'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' (ALL) German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 8:09 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.

Former Fallout Game Designer Back At Interplay for MMO

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 7:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Back in 2007 Interplay sold the Fallout license to Bethesda while retaining an exclusive license, under certain conditions, to use the IP for developing a Fallout MMO. While not officially announced yet, its Project V13 MMO project reeks of Fallout only reinforced by the recruiting of original Fallout game designer Chris Taylor who will be Lead System Designer on the aforementioned project together with other former Fallout devs.

'Far Cry 2' (PS3/X360/PC) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 7:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Far Cry 2 immerses players in an entirely new kind of gaming experience, where players will discover a true open world gameplay set in one of the most beautiful environments in the world, Africa, brought to life by high-definition next-gen technology.

Various Game Trailers #1439

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:47 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:

  • Far Cry 2 [ALL] - Trailer (5)
  • SCORE International Baja 1000 [ALL] - Trailer
  • Frictional Games New Project - Teaser Trailer
  • Last King of Africa [NDS] - Trailer
  • Fracture [PS3/X360] - Producer Walkthrough Trailer
  • Golden Axe: Beast Rider [PS3/X360] - The Abrax Trailer
  • Tom Clancys' EndWar [PS3/X360/PC] - Combat Chain Trailer
  • Motorstorm Pacific Rift [PS3] - Lunatics Trailer


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

Ensemble Studios Surprised by Closure, Was Working on 'Halo' MMO At Some Point

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Issuing an early goodbye, Ensemble Studios Bruce Shelley reveals that the Microsoft owned studio was as surprised as the rest of the industry when confirmation came that the Age of Empires powerhouse was getting shut down. Once its current Halo Wars project wraps up later this year, doors will be closed, and while several key figures will move forward with another studio, Shelley will most likely not be part of it. In a related story, it was uncovered that at some point Ensemble was working on a Halo MMO, which eventually got canceled before ever officially being announced.

Valve Confirms No 'Left 4 Dead' (PS3), No Updates for 'Team Fortress 2' (PS3)

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ever since Valve released The Orange Box, the PC edition has received numerous updates, especially the Team Fortress 2 portion, and a cumulative update is planned for the X360 version. In a recent interview, Valve's Gabe Newell revealed that it has no plans to issue these updates for the PS3 version since it was not done internally, and EA is not working on anything. Newell also reiterated that there is no PS3 version of its zombie shooter L4D in the works simply because "We don't have the bandwidth," which means they do not have the manpower for it.

'Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2' (PS2) Revealed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Raidou Kuzunoha is a private detective in Japan's Taishou Period of the 1910s and 1920s, but he's much more than just a well-dressed crime scene investigator; he also has the power to capture and conjure demons to do his bidding, now with the ability to control two demons and an improved combat system.

'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed' (ALL) Sells 1.5 Million Units In Five Days

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set between the largely unexplored era between Ep III and Ep IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. LucasArts announced that The Force Unleashed has sold more than 1.5 million copies, making it both the fastest-selling Star Wars game and LucasArts game ever.

'Afro Samurai' (PS3/X360) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the animated TV series, Afro Samurai is the cutting edge game that delivers a new kind of cinematic game experience, a living episode that offers addictive, immersive and compelling gameplay that's dripping in style.

Trion World Network Secures $70 Million Funding

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Trion World Network, launched by former EA VP Lars Buttler and Might & Magic creator Jon Van Caneghem, has secured a $70 million funding to further finance its two MMO projects currently in development.

'Resistance 2' (PS3) - 19 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 1:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resistance 2 will feature 8-player, story-driven online co-op separate from the regular single-player campaign, 60-player online PvP (Heavy, Special Ops, Medic classes) and more vehicles, including The Chameleon, a Stalker with full cloak.

'Iron Grip: Warlord' Closed Beta Sign-Ups

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 1:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Iron Grip: Warlord, using the Q3 engine, blends RTS and FPS gameplay, where you must employ urban guerrilla tactics to fight off the hordes. Protect your city at all costs, by building defense structures, setting traps, and taking the enemy on yourself. Fans interested in participating can sign up for the closed beta test.

'Disciples III: Renaissance' Empire Hero Upgraded Armor & Weapons - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 12:17 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.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky' - Multiplayer Map Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 12:12 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. The map, called 'Industrial', is a compact location, designed for a team play of ideally 4x4, though technically allowing the usual up to 32 players online or over LAN.

'Ninjatown' (NDS) Avatar Creator Launched - Multiplayer Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 10:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games' Ninjatown, based on the Shawnimals' designer toy line, is na action strategy title where you have to defend your peaceful town from Mr. Demon, using each of the ninja's unique skills and powers.

Xbox Live Service Going Down for Maintenance Sept. 29

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox Live is having a scheduled downtime on Monday, Sep. 29 starting at 12:01am Pacific Time. It will be down for 24 hours as Microsoft prepares for the new stuff coming in the new Xbox experience. Xbox LIVE will be down as will those sections on Xbox.com that rely on the service such as "My Xbox", and while the forums will be viewable. you won't be able to post in them.

Meet The 'Persona 4' (PS2) Heroes

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 10:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Larger, deeper, and loaded with thrills, Persona 4 delivers an all-new story set in the Japanese countryside. A mysterious chain of deaths remains unanswered and only you and your team of gifted supernatural sleuths can uncover the truth. Will you thwart this hidden evil before it is too late?

Ascaron Brings 'Audiosurf' to Retail - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Audiosurf is a music-adapting puzzle racer where the shape, the speed, and the mood of each ride is determined by the song you choose.

'Tenchu 4' (Wii) Officially Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tenchu 4 will use the Wii Remote to fight, dash, jump and kill like a true ninja. Players will continue the saga of Rikimaru and Ayame, elite ninjas who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan.

'Empire: Total War' - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire: Total War, the new installment in The Creative Assembly’s Total War RTS franchise, will maintain the series 3D battles, grand turn based campaign map and rich historical flavor while for the first time introducing 3D naval combat into the series.

'Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2' (NDS) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 9:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Everyone's favorite orange-clad ninja returns to the role-playing genre with Path of the Ninja 2, featuring an all-new original storyline, a huge roster of playable characters, an improved combat system and for the first time, exciting Wi-Fi battles.

'Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rune Factory 2 is set several years after the original, the evil Sechs Empire has been defeated, and the Kingdom of Norad is once again at peace. Things may not stay that way for long, however, as dark premonitions foretell of dangers to come. It's up to player to uncover the source of these premonitions and bring peace to the kingdom once more.

Survey Reveals Women Choose Video Games Instead of Sleep

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A recent video game habits survey fielded by PoshMama, a women exclusive online community, revealed that many women would rather play video games than catch up on sleep.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009'

by Alicia on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will unleash a new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win.

'The Punisher: No Mercy' (PS3) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 6:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zen Studios announced The Punisher: No Mercy coming exclusively to PlayStation Network. For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action, complete with characters like Jigsaw, Bushwacker, Barracuda and even Silver Sable.

'PopStar Guitar' (PS2/Wii) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 6:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PopStar Guitar features songs from top pop music stars including 3 Doors Down, Simple Plan, Blink 182 and many more, allowing players to unlock their inner pop celebrity and star as the lead guitarist in their very own band.

'Moon' (NDS) Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 6:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Moon is a sci-fi, action-adventure title, placing gamers on the cold lunar surface in the year 2058. Researchers are shocked to find a sealed, alien hatch during construction of a new lunar base, but it's a shock that soon pales in comparison to what they find beyond the hatch. Pre-order Moon through GameSto and receive an exclusive telescoping Moon stylus and game case.

Lexicon Signs 'Offshore Tycoon' (NDS/Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 6:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Offshore Tycoon is a casual time management simulator in which the player has to take control of harvesting equipment such as fishing trawlers, oil tankers and more. Every task has to be managed and completed quickly and efficiently in order to make money and in turn to progress.

'East India Company' Featured Ships - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 5:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the world's most powerful trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in both single-player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic environment.

'Swarm Gold' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Swarm Gold is a fast-paced, intense top down blaster that takes no prisoners, taking you on over 100 different tailor-made levels of extreme challenge where new enemies lurk around every corner and the only friend anyone wants is a gun...a really big gun.

'Suikoden: Tierkreis' (NDS) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Encompassing a variety of different characters while exploring many exotic locations and cultures across the game's universe of parallel worlds, Suikoden: Tierkreis will expand the bounds of the handheld RPG.

'Halo 3' (X360) Title Update #2 Rolled Out

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 4:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The saga continues as Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax. As promised, the Halo 3 update #2 is being rolled out, adding new campaign/multiplayer achievements, and also fixing various issues, add a new multiplayer ban method, and a per-playlist ranking of player skill. Celebrating Halo 3's one year anniversary, more content is expected later this week (possible the Mythic map pack).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 3:04 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:

NDS Review - 'New International Track & Field'

by Richard Poskozim on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The New International Track & Field features over 20 different athletic events, with several unlockable characters from other Konami franchises, such as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2 and Sparkster from Rocket Knight Adventures.

'Phantasy Star Portable' (PSP) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Phantasy Star Portable includes the original PSU content, the Ambition of the Illuminus expansion pack, 4-player local multiplayer, PSP exclusive bosses and weapons, and a new History mode playable as a new character Vivienne.

'Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts' (X360) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 2:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts the famous bear and bird duo return for a unique adventure of epic proportions. The Lord of the Games is tired of the petty squabbling between Banjo and the evil witch Gruntilda (aka Grunty) over the years, and has arranged a showdown to decide the rightful owner of Spiral Mountain.

Wii Review - 'de Blob'

by Adam Pavlacka on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

de Blob is an action puzzle title that allows players to explore and liberate an alien city from the evil, monochromatic I.N.K.T. Corporation that has taken over the city and outlawed all color and fun from daily life, by splattering buildings, landmarks, and citizens with color.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (ALL) Using Revitalized Games for Windows Live

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2008 @ 1:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar is bringing its open-ended crime series to the PC with GTA IV, returning the franchise to New York situated around the Eastern European protagonist Nikolai. The PC edition comes with a replay editor with Rockstar Social Club integration, expanded multiplayer, higher resolution, and match filtering.