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Monday, September 10, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2007 @ 3:53 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:

NHL 2K8 (PS2/PS3/X360)

As the latest installment of the NHL 2K series, the category leader in innovation, design and critical acclaim with five straight years as the top-rated* NHL video game, NHL 2K8 features Ottawa Senators star forward Jason Spezza on the cover and introduces exciting new features including:

  • Full 360 degree analog controls intuitively mapped to the right stick allow for precision puck handling ability. Hundreds of new animations give gamers a full range of movement, creating a genuine NHL gameplay experience on both offense and defense.
  • Completely overhauled with instinctive AI, entirely new animations, and situation specific behaviors. Goalies will now come out and challenge, guard the post, perform spectacular butterfly saves, and much more.
  • Based on timing and strategy, and featuring tie-ups, warnings, and toss-outs, this innovative system brings an unrivaled level of depth and realism with every drop of the puck.
  • Striking next gen visuals, redesigned player models highlighting the new 2007-2008 NHL uniform style, accurate equipment featuring several real-life brands, and updated player likenesses bring gamers the most realistic hockey game to date.
  • Now complete with nearly every CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) feature available including a revamped off-season mode with brand new negotiation system, improved draft, refurbished free agent signing, and an all-new player progression system.
  • Gamers can customize their own style of play to create the exact hockey experience they want, and then share their Game Styles online for others to use. Using a new rating system to rank the best user Game Styles, gamers can let everyone else know how they should be playing hockey.
  • Featuring full online leagues and tournaments complete with trades, stat tracking, fantasy drafts, and more, gamers go head-to-head against the best players around. Players can also enter for a chance to win an all-new car in the NHL 2K8 Tournament presented by Dodge.

NHL 2K8 is rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 and older and will be available on September 11, 2007 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 for $59.99, and for the PS2 for $19.99.

Drawn to Life (NDS)

In Drawn to Life, players use the stylus to create their hero and draw in additional environmental elements to help them on their journey through the many game worlds. The release marks THQ's first original property created specifically for the highly popular DS system.

"As the leading third-party publisher for Nintendo systems for the fifth year in a row(a), THQ is thrilled to now bring the highly-anticipated Drawn to Life to the hands of gamers," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "Drawn to Life takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS features in a completely new way and we anticipate this unique style of gameplay will be well-received by DS fans."

In Drawn to Life, players will help save a dying village from the shadow-like evil that has taken over the world. Players will draw their own unique hero to conquer a variety of different worlds including the Snow Fields, the Deep Dark Forest, the Rapo Islands and the castle of Rapoville. The robust drawing tool contains different methods of creation such as numerous colors and palettes, brush types and stamps that will allow for complete freedom to develop one-of-a-kind characters and game elements. The game also features several unlockable character templates and the ability to save up to two profiles, each with three original characters, and more than 150 drawings. Drawn to Life will also feature the ability for players to trade their created heroes with friends via the Nintendo DS multicard local wireless function.

Drawn to Life, developed by 5TH Cell, is rated E for everyone and is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco (NDS)

Based on the wildly popular Nickelodeon live-action TV series starring Jamie Lynn Spears, the DS game marks the second original release following this spring’s Zoey 101 for the GBA.

In Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco, players will join Zoey and her friends as they embark on a grand field trip to Painted Rock National Park. When their trip turns into a disaster after they get separated from their guide, players will help the stranded team get rescued and make their way back to the comforts of civilization. Fans of the show will be able to interact with their favorite Zoey 101 characters, as well as explore the Pacific Coast Academy campus. Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco features exciting new mini-games that utilize DS-specific controls including starting a campfire by blowing into the DS microphone and using the stylus to paddle a raft through the raging river.

The release of the new game is timed to coincide with a brand new season of Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon’s TEENick programming block—premiering on September 16. In all new episodes, Zoey and friends head back to the books at Pacific Coast Academy amid ocean breezes, as the teen leader courts romance and faces life-changing decisions.

Zoey 101: Field Trip Fiasco is rated E for everyone and is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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