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Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 7, 2007 @ 6:52 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:

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3/X360)

In the 14th century a quarrel over English succession to the French throne escalated into what history would call the Hundred Years' War. This ongoing war had exhausted the standing armies of both sides and there was a growing dependence on mercenary soldiers.

Taking the role of a mercenary soldier, players must contract their services to the English or French; with the ultimate goal of achieving glorious fame and fortune. Those who establish a reputation as a formidable warrior and leader of men, will amass a valuable war chest and lure hardened warriors to their employ.

As arrows rain from above, knights charge on horseback, and cannoniers fire volleys at heavy infantry, armies will collide in unprecedented scale. Players will be immersed in ferocious battles where an innovative action style enables them to defeat countless numbers of soldiers with one cleverly chosen attack command. Outwit your opponents and overwhelm the enemy with dominating force to be the last one standing when the dust settles on one of history's greatest conflicts.

A free single player demo of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is available now on Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox 360 and on the PS3's PSNetwork. Set amidst a war-torn 14th century France, the demo delivers a taste of the action game's incredible battles where players will take direct command of entire military units.

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, rated T for Teen, delivers stunning visuals in 720p HDTV and in game Dolby Digital audio.

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (X360)

“Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” is a multiplayer trivia game that tests even the most seasoned pop culture trivia pros and allows up to four teams or individual players to relive moments from their favorite movies.

“Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” comes complete with four new wireless Big Button Pads, so each team or individual player has a buzzer for that realistic “game show” feel. The Big Button Pad takes its inspiration from the buzzers used by contestants in countless TV game shows throughout the years, but uses the latest infrared technology to minimize arguments over who answered first.

“Family rooms everywhere will be buzzing with the biggest stars and blockbusters from the silver screen as we launch ‘Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action’ on Xbox 360,” said Jeff Bell corporate vice president of Global Marketing, Xbox 360. “In the spirit of the game-show buzzers of yesteryear, our new Big Button Pad makes it easy for everyone to have a fun evening seeing whose movie knowledge reigns supreme.”

“We’re taking party gaming to the next level with ‘Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action’ for Xbox 360,” said Stuart Moulder, executive producer at Screenlife Games. “It’s the first trivia franchise for Xbox 360. We’ve brought the award-winning interactive experience of ‘Scene It?’ to this next-generation platform with high-definition movie clips, photo stills, audio clips and more.”

Movie buffs and trivia lovers everywhere will enjoy new questions never seen in any other “Scene It?” game. With new puzzle challenges, “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” is sure to keep players guessing all night long. The game features movie clips in HD format as well as hundreds of stills and audio clips from players’ favorite films. Also, new technology keeps track of questions that have already been asked, to minimize repeats.

Made exclusively for Xbox 360, “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” is available in stores now for $59.99 (U.S. estimated retail price) and is rated T for Teen.

Panzer Tactics DS (NDS)

Panzer Tactics DS challenges players to show their skills in both on- and offline (local DS wireless and Nintendo Wi-Fi) strategic turn-based play through 30 historically based missions while utilizing more than 150 realistically modeled units from the era.

1939: The world stands on the brink of one of the greatest armed conflicts in the history of mankind: the Second World War. Players assume command of the most powerful armies of the time: The German Wehrmacht, the Soviet Army or the Allied Forces. Experience the demanding strategic level of the conflict n three historically based campaigns for the first time ever on a handheld platform.

Features

  • Three exciting single-player campaigns on the side of the German Wehrmacht, the Soviet Army or the Allied Forces
  • 30 nerve-wracking, historical missions, including undercover missions behind enemy lines
  • Over 150 different marine, land and air units as well as 20 different special attacks
  • 30 heroic officers who provide their units additional motivation
  • Exceptional depth of play and complex computer opponent behavior make the game playable again and again
  • Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players on 10 different multiplayer maps (LAN, Nintendo Wi-Fi-Connection, Hot Seat mode)
  • Online ranking table
  • Playable using Nintendo DS Touchpen, buttons or a combination of both
  • Optional bonus mission goals to unlock additional missions and tactical optimizations
  • Wide variety of combat animations for all units and a wide range of special effects for explosion and weather depiction

Guitar Hero / Guitar Hero II Bundle (PS2)

Guitar Hero, the original title of the wildly popular franchise, allows fans to choose from multiple rock characters and jam at concert venues that grow in size as their rock career progresses. Players can choose from various guitar options, exclusive character outfits, and unlockable songs while they perform to secure endorsements and reach ultimate rockstar status. Over 40 incredible rock anthems fill every stage of the game as axe-shredders rip through tracks such as “Iron Man” (as made famous by Black Sabbath), “More Than a Feeling” (as made famous by Boston), “Bark at The Moon” (as made famous by Ozzy Osbourne), “I Wanna Be Sedated” (as made famous by The Ramones), and many more.

Guitar Hero II, the sequel to the smash hit Guitar Hero, melts the knobs off players’ amps with an expanded track list of over 60 new songs, characters, guitars, exciting gameplay modes, and visually-stunning rock venues that range from high school gyms to sold-out arenas and Stonehenge. Fans also have the opportunity to compete with their friends head to head in all new multiplayer modes, or form their own guitar duo and riff cooperatively by rocking the rhythm, lead, and bass. In addition, an all-new practice mode is included that will allow players to select specific sections of a song, slow it up, and master the difficult solos. Tracks from the set list include “Sweet Child O Mine” (as made famous by Guns N’ Roses), “Free Bird” (as made famous by Lynard Skynard), “Woman” (as made famous by Wolfmother), and “You Really Got Me” (as made famous by Van Halen) among many others hit songs.

The dual pack of Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II, rated T for Teen, is now available in retail stores for the suggested price of $59.99.

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