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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2008 @ 11:35 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:

Rail Simulator (PC)

Train enthusiasts will find even more control, track options and unprecedented graphics in Rail Simulator as they take the helm of historic and contemporary trains on more than 1,000 miles of real-life routes from around the world. Developed by Kuju Entertainment, the North American version of the game features new content including U.S. trains and the famous Barstow to San Bernadino route modeled in extraordinary detail.

From the team behind the popular Microsoft Train Simulator, Rail Simulator puts players in full control of every aspect of the train's operation and even gives players a powerful track editor to create and share their own routes. Varying difficultly levels tailor the game to players of all skill levels, from Easy to Full Simulation.

Rail Simulator is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Samurai Warriors: Katana (Wii)

Using an exhilarating first-person perspective, Samurai Warriors: Katana is based on the hugely popular Samurai Warriors series and delivers total arcade-style action right into your own home. By mastering different weapons using the motion-sensitive Wii Remote, veteran and first-time players alike will discover a whole new dimension of excitement to the Samurai Warriors series of games.

On each mission, legendary samurai and allies will serve as your guide as you battle invading pirates, rescue maidens from a burning castle, and explore mysterious caverns stalked by ninjas. These and many more challenging missions require lightning reflexes, quick thinking, and precision marksmanship.

On the battlefield ninja assassins will be poised to strike at your every turn, but with close-range and long-range weapons, you’ll be well equipped for your counterattack. Combat gets up close and personal with the classic samurai sword, spear, and mighty war hammer, but you can still target enemy soldiers in the distance using a bow and arrow, a gun, and even a cannon.

“Samurai Warriors: Katana is an incredibly fun way to step into the world of the Samurai Warriors,” said Amos Ip, Senior Vice President of KOEI Corporation. “By using the motion-sensitive Wii Remote to control a variety of weapons, run past deadly traps, or even ride on horseback, this amazing first-person adventure lets players enjoy the thrill of battle whether they are new to games or battle-hardened veterans.”

Samurai Warriors: Katana offers three different modes of play. Action-packed with nearly 30 hours of game play, Musou Mode takes you on an incredible adventure through Feudal Japan. Samurai-in-training can prepare for battle with a multitude of challenges in Trial Mode. Here you’ll earn gold which can be used to purchase weapons and precious items. And in Vs. Mode, you can go head-to-head with a friend in eight exciting mini games.

Developed by KOEI’s Omega Force, Samurai Warriors: Katana is rated “T” (Teen – Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB. Samurai Warriors: Katana has three difficulty levels for players of all skill levels, and is for up to 2 players (in Vs. mode). This game features Dolby Pro Logic II audio.

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