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Sold Out Marches on…

Sold Out, the UK's premier publisher of value PC titles, has confirmed its six titles for March, with Driver leading an impressive roster of new £4.99 releases and timely launches for cricket and snooker titles to coincide with new tournaments and seasons.

Developed by Reflections and a huge success for Atari, Driver is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and engrossing driving games for any format. It was the first game of its kind to introduce mission-based levels within a sprawling map to the 3D driving genre, and offers a wealth of car chases and dangerous escapes as the player tours a hugely detailed Miami, complete with waterfront and palms. Cast as Tanner, the player is an undercover cop charged with infiltrating a crime boss's organisation. To this end, the player acts as a getaway driver for the gang, becoming more and more trusted as harder missions are completed. With its stunning 3D visuals, frenetic chase scenes and incredible aesthetics, Driver is as fresh now as it ever was.

With the Crucible about to play host to the UK's greatest snooker players, the release of World Championship Snooker is a timely one. Previously a hugely successful title for Codemasters, it is released to coincide with this year's tournament in Sheffield. Developed by Blade, World Championship Snooker is a stunning recreation of the popular pastime, featuring the most realistic ball physics seen in such a game. As players play, they can watch on as their virtual incarnation paces around the fully 3D table and lines up shots. Similarly, intelligent camera work allows users to track every shot and ensure total precision as they master the cut-backs and spin associated with one of the most skilled games around. A roster of licensed competitors, multiple tournament options and TV-style presentation round off an engrossing simulation that grows as the player learns the intricacies of the game.

Equally realistic and well-timed is Cricket 2002, previously released by EA to huge acclaim. Utilising the team rosters of the 2002 season, Cricket 2002 is a breath-taking cricket title that captures every element of the sport in full. Players have full control over their batsmen, bowlers and fielders, and can implement a variety of spin and place their shots via a fine-tuned control system. Similarly, players must also oversee the tactical side of their game to outthink the likes of England, West Indies, Australia or any other of the game's greatest XIs. Dynamic camera use and supreme control make this the definitive cricket game for any system, and a true bargain at its new low, price point.

B17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth is a combination of flight simulation and airborne combat genres. Players can control any of the positions within the mighty bomber, opting to play as a gunner, pilot or bomber amongst others, while a campaign of 25 increasingly difficult missions unfolds. Detail is the key to B17's success, and every aspect of the respected US 'Mighty Eighth' squadron has been faithfully recreated. Similarly, a superb multi-player option has also been included to allow players to control different parts of the craft as it enters each perilous mission.

The final two games for the currently announced March line-up again demonstrate the versatility of the Sold Out range. Flight Unlimited 3 is EA's remarkable flight simulator that gives players the chance to get to grips with 10 of the world's greatest planes. Over 10,000 miles of fully modelled terrain can be traversed, while 60 of the world's airports await safe landings from the player. The line-up is completed with the supremely playable Mutant Storm. A deviously fast-paced blaster, Mutant Storm harks back to the 'old skool' of video games with the player charged with merely blasting wave after wave of creatures as they appear on screen. Simple in conception, Mutant Storm is one of the most addictive shooters to appear in the last decade.

"Sold Out's March batch demonstrates just how we have managed to dominate the value market over the past eight years," commented Sales Director, Peter Ball. "Every title in the batch is an elegantly styled gaming classic, offering the consumer well over 30 hours entertainment for less than they would pay for a haircut! Any retailer missing the profit, footfall and volumes these superb titles generate may end up pulling their own hair out in frustration!"

For further information please contact Lisa Richards at Lunch PR on 020 7633 0633, lisa@lunchpr.com.

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