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'Astro Boy: The Video Game' (ALL) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 8:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the upcoming feature film inspired by itself, Astro Boy: The Video Game will allow players to become Astro Boy, a young boy robot with incredible powers who takes to the streets and skies on an epic adventure to save Metro City from the clutches of the evil President Stone and his robot army.

'Empires of Steel' - Beta Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empires of Steel is a turn-based game of world conquest set in the 20th century. Players command various ground, armored, naval and airforce units against up to 20 human or computer-controlled (Artificial Intelligence) opponents.

'NBA 10 The Inside' (PSP) - 65 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combining the perfect blend of arcade and simulation basketball along with a host of unique mini-games, NBA 10 The Inside delivers an engaging NBA experience with quick action and fluid gameplay.

Various Game Trailers #1691

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 6:20 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:

 

  • Fairytale Fights [ALL] - Beanstalk Jack Trailer
  • James Cameron's Avatar: The Game [ALL] - Developer Diary Trailer #1
  • Spyborgs [Wii] - Webisode Trailer #3
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron [ALL] - Dev Diary #1
  • Wacky World of Sports [Wii] - Gameplay Trailer

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

'Way of the Samurai 3' (PS3/X360) - 28 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 3:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With a completely new, highly refined style of gameplay, a rich weapon crafting system, beautifully detailed graphics and a deep branching storyline that that will unfold multiple endings based upon player's actions, Way of the Samurai 3 is sure to please gamers of all types.

'The Beatles: Rock Band' (ALL) Ltd. Ed. Xbox 360 Version Raises $17,300 for Charity

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 2:59 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. A rare Xbox 360 console featuring illustrations from the eye-popping cinematic intro to The Beatles: Rock Band raised $17,300 for the charity in its 10 day online auction.

Impulse Sept. 17 - Sept. 20, 2009 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 2:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, knocking 50% off the regular price on Scavenger, and Droplitz, while Aztaka gets a 60% price cut (now 14.95) and if you pre-order Tropico 3, you get a 10% reduction.

'LEGO Rock Band' (Wii/PS3/X360) Adds Iggy Pop - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 1:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LEGO Rock Band is a unique family-friendly music experience, which will allow families, tweens and teens to experience a wild journey to rock stardom, combining the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO franchise packed with chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences.

'Runes of Magic' to Get New Territory Filled With Quests

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 1:24 p.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 2,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Fallen Earth' Now Available for Pre-Order on Steam, Gets you Early Access

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fallen Earth is a post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online game that mixes FPS style with traditional RPG mechanics, where six factions are struggling to emerge from the collapse of civilization brought on by viruses and environmental disaster.

'Dawn of Heroes' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dawn of Heroes is a tactical role playing game that combines classic RPG concepts -- including character development, epic combat, quests and puzzles -- with a humorous style. The game also supports head-to-head multiplayer action and the ability to trade collected items, two features designed to build a community of worldwide heroes.

'Call of Duty: World at War' (ALL) v1.6 Patch/Map Pack #3/Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Call of Duty: World at War changes the rules of engagement by redefining WWII gaming and thrusting players into tension-filled, unforgiving battles against a new ferocious enemy in the most dangerous and suspenseful action ever seen. Activision has release the v1.6 patch (includes 4 new maps) and updated mod tools.

Friday, September 18, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 11:10 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:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (NDS/PSP/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)
  • Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (PC)
  • Madballs in...Babo: Invasion (PC)
  • Ant Nation (NDS)

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

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Shows Off More Ferraris - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 10:36 a.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. Live the most realistic racing experience ever as you take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe.

'Making History II' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 10:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Making History II lets grand strategy players experience the role of a WWII era national leader embroiled in the toxic mix of waning empires, economic crisis, and ethnic "fault lines" that famously resulted in a global war that transformed the world.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Pearl Jam, Megadeth And The Fratellis

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rock Band 2 builds upon the original to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features.

'Dragon Quest: Wars' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Quest: Wars is a turn-based strategy game played out across a number of quick and challenging rounds. The player will pick four monster playing pieces to battle on their team, with Dragon Quest superstars Slime, Dracky, Hammerhood, Healslime, Chimaera and Golem all available to choose from.

'DOFUS 2.0' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DOFUS is a Tactical MMORPG which means players evolve in a real time universe, but when they fight against monsters or against other players, action is turn-based, with specific number of actions each turn.

The Sims 3: World Adventures (PC) Explains Tomb Creation - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players can take their Sims on new journeys to famous real-world inspired destinations around the globe for the first time ever and seek out new adventures. While exploring the landmarks of an exotic city, there is no telling what the Sims will find.

'Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy' Adds 8-Player PvP

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buccaneer is a single and multiplayer game where players strive to become the most infamous pirate captain of all time and etch their name in The Hall of Infamy.

'Ninja Captains' (NDS/Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 8:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninja Captains is a party game that not only offers 20 unique games that are both fun and challenging, but the Wii version also lets up to 4 players join the action and compete for high score supremacy.

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v6.5 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines game to v6.5 and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes etc..

'Need for Speed Shift' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:20 a.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.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat' - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfolds shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.

'Risen' (ALL) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 6:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a medieval world on a volcanic Mediterranean island, Risen unfolds over 4 chapters and offers multiple ways to develop the story by your actions and decisions. An intuitive user control interface will support both casual and hardcore gamers alike.

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 6:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 lets you join forces with like-minded players to tackle an adventure of realistic military action, tactics and teamwork wherever and whenever you want.

'The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings' (ALL) Leaked, CD Projekt Confirms - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While there is no official statement yet, CD Projekt confirms that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is currently in development. Featuring all new dialogue, updated graphics engine, realistic environment, revamped day/night cycle, actions that affect AI behavior, more dynamic/spectacular/bloody finishing moves and plenty more.

'BioShock 2' (PS3/X360/PC) Sets Global Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set approx. 10 years after the events of the original, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. All along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to Rapture. You will play as the first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival.

'Thorium Wars' (NDS) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 5:11 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.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Section 8'

by Sanford May on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 5:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

NDS Review - 'The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks'

by Dustin Chadwell on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 5:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks, players assume the role of Frank and Joe Hardy who have been invited onboard the Royal Express, an extravagant rail line traveling from Paris to St. Petersburg.

'Devil Kings 3' (Wii) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Devil Kings series are fast-paced action titles that possess compelling gameplay thrusting players into a land of warring nations and unrelenting hostile armies. While we are still waiting for Devil Kings 2 in North America, Capcom has already revealed DK 3 in Japan, where it is known as Sengoku Basara 3, for 2010.

'Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory' - v2.10 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

BoB II: Wings of Victory recreates the fierce and famous air battles southern England in 1940, act as the supreme commander of either side, or simply fly and let your generals manage the war below. This v2.10 This update includes updated Flight Models, over 400 authentic period ground models, mrand new High Res Terrain textures (64x original BoBII resolution), and more.

'Fireteam Reloaded' Gets Unloaded

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fireteam Reloaded is a fast paced sports-like team-based, multiplayer action game with integrated voice communication fueled by furious combat in a futuristic battleground setting featuring 4 unique game-play modes, and 3 character classes.
Pixel Mine announced that is shutting down the servers on on Sept. 30 because it "never found the audience we needed to sustain event he maintenance costs of the servers."

Why 0014? Because I'm Twice as Good as 007

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

So we've decided to use movie quotes as the title for the message of the day. It's not for a particular reason, aside from the fact that we like movies a lot, and it seems like a fun thing to do. That's as good as reason as any, right? Once we have comments re-enabled, you readers can chime in with guesses about the movie title (today's quote is from the upcoming "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon).

To stay on topic, we started watching "Duplicity" with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, and while it's a bit slow-paced, it is quite entertaining ... well, at least up until the part where I fell asleep.

Gaming-wise, I finally checked out Resident Evil 5 on the PC, and oddly enough, the game doesn't let me play in DirectX 10. I'm sure my quad-core/Nvidia 9 series configuration qualifies, but it only gave me DX9 as an option. Apart from that, the game started out a bit bleh, but once I re-familiarized me with the controls, it's gotten a lot more fun.

I also grabbed Red Faction: Guerrilla, but that will have to wait until I finish RE5.