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'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Limited Edition Bundled With 250GB Elite Xbox 360

by Adam Pavlacka on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 7:21 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. At an Activision press event it was revealed that apart from the Prestige Edition, Microsoft revealed a $399 Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition bundle which includes the standard edition game, 2 wireless controllers and a 250 GB Elite console, fully customized with MW2 graphics.

Various Game Trailers #1688

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 6:12 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:

 

  • Borderlands [ALL] - Trailer (5)

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

'Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 6:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time, players will be able to wage World War II across the massive expanse of the entire planet. From battles in Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia and the Pacific, WWII Global Conflict features the largest map yet.

'Silent Hill' Movie Getting Sequel

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 5:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

While there is no word from TriStar whether they will commit to a follow up to the 2006 Silent Hill movie, which grossed $47 million in North America, screenwriter Roger Avary and producer Samuel Hadida have signed on to work on a sequel based on Konami's survival horror video game. Davis Films plans to start shooting next year as it is currently working on Resident Evil 4, while Avary, known for collaborating with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, is currently writing the script for Return to Castle Wolfenstein for the French studio.

'Halo 3: ODST' (X360) - 65 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 5:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Halo 3: ODST is a new game in the Halo saga that lets people experience events leading up to the epic story told in Halo 3 through the eyes of an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper, as they search for clues leading to the whereabouts of their scattered squad and the motivations behind the Covenant's invasion of New Mombasa.

Original Lara Croft Creator Leaves 'Tomb Raider' Studio

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Having created the Lara Croft character in 1996, Toby Gard left then-developer Core Design a year later to go his own way and released Galleon: Islands of Mystery in 2004. After that, he came to Crystal Dynamics as one of the senior designers on the Tomb Raider team, where he would complement the existing team and create Tomb Raider: Legend. Earlier this year, Gard became lead designer on an unannounced Tomb Raider project, and while he refused to comment as to the real reason, Gard insists the split was amicable. Gard is currently a freelance consultant, with a focus on animation, story and cinematic design, character design, game design and balancing.

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

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Need for Speed Nitro will have players of all skill levels hooked from the moment they get into the action, while arcade racing fans will be exhilarated by the deep and challenging gameplay.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2010' (ALL) System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 2:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

PES 2010 will benefit from the most exhaustive raft of new features in the series’ history, with every aspect of the game benefiting from key improvements and major gameplay additions. With the FIFA 10 demo coming later this week, Konami has now also revealed the system requirements ...

'Gratuitous Space Battles' - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 1:29 p.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!'.

'Bomberman Blitz' (NDSi) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 1:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bomberman Blitz will allow on-the-go gamers the opportunity to showcase their bombing skills locally or across the world with the ability to play up to 8 players at home or online through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.  Bomberman Blitz will feature the ability to do battle in 10 unique locations, all making good use of the DSi’s capabilities with dual screen spanning arenas.

'High Stakes Texas Hold 'Em' (NDSi) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 1:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

High Stakes Texas Hold ‘Em features the popular No-Limit rule set used in tournaments like the World Series of Poker to give players the authentic feel of a real Texas Hold ‘Em table.  With tried and true Texas Hold ‘Em gameplay, the strategic nature of the popular poker game comes through in spades.

'Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2' (PS3) Demo Coming Sept. 24

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is the ultimate Ninja Gaiden, featuring characters from the previous installments that have defined the franchise. Combining both melee and long-range battles against enemies, the game requires skillful and strategic playing to successfully journey through the missions.

'Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time' (PS3) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:25 p.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.

Nintendo Reveals its NDS/Wii Holiday 2009 Lineup

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As summer draws to a close, the air begins to chill and people begin to turn their thoughts to holiday gift lists. Whether the people on your list have been playing since the 1980s or only since last week, Nintendo has you covered. The Wii, NDS and NDSi systems have a huge selection of games for everyone on your list, including many that you won’t find anywhere else.

'Scooby-Doo! First Frights' (ALL) - 12 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scooby-Doo! First Frights is an action-adventure game that complements the upcoming Warner Bros. movie and lets you take on the role of young Scooby-Doo and teenage versions of the newly formed Mystery, Inc. crew to solve their very first cases.

'Star Wars Galaxies' Closing Nearly Half Its Servers

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 11:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Wars Galaxies immerses players in the rich Star Wars universe featuring dynamic adventures across multiple planets in the classic Star Wars timeframe and offering a unique combination of combat, exploration, social interaction, specialized missions, and daring quests.

'Flip's Twisted World' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It started as an ordinary boring day for Master Fulcrum's apprentice, Flip, when he messed with the wrong magic artifact and got sucked into the crazy universe inside. Now he must fight and puzzle his way through five topsy-turvy worlds to return home and put everything back before The Master returns.

'Combat Arms' Surpasses Three Million Users

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combat Arms is a free-to-play online FPS that deploys players into a dangerous war zone teaming with soldiers of fortune looking to make a mark.

'DC Universe Online' (PS3/PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOE Austin is building a world where you feel like you've stepped into the DC Universe and become the ultimate super-hero (or villain) along side of Superman, Batman, or Ambush Bug.

Dragon Age: Origins (ALL) Gets Second Novel, The Calling

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare’s return to its roots, delivering a fusion of elements from existing fantasy works with emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors.

'Kamen Rider Dragon Knight' (NDS/Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, players can play as all 13 Kamen Riders from the live action series, each with their own unique Contract Beasts, Advent Cards, and special abilities, allowing fans of the franchise to fight battles against other Kamen Riders or dive into stage mission mode that lets players to go head-to-head or fight legions of enemies as they explore Ventara and stop the menacing plot of General Xaviax.

'Fairytale Fights' (ALL) - GameStop Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Fairytale Fights players choose one favorite fairytale character with whom they will try and save a fantasy world from certain doom. Luckily many different weapons lay around in this fairytale world, which players can use to shoot and carve up enemies… and this is where the fun begins!

'Zuma's Revenge!' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zuma's Revenge! reinvents the ball-blasting bliss of the original Zuma with high-resolution graphics, wild new game mechanics, all-new modes and power-ups and much more.

'Sacred 2: Ice & Blood' (PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sacred 2 is a action-oriented deep fantasy RPG where players are immersed in an epic journey through the medieval-like kingdom of Ancaria featuring pitched battles and a wide range of enticing quests. The Sacred 2 Ice & Blood add-on adds a new character, varied new quests/stories, new in-game items, as well as two new single-player areas with all-new enemies.

'Darkest of Days' (ALL) Demo On Xbox Live

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Phantom EFX's Darkest of Days, using 8Monkey Labs' proprietary Marmoset game engine, is a story-rich, first-person shooter presenting an intriguing story of time-travel to some of the darkest periods in the history of mankind. The demo, same content as last week's PC version, is now available for all Gold Members, and will be available for Silver members next week, Tuesday Sept. 22.

Former EA Exec Heads AMC Pixel Factory's New U.S.-Based Office

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Romanian-based AMC Pixel Factory, developer of graphic content and interactive entertainment software and technology, has opened a new office in Los Angeles, CA, to expand its development capabilities and give clients enhanced services. The new office is headed by former Electronic Arts Development Director Rick Viscariello, who adds vital developer experience to an already talented and accomplished team.

Firebrand Games Moves Into New, Bigger Office

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Firebrand Games, known for developing the handheld versions of Dirty 2, GRID, TrackMania and the upcoming Planet 51, announced the expansion and relocation of its European HQ.

'Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition' (Wii) Pins Down Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition, known in Europe as Safar'Wii, players take on the role of a wildlife photographer exploring the exotic and diverse wildlife of Animal Island.

'ArmA II' (PC) v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 6:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ArmA II is set in the near future, year 2009, in a fictional post soviet country called Chernarus. Players will be sent as members of a US Marine Corps Force Recon squad to this country to prevent further civilian casualties and ensure ongoing stability there.

'Skate 3' (PS3/X360) Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 6:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Skate 3 features an all-new co-op mode where teammates can complete challenges together while advancing each other's careers. From rewarding epic bails and fails with a beefed up Hall of Meat mode to honing your craft with the all-new Skate School, players of all skill levels have multiple ways to "kill it" in the game.

'Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Zone Massacre' (Wii) Coming to North America

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 5:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Zone Massacre is the story of how Rogue Trooper and his comrades are betrayed by a traitor general on their first mission to an area on Nu Earth known as the Quartz Zone. Only Rogue survives, and joined by his fallen comrades within his equipment, he begins a journey across Nu Earth to find the general and unleash his revenge!

'Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight' to Integrate Vivox Voice Services

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 5:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Introducing new class-based gameplay, mobile bases and persistent player progression throughout all game modes, C&C4 offers players new, innovative and compelling strategic depth. Vivox  has signed an agreement with EA to provide voice communication services for several online games starting with  C&C 4 Tiberian Twilight

'Runes of Magic Chapter II - The Elven Prophecy' - Client Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 5:30 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.

'Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 4:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars pairs well-known characters from Capcom's roster of games with some of Japan's most beloved characters from anime powerhouse Tatsunoko Production.

Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show 2009 Lineup

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 4:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under Tokyo Game Show - Tokyo Game Show 2009

Microsoft announced its lineup of titles it will be showing off at Tokyo Game Show 2009 (Sept. 24 - 27), such as Alan Wake, Halo Reach, Forza 3, Fable III, Halo 3: ODST, Crackdown 2, but also a slew of 3rd party titles such as Assassin's Creed II, Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, Lost Planet 2, Splinter Cell Conviction and plenty more...

'NBA 2K10' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 4:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA 2K10 is expected to deliver the most realistic, stylistic, and feature-rich simulation experience ever available in the NBA 2K franchise – from gameplay to graphics, presentation and online features.

'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' (X360) Coming to PS3

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 4:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Science fiction and fantasy meld in this continuation of tri-Ace Inc.'s RPG franchise. The refined gameplay features team-oriented combat, while improving upon the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the Star Ocean franchise. We hinted at it a few months back, but ads have surfaced that confirm Star Ocean 4 is coming to the PS3, currently scheduled for release in Japan on Feb. 4, 2010.

'Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Follow Altair's story following the events of Assassin’s Creed as he discovers a new land and hunts down the ascending Templars. As the Templars withdraw from the Holy Land after Altair kills Robert De Sable, he follows them to the island of Cyprus.

'The Last Crown: Haunting of Hallowed Isle' Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get ready to experience real-world ghost-hunting like never before in Darkling Room's horror/adventure game The Last Crown: Haunting of Hallowed Isle.

'Way of the Samurai 3' (PS3/X360) Coming to Europe

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Acquire is developing the next installment in the Way of the Samurai series, currently only scheduled for release in Japan this fall, featuring over 100 weapons for you to wield in defense of the poor, lonely, while fending off rivaling samurai clans.

GamersGate Weekly Specials Sept. 15 - Sept. 20, 2009

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced that this weekend, Takeda 3 is yours for 50% off. New titles added today are Resident Evil 5 (US), Red Faction: Guerrilla (US), Batman: Arkham Asylum (US), and Need for Speed: Shift (US). On Friday, you'll be able to purchase Supreme Ruler 2020 Gold, Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, Resident Evil 5 (rest of the world), Red Faction: Guerrilla (rest of the world), Batman: Arkham Asylum (rest of the world), and Need for Speed: Shift (UK).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 3:12 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:

  • Red Faction: Guerrilla (PC)
  • NHL 2K10 (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360)
  • Need for Speed SHIFT (PSP/PS3/X360PC)
  • Scribblenauts (NDS)
  • NARUTO Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 (NDS)
  • NHL 10 (PS3/X360)
  • Toy Story Mania! (Wii)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC)
  • Wet (PS3/X360)

We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Xbox 360 Review - 'Wet'

by Adam Pavlacka on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

Sony Rolls Out PS3 Firmware v3.01

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier this week Sony released 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. Shortly after the v3.0 launch the community reported various issues, which was later acknowledged by SCEAm which has now released v3.01 improving system stability during use of some PlayStation 3 format software.

'Killing Floor' Custom Map Making Competition Wave 1 Winners Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tripwire Interactive's Killing Floor is a first-person co-op survival horror, set in and around London after a mad scientist’s “specimens” have broken loose and gone on the rampage.

PSP Review - 'Warriors Orochi 2'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Alganon' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alganon is an upcoming fantasy-based MMORPG that allows thousands of people to play together in a virtual world that features a rich history dominated by commanding deities, powerful weapons and armor, deadly magic, epic quests, ancient places to discover, the utilization of detailed trade skills, and more.

'Angle of Attack' - v1.00.35 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Angle of Attack is an aerial combat spin-off from All Aspect Warefare where the Terrans have been at war with the Gammulan race for years. In an attempt to change the tide of war and take the battle to the enemy, Galactic Command, the Terran military body, launched an all out attack on the Gammulan homeworlds.

'All Aspect Warfare' (ALL) v1.00.35 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

All Aspect Warfare chronicles the adventures of an “elite” team of combat marines who crash landed on the enemy planet they were sent to completely destroy. Stranded and left for dead with a deployed thermo-nuclear weapon ticking somewhere, their only chance of escape lies deep within hostile territory.

No More Dirty Dancing at the Road House, the Beast is Gone

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

In case you had not heard the news, Patrick Swayze, star of movies such as "Dirty Dancing," "Road House," "Point Break" and the recent A&E series, "The Beast," has succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He was a Hollywood icon and will be greatly missed ....

Not much else was going on today. The wife had the day off, so it was spent working, catching up on a few TV series ("Supernatural" and "Entourage"), and playing some more CrimeCraft (which, btw, is getting new content soon).

We have a few press trips lined up in the next week or two as we ramp up coverage for the holiday season, so be on the lookout for previews and interviews near the end of the month.