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'Crackdown 2' (X360) In-Game Graffiti Design Contest - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crackdown 2 will take multiplayer gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any means necessary.

The Steam Early Holiday Sale

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 5:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Steam Early Holiday has begun, featuring a daily line-up of select games at deep discounts for just one day each. The Early Holiday Sale starts  today with seven great deals: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Fallen Earth, Far Cry 2 and Champions Online are 50% off, Dragon Age: Origins 25% off, while GRID is 75% cheaper. On Friday at 8am PST and each day through Monday there will be a new line-up of deals.

Various Game Trailers #1739

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 5:05 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:

  • Officers: The Matrix Edition [PC] - Trailer
  • Divinity II: Ego Draconis [ALL] - Dragon Slayer Trailer
  • Shiren the Wanderer [Wii] - Trailer
  • Champions Online - New Nemesis Trailer
  • Star Trek Online - Ship Tactics Trailer #2

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

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) Gets Official Release Date

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | 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.

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

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:46 p.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.

'Borderlands' (ALL) Zombie Island of Dr. Ned DLC And Patch Coming to PC

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:34 p.m. PST | 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. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is the first in a series of downloadable expansions that will enhance the Borderlands mayhem in fun and exciting ways.

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 lets you join forces with like-minded players to tackle an adventure of realistic military action, tactics and teamwork wherever and whenever you want.

'Fireburst' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Fireburst is a new off-road action racing game that sends you into a fiery, four-wheeled adrenalin frenzy. Behind the wheel of numerous different racers, drivers get to speed along paved race courses or wicked off-road tracks, showing no respect for their rivals. Originally scheduled for late 2009, Black Inc. informed us that Fireburst is now scheduled for Q1 2010.

'Darksiders' (PS3/X360) Goes Gold, Shows Off Arsenal - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Darksiders is an action/adventure game that gives players the ability to experience the supernatural destructive power of WAR, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as he explores a demon ravaged world -- seeking revenge and ultimate redemption with a vast array of modern and mythical weaponry.

'Dragon Ball: Raging Blast' (ALL) Reveals Lenghty DLC Schedule

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:10 p.m. PST | 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.

'ModNation Racers' (PS3) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can create their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community.

'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' (PS3) Movie Changes Writing Hands

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 1:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A 400-year-old clue in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake sets modern-day fortune hunter Nathan Drake on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Initially being penned by Kyle Ward, currently writing the new Hitman movie, Sony revealed it does not want to wait for Ward's schedule to clear up and tapped Thomas Dean Donnelly / Joshua Oppenheimer, who recently wrote the Conan reboot, to work on the script instead.

'Two Worlds II' (ALL) Launching Simultaneously on X360 and PC, No Word on PS3 Version

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 11:02 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.

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation' (PS3) Cold Front DLC - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 10:55 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.

'Encleverment Experiment' (XBLA) Blitz Belly/Brain Challenge

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 10:49 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.

'EVE Online: Dominion' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 10:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EVE Online is an MMO game set in a world of galactic proportions, governed by a hyper-capitalistic economy where space flight is the path to all commerce, communication, and conflict. This 11th free expansion overhauls the current sovereignty mechanics, adding some new epic arcs for pirate factions, integrating a social networking platform known as COSMOS, setting CCP artists free to re-beautify planets and more.

'Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel' (NDS/Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 10:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring everyone's favorite musical group, Alvin and The Chipmunks and their girl group rivals The Chipettes making their video game debut, this rhythm action game challenges your timing and musical skills as you perform in a variety of concert locations.

'Operation Barbarossa: The Struggle for Russia' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 9:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Aimed at all levels, from those who have never played a wargame before to those who know the history of World War II in detail, this is an entertaining and mentally challenging game of combined arms strategy.  Your armor, infantry, artillery and air units will follow you through the most crucial battles of the Eastern Front.

'Anno 1404: Venice' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 8:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Anno 1404 Venice will combine the signature gameplay mechanics of Anno 1404 and the richness of the Venetian culture. In addition, gamers will now be able to play Anno 1404 with their friends thanks to the new online multiplayer mode.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 8:33 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 ...

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) System Requirements, DRM Revealed

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 8:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In ME2, 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.

'Commander: Europe at War' (NDS) Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Commander: Europe at War is a turn-based strategy game set during WWII where players take command of either the Axis powers or the Allied forces, and make decisions relating to recruitment, reconnaissance and diplomacy.

'Scivelation' Also Coming to Xbox 360

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:41 a.m. PST | 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.

'Battle Metal: Street Riot Control' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battle Metal: Street Riot Control is a fast-paced, trigger-happy, violent and chaotic car shooter.

'Star Trek: D-A-C' (ALL) Gets Free XBLA Content Update

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:33 a.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.

'Dark Fall: Lost Souls' (PC) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Fall: Lost Souls, the third title in the adventure game series which will complete paranormal game trilogy. You have unfinished business with the dead. Return to the Train Station and Hotel at Dowerton for a second time; there is a new mystery to solve, and new horrors to face.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Nirvana And Night Ranger 3-Packs

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:21 a.m. PST | 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.

'Europa Universalis III: In Nomine' - v3.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Europa Universalis III: In Nomine (requires Napoleon's Ambition) start in October 1399 and the coronation of Henry IV of England, offering over 50 more years of gameplay, experiencing the Byzantine Empire, Tamerlane and the end of the Hundred Years War.

'Strength & Honour 2' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 7:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strength & Honour 2 is an empire building turn-based and real-time battle strategy war game that is set in the ancient world. The game allows the player to take the seat of an ancient ruler, featuring eight civilizations to choose from with over 25 nations

Wii Review - 'Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 1:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles' story is based on Resident Evil 2 and includes Leon S. Kenney and Claire Redfield. Its on-rails style gameplay and active camera will create a more immersive "Chronicles" survival experience. As in the last installment, this is a first-person game with extreme shooting gameplay and interactive pathways.

Well Why Don't You Give Me Your Number In Case Anything Happens To My Wife

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Needless to say, we got a late start today. There's nothing to do about it but to catch up, which is what I'll be doing most of the day, I guess.

Luckily, it should be rather quiet. Most people will be traveling today to get to their Thanksgiving destinations. We're heading out tomorrow morning bright and early, so there will be no interruption of coverage — not until I'm passed out from a turkey overdose, anyhow.