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'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 6:10 p.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.

NIS America Re-Releasing PSP Titles As Downloads

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 6:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NIS America announced that it will be be re-releasing some of its past PSP titles to celebrate the launch of the PSPgo at 50% off for the whole week! The discount will only be valid for one week starting tomorrow, so don’t miss this chance to get our past titles on your PSP!

Various Game Trailers #1699

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 6:05 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:

  • Risen [X360/PC] - Launch Trailer
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 [ALL] - Battlefield Moments Trailer #1
  • Toy Story Mania! [Wii] - Trailer
  • Dawn of Heroes [NDS] - Trailer

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

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010' (ALL) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 5:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Poised to feature the most authentic, entertaining and compelling simulation of WWE programming to date across multiple videogame platforms, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 will introduce inspiring creative and online freedom, significant franchise improvements and a comprehensive roster of today’s most prominent WWE Superstars and Divas.

PSP Firmware v6.10 Update Release Imminent In Lieu of PSPgo Launch

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 5:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony announced that it will release the v6.10 system software update for PSP in preparation for the launch of PSPgo. Some of the new features are the ability to use a bluetooth mobile device to connect to the internet, SensMe music application, and various Media Go enhancements

'Jam Sessions 2' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 5:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jam Sessions 2 is a guitar game that makes improving your guitar skills fun and rewarding. Each song in the gameplay mode serves a different role in advancing players' guitar skills and songwriting abilities. By progressing through the songbook, players learn techniques that will help them play the guitar and write songs.

GamersGate Weekly Specials Oct. 1 - Oct. 4, 2009

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 5:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced that throughout October, each day there will be a “JoWood Daily Deal” offering discounts up to 50% off. This weekend both Red Faction 1 and 2, as well as Campus are all 50 % off, while fans who pre-order NBA 2K10 and Tropico 3 will get 10% off as well as 250 bonus Blue Coins with a price guarantee. When you pre-order Football Manager 2010, you'll get 20% off and receive OutRun 2006 Coast to Coast for free with 3,000 bonus Blue Coins with a price guarantee.

'Alien Havok' (PSP) Launches On PSN Tomorrow - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 4:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alien Havoc throws back to the classic 8-bit era, putting gamers in command of an alien who must pluck cows from farms, load them onto his spaceship, and bring them back to his planet. The farmers, however, won’t let their cows go without a fight.

'Band Hero' (ALL) Ships With Updated Instruments, Mainly in Europe

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 4:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Band Hero, you can come together with family and friends to ascend the virtual stage and rise to fame, bringing you a new genre of music focused on today’s hottest top-40 hits and classic anthems that everyone will know. European Guitar Hero fans did not get the latest instruments, so  both the drum and guitar are now updated, however, North American Band Hero fans will be able to get a "redesigned" drumset.

'Playmobil: Pirates' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Young pirate fans embark on a thrilling trip with One-Eye which takes you up and down the Caribbean, to discover countless islands and live through exciting adventures. The aim of the game is to find all 9 pieces of Blackbeard's map scattered across the entire Caribbean, to raise the pirate treasure and to set free the lovely mermaid being held hostage by the soldiers.

EA Sports Sporting Goods Lineup Coming Early October

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 3:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Designed to help young players take the excitement for sports to a new level as well as to develop core sports skills, Toy Island has begun rolling out the Sweet Spot Sports, Voice Command and Sure Shot lineup of EA Sports-branded products.

'MagnaCarta 2' (X360) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 2:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MagnaCarta 2 introduces an original new storyline driven by intense themes of love, hate, politics, betrayal and the ultimate question of choosing one's own fate. Players are immersed in the world of the Lanzheim Continent, a conflict-ridden land deeply divided by a fierce civil war.

'Home' (PS3) v1.3 Update Being Rolled Out Tomorrow

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The 'Home' 3D online user community service will enable users to create their own avatar and explore a real-time virtual community, as if they are playing a detailed 3D game. Announced last month, SCEA revealed that it will be rolling out the v1.3 Home update tomorrow, adding new emotes and actions, more item types, tons of improvements such as in-Store item previewing, universal game launching, and plenty more.

'Dragon Age: Origins' (ALL) Introduces The City of Denerim - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 1:58 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.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Map Pack Coming Spring 2010

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 1:49 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. Activision just sent out a 4-pack of Monster Energy drinks (which will be available in Oct.) to promote Modern Warfare 2. While the inside of the carton box contains a code to win prizes (MW2: Hardened Edition is one of the prizes) it also hints at "a future map pack," which is apparently scheduled for "spring 2010."

'Stoked: Big Air Edition' (X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 1:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stoked is now faster, bigger, easier to control, and even more gorgeous in Stoked: Big Air Edition, featuring racing, marked trails that make it easy to find great runs, lots of park objects to use for tricks, two new mountains, better visuals, and faster and smoother riding.

'City of Heroes' - Reactivation And Double XP Weekend

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 12:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

City of Heroes is a superhero themed MMORPG that offers a host of gameplay features, allowing you to create your own heroes, band together with others to fight evil, build your own secret HQ and strive to become the premiere hero group in the city.

'Neverending Islands' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 11:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In an expansive world covered in islands, Henry must explore the mysterious dreamlike world uncovering the ancient secrets hidden within. In his hot air balloon Henry will travel from high within the clouds, deep into the forest and skim along the surface of the ocean in his quest to discover what secrets the world has to offer.

'Dead Space 2' (ALL) Confirmed in Development

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space, gamers will step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience delivering the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. While a sequel has already been hinted at several times, a new job application page confirms that DS 2 is in pre-production. Back in July Variety revealed that a movie is in the works as well as a sequel, and an EA survey gauged fans' interest in multiplayer inclusion.

'Fort Zombie' Reveals More Details - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 11:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fort Zombie is a lite Action/RPG where players will find themselves trapped in the small town of Piety, Indiana. Faced with no other choice but to find shelter from an impending wave of zombies migrating from a nearby metropolis, players will be challenged to choose a building to be their Fort throughout the entire campaign.

'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (ALL) Gets PSP Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 11:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, players will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of supernatural villains in a funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

'The Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood' - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 10:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Siege of Mirkwood will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join forces to press further eastward into the dark, foreboding and treacherous forest of Mirkwood and take part in the epic conclusion to Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 10:34 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 ...

'Bounty Bay Online' Expansion to Add New PvP System - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bounty Bay Online takes players into a 15th century historical setting where adventurers can start an online career as merchant, buccaneer, fisherman or one of many other professions. Fight on land and water, complete enthralling quests and start guilds with other players.

'Supreme Ruler 2020' - v5.6.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Supreme Ruler 2020 is a strategic and tactical geo-political game where direct control of the military and the policies of a nation becomes the key to survival. One of the innovative new features is the wide-open "Super Sandbox" mode, which allows players to take control of nearly any country or region of the world.

'Supreme Ruler 2020 Gold/Global Crisis' - v6.6.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 10:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Supreme Ruler 2020, it is up to the player to lead a nation in a world that has fallen into anarchy. In Global Crisis, players face an even more devastating and realistic experience through a sandbox-style campaign that takes into account real-world headlines for a chilling portrayal of tomorrow’s chaotic world.

'Blood Bowl' (ALL) - v1.0.1.10 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blood Bowl, based on Games Workshop's board game, is a "game" of American football played by the insane warriors of the fantasy Warhammer universe, allowing you to create and manage teams that will take part in epic battles where fair play is for sissies.

'Commander: Europe at War Gold' - v1.12.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 9:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Commander: Europe at War is the first in a series of turn-based strategy games, jointly developed by Firepower Entertainment and Slitherine Software. This patch is for users of Commander Europe at War to update their game to the 'Gold' Version, CaW Gold users do not need this patch.

'Heileen 2: The Hands of Fate' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heileen 2: The Hands of Fate takes place on the mysterious Caribbean island where Heileen was shipwrecked with a few of her friends at the end of the first game. She stumbles upon a deck of tarot cards that represent the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues. It isn't long before she discovers that these cards have the power to change both her dreams and her reality.

'Machinarium' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 8:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Machinarium is a point & click adventure where game's protagonist is a little robot who has been unjustly expelled to the scrap yard behind the city. Players must guide the little robot back into town to rescue his robot-girlfriend and stop the bad guys from the 'Black Cap Brotherhood' before they can bomb the central tower that houses the city's ruler.

'Joe Danger' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 8:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It’s a riches to rags and back to riches tale, as old-school American daredevil Joe, publicly humiliated by the reckless Team Nasty at the start of the game, strives to regain his reputation as the Master of Disaster. Stepping into the shoes of the World most determined Stuntman players will have to combo, boost and pull ludicrous tricks across more than 50 events to thrill the crowd and put Joe back on the podium.

'Battlefield Heroes' Fall Update Rolled Out, Adds New Map, Load of Tweaks

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 8:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield Heroes is a Play 4 Free cartoon-style shooter that will bring classic Battlefield gameplay to a mass audience, featuring a built-in matchmaking system to ensure that players of equal skill are paired together for fair play. EA will release a free ‘Heroes of the Fall’ update for the game, including a brand new map, and a bunch of tweaks.

'Free Realms' Implements NetModerator to Keep Young Audience Safe

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 8:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Free Realms is a free whimsical fantasy massively multiplayer RPG from Sony Online offering lighthearted adventuring, aimed primarily at casual female gamers, and optional bonus content via micro transactions. SOE has installed Crisp Thinking’s online threat protection software, NetModerator to identify and block predators and other threats in online games in real time.

'Planet 51 Online' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 7:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Planet 51 Online is an online virtual world, where you play for free, that allows players to become a part of and explore the Planet 51 universe

Radiance Software Using Gamebryo Engine to Develop 'Go-Go Racer'

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 7:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Radiance Software announced it has signed Emergent’s  Gamebryo and Gamebryo LightSpeed development products to develop the recently launched Beach Volleyball Online, and for the upcoming free to play online kart game, Go-Go Racer.

'NBA Live 10' (ALL) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 7:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA Live 10 is bringing a renewed focus to the franchise with innovations to the core gameplay and new online game modes. The Dynamic DNA service, driven by Synergy Sports Technology, will make a return, with significant improvements allow ing players to connect their game to the NBA season like never before.

PSP Review - 'MotorStorm: Arctic Edge'

by Dustin Chadwell on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 7:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

MotorStorm Arctic Edge sees the music, the festival and the brutal off-road racing arrive in the breathtaking yet lethal and unpredictable setting of Alaska. With temperatures plummeting, sudden avalanches, broken ice bridges, and three different racing altitudes, this is possibly the most inhospitable environment the MotorStormers have ever had to deal with.

PS3/X360 Review - 'NHL 10'

by Sanford May on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 7:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

NHL 10 begins a new era with gameplay innovations that deliver a new standard of toughness, the emotion of playoff hockey on the ice and in the arena, and over 200 gameplay refinements that replicate the skill and finesse that every fan sees throughout the NHL playoffs.

AMD Announces Open Physics Initiative

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 12:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

AMD and Pixelux Entertainment announced a joint development agreement that is part of the AMD effort to greatly expand the use of real-time physics with graphics through the open source Bullet Physics engine.

Bet You Look Pretty Good From a Few Thousand Miles Away

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Today, I met up with some of the CrimeCraft developers, and people who follow my daily whining know by now that I'm an avid fan, so I had to vent. Luckily, several of my issues with the game are known problems and are being worked on, so I guess that's a good thing. The game's great fun, but it urgently needs more people playing ...

Later this week, I'll have to fire up Left 4 Dead and check out the new DLC. Good thing I'm a PC gamer, so I get the content for free. I'm also looking forward to Vandal Hearts on XBL, just the type of game my wife and I like playing in co-op.

How many of you are hyped about the new DJ Hero? If you haven't made up your mind yet, check out our preview!

We have a few more trips coming up in the near future as publishers are slowly starting to ramp up for the holiday rush, so we'll get to see quite a few hot titles in the coming weeks.