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'Eragon' (X360) Demo Available On Xbox Live

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eragon is an epic fantasy-adventure, based on the upcoming movie, which centers on a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Vivendi has released a demo, now available on Xbox Live, but only for Gold members, giving you the chance to check out an early level Eragon has not yet mastered his dragon rider magic and must rely on his skills with the sword and bow to escape the forces of Durza and Galbatorix.

Various Game Trailers #925

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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

  • Neverwinter Nights 2 - Behind the Scenes Trailer #6
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids [ALL] - Rabbits Don't Scare People Trailer
  • Everquest 2: Echoes of Faydwer - Halloween Trailer
  • Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles [PS2] - Trailer #2
  • The Secret Files: Tunguska - Trailer #5


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

'Warhammer: Mark of Chaos' Demo Coming Friday

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is an RTS game set in the renowned Warhammer world, featuring epic battles within massive landscapes, while offering an astounding level of detail, from a bird's eye view down to the insignias on a warrior's armor. Namco is going to release a singleplayer demo on Friday for Black Hole's upcoming blood soaked real time strategy game, which we will of course have on out fileserver network.

'Pirates of the Burning Sea' Reaches Development Milestone - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 4:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a MMORPG set in the Caribbean islands of the 18th Century. You play a bold sea captain, master of your own ship and crew, as you seek glory and adventure across the trackless deep.

Updated XNA Game Studio Express Beta Released

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 4:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft today released the second iteration of its XNA Game Studio Express beta, upgraded with full functionality for Windows and third party toolset support, allowing hobbyists, academics and independent game developers to more easily integrate game content into their creations.

E3 Executive Joins IDG and Announces Game Pro Expo

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 2:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Software Association (ESA) top executive, and most recently E3 lead organizer, Mary Dolaher, has resigned and taken up a new position at IDG World Expo, organizer of numerous tradeshows such as MaxWorld and various others around the world. Not skipping a beat, IDG today announced it will be organizing Game Pro Expo in Los Angeles' Staples Center, the former E3 location, October 18-20, 2007. The new show will will have trade, consumer, and game competition components, comparable to the Tokyo Game Show/Liepzig Convention formulas.

'F.E.A.R' (PS3/X360) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 2:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

F.E.A.R. is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first person. It is an unprecedented adrenaline rush of close-quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the unknown.

'UFO: Afterlight' Gets European Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 2:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

UFO: Afterlight is a mixture of squad based tactical action and global strategy with the gamer controlling the actions of elite ground troops, and the running and construction of an intricate network of interlinking bases while collecting resources. Altar and Cenega announced that UFO: Afterlight will hit the shelves on 9th February 2007.

'Shrek The Third' (ALL) - First Details

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 1:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When Activision dropped the Shrek The Third trailer at X06 a few weeks ago, it was the first sign of life of the next installment in the Shrek franchise, but lacking any sort of game details, until today ...

'History Channel: Civil War' (PS2/X360/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 1:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Immerse yourself in the intensity, carnage, and chaos of the war that divided a nation! Experience history brought to life in the first ever first-person action game based on the Civil War.

'Sam and Max: Episode 1: Culture Shock' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 11:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sam and Max: Episode 1: Culture Shock and begins as Sam and Max discover that a group of former child stars have become involved in nefarious deeds. Only the six foot dog and his cunning rabbit companion can unravel the mystery

'Penumbra: Overture' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Penumbra: Overture is an innovative first person horror game utilizing physics for interaction and puzzles. The game is set in an underground facility on Greenland where the protagonist searches for information regarding his late father.

'Mass Effect' (X360) Gets Vector Graphics Middleware Engine

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with Scaleform Corporation ot integrate its Scaleform GFx vector graphics engine into a number of its titles starting with Mass Effect for X360.

'Melbourne Cup Challenge' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Melbourne Cup Challenge is TruBlu Entertainment's horse racing sim, also know as Frankie Dettori Racing. This demo lets you check out the jockey and betting mode, each with their own track.

'Rogue Galaxy' (PS2) - 60 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 10:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rogue Galaxy is a fantasy-themed RPG which revolves around the game's main character, Jester Rogue. Players follow Rogue as he planet-hops around space, visiting a number of planets, each with their own unique ecosystem populated by various unusual creatures.

'Viva Pinata' (X360) Gets European Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rare's Viva Pinata brings a vibrant world of living pinata animals to video games, television and beyond. The Viva Pinata universe showcases an engaging cast of colorful, wild-roaming pinata animals that entertain and challenge imaginations. Microsoft announced that Viva Pinata will hit European shelves on December 1st, 2006.

'Cricket 07' (PS2/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With its fully licensed squads, groundbreaking Century Stick control system and more natural camera perspective, Cricket 07 will bring players the most immersive gameplay experience to date.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 6' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Pro Evolution Soccer series is renowned for its realism, and Pro Evolution Soccer 6, also known as Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007, is abundant with new gameplay additions. Player AI has been massively upgraded, while the physical side of play has been refined. This demo allows you to play a match as either Italy, Sweden, Spain or Czech.

PS2/Xbox/X360/PC Preview - 'Eragon'

by Alicia on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:44 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Eragon brings the upcoming movie based on the hit book to all of the major consoles, and PC. Take Eragon and a sidekick through at least 18 levels of action. Play alone or cooperate with a friend to beat up enemies, solve puzzles, cast spells, and soar through the air in dragon-flight sequences.

PC Review - 'Neverwinter Nights 2'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Neverwinter Nights 2 is an RPG set in the fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms. It takes the player from the tiniest of villages into a sweeping tale of danger and war, chronicling their rise from a peasant to a full-fledged hero of the Realms, defending it against one of the greatest threats of the age.

NVIDIA's $80,000 GeForce LAN 3 Party

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA's giving away more than $80,000 in prizes including a sleek Lamborghini laptop from ASUS and the ultimate next-generation graphics card from NVIDIA! There’ll be free food, tournaments for Company of Heroes and Battlefield 2142, contests for case modding, tug of war, and more!

'Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War' (PS3) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bladestorm will offer massive battles mixed with strategy, much like the DW titles, but one of the main differences is that the game will be situated in the Western medieval timeframe.

'Horse Racing Manager 2' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Horse Racing Manager 2 is a sport management and horse racing game. It was designed for management game fans as well as riding and horse racing aficionados.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 5:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

32 Nintendo Wii Titles Before Year's End

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 5:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Within the first five weeks of launch, Wii owners can pick from up to 32 games, representing the most diverse, and most exciting, console video game library available. Additionally 30 Virtual console titles will become available, bringing it to a total of no less than 62 games to play during the holidays.

'Test Drive Unlimited' (PSP/PS2/PC) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 5:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages.

'Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz' (Wii) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 4:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA announced that Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz developed by SEGA Studios for the Nintendo Wii has gone gold. AiAi and all his friends will roll their way onto Nintendo's new console with new mind-blowing puzzle levels and 50 new and exciting Party Games specifically designed to fully exploit the innovative Nintendo Wii Remote.

'The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 4:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Secrets Of Atlantis is a point and click adventure situated in the 1930s. You are Howard Brooks, a young aeronautic engineer who awakes on the Hindenburg zeppelin, investigating a strange vessel, one which will take you to the four corners of the earth, interacting with over 30 NPCs, and solving nearly a dozen puzzles.

'Rainbow Six Vegas' (ALL) Demo On Xbox Live .. Again

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 4:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rainbow operatives take to the chaotic streets of Las Vegas as an escalating terrorist siege in "Sin City" threatens to take world terrorism to new, uncontrollable heights. After a brief print mag exclusivity, Ubisoft has now released the 477mb single-player demo on Xbox Live Marketplace, now also available in North America.

'NBA Street Homecourt' (PS3/X360) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 3:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NBA Street series expands on the fast-paced and larger-than-life 3-on-3 basketball gameplay, creating a hyper-real world that merges legendary courts with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars into one seamless city of streetball moments.

'Criminal Crackdown' (PS3) Now Known At 'Calling All Cars'

by Rainier on Nov. 1, 2006 @ 3:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Calling All Cars you take the role of a bounty hunter careening around a stylish cartoon world on the hunt for criminals on the loose. Originally announced as Criminal Crackdown, Jaffe revealed that it has now been renamed to Calling All Cars, possibly to distance the game from Microsoft's X360 title Crackdown