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'Valkyria Chronicles' (PS3) Demo Coming Oct. 9 - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 8:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe - divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles. SEGA will release a demo coming to the Oct. 9 issue of SCEA's online magazine QORE, which costs $2.99/episode.

'Hotel Giant DS' (NDS) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 4:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enter the challenging and luxurious tourism industry and have a lot of fun by building, designing, marketing and managing the most fabulous hotels in the world! Take good care of your customers, to become rich, observant and all-mighty!

Various Game Trailers #1442

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 4:03 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:

  • Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood [NDS] - Tails & Amy Trailer
  • Midnight Club: Los Angeles [PS3/X360] - Trailer (2)
  • Mirror's Edge [ALL] - Faith City Trailer
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar [PS3/X360/PC] - Voice Command Briefing


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

Xbox Live Arcade Sales Surge 58%

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 4:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Over the course of the five-week Summer of Arcade program there was a 58% increase in unique members purchasing titles, and August broke the monthly revenue high by 67%, driven by titles like Castle Crashers, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Galaga Legions, and Braid.

'Dissidia: Final Fantasy' (PSP) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is an all-new title in the FF franchise, although it's not part of the compilation of Final Fantasy VIII or the Ivalice Alliance. Not a standard RPG, it's labeled a dramatic progressive action title, and Tetsuya Nomura, known for Kingdom Hearts, has signed on to be the game's character designer.

'Mercenaries 2: World in Flames' (ALL) - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:44 p.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.

'Dragon Age: Origins' Toolset Screens #2

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:20 p.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. The Dragon Age Toolset provides players with developer-grade tools that will allow them to produce their own epic stories and fate-defining conversations.

Rockstar Titles Go Halfsies on Steam This Weekend

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve let us know that every Rockstar game and games pack is currently available for a 50% savings, including the classic Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne games, but only this weekend, so have at it while they're cheap.

New Xbox Experience - Themes 2.0 and Friends Channel - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Later this fall Microsoft is overhauling the Xbox 360's dashboard, called the New Xbox Experience, changing the look of the user interface, adding new features, avatars and plenty more.

Nintendo Europe's Autumn/Winter 2008 Release Lineup

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo has plenty in store to keep your Wii Remote and touch screen busy in the coming months. Whatever sort of games you like to play there is something for everyone. Wii owners will rock out with Wii Music, Animal Crossing, new Wiiware titles like Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, while NDS gamers get Professor Layton, Pokémon Ranger, Gauntlet, and plenty more ...

'Kivi's Underworld' - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kivi's Underworld is a casual, hack and slash game where you can explore the mysterious underworld as a mighty Warrior battling opponents toe to toe, rain down fire on your enemies with the dangerous Fire Mage, sneak disguised with stealth to confound your foes as a Scout, unleash the fury of the Berserker, or adventure with any of the other sixteen playable characters.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik Album

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MTV and Harmonix announced that next week's addition to the Rock Band Music Store will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik album (1600 Microsoft Points/$20 for the full album, or 160 Microsoft Points/$2 per song), excluding the Give It Away tracks which is already included on the RB 2 disc.

'Geon' (ALL) Shows Bliss Powerball - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Geon is a fast paced arcade sports/collect ‘em up played in a world that consists of a semi transparent geometric grid covered with hundreds of small spherical pellets of energy.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' (ALL) Xbox Live Weekend Starts Now

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar's open-ended crime series returns the franchise to New York with Grand Theft Auto IV, situated around the mysterious protagonist Nikolai. Rockstar and Microsoft are teaming up for a GTA IV Xbox Live Weekend starting today until Sunday, giving North American and Canadian Gold members a chance to win exclusive prize packages just for playing with friends on Xbox Live.

'Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood' (NDS) - 21 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 12:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

BioWare is creating a stylish blend of strategy and speed for Sonic’s first RPG, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, mixing a rich story, hand-painted visuals, fast-paced team combat, and wireless collectible trading into a uniquely compelling adventure.

'FIFA 09' (ALL) Signs Even More Cover Athletes

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 11:49 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. AC Milan superstar Ronaldinho and Man U striker Rooney are being joined by a slew of localized soccer stars across the globe ...

'BioShock' (PS3) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 11:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A narrative-driven action experience BioShock allows players to do the impossible as they journey through an amazing, immersive and terrifying world. The PS3 version of 2K's genetically enhanced game is getting new features and content, such as trophies, but also an exclusive Survivor mode, which is a new difficulty mode.

Sony Expands PlayStation Network Cards Availability

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA is expanding the availability of its PlayStation Network Cards, which can be used to purchase content for PS3 and PSP systems, to additional major retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, select Sam’s Club outlets in October 2008, and at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores locations in November 2008.

'Street Fighter IV' (PS3/X360/PC) - 7 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SF IV features a mix of returning favorites such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile along with new characters created for this game, such as Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes.

Blockbuster Dropping Price of 40GB PS3 Unit

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A leaked Blockbuster memo reveals that it will be dropping the price of the discontinued 40GB PS3 model from $360 to $299. The 40GB model has been replaced by an $500 80GB version, which lacks two USB ports and backward compatibility with PS2 titles, but that model is also getting replaced later this year by a higher end version with a 160GB HD. SCEA has stated in the past that it would not drop the price of the PS3, so this is probably just a move to clear the old stock.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2009' (ALL) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 10:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PES 2009 has undergone a graphical update to ensure its players look and move even more like their real-life counterparts. Similarly, all-new options allow users to tailor the game to their own tastes, while new moves, innovative new control elements and key online elements will further the realism of the new game.

'So Blonde' Scriptwriter Nominated for Writers' Guild Award

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

So Blonde, written by Broken Sword's Steve Ince, is an adventure game based around beautiful (anti-)heroine Sunny Blonde, featuring jet black humor that goes far beyond trite clichés, gorgeous cartoon graphics, puzzling riddles and a ton of gameplay surprises.

'Game Party 2' (Wii) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With 11 games in all, Game Party 2 includes fun to play games that will provide hours of enjoyment with friends and family, six returning favorites from the original and five all-new fun filled games,

SIEGE 2008 to Hold Free College Fair for Future Game Developers

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 9:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Georgia Game Developers Association will host a college fair for high school students on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 (10 am–2 pm) at the SIEGE 2008 event in Atlanta for students interested in becoming game designers, programmers, artists and more, showcasing national schools such as SMU's Guildhall, AIA, SCAD, DeVry and Westwood.

Testament of Sin' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Testament of Sin, you play French archaeology student Sylvie Leroux in search of a medieval dark secret linked to the Maltese Order, taking you to various locations such as Istanbul, Malta and Rome.

X360/PC Preview - 'Battlestations: Pacific'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Battlestations: Pacific features a massive U.S. and Japanese single player campaign that offers a unique blend of action and strategy. Players must plan their moves carefully on huge open-world arenas and fight in the air, above sea and underwater to relive some of the most hard-fought battles in WWII history.

'Venetica' (X360/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

dtp's RPG Venetica, developed by Deck 13 (Ankh, Jack Keane), is a visually stunning RPG with a cryptic storyline, mixing emotions and action in a unique free roaming and living sixteenth century world full of surprise.

'Resident Evil' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 5:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom is working on bringing the original Gamecube (based on the 1996 PSOne game) title in the Resident Evil series to the Wii. Currently only scheduled for a December release in Japan, the port will add no new content or features, apart from making it compatible with the Wiimote controls.

'Awaken' Now Called 'Stonewall Penitentiary' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 5:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Stonewall Penitentiary, you play the role of William Thane, a middle-aged man down on his luck. You, along with six others, are trapped in an abandoned prison, held captive by a psychotic killer. You have until 6:00 am to find a way out, or you will all die. But there's one small catch: one of you is the killer.

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009' (ALL) Career Mode - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 4:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Warhammer Online' Gets 500k Sign-ups in First Week

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will bring Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds and glory on the field of battle. EA announced that in the first week since launch over 500,000 new players have registered for its fantasy MMORPG.

'Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure' (NDS) Coming to Europe - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A remake of Atlus/Nippon Ichi's 2000 PlayStation title, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure is a music-based RPG, where cutscenes are replaced by musical numbers, complete with vocals, high-res 2D sprites, and more features than ever before.

Graduate Students Form Floating Point Studios

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Floating Point Studios is proud to announce their formation as a new independent games development company in Swansea, Wales (UK). Floating Point Studios' focus is to develop new IP and is currently working on two titles codenamed Flight and The Elder, which will both be available through Valve's Steam digital download service at the end of 2008 and spring of 2009, respectively.

'Disgaea DS' (NDS) Coming to Europe - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square Enix is bringing Nippin Ichi America's new NDS rendition of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness to Europe, featuring several key improvements will be made to the user interface and game system.

Friday, September 26, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 3:07 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:

'America's Next Top Model' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

America's Next Top Model is the official video game of the hugely popular US TV series. In the game, the player takes control of one of 10 aspiring models who compete in a variety of different categories including: Make Up, Fashion, Catwalk and Photoshoot.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Facebreaker'

by Glenn "Otter" Juskiewicz on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 2:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

NDS Review - 'N+'

by Aaron "Istanbul" Swersky on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Atari's N+, successor to the flash ninja game N, offers equal parts platformer and action gameplay with incredibly fluid animation, fast action, amazing acrobatics and instant playability.

'StoneAge 2' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the prehistoric ages, StoneAge 2, DigiPark's casual MMORPG, brings a mixture of dinosaurs of unimaginable heights and invisible spirits who help humans roam altered terrains such as dungeons and arid desserts.

'Mirror's Edge' (ALL) Gets $130 Limited Edition

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:35 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. After yesterday's $150 Dead Space Ltd. Ed. EA is offering a $130 Runner's Bag Bundle which includes the game and a handmade heavy duty ballistic fabric messenger bag.

Xbox 360 Outsells PS3 In Japan

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2008 @ 1:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues its momentum in Japan and for the second week in a row outsells Sony's PS3. While the NDS remains king, the Wii regains the lead amongst the current gen consoles with 29,921 units sold, while the X360 outpaced the PS3 with 13,777 vs. 8,156 console. The recent price drop and the one-two punch with Infinite Undiscovery and Tales of Vesperia are surely the cause of the sales surge.