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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 7, 2012 @ 1:30 p.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 ...

The Darkness II (PS3/X360/PC)

The Darkness II continues the story of Jackie Estacado, head of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient and brutal force of chaos and destruction known as the Darkness. The Darkness II introduces quad-wielding combat and four-person cooperative gameplay distinct from the first-person campaign. Quad-wielding allows players to slash, grab and throw objects and enemies with two Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. The game is layered with thematic elements of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and maintains the stylistic violence visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique, paying homage to its comic book origins.

The cooperative Vendettas campaign is a fast-paced, story-driven experience that takes place parallel to the single-player campaign. Up to four friends can play together as one of four new playable characters — all with their own unique Darkness weapon — and begin their dangerous and bloody journey. Designed as a team-focused, mission-based experience, Vendettas explores the crucial role each character plays in Jackie Estacado's campaign to defeat the Brotherhood.

The Darkness II is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Final Fantasy XIII-2: Lightning and Master Sergeant Amodar DLC (PS3/X360)

In the latest Coliseum battle, "Lightning and Master Sergeant Amodar," Lightning and her former superior officer stand in the way of Serah and Noel. When defeated, Lightning and Master Sergeant Amodar can be added to the player's party.

Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3)

The Jak and Daxter Collection features the first three installments of the franchise: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II and Jak 3 — fully remastered in high definition on one Blu-ray disc. Each installment offers 720p high-definition visuals and seamless gameplay animation. The Jak and Daxter Collection also introduces stereoscopic 3-D functionality and offers full PlayStation Network Trophy support.

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy provided the foundation for the series, introducing Jak and his best friend Daxter as they set off on their first platforming adventure. Jak II and Jak 3 put our heroes to the test while incorporating new gameplay elements including driving, shooting, flying and more. Jak and Daxter Collection showcases the evolution of this fan-favorite franchise, offering hours of diverse gameplay in one complete compilation.

The Jak and Daxter Collection is rated "E-T" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $39.99.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PS3/X360/PC)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning melds a deep open-world RPG experience with visceral action combat that offers players millions of combinations of moves, weapons and armor in a completely unique experience for every individual. Among the contributors are 24-time New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and celebrated game designer Ken Rolston — an all-star team assembled by three-time World Series Champion pitcher and founder of 38 Studios, Curt Schilling.

Reckoning players customize every aspect of their experience through a revolutionary new RPG system as they unlock powerful new Destinies, abilities, and combat maneuvers based on their own individual play style. In Reckoning, players immerse themselves in a master-crafted world filled with extraordinary landscapes, mysterious cities, colorful characters and fantastic creatures.

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PC)

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection offers the original Mortal Kombat arcade trilogy — Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 — in a single collection. The Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection allows fans to play through the games in their original arcade state and rediscover all their favorite characters, fatalities and environments as well as relive some of the franchise's most memorable secrets. The PC collection features online play, leaderboards, achievements and trophies.

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection is available for $$9.99 via Steam, Gamestop's Impulse, Direct2Drive, Gametap and others.

Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)

Resident Evil Revelations follows branching stories of franchise favorite characters Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. Chris has disappeared and it's up to Jill, along with her new partner Parker Luciani, to track down his whereabouts. Their only clue leads them to an abandoned cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Far from being empty, the vessel hides danger around every corner as Jill and Parker explore the confined spaces of the ship, facing frightening horrors that emerge from the darkness. For the first time in the franchise, players will venture underwater in an effort to escape the terrifying creatures roaming the ship. Full of conspiracies and plot twists, Resident Evil Revelations is told in the style of a TV drama as players work to discover the location of Chris Redfield, the source of the T-Virus, and the intentions of a mysterious terrorist organization, Veltro.

Resident Evil Revelations debuts a new piece of equipment, the Genesis Scanner. This innovative device allows players to scan the environments and enemy remains to find hidden objects, uncover secrets, and earn additional health benefits. Found objects include customizable weapon parts, which tailor weapons to the taste of the player via the in-game workbenches. Customizations range from simple increases in ammunition capacity to affecting the strength of a player's weapon relative to their health.

Raid mode, new to the Resident Evil series, allows players to compete in a variety of time-based missions either solo or cooperatively via online or local play. Players earn points by attacking enemies and select from a range of upgrades to improve their weapon's performance. New missions, additional ammunition, and custom parts can be earned via the StreetPass feature.

Resident Evil Revelations is available for an MSRP of $39.99 with a rating of "M for Mature" by the ESRB.

Rocksmith: Pearl Jam Song Pack DLC (PS3/X360)

The Rocksmith: Pearl Jam Song Pack DLC includes the following songs: "Black" and "Jeremy."

Each song is available for individual purchase for $2.99 on the Playstation Network or for 240 Microsoft points on Xbox Live.

Shank 2 (PSN/PC)

Shank 2 drops players into a stunning pulp fiction world as Shank, an ex-mob hitman who is forced down the road to redemption after his village comes under brutal attack. With precise and fluid controls, tons of new weapons, stronger enemies and the most advanced combo system of any 2D brawler, Shank 2 delivers a dynamic and evolved combat experience. Players have access to a diverse arsenal of guns, knives, chainsaws, baseball bats, and more as they move through Klei's beautifully drawn environments.

Shank 2's all-new multiplayer Survival mode drops players into fast paced and action-packed interactive environments where they tactically take down hordes of goons and mini-bosses in an arcade-style fight to protect objectives and stay alive. Teams of two can play locally or online as they battle wave after wave of smarter, stronger enemies and use fallen weapons and on-the-fly purchases in gory brawls.

Shank 2 is now available for $9.99 USD on PlayStation Network and PC.

The Simpsons Arcade Game (XBLA)

In The Simpsons Arcade Game, play as your favorite Simpsons character as you chase down Smithers and Mr. Burns on an epic quest to save Maggie. Featuring four-player online and offline cooperative play as well as eight classic Springfield locations, players can participate in several different game modes for varied gameplay experiences. Quarters Mode recreates the feeling of the original coin-op classic for a more challenging experience. Survival Mode tests players' skills with only one life at their disposal. Finally, Free Play Mode provides players with unlimited Continues for a more casual experience. Also included is the Japanese version of The Simpsons Arcade Game, which features new weapons, higher scoring and a slightly different ending. This version of the game has never been released outside of Japan and is a different take on the beloved classic. As an added bonus, fans can view classic flyers and posters specifically made for the game back in 1991.

The Simpsons Arcade Game is available on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points, or $10.

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