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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2009 @ 3:24 a.m. PST

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:

Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP)

A completely remastered Star Ocean: Second Evolution, developed exclusively for the PSP system, arrives with a revised game engine, improved battle system and fully voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 wide-screen format. Fans of the Star Ocean saga, which has shipped over 2.8 million units worldwide, can continue their adventure through the sea of stars with this latest installment.

Set 20 years after the events of Star Ocean: First Departure, Star Ocean: Second Evolution expands the Star Ocean universe, inviting players to experience the next chapter in this action-packed sci-fi RPG series.

Space Date 366: A young Federation officer finds himself transported to a mystical planet, where he is suddenly anointed as the Hero of Light. He begins a journey to fulfill a prophecy and save a newfound race. Star Ocean: Second Evolution continues the Star Ocean saga!

Key Features :

  • A classic series evolves - The action-packed RPG experience is recreated on a handheld console for the first time
  • All-new animation movies - Fully voiced animated cut scenes presented in a gorgeous 16:9 wide-screen format provided by anime powerhouse Production I.G
  • Refined battle system - Intuitive skills and combo system coupled with redesigned 3-D backgrounds provide a stimulating and action-packed battle experience
  • Private Action system - Interact and discover riveting episodes between characters with added voiced dialogues and brand-new event face graphics

Star Ocean: Second Evolution, rated T for Teen is available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $39.99 (USD).

Commander in Chief (PC)

Just like the President, players immediately face the same problems and challenges as in the real world ? the economy, controlling the military, national security and terrorism, natural disasters, alternative energy sources, and many others ? all with the persistent threat of a terrorist attack on a major U.S. city.

The game can be played alone, or, with an Internet connection up to 16 friends.

Commander in Chief is played on a detailed 3D world map on a screen similar to cable news programs - multiple windows, scrolling tickers, and on-screen video inserts. To make the geo-political simulation as close to "real world" as possible, each of the 192 countries in Commander in Chief has current data on 400 key factors provided by 50 international organizations including the United Nations, G7, NATO, NAFTA, OPEC, and many other respected sources.

The game has generated national television coverage, print coverage including The New York Times, and has been featured on political Internet sites. Media interest outside the U.S. has been extensive, reaching major publications in Europe, Australia, Singapore, and throughout Asia.

Think you can do better than President Obama on issues such as unemployment, the environment, social security, or foreign relations? Here?s your chance! Commander in Chief will be available at retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com starting on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

Commander in Chief was developed by Eversim, published by IGS (Interactive Gaming Software based in Maryland), and distributed in North America by Atari.

Wonder World Amusement Park (NDS)

Wonder World Amusement Park for DS lets players experience a complete day at the park in the palm of their hands. Using the Touch Screen, players can toss, drive, shoot, whack, fish and spin in more than 30 rides and games throughout five themed zones. By successfully completing mini-games, players will open new zones and win tickets they can redeem for prizes and accessories for their characters. In addition, gamers can unlock new play modes, games and even a secret Park Zone! Players can also challenge a friend via local wireless connection so they can enjoy a competitive carnival experience anytime, anywhere.

Wonder World Amusement Park, rated E for Everyone, is now available for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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