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'MotorStorm: Pacific Rift' (PS3) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 8:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is moving from the rugged desert to a lush Pacific island with all of the vehicles familiar of the first game (ATVs, rally cars, buggies, motorbikes, race trucks, etc.), while adding a new monster truck class.

Various Game Trailers #1465

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 8:21 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:

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 [X360/PC] - Launch Trailer
  • Gears of War 2 [X360] - Blockbuster Trailer
  • Guitar Hero: Metallica [ALL] - Teaser Trailer
  • Need for Speed Undercover [ALL] - Controls Dev. Diary Trailer
  • Pyroblazer [ALL] - Gameplay Trailer
  • Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis - Trailer
  • Skate It [NDS/Wii] - Progression Dev Diary Trailer


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

'Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 6:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spore Creepy & Cute Parts provides more than 100 new creature-building components (body parts, paint options, animations, backgrounds and more) themed in two distinct styles--charming, cartoon-esque creatures and scary, monster-like creatures.

'Saints Row 3' (ALL) to Go in a New Direction

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 6:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Saints Row 2 offers vastly expanded customization options, a totally transformed and expanded city of Stilwater, new vehicles, sandbox tools and toys as well as both online co-op and competitive multiplayer. A few weeks back, we revealed that a third installment in the Saints Row franchise was in the works, but today, Associate Producer Dan Sutton revealed that it would be taking the next title in "a new direction."

'Wheelman' (PS3/X360/PC) - 5 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wheelman will take you on a white knuckle thrill ride that unfolds throughout the streets of Barcelona, delivering powerful cinematic moments throughout the game's compelling storyline with car chases inspired by Hollywood's most famous action-sequences.

Nintendo Ramps Up Production, Promises More Wii Consoles This Holiday Season

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the holidays approaching, the hunt for the perfect gift begins anew, and ever since its launch, the Wii has been a hard-sought, and even harder to find, item. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently told the L.A. Times that production is going full speed ahead. It currently has 33% more Wiis rolling off the belt than a year ago, and it will further ramp up production to 50% more units than the 2007 holiday season.

'Empire: Total War' - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire: Total War, the new installment in The Creative Assembly’s Total War RTS franchise, will maintain the series 3D battles, grand turn based campaign map and rich historical flavor while for the first time introducing 3D naval combat into the series.

THQ Sues Activision Over Too-Similar Baja Box Art

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week THQ filed a lawsuit with the US District Court of Central California against Activision, claiming the upcoming SCORE International Baja 1000 box cover is too similar to its own BAJA title released last month. Both boxes show similar vehicles in almost identical positions, and although THQ contacted Activision to settle things out of court, they refused to make any changes, hence the lawsuit (thanks Patent Arcade).

'NBA Live 09' (ALL) Predicts Lakers Will Win The Finals

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 3:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA Live 09 sports new features like Pick and Roll Control, Defensive Lockdown Control, Signature Playcalling and Quickstrike Ankle-Breakers that will make the game experience fun from beginning to end. Additionally, NBA Live 09 takes you to training camp with the NBA Academy that gives you a chance to hone your skills.

'Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade' (XBLA) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 11:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade features hits from Namco Bandai Games' Xbox LIVE Arcade library including Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, Pac-Man Championship Edition and Mr. Driller Online, as well as 20 additional newly arranged versions of various classics.

Playlogic Continues to Be First Party Developer for Sony Europe

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 11:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Playlogic announces that its in-house studio continues its collaboration with SCEE London Studio’s First Party development team. After recently having finished EyeToy Pom Pom Party (PS3) it is now assisting on EyePet as well as Aqua Vita, Tori Emaki and Mesmerize for the PlayStation Network.

'NCAA Basketball 09' (ALL) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 11:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCAA Basketball 09 builds upon authenticity by capturing the emotion, intensity, and atmosphere of a real college basketball game. Feel the excitement of game night with the band playing fight songs, the student section leading the cheers and popular ESPN college basketball broadcasters.

'Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Ep.3' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People is a story-driven series with a comic spin based on Matt and Mike Chapman's online animated series. The player uncovers each episode's comedic plot through character interaction, dialogue-based puzzles, and the use/abuse of inventory items.

'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?' (ALL) This Week's XBLA Title

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?: Make the Grade, contestants of all ages must prove their smarts in a game where every question is based on grade school curriculum and the answers are “elementary, ” as your skills are tested in over 23 subjects.

'Quantum of Solace' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Quantum of Solace blends intense first-person action with a 3rd person cover combat system that allows players to truly feel what it is like to be the ultimate secret agent as they use their stealth, precision shooting and lethal combat skills to progress.

'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' To Be Available For Download On Launch Day

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Project Origin continues F.E.A.R.'s supernatural suspense story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. Alma now has free reign, and the consequences will be unimaginable. F.E.A.R. 2 will be available for digital download through Direct2Drive and Steam in conjunction with the day and date retail release.

'Cooking Mama World Kitchen' (Wii) Goes Gold, Gets Dated

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen, featuring hot new recipes and all-new 3D graphics, players use the motion-sensitive Wii Remote to cook a variety of recipes by simulating the actions of a real-life chef.

'Tales of Hearts' (NDS) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tales of Hearts is a new 2D installment in the Tales franchise adding an Emotional Gauge to the battle system, which allows the player to perform special attacks based on the characters emotions. Currently only scheduled for release in Japan, in 2 versions, same game, but with either CG or anime style cut scenes.

'Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard' (PS3/X360) Gets Hollywood Voice-overs

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Offering an original story line and an off-the-wall cast of characters, D3Publisher's third-person shooter Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard parodies some of the most beloved genres of games and pop culture. Will Arnett, known for 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and Neil Patrick Harris, currently on How I Met Your Mother, will voice the game's main characters.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Soundtrack Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events of the original, thrusting players back into humankind's epic battle for survival against a nightmarish force of underground creatures known as the Locust Horde. The GoW2 soundtrack, written by Transformers' composer Steve Jablonsky will be released on on Nov. 25, 2008 through Sumthing Else Music Works record label or as digital download.

'Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance journalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to the small suburban town of Willamette only to find that it has become overrun by zombies.

'Fallout 3' (PS3/X360/PC) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Fallout 3 places a player in the role of a Vault-dweller, who ventures from his secluded, underground survival Vault into a post-apocalyptic world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence. With Fallout 3's imminent release (tomorrow!) we sat down with Bethesda Softworks' product manager Pete Hines for some last minute insight.

PC Preview - 'World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

WoW: Wrath of the Lich King will open the forbidding wasteland of Northrend to exploration by the hardiest adventurers. New levels of power, challenging new dungeons and encounters, an exciting new character profession, and the game’s first hero class are just some of the new features awaiting players in Wrath of the Lich King.

'LittleBigPlanet' (PS3) Sequel Already in Development?

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LittleBigPlanet is a new PS3 community-based game where players meet on a blue and green planet scattered with individual plots -- and use their character's amazing abilities to play, create and share what they build with other gamers throughout the world via PS Network. According to this BBC report, Media Molecule is already working on a LittleBigPlanet sequel.

'Icebreakers' (Wii/PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Icebreakers immerses players in a new fast-paced extreme winter sport. The kids in town are ready for some action and it is up to you to help each one become the champion. Use multiple items and your vehicles’ unique abilities to get the upper hand in intense online multiplayer matches or compete in 4 player split-screen with your friends.

Wii Shop Channel Adds Two Wiiware Titles and A Classic

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 6:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added two WiiWare titles and a classic to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with online access can redeem Wii Points to download: Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands (Wiiware), Art Style: ROTOHEX (Wiiware), and Earthworm Jim (VC).

'Still Life 2' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 5:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microïds' Still Life 2, developed by Gameco Studios, is a real-time 3D adventure game where you play FBI agent and profiler Victoria McPherson, investigating some of North America's most difficult and darkest crimes.

'Animal Crossing: City Folk' (Wii) Animal Costume Contest

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 5:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Animal Crossing: City Folk lets you live your life in a virtual community that’s all your own. You can interact with the fun characters in your town, customize everything from your house to your clothing and even chat with other friends in the game using the Wii Speak. Submit the most original images of animals dressed in costumes and get a chance to not only win membership to the exclusive Welcome Waggin’ Committee, but also a Wii, a copy of the game, a Wii Speak microphone, etc...

'Football Director DS' (NDS) Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 5:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Football Director DS brings all of the tactical and strategic depth that's expected of a contemporary football management game to Nintendo's handheld console. The game's authenticity is strengthened by its official Football League license.

'Fragile' (Wii) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 4:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai's Fragile, developed by Eternal Sonata studio Tri-Crescendo, is a Wii exclusive RPG that follows the story of Set, a young boy tasked to explore various cities in a post-apocalyptic world trying to find out why everyone has disappeared.

'Guild Wars' Gets New Visibility Optimization Solution

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 4:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ArenaNet has signed a licensing agreement with occlusion culling technology Umbra Software to use its visibility optimization technology in future Guild Wars titles.

'Tomb Raider Underworld' (ALL) System Requirements - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crystal Dynamics has made Tomb Raider Underworld more realistic with fluid movements due to motion capturing. Set a few years after the last game, it also features persistent destruction and lush locales across the globe. Lara gets muddy in the game, but with the weather system, rain will wash it away.

Monday, October 27, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 4:13 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:

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009' (ALL) Collector's Edition Revealed, Only on PS3

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 2:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will unleash a new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the hot tag for the win. The PS3 exclusive collector’s edition includes the game and a Blu-ray disc with making of footage and more than two hours of WWE match footage, delivered in a unique steel cage package (North America) or encased within a miniature ring (Europe and Asia Pacific).

'FIFA Manager 09' - 33 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 2:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA Manager 09 gives you full control over the management of a football club. You are responsible for the line-up, the tactics and the training of your team – as well as for signing the right players, improving the club facilities and the stadium.

'Left 4 Dead' (ALL) Pre-Order And Get Early Demo Access

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a modern day survival-horror universe, the co-operative gameplay of Left 4 Dead casts four "Survivors" in an epic struggle against hordes of swarming zombies and terrifying "Boss Infected" mutants. Pre-order L4D at Gamestop and get early access (starting Nov. 6 until Nov. 11, 2008) to the demo.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (ALL) Trophy Patch Rolled Out

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 2:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar's open-ended crime series returns the franchise to New York with Grand Theft Auto IV, situated around the mysterious protagonist Nikolai. As promised Rockstar has issued an update through the PlayStation Network to unlock the entire Trophy on PS3.

Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force' (NDS) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2008 @ 12:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force will introduce kids to all new adventures in the Club Penguin world, giving players a chance to complete secret agent missions, solve mysteries and connect with friends in new ways. The game allows players to take on the role of a covert agent in the Elite Penguin Force.