New Video Game Releases: Week 10, 2011

March 8 of 2011 doesn't just mark a fantastic week for video games but it's also International Women's Day! Celebrate this event by clocking out of the office early to spend some quality time with your family. And while you're at it, why don't you drop by the video game store to pick up some of this week's hottest picks?

Yoostar2: In The Movies

Literally be a star in Yoostar2: In The Movies. The original Yoostar consisted of a full video gaming system that included its very own green screen and video camera that enabled players to act out and record actual scenes from movies and television shows and insert themselves into the video itself. This new version of Yoostar is slated for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles. The game comes with a social portal that allows you to share your videos to friends and family on Facebook and MySpace. Here's more about Yoostar2: In The Movies:

"Yoostar2 brings the magic and fun of Hollywood to your living room. Using your Kinect for Xbox 360 or your PlaystationEye, you can insert yourself into famous movie and TV scenes, starring alongside or in place of your favorite actors. Perform the lines as written, or improvise and deliver your own improvisation. After you've finished, Yoostar scores your performance, and you can upload your scene to Yoostar2's in-game social portal, PS Network, Xbox 360 Live, Yoostar.com and Facebook. Yoostar2 is a fantastic party game that will appeal to both hardcore and casual players.

Yoostar2 comes with 50 Movie Scenes, 10 Hollywood Sets and 20 Video Backgrounds, with hundreds more scenes available for purchase and download in the online store. The Yoostar2 library includes: current hits like The Hangover, Tropic Thunder, Meet The Fockers, 300 and Kick Ass; modern classics like The Godfather and Rocky; all-time classics like Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz; popular TV shows such as Star Trek, Mad Men, and CSI."

Torchlight

Torchlight is a role-playing action game that is set in a fictional town from which the title of the game is derived from. The game was released for the PC last October 2009 but this week sees the game's debut on the Xbox Live Arcade. You enter as the lone hero who delves deep into the core of the town's mines to extinguish the evil that exists at its very root. Here's more information about the game:

"This hack-and-slash adventure is set in the mining settlement of Torchlight, a town founded on the discovery of a rare and mysterious ore called Ember. This valuable ore has the power to enchant and corrupt but its value is such that many are willing to risk their lives for it. Now, miners have uncovered Torchlight’s buried past: a dangerous labyrinth of caverns, monsters, and ruined civilizations beneath the ground that have been corrupted by Ember’s dark influence. As Evil threatens to overrun the town, a Champion is needed. Players will have the opportunity to save the town of Torchlight, battling through rock and fire, through lost cities, and across ancient tombs on a perilous journey to cleanse the mines. As one of three Character Classes, Players will explore randomly generated dungeon levels, battle a huge variety of monsters, and pursue endless variations of fame and fortune."

 

Phantom Brave: Heroes of the Hermuda Triangle

No, the title of the game is not a typo. It's really Hermuda, not Bermuda. Phantom Brave: Heroes of the Hermuda Triangle is a role-playing adventure game that was previously released for the PlayStation 2 and Wii but its developers have now brought it to the PlayStation Portable (PSP). This edition of the game features added characters and additional bonus storylines. Read more about the game here:

"Phantom Brave is a turn based strategy RPG that incorporates unique battle styles and a hardcore character customization system. Players can create units from a list of monster/ghost categories and power them up to exponentially.
Phantom Brave revolutionized the strategy RPG genre with its unique free‐roaming battle fields and innovative CONFINE unit summoning system. Now, Phantom Brave comes to the PSP with enhancements, added features and content, and an expanded story. Colorful, witty, and addictively challenging, Phantom Brave delivers incredibly intricate, finely ‐balanced strategic gameplay that compliments a fantastical tale of courage and duty. Already one of the highest reviewed strategy RPGs of all‐time, this PSP release is certain to win over a whole new host of fans!"

Homefront

Get ready to get your guns blazing with this first-person shooter from video game from Kaos Studios. The storyline of Homefront involves a war set in the future that ultimately causes the downfall of the United States. Fight for your home and for your freedom in a cinematic and character-driven gaming environment. Here's more about the game here:

"Homefront is a first-person shooter that challenges players to survive and impact a fictional future scenario in which America has been economically devastated and occupied by a foreign power. In the face of overwhelming oppression, you must choose whether to submit to military forces, take the fight to the enemy or even throw your lot in with the invaders.

Join the Resistance, stand united and fight for freedom against an overwhelming military force in Homefront's gripping single player campaign penned by John Milius ("Apocalypse Now," "Red Dawn"). Stand alongside a cast of memorable characters as an emotional plot unfolds in this terrifyingly plausible near-future world. Experience visceral, cinematic first-person shooter action as you fight your way across occupied USA using guerrilla tactics, and commandeer military vehicles and advanced drone technology to defeat the enemy.

Additional features include: a single player campaign written by Hollywood screenwriter John Milius, online multiplayer support for up to 32 players, ground and vehicular combat, and more."

 

Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 2

If you're a fan of Atari's classic games then this anthology is for you. Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 packs in 50 iconic games that you can play on your Nintendo DS. There's a massive multiplayer option so you can have some of your friends join in on the game. Here's a bit more information about the game:

"Atari Greatest Hits Volume 2, delivers 50 more iconic Atari games to the Nintendo DS. The compilation game simply gives you the best of Atari’s arcade and 2600 games. With 50 games on one cartridge and available multiplayer and iconic favorites, the fun never ends. For those who love the classic gaming experience, this handheld breakthrough is sure to guarantee hours of fun on the go.

Key features include: 50 classic Atari arcade and Atari 2600 games; up to 4 player single and multi-cartridge multiplayer for head-to-head titles such as Warlords, Street Racer, Video Olympics and Casino; special video interview series with Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari; hours of all your favorite classic games; play anywhere, any time on the DS."

MLB 2011: The Show

It's your turn to bat on MLB 2011: The Show, developed by Sony and intended for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable (PSP). This is the latest game in the series where its developers have finally integrated analog control functions for basic actions like hitting, pitching, fielding. An added feature is the Weekly Challenges where you will be able to play through scenarios that are tied to real-life MLB events as they happen. Here's more information about the game:

"The #1 selling, highest rated baseball franchise is back in MLB The Show ’11. Experience new ways to play The Show with the new pure Analog controls. Team up in all new CO-OP play, get called up to the Big Leagues with new and improved Road to the Show features and compete for real world prizes in MLB The Show’s all new Challenge of the Week.

Special features include: Analog pure Hitting and Pitching: Use the dualshock analog sticks as a new way to experience MLB The Show; CO-OP play: 1-4 player co-op mode with 2-on 2- online multiplayer; new and improved Road to the Show: Increase your skills and get called up to The Big Leagues; challenge of the Week online mode: Weekly baseball fix."

And those were the freshest picks of the week. Tell us: Which games are you planning to pick?