'Mercenaries 2: World in Flames' (ALL) Delayed Until August ?

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 7:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Pandemic has constructed a whole new "playground of destruction" from the ground up, fully stocked with the hottest vehicles and weapons. Set in a new and exotic hotspot, you can be your own boss in a wide-open world where there's only one rule: everybody pays. Last year Pandemic delayed Mercenaries 2 until Q1 2008, but today our Gamestop sources informed us that their product listings were changed to reflect a new August 2008 date.

'Codename: Panzers - Cold War' - 24 Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 7:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Storm Region's Codename: Panzers series leaves the World War II stage to take the story into Cold War East-West conflicts fought on fictitious battlefields, with a special emphasis on deep story lines and rich battle effects.

Various Game Trailers #1257

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 6:12 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:

  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village [NDS] - Trailer
  • Culdcept Saga [X360] - Trailer #2
  • Turok [ALL] - The Making Of Trailer #3

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

THQ Increases Fiscal Outlook, Cancels Titles, Closes Studio

by Judy on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 3:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ has increased its Q3 financial guidance due to better than expected sales of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 and MX vs. ATV Untamed. This rosy outlook comes at a price, as THQ officially cancelled Frontlines: Fuel of War for the PS3, which was hinted in earlier reports. Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed for the PS2 has also been axed (no word on the PSP and Wii versions), and THQ has decided to not continue with its Juiced and Stuntman IPs. THQ also closed down its Concrete Games studio, which was working on an unannounced title.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (PS3/X360) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rockstar is bringing its open-ended crime series to the next-gen consoles with Grand Theft Auto IV. While details on the game are still slim, we now know that the franchise returns to New York situated around the mysterious protagonist Nikolai.

Demiurge Studios to Unveil New Title At GDC

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

At next month's GDC, Massachusetts-based indie developer Demiurge Studios, known for proving content to titles such as Brothers in Arms, Titan Quest, and Karaoke Revolution, plans to announce a new title that it has under development.

PS3 Preview - 'Devil May Cry 4'

by Geson Hatchett on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 11:52 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Devil May Cry 4 is the fourth installment in Capcom's series starring Dante, the gunslinging demon hunter. DMC4 will introduce a new hero, Nero, who possesses a demonic arm that can pull in enemies or use them as projectiles.

'Lost: Via Domus' (PS3/X360/PC) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 11:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lost: Via Domus is a third-person action/adventure that will have you take on the role as a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, allowing you to experience an untold adventure of "Lost" in an immersive, interactive world.

'Anarchy Online' Gets Tiered Subscription System

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Funcom introduces a tiered subscription system in Anarchy Online, where players can now choose between three subscriptions plans going from free-to-play to 5 to 14,95 USD / EUR a month, giving gamers access to the areas and content in the Shadowlands expansion pack for only 5 USD / EUR a month.

'Earthrise' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 9:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bulgaria based indie developer Masthead Studios announced its debut title Earthrise, a post-apocalyptic science fiction MMO.

Ubisoft's Financial Result Vague About 'Haze' And Reveals New Titles

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft reported its sales for the 3rd fiscal quarter 2007 revealing sales are up about 50% compared to last year, fueled by Assassin's Creed and its causal line of titles, beating its own guidance by nearly 10%. Uncertainty regarding Haze continues as the recent retail date changes turn out to be unsubstantiated with Ubisoft's vague "will now be released in fiscal 2008-09," meaning April 2008 at the earliest. Also revealed are new titles in the Prince Of Persia and Anno franchises.

'City Life Edition 2008' Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 9:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

City Life Edition 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.

'Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Circle of Spies' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 8:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Circle of Spies transports players beyond the Tipton Hotel to the St. Mark, a rival hotel where clues lead to the discovery of a secret spy organization. Players will take on the role of Zack and Cody encountering characters from the show, plus new personalities such as The Magician.

'Grand Chase' Open Beta Launches Next Week

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Grand Chase is an MMORPG that follows the lives of different heroes from the Bermesiah continent in their fight against the evil Queen of Darkness. Characters will be able to fight dynamically alongside each other in several different game modes to defeat the evil queen of darkness.

'Overclocked' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 8:05 a.m. PST | 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.

'Sword of the New World: Granado Espada' Gets Manifest Destiny Expansion

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 8:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sword of the New World is modeled after Europe’s exploration of the New World, allowing players to create and simultaneously control a family of characters utilizing its Multiple Character Control system. The new Manifest Destiny expansion offers five new characters, two new maps and five new zones as well as new events and additions to the game’s item store.

'Close Combat: Modern Tactics' - v200712121 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 7:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed from the US Marines training simulation, Close Combat: Modern Tactics combines classic top down real time tactical warfare with the excitement of multiplayer head to head gaming. This hefty new update includes plenty of new units both on the ground and in the air in addition a number of other tweaks and AI improvements.

'Penumbra: Black Plague' Developer Diary #3 - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 7:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Penumbra: Black Plague, the final chapter in the Penumbra story, thrusts players into a creepy environment of psychological horror, as they are challenged in this unique action/adventure experience. In this second developer diary, Frictional Games tells us more about the physics being used in the game...

'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' (Wii) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 6:21 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.

PSP's Skype/Voice Chat Support On Hold

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 5:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony's previously announced skype/voice chat update for the PSP is on hold after SCEJ's microphone did not meet Skype specification and failed to obtain certification. The feature was scheduled to be introduced in late January as part of a firmware update for PSP, instead SCEJ has decided to postpone the release of the microphone, and no new release date has been set.

'Alone in the Dark' (ALL) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 5:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through combining the use of real-time physics and environmental interaction to deliver an exhilarating action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment.

'God of War III' (PS3) Not Until 2009

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While there has yet to be any official announcement, or any sort of details at all for that matter, former SCEA creative director Corey Barlog did recently confirm that God of War III was in development for the PS3. While early reports speculated the 3rd installment in the franchise might come as early as late 2008, other sources claim that Kratos' next appearance won't be until Christmas 2009, at the earliest.

'Pirate Hunter' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pirate Hunter is a high action FPS set in the cut-throat world of modern-day piracy that puts the player in the role of Eddie Jackson, a former US Navy SEAL who comes out of retirement to hunt down the pirates who kidnapped his wife somewhere among the archipelagos of Indonesia.

'Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties' Patch in the Works

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is AoE 3's the second expansion pack, engaging gamers of all ages and types n epic warfare in the Eastern world, and leading Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires. Ensemble Studios' Bruce Shelley revealed a patch is in the works, scheduled for later this winter. There are no critical technical issues with TaD, so the patch will mainly add some balance tweaks.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:14 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:

  • No More Heroes (Wii)

  • We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

'9th Company: Roots of Terror' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ND Games announces 9th Company: Roots of Terror, a new action-oriented RTS developed by Lesta Studios, creators of Pacific Storm, using their brand-new proprietary engine.

'Turning Point: Fall of Liberty' (ALL) Demo on Xbox Live - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 4:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fall of Liberty takes players to new battlegrounds in World War II, ones born from a changed moment in history that led to the Nazi invasion of 1950s America, delivering an explosive action experience in a world where famous real-world locations appear startlingly different under Nazi occupation.

PS3 Review - 'Medal of Honor Airborne'

by Sanford May on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 3:57 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Medal of Honor Airborne, next-gen debut of the series, is set to redefine the series by introducing players to an entirely new way of experiencing a WWII FPS – namely the fully interactive Airborne experience.

'Football Superstars' Gets In-Game Ads

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 3:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Football Superstars puts you in control of one player rather than a whole team, allowing you to guide your player’s career from the training academy through to stardom as a key member of a premier club, experiencing the fame, glory and lifestyle of a superstar footballer via a detailed and fully interactive virtual world.

'Jumper: GriffinÂ’s Story' (PS2/Wii/X360) Developer Q&A

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:47 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Brash Entertainment's Jumper is a 3rd person action fighting game based on 20th Century Fox's upcoming sci-fi action/thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).

'Need for Speed ProStreet' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | 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.

Epic Showing Off Latest Unreal Engine 3 at GDC

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games announced plans to demonstrate the latest Unreal Engine 3 features at next month's Game Developers Conference, with closed door presentations for its prospective customers, evaluators, licensees, members of its Integrated Partners Program and the media.

'Homie Rollerz' (NDS) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2008 @ 12:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Homie Rollerz is a fast-paced, mayhem-laden kart racer where players can pick one of the 10 most popular Homies, customize their slick rides, then trick, hop, and battle through courses with settings, shortcuts, and secrets as unique as the Homies themselves.