Welcome to the latest Release Week Primer. Here you will get a short description and when available, a trailer of the games released this week. The majority of the release dates and descriptions are based on press releases given by the publishers. All dates are for North America and Europe. More publishers are releasing to NA and EU simultaneously but if they are not released on the same day in both regions it will be noted.
Pokémon Black Version/White Version
Starting with your choice of Snivy, a Grass-type Pokémon, Tepig, a Fire-type Pokémon, and Oshawott, a Water-type Pokémon- players will be able to train up and evolve their chosen Pokémon into powerful new Pokémon. There are many ways to evolve Pokémon including levelling up, using certain special items, and by trading a Pokémon with a friend.
Successfully evolve Tepig into Pignite, evolve Snivy to unleash Servine or try and evolve Oshawott into Dewott. New to Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version are moves that create special effects when combined in battle. Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and their evolutions can learn Grass Pledge, Fire Pledge, and Water Pledge respectively. These moves can be used simultaneously in Double Battles and Triple Battles to create powerful combined moves.
Featuring more than 150 never-before-seen- Pokémon, in both Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, you will be able to train your Pokémon with the ultimate goal of taking on the Elite Four and battling on to becoming the Unova Champion! Thanks to the all-new connectivity features, you will be able to hone your fighting skills via the Random Matchup mode, using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
The Pokémon Global Link web site, launching this spring will give players the ability to sync their game play from their Nintendo DSTM systems to PCs via the Internet, and access customisable web-only content, befriend additional Pokémon, communicate with fellow Pokémon Trainers, earn and view Worldwide Battle Ratings, and more. Pokémon Global Link offers a seamless play experience across both platforms—activities players enjoy online will be reflected in their Nintendo DS games. Players will log onto Pokémon Global Link using their Pokémon Trainer Club accounts, which can be easily obtained for free at www.pokemon.com.
Pokémon Global Link features three main components that enhance the Pokémon video game experience online. The Pokémon Dream World features all-new ways to interact with Pokémon in a customisable web-only setting, featuring mini games that enable Pokémon and items to be transferred back into the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version video game. The Global Battle Union allows players to keep track of their battle record against other players around the world and provides players with a Worldwide Rating. Pokémon Global Link will also house the Pokémon Global Trade Station website, launching later, giving players the ability to track Pokémon trades all over the world.
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Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.
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MLB 11 The Show
PS2, PS3, PSP
Leading off on the new features set for PS3 is the addition of the Pure Analog Control System, which includes analog controls for hitting, pitching, and throwing, adding more precision and accuracy to all three disciplines. Pure Hitting allows you to stride and swing using the Right Analog Stick, Pure Pitching functionality incorporates a new Pitch Meter when setting strength and location, and Pure Throwing can be used to make defensive throws by simply pointing the Right Analog Stick in the direction of the base, also allowing for fake throws to keep runners honest.
Next up is the newly added Co-op Mode, which allows up to four-player offline or online cooperative play where gamers can split duties covering either the infield or outfield, while also switching off at the plate or choosing the specific batters they’d like to control. Users can play 1 vs. 2, 2 vs. 2, or 2 vs. CPU. Also adding to the competitive fire is MLB 11 The Show’s Challenge of the Week—a quick, fast paced 2-3 minute, 1-player, online experience, with leader boards and prizes awarded in three tiers.
The fifth generation of Road to The Show returns in version 5.0 bringing a new interactive slider set to the Create Player process, new training modes triggered by the Player Performance Evaluator, Minor League™ substitution logic improvements, advancement system improvements that now compare your stats versus your competition in the organization, and the new No Assist Fielding option to make the fielding experience even more realistic.
New to the MLB 11 The Show broadcast booth is former Dodger first baseman Eric Karros who joins franchise veterans Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell to complete the three man crew. Karros currently works as an MLB color commentator on the FOX network as well as KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where he is part of the pre-game show for Dodger games.
Additional new features for PS3 include stereoscopic 3D functionality in all gameplay modes, a customizable camera editor, stadium specific broadcast camera angles for all 30 MLB teams, new weather elements in the form of rain and dynamic cloud coverage, stadium specific jumbotrons and fireworks, and PlayStation®Move motion controller support, making its debut in the Home Run Derby® mode.
For fans who want to take The Show on the road, MLB 11 The Show for the PSP and PSPgo systems delivers big baseball action in the palm of your hand by utilizing core gameplay features found in the PS3 system version. MLB 11 The Show will also available PlayStation 2, providing the same authentic baseball experience that fans have come to expect from The Show.
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Major League Baseball 2K11
PC, PS3, PSP, X360, Wii
The groundbreaking $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge is back. Featuring Right Stick pitching & hitting and a revamped fielding system, MLB 2K11 is the only baseball game deep enough to put $1 million on the line. Perfect YOUR game.
Phantom Brave revolutionized the strategy RPG genre with its unique free‐roaming battle fields and innovative “CONFINE” unit summoning system. Now, Phantom Brave comes to PSP with enhancements, added features and content, and an expanded story. Colorful, witty, and addictively challenging, Phantom Brave delivers incredibly intricate, finely ‐balanced strategic gameplay that compliments a fantastical tale of courage and duty. Already one of the highest reviewed strategy RPGs of all‐time, this PSP release is certain to win over a whole new host of fans!
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God Eater Burst
God Eater re-imagines the post-apocalyptic world with an original and dramatic story of human survival against overwhelming odds. The earth has been trashed by unpleasant mutant beasts known as the Aragami and man’s only hope against them is the God Arc weapons and the God Eaters who wield them. Players will create their own hero and do battle with over 37 different enemies, picking up items along the way to customize their weapons, guns, bullets and shields, boosting their strength and stamina in the massive scale fights.
The furious pace of the gameplay will send players hurtling through over 125 missions, demanding quick thinking for tactical shifts between weapons to slash, shoot and devour some seriously imposing enemies. Bullets can be customised to alter their strength, patterns and elemental type for wildly effective super attacks.
The original Prey Attack adds a new strategic level as players transform their God Arc to Burst Mode, boosting their stats and special bullets to launch potent attacks. Players can hunt with AI controlled party members or join hunting parties with up to four players via ad hoc connection, or connect the PSP to a PlayStation®3 and play online using adhocParty in cooperative mode.
If you’ve ever wondered what a god tastes like, you won’t have to wait long to find out.
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PC, PS3, X360
……NA release (EU Release on March 15)
The year is 2027. The world has suffered a decade-long energy crisis, and economies have crumbled. Reduced to a mere shadow of the super power it once was, the United States became the target of a North Korean takeover. American malls, suburbs and city streets are now battlegrounds as the civilian resistance fights for freedom. Featuring a compelling single player story crafted by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn), Homefront immerses gamers in an interactive and cinematic FPS experience where they will assume an infantry role or take command of a wide variety of aerial and ground vehicles. In addition to the single-player experience, Homefront will deliver a robust multiplayer experience. In a land stripped of freedom, the brave will fight for their home.
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The brave Patapon tribe cross the recently constructed bridge at the end of Patapon 2. A mysterious box lies in their path and they combine their efforts to break it open. They successfully break open the box to release… the seven evil spirits! All the Patapons are turned to stone except for Hatapon. He has escaped the tragedy and finds a silver Hoshipon at the bottom of the box which gives him a new power to defeat the evil spirits: Superhero Patapon.
* BIGGEST RYHTHMIC-BASED WAR EXPERIENCE ON THE PSP – Glimpse into the deep multiplayer campaigns that deliver an epic feel with the addition of the new Hero Patapon!
* SUPER HEREO SPECIAL ATTACKS – Customize your Super Hero Patapon to your specifications and deliver special attacks with the new Superhero character then lead your rhythmic army with a vast selection of soldier types.
* ONLINE CO-OP – Online Co-op and competitive gameplay with up to 8 players.
* CHAT SYSTEM – Chat with other Super Hero Patapons with an all new Pata-Text chat system.
* RHYTHM AND ACTION COLLIDE – Master all 8 drum rhythms and match them to your friends to lead your squad into victory over enemies and online opponents.
* LEVELING-UP – Collect elements to level-up your Super Hero Patapon or evolve into other Patapon forms.
* MISSION VARIETY – Take part in Co-Op Quests or competitive ‘Capture the Flag’ multiplayer game modes.
* UNIQUE ART STYLE – French graphic artist Rolito, noted for his abstract art style seen in collectible toys, animation, and websites, lends his skills to create a variety of unique characters and environments, bringing the Patapon world to life.
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In Youda Safari™ players take on the role of Lucy, an enterprising PR and Marketing manager, who has agreed to help her friend run safari parks in a host of locales and continents, including the USA, Europe, Russia, Africa, China and Brazil. Players must combine time management and wise decision making to ensure the eager tourist and animal enthusiast visitors have the best routes possible to see their favourite animals and snap some pictures. As players progress, they will have to decide how to upgrade each park, whether it’s by adding new animal attractions and touring vehicles, or constructing bigger tourist facilities and more restaurants. Wannabe park owners will have to hone each park to provide the very best tours and wildlife adventures if they want customers to return.
Dragon Age Legends
13 years have passed since a group of warriors led by the Templar Ravi banded together to prevent an abomination from destroying the Free Marcher city of Kaiten in a hedonistic orgy of narcissism and opulence.
The former Viscount Khedra spent most of his life as a venerated ruler, celebrated for his wisdom. Late in life, he started to change, beginning with the construction of a great coliseum where nobles’ chosen champions competed for pride and glory. What began as games of entertainment quickly devolved into great spectacles of carnage punctuated by outlandish pageantry. The lesser nobles of Kaiten no longer settled their disputes in court, instead grievances big and small were decided by sword for the pleasure of an increasingly bloodthirsty populace.
The Viscount’s nephew, Ravi, and his allies discovered the source of Khedra’s odd behavior: Khedra was possessed by a powerful Pride demon and was now an abomination. These heroes were able to defeat the demon in a fearsome confrontation, and mysteriously, you were there to aid them.
Now, Ravi is the Viscount of Kaiten and you are one of his most trusted allies. When a mysterious set of circumstances begin to form around his son Eiton, you are the only one he trusts to save his son.
Return to Thedas in Dragon Age Legends on Facebook. Take down demons and darkspawn with your friends in this action-packed, strategy RPG. Be Legendary!
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Stoked: Big Air Edition
Stoked Big Air Edition is a snowboarding game. Win competitions, and develop your uniqu style, you’ll gain sponsorships, clothes and gear from the world’s leading brands.
Yoostar2 allows players to perform in hundreds of famous movie scenes, record their performances, and share them with friends and family online. Using the sensor of the for Xbox 360 and the PlayStation®Eye, Yoostar2 achieves Hollywood “green screen” style effects without the use of a green screen. In an instant, players can literally step into well-known movie scenes and play the roles of the world’s most famous actors.
Once a scene is recorded, players can upload their performances to Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network or the PlayStation®Network, share the performances on social networks such as Facebook and Yoostar.com and view them on virtually all devices, including Smart Phones, PC’s and Consoles. Players increase status through community participation, such as sharing, rating and commenting on others’ performances. “We have created something entirely new—a ‘Social Video Game’ that bridges the worlds of social games and video games,” said Fischbach. “The result is a game that’s incredibly fun to play with friends, lets you create and share your own video online, and provides a social game mechanic that motivates you to play and participate in the community. It’s like nothing the video game industry has seen before.”
Yoostar2 features an innovative user interface driven by KinectTM for Xbox 360 gesture-based technology and PlayStation®Move motion controllers and created by Blitz Games Studios, one of the world’s leading game developers. Players’ performances are scored, allowing them to rise from “struggling actor” to “superstar”, but the game also encourages improvised performances that draw on players’ creativity. Yoostar2 features multiple gameplay modes, including a “party mode” that allows a group of players to perform in quick succession and a progression mode where players face a series of challenges and unlock new scenes.
Yoostar has secured world-class movie content from leading motion picture studios, including Paramount, Universal, MGM, Lions Gate, and Warner Bros. The Yoostar library features hundreds of iconic movie scenes and top Hollywood talent. The game comes with 60 scenes, and players can purchase and download additional scenes from the Yoostar library during or apart from gameplay.
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