21. Sep, 2005 10:37 (HKT)

Shipping today: Rhapsodia / Suikoden Tactics, SLAI: Steel Lancer International (PS2™), Formula One 2005 Portable, Princess Crown (JPN PSP™), Screw Breaker (GBA™), Kyouryuu Taisen Dino Champ: Saikyou DNA Hakkutsu Daisakusen (NDS™) & more

From the publisher: Breaking from the series' traditional role-playing roots, Rhapsodia incorporates simulation and strategy elements that take players on an all-new fantastical adventure. The game is set before, during and after the events of Suikoden® IV and the game follows the adventures of a young new hero, Kyril as he uncovers the dark secrets behind the magical Rune Cannons. Successfully blending classic Suikoden and RPG elements that fans of the renowned series have come to expect with new features and game mechanics, Suikoden Tactics offers players an original and robust gameplay experience.

By exploring the game's vast and stunning environments, players will encounter numerous characters from which they can build their party. The colorful cast, each one highly stylized and artistically created, includes over 20 new characters as well as many that were featured in Suikoden IV. The ability to coordinate troops and strengthen a character's skills at anytime throughout the game will aid players in the battles that await them. However, the true challenge lies in trying to outmaneuver opponents on the battlefield. The inclusion of a new 'Ground Elemental System', where the ground itself is imbued with power of the elements adds a dynamic new level of strategic gameplay to the genre.

As in past Suikoden games, during battle, players will be able to execute a wide variety of 'Combination Attacks' that will result in extravagant and exciting scene effects. Also, the newly implemented visual strategic system allows players to determine the status of their troops and foes through a series of status icons, alleviating the need to access menus that distract from the heat of battle.

Konami's tactical adventure Rhapsodia (also known as Suikoden Tactics) for PlayStation2™ is in stock today at US$ 64.90. The official double disc Rhapsodia Original Soundtrack album is due for release next week, September 28th.

Further new releases shipping today:

SLAI: Steel Lancer InternationalJPN US$ 64.90 sold
Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water [Collector's Edition]JPN US$ 95.00 sold
Dragon Quest Metal Slime Controller US$ 79.90 sold
Harukanaru Jikuu no Kade 3: Izayoiki Memory Card 8MB US$ 36.90 sold
Formula One 2005 PortableJPN US$ 52.90 1w
Gundam Battle TacticsJPN US$ 52.90 1-2w
Princess CrownJPN US$ 52.90 sold
Memory Stick Duo Reader/Writer US$ 19.90 sold
Kyouryuu Taisen Dino Champ: Saikyou DNA Hakkutsu DaisakusenJPN US$ 48.90 1-5d
Screw BreakerJPN US$ 39.90 sold

The Dragon Quest Metal Slime Controller has been sold on this year's Tokyo Game Show and is only available in very limited quantities. As usually, a detailed summary of all new Games & Toys releases from this week will be posted tomorrow.


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