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.
Feb 27, 2011
Set on a remote prison planet at the farthest reaches of the solar system, a collection of the system’s craziest criminals are incarcerated in a prison with no walls and forgotten by society. In this long abandoned world, the only rule is anarchy as each faction fights in a bloodthirsty race for survival, power and ultimately escape. Through varied climate zones and numerous stylised maps, players must fight through the ruins of the world’s previous civilisations, taking on each region’s inmates in a frantic and frenetic struggle to survive.
Featuring unique third-person, sprint-action shooter gameplay, players can assume the roles of a variety of unique and memorable characters in a game that redefines the run-and-gun shooter. While pursuing and being pursued by their opponents, players must make use of the sprint-action play by running, jumping, ducking and vaulting, using the environments to their advantage. With a powerful arsenal of weapons at their disposal, each character comes complete with their own unique kill move, coupled with a mocking take-down taunt to ridicule their victims. The frenzied and furious comic style comes into its own with full 12-player online multiplayer matches across the planet, with a range of game modes and multiplayer arenas.
Feb 28, 2011
PC, PS3, X360
Set in the 26th century on Stygia, a planet where paradise was lost and has since been overrun with rampaging freaks, flesh-eating plants and creatures the size of skyscrapers, Bulletstorm tells the story of Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato. As ex-members of an elite military force called Dead Echo, Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato are mercenaries on the run across the galaxy, until they are stranded on Stygia, where their main objective is to survive long enough in order to exact revenge on the one person responsible for their plight. In Anarchy multiplayer mode, teams of up to four players fight together to survive waves of blood-thirsty mutants while scoring Skillpoints in order to advance. In Echomode, Bulletstorm tracks and compares players’ scores through locations found in the campaign. Through the Skillshot system, Bulletstorm provides stylish, imaginative ways to perform spectacular kills with some of the most unique weapons ever seen, including the Boneduster, a four-barreled shotgun that packs an incredible punch, to the Headhunter, a sniper rifle that allows player to guide the bullet as it reaches its target.
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Adventure in the world of Telara as either a noble Guardian or technomagical Defiant and enter a dynamic fantasy where 8 primal forces battle for control in an ever-changing landscape. Build your own class using the Ascended Soul system, embark on epic conflicts that bring you into the story, battle others in exhilarating Player vs. Player combat, achieve new heights of power by tackling epic raids, and so much more
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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution
It is ten years since the events of Chaos Rising and Sub-Sector Aurelia has been in a constant state of warfare with the Imperium struggling to retain control. The apparent betrayal of the chapter by Gabriel Angelos and his Space Marines has shaken the Blood Ravens and now the Imperial forces are beset on all sides by hostile aliens. Retribution allows the player to select the race of their choosing in a battle to determine the very survival or destruction of the entire sector.
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The Flying Dutchman
A Hidden Objects game, “The Flying Dutchman” will feature an exciting and mysterious storyline in which you have to unravel the mystery of the legendary ship “The Flying Dutchman”.
Two weeks ago, political activists and talented art thieves Cathryn, Mike, and Bernard broke into a special exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa. Meanwhile, US special agent Jack Stern has a murder case of a prominent politician to solve, and an assassination has to be considered. Their paths are destined to cross because of this murder. Do the anarchistic young thieves have something to do with the British Secretary’s death? The next weeks will be a hard trial for the young thieves as well as agent Stern, entangling all four into affairs of international politics.
……EU release (NA Release was Feb 15th)
This unique RPG features game consoles personified as goddesses, CPUs (Console Patron Units), who you can customize visually with equipment to enhance their stats. Players take the role of Neptune and follow her quest to save the captive Histoire. This leads her to face the corrupt monsters ravaging the world of Gamindustri unleashed by
the evil Arfoire. Neptunia also features iconic characters from classic games as special summon skills.
CPUs: Video game consoles & companies personified!
GRAPHIC EDIT: Edit pictures stored on your PS3 to use as Neptune’s rear emblem!
SUMMON: Summon video game characters or your own edited images!
COMBO EDIT: Customize, create, and name your own combo attacks!
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Monster Buster Club
For those unacquainted with the hit TV show, it is a series produced by Marathon Animation (Totally Spies, Galactik Football) and follows the lives of four not-so-ordinary school kids who lead a secret double life defending Singletown from aliens.
The Monster Buster Club game takes place in a perfectly recreated Singletown and is packed full of puzzles, heart pounding action and troublemaking aliens to bust. The gameplay combines action, racing, puzzle solving and shooting and requires you to jump, climb, balance, race, and shoot your way to victory in an adventure of epic proportions!
Rango: The WORLD
DS, PS3, Wii, X360
Based on the Paramount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies soon-to-be released animated feature film Rango starring the voice of Johnny Depp . Rango: The WORLD is a multiplayer online universe that lets participants become the hero: fans can create their own character, join their friends and explore the dynamic world of the film, including the town of Dirt and its surroundings. Along the way, players encounter the colorful characters from the film, embark on quests, compete in mini-games and customize their own personal hub.
Redken Busy Scissors
Get ready to color, shampoo, cut, blow dry, and style hair with the Wii remote. Players earn reputation and advance their career in a Hollywood based salon by meeting the demands of their glamorous and eccentric clientele. The game progresses as they help unlock each client’s inner potential by finding their unique outward style. The game features over 25 hairstyles, 20 mini-games, 6 career levels, and 4 game modes, which provide a dynamic combination of realistic gameplay, humor, and entertainment.
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……EU release (NA Release was Nov 14, 2010)
Pictionary is a guessing word game played with teams with players trying to identify specific words from their teammates’ drawings. The game uses the uDraw GameTablet.
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