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'Tales Of Vesperia' (X360) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai's X360 exclusive Tales of Vesperia combines real-time combat, captivating storylines and remarkable graphics while introducing original elements that set a new standard for role-playing gameplay and interactive storytelling.

Gammick Entertainment Signs Development Deal With Freedom Factory

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spain based Freedom Factory Studios will develop their forthcoming multiplatform titles in association with the producers of Gammick Entertainment by the end of 2008 and throughout 2009, starting with the first console edition of Fritz Chess.

Various Game Trailers #1348

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 5:56 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:

  • Spore [ALL] - Trailer (3)
  • Bangai-O Spirits [NDS] - Trailer
  • The Incredible Hulk [ALL] - Behind The Scenes Trailer #2
  • Collapse - Gameplay Trailer
  • Euro Truck Simulator - Trailer #2
  • Empire: Total War - Developer Diary Trailer #1
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots [PS3] - Gamers Night 08 Trailer

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

GamersGate to Debut 'Imperium Romanum: The Conquest of Brittania' - Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 4:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Announced last month, GamersGate will host the worldwide download premiere of the first add-on to the historical city builder Imperium Romanum. The Conquest of Britannia adds four new missions and a plethora of game updates as the player faces the challenge of conquering the British Isles.

'Savage 2: A Tortured Soul' Free Weekend Commences

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Savage 2 mixes RTS with FPS, allowing players to to opt for either the fast-paced action of a shooter game, or the more tactical planning of a RTS game, with squad-based features and enhanced RPG elements. Starting today through May 26th at 11:59pm (-5 GMT) all demo accounts will have full unlimited access, a new experience ladder with prizes for the top TOTAL experience earners ranging from $250 to $50.

'T.W.T.P.B.' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 2:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spell of Play Studios announces T.W.T.P.B, a shoot 'em in which you must protect the Empire from the numerously superior heretic alien forces. The word and force of the Emperor still rules the galaxy.

id Software Confirms It Is No Longer An ESA Member

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 1:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

One of the few remaining E3 holdouts is id Software, as it first confirmed its attendance, but then retracted the statement. According to Gamepolitics, the DOOM developer is no longer a member of ESA, making it the third big company to recently leave. Similar to Vivendi/Activision and LucasArts, id Software gave no specifics as to why it decided to leave, but the word is that current ESA President Michael Gallagher is partly to blame, as is a $5 million cancellation fee when E3 moved from LA to Santa Monica last year, which made their ESA membership fee jump from $1 million to $4.5 million.

'Day Of Defeat: Source' Gets Achievements, New Effects, Map and More...

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 12:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve's WWII online FPS Day Of Defeat is getting a new "beta" update adding support for Steamworks which not only adds 51 achievements, player avatar display in the scoreboard and win panel, but also detailed player statistics integrated with the Steam Community features, a new map (dod_Palermom remake of community map dod_salerno), nemesis/revenge freeze cam and new effects driven by the particle system introduced to the Source engine for Team Fortress 2.

'Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift' (NDS) - 36 Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Final Fantasy Tactics A2 turns your NDS into a tactical battlefield where you can take control of a clan of fighters, mages and more. Summon mighty Scions and Espers to overcome the challenges that await, fulfill your destiny and return home victorious!

'Ninja Gaiden II' (X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 11:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A sequel to the original Xbox title, Ninja Gaiden 2 has players once again assuming the role of Ryu Hayabusa as they guide the ninja hero on a quest to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race.

'The Swarm' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 11:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Swarm is a 3D action/adventure game, where the player will face the challenge of surviving in a wasted Moscow that shows the scars of the alien attack, defending himself against other humans looking for scraps of food, and from the dangerous aliens.

'Left 4 Dead' (X360/PC) Gets Further Delayed

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 10:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Left 4 Dead, developed by Counter-Strike makers Turtle Rock Studios, is a co-operative multiplayer action game, using the Source Engine, and also introducing Turtle Rock's v2.0 A.I. technology. Originally slated for late 2007, delayed until Q1 2008, then rescheduled for Aug./Sept., in a recent interview Valve's Doug Lombardi revealed that while the game is basically complete it will now launch simultaneously on Xbox 360 and PC in November 2008.

'Stronghold Crusader Extreme' Goes Gold - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stronghold Crusader Extreme features 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.

'NBA 2K9' (ALL) Cover Athlete to be Revealed During NBA Finals

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Sports announced that the cover athlete for the its NBA 2K9 basketball video game will be revealed through a 30 second TV spot scheduled to air during the NBA Countdown pre-game show for Game One of the 2008 NBA Finals, June 5 on ABC.

'One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Ep. 1' (Wii) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 10:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While details about Namco Bandai's One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Ep. 1 are slim, several characters will return from the Unlimited Adventure, while the Wiimote will be used for fighting and fishing alike.

'The Lord of the Rings Online' Coming to Consoles?

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TLotR: Shadows of Angmar allows players to forge heroic legacies in the War for Middle-Earth, experiencing an evolving recreation of Tolkien's fantasy realm where you can establish unique reputations, discover and wield legendary weapons in strategic battles, while adventuring solo or in Fellowships. Turbine's Jeffrey Steefel revealed that while there is nothing to announce yet, the developer intends to use its multi-platform license, and judging from the jobs page, a console port is very likely.

'Warhammer: Battle March' (X360/PC) Goblins Units - Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 9:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March builds upon the original's tactical foundation to offer new units for each army as well as an original campaign and new online modes.

'Moto Racer DS' (NDS) Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Moto Racer DS will be the first true multi-discipline motorbike game for the NDS. Moto Racer DS features 4 different disciplines: Moto GP, Traffic, Freestyle, and Supercross. The exciting arcade gameplay is now powered by the use of the stylus, and the multi-player mode up to 6 riders using WiFi!

'Sudden Strike III: Ardennes Offensive' French Units - Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SS3: Arms For Victory is the 3rd installment in the RTS franchise, adding interface innovations, huge troop numbers and enormous map designs demonstrating that size does matter. The free Ardennes Offensive add-on features two multiplayer maps, a new campaign (2 missions) and one additional standalone mission.

'Football SuperStars' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 8:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Football SuperStars is an MMO, developed by ex-Climax Online boss Rik Alexander's Monumental Games, allowing players to meet within a utopian soccer-styled virtual world and take part in 3, 5, 7 and 11-a-side football matches. Originally scheduled for a summer release, it is now slated for late 2008.

'Dynasty Warriors 6' (PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 8:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors 6 will deliver the massive scale and realistic atmosphere that players have come to expect from the series, but will redefine the Tactical Action experience, with completely re-imagined character designs and weapons, yet maintaining familiar characterizations that are accurate to culturally depictions.

Friday, May 23, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 8:24 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:

'Lost Planet: Colonies Edition' (X360/PC) Weapons & Achievements - 45 Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lost Planet: Colonies adds an 11 mission campaign, Score Attack and Time Trial Battle Mode, four new multiplayer maps, four new playable characters, 10 new weapons and no less than seven new game modes, such as Akrid Hunting and Akrid Egg.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Operation Darkness'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on May 23, 2008 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Atlus' Operation Darkness is an epic fantasy WWII turn-based strategy game from Metal Saga developers Success. Set during WW2 you are part of an special ops team tasked with tracking down Hitler, featuring multiple scenarios, mixing historical events with fiction.

'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' (X360/PC) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sacred 2 is a action-oriented deep fantasy RPG where players are immersed in an epic journey through the medieval-like kingdom of Ancaria featuring pitched battles and a wide range of enticing quests.

'World in Conflict' - v1.008 Patch Details, Coming Next Week

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Massive Entertainment announced that the World in Conflict update 8 is coming next week, fixing balancing and bug issues and introduces some new features, like improved in-game voting, new ignore functions and improved network code stability. There are also several additions to Massgate, including new banners and new explanatory texts for missing content.

'Mount & Blade' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 6:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paradox Interactive has signed Mount & Blade, a single-player, third- or first-person action/role-playing game with a focus on medieval combat. A new beta demo is also available...

'Supreme Commander' (X360) Gets New Date, Demo Coming Soon

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 5:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Supreme Commander puts gamers in control of one of three factions fighting to control the future of mankind. The x360 version will include exclusive new units, updated maps and new multiplayer modes. Originally scheduled for April, SupCom is now set for July 1st, and a singleplayer demo will be available on Xbox Live shortly, giving fans a chance to check out the Tutorial Mode and Skirmish Game Mode.

'Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise' (NDS) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 5:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise players will inherit a neglected garden on Piñata Island and turn it into a piñata paradise by tending to all aspects of cleaning the garden, growing and maintaining vegetation, caring for and breeding piñatas, as well as attracting new piñata species.

THQ Brings 'Legend: Hand of God' to North America

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 5:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Legend: Hand of God is an action RPG set in a fantasy world where you guide your hero in his quest against evil, fighting your way through action filled battles.

'Soulcalibur IV' (PS3/X360) Shura, Ashlotte and Setsuka Revealed - New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 4:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Swords will be honed and weapons optimized in Namco Bandai's Soulcalibur IV. Delivering new gameplay modes, characters and enhanced features with unprecedented 3D modeling and animation, Soulcalibur IV will be the definitive fighting game experience.

'SimCity Societies' - v1.04.243 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 4:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring an all-new, revolutionary feature set, SimCity Societies allows players to construct not only the cities they desire, but create their cultures, societal behaviors and environments as well. This new patch adds six scenarios, city-wide policies, budgetary controls, and further refinements to both Creative and Strategic modes of play.

PS2 Review - 'World Heroes Anthology'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on May 23, 2008 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

World Heroes Anthology is the complete collection (on one disc) of one of SNK's most popular 2D fighting game series, World Heroes, includingd are: World Heroes, World Heroes 2, World Heroes 2 Jet, and World Heroes Perfect. Follow the storyline of Dr. Brown, a scientist, who having perfected a time machine has organized a fighting tournament throughout all of history to truly see who the best fighter of all time is.

'Emergency Heroes' (Wii) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 4:05 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.

Data Design Interactive Opens Office in North America

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 4:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UK based publisher/developer Data Design Interactive announced the opening of its US office in Sarasota in Florida, with the purpose of opening this new studio is to help provide the correct creative atmosphere required to work effectively on today’s demanding Next-Gen projects.

'Chaos Theory' On Steam - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

blurredVision's Chaos Theory is an innovative puzzle game, that offers achievements as gamers play through a mix of arcade-like dexterity tests and challenging puzzle elements, packed into an atmospheric environment.

'Men Of War' - 6 Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:50 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.

'Panzer Command: Kharkov' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Panzer Command: Kharkov is a 3D tactical game in which players control a core force of vehicles and squads while battling through individual scenarios and historical campaigns as well as new random battles and campaigns across the Eastern Front of WWII.

Cryptic Studios Is Hiring!

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cryptic Studios is growing, and you could become a part of the future of MMORPGs! Cryptic is looking for artists, programmers, designers, quality assurance, marketing, customer service or producing, and more to work on its upcoming next-gen MMOGs. You'll get more than just a great job at Cryptic. Competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package are bein offered, as well as the fun, focused and casual workplace that you would expect from an independent developer and publisher.

EA SPORTS 2008 Rookie Madden Bowl Champion Crowned

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 3:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The second annual Rookie Madden Bowl brought together top NFL rookies to compete on Madden NFL 08 to see who would be crowned the 2008 EA SPORTS Rookie Madden Bowl Champion.

'Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE - Ep. 2' - Screens

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 12:37 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.

'Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE' - v2.10.08 Demo Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 23, 2008 @ 12:35 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 patch brings the demo up to date with the latest radical and extensive interface revisions in the game.