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'Diablo III' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 7:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Diablo III is an action RPG where you create a hero from one of five distinct classes, such as barbarian or witch doctor, each equipped with an array of spells and abilities, and adventure through rich and varied settings, unraveling an epic storyline and engaging in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses.

Nintendo Rules November, Microsoft Does Well, Sony Drops the Ball

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 6:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NPD has released its sales numbers for the month of Nov. and it comes as no surprise that the NDS and Wii wiped everybody off the map with 1.57 and 2.04 million units, respectively. As mentioned, Microsoft outsold the PS3 2 to 1, moving 836k units compared to Sony's 378k. Software-wise, it was all about Gears of War 2 with 1.56 million copies, with Call of Duty: World at War hot on its heels with 1.41 million, although if you add both the PS3 and X360 platforms together, it sold a combined 1.88 million copies.

Various Game Trailers #1497

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:20 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:

  • Fishing Master World Tour [Wii] - Trailer #3
  • The Sims 3 [PC] - Cheeky Trailer
  • Crash Commando [PSN] - Trailer
  • Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2 [PS2/PS3/X360] - Trailer

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

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

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:15 p.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.

'Empire: Total War' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:09 p.m. PST | 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. Originally scheduled for early Feb., SEGA's community manager revealed today it is now set for March.

'Fallout 3' (ALL) G.E.C.K. Editor Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 1:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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. The G.E.C.K. editor allows you to create, modify, and edit Fallout 3 data, from building landscapes, towns, and locations to writing dialogue, creating characters, weapons, creatures, etc...

Microsoft Purposely Corrupting 'Resident Evil 5' (ALL) Demo Downloads?

by Adam Pavlacka on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 12:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Resident Evil 5 is the forthcoming installment in Capcom's survival/horror series, promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control. Last week, Capcom Japan released a RE5 demo, and handy gamers could easily download it by signing into a Japanese XBL account. But a week after its release, non-Japanese gamertags were suddenly forced out of XBL when running the demo, and then upon return, the demo magically became corrupted.

New Xbox Experience Boosts Xbox Live Arcade Sales Threefold

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 12:41 p.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. Since the NXE launch last month Microsoft has seen a boost in XBLA sales, with UNO taking the crown, increasing its sales 650%, people adding 33% more friends than before, and watching more movies (49% increase) and TV series (33%).

'Dragon Quest IX' (NDS) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 12:34 p.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.

'America's Army' Gets Champlain College Map Pack

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 12:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

America's Army is an action game that provides young adults with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today's high-tech Army, giving players a virtual "test drive" of Soldiering in the U.S. Army from basic training to the battlefield in the Global War on Terrorism. The Champlain College Map Pack provides America's Army players with two new missions created by students at Champlain under a collaborative partnership with the U.S. Army.

'Chrono Trigger' (NDS) Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 11:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils.

'White Knight Chronicles' (PS3) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 10:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

White Knight Chronicles, developed by Rogue Galaxy/Dark Cloud studio Level 5, is all-new PS3 exclusive fantasy turn-based strategy/RPG, with a key differentiating element of a transforming hero, you can play solo, or in a group of up to 4 online.

'World of Warcraft' Launches Character Re-Customization Service

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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. You can now change a character's gender, face, skin color, and other cosmetic features with the Character Re-Customization service for $15.

'Fable II' (X360) Knothole Island DLC Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set 500 years after the original game, Fable 2 will offer even more choices and features, while building on the core gameplay theme of Fable where every choice continually defines who you become, allowing you to truly live the life you choose. The Fable II DLC adds Knothole Island, where new quests, wondrous items and bizarre characters await, scheduled for Dec. 22, 2008.

'World of Battles' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

World of Battles is a free, massively multiplayer strategy game set in a medieval universe where nine races fight a terrible war for world domination. Choose your side, recruit, train and equip units in order to create a powerful army able to face opposing armies created by other players.

'War Rock' Content Update Adds New Map, Weapons, Cheat Protection

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

War Rock is a tactical, modern Free2Play multiplayer FPS with intense, fast-paced combat. K2 Network's free content update features a new naval dock map Disturm, the Hamina Battleship and two additions to the armory with the Stamina PX Item and Double Up PX Item. War Rock has also recently put Hackshield into place as the games newest weapon against hackers.

'Runes of Magic' Closed Beta Ends With A Bang - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

Viva Media Brings 'Grand Ages: Rome' to North America

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Grand Ages: Rome, previously known as Imperium Romanum II, is a city-building game where the player takes the role of a Roman patrician, a nobleman, who has just started his political career. His ultimate goal is to become the Governor of Rome.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Wanted: Weapons of Fate'

by Adam Pavlacka on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Armed with iconic moves from rigorous assassin training, including "Curving Bullets" and "Bullet Explosion," as well an arsenal of powerful, high-tech weapons, players will explore Wesley’s quest to becoming an unmatched uberassassin in fast-paced, action-packed combat against the world’s most notorious killers.

'Things On Wheels' (ALL) Vintage Cars - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 6:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games will publish Load Inc's latest game 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.

Thursday, December 11, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 6:40 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:

'Dragonica' Archer Class Revealed - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 6:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragonica is a free-to-play, cartoon side-scrolling, micro-transaction-based casual MMO mixing elements of action and arcade.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Left 4 Dead'

by Matt Olsen on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 6:09 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.

'Drakensang: The Dark Eye' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Drakensang: The Dark Eye, developed by Radon Labs, brings back epic party-based RPG gameplay in a breathtakingly detailed world, based on one of the world’s biggest pen & paper franchises.

'Hero's Journey' - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hero's Journey is a new 3D MMORPG from Simutronics, powered by its own HeroEngine, promising fun, fast-paced action combined with immersive environments and gameplay.

NDS Review - 'Ninjatown'

by Richard Poskozim on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 5:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

A diverse group of fun-loving Ninjas populate the vibrant yet peaceful place known as Ninjatown. However, after the eruption of a nearby volcano, Ninjatown is attacked by hordes of sinister enemies lead by Mr. Demon, who, for reasons unknown, is bent on destruction.

'Sands of Destruction' (NDS) Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 4:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In SEGA's Sands of Destruction, based on the japanese TV anime World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokuni, gamers will experience an action-packed story featuring a unique range of characters, a gorgeous artistic atmosphere and an intense RPG battle system.

Good Old Games Signs Adventure Soft Games for Digital Distribution

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 4:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Good Old Games announced an agreement with Adventure Soft that will bring several adventure titles to GOG.com, DRM-free of course, starting with the Simon the Sorcerer series.

'My Pet Shop' (NDS) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 4:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In My Pet Shop, players will set off on the animal adventure of a lifetime as they work to help run the best pet shop that Green Town has ever seen. With over 40 different animals, players will be able to find and care for adorable and sometimes unusual pets including dogs, pigs, pandas and bears, all set in a beautifully crafted colorful world.

'Guitar Hero World Tour' (ALL) to Get More European Tracks

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 4:31 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). GHWT will be getting two new three-song Track Packs from popular Euro bands such as Germany’s Sportfreunde Stiller, France’s BB Brunes and Spain’s Fito Y Fitipaldis.

'World War II: Road to Victory' - v1.30 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2008 @ 4:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With World War II: Road to Victory, gamers can wage World War II in Europe from the front lines in France and Russia to the deserts of North Africa and the airfields and convoys of Britain in a riveting turn-based grand strategy format. This v1.3 patch comes with AI improvements, enhances overall game realism, improved interface art and a new smaller scale 1944 Operation Overlord scenario!