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'Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2' (PS3) - Facts, Features, Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 7:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is the ultimate Ninja Gaiden, featuring characters from the previous installments that have defined the franchise. Combining both melee and long-range battles against enemies, the game requires skillful and strategic playing to successfully journey through the missions.

Your Avatar Comes Alive With Full Body Avatar Control

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 7:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Full Body Avatar Control system will enable developers, for the first time, to create realistic, third-person avatars that move, in real time, with the player(s) using a depth-sensing camera that recognizes the player’s spatial orientation, limb positions and combination of hand, feet and torso movements.

Various Game Trailers #1565

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 7:00 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:

  • Wolfenstein [PS3/X360/PC] - Reveal Trailer
  • Guitar Hero: Metallica [ALL] - Behind the Scenes Trailer (3)
  • Stalin vs. Martians [PC] - Trailer #2
  • Stormrise [PS3/X360/PC] - Launch Trailer
  • BattleForge [PC] - Shadow Trailer


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

'Split/Second' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Split/Second is an intense racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion.

'Spectrobes: Origins' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spectrobes: Origins is a sci-fi action adventure game where players will use the unique Wii controls to explore vast worlds, excavate three-dimensional fossils and unravel an engaging story while discovering the key to preventing a galactic threat.

Tetris Online Beta Launched

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tetris Online features six new game single and multi-player game modes, along with high-score leaderboards, personal profiles, avatars, a virtual currency system and unlockable items, plus interactive tutorials and game tips—all available with hassle-free accessibility and no inconvenient downloads or unfriendly plug-ins.

'SMT: Devil Summoner 2' (PS2) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Devil Summoner 2 is an action RPG breath of fresh air, with a deep, easy-to-control combat system, nearly two hundred demons to negotiate with, collect, and fuse, and a variety of strategies to employ and master. Experience a 1920's Tokyo bustling with cases to solve, criminals to bring to justice, and the threat of the mysterious King Abaddon looming on the horizon.

Casual Gaming an Effective Tool Against Obesity?

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A few days ago, a study investigating the levels of energy expended when playing video games indicated video gaming could become a part of recommended daily physical activity. Now, another study reveals that casual gaming could be an effective tool in the fight against obesity by helping dieters control their cravings.

'Star Trek: D-A-C' (XBLA/PSN) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 4:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Trek: D.A.C. is a fast-paced, top-down 3D space shooter inspired by J.J. Abrams’ upcoming movie. Battle as the Federation against the Romulans in singleplayer, team up with a friend for co-op or go online in 6vs6 multiplayer mode.

'Legio' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 3:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Legio is a turn-based strategy game for one to two players. The game takes place in a mythical fantasy world where magicians, warriors and monsters battle for domination. Playing Legio is an intense experience, requiring careful strategic thinking, rewarding both courage and cleverness!

'DC Universe Online' (ALL) and 'The Agency' (ALL) Scheduled for 2010

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 3:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

During his keynote speech, SOE president John Smedley revealed that its spy-themed MMO, The Agency, and superhero-themed MMO, DC Universe Online, are both scheduled for 2010.

'Space Invaders Extreme' (XBLA) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 3:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Space Invaders Extreme captures all of the action and excitement of the classic and takes it to the next level with new design features maximizing performance and play on XBL. For the first time, experience Space Invaders in fully immersive sound and vivid high-definition, with visuals that will excite your senses!

'Wanted: Weapons of Fate' (PS3/X360/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 1:13 p.m. PDT | 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.

Former EA Developers Launch DreamRift

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure having just released, lead designer Peter Ong and lead programmer Ryan Pijai have departed Electronic Arts and announced the creation of the independent studio DreamRift.

'G-Force' (ALL) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on Walt Disney's G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the game revolves around a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs that take on a mission for the US government to stop an evil billionaire, who plans to destroy the world with household appliances.

Dream-Build-Play 2009 Launched, XNA Game Studio to Get Updated

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft announced the 3rd annual Dream-Build-Play global game development competition that encourages aspiring and hobbyist developers to create new and innovative games for X360. The XNA Game Studio is getting updates later this spring so developers will be able to take advantage of new partner additions and Xbox Live features.

'Fistful of Blood' Announced

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week Titmouse Games announced Seven Haunted Seas, but that seems not to be the only title in development. Based on a Heavy Metal magazine property, Fistful of Blood is an over-the-top action game about an Alien Bounty Huntress who comes to earth in search of the creature that killed her father, only to find herself caught in a blood feud between rival gangs of Vampires and Zombies.

'R.U.S.E.' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 10:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

R.U.S.E. is a strategy game in which the players use their brain as the ultimate weapon, fighting a war of perception, where the ability to deceive and mislead the enemy determines success. A first in a strategy game, R.U.S.E. reinvigorates the genre by using deception to give new-found depth to the game play.

'P.U.R.E.' - Free Full Game Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 10:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

P.U.R.E. is a real time strategy game set in a world where Humanity is attempting to wrest their devastated civilization from the evil AI known as the Overmind. The game features giant armies, a fast-paced gameplay, and awesome super-weapons.

'Fight Night Round 4' (ALL) Demo Coming Prior to Release

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 10:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fight Night Round 4 features an all-new physics-based gameplay engine that brings the most authentic interpretation of the sweet science to the video game world. The action inside the ring will be faster than ever, delivering a true representation of the sport's incredible speed, accuracy, timing and power. According to Eurogamer, an FNR4 demo is expected in late May or early June.

Valve Adds New Anti-Piracy, DLC Features to SteamWorks

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 9:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve announced a new set of advanced features delivered in its free publishing and development suite Steamworks, headlined by Custom Executable Generation, a complimentary technology to the already existing anti-piracy solution offered in Steamworks.

'BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger' (PS3/X360) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 9:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, developed by Guilty Gear studio Arc System Works, is a 2D fighter featuring twelve, extraordinarily detailed, hand-drawn characters in true HD glory, each with unique “Drive” attacks that can turn the tide of battle instantly.

PS3/X360/PC Single-Player Preview - 'Red Faction: Guerrilla'

by Adam Pavlacka on March 24, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, this third-person, open-world action-shooter will return to Mars and once again redefine the limits of destruction-based gameplay.

Updated HeroEngine Now Supports 100,000 Players

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 8:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Simutronics announced the release of HeroEngine 2009 Vol. 1, the only realtime collaborative development platform for massively multiplayer online games and virtual worlds, making it support more than 100,000 concurrent players in a single shard.

'Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition' (X360/PS3/PC) Announced

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 7:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hellion: Mystery of the Inquisition uses the latest technology to present an outstanding reality, authentic locations and impressive combats within the 13th century. Hellion also represents an epic plot set in a lively medieval world charged with upgradeable exorcisms and uncompromising brutality according to this period.

'inFamous' (PS3) - 7 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

inFamous is an open-ended, free-roaming game puts you in the shoes of Cole, an everyday guy and urban explorer, in the aftermath of a huge disaster that destroys his hometown of Empire City. As Cole, you must first learn to use new found powers and then decide how you will use them.

Games for Windows Live to Get Anti-piracy, Marketplace Features

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Windows gaming took center stage at the Game Developers Conference, as Microsoft announced new features coming to the Games for Windows Live online gaming service and community, such as anti-piracy solution, in-game marketplace, and roaming.

OnLive On Demand Video Game Platform Revealed

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

OnLive is a revolutionary, on demand video game platform delivering the latest and most advanced games instantly, on any TV via a sleek, inexpensive MicroConsole, or on almost any PC or Mac.

'Toy Story Mania!' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 6:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Toy Story Mania!, players experience the fast-paced, zany fun of the Toy Story Mania! theme park attraction, which is an interactive experience requiring 3D glasses and involving rapid or quick-firing shooting galleries.

'FIFA Manager 09' - Update 4 Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA Manager 09 gives you full control over the management of a football club. You are responsible for the line-up, the tactics and the training of your team – as well as for signing the right players, improving the club facilities and the stadium.

'Guitar Hero World Tour' (ALL) April DLCs Revealed

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero: World Tour will feature guitar, vocals, drums, the ability to create your own songs (and upload them on GHTunes), four-player on/offline co-op, and an eight-player battle of the bands multiplayer mode (4vs4).

'Precursors' (X360/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Precursors, developed by Boiling Point's Deep Shadow, is a sci-fi action game that leads you into unexplored regions of space, where he can fly with huge battle ships from planet to planet.

'All Points Bulletin' (ALL) Taps Vivox for Voice Chat

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

All Points Bulletin is an MMO freeform combat and driving-based game, designed by the creator of the original GTA franchise, bringing players into a living, breathing city where cash is king and territory equals respect.

Online Gaming Tops TV in Advertising Effectiveness

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

An "Online Video Advertising Effectiveness" study by NeoEdge Networks announced preliminary results from a three month study, revealing that online gaming provides substantially better performance and consumer perception than traditional TV advertising.

'Hannah Montana The Movie' (ALL) - 57 New Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 5:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hannah Montana is the stage name of Miley Stewart, a teen pop sensation known to millions. Her best friend Lilly is the only one who knows the truth or so she thinks. Someone is threatening to reveal Hannah's secret! Miley and Lilly and you investigate their school, the boardwalk, stadium and the beach to uncover clues.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Rolls Out Title Update #3

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 4:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events of the original, thrusting players back into humankind's epic battle for survival against a nightmarish force of underground creatures known as the Locust Horde. Epic has released the promised new title update which fixes various bugs and adds a new ranking system.

'Cross Edge' (PS3) Announced

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cross Edge is a RPG co-developed by Nippon Ichi Software, Idea Factory, Gust, Namco Bandai, and Capcom featuring infamous characters from each of the company, such as Etna (Disgaea), Aurica (Ar tonelico), Marie (Atelier Marie), Meu (Spectral Souls) and Morgan (Darkstalkers).

'Killing Floor' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 4:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tripwire Interactive's Killing Floor is a first-person co-op survival horror, set in and around London after a mad scientist’s “specimens” have broken loose and gone on the rampage.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 3:49 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:

'Madden NFL 10' (ALL) - First Screen

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 3:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Madden NFL 10 has yet to be announced, EA has released the first visual for the latest installment in the football franchise, saying that the Madden team has taken great strides this year and gone deeper on features and details than they've ever done before.

Wii Review - 'MadWorld'

by Brad Hilderbrand on March 24, 2009 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

MadWorld is a third-person action game that has a unique black & white style depicting a sharp backdrop that straddles graphic novels and 3-D worlds, mixing irreverent humor and over-the-top violence.

PSP Review - 'Mana Khemia: Student Alliance'

by Dustin Chadwell on March 24, 2009 @ 2:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Mana Khemia: Student Alliance is a port of the PS2 game but with an all new multiplayer mode so players can now team up and hunt down monsters to get rare items. Also new to the PSP version is a data installment feature which installs part of the game onto the memory stick to make the game load quicker.

'RockFree' Open Beta Begins March 31, 2009 - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

RockFree is a free, browser based, online multiplayer rock game, where you will be able to create custom rocker avatars, open a rock club and battle against other people around the world. In the end, it's all about who rocks, who sucks and more importantly, who gets the coveted title of Rocker God!

Bigfoot Networks Introduces Second-Generation Gaming Network Card

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bigfoot Networks launched Killer Xeno, its next-generation voice chat-enabled network interface card for online gamers.

'Mob Ties Moscow' Announced

by Rainier on March 24, 2009 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The original Mob Ties Tokyo game was made on a tiny indie budget, so having the graphics level of a high-end multi-million dollar title was not an option for the two-person development team, who intend to keep the retro style going in their next game.