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Xbox Live Going Down For Maintenance

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 11:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft announced that on Tuesday September 19th from 0200-0500 PST Xbox Live will be offline for maintenance. As a result, the ‘My Xbox’ section of Xbox.com will be unavailable, and you'll be able to read but not post in the Xbox.com forums. This is just routine maintenance, no new features are going to be implemented.

'Cinema Empire' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 10:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cinema Empire is Comport Interactive's latest commercial sim products. Start small, work your way up and end up as the owner of the country’s largest chain of movie theatres.

Various Game Trailers #887

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:50 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 :

  • Excite Truck [Wii] - Trailer
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [Wii] - Trailer #3
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance [ALL] - Trailer (3)
  • Medieval II: Total War - Trailerpack
  • ATV Offroad Fury Pro [PSP] - Trailer


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

'Madden NFL 2007' (Wii) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 7:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs.

Monday, September 18, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 7:05 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:

'World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 4:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions takes a story-based approach as it puts players on the Circuit as a newly turned poker pro and under the wing of Chris “Jesus” Ferguson as his protégé.

Universal Studios Supports HD DVD Over Blu-ray

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 4:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

At last week's electronics design show CEDIA EXPO 2006, Universal Studios Home Entertainment President Craig Kornblau came out in support of HD DVD, compared to Sony's Blu-ray. “The reviews are in and HD DVD is hands down the leader in picture quality, audio experiences and interactive capabilities that have never been seen before,” said Kornblau. Recent head to head tests either came out in favor of HD DVD, or resulted in a draw.

'PT Boats: Knights of the Sea' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 3:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

PT Boats is the first simulator of the Mosquito-fleet, created with the use of technologies of a level never seen before in naval combat simulator games. Patrol Torpedo Boats were used in WW2 mainly to attack large cruiser due ot their maneuverability and speed.

Game Developers Conference Doubles Its Floor Space

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 1:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Game Developers Conference organization announced today that they are more than doubling their show floor to accommodate the game industry market need for a single, one-stop shop event. The Game Developers Conference will take place March 5-9, 2007 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

'Horse Racing Manager 2' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 1:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Horse Racing Manager 2 is a sport management and horse racing game. It was designed for management game fans as well as riding and horse racing aficionados.

Watch Tokyo Game Show and X06 On Xbox Live

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers don’t have to be on the Tokyo Game Show and X06 guest lists to have a front row seat to all of the action, because this year Xbox brings these event show floors to you. In the footsteps of “E3: Bringing It Home,” Xbox is inviting all gamers to enjoy exclusive access via Xbox Live Marketplace to Tokyo Game Show, and Microsoft's X06.

'NFL Street 3' (PS2/PSP) - 3 Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 12:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With NFL Street 3 you can play your style of football both on the ground and in the air in this newest iteration of the popular NFL STREET franchise. Show off your style and boost your score by performing stunning aerial moves, jumping into the air and collecting special items and game modifiers that hover above the playing field.

Hack//G.U.' (PS2) Special Edition Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 11:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

.hack, a sci-fi fantasy RPG, has pursued this innovative concept in the previous 4-part series where “The World” was ultimately destroyed, but now, years later, “The World” was rebuilt. EBGames and Gamespot are offering a special edition with an exclusive Haseo action figure, complete with detailed weapons, and the exciting Terminal Disc which features an exclusive story compilation of the previous .hack games and other surprises.

'Bully' (PS2) - 6 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 11:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As a troublesome schoolboy, you'll laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy.

'Flight Simulator X' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 11:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Flight Simulator X will immerse you in a beautifully rich and realistic world that offers a completely new and innovative gaming experience. With the addition of more than 50 missions, Flight Simulator X is more than just a simulator, challenging aviators to beat the clock in the infamous Red Bull air races or to drop relief materials in exotic locations

'Bleach' (Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 10:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bleach is a Wii exclusive anime hack & slash game making full use of the Wiimote to control your characters movement and attacks. Currently only announced as a Japanese Wii launch title, no information for Europe or North America is available at this point.

SEGA Signs Deep Fried Entertainment For PSP Titles

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 10:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA announced today that it has signed a development agreement with Vancouver based Deep Fried Entertainment for multiple PSP titles. An independent studio since 2005, Deep Fried Entertainment consists of 5 industry veterans responsible for titles such as Need for Speed: Underground 1 & 2, NFL Gameday, and Baldur's Gate.

'Lost Planet: Extreme Condition' (X360) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lost Planet is a sci-fi action shooter set within the merciless frozen tundra of a hostile planet, humans struggle for survival as conflicts arise between man, the surrounding indigenous creatures and the monstrous beings that have invaded.

'Shady O' Grady's Rising Star' Contest Voting Begins

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games and Gilligames announced that voting is now open on the "Are you a Rising Star?" contest, which ran from the end of July to August 25th. The contest was an open call for unsigned musical acts to submit their favorite songs for possible inclusion in the upcoming musical role-playing game, Shady O' Grady's Rising Star.

'Mage Knight Apocalypse' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mage Knight Apocalypse is an action RPG based on the collectible miniature game from WizKids Games. Designed with a unique character leveling system and an unprecedented focus on team play, Mage Knight Apocalypse allows up to five players to embark on a cooperative or competitive journey through a war-torn fantasy setting.

NVIDIA Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scanner Technologies today announced it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against nVidia claiming willful and deliberate infringement of U.S. Patents which disclose methods of three-dimensional inspection that allow ball grid array ("BGA") devices to be manufactured more precisely and efficiently.

'Undercover:­ Operation Wintersun' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Undercover is an adventure game set during the Second World War, in the heart of war-torn Europe. The tantalizing story revolves around a horrible What-If scenario, tackling myths and undiscovered secrets and gives all new insights into the terrifying machinations of this era.

'Virtua Fighter 5' (PS3) - 18 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 5:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Virtua Fighter 5 raises the bar for console fighting games including all the features fans know and love plus enhanced gameplay mechanics, additional characters and new fighting styles, as well as newly redesigned 3D environments.

'The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy' - French Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 5:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Secret Of Atlantis is a new point and click adventure situated in the 1930s. You are Howard Brooks, a young aeronautic engineer who awakes on the Hindenburg zeppelin, investigating a strange vessel, one which will take you to the four corners of the earth, interacting with over 30 NPCs, and solving nearly a dozen puzzles. This demo lets you try out the beginning of the game ...

'Super Swing Golf Pangya' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 3:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Super Swing Golf Pangya is a wholly rebuilt version of a golf game that's super-popular over in Japan and Korea. It promises to make use of the Nintendo Wii's new controller in order to make playing this golf game an experience in your very own living room.

'Overclocked' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 3:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Overclocked, developed by House of Tales team, known for The Moment of Silence, is a psychological thriller which uses many technical innovations and a surprising narrative approach to form an eerily real gaming experience.

'Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 2:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Her Interactive today announced that Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave has gone gold and will ship in October. Befitting a mystery of such scope and caliber, players can - for the first time ever in a Nancy Drew PC game - assume the role of three different players: Nancy Drew, or Joe or Frank Hardy.

PC Preview - 'Battlefield 2142'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 1:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Fight an all-out war for survival in the year 2142. In Battlefield 2142, players choose to fight for one of two military superpowers - the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition -in an epic battle for survival.

'Tales of the Tempest' (NDS) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 12:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tales of the Tempest is an RPG continuing the Tales series, this time putting you in the role of Caius Qualls, a 15-year-old boy who's on a journey to find his true parents.

'Skate' (PS3) Revealed

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The latest issue of PSM reveals EA Vancouver is currently developing a brand new skateboarding title, Skate, tentatively scheduled for release 2007. While details are slim, Skate is pitched as capturing the true spirit and soul of the sport, to be a physics heavy game, using both the PS3's analog sticks, use a skate video type camera to immerse you into the game, the ability to record your moves and watch replays in every possible angle, customizable characters, and last but not least, 14 real skating pros have signed on.

PSP Review - 'LocoRoco'

by Andrew Hayward on Sept. 18, 2006 @ 12:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

LocoRoco plunges you into a colorful world where jelly-like creatures sing, roll and bounce their way through levels to reach their goals. Guide your LocoRoco through the various worlds using a simple tilting and bouncing gameplay mechanic.