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Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2012 @ 3:00 p.m. PDT

Borderlands 2: Mechromancer DLC (PS3/X360/PC)

The Mechromancer is a new character class. Gaige the Mechromancer loves gadgets and uses technology to her advantage, and she has a trusty sidekick, Death Trap, who can draw enemy fire and provide ammo and supplies.

The DLC is available free to those who pre-ordered Borderlands 2 and entered the Premiere Club. Everyone else can purchase it for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points.

Code of Princess (3DS)

Code of Princess blends fighting, arcade side-scrolling beat-'em-ups and RPGs. The combat is loaded with multipliers and the demands of hordes of enemies on a three-railed battlefield. Level and improve your characters, converting their gained experience into stat boosts to accommodate different play styles and tactics.

The game also boasts extensive multiplayer functionality: up to four players can take on challenges cooperatively or battle against one another in competitive play, both of which are available locally or online via Nintendo Network. If all of that were not already sufficient, the North American release of Code of Princess benefits from a number of technical enhancements not initially included in the original Japanese release, one of the most significant of which being an improved frame rate, particularly when the screen is filled with action.

Code of Princess is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and available at an MSRP of $39.99.

Dishonored (PS3/X360/PC)

In Dishonored, players are Corvo, a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Players can defeat enemies using a flexible combat system that combines supernatural abilities and physical weapons. Dishonored gives players the choice to pursue targets under the cover of darkness or boldly attack. Every choice affects each mission and influences the game's conclusion.

Dishonored has been rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99.

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (X360)

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect features over 50 playable characters including Goku, Perfect Cell, Piccolo, Trunks and Vegeta; famous attacks, including the Kamehameha Wave, Special Beam Canon and Spirit Bomb; and epic battles from the anime series. The game lets players unleash their inner Super Saiyan with their bodies. Fans are treated to the Episode of Bardock, an anime episode that was never officially released in the U.S. or Europe. Leveraging the Kinect sensor, the game supports QR code functionality, so fans can hold up QR codes to unlock characters and power-ups.

In the Story mode, players enjoy battles and events following the story line of Dragon Ball Z from a first-person perspective. Dramatic battles require the player to move in the same way as their character and perform the same attack or movement from a particular famous scene. In Score Attack mode, players must defeat opponents in one-on-one battles to get the highest score.

Rated "T" for Teen, Dragon Ball Z for Kinect is available at an MSRP of $39.99. While supplies last, specially marked boxes contain five QR codes that unlock additional characters and power-ups.

Harry Potter for Kinect (X360)

Harry Potter for Kinect lets fans play as their favorite characters from the Harry Potter series. The Kinect's face-scanning technology lets players create a wizard or witch character in their likeness so that players can be active participants in the game.

The controller-free and voice recognition technology lets players perform a bunch of actions, including cast spells, repel Dementors, battle Death Eaters, duck to avoid the Whomping Willow's branches, swim in the lake, and dodge during Quidditch matches.

Harry Potter for Kinect is based on all eight Harry Potter films, so it lets players relive some of the movies' memorable moments. Players can also take on opponents in competitive minigames or join forces with family and friends in co-op gameplay.

Harry Potter for Kinect is rated "E10+" (everyone 10 years and older) by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $49.99.

Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PSN)

In Joe Danger 2: The Movie, the stuntman takes control of over 20 different vehicles across 100 scenes. With up to 40 hours of gameplay, Joe Danger 2 lets players create an action film. Riding everything from jetpacks to water-skis, Joe Danger squares off against outrageous obstacles, including dinosaurs and laser-firing robots. Joe Danger 2 also includes a new multiplayer mode and level-creation tools.

The PSN release includes a bonus "Joe Danger Gaiden" mode, YouTube support, better level-editing tools, and a more consistent difficulty level.

Joe Danger 2: The Movie is available on PSN for $14.99 or £9.99.

Just Dance 4 (Wii/PS3/X360)

Just Dance 4 features more than 40 tracks across a variety of musical genres, including country, disco, funk, hip-hop, pop, rock and R&B. New features and game modes include:

  • Battle Mode: Friends go head-to-head in six rounds of dance battles. The choreography and music changes depending on who is winning or losing. The winner gets bragging rights until the next dance battle.
  • Alternate Choreographies: Players can unlock alternative dance routines for their favorite tracks. They can opt for a more challenging, faster-paced routine or more outlandish choreography.
  • Expanded Just Sweat Mode: The popular Just Sweat mode gets a major upgrade with new workout sessions, personalized programs and a calorie counter to track your workout intensity.

Just Dance 4 is rated "E-10+" (everyone 10 years and older) by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $39.99.

Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise (PSN/XBLA)

In Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, everyone's favorite sociopathic antihero is tracking down bears across 11 new locations and utilizing a new combat system, special attacks and ultra-kills. In the first three months of release, the game will be supported by 12 DLC updates that offer new weapons, ultra kills and character costumes.

Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is rated "E10+" (everyone 10 years and older) by the ESRB and is available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15) or $14.99(€14.99/£11.99) on PlayStation Network.

Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants (PS3/X360/PC)

Port Royale 3 takes players to the 17th century Caribbean, where they take on the role of a young captain trying to build his fortune and reputation in the new world colonies. The campaign consists of two different paths for the young protagonist to follow: adventurer and trader. Adventurers will encounter exciting naval battles and quests while traders will craft shipping and trading empires.

In free-play mode, the player crafts a combination of the two paths to create a unique and challenging scenario.

Key Features:

  • 16 different ship types, including galleons and frigates
  • organize trade with 60 different cities, such as Port-au-Prince and Tortuga
  • a comprehensive, real-world trade system, with supply and demand dynamically setting the price of goods and wares

Spy Hunter (3DS/PSV)

Spy Hunter is a reboot of the original combat racing series, and this iteration was designed for the portable gaming experience. The player again assumes the role of the "Agent," the driver of the high-tech G-6155 Interceptor supercar, which is armed with advanced weaponry to take on a global terrorist organization that wants to take over the world.

The Interceptor transforms from supercar to off-road assault vehicle to speed boat, so players can select which path to follow in the branching mission tracks. Throughout the game, players can also customize and upgrade the Interceptor's weapons and high-tech gadgets. The Agent has additional support in the form of an unmanned aerial support drone, so players can plan destruction when assaulting enemy agent strongholds.

Spy Hunter is rated "E10+" (everyone 10 years and older) by the ESRB.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Khyber Strike DLC (PS3/X360)

The Khyber Strike DLC features three new multiplayer maps, a new multiplayer game mode (Takeover), a new Guerrilla mode map (Village), new achievements, and the level cap increases by 10.

New multiplayer maps:

  • Switchback: Head off the main road and into a maze of ancient buildings. The twists and turns of the narrow alleyways turn every corner into a deathtrap.
  • Palace: Formerly a magnificent museum, this is now a battlefield with a massive courtyard in the middle.
  • Transit: A Moscow metro station, this battleground features trains pulling into and out of the station for added danger.

The new multiplayer game mode, Takeover, is similar to a classic team deathmatch: Score points for your team by eliminating enemies. Take control of the enemy's objective and earn a score multiplier, and defend your team's objective to prevent the enemy from gaining the same advantage. Split your team to simultaneously defend and attack, or move as a group to overwhelm your foes. At the end of the mission, the team with highest score wins.

The new Guerrilla mode map, Village, is set in a once-peaceful country village where fighting is centered around the bus station. Supporting four players online and two players in local split-screen co-op, the map features long alleys and damaged buildings.

The Khyber Strike DLC is available for 800 Microsoft points on Xbox Live or $9.99 on the PlayStation Network.

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner (PSN)

The group reaches Savannah and tries to survive. Lee and Clementine look for Clementine's parents but are pestered by a mysterious man.

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 - Around Every Corner is available for $4.99 on PlayStation Network or as part of the $19.99 Season Pass option, which includes all five episodes.

Warlords (PSN)

A remake of the classic Atari 2600 title, Warlords is a one- to four-player arcade-action game in which players defend castles from a maniacal dragon. To survive, players must utilize speed and strategy. The game increasingly challenges players to multitask as they try to shield the castle while rallying troops to capture control points, collect power-ups and destroy other factions.

Warlords is available for $9.99 on PlayStation Network.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3/X360/PC)

Released in 1993, the original X-COM is still considered one of the best PC games. It has been reimagined as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which features a new story, enemies and technologies to fight hostile aliens and defend Earth. In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, players are the commander of a secret global military organization, XCOM, and must oversee combat strategies and unit tactics as well as base management and resource allocation.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99 or $49.99 for PC digital download.

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