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'Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes' (Wii/PS3) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under Tokyo Game Show - Tokyo Game Show 2009

Set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players will take up the swords and spears of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in huge battles against hundreds of opponents in many exciting stages that lead up to the main event.

'Ghost Trick' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under Tokyo Game Show - Tokyo Game Show 2009

Ghost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick’s gameplay will challenge player’s brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun.

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) Gets Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Faint, Editors Tracks

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. while also adding new gameplay mode.

'Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony' (X360) New Weapons - 29 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

PSPgo - No Free Game Downloads Planned for North America

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under Tokyo Game Show - Tokyo Game Show 2009

Earlier today we reported that Sony Europe will be launching the PSPgo Rewards program, allowing people who purchase a PSPgo to download three new/old PSP titles for free, so naturally we contacted SCEA to ask whether a similar promotion would be offered to North American buyers and we received the following statement, "there hasn't been any announcement yet that there will be an equivalent rewards program for North America..."

Various Game Trailers #1695

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:24 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:

  • NBA Live 10 [ALL] - Team Differentiation Trailer
  • Rapala: We Fish [Wii] - Trailer
  • King Arthur [PC] - Dev Diary Trailer #2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony [X360] - Yusef Trailer
  • Risen [X360/PC] - Making Of Trailer #1
  • Borderlands [ALL] - ClapTrap Webisode #2
  • Dreamkiller [X360/PC] - Behind the Scenes Trailer #1

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

PlayStation Store Gets Red Alert 3, Zombies, Demos, DLCs and Tracks

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Commander’s Challenge ($9.99), Zombie Apocalypse ($9.99), demos for Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, Zombie Apocalypse, Lost Planet 2 Co-Op Campaign, Wolfenstein, Punisher: No Mercy, Half-Minute Hero (PSP), NBA 10 The Inside. There are also DLCs for Batman Arkham Asylum Map Pack (free), Fallout 3: Broken Steel, Madden NFL 10 AFL Legacy Pack, Midnight Club LA Police Car Pack, song packs for Guitar Hero, Rock Band (Unplugged); and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes and downloadable PSP games (Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, Manhunt 2, Valhalla Knights, and Midnight Club L.A. Remix)

'New Super Mario Bros. Wii' (Wii) Gets Euro Date - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

New Super Mario Bros. Wii offers a mix of cooperative and competitive play. Work together to rescue Princess Peach, or use your skills to battle for the best ranking. Co-operate by saving your friends from danger – or get rid of the competition by tossing them straight into it!

Valve Appeals Aussie 'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Ban

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 3:45 p.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. Last week the Australian Classification Board refused to give L4D2 a rating, banning it from being sold in retail stores, due to excessive violence, something Valve has now appealed.

'Tekken 6' (ALL) - 50 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 3:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ready to set the standard for fighting games with stunning realism and uncompromising quality, Tekken 6 promises to deliver a pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat experience with bone-jarring punches and gut-wrenching grapples.

'Darkest of Days' (X360/PC) v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 3:22 p.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.

'Game Party 3' (Wii) - 50 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 3:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Game Party 3 brings casual gamers and families a fresh take on the popular Game Party franchise with a high-energy social gaming experience. Players compete in groups of up to 16, taking on new games such as Billiards, Mini Golf, Smack-a-Troll and Bocce Ball, as well as familiar favorites like Darts, Ping Cup, Trivia, and Horseshoes.

PSP Preview - 'Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 1:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

This latest PSP installment picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3 for the PS2 leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features original game design, story and scenario by Hideo Kojima.

'Marvel Super Hero Squad' (ALL) Reveals Full Hero Roster

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Marvel Super Hero Squad is a multiplayer adventure game featuring nonstop action-adventure gameplay and epic battles, as well as a breadth of the new, super-stylized Marvel characters.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Introduces Zevran Character - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:44 p.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.

'Assassin's Creed II: Discovery' (NDS) Officially Announced, Dated

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery takes players through an untold chapter from the Assassin's Creed II console storyline utilizing the unique strengths of the NDS. In this new adventure, Ezio travels to Spain to rescue fellow assassins being held under the guise of the Inquisition, only to uncover a Templar plot to sail west and discover the New World.

'Arkanoid Plus!' (Wii) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

More than twenty years after the release of the original game, Arkanoid Plus! is coming to the WiiWare. Square Enix and Taito have updated the original with square“ier” squares, blockier blocks and more barrier-busting action than you can shake a stick at!

European PSPgo Upgraders to Get Three Free Games With PSPgo Rewards

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 11:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Europe announced a special promotion to help existing PSP owners with UMDs to start their digital games collection for PSPgo. With PSPgo Rewards you can download three new/old PSP titles for free, and put your new PSPgo to the test.

'Space Ark' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Space Ark is a fun homage to the bright and bouncy arcade games of the late 80s such as Rainbow Island and Arkanoid, with an added mix of Pinball.

Namco Bandai Nabs Former 2K, Codemasters and Atari Execs

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai Games America announced a number of key executive appointments. Catherine Fowler has joined the senior management team as senior vice president of marketing, Robert Stevenson as vice president of online development, and Graeme Bayless comes to the organization as studio general manager.

'My Baby 2' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Remember, last time you saw him he just made his 1st steps and today, in My Baby 2, he’s 15 months old. Plenty of new challenges for you: you’ll have to teach him to talk but also dancing, climbing the stairs, jumping… but above all you’ll have to give him all your attention and loving!

'Heroes Over Europe' (ALL) - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heroes Over Europe is a World War II flight combat game that builds on the original game's legacy with intense dogfights, a highly detailed realistic visual presentation and even more online options.

'Deca Sports 2' (Wii) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deca Sports 2, known in some parts of Europe as Sports Island 2, is an athletic offering, pulling together ten sporting events and pushing the player to their limits, fully using the Nunchuk/Wiimote to control your Mii like characters, including multiplayer.

'Brütal Legend' (ALL) Demo Available On Xbox Live

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:42 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. Available last week for pre-orders, now up for grabs for XBL Gold members (next week for Silver).

'Indianapolis 500: Evolution' (X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ride alongside legendary drivers like A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti as they tempt fate in handcrafted cars that push the edges of technology and safety. Indianapolis 500: Evolution challenges players to navigate a moving minefield of crashes, spinning cars, rolling oil slicks and 32 daring rivals as you race to the finish in any of 330 meticulously recreated cars from the era.

Thursday, September 24, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:22 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:

  • Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion (NDS)

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

'Ninja Blade' (X360) Coming to PC - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ninja Blade is a cinematic action game where, armed with an arsenal of specialized ninja weapons, tools and skills, players will be given the epic task of defending Tokyo and ultimately humanity from a horrific, genetically mutating disease. As we revealed a few months back, Ninja Blade is indeed coming to PC.

'Scene It? Twilight' (NDS/Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 8:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scene It? Twilight will challenge players' powers of observation, memory and puzzle solving, as it transports them to Forks, WA and creates an interactive multiplayer trivia experience brought together seamlessly on console. Fans can learn more about Bella Swan, Twilight's heroine or test their memories on Edward Cullen, the dark and unlikely love of Bella's life.

'Gyromancer' (XBLA/PC) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 7:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gyromancer is a new puzzle-RPG developed in collaboration between Square Enix and PopCap. With a blend of puzzle elements from the PopCap Games puzzle hit Bejeweled Twist and the RPG mastery of Square Enix, Gyromancer is an all-new experience that defines the puzzle-RPG genre.

'Madden NFL 10' (ALL) Gets AFL Legacy Pack, Title Update #1

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 7:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

On-field authenticity and emotion is taken to another level in Madden NFL 10. With more control over the outcome of the play than ever before, players can drag defenders toward the first down marker, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and avoid the rush by stepping up into the pocket.

'Dead Space Extraction' (Wii) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 7:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dead Space Extraction is a prequel that reveals the events leading up to Isaac Clarke’s mission on the USG Ishimura in the original Dead Space game. Dead Space Extraction will marry the innovative motion controls of the Wii Remote with a frenetic first person perspective to create a new action-packed horror experience.

'Under Siege' (PS3) Adds Motion Controller Support, Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 7:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seed Studios' real time strategy game Under Siege features an original world, unique gameplay elements and a large number of multiplayer and community features with special emphasis on user generated content. Seed Studios revealed that it will include Motion Controller support, but unfortunately new features take more time, and thus the developer has pushed the game to Spring 2010.

'Runes of Magic' Gets New Tower Defense-style PvP Mode - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:55 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 2,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Topatoi' (PS3) Gets Arcade Style Pack Expansion, North American Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Topatoi is a refreshing blend of platformer and puzzle genres, combining the old school impact of the legendary titles like Bubba 'N Stix or The Lost Vikings with original and inventive gameplay mechanics. The Arcade Style Pack is a free/small add-on, that enhances the Arcade Mode of the game with new characters, new color schemes and new ways of customization.

'7 Wonders II' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

7 Wonders II offers Match 3 gameplay, one of the most popular game genres today that requires players to match or swap items into groups of 3 or more for fast and fun puzzle gaming.

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Demo on Xbox Live

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:58 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.

'Assassin's Creed II' (ALL) Gets Delayed on PC - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a vast open world environment, Assassin's Creed II invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy, and seeking vengeance. Ubisoft announced that it is delaying the PC version of AC2 until Q1 2010 to further optimize the game.

'SBK X' (PS3/X360/PC) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infront Motor Sports, Black Bean Games and Milestone have been tirelessly working together to inspect every corner of SBK09 to extract the best and to insert everything our players wanted for 2010 in order to deliver the best motorbike racing game ever made.

'Fairytale Fights' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:15 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!

Dragon Age: Origins (ALL) Gets Orchestral Score By Inon Zur

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:07 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.

'Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Goes Gold - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:39 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.

PS3 Review - 'Guitar Hero 5'

by Brad Hilderbrand on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. GH 5 will also feature new gameplay modes like Party Play and RockFest putting fun, competition and control at center stage as fans tailor the experience to match their personal style and interests.

Wii Review - 'Colin McRae: DiRT 2'

by Dustin Chadwell on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 benefits from tuned-up car-handling physics system, a new damage engine effects, a new level of visual fidelity, with cars and tracks twice as detailed as those seen in the original, as well as a roster of off-road events, taking players to the most diverse and challenging real-world environments.

'We Sing' (Wii) Reveals Date, Partial Tracklist - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nordic Games' We Sing is the first singing game to utilize four microphones, allowing four players to sing at the same time.

'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) Scheduled for March 2010 in Japan

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. While there was no Euro/North American date mentioned, it is safe to say that it will not be before the Japanese release.

'Brütal Legend' (ALL) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 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.

'Halo 3: ODST' (X360) Sells Nearly One Million Copies On Its First Day

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.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. A widget on Bungie's website tracks how many people have played Halo 3 ODST, so on the first day it tracked roughly 950k players, people who obviously just bought the game.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 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.

GamersGate Weekly Specials Sept. 23 - Sept. 27, 2009

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced that this weekend there is a special offer with the Unreal Complete Pack Bundle available at 60% OFF. Apart from that Panzer Elite Action Series gets a 40-50% reduction, X-Blades drops half off its price, Crusader Kings Complete is half off, while Aztaka's price gets chopped in half.

Capcom Announces Two New Games Coming to North America/Europe

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom announced that two titles on display at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show will be coming to North America and Europe in 2010. New Capcom titles Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes and Ghost Trick (working title), displayed to the Japanese gaming public for the first time in Tokyo, will be making the transition to western gamers next year.

Get Your Fokkin' Tentacle Out Of My Face!

by Rainier on Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Over the next few days, we'll have some Tokyo Game Show coverage on the site, as you may have noticed from the Sony and Microsoft articles posted last night.

If our local correspondent comes through, we may even get some on-location coverage, but we'll see what comes in.

Watched the latest episode of "Sons of Anarchy," and it was good stuff. It seems something nasty is brewing between the cigar guru, the local cops and the MC. Henry Rollins looks scary as ever, so that was a good casting choice!

Over the weekend, we'll probably roll out some updates on the site, although they are mainly back-end tweaks, little adjustments we're making as we are learning the ins and outs of the new CMS. Soon, we will work on getting the comments working again, so that should be a nice addition for all you chatterboxes out there ....