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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 15, 2012 @ 4:00 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 ...

Akai Katana (X360)

In Akai Katana, players take on a tyrannical empire to restore peace and order to the world. Presented in stunning HD graphics and featuring three gameplay modes, Akai Katana provides a side-scrolling experience with adrenaline-filled action.

Key Features:

  • Hand-drawn artwork
  • HD 16:9 support
  • Three modes of gameplay: Climax, Origin (arcade) and Slash
  • Animated UI
  • Optional original arcade settings for authenticity
  • Online leaderboards and replays
  • Local two-player co-op
  • Frantic "bullet hell" action

Akai Katana is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and available for an MSRP of $39.99 or £29.99 in Europe.

Battleship (NDS/3DS/Wii/PS3/X360)

Battleship combines military strategy and fast-paced first-person action gaming as players take control of a powerful naval fleet. Trapped in a "dome" of alien-terror on the Hawaiian Islands, where support communications have been put to a halt, players commandeer real-world naval vessels, including Carriers, Destroyers and even the famous U.S.S. Missouri as sea battles against alien invaders ensue.

On the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, first-person run-and-gun gameplay meets tactical battle command. Play as Cole Mathis, a first class Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Deploy air strikes and radar sweeps to monitor the marine battlefield, and lock-and-load an arsenal of weapons to send the invaders packing.

In the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and DS versions, players are in control of a variety of naval units, including cruisers, patrol boats and submarines in turn-based combat with a team of commanders.

Battleship is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for an MSRP of $59.99. The game is also available for the Wii for $39.99, the DS for $24.99 and the Nintendo 3DS for $29.99. All Nintendo versions are rated "E10+" for "Everyone 10+" by the ESRB.

Diablo III (PC)

Diablo III continues the Diablo story line, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters — barbarian, demon hunter, monk, witch doctor or wizard — and embarking on a quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players adventure through rich settings, they'll engage in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who'll join or aid them.

Diablo III is rated "M" for Mature and is available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh at an MSRP of $59.99 USD for either the retail DVD-ROM version or the digital version.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC packs (PS3/X360)

The final set of downloadable content for Final Fantasy XIII-2 include two new episodes, "Snow's Story: Perpetual Battlefield" and "Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess." The DLC also includes White and Black Mage outfits and "A Wondrous Wardrobe," which includes 16 different costumes for Mog, the moogle.

Snow's Story: Perpetual Battlefield

Snow is engaged in battles at the Coliseum after being separated from his fiancée, Serah. The episode features a battle against the "Arbiter of Time," who has been watching events unfold. Snow poses a challenge to players and allows them to end the Coliseum battles on a high note, ultimately unlocking Snow as a party member.

Snow's Story: Perpetual Battlefield is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 320 Microsoft points ($4).

Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess

This DLC reveals the arduous battle between Lightning and Caius not shown in the main game. Players can adjust the difficulty level and play as Lightning, who uses special abilities in this episode. Players can also unlock the Final Fantasy XIII-2 version of Lightning as a party member. Because the episode includes important information relating to the overall plot of Final Fantasy XIII-2, players are encouraged to complete the game prior to playing through this new content.

Lightning's Story: Requiem of the Goddess is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

Game Of Thrones (PS3/X360/PC)

Replete with political intrigue and complex narrative, this interactive adventure gives fans a new and exciting way to lose themselves in the world of Westeros. With an original story written under the watchful eye of George R. R. Martin, who recently stated, "I've sampled the work Cyanide has done, and I'm largely happy with it. I think many of my fans will share that feeling," the Game of Thrones RPG is filled with characters and locations straight from the pages of the beloved fantasy novels. Moreover, the game includes the likenesses of fan favorite characters from the television adaptation.

GoldenEye 007 (PSN)

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded introduces brand new Mi6 Ops Missions — new, distinct levels additional to the single-player campaign that span the varied environments from the story. The game challenges players to complete different Assault, Defense, Elimination and Stealth objectives all showcased in HD and running at a smooth 60 frames per second.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded multiplayer maintains and improves its four-player split-screen action and adds 16-player online matches with more characters, game modes, maps and weapons.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and is available for $59.99 through the PSN store.

Hitman: Sniper Challenge (PSN/XBLA/PC)

Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a stand-alone game that is available exclusively to customers who pre-ordered Hitman: Absolution from GameStop in North America.

Max Payne 3 (PS3/X360)

Max Payne 3 picks up the story of former New York City detective, Max Payne, several years after the events of the original games. Close to washed up and addicted to painkillers, Max accepts a job doing private security work in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His duty is to protect Rodrigo Branco, a wealthy businessman, and his beautiful trophy wife, Fabiana. When Fabiana is abducted, Max realizes that something is afoot; he starts looking for answers on the streets as his personal demons haunt him.

Max Payne 3 has a range of co-operative and competitive modes that allow players to compete in deathmatches, fight for the right to play as Max Payne in Payne Killer, or build out events from the single-player story in Gang Wars.

Max Payne 3 features Crews, which are persistent clans of friends that can play together online and track progress through Rockstar's online hub. Crews extend across platforms and game titles, with Crews created within Max Payne 3 ready and available for Grand Theft Auto V and other future titles.

Max Payne 3 is rated "M" for "Mature" and is available for an MSRP of $59.99.

North & South (PC)

North & South offers nostalgic gamers the opportunity to enjoy the sensations that made Infogames' "North & South" so successful 20 years ago. This new version aims to be even more accessible, and the gameplay has been redesigned to make it easier to use.

Key Features:

  • Graphics
  • Easier handling
  • A new objective: to destroy all the enemy's resources
  • Introduction of a "war store"
  • Completely new mini-games

North and South is available for an MSRP of $9.99 each.

PixelJunk 4am (PC)

PixelJunk 4am is a music video game and music visualizer that makes use of the PlayStation Move controller to visualize included music and users' own music.

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Legend of the Beast DLC (PC)

Grab a fistful of rockets and step into the blood-soaked shoes of Sam "Serious" Stone as he tracks down the ram-god of The Great Obelisk in the Legend of the Beast DLC. The DLC features three campaign missions, three brutal survival mode maps, and three chaotic versus mode maps.

The Legend of the Beast DLC is available for $4.99.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PSN/PC)

In Episode II, Sonic takes on two legendary rivals with the help of one of his oldest friends, Miles "Tails" Prower. Players who purchased Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I have the chance to experience Episode Metal, a special unlockable story available to anyone who owns both titles on the same platform. Lead one of our hero's greatest foes, Metal Sonic, across four reworked Acts from Episode I to learn more about how he survived the events at the end of Sonic CD.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II is available on the PlayStation®Network and Steam for $14.99.

Zumba Fitness Rush DLC (X360)

Zumba Fitness Rush's downloadable dance style pack features three exotic Bollywood songs to spice up your workout and build your track library.

The Bollywood Style Pack lets you dance with Zumba creator Beto and celebrity Zumba instructors Kass Martin and Tanya Beardsley. Feel the Bhangra beat and get a sneak peek at the Bollywood Style Pack when you download the free trailer. This three-song pack includes both licensed music and contagious Zumba originals:

* "Beware of the Boys," DJ Punjabi (danced by Beto) * "Bangalore Dreaming," Zumba® original (danced by Kass Martin) * "Start the Fire," Zumba® original (danced by Tanya Beardsley)

The Zumba Fitness Rush Bollywood Style Pack is available for 480 Microsoft points ($6) on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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