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Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2006 @ 11:15 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Ryzom Ring (PC)

"After two years of challenging development, we are very proud to be the first MMORPG studio in the world to launch integrated Adventure creation tools”, declared Daniel Miller, CTO and Executive Producer of the Ring. “Ryzom Ring offers a whole new dimension of massive online gaming, empowering players to add their own adventures for the first time within a persistent online world. We are now looking forward to seeing quite how ingenious our players will be and admiring the scenarios they dream up”.

The Ryzom Ring delivers unrivalled power to the players.
Now you can not only play challenging adventures created by others but you can also play GOD as the Adventure Master (AM). The only limit now to the player’s power is their own imagination!

The Ryzom Ring Editor is both powerful and extremely easy to use. Within a few minutes one can whip up a great looking scenario in one of many magnificent settings, filled out with the magical creatures and characters that make Ryzom's world unique. The editor offers complete systems for scripting dialogs, laying out routes and zones for NPCs and setting up events of all kinds, offering almost limitless power to create...

Ryzom Ring offers a wealth of possibilities… All Ryzom subscribers have access to the Ring. Players under free trial will also be able to discover the power of the Ryzom Ring with full access to the adventure creation tools and a basic set of creatures and scenery to play with. They will not however be able to participate in player-created scenarios, being restricted to the supplied examples.

To try out Ryzom Ring and Ryzom for free, with unlimited playing time, follow the free trial link on (no credit card is required).

FIFA Soccer 07 (GBA/NDS/NGC/Xbox/PC)

FIFA Soccer 07 offers fans the chance to live out their soccer dreams and take their clubs to the title with complete control of their favorite clubs and players, enabling gamers to experience the highs and lows of the upcoming season.

From the first whistle, FIFA Soccer 07 throws you into the emotional rollercoaster of the soccer season as you live out the intensity of every home and away match. Specially-designed audio replicates the crowd reactions found in stadiums around the world. The dynamic game engine brings to life the emotional response of the crowd during the highs and lows of a match. Crowds respond to what occurs on the pitch by cheering or jeering, and broadcast commentary reflects the momentum swings that play out in games.

This year, you have the power to shape your club’s destiny in the EA SPORTS Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents. The online interactive leagues feature the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 Orange and the Mexican 1st Division. Experience the future of online gaming as you play your games according to the real-world schedule. When they play, you play. Track your team’s progress as the aggregate results determine your club’s position in the league table. Now you actually take to the pitch for the glory of your club. This is the season where you make the difference!

FIFA Soccer 07 was developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., and is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. It will ship on the PSP on October 17, 2006. FIFA Soccer 07 for the Xbox 360 with the dynamic new EA SPORTS engine and all new gameplay will ship later this month.

Wildlife Zoo (PC)

Playing the role of Zoo Director you will be able to build the Zoo of your dreams! With more than 80 different plant and animal species to take care of, it is your job to make sure they are fed, trained, healthy and happy. Just like in a real Zoo, you will also be responsible for managing landscape architects, gardeners, zoo keepers, veterinarians and scientists. Make this Zoo your own by modifying and customizing the landscape and by breeding exotic animals and plants in special research labs. If you manage your Zoo carefully, you will soon celebrate the birth of new animals!

Are you up for the challenge?

You too will be able to enjoy the Zoo that you’ve just created using the unique “visitor mode” allowing you to interact with the animals and exhibits as a guest.

Engage your creativity and get set to create the Zoo of your dreams!


  • Design your very own Zoo from scratch – You choose the animals, layout, exhibits and much more!
  • Take on 20 fun-filled missions all around the world.
  • Make your Zoo unique by creating bridges, underwater tunnels and towering waterfalls.
  • Breed exotic and extinct animal and plant species in special research labs.
  • Experience realistic animal behavior and development such as social activity, birth and aging, aggression and trainability.
  • Visit exotic places from around the world like the Sahara Desert, Australia, the Alps, Costa Rica, Italy, Alaska, China, India and more as you rescue endangered animals and add them to your Zoo exhibits.
  • Use the unique “visitor mode” to take a walk or drive around the Zoo that you’ve just created.
  • Create advertising and execute marketing plans to attract new visitors to your Zoo.
  • Use the built-in encyclopedia to look-up useful information on both exotic animals and plants.

Mercury Meltdown (PSP)

Modeled after the old-fashioned wooden labyrinth game, Mercury Meltdown lets you take control of a liquid mercury blob, guiding it around traps, door switches, spikes, moving floors and other hazardous elements. This sequel features a fresh vibrant graphical style with a zany cartoon quality. This is a fun, challenging game for the entire family - the blob has four stages: normal, solid, fast and slow to test your skills as you maneuver your way through various obstacles!

In additional to the new graphic style, Mercury Meltdown has numerous new game play features including:

  • State of the art blob physics including normal mercury, solid, cold and hot forms.
  • Freeform game progression.
  • Ghost and Replay modes to view your past game performance.
  • Super-fast load times.
  • Downloadable content via Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's official YourPSP Website.
  • Hidden labs and party games to unlock.
  • Over 160 challenging levels!

Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball MAX'D (PS2)

Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball MAX'D (GHTP) PS2 takes the best from before and puts a spin of optimal speed and performance into the hands of players with new features and enhancements that separates this game from other first person action games. GHTP MAX'D PS2 is available now from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI).

With up to 60 frames per second (FPS) in career mode, GHTP MAX'D PS2 sets new standards for intense speed and realistic action. Gamers are thrown straight into the action - fanning the triggers, jumping over bunkers, and snap shooting in turbo speed. Other new features include: the "Snake Jump" which allows characters to jump over low lying Œsnake' bunkers; "Ramping" that enables dual R1 and R2 trigger firing up to 24 rounds per second; "Adaptive Stealth" that allows AI opponents to rapidly move up the field avoiding detection by crawling, crouching and running behind bunkers and "Suppression Fire" which enables NPC's to pin down opponents.

"The GHTP franchise is building and evolving with each and every game," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing, Inc. "Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball has been one of the most popular multiplayer games for the Xbox platform. From what we have seen with this game, we expect the PlayStation2 game to exceed players' expectations."

From the beginning, gamers have recognized Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball for its Œplay for real' gameplay. Players take to the field to sharpen their paintball skills with basic skills and equipment and advance from rookie to pro facing off against multiple players and top paintball pros. In GHTP MAX'D PS2 the experience is ramped up a notch with 5 new levels; 15 new selectable characters; 10 new markers, including the Shocker, Ego, and Bob Long's Intimidator; 28 other new gear items, and 80+ new teams to choose from. Gamers will find licensed markers and gear from over 20 manufacturers and authentic field layouts from the three major leagues: NPPL, Xball and the Millennium Series. Gamers also take part in a new "Round Robin" tournament feature in career mode. The game has online play, co-op, new additions to the Breakout Manager and Field Editor, and new voiceovers featuring Matty Marshall, co-host of ESPN's US Paintball Championships.

GHTP MAX'D is available for the PlayStation 2 game system from Sony for a suggested retail price of $39.99. It is also available for the Xbox, GBA and DS. The current versions of the game have been rated "E-10+" ("Everyone 10 and older" -- fantasy violence) by the ESRB.

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