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Def Jam: ICON Among EA's New Releases

DEF JAM: ICON is among a host of new titles that have been recently release by Electronic Arts. Other new releases include: BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE, MEDAL OF HONOR COLLECTION and three new sports titles.

In partnership with urban lifestyle powerhouse Def Jam Interactive, DEF JAM: ICON infuses hip hop beats with an advanced, next generation fighting gameplay system for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Players use the music to their advantage to strike down their opponent with DEF JAM: ICON's new Building's with Bass fighting mechanic. The musically charged environments become alive to the beat, creating hazards that you can use to defeat your opponent. Players can even trigger the beats to set off the hazards at the right time with the game's unique DJ Controls. Never before has music become an instrumental part in the actual gameplay of a videogame.

DEF JAM: ICON's soundtrack features new tracks from Big Boi, Lil Jon, Ludacris, T.I., and Young Jeezy. To keep the music fresh, players can load their own MP3s into the game version for Xbox 360 and have their favorite beats drive the environment and gameplay.

Produced by EA Chicago, the developers of the FIGHT NIGHT franchise, the game is rated "M" (Mature) with descriptors Blood, Strong Lyrics, Violence, by the ESRB. It sells for $59.99. The official game website is www.defjamicon.com.

Additionally, Electronic Arts has released BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE for the PC via EA Link at www.ea.com/ealink for $9.99. BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB and was developed at the EA Digital Illusions (DICE) studio in Stockholm, Sweden.

Emphasizing close-quarters combat, BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE drops gamers deep into a desperate conflict for control of Earth's last scraps of inhabitable land following the onset of a cataclysmic new ice age. The Pan-Asian Coalition (PAC) has secretly moved into mainland Europe, using abandoned urban areas to establish new strongholds in a last-ditch push for superiority. The European Union must quickly mobilize north to dislodge PAC forces from a series of urban strongholds and regain the upper hand.

BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE features the new Conquest Assault game mode, and three new maps, including the infamous WWII battle scene at the Bridge at Remagen, an Alpine Titan docking harbour in Port Bavaria and a claustrophobic showdown in the Liberation of Leipzig. The booster pack also features new vehicles including the EU's heavily armed IFV Goliath and the PAC's hovering light IFV Hachimoto in addition to new persistence, new gameplay and more.

Moreover, EA's MEDAL OF HONOR COLLECTION shipped to store shelves. Experience three PS2 games from the best-selling WWII franchise of all time for $29.99. The MEDAL OF HONOR COLLECTION includes MEDAL OF HONOR FRONTLINE, MEDAL OF HONOR RISING SUN and MEDAL OF HONOR EUROPEAN ASSAULT.

MEDAL OF HONOR FRONTLINE * Relive the European Theater of war in 19 deadly missions, from Operation Overlord to Operation Market Garden. * Master OSS training to penetrate enemy strongholds and outsmart highly-trained SS officers.

MEDAL OF HONOR RISING SUN* Survive the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, then fight to defeat the Japanese empire. * Engage Japanese forces in two-player Co-op mode or play as Axis and Allied soldiers in four-player combat.

MEDAL OF HONOR EUROPEAN ASSAULT* Unleash the hero within with the new Adrenaline feature and fight to uncover the Nazis' dark secrets. * Explore open battlefields where every choice you make can decide your fate.

As for new sports games, EA shipped NBA STREET HOMECOURT, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 and ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY.

Electronic Arts shipped NBA STREET HOMECOURT for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game will be available in Europe on March 23, 2007.

The all-new Trick Remixer lets gamers take control of the player's rhythm by mixing quick tricks with elaborate moves, all with the simplicity of two trick buttons. Perform crossovers with an instantaneous response and string together the perfect blend of combinations to take over any game. Take your game to new heights with new flight controls and leap off the shoulders of a teammate for the leap off dunk, or pull off the ultimate double dunk to beat your opponent and electrify the crowd.

NBA STREET HOMECOURT is the first Xbox 360 game to support 1080p and boasts a seamless blending of animation running at 60fps. The game features the NBA's biggest stars rendered with meticulous detail, and, for the first time ever in a videogame, six WNBA stars. Go from an unknown talent to a playground legend and put your homecourt on the map by dominating courts from coast to coast.

A downloadable Xbox 360 demo is also available, with additional game content being created exclusively for download on Xbox Live Marketplace post-launch, including two free bonus courts.

Featuring over-the-top 3-on-3 street basketball gameplay, the game was developed in Vancouver by EA Canada under the EA SPORTS BIG brand. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and 3+ by PEGI and sells for $59.99.

In addition, Electronic Arts Inc. shipped TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 for the Wii.

In TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 the power and control of every swing are literally in the player's hands. Whether you tilt the Wii Remote to hook and slice the ball or swing away for a long straight drive, the Wii's innovative game controller provides a realistic golfing experience. The Nunchuk can also be attached for the traditional analog swing.

The top-selling golf video game franchise is packed with content, including 18 championship courses and 35 pro and fantasy golfers. Use the Wii Remote's point and click interface to move the new golf glove, grab the True-Aiming circle to position your shots with Grab and Drag True-Aiming, then hit away for true-to-life accuracy.

Developed by EA Redwood Shores, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 is rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB and sells for $49.95.

Electronic Arts Inc. also shipped ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY, the only arena football game available to fans of the extreme action sport. ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY brings to life the hard-hitting, high-scoring intensity of 50-yard goal line-to-goal line battles. The game, under the EA SPORTS brand, is available on the PlayStation 2.

From the af2 to the AFL, including classic historical squads, more than 80 teams will be made available in ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY and for the first time, fans can play as their favorite af2 franchise. In addition, players can take the af2 circuit by storm by winning the ArenaCup then export their players into the AFL and set their sights on an ArenaBowl championship. In ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY, the player will have Total Offense Control. They can now pick apart defenders with their star receiver, while using the right analog stick to help the quarterback find passing lanes and avoid the rush.

ARENA FOOTBALL: ROAD TO GLORY is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and sells for $29.99.

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