Games

The World of Harry Potter

Product Features

  • Join Harry Potter on exciting adventures in this 4-in-1 game collection
  • Master all things magical in a world filled with wizardry, fun, and danger
  • Overcome adversity and challenges; turn-based battle sequences
  • Interact with over 100 unforgettable characters from the book
  • Enjoy stunning 3D environments and special effects

From the Manufacturer
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Be Harry Potter, learning to master all things magical in a world filled with wizardry, fun, and danger. Overcome adversity and challenges and encounter unforgettable characters from J.K. Rowling’s worldwide bestseller.

As Harry Potter, players will hone their magical skills and advance through three terms of study during Harry’s first year at Hogwarts. Each term will challenge players to meet a number of objectives, such as collecting and mixing potions with Professor Snape or piloting a flying broom through the Forbidden Forest in search of Neville Longbottom’s Remembrall. In order to pass the first year of study, players must complete over 29 different objectives, while avoiding enemies and obstacles.

Bring the world of Harry Potter home in one small, portable package. Turn-based battle sequences reward thoughtful use of more than 30 spells and potions. Adventure-based game with an emphasis on puzzle solving and interaction with other characters. Interact with over 100 unforgettable characters from the book, including Professor Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, and Draco Malfoy. Faithful representation of the magical world created in J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels.

Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup

Grab your broomsticks and prepare for aerial competition high above the Quidditch pitch. For the first time ever, Harry Potter fans will be able to fully experience the magical power, speed, and competition of Quidditch, the favorite sport of witches and wizards, in Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup. EA’s UK Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets games, brings you this new title.

Features:

Climb aboard a flying broomstick and take part in the only complete Quidditch experience–including playing full matches.
Play as any one of four Hogwarts Houses and numerous characters from the fiction, including Harry Potter and the crafty Draco Malfoy.
Play all the Quidditch positions and execute all the high-flying moves.
Compete for the Quidditch World Cup with professional teams and stadium environments including USA, Bulgaria, featuring Viktor Krum, England, the Nordic team, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia. Each national team has its own Quidditch gear and unique strengths.
Invite a friend over for some head-to-head action in the first multiplayer (two player) Harry Potter experience.
Unlock special moves by collecting Quidditch Cards gained from challenges completed, moves made, and games won.
Enjoy stunning 3D environments and special effects.
Satisfying the number-one request from Harry Potter fans worldwide: full Quidditch matches.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Be Harry Potter in a unique new PC adventure with more magic, friendship, and danger. Learn new spells, undertake new quests, make new friends, and challenge new adversaries to confront the powers at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. Do you dare face You-Know-Who again?

Features:

  • Explore rich environments from the colorful Burrow to the dark reaches of the Forbidden Forest.
  • Master new spells including Expeliarmus, Diffendo, and Skurge.
  • Overcome dangerous foes from Aragog to the Basilisk.
  • Take flight to play improved Quidditch.
  • Interact with new characters from J.K. Rowling’s world, including Dobby, Lockhart, and Ginny Weasley.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The Dementors are coming and this time Harry needs his friends.

From the opening scene on the Hogwarts Express to the climactic finale on the shore of the great lake at Hogwarts, the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban videogame immerses the player in the world of Harry Potter with captivating gameplay, stunning environments, and graphics that bring to life the magical world familiar to anyone who has seen the films.

Players encounter new characters and creatures, engage in a variety of sub-quests, fly on a Hippogriff, explore previously unseen areas of Hogwarts and take on their friends in multiple two-player challenges, as they take part in the most exciting and challenging Harry Potter videogame adventure yet.

Features:

Companion Play: play as Harry, Ron, and Hermione to unlock the secrets of Hogwarts.
Face the Dementors: can you overcome the dreaded Azkaban guards?
Fly Buckbeak: fly the Hippogriff around the towers of Hogwarts.
All-new spells: freeze streams into ice slides, control flame-breathing dragons, and conjure a Patronus.
Stunning graphics: best-ever graphics bring to life the world of Harry Potter in a way never seen before.
New wizard cards: enjoy a new set of wizard cards, including the beings and beasts cards.

Product Description

World Of Harry Potter brings all of the early Harry Potter adventures to life. Experience his first three years at Hogwarts Academy, as he faces new trials and dangers at every turn. Combine the abilities of Harry, Hermione and Ron as they take on menaces unlike anything the world’s ever seen before. Includes Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner Of Azkaban and Quidditch World Cup.

Reviews from Gamers

 = Fun = Overall
Awesome entertainment value, great for kids and adults who play along with them


My 7 year old daughter and I have been searching for a good computer game to play ever since we finished up 101 Dalmations on the PC more than a year ago. I’ve read her the first three Harry Potter books, and then discovered this collection. It is a big winner.

You get four different games (which each originally sold for the cost of this collection, or more). We finished the Sorcerers Stone in about two weeks of evening play.

It has plenty of play value to get us to go back, mainly to find the hidden secrets we did not find the first time, and to play some better games of Quiddich.

We have just begun playing the Chamber of Secrets. Everything about this one is an upgrade from Sorcerer’s Stone: smoother play, more spells, more hidden areas, new activities, new features. We are enjoying it immensely.

Some kids are game fanatics, and can handle the controls alone. Another reviewer was correct, a game controller makes these much easier.

My daughter and I share the controls when we play together. In these games, she takes the mouse to cast spells and direct Harry’s point of view, I work the arrow keys to move us around. We have quite a lot of fun together this way.

The games feature the same story line and content as the books. Expect the same (very low) violence level as the books.

So I’m giving this bundle 5 stars based on just games. Heck, I would have given it 4 stars for the Sorcerer’s Stone alone, or 5 stars for the Chamber of Secrets alone. This is a super value.

Reviews from Gamers

 = Fun = Overall

Great Games in a Great Set at a Great Price!, December 17, 2005

This set includes the first 4 Potter games for PC: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Quidditch World Cup.

This is a cool deal! This set cost less than more stores sell Prisoner of Azkaban alone.

The Games (1-3) are model closely after the stories including much that the movies skip or alter. Like tje Hagrid’s gift of a flute in Sorcerer’s Stone. They also include Peeves the Poltergeist.

The Hogwarts Castle is styled after the film and the books and a great deal of effort went into capturing the feel of the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. It is loaded with secret passages, candy and wizard cards.

The graphic are pretty good (on all platforms) and the actors used create their own interpretation of the chief characters.

Game 3, Prisoner of Azkaban is much more in the spirit of the movies rather than the books, the faces of the characters more closely resemble their Warner Brother counterparts, and the Hogwart’s students wear school uniforms (instead of robes with crests over street clothes). This isn’t a complaint, either way.

I enjoyed both versions of the series.

The fourth game in this set:The Quidditch World Cup is not an adventure game, but a sports game, using elements from basketball, soccer and football to recreate Quidditch game play more elaborately than in the other 3 games.

THIS GAME WAS NOT BASED ON THE NEWLY RELEASED MOVIE, but came out based solely on the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

You can play proffessional Quidditch play for the World Cup as a team in the Quidditch League using players like Krum, playing the country of your choice (including playing for the States). This leads me to my one complaint: YOU CAN’T PLAY IRELAND. You can’t play as, or against Ireland’s Quidditch team. But, QWC is still the best game of the set.

If don’t want to play in the league for the World Cup, there is also the option of Hogwarts house play.

All 4 games come in a single-4 disc jewel case, not individually packaged within the 12″ box.

Games

Final Fantasy VII

All About Final Fantasy XII

As war looms on the horizon, the mighty Archadian Empire begins a campaign to subjugate its neighbors. The small kingdom of Dalmasca shares their fate, and it is here that our tale begins.

Two years after the fall of Dalmasca, the citizens are without guidance and direction. In the capital city of Rabanastre, the denizens gather and await the introduction of Archadia’s new consul. To Vaan, a young man living on the streets of Rabanastre, the Empire is a hated enemy who took the life of his brother, the only family he had left. In an effort to exact revenge, Vaan hatches a plot to break into the palace and steal from the occupying imperials. There, he gets more than he bargained for as he runs into Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne. Together, the two will embark on an incredible journey through Ivalice, tracing the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire’s invasion. The choices they make will determine the very fate of the world.

Features

  • Completely new voiced cut-scenes added for the North American release
  • Gorgeous CG cinematics and cut-scenes in Dolby® Pro Logic II combined with real-time graphics rivaling those of next-gen titles
  • Shocking plot twists take players on an unforgettable journey
  • Active Dimension Battle (ADB) system, enables players to move seamlessly between exploration and combat
  • Highly customizable Gambit system allows complete control over character AI during battles
  • License board gives the player the ability to customize each character’s skills and abilities
  • Final Fantasy XII has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess

Product Features

  • When Link travels to the darkened land of Hyrule, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious being named Midna.
  • Ride into battle against troops of foul creatures, using an incredible horseback combat system, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.
  • Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfillment of his quest, so players must sharpen their wits as they hunt for weapons and items.
  • Characters include Link, Zelda, Midna and many others, both new and old.

Product Description
Preview

Despite all the hoopla surrounding the next generation consoles, the most anticipated gaming event of this year is undoubtedly the latest The Legend of Zelda game. Subtitled Twilight Princess, the game looks radically different from The Wind Waker with less stylized, more realistic looking graphics.

As ever with a Nintendo title, much of the game is still surrounded in secrecy, but previews have already shown the game’s enormous scale with huge areas of rolling countryside for you to ride your horse and battle various evil enemies. Indeed, the game seems more action-focused than previous adventures, both on horseback and on foot.

One major new feature revealed in the game is that Link is now able to transform into a wolf. This gives him a whole suite of new features including the ability to “see” smells and access areas impossible as a human (or elf).

Despite the greater emphasis on action, the puzzles in the game are even more elaborate than before. A forest dungeon reveals your ability to communicate with animals. You order around a troupe of baboons to solve puzzles and to help battle the level boss.

The GameCube could hardly have asked for any better swansong than this, with utterly amazing graphics and an apparently endless range of features and settings. Even with so little still known about it, this is still on course to be the best game of the year. — Harrison Dent, Amazon.co.uk

This preview is based on an incomplete version of the game; features or problems mentioned above may not appear in the finished game.

Review from Gamers

 = Fun = Overall

UNDISPUTED GAME OF THE YEAR!, December 12, 2006

Wow, this game is amazing! I bought this game for only $40 at Curcuit City. I’m very happy I found it because I looked everywhere, and it was sold out. When I went to Curcuit City, I was amazed to see one sitting there for only $40.

Now, to the game itself. There have been a lot of great games that have come out this year. I own Gears of War for my XBox 360, and I didn’t think a game could top it for years to come. Well, a couple months later, Twighlight Princess was released. The GameCube version, which is the one that I have, has just as good if not better graphics than the Wii version. I played the Wii version a little bit at the store, and I was surprised to see that the GameCube Zelda was just as pretty looking. This game is as good as any graphic wise on the current gen consoles.

There has been so much focus on the 360, PS3, and Wii that this game might not get the praise that it deserves. This is the perfect game to end the current gen consoles. It’s simply amazing.

Anyone who still owns a GameCube should definitly get this game. It might not just be the game of the year, but maybe the game of the century! It was well worth the wait. And if you don’t believe this game can live up to Ocarina of Time, you better try this game. Then you can be the judge of that.

Get this game ASAP!

Review from Gamers – Nintendo Wii Version Versus GameCube Review

This is a review written by someone who has played both versions.

In this review I’ll not only touch on the aspects of Twilight Princess, but also tell you a few differences between the Wii and Gamecube versions, because some will most definitely be curious.

 = Fun = Overall
Absorbed in Twilight (Review includes differences between the Wii and Gamecube Versions), December 15, 2006

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular games of all time. When a new Zelda game marches forth, the fans are always there. Now, after spending years in development, with delay after delay and ultimately being pushed onto the Nintendo Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is finally here. It’s pretty generous of Nintendo to keep the game on the Gamecube as well as pushing it to the Wii. It’s great that even those without the Wii can experience this amazing game.

Twilight Princess is by far one of the most instantly absorbing in the series. The game begins with you as Link in the village of Ordan. Things are going well for Link and his friends until a band of monsters riding a boar come and kidnap two of his friends.

When Link awakens, he’s suddenly thrust into a twilight realm where he meets a creature named Midna, who decides to aid Link on his quest.

From the get go, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is instantly absorbing. The storyline is by far one of the best in the series and is very engrossing and absorbing.

The first major difference between the Gamecube and Wii versions are the controls. On the Wii you swing the remote and Link swings his sword. Here, it’s just the press of a button. For anyone who played the Wii version, it’s surprising how much time it takes to get used to the control scheme.

When using the slingshot or hero’s bow, aiming also feels strange. It’s far easier on the Wii. The controls for the Gamecube version are good, though. It’s just that if you played the Wii version you have to adjust to it.

However, it actually is an entirely different experienece all together. This doesn’t mean if you have the Wii version you should go out and buy the Gamecube version. They are, after all, the same game.

The heart of the challenge from the game mainly comes from the puzzles rather than the actual dungeon crawl itself. Most enemies are easily taken down by a couple of sword swings. Some of the puzzles, however, can really throw you for a loop. This also brings about another key difference between the Wii and Gamecube versions. The environments are completely mirrored. In other words, Link holds his sword in his left hand instead of his right. A path that was on the left in the Wii version will be on the right in the Gamecube version. Anyone who played the Wii version first will no doubt find this to be rather confusing. However, most of you are probably getting the Gamecube version because you don’t have a Wii. So this is really no problem at all.

A unique twist to the gameplay of Zelda is that Link not only goes around in his normal form, but can become a wolf as well. As a wolf the controls are virtually the same with the exception of Link being able to use senses and dig.

You’ll also be forced to solve puzzles in wolf form as well, and it does indeed add some variety to the game. As you progress in wolf form, Midna sits on your back and is there to offer advice for you. Gameplay wise, Twilight Princess knows how to keep you immersed in the game.

Visually a Gamecube game has never looked better than this. It’s fairly lifelike. It also looks very identical to the Wii version. However, the Gamecube version doesn’t play out in widescreen so there’s letterboxes whenever you view one of the cutscenes. The game sports some amazing detail, though. Link has never looked better. The land of Hyrule has never looked better. Your enemies and some of the cinematics also sport some awesome detail.

The music still sounds pretty good. A lot of tunes you’ll recognize from previous Zelda adventures, but the new stuff sounds pretty good too. There’s no voice acting, though, and that still bothers me about Zelda to this day. The Windwaker could’ve used voice acting and so could Twilight Princess.

The story is so absorbing, and it probably would’ve been better had they added voices to it. Link grunts and such and from time to time one of the NPC characters might yell something, but there’s really no spoken dialogue throughout the game.

It would’ve been really exciting to see some of the cinematics brought to life through fantastic voice acting. In the long run this probably won’t bother anyone, and its a small price to pay for a game that’s as fantastic as this.

For what its worth, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is very good. Its by far the most absorbing story in the entire series, and its gameplay is unmatched.

Fans who have followed Zelda since its days on the NES will be pleased at just how far the series has come with Twilight Princess. Its one of the best in the series.

On a final note, the Wii version is superior to the Gamecube version. While they are virtually the same game, the controls of the Wii version are better, and some of the environments look smoother. The control scheme and mirroring of the environments alone makes playing both versions a different experience. However, if you own the Wii version, this different experience isn’t so different as to warrant the Gamecube version a buy. The reverse is also true. If you invest in the Gamecube version, it’s hard to say, “Get the Wii version too.”

Whichever version you get, however, you’ll be satisfied either way.

The Good

+Absorbing story
+Fantastic Gameplay
+There’s a lot of great detail given to the game
+The puzzles are quite challenging
+The game still sounds good

The Bad

-All this time and the series still lacks voice acting



Product Description
The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess brings you back tot he land of Hyrule, as you uncover the mystery behind its plunge into darkness. Link, a young man raised as a wrangler in a rural village, is ordered by the mayor to attend the Hyrule Summit. He sets off, oblivious to the dark fate that has descended upon the kingdom. When he enters the Twilight Realm that has covered Hyrule, he transforms into a wolf and is captured. A mysterious figure helps him break free, and with the aid of her magic, they set off to free the land from the shadows. Link must explore the vast land of Hyrule and As he does, he’ll have to enlist the aid of friendly folk, solve puzzles and battle his way through dangerous dungeons. In the Twilight Realm, he’ll have to use his wolf abilities and Midna’s magic to bring light to the land. Revisit classic and new characters – Link, Zelda, Midna and many others

Games

A Must-Own – But Not Perfection, October 10, 2020

Halo 3 was, in a way, doomed before it was released. No matter how well it did, people are going to judge its “wow factor” against how amazing the original Halo felt to play back when it first came out.

Now that we are used to the weapons, races, environments and plotline, nothing is as cool as it was that first time. It’s the same issue that plagues any series, be it Dune, the Matrix, Star Wars, etc.

Halo 3 does get a boost in that it is released for the 360, so you get an automatic upgrade in abilities there. We’re playing on a high end HD TV, and yes, it looks really nice.

The backgrounds look like a painting in motion, with swirling clouds and dancing dust storms. From the light glinting off the metal surfaces to the detailed shadows in the rocks, it can be really gorgeous.

Is every detail as beautiful as every detail in, say Gears of War? Maybe not. Different developers focus on different items. There are always trade-offs for speed and visual appeal reasons. For a Halo world, I think they did a good job.

The sound and dialogue are really great. I like the background music, and I find much of the dialogue hilarious. There are some conversations that have me laughing out loud. This is a good game to play with your surround sound stereo system hooked up, and of course the subwoofers.

I hated the ending of Halo 2. I dislike it when a story finishes with a “and now wait a few years to find out what happened.”

They can at least have you feel like you achieved something, and ended a chapter. For that reason alone it’s good to have Halo 3 here to wrap everything up.

Unfortunately, with all the time they spent in development, this third outing is a bit predictable. I really enjoyed the multi character play in Halo 2. I thought that was a great touch. They completely removed it for Halo 3, setting you back into a Master Chief only mode. To be honest, I really thought we’d get THREE races this time around, and get to play as the Flood too. Why reduce ourselves to just one?

Also, while there are a lot of “missions”, some of them are maybe 5 minutes long. That’s a bit on the short side. I realize you can go back and replay on harder and harder levels to challenge yourself – but they could have put more depth into the basic story line.

Now, all of those things being said, the key to any game in modern times is its multiplayer ability. No matter what single player game you play, it’s pretty much a limited time game. Multiplayer is completely unlimited – and you’re not stuck with the formulas built into the AI brains. Halo 3 is definitely the best multiplayer experience of the three games – the most balanced, the most fun, the best graphics. You could literally play this for years and not get bored of it.

So to summarize – if you don’t have XBox Live, you could rent this game for a week, get through it and have a lot of fun. You’ll be able to see how the story ends, get your Halo fix in and be happy. But if you do have XBox Live, you’ll want to own this. Between replaying the base game on harder levels to improve your skills, and playing multi-player in a variety of maps and set-ups, you’ll be happy for a long, long while.

There are many games we write a walkthrough for that we have to push ourselves to get through, but when we did our walkthrough for Halo 3, we really did have fun 🙂 So that’s always a good sign!

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Legend of Jack Sparrow

Description

What’s not to love about Captain Jack Sparrow? Play as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann as you hack and slash your way through fully interactive environments, including burning buildings, wrecked ships, and misty moonlit caves. One minute you are fighting hordes of enemies, and the next you’re evading capture by the Royal Navy.
Features:

Join Captain Jack Sparrow as he recounts his most thrilling adventures: Did he really sack Nassau Port without firing a shot or ride away from a deserted isle on the backs of sea turtles? Now you’ll find out, firsthand!

Co-op multiplayer: take on the challenge with a friend and play side-by-side as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, or Elizabeth Swann.
Secret treasures: Hidden passages, special coins, and other secrets await! Discover gold and treasure to purchase upgrades for advanced moves and special abilities.

Unlockable weapons and combos: throughout your adventure you’ll be rewarded with new swords that allow more advanced combos to defeat a wide range of deadly foes.


Description
Pirates of the Caribbean: Legend of Jack Sparrow lets you join the famous pirate captain, as he recounts his most thrilling adventures. Did he really sack Nassau Port without firing a shot or ride away from a deserted isle on the backs of sea turtles?

Now you’ll find out first-hand! Co-op multiplayer action as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner & Elizabeth Swann play side-by-side Features the voice of Johnny Depp.

Features

Final Fantasy III DS “The Gulgan thus prophesied: This earthquake is only the beginning. The great tremors that swallowed the crystals, the light of our world, only to spawn monsters from the depths of the scarred land, are nothing but harbingers of what is yet to come. Something is coming..fathomless, ominous, and full of sorrow.. But

Description
The only Final Fantasy that was never localized in the United States, Final Fantasy III has been reborn, incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology. Using the features of the Nintendo DS to their fullest, Final Fantasy III features graphics that have been reworked and remodelled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical Final Fantasy look and feel. This is the fans’ chance to complete the circle. The legend of Final Fantasy III is reborn.

A must-have for the hardcore Final Fantasy Fan, January 24, 2007
Reviewer: Helen J. Casper (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

= Fun = Overall


I’ve played this game in English and in the original Japanese (even though I don’t speak or understand Japanese). I absolutely love it. It has the feel of an old-school Final Fantasy game but with amazing graphics that would impress anyone.

I will admit that I had more fun playing it in Japanese than in English because I didn’t understand most of what was going on and every new item, weapon, spell, etc. was an adventure as I tried to figure out what it did. =)

If you are a “new” Final Fantasy fan, you may be a bit put-off by the amount of time you need to spend to really make your characters amazing.

You may also be a bit frustrated with the segmented and predictable plot. Modern Final Fantasy fans (who started playing the games at or after 7) are just too used to the complex and multi-layered plotlines of the modern games.

However, those of us who have been dedicated since the Nintendo console games will love the timeless crystal story, the linear plot, and the job system that makes the game wholly customizable. If you were a fan of Final Fantasy 5, you will definitely love this game. The jobs are different and the gameplay is a bit more simplistic, but you’ll see a lot of the things you loved about 5 in this game- with better graphics and the ability to travel diagonally.

If you’re a casual RPG player, you also may not appreciate Final Fantasy 3 as much as a die-hard enthusiast of the series. While the graphics are cute, the game doesn’t have the finesse of most modern RPGs.

There are lots of hidden treasures, random encounters galore, and a noticeable lack of many side-quests that modern RPG players enjoy. However, this is a great remake of a classic RPG and those who can appreciate that will enjoy it immensely.

One of the fun, minor aspects of this game is Mognet. In each town, you can talk to a Moogle who will connect you to the Nintendo Wi-Fi network.

From there, you can write little messages to other friends who have the game. Part of this fun of this game, for me at least, has been finding and making friends with other FF3 players. As a side note, we had no problems setting it up with our existing home wireless network.

I simply configured the settings on my DS lite and can access it no matter where in the house I’m playing. The little notes from other players really add another level of enjoyment.

To put it bluntly, you simply cannot pass on this game if you are a true, hardcore Final Fantasy fan.

It’s a canon, mainline game and very well done. In my opinion, it is even worth getting a DS just for this game.

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Free Online RPG Games

Gaming giant Wizards of the Coast debuts its highly-anticipated MapleStory iTrading Card Game (iTCG) today, a unique analog extension of the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) MapleStory, giving players an added dimension to their game playing experience. The cards feature iconic anime art from Nexon America Inc.’s popular MapleStory online game and are designed to interact as a turn-based strategy game. Adding to the excitement, the iTCG cards feature codes that unlock exclusive rewards and game experiences in the online game.

With the introduction of the MapleStory iTCG, Wizards of the Coast and Nexon take TCGs to the next level by giving players an integrated experience between the online and offline worlds. Each pack of MapleStory iTCG cards includes a code redeemable for online rewards and game experiences such as highly sought-after artifacts, rare virtual pets, and all-new quests.

Also announced today is the name and image of a new virtual pet, black bunny (preview shown below). The black bunny is exclusive to the iTCG and thus can only be acquired online with an iTCG code.

CURRENT RPG GAME REVIEWS:

Maple Story
Halo 3 – Xbox 360
Pirates of the Caribbean – The Legend of Jack Sparrow – PS 2
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy VII
Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess – Gamecube
The World of Harry Potter
Super Mario Bros – Nintendo DS
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour
Hannah Montana: Music Jam
Hannah Montana DS
That’s So Raven: Psychic on the Scene DS
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

NEW!!!* MAPLE STORY – FREE ONLINE RPG GAMES
MapleStory iTrading Card Game Hits Shelves Today!

Wizards of the Coast, Nexon take tabletop gaming to the next level

Maple Story Trading Card Game! Official Site

November 6, 2007 (Renton, Wash.) – Gaming giant Wizards of the Coast debuts its highly-anticipated MapleStory iTrading Card Game (iTCG) today, a unique analog extension of the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) MapleStory, giving players an added dimension to their game playing experience.

The cards feature iconic anime art from Nexon America Inc.’s popular MapleStory online game and are designed to interact as a turn-based strategy game. Adding to the excitement, the iTCG cards feature codes that unlock exclusive rewards and game experiences in the online game.

With the introduction of the MapleStory iTCG, Wizards of the Coast and Nexon take TCGs to the next level by giving players an integrated experience between the online and offline worlds. Each pack of MapleStory iTCG cards includes a code redeemable for online rewards and game experiences such as highly sought-after artifacts, rare virtual pets, and all-new quests.

Also announced today is the name and image of a new virtual pet, black bunny (preview shown below). The black bunny is exclusive to the iTCG and thus can only be acquired online with an iTCG code.

Maple Story – Virtual Bunny!

The MapleStory iTCG Starter Set (MSRP $9.99) and Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99) are available in the US and Canada at hobby game shops and other major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, select GameStop stores, Toys ‘R’ Us, Kmart and Meijer Foods.

Wizards of the Coast popularized trading card games with the creation of Magic: The Gathering® in 1993. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play.

Description:
Adding to Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, the epic saga continues with Halo 3, the amazingly anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise. In this third chapter of the Halo trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.


Earth is conquered. The Covenant is everywhere. Halo 3 promises to be an epic journey. View larger.
Game developer Bungie announced that Halo 3 will be released for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sometime in 2007. The game was revealed to the world at the Microsoft press conference held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA in May 2006.

To gamer’s delight, the announcement was a complete surprise. The rumors have been abound for the past year, as everyone wondered when the next installment would be ready.

Bungie and Microsoft did a stellar job keeping their lips sealed, and fans benefited from their first glimpse of the hallowed third and final installment.

The short presentation was delivered in real-time on the Xbox 360 using the current version of the Halo 3 game engine. That’s right, no studio production video, Bungie and Microsoft delivered the real deal: what they showed at the announcement is what gamers will see when they play Halo 3 in 2007.

The HDR lighting, self-shadowing, GPU-run particle system and many other effects are rumored to show up in full effect in the final game. Needless to say, the gaming community is salivating.

CJ Cowan, Bungie’s director of cinematics discussed one of the most startling moments of the presentation: the return of Cortana. “Given the variety of character and story arcs at the end of Halo 2, we wanted to boil down our announcement to a few key threads.

Cortana and the Chief being a galaxy apart is a situation we haven’t seen before, and is something that is a powerful component to Halo 3.

We are using her transmissions in the demo to give the viewer a few subtle clues to her situation and state of mind, without revealing any specifics we want to save for the game itself.”

Graphically, the game closely follows in the tradition of Halo 2, although it has been upgraded to take advantage of the Xbox 360’s more prodigious visual abilities. As art direct Marcus Lehto explained, “[The presentation] was intended to be an understated announcement of Halo 3 — the tone is that of mystery and suspense — the calm before the storm.

I wanted to make sure that we reintroduced the Chief, showed that Earth was thoroughly conquered, with Covenant everywhere, and that there is a glorious, ancient artifact buried under the Earth’s crust which will provide Halo 3 with the epic journey which we all want.”

Taking full advantage of the power of Xbox 360, Halo 3 expands on everything that has made the franchise great, adding a wealth of technical and gameplay advancements.

The game design has evolved with next-generation, high-definition visuals, enhanced A.I., an advanced real-time lighting engine, and, of course, new weapons, characters, and challenges. Halo 3 promises an unparalleled first-person shooter experience and, in the end, the most compelling and engrossing story in the franchise’s history.

Last, but certainly not least, Halo 3 builds upon the unique social multiplayer experience and innovative, evolving online gameplay of Halo 2. Rest assured, you’ll still be able to run with your clan and battle with (or against) your buddies from coast to coast.

Description

Halo 3 is the third game in the Halo Trilogy and the thrilling conclusion to the events begun in Halo: Combat Evolved. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax. The Covenant occupation of Earth has uncovered a massive and ancient object beneath the African sands – an object who’s secrets have yet to be revealed.

Earth’s forces are battered and beaten. The Master Chief’s AI companion Cortana is still trapped in the clutches of the Gravemind – a horrifying Flood intelligence and a civil war is raging in the heart of the Covenant.

It’s all been building to this — a desperate, final war that leads to a soul-shattering climax of epic proportions. Take control of Master Chief to defeat the Covenant and destroy the Flood to prevent the annihilation of the human race.