New Xbox Experience Update Becomes Mandatory

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The New Xbox Experience gives X360 owners a completely new experience that is fun, social and simple to use -- and puts more entertainment at their fingertips than any other device connected to the TV. From now on new titles will require you to update your Xbox 360 and install the NXE dashboard update from the game DVD before you can actually play, the first titles with this setup are Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, and MLB 2K9.

'Backyard Baseball '10' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining all the elements of a realistic sports title with the thrilling action of a crazy arcade game, Backyard Baseball '10, is the ultimate kids’ baseball experience with new fields, detailed graphics, precise game controls, and a beefed up MLB roster including David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who is returning for a second season as the game’s cover player.

Various Game Trailers #1549

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:54 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:

  • Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim - How to Become A King And Not Die Trailer
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. [ALL] - Launch Trailer
  • Empire: Total War [PC] - Launch Trailer
  • Watchmen: The End is Nigh [ALL] - Trailer (2)


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

'Fallout 3' (ALL) - v1.4 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:52 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.

'NCAA Basketball 09' (X360) to Get Downloadable March Madness Edition - Screens

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

Electronic Arts today announced an official downloadable NCAA Tournament edition of its college basketball video game. NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition will be available to download on Mar. 11, 2009, just in time for the start of the NCAA tournament. It's exclusive to the Xbox 360 and will cost 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

'Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars' (NDS/Wii) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 12:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director's Cut builds on the original, boasting a new and explosive narrative interwoven with the first story. New puzzles have been added that specifically utilize Nintendo's unique control methods.

'Knights in the Nightmare' (NDS) Bundles Soundtrack And Art Book - Screens

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

Knights in the Nightmare requires players to throw out everything they know about RPG and strategy games and embrace something altogether new and fresh. Frantic, energetic action mixes with thought-provoking tactical gameplay, all within a beautifully-rendered fantasy setting and presented through a captivating, emotional narrative.

'Scrabble' (NDS/PSP) Gets Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The best-selling crossword puzzle board game Scrabble is on deck to land on handheld platforms including the NDS and PSP, and will feature three modes of play including Classic, Speed and the new Scrabble Slam.

'The Munchables' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 10:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Munchables is an entertaining romp into a colorful and delicious action adventure where players will explore rich and vibrant environments, devouring delectable enemies and guide their quirky heroes in a zany alien munching mash-up filled with fun and addictive gameplay.

Good Old Games Adds 'Rise of the Triad' and 'Seven Kingdoms 2'

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week Good Old Games signed an agreement with Apogee to distribute its classic titles, and while it started with Duke Nukem 3D, it has now also added Rise of the Triad: Dark War to its portfolio, as well as Enlight Software's Seven Kingdoms 2, both DRM-free, XP/Vista compatible and only $5.99.

'Wheelman' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wheelman will take you on a thrill ride that unfolds throughout the streets of Barcelona, delivering powerful cinematic moments throughout the game's compelling storyline with car chases inspired by Hollywood's most famous action-sequences.

'The King of Fighters XII' (ALL) Narrows Down Release Date

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | 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.

'Clutch' (X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Game Factory Interactive's Clutch is a hardcore vehicular combat racing game developed by Targem Games, known for Hard Truck Apocalypse and Battle Mages.

'PopCap Arcade Volume 2' (XBLA) Revealed

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In announcing the availability of Peggle Dual Shot, the NDS platform-optimized adaptation of Peggle, PopCap revealed that later this month Peggle will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade, and that Peggle will also be available next month for Xbox 360 as part of PopCap Arcade Volume 2.

Aspyr Signs 'BCFx: The Doug Williams Edition' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Black College Football Xperience: The Doug Williams Edition immerses players in the culture, history and pageantry of football game day on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses, featuring realistic, bone-jarring football action created using the Unreal Engine 3.0 with two unique new rhythm games, the interactive Halftime Show and Drum Line Challenge.

Xbox 360 Preview - 'Ninja Blade'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on March 3, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

From Software's Ninja Blade is a cinematic action game where, armed with an arsenal of specialized ninja weapons, tools and skills, players will be given the epic task of defending Tokyo and ultimately humanity from a horrific, genetically mutating disease.

New Game Development Center Offers Year Free Rent

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 8:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Creative Coast Alliance and the Savannah Economic Development Authority are offering up to one year of free rent in their Game Development and Digital Media Center currently under development on the first floor of their newly constructed Class A office building on the Savannah River (Georgia).

'Lost Planet 2' (X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 7:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lost Planet 2' story has advanced beyond Wayne Holden as players will now follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirates on their quest to seize control of E.D.N III. Players will move their heroes through different stories creating a truly unique and interactive experience.

'Mytran Wars' (PSP) Mytran Faction Detailed

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 7:41 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.

'Final Fantasy XIII' (PS3/X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 6:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next generation.

ESA Doubles Number of Scholarships for Aspiring Game Developers

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 6:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The ESA Foundation this year will make available 30 scholarships, double the amount of the program’s first two years, to women and minority students who aspire to careers in computer and video game development.

'Furry Legends' (Wii) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Furry Legends, a casual action and platform game, players take control of unique characters who are best described as a furry ball, each with its unique powers, allowing the player to roll, jump, bounce, attack and perform other various moves with their spherical character.

'Guitar Hero World Tour' (ALL) to Get Queen and Jimi Hendrix Track Packs

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:52 a.m. PST | 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).

'Runes of Magic' Reveals Kalin Shrine Dungeon - Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:47 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.

Ascaron Signs 'Fenimore Fillmore's Revenge'

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

Fenimore Fillmore's Revenge once again plunges players into the Far West in 1875. In this new episode, fans of Fenimore Fillmore will face some hairy moments. The cowboy, with his girlfriend Thiannon and his inseparable horse Rayo, is full of humor as usual, despite his mission to save lives…

'America's Army 3' Developers Leaving a Sinking Ship?

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

America's Army 3 is the only free action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, actions and career advancement of a Soldier within a unique exciting game experience. AA lead developer [DEV]Pye gets the sack along with lead artist [DEV]Octavian and level designer [DEV]A-Spec. Further investigation has revealed that several members of the dev team have quietly left over the past six months, without anybody commenting or knowing why.

'Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure' (Wii) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 5:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After making an appearance on the NDS/PSP, and compiled in Taito Legends on the PS2/Xbox and PC, Taito's cult classic arcade game Rainbow Islands will receive a modernizing touch in the form of Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure, marrying the original's much-loved vintage platform gameplay mechanics with the Wiimote.

NDS Review - 'Puzzle Quest: Galactrix'

by Brian Dumlao on March 3, 2009 @ 4:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer is a point & click adventure where the player takes on the role of an FBI agent, whose task is to solve a series of macabre murders of wealthy, well-to-do citizens. In this second installment you reprise the role of Nicole Bonnet, who is tasked with finding a serial killer who's calling card is leaving 17th century dolls at the crime scene.

'Ninja Gaiden II' (X360) Mission Mode DLC Deal of the Week

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A sequel to the original Xbox title, Ninja Gaiden 2 has players once again assuming the role of Ryu Hayabusa as they guide the ninja hero on a quest to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Deal of the week is the July 2008 Mission Mode, normally 800 MS Points but now at 300, challenging your skills in self-contained missions featuring trials and tribulations not found in the standard story mode.

'East India Company' Introduces the East Indiaman - New Screens

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the world's most powerful trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in both single-player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic environment.

Wii Review - 'Deal or No Deal'

by Dustin Chadwell on March 3, 2009 @ 4:09 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Zoo Games' video game adaptation will follow the format of the hit television show, new game modes and mini-games, such as Million Dollar Mission and Double or Nothing, will be creative additions for interactive play at home.

'Guitar Hero' Listening Session 2009 Winner Announced

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 4:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision announced that Attack! Attack! UK is the winner of the Guitar Hero Listening Session at MIDEM 2009. Voted on by a panel of industry veterans, the band beat out over 200 other submissions to have their new single "You and Me," released today featured in an upcoming Guitar Hero game.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 3:56 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:

'Napoleon in Italy' - v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 3, 2009 @ 3:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Napoleon in Italy is a hex-based strategy gaming set in the Napoleonic era that will soon be forming up and swiftly marching towards gamers. The v1.1 update brings a small number of fixes and AI improvements in a variety of areas including sieges and objective selection.