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Thursday, September 4, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 4, 2008 @ 9:55 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:

NFL Head Coach 09 (PS3/X360)

NFL Head Coach 09 is an entirely redesigned game that offers a complete NFL coaching experience. With deep strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach’s seat by allowing users to comprehensively scout the opponent, build custom playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of an NFL franchise. The authenticity and depth of NFL Head Coach 09 is unrivaled; yet, its reinvented design will allow users to navigate through the game with ease.

For the ultimate sports strategy enthusiast, the game offers several features that create an authentic head coaching experience. One of the game’s most innovative and popular features is the ability to create custom plays and seamlessly import them into Madden NFL 09. Because a coach’s playbook is fundamental to a team’s success, in NFL Head Coach 09, gamers can build their own customized playbook with “Play Creator”. Play options are endless, as gamers have the ability to create customized plays step-by-step. A gamer’s personal playbook will automatically be available in his or her profile when he or she loads Madden NFL 09. Customized plays can even be shared with other users online*.

During the in-game live events, the heat is on as users negotiate contracts and make crucial choices about free agents and trades. Gamers will be under pressure as the seconds tick away on the live clock while they attempt to execute on decisions that they believe are in the best interest of their franchise.

The in-game NFL Draft feature creates an authentic rendition of the NFL’s biggest off-season event. As the head coach, users have the opportunity to draft their next superstar, trade up or down and receive draft pick suggestions from their coaching staff. Gamers will have access to an extensive amount of information that will aid in his or her attempt to reach the ultimate goal of creating a dream franchise.

NFL Head Coach 09 will be the first-ever EA SPORTS game fully available via digital download on a console at launch. The download will be exclusively available on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $49.99 beginning on September 4th. The downloadable game contains all the same features as the traditional packaged version.

NFL Head Coach 09 is available at retailers for the PS3 and Xbox 360 with an MSRP of $49.99.

Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet (PC)

Award-winning author James Patterson’s best-selling detective series transforms into a gripping interactive seek-and-find murder mystery adventure experience for the PC and Mac. The game features characters from the Women’s Murder Club novels and an all-new storyline. Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet includes an exclusive novella, Women’s Murder Club: Fallen Flowers, allowing players to delve deeper into the game’s storyline, plus a ten-chapter sneak peek of Patterson’s next Women’s Murder Club novel, 8th Confession, prior to its April 2009 debut. Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is now available at retailers nationwide.

“James Patterson has sold more than 150 million books worldwide and, with the inclusion of the exclusive novella and sneak peak, the retail version of Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is a must have for his fans everywhere, “ said Don Ryan, Chief Operating Officer, Oberon Media, I-play’s parent company. “This launch is a perfect example of I-play’s dedication to bringing our partners’ brands to life by creating first-rate interactive experiences and providing the broadest distribution possible.”

Adds Wim Stocks, President of Elephant Entertainment and Corporate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for THQ: “The collaborative efforts of Patterson, I-Play and Elephant Entertainment have resulted in a phenomenal interactive experience that will thrill casual game players as well as excite Patterson’s millions of fans.”

Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet involves a young girl found dead near the Golden Gate Bridge and the ladies of San Francisco’s famed Women’s Murder Club need help to solve the case!

Users take on the challenge of being the lead detective, medical examiner or investigative reporter and seek-and-find their way to exposing the truth and the killer.

Elephant Entertainment's Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet, rated ‘T’ for Teen, is available for the PC and Mac at the suggested retail price of $29.99.

futureU (PC)

futureU, the first game released under Aspyr and Kaplan's partnership, represents a new medium for supplemental SAT prep, adapting test preparation material into a collection of fun interactive games.

futureU consists of six distinctive innovative mini-games that are divided into three main categories - Math, Reading and Writing. Designed as a complement to traditional SAT study methods, the game is grounded in Kaplan curriculum and features hundreds of questions and track-able player progress. In addition, players can engage in a section called "Test Skills" that teach the vital test-taking and time management skills necessary for taking the big exam.

futureU incorporates a wealth of in-game content that challenges and sharpens skills including:

  • Reading: Focuses on refining players' reading skills, vocabulary, main idea identification, themes and arguments, technique, and recognizing word meanings based on context.
  • Writing: Concentrates on improving players' writing skills by covering topics such as passive voice, run-on sentences, misplaced modifiers, parallelism, conjunctions, fragments, coordination and subordination, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, tenses, adverbs and adjectives, gerunds, idioms, wrong words, and double negatives.
  • Math: Enable players to practice critical math areas such as algebra, geometry, data, statistics, probability, polynomials, and sequences.

futureU for the PC and Mac is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and available for an SRP of $39.99.

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