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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 12, 2009 @ 5:21 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:

Battlestations: Pacific (X360)

Battlestations: Pacific offers players the chance to relive or rewrite history with two action-packed naval campaigns to challenge every armchair admiral. The U.S. campaign picks up where its predecessor left off and takes players through the key stages of the war by authentically recreating some of the grandest naval battles of recent history. The Japanese campaign offers players a unique "what if" scenario and the chance to change the course of history, starting from the attack on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor and on through Asia, Australia and beyond, expanding its empire throughout the Pacific Rim.

Battlestations: Pacific offers one of the most authentic gameplay experiences with over 100 air, sea and undersea units to master: fighters, bombers, kamikaze planes and subs, aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, battleships and more. Each unit is recreated with incredible visual detail and comes complete with a full damage model that brings the battle to life. AA fire can rip planes to pieces, with wings and tails sheering off while carefully placed bombs or shell fire can pierce the hulls of even the largest ships, causing engines to stall, fuel stores to catch fire, magazines to explode and ultimately ships to break apart.

Battlestations: Pacific also offers players the chance to take the conflict online, with five massive multiplayer modes for up to eight players, each offering a unique take on naval warfare with both team-based and one-for-all modes. A new feature, Skirmish Mode, allows players to experience the multiplayer melee offline, playing each of the maps and modes against AI-controlled opponents.

Battlestations: Pacific, rated T for Teen, launches today in North America and on May 15 in Europe.

Fable II: See the Future DLC (X360)

Fable II offers even more choices and building on the core gameplay theme of Fable, where players' every decision continually defines whom they become. Fable II is an action role-playing game that truly allows players to live the life they choose in the newly expanded open world of Albion.

Set 500 years after the original, Fable II will provide gamers with an epic story and innovative real-time gameplay, including a massive amount of freedom and choice to explore a vast collection of dungeons, catacombs and taverns in the world of Albion.

"See the Future" returns to the beloved world of Albion, where a set of cursed items from Murgo the Trader unleashes new challenges for players to overcome, including encounters with kooky ghost hobbes, bloodcurdling necromancers, a cursed knight and the Coliseum, where only the greatest heroes will emerge victorious to claim the ultimate prize. Of course, what would travel be without a trusty companion? The "Fable II" dog returns with three alter egos to guide players on their quests to see the future, in the form of a Dalmatian, Bloodhound or Husky.

In addition to fantastical new quests, creatures, characters, events and legendary artifacts, "See the Future" also offers free unique items to all, including a unique soldier helmet, braided ponytail hairstyle, psycho Jester make-up, a new hero expression, the back flip trick for canine companions, and a collectible Murgo the Trader gold statue.

The Fable II Game Add-on, "See the Future," is now available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace for 560 MS Points for the premium content package.

Help Wanted (Wii)

In Help Wanted, players can prepare to join the workforce as they try their hands at 50 odd and quirky jobs including Astronaut, Tailor, Bodybuilder, Clown, Sky Diving Camera Man, Boat Captain and more! In order to save the world from impending extinction, players need to earn money at the various jobs to buy defense items to prevent a meteor from hitting the earth.

After completing each job, players can then shop for fun and unique items using the money they've earned from their daily grind. With each dollar earned players can spend their salary on new job uniforms to join different careers and make even more money. In addition, gamers can also buy special defensive goods that will help to save the planet or delay its extinction from a meteor.

"Where else can players hone their sushi chef skills and then try out their hand as a TV news anchor?" said Mike Pepe, director of marketing of Hudson Entertainment. "With 50 mini games, Help Wanted lets players milk cows, catch fish and everything in between!"

The game includes multiple difficulty levels that change up the game play elements and a multiplayer feature that allows for head-to-head play with 15 different jobs.

Published by Hudson Entertainment, Help Wanted is now available, exclusively for Wii. Help Wanted is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is available for an SRP of $29.99.

Magician's Quest Mysterious Times (NDS)

In this unique combination of adventure and simulation, RPG players are tasked with mastering the mysteries of magic and learning the art of casting spells by attending classes at Magic Academy. Players can attend classes, build relationships and solve epic adventures while exploring the wonders of the enchanted world that surrounds them. Through spell casting and unique interactions with their surroundings, players will use their skills as they're confronted with challenging puzzles and adventures.

As players attend Magic Academy, they'll be immersed in a living, breathing world where time flows as it does in the real world, and each week, player's wizardry skills are put to the test in a new magical adventure. Customize every aspect of the game with over 1,600 varieties of clothing, furniture and magic accessories. Additionally, players can learn over 100 magic spells and incantations while forming different bonds with the 150 unique characters populating the world. Different stories and adventures will be revealed depending on what bonds are formed with the game's characters and how the player chooses to solve each of the 52 adventures. Gather information from friends, mythical characters and exploration in order to solve quests. Use all the magic learned to become the greatest magician of all time!

Magician's Quest Mysterious Times features Wi-Fi connection to play with up to 3 friends, allowing players additional, unique story lines, interactions and the ability to play co-operatively by visiting each other's game. Players can also use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to chat with any other player in the world by utilizing the games global magic alphabet.

Project Powder (PC)

Featuring a new Pro Shop with stylish outfits for each of the game's customizable characters, the commercial release also includes a brand new, never before seen map. Snowboarding fans and gamers of all ages and experience levels can visit the official website now to begin enjoying the snow!

Featuring more than a dozen thrilling trails with some of the most pristine spring snow in the galaxy, Project Powder offers players access to a snowboarder's paradise where they can, create a character, race against friends and pull off larger-than-life tricks.

To celebrate the launch of the new in-game store, Project Powder is holding a Pro Shop raffle. It is the perfect time to gear up and grab the newest outfits in the brand new Pro Shop. Buy the Expedition Outfit, Hummingbling or any other premium in-game item for entry in the contest – one lucky player will win a gaming keyboard and mouse and several others winners will receive in-game currency to spend on their favorite Project Powder gear. Look good, play great and win cool stuff. For complete details, visit

Project Powder Features:

  • Four playable characters
  • 14 intense tracks including the brand new Chachapoyas Part 3
  • Three exciting game modes: Race Mode, Battle Mode & Coin Mode
  • Beat other boarders and complete courses to level up, earn cash and buy new gear and snowboards
  • Create your own unique style as you learn new tricks through the innovative trick tree

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PS3/X360)

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel is a hack-and-slash action-RPG with a rich story that takes place in a gigantic seamless world. This world contains massive dungeons, treacherous opponents and hundreds of challenging quests. Intelligent enemies, which adapt in number and difficulty based on player progress, challenge gamers in heroic single- and multiplayer battles for up four players on next-generation consoles.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel provides numerous unique items that can be gathered in this mystical world. A deep reward system further enables advancements in character, individual attributes and character-specific fighting styles, each designed to keep players returning to the world of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel to discover what is around the next bend. Drop-in styled cooperative multiplayer gameplay ensures players will enjoy the game alone or seamlessly with friends at any time. Five unique multiplayer modes round out the experience and offer a refreshing, first-class gaming experience in Sacred 2: Fallen Angel.

Featuring six diverse and in-depth characters, each with their own distinct gameplay style. Sacred 2 will offer the player two different campaigns; one in the Light, the other in Shadow. The chosen path will influence the reception of the player in different environments; a city which welcomed a good character is likely to be hostile towards an evil one. Learn stunning fighting techniques and sophisticated spells. Collect a huge variety of weapons and objects and enhance the character's attributes to create a unique, personalised hero.

The setting is nearly 2,000 years prior to the events of Sacred. The player assumes the role of one of six characters and enters into a story of quests and secrets, magic and sorcery, power and honor. The player must choose their path wisely, as both Light and Shadow campaigns weave alternative journeys across the world of Sacred 2, where the unwary traveller may be aided or attacked by the various inhabitants in the vast land of Ancaria.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition (PC)

As one of the most respected franchises in the gaming industry, Civilization has sold more than 9 million units worldwide. Developed by 2K's Firaxis Games, Civilization IV: The Complete Edition combines the award-winning classic Civilization IV experience with three expansions: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, and Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization. This value-enriched package keeps players immersed in the "just one more turn" gameplay that has been synonymous with the Civilization series for decades:

  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV
    • Winner of multiple 2005 Game of the Year awards, Civilization IV comes to life in a beautifully detailed 3D world that heightens the gameplay experience. This latest iteration of the strategy classic takes the franchise to new heights with the addition of new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and grow your civilization; all-new, easy-to-use mod capabilities; and various multiplayer modes and options.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords
    • Warlords adds new twists and challenges to some of the most creative scenarios in the series. In the Omens scenario, Great Britain and France race to settle North America at any cost, while the Barbarians scenario allows players to take control of ruthless hordes of warriors. With these brutal Barbarians under the player's control, their goal is to conquer all other civilizations on the map by decimating opposing armies, looting the cities and burning them to the ground.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
    • Beyond the Sword was released in 2007 and proved to be the biggest single Civilization expansion pack to date. This expansion focuses on the late-game time periods after the invention of gunpowder and delivers 11 challenging and decidedly different scenarios created by the development team at Firaxis Games, as well as members of the Civilization Fan Community. Beyond the Sword also includes ten new civilizations, 16 new leaders, five new wonders, and a variety of new units that will offer even more fun and exciting ways for players to expand their civilization's power as they strive for world domination.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization
    • Colonization is a standalone game experience that adds an entirely new scenario to the ever-evolving world of Civilization. In Colonization, players lead one of four European nations on a quest to colonize and thrive in the New World. Players are challenged to guide their people from the oppressive motherland; discover the New World; and negotiate, trade and fight as they acquire power and battle for their freedom and independence.

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition for Games for Windows is a DRM-free package and available in North America for a suggested retail price of $39.99. The title is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older by the ESRB.

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