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GamerAndy Live! Episode 76: Twitter is BOSS

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 11:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under Editorials

Welcome to another episode of GamerAndy Live, the official WorthPlaying podcast. Once a week, we will discuss a variety of topics and mull it over in the panel, giving it the usual spin. This week's issue #76 dissects Halo 2 Vista Achievements, Xbox 360 Spring Update, Gears of War Update, Annex and $$ - Atari Home, Stolen STALKER Assets and more! This week's guest host is Chuck from GamingNexus.com

'Neverwinter Nights 2' - v1.05 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Neverwinter Nights 2 is an RPG taking the player from the tiniest of villages into a sweeping tale of danger and war. After a little beta period, Bioware has released the final v1.05 patch which includes bug fixes, unit tweaks, general improvements and some new features.

'Sparta: Ancient Wars' Gets Release Date - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 6:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sparta: Ancient Wars is an innovative RTS game based on historical events and timelines, not featuring myths or legends. Based on the historical background of Spartans' high culture, there will appear huge ancient battles on your screen, enabled by a brand new stunning 3D engine.

Sony Officially Discontinues 20Gb PS3 Model

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony officially announced that it will no longer offer two editions of the PS3, doing away with the 20Gb model, mainly due to low demand, and only offer the high end $599 60Gb model. Read more for the official statement...

'Halo 2' (Xbox) Map Remakes - Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 4:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Certain Affinity is working with Microsoft on remaking two of the most popular Halo: Combat Evolved maps to work with Halo 2. The maps will be available as premium downloadable content for Xbox and Xbox 360 on April 17.

Various Game Trailers #1052

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 4:43 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:

  • Bounty Bay Online - Trailer
  • The Red Star [PS2] - Trailer #4
  • NARUTO: Ninja Council 3 [NDS] - Trailer (2)


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

'Crysis' - 7 Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 4:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Crysis, shooter fans will face a new kind of gameplay challenge requiring adaptive tactics and customization of weapons and armor in dynamic, hostile environments as mankind struggles to survive in the face of a horrific alien invasion.

'Donkey Kong Jet Race' (Wii) Revealed

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 4:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The latest issue of Famitsu reveals that Nintendo is working on a new Donkey Kong title for the Wii. Formerly know as DK Bongo Blast and originally scheduled on the GameCube last year, the title mysteriously vanished off release lists, but is now back in a new jacket. Slated for release in Japan on June 28, Donkey Kong Jet Race will feature 16 tracks, and a four-player multiplayer mode, although it was not disclosed if this would be on- or offline play.

'The Fast and the Furious' (PSP) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Inspired by the Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift film, this game will immerse players in the underground world of drift racing. Set in a world related to, yet separate from, the movie, the game features a ground breaking drift mechanic that makes drifting accessible to both beginning and veteran racing game drivers.

'Mercury Meltdown Revolution' (Wii) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mercury Meltdown Revolution is a brain-teasing puzzle game that challenges players to immerse themselves in a colorful world of sci-fi machines, crazy characters, and bubbling test tubes. Originally scheduled for release May 1st, it has been pushed back to June 12, 2007.

'Scarface: The World is Yours' (Wii) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 12:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scarface is a third person action shooter now coming for the first time to the Wii. In a complex world filled with excess and greed, players can take the role of Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles' - v1.2 BETA Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 11:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion — the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. This v1.2 beta patch fixes an issue where form IDs were not being marked as free properly, causing objects to disappear in game.

'Guitar Hero II' (X360) Gets Premium Track Packs

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 11:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes – including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead or bass guitar. Red Octange has released new downloadable tracks split in 3 packs, each three songs, for 500 Microsoft points each. Read more for details...

'Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 11:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai Games America announced Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes, offering a furious fighting game experience with up to 3-on-3 team-based gameplay, intense single-player action, and a wireless multiplayer versus mode for up to two users, all within the Naruto universe.

'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 11:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has returned.

'Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile' Announced

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 10:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After a rich heiress is killed, Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot finds himself in the right place at the right time to investigate the crime with a boatful of murder suspects onboard the S.S. Karnak as it floats serenely down the Nile. Can the Belgian detective find the culprit before they reach port?

'The Bigs' (ALL) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Sports' new sports title The Bigs adds more explosive excitement to baseball video games than ever before. This over-the-top baseball action title puts an entirely new spin on MLB as it blends outrageous visuals and intuitive gameplay mechanics.

Ubisoft Acquires German Developer SunFlowers

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced that it has concluded an agreement to acquire SunFlowers, owner of the German bestselling Anno brand. This is not a surprising move after Sunflowers recently closed down Paraworld developer SEK.

'TV Giant' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

French publisher Nobilis announces TV Giant, where, for the first time in a video game, you get to manage and develop your own television channel!

100,000 Sign Up for 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' (X360/PC) Beta

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Funcom and Eidos announce that more than 100.000 gamers, half of those within 24 hours, signed up for the Age of Conan Beta test over the Easter holiday. Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an online action/RPG, mixing a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan.

Official PlayStation Magazine Gets Blu-ray Covermount

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 9:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Magazine publisher Future announced that, in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment, Official PlayStation Magazine will carry the world's first monthly playable Blu-ray covermount from June onwards.

'World in Conflict' - 26 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 5:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Rush for Berlin: Rush for the Bomb' Goes Gold in Germany

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 5:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deep Silver announced that Rush for the Bomb has gone gold. This Rush for Berlin add-on consists of two campaigns for the Germans and Allies with 12 missions each, which take place in previously unseen venues such as Norway, the Iberian peninsula, and the Balearic Islands.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 5:07 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:

'Hellgate: London' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:56 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.

'Dead Rising 2' (X360) Confirmed

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Not really a huge surprise, but the latest Famitsu issue confirms that Capcom is working on Dead Rising 2, the sequel to last year's zombie shooter. While there are no specific details available, it seems that last year's surprise hit will remain exclusive to the Xbox 360. Capcom is having its Gamers Day later this week, and we'll report any breaking news.

'Freestyle Street Basketball' - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Freestyle is a fast-paced online basketball game where players meet on virtual courts to challenge each other in a dynamic pick-up game environment, featuring cutting-edge music, fashions and gravity-defying basketball moves.

'Adrenalin 2: Rush Hour' - Russian Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Adrenalin 2 gives you a chance to achieve everyone's biggest dream - press the pedal to the metal and forget about the traffic you are sitting in. Take part in street races, upgrade your car and become famous among other drivers. But remember - the police also have good drivers.

'Custom Robo Arena' (NDS) Coming to Europe

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 2:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the not-too-distant future, competitors battle customized robot warriors in holographic battle arenas. Victory is determined not only by fighting skill but also by how well Robo Commanders design their robot gladiators, so players need both brawn and brains to survive.

'Oniblade' - 4 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 1:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Oniblade is Gaijin Entertainment's 3rd person anime style action/adventure. Your female heroine wields two magical blades, which either can be used as swords or guns, and also has magical abilities, all of which are upgradeable. Spread over 20 locations with dozens of uniques enemies, the game features two different endings.

PC Preview - 'Stargate Online Trading Card Game'

by Keith Durocher on April 11, 2007 @ 1:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Launching simultaneously in both PC and tabletop versions, the Stargate Trading Card Game is based on the popular science-fiction television series.

'Seven Kingdoms: Conquest' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 12:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest offers strategy fans the choice to play as human or demon in epic battles spanning 6,000 years on Earth. Starting in ancient Egypt in 3000 B.C. and ending in a final battle on a futuristic Earth, players will have to have their fingers on the pulse of their civilization as the two races clash every 1,000 years.

PSP Review - 'Ghost Rider'

by Geson Hatchett on April 11, 2007 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Ghost Rider offers a unique combination of high impact combat and motorcycle action. Johnny Blaze is Ghost Rider, destined to haunt America’s highways, visiting his righteous wrath upon the souls of the wicked and the damned.

'Ghost Rider' Creator Sues Marvel, Sony and Take Two

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 12:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich filed a 61-page complaint in federal court claiming 21 violations based on the production and marketing of Sony's recent "Ghost Rider." Friedrich claims the Ghost Rider copyrights reverted from Marvel to him in 2001, and accuses Sony, Marvel and Take Two of a "conspiracy to exploit, profit from and utilize" his copyrights to the comic book character.

'Battlefront' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 12:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefront is a new World War II battalion-level combat game based on the design philosophy of the popular Decisive Battles of World War II series. This first update makes under a dozen changes and improvements giving gamers an even smoother and more enjoyable wargaming experience.

Atari Brings 'Trioncube' (NDS) to Europe

by Rainier on April 11, 2007 @ 12:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari has signed a European publishing agreement with Namco Bandai for its NDS-exclusive addictive and challenging puzzler Trioncube that requires attention, patience and skill to rescue the kidnapped princess from the protagonist’s arch-enemy, Hell Metal.