Microsoft sure is full of surprises and the Xbox 360 maker sure knows how and when to capitalize on situations. This time Microsoft has announced four new game titles for the Xbox 360 game console. These games are based on upcoming movies such as “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, “Shrek the Third”, and “Ratatouille”.
About the new Xbox 360 games:
“Shrek the Third” (Activision- Those who can’t get enough of “Shrek the Third” should not despair. Xbox 360 lets players experience the signature humor and outrageous adventures of the lovable hero long after the movie credits roll. Play as Shrek, Donkey, Puss In Boots, Fiona, Arthur and fellow fairy-tale heroine Sleeping Beauty to save Far Away from Prince Charming and his army of villains. Gamers will be challenged to rescue their pals, face off against Charming’s henchmen, gather collectibles, test their gaming skills in 20 movie-based and game-exclusive levels, and engage in various single-player and multiplayer minigames.
“Shrek the Third” for the Xbox 360 game console will release on May 15, 2007, ahead of the movie release on May 18, 2007. The game will cost $49.99.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Disney Interactive Studios)- Based on both the second and third films of the blockbuster franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” brings players deeper into the pirates’ world with a chance to play as their favorite stars: crafty Captain Jack Sparrow, swordsmith Will Turner or daring Elizabeth Swann. Gamers will relive the swashbuckling adventures of the crazed pirates and creative swordsmanship of the silver screen, and then go beyond the film to experience new locations, an extended story and a unique ending. They will also enjoy sword-assisted acrobatics, swashbuckling action and classic dueling with unique gameplay.
This game will cost $59.99, and will release on May 22, 2007, while the actual movie release takes place on May 25, 2007.’
“Ratatouille” (THQ Inc.)- Summer starts cooking with Disney/Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” the story of a young rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a great French chef, despite the obvious problem of being a rat. With this game, players can relive all the film’s most thrilling and hilarious moments. From the underground sewers to the bustling streets of Paris, they will dash, swim, glide and slide through five action-packed, visually stunning worlds filled with dangerous enemies, intense heists and perilous missions. Gamers can go head-to-head with their friends in multiplayer minigames or navigate their way through a sensational rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.
Ratatouille will cost $49.95 and will release on June 26, 2007, while the movie release date is scheduled for June 29, 2007.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (Electronic Arts Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)- Magic makes a colossal comeback as Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts in the most authentic Harry Potter game to date. Players will explore the many key locations at Hogwarts in precise detail, each one a visual match to its film equivalent, while being engrossed in the thrilling adventure outlined in the rich narrative of the book. They can choose to go to class, or play Gobstones or Wizard Chess, with no prescribed way to complete the game; the choice is theirs as they experience more freedom than ever before to customize their time at Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game is slated for release on June 25, 2007 and will cost you $59.99. The movie actually releases on July 13, 2007.
“Xbox Dad” columnist and family gaming expert Duncan Mackenzie said, “These action-packed Xbox 360 games let kids and adults alike take all the adventure and excitement of this summer’s hottest films home with them. I can’t think of a better way to spend some quality time with the kids than to turn our favorite movies into an interactive experience, chatting and laughing as we take on the role of our favorite characters.”