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'Damnation' (PS3/X360/PC) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Damnation features open environments, frenetic combat, daredevil acrobatics and high-octane vehicle-based stunts. Presenting players with an intense test of reflexes, quick thinking and rapid-fire conflict, Damnation will feature vast landscapes, each covering miles of distance and thousands of vertical feet.

Various Game Trailers #1397

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:30 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:

  • Space Siege - Chris Taylor Interview
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles [PS3/X360] - Trailer #2
  • Men of War - Lesson Trailer #1
  • Tenchu 4 [Wii] - Trailer #2
  • DC Universe Online [PS3/PC] - Making Of Trailer #1
  • The Sims 2 Apartment Pets [NDS] - Trailer
  • Fire Emblem DS [NDS] - Trailer [JAP]


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

Nintendo Already Developing Wii Successor

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A Forbes article taking a look at the future of gaming includes some quotes from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata who revealed that, "We are always preparing for the next hardware. We are under development. This time around, it happened to be we had a revolutionary user interface. Will it be the same for the next generation? I really can't tell. If the people are expecting so many different things from Nintendo, it's going to be difficult for us to go beyond that expectation again."

'Fable 2' (X360) to Get Several More Sequels

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set 500 years after the original game, Fable 2 will offer even more choices and features, while building on the core gameplay theme of Fable where every choice continually defines who you become, allowing you to truly live the life you choose. In a recent interview Peter Molyneux revealed that Lionhead has "got plans for Fable 3, 4, and 5. It's a big story arc, and you can see, if you play Fable 2, you can recognize things from Fable 1, so that's pretty exciting."

'Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In THQ's Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase, based on the best-selling book of the same name, would-be mystery solvers will explore the Twin Elms house like never before. Family heirlooms are disappearing all over the estate and the residents are counting on Nancy to solve the case.

EA Delays 'Tiberium', 'Battlefield Heroes' But PC Sports Games Back Next Year

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 4:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA's Q1 2009 financial result shows that the company doubled its revenue ($804 million compared to last year's $395 million), mainly driven by Battlefield: Bad Company and UEFA EURO 2008, and Rock Band, while Boom Blox so far sold 450k copies. The investors conference call had less positive news as EA has decided to delay its free-to-play online FPS Battlefield Heroes in order to give the devs more time to implement community features, as well as Tiberium, its FPS set in the C&C universe, from its scheduled late 2008 until fiscal 2009, which runs anywhere from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. However sports fans will be delighted to know that next year Madden, NBA Live and NCAA Football are coming back to the PC with expanded online features.

'Heavy Duty' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 2:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heavy Duty is a 3rd person action shooter where the player controls a huge war robot to save his planet from enemy attacks. The game utilizes advanced technology with innovative gameplay features never before achieved in video games.

Nintendo Teams Up With 54 Other Companies In Piracy Lawsuit

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 2:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo filed suit in the Tokyo District Court against several companies that sell DS flash cart units (R4 Revolution / CycloDS Evolution), which allow homebrew material but are also used to load pirated games. According to Japanese news service Nikkei Net, Nintendo did not fly solo, as it was joined by 54 other companies such as Capcom, JNH Co., Sega. SNK and Square Enix. While Nintendo has sold in excess of 70 million NDSes, it claims that piracy cost the company, and its partners, $1 billion in 2007.

'Master of the Monster Lair' (NDS) Gets Delayed - Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 1:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Master of the Monster Lair is a dungeon-designing, monster-hunting RPG adventure. In order to trap the freeloading monsters of South Arc, you must become the architect of a vast labyrinth, crafting intricate levels designed to lure and capture all manner of beasts. Originally scheduled for Sept. Master of the Monster Lair is now slated for Oct. 21, 2008.

'Brütal Legend' (PS3/X360) Is Fine, Not Canceled At All

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 1:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Yesterday Activision revealing only a handful Vivendi titles would remain in its lineup, causing a frenzy by not mentioning the fate of such titles like WiC, WET, Ghostbusters, etc. Double Fine's Brütal Legend was also MIA, but today Tim Schafer issued a very brief statement simply saying "Brütal Legend is fine." Activision dropping those high-profile titles does not mean they are canceled; they will most likely get picked up by another department (Sierra, Activision Value) or third party.

'Madden NFL 09' (ALL) Gets New User Celebration Feature - Trailer

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Madden NFL 09 marks the 20th anniversary of the franchises, and the game will feature adaptable gameplay tailored to every type of gamer, online enhancements and a broadcast style presentation delivering an authentic NFL experience.

'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' (PS3/X360/PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 12:35 p.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.

Free XBL/PC Cross-Platform Gaming Until Next System Update

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 11:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after its announcement of making Games for Windows Live free for all users, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Live Silver members will also get a temporary reprieve from being charged but only until the new X360 system update, which is currently scheduled to roll out this autumn. Microsoft is offering free online multiplayer on Xbox 360/Games for Windows titles that offer Live cross-platform play, such as Universe at War, Shadowrun, and Lost Planet: Colonies Edition.

'Puzzle Kingdoms' (NDS/Wii/PC) Announced

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zoo Games announced Puzzle Kingdoms, developed by Infinite Interactive, a new interpretation of the deep puzzle genre that raises the level of play beyond the standards of casual gaming by integrating a fantasy storyline with engaging strategy and tactical puzzle gameplay.

'Legend: Hand of God' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 10:52 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.

'Ace Combat 6' (X360) Gets New Planes / Ace of Aces Missions - Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai revealed that it has released new downloadable content for its Ace Combat 6 action/flight game, consisting of several original plane variations, and two new missions available in the highest Ace of Aces difficulty mode.

BlizzCon 2008 Tickets Go On Sale Aug. 11

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Celebrating its Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft global player communities, Blizzard announced that tickets for its third BlizzCon gaming convention will go on sale August 11, while the event itself will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Oct. 10 and 11.

'Secret Files 2' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Secret Files 2 is a point-and-click adventure game based on mysterious phenomena around the world. As a follow-up to Secret Files: Tunguska, the sequel takes on a different mystery in a totally different location ....

'Birth of America II: Wars in America 1750-1815' Coming to Europe

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Birth of America II: Wars in America 1750-1815 is the sequel to the successful strategy PC game Birth of America. Due for release in September 2008 by Ascaron and AGEOD, the new battle strategy game allows players to experience historic wars in North America between the years of 1750 and 1815.

'Runes of Magic' Dual Class System Revealed

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Wakfu' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ankama Games, known for its first MMO DOFUS, starts a new Tactical MMORPG project: Wakfu, featuring bright graphics and a fantasy universe much like its predecessor, even though the development team will be adding many innovations to the tactical gameplay.

Kuju's London Studio Now Known as Headstrong

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kuju Entertainment's London studio, known for Battalion Wars and Battalion Wars 2, has been rebranded and will henceforth be known as Headstrong, and will continue to offer publishers a specialist service on the Wii based on its wealth of experience gained by working on Nintendo titles.

JoWooD/DreamCatcher Expand Distribution Agreement With The Games Company

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD/DreamCatcher are expanding their German distribution agreement with The Games Company top bring TCG's NDS titles (Military Vehicles, Matchstick Puzzle by DS, Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium) to high-profile territories such as North America, South America, Spain, Portugal and UK.

'Mass Effect' (ALL) - v1.01 Patch / Bring Down The Sky DLC Available NOW

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 6:35 a.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. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline.

PC Preview - 'Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon'

by Reggie Carolipio on July 29, 2008 @ 5:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Dracula 3 is an adventure game inspired by the world of Bram Stoker, where the Vatican appoints Father Arno Moriani, the "Devil's Advocate", to investigate a potential candidate for sainthood in Transylvania. But in the shadows of the disturbing ruins that were once Vlad the Impaler's castle, his investigation takes an unexpected turn...

'Dragon Age: Origins' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion elements of existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.

'Resident Evil' and 'Devil May Cry' Get Comic Book Series

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 5:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Apparently it's all the rage these days, as DC Comics and Capcom plan to join forces to create a comic book series based on Capcom's popular gaming properties Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 5:05 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:

'Thunder Force VI' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Originally scheduled in 2000 as a DreamCast title, Thunder Force VI is a side scrolling shooter game in development for the PS2, directed by SEGA's Tetsu Okano, known for Segagaga, Astro Boy: Omega Factor and Gunstar Super Heroes.

'Saints Row 2' (PS3/X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 3:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ's 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.

'The Incredible Hulk' (ALL) - v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 3:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Incredible Hulk features key moments from the film, as well as additional plot lines and characters from the character’s rich comic-book universe. Players smash through New York City, battling gigantic enemies amidst soaring skyscrapers in a massive open world. This 1.1 patch adds support for Win2k, interface fixes, reliability fixes, and French language fixes.

'Space Siege' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 1:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A game of tactics, combat-heavy action, and decision making, Space Siege is an all-new sci-fi themed action-RPG. At your disposal will be futuristic weapons and armor, cybernetic upgrades and a robotic partner that you can customize and command.

'Mirror's Edge' (ALL) Comic Book Teaser - Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action adventure game where you are Faith, a 'runner' framed for murder in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of human traffic is closely watched. Already credited for writing the game's story, writer and story designer Rhianna Pratchett teams up with artist Matthew Dow Smith to create a six-part comic series, serving as prequel to the game.

PS3/Xbox 360 Review - 'Top Spin 3'

by Glenn "Otter" Juskiewicz on July 29, 2008 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In Top Spin 3, players compete online and offline to rise in the ranks against current top ranked professional players, as well as legendary players Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Monica Seles. Players can also use new player creator features that include free-form body sculpting, makeup and tattoos.

'Numen: Contest of Heroes' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 12:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Numen: Contest of Heroes is an action/RPG that will plunge the player deep into the amazing world of Greek mythology, the realm of almighty gods, brave heroes, fabulous creatures, and great deeds.

NDS Review - 'Brain Buster Puzzle Pack'

by Aaron "Istanbul" Swersky on July 29, 2008 @ 12:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Brain Buster Puzzle Pack features the latest and most challenging Japanese mind games including Sudoku and Kakuro, providing abundant challenges for novices and experts alike with a deep selection of added bonus materials.

Gaming Fuels the Online Content Market, Dispite Piracy

by Rainier on July 29, 2008 @ 12:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Asia-Pacific's online content services market continues to see robust growth, thanks to online gaming. Even as it battles piracy concerns, revenues for paid online content rose 25.6% in 2007 and are expected to grow by 21% this year, reaching a market size of US$4.67 billion by end-2008.