'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' (PS3) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 6:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, sequel to Naughty Dog's 2007 PS3-exclusive action/adventure game, revolves around 13th century explorer Marco Polo, putting the focus on story, stealth gameplay and a free climbing mechanic.

Crytek Acquires 'TimeSplitters' Developer Free Radical

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 6:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While official word was scheduled for tomorrow, script writer Rob Yescombe spilled the beans early as he confirmed that the Crysis developer has acquired Free Radical. Known for its Timesplitters series and most recently Ubisoft's HAZE, the UK-based studio got itself in a spat of trouble last year and was forced to close down. Whether Crytek bought the studio only for its assets/IP or will let it restart and rehire, is unclear at this point. More details to come tomorrow ....

Capcom and The Guildhall Join the PC Gaming Alliance

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 6:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The PC Gaming Alliance, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to driving the worldwide growth of PC gaming, announced the addition of representatives from Capcom and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to their Board of Directors.

Various Game Trailers #1528

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:44 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:

  • CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars [PS3/X360] - Trailers (2)
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin [ALL] - Launch Trailer
  • Halo Wars [X360] - Expanding the Arsenal Trailer
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers [Wii] - Launch Trailer
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes [X360] - Development Diary #1


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

'The Punisher: No Mercy' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zen Studios announced The Punisher: No Mercy coming exclusively to PlayStation Network. For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action, complete with characters like Jigsaw, Bushwacker, Barracuda and even Silver Sable.

Good Old Games Adds 'Stronghold Crusader' And 'Gothic 2 Gold'

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A little while back Good Old Games signed an agreement with FireFly Studios to add its historic RTS series, starting with Stronghold and now it has also added Stronghold: Crusader. Also added is JoWood's third-person role-playing game Gothic 2 Gold.

'World of Cars Online' Announced - Facts, Features, Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

World of Cars Online is a 3D online world based on the hit movie CARS. Players will be able to take an amazing ride into a wacky world full of fun and adventure by designing their own car, becoming a racing legend, making new friends, and playing mini-games with Lightning McQueen and the rest of the cast.

'Rock Band' (Wii) Gets Boston Four Pack, Blondie And Rejects Track

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:12 p.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.

EA's Q3 2008 Financials Reveal More Closures, Delays, Layoffs, and New Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA's Q3 2008 financial results reveal a slight increase in revenue, but higher than expected expenses and losses on investments resulted in a $641 million net loss, compared to 2007's $33 million. In addition to the previously announced The Sims 3 and Dragon Age: Origins delays, EA is also pushing back The Godfather II until fiscal 2010 (April 1 - June 30). EA had already announced it would close nine studios and lay off 10% of its employees, but in light of the actual results it will now close 3 additional locations and dismiss 11% of its staff. In the follow up conference call, EA CEO John Riccitiello revealed that Dead Space is coming to the Wii, while early next year we can expect Bad Company 2 (X360/PS3) and Mass Effect 2 (X360/PC).

'Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection' (PS3/X360) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection, aka SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, will feature the best first-party games from SEGA’s venerable 16-bit Genesis years as well as bonus content from its 8-bit Master System and 1980s arcade era games library.

'Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box' (ALL) - v1.0.0.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Burnout Paradise gives players license to wreak havoc in Paradise City, a seamless racing battleground, with massive traffic-heavy roads to abuse. The PC edition will be customized with expanded online features, and community-driven content.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Gets Pushed Back

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:05 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.Originally scheduled for "early 2009," Bioware has delayed the game until "last half of 2009" to coincide with the console versions..

Atlus Delays Four of Its Upcoming Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus U.S.A. announced that its delaying fours of its upcoming titles. Tokyo Beat Down (NDS), Hammerin' Hero (PSP), The Dark Spire (NDS) and Steal Princess (NDS) are all getting pushed back from their original dates to late March, mid April.

'The Sims 3' Gets Delayed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 1:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

What if you had to live your whole life in one location … and then one day, suddenly, you could step outside and go anywhere in the whole neighborhood? The Sims 3 gives you the freedom to create unique Sims and immerse them in your own living neighborhood of endless possibility! As we hinted at last month, EA has officially pushed back The Sims 3's Feb. 2009 release date until June 2, 2009.

'Wanted: Weapons of Fate' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 12:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Armed with iconic moves from rigorous assassin training, including "Curving Bullets" and "Bullet Explosion," as well an arsenal of powerful, high-tech weapons, players will explore Wesley’s quest to becoming an unmatched uberassassin in fast-paced, action-packed combat against the world’s most notorious killers.

Aspyr to Distribute 'Puzzle Quest: Galactrix' (ALL) on PC, Gets Dated

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 12:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

D3Publisher of America's Puzzle Quest: Galactrix, developed by Infinite Interactive, incorporates a powerful blend of casual and hardcore gameplay elements, similar to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, into an all-new futuristic, science-fiction setting.

'Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings' (ALL) - Facts, Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in the year 1939, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings follows the rogue archaeologist on an all-new globe-trotting quest. From San Francisco's Chinatown to the lush jungles of Panama, Indy must use his whip, fists and wits to fight through ruthless opposition as he spars with his nemesis, Magnus Völler, in a race for a relic of biblical proportions — the Staff of Moses.

Ubisoft Acquires Action Pants

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 10:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced it will be expanding its studio operations to Vancouver, BC, Canada through the acquisition of video game developer Action Pants Inc. The studio currently employs more than 110 video game developers, and is working on a new Wii exclusive sports title, as well as unannounced PS3/X360 titles.

'Warrior Epic' Now Accepting Closed Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 10:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warrior Epic is a free to download & play online action/RPG set in an original fantasy universe, where players can utilize a wide selection of warrior classes to go out raiding dungeons in a variety of novel environments. Warrior Epic let you play co-op campaigns or slug it out with friends in PVP.

'Major Minor's Majestic March' (Wii) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by the creative team behind PaRappa the Rapper Masaya Matsuura and New York artist Rodney Alan Greenblat, Major Minor’s Majestic March turns the Wiimote into a “special” baton that the bandleader, Major Minor, uses to keep tempo, recruit new band members and pick up valuable items.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 9:39 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:

'Prototype' (PS3/X360/PC) Release Date Narrowed Down

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 9:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Prototype tells the story of Alex Mercer - a man haunted by his past, fighting a secret war in New York City. As the action spirals out of control, a conspiracy tied to his origins threatens the future of mankind itself.

'Stronghold Crusader Extreme' - v1.2.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stronghold Crusader Extreme features huge battles with over 10000 units on screen, a new Extreme Trail which will test even the best Crusader players and a new tactical aid bar which allows you to unleash super moves on your enemies.

'Iron Man 2' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 8:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA announced a continuation of their existing partnership with Marvel Entertainment to include Iron Man 2, the video game. The multi-platform title is slated to come out in 2010 along with the Marvel Studios film of the same name.

'Resident Evil 5' (PS3/X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 8:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resident Evil 5 promising to revolutionize the survival horror series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control.

Activision Blizzard's 2009 New York Comic Con Lineup

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision announced its plans for the New York Comic Con show on Feb. 6-8, 2009. where it will have Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Prototype and X-Men Origins: Wolverine on display, with both hands-on demos and producer-led demonstrations, special trailers featuring never before seen game footage, as well as panel presentations on all three titles, presided by the developers and writers.

'Let's Tap' (Wii) Officially Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 8:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Let's Tap utilizes a ground-breaking control scheme where the Wii controller is placed on a box or flat surface so that the controller can detect minute vibrations. Players of all ages and skill levels then tap the box or flat surface to interact with the game; there's no need to hold the controller.

'Mytran Wars' (PSP) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 8:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mytran Wars is a round-based strategy game where the player researches new technologies and continues to rearm his mecha, thereby fighting battles in wonderful 3D landscapes – against the AI or other human opponents in various multiplayer modes.

'God of War 3' (PS3) to Have Online Multiplayer?

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 6:04 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. The SCEA Santa Monica team working on GoW 3 is looking for an Online Gameplay Programmer, possibly indicating Kratos will go online.

'Halo Wars' (X360) Gets Real-Life Construction Toys

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 6:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Halo Wars is a strategy game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. MEGA Brands has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft to develop construction toys based on Halo Wars.

'Deadly Creatures' (Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 5:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ's Deadly Creatures is a Wii exclusive 3rd person action thriller title developed internally by its Rainbow Studios. Deadly Creatures throws players into a venomous world of desert terror, where the greatest victory is survival.

'Major League Baseball 2K9' (ALL) Also Coming to PC

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 4:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Sports announced that National League Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, will be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for next year's highly anticipated baseball video game, MLB 2K9. Yesterday's MLB 2K9 trailer shows a PC logo in the credits, usually indicating which platforms a game will appear on, and a 2K Sports rep. just confirmed this being true.

'Demigod' - 8 Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 4:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in an future-fantasy world, Demigod is a team-based action/RPG/RTS hybrid game that casts you as a hero waging war to obtain a position within the pantheon of gods.

'Necrovision' - French Demo No Longer Available

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 4:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NecroVisioN is a first-person horror shooter, which sees players taking on the role of American soldier Simon Bukner, who must fight his way through the bleak trenches of World War One and into the very jaws of Hell.

'Military History Commander: Europe at War' (NDS/PSP/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 4:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Commander: Europe at War is a turn-based strategy game set during World War II. Players take command of either the Axis powers or the Allied forces, and make decisions relating to recruitment, reconnaissance and diplomacy.

'Runes of Magic' Gets Official Release Date

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 3:48 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 600 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'My Pet Shop' (NDS) Coming to North America - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 3:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In My Pet Shop, players will set off on the animal adventure of a lifetime as they work to help run the best pet shop that Green Town has ever seen. With over 40 different animals, players will be able to find and care for adorable and sometimes unusual pets including dogs, pigs, pandas and bears, all set in a beautifully crafted colorful world.

'Blood Magic: Time of Shadows' Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Time of Shadows is an add-on for 1C's action RPG Blood Magic which now unveils its world of magic even further. Over hundred new spells, divided into 12 magic schools, bring fresh power to your fight against hordes of enemies as you stop their invasion.

'Summer Athletics 2009' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The battle for Gold Medals and personal bests ignites excitement and healthy competition in Summer Athletics 2009. Athletes from all over the world run, throw, jump and swim for victory. Millimeters and split seconds will decide the winners.

PC Review - 'Grand Theft Auto IV'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 2:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Rockstar is bringing its open-ended crime series to the PC with GTA IV, returning the franchise to New York situated around the Eastern European protagonist Nikolai. The PC edition comes with a replay editor with Rockstar Social Club integration, expanded multiplayer, higher resolution, and match filtering.

Microsoft's Get Game Smart Video Contest Ends March 6

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Get Game Smart Video Contest is a search for parents and teens to serve as Get Game Smart Ambassadors -- a new set of messengers that will help educate their peers on making smart media choices.

'Fragile' (Wii) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Bandai's Fragile, developed by Eternal Sonata studio Tri-Crescendo, is a Wii exclusive RPG that follows the story of Set, a young boy tasked to explore various cities in a post-apocalyptic world trying to find out why everyone has disappeared.

Wii Review - 'WordJong Party'

by Brian Dumlao on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 1:16 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The NDS puzzler WordJong is coming to Wii with all-new multiplayer modes, gorgeous new visuals and more. Use a set of lettered tiles to create words and clear the board in both single-player and intense four-player modes. WordJong Party boasts several new features exclusive to the Wii not found in any other version!

Xbox 360 Gets NXE HDMI Audio fix

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2009 @ 1:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ever since Microsoft rolled out the New Xbox Experience a select few Xbox 360 owners had been plagued with an HDMI audio bug, which has now been addressed. Starting Tuesday morning at 0200 Pacific when you sign into Xbox Live you’ll be prompted for a mandatory dashboard update, addressing the issue that a few folks were having with audio and their HDMI connection.