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Tuesday August 1, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 1, 2006 @ 11:32 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:

Total War: Eras (PC)

Total War: Eras includes every currently available Total War title: Shogun: Total War with the Mongol Invasion expansion pack, Medieval: Total War with the Viking Invasion expansion pack, and Rome: Total War with both the Barbarian Invasion and Alexander expansion packs.

Total War: Eras also delivers limited edition content including "The Total War Story", a 40-minute documentary detailing the past, present, and future of the Total War series, exclusive preview material for the upcoming Medieval II: Total War, an art booklet detailing the creation and evolution of the Total War series, a collectable poster for Medieval II: Total War, and five art cards spanning the entire Total War franchise.

Rated "T" for Teen by the Entertainment Software Review Board, Medieval II: Total War for the PC is available at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $59.95.

FlatOut 2 (PS2/Xbox/PC)

FlatOut 2 features an updated physics engine with even faster track designs and numerous other improvements, enhancements and additions to make the title the definitive FlatOut experience. With twice as many vehicles, a more sophisticated career mode, additional race environments, an increased number of tracks, twice as many mini-games, as well as brand new and much-requested online multiplayer modes, this title is sure to appeal to hardcore FlatOut groupies.

The FlatOut experience is further strengthened with more than 5,000 fully destructible objects on every track, as well as 40 deformable parts on each vehicle. Greater emphasis is placed on track destruction by offering FlatOut 2 drivers bigger rewards, creating more frantic game play than ever before. Drivers will need to tear into competitors' cars, trash the local scenery, litter the track with obstacles, while at the same time trying to concentrate on their own race in a bid to cross the line first.

The ever-popular Ragdoll mini-games from the original FlatOut game make a welcome return and are better than ever with 12 Ragdoll events and full online support. New Ragdoll events include a slammin basketball game, baseball, royal flush cards and a death-defying Ring of Fire.
Developed by Bugbear Entertainment and distributed by Vivendi Games in the U.S., FlatOut 2 carries a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Game Features

  • Bigger variety of race environments including Big City, L.A. Storm Drains, Rocky Mountain Forest, Corn Fields and Desert
  • Increased number of tracks with alternate track routes included for the first time
  • Enhanced Championship Mode with multiple cups across increasing difficultly levels,
  • Twice as many vehicles plus additional car types-- muscle cars, sports cars, pickup trucks and compacts
  • Garage feature allows player to now own multiple vehicles
  • Unlockable bonuses including additional cars, Championship Cups and Destruction Arenas
  • Improved opponent AI with each AI driver represented by a character and exhibiting a unique driving style
  • Multiplayer support :
    • Online multiplayer modes - up to six players on PlayStation 2 and eight players on Xbox
    • Four player offline split screen Multiplayer mode on Xbox; two player on PlayStation 2
    • Now available online! -- Destruction Derby Arenas

Atlantis Quest ( PC)

In this classic-style matching game with a fun new twist, you embark on a puzzle-filled journey across ancient Greece, Babylon, Carthage, Egypt, and Rome in search of one of the greatest mysteries of all time -- the lost city of Atlantis. In every location, you must solve a puzzle to help assemble an ancient artifact which will help lead you to your ultimate destination.

Beginning in the land of the Olympian gods, you must assemble the precious Amphora of Dionysius by acquiring pieces of the vessel pottery skillfully moved through rows of clever puzzles and then freed through the bottom of the game-field. Once this task is complete, you discover an ancient map inscribed on the vessel and learn your next destination. Using the classic matching game mechanics with the new twist of freeing the puzzle pieces through the bottom of the field, "Atantis Quest" offers extremely addictive gameplay over 76 brain-teasing levels.

While a riveting storyline incorporating interesting facts about the lands you visit, power-ups, and loads of other features can keep you playing for hours on end, the game also offers the option to save your progress automatically, so even if you must stop playing, you can easily continue your quest later. Further, if you want to turn "Atlantis Quest" into a friendly competition, the game allows creation of multiple profiles for different players.

"Atlantis Quest" is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and debuts at a suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD).

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