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'SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny' (PSP) - 30 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny brings back the franchise's weapon-based fighting formula to deliver a robust handheld experience. With a roster of more than 20 unique characters, expanded character creation feature, and multiple gameplay modes, SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny provides nail biting, head-to-head brawls that can be played anywhere, at anytime.

Various Game Trailers #1646

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:03 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] - Behind the Scenes Trailer #2
  • CSI: Deadly Intent [ALL] - Debut Trailer
  • Divinity II: Ego Draconis [X360/PC] - Story Trailer #3
  • Mafia II [ALL] - E3 Walkthrough Trailer
  • Shadow Complex [X360] - Gameplay Trailer
  • Topatoi: The Great Tree Story [PSN] - Trailer

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

Sony Online Entertainment Lays Off 5%

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The recession is finally starting to catch up with the video game industry: Midway closed studios and was sold to Warner Bros. for a few shekels, software sales have slumped for the past few months, and there are layoffs left and right. Even though Free Realms is highly successful, Sony Online Entertainment today issued a statement that it had to lay off 41 people (5% of its workforce). "SOE looks forward to continuing its leadership role in the online games industry as it celebrates the highly successful launch of Free Realms, the 10-year commemoration of its ground-breaking EverQuest franchise, and the continued performance of the company's other games."

'Fat Princess' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 6:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fat Princess pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale. Your goal is to rescue your beloved princess from the enemy dungeon. There's a catch though: your adversary has been stuffing her with food to fatten her up and it's going to take most of your army working together to carry her back across the battlefield.

'Brutal Legend' (PS3/X360) to Have 4-vs-4 Multiplayer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brütal Legend is a 3rd person Action/Adventure game starring Jack Black in the role of roadie Eddie Riggs, who sets on an epic quest to build an army of rockers with only a broad axe, a big block V8 and his faithful guitar in hand.

'Red Faction: Guerrilla' (ALL) Demons of the Badlands DLC - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, this third-person, open-world action-shooter will return to Mars and once again redefine the limits of destruction-based gameplay.

Capcom's 2009 San Diego Comic-Con Lineup

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under Misc Events - San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Capcom revealed the titles that it will showcase at the San Diego Comic-Con International from July 23 – 26, 2009. Capcom's booth will feature tournaments, signings by Japanese producers, plenty of merchandise (towels, t-shirts, comics etc) as well as a playable demos of Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth­, Lost Planet 2, Dark Void, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Ultimate All-Stars, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Resident Evil: The Dark Side Chronicles, and Fate/Unlimited Codes.

'Raven Squad' (X360/PC) Assault Squad Bios - New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the near future Raven Squad is a unique blending of RTS and FPS genres, as the game puts you in control of two groups of mercenary squads who crash land behind enemy lines in the Amazonian jungles. It will require tactical planning and a liberal amount of brute force to escape to safety.

EA's 2009 San Diego Comic-Con Lineup

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 3:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under Misc Events - San Diego Comic-Con 2009

EA revealed the titles that it will showcase at San Diego Comic-Con International from July 23 – 26, 2009. EA’s booth will feature over a dozen open, playable kiosks of blockbuster holiday games Brütal Legend, Dante’s Inferno, Dead Space Extraction, G.I. JOE The Rise of the Cobra, and The Saboteur.

'Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 3:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 features fast paced Naruto Shippuden 3D fighting action with the addition of an all-new Quest Mode, new characters, wireless multiplayer, jutsu and a storyline based on the Naruto Shippuden animated series.

2010 Global Game Jam Announced

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 3:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GGJ brings together talented individuals and teams from around the globe and rallies them around a central theme, for which they have 48 hours to create their game.

'101-in-1 Party Megamix' (Wii) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 3:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

101-in-1 Party Megamix is a collection of 101 games set in a broad range of themes, featured as a series of TV shows. As the player progresses throughout the games, new TV stations and shows are unlocked, containing new mini-games and game modes.

'Call of Duty: World at War' (ALL) v1.5 Patch/Map Pack #2 Available NOW

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call of Duty: World at War changes the rules of engagement by redefining WWII gaming and thrusting players into tension-filled, unforgiving battles against a new ferocious enemy in the most dangerous and suspenseful action ever seen. Activision has release the v1.5 patch (includes 4 new maps) and updated mod tools.

'Killzone 2' (PS3) Napalm & Cordite DLC Details, Coming Next Week - Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 11:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Killzone 2 throws players back into the midst of a hostile and dramatic ongoing battle between the ISA and Helghast army, delivering intense warfare with lifelike character animations, detailed and destructible environments, realistic physics, and advanced levels of AI. The Napalm & Cordite DLC adds 2 new multiplayer maps and 2, previously only singleplayer, weapons.

Impulse July 17-19, 2009 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 11:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale offering World of Goo at 50% off ($9.99), Braid: was $14.95, is now $9.95, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix was 19.99, is now 9.99, and Trainz pack was $70, is now $49.99. Also if you pre-order Red Faction Guerrilla for PC ($39.99) you get Red Faction and Red Faction 2 for free.

'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' Pre-Order Unlocks Classic Characters - Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 11:29 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.

'Bayonetta' (PS3/X360) Gets Delayed Until 2010

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 10:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'Monster Hunter 3' (Wii) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 10:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Expected to make an appearance on the PS3, Capcom surprised everybody in Japan by announcing Monster Hunter 3 for the Wii instead. MH Tri-, pronounced as "try," is an action RPG series where you hunt down fantastical monsters.

Rock Band Network Lets Musicians, Record Labels Sell Their Own Music

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 10:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Harmonix and MTV Games announced a new initiative that gives musicians and record labels the ability to author their own original recordings into gameplay files and sell their music as playable tracks through the newly-created Music Store.

'CrimeCraft' Gets Marc Ecko Designed Apparel - Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vogster Interactive's CrimeCraft, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, is an MMO that combines the action of a tactical shooter with the strategy of an RPG. Set in a modern world you take part in the political, economical and social life of a big city.

'City of Heroes' Issue 16 Adds Power Customization

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

City of Heroes is a superhero themed MMORPG that offers a host of gameplay features, allowing you to create your own heroes, band together with others to fight evil, build your own secret HQ and strive to become the premiere hero group in the city.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, the 3rd stand-alone game in the series, unfolds shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.

Microsoft Shuts Down Popfly Game Development Service

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 9:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

If you never heard of Popfly before, fret not, you are not alone. Launched two years ago, Popfly was one of Microsoft's attempts to get into user-generated content. It launched with little public awareness, which is probably what led to the current decision of shutting it down. With XNA on the forefront and more recently its promising Kudo platform, Microsoft did not need an unknown service for aspiring game developers. On August 24, 2009, the Popfly service will be discontinued; all resources will be taken down; and access to account, games and mash-ups will cease.

Wii Preview - 'MySims Agents'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on July 17, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

In MySims Agents you take on the role of a special agent hired to foil the sinister plans of Morcubus, lord of the underworld. By recruiting different MySims, each with their own special characteristics, you can build up your very own crime-busting team.

'Shadow Complex' (XBLA) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shadow Complex features old school side-scroller design combined with cutting-edge gameplay and high-definition graphics. Collect power-ups, discover new abilities and evolve your character into a force of destruction as you explore an original new story set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s novel, Empire.

'East India Company' Pre-Order Gets You Bonus Campaign

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:46 a.m. PDT | 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.

Xbox 360 Summer Dashboard Update Details Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Later this summer, Microsoft plans to roll out a major dashboard update for its Xbox 360, improving aspects such as the Netflix streaming video experience, video display options, but also adding new items like premium avatar clothing (with a marketplace), user ratings, and Games on Demand (in August).

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Kings of Leon, Rancid, Rise Against Three Packs

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 7:13 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.

'Ashes Cricket 2009' (ALL) Gets Euro Date - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 6:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ashes Cricket 2009 is set to build on the heritage that Codemasters has enjoyed with its Brian Lara series and will continue to lead the field with great batting, bowling and fielding gameplay and authenticity that made the series a hit with cricket fans.

'Braid' (X360/PC) Developer Recruiting, Working on New Puzzler

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 6:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Braid is a 2D puzzle-platform experience that bends all the rules with the manipulation of time. Number None Inc. is working on a new puzzle-exploration game that is philosophical, quiet, and places a heavy emphasis on the way things look, and will be a refreshing project for those who value nuance. As such, the developer is looking to recruit a full-time 3D lead artist (and help hire 2 additional highly skilled 3D artists) for a 2 year duration with a knack for storytelling via environmental cues and who has a good feel for the use of color and lighting.

'Saints Row' (ALL) Coming to PSP?

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 5:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Saints Row, based in the fictional urban surroundings of Stilwater, is an open-world action adventure with its core as a 3rd-person shooter. According to Swedish metal band Opeth, THQ is planning to bring Saints Row to the PSP in March 2010, as the band revealed that its song "The Lotus Eater" will be included in the soundtrack, which is confirmed by its music label.

'Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo' (Wii) - 46 New Screens

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 5:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo promises to thrill fans with the first ever appearance of the original Dragon Ball story on Wii in glorious 3D. Heading back to the early days of the Dragon Ball story, players will control Kid Goku as he sets out on fantastic adventures with his friends.

PSN Review - 'The Punisher: No Mercy'

by Sanford May on July 17, 2009 @ 5:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action, complete with characters like Jigsaw, Bushwacker, Barracuda and even Silver Sable.

NDS Review - 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'

by Dustin Chadwell on July 17, 2009 @ 5:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen propels players straight into an adrenaline-pumping battle for supremacy across the globe where every second and every choice makes the difference between mankind's salvation and annihilation.

Good Old Games Adds The Nations, Empire Earth, Tom Clancy Promo

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 5:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Good Old Games has added two strategy games this week, The Nations, and Empire Earth, both $5.99. If you bundle The Nations with its predecessor Alien Nations, you can get both games for $8.98! All DRM free of course. Until Monday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (Tuesday, July 21 at 5:59 a.m. CET) you get 50% off if you buy Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six ($9.99 for both) or 30% off if you buy them separately ($6.99 each).

'Trine' (ALL) - v1.02 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil.

'Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker' (PSP) Developer Q&A

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

This latest PSP installment picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3 for the PS2 leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features an original game design, story and scenario. Konami sends us a pre-canned interview with Hideo Kojima.

'Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Gets Dated - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint 2 will see the most realistic modeling of conflict scenarios in a new contemporary theater of war. By offering a multitude of military disciplines, gameplay will deliver warfare more realistic and intense than ever before.

'LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues' (ALL) Co-op Level Creator

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 4:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 presents a tongue-in-cheek take on all four cinematic adventures of pop culture’s most iconic archaeologist, including for the first time ever Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and will give players the ability to create levels, even in 2 player co-op (although you wont be able to share it).

Friday, July 17, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 17, 2009 @ 3:36 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: