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Tuesday March 21, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 21, 2006 @ 3:31 p.m. PST

Tuesday March 21, 2006 Shipping Announcements Another Tuesday, 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:

Metal Gear Acid 2 (PSP)

Metal Gear Acid 2 lets players experience an all new storyline featuring Snake and an assortment of new and returning allies and enemies, all depicted in a new cell-shaded visual style. Players will choose from more than 500 unique cards to create a deck that lays the foundation for the types of movements, attacks and special moves they can perform. The game incorporates both turn-based and real-time gameplay, as players can move freely and interact with the environment, while choosing more advanced actions from their deck. Metal Gear Acid 2 expands upon the battle system of its predecessor, letting players upgrade individual weapons and utilize a new card linkage system to unleash incredibly powerful attacks on their enemies. Players with save data from the original Metal Gear Acid will be able to import a card into their new Metal Gear Acid 2 game, as well as use special exclusive cards inspired by Metal Gear Solid 4.

Further expanding the boundaries of the tactical card-based action genre, Metal Gear Acid 2 includes a number of original play modes that let players experience Snake’s high-stakes adventure in different and innovative ways. Players new to the gameplay of the Metal Gear Acid series can learn the basics in Tutorial Mode, developing the skills they need to succeed later in the game. The new Arena Mode lets Snake engage in one-on-one battles with a series of classic enemies from the Metal Gear series, including The Boss, Revolver Ocelot and The End. Players looking to enjoy the strategic gameplay of Metal Gear Acid 2 with a friend can go head-to-head in the new Versus Mode, matching wits and decks to determine who is the top super-spy.

The “Solid Eye” peripheral included in every copy of Metal Gear Acid 2 lets players experience the Metal Gear series like never before – in full 3D. The entire game can be viewed in 3D, offering a fresh perspective on the action. Additional bonus content can also be viewed with the Solid Eye, including the award-winning Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer. Players who also own Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence can take pictures inside that game and transfer them to Metal Gear Acid 2 using a USB cable for viewing in full 3D using the Solid Eye peripheral.

“Kojima Productions has once again redefined the Metal Gear series, taking Snake’s sneaking mission into the third dimension with the included Solid Eye 3D peripheral,” said Wilson Cheng, Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Metal Gear Acid 2 expands the Metal Gear universe with an original storyline and new characters, as well as all-new cards and tactics that bring additional strategy to the game’s already deep card-based action.”

Metal Gear Acid 2 is available exclusively for the PSP system for a SRP of $39.99 and is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB.

Suikoden V (PS2)

In Suikoden V, players find themselves in the land of Falena, a prosperous and beautiful country governed by the matriarchy and the benevolent power of the Sun Rune. As civil unrest arises, the queen is forced to use the Sun Rune to quell the uprising, but at what cost? Players take on the role of Prince of Falena in an expansive quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding the Sun Rune, the civil unrest and the dark intent of an unknown power, in the greatest Suikoden saga yet! The game features the largest storyline in the Suikoden series to date, with fully voiced-over cut scenes, branching story paths, multiple endings, and incredible plot twists. Players will uncover the 108 Stars of Destiny and battle with more than 60 playable characters for the most memorable Suikoden experience to date!

Like its predecessors in the Suikoden series, Suikoden V offers unparalleled, in-depth gameplay, 3-D environments, a riveting storyline and the series’ trademark 108 Stars of Destiny. The game also expands upon the gameplay foundations of previous Suikoden titles with 6-member battle parties, multiple mini-games, and a Tactical Formation System that allows for over 20 strategic formations in battle. Players can also take part in huge military skirmishes, issuing commands to hundreds of troops on screen to stake their claim as their rightful ruler of Falena.

Suikoden V is available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 for a SRP of $39.99 and is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder (PC)

CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder will continue the authentic experience of Ubisoft's popular CSI video games. Players will work alongside Gil Grissom, Catherine Willows and the rest of the original Las Vegas cast to help solve intense cases and investigate crimes using cutting-edge techniques and real-world forensic equipment. CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder improves upon the successful core design concepts of previous CSI games, featuring an all-new, real-time 3D engine, enriched character interactions and animations, and longer, more immersive stories.

"With CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder we are taking gamers back to where all the success began, with the original CSI cast in Las Vegas," said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "We have worked closely with CBS to integrate the newest elements from the hit CSI television show to deliver not only the most authentic CSI game available to date, but the most exciting and immersive crime solving experience currently available on the market."

Key Features:

  • NEW 3-D Graphics: Investigate crime scenes that are more like the hit TV show than ever. Move around the crime scene and get a close-up look. Feel like you are really using the tools for collection and detection of evidence and interact with the CSI cast like never before.
  • Five New Cases with Deeper Plot Lines with Shocking Twists: Players will be drawn into the action with improved character interaction and longer, more immersive cases. The five new and distinctive cases will draw players in like never before.
  • New Mobile Crime Lab: Just like the hit TV show, CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder features the GMC Mobile Analysis Unit that can be used to analyze evidence quickly in the field.
  • More Satisfying Evidence Analysis: Players will really feel like they are solving the case, not like the computer is solving it for them. Use high-tech tools to collect and process evidence such as, Mikrosil casting material, magnetic powder for enhanced finger print analysis and Luminol for detecting traces of blood evidence.
  • The Original CSI Series is the #1 Hit TV Show: CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder returns to the original Vegas-based series. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation remains the top show on TV with 26 million weekly viewers.

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country (PS2)

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country features an expanded character customization system that lets players build their own characters from a variety of options, including different body types, hair styles and an assortment of new country-inspired clothing and accessories. The game also allows users to create a 3D model of their own face with the EyeToy™ USB Camera (for PlayStation®2), place it on a customizable character and watch as they perform live on the big stage!

Featuring enough gameplay modes to fill a ten-gallon hat, CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country includes a Duet Mode, which allows two people to sing simultaneously and be judged individually. Up to eight players can compete together in the game’s expanded multiplayer modes, turning any party into a down home country celebration. As they progress in the game, players will unlock additional songs, characters and accessories, as well as awards for top performances.

“Country is the third largest music genre and continues to grow in popularity due to its crossover appeal to a wide variety of music fans,” said Matt Knoles, Product Manager, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Players will instantly be singing along with their favorite songs, while those new to this great genre of music will ‘cowboy up’ as soon as they pick up the microphone and experience the incredible variety of gameplay modes.”

CMT will launch a multi-faceted campaign in support of Karaoke Revolution Country with heavy promotional support across its multiple platforms, including CMT, CMT.com, CMT Radio Networks and on the network’s mobile experience, CMT Cross Country. CMT is currently in more than 80 million homes and reaches over 84% of US households via basic cable, digital and satellite platforms.

CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country is developed by Harmonix Music Systems and is available exclusively for the PlayStation 2. It comes bundled with a USB microphone for a SRP of $54.99 or available as a standalone game, compatible with any USB headset or microphone for a SRP of $39.99. CMT Presents: Karaoke Revolution Country is rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

Tao’s Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal (NDS)

Players take on the role of Tao, a young magic student living on Bente Island, who must travel on an incredible journey to save his family and fellow villagers from an evil monster curse that turns people into stone. In order to break the hex, Tao must find the egg of the ancient monster that cursed his family and return to the village before the next full moon to save his loved ones. Along his journey, Tao must learn how to harness his magical talents to destroy the curse and save his people.

Taking advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo DS, players cast spells by drawing different designs on the DS touch screen. As they battle hordes of monsters in order to save their village, players can compete in side quests to strengthen their reputation with the townspeople; and even collect eggs to raise and train monsters to assist in battles along their journey.

Tao’s Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal is available exclusively for the Nintendo DS for a SRP of $29.99, and is rated “E 10+” by the ESRB.

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