Last month, Valve's marketing director Doug Lombardi mentioned that apart from new Team Fortress 2 maps, there would also be more Portal to come, but the "details were still being worked out." While no new information was revealed, Portal's lead designer Kimberly Swift gave further confirmation by saying, "I believe Doug Lombardi, who is our lead marketing director at Valve, has announced Portal 2" during an interview with G4TV. Rejoice!
Games of 2014
Rockstar is bringing its open-ended crime series to the next-gen consoles with Grand Theft Auto IV. While details on the game are still slim, we now know that the franchise returns to New York situated around the mysterious protagonist Nikolai.
Swedish-based publisher Pan Vision Games signed a three year exclusivity agreement with Yuko Shimizu, creator of Hello Kitty, to make games based on the Japanese IP Angel Cat Sugar. The brand story evolves around Angel Cat Sugar, a princess in a world of angels, and her three mice friends Parsley, Thyme and Basil.
Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 is the latest installment in the anime fighting franchise, featuring 3D cell shading graphics, new characters such as Battle Characters' Senna and Ulquiorra, as well as the ability to select multiple characters as allies, and use the Tag feature to have them participate, and not just be strikers.
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:
- Ninja Gaiden 2 [X360] - Courtyard Trailer
- Wild Earth: African Safari [Wii] - Trailer
- Speed Racer [PSP/PS2/Wii] - Trailer
We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...
Featuring 150 tracks and five distinct musical styles: rock, funk/hip-hop, country, marching band and Latin, Battle of the Bands combines fast-paced combat with customizable bands in the fight for musical supremacy, fully utilizing the Wii Remote controller’s highly intuitive control scheme to deliver a unique game-play experience.
Lost is a third-person action/adventure that will have you take on the role as a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, allowing you to experience an untold adventure of "Lost" in an immersive, interactive world.
Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Rock Band content: Why Do You Love Me - Garbage, Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots, El Scorcho - Weezer ($1.99 each). A demo for the recent PixelJunk Monsters (free), videos for MLB 08, Conflict Denied Ops and Bionic Commando Rearmed, a downloadable PSOne classic (Jet Moto 3, $5.99) and a few movie trailers & themes.
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer takes place in a fantastical version of feudal Japan and stars a masterless samurai named Shiren who travels with a weasel named Koppa. Together they are on a quest to discover the mystical Land of the Golden Condor, said to be the home of the legendary city of gold known as El Dorado.
In UT3, you assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled by human contestants online or by AI, fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles. After a few beta round, Epic has released the final v1.2 patch for UT 3.
GarageGames' Fallen Empire: Legions is a first person shooter that combines distinctive freedom of movement with fast paced first-person combat to create strategic, team-oriented gameplay.
Combat Mission: Shock Force is a tactical military simulation depicting a hypothetical near future conflict between NATO and Syrian forces in Syria. A new v1.07 patch, for all versions of the game, and adds a bunch of improvements, 32 new Quick Battle Maps, tweaks to unit pathfinding, combat behavior, area fire, and the usual bug fixes.
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.
At the GDC 08 the five winning teams of ‘Silicon Minds Dream-Build-Play 2008 Warm Up Challenge’ contest were announced. The challenge was to invent and build a new PC or X360 game using XNA Games Studio 2.0 and AI techniques in the development of the game.
Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors will finally meet this fall in an unforgettable crossover event. In Warriors Orochi, the characters from both franchises must team up to wage war against a new, powerful force.
Already a firm favorite with Wii owners, Virtual Console is once again expanding its catalogue, this time with the addition of a whole new games format. Later this year, Wii owners will be able to enjoy classic titles from the best selling personal computer of all time, the Commodore 64, starting with Iridium and IK.
Storm Region's 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.
In SEGA's squad-based first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines, developed by Gearbox Software and based on the Aliens movie, players are part of a United States Colonial Marine squad and must prepare to face an Aliens assault more intense and horrific than ever before.
Crystal Chronicles: The Little King and The Promised Land will detail the events after the original Crystal Chronicles, and will follow The Young King Leo as he rebuilds his kingdom after it was destroyed by the Miasme. Too young to leave the village, you will have to rely on mercenaries and adventurers to do the work for you.
Kwari is an FPS where players make money off each other in real-time. The game will be free to download online, but instead of being subscription-based it will use a unique free-to-play/pay-to-play model whereby Kwari sells the player ammunition. The Kwari Gold Jackpot has paid out for the first time, with the winner grabbing a $20,157 cash prize.
With over 20 different types of lures to choose from, budding anglers can cast off using the Wii Remote to try and land one of four different types of freshwater bass.
Koch Media extends its business strategy with the New Media Development department. Its main focus will be on: building an international online publishing and service structure as well as developing new and innovative business models and concepts in the field of online games.
King of Clubs is a fun and engaging trick-based action puzzle game with distinctive vintage Americana graphics and soundtrack, featuring 5 exciting themes, 95 unique holes, collectibles, resident course pro’s and much much more…
THQ's Saints Row 2, using Volition's proprietary open-world engine, will offer vastly expanded customization options, a totally transformed and expanded city of Stilwater, all new vehicles, sandbox tools and toys as well as both online co-op and competitive multiplayer.
by Brad Hilderbrand on Feb. 21, 2008 @ 6:39 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an Online Action RPG, mixing a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan.
by Brad Hilderbrand on Feb. 21, 2008 @ 6:38 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Crackpot Entertainment's Insecticide is a classically styled action adventure detective game that brings the look and feel of gritty gumshoe films into a futuristic city where insects have become the dominant race.
Revealed a few days ago, the city pack add-on moves the SimCity Societies experience into new, exciting, and exotic locales, allowing players to create the perfect vacation spot. To attract and host Sims travelers from around the world, players must build and manage their destinations with an eye towards lucrative detail.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will bring Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds and glory on the field of battle.
In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space you will step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that promises to deliver the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. EA has teamed up with Image Comics for six issues of a new comic book series based upon Dead Space, written and illustrated by Ben Templesmith and written by Antony Johnston.
SEGA's Viking: Battle For Asgard, developed by The Creative Assembly, is a hack'n slasher where you, as Skarin, a new iconic gaming hero, get to experience the violent yet spectacular world of the Vikings and their gods.
Belief & Betrayal is an adventure game where you investigate a murder and get involved in a dangerous church conspiracy, which has its roots through the centuries in the time when Judas got 30 silver coins for his betrayal of Jesus Christ.
Civilization Revolution will deliver revolutionary features like real-time interaction between leaders, multi-player capabilities and integrated video and voice chat, which completely transports the Civilization series to a level of gameplay that fans have never experienced before.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will sport improved AI, and for the first time include multiplayer up to 16 cars, with integrated with online features, such as a profile editor and an online event calendar. The new wheel features powerful force feedback and a 24-position realtime adjustment dial for on-the-fly control of brake bias, traction and damper settings.
The SCEA San Diego Studios development team went into this season looking to raise the level of authenticity and realism, and create the perfect blend of features and unique gameplay opportunities.
THQ announced the Wii exclusive Big Beach Sports, letting gamers compete in a number of exciting outdoor sports including American football, volleyball, soccer, cricket, disc golf and bocce right on the beach.
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, will be a comic adventure game, the first chapter of the planned episodic series which will feature characters from Penny Arcade, including the well-known Gabe and Tycho.
EA has teamed up with Starbreeze Studios, known for The Darkness and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, to reinvent one of EA's most acclaimed classic franchises, currently only known as Project RedLime. Need for Speed, Road Rash?
by Rusty Bailey on Feb. 21, 2008 @ 3:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews
Turok is a story-driven FPS set on a dark, mysterious planet in the near future. Take on the role of former Black Ops commando Joseph Turok, now part of an elite Special Forces squad, on a mission to take down a war criminal on a genetically altered planet.
White Gold: War in Paradise explores the shadowy background of modern low intensity conflicts, where the newest weapons often do battle with the antics of witchdoctors. An FPS with a handful of RPG elements thrown in for a good measure, White Gold offers a rich scenario in addition to the non-stop action.
Through it recently launched UK affiliate, Bethesda is bringing Star Trek: Conquest, a blend of strategy and intense action set in The Next Generation era, to Europe. Players take control of Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Cardassian, Dominion, and Breen forces and lead them in a campaign to control the galaxy, one planet at a time.