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Tuesday April 4, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 4, 2006 @ 12:42 p.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:

Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday (PC)

“Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday has the potential to turn all your strategy-gaming dreams into reality while exploring the ultimate “What if” scenario”, says Fredrik W. Lindgren, Director of Publishing at Paradox Interactive. "This is the first time we release a title for download at the same time as the title ships and gamers will be able to try the game for a full 3 hours before buying it.”

Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday features:

  • World War II scenario with an alternative historical outcome.
  • Extended time line until 1953 with historical scenarios including the Israeli conflict.
  • Complete scenario editor.
  • Expanded tech trees allowing players to develop tactical nukes and other types of nuclear warfare as well as helicopter squads, escort carriers etc.
  • Enhanced Brigade Attachment system increases the player’s tactical opportunities.
  • Significantly improved AI.
  • Tradable Weapons - equip your allies with the latest technological advances or get other nations to surrender their secrets.

Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday has an age rating of ESRB: E – Violence, PEGI: 3+ and USK: 12. The suggested retail price is USD/EUR 19.99.

From Russia With Love (PSP)

Making its debut as the first Bond game on the PSP system, From Russia With Love gives players the opportunity to experience the timeless fiction of the classic James Bond movie. Invest in your character and customize the ultimate Bond for a whole new level of gameplay options, including an all new single player mode consisting of 8 exciting missions, multiplayer mode with ad-hoc wireless, 16 new Bond challenges, several new unlockable Bond villains and classic Bond gadgets and weapons.

From Russia With Love is the first game to put PSP players in the universe of the classic James Bond films. Set in the original 60's Bond era, the game features movie-based missions as well as original, action-intensive sequences, a broad and deep variety of gameplay, social multiplayer experiences, gorgeous women, and classic, upgradeable weapons and gadgetry with modern mechanics. Sean Connery, the original Bond, reprises his role as the dapper Mi6 agent in this innovative, retro-styled and highly anticipated console title from the infamous Bond franchise. The highly anticipated game currently is available on the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube.

This game has been rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

More information on the game can be found on the official website at www.007.ea.com.

Tourist Trophy (PS2)

Developed by Polyphony Digital Inc., makers of Gran Turismo, Tourist Trophy takes that foundation to the next level by offering a new motorcycle simulation for the racing genre. Further refining Polyphony's renowned true-to-life graphics and precise game physics, Tourist Trophy captures the delicate balance between rider and machine like never before. Featuring head-to-head racing action and various game modes to challenge players, Tourist Trophy offers 35 real-life and fantasy courses and more than 100 licensed motorcycles from manufacturers, including BMW Motorrad, Buell, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki and more.

"Using what we have learned to create the most authentic racing simulation for the Gran Turismo series, our development team is excited about continuing to refine and expand our work to deliver the most realistic motorcycle racing experience ever for the PlayStation 2," said Kazunori Yamauchi, celebrated creator of the Gran Turismo franchise and Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Corporate Executive. "Racing motorcycles in Tourist Trophy offers an entirely different and exciting gameplay experience. One has to account for a host of different variables on a motorcycle, such as riding style, capabilities of individual bikes and how a rider's movement greatly effects the motorcycle, creating a unique and new racing experience."

Tourist Trophy offers two modes of play, Arcade Mode and Tourist Trophy Mode. In Arcade Mode, players have access to a quick race for single-player or two-player battle. In both races, players have the opportunity to select their bike, track and difficulty level. Tourist Trophy Mode offers a career mode for players to polish their skills in the license school missions, and then test those skills by competing in various challenges and race events, earning new bikes and accessories along the way. Players can further personalize the racing experience by customizing everything from their gear to the degree of their riding turns to the motorcycle exhaust system.

"Tourist Trophy is truly a realistic riding simulation," said Doug Polen, two-time World Superbike Champion and Ducati racer. "I can even customize my personal riding style and my gear down to the very last detail."

Furthermore, in Tourist Trophy Mode, players have access to Photo Mode, which allows them to take snapshots of their favorite bike and race gear by freezing frames of an actual race from a replay. Upon taking a photograph, players have the opportunity to save it to a Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) or a USB storage device and share it with friends.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Tourist Trophy "E" for Everyone.

Commandos Strike Force (PS2/Xbox/PC)

Commandos Strike Force, the intense stealth combat game is on its way to retailers today, and tomorrow the Strike Force team will be waiting for your command. Commandos Strike Force fuses the first person action shooter genre with intense stealth combat to give you a brand new World War II experience unlike any other game. Using the unique skills and abilities of the three different members of your elite Strike Force team, infiltrate behind enemy lines and strike your foes when they least expect it.

The Green Beret, Francis O’Brien, specializes in offensive tactics, utilizing skills such as dual wielding his machine guns or getting up close and personal with his melee attacks. William Hawkins, the Sniper, brings the word precision to a new level as he can hold his breath to line up the perfect shot. The Spy, George Brown, is the epitome of stealth combat as he can use various disguises to sneak his way into enemy territory where he can set up a vicious strike. Switch-on-the-fly between the different commandos on your team and devise your own personal style of strategy and tactics to get the mission done. Commandos can do what armies cannot, and the choice will be in your hands tomorrow, April 5th 2006, when Commandos Strike Force will be waiting for you on the store shelves!

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