AU Shippin' Out May 19-29: Haze

Ubisoft's long-awaited shooter finally arrives on the PS3.

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Haze is certainly no stranger to gossip or controversy. Not only was it a rumoured multiplatform title--before Sony confirmed that it was exclusive to the PS3--but it has also seen several shipping delays. This Thursday, the highly anticipated shooter from developer Free Radical is finally released into the wild. Set in the future, Haze sees you stuck in the middle of a war between a biomedical/private military company called Mantel and a rebel faction known as The Promise Hand. Mantel gives their soldiers Nectar, which is a performance enhancing drug; but it's not without some nasty side effects. You start the game fighting for Mantel in an unnamed South American country, but soon defect and find yourself fighting against your old employer. On top of the single-player campaign, Haze supports up to 16 players in competitive modes online and four players in co-op. You can check out the GameSpot review later this week.

Entering the already crowded MMO space this week is Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, which is loosely based on the work of Robert E. Howard. AOC features a real-time combat system, where players can have complete control of their avatar as they swing or throw their weapons. Thanks to the game's unique control scheme, players can choose which direction to swing their swords or shoot projectiles. The game comes with 30 days of free play, and will cost A$44.95 ($42.84) for 60 days of additional time cards. Age of Conan is out this Friday and costs A$79.95 ($76.20) for the standard edition, or A$109.95 ($104.79) for the limited edition version of the game. The latter includes a bonus soundtrack, leatherette map, art book, and two exclusive in-game items--a ring for greater experience points, and cape which grants free drinks in any tavern in Hyboria.

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer and publisher information--actual dates may vary).

May 22, 2008
Haze (PS3)
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (DS)
Paint by DS (DS)
Crosswords DS (DS)

May 23, 2008
Silent Hill: Origins (PS2)
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (PC)
Top Trumps: Dr. Who (PC, PS2, DS)

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