Ubisoft Confirms 'Avatar' (ALL) to be in 3-D

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 7:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last year Ubisoft announced it was developing a game based on 20th Century Fox's Avatar, the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms, written and directed by James Cameron. At the UbiDays 08 CEO Guillemot confirmed that they are working on 3-D games, Avatar being one of them, which is scheduled for mid 2009.

'Project Origin' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 5:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Project Origin continues F.E.A.R.'s supernatural suspense story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. Alma, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control, now has free reign, and the consequences will be unimaginable.

Various Game Trailers #1352

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 5:00 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:

  • Race Driver GRID [ALL] - Damage Trailer
  • Fallen Earth - Trailer #2
  • Home [PS3] - Media and Events Space Trailer
  • Mass Effect [PC] - Combat Trailer #4
  • Space Siege - Trailer #2
  • The Bourne Conspiracy [ALL] - Trailer (2)
  • Yakuza 2 [PS2] - Trailer #3
  • Soulcalibur [XBLA] - Trailer

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

'Guitar Hero: On Tour' (NDS) Developer Diary #1 - Trailer

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 4:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Handheld gamers will have the freedom to unleash their inner rock star anywhere, anytime with Guitar Hero: On Tour offering the most diverse set list of master tracks ever in a Guitar Hero game, including classic rock, alternative and pop favorites. Vicarious Visions CEO Karthik Bala gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Guitar Hero: On Tour Guitar Grip.

'Spectral Force 3' (X360) - 8 Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 4:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atlus USA has obtained the North American rights for Spectral Force 3, the first of the series to land in the Western hemisphere, delivering challenging strategy RPG gameplay, a classic fantasy story, and tons of character and item customization options.

'Saints Row 2' (PS3/X360) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 4:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Saints Row 2, using Volition's open-world engine, offers vastly expanded customization options, a totally transformed and expanded city of Stilwater, new vehicles, sandbox tools and toys as well as both online co-op and competitive multiplayer. THQ decided to delay SR 2 from its original Aug. 29 date to Oct. 14 "due to product quality and marketing considerations."

'Ceville' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 3:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ceville is an action-packed point & click adventure, developed by German based developer Boxed Dream, where you have to protect the fairy-tale realm of Faeryanis from the treacherous Basilius who plans to take the crown and subdue the realm with the help of murderous beasts he summons from the planes of eternal darkness.

'EVE Online: Empyrean Age' Expansion Coming in June

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 3:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EVE Online: Empyrean Age is a free expansion pack that will introduce a faction ranking system, new militias being mustered, fresh agents pertaining to the massive conflicts, a dynamic new structure of system occupancy, details on hidden deadspace complexes and a whole new region in space, "Black Rise."

'1701 A.D. Gold Edition' Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 2:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

1701 A.D. Gold Edition includes the original empire building strategy game and introduces for the first time in North America The Sunken Dragon expansion, adding an 11-mission, story-driven campaign, a new world editor, new AI profiles, buildings, subquests and an empire-shattering new natural disaster.

'Pacific Storm: Allies' - v1.52 US Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 12:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Pacific Storm: Allies brings new units to construct, new historical locations to visit and a brand new version of the engine that brings better graphics than ever. This patch (for the US edition of the game only) resolves various crashes to desktop, save files errors and improves performance.

Ubisoft's UbiDays 08 Lineup - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Check out the following new screens and trailers from Ubisoft's 2008 UbiDays lineup:

'Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party' (NDS/Wii) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the tradition of Rayman Raving Rabbids titles showcasing fun and innovative use of the Wii controllers, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party will feature the Wii Balance Board accessory. The Rabbids plan to invade televisions worldwide, providing players with a variety of games and comedic exploits spoofing TV shows, pop culture and even advertisements.

'Shaun White Snowboarding' (Wii/PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced the development of Shaun White Snowboarding, powered by the award-winning Assassin's Creed engine, a title destined to break all former action sports video game notions, redefining the action sports genre, and truly capturing the action sports lifestyle.

'BioShock' (PS3) Officially Announced, Get Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Games announced that its genetically enhanced story-driven action game BioShock is in development for the PS3 with new features and content that heighten the award-winning experience. BioShock is a narrative-driven action experience that allows players to do the impossible as they journey through an amazing, immersive and terrifying world.

World Cyber Games U.S. Open kicks off May 31st in NYC

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

America's top gamers will converge May 31st and June 1st at the Samsung Experience in New York City for the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2008 US Open video game tournament, which culminates with the WCG 2008 Grand Final this November in Cologne, Germany.

'Double D Dodgeball' Coming to Xbox Live Arcade - Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

YUKE'S announced that its new title Double D Dodgeball has received certification to release on Xbox Live Arcade, featuring a unique look and environment combined with intuitive controls and intense gameplay that fans of the classic playground sport will appreciate.

'Wonder World Amusement Park' (Wii) Also Coming to NDS

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wonder World Amusement Park for DS lets players experience a complete day at the park in the palm of their hands. Using the Touch Screen, players can toss, drive, shoot, whack, fish and spin in more than two dozen mini-games throughout five themed zones.

'Vanguard: Saga of Heroes' Gets New Content Update

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 8:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes' fifth game update titled Telon Rides On, introduces unique land mounts customized for each one of the player races in the game. With the launch of the game update, a citizen’s favor can now earn them great rewards and is of high importance to those throughout Telon.

'LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures' (ALL) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 6:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is a tongue-in-cheek take on the first three cinematic adventures of pop culture's most iconic archaeologist, including Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade.

'Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness' (NDS) Get Euro Date

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 6:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In this pair of action-packed adventures, players journey as actual Pokémon through a fantastic land untouched by humans. Before the game starts, players take a test to help them figure out which of 16 Pokémon best represents their personalities.

'SCORE International Baja 1000' (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision announced that it will be releasing the official SCORE International Baja 1000 video game version of the world's most grueling off-road race, recreating the unforgiving conditions and blistering speeds that make this event the most recognized and entertaining off-road racing event in the world.

'Spore' (ALL) - 4 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 5:30 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!

'World in Conflict' - v1.008 Patch/Server/Toolkit Available NOW

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As promised the World in Conflict update 8 has been released, 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.

'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 4:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 will feature dynamic, personalized gameplay via Tiger Woods' personal coach, Hank Haney, a more intuitive and customized EA Sports GamerNet++ experience as well as an all-new game engine powering online play.

PSP Review - 'SNK Arcade Classics: Vol.1'

by Reggie Carolipio on May 28, 2008 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

SNK Playmore USA announced SNK Arcade Classics: Vol. 1 for the PS2, PSP and later this year on the Wii, which will include 16 classic titles from the SNK library, such as Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, World Heroes, King Of Fighters and plenty more ...

'Resident Evil 5' (PS3/X360) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 3:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom's Resident Evil 5 is the forthcoming installment in the Resident Evil survival horror series, which will debut for the PS3 and X360, promising to revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control.

'Trials 2 Second Edition' Gets Steamed - v1.07 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 3:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Trials 2 Second Edition is a motorcycle game that emphasizes balance, skill and control over speed. You, as the player, try to tackle indoor obstacle tracks with minimum faults, as fast as possible. The tracks consist of logs, truck tires, horizontal ladders, metal ramps, jumps over concrete pipes, scaffoldings reaching staggering heights, etc.

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

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 2:50 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.

New Study Reveals Europe Second Biggest Video Game Market

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 2:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Videogamers in Europe 2008 study by Nielsen Games analysts reveales that Europe is now the second-largest territory in the world ahead of the USA, across the continent 81 % of parents play video games with their children, while the average age of gamers is getting higher.

'Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 2:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines is the first of several planned expansions of the Combat Mission contemporary warfare setting, adding a significant number of new formations, units, weapons, equipment and vehicles for both the US and Syrian sides, as well as brand new missions, maps and a campaign.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 1:59 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:

'Guns of August' - v1.23 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 28, 2008 @ 1:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guns of August is a WWI turn-based strategy game putting you in command of waging war at a grand strategic scale from Paris to Baghdad. The entire Western, Eastern, Italian and Balkan fronts are included as are the three fronts of the Ottoman Empire. This patch fixes over a dozen issues such as the rail movement bug, AI improvements and feature enhancements.

Wii Review - 'SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis'

by Geoff Gibson on May 28, 2008 @ 12:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis follows SpongeBob and the rest of the Bikini Gang as they leave Bikini Bottom and journey to the legendary city of Atlantis. Players will discover the treasures of Atlantis, while experiencing new game mechanics and multiplayer features.