New Xbox 360 Titles Come Bundled with Netflix 48-Hour Streaming Trial Card

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 7:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When the New Xbox Experience debuts Nov. 19 ,the X360 will be the world's first medium to let viewers stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix in HD. Ahead of the rollout, new Xbox 360 titles (i.e., Quantum of Solace) will include a 48-Hour streaming trial card that can be used to try out the service.

'Little King's Story' (Wii) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 6:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Marvelous Entertainment has teamed with XSEED Games to publish Little King’s Story, the fantasy adventure RPG title formerly known as Project O, developed by the creators of Harvest Moon, FFXII, Dragon Quest VIII etc.

Various Game Trailers #1472

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 6:21 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:

  • Blue Dragon Plus [NDS] - Cinematic Trailer
  • Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force [NDS] - Trailer
  • WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 [ALL] - TV Trailer
  • Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows [PC] - Trailer #2
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria [PC] - Waterworks Trailer
  • Need for Speed Undercover [ALL] - Cop Chase Trailer #2
  • The Chronicles of Spellborn [PC] - Traveling Trailer
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe [ALL] - Trailer (2)

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

'Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party' (NDS/Wii) Gets Rabbids Toyz

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 6:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rayman is back for a 3rd time, and it's all about the Wii board! To coincide with the launch of the Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party game Ubisoft plans to let the rabbids invade retail stores with the release four exclusive toys created and designed by UbiArt.

'Avalon Code' (NDS) - 36 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 4:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Avalon Code is an action RPG boasting incredible graphics, a deep and engrossing story and innovative game play mechanics, from the team behind Rune Factory, Harvest Moon, FF III and Final Fantasy IV DS remakes.

'Left 4 Dead' (ALL) Early Demo Access Starts Tomorrow

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 4:45 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. Fans who pre-ordered the game through Gamestop or Steam will get early access to the 2 level on/offline co-op mode demo starting tomorrow (2 AM PST/Xbox 360 and 7 AM PST for the PC version), 5 days ahead of its general release.

'Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 2:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Love puzzle games, but also love an adventure? Now you can have both in one game with Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, an adventure-puzzle game that adds a new element of fun by combining the action of an adventure game with the challenge of a puzzle game all in one.

THQ Financial Result Reveals Layoffs, Delays And Cancellations

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 2:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQs Q2 2009 financial result reveals less sales ($164.8 million, compared to 2007's $229.3 million) and higher loss ($115.3 million compared to 2007's 7 million). THQ confirmed the five studios closures and specified that it would lay off 17% of its studio staff (250 employees). To further push the realignment various, yet unannounced titles, have been canceled, while Faction: Guerrilla and Darksiders: Wrath of War are being pushed from their early 2009 dates to further down the year. THQ will release fewer, but more high budget, titles, and bring some of its franchises online (Company of Heroes, WWE).

'Mirror's Edge' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action adventure game where you are Faith, a 'runner' framed for murder in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of human traffic is closely watched.

'Galactic Civilizations II' Gets Free Major v2.0 Update

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 1:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In addition to a new campaign that ties up the Dread Lords saga, GalCiv II: Twilight of the Arnor adds civilization-specific technology trees and planetary improvements that add even more flavor to each alien race, while greatly expanding the strategic depth of the game. Stardock has released a free v2.0 update adding new features to its latest expansion pack Twilight of the Arnor as well as expands on features found in the Dark Avatar expansion pack.

'Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?' (PSP) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 12:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As Nippon Ichi Software’s first pure action game, Prinny will be the most heartpounding and challenging sidescrolling action game ever. Players will control an unlucky penguin dude called a Prinny and slash their way through various Netherworlds.

'Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts' (X360) Text Issue Will Remain Unfixed

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts the Lord of the Games is tired of the petty squabbling between Banjo and the evil witch Gruntilda over the years, and has arranged a showdown to decide the rightful owner of Spiral Mountain. Last week's XBL demo revealed an issue with the game's text on standard TVs, reminiscent of a Dead Rising issue, unfortunately Rare stated that it's "simply something that's too expensive in terms of time, resources and money to alter." Guess we all need to buy HDTVs!

'Skate It' (NDS/Wii) - 7 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Skate It has players riding with the skate pros, owning the best spots in San Vanelona and pulling off the sickest tricks using the popular FlickIt controls. Loaded with all-new gameplay features, Skate It supports the Wii Balance Board which gives players a fresh way to create their own signature skateboarding style.

Capcom Financial Result Shows Increased Income

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While the economy has been beating companies left and right, Capcom's latest financial result shows a different picture. Mainly driven by Monster Hunt G sales, Capcom's net income increased 16.8% compared to last year, which however only accounted for a 1% increase on profit. The brunt of the income was made by its Arcade division, which saw nearly 200% sales increase driven by Street Fighter IV, Sengoku BASARA X (cross), and Fate/Unlimited Codes, replacing last year's 570 million yen loss with a 737 million yen income gain.

'Far Cry 2' (ALL) - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Far Cry 2 immerses players in an entirely new kind of gaming experience, where players will discover a true open world gameplay set in one of the most beautiful environments in the world, Africa, brought to life by high-definition next-gen technology.

Entertainment Consumers Association Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 9:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA), the consumer rights advocacy group dedicated to providing passionate gamers a voice, is today celebrating twenty-four months of serving the evolving needs of individuals who play computer and video games.

'Super Street Fighter II' Coming to 'Pinball FX' (XBLA) - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ZEN Studios is working with Capcom to release an officially licensed Street Fighter table for Pinball FX in celebration of the soon to be released Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Tom Clancy's EndWar'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set on the battlefields of World War III, Tom Clancy's EndWar is a next-gen console exclusive war strategy game that will push the envelope of technology, showcasing AI, graphics, physics and animations that were not possible before.

D3Publisher Developing 'Astro Boy' (ALL) Games

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 6:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

D3Publisher announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Imagi Studios for videogames based on the new animated adventure film, Astro Boy, scheduled to coincide the worldwide release of the movie in Oct. 2009.

'Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine Online' - 12 New Screens

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

Set in a fictional post-apocalyptic Tokyo, survivors attempt to restore the city by defeating demons and solving puzzles. Each player acts as a “Devil Buster.” Success relies on forming an alliance with demons or slaying them.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts'

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 5:21 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts the famous bear and bird duo return for a unique adventure of epic proportions. The Lord of the Games is tired of the petty squabbling between Banjo and the evil witch Gruntilda (aka Grunty) over the years, and has arranged a showdown to decide the rightful owner of Spiral Mountain.

'Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe' (PS3/X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 5:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kombat forces friends to fight, worlds to collide, and unlikely alliances to be forged. In order to save all they know, the heroes and villains of Mortal Kombat must wage war against the combined might of the DC Universe.

'StarCraft: Ghost' (ALL) Being Revived?

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 4:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Put on hold a few years back, StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical-action console game that refines the epic experience of StarCraft to the level of the individual soldier. Blizzard is sending Starcraft 2 concept / environment artist Jeff Kang to the Korea Gaming Conference, and sharp eyes over at the Diablo III fansite noticed that he is listed on the KGC site as "Concept / Environment Artist – Starcraft 2, Starcraft Ghost." Typo, or slip up ?

'Warrior Epic' Game Details - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warrior Epic is a free to download & play online action/RPG set in an original fantasy universe, where players can utilize a wide selection of warrior classes to go out raiding dungeons in a variety of novel environments. Warrior Epic let you play co-op campaigns or slug it out with friends in PVP.

'Valkyria Chronicles' (PS3) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:20 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe - divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles. At a recent press event we sat down with producer Valkyria Chronicles Ryutaro Nonaka.

Sony Rolls Out PS3 v2.52 Update

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has released a new, albeit minor, v2.52 PS3 firmware update, which includes the following: the playback quality of some PS3 format software has been improved, a text entry issue that occurs when using the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard with some PS3 format software has been addressed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:07 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:

'Empires in Arms' - v1.04.07 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2008 @ 3:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Empires in Arms in a grand strategy turn-based race to prove which nation is the greatest in Europe. In a bid for mastery over the continent, players can succeed where Napoleon failed or try to stop the military genius quicker than his historical enemies could! This latest update includes over 70 bug fixes and continued AI improvements, in addition to a few minor enhancements.