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Asphalt 3D (3DS)

Asphalt 3D is racing as you've never experienced before! Full stereoscopic 3D graphics and authentically modeled licensed supercars make this the most realistic, immersive racing experience yet. In Asphalt 3D, players use the Nintendo 3DS accelerometer feature to power a wide range of more than 40 high-performance cars and motorcycles to race through 17 exotic locations including Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Get behind the wheel of vehicles from prestigious manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ducati to engage in a variety of high-speed challenges and micro challenges beyond the normal race: cash attack, vigilante, high-speed chase, drift, time trial, duel and leader of the pack.

Up to six players can challenge each other in local wireless mode. Complete StreetPass features include Viral Ghost, Rankings and StreetPass PayTable. Comprehensive tuning options help players achieve peak performance for vehicles that have been selected. Players can use the replay feature to relive all of those hair-raising moments just experienced in their last race.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PC)

Ezio returns in an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey into Italy's greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.

For the first time, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood offers a never-before-seen multiplayer layer. Players can help the Templars by using Abstergo to train in the art of Assassination to eliminate the Assassins once and for all. Players can choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match their skills against other players from all over the world in different game modes.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood for the PC is available at retail stores and for digital download in two different versions:

  • Standard: Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance: $49.99 [Retail and Digital]
  • Digital Deluxe Edition: Main game + Abstergo Project Update 1.0 and 2.0 and The Da Vinci Disappearance + 2 multi-player characters + 2 singleplayer maps + 1 skin + additional multimedia content: $59.99 [Digital Only]

Black Prophecy (PC) - Europe Only

Players will be drawn into the frenzy of space combat while following the rich and exciting background story. The story is told in spectacular cutscenes complete with voice-over recordings and a top-quality soundtrack.

Players can choose to join one of the two factions: the genetically-perfected Genides or the cybernetically-optimized Tyi. Whichever side they choose, there's lots to be done in the vast endlessness of space. Besides the story missions that unveil the plot, players can also complete hundreds of action-packed PvE and PvP missions or group up to form clans. Together they can collect resources and build their own clan station, which can then be expanded upon with a variety of different modules. Ships can also be customized to suit each player's preferences using some of the countless building parts available.

Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (3DS)

This 3D take on the popular kids' franchise mixes exploration and customization with real-time combat. The player is tasked to show mastery in defeating enemies during real-time combat sessions and unite forces to restore peace on the ancient land. In combat, the player can choose between six real-time actions such as fencing, blocking, evading, hitting, pushing and combo. With the new "Ring Out" tactical combat feature, players can push their opponents out of the ring.

The player roams the Jurassic world in full 3D and feels the depth of landscapes such as the Jungle, Desert and Volcano Mountain, and obtains special rewards by interacting with other living creatures and by crushing trees and rocks. They can collect bones to unlock new special playable characters and find items to strengthen their dinosaur and learn cool facts. Players can choose their favorite dinosaur from breeds such as T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Ankylosaurus and Baryonyx and customize it with various color options and stripe patterns.

Crysis 2 (PS3/X360/PC)

In Crysis 2, New York City has been ravaged by a series of climatic disasters and a plague that has struck down on the city's population with brutal epidemic speed. The aliens have returned, stalking the streets and leaving the city in chaos, its skyline in flames. Set in a world of futuristic warfare where soldiers are not solely reliant on firing rifles and hurling grenades, players are empowered to use New York City as a virtual playground and become the ultimate weapon.

Crysis 2 also includes a fast-paced multiplayer campaign. Crysis 2 multiplayer features six gameplay modes and 12 maps set across recognizable locations in New York City and is built around the unique gameplay of the Nanosuit 2. This gives gamers a fresh setting with an emphasis on vertical gameplay that allows players to strategize, attack and defend from above and below.

Crysis 2 is available in 2D or stereoscopic 3D for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC for $59.99.

DC Universe Online (PS3) - Download

Lex Luthor has traveled back through time with news of a dire future: While the heroes and villains spent years battling amongst themselves, Brainiac has been feeding on their powers, building strength to return to Earth and destroy humanity. To change the future, Lex has come back to set off a device that bestows super powers to thousands of every-day citizens and give humanity a fighting chance. Can Brainiac be stopped, or is this another nefarious Lex Luthor plot?

For the first time, players and fans will be able to enter the DC Universe as an active force for good or evil. A massively multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online delivers unparalleled high-energy, physics-powered combat that brings the player's extraordinary powers to life.

DC Universe Online was created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, and set within a world created by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.

Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy (PSP)

In a world scarred by violent conflict, new warriors have emerged to help restore harmony in the realm, including Final Fantasy IV's Kain Highwind, Final Fantasy VII's Tifa Lockhart, Final Fantasy VIII's Laguna Loire, Final Fantasy X's Yuna and Final Fantasy XIII's Lightning. The new challengers fight alongside the cast of returning combatants featuring new abilities and customizable options.

The unique combat system, which combines fast-paced action with RPG-based character progression and equipment, is enhanced by a new Assist mechanic allowing users to summon an ally to attack or defend against enemies.Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy features an even more robust, well-balanced and strategic combat system than its predecessor.

Dissidia 012[duodecim] also offers a multiplayer mode that includes communication functions and group battles where players can form parties and compete with friends. For the first time, players can create and share custom quests that offer the player customization of characters by composing dialogue texts and selecting character icons. Other features include new game modes, party battles and story missions, and items and alternate costumes.

Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and is available for the suggested price of $29.99.

Europa Universalis III Chronicles (PC)

Containing the epic strategy game Europa Universalis III where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a dominant global empire, Europa Universalis III Chronicles also contains the four expansions Napoleon's Ambition, In Nomine, Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind, a colossal package of historical Grand Strategy spanning the years 1399 to 1820.

Key Features:

  • Play any historical nation between 1399 and 1820 to build your Empire through the use of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy
  • Co-operative multiplayer over LAN or online for up to 32 players
  • Engage in the thriving Europa Universalis III online community: downloads mods to add to the gameplay, find friends to play online
  • Augmented province and unit production
  • Enhanced economy and trade

Europa Universalis III Chronicles has a recommended retail price of $29.99/€29.99.

Hoard (PSP)

Hoard puts players in the role of a dragon, fighting against towns, knights, giants, wizards, and thieves in a quest to gather as much gold as possible. The game includes over 35 levels, single player challenges, co-op and competitive multiplayer (PS3), and 90+ badges to earn. The gameplay is a cross between a dual-stick arcade shooter and an RTS, with significant elements of strategy and deeper systems.

Both Hoard versions are currently selling for the low price of $9.99, although the PS3 discount is for a limited time only. The titles can be purchased via the PlayStation Network.

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (NDS/PSP/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is a tongue-in-cheek take on the entire Clone Wars era that runs through the feature films and the hit animated television show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is rated E10+ by the ESRB. With an all new graphics engine and enhanced animations never before seen in a LEGO game, players explore a vast universe – including 16 different star systems, 32 story-based missions and 48 bonus levels making it the biggest LEGO Star Wars videogame to date.

The game is also available as a day-one title for the Nintendo 3DS on March 27.

Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP)

Following an all-new story, Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive pits Naruto and friends against an unseen foe responsible for the disappearance of ninja from Hidden Leaf Village. New game-exclusive characters descend onto the scene and unexpected plot twists are revealed as players discover who seeks vengeance upon Naruto.

In Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive, two modes of play are available to challenge everyone's ninja prowess. In Story Mode, journey with a band of NPCs (non-playable characters) through more than a dozen missions that wait to be conquered. In Free Mission Mode, build a ninja dream team to overcome evolving combat situations where up to four friends can fight together and perform special combo moves via ad hoc local wireless network. The new, devastating Kizuna Drive Combat System lets players volley enemies between teammates while inflicting crippling damage one after another.

Staying faithful to the franchise, Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive embraces the ninja universe while adding new dimensions to it. Not only will players participate in spectacular boss battles, but they'll also be treated to an exclusive opening movie created by Studio Pierrot and music sung by Japanese Naruto voice actress, Junko Takeuchi. As if four-player co-op weren't enough, the game features bonus content where fans can access tons of side quests to keep the action rolling. By collecting scrolls and special items, players can power up their characters or give them special abilities.

Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.95.

PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)

PlayStation Move Heroes features memorable characters, locations, weapons, and enemies from three of PlayStation's most iconic franchises — Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank, and Jak and Daxter. Casual gamers, franchise fans and families alike have the opportunity to step into the game and become one these legendary characters as they smash, hurl, and shoot their way through intergalactic challenges.

Assembled together for the very first time, the heroes are invited to compete in the "Inter-Universal Hero Games", but they quickly discover that this friendly competition takes on a whole new adventure when they must band together against a mysterious alien duo who threatens the galaxy.

With over 50 missions that are easy to grasp but challenging to master, as well as worldwide PlayStation Network leaderboards, trophies, and collectables, this title offers a deep replay value for hours of entertainment that whole family can enjoy.

Priced at $39.99, PlayStation Move Heroes also features a local cooperative mode, which allows two people to play as one of the franchises' dynamic duos — Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, or Sly & Bentley — as they strategically work together to complete missions, attack enemies and collect power-ups.

PureSim Baseball 4 (PC)

Over 230 new features and tweaks make PureSim Baseball 4 the most realistic and accurate simulation of both historical and present day baseball on the market today. PureSim 4 allows players to replay any season in history right up to and including playing out the 2011 season. No other baseball game can match the statistical accuracy or amazing historical features such as "Tru-Life Transactions Mode" which allows you to play seasons from 1920-2010 with transactions happening exactly as they occurred in that season! And best of all you don't need to purchase a single season disk – every season is included with the full version of the game and an extensive online and desktop manual makes learning the game a breeze for anyone new to the franchise.

PureSim Baseball 4 can be purchased exclusively from www.wolverinestudios.com for only $29.95.

Rayman 3D (3DS)

An adaptation of the acclaimed Rayman 2 original game on Dreamcast, Rayman 3D gives players the opportunity to rediscover the incredible adventures of Rayman in a deeper and optimized universe. The player progresses in a 3D world through forty-five areas set across thirteen dangerous regions of Rayman's world to defeat unmerciful enemies, including Admiral Razorbeard and the Henchman. In the game, players can run, climb, jump, swim, fly, loop-the-loop and even water-ski. Additionally, Rayman still has his famous ability to fly as a helicopter using his hair!

Ridge Racer 3D (3DS)

Drift through hairpin turns at blistering speeds to edge out the rest of the pack with powerful drift-tuned machines in the newest installment of the hit Ridge Racer series. Using the glasses-free 3D technology of the Nintendo 3DS, players are able to experience a level of intimacy with the on-screen races like never before. Players are able to accurately judge the distance between them and the competition with 3D depth of field for some of the most intense arcade racing available. Burn past the checkered flag across classic and brand new tracks in over 100 unique races in sleek, all-new machines inspired by American muscle car culture, and become a drift-racing champion.

Ridge Racer 3D expands the series' unique drifting mechanic with one-button drift. This drift mechanic lets newcomers to the Ridge Racer series enjoy the thrill of drift racing with ease. Hold down the button to enter into a drift, and let go to exit. The original drift system is also available for those interested in a more hardcore challenge.

Racers can slide into high-speed drifts to earn nitrous to blast into first place, or enter another racer's slipstream to gain a crucial speed boost. Ridge Racer 3D also includes Nintendo 3DS Local Play for up to four players to burn rubber through exciting tracks. With Nintendo 3DS Street-Pass, racers are able see how they rank against the local competition as they exchange each other's racing profiles and ghost data between Nintendo 3DS systems.

Ridge Racer 3D is rated "E" for Everyone with a MSRP of $39.99.

The Sims Medieval (PC)

Claim your Kingdom! The Sims Medieval is a brand new standalone game for the PC/Mac gives players the tools to create heroes, take them on quests, build up their kingdom and tell epic stories full of drama, romance, and comedy.

Set in the Middle Ages, players find themselves faced with new ways to play with life like never before. As they build up their kingdom, players create Hero Sims in a range of professions including knight, bard, wizard, priest, blacksmith and spy. Playing each Hero Sim is different, as players control the Sim's professional life as well as take on the varied adventures of the quests. Other new gameplay elements include diplomacy with neighboring territories, and of course medieval punishments.

The gameplay is framed by quests — each quest presents a new situation and a fresh opportunity to pick which Hero Sims to control during that adventure. After choosing a quest, players pick their approach for solving it and choose which Hero Sim leads the quest. For example, in the quest The Witch is Back, players could choose to have their monarch marry the witch who is visiting the kingdom. If they want to kill the witch, they would choose the wizard, spy or knight. And if they just want to debilitate the witch, they would choose to play a priest, physician, or wizard. With dozens of quests and with multiple approaches for completing them, players find new ways to tell their favorite medieval legends and make them their own.

Everything in The Sims Medieval is crafted to create an immersive medieval world, from the quest-based gameplay, to the medieval objects such as swords and stocks and thrones, right down to the warm look of the characters and the painterly approach to the world itself. Players can choose to customize every new Hero Sim that comes to the kingdom, including selecting their traits and their fatal flaw. Players get close to their characters, not only sending them on epic quests, but also making sure they carry out their daily responsibilities such as healing the sick, trading for exotic goods, or forging armor.

The Sims Medieval is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Swarm (PSN)

Swarm is the first game to feature mass character control, where players move all the Swarmites at once. Steer the flock of pudgy, clueless little blue morons through the game and they naturally flock and flow around obstacles. Creatively combine swarm moves to work your way through a relentlessly dangerous and hilariously brutal environment. Compete against friends to get the high score by deftly moving through the world and cleverly solving puzzles the game throws your way.

The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB, and PlayStation Plus members can purchase the title for $12.99.

Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)

The Tomb Raider Trilogy pack offers PS3 owners the opportunity to play two of the best games in the series now for the first time on the PS3. Both Legend and Anniversary have been carefully remastered from their original PlayStation 2 format into HD and also include full Trophy support.

Additionally, several exclusive items have been created specifically for this pack: The Tomb Raider Trilogy PS3 theme pack, the official Lara Croft female Home avatar outfit, the Viking Thrall male Home avatar outfit and a collection of "making of" trailers in HD for the entire series.

The Tomb Raider Trilogy pack is available at North American retailers at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (3DS)

As the commander of the Ghosts, the most elite special operations fighting force in the world, the mission is to stop the Russian ultranationalist Yuri Treskayev from coming to power. From the hot deserts of Kazakhstan to the towns and villages of Ukraine and the frozen lands of Siberia, the player must discover and disable the secret Soviet-era —Dead Hand— bases that Treskayev is using to build an army of drones to seize power. The player has access to full resources to build, train and equip its team using increasingly high-tech weapons and armor.

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