Christian publisher Digital Praise has released Guitar Praise: Stryper as an expansion for its game Guitar Praise (available for the PC and Mac). The expansion includes 25 tracks from Stryper and is available from "leading Christian retailers."
Aksys Games has shipped Mimana: Iyar Chronicle for the PSP to stores in North America. This side-scrolling role-playing game has players following a magical mercenary on a quest to recover seven jewels scattered around the world of Iyar.
Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., a Chinese publisher of online games, has opened Snail Games USA, a subsidiary based in Los Angeles that will focus on bringing Suzhou Snail's games to the North American market. The regional office will be run by Scott Miller, and is primarily working on bringing browser-based persistent online games to the North American market.
Disney has shipped Disney Stitch Jam for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players engaging in rhythm-based mini-games featuring the famous alien Stitch.
NIS America has shipped Sakura Wars: So Long My Love for the Wii to stores in North America. This role-playing game is the first Sakura Wars title to be released in North America has players helping an all-female Broadway revue protect New York through undercover Star Division operations.
Sony has released more downloadable games through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Matrix Games, together with developer CodeFore, has released Distant Worlds for the PC. This 4X-style strategy game is available as both a download and as a physical shipment. The real-time (but pausable) game has players exploring, conquering or colonizing up to 1,400 star systems complete with alien empires.
Natsume has shipped Cheer We Go! for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players using the DS touchscreen to mimic cheerleading motions in cheerleading competitions.
Natsume has shipped Squishy Tank for the DS to stores in North America. Despite the tank theme, this is a match-three puzzle game in which players strive to eliminate like-colored blocks before a time limit expires.
Atlus has shipped Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey for the DS to stores in North America. The game represents a return to the early Shin Megami Tensei-style dungeon crawl role-playing game, but with a science-fiction flavor. In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, players battle and befriend demons in an effort to deal with the black hole that threatens to engulf the planet.
Gameloft, a publisher of mobile and casual games, reported selected financial results for 2009:
Sony has released a new slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
I-play, part of Oberon Media, has released Dream Day Wedding: Bella Italia as a download for the PC. The game has players planning the perfect wedding in a variety of locations in the Italian countryside.
The classic shooter Perfect Dark is now available as a download through Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points ($10). 4J Studios has converted the game so that this shooter is presented in full 1080p HD when Joanna Dark faces galactic conspiracies in the year 2023.
Disney's game Sonny With a Chance for the DS is now in stores in North America. The game features mini-games inspired by the "So Random" cast on the Disney Channel.
Sony Online Entertainment, together with LucasArts, has released the latest expansion for its online collectible card game, the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game, called "Threat of the Conqueror." The expansion adds around 200 playable cards and 30 loot cards to the game, the art on some of which comes from player-taken screenshots.
Sony's game God of War III for the PlayStation 3 is now in stores. This latest God of War game has Kratos descending to Hades and climbing Mt. Olympus to take revenge upon the gods who have manipulated him in the previous games.
Matrix Games, together with Slitherine Strategies, has released Field of Glory: Rise of Rome as a download for the PC. This is an expansion that requires the original Field of Glory, itself based on the tabletop wargaming system of the same name. Rise of Rome adds battles from Rome's expansion as well as the Persian wars and Punic wars.
Wargaming.net has released Order of War: Challenge! as a download for the PC. This is a stand-alone title related to the Order of War game published by Square Enix, but providing limited real-time strategy battles between players online, set during World War II.
Sony has released a new slate of downloadable games through the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
This week's downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade comes from Slick Entertainment and is called Scrap Metal. Available for 1,200 points ($15), the game is a top-down combat racing game in which players blast enemies as they race.
Battlefront.com has released its game Theater of War 2: Kursk 1943. for the PC. This World War II strategy game centering on battles between Germany and Russia can either be purchased as a download or as a DVD by mail.
Battlefront.com has released its game Strategic Command: WWII Global Conflict for the PC as a download (or as a shippable DVD). This strategy game allows gamers to participate in World War II battles anywhere on the planet.
Sony has released more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
This week's downloadable release through Xbox Live Arcade is Toy Soldiers. Available for 1,200 points ($15), this is an action-oriented strategy game set in an antique toy box of World War I toy soldiers. Developed by Signal Studios, the game features 50 different toy units that do battle in their miniature world.
Disney Interactive Studios' game Alice in Wonderland is now in stores for the Wii, PC and DS. Based on the Tim Burton film (in turn based on the Lewis Carroll book), the game has players guiding Alice (and several other characters such as the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat) through adventures in Wonderland by solving puzzles and manipulating time. The Wii and PC versions are similar, although the DS version is a different take on the game, looking more like a side-scrolling platformer.
Sony announced that it has acquired Media Molecule, the developer of Little Big Planet. Media Molecule will continue to develop games for Sony as part of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.
Sony's game MLB 10: The Show for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PSP is now in stores in North America. This latest game in Sony's premier baseball franchise includes the Home Run Derby mode and the ability to transform replays into a single movie to share with friends.