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Sony Rolls Out v2.10 PS3 Firmware Update

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 9:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has released a new v2.10 edition of its PS3 system software adding the ability to change the tone of a voice during video/chat, adding the previously announced DivX/WMV support, and adding Blu-ray Disc Profile 1.1 support. The update is currently available in North America, and later today in Europe.

'Advance Wars: Days of Ruin' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 7:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Advance Wars is a turn-based strategy game, sequel to 2005's original debut title on the NDS. Lead your new Commanding Officers to fend off latest invasion, as massive battles sweep across both of the DS screens.

Activision On Top Of The Publishers World

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 7:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision was the #1 U.S. console and handheld publisher for the first eleven months of calendar 2007, according to The NPD Group, in which it increased its market share to a record 16.8%, a 7.9% increase over the same period last year, with Guitar Hero III and Call of Duty 4 leading the way.

'Guitar Hero III' (ALL) v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Aspyr has released the first patch for its PC port of Guitar Hero III, which will update any earlier version to v1.1, adding many general fixes and improvements so it is recommended that all users apply the update.

'Oniblade' - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

1C Company announced it is bringing Gaijin Ent.'s third-person, anime-style action/adventure Oniblade to Europe. Your heroine wields two magical blades that can be used as swords or guns, and has magical abilities, all of which are upgradeable.

Kalypso Signs 'Jack Keane'

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 2:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Jack Keane 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.

'WorldShift' - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 2:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Black Sea Studios, known for Knights of Honor, announced WorldShift, a next-generation, cyber-fantasy RTS game set in a dark future of Earth, where today's civilization is only a fading mysterious legend.

'NBA Live 08' (ALL) Gets Online Team Play Update

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 2:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A little later than expected, EA has released the NBA LIVE 08 Online Team Play feature as free download, so that all 10 players on the floor can be controlled by a human, which will remove the use of AI altogether.

Square Enix Reveals Early 2008 Lineup - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 12:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix revealed its first four offerings for 2008, with entries that will launch fans into a fast-paced, action-packed new year, Dragon Quest Swords (Wii), The World Ends With You (NDS), Crisis Core: FF VII (PSP), and FF Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (NDS).

'Fireteam Reloaded' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 12:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Fireteam Reloaded is a fast paced sports-like action is fueled by furious combat in a futuristic battleground setting featuring 4 unique game-play modes, and 3 character classes. Pixel Mine has launched the Fireteam Reloaded open beta, get it here ...

'Troll & Armor' (ALL) Development Team Expanded

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Troll & Armor is a fantasy action adventure game that mixes in elements from several other types of games that revolves around guiding companion characters through puzzles, managing resources, and claiming territories. Emerging Entertainment has signed agreements with four Asian studios to strengthen its production pipeline.

'Dracula 3' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microids has signed an agreement with Kheops Studio to develop Dracula 3, an adventure game inspired by the world of Bram Stoker, and sequel to 1999's Dracula: The Resurrection, followed by Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary in 2000.

Secure Virtual Trading Marketplace Launched

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Co-founded Mitch Davis, founder of in-game ad specialist Massive Ent., Live Gamer Inc announced its publisher-supported, secure platform for real money trading of virtual property. Live Gamer is partnering with MMOG publishers and virtual world operators worldwide, such as Funcom, SOE, 10Tacle Studios, Acclaim, GoPets LTD, and Ping0.

Take-Two Confirms 2K Marin Studio

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 10:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take-Two announced the formation of a new development studio under its 2K publishing label located in Novato, California, 2K Marin. The new studio, comprised of former BioShock team members, will develop original intellectual property, as well as co-develop products with other 2K studios around the world.

'Sensible World of Soccer' And 'Tempest' This Week's XBLA Titles - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 9:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The game that inspired a generation, Sensible World of Soccer, and a game that will have players reliving their quarter dropping days, Tempest, arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade Wed., Dec. 19th at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PST).

Ignition Entertainment Opens Additional Development Studios

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ignition Entertainment announced that it will be expanding its development capabilities by opening new studios, one in Tokyo (Japan) and another in Florida (USA), further developing the company’s capabilities to create original and innovative intellectual properties for the electronic entertainment industry.

'Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit' (PS3/X360) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 6:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Burst Limit is similar to the DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi series (published by Atari in Europe and North America) and has online multiplayer, is cut scene-driven and supports 16:9.

'City Life 2008' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 6:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

City Life 2008 features 60 more buildings, bringing the total to 360, including famous structures such as St. Paul Cathedral, Royal Opera, etc. New scenarios, 10 new maps and an updated version of the editor allow you to import satellite maps, as well as import from applications such as World-Machine, or GeoControl. This demo features 1 map, 3 (out of 6) playable population categories.

Wii Shop Channel Expands With Trio of Classic Titles

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 6:01 a.m. PST | 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: Cybernator, Alien Storm, and Monster Lair.

'Hail to the Chimp' (PS3/X360) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 5:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hail to the Chimp is a politically charged party game where players battle one another to become the new leader of the Animal Kingdom. Players use the game’s unique team-up mechanic, balancing cooperation with competition, to claw their way to victory.

'Women's Murder Club' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 5:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the best selling series of novels, the Women's Murder Club game is being designed by author and game designer Jane Jensen, creator of the classic Gabriel Night adventure series. Working closely with James Patterson, Jensen aims to capture the gritty plots and female strength of the super-sleuth detectives in the online casual game.

'Gothic 4' (PS3/X360/PC) First Screens Revealed?

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

Having recently split with Piranha Bytes over the bug-ridden quality of the previous Gothic titles, Jowood has teamed with Spellbound to work on Gothic 4. While details are slim, screens have surfaced of a multiplatform fantasy RPG, heavily resembling the Gothic art style and dark atmosphere. Early shots, or maybe part of a demo Spellbound used to seal the development deal...

Monday, December 17, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 4:57 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:

'Manhunt 2' (ALL) UK Controversy Continues ...

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 4:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The BBFC is applying for a judicial review of last week's decision by the Video Appeals Committee to overturn the Board's rejection of Manhunt 2, because in its view, it is based on an incorrect interpretation of the Video Recordings Act. The BBFC's challenge also seeks suspension of the Committee's decision that the game should be classified, which would have fundamental implications with regard to all of its decisions, including questions of unacceptable levels of violence.

'Rocketmen: Axis of Evil' (PS3/X360) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 4:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil is an arcade shooter putting you in a white-knuckled, frenzied struggle to free the Solar System from the tyrannical grip of the Legion of Terra. Up to four players will be able to cooperatively shoot their way through multiple levels, powering up their weapons, picking up bonuses and laying waste to anything that moves.

'World in Conflict' - v1.005 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:59 a.m. PST | 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. This v1.005 patch adds new features and bug fixes, most notable additions are a new rank-based team balance feature, XML feeds for in game statistics, improved clan features and enhancements to the replay function.

'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' (Wii) - 40 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:46 a.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.

'The Witcher' Coming to Xbox 360?

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:35 a.m. PST | 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. While CD Project has currently no official projects in the works, it seems the polish developer is looking for an Xbox 360 programmer, maybe to port its recently released action RPG to X360.

'Final Fantasy IV' (NDS) - 12 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

FF IV DS is a complete remake of the original 1991 SNES title (after which it appeared on the PSOne/GBA), featuring 3D graphics, redesigned characters, monsters, and cut scenes, as well as new elements, such as an "evolved" version of its active battle system.

'Rachet & Clank: Size Matters' (PSP) Coming to PS2?

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capturing all of the humor from previous PS2 installments with engaging cinematics, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters will allow up to four players to compete in action-packed wireless multiplayer gaming. According to a product listing on GameStop, SCEA's R&C: Size Matters might be getting ported to the PS2, scheduled for Feb. 2008.

PS3 Review - 'Unreal Tournament 3'

by Sanford May on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In UT3, you assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled by human contestants online or by AI, fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles.

'NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams' (Wii) - 48 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 3:04 a.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.

PSP Review - 'Dungeons & Dragons Tactics'

by Aaron "Istanbul" Swersky on Dec. 17, 2007 @ 2:23 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics you take on the role of a mortal child caught in a conflict of two competing dragons striving for godhood. Alignment is critical, as it affects the end of the story and allows players to change from good to evil, or the other way around, depending on which quests they choose.