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'Phantom Brave' (PS2) Wii-Make Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Phantom Brave improves upon the tactical gameplay found in Disgaea and La Pucelle in every way. Its redone, open-ended battle system is limited only by the user’s imagination. If you fell in love with Disgaea, you definitely won’t want to miss out on what’s sure to be this year’s best Strategy RPG.

'Robocalypse' (NDS) Sequel Coming to the Wii ?

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 5:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Last year's Robocalypse, developed by Vogster Entertainment, was an innovative new RTS war game set in a world of wise-cracking, battling robots, offering madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction. According to script writer Micah Wright, who also worked on Activision's Transformers 2, Vogster is working on Robocalypse II, and it is headed to the Wii.

Various Game Trailers #1538

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 5:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

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:

  • Empire: Total War [PC] - Superior Tactics Trailer
  • Marble Saga: Kororinpa [Wii] - Trailer #2
  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand [ALL] - 50 Cent Interview Trailer
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. [ALL] - Kulbit Maneuver Trailer

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

'MLB 09 The Show' (ALL) New Roster Vault Feature - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 4:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

MLB 09 The Show continues to set itself apart from the other MLB games on the market with its attention to detail and unparalleled gameplay. Looking to build on that reputation, the game has added several new features and subtleties that play a huge role in bringing the baseball experience to life.

Red Mile's Financials Paltry, Closure Looming

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Red Mile Entertainment's latest fiscal statement reveals that the publisher is in a bad financial position with barely $341k in cash, which it expects to run out of Mar. 31, 2009. Since its launch, Red Mile has not made any profit and lost $35 million. Last year, a merger with SilverBirch went sour at the last minute, and earlier this month, the Heroes over Europe developer terminated its contract due to non-payment, while co-publisher Atari also backed out. Red Mile is in dire need of $10 million to finish current developments, like Sin City: The Game, or it will be forced to shut down.

'Octomania' (Wii) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Octomania is a new online multiplayer family-friendly game offering challenging puzzle gameplay, and a variety of different play modes, with a story of mischief and mayhem filled with zany characters.

'Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard' (PS3/X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Offering an original story line and an off-the-wall cast of characters, D3Publisher's third-person shooter Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard parodies some of the most beloved genres of games and pop culture.

'Skyscraper' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Chemical Researcher Chris Wilson finds himself walking out of the lift after it bizarrely stops at the 20th floor. Exiting the lift he finds the security guard lying dead in front of him. Panic enters his body and his vision narrows. Chris is left with a seemingly impossible mission ahead of him - survive and save his girlfriend and colleagues, by attacking his aggressors.

'Team Fortress 2' Scout Revamp Coming Next Week, New Weapon #1

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:16 p.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...

'Ready 2 Rumble Revolution' (Wii) - 48 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ready 2 Rumble Revolution retains all the knockout features of best-sellers Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 1 and Round 2, while delivering a knockout punch of style and attitude. Tailored to take advantage of the motion-controlled realism of Wii, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution makes landing a punch more fun than ever.

'GTA IV: The Lost and Damned' (X360) Soundtrack on iTunes

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GTA IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of GTA IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles.

'Braid' (X360/PC) Gets Release Date, Available for Pre-Order

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 1:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Braid is a unique 2-D puzzle-platform experience that bends all the rules with the manipulation of time. Braid plays with the conventions of video games while posing truly challenging puzzles for the platform gamer.

'Tokyo Beat Down' (NDS) Meet the Cast #2 - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 1:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tokyo Beat Down is a tale of greed, corruption, and good old-fashion violence. Experience the sweet nostalgia of classic coin-op beat 'em ups, where you must rely on your fists, firearms, and anything else that happens to be lying around to beat the sin out of Tokyo's criminals. What do you do when thugs and hoodlums put peace and freedom in jeopardy?

'UpperDeckU' Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

UpperDeckU, developed by Pirates of the Burning Sea's Flying Lab Software, is a new sports-themed virtual world for kids. Offering that missing link between sports trading cards and the Internet, UpperDeckU brings card collecting to the digital world.

'Rock Band' (Wii) Gets Seven Nirvana Tracks

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 11:49 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.

'Battle Group Commander: Episode One' - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battle Group Commander: Episode One is a real time simulation game that allows players to step into the boots of a Battle Group Commander (imagine that!) and fight a Soviet-style enemy in the Salisbury Plain Training Area of England (analogous to the NTC in the US).

'X3: Terran Conflict 2.0 - The Aldrin Missions' Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 11:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

X³: Terran Conflict is a stand-alone game set in the universe of X³. It is the culmination of the X trilogy, with a grand finale that takes us all the way back to Earth's own solar system. X³: Terran Conflict 2.0 – The Aldrin Missions will feature a host of new missions, new ships and much more ...

'Dark Salvation' Pre-Order Incentive - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mangled Eye Studios' 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.

Hideo Kojima to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Think Services Game Group’s 2009 Game Developers Choice Awards will honor Hideo Kojima with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony taking place at the Game Developers Conference.

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (PSP) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 10:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce will forever change the way gamers experience the Dynasty Warriors universe. In the game, players will enlist in quests that will challenge their very sense of what it means to be a true warrior.

'LEGO Universe' Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

LEGO Universe, MMO developed by NetDevil, will include expansive social and community features, as well as character advancement where you'll be able to customize your mini-figs and interact in the universe as any character you choose. Originally scheduled for late 2008/early 2009, LEGO confirmed that it won't release the game until 2010.

'Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 9:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles, with its extended gameplay and variety of features, gives you the chance to test yourself while having fun.

NDS Preview - 'World Championship Games'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

World Championship Games, known in Europe as International Athletics, is the most realistic athletics simulation available on handhelds. Featuring 14 varied track and field events playable in jaw-dropping international stadiums, the game delivers online and wireless multiplayer fun for up to four players via the Wi-Fi channel and local LAN.

Blizzard 2009 Dates Announced, Expands

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 8:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard announced plans for its fourth BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. In response to the festival’s increasing popularity, this year’s event has been expanded from three convention halls to four.

'Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 7:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming is an all-new action-puzzle game and continues the tale of the island and its residents. Players can choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique story! See how the mystery unfolds from each character's perspective, and who they meet along the way!

'Tom Clancy's EndWar' (ALL) Adds Pretty Lights With amBX

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 7:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tom Clancy's EndWar is a next-gen strategy game, set on the battlefields of WWIII, that pushes the envelope of technology, showcasing unprecedented AI, graphics, physics and animations.

'Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey' - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 7:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey features a psychologically thrilling new interactive storyline including a new point system, 10 exciting investigations, 25 challenging new puzzles and equally breathtaking locations – the perfect combination to keeping WMC fans engaged with hours of spine-tingling action.

'Ceville' - German Demo No Longer Available

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ceville is an action-packed point & click adventure where you have to protect the fairy-tale realm of Faeryanis from the treacherous Basilius who plans to take the crown and subdue the realm with the help of murderous beasts he summons from the planes of eternal darkness.

'Theatre of War 2: North Africa 1943' - Russian Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Theatre of War 2 is a 3D RTS that covers events of 1943, the operations in Tunisia. Players will have the option to lead the German Afrika Korps of Rommel, supported by Italian military contingent, in their last full-scale attack or be at the head of the opposing English and American armies.

'God of War 3' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War 3 is a single-player game that allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he treads through the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and the dark depths of Hell once more to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him.

Show your Love With The Capcom Unity Visa Prepaid Card

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 6:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom will allow its community members to show their fan spirit with a unique Capcom Unity Visa user-funded prepaid card, specifically designed for gamers. This is not a credit card, but will give you rewards, points and other benefits as you use it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 5:41 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:

'Dragonball: Evolution' (PSP) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 5:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the 20th Century Fox feature film of the same name, Dragonball: Evolution promises to be the perfect companion for the movie by incorporating all of the characters, bone jarring fights and spectacular special abilities that fans have come to expect.

'The Guild 2: Venice'- v3.5 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 4:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Guild 2 will be a combination of unique sweeping role-play and a fascinating life-simulation, conjuring the medieval life anew on your PC. The Guild 2: Venice will show the fascinating ambience of Venice Including its small side streets, gondoliers and the mystical carnival, all of which promise many hours of gaming fun.

'Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden' (PS2) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 4:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden is the first video game based on VIZ Media's Naruto Shippuden animated series. Featuring the series’ trademark one-on-one ninja battles, and a number of new and exciting characters as well as several new game modes.

Good Old Games Adds 'Runaway: A Road Adventure'

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 4:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Good Old Games has signed an agreement with French publisher and distributor Focus Home Interactive to add Pendulo's classic point-and-click adventure Runaway: A Road Adventure to its portfolio. GOG also added another classic title from Enlight Software, Seven Kingdoms: Ancient Adversaries.

'Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume' (NDS) Gets Euro Date - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 4:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume follows the story of the young soldier Wylfred, who seeks retaliation against the valkyries since Lenneth took his father's life. Now he waits for an opportunity to strike back just as the future of Midgard is about to be decided in battle once again.

'StarCraft II' Development in the Home Stretch

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's approach to game balance, designed to be the ultimate competitive RTS game. In a community update Blizzard lead producer Dustin Browder revealed that while no dates are set yet, the SC2 production is "in the final stretch."

'Drakensang: The River Of Time' Announced - Screen

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 3:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

dtp entertainment confirmed that developer Radon Labs is working on a prequel to last year's RPG Drakensang, tellling a new story within the universe.

Wii Review - 'Tenchu: Shadow Assassins'

by Dustin Chadwell on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:54 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins will use the Wii Remote to fight, dash, jump and kill like a true ninja. Players will continue the saga of Rikimaru and Ayame, elite ninjas who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan.

'9th Company: Roots of Terror' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

9th Company: Roots of Terror is a new action-oriented RTS developed by Lesta Studios, creators of Pacific Storm, using their brand-new proprietary engine. hell-tech has signed Lesta Studios' RTS for various European/Eastern countries.

'Men Of War' English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Men of War is 1C Company's latest RTS, taking place in Europe during the height of WWII. The story unfolds across three different campaigns played out through the eyes of Soviet, Allied and German soldiers.

NDS Review - 'Travel Games For Dummies'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Travel Games For Dummies is the first title for the NDS in EA's For Dummies series of games, and offers three exciting games in one. The game is packed with over 600 puzzles for Solitaire, Sudoku and Crosswords enthusiasts.

PC Review - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI'

by Arkalem on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 2:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

RTK XI presents the most visually captivating evolution in the history of the series, featuring an artistic style evocative of classical Chinese ink-paintings, and with debates and duels now rendered in real-time 3D animation.

Empire Interactive Titles on European PlayStation Network

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire Interactive announced that it has successfully launched a number of its flagship titles on the Playstation Network, such as PSOne classics Sheep and Spin Jam along with PSP titles FlatOut Head On, Ultimate Board Games Collection, Pipe Mania, Off Road and Kazook.