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'Gears of War' (X360) Downloadable Content Will be Free

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 10:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

During the recent Spike TV Video Game Awards ceremony Epic Games president Mike Capps stated that they have been working on new content for its recently released gritty action game Gears of War. The question on everybodies mind however was whether the long time PC developer was going to jump on the microtransaction bandwagon or not. Putting the discussion to rest Capps said, "We always take care of our customers, we always give them stuff for free, and we're going to keep doing that forever. That's how we do it, man. This is Epic."

Various Game Trailers #960

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:23 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:

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade - Intro Trailer
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 [PSP/PS3/X360/PC] - Trailer
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl - Aftermath Trailer
  • Fuzion Frenzy 2 [X360] - Trailer #4
  • TNA Impact! [PS2/Xbox/PS3/X360] - Trailer
  • Far Cry Vengeance [Wii] - Trailer #3


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

Layoffs at Perpetual, 'Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising' Delayed

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Perpetual's President Chris McKibbin confirmed that his company has laid off about 30 people on the development staff but points out that its MMO Gods and Heroes is almost content complete, and trimming down the team to 80 people is a natural progression as content production roles come to an end. However, in order to make Gods & Heroes the best game it can be, the decision was made to push back its Q1 2007 launch date to summer 2007, so Perpetual can continue play-testing and tuning to deliver the highest quality game possible.

'Pirates of the Caribbean Online' - 3 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, players try to become the Caribbean's most legendary pirate, all while forging alliances, hunting for buried treasure, battling evil undead forces and facing off against enemies from the movie franchise.

December Backward Compatibility Update on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 3:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After a false start earlier this week, Microsoft has released the December backwards compatibility update, with a few extra additions. This free update currently adds 37 original Xbox games that you will be able to play on your X360, although some are region restricted. Titles of note are recent games such as Scarface, Splinter Cell Double Agent, MK: Armageddon, and favorites such as Psychonauts...

'Chili Con Carnage' (PSP) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 1:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Go loco in the seedy underworld of Los Toros as Ramiro Cruz, avenging the assassination of his father by creating maximum carnage in the inner circles of the local kingpin Cesar Morales’ drug cartel.

'Prison Tycoon 2: Maximum Security' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 1:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The sentence has been passed, now you must bring order in a world of chaos. Start with a small, low security prison and build it into a maximum-security super-max. Valusoft has released a 60 min time limited demo, which you can unlock after purchasing a license key.

Producers Guild of America Honors 'The Sims' Designer Will Wright

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 12:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Producers Guild of America announced that the 2007 Vanguard Award, outstanding achievement in new media and technology, will be presented to game designer Will Wright whose creative vision has inspired some of the most critically acclaimed and popular video games in the short history of the medium.

'Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption' - v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 12:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As an aspiring Underworld figure, spread corruption throughout the galaxy using new strategic gameplay elements to influence other factions, steal their funds, slow their production, spy on them and more. As promised, the v1.1 patch adds a slew of balance tweaks, AI improvements, map changes and plenty more ..

'BioShock' (PS3/X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioShock is 2K Games' hybrid first-person shooter, in the works over at System Shock 2 developers Irrational Games, combining elements of sci-fi and role-playing genres.

Thursday December 14, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 10:00 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:

'Eureka Seven Vol. 2: The New Vision' (PS2) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Bandai Games America announced the PS2 exclusive Eureka Seven Vol. 2: The New Vision. A prequel to the popular animated show, Eureka Seven Vol. 2 is the exciting next installment in the high-flying aerial combat series.

'Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress' - German Patch #1 Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tony is back in a brand-new adventure with modern 3D-graphics. However, Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress is no sequel, but a prequel – it takes the player back into Tony’s youth, into the year 1953, when Tony was 13 years old. This first patch addresses a copyprotection issue.

'Field Ops' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Freeze Interactive's Field Ops, developed by Digital Reality and previously known as Ghost Wars, brings together, in a unique presentation, the two favorite genres of PC gamers; Real-Time-Strategy and First-Person Shooter.

'Rainbow Six Vegas' (X360) Patch Available Through Xbox Live

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shortly after the PC patch, the Xbox 360 version of Ubisoft's tactical shooter Rainbow Six Vegas gets patched up, automatically available when you log on to Xbox Live, addressing various multiplayer issues and fixing bugs ...

'Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened' Story Details

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened rises to the challenge of being entirely in 3D; while the creators have kept classic game mechanics, the game benefits from the freedom and the immersion brought by a superb animated and detailed real time 3D environment.

Empire Interactive Offering Three Titles Via Steam

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 9:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire Interactive announce that it has signed a digital distribution agreement with Valve to offer three of its titles, Flat Out II, Vegas Tycoon, and Ghost Master, via Steam.

'Metro 2033: The Last Refuge' (PS3/X360/PC) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 7:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy's Metro 2033, 4A-Games' The Last Refuge is a 3D horror/action/survival FPS with elements RPG genre game.

'Medieval II: Total War' Patch Coming Friday

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 6:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yesterday we reported that the first patch for Creative Assembly's 3D RTS Medieval II: Total War would arrive today, unfortunately it has been delayed, but confirmed by SEGA, until tomorow, Friday Dec. 15, 2006. A second patch is already in the works, scheduled for early 2007, adding more aggressive Scotland and Mongol campaign AI, more naval assaults, an even more consistent less powerful cavalry charge, less devastating gunpowder units, stronger 2-handed axe men and billmen, etc...

'Mercury Meltdown Revolution' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mercury Meltdown Revolution is a brain-teasing puzzle game that challenges players to immerse themselves in a colorful world of sci-fi machines, crazy characters, and bubbling test tubes.

Flagship Studios Expands, Announces 'Mythos'

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Flagship Studios today announced that it has expanded operations with the formation of a new development studio: Flagship Seattle, currently working on Mythos, an online RPG that will be used to test the networking technology behind Hellgate: London.

'Death to Spies' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 5:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Death to Spies was the name of a set of counterintelligence departments in the Soviet Army formed during WWII. Their mission was to secure the rear of the active Red Army by arresting traitors, deserters, spies and criminal elements. During the war these agents became the main force combating the German intelligence service.

'Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 4:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Gods and Heroes you become a classic hero of the ancient world, born of immortal blood. As a scion of the gods, you will have the opportunity to pursue his destiny through a series of Epic Quests that will span all levels of gameplay, over time commanding amazing God Powers and acquiring famous weapons and treasure of myth.

'Excite Truck' (Wii) Gets European Release Date

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 4:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In the grand racing tradition of Excitebike, get ready for a big-air experience like no other as players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain at break-neck speeds. Treacherous roads and death-defying jumps can mean only one thing, Excite Truck launches across Europe on 16th February 2007.

'Halo 3' (X360) Multiplayer Lead Forms New Development Studio

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 4:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Certain Affinity is a new development studio based in Austin, TX founded by Max Hoberman, former multiplayer team lead for Halo 2 and Halo 3 over at Bungie. Certain Affinity's first project is developing multiplayer maps for Halo 2, while currently also creating a new X360 title to be announced at a later date.

GarageGames Signs 'Vigil: Blood Bitterness' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 3:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vigil: Blood Bitterness, previously known as Victi: Blood Bitterness, is a 3D episodic, black & white, moody adventure game where you play a character trapped on an asteroid, a relic of an ancient civilization.

'Xyanide Resurrection' (PSP) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 3:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xyanide Resurrection is a classical 2D/3D shoot-'m-up game, where you take on the role of Drake, a government executioner from the planet Mardar. Drake's mission is to capture the escaped evil witch Aguira and bring her back to the Judge.

'Wario Ware: Smooth Moves' (Wii) Gets European Release Date

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 2:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Get ready for the ultimate party game extravaganza! Wario Ware: Smooth Moves will have you and your friends competing in a series of wild and wonderful challenges as you use the Wii Remote in ways you would not have imagined possible! Wario Ware: Smooth Moves launches on Wii across Europe on 12th January 2007.

PS2 Review - 'Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles'

by McKinley Noble on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 1:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles is a PS2-exclusive action/adventure title offering players a chance to become Naruto, the aspiring ninja with the power of the Nine-Tailed Fox Spirit sleeping deep within. Gamers can play through the story-driven missions to save the Hidden Leaf Village from the threat of evil and fulfill Naruto's dream of becoming the Hokage (leader).

'LocoRoco' (PSP) Holiday Demo Level Available

by Rainier on Dec. 14, 2006 @ 12:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The special holiday demo of LocoRoco is the first native PSP demo download via the PlayStation Store on the PS3, available directly from the PSP portal site or via PlayStation.com. Requires you to install the latest v3.02 PSP firmware update, which allows for several new PSP system capabilities.