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Advent Rising

Platform(s): PC, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Majesco
Developer: GlyphX Games

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'Advent Rising' (Xbox) Begins Its Retail Journey

by Rainier on May 31, 2005 @ 8:35 a.m. PDT

Advent Rising is a 3rd person, action/adventure game presented in a stunning cinematic format that delivers an unprecedented variety of addictive game play experiences. Built on the Unreal Warfare Engine, it offers precise, refined play-dynamics with action-packed adventure and style, wrapped in a visually imaginative universe. Advent Rising is akin to a fast-paced action movie where the player is swept up in a continuously evolving series of sequences and events.

Advent Rising thrusts players into an intergalactic tale punctuated with innovative game play, stunning visuals, and a gripping storyline created in collaboration with award-winning sci-fi novelist, Orson Scott Card.

Majesco is supporting the launch of Advent Rising with its "Race to Save Humanity" Million Dollar Play-and-Win contest beginning on June 9. Made possible only through Xbox™ Live and running only for six weeks, the contest offers the first 500,000 eligible consumers who find hidden 'A' icons within the Xbox game a chance to win hundreds of weekly prizes and one grand prize of $1,000,000.

"With Advent Rising we not only wanted to create an innovative experience, but develop an entire universe in which players could completely immerse themselves," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "Advent Rising's masterful approach to graphics and game play mechanics coupled with the tremendous literary vision of Orson Scott Card will captivate the mind and emotions of the player, while pushing the bounderies of gaming to an exciting new level."

"What I found most interesting about collaborating with Majesco and GlyphX Games on Advent Rising was their sincere desire to create a game in which the story served as the springboard for all the other elements," added Orson Scott Card. "Creating an engrossing story is paramount in establishing credibility with players and allows them to connect with what's happening on screen for a much more meaningful experience."

In Advent Rising, a common legend pervades the galaxy; that of a powerful, ancient race that will one day unite the universe. Millions of cultures from vastly distant worlds revere and hallow these mythological beings known as Humans. One race, the Seekers, know Humans actually exist and are threatened by their potential power. Under the guise of benevolent explorers, the Seekers travel throughout the galaxy in a desperate attempt to eradicate any Human society they unearth.

Players assume the role of Gideon Wyeth, a remnant of the last human outpost, on the brink of discovering the incredible powers that lay dormant within him. It is these powers the Seekers are so desperate to suppress.

Exciting features in Advent Rising include:

  • Unprecedented single-player action which allows gamers to continue playing through the thrilling cut-scenes rather than just watch them thus keeping them completely immersed in the world;
  • Revolutionary Flick-Targeting control scheme allows for acrobatic movement and precise targeting of enemies while quickly switching between weapons and powers;
  • Innovative game design allows players to make decisions that effect the outcome of their individual game play experience;
  • Wield an arsenal of awesome weapons, all with unique alternate fire abilities, and develop amazing superhuman powers including energy blasts, levitation and energy shields;
  • Intense vehicular combat allows players to fly, drive and battle with a variety of vehicles;
  • Players can easily switch from third to first-person point-of-view;
  • Originally composed soundtrack performed by award-winning 70-piece Hollywood orchestra and members of a legendary tabernacle choir. Live orchestral and vocal elements are utilized to create a variety of musical themes played throughout the game;
  • Built using next-generation Unreal technology, integrated with the Karma physics engine;
  • Unique cut-scene management feature allows players to pause, skip, or replay cinematic sequences;
  • Downloadable content from Xbox Live and PC online;
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 support.

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