'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Complete Car Roster - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:05 p.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.

'Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time' (PS3) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:03 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 Saboteur' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

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

Pandemic Studios' new open-world environment stealth-action thriller, Saboteur is set against the dramatic backdrop of occupied France and based on a true story, the personal tale of one man’s fight to find and kill the Nazi thugs who murdered his friends.

Activision Trims Fat, Shuts Down Shaba, Layoffs At 7 Studios

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Activision recently opened a studio in Bay Area California, and recruited former Visceral Games people for it, it seems other studios are not so lucky. Recently acquired 7 Studios, previously working on Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, had to let go half of its employees in order to "realigned its business to focus its development resources on the music genre." Long time studio Shaba Games, best know for Shrek Super Slam and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, fared even worse as "Activision evaluates the resources at our studio properties to ensure that they are properly matched to our product slate and overall strategic goals, and recently made the difficult but necessary decision to close Shaba Studios."

Various Game Trailers #1706

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:38 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:

  • Magna Carta 2 [X360] - Chain System Trailer
  • Dragon Age: Origins [ALL] - Blood Dragon Armor Trailer

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

'Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes' (Wii/PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players will take up the swords and spears of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in huge battles against hundreds of opponents in many exciting stages that lead up to the main event.

PlayStation Store Gets Critter Crunch, DLCs, Downloadable PSP Games, Music Tracks

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Critter Crunch ($6.99), DLCs for LittleBigPlanet, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey, DiRT 2, Fallout 3 Mothership Zeta/Point Lookout ($9.99), Tiger Woods PGA Tour,  song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band (Unplugged); and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes and downloadable PSP games (NBA 10 The Inside ($29.99), NBA Live 10 ($39.99) and Pandemonium! ($5.99).

'WonderKing' (PC) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

WonderKing is a free-to-play MMO offering the ability to acquire tools, weapons and mounts from the item mall, challenge the demonic forces of Valron in real-time combat, and strive to become the Wonderking who'll bring light to the shadows of darkness.

'Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 4:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem is a interspecies shooter where you start as primate and battle lizardmen across the epochs, from primeval to medieval times and beyond, volveing from a lowly monkey to an apeman, then caveman, a human knight, and finally a soldier.

'Bayonetta' (ALL) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 4:49 p.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.

'Halo 3: ODST' (X360) Sells 2.5 Million Copies in Two Weeks

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 2:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Halo 3: ODST is a new game in the Halo saga that lets people experience events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, as they search for clues leading to the whereabouts of their scattered squad and the motivations behind the Covenant's invasion of New Mombasa. While on launch day Halo 3: ODST sold 1 million units, the game has gone on to sell 2.5 million units since launch, and there are Halo plans for at least the next 6 years...

'Red Dead Redemption' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier.

'Shimano Xtreme Fishing' (Wii) Off the Hook Sweepstakes Gets You Gear

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 2:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Embracing the wilder side of sport fishing, Shimano Xtreme Fishing is the only videogame to let players take the fight to the fish with bow and speargun in addition to the traditional rod and reel.

'Last Flight' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 2:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last Flight is a new Wiiware title where you play Larry Adelman, a culinary critic who has to fight blood-sucking vampire/zombies (no, not snakes) on a plane. The beat-'em-up title sports cel-shaded graphics. You must cleave your way through hordes of enemies and use the environment to create stakes (max. 4), or slap them around with a whip.

Good Old Games Adds 'Red Baron' Series to Its Portfolio

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 2:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Good Old Games has unearthed another bounty of historic gems with the addition of the legendary Red Baron air-combat series. Thanks to the agreement with Mad Otter Games, GOG.com will offer the complete Red Baron series in one value-packed bundle including Red Baron, Red Baron Mission Builder and Red Baron 3D – as always, DRM-free and XP & Vista compatible – for the low-flying price of $9.99.

'Bakugan: Battle Brawlers' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 1:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the animated TV series Bakugan, the game tells the story of Dan and his friends as they battle their Bakugan Brawlers to save the planet of Vestroia and, ultimately, Earth from destruction.

'DJ Hero' (ALL) Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

DJ Hero expands Guitar Hero's signature social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance.

'Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier' (PS2/PSP) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prepare for non-stop action and adventure as the duo travel across mysterious lands and take to the sky on a mission to save their planet from destruction. Take this incredible adventure with you anywhere on your PSP, or play it at home with PS2.

'Fairytale Fights' (ALL) Achievements/Trophies Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 11:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Fairytale Fights players choose one favorite fairytale character with whom they will try and save a fantasy world from certain doom. Luckily many different weapons lay around in this fairytale world, which players can use to shoot and carve up enemies… and this is where the fun begins!

Xbox Avatars Get an Assortment of NFL Jerseys

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the New Xbox Experience, Xbox 360 fans have been able to customize their avatars with various features and attributes. Microsoft promised it would be releasing new items every 2 weeks. Making good on its promise, you can now pimp out your avatar with a variety of American National Football League shirts (male/female), but you'll have to plop down 320 points/$4.00 for it (a cheap game goes for 400).

'MX vs. ATV Reflex' (ALL) Adds More Pro Riders to Its Roster - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

MX vs. ATV Reflex introduces revolutionary physics that allow for real-world terrain deformation and an intuitive, dual-stick control scheme that separates man from machine, as well as a wide variety of race modes, vehicles and worlds to explore while utilizing the all-new Rhythm Racing 2.0 physics engine. Joining previously announced rider James Stewart, will be Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Josh Grant, Ryan Villopoto and many more.

'Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy, players take on the role of Nancy Drew as she heads undercover at a prestigious all-girls boarding school to discover the culprit behind threatening notes and dangerous accidents that seem to be targeted towards the academy’s valedictorian candidates.

'WorldShift' Finally Coming to North America

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 10:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WorldShift is a cyber-fantasy RTS game set in a dark future of Earth, where today's civilization is only a fading mysterious legend. Released early last year in Europe, Got Game is bringing Black Sea Studios' RTS to North America.

'IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey' (ALL) Rolls Out Premium DLC Adding More Missions/Plane

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 9:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of WWII. Players can participate in some of the most famous battles piloting fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers across a range of 50+ missions. The update gives players six more single-player missions, as well as a brand new plane, the American P47D.

'Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop' (NDS) Shows Off Let's Shop Mode - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Everyone’s favorite culinary queen will return to the kitchen in Cooking Mama 3, with all new features added to the world famous game play recipe, 80 recipes, 200 mini-games, four player multiplayer and two totally new game modes.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 9:19 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 ...

'Final Fantasy XIV' (PS3/PC) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Final Fantasy XIV, an all new massively-multiplayer role-playing game set in the vast realm of Eorzea, has been rebuilt from the ground up, and centers on the core concept of rebirth, featuring a new world to explore and storyline to experience.

'Risen' (ALL) - v1.01 Hotfix Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 9:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a medieval world on a volcanic Mediterranean island, Risen unfolds over 4 chapters and offers multiple ways to develop the story by your actions and decisions. An intuitive user control interface will support both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 8:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

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

'GTA: Chinatown Wars' (ALL) - 16 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 8:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chinatown Wars is an original entry in the GTA franchise, bringing a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Premium DLCs At Launch, Some Also in Mass Effect 2

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 8:01 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.

'Mercenary Wars' Shows Off Five Of Its Maps - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mercenary Wars is a free-to-play, online military FPS game with unique customization features and an innovative stat system. From a museum filled with treasures to an overthrown Mosque, to a restaurant with secret meeting rooms, the dynamic maps of Mercenary Wars ensure unique and varied challenges at every turn.

Webzen Expands Its 'Archlord' to North America & Europe, Adds New Character Class

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Embark on your adventure to become the one mighty ruler of them all and take control of vast worlds, sprawling towns and cities or even control the world's horrific monsters to wreak havoc on your cowering enemies. Last month Codemasters announced it would no longer support Archlord while Webzen would be picking up the slack, and now it has ...

GamersGate Weekly Specials Oct. 8 - Oct. 11, 2009

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced that throughout October, each day there will be a “JoWood Daily Deal” offering discounts up to 50% off. This weekend Velvet Assassin and Painkiller Universe are both 50 % off, while Fairy Tales: Three Heroes gets a 40% price reduction. When you pre-order Football Manager 2010, you'll get 20% off and receive OutRun 2006 Coast to Coast for free with 3,000 bonus Blue Coins and a price guarantee, while NBA 2K10 pre-orders are now 10% off with 250 Blue Coins, and a price guarantee.

'Runes of Magic' Gets Dragons And Volcanoes - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 2,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Tower Bloxx Deluxe' Coming to Xbox Live Arcade, Soon

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Redesigned and adapted specifically to take advantage of Xbox Live Arcade, players will be able to experience Tower Bloxx Deluxe in HD quality while playing through six unique game modes. You can go head-to-head in Battle Multiplayer mode with up to four players and employ power-ups on other players to increase your chance of winning, or play cooperatively and reach for the skies together as a team.

Deep Silver Bringing 'SAGA Online' to Europe

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 7:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The world of SAGA Online is a traditional fantasy setting populated by characters such as elves, orcs, dragons and giants. It is a free-of-charge, persistent massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game where players get to create their own realms, do battle or trade with one another, or set out on cooperative quests with their friends in order to earn experience and loot.

'LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias' (Wii) Launching in Europe Tomorrow - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The power of the wind is once again in the palm of your hand as you wield your Wii Remote to use the elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit to protect and guide the young boy Toku to save Toku’s mother, lift an ancient Curse and thwart the evil Balasar.

Wii Review - 'Scooby-Doo! First Frights'

by Dustin Chadwell on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Scooby-Doo! First Frights is an action-adventure game that complements the upcoming Warner Bros. movie and lets you take on the role of young Scooby-Doo and teenage versions of the newly formed Mystery, Inc. crew to solve their very first cases.

PC Review - 'Suguri: Perfect Edition'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Experience the rush of battle as you wage intensive aerial duels in Suguri, one of the most unique hybrid shooter/fighter titles ever created. Showcasing beautifully rendered designs, innovative weaponry, rapid-fire combat gameplay action and a cool techno-trance soundtrack, Suguri is a must-have, must-play indie game.

'RACE On' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 6:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

RACE On will target PC owners with a bit of petrol in their blood and comes with a very strong selection of new challenging content including the tracks and cars from WTCC season 2008 which turned out to be the most competitive championship ever.

'Greed' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Greed is a merciless hack 'n' slash action-RPG and features all ingredients to create an enthralling classic. The player will need to fight his way through masses of critters, robots, aliens and many other exotic adversaries while collecting unique items and skills thus leveling up your character.

'FIFA 10' (ALL) Sells Big, 1.7 Million Sold In Launch Week

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 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.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) No Longer Banned in Australia

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 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. While Valve was preparing for the worst, and making a censored edition of the game, it seems the OFLC has changed its mind and granted Left 4 Dead 2 the MA 15+ rating after it was banned last month.

'Conquest! Medieval Realms' - v1.8 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Conquest! Medieval Realms is a turn-based game where the objective is to conquer up to 7 opposing players (either AI players or other human players) by defeating their armies and capturing their lands.

If You Go Any Faster We're Gonna Travel Back Through Time

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today was filled with work as usual but nothing special. Good thing it was nice and sunny out, which made the day go by quickly.

I decided to take a little break from CrimeCraft and play a little Red Faction Guerrilla. Killing EDF and hammering away at buildings is quite fun!

Two press events down, one fell through, and one more Vegas trip to go. We'll have some preview coverage and a bunch of interviews for you shortly, depending on the embargo dates.

Watched the latest episode of "House," which was good stuff. I didn't think Chase had the stones to do what he did. The Aussie wuss surprised!