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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 24, 2007 @ 12:54 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:

Alien Syndrome (Wii/PSP)

In Alien Syndrome, players take control of the game's strong and enigmatic heroine – Earth Command Trooper Aileen Harding – and battle a variety of fearsome aliens and colossal bosses. Gamers will unlock a wide selection of character specialties and skills upgraded as they progress through an engrossing campaign, protected by many different types of armor and using a variety of increasingly powerful melee and ranged weaponry. Players can improve their heroine's statistics and discover a huge number of powerful new abilities as they fight through infested spaceships and bizarre alien planets.

Alien Syndrome features 20 different weapon types including flamethrowers, quad-barreled lasers, nanobot swarms that dissolve enemies, and incendiary grenades that shoot fiery geysers from the ground. Each weapon offers advantages and disadvantages, depending on how it is used and the specializations players have chosen to adopt. Alien Syndrome's fast-paced combat also allows for any number of combat strategies to defeat over 100 different alien enemies at one time.

Alien Syndrome on the Wii will utilize the Wii Remote's motion-sensitive technology to allow players a full range of motion when slashing through enemies, unloading on bosses, or running and gunning through hallways using a uniquely intuitive aiming system. Gamers will also be able to access new game modes and mini-games that expand on the core gameplay. Using the Wii Remote, these new modes allow players to craft new items, to enhance existing items and character abilities, and to hack into computer systems.

For gamers on the go, Alien Syndrome on the PSP system is Wi-Fi enabled so that up to four players can play cooperatively in various multiplayer modes. Alien Syndrome is developed by Totally Games and is now available for the Wii system and PSP system. The game is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and will have an MSRP of $49.95 on the Wii, and $39.95 on the PSP system.

Delaware St. John Volume 3: The Seacliff Tragedy (PC)

The sound of a hundred voices leads our hero to the site of a decrepit amusement park — a site closed four years earlier after the tragic accident occurred. More than a hundred people were killed. Playing as both Delaware St. John using your psychic abilities, and his partner Kelly Bradford who relies on science and special equipment to track paranormal activity, you discover this is only the beginning of a series of dark events occurring in this condemned amusement park. Demons known as Shadow People are the evil gatekeepers, guarding the desolate park from trespassers.

Armed with your psychic visions and high-tech equipment, you find yourselves trapped in the haunted amusement park. To survive the night, you must fend off these soul-stealing ghouls. Together you must solve the mystery behind a baffling accident known as The Seacliff Tragedy and unlock its dark secrets.

Features:

  • Play Two Different Characters — As psychic detective Delaware St. John and his partner Kelly Bradford
  • Explore Stunning Environments — Investigate the remains of a haunted amusement park created in vivid 3D
  • Use the VIC (Voice/Imagery Communicator) — Allows players to take pictures, record sounds, and contact your assistant Simon for clues
  • Dark Mystery — Discover that the ghostly residents aren't the only ones who know about what happened at the condemned park
  • Chilling Gameplay — Face your deepest fears as you face pure evil lurking in the shadows; outrun and outwit the creatures if you're to survive the night
  • Intriguing Puzzles — Solve an array of puzzles and decipher Delaware's visions to defeat the evil Shadow People and solve the mystery

Final Fantasy II (PSP)

The anniversary edition of Final Fantasy II contains the best treatment of the classic RPG and features all-new character art, updated graphics, new dungeons, full 16:9 widescreen presentation, an enhanced soundtrack with music by Nobuo Uematsu and an updated camera view that gives players a new vantage point.

"Final Fantasy II started with a dream to create a video game that tied together a vibrant world of fantasy with an intriguing storyline and dynamic characters," said Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto. "This remastered edition of Final Fantasy II features updated graphics and all of the characters, enemies, towns and environments have been redrawn to create the most visually stunning version of Final Fantasy II ever. We hope that fans will enjoy this watershed entry in this beloved franchise."

The complex storyline of Final Fantasy II circles around a malevolent emperor who has called upon monsters from a demonic realm to take over the world, ending what seemed to be an eternal period of peace. Thousands of lives succumb to their attacks, leaving many children orphaned. From the destruction rise four young survivors who will take it upon themselves to stop the merciless ruler and avenge the death of their parents.

Originally released in Japan in 1987, the Final Fantasy franchise has been hailed by gamers and critics as one of the first RPGs to create a fantasy world that captured the imagination of players around the globe. Each game has brought new worlds and characters together with impressive graphics and storylines that have evolved into a one-of-a-kind series with a massive worldwide following. With unique characters, vast worlds and compelling storylines, the Final Fantasy series has generated its own subculture with the release of 30 console, online and handheld games, two CG-animated films and 49 music soundtracks worldwide.

Final Fantasy II is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and is available at North American retailers for the MSRP of $29.99 (USD).

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (PS2)

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s takes fans back to an era where neon was radical, fanny packs were in, and spandex was never tight enough.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s features visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, and intense game play modes. The totally stellar soundtrack includes songs by artists such as Flock of Seagulls, Twisted Sister and Judas Priest. With additional songs as made famous by The Go Go's, Poison, Iron Maiden and Quiet Riot, fans can grab a bottle of ultra-hold hairspray, tighten their headbands, and rock all the way back to the '80s.

"From heavy metal to hair metal to punk, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s includes some of the greatest rock anthems of the era," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. "We're very excited to be able to offer new content to our loyal PS2 fans, and will definitely keep them shredding their axes until the holiday season."

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, rated T for Teen by the ESRB, is published by RedOctane and developed by Harmonix.

Guns of August (PC)

Now players can experience the thrill of commanding massive wave assaults on the trenches of WWI or race in the laboratories to develop new armor units and tip the balance of power in their favor in this highly anticipated turn-based grand strategy title.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said "Guns of August presents World War I fans with an elegant and innovative design so that they can engage in one of the world's most intense conflicts in a fun and addicting way. I for one an particularly glad that I can still wage the First World War in all its strategic intrigue without having to worry about getting trench foot!"

Guns of August puts players in command of waging World War I at a grand strategic scale from Paris to Baghdad. The entire Western, Eastern, Italian and Balkan fronts are included as are the three fronts of the Ottoman Empire. Production, Combat, Diplomacy, Research, Trenches, Fog of War - Land, Sea and Air combat are all included! Use land units like infantry corps complete with separate artillery units for precisely directing barrages on the enemy's line.

As time goes on, players must deal with changing combat situations like the introduction of Stossstruppen and even mighty tanks charging through lines to break through the stalemate! Guns of August fully supports a robust AI to fight against or play by email. Step back to the early 20th Century and hear the guns of August!

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