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Thursday June 1, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 1, 2006 @ 10:50 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:

Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)

The first in a trilogy of episodic games, Episode One reveals the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launches a journey beyond City 17. You reprise the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, as they continue their support of the resistance's battle against the Combine forces. Episode One does not require Half-Life 2 to play and also includes a first look at Episode Two, which will ship by year's end.

In addition to the new single player experience, two multiplayer games are included. And those who purchase Episode One will have free access via Steam ( to Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, the interactive technology demo that introduces High Dynamic Range lighting to the Source Engine, Valve's award-winning game technology.

Features :

  • A new episode for one of the best-selling action games of all time.
  • Reveals new secrets
  • Incredibly advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Highly detailed environments provide amazing gameplay settings
  • Digital Actors: The most sophisticated in-game characters ever witnessed
  • Physical Gameplay: Objects obey the laws of gravity, friction and buoyancy.
  • Intense story line will appeal to those seeking more than another shooting gallery experience

Valve announced Half-Life 2: Episode One is now available via for just $19.95 and at retail outlets around the world.

Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction (PC)

Players of all ages can dive into the fun of over 750 hand-crafted levels, each carefully conceived to create an oceanic holiday for players as they match up sea-themed objects, and unlock more than 44 exotic fish that can be added to player's own personal reef screen saver.

Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction takes players closer to the reef's sea life than ever before with stunning life-like graphics, and continues Reflexive Entertainment's tradition of deeper game play, providing amusing scientific facts about each fish in the reef in addition to each fish's scientific name.

Players will be astonished by huge chain reactions that sequentially create match after match, unlocking a flood of cascading pieces and creating new explosive power-ups. The new power-ups can be used to clear out large areas in just seconds, propelling players through 3 modes of play. Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction stirs up the water further with the return of Mouse Party(TM) mode. Up to 8 players can simultaneously play together like a school of fish or compete against each other like sharks, as they frantically try to make the most matches and use the new explosive power-ups to clear the board.

In addition to over 750 included levels available in both single and multi-player games, players can download thousands more from the Internet or create their own underwater masterpieces with the included level editor and vector drawing tools. "Big Kahuna games are all about fun and the level editor adds another way for people to enjoy the game," said James Smith, lead programmer and creator of the Big Kahuna series. "Players can design levels, customize them with the level editor's art tools, and then upload them to the Internet and make them available so that anyone, anywhere in the world can download and appreciate them. Players really enjoy being part of the level-making community and are proud of the levels they've created. We of course keep a careful eye on the community and have used many of the best level designs created there in developing Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction."

Featuring exciting new chain reactions, explosive power-ups, 3 different modes of play, a personalized screen saver, thousands of levels available for download, an improved level editor and over 44 exotic fish to unlock in your own personal reef, Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction is the best way to catch a wave to the reef this summer! Big Kahuna Reef 2: Chain Reaction is available now for $19.95 through Reflexive Arcade (

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