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Friday, March 12, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 12, 2010 @ 2:06 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 ...

Order of War: Challenge (PC)

Order of War: Challenge is a multiplayer stand-alone game in the world of Order Of War, packing even more intense World War II real-time strategy action. With 6 extended modes, 12 unique maps, and hundreds of units under player control Order of War: Challenge gives players a battlefield experience of epic scale. With a focus on fast-action gameplay, and featuring exclusive bonus content, Order of War: Challenge is the ultimate way to experience online RTS gaming. With a new advanced gameplay system and including fog of war, Order of War: Challenge redefines combat mechanics and gives players a tense battlefield experience with plenty of room for wide-ranging tactics.

“We are excited to be bringing Order of War: Challenge to the market as our main goal for the project was to deliver a new captivating online experience with dynamic combats where deep strategic thinking and good knowledge of tactics are crucial for success,” says Nick Katselapov, game producer. “By expanding beyond the boundaries of traditional multiplayer options we hope to satisfy the tastes of any “RTS gourmet” and ensure great replay value.”

Key Features

  • 12 Unique Maps — Each map features different types of cross-country terrain and urban areas to provide great replayability.
  • 6 New Multiplayer Modes — With these new modes you have the opportunity to prove you are the best commander on the online battlefield in a variety of ways.
  • 3D Stereo – Experience the most exciting in-game moments with NVIDIA 3D Vision.
  • Command troops of the USA, Germany or the Soviet Union — Grasp your units by knowing their strengths, weaknesses and discover how to exercise their power to defeat your enemies.
  • 4 Co-op Survival Missions — Play shoulder to shoulder with your comrades-in-arms to defend your headquarters from enemy attacks of increasing intensity. To get extra income and new reinforcement types, capture control points that appear randomly throughout the map but only stay for a short time.

The game is exclusively available on Steam  for 9.99$! Owners of the original game will get Order of War: Challenge automatically for FREE.

Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3/X360) - Europe Only

Way of the Samurai 3 will appeal to fans of both the series and RPGs, offering players a massive open ended world to roam around. Set in feudal Japan gamers must decide which is the right path to take; side with one of three warring factions - Fujimori clan, Sakurai clan or Takadane villagers - or go it alone, killing anyone who gets in the way.

Way of the Samurai 3 encourages gamers to carve their own way through the game by choosing their own dialogue and actions, which can result in over 15 different endings.  Starting off as 'nameless', players can create their own samurai from different styles of heads and bodies, then it's up to the gamer to create a reputation, rise up the ranks and claim one of 50 different titles.

In total there are eight areas to explore: Amana Castle, Takadane Village, Monori Castle, Kuchihagahara, Guard Gate, Posting Station, Omiki Town and The Road and, in a first for the series, players can also draw their sword during any cutscene to commence battle.

While Way of the Samurai 3 focuses heavily on sword combat, there are over 100 weapons to choose, from swords and spears through to 'joke' weapons such as tuna and short green onion. There's also a unique Original Blade Creation tool, providing over 200 parts to create the ultimate weapon.

In addition, there are various sword fighting combinations to learn, unlockable items to find and options to customise characters with a variety of items gained by playing the game again and again.

"We're delighted to confirm Gamebridge's Way of the Samurai 3 is out tomorrow," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "It offers an unprecedented amount of variety and freedom for the gamer while really making them think through their decisions, or pay the price and suffer the consequence of their actions."

Avalon Code (NDS) - Europe Only

In Avalon Code the world is coming to an end, and gamers take control of Yumil or Tia and fill the Book of Prophecy with a record of everything that's worth saving - people, enemies, flowers, weapons and objects - to create a new world with.

In a unique twist on the RPG genre, gamers can also alter the attributes of items listed in the Book of Prophecy as every item, person and monster within the world can be broken down into a simple DNA sequence. And by manipulating this DNA, players can change the makeup of many things - including affecting enemy attributes, changing how objects behave and interact.

At the beginning, four elemental spirits guide the gamer along the way explaining how to use the Book of Prophecy and how to fight, and as the game progress more spirits join the player in their quest to collect as many items as possible.

With over 20 hours of gameplay, Avalon Code is a vast, beautiful and technically impressive game, and the gameplay is enriched by an orchestral soundtrack and emotive voice acting.

"We're delighted to confirm the launch of Avalon Code on DS," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "It offers a variation on the traditional RPG experience, while retaining the polish and appeal Marvelous Entertainment's games always guarantee; this is a rewarding addition to our DS portfolio."

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