'Best of Tests DS' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 5:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Logic, observation, memory, speed of perception and analysis: these are the qualities that define the famous Intelligence Quotient Test and these same skills will be challenged in Best of Tests for the Nintendo DS. Not only will the game challenge the skills of the player, it also aims to help the player improve them.

'The Club' (PS3/X360/PC) Goes Gold

by Judy on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 5:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sega announced today that The Club for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC has officially gone gold and will hit North American store shelves on Feb. 19, 2008. Playable demos of The Club are currently available for download via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. A PC demo will be released later this week.

Various Game Trailers #1267

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 4:45 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:

  • Army of Two [ALL] - Make Money Trailer
  • The Club [PS3/X360] - Developer Team Interview

  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available.

'Dark Sector' (PS3/X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 4:15 p.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.

THQ Financial Results Reveals 'Red Faction III' Details

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ announced results for fiscal Q3 2008, with net sales of $509.6 million, compared to last year's $475.7 million, driven by Cars: Mater-National, MX vs. ATV Untamed and SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. In the subsequent investors conference call, THQ CEO Brian Farrell revealed that Red Faction III is being developed by Volition for PS3, X360 and PC. Scheduled for fiscal 2009 (Apr. 2008 - Mar. 2009), RF3 will focus on interactive environments and destruction. First details on THQ's UFC-licensed title are expected during a pay-per-view event on Memorial Day weekend.

'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' (ALL) Gets Censored In Germany

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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. Having received its rating, the North American version will not have nipples, while the German edition has full gore, but will not have decapitation, dismemberment, and over-the-top type fatalities. Everywhere else in Europe the game is un-censored.

UPDATE: Debunking her own previous statement, Funcom community manager Shannon Drake now claims the North American edition will not be censored, nipples included.

'Golden Axe: Beast Rider' (PS3/X360) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Golden Axe: Beast Rider, developed by Secret Level, delivers action-RPG thrills as a small band of Riders embark on an epic adventure to recruit allies, expose the enemy and prevent the annihilation of their breed.

'Monster Madness: EX' (PS3) Now Called 'Monster Madness: Grave Danger' - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Monster Madness: Grave Danger follows in the footsteps of Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia with 4 player co-op gameplay, an all new polished look and a number of new/improved features. Based on fan feedback from the original every Zombie, Werewolf and Vampire has been recalled to square one.

'Rock Band' (ALL) Gets KISS, Faith No More and B-52 Tracks

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 12:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rock Band allows you to perform famous rock music with your friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and vocals, as well as online. On Feb. 5, 2008, players can download 3 new tracks, which include "Roam" by the B-52s, "We Care a Lot" by Faith No More and "Calling Dr. Love" by KISS, at 160 Microsoft points ($1.99) each. They're expected on PSN later this week.

'Overclocked' - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 12:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Overclocked, developed by House of Tales team, known for The Moment of Silence, is a psychological thriller which uses many technical innovations and a surprising narrative approach to form an eerily real gaming experience.

'Metal Gear Solid: the Essential Collection' (PS2) Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 11:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami confirmed that Metal Gear Solid: the Essential Collection is currently planned for the PS2, which includes the original Metal Gear Solid, the director's cut of MGS2 and MGS 3 in a commemorative package with artwork by renowned artist Yoji Shinkawa.

'Tomb Raider Underworld' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 10:51 a.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.

'Guitar Rising' Revealed

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Guitar Rising is a music video game where the player plays a real guitar as cued by the game’s visuals. Following rock music sequences and streaming notes, players play guitar melodies and rhythms. Beginner difficulty levels are designed for non-guitar players and hard difficulties will challenge experienced guitarists. Scheduled for released in late 2008, we will be checking out Guitar Rising at GDC in a few weeks...

'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' (Wii) - 48 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Nintendo's latest incarnation in the popular Super Smash Bros. series of titles, featuring all-new characters ranging from Kirby and Wario to Samus and even Metal Gear Solid's Snake.

Sid Meier Contemplating Making an MMO

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 10:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Firaxis' Sid Meier, known for titles such as Civilization and Pirates, revealed that he "would certainly like to play around with a MMO concept in future" and that he is "in the very early stages of exploring the possibilities of it." Firaxis is currently working on Civilization Revolution for consoles, Sid Meier indicated it was not for the immediate future, "I really can't say if that would be the next game we do or if it's still a couple of games down the road before we come to that," but it would certainly be a PC title, since "PC is still the best place to play a MMO."

'Stronghold Crusader Extreme' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 9:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Firefly Studios and Gamecock Media are delighted to announce Stronghold Crusader Extreme, featuring huge battles with over 10000 units on screen, a new Extreme Trail which will test even the best Crusader players and a new tactical aid bar which allows you to unleash super moves on your enemies.

'Burnout Paradise' X360 Core/Arcade Multiplayer Fiasco Statement

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week, it was revealed through a customer complaint that EA's Burnout Paradise requires a hard drive in order to play online, thus making that impossible with an Xbox 360 Core/Arcade. Oddly enough, this missing feature was never revealed, and now Criterion issued a statement in an attempt to justify the decision.

'Octomania' (Wii) Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Octomania is a new online multiplayer family-friendly game offering challenging puzzle gameplay, and a variety of different play modes, with a story of mischief and mayhem filled with zany characters.

'Rock Band' (X360) Battle of the Bands Live from the Grammys

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 9:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Beginning Feb. 8, 2008, fans of Rock Band on Xbox 360 will be able to participate in online activities including the opportunity to create their own rock band with friends, participate in a three-day Play & Win sweepstakes for a chance to win special prize packages, and join a virtual celebrity band.

'White Gold: War in Paradise' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 6:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.

'Runaway 2: the Dream of the Turtle' (NDS/PC) Also Coming to the Wii ?

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 6:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pendulo Studios is working on a follow-up to last year's hit title Runaway: A Road Adventure, an adventure game with 3D characters with a cartoon look and high-impact visual features that include 2D and 3D in an unmatchable style. Soon making its debut on the NDS, it seems South Peak Interactive is bringing Pendulo's adventure game to the Wii.

'Belief & Betrayal' Gets New Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 5:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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. The title was delayed late last year, but Lighthouse has announced the new North American release date.

NDS Preview - 'Myst'

by Sanford May on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 5:46 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Myst is an immersive experience that draws you in and won't let you go. You enter a unique setting, venturing alone to varied times and places, the worlds that compose Myst. There are no instructions, and you encounter no living beings but soon realize your actions may help individuals who are somehow trapped in a parallel dimension.

'Showtime Championship Boxing' (Wii) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 5:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Showtime Boxing utilizes the Wii's innovative control schemes to put you in absolute of your boxer's attack and defense. Throw punches, dummy, dodge, block and duck all using the Wii Remote for the ultimate console boxing experience.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 4:45 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:

'Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 4:41 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, 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.

'The Club' (PS3/X360/PC) Demo Coming This Week - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 4:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Club is a 3rd person action shooter focused on addictive and rewarding gameplay, testing your skills to the limit and offers relentless, frantic, and fast paced gameplay with a unique style, tone and storyline that drips with energy, attitude and anarchy. The Club PC demo is coming to our fileserver network later this week.

'This is Vegas' (PS3/X360/PC) Revealed

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 3:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway's Surreal studio, known for The Suffering and Drakan, has been working on This is Vegas, originally called Only in Vegas which resulted in a Las Vegas lawsuit, since 2005. The game is an open ended world/sandbox type game where you must stop a businessman from "sanitizing" Las Vegas. You must create your own powerful empire to stop his takeover. Start your career promoting ultrahip dance clubs, gamble at high-end casinos, race the underground street circuit or get your hands dirty working the underbelly. The right choices will give you control of Las Vegas and put the sin back in Sin City. Coming fall 2008...

PS2 Review - 'Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 3:15 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

SEGA's Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity is a fast-paced new Sonic racing game created by Sonic team that takes Sonic into never-before seen worlds with edge-of-your-seat racing intensity and all-new gravity controlling moves.

'Rachet & Clank: Size Matters' (PS2) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is an all-new sci-fi action adventure featuring many new and returning weapons and gadgets, drawing players into a galaxy spanning adventure set across new levels with diverse gameplay. While we wait for the official announcement, here are the first screens ...

'Max Payne' Movie to Start Shooting in March

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While we're all waiting for a new installment in the Max Payne franchise, we might have to settle for a movie first. Starring Mark Wahlberg (known for The Departed, Planet of the Apes or The Perfect Storm) and directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix) shooting will commence on March 2 in Toronto. Max Payne tells the story of a cop who wages a one-man war on crime when his wife and child are killed by thugs, but it is unclear whether the movie will follow the game plot.

'Grand Theft Auto' Almost Made Into A Movie

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

What would a Bully movie be about? Or a flick based on the controversial Manhunt series? We might never know. According to Variety's gaming blog, Take Two has been declining Hollywood offers for a Grand Theft Auto movie deal for many years, until it nearly materialized last year, with Eminem rumored as the protagonist. Just when everybody though the deal was sealed, something derailed, and the project with one of the major movie studios was scrapped.

'Sunrise' - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sunrise is an adventure game with a gripping, story, entertainment and interactivity. Rydec, Brian and Max are three friends from New York with a great plan: a better life and then on to the Nobel Prize. Having spent innumerable late nights working on inventing something unique, on the night of their presentation, something goes wrong ...

'Dekaron' European Beta Launches Feb. 22

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 2:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in a violent Middle Ages based scenery, you must journey into this magical world with hundreds of other adventurers and explore perilous dungeons and fantastical cities in the world of Trieste. GameHi's free to play fusion-fantasy 3D MMORPG game Dekaron, known in North America as 2Moons, will launch the European closed Beta on Feb. 22nd!

'Ageod's American Civil War' - v1.09 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 12:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

AGEOD's American Civil War enjoys a very intuitive interface and is easy to learn. Compared to its predecessor, Birth of America, it features many additions such as new economic and political features, player control of troop recruitment, full chain of command from armies to brigades and much more.