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'Mercenaries 2: World in Flames' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 7:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pandemic has constructed a whole new "playground of destruction" from the ground up, fully stocked with the hottest vehicles and weapons. Set in a new exotic hotspot, you can be your own boss in a wide-open world with only one rule: everybody pays.

Various Game Trailers #1331

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 6:46 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:

  • Trainz: The Complete Collection - Trailer
  • Goin´ Downtown - Trailer
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel [X360/PC] - Blind Guardian Trailer
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures [ALL] - Trailer #3

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

Infogrames Acquires Atari

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 6:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infogrames and Atari announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to merge in the hope of strengthening Atari under Infogrames' new management team, bringing to a close a period of financial underperformance for Atari, and delivering a platform for future growth in North America.

'PixelJunk Monsters Encore' (PS3) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Q-Games' PixelJunk Monsters takes the simple RTS concept of building, researching and having base defenses and wrap it all in a completely different style and mode of gameplay. The Encore addon is set on a new island, brings new levels, new music etc.

'Two Worlds' (X360/PC) v1.7 Patch/Tainted Blood Addon Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 3:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Two Worlds: Tainted Blood expansion adds 4 co-op maps, 45 new quests, harder enemies, a new town featuring a Merchant and Gladiator’s district, with advanced trainers to learn new skills and try them against opponents.

'Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aksys Games' Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles is an interactive digital novel, featuring fantastic storytelling and character development, tasking you with solving three unique murder mysteries.

'Aggression: Reign over Europe' - v1.23 Euro Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 2:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aggression: Reign over Europe spans 4 decades, from 1910 until 1950, and offers players the chance to change the outcome of both World Wars, start the Cold War and decide which country will come out on top to dominate Europe.

'Guitar Hero: On Tour' (NDS) Partial Tracklist Revealed

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 2:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time handheld gamers will have the freedom to unleash their inner rock star anywhere, anytime with Activision's upcoming Guitar Hero: On Tour offering the most diverse set list of master tracks ever offered in a Guitar Hero game, including classic rock, alternative and pop favorites.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Judy on April 30, 2008 @ 1:39 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:

'Boom Blox' (Wii) - 9 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 1:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA's Boom Blox, the first game developed in collaboration with director and producer Steven Spielberg, is a high-energy game features nearly 400 single, and 200 multiplayer levels, a variety of activities, a cast of over thirty wacky characters, and an easy-to-use in-game editor that allows players to express their creativity.

'Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock' (ALL) Charity Challenge Event

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 1:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision has partnered with the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation to host a Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock charity challenge benefiting seriously ill children and their families, where it will donate $1 for each participant who registers to play in the event, and $100 for every 1,000 points scored by the challenge’s highest individual score.

'From The Abyss' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aksys Games' From The Abyss is an action RPG where players will be able to explore the vast world of Rubenhaut through a unique world creation engine specifically created for From The Abyss. The game also features an intuitive control scheme, lavish artwork, and an engaging 2 player co-op battle system.

'Chessmaster Live' (X360) Gets Rayman Animated Chess Set

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 11:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced that a Rayman Raving Rabbids animated chess Set for Chessmaster LIVE is now available for download on Xbox Live Aracde for 200 Microsoft Points. The fully animated, 3D chess set features the mischievous, insane bunnies from the popular Rayman franchise that players have grown to love.

'Freaky Creatures' - 9 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 11:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Abandon Interactive's Freaky Creatures is an interactive gaming platform incorporating collectible toys, customizable characters, an expansive online interactive community and challenging virtual battles with other players’ creatures.

'Men Of War' - Multiplayer Beta Test Delayed

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 10:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Men of War is 1C Company's latest RTS, taking place in Europe during the height of WWII. The story unfolds across three different campaigns played out through the eyes of Soviet, Allied and German soldiers. The multiplayer beta test has been shifted due to some additional development time granted, to further expand Men of War's technology and features.

'Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts' - v2.301 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 10:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

COH: Opposing Fronts allows players to fight as the tenacious British 2nd Army during the heroic WWII liberation of Caen, France, and command the German Panzer Elite as they struggle to repel the largest airborne invasion in history. This v2.301 adds gameplay tweaks, bug fixes, improved multiplayer experience and more ...

'City Life' (NDS) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 10:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Create exactly the city you want: build uniquely-designed buildings out of over 150 available structures, from residences to corporate skyscrapers. Improve the quality of life by providing recreational and entertainment opportunities-without letting taxes spiral out of control.

'War Leaders: Clash of Nations' - German v1.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

War Leaders: Clash of Nations places gamers in the roles of the major leaders of WWII, including Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. Political, diplomatic and economic decision making will be key to success, while sound tactical strategies will ensure victory on the battlefield. This v1.2 patch improves stability, performance, AI, path finding, and various other fixes & tweaks.

'Rollin' Rascals' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Majesco's Rollin' Rascals challenges players to reunite matching pairs of adorable critters-from pandas to puppies to pigs-by rolling them around obstacles and into each other to clear the game board of pets before time runs out.

'Edna and Harvey: The Breakout' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:23 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.

'Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE' - v2.10.07 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE puts the player in the cockpit of an Echo fighter, where they'll lead the Galactic Command squadron in massive scale aerial and space combat engagement. This update contains several minor revisions/fixes.

'Theatre of War' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Theatre of War offers an extensive real-time strategy experience. By combining the look, feel and historical elements of World War II, Theatre of War creates an unrivaled tactical battlefield experience that spans major campaigns from the Battle of Moscow to Normandy.

'Drivers Ed Portable' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher and JoWooD announced the development of Drivers Ed Portable, which will allow teens worldwide to prepare for the written portion of their driver’s licence examination, customized to the country, state or province in which they live.

'Garfield: Lasagna World Tour' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 5:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The PAWS TV channel is organizing a treasure hunt, The Lasagna World Tour, and guess who's ready to compete? Garfield and his hungry stomach are up to the challenge, especially for the chance to win his weight in lasagna for life!

'Assault Heroes 2' (X360) - 21 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 5:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Re-imagined for an even more intense arcade shooter experience, Assault Heroes 2 expands its horizons into outer space, featuring hijackable enemy vehicles, many more levels and an enhanced cooperative gameplay mode.

Skateboard Game Controller Coming to Xbox 360

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 5:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Qmotions has signed a North American licensing agreement with Microsoft, allowing it to incorporate Microsoft’s Xbox 360 wireless technology in its game controllers. The company’s first product will be the Qmotions-Big Air action game controller, a full size skateboard that operates with the X360 and is compatible with popular skateboarding games.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'The Bourne Conspiracy'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on April 30, 2008 @ 5:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy is a third-person espionage action game where players move from fistfights to firefights to experience sequences that, unlike any other game, seamlessly blend Bourne's signature hand-to-hand combat with intense shooting and the ability to escape and evade deadly situations.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Warhammer: Battle March'

by Adam Pavlacka on April 30, 2008 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March builds upon the game's tactical foundation to offer new units for each army as well as an original campaign and new online modes. The Xbox 360 version will be a standalone game and also include the original content from Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

'Major League Eating: The Game' (Wii) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mastiff Major professional eating competition simulator, Major League Eating: The Game, features the world's greatest gurgitory athletes competing across 12 different food types, and it will be built much like a fighting game.

'Boogie Bunnies' (XBLA/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 4:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Boogie Bunnies is the next evolution in match-3 puzzle games! Match bunnies from three different sides – left, right and from the bottom. The longer you take, the further the bunnies march to the bottom of your screen where dangerous pitfalls await.

'SingStar' (PS3) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 4:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Packed with new features, for the first time ever SingStar lets you personalize your play lists by downloading the songs of your choice – so you can sing along to what you want, when you want it.

'Sledgehammer' - Russian Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sledgehammer is a pure action game on wheels, a festival of demolition and speed, all in one. Drive the most powerful truck and destroy every opponent that you’ll find on the road or go to the multiplayer mode and decide who is the king of the highway.

'Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit' (PS3/X360) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 4:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is Namco Bandai's next title in the DBZ franchise. Burst Limit will be similar to the DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi series (published by Atari in Europe and North America) and have online multiplayer, be cut-scene driven and support 16/9.

Deep Silver Opens Up Shop In North America

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 3:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Koch Media's Deep Silver publishing labal announced the opening of their office in the Los Angeles metro area. The office will serve as headquarters for US sales and marketing activities, as well as North American developer relations.

'Dracula Origin' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 3:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Frogwares' Dracula Origin is a gothic adventure game, where you, as Professor Van Helsing, are devoted to the elimination of Dracula. Preventing Dracula from finding and using the antediluvian manuscript; you must help everyone who crossed paths with the count and refused to serve him.

'Fatal Inertia EX' (PS3) Coming to PlayStation Network - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fatal Inertia mixes street racing, demolition derbies and rallying with a futuristic setting where machines no longer need wheels and the laws of physics govern all. Last year's X360 version launched with underwhelming success, so KOEI has further optimized the game, added new features, and plans to release it on as a download on Playstation Network late May for $29.99.

'Street Fighter IV' (PS3/X360/PC) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 3:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Street Fighter IV, the first new entry in Capcom's fighting game series in nearly 8 years following Street Fighter III Third Strike, promises to deliver an extraordinary experience that will re-introduce the world to the time-honored art of virtual martial arts.

'Gears of War 2' Development Keynote at Leipzig GC

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 12:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Epic Games' President Dr. Michael Capps will give a keynote at this year's conference, in Leipzig, Germany (Aug. 18-20, 2008) highlighting the development progress of its FPS game, Gears of War 2.

'World War II General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2008 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

World War II General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine is a real time operational strategy game that breaks with the conventional way of playing and puts the player in an authentic WWII tactical and strategical decision making simulation.

PS3 Review - 'The Golden Compass'

by Sanford May on April 30, 2008 @ 12:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Players assume the role of Lyra, a young girl, along with her daemon Pan, as she travels through the frozen wastes of the North collecting special items in order to explore, evade and deceive her way through confrontations to rescue a friend.