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'Mars' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 9:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mars is a Sci-fi RPG action game that innovatively merges character development and light and rhythmic fights. it takes you on a journey deep into an original futuristic universe and presents you with scenarios dealing with difference, racism and environment.

'Unreal Tournament 3' Community Bonus Pack 3: Vol. 4 Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 9:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In UT3 you assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled by human contestants online or by AI, fought with powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles. This Community Bonus Pack includes 11 new levels, 1 new gametype, 2 new pickups and 1 new character.

Sony PS3 v3.0 Firmware Release Imminent

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 9:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony is about to release a new v3.0 PS3 firmware update, which incorporates cosmetic changes that improve navigation on your PS3, changes to the design, look and feel of the XMB, a redesigned status indicator and Friends List, support for new avatars and dynamic themes,  as well as other personalization options to help enhance your PS3 experience.

'Splosion Man (X360) Title Update To Plug Exploit In Prep of Contest

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 8:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Splosion Man is a 2.5D action/platformer based around the simple concept of 'splosions and the ridiculousness that ensues, featuring up to 4 player co-op multiplayer, local and online, a story mode chock full of hilarious cinemas seamlessly integrated into gameplay, epic boss battles, and it's coming to Xbox Live Arcade.

Ubisoft's New Toronto Studio Headed by Jade Raymond

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 5:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In July Ubisoft announced that it was opening a new studio in Toronto, with a CA$263 million investment from local government. While the studio has yet to open its doors, CEO Yannis Mallat announced today that former Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond will be in charge of the day-to-day operations.

'Critter Crunch' (PS3) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 4:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Critter Crunch players take control of the oh-so-cuddly Biggs, a lovable jungle creature with an iron-clad stomach, indomitable tongue and fierce devotion to his offspring. Biggs is in search of the jewel-rich critters that invade his habitat once a season, and using his tongue to pluck them from their vines, stuffs them into the waiting mouths of larger critters.

'EVE Online: Dominion' Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 3:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EVE Online is an MMO game set in a world of galactic proportions, governed by a hyper-capitalistic economy where space flight is the path to all commerce, communication, and conflict. CCP announced the 11th free expansion, overhauling the current sovereignty mechanics, adding some new epic arcs for pirate factions, integrating a social networking platform known as COSMOS, setting CCP artists free to rebeautify planets and more.

'Dark Void' (ALL) Pre-Order Incentive - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 3:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dark Void is a highly innovative action title that will deliver a groundbreaking combination of fast-paced vertical combat mixed with mid-air and on-foot action. Fans who pre-order at Gamestop (and select stores in Europe & Australia) will get an in-game gold jetpack with unlimited boost.

'Rock Band' (ALL) Goes on Tour With Bar Nights Initiative

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 2:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Rock Band Bar Nights lets U.S. bar owners to host their own Rock Band Nights, giving them a cutting-edge in-bar entertainment option to help increase foot traffic and provide Rock Band fans with the opportunity to take the stage for a true rock star experience, including a five-song preview disc from The Beatles: Rock Band.

Defense Grid: The Awakening And Yo-Ho Kablammo This Week's XBLA Titles

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 1:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels, featuring beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack. Yo-Ho Kablammo is a frantic action-packed game set in a pirate world where you blast your foes with cannon fire, collect numerous power-ups to give you the upper hand, and collect the spoils of your victory.

'Fireburst' (PS3/X360/PC) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 12:52 p.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.

'Shadow Complex' (X360) Sells 200K Units In One Week, New XBLA Record

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 11:05 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.

'Military Madness: Nectaris' (ALL) Gets XBLA Date - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Military Madness is a new version of Hudson's classic turn-based strategy/combat simulation game, including an all-new graphical barrage, a regiment of new units, online co-op and vs. multiplayer and a platoon of other new features.

'God of War Collection' (PS3) Bundles First Two Games on Blu-ray

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 10:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The God of War Collection will feature reworked versions of both God of War and God of War II on a single Blu-ray Disc, remastered with anti-aliased graphics running at 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay experience, as well as adding  PlayStation Network trophy support to both titles for the first time.

'Undead Knights' (PSP) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 10:37 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.

'Brütal Legend' (PS3/X360) Demo Coming Sept. 24

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brütal Legend is a 3rd person action/adventure 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. Fans who pre-ordered the game will get the demo Sept. 17, a week before its official release on Sept. 24, 2009.

'Star Trek Online' - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 8:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With customizable ships and characters from the Klingon Empire and United Federation of Planets, ground, space and shipboard gameplay and unique options for player-generated content set in the Star Trek universe, Star Trek Online is the MMOG that allows you to boldly go where no one has gone before!

'East India Company' Launches Pirate Bay Contest

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 8:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In East India Company is a naval strategy game where players are tasked to build the world's most powerful trading empire and engage in fierce battles in both single-player and multiplayer modes. The Pirate Bay Contest calls on players to challenge themselves to gain as many points as possible in the Pirate Bay campaig, with the top 3 to win a $100 dollar GamersGate certificate.

'Bounty Bay Online' Expands Beyond the Horizon - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 8:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beyond the Horizon will integrate a significant geographical expansion of the historical explorer and sailor world. Adding a completely new continent (South America), six new port cities ranging across the western coasts of South and North America, and for the first time ocean adventurers will have the opportunity to sail right around the whole world using the Cape Horn route.

Doritos 'Unlock Xbox' Contest Returns

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Doritos will once again offer the creative opportunity to video game lovers with the chance to design a new Xbox Live Arcade game as its "Unlock Xbox," design contest returns putting the creative control to design an Xbox Live Arcade game in consumers' hands.

'Champions Online' (X360/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Champions Online is 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.

'Rapala: We Fish' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rapala: We Fish is the first fishing title developed specifically for Wii, featuring over-the-top fun and action-packed fishing. The game is packaged with the Rapala fishing rod and reel peripheral, letting players cast it, crank it and set the hook!

'The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road' (NDS) - 26 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is an RPG inspired by the beloved tale of Dorothy and her magical journey through the Land of Oz, showing a unique new perspective on what happened after reaching the end of the Yellow Brick Road.

Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment (Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men) in a $4 billion stock and cash transaction.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Shows More Carnival - Screen

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for co-operative action games, adding melee combat to enable deeper co-operative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more.

Analyst Thinks New Xbox 360 SKU to Include 500 GB HD and Natal

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 6:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Compatible with any Xbox 360 system, the "Project Natal" sensor is the world's first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device. In a recent interview, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks that Microsoft might bring a new X360 version on the market by late 2010, bundling an even bigger HD (500GB) and its Natal game control device, presumably for $300.

'Valkyria Chronicles 2' (PSP) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 5:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While SEGA's tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles was released on the PS3 last year, the sequel will be coming to the PSP. VK2 will keep the cell shaded graphics, is set two years after the original in a military school in Gallia, and will introduce new characters as you control various military cadets. The story itself is being told from 17-year-old Avan Hardence's perspective, will feature more missions, battle tank customization, and ad hoc.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, August 31, 2009

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 5:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a VC, a NDSi, and two WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2, 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! (Wiiware), Puzzle League Express (NDSiWare), and Phantasy Star (VC).

Xbox 360 Review - 'Halo Wars' Historic Battle DLC

by Jesse Littlefield on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 1:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Halo Wars is an RTS game based on the Halo universe where players will command armies of familiar and new UNSC units in its initial encounters against the Covenant, an alien coalition threatening to obliterate mankind. The Historic Battle update will introduce four new multiplayer Skirmish maps that highlight key turning points in the UNSC/Covenant war.

'Half-Minute Hero' (PSP) - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 1:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Half-Minute Hero is a bold new concept of having the player save the world, 30 seconds at a time. The player must fight, shoot, summon, and protect in four distinct modes, each containing a different perspective and unique gameplay style, across a total of 120 varied stages. The 8-bit graphics and story elements provide a unique style and humor, while the hard-rocking soundtrack keeps pace with the breakneck speed of gameplay.

NDS Review - 'Fossil Fighters'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Fossil Fighters lets players build a collection of more than 100 fantastical dinosaurs known as “vivosaurs.” This new game incorporates elements of discovery, tactics and strategy as players try to revive and power-up battle-ready vivosaurs to battle it out on the field, or trade them via a local wireless connection.

'Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time' (PS3) Demo Coming

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 12:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time will continue to bring the experience of playing your own computer generated animation movie. Expect all the laughs and witty banter of a Ratchet and Clank title, as you enjoy all-new space gameplay that gives players the opportunity to engage in space battles, explore the surrounding star system, and discover hidden items and collectibles. Insomniac has confirmed it is working on a demo, but did not provide any content, or release date, specifics.

Welcome to the New WorthPlaying - Part 2

by Rainier on Aug. 31, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Well, we've managed to live through the first day of the new site. There were, and still are, quite a few little odds and ends that need fixing, but they are being addressed.

Once we've made sure that the entire archive of articles is in working order, our first new addition will be adding an integrated forum/comments section, which had been broken on the old WP for, ehh ... quite a while.

Apart from that, the weekend was great, Friday and Saturday was smoking hot, 95 degrees (35 celsius for the Euros), but luckily it cooled off on Sunday. Watched the final episodes of "The Jury" (British miniseries) and made a delicious pot roast. Unfortunately, the new site cut into my plans of playing CrimeCraft all weekend, but there's always tomorrow!