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Thursday April 27, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 27, 2006 @ 6:01 p.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:

Paradise (PC)

"Ubisoft is committed to introducing the most innovative adventure games in the industry and continues that tradition with Benoot Sokal's Paradise," said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "Paradise will captivate adventure fans and new players alike with its engrossing story, stunning environments and intuitive puzzles, fully immersing gamers in what is sure to be the best adventure game released this year."

From the creator of the award-winning series Syberia comes Benoit Sokal's fascinating new work, Paradise. Sokal's latest adventure-game masterpiece is set in four different worlds in the heart of darkest Africa. From the arid lands of Madargane to the dense jungle of the Maurania River, the world is both primitive and contemporary. Fraught with political turmoil, the lush landscapes are beautiful and dangerous.

Paradise places players in the role of Ann Smith, a young woman suffering from amnesia struggling to make her way home and avoid the conflict surrounding her. To discover her true identity, she must escort a strange black leopard back to the land where it was born. Follow Ann through her journey as she finds clues to her identity and unravels the truth behind her mysterious past.

Key Features:

  • Paradise presents a unique blend of a semi-realistic sub-Saharan world and an ethereal fantasy. Africa comes to life as a breathtaking visual experience. Both the cinematics and more than 350 backgrounds include Sokal's unique and visionary artistic direction.
  • Ann Smith, a college student from Geneva, loses her identity and must journey through uncharted corners of Africa to unravel her past. How has Ann come to be in a place so wrought with turmoil? Why is her fate tied to that of a black leopard? Is Ann the daughter of a fierce dictator? Unlock these secrets and more as the story unfolds.
  • Puzzle solutions are seamlessly embedded in the story as players interact with their environment and other characters to gain insight into clues that will help reveal Ann's true identity and answer why she's in this strange African land.
  • Adding a new action element to the traditional slideshow style of play, the real-time 3D graphics take over as the player becomes the leopard, searching for a way home.

For more information and the latest news on Paradise, please visit

2006 FIFA World Cup (ALL)

The chance to play with your heroes for soccer’s most important trophy became a reality this week after Electronic Arts started to ship the 2006 FIFA World Cup game to stores around the world. The event’s only officially licensed videogame has developed enhanced gameplay attributes and stunning graphics that bring to life close to 100 superstars, and captures all of the spirit and pageantry of the real-world tournament. It is the closest fans can come to experiencing 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany without playing in it.

In 2006 FIFA World Cup, users step into the heart of the action as they play their favorite team or most loathed opponent. Featuring stunning visual representations of the world’s superstar players, gamers experience the 12 official stadiums as they take their team from qualification to glory. In addition to taking control of one of 127 national teams, players will enjoy groundbreaking new play modes. Global Challenge tests even the biggest soccer fanatic by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history with modern teams. True champions can challenge their friends in eight-way multiplayer matches and take advantage of tremendous in-game un-lockable content such as legendary players and exclusive licensed football apparel.

2006 FIFA World Cup, developed by EA Canada under the EA SPORTS brand, ships today in North America and on April 28 in Europe and Asia on the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, NDS, and GBA, PC and mobile. It will ship on the PSP system in May.

The game is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and has a PEGI rating of 3+.

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