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Will the Real 'Prince of Persia' Please Stand Up

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last month, it was rumored that Orlando "Legolas" Bloom had signed on to star as the Prince of Persia in Jerry Bruckheimer's adaptation of Ubisoft's popular video game, which was shortly thereafter debunked by Disney. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, Jarhead) and newcomer Gemma Arterton (James Bond: Quantum of Solace) are the final choices. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is set to start filming in Morocco this July.

'Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revealed yesterday, Claude Boulet and his team of elite French Foreign Legion commandoes have to face their biggest challenge yet! General Mendoza’s mercenaries have invaded the Île Royale in the French Guiana, where scientists in a secret atomic research facility are working on an experimental nuclear reactor.

'Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns' (NDS) Character Profiles

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 3:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns combines zany characters and hilarious dialogue with hardcore dungeon RPG gameplay, making it stand out from the crowd with more game content, combat options, a unique and memorable RPG experience.

Various Game Trailers #1345

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 3:03 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:

  • Facebreaker [X360] - Ice Trailer
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian [NDS] - Making Of Trailer #2

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

'Beijing 2008' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 1:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beijing 2008: the Official Video Game of the Olympic Games will be an authentic simulation of over 35 events from the upcoming Olympic Games and will allow gamers to experience the thrill of competing in many of the official venues.

Epic Games Acquires Chair Entertainment Group

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 1:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Epic Games announced its acquisition of Utah-based development studio Chair Entertainment Group, known for XBLA title Undertow, which will continue to operate under the same name while maintaining its focus on creating new original game properties utilizing Epic's Unreal Engine technology.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get The Cars Self-Titled Album

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 12:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The second complete album is coming to the Rock Band downloadable content catalog: The Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut will be available Tuesday, May 27. The Cars was released 30 years ago this month and spawned a slew of new wave classic hits.

'Spore' (ALL) - 10 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 11:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race, becoming a global civilization and choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade, be nice or play rough!

Greenpeace Says Next-Gen Consoles Are Toxic

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 11:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft promise a whole new generation of high-definition gaming, but when it comes to the crunch, it’s the same old story. As Greenpeace's search for greener electronics continues, it was time for the game consoles to go to their labs for scientific analysis – and all of them tested positive for various hazardous chemicals.

'SimCity Societies Destinations' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Street Gears' Races And Modes Detailed - Trailer

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on a persistent manga-style universe, Street Gears is a massively multiplayer roller game where players can challenge each others in races or tricks contests.

'LEGO Batman' (ALL) - 4 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Batman features all of the characters from the LEGO Batman construction sets, plus a few new additions. Gamers will have the ability to roam the streets of LEGO Gotham City as Batman or Robin, and even take control of the villains while manipulating gadgets and building/operating vehicles in co-op gameplay.

'Enemy Territory: Quake Wars' (PS3/X360) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The war between the GDF and Strogg will soon be igniting on next-generation consoles as id Software and Activision confirmed that their team-based first person action title Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, is coming to next-gen platforms.

'PixelJunk Eden' (PS3) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PixelJunk Eden is a platform game where the player feels like a small insect seeing a garden for the first time. Within this evolving and vibrant 2D plant environment, the player leaps and swings between lush plants, smashing into approaching enemies and navigating around the undergrowth to gather treasures.

Microsoft to Raise Xbox Live Arcade Size Limit

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox Live Arcade's worldwide games portfolio planner David Edery revealed that Microsoft is planning on raising the limit for XBLA titles to 350mb, saying "We've been listening to our partners, listening to our customers to try and get a feel for what's right. We don't want the size limit to hit the roof because we think there's some value in promoting small pick and play experiences that don't cost USD 20 million, it's good for the ecosystem."

'Elefunk' (PS3) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Elefunk is a Playstation Network title by UK based outfit 8bit Games. The premise is quite simple, guide your elephants from point A to point B, but getting there is a bit more tricky as you will be facing a variety of pitfalls, construct your own bridges, deal with wildlife and defy gravity as you jump and leap from canyon to anyon.

'Silkroad Online' Gets Legend III Roc Mountain Expansion

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Joymax announced a new expansion for its massively popular free-to-play MMORPG, Silkroad Online. Entitled Legend III Roc Mountain, the expansion will give players access to a new area, new monsters, epic quests, precious armor, weapons, and shields.

'Buzz! Master Quiz' (PSP) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buzz! packs over 5000 questions – on topics including music, celebrities, TV, sport, science, nature, movies and general knowledge – alongside 1000 pictures and videos, into a PSP game ready to test your knowledge at home or on the move.

'Pteroglider' - Full Game Available NOW

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codeminion discontinued space shooter Pteroglider has been re-released as a freeware game. Soon after the game was originally launched in April 2004 it has been removed from the online stores due to Codeminion’s focus changing towards the casual games market.

University of Essex Study Says Video Games Are Harmless

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tiga said today that research produced by Patrick Kierkegaard of the University of Essex, showing that there is little evidence to suggest that video games are anything but harmless, was an important contribution to the debate on video games and violence.

'Arkanoid' (NDS) And 'Space Invaders Extreme' (NDS/PSP) Get Euro Date - Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 6:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Decades after their original release, Arkanoid DS and Space Invaders Extreme are getting revamped gfx, multiplayer modes, new power-ups, sound and other content.

WiiWare Launches In Europe, Six Titles Available

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 6:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo's new WiiWare service tears down limitations for how developers create games, and the way people receive them. Starting today, Wii owners with an Internet connection can download new, creative games from a wide range of developers, from large publishers to indie shops.

'Cities XL' - Point, Shoot... Win! Contest

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cities XL is a city building game that'll push realism to the limit with cities that are bigger, more realistic and sophisticated than ever before, while letting players take their game online as they interact with others in a massive online environment. Enter the "Point, Shoot... Win!" contest and have a chance to see your home or one of your neighborhood buildings in the game.

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' (ALL) Coming in October - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

C&C: Red Alert 3 takes players on an epic RTS adventure to a breathtaking alternate future spawned by time travel run amok, featuring a fully co-operative campaign while bringing back the series' light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay. In case you haven't yet, check out yesterday's screens and trailer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:18 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:

Russobit-M and Game Factory Interactive Set to Merge

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Russian based publisher/developers Russobit-M and Game Factory Interactive have started a merger process, that will result in a holding with an annual revenue of over $45 mln and staff more than 350 people, aiming an active development of new market segments, like online, console and casual games in first turn.

NDS Review - 'The World Ends With You'

by Chris Lawton on May 20, 2008 @ 4:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Square Enix's NDS exclusive The World Ends With You, previously known as It's a Wonderful World, made by the team behind Kingdom Hearts, is an anime-inspired fast-paced adventure game set in modern day Tokyo, from the Kingdom Hearts team.

'Resistance 2' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 3:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resistance 2 will feature 8-player, story-driven online co-op separate from the regular single-player campaign, 60-player online PvP (Heavy, Special Ops, Medic classes) and more vehicles, including The Chameleon, a Stalker with full cloak.

'Final Fantasy XII' (PS2) Composer Wants to Score Western Games

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 3:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Veteran video game music composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, known for composing several of the Final Fantasy scores, is in collaboration with Four Bars Intertainment to bring his acclaimed style of music to video games produced outside of Japan.

'FaceBreaker' (Wii/PS3/X360) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 2:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Created by the same team that developed Fight Night Round 3, FaceBreaker offers irreverent fun, immersive gameplay and eye-popping stylized graphics. In this in-your-face, arcade world full of ego-wielding characters, each boxer comes to life with unique attributes and distinct personal style.

Square Enix Looking To Invest in Developers

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With EA going after Take-Two, and the recent merger between Vivendi and Activision, Japanese developer Square Enix revealed it is considering taking stakes in game developers to combat rising competition from established game publishers and other entertainment companies. To fund any investment it has an additional 290 million shares, worth $9.20 billion, at its disposal. Square Enix will announce its financial results shortly, which analysts expect to exceed expectations by as much as 50%.

PS2/Wii Review - 'Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection'

by Sanford May on May 20, 2008 @ 2:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Crave Entertainment's Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection faithfully recreates eight of the most memorable tables from the golden age of pinball in stunning, photorealistic 3D.

'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 1:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian will expand beyond the film and feature 20 playable characters, each with different weapons and abilities, as well as a two-player offline/online "drop-in/drop out" gameplay mode.

'Splinter Cell: Conviction' (X360/PC) Delayed Until 2010?

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

You are a fugitive and you’re being ruthlessly hunted by the very government you once served. The key to your survival is to improvise, adapt and overcome, your environment becomes your weapon. It has been very quiet surrounding the latest installment of the Splinter Cell franchise, and according to the Xbox World 360 print magazine that is because Ubisoft has sent the title back to the drawing board, forcing a delay until as late as early 2010. More details expected at the UbiDays end of this month.

'Gumboy Tournament' Now Available On Steam

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 12:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gumboy Tournament is an arcade game that combines single player, multiplayer and team-match – all in one. Once again the player can explore many fantasy levels, great graphics, a lot of environment interaction and light and particle effects.

Play 'Call of Duty 4' and 'Race 07' At ipowergames 2008

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 12:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Packard Bell's ipowergames 2008 are taking place in eight European countries this year : Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United-Kingdom and Switzerland. Two multiplayer video games with strong and supportive communities will be played during the ipowergames 2008, Infinity Wards' team-action FPS Call of Duty 4, and Simbin's racing sim Race 07.