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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2010 @ 1:34 a.m. PST

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 ...

Arma 2: Private Military Company Expansion Pack (PC)

Arma 2: Private Military Company is the second expansion of Operation Arrowhead, whcih was released this summer. It introduces a new faction — PMC — with a set of new exotic weapons and vehicles, story driven SP campaign and a new attractive map.

Arma 2: Private Military Company requires Operation Arrowhead to play.

Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue (PC)

DeathSpank: T.O.V. puts players in the mighty boots of DeathSpank in his quest to destroy the six mystical thongs that have taken over the universe by corrupting those who wear them. Players will travel through war-torn country sides, outer space and even the North Pole to fight in an epic battle against the Evil Santa. DeathSpank T.O.V. also includes a local co-op mode, allowing a second player to aid DeathSpank in his search for the infamous thongs as either of his two trusty sidekicks, Sparkles the Wizard or Ninjatastic Steve.

Included in DeathSpank: T.O.V. are two free pieces of downloadable content: the Snowy Mountain Dungeon, a terrifying, ice-covered dungeon frozen in the North Pole and a new playable co-op character, Sidekick Tankko.

Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue is available on PC for $14.99 and is available exclusively via Steam.

Epic Mickey (Wii)

Disney Epic Mickey ushers in an innovative approach to gameplay as players assume the role of the iconic Mickey Mouse and are given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey's path to becoming an epic hero.

Disney Epic Mickey is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $49.99. There is also a collector's edition of the game which includes a five-inch collectible Disney Epic Mickey figurine, a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage, a stylized Wii Remote faceplate, and a pair of Wii system skins for an MSRP of $69.99.

Eve Online: Incursion DLC (PC)

Changes span the breadth of EVE, from the addition of over 80 new storyline missions and the Noctis salvaging ship to rebalancing rockets and Tech 2 ammo. The update also includes improvements to EVE's user interface (UI) based on player feedback, which should make the lives of all pilots a little easier, whether in a new frigate or contributing to the industrial might of their thousand-player alliance.

Incursion includes a long list of changes, many of which were prioritized and added with the help of the Council of Stellar Management, a representative group of EVE players elected by the playerbase to interact on their behalf with the CCP development team since 2008.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (NDS)

This bold new Golden Sun installment finds the descendents of the previous games' heroes fighting to protect the world of Weyard from a mysterious and powerful threat.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn takes place 30 years after the events of 2003's Golden Sun: The Lost Age, where the world of Weyard has recovered its vitality through the immense power of the Golden Sun. Continents have shifted, creating new nations and landscapes, and new species have emerged. But along with these changes, the next generation now faces new dangers. What begins as a simple journey turns into a dramatic quest to save the land from catastrophe as players are drawn into a world full of magical energy.

In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, players will encounter dangerous enemies as they strive to collect more than 70 different Djinn – mysterious elemental creatures that are used to summon powerful spirits in battle. As they explore the vast and beautifully rendered world of Weyard, players use the stylus on their Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system to control character movements, enter battle commands and use magical abilities by releasing Psynergy – spells connected to the elemental forces.

"Golden Sun: Dark Dawn delivers a planet-sized quest to explore and conquer," said Marc Franklin, Nintendo of America's director of Public Relations. "The game's memorable characters, brilliant graphics and multifaceted game play will satisfy fans of the original Golden Sun games, and the rich storyline and intuitive touch-screen controls will help newcomers to dive right in."

Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack DLC (X360)

The Noble Map Pack introduces seven new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore and adds three explosive new environments to the online multiplayer battlefield:

  • Tempest: "Though we may never fully understand these devices, it is not our nature to leave ancient stones unturned." This abandoned shoreline facility bends both sea and sky to an unnatural purpose, but the ground itself has quickly become another all too familiar battlefield. Though the two opposing symmetrical bases may never reveal their ancient purpose, both now offer makeshift shelter and access to strategic routes perfectly suited for small and large scale skirmishes alike. Tempest supports 8 – 16 players and offers a variety of modes including Free for All, Team Slayer, Team Objective and Big Team Battle. Tempest also provides players with a huge Forge palette, allowing them to create new custom map variants that can be shared with the community-at-large.
  • Anchor 9: "Orbital dockyards provide rapid refueling and repairs for a variety of UNSC vessels." Within the confines of this low orbit dry-dock, UNSC craft undergo rapid repair and rearmament in support of the enduring war effort. But for the small squads of infantry who now fight over the mirrored interior hallways and open central hangar bay, this platform no longer provides any safe harbor – whether the close quarters combat is occurring inside or out of its artificial gravitational field. Anchor 9 allows 2-8 players to face off in game variants including Free for All, Team Slayer and Team Objective.
  • Breakpoint: "ONI officials believe the data buried within this artifact is key to our survival." Atop this icy precipice, the Invasion continues. These modular archaeological labs were never intended to withstand such a large scale onslaught of Covenant military power, but the information being extracted here may prove vital to humanity's survival. In response to the imminent Covenant threat, UNSC ground and air assets have been deployed to bolster entrenched Spartan countermeasures. This dig site must yield salvation, or it will become a grave. Breakpoint offers multiplayer mayhem for 8-16 players, and supports the Invasion and Big Team Battle game variants.

The Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack is available for 800 Microsoft Points.

Lylian: Episode One - Paranoid Friendship (PC)

Lylian is an episodic 2D side scroller action game. You play as Lylian, a patient in the Hacklaster Hospital's children ward. She has the uncanny ability to spew forth figments of her mind into the "real" world and cause damage with the long sleeves of her straitjacket.

The player controls Lylian's imagination which can change the world and its inhabitants. With unique attack abilities, humorous enemies and original bosses, the game is a mix of fast action set by a storyline with great pacing in stylised rendered environments. An arcade style of play will also be available, with a cooperative mode of up to four players planned for later episodes.

Lilian is rated "T" for Teen for mild fantasy violence and is available for download for $4.99.

PT Boats: South Gambit (PC)

WWII naval warfare is back!

You will battle in the Mediterranean and transport British troops and supplies to Libya and Tunis, and escort convoys to the besieged island of Malta; just as if you were participating in the real historical operations "Harpoon", "Vigorous" and "Pedestal". Then you will be relocated to the Black Sea, where some of the most dramatic historical battles were raging. Nazi "Kriegsmarine" will do its best to disrupt sea communications between Sevastopol and Novorossiysk. So, you and your PT boat will play an important role in night raids against enemy bases and then in artillery attacks on the German Navy in Yalta and Anapa.

PT Boats: South Gambit combines key elements of a strategic, tactical and action simulator. The game allows the player to control each crew member separately or command whole groups of ships in a strategic layer.

PT Boats: South Gambit is a standalone add-on to PT Boats: Knights of the Sea naval simulation; this means that the original Knights of the Sea game is NOT required to play.

PT Boats South Gambit is available as a digital download for $35, as a mail version (CD only) for $35 plus shipping and handling, or as both immediate download AND mail delivery for $45 plus shipping and handling.

Silly Bandz (NDS)

Players advance through 40 levels in four exciting unlockable environments — outdoor, marine, party and fantasy locations — to free 200 unique Silly Bandz shapes to add to their virtual collection. Some Bandz feature special powers, such as multiplying or exploding in air, or surviving environmental hazards by transforming upon impact. Silly Bandz also features local multiplayer versus mode, which allows two players to challenge each other to see who can free the most Silly Bandz and score the most points.

As a special bonus for video game fans, Silly Bandz is bundled with a 12-pack of exclusive video game themed Silly Bandz bracelets shaped as a game controller, joystick, arcade machine and pinball game.

Silly Bandz for the Nintendo DS is rated E for Everyone and is available for an MSRP of $29.99.

Star Shipping (PC)

The goal of Star Shipping is to become the richest captain in the galaxy by trading commodities between new and exciting planets, while working for the intergalactic space trading company "Star Shipping Inc." Since space is unpredictable while traveling to different planets, you'll encounter multiple types of enemies like space pirates, monsters and other alien lifeforms. You can choose between flying solo or protecting your cargo by hiring defense drones. In-game news at the end of each turn dramatically affects the next turn's outcome as well as random events that occur during travel will make players think twice before taking chances and increases the fun as the game progresses.

Zumba Fitness: The Video Game (Wii/PS3/X360)

Zumba Fitness: The Video Game pairs Latin rhythms with red-hot international dance steps so you can have a blast as you party your way into shape.

In the Zumba exer-game, players can learn and perfect nine different dance styles: Reggaeton, Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip-Hop, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco and Calypso. The game features 30 music tracks and routines — some exclusive to the game — led by Zumba creator Beto and celebrity instructors Gina Grant and Tanya Beardsley.

Players can throw a fitness-party at home with up to three other players, or take the party online with up to 8 via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. All three versions of the game let players dance hands-free: Kinect for Xbox 360 is controller free, and the Wii and PlayStation Move motion controller versions ship with a fitness belt that tracks players' hip movements as they dance.

Zumba Fitness is rated E and is available for an MSRP of $49.99 for Xbox 360 and $39.99 on Wii and PlayStation Move.

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