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'Star Trek Online' (PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 7:06 p.m. PST | 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!

'Torchlight' - Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Runic Games' Torchlight is an adventure-themed action-MMORPG which emphasizes a simple and intuitive interface, fast and furious action, and a colorful and compelling game world.

'Monster Rancher DS' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Filled with nostalgia of past Monster Rancher games and imaginative monster breeding, fans of the series will not be disappointed. Generate monsters by drawing pictures in "Magic Field," or by speaking into the microphone in "Incantation" mode. Use your best strategy to raise, train, and battle your monsters.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Launches Dude, Where's My Thumb 2 Contest

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:25 p.m. PST | 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 announced the sequel to its Zombie Photo Contest that ties into the out of home advertising campaign for Left 4 Dead 2.

Various Game Trailers #1729

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:01 p.m. PST | 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:

  • Just Cause 2 [PS3/X360/PC] - Grappler Trailer
  • Tony Hawk RIDE [ALL] - A Love Story Trailer

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

'Hot Wheels Battle Force 5' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the hit TV show on Cartoon Network, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 will take players through a series of Battle Zones where players must battle against The Sark and The Vandals, dangerous aliens that are threatening to invade earth.

'Guild Wars 2' Now Scheduled For 2011

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While Guild Wars 2 adds a persistent world, it retains the unique characteristics of the original game, including a strong narrative, extensive instanced game play, an anti-grind design philosophy, and strong support for competitive play. While earlier this year the game was slated for 2010-2011, NCsoft's latest financial conf. call revealed that it won't make it next year, so at the earliest 2011, but as solace to the fans CEO Jaeho Lee revealed that there might be a beta test next year.

'Star Trek: D-A-C' (ALL) Adds Surival Mode, Updates Conquest and Assault - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 4:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Trek: D.A.C. is a fast-paced, top-down 3D space shooter inspired by J.J. Abrams’ upcoming movie. Battle as the Federation against the Romulans in singleplayer, team up with a friend for co-op or go online in 6vs6 multiplayer mode.

'Again' (NDS) Confirmed for North America - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 2:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Join FBI special agent Jonathan Weaver in his investigation to uncover the mystery of his family's death. His family's case belongs to a series of related murders called the "Providence Murder Cases" bizarre murder cases that occurred 18 years ago, all of which are linked by one recurring piece of evidence. As the only survivor of the incident, he has been pursuing unanswered questions ever since.

'The Sims 3: World Adventures' (PC) Lets You Take Pictures - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 1:08 p.m. PST | 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.

'Grand Theft Auto IV' - v1.0.5.0 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 11:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rockstar's open-ended crime series returns to New York situated around the Eastern European protagonist Nikolai. The PC edition features a replay editor with Rockstar Social Club integration, expanded multiplayer, higher resolution, and match filtering.

'Deadly Premonition' (X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 11:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Deadly Premonition is a third-person survival horror action game which puts players in the role of the intuitive FBI Agent Francis York Morgan. In the process of investigating a murder, players will examine a series of interlocking mysteries in a remote rural town and will encounter an array of complex characters pivotal to the unraveling of the storyline’s mystery.

'Global Agenda' Adds Vivox Voice Chat

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 11:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A departure from the traditional online settings of high fantasy, outer space, or military, Global Agenda is a fast-paced action MMO using Unreal Engine 3 set in Earth's near future, a spy-fi world of advanced technology and player-driven conflict.

Reef Entertainment Bringing Its Games to North America

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 11:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Reef Entertainment is preparing a brand new portfolio of games to unleash on the US market next year. In addition to the recently signed Free Running and Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre with US publisher Graffiti Entertainment, Reef is focusing on new Wii and NDS titles to increase its market share of the US market.

'Kamen Rider Dragon Knight' (NDS/Wii) Character Reveals - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, players can play as all 13 Kamen Riders from the live action series, each with their own unique Contract Beasts, Advent Cards, and special abilities, allowing fans of the franchise to fight battles against other Kamen Riders or dive into stage mission mode that lets players to go head-to-head or fight legions of enemies as they explore Ventara and stop the menacing plot of General Xaviax.

'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Ultimate Sith Edition' - v1.1 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 8:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition combines the original Star Wars The Force Unleashed videogame with three new levels set in iconic Star Wars locales and a host of new costumes and character models. This special edition of the game will show players the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself.

'Vampire Hunters' - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 8:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vampire Hunters is a 3D role-playing game with adventure-like elements that will charm the player with its dark atmosphere of old docks where a mysterious clan of vampires rages free.

'Sonny with a Chance' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 8:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sonny Munroe, played by Demi Lovato, is the talented 16-year-old who moves from Wisconsin to L.A. to join the cast. The game gives players the opportunity to experience completely random and humorous events with the "So Random" cast, Sonny, Tawni, Nico, Grady and Zora, as they compete in more than 40 mini-games, with two designed exclusively for Nintendo DSi.

'GTA IV: The Lost and Damned' (X360) Coming to PC

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 7:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GTA IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of GTA IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles. Fansite GTA4.net noticed that the achievements of the PC version have been updated to include the Lost and Damned ones, indicating that Rockstar might be bringing the first DLC to PC.

'The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 7:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks sets hero Link on a daring new adventure. The game provides players with a new story, more puzzles and even a new mode of transportation. In this game, Link voyages by train, which offers up new possibilities for problem-solving.

'Dante's Inferno' (PS3/X360) Demo Coming In December

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 7:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dante's Inferno is a third-person 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.

'For the Glory' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 7:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take up the reigns of your country, guide domestic and foreign policy, navigate thousands of historical events, engage in various struggles and lead your country to prosperity – all in the name of glory!

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation' (PS3) Cold Front DLC - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SOCOM Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans with support for Tournaments, Clan Ladders, Leader Boards, as well as the ability to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization.

'Hearts of Iron III' v1.3 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hearts of Iron III will follow the series' tradition of most detailed and complete strategic game on WW2 while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 10,000 provinces.

'Greed Corp' (PS3) Also Coming to XBLA/PC - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Greed Corp is a fresh and innovative turn-based strategy game for PlayStation Network. It will be the first in a series of games situated in a rich, fictional world inspired by the industrial revolutions and their destructive effects on the environment.

'The Great Giana Sisters' Creator Succumbs to Heart Attack

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

On Sunday, 8th of November at about 0:30AM industry veteran and CEO of the Spellbound Entertainment Armin Gessert died from a heart attack. Armin had been developing games since 1984 and had risen to fame with the hit titles The Great Giana Sisters and The Great Courts.

Smoking Gun's X Reveals More Details With Graphic Novel Teaser #2

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Smoking Gun Interactive, formed by ex-Relic people, today launched its first installment of the graphic novel series titled “X”. Written by controversial, award-winning author and social critic Douglas Rushkoff, the series is illustrated by Smoking Gun’s lead concept artist Cheoljoo Lee and Younger Yang.

'The Saboteur' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:31 a.m. PST | 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.

'Sacred 2: Ice & Blood' (PC) v2.65.1 Euro Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sacred 2 is a action-oriented deep fantasy RPG where players are immersed in an epic journey through the medieval-like kingdom of Ancaria featuring pitched battles and a wide range of enticing quests. The Sacred 2 Ice & Blood add-on adds a new character, varied new quests/stories, new in-game items, as well as two new single-player areas with all-new enemies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 5:01 a.m. PST | 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 ...

'StarCraft II' Beta Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 4:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races. It's overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's approach to game balance, and it's designed to be the ultimate competitive RTS game. Earlier this year, Blizzard started accepting sign-ups for a beta that was scheduled to commence in late 2009, which was confirmed a few months later. At the Russian games expo IgroMir, Blizzard producer Chris Sigat supposedly revealed that this was getting pushed to 2010.

'Calling' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 4:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami has unveiled a terrifying new take on the horror genre, in the form of Hudson Soft’s Calling. Using unique interaction elements, the Wii game features an innovative adventure concept and is driven by its terrifying story and many traps and mysteries.

PSP Review - 'Astro Boy: The Video Game'

by Dustin Chadwell on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 4:25 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Based on the upcoming feature film, Astro Boy: The Video Game will allow players to become Astro Boy, a young boy robot with incredible powers who takes to the streets and skies on an epic adventure to save Metro City from the clutches of the evil President Stone and his robot army.

'Two Worlds II' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Delayed - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 3:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Two Worlds II presents a totally new experience, one in which 2 years of intensive development has enabled quantum leaps in all spheres: completely overhauled AI and balancing standards, experienced authors, the active combat system and the brand-new engine all combine to provide an experience where excitement, sheer enjoyment and graphics rule.

'Echoes' (PSP) Announced, Coming Next Week - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 1:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Halfbrick Echoes is an action where you control Charlie, a girl transported to a dream world while studying art, and finds herself in a series of bizarre and surreal levels. You must collect crystals and avoid the deadly Echoes which spawn and follow the player’s previous movements. Gameplay quickly becomes fast-paced strategic action as more complex paths are taken and the Echoes begin to close in!

You're No Messiah. You're A Movie Of The Week. You're A T-shirt At Best

by Rainier on Nov. 10, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Wondering what games will be available in stores today? We'll let you know in a few hours, but if the past few weeks are any indication, there should be quite a few — unless everyone is trying to steer clear of the Modern Warfare 2 juggernaut.

We watched the latest Amazing Race episode, and it was good to see that it was a non-elimination round. The remaining teams may not be the strongest that the show has had, but at least they aren't so annoying that you wish they were gone, like a few of the couples from earlier in the race (I'm looking at you, beefy NY lawyer man).

A few weeks ago, we ran an article on Ubisoft sending people on a week-long trip to Italy to check out Assassin's Creed, raising the question of whether such "press tours" are excessive, and it seems there's more "scandal" where that came from.