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'The Haunted Mansion' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Coming To Europe

by Rainier on Jan. 8, 2004 @ 10:08 a.m. PST

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. today announced that it will be publishing Disney's critically acclaimed The Haunted Mansion across all European territories. Inspired by the eerie Disney theme park attraction, and closely tied with the upcoming Eddie Murphy movie, the game will be spreading its spectral influence in February 2004 for PlayStation2, Xbox and GameCube.

Featuring over 40 visually stunning locations, 999 baggable spooks and a unique combat system, The Haunted Mansion thrusts the player into the role of mild mannered ghost hunter Zeke Halloway. It's up to him, and him alone, to uncover the truth behind the murders that have plagued the building since the day it was built. To do this he'll need to rely on his natural talents, an ability to speak to the dead and the six power settings of an ancient magical lamp.

The Haunted Mansion offer gamers the chance to search out secret rooms and unlock virtual tours of the Disney ride, it also gives them an opportunity to play as a ghost, collect the death certificates of the gathered ghouls and then use them to solve the game's central murder mystery. Players will also get a chilled thrill out of battling skeletal sharks, armoured knights, gruesome bridesmaids and, of course, shambling zombies while the dulcet tones of Jenifer Tilly - who also stars in the film - guides them from one objective to the next.

"Not only is this a great looking, clever and innovative title, it also completely captures the essence of what the themepark attraction is all about," so says Gary Lewis, president of Take-Two Europe. And, as far as hackle-raising atmosphere goes, The Haunted Mansion arrives stacked to its rotting rafters. From knockabout slapstick scares to genuine moments of unease, this game perfectly captures the tongue-in-cheek horror of the ride.

About Walt Disney Pictures' The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion comes alive like never before with incredible visual and special effects in this all-new, fun-filled comedy adventure. Shrouded in fog and mystery, the mansion was once a stately palace that hosted New Orleans' wealthiest. Now it's the creepy and crumbling home to a love struck 19th century gentleman, 999 ghosts, and a hilarious and hair-raising battle for 'home rule.'

Estate agent Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) and his wife and business partner Sara get a call late one night from mansion owner Edward Gracey, who is looking to sell his property. Smelling the biggest deal of their career, Jim, Sara and their two children pay a visit to the mansion, located on a remote bayou. A torrential thunderstorm of mysterious origin strands the Evers family in the old mansion with the brooding, eccentric Gracey, his mysterious butler Ramsley, and a variety of residents both seen and unseen. At first, Jim scoffs at Gracey's stories about ghosts and hauntings, until he unearths the mystery of the mansion and finds that his wife Sara has unexpected connections to its haunted past.

The Haunted Mansion is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and features stunning special effects and make-up design by six-time Academy Award® winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc., and sets by Oscar®-winning production designer John Myhre (Elizabeth, X-Men, Chicago). The Haunted Mansion opens in theatres nationwide on February 14, 2004.

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