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Thursday, June 25, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 25, 2009 @ 3:31 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:

Fight Night Round 4 (PS3/X360)

Fight Night Round 4 is the latest entry from the critically acclaimed Fight Night franchise, and is the first title ever that will allow players to pit “Iron” Mike Tyson against “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali.

Designed with a revolutionary physics-based gameplay engine, Fight Night Round 4 replicates the sweet science to an unprecedented degree of realism. Witness gloves grazing off an opponent as he dodges at the last second, or watch as a vicious uppercut rips through the block of a boxer who turtles for too long. With realistic physics, height and reach become major factors in how each boxer approaches a fight. Shorter fighters, like Tyson, will look to weave inside and deliver punishing hooks to the head and body, while taller fighters, like Ali, will use their reach advantage to pump their jab while staying out of range of their opponent’s punches.

An all new career mode, titled Legacy mode, challenges you to move up the ranks from an upstart amateur to become the greatest of all time. Create a boxer from the incredibly robust create-boxer feature, or import your own face into the game using the Photo Game Face tool and bring your virtual self into the ring. Make rivals, challenge for and defend belts as you journey to cement your name among the greatest names in boxing.

With 48 boxers, Fight Night Round 4 will feature the largest roster to ever appear in a Fight Night videogame. In addition to Tyson and Ali, the roster will feature legends and current champions, including Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. Each boxer’s likeness has been meticulously created with an unparalleled level of realism, and their boxing styles re-created to reflect their real-life counterparts' strengths and weaknesses in the ring.

Fight Night Round 4, rated T for Teen and 16+ by PEGI, is now available for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The Conduit (Wii)

A unique first-person shooter, The Conduit is an original IP featuring an intense conspiracy-laden single-player campaign that brings an unparalleled shooter experience exclusively to the Wii.

The Conduit unfolds in a near-future Washington DC after a set of inexplicable events has left the city in a state of panic. As new recruits of a shadowy government agency, players will investigate strange occurrences upsetting the city, all while trying to keep one step ahead of a mysterious and lethal enemy.

Get out there and arm yourself with an arsenal of sci-fi gadgets and high-powered weapons as you fight against aliens, rogue agents and other enemy forces. Additionally, be ready to dominate your friends from around the globe in up-to-12-person online multiplayer battles!

Now is the time for you to join the fight and save Washington DC!

Dawn of Discovery (NDS/Wii/PC)

Dawn of Discovery, known in Europe as Anno 1404, takes place in the year 1404, when King George's land is suffering from severe droughts and brutal famine. Aware of his people's distress, the king calls on his two sons, William and Edward, to acquire new territories in order to produce enough goods to satisfy the needs of his empire's inhabitants. Whereas Edward suggests aggressive means to collect the precious resources, his brother William offers a peaceful solution, proposing to explore new and unsettled lands in the south of the kingdom. With his Father's blessing, William heads south to the mysterious Orient and returns with valuable new technologies, such as the water pump that allows dry lands to be cultivated in order to produce enough food for the people. But there are still many unmet needs within the king's empire, and players are tasked with the mission of fulfilling those needs while both expanding and sustaining the vast society.

Dawn of Discovery gives gamers the opportunity to explore new civilizations and build their own empire like never before, through the immersive action of the Wii Remote and the NDS stylus.

Game features include:

  • Build and sustain your own expansive empire
    • Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
    • Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
    • Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a prosperous society
  • Developed specifically for Wii, NDS and PC audiences
    • Unique art style and clever integration of the Wii Remote and Nintendo DS stylus makes building your empire more fun and interactive than ever before
    • All-new scalable 3-D engine ensures unmatched visuals, optimized for all PCs – from high-end to low-end desktops
    • Seamless user interface delivers multiple gameplay modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
  • Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
    • Build your civilization and make history along with a friend in the 2-player co-op mode for Wii
    • Integration with allows PC players to track achievements, climb leaderboards and challenge others online
  • Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros
    • Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation
    • In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization

Rise of Flight (PC)

Rise of Flight is the eagerly anticipated World War I PC flight-simulation title from Moscow-based developer neoqb. The flight simulator, set in the Western Front in 1917, was built on the newly developed Digital Nature engine. More than 125,000 square kilometers of the territory have been redrawn from 20th Century maps. Rise of Flight allows virtual pilots to fly the famous Spad XIII and deadly Fokker D.VII biplanes in exciting dogfight battles. Featuring advanced physics, flight and damage models, Rise of Flight promises a realistic, challenging and fun experience for simulation fans of all stripes and skill levels. Rise of Flight also implements full 6 DOF TrackIR support and is compatible with the TripleHead2Go multi-monitor system from Matrox.

Rise of Flight has already drawn praise from critics. lauded the game's art and customizability, saying "amazing graphics, with loads of options to customize the experience for the best performance." World War I Air Combat said Rise of Flight, "the most realistic WWI flight sim, in many ways the most realistic flight sim yet released, is soon bound for the hands of eager virtual pilots everywhere."

Rise of Flight includes a Training Campaign and Single Player missions so players can hone their aerial combat skills. Once they are ready, flyers can embark on a Pilot Career that includes six stages from lieutenant to colonel, and begin one of several campaigns with squadrons for the French, British, German or American air forces. Throughout their careers, players can win awards, commendations and promotions for successfully completing their missions.

Mission types in Rise of Flight include fighter sweeps, bomber escort, bomber interception, balloon attack and ground attack. If they wish, players can use the powerful Mission Builder to create custom scenarios of their own and share them with their friends.

Flight-sim enthusiasts can also play with their friends over the Internet and wage their own virtual air wars against rival online squadrons. Even the greatest of Aces in World War I had a wingman, and Rise of Flight multiplayer action focuses on cooperative teamwork and completion of mission goals. Whichever way you choose to play Rise of Flight, it will surely thrill and excite any simulation fan.

Planned additions to the Rise of Flight experience in the coming months include more flyable aircraft, scenery, objects and features. Hurry! Grab your goggles, leather helmet and silk scarf. Enemy planes are approaching!

Little League World Series Baseball 2009 (NDS/Wii)

Little League World Series Baseball 2009 is out now for Wii and Nintendo DS. The game improves on the critically acclaimed hit Little League videogame from 2008 with world renowned Japanese developer NOW Production once again at the helm. Players will have the chance to become a Little League® World Series baseball Champion, or play with up to three other friends in a variety of exhibition and skill modes.

The list of fresh features in Little League World Series Baseball 2009 is extensive, including:

  • New Power-ups that boost your players with special abilities
  • More customizable features to edit your players and teams
  • Regional Tournaments, in addition to the World Series Tournament
  • Nine real world stadiums, including Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Unlockable player cards add to more strategic gameplay
  • Legendary announcers Gary Thorne and Brent Musberger call on all the play-by-play action

"Little League is the world's premiere youth sports franchise, with almost 3 million participants worldwide," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Little League® World Series Baseball 2009 offers these baseball participants and enthusiasts a competitively fun experience for the whole family while respecting the game's tradition."

Little League® World Series 2009, rated "E" for Everyone, is now available for $39.99 for Wii and $19.99 for NDS.

Hurry Up Hedgehog (NDS)

Hurry Up Hedgehog is a puzzle racing mash-up with the cutest Hedgehogs around. Compete against others in races and puzzle competitions across a variety of garden levels. Lead your family and friends through the garden dodging hazards, out-maneuvering opponents and racing your hedgehogs to claim victory.

Hurry Up Hedgehog Game Features:

  • Based on popular board game layouts
  • Enjoy single player or multiplayer for up to six players
  • Six rich environments
  • Five different ways to customize your rules, allowing for 32 unique ways to play
  • Stylus control throughout the game

Hurry Up Hedgehog has been rated “E10+” for everyone by the ESRB.

Fashion Week Junior: Designer (NDS)

Fashion Week Junior: Designer gives style-conscious players the opportunity to take on the exciting role of a young fashion designer, where they design and create clothing and accessories to establish their own signature look in the competitive world of high fashion.

“505 Games is proud to introduce the first of a series of Fashion Week Junior games providing fun, fashion-centric entertainment for gamers and fashion lovers of all ages,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S. “As the gaming audience continues to expand, we’re excited to release Fashion Week Junior: Designer on the Nintendo DS. And there is no bigger brand in fashion than Fashion Week.”

In Fashion Week Junior: Designer, players aspire to manage a career in fashion by earning fame, money and a reputation fit for the world of haute couture. The DS stylus manipulates the game’s 3D tailoring tools, which allows players to fold, sew, iron and accessorize their way to becoming the ultimate designer. Players can choose from four characters, each equipped with a special design advantage and are challenged with a variety of tailoring missions, from the creation of custom outfits to handbags, hats and other accessories. The game also allows players to view their final creations in 3D on an animated model and rotates for a full 360-degree view. Players can also share and exchange their creations via the Nintendo DS wireless connection.

Fashion Week Junior: Designer is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, and retails for an MSRP of $29.99.

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