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'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 8:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince you'll engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class, take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory, get sidetracked by Ron's romantic entanglements and journey toward discovering the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.

Various Game Trailers #1630

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 8:15 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 Bigs 2 [ALL] - Trailer #6
  • Brutal Legend [ALL] - Meatbones Trailer
  • The Whispered World [PC] - Trailer [German]

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

'P.U.R.E.' - v1.2 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 6:26 p.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.

'Gran Turismo' (PSP) - New Screens

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

Gran Turismo is built for optimal performance and fun racing excitement on the PSP, featuring more than 800 vehicle models from the world’s top manufacturers (over 4,500 total paint variations) and more than 30 tracks (60+ total layouts), including famous world circuits, city courses and other environments.

'Worms 2: Armageddon' (XBLA) Coming Next Week

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

Worms 2: Armageddon is a 2D turn-based strategy game in which players control worms in a battle to be the last man (worm) standing. Players take turns positioning their worms around fantastical landscapes and use a variety of over-the-top weapons (bazookas, grenades, uzis, exploding sheep, etc.) to defeat opponents' worms. Worms 2: Armageddon is scheduled for release on XBLA July 1, 2009 for 800 Microsoft points.

'Hitman' Movie Gets a Sequel, Script Written

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 5:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hitman's story centers around an international assassin known only as Agent 47 who works for a mysterious organization dubbed the Agency. While critically panned, the original movie (starring Timothy Olyphant) grossed around $100 million so a sequel is being worked on, and according to the IESB, producers Adrian Askarieh, Daniel Alter and Chuck Gordon will return, while the script is written by Kyle Ward, who also wrote the Kane and Lynch script for Universal. A new Hitman game is expected late 2010.

'Easy Piano' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 5:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Easy Piano is the first ever Nintendo DS game coming with a real mini-piano accessory plugged to your console, and which allows you to learn piano without having to take boring music theory lessons!

'Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!' (PSP) Becomes Download Only

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? is a strategy game with some RPG mixed in where you, as the God of Destruction, need to help Badman, the overlord, help to save his underground empire.

'Battlefield 1943' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 2:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield 1943 takes players back to WWII. The game offers endless hours of 24 player multiplayer action over three classic and tropic locations; Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

'Age of Conan' Rolls Out Gangs of Tarantia Content Update

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 2:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Conan is an Online Action RPG, mixing a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game that brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan. This update adds a new area, the Tarantia Commons district, complete with a new storyline, more enemies to defeat, and more rewards to be had.

'Out of the Park Baseball 10' - v10.2.16 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Out of the Park Baseball 10 is a further evolution of the game offering gamers the ultimate in realistic baseball simulation with a completely revised individual pitch model and a host of other new and improved features.

'Zeno Clash' Gets Free DLC, 50% Off Promo - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 1:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zeno Clash, powered by Valve's Source Engine, is an action game with a strong focus on melee combat set in a punk fantasy world with the beautiful environments, where you will encounter incredible challenges. ACE Team will be releasing three new/free challenge levels for Zeno Clash called ‘The Pit’.

'League of Legends: Clash of Fates' Recruits Two Blizzard Designers

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 1:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

League of Legends is a session-based online multiplayer game that combines elements of RPG and RTS genres with addictive battle action where rival teams compete against one another for victory on highly stylized battlefields and landscapes. Riot Games has expanded the development team with two former Blizzard designers.

'Blood Bowl' (ALL) - v1.0.1.0 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 1:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blood Bowl, based on Games Workshop's board game, is a "game" of American football played by the insane warriors of the fantasy Warhammer universe, allowing you to create and manage teams that will take part in epic battles where fair play is for sissies.

Paradox Interactive Puts Stardock's GOO On Its Titles

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 12:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stardock announced that Paradox Interactive has adopted Stardock’s Game Object Obfuscation (GOO) to protect its PC game titles from piracy starting with Majesty 2 and continuing on with other titles for both retail and electronic software sales.

'Dawn of War II' v1.4 Patch to Include Map Editor - Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 12:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

WH 40k: Dawn of War II takes players to the brutal frontlines of war where they’ll experience intense action and visceral combat through a non-linear single player experience and a fully co-op campaign. The v1.4 patch will not only new features, major balance improvements, and new content, but also the official World Builder/map editor.

'Icarian: Kindred Spirits' (Wii) now Called 'NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits'

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 11:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Experience with NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, the story of Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl, that must descend from heaven in search of her missing friend Icarus.

'Unbound Saga' (PSP) Meet the Heroes - Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 11:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Unbound Saga is a 3D side-scrolling brawler set in a satirical comic book universe, where enemies are drawn onto the screen and madcap battles travel from panel to panel through a post-apocalyptic landscape. Break off a weapon and rage off the page!

Xbox Avatars Get New Summer Wear

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the New Xbox Experience, Xbox 360 fans have been able to customize their avatars with various features and attributes. Microsoft promised it would be releasing new items every 2 weeks. Making good on its promise, you can now pimp out your avatar with new summer wear, like swim/surfer shorts, rashguard, hot pants, skirts, vests and more ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 11:10 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:

'We Cheer 2' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get ready to shake your pom-poms and show your team spirit with We Cheer 2, using two Wii Remotes as you perform full body motions to hit music of the past and present.

'Pro Cycling Manager: Tour De France 2009' - v1.0.2.3 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 10:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pro Cycling Manager 2009 promises to be the most exciting of all. It will include the most famous Tour de France 2009 faithfully reproduced in detail and for the first time the Spanish Tour (La Vuelta) which has become an official competition in the game.

'WonderKing' - New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players will challenge the demonic forces of Valron in real-time combat as they strive to become the Wonderking that will bring light to the shadows of darkness. There is a wide variety of customization available from clothing to facial features and hairstyles. WonderKing will be free-to-play and offer players the ability to acquire tools, weapons and mounts from the item mall.

General Manager Mark Jacobs Resigns as Mythic and BioWare Merge

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA is restructuring its RPG and MMO games development into a new group that includes both Mythic and BioWare. This newly formed team will be led by BioWare's Ray Muzyka, with BioWare's Greg Zeschuk becoming Group Creative Officer and Rob Denton stepping into the General Manager position as Mark Jacobs resigns.

'Fatale' Announced

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tale of Tales, known for their recent horror game The Path, announced their newest project, Fatale, best described as an explorable painting or an interactive vignette more than a goal-oriented quest.

'Scribblenauts' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Scribblenauts the player uses the NDS touch-screen to help his character, Maxwell, acquire the starite in each level by solving a series of puzzles. In order complete each puzzle, players will use the stylus and notepad to write down the word for any object that comes to mind in order to reach the goal.

Bethesda Parent Company Acquires id Software

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 9:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, announced it has completed the acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and its upcoming title, RAGE.

'DJ Star' (NDS) - 77 New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In DJ Star, music lovers get to imitate their idols and realize their dreams of becoming heroes and heroines of the turntable. Players begin their careers as local turntable novices, and work their way up step by step as they gain experience.

'Ninja Blade' (X360) Coming to PC ?

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. According to a sales sheet, Novyi Disk (who brought Dark Sector to PC) is bringing Ninja Blade to PC later this year ...

'Hearts of Iron III' - New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hearts of Iron III will follow the series' tradition of most detailed and complete strategic game on WW2 while focusing on satisfying veteran players through a multitude of new features and systems, including a huge map with more than 10,000 provinces.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Dragon Age: Origins'

by Reggie Carolipio on June 24, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion of elements from existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.

'Time Gentlemen, Please!' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 6:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time Gentlemen, Please! is a classic point & click adventure game, dragged into the 21st century with over-indulgent use of all the different colors, a full soundtrack and those trendy particle effects the kids seem to need, to enjoy themselves these days.

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited' New Content Details

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 5:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited is a free digital upgrade that makes DDO Unlimited the world’s first free-to-play MMO to offer the quality graphics and robust features previously only available in premium subscription based-games.

'Spore' - v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 5:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Begin your odyssey at the dawn of life as a simple microbe just trying to survive, then evolve the creature from its microscopic origins into an intelligent, tool-using race, becoming a global civilization and choose whether to hunt or forage, attack or trade.

'God of War III' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 5:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the realm of Greek mythology, God of War 3 is a single-player game that allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he treads through the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and the dark depths of Hell once more to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him.

'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Drops Co-Op Campaign In Favor Of New Mode

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 4:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling revealed that MW2 will not have a co-op campaign mode, but instead a two-player Special Ops co-op mode will be added to better fit the pacing of the game.

'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) Pre-Orders Get Palazzo Medici Level

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 4:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a vast open world environment, Assassin's Creed II invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy, and seeking vengeance. Fans who pre-order at Gamestop will receive an extra level, modeled after the Palazzo Medici in Florence, Italy.

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' (ALL) - 12 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince you'll engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class, take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory, get sidetracked by Ron's romantic entanglements and journey toward discovering the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.

PS3 Review - 'Guitar Hero: Smash Hits'

by Brad Hilderbrand on June 24, 2009 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

NDS Review - 'Ghostbusters: The Video Game'

by Sanford May on June 24, 2009 @ 3:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Superstars V8 Racing' (PS3/X360/PC) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Superstars V8 Racing is a car racing game based on the license of the Italian Championship. Powered by some of the most important car manufacturers in the whole world, such as BMW, Audi and Jaguar, and sporting top class production cars it delivers a breathtaking driving experience.

'Batman: Arkham Asylum' (ALL) Demos Coming Soon

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 3rd-person action game powered by the Unreal Engine 3, that exposes players to a unique, dark and atmospheric adventure that takes them to the depths of Arkham Asylum – Gotham's psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. In July Eidos will reveal the date and content for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC demos.

THQ Reorganizes Its Management Team And Business Unit

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ announced a reorganization of the company’s management team and business units in support of THQ’s focused product strategy. THQ has formed three new business units: 1) Core Games; 2) Kids, Family and Casual Games; and 3) Online, and has promoted key executives to manage each of these units.

'Aaaaa!: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity' - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

You dive off a skyscraper, relying on quick reflexes to negotiate the intricate tangle of girders that make up the City. You perform aerial stunts at terminal velocity before parachuting into the arms of your cheering fans.

'Stoked' (X360) Coming to Europe

by Rainier on June 24, 2009 @ 3:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hit the mountains on your quest to become the next snowboarding phenomenon in Stoked, the open-world, back country snowboarding experience featuring five huge open-world mountains, changing weather patterns, and the sponsorship and cooperation of some of the most respected and influential names in the sport.