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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2009 @ 3:55 a.m. PDT

Adventures To Go (PSP)

In this humorous and innovative RPG, players take control of Finn Courtland and his band of misfits in their quest for fame and riches. Along the way, they just might have to save the world from the evil Arbitus and his band of demons. It'll take brains as well as brawn to win the day, though - the grid-based combat challenges players to think strategically and make the best use of each character's unique skills and abilities. And the strategy doesn't stop there! Adventures To Go provides a refreshing twist on the strategy RPG genre, offering gamers the opportunity to quickly and easily shape the game's dungeons and challenges to their own liking.

"Adventures To Go should be on every RPG fan's wish list for the holidays this season," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "With its enchanting plot, delightful characters, and customizable dungeons that offer endless replay value, Adventures To Go is a fun, deep, and hilarious strategy RPG!"

Adventures to Go for the PSP retails for an MSRP of $29.99 and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

All Star Cheer Squad 2 (Wii)

All Star Cheer Squad 2 will bring high-flying moves to the franchise for the first time, with choreography once again being provided by Tony G, renowned choreographer from the Bring It On movies.

In All Star Cheer Squad 2, 14 exotic locations from around the world will serve as the backdrop for global cheer competitions. No longer a newbie, players will start out as the captain of the Tiger Squad, leading the team to victory by utilizing an all-new diverse move set that includes real-world aerial stunts, tumbling, formation changes and advanced moves on the Wii Balance Board accessory. Moves can be executed by using two Wii Remotes, allowing for greater mobility. Players will select their squad members and then choose from more customization options including new makeup, hairstyle and uniforms. Because every routine needs a good beat first, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will feature even more original cheer music. Combined with an upgraded routine editor featuring a music mixer, a choreography editor and the ability to challenge friends via WiiConnect24, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will allow players to live the ultimate cheer experience.

All Star Cheer Squad 2, rated E for Everyone, is available for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks (NDS/PSP/Wii/PS2/X360)

In an original storyline developed exclusively for Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks, Ben and the Omnitrix will journey to outer space and distant never-before-seen planets for the first time ever in the series. As in the show, Ben Tennyson will use 10 of his alien forms and their special powers to battle his greatest enemy, Vilgax, and an extreme team of fearsome foes in an effort to thwart a grand scheme to conquer the universe one planet at a time.

"The best of the BEN 10 franchise is rolled into one big adventure in Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks, showcasing Ben Tennyson and 10 playable alien characters as well as favorite enemies, allies and locations from throughout Ben's world," said Kim Motika, vice president of worldwide sales and operations, D3Publisher. "Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks also marks the franchise's first appearance on the Xbox 360, so players will enjoy revamped graphics and 3D gameplay that showcases the series like never before."

In Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks, players will take control of Ben and 10 of his most popular alien forms: Echo Echo, Goop, Brain Storm, Chromastone, Big Chill, Humungousaur, Spidermonkey, Swampfire, Jet Ray, and Cannonbolt to manipulate fire, harness electricity, freeze enemies and more. Players will also adventure as alien form Upchuck exclusively in the Nintendo DS version for additional powers to command and explore. Gamers will journey to exciting never-before-seen alien home planets on Ben's first interactive intergalactic adventure to battle against a roster of Ben's most infamous villains and foes, including his ultimate nemesis, Vilgax. Offering a solid blend of combat, puzzle solving and platform gameplay, Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks provides hours of gameplay for players of all skill levels.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks for Nintendo DS is rated "E" by the ESRB and was developed by 1st Playable Productions, LLC. All other versions are rated "E 10+" by the ESRB and were developed by Papaya Studio Corporation.

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is now available for Xbox 360 and Wii for a suggested retail price of $39.95, and for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PSP system (including the PSPgo system) for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Diner Dash: Flo on the Go (NDS)

Diner Dash: Flo on the Go finds our heroine Flo traveling overseas, and promises to serve up tons of fun for gamers on the go.

Join everyone's favorite hard-working waitress, Flo, as she embarks on a tropical cruise that turns out to be anything but a vacation. Opting to ditch the mundane day-to-day grind of her life on land, Flo once again finds herself at the helm of building a 5-star restaurant from the ground up. Help Flo manage the fast-paced action of the food service industry as she follows her dreams to create the finest restaurant ever to grace the seas.

Features:

  • Help Flo grow her small diner into a 5-star restaurant in this fun, action-oriented and highly addictive game that is sure to bring out the entrepreneur in everyone
  • Get customers to their tables- the quicker they are seated the larger the tip
  • Take orders, serve food, deliver the bill and clear tables to make room for more customers
  • Save your tips for decorations, improvements and even new restaurants
  • Dress Flo up in all-new vacation outfits via Flo's Closet
  • Single player story and two-player competitive modes
So pack your bags and hit the high seas for fast-paced restaurant action!

Diner Dash: Flo on the Go is now available for NDS, with an MSRP of $29.99 and an ESRB rating of E.

Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (NDS)

"Working closely with the filmmakers, we've been able to once again extend the beautiful environments, whimsical character animations and engaging tale of discovery seen in 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure' onto Nintendo DS," said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. "The video game sequel allows players to mix creativity with gameplay, recreates memorable film moments and gives players more ways to connect with the online world of Pixie Hollow, the center of the Web-based universe for Disney Fairies. This cross platform synergy is indicative of how we are able to introduce compelling new ways to play every year."

Unique to this year's game is the ability for players to create and personalize up to five of their own fairies, from facial features to hair accessories, each with different talents focusing on tinkering, light, water, animal and gardening. One of those fairies can be uploaded onto the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow (PixieHollow.com) virtual world from Disney Online, where visitors worldwide have created more than 22 million fairy avatars. Players are then able to use their DS fairy to go on quests, play talent games and gather items within the PixieHollow.com world.

The film-based Story mode opens as the Disney Fairies prepare for the Autumn Revelry, and Tinker Bell is chosen to create the prestigious Fall Scepter that can rejuvenate the Pixie Dust tree. But when her good friend Terence offers to help, Tinker Bell's stubbornness and temper get the best of her, causing her to shatter the scepter's fragile moonstone, as well as her friendship with Terence. To make things right, Tinker Bell must now embark on a perilous quest north of Never Land to find the Mirror of Incanta, which will grant her one wish.

Players will notice that similar to the film, Tinker Bell's wardrobe has been updated to reflect the Autumn season and her evolution. In addition to the iconic green dress, she will be seen in-game sporting a jacket, leggings, boots and belt to carry all her tinkering tools. Other delightful activities in Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure are mini-games that involve fun tasks such as sewing, collecting water drops, balloon making and unscrambling puzzles.

Players can also embark on an online quest that ultimately unlocks a special item on both platforms and they can add ingredients gathered in the DS game to their collection on PixieHollow.com. The two platforms are now linked through up-to-date news and polls, dispatched from the online world directly to DS.

In addition, Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure includes DGamer, the online community exclusive to Disney gamers on Nintendo DS, allowing players to connect with others and unlock Fairy-themed items in their DS game.

Developed by Hydeand published by Disney Interactive Studios, Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is rated E for Everyone, with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

DJ Hero (Wii/PS2/PS3/X360)

DJ Hero invites audiences of all kinds to the party, bringing living room legends to the main stage with the newest innovation in music gaming with an exclusive 93-mix track list, created by a host of legendary DJs uniquely blending almost every genre of music including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B and dance. Featuring electrifying gameplay that incorporates the fundamentals of DJing in a fun and accessible format, and booming tracks from Rihanna to The Killers; Marvin Gaye to Daft Punk; Queen to the Black Eyed Peas, DJ Hero provides consumers an opportunity to interact and listen to music unlike ever before. Heightening the euphoric experience, the DJ Hero Renegade Edition delivers exclusive special edition hardware and a limited edition CD collaboration between two cultural icons – Jay-Z, the most successful solo recording artist of all time and hip hop legend, Eminem – introducing unreleased material from Eminem and Jay-Z's first ever "best of" compilation.

Expanding upon the revolutionary easy to pick up/challenging to master gameplay mechanics developed and refined in Guitar Hero, DJ Hero delivers an all-new interactive music experience that allows players to start the party and not only experience, but to hear music in an all-new way. Featuring mixes created by DJ AM, Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and more, spinning over 100 individual songs, highlighted in 93 unique never-before-released mixes that blend genres of music, including hip-hop, pop, rock and dance, DJ Hero delivers the most diverse and international collection of music ever assembled in a music game by incorporating anthems from legendary artists. Created exclusively for DJ Hero, the turntable controller immerses fans into the DJ culture and a sea of music as they utilize and master various DJ techniques including scratching, crossfading and sampling, while leaving room for creative expression with a variety of effects and player chosen samples and scratches, transforming a face in the crowd into the life of the party.

The DJ Hero Renegade Edition includes a copy of the game, a premium Renegade turntable controller, hardshell turntable carrying case that converts to a performance-ready DJ stand, and an exclusive Jay-Z and Eminem 2-CD pack featuring "best of" and new, unreleased material.

Available now, DJ Hero was developed by FreeStyleGames for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii . The game is rated "T" by the ESRB.

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (NDS/Wii)

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter, takes players back to Raposa Village, which has been inhabited by an evil shadowy figure, and players must once again draw their own hero and create weapons and tools to conquer their enemies. The newly introduced Action Drawing tool will allow for objects to be drawn directly into the game to help players navigate through the environments.

"We are excited to bring the Drawn to Life franchise to the Wii console for the first time," said Randy Shoemaker, vice president, global brand management. "Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter expands on the creative elements seen in previous games within the series and allows players the freedom to bring to life the characters, environments and objects they dream up. The game demonstrates how THQ is committed to building this successful brand, which has resonated profoundly with both the casual and core gamers."

In Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for Wii, players will draw their own heroes using the Wii Remote to find the Artifacts of Power and rid the Raposa village of an evil, shadowy figure that has taken over the land. Throughout the game, players will draw more than 100 unique items, such as vehicles and weapons using robust drawing tools. The all-new Action Drawing tool allows for objects to be drawn directly into the game to help navigate through the environments, such as a sky world, an ice world, a jungle and a shadow city. In addition, the game's multi-player feature will allow players to draw their team members and equipment to compete head to head in a variety of mini-games, including soccer, hockey and basketball.

In Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter for Nintendo DS, players will be able to draw their own heroes, be they humans, animals or multi-limbed creatures, and embark on a brand new adventure aboard a Turtle Ship to defeat the evil Wilfre and restore color to the Raposa civilization. Players will have the ability to morph their hero into a blob or a spider, adding more gameplay and allowing for players to complete each level a variety of different ways. The game's Action Drawing Tool gives each color special properties in order to help solve puzzles and progress through the game. Along the way, they will collect coins and color drops to unlock a variety of content, including new levels, weapon upgrades, customization options and hero abilities. In addition, the game's multi-player aspect allows players to trade heroes, weapons, items and accessories with friends.

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter, rated E for Everyone, is available for the suggested retail prices of $49.99 on Wii and $29.99 on NDS.

East India Company: Privateer (PC)

The East India Company: Privateer expansion introduces players to the nebulous world of the privateer, who forges alliances based solely on a thirst for fortune and will go to any length to see that his job is fulfilled.

Featuring new campaigns and commander skills, East India Company: Privateer offers players even more intense action on the high seas.

Features:

  • Two new campaigns in which you play the game as a privateer and complete missions for different nations.
  • New missions, including destroying forts, locating and either sinking or capturing enemy ships, blockading enemy ports and escorting friendly fleets.
  • New commander skills to fit the life of a privateer, such as 'False Colors', which allows the player to get close to the victim without them perceiving a threat, and 'Critical Hit', which gives the player a chance to hit an enemy ship's magazine, causing the enemy ship to explode.

East India Company: Privateer requires the original game East India Company, which is available at 50% off during a limited time at most digital download portals. The expansion East India Company: Privateer will be exclusively available for digital download at all major digital download portals for a suggested retail price of $9.99 and €9.99.

Fairytale Fights (PS3/X360)

The hack-and-slash platform adventure from Playlogic three years in the making, Fairytale Fights features a robust single-player campaign and multiplayer mayhem with up to 4 players online or offline, challenging players to reclaim the fairytale status of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) the Naked Emperor and more! Utilize Real-Time Dynamic Slicing (codenamed: salami-violence) to carve up enemies like pieces of meat and take advantage of the Volumetric Liquid to spill 10.000 gallons of blood with more than 140 blunt, melee, slicing and ranged weapons! For added violent fun, freeze them, burn them or melt them with acid, or take advantage of the wide assortment of deadly environmental hazards.

Key Features:

  • Multiplayer Mayhem! – Fairytale Fights offers one of the most accessible Platform Adventure experiences EVER! Offering a mix of bloody visceral violence, packed with action, it offers great fun for both hardcore & casual gamers alike. Featuring up to 4 players on and offline in Quest and Arena modes, Fairytale Fights is the ideal game to play with friends!
  • Built on the Unreal Engine 3 - Fairytale Fights is built on the Unreal Engine 3 and utilizes Epic's celebrated engine like nothing before! A Fairytale Kingdom rich in life & color, players can drench the lush surroundings (or other players) with deep red blood, bile or limbs & brain from fallen foes.
  • Real-Time Dynamic Slicing! - Utilizing Playlogic's in-house cutting edge technology, for the first time ever players take full control over how & when they slice and dice enemies as fully textured, 3D Polygon models are hacked apart, drenching the lush surrounding in a sea of carnage!
  • Real-Time Dynamic Bone Crushing! - Crush the skeletal structure of friends and foes while seeing their individual bones break as a result of your accurate blows in a detailed X-ray picture-in-picture screen.
  • Volumetric Liquid System - Fairytale Fights features a range of liquids with "realistic" properties such as blood, acid and bile! Players can slide through pools of blood left by fallen enemies or slaughtered bunnies, or melt the skin from foes using acid attacks!
  • PvP Arenas – Battle with friends in a range of PvP arenas to score the highest kill count or earn the most coins!
  • 140+ Wacky Weapons - Experiment with more than 140 weird and wacky weapons at your disposal. Bludgeon your friends with the Slappy the Cat Lollipop, or carve them up into tiny pieces with the help of the Aristocratic sword. Each weapon type features multiple uses with a variety of different results!
  • Free Downloadable Content - Sign up and receive exclusive free DLC content, minigames, artwork and more at www.fairytalefights.com.

Already available in Euripe, Fairytale Fights, rated "M" for Mature, is available now on PS3 and Xbox 360, with the PC version to arrive in 2010.

Forza Motorsport 3 (X360)

In addition to the immense roster of more than 400 cars and 100 tracks available in the game right out of the box, players are also being treated to included Game Add-on content. Available in every new package via a one-time-use Xbox LIVE token, the Motorsport Legends Pack delivers the '60 Dodge Charger, the '57 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and eight other classic racers and roadsters, as well as two extra tracks, all hand-selected by the team at Turn 10.

Currently the highest-rated racing game on either the Xbox 360 or the Sony PlayStation 3, Forza Motorsport 3 features high-definition graphics, full-body and mechanical damage, rollover physics for each car, as well as true-to-life detailed cockpits, making it one of the most beautifully realistic racing experiences of all time.

"It's a very real experience," said pro Formula One and American Le Mans Series driver Stefan Johansson after getting some extended hands-on time with Forza Motorsport 3. "I got back in my old R10 Audi, and both the graphics on the track and the feel of the car were absolutely incredible — every bump, every braking point is in the exact same place."

Forza Motorsport 3 is not just for racers and drifters — painters and tuners are also invited to hit the garage with the game's deep Livery editor. Taking advantage of more painting tools and tuning options than ever, Import Tuner magazine is further fueling the creative fires by tapping into the Forza Motorsport community to help design a paint job in-game that will appear on a real-life, fully upgraded, track-ready 2009 Nissan 370Z.

"Forza Motorsport 3 is connecting car lovers and gamers all over the world,” said Import Tuner editor in chief Carter Jung. "What better way to continue to stoke those passions than by giving this creative community the opportunity to design something virtually that will live, race and compete in the real world?"

Forza Motorsport 3 is rated E (Everyone) and is now available worldwide for $59.99 (Standard Edition). A Limited Collector's Edition is also available exclusively at GameStop in the United States for $79.99.

League of Legends (PC)

League of Legends will operate in seasons to help facilitate the best in competitive gaming and communities. The League of Legends "Pre-Season" will allow time for players to learn the game, build teams, as well as develop advanced strategies and tactics, when Season One begins in the first half of 2010. Players can also look forward to the addition of clans, teams, tournaments, ladders, draft mode, as well as additional content such as new Champions and maps, between now and the start of Season One.

The League of Legends Collector's Pack, containing exclusive items such as 20 Champions, a selection of Runes and $10 worth of Riot Points, is now available for download. The retail League of Legends Collector's Pack available at all major retail outlets for $29.99, additionally includes an exclusive poster-size fold out map of Valoran with detailed champion portraits and bios on the other side, a $10 pre-paid game card for in-game purchases and an exclusive champion skin.

In celebration of the launch of the game, Riot is unlocking all 40 champions for immediate play on October 27 for a limited time. During the launch celebration, Collector's Pack customers will get an experience boost, allowing them to level quickly. After the Launch Celebration ends, the in-game store will go live and owners of the Collector's Pack will continue to have access to the exclusive items packaged in the collector's edition. All players will be able to unlock exclusive items and content through the in-game store by using Influence points earned by playing during the Launch Celebration and after, or by purchasing Riot Points.

League of Legends, which was nominated for the Game Critics Awards Best Strategy Game of E3, combines elements of role-playing and strategy genres with addictive battle action. The game brings accessible, replayable and competitive gameplay into a stylized universe that deepens with the player's commitment. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of DotA Allstars, one of the world's most popular player-made mods, League of Legends is a unique and genre bending experience. The game will be operated as a live service that will be frequently updated with new features, champions, maps and additional content as suggested by the community.

A player in League of Legends takes on the role of a Summoner – a gifted spell caster who has the power to bring forth a champion to fight as his or her avatar in Valoran's Fields of Justice. As the Summoner controls the champion in combat, it also influences the outcome of the match through the use of spells, masteries and runes. Once a match is over, the Summoner gains Influence Points and Riot Points that can be used to assist their champions in future battles. Influence Points will be earned by simply playing the game, while Riot Points will be available for purchase with real money.

League of Legends offers endless permutations of builds, strategies and combinations that make the game extremely competitive and interesting for those focused on competitive play.

League of Legends, rated "T" for Teen, is available for free via download, while a Collector's Pack is also available for $29.99 at retail outlets nationwide through Riot's retail campaign partner THQ Inc.

NERF "N-Strike" Elite (Wii)

The 3-in-1 NERF "N-Strike" Elite experience includes the game, which is loaded with new in-game NERF blasters, missions, levels and expanded customization features as well as a bundled NERF SWITCH SHOT EX-3 blaster and attachable Red Reveal decoder lens.

"There were high expectations for NERF "N-Strike" Elite from consumers and retailers based on last year's game success so we upped the ante across every facet of the experience," said Chip Lange, General Manager and Vice President of EA's Hasbro Division. "NERF "N-Strike" Elite delivers even deeper gameplay and customization elements, unlocks a new arsenal of blasters, and serves up high adrenaline missions for action seekers of all ages. In addition to the blaster, we added another accessory to the bundle - a decoder lens which adds a new layer of immersive and interactive NERF game play."

Players kick-off the NERF "N-Strike" Elite action by choosing from four characters, each with unique blasters and special abilities. As part of a four-person team, they are tasked with completing a series of increasingly challenging missions with the ultimate end-goal of destroying an army of robots led by B.O.B., who has been rebuilt and is much tougher than in the first NERF "N-Strike" game. Players can arm themselves with more than a dozen real and never-before-seen NERF blasters that are unlocked as they progress through the game. Each blaster, including Hasbro's new NERF N-STRIKE RAIDER RAPID FIRE CS 35 which makes its first game debut, offers individual strengths and weaknesses adding tactical strategy to NERF "N-Strike" Elite.

As players progress through several indoor and outdoor levels, they encounter glowing canisters that they can blast to collect points to use toward customization, such as increasing the firing speed and changing the color of the blasters. Players can also use their points to "purchase" in-game upgrades like scopes, lasers, and dart with custom colored trails or whistles.

Players have the option of going solo through the levels or teaming up with a friend in two-player co-operative play for the entire campaign. In this mode, teamwork is rewarded as players encounter areas of the game that they can only enter as a team of two. In these environments, cooperation is required to unlock special Elite Moments, where action intensifies and unique unlockable items and hidden codes can be found.

NERF "N-Strike" Elite comes bundled with a NERF SWITCH SHOT EX-3 blaster that offers two ways to play. Players can snap the Wii Remote into the chamber of the blaster and use it for in-game play or alternatively, swap in the dart cartridge to transform the blaster for classic NERF play. The second accessory component is a brand new Red Reveal lens that attaches to the blaster and is used to uncover hidden messages within the game that allows players to find hidden unlock codes and expose enemy weak spots.

"The launch of NERF "N-Strike" Elite is the perfect way to round out the 40th anniversary of the powerhouse NERF brand," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro. "EA and Hasbro continue to push the boundaries in terms of re-imagining the NERF experience for the digital consumer and together, we've integrated accessories inspired by the NERF toy line to deliver an amazing 3-in-1 bundle that will be a big hit with boys this holiday season."

NERF "N-Strike" Elite is available at retail and priced at MSRP $59.99. The game is rated E10+.

Ratchet & Clank: Future: A Crack in Time (PS3)

Created by independent developer Insomniac Games and powered by its fourth-generation PS3 technology, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, continues to bring the experience of playing a CG-animated movie to the PS3 system with rich, vibrant visuals brought to life by a heartfelt storyline and the franchise's signature humor. With fun, accessible gameplay appealing for both hardcore and casual gamers alike, Ratchet & Clank: Future: A Crack in Time builds upon the Ratchet & Clank Future series with more over-the-top action, an even larger arsenal of outrageous and customizable weapons, and all-new Clank and space gameplay.

Told from the perspective of both Ratchet and his robotic sidekick, Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Future: A Crack in Time answers many of fans' most-asked questions as it concludes the story arc from Ratchet & Clank® Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. As Ratchet and Clank attempt to reunite to and save the universe, both will finally uncover the hidden truth behind their origins and discover their ultimate destinies.

"We're excited to finally answer the questions that fans have had about Ratchet and Clank's origins ever since we began the Ratchet & Clank Future series on the PS3," said Brian Allgeier, creative director, Insomniac Games. "We wanted to give something back to our dedicated fan base, so we developed the story with them in mind, bringing back some old favorite characters, such as Dr. Nefarious, one of the franchise's most beloved villians, as well as introducing new characters that reveal more about Ratchet and Clank's pasts."

While Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time's epic story will satisfy the curiosity of longtime fans, the gameplay has been designed to appeal to a wide audience with a mixture of skill-based puzzles and "purely fun" gameplay that delivers an entertaining experience for fans of all ages. From lush forest terrain to a snow-covered landscape, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time draws players into a vast, diverse universe where they will take on the roles of both Ratchet and Clank -- experiencing new gameplay and abilities with each character. With Ratchet's new hoverboots, players will be able to blast to new heights and travel at rapid speeds to distant locations around each planet. When playing as Clank, player's minds will be put to the test with all-new time-based gameplay that includes innovative puzzles that can only be solved by using timed recordings of Clank to get through the level.

The franchise's traditional space gameplay also has been completely re-designed with the addition of space exploration. Players will now have freedom to travel freely through the game's space sectors where they can fly through asteroid belts, explore new planets and moons, engage in sidequests and space battles, and discover hidden items and collectables. In addition to all-new space gameplay, the series' trademark weapon arsenal is back and bigger than ever with new over-the-top weapons including the Sonic Eruptor, Spiral of Death and Tesla Spikes, along with classics such as the Buzz Blades and Negotiator. Constructo Mods also have been added to the weapons line-up, which allow players to take the basic Constructo weapons and turn them into super weapons they can really call their own.

"Insomniac Games continues to raise the bar with Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time utilizing fourth generation PS3 technology to deliver a rich and vibrant universe that brings the experience of playing a CG-animated movie to PS3 fans, said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "With a heartfelt storyline, sophisticated humor and series renowned arsenal of new and classic weapons, including the fan-submitted 'Spiral of Death', Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time offers fun and accessible gameplay that fans of all ages will enjoy."

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is rated E10+.

The Stronghold Collection (PC)

The Stronghold Collection brings together five games from the critically acclaimed real-time strategy (RTS) series that allows players to conquer the Middle Ages: Stronghold, Stronghold 2, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold Crusader Extreme and Stronghold Legends in a $29.99 value-priced package that is entirely DRM-free.

"The Stronghold series has seen worldwide success, and we are excited to now offer The Stronghold Collection in one epic bundle," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "Now fans and newcomers alike can experience the entire Stronghold heritage and embrace the series' strategic, well-balanced gameplay while building, defending and expanding through the Middle Ages."

The Stronghold Collection will combine historically accurate castle construction and management, and authentic medieval combat. Players will journey to lands of brave warriors, epic legends and fearsome weaponry, where they will build and fortify fortresses; lay siege to intrepid enemies; and conquer harsh terrains. The Stronghold Collection includes the following games:

  • Stronghold: The original, award-winning castle sim that takes players through medieval Britain as they lead strategic military and economic expansion, defend against invaders, and conquer enemy castles.
  • Stronghold 2: The King, having fled after the defeat of his own armies, is now attempting to rule his country from a secret location. Powerful barons are jostling for what is fast becoming a disintegrating kingdom, and it is up to you to stem the tides of their ambition and unite the land again under the King.
  • Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Crusader Extreme: Journey to distant Arabian lands and lead a determined group of Crusaders. Relive the historic Crusades in four campaigns as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, the Sultan of Syria. Stronghold Crusader Extreme adds 20 new missions, new buildings and larger armies of 10,000 troops.
  • Stronghold Legends: Play as epic leaders throughout history, including King Arthur and the forces of Camelot, Siegfried and Dietrich in the German Ice Campaign, and Vlad Dracul and his evil forces in Transylvania.

The Stronghold Collection is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Tekken 6 (PS3/X360)

Tekken 6 sees the return of many familiar faces and new characters to create the largest line-up in franchise history. Recreate the arcade experience at home by battling friends or AI-controlled opponents while amassing a wealth of items for customizing and strengthening characters in different modes including Versus, Time Attack, and Survival. Featuring dynamic and destructible environments, players will be able to test their virtual might by punching their enemies through concrete walls or kicking them through floors to open a whole new battleground.  New to the series, the Scenario Campaign mode will allow players to progress through the story and mow down hordes of enemies while still enjoying fighting game action. 

With full support via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, Tekken 6 includes a multitude of online features. Players can vie for global domination or just improve their fighting skills by battling opponents worldwide in online versus mode. Create and upload customized ghost characters, which replicate a player's fight style, so any competitor from around the world can download them for one-on-one battles. Also an online co-op update for the game's Scenario Campaign will be available this winter as a free post-launch downloadable content. In this mode, two players can jump into intense campaigns against AI controlled enemies and experience the dramatic large-scale action with friends around the world. 

"Tekken 6 is the pinnacle of the long running King of Iron Fist Tournament and without question, delivers the best of the entire Tekken series", said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations at Namco Bandai Games America, Inc. "Tekken 6 is the culmination of Namco Bandai Games unwavering commitment to excellence which has resulted into the ultimate fighting experience with amazing detailed graphics and robust online gameplay." 

Tekken 6 is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and carries a MSRP of $59.99. A premium wireless fight stick bundle will be available for $149.99

TouchMaster 3 (NDS)

TouchMaster 3 is packed with challenging and addictive mini games for players of all ages and abilities, making it a great gift and perfect for holiday travel. Making full use of the DS touch screen and stylus, TouchMaster 3 is perfect for quick play sessions or hours of fun, and players can work through puzzles alone or compete head-to-head. Up to two players can compete using local wireless in addition to single player and download play options.

Players take on action, word, puzzle, strategy and card game challenges to become a TouchMaster expert. The game features 16 brand new games to the franchise including Bumperball, Canon Fire, Domino Run, Nine Hole, Electro Maze, Sea Word, Stud Royale, Target Royale, Counterweight, Block Dropper, Fuse Line, Slime Assault, Recall, Chef Memory, Sludge Works and Wild Words. Newly updated games include Prisma Tix 2, Dice King 2, Triples Plus, and Poker Slide Challenge.

TouchMaster 3 contains updated graphics and features new 3D art in the trophy rooms for a more enjoyable and visually appealing gameplay experience. Players can track progress by collecting trophies and badges to earn wizard points and unlock new titles. Gamers can earn all 500 wizard points and become the Grand Touch Master!

TouchMaster 3 is developed by Hijinx Studios, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and rated "E" with Mild Cartoon Violence and Mild Language. The game is available for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

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