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'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 6:29 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.

PlayStation Store Gets Qore, Military Madness, Demos, DLCs, Song Packs, PSP Titles

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 5:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Qore Ep.18, Military Madness: Nectaris ($9.99), Numblast ($4.99), demos for Trine, Military Madness: Nectaris, MotorStorm Arctic Edge, DLCs for LittleBigPlanet, Dragon Age: Origins, Brutal Legend Tears of the Hextadon Map Pack (free), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, topatoi, Way of the Samurai 3, song pack for Rock Band (Unplugged); and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (Ben 10, Crimson Room: Reverse, Class of Heroes, Dungeon Maker: Hunting Ground, Creature Defense, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, Star Wars Clone Wars: Republic Heroes).

'Encleverment Experiment' (XBLA) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 5:57 p.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.

Various Game Trailers #1727

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 5:55 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:

  • PT-Boats: Knights of the Sea [PC] - Naval Warfare Trailer
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles [Wii] - Launch Trailer
  • Splinter Cell Conviction [ALL] - Create A Hero Trailer
  • Split/Second [PS3/X360/PC] - CG Trailer
  • Mass Effect 2 [ALL] - Enemies Trailer
  • Bayonetta [ALL - Gameplay Trailer #2

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

Halo Waypoint Launches, Halo Legends Previews Coming Nov. 7

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

Microsoft has launched Halo Waypoint on Xbox Live, the new virtual home for all things Halo, where players will not only be able to tracks players’ accomplishments across multiple “Halo” games, or be rewarded with a variety of Bungie-created “Halo 3: ODST” Avatar Awardables, but also see full-episode previews of the 7 episode anime series Halo Legends beginning Nov. 7, 2009.

'Tony Hawk: Ride' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time, players will have the ability to physically play the game using an innovative motion sensing skateboard controller, allowing for unprecedented freedom and movement. Tony Hawk: RIDE focuses on innovation and fun, bringing the action-sports franchise to the forefront with cutting-edge technology for the hardcore fans and accessibility for the mass audience.

'18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 3:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Extreme Trucker uses a different perspective than the previous games in the series - putting the player straight into the action, letting him face challenging tasks with growing difficulty.

'Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 3:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, a first-person science fiction RPG for NDS, is a startlingly original entry in the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei universe, Strange Journey takes the heralded RPG franchise to exciting new frontiers.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 2:55 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 ...

Nintendo Game Boy Inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 2:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Ball officially joins the Stick (among last year's toy inductees) as it bounces into the prestigious halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame at Strong National Museum of Play along with the iconic Big Wheel and innovative Nintendo Game Boy.

'Fragile' (Wii) Now Called 'Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon' - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, players will explore a dark and abandoned world with the aid of their Wii Remote that functions as a flashlight and also a proximity sensor to track invisible ghosts.

'Atlantica Online' Celebrates First Anniversary With In-Game Events and Giveaways

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlantica Online is bringing back turn-based and strategic gameplay to give a fresh face to the MMO world, a thinking person's game, giving you the chance to really strategize using the combat, mercenary and city/country management system.

'NCAA Basketball 10' (ALL) Demo on Xbox Live, PSN on Nov. 19th

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCAA Basketball 10 brings the emotion, intensity, and spirit of college basketball by capturing every detail in the stadium, from cheerleaders and mascots to wild crowds and real NCAA Basketball announcers, while refining and improving last year's core gameplay functions, adding more depth to the ‘styles of play’ and ‘set your tempo’ features.

'Wings of Prey' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 11:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wings of Prey is a new combat flight simulator based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of World War II. Players can participate in some of the war’s most famous battles piloting fighters, battle planes and bombers across a range of thrilling missions.

'Hollywood Squares' Officially Announced

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

The Hollywood Squares game will feature all of the favorite elements of the show as played on television, as two contestants play head-to-head in a bid to win money and prizes. The stars are asked questions and players judge whether their answers are true or false, all the while incorporating outrageous “zingers” and “bluffs” to fuel the fun.

'Star Trek Online' Gets Release Dates

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 10:12 a.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! Atari confirms that the Feb. 2nd date revealed by Amazon and Gamestop are legit, with Europe getting it on the 5th.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) Multiplayer Beta Schedule, First on PS3 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 9:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Bad Company crew again find themselves in the heart of the action, where they must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive. The action unfolds with unprecedented intensity, introducing a level of fervor to vehicular warfare never before experienced in a modern warfare action game.

'Dark Salvation' Demo Available Now

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

Dark Salvation is a Quake III-powered FPS where you take on the role of a young dead woman who has been sucked into the underworld and is now possessed by a deadly object, allowing her to cast magic according to each weapon she yields. There are plenty of levels, secrets, monsters and secret weapons to explore, find and fight.

'Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2' (ALL) Rolls Out Demo, New Characters DLC

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 7:28 a.m. PST | 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.

'Mytheon' (PC) Shows Off Environments - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 7:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mytheon is an online micro transaction game that uniquely combines the best elements of action, strategy and RPG game-play with an emphasis on collectability and combat, set within a fantasy universe steeped in mythologies from across the globe.

'Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Skirmish DLC, Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 7:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will see the most realistic modeling 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 than ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale.

Good Old Games Adds Psychonauts, BloodRayne And Advent Rising

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 7:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GOG.com has signed a digital distribution agreement with Majesco Entertainment, expanding its catalogue with the additions of Psychonauts, Advent Rising, BloodRayne, and BloodRayne 2, with the first two currently available DRM-free and XP & Vista compatible.

'The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood' - 5 Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 7:00 a.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.

D3Publisher Offering 'Ben 10' (PSP) Titles As Digital Downloads on PSN

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 6:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

D3Publisher announced that the PSP versions of its fast-paced, 3D action adventure games Ben 10: Protector of Earth ($14.99) and Ben 10 Alien Force - The Game ($19.99) are now available for download via the PlayStation Store in North America, thus no longer requiring you to need a UMD to play.

'Runes of Magic' to Add New Raid Dungeon - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 6:48 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.

'Spore' Launches first Game On Facebook

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 6:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spore Islands is a simulation game set in a vibrant, playful 2D world. Focused on player-to-player interaction, users choose their own island to live on, create creatures and evolve them, invite friends to live on their island, and send their own creatures to friends' islands, all in a quest to dominate as many islands as possible.

'Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne' Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 6:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Heir to the Throne is the 3rd expansion to the preeminent historical strategy game Europa Universalis III, taking the game beyond complete, with improvements across the board.

PSP Review - 'GTA: Chinatown Wars'

by Dustin Chadwell on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 5:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Chinatown Wars is an original entry in the GTA franchise, bringing a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments.

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Collectors’ Edition Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 4:08 a.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…

Epic Games Launches Free Unreal Development Kit

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 2:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games announces the launch of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides community access to the toolset like never before. This software release is available to anyone interested in using 3D game engine technology, including game developers, students, hobbyists, researchers, creators of 3D visualizations and simulations, and digital filmmakers.

'Close Combat: The Longest Day' v5.50.07 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Close Combat: The Longest Day, a remake of Close Combat: Invasion Normandy, brings the same immersive tactical action as its predecessor but with greatly expanded features and loads of improvements, including a full grand campaign that connects all the airborne landings and all the beach landings.

'Massive Assault' Series Now Available on Steam

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Waraming.net announced that its Massive Assault strategy game series is coming to Vavle's digital delivery platform. Massive Assault, Massive Assault: Phantom Renaissance and Massive Assault Network 2 are now available on Steam giving its users the unique chance to fight for global domination in one-of-a-kind sci-fi environment.

That Wasn't Very Sporting, Using Real Bullets

by Rainier on Nov. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It was a crowded day yesterday, with two back-to-back press events (Ubisoft and Square Enix) to announce upcoming games. You'll see some coverage on those titles in the near future, whenever the embargoes lift. One more to go later this week ...

Didn't get much watching done yesterday. I watched a bit of Drag Me to Hell but didn't get much more than 10 mins into it before things came up. Later in the evening, we watched another episode of Flashpoint, and I'm glad to see that the tail end of the first season mixes things up a bit with the scenarios. Good stuff.

Gaming-wise, we should be getting a Wii soon, hopefully. It's taken this long because there aren't many games on there that we personally find to be appealing. I'm a sucker for light gun games — can't pass one up at the arcades without popping in a few quarters — and with NERF N-Strike Elite having recently shipped and Capcom's Resident Evil around the corner, it had to happen.