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'Mass Effect' (ALL) - v1.02 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 9:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline.

'Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines' - v1.20 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 8:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combat Mission: Shock Force is a tactical military simulation depicting a hypothetical near future conflict between NATO and Syrian forces in Syria.

'Combat Mission: Shock Force' - v1.20 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 8:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combat Mission: Shock Force is a tactical military simulation depicting a hypothetical near future conflict between NATO and Syrian forces in Syria.

'PixelJunk Shooter' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In PixelJunk Shooter, players pilot a subterranean exploration vehicle to explore the interior of diverse cave-like complexes. The player must affect the surrounding and dynamic terrain to progress. The goal is to safely navigate through each vivid stage and rescue survivors scattered about the cavernous environment.

'Red Faction: Guerrilla' (ALL) Multiplayer Pack Details, Dated, Priced

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:16 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. The second Red Faction: Guerrilla DLC, Multiplayer Pack, will add eight new maps and two new modes.

Paradox Interactive's GamesCom 2009 Lineup - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 6:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under GamesCom - GamesCom 2009

Check out the following new screens and trailers from Paradox Interactive's GamesCom 2009 lineup:

Various Game Trailers #1673

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 5:54 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:

  • Tony Hawk: Ride [Wii/PS3/X360] - New School Trailer
  • Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao [PS3/X360] - Gameplay Trailer
  • The Warriors: Street Brawl [XBLA] - Trailer #2
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey [ALL] - Sound Recording Trailer
  • Black Mirror 2 - GamesCom 09 Trailer [German]
  • CrimeCraft [PC] - Ability Trailers (5)

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

'Mass Effect' (ALL) Pinnacle Station DLC Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 5:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline. More DLC was promised back in February, offering a much more combat-oriented and lighter-story experience, but not much has heard of it since. Xbox.com reveals that the DLC is set on a remote, top-secret Alliance space station, and will feature 13 exciting combat scenarios, giving fans another 2-3 hours worth of gaming.

'Batman: Arkham Asylum' (ALL) - 22 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 3:18 p.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.

'Tales of Monkey Island' (ALL) Episodes Available on Amazon

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 3:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tales of Monkey Island brings the adventures of pirate Guybrush Threepwood into a new era with an storyline that becomes deeper and more entangled during the course of the five-episode saga. While initially Tales of Monkey Island was only available as a package deal (all 5 episodes) Telltale has teamed with Amazon to offer each chapter separately.

'Axel & Pixel' (X360) Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 2:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Axel & Pixel, developed by 2K Czech, is a "point-and-click" adventure game in which players guide an artist and his dog through surreal and abstract environments. Players must solve environmental puzzles that include redirecting a ray of light, throwing rocks at birds, and spraying water at a creature.

'Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden' (NDS) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 1:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A turn-based RPG that puts you in the role of a 14-year-old boy on a mission to rescue a princess from a wicked witch, Final Fantasy Gaiden no longer features a menu-based combat system but uses "charges"; you'll team up with others in a four-character squad customizable with a variety of weapons and armor.

Draft Combine, Invincible Tiger And Watchmen Ep. 2 This Week's XBLA Titles

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 1:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA 2K10: Draft Combine will allow fans to create their own custom player and begin their career by experiencing the on-court life of an NBA hopeful. Watchmen: The End is Nigh is a hardcore mature action brawler featuring bloody visceral combat in settings which are reminiscent of the film. Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is a stylized hand-to-hand action game that provides engaging, over-the-top combat and multiple gameplay modes to explore alone or with friends online.

Unedited 'Manhunt 2' (ALL) Coming to PC, Gets Adults Only Rating

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 12:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Manhunt 2 an experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong. Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper are the only surviving subjects. The Pickman Project will stop at nothing to hunt them down and stop the truth from getting out. The controversy from a few years ago may be rekindled if Rockstar plans a re-packaged console version, but for now, it's PC only.

'Littlest Pet Shop Friends' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 12:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Littlest Pet Shop Friends will be brimming with new elements that girls love, from an all-new, adorable collection of pets and their pet best-friends, to a large array of customizable accessories, fun mini-games, and a deep story with all new adventures set in a vibrant world that features delightful new graphics.

'Fate/unlimited Codes' (PSP) Details Combos - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 11:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Fate/unlimited Codes, handheld fighting will reach a whole new level of drama and excitement, where warriors clash in a battle royale for the Holy Grail.

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Simultaneous Launch on Both Platforms

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 11:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Mass Effect trilogy is a sci-fi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, Saren's evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril. Bioware revealed that both the X360 and PC versions will launch on the same day, unlike the original.

'Thorium Wars' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 10:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the aftermath of a devastating global conflict to control revolutionary Thorium fuel cell technology, the existence of mankind is faced with a new threat. The Thorions, a technically advanced super species of Thorium powered machines once developed to wage war for mankind, have now turned against them.

'Bright Shadow' Coming to North America

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 10:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bright Shadow is an MMORPG with cute, cartoon-like characters and novel monsters – known as “Umbra, and wile staying true to its Japapense roots, it will featured updated storylines, unique new items, and new systems for nearly endless character customization and imaginative new experiences.

'Rage of the Gladiator' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 10:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rage of the Gladiator is a first person fantasy fighting game where you control a gladiator, fighting for your life in an arena. Armed with your magical warhammer and a trusty shield, you must defeat fantastic bosses including a Chimera, Beholder, and a Dragon.

'Vempire' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vempire (Vampire + Empire) is a casual puzzle game with added strategy. It is more than a classic “match three” type of game. The player will be able to collect artifacts, summon minions and collect powers to be used during the levels.

Iceberg Signs Digital Distribution Agreement With GameStreamer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Iceberg Interactive announced that GameStreamer has acquired the digital distribution rights to its PC games.

'NBA Live 10' (PSP/PS3/X360) - New Screens

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

NBA Live 10 is bringing a renewed focus to the franchise with innovations to the core gameplay and new online game modes. The Dynamic DNA service, driven by Synergy Sports Technology, will make a return, with significant improvements allow ing players to connect their game to the NBA season like never before.

'WET' (PS3/X360) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

WET is a highly stylized third-person shooter that seamlessly blends acrobatics, gun play, and sword kills. With dual pistols and a samurai sword, you can engage in combat while sliding on floors, running on walls, jumping, flipping, and performing amazing acrobatic moves – leaving a massive body count in your wake.

'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) Gets 1000 Cars, Limited Damage Model

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While GT 5 Prologue has been available for a while now, sporting improved AI and multiplayer, gamers are surely looking forward to the full Gran Turismo 5 release in Q4 2009 according to a brochure handed out at GamesCom 09. Details are limited, but Polyphony Digital revealed that GT5 will more than double Forza 3's number of cars, promising 1000 vehicles, 20 tracks in 60 different layouts, custom soundtrack support, and while there is a damage model, it will be limited to certain car manufacturers.

'Lost Planet 2' (ALL) Getting Split-Screens Co-Op - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:16 a.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. At GamesCom Lost Planet 2 producer Jun Takeuchi revealed that the devs are working on implementing, barring any unforeseen technical difficulties, two-player splitscreen.

Win the Ultimate Game Room With Jack in the Box's Peel & Reveal Contest

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pause your game, put down your controller, and get to the nearest Jack in the Box to play Jack’s Big Rip-Off, a new peel & reveal game featuring super cool gaming prizes, including a chance to win one of five Ultimate Game Rooms!

'Hasbro Family Game Night 2' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hasbro Family Game Night 2 will include five popular games, each playable in an Original Mode reflecting traditional board game play and Advanced Modes, including the all-new “Hasbro Family Game Show” which shifts players into party mode with Mr. Potato Head as the master of ceremonies.

'Gatheryn' Enters Open Beta Stage

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 6:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gatheryn is an interactive massive multi-player world of adventure, mystery and romance. You assume the role of a Victorian themed character as you explore, socialize and quest your way through the world.

'Spore Hero' (NDS/Wii) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Building on the franchise's core tenets of creativity, exploration and adventure, Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena will immerse Nintendo fans into all-new experiences when the games launch this year.

Monday, August 24, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 5:11 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:

'BioShock' Movie No Longer Directed by Gore Verbinski

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 5:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The BioShock movie adaptation of 2K's action game will begin production in 2010, and John Logan (The Aviator, Star Trek: Nemesis) has written the screenplay, while BioShock creator Ken Levine is consulting. Earlier this year Pirates of The Carribean's Gore Verbinski hit a snag and the BioShock film was put on hold. Excessive budget concerns made Universal Pictures ask the involved parties to look for an alternate filming location. Due to the delay the filming now conflicts with Verbinski's next movie Rango, and while he is still going to produce, the directing has been passed on to 28 Weeks Later's Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

'Undead Knights' (PSP) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 4:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Playing as the anti-hero, rage through the wrath of fearless enemies and build the nastiest and most profane army you can think of in this new-style invasion action game.

PC Review - 'Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Playlogic's naval RPG title Age of Pirates II: City of Abandoned Ships combines compelling gameplay and wonderful graphics thus bringing a new experience to all the fans of daring sword duels and ship-to-ship combats.

'Section 8' (ALL) Gets Original Music Score

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 4:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Section 8 is a futuristic FPS that brings strategy and tactics to the genre in a game where players can modify the battlefield on the fly. You are part of an elite infantry squad with a penchant for taking on suicide missions that no one else will tackle.

Majesco Shuts Down L.A. Studio

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 3:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Former Majesco Santa Monica artist Valerie Schoman revealed that Majesco has decided to shut down the Los Angeles, California-based studio. A few years back, Majesco found itself in a spat of financial trouble, but after some rigorous cutbacks and restructuring has been on the path to recovery, so it comes as a surprise to hear about the closure. The L.A. studio developed two NDS titles (one due soon) and was said to be working on its first Wii game (thanks superannuation).

'Furry Legends' (Wii) Going Multiplatform

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 3:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Furry Legends, a casual action and platform game, players take control of unique characters who are best described as a furry ball, each with its unique powers, allowing the player to roll, jump, bounce, attack and perform other various moves with their spherical character. Without going into specifics, Furry Legends developer Gamelion revealed it's coming to new platforms.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, August 24, 2009

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 3:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a VC, a NDSi, and one WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: PictureBook Games: Mr. Driller W (Wiiware), Pop+ Solo (NDSiWare), and Super Empire Strikes Back (VC).

'Commandos 4' Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pyro Studios, currently working on Planet 51, revealed that the Spanish studio will be working on a new installment in its popular Commandos franchise as soon as it wraps up the animated film-based action/adventure. While the first two titles were a big success, the 3rd one, making the move from strategy to 3d FPS, was not, so Pyro Studios has decided to go back to its roots and make Commandos 4 a real-time strategy game. No further details, nor a projected release date, were disclosed.