Weekly video game releases: 'Homefront,' 'Motorstorm Apocalypse,' 'Okamiden'

In a week packed with new games to try,
Homefront predicts a future USA where patriotic citizens must resort to insurgency,
Okamiden's wolf pup adventure oozes cuteness and charm, and
Motorstorm Apocalypse crosses skin-of-the-teeth racing with unpredictable natural disasters.

Homefront (360 PC PS3)
Japan, March 14, D (17+), ¥7,770
North America, March 15, Mature, $59 (360 PS3), $49 (PC)
Europe, March 15, 18+, €65 (360 PS3), €49 (PC)
UK, March 18, 15+, £49 (360 PS3), £39 (PC)

Homefront's provocative near-future story sees a broken and divided United States subject to hostile takeover by a resurgent and reunified Korea (or, for the Japanese version, a less specific country). The game arrives during a lull in modern-age military-themed shooters and has been generating significant interest.
Website: http://www.homefront-game.com

Gods Eater Burst (PSP)
Japan, 2010, C (15+), ¥5,229
North America, March 15, Teen, $39
Europe, March 18, 15+, €29
UK, March 18, 12+, £25

Challenging the Monster Hunter series, at least on PSP, Gods Eater Burst features ground-shaking monsters, oversized weaponry, and local team-based multiplayer (global, if using the PS3's AdhocParty app). Add an emphasis on storyline and a huge following in Japan, and we have a serious contender.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GodEaterBurst

Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Japan, 2010, D (17+), ¥7,980
North America, March 15, Mature, $59
Europe, March 18, 18+, €65
UK, March 18, 18, £49

Hailed as Japan's triumphant answer to the Grand Theft Auto series, players in Yakuza 4 take charge of four characters whose stories intertwine. There are also plenty of mini-game diversions for the gangster-about-town, including table tennis, roulette, karaoke, massage, and fishing.
Website: http://www.sega.com/yakuza

Okamiden (DS)
Japan, 2010, A (all ages), ¥5,040
North America, March 15, Everyone 10+, $29
Europe, March 18, 12+, €39
UK, March 18, 12+, £29

Whereas Okami was a critical and cult hit on PS2 and Wii, Okamiden's makers have opted for the more widespread DS for the sequel in order to target sales success. A cute wolf pup uses a Celestial Brush to restore color and life to the world, thanks to the DS's touch sensitive screen.
Website: http://www.capcom-unity.com/okami

Dance on Broadway (PS3 - Move required)
North America, March 15, Everyone 10+, $39
Europe, March 17, 12+, €39
UK, March 18, 12+, £29

Spinning off from the Wii's Just Dance series, Dance on Broadway was also first released on Wii in 2010. Using special Move controllers, PlayStation 3 owners can strut and sway through 20 tracks including "Fame," "My Favorite Things," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
Website: http://danceonbroadwaygame.us.ubi.com

Total War: Shogun 2 (PC)
North America, March 15, Teen, $49
UK, March 15, 16+, £39 / £79 (Collector's Edition)
Europe, March 15, 16+, €45 / €75 / €129 (Grand Master Edition)

Strategy series Total War returns to its roots, revisiting the feudal Japan that led to Medieval, Roman, colonial and Napoleonic versions. Players take charge of not only military conflicts but also empire expansion.
Website: http://www.totalwar.com/shogun2

MotorStorm Apocalypse (PS3)
Europe, March 16, 16+, €69
Japan, March 17, C (15+), ¥5,980
UK, March 18, 16+, £49
North America, April 12, Teen, $59

Motorstorm's rough-and-tumble racing relocates to an abandoned coastal city, ravaged by an ongoing earthquake that disrupts track layouts whether they be beachside, residential, or atop a decimated business district.
Website: http://www.motorstorm.com

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