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Tuesday, June 3, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 3, 2008 @ 5:57 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:

The Bourne Conspiracy (PS3/X360)

The game allows players to become Bourne -- experiencing the action as both the hunter and hunted, playing as both trained assassin and marked government agent on the run. The Jason Bourne experience features the signature Bourne-style action delivering gamers a seamless blend of hand-to-hand combat, gunplay, dramatic escapes and stunt-heavy driving.

Through collaboration on story and character development with Bourne screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and a close partnership with Ludlum Entertainment, The Bourne Conspiracy video game is an intense interactive addition to the blockbuster films and best-selling novels. Original missions from Bourne's past, mixed with memorable moments from the film The Bourne Identity, send players on an action-packed journey to uncover the conspiracy shrouding his origins. Players become Bourne, the perfect human weapon, using his characteristic capabilities to recognize threats, perform devastating takedown moves and use his surrounding environment to overcome deadly situations. Rounding out the heart-pounding, hunter-prey action is the game's escape and evade scenarios, where players experience Bourne's distinct death-defying escapes including the adrenaline-pumping high speed pursuit through Paris in a MINI COOPER.

"For the first time ever, fans of the movies, novels or anyone familiar with the relentless action synonymous with Jason Bourne, have the chance to become Bourne," said Pascal Brochier, president, Global Retail for Vivendi Games. "The Bourne Conspiracy allows gamers to take the reigns of a thirty million dollar assassin gone awry and live out the adventure like never before."

Developed by Sierra Entertainment's High Moon Studios, The Bourne Conspiracy video game, introduces a combat system based on the fight choreography of Jeff Imada, the renowned fight stunt coordinator who defined Bourne-style combat in the films. Framing the entire experience is a relentless pace of action and an in-game camera system that captures the cinematography techniques that established the memorable visual style of the films.

The game also delivers a powerful original soundtrack by world renowned DJ, remixer and producer Paul Oakenfold, with the theme song "Falling" featuring the vocals of Atlantic recording artist Cee-Lo Green.

The Bourne Conspiracy is now available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 (PSP)

Developed by Clap Hanz, in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Santa Monica Studio, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 delivers another exceptional golf experience onto PSP, comprised of the franchise's signature over-the-top graphics and intuitive gameplay. In addition to bringing the charm and wit of the multi-million unit-selling Hot Shots Golf franchise, the game doubles the amount of wacky characters, detailed courses, and items available since the original Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee on PSP.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 also offers a wide range of multiplayer modes including 16-player online tournaments and Ad Hoc capability for one-on-one or Stroke Mode challenges.

"The Hot Shots Golf franchise is a winning tradition with the PlayStation brand and we are continuing to implement innovative and intuitive features to deliver the most fun-filled golf experience on the market," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "With gorgeous graphics, extensive online functionality, and variety of fun gameplay modes and courses, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 brilliantly showcases the capabilities of PSP and offers a game that is a must-have for any gamer or golfer."

For the first time in Hot Shots Golf franchise history, online play has been expanded to facilitate competition between regions worldwide, allowing gamers to challenge other Hot Shots golfers across the globe via Wi-Fi multiplayer. In Wi-Fi, players can go head-to-head in Match Play, create custom rooms, and generate tournaments of up to 16 players. For those seeking a specific game set up, players can also search for friends and tournaments based on select criteria. Additionally, Ad Hoc is available to allow gamers to pick a course, select the number of holes, and tee-off locally with up to seven others. In single player, golfers can engage in Stroke Play mode, offering traditional golf on any available course, as well as Challenge Mode, which gives players the opportunity to compete in a regular season of tournaments and the ability to unlock various characters and items throughout the game. The Multiplayer modes also fully support the Loyalty system and hidden items, allowing players more access to strengthen their favorite characters. To improve individual skills, players can access a Training mode to perfect every drive, pitch, and putt, enhancing their character's shot- making prowess and overall accuracy with the Hole-in-One mini-game.

Players will have the opportunity to golf on 12 breathtaking courses across a variety of worldly environments such as tropical islands, vast desert plains, snow-capped mountains, and oceanfront spaces. Character customization includes over 350 options to personalize characters with a variety of items including clothing, hairstyles, clubs, accessories, and more. With up to 20 different playable characters, golfers can utilize special combinations of clothing and accessories to provide a unique boost to character attributes as well as overall fashion and style. Successfully conquering challenges within the game will allow players to further upgrade equipment, allowing for more accurate shots, longer drives, and impeccable putting control.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 an "E" for "Everyone."

Kung Fu Panda (NDS/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

In order to become the Dragon Warrior and defeat the ultimate enemy, Tai Lung, players engage in kung fu moves and master the unique fighting style of unlikely hero Po the Panda and experience the legendary moves of Shifu, Po's Teacher, and the Furious Five - Monkey, Tigress, Viper, Mantis and Crane.

"Kung Fu Panda gives kids the chance to experience first hand their favorite movie moments, as well as new levels and hilarious situations created specifically for the game," said Kim Salzer, vice president of Global Brand Management, Activision Publishing. "The humor, lovable characters and non-stop action will deliver hours of fun that they can enjoy on their own or with parents and friends."

Kung Fu Panda offers a distinct and exciting gameplay experience as players develop acrobatic kung fu combo attacks to defeat a number of villainous enemies, including the Great Gorilla, the Wu Sisters and the dark-hearted Tai Lung. Gamers will work to overcome dangerous obstacles and solve challenging puzzles as they navigate through diverse environments spanning air, water and land. By mastering the art of kung fu, players will utilize and upgrade the unique fighting skills of their favorite movie characters, unlocking new moves as well as a host of multiplayer characters and games. Additionally, players can team up or battle head-to-head in arena, puzzle or casual games, making the Kung Fu Panda video game an epic experience gamers of all ages will enjoy.

The Kung Fu Panda video game is now available for the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 for a suggested retail price of $49.99, the PS2 for the suggested retail price of $39.99, Nintendo DS(TM) for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and PC for a suggested retail price of $19.99. The console and PC versions are rated "E10+" (Fantasy Violence, Mild Language) and the DS version is rated "E10+" (Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (NDS/PSP/Wii/PS2/PS3/X360/PC)

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes the fun and creative construction of LEGO and combines it with the wits, daring and non-stop action from the original cinematic adventures that enthralled audiences everywhere (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the original adventures, LEGO Indiana Jones follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Fans can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite cinematic moments, from Indy's entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

Of course, pop culture's most iconic archeologist will whip through all the classic moments with the help of a host of supporting characters including Marion Ravenwood and Short Round. Players can also mix and match the body parts of more than 60 playable characters to create new heroes just as they could in the best-selling LEGO Star Wars games.

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and older and is available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP, PlayStation 2and Windows.

Ninja Gaiden II (X360)

"Ninja Gaiden II" features a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for Xbox 360, by legendary video game developer Tomonobu Itagaki and Team NINJA.

In "Ninja Gaiden II," gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with peril. "Ninja Gaiden II" features a new auto-health regeneration system, levels, adventures, enemies and thrilling combat, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise. The newly added Ninja Cinema feature will allow gamers to record Ryu's combat exploits as movie clips on their Xbox 360. The best "Ninja Gaiden II" players in the world will be able to upload their clips to Xbox LIVE for everyone to download and view, making Ninja Cinema a great way to accelerate the growth of the "Ninja Gaiden II" player community around the globe.

Fans are encouraged to participate in the "Ninja Gaiden II, Weekend of Vengeance" from June 13-15. There will be an Achieve & Win sweepstakes where one lucky fan will win a "Ninja Gaiden II" Custom Elite Xbox 360 Console and a "Ninja Gaiden II" Swiss Army Victorinox console/laptop bag. Other prizes include 1600 Microsoft Point Cards, Xbox 360 120GB hard drives, 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscriptions, "Ninja Gaiden II" T-shirts and much more. Gold members must register and then play "Ninja Gaiden II" during the June 13-15 Vengeance Weekend. Also that weekend, to help celebrate ninjas, Gold members can watch free classic ninja movies, including "Ninja Hunter," "A Life of Ninja" and "Ninja in the Deadly Trap." Finally, all seven hilarious Ask A Ninja episodes and the hour-long documentary "Way of the Warrior: Ninja Gaiden II" will also be available as free downloads to all Xbox LIVE subscribers, Silver and Gold. For more information, visit

"Ninja Gaiden II" will have an estimated retail price of $59.99 and is rated "M" for Mature.

Race Driver: GRID (PS3/X360/PC)

GRID is an all-new race experience, taking players on a world tour of intricately designed racetracks and courses through Europe, the US and Japan. In addition to the exciting, ready-to-race gameplay that gamers have come to expect from Codemasters' racing titles, GRID incorporates only the most powerful racecars ever created - new and classic, circuit and drift. GRID features the most detailed and destructible range of courses ever included in a Codemasters title, challenging gamers with a wide variety of racing styles - from official circuit challenges and drifting events to road races and urban street competitions around the globe.

"Codemasters has a rich history of producing AAA racing games," said Dave Miller, Vice President of Marketing. "By putting the 'racing' back into the racing genre, we've reignited what makes people love these games."

Gamers can test drive the game by playing the GRID demo available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace, PlayStation Network and at for the Games For Windows demo.

GRID is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB.

USA Today Crossword Challenge (NDS)

Choose from one of 600 puzzles to solve with a host of helpful features. Handwriting recognition, a full keyboard, hints, a timer, and more make "USA Today Crossword Challenge" the perfect game for puzzle fans of all ages!


  • Authentic USA Today Puzzles: Tackle 600 crosswords – 300 in English and another 300 unique puzzles in Spanish! All are written by USA Today puzzle constructors and conform to standard American crossword rules. Each puzzle features a 15 by 15 grid, full question sheet, and optional hints.
  • Multiple Input Options: "USA Today Crossword Challenge" features both handwriting recognition and a full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Additional Features: Try to beat your best solving time with the in-game timer, get a hint when you're stuck, write your answer in pencil if you have doubts, or pen if you're confident!

"USA Today Crossword Challenge" is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

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