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Low 'Age of Conan' Population Forces Funcom to Consolidate Servers

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Conan is an Online Action RPG, mixing a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game that brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan. With former game director Gaute Godager resigning earlier this month, the MMORPG hit another snag as his replacement revealed that Funcom will be merging servers in order to increase population and increase the game experience.

Various Game Trailers #1443

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:48 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:

  • Blitz: The League II [ALL] - Hit Targeting Trailer
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts [X360] - Showdown Town Trailer
  • Quantum of Solace [ALL] - Environments Trailer
  • Skate 2 [ALL] - New Tricks Trailer
  • Motorstorm Pacific Rift [PS3] - Carnage Trailer


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

'SingStar Vol. 2' (PS3) Tracklist Revealed - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SingStar makes an encore performance with SingStar Vol. 2 featuring 30 new chart-toping tracks from your favorite hit artists including The Bravery, Spoon, Paramore, Radiohead and more.

Try 'Pirates of the Burning Sea' Two Weeks for Free

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a MMORPG set in the Caribbean islands of the 18th Century. You play a bold sea captain, master of your own ship and crew, as you seek glory and adventure across the trackless deep. People interested in trying out Flying Lab Software swashbuckling, seafaring MMO can get a free 14-day trial key and check it out.

'X-Blades' (PS3/X360/PC) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 3:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

X-Blades, previously known as Oniblade, is a third-person, anime-style action/adventure. Your heroine wields two magical blades that can be used as swords or guns, and has magical abilities, all of which are upgradeable.

'Frontlines: Fuel of War' - v1.2.0 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 2:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As society succumbs to a worldwide energy crisis, a new global depression takes hold. Amidst this desperate backdrop two superpower alliances emerge, join the Western Coalition or the Red Star Alliance.

'Luminous Arc 2' (NDS) Meet the Villains - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Luminous Arc 2 is an epic strategy RPG loaded to the brim with content, including a wealth of new characters (and the return of a few favorites), hand drawn graphics, a score from composer Yasunori Mitsuda‘s Procyon Studio, local and online multiplayer support, multiple endings, a redesigned user interface, etc...

'MotorStorm: Pacific Rift' (PS3) Nearing Completion

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is moving from the rugged desert to a lush Pacific island with all of the vehicles familiar of the first game (ATVs, rally cars, buggies, motorbikes, race trucks, etc.), while adding a new monster truck class. Evolution studios revealed the game is nearing completion as they have just submitted the gold master candidate to testers, to give testers one last hammering.

'Duke Nukem Forever' - New Screens

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

Duke Nukem Forever is the long-awaited follow-up to 1997's Duke Nukem 3D. While details are slim, longtime Duke voice actor Jon St. John returns, as well as music composed by Jeremy and Julian Soule.

'Age of Booty' (ALL) Gets Priced And Dated

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 12:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Booty is a casual, real-time pirate-themed multiplayer strategy game that puts you at the helm of your own pirate ship with the goal of sending your enemies to the briny deep, and looting/capturing towns for your pirate faction.

'BioShock' (PS3) Goes Gold, Demo This Week - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 11:27 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 is getting new features and content, such as trophies, but also an exclusive Survivor mode, which is a new difficulty mode. A playable demo will be available on PSN Oct. 2, 2008.

'War World' This Week's Xbox Live Arcade Title

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

War World is a fast-paced third person shooter that features a unique blend of action and tactical gameplay, which sets it apart from any other multiplayer shooter. The game features powerful armored mechanoids that battle head-to-head in an all-out savage single and multiplayer war.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 10:41 a.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.

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

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 10:22 a.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.

'SingStar Country' (PS2) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 10:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA's SingStar Country delivers 30 hit songs from today's newest and hottest country artists including, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and more...

'Bejeweled Twist' Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 9:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Casual games developer/publisher PopCap Games will be launching the next entry in its Bejeweled franchise next month. In development for more than three years, Bejeweled Twist will bring a completely new perspective to the “Match-3” genre of puzzle games that the original Bejeweled pioneered eight years ago.

'Infinite Line' (NDS) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infinite Line is an NDS exclusive RPG that takes place in outer space and gives players the ability to control, build, outfit and customize more than 150 spaceships, offering over 200 characters and the ability to control multiple spaceships at any one time.

'Saints Row 2' (PS3/X360/PC) - Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

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. At a recent press event, we sat down with lead designer James Tsai.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2009' (ALL) Coming This Week

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 6:29 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. A 5 minute play time single/multiplayer demo (playable as Man.U, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona or the Italian and French national team) will be release on Oct. 2, 2008 for X360, PS3 and PC.

'Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals' (NDS) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 6:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story surrounds the origins of mysterious portals that lead to distant dimensions.

Former Rainbow Studios Developers Launch New Studio

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 6:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Former Rainbow Studios senior developers Panya Inversin, Patrick Bergschneider, and Daniel Pratt have started a new development house Coin App. With prior game credits such as the ATV Offroad Fury series, Splashdown, The Punisher, and Baja: Edge of Control, Coin App. is currently in production of its first console title.

'Fragile' (Wii) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 5:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai's Fragile, developed by Eternal Sonata studio Tri-Crescendo, is a Wii exclusive RPG that follows the story of Set, a young boy tasked to explore various cities in a post-apocalyptic world trying to find out why everyone has disappeared.

Wii Shop Channel Gets Two WiiWare Titles and A Classic

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

Nintendo added a classic and two WiiWare title to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with online access can redeem Wii Points to download: Art Style: ORBIENT (Wiiware),Bomberman Blast (Wiiware), and Super Turrican 2 (VC).

'Valhalla Knights 2' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 5:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valhalla Knights 2 is making a return with more features, content and freedom of customization, allowing players to create the ultimate battle party. Additional races, job classes, weapons and monsters enhance the real-time tactical team combat.

'Need for Speed Undercover' (ALL) System Requirements

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 5:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Black Box's Need for Speed Undercover is an intense action racing title taking the franchise back to its roots and re-introduces breakneck cop chases, the world's hottest cars and spectacular highway battles.

'Divinity 2: Ego Draconis' (X360/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 5:10 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.

'Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches' Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches is an authentic first-person, point & click adventure with a Celtic atmosphere. This spine-tingling story of the haunting of a lonely, teenage girl blends magic with technology, fact with myth, and horror with compassion.

'Dead Mountaineer's Hotel' Gets Delayed - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lighthouse Interactive's Dead Mountaineer's Hotel, developed by Akella, is a 3D point-and-click adventure in the style of Benoit Sokal's Syberia, based on the original story by famous Russian sci-fiction writers Strugatsky Brothers.

Monday, September 29, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:32 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:

'Retro Game Challenge' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 4:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

An original game based on the popular Japanese GAME CENTER CX TV series, Retro Game Challenge reinvents how classic games are played. Featuring a story-driven progression, players complete short challenges in a wide-variety of fictional retro-games, ranging from shooting, racing, action and even an epic RPG.

'300' Director Zack Snyder to Develop Games for EA

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 3:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

300 movie director Zack Snyder, currently working on Watchmen, has signed an agreement with EA to develop three original games with EA’s Los Angeles studio in Playa Vista. While the IPs will be owned by EA, Snyder’s Cruel & Unusual Films will have the option to produce film adaptations based on those properties.

'Venetica' (X360/PC) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 2:13 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.

Hilton Garden Inn Trains Employees on PSP

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

Hilton Garden Inn is the world’s first hotel brand to offer an intensive, interactive employee training program designed and created specifically for use on the PSP.

'The Hunt' - 36 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 2:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Being a common citizen, there is a probability of one in a million of receiving the back mark, a device implanted in your body that emits a signal which can be followed. If you are marked, you have become the main star of The Hunt, the degeneration into a TV show of the governmental cleaning action.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Warhammer: Battle March'

by Mark Melnychuk on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Warhammer: Battle March includes the original content from Warhammer: Mark of Chaos as well as all-new features, intuitive control schemes and support for online play via the Xbox Live. Players will be able to control six unique armies as they battle for supremacy in a world torn apart by constant warfare.

'Zill O'll: Infinite Plus' (PSP) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI's Zill O'll: Infinite Plus is a new RPG title for the PSP based on the 1999 original PSOne game, also remade for the PS2 in 2005, with several new elements. In Zill O'll: Infinite Plus you receive points for completing missions, which you can spend on any of your six soul types: Brave, Kind, Search, Belief, Wild and Cool (thanks Andreas).

'The Political Machine' Coming to Europe

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kalypso Media have signed Stardock's The Political Machine, a strategy game in which players run for President. Players can choose an existing candidate or can design their own from scratch, then choose a map/scenario to campaign in. From there, players must tackle the issues and battle against their ideological opponent for victory on election day.

NDS Review - 'Zoo Hospital'

by Richard Poskozim on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Zoo Hospital lets you diagnose and treat more than 40 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles while interning at a zoo.

'Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure' (NDS) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2008 @ 1:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Love puzzle games, but also love an adventure? Now you can have both in one game with Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, an adventure-puzzle game that adds a new element of fun by combining the action of an adventure game with the challenge of a puzzle game all in one.

'C&C 3: Kane's Wrath' (X360/PC) v1.1 World Builder Available NOW

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

The C&C series continues to thrive with Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath. As the expansion pack to C&C 3 Tiberium Wars, this RTS game returns to the Tiberium universe with Kane at the center of an epic new single player campaign.

Steam to Start Distributing MODs

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

The first five MODs to ship on steam will be Age of Chivalry, D.I.P.R.I.P., Insurgency, Synergy, and Zombie Panic. As always, owners of any Source game will be able to download and play all of these MODs for free." Mods hosted on Steam will also use Steamworks for stat tracking an other community integration. Once installed, these MODs will appear in your "My Games" list and will receive automatic updates just like other games on Steam.