'BattleForge' - 40 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 5:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Geman based EA Phenomic Studio is developing BattleForge, a new fantasy online RTS game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck.

Various Game Trailers #1491

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 5:45 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:

  • Yakuza 3 [PS3] - Trailer #10 [JAP]
  • Skate 2 [ALL] - Making The Game Trailer
  • The Godfather II [ALL] - Key to Success Trailer
  • Cursed Mountain [Wii] - Trailer #2

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

Heatwave Interactive Adds Industry Veterans to Its Team

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Heatwave Interactive came was founded by former EA/Codemasters exec. Anthony Castoro and entrepreneur Donn Clendenon early 2007. While the first projects have yet to be announced, it has recruited former Hasbro VP and Professor of Video Games Technology Paul Fullwood, former CFO and Treasurer for Valve Patrick Goodwin and former ArenaNet manager Jenny Bendel.

'Codename Panzers: Cold War' - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 4:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by InnoGlow, former Stormregion, Codename: Panzers series leaves the World War II stage to take the story into Cold War East-West conflicts fought on fictitious battlefields, with a special emphasis on deep story lines and rich battle effects.

SingStore to Get Update With Dozens of New Tracks

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 3:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Once you are tired over the recent Singstar titles, you can connect to the online SingStore, giving you access to more than 400 downloadable songs to add to your collections. In an effort to enhance the North American SingStore based on consumer feedback, over 60 songs from the European SingStore will be made available to U.S. fans over the next few months.

'Parabellum' (X360/PC) Integrates Allegorithmic's ProFX - New Screens

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

Parabellum is a free-to-play strategic FPS focused on urban warfare. A whole city is waiting to be conquered in a giant multiplayer campaign. Parabellum offers intense round-based action with tactical and strategic depth. Acony is adding Allegorithmic's ProFX (Procedural Texturing) middleware to increase visual quality while decreasing overall game size.

Rockstar Social Club: Online Multiplayer Weekend

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 2:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Play Grand Theft Auto IV and Midnight Club: Los Angeles with Rockstar developers and members of the publishing team for prizes all weekend long. Duke it out in death matches and races against all challengers; all you need to do is add their gamer tags and PSN account names, friend them up, and join the party.

'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (ALL) Slated for June 2009 - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, players will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of supernatural villains in a funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Racing Wheel (PS3/PC) Introduced

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This Porsche licensed wheel is crafted from genuine Alcantara leather, the same material used in a real Porsche, and features an adjustable Force Feedback Drive, fourteen buttons on the wheel rim, a three-step adjustable sensitivity level, and two additional vibration motors in the wheel.

'Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The action-packed game, a hi–definition re-imagined version of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.

Microsoft Claims Black Friday Victory, Outselling PS3 3-1

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, Microsoft is quick to tout its victory over Sony, claiming the Xbox 360 has outsold the PS3 by a 3-to-1 ratio. Compared to last year, sales are up 25% in North America, and since the price reduction in September, European sales have skyrocketed as much as 400%. Microsoft VP Don Mattrick claims the Xbox 360 now has a global install base of 25 million and an online community of more than 14 million Xbox Live members.

'RACE Pro' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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

'Brütal Legend' (ALL) Making Debut At SpikeTV's VGA Awards, Jack Black Hosting

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Brütal Legend chronicles of Eddie Riggs, a roadie of a virtuous metal band, pulled back in time to learn his true purpose. Offered the wealth and knowledge of an ancient kingdom in exchange for assembling a legion of his own design, the roadie commands a barbaric mob of demons, dragsters, amp stacks, leather and chrome.

'Stoked' (X360) Gets Delayed - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hit the mountains on your quest to become the next snowboarding phenomenon in Stoked, the open-world, back country snowboarding experience featuring five huge open-world mountains, changing weather patterns, and the sponsorship and cooperation of some of the most respected and influential names in the sport. Originally scheduled for Nov. 2008, Stoked is now scheduled for Jan. 20, 2009.

'DC Universe Online' (PS3/PC) Coming Late 2009, Early 2010

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 11:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SOE is building a world where you feel like you've stepped into the DC Universe and become the ultimate super-hero/villain along side of Superman, Batman, or Ambush Bug. Working on the script for DCU Online, comics writer Geoff Johns revealed that the game will feature lesser-known heroes such as Metal Men, and Doom Patrol, and is currently slated for 2010, possibly late 2009.

'Heroes over Europe' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 10:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Heroes over Europe is an action/flight game developed by Transmission Games (former IR Gurus), revisits the action in the key European air battles of WWII, following the stories of three allied pilots and their actions in the war, from the invasion of France to the devastation of Berlin in 1945.

Atari to Revive Baldur's Gate, Dungeons & Dragons and Test Drive Franchises

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 10:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While Atari isn't exactly flourishing financially, it's still not as bad off as Midway and has been on a spending spree, signing a slew of titles in the past few months. At its Atari Live press event in London today, Infogrames president Phil Harrison revealed that the French publisher plans on bringing back several of its key, but dormant, franchise in the future. While there was nothing to announce just yet, we can expect new installments in the Baldur's Gate, Dungeons & Dragons and Test Drive franchises.

Atari Europe Signs 'Family Ski and Snowboard' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Family Ski and Snowboard, known in North America as We 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.

'Sam & Max Season Two' (Wii/PC) Coming to Retail

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 10:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sam & Max are on the job again in Season Two brimming with crime-fighting adventure and chaos. Structured like a TV season, each of the five episodes has its own self-contained plot while together they form part of a season-long mystery, drawing in the player with great characters and multiple intertwined plot lines, building to a high-stakes climax in the season finale.

'Tekken 6' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ready to set the standard for fighting games with stunning realism and uncompromising quality, Tekken 6 promises to deliver a pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat experience with bone-jarring punches and gut-wrenching grapples.

'Q3' (X360) Bundles Rez HD, Lumines Live! and E4 for Retail

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari is teaming up with Japan’s Q Entertainment to bring three of music game legend Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s titles together in one retail pack with the working title Q3 (Qubed).

'Interpol' (X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 9:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In TikGames' Interpol, players track down the evil and destructive fugitive Dr. Chaos by seeking out hidden clues in exotic locales around the world.

Atari Brings 'Demigod' to Europe

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 9:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in an future-fantasy world, Demigod is a team-based action/RPG/RTS hybrid game that casts you as a hero waging war to obtain a position within the pantheon of gods.

'King Arthur' Campaign Map Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 9:38 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.

'Mytheon' Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Petroglyph's Mytheon is an online micro transaction game that uniquely combines the best elements of action, strategy and RPG game-play with a heavy emphasis on collectability and combat, set within a fantasy universe steeped in unique mythologies from across the globe.

'The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf' (ALL) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Revealed over the weekend, The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf brings the unrivaled RPG experience to Xbox 360 and PS3 with a brand new combat system for thrilling dynamic action, and a new engine delivering matchless state-of-the-art visuals.

'Dragon Quest: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Following the fun and colorful path set by Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen, the second installment in the Zenithia Trilogy, Dragon Quest: The Hand of the Heavenly Bride now journeys onto the NDS as a high quality remake of the classic Dragon Quest V, packed with exciting new features and a truly genre defining story.

'Gardening Mama' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rising out of the rich soil sprouts Gardening Mama, Majesco's new NDS gardening simulation, bringing back the beloved matron to cultivate a cornucopia of fruits, flowers and vegetables in her backyard.

'Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days' (NDS) Coming to North America

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is set during the KH II events, and has Roxas as the main character. You will explore a variety of Disney worlds in not only single-player mode, but also in multiplayer missions made possible by the NDS' networking features.

'Ready 2 Rumble Revolution' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ready 2 Rumble Revolution retains all the knockout features of best-sellers Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 1 and Round 2, while delivering a knockout punch of style and attitude. Tailored to take advantage of the motion-controlled realism of Wii, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution makes landing a punch more fun than ever.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 8:22 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:

'Rayman 2: Revolution' (PS2) Coming to PSN?

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 4:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rayman 2: Revolution made its debut on the PS2 late 2000, and judging from a new ESRB entry, the action/adventure platformer might soon be downloadable on the PlayStation Network. Having made the jump from a 2D sidescrolling platformer into 3D, Rayman Revolution featured enhanced gfx, new characters & enemies, new special effects, re-worked menus and cinematic sequences.

Former Bits Studios Director Teams Up With Zoe Mode

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 3:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Former Bits Studios' game director Dylan Beale, known for THQ's Constantine and KEMCO U.S.A.'s Rogue Ops fame, arrives at Zoë Mode as Senior Producer where he will take the reins on the studios forthcoming titles.

'Outcry' Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 3:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Outcry, you take on the role of a middle-aged writer who receives a strange invitation from his estranged brother. Accepting his invitation, you are soon confronted with the discovery of his sudden disappearance and his connection to a mysterious machine which can separate one's consciousness from his body.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Need for Speed Undercover'

by Dustin Chadwell on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

EA Black Box's Need for Speed Undercover is an intense action racing title taking the franchise back to its roots and re-introduces breakneck cop chases, the world's hottest cars and spectacular highway battles.

PS3 Review - 'Disney Sing It'

by Brian Dumlao on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 2:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Disney Sing It is a new karaoke video game that allows fans to perform more than 35 songs from Camp Rock, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus, Aly & AJ, Jesse McCartney and more.

'Microsoft Train Simulator 2' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 2:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Announced way back in 2003, Microsoft Train Simulator 2 provides the opportunity to command a 200-ton modern diesel locomotive or operate a steam-breathing behemoth from the past.

'Deadly Creatures' (Wii) Gets Delayed Until 2009

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ's Deadly Creatures is a Wii exclusive 3rd person action thriller title developed internally by its Rainbow Studios. Deadly Creatures throws players into a venomous world of desert terror, where the greatest victory is survival. Originally scheduled for later this month, Gamestop and EBGames have changed the launch date to Feb. 2009.

'Disney Fantasy Online' Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Disney Fantasy Online are immersed in a uniquely Disney-themed central world, created based on themes of magic, adventure and romance with non-playing Disney character hosts such as Mickey and Friends, preparing and training the gamers for the vast adventures that lie ahead.

'A Stroke of Fate' - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A Stroke of Fate is a detective story set in the authentic surroundings of 1940s fascist Germany, giving you the opportunity to conduct a compelling investigation of the most mysterious secret veiled by the 20th century – Adolf Hitler's premature death.

'Defense Grid: The Awakening' Coming Next Week, Available for Pre-Order

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels, featuring beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack. Scheduled to launch next week on Steam, it is now available for pre-order.

'Castle Crashers' (X360) Patch Finished, Coming Soon

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Castle Crashers is a four-player game for the Xbox Live Arcade, where players are knights on a quest to regain a stolen idol. Embark on the adventure on your own or with up to three friends and discover the mind-boggling magic and mystery in the mythical world. Ever since the game's August release, The Behemoth has been working on a patch to resolve the multiplayer problems, and they have finally resolved the game's issues with data loss and networking, in addition to other bugs. The title update is currently under certification and should be released, hopefully, soon ....

Sony Rolls Out PS3 v2.53 Update

by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 1:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has released a new, albeit minor, v2.53 PS3 firmware update, which includes the following: improved the way the Flash Player works with the internet browser. In addition to being able to access more sites using Flash, you'll be able to enjoy full-screen mode playability, and live movie (using RTMP format) playability. Now it's going to be even easier to enjoy web content on your PS3, in full screen!