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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 21, 2009 @ 12:00 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:

We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

FIFA 10 (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

FIFA Soccer 10 is powered by the first-ever true 360° dribbling system and new Skilled Dribbling technology that gives players finer control of the ball and unprecedented responsiveness. It also features a new Practice Arena, Customizable Set Pieces and Virtual Pro, a mode that enables gamers to live out the fantasy of playing as a professional player by using Game Face to put themselves in the game and then embarking on a career with more than 200 accomplishments to master across all games modes. Join an Online Team Play Club & play 10v10 against hundreds of thousands of Virtual Pros from around the world in the Pro Club Championship, with the top clubs battling it out to become Regional & World Champions. FIFA Soccer 10 refines an already potent game engine, combined with authentic club and league licenses, to continue to set the benchmark as the most complete and intelligent simulation of soccer.

FIFA Soccer 10 Wii delivers action packed, non-stop soccer action. Improved shooting power for greater scoring range, new target passing for more scoring opportunities and more responsive goalies that send juicy rebounds back into play create frantic action in the attacking zone.  The new “Strike It System” on set pieces pits players against each other in a head to head challenge for a true test of nerve as each player must time the shaking of their Wii Remote perfectly in order to either score or defend free-kicks, penalties and corners. Compete and compare your performance against family and friends. Play online with a friend in 2v2 online matches and tournaments.

FIFA Soccer 10, rated“E”for Everyone, is developed by EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. on PS3, X360, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, and NDS.

MotorStorm Arctic Edge (PSP)

Developed by bigBIG Studios, the acclaimed development team renowned for its best-selling Pursuit Force series, MotorStorm Arctic Edge introduces players to the most extreme racing environment they've yet faced.

Adding to the wild and alternative style of the MotorStorm festival, new features of MotorStorm Arctic Edge for the PlayStation 2 system include rugged new tracks, two additional terrain-specific vehicles, vehicle customization options, and life-like Artificial Intelligence (AI) features. MotorStorm Arctic Edge on PlayStation 2 also offers players the opportunity to challenge friends locally, with two-player split-screen racing.

"MotorStorm Arctic Edge is a thrilling addition to the multi-million selling titles MotorStorm and MotorStorm Pacific Rift," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "The combination of treacherous terrain, unexpected avalanches and collapses, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence definitely leads to shockingly immersive gameplay for the PlayStation 2 player."

Players will be stunned by the rugged Alaskan landscape featuring narrow mountain passes, giant ice caves and slippery ice bridges showcased in 12 amazing new track designs. Stormers will need lightning-fast reflexes to negotiate the dangerous arctic conditions - sudden avalanches triggered by players sounding their horns, collapsing ice bridges, bobsleigh corners and three different racing altitudes. Mother Nature is the only enemy as other racers are the real threats, with combat-like racing that takes center stage with vehicles used as the weapons.

With dramatic forces of nature and humans colliding, MotorStorm Arctic Edge gives players more aggressive tools in their competitive arsenals. Along with the six vehicle classes from the original MotorStorm, two new snow-specific classes are introduced in MotorStorm Arctic Edge – the nimble Snowcat and the more forceful Snow Machine. Players can personalize each vehicle in the livery by updating with a selection of wheels, exhaust, spoilers and sponsorship stickers. Also, to further simulate realistic game play, cutting-edge AI analyzes the race and surroundings and reacts to situations in real time, locating the best routes and changing the level of aggression based on cumulative player actions.

Featuring a compilation of 20 licensed tracks from top artists and more, the MotorStorm Arctic Edge in-game soundtrack heightens the game's icy off-road pandemonium, motivating players to blast through packed snow and obliterate the competition.

MotorStorm Arctic Edge is rated "T" for Teen.

Elven Legacy: Ranger (PC)

Delve back into the sacred kingdoms with Elven Legacy: Ranger as our hero, Cornelius, is sent on a top secret mission by the Grand Master of the Order of Marcus to prepare their return to the continent from exile. The most skilled of the rangers, Cornelius is tasked with finding the perfect site for their imminent landing.

With the shadows as his ally, and his blade as his deadly accomplice, Cornelius must utilize all his skills and elusiveness in order to stay one step ahead of his enemies, and in return strike fear into their hearts as he brings death to their doorstep!

Key Features:

  • 16 new campaign missions
  • Two new main heroes; the ranger Cornelius and Captain Lutius
  • Brand new artifacts and spells
  • New tactical skills for the main hero, including the ability to modify his attack before he strikes

Elven Legacy: Ranger requires the original game Elven Legacy, which is now available at 50% off for a limited time with the purchase of Ranger at most digital download portals. Elven Legacy: Ranger is exclusively available for digital download at all major digital download portals for a suggested retail price of €9.99 and $9.99.

Littlest Pet Shop (Wii/NDS)

Made for girls 6-10, Littlest Pet Shop Friends gameplay centers around party preparations as girls and their pets get ready to throw the biggest Littlest Pet Shop celebration of the year.

"EA has a dedicated team focused on creating quality games for girls and these new Littlest Pet Shop experiences are designed to appeal to that group by keeping their likes and playing habits top-of-mind," said Chip Lange, General Manager of EA's Hasbro Division. "Littlest Pet Shop Friends is about celebrating what's important to little girls, like their best friend and fun parties, and because of this, we think these games will be at the top of every girls' holiday wish list."

Littlest Pet Shop Friends for the Wii features co-op play so girls can share the fun alongside their real-life best friends. Girls begin their adventureby choosing from 16 new and adorable pets packed with personality such as a Great Dane, Peacock, Beaver, and the Messy Cat. Girls then put their distinctive mark on pets through extensive customization options, such as a multitude of combinations for customizable accessories, or by creating their own exclusive designs. With pets styled and ready to go, exciting adventures, activities around party preparations and gameplay unfold in a variety of environments including the Beach, Country, and City where players guide their pets through an array of Littlest Pet Shop-style fun. Framed by a rich storyline and high-quality in-game cinematics, girls embark on a journey filled with activities such as delivering party invitations and serving up cake and ice cream, to completing more than a dozen special tasks on their way to arriving at the big celebration.

For the NDS player, EA has released three new versions --Littlest Pet Shop City Friends, Littlest Pet Shop Beach Friends, andLittlest Pet Shop Country Friends. Each game includes a unique storyline and six exclusive pets such as a Collie, Ladybug and Tiger, as well as a pet best friend who helps players complete a variety of activities and games on their way to the gala event where a special mystery guest awaits their arrival. The pets also have their own house where girls can send party items such as gifts, baked goods, and decorations. Additionally, customization options include a vast assortment of accessories, including the ability to design your own. Plus, enhanced Wi-Fi multiplayer gameplay allows girls to expand the Littlest Pet Shop Friends experience to include their best friends.

"EA has delivered yet another strong slate of video games for girls based on Hasbro's powerhouse Littlest Pet Shop brand," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Gaming at Hasbro. "Littlest Pet Shop Friends enables girls to further expand their growing pet collections into new environments filled with exciting adventure and gameplay."

Littlest Pet Shop Friends for the Wii is priced at $39.99, while Littlest Pet Shop Friends for the NDS each carry $29.99 price. All games are rated "E" for Everyone.

Smugglers IV (PC)

Smugglers IV - Doomsday is a fun and challenging turn-based space-trading game where you take command of an advanced space ship amidst a galaxy torn by war and crime!  With your ship and skilled crew you can choose to be a greedy trader, ambitious bounty hunter, ruthless pirate, or one of the other professions in your quest for riches, fame, and power! 

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Smugglers IV is a great game that really pulled us in with ‘just one more turn’ gameplay.  The galaxy is a sandbox for your alter-ego and it’s really up to you how far you rise or how fast you fall (and whether you stay within the law or go completely outside it).  The backstory and ongoing events add to the immersion, but the high replayability and fun gameplay are what kept us coming back and ultimately made up our minds that we needed to bring this title to our customers.”

Through trading, fulfilling missions, or pirating, you can earn the money and skills necessary to buy new ships and upgrade your equipment. As success brings larger ships, missions, and enemies, you'll have to manage a crew, board & plunder enemy ships, and even conquer star systems. You can move up in rank with the factions you align with and gain special abilities and powers as you become more experienced.

Smugglers IV offers addicting open-ended gameplay where the opportunities for victory are virtually limitless – make your choices wisely, however, as your actions will ultimately have an impact on a galactic scale!

Game Features

  • Acquire up to 60 different abilities and choose between 6 different professions (trader, combat trader, mercenary, bounty hunter, smuggler, and pirate).
  • 24 star systems with over 75 planets. Visit your favorite planets or discover some new systems. Beautifully crafted planet art.
  • Four different factions with completely different ship textures, uniforms and medals (depending on your success you can pin rank signs, ribbons and medals on your proud chest).
  • Completely new spaceships ranging from small fighters and corvettes up to large freighters and battleships.
  • Crew combat featuring battle droids, EMP weapons and commando attacks. You can board and capture enemy ships.
  • The ships have special equipment and abilities that makes every spaceship unique.
  • Turn-based space combat system including different abilities such as cloaking, recharging shields, boarding enemy ships, etc.
  • Advanced trade systems (Realistic supply-and-demand based pricing for those who love to trade)
  • Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war and how you do that is now displayed even better.
  • Unique text engine providing different storylines of the war and mission descriptions (e.g. 10,000 different war declarations possible). Maybe this is the first time this has been successfully accomplished in a computer game.
  • New music and SFX created by Nathan Madsen.
  • Special locations spawning on the map (like hidden treasures, spy ships, VIP traders, alien artifacts...).
  • Smuggling and pirating are lucrative and meaningful with hideouts and aging of criminal flags.
  • Become Admiral and get command over a fleet of ships (in some missions).
  • Attack large space stations and conquer whole star systems!
  • Special end-game content: 7 new missions only available for battleships!
  • No waiting! In many space trading games it takes you ages to go from X to Y. In Smugglers different star systems are just a mouse-click away!
  • And much, much more...
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