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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 12, 2008 @ 9:24 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:

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest (PC)

repare yourself for this third installment of the classic Seven Kingdoms franchise, a series known for innovative gameplay, distinguishing it from competing RTS titles. Delivering all the standout features of the previous games, Seven Kingdoms: Conquest adds new features and new strategies in 3D format. “Seven Kingdoms is well known to RTS players across the board,” Brian Gladman, Senior Product Manager at DreamCatcher Games said. “The previous two titles have received terrific scores from top gaming publications and positive player feedback, we expect nothing less from Conquest.”

Game Features:

  • 7 Human civilizations to choose from, each one containing 3 different nations
  • 7 Demon races to choose from, each with unique units and buildings
  • A Campaign spanning 4,000 years, playable as either Humans or Demons
  • A full Skirmish mode, where players can set up battles between various combinations of Humans and Demons
  • Many different unit special abilities, including the features unique to previous Seven Kingdom games such as Diplomacy and Espionage
  • Automated resource gathering with unique resources for Humans and Demons
  • A troop promotion system where individual warriors can eventually rise to be kings and demon lords
  • Elemental forces that can be unleashed upon the world by demons and Magic that can be used by all sides
  • Multiplayer support for up to 8 players via Internet and LAN
  • Cutting-edge 3D engine and full orchestral-quality soundtrack

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest, rated T for Teen, is developed by Enlight Studios and will sell for an SRP of $39.99USD.

Insecticide (NDS)

Insecticide features stylish film noir visuals paired with an engaging plot that is unmatched by any game in its genre. The highly anticipated action adventure game challenges players to think like a bug (detective) and solve an epic mystery in a world where insects have evolved as the dominant race on the planet.

In Insecticide, play as female heroin Chrys Lyszt, a hard-headed, 6 legged rookie detective thirsty for a big case. Chrys gets her wish granted when the CEO of the city’s most lucrative soft drink company, Nectarola, is almost killed in a mysterious accident. But as Chrys delves deeper into the case she realizes that things are not what they appear. Get drawn into the fascinating and deadly world of Troi, where hopes are lost and joy is forgotten.

“Insecticide seeks to make a statement with its imaginative storyline”, said Rick Stults, Console Chief at Gamecock. “The game combines the finesse of a quality detective game and the high-velocity of an action game to deliver a silky smooth solve-and-shoot adventure.”

The gameplay is divided equally between Action and Detective (Adventure) levels. In the detective levels Chrys will pry through files and infiltrate areas to uncover any evidence crucial to her case, gaining access to new areas as well as meeting reliable sources for tips. In action levels Chrys hunts down any leads, including dangerous criminals that might bring her one step closer to exposing the truth behind the murder at Nectarola. Using insect-inspired weaponry such as the “Pollenizer” and the “Amberizer,” Chrys has an arsenal of creative weapons to squash bad bugs with.

“Insecticide is a game that throws conventions out the window,” said Michael E. Levine, Chief Nut-job at Crackpot Entertainment. “Players will be sucked into the storyline and really want to make it to the end of this game. The combination of the old school adventure elements and the fast paced action sets up an interactive story that appeals to all gamers.”

Insecticide is available now for Nintendo DS for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated Everyone 10+. The first episode of the “Bi-sodic” PC version of Insecticide will be available soon.

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