Battlefront.com, together with Atomicboy Software, has released Empires of Steel as a download for the PC. The turn-based strategy game allows up to 20 players to battle, research new technologies and attempt to ultimately dominate a map.
Neocore has launched its game King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame as a download through Valve's Steam service. The game, set in the times of Arthurian legend, mixes elements of role-playing games and strategy games to allow players to rule as a Medieval king.
A variety of new games are available this week as downloads for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store, including the downloadable LittleBigPlanet PSP and Tekken 6 PSP:
Devolver Digital has released Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter as a download through Valve's Steam service. The game is the same classic first-person shooter previously released, but with updated visuals.
Sony has released SingStar: Latino for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. This disc includes 30 songs from Latin artists for Sony's karaoke-style sing-along song. There is also now a substantial portfolio of Latin songs available through the SingStore for download.
Matrix Games, together with Ntronium Games, has released Armada 2526 as a download or physical copy mailed from Matrix Games. This strategy game has players building up a galactic empire, but is designed to be played in a more manageable session than typical 4x-style strategy games.
Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, has shipped Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Zone Massacre for the Wii to stores in North America. The game should be on store shelves by Friday. This third-person action game with shooter and stealth elements is based on the 2000 AD comic in which fallen infantry can have their personalities digitized and inserted into weaponry and equipment.
I-play, part of Oberon Media, has launched Mahjong Memoirs as a download for the PC. Mahjong Memoirs is a collection of Mahjong puzzles connected by a story of wartime romance.
Battlefront.com has released Theater of War 2: Centauro as a download for the PC. Centauro is an expansion to the WWII-themed strategy game Theater of War 2: Africa 1943 that is dedicated to the Italian 131st Armored Division ("Centauro"). The expansion follows the Centauro's battles in North Africa from December 1942 through May 1943.
Russian publisher 1C and Katauri Interactive have released King's Bounty: Armored Princess, a turn-based strategy game with role-playing game elements and sequel to King's Bounty. This game has Princess Amelie searching for Bill Gilbert, the knight from the first game. The game is available from a variety of download portals and should reach retail stores some time in the future.
More games have been added to the PlayStation Store, including Peggle and a variety of PSP Minis:
505 Games' title My Ballet Studio is now in stores for the Wii and DS. The Wii version of the game supports the Wii Balance Board, allowing Wii owners to learn to pirouette using their console. The DS version features ballet-related mini-games and ballet costumes to unlock.
505 Games has shipped Discovery Kids: Spider Quest for the DS to stores in North America. This Discovery Channel-branded game has kids exploring a 3D jungle to collect and learn about spiders.
This week, both Diner Dash and Gyromancer are available as downloads through Xbox Live Arcade, along with the Peggle Nights expansion:
Matrix Games has released Officers: The Matrix Edition as a PC download. The game has players controlling U.S. and British forces on the Western front of World War II. This version of the pausable real-time strategy game mixes many bugs, balance and map problems with the original game and (like the original) allows players to indulge in battles involving up to 1,500 units.
Disney has shipped The Princess and the Frog for the Wii, PC and DS to stores in North America. Based on the upcoming Disney film, the game follows the events of the film by questing in New Orleans and indulging in mini-games.
Storm City Games has shipped Foto Frenzy for the DS to stores. The game has players using the DS stylus to identify differences between two pictures.
Valve's game Left 4 Dead 2 is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PC, as well as being available as a download through Valve's Steam service. This Left 4 Dead sequel is another four-player game in which players work together to survive a zombie apocalypse (or play the zombies trying to take out the remaining survivors). Left 4 Dead 2 adds new campaign settings, improved AI and lots of new weapons.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has launched Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. This Scene It? trivia game covers recent film releases for both lone players and multiplayer groups.
OGPlanet has officially launched its persistent online game Lost Saga today. The game allows players to choose one of a variety of heroes and battle it out in several modes and maps. While little has changed, the game is no longer in open beta.
Tomy's game Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 for the Wii is now in stores in North America. This fighting game features 40 characters from the Naruto anime battling it out, including against other players using the Wii's wireless connectivity.
Sony's game LittleBigPlanet PSP is now in stores for the PSP. Built for the PSP, this version of LittleBigPlanet offers the same sort of platforming and level-building play as LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3, but on the small screen.
Got Game Entertainment, in cooperation with Playlogic, has shipped WorldShift for the PC to stores in North America. This real-time-strategy game is set in the distant future when an asteroid crashes into the Earth releasing a deadly plague. The game includes three factions: Earth's urban survivors, Earth's tribal remnants and an invading alien race.
Sony has released several downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Frima Studio has released its game Big Bad Wolf for the PC as a download through Valve's Steam service. The game poses a series of puzzles to players in the framework of an adventure game populated with fairytale characters.
Alliance of Valiant Arms, a persistent online shooter from ijji.com is now officially live. That means the game continues to be operational, but the cash shop launched today, allowing players to spend real cash on items that will enhance their game experience.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the 12th expansion for its online collectible strategy game Pox Nora, called Dire Covenant. The expansion includes a new campaign, 72 new runes and around 50 new abilities.
I-Play, part of Oberon Media, has released Treasures of the Serengeti as a download for the PC. The game is a jigsaw-puzzle-like variant on traditional match-three puzzle games. In the game, players are collecting gems to rebuild a deserted African village.
Gamepot has "officially launched" its free-to-play massively multiplayer online game for the PC, Bright Shadow. The fantasy-themed game features four societies battling against the forces of darkness using "Soul Power."
New games are available for download through Xbox Live Arcade, including a puzzle game, brain training game and sports title:
Zoo Games' Wedding Dash for the DS is now in stores in North America. Previously released for the PC by PlayFirst, this time-management game set in the same world as Diner Dash has players striving to host the perfect wedding reception.
Disney Interactive Studios' game Jonas for the DS has reached stores in North America. Based on the Disney Channel show featuring the Jonas Brothers, the game has players helping the band onstage and off.
Atlus has shipped its game Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble for the PSP to stores in North America. The game has players taking on the role of a high-school student on a field trip to a Japanese city, brawling with various factions to control bragging rights over the whole town.
Sony has shipped Buzz! Quiz World for the PlayStation 3 to retail stores in North America. This Buzz! trivia game, developed by Relentless Software, adds around 5,000 new questions to the franchise and supports user-generated questions from MyBuzzquiz.com.
Deep Silver, part of Koch Media, has placed its game DJ Star for the DS in stores. The game has DS owners using the DS touch screen to mix and scratch to 40 licensed songs.
Sony has released more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:
Maximum Family Games and Virtual Play Games have shipped two Junior games for the DS to stores: Junior Brain Trainer has around 100 puzzles designed to sharpen mental acuity for kids, while Junior Classic Games is a collection of straightforward games designed for kids.
Storm City Games has shipped Jewel Master: Egypt for the DS to stores. The game is a series of Egyptian-themed match-three puzzles.
Disney's A Christmas Carol for the DS has shipped to stores in North America. The game is based on the animated film of the same name and has players guiding Scrooge using the DS stylus and microphone through his experiences with Christmas ghosts.
Aspyr Media, together with LucasArts, has shipped Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition for the PC to stores in North America. This edition includes the original game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed along with three more levels, all casting the player as Darth Vader's "secret apprentice."
Mobile game publisher Gameloft reported selected financial results today for its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2009:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's game Lego Rock Band is now in stores. Published in cooperation with MTV Games, the game is now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and DS. Lego Rock Band features the rhythm play typical of the Rock Band titles, with 35 hit songs, but featuring the additional customization of building Lego avatars, a Lego band and a Lego entourage.
Sony's game Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier is now available for the PlayStation 2 and PSP. This latest Jak and Daxter game continues the story of the original trilogy of Jak and Daxter games as the duo attempt to discover why all the Eco on their planet has disappeared. To reverse the process, Jak and Daxter engage in platforming action to the edge of the world in search of Precursor machinery that can fix everything. The game adds substantial air combat, comprising nearly half of the game.
Destineer has shipped We Wish You a Merry Christmas for the Wii to stores. The title includes mini-games and activities such as sing-a-longs and advent calendar, all with a Christmas theme.
City Interactive has shipped its game Sushi Academy for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players using the DS stylus to prepare sushi under the guidance of a master sushi chef.
Got Game Entertainment has released its game Wine Tycoon for the PC to stores. Developed by UK-based Virtual Playground, the game has players managing a vineyard, bending wines and building a successful business.
Telltale Games has released Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 - The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood. This latest episode in Guybrush Threepwood's new adventures has Threepwood captured and on trial at the hands of the Marquis De Singe.