'Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The action-packed game, a hi–def re-imagined version of 2004's Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.

Various Game Trailers #1540

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:50 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:

  • Aion: The Tower of Eternity [PC] - Altgard Flythrough Trailer
  • Arma II [X360/PC] - Chernarussian Defense Forces Trailer
  • CnC: Red Alert 3 [ALL] - The Fiction Behind Red Alert 3 Trailer
  • The Godfather II [ALL] - Crime Rings Trailer
  • Halo Wars [X360] - Vid Doc Trailer #4
  • Prince of Persia [ALL] - Epilogue DLC Trailer
  • Sonic and the Black Knight [Wii] - Percival Trailer
  • Still Life 2 [PC] - Trailer #4
  • World in Conflict: Soviet Assault [ALL] - Aerial Assault Trailer

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

PlayStation Store Gets Noby, Zuma, DLCs, Demos and Music Tracks

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Noby Noby Boy ($4.99), Zuma ($9.99), DLCs for LittleBigPlanet ($2.99), High Velocity Bowling (free), Street Fighter IV ($3.99), Skate 2 ($4.99), NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM (free), Mirror’s Edge ($9.99), Burnout Paradise, song packs for Guitar Hero World Tour, and Rock Band, Afro Samurai and Zuma demos, as well as the usual game/movie trailers and PS3 themes.

'MLB 09 The Show' (ALL) Lighting Explained - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:35 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.

'Tomb Raider: Underworld' (X360) Beneath the Ashes DLC Coming Next Week

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes sends Lara back to the remains of Croft Manor where she uncovers a massive series of never-before-seen caverns and age old crypts used to protect and hide a deadly source of power. An unexpected technical issue forced Eidos to delay last week's launch, but informed us that the Beneath the Ashes DLC is coming Feb. 24, 2009.

Bonfire Studios Rises From the Ensemble Studios Ashes

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bonfire Studios, the second company to emerge from the former Ensemble Studios, is a 35-person studio currently working on an original IP to be announced in the coming months.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) - 18 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:58 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.

'Team Fortress 2' Scout Revamp New Item, Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:40 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...

'Fallout 3' (ALL) The Pitt Facts & Features - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Fallout 3 places a player in the role of a Vault-dweller, who ventures from his secluded, underground survival Vault into a post-apocalyptic world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence.

PAX 2009 Pre-Registration Open, Get 10% Off

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

PAX 2009 pre-registration for the 6th annual gaming festival to be held Sept. 4 - 6 at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle is now open. Pre-registration pricing will be available until Sept. 3, allowing purchase of a three-day attendee badge for $50, a 10% discount on the day-of rate.

'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' (X360) - 30 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 1:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Science fiction and fantasy meld in this long-awaited continuation of the franchise from developer tri-Ace Inc. The refined gameplay features team-oriented combat, while improving upon the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the Star Ocean franchise.

EA Partners With Spicy Horse New 'American McGee's Alice' (PS3/X360/PC) Title

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and Spicy Horse have signed a publishing deal for an all-new title based on EA's 2000 American McGee's Alice.

'Dragon Quest IX' (NDS) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragon Quest IX, developed by Level 5, is the first title on any Nintendo system since Dragon Quest VI, 10 years ago, now featuring WiFi support for four players in co-op.

'Mirror's Edge' (ALL) Rolls Out Time Trial Map Pack - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action adventure game where you are Faith, a 'runner' framed for murder in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of human traffic is closely watched. Originally scheduled for Jan. 29, EA has released a new Mirror's Edge DLC adding 7 new Time Trial maps.

'Jagged Alliance DS' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jagged Alliance is an explosive fusion of RPG mixed with turn-based tactical combat, allowing gamers to become fully immersed in their characters. A new generation of gamers will be invited to liberate the Island of Metavira in the nonlinear game play that made the 1994 original so popular amongst gamers.

'Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.' (ALL) Gets Original Music Score

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in 2012, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (high-altitude warfare) is the first air combat game in the Tom Clancy’s universe, featuring cutting-edge technology, devastating firepower, and intense dogfights. Soon, flying at Mach 3 becomes a right, not a privilege.

'Star Trek Online' (ALL) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:31 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!

'Ico Soccer' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ico Soccer is a touch-based soccer experience based mainly on logic and strategic analysis rather then reflexes and strong license, that brings the player to be the team manager, interacting on team formation, substitution and tactics.

'Runes of Magic' Adds New Raid Challenge - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:19 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 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Atlantica Online' Update Adds New Dungeon and Character Classes

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:11 a.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.

'SingStar Pop Edition' (PS3) Goes Wireless - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Test them out the new Wireless SingStar Microphones with the upcoming SingStar Pop Edition, with brand-new voice control feature. Unleash some attitude with P!nk’s So What? Then grab your best mate for a pop duet with Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown’s No Air , rock out with Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer or perform a sexy solo with Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold.

Vision Engine Offers Entertainment Stimulus Package

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 9:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vision Engine developers Trinigy announced its Entertainment Stimulus Package (ESP) program which will be made available to qualifying professional game developers. Under the ESP program, promising developers will be given access to the latest Vision 7.5 engine for a period of 3 months instead of the usual 30 days, to help them build a prototype and secure a publishing deal.

'Legends of Qin' Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 9:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The free online role-playing game Legends of Qin offers exciting adventures in the historic Chinese empire with a deep storyline and thousands of quests to differentiate itself from the many “Grinder” MMORPGs.

'Little King's Story' (Wii) Gets Euro Release Date

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 9:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Marvelous Entertainment has teamed with XSEED Games to publish Little King’s Story, the fantasy adventure RPG title formerly known as Project O, developed by the creators of Harvest Moon, FFXII, Dragon Quest VIII etc.

'PDC World Championship Darts 2009' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PDC World Championship Darts 2009 completely rebuilds it’s Wii Remote throwing method, comes with greatly improved graphics, includes new game modes, and new champions to challenge.

'Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Gets New Visual Identity - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 6:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint 2 will see the most realistic modeling of conflict scenarios in a new contemporary theater of war. By offering a multitude of military disciplines, gameplay will deliver warfare more realistic and intense then ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale.

'Gobliiins 4' Game Details - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 6:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kalypso Media announces the 4th part of the weird, wacky and funny adventure game series, Gobliiins! To date, there have been three Gobliiins titles about the three rather strange main characters, as well as two spin off games featuring the characters Woodruff and Schnibble. The return of Gobliiins brings a new range of exciting adventures!

PC Review - 'Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II will take players to the brutal frontlines of war where they’ll experience intense action and visceral combat through a non-linear single player experience and a fully co-operative multiplayer campaign.

'One Piece: Unlimited Cruise Ep. 1' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, the motley crew of Straw Hat Pirates find themselves aboard the Thousand Sunny ship, the ship of 1,000 seas, as they set sail to a variety of mysterious islands and begin their fantastic adventures.

'NewU: Inside Out' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NewU, conceived in collaboration with Fitness First and You Are What You Eat, is not specifically a game, but rather a title that perfectly combines Fitness, Nutritional Advice and Daily Healthy tips to offer a holistic experience through personal well-being.

'Colin McRae: DiRT 2' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system, a new damage engine effects, showcasing a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in the original. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments.

'Skate 2' (PS3/X360) Gets Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Plaza DLC

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 5:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set five years after the original, San Vanelona's been rebuild after it was hit by a natural disaster. Equipped with double the bag of tricks, gamers are tasked to rebuild their career and revive the New San Vanelona skate scene.

'StarCraft II' New Weapons And Abilities #1 - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:53 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.

NDS Review - 'Retro Game Challenge'

by Dustin Chadwell on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

An original game based on the popular Japanese GAME CENTER CX TV series, Retro Game Challenge reinvents how classic games are played. Featuring a story-driven progression, players complete short challenges in a wide-variety of fictional retro-games, ranging from shooting, racing, action and even an epic RPG.

'Stormrise' (PS3/X360/PC) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stormrise is a real-time strategy console title offering fans of the classic RTS genre an immersive and dramatic twist whilst challenging the conscience. Experience the heat of the battlefield by leading your troops from the front line, instead of the traditional way of controlling the units from a detached view point.

'Penumbra: Black Plague' - v1.01 Hotfix Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox Interactive's Penumbra: Black Plague, the final chapter in the Penumbra story, thrusts players into a creepy environment of psychological horror, as they are challenged in this unique action/adventure experience.

'SBK09 Superbike World Championship' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 3:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SBK09 Superbike World Championship offers the ultimate experience of the championship. Tracks, teams, riders, it’s all there unaltered to make the player feel the adrenaline rush of real motorbike competition.

'The Last Remnant' (ALL) Narrows Down Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Last Remnant is Square Enix's latest single-player RPG game, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, with two main characters, each one appealing to a specific territory.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:45 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:

'Diabolik: Original Sin' (ALL) Narrows Down Release Date

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Diabolik: Original Sin is a 3D point 'n' click stealth-adventure game with a new, innovative real time game system that manages to be faithful to the classic genre of graphical adventures.

'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' (ALL) - 9 Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sacred 2 is a action-oriented deep fantasy RPG where players are immersed in an epic journey through the medieval-like kingdom of Ancaria featuring pitched battles and a wide range of enticing quests.

'Unreal Tournament 3' (ALL) to Get Free Titan Pack, but Not on X360

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In UT3, you assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled by human contestants online or by AI, fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles. The free Titan Pack is coming to PC and PS3, and will add new maps, new units, new vehicles, new characters.

Nintendo DSi Launches on April 2 in Europe

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 2:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo's new Nintendo DSi, the third iteration of its portable video game system, launches in the UK/Europe on April 2, 2009 (April 5 in the US), at £149.99, and will be available in white and black.

Wii Review - 'Bratz Girlz Really Rock'

by Brian Dumlao on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 12:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Based on the upcoming doll line and animated movie, Bratz Girlz Really Rock will feature an exciting story line and a full range of activities including live music performances, a makeover station with the latest make-up and hairstyling choices, a fashion design suite as well as skydiving and miniature golf to play with a friend.

'50 Cent: Blood on the Sand' (PS3/X360) - 20 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2009 @ 12:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ has picked up 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in which you play as one of the world's biggest hip-hop stars in an all-out battle to protect 50 Cent's assets and to collect payment from a crooked overlord.