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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 16, 2009 @ 4:35 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:

Class of Heroes (PSP)

Class of Heroes is a first-person dungeon crawler for PSP that has been known to give players euphoric, uncontrollable flashbacks to the era of old-school CRPGs, and an homage to the genre classics, brings expansive character and party customization options and deep, involved dungeon crawling to PSP system owners.

"Atlus has long demonstrated its dedication to the full spectrum of role-playing gaming, and Class of Heroes continues that tradition, following in the path of other recent first-person dungeon crawlers like Etrian Odyssey and The Dark Spire," stated Aram Jabbari, manager of PR and Sales. "PSP system owners have waited a while for this kind of old-school CRPG experience; that wait is over."

Long ago, without reason or explanation, the mysterious labyrinths came to be, and the world was changed forever. In a constant state of flux, they sprawl across the world like a web, connecting towns and villages, mountains, lakes, and deserts. Many adventurers delved into these labyrinths dreaming of riches, and those fortunate enough to return did so with amazing stories and unimaginable treasures. It was only natural that the children of the world began to look upon these heroes with unconditional admiration, eager to follow in their footsteps. And so, academies for adventurers were born.

Particus Academy may not be the first such school, but we certainly endeavor to be the best! Here at Particus, we strive to equip young men and women with the tools they'll need to become full-fledged adventurers. Bravery, spellcraft, swordplay, 101 ways to avoid dying a horrible death... These and many other lessons and skills await prospective students! We hope your studies here are as enriching and productive as you've dreamed they would be.

Key Features

  • Over 500 character possibilities -- 10 races, 2 genders, 3 alignments, and 15 majors add up to incredible opportunity to customize your party! Change majors for further customization at higher levels.
  • 80 hours of classic dungeon crawling -- This is as classic as dungeon crawling gets in an ever-changing 3-D labyrinth containing more than 75 maps full of puzzles, traps, and treasure. Battle hundreds of monster types and uncover over 1300 item types.
  • Flexible alchemy system -- Offering more than 400 recipes, this system allows you to synthesize new items from random components found in the labyrinths, as well as customize your weapons' attributes, range, and strength.

Class of Heroes, rated T for Teen, is now available in North America for $39.99.

Flower, Sun, and Rain (NDS)

Flower, Sun, and Rain is the finest resort on earth. With its endless beaches, tropical forest, monolithic lighthouse and other hidden gems, Lospass Island, where the Flower, Sun, and Rain resort is located, is an island delight where even the most tense visitor can relax and forget all about time. On the island, the events of the same day seem to play out over and over again, ending in an explosive finale at the hands of terrorists.

With the help of your trusty partner and mechanical companion, "Catherine," you can crack codes and unlock challenging puzzles to discover the mystery behind the time loop on Lospass Island. Catherine offers the main character, Sumio Mondo, basic functions to uncover clues that can be used to tackle all of the mysteries the island holds. Utilize Sumio's partner to reference previous findings and clues, take notes, check items, or even save your progress. In the event Sumio is near an object that will benefit his current case, the "Jack-In" icon will appear, revealing Catherine's true power ... And so the adventure begins!

The Flower, Sun, and Rain story and universe were created by infamous, award-winning game designer, Suda51, and is rated "T" for "Teen" by the ESRB. The game carries a suggested MSRP of $29.99.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (NDS/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)

Working closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and acclaimed development studios Terminal Reality and RedFly, Atari brings this completely all-new chapter of the blockbuster Ghostbusters saga to advanced gaming platforms coinciding with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the film's original theatrical release. Ghostbusters: The Video Game, based on the smash hit motion picture franchise, is penned by original Ghostbusters writers and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and reunites many of the original cast members. In addition, the game also launches today along with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's worldwide debut of the original motional picture on Blu-ray Disc.

In addition to Aykroyd and Ramis, original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson, and new love interest, Alyssa Milano, lend their voices and in-game likenesses to the original story set two years after Ghostbusters 2, with Manhattan once again overrun by ghosts and supernatural forces. The player joins up as a new recruit with the original team, testing a variety of unique equipment and gadgets, to track, wrangle and trap a wide range of awe-inspiring phantasms in an all-new, funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

Featuring the unique blend of humor and fright that established Ghostbusters as a pop culture sensation, this new chapter of the blockbuster franchise is available at retailers across North America for the Xbox 360 ($59.99), PC ($29.99), PS3 ($59.99), PS2 ($19.99), Wii ($39.99) and NDS ($29.99).

Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits (NDS)

Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits features a varied selection of today's hottest bands and some of their most popular songs in a set list comprised of 28 face-melting modern rock master recordings from influential artists such as Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, The Strokes and Weezer. Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits provides players with brand new gameplay experiences, including non-linear career progression, a new Fan Requests system and competitive multiplayer modes that allow song-sharing of more than 75 songs between the other games in the Guitar Hero On Tour series.

Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits is developed by Vicarious Visions exclusively for the NDS and is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB.

Guitar Hero Smash Hits (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)

Guitar Hero Smash Hits expands the experience of previous guitar-only games to the full band so gamers can join together and rock to 48 of the most fun and celebrated tracks from Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Featuring all master recordings, Guitar Hero Smash Hits delivers a robust feature set and epic on-disc song list including music from fan-favorite artists such as Alice In Chains, Queen, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Twisted Sister, Heart and DragonForce.

Developed by Beenox Studios and rated T for Teen by the ESRB, Guitar Hero Smash Hits is now available for Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 and PS2.

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward (NDS/Wii)

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward is a triage simulation game that challenges you to care for an emergency room overrun with sick patients. Take on the emergency ward and treat your patients' zany conditions. Diagnose and cure all their ailments in a fast-paced, crazy hospital environment.

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward Game Features:

  • Run seven different emergency rooms, from the local Maryville Clinic all the way to New York Central Hospital
  • Over 60 levels of game play
  • Play "Story" mode to become the most successful nurse in America, or play "Endless" mode to overcome harder challenges as you progress
  • Buy and sell wacky medical equipment to diagnose the ailments
    • X-Ray
    • CAT Scans
    • Stress Treatment
  • Triage your patients and cure them quickly in order to keep them happy
  • Complete their treatment and receive insurance payments to earn the maximum amount of money

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Wardhas been rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB.

Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack (Wii)

When ruthless outlaw Mad Dog McCree goes on a rampage with a nasty pack of wanted fugitives in tow, they leave death and destruction in their wake. You are the only gun-slinging bounty hunter who can take him down in this three-in-one collection of classic arcade games that includes: Mad Dog McCree, Mad Dog 2: The Lost Gold and The Last Bounty Hunter.

Players use their Wii Remote or Wii Zapper accessory as the ultimate six shooter in this Wild West adventure featuring live actors. Fast reflexes and precision shooting are the keys to survival when outlaws ambush from every angle and nail-biting showdowns are only a bullet away. As they pursue Mad Dog and four other wanted fugitives, players can choose from three different difficulty levels to hunt them alone or join forces with others in two multiplayer modes - Posse and Rebel. In Posse Mode, players work together with up to three friends in pursuit of a combined high score, while in Rebel Mode they work independently with up to four bounty hunters for individual high scores. Whether sharpshooting solo or with a posse, the Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack lets players deliver their own brand of Wild West justice and walk away with their gun smokin'!

Developed by Digital Leisure, Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack for Wii is rated T for Teen and packs three complete arcade classics onto one game disc. The game is available now for the suggested retail price of only $19.99.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Greatest Hits Edition (PS3)

A PlayStation 3 exclusive, the newest addition to the PlayStation 3 Greatest Hits collection is available for the new low price of $29.99. The fourth installment of one of the most popular videogame franchises of all-time, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots features a great mix of story-telling and gameplay that delivers an intense gaming experience that has redefined videogames.

The final mind-blowing chapter in the saga, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots finds Old Snake traveling around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Old Snake must shift the tides of battle into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the earth to foil Liquid Ocelot's plans for total world domination.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Greatest Hits Edition also includes Metal Gear Online — the online multi-player player experience based on the Metal Gear Solid universe for an SRP of $29.99.

Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! (Wii)

In Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!, players control the rainbow-magic-wielding Bubby or Bobby as they climb the seven seamless areas of a tower reaching the heavens while defeating enemies with their rainbow powers. Bosses controlled by the scientific genius Dr. Crescent await players at the end of every area. Race through every area within the allotted time to meet the rainbow-colored Holly's Comet. There are three game modes: Story mode, which tells the tale of Holly's Comet; Challenge mode, where players attempt to climb as high as they can; and Time Attack, where players select an area and see how fast they can climb it. Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! is an exhilarating action game where you use rainbows to climb into the heavens.

1-2 Players, Rated E for Everyone - Comic Mischief

Vertigo (Wii/PC)

Vertigo is a high-rolling, adrenaline-fueled combination of futuristic racing, puzzle solving and precision control. With four multiplayer gaming modes, this is the ideal game for the entire family or a competitive group of friends. Vertigo takes gaming to dizzying new heights, where only the most skilled can survive!

Vertigo challenges players to take their Xorb across 54 hair-raising landscapes and nine different worlds, each with their own unique treacherous terrain and death defying obstacles. Along the way players can upgrade their Xorb, seek hidden shortcuts and col­lect power-ups to help them survive all with the goal of becoming the fastest and most envied Xorber in the Universe!

For added playability, Vertigo for Wii features Wii board compatibility, allowing players to use either the Wiimote or Wii balance board for an all-new realistic balancing experience.

Additional game features include:

  • Four multiplayer modes: Time Trial, Xorb Football, Death Match, and 10-pin Xorb bowling
  • Four trial modes: Arcade, Career, Practice, and Time Trial
  • Fully Customizable Shell type: Bodywork and Hatch customization
  • Three racing classes to progress through

Vertigo is rated "E" for everyone by the ESRB.

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