Electronic Arts announced today that The Godfather™ The Game has gone gold for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC. Gamers worldwide will step into the Don’s dangerous world of intimidation and negotiation via their PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft or PC on March 21st in North America and March 24th in Europe. The Godfather The Game will also be available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and PSP (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system later in 2006. EA’s The Godfather The Game puts you at the center of one of the world’s most revered stories. In the role of a young man just entering the Corleone family, you create your own mob character and work your way to the top. For the first time ever, you will go beyond the films and book to actually step into the living world of The Godfather fiction throughout 1940s New York City. You will work your way up the mob ranks your own way, choosing just how much force to use as you rise to power.
The rip against the “World Series” in other countries has always been that it’s not truly a worldwide event. This has finally changed with this month’s launch of the World Baseball Classic tournament. Enthusiastic fans from Japan to Mexico to South Africa are finally being treated to baseball on a global stage.
Whether or not WBC will endure and become a popular tradition is yet to be determined. But in the meantime, baseball fans and gamers alike can experience this historic milestone event exclusively at home with 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K6.
MLB 2K6 is the only major league baseball video game to feature World Baseball Classic as it faithfully replicates all 16 teams, logos, uniforms and authentic all-world tournament structure.
And you thought that new screenshots featuring Tokyo would be enough for one day! Today we are loading you up with new content by also bringing you a massive new web update! Two new characters have been added,
including the Yakuza boss Shogo Takamoto, and the wealthy media mogul Toru Nishimura. Details about the recently revealed Tokyo level have also been included, along with descriptions for a couple more of Lara
Croft’s new weapons and gear. And how could we possibly forget Lara’s stunning attire that she wears to corporate party in Tokyo? Think that’s enough? We have also added a brand new trailer which shows Lara Croft in some truly breathtaking sequences! Talk about a Tomb Raider: Legend media overload! Head on over to www.tombraider.com now to check out the new assets! Seeing is believing, when Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend ships April 11th for the PS2, Xbox and PC, with the Xbox360 and PSP
versions to follow shortly after.
When getting ready to travel the world in search of rare artifacts, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. Dual Pistols… check. Magnetic Grapple… check. Cocktail Dress… CHECK!! That’s right, Lara Croft is traveling to Tokyo, and she is definitely dressed to impress! When you are there to crash a party, it’s not a crime to look sizzling in the process, now is it? But why is she there? Well, she needs to collect some information about the rare artifact that she wants to add to her collection, the… now we can’t go and spoil that for you yet! But what we can reveal is a brand new batch of screenshots featuring Lara Croft in one of her beautiful new outfits as she bursts into action on the rooftops of Tokyo!
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New York (March 10, 2006) – It’s been called “the most playable game in the world” and was the party game of choice for a gaming generation – now a MICRO MACHINES video game is set to return to game screens as Codemasters today announces the revival of its classic series.
A smash-hit series through the 1990s, Codemasters has once again secured the rights to the miniature vehicles for an all-new video game that promises a real return to the MICRO MACHINES game’s much loved, all-out fun, racing gameplay. The property is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS).
MICRO MACHINES v4 game, titled as a sequel to the last MICRO MACHINES game from Codemasters, is now in development for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, PSP (PlayStation® Portable) system and Nintendo DS. Scheduled for a summer 2006 release, development is back with the team at Supersonic Software, creators of some of the most acclaimed MICRO MACHINES games and more recently Mashed and Mashed: Fully Loaded.
Mixing miniature mayhem with maximum multiplayer racing, the MICRO MACHINES v4 game will arrive packed with knockabout, breakneck racing in the fastest scale miniatures, complete with explosive weapon power-ups. Letting players loose with hundreds of vehicles, each with distinctive performance abilities, they will be racing their inch-long miniature motors on the wildest tracks where everyday household objects appear immense in size and can become lethal hazards.
Sport cars, street racers, stock cars, 4×4s, beach buggies, lowriders and muscle cars are just some of the MICRO MACHINES models gamers will be taking out on the improvised tracks around the MICRO MACHINES house, garden and – for the first time – beyond!
Fans of classic MICRO MACHINES games will rejoice in the return of some of the series’ most popular racing arenas. Spin out around the breakfast table littered with cereal spills, tear through the kitchen, turbo boost around the pool table (while avoiding the treacherous pockets), or hit the gas during the drive around the rim of the bath, carefully negotiating the ferocious waters pouring over the edge of the bath.
As well as the familiar feel-good environments, MICRO MACHINES v4 game sees the racing world expand further than any previous MICRO MACHINES game. Go beyond the house and garden tracks and discover what it’s like to race across house roofs, in the sewers, through supermarkets, museums and even down to the farm, with its danger-packed chicken coop!
Of course, it wouldn’t be MICRO MACHINES without an arsenal of power-ups and weapons to collect and use on the opponents while racing. The MICRO MACHINES v4 game brings all the favorites back, including –the car-mounted giant hammer!
Newport Beach, CA – March 9, 2006 – Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced the third installment in the best-selling poker video game franchise in North America, World Championship Poker: Featuring Howard Lederer “All In”. WCP: All In will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) system, and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft
WCP: All In features some of the most recognizable and successful poker stars in the world, including Howard Lederer, his sister Annie Duke, Greg Raymer, Amir Vahidi, Paul Darden, and Robert Williamson III. Joining the roster for this year’s edition are noted international poker superstars Marcel Luske, Thomas Bihl, and Erin Ness, who parlayed a victory at a Maxim Magazine office tournament into a seat at the 2004 World Series of Poker.
“Our World Championship Poker franchise has quickly gained a reputation as the game for people who like to ‘play’ poker, rather than just watch it,” said Rob Dyer, president and COO. “With new features like Scenario Mode, Multi-table online tournaments, and the Reputation system, World Championship Poker will continue to be the most realistic poker experience on any video game console.”
About World Championship Poker: All In
Developed by Point of View, World Championship Poker: All In continues to feature the most innovative one player career mode. Career mode now includes series tournaments, mixed games, and reoccurring home games. Other new features of WCP: All In include:
” 18 types of poker, including Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw, Seven Card Stud Omaha and More.
” Multi-Table Online Tournaments
” Scenario Mode: Players are presented with a series of poker “puzzle” challenges that gradually increase in difficulty.
” Lucky Charms: Players can improve their luck through this Career Mode skill.
” Mixed Games: Play two or more variations of poker during a single game, with the game changing every time the dealer button makes it around the table.
” Play with new pros – in game character likenesses and voices, as well as play styles and iconic signature personality traits for some new pros: Thomas Biehl, Marcel Luske and Erin Ness, as well as returning pros: Howard Ledrerer, Annie Duke, Robert Williamson III, Greg Raymer (PlayStation 2 and PSP System), Amir Vahidi (PlayStation 2 and PSP System), and Paul Darden (PlayStation 2 and PSP System).
” Reputation System: How well you play, your success in mini-games, and a number of other factors enhance (or hurt) your reputation in Career Mode – which unlocks extra tournaments and more lucrative action for you.
In a move to steal the spotlight once again, Daxter, the wily ottsel from Naughty Dog’s best-selling Jak and Daxter franchise, has convinced Sony Computer Entertainment America to ship his first solo project, Daxter for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system a week early, moving the release date to March 14, 2006. Excited to show fans his heroic side, Daxter is eager to prove he is no longer just a sidekick.
The first title developed by Ready At Dawn studios, Daxter sets the standard for character action games on the PSP system and follows the ottsel’s solo adventures between the end of Jak and Daxter and the beginning of Jak II. Created specially for the PSP as a modern 3D platformer, Daxter sports a full-featured move set, highly detailed graphics and incredible animation detail. From the start of the game when Daxter finds himself in an unfamiliar place and tackles his fear of bugs by taking a job as an exterminator, to the wild adventures and challenges en route to rescue Jak, Daxter takes players on a platform game thrill ride.
In addition to numerous hours of single-player fun, Daxter also supports Ad Hoc gameplay through a unique multiplayer mini-game called “Combat Bugs.” During these mini-games, players can customize bugs they’ve collected throughout the game and battle them against other players’ bugs in “Rock Paper Scissors” inspired combat.
Daxter also features interoperability between the PSP and PlayStation 2 with Jak X: Combat Racing. Players who connect Daxter for PSP and Jak X: Combat Racing for PS2 via USB cable between the two systems can unlock new characters and vehicles for Jak X: Combat Racing and special costumes and a vehicle in Daxter.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (March 7, 2006) Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that Me and My Katamari has gone gold exclusively for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system. Shipping this March, the award-winning Katamari franchise makes its portable debut and features a cast of zany characters, inviting graphics and utterly addicting gameplay that fans of the series have come to know and love. Me and My Katamari is the third installment in the Katamari series and promises to deliver the same level of enjoyment as its predecessors, Katamari Damacy and We ¥ (Love) Katamari.
Me and My Katamari includes a variety of new, exciting features including Ad Hoc wireless play for up to four people on the PSP system, an island-themed interface and improved customization options for player characters to wear items on their head, face or body. Me and My Katamari also introduces a handful of new cousins created specifically for the PSP system version to the expanding cast of quirky Katamari characters.
“Whether you have minutes or hours to play, Me and My Katamari is the kind of game PSP system owners have been waiting for,” said Yoshi Niki, Product Group Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “From the bright, colorful graphics to the addictive gameplay, long-time fans and newcomers to the Katamari series will quickly understand why this franchise has won over the hearts of so many gamers around the world.”
An epic undertaking of earthly proportions this time, the King calls upon his pint-sized son, the Prince, and all of the cousins for help. Taking a break from celestial construction, the King of All Cosmos takes the royal family on vacation to a tropical island paradise, where they become tasked with the responsibility of creating new Katamari islands for homeless animals.
Guilty Gear Judgment and Guilty Gear Reload – a straight port of Reload from the consoles and an all new game, Reload. Reload is a side-scroller heavy on the fighting. There are lots of special effects like fire and plenty of screaming. There are 20 levels, 6 bosses and 21 characters, where you start with 2 characters and have to unlock the rest. Guilty Gear Reload has 23 characters all unlocked from the begining. There’s traditional arcade mode, mission mode, wireless vs. mode. Heavy metal anime worlds. Total pandemonium. Looks like a fun fighter.
$39.99 release in early May 2006
Guilty Gear Dust Strikers for DS – uses both screens on a multi-tiered fighting level. Fight 4 other players at one time. There are power ups that you can pick up and throw at opponents or use the touch screen to store them and use them later. Typical Guilty Gear graphics and audio. With 4 fighters it’s almost like a party game. Mini-games uses the touch screen where you unlock moves for robo-ky as he takes other players’ moves and assimilates them.
$29.99 release in mid to late April
The newest villain in the Tomb Raider franchise has finally been revealed and man is she… mystical! Amanda Evert is an old friend of Lara Croft who was thought to be killed while excavating a tomb while back in graduate school. Little did she know that she would come back from the dead, and let’s just say that the friendship isn’t what it used to
be… While you may think this is a spoiler, we’ve barely scratched the surface because there is definitely more to hear about this mysterious new villainess! Since we know you are shaking in anticipation to take a look, here’s some new screens featuring Amanda in action. There will be much more to see when Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend ships April 11th in North America for the PS2, Xbox, and PC, with the PSP and Xbox360 versions to follow shortly after!