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Various Games Ship To Stores...

by Rainier on Nov. 4, 2003 @ 3:36 p.m. PST

Since this is Tuesday, and everybody is getting their Christmas goodies ready the day has bene filled with games shipping to stores .. Here's a few more :

  • Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends (PS2)
  • DR. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat (PS2/Xbox/GBA)
  • Civilization III: Conquests (PC)
  • Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 (PC)

Dynasty Warriors4 Xtreme Legends

KOEI announced that Dynasty Warriors4 Xtreme Legends is shipping to North American retailers today. The game will be in stores this week. Consumers can still order a copy of Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system at gamestop.com, ebgames.com, and amazon.com.

Playable as a standalone game and as an expansion disc, Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends debuts at a suggested retail of only US$29.99.

"Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends delivers new compelling stories, challenging battles, stunning visuals, and all of the frenetic action gamers have come to expect from the Dynasty Warriors series," said Amos Ip, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, KOEI Corporation. "The sheer amount of gaming packed onto the $29.99 disc easily exceeds that found on games costing nearly twice as much. DW4XL is the ideal purchase for anyone looking to buy a gift this holiday season."

In Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends, players are taken back in time to the birth of Ancient China to fight epic battles across desert plains and lush valleys, inside fortress walls, and on castle rooftops. DW4XL's never before seen Xtreme Mode features a system where players must purchase survival items and even the services of other officers. All of the stages in Xtreme Mode are randomly generated to guarantee exciting game play every time. In Xtreme Mode's Kingdom Creation and Defense missions, the outcome of the battle will determine if a player will rule or surrender a kingdom, and how much they will pay for items and services.

Legend Mode focuses on the fabled exploits of all of the 42 Dynasty Warriors. Each officer has a unique stage and storyline. In some stages, players may have to fight without the aid of bodyguards! With the new "Arena" Challenge, players engage in a series of endurance style one-on-one duels.

As a remix disc, DW4XL powers up the original Dynasty Warriors 4 for PlayStation 2. Gamers who already own the original Dynasty Warriors 4 for PlayStation 2 can play DW4's Musou Mode and Free Mode with DW4XL's player-created characters, obtain 11th level weapons, and access "Beginner"
and "Expert" difficulty levels. Saved game data such as developed officers and game items from Dynasty Warriors 4 can be used in Dynasty Warriors 4
Xtreme Legends.

Produced by KOEI's award-winning internal development team, Omega Force, Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends is exclusive to the PlayStation 2, and is
a 1-2 Player game. Dynasty Warriors 4 Xtreme Legends is rated "T" (Teen- Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB.

The original Dynasty Warriors 4 is available now for PlayStation 2 and the XboxT video game system from Microsoft.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that it has shipped Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, a 3D action-adventure game inspired by the upcoming Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Imagine Entertainment film starring Mike Myers. Developed by Magenta Software for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft, and Digital Eclipse Software for the Game Boy(r) Advance and PC, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat game makes its interactive debut for Seuss enthusiasts of all ages.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the literary classic from Academy Award(r) winning producer Brian Grazer and director Bo Welch, also stars Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Amy Hill and Sean Hayes and is scheduled for release on November 21, 2003.

For the first time ever, the Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat video game will allow players to step into the role of the mischievous Cat and interact with classic Seuss characters like Thing 1, Thing 2 and the Fish, as well as encounter original creatures created specifically for the game. Distinctive gameplay abilities, including the Umbrella Glide, the Hat-Shield Bounce and the Bubble Goo Gadget, help players to navigate through over 20 wild levels in a wacky Seussian world.

"We have captured all of the zany fun, playful humor and visually engaging qualities of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat in a video game that will appeal to kids and Seuss fans everywhere," said Luc Vanhal, VU Games' North American President & COO. "Our multi-platform game will continue the excitement of what is sure to be the movie event this holiday season."

The video game tells the story of Conrad, a young boy tricked by his neighbor, Mr. Quinn, into opening the Cat's big red box of Seussian magic, allowing it to escape into the real world. Now the Cat must return the Seussian magic to the box and retrieve all three pieces of the "Crab Lock" in order to lock the box for good. Players will also get the unique chance to explore a world beyond the film, as they navigate through rooms of the house that are not seen in the movie.

Key product features include:

  • Cool hat tricks, kooky creatures and crazy adventures!
  • Use the Cat's umbrella to float across chasms, shield from attacks and capture creatures and goo-booms; target them to hit other creatures, open doors, or break through walls
  • The central house hub lets players choose the level they tackle first, allowing for different outcomes and controlling which level opens next
  • Players can collect items to unlock concept art and still photos from the Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat feature film

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat interactive game is available now at retail outlets nationwide for approximately $49.99 (Playstation(r)2 and Xbox) and $29.99 (Game Boy(r) Advance and PC). For sales and ordering information, customers can call (800) 545-7677 or visit vugames.com.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss was first published in 1957. The mischievous feline visitor in the striped stove-pipe hat makes his big screen debut with this live-action production, which will bring the delightfully off-kilter Dr. Seuss characters - as well as some new ones created especially for the film - to life on the big screen.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat has been rated PG (Parental Guidance Suggested - Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children ) for mild crude humor and some double entendres.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat film is licensed by Universal Studios Consumer Products Group (USCPG), which is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition. USCPG is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE) (www.universalstudios.com), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests

Atari, Inc. and Firaxis Games today announced that Sid Meier's Civilization® III: Conquests has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. The second expansion pack to the highly successful Sid Meier's Civilization III, Civ® Conquests delivers nine professionally designed conquests that let Civ fans re-write history and build even more incredible empires. Also available at retail is Civilization® III: Gold Edition which contains the original Civilization III and Play the World(TM), the first expansion pack.

Civ Conquests takes players on a provocative journey through the ages as they pursue victory in nine of the most famous adventures in history. The conquests include Mesopotamia, Rise of Rome, Fall of Rome, Middle Ages, Mesoamerica, Age of Discovery, Sengoku: Sword of the Shogun, Napoleonic Europe and World War II: Pacific Battle. The conquests include new victory conditions, Wonders of the World, terrain elements, resources, city improvements and governments, offering exciting variations in the quest to rule the world. Civ Conquests also includes Play the World and features improved multiplayer support.

"We are delighted to continue our successful relationship with Firaxis to provide Civ fans with the next installment in the Civilization franchise," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari, Inc.

"With Civ III Conquests we have expanded the original game to offer new ways to play while maintaining the fun and addictive gameplay that Civ has always delivered," said Jeff Briggs, President and CEO of Firaxis Games. "We're thrilled to continue our relationship with Atari and bring fans the great strategic gameplay that Firaxis is famous for."

Over 250 changes and improvements were made to the epic game including seven new civilizations (each with unique units), two new Civilization traits (agricultural and seafaring), five Wonders of the World (Statue of Zeus, Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum of Mausollos, Knight's Templar, Secret Police HQ), two governments (feudalism and fascism), two city specialists (policeman, civil engineer), nine all-civ units, additional terrain and map features and new abilities (stealth attack, craters, collateral damage and enslavement). General game changes and adjustments (2 new difficulty levels - Demi-God and Sid), adjustable AI aggressiveness, additional resources, interface and editor enhancements round out the expansion.

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Gold Edition includes Civilization III and the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack, Civilization III: Play the World. The Civilization III: Gold Edition provides more ways to win, pathways to explore, strategies to employ as well as exciting online modes of play, giving Civ fans the opportunity to enjoy unmatched strategic gameplay alone or against players from around the world.

Civilization III: Conquests ($29.99) and Civilization III: Gold Edition ($39.99) are both currently available at retail and are rated 'E' for Everyone. Additional information on both games can be found at www.civ3.com.

TRAINZ RAILROAD SIMULATOR 2004

Computer and video game publisher Oteeva Entertainment announced today that Auran’s critically acclaimed Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 has shipped to major retailers throughout North America. “We are extremely pleased with the successful launch of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004. The game is undeniably the king of the hill for train enthusiasts’ everywhere.” said Robert Westmoreland, Director of Business Development.

“Trainz has taken the addictive and ultra-realistic gameplay of previous versions and successfully elevated the railroad simulation world to a whole new level,” added Shannon Jones, Oteeva’s Vice President of Operations.

In Trainz, players get the chance to step into the complex world of hard working railroads. With the addition of steam, incredible smoke effects, winding railways and a wide range of cargo to load and haul, loyal Trainz enthusiasts and greenhorns alike will become totally immersed in the engaging world.

The major new addition for TRS2004 is the concept of Driver Sessions. Features include waybills, interactive industries with visible loading and unloading of goods, supplying industries with goods and resources, and managing a staff of drivers. You can also operate passenger runs or a combination of freight and passenger.

New content in TRS2004 includes:

  • 10 new steam engines including the Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and the LNER A4 4-6-2 Mallard.
  • 6 new diesels including the UP DD40X and the NSWGR 442.
  • 6 new electrics including the DB180 and the Hondekop train car.
  • With 22 new locomotives, the original 13 locos from Trainz V1.0, and the 16 locos added with UTC, there are more than 50 popular locos to control.
  • A huge assortment of new freight cars, passenger cars and tank cars, plus dozens of new scenery items, trackside objects and stations.
  • Several new routes based on a mix of real world locations and prototypical operations created by some of the leading route creators in the Trainz community.
  • Steam lovers can include steam support with animated firemen inside the full 3D cabs.
  • Trainz appeals to all levels of train enthusiasts, from novice to the most experienced engineer. Chose from simple DCC speed controls, or try to master a realistic physics model.

TRS2004 is backwards compatible with previous versions, so all of the original Trainz content, plus all the UTC content including scenery, locos and scenarios is easily updated to the newest version. For those new to Trainz, TRS2004 ships as a stand-alone product and therefore doesn't require previous versions of Trainz to work. For more information about Trainz Railraod Simulator 2004, visit www.oteeva.com.

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