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'X-Men: The Official Game' (ALL) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 11:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

X-Men: The Official Game is a tie in with the upcoming movie X-Men: The Last Stand, provising the backstory. The new X-Men game, written by screenwriter Zak Penn and comic book writer Chris Claremont, lets you play as either Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman. More details should come soon with the official announcement...

'Super Princess Peach' (NDS) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 4:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After Bowser gets hold of something called a magical Vibe Wand, he kidnaps Mario and Luigi and heads back to his castle on Vibe Island with an emotional troop of minions in tow. Intent on rescuing the Mario Bros., Peach gives chase, only to find herself affected by the emotional vibes given off by the island. Using these newfound vibes to channel special abilities, she sets off to rescue Mario and Luigi.

U2's Bono Coming After Take Two?

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Earlier this week speculations about a possible Take 2 takeover started floating around. Today the NY Post is speculating that Bono's private-equity firm Elevation Partners might be in the running to maker a bid which could be worth more than $1 billion, including debt. Elevation is said to have teamed up with Pequot Capital, who already owns a large chunk of Take-Two's shares (thanks Gamecloud). Last year Elevation Partners purchased BioWare and Pandemic Studios, and merged them.

'Chibi-Robo' (NGC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Chibi-Robo is a gift to a little girl whose father wants her to have the best birthday ever. Chibi-Robo isn't just a toy, though. He's a household helper whose sole task is to bring happiness to his family. Chibi is only 3 inches tall, but he's capable of some impressive feats.

'OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) - 37 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is the latest instalment in the iconic OutRun series set for release in March 2006 giving a new legion of gamers the opportunity to experience the thrills of this franchise.

PSP Firmware Update Includes Email and GPS Features

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 2:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The March issue of PSM reveals that Sony is working on a new firmware update for the PSP which will give user access to Sony Mail. The built-in e-mail program will use the unique ID number assigned to each PSP at manufacture to eliminate a potentially confusing server setup. The program won't require users to access a web site, but will let them choose a unique user name to associate with their PSP's ID. The PSM article also reveals that somewhere down the road Sony plans to release a GPS peripheral as well as a suite of UMD map packs.

'Phantasy Star Universe' (PS2/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Phantasy Star Universe is being developed for both the PS2 and the PC, offering two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component.

Official 'Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends' Website Launched

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends immerses players in a unique new fantasy world embroiled in an epic war between the forces of Magic and Technology. Gamers fight through towering cities, flame-swept deserts and brutal ice plains in battles filled with mystical creatures, devastating machines and incredible acts of magic. Check the freshly launched Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends website.

'SingStar Rocks!' (PS2) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nirvana, Stereophonics, Jet, The Subways, Rolling Stones, The Bravery, Blur and many more are all to appear on the latest edition in its PS2 exclusive SingStar Rocks!, set for release in Spring '06.

'Monster Hunter 2' (PS2) - 33 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 3:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Monster Hunter 2 improvements will include more weapons, a greater focus on grouping, and a much larger environment, with a dynamic day/night cycle, including season changing. This will have an effect on overall gameplay, as certain animals will only be accessible during specific times of the day. Owners of Monster Hunter 2 will also be able to connect with its little PSP brother, Monster Hunter Portable.

'Rockstar Games Upload IV' Winners Revealed

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 2:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With an all-time record amount of overall entries, the judging process for Rockstar Games Upload IV these past months was indeed intensive. Now in '06, we are pleased to present the cream of this year's edition of our long running digital media competition - the very best creative works, as deemed by Rockstar Games, our esteemed judging panel of industry professionals, and our category sponsors.

PS2 Review - 'Ape Escape 3'

by Katarani on Feb. 5, 2006 @ 1:15 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Ape Escape 3 continues to expand upon the core theme of the Ape Escape series: capturing monkeys. Packed with more content than any previous Ape Escape titles, Ape Escape 3 has a full 28 stages (136 total areas, compared with 84 for the previous installment) and tons of mini-games.