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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2010 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien - Cosmic Destruction (NDS/Wii/PSP/PS2/PS3/X360)

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien - Cosmic Destruction follows 16-year-old Ben Tennyson as his secret identity has been revealed and he's an international mega-star superhero, loved by kids all over the world but distrusted by many adults.

For the first time, players will wield the power of the all-new Ultimatrix, the strongest Omnitrix to date from the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien series, to transform Ben into Ultimate Aliens, the most powerful, hyper-evolved alien forms ever and experience impressive battles in never-before-seen places.

Cosmic Destruction provides all-new game enhancements such as Quick Switch, a first for the series, which allows players to switch alien forms faster than ever, and Quick Time Events that creates a cinematic experience that guides players through fierce boss battles and challenging puzzle elements! Next-gen console owners will receive their own exclusive aliens; the ferocious Rath for Xbox 360, which launches Oct. 19, and the immensely strong Four Arms for the PlayStation 3 system. The game also introduces new alien heroes Armodrillo, WaterHazard, AmpFibian, Terraspin, and NRG from the television series, allowing players to tunnel through enemies, unleash water blasts, emit radiation beams, and more while a unique experience system lets them upgrade alien attributes and abilities.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien - Cosmic Destruction is rated "E10+" (Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3/X360)

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow players take on the role of Gabriel Belmont, voiced by Robert Carlyle, the hero of the game and part of the legendary Belmont clan from Castlevania lore. Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides her husband to his destiny — and hopefully salvation for the world. While demonic creatures of the night wreak havoc on the land, the souls of the dead are trapped on Earth and unable to find peace. Gabriel must track down the mysterious Lords of Shadow in order to unite the pieces of a relic called "The God Mask" that can purify the world and has the power to bring the dead back to life. Thus, Gabriel must travel the destroyed world, defeating the evil tyrants in order to use their powers to bring balance back to the world. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross — the world's last hope must encounter the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule.

Along Gabriel's journey, gamers will traverse over 50 diverse and beautifully realized 3D stages, come up against over 45 enemies, and defeat adversaries that scale to the size of the complete environment with skill, power and timing. In total, the game boasts over 40 possible combo attacks that can be added to Gabriel's arsenal as players must use secondary weapons like daggers and holy water and combine them with light and dark magic for a wealth of powerful attacks to unleash upon your foes. Castevania: Lords of Shadow offers a wide range of puzzles with larger adversaries that require a specific means to exploit weaknesses, or object-related puzzles that will open doors or give access to previously unreachable areas.

Castevania: Lords of Shadow is rated "M" for mature by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $59.99.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3/X360)

Set 150 years in the future, Enslaved takes place in an unrecognizable America, where war and destruction have ravaged the population leaving few human survivors and a world reclaimed by nature. Mysterious slave ships roam the land, capturing the dwindling population for unknown purposes and taking them out west, never to return. Technologically savvy young Trip and strong brutish Monkey are two survivors who have both been imprisoned by one of these slave ships. Trip manages to escape by using her mental prowess while Monkey uses his raw physical power to tear through his confines. Trip knows that she can not make it safely back home on her own, but believes that Monkey is her only chance to survive. She hacks into a slave headband and fits it on Monkey to link them together. If she dies, he dies. Her journey has now become his.

In Enslaved, players take direct control of Monkey, with gameplay revolving around combat, strategy and environmental traversal. Monkey attacks and defends using his trusty staff weapon to deliver punishing melee attacks and combos, ranged stun and plasma blasts, blocks, and intense finishing takedowns. Players must work closely with AI partner Trip to ensure both make it through each area's dangers and progress safely . Trip provides vital support with her cerebral talents, offering Monkey invaluable intel on enemies, identifying optimal routes, upgrading Monkey's abilities and more.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $59.99.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (NDS)

In the small kingdom of Horne, Brandt awakes on the morning of his 14th birthday. Today is the day he becomes an adult, and the custom of the realm says that he must go to the castle to present himself to the king.

When he arrives at the castle, he finds the king distraught and the youngest princess missing, abducted by the Witch of the North. With no one else to turn to, the king makes a shocking request: Will Brandt save the princess?

Thus begins Brandt's adventure ....

Key Features:

  • The first original Final Fantasy title for Nintendo DS brought to life by the development team behind the Nintendo DS remakes of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV.
  • Charming storybook visuals crafted under the guidance of art director and character designer Akihiko Yoshida (Final Fantasy III for DS, Final Fantasy XII).
  • Combat is fun and intuitive with a battle system that operates on Action Points. Requiring nothing more than a simple selection of commands, players can dive right into a classic turn-based RPG battle experience.
  • The Crown Job System offers a selection of 28 jobs from which to choose. Players can freely customize a character's abilities and magic skills no matter which crown they have equipped. The possibilities are endless!
  • Help friends advance in their adventure, or join forces to conquer tough dungeons. The multiplayer mode enables cooperative play for up to four players.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available for the suggested retail price of $34.99.

Left 4 Dead/Left 4 Dead 2 - The Sacrifice DLC (X360/PC)

The Sacrifice DLC is the prequel to The Passing and takes place from the L4D Survivors' perspective as they make their way South. In addition to advancing the story, The Sacrifice introduces a new style finale featuring "Sacrificial Gameplay," where players get to decide who will give their life so the others may live.

In The Sacrifice for Left 4 Dead 1, gamers receive the complete Sacrifice campaign with maps playable in Campaign, Survival and Versus. The Sacrifice DLC for L4D1 is a separate download from The Sacrifice for L4D2.

In The Sacrifice for Left 4 Dead 2, owners receive "The Sacrifice" campaign playable with the Left 4 Dead Survivors. In addition, those with Left 4 Dead 2 receive L4D's "No Mercy" campaign. Both campaigns are playable in Campaign, Versus, Survival, and Scavenge modes and both will feature the Left 4 Dead 2 Special Infected, items, and weapons.

The Sacrifice DLC is available free of charge to all Steam gamers who own a copy of L4D and/or L4D2. For a limited time, L4D and L4D2 (as well as their respective Steam bundles) are available for 66% off the regular price.

The Xbox 360 versions of "The Sacrifice" will be available on Xbox Live.

Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars (NDS)

The Littlest Pet Shop 3: Biggest Stars includes three separately sold games for the DS, each with its own customizable pets, colors and team accessories that girls can collect and use to showcase their pets' unique personalities. Budding sports stars, artsy tweens and young fashionistas alike can show their team spirit with the three new games: Littlest Pet Shop 3 Biggest Stars Blue Team, Littlest Pet Shop 3 Biggest Stars Purple Team, and Littlest Pet Shop 3 Biggest Stars Pink Team. Each version offers six in-game exclusive pets and team-themed accessories, allowing girls to do what they love most when it comes to Littlest Pet Shop: collect, customize and socialize. Each title also features 10 novel mini-games, such as "Top Flight" and "Skate Star," and five fun areas to explore, like Biggest Stars Village and Midtown.

Littlest Pet Shop 3 Biggest Stars fun also continues in Arcade Mode where girls can play with their pets and friends using DS wireless multiplayer capabilities.

Rated "E" for Everyone, the three Littlest Pet Shop 3 Biggest Stars titles are each individually priced at $29.95.

Naughty Bear - Chapter 9 DLC (PS3/X360)

Ahoy, mateys! The new pirate-themed Chapter 9 pits the naughtiest bear around in a bid to lay siege to the Island of Perfection with even more mischievous action, including all-new characters, costumes and challenges.

Filled with exclusive hidden treasures, deadly weapons and brutal buccaneers, Chapter 9 serves up four new challenges to swashbuckle while taking up arms against baddie Bears and their leader, Admiral Giggles, as well as The Pirates and their leader, The Great Bear Beard.

To commend their efforts in combat, Chapter 9 players can dress Naughty in his own version of the Pirate Bear costume or even assume the identity of The Great Bear Beard, find two new hats and collect the lethal cutlass, with unique ultra-kill capabilities.

Naughty Bear - Chapter 9 DLC is available on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 Microsoft points and on PlayStation Network for $4.99 USD.

NBA 2K11 (PSP/PS2/PS3/X360/PC)

This season, play as Michael Jordan for the first time and relive his greatest moments with the Jordan Challenge in NBA 2K11. With realistic physics, lifelike player models, broadcast-quality presentations and feature-rich simulation, NBA 2K11 is the most dynamic and complete experience ever available in the NBA 2K franchise.

In the Jordan Challenge, gamers can step onto the court in 10 legendary games from Michael Jordan's career and replicate his amazing plays in NBA 2K11. Successfully complete the Jordan Challenge and unlock the MJ: Creating a Legend mode, which lets players take control of a rookie Michael Jordan and place him on any current NBA team to start his career. Additionally, while playing through NBA 2K11, players will be awarded special pairs of Air Jordan shoes for hitting game milestones and accomplishments — with 40 total classic and new pairs.

In addition to the Jordan Challenge and MJ: Creating a Legend mode, NBA 2K11 also offers many improvements to favorite features of the series.

NBA 2K11 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. The game will be available in mid-October for Wii.

NBA Jam (Wii)

With two distinct game modes — Classic Campaign and Remix Tour — EA Sports' NBA Jam offers something for everyone. In Classic Campaign, players can take a trip down memory lane, individually or cooperatively with a friend, as they play through all the teams in the NBA in a worst to first ladder tournament. In Remix Tour, players will be faced with a new twist on the traditional NBA Jam experience. From boss battles against some of the NBA's greatest legends, to half-court game modes with distinct challenges and winning conditions, players will be taken through an NBA Jam experience that, while completely unique to the basketball videogame genre, is classic arcade hoops at its best.

NBA Jam has been rated E for Everyone.

Oops! Prank Party (Wii)

Gamers of all ages will find something to satisfy their funny bones with Oops! Prank Party, which has more than 100 brain-teasing, puzzle-solving, reflex-testing party games.

Players can put their personality directly into the game with one of the most robust avatar creators in a party game, including more than 500 avatar customization elements. Players will find that winning is more gratifying than ever with the added fun of pranking losers' avatars in the game.

Oops! Prank Party features four play modes to get the party started: Master mode invites up to three players to try and best the master computer player in a series of challenges. Board mode puts a spin on gameplay by placing players on one of seven boards in a race for points. Free Play mode gives players total reign to build their own competition from unlocked games while Trial mode seeks to find the best competitor in different game mixes.

Oops! Prank Party for Wii is available in stores for $19.99.

Rulers of Nations (PC)

Which Head of State would you be?

If you were the president, how would you manage the country — same style as President Obama, or would you act more like President Bush?

Among many of today's real-world challenges in Rulers of Nations are the U.S. deficit, the crises in Afghanistan and Iran, and the persistent problem of global warming. Other critical issues are creating energy sources from solar to deep-sea oil drilling, managing refugees after a catastrophe, colonizing countries, and buying black market weapons. Have fun playing in the complicated and challenging scenarios of economic wars, armed conflicts, alliances, spying, treason, and terrorist attacks!

Rulers of Nations is played on a detailed 3-D world map showing 8,000 cities in 192 countries in a visually stimulating user interface with multiple windows and on-screen video inserts. Each country has current data on 400 key factors (economics, energy, military, monetary, etc.) based on current data from 50 international organizations including the United Nations, G20, NATO, NAFTA, and OPEC.

Play solo or with friends (up to 16 online players) and decide if other human or simulated Heads of State are your friends or enemies. Eversim has cleverly created 3D clones of the heads of major political leaders to add more realism to an already realistic game. Not only can you play the President, but your avatar looks like him!

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