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Thursday, November 15, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2007 @ 5:43 a.m. PST

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:

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (PSP)

Based on the upcoming movie from 20th Century Fox, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and from the creators of the award-winning original AvP for PC, the game pits two of cinema's most popular and terrifying science fiction icons against each other.

In the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem game, players take on the role of an elite Predator carrying an extensive arsenal of exotic weaponry and equipment. Guided by an unquenchable thirst for the hunt, players have one mission: eradicate all traces of the horrifying Alien outbreak on Earth. Players will have access to all the Predator's advanced technologies via his wrist computer, including Pred-tech/thermal vision modes and cloaking -- to track, stalk and annihilate both human and Alien threats.

With a co-op multiplayer mode, players will be able to team up with a friend wirelessly to play as Predator comrades, attempting to withstand hordes of attacking Aliens.

"The Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem movie promises to provide a thrilling experience, and we are very excited to get the adrenaline pumping before the big screen battle begins with this exclusive title for the PSP system," said Pascal Brochier, president, Global Retail for Vivendi Games. "Twentieth Century Fox has been an excellent partner, and we are very proud to be giving the fans of the franchise this action-packed interactive extension of the AvP series."

Elie Dekel, executive vice president of Fox Licensing & Merchandising added, "It is exciting to see such creative use of The Aliens/Predator franchise. Sierra Entertainment has done a great job at bringing fans closer to the AVP film experience."

America's Army: True Soldiers (X360)

America's Army: True Soldiers takes full advantage of the multiplayer experience featuring eight maps developed by Red Storm Entertainment and full Xbox LIVE online gaming service Clan support, so teams will be able to quickly jump online and compete. Players will immerse themselves within the true infantry experience of a modern Soldier via the graphical prowess of the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 game engine. As a Soldier in single-player mode, players will advance through their career and take on roles such as Rifleman, Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman and Sniper. Red Storm and the Army are working together to make sure that the America's Army: True Soldiers gameplay experience is an authentic Army experience.

The America's Army: True Soldiers game accurately portrays the values that guide U.S. Army Soldiers by specifically incorporating gameplay based on mission accomplishment, teamwork, leadership, rules of engagement and respect for life and property. Just like in real combat, honor and respect must be earned, and in the game, the Play-Lead-Recruit feature allows players to earn respect as they move up through the ranks and become true leaders.

Teammates can award honor points to other team members who play honorably and jump in when the mission is on the line. As players accumulate honor points, they earn America's Army reward coins that can be redeemed for prizes in the America's Army "Live the Experience" contest that offers unique prizes such as becoming a Golden Knight, a game developer, or a Soldier for a day.

America's Army: True Soldiers is going to be a huge multiplayer hit on Xbox LIVE and a compelling feature is how the single-player experience integrates seamlessly into the multiplayer aspect of the game. Single-player accomplishments and skills earned in categories such as Valor, Marksmanship, Stealth and Conditioning, will be upgradeable and then immediately utilized on Xbox LIVE to dominate online.

As the most realistic U.S. Army experience on a console, America's Army: True Soldiers will feature high-tech equipment, including a Blue Force Tracker that improves recognition of targets while increasing information to the player. Additional Intel will be gathered by the Raven UAV and displayed on their Blue Force Tracker. AI teammates can share Intel via in-game voice-over.

America's Army: True Soldiers, exclusively for the Xbox 360, is now available in retail stores nationwide at the manufacturers suggested retail price of $59.99. The game is rated "T" for Teen.

Boogie (NDS/PS2)

Boogie is bringing both its singing and dancing gameplay to the PS2 where players will dance, sing and create music videos with this complete entertainment package.

Boogie features new versions of tracks made popular by hit bands such as The Jackson 5, Kool & The Gang, Black Eyed Peas and Britney Spears. Players can sing along to their favorite tunes or dance to the latest hit songs as well as catch their best dance moves, record their own voice and make music videos with the music video creator.

Boogie is also taking its dancing act on the road with a unique N DS version that features the first 3D gameplay on the handheld system. The game introduces new gameplay modes and mini-games not found in the Wii or PlayStation 2 version for easy gaming on the go. Boogie on the Nintendo DS will be on shelves on November 29 in North America and November 30 in Europe.

Boogie, rated E10+, on the NDS ($29.99) includes 3D Glasses, while Boogie on the PS2 ($49.99) ships with a microphone.

Close Combat: Modern Tactics (PC)

Offering the tactical real time intensity found in the original World War II Close Combat titles blended with modern weaponry and real-world as well as hypothetical conflicts, Close Combat – Modern Tactics is an exciting and innovative new addition to the Close Combat series that still holds the addicting appeal of its predecessors.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “The Close Combat series has always been among my favorite wargames, so the release of a modern take on this tried and tested gaming system is particularly exciting.”

Andrew Williams of CSO Simtek added “It’s great to finally see fans of the series on the civilian side get to take a crack at this new modern release. It’s been great working with Matrix Games as they’ve given us the support we need to make Modern Tactics cross the gap from a military training tool to a fun new consumer product!”

Close Combat: Modern Tactics combines classic top down real time tactical warfare with the excitement of multiplayer head to head gaming. Developed from the US Marines training simulation, Close Combat: Marines, you get to take command of all types of modern battlefield weaponry including Abrams tanks and Soviet-made RPGs as well as air, helicopter and artillery support. This is serious gaming at its best.

You take command of modern US forces or various opposition forces in one of 25 scenarios included with the release. Engage in combat with up to 5 players per side and participate in intense head to head battles using Modern Era weaponry and equipment on gorgeous hand-drawn maps measuring from 1km square to giant 4km x 1km maps. Fight on hypothetical battlefields ranging in style from backwoods America to the streets of Iraq and the former Soviet republics. You face all the enemy can throw at you in a series of immersive, action-packed engagements that will test your tactical abilities! Air and artillery support are on-call but the final objective can only be secured by Close Combat. You are in command!

Features :

  • Based on Close Combat Marines, which is used as a USMC training simulation
  • Gorgeous hand-drawn 1km square to 1x4km maps
  • Comes with 25 Modern scenarios based on real-world and hypothetical conflicts
  • Realistic soldier psychological profiles during combat
  • Mount and Dismount specialized vehicles with infantry units
  • Close air support and direct and indirect fires.
  • Ability to protect your men in buildings, bunkers, and trenches.
  • Includes specialized squads, weapons, soldier types, attack aircraft & artillery.
  • Designed to be easily moddable to provide years of additional gaming excitement.
  • Adjustable game speed scroll speed and sound volume.
  • Multiple nationalities with varying capabilities available to both sides.

Monster Jam (NDS/PS2/Wii/X360/PC)

Monster Jam thrusts players into the driver's seat of all their favorite monster trucks to compete in intense stadium racing, stadium freestyle, and outdoor battles, as well as the quest to qualify for the world finals in Las Vegas and be crowned the Monster Jam world champion.

"If you've never attended a Monster Jam show or witnessed one on television, the heart-pounding action of monster truck racing is a truly exhilarating experience," said David Oxford, Activision, Inc. "In Monster Jam, players can assume the role they've been fantasizing about for years by stepping into 20 of the world's most famous monster trucks and desolating all opponents on their way to the top."

Monster Jam allows players to compete in authentic Monster Jam stadium events and drive the biggest and baddest monster trucks in the sport, including Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, El Toro Loco and Blue Thunder. Additionally, the game features destructible environments and lifelike physics in over 20 indoor and outdoor race tracks, offering single or multiplayer modes for split-screen mayhem. Total destruction is sure to follow as players crush cars, catch massive air, and perform death-defying stunts on their way to become the ultimate Monster Jam world champion.

Monster Jam, rated "E" for Everyone, is available now on the Xbox 360 ($49.99), the PS2, PC, and NDS ($29.99). The game will also be available on the Wii for $49.99 on Nov. 21, 2007.

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