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'Luminous Arc 3' (NDS) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Luminous Arc 3 is an epic strategy RPG loaded to the brim with content, including a wealth of new characters, hand drawn graphics, local and online multiplayer support, multiple endings, an updated user interface, etc...

'Medal of Honor' Franchise Moving to Modern Day Rumor Resurfaces

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Medal of Honor franchise has been off the grid after the lukewarm reception of MoH: Airborne in 2007. That a new installment in the series is in the works has been hinted at a few times, with EGM guesstimating that it may move from its WWII era setting into modern day Afghanistan. Giving further credence to that speculation is a CV from former EA dev Micah Lapping-Carr, now working at Microsoft on Natal, who claims he worked on a "a Medal of Honor modern combat title" in 2008 (thanks SA). No official announcements have been made by EA yet, but if a new title was worked on last year already, maybe we'll get word of it soon.

'Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga' (Wii) - 50 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 6:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'EyePet' (PS3) Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EyePet delivers an interactive lifelike, virtual pet right into your own living room using the PS Eye, responding and relating to movements in your own world. While a Nov. 17 release date was set a few months ago, GameStop has updated its product listing indicating it has been pushed until April 4, 2010.

'Rage of the Gladiator' (Wii) Shows Off Medusa - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rage of the Gladiator is a first person fantasy fighting game where you control a gladiator, fighting for your life in an arena. Armed with your magical warhammer and a trusty shield, you must defeat fantastic bosses including a Chimera, Beholder, and a Dragon.

DotA Mod Developer Recruited By Valve to Work on New Project

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Defense of the Ancients: Allstars developer "IceFrog" revealed that he has been recruited by Valve and is leading a team to work on a new project. While IceFrog didn't reveal any details he did say that has has "all the resources needed to do some very exciting stuff," and also that his "goal and top priority in the future is to solve the surrounding issues that affect the DotA experience in order to allow it to reach new heights. "

'Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks' (ALL) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In an original storyline developed exclusively for the game, Ben and the Omnitrix will journey to outer space and distant never-before-seen planets for the first time ever in the series, using his alien forms and their special powers in an effort to thwart a grand scheme to conquer the universe one planet at a time.

'Lucidity' And 'South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!' This Week's XBLA Titles

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lucidity is a puzzle platform game, where players are tasked with keeping Sofi safe as she drifts deeper into the strange new world of her dreams with a persistent desire to explore new worlds and overcome all obstacles in her way. South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! is a fast-paced action/strategy game that combines these lovable characters with snowball battles and tower defense tactics.

Buy 2 - Get 1 Free Promo Extended, Xbox 360 Platinum Hits Collection Adds Five New Titles

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 3:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft announced the latest titles that have earned their place in the Xbox 360 Platinum Hits collection, including Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV, Capcom's Streetfighter IV, Valve's Left 4 Dead, THQ's Saint’s Row 2 and LucasArts' Star Wars – The Force Unleashed, making them available in stores for as low as $19.99. 

'Naruto Shippuden: Legends - Akatsuki Rising' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 1:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the animated series, players will assume control of over 10 of their favorite ninja, including the dreaded Akatsuki, promising to deliver fierce ninja action as players re-live the Naruto Shippuden storyline and experience a brand new adventure.

'Army of Two' And 'Dragon Age' Getting Monthly Comic Books

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 1:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts has signed a deal with IDW Publishing to expand two of its intellectual properties, Army of Two and Dragon Age, into comics under a new EA Comics imprint with IDW beginning in January as a monthly, ongoing series.

Various Game Trailers #1703

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 1:05 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:

  • Dragon Age: Origins [ALL] - Living World Trailer

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

'A boy and his blob' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

a boy and his blob returns with an all new game play experience! True to the NES version, playing the boy, you feed your Blob jelly beans and watch it transform into cool and useful objects to solve puzzles and escape danger. With its robust and emotionally driven story, challenging puzzles, and visually impressive art style, a boy and his blob is nothing short of a heartwarming experience.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Pre-Orders Up 300%, Gets $25 Million Ad Budget

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for co-operative action games, adding melee combat to enable deeper co-operative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more.

Ubisoft Acquires 'Trackmania' Developer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced the acquisition of France based TrackMania development studio Nadeo, currently working on Trackmania 2.

'Free Realms' (ALL) Kicks Off Soccer Frenzy With Goal Time - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 9:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Free Realms is a free whimsical fantasy massively multiplayer RPG from Sony Online offering lighthearted adventuring, aimed primarily at casual female gamers, and optional bonus content via micro transactions.

'Magicka' (X360/PC) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Magicka is an action/adventure in which the player takes on the role of a wizard of a decadent ancient order, utilizing a complex game mechanic to let players, in real-time, dynamically combine different elements to create spells or the even more powerful Magicks to exploit the weaknesses of their foes.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes' (ALL) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes allows players to fight as both Jedi Knights and Clone Troopers through over 30 unique missions, all created incorporating the same ground-breaking, stunning visual style from the TV series.

'LEGO Rock Band' (Wii/PS3/X360) Adds David Bowie - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Rock Band is a unique family-friendly music experience, which will allow families, tweens and teens to experience a wild journey to rock stardom, combining the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO franchise packed with chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences.

PSPgo Gets Price Cut in UK, 3 Days After Launch

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Created with portable, pocket-sized gaming in mind, the PSPgo comes with 16GB of internal flash memory. The PSPgo has over 16,000 downloadable content items, amongst which are over 2000 films, 13000 TV episodes and 225 games (God of War, Gran Turismo,  Soul Calibur : Broken Destiny, etc...). Barely three days after its launch, the PSPgo has already received a £25 price cut at major retailers such as Amazon.co.uk, Game.com, HMV.com and Play.com.

'BattleForge' Is The First Game to Support DirectX 11

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 7:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Phenomic's BattleForge is a new fantasy online RTS game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck. BattleForge is the first game to leverage Microsoft’s DirectX 11 and AMD’s new ATI gfx processor chipset.

'The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom' - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom gives gamers the opportunity to choose the best way to lead their kingdom to victory, in a rich environment set in middle-Europe during the early Renaissance.

'Beaterator' (PSP) Band Challenge Competition Launched

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 6:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beaterator is a powerful music mixer with robust beatmaking features, as well as a highly addictive collection of original music and rhythm games and challenge modes - all available in the palm of your hand.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, October 5, 2009

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 6:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a VC, a NDSi, and one WiiWare title to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Word Searcher (Wiiware), Thorium Wars (NDSiWare), and Final Fantasy (VC).

'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gran Turismo 5 includes more than 1,000 cars, 20+ locations with 70+ track layouts, diverse racing styles including rally, track, karting, NASCAR, and more, deep online community features and online racing, plus Gran Turismo TV, Course Maker and more.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Standalone Character Creator Coming Pre-Launch

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:57 a.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.

Monday, October 5, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:37 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 ...

'Cars Race-O-Rama' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In THQ's Cars Race-O-Rama, players will join Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks in Radiator Springs as they prepare their academy of student racers to compete in the Race-O-Rama Exhibition.

PSP Preview - 'Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Kenka Bancho is a Japanese beat'em up for PSP which puts you in the role of a high school student on a class trip to a historic Japanese city, includes no shortage of fist-to-face and knee-to-gut action, and all in the name of pride and bragging rights.

NDS Review - 'Scribblenauts'

by Reggie Carolipio on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Scribblenauts is a completely original gameplay experience that anyone can play, offering fun for all ages with two styles of gameplay and more than 200 levels.

'LittleBigPlanet PSP' (PSP) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 5:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LittleBigPlanet PSP is a world of endless possibilities where imagination and creativity is king. In this stylish and stitched-together 3D craft material world, there is fun to be had for all ages, tastes and player types, with over 30 new developer-created levels through seven new themed locations to explore and play.

'Blue Toad Murder Files' (PS3) Ep. 1 Dates - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 4:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blue Toad Murder Files is set in the quintessentially English village of Little Riddle where murder is in the air. As one of the famous Blue Toad detectives you solve puzzles, interrogate suspects, use your powers of observation and investigate clues to uncover the strange goings on in this quaint and sleepy village.

Korner Entertainment Acquires Two Soccer IPs

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 4:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Korner Entertainment announces the agreement for the acquisition of the brands PC Fútbol and PC Calcio, acquiring the full rights of the mentioned brands including the use of the image of the marks.

'Super Street Fighter IV' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Super Street Fighter IV features the full roster of 25 characters from Street Fighter IV such as Ryu, Ken, Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte and Rufus, while adding about eight characters new to the world of Street Fighter IV. The impressive new roster includes classic combatants from previous Street Fighter games like T. Hawk as well as all-new characters such as the mysterious and deadly female fighter, Juri.

'Atelier Rorona' (PS3) Coming to North America

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The anime style characters and backgrounds from previous Atelier titles remain, but they have been upgraded with a stunning cell-shaded animation style. The basic game play carries over the tradition of the series, using alchemy as the main focal point, where players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy.

'Marines: Modern Urban Combat' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Grab the Wii remote and lead your squad into battle with tactics and strategies used by the real U.S. Marine Corps. Marines: Modern Urban Combat brings the thrills of first person shooters to the Wii with intuitive Wii controls, deadly AI, amazing squad dynamics, and more!

'Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman! 2' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The goal of the game is clean and simple: As the God of Destruction, you must create a dungeon that is both difficult and powerful enough to fend off the human hero invaders. The dungeon must have a self-sustaining ecosystem, so players must strategically dig and create a dungeon with a balanced food chain.

And We Will Send You To Whatever God You Wish

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was filled with doing a whole lot of nothing. It was exquisite!

We started off the day at 10ish, went to eat dim sum, after which we sent off Ricky, who's responsible for the new site, to the airport. We then plopped ourselves on the couch and watched a few episodes of "Bones," "Dollhouse," and "Hell's Kitchen." All we did in between was get groceries and nuke some leftovers from last night's trip to The Cheesecake Factory.

I wish I could tell you more, but that's about it. Luckily we have three press trips planned this week, so there should be some interesting stuff coming up.