'GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony' (X360) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Demo Available On Steam, Pre-Orders Only

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 5:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for cooperative action games, adding melee combat to enable deeper cooperative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more. After being delayed for a day, the L4D2 PC demo is now available on Steam, only for fans who pre-ordered the game though.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 4:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion of elements from existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3' (PSP) Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 4:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 lets you join forces with like-minded players to tackle an adventure of realistic military action, tactics and teamwork wherever and whenever you want. Originally scheduled for Nov. 24, SCEA has pushed the release into 2010 in order to give the marketing team more time.

Various Game Trailers #1722

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 4:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under Trailers

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:

  • MotoGP 09/10 [PS3/X360] - Gameplay Trailer (2)
  • GTA: Episodes from Liberty City [X360] - Louis Trailer
  • Dragon Age: Origins [ALL] - The Circle Tower Trailer
  • Bioshock 2 [ALL] - Capture the Sister Multiplayer Trailer
  • Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel [ALL] - Trailer
  • James Cameron's Avatar: The Game [ALL] - Developer Diary Trailer #2
  • Band Hero [NDS] - Trailer

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

'EverQuest Underfoot' Gets New Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 3:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EverQuest Underfoot presents a mysterious world unlike anything previously experienced in Norrath, providing the ultimate MMO gaming experience for players, adding exciting new worlds, challenging dungeons, inventive new creatures and thrilling monsters underground!

'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 2:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a vast open world environment, Assassin's Creed II invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy, and seeking vengeance.

PlayStation 2 Celebrates Its Ninth Anniversary

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America pops the cork on its ninth anniversary of the PS2, making its debut on October 26, 2000. Nine years later the PS2 is still making its way into living rooms around the world and welcoming a new generation of gamers, some of whom were not even born when the system launched.

'Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine' (ALL) Coming to PC? You Can Make It Happen!

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, an action-RPG title that will put you in control of individual units throughout a narrative-driven story campaign and in wide-scale online battles. Originally announced as a console exclusive title, PC gamers have started up a petition, with Relic stating that "we're always looking at feedback on forums and know there are lots of people who are interested in a PC version. If we continue to see a strong desire for a PC version of Space Marine, who knows what might happen!"

'Sled Shred' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Focused on downhill sled racing on everything from tubes and toboggans to discs and bobsleds, Sled Shred promises to give players a thrilling experience as they try and earn their way into the World Winter Games, racing with and against the world-renowned Jamaican Bobsled team.

'Smugglers IV: Doomsday' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Smugglers IV: Doomsday is a turn-based space-trading game where you take command of an advanced space ship amidst a galaxy torn by war and crime! With your ship and skilled crew you can choose to be a greedy trader, ambitious bounty hunter, ruthless pirate, or one of the other professions in your quest for riches, fame, and power!

Bethesda 'Fallout' Preliminary Injunction Against Interplay Tossed Out

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last month, Bethesda filed suit against Interplay for their inability to move forward with the Fallout MMO, making digital distribution deals with GOG and Steam for its back catalog and repackaging products that have not been approved by Bethesda. It seems the preliminary injunction has been denied for various reasons, one being the complex language of the contract (e.g., the MMO required a $30M budget, but does not require Interplay to have spent it all).

'Disney Epic Mickey' (Wii) Officially Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 11:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disney Epic Mickey is an adventure-platforming game with light role-playing elements starring a re-imagined Mickey Mouse, tapping into its rich history along with the characters and worlds brought to life by Walt Disney to create an edgy and unexpected cartoon adventure.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Supports Avatars Awards

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 11:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for cooperative action games, adding melee combat to enable deeper cooperative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more. Valve confirmed that L4D2 will include Avatar awards such as a health pack for your avatar, a host of L4D2 shirts and Rochelle’s pretty pink Depeche Mode t-shirt, among other gifts.

'Storybook Workshop' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 10:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Storybook Workshop immerses kids and their parents in 16 classic children's fairy tales and fables and many other exciting features. Through the use of the included USB microphone, you can read along, record and play back readings of your favorite stories, including the most beloved tales from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop and around the world.

'God of War III' (PS3) Demo Included On District 9 Blu-ray

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

God of War III will bring epic battles to life with stunning graphics and an elaborate plot that puts Kratos at the center of the carnage and destruction as he seeks revenge against the Gods who have betrayed him. To promote District 9 on Blu-ray, releasing on Dec. 29, Sony is including the GoW III demo on the same disc.

'Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood' (ALL) Title Update Addresses Multiplayer Issues

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood transports players from a ravaged Civil War-era Georgia to the Aztec ruins of Mexico. In the wildest West ever depicted, players can embody both McCall brothers in an intense Wild West storyline full of greed, lust and lawlessness that takes place during a legendary period of American history.

'The Legend of Vraz' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Legend of Vraz is a 2D action adventure arcade game where you play as Vraz, a prince in love with princess Avi, and in order to win her hand in marriage agrees to the 5 tasks set by Avi’s father – Baapji, The Maharaja of Kund.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2010' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 8:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PES 2010 will benefit from the most exhaustive raft of new features in the series’ history, with every aspect of the game benefiting from key improvements and major gameplay additions.

'Shattered Union' Gets Jerry Bruckheimer Movie Makeover

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 8:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set atop the smoldering ruins of a fictional United States torn apart by civil war, Shattered Union is an action-packed strategy game where you will play through an exciting single player campaign to reunite the country by force, or online in one-on-one matches. Variety reports that Jerry Bruckheimer is working on an adaptation of 2K Games' 2005 PC game, with J. Michael Straczynski, known for Clint Eastwood's Changeling and currently working on a Silver Surfer, is writing the script with Mike Stenson and Chad Oman as exec producers.

'GTA: Episodes from Liberty City' (X360) Free Multiplayer Weekend

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price. To commemorate the launch, Xbox Live multiplayer will be free all weekend for people playing GTAIV, The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

'Excitebike: World Rally' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Excitebike: World Rally is an enhanced version of the NES classic Excitebike, and will feature updated 2.5-D graphics, four-player online multiplayer capability, and a track editor.

'Lost Saga' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lost Saga is an action-packed fighting game that brings heroes from fantasy, science-fiction and history to life in an all-out-brawl for the ages. Players start by choosing from a wide variety of heroes, each hero comes with unique skills and abilities, and as players hone their battle skills and gain experience, their characters' powers will grow. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:24 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:


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

'Runaway: A Twist of Fate' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the story of the previous game, A Twist of Fate is also very much an independent adventure, allowing those that have never played a Runaway game before to fully enjoy this brand new experience. Also, for the very first time in the series, the game will allow you to control Brian as well as Gina who has an important part to play in the story.

THQ Extends WWE Renewal Notice

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For years now THQ and JAKKS Pacific have been in the process of arbitrating the royalty rate to be paid by THQ to JAKKS Pacific for WWE video game sales, which was recently settled. In July we reported that THQ had yet to renew the WWE license, even filing lawsuit against JAKKS over it, and it has just been given an extension to make a decision whether it will pick up the WWE name through December 31, 2014.

Iceberg Interactive and Noviy Disk Sign Publishing Deal

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dutch publisher Iceberg Interactive and Russian based Noviy Disk have signed a mutual publishing agreement for the release of several exiting PC titles, including the upcoming port of Ninja Blade.

'Empires of Steel' - Extended Beta Demo, Pre-Order Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 7:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empires of Steel is a turn-based game of world conquest set in the 20th century. Players command various ground, armored, naval and airforce units against up to 20 human or computer-controlled (Artificial Intelligence) opponents.

'Bayonetta' (ALL) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bayonetta is a stylish and cinematic action game, directed by Hideki Kamiya. A witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated all-out action.

'GTA: The Ballad of Gay Tony' (X360) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Forza Motorsport 3'

by Brian Dumlao on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of the world's most exotic and exquisite cars. Live the most realistic racing experience ever as you take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe.

Wii Review - 'Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga'

by Brian Dumlao on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga is an action RPG that expands the series by introducing a co-op feature allowing two players to adventure through the land of Eldar with no random encounters while updating the real-time battle system to now include battles taking place on the world map instead of a separate battle screen for a seamless experience.

'Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 1:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles‘s story is based on Resident Evil 2 and includes Leon S Kenney and Claire Redfield. Its on-rails style gameplay and active camera will create a more immersive “Chronicles” survival experience. As in the last installment, this is a first-person game with extreme shooting gameplay and interactive pathways.

Gravity Bear Formed by Flagship Studios Co-founder, Diablo 2 Lead

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gravity Bear is a new independent games studio focused on creating unique and fun social games led by Phil Shenk, co-founder/Art Director at Flagship Studios and Diablo 2 lead artist, and will deliver engaging original IPs across a variety of platforms and social networks. 

'We Cheer 2' (Wii) Shows Off Customization - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get ready to shake your pom-poms and show your team spirit with We Cheer 2, using two Wii Remotes as you perform full body motions to hit music of the past and present.

Crave Developing Games Based on 'Man vs. Wild' and 'Deadliest Catch' Licenses

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Discovery Communications to develop and produce video games based on Man vs. Wild and Deadliest Catch. The games let players experience the excitement of surviving in the world's toughest jungles and deserts as seen in the Man vs. Wild series, and battle the pounding storms of the Bering Sea as crab fishermen in Deadliest Catch.

'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare' (X360) Game With Slipknot Fame

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CoD 4: Modern Warfare is an action-thriller arming gamers with the most advanced and powerful arsenal of modern day firepower to fight a new war in the world’s most treacherous hotspots.

PC Review - 'Space Giraffe'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Space Giraffe features uniquely beautiful graphics and 100 levels of lovingly hand-crafted shoot-'em-up action gameplay from the makers of Llamatron and Tempest 2000. Collect power-ups to activate Bonus Rounds and master the strategies necessary to maximize your score on every level!

Could You Stab Me In The Back A Little Deeper? I Still Have Feeling In My Legs

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2009 @ 12:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

After yesterday's slew of bad news, today was a tad better. While our DVR still seems to have issues recognizing new TV shows this week, CrimeCraft has settled down, and there hasn't been a single crash all day.

Last night's episode of Castle was great — one of the best ones yet. Fans of Nathan Fillion will no doubt have picked up on his Halloween attire being a tribute to Firefly. His daughter's comment was also awesome: "Didn't you wear that five years ago? Don't you think you should move on?" Luckily, one of the few shows the DVR did manage to pick up was the new Sons Of Anarchy, so I'm going to try and squeeze in that one later today.