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'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Retail Survey Drops DLC Hints

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Mass Effect trilogy is a sci-fi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren's evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril… A Microsoft retailer training quiz hints at future ME2 DLC plans as it mentions planned episodic content via DLC, full campaign expansions for download, and new downloadable worlds.

'LEGO Rock Band' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LEGO Rock Band is a unique family-friendly music experience, which will allow families, tweens and teens to experience a wild journey to rock stardom, combining the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO franchise packed with chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Highest GameStop Pre-Order Ever

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. GameStop Exec VP Tony Bartel stated that MW2 will be "the biggest entertainment launch of all time" and so far pre-orders are "the highest for any title we've ever sold."

'Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 4:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes Of Light, previously known as Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden, boasts beautiful picture book visuals and an easy to control battle system. The game goes back to the basics and origins of the franchise, with a classic story of four young heroes embarking on an unforgettable adventure -- a tale of dragons, kings, princesses and witches.

'Mercenary Wars' Enters Second Beta Test Stage, Sign Ups Still Accepted

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 4:48 p.m. PST | 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.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) Demo Plans Revealed

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 3:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence. Quantic Dreams revealed that a demo is planned, but whether it will be pre or post release was not revealed.

'The Sims 3: World Adventures' (PC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:57 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.

'BioShock 2' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:31 p.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.

'Kameo: Elements of Power' (X360) Sequel Axed in Favor of Natal

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Kameo: Elements of Power is an action-adventure game with RPG elements, sending players on a magical and epic journey full of intense combat, magnificent exploration and innovative morph-into-warrior action. A sequel to Rare's X360 launch title has been rumored for a little while now, but as it seems the project has been abandoned due to recent restructuring, disappointing sales of the original, and to make room for Natal development.

'Fight Night Round 4' (ALL) to Get Premium DLC in December, Drops Price

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 11:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fight Night Round 4 features an all new physics based gameplay engine that brings the most authentic boxing interpretation to the video game world. The action inside the ring will be faster than ever, delivering a true representation of the sport's incredible speed, accuracy, timing, and power.

'Dead to Rights: Retribution' (PS3/X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that will stop at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis.

Ndoors Rolls Out Online Gaming Cards

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ndoors Interactive announced that pre-paid cards for its  free-to-play titles are now available at GameStop. Available in $10 and $25 denominations, the pre-paid cards provide an additional payment option for players who wish to shop in the item malls in Atlantica Online, Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu and WonderKing.

Sony Expands Video Delivery Service Offerings

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the addition of a variety of entertainment offerings from Lucasfilm, Cinetic FilmBuff, ContentFilm International, Image Entertainment, Inc., MPI Media Group and New Video to the PlayStation Network video delivery service.

'Need for Speed Nitro' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:38 a.m. PST | 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.

'Asheron's Call' Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

AC is an MMORPG that draws together thousands of players within an evolving and dynamic persistent world, featuring an ever-evolving storyline, thrilling adventures, quests, and frequent content updates, AC immerses players in an intense role-playing environment. An extensive system of formal Allegiances and player influence greatly enhances social interaction within the game.

'Encleverment Experiment' (XBLA) Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Encleverment Experiment invites players to join brilliant and eccentric Professor Ivor Question in his funky lab. Gamers
enjoy a variety of fun and fast-paced challenges testing memory, reflexes, and dexterity.

'Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3' (Wii) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is a classic 3D fighting game featuring new and improved gameplay mechanics and multiple gameplay modes, 40 environments, including nine completely new stages, over 30 characters, and for the first time, includes Wi-Fi multiplayer capabilities.

'Magic: The Gathering – Tactics' (PS3/PC) Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics will allow players to command forces of dramatic 3D figures and powerful spell cards pulled from the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse. Players can participate in single player scenarios or jump right into PVP action against other players worldwide, 24 hours per day.

'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare' (X360) Variety Map Pack Goes On Sale

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 9:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CoD 4: Modern Warfare is an action-thriller arming gamers with the most advanced and powerful arsenal of modern day firepower to fight a new war in the world’s most treacherous hotspots.

'Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage' (Wii) Gets Bonus DVD Edition

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 9:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage follows Shaun White and his crew of friends as they go from chasing the best powder to pursuing the world's top competitions. You and Shaun will hit the slopes once again, but this time the stakes are higher; zig- zag across the globe to ride against the best of the best and take your place on the world stage.

'Diner Dash' (ALL) Gets Xbox Live Arcade Date - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Diner Dash will let players take direct control of Flo as she runs around to seat patrons to take orders, deliver food, take payment and bus tables as efficiently as possible within the time limit allowed. Servers looking to play with co-workers can join with up to seven other players in multiplayer across four diners in Team Dash or go 1 on 1 in head-to-head mode.

'Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake' (PSP) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 8:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Franticly paced and strategic, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale on PSP. The player's goal is to rescue a beloved princess from the enemy castle. There is a catch, though; the adversary has been feeding her magical cake to make her heavier to carry. Therefore, it will take much of the army working together to carry her across the battlefield.

'Shattered Horizon' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 8:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shattered Horizon is a multiplayer FPS where teams of players experience realistic zero gravity combat and fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident which throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.

'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) Gets Music Score By Jesper Kyd

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 8:02 a.m. PST | 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.

'Stop Stress: A Day of Fury' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Stop Stress: A Day of Fury you play Jack, a man with dangerously high blood pressure and possibly the most stressed man on earth, whose manic urban life is driving him nuts. As our stressed out hero, you have only one objective - to fulfill the ultimate dream of escaping from the city into a stress free Zen like existence.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, November 2, 2009

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo added two VC, three NDSi, and three WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Carnival King, “Aha! I Got It!” Escape Game, Family Card Games (Wiiware), Sparkle Snapshots, Viking Invasion, Battle of Giants: Dragons – Bronze Edition (NDSiWare), Fighting Street and R-TYPE (VC).

'Dark Fall: Lights Out - The Director's Cut' Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Originally released in 2004, Dark Fall: Lights Out is the 2nd title in the adventure horror series. The new version includes many additional features such as new graphics and effects, new puzzles and an enhanced story, new spooks and thrills with more ghostly encounters, as well as new additional music and sound to bring the game world even more to life.

Monday, November 2, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:19 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 ...

Bioware Licenses Visibility Optimization Middleware For Upcoming Titles

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 7:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Umbra Software announced that BioWare has licensed its visibility optimization/occlusion culling technology for the sci-fi space epic Mass Effect franchise, its immiment role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins and other future titles.

'Return of American McGee's Alice' (ALL) Scheduled for 2011 - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 1:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and Spicy Horse have signed a publishing deal for an all-new title based on EA's 2000 American McGee's Alice.

'Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict' New Features Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 1:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time, players will be able to wage World War II across the massive expanse of the entire planet. From battles in Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia and the Pacific, WWII Global Conflict features the largest map yet.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Tekken 6'

by Brian Dumlao on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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 Rush Of Battle Is Often A Potent And Lethal Addiction, For War Is A Drug

by Rainier on Nov. 2, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

I'm stuffed full of food and beer, so the belly is very happy.

The week starts anew, with hopefully plenty of gaming goodness. With the run-up to the holidays, there are plenty of games still scheduled such as Dragon Age, Left 4 Dead 2 and a slew of others.

Not much else happened today. We watched a few more episodes of Flashpoint, which seems to have gotten better in story and production, so that's very promising for the series.