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'Assassin's Creed' (PS3/PC) Also Confirmed for Xbox 360

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 10:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

After yesterday's semi-confirmation that Ubisoft is bringing Assassin's Creed to the PC, it is now also a certainty that an X360 version is in the works. The latest issue of UK magazine 360, which just went on sale, has it on their front cover as a world exclusive, while moments ago IGN also had it on their front page, although it was taken down moments later. Read more to check the 360 cover page for the ultimate proof ...

Various Game Trailers #872

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 9:56 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:

  • Alpine Ski Racing 2007 - Trailer
  • Blitzkrieg 2: Fall of the Reich - Trailer
  • Day of Atlantis - GC 06 Trailer
  • Forza Motorsport 2 [X360] - Damage & Physics Trailer
  • Just Cause (X360/PC) - Developer Diary #2
  • Sparta: Ancient Wars - GC 06 Trailer
  • Team Fortress 2 - Character Classes Trailer [Hi]
  • Caesar IV - Developer Diary Trailer #3


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

'Eragon' (ALL) - 9 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 9:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eragon is an epic fantasy-adventure which centers on a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Based on the upcoming movie, Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he alone has the power to save -- or destroy -- an Empire.

'Alien Arena 2007' - Free Full Game Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 8:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alien Arena 2007 is a first person online deathmatch shooter using id Software's Quake II and Quake III source code under the GPL license. With features including 32 bit graphics, new particle engine and effects, light blooms, reflective water, hi resolution textures and skins, hi poly models, stain maps.

'Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run' (PS2/Xbox) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 7:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring action superstar Dwayne The Rock Johnson as government super-spy extraordinaire Alex Decker, players for the first time ever can step out of the Interceptor and straight into third-person action, utilizing The Rock's physical prowess by taking down enemies with intense melee combat moves.

'Saints Row' (X360) Is Getting Patched

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official Saint's Row community message board has a developer update revealing Volition is working on an Xbox Live patch for its just released open ended action game. While there is no specific launch date yet, the patch will fix various single/multiplayer problems found after release, addressing lag, improved quality-of-service, more 10-12 player matches, fixing exploits, widescreen formatting, and generally getting players in the game faster.

'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance' (ALL) - 75 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a deep, rich gameplay experience by offering total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story.

'Madden NFL 07' (ALL) Sells Millions

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that Madden NFL 07 has outperformed any previous installment in the 17 year old series, with an estimate of more than two million copies sold in its first week, roughly 12 percent higher than last year's edition.

'NBA Live 07' (ALL) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 5:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pull off moves only the pros perform as you replicate the styles of your favorite NBA players. Elevate to the rim for an electrifying dunk and bring the crowd to its feet, or look to your superstars to shift momentum with the game on the line.

'Dark Messiah of Might & Magic' Gets Limited And Steamed

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 5:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve announced that it is bringing Arkane Studios' action RPG Dark Messiah of Might & Magic to the Steam online distribution service in October 2006, while Ubisoft itself revealed details on the limited edition, which will include the game on DVD, unique in-game content, making of movies, soundtrack on CD and 12 collective cards.

'Madden NFL 07' and 'Texas Hold 'em' Push Xbox Live Past 50 Million Downloads

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 4:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox Live surpasses 50 million downloads from Xbox Live Marketplace, doubling the 25 million mark hit just three months ago, with gamers logging more than 2 billion hours online to experience online multiplayer gaming, Xbox Live Arcade titles, the latest game demos, movie trailers and music videos.

'Call of Juarez' - 6 New Screens

by Judy on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 1:18 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.

'F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point' - 5 New Screens

by Judy on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

F.E.A.R. Extraction Point kicks off where the original game ended – with a bang. The First Encounter Assault Recon Team (F.E.A.R.) returns to battle the now free Alma and her paranormal minions across a destroyed city.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Judy on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT | 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:

'Just Cause' (PS2/Xbox/X360/PC) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 11:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Just Cause, you take on the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez - an undercover CIA operative specializing in regime change - as he tries to overthrow the corrupt government of San Esperito suspected of stockpiling WMDs. Eidos announced that Just Cause will be available in North American stores on September 27, 2006.

'TimeShift' (X360/PC) Gets Pushed to 2007

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi just announced that TimeShift has been pushed back, "Vivendi Games acquired TimeShift with the view that it would become a stand-out FPS franchise. Our commitment to that vision remains, and so the decision has been taken to move the title into 2007 to give it the time and resources needed to fulfill its potential."

'Left Behind: Eternal Forces' - Beta Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Left Behind: Eternal Forces will put players in command of the apocalyptic battles raging in the streets of New York City between the angelic Tribulation Forces and the demonic Global Community Peacekeepers during the End of Days.

'Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade' Multiplayer Beta Test Sign-ups

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced that it is accepting applications for the Public Beta Test of its highly anticipated futuristic 3D RTS game, Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade. The application process begins today, Thursday, August 31st, at 12:00pm EST and will close on Friday, September 8th at 12:00pm EST.

'Call of Duty 3' (ALL) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call of Duty 3 delivers the intensity of being closer than ever to the fury of combat during the battle for the Liberation of Paris, the most harrowing campaign of WWII, known as The Normandy Breakout.

'Fall of Liberty' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters today announces a publishing agreement with Spark Unlimited, known for Call of Duty: Finest Hour, for ‘Fall of Liberty’ (working title) an intense and cinematic next-gen first-person shooter epic set in an unnerving World War II alternate reality.

'Tales of The World: Radiant Mythology' (PSP) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tales of The World: Radiant Mythology is the latest in the Tales of the World spin-off series allowing players to create customized characters and employs the Flex Range Linear Motion Battle system from Tales of the Abyss.

Electronic Arts Signs In-Game Ad Agreements

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 6:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA today signed agreements for in-game advertisement with not one, but two agencies. The deal with Massive Incorporated covers four titles, X360 and PC, starting with Need for Speed Carbon, while the IGA Worldwide contract covers at least 3 titles, starting with Battlefield 2142.

'Heart of Eternity' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heart of Eternity is a third-person action/RPG title, with a balance between action and role-playing elements. There are no levels in the game, and no new areas that require loading. The fantasy universe Sarcus is populated with humans, bloodthirsty orks, greedy dwarves, naughty elves, treacherous half-goblins, and powerful vampires.

'Faces of War' Multiplayer Demo Coming Soon

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 5:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft revealed that it will release a multiplayer demo for Faces of War, allowing you to choose from one of three sides: Ally, Soviet or German and guide your troops to the victory. The mp demo will include 2 game modes: the "Combat" and the "Frontline". The "Combat" can be played both in Team mode and Free For All (FFA). The demo game modes are capped to 4 players max, but the final game has no such restriction.

Atari Brings 'The Witcher' to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 5:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari Europe and CD Projekt today announced that the companies have entered into a publishing agreement for The Witcher, whereby Atari will market and distribute CD Projekt’s upcoming fantasy role-playing game throughout Europe and Asia in Spring 2007.

'Far Cry Instincts Predator' (X360) Demo on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 4:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Better late than never, Ubisoft has released a singleplayer demo for last year's Far Cry Instincts Predator on Xbox Live Marketplace (not available in Asia). Far Cry Instincts Predator includes two games in one – all new Far Cry Instincts Predator content, as well as the original Far Cry Instincts.

'Yakuza 2' (PS2) Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 3:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While the rest of the world is still awaiting release of the original Yakuza, SEGA is already working on the sequel. Set one year after the events of its predecessor, in Yakuza 2 you will face the Osaka underworld and the terrible Dragon of the West, Ryûji Kôda. Toshihiro Nagoshi and his team will greatly improve the combat system, adding more finishing and combo moves, as well as over 100 subquests and activities allowing our hero Kazuma Kiryû to play a gigolo, a club host, or spend his time playing golf and bowling. Yakuza 2 is currently scheduled for release in Japan on December 7th, 2006.

'The Godfather' (X360) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts you've been accepted into America's most famous criminal organization, the Corleone family. Now it's up to you to carry out orders, earn respect, rise through the ranks, and make New York City your own. Play your cards right and you could even be running everything as the next, and most powerful, Don.

PC Review - 'Barrow Hill'

by Keith Durocher on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Barrow Hill is a horror/thriller adventure game; told from the point of view of the player using a first person perspective. Set in mysterious Cornwall, the players will unravel many mysteries, after being stranded on the lonely road to the 'barrow'. This ancient burial site, from pre-history, sits shrouded amongst the watching trees of the hill.

Gamebryo Element Game Engine For Xbox Live Arcade

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Emergent Game Technologies today announced that it has launched the Gamebryo Element, Emergent's flexible, full-featured game engine and toolkit, for use by Xbox Live Arcade developers through a special licensing model.

'EverQuest: The Serpent's Spine' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOE's latest Everquest expansion pack, The Serpent's Spine, adds a new race, new level cap, city, spells, and overall features.

'Assassin's Creed' (PS3) Coming to PC

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since its multiple-platform unveiling at E3, which was then reversed by a PS3-only announcement, rumors have been rampant about which platforms Assassin's Creed will actually appear on. A four-page article in PC Gamer UK is the first proof that Ubisoft is not only working on Assassin's Creed for PS3, but also for PC. While an official announcement has not been made, Ubisoft officials did confirm that a PC version is indeed in the works and is tentatively scheduled for 2007. Now that the PC edition has been disclosed, an Xbox 360 port is still possible, considering the similarities between the two platforms.

NDS Review - 'Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie and the Amp'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The Genie and the Amp introduces a brand new gaming genre – the 'Rock 'n' Roll Brawler' – targeted primarily for kids 6-11. This adventure allows players to call upon the powers of rock and roll to defeat their enemies as they travel the globe using only their instruments as weapons.

'NHL 07' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2006 @ 1:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The golden age of console hockey will return when NHL 07 debuts with gameplay innovations that will allow players to feel like they are actually on the ice. Featuring an unmatched level of freedom and control, NHL 07 will represent a watershed moment in the history of the console hockey.