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Nintendo And Microsoft Prevail in Controller Patent Lawsuit

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 7:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

U.S. District Court judge Leonard Davis has dismissed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nintendo (and similarly against Microsoft) brought by Fenner Investments, which alleged that the Wii and its controllers, as well as the GameCube, infringed on one of its patents.

'Secret Agent Clank' (PSP) Coming to PS2 - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 6:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

California based Sanzaru Games is working on bringing Clank's solo game to the PS2. In Secret Agent Clank, Ratchet has been imprisoned and you have to clear his name by going all James Bond spy-like.

'NCAA Basketball 09 March Madness Edition' Predicts Final Four, Winner

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 6:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts' official downloadable NCAA Tournament edition of its college basketball video game NCAA Basketball 09 will be available to download exclusively on Xbox Live, just in time for the start of the NCAA tournament.

Various Game Trailers #1558

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 6:02 p.m. PDT | 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:

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena [ALL] - Dark Creation Trailer
  • Fallout 3 [X360] The Pitt DLC Trailer
  • Fight Night Round 4 [ALL] - Trailer
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic - Video Documentary #2
  • Flock! [ALL] - Flocking Crazy Trailer

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

In-game Downloadable Content Coming to Steam

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve announced the arrival of in-game downloadable content to its digital download platform Steam, allowing developers and publishers to use their own games as a platform for selling additional content to gamers.

'WWE Legends of WrestleMania' (ALL) - 12 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

WWE Legends of WrestleMania is poised to deliver an impressive lineup of Legendary Superstars and Managers, a new combo fighting system and a historically accurate representation of WWE telecasts during the '80s and '90s.

Unreal Engine 3-Powered MMOs Made Easy With Atlas Tech

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 4:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Consisting of persistent world server technology and MMOG content creation and management tools that work directly with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3, Atlas Technology provides developers with a solid foundation on which to build MMOGs, casual and session based games, and community and e-commerce applications.

'Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2' (ALL) Gets Release Date - New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 3:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: GUNDAM 2 combines the devastating power of the Mobile Suit, the rich legacy of the GUNDAM universe and the furious Tactical Action game play of the Dynasty Warriors series. The game will thrust players into incredible battles against legions of enemy Mobile Suits on distant planetary surfaces and in the far reaches of outer space.

Solid Snake Voice Actor Sets Up Dark Hero Studios

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 3:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

David Hayter, known as voice actor for Solid Snake but also Watchmen co-writer, has formed Dark Hero Studios. Hayter has teamed with Bratz/Doomsday producer Benedict Carver to form "a company that will generate film, TV, Internet and video game projects in the action, sci-fi and horror genres," according to Variety. Dark Hero Studios' first project will be a movie called Demonology, about a student attending an international high school in Belgium.

'Wolfenstein' (PS3/X360/PC) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 3:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set within a near-fictional, historical WWII setting, players take on the role of the heroic OSA agent BJ Blazkowicz as they are thrust into the unknown and unexpected to battle against combat troops, otherworldly forces, and the dark science created by a supernatural Nazi force hell-bent on world domination.

'Halo 3,' 'Mass Effect' and 'PGR 4' Become European Classics

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft announces the expansion of its Classics collection in Europe as it continues its strategy of offering high quality experiences at outstanding value. On Mar. 20, Halo 3, Mass Effect and Project Gotham Racing 4 will join the elite selection of Xbox 360 Classics, with each game available at just £19.99.

505 Games Launches Mind, Body & Soul Range of Titles

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

505 Games is widening its portfolio by announcing the all-new Mind, Body & Soul range exclusively for Wii and DS. The initial launch titles establish a new brand of gaming, enabling users to improve their everyday lives while having fun along the way.

'Virtual On' (XBLA) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 2:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA announced the return of Virtual On, the classic mech arcade fighting game. Players will be able to revisit the Virtual On universe with several enhancements which include improved graphics and online multiplayer.

'Championship Manager 2009' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 2:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With a complete graphical and engine overhaul, Championship Manager 09 allows users to lead their teams to glory in a completely new version designed to give managers a true feeling of ‘total control’ over their teams and clubs. In order to give the game extra polishing time, Eidos has pushed CM 2009 from its original April 2009 date to its fiscal Q4, meaning at the earliest in June.

'EverQuest' Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 1:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online begins celebrations in honor of the 10th anniversary of its MMORPG, EverQuest. Since its launch on Mar. 16, 1999, EverQuest and its expansions have sold millions of copies worldwide and continues to be one of the gaming industry's biggest and most influential titles. Translated into seven languages, with a global player base of several hundreds of thousands of people, EverQuest is one of the largest and most dynamic online fantasy worlds ever created.

'Final Fantasy XI: A Crystalline Prophecy' Expansion Gets Dated - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 1:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square Enix revealed that the first in a series of three previously announced add-on scenarios for its Final Fantasy XI MMO game is scheduled for March 23, 2009.

'The House of the Dead: Overkill' (Wii) Most Profane Video Game in History

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 1:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The House of the Dead: Overkill is an all-new pulp-horror reinvention of the light-gun shooter franchise, taking you right back to the beginning of this classic horror series. THotD: Overkill has broken into the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition for most swearing in a video game.

'Gardening Mama' (NDS) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gardening Mama sees Mama heading into the great outdoors to turn an empty garden into a tranquil paradise. Green-fingered players use the touch screen to dig holes, plant seeds, mix fertiliser and ultimately grow a range of fruits, flowers and vegetables.

'Metal Gear Online' (PS3) Scene Expansion Skills & Emblems - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 1:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metal Gear Online is a dedicated online game featuring characters, weaponry and levels taken from and inspired by Metal Gear Solid 4, allowing up to 16 people to play simultaneously. This 3rd MGO expansion pack features a vast amount of new content - including new maps, special characters, new gear and more.

Asylum Entertainment Developing Four New Titles Using Q Engine

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 12:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

London based Asylum Entertainment has signed a four game deal for Qube Software’s Q engine.

'Valkyria Chronicles' (PS3) to Get Three DLCs Adding New Mode, Missions

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 12:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe - divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation’s 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles. SEGA plans to released 3 DLC packages adding a new Hard EX Mode, and two missions.

'Army of Two: The 40th Day' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 11:32 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 11:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, you assume the roles of both Wallace and Gromit, and spend each episode exploring a vivid world, assembling intricate contraptions, and getting the duo out of the sticky situations they frequently find themselves in.

'The King of Fighters XII' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 11:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time in the 15 year history of this 3-on-3 fighter game, The King of Fighters XII has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. All sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped and replaced with new 2D high definition, high resolution sprites, on detailed 2D backgrounds, drawn 100% by hand.

'Alpha Protocol' (PS3/X360/PC) Gets Delayed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 10:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Taking you on a suspenseful ride in the vein of James Bond, Jack Bauer, and Jason Bourne, Obsidian's Alpha Protocol has you work your way up the ranks as rookie agent Michael Thorton to become a bona-fide super spy.

'Hasbro Family Game Night' This Week's XBLA Title

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hasbro Family Game Night includes 6 games: Battleship, Yahtzee, Connect Four, Boggle, Sorry! and the new Sorry! Sliders.

'Guitar Hero: Metallica' (ALL) - 14 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero: Metallica features an Expert+ difficulty setting for people with two kick pedals, pop-up video style tracks, new guitar and bass tones, allowing you to play as a band member in single instrument or band career game modes, a total of 28 Metallica tracks, as well as 21 other artists.

Monday, March 16, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 10:03 a.m. PDT | 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:

Wii Shop Channel Adds A Classic and A Wiiware Title

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a classic and one WiiWare title to the Wii's Shop Channel. Wii owners with online access can redeem Wii Points to download: BIT.TRIP BEAT (Wiiware), and Summer Games II (VC).

'Free Realms' (PS3/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Free Realms is a free whimsical fantasy massively multiplayer RPG from Sony Online offering lighthearted adventuring, aimed primarily at casual female gamers, and optional bonus content via micro transactions.

PSP Preview - 'Patapon 2'

by Sanford May on March 16, 2009 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Patapon 2 is a 2D platform/action adventure game that transforms players into a mystical leader in charge of guiding a tribe of small, quirky warriors called Patapons. Through an innovative use of musical beats, players will march the Patapons against opposing armies and gigantic monsters in an attempt to find the far end of the world.

Natsume Joins The ESA

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Natsume Inc. joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), adding to the association’s diverse membership base and strengthens its position as the leading voice on computer and video games.

'Glacier 2: Hell on Ice' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 9:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Glacier2 is an arcade combat racing game. Make sure you are faster then your opponents or you can blow them to bits with an arsenal of weaponry.Make your way across the ice, survive incredible jumps, and eliminate your opponents.

'UFC 2009 Undisputed' (PS3/X360) Cover Athletes Signed

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 8:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UFC 2009 Undisputed features an authentic and comprehensive UFC atmosphere, including an extensive roster of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world. Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin will grace the worldwide cover, while UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will be on the Canadian cover.

Major Unreal Engine 3 Upgrades Shown at GDC 2009

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 8:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Epic Games will demonstrate the latest Unreal Engine 3 engine features alongside free advanced training sessions for existing users, the introduction of an integrated MMOG back-end environment, and closed door presentations for its prospective customers, evaluators, licensees, members of its Integrated Partners Program and the media.

'Resident Evil 5' (ALL) Shipped More Than 4 Million Copies

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 8:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil 5 promises to revolutionize the survival horror series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control. A new "versus" multiplayer mode will be released post-launch as paid digital content via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.