'Unreal Tournament 3' (PS3/X360/PC) Beta Demo Coming Soon

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 11:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In UT3 you assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, A.I. or human, fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles. In order to test the game on a variety of hardware configurations, Epic's Mark Rein revealed that a Beta Demo will be released in the next week or two, allowing instant action play against bots as well as online multiplayer.

'Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock' (ALL) - 14 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 7:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero fans will channel their inner rock god using Gibson Guitar's Les Paul and Kramer models, experience new features and explosive content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues.

Games for Windows Live v1.2 Update to Add New Features

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 7:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Games for Windows Live v1.2 update will add numerous end-user benefits to the service, such as support for offline Achievements, so gamers can continue to rack up Gamerscore when not connected to the internet, the ability to see whether your friends are “joinable” in games, along with additional UI features.

Various Game Trailers #1184

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 7:04 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:

  • Fable 2 [X360] - Video Diary Episode 3


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

'Bleach' (NDS/Wii) - 8 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sega's Wii-exclusive Bleach: Shattered Blade offers relentless action and dazzling swordplay with crisp, highly stylized graphics that deliver an anime experience, authentic to the series. On the NDS, Bleach: The Blade of Fate offers impressive 2D action and a variety of opponents as one of 28 characters in intense action-packed battles.

Nintendo Bumps EA From Top Publisher Position

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Game Developer magazine's annual Top 20 Publishers report has debuted for 2007, revealing that the overall winner has changed hands for the first time in the report's history. A resurgent Nintendo has taken the top spot from former victor EA.

'Experience112' - 7 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Experience112 is a new 3D graphic adventure where you guide Léa Nichols, sole survivor on board of an infected cargo ship, escape by means of the surveillance system. Monitor, control and guide her movement towards freedom, but above all, the truth.

'Orcs & Elves' (NDS) Developer Diary #1 - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA's Orcs & Elves, developed by Fountainhead Entertainment, is a first-person fantasy role playing game created by id Software and making the move from mobile phone game, exclusively to the NDS. Fountainhead Entertainment's Katherine Anna Kang tells us more about the experience of bringing a cellphone game to NDS.

Atari Boots Five Members from its Board of Directors

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced that its majority stockholder, California U.S. Holdings, Inc., removed James Ackerly, Ronald C. Bernard, Michael G. Corrigan, Denis Guyennot and Ann E. Kronen from the Board of Directors of Atari via written stockholder consent, effective Oct. 5, 2007.

'Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends' (NDS/Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cooking Mama 2 promises more culinary fun and even tastier gameplay as Mama cooks up a spicy storm with new recipes, twice as many mini-games and an all-new multiplayer mode to challenge other players to a ‘cook off’, Mama style.

EA Reveals its Holiday Lineup

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA sings, skates, jumps and races into the holidays with 18 new titles that are sure to please North American gamers young and old, bringing fun and excitement to all major game systems. EA also has various pre-order incentives such as exclusive NfS ProStreet unlockable Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Army of Two insider’s dossier and graphic novel or The Orange Box’s $5 off plus access to the Team Fortress 2 PC beta.

'Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games' (NDS/Wii) Character Spotlight #3 - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games players will compete in events (100m track, table tennis, swimming etc.) that take place in venues based on the official Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, against a supporting cast of characters from the worlds of both Mario and Sonic, including Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, Tails and more.

'Hard to be a God' Russian Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hard to be a God is an RPG with adventure and espionage elements based on a storyline of the novel with the same name by Strugatsky brothers.

'Need for Speed ProStreet' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 12:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA is introducing a new Need for Speed version that drives the series in a new direction. Need for Speed ProStreet is a ground-breaking Need for Speed experience where you’re thrust to compete head to head against the best street racers in a multitude of racing showdowns.

'FIFA 08' (ALL) First Week Sales Exceed One Million in Europe

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 11:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA 08 will create a football experience that matches the complexity, finesse and beauty of the real-world game. FIFA 08 challenges you to master the skills required to play like a pro football player, allowing you on the pitch to defy the odds, perfect your skills, elevate your game and rise up to win glory for your club.

'Final Fantasy Tactics A2' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 11:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Final Fantasy Tactics A2 is Square Enix's latest foray in presenting the FF franchise as a turn-based strategy. The PSP has Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lion War and now the NDS gets the first Tactics title since the GBA.

Monday, October 8, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 11:20 a.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:

'Kane & Lynch: Dead Men' (PS3/X360/PC) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a violent and chaotic journey of two men — a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath — and their brutal attitude towards right and wrong. This volatile partnership combined with innovative technologies allow for an unparalleled gaming experience.

Movie Actors Sign on for 'The Golden Compass' (ALL) Voice-overs

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 10:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Golden Compass follows Lyra, voiced by Dakota Blue Richards, as she travels through the frozen wastes of the North collecting items in order to explore, evade and deceive her way to rescue a friend kidnapped by a mysterious group known as The Gobblers. Dakota Blue Richards and Freddie Highmore will voice their characters for The Golden Compass.

'Puzzle Quest' And 'Yaris' This Week's XBLA Titles - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords ups the ante on traditional puzzle games by incorporating strategy and role-playing elements in a captivating world with a persistent storyline. Also, gamers will get a special treat this week as Toyota brings to life one of their newest model of cars in "Yaris," the first dodger/shooter driving game on the platform, for free!

'Hellgate: London' - 5 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hellgate: London is an RPG set in the immersive first-person perspective. With a completely randomized world that offers a unique experience every time you play, Hellgate: London introduces a demon-ridden place where the last survivors of the human race must meld science and magic to survive.

Xbox 360 Gets Bundled With 'Forza 2' and 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance'

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After a price reduction for all Xbox 360 consoles earlier this year, Microsoft is now giving holiday buyers even more value by including two great games, Forza 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance, with every Xbox 360 console, a retail savings of $90.

'Fury' - 15 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Auran's Fury is the ultimate competitive online RPG. It takes the best elements of an MMO - combat, advancement and teamwork - and blends them with the best elements of an FPS - instant action, fast pacing and diverse game types.

'The Lost Crown: A Ghosthunting Adventure' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 9:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Got Game's The Lost Crown: A Ghosthunting Adventure combines a dense, rich, spine-tingling story inspired by classic ghost stories with today's modern ghosthunting techniques.

PC Preview - 'Shadowgrounds Survivor'

by Keith Durocher on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Shadowgrounds Survivor tells the story of three survivors who join forces with the last remaining human resistance in the heated battle against the ongoing alien onslaught. The atmosphere and gameplay mechanics of the original make a return armed with a new feature set!

'Jack Keane' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jack Keane, developed by Deck 13, is a classical adventure game with their rich story-telling and fun gameplay. As the player you guide hero Jack Keane as he faces some of his toughest challenges yet.

Three Additional Classics Added to the Wii Shop Channel

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Nintendo added yet another 3 classic games to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet access can redeem Wii Points to download the following titles: Fatal Fury, World Heroes, and Art of Fighting.

SCEA Launches In-game Advertising Unit

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 5:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA announced the creation of a new in-game advertising business unit, headed by 25-year industry veteran Darlene Kindler as director of Network Advertising, who will report to Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development.

'Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings' (NDS) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 4:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings is a standalone title in the FFXII universe. Revenant Wings focuses on Vaan, age 18, and Penelo, age 17, and will utilize the DS' stylus and touch-screen.

'Blitzkrieg 2: Liberation' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revealed a few weeks ago, the Blitzkrieg 2: Liberation add-on is set near the end of the WW2 and will add two new Western Front campaigns set in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, and will of course include plenty of new units, maps, and game modes.

Revised 'Manhunt 2' (PSP/PS2/Wii) Still Banned in UK

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The BBFC rejected and ultimately banned Manhunt 2 in June, but it has now also turned down a revised version of the video game. 2K Games had set in motion an appeal to the Video Appeals Committee against that decision, and this was suspended while the revised version was considered for classification.

'SEGA Bass Fishing' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 3:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With over 20 different types of lures to choose from, budding anglers can cast off using the Wii Remote to try and land one of four different types of freshwater bass.

'Conan' & 'The Simpson Game' Demos on Xbox Live Marketplace

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Conan is an action adventure game featuring a story of epic brutality, sheer evil and visceral combat. THQ has released a 483mb demo (aprox 15 mins gameplay) for Conan, while EA made available a 442mb demo for The Simpsons Game.

'World in Conflict' (X360/PC) - v1.001 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 2:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

World in Conflict is an RTS that delivers action and coordinated team play amidst a showdown between the Soviet Union and the US, with completely destructible 3D battlefields, aggressive team-based multiplayer. As promise, Massive has released the first patch, bringing your retail game to v1.001, and adding balance tweaks, fixes, improved dx10 performance for all cards, and new customization features for player profiles.

'Clive Barker's Jericho' (PS3/X360/PC) WWII Levels - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Clive Barker's Jericho is a squad-based horror FPS devised by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. The Jericho Team is a seven-man strike force that protects government interests from paranormal threats. Next up in the series is Corp. Simone Cole, who is a reality hacker.

X360 Review - 'Eternal Sonata'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Namco Bandai's Eternal Sonata, previously known as Trusty Bell, is an Xbox 360 exclusive RPG, boasting gorgeous graphics, 3-D character models, and a groundbreaking battle system.

'BioShock' (X360/PC) Patch in the Works

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BioShock will forever change the expectations for the FPS going beyond run-and-gun corridors, monster-closet AIs and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience. 2KGames is currently recruiting community people to help with testing the first patch for BioShock. Details about what it fixes and when it's scheduled for release were not revealed, as all information is under NDA.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2008' (ALL) Demo Expander Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 12:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In PES8 player detail has been taken to incredible levels with full facial animation and high-def to show full movement and subtle details to the various kits during the course of a match, as well as an extensive Edit mode, allowing gamers to customize their PES experience. This patch/mod allows you to alter the demo time limit from 5 minutes up to 255 mins.

PC Review - 'Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood'

by Mark Buckingham on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 12:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood is designed to increase the diversity, tactical depth and replay value, unleashing a new alien race, a new form of strategic movement, new ship sections, new weapons, new technologies, new scenarios and new unknown menaces.

'The Witcher' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 12:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Witcher is an action RPG, combining features of such games as Dungeon Siege, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, Gothic and Neverwinter Nights, incorporating a simple-yet-interesting game system, along with a complex plot and attractive 3D graphics. A message on the official forum reveals the game has reached gold master status.

Team USA Wins The World Cyber Games

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 12:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Competing against more than 700 gamers from a record 74 countries, the United States overcame the stiffest competition in World Cyber Games history to capture three gold medals, two silver medals, a bronze medal, and the overall team title at the Grand Final in Seattle.