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Namco Bandai Goes Next Gen

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 10:42AM EST

The big guns have been drawn, and Namco Bandai is showing four games for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at E3.

Both the Tekken and Ridge Racer series receive sequels for PlayStation 3 in the form of Tekken 6 and Ridge Racer 7. The Xbox 360 hosts Namco Bandai’s Mobile Ops: One Year War, a mech-based war title, and the card-based Culdcept Saga, both of which will be playable via Microsoft’s online service Xbox 360 Live.
Other Namco Bandai titles on display are Hellgate: London, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, and Mage Knight Apocalypse. London offers a wrecked United Kingdom and a host of demons to slay, while Chaos drops players into a real-time simulation set in the Warhammer universe. Apocalypse features role-playing action, with the goal of slaying an enormous dragon.

Console and handheld offerings from Namco Bandai include sequels for popular franchises Pac-Man, Xenosaga, Ace Combat, Tekken, and Legend of Heroes. Ace Combat X, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, and Legend of Heroes II: The Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch are planned for release on the PSP, and feature aerial dogfighting, fighting, and role playing, respectively.

Manga and anime series Naruto, Zatchbell!, One Piece, IGPX, and .hack will all be represented with games. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for the PlayStation 2; the PlayStation 2 and GameCube’s Zatchbell! Mamodo Fury and One Piece Grand Adventure; and IGPX all take different approaches to the fighting game, and .hack//G.U. Volume 1: Rebirth continues its predecessors’ RPG tradition.

Namco Bandai plans three license-based releases as well. The Fast and the Furious offers underground-style racing for both PlayStation 2 and PSP, and beloved comic character Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang receive videogame treatment with Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (PC, PlayStation 2, PSP) and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars (PlayStation2, PSP).

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