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Thursday, November 8, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 8, 2007 @ 5:47 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:

Alpha Prime (PC)

Somewhere deep in space, on the lifeless asteroid Alpha Prime, something has gone terribly wrong .... The miners were warned that the mysterious element known as hubbardium was too dangerous to excavate, but the lure of unimaginable wealth was too strong. Now, something has happened to them and it's up to the player to save them and face an unknown threat. Armed with an assortment of hi-tech weapons and the ability to hack into the station's own automated defenses, their mission is simple; get in, get the survivors and get out!

"We have worked closely with the team at IDEA Games to address many of the issues present in the European release of Alpha Prime," said Jeff Giasson, Production Director at Meridian4. "We hope gamers will thoroughly enjoy Alpha Prime's fast-paced action, whether they buy the game in stores or through one of our great digital-distribution partners."

"We believe Alpha Prime will continue its success story overseas as well." said Petr Bulir, IDEA PR and Marketing Manager.

Alpha Prime is now available at retail stores across the continent, as well as at leading online distributors including Steam, Direct2Drive, GamersGate and TotalGaming.net. Alpha Prime is rated M for Mature and carries a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Build-A-Bear Workshop (NDS)

Build-A-Bear Workshop for Nintendo DS is a new, fun kind of relationship simulation game, which takes into account the player through each furry friend's evolution and enhances the player's fun factor. Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends, graphical universe and lifestyles are respectfully adapted and enhanced by this new addition to the gaming world.

Game features include:

  • Create and customize your very own furry friend in the beginning of the game. Pick the furry friend you want to play with, stuff it, give it a special heart and whisper a wish in its ear. Stitch it together, fluff it, name it, dress it and take it home to its special house that you get to color.
  • Eight different furry friends are available to customize: Dimples Teddy, Mocha Bunny, Pink Poodle, Playful Puppy, Velvet Teddy, Friendly Frog, Marvelous Monkey and Sassy Kitty.
  • Your furry friend's home is the interface itself, containing six different areas, each hosting 2 to 4 unique activities including food preparation, dance education, playground, tooth brushing, shopping and dressing up for a full photo session!
  • Play 4 fun mini games, both single and wireless multiplayer.
  • Trade clothing, accessories and pictures with your friends using the wireless connection!
  • Use the Nintendo DSTM microphone for whispering a wish and use the stylus for direct physical contact with your new furry friend!

Build-A-Bear Workshop, developed by Neko Entertainment, is rated E for everyone and is available now for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Cabela's Big Game Hunter (PS2/X360)

In Cabela's Big Game Hunter players are transported to the most prestigious hunting locations across the world in pursuit of 24 exotic big game species to put their hunting skills and survival instincts to the ultimate test.

"We are thrilled to deliver the next chapter in the Cabela's series and allow players to use real-life hunting strategies in beautiful international environments," said David Oxford, Activision, Inc. "Easily the most immersive hunting experience we have created to date, the game boasts a huge variety of species to hunt, some of which will attack when threatened, bringing the realism and intensity to a whole new level."

Cabela's Big Game Hunter lets players embark on a heart-pounding journey across the globe to hunt some of the most sought-after and exotic big game trophy animals in existence, including elk, moose, caribou, kudu, red stag, grizzly bear, and more. Along the way, hunting guides will help players hone their skills and improve their techniques as they track their targets in such diverse locations as British Columbia, the western United States, New Zealand, Africa, and Argentina. Cabela's Big Game Hunter offers a realistic yet fun-filled experience, featuring authentic weapons and equipment, unlockable missions, and visceral excitement to engage hunting fans of all ages.

Cabela's Big Game Hunter, rated "T" (Teen), is available now on the Xbox 360 ($39.99) and the PS2 ($29.99), and the Wii ($39.99) version is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2007.

Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids (NDS)

By tapping into the creative technology of the Nintendo DS, both games showcase new ways to play handheld titles. In Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids, examples of enhanced interactivity include using the stylus for cleaning garbage off the beach and counting seashells, while the microphone is used to call dolphins to assist Dora.

The game is part of Nick Jr. events, which include television premieres and DVD releases, plus themed toy lines and a broad array of promotional support. In Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids, Dora and her sidekick, Boots, need help bringing a Magic Crown back to Marianna the Mermaid. Players travel over land and sea to save her kingdom from pollution dumped by a mean Octopus as Dora magically becomes a mermaid herself.

The Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids game was tested by children and moms for age-appropriateness, fun-factor and quality. To communicate this benefit, the packaging and advertising features a "Kid-Tested" seal.

"We worked closely with our partners at 2K Play to ensure these games completely captured the interactive appeal of both Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!," said Shaul Olmert, Vice President/Digital Media products for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "We're excited that these games are arriving in stores in time for the holiday season."

Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids, developed by Black Lantern Studios, is rated E for Everyone and available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Fantasy Wars (PC)

Set in a fantasy world rife with war, Fantasy Wars is a hex-based tactical strategy game with three interwoven campaigns and an in-depth storyline. In a world of Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs and Elven races, players will participate in castle sieges and reconnaissance operations, all in sophisticated three-dimensional worlds. Players will experience epic real-time battles from afar or zoom in to see individual numbers in the ranks.

Fantasy Wars is rated "T" for Teen and is now available at a suggested retail price of $39.99.

F.E.A.R. Files (X360) / F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate (PC)

In Perseus Mandate for Windows-based PC, players face off against new enemies as they take point on a second F.E.A.R. team investigating the mysterious paranormal phenomena at Armacham. Perseus Mandate features several robust multiplayer modes available to players online, including a deeply immersive storyline that runs parallel to the original F.E.A.R. and first expansion pack Extraction Point. The second expansion pack reveals a new perspective on the initial disturbance, challenging players to find out what Perseus actually is and why the Nightcrawlers have been called in to collect it. You play as the point man on a second First Encounter Assault Recon team

In F.E.A.R. Files, exclusive for the Xbox 360, gamers will combat paranormal situations in two action-packed campaigns. F.E.A.R. Files is two games in one package – the brand new Perseus Mandate campaign and the award-winning expansion pack Extraction Point. F.E.A.R. Files features several new Instant Action and multiplayer maps, along with a variety of new weaponry available to the player. Gamers can look forward to the same psychological twists and turns they've come to expect from the F.E.A.R. franchise as they battle their way through each terrifying campaign.

"Since its launch, F.E.A.R. has been adopted by several million players around the world," said Pascal Brochier, president, Global Retail for Vivendi Games. "This next chapter in the F.E.A.R. universe will further solidify the global success of the franchise, while giving the community an opportunity to experience another level of compelling F.E.A.R. content."

F.E.A.R. Files was developed by TimeGate Studios in conjunction with Day One Studios. F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate was developed by TimeGate Studios.

Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue (NDS)

By tapping into the creative technology of the Nintendo DS, both games showcase new ways to play handheld titles. In Go, Diego Go!: Safari Rescue, players use the stylus to tap on a magic drum and drag obstacles out of Diego's way, while using the microphone to call out to animals and blowing into it to propel a hot air balloon up the mountainside.

"We've created an entirely new interactive experience for these iconic Nick Jr. brands," said Steve Lux, Vice President of New Business Development for 2K Play. "By combining the character voices that kids know and love with engaging gameplay, we've taken full advantage of Nintendo DS capabilities."

The game is part of Nick Jr. events, which include television premieres and DVD releases, plus themed toy lines and a broad array of promotional support. In Go, Diego Go!: Safari Rescue, Diego and friends encounter giraffes with short necks, zebras with no stripes, tiny hippos, and elephants turned into rocks after an evil Magician mixed up the African animals.

The Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue game was tested by children and moms for age-appropriateness, fun-factor and quality. To communicate this benefit, the packaging and advertising features a "Kid-Tested" seal.

"We worked closely with our partners at 2K Play to ensure these games completely captured the interactive appeal of both Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!," said Shaul Olmert, Vice President/Digital Media products for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "We're excited that these games are arriving in stores in time for the holiday season."

Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue, developed by Black Lantern Studios, is rated E for Everyone and available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Panzer Killer (PC)

Fight everything in the German arsenal including the most notorious and lethal tanks such as Tigers and Panthers. Battle through over 50 different missions in this fast paced arcade-style shooter. Drive and fight rival tanks, destroy enemy positions and engage in ferocious firefights.

  • Arcade-style shooter in historically accurate settings
  • Easy-to-use game controls gets you right into the action
  • Day and night fighting in different weather conditions
  • Unique and accurate characteristics for each tank and vehicle (blue print precise), with realistic physics and motions
  • Drive and fight with Sherman's, Pershing's, half-tracks and jeeps as well as captured enemy tanks
  • Call in air support to take out enemy targets
  • Realistic battle sounds and special effects
  • Exhilarating variety of missions and combat situations
  • Different types of ammo with different effects depending on the target
  • Over 50 action-packed missions
  • Realistic battle sounds and special effects, with dimensional sound effects for distance and battlefield depth.

"This is a very well balanced game with beautiful graphics, high levels of gameplay and realistic atmosphere. Although the game was designed to play as an arcade action game, Panzer Killer has the latitude to enable the player to be a better and cautious tanker - like in real life," says Pepe Moreno, developer and producer of Panzer Killer.

"Panzer Killer is exhilarating with fast paced action. You need to think tactically to stay alive, knowing when to charge in and when to hide," says, Brock Beaubien, producer for Strategy First.

Panzer Killer is rated T for Teen for the ESRB. The game will be in stores across North America next week, at the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey (PC)

In Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey, players will become the captain of a privately owned vessel able to sail freely from the southern coasts of the United States to the North Caribbean. Would-be pirates will engage in naval combat and strong on-foot gameplay while slashing through various locations and confronting enemies. With an advanced role-playing system, gamers will be able to develop and master skills, weapons and moves while upgrading their ships at the same time.

Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey is rated "M" for Mature and is now available for the PC at a suggested retail price of $19.99. Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey is also set to cast away on the PlayStation 2 next week for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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