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Tuesday February 20, 2007, Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 20, 2007 @ 9:09 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:

Supreme Commander (PC)

Developed by veteran RTS designer Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games, Supreme Commander redefines strategic scope and scale with a full Theatre Of War zoom function, giving gamers command over hundreds of land, sea and air units on massive battlefields. Hailed as “a truly epic strategy game” by PC Gamer, Supreme Commander is now available at retail outlets nationwide and for digital download at www.direct2drive.com for the suggested price of $49.99.

“Supreme Commander’s unrivalled multiplayer battles and intense single-player campaigns makes this one of the must-have titles of 2007,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. “We’ve advanced the RTS genre yet again, further establishing THQ as a premier PC publisher.”

“Supreme Commander is enormous in every sense of the word – from its unprecedented scope and scale to its superior command and control functions – this is RTS gaming on a whole new scale,” said Chris Taylor, creative director and CEO, Gas Powered Games. "Our goal to create a game that takes strategy to a whole new level has been reached, and we are very excited to release it to the world."

Set in the 37th century, Supreme Commander presents a galaxy that has been ripped apart by three warring factions, each vying to eradicate the universe of all opposition and end the 1000 year Infinite War. Gamers will experience an all new level of scope and scale for the RTS genre, establishing a new benchmark in strategic and tactical gaming. Unprecedented player control encompasses countless land, sea and air units, in addition to the innovative zoom function - scrolling outward to see the entire Theatre of War or inward to focus on the action. Developed by legendary RTS developer Chris Taylor, Supreme Commander allows players to command their forces to victory through a unique storyline, innovative gameplay and infinite online multiplayer battles.

Virtua Fighter 5(PS3)

Virtua Fighter 5 features two new fighters, brand new offensive moves, customizable characters, stunning high definition graphics and highly detailed 3D environments.

The game features beautifully detailed stages from around the world where players face off in fast-moving martial arts battles against one of 17 characters. Players will be able to customize their characters by altering their appearance with an assortment of new costumes, hair color, accessories and more. Two new characters, El Blaze and Eileen, join the elite group of fighters with their own unique fighting styles. El Blaze is a Mexican wrestling champion who uses the Lucha Libre fighting style while Eileen uses "Kou-Ken", a Monkey Kung Fu style.

Also new to the game is the Commentary Feature that allows players to turn on a play-by-play sports commentary audio while fighting their opponent which brings a broadcast presentation feel to the game. The reinvented Quest Mode allows players to choose their opponents, which allows for a more strategic and flexible gameplay experience.

"SEGA delivers the first martial arts style fighting game for the PLAYSTATION 3 system with Virtua Fighter 5," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "Not only is it a stunning looking game graphically, but Virtua Fighter 5 delivers the most intense fighting experience available."

Created by the renowned development team AM R&D Department #2 out of Japan, Virtua Fighter 5 will be rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and will have an MSRP of $59.95.

NBA Street Homecourt (PS3/X360)

Boasting the playability of the original NBA Street, the fun-factor of NBA Street v 2, and the refinement of 2005's NBA Street v3, fans of the series will find the core of the franchise intact, while platform-defining additions revolutionize the overall experience.

NBA Street Homecourt features amazing visuals and innovative gameplay. The all-new Trick Remixer lets you take control of your player's rhythm by mixing quick tricks with elaborate moves, all with the simplicity of two trick buttons. Perform crossovers with an instantaneous response and string together the perfect blend of combinations to take over any game. Take your game to new heights with new flight controls and leap off the shoulders of a teammate for the leap off dunk, or pull off the ultimate double dunk to beat your opponent and electrify the crowd.

NBA Street Homecourt is the first Xbox 360 game to support 1080p and boasts a seamless blending of animation running at 60fps. The game features the NBA's biggest stars rendered with meticulous detail, and, for the first time ever in a videogame, six WNBA stars. Go from an unknown talent to a playground legend and put your homecourt on the map by dominating courts from coast to coast. It's your turn to take on the NBA's best and walk away a hero.

A downloadable Xbox 360 demo is already available, with additional game content being created exclusively for download on Xbox Live Marketplace post-launch, including two free bonus courts.

Featuring over-the-top 3-on-3 street basketball gameplay, NBA Street Homecourt, rated "E" (Everyone), is available for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 at $59.99.

Arena Football: Road to Glory (PS2)

Arena Football: Road to Glory brings to life the excitement and experience of hard-hitting, high-scoring intensity of 50-yard goal line-to-goal line battles.

From the af2 to the AFL, including classic historical squads, more than 80 teams will be made available in Arena Football: Road to Glory and for the first time, fans can play as their favorite af2 franchise. In addition, players can take the af2 circuit by storm by winning the ArenaCup then export their players into the AFL and set their sights on an ArenaBowl championship. In Arena Football: Road to Glory, the player will have Total Offense Control. They can now pick apart defenders with their star receiver, while using the right analog stick to help the quarterback find passing lanes and avoid the rush.

Arena Football: Road to Glory is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.99 for the PS2.

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