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Blizzard Is Vivendi's Billion Dollar Baby

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 5:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Over the past few fiscal quarters, it has become quite obvious that Blizzard's World of Warcraft is Vivendi's main source of income, driving its revenue month after month, but we never really knew how much cold hard cash it brought in. As the year came to an end, Vivendi made its 2007 tally, $1.51 billion for the year, up 26% compared to 2006, $1.2 billion coming from Blizzard's MMORPG.

'flOw' (PS3) Coming to the PSP As Download - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 5:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

flOw is about piloting an aquatic organism through a surreal biosphere where players consume other organisms, evolve, and advance their organisms into the abyss. Out of nowhere, Sony Europe revealed that Fl0w will be coming to the PSP, downloadable through the PlayStation Store, including a 2-4 player ad hoc mode. An ESRB rating confirms this as well.

Various Game Trailers #1262

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:45 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:

  • Bully: Scholarship Edition [Wii/X360] - Trailer
  • The Bourne Conspiracy [PS3/X360] - Weapons Trailer
  • Penumbra: Black Plague - Trailer (2)
  • Rez HD [X360] - Trailer
  • Turning Point: Fall of Liberty [PS3/X360/PC] - Scenario Trailer
  • Iridium Runners [PS2] - Trailer
  • N+ [NDS/PSP] - Parkour Trailer

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

'Star Wolves 2: Civil War' Revealed - 56 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wolves 2: Civil War is an addon for Xbow Software's 3D space RPG, currently being developed by Elite Games, which adds more than 80 solar systems, new ships and weapons, new NPCs with specific personality treats, a new faction, and non-linear progression of the game.

'Final Fantasy XIII' (PS3) Responds to Release Date Speculations

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next-gen.

'Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed' (PSP/Wii) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed delivers an all-new sci-fi action gaming experience, where players control Crypto as he travels the world in the 1970s, unleashing massive destruction on foot, in his UFO and for the first time, in the Big Willy mech.

'Warhawk' (PS3) Paint & Insignia Contest

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 3:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Experience the thrill of white-knuckle aerial combat with bone-crunching armored assaults and high-intensity infantry combat in a 32-player, all-out war fought both on the ground and in the skies. In anticipation of the v1.3 patch, which will include a collection of Player-Created insignias and paint schemes, SCEA is running a contest and will select the best of 50 insignias and 20 paint schemes, each getting a limited-edition Warhawk statue as a prize.

'Drone Tactics' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 2:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Drone Tactics is a game of mechanized strategy RPG warfare. Evil forces are on the march, and inhabitants of an oppressed land are turning to you for leadership. Command a squad of insect Drones, choosing from over 100 weapons, upgrades, and power-ups to optimize your forces as you confront the Black Swarm.

'Crysis' - v1.2 Patch Details

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 12:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Crysis, shooter fans will face a new kind of challenge requiring adaptive tactics and customization of weapons and armor in dynamic, hostile environments as mankind struggles to survive in the face of an alien invasion. Ea informed us that the next Crysis patch (v1.2) is currently being Q&A tested, and while we await its release, check out the patch details ..

'Sam & Max 203: Night of the Raving Dead' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 12:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Droves of undead are converging in the streets. Now Sam & Max must confront their leader – a Eurotrash vampire with a style all his own. Are the Freelance Police cool enough to outsmart this emo before his flesh-eating army usurps the western world?

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach' Gets Content Update #6

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Turbine has launched the sixth free content update to D&D Online. The Thirteenth Eclipse adds new regions, an increased level cap, a 12-player raid, prototype crafting system and more monsters, spells, magic items, and traditional dungeons to the game.

Steel Monkeys Becomes Official Wii Developer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 10:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Belarus based indie developer Steel Monkeys, currently working on its story-driven, third-person action-adventure game 2 Days to Vegas, has been granted official Wii developer status from Nintendo.

'Imperium Romanum' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take the future of an empire into your hands in Imperium Romanum. Sequel to Glory of the Roman Empire, this historical strategy game sees the player take the role of a governor of a Roman province and strive to build a well organized, prosperous and commanding settlement.

Europe to 'Rig 'n' Roll' in September

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 10:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Rig'n Roll lets you step into the shoes of a young man in the year 2024 as he arrives in the Independent State of California to pursue his dreams of road domination and capture the Californian cargo transportation market.

'Rhem3: The Secret Library' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rhem3: The Secret Library is an adventure game, continuing the story from its two predecessors. Your task is to 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...

'Heavy Duty' Gets Added Features - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 8:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Heavy Duty is a 3rd person action shooter where the player controls a huge war robot to save his planet from enemy attacks. The game utilizes advanced technology with innovative gameplay features never before achieved in video games.

'Dungeon Explorer' (NDS/PSP) Goes Gold - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 8:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Each version of Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts will feature a unique story with epic battles, an all new assortment of weapons and many unique fighting styles. Like the classic game, the new versions will feature deep and customizable multiplayer adventuring.

'Just Cause 2' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 7:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Just Cause 2 stars Rico Rodriquez, back to wreak havoc once again, this time with a new destination – the huge playground of the Southeast Asian islands of Panau, in an over-the-top Hollywood-esque blockbuster of a video game.

'Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 7:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Evil Under the Sun famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style, turning up at just the right time to begin an investigation into the murder of a famous actress during what should have been the start of a relaxing holiday.

Kuju Opens Up Shop in North America

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 7:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kuju America, led by Eidos veteran John Kavanagh, is the newest addition to Kuju’s existing 5 game development studios and the first to be located outside of the UK. It's first project already in development, Kuju America will initially focus on the rapidly growing casual games sector.

'Perimeter 2' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 6:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Perimeter 2 is a real-time strategy game built on the concept of territory seizure using detailed terraforming and on the subsequent encircling of these zones with a special protective perimeter.

'Saw' (PS3/X360) Coming October 2009

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 6:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Although the 'Saw' video game was revealed late last year, Brash Entertainment confirmed at a recent press event that the title is scheduled for release Oct. 2009. The brief presentation showed a grainy trailer featuring the Jigsaw puppet, telling attending journos that they were wasting their lives playing games and we should check out WhoIsJigSaw instead. Brash is working closely with creators of the SAW movies, Leigh Whannell & James Wan, and will use Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Oh Yes ... There Will be Blood!

'High School Musical: Work This Out!' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 6:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

High School Musical: Work This Out! allows fans of the Disney Channel movies to dive into the world of the Lava Springs Resort in an all new musical adventure game, featuring storylines extending beyond High School Musical 2.

'Fatal Frame' (Wii) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 6:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

At the Tokyo Game Show 2007 Tecmo revealed that it was working on a new title in the Fatal Frame franchise, known in Europe as Project Zero, specifically for the Wii. Earlier today the game was presented to the Japanese press, revealing that it is being worked on by Grasshopper, who recently finished No More Heroes, and once again produced by Keisuke Kikuchi.

'Monster Lab' (NDS/Wii) Officially Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Originally revealed at LGC, Eidos' Monster Lab, developed by Foundation 9's Backbone Entertainment, is a blend between action & RPG, allowing you to compose your own fighter by mixing & matching various body parts, taking your creature out to fight others and upgrading as you move up the ladder.

'Fantasy Wars' - Map Editor Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fantasy Wars is a turn-based strategy game set in a fantasy world combining classic strategy gameplay and sophisticated 3D graphics, allowing you to experience epic battles like never before. This map editor allows you to create your own battlefields.

'Culdcept Saga' (X360) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Culdcept SAGA features online competitive gameplay, combining the thrilling luck and strategy of a board game with the depth of a trading card game to create a unique twist on traditional turn-based play.

'Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder' - v1.02 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 4:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder is a horror/thriller adventure game is greatly inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This v1.02 patch fixes inventory & sound issues, improves gfx, improves the interface and fixes a Vista issue.

PS3 Review - 'MX vs. ATV Untamed'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 3:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

MX vs. ATV Untamed features bigger, more populated outdoor open-world environments, an X-cross career mode showcasing all eight vehicles and the all-new EnduroCross mode pitting gamers against logs, rocks, mud-pits and more, and illustrating the full potential of the game's Rhythm Racing physics engine.

'Silverfall: Earth Awakening' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 2:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Silverfall is a fantasy RPG set in a world of magic, machines & mayhem, the choices you make during the game take you along the path of nature or technology. The Earth Awakening addon features an updated engine with improved gfx/performance, 2 new races, over 50 new pieces of armor, 42 new weapons, 20 new maps, and optimized multiplayer.

'Halo Wars' (X360) Also Coming to PC?

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 2:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. Citing reliable inside sources, the Angry Pixel blog claims that Halo Wars is coming to PC and feature cross-platform play, co-op, a map editor, no resource and unit management usually found in the Age of Empires series, and possibly even user content playable on X360. More at GDC!

'Things On Wheels' (X360/PC) Announced - Screen

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 2:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games will publish Load Inc's latest Xbox Live Arcade title, Things On Wheels, an accessible, pure arcade racing title placing players at the helm of radio-controlled vehicles as they compete on tracks set within a gigantic house.

Sony Rolls Out v3.90 PSP Firmware Adding Skype Functionality

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony announced the immediate availability of the latest system software update for PSP. Version 3.90 will enable all owners of the new PSP Slim & Lite to make and receive phone calls through Skype.

NDS Review - 'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'

by Nathan Grayson on Jan. 30, 2008 @ 12:23 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

CoD 4: Modern Warfare is a new action-thriller that will arm gamers with the most advanced and powerful arsenal of modern day firepower to fight a new war in the world’s most treacherous hotspots.