'BioShock 2' (ALL) - 13 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 7:46 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.

'Star Trek Online' (PC) Gets Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy Voice-overs - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 6:36 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 #1758

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 6:35 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:

  • Aliens vs. Predator [ALL] - Story Trailer
  • Borderlands [ALL] - Mad Moxxi Cinematic Trailer
  • Greed: Black Border - Gameplay Trailer #2
  • Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight [PC] - Transport Down Trailer

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

Steam Holiday Sale On Now

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 6:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Steam Holiday Sale is on now through Sunday, January 3, 2010. This year's sale has begun earlier than years past so gamers can save big on last-minute shopping via Steam's Gifting functionality. Gamers can save up to 80% on select titles, with daily and week-long specials running during the promotion. Entire publisher catalogs, like Ubisoft, Rockstar, Take Two, Eidos, Codemasters, are anywhere between 25% to 80% off.

THQ Settles Dispute with JAKKS, WWE License Extended 'til 2018

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 5:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After several delays, THQ, World Wrestling Entertainment, and JAKKS Pacific have reached settlement agreements with respect to the WWE video game and toy licenses and the THQ/JAKKS Pacific joint venture. While THQ will part ways with JAKKS, it has extended its WWE partnership for another 8 years.

'Yakuza 4' (PS3) Plays Gold, Darts, Pool And More - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 5:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Yakuza 4 is a very powerful number in this particular installment. Not only will you encounter the gritty atmosphere of Kiryu Kazuma's experiences, but three other characters will also be available to play, each with an engaging backstory and a gripping, interwoven plot.

Home for the Holidays with Xbox Live

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 5:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

You’ve wrapped your gifts, put the finishing touches on decorations, and created your version of frosty the snowman in the front yard. Whether you’re spending the Holidays with your extended family, close friends, or just that special someone this year, Xbox Live has lots to keep you entertained (and sane) at home during the Holidays. So grab a blanket, a hot cup of cider, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

'East India Company' - Privateer/Designer's Cut Patch #1 Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 3:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

East India Company: Privateer is the new expansion for Paradox's naval strategy, introducing players to a dark and mysterious world with allegiances only to fortune and a thirst for destruction.

'Two Worlds II' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 3:33 p.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.

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v6.7 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 3:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines game to v6.7 and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes etc..

'Resonance of Fate' (ALL) - 27 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 3:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Resonance of Fate redefines the RPG genre with a unique storyline, stylized graphics, an emphasis on realistic gunplay engrossing action, customizable weapons, and memorable characters, taking players far beyond the boundaries of the typical RPG.

'The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom' Beta to Commence Mid-January

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 1:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom gives gamers the opportunity to choose the best way to lead their kingdom to victory, in a rich environment set in middle-Europe during the early Renaissance. Blue Byte revealed that mid-January it will start a closed beta test giving fans a chance to check out the tutorial missions, as well as skirmish multiplayer maps.

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Reveals Infiltrator Class - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 1:25 p.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.

Capcom Delays 'Lost Planet 2', 'Super Street Fighter IV' And 'Monster Hunter Tri'

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Issuing a statement regarding Special Loss and Forecast Revision, Capcom revealed that it is delaying Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV And Monster Hunter Tri from their scheduled Q1 2010 launch periods to the next quarter, which starts Apr. 1, 2010. While Dark Void (PS3/X360/PC) and Capcom vs. Tatsunoko (Wii) are still on track for their Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 dates, it delayed the threesome to avoid competing with other new games, maximize the sales volume of the new Capcom titles, and preserve the value of the brands associated with these games.

'Metro 2033' (X360/PC) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 11:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Metro 2033, based on Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy's novel of the same name, is a 3D horror/action/survival FPS with elements RPG genre game.

'Team Fortress 2' Getting AI Bots Added

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 11:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TF2 is a class-based, multiplayer team warfare game, delivering new game types, a signature art style powered by Valve’s next-gen animation technology, persistent player statistics, etc. Valve revealed it is current testing bots, AI-driven player proxies with simulated humanlike senses, reaction times, and tactics.

'House M.D.' - New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 10:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

House M.D. places you in smack in the middle of all the drama and smart dialogue fans love from the popular TV show. Play as the surly Dr. House and the skilled staff at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, as you race to unravel 5 all-new medical mysteries.

'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3' (PSP) Delayed Once More

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 9:43 a.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. Originally scheduled for 2009, then pushed to Jan. 2010, SCEA has now further delayed the game for reasons unknown, and no specific new date has been set yet.

'Dark Void Zero' (NDS) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 9:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

You play Rusty, the first human born in the Void, who must take on the Watchers in a quest to stop their domination of Earth. With the aid of Nikola Tesla, and his state-of-the-art rocket pack, Rusty must take down the Watchers and their minions across three intense levels of action and intrigue.

Slight Rise In Game Industry Employment In North America

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 9:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Game Developer Research has compiled the results of its third annual Game Developer Census, tallying game development and publishing companies working in North America, revealing that the United States videogame industry employee count is essentially flat year-over-year.

'Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes' (Wii/PS3) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 8:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players will take up the swords and spears of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in huge battles against hundreds of opponents in many exciting stages that lead up to the main event.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 8:19 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 ...

'Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The loveable characters from the original Super Monkey Ball, AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby, are back with all new mind-blowing puzzles and party games specifically designed to fully utilize the Wii Balance Board accessory and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

'ArmA II' (PC) v1.05 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 7:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ArmA II is set in the near future, year 2009, in a fictional post soviet country called Chernarus. Players will be sent as members of a US Marine Corps Force Recon squad to this country to prevent further civilian casualties and ensure ongoing stability there.

'Elements of War' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 7:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Elements of War is a modern RTS in the setting of Global man-caused catastrophe which resulted from the use of the newest natural force-based weapons by the military authority of the USA, that put Washington into destruction and buried the government under ruins.

PS3 Review - 'Dragon Ball: Raging Blast'

by Mark Melnychuk on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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.

NDS Review - 'Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple'

by Dustin Chadwell on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Chronicles of Mystery combines features of classic point and click adventure, logic games and hidden object games. Sylvie, a young archaeologist, is about to begin the greatest adventure of her life. Having received an invitation to France from her uncle, a renowned historian, she arrives only to discover he’s missing.

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 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.

'The Magic Obelisk' (Wii) Announced, Coming Soon - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring over 30 stages, The Magic Obelisk revolves around a tree spirit named Lukus. Like other tree spirits of this world, Lukus is gifted with the ability to transform into trees and is eager to use his powers to help people around the world.

'Heroes of Gaia' Rolls Out Babel Expansion

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Heroes of Gaia puts gamers in the shoes of one of four warring factions and challenges them to build a castle, recruit mighty heroes, quest for magical items, summon up devastating armies and rampage across the land battling against players and NPCs alike in thrilling strategic combat to dominate the kingdom of Gaia.

The Night Is Darkest Just Before The Dawn. And I Promise You, The Dawn Is Coming

by Rainier on Dec. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

A rather quiet day yesterday, which was quite welcome as I had a few things to tend to that had me out of the office for a few hours.

If you are into RPGs and you didn't get a chance yet, check out the Divinty II or Drakensang: The River Of Time (in German) demos. They might pique your interest.

We played some LEGO Batman that we found new at Gamestop for $19, and while the game environment seems rather dark (I know he's called "The Dark Knight," but this is a little ridiculous), the game is quite enjoyable.