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'Guitar Hero Smash Hits' (ALL) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turn down the lights, crank up the amps and prepare to command center stage as some of the most famous AND infamous tracks from previous Guitar Hero titles. Step into the spotlight in the most epic, full band jam session to date — Guitar Hero Smash Hits.

Trion World Network and XSEED Join the ESA

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Trion World Network and XSEED Games have joined the membership ranks of the Entertainment Software Association.

Various Game Trailers #1585

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:50 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:

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum [ALL] - Harley Quinn Trailer
  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger [PS3/X360] - Drive Trailer
  • Fight Night Round 4 [PS3/X360] - Boxer Style Trailer
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game [Wii] - Trailer
  • Terminator Salvation [ALL] - Attack Action Trailer
  • Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier [NDS] - Trailer
  • GTA: Chinatown Wars [NDS] - WiFi Mayhem Trailer

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

'Madden NFL 10' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

On-field authenticity and emotion is taken to another level in Madden NFL 10. With more control over the outcome of the play than ever before, players can drag defenders towards the first down marker, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and avoid the rush by stepping up into the pocket.

Nearly 10% of American Youths Are Addicted to Games

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A new study by Iowa State University researcher Douglas Gentile revealed that 8.5% of American youths between ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction, skimp on homework, lie about how much they play, steal games or money to play more, and struggle, without success, when they try to cut back.

'Alternativa' Ready, Delayed Because of Publisher Issues

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alternativa is a classic point & click adventure game based on the original sci-fi/cyber-punk script which is composed of a number of shorter stories that lead us through the lives of individual characters as well as the fictional world of the future. Centauri revealed that the game is ready but Russian publisher Akella's internal issues are the reason the game has not been released yet.

'Blood of Bahamut' (NDS) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blood of Bahamut is an RPG is set in the world of Altail, where people inhabit countries built on the back of long sleeping giants who are considered their gods. When the giants awaken and grow violent, all peace is lost. Thinking that they’ve been forsaken by their gods, people begin to flee their towns, leaving only seven warriors to restore the peace.

Scratch DJ Game Gets Restraining Order, Court Wants Source Code Returned

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 2:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week Scratch DJ Game filed suit against Activision and 7 Studios, alleging that they had engaged in intentional interference with contract, breach of contract, conversion and misappropriation of trade secrets. Activision then issued a statement that the L.A. Superior Court found that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing, but today Scratch DJ Game claims the L.A. County Superior Court has granted it a temporary restraining order and ordered 7 Studios to turn over all source code, tools and technology related to Scratch: The Ultimate DJ game.

'SingStar' (PS3) Patch Adds Voice Control, Trophies and More

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 2:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Packed with new features, for the first time ever SingStar lets you personalize your play lists by downloading the songs of your choice – so you can sing along to what you want, when you want it.

XSEED Drops 'Muramasa: The Demon Blade' (Wii)

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 2:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Marvelous Entertainment's Muramasa: The Demon Blade (known in Japan as “Oboro Muramasa Youtouden”) is a unique, highly stylized action RPG, is currently in development, but its North American publisher, XSEED, confirmed it will no longer be publishing the game.

'Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate' Coming Next Week

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 12:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NwN 2: Mysteries of Westgate features a non-linear, open-ended single-player campaign with numerous side quests covering more than 15 hours of game play, as well as 3 new companions; a host of new monsters, including some truly epic foes; an original musical score; and thousands of new lines of professionally recorded dialogue.

'LEGO Battles' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Battles pulls LEGO Castle, LEGO Pirates and LEGO Space themes together to create a unique extension of the LEGO build-and-play experience that stays true to the customization and humor that are the foundation of LEGO videogames.

Propaganda Games Working on Two Unannounced Titles

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 11:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier this year Disney confirmed it had laid off 30 people at Propaganda Games for economic/financial reasons. Today, it was announced that former BioWare executive producer and project director Dan Tudge has taken on the job of vice president and general manager two oversee the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues to work on two unannounced games.

'Domino Master' (XBLA) Gets Title Update And New Content

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Domino Master brings the old pastime into the present with colorful graphics and five game modes to play through.

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (PSP) Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce will forever change the way gamers experience the Dynasty Warriors universe. In the game, players will enlist in quests that will challenge their very sense of what it means to be a true warrior.

'Crysis Wars' - v1.5 Patch to Add New Map, Fixes - Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crysis Wars is the multiplayer component for Crytek's FPS Crysis Warhead and features three modes, 21 maps, vehicles and more. The v1.5 will include some fixes that should improve stability and remove the known exploits, improve game balance, as well as add an all-new map, Ruins.

'Lode Runner' This Week's Xbox Live Arcade Title

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Hi-Res 3-D graphics, frenzied 2-D action, 220 levels, and six play modes, Lode Runner makes an epic return. Run, climb, blast blocks, outsmart enemies and grab the gold on your own or with a partner!

'Battlestations: Pacific' (X360/PC) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlestations: Pacific features a massive U.S. and Japanese single player campaign that offers a unique blend of action and strategy. Players must plan their moves carefully on huge open-world arenas and fight in the air, above sea and underwater to relive some of the most hard-fought battles in WWII history.

PSP Firmware v5.50 Update Coming Tomorrow

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony announced that tomorrow it will release the v5.50 system software update for PSP introducing an Information Board on the PSP system’s XMB interface, and browsing the PlayStationStore will will no longer require a PlayStation Network account.

'Rock Band 2' (Wii) to Get Toby Keith, Malmsteen, The Shins and More

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:38 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Akella's naval RPG title Age of Pirates II: City of Abandoned Ships, developed by Seaward.ru, will combine compelling gameplay and wonderful graphics thus bringing a new experience to all the fans of daring sword duels and ship-to-ship combats.

'Huxley: The Dystopia' (X360/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Huxley is an MMOFPS utilizing the Unreal engine 3 that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Humans have mutated and are divided into two opposing races, Sapiens and Alternative, who are forced to battle against one another to gain control of the world and its resources.

'Stalin vs. Martians' Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stalin vs. Martians is an over-the-top strategy game, the Martians suddenly drop off somewhere in Siberia and attack the glorious people of Holy Mother Russia. You take control of the Red Army troops and start kicking the alien butts under Stalin’s guidance. Scheduled for release today, Mezmer Games has pushed the launch a few days for some final polishing.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Six Days in Fallujah'

by Thomas Wilde on April 20, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Six Days in Fallujah is a new, third-person shooter experience that puts the player in the center of the largest urban military operation in four decades. Six Days in Fallujah combines the action of a military shooter with the realism of a documentary film to create a new kind of experience that is both historical and engaging.

'Fallout: New Vegas' (PS3/X360/PC) Revealed

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 7:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

At a UK press event, Bethesda revealed that it is working on a new installment in the Fallout franchise. Developed by Obsidian (former Black Isle Studios, known for KOTOR II, Neverwinter Nights 2) on the PS3, X360 and PC, Fallout: New Vegas is not a sequel but a standalone game. Featuring the usual RPG elements, it's scheduled for 2010. It wasn't revealed whether the game uses the same engine as Fallout 3 or Obsidian's current project, Alpha Protocol, and fans hoping to get more info in the coming months might be disappointed, as Bethesda's Pete Hines told us that it is "highly unlikely" the game will be shown at E3.

'Jumpgate Evolution' Reveals Spacecrafts - New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 7:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Staying true to its early vision, NetDevil has improved upon the original Jumpgate in every way, with a complete graphics update, and the integration of advanced AI features to ensure unpredictable and compelling situations.

Majesco Opens UK Office, Reveals European Lineup

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Majesco announced details of its expanded European operation, which has been established to provide direct routes to retail within the UK. Based in Bristol, Majesco Europe will oversee the marketing, distribution and sales of a product catalog with mainstream titles on handheld and consoles, with its first games due to launch in May 2009.

'UFC 2009 Undisputed' (PS3/X360) - 9 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:41 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.

Microsoft Bundles Xbox 360 Elite With 'Halo 3' and 'Fable II'

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 6:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beginning in May, the $399 Xbox 360 Game of the Year Bundle provides 120 GB of storage, a wireless controller, a wireless headset, an HDMI cable, a free Netflix trial, Lionhead's RPG Fable II and Bungie's FPS Halo 3. With the broadest selection of blockbuster games and a robust catalog of TV shows and movies available from Netflix, now is the best time to own an Xbox 360.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, April 20, 2009

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a classic, a WiiWare, and two NDSi titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Crystal Defenders R1 (Wiiware), Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (VC), Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche, and Dr. Mario Express (NDSiWare).

Monday, April 20, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:20 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:

'Shimano Xtreme Fishing' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Embracing the wilder side of sport fishing, Shimano Xtreme Fishing is the only videogame to let players take the fight to the fish with bow and speargun in addition to the traditional rod and reel.

'Warhammer Online' Rolls Out 'Beyond the Sands' In-Game Live Event

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call to Arms will introduce an array of new content for WAR players, and from April 20 to April 27, the armies of WAR will clash over the wreckage of mysterious airships that fell from the sky and puzzle over the appearance of strange artifacts from far-off lands.

'Dark Sector' (ALL) - German v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 5:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dark Sector thrusts players into the role of an elite black-ops agent sent on a dangerous mission into a decaying Eastern European city that hides a deadly Cold War secret. The PC edition features improved graphics and a streamlined interface that allows for easy mouse and keyboard control.

'Arc Rise Fantasia' (Wii) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Arc Rise Fantasia is an epic RPG product of old and new, combining graphics with modern gameplay while bringing classic Japanese high fantasy role-playing action involving airships and dragons.

Video Games Offer Same Narrative Experience As Books And Movies

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A new study by Dr Souvik Mukherjee, a researcher and computer game narrative expert from the School of Arts & Humanities at Nottingham Trent University, concludes that computer games can be read like books and should be regarded with the same value as literary texts.

'Armored Core 3' (PS2) Coming to PSP - Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Originally released on the PS2 in 2002, Armored Core 3 is getting ported to the PSP, with the addition of a multiplayer mode. The game is based around one entity that ruled the world, The Controller. As time went on several powerful Corporations came on the scene, waging war with eachother in their struggles to gain absolute power. Manipulated by The Controller, all was going according to the plan, but somehow, the forces of chaos began to rise...

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2010' (ALL) Scores In-Game Ads

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 4:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PES 2010 will benefit from the most exhaustive raft of new features in the series’ history, with every aspect of the game benefiting from key improvements and major gameplay additions. Konami has signed a global full-service in-game advertising deal with Double Fusion for PES 2010.

Kaos Studios' New Title to be Multiplatform

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 3:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ's Kaos Studios, founded by veterans of the Battlefield 2 mod Desert Combat, has been on a recruiting spree lately as it ramps up development on a new, Unreal Engine 3-powered, multiplatform title. Kaos Studios' first title was the FPS game Frontlines: Fuel of War, originally developed for X360, PC, and PS3, but the latter version was eventually canceled. One of the new job openings requires "experience with creating content for XBL and/or PSN," indicating the new title might be coming to PS3 as well.

'Grand Slam Tennis' (Wii) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 3:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis puts the racket in the palm of your hand and offers the deepest tennis experience ever. As the home to all four Grand Slams, and exclusive to Wimbledon, you can take your customized created player on a quest to win the four slams in Grand Slam career mode.

'Defcon' Also Coming to NDS

by Rainier on April 20, 2009 @ 2:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Defcon is an online, competitive, multiplayer strategy game simulating global thermonuclear war. The game, inspired by the 1983 cult-classic film, Wargames, superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion surrounding the Cold War era.

PS3/X360 Review - 'Monsters vs. Aliens'

by Sanford May on April 20, 2009 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years, who are then called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction!

Xbox 360 Review - 'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009'

by Glenn "Otter" Juskiewicz on April 20, 2009 @ 1:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will unleash a new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win.