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Hit Nickelodeon sitcom about a high school singer makes its video game debut. Dominic Sacco reports

Jagged Alliance: Back in Action

‘90s turn-based strategy game is Back in Action on PC. Dominic Sacco takes a look at its classic gameplay

VICTORIOUS already has millions of tween fans worldwide. The hit Nickelodeon live action TV comedy series follows the adventures of Tora Vega, an aspiring vocalist who joins a performing arts school to follow her dream of becoming a star singer.

Victorious debuted in early 2010 in the US and later hit the UK, while picking up a nomination for Favourite Show at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2011 along the way. It already reaches over 50m kids and teens worldwide. With a strong fanbase already established, a video game based on the property is now on the way, courtesy of Namco Bandai.

GIRL POWER Introducing Victorious: Time to Shine on Xbox 360 Kinect – a music-based title that allows players to create their own Hollywood Arts show which they can act, direct, sing, dance and play along to using an air instrument. They can feature in their own music videos alone or invite a friend to join in – either co-operatively or competitively. Then there’s handheld spin-off Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut for Nintendo DS, which hits shelves


Released: Out Today (February 10th)

Formats: 360, DS

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Developer: High Voltage Software (360), Behaviour Interactive (DS)

Distributor: Advantage

Contact: 0121 506 9590

on the same day. In this portable version, consumers play through a series of mini-games and a Story Mode that lets them take part in school classes and funny situations taken right from the TV show. Players must rise to fame and land a part in the Big Showcase at the end of the school year. And thanks to the official licence, as well as voice acting provided by the original TV cast and accessible gameplay, the Victoriousgames will be in demand with the TV show’s strong fanbase.

Given Namco Bandai’s experience with hot kids properties like Ben 10, expect Victoriousto triumph.


Released: Out Today (February 10th)

Formats: PC

Publisher: Kalypso Media

Developer: BitComposer

Distributor: Advantage

Contact: 0121 506 9590

THE TURN-based strategy genre has a devoted and wide following of gamers, from Civilizationon PC to Advance Warson DS. Jagged Allianceis a classic military-style game in the genre which first arrived on PC in 1994. Now Kalypso Media is bringing it back to the boxed retail market in the form of Back in Action. This is a remake which boasts an updated 3D look as well as high-definition effects, characters and locations. Back in Actionis set on the fictitious island of Arulco, where the player is tasked with bringing a dictator to justice. Gamers must build a team of mercenaries to take out guards and secure the island. The £34.99 game uses a new hybrid ‘Plan and Go’ combat system which combines both realtime strategy gameplay with turn-based elements for a unique experience. “There is a high demand for tactical combat, modern warfare- style gameplay among PC gamers,” says Kalypso Media’s head of marketing and PR Mark Allen. “The Jagged Alliance brand has a huge fanbase with many still playing and enjoying Jagged Alliance 2’s tactical turn-based gameplay. “Back in Actionticks all the right boxes and will deliver what the audience is demanding. This is a must buy title for fans of the series and newcomers alike.” The game is being backed by a three-month trade and consumer ad campaign in print and online, with activity running on strategy and PC gaming websites. This will drive pre-orders for the title. Special Edition SKUs will also be available at launch which include the Specialist Combat Pack downloadable content.

February 10th 2012


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