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"Sly 3" and "The Suffering: Ties that Bind" Ship

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Posted by Allison on September 26, 2005 12:34 PM

While I'm currently without a press release regarding the shipment of "Sly 3", my local EB confirms they're expecting it to arrive tomorrow, meaning the newest installment in Sony's Sly Cooper series has shipped. Expect to see the beginnings of a Lunabean "Sly 3" strategy guide on Wednesday.
Also shipping today is "The Suffering: Ties that Bind", the sequel to last year's hit "The Suffering". According to Midway's press release, "The Suffering: Ties that Bind" begins shortly after the first game ended, as the game's hero, Torque, arrives in Baltimore after leaving the haunted prison where he was being held behind. Of course, it wouldn't be a game if the hauntings didn't, somehow, escape from prison along with Torque. Mwahahahahahaha!

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Midway Press Release

The Suffering: Ties That Bind Ships

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 26, 2005 Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, today announced that The Suffering(R): Ties That Bind(TM) has shipped to retailers nationwide. The follow-up to 2004's critically-acclaimed The Suffering(R) is available now for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and for PC.

The Suffering: Ties That Bind begins shortly after the first game ended, as protagonist Torque arrives in Baltimore Harbor after leaving the unspeakable carnage of Carnate Island behind. As Torque makes his way through the gritty streets, the disturbing demons seem to have followed him to the mainland and are now wreaking havoc across the city.

"The Suffering franchise is the definitive action-horror experience," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "The Suffering: Ties That Bind brings an American sensibility to the genre with Torque, the main character, taking the fight to the horrors stalking him as opposed to running for his life. The team at Surreal puts as much focus on providing a great experience that draws you in as they do in delivering top notch gameplay and the results speak for themselves."

Ties That Bind features Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, Armageddon, The Scorpion King and Sin City) in the role of Torque's nemesis Blackmore, and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Blow) portrays Jordan, the woman in charge of a strange paramilitary research outfit that has been conducting cleanup. Torque's dead wife Carmen returns from the first game to help guide players, as does the demented Dr. Killjoy.

The unique morality system also returns in The Suffering: Ties That Bind. As players choose between good and evil throughout Ties That Bind, they will determine which of three possible endings will conclude the game. Players with a save game from the first game will also be able to see one of three different beginnings depending on their morality choices made in The Suffering.

Additional information about The Suffering: Ties That Bind can be found online at www.midway.com and www.sufferingtiesthatbind.com.

Press Highlights

"Creepy, bloody, edge-of-insanity gameplay and atmosphere." - PSM, October 2005

"Ties That Bind is a sloppy feast for horror fans and one of the most intense action games of the year." - Game Informer, October 2005

"The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a gory good time." - Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 2005

"Surreal Software has a very clear and detailed vision of the location and the people and tortured souls that populate it, an intuitive and smooth control scheme, and a dripping, engaging atmosphere of unpredictable nightmare." - IGN.com, Sept. 20, 2005

About The Suffering: Ties That Bind

The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a revolutionary action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the unforgiving streets and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeks revenge against the mysterious grand manipulator Blackmore, a man somehow tied to the death of Torque's family. Players will explore the tough inner-city, with poverty and urban injustices trapping people just as effectively as a physical prison. The unique morality system returns, as players delve into the perverse world of Torque's sanity to discover his past and struggle to control his future.

About Midway Games

Headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Munich, Germany, London, UK, and Adelaide, AUS, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY) is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major video game systems and personal computers. More information about Midway can be obtained at www.midway.com.

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