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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 16, 2011 @ 1:40 p.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 ...

Bastion (PC)

Featuring lush and imaginative artwork in full 1080p resolution as well as an innovative reactive narration system that responds to players' actions in real time, the game challenges players to build a new world after a cataclysmic event shatters the land to pieces. As players journey into the wild unknown, they will confront savage beasts, forge an array of customizable weapons, and gain new powers from specially-brewed spirits as they become immersed in the game's rich atmosphere. Gameplay is designed to reward player skill, offering great customization including the new remappable PC control scheme. Bastion for PC also supports gamepad controllers.

The PC version of Bastion is available DRM-free and includes Steamworks support for Cloud saves, achievements, and leaderboards (Steam version only).

Bastion for Windows PC can be purchased on Steam for $14.99 USD.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (PS3/X360)

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron draws players into a rich storyline inspired by events in the Old Testament's apocryphal "Book of Enoch." In the game, players take on the role of Enoch and must harness his natural combat skills to master a range of powerful and Heavenly weapons under the guidance of the watchful Archangels. Through a mesmerizing combination of combat, 2D and 3D platforming, Enoch must deliver the souls of the Fallen Angels and spare the world from a great flood ordered by Heaven.

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is currently available in North America for the suggested retail price of $59.99.

Hacker Evolution Duality (PC)

Hacker Evolution Duality is the latest in the acclaimed hacking simulation series. Completely redesigned, Hacker Evolution Duality features an improved interface, as well as updated sounds and animations.

You are Brian Spencer, a programmer with unmatched technical prowess. Your expertise has yielded an all-powerful Artificial Intelligence, capable of performing the tasks of an entire army of human hackers. But when an evil corporation threatens to take complete control of the Internet with this technology, you will have to go against the powers of your very own creation.

Hacker Evolution Duality presents a variety of puzzles and challenges in an intense, ever-changing experience. Start with basic firewall cracks and move up to complex security systems, making upgrades to your hardware along the way. Framing and even murdering people with ingenious traps, nothing can stand in your way in the quest to right the wrongs.

Hacker Evolution Duality is now available for purchase on Steam and various other digital distribution platforms for $24.95.

Karma Online: Prisoners of the Dead (PC)

Players go back in time to World War II, where they must choose to side with the Axis or Allied powers and join the fight for global victory — with a zombie twist. In this virtual and historical simulation, players will be up against enemy troops as well as hundreds of the walking dead from the remains of the catastrophic battle.

Speed is an advantage as players who dash their way through with rapid movements adds to the game's action-packed game play and liveliness. The ability for players to enter the game by choosing channels without having to select a server provides a quicker way for players to join in on the action. Players can also set their own unique characters with specialized skills. Players must watch their weight limit and be strategic about the weapons they carry with them around the battlefield.

For beginners new to the Karma Online series, players can warm up their soldiers in the special map provided before actually joining the real battle. Gamers can practice their skills by shooting randomly at hundreds of zombies wandering around in AI mode, without the worries of being killed by other players. Channels are classified by ranks and winning rate so players can pick out the best fit for them.

Karma Online: Prisoners of the Dead is available in English, German, Spanish and Turkish.

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (PS3)

In No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise, players journey through the sunny city of Santa Destroy as Travis Touchdown, battling to eliminate some of the world's deadliest assassins. Equipped with a razor sharp Beam Katana sword, players start off as the 11th ranked assassin and try to move up the ranks to position themselves as the ultimate killer. During the course of the game, players encounter Sylvia, a mysterious woman from the United Assassins Association, who arranges fights with other higher ranked assassins to help Travis become the number one in the world. Players will either ride through the town on Travis' trusty motor bike or travel on foot to arrive at Travis' next assignment.

Using either a normal PlayStation 3 controller or the PlayStation Move motion-detecting unit, players have access to a wide range of physical assaults and katana attacks, with each bout tracked by a dynamic camera that showcases the game's stunning visuals and cinematic fight sequences. By varying the grip and control of the Beam Katana and the timing of their attacks, players have a wide range of moves at their disposal to help Travis battle and defeat his enemies. Defeated foes can also be dispatched with stunning finishing moves, allowing Travis to cement his rising reputation with a series of breathtaking kills.

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and is available for purchase at retailers nationwide for an SRP of $39.99 exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

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