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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Judy on July 31, 2008 @ 11:34 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:

American McGee's Grimm (PC)

The newest GameTap Original title, American McGee's Grimm, consists of 24 individual standalone game episodes, each of which is based on a classic fairy tale such as Little Red Riding Hood or Beauty and the Beast.

"We are excited to announce the launch of American McGee's Grimm, our newest episodic title," said Ricardo Sanchez, vice president of content and creative director for GameTap. "Working with American and the Spicy Horse team to bring this game to fans has been a great experience and we know this twisted adventure through classic fairy tales will appeal to a wide audience of game enthusiasts."

The game's main character, Grimm, is a crude dwarf who believes that the lessons offered in the original tellings of famous fairy tales have been lost over time, as the stories have been watered down with talking woodland creatures and Happily Ever After endings for all of the characters – whether they deserve it or not. As Grimm, players transform these toothless interpretations of the tales into dark and twisted versions of the story.

"The opportunity to work with GameTap to develop truly unique content in this new episodic format has been a dream come true," said American McGee, creative director and founder of Spicy Horse Games. "Grimm is a fairy tale adventure that incorporates innovative, mainstream play mechanics with classic elements such as platforming, power-ups, easter-eggs, and more. Grimm offers something for the cranky dwarf in all of us."

The new series debuts today on GameTap with the first episode "A Boy Learns What Fear Is," which is free to play on the game service. The remaining episodes will be free to play for the first 24 hours exclusively on GameTap, and will also available for digital purchase in GameTap.com's online store for $3.99 an episode.

The first Volume of American McGee's Grimm will consist of eight standalone episodes, which will be released weekly as follows:

  • July 31: A Boy Learns What Fear Is
  • August 7: Little Red Riding Hood
  • August 14: The Fisherman and His Wife
  • August 21: Puss In Boots
  • August 28: The Girl Without Hands
  • September 4: Godfather Death
  • September 11: The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs
  • September 18: Beauty and the Beast

Spectral Force 3 (X360)

Magic Era: 996. The ten kingdoms of the land, seizing the opportunity provided by Overlord Janus's death, are attempting to unify the continent under their own banners. This is the beginning of the Great Neverland War. In order to bolster their defenses, kingdoms have begun hiring mercenary units. As new members of the Norius Mercenaries, you and your friend Diaz are eager to prove yourselves. When the squad’s commander Judo is mortally wounded in battle, the mantle of leadership is entrusted to you, and so the adventure begins…

Key Features:

  • The long-running strategy RPG series enters the next generation of gaming!
  • Over 50 hours of gameplay spanning more than 150 challenging missions!
  • Up to 40 different characters to recruit into your party, each with their own unique individual attacks!
  • Craft Your Items – collect and assemble different components to form new accessories!

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