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Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.viva-media.com (Publisher's website):
    When tyrants and warlords threaten the well-being of International Law, it’s the job of those few, of those skilled to protect the world and maintain the veil of secrecy. These men and women are the unsung heroes, the soldiers who get the job done even behind enemy lines. Often going unheard and unnoticed, but certainly felt – at least by their enemies; they fight a war of high stakes that civilians will never even know about.

    Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops takes you to the bazaars and ruins of war torn Mogadishu, the decadence of Dubai, and the barrios of Cuba, tossing you into the throes of danger. Play as ISA special agent Myra Lee and Aron Alvarez in this Stealth-Action thriller, where you truly keep your enemies closer than your friends.

    Key Features
    • Play as both Aron Alvarez (demolition and close combat expert) and Myra Lee (an ISA stealth operator), using their skill sets most appropriately. Different conditions call for different talents: in many situations, the nail biting choice whether to go in, with guns blazing or to deploy stealth tactics is up to you!
    • Open level design and many secondary objectives allow you to choose your own path and strategy.
    • Uses realistic features: ambient occlusion, 3D light scattering, precise dynamic shadowing, physics effects (thanks to nVidia PhysX), highly realistic semi-opaque human skin shaders, and many more.
    • Exciting game mechanics: active cover system, sophisticated AI, an arsenal of different weapons, different opponent classes, realistic simulation of human sensor awareness, situation sensitive behavior of enemies, versatile stealth gadgets (invisibility shields), and many more.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115862) on Jul 02, 2011.

www.blacklionstudios.com (Developer's website):
    Shadow Harvest* is a highly immersive 3rd-person tactical action game set in the year 2025 on various current and future points of conflict around the globe. The game is in development for PC and XBOX 360. Featuring dual character control, amazingly realistic graphics and a refreshingly different storyline, Shadow Harvest is a completely new interpretation of the tactical-action genre. Being an ISA* agent, the first character, Myra Lee, has a background in espionage and stealth operations, while the other character, Aron Alvarez, is a hard-boiled close combat specialist of US Army's Delta Force. Both characters are deployed as elite black-ops agents on various hot spots worldwide and behind enemy lines to cooperatively complete covert operations. Screenshots, videos and a community forum can be found at Shadow Harvest’s official homepage at www.shadowharvest.com.

    To optimally achieve all mission goals, the player needs to combine Myra's stealth skills, athletic abilities and cleverness with Aron's blunt open battle approach. In many situations the nail biting about whether to go in hot with guns blazing or to use suppression techniques and alternative paths is up to the player. Thanks to its open level design with multi-paths and optional secondary objectives, Shadow Harvest also offers great replayability

    With Myra and Aron having a different style, a totally different approach on combat tactics and (obviously) a different gender, one big focus of the game are the witty yet snorty dialogues between the two agents.

    Despite its highly detailled and realistic look, Shadow Harvest does not strive to be a hardcore military sim nor does it want to be just another dual-character-shooter. Featuring real stealth and action-adventure elements, its refreshingly new mix of features allows never before seen possibilities in interactive storytelling and lets the player dive into a highly thrilling storyline in an unforgettable immersive and unique gaming experience.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115862) on Jul 02, 2011.

Black Lion Studios press release (January 31, 2008):

    Black Lion Studios announces SHADOW HARVEST for PC and XBOX 360

    Black Lion Studios, a Germany based development studio, today officially announced their upcoming next-gen title SHADOW HARVEST by releasing various in-game screenshots on their website.

    SHADOW HARVEST is set in the year 2025. The player takes control over two ISA agents (Myra Lee and Aron Alvarez) which are are deployed as elite black-ops agents on various current and future points of conflict around the globe to cooperatively complete covert operations. Both characters are very different from each other and also have very different special skills. To optimally achieve all mission goals, the player needs to combine Myra's stealth skills, cleverness and athletic abilities with Aron's blunt open battle approach.

    The plot of the game is highly inspired by the activities of the US army special operations unit ISA (Intelligence Support Activity), but despite its highly detailed and realistic look, SHADOW HARVEST does not strive to be a hardcore military sim nor does it want to be just another "dual-character-shooter". Besides being a fast-paced tatical action game when playing with Aron, SHADOW HARVEST also features real stealth and action-adventure elements when playing with Myra. Its refreshingly new mix of features allows new possibilities in interactive storytelling and lets the player dive deep into a thrilling storyline in an immersive and unique gaming experience.

    SHADOW HARVEST is in development for XBOX 360 and PC and is scheduled for a worldwide release in Q1/2009.

    More details about the game can be found at: www.shadowharvest.com

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115862) on Jul 02, 2011.