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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 29, 2008 @ 3:13 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:

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice (PSP)

The pulse-pounding driving adventure franchise increases the thrills with new multiplayer capabilities, more than 50 criminal cases across multiple gameplay modes, 30 weapon types and 12 different vehicle types. Developed by Bigbig Studios, Ltd., this second installment in the Pursuit Force franchise brings even more over-the-top Hollywood-blockbuster-style action to the small screen.

"Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is exactly the kind of game that PSP owners want," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "It offers incredible value in terms of re-playability, is a perfect pick-up-and-play experience in both single-player or multiplayer mode, and most importantly is extraordinarily entertaining."

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice will have players taking the role of a commander, the highest ranking operational officer, and partnering with four other new playable characters, all of whom are responsible for tracking down and bringing to justice five hardcore street gangs that are out of control in Capital City. It is up to the player to, literally, drive them out of town. To rid the city of gang crime, players must engage in high-speed action to traverse land, air and sea. Players can also leap between motorbikes, cars and trucks in the pursuit of justice.

Featuring more than 50 criminal cases set among seven distinct environments, players will have access to 12 different vehicle types which include hovercrafts and outrageous vehicles that are each unique and specifically designed for epic boss encounter missions. Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice also offers an expanded weapons arsenal to assist players.

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice will launch with more than 20 hours of diverse gameplay, with the future availability of downloadable content packs for players to continue to extend their enjoyment of the game. In addition, increasing the already impressive re-playability of the title, the game will also introduce multiplayer capabilities to the franchise with up to four players in Ad Hoc mode.

Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice is rated "T" for "Teen".

Bomberman Land (PSP/Wii) & Bomberman Land Touch! 2 (NDS)

Bomberman Land brings an exciting single player campaign element to the Bomberman property while holding true to the multiplayer mode that has made it so popular in the past. The series introduces a multitude of attractions, many of which can be played in multiplayer mode. Both the PSP system and Wii feature 50 attractions. While the Wii version is full of interactive games that use intuitive Wii Remote controls, all of the PSP's attractions can be played and shared in multiplayer. The Nintendo DS version features more than 40 types of attractions that either use the stylus or the microphone to play. In addition, the Bomberman Land series contains a robust single-player Story Mode, where adventurers explore a fantasy land, take on quests and solve puzzles to restore the peace and tranquility of the beleaguered Bomberman world.

The biggest feature on each platform is the classic multiplayer Bomberman experience that gamers know and love. The PSP and NDS allow up to four players to compete globally. While both versions offer shared multiplay, the Nintendo DS title allows eight people to play locally. The Wii version, on the other hand, features six "Battle Modes": Normal, Points, Stars, Crown, All-Out and a Wii exclusive mode designed specifically for the Wii Remote. Each "Battle Mode" includes 20 maps, making it the game to have for the ultimate party.

"As one of the most recognizable video game franchises in the industry, the Bomberman series has always been known for its fun and addictive gameplay, and these three new installments are no exception," said John Greiner President and CEO of Hudson Entertainment. Packed with fun attractions, a compelling single-player mode and a competitive multiplayer experience, these new games will keep players coming back for more."

Published by Hudson and distributed in North America by Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., all three versions are now available for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.

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