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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2011 @ 1:30 p.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 ...

Apples to Apples (XBLA)

Apples to Apples challenges players to outwit and anticipate the actions of others while taking into consideration personality, preferences and individual senses of humor. Apples to Apples is a word comparison game that requires strategic thinking and allows players to learn while having fun.

The game features single-player, local and online modes for up to six players. Apples to Apples also comes with new customizable play modes, vibrant backgrounds, and Golden Apple cards, which can be used to change the rules in fun new ways. Participants can choose between 16 animated avatars such as Pirate Apple, Cowboy Apple and Ballerina Apple.

The digital version of Apples to Apples features social gaming connectivity capabilities, allowing family and friends to share or play anytime, anywhere — in the same room or on opposite sides of the world.

Apples to Apples is available on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Defense Grid: You Monster DLC (XBLA/PC)

Defense Grid features beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack. The controls are intuitive and the gameplay is deep - the special attacks and properties of each tower work together to provide many ways to succeed. Together with expansions, the game now has 40 unique environments, each with a different placement of roads, tower build locations, and open areas to plan a strategy around.

GLaDOS, the menacing AI from Valve's Portal franchise, guest stars in this eight-level Defense Grid expansion. Players battle alien hordes as well as the deviousness of GLaDOS as she tests the player's skills and changes all of the rules. Defense Grid: You Monster also features 35 challenge missions, many new achievements and over 15 hours of additional gameplay.

Defense Grid: You Monster is available for 400 Microsoft points ($4.99) and requires the original game to play.

Trine 2 (PC)

Trine 2 is a sequel to a highly rated PlayStation Network game. It introduces stunning locales, daunting enemies, puzzling environmental hazards, character upgrades, and online functionality for the game's three-person cooperative play. Gamers thousands of miles apart can team up and play through the entire game as either the powerful knight, agile thief, or crafty wizard to get to the bottom of an evil magic that has brought havoc-wreaking plants to life.

Trine 2 is available on Steam and other channels, including GamersGate and Direct2Drive. The regular edition is priced at $14.99/€12.99/£11.99. The Collector's Edition is available for $24.99/€19.99/£17.99.

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