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'Batman: Arkham Asylum' (PS3/X360/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 6:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Comics announce Batman: Arkham Asylum, a 3rd-person action game powered by the Unreal Engine 3, with a dark and gritty setting reminiscent of Bioshock.

Various Game Trailers #1490

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 5:36 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:

  • Disciples III: Renaissance - Trailer #6
  • Prince of Persia [ALL] - The World Trailer
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin [ALL] - Behind the Scenes Trailer (2)


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

Microsoft Admits NXE Breaks Sound Output, Fix Coming

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 4:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The New Xbox Experience will give X360 owners a 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. Last month Microsoft rolled out its new dashboard update/revamp but a limited amount of users have since experienced issues with sound output, mainly on older devices. A short statement was issued basically saying, "we are aware that a handful of Xbox Live users are experiencing audio issues, and are diligently monitoring this issue and working towards a solution."

'Persona 4' (PS2) - 60 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Larger, deeper, and loaded with thrills, Persona 4 delivers an all-new story set in the Japanese countryside. A mysterious chain of deaths remains unanswered and only you and your team of gifted supernatural sleuths can uncover the truth.

'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' (PS3) Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The latest issue of GameInformer has the first details on the sequel to Naughty Dog's 2007 PS3-exclusive action/adventure game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells had already hinted at a follow-up, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise, but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will be officially unveiled at the Spike VGA Awards on Dec. 14. Revolving around 13th century explorer Marco Polo, the sequel will put the focus on story, stealth gameplay and a free climbing mechanic.

NDOORS Acquires CrazyBox Entertainment

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NDOORS, know for the recent Atlantica Online, has acquired South Korea-based developer CrazyBox Entertainment, known for its online urban military combat FPS, Seven Years of War.

'Monsters vs. Aliens' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 12:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years, who are then called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction!

'Banjo-Kazooie' (XBLA) This Week's XBLA Title

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 12:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The bear and bird's first ever outing available in full. Loads of rollicking fun to be had here and with the legendary Stop N Swop feature reinstated, allowing you to unlock content in Nuts & Bolts based on your achievements.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion of elements from existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.

Midway Sold to Undisclosed Party

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

It hasn't exactly been a big secret that Midway is in financial trouble and has been for a few years now. Earlier this year, not only did its CEO David F. Zucker resign, but also board member Shari Redstone (daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone), while its losses mounted and it currently faces NYSE de-listing. It should come as no surprised then that Sumner Redstone has now sold off his 87% stake in Midway, for an abysmal $100,000, shares that were once worth almost $1 billion.

'Dragon Quest IX' (NDS) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix's Dragon Quest IX: Defender of the Stars, developed by Level 5, is the first title on any Nintendo system since Dragon Quest VI, 10 years ago, now featuring WiFi support for four players in co-op.

'Cities XL' Advent Calendar Giveaway Contest

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:04 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. Monte Cristo is giving away a 32GB iPod and various other prizes, all you need to do is sign up as a community member.

2008 Child's Play Charity Dinner Auction Ticket Sales Closing Soon

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 9:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hurry before it's too late! Tickets are selling faster than the proverbial MMO on launch day for the 2008 Child's Play Charity dinner auction to be held on Dec. 9 in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center's skybridge; ticket sales will close this Friday, Dec. 5 (unless sold out prior).

'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) Demo Delayed Until Early 2009

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | 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. A single-player demo originally scheduled for late Dec. has been pushed until mid-January.

'Halo Trilogy: The Complete Original Soundtracks' Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 9:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sumthing Else Music Works presents Halo Trilogy: The Complete Original Soundtracks featuring original music scores by Bungie Audio Director Martin O’Donnell and Co-Composer Michael Salvatori plus four preview tracks from the forthcoming RTS Halo Wars, composed by Ensemble Studios Audio Director Stephen Rippy.

'Sonic and the Black Knight' (Wii) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 6:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's Sonic and the Black Knight is bringing Sonic into the world of Arthurian legend and offers the worlds most infamous blue hedgehog the chance to become a knight.

'Empire: Total War' Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 6:37 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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.

SCi/Eidos In Takeover Talks ... Again

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 6:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With SCi/Eidos' losses mounting, the takeover talks that it declared were "over" in early 2008 are back on track, according to UK's DailyMail. Back in February, SCi started restructuring, delaying and canceling various titles, and a few months later secured $120 million funding by partnering with Warner Bros. (having turned down an offer from Infogrames), but none of that seems to have stopped it shares from plummeting. Looking to acquire the Tomb Raider/Hitman publisher, which was once valued £1billion, on the cheap, inside sources reveal EA and Ubisoft might have a renewed interest.

'Konung 3' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konung 3 is an RPG based on the myths of three great civilizations, Slavs, Scandinavians and Byzantines. Set after the chronicles of Konung 2: Blood of the Titans, the throne has been deserted and many courageous soldiers and adventurers began fighting fighting for the crown and become ruler.

'Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time' (NDS/Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 5:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Using a new technology called the "Pollux Engine Square Enix has created a true cross-platform game as it will be identical on both NDS and Wii. Use the stylus to control your character on the NDS while the Wiimote will mimic the same actions on the Wii. The game requires only one copy of the game to work on both systems and will be multiplayer compatible on both platforms.

THQ, SEGA, Eidos and Midway Sign In-Game Ad Deals With Double Fusion

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 5:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Independent in-game advertising company Double Fusion has strengthened its PS3 portfolio by securing exclusive advertising opportunities with another slew of publishers: THQ, SEGA, Eidos and Midway.

Wii Shop Channel Gets Two Wiiware Titles And One Classic

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 5:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo added a classic and two WiiWare title to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with online access can redeem Wii Points to download: Space Invaders Get Even (Wiiware), Pit Crew Panic! (Wiiware), and Metal Slug 2 (VC).

'Resident Evil 5' (PS3/X360) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom's Resident Evil 5 is the forthcoming installment in the Resident Evil survival horror series, which will debut for the PS3 and X360, promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control.

'Dungeon Keeper Online' Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NetDragon announced a licensing agreement with EA on the development of the first 3D MMORPG based on the Dungeon Keeper franchise, including themes, characters and other game content, also giving it the exclusive license to operate and distribute Dungeon Keeper Online throughout the Greater China region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

PC Review - 'Left 4 Dead'

by Alan Butterworth on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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.

Monday, December 1, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:43 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:

'The King of Fighters XII' (ALL) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time in the 15 year history of this 3-on-3 fighter game, The King of Fighters XII has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. All sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped and replaced with new 2D high definition, high resolution sprites, on detailed 2D backgrounds, drawn 100% by hand.

'Battlefield 2' - v1.50 Patch Coming Before Christmas

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlefield 2 features immense, richly detailed, destructible environments, from city streets to remote forests, in some of the most notorious hot spots around the world. It has been well over a year since the v1.40 patch and back in Sept. the v1.50 got delayed due to third-party exploits that are being used to crash servers/clients and clients and spoof accounts, but according to EA community rep., it is set to arrive before Christmas ....

'StuntMANIA!pro' - v3.0.1 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 3:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

StuntMANIA!pro is a fast paced 3D car stunt driving game, where you get to perform the most amazing tricks and stunts in some really cool environments. This new versions adds a in-game interface, performance optimizations, general fixes and maintenance, extended levels and more ...

'Far Cry 2' (ALL) - v1.02 Patch Coming Next Week

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 2:59 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. Ubisoft community rep. Marc revealed that a new patch is in the works, scheduled for release somewhere between Nov. 8-11.

'7th Dragon' (NDS) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA's 7th Dragon is a new fantasy RPG by the creators of Etrian Odyssey. The world of Eden is ruled by seven dragons and their massive armies of dragon minions, who grow a special flower which sucks the life out of the land, bringing mankind to the bink of extinction. The only hope for survival is to hunt down and defeat the dragons.

'Trainz Simulator 2009: World Builder Edition' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Trainz Simulator 2009: World Builder Edition contains everything you need to build or operate your own railroad and includes dozens of routes and hundreds of locomotives from around the world. You can drive steam diesel or electric locomotives using controls in the fully 3D cabs or use a simple speed controller for easier train management.