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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 22, 2011 @ 5:48 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 ...

Bulletstorm (PS3/X360/PC)

From the pulp sci-fi single-player campaign to the relentless multiplayer modes, Bulletstorm injects the fun back into first-person shooters.

Set in the 26th century on Stygia, a planet where paradise was lost and has since been overrun with rampaging freaks, flesh-eating plants and creatures the size of skyscrapers, Bulletstorm tells the story of Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato. As ex-members of an elite military force called Dead Echo, Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato are mercenaries on the run across the galaxy, until they are stranded on Stygia, where their main objective is to survive long enough in order to exact revenge on the one person responsible for their plight. In Anarchy multiplayer mode, teams of up to four players fight together to survive waves of blood-thirsty mutants while scoring Skillpoints in order to advance. In Echomode, Bulletstorm tracks and compares players' scores through locations found in the campaign. Through the Skillshot system, Bulletstorm provides stylish, imaginative ways to perform spectacular kills with some of the most unique weapons ever seen, including the Boneduster, a four-barreled shotgun that packs an incredible punch, to the Headhunter, a sniper rifle that allows player to guide the bullet as it reaches its target.

People Can Fly, Epic Games and EA also announced the Gun Sonata pack, the first downloadable content for Bulletstorm. Featuring three new maps for Anarchy multiplayer mode, from the wretched Sewers of Stygia to the dilapidated ruins of Hotel Elysium and the open spaces of Villa, the Gun Sonat a Anarchy maps provide even more settings for players to work together in order to pull off fantastic team skillshots. In addition to the new Anarchy maps, Gun Sonat a will also introduce two new Echo mode maps, including Crash Site, where Final Echo soldiers must deal with the ramifications of their crashed ship, and Guns of Stygia, in which a captive commando escapes from an enemy prison. Completely new to the Bulletstorm experience, Crash Site and Guns of Stygia offer brand new challenges for those competing to top personal high scores and leaderboard rankings. Two new Leash enhancements, the Flamingo and the Pulp, make it even more enjoyable to kill with skill and style. The Gun Sonata downloadable content will be available this spring for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Marketplace and £7.99 on the PlayStation Network.

"Bulletstorm plays like a high-octane summer blockbuster movie. It's loaded with intense action and cinematic moments, all wrapped up in a fun story," said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. "People Can Fly has really tapped into the power of Unreal Engine 3, and the result is a stunningly beautiful playground for mayhem. The skillshot system delivers a new shooter experience that's stylish, creative and a heck of a lot of fun. We can't wait to see what our players do once they get Bulletstorm in their hands."

Bulletstorm for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 includes a one-time-use Online Pass registration code that gives players access to six bonus Echomaps and the exclusive Quicksilver leash. Players who do not have a code can purchase the Bulletstorm Online Pass for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and £7.99 on the PlayStation Network.

Bulletstorm is available for the Xbox 360, the PS3 and PC. Also available today in limited quantities is the Bulletstorm Epic Edition for Xbox 360 which grants players early access to the Gears of War 3 beta.

Cities in Motion (PC)

Cities in Motion sees players develop and operate their own public transport company building a travel network across Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki and Amsterdam using more than 30 different modes of transport including buses, trams, subway trains and water buses. As each city develops and grows the player must continue to meet the ever changing transport needs of its commuters, while at the same time ensuring it remains as profitable as possible.

Featuring an in-depth campaign mode made up of 12 scenarios along with an open-ended sandbox mode, an advanced map editor that allows players to create their own cities, plus much more, Cities in Motion will challenge players to create the perfect public transport system that has no cancellations, no delays and where the passengers are always happy!

Cities in Motion has a recommended retail price of $19.99/€19.99.

Din's Curse: Demon War (PC)

Din's Curse: Demon War is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Din's Curse. Din's Curse is a single-player and co-op multiplayer action RPG with 141 class combinations (196 with the expansion), infinite number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world.

The demons of Aleria are furious! After the 4th Great War and necromancer Ciglio's death, the undead horde has been causing utter chaos, attacking everything that moves... even demons. Demonkind were quite happy when Serina, a human city, was overrun, but that was before thousands of human zombies poured into Kraval, slaughtering the huge demon city. Thus began the Demon War. Demons of all kinds are fighting back. They're hunting down and killing any undead they find. Oh, and they blame the humans for this entire mess. For spite, they razed Serina to the ground even though it was already deserted.

As a servant of the mighty Din, it's your responsibility to safeguard humans from danger. This was a hard task before. Do you have what it takes to save humankind from the Demon War?

Din's Curse and Demon War can be purchased online.

EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious (PC)

EQII: Destiny of Velious allows players to soar on the backs of all-new flying mounts across the desolate and previously unexplored Great Wastes of Velious, where end-game dungeons, uncatalogued beasts, and epic storylines set the stage for the latest adventure in the EverQuest II saga.

Destiny of Velious follows the events of EQII Sentinel's Fate. The prophecy known as "Age's End" has begun to unfold in the legendary continent of Velious where the war for Norrath has been foretold. The prophecy begins to unravel as the stage is set for the destruction of the entire EverQuest II universe when the twin Swords of Destiny, Soulfire, and the Qeynos Claymore have all been drained of their powers. Norrath's guardians must fight to restore the Swords of Destiny if there is going to be any hope of saving Norrath from its fate. To succeed and achieve ultimate glory, the guardians must overcome labyrinthine dungeons, the harsh Velious tundra, and powerful creatures. If they fail, all will fall to ruin.

EverQuest II Destiny of Velious is now available worldwide on PC at the suggested retail price of $39.99 USD for an all-in-one package, including three adventure packs and seven expansion packs. The Collector's Edition, which includes several in-game bonus items, is available for $89.99 USD.

Killzone 3 (PS3)

Killzone 3 puts players in the midst of an epic battle between warring Helghast factions, all in the fight for human survival. Killzone 3 delivers a brutal and futuristic first-person shooter with an immersive single-player campaign, intense multiplayer action, and full stereoscopic 3D compatibility along with PlayStation Move functionality.

"Killzone 3 brings the most explosive action yet, truly delivering the definitive cinematic sci-fi war experience to fans," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Product Marketing, SCEA. "This title has raised the bar in first person shooters by introducing new weapons and vehicles with varied environments, all tied together in a gripping story of human survival. With the addition of Stereoscopic 3D and PlayStation Move, this is a game that will not disappoint fans."

In Killzone 3, players find themselves in the midst of a battle for human survival. The story begins where the story Killzone 2 left off with Visari, the vicious Helghast dictator, lying dead at the feet of ISA soldiers Sev and Rico. However this war is far from won. In the wake of Visari's death, Helghan has devolved into a world of political scheming, rapid infighting, and murder. Now, the two most powerful men on Helghan are fighting for complete and utter dominance while Visari's vision of Helghan is in jeopardy.

With limited supplies and no reinforcements, the ISA must now fight not to win a war, but to survive a lost one.

The ISA is strengthened by a host of new weapons and vehicles in the war to stop the Helghast, including the WASP missile launcher, aerial combat with jet packs, and intense gunfights on Intruders. The landscape and terrain encountered is diverse, with noticeably detailed scenery – including nuclear wastelands, alien jungles, and arctic vistas. Players can also now engage in a new Brutal Melee system and deliver a variety of close-quarters attacks to finish off enemies.

Timed with the launch of Killzone 3 is the new PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter, a peripheral that transforms the PlayStation Move motion controller into a sleek assault rifle. Developed with input from game design experts at Guerrilla Games, the Sharp Shooter allows gamers to enjoy a new way to engage in the action. Pairing the sharp shooter with the ability to engage in Stereoscopic 3D, players will enjoy one of the most truly immersive gameplay experiences available.

Also available today is the special Killzone 3 Helghast Edition, which includes a retail copy of the game, a collectible replica of a Helghast helmet, a 6.5" tall Helghast Marksman action-figure created by DC Unlimited, and a 100-page hardbound book, featuring art from the Killzone universe. Each box will also contain an exclusive Killzone 3 Super Voucher, which will give players the game's full soundtrack and PS3 Dynamic Theme, a Retro Map Pack with two re-mastered Killzone 2 maps, a bonus video of the behind-the-scenes making of Killzone 3, and double XP and full access to all weapons and abilities for the first 24 hours of multiplayer gameplay.

Killzone 3 has an ESRB rating of "M" for Mature.

Knights Contract (PS3/X360)

Re-creating medieval Europe, Knights Contract is a stylized action-adventure game that explores the dark lore of swordsmen and magic during the 17th century. Players will be at the edge of their seats as they follow the path of an unlikely duo that embark on a daunting mission to save the human race.

In Knights Contract, take a journey through a world where witches have been hunted and brutally executed for allegedly unleashing a plague onto humanity. The game follows the twisted tale of Heinrich, an immortal executioner, and Gretchen, a resurrected witch. Once the victim of Heinrich's blade, Gretchen now has him under contract to fight alongside her, and the two must work together to rid the land of the vengeful enemies who are out to destroy civilization. But beyond these malicious foes lies an even bigger threat that is responsible for the black spell of death.

Armed with Heinrich's finely honed scythes and Gretchen's explosive witchcraft, players must utilize these tools in battle as they travel through malevolent environments that are infested with evil. Coordinating the efforts of Heinrich and Gretchen will be critical to deal tremendous damage onto their tormentors with fluid, fast-paced combinations and gruesome finishers. As the immortal executioner, players must protect Gretchen against hideous creatures and unspeakable horror as her magical prowess and mortality are the key to the duo's survival.

Knights Contract is rated "M" for mature audiences by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP)

Ys I & II Chronicles captures the timeless and classic Action RPG combat of these early titles and pairs it with a fresh translation, newly-arranged music and re-imagined art. The quintessential Action RPG experience, Ys I & II Chronicles immerses players in an expansive puzzle-filled world of layered dungeons and monstrous fortresses. Traps and challenges wait around each turn, and players must rely on an arsenal of skills and creativity in order to prevail.

Ys I & II Chronicles features a unique, lightning-fast buttonless combat system begs to be mastered; speed, angle and trajectory all determine the success of an attack. Ys II adds an array of spells to aid adventurer Adol in his quest, including everything from fireballs to transfiguration. In addition, players have four levels of difficulty, ranging from "Easy" to "Nightmare."

Complementing all of this is an equally thrilling soundtrack, with the unique option to toggle between three different versions at any time: Chronicles-exclusive new arrangements featuring live instrumentation from Falcom's in-house band, synthesized tracks from the 2001 Japan-only Windows release of the two games, and the original chiptune versions of each track as recorded in 1987 and 1988, encompassing the best of gameplay and music in a classic gaming fan's ideal package.

Ys I & II Chronicles is rated "T" for Teen and is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99. A digital download version of the game will also be available for purchase via the PlayStation Store for a retail price of $24.99/€19.99.

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