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'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Scavenge Mode Revealed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 8:33 p.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. Scavenge mode pits humans vs. various infected, with the human team retrieving as many of the 16 gas cans to fill up generators within 90 seconds. Each successful usage adds 20 seconds, and players switch sides after three rounds. The team that wins the most games is victorious.

'Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time' (PS3) Euro Collector's Edition Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Expect all the laughs and witty banter of a Ratchet and Clank title, as you enjoy all-new space gameplay that gives players the opportunity to engage in space battles, explore the surrounding star system, and discover hidden items and collectibles. The Collector’s Edition comes in a special foldout digipack containing a 3D lenticular cover, an artwork book, and a code to download a special level that resembles the layout of the Insomniac Games’ offices.

'R-Type Tactics II' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

R-Type Tactics, also known as R-Type Command, is a deviation from the usual shoot'em up genre into the tactical/RPG genre, giving you a chance to see all the units and enemies up close and personal, in 3D, while adding 2 player vs mode. R-Type Tactics II changes the conflict from humans vs. aliens to humans vs. humans and adds a slew of all-new units and abilities.

Various Game Trailers #1705

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:02 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:

  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City [ALL] - There's Always A Girl Trailer
  • Brutal Legend [PSA3/X360] - Gameplay Footage
  • Gratuitous Space Battles [PC] - Trailer
  • Hasbro Family Game Night 2 [NDS/Wii] - Trailer (2)

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

'Fortix' (PSP/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Experience a new type of strategy and arcade game. Fence off parts of the battlefield to corner your enemies. You are knight Fortix, the sole hope for the desolate and tortured land of Fortiana to become the fertile land that it was before. Collect catapults and power-ups to besiege the fortresses and take on dragons.

'Mount & Blade: Warband' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 3:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mount & Blade: Warband is geared to raise the level of intensity of the original Mount & Blade, incorporating a brand new multiplayer feature that enables up to 64 players to fight for glory on a single map in team deathmatch style battles. Previously scheduled fro Q1 2010, Paradox has set the official release date for March 19, 2010.

'Need for Speed Nitro' (Wii/NDS) Car Roster Part 1 - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 2:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Need for Speed Nitro will have players of all skill levels hooked from the moment they get into the action, while arcade racing fans will be exhilarated by the deep and challenging gameplay.

New 'Prince of Persia' In Development?

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 1:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

While there have been a few new titles since, original creator Jordan Mechner has not been involved in the series since 2003's PoP: The Sands of Time, but he has been working on the upcoming motion picture starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Trademark detectives SA have uncovered that Mechner recently filed Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands, and Ubisoft character modeler Marc-Antoine senecal's CV stated that, since Aug. 2009, he has been working on "the new Prince of Persia game," which in the meantime has been changed to "Working on the best game ever."

Atari Appoints Industry Veterans As New VPs

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 1:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced the appointment of former Spicy Horse CEO/Founder Anthony Jacobson as Vice President of Business Development and former THQ/EA producer Pierre Hintze as Vice President of Product Development.

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010' (ALL) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 1:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Poised to feature the most authentic, entertaining and compelling simulation of WWE programming to date across multiple videogame platforms, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 will introduce inspiring creative and online freedom, significant franchise improvements and a comprehensive roster of today’s most prominent WWE Superstars and Divas.

Bungie Developers Form Moonshot Games, Focus on Downloadable Games

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Formed by Bungie alumni Michel Bastien, Damián Isla, and Rob Stokes, Moonshot is dedicated to exploring the uncharted spaces of high-quality downloadable games, bringing to those worlds our years of experience with AAA productions.

'Tony Hawk: Ride' (ALL) Lets You Add Miis - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 11:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time, players will have the ability to physically play the game using an innovative motion sensing skateboard controller, allowing for unprecedented freedom and movement. Tony Hawk: RIDE focuses on innovation and fun, bringing the action-sports franchise to the forefront with cutting-edge technology for the hardcore fans and accessibility for the mass audience.

'Dawn of Discovery' (ALL) v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

Dawn of Discovery, known in Europe as Anno 1404, is an RTS and simulation. Exploring a strange and fascinating island in the utmost East, players will get to know the culture and technology of the ancient Orient while learning the tricks of local trade, diplomacy and economy in order to build their own metropolis.

'We Cheer 2' (Wii) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 10:15 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.

'Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing' (ALL) Adds Shenmu's Ryo Hazuki - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a frantic battle to the chequered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in mediaeval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA.

'East India Company' to Get Free Designer's Cut Add-on With New Features & Mode

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the world's most powerful trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in both single-player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic environment.

PSN Digital Access Codes Now Available Via Amazon.com

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America and Amazon.com announced that digital access codes for more than 200 PlayStation Network games and game-related content for PS3 and PSP are now available in the Amazon.com Video Game Store .

'Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The secret of the Tree of Life. For centuries people were ready to commit worst crimes and risk their lives to discover it. Times have changed, but not human nature. As Sylvie Leroux - a young archaeologist and adventurer - is working to solve the mystery that surrounds the legend, she finds herself tempted by the same promises that so many before her fell for.

True Games Interactive Looking to Acquire New Titles

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 8:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Online game publisher True Games Interactive has formed an External Development Division at its Irvine Headquarters where it is currently seeking to acquire new video game content to operate on its TrueTech online game platform.

'Medieval Games' (Wii) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 8:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Medieval Games is a collection of mini games set in a storybook medieval world, offering players a unique game play experience with a timeless theme. Battle dragons, storm the castle, or joust your way through the tournament championship as you compete in a variety of game modes.

'The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood' - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 7:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Siege of Mirkwood will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join forces to press further eastward into the dark, foreboding and treacherous forest of Mirkwood and take part in the epic conclusion to Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online.

'Maestro! Jump in Music' (NDS) Soundtrack Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 7:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Maestro! Jump in Music combines traditional platform games and the pleasure of music creation in which you discover Presto, the music-loving bird, and make him evolve in a colorful, decibel-filled journey. Use the stylus to scrape, rub, tap and whirl to the rhythm of the level’s music and like a good Maestro, stick to the original.

NDS Review - 'Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is set during the KH II events, and has Roxas as the main character. You will explore a variety of Disney worlds in not only single-player mode, but also in multiplayer missions made possible by the NDS' networking features.

'Craft of Gods' - 37 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Craft of Gods is a MMORPG with a huge world to explore, monsters and legendary creatures, crafting and housing. 6 different races and a system of free growth with more than 200 different abilities.

'Adventures To Go' (PSP) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Adventures To Go offers a refreshing twist on the strategy RPG genre, giving gamers the opportunity to shape and customize the game's dungeons to their own liking!

'Platypus' (X360) Announced, Release Imminent - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 6:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Platypus is a claymation side-scrolling shooter with each ship and bullet hand-crafted from clay and photographed to create a charming and visually unique game. Comprised of 4 levels, each split into 5 areas, there are plenty of plasticine enemies to shoot down, power-ups to grab and squishy level bosses to ... well, squish.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 5:47 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 ...

'My Baby 2' (NDS/Wii) - 17 New Screens

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

Remember, last time you saw him he just made his 1st steps and today, in My Baby 2, he’s 15 months old. Plenty of new challenges for you: you’ll have to teach him to talk but also dancing, climbing the stairs, jumping… but above all you’ll have to give him all your attention and loving!

'Black Mirror 2' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Black Mirror 2 is going to be a classical point & click adventure, based on so-called 2.5D technologies, using a combination of highly detailed 2D backgrounds and 3D characters.

'Runaway: A Twist of Fate' (NDS/PC) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:30 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.

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Launch Day Add-ons Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of more than 400 of the world’s most exotic and exquisite cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. On launch day Turn 10 will release a free Game Add-on car and track pack, adding ten new vehicles and two tracks.

'PureSim Baseball 2' Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the licensed use of the Lahman Database, PureSim Baseball 2 gives you the opportunity to go back to any season since 1900 and begin your baseball dynasty. Can you accomplish the feats of your favorite team or perhaps rewrite history by going back in time to when you felt things went wrong for your favorite club and leading them down a different path.

Star Trek Online (PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With customizable ships and characters from the Klingon Empire and United Federation of Planets, ground, space and shipboard gameplay and unique options for player-generated content set in the Star Trek universe, Star Trek Online is the MMOG that allows you to boldly go where no one has gone before!

PC Review - 'The Sims 3'

by Jesse Littlefield on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 4:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Featuring a brand new engine that has been in development for nearly three years, The Sims 3 allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighbourhood right outside their door. The initial feature-set unveiled includes the new seamless, open neighbourhood, new Create-A-Sim, new realistic personalities and new unlimited customization.

'Planet Calypso' Opens The Oil Rig And Gives Out Free Money

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 3:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Planet Calypso, previously known as Project Entropia, is a virtual world utilizing a real cash economy, featuring beautiful new vistas, a compelling new story and dangerous monsters all rendered in Crytek's CryENGINE 2. Developer First Planet Company announced that the Oil rig is back online and pumping out free oil to any brave enough to take it. 

Gamebryo LightSpeed Used By Military For Anti-IED Game Development

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 3:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

IPKeys has selected Emergent’s Gamebryo LightSpeed development system to create counter-IED simulations for the Federal Government's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s Technical Gaming Team.

'World War 2: Time of Wrath' - v1.60 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WW2: Time of Wrath is a turn-based grand strategy title, an improved and expanded sequel to WW2: Road to Victory, that puts the player in charge of the political, economic and military decisions of one or more Axis or Allied nations, including minor nations.

'FIFA 10' (ALL) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Responding to consumer feedback from the online games played, FIFA Soccer 10 will deliver a new standard for authenticity with gameplay refinements and innovations that will make it the most complete and intelligent simulation of soccer.

'Zen Pinball' (PSN) to Add Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Table

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ZEN Pinball sets a new standard for realistic ball physics and graphical detail in pinball games employing cutting-edge visuals, challenging tables, true-to-life ball and table physics, combining them with features not found in any other pinball game. ZEN Studios announced today a partnership with Tecmo to create the Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 expansion table.

Guns Are Meant To Be Shot, Not Thrown!

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Wow, that was quite the shipping day yesterday. Lots of good titles this week. My personal favorites are Op. Flashpoint 2, Demon's Souls and Republic Heroes (something about the art style), but I'm sure there will be a few stragglers later this week as well.

We finished off "Crank 2" today, that movie is so absurd and over the top that it was actually semi-entertaining. It's not as good as the first one, but they sure went all out with the weirdness.

Our DVR had a snafu and for some reason only recorded half of "House" and "NCIS," so we ended up watching the new "Castle," with our personal hero Nathan Fillion! Sunday's episode of "Entourage" was also quite good; the Matt Damon "Jason Bourne" cameo was very entertaining, especially the bit after the credits.