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Various Game Trailers #949

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 4:47 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 :

  • Penumbra: Overture - Physics Trailer
  • Spectrobes (NDS) - Trailer #3
  • World Snooker Championship 2007 (PS2/PS3/X360) - Trailer
  • EVE Online: Revelations - Trailer


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

'Dawn of Magic' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 4:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dawn of Magic, also known as Blood Magic, is an action/RPG where the weapon of choice is magic. In this game, the player controls an Unlikely Hero in an ambitious search through many hostile environments looking for Modo, the ethereal being bent on destroying the world.

Groove Games Launches Play for Cash Service

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 4:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gamers can now download real video games for free and play them in a secure, online, multiplayer environment, and they can win cash while they’re doing it. An initiative of Groove Games, SkillGround is the world’s first platform where people of all skill levels can play real video games head-to-head for cash prizes or just for fun.

CCP Launches Free 'EVE Online: Revelations' Expansion

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CCP announced that its free EVE Online: Revelations expansion was successfully released on the massive Tranquility super-computer cluster, adding new regions, ship rigs, additional locations, encounters, and the usual optimizations and improvements.

'Europa Universalis III' Units Detailed - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Europa Universalis III delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy and is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire.

EA Acquires 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour' Developer Headgate Studios

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA announced that the development team at Utah-based developer Headgate Studios, known for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR and Madden NFL titles, has joined EA. The development team will remain in Bountiful, Utah and will continue to work in partnership with the EA development teams in California and Florida.

Thursday, November 30, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 12:57 p.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:

'World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade' - 47 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 12:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion to Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, quest, lands, Battlegrounds, professions and items, raising the level cap to 70, and more.

Microsoft Expected to Ship 90 Million Vista Units in 2007

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 12:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Marketing outlet IDC expects Microsoft to deploy no less than 90 million units of its upcoming Windows Vista operatin system in calendar year 2007, quickly displacing the majority of shipments of older Windows versions.

'Halo 3' (X360) Multiplayer Beta Sign-Ups & TV Ad Launch Monday Dec. 4 - Screen

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 12:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

On Monday December 4, 2006 Microsoft and Bungie launch the Halo 3 offensive with the unveiling of the official Halo 3 website, openinig sign-ups for the Halo 3 multiplayer beta, and simultaniously launching a new pre-rendered CGI TV ad which will air on ESPN's Monday Night Football between 8:50 pm and 9:20 pm EST, which will then be downloadable at Xbox.com.

'Armed Assault' - German v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 10:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Armed Assault is a realistic, combat gaming offering freedom of action and immersive complex environments, blended with a unique touch of total simulation. Morphicon has released the first patch, bringing your German retail game to v1.01 and addressing various AI issues, engine updates, general performance and stability issues.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl' - 28 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The game will provide players with extremely dynamic gameplay of fast and tough combats, where players are to oppose dangerous and wise enemies, a large set of multifarious weaponry, possibility to control various machinery, incredible detailing and game world interactivity, story-driven single player with original team gameplay, a well-balanced multiplayer with numerous modes.

'Sword of the Stars' - v1.2.1 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lighthouse has released a new patch for Kerberos' 4x space strategy game bringing your English, German, French and Spanish retail game to v1.2.1 and tweaks AI, adds better gfx support for older videocard, improves multiplayer, and a slew of fixes, and adjustments.

'MVP 07 NCAA Baseball' (PS2) Cover Athlete Signed - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA announced today that former Long Beach State University pitcher and Major League baseball Rookie of the Year finalist Jered Weaver will grace the cover of MVP 07 NCAA Baseball, scheduled for release in Feb. 2007.

New 'World of Warcraft' Update Coming Dec. 5th

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The next World of Warcraft content update, “Before the Storm,” will include the new PvP Honor System, as well as other new features that will prepare us for The Burning Crusade expansion, and is currently scheduled for next Tuesday, Dec. 5, although that date is still subject to change in the event of unforeseen obstacles.

'Frankie Dettori Racing' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Coming to Europe

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

originally scheduled for November 2005, Alternative Software announced that HES' horse racing game Frankie Dettori Racing, also known as Melbourne Cup Challenge, will finally gallop into stores early December.

'Cipher Complex' (PS3/X360) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 9:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cipher Complex, the first completely original title from Edge of Reality, is an intense, cinematic military combat game that will deliver a brutal shot of adrenaline straight to the hearts of next-generation gamers.

'Football Manager 2007' - v7.0.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 7:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With all-new features, improved gameplay and a depth only seen from Sports Interactive, Football Manager 2007 offers a management simulation that is second to none. SIGames has released the first patch, bringing your game to v7.0.1 and making various tweaks, updates and bug/crash fixes.

'Left Behind: Eternal Forces' Sequel Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 6:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Left Behind Games announces plans to develop a Left Behind: Eternal Forces sequel, and has signed a multi-year technology license with Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends creators Big Huge Games.

'Sam & Max Episode 2 - Situation: Comedy' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Talk show host Myra Stump has gone berzerk! Sam & Max head down to the WARP TV studio to find out why she's holding her audience hostage. But getting onto Myra's stage isn’t going to be easy. First the Freelance Police will have to prove they're worthy of fifteen minutes of fame.

'Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 5:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle is an adventure game with 3D characters with a cartoon look and high-impact visual features that include 2D and 3D in an unmatchable style. This German demo features the beginning of chapter 4, but with dialogue and a solution specifically written for this demo.

Developing PS3 Games Is Expensive

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 4:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In an interview with Bloomberg, Namco Bandai President Takeo Takasu reveals that developing for the PS3 comes at a hefty price. In order to turn a profit, Takeo estimates a game needs to sell 500,000 copies worldwide, as graphics for the HD games cost about 1 billion yen ($8.6 million) to create, more than double that for Wii titles. Numbers that are quite staggering considering that Ridge Racer 7 and Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire each sold a mere 22,000 copies in Japan.

'Beltion: Beyond Ritual' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Beltion: Beyond Ritual is Rostok-Games' alternative fantasy RPG, in development since 2004. Beltion allows the player a freeform gameplay with a mix of fantasy and historical reality of medieval Europe. Check out the freshly launched website, or read more for screens ...

PlayStation Father Ken Kutaragi Replaced As SCEI President

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced some management shuffling as President, and Group CEO, Ken Kutaragi, becomes Chairman, while former President and CEO of SCEA Kaz Hirai, replaced by SCEA EVP and co-COO Jack Tretton, steps up as President and Group COO of SCEI, effective December 1, 2006.

Australian Game Industry Sees Explosive Growth

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Game Developers’ Association of Australia revealed findings from its first survey in 3 years, showing that the entertainment/gaming industry is in a phase of record growth.

'Free Running' (PSP/PS2) Re-Surfaces - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 3:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Reef Entertainment has secured the rights to Rebellion’s new extreme sports franchise Free Running on PS2 and PSP, a project formerly in development over at Core Design, now a Rebellion studio.

'Splinter Cell Double Agent' Gets Xbox Live Patch

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 2:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Splinter Cell Double Agent reinvents the spy action genre by introducing a double agent concept and a new breed of game play that adds an exciting new dimension to the gaming experience. Ubisoft has issued a patch for the Xbox 360 version, available through Xbox Live, fixing various multiplayer problems, such as lag, and freeze issues.

'Shining Force EXA' (PS2) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 2:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's PS2 exclusive RPG Shining Force EXA plunges gamers into stunning interactive worlds of swords and sorcery, fill with anime cut-scenes that the classic series is best known for.

Xbox 360 Gets Minor Dashboard Update

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As we speak Microsoft is rolling out a new, but small, dashboard update across the world. Next time you sign into Xbox Live, you'll be prompted to update, which improves support for HD video output over VGA, including 1080p resolution, improves plug and play performance for wired headsets when being used with wireless controllers, and changes made to recently played games list to improve accuracy.

NDS Review - 'Final Fantasy III'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:57 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The only Final Fantasy never localized will finally reach North American shores! Final Fantasy III features graphics that have been reworked and remodeled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical Final Fantasy look and feel.

'Europa Universalis III' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Europa Universalis III delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy and is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire.

'CellFactor: Revolution' Gets Kynapse AI Middleware

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Artificial Studios' CellFactor: Revolution is an updated & enhanced version of its tech demo Cellfactor: Combat Training, an action-packed FPS with true-to-life physics, powered by AGEIA PhysX processor. AI middleware provider Kynogon announced that it has been selected for Cell Factor: Revolution.

Wii Review - 'Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam'

by Andrew Hayward on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:40 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Downhill Jam delivers a skateboard experience focused on head-to-head racing, allowing players to feel the breakneck speed of downhill competition as they tear up the world's steepest terrains while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in such locations as San Francisco, Machu Picchu and Hong Kong.

'Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja' (NDS) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2006 @ 1:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus U.S.A. acquired the North American publishing rights to Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, an original RPG designed exclusively for the NDS and slated to be in retail stores February of 2007.