'Battlestations: Pacific' (X360/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlestations: Pacific features a massive U.S. and Japanese single player campaign that offers a unique blend of action and strategy. Players must plan their moves carefully on huge open-world arenas and fight in the air, above sea and underwater to relive some of the most hard-fought battles in WWII history.

'Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts' (X360) Creation Contest Offers Immortality

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:52 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. Rare announced a contest to recognize the top seven user generated contraptions created, with the winning creations to be added in the game.

'Duke Nukem Forever' - New Screen

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Duke Nukem Forever is the long-awaited follow-up to 1997's Duke Nukem 3D. While details are slim, longtime Duke voice actor Jon St. John returns, as well as music composed by Jeremy and Julian Soule.

PlayStation Store Gets Crash Commando, Penny Arcade, DLCs, Music Tracks

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Crash Commando ($9.99), Penny Arcade Adventures Ep. 2 ($14.99), Castlevania Chronicles ($5.99), Rayman 2 ($5.99), DLCs for LittleBigPlanet (free/$1.99), High Velocity Bowling (free/$0.99), Hot Shots Golf: OoB ($2.99), demos for MGS 4/Sonic Unleashed, song packs for Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Revolution, Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2, Rock Band, and the usual game/movie trailers and PS3 themes.

'Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars' (NDS/Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director's Cut builds on the original, boasting a new and explosive narrative interwoven with the first story. New puzzles have been added that specifically utilize Nintendo's unique control methods.

'inFamous' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

inFamous is an open-ended, free-roaming game puts you in the shoes of Cole, an everyday guy and urban explorer, in the aftermath of a huge disaster that destroys his hometown of Empire City. As Cole, you must first learn to use new found powers and then decide how you will use them.

'QuakeCon 2009' Dated, Registration Starts March 2009

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

QuakeCon 2009 will take place Aug. 13-16, 2009 in Dallas, TX at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and as always, this event is free to all attendees thanks to the support of the QuakeCon volunteer staff, id Software, and the event sponsors and exhibitors. While you can already book your room, the event registration won't start until March 2009.

'The Dark Spire' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus U.S.A. announces The Dark Spire, a classic, western-style first-person RPG full of exploration and character development. Parties will be assembled, stats will be rolled, items, weapons and armor shall be equipped, and monsters will be slain.

'Resistance 2' (PS3) Online Tournament Starts Next Week

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Resistance 2 will feature 8-player, story-driven online co-op separate from the regular single-player campaign, 60-player online PvP (Heavy, Special Ops, Medic classes) and more vehicles, including The Chameleon, a Stalker with full cloak. SCEA is teaming up with GameBattles giving fans a chance to battle it out for cash prizes and the ultimate bragging rights.

'Hammerin' Hero' (PSP) Coming to North America - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus' Hammerin' Hero is an arcade-style, old school, side-scrolling beat ‘em up for PSP. Forget everything your parents told you about violence only being a last resort. In Hammerin' Hero, if it moves, hammer it.

'Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix' (ALL) Sells 250,000 Units

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix will make its downloadable debut on XBLA and PSN by utilizing the original game code, while creating a fresh upgraded experience with new artwork and high resolution 1080p graphics. SSFIITHDR has broken sales records by selling over 250,000 units since its Nov. launch.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Rockin' the Holidays 2008 Pack

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rock Band 2 builds upon the original to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features.

'Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge' - v1.07.001 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge, previously known as JAZZ: Hired Guns, is a game that best describes the life of risk and danger that you’ll lead in this action-packed turn-based tactical game where you'll be in control of leading a group of seasoned mercenaries through the African countryside. This v1.07.001 provides many gameplay tweaks and a fix to prevent the "vanishing squad" icon bug from appearing in new games started with this updated version.

'Empire: Total War' - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 1:19 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 not only 3D naval combat into the franchise, but also a 1vs1 multiplayer mode.

'Final Fantasy XI' (ALL) Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign Returns ... Again

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 1:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Just in time for the holidays, Square Enix announced that its Final Fantasy XI "Return Home to Vana'diel" campaign is back once again. Customers who have deleted Content IDs or deleted PlayOnline accounts, are now able to rejoin their fellow adventurers in the world of Vana'diel by utilizing this service.

Make Your 'Spore' Creations Come Alive

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 1:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Maxis and Z Corporation announced that fans of EA's life simulation game Spore can now transplant their unique creatures into the real world as “Spore Sculptures” through Z Corporation’s 3D printing technology.

'Mytran Wars' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 11:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mytran Wars is a round-based strategy game where the player researches new technologies and continues to rearm his mecha, thereby fighting battles in wonderful 3D landscapes – against the AI or other human opponents in various multiplayer modes.

'Lips' (X360) Dec/Jan DLC Schedule Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 11:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lips is a music and singing game that includes 30 songs, 2 wireless interactive microphones (with motion sensors that allow you to dance, move or swing to score points), the ability to use and sing your own music or download songs from an online service.

'Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars' (PS3) Free DLC, Price Drop

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 10:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars is an arena-based online vehicle sports game for PlayStation Network that brings together animated vehicles in sports-like gameplay. For the holidays, Psyonix Studios is dropping the price of SARPBC by $5 (now $9.99) and issued an update fixing a few issues with the game, adding new features, as well as a new arena.

'Dungeon Party' Gets Delayed - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Party, developed by Cyanide, is a free MMOG where two teams of up to 5 players compete over one or more rounds and victory is only assured when one of them gets out of the dungeon with the treasure.

'Castlevania Chronicles' (PSOne) Arriving on PSN

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 10:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

This iteration of the 2D, whip-wielding vampire-hunting action game, released on PSOne in 2001, is now available for download for $5.99 on PSN. In Castlevania Chronicles, players enter a world where Count Dracula has been resurrected to begin a new reign of terror across the land. As Simon Belmont, descendant of legendary vampire hunters, players enter Dracula's estate armed with a killer whip to destroy the count and his minions to bring peace to Europe.

'Spore' - De-Authorization Tool Available NOW

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

Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race, becoming a global civilization and choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade.

'OutRun Online Arcade' (PS3/X360) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

OutRun Online Arcade delivers online multiplayer racing for up to 6 players, with fast paced OutRun, Heart Attack and Time Attack modes, the draw to the open road has never been so appealing.

'Dissidia: Final Fantasy' (PSP) Coming to North America Mid-2009

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 9:00 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.

'Hearts of Iron III' Developer Diary #10 - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 8:55 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.

Good Old Games Giving Away Classic Point & Click Adventure Games

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 8:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital distribution site Good Old Games is now offering Revolution Software's classic point & click adventure games Beneath a Steel Sky and Lure of the Temptress free to its members.

'Islands of Wakfu' (XBLA) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 7:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Islands of Wakfu is an adventure/beat'em all style game that can be played by two players in team mode and will reveal never seen before background content from the world of Ankama casual MMO titles DOFUS and Wakfu.

'CID The Dummy' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 6:58 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.

'Bionic Commando' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 6:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bionic Commando features Nathan Spencer (voiced by Faith No More's Mike Patton), a government operative who represents the ultimate fusion of man and machine. After distinguishing himself in a fierce conflict against the Imperials, Spencer is betrayed and falsely imprisoned by the very people he unquestioningly served.

'Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath' (ALL) v1.02 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 6:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The C&C series continues to thrive with Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath. As the expansion pack to C&C 3 Tiberium Wars, this RTS game returns to the Tiberium universe with Kane at the center of an epic new single player campaign.

Free Radical Design Being Shut Down ?

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 5:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Reports have come in that UK developer Free Radical Design, known for its Timesplitters series, is on the verge of laying off half its staff or closing down altogether, even though co-founder Steve Ellis said not too long ago that the studio was in good shape. When employees showed up this morning, the offices were locked, guards were posted outside, and nobody was let in. Word has it that a meeting is under way explaining the situation, but also that LucasArts' unannounced Star Wars Battlefront 4 has been moved to Rebellion instead. We tried to contact FRD, but the phone and email went unanswered.

UPDATE:This.is.Notthingam reports that FRD has not been closed but is in administration (chapter 11), with Resolve Partners in charge of the proceedings, and a formal announcement to be made when the financial situation has been assessed.

'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:49 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.

'Black' Coming Back for A Second Mission?

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A post that briefly appeared on the Criterion Web site might have prematurely revealed the Burnout developer's next project, Black: Second Mission, indicating that the FPS, often referred to as gunporn, might be making a return on the PS3, X360 and PC. The first game had you play as Black Ops team leader Jack Kellar, sent into Eastern Europe on a mission to retrieve a traitor.

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

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:12 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.

Wii Review - 'SPRay'

by Brian Dumlao on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:09 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Players will soak in the action in SPRay by playing a spirited Prince named Ray who must save his village from a banished evil Queen who’s returned to capture and enslave the villagers.

PC Review - 'Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March'

by Tom Baker on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 4:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March builds upon the original's tactical foundation to offer new units for each army as well as an original campaign and new online modes.

'Steel Panthers: World War 2 - WinSPWW2' - v3.5 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WinSPWW2 features true combined arms warfare from 1930 through 1946, an era that saw the theories of J.F.C. Fuller and Giulio Douhet put to the test as the world burned. This v3.5 patch adds new scenarios, maps, provides several fixes, tweaks, and enhancements.

'Williams Pinball Classics' (PSP/Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pinball machines filled the hours of many a teenage day and now that nostalgia can be relived in the comfort of your own home or on the move. Williams Pinball Classics will feature stunningly accurate recreations of the 10 most popular Williams tables.

'United Football' to Sport In-Game Ads

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

United Football is a free to play 5-a-side multiplayer football game where each player on the pitch is controlled by a gamer located anywhere around the world.

'Equilibrio' (Wii) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Equilibrio is a new mesmerizing and gripping, gyrating ball puzzle solving and manipulation game for those that like something a little different. Set in a colorful world the challenge may look simple but Equilibrio tests not only your reflexes but also the brain.

'Ship Simulator 2010 Extremes' Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dutch developer VSTEP has begun working on Ship Simulator 2010 Extremes, the next installment in the Ship Simulator series.

'Eternal Eden' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Eternal Eden is a high quality old-school JRPG, featuring a strong cast of characters, an original storyline, and intuitive game play, which appeals to new players of the genre while fans will instantly recognize the mainstays of this old style. Eternal Eden follows the journey of three children as they try to save their world from original sin.

50% Off All Strategy First Games

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First invites you to participate in an amazing holiday discount as it is giving 50% off on ALL Strategy First titles hosted on their Web site as well as even greater savings on the "Take no prisoners" pack, which features 20 games for $69.99. This discount will run from Dec. 17 to Jan. 11, 2009.

'Peggle Nights' Holiday Level Pack Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 3:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Join the Peggle Masters on a dreamtime adventure of alter egos and peg-tastic action. Stay up late to aim, shoot and clear orange pegs from over 60 levels, and bask in Extreme Fever glory. Then, take on 60 Challenges for even more rebounding joy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:55 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:

'Crysis Wars' Becomes Free, For A Weekend #2

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

More brash and aggressive than his Delta Force squadmate Nomad, you'll experience Psycho’s parallel story during the events of the original, finding that life on the other side of the island is even more intense and explosive than you could have imagined. Crysis Warhead's multiplayer component Crysis Wars, will be available to play for free from Dec. 19th through Dec. 28th.

'Resident Evil 5' (PS3/X360) Demo Coming to Europe/North America Early 2009

by Rainier on Dec. 18, 2008 @ 2:39 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.