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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:07 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:

Legendary (PS3/X360)

Take the role of master thief Charles Deckard as he battles to stay alive against the mythical creatures he unwittingly releases from Pandora’s Box.

“Putting the finishing touches on Legendary has been a rewarding experience,” says Craig Allen, CEO of Spark Unlimited. “Knowing that we’ve had complete support from Gamecock since day one has allowed us to take all of our first-person shooter knowledge and make Legendary the most action packed and intensely unique adventure it could be.”

Legendary places you in the shoes of art thief, Charles Deckard, as he becomes the unwitting pawn in a centuries old struggle over Pandora’s Box. Tricked into opening it, Deckard becomes inexorably linked to its fate and single-handedly responsible for unleashing its mythological creatures upon the modern world.

Legendary features highly detailed creature models which, combined with their complex AI, help to create a stunning environment for the game’s fast paced, non-stop action. Use any one of the game’s many weapons or just manipulate the enemies and their environments to assist you in keeping Deckard alive long enough to get out of trouble and to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Pandora’s Box. Along with the single player adventure, Legendary also features countless hours of continued excitement through its unique multiplayer mode, allowing local and online fights with your rivals.

Legendary is now available for the Xbox 360, and PS3, with the PC version to be shipping on November 18.

SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

The Baja 1000 is the grand daddy of all desert races, where man and machine are pitted against the most grueling off road conditions imaginable.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Activision to create a Baja 1000 racing game that is fun for racing game fans as well as those that are fans of the real competition,” said Sal Fish, President and CEO of Score International, the world’s leading desert racing organization. “The level of competition and the attention to detail is astounding.”

SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game lets players feel the danger of wheel-to-wheel racing action over treacherous terrain. There over 90 different vehicles across six official SCORE classes, including Trophy Trucks, motorcycles, Class Is, ATVs, dirt bikes and more. Career mode consists of stages where the player progresses down the Baja Peninsula, engaging in events like qualifiers, circuits, and endurance races. All of the vehicles are susceptible to wear and tear and will reflect damage in detail. To top it off, SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game has full online play where up to eight competitors can connect and participate in either ranked or unranked events.

“SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game definitely delivers big time for those who crave the Baja 1000 racing experience,” said Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. “This is a robust entertainment package at the right price.”

SCORE International Baja 1000: The Official Game, rated of "E 10+" for Ages 10 and up, is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii for $39.99, and for PS2 and PC for $29.99.

Pet Pals: Animal Doctor (Wii)

Pet Pals: Animal Doctor gives animal lovers and aspiring animal doctors the chance to assume the role of a veterinarian. The simulation videogame is comprised of 30 true-to-life medical cases where players treat multiple animal patients brought in for minor problems like sunburn, cuts and infections to more serious ailments like diabetes, tumors and snakebites.

Players heal over 30 animals, including a Saint Bernard, a Shetland pony, rabbits, turtles, hamsters, clown fish, and many more familiar and exotic breeds. The healing is done using an assortment of realistic medical tools that, for the first time, are available via the Wii Remote, making it seem as if players are performing actual surgeries when they are holding the controller and Nunchuk in their hands.

The situations that the players encounter are incredibly interesting yet very realistic. For example serious conditions such as, a cat having a seizure or a German Sheppard with a bone tumor; and more out of the ordinary cases like a bullfrog with a sunburn. First, the players will listen to a short introduction from the owner about the animals¹ problem and then they choose which three questions are the more relevant to ask out of five possible questions. The players then have to decide a plan of action and pick the correct tools in order, out of more than 50, to best cure their animal patient.

Gamers also get to care for pets in recovery where they are responsible for the animals' health, grooming and food. In this area they can also play with the pets and provide some much needed TLC.

The game offers three different levels of play along with mini games, including puzzles and matching games, as well as a variety of interesting animal trivia. As the game progresses, players are rewarded with job promotions, awards, and new game features as it gives the player the feeling of actually being a vet in a practice.

"Pet Pals: Animal Doctor is great for pet-lovers, not only do they get to treat animals, but the players also learn helpful facts about pet diseases," Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO, Legacy Interactive. "This is our first foree onto this platform and players will get a game that is not only fun to play, but that also takes full advantage of Wii's unique capabilities."

Available at retailers nationwide, Pet Pals: Animal Doctor is rated E 10+ and has an MSRP of $29.99.

Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals (NDS)

Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals is a breakthrough title for animal lovers and aspiring vets that will provide both children and adults with compelling educational experiences that emphasize learning through activity. In this new simulation game set in an urban zoo, players will quickly find out that being a zoo vet is an adventurous and exciting job as they do things like watch a baby flamingo take her first steps, amputate an orangutan¹s finger and they even get to stick their heads in a hippo¹s mouth! A portion of the game's proceeds will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation that provided fascinating conservation information used in the game.

In the game players assume the role of a newly employed veterinarian caring for a diverse group of animals, like gorillas, elephants, penguins, polar bears, komodo dragons and more. They will get to move around the zoo performing check-ups to treat the animals--some require treatment in their habitats, while others are transferred to the animal hospital for further care.

The game includes 30 newly written medical cases contributed by veterinarians practicing throughout the world, with two levels of difficulty. As players succeed in caring for the animals, the cases become increasingly difficult and they unlock more of the sophisticated medical tools players¹ need to progress through the levels to achieve the highest vet ranking. The game takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS capabilities allowing players to make precise incisions with the stylus during critical surgeries and also taking advantage of the dual screen capabilities, which allow users to see animal stats while they continue with their procedures.

Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals also includes six different mini-games, played on the office computer, where players interact with the animals in their natural habitats. For example, in one game you can use the microphone to blow on the animal¹s fur to check and remove their fleas, in another you can use the stylus to brush and clean the animal¹s teeth, and in another you use it to fling fish into a penguin¹s mouth. There are also jigsaw puzzles, trivia and memory games.

"We are proud to add Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals to our library of Zoo Vet titles and to be donating a portion of the sales from each game to the African Wildlife Foundation which is a worthy cause. This title is perfect for Nintendo DS and we are pleased that we chose this title as our first on the platform," stated Ariella Lehrer, President and CEO, Legacy Interactive. "Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals is easy to learn and fun for both casual gamers and animal lovers, an ideal game for the entire family."

Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals has an MSRP of $29.99 is rated E 10+ and is available at retailers nationwide.

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