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Thursday, May 10, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 10, 2007 @ 5:12 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:

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars (X360)

From the team at EA Los Angeles who brought you the award-winning The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II for the Xbox 360, Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars boasts an intuitive console-specific control scheme, explosive action, deep single player campaign with rich storytelling, and an immersive multiplayer experience featuring exclusive modes and support for the Xbox LIVE(1) Vision camera.

The Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Xbox 360 demo shattered the EA record last month for the most downloaded demo in its first week and was one of the most played demos on Xbox LIVE according to Microsoft. The demo features two single player missions, a training mission, one multiplayer map, and one live action trailer.

"The team is truly excited to see the response form the recent demo release and can't wait for gamers to get their hands on the entire Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars game," said Mike Glosecki, Senior Producer at EALA. "Whether you are a Command & Conquer fan, an avid RTS or Xbox 360 gamer, or someone who enjoys a great Sci-Fi universe with a deep story, you will enjoy the fast-action gameplay and watching the epic story in the game unfold."

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars features major Hollywood actors for its high-definition, live action video sequences from critically-acclaimed television series such as "LOST," "Battlestar Galactica," and "House," blockbuster films such as Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi (1980, 1983), Top Gun (1986), and Starship Troopers (1997). The unparalleled, diverse cast includes Tricia Helfer, Josh Holloway, Michael Ironside, Jennifer Morrison, Billy Dee Williams, and Grace Park.

The actor who originated the main role of the maniacal leader of the Brotherhood of Nod in the Command & Conquer series, Joe Kucan, reprises his role as Kane in the game. Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars also features real-life news reporters assuming the roles they know best--anchors and field reporters bringing the world the latest news on the third Tiberium War.

Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and 16+ by PEGI and the USK. The Xbox 360 game has a US MSRP of $59.99 and US MSRP of $49.99 for the Windows PC version available now in stores worldwide.

.hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce (PS2)

In the newest installment of the epic .hack series, players will be able to continue the story from .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth in an engaging Action-RPG exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

“.hack is a series whose mysteries grow deeper with every installment,” said Makoto Iwai, Executive Vice President and COO at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The G.U. trilogy pulls players into a twisting storyline inside ‘The World’ and challenges them to determine the nature of reality by trapping them in a game-within-the-game.”

After the massive battle with Tri-Edge at the conclusion of .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth, Haseo and friends learn they are incapable of logging out of the MMO “The World”. As the life of one of their own hangs in the balance, Haseo’s party begins a race against time to purge game servers of corrupted data.

In .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce, players will enjoy a fully upgraded battle system including new fighting styles and in-depth weapon, party, and steam bike customization. Unique to the series, a new mini card game called Crimson VS will provide players with the opportunity to collect cards, compile the ultimate deck and compete against others in Crimson VS tournaments throughout “The World”. Breathtaking cinematics reveal dramatic interweaving plot lines and gorgeous new environments that will keep players enthralled for hours. Additionally, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce will feature the entire unedited first episode of the exciting .hack//Roots anime series. Unlocked from the start, the episode’s story cleverly ties into the events of the game.

Developed by CyberConnect2, .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and carries the suggested retail price of $39.99.

Driver ' 76 (PSP)

Faithful to the brand spirit, Driver '76 is an action driving game that features Hollywood-style car chases while also letting the player experience the open environment on foot. The game thrusts the player into the heart of the 1970s, through 27 missions divided into six main plots. Players can take side jobs, earning cash that can be used to modify their rides. Driver '76 also offers an extensive multiplayer mode and a host of mini-games ranging from street races to all out carnage in Destruction Derby mode.

Features Include:

  • All-new content developed exclusively for the PSP system : Twenty-seven all-new missions created for the PSP system.
  • Prequel storyline to Driver: Parallel Lines : The year is 1976, two years before Driver: Parallel Lines.
  • Multiplayer games and downloadable content : Games include Street Racing, Destruction Derby, Pink Slip Racing and Swap Meet. Also, download new paintjobs to use on your collected vehicles in the garage.
  • Experience open environments in authentic 1970s New York : All the architecture, music, cars and clothes of the '70s. Spans New York from Jersey to Coney Island.
  • Vehicle modification system : Collect your favorite vehicles and complete side job missions to get the cash to modify your ride.
  • High-speed Hollywood racing action : High-speed car races and crashes. Go even faster by customizing your car with special parts.
  • Authentic '70s Soundtrack : Immerse yourself in the '70s with classic songs from the decade.

Developed by Sumo Digital Ltd. and Ubisoft's Reflections studio, Driver '76 is rated MATURE and has a MSRP of $39.99.

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