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May 19 2007
Shrek the Third - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
6/6/2007ActivisionShaba Games1-2$49.95

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Two classic characters.
What do you get when you make a CG movie with a green ogre? How about a $US484 million worldwide box office? What happens when you make a second movie? You get a further astonishing $US920 million at the box office. With this third movie certain to make mega-bucks when it opens this weekend in America (with Australia seeing a release on June 7th) it was a certainty that a videogame tie-in would be released. As with previous Shrek titles Activision have the rights to make the game and it is due to hit the shelves in early June to coincide with the movies release.

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Fiona is in battle.
The story in Shrek the Third sounds pretty entertaining to say the least. When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next King. But when Shrek’s father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly dies, that is exactly what he faces. With the help of his trusted companions, Donkey and Puss in Boots, Shrek must find a suitable King for Far Far Away or be stuck with the job himself. The the most "promising" candidate, Fiona’s cousin Arthur—an underachieving medieval high school slacker—proves to be more of a challenge than they bargained for.

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Ships Ahoy mini-game in action.
Shrek the Third is split up into two main game modes. The Story mode, which allows you to play through many of the events in the movie, will be the bulk of your single player experience while a multi-player mode is also included. Unlike the PSP version which only has one multi-player game, this PS2 version has several multi-player games to enjoy. Strangly the "Castle Capture" mini-game in the PSP version doesn't seem to be in this game, but in its place we get 'Catacombs Leap', 'Frog Herder', 'Ships Ahoy', 'Shooting Gallery' and 'Shrekleboard' in their place. Most of these games are all about timing jumps or shooting items.

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Battle in the streets.
During the game you will be able to play as many characters from the movie including Shrek, Donkey, Puss-in-Boots, Fiona, Fiona’s rebellious cousin Arthur and her fellow fairy tale heroine Sleeping Beauty.

Shrek the Third also allows you to spend money earned in the game in a "Gift Shop". In here you can purchase new costumes, bonus difficulty modes and other goodies.

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Puss-in-Boots is back.
Sadly in terms of the audio the main actors of the movie (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz) etc have not provided their voices to the game with other voice actors standing in their place. The only exception to this is the wonderful John Cleese who has not only provided voiceovers as King Harold, but also acts as the narrator for the game.

So we honestly don't know too much about Shrek the Third at all as yet. Activision's previous Shrek titles have been quite a bit of fun and with the lengthy lead time between the movie starting production, and final release this month we would expect that the developers have had plenty of time to polish this game nicely. We'll find out in a couple of weeks when the game hits shelves.