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Tuesday, May 1, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 1, 2007 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT

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)

Alpha Prime is a first-person shooting game with a strong storyline, and fast-paced action. It's futuristic technologies alone make it something worth looking at. If you run out of ammunition or just don't feel like wasting it you can use your RECON, a hacking device that enables you to control from a distance various devices you find on your way through the dark halls and corridors of Alpha Prime. Also, by injecting yourself with hubbardium, a psychotropic semi-poisonous substance, you develop bullet-time maneuvering which decelerates time to a sluggish pace to give you the advantage against your opponents.

And if that's not enough the real-time physics algorithms are so advanced that they will truly make you feel like you're holding the gun!

For online distribution of Alpha Prime (Eng), IDEA Games chose to use ,where you can find and download the computer games developed by members of IDEA games.

ArmA: Combat Operations (PC)

In ArmA: Combat Operations, known in Europe as ArmA: Armed Assault, players will be able to engage in the story- driven single-player campaign or take part in huge multiplayer battles with more than 50 players on one battlefield at once. Featuring a vast environment with more than 150 square miles to explore, ArmA: Combat Operations will allow players to pilot or drive more than 30 vehicles including APCs, tanks, self- propelled anti-aircraft guns, helicopters and fighter planes. The game features an extremely powerful built-in editor which allows players to create and share complex missions as well as import user-created units and maps.

"ArmA: Combat Operations is an engaging and realistic PC combat title," said Jeremiah Cohn, Product Manager, Atari, Inc. "Atari is thrilled to publish and distribute, both online and in stores, Bohemia Interactive's next game since Operation Flashpoint."

ArmA: Combat Operations will offer the ultimate realistic combat simulation experience in a modern day setting. With unique freedom of movement, actions and tactics, the game takes immersive strategic battles to a whole new level.

ArmA: Combat Operations, developed by Bohemia Interactive, for PC is available for the suggested retail price of $39.95.

Heatseeker (Wii/PS2)

With control of over 35 jet fighters and their variants, and over 18 land and sea-based missions to complete, players will be pulling off face-melting loops over and under bridges, screaming in low under the radar blanket and protecting allied fleets ­ all while facing a seemingly unbeatable amount of enemies. Teeming with more aircraft in the sky than ever before seen, Heatseeker is the ultimate blackout-inducing, close-quarters air combat game around.

Air superiority can only be achieved with the most advanced weapons, and Heatseeker has it all. Players can choose between 60 different weapons packs to take out the opposition, including everything from radar-guided missiles to rocket propelled torpedoes. And when the going gets tough, pilots can even rain down ultimate carnage upon their hapless foes with the power of nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

Heatseeker is available for the Wii PlayStation 2, with the PSP system version to follow shortly, and is rated "T" (Teen ­ Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB.

Winx Club: Join the Club (PSP)

Join the Club lets players enjoy a fun-filled storyline following the six fairy friends and a selection of fast-paced mini-games as they try to save the world from the evil Lord Darkar.

After completing their first year at the Alfea School for Fairies, the girls of the Winx Club are called in to save the world from a new threat: the powerful Lord Darkar. Aided by his three wicked witches Icy, Darcy and Stormy, Darkar has his sights set on the Codex, a powerful emblem that would grant him incredible powers. It's up to the Winx Club to put an end to Darkar's scheme and protect the Codex at all costs!

The single player story mode of Winx Club: Join the Club follows Bloom, Flora, Stella, Musa, Tecna and Layla as they take part in a series of mini-games to prevent Lord Darkar from taking possession of the Codex. From the four main areas of the Cloud Tower, Alfea, Red Fountain and Shadow Haunt, players can access a unique set of mini-games that can be played in any order. Featuring fast-paced and fun activities such as racing, casting spells, obstacle courses and skiing, each of the more than 20 mini-games features its own challenge for players to master.

After each mini-game, players will be able to return to the Alfea Dorms where they can customize their area by planting flowers, decorating their room and selecting special outfits for each member of the Winx Club. In the Dorm, players can also watch video clips from the Winx Club television series, read bios on each member and test their memory with special Winx Club trivia. Using the PSP system's local wireless capabilities, players can also enjoy mini-games and trade items with up to three other players.

Winx Club: Join the Club, rated "E" for everyone, has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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