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Friday, September 19, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2008 @ 3:27 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:

Igor The Game (NDS/Wii/PC)

Igor The Game brings all of the elements of the film into the living room, and is now available on NDS, Wii and PC.

A hilarious twist on the classic monster movie, Igor tells the story of one Igor who’s sick of being a lowly lab assistant with a Yes Masters’ degree and dreams of becoming a scientist. When his cruel master kicks the bucket a week before the annual Evil Science Fair, Igor finally gets his chance.

Featuring the voice talents of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, James Lipton, Molly Shannon and Christian Slater, Igor is the must-see family comedy of the fall.

In the PC and Wii versions of the game, players choose one of four main characters - Igor, Eva, Scamper or Brain - and play through an adventure on their own or, on Wii, cooperatively with four people. Many of the challenges, locations and enemies in the game will be instantly recognizable for fans of the feature film.

The NDS version emphasizes a puzzle style gameplay where players perform movement combinations and fight enemies using the unique control methods. The Nintendo DS version also features a monster creation feature, and players can use their custom built monstrosities to take on puzzles or fight against the creations of other mad scientists.

“Igor is a wonderful film that has translated into a fun game for the whole family,” said Ariella Lehrer, President of Legacy Interactive. “Everyone has done a tremendous job creating a game that captures the essence of the film while also being a great pick up and play interactive experience.”

Igor The Game is now available in North America for NDS, WII and PC.

Battle Fantasia (Xbox 360)

Developed by Arc System Works, creators of the highly popular Guilty Gear series, Battle Fantasia utilizes RPG-stylish elements and blends them with high level gameplay. Players will also be able to pick between 12 beautifully illustrated characters by Emiko Iwasaki, and battle it out in front of gorgeous high-definition 3D environments.

"Battle Fantasia is a fighting game that appeals to both the casual and hardcore gamer alike,” said Frank “Bo” deWindt II, Project Lead, Aksys Games. “And by being able to compete across the globe on Xbox LIVE, the fun will never end!”

There was once a time when the world was engulfed in darkness. Mankind fought six battles to save their world, but lost every single one. All hope was lost for humanity and many turned to god with prayers. But one day the darkness was finally driven back by the swords of four heroes.

Light returned to the world, and with it came peace and serenity. The world was then divided into two major countries: The Magic Kingdom and the Steam Empire. The people prospered like never before…

But in recent months, strange things have begun to happen. Rumors spread among the people that the darkness was returning...

However, fate has once again brought together warriors from all over the world. Some fight in the relentless pursuit of justice. Some fight due to their conviction and faith.

As the battle looms near, an epic new tale of new heroes begins to unfold...

Key Features:

  • Gorgeous Cel-shaded Graphics: Experience Battle Fantasia's amazing art and graphics as you play through the game!
  • Exclusive Console Story Mode: Play through each character's main scenario in "Story Mode", or discover hidden sub-scenarios to truly immerse yourself in the universe of Battle Fantasia!
  • Exciting Online Play: Fight against opponents from far and wide or view your overall online rankings via Xbox LIVE
  • Feel the Burn of "Heat Up" and the Sting of "GACHI": Master the Battle Fantasia exclusive battle mechanics of "Heat Up" mode, "GACHI Match", and "GACHI Drive" to keep your opponents on their toes!
  • Find Every Unlockable!: With over 80 unlockable illustrations in "Gallery Mode" and various Xbox 360 Achievements, you'll find yourself playing for hours on end!

Battle Fantasia has been rated “T” for Teens by the ESRB.

La Tale (PC)

In addition to being OGPlanet's first 2D, side-scrolling MMORPG, La Tale is also unique in that it is the first game that OGPlanet is launching to a worldwide audience. Unlike OGPlanet's other, North American-based games, La Tale will be available to players in every country that does not currently have their own version of the game.

"La Tale is a perfect addition to our portfolio of multiplayer games and a great first step into the international market," said Ross Park, the producer of La Tale. "The depth of the La Tale world, with its diverse environments, charming characters and engaging gameplay, will please OGPlanet fans old and new."

La Tale's whimsical art style and detailed 2D worlds bring a lighthearted touch to the MMORPG genre, and have won it a large following in Asia. Simple gameplay and intuitive quests make La Tale accessible for players of all ages, while the immersive storyline with a variety of characters, enemies, and challenges keep the game intriguing.

Like all of OGPlanet's massively multiplayer games, La Tale is completely free to play, with optional micro-transaction items purchasable in the OGPlanet shop.

Ford Racing Off Road (PC)

In Ford Racing Off Road players will find themselves on tough terrain, racing a convoy of Ford and Land Rover off-road vehicles across 24 detailed tracks sure to push vehicles and players to the extreme.

“The introduction of the well-known Land Rover brand paired with the move of the franchise from urban streets and familiar tracks to an off-road environment will take racing fans to an all-new level of excitement,” said Karim Farghaly, vice president of sales, Empire Interactive. “Players will be put to the test to see if they have what it takes to race through the rugged terrain and environments packed into Ford Racing Off Road.”

Ford Racing Off Road has a plethora of new and exclusive features that test players’ high-speed driving skills. The fastest Ford racing title to date challenges players to find hidden routes to gain an advantage and beat out opponents as they power slide rugged 4x4s through three off-road environments – desert, water, and ice. Racers can power-up on their way to victory with repair pods, time extensions, artifacts, and cash as they speed through 12 race modes – Standard Race, Elimination, Time Attack, Overtake, Slalom, Checkpoint, Checkpoint Sprint, Seconds Out, Gold Rush, Gauntlet, Low Damage Race, and Expedition.

Ford Racing Off Road, rated “T” for Teen, retails for $19.99.

 

Birth of America II: Wars in America 1750-1815 (PC)

Birth of America II: Wars in America 1750-1815, the sequel to the successful strategy PC game Birth of America, is available to buy in stores today. Developed by strategy specialists AGEOD, this new historically accurate battle strategy game from Ascaron allows players to experience wars in North America between the years of 1750 and 1815.

Spanning a period of 65 years, the game enables players to re-enact many significant battles that influenced North American history. Battle strategy fans can re-live the cleverly thought out tactics of Dunmore's War (1773-1774), experience the Indian–British allegiance of The Battle of Fallen Timbers (1791-1794) and ensure all cities are successfully conquered in The Battle of New Orleans (1815).

The game features the opportunity to command each campaign from a US, British or North American Indian perspective, taking on the roles of famous historical characters such as Chief Cornstalk, Blue Jacket, Lord Dunmore, General Anthony Wayne and General Pakenham.

Birth of America II uses a combination of turn based strategic gameplay and tactical moves to destroy the opponent’s armies and conquer certain cities. Based on true historical battles and authentic characters and units, players can truly experience important historical American events.

Improved AI and a new turn based strategy system truly enhance gameplay, whilst extensive maps that cover America and Europe create a highly realistic and authentic battle strategy experience. Players can truly immerse themselves in the experience of commanding infamous American battles.

Birth of America II for PC is on sale now in the UK.

Loco Mogul (PC)

ApeZone's Loco Mogul is a train strategy game, for the casual PC digital download market.

The game lets you play a seasoned railroader turned entrepreneur, as you try to build your own circa 1850s railroad empire.

Loco Mogul has three distinct phases of play:

  • There's the Minesweeper-like search for hidden towns, mines, and other businesses in a territory.
  • There's the building phase, where players build a functional railroad, complete with train stations, junctions, bridges, and mountain tunnels.
  • Finally, there's the click-management phase, where players run their trains and try to maximize profits by delivering rail cars to their destinations in time.

At each step, players must ensure that they have enough cash to continue expanding.

"Most games involving trains are either hardcore financial simulations or train games in theme only." says Andrew Ewanchyna, the game's creator. "Loco Mogul tries to bridge the gap, providing a thoughtful, relaxing experience for the train enthusiast in all of us."

Loco Mogul can be ordered from the game's product page.

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