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'MotorStorm: Pacific Rift' (PS3) - Facts & 8 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 6:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is moving from the rugged desert to a lush Pacific island with all of the vehicles familiar of the first game (ATVs, rally cars, buggies, motorbikes, race trucks, etc.), while adding a new monster truck class.

Various Game Trailers #1334

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:24 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:

  • Mirror's Edge [PS3/X360/PC] - Trailer
  • Far Cry 2 [PS3/X360/PC] - Introduction Trailer
  • Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutant [ALL] - Teaser Trailer
  • Mushroom Men: Spore Wars [ALL] - Behind The Scenes Trailer #1
  • Haze [PS3] - Korn Interview Trailer
  • Speed Racer [PSP/PS2/Wii] - Gameplay Trailer


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

'Buzz! Quiz TV' (PS3) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buzz! goes next-gen with Buzz!: Quiz TV, transforming your home into a TV game show studio, but thanks to Playstation Network, the whole world becomes a quiz show as you go online to pit your quiz skills against the best on offer.

'Master Mind' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ has signed a license agreement with DreamWorks to develop and publish video games based on the studio’s 2010 fall animated feature film. Master Mind is a satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis.

'Assault Heroes 2' (X360) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:02 p.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.

'Secret Agent Clank' (PSP) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 4:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

High Impact Games is working on a new installment in the Ratchet & Clank series, but this time Clank is going solo. As it has not yet officially been announced details are thin, but in Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet has been imprisoned and you have to clear his name by going all James Bond spy-like.

'WWE Legends of WrestleMania' (PS3/X360) Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ and JAKKS Pacific announced that WWE Legends of WrestleMania is currently in development for the X360 and PS3. Joining the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw franchise, WWE Legends of WrestleMania is scheduled for release in March 2009 to coincide with WrestleMania 25, in Houston, Texas.

'Mass Effect' (PC) and 'Spore' (PC) Require Online Activation Every 10 Days

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. Bioware producer Derek French has caused quite a stir among fans when he revealed today that Mass Effect (as well as Spore) uses SecuROM, and while it will run without the DVD in the drive, it will require an Internet connection to activate and re-check every 10 days.

Sony Europe Announces Two New 'EyeToy Play' (PS2) Titles

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Europe announced two new titles in its EyeToy series of games. EyeToy Play: Hero comes complete with a toy sword for you to wield on your quest, tracking your movements as you progress through your adventure. EyeToy Play: PomPom Party is your chance to pull off some groovy moves and become the coolest cheerleader around.

'Super Stardust HD Team Pack' (PS3) - Details & Screen

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 2:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Give your trigger finger a boost with split-screen versus mode and split-screen co-op for Super Stardust HD, the reinvigorated, High Definition version of the asteroid-blasting format that's been a classic since the early days of video arcade games.

Half-Price 'Rock Band' (ALL) Tracks Thanks to McDonald's

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 1:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MTV Games and Harmonix have partnered with McDonald's to offer eight downloadable Rock Band tracks at a discount! MTV Games and Harmonix will release two songs every week over the next four weeks for $.99 a track (80 Microsoft Points) on both PSN and XBL.

'Beijing 2008' (ALL) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 1:18 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.

'LittleBigPlanet' (PS3) Delayed until October

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 1:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LittleBigPlanet is a community-based game where players meet on a blue and green planet scattered with individual plots, and use their character's abilities to play, create and share what they build with other gamers throughout the world via PS Network. SCEA never pinned down a release date, but at CES it was set for fall 2008, while Sony Europe had it set for September, which earlier today at the PS day has been pushed until Oct.

EA Launches Casual 'Freestyle' Sports Brand

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 12:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA launched a new sub-brand aimed at a growing, more casual sports gaming audience, Facebreaker being its maiden title coming Sept. EA Sports Freestyle games will be playful, inclusive, casual, and easy to pick up and play for kids and parents, women and men, and casual and hardcore sports fans of all ages.

'Sudden Strike III: Arms For Victory' Addon - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 12:11 p.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. Fireglow is working on a free addon with two multiplayer maps, a new campaign (2 missions) and one additional standalone mission.

'Savage 2: A Tortured Soul' Becomes Available On Steam

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 12:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul 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.

'Protöthea' (Wii) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 10:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft's WiiWare title Protöthea is a 3D top-down vertical scrolling shooter game putting players in complete control of a last-generation spaceship via the Wiimote and Nunchuk, introducing new concepts to a classic game style while mixing genres.

'Siren: New Translation' (PS3) now Called 'Siren Blood Curse'

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's time to get creepy again as Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced that is developing a remake of the PS2 horror game Forbidden Siren. Currently only scheduled for release in Japan on July 24th, Siren: New Translation currently has a demo available for download on PSN Japan. In western territories the game will be called Siren Blood Curse.

'NASCAR 09' (ALL) Paint Booth Feature - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NASCAR 09 will offer an authentic stock car driving experience for racing fans of all ages. Legendary NASCAR driver #24 Jeff Gordon will work you through an all-new interactive 3D menu interface, the game’s major features and advise you throughout your career.

Ubisoft Brings 'Fallout 3' (PS3/X360/PC) to Europe

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Even though Bethesda opened an office in Europe, it seems Ubisoft will be distributing Fallout 3 in Europe. Fallout 3 places you in the role of a Vault-dweller, who ventures from his secluded, underground survival Vault into a post apocalyptic world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence.

'Killzone 2' (PS3) Delayed Until February 2009

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Killzone 2 throws players back into the midst of a hostile and dramatic ongoing battle between the ISA and Helghast army, delivering intense warfare with lifelike character animations, highly detailed and destructible environments, realistic physics, and advanced levels of AI. At the PlayStation Day conference in London SCEE David Reeves announced Killzone 2 is set for Feb. 2009.

'Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm' (PS3) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Armed with cinematic quality HD graphics, a next-gen battle system, interactive multi-dimensional battle grounds and a seamlessly explorable world of Naruto, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm will capture the heart of any Naruto fan! Your dream to live and breathe the show will come true!

Playlogic Brings Portfolio to GamersGate

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dutch publisher Playlogic International joins GamersGate to expand their global distribution reach. The deal includes recent games such as Obscure: the Aftermath as well as titles like Airborne Troops, Alpha Black Zero, Gene Troopers, Knights of the Temple 2 and World Racing 2.

'Operation Darkness' (X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Party Crashers' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Party Crashers is composed of 25 party games, including a host of action games along with puzzle games, brain teasers, and a music-based game. Party Crashers naturally lends itself to family/friend, multiplayer fun, taking full advantage of the motion features of the Wii Remote.

Empire Interactive Adds Two North American Executives

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire Interactive announced the addition of two new hires to the North American team, P.J. Snavely, director of product management, and Zach Rener, director of product marketing, who will join Karim Farghaly, vice president of sales, in Empire Interactive's new Austin offices.

'Zoo Hospital' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As a recent Veterinary College grad, you must help your Aunt Lucy heal a myriad of exotic animals and save the once world-famous Zoo Hospital from a businessman's bulldozer by attracting more visitors.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Ghostbusters: The Video Game'

by Thomas Wilde on May 6, 2008 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Take on the role of a new recruit wanting to join the original film cast of the Ghostbusters team. Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, players will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of supernatural villains in a funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

Unreal Engine Powered 'Off Road Drive' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced

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

Off Road Drive, also known as 4х4 Off Road III, is a realistic off-road racing game allowing you to tune and modify parts on your car, but what will set it apart from other contemporary four-wheel driving games will be the presence of trial-based races in which players will use problem-solving skills to traverse gaping mud puddles and scale massive heaps of rocks.

'Top Trumps: Doctor Who' (NDS/PS2/PC) Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 6:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Travel through time and space with Top Trumps: Doctor Who! Join the Tenth Doctor and his companion, Martha Jones, as they battle monsters from across the universe!

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation' (PS3) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 6:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans that support it, with support for Tournaments, Clan Ladders, and Leader Boards. Additionally, players will be able to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization.

Deep Silver Bringing 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky' to North America

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a survival FPS game based on a 'what-if' scenario of the second Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. The game is created as a warning to mankind against mindless play with technologies.

'Target Toss Pro: Bags' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

coin-operated video games developer Incredible Technologies is putting the final touches on Target Toss Pro: Bags, its first WiiWare title. Bags is a deceptively simple, yet extremely competitive game where players try to toss beanbags into a hole in a raised "box" for points.

'NCAA Football 09' (ALL) Cover Athletes Signed - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCAA Football 09 focuses on wide-open collegiate style gameplay featuring unique animations that you will only find in college football, unveiling the new Break Away Animation Engine which allows gamers to break in and out of moves. Former Cal wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, will be the cover athlete on PS2 while former West Virginia Mountaineer Owen Schmitt can be found on the cover of the PSP version of the game.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 5:39 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:

PC Review - 'Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb'

by Chris Lawton on May 6, 2008 @ 4:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Kheops Studio' Cleopatra: Riddle of the Tomb is an adventure game in which the player will be plunged in the tormented period of the Antique Egypt. Help the young new queen Cleopatra to make good decisions for her Empire and become the queen of kings.

US Army Using Game Engine for Tactical Simulation Training

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 4:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Using an off-the-shelf game engine, Cubic Applications has joined with military game maker Decisive-Point to introduce a new concept in tactical- level training called the Small Unit Immersive Training Strategy, or SUITS.

'LEGO Batman' (ALL) - 8 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 4:34 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.

'Halo Wars' (X360) to Possibly Get Map Editor And User Generated Content

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 4:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. In a recent interview, lead desgienr Graeme Devine reveals that Ensemble would like to release a map editor with the game, and work out a way for users to share the maps.

'Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity' (PSP/PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 4:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Code Lyoko, based on the fourth season of the popular animated high-tech action-adventure series, is an intuitive and innovative blend of adventure, combat, platform and racing type of game play .

'Secret Agent Clank' (PSP) Gets North American Release Date

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

High Impact Games is working on a new installment in the Ratchet & Clank series, but this time Clank is going solo. As it has not yet officially been announced details are thin, but in Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet has been imprisoned and you have to clear his name by going all James Bond spy-like.

'EA Sports GameShow' Teams With AOL - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Sports GameShow is the only live-hosted, interactive online sports trivia game. Featuring programming that is updated daily, each trivia session is broadcast from the EA Sports GameShow studio in Orlando, Fla.

'Hail to the Chimp' (PS3/X360) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on May 6, 2008 @ 3:34 a.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.