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'Lost Planet 2' (X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 8:35 p.m. PDT | 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.

Various Game Trailers #1597

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 5:20 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:

  • Fairytale Fights [PS3/X360/PC] - Teaser Trailer
  • Risen [X360/PC] - Mood Trailer #4
  • Safar'Wii [Wii] - Trailer
  • Red Steel 2 [Wii] - Debut Trailer
  • Fight Night Round 4 [PS3/X360] - Styles Doc Trailer
  • Red Dead Redemption [PS3/X360] - Trailer

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

'Duke Nukem' Developer 3D Realms Shutdown Confirmed

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 5:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It was only yesterday that 3D Realms celebrated Wolfenstein's 17th birthday, but today is an entirely different story. According to various sources online, one of the pillars of gaming has shut down, and all employees have been let go. Once called Apogee, 3D Realms has been responsible for some of the most classic of games, like Rise of the Triad, Commander Keen, and pioneer of the FPS genre in general with Duke Nukem/Wolfenstein 3D. While there is no confirmation yet, former 3D Realms employee Charlie Wiederhold, currently at Infinity Ward working on Modern Warfare 2, says the rumor is 100% true and confirmed.

UPDATE: Deep Silver issued a statement saying that Apogee is not affected by the situation at 3D Realms, and that development on the Duke Nukem Trilogy is continuing as planned.

UPDATE 2: 3D Realms' Joe Siegler has officially confirmed the shutdown, while Take Two stated it was no longer funding the Duke Nukem Forever development, but retains the publishing rights.

'Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 4:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles‘s story is based on Resident Evil 2 and includes Leon S Kenney and Claire Redfield. Its on-rails style gameplay and active camera will create a more immersive “Chronicles” survival experience. As in the last installment, this is a first-person game with extreme shooting gameplay and interactive pathways.

THQ's Sales Down, Losses Up, Reveals New Titles

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 2:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ released its financial results for Q4 and fiscal year 2009 revealing that net sales were down about 20% (from 2008's $1,030.5 million to $830.0 million) while net loss ballooned from last year's $35.3 million to 2009's $431.1 million. Sales were driven by the newest WWE title and Dawn of War II. Looking ahead THQ plans to release a slew of titles, including new installments in the MX vs. ATV, SpongeBob, and Pixar's Cars franchises, as well as three titles to be announced.

'Prototype' (PS3/X360/PC) Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 1:46 p.m. PDT | 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. Preorder at GameStop and get an Alex Mercer collectible action figurine plus a 2-sided critical hints location map/poster, at GameCrazy and get a Ltd. Ed. art concept book, or Amazon and get the Ltd. Ed. comic from Wild Storm.

Capcom Reveals E3 2009 Lineup, Includes Two Mystery Titles

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 1:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the 2009 edition of the E3 Media & Business Summit a month away Capcom has revealed its lineup of titles it will have on display during the show. Two additional titles will be revealed at the show, while other titles shown are: Dark Void (PS3/X360/PC), Lost Planet 2 (X360/PC), Dead Rising 2 (not public), Spyborgs (Wii), Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles (Wii), Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP), Marvel vs Capcom 2 (PSN/XBLA), Fate Unlimited Codes (PSP), Street Fighter IV (PC), Bionic Commando (PC), Mega Man Star Force 3 (NDS), and Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil (Wii).

'Arc Rise Fantasia' (Wii) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 1:20 p.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.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) Multiplayer Beta Access for Qore Subscribers

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT | 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. While it was previously revealed inFAMOUs customers will get multiplayer beta access, it now seems that Qore subscribers (or people who sign up before May 15) will get access to that very same beta on June 3.

'StarCraft II' Now Accepting Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 11:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's approach to game balance, designed to be the ultimate competitive RTS game. With the game tentatively scheduled for later this year, Blizzard is now asking fans to sign up for the upcoming beta (requires Battle.net sign-up and submitting of system specs).

'Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.' (ALL) to Get U.S. Eagles DLC Pack - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 11:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in 2012, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (high-altitude warfare) is the first air combat game in the Tom Clancy’s universe, featuring cutting-edge technology, devastating firepower, and intense dogfights. Soon, flying at Mach 3 becomes a right, not a privilege.

'Guitar Hero Smash Hits' (ALL) Complete Tracklist Revealed

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 10:27 a.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.

'Space Exploration: Serpens Sector' Updated Demo Available NOW - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Space Exploration: Serpens Sector is a RPG based on classics like Starflight and Star Control. You are tasked with exploring the mysterious Serpens Sector after a long period of human absence. Each game has a different map and a different set of encounters, drawn from a large list.

'EVE Online' Celebrates 6th Anniversary, Surpasses 300K Subscribers

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EVE Online is an MMO game set in a world of galactic proportions, governed by a hyper-capitalistic economy where space flight is the path to all commerce, communication, and conflict.

'Drill Sergeant Mindstrong' (Wii) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 9:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Welcome to the army, Maggots! As a newly-enlisted cadet, your brain will be challenged by the toughest Drill Sergeant around, to see if you are worthy to wear the camouflage, or if you should crawl home like a Princess.

Sony Europe Snags 'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (ALL), Also Coming to PSP

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, players will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of supernatural villains in a funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague. In a surprise, and puzzling, move, Atari has sold off the PS2/PS3 publishing rights for Ghostbusters to Sony Europe (only), with a PSP version planned later in the year. The X360, NDS and Wii versions are still scheduled, although no release date was given.

Wii/PS3/XBLA Preview - 'Military Madness'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on May 6, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Military Madness is a new version of Hudson's classic turn-based strategy/combat simulation game, including an all-new graphical barrage, a regiment of new units, online co-op and vs. multiplayer and a platoon of other new features.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Sells 5 Million, Gets New Retail Addon/DLC - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 8:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios and Epic Games will unleash the Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection, a value-packed compilation that combines all previous Gears of War 2 Game Add-ons with brand new multiplayer and campaign content.

'Wolfenstein 3D' Celebrates Its 17th Birthday

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 8:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seventeen years ago, Wolfenstein 3D's initial shareware release came out. Apogee Software's Wolf3D has been responsible for a great number of people and companies doing what they do. The influence of this title goes way beyond what the mere pixels on the screen. To celebrate this occasion 3D Realms is releasing various information, details and downloads not seen since 1992.

'Birthday Party Bash' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 8:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Birthday Party Bash, known in Europe as It's My Birthday, will bring back the traditional birthday party to living rooms as it gives savvy mums and dads a complete Party-in-a-Box to throw the best next-generation birthday party for their kids, including themed games, invitations, banners, coloring sheets and a birthday crown – blue for boys, pink for girls!

'Heroes of Telara' To Make Debut at E3

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 7:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heroes of Telara is a fantasy MMORPG where everyday gamers are forged into legendary heroes. In Heroes of Telara players are challenged to conquer the unknown in an epic, ever-changing world. Heroes of Telara will feature an unprecedented level of rich and dynamic gameplay, driven by recurring events, unexpected challenges and limitless new content.

'Wizard101' Adds Wizard Castles And Lands Housing System

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 6:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KingsIsle Entertainment's Wizard101 is an elaborate 3D virtual world in which magic and sorcery come to life as players embark on a quest that involves a massive cast of good, evil and frequently silly characters.

'Rabbids Go Home' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 5:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft's Rabbids Go Home, developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, will benefit from a new engine designed specifically for the Wii, offering the Rabbids a hilarious adventure in a brand new universe.

'Gears of War' (ALL) Script Looking Incredibly Good Says Writer

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 4:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gears of War is an action game where hero Marcus Fenix is rescued from prison by a small group of elite soldiers to save planet Sera from an invasion of aliens known as the Locust. Coming off the recent The Dark Knight success, Legendary Pictures has jumped on the Gears of War train to co-finance/produce the project. The Gears of War movie was picked up by New Line Cinema last year, said to be directed by Die Hard 4's Len Wiseman, and currently scheduled for 2010. Screenwriter Chris Morgan revealed a draft of the script has been finished and "It's looking incredibly good.”

'Red Dead Redemption' (PS3/X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 3:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier.

'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' (ALL) Developer Diary #1

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 3:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The G.I. Joe video game will feature an exclusive storyline that picks up where the live-action movie leaves off, allowing players to re-create and re-live the greatest moments from the film, cartoon series and action figure toy line.

'Help Wanted' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 3:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hudson Entertainment 's Help Wanted is a fun, slap-stick new life simulation game for Wii where players are sent on a mission to save the world from impending extinction by completing fifty different jobs.

PSP Review - 'Patapon 2'

by Brad Hilderbrand on May 6, 2009 @ 3:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Day of the Tiki' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 3:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aussie studio Secret Lab is developing a video game based on the Tiki Bar TV video podcast. Gamers and drinkers alike will be thrilled to use Johnny Johnny like a puppet, and fling him into the face of danger.

Wii Review - 'Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome'

by Dustin Chadwell on May 6, 2009 @ 3:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Distinctly marrying the Match-3 puzzle mechanic with an enticing resource management system, Cradle of Rome, based on AWEM's 2007 casual PC game, offers players a satisfyingly addictive gameplay experience.

'Dungeon Fighter Online' Details Character Classes - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 2:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeon Fighter Online is a free-to-play, free-to-download, arcade-style, action adventure game set in an immersive role-playing fantasy world. In addition to the beloved 2D side-scrolling play, it also includes the ability to create fully customized characters.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 2:41 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:

'The Tudors' Announced

by Rainier on May 6, 2009 @ 2:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Merscom has teamed up with Showtime Networks to create a adventure/hidden object game based on the drama series The Tudors, where players will solve a mystery that that runs parallel to the show.