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'Academy of Champions' (Wii) Developer Interview

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Ubisoft's Academy of Champions engages players in a rich, story-driven adventure around the world's most popular sport. The journey begins with enrollment at an extraordinary Academy where your coach is the legendary Pelé and U.S. soccer champion Mia Hamm is your team member and mentor.

'Mafia II' (PS3/X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 2:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Games' Mafia 2 features a deep mobster-driven narrative packed with both behind-the-wheel and on-foot action, developed by the original creators Illusion Softworks.

'X-Motor Racing' - v1.13 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 2:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

X Motor Racing is an arcade racing game with next generation physics model, including all classes of cars from old RWD to modern sports cars, physics, and various graphical features. This demo includes 3 tracks, one car and is now updated with new physics surfaces, damage model, etc.

'Jumpgate Evolution' - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 2:31 p.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.

'CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars' (PSN/XBLA) Rolled Out - Trailer

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars is a fast-paced first-person multiplayer shooter that puts players in the center of the battle of technology vs. humanity. Complete with next-gen graphics and robust gameplay, CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars allows players to wage war by using their choice of gunfire and/or telekinetic superpowers.

'Fight Night Round 4' (ALL) Arrives Early - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Promising to revolutionize the fighting genre, 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.

'Burnout Paradise' (ALL) Big Surf Island Coming this Week

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 11:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Burnout Paradise gives you license to wreak havoc in Paradise City, a seamless racing battleground, with massive traffic-heavy roads to abuse. Big Surf Island is a brand new playground that enhances and expands the world of Burnout Paradise with fun challenges and events, an exciting new world to discover, plus a set of nine new vehicles to experience it all in.

'Perfect Dark' (X360) to Be Co-op/Online Multiplayer Enabled - Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 11:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Agent Joanna Dark hit the ground running in Perfect Dark, an epic tale of galactic conspiracies in 2023 America. Now this classic shooter comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade, rendered in greater definition and detail and sporting a silkier framerate than ever before. Fire up your Farsight and prepare for assignment—the Dark returns this winter.

'Battlefield 1943' (ALL) Release Date Revealed

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 9:40 a.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. A scan of the Games' magazine back cover reveals that Battlefield 1943 will be available for download on PSN/XBL, June 25, 2009.

UPDATE: EA informed us that this is a misprint, and the game will not be available at said date, but rather later this summer, as initially planned.

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

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Overlord II, the new Overlord and a more powerful Minions horde take on the Glorious Empire, an advanced Romanesque nation, in a truly epic yet familiarly warped adventure.

'Rock Band 2' (Wii) Gets An Additional 25 New Tracks

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 9:23 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.

'Champions Online' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Champions Online is an MMORPG based on the popular pen-and-paper Champions RPG, giving players the power of total customization of their hero experience while they explore a vast universe of richly detailed 3D environments.

X360/PC Preview - 'Lost Planet 2'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on June 8, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

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.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'Bayonetta'

by Reggie Carolipio on June 8, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

A witch with powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces off against countless angelic enemies, many reaching epic proportions. With magnificent over-the-top action and outlandish finishing moves that are performed with balletic grace, Bayonetta brings to life some fast-paced, dynamic climax combat.

Wii Preview - 'Muramasa: The Demon Blade'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on June 8, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a unique, highly stylized action RPG players take on the role of a male ninja or female kunoichi, utilizing their ninja prowess to traverse the clever side-scrolling levels that feature vertical progression as well as the traditional horizontal stage advancement.

'Astro Boy: The Video Game' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 6:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the upcoming feature film which itself is inspired by one of the most beloved characters of all time, Astro Boy: The Video Game will allow players to become Astro Boy, a young boy robot with incredible powers who takes to the streets and skies on an epic adventure to save Metro City from the clutches of the evil President Stone and his robot army.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, June 8, 2009

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 6:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a classic, one NDSi, and two WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Swords & Soldiers, Fish’em All! (Wiiware), Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (VC), Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (NDSiWare).

'Fireburst' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 5:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fireburst is a new off-road action racing game that sends you into a fiery, four-wheeled adrenalin frenzy. Behind the wheel of numerous different racers, drivers get to speed along paved race courses or wicked off-road tracks, showing no respect for their rivals.

YNK Interactive Announces FPS 'K.O.S.' and Racer 'Krazy Aces'

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 5:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

YNK Interactive announces two new free to play multiplayer games Krazy Aces, an online aerial combat racing game and K.O.S., a first-person shooter (FPS).

'Risen' (X360/PC) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 5:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a medieval world on a volcanic Mediterranean island, Risen unfolds over 4 chapters and offers multiple ways to develop the story by your actions and decisions. An intuitive user control interface will support both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

Iceberg Interactive Bringing 'Killing Floor' to Europe

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 4:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Pac-Man' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pac-Man may be celebrating 25 years, but the timeless game still plays like its 1981. Xlassic becomes the new next-gen with the arrival of Pac-Man, as the little yellow pellet-eater from Namco/Bandai is the latest retro title to debut on PC with a demo.

Monday, June 8, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 3:38 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:

NDS Review - 'The Dark Spire'

by Brad Hilderbrand on June 8, 2009 @ 3:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Atlus U.S.A.'s The Dark Spire is a classic, western-style first-person RPG full of exploration and character development. Parties will be assembled, stats will be rolled, items, weapons and armor shall be equipped, and monsters will be slain.

'Colin McRae: DiRT 2' (ALL) Demo Coming in Sept.

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 3:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will benefit from tuned-up car-handling physics system, a new damage engine effects, showcasing a spectacular new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in the original. Colin McRae: DiRT 2 will feature a roster of contemporary off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments.

'Out of the Park Baseball 10' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on June 8, 2009 @ 3:06 a.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.