Bioshock 2, Mafia II, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption Scheduled for First Half of 2010

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 8:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take-Two's Q3 2009 financials show a net revenue of $138.6 million, compared to $433.8 million in 2008, and a $55.5 million net loss vs. a $51.8 million net income last year. More importantly in the follow-up conference call Take-Two CEO Ben Feder noted that Bioshock 2, Mafia II, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption are all scheduled for anywhere between Jan. 31 and July 2010.

'SMT: Persona' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 8:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Completely remastered for PSP, SMT: Persona boasts a fully redone localization, all-new music from composer Shoji Meguro, beautiful new animated sequences overseen by famed artist Kazuma Kaneko, enhanced graphics optimized for the PSP system's widescreen aspect ratio, and extra content.

'World of Zoo' (ALL) Animal Creator Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 7:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

World of Zoo takes players beyond the fences and into their own zoo, allowing them to care for and build relationships with numerous animals through hands-on interactive gameplay. The Animal Creator tool will allow you to create and design your very own World of Zoo animals, and then import them once the final game is available.

'Ion Assault' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 6:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Black Inc.'s Space combat action game Ion Assault, instead of conventional weapons, players use the free energy particles that are abundant in space to fend off swarms of aliens.

NVIDIA and Stardock Partner to Distribute Impulse

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 6:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stardock has partnered with NVIDIA to distribute am NVIDIA Edition of its digital download platform, Impulse, which will not only allow users to continue to buy the latest games, but will also notify customers when updated NVIDIA drivers are  available, and automatically install them.

Various Game Trailers #1679

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under Trailers

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:

 

  • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony [X360] - Trailer
  • Demon's Souls [PS3] - Walkthrough Trailer
  • Modern Warfare 2 [ALL] - FlagRunner Trailer
  • NBA Live 10 [ALL] - Gameplay Improvements Trailer
  • Cities XL - What's Cities XL Trailer #3

 

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

'Battle Tanks' Coming to PSN This Month - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battle Tanks features World War II tanks that face off against each other in hopes to blow the other to smithereens. You can play against the AI or co-op with a friend in Campaign Mode to overcome 50 maze and paint ball-like levels. There’s also a fun multiplayer option also allows two to four people to challenge each other in Death Match modes or Capture the Flag mode.

'Red Faction: Guerrilla' (PC) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:00 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.

UC Irvine Establishes Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

UC Irvine's Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences has established the Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds, led by ICS associate dean Magda El Zarki and senior research scientist Walt Scacchi of the UCI Institute for Software Research.

'Gran Turismo ' (PSP) - 40 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 3:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gran Turismo is built for optimal performance and fun racing excitement on the PSP, featuring more than 800 vehicle models from the world’s top manufacturers (over 4,500 total paint variations) and more than 30 tracks (60+ total layouts), including famous world circuits, city courses and other environments.

'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' (ALL) Lawsuit Settled for $20 Million

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 2:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take-Two Interactive has reached an agreement to settle a pending consolidated securities class action Rockstar Games, and certain of its current and former officers and directors, related to allegations of the purported “Hot Coffee” content contained in its Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas title and historical stock option granting practices.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Announces Labor Day Double XP Weekend

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 2:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events of the original, thrusting players back into humankind's epic battle for survival against a nightmarish force of underground creatures known as the Locust Horde.

'Disciples III: Renaissance' - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 1:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Advances in gameplay and the addition of new elements will make Disciples III richer and more interesting, while the visual design follows the original ominous and gloomy style of the Disciples world, but now with all units and environments in full 3D.

Codemasters Drops ArchLord, WebZen Picks It Up

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 1:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Embark on your adventure to become the one mighty ruler of them all and take control of vast worlds, sprawling towns and cities or even control the world's horrific monsters to wreak havoc on your cowering enemies. Codemasters announced today that on Oct. 2, 2009 it will shut down the European/North American servers, and will be transitioning across to Webzen.

'The Beatles: Rock Band' (ALL) In-Store Events At Best Buy

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MTV Games and The Beatles license holder Apple Corps are developing a new video game that will be an experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles spanning the UK band's entire discography.

'Family Party: 30 Great Games Outdoor Fun' (Wii) Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fun for the whole family, Outdoor Fun has something to offer everyone with a wide variety of engaging and addictive party games featuring martial arts, team sports, individual athletics, and challenging brain games.

Funcom Opens New Studio in Montréal

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 11:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Funcom announced the establishment of a new development studio in Montréal, Canada, where it will build a strong and competent development team that will work on several games in the Funcom portfolio, while moving a certain number of key personnel over to the new studio.

'Batman: Arkham Asylum' (ALL) Shows Off NVIDIA PhysX - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 11:02 a.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.

'Battlefield 2' - v1.50 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 10:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield 2 features immense, richly detailed, destructible environments, from city streets to remote forests, in some of the most notorious hot spots around the world. This v1.50 patch noyl only adds extra Vista support, a new map (Operation Blue Pearl) and various tweaks and bugs fixes, but will also include the Euro Forces and Armored Fury, for free!

'Tower of Shadow' (Wii) Now Known As 'Lost in Shadow' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 10:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lost In Shadow is an mystery/platform title that follows a shadow of a boy as he attempts to climb around and up a mystical tower. Along the way, players must solve mysteries, puzzles and fight off enemies that try to impede the boy’s progress.

Xbox 360 Sees 43% Sales Increase In UK

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 10:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In light of last week's price drop, Microsoft's Xbox 360 is already reaping the rewards as it sees a 43% sales increase compared to the week prior according to ChartTrack. While Sony's PS3 saw a boost in sales numbers following its price drop at GamesCom 09, the rush tappered off and turnover dropped 20%, possibly fans instead holding out for the launch of the PS3 Slim.

Wii Drops Fee, Owners Get to Access the Internet for Free

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo is offering an easy way for Wii console owners to access the Internet without a computer. Effective immediately, people who want to browse the Internet using their Wii consoles will be able to do so at no added cost.

'Runes of Magic' Content Update Adds Demon Lord - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 9:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 1,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2' (NDS) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 9:16 a.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.

'Empire: Total War' v1.4 Patch Coming Late Sept.

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 8:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire: Total War will maintain the series 3D battles, grand turn based campaign map and rich historical flavor while for the first time introducing 3D naval combat into the series.

Capcom to Use Havok Physics Middleware in All Triple-A Titles

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 8:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Havok announced that it continues to expand its business into the Japanese game development community as it signed a significant deal with Capcom, which will make Havok Physics its development tool of choice for upcoming titles Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.

'A Christmas Carol' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 7:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disney's A Christmas Carol is an adventure puzzler that celebrates the spirit of the holidays with a Scrooge twist. It is the only video game inspired by the re-envisioned classic Dickens tale and gives Nintendo DS players a fantastical, super-sensory adventure with engaging activities for the yuletide season.

PS3/X360 Preview - 'Darksiders: Wrath of War'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 7:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2009

Darksiders: Wrath of War is an action/adventure game that gives players the ability to experience the supernatural destructive power of WAR, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as he explores a demon ravaged world -- seeking revenge and ultimate redemption with a vast array of modern and mythical weaponry.

'Audition' Enters Second Season With New Music, Enhancements And Upgrades

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 7:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With simple directional and space bar keystrokes, Audition, a free-to-play online dance sensation, players perform hip-hop style dance steps and choreographed routines which require precise timing and rhythm.

'Cities XL' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 7:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cities XL expands upon all that make city builders fun and interesting, with cities that are bigger, more realistic and sophisticated than ever before, while letting you take your game online, and interact with others in a massive online environment. The Limited Edition includes 16 bonus items in a special pack.

'Mytheon' Shows Off Character Classes - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 6:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mytheon is an online micro transaction game that uniquely combines the best elements of action, strategy and RPG game-play with an emphasis on collectability and combat, set within a fantasy universe steeped in mythologies from across the globe.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 6:10 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:
We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

'Kidz Sports: Crazy Mini Golf 2' (Wii) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 5:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Designed in collaboration with crazy golf champions, Crazy Mini Golf 2 is the perfect Wii family gaming experience, a larger-than-life, party game that mimics the action and excitement of this popular sport, while also supporting the new Motion Plus Controller for the most realistic and accurate putting movement.

Wii Review - 'Spectrobes: Origins'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 5:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Spectrobes: Origins is a sci-fi action adventure game where players will use the unique Wii controls to explore vast worlds, excavate three-dimensional fossils and unravel an engaging story while discovering the key to preventing a galactic threat.

'Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Shows Off Co-Op - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will see the most realistic modelling of conflict scenarios in a new contemporary theatre of war. By offering a multitude of military disciplines, gameplay will deliver warfare more realistic and intense then ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale.

'Debut' Coming to North America

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Debut will leverage the power of the music genre in a free to play, casual MMO offering. Players who are accustomed to single player music and dance games will be able to experience the fun of a rich multi-player experience with deep community, highly customizable characters and great songs.

'Revenge of the Balloon-Headed Mexican' Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time Gentlemen, Please! is a classic point & click adventure game, dragged into the 21st century with over-indulgent use of all the different colors, a full soundtrack and those trendy particle effects the kids seem to need, to enjoy themselves these days. Revenge of the Balloon-Headed Mexican is the first episode in the ongoing saga of loveably-haphazard geeks Dan and Ben.

'Pioneering: Explore the Early American West' - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pioneering: Explore the Early American West is a first person RPG/Adventure game set during the early American Revolution. Utilizing open world campaigns and multiple routes to completion, Pioneering immerses players in the world of the wildest of wests, bringing to life one of the most dynamic and complex periods in American history.

'Gratuitous Space Battles' Pre-Order Gets You Beta Access

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 4:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gratuitous Space Battles is a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. Fans who pre-order the game will get access to the beta.

Wii Fit Plus Gets Release Date, NDS And Wiimote Get New Colors

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new features and enhancements to help players reinvigorate their workouts, along with exercises and balance games designed to keep them fun. At the 2009 GameStop Manager Conference Nintendo announced that the Wii Fit Plus game will launch in North America on Oct. 4.

The Day That I Forgot, and It Won't be the Last

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

OK, so I still have to get used to putting a new MOTD in the queue, so by the time I realized that I'd forgotten, a few hours had already passed.

There is nothing earth-shattering to report. We keep on making little adjustments to the site (such as the RSS feed), checking on old articles to make sure everything works (and boy, is that a Herculean job!).

Had beefy noodles for dinner (Vietnamese dish Bun Bo Nuong), watched "Entourage" (good episode), did a bit of crafting in CrimeCraft (damn gang members are catching up with me) and then back to work. Luckily, we seem to have sturdy walls so I can keep the music blaring throughout the night to keep me awake ... sort of. :)