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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 24, 2007 @ 5:43 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:

Cube (PSP)

Offering highly addictive puzzle solving action, Cube challenges players to make their way through suspended 3D worlds of platforms and mazes jam-packed with obstacles and collectible items. Cube offers compelling single player and multiplayer modes and allows players to create and share levels with friends.

"With the recent price drop of the PSP system and Cube being offered at a value price of $19.95, now is the perfect time for gamers to experience handheld puzzle solving action at its best," said Alison Quirion, vice president of marketing, D3PA. "Cube delivers the addiction casual gamers have come to expect and is a game players of all ages can enjoy."

Cube allows players to explore 9 themed zones and 135 levels of challenging gameplay. More than 13 different types of entities/triggers/hazards from "rolling bombs" to "sinker cubes" either help or hinder players' progress or players can use them to create and share custom puzzles. Offering endless hours of replayability, players can explore Cube on impulse or take down total environments in one sitting!

Developed by Metia Interactive and rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB, Cube is available now in retail stores across North America for the suggested retail price of $19.95.

The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (PSP)

Following in the footsteps of the highly popular PlayStation 2 version, The Fast & the Furious for the PSP system will captivate gamers with enhanced upgrades and new features. Players now have the chance to show off their creative side by using the PSP system wireless connectivity option to trick out a ride and send it to other players via "Swap Meet" to use in non-career game mode.

The Fast & the Furious on the PlayStation 2 system made its mark in 2006 as the first title to create an authentic, drift model system that is fun and approachable for players of all skill levels. The video game utilizes Universal's extensive sound library, an incredible context based camera, cinematic camera angles straight from the movie, unique boss challenges, stunning graphics, and endless customizable options. Now The Fast & the Furious for the PSP system brings gamers all of the same excitement as the PlayStation 2 system with added enhancements to maximize options and sharpen skills.

The Fast & the Furious is rated T for "Teen" by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

F.E.A.R. (PS3)

The F.E.A.R. game uses stunning visual effects to provide an intense "action movie" experience to keep players engrossed in the cinematic spine-chilling storyline. Gamers will assume the role of an elite soldier trained in combating unusual and unimaginable situations. Called in to confront a murderous force, the player must contain a crisis spiraling out of control. F.E.A.R. is a unique fusion of gameplay, featuring stylized first-person shooting combat and supernatural suspense for a cohesive plot that keeps gamers at the edge of their seats.

F.E.A.R. for the PS3 system will feature multiplayer support for up to 16 players and a new Instant Action Mode that will track a player's progress in close quarters battles via leader boards for the PlayStation Network. F.E.A.R. will also feature an exclusive level for the PS3 system and an exclusive weapon.

"The F.E.A.R. franchise has sold over 2 million copies since inception and now PS3 system users will be the latest to experience the true meaning of F.E.A.R.," said Pascal Brochier, president, Global Retail for Vivendi Games. "We're excited to bring this award winning, bone chilling title to the PS3 system console and expect an entire new base of gamers to become fans of F.E.A.R."

F.E.A.R. is currently available for the PS3 system for a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Hard Rock Casino (PSP)

The Hard Rock Casino videogame captures the excitement and spectacle of becoming a rockin' high roller in the world's most exciting casino. Gamers can try their luck at more than 20 different casino games, while experiencing high-stakes areas, invitation-only tournaments and many unlockable upgrades for their highly customizable characters. Beginning with a modest bankroll, players must build up winnings and reputation as the highest roller at the Hard Rock Casino. Along the way, they will encounter unique tournaments, characters, side tasks, and unlockables, keeping the gameplay fresh and challenges exciting. Hard Rock Casino for PSP system is shipping to retailers throughout North America, at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC)

Legions of fans have been waiting in great anticipation for the opportunity to start their adventure in Middle-earth and as of today, the wait is over! The Lord of the Rings Online delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most beloved fantasy adventure of all time. From the quaint surroundings of the Shire to Angmar, the vile kingdom of the Witch-king, players will experience the world of Middle-earth as never before.

"The release of The Lord of the Rings Online marks a momentous occasion for MMO gamers and Tolkien fans around the world," said Jeff Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "Countless adventures await gamers eager to experience Middle-earth in an entirely new way and we're confident that once they've visited this epic world, they'll never want to leave."

"The Lord of the Rings franchise, with its incredibly rich history and extensive fan base, lends itself perfectly to the MMO genre," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "We're thrilled to be able to partner with Turbine to bring The Lord of the Rings Online to North American gamers looking for a way to experience the world of Middle-earth like never before."

Turbine also announced today the first update to The Lord of the Rings Online. This free update, called the Shores of Evendim, is scheduled to be released this coming June and will include an entirely new landscape region, over 60 additional quests, the Battle for Helegrod raid, nine new monsters and major enhancements to monster play and the music system.

The Lord of the Rings Online is now available for purchase at major retailers in both a Special and Standard Edition. The Special Edition of The Lord of the Rings Online includes the game on a single DVD, 30-days of free play, the official 'Making of The Lord of the Rings Online' DVD, the official game soundtrack and an exclusive in-game item. The Special Edition retails for a U.S. MSRP of $59.99, while the Standard Edition of the game is available for a U.S. MSRP of $49.99.

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