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[Shipping Out] October 30th

Disgaea is here. That's all you need to know.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: October 30, 2007
Welcome to Shipping Out, our weekly notice of all them thar games that ship from publishers to retailers in preparation for their street date a day later. In many cases, these games won't be on store shelves until tomorrow, but in the interest of getting the word out, letting the PR departments have their fancy quotes and saving us sanity as the weekly releases pile up, we're going to be consolidating everything down into one handy little news story at the end of the day, along with this description. Neat, eh? And lazy!


It's the TPS way.

[PlayStation 2]
[Bee Movie Game]
Hooray, a licensed game based on a Dreamworks Animation movie that is releasing to theatres very, very soon! Thrill to racing and zooming around out in the open and... um... more licensey stuff. Yeah, okay, this one's not really on our radar, but c'mon, can you blame us? Here, we'll let the Activision folks do the hyping.

"This fall, we have again creatively collaborated with DreamWorks Animation to create not one, but two, all-new movie-inspired video game adventures that take fans beyond the feature films," droned Kim Salzer, VP, Global Brand Management, Activision Publishing. "Both Bee Movie Game and [DS exclusive] Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys are prime examples of our continued commitment to developing exceptional family entertainment games based on the terrific film properties from DreamWorks Animation."

[Ben 10: Protector of Earth]
Oh, hey, another game aimed way outside our target demographic. Well, uh, let's just let D3Publisher's crack marketing team handle this one:

"With USA Today recommending Ben 10: Protector of Earth to families nationwide as a Halloween purchase and great reviews naming the game among the top ten surefire hits for console games this holiday season, D3Publisher and Cartoon Network Enterprises are extremely pleased to deliver such a high quality game for long-time fans and new recruits alike," squealed Alison Quirion, veep o' marketing for D3Publisher of America.

"Ben 10: Protector of Earth features everything we could want out of a first interactive title for our hero, Ben Tennyson," added Christina Miller, veep of consumer products at Cartoon Network Enterprises. "With great gameplay and an engaging storyline that allows fans a chance to experience what it's like to be Ben 10 and some of their favorite aliens, D3 has created a game that will offer players of all levels an excellent gaming experience."

Sweet, thanks guys!

[Dancing with the Stars]
Holy crap, they actually made a licensed video game out of the TV show. Normally we'd have laughed this right off the list, but the game is being developed by Zoe Mode, the folks behind that absolutely awesome Crush game on the PSP, so we'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt. Using either the controller (booooring) or any dance mat already out there (a $50 version of the game bundled with a mat will ship on November 13th), you too can dance with your favorite lads and lasses trying to give their careers a little boost in hilariously goofy ways. Joy!

"The Dancing with the Stars video game is an interactive embodiment of the hit show's fun and excitement," squealed David Oxford, General Manager at Activision. "It's a perfect way for people to enjoy the style, grace, and popular appeal of the show in a social or party setting with their family and friends."

"Expanding the success of our top-rated Dancing with the Stars franchise to the world of gaming has always been a part of our long term business strategy," mused Bruce Gersh, SVP of Business Development at ABC Entertainment & ABC Studios. "Working together with Activision and the BBC, we've created an incredible game that our fans can embrace."

[Manhunt 2]
It's entirely possible that there will never be a pair of games released on the same day as absolutely different as Manhunt 2 and Ben 10 (or Dancing with the Stars for that matter), but that won't stop us from being curious about just how the controversy-ridden, almost-didn't-come-out, previously AO-rated game actually turned out. To hear Rockstar talk about it, they're just glad to get it out the door finally.

"Manhunt 2 has gone through much to reach this day," sighed Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "We are very excited that fans will finally get a chance to experience the magnificent horror experience we've crafted with Manhunt 2."

[PlayStation Portable]
[Ben 10: Protector of Earth]
Yep, see above for more info on this 'un.

[Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness]
Oh sweet, merciful baby Jesus, yes! Finally, NIS America's insanely awesome portable take on one of the best strategy role-playing games of all time has hit US shores. We've had the game for like a month and we're still trying to finish all the new content, which includes a multiplayer mode with customizable special attacks using GeoCubes and an entire second quest starting Etna. Yes, it's awesome, and no, you don't need to wait for our review to know you should buy it now.

[Manhunt 2]
Yep, it's coming to the PSP too. Go figger!

[PlayStation 3]
[Stranglehold]
Wow, it's finally here, eh? Hopefully the bit of extra time spend polishing up the PS3 version of the game will pay off. And hey, even if the game isn't perfect, you do get to play through a digital prequel to Hard-Boiled, one of the best action movies ever made, and stars Chow Yun-Fat with lots of Max Payne-style slo-mo jumps.

Oh, for those interested, only the PS3 version ships with a Collector's Edition package for $10 that has Hard-Boiled in glorious HD on the disc. Y'know, if that's your thing.

Publishers: want to make sure we've got your games in our weekly Shipping Out blurbs? Just kick over those shipping press releases to ShippingOut@TotalPlayStation.com and we'll make sure they get tossed into the rotation.