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Friday, October 29, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:00 p.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:

We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

3D Ultra MiniGolf Adventures 2 (XBLA)

Over 50 new courses await players with challenging obstacles such as sand traps, bunkers and blind spots, but these courses are designed from a wide variety of source material, including courses like the Manic Museum, Winter Wonderland and the Haunted Manor. Each course is unique and contains secret shortcuts, power-ups and elements that help players sabotage one another and interfere with the competitor's progress.

Players choose one of four customizable avatars or import their own Xbox 360 Avatars. Players can use the map editor tool to control strategic placement of power-ups, traps and every element of the virtual course. Gamers can play against up to four players locally or online. Additional content will be available via downloadable content.

Bakugan: Defenders of the Core (NDS/Wii/PSP/PS3/X360)

Bakugan: Defenders of the Core puts players in direct control over towering Bakugan as they brawl among larger-than-life environments, attempting to save the world from a mysterious invading force known as the Vexos.

As the only person left on the planet still able to use Bakugan in brawls, players take direct control of 20 fan-favorite Bakugan, using customizable ability cards to unleash devastating attacks, pulverizing enemies and thwarting their foes. The immense scale and power of Bakugan will be at their fingertips as players battle six-story tall creatures throughout massive, destructible environments. The Vexos have invaded numerous spots around the world, and in their wake they've populated it with an expansive network of trained guards and sophisticated security systems. Between brawls, players must sneak through and explore these highly guarded areas as they search for people and items which can aid them in their mission to save the Earth.

players can also battle against friends in three multiplayer game modes. Console versions feature fast-paced split-screen battles, while the handheld versions of the game bring the same intense action to players linked over wireless connections.

Bakugan: Defenders of the Core is rated "E10+" by the ESRB.

Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (PC)

Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition is a special edition of BioWare's dark fantasy RPG. The Ultimate Edition includes Dragon Age: Origins, the expansion pack Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, and seven DLC packs including Warden's Keep, The Stone Prisoner, Return to Ostagar, Darkspawn Chronicles, Leliana's Song, Golems of Amgarrak and Witch Hunt. The complete package, valued at over $114, is available for $59.99.

Farming Simulator 2011 (PC)

With a ton of new gameplay options such as livestock breeding and an improved career mode, the latest version of the worldwide best-selling farm simulator offers a variety of agribusiness challenges.

In Farm Simulator 2011 players take on the role of a young farmer faced with the test of building a successful business. Beginning with just a thousand acres of beautiful rolling countryside and a small collection of vehicles, they progress through the game by completing a range of farming tasks over 18 hour days, like breeding and feeding cows, spreading manure, milking, plowing, seeding and baling, eventually building up wealth to invest in newer and better equipment and machinery. With licenses from leading manufacturers such as DEUTZ-FAHR, KRONE, HORSCH, PÖTTINGER and VOGEL & NOOT, Farming Simulator 2011 features a variety of sophisticated and authentically replicated equipment for players to choose from, including tractors, combine harvesters, plows, seeders and balers.

The game's multiplayer mode allows players to manage their farms together with friends over the Internet or local area network. Steering wheels and gamepads are supported, and players may download additional machines and maps with automatic mod installation, as well as a Mod SDK containing an editor, exporters and sample mods.

Farming Simulator 2011 is now available for $29.99 on Steam.

Hasbro Family Game Night 3 (Wii/PS3/X360)

Set in an interactive theme park and offering five time-honored Hasbro games in one package, Hasbro Family Game Night 3 brings childhood memories to life with original and remixed versions of family favorites including The Game of Life and Clue. The game also offers Twister Moves, Mouse Trap, and Yahtzee Hands Down, all of which have been optimized for digital play with added twists and features.

Once players create their Mii (for the Wii) or avatar (for Xbox 360), they will enter one of the five game attractions, experiencing Family Game Night in a completely new way as they spin to win in The Game of Life, discover "whodunit" in Clue, tap out some Twister dance moves, activate wild chain reactions in Mouse Trap, and shuffle-up with Yahtzee Hands Down.

The fun continues as players progress through the games and are rewarded with exciting elements like unlockable costumes for Mr. Potato Head — all based on the game they are playing with such ensembles as "Spudlock Holmes" for Clue or "Tater Night Fever" for Twister.

Hasbro Family Game Night 3 is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and priced at $39.95.

Haunted House (XBLA)

Haunted House pays homage to the classic favorite as players solve mysteries in Graves Mansion as the grandchildren of the original character, Samuel Silverspring, who disappeared without a trace in the evil mansion nearly 30 years ago. Chased by pesky poltergeists, haunted by scary skeletons and and ravenous rats, players are immersed in a goosebump-inducing adventure to explore the dark and creepy depths of Graves Mansion in search of the four lost pieces of a magical urn. The player's goal is to reassemble the urn and defend their family's legacy with the aid of mystical tomes, powerful light sources and mysterious artifacts.

This classic game has been remade for a new generation of gamers with enriched 3D environments, interactive objects, dynamic storylines, and new characters. Gamers must navigate their way through 16 levels of spooky environments, find hidden treasures, solve puzzles, fight new bosses, and manipulate the environment on their way to a showdown with Zachary Graves.

Haunted House is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Vindictus (PC)

Vindictus is a physics-based action online role-playing game that combines stunning visuals with high-speed combat using Valve's modified Source Engine. The modified Source Engine enables actions like throwing debris or enemy corpses, shattering walls, binding monsters with chains, dramatic hand-to-hand grappling, as well as affecting wear and tear on armor.

At launch, Vindictus is unlocking a powerful female mage character, Evie. Evie and her magic skills join Lann, the male dual-sword wielding brawler, and Fiona, the female sword and shield bearing fighter. Highly anticipated by players, Evie can summon a golem, heal injured comrades and unleash fire bolts.

Players will be able to access all three characters and the three available episodes at launch. Access tokens will also be refilled three times a week.

Players who participated in the previous open beta phases will be able to transfer their characters, rank, loot and other earned elements during the official launch.

Vindictus is now available to download and play for free at

Woody Two-Legs: Attack of the Zombie Pirates (PC)

The least famous pirate of the Seven Seas has had more than a bit of bad luck until he scored himself the booty of a lifetime or even an eternity. Just as Woody Two-legs is about to bury his treasure, the owner of the pillaged loot, Mr. Jones, and his unruly entourage of undead pirates catch up with him. Small though he might be, Woody Two-Legs will not give up without a fight.

Join Woody Two-Legs in his battle against zombies, skeletons and grim bosses. Chase high scores on the online scoreboard, check in on a regular basis to ensure no bilge-sucking thieves have dethroned your score and unlock various difficulty levels ultimately ending up in the extreme Nightmare-mode in a battle with Mr. Jones. Who will walk the plank this Halloween: Woody or Mr. Jones?

Woody Two-Legs is now available at all digital distribution sites for $4.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tagforce 5 (PSP)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tagforce 5 takes fast-paced dueling on the go, in the latest in the PSP exclusive game. The game takes places during the reconstruction of New Domino City and Satellite, as peace is finally settling in from the fallout of the last battle with the Dark Signers. As the city begins to resign back into normalcy, a mysterious duelist named Ghost and three other suspicious strangers from Yliaster arrive. Soon after their arrival, Yusei learns of their ominous intentions and realizes he is the only one who could defeat the new adversaries who stand to threaten the safety and security of the fragile New Domino City.

Players duel throughout the story mode as Yusei, challenging the new infidels, along with playing and interacting with over 100 characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe or jump into Free Duel and get right into heart of the trading card game. Dueling is relatively endless, as the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tagforce 5 brings 4,700 cards into play including cards from the Star Strike Series, set to release in November 2010. Players can battle against friends, using the PSP System's ad-hoc gameplay to allow up to four players to compete against each other or team up and compete wirelessly. All these features add up to hundreds of hours of gameplay and one of the most expansive Yu-Gi-Oh! titles to date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tagforce 5 for PSP is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and comes packaged with three exclusive trading cards for the SRP of $29.99.

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