in development at Ubisoft's Montreal studio for over three years. The video game opens an entirely new chapter in the Prince of Persia universe in addition to introducing a fresh illustrative art style, evolved combat system, open world structure and dynamic AI – most notably in the form of the Prince's powerful ally Elika.

"Prince of Persia is one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed franchises in video game history,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Ubisoft. "This new chapter will continue to set the standard for the action-adventure genre and is a definite must-own title this holiday season.”

Prince of Persia, rated "T” for Teen, is currently available on PS3 and X360 for $59.99, while the PC version will ship to stores on Dec. 9th ($49.99). Prince of Persia: The Fallen King, rated E for Everyone, is also available for $29.99.

Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)

“We are very proud to be releasing Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We have taken our time to ensure this version of the game is not just a quick port, but a perfectly tailored experience for the PC. We hope the PC gaming community appreciates all of the innovative features in the game. Grand Theft Auto began on the PC and we have tried very hard to ensure this version was worthy of that heritage.”

Developed by Rockstar Toronto in conjunction with series creator Rockstar North, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV offers a wealth of new features, including 32-player multiplayer modes – expanded from 16 on the console versions of the game; a deep, sophisticated and easy-to-use video editor tool to capture and edit in-game footage; stunning, high-resolution graphics; and the all-new Independence FM radio station that allows players to add their own songs for a truly personalized and unique in-game music experience.

Eurogamer calls Grand Theft Auto IV on PC a “genuinely ground-breaking blockbuster in video game history.” According to popular gaming site,, “the upgraded visuals and improved multiplayer for what's already been hailed as the year's most significant game make this a PC version worth getting excited about -- really excited about.”

Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC is rated M for Mature by the ESRB, with an MSRP of $49.99.

SingStar ABBA (PS2/PS3)

An essential part of any SingStar fan's collection, SingStar ABBA expands the franchise's robust holiday line-up, offering an authentic interactive singing experience set to the iconic music of ABBA.

Developed in full collaboration with ABBA and Universal Music Group in Sweden, SingStar ABBA delivers ABBA's most legendary songs and videos with popular tracks including 'Mamma Mia', 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)', 'Dancing Queen', 'Take a Chance on Me' and 'Waterloo'.

"SingStar ABBA marks the franchise's first foray into delivering premium, artist-specific content that PlayStation fans have been craving," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of product marketing, SCEA. "Expanding the SingStar catalog with some of the greatest pop tracks of all time, SingStar ABBA is sure to be the ultimate party entertainment for friends and family this holiday season."

Continuing to grow the PS3 library following the October release of SingStar Vol. 2, SingStar ABBA for the PS3 allows players to capture all their special ABBA party moments by using the PlayStation Eye to record their performances and share them with the worldwide SingStar community via My SingStar Online.

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (NDS)

Disney and Final Fantasy characters unite in a magical game world, engaging players across the globe with its gripping storyline and action-packed gameplay. Fans can now complete the experience with the arrival and announcement of two key pieces in the Kingdom Hearts saga.

Originally released in 2004 for GBA, this full 3D rendition on the PS2 has finally made its way to North American shores to bridge the gap between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. With Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, fans can complete the saga created by renowned director and character designer, Tetsuya Nomura.

Sora, Donald and Goofy travel down a long road that meanders through endless fields, and come to a crossroads. As Sora stands in the crossroads, he gazes up at the night sky and thinks of his lost friends.

Just then, a mysterious man approaches from down one of the branching paths. "Ahead lies something you need," he says, "but to claim it, you must lose something dear." The man vanishes before a single path, leading to a castle that eerily resembles a girl's drawing...

In the coming journey, what will Sora and his companions gain, and what will they lose?

Key Features:

  • World-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura and his team once again unite the magical world of Disney with the characters of Final Fantasy, inviting fans to an enchanting gaming experience
  • An essential piece in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, which has shipped over 12 million units across the globe, comes to North America at long last
  • In addition to Sora, players can control Riku in this adventure that bridges the gap between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II
  • A full 3D remake of the original GBA release, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories offers a refreshing rendition of the hit title for the PlayStation 2 system
  • The talented voice cast from the North American releases of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, including David Gallagher and Haley Joel Osment, return to breathe new life into the beloved characters
  • The mini-game catalog has been completely renewed, now with four brand new experiences accompanying the main adventure

Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older, will be available at North American retailers for $29.99(USD).

SPray (Wii)

SPRay is an action-adventure game in which you play an eccentric Prince (Spirited Prince Ray – SPRay) who must save his village from a banished evil Queen who’s returned to capture and enslave the villagers. After donning a magic crown which summons two liquid spraying spirits of the Prince’s personality, he sets out to defeat the evil Queen and her army of anti-matter soldiers. Use the “angelics” and “wicked” spirits to spray water, oil, goo, and other liquids on enemies and surfaces to help you solve puzzles and wipe out evil!

Key Features

  • Perform gravity-defying moves as you spray, stick, and slide your way through challenging puzzles
  • Play your way through five different missions in six unique levels in story mode
  • Creatively fight enemies by blasting various liquids on them and finishing them with a flurry of sword slashes!
  • Use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to take hold of your “angelic” and “wicked” spirits

SPRay also features several amusing mini-games in multiplayer mode, where up to four players can challenge themselves in games using the various liquids. The names of the games are “Slip Speeders,” “Slime Climbers,” “Vomit It!”, and “Abyss Arena.”

SPRay is now available in North America for $39.99.

Syberia (NDS)

A visual masterpiece created by Benoit Sokal, Syberia has captured the hearts and the imagination of PC gamers worldwide. The charming characters, stimulating puzzles and fascinating storyline of Syberia come to life on DS bringing with it the full musical score and breathtaking cut scenes which helped to make this title PC Adventure Game of the Year.

“Syberia has been a favorite among the adventure gaming community since its release in 2002,” said Brian Gladman, Global Product Manager at The Adventure Company. “We wanted to remain true to the quality of this title in the DS version, players will find the adapted soundtrack and stunning visuals of Syberia translate extremely well into the DS platform.”

The DS offers a new way for adventure fans to immerse themselves into the fascinating storyline of the award-winning Syberia:

For Kate Walker, a sophisticated New York Attorney, the Voralberg Toy Company acquisition seemed like an easy task: a quick stop-over to a small alpine village in France to buy-out an old toy factory, then straight back home to New York. But deep in the alpine valleys, Kate uncovers a secret which starts her on a fascinating quest of discovery. Due to an unexpected twist, her business trip quickly becomes a journey across land and time throwing all she values into question, while the deal she set out to sign becomes a pact with destiny...

Making optimal use of DS features such as touch-screen functionality, Syberia on DS offers gamers a truly immersive experience. Character movements are controlled directly and an always available, dynamic inventory system is accessed using the stylus. Prepare to embark on a journey that will envelop and capture your imagination, emotions and senses!

Syberia for DS has an ESRB rating of T for Teen and will sell for an SRP of $29.99 USD.

Family Party: 30 Great Games (Wii)

A heck-of-a-good time for kids of all ages, Family Party: 30 Great Games offers 30 fun and addictive party games for up to 4 players featuring everything from track n’ field, to playground games, to brain games and more.

Optimized for the Wii Remote, Family Party: 30 Great Games offers a wide variety of fun games to play as players tackle obstacle courses, plate spin, fire laser guns, test their wit at memory games and more. The game will offer a dozen fun, cute, and happy characters for players to choose from as they party with up to 4 friends in Challenge Mode or against computer-controlled opponents in Battle Mode to unlock more levels and characters to achieve high score and win medals.

Family Party: 30 Great Games, rated “E10+”, is available now for the suggested retail price of $19.95.

Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition (PC)

Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition is the highly anticipated expansion for Penumbra: Black Plague. Requiem continues on the previous Penumbra games and gives the series its resolution. In Penumbra: Requiem we follow Philip, the game's protagonist, on a journey where he falls deeper into madness which forces him to fight some inner demons as well as outer ones. Players will be taken on a tense journey filled with psychological horror and mind-boggling puzzles.

Telling what is real and what is not will be even harder in Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition than in the previous games in the series, and questioning your senses will be essential to survival. Your decisions could make the difference between life and death.

With the Falcon, you will be able to push, pull, lift and throw objects in a fully interactive 3D environment just like real life, allowing you to feel what Philip feels every step of the way. With hours of intense game play and revolutionary interactions, Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition sets a new standard for adventure game play with the Novint Falcon.

New features in HaptX Edition!:

  • Maximize the use and capabilities of the multi-awarded Falcon Controller
  • Feel the characteristics of objects including their surface details at pixel resolution
  • Interact in both 2D and 3D by physically push, pull, lift, stack and throw objects
  • Water and fluid effects
  • Touch and feel soft in-game objects
  • Force effects like magnets, electric shocks, anti-gravity, and much more

Penumbra: Requiem HaptX Edition is released in collaboration with Paradox Interactive and is scheduled for release on the 12th of December 2008.

Casper Scare School: Classroom Capers (NDS)

Casper Scare School: Classroom Capers for NDS is the second game for the Nintendo DS developed entirely by international games developer Nikitova Games (, whose lead development studio is based in Kiev, Ukraine.

Casper Scare School: Classroom Capers is based around the popular Casper the friendly ghost license that is loved by boys and girls in equal measure the world over, and specifically the movie “Casper Scare School”. It features beautifully drawn and animated graphics which really capture the character of nearly all of the teachers and spooky “children” that Casper shares the school with, such as Thatch the Vampire, Mantha the Zombie and Ra the Mummy. The game also includes a lot of the original tunes and speech from the film.

The simple but innovative, touch screen gameplay is easy to pick up and is divided into 24 increasingly difficult lessons in Science, History and Gym that Casper must pass in order to get the grades necessary to graduate from Scare School and win the game. Nikitova Games have done a great job in bringing to life this original game that was designed by award winning game designer Jon Hare.

Casper Scare School: Classroom Capers for NDS is aimed specifically at the under 12’s market and will surely be an ideal stocking filler for Christmas'08.

Mastertronic Group's Casper Scare School: Classroom Capers is currently available in European retail stores.

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