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Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 25, 2008 @ 6:03 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:

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (PC)

The expansion pack to last year's real-time strategy game Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath introduces a new, hand-crafted campaign spanning two decades of Tiberium lore, six sub-factions and game-changing epic units to the Command & Conquer universe. And gamers who purchase Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath or the Command & Conquer 3 Limited Collection will also receive an exclusive key to the Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 beta starting this summer.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath's 13-mission single player campaign focuses on the rebirth of the Brotherhood of Nod after the Second Tiberium War through the dramatic events of the Third Tiberium War and beyond. The story is told through over 30 minutes of high-definition, full-motion videos starring Natasha Henstridge (Species, Eli Stone), Carl Lumbly (Alias) and Joe Kucan as Kane. The campaign introduces six-all new sub-factions that add a wealth of new toys and powers to the armies of the Tiberium universe's three clashing superpowers, the Global Defense Initiative, Brotherhood of Nod and the Scrin, giving them nine sides to choose from in multiplayer. Players will also get an added bonus feature in the new Global Conquest Mode, which allows commanders to create their own campaigns for world domination with an infinitely replayable strategic layer added to the frenzied, tactical combat they know and love.

"The success of Tiberium Wars showed us that despite a five year hiatus, the fast, fluid and fun gameplay, deep storyline and live-action cinematics that make up the DNA of Command & Conquer still resonate with gamers," said Jim Vessella, Kane's Wrath producer. "With Kane's Wrath we wanted to take the fiction further by tackling the stories our fans have been asking us to explore. This gave us a great opportunity to introduce new sub-factions and units that complement those stories while adding depth and variety to our core gameplay experience."

The Xbox 360 version of Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath will be released this summer, debuting a revolutionary new CommandStick interface that takes RTS console controls to a whole new level of simplicity and usability. The standalone title also features 50 multiplayer maps and the Xbox 360 exclusive "Kane's Challenge", a single-player mode that pits the player against a terrifying gauntlet of sub-faction opponents.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath has been rated "T" by the ESRB and "16+" by PEGI and the USK.

Dark Sector (PS3/X360)

Developed by acclaimed developer Digital Extremes, co-creators behind Epic Games' award-winning Unreal franchise, Dark Sector is an all-new and original action-thriller that immerses players in a dark, gritty experience packed with heart-pounding action, incredible superpowers and stunning environments that offer unprecedented high-defintion graphics.

"The time has come at last to raise the pulse rates of game players everywhere," said Yoji Takenaka, executive vice president and chief operating officer, D3PA. "Dark Sector is a game about evolution, and we are confident gamers are going to be very happy to see exactly what that means as D3Publisher and Digital Extremes evolve the next-generation experience with a brand new game engine and superhuman abilities unlike anything before."

Utilizing the Evolution Engine, proprietary next-gen technology developed by Digital Extremes, Dark Sector is designed exclusively for next-generation gaming. The game thrusts players into the role of Hayden Tenno, an elite black-ops agent sent on a dangerous mission into a decaying Eastern European city that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered by an infection that has granted him inhuman abilities; now he must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero.

Gamers around the globe can expect to find Dark Sector on store shelves in nearly every territory over the next few weeks.

Dark Sector, rated M for Mature, is available for the suggested retail price of $59.95.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 (PS2)

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 perfects the art of anime fighting games with a host of "firsts" for the series along with more than 40 playable characters, 20 stages and brand new jutsu to bring opponents to their knees. Players will be able to re-live the character defining battles of story arc one in Hero's History mode and customize their characters with Ultimate Jutsu. Dominate the battlefield by turning into a powerful ninja of unprecedented size or summon giant creatures as allies in the new Summoning mode. An all-new original story will have players exploring a massive 3D rendered Hidden Leaf Village, participating in battle royale matches and competing in more than 55 unique missions. Furthermore, Naruto fans throughout North America will be able to experience the game in both English and original Japanese voice over.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and carries a suggested MSRP of $39.99.

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (NDS)

Players will fight enemy ninjas and battle various fiends while taking on the role of Master Ninja Ryu Hayabusa and will uncover all the mysteries of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword's brand new storyline. The portable experience promises to deliver the same excitement as its console counterpart.

"Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword takes action gaming on the DS to a whole new level," says Yoh Watanabe, Marketing Manager. "Both fans of the series and newcomers can look forward to an action-packed gameplay experience as they master their ninja skills and moves using the stylus."

Six months have passed since the Dark Dragon Blade Incident, the abominable attack on Hayabusa's village. Just when calm had finally started to slowly settle over the nearly annihilated village, the story's heroine Momiji is set upon and abducted by the Black Spider Clan, lead by the sorceress, Obaba. What exactly are their motives in carrying out such a dastardly deed? In order to rescue the kidnapped Momiji, Ryu Hayabusa commits himself to new battles…

The player maneuvers the main characters Ryu and Momiji to fight against the Black Spider Clan and the demons that lurk behind them. The story is organized into chapters, and as you solve the riddles posed at every turn you get closer to the core of the story. What awaits Ryu Hayabusa at the end of his heroic battles?

Features:

  • Innovative DS Stylus Functionality: Master your weapon – the DS stylus. Smoothly maneuver (slide, tap, up/down) and fight through levels with the intuitive operation of the stylus.
  • Hold the DS Like a Book: Hold the DS with one hand like a book to assist in the operation of the stylus which allows players to view a wider range of scenes, including battle areas, maps and beautifully illustrated comic-book style cut scenes.
  • Cast Ninpo, Ninja Magic, by Symbol Input: Using the DS stylus, draw various symbols to quickly execute numerous types of Ninpo.
  • Visually Stunning Graphics and Scenery: Experience a full-scale action game showcasing dynamic camera work and an artful blend of detailed 2D and 3D environments with 3D characters.

To celebrate the launch of Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, the Nintendo World Store and Tecmo will be hosting an in-store event tomorrow, March 26th from 2 ~ 6 p.m. Participating guests will have a chance to test their ninja-stylus skills as they demo the game and Team NINJA's director/producer Yosuke Hayashi will make an appearance for photo opportunities and to sign autographs. Information on the store can be found at www.nintendoworldstore.com.

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword, rated "T" for Teen, carries a suggested retail price of US $34.99.

Obscure: The Aftermath (Wii/PS2/PC)

Obscure: The Aftermath, chronicles the survivors from Leafmore High, now enrolled at Fallcreek University where the unsuspecting student body has a new addiction – strange black flowers that have suddenly sprung up all over campus. As the students begin experimenting with the substance they realize there is more to these flowers, turning their bad trips into a horrible reality.

Obscure: The Aftermath is a chilling game with creepy imagery – dimly lit hallways, dripping blood, and demonic monsters. It also has an all-new 2-player cooperative action option, and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack performed by the Boston String Quartet and the Paris Opera Children's Choir.

"Obscure: The Aftermath is an amazing title that's heavily inspired by teen slasher movies. With an onslaught of gruesome images, mind-bending puzzles and an all-new 2-player co-op gameplay mode, this game is not to be missed," said Ajay Chadha, president of Ignition Entertainment USA. "At this price point you can't go wrong with adding this frightening tale to your game library. Watch the short film to see where the lines between the game and reality blur – it gives you a great introduction to the game's storyline while sending a chill up your spine!"

Obscure: The Aftermath is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB.

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific (PC)

Developed by Ubisoft Romania, the add-on will allow players to prowl the Pacific Theater during WWII as the captain of a German submarine. U-Boat Missions offers players a variety of new features and content including an entirely fresh and innovative strategic element, new playable submarines, an improved navigation map, improved upgrade system, and more.

Key Features:

  • German Campaign in the Indian Ocean: The new campaign spans from July 1943 until end of war, in May 1945. Players will operate from such far-off Japanese naval bases as Penang, Singapore, Jakarta and Surabaya.
  • Strategic Warfare: As the player rises in rank and experience he gains access to new strategic resources, such as recon aircraft that track down enemy shipping and even battle groups that can help wipe out superior enemy forces.
  • New Playable Submarines: Take to the seas in the long-range Type IX-D2 U-boat and the revolutionary Walther propulsion type XVIII U-boat. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of these boats and how you can overcome even elite, late-war Allied destroyers with high-speed hit-and-run attacks.
  • Heroes: Based on actual historical figures, new crewmembers add a number of special abilities that can change the fate of battle and save the ship when the time is right, as well as adding historical color to the game.

A free mission is also available for download from Fileplanet.com. The mission, Tokyo Express, is a race against the clock to intercept a Japanese supply convoy on its way to the Solomon Islands.

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific takes players to the depths of the Pacific Ocean as the skipper of a WWII American submarine. Immersed in this intense environment with the help of amazing graphics and sound, players will engage in massive battles with enemy units, manage and evolve an entire submarine crew, and earn promotions and commendations to ensure victory in the Pacific.

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific U-Boat Missions, rated "T" for Teen, is available for direct download from Ubi.com and Direct2Drive for an MSRP of $9.95.

Viking: Battle For Asgard (PS3/X360)

Developed by The Creative Assembly, Viking: Battle for Asgard is a new and horrific twist on Norse mythology that allows players to feel the power of a true Viking hero. Viking: Battle For Asgard thrusts players into a mythological world overrun with demonic warriors unleashed by Hel, the Norse goddess of the underworld. As Skarin, a rage-fueled Viking hero, players will wage all-out war to free mankind from the grip of evil and ultimate annihilation. Players can command dragons and wield fire, ice, and lightning, laying waste to enemies in either small skirmishes or epic battles featuring hundreds of warriors. Enemies will suffer graphic dismemberment with disturbing realism from an array of Skarin's melee, range, and magic attacks. Upgradable combat skills and Skarin's otherworldly abilities create an ever-changing landscape of epic violence and heroic victory.

Viking: Battle for Asgard for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and will retail for $59.95.

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