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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 7, 2011 @ 8:28 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 ...

inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)

Developed by renowned studio Sucker Punch Productions, inFAMOUS 2 brings the next high-voltage chapter following 2009's blockbuster hit inFAMOUS as Cole MacGrath returns with a compelling new narrative arch, illustrated through the series' signature graphic novel styling. Introducing an improved combat scheme, extraordinary new powers, larger than life cinematic events, a sprawling, highly-destructible open world environment and an all-new user-generated mission designer feature, inFAMOUS 2 delivers the true superhero experience and the most epic adventure to-date.

"For us at Sucker Punch, we set out embracing the fact we were developing a sequel and were determined to take everything fans loved in the first game and improve it in inFAMOUS 2 with new powers and story developments, a fresh visual experience, and user generated content," said Brian Fleming, producer and co-founder, Sucker Punch Productions.  "With the launch of inFAMOUS 2, we're excited to finally let players experience the continuation of the inFAMOUS story arc and be faced with the challenge once again of whether to mold Cole into humanity's greatest savior or its ultimate force of destruction."

inFAMOUS 2 opens with the reluctant hero pitted against his greatest challenge yet, a dark entity known only as the Beast. Unable to face this seemingly-invincible enemy, Cole travels to the Southern city of New Marais, with his ever present buddy Zeke, to find the solution to defeating the Beast, with the fate of humanity's future resting on his shoulders. He faces obstacles throughout his journey as he strives to reach the full potential of his powers to become humanity's savior or its next greatest threat.

Featuring an evolved Karma system and a host of new features and gameplay mechanics, inFAMOUS 2 delivers an immersive, visceral narrative. Players experience the Karma system in a whole new way, as they choose to ally themselves with Agent Lucy Kuo, a recently activated conduit with ice powers who seemingly leads Cole down the righteous path, or fiery New Marais native Nix who has a penchant for destruction, but offers more than meets the eye. Players encounter vastly divergent experiences and completely different endings, depending on which relationship they choose to nurture. The thrilling new narrative introduces battles in stunning locations with creatures of never-before-seen size and scale and takes urban exploration to new heights, as Cole travels through New Marais with improved parkour skills. With the electrifying Amp, a new melee weapon, and an arsenal of long and medium range combat powers, players will feel empowered like never before while taking on the most menacing opponents ever presented in the series.

inFAMOUS 2 goes beyond the Blu-ray disc with the introduction of user-generated content mission designer features.  Using a full featured toolset, the mission designer gives players the power to design then share inFAMOUS 2 missions. Drawing upon the collection of characters, weapons and items in the game world, players build a variety of mission types, including stealth, battle, rescue and more. Players have the choice to upload their creations to the PlayStation Network and share with inFAMOUS 2 fans around the world. User-created missions populate the same inFAMOUS 2 universe as standard missions, giving community members the opportunity to easily access, play and rank a limitless supply of missions. The Sucker Punch Featured Missions List includes the highest ranking user created missions and gives community designers the chance to become famous.  Also, coming this fall, inFAMOUS 2 will expand its user-generated content features with the introduction of PlayStation®Move motion controller support.

"We were thrilled to announce at our E3 press conference yesterday that inFAMOUS 2 will be continuing to evolve its user generated content feature by adding PlayStation Move support," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Product Marketing, SCEA.  "By providing a more expansive toolset for gamers to design with, Sucker Punch is delivering a whole new gameplay experience with its PlayStation Move UGC feature and we're excited to see what players come up with when they create and play missions using PlayStation Move." 

The super-powered saga also continues online with the introduction of a new Facebook game, inFAMOUS Anarchy. Launched June 1, inFAMOUS Anarchy immerses players in the post-apocalyptic landscape of Empire City, following its destruction by the Beast. Players must use their new-found abilities to salvage the once thriving metropolis after its descent into chaos. Taking Empire City's fate into their hands, players must choose whether to help rebuild and protect the city as its vigilant hero or let it be consumed by anarchy. Accepting this challenge in inFAMOUS Anarchy will earn players exclusive unlockable items within inFAMOUS 2, including the Reaper Skin, where players can choose to play in the guise of one of the first title's villains, and Amp variants: Sly's Cane, Sly Coopers signature weapon; a Samurai Sword; and a Caveman Club.

Available today, the inFAMOUS 2 Hero Edition offers fans of the series collectable items and vouchers for in-game exclusives. As an added bonus, consumers who purchase the Hero Edition or the standard Blu-ray release of inFAMOUS 2 will be granted exclusive early access to the eagerly-anticipated UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Multiplayer Beta.

inFAMOUS 2, rated T for Teen, is available for $59.99 MSRP.

Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3/X360/PC)

Red Faction: Armageddon expands on the science-fiction franchise, building on the events of Red Faction: Guerrillaas well as the Syfy live-action movie, Red Faction: Origins. As destruction expert Darius Mason, your journey will take you from the frozen poles to the molten core of Marsas you wage war against the Red Faction’s greatest enemy yet. Built on the groundbreaking Geo-Mod 2.0 destruction engine, players can take advantage of total environmental destruction, collapsing huge Martian structures on their enemies. Rebuild all that you destroy with the Nano Forge’s incredible repair ability, creating new gameplay scenarios never before possible.

Half a century after the Red Faction resistance freed Mars, the red planet again becomes a battleground. Colonists struggle for survival in the underground mines after the surface is rendered uninhabitable. When Darius Mason, grandson of revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, unknowingly releases a long-dormant evil, Armageddon is unleashed on Mars. As settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them to the core of the storm-blasted planet through ice caves and lava flows until they are face to face against the unspeakable threat. Red Faction: Armageddon expands on the critically acclaimed, best-selling franchise with new, groundbreaking challenges. You are humanity's last hope for survival.

In addition to the single-player campaign, players will earn points in the explosive Ruin Mode as they creatively destroy the world around them, chaining together explosive combos as they smash entire buildings into each other. In the four-player cooperative Infestation Mode, defend the colonies against wave after wave of alien invaders and carry over weapon upgrades and cheats such as the hilarious Mr. Toots unicorn cannon for use in the single-player campaign.

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters (NDS/3DS/Wii/PS3/X360/)

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is an action-adventure videogame, inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero feature film Green Lantern, based on the DC Comics’ character of the same name

Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set in the universe of the film with an original story by award-winning comic book writer Marv Wolfman. Players will take flight across the universe to planets Oa, Zamaron and Biot, and utilize an arsenal of constructs to restore intergalactic order by wielding the ultimate weapon: the Green Lantern Power Ring. Gamers playing the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions will also have the option to join forces with a friend to play as Hal Jordan or Sinestro to battle the Manhunters.

The Nintendo 3DS version of the game is designed specifically to take advantage of the system’s stereoscopic 3D capabilities and deliver multi-plane graphics that delve players further into the Green Lantern universe.

In addition, players on Xbox 360 and PS3 will be given the option to play in anaglyphic 3D with technology that is compatible with high definition TV sets and visible to players wearing the 3D glasses that will be available for the video game. Fans can also enjoy the game in stereoscopic 3D when playing on any 3D HDTV while wearing active shutter glasses that are compatible with the television.

Pride of Nations (PC)

The original standard for fantasy roleplaying is taking another step in its storied pop culture history as the Dalelands of the Forgotten Realms is brought to life for gamers and fantasy enthusiasts across the Paradox Interactive and AGEOD/Paradox France have today released their turn-based historical strategy game set in the colonial era of the 19th century Pride of Nations.

Pride of Nations is a turn-based historical strategy game set in the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country and guides it through industrialization, military conquest and colonization.

Features:

  • Immerse yourself in realistic historical gameplay set on a global map
  • Play as the world’s Great Powers between 1850 and 1920
  • Lead one of eight different countries, each with its own personality and agenda: the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, Austria-Hungary, or Italy
  • Experience the most original diplomatic model ever created for a grand strategy game
  • Discover an involved colonization and exploration system.
  • Fight against a strong, non-scripted AI through a number of new game mechanics
  • Battle it out with others in multiplayer with a new simultaneous turn-based engine
  • Engage in a detailed world economy with realistic components

Exclusively on PC, Pride of Nations has a recommended retail price of $19.99/€19.99.

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