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Tuesday July 18, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 18, 2006 @ 5:06 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:

Monster House (GBA/NDS/NGC/PS2)

The Monster House video game will allow players to experience key moments of the movie as they explore the creepy house room by room. With three playable characters (voiced by the stars from the film), fans will take on unique adventures inspired by the movie. Players will use their upgradeable water blasters, as well as each character's unique weapon, to battle nightmarish creatures created from the house and its demented objects. In addition, the 2D arcade game, "Thou Art Dead", featured in the film can be conquered by players in the game also. With spooky surprises around every corner, the Monster House video game is sure to keep players on the edge of their seats, as they try to save the neighborhood!

NCAA Football 07 (PSP/PS2/Xbox/X360)

Whether you're reaching out for that extra yard to move the chains for a key first down, knocking the ball loose for a crucial turnover or flawlessly executing a trick play, the game's momentum can shift in your favor with one play.

NCAA Football 07 on Xbox 360 brings college football's most hallowed grounds to life with the most realistic stadiums ever in a college football video game as well as all-new Smart Fans. Alumni, student and visitor sections react dynamically to the action and momentum on the field. Fans also showcase team-specific traditions so visitors to "The Swamp" in Gainesville get an up close and personal view of the Gator chomp.

You can also hit the field and the books with NCAA Football 07's new Campus Legend mode for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. Live the life of a student athlete, earn the respect of the student body and become enshrined in your school's Hall of Fame through your outstanding instincts and disciplined decisions on and off the field. Feel the year-round passion for college football with an all-new Spring Game, allowing you to watch the progress of your underclassmen in the off-season as you determine who will be your Impact Players for the upcoming year.

NCAA Football 07 features all-new ESPN integration providing gamers with the latest sports news with real-time updates with the ESPN ticker on Xbox 360, while ESPN The Magazine keeps track of all your dynasty stats and information in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions.

For the first time NCAA Football 07 launches on PSP. All the excitement and pageantry of college football is now in the palm of your hands and the Wi-Fi multiplayer feature lets you challenge friends and rivals online with full-scale stat tracking.

NCAA Football 07, rated E by the ESRB, is developed by EA Tiburon and is available on Xbox 360 for an SRP $59.99, PSP for $39.99 and the PS2 and Xbox for an SRP of $49.99.

Super DBZ (PS2)

Developed by former Street Fighter II producer Noritaka Funamizu's new studio, Crafts & Meister, Super DBZ delivers an authentic, more challenging fighting experience, complete with more intensity and unique combinations than have ever been available before in a DBZ fighting game.

Super DBZ gives players an extreme 3D fighting experience in the air or on the ground with characters taken straight from the world of DBZ and levels created in the art style of Akira Toriyama, the original creator of the Dragon Ball manga. Each of the 13 characters and 5 unlockable secret characters in the game, including DBZ superheroes Goku, Gohan and Vegeta, have their own catalog of exclusive attacks and fighting styles that are faithful to the series.

"DBZ devotees and fighting game fans are sure to be excited by our next installment in the DBZ franchise. By working with one of the top fighting game producers in the world, we have developed a deeper and richer fighting experience than ever before," said Emily Anadu, Product Manager, Atari, Inc. "The combination of the unique character fighting styles and environments created in the original styles of the Dragon Ball manga in Super DBZ will thrill hard core fighting gamers and DBZ fanatics alike."

WarPath (Xbox/PC)

"For gamers who enjoy the action-packed experience of classic first-person shooters, WarPath is a game for them," said Michael Haines, Groove Games' COO. "Frantically paced and infused with the spirit of fierce competition, WarPath delivers endless hours of multiplayer action and also features an immersive single-player story mode."

Set on Kaladi, a beautiful and resource-rich planet on the edge of the universe, WarPath pits three races with conflicting agendas against one another for control of territory and technology. After joining a race, players engage in battle utilizing sci-fi weaponry and vehicles to gain complete dominion over the planet. Players can go head-to-head against AI in the robust single-player mode, or challenge friends online via four multiplayer modes.

Three distinct species have converged upon a virtual Eden in the outermost reaches of the galaxy, each faction with their own unique reason for settling this new world. Conflict is inevitable, victory is not.

WarPath is a fast-paced FPS game featuring a unique single-player mode that allows gamers to battle for control of different territories, each of which provide distinct strategic advantages. Once players have honed their skills in the single player campaign, they can jump online and let the real action begin.

WarPath features:

  • Three unique species to choose from, each with their own unique weapon load-out and appearance
  • Three land-based vehicles
  • Eight weapons: the Wolverine, Tyrant, Violator, Judge, Vanguard, Javelin, Vibro Blade, and EMAD, allow for a highly diversified range of play styles
  • Upgradeable weapons that unlock more functionality and greater destructive force with each new level
  • UNREAL engine and Havok physics technology provide stunning visuals and effects
  • In single player practice mode, gamers can go up against 32 bots for an adrenaline-filled multiplayer simulation
  • Four modes of high-speed, intensely addictive multiplayer action ~V Death Match, Team Death Match, Capture the Flag, and Front Line Assault
  • 25 Multiplayer levels that take players across the diverse indoor and outdoor environments of Kaladi
  • Support for 2-16 players via LAN or Online, allowing battles to be intimate grudge matches, or all out clan carnage! (32 players via a dedicated server in the PC Version)
  • Multiplayer mode gives access to all the weapons and upgrades that players unlocked and mastered in the single player campaign

Developed by Pariah creators, Digital Extremes, WarPath is rated T for Teen by the ESRB, and is available for $29.99 for the Xbox and $19.99 for PC.

Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (PSP)

As a PSP exclusive RPG, Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light offers a seamless gaming experience never before seen on a PSP RPG. “It’s amazing how smooth and exciting the game play is. This is an RPG designed for the PSP and it really shows. I personally am enjoying the multiplayer mode, which is quite unique for this genre”, says Haru Akenaga President of NIS America.

While easily recognizable as an RPG, Blade Dancer has its own distinctive look. Among its unique styling features are its dynamic 3D graphics, beautiful cell shaded movie, and artistic character/background designs. The game itself features a distinctive Lunar combat system, a massive crafting feature, and a real time battle system, all of which is enhanced by a unique multiplayer mode. Up to four players can play simultaneously to battle vicious monsters and seek for hidden treasures.

Dread Knight, the evil dark knight that killed the legendary hero Blade Dancer in the Great War, has appeared once again. The reappearance of Dread Knight signals the rise of the demon empire, which threatens all humanity. Now Lance, a young knight with mystical powers from the land of Foo, and his fellow comrades must rise to stop Dread Knight and his army of darkness.

In Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light, players will take on the role of a young hero named Lance and travel the full 3D real time world for an epic adventure. Battles will take place by physically encountering enemies that are visible on the map. During combat, players are not confined to a slow turn based battle system. Rather, they will maneuver through a brand new revolutionary real time battle system.

Key Features

  • A brilliant item synthesis system (Over 650 synthesizable items)
  • Unique monster encounter system (Physically see enemies on world map)
  • Unique power sharing abilities with friendly and enemy units
  • Unique real time battle system (Not turn based)
  • Full 3D real time world (Time will change from day to night)
  • Network multi player mode (Up to four players)

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