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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 2:15 p.m. PDT

Batman: Arkham City (PS3/X360)

Batman: Arkham City sends players flying through the expansive Arkham City, the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.

Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, Batman: Arkham City introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay.

The game features Gotham City's most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and many others.

Players can look forward to the Nightwing Bundle Pack on Nov. 1 and the Robin Bundle Pack on Nov. 22. The downloadable content will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 560 Microsoft points and PlayStation Network for $6.99.

Batman: Arkham City is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

Ben 10 Galactic Racing (NDS/Wii/PS3/X360)

Ben 10 Galactic Racing is the first kart racing experience in the Ben 10 franchise, which is based on the Cartoon Network series.

Ben 10 Galactic Racing features more than 25 unique and challenging high-speed tracks spread across five planets from the Ben 10 universe for an ultimate racing experience. Supporting up to four players, Ben 10 Galactic Racing is an exciting multiplayer racing experience for the whole family.

Ben 10 Galactic Racing is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB.

Cradle Of Egypt: Collector's Edition (PC)

Cradle Of Egypt takes the player on a fascinating journey to the lands of the Pharaohs. The player is challenged to complete match-three levels through five ancient epochs of the ancient history and build his own Egypt. Starting from a small village, players develop the settlement into the most powerful civilization of the ancient world by matching three or more similar tiles, collect recourses and building masterpieces of the ancient Egyptian architecture.

The Collector's Edition features:

  • 100 levels of match-3 gameplay
  • Original puzzle minigames
  • Five gorgeous epochs to complete
  • Adventure, Unlimited, Blitz game modes
  • Relaxed and Timed modes in Adventure
  • Great bonuses and over 25 unique trophies
  • Exclusive content includes 15 additional levels of match-three gameplay, helpful tips and tricks, the developer's diary, puzzle minigames, beautiful hand-drawn wallpapers and original soundtracks

Cradle Of Egypt: Collector's Edition is priced at $19.95 (USD).

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link DLC (PS3/X360/PC)

Tortured by Belltower agents and with his augmentations disabled, Adam Jensen must escape from a freighter destined for an unknown location. Jensen uncovers a new layer of conspiracy, befriends new allies, and fights ruthless enemies to discover what was happening in the shadows during the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link is available at a cost of 1,200 Microsoft points via the Xbox Live Marketplace and $14.99 on the PlayStation Network and Windows PC platforms. The DLC provides an average of four to six hours of compelling gameplay, and players will be able to earn 10 new achievements/trophies and 250 Xbox Gamerscore points. Players must own Deus Ex: Human Revolution to play Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link.

Grease: The Game (PS3/X360)

Grease: The Game is all-singing, all-dancing video game for Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation 3 Move that allows players to sing and dance alongside Danny, Sandy, The Pink Ladies and the T-Birds. Grease provides an interactive social singing and dancing experience where players can turn up their style and release their inner rock 'n' roller. Inspired by the timeless movie, Grease: The Game delivers an active and exciting interactive experience that ignites Grease fever among both new and lifelong fans.

Grease is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact (PSP)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact puts players in the middle of epic, large-scale battles as their favorite characters battle through single-player and multiplayer modes.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact lets players unleash their honed Jutsu skills through exciting single-player and multiplayer modes. Story Battle lets fans become part of explosive Naruto Shippuden fights straight from the anime with more events and battle sequences than ever before on the PSP system. The game features content from the beginning of the Naruto Shippuden storyline all the way to episodes from 2011.

Tag Battle lets two friends connect through Ad-hoc to team up and complete a variety of missions cooperatively, while Versus Battle lets players battle against each other. All the fan's favorite characters from the Naruto Shippuden universe are playable, with customization options that carry through each mode within the game.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $39.99.

Payday: The Heist (PSN)

In Payday The Heist, players take on the role of a hardened career criminal and engage in a number of high-stakes, death defying heists in a never-ending pursuit of the ultimate score.

Payday The Heist is a high-intensity, squad-based, online co-op shooter game that features six dynamic heists based in a variety of urban settings that demand quick thinking, strategy, and above all else, teamwork.

Payday The Heist is available for $19.99 USD via digital download on the PlayStation Network.

Pet Zombies (3DS)

Pet Zombies is the first undead pet sim that lets you raise your own zombie, customize it to your liking, manage its diet, and play twisted games to unlock even more macabre fun – in 3D.

Pet Zombies is a pet simulation spoof with a horrific twist. Nurture or punish: it's your choice. Reanimate your very own customizable zombies that you can play with, care for, or torment in a variety of environments where they can shamble, shuffle and lurch. Form a bond with your zombie by providing it with food, toys, and entertainment. Pet Zombies offers lots of gory effects and games to keep players fully entertained and challenged. Customize your zombie to look as grotesque and scary as you desire. It's your pet, your rules, however twisted they may be.

Pet Zombies is rated T for Teen and available for the suggested retail price of $29.99.

PowerUp Heroes (X360)

PowerUp Heroes is the ultimate superpower-infused full-body combat game exclusively on Kinect for Xbox 360 . Developed by Ubisoft Quebec, PowerUp Heroes lets players transform their Xbox LIVE Avatar into a custom superhero to face off in a fight against the forces of evil.

PowerUp Heroes has been rated E10+ by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter (NDS)

In Professor Layton and the Last Specter, distinguished scholar Hershel Layton has yet to become a world-famous master sleuth. Upon receiving a mysterious letter from an old friend, he travels to a rural town called Misthallery that's said to be haunted by a nocturnal phantom. As players progress by solving a wide variety of logic, slide, picture, number and language puzzles, they'll also encounter Layton's assistant, Emmy Altava, and witness his first meeting with would-be apprentice Luke Triton. The numerous puzzles intertwine with the storyline in clever ways and are suitable for all skill levels.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (PS3)

Taking place after the events of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time , Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One finds the retired duo Ratchet and Clank escorting newly elected Galactic President Qwark to a ceremony that will award Qwark with an Intergalactic Tool of Justice Award. Little do they know that the award is an imaginary concoction by the evil Dr. Nefarious designed to lure the heroes to the planet of Luminopolis. As Nefarious's latest evil plan goes awry, Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious find themselves caught in the snare of a powerful and mysterious machine known as Ephemeris, the Creature Collector. Taken to the far-flung planet Magnus, the four unlikely companions must now begrudgingly work together to escape the Creature Collector's clutches. Their journey takes them through vibrant environments with breathtaking vistas and pits them against seemingly invincible creatures and robotic minions of the Creature Collector.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One includes an impressive array of over-the-top and upgradeable weapons, giving each hero considerable firepower with which to wreak havoc. Old favorites such as the Combuster return, while new weapons like the thunderstorm generating ThunderSmack, and explosive Warmonger rocket launcher give players choices in how to approach each situation. Additionally, each character has a special weapon, providing unique play styles for each.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One allows players to solve the mystery and explore the Ratchet & Clank universe with up to three other players. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is rated E 10+ by the ESRB.

Rocksmith (PS3/X360)

Rocksmith is the first video game where players can plug any real guitar with a standard 1/4" input jack into an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and play through a library of music. Rocksmith features gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player's skill level and engages experienced musicians as well as those who are picking up a guitar for the first time. Players can choose from actual lead, rhythm, and combo guitar compositions.

The standard edition, available for $79.99, includes the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable , a unique 1/4" to USB cable that turns the guitar's signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles. The guitar bundle provides an entry-level option for people who have always wanted to play but don't own a guitar. The bundle has an MSRP of $199.99 and includes an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar.

Rocksmith is rated "T" for Teen.

Sims 3 Pets (3DS/PS3/X360)

Players can use the robust Create a Pet tool to customize dozens of breeds of cats and dogs. The Sims 3 Pets also features gameplay experiences specific to each platform. Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, players explore new venues and embark on mysteries in the New England-style town of Sugar Maple Coast.

Karma Powers give players the ability to bestow wealth on their Sim or completely uproot their lives. New Karma Powers include: Transmogrify that allows a Sim, cat or dog to turn into a different species; Meteor Strike that drops space rocks from the sky; Feral Possession which turns players' pets into furry terrors; and more.

Exclusive to the Xbox 360, players who are Kinect-enabled can use voice commands to jump between areas of Create a Sim and live mode to change outfits, fulfill the needs of both their Sims and pets and more.

In The Sims 3 Pets PC/Mac Expansion Pack, players are able to create and adopt dogs, cats and, another first for the franchise, horses. Fans are able to take their Sims and pets on wild adventures while exploring the new world with animal-specific venues and environments such as the dog park, cat jungle or horse stables.

On the Nintendo 3DS version, players can create, customize and control a household full of pets without any human Sims.

The Sims 3 Pets is rated "T" for Teen, with an MSRP of $49.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and $39.99 on Nintendo 3DS and PC/Mac.

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure (3DS/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is the first game to deliver a cross-platform experience that allows kids to bring toys to life in a magical world via the Portal of Power. Because the toys remember their experiences, they can travel seamlessly — from your house to a friend's and from one platform to another, including the Nintendo Wii, 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Computer, PCs and Macs, as well as on the web with Skylanders Spyro's Universe.

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure's boundless multi-modal, cross-platform play is a watershed for young gamers seeking innovative and exciting digital adventures. Kids can collect more than 30 characters, each with their own powers and personality; and each expands the gameplay experience. The sinister Portal Master Kaos has cast them out of the Skylands and banished them to earth, where they are frozen and appear to look like toys. But they are very much alive on the inside, and only young gamers can free them by placing them on the Portal of Power so they can return to the Skylands and defeat Kaos.

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure includes a vast single-player adventure, co-op gameplay, battle modes, puzzle solving and treasure hunts. The result is a line of highly collectible characters, an engaging story and an interactive entertainment experience. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Tropico 4 (X360)

Tropico 4 sees you return as El Presidente, the tyrannical (or benevolent) dictator of the island paradise of Tropico. The world is changing and Tropico is moving with the times – geographical powers rise and fall and the world market is dominated by new players with new demands and offers – and you, as El Presidente, face a whole new set of challenges. If you are to triumph over your naysayers you will need to gain as much support from your people as possible. Your decisions will shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your Swiss bank account.

Tropico 4 features all-new missions across new maps, and it includes exciting new features to keep the action fresh and challenging. You can even elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial decisions passed through the government. Remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, as everyone has an agenda!

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