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'Ninja Blade' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 6:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From Software's Ninja Blade is a cinematic action game where, armed with an arsenal of specialized ninja weapons, tools and skills, players will be given the epic task of defending Tokyo and ultimately humanity from a horrific, genetically mutating disease.

National Geographic to Publish 'Afrika' (PS3) in North America

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 6:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Afrika is a next-gen game for the PS3 featuring faithful replications of much of Africa's flora and fauna. Currently only released in Japan, yesterday's National Geographic Games division announcement revealed that it will publish Sony's nature themed photography game, albeit renamed as National Geographic: Africa, somewhere this month.

Various Game Trailers #1482

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 5:57 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:

  • Coraline [NDS/PS2/Wii] - Trailers (5)
  • Elven Legacy [PC] - Trailer
  • The Last Remnant [PS3/X360/PC] - Trailers (2)
  • Mirror's Edge [PC] - Trailer

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

'Mushroom Men (NDS/Wii) Weapons #3 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 5:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mushroom Men shows gamers the mundane world from the surreal perspective of a three-inch-high Mushroom Man. Unnoticed by humans, a war rages between the spore factions, and you, as a brave Bolete Mushroom Man, are given the opportunity to wreak havoc by transforming common household trinkets and trash into weapons and tools.

'Sins of a Solar Empire' Rolls Out v1.1 Patch, Dates Entrenchment Expansion

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sins of a Solar Empire is a real-time space strategy title under development at Ironclad Games. Unfolding the fate of three unique factions, Sins of a Solar Empire is the first chapter in an epic science fiction saga. The v1.1 patch updates the gfx engine, improves multiplayer and AI, etc. Delayed earlier this month, it is now scheduled for January 1, 2009.

Atlus Brings 'TrackMania DS' (NDS) to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 2:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Not a hardcore driving simulation, TrackMania DS is based on the fun and the spectacular aspects of racing. You drive at mind-blowing speeds in hi-octane racers on tracks made of jumps, loops, turbo boost pads and many other crazy design elements.

'Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway' (ALL) Soundtrack Details

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 2:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, the third entry in the series, has you reprise the heroic role of Sergeant Matt Baker, a soldier of the 101st Airborne Division, during Operation Market Garden in the late stages of World War II. The Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway Original Soundtrack features the original music score composed by Ed Lima and Duncan Watt.

'Half-Life' Turns 10, Available on Steam for 98¢

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 1:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve is now offering Half-Life for just 98¢ in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the company's debut title. Launched 10 years ago today, Half-Life was greeted with overwhelming review scores (Metacritic of 96%), earned over 50 Game of the Year Awards, and birthed a franchise with over 20 million units sold to date. The special 10 year anniversary price is available via Steam until 12:01 pm PST on Nov. 21.

TikGames and Creat Studios Partner to Develop Three PSN Titles - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 1:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TikGames and Creat Studios announced a partnership between the two companies to deliver next-gen console games for download on the PS3's PlayStation Network, Magic Ball, Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom and Cuboid.

'Left 4 Dead' (ALL) Where's My Thumb Contest Winner Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 12:37 p.m. PST | 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.

'Let's Tap' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 12:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's Let's Tap is a collection of mini-games by former Sega producer and Sonic Team leader Yuji Naka which will require some sort of tapping device connected to the Wii.

'Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of Illuminas' Goes Halfsies on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 12:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of Illuminas is not just another expansion pack to PSU, but rather an all new installment with new weapons, locations and monsters. X360 gamers can download this expansion pack half price, for only 800 MS points.

The Season of Street Fighter Gets You All Kinds Of Downloadable Goodies

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 11:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Celebrating the imminent release of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, the “Season of Street Fighter” will feature an assortment of Street Fighter-themed downloadable content packs, music inspired by Street Fighter, and newly revamped digital destination points for both the Xbox Live online games and entertainment network and PlayStation Network.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (PC) Video Editor Details - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rockstar is bringing its open-ended crime series to the PC with GTA IV, returning the franchise to New York situated around the Eastern European protagonist Nikolai. The PC edition comes with a replay editor with Rockstar Social Club integration, expanded multiplayer, higher resolution, and match filtering.

Energy-Inefficient Video Game Consoles Cost $1 Billion Per Year

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

More than 40% of all homes in the USA contain at least one video game console, adding up to serious demand for electricity. A study by NRDC and Ecos Consulting on the energy use of game consoles reveals that they consume an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours per year, enough to power the city of San Diego for an entire year, while more user-friendly power management features could cut the nation's electricity bill by more than $1 billion per year.

'Zeno Clash' New Game Details - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ACE Team's Zeno Clash, powered by Valve's Source Engine, is an action game with a strong focus on melee combat set in a punk fantasy world with the beautiful environments, where you will encounter incredible challenges.

New Xbox Avatar Items Scheduled 'Every Two Weeks'

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With the New Xbox Experiences rolled out earlier today, Xbox 360 Fanboy spotted an ad that reveals Microsoft will be releasing new items for your avatars every 2 weeks. "Come back every two weeks to check out new items. We'll be doubling our fashion selection over the next few months." Newly arrived items will be labeled with a yellow star in the Avatar Creator Tool, although whether or not the content will be free isn't clear at this point. Microsoft also plans to roll out a full-fledged Xbox Live Avatar store in spring 2009.

'Big Bang Mini' (NDS) Hong Kong Level - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games' Big Bang Mini is a fireworks-based shooter centered around filling the night sky with brilliant bursts of fireworks to take out encroaching enemies.

'Guitar Hero World Tour' (ALL) Xbox Live Weekend

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Guitar Hero: World Tour will feature guitar, vocals, drums, the ability to create your own songs (and upload them on GHTunes), four-player on/offline co-op, and an eight-player battle of the bands multiplayer mode (4vs4). Starting Nov. 27, 2008, fans will be able to participate in a number of online activities to determine who is the top Guitar Hero rocker.

'RuneScape' Shows Off Its Graphical Overhaul - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jagex's java-based MMORPG RuneScape is getting a full graphics improvement, utilizing new technology to enhance the game graphics and, for the first time, runs the game in full screen through an internet browser.

New Xbox Experience Rolled Out, 'Small Arms' Updated, 'Kefling' Released

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 9:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The New Xbox Experience will give X360 owners a completely new experience that is fun, social and simple to use -- and puts more entertainment at their fingertips than any other device connected to the TV. Small Arms received an update to add Xbox Live Party support, while NinjaBee's A Kingdom for Keflings is the first avatar enabled city builder on XBLA.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Halo Wars'

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind.

'Evasive Space' (Wii) - 106 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 6:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Evasive Space you pilot your rocket ship on a wildly dangerous interplanetary mission to save the stars. You’ll be guiding Konki on timed and collection-based missions through 20 stages of mazes and obstacles in five different environments spanning treacherous terrain including asteroid belts, planetary rings, astro-caves, and large space stations.

'Wheelman' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Official Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 5:11 a.m. PST | 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.

'Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals' Goes Gold in Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 4:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, based on Enki Bilal's Nikopol Trilogy graphic novel series, is a visually striking, richly detailed point and click adventure game developed by Benoît Sokal’s White Birds Productions.

'Cities XL' - Point, Shoot... Win 2! Contest

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 4:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cities XL is a city building game that'll push realism to the limit with cities that are bigger, more realistic and sophisticated than ever before, while letting players take their game online as they interact with others in a massive online environment. Enter the "Point, Shoot... Win 2!" contest and have a chance to see your favorite City Hall in the game.

'The Path' - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 4:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tale of Tales' The Path is a short horror story inspired by fairy tales examining the dark side things. What really happened to Little Red Riding Hood in those dark and scary woods?

PS3 Review - 'Midnight Club: Los Angeles'

by Sanford May on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:54 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Midnight Club: Los Angeles provides a seamless environment for everyone who loves to compete, with no load times, no tracks, and no rules, allowing players to race who they want, when they want, and where they want in a recreation of LA.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:41 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:

'GTI Club+' (PS3) Gets Official Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A classic race against the clock, GTi Club+ is a completely updated and enhanced version of its popular GTI Club arcade game, and recreates the beauty of its French locale within a giant game map that is gradually opened as the player breaks certain records.

'Bruiser and Scratch' (Wii) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bruiser and Scratch is a unique take on a matching puzzle game where the player controls one of the heroes in each level and progressively unravels the puzzle by pushing life-sized pieces around.

PS3/X360 Review - 'Blitz: The League II'

by Brian Dumlao on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 3:09 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Back for another season of heart-pumping, bone-crushing, no-holds-barred football action, Blitz: The League II strips the rules and regulations from traditional football to enhance the fun by bringing the pain.

'OutRun Online Arcade' Revealed

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 2:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last generation consoles saw a few OutRun titles but the franchise has not been heard of for a few years, ever since OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast. According to the Australian ratings service OFLC that is all about to change as it seems SEGA, via THQ, is working on a new installment in the series, OutRun Online Arcade. No details, target date or specific platforms are revealed.

'Street Gears' Open Beta Launches Tomorrow - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 2:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on a persistent manga-style universe, Street Gears is a massively multiplayer roller game where players can challenge each others in races or tricks contests.

'Biology Battle' (X360) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Biology Battle is a unique take on the classic space shooter genre. Take control of a medical nanobot during it’s mission inside of a target cell. Avoid the cell’s defenses, and survive long enough to complete your mission. And then it only gets nastier...

'War Plan Pacific' Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 1:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

War Plan Pacific is a turn-based computer wargame for one or two players (IP based multiplayer capability) covering the entire war in the Pacific from 1941 until 1945. Shrapnel Games is looking for a few good men to ensure smooth sailing. Problems with getting network play to function properly have cause a small delay.

'Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis' Battle Groups Detailed

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 12:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Supreme Ruler 2020 is a strategic and tactical geo-political game where direct control of the military and the policies of a nation becomes the key to survival. The Global Crisis add-on adds new single- and multiplayer maps, new sandbox map, improved UI/AI/graphics, and plenty more.

'Atlantica Online' Wins Golden Plume Award

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlantica Online is bringing back turn-based and strategic gameplay to give a fresh face to the MMO world, a thinking person's game, giving you the chance to really strategize using the combat, mercenary and city/country management system. Atlantica Online has won a Golden Plume award for Best Foreign Online Game at ChinaJoy, even though it has not launched there yet.