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'Persona 4' (PS2) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 7:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Persona 4 is the latest installment in Atlus' SMT RPG franchise. Set two years after P3, you once again assume the role of a high school student investigating mysterious murders that happens once night falls. The game revolves around Personas, spirits that you and your classmates can combine and summon accordingly to help you in your quests. A new addition to the series is the influence of weather.

Various Game Trailers #1307

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m. PDT | 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:

  • Alone in the Dark [ALL] - Trailer
  • The Incredible Hulk [ALL] - Trailer
  • Battle of the Bands [Wii] - Trailer #3
  • The Sky Crawlers [Wii] - Trailer [JAP]

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

'Dawn of Fantasy' (X360/PC) - 40 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 4:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dawn of Fantasy is a 3D MMORTS/RPG under development at Reverie World Studios. Set in Medieval times, featuring 6 playable races (Human, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Dragons), day & night cycle, you decide whether you want to follow the good or evil path.

'StarCraft' Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 3:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

On March 31, 1998, Blizzard released StarCraft, a revolutionary real-time strategy game pitting three powerful and distinctive races against each other in a war-torn galaxy. In StarCraft, the resourceful terrans, mysterious protoss, and relentless zerg find themselves in a confluence of events that has only one possible outcome: an epic war for conquest and survival.

Atari Appoints New CEO/President

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 3:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced the appointment of Jim Wilson as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective immediately. Mr. Wilson has previously been with BMG, Universal Studios and Vivendi Universal Games.

'Frontlines: Fuel of War' - v1.02 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 3:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As society succumbs to a worldwide energy crisis, a new global depression takes hold. Amidst this desperate backdrop, two superpower alliances emerge. Join the battle on the frontlines of tomorrow as the Western Coalition or the Red Star Alliance. Kaos Studios released the v1.02 patch, fixing the inability to join some servers, filters working properly, player count sorting etc.

'Pyroblazer' (PSP/Wii/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pyroblazer is a futuristic combat racing game set amidst the awe-inspiring locations of New Apeiron, where players get the opportunity to race through a multitude of environments using a wide selection of anti-gravity craft known as Blazers.

'Football Manager 2008' (X360) Demo on Xbox Live, In Most of Europe

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Updated with all transfers from the last transfer window, FM 2008 for Xbox 360 utilizes Xbox Live to have different online modes to the PC game, permitting you to challenge friends to 1-on-1 matches and even host tournaments, and is a multi-region game, so European copies will work around the world. Sports Interactive has released a 260mb demo (not available in Austria, Asia, Germany and North America) on Xbox Live allowing you to play half a season with 14 teams.

'N+' (NDS/PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari's N+, successor to the flash ninja game N, offers equal parts platformer and action gameplay with incredibly fluid animation, fast action, amazing acrobatics and instant playability.

Championship Gaming Series Opens Training Center in Asia

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Championship Gaming Series, the government of Wuhan and the Wuhan Hi Tech Group, announced the creation of the world's premiere eSports training center and professional gaming arena at the Wuhan Optical Valley Electronic Sports Stadium, which will also serve as the location for the upcoming CGS 2008 Pan-Asia Final.

'Empire of Sports' Contest to Celebrate Launch - Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 1:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire of Sports is an MMORPG built entirely around sport, designed to allow players around the world to simultaneously exist in an online universe, where their alter egos socially interact, train, compete, attend events and acquire the goods and services they need to build a parallel sporting existence.

'Rainbow Six Vegas 2' (ALL) Sells 2 Million Copies

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 12:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 adds new gameplay features and more stunning visuals. Players will encounter a solo campaign that uses new tactical possibilities in various locations around Sin City, co-op and adversarial modes, while providing unprecedented interaction between the solo and multiplayer experience. Ubisoft raised its guidance for fiscal 2007-08 as its games perform better than expected, with Rainbow Six Vegas 2 selling 2 million copies.

'Dimensity' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 12:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dagger Games' Dimensity combines dynamic hack & slash features with classic role-play and modern strategic elements. It invites you to take journeys, lead armies, achieve goals and unveil mysteries by involving yourself in unpredictable struggles.

Monday, March 31, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT | 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:

'Emergency Heroes' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 10:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Emergency Heroes is an open world rescue driving game, where you can jump into 16 variations of next-gen rescue vehicles as a police officer, firefighter or EMT and navigate through the sprawling streets of San Alto, keeping citizens safe along the way.

'Spaceforce: Rogue Universe' - v1.2 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 10:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

On your path to become the best-known pilot in space, through a yet unknown universe, you can fight, trade or smuggle to earn respect, wealth and fame.

'Mr. Driller Online' (X360) This Week's Xbox Live Arcade Title - Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco's popular Mr. Driller character comes to Xbox LIVE® Arcade in Mr. DRILLER Online. Featuring the same addictive single player drilling action from the classic arcade game, Mr. DRILLER Online now includes online play. Drill down through the colored blocks to meet your goal, but make sure you have enough air!

PlayStation Store to Get Revamped, No Updates for 2 Weeks

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 10:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony announced that it will revamp the PlayStation Store for PS3 in mid-April with a new, more dynamic look and improved navigation, as a result there will be no PSN updates until after the transformation is complete.

'Memento Mori' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 9:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Memento Mori is a new adventure game featuring two main characters, Larisa Svetlova and Maxim Durand. It's the player's task to disclose the secret of the St. Petersburg art theft, a mysterious Finnish order and its machinations.

'Rock Band' (ALL) Gets 'Still Alive' For Free

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 9:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Harmonix and MTV Games announced the latest slate of downloadable tracks available for Rock Band. Starting April 1st (April 17 on PSN), players will be download Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive (originally performed over the end credits of The Orange Box's experimental single-player game Portal) for free.

'Myst' (NDS) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'The Witcher: DuelMail' - Free-to-Play Browser Game Announced

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CD Projekt RED announced The Witcher: DuelMail, based on its role-playing game, The Witcher , a completely free-of-charge next-gen web-browser game that centers around battles between two players digitally incarnated as one of three completely different character classes.

PC Preview - 'Codename: Panzers - Cold War'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 31, 2008 @ 6:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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.

'Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon' (Wii) Coming to North America

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 5:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chocobos are probably one of the most recognizable characters of the Final Fantasy universe, and that is why Square Enix decided to give the yellow featherlings their own RPG. In Chocobo's Dungeon some dark power has stolen your friends' memories and you need to retrieve their identities.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky' - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 5:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to its survival FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, bringing the players one year prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in 2011.

Wii Shop Channel Gets Another Double Dose of Classic Goodness

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 5:38 a.m. PDT | 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: Cruis'n USA and Wonder Boy.

'Edna and Harvey: The Breakout' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 5:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Daedalic Entertainment's Edna and Harvey: The Breakout is a new point & click adventure game that will make do without real-time particle effects, parallax occlusion mapping or integrated physics engine.

'Commando: Steel Disaster' (NDS) Coming to North America

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 5:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Commando: Steel Disaster you play as the heroic Storm who must put an end to an evil organization called Rattlesnake. Shoot, jump, throw and roll into action as you battle though each of the five missions, as well as two extra hidden mission, with a a range of heavy weaponry, and pick-ups - each with its own attack method and power.

'Pro Cycling Manager: Tour De France 2008' (PSP/PC) - Details & Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 3:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cyanide's PCM 2008 lets you manage one of the 65 teams, with improved AI, a better recruitment system, more realistic rider progression, extensive customization, and improved gfx. The 2008 edition will also introduce in-door circuit elimination racing, and the PSP version will feature 1vs1 wi-fi multiplayer.

Playlogic Records First Full Year Profit Since Launch

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dutch publisher Playlogic Entertainment reports net revenues of $10.1 million and a net profit of $0.7 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.

PS3 Review - 'Cars Mater-National'

by Sanford May on March 31, 2008 @ 2:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Cars Mater-National offers a fresh adventure set in the super-fueled world of Radiator Springs, featuring all-new international characters vying for their chance to compete against Lightning McQueen in the First Annual Mater-National Race Festival.

'Mobile Ops: The One Year War' (X360) - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mobile Ops: The One Year War will put players right in the cockpit of their very own mobile fighter for thrilling battles online as they fight in teams through multiple scenarios and battlefields. Gamers can also modify mobile suits with a robust customization options, including beam sabers, heat hawks, and other melee weapons.

Capcom Acquires 'Tenchu' Developer K2

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Not only has Capcom acquired the MotoGP license earlier today, but it is also expanding its internal development studio by acquiring Japanese studio K2, known for Valhalla Knights and the Tenchu series. Capcom has used the services of K2 in the past, both companies are located in Osaka, and by making K2 a wholly owned subsidiary, Capcom plans to make its game development activities more efficient and speedy.

'Star Ocean 2: Second Evolution' (PSP) - 36 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set 20 years after the events of its predecessor, Star Ocean 2 also receives the full remake treatment aboard the PSP system. The title takes the next step with fully animated movies, all-new character designs, extra playable characters, fully voiced dialogue, and more.

'Crackdown' (X360) Developer Gets $50 Million Funding

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Realtime Worlds, UK developer known for Crackdown and currently working on APB (All Points Bulletin), apparently has no trouble finding extra development monies, as it previously bagged $33 million in funding, and has just received another $50 million from Maverick Capital. Realtime Worlds is founded by David Jones, one of the original Grand Theft Auto creators and the Lemmings franchise. APB combines the open ended (online) world on GTA mixed with the combat seen in Crackdown.

Capcom Acquires Full 'MotoGP' License, 'MotoGP 08' (ALL) Revealed

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 1:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom confirmed that it has secured a 5 year exclusive worldwide rights to publish official videogames on the World’s premier motorcycling championship, MotoGP, expanding its previous Playstation only license across all hardware platforms.

'Warriors Orochi 2' (PS2) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 1:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors will meet again in an unforgettable crossover event, as a sequel is already in the works. Adding a Versus mode, characters from both franchises must team up to wage war against a new, powerful force in Warriors Orochi 2.

New 'Mortal Kombat' to be Announced April 17

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 1:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

That a new installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise is in the works is not much of a surprise, but according to a teaser site (owned by Midway and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon listed as admin.) According to the countdown timer, the official announcement is expected to made Thursday April 17, to coincide with Midway's annual Gamers Day in Las Vegas, where we will be present and report live as it happens...