Monday, May 25, 2009

Beat the Heat with These Hot Handhelds Perfect for Summer Travel

(MS) -- When the long-awaited final bell rings in the classroom on that warm day in June, freedom for the next three months awaits thousands of students. Summertime is the most-traveled time of year for many families, and although the destination is highly anticipated, a long and often boring journey can postpone the fun in the form of lengthy layovers at airports and time-consuming car trips. This summer, whether you experience some delays along the way to your final destination or include downtime lying on a beach, camping in the middle of the woods or a long road trip across the country, prepare yourself with the latest assortment of handheld video games from Activision to ensure there's never a dull moment:

* "Transform" from vacationer to a giant robot! Beachbound vacationers can transform the airport terminal into the backdrop for the summer's most anticipated films as they jump into the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game. Based on the upcoming film from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, the video game is available for the portable Nintendo DS and PSP systems, making it the perfect companion this summer. Featuring popular characters like Optimus Prime, Starscream and Bumblebee, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen throws players into a global battle for supremacy. The DS game is available via two options -- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Autobots and the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Decepticons version. Each version gives players the option to choose a side, customize their very own Transformer and use that Transformer to fight through a variety of adrenaline-pumping missions. The PSP platform features action-packed arcade-style levels thatgamers will want to play again and again as they compete for the highest score. All versions allow players to drive, fly, fight and blast their way through gripping levels featured in the film. Transformer fans can start the summer off right, as they fight to determine the fate of the world on their DS and PSP.

* Turn your travels into your "tour". Whether you're stuck in a car or an airport terminal, thanks to Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, on-the-go gamers can now rock out to tracks from their favorite contemporary artists, including Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, The Strokes and Weezer. Available now for Nintendo DS, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits lets players shred along to 28 master tracks as they tour through five all-new venues, including Rusty Rocco's and Casino Vicarious. And just as you choose which roads will get you to your vacation destination, for the first time ever players can choose how they take their band from the underground music scene to worldwide rock stardom with the game's new non-linear gameplay progression. Gamers can also experience Fan Requests, where players build their fan base as they open up new challenges. Now, players can even involve their fellow vacationers with song-sharing capabilities between Guitar Hero On Tour and Guitar Hero OnTour: Decades, for a lofty set list of more than 75 songs. Time flies when you're having fun, and this summer's travels will be a breeze with Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits as the ultimate travel companion.

* Keep cool by taking a trip to the Ice Age. As young gamers hit the road with their friends and family, they can join some of their favorite Ice Age characters on their wildest, most exciting escapade yet. With Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on DS, players are reunited with Scrat, Sid and all-new adventurer Buck as the unlikely herd stumbles upon a world teeming with jungles, mysterious plants, wild new adventures, and, of course, fierce dinosaurs. Players will learn and master Buck's acrobatic moves, including his ground stomp, wall jump and catapult kick as he embarks on a rescue mission to save Sid. Along the way players will unlock mini-games, including Touch Screen and Microphone-enabled challenges, and animated sequences. With over a dozen levels, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs offers a wide variety of gameplay, each presenting new and exciting challenges as players aim to defeat enemies, traverse dangerous landscapes, avoid obstacles, and escape from periloussituations.

More information on these games and the rest of Activision's line-up can be found at


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