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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 4, 2009 @ 3:53 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:

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)

Releasing alongside its film counterpart, G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, the video game presents an all-new storyline that weaves in key elements from the film and, for long-time G.I. JOE enthusiasts, adds a layer of nostalgia inspired by the animated cartoon series, comic books and action figure toy line delivering the ultimate adrenaline-pumping, action-packed G.I. JOE experience. The accessible third person action-arcade shooter allows G.I. JOE fans to step into the boots of 16 playable characters as they battle through 20 levels of intense gameplay armed with high-tech gadgetry, weapons and vehicles.

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra is one of those games that screams fun from the first shot due to its fast paced action that never slows down until you’ve taken out the last COBRA boss,” said Chip Lange, General Manager of EA’s Hasbro Division. “We expect the excitement to carry over from the theater to the living room as fans re-create legendary G.I. JOE action, tapping an arsenal of well-known characters, never-before-seen vehicles and futuristic weapons inspired by the iconic IP. Whether gamers choose to play solo or enlist reinforcements with our two-player co-op mode, forceful battles will unfold at every turn. This is big summer action at its best.”

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra picks up where the movie leaves off as the COBRA organization unfurls its deadliest plot to date. Players must counter the COBRA team’s every move over the course of 20 levels spanning four different environments including the snowy arctic and balmy jungles. As the high stakes battle begins to let loose, selecting the best-suited G.I. JOE characters and their accompanying gear and skillset becomes a pivotal strategic decision when facing the dark forces of COBRA such as STORM SHADOW, a soulless and powerful enemy. It may be a job for DUKE, a well balanced combat soldier or perhaps the mission should be handed off to SNAKE EYES based on his lethal martial arts skills. Better yet, co-op play lets players find the best combinations with any two characters for an over the top tag-team showdown.

When selecting a G.I. JOE team, players can handpick members from three units: Heavies, who can zero in and pick off specific targets from a distance; Commandos, who are Ninja-like and can eliminate the enemy at close range; and Combat Soldiers, who offer balanced skillsets at both distances.

Adding to the action, players are also challenged to find 75 file cards and various intelligence items that are buried deep within the game in order to unlock new characters, special missions, achievements and trophies. In addition, defeating each of the four COBRA bosses will earn the player the ability to unlock four of the classic 20-year old G.I. JOE Public Service Announcements (PSAs), other bonus content and the ability to play the game with the COBRA boss characters.

The G.I. JOE brand has long been known for its high tech gadgets, weapons and vehicles and the video game brings these futuristic wares to life for both new and long-time fans alike. The game offers up a mix of original creations by EA as well as historic classics built directly from blueprints unearthed in Hasbro’s toy line archives. Whether you’re hopping into the film-inspired Accelerator Suit for a lightening burst of speed, or behind the controls of the inimitable H.I.S.S. Tank, players will get a full-blown G.I. JOE brand experience all the way.

“G.I. JOE defined the action figure category 45 years ago and EA just defined how to re-imagine the powerful toy line to create a blockbuster video game experience for today’s digital consumer,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming at Hasbro. “The video game tightens the grip that the G.I. JOE brand has on fans with a fresh and compelling storyline inspired by the film, cartoons, comics and toys combined with ‘pick-up-and-play’ gameplay mechanics that will appeal to gamers of all skill levels.”

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra is available now on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii ($49.99); the PSP ($39.99), the PS2 and NDS ($29.99.)

SingStar Queen (PS2/PS3)

SingStar Queen sets the stage for the ultimate rock star experience, challenging players to perform popular tracks from global rock legend Queen.   

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe London Studio in collaboration with the band and Hollywood Records, SingStar Queen for PS3 features over 20 of the most memorable Queen songs and music videos including ‘We Are The Champions,’ ‘Another One Bites The Dust,’ ‘We Will Rock You,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Under Pressure’ and many more.

“Queen and SingStar both have a wide and diverse global fan base,” said Charlie D’Atri, marketing director, Hollywood Records. “We are thrilled to collaborate with SCEA on SingStar Queen to offer PlayStation fans the unique opportunity to become a part of rock history with the best interactive singing experience available set to the legendary music of Queen.”  

In addition to SingStar Queen, this September, community and customization once again take center stage with two new features coming to SingStar titles for PS3. First, players will be able to express their creative talents by using the new video editing feature. Players can take their performances to the next level by turning their best 30 second clips into their own mini music videos using a selection of special editing effects. These music videos can then be posted on My SingStar Online for the entire SingStar community to enjoy.

The SingStar community features also will be enhanced this fall asplayers across the country will be able to connect like never before with the franchise’s latest social element, SingStar Clubs. Players will be able to join unique new clubs created by fellow SingStar fans or launch their own. With the SingStar Clubs feature, players can network with the national SingStar community as they share their latest videos, check out online charts from their club and relive their favorite SingStar experiences.   

SingStar Queen is the second artist-specific disc to join the catalog of SingStar titles for PS3, which includes SingStar ABBA, SingStar Vol. 2 and SingStar. Players can also add to their song libraries by visiting SingStore™, which currently offers over 700 new tracks to download and perform through PlayStation®Network. SingStore is updated frequently so players will never run out of new content to enjoy. All SingStar titles for PS3 currently support the recently released voice control feature that allows players to take complete control of the song carousel, track selection and song purchasing through SingStore all by just speaking into the microphone.

SingStar Queen for both PS3 and PlayStation 2 systems is rated “T” for Teen.

Aliens in the Attic (NDS/PS2/Wii/PC)

Aliens in the Attic video game follows the storyline of the adventure-comedy film about a group of kids on a family vacation who must stave off an attack by knee-high alien invaders with world-conquering ambitions; all while trying to keep their parents from finding out! Although the storyline is the similar, the video game offers the player two different gameplay perspectives based on which console version is being played.

Aliens in the Attic for DS allows players to switch between the film’s main characters, Hannah, Tom, and Jake, tasking players to rid the planet of the ankle-biting alien invaders. Aliens in the Attic for Wii, PC and PS2 switches roles, casting players as the Zirkonians, the motley crew of aliens who have arrived on Earth. The player’s jobs as a Zirkonian: prepare Earth for a Zirkonian invasion by activating a Sizematron device sent to Earth long ago that will enlarge the aliens and the entire invasion force – the Sizematron just happens to be located under the vacation home.

Additional Aliens in the Attic DS Game Features:

  • Five beautifully rendered levels to explore throughout the game with giant boss fights and tricky puzzles.
  • Switch between three unique characters in real-time; each character posses their own special skills for navigating multiple obstacles on their way to defeating the alien invaders.
  • Explore a vast array of weaponry including customizable weapons that utilize the DS touch screen.
  • Assemble brand new weapons using parts scattered throughout the game.

Additional Aliens in the Attic Wii, PS2 and PC Game Features:

  • Challenging platform action-adventure gameplay with 15 levels and four difficulty modes.
  • Explore a vast array of weaponry including customizable weapons that utilize the Wii remote!
  • Assemble brand new weapons using parts scattered throughout the game!
  • Perfect a range of special alien attacks including the Ground Pound Attack, Tornado Attack and Fingernail Slash Combo.

Aliens in the Attic, rated “E” for Everyone, is now available on Wii, NDS, PS2 and PC.

Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show (PSP)

In the first Hannah game for the PSP, fans can now take her on the go and have backstage access to customize Hannah’s wardrobe, dance moves, special effects and so much more to make each show unique and exciting.

Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show invites fans to design and star in the show by visiting seven different countries and performing as Hannah to 11 hit songs, including three tracks from the new “Hannah Montana 3” soundtrack. With Robbie Ray unable to manage Hannah’s tour, her brother Jackson and best friend Lilly jump-in to help and travel with Hannah around the world. In “Story Mode”, players are introduced to new locations through animated vignettes and are entertained by Jackson’s slapstick humor and Lilly’s wittiness.

With vast customization, Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show invites players to add their flair to performances by creating unique routines for each song with the “Rockstar Moment” maker. Fans style the band members and the back-up dancers with amazing fashions, hair-styles and accessories. The more a show is customized, the more rewards and achievements awarded.

Options to share performances and download new content are also included. Fans can listen to their favorite Radio Disney artists on the move with live streaming radio on the PSP system. There will also be four exciting new download packs on PlayStation®Network to expand wardrobes, stage props and special effects.

Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show enables fans to immerse themselves in the exciting world of a teen pop star on a world tour,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Girl gamers are demanding fun and engaging games on the go, and Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show delivers a great experience paired with hit music and extensive customization.”

Published by Disney Interactive Studios and developed by Page 44, Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show is rated E for Everyone and has a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show for the PSP will be included in a limited-edition Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack ($199.99) that includes a “Lilac” PSP system, three Hannah Montana episodes on UMD, a 2GB memory stick Pro Duo and fashionable vinyl stickers to customize the PSP.

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