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Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 12:18PM EST

Close the curtains, draw the drapes, and color us peach, black, and taken aback: The next generation of videogames has arrived in full force. Take a gander at some of the hot PC and console titles storming this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Electronic Arts' Army of Two throws gamers into hot spots ripped from current-day headlines, where they will utilize two-man strategies and tactics, transitioning between playing with intelligent Partner AI (PAI) and a live player. Alain Tascan, VP and general manager of developer EA Montréal, said, " This is EA's first original title for the next-gen systems."

More than 140 Marvel characters come together in Raven and Activision's action RPG Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, with players able to take on the roles of the 20 best-known heroes.

BioShock from Irrational Games is a successor to System Shock 2, although it takes place in a different universe—an alternate World War II universe. It's being published by 2K Games.

Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising is an MMO from Sony Online Entertainment.
Developer Pandemic plans to release Mercenaries: World in Flames exclusively for PlayStation 3. The game takes four guns- for-hire and drops them into a war-torn Venezuela.

Square Enix plans to release two Final Fantasy titles for PlayStation 3: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 will make its way onto PlayStation 3 in a year's time. This latest installment in the much-loved series features an all-star cast of 17 fighters. Scott Steinberg, vice president of marketing for Sega of America, said, "For years, the industry has talked about bringing the arcade experience to the living room. Virtua Fighter 5 fulfills this promise, and then some."

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