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by Bill Hess on February 12, 2012


Here are your video game releases for the week of February 13th, 2012.

Twisted Metal – PS3 - Twisted Metal is an over-the-top, vehicular combat game exclusively for play on PlayStation 3. Gameplay revolves around demolition derby style action set across multiple maps in which last contestant alive receives virtually whatever they desire. The game contains both an engrossing single player campaign story mode, as well as multiplayer modes which support co-op and 4-player action locally, as well as 16-player support online. Additional features include: returning characters from earlier releases in the game franchise, 17 vehicles that can be customized with a wide variety of weapons, destructible game environments and more.

Alan Wake – PC - Alan Wake, developed by Remedy Entertainment for the PC, is psychological action thriller that incorporates the elements of a TV show with the interactivity of a video game for a uniquely immersive experience. A suspenseful story told in successive episodes, this release will treat players to top-notch graphics that give the game a stunning cinematic look.

UFC Undisputed 3 – Xbox 360, PS3 - UFC Undisputed 3 is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting game in which players step into the iconic octagon fighting cage to battle in one-on-one action for the ultimate fighting championship (UFC). Just as in real MMA bouts, players of UFC Undisputed 3 use a variety of martial arts disciplines separated into striking and grappling techniques in an attempt to knockout an opponent, force him to submit or win a decision on points. The game features a huge roster of real UFC fighters in multiple weight classes, as well as a new submission system, simplified controls and an improved online component.

Warp – XBLA - Warp™ is a puzzle based stealth action game where gamers play as Zero, a loveable yet lethal, little orange alien with a big score to settle. Abducted by a villainous General from his home world and taken to an underwater research facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape by relying on his arsenal of special abilities.

Grand Slam Tennis 2 – Xbox 360, PS3 - Grand Slam Tennis 2 is a Tennis simulation game that allows players to experience all four of tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in high-definition on Next-Gen consoles for the first time. The game features more than 20 of the greatest players of all-time including current top players Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova, as well as immortal past champions like John McEnroe, Björn Borg and others. Additional features include: the option to control all shots with a single analog stick, AI specific to real pro player tendencies and tactics, a 10-year career mode, ESPN broadcast integration and PlayStation Move controller support.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend – Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita - With the devious all new playable character Relius Clover, new story scenarios, new gameplay modes, and competitively balanced action, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND makes a grand return to home consoles and the new frontier.

Worms Ultimate Mayhem – PSN - Worms™: Ultimate Mayhem is the definitive 3D “Worms™” game! Load your weapons and experience a whole new dimension in destructive turn-based cartoon action! Taking the game into 3D creates all-new strategic and gameplay possibilities.

PS Vita First Edition Bundles - Sony’s PlayStation Vita retains the familiar general form of the PlayStation Portable hardware series while dramatically improving on virtually every aspect of its use with powerful and exciting new features including: dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass and exceptional built-in connectivity via both Wi-Fi* and exclusive to this model, an always on 3G connection.** Taken together this makes for a handheld gaming device that truly signals the entry of handhelds into the world of Next-Gen gaming.

Ben 10 Galactic Racing – PS Vita - Aliens, start your engines! Get ready for ultimate fun with Ben and his alien friends in this galactic grand prix. Twist and turn through challenging high-speed tracks as you make your way to the finish line. Be prepared for some surprises as Ben may unexpectedly transform into any alien!

FIFA Soccer – PS Vita – EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer on PS Vita gives you the same physics-based, data driven technology that powers FIFA gameplay on PlayStation 3. Take part in eight different game modes, including 11 vs. 11, Tournament Mode with over 50 real-world competitions, a full in-depth Career Mode, and head-to-head online. Innovations that utilize a rear touch pad and touchscreen create an intelligent and unique gameplay experience. Rear touch pad shooting delivers pin-point accuracy and removes the element of “hit and hope” from shooting and touchscreen passing opens up the field of play for more creative and precision passing.

F1 2011 – PS Vita - Compete on the go with F1 2011 for PlayStation Vita from Codemasters, the publisher of the BAFTA-winning F1 2010 videogame. Developed by Sumo Digital under Codemasters’ exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited, F1 2011 will come complete with all the official drivers, teams and circuits from the 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. F1 2011 for PlayStation Vita is tuned for portable play, allowing fans to compete for motorsport’s ultimate prize across a full season, enter an individual GRAND PRIX or jump into Time Trial mode.

Little Deviants – PS Vita – Little Deviants is an Arcade style mini-game collection focused on the Little Deviant characters ongoing attempts to escape from their robot enemies. The games in the collection are especially designed to focus players’ attention on mastery of the various controls and features of PlayStation Vita, including front and rear touch screen input, tap and drag input, and motion sensor and rear camera functionality. The game contains more than 30 mini-games/levels, an online leaderboard, and local eight player multiplayer support through a single handheld.

Lumines – PS Vita - The king of music-puzzle games returns with its first, all-new installment in over 5 years. Lumines for PlayStation Vita marks the return of Q Entertainment’s landmark puzzle series, bringing together addictive block-dropping puzzle action, an all-new 3D graphics engine, and some of the most significant names in electronic music history.

Michael Jackson: The Experience HD – PS Vita – Experience the excitement and the magic of Michael Jackson’s iconic music videos and short films in the palm of your hands in spectacular high definition graphics and sound. Michael Jackson The Experience for PlayStation Vita invites players on a spectacular interactive journey through 15 of the King of Pop’s most legendary hits. Built for the PlayStation Vita and true to Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking and visionary work, Michael Jackson The Experience introduces a brand new way of playing rhythm games, an experience as close as it gets to dancing on a portable console.

Rayman Origins – PS Vita - Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil and the Raving Rabbids returns to his roots to bring us Rayman Origins: a high-definition, 2D side-scrolling, platforming adventure! Play Rayman Origins and discover or rediscover the magical universe and legendary 2D gameplay that captured the hearts of millions of fans.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – PS Vita - Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is multiplayer crossover fighting game featuring tag-team style combat between three-character teams of super heroes, super villains and other characters from the Marvel comics and Capcom universes. The game contains 12 new fighters, in addition to those found in earlier game versions. It also features new game modes including a spectator mode, and the ‘Heroes and Heralds’ Mode. The PS Vita version of the game is virtually identical to the console versions, while incorporating the handheld’s touch controls and portability.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss – PS Vita - Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a single player Adventure game that brings the trademark active gameplay of the Uncharted series to the small screen like never before. The most prominent of the launch title for the Sony PlayStation Vita handheld Golden Abyss features an all-new story revolving around the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, as well as controls optimized for play on the PS Vita. Features include: a combination of touch pad and motion-sensing controls, as well as Adventure and Puzzle-solving gameplay.

WipEout 2048 – PS Vita - WipEout 2048 is a high-speed, high-energy multiplayer Racing game releasing as a launch title concurrently with the PlayStation Vita. Set in the year 2048, the game is chronologically a prequel to earlier releases in the series, introducing longtime fans of the game series as well as new players to the beginnings of the addictive futuristic sport of antigravity racing. The game utilizes PlayStation Vita’s innovative touch interface, motion active tilt, and voice-activated controls to create a fluid high-end racing experience that players can take anywhere. Additional features include: eight player support that includes races against PS3 players of Wipeout HD on PlayStation Network, co-op mission play and wider tracks designed to increase players’ focus on weapons and maneuverability.

Reality Fighters – PS Vita - Bring the world around you into the fight with Reality Fighters! Using AR technology, take pictures of yourself and create your own personal fighter, complete with unique fighting and visual style. From kitchen tops to parking lots, the world is literally your arena as the stages you fight in are determined by the environment around you.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – PS Vita - Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is a handheld Arcade style golf simulation game released as a launch title for PlayStation Vita. Utilizing the innovative blend of touch-based, motion-sensing and camera-oriented controls of the new handheld, the game represents a completely new way to play Hot Shots Golf. Features include: touch and pinch functionality allowing in-game golfers to be moved at will, multiple possible camera angles, golfer upgrades and multiplayer support wirelessly between devices and through PlayStation Network.

ModNation Racers: Road Trip – PS Vita - ModNation Racers: Road Trip is a Kart-style Racing game that brings the fun of the ModNation Racers franchise to the innovative PlayStation Vita handheld system. The game features deep customization options of both character-racers and karts, as well as tracks that can easily be created from scratch. An addictive campaign and more than 300,000 user created online tracks are available. Additional features include: touch controls, wireless multiplayer support, in-game photo capabilities, and GPS functionality that tracks your movements and rewards you for playing the game from different locations.

Zumba Fitness Rush – Xbox 360 - Four million players and counting have already discovered the exhilarating Zumba Fitness interactive video game work out. Following the worldwide best-selling original, Zumba Fitness Rush builds on that phenomenal success while elevating the exer-game category to a new level of fun, effective fitness. This cutting-edge experience layers in a wealth of exclusive content only available on Kinect, plus lots of new features and improvements that amp up the dance fitness play so you can party yourself into shape!

Rhythm Heaven Fever – Wii - Japanese pop music producer and hit maker TSUNKU is bringing his pop star rhythm training methods to the Wii with Rhythm Heaven Fever. Players will have to feel the rhythm deep down and tap the A and B buttons on the Wii Remote in time with the music and whimsical on screen hoopla. If you’ve ever wanted to test or improve the way you move and groove to the beat, your prescription is Rhythm Heaven Fever.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition – 3DS - The world of Tekken comes to Nintendo’s 3D handheld.

Tales of the Abyss – 3DS -  Port finally hits North America.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games – 3DS – Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a Sports/Party game set at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London that features a wide range of characters from both the Nintendo and Sonic game universes competing in Olympic style sports events. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game continues the fun of earlier DS releases in series with returning favorite real-world sports, and new events as well. The game also features expanded gaming possibilities through the unique 3DS features, and four-player multi-card multiplayer support.

Crusader Kings II – PC - In Crusader Kings II, you will get to control one of the great Christian dynasties of the West, attempt to conquer all of Europe, and liberate the Holy Land.

Dear Esther – PC - “A deserted island…a lost man…memories of a fatal crash…a book written by a dying explorer.” Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides.

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