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'Halo Wars' (X360) Demo Coming Feb. 5

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 9:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. At CES Microsoft's Robbie Bach revealed that a demo for Ensemble Studios' RTS Halo Wars will be available on Xbox Live Feb. 5, 2009.

Various Game Trailers #1507

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 9:04 p.m. PST | 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:

  • Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] - Ayame Killing Trailer
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. [ALL] - Direct Hit Trailer
  • Cuboid [PS3] - Trailer


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

'Codename Panzers: Cold War' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 7:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by InnoGlow, former Stormregion, Codename: Panzers series leaves the World War II stage to take the story into Cold War East-West conflicts fought on fictitious battlefields, with a special emphasis on deep story lines and rich battle effects.

Square Enix to Bring Ubisoft Titles to Japan

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 7:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Ubisoft Japan under which Square Enix is entitled to distribute Ubisoft games exclusively in Japan starting April 2009.

'Rock Band 3' (ALL) Coming in 2010

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 7:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

During a Billboard Digital Music Live Q&A session at the CES 2009 in Las Vegas, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopolous revealed that there will be no new installment in the Rock Band franchise this year. Instead Harmonix will skip a year and put its focus on the previously announced Beatles game, a title built from the ground up in collaboration with Apple Corps., scheduled for release holiday 2009. Whether the new Rock Band title in 2010 will include keyboards, Rigopoulos remained vague, only saying "maybe."

'Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The action-packed game, a hi–definition re-imagined version of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.

UK Games Industry Thrives While Japanese Market Tanks

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The UK's ELSPA revealed its annual sales figures, revealing videogame sales hit an all-time high in 2008, with growth of 23 percent on figures for 2007 the market has now more than doubled over the last five years. On the other hand Enterbrain reports that the Japanese videogame market is not doing so well with a decrease of 15% on total sales.

'Home' (PS3) to Get Content Update This Week

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The 'Home' 3D online user community service enables users to create their own avatar and explore a real-time virtual community, as if they are playing a detailed 3D game. SCEA is finally adding the Red Bull space in Home, so you’ll be able to get inside the cockpit of a Red Bull Air Race plane and compete against other fliers on the Red Bull Air Race course. Fans who pre-order Killzone 2 through Amazon will get an exclusive costume to dress up their avatar as ISA Soldier, a Helghast Assault Trooper, or something in between. SCEA is also adding Resident Evil: Degeneration-themed T-shirts for all fans of the movie.

'Grand Ages: Rome' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Grand Ages: Rome, previously known as Imperium Romanum II, is a city-building game where the player takes the role of a Roman patrician, a nobleman, who has just started his political career. His ultimate goal is to become the Governor of Rome.

'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (ALL) Pins Down Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:28 p.m. PST | 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. Last month, the release date was narrowed down to June 2009, and now Sony Pictures revealed its launch will coincide with the 25th Anniversary Edition of the movie on June 16, 2009, as we predicted last year.

'SimAnimals' (NDS/Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time players can engage with the wild world of animals in their natural surroundings in an immersive and tactile way. In this game you are challenged to engage, touch, move and try to control a wide range of animals as you journey deeper and deeper into the forest.

'Pier Solar' (SMD) Might Make Its Way to Xbox Live Arcade

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Watermelon's Pier Solar will be the very first all-new game to appear on the Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis this millennium. The game is neither a port nor a translation and has not ripped content from any other game whatsoever. The developer revealed that once completed, it will look into bringing its RPG game to Xbox Live Arcade through Microsoft's XNA development toolset.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Gets Flashback Map Pack

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 12:38 p.m. PST | 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. Epic is now offering the Flashback map pack (includes five popular Gears of War maps) on XBL for 400 Microsoft Points ($5), so 2nd hand buyers can now also enjoy it.

'Way of the Samurai 3' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 12:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Acquire is developing the next installment in the Way of the Samurai franchise, currently only scheduled for release in Japan this fall. Way of the Samurai 3 will feature over 100 weapons for you to wield in defense of the poor, lonely, while fending off rivaling samurai clans.

'Aliens: Colonial Marines' (ALL) Narrows Down Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the Aliens movie, Aliens: Colonial Marines, developed by Gearbox Software, is a squad-based first-person shooter where players are part of a United States Colonial Marine squad and must prepare to face an Aliens assault more intense and horrific than ever before. Originally scheduled for late 2008, SEGA confirmed that the game is currently slated for somewhere between April and June 2009.

'Disgaea 2' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 11:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Disgaea 2 incorporates some of the same features it did in the original to retain its “Do anything & try everything” heritage while making radical innovations that include suggestions from game fans. The PSP edition will get extra content such as a new scenario, new characters and more ...

'The Path' In The Home Stretch, Enters Beta Stage

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 11:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tale of Tales' The Path is a short horror story inspired by fairy tales examining the dark side things. What really happened to Little Red Riding Hood in those dark and scary woods?

'Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game' (NDS/Wii/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis – it’s in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they’re discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

Mad Catz Reveals 'Street Fighter IV' (ALL) Controllers

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 9:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SF IV features a mix of returning favorites (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li etc.) 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. Mad Catz announced a full range of licensed accessories which are expected to ship alongside the game's release in Feb. 2009.

'Big Bang Mini' (NDS) New York World - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 8:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SouthPeak Games' Big Bang Mini is a fireworks-based shooter centered around filling the night sky with brilliant bursts of fireworks to take out encroaching enemies.

'Webcarzz' Lets You Create Your Own 3D Car

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 8:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Webcarzz is a casual MMO game, offering the competition of circuit track racing in a casual environment where all roads lead to fun. Fans can now build their very own customized 3D vehicles with CarStructor, an easy-to-use online creation workshop for building personalized, one-of-a-kind 3D vehicles.

'50 Cent: Blood on the Sand' (PS3/X360) - 5 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 7:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ has picked up 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in which you play as one of the world's biggest hip-hop stars in an all-out battle to protect 50 Cent's assets and to collect payment from a crooked overlord.

'BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams' (ALL) Becomes Prequel, Gets New Big Daddy

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 6:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While there is no official announcement yet, except for a teaser trailer, a BioShock sequel is no secret. Details on BioShock 2 are slim but today the first info has trickled through. The sequel will "mostly" be a prequel, and the iconic Big Daddy will feature aesthetic changes, such as a shoulder-mounted wooden cannon, smaller tank on his back, leather outfit instead of the dive gear, and a much more simplified helmet with only three forward-looking sight holes, unlike the multi-directional ones in the original.

UPDATE: Take Two let us know that the forum admin posted old info and concept art, and to disregard the info.

'MySims Party' (NDS/Wii) and 'MySims Racing' (NDS/Wii) Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 6:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MySims Party turns any gathering into an instant party with 50 mini games (40 in the NDs version) to choose from, each hosted by a different MySim, while MySims Racing will have you rush to the finish line as you face a variety of tricky MySim opponents on a huge variety of exotic tracks!

'Skate 2' (PS3/X360) Demo Details Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 6:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set 5 years after the original, San Vanelona's been rebuild after it was hit by a natural disaster. Equipped with double the tricks, gamers are tasked to rebuild their career and revive the New San Vanelona skate scene. As revealed last week, a Skate 2 demo will be available on XBL tomorrow (PSN Jan. 15) and include enhanced character customization tools, a single-player portion, challenges in all-new locations, and two of the game's online Party Play modes: Thrasher's Hall of Meat and Spot Battle.

'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' (ALL) - 26 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 5:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Project Origin continues F.E.A.R.'s supernatural suspense story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. Alma now has free reign, and the consequences will be unimaginable.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 5:22 a.m. PST | 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:

  • Saints Row 2 (PC)

  • We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Evolution Studios And Sony Studio Liverpool to Hook Up

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 5:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Acquired by Sony in 2007, UK based Evolution Studios (known for the Motorstorm franchise) will be moving in with Sony's Liverpool Studio (known for WipEout HD). The two studios have cooperated in the past by sharing the Motorstorm PS3 game engine, as well as technical support for each other's titles, and according to Sony Europe's Michael Denny, it only makes sense that the two developers move under the same roof, as they are in the same geographic location.

'Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice' (PS3) Gets Euro Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 5:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Disgaea 3 is a rich and deep Strategic RPG that's not afraid to display a very bizarre sense of humor, a combination that will leave you laughing one minute and fighting cunning enemies the next. Where special attacks can deliver up to 100 million points worth of damage and the power of the PS3 is used to deliver 2D sprites, albeit lots of them!

NDS Review - 'Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine'

by Jesse Littlefield on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 4:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine players battle through a series fast-paced and intense culinary challenges. Each victory advances players closer to a final showdown that will determine who will reign supreme as the next Iron Chef America.

'Football Academy' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 4:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA Sport Football Academy offers an entertaining way to learn football strategy, positioning and technique. Players build their knowledge by completing tasks and take their improved skills onto the pitch to compete against their friends, offering a variety of mini-games that provide fun for fans of all ages.

Wii Review - 'Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 4:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Mushroom Men shows gamers the mundane world from the surreal perspective of a three-inch-high Mushroom Man. Unnoticed by humans, a war rages between the spore factions, and you, as a brave Bolete Mushroom Man, are given the opportunity to wreak havoc by transforming common household trinkets and trash into weapons and tools.

'Final Fantasy XIII' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next generation.

'Left 4 Dead' (ALL) Gets Title Update, But No Content

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:52 a.m. PST | 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. The X360 edition of L4D has received an update, but instead of adding extra content, it's merely a client-side fix plugging various cheating exploits.

'X-Blades' (PS3/X360/PC) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:49 a.m. PST | 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.

'Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows' - v1.6.4 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lighthouse Interactive's the next expansion for Kerberos Productions' 4X space strategy game Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows, adding never-before-seen weapons, ships and tactics, but also introducing a new race, The Morrigi.

'Hasbro Family Game Night' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hasbro Family Game Night features six games including: Battleship, Yahtzee, Connect Four, Boggle, Sorry! and the all new, Sorry! Sliders.

'Bomberman 2' (NDS) Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bomberman 2 marks the welcome return of Hudson Soft’s evergreen bomb-toting hero and will sees the popular franchise undergoing a visual make-over and a wealth of new elements to the gameplay.

'The Saga of Ryzom' to Re-Add Monthly Subscription Fee

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With an immersive player-driven storyline, a dynamic ecosystem, groundbreaking mass combat mechanics, and lush graphics, The Saga of Ryzom is the answer to the prayers of massively multiplayer gamers seeking a fresh, compelling experience instead of cookie-cutter fantasy settings.

'Scrabble' (NDS/PSP) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The best-selling crossword puzzle board game Scrabble is on deck to land on handheld platforms including the NDS and PSP, and will feature three modes of play including Classic, Speed and the new Scrabble Slam.

'Silent Hill: Homecoming' (ALL) No Longer Banned Down Under After Cuts

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | 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. Last year, the Aussie OLFC banned Konami's latest Silent Hill, and, as predicted, cuts to the game content have resolved that issue, so it's now available.

'The Lord of the Rings: Conquest' (ALL) Will Have No PC Demo

by Rainier on Jan. 7, 2009 @ 3:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest is an action-packed game set in the Lord of the Rings universe of J.R.R. Tolkien where players will fight epic battles any way they want, whether it be as the heroic forces of good, or as the legions of Sauron’s evil army, including Cave-trolls, Oliphaunts, the Balrog and Sauron himself. While there have been PS3 and X360 demos in the past few weeks, EA confirmed there will be no demo for the PC edition.