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.
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Set within a near-fictional, historical WWII setting, players take on the role of the heroic OSA agent BJ Blazkowicz as they are thrust into the unknown and unexpected to battle against combat troops, otherworldly forces, and the dark science created by a supernatural Nazi force hell-bent on world domination.
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:
- Armored Core for Answer [PS3/X360] - Trailer
- Empires of Steel - Overview Trailer
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Interview Trailer #4
- RAGE [ALL] - Quake Con 2008 Trailer
- Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] - Trailer #12
We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...
Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content starting with the organic platformer PixelJunk Eden ($9.99), Soul Calibur IV: Customization Equipment 1 ($1.49), four new Rock Band tracks ($1.99 for Staind's This is It, Scars on Broadway's They Say, and Testament's Electric Crown, while thenewno2's Yomp goes for $0.99). Plenty of material to try out with demos for LEGO Indiana Jones, Facebreaker, and Madden 09. There are of course also the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes and wallpapers.
Pyroblazer is a futuristic combat racing game set amidst the awe-inspiring locations of New Apeiron, where players get the opportunity to race through a multitude of environments using a wide selection of anti-gravity craft known as Blazers.
During Activision's Q1 2009, net revenues increased 32%, and with the newly combined forces, Activision Blizzard's calender year '08 financial outlook already exceeds the '09 targets. During the follow-up conference call, Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith revealed next year will see "multiple" new Guitar Hero titles that will broaden the franchise's impact, as well as an all-new Call of Duty using leapfrog studio strategy, meaning it will be developed by Infinity Ward. Also expected are an unannounced racing game from Bizzare Creations, Madagascar 2, the re-invented Tony Hawk, Marvel's Wolverine, Monsters vs. Aliens, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Transformers 2, the previously revealed Singularity, Prototype, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and others.
During the Activision Blizzard conference call, Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime revealed that while Age of Conan had some initial success, 40% of the people who left for Funcom's MMO have already returned to World of Warcraft. In a more interested tidbit, Morhaime revealed that Blizzard is currently hiring for a new MMO in development, but for "competitive reasons," no details were given. In the Q&A afterwards, Morhaime stated there are no plans to bring WoW to consoles. He revealed that testing on the Wrath of the Lich King expansion was proceeding well, and although he didn't confirm the previous "before end of the year" date, he did say it will NOT be during the July-September quarter.
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.
Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v5.5 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth.
NBA Live 09 sports new features like Pick and Roll Control, Defensive Lockdown Control, Signature Playcalling and Quickstrike Ankle-Breakers that will make the game experience fun from beginning to end. Additionally, NBA Live 09 takes you to training camp with the NBA Academy that gives you a chance to hone your skills.
Step into the world of Too Human, Silicon Knights' third-person epic action game. As the cybernetic god Baldur, players are thrust into the midst of an ongoing battle that threatens the existence of mankind.
Precursors, developed by Boiling Point's Deep Shadow, is a sci-fi action game that leads you into unexplored regions of space, where he can fly with huge battle ships from planet to planet.
While there probably wont be any game specific details regarding BioShock 2 revealed for quite some time, while its development is no secret there has yet to be an official announcement, a job application for 2K Boston reveals that, unlike the original, BioShock 2 will include multiplayer. Looking for a game designer to lead a multiplayer design team the app form states "BioShock had no multi-player mode. We don't believe in throwing in something that can’t go head to head with the big boys."
Crusaders: Invasion of Constantinople is an Action-RPG set in the environment of the Fourth Crusade, an epic event in the European history. Never before used in computer games, this period witnessed the clash of the French, German and English knights with the Byzantine Empire, which led to the capture and sack of Constantinople.
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:
PDC World Championship Darts provides an authentic ‘as seen on TV’ adaptation of the UK’s best loved home-grown sport, now starring even more Champions, a full line up of electrifying tournaments, exceptional graphic enhancements, and even more play modes than previous installments.
Set in the late 1980s, Cursed Mountain is a survival horror game where you take on the role of a fearless mountaineer climbing into the Himalayas on a quest to find your lost brother. As you ascends the mountain, he encounters an ancient curse: the souls of the people who died in that region are stuck in limbo, caught in the Shadow World.
TNA stands for Total Nonstop Action, so you can expect TNA iMPACT! to be more extreme and action-packed than competing WWE titles. TNA has a few little tweaks compared to regular wrestling, such as a six-sided arena, with game modes involving a cage and race for the belt.
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. Amazon is offering a $50 gift card (until Aug. 27, 2008 at 11:59PST) when you purchase an Xbox 360 consoles, and a copy of Madden NFL 09.
ACE Team's Zeno Clash, powered by Valve's Source Engine, is an action game with a strong focus on melee combat set in a punk fantasy world with the beautiful environments, where you will encounter incredible challenges.
Guitar Hero: World Tour will feature vocals, drums, the ability to create your own songs (and upload them on GHTunes), 4 player on/offline co-op, and an 8 player battle of the bands multiplayer mode (4vs4). Activision has teamed up with Logitech to develop and market premium instrument controllers for the next installment in the Guitar Hero franchise.
RACE Pro recreates a breathtaking reality giving gamers the ultimate racing simulation experience, all powered by Lizard, SimBin's own physics engine. With precision physics and handling, racers will feel every bend and burst of acceleration along with every emotion from pre-race tension in the pit lanes to the exhilaration of capturing the checker flag.
Make 10: A Journey Of Numbers is an exciting mathematics based game centered on the number ten. Set in the magical world of Make 10 Kingdom and helped by the kingdom’s pixie guides, the game boasts over 30 exercises to test your maths skills.
Disney TH!NK Fast challenges players to think fast in a new game show-style quiz game that will test players’ Disney and general knowledge, promising to be a family favorite party game this holiday season.
Football Director DS brings all of the tactical and strategic depth that's expected of a contemporary football management game to Nintendo's handheld console. The game's authenticity is strengthened by its official Football League license.
World War II General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine is a real time operational strategy game that breaks with the conventional way of playing and puts the player in an authentic WWII tactical and strategical decision making simulation.
A few weeks back the ESRB said they would fix their website in order to prevent leaking yet unannounced projects but so far that does not seem to be the case yet as a recent addition to the Guitar Hero: World Tour ratings page now also includes the PC platform. The previous GH installment (Legends of Rock) was ported to PC by Aspyr, and according to GameCyte all Activision had to say was "that title has not been announced yet," indicating that at some point it will be. To be continued ...
Based on a fiction novel by Russian author Oleg Divov, Akella's Night Watcher is a new horror-adventure where you play journalist Andrei Luzgin who arrives in the town of Posolsk to find his missing friend who mysteriously disappeared.
by Ricardo Chimal on July 31, 2008 @ 5:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
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.
The Last Guy is a fast-paced and addictive classic arcade style game with simple controls. The game uses real-life aerial maps of various cities around the world, including Tokyo, London and Los Angeles. As the player, you are the last remaining hope in each of these cities to rescue mankind from the zombies roaming the streets.
Conspiracy has entered into a publishing agreement with Black Bean to bring its fast paced racing game SBK08 Superbike World Championship, developed by Milestone, to North America. SBK08 is the officially licensed WSBK, and will storm the next-gen consoles with brand new features and enhancements.
Shattered Suns is a new science-fiction, real-time strategy game with unique features such as three-dimensional battles, a moving battlefield, player-designed units, unique economic challenges and an interactive campaign.
Dawn of Fantasy is a 3D MMORTS/RPG under development at Reverie World Studios. Set in Medieval times, the game immerses players in an intense story of a battle for supremacy in the magical realm of Mythador that include Dragons, Elves and Orcs.
Bionic Commando Rearmed is a makeover of the classic 8-bit game originally released 20 years ago, but with updated visuals, new weapons, online rankings, a reworked musical score and the addition of a 2-player co-op mode.
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, as well as introducing in-door circuit elimination racing.
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.
Created by the Fight Night Round 3 team, FaceBreaker offers irreverent fun, immersive gameplay and eye-popping stylized graphics. In this in-your-face, arcade world full of ego-wielding characters, each boxer comes to life with unique attributes and distinct personal style.
by Mark Melnychuk on July 31, 2008 @ 2:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit sends the series flying into the future with a high-energy flourish. The game boasts graphics and visual effects only possible on the advanced next-gen hardware, while the online gameplay adds a much sought after dimension.
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, detailed and destructible environments, realistic physics, and advanced levels of AI.
by Brad Hilderbrand on July 31, 2008 @ 1:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews
Space Invaders Extreme combines the essence of the original game with an alliance of futuristic graphic design and audio. The gameplay experience has been developed to maximize the console's abilities, offering players a whole new range of features including a vast array of new power-ups, DS Wireless Communications and Wi-Fi.
TrackMania Nations Forever is a new version of the Stadium environment, a solo mode and 65 new, progressively difficult tracks, uniting an even larger number of players thanks to its multiplayer modes, online functions and interactivity between players.
The organizer of the GC Developers Conference (GCDC) announced that industry legend Chris Taylor will be the keynote speaker for Wednesday, Aug. 20 at this year’s event. Under the title, "The Struggle for Independence and the Making of Demigod," he will address the challenges of developing games today.
Mabinogi features an action-packed combat system based on strategy and skill. You can make your character stand out with endless head-to-toe customization possibilities and immerse yourself in a fantasy world teeming with opportunity and adventure. Nexon America is adding the new Spirit Weapon system, as well as a variety of new and helpful pets.