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Sony Recalls PlayStation 2 Power Adapters

by Judy on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 11:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony is recalling 3.5 million faulty power adapters for its PlayStation 2 because they may overheat and cause injury. The adapters were made between August and December of 2004 for the slimline PS2, which has a free-standing power adapter to save space. PS2 owners can go to http://www.ps2ac.com to determine if their adapters are being recalled.

Various Game Trailers #596

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 9:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • Black [PS2/Xbox] - Trailer
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland - BMX Trailer
  • Brothers in Arms [PS2/XboxPC] - Storyline Trailer
  • Sonic Riders [NGC/PS2/Xbox] - Trailer
  • Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion - Intro Movie
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Trailer
  • Rugby League 2 [PS2/PC] - Trailer
  • Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green [Xbox/PC] - Trailer
  • GangWars - Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'Outfront II' - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 8:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Outfront II immerses players right in the heat of WWII action. The game includes all the highlights of the original and provides even better physics and unit models, complex team AI and new tactical opportunities. New unit commands such as move to cover and charge position help team survival while new personal moves like climbing over fences and aimed-shots keep individual soldiers fighting.

'James Bond 007: From Russia With Love' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Website Launched

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 8:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The new game will follow the plot of the original "From Russia with Love" film, including the battle on the Orient Express and the boat chase sequence, but will expand the story with new action sequences. The development team approached the game as a director's cut of the film, which will allow the player to utilize such cool toys as the jetpack and a Q-copter as well as the trusty Walther PPK handgun. EA has launched the official From Russia With Love website.

'Cuban Missile Crisis: Ice Crusade' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 7:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

1967. The Cuban Missile Crisis that led to World War III continues. Use of nuclear weapons resulted in global cooling which changed history and aggravated the struggle for survival. Inspired by the takeover of Europe and Africa the Soviet government decides to start an unprecedented military operation called Ice Crusade.

'Refuse. Home, Sweep Home!' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 7:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Refuse. Home, Sweep Home! is the story about a confrontation between two groups of the toy soldiers. The genre of the game is third-person tactical shooter. The game is distinguished by the interactive 3D environment, original and brand new types of weapon, and the major feature like unusual setting: a gamer falls into small world of toys, and see all things by the "toy-eye".

Violent Video Games Bill Gets Approved In Michigan

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 7:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after California passed the first bill banning sales of Mature or Adult Only rated games to minor, the state of Michigan follows suit. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation that that will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger and will take effect on December 1, 2005 (thanks Blues).

'Football Manager 2006' (PSP/X360/PC) - Beta Demo No Longer Available

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 7:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Football Manager 2006 is a comprehensive soccer management simulation offering a host of new features, including the ability for managers to negotiate with their board of directors - not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion. Be aware though, if you push too hard and don't reach the heights that the board specifies, you'll soon be looking for a new job.

'Jaws Unleashed' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 7:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Majesco released its financial results for the 3rd quarter 2005, in which is revealed that the company is not doing too well. Third quarter net revenues stand at $4.6 million, compared to $34.0 million for the same period in 2004, mainly due to weak sales for its product line, such as Advent Rising. Most titles are on schedule for their respective launc hdates, except Jaws Unleashed, which was delayed from fall 2005 to early 2006.

'Black & White 2' Gets Final Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 4:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Lionhead announced a release date a few weeks back, today there is a slight change in the North American release date, which has been postponed for a week to coincide with the European launch. "We say Black&White 2 now has a final release date! We know we mentioned two different dates a while ago, one for North America and one for Europe, but can now confirm that Black&White 2 has a worldwide release date of 7th October 2005."

'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) Videogames In The Works

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is coming to a game platform near you. If you have ever answered to the nickname Blondie, it might be time to dust off your poncho and make sure your six-shooter is fully loaded. In a deal with MGM Interactive, Bits Studios has acquired video game rights to the three Sergio Leone movies often called "The Man With No Name" trilogy.

'Captain Blood' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 3:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Captain Blood is an action game based on the novels by Rafael Sabatini about the notorious Captain Blood. Players take the role of a brave and noble corsair, following his intriguing and amazing adventures in 1685 Spanish Main. The game’s mission-based structure allows players a diverse battlefield on both land and sea, with ship-to-ship battles and swashbuckling sword fights to gain control of boarded ships.

'One Piece: Grand Battle' (NGC/PS2) Arrives In Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 3:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bandai today announced that One Piece: Grand Battle for GameCube & PS2 has shipped to retail outlets. Capture the title of Pirate King as you outfight and outsmart all opponents in this wacky arena battle game based on the tremendously popular graphic novels published by Viz Media.

'Urban Reign' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 2:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Urban Reign, players assume the role of a gritty street brawler who has been hired by one of the city's dominant gangs to protect its leader. Players are thrown into a full-blown turf war, involving gang corruption and street justice that spans from the neighborhood block all the way to the upper levels of city government

Longtime Nintendo Exec Announces Retirement

by Judy on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 2:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Randy Peretzman, Nintendo's vice president of sales, will retire at the end of this year. After 20 years of dedicated service, Peretzman has decided to step down due to health reasons. His first project was the launch of the NES at a time when retailers had little interest in video games.

IEMA President Responds To California's Violent Video Games Bill

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 1:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week we reported how California passed a law ending the sale and rental of violent video games that depict serious injury to human beings in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, to persons who are under 18 years of age. Today IEMA President Hal Halpin reacts to the events claiming that there is no need for such a law since stores are already doing the work on a voluntary basis, and Hal hopes Governor Schwarzenegger will veto the bill. Read more for the full statement.

'Astérix & Obélix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum' (PS2/PC) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Faithful to the tradition of parody that runs throughout the Asterix stories, Atari's latest Asterix offering is an explosive video game crammed with surprising encounters that parody the greatest icons of the video game world and is awash with wry references to many of the great moments that have marked over 25 years of video game history.

'Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories' (PSP) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 12:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The story of GTA: Liberty City Stories takes place 3 years before the events of Grand Theft Auto 3 and we find that our main character Toni Cipriani has returned from laying low for the past 4 years after taking out a rival mob boss for the Leone crime family. Having welcomed him back with open arms, the Don Salvatore Leone is putting Toni to back work under the watchful eye of Vincenzo Cilli, one of his most trusted capo’s.

'Ascension to the Throne' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 12:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ascension to the Throne is a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements. In a world of fantasy the hero will have to pass many tests on his way to victory. Enemies seek to stop players from regaining power and having taking revenge, gain new friends to aid you in reclaiming the throne. Become the King you were born to be - wise, brave and courageous.

'Half-Life 2: Game of the Year' Assaults Retail Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve today announced that Half-Life 2: Game of the Year has started shipping to retail outlets in North America. Half-Life 2: GotYis a special edition release of the best-selling and critically acclaimed title that includes Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, plus Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Half-Life: Source. Half-Life 2: Game of the Year will begin shipping to other territories worldwide in the coming weeks.

'SEGA Casino' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 11:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA today announced that it will publish SEGA Casino for the NDS. SEGA Casino deals out plenty of gambling action for gamers on-the-go with a casino experience that features five games, and six unlockable games.

New UK Publisher Reef Entertainment Emerges With 3 Launch Titles

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 11:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Koch Media announce their partnership with UK publisher Reef Entertainment. The partnership secures Koch exclusive UK distribution rights for Reef's upcoming three PC titles for 2005, World War Zero, Dark Legion, WWII Tank Commander, all expected September 23. Read more for details on each title.

'Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 10:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment today released details for Darkness Rising, the sixth expansion to the epic fantasy MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot. In this expansion, you will get to interact with the each Realm's new King to stop a rising force of evil. Check the freshly launched Darkness Rising website, or read more for some new screens ...

'Scooby-Doo! Unmasked' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Scrambles To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 10:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced the return of everybody's favorite canine crime-solver in an all-new video game, Scooby-Doo! Unmasked, now available in retail outlets throughout North America for the Gamecube, PS2, Xbox, and GBA. In addition, Scooby-Doo Unmasked! is expected to arrive on the Nintendo DS later this fall.

Blue Fang Games Gets New Director For Its Animal Team

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zoo Tycoon developer Blue Fang Games is pleased to announce that Bruce Blumberg is joining its team as Director of its new Synthetic Animal Team.

'A Vampyre Story' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 10:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combining 3D animation and 2D designs, A Vampyre Story follows the opera starlett, Mona, a woman kidnapped by Baron Shrowdy Von Kiefer and slowly becoming a creature of the night after coming under the vampire's spell.

'Nexuiz' - v1.2.1 Updated Download/Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nexuiz is a free 3D deathmatch game that is simply first person shooting reduced to the very basics with perfect weapon balancing. This 1.2.1 adds a server fix, a new CTF map, RuneMatch and Domination ,ap support, menu fixes, etc. Read more for details and download links ...

'Putt Nutz' (PS2/Xbox) Also Coming to PC

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Black Mountain Games announced today that their premiere game, Putt Nutz, is now finished for the PC. This means the games production is complete for both major consoles and home computers. Putt Nutz, a brand new miniature golf game, is a fast paced, over-the-top title that brings all the fun of miniature golf onto your PC.

Petroglyph Working on All New RTS For SEGA

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA today announced a partnership with developer Petroglyph to create an original RTS franchise for the PC. Most Petroglyph team members are former employees of Westwood Studios, where they worked on the company's titles including Blade Runner, Eye of the Beholder, Dune 2 and the blockbuster EA franchise Command & Conquer. The Las Vegas-based development team is presently completing the much-anticipated Star Wars: Empire at War.

'Neverend' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Neverend is a Fantasy RPG under development by Mayhem Studios (previously known for the TBS Empire of Magic) Discovering the background of Agavaen, and determining her final personality is one of the main purposes of the game, which continuously appears as the principal plot is being resolved.

'SSX On Tour' (PSP/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Soundtrack Revealed

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 8:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today revealed the 41 songs that will propel players through SSX On Tour. The in-game soundtrack delivers a fast-paced and energetic mix of music that builds on the popularity of the SSX 3 soundtrack which was adored by fans worldwide and won the coveted Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) award for Best Soundtrack.

'Dead or Alive 4' (X360) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 3:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dead or Alive 4 will redefine 3-D high definition graphics and sound, creating the most visually beautiful and realistic looking video game to date. Unsurpassed online capabilities via Xbox Live, new incredible interactive stages, an all star line-up of old and new favorite characters, and the most complex DOA countering system yet, all add up to the must-have video game to own along with Xbox 360 this holiday season.

'In The Hustle: Detroit Streets' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 3:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In The Hustle: Detroit Streets you are an unknown pool player, down on luck and out of money, and you must make a name for yourself by becoming the top player in the city by racking up points and earning cash.

'Burnout Legends' (PSP) - 29 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 2:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Burnout Legends sets the bar for on-the-go automotive anarchy, combining the series' trademark speed, destruction and depth with new PSP-only features, gameplay refinements and connectivity. Gamers can look forward to eight gameplay modes, including crash, road rage and pursuit, with white-knuckle multiplayer via WiFi, and a GameShare option allowing players to wirelessly share a demo level of the game with friends.

Try Out New 'Legend of Mir 3' Content For Free

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 2:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since recent updates to the Legend of Mir 3 servers, including a faster, more stable connection, and content updates such as the long anticipated Snow Patch, Quality Games Online Ltd has decided to offer free game time to all users, both those that have left, and those that still play, to give them a chance to take a new look at the game.

PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse'

by Judy on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 12:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

X-Men Legends II introduces the epic storyline of an uneasy alliance between the X-Men and the hated Brotherhood in a fight to reclaim Earth from Apocalypse's grasp. Impressive gameplay enhancements include more than double the superpowers and customization capabilities, the debut of several new playable characters, over 100 diverse types of enemies, and a breathtaking range of exotic and real-world environments—from the Madri Temple to Egypt.

PSP Review - 'Death Jr.'

by Evan Kaigle on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 12:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Death Jr. is a new action platforming game that seamlessly blends elements from first-person shooters with the exploration of a third-person platformer and serves up a large dose of intense gameplay and weapon heavy combat for the PSP.

'The Outfit' (X360) Developer Q&A

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2005 @ 12:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

THQ and Relic Entertainment take explosive World War II combat to the next generation in an all new 3rd Person Action Game. Combining intense squad-based combat and easy to use strategic gameplay elements, The Outfit takes players behind enemy lines, battling the Nazi War Machine through a variety of combat missions. Lead designer Jeff Brown answers a few questions about Relic's first next-gen title ...