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'Mana Khemia: Student Alliance' (PSP) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mana Khemia: Student Alliance is a port of the PS2 game but with an all new multi‐player mode so players can now team up and hunt down monsters to get rare items. Also new to the PSP version is a data installment feature which installs part of the game onto the memory stick to make the game load quicker.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (PC) Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rockstar's open-ended crime series returns to New York situated around the Eastern European protagonist Nikolai. The PC edition features a replay editor with Rockstar Social Club integration, expanded multiplayer, higher resolution, and match filtering.

Various Game Trailers #1498

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 5:07 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:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic - Video Documentary #1
  • The Lord of the Rings: Conquest [PS3/X360/PC] - Evil Campaign Dev. Diary
  • The Godfather II [ALL] - Robert Duvall Trailer
  • Skate 2 [PS3/X360] - Graphics Creator Trailer
  • MadWorld [Wii] - Holiday 08 Trailer

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

'We Ski and Snowboard' (Wii) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 5:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

We Ski and Snowboard, known in Europe as Family Ski and Snowboard, adds high-performance snowboarding, as well as developed skiing functionality, two new mountains, and a complete snow park replete with fun boxes, rails and a half-pipe, where both skiers and snowboarders alike can grab huge air and over-the-top aerial tricks.

IO Interactive Founders On A Recruiting Spree

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Earlier this year the Founders of IO Interactive, creators of the Hitman franchise, formed a development company Reto-Moto, with focus on online multi-player titles. While its first titles have yet to be announced, the Swedish outfit has just added six experienced industry professionals to its team.

'Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2 combines the devastating power of the Mobile Suit, the rich legacy of the GUNDAM universe and the furious Tactical Action game play of the Dynasty Warriors series. The game will thrust players into incredible battles against legions of enemy Mobile Suits on distant planetary surfaces and in the far reaches of outer space.

No More 'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare' (ALL) DLCs Coming

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CoD 4: Modern Warfare is an action-thriller arming gamers with the most advanced and powerful arsenal of modern day firepower to fight a new war in the world’s most treacherous hotspots. The Variety map pack will most likely be the last DLC for CoD 4: MW as community manager Robert Bowling revealed Infinity Ward has no more plans for any downloadable content and is instead working on its next project.

'Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II' Multiplayer Details - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 1:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II will take players to the brutal frontlines of war where they’ll experience intense action and visceral combat through a non-linear single player experience and a fully co-operative multiplayer campaign.

EA Drops New Canadian Facility

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 1:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When we reported on the EA financial situation earlier this week, it was revealed there would be layoffs, title cancellations, mergers and various other cutbacks. According to the The Globe and Mail, one of those seems to be EA's planned new 20,000-square-foot facility in Vancouver, Canada, where it planned to house a new studio. The Vancouver location, nearby its EA Canada and EA Black Box offices, has already been abandoned and leased to a third party.

'Midnight Club: Los Angeles' (ALL) to Get Free Map, South Central DLC - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 1:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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. Coming early 2009, the free map will expand the city's map by 1/3rd, while the premium DLC will include new character competitions, new vehicles, races, and music.

Xbox Live Gets Seasonal With Holiday Theme and Snow Globe

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 1:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Feeling the holiday spirit already? Then head on over to Xbox Live, where you can now download a free "holiday theme" to put you in the right mood, or check out the Holiday Snow Globe in the Spotlight channel (no need to download it). When you launch the snow globe, it will automatically populate with your friends' avatars. You can shake the globe with A or press X to stir in another random set of friends.

'Ar tonelico 2' (PS2) - 16 New Screens

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

Ar tonelico 2 is an RPG that seamlessly combines simulation with role-playing, allowing gamers to not only customize weapons and items, but now design their character’s personalities, skills, and appearance through virtual interaction.

'Empire: Total War' to Get 1vs1 Multiplayer Mode

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire: Total War will maintain the Total War series' 3D battles, grand turn based campaign map and rich historical flavor while for the first time introducing 3D naval combat into the franchise. The delay revealed yesterday will apparently allow The Creative Assembly to implement a one-vs.-one multiplayer campaign mode, which will be released after the game launches.

'Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?' (PSP) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:45 a.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.

'Legendary' (PS3/X360/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spark Unlimited's FPS Legendary: The Box presents a world suddenly thrust into chaos and turmoil when ancient creatures of myth are unleashed into modern day society, and it is up to you, as the cause of it all, to stop it all.

'Dragon Quest IX' (NDS) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:15 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.

Child's Play Charity 2008 Dinner Auction Raises $200,000

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

The fifth annual Child's Play Charity dinner auction held on Tuesday night netted over $200k in contributions, as a sold-out crowd of over 400 video game industry leaders and community enthusiasts crowded into the Washington State Convention and Trade Center's sky bridge to bid on more than 100 gaming memorabilia to support sick children in more than 60 hospitals worldwide.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Gets Improved Matchmaking

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:08 a.m. PST | 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. While Epic released a patch addressing the matchmaking issues, it has further reconfigured its servers to allow more players per server, further improving matchmaking times.

'Arc Rise Fantasia' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arc Rise Fantasia is an epic RPG product of old and new, combining gorgeous graphics with modern gameplay while bringing classic Japanese high fantasy role-playing action involving airships and dragons.

'Secondhand Lands' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Secondhand Lands is a fairy-tale world populated by furry-tailed adventurers such as sheep, wolves, catgirls, and scrappers. Now is the purr-fect time for fur-lovers and just plain curious gamers to experience the four-legged world complete with over 120 handwritten quests, an a la carte skill system, and player to player mounting.

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' (ALL) - v1.06 BETA Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Red Alert 3 takes players on an epic RTS adventure to an alternate future spawned by time travel run amok, featuring a fully co-operative campaign, the series' light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay.

'The Sims 3' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

What if you had to live your whole life in one location … and then one day, suddenly, you could step outside and go anywhere in the whole neighborhood? The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to create unique Sims and immerse them in your own living neighborhood of endless possibility!

'Runes of Magic' Open Beta Client Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:27 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.

'Hearts of Iron III' Developer Diary #9

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hearts of Iron III will follow the series' tradition of most detailed and complete strategic game on WW2 while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 10,000 provinces.

'X-Blades' (PS3/X360/PC) Spells And Beasts #5 - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 9:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

X-Blades, previously known as Oniblade, is a third-person, anime-style action/adventure. Your heroine wields two magical blades that can be used as swords or guns, and has magical abilities, all of which are upgradeable.

'Wanted: Weapons of Fate' (PS3/X360/PC) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 5:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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. As a follow-up to our preview yesterday, we sat down with GRIN's Ulf Andersson to talk, after quite a few drinks, about the upcoming game based on the Wanted movie.

EA Picks Up 'Brütal Legend' (PS3/X360)

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 5:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Brütal Legend is a 3rd person Action/Adventure game starring Jack Black in the role of roadie Eddie Riggs, who sets on an epic quest to build an army of rockers with only a broad axe, a big block V8 and his faithful guitar in hand.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Resident Evil 5'

by Adam Pavlacka on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:42 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

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.

'Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GTA IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music.

Xbox 360 Review - 'MotoGP 08'

by Mark Melnychuk on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:21 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grands Prix hosted around the globe, featuring the world's top motorcycle manufacturers who provide machinery for the world's best riders.

'Fallout 3' (ALL) Operation: Anchorage - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:18 a.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.

'Guitar Hero: Metallica' (ALL) First Details, Partial Tracklist Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While Guitar Hero: Metallica isn't officially announced yet, the latest issue of GameInformer reveals the first details. New drums difficulty (for people with two kick pedals), pop-up video style tracks, new guitar and bass tones, and additional tracks from bands such as Slayer, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Kyuss and Mastodon, as well as Metallica tracks, of course.

'Rise Of The Argonauts' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 3:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Codemasters' Rise Of The Argonauts is an action/rpg set in ancient Greece where you will embark on an epic quest, and encounter legendary figures such as Jason, Hercules and Atalanta.

'Jutland' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jutland is Storm Eagle Studios 2nd installment utilizing its Distant Guns 3D Combat Engine! Set in the treacherous waters of the 1916 North Sea, Jutland delivers the most detailed World War One naval experience ever released for PC wargaming!

Friday, December 12, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:50 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:

  • Jutland (PC)

  • We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

'Ninja Blade' (X360) Gets Scored by 'Metal Gear Solid' Composer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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. Metal Gear Solid series composer Norihiko Hibino announced the release dates for the original soundtrack and the "Beanstalk" single, performed by Japanese vocalist Yuki Koyanagi.

'King Arthur' Background Story Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

King Arthur is a turn-based empire-building strategy game set in a medieval, mystical Britain where you will play the role of legendary Arthur, the Once and Future King. You build Camelot, enlist the Knights of the Round Table, unite the country and ultimately challenge the powers threatening the essence of all their previous endeavors.

'Team Fortress 2' Gets Updated, Scout Revamp Next

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TF2 is a class-based, multiplayer team warfare game, delivering new game types, a signature art style powered by Valve’s next-gen animation technology, persistent player statistics, etc... Valve has rolled out a new update, adding balance tweaks, level upgrades to the Engineer's teleporters/dispensers, Goldrush map tweaks, etc. Also confirmed is that the Scout class will get a revamp, and that the X360 will receive an update with all the changes made to TF2 on PC, as well as engine upgrades.

PlayStation Store Gets Home, PowerUp Forever, DLCs, Music Tracks

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2008 @ 2:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with PlayStation Home, PowerUp Forever ($9.99), echochrome Trophy update with User-generated Stages, DLCs for Resistance: Fall of Man Map Packs (free), LittleBigPlanet (free/$1.99), EndWar Escalation Expansion Pack ($9.99), High Velocity Bowling ($0.99), Star War: The Force Unleashed ($9.99), Age of Booty (free/$4.99), Mercenaries 2 Blow It Up Again Content Pack (free), song packs for Guitar Hero World Tour, Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 and Rock Band, and the usual game/movie trailers and PS3 themes.