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'Grand Theft Auto IV' (PS3/X360) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 7:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. In addition to yesterday's batch, here are some more ...

Various Game Trailers #1313

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 7:12 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:

  • Aggression: Reign over Europe - Trailer #3
  • Dragon Hunters [NDS] - Trailer #2
  • Iron Man [ALL] - Story Trailer
  • Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis - Trailer #2


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

'Gears of War 2' (X360) First Details

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 7:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The latest GameInformer has new info on Epic's Gears of War 2. From the GDC 08 trailer we saw the UE3 engine moved from a handful of Locust on screen to hundreds, and the elusive Brumak from the original will be present, but so will even larger creatures making the "Brumak look like a baby panda bear." The fight is being taken to the Locust so expect expansive, multi path, and prettier underground locales, where you will be assisted by 4 new characters (Tai Kaliso, leader of the COG forces Chairman Prescott, Dizzy, the driver of a new vehicle; and Dom's wife Maria Santiago, narrator of the story.) Singleplayer co-op will allow people to play at different difficulty settings when paths split. The cover system has been tweaked to offer better protection, new chainsaw duels have been added, new weapons, achievements, and a War Journal with background story.

'Drone Tactics' (NDS) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Drone Tactics is a game of mechanized strategy RPG warfare that has you command a squad of insect Drones, choosing from over 100 weapons, upgrades, and power-ups to optimize your forces as you confront the oppressive Black Swarm.

Xbox 360 HD DVD Gets Firmware Update

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Toshiba may have conceded in the HD war, that doesn't mean Microsoft will throw in the towel, even if its only with a new firmware update for the Xbox 360 HD DVD player. Log into Xbox Live and put in a HD DVD disc, you will automatically be prompted to update (adds support for network features and improves compatibility).

Interplay Getting Ready for A Comeback

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

On life support for a few years, Interplay announced 2007 earnings increased 520% ($6 million) compared to 2006, mainly due to selling the Fallout license to Bethesda. CEO Herve Caen reiterated that it is securing funds for the Fallout MMO, and sequels to some of its most successful games, including Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance, Descent, and MDK, are being considered. Interplay plans to launch its new website shortly (thanks NMA ).

'Hail to the Chimp' (PS3/X360) - 11 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hail to the Chimp is a politically charged party game where players battle one another to become the new leader of the Animal Kingdom. Players use the game's unique team-up mechanic, balancing cooperation with competition, to claw their way to victory.

Games for Windows Magazine Folds

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 2:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last year Computer Gaming World made the somewhat controversial move of renaming itself into Games for Windows, with strong Microsoft support no doubt, but with troubled parent company Ziff Davis looking for ways to boost its revenue it was decided to discontinue, after 27 years, the print magazine and move the staff over to the 1UP website instead.

'Halo 3' (X360) Legendary Map Pack - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Next week, April 15, Microsoft and Bungie will once more continue the fight as they will release the next wave of Halo 3 downloadable content on Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points. The Legendary Map Pack will introduce three new maps to the title’s multiplayer experience, Ghost Town, Avalanche, and Blackout!

SEGA Shuts Down UK-Based 'Sega Rally Revo' (ALL) Studio

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 11:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to various outlets, SEGA has shut down its Solihull, UK based Racing Studio, known for last year's multiplatform Sega Rally Revo game, effective immediately. SEGA America could not confirm, as they were trying to get confirmation on the rumor as well, which supposedly came from a former employee. If true, SEGA's Racing Studio joins other recent closure victims CastAway, Iron Lore, Pseudo Interactive and Stormfront.

'Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 10:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In addition to a new campaign that ties up the Dread Lords saga, GalCiv II: Twilight of the Arnor adds civilization-specific technology trees and planetary improvements that add even more flavor to each alien race, while greatly expanding the strategic depth of the game.

'The Witcher: DuelMail' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Witcher: DuelMail, based on its role-playing game The Witcher, is 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. If you want to participate in the open beta, you need to create an account here.

'Prototype' (PS3/X360/PC) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Mass Effect' (X360/PC) Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Re-designed for the PC, Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline. Originally scheduled for May 6, it has been pushed back a few weeks until May 28 in North America and June 6 in Europe.

'Summer Sports: Paradise Island' (Wii) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 9:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Summer Sports: Paradise Island will turn your Wii into a luxurious island resort! Check into the Paradise Island Resort and explore the vast array of recreational activities in this lush tropical environment, such as Basketball, Croquet, Lawn Darts, Badminton, Volleyball, Horse Shoes, and Mini-Golf.

'WorldShift' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 9:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WorldShift is a next-generation, cyber-fantasy RTS game set in a dark future of Earth, where today's civilization is only a fading mysterious legend. Gone gold last month, Black Sea Studios has pushed back the April 17 release date until May 8, in order to smooth out its a distribution plan.

'Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties' - v1.01a Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is AoE 3's the second expansion pack, engaging gamers of all ages and types n epic warfare in the Eastern world, and leading Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires. Last week's patch revealed a small bug, which has now been addressed.

'Growlanser: Heritage of War' (PS2) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

On an island continent shrouded in darkness and bounded on every shore by an impassable veil, war rages among desperate inhabitants fighting for survival. A mysterious famine has ravaged the land, leaving its denizens to struggle over what little fertile land remains.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 8:54 a.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:

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v5.1 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 6:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v5.1 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth.

'Gauntlet' (NDS) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 6:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Announced yesterday, Gauntlet is a modern reworking of the classic fantasy hack and slash arcade game. Choose from the four heroes (Elf, Warrior, Wizard, and Valkyrie) each with their own strengths, weaknesses and special abilities. Slash your way through demonic foes and gain up to four power move abilities to aid you in your battle with evil.

'Elements of Destruction' (XBLA) Powered by the Vicious Engine

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ's Elements of Destruction, developed by Frozen Codebase using the Vicious Engine, is an engaging, frenetic game where players use the spectacularly destructive powers of nature to raze and blaze as they desire.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'Baja'

by Adam Pavlacka on April 8, 2008 @ 6:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Developed by the founding members of the MX vs. ATV franchise, Baja is scheduled to bring revolutionary physics and vast open racing worlds combining the best elements of the real-world sport with the right balance of arcade fun as it challenges players to build the ultimate off-road machine and conquer vast, unforgiving terrain.

NDS Preview - 'Lock's Quest'

by Adam Pavlacka on April 8, 2008 @ 6:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Lock's Quest is a new original adventure game where players create a virtual world block-by-block to defend their homeland against invading enemies. With the use of the stylus you will be able to immerse yourself into the building and creating process.

'Frontlines: Fuel of War' - v1.02 Win32 Server Available NOW

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 6:21 a.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 dedicated win32 server, so you can host your own multiplayer games.

'Mazes of Fate' (NDS) Gets Further Delayed

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 6:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blending 2D global maps with 3D environments Mazes of Fate features 360 degree "free look" and movement controls. Originally a GBA game, the NDS version has all monsters, elements, and items animated in 3D, now with updated dungeons, and 4 extra characters. Although already gone gold, Mazes of Fate was originally scheduled for Oct. 2007, pushed to Feb. 2008, then delayed until March, and now an ambiguous Q2 2008.

'Heroes of Might and Magic Online' Revealed

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Not only is Ubisoft working on a web-based version of Heroes of Might and Magic, China based NetDragon Websoft is developing a full-blown 2.5D MMORPG based on the franchise. Currently in testing, Heroes of Might and Magic Online will allow you to control a virtual hero who leads an armym and by capturing towns, players can also engage extra armies to help them in their conquests.

'King's Bounty: The Legend' - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

King's Bounty: The Legend, previously known as Battle Lord, is an adventure game with tactical turn-based battles and role-playing elements unfolding in a rich fantasy world.

EA Developing More Than Five Unreal Engine 3-Powered Titles

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA originally signed a license agreement with Epic to use the Unreal Engine 3 and has now extended the deal allowing EA to incorporate UE3 in more than five upcoming titles currently under development.

'King Arthur' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

King Arthur is a turn-based empire-building strategy game set in a medieval, mystical Britain where you will play the role of legendary Arthur, the Once and Future King. You build Camelot, enlist the Knights of the Round Table, unite the country and ultimately challenge the powers threatening the essence of all their previous endeavors.

'Rock Band' (PS3/X360) Finally Gets European Release Date

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 3:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rock Band allows you to perform music from the world’s biggest rock artists with your friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering online connectivity. On May 23, European gamers will finally be able to rock out as well, albeit initially only on X360 as Microsoft scored a timed exclusive.

'Kane & Lynch: Dead Men' (ALL) The Dope Bag DLC Details - Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 3:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a violent and chaotic journey of two men, a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath, and their brutal attitude towards right and wrong. Revealed yesterday, Eidos will release The Dope Bag, a new DLC for Kane & Lynch, on April 17 on XBL and PSN, which includes 4 new maps for the Fragile Alliance multiplayer mode, for free.

'Alone in the Dark' (ALL) Sinister Sightings Competition

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 3:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through combining the use of real-time physics and environmental interaction to deliver an exhilarating action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment. Upload your original photos of creepy and bizarre scenes witnessed in parks onto the photo gallery for the chance to win soundtrack CD’s and an X360 console.

'Speed Racer' (PSP/PS2/Wii) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 3:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Speed Racer, based on the upcoming film by the Wachowski brothers, where players will be able to take on the role of the characters from the film, getting behind the wheels of each character's signature vehicles to experience firsthand the film's high-adrenaline, combative racing style.

PSP Gets v3.95 Firmware Update

by Rainier on April 8, 2008 @ 3:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA revealed that the PSP will be getting a new firmware update soon. The v3.95 update includes the ability to customize how the buttons are assigned while playing PSone games on your PSP and you will now also be able to quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on after quitting, useful for when you are downloading and want to quit Remote Play, but still want your download to continue on the PS3.

UPDATE:It's already available...

PS2 Review - 'Boogie'

by Matt Olsen on April 8, 2008 @ 12:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Boogie will have gamers dancing, singing and starring in their own music videos. Players can also choose and customize different characters in the game to best show off their dancing style and karaoke skills.