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[Pre-E3 2006] Midway Reveals its Goods

Something for the adults, something for the kids, and then something to blow the collective minds of us next-gen nuts.
Author: Kyle Sutton
Published: May 3, 2006
If we had to guess, we'd say Midway has got a pretty good idea of its target audience (read: everyone). Its showcase for this E3 2006 is living proof, calling it "one of the most diversified and high powered lineups in company history."


"Our 2006 E3 lineup truly reflects our product strategy to broaden our portfolio and commit our resources to developing titles in a wide range of genres on all major platforms: handhelds, PC, and next generation consoles, " worded David F. Zucker, president and CEO, Midway. "From proven brands like Mortal Kombat and exciting next generation games such as John Woo Presents Stranglehold, to high-profile PC titles such as Unreal Tournament 2007 and games for the younger market and handhelds, this is Midway's most diverse and powerful line up yet."

Aw man, and we were just about to elaborate on that gamut of variety between titles, but Mr. Zucker there totally called shotgun on it. Here's where our talent shines: the complete line-up and accompanying game descriptions that totally aren't ours! That's the TPS way!

John Woo Presents Stranglehold (PS3)
Experience exhilarating, next-gen action for the PS3, Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC, as you continue the story of Inspector Tequila from John Woo's influential action film, "Hard Boiled" starring Chow Yun-Fat. Run into danger with both fists full of lead and take down the organized crime bosses who stepped over the line when they took your family. Stop at nothing as you destroy the entire world around you to get them back. You are a desperate man following your own rules; honor thy family; do what's right; fear no man. This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.


Unreal Tournament 2007 (PS3)
The latest entry into the Unreal franchise, Unreal Tournament 2007, is currently in development by Epic Games Inc. Fans will be blown away by the next-generation game play, modifiability and visuals that Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology will bring to the franchise. This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.


Blitz: The League (PSP)
Release Date: October 2006

The celebrated arcade-style football franchise is back and better than ever with a new treatment of America's most popular sport. Blitz: The League exposes the harsh and troubling, behind-the-scenes stories of a fictional professional football league.


Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2)
Release Date: October 2006

Introducing Mortal Kombat: Armageddon - the latest chapter in Midway's best-selling, award-winning, videogame fighting franchise. With the most complete Mortal Kombat roster ever, including every character from the Mortal Kombat fighting universe, revolutionary Create-A-Fighter and Create-A-Fatality modes, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon promises to be the most complete, intensely lethal, fighting experience ever!


Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Release Date: September 2006

Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run takes the Spy Hunter franchise where it's never gone before - on foot. Featuring action superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as government super-spy extraordinaire Alex Decker, players for the first time ever can step out of the Interceptor and straight into third-person action, utilizing The Rock's physical prowess by taking down enemies with intense melee combat moves.


Happy Feet (PS2)
Release Date: November 2006

Based on Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming comedy adventure Happy Feet, Midway's immersive video game puts the player in the "tap shoes" of Mumble, a young penguin born into a nation of singing Emperor Penguins where each needs a Heartsong to attract a soul mate. Unfortunately, Mumble is the worst singer in the world... however, as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer! Based on the general storyline of the film, the player will be able to experience life from the point of view of Mumble in music, dance and interaction with the friends and enemies of the penguin's world.


The Ant Bully (PS2)
Release Date: July 2006

Go pick on someone your own size! After bullying an innocent ant colony, a young boy named Lucas is magically shrunk down to ant size and embarks on a remarkable adventure. Play as Lucas, experiencing the dangerous and thrilling life of an ant as you battle, explore and forge new friendships with natives and other species in his new ant world. Based on exciting moments from Warner Bros. Pictures upcoming digitally animated family adventure The Ant Bully, and featuring all -new challenges created especially for the game, help Lucas evolve from recluse to hero in his quest to save the colony from extermination


The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (PS2)
Release Date: November 2006

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy video game pits the characters from the popular Cartoon Network television show against each other in a fighting-adventure game, filled with mayhem, chaos and over-the-top graphics. In battle mode, up to four players can use a multitude of weapons in destructible arenas like the "Desert of Doom " and the "Underworld " to battle it out and be the last one standing. Players also have the option to play on their own or with a friend in mission mode. There are a series of 45 story-based missions which will encourage players to unlock new weapons and characters like the Boogey Man and Jack O'Lantern.


MLB SlugFest 2006 (PS2)
Release Date: May 2006

Midway's newest offering of its over-the-top baseball series, MLB SlugFest 2006 features a new create-a-player mode, updated 2006 team rosters and stadiums, along with a new library of signature animations and extreme collisions that have distinguished the franchise since its debut in 2002.


RUSH (PSP)
Release Date: September 2006

For the first time ever on the PSP system, attempt mad jumps, high-flying stunts and arcade-style racing from the original RUSH franchise. Go head to head with a friend in a street race or cruise mission using wireless functionality, or experience Story Mode which allows you to race through 5 Los Angeles city re-creations while finding treacherous shortcuts and surviving death-defying jumps!


Mortal Kombat: Unchained (PSP)
Release Date: September 2006

Mortal Kombat: Unchained takes the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system tailored for wireless functionality, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long-time Mortal Kombat fans, as well as new gamers.


NBA Ballers: Rebound (PSP)
Release Date: May 2006

NBA Ballers: Rebound is the only one-on-one basketball videogame available for the PSP highlighting the rags-to-riches path from an unknown Baller to today's biggest NBA superstar.


At least one of those games are bound to be your cup o' tea, and if not, well, now we know who's a commie! Check back next week for our uberonslaught of updates!