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'Final Fantasy XIII' (PS3/X360) - 40 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next generation.

'Star Trek Online' (PC) Reveals Beta Dates, Now Accepting Sign-ups

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:47 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!

Various Game Trailers #1735

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:45 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:

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 [ALL] - Battlefield Moments Trailer #2
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes [PS3] - Trailer
  • Bayonetta [ALL] - Dev Diary Trailer #2

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

Impulse Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2009 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, knocking 50% off the regular price on Iron Grip Warlord, Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile - Alexandria and Hacker Evolution, as well as dropping the price on a slew of titles like Prince of Persia, Kingdom Elemental: Tactics, Nemesis of the Roman Empire, Warlords Battlecry III, Supreme Commander Gold, Scrapland, and Capitalism II.

'Shiren the Wanderer' (Wii) Lacks Multiplayer in North America - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 4:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The grandfather of the rogue-like RPG, the legendary Shiren series (also known as Mystery Dungeon) is all about tough-as-nails battles, thrilling exploration, finding tons of items, growing in strength, and most important of all: staying alive!

PlayStation Store Gets Peggle, Demo, DLCs, Song Packs, PSP Titles

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 4:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with
Peggle
($9.99), Resident Evil 2 ($5.99), Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver ($5.99), a demo for Smash Cars, DLCs for Peggle Nights, PAIN, High Velocity Bowling, Way of the Samurai 3, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band 2 (Unplugged); and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines, D-CUBE Planet, Echoes and Circles).

'No More Heroes: Paradise' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 2:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In No More Heroes you play the role of Travis Touchdown, a hardcore anime fan who takes it upon himself to murder the top assassin's in the world, using the Wiimote to wield Travis' beam sword and kill off enemies in gruesome ways.

'James Cameron's Avatar: The Game' (ALL) Impulse Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 2:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

'The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood' Shows Off Epic Story - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | 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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:41 p.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 ...

'Hello Kitty Party' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Hello Kitty Party, players help Hello Kitty and friends (including Keroppi,  Badtz-Maru, My Melody and others) plan and throw a super fun party. Players can send out personalized party invitations; design and iron the perfect dress; shop for party fare; play puzzles and match games; and dress Hello Kitty in a variety of outfits and accessories.

'Dark Void' (ALL) Coming to the Big Screen, Possibly Starring Brad Pitt

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Void is a highly innovative action title that will deliver a groundbreaking combination of fast-paced vertical combat mixed with mid-air and on-foot action.

'Madden NFL Arcade' (PS3/X360) Game Changer Details - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Madden NFL Arcade is a fun, pick-up-and-play, 5-on-5 football game that is pure adrenaline football for both casual and diehard NFL fans, featuring a unique art style that brings your favorite players to life like never before!

'Supreme Commander 2' (X360/PC) Pins Down North American Date

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 11:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set 25 years after the events of the original game, Supreme Commander 2 begins with the assassination of the newly elected president of the Colonial Defense Coalition. The CDC members – the United Earth Federation, the Order of the Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation – deny involvement, blame each other, and a galactic war ensues!

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (PSP) Confirmed for PS3/X360, Gets DLCs, CrossOvers, And Date

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 11:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce takes place in a mystic version of ancient China where warriors possess the power of "Fury". This power gives them superhuman strength, lightning fast speed and the ability to fly. Taking the role of any one of over 40 playable characters, up to four friends can go online to launch raids as a team or battle it out competitively.

'BioShock 2' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Special Edition, Packs Extras

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 9:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set approx. 10 years after the events of the original, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. All along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to Rapture. You will play as the first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival.

'Resident Evil 5' to Get New DLCs, Bundles It All in Gold Edition - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 9:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resident Evil 5 promises to revolutionize the survival horror series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control.

'Runes of Magic' Marches On, Enters Korea

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 9:20 a.m. PST | 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.

'101 MiniGolf World' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

101 MiniGolf World is the first ever true 3D miniature golf for Nintendo DSiWare! Your stylus becomes the putter for an incredibly fun minigolf experience as never seen before! Play over 100 fun and challenging holes solo or with up to 8 friends on one console.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Return to Ostagar DLC Coming this Holiday

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 9:11 a.m. PST | 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.

'StarCraft II' - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 8:05 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.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Assassin's Creed II'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 7:55 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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.

PC Gaming Hardware Forecast to Reach $27 Billion in 2010

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 7:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

New research revealed the market forecast for PC gaming hardware, and the results are better than previously expected. The worldwide PC gaming hardware market (systems, accessories, and upgrades) is forecasted to gain $1.2 billion for 2009, which is a 5.9% increase versus 2008 (from $20.07 to $21.26 billion).

'Alter Ego' (PC) Also Coming to the Wii - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 7:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Alter Ego is a point & click adventure set in a picturesque English town at the turn of the century. This sinister detective story takes place in over 80 backdrops and is driven forward by atmospheric cut scenes. The player assumes the roles of the two main protagonists, and will meet more than 30 NPCs as the plot unfolds.

'Safar'Wii' (Wii) Delayed In Europe Until 2010

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 7:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Safar'Wii, known in North America as Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition, you take on the role of a wildlife photographer exploring the exotic and diverse wildlife of Animal Island.

'Dogfights' Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dogfights is a single-player game where gamers can choose one of three levels of pilot expertise; Rookie, Pilot, or the highly skilled Ace, and can select among 100 historically accurate aircraft to meet an armada of incoming aircraft in over 40 combat mission combinations.

'Divinity II: Ego Draconis' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Divinity II: Ego Draconis you will take on the role of a young Dragon Slayer and ultimately become a Dragon Knight, a legendary hero with unique abilities. Discover a detailed world full of twists and turns in which your actions can make a real difference.

'Field of Glory' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last year Slitherine and Osprey Publishing released the Field of Glory set of wargames rules, which in the meantime has sold over 200k copies. Slitherine is now making Field of Glory as a videogame, specially created with figure gaming fans in mind.

'1 vs. 100' (X360) Season 2 Kicks Off Today

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TV game show 1 vs. 100 puts one member against 100 others from around the world, where you eliminate the opposition by correctly answering questions, hoping that the opponents will answer incorrectly and be eliminated from the game, so you can win great prizes.

'Men of War: Red Tide' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The stand-alone expansion to 1C's RTS Men of War, Men of War: Red Tide introduces a new story driven campaign based on the writings of Soviet scribe Alexander Zorich and dozens of new or upgraded units and weapons

'The Sims 3' - v1.7.9 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 6:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to create unique Sims and immerse them in your own living neighborhood of endless possibility!

'Blood Bowl' (ALL) - v1.1.2.1 Patch/Dark Elves Addon Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 5:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blood Bowl, based on Games Workshop's board game, is a "game" of American football played by the insane warriors of the fantasy Warhammer universe, allowing you to create and manage teams that will take part in epic battles where fair play is for sissies.

'The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces' (Wii) Coming to Europe - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 5:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is the latest flight simulation game from Project Aces, the development team behind the Ace Combat series. Holding the Nunchuk in the right hand as the flight control stick and the Wii Remote in the left hand as the throttle, the unique controls of the Wii are fully utilized to simulate the controls of sitting in an actual cockpit.

PSP Review - 'Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron'

by Dustin Chadwell on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:42 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is the deepest and most action-packed Star Wars Battlefront game ever. Experience battlefronts that span ground, space and capital starships, a robust original storyline and expanded gameplay features that deliver seemingly endless replayability.

Sony Rolls Out v6.20 PSP Firmware Update

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony announced the availability of the v6.20 system software update for PSP, which adds the Digital Comics Reader, although the service itself won't launch until December, and the ability to Export video/photo playlists.

'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' Coming First Half of 2010

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Inspired by the rich and colorful cultures of eastern Asia, Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer sends you on a voyage through the Empire of Khitai where countless of adventure await, not only introducing a new storyline and a vast new world to explore, but also adding new features such as faction gameplay and an alternate advancement system. In its latest financial results, Funcom revealed the AoC expansion is scheduled for the first half of 2010.

Paradox Interactive Signs Multiplayer and Matchmaking Support Deal

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox Interactive is bringing multiplayer and matchmaking support to its games via GameRanger, the free multiplayer online gaming service for more than 600 games on PC and Mac.

Video Delivery Service Coming to European PS3/PSPs

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe further expanded its PlayStation entertainment experience with the launch of the video delivery service for Europe. Now available in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with other countries to follow in 2010, the service allows film fans to download hundreds of movies, including the latest releases, straight to their PS3 and PSP.

Still Lurking About? Don't You People Have Homes?

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Despite our best intentions, it seems we are losing the battle with the DVR. We manage to watch a few shows, and two or three more are waiting for us the next day.

We watched the new Sons Of Anarchy, and it looks like there is going to be a major showdown at the end of this season. All the secrets are out, and scores will be settled! The new Castle episode was great as usual, and one of the highlights throughout the series so far is the actress playing his daughter. While her screen time is, of course, not as prevalent as Castle's, she always steals the show when she does appear.