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'GTA: Chinatown Wars' (NDS) GameStop Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 4:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Chinatown Wars is an original entry in the GTA franchise, bringing a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments. Pre-order at Gamestop and get $10 Liberty City cash at the start, and immediate access to the entire arsenal in Liberty City.

Various Game Trailers #1500

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 4:09 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:

  • BattleForge [PC] - Nature Trailer
  • Evasive Space [Wii] - Trailer #2
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin [ALL] - Comic Trailer
  • Skate 2 [PS3/X360] - Intro Trailer

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

'Wheelman' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Wheelman will take you on a 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.

'Tomb Raider Underworld' (ALL) v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crystal Dynamics has made Tomb Raider Underworld more realistic with fluid movements due to motion capturing. Set a few years after the last game, it also features persistent destruction and lush locales across the globe. Lara gets muddy in the game, but with the weather system, rain will wash it away.

'RACE Pro' (X360) Laguna Seca Track Details - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

RACE Pro recreates a breathtaking reality giving you the ultimate racing simulation experience with precision physics and handling.

'SingStar' (PS3) Gets Backwards Compatibility Patch

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Packed with new features, for the first time ever SingStar lets you personalize your play lists by downloading the songs of your choice – so you can sing along to what you want, when you want it. Dust off those PS2 discs, as the PS3 version has just received a free update allowing PS2 owners to upgrade to PS3 and take their whole collection of discs with them.

'League of Legends: Clash of Fates' Neutral Minions - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 1:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

League of Legends, developed by Riot Games, is an online multiplayer session-based game that combines elements of role-playing and strategy genres with addictive battle action. In League of Legends rival teams will compete against one another for victory on highly stylized battlefields and landscapes.

'Guitar Hero: Metallica' (ALL) Coming First Half 2009, With 28 Metallica Songs

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While Guitar Hero: Metallica isn't officially announced yet, we know that it will feature an Expert+ difficulty setting for people with two kick pedals, pop-up video style tracks, new guitar and bass tones, allowing you to play a Metallica member in either single instrument or band career game modes, and additional tracks from bands such as Slayer, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Kyuss, Machine Head, as well as 28 Metallica tracks, of course.

'Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection' (PS3/X360) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, aka SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, will feature the best first-party games from SEGA’s venerable 16-bit Genesis years as well as bonus content from its 8-bit Master System and 1980s arcade era games library.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 11:55 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:

'Mirror's Edge' (ALL) Demo Unlocks Time Trial Mode

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:53 a.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. Previously only accessible to pre-order customers, all demo user can now unlock the time trial mode.

NDOORS Interactive Brings 'WonderKing' MMO to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NDOORS has acquired the North American rights to SBSi's 2D side-scrolling casual MMO WonderKing. Challenge the demonic forces of Valron in real-time combat and strive to become the “Wonderking” that will bring light to the shadows of darkness.

Club Nintendo Launches in North America

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo has opened its Club Nintendo in North America, allowing fans to register products, complete surveys, and receive Nintendo Coins, which in turn can then be redeemed for limited-edition Nintendo rewards available only to Club Nintendo members.

Midway Games Announces Layoffs, Studio Closure and Cancellations

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway Games announced that it is taking significant steps to reduce its cost structure, including a 25% reduction in workforce, the closure of its Austin, TX, studio (Area 51), and the suspension of development on several non-core games.

'King Arthur' - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:13 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.

'Iron Grip: Warlord' to Get Free Expansion

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Iron Grip: Warlord blends RTS and FPS gameplay, where you must employ urban guerrilla tactics to protect your city at all costs by building defense structures, setting traps, and taking the enemy on yourself. Iron Grip: Warlord Winter Offensive will include three new units, one new level, a new soundtrack, and a myriad of technical changes and bug fixes.

'Monster Jam: Urban Assault' (ALL) National Tournament Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 9:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Taking Monster Jam monster trucks onto the streets and other urban settings and being rewarded for the scale of the damage and destruction is one of the new key features of Monster Jam: Urban Assault. Feel the crunch of twisting metal underneath as you drive legendary and world famous monster truck favorites, demolishing every vehicle you see.

'Elven Legacy' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Elven Legacy delivers a world filled with magic, and a thrilling nonlinear storyline, gauged to provide many hours of gameplay for strategy enthusiasts. Through an epic quest to restore the former glory of the Elven race, this fantasy strategy game offers both depth and scope, all in colorful and inspirational settings.

'Star Wars Galaxies Online Trading Card Game' Expands

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The SWG Trading Card Game provides players an entirely new gameplay experience by combining the challenge of a trading card game with the adventures and community of an MMO. Squadrons Over Corellia adds digital starship cards, allowing players to dominate their opponents from space...

Autodesk Joins Epic's Integrated Partners Program

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Autodesk has become a member of Epic Games’ Integrated Partners Program, allowing it to integrate its Autodesk HumanIK animation middleware with Epic’s Unreal Engine 3. Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware was also previously integrated with UE3.

'CID The Dummy' (PSP/PS2/Wii/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 9:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CID The Dummy is an all-new action platformer that is sure to grab you with its enjoyable, fun gameplay, featuring a totally original character with charisma and moves, different fighting styles with which to battle enemies from unarmed combat to weapons like the Bazooka that can freeze, hit and burn.

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' (ALL) to Get Uprising Expansion

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 6:44 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. While there is no official announcement yet, it should be no surprise that the Red Alert 3 team is already working on the first expansion, Uprising.

'Halo Wars' (X360) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 6:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.

'Afro Samurai' (PS3/X360) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the animated TV series, Afro Samurai is the cutting edge game that delivers a new kind of cinematic game experience, a living episode that offers addictive, immersive and compelling gameplay that's dripping in style.

'Freaky Creatures' - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Abandon Interactive's Freaky Creatures is an interactive gaming platform incorporating collectible toys, customizable characters, an expansive online interactive community and challenging virtual battles with other players’ creatures.

Bomberman Live Becomes 'Deal of the Week'

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 5:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

During the holidays Microsoft kicked off two global 30-day specials to bring great deals on select Xbox Live content (every monday a deal on either a movie rental, a map pack or even an XBLA game) and even free multiplayer for a list of great XBLA titles. This week Bomberman Live lowers its price from the usual 800 to 600 points.

'the Hunter' - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 4:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

the Hunter is a free to play online hunting game that artfully combines the most realistic hunting action, with the community and functionality of a social networking site.

PS3/X360 Review - 'NCAA Basketball 09'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

NCAA Basketball 09 builds upon authenticity by capturing the emotion, intensity, and atmosphere of a real college basketball game. Feel the excitement of game night with the band playing fight songs, the student section leading the cheers and popular ESPN college basketball broadcasters.

PS3 Review - 'Alone in the Dark: Inferno'

by Dustin Chadwell on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through combining the use of real-time physics and environmental interaction to deliver an exhilarating action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment.

'Dissidia: Final Fantasy' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is an all-new title in the FF franchise, although it's not part of the compilation of Final Fantasy VIII or the Ivalice Alliance. Not a standard RPG, it's labeled a dramatic progressive action title, and Tetsuya Nomura, known for Kingdom Hearts, has signed on to be the game's character designer.

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009' (ALL) DLC to Add Costumes & Superstars

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will unleash a new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win. S vs. Raw 2009 fans will soon have the opportunity to download updated costumes and even new Superstars for the game.

Factor 5 Hits Hard Times, Forced to Lay off Half its Staff

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Earlier this year California-based Factor 5, known for Lair and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III, signed a multi-game development deal with Brash Entertainment. While any titles have yet to be officially announced, it is known that one of its current projects is a new Super-Man game. Due to the recent demise of Brash, however, Factor 5 has found itself in a tight spot and was forced to lay off half of its staff.

'Niki: Rock 'n' Ball' Coming to WiiWare - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 3:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Austrian indie developer Bplus announced its upcoming arcade platformer Niki: Rock 'n' Ball, a jump'n roll game where you must collect all the 6 ZeLeLi pearls in sequence, in a stage, and conquer all the monsters to open the portal to the next stage.

'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) No Longer Banned Down Under

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:41 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. Originally banned in Australia for too much blood & violence, after Warner Bros. appealed the decision, F.E.A.R. 2 has now received a MA15+ rating, without cutting or making any changes to the game's content.

'MapleStory' Celebrates Christmas With Month Long Event - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MapleStory is an online adventure game that centers around the "Maple World," allowing players to combat monsters and develop their characters' skills and abilities in an immense platform-inspired persistent world. MapleStory Europe has prepared a month long special celebratory event for a delightful Christmas that's full of festive fun, excitement and generous presents.

Free your Xbox 360 Avatar

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 2:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox 360 presents ‘Free your Avatar’, an exciting new feature that allows you to export your avatar out of Xbox Live and share with friends and family, either via e-mail or on social networking sites, in an easy one step process.