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Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 30, 2007 @ 1:20 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:

Shadowrun (X360/PC)

The innovative first-person shooter (FPS) gameplay of Shadowrun, developed by FASA Studio, thrusts gamers into strategic battles that utilize magic and technology. Players must vie for supremacy, playing as a human, elf, dwarf or troll. Cleverness, cunning and split-second improvisation are rewarded through a unique combination of modern weapons, ancient magic and advanced technology. As the first game to support Microsofts Games for Windows LIVE service, Shadowrun gives players on both Xbox 360 and Windows Vista a chance to compete, cooperate and communicate across both platforms with an Xbox Live Gold or Games for Windows - LIVE Gold account.

Shadowrun will ship with nine unique maps and an additional three map variations, showcasing dynamic environments set in a futuristic Santos, Brazil, and its neighboring ancient Ziggurat. Shadowrun includes six training chapters, letting gamers fine-tune their strategy and lethal combinations against the intuitively smart and talented A.I. bots. Gamers can also play with bots at four levels of difficulty on every map and with every game type.

Xbox 360 gamers can get in on the action with the official Shadowrun demo on June 6. The demo will be available for download via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace.

Starting today, humans, elves, dwarves and trolls can join the cross-platform revolution with Shadowrun, rated M for Mature, at the estimated retail price of $59.99 (U.S.) for Xbox 360 and $49.99 (U.S.) for Windows Vista.

Crush (PSP)

With its intriguing style of thought-provoking gameplay this addicting title presents a whole new concept in multi-dimensional puzzle gameplay that blends 2D and 3D graphics in an enticingly surreal environment.

Set within a complex and hypnotic 3D world, players will use the game’s unique crushing mechanic to “crush” the environment and transform it into a more simplified 2D platformer. Once flattened, players will utilize the 2D space to move to new areas in order to solve otherwise impossible challenges, and unlock secret items that were previously unobtainable in the 3D environment. Players will then “uncrush” the 2D environment and return to the 3D world.

Designed for a wide and varied audience, Crush tells the story of Danny, a young man with a lifetime of unresolved issues and bottled up emotions that have turned him into a nervous insomniac. Desperate for a cure, he turns to Dr. Rubins for an inventive new treatment. It is during this state that he is given one last chance to sort through the wreckage of his past, before he loses the last thing he has left – his sanity.

Crush, developed by U.K. based Zoë Mode, is rated “E10+” (Everyone 10 and older) and is available at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $29.95.

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (PS2)

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is the spiritual sequel and shares popular features with the Atelier Iris series, but gained many more features, like the Active Cost Card Battle system that allows configuration within action sequences and an active enemy encounter system that allows visual enemy engagement, like in an action game.

Key Features

  • Guild Quest – Players can accept quests and missions unlike a linear mission system.
  • Symbol Encounters – No more random encounters. Visually confirm and engage enemies.
  • ACCB – Battle sequences represented in cards that represent your characters’ actions.
  • Blades Mastery – change character attributes and skills by changing job classes.
    Item/Weapon Crafting – A comprehensive item/weapon crafting system. Create anything from healing potions to swords through alchemy.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Wii)

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon features a new control scheme, a completely revamped Endurance Mode, and a new kharacter - Female Khameleon.

"Mortal Kombat: Armageddon brings Midway's top-selling and award winning franchise to the Wii expanding the experience to a broader audience with its simple and intuitive gameplay," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "The new control scheme makes it easy for the novice player or non-gamer to pull off special moves and fatalities just like a master martial artist."

The control scheme in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon has been completely re-tooled to take advantage of the Wii's unique WiiRemote™ and Nunchuk™ Controllers. With all of the infamous super moves and fatalities executed via the WiiRemote™, even the most novice gamers will be creating their own fatalities. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon also supports the Nintendo GameCube™ Controllers and Classic Controllers.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon boasts new, exciting content for the Wii, including a new character, Female Khameleon, and, appearing for the first time on console, a deeply enhanced Endurance Mode which allows gamers to test their true fighting stamina. An advanced Motor Kombat mode, complete with super moves and death traps, allows players to utilize the latest in WiiRemote driving technology when playing in single-player mode or with up to 4 players. Mortal Kombat: Armageddon also includes a customized Kreate-A-Fighter Mode, a unique Kreate-A-Fatality System, and an entirely revamped and improved Konquest Mode.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for Nintendo's Wii has shipped to retail outlets nationwide and is available at a U.S. MSRP of $49.95.

Tamagotchi: Party On! (Wii)

Take part in the wildest campaign election since the primaries as your favorite Tamagotchis come to life, running for Tamagotchi president in this quirky and totally fun 3-D party game. Namco Bandai’s first game to hit the Nintendo Wii, will have you laughing out loud as players are able to get together with up to 4 of their friends to compete in a hilarious and completely unique presidential campaign. Utilizing the Wii Remote to compete in a variety of fun mini-games,Tamagotchi: Party On!, will have players twisting, shaking, driving, and jumping their way to presidential victory.

“We’re very excited to be bringing Tamagotchi: Party On! to the Nintendo Wii community. The Wii Remote’s unique functionality is suited perfectly for this kind of fun pick-up-and-play type game,” Makoto Iwai, Senior Vice President and COO, Namco Bandai Games America Inc., said. “With its adorable visuals and incredibly addictive mini-games, it’s a game the whole family can enjoy together.”

Tamagotchi: Party On! allows players to choose their favorite virtual pet and engage in a hilarious campaign to become the next president of Tamagotchi Planet. Earn your popularity by going up against three friends or solo in over 15 unique and totally addictive mini-games including shaking hands, finding lost children, and cleaning up the city! In order to succeed at each of these mini-games, players will have to swing, shake, point, turn and twist their Wii Remotes in order to increase their popularity.

Earn Gotchi, the currency on Tamagotchi Planet, in 10 quick and exciting Gotchi games from classic Rock, Paper and Scissors, UFO Memory, Meatball Maker and many others. Use the hard-earned Gotchi to outfit the candidate’s headquarters with the latest in Tamagotchi design. The more lavish the campaign headquarters is, the more popularity points the player will earn.

With over six different towns to win over and tons of Popularity Points to be earned in a number of adorable, yet tricky mini-games, Tamagotchi: Party On! brings out the fun in politics without all the mudslinging! Be happy! Be popular! Be president!

Tamagotchi: Party On! is rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.99.

UFO: Extraterrestrials (PC)

Now gamers can enjoy the fast-paced action of aerial combat and the intense tactical battles throughout the rugged landscape of Esperanza by purchasing UFO: Extraterrestrials from Gamestop, EB Games, and other fine PC retail stores.

Shane Nestler, President of Tri Synergy, said “UFO: Extraterrestrials has been incredibly well received by sci-fi strategy fans and with a game this solid, it’s no wonder. UFO: Extraterrestrials provides fans of strategic/tactical blends like this with a great balance between innovation and reverence for the classic sci-fi strategy titles which trail blazed before it.”

UFO: Extraterrestrials is a futuristic real-time/turn-based strategy blend set on the fictional planet of Esperanza in 2025. Having seen harmless space patrols in orbit around Esperanza shot to pieces by the malignant alien forces, the player is thrust into the tough position of leading the defense of this isolated planet against the never-ending assault of these hostile invaders. Fear not, however, as to give these alien menaces what they deserve the player will have tough squads of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units located in bases throughout the Esperanza. Only through controlling the skies with intense real-time fighter-to-fighter combat and utilizing tactical-level factors like terrain and cover will the player win fierce battles and, eventually, the war against the immutable malevolence that is this alien onslaught!

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