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'Crysis Warhead' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 9:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

More brash and aggressive than his Delta Force squadmate Nomad, you'll experience Psycho’s parallel story during the events of the original, finding that life on the other side of the island is even more intense and explosive than you could have imagined.

'Day of Defeat: Source' Palermo Update Adds Map, Achievements, Avatar, etc.

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 5:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Day of Defeat: Source Palermo Update adds 51 achievements, player avatar displays in the scoreboard and win panel, and detailed player statistics that are integrated with the Steam Community features. Also added are the nemesis/revenge freeze cam, and new effects driven by the particle system introduced to the Source engine for TF2, as well as a new map, Palermo, which is a remix of the most popular community map, dod_salerno, originally created by Magnar "insta" Jennsen.

'inFamous' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 4:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

inFamous is an open-ended, free-roaming game puts you in the shoes of Cole, an everyday guy and urban explorer, in the aftermath of a huge disaster that destroys his hometown of Empire City. As Cole, you must first learn to use new found powers and then decide how you will use them.

Various Game Trailers #1381

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 4:55 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:

  • Baja: Edge of Control [ALL] - Trailer (2)
  • Dead Space [ALL] - Dev Diary Trailer #4
  • TrackMania Nations Forever - World Record Trailer
  • City Life 2008 Edition - Trailer #4
  • Little League World Series Baseball 2008 [NDS/Wii] - Trailer
  • Ninjatown [NDS] - Trailer #2


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

Activision-Vivendi Merger Lawsuit Tossed

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 4:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

When Activision announced last year that it would merge with Vivendi Games not all its shareholders were in agreement with the $18.9 billion deal. Wayne County Employees' Retirement System filed a preliminary injunction which has now been denied by the Delaware Court of Chancery, so the merger can move forward.

'James Bond: Quantum of Solace' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Introducing a more lethal and cunningly efficient Bond, the game blends first-person action with a third-person cover combat system that allows players to feel what it is like to be the ultimate secret agent. Seamlessly blending the heart-pounding action and excitement of the “Quantum of Solace” film with the “Casino Royale” movie, the title propels players into the cinematic experience of international espionage.

SCEA Pulls PS3 v2.40 Firmware After Users Complain of Freezing

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier today SCEA released the v2.40 PS3 system software update adding in-game XMB access which enables users to connect and communicate with other gamers, as well as giving PS3 users the ability to earn Trophies and tout their accomplishments & skills via profiles with other members of the community. Shortly after its release PS3 owners who updated their console started complaining about their PS3 freezing/locking up. Without explanation the firmware is no longer available.

'DC Universe Online' (PS3/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Under the creative direction of Jim Lee, SOE Austin is building a world where you feel like you've stepped into the DC Universe and become the ultimate super-hero (or villain) along side of Superman, Batman, or Ambush Bug. SOE will publicly unveil DC Universe Online at Comic Con with a game demo.

'Rock Band 2' (ALL) Preliminary Tracklist Leaked

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 2:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rock Band 2 builds upon its foundation as the first music game to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer experience, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features. During a segment on cable TV station G4's X-Play show part of the Rock Band 2 set list may inadvertently have been leaked.

'This is Vegas' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Delayed - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 2:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This is Vegas is an open world, lifestyle action experience, where you live out your Vegas fantasies by fighting, gambling, driving and partying your way through the most decadent, fast-paced and wildest city in the world. Originally scheduled for late 2008, Midway has pushed This is Vegas back until 2009.

'SBK-08 Superbike World Championship' - v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 1:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Black Bean's fast paced racing game SBK-08 Superbike World Championship, developed by Milestone, is the officially licensed WSBK, and will storm the next-gen consoles with brand new features and enhancements. This v1.01 patch fixes compatibility issues with some ATi cards, and optimizes general performance.

'Halo' Gets A Board Game

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 1:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Genius Products and B1 Games unveil the first ever board game based on Microsoft and Bungies’ sci-fi FPS Halo, capturing the edge-of-your-seat action and storyline of the video game as it gives players the chance to control UNSC Marine and Covenant forces in strategic battles for power.

'Disciples III: Renaissance' Legions of the Damned Modeus Unit - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 1:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Advances in gameplay and the addition of new elements will make Disciples III richer and more interesting, while the visual design follows the original ominous and gloomy style of the Disciples world, but now with all units and environments in full 3D.

JoWood Signs 'The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes'

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson solve their cases with intuition and ice-cold logic combined. Each case presents challenging riddles that have to be solved: hidden objects, Sudoku puzzles, memory games and puzzles throughout demand both skill and investigative talent

'Live For Speed: S2' - Alpha Z Patch/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 11:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With LFS S2 important features have been added, dynamic camber (improved simulation of suspension and different suspension types), highly detailed tire physics and a damage model have been introduced. A new update/demo for the LFS S2 alpha has been released, adding New/updated interiors, interface/graphics improvements, suspension improvements and other tweaks.

Got Game Signs 'MindHabits' - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on research and findings by Dr. Mark Baldwin of esteemed McGill University in Montreal, MindHabits presents simple and fun challenges that can help you maintain a more positive state of mind resulting in reduced stress, boosted self-confidence, reduced exam anxiety, improved work performance, and even a better golf game.

'Star Wars Galaxies' Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Trading Card Game

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 10:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LucasArts and SOE announced the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game as part of Star Wars Galaxies' fifth anniversary celebration, providing SWG subscribers an entirely new gameplay experience by combining the challenge of a trading card game with the adventures and community of the massively multiplayer game.

Empire Interactive Shuts Down RazorWorks, Axes 30% of its Employees

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire Interactive announced it is restructuring in order to maximize efficiencies within the company and expects to reduce its active headcount by 30%. This will be achieved primarily through the sale or disposition of its internal development studio, Razorworks, which it acquired in 2000, although no IPs or projects will be canceled.

'Pure' (PS3/X360/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pure takes quad racing to a new level, featuring massive jumps and spectacular airborne tricks in memorable, photo-realistic settings all over the globe. Featuring never-before-seen, vertigo-inducing massive aerial jumps in real-world quad locations, Pure delivers heart-pounding off-road racing unique to the genre.

'Making History: The Calm & the Storm' - v2.0.4 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Making History: The Calm & the Storm puts players in control of global conflict, combining a highly sophisticated AI with rich historical detail.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 10:09 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:

'Halo Wars' (X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 9:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind.

'World in Conflict' - v1.009 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 9:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Massive has released update #9 for its 3D RTS World in Conflict, which is nothing more than a hotfix addressing a a bug where the Special Abilities buttons stopped responding to mouse clicks, and fixed a bug that increased the loading times before map cycles.

'Rainbow Six Vegas 2' (ALL) - v1.03 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 adds new gameplay features and more stunning visuals. Players will encounter a solo campaign that uses new tactical possibilities in various locations around Sin City, co-op and adversarial modes, while providing unprecedented interaction between the solo and multiplayer experience.

'Marker Man Adventures' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Developed by Glyphic Entertainment, this unique game based on drawing and physics challenges players to maneuver the charming stick figure, Marker Man, through 150 scrolling world puzzles in his attempt to find his best friend, Doodle Dog.

'WarCraft 3: RoC' & 'TFT' - v1.22a Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 6:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard has released new update patches for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as well as The Frozen Throne. This v1.22a upgrade balances the various classes, adds 4 new maps, and the usual tweaks, bug & crash fixes.

'Fire Emblem DS' (NDS) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 6:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While the Fire Emblem DS has been revealed a little while ago, there have yet to be any official details released. Currently only scheduled for release in Japan on Aug. 8,. 2008, we're quite confident that Nintendo's fantasy turn-based strategy game will make its way to the west shortly thereafter.

'Chrono Trigger' (NDS) Officially Announced, Confirmed for Late 2008

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revealed earlier today, now official. With artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and an unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda, Chrono Trigger represents the best-in-class of the video game world. Remastered for the NDS, this marks the first time that the groundbreaking RPG will be available on a handheld console.

'Ironclads: American Civil War' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 4:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Totem Games' Ironclads: American Civil War is a naval simulator mixing historical wargame elements with turned based tactics.

'Soulcalibur IV' (PS3/X360) European Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 4:27 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, SC IV will be the definitive fighting game experience. Ubisoft is reporting that Play.com is offering an exclusive faceplate, while GAME is adding a bonus DVD and a steel encased art booklet.

'FIFA 09' (ALL) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With over 250 additions and enhancements to core gameplay, FIFA 09 has been designed and customized to deliver a unique gameplay experience that takes advantage of the hardware specifications of each available platform.

Aeria Games Brings 'Dreamlords: The Reawakening' to North America

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A MMO-cross genre game combining RPG aspects with an RTS combat mode, Dreamlords: The Reawakening continues the story where the original game left off, the world ended in a cosmic disaster and the Cynos had to put the world to sleep to heal itself. Everything went black but after eons of silence, the Dreamlords reawakens and begins to put the world back together.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Operation Darkness'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on July 2, 2008 @ 3:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Atlus' Operation Darkness is a 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.

'Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon' (Wii) - 46 New Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 3:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chocobos are probably one of the most recognizable characters of the Final Fantasy universe, and that is why Square Enix decided to give the yellow featherlings their own RPG. In Chocobo's Dungeon some dark power has stolen your friends' memories and you need to retrieve their identities.

PS3 v2.40 Firmware Released, 'Super Stardust HD' Update Adds Trophies

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 2:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA has released the v2.40 PS3 system software update, adding XMB access in-game which enables PS3 users to connect and communicate with other gamers seamlessly while playing games, as well as giving PS3 users the ability to earn Trophies and tout their accomplishments & skills via profiles, and compare them to other members of the community. Super Stardust HD is the first game to add trophies with its v4.00 update, also released today.

'Chrono Trigger' Coming to NDS?

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

The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Jump has got the Chrono Trigger fans all excited showing off a screenshot of the old 2D game, listing it as coming to the NDS, scheduled for release in Japan this coming winter. Speculations are further fueled by a teaser page on Square Enix's website showing off the series' iconic clock image accompanied by an NDS logo. Chrono Trigger made its debut on the SNES mid 90's, with a PSOne port in 1999, and a year later the Chrono Cross sequel.

'Team Fortress 2' - Heavy Update to Add Achievements And Unlockable Weapons

by Rainier on July 2, 2008 @ 2:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TF2 is a class-based, multiplayer team warfare game, delivering new game types, a signature art style powered by Valve’s next-gen animation technology, persistent player statistics, etc... Valve's next update will revolve around the Heavy class, with unlockable weapons and achievements. While details are slim, TF2 director Robin Walker said the aim was to improve the Heavy without encroaching on another class's role, especially the Heavy/Medic combo.

PS2 Review - 'The Shield'

by Richard Poskozim on July 2, 2008 @ 12:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In The Shield, based on the TV series, you take on the role of Mackey, the tough, street-savvy leader of the Elite Strike Team, a special police unit located deep within the crime-riddled trenches of Los Angeles.