New Video Game Releases: Week 15, 2011

Relive some of the King of Pop's greatest hits in Michael Jackson: The Experience. Immerse yourself in an age-old revolution as a knight in Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Experience or play an RPG game with a little bit more magic in Magicka: Vietnam. Play games based on some of your favorite shows or movies in Rio and SpongeBob SquigglePants or relive a classic love story with a twist in Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.

1. Michael Jackson: The Experience

The music legend of our decade continues his reign and lives on in this video game by Ubisoft. Immerse yourself in a full musical and dance experience in Michael Jackson: The Experience which includes 26 of his greatest hits along with the original choreography to these songs. Plus it's multiplayer so you and up to three of your buddies can get in on the MJ action and pay tribute to the one and only King of Pop in all his glory. Here's more about the game:

"Get ready to rock your body to decades of iconic tracks by the King of Pop! This unique interactive experience will have you hitting all the moves as if you've danced right into Michael's shoes! No artist in history has commanded the stage like Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop. With over 800 million albums sold worldwide and 13 #1 singles in the U.S, there is no doubt that Michael Jackson's music influenced pop culture as we know it today. Both his music and his moves were often emulated, but no one could really hold their own with the King of Pop...until now. With Michael Jackson The Experience, anyone can dance like Michael to legendary hits such as Beat It and Billie Jean while mastering the moves he made famous in iconic environments inspired by his most popular music videos and stage performances. Up to four can play with Wii Remotes, but at this party everyone can join the dance crew and groove with the King of Pop!"

You can get Michael Jackson: The Experience from Amazon for your: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP

2. Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga

Experience two adventures in one in Divinity II: The Dark Knight Saga. This engrossing role-playing game will take you deep into the world of Rivellon, where you play as a Dragon Knight who tries to bring peace into the age-old onflict that exists between the Dragon Slayers and Dragon Knights. Here's more about the game:

"The long-besieged realm of Rivellon continues to be plagued by strife and conflict.  Decades ago, the divine prophet of a holy order was murdered by a Dragon Knight.  Blessed with superhuman power and the ability to transform into their namesake and take to the skies with the might of fire to aid them, these Knights suddenly became outcasts in Rivellon, condemned for the killing of the holy order's leader.  Hunted mercilessly by Slayers, followers of the Divine now vigilantly committed to avenging the assassination of their prophet, the Knights soon became scarce."

You can get Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Sage from Amazon for: Xbox 360

3. Rio

Maybe you've seen the movie, maybe you haven't. Regardless of that fact, the Rio video game promises to bring you hours of multiplayer party fun in a lively and colorful action game. Choose from 8 playable characters to play as in seven unique modes for some non-stop fun. Here's more information about the game:

"Product Features:

  • Over 40 Mini-Games: Compete in a variety of action-packed mini-games that keep players coming back for more
  • 8 Playable Characters: Play as your favorite characters: Blu, Jewel, Pedro, Nico, Raphael, and Eva
  • 7 Unique Modes: Play your own selection of mini-games in the way you want (Story, Party, Carnaval, Carnaval Wheel, and Garland Gala)
  • Drop in and Drop out Multiplayer: Jump in to challenge your friends (up to 4 players) at any point in the game
  • Recreate your Favorite Moments: Journey through the rainforest, Copacabana Beach, Rio streets and much more"

You can get Rio from Amazon for your: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360

4. Spongebob Squiggleplants

This game requires the uDraw tablet to play. Get ready for some wacky gaming in SpongeBob SquigglePants as you tilt, flick, tap, and draw to accomplish over a hundred game challenges. This would be perfect for kids and even for adults who are young at heart who adore the yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Here's more about the game:

"In SpongeBob's most crazy, creative adventure yet, be prepared to laugh your SquigglePants off as you tilt, flick, tap and draw through more than 100 Nanogames set in six zany worlds. SpongeBob SquigglePants puts you in the driver's seat for a dizzying series of lightening-speed Nanogames,  giving you mere seconds to finish one before moving right on to the next. Within this rapid-fire succession of challenges, SpongeBob SquigglePants exposes players to never-before-seen SpongeBob art styles from the Nickelodeon vault. SpongeBob SquigglePants also lets players digitally draw, paint, color and choose from dozens of SpongeBob-themed stamps, using the uDraw to create a masterpiece worthy of a place in Patchy's own collection of SpongeBob art, or their own refrigerator, thanks to the uDraw's exclusive ability to export art to the Wii's SD card slot.  The entire game is hosted by SpongeBob's biggest fan, Patchy the Pirate, in a never-before-seen live action experience for an added level of under-the-sea silliness."

You can get SpongeBob SquigglePants from Amazon for your: Nintendo Wii

5. Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Ah, the smell of young love in the air! Play an exciting adventure in Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, which presents the classic love story with an unexpected twist. Immerse yourself in a tale of romance for the ages as you search through different scenes in this exciting hidden object game. Here's more about the game here:

"A new twist on the world's great love story! The Chronicles Of Shakespeare presents the life of young William Shakespeare before he became the greatest poet and playwright in history. In order to become a member of a theatre group, Shakespeare has to prove his skills by staging a tragedy, which has never before been seen. To accomplish this, Shakespeare decides to finish one of his own uncompleted scripts about two lovers and their tragic fate: Romeo & Juliet. Enter the world's most famous love story and adventure into beautiful and romantic settings. Will you be able to help Romeo and Juliet find a way to each other's arms as they defy their warring families? Experience the most passionate love story of them all! Discover over 30 highly detailed and authentic locations in this romantic hidden object adventure. Can you find the clues and follow the trail that will help Romeo find his way to Juliet? This Special Collector's Edition features Hi-Res graphics that are not available in downloadable editions."

You can get Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet for: Windows 7/XP/Vista

6. Magicka: Vietnam

Travel to the other side of the world in this suspenseful action adventure game where you're tasked to delve deep into the Goblin-Cong jungle to liberate prisoners being held in the enemy's POW camp. Traverse two different challenge maps as you defeat your enemies with a thousand magical spells by your side. Here's more about Magicka: Vietnam:

"Magicka: Vietnam is the first mission DLC for the highly popular PC action/adventure game Magicka. Nowadays it seems like every game is getting a Vietnam add-on and Magicka is no exception.

Magicka: Vietnam features a lengthy challenge scenario that puts you in the boots of a Wizard GI. Venture deep into the Goblin-Cong jungle, with up to three fellow soldiers, to liberate prisoners from a POW camp. Then you must destroy enemy positions, escape the perils of the jungle and return safely to the evacuation helicopter. In the Magickal jungles of Vietnam you'll have an array of Vietnam-era weapons and a special Magick that calls in a napalm strikes on enemy positions. Players will of course still have access to what makes Magicka truly unique - the dynamic spell casting system and a healthy dose of humour."

You can get Magicka: Vietnam from Amazon for: Windows 7/XP/Vista

What did you think of this week's releases?

I think this week's release was a pretty diverse bunch. Which of these titles will you be picking up?

 

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