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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 8, 2010 @ 12:05 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 ...

Bomberman Live: Battlefest (XBLA)

The sequel to the downloadable title Bomberman Live, which has sold more than 600,000 copies, Bomberman Live: Battlefest features the same frantic action that the series is known for. With 8-person online multiplayer, as well as a wealth of all-new features, including teams, new modes, new arenas, new power-ups, new costumes, and even the ability to use an avatar as a playable character, players will be running for cover.

In Bomberman Live: Battlefest, players will be able to choose from more arenas than ever, including an Adventure Island-themed arena, a shape-shifting MultiMaze and a Pirate Ship crashing through the waves. With the all-new team play feature, 2-4 players can join up per team, gather with up to 8 people online, and battle other teams and set the online world on fire!

Players will also be able to customize their own Bomberman by choosing from a plethora of new costumes, as they mix and match pieces of Napoleon Bombaparte, Chef Bombardee, Sir Bombalot and more. The game features five new power-ups like the cluster bomb, rocket bomb and laser bomb, and four new modes like VIP, Bankroll, Capture the Flag and Capture the Crown.

Bomberman Live: Battlefest is now available for 800 Microsoft Points.

Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice DLC (XBLA)

Twins Wren and Reynold are back for an all-new adventure with friends Lucy and Everett, in Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice. When Lucy gets sucked through a magic portal, she is captured by Araxia, the monster leader who has overthrown the monster elders and is quickly making enemies. Players are taken to Repugia, a warped universe where monsters rule the land. In a twist of fate, the same kids who battled monsters in Costume Quest to save Halloween now find themselves aligned with their former foes to save Lucy against the evil Araxia and restore peace to Repugia.

Key Features:

  • New costumes with special abilities:
    • A pirate costume with a zipline ability that allows players to slide down wires using their hook hand
    • An eyeball costume that has a zoom-out ability letting players see more of the environment and potentially find secrets
    • A Yeti costume with the ability to shield the entire party in battle
  • New characters, including the new boss Araxia; new monsters such as the Repugiarchs; and new neighbors – non-player character monsters with unique outfits
  • Eight new battle stamps and 18 new "Creepy Treat" cards to collect
  • All-new storyline and quests filled with Double Fine's trademark humor and charm

Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice is available on Xbox Live Arcade for 400 Microsoft Points.

Decimation X3 (XBLA)

Decimation X3 is the thrilling sequel to one of the most popular 2D-retro shooters on Xbox Live Indie Games, Decimation X. Get ready for intense local four-player action, never-ending waves of enemies and a continual rain of power-ups to significantly improve your offensive and defensive capabilities. Featuring decidedly retro pixel art graphics, an overload of explosion particle effects, normal and challenge game modes, 60 frames per second and a hypnotic trance beat soundtrack from Imphenzia, Decimation X3 is everything an arcade junkie could wish for and will put your reflexes to the ultimate test.

Decimation X3 is available for only for 80 Microsoft Points ($1 USD)!

Destination: Treasure Island - Anniversary Edition (PC)

Robert Lewis (later "Louis") Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. It's during the summer of 1881 that Stevenson decides to write "Treasure Island" when he discovers Lloyd, his twelve years old stepson, drawing and coloring the map of an imaginary "Treasure Island". From this moment, he starts writing this book, which will be published in 1883 and will represent the beginning of Stevenson's carrier as a profitable writer.

The story of "Treasure Island" is that of Jim Hawkins, son of the owners of "Admiral Benbow" Inn, situated in an English harbor of the 18th century. One day, one old seaman called Billy Jones arrives at the Inn becoming a long-term lodger. Jim is fascinated by the angry seaman because he seems to notice a mystery around him. At the death of Billy Jones, Jim and his mother discover in his chest a map that indicates the island where Captain's Flint group hided a fabulous treasure. Together with Doctor Livesey and the squire Telawney, a ship called "Hispaniola" is prepared to search for the treasure.

During the journey, Jim overhears a conversation between the cook, called Long John Silver and the men from the crew. He finds out that they all belonged to Captain Flint's group and they wanted to start a mutiny to get the treasure. Jim averts his companions of the danger, but they decide to wait till arriving at the island, while watching their backs. After various adventures, the treasure ends belonging to Jim and his companions. The "Hispaniola" takes again the sea with her precious cargo and returns to England, but Long John Silver succeeds on running away with a bag filled of golden pieces he had stolen during a stop of the ship.

Robert Louis Stevenson also published "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Prince Otto".

Four years have passed since the end of the adventure recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel.

Jim Hawkins has become an upstanding adventurous young man, attentive to those around him. Imagine his surprise when, one morning, he sees a parrot enter his bedroom window: none other than Captain Flint, Long John's own companion. The bird brings him a message from his master. In the message the old pirate announces that he has buried a marvelous treasure on the secret isle where he retired: Emerald Island.

Jim is going to have to hurry though. Pirates, old enemies of Long John, are on his trail.

Game features

  • A thrilling quest: Set out in search of the incredible treasure. The sequel of R.L. Stevenson's adventure: A tale that has fascinated millions of readers for years!
  • A varied, exotic environment. Highly colored and detailed graphics to give you a real taste for travel
  • A treasure trail: Danger at every turn, to keep you in suspense for hours
  • An innovative game system: An interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles
  • Dozens of fascinating enigmas: Resolve them or never reach the treasure.
  • New Game features
    • 16:9 widescreen support
    • Netbook resolutions support.

The game is available on the Kheops Studio shop in English and French versions.

Earth Defense Force 2017 (X360)

In preparation of the spring 2011 launch of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, D3Publisher announces that the Xbox 360 classic Earth Defense Force 2017 is now available for Xbox Live Games on Demand.  The hard to find Earth Defense Force 2017, developed by Sandlot (Japan) is now available to all players looking to experience what made the game a cult hit.

In Earth Defense Force 2017, planet Earth is under attack from an onslaught of alien insect invaders ranging from giant ants and spiders to robots and monsters and the Earth Defense Force (EDF) is mankind's only chance for survival.  The game features more than 50 missions,with wholly destructible environments including bridges, skyscrapers and more that can be leveled instantly.  The arcade-style third-person shooter equips players with an arsenal of over 150 weapons, vehicles and loyal teammates where players can fight alone or with a friend in local split-screen co-op to save the world even if it means demolishing it in the process.

Earth Defense Force 2017, rated "T" for Teen, is available for $19.99 (USD) for Xbox Live Games on Demand.

Gary Grigsby's War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 (PC)

Now gamers who want to experience unparalleled realism, scope, and detail on the Eastern Front need look no further!  Both download and physical copies are available from either the Matrix Games or Slitherine store, with the physical copy including a printed manual.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said "War in the East is one of our biggest and most anticipated releases of the year so we're very excited to be announcing that it's now available for purchase. 2by3 Games has worked hard over the past few years to make this game the classic it will no doubt become but enough chit chat – Stalingrad isn't going to just besiege itself!"

Gary Grigsby's War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945 is the spiritual heir to the great Eastern Front board and computer wargames of the past; a turn-based World War II strategy game down to the division and brigade level, stretching across the entire Eastern Front at a 10 mile per hex scale. Gamers can engage in massive, dramatic campaigns, including intense battles involving thousands of units with realistic and historical terrain, weather, orders of battle, logistics and combat results.  As with all the award-winning titles made by the 2by3 Games team, factors such as supply, fatigue, experience, morale and the skill of your divisional, corps and army leaders all play an important part in determining the results at the front line. Gary Grigsby's War in the East comes with 4 massive campaigns as well as many smaller scenarios all with different strategic and operational challenges.

Gary Grigsby's War in the East represents a truly epic representation of the Second World War on the Eastern Front and is unparalleled in its scale, detail, and ambition!

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - 90s Rock Track Pack (Wii/PS3/X360)

Beginning today, gamers will be rocking their way into the holiday season 90s-style thanks to a quintet of new downloadable tracks for Activision's Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the Guitar Hero music library.  Featuring a variety of hit tracks from some of the decades biggest artists such as The Goo Goo Dolls' first smash hit "Name" from A Boy Named Goo and Marcy Playground's then record-breaking Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart classic "Sex & Candy," the 90s Rock Track Pack is sure to have players nostalgic for the days of beepers, flannel, slap bracelets and dial-up internet. 

The 90s Rock Track Pack contains the following songs:

  • The Goo Goo Dolls – "Name"
  • Marcy Playground – "Sex And Candy"
  • Matchbox Twenty – "Real World"
  • R.E.M. – "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?"
  • Sponge – "Plowed"

The 90s Rock Track Pack will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 760 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation Store for $9.49 and for Wii for 950 Wii Points.  All songs in the 90s Rock Track Pack will also be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PS3 for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each.  In addition to the in-game music store and Xbox Live Marketplace, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox Live.

Marvel Pinball (XBLA)

Staying true to the essence of each Super Hero, Marvel Pinball table was designed from the ground up to capture the personality and insignia of each character. Fans will instantly recognize objects and moments in each table as they battle to take down Super Villains and unlock a massive amount of game play modes, while also enjoying fresh boost to Superscores and Wizard Scores.

Fans can download Pinball FX2 from Xbox Live Arcade for free, and then purchase the Marvel Pinball bundle, which includes The Amazing Spider-Man, The Invincible Iron Man, Wolverine and Blade for 800 MSP.

Super Laser Racer (PC)

Super Laser Racer is an exciting top-down combat racing game inspired by Geometry Wars, WipeOut and Mario Kart. It features 25 tracks, 12 ships, 3 tournaments with Race, Eliminator, Survivor and Time Trial modes. Also included are online leaderboards, online multiplayer and a full track editor to design and share your own tracks.

Under Siege (PS3)

Set in a medieval fantasy world, Under Siege sees players control a small group of heroes – Eirik, Kari and Asgeir – in a battle against the huge invading army of King Ingvar. With a single player campaign, as well as online and local multiplayer content, the game works with the DualShock/Sixaxis controller and is also one of the first games to support the Playstation Move controller.

Under Siege places extreme emphasis on user-generated content and in-game battles. Using the same powerful in-game editor used by the developers, players can create their own maps to share and play online with other members of the Under Siege community. The game interfaces with several social networks, for example allowing users to directly upload pictures to Facebook and videos to YouTube.

Filipe Pina, Developer, Seed Studios, said, "Under Siege has been two years in the making and we're delighted to be unveiling it to the Under Siege community. Due to their often complex control systems, many people associate real time strategy games with the PC, a keyboard and a mouse. But we were keen to demonstrate what is achievable on the PS3. The new Playstation Move controller in particular, offers some thrilling new possibilities for this genre that we wanted to take advantage of."

Other features of Under Siege include;

  • Control scheme specially designed for the DualShock/Sixaxis Controller
  • Playstation Move Support
  • 4 players online
  • 2 players split screen
  • Video and voice chat in game and in the lobbies
  • XMB screenshot and custom music support
  • Video recording
  • Plays in Full HD 1080p;
  • Available in 6 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. 

Under Siege retails for £11.99 in the UK, $19.99 in the US and €14.99 throughout the rest of Europe.

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