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'Mytheon' (PC) Launches Fansite Contest - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 6:00 p.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.

'Colony Defense' (PC) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 5:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Colony Defense is a 3D planetary defense action/strategy game that combines hair-raising, fast paced battles with simple to learn, yet hard to master strategy.

Various Game Trailers #1684

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 5:50 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:

  • Wet [ALL] - Welcome to the G House Documentary Trailer
  • NBA 2K10 [ALL] - Derrick Rose Trailer
  • Majesty 2 [PC] - Majestic Gameplay Trailer
  • Cities XL [PC] - What's Cities XL Trailer #4
  • Demon's Souls [PS3] - Visceral Action Trailer
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage (Wii) Competition Dev Diary Trailer

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

'WonderKing' (PC) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 5:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

WonderKing is a free-to-play MMO offering the ability to acquire tools, weapons and mounts from the item mall, challenge the demonic forces of Valron in real-time combat, and strive to become the Wonderking who'll bring light to the shadows of darkness.

Toy Raid (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 5:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Toy Raid's unrivaled arcade action challenges players to battle through over 50 fast-paced levels using a myriad of powerful weapons and reactive nukes that wipe out the opposition

'Half-Minute Hero' (PSP) Demo Coming Tomorrow

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 1:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Half-Minute Hero is a bold new concept of having the player save the world, 30 seconds at a time. The player must fight, shoot, summon, and protect in four distinct modes, each containing a different perspective and unique gameplay style, across a total of 120 varied stages. The 8-bit graphics and story elements provide a unique style and humor, while the hard-rocking soundtrack keeps pace with the breakneck speed of gameplay.

'Dungeon Fighter Online' (PC) Beta Commences Sept. 15 - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 1:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeon Fighter Online is a free-to-play, free-to-download, arcade-style, action adventure game set in an immersive role-playing fantasy world. In addition to the beloved 2D side-scrolling play, it also includes the ability to create fully customized characters.

'Battlefield Heroes' Technical Update Rolled Out

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 1:03 p.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. As promised, DICE has rolled out a technical update fixing various issues with its browser based FPS.

Dragon Age: Origins (ALL) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 11:03 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.

Rooms: The Main Building (NDS/Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Rooms: The Main Building an invitation arrives at the character’s doorstep and unknowingly diverts them to an alternate world where players use extraordinary items and devices to navigate through a variety of rooms and buildings.  To enter the next room, players must carefully shift rooms around in a manner similar to slide puzzles.

Strategy First's Fantastic Fall Sale Gets You 30 Titles for $49.99

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First is having a Fantastic Fall Sale on Steam, where it offers, until Sept. 11, a Complete Package which includes no less than 30 of its titles, for $49.99.

'Dragonica' Expands With Tales of the Damned - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 9:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragonica is a free-to-play, cartoon side-scrolling, micro-transaction-based casual MMO mixing elements of action and arcade. The Tales of the Damned expansion will bring new content including dungeons, guild-wars, pets and much more.

Star Trek: D-A-C (ALL) Coming to PS3/PC in November

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Trek: D.A.C. is a fast-paced, top-down 3D space shooter inspired by J.J. Abrams’ upcoming movie. Battle as the Federation against the Romulans in singleplayer, team up with a friend for co-op or go online in 6vs6 multiplayer mode.

'Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring classic point-and-click gameplay with hidden object puzzles, players will need to call upon all their logic and people skills to decipher clues to the forgotten secrets of the famed Knights Hospitaller.

'The Whispered World' German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 8:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Whispered World is a classic point & click adventure game whisking the player away to a fascinating fantasy world. Sadwick is a young clown but often far from cheerful. One night, a strange blue creature speaks to him in a dream, and sends him on an adventurous journey.

'Madden NFL 10' (ALL) to Get AFL Legacy Pack - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 7:59 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.

Symbol Quest (PC) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 7:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Doubleday's Symbol Quest is a new online game in anticipation of the new novel from Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol. Through a series of clues and symbols, the user engages in a mysterious journey that will excite fans across the globe.

Dante's Inferno' (PS3/X360) Gets Scored By Award-Winning Composer Garry Schyman

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dante's Inferno is a 3rd action adventure adaptation of the medieval epic poem "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, telling the tale of Dante who journeys through the twisted, menacing nine circles of hell in pursuit of his beloved Beatrice.

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat' Not Coming to Console Anytime Soon - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 6:53 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. GSC's Oleg Yavorsky revealed that the X360 port of the original STALKER isn't coming until after Call of Pripyat is wrapped up, and whether Call of Pripyat will be included, or added later, has not yet been decided.

'League of Legends' Developer Scores $8 Million Investment

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 6:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

League of Legends is a session-based online multiplayer game that combines elements of RPG and RTS genres with addictive battle action where rival teams compete against one another for victory on highly stylized battlefields and landscapes. Riot Games has closed a round of financing with the top venture capital firms, Benchmark Capital and FirstMark Capital, and the Chinese online services company Tencent.

Logitech Unveils New Wii Music Game Controllers

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 6:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Logitech introduced the Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller and the Logitech Wireless Drum Controller, featuring the high-quality materials that you’d expect to see in real guitars and drums, and are designed to let you take advantage of all the latest features of Guitar Hero games including Guitar Hero 5 and the soon-to-be released Band Hero.

Centauri Production Joins IDEA Games

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 6:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Czech based development studio Centauri Production, known for Memento Mori and Gooka, plans to join IDEA Games, the association of independent development teams located in the Czech Republic, in order to take advantage of services provided such as managing the business development, marketing & PR, etc.

'Final Fantasy XIII' (PS3/X360) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 4:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next generation.

'EnjoyUp Soccer' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 4:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EnjoyUp Soccer is a funny soccer game that allows you a total control of any action of your team players: Control the ball, dribble and shoot with effect to confuse the goalkeeper and score a goal!

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

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 4:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion, players step into the investigative shoes of the Women’s Murder Club members, Lindsay, Claire and Cindy, where they investigate a string of seemingly unrelated murders as they unfold.

FIFA 10 (ALL) Adds Premium My Live Season Service

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 4:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Responding to consumer feedback from the online games played, FIFA Soccer 10 will deliver a new standard for authenticity with gameplay refinements and innovations that will make it the most complete and intelligent simulation of soccer. The My Live Season service enables subscribers to feel the weekly pulse of football with dynamic updates of real-world information to make the game as close to real life as possible.

Hooked! Real Motion Fishing (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 4:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aksys Games will be hooking in fishermen and gamers alike when Hooked! Real Motion Fishing is released on the Wii this fall. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk control will allow players to relive all the excitement and tension of fishing, but all in the comfort of their own living room.

Icon Games Details Its PSP Mini Lineup

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 3:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Icon Games is mutating from being an independent developer to become an independent publisher. Having been following the traditional publisher funded games route since its initial PS2 title 'International Pool Championship' for PlayIt, the industry is changing and Icon Games has decided to change with it.

NecroVisioN: Lost Company (PC) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 3:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NecroVisioN: Lost Company is the prequel to the old-school horror FPS which covers the events that happened before the NecroVisioN story began. The game contains several unique levels, characters, weapons and gameplay elements, as well as a new main hero that tells the original game story from an opposing perspective.

'GearGrinder' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 3:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GearGrinder, also known as Clutch, is a bone crashing action/arcade racing game. Take full control of your powerful truck, mounted with the most devastating weapons available, malicious mines and more nifty gadgets, and complete over 45 versatile and thrilling missions, leaving a trail of devastation wherever you go.

'Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop' (NDS) Gets Euro Date - New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 3:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Everyone’s favorite culinary queen will return to the kitchen in Cooking Mama 3, with all new features added to the world famous game play recipe, 80 recipes, 200 mini-games, four player multiplayer and two totally new game modes.

'Twin Sector' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 3:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Headup Games ' Twin Sector is a physics-based action-adventure which allows players free interaction with their environment, filled with innumerable puzzles, challenges and enemies that await the players in a hostile and threatening futuristic setting.

Xbox 360 Review - 'The Beatles: Rock Band'

by Adam Pavlacka on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career.

Wii Review - 'Brave: A Warrior's Tale'

by Sanford May on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 12:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Brave: A Warrior's Tale brings players expansive exploration and in-game interactivity on their quest to protect their tribe from the sources of evil, continuously offering a significant challenge to players as they advance through a world of untamed wilderness.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 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:

  • The Beatles: Rock Band (Wii/PS3/X360)
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (NDS/PSP/PS3/X360)
  • Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss (PC)
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP)
  • Cabela's Outdoor Adventures (PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)
  • DiRT 2 (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360/PC)
We will update this throughout the day when new announcements become available. Read more for details ...

Helter Skelter, I Am The Twist And Shout Walrus

by Rainier on Sept. 9, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Aside from the exploits that you've been following over the past few days, we've also been playing The Beatles Rock Band, and while the background interactivity is a welcome change from RB's concert hall fare, the game itself is a bit too easy for seasoned players. Read our review for more details ...

Not much else happened today. I was planning to catch up on some "Leverage" and "Dark Blue" but was busy during the day and then watched some tennis in the evening. The wife and I are rooting for Kim Clijsters the day after tomorrow in her match against Serena Williams. It should be a good game.

There are a few "secret" press events happening in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for some interesting coverage, not all of which is positive. :P