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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 5:05 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:

Art of Murder: FBI Confidential (PC)

Designed by the creators of the popular PC adventure games Schizm, Art of Murder: FBI Confidential offers players a dark and intriguing storyline enhanced by stunning 3D graphics and realistic sound effects.

In Art of Murder: FBI Confidential players become rookie FBI agent Nicole Bonnet who must solve puzzles and combine facts to solve the mystery behind a series of macabre ritual murders that are targeting wealthy New York citizens.

"In the past, point and click games have been slow paced with poor graphics -- we believe that Art of Murder changes everything about this game format," said Mark S. Rudolph, Marketing & Operations Manager, City Interactive. "With realistic graphics and fast-paced gameplay, Art of Murder is designed in a way that will invite players to indulge themselves in the mystery."

Features:

  • A dark and intriguing storyline full of unexpected plot twists, unique characters, interesting dialogue, and well-designed puzzles.
  • An atmosphere packed with tension, resulting from a combination of an exceptional storyline with beautiful visuals, original music, and realistic sound effects.
  • Nearly 20 in-game characters, 100 puzzles, 15 main locations (200 pre-rendered images in total), and 5,000 dialogue lines.
  • Amazingly detailed and varied pre-rendered images, enhanced with background animations. The graphics were designed by some of the best graphic artists and the art directors in Poland.
  • Three-dimensional characters, which move in a natural way, and cast realistic shadows.
  • High-quality video cut-scenes.

Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island (PC)

Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island features nine exciting game levels that allow the player to experience rousing action as they try to save the region of Guiana after a terrorist group gains control of an experimental nuclear reactor.

Harnessing the JupiterEX engine, the next-gen engine creating astonishing graphics and intense special effects, Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island offers players heart-pounding first-person shooter action, as well as a dramatic storyline.

"The JupiterEx engine allows players to have a more realistic gaming experience. Combined with our suspense-creating soundtrack, players will immediately feel immersed in the experience," said Mark S. Rudolph, Marketing & Operations Manager, City Interactive. "Shooter fans will not be disappointed as they accept the challenge to test their military gaming skills in this intense new game -- and at a competitive price point of $19.99, Code of Honor 2 offers a great game for the money."

Features:

  • Nine different missions filled with a dramatic storyline – as a member of the Foreign Legion, players must fight to regain command of a nuclear reactor after a rebel army assumes control
  • Players must travel through rugged terrain including a labyrinth of caves, a 19th century prison, research facilities and more to stop the enemy and obtain the nuclear reactor
  • The modified JupiterEX Engine delivers dazing graphics that immerses the player in a realistic world of stunning detail, dynamic
  • lighting and breathtaking effects; the engine also provides outstanding AI
  • Special effects new to the series include a covert firing system that allows the player to "blind fire" from behind walls or low obstacles; a new "bullet penetration" special effect, allowing the player to shoot enemies taking cover behind thin walls or barriers; and weapon modification features so the player can modify his main firearm for maximum results (sniper mode to assault mode at any time during the game)
  • Two totally different endings to extend gameplay

One of the first titles the Polish-based company will release in the North American markets, Code of Honor 2 is competitively priced at $19.99, offering gamers a great game and a great value.

MLB Power Pros 2008 (PS2/Wii)

With its comedic visual appeal of miniature Major League Baseball player models, MLB Power Pros 2008 has attracted a dedicated following through its easy-to-use controls and addictively fun gameplay experience. Now with over ten different exciting game modes including the traditional Practice, Exhibition, League and Home Run Challenge, MLB Power Pros 2008 brings fans closer to the action than ever before.

"We're proud to deliver another exciting baseball title for our dedicated fans to enjoy in an accessible and refreshing experience," said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development, 2K. "With miniature player models, pick-up-and-play controls and newly added features, MLB Power Pros 2008 provides pure entertainment and fun for all ages this season."

MLB Power Pros 2008 offers fans the unique opportunity to act as general manager and control the destiny of their own franchise in Season mode or engage in entertaining role-playing story modes such as Success and MLB Life. Gamers can also trade, sign free agents, coordinate practice schedules, purchase new equipment, call up and send down players from the Minor Leagues, along with other management options to bring in fans, win playoff games and, eventually, earn the title of World Series champion.

Fans will also enjoy easy, pick-up-and-play hitting and pitching controls, support of 40-man rosters, change of ball speed, adjustment of defensive shifts, and a real-time bullpen check functionality for substituting pitchers. Along with intuitive Wii functionality, MLB Power Pros 2008 provides the option for players to import their Wii-based characters, Miis, from their Wii or Wii Remote (up to 10 Miis) to participate in the exciting fun!

MLB Power Pros 2008, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, is now available for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2, and will be available in August for the Nintendo DS.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (NDS/PS2/Wii)

Developed by Eurocom Studios for Wii and PS2, and by A2M for NDS, the video game mirrors the fast-paced action and adventure found in the latest chapter in the hit Mummy series.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor game was created through a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.

In The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, a third-person action-adventure video game, players will take on the heroic roles of Rick O'Connell and his son, Alex (played by Brendan Fraser and Luke Ford, respectively, in the film). Gamers will follow the explorers on their harrowing journey -- across exotic locations from the catacombs of ancient China to spectacular Himalayan peaks -- to defeat the vicious Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his reawakened terracotta servants.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor allows players to switch seamlessly between gunplay and hand-to-hand melee attacks. It also features a fast and fluid combat system and an extensive arsenal of weaponry that can be used to vanquish the many bone-chilling enemies players will face during their journey. Fans of the film will fight their way through the Mummy universe by utilizing combat, puzzle-solving and hieroglyphic decoding gameplay elements throughout.

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor video game is inspired by the re-invention of one of the most successful and recognized film franchises to date," said Al Simone, senior vice president, global marketing, Sierra Entertainment. "This intense adventure captures the humor and fast-paced action of the film and extends the cinematic action to the small screen."

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, rated T for Teen, is available on the Wii ($49.99), PS2 ($39.99) and NDS ($29.99).

Soulcalibur IV (PS3/X360)

In Soulcalibur IV the origins of the ongoing saga are set to be revealed as new and familiar faces from all around the galaxy seek the rival swords for their own goals. Special fighters enter the fray to add a new layer of challenge and mystery, including legendary Star Wars characters Darth Vader for the PlayStation 3 system version of the title; Jedi Master Yoda for the Xbox 360; and Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice from LucasArts' hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, who will make an appearance on both platforms.

Continuing the franchise's legacy of delivering a rich gaming experience and robust features, Soulcalibur IV has been retooled from the ground up to provide a true next generation experience. Now the wages of battle are shown as protective armor can be broken off and visible lacerations of clothing can be seen with the inclusion of the equipment destruction feature. Adding depth to the unrivalled combat system, players can unleash Critical Finish moves to defeat opponents in one stunning blow. An improved dynamic character creation mode allows players to customize their favorite fighter or create an original warrior with nearly infinite possibilities. Not only can players change their character's costumes, but also adjust the build and voice to suit their tastes.

Also for the first time in the series' history, fighting enthusiasts can compete online against opponents from around the world. Choose fan-favorite Soulcalibur warriors or bring a customized character into online matches for global domination.

Soulcalibur IV is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and carries a suggested MSRP of $59.99. A limited Premium Edition with exclusive content will be available for $79.99.

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