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Friday, December 14, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2007 @ 9:38 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:

The Orange Box (PS3)

The Orange Box was originally developed by Valve and gives players five innovative action games for the price of one.

The five-games-in-one-package includes the highest-rated first person shooter of all time Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and three all-new games:

  • Half Life 2: Episode Two – Episode 2 is the latest chapter in the best-selling, highest-rated action game franchise of all time, taking gamers outside the walls of City 17 for the first time as Gordon and Alyx race across the White Forest in race to save mankind from the Combine.
  • Portal – A groundbreaking new kind of action game that will forever change the way gamers interact with their environment, Portal gives players mastery over 3D space with the mind-bending new Portal gun.
  • Team Fortress 2 – The long-awaited return of the standard for class-based multiplayer games, Team Fortress 2 delivers fast-paced action with nine distinct character classes and six all-new gameplay modes.

Released earlier this year on PC and Xbox 360, The Orange Box, rated M for Mature, is now available in North America and most of Europe, with French and German versions expected in early 2008.

Ballerium (PC)

The multiplayer online real-time strategy game features innovative gameplay including a real-time economy that lets players control and influence the in-game market, dynamic resource gathering, unique army building mechanics and more.

Ballerium is a far off planet facing troubling times. For the first time in its history, the world of Ballerium has been experiencing a global crisis: an oncoming cataclysmic about to bring about the end of the world. Each player in the game controls an Avatar - a spirit of a great hero, and a group of followers (called "units") of that Avatar. Players are free to choose their own goals - whether they wish to try to reveal the mysteries of the gates, to simply amass power and wealth, or to conquer every city and become the ultimate Avatar in Ballerium.

The means for achieving success in the game center around collecting money and resources in order to build a larger army and then banding together with other players to defeat mutual enemies. Players can explore the world seeking new challenges and areas to dominate.

Features :

  • Free download and gameplay
  • Persistent multi user environment
  • Many ways to win the game (trade, role-play, combat, and diplomacy)
  • AI that is capable of finishing combat for you in case of disconnection
  • Warfare on an epic scale: Play with thousands of players on a single map
  • Seven Unique races to choose from, each possessing unique units and magic abilities
  • Great community features
  • Low Bandwidth Requirements

Players who register by December 31, 2007 will be entered to win a $50 gift card for Jinx.com

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