'Need for Speed Shift' (ALL) - 28 New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 8:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers, delivering an authentic and immersive driving experience.

'The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall' Free Full Game Available NOW

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 7:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Released in 1996, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall is Bethesda's old school RPG set in the world Tamriel, a world still being explored to this day in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. To celebrate the game's 15th anniversary Bethesda has decided to give the game away for free, but because of its age the game needs to run through an emulator (DOSBox) and no longer has any official support.

Various Game Trailers #1641

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 6:56 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:

  • 101-in-1 Party Megamix [Wii] - Trailer
  • Brutal Legend [ALL] - Brutal Thoughts #4
  • Combat Mission Shock Force: British Forces [PC] - Trailer (6)
  • Dante's Inferno [ALL] - Developer Diary #2
  • Dragon Ball: Raging Blast [PS3/X360] - Trailer
  • Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo [Wii] - Trailer
  • Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans [NDS] - Trailer
  • MechWarrior 5 [ALL] - Trailer

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

Widescreen Games Shut Down

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 5:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

French studio Widescreen Games, known for Black Buccaneer and Wild Water Adrenaline, is no more. Today, Bankruptcy Court of Lyon liquidated the studio, which found itself in financial problems after CD Projekt canceled development on its multiplatform RPG, The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf. Negotiations were underway with Namco Bandai Games to pick up the title, but with the recent Atari transition, there were too many complexities, and talks seized. With no other projects in the pipeline, the studio was forced to call it quits, and a large number of the employees have already been snapped up by Ubisoft (thanks Gamekult).

'WonderKing' - Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 5:12 p.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.

'Guitar Hero World Tour' (ALL) July DLCs Revealed

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero: World Tour will feature guitar, vocals, drums, the ability to create your own songs (and upload them on GHTunes), four-player on/offline co-op, and an eight-player battle of the bands multiplayer mode (4vs4).

'Walk It Out' (Wii) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Walk It Out invites players to experience a revolutionary workout where walking to the beat of great music unlocks the secrets of a rich, interactive world, while burning calories and increasing fitness!

PlayStation Store Gets Battlefield 1943, PSP Games, Demos, Music Tracks

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Buzz Jr. Robo Jam ($4.99), Battlefield: 1943 ($14.99), demos for Ghostbusters and Battlefield: 1943, DLCs for MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Cross Edge, Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires, Midnight Club Los Angeles, Skate 2, song packs for Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band, as well as the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes and downloadable PSP games (Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol and XS Junior League Soccer).

'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Returns the Call of Duty

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 1:46 p.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. Shortly after being unveiled earlier this year Activision indicated that it had dropped the Call of Duty moniker to make the game stand on its own, but by introducing the official boxcover art, it seems that Modern Warfare 2 is back into the Call of Duty fold.

'Need for Speed Nitro' (NDS/Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Boasting a wholly unique look and feel, Need for Speed Nitro delivers the fun and exhilaration of high-speed racing, as you battle through the mayhem of aggressive cops, take corners at 150 mph, and own the competition on extreme tracks.

'MechWarrior 4' to be Released for Free

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 12:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Piranha Games working on MechWarrior 5, Smith & Tinker announced that, in celebration of BattleTech's 25th anniversary, its predecessor will be released for free by MekTek Studios along with its expansion packs. MechWarrior marks an epic struggle to reclaim your birthright as you command an awesomely armed 40-foot tall, 80-ton, 90-mile per hour war machine across the remote battlefields of a hostile world.

'Avernum VI' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spiderweb Software's Avernum VI, the final game in the series, is set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world. Travel into the strange subterranean land of Avernum, full of dungeons, labyrinths, and constant warfare.

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Won't Have Night Racing, Weather or Rally

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 12:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of the world’s most exotic and exquisite cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. Turn 10 community manager Che Chou confirmed there will be "no weather, night racing, or rally in the game."

'One Piece: Unlimited Cruise Ep. 2' (Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 10:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, the motley crew of Straw Hat Pirates find themselves aboard the Thousand Sunny ship, the ship of 1,000 seas, as they set sail to a variety of mysterious islands and begin their fantastic adventures.

Summer of Arcade Titles Dated and Priced

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last year Microsoft launched a new initiative, the Summer of Arcade, going all out with big new titles for Xbox Live Arcade. This year is no different, and starting the new season on July 22, the list of titles (and prices) have been revealed.

'Shatter' (PSN) Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shatter is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that merges familiar action with a modern-crafted production approach.

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) Partial Tracklist #3

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. GH 5 will also feature new gameplay modes like Party Play and RockFest putting fun, competition and control at center stage as fans tailor the experience to match their personal style and interests.

'Warriors Orochi 2' (PSP) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warriors Orochi 2 takes place after the events of the original, featuring an overwhelming lineup of over 90 playable characters from both franchises including Samurai Warriors 2 Xtreme Legends, plus new characters from Chinese and Japanese history.

'Unbound Saga' (PSP) Introduces The Maker - New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 9:26 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!

'Sword of the New World' Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With New Content

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

Sword of the New World is a free-to-play MMORPG modeled after Europe’s exploration of the New World, allowing players to create and simultaneously control a family of characters utilizing its Multiple Character Control system. Celebrating its 2nd anniversary SotNW will add new areas, NPC, raid instance and more ...

Good Old Games Adds Rebellion Classics, Ground Control, Evil Genius and More

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

Good Old Games made an agreement with Rebellion to offer the UK developer's classic titles as digital download, while also adding Ground Control + Dark Conspiracy add-on, Evil Genius, Lords of Magic: Special Edition, Empire Earth: Gold Edition, as well as a weekend long 20% reduction on TopWare Interactive titles.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Split/Second'

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

Split/Second is an intense racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion.

'Magna Carta 2' (X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 7:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Magna Carta 2, an Unreal Engine 3 powered RPG, introduces an original new storyline driven by intense themes of love, hate, politics, betrayal and the ultimate question of choosing one’s own fate. Players are immersed in the world of the Lanzheim Continent, a conflict-ridden land deeply divided by a fierce civil war.

'Marvel vs. Capcom 2' (PS3/X360) Pins Down XBLA Release Date

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 7:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Teased at over the past few weeks, Capcom and Marvel officially announced that the oft-requested fighting game, Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The classic fighter pits some of Capcom’s familiar faces against a host of Marvel Comic’s biggest names in explosive three-on-three team battles.

'Rock Band Unplugged' (PSP) Gets Five New Downloadable Tracks

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 7:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rock Band Unplugged will allow players to take the game on the road for the very first time. Rock Band Unplugged will take center stage as it leverages the PSP's Wi-Fi capabilities and include a fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content in the North American and Europeans markets.

'League of Legends: Clash of Fates' Now Accepting Closed Beta Sign-ups - Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 6:27 a.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. Fans interested in participating in the closed beta test, can now sign up.

'Fuel' (PS3/X360/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Creating the ultimate competitive go-anywhere racing experience, Fuel will have players competing across wildly different terrain and executing spectacular death-defying stunts as they race dozens of varied two and four-wheeled rides and explore this epic world on an unprecedented scale.

'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 5:24 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.

'Command & Conquer 4' Officially Announced

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 5:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Introducing new class-based gameplay, mobile bases and persistent player progression throughout all game modes, Command & Conquer 4 offers players new, innovative and compelling strategic depth.

Wii Review - 'The Conduit'

by Sanford May on July 9, 2009 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

High Voltage Software's The Conduit is an action FPS that promises to provide some of the best visuals seen to date on the Wii, featuring terrifying alien creatures, an advanced AI System, and a rich, conspiracy-laden story.

'Alien Breed Evolution' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 4:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Team17 's Alien Breed Evolution, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, is an action packed, tense single player adventure and an absolute blast of a co-op game, a “retro-modern” remake of the 1991 original that helped the now indie dev/publisher burst onto the Amiga scene 18 years ago.

'Dawn of War II' v1.4.2 Patch Details

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 4:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WH40k: 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 v1.4.2 patch will address some issues, bugs, and gameplay imbalances found in the beta so far.

'Atelier Annie' (NDS) Coming to North America

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Unlike the previous series, which was strictly RPG, Atelier Annie adopts a unique “sim” based SRPG system. Characters will explore the world of Annie for alchemic items and also to participate in an island resort development project.

'Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 4:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers provides a fresh take on the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series as it combines the storytelling depth, expansive world and graphical quality of Final Fantasy with motion-driven, real-time action gameplay.

'Sakura Wars' (ALL) Premium Version Includes Japanese Voice Track

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 4:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sakura Wars is a Strategy RPG that features a unique sim-based story system. An in-depth storyline exists, much like in any other RPG; however, the player’s destiny in the game is not predetermined. Due to high demand, Sakura Wars will be available in a premium package which will include the Japanese voice track and a special art cover.

NDS Review - 'Puzzle Kingdoms'

by Dustin Chadwell on July 9, 2009 @ 4:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Zoo Games' Puzzle Kingdoms is a new interpretation of the deep puzzle genre that raises the level of play beyond the standards of casual gaming by integrating a fantasy storyline with engaging strategy and tactical puzzle gameplay.

'Splinter Cell Conviction' (ALL) Pre-Order Incentive at GameStop

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions. Fans who pre-order at Gamestop will receive an exclusive in-game semi-automatic shotgun.

'Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice' (PS3) to Get Trophy Update Patch

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disgaea 3 is a rich and deep Strategic RPG that's not afraid to display a very bizarre sense of humor, a combination that will leave you laughing one minute and fighting cunning enemies the next. Next week NIS America will release an update patch that will add trophy functionality to Disgaea 3 and allow players to gain Trophy points by accomplishing the various requirements.

'WWII General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine' v1.3 Patch Available

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

World War II General Commander - Operation: Watch on the Rhine is a real time operational strategy game that breaks with the conventional way of playing and puts the player in an authentic WWII tactical and strategical decision making simulation.

Thursday, July 9, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 9, 2009 @ 3:31 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: