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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 10, 2007 @ 5:16 p.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:

Project Sylpheed (X360)

Developed by Game Arts, developers of the original “Silpheed,” and SETA Corporation, “Project Sylpheed” revitalizes the franchise from a side-scrolling arcade classic into a next-generation, intergalactic 3-D dogfight.

Gamers play as main character Katana Faraway in the immersive story line of “Project Sylpheed,” as they attempt to save the Terra Central Government (TCG) from the brink of chaos, against the evil ADAN alliance. “Project Sylpheed” features almost an hour of beautifully orchestrated cinematic cut-scenes between extreme battles where enemies can number in the thousands. Fully customizable starships and intense space combat provide gamers with the experience of triumphing over insurmountable odds, against swarms of enemies and battleships hundreds of times the size of their starfighters.

Eager intergalactic aerial pilots have the opportunity to hone their skills on the “Project Sylpheed” demo, which is available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The demo includes an entire mission with an expanded weapons arsenal as players will experience the frenetic space combat available in “Project Sylpheed,” in addition to a full tutorial level and in-game introduction trailer to familiarize them with the challenges ahead in the beautiful and expansive final game.

“Project Sylpheed” is rated “T” for Teen and will be available at retailers in North America at the estimated retail price of $39.99.

Smash Court Tennis 3 (PSP)

Smash Court Tennis 3 offers video game athletes the opportunity to go head-to-head against the best tennis players in the world, including the 2007 French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin.

Featuring 16 true-to-life professional tennis players, Smash Court Tennis 3 serves up seven exciting modes to keep players in top Pro Tour shape. Acquiring new skills and customizing characters should keep veteran gamers challenged while unique mini-games like Bomb Tennis and Pac-Man Tennis offers a variety of fun for experts and neophytes alike. For the serious tennis aficionado, face off against friends in versus mode, mini-games, and more with only one UMD.

Smash Court Tennis 3 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and retails for $29.99.

Sword of the New World: Granado Espada (PC)

“With its unique and compelling gameplay that caters to both the seasoned and novice MMORPG player, Sword of the New World fits into K2 Network’s unique vision of Gamers First”, said Grantley Day, Vice President of Product Development at K2 Network. “Sword of the New World is destined to become top of many players wish list in 2007.”

Sword of the New World: Granado Espada is an Age of Exploration fantasy MMORPG that is the first of its kind to include Multi Character Control. With a full spectrum of features including character customization, large-scale maps and breathtaking graphics, Sword of the New World has the ability to capture anyone’s heart. Taking place in the Age of Exploration when European colonists’ forayed into the new world, this detailed game is full of mystery and danger while players go on a hunt for treasure, adventure, and most importantly, fame.

Sword of the New World: Granado Espada is free to download at www.swordofthenewworld.com. Players have the following packages to choose from:

The official download partner for Sword of the New World: Granado Espada, CD Networks, offers a premium package with a one-time fee of $19.99 and includes a fast download of the client, an exclusive UPC character, 10,000 VIS (in-game currency) and the first month subscription fee included ($8.95 a month thereafter). This package also includes full game access, trading and auction support with no level cap. Players who already have the client downloaded and installed can also purchase this package without having to re-install the client.

Players who want the basic monthly subscription package can purchase it for an $8.95 monthly fee.

This package includes full game access, trading and auction support with no level cap and the ability to purchase in-game items.

Players can download and play Sword of the New World: Granado Espada for free and play up to level 20. Players can continue playing for free indefinitely; however, will not gain experience points past level 20.

To download any of the packages, visit www.swordofthenewworld.com.

Riviera: The Promised Land (PSP)

Utilizing the capacity of the UMD, Riviera: The Promised Land features fully voiced events in both Japanese and English, higher resolution artwork, and a remixed soundtrack, immersing players into the world of Riviera as never before. With its newly added features, the critically acclaimed Riviera: The Promised Land, now on the PSP system, delivers the wonder and excitement of the RPG classic in a fully remastered experience!

Long ago, a war between gods and demons – Ragnarok - erupted, and the world was thrown into a state of chaos. Asgard, the realm of the gods, was overrun by demons and pushed to the brink of destruction. In desperation, the gods sacrificed their lives to create fierce warriors known as Grim Angels. Each wielding a godly weapon known as a "Diviner," these angels quickly brought the war to an end and locked the warring parties away.

With the impending return of the demons to a land unable to withstand them, the Seven Magi made the fateful decision to actuate the Retribution, a cataclysmic event which will destroy both Riviera and the demons. To execute the plan, the Seven Magi have again called upon the power of the Grim Angels, born anew for the first time since Ragnarok. Now, two angels shall descend to the sacred soil of Riviera, unaware of the darkness that will fall upon the land should they succeed...

Key Features

  • Exquisite hand-drawn graphics with over 100 character expressions and event scenes!
  • Over 30 hours of intense RPG gameplay with multiple endings! Explore an all-new dungeon and episode!
  • Discover the hidden secrets of Riviera - unlock rare items and secret paths!
  • Unique item system that allows items to function differently depending on which characters equip them!
  • All dialogue is fully voiced and available in two languages – Japanese and English!

Riviera: The Promised Land has been rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB for Mild Fantasy Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, and Use of Drugs.

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