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March 19, 2007 | David Peck

The Sims: Life Stories published by Aspyr Media
IMG Review
Estimated Release: Spring 2007
Genre: Strategy/Simulation
ESRB: Teen

The Sims as you know them introduces Story Mode allowing players to take their Sims though unique and entertaining story lines filled with romance, intrigue, and dramatic twists. In addition to Story Mode, Life Stories includes an open ended Classic game mode. See the IMG Review of the original Sims 2!

This info from the The Sims Stories F.A.Q:

How is this game different from The Sims or The Sims 2?
The big difference is the addition of the new directed Story mode, laptop friendly system specs, and the ability to play the game in a separate window while using your own IM and email to stay connected with friends. The Sims Stories games are standalone products.

What is directed Story mode?
The new directed Story mode allows you to easily take your Sims through a unique and entertaining storyline full of romance and dramatic twists. You even unlock cool rewards along the way as you achieve set goals.

In The Sims Life Stories, you can choose to play through two different stories. Start off by playing through Riley's life story as she returns home to start a new life with new friends, new experiences, and unexpected surprises. A second story lets you sort out the love life of Vince, a love-struck high-tech whiz who's been unlucky in love so far. After you've completed all the story goals you can continue the drama in open-ended Classic mode.

Wakfu published by Ankama Games
IMG News: Wakfu in the News
Estimated Release: Fall 2007
ESRB: Unknown

As described on the Wakfu website:

Wakfu is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that takes place in the fantastic medieval universe created by Ankama Games. Includes 12 character classes and incorporates PvP (Player versus Player) combat.

In Wakfu, players will start a fantastic and epic adventure. Together with their magic powers, they either fight against the fauna and flora of the World, or tame them to become breeders or farmers. Thanks to an icon-driven and intuitive language, players can interact to create alliances or confront each other in heroic fights. Each of these actions will directly and considerably influence the economy and the rules that govern the World.

Waterstorm published by Rarebyte Game Development
IMG News: Waterstorm Announcement
Estimated Release: 2007
Genre: Multiplayer Submersible Combat
ESRB: Everyone (unverified)

Underwater submersible combat! As described on Waterstorm website:

2D multiplayer game in 3D style. Fast paced action with mini submarines; intuitive controls; 10 different types of high-tech weapons; amazing underwater scenarios.

Stay tuned for more info as this title develops.

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