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Thursday, April 23, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 23, 2009 @ 8:13 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:

Adventure: Collector's Edition Vol.1 (PC)

Countless hours of gameplay, rich, immersive stories, and brain-teasing puzzles aplenty combine to make the value-priced “Adventure: Collector’s Edition (Volume 1)” an adventure gamer and puzzle lover’s dream.

“Scratches: Director’s Cut”: Dark legends surround the old abandoned Blackwood Manor, secluded in the northern wastelands. For horror writer Michael Arthate, this cold, solitary atmosphere is fodder for his restless imagination. But Michael soon finds himself drawn into a mystery beyond even his wildest imagination. Join Michael in this suspenseful adventure, exploring beautiful and chilling environments, prowling dark corners and solving puzzles leading to the solution to a tale begun with obsession and ending with madness and murder! Rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference/Blood/Mild Language/Mild Violence.

“Penumbra: Overture”: In the role of Philip, you receive a letter from a dead man – your father. The letter insists you burn a particular book, but you study it instead. Following clues in the book, you are led to a strange metal hatch in the piercing cold of Greenland’s frozen wastelands. Below, in a maze of mines, you must use your wits to solve the secrets of the enigmatic inhabitants and unravel the mysteries of your father’s death. Rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB for Blood and Gore/Language/Violence.

“RHEM 2”: In a curious, subterranean city, explore a maze of clandestine caves, secret rooms, intricate walkways, tunnels and water systems. In this place of atmospheric ambient sounds, experience whistling winds and haunting echoes in the caves, the rush of water in underground ports, and the rhythm of machines and railway cars moving through the subterranean maze. But don’t get too carried away, as you must solve clever puzzles to find an enigmatic artifact before returning to the surface. Rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.

Got Game Entertainment’s collection of adventure game “new classics” retaild for the wallet-friendly retail price of $19.99 (USD).

101-in-1 Explosive Megamix (NDS)

101-in-1 Explosive Megamix for Nintendo DS offers an assortment of one hundred and one addictive, easy to play yet tough to master games that everyone can enjoy! Players will have hours of fun shooting hoops, playing air hockey, solving puzzles, and much, much more. Collecting gold coins by mastering each game allows players to unlock dozens of exciting new games. In addition, players are given the ability to challenge a friend to multiplayer competition through local wireless play. 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix is the ultimate bundle of endless fun at an unbeatable price!

Key Features

  • One hundred and one games on a single cartridge -- No other game for Nintendo DS offers players this much bang for buck. It averages out to less than twenty cents a game, and that's not including the fun of unlocking new challenges and the ability to play with a friend!
  • Unlock dozens of exciting new games! -- Collect gold coins by setting high scores, and then spend them to unlock dozens upon dozens of exciting new games. The more you play, the more gaming enjoyment you'll uncover!
  • Compete with friends in local wireless -- Challenge friends to head-to-head action through multi-card local wireless play.

101-in-1 Explosive Megamix, rated "E" for Everyone, is now available in North America for $19.99.

Zeno Clash (PC)

Zeno Clash is an action/fighting game set in a punk fantasy world. The game blends first person action with the up close and brutal combat made popular in third person console classics. The game's art style pushes the boundaries of the Source engine features (the same used to create Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, etc) and represents a departure from the visuals seen in any of today's games.

Zeno Clash currently available on Steam ($19.99) is also heading to retail outlets worldwide and features Steamworks integration for copy protection, player statistics and Steam Achievements.

The Chronicles of Spellborn (PC)

To celebrate the official launch, Acclaim will offer all players a free 2 week premium subscription, along with the introduction of a new credit card payment option for added convenience. With the official release, players are invited to join the fun in one of the most innovative MMORPG’s on the market featuring a unique real-time combat system that truly sets the game apart!

Acclaim now offers a new credit card payment option to easily purchase premium subscriptions online using a major credit card! With the addition of this new purchase option, players have the option of buying premium subscriptions with either a major credit card or Acclaim Coins, the universal virtual currency used for all Acclaim games. Those who purchase with Acclaim Coins can also take advantage of the special introductory discount pricing, offered for a limited time only.

To commemorate the release, a special launch promotion will be available from April 23 to May 7 offering a FREE 2 week premium subscription for all new and existing players giving everyone a chance to evaluate the game and experience the unique real-time combat system of Spellborn. New players must register between April 23 and May 7 to get the free subscription.

“We meet with the gamers every week to discuss Spellborn, they tell us the fighting system is the most amazing thing about the game. The idea being that your ‘moment-to-moment’ control during battle, mixed with your own custom skill deck gives endless possibilities. To see a smart level 5 player take down a level 15 player is something that SHOULD be possible in MMOs, and is something that really good players deserve to be able to do!”, says David Perry the USA Director for the Spellborn Project.

Once players download and install the game for free, they can choose between a PvE (Player vs Environment) server called “Dorzhan” and a PvP (Player vs Player) server called “Deiquonril” for a more intense combat experience.

In all regions, Spellborn will be a “Freemium” game, with a Free to Play zone and a required premium subscription service in order to access the full game past the Free to Play zone. The Spellborn game client is completely free to download and install from the official website. For game updates check the website http://spellborn.acclaim.com or follow the Spellborn twitter at http://twitter.com/tcos

Acclaim will provide Spellborn game service to players in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Albania, Andorra, Australia/New Zealand, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Download the game client

In The Chronicles of Spellborn players enter an impressive online game world containing scenic landscapes, majestic cities and the remnants of a shattered world. Alone or with a party of friends, PC adventurers step into a fantasy realm consisting of varied shards: habitable pieces of the destroyed world floating in the magical Deadspell Storm. Those who want to prevail in the involving combat of The Chronicles of Spellborn need to apply their mighty arsenal of skills actively with mouse and keyboard. Battles with bloodthirsty creatures, intelligent hostile factions and other human opponents in Player vs. Player battles are waiting. An innovative and tactically challenging combat system with third-person shooter-like controls and a unique rotating Skill Deck provides a breath of fresh air amidst the more traditional MMORPGs. Thanks to a largely extended Unreal Engine 2.5, The Chronicles of Spellborn boasts stunning 3D graphics, spectacular effects and countless elaborate details.

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