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'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 6:46 p.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.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 5:22 p.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.

EA Financials Reveal Losses, Layoffs, Canceled Titles, Studio Closures

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 4:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Earlier today, EA announced the $300 million acquisition of social network games developer Playfish, but its just-released financial results are less optimistic. Results were better than expected, driven by FIFA 10, Madden 10, The Beatles: Rock Band, and NFS SHIFT, but it posted a loss of $391 million and will close several facilities (Black Box, EA Giburon) and lay off 1,500 employees (EA Mythic), as well as cancel over a dozen titles.

'The Saboteur' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 4:04 p.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.

'Halo: Combat Evolved' - v1.0.9 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 2:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft has released a new patch for Gearbox/Bungie's first person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved.

'Aliens vs. Predator' (ALL) Not Coming to Germany

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 1:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Aliens vs. Predator, players will have the chance to take the role of the three infamous species: the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien. Each of the three species has its very own distinct story-driven, single-player campaign mode that interweaves with the campaigns of the other two species. Being refused a rating by the USK for being too brutal, SEGA refuses to censor the game, and will thus not release it in Germany.

'Sacraboar' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sacraboar is an RTS game in which players have to capture their opponent's boar trophy. Featuring an intuitive and easy to use resource management system, the game offers fast-paced game play without lengthy and tedious construction phases.

'Dante's Inferno' (PS3/X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dante's Inferno is a 3rd 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.

'Resident Evil 5' (ALL) Alternative Edition Coming As DLC

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:23 p.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. During last months Tokyo Game Show RE5 producer Takeuchi revealed the Alternative Edition, adding an additional two hours of brand new content. A few weeks ago Capcom is asking European and North American fans to vote on how they want the new content, on disc or download, and the decision was made today that it will be as DLC.

'Hello Kitty Party' (NDS) Announced, Coming Soon - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:16 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.

'Borderlands' (ALL) The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned DLC Gets Dated

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 11:18 a.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.

'Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes' (Wii/PC) Gets Delayed - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 10:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fans of role playing and strategic games, who are interested in and RPG with round based fighting systems, should keep the name Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes in mind. The Wii version has been delayed until 2010, possibly to coincide with an XBLA/PSN version.

'NBA Unrivaled' And '0D Beat Drop' This Week's XBLA Titles

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Paying homage to the old school look and feel of classic arcade games, NBA Unrivaled brings to the table a contemporary retro design to this generation of HD gaming. Ball your way up to the top of the league and play to your fullest to get the crowd pumped. The fusion of "rhythm" and "puzzle" creates a completely new kind of game in 0D Beat Drop! Drop pieces along with the beat, and go for the win with explosive chains.

'Zero Gear' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Zero Gear is physically-fueled, online multiplayer PC kart combat madness. Deck out your kart and character before jumping into one of many different game modes. Outrageous kinematic gameplay and weapons make every round a blast. The potential for tiny vehicular mayhem has never been so humongous! Boost, flip, spin, and slide your way to victory!

'Your Shape featuring Jenny McCarthy' (Wii) Also Coming to PC

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 9:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Your Shape is a new fitness title that leverages the technological advances of an entirely new camera for the Wii that will scan your body using Ubisoft's proprietary Body Tracking technology and then project the image onto the TV, creating a personalized and interactive workout.

'Army of Two: The 40th Day' (ALL) Shows Off Co-Op Moves - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 8:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The ultimate two-man private military team of Salem and Rios return in Army of Two: The 40th Day, where they must survive and prevail in a city under siege, offering a fresh, innovative and fluid co-op experience with a deep arsenal of customizable weapons so players can team up with their friends online for the fight of their lives.

'Divinity II: Ego Draconis' (ALL) Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 7:19 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.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 7:16 a.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. After being exclusive to pre-orders only, Valve has now released the X360/PC demo to all.

Electronic Arts Acquires Playfish

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 7:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts has acquired social network games developer Playfish, accelerating its position in social entertainment and strengthens its focus on the transition to digital and social gaming.

'Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble' (PSP) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 7:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kenka Bancho is a Japanese beat 'em up for PSP which puts you in the role of a high school student on a class trip to a historic Japanese city, includes no shortage of fist-to-face and knee-to-gut action, and all in the name of pride and bragging rights.

'King Arthur' Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 6:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

King Arthur is a turn-based empire-building strategy game set in a medieval, mystical Britain where you will play the role of legendary Arthur, the Once and Future King. You build Camelot, enlist the Knights of the Round Table, unite the country and ultimately challenge the powers threatening the essence of all their previous endeavors. Originally scheduled for Nov. 12, the game has been pushed until Nov. 24, 2009.

'EA Sports MMA' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 6:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA Sports MMA will feature the most authentic, intense and broad mixed martial arts experience to date - complete with a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, November 9, 2009

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 6:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo added two VC, six NDSi, and three WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Excitebike: World Rally, Frogger Returns, Dragon Master Spell Caster (Wiiware), Bomberman Blitz, Electroplankton Trapy, Electroplankton Hanenbow, Electroplankton Rec-Rec, Electroplankton Nanocarp, Electroplankton Beatnes,  (NDSiWare), Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap and Cybernoid (VC).

'Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 6:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Utopia features 1,000 apartments, a shopping mall, and hundreds of offices and leisure facilities. Its grand opening was supposed to have been two years ago, but it never happened, and it is now abandoned and silent. Armed with only a camera and a torch, you must journey there alone to explore its winding corridors, secret passageways and gloomy halls in order to find out what happened.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Midnight Openings At Best Buy Stores

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 4:53 a.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.

Wii Review - 'DJ Hero'

by Brian Dumlao on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 1:20 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

DJ Hero expands Guitar Hero's signature social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance. An all-new turntable controller transforms players into DJs by creating original mixes of popular songs and music from the world's most exciting artists and DJs.

'1 vs. 100' (X360) Season 2 Kicks Off Nov. 19

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 1:18 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.

'Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage' (Wii) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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; zigzag across the globe to ride against the best of the best and take your place on the world stage.

Fame Has A 15-Minute Half-life, Infamy Lasts A Little Longer

by Rainier on Nov. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

By the time you read this, I'll be musing with friends over a stack of beers and buffalo wings, the perfect ending to a very relaxing weekend!

Our hiking friends did not show up as expected, so no surprise there. We spent most of our day in the couch watching the last few episodes of Flashpoint's first season, and the finale was excellent. If you haven't seen the series yet, I highly recommend it. We also watched Stardust with Robert De Niro as a gay pirate (I kid you not) and while it may all sound a bit flimsy, the movie is way better than what you'd expect.

Gaming-wise, I played some more CrimeCraft and got to level up that character. Played a bit of LittleBigPlanet PSP and briefly checked out Fairytale Fights, which had some odd controls that take some getting used to, but it's not too shabby.