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Tuesday June 13, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 13, 2006 @ 1:57 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:

Armored Core Last Raven (PS2)

Mech fans attack! Armored Core Last Raven from Agetec, Inc. has blasted onto store shelves for the summer gaming season. Armored Core Last Raven, for the PS2 is the long awaited sequel to Armored Core: Nexus, and the 10th installment in the popular Armored Core series.

Gamers will discover features and options new to the long running Armored Core franchise such as multiple endings, human interaction, and mechs that continue to fight even after losing body parts.

“We are really excited about the new features and options that are available in Last Raven. This is a whole new experience for fans of the Armored Core series,” said Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing for Agetec, Inc.

Six months after Armored Core: Nexus ends, two powerful groups, the Alliance and the Vertex, are fighting for world dominance and victory hinges upon the “Raven” pilots. As a Raven elite mech warrior, players must choose sides between the fighting powers. Ravens face the ultimate decision in the fight for survival, either to fiercely defend their chosen side or fight alone and face the wrath of all Ravens. Each selected mission has an immediate impact on the ultimate story outcome.

Developed by FromSoftware, Armored Core Last Raven has an ESRB rating of “T” for Teen and a retail price of $29.99.

Major League Baseball 2K6 (NGC)

2K Sports announced today that Major League Baseball 2K6 for Nintendo GameCube, the only official MLB video game for the platform, is now available in stores across North America. Nintendo GameCube baseball fans will now be able to enjoy all of the landmark new features, high visual quality and innovative gameplay Major League Baseball 2K6 offers.

“GameCube fans can now enjoy Major League Baseball 2K6, the most comprehensive baseball experience to date,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “With great control mechanics, fluid visuals, and unique features, Major League Baseball 2K6 is the most fun, authentic baseball game ever published for the Nintendo GameCube.”

Major League Baseball 2K6 for Nintendo GameCube features standard-setting innovations including Inside Edge- powered A.I., Swing Stick batting control, the all-new Payoff Pitching™ system, and commentary from Jon Miller and Hall of Fame legend Joe Morgan. The most comprehensive franchise mode with all-new trading tools as well as the inclusion of the World Baseball Classic™ round out the most complete baseball title to date.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is rated “E” for Everyone and is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game available on every major gaming console, including Xbox 360 and Xbox, the PS2, PSP, and the GameCube.

The Nintendo GameCube version is now available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Head on over to your local retailer tomorrow when Urban Chaos: Riot Response appears on the store shelves for the PS2 and Xbox!

Point Blank (NDS)

With its quirky graphics and pick-up-and-play mini games, Point Blank DS is the ultimate portable game for players of all ages! Using the DS stylus as the player's weapon of choice to shoot down everything from skeletons to clay pigeons, Point Blank DS will be an entertaining test of hand-eye coordination in the most fun and addicting game-on-the-go to hit store shelves this summer.

With stages from all three games in the series being included in the new portable collection, Point Blank DS will have players tap-tap-tapping their way to victory as they take on four different difficulty levels in over 40 different stages including Namco's popular coin-op arcade series, which has been digitized for the first time.

The portable return of the retro series boasts five different modes including:

  • Arcade: Play through four different levels of difficulty in a variety of mini shooting games.
  • VS: Challenge your friends using the wireless feature to find out who's the quickest draw (requires only one game card).
  • Brain Massage: Play through various stages while the game analyzes your abilities and gives you feedback.
  • Freeplay: Select any stage at any time to challenge your best score.
  • Games Museum: New stages adapted from Namco's classic coin-op arcade series.

Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)

The collection features direct conversions of Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold and Street Fighter Alpha 3, which have never before been available together in one package. As an added bonus, the “pint-sized” Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix (also released on consoles as Pocket Fighter), is included which brings the total to five action packed games on one disc.

All titles in the collection feature three core gameplay options. Arcade mode pits competitors against a series of CPU controlled opponents in order to beat the game. Versus mode allows two players to choose among the cast of characters for intense head-to-head battles. Fighters can practice special moves and combos to hone their skills in the training mode. Additionally, all four Alpha titles feature survival mode as well as a dramatic battle mode which allows 2-on-1 tag team matches.

Street Fighter Alpha brings together a cast of 13 characters from the collective Street Fighter universe. The series’ inaugural title introduces super combos and alpha counters to add a new dimension to fighting. Street Fighter Alpha 2 ups the ante with 18 fighters and several new options including high and low Alpha counters as well as more moves and combos for each character. In addition, the second title launches the Custom Combo system which lets players use up a super meter to perform devastating multi-hit combos. Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold is an enhanced version of the previous game featuring different versions of some of the characters. The most robust entry, Street Fighter Alpha 3, includes an unprecedented 25 characters and offers players the choice of three “isms” fighting styles made popular in previous Street Fighter games. Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix rounds out the anthology with miniature versions of popular Capcom fighters in fierce battles. Combatants vie to collect power-up gems as they perform an array of special attacks and powerful combos.

Urban Chaos: Riot Response (PS2/Xbox)

Who doesn’t want to be a hero? Well today the wait is over, because Urban Chaos: Riot Response is now shipping to stores across North America! It is up to you to save civilian lives and work alongside other emergency personnel to take back your city from the ruthless gang of pyromaniacs known as the Burners, and in this action packed first person shooter, the time has come to use any means necessary. Police officers don’t normally get to use meat cleavers, Molotov cocktails, and power tools, but if the situation calls for it, there is no reason that the terrorists shouldn’t get a taste of their own weaponry. But remember, the fight against terrorism isn’t always about offense, and when the firefight gets too hot to handle, you always have your trusted riot shield to save you from the barrage of gunfire.

A city on the brink of total anarchy is being held hostage by the increased threat of organized gang violence. Play Nick Mason, a member of T-Zero, an elite division of the Police department, specially trained in all areas of urban combat. The last line urban defense, your mission is to take back your city by whatever means necessary. Working with the Police department, Firemen and Emergency Medical Services you must protect the city, save hostages and destroy the enemy in this fast paced, explosive, action shooter.

Features

  • The Riot shield Use it defensively and offensively, take cover on the move and progress through lethal environments.
  • Dual weapon class, 21 weapons from T-Zero military grade hardware to brutal gang weaponry including meat cleavers, Molotov cocktails and power tools.
  • Online Multiplayer for up to 8 players, unique scenarios based on game missions
  • Authentic city in chaos: Explore the action in a realistic and dynamic environment
  • 11 major story missions, with another 6 bonus missions over a calendar year
  • Intense Hostage scenarios: hold your nerve, make that perfect shot
  • Real Newscaster, meet Lani York. Experienced anchor woman, reporting the action as it happens and guiding you through the levels.
  • Team-up with Emergency Services: Firemen, Medics and Policeand take them into the heat of the action. - Realistic resource system - Free-form squad system

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