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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2014 @ 1:45 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 ...

Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry (PS4/PS3)

Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry is a stand-alone, single-player adventure. Originally released as an add-on to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry features Adewale, a man who was born into slavery, became a pirate and is now a trained Assassin. He's shipwrecked in Haiti, and he's trying to get back to sea by assisting locals in exchange for a crew and a ship. He is drawn into the Maroon slave community, which forces him to face his past. Adewale takes his new crew and set of weapons, including a machete and a blunderbuss, to assassinate enemies, free slaves and take down slave owners.

Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and is available for download for $14.99.

Banished (PC)

In this city-building strategy game, you control exiled travelers who want to restart their lives. They have only the clothes on their backs and a cart filled with supplies.

The townspeople are your primary resource. There aren't any skill trees or money, so any structure can be built at any time, as long as your people have collected the resources. Resources can be bartered on trade vessels. These merchants are key to adding livestock and crops to the townspeople's diet, but the lengthy trip brings the risk of foreign illnesses.

Banished is available on Steam for $19.99.

Earth Defense Force 2025 (PS3/X360)

In Earth Defense Force 2025, the insects return from dormancy to disturb the peace with over-the-top action and massive city-leveling explosions that entrench the EDF and the citizens of earth. Players take on the role of an EDF soldier equipped with 700+ weapons, four new soldier classes and the training to exterminate insects in a quest to protect the world from alien invasion.

Earth Defense Force 2025 features the largest number of missions from the series and includes a versus mode and four-player online multiplayer.

Earth Defense Force 2025 is rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $49.95.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (NDS)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril for the NDS features 45 missions that allow players to take control of Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other Marvel characters as they work to stop Loki, Dr. Doom and other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon that could destroy the world. Chase down Cosmic LEGO Bricks as you travel across key locations in the Marvel Universe.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril is rated "E10+" for "Everyone 10 and Older" by the ESRB and is available at an MSRP of $19.99.

NASCAR '14 (PS3/X360/PC)

NASCAR '14 includes online leagues, which allow gamers to band together to overtake rivals. For the first time in the series, NASCAR '14 delivers skill-based matchmaking.

Gamers can build their career or use their favorite drivers to relive the best NASCAR moments from 2013 and purchase new 2014 highlights throughout the season. NASCAR fans can drop into a re-creation of an exact race moment soon after it happens.

NASCAR '14 is rated "E" for "Everyone" by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $49.99.

Rayman Legends (PS4/XOne)

After Rayman Origins, our heroes took a 100-year nap and nightmares began to infest the Glade of Dreams. Once Rayman awakens, he sets off on an adventure with his friends to restore order to the universe. Rayman Legends features traditional Rayman platforming action, new music rhythm-based stages, multi-dimension gameplay elements, and an improved lighting system.

On the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the visuals have been enhanced to show the hand-drawn artwork in sharper detail, and loading time between maps has been reduced. On Xbox One, there are two exclusive characters from Far Cry 3, Ray Vaas and Far Glob, as well as Splinter Ray, inspired by Sam Fisher. On PlayStation 4, players have Assassin Ray, who's inspired by the hero from Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag.

Rayman Legends is rated "E10+" for "Everyone Aged 10 and Older" by the ESRB and is available for $39.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition: Rise Against DLC (PS3/X360/PC)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition is the sequel to 2011's Rocksmith, a rhythm game that used a real guitar or bass. Rocksmith 2014 Edition includes new features, new modes, tracking and responsiveness, a completely redesigned interface, and more.

The Rise Against DLC pack includes "Give It All," "Make It Stop (September's Children)," "Prayer Of The Refugee," "Satellite," and "Swing Life Away." Individual songs are available for $2.99, and the complete five-song pack costs $11.99.

Strider (PS4/PS3/XOne/X360/PC)

Strider features the series hallmarks of fluid, lightning-quick, side-scrolling combat and movement through Kazakh City. Perform acrobatic jumps and flips while slicing through enemies with Hiryu's Cypher, a plasma-charged weapon. Use the climb sickle to gain the high ground, and hit enemies with a surprise Kunai attack or call on companions for extra muscle.

Strider is rated "E10+" for "Everyone 10 and Older" by the ESRB and is available on PlayStation Network for $14.99.

Tomba! 2: The Great Adventure (PSN)

Tomba receives an anonymous letter that his friend, Tabby, has been kidnapped, and he attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery. It quickly becomes apparent that pink colored animals with curly tails traditionally found on farms might hold some clues.

Tomba is awarded adventure points for completing quests, and he can use these points to unlock boxes. He's also rewarded with different suits, like the Flying Squirrel suit that lets him fly.

Tomba! 2: The Great Adventure is available on PlayStation Network for $9.99.

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