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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 22, 2010 @ 4:10 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:

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

Armada 2526 (PC) - Europe Only

Armada 2526 continues the great tradition of space opera games. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you'll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, find new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles. Armada 2526 focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management.

The Star Map is where you run your empire: manage your colonies, deploy your fleets, do research, and conduct diplomacy. It uses a turn-based system, so you can take as long as you wish to plan your actions. However, once battle is joined, you switch to the battle module and fight it out in a real-time 3D system that brings to life the beauty and visceral carnage of space combat.

Key Features:

  • Turn-based star map for moving fleets, managing colonies, performing research, and conducting diplomacy.
  • Customizable map size and number of players, allowing you to construct tight 2 player confrontations, or huge galaxies with 50 or more players, and thousands of stars. Map designer included.
  • Twelve animated alien races to play and battle against.
  • Full featured diplomacy system, with a highly intelligent AI and options to ask favors, make demands, and issue ultimatums.
  • More than 100 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers.
  • 3D Real-time battle system for fighting huge battles with 100 or more ships per side.
  • Ground combat is integrated into the combat system, allowing marines to be landed to battle ground defenses while ship combat rages overhead.
  • More than a hundred beautifully crafted ship models, including mighty dreadnaughts, long range missile cruisers, fighters, carriers, and asteroids for bombarding planets.
  • Tough A.I. opponents.

Dragon Ball: Origins 2 (NDS)

Players take on the role of young Goku and various allies he meets along the way, as they face off against the menacing Red Ribbon Army. Dragon Ball: Origins 2 offers the opportunity to play as series hero Goku as well as friends including Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha and more, each with their own abilities and power-ups. By playing the single-player adventure, special multiplayer stages including challenging boss fights unlock and become available. Two players can join up together to complete multiplayer challenges via a local wireless connection. Players are also able to carry over their saved character from the single-player mode as they battle alongside friends in co-op mode.

A fun mix of fierce fighting, dynamic action, exploration and puzzle-solving awaits, as Goku and friends must utilize a wide range of skills to maneuver through each level. With support for both stylus and button input options, players can choose how they control Goku to unleash aerial attacks, land devastating combos and interact with the environment. A situation-based camera adapts with the changing gameplay to bring players closer to the action as they jump, swing and charge through forests, underwater areas and more. Meanwhile, key boss battles switch to side-view to emphasize the signature fighting style of the Dragon Ball series.

Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for Nintendo DS is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $29.99

Making History II: The War of the World (PC)

Making History II: The War of the Worldallows players to experience grand strategy on an epic scale as they take World War II history in their own hands and reshape the destiny of nations. National leaders will contend with competing military, economic and ethnic interests as they fight to fulfill each country's aspirations. More than simply winning battles, MHII is about exercising diplomacy and waging war. Players might choose to invade a neighboring country, use espionage against allies and enemies, or destabilize a government by crippling their economy.

Making History II includes both single-player campaigns and multiplayer support. Each turn, players generate income, conduct research, develop the natural resources within their borders, grow their industry and build military forces. Ultimate success requires smart strategic decisions in combat, but also in the management of the economy and the country's resources. Rival political factions (both domestic and international) must be dealt with. Diplomatic choices realistically affect a nation's status and reputation. The turn-by-turn nature of the game allows players time to plan and judge each move with an eye to possible long-term consequences.

The game is a return to fun communal board games coupled with the latest social networking functionality. The current website supports personal user pages, a web-enabled messaging system, friend lists, and more. When the game hosting service launches this summer it will add leaderboards, multiplayer matchmaking, persistent hosted games, and group management support to the site. In addition to the usual head-to-head gameplay, the service will allow MHII players to experience online games played in an asymmetric fashion where players can come by, take a turn, and leave, with no time spent waiting for other players. Games can take days, weeks, or months through customizable turn durations and email notifications.

The game can also be downloaded immediately from Stardock's Impulse, GamersGate or Muzzy Lane's own Gaming Headquarters, and once released, through Steam and Direct2Drive. Boxed copies are available on and major retail outlets. Those who opt for the box release can immediately update the game to the current digital version through an automatic update on the day of release.

Key Features:

  • Play any nation on a beautifully rendered 3D world map.
  • Control hundreds of different land, sea and air units that represent historic vehicles and weapons used by major and minor powers of the era.
  • Research an array of weapon systems and tactical improvements that allow upgrades for existing forces and structures to match advancing technology.
  • Fly bombing missions against industrial and military targets or establish air patrols over enemy regions.
  • Manage an extensive economic system covering production of resources, domestic food consumption, and international trade.
  • Initiate infrastructure projects that modernize your nation and expand your economic potential.
  • Construct factories and research facilities that increase the power of your nation or sabotage and destroy the buildings controlled by your enemies.
  • Battle an intelligent AI that instigates, reacts and adapts to the changing game dynamics, generating action on the home front and abroad.
  • Encounter unique nations, each with their own characteristics that influence behavior.
  • Discover diverse populations divided by culture, ethnicity, religion and political ideology; factors that destabilize nations, provoking revolts, coups and civil wars.
  • Develop your colonies, liberate captured nations, establish puppet states or annex enemy territories.
  • Engage in espionage and interfere in the internal affairs of your neighbors.
  • Enjoy a new, innovative multiplayer system that greatly reduces the obstacles to long-term games.

Puzzle Dimension (PC)

Puzzle Dimension is a puzzle game where the player exercises the spatial thinking. The player is invited to 100 unique labyrinth-like structures which become more and more challenging. In Puzzle Dimension gravity is depending on your movements, up and down are relative terms. Classic game play elements such as fire, ice, spikes, buttons and hidden sections give the player a diverse range of problems and satisfying eureka moments.

The abstract game world is visualized by the in-house engine which allows the audiovisuals to blend depending on the player's progress. The audiovisuals blend between 8-bit chip-tunes and pixel-like visuals to crystal clear music and high end graphics.

Puzzle Dimension, developed by Doctor Entertainment, is released on Steam for the price of $9.99 / £6.99 / Euro 9.99.

Puzzle Dimension will also be released for Mac on August 25th. Versions are in development for consoles and the mobile platforms iPhone, iPad and Android.

Puzzle Quest 2(NDS)

Puzzle Quest 2 marks the return of the ultimate puzzle-RPG experience in an all-new fantasy universe.

"The Puzzle Quest franchise is well-received with numerous awards and recognition and Infinite Interactive has improved their winning formula in Puzzle Quest 2," said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P. "The game board has been perfected with more immersive elements, including the use of spells and the all-new purple gem and weapons that both make the action active and the rewards more accessible."

Puzzle Quest 2 features its hallmark blend of match-3 gem matching and fantasy, with a simple but meaningful role playing experience where players can choose any of four character classes; Sorcerer, Templar, Barbarian, or Assassin. Each character class provides interesting twists during multiple playthroughs as players reclaim the once peaceful village of Verloren from the evil clutch of the demon Gorgon. Players will be able to level up each character to progress through the adventure in Story Mode or dive into Instant Action, Tournament Mode, or Multiplayer Mode for a rich and diverse experience. With the entire Puzzle Quest world accessible on your fingertips in real-time action, players will be able to get a more streamlined experience for instant gratification.

Puzzle Quest 2, rated "E10+" (Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Theme), for NDS is available at retail stores nationwide for $29.95.

Transformers: Cybertron Adventures (Wii)

Transformers: Cybertron Adventures for the Wii is distinct but follows a similar storyline to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC versions of the game. Developed by Next Level Games and built from the ground up for the Wii platform, the title allows players to fight for Cybertron through two unique Autobot and Decepticon campaigns that feature an action-packed mix of rail shooter gameplay levels in robot, driving and flying modes. A second player can join the battle by taking control of an extra reticle that can attack enemies for added firepower throughout the campaign. The game is rated "T" (Teen – for Fantasy Violence) by the ESRB.

Transformers: War for Cybertron (PS3/X360/PC)

Developed by award-winning High Moon Studios and based on Hasbro's legendary Transformers property, the game allows players to become the ultimate Transformers weapon in the final, epic war set on the Transformers home planet of Cybertron. Complete with full online co-op and a variety of deep, competitive multiplayer modes including the ability to create your own Transformers character for the first time ever in a video game, Transformers: War for Cybertron is the title fans have been waiting for.

"Transformers: War for Cybertron has absolutely been a passion project from day one, a true reimagining of the franchise that transports gamers straight to the core of the Transformers universe," said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing, Inc. "Players will experience full online co-op along with several deep multiplayer modes while they can create their very own Transformers character and compete head-to-head with their friends."

"Hasbro is thrilled to see the highly anticipated Transformers: War for Cybertron game come to market based on our iconic Transformers brand," said Mark Blecher, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Digital Media & Gaming at Hasbro. "Working closely with Hasbro, Activision has delivered an outstanding game that explores a story within Transformers mythology that hasn't been explored this deeply before and will become canon within the lore. This is truly an exciting format to experience a new, action-packed and visually stunning telling of an important part of Transformers history."

Transformers: War for Cybertron takes players to the final moments of the grand civil war that will determine the survival of the entire Transformers race. Fans will be able to explore the Transformers war-ravaged home planet in full 3D environments for the first time, armed with a diverse arsenal of high-tech weaponry and the ability to convert instantly from robot to vehicle form at any time as they engage in heart-pounding battles on land and in the air in this gripping, third-person action shooter. Complete with several multiplayer modes, Transformers: War for Cybertron allows gamers to play through story missions with their friends in drop in/drop out online co-op, and also create their own Transformers character for competitive head-to-head multiplayer modes, choosing among four distinct character classes, personalizing their character's look and selecting from a huge variety of weapons, skills and abilities. Additionally, the game introduces Escalation, a four-player online co-op mode that allows gamers to fight together as their favorite Autobots or Decepticons against increasing waves of enemies utilizing strong teamwork to survive.

Transformers: War for Cybertron is rated "T" (Teen – for Violence) by the ESRB and is available now on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Autobots/Decepticons (NDS)

Also available today are two distinct games developed by veteran studio Vicarious Visions for the Nintendo DS, Transformers: War for Cybertron Autobots and Transformers: War for Cybertron Decepticons. Each title allows players to fight for control of the Transformers home planet through eight unique story missions and 30 intense arena challenges. At any point, gamers can change form from robot to vehicle and will have access to 30 characters across both skus, ten of which are exclusive to the DS platform. Additionally, fans can challenge their friends to high-stakes multiplayer matches using local wireless connectivity and wager one of their unlocked Transformers characters on the outcome and winner takes all. Both DS games are rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older – for Fantasy Violence) by the ESRB.

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