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'Band Hero' (ALL) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 6:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Band Hero, you can come together with family and friends to ascend the virtual stage and rise to fame, bringing you a new genre of music focused on today’s hottest top-40 hits and classic anthems that everyone will know.

'Company of Heroes' - v2.601 Hotfix Patch Coming Soon

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 6:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Company of Heroes gamers will experience the journey of the brave men of Able Company in a deep single-player campaign that begins with the invasion of Normandy through their fight across Europe, all set against the most dynamic, and completely destructible, battlefield ever seen in a game. Relic is working on a hotfix patch to fix a bug in Panzerkrieg that prevents a player’s tank from respawning, and a few other tweaks.

Various Game Trailers #1707

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 6:30 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:

  • Degeneration Theory: Cataclysm [PS3/X360/PC] - Teaser Trailer
  • NCAA Basketball 10 [ALL] - CBS Broadcast Integration Trailer
  • FIFA 10 [ALL] - Director's Cut Trailer
  • LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias [Wii] - Launch Trailer
  • Just Cause 2 [PS3/X360/PC] - The Island Of Panau Trailer
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic [PC] - Making Of Coruscant Trailer

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

Microsoft Expands Games on Demand, Xbox Live Deal Of The Week Offerings

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As part of last August's dashboard update, Microsoft added the Games on Demand feature, allowing you to download full X360 games instead of having to purchase physical copies. In Oct. Microsoft is expanding the downloadable portfolio with Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Army of Two, Dead Space and several others.

'Bayonetta' (ALL) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:43 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.

Is 10 Days in Italy to Review 'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) Going Overboard?

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 2:20 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. Whether it's sending a $200 check, firing people for bad review scores, giving exclusives in return for a good score, or offering swanky "goodies," all sorts of questionable tactics are being used to sway writers into giving favorable reviews, so is sending people on a 10-day overseas trip to Italy going too far?

'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2' (ALL) First DLC Brings Carnage - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 1:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 features a deep, rich gameplay experience by offering total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story.

'Borderlands' (ALL) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 1:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Borderlands is an all-new sci-fi action game combining elements of first-person action titles with player customization and vehicular combat.

'Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier' (PS2/PSP) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 1:04 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.

'Nostalgia' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 1:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nostalgia casts you as Eddie, a headstrong Londoner who amasses a group of companions to traverse the world in his steampunk-inspired zeppelin. As you navigate the open skies, you’ll explore mysterious foreign locales, slay all manner of fantastical enemies, complete a variety of thrilling quests, and ultimately, save the world from unfathomable evil.

'Project Runway' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Project Runway video game will put players in the role of an aspiring fashion designer. Similar to the show, players will be presented with different challenges as they create designs and adorn models with hair, make-up, and accessories. Players can then become the model and strut their creations down the runway using the Wii Balance Board accessory.

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) Demo on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 11:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. while also adding new gameplay mode. Activision has release a three songs Party Play mode demo on Xbox Live.

'PT Boats: South Gambit' Expansion Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 10:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PT Boats is the first simulator of the Mosquito-fleet, created with the use of technologies never seen before in naval combat simulator games. Patrol Torpedo Boats were used in WW2 mainly to attack large cruiser due to their maneuverability and speed.

Friday, October 9, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 10:04 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 ...

'Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy' Gets Euro Date - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 9:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buccaneer is a single and multiplayer game where players strive to become the most infamous pirate captain of all time and etch their name in The Hall of Infamy.

'DJ Hero' (ALL) Demo Day At GameStop Gets You Swanky Prizes

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 9:43 a.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. Be among the first to play DJ Hero on national DJ Hero Demo Day at GameStop stores in the United States on Sunday, Oct. 11th, 2009 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

'Cake Mania 3' (NDS) - 10 New Screens

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

Cake Mania 3 boasts new features that will attract everyone from loyal fans to first time players. More than 80 new levels, 30 new customers and 6 beautiful time-spanning environments test Jill's speed and efficiency.

'Half-Minute Hero' (PSP) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 7:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Half-Minute Hero is a bold new concept of having the player save the world, 30 seconds at a time. The player must fight, shoot, summon, and protect in four distinct modes, each containing a different perspective and unique gameplay style, across a total of 120 varied stages.

X360/PC Preview - 'Left 4 Dead 2'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 7:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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.

'Ninja Captains' (NDS/Wii) Goes Fishing - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 7:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninja Captains is a party game that not only offers 20 unique games that are both fun and challenging, but the Wii version also lets up to 4 players join the action and compete for high score supremacy.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Brütal Legend 3-Pack, Black Tide, Blink-182, Satriani, Kansas and L7

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

Rock Band 2 builds upon the original to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features.

'Dante's Inferno' (PS3/X360) Story Written by Hollywood Screenwriter

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 7:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dante's Inferno is a 3rd action adventure adaptation of the medieval epic poem "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, telling the tale of Dante who journeys through the twisted, menacing nine circles of hell in pursuit of his beloved Beatrice. Academy Award-nominated writer Will Rokos, best known for Monster's Ball, is writing the story line for Dante’s Inferno.

'Scivelation' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 7:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scivelation, previously known as Salvation, is an Unreal Engine 3 powered story driven, 3rd person action game offering an unrelenting interactive experience, hurling the player into a blockbuster journey, steeped in conflict and veiled in uncertainty.

'Army of Two: The 40th Day' (ALL) Gets Scored By Hollywood Composer

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 6:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The ultimate two-man private military team of Salem and Rios return in Army of Two: The 40th Day, where they must survive and prevail in a city under siege, offering a fresh, innovative and fluid co-op experience with a deep arsenal of customizable weapons so players can team up with their friends online for the fight of their lives. Famed composer Tyler Bates, best known for his work on 300 and Watchmen, is crafting an immersive score.

Wireway' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 6:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wireway is a 2D platformer featuring a spunky little hero Wiley Springer, who has to battle aliens gangs, avoide obstacles and ultimately defeat the alien boss, to bring back the spirit and love throughout the Universe!

'Madagascar Kartz' (ALL) Announced, Coming Soon - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Madagascar Kartz combines the wild world of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise with over-the-top kart racing, resulting in an outrageous ride the whole family can enjoy together. Jump behind the wheel and drive yourself wild as you play as Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman, King Julien or those crafty penguins!

'Venetica' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 5:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

dtp's Venetica is an RPG with a cryptic storyline, mixing emotions and action in a unique free roaming and living sixteenth century world full of surprise.

The Sims 3: World Adventures (PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 5:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players can take their Sims on new journeys to famous real-world inspired destinations around the globe for the first time ever and seek out new adventures. While exploring the landmarks of an exotic city, there is no telling what the Sims will find.

'Ironclads: High Sea' - v1.2 Patch/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 5:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A steam-ship period tactical naval simulator focusing on fleet-scale battles in real time. Manage financial and strategic aspects while planning your squadron's structure. Scramble your fleet to gain sea supremacy.

'Tekken 6' (ALL) Goes Gold, Online Features Detailed

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ready to set the standard for fighting games with stunning realism and uncompromising quality, Tekken 6 promises to deliver a pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat experience with bone-jarring punches and gut-wrenching grapples.

'The Void' - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Void is a survival adventure game, try to stay alive in the hostile world of the Void, and escape as quickly as possible! The choice is either to support life in its horrifying Hunters or its mournful girls or strip them of it. The way you pass through The Void is the way it changes, the way it reflects upon you.

'Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising' (ALL) First Patch in the Works

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 3:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will see the most realistic modelling of conflict scenarios in a new contemporary theatre of war. By offering a multitude of military disciplines, gameplay will deliver warfare more realistic and intense then ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale. Codemasters confirmed that a first patch is in development, but did not give any details as to what it will address nor its time frame.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Title Update #5 In the Works, Will Stop Cheaters

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | 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's Rod Fergusson confirmed that a new update is in the works to fix cheating issues introduced in the previous patch, as well as the "sticky walk" and Subway exploits, while adding the ability to see friendly planted grenades in Tac/Com.

PC Review - 'Project Aftermath'

by Mark Buckingham on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Project Aftermath is an arcade RTS game where you command up to four squads of soldiers in exciting battles in a retro-futuristic world. Equip your squads to suit your playing style, researching new items using the spoils of war; choosing from over 100 different weapons, armor, power-up augmentations and spell-like special attacks.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Reveals Broodmother - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 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.

'Dragon Ball: Raging Blast' (PS3/X360) Gets Ltd. Ed. In Europe, Details

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is the first video game in the Budokai Tenkaichi series to come to PS3/X360 and features stunning HD graphics and audio, destructible environments and enhanced character features, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast takes players far beyond the realms of the original anime series.

GamersGate Signs Digital Distribution Agreement With Strategy First

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate has formed a distribution agreement with Strategy First to host some of their key titles on GamersGate’s online marketplace. To celebrate this partnership, Strategy First and GamersGate are offering the entire lineup of Strategy First titles for 20% off their full price.

'EyePet' (PS3) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.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.

'Metal Drift' Pre-Order On Steam Gets You 20% Off, Beta Access

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metal Drift is a vehicular sport combat game set in a distant future. You command an agile, high powered hover tank in a futuristic sports arena. Core game play centers on intense tank-on-tank multiplayer team combat seen through an immersive, first person cockpit.

'British Horror Pack' Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Iceberg Interactive together with British game developers Darkling Room and Shadow Tor Studios announced that they will jointly release the bundle British Horror Pack, which includes Dark Fall: The Journal Classic Edition and Dark Fall: Lights Out The Director’s Cut Edition and Barrow Hill.

You Can't Give The Enemy A Break. Send Him to Hell

by Rainier on Oct. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

No time to watch TV shows today! The time flew by and there are too many things to do, but with the weekend ahead of us, we'll have plenty of time to catch up on recorded stuff.

From what Adam told me, last night's Left 4 Dead 2 event was pretty fun, and in case you haven't checked the Doug Lombardi interview yet, get to it!

We're not sure if it had any effect on the public-facing part of the site, but during the past week or so, we suddenly started having some issues with the CMS. For some reason, the Web server was timing out and not responding anymore. After a few changes that improved things but didn't fix the issue, Ricky decided to use a new, experimental Web server — the same tech that Facebook uses — and not only did it resolve the problem, but the back-end is also noticeably much faster. All hail Ricky!