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Namco Hometek Is Game For The Holidays

This holiday season, Namco Hometek Inc. offers a varied lineup of new videogame releases, from the number one fighting game available to romping platformer adventures to classic arcade favorites for every major gaming platform. Namco's lineup includes SOULCALIBUR II, R: RACING EVOLUTION, SPAWN: ARMAGEDDON, KILL.SWITCH, TIME CRISIS 3, I-NINJA and PAC-MAN VS.

Winner of multiple awards and accolades, SOULCALIBUR II is the ultimate sequel to one of the most revered weapons-based fighters of all time. The game includes more than 15 warriors, both familiar and new -- including a character named Necrid, created by Todd McFarlane exclusively for the home console versions. Battling each other in search of Soul Edge, each console has special guest characters exclusive to that specific platform, including TEKKEN'S HEIHACHI for PlayStation 2, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA'S LINK for the Nintendo GameCube and Todd McFarlane's SPAWN for Xbox. The game features more than 10 game modes, including the all-new Weapon Master Mode, Time Attack Mode, Survival Mode, VS. Mode and Team Battle Mode. In the Weapon Master Mode, players can collect and utilize over 200 different weapons, thus adding a deeper level of strategy to every new battle.

New to the racing genre is R: RACING EVOLUTION, created by the same team that developed the critically acclaimed RIDGE RACER and MOTOGP franchises. R: RACING EVOLUTION combines awesome graphical quality and high performance driving physics. The game chronicles the intense competition and deep rivalries found within the professional racing circuit. Shipping for all three home-console platforms on Dec. 9, 2003, the game features licensed real-world vehicles, 14 real-world and fantasy tracks, eight different racing styles and five game modes. Also featured is the New Interactive Driver AI System that enhances realistic racing situations and a reward point system, which allows for power-ups and unlocking new cars.

SPAWN: ARMAGEDDON, based on Todd McFarlane's best-selling comic book character, is scheduled for release on all three consoles later this month. The 3D action/adventure game gives players access to all of his distinctive abilities -- his superhuman strength, hand-to-hand combat techniques, his arsenal of weaponry, his Hell Powers and, of course, his living symbiotic costume. With over 23 levels of gameplay and stunning graphics, players are caught between the battle of Good vs. Evil, as Spawn struggles to break free from the controlling influences of Heaven and Hell.

Namco Hometek Inc.'s new internal development project, KILL.SWITCH, is an intense and innovative tactical military shooter available for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. KILL.SWITCH allows for exciting combat gameplay by combining realistic cover tactics with highly explosive firepower. Featuring a unique Offensive Cover System, the game allows the player to engage the enemy from various cover positions. The game also utilizes lethal Blindfire gunplay, enabling the player to launch a frontal assault technique against the enemy without being exposed to counterfire. Enemies work together in teams and not only seek out and engage the player, but also thrive in team-based tactics and attacks. Six war-themed missions are spread out across 18 different levels and feature environments from Middle Eastern-inspired deserts to an underground submarine base.

TIME CRISIS 3, available on the PlayStation 2, marks the return of Namco's premier light gun shooting franchise. Compatible with the GUNCON(R) 2 light gun, this fast-paced first-person shooter has a new weapon select system that enables players to chose from four weapons (machine gun, hand gun, shotgun and grenade) to optimize their game play strategy. Time Crisis 3 includes the original arcade game as well as console-exclusive gamemodes. Sniper combat provides intense and immersive sharp-shooting action.

I-NINJA, now available on the major platforms, is an adrenaline-charged adventure game featuring the biggest little ninja. With a small, earthlike planet called The World as his stage, Ninja travels from beaches to mountains and beyond earning new ninja belts, recovering lost relics and facing his ultimate nemesis. Challenging the powers of gravity, Ninja grinds rails, hovers long distances with a sword-copter, utilizes powerful chains and tiger claws, runs on walls and performs other smart-aleck ninja moves to navigate through any situation. A multiple weapon control system allows the player to use his deadly sword, throw lethal shurikens, fire hi-explosive darts, use blowguns and rocket launchers, and more. The game features challenging enemies and ruthless bosses that must be defeated.

Namco celebrates a classic with PAC-MAN VS. which uses the special Game Boy connectivity feature to link the two systems. For the first time in a PAC-MAN game, players take on the role of either the Ghosts or Pac-Man, competing against each other for high points. As Pac-Man, players will view the full screen via the Game Boy Advance, while as the Ghost players will view a partial maze via the Nintendo GameCube. PAC-MAN VS. will be packaged with other Nintendo GameCube titles including R: RACING EVOLUTION and PAC-MAN WORLD 2 (as a Player's Choice Bundle), and as a free gift with purchase with I-NINJA for Nintendo GameCube.

Based in San Jose, California, Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Ltd., a Tokyo-based leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. For more information about Namco and its products, log onto