New X-Men & Spider-Man Games Arrive in Stores

Marvel Ent. and Activision have released the latest games based on the X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN comics.

The epic battle to save humankind rages on with the release of X-MEN LEGENDS II: RISE OF APOCALYPSE, the sequel to the best selling X-MEN title ever, X-MEN LEGENDS. The all-new action-role playing game (RPG) allows gamers to create superhero dream teams featuring popular X-Men and classic Brotherhood villains as they unite for the first time ever to overcome the ultimate evil Apocalypse and prevent one of the most devastating attacks ever against mankind. The saga unfolds through single player missions and new online multiplayer modes.

X-MEN LEGENDS II: RISE OF APOCALYPSE is available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube for $49.99 and has been rated "T" (Teen with mild language and violence) by the ESRB. The PC/CD-ROM version is available $39.99 and has been rated "T" as well. Later this fall, the PSP version will be available for $49.99 with a "T" rating.

"X-MEN LEGENDS II: RISE OF APOCALYPSE is sure to please X-Men fans everywhere with an original and suspense-filled storyline that teams up the X- Men with the Brotherhood villains for the first time ever," said Will Kassoy, vp of global brand management, Activision Inc. "The diversity gives players an unprecedented arsenal of super powers to employ as they battle an amazing array of enemies in exotic locales in single- player mode or online multiplayer modes with gamers around the world."

"Marvel couldn't be more pleased with this latest installment in the X-MEN LEGENDS franchise," said Ames Kirshen, vp of interactive, Marvel Ent. Inc. "With a truly epic X-MEN story, a ton of new playable characters, larger gameplay environments, increased customization features and most importantly the addition of online play, this truly is the deepest X-MEN game ever."

In X-MEN LEGENDS II: RISE OF APOCALYPSE, players create, customize and control teams of four mutants from 16 all-time favorite X-Men and classic Brotherhood villains from the Marvel universe. With the X-Men and Brotherhood fighting side-by-side for the first time, players switch instantly between teammates wielding many more super powers and skills than X-MEN LEGENDS, as they overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and defeat more than 100 types of enemies including Lady Deathstrike and the notorious Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.

Delivering significant gameplay enhancements over the first title, X-MEN LEGENDS II: RISE OF APOCALYPSE challenges players to explore immense, destructible environments set in classic X-MEN locations like Genosha and the Infinite Factory and exotic worldly locales like Egypt and the Savage Lands in both single player and, for the first time ever, online multiplayer action including six multiplayer skirmish modes that offer head-to-head action, fierce battles against enemies, exclusive online content and more .

As for Marvel's Spider-Man, the world's most famous superhero and his arch-nemesis Venom go at it in Activisions ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN. Set in a massive free roaming New York City environment, console gamers are propelled into a virtual comicbook world through interactive motion graphics panels and 3D comic inking technology that bring to life an original storyline written and illustrated by the creative team behind Marvel's best-selling ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is available for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube for $49.99 and has been rated "T" (Teen -- with language and violence) by the ESRB. The PC/CD-ROM version is available for $29.99 and has been rated "T. The Nintendo DS version is available for $39.99 and is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10+ -- with cartoon violence). The Game Boy Advance version is on sale for $29.99 and has been rated "E10+.

"Using Treyarch's amazing technological and artistic capabilities, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN lets gamers play both sides, as superhero and super villain, in an authentic living, breathing comic book universe," said Kassoy. "With an original story, gigantic cast of characters and truly unique visual presentation, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is poised to be the most immersive SPIDER-MAN videogame experience to date."

"Marvel is very excited at the launch of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN," said Kirshen. "With Treyarch's expertise working on SPIDER-MAN games for more than five years, the amazing new look that their 3D inking technology gives to this title, coupled with the hands on involvement of Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN takes the SPIDER-MAN game franchise to a whole new level."

Fans can pick up where the comicbooks left off, in an all-new story exclusive to the game penned by Brian Michael Bendis, the comicbook's co-creator and writer, with character illustrations by comicbook pencil artist, Mark Bagley. As the young Spider-Man, gamers play using Spider-Man's fluid, acrobatic moves to triumph over evil or play as his menacing nemesis, Venom, using brute force to destroy everything in their path. The game contains a variety of missions, diverse gameplay and a new combat system that allows players to face off against the largest number of interactive characters from the Marvel universe ever assembled in a SPIDER-MAN game.

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN was developed for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox and Nintendo GameCube by Treyarch, for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS by Vicarious Visions and for the PC by Beenox Studio. Brady Games' ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OFFICIAL STRATEGY GUIDE is available at electronics, book and software retailers nationwide, and online at bradygames.com.

With a library of more than 5,000 characters, Marvel Ent. Inc. formerly known as Marvel Enterprises Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, videogames, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of more than 60 years of comicbook publishing, Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. The company maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information can be found at www.activision.com.

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