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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 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:

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

Chaotic: Shadow Warriors (NDS/Wii/PS3/X360)

Chaotic: Shadow Warriors is, based on the popular trading card game and animated television series Chaotic, is a thrilling and highly addictive blend of exploratory action, role playing and turn-based strategic gameplay.

In Chaotic: Shadow Warriors players take on the role of Tom, the lead character from the animated series, and explore the vast world of Perim, scouring the lush environments for powerful Mugic™ (magic) spells, Battlegear and new Creatures to collect. The single player story, created by the TV show’s writers, lets players engage in intense and dramatic battles while watching their favorite characters come to life. Seasoned players can take it to the next level and face opponents locally or online through Xbox Live online entertainment network and the PlayStation Network.

Chaotic: Shadow Warriors is a new level of competition for Chaotic fans and a lot of fun for gamers open to something new,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing.  “The unusually compelling gameplay and richly imagined world is truly dramatic.”

Chaotic: Shadow Warriorsis available now for $39.99 (3200 Microsoft Points) for Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, and $29.99 for NDS.

NCAA Basketball 10 (PS3/X360)

NCAA Basketball 10 unearths the core of college basketball with an all-new strategic motion offensive system, innovative broadcast presentation, and the excitement, emotion, and pageantry that makes the college game unique.

NCAA Basketball 10 introduces full integration of CBS Sports and ESPN broadcast elements, allowing gamers to choose their broadcast presentation for every game. Users can mimic real-life broadcasts of NCAA basketball by choosing ESPN presentation for regular season games, and CBS Sports presentation for its exclusive broadcast of ‘March Madness’. Everything that fans see and hear on TV when watching college basketball will be mirrored in NCAA Basketball 10, including graphic packages, highlight reels, and authentic college basketball announcers. Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery, two CBS Sports announcers that are synonymous with college basketball, have joined ESPN’s Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler, and Erin Andrews on the EA SPORTS team of broadcasters, bringing an added element of excitement to the game.

NCAA Basketball 10, licensed by The Collegiate Licensing Company, increases the strategy behind team styles of play by introducing eight authentic motion offenses. The addition of a new offensive system allows users to play true to the college game by maximizing ball movement, utilizing every player on the court, and executing team-specific plays, designed to exploit an opponent’s weaknesses. With the touch of a button users will be able to run plays fluidly and successfully.

NCAA Basketball 10 has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.

Officers: The Matrix Edition (PC)

Officers: The Matrix Edition puts you in command of the Allied forces in the largest conflict of our time. Take control of the US and British armies in order to strike back and defeat the Axis menace on the Western front of Europe. With over 1500 units on maps up to 10 square miles, Officers is the first WWII real time strategy game to let you fight on a truly massive scale. Historical battles like Operation Overlord, Millennium, and Cobra will put your tactical skills to the test using combined forces from infantry and engineers to tanks, artillery and bombers.  Recommended for all gamers, the fun historical gameplay of Officers – The Matrix Edition will bring a smile to new strategy gamers and veteran wargamers alike.

Gamers can now enjoy an enhanced Officers experience with a game The Wargamer acclaims as “massive real time strategy action and huge battles.” The various improvements and changes to the game that are only available with The Matrix Edition include:

  • Better campaign difficulty balance especially on “Easy” and “Normal”
  • An improved and expanded manual
  • Improvements to unit pathfinding for both friendly and enemy AI
  • Many map tweaks and changes which fix problems with units drowning themselves when ordered to cross a river or other body of water
  • A number of additional bug and stability fixes

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Our enhanced release of Officers lets you experience the true scale of World War II with tons of units and massive maps.  There’s a huge amount of gameplay here and the historical setting makes for a great strategy game and an enjoyable experience.  Watching battles of this scale unfold with fantastic graphics and an intuitive interface makes for a unique, and fun, experience.”

Blazing speed and blunt force will only secure victory if you extend your supply lines and capture enemy weaponry and warehouses. Take the high ground and use terrain to your advantage with fully realistic physics and ballistics – only sound tactical maneuver will keep your men alive!

Features include:

  • Lead the Allied forces across gigantic battlegrounds up to 10 square miles
  • Control over 50 authentic infantry, armor, artillery and aircraft units
  • Experience the most massive battles of World War II with up to 1500 units at once
  • Use real tactics with terrain and combined forces with authentic vehicle and infantry characteristics
  • Destroy nearly anything, anywhere with advanced physics and a fully interactive environment
  • Keep your supply lines guarded and capture enemy resources and weapons

Elven Legacy: Ranger (PC)

Several months have passed since the events of Elven Legacy: Ranger. Outcast elves, living under the leadership of the elven Lord Saggitel, have once more acted provocatively and dared to cross into the realm of man. Yet, the human armies await. Inciting the wrath of the fearsome knight of the Holy Inquisition, along with the agent of New Tixus, the ranger Cornelius, Saggitel is now the target of retribution. How far can Saggitel run before he is caught up to?

Stand in battle with a fierce army behind you and withstand mighty sieges in your quest for survival and victory. The ancient impregnable fortresses of the dwarves, the enchanted cities of the elves, and the historic capital cities of Eolia, all set the stage for historic battles that will forever be remembered.

Key Features:

  • 19 new campaign missions 
  • The outcome of mission quests will directly impact subsequent missions 
  • Two different armies and three new heroes 
  • Bonus mission (becomes available after Gold ranked victories)

Elven Legacy: Siege requires the original game, Elven Legacy, and is exclusively available for digital download at all major digital download portals for a suggested retail price of $9.99 and €9.99.

Discovery Kids: Spider Quest (NDS)

The latest adventure in the Discovery Kids line of video games puts venomous, eight-legged creatures from around the globe into gamers' pockets, opening them up to a world of exploration and exciting adventures.

In Spider Quest, players are encouraged to collect dangerous species from their natural habitats around the world. To capture species or help them escape from danger, players can complete missions and play a wide variety of fun mini games in a lush 3D jungle! Players can choose from six different environments to preserve, protect and feed the species they capture on their jungle adventures. The creepy critters can even be given special treats.

"Spider Quest is a perfect extension of the successful Discovery Kids line of Nintendo DS games for this holiday season," said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games. "It's great fun for the kids and a great value for families."

Spider Quest follows the release of Discover Kids pet titles Dolphin Discovery, Puppy Playtime, Kitten Corner, Pony Paradise and Parrot Pals, which launched earlier this year. Each title allows players to own, care for and train their pets, while also unlocking new items and taking part in fun mini-games.

Discovery Kids: Spider Quest, rated E for Everyone, is now available at retail outlets for $19.99.

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