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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 27, 2013 @ 3:00 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 ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Apocalypse DLC (X360)

Apocalypse is the fourth and final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It includes four multiplayer maps and Origins, a new Zombies experience that reunites players with the original heroes from Call of Duty: World at War.

Maps:

  • Dig: An adaptation of Courtyard from Call of Duty: World at War, where two archeological dig sites in Afghanistan set the stage for hectic, ruthless confrontations. The spirit of Courtyard has been retained with two major chokepoints and an open layout with raised platforms, but it also provides a fresh take by including many pathways.
  • Frost: In this snow-capped European city, the bridge over a frozen canal divides it into two sides. Players must employ multilevel strategies to outsmart and outshoot their enemies.
  • Pod: A failed utopian community from the '70s has left rundown residential pods nestled in an abandoned cliffside in Taiwan. The compound hosts frenetic combat as players run atop the pods and navigate the multi-tiered interiors.
  • Takeoff: Fans of Stadium from the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC will love Takeoff. This remote launch site is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it's all about close-quarters combat and intense encounters.

In Origins, players are deployed to a Dieselpunk-stylized World War I-era France. The four original heroes — Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen — return from the first Zombies map in Call of Duty: World at War. Hordes of zombies have overrun the French countryside's trenches, fields, and ruins.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse is available first on Xbox Live for a suggested retail price of $14.99. Players who have purchased the Season Pass on Xbox 360 can download Apocalypse now.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition (PC)

It's the end of days, and ungodly powers isolate the Earth. The alliance with the heavens has been threatened by a malevolent force: the Lords of Shadow. Across the land, the souls of the dead are unable to find peace while evil creatures wreak chaos and death upon the living.

Gabriel Belmont is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, a group of holy knights who protect the innocent against the supernatural. His wife was murdered by the forces of darkness, and her soul is trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead, she guides Gabriel to his destiny — and hopefully salvation for the world.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition brings the original game to PC along with add-on content (Reverie and Resurrection) and improved graphics. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is available on Steam for an MSRP of $29.99.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3/PC)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that lets you explore Eorzea with friends. Form a party and adventure with players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships. Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake quests, battle familiar monsters, and acquire abilities and equipment. Embark upon a quest to save the planet of Hydaelyn from an eternity of darkness.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is rated "T" for "Teen" and features cross-platform play on PlayStation 3 and PC. It's available at an MSRP of $39.99 for PS3 and $29.99 for PC.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3)

Hatsune Miku is the world's most popular digital singer. Step on to the stage and join Hatsune Miku in selections from her most popular songs. Test your skills by tapping buttons to the beat. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F features 38 songs, including popular tracks like "Tell Your World" and "Black Rock Shooter." Players can choreograph, create and share their Miku videos in Edit Mode and customize the popular diva with over 90 costumes and 100 accessories.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $49.99.

Killer is Dead (PS3/X360)

Killer is Dead is set in a cyberpunk world where biomechanical augmentations increase everyone's power. Players control Mondo Zappa, a professional executioner who wields a sword and an artificial arm that brandishes interchangeable weapons. He faces violent enemies while ridding the world of criminals. Take on additional missions to earn cash for weapon upgrades, costumes and a gigolo mode to seduce the beautiful women you encounter.

All physical launch copies are packaged with an 80-page hardcover art book, a soundtrack CD containing 25 songs, and the Smooth Operator add-on content pack, which contains bonus in-game goods including gigolo glasses, an alternate costume for Vivienne and Mika, a bonus gigolo mission with Betty, and an additional episode with Sebastian the vampire.

Killer is Dead is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99.

Lost Planet 3 (PS3/X360/PC)

Lost Planet 3 introduces Jim Peyton, a utility rig pilot who takes on a hazardous but lucrative contract with Neo-Venus Construction (NEVEC) to obtain samples of the planet's natural energy source: Thermal Energy. NEVEC believes it can solve Earth's energy crisis. The utility rig acts as a home away from home and offers protection from the changing climate. The rig's tools are also useful for taking out Akrid. Outside the rig, the action changes to third-person view. Jim must battle hostile enemies with gun- and melee-based combat. The title also features multiplayer modes that sees them taking on the role of either the NEVEC forces or the Snow Pirates in up to 10-player battles.

Lost Planet 3 is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB is available for an MSRP of $59.99.

Madden NFL 25 (PS3/X360)

Madden NFL 25 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series. Use over 30 new moves to destroy the competition as you juke, spin and stiff-arm your way into the end zone. The title features more polished physics, and the Force Impact system improves stiff-arms, truck moves, the hit stick, and more.

This year's title offers fans the opportunity to take control of their favorite NFL team with the new Owner mode within Connected Franchise. Set prices on concessions and merchandise; draft, sign and trade players; upgrade and renovate your stadium or pack up the team and move to another city. Owners do everything from calling and running plays on game day to managing all aspects of a team's daily operations.

Madden NFL 25 introduces a new way to play Madden Ultimate Team with Head-to-Head Seasons, and the Madden Share feature lets fans find the best rosters, playbooks, sliders, etc., by the Madden NFL community.

Madden NFL 25 is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $59.99.

The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief - Ancestry Of Lies (PC)

Set in 1960s Europe, The Raven combines the thrill of the "whodunit" with the risk and reward of a heist story. Players get to experience both sides of the story as the investigator and the thief. Players journey through thrilling and dense atmospheres with the aim of catching the thief. Follow his trademark black feather clues to capture him and protect the legendary sapphire, the Eye of the Sphinx.

Ancestry Of Lies is the second chapter of The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief. Players experience the "heist" part of the story for the first time and switch perspectives.

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief - Ancestry Of Lies is available on Steam.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol (PC)

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol invites gamers to lead a team of aces through campaigns across Europe as they upgrade skills, improve aircraft, and more. Take control of dozens of the most famous fighter planes of WWI and head into the dogfight. Roll, slip, and loop to get the drop on enemy aces.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB and is available on Steam for an MSRP of $9.99.

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