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Various Game Trailers #1276

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 6:34 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:

  • Imperium Romanum - Trailer #2
  • SimCity DS 2 [NDS] - Trailer [JAP]
  • WorldShift - Trailer #4


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

'SimCity Societies Destinations' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From unspoiled nature parks with campgrounds and hiking trails to tropical beach resorts with water sports and fine dining, from humble county fairs with hay rides and midway games, to sprawling modern theme parks with all the bells and whistles, you’ll build an entire city based on attracting visitors, and keeping them entertained and satisfied.

Microsoft Not Fazed By Possible HD DVD Demise

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 6:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

“We do not believe the recent reports about HD DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. As we’ve long stated, we believe it is games that sell consoles and Xbox 360 continues to have the largest next-gen games library with the most exclusives and best selling games in the industry. We will wait until we hear from Toshiba before announcing any specific plans around the Xbox 360 HD DVD player."

'Vigilante 8: Arcade' (X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 4:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision's next installment in the classic vehicular-combat franchise Vigilante 8 is coming to Xbox Live Arcade, currently licensed and developed by Isopod Labs. Vigilante 8: Arcade is a remake of the original game, featuring online play with up to eight players and a host of new content, taking full advantage of next-generation technologies.

Wizards of the Coast Bringing Magic The Gathering to Xbox Live and PC

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

During its briefing at GDC Wizards of the Coast revealed that it plans to bring new iterations of its Magic: The Gathering collectible card franchise to Xbox Live and PC. While no specific details were provided one of the titles is currently under development at Stainless Games, the UK studio known for Carmageddon, while a second title is being prepped over at Mind Control Software, known for SOE's PSP strategy title Field Commander.

'Two Worlds: The Temptation' (ALL) Not An Addon But A Sequel

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 1:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zuxxez's VP Dirk Hassinger revealed that Two Worlds: The Temptation does not re-used a single 3D object from the original, and that due to its many enhancements (new multiplayer netcode, new gfx & sound engine) The Temptation is not even compatible with the original, thus has to be considered a sequel, not an add-on. Two Worlds 2 just didn't sound right.

'Knights in the Nightmare' (NDS) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 1:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Japanese developer Sting, known for titles such as Yggdra Union and Riviera, announced its next project, Knights in the Nightmare, a gothic themed strategy RPG hybrid for the NDS.

CD Projekt Acquires Metropolis Software

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 11:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CD Projekt announced that it has signed an investment agreement with Metropolis Software making it the majority owner. Combining the strengths of both companies is an important step in CD Projekt’s strategy to become a leading publisher delivering high-budget, ambitious and creative projects that ready to compete with the world’s biggest productions.

'Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends' (PS2/X360) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 11:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set after the collapse of Japan's Ashikaga Shogunate, Samurai Warriors 2 chronicles the civil wars that consumed feudal Japan and the events that lead to the country's unification. While Samurai Warriors 2: XL is a standalone addon on PS2, the extra content (missions & playable characters) will also be downloadable on Xbox Live for owners of the original.

New Xbox Live Service Being Developed?

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 11:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A job offering for a program manager on Microsoft's US careers website is fueling speculations that a new Xbox Live might be in the works, "We're building the games, the console interface and logic, and the server support for a totally new Live experience. Both the games and the dashboard experience will be deeply paired with dynamic server support to create a compelling, fresh scenario each time. We are looking for a passionate games producer to help implement our first generation games that will run in this new environment."

'N+' This Week's Xbox Live Arcade Title - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 10:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Become a gold-thirsty ninja battling homicidal robots in the enhanced version of the original game “N,” players take on the persona of a ninja who must use deft acrobatic actions to battle robots in the futuristic world of “N+.” Play as a lone ninja or destroy the robots with a friend in Coop, Survival or Race modes.

'Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword' (NDS) Demo Downloadable at GDC

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 10:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bringing all of the intense combat, stylized graphics, and ultimate ninja action to touch-screens everywhere, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword features a new storyline and innovative use of the DS Stylus. Bring your NDS to the Nintendo booth during GDC and you will be able to download a demo of Tecmo's handheld slasher.

'Prototype' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Delayed - 4 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 10:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Prototype tells the story of Alex Mercer - a man haunted by his past, fighting a secret war in New York City. As the action spirals out of control, a conspiracy tied to his origins threatens the future of mankind itself. Originally scheduled for a summer release, it is now set to launch fall 2008.

Thriller Publishing Formed by Ex-MicroProse Execs

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 9:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

On the opening day of the Game Developer’s Conference, former MicroProse industry veterans J.W. “Bill” Stealey, Fred Schmidt and Jim Bull, announced the formation of Thriller Publishing, and revealed it has contracted several New York Times best-selling authors to create and develop popular new characters and storylines for multiplatform titles.

IT Territory Licenses HeroEngine for Upcoming Fantasy MMO

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 9:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Simutronics announced today that Russian developer IT Territory has licensed its HeroEngine platform to develop a yet to be announced new MMO title.

Unreal Engine 3 Integrates Scaleform GFx User Interface

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Scaleform announced that user interface production tool for hardware-accelerated scalable vector graphics Scaleform GFx, is now integrated with Epic's Unreal Engine 3, making it available to publishers or developers licensing UE3.

'The Witcher Enhanced Edition' Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 9:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Witcher Enhanced Edition, CD Projekt's action/RPG, not only means changes in the game's mechanics, better graphics, shorter load times, improved stability, but not also includes a mod editor called D'jinni allowing players to create or modify their own adventures, as well as two completely new adventures (8 quests) created by CD Projekt.

Bethesda Opens Up UK Office to Self-Publish Its Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 9:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks' parent company ZeniMax Media announced it has begun direct publishing operations in Europe with the establishment of its London-based subsidiary, ZeniMax Europe Ltd.

'Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 5:36 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, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control, now has free reign, and the consequences will be unimaginable.

Wii Shop Channel Gets Another Two Classic Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 5:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Nintendo added yet another 3 classic games to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet access can redeem Wii Points to download the following titles: Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom, and Phantasy Star II.

'Dark Sector' (PS3/X360) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 5:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Sector is a new and original next-gen action-thriller, developed by Digital Extreme. It's a dark, gritty experience packed with fast action, incredible superpowers and an engaging story.

Monday, February 18, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 5:15 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:

Wii Review - 'Samurai Warriors: Katana'

by Reggie Carolipio on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Samurai Warriors: Katana, known in Japan as Sengoku Musou Wave, is based on the Samurai Warriors series and delivers total arcade-style action right into your own home. Armed with your motion-sensitive Wii Remote, you'll journey back in time to do battle as a lethal samurai warrior.

'Resistance 2' (PS3) - Facts & Features

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:52 a.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.

'Rhiannon: Beyond the Mabinogion' Delayed, But Gets Imporved Gfx - Trailer

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

'Rhiannon' weaves classic Celtic legends of revenge into a modern-day setting in a run-down Welsh country house and grounds. The game is aimed squarely at the first-person point-and-click market, and although violence-free, it is decidedly not for young children.

'The Abbey' - 10 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Abbey takes adventure fans to the gloomy world of the Middle Ages. An old abbey is the scene of a series of mysterious murders, and you, in the role of the Grand Inquisitor Leonardo and his assistant Bruno, are tasked is to shed light on the mystery.

Jesper Kyd Receives Award for 'Assassin's Creed' (ALL) Musical Score

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad), Jesper Kyd's original score for Assassin's Creed was awarded Best Original Musical Score in a Video Game at the 2nd Annual Elan Awards, the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and the Animated Arts, last weekend.

'Bleach The 3rd Phantom' (NDS) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2008 @ 3:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While Bleach was released late 2007 on NDS and Wii, Japanese gamers are already expecting the third installment in the strategy/rpg franchise. With a story written by the manga author himself, Bleach The 3rd Phantom is turn based, with pre-defined fight combos, and uses sprites when in combat mode.