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SEGA Acquires Secret Level

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 6:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA today announced that it has acquired of San Francisco-based development studio Secret Level, known for recent projects such as America's Army: Rise of a Soldier, Karaoke Revolution and Final Fight.

'Call of Juarez' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 3:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call of Juarez is situated in 19th-century Wild West America and requires a combination of both intelligent stealth and pure shooting. Fast-paced revolver duels using historically accurate firearms, horseback riding, and memorable locations combine with top-notch graphics and an enthralling soundtrack to immerse both casual and hardcore players.

Mithis Entertainment Shut Down ?

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 3:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCi's financial statement not only revealed Tomb Raider going Nintendo, but there was also a rather curious mention regarding Battlestations Midway. SCI revealed that the title is no longer in development at Mithis Entertainment, but instead a "newly formed studio in Budapest." Upon checking the Mithis website it says "website closed" and Eidos seemed to know nothing about it, while SCi did not reply. When contacting HD interactive, Mithis was developing Joint Task force for them, we received word that an official announcement will be released tomorrow. Is Mithis closed? Is Mithis the new Budapest studio? Did SCi buy Mithis?

Further information indicates that Mithis is now known as Most Wanted Entertainment (thanks Jack).

Various Game Trailers #749

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 3:06 p.m. PDT | 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:

  • ArchLord - Trailer #3
  • Okami [PS2] - Jap Trailer


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

Monday April 3, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 3:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another Monday, 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:

Michigan Judge Throws Out Unconstitutional Video Game Law

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

US District Court judge George Caram Steeh, Eastern District of Michigan, today issued a permanent injunction against a Michigan bill which sought to ban video game sales to minors, ruling that the bill is unconstitutional and cannot be implemented.

'Supreme Commander' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 12:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Gas Powered Games for its RTS game Supreme Commander. Chris Taylor is known for his work with Total Annihilation under Cave Dog, and Supreme Commander will mark his return to a genre that he helped popularize.

'WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007' (PSP/PS2/X360) Announced

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 12:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ and JAKKS today announced WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2007 is in development and is expected to make its debut on both current and next generation gaming systems beginning this fall.

'Table Tennis' (X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 12:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games is working on Table Tennis for Xbox 360, developed by Rockstar San Diego, the creative house behind the Midnight Club street racing series and the Western shooter Red Dead Revolver.

DemonWare And Ubisoft Extend Multiplayer Middleware Agreement

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

DemonWare announced a multi-title agreement with Ubisoft to power multiplayer functionality across all platforms for the publisher's titles. The announcement expands the relationship between the two companies after a recent successful integration on a major project.

'Hitman: Blood Money' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Coming To Xbox 360 - Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.

'Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot' Announced

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 10:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Destineer Publishing’s Bold Games division today announced the sequel to its top-selling flight-simulation, Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot delivers seat-of-your pants dogfight experiences flying some of the most legendary jet fighters in Cold War history.

'MotoGP 4' (PS2) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 9:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The world famous motorcycle racing game returns in this latest installment as the most realistic racing title for the PS2 based on the real life MotoGP. All licensed engine classes, circuits, and riders are recreated to provide fans with the most complete MotoGP experience to date. Featuring realistic engine classes, bike physics, weather conditions, and a new upgrade system, MotoGP4 is the ultimate in Grand Prix racing.

'Guild Wars Factions' Preview Weekend Massive Success

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guild Wars developer ArenaNet and NCsoft opened the virtual door for a weekend-long sneak peek at its new game Guild Wars Factions, and more than 500,000 players participated in the invitation-only preview event and cumulatively spent more than three million hours online,

Graffitti Entertainment Signs 'Strike Force Red Cell' (X360/PC)

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 6:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Graffiti Entertainment announced today that they have signed an agreement with Vision Studios for North American publishing rights to Strike Force Red Cell, a soon to be released FPS for the PC and X360. Strike Force Red Cell is counter-terrorist game where you fight against terrorist in a real world first person shooter environment.

'Ninety-Nine Nights' (X360) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 6:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninety-Nine Nights is a fantasy game that mixes action with strategy elements. You control a massive army that is challenged by hordes of enemies, in a multi-angle scenario, where you can assume the role of various characters and see the game world from totally different points of view.

'Birth of America' - v1.05 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 5:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Birth of America you control one of the major contenders in French & Indian Wars, and the War of the American Independence, trying to achieve military and political victory. This v1.05 patch addresses bug fixes, interface changes, scenario and gameplay tweaks, and a few gfx adjustments.

'World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | 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.

Atom Entertainment Gets Into Online Game Development

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atom Entertainment has redesigned the Shockwave.com site and announced a major investment in high quality online game development with the creation of the Shockwave.com Game Studios.

'CellFactor' (X360/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 4:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CellFactor is a FPS set in a warfare industrial atmosphere. As the plot develops, you'll gain access to other two main characters as well, each one with distinctive singularities in the game play. You'll count with a great amount of traditional and experimental weapons, and even your character will get more powerful as the game goes along.

'Puyo Pop Fever' (NDS/PSP) Coming To Europe

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 3:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ignition announced it has signed Puyo Pop Fever for European distribution. The latest version of SEGA's signature brainteaser comes from Sonic Team with wacky new puzzle pieces and a combo-crazy Fever Mode.

'Rush for Berlin' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 2:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rush for Berlin is a tactical real time strategy game, set on the European battlefields of World War II, during 1944-45. The player's goal; to capture the German capital, as either the British/US/French alliance or the Red army of the Soviet Union.

'Tomb Raider Legend' (ALL) Also Coming to GBA, NDS and GameCube

by Rainier on April 3, 2006 @ 1:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a recent financial statement, British publisher SCi, who took over Eidos last year, revealed some of its future plans. Not only is it working on a new version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, but it is also bringing Namco's Stacked featuring Daniel Negranu to the UK. To top it all off, SCi will also be bringing Tomb Raider: Legend to all three current Nintendo platforms: DS, GBA and GameCube.

PSP Preview - 'Gradius Collection'

by Alicia on April 3, 2006 @ 1:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The Collection includes ports of the arcade shoot 'em up versions of the original four Gradius titles along with a port of the PlayStation's Gradius Gaiden. The port is enhanced with a new save feature and 16:9 display modes for the original two Gradius titles.

PS2 Review - 'Kingdom Hearts II'

by Alicia on April 3, 2006 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Kingdom Hearts II is here after a long, long wait, featuring over 100 hours of giant boss fights, mini-games, and mook-bashing action. Picking up one year after the events of the Chain of Memories GBA title, Sora once again ventures out with sidekicks Goofy and Donald to try and track down his missing friend Riku. Battle across nearly two dozen special worlds that representing Disney properties from Winnie the Pooh to Tron.