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Thursday March 1, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 1, 2007 @ 6:08 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:

Jade Empire: Special Edition (PC)

Jade Empire: Special Edition is an award-winning action-RPG that delivers an incredible story-driven game play experience with stunning high-resolution graphics and controls optimized for the PC.

In the ancient, mysterious world of the Jade Empire, players choose to act as a noble hero or treacherous villain by following the path of the “Open Palm” or the “Closed Fist.” Players will face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn magical martial arts and weapons styles, and discover the darkest secrets of the world. Jade Empire: Special Edition engages users with its rich story line and optimizes the gaming experience for PC gamers with an additional difficulty level, graphical upgrades, enhanced resolution and new content exclusively for the PC. In addition, the PC version features an exclusive art book and poster.

Jade Empire: Special Edition, rated “M” for Mature, is now available for $39.99 in retail stores. Jade Empire: Special Edition is also available for purchase online and can be downloaded from major digital distribution sites including the BioWare Online Store (, Steam (, Direct2Drive ( and other online retail sites in the Macrovision/Trymedia network. The BioWare Online Store also offers the Jade Empire Fan Pack which includes the Jade Empire: Special Edition digital download, the award-winning soundtrack by famed composer Jack Wall, and a Jade Empire mouse pad.

Samurai Warriors 2 Empires7 (X360)

Samurai Warriors 2 Empires combines the most exciting aspects of Action, Fighting and Strategy games. At the start of the game Feudal Japan is divided into warring states and it is up to the player to resurrect a nation using equal amounts of strategy and strength! The game’s ultimate goal is to unite Japan’s 25 regions into a single nation under one ruler. Prior to each battle, the player will meet with their war council to discuss military and political affairs; then it’s time for combat.

Samurai Warriors 2 Empires is the first in KOEI’s successful line of “Empires” games to be set in Japan. Accordingly, the game’s deck of 90 policy cards, used to issue military commands and impose political policies, is boosted by 50 new cards inspired by Japanese history, while all-new formation cards are based on historically-authentic samurai attack formations.

Special events in the game chronicle major turning points in Japan’s history including “The Honnôji Incident” where the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga, met his demise, and “The Battle of Kawanakajima,” considered the largest and most prolonged encounter of the Warring States era.

Key product features include vicious multi-Musou attacks with up to four officers, 5 “Unification” scenarios plus 6 “Regional” scenarios, over 400 playable characters to choose from, a create your own warrior mode, as well as 2-player co-op play.

Developed by KOEI’s award-winning internal team, Omega Force, Samurai Warriors 2 Empires is rated “T” (Teen – Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence) by the ESRB. Samurai Warriors 2 Empires for Xbox 360 is compatible with 720p/1080i/1080p HDTV, and features in game Dolby Digital audio.

The Sims 2 Seasons (PC)

Whether your Sims are ice skating on a crisp winter day or jumping into leaf piles during a warm autumn afternoon, the variety of seasonal activities is guaranteed to add a fresh, new layer of fun into your Sims life. Whether your Sims are experiencing winter, spring, summer or fall, the enhanced visual experience and seasonal activities will affect the entire The Sims 2 world! From snowstorms and thundershowers to lightning bolts and more, not only will your Sims neighborhood be affected by these seasonal changes, but so will your Sims, as weather events and changes can impact your Sims relationships, moods, skills, wants and fears. Are your Sims happiest while fishing and playing Marco Polo in the summertime? Beat those wintertime blues by building snowmen, creating snow angels, and more!

In addition to the enhanced visual upgrade such as snow accumulation and new shadow effects, players can test your Sims' green thumb by planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables! Kick a cold with health boosters or meet the woman of your Sims' dreams by blending up magical love potions. Six new careers- from gamer to adventurer - await your Sims throughout the year, with each new career path offering the player its own unique reward object.

While your Sims are traversing through the various seasons of the year, make sure they're dressed appropriately for unexpected weather that can cause freezing, heat stroke, and sneezing! Prepare them for heavy sunlight, stunning lightening bolts and severe hail storms by dressing them in the season's trendiest outfits, including ear muffs, summer dresses, raincoats and more!

"The Sims 2 customers will be blown away by the amount of seasonal, outdoor activities that players can engage in all-year long. Whether your Sims are testing their gardening skills in the spring, catching butterflies in the summer, having snowball fights in winter or jumping in to leaf piles in autumn - there's always a new, fun way to stay entertained in The Sims 2 Seasons!" exclaimed Vice President and Studio Head of The Sims Division, Rod Humble. "Plus the new beautifully rendered weather effects have blanketed The Sims 2 environments with a magical new look that rivals any PC experience available today."

Features :

  • Dramatic and detailed weather effects bring a brand new visual experience to The Sims 2 universe! Snowstorms, thundershowers, lightning bolts and deadly hailstones, all spectacularly rendered to occur in both existing and new The Sims 2 neighborhoods!
  • New group activities in every season for your Sims, their family and friends! Build snowmen, splash in the pool, play catch, go ice skating, and more.
  • Harvest fruits and veggies all year round and blend love potions, energy drinks, health boosters and more.
  • Each season impacts your Sims' relationships, moods, and more!
  • Dress your Sims in seasonal outfits like winter coats, gloves, ear muffs, raincoats, summer dresses, and more.
  • Show off your Sims' green thumb! Join the Gardening Club and your Sims may be rewarded with Simoleons or a wishing well! Catch fresh Fish to grill on the barbeque--but beware unexpected catches!
  • Do your Sims yearn to be an adventurer or gamer? Perhaps they'd rather explore music, law, journalism, or education? Fun reward objects like the Heavy Metal Guitar await your Sims with each new career path.

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