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'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?: Make the Grade' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 8:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?: Make the Grade, contestants of all ages must prove their smarts in a game where every question is based on grade school curriculum and the answers are “elementary, ” as your skills are tested in over 23 subjects.

Gears of War 2' (X360) Gets Updated Achievements, But No PC Version

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 8:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events of the original, thrusting players back into humankind's epic battle for survival against a nightmarish force of underground creatures known as the Locust Horde. After last week's leak Microsoft has issued updated achievements, while Epic's Cliff Bleszinski revealed that "we're not going to do a PC version this time around."

Various Game Trailers #1422

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:39 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:

  • Fallout 3 [ALL] - Gameplay Trailer (5)
  • Far Cry 2 [ALL] - Immersion Trailer
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway [ALL] - Bazooka & Machinegun Trailer
  • City Life [NDS] - Trailer [French]
  • SOCOM Confrontation [PS3] - Extraction Trailer


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

'Penny Arcade Adventures: Ep. 2' (ALL) Announced - Facts, Features & Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, will be a comic adventure game, the first chapter of the planned episodic series which will feature characters from Penny Arcade, including the well-known Gabe and Tycho.

'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (PS3/X360/PC) Pre-Orders Canceled

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. Gamestop has notified its customers that their Ghostbusters pre-orders have been canceled, and that they can get a refund or put the money toward another title.

'Stoked' (X360/PC) - 10 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 4:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hit the mountains on your quest to become the next snowboarding phenomenon in Stoked, the open-world, back country snowboarding experience featuring five huge open-world mountains, changing weather patterns, and the sponsorship and cooperation of some of the most respected and influential names in the sport.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky' Faces Slight Delay in North America

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:59 p.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. As our review build arrived, Deep Silver informed us that the launch has been delayed a few days due to a manufacturing hiccup (retail boxes were missing cd key).

'Saints Row 2' (PS3/X360/PC) - 8 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:46 p.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.

'Silent Hill: Homecoming' (PS3/X360/PC) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Silent Hill: Homecoming is a psychological horror game thrusting players into a shadowy world of chaos and terror with atmospheric HD graphics, an all-new iconic and chilling soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka, and an original storyline that sheds new light on the desolate, fog-shrouded town of Silent Hill.

'NBA Live 09' (ALL) Quickstrike & Lockdown - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Runes of Magic' Closed Beta Client Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMOs. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world. Currently in closed beta, sign up here if you want to participate, more people will get added in the next days and weeks to come.

'Facebreaker' (ALL) - 15 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 1:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Created by the same team that developed Fight Night Round 3, 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.

Mastodon Preps 'Rock Band 2' (ALL) Track, Reveals PS3/Wii Release Dates

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 1:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rock Band 2 builds upon the first music game to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features. Currently recording their next album, Atlanta quartet Mastodon revealed its Colony Of Birchmen track will be featured on RB2, but also let slip that the PS3 edition is scheduled for Oct. 19, and Wii version will retail on Nov. 16, 2008.

'Left 4 Dead' to Get Scenarios, Bosses, Weapons as DLC, and Dedicated Servers

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 11:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a modern day survival-horror universe, the co-operative gameplay of Left 4 Dead casts four "Survivors" in an epic struggle against hordes of swarming zombies and terrifying "Boss Infected" mutants. In a recent interview Chet Faliszek revealed that Valve plans to release DLC soon after the game's release, and that the X360 game will get dedicated servers for better playability, but also a few tweaks like modified A.I. (so zombies don't attack from behind as often), a subtle aim assist and quick turn button.

'Yakuza 2' (PS2) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A 3rd person action adventure Yakuza 2 features enhanced combat, larger environments and a thrilling storyline continuing a year after Yakuza ended. Yakuza 2 will plunge players deeper into the world of Japan’s notorious underground organization, where honor and respect are not earned easily.

'Euro Truck Simulator' Official Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Euro Truck Simulator is a truck simulation game where you can drive across a realistic depiction of continental Europe, visiting its beautiful cities, from Rome to Berlin to Madrid to Prague, picking up a variety of cargo, and delivering them on time!

'Tony Hawk's Motion and Hue Pixel Painter' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 11:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tony Hawk’s Motion and Hue Pixel Painter utilizes the Motion Pack to feature accelerometer technology so gamers can twist, tilt and turn through numerous skateboarding sessions and for the first time in franchise history, the game brings snowboarding.

'Red Alert' Becomes Free, Pre-Order 'Red Alert 3' And Get 'Red Alert 2' for Free

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 10:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, marks the 13th anniversary of the Command & Conquer franchise, and to celebrate, EA will be giving away the original C&C Red Alert for free. EA is also offering Red Alert 2 for free for those who pre-order Red Alert 3 before Oct. 27, so C&C fans can walk away with all three titles for the price of one.

'Battlefield: Bad Company' (PS3/X360) to Get Four New Conquest Maps

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 10:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield: Bad Company drops gamers behind enemy lines with a squad of renegade soldiers who risk it all on a personal quest for gold and revenge. Earlier this month EA added the new conquest mode to Bad Company, and later this fall DICE will release four new maps, two of which are determined by the fans themselves.

'Still Life 2' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microïds' Still Life 2, developed by Gameco Studios, is a real-time 3D adventure game where you play FBI agent and profiler Victoria McPherson, investigating some of North America's most difficult and darkest crimes.

'Rock Band' (ALL) Gets Locksley Threesome

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Harmonix and MTV Games announced the addition of up and coming rock band Locksley to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content, contributing a 3-pack of songs from their 2007 album Don’t Make Me Wait including title track Don’t Make Me Wait, All Over Again, and She Does.

Friday, August 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 9:47 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:

'The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria' Beta Sign-ups - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 9:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth to let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more!

'Divinity 2: Ego Draconis' (X360/PC) Will Have No Multiplayer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 9:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Divinity 2: Ego Draconis you will take on the role of a young Dragon Slayer and ultimately become a Dragon Knight, a legendary hero with unique abilities. Discover a detailed world full of twists and turns in which your actions can make a real difference. In a recent interview Larian Studios' Swen Vincke revealed that there will be no multiplayer in the game because "we had to screw up the story so much that we killed it."

'Need for Speed Undercover' - 15 New Screens

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

EA Black Box's Need for Speed Undercover is an intense action racing title, starring movie star Maggie Q as the lead character in the live-action sequences that propel the original story forward, taking the franchise back to its roots and re-introduces breakneck cop chases, the world's hottest cars and spectacular highway battles.

'NHL 2K9' (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NHL 2K9 will offer fans the opportunity to play like the pros using the Wii Remote controller as a hockey stick, and play hockey in a wholly unique experience like never before.

'Age of Empires: Mythologies' (NDS) Civilizations - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Empires: Mythologies allows players to strategize as legendary heroes, commanding massive armies and shaping the destinies of three unique cultures in both single and multi-player campaigns.

'Tank Universal' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 6:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tank Universal creates a huge virtual ‘Tron-like’ world where you take part in immense 3D tank battles involving scores of units both friendly and not so friendly in wide open levels!

Xbox Live Arcade Preview - 'Rocket Bowl'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 5:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

A refreshing twist on a classic sport, Rocket Bowl offers a '50s style retro-futuristic vibe, out-of-this-world courses and rocket-powered bowling balls; Rocket Bowl rolls a perfect game of fun on the Xbox Live Arcade. Players will compete in tournaments, challenge their friends in multiplayer, test their skills in mini-games and more!

'Dead Space' (PS3/X360/PC) Ahead of Schedule in Europe

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

In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space, gamers will step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that promises to deliver the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. Originally scheduled for release in Europe on Oct. 31, the console versions will launch a week early, while the PC edition's date remains unchanged.

'The Sky Crawlers' (Wii) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 5:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai's Wii exclusive action/flight sim game, based on the upcoming animated movie by Mamoru Oshii, known for such productions as Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire and Innocence : Ghost in the Shell 2. The Sky Crawlers is set in an alternate reality and chronicles the adventures of an elite squadron of fighter pilots.

'StarCraft II' May Get Fourth Race In Addon

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 4:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's approach to game balance, designed to be the ultimate competitive RTS game. Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce revealed that early on in the development it was decided to focus on the existing races, but that a fourth race may be introduce in a future addon.

'Death Tank' (XBLA) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Death Tank is a fast-paced action game requiring quick reflexes and cunning strategy. Devastating weapons and unique items give your tank unlimited destructive power.

First Multiplayer, Interactive Science Video Game in Development

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

To address the growing demand for up-to-date curriculum materials that stimulate student interest in learning science, the Monsanto Fund has partnered with developer Tabula Digita to create an immersive video game that teaches standards-based, fundamental science concepts.

'Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment' Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sins of a Solar Empire will feature several micro-expansions over the next year, starting with Entrenchment which promises to bring fans a Starbase defense platform, turret upgrades to make them more powerful, mine fields and a Subspace Inhibitor platform that will slow enemy ships within its range.

'Buzz! Junior: Ace Racers' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Drive, fly and splash your way across Incan rain forests, bustling cities and spooky graveyards in this brightly colored racing game that combines exciting gameplay with the fun and accessible Buzz! buzzers, so absolutely anyone can join in the fun.

Stardock Announces 'The Gamer's Bill of Rights'

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stardock announced today the Gamer's Bill of Rights, a statement of 10 specific “rights” that video game enthusiasts can expect from Stardock, and that it hopes will encourage the PC game industry to adopt standards that are more supportive of PC gamers.

Wii Review - 'Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue'

by Dustin Chadwell on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Taking on the role of Diego in a race across Africa, gamers stomp to scare away lions, jump with Baby Jaguar, paint stripes on zebras, climb up ladders and swim across the jungle river by mimicking those actions with the Wii Remote.

'King's Bounty: The Legend' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 3:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

King's Bounty: The Legend, previously known as Battle Lord, is an adventure game with tactical turn-based battles and role-playing elements unfolding in a rich fantasy world.

'Mercenaries 2: World in Flames' (ALL) Giving Away FREE Gas in Los Angeles

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pandemic has constructed a whole new "playground of destruction" from the ground up, fully stocked with the hottest vehicles and weapons. Set in a new exotic hotspot, you can be your own boss in a wide-open world with only one rule: everybody pays. EA is giving away FREE gas on Aug. 29th, 2008 from 6am - 6pm (or until the pumps run dry) at 8489 Beverly Blvd, L.A.

'PT Boats: Knights of the Sea' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PT Boats is the first simulator of the Mosquito-fleet, created with the use of technologies never seen before in naval combat simulator games. Patrol Torpedo Boats were used in WW2 mainly to attack large cruiser due to their maneuverability and speed.

Square Enix Interested in Acquiring Tecmo

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square Enix has expressed interest in acquiring troubled developer Tecmo, whose president resigned last week amid legal issues with former Team Ninja producer Tomonobu Itagaki. Square Enix is planning a friendly takeover and has made the Tecmo board of directors an offer to purchase a controlling interest at a 30% premium. Tecmo has until Sept. 4 to accept or reject the offer, after which it will be withdraw with no further action.

'Fishing Master World Tour' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The new Fishing Master World Tour offers over 200 different types of fish to catch and enables players to catch fish in over forty different locations across seven different regions. Fish on Easter Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, on the Amazon River and many more exotic global locations.

SouthPeak Games Announces PAX 2008 Lineup

by Rainier on Aug. 29, 2008 @ 2:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games today announced its plans for the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle which starts today until Aug. 31, 2008, where it will show off such titles as Two Worlds: The Temptation, X-Blades, Ninjatown, Raven Squad, Igor, and the first public showing of the upcoming XBLA racer, Things on Wheels.