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Thursday, May 11, 2006, 12:22PM EST

Gamers love science fiction, and game developers have tapped into their imaginations to bring epic galactic confrontations to gamers. Fans of "The X-Files" will like 2K Games’ Prey, which focuses on the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic who ends up man’s last hope against an alien invasion. This first-person shooter blends Cherokee mythology and themes of sacrifice, love, and responsibility. Most of the action takes place within an organic, living ship, a giant entity that can sense and react to Tommy’s presence.

From a giant ship to large mechs, Konami’s Coded Arms is coming to PS3 and PSP next spring. Coded Arms Assault (working title) brings next-generation graphics to the franchise. Taking place in a virtual "Cyber Tokyo," a living, breathing futuristic landscape, there’s a single-player story as well as online play for up to 16 combatants. Online game types like classic deathmatch and capture-the-flag modes are included and maps are being designed specifically for multiplayer for even more replay value. On the PSP, Coded Arms 2 (working title) continues the story of the military training program A.I.D.A. The game now features improved level design and a greater variety of environments. Multiplayer modes will allow for up to eight players online using infrastructure mode.

Another future landscape comes to life from Crytek and Electronic Arts in early 2007. Set in 2019, Crysis’ story focuses on an alien invasion that threatens the entire world. The U.S. and Korea must work together in a bid to save humanity from these technologically advanced beings. The PC game offers a unique three-act structure that forces the player to use real-time armor and weapons customization to adapt to an ever-changing dynamic world. Players will explore a living, dynamic world where earthquakes, breaking ice, landslides, and tornados pose a real and ever-present danger.

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