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SCEA Confirms 'God of War III' (PS3)

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 7:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA has issued a statement that its Santa Monica studio director Cory Barlog has left in order to "pursue other opportunities." Earlier this year, the series creative director, David Jaffe, had already left to form his own studio Eat Sleep Play. Without giving any further specifics as to its time frame, SCEA confirmed the earlier rumblings that God of War III is currently in development for the PS3, expressing its confidence in the remaining members of the Santa Monica development team.

'Asterix at the Olympic Games' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Asterix at the Olympic Games follows Asterix, Obelix and the faithful Dogmatix as they travel to Greece in aid of their lovesick friend Alafolix. Their journey takes them to the Olympic Games where they find themselves pitted against the athletic might of the Roman Empire. This multilingual demo lets you try put part of the game.

Various Game Trailers #1205

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:09 p.m. PST | 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:

  • Assassin's Creed [ALL] - Developer Diary #4
  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII [ALL] - Race Mode Trailer
  • Empire Earth III - Launch Trailer
  • Guilty Gear 2 Overture [X360] - Gameplay Trailer
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men [PS3/X360/PC] - Trailer (2)
  • Nanostray 2 [NDS] - Trailer #3
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 [NDS/Wii] - Paris Invasion Trailer
  • SimCity Societies - Haunted City Trailer
  • Trauma Center: New Blood [Wii] - Co-op Trailer
  • Viva Pinata [PC] - Trailer #2


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

'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' (Wii) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Nintendo's latest incarnation in the popular Super Smash Bros. series of titles, featuring all-new characters ranging from Kirby and Wario to Samus and even Metal Gear Solid's Snake.

'Medal of Honor: Heroes 2' (PSP/Wii) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is designed completely from the ground up for the Wii and PSP. Just like the recent Madden 08 announcement, the Wii edition will include an all-new arcade mode that simplifies gameplay for players of all skill levels.

'Freaky Creatures' Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Abandon Interactive announced Freaky Creatures, an interactive gaming platform incorporating collectible toys, customizable characters, an expansive online interactive community and challenging virtual battles with other players’ creatures.

'Rhem3: The Secret Library' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rhem3: The Secret Library is an adventure game, continuing the story from its two predecessors. Your task is to once again help the brothers Kales and Zetais to discover a new part of their fascinating world. After you have found a letter from Zetais with instructions you start the journey to Rhem once again...

New NCsoft Studio to Work on Just-Acquired 'City Of Heroes' IP

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft announced that it has fully acquired the City of Heroes/Villains intellectual property that was still partly owned by Cryptic Studios, and has formed a new studio to further develop the franchise.

'NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams' (Wii) Using Wii Weather Channel - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is the long awaited sequel to the NiGHTS franchise that gave gamers the freedom to fly in a world of dreams and imagination. SEGA announced that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams will be the first Wii title to tap into the system’s Weather Channel support.

Three Days Of Free Xbox Live Gold In Europe

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft's Xtival ’07 is a four day festival of gaming, competitions and exclusive downloads, bringing Xbox Live Gold membership, free to everyone for one weekend. The invitation for Xbox 360 owners to tune up and log in was thrown open to the Xbox 360 owners across Europe from Friday 23rd until Monday 26th November.

'Geometry Wars: Galaxies' (NDS/Wii) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 11:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blast your way through all-new battle grids, upgrade your new Battle Drone and blast through relentless waves of enemies in the first-ever Geometry Wars single-player campaign, or join a friend for fast-paced multiplayer.

'Endless Ocean' (Wii) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arika's Endless Ocean, known in Japan as Forever Blue, explores life under the ocean, allowing you to take photos, catalogue species you encountered, play a tour guide, or discover hidden treasures. Forever Blue also features multiplayer so you can dive in with a friend...

'World Heroes Anthology' (PS2) Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 11:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

World Heroes Anthology is a complete compilation of SNK's 2D-fighting series World Heroes. Included in the collection are World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet and World Heroes Perfect.

'NCAA March Madness 08' (PS2/PS3/X360) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCAA March Madness 08 captures the intensity and atmosphere found in authentic college basketball arenas and your players will rise to the occasion or wilt under the pressure.

EA Shutting Down Its Chicago Studio

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 10:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

When EA announced layoffs and closures last week, its UK studio was apparently not the only victim. A memo sent by EA Games President Frank Gibeau reveals that EA Chicago, known for the Fight Night and Def Jam titles, as well Marvel Nemesis, has tripled in size over the past few years but has yet to turn a profit, and is therefore being shut down. The Fight Night franchise has moved to EA Sports, while the fate of other titles (Def Jam 2, Marvel fighting game) are being discussed.

'Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock' (ALL) Promo With Pontiac G5 As Top Prize

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 10:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Guitar Hero fans will channel their inner rock god, experience new features and content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, exclusive unlockables, and authentic rock venues. To support the launch of GH3, Activision, Pontiac and Hot Topic are teaming up on a national promotion giving fans the chance to win a 2008 Pontiac G5.

'The Golden Compass' (ALL) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA is developing the video game adaptation of the theatrical movie release, The Golden Compass, based on the first book in the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy, by British author Philip Pullman.

Casual Game Developer Beanbag Studios Formed

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 9:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Industry veterans Gary Corriveau and Steve Bergenholtz, founder of Sandlot Games, now part of EA, announced the formation of Beanbag Studios, a new company poised to raise the bar for the design and production of high quality casual games.

Majesco Launches Majesco Studios

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco announced that it's establishing an internal development facility in the Los Angeles area, adding technical and design skills to the company’s overall operation, with a focus on products and properties that resonate with the casual gamer.

'Sonic Rivals 2' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's Sonic Rivals 2 is in development exclusively for the PSP, getting a revamped jostling system, new battle mode, and updated rivalry.

'Sky Battle' - Full Free Game Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

It's WWI. Your country depends on you. Get in your plane and meet the battle. Destroy enemy zeppelins and many other ground targets in this intense flight combat

'Fading Shadows' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 6:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ivolgamus' Fading Shadows is an addictive puzzle-platformer game exclusive to the PSP offering an entirely unique style of action-packed puzzle gameplay, stunning graphics and visual effects, a riveting and immersive storyline, plus a competitive wireless multiplayer game mode.

Empire Signs 'Sudden Strike 3' And 'Stranger' For UK Distribution

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 6:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire has signed an agreement with Fireglow Game to distribute Stranger, an RPG / RTS hybrid, and Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory, latest installment in the WWII RTS franchise, in the UK.

'Aquadelic GT' - 12 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 5:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arcade Moon invites you to water world of speed boats and crazy races in Aquadelic GT! Join the Aquadelic league and race for glory and cold, hard cash across Russian canals, Greek port towns and Caribbean islands!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 5:36 a.m. PST | 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:

Destineer Licenses Unreal Engine 3 For New Project

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 5:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Destineer, formed by former Bungie Software executive vice president Peter Tamte, announce that it has licensed Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games, Inc., for a yet to be announced project.

'Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 5:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy is a classic point-and-click adventure game. Nostradamus sends his daughter Madeleine to help Catherine de Medici, who thinks she has been cursed. As practicing medicine is a male occupation, the game allows you to disguise as Madeleine's brother Cesar to interact with other NPCs.

Xbox 360 Review - 'NBA 2K8'

by Anthony Chambers on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

NBA 2K8 elevates the game of basketball to new levels for the next-gen systems. NBA 2K8 also continues to build and expand the groundbreaking Signature Style feature that will include hundreds of new shooting, passing and dribbling animations.

New PS2 Design Confirmed

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced that it will launch a newly designed PS2 in Japan on Nov. 22nd, 2007 (Europe early 2008) for an estimated 6,000 yen in three color variations, Charcoal Black, Ceramic White and Satin Silver. The new PS2 now has an internal AC and will be lighter in weight.

'Rock Band' (PS2/PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rock Band allows you to perform music from the world’s biggest rock artists with your friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering online connectivity. Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative, classic rock to heavy metal and punk.

PC Review - 'World in Conflict'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 4:01 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

World in Conflict is a strategy game that delivers intense action and coordinated team play amidst the war the world feared most – an apocalyptic showdown between the Soviet Union and the United States, with completely destructible 3D battlefields, aggressive team-based multiplayer action and a focus on fast, hard-hitting battles.

'Anno 1701' - German v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Weigh anchor, sail the seven seas, explore new continents and foreign cultures. Demonstrate your strategic skills, business acumen and diplomatic finesse. Revel in the jubilant cheers of your people – but don't disappoint them. This v1.04 patch makes the game compatible with The Sunken Dragon expansion, currently only available in Germany.

'FFXI: Wings of the Goddess (ALL) Scholar Profession Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 3:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess, the 3rd expansion pack for Square Enix MMO, includes new areas, a wide variety of new jobs, time travel, and large scale battlefields. At a Final Fantasy Fan Festival in Osaka, Japan the Final Fantasy XI team announced a new Job for the game, the Scholar.

'Return to Castle Wolfenstein' Movie On Hold Due to Strike

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Writer/director Roger Avary, who won an Academy Award for Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino, told SCI FI Wire that he is almost done with the script for his film adaptation of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein video game, which he hopes to direct. He added that everything is on hold until the writers' strike ends. Avary, who said he did research into the paranormal, the American military and the Nazis, also wrote the script for the Silent Hill movie.

'Orcs & Elves' (NDS) Developer Diary #5

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | 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. id Software's John Carmack tells us more about technology and games.

'Smarty Pants' (Wii) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts' first Wii trivia game Smarty Pants will combine age-targeted trivia with action-based gestures, making it a truly trans-generational game for the Wii.

'Axiom Overdrive' (XBLA) Announced - Screen

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Reflexive Entertainment, in conjunction with The Axiom Corporation, announces that the mining colony 'AF128' in orbit above Neutron Star PSR B1913+16 is now in full production. Inside the mine, pilots discover side-scrolling, omni-directional, 3D, physics-based job challenges that will push their piloting skills while dazzling their eyes.

'Sam & Max Episode 4: Abe Lincoln Must Die' - Free Game Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The President of the United States has lost it. Federally mandated group hugs, a pudding embargo... what's next, gun control? Sam & Max are off to Washington to take care of this bozo, but the political climate will only get stormier... and a new power will rise…

'Kira Kira Pop Princess' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 12:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kira Kira Pop Princess is a music rhythm game that immerses the player in the world of Gaby as she learns the moods, styles and rhythms of Rainbow City, the city of fashion and music.

Trion World Network Opens New Studio, Snags SOE Executive

by Rainier on Nov. 6, 2007 @ 12:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Trion World Network has tapped Nicholas Beliaeff, former Executive Director of Development and San Diego Studio Manager for Sony Online Entertainment, to grow the publisher and developer’s San Diego presence as well as manage game development across all of Trion’s studio locations.