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'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) Shows Off Toyota FT-86 Concept Car - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 7:14 p.m. PST | 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.

'PopTag!' Beta Begins Next Week

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 7:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

PopTag! is a 2-D arcade-style multiplayer game where players navigate a variety of multi-colored maps and battle each other, or NPCs (non-playable characters), with water-based weapons, such as water balloons, in a variety of game modes.

Various Game Trailers #1767

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 4:48 p.m. PST | 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:

  • Aliens vs. Predator [ALL] - Kill Moves Trailer
  • Rooms: The Main Building [NDS/Wii] - Trailer #3

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

'Metal Slug XX' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 4:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Metal Slug XX is a side-scrolling, arcade-style, run-and-gun shooter exploding with the same winning formula of over-the-top action and cartoon mayhem that has kept Metal Slug a premier franchise for over a decade.

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Game With Chevelle Fame

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of more than 400 of the world’s most exotic and exquisite cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe.

'Nier' (PS3/X360) Introduces Grimoire Weiss - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 2:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nothing is as it seems in Nier, an action adventure game set in a crumbling world plagued by disease and dark, unrecognizable creatures. Players assume the role of the unyielding protagonist, resolute in his quest to discover a cure for his daughter, who is infected with the Black Scrawl virus.

'Mega Man Zero' (NDS) Revealed, But Only In Japan For Now

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 2:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom Japan announced that it is bundling a collection of all four Mega Man Zero (Rockman Zero, in Japan) games that were previously released for the Gameboy Advance as Mega Man Zero. The side-scrolling collection will be available on the DS in Japan on April 22nd, 2010 for 3,990 yen (about $44 USD). No word yet on a North American/European release, but Capcom is asking fans for feedback to gauge interest and possibly bringing it to the West.

'Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' (ALL) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a raw and brutal crime shooter designed to take players on an even more intense story experience, following two of gaming’s most disturbed criminals, through the gritty Shanghai underworld.

Impulse Jan. 14 - Jan. 17, 2010 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, knocking 50% off the regular price on Company of Heroes Gold, AI War: Fleet Command, Alganon, Aztaka, and Mr. Robot, while also dropping the price on DeskScapes 3, and Sins of a Solar Empire.

'Muscle March' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Muscle March is a quirky Japanese action game stuffed full of macho bodybuilders. The all mighty protein powder has been stolen so it’s up to Tony and his muscle-bound crew to catch the thieves.

'BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger' (PSP) Officially Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a 2D fighting game that features all of  the console modes-Arcade, Versus, Score Attack, Training, and Story…in addition to the all-new Shop and Legion modes, where you control your own party of fighters in an attempt to conquer the world of BlazBlue.

'Rooms: The Main Building' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 11:53 a.m. PST | 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.

Unreal Development Kit - January Beta Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 11:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games launched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3, providing the community access to the toolset like never before, and has now released an updated version.

Xbox Live's Game Room - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 11:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The new Game Room on Xbox LIVE, which will be the place to relive the glory days of arcade games, with over 1000 games being released throughout the next three years

Valve's Newell Honored with 2010 GDC Pioneer Award

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards is beginning the announcement of its Special Awards for the tenth annual ceremony, taking place at GDC 2010 this March, and has named Valve co-founder Gabe Newell as the winner of this year's Pioneer Award.

'Risk: Factions' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 9:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Risk: Factions will offer innovative ways of experiencing the timeless turn-based board game in both objective-based and world conquest modes. Players will be able to engage as one of five playable factions, each with different strengths, as they wage war on new maps with dynamic terrain in their quest for missile silos in order to strategically dominate the game.

'Red Faction: Guerrilla' (ALL) Patch #1 Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Patch

Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, this third-person, open-world action-shooter will return to Mars and once again redefine the limits of destruction-based gameplay.

'Quantum Theory' (PS3/X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tecmo's third-person shooter players take on the role of the massive, gun-wielding warrior Syd and battle through intense action sequences in an unpredictable, shape-shifting battlefield. In addition to single player campaign, Quantum Theory also supports four modes of online multiplayer, complete with voice chat for real-time communication.

'Divinity II: Ego Draconis' (ALL) v1.03 Euro Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 8:04 a.m. PST | Filed under Patch

In Divinity II: Ego Draconis you will take on the role of a young Dragon Slayer and ultimately become a Dragon Knight, a legendary hero with unique abilities. Discover a detailed world full of twists and turns in which your actions can make a real difference.

'Rock Band' (ALL) to Get Tom Petty 6-Pack, Silvertide, Phoenix Debut

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 7:53 a.m. PST | 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.

'Splinter Cell Conviction' (ALL) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 6:38 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

'God of War III' (PS3) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

God of War III will bring epic battles to life with stunning graphics and an elaborate plot that puts Kratos at the center of the carnage and destruction as he seeks revenge against the Gods who have betrayed him.

'Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising' (ALL) Patch #2 to Include Overwatch DLC, Fix List

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 6:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will see the most realistic modeling 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 than ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale.

'15 Days' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 6:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

15 Days is a fast-paced and sophisticated adventure game about Cathryn, Mike and Bernard - a troupe of political activists – stealing art for good causes. In meticulously planned coups, the three Londoners living in a hip loft steal precious paintings from the best guarded museums in the world.

'German Truck Simulator' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 6:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Demo

Get behind the wheel of trucks inspired by real designs from 7 major European truck manufacturers, including official license from MAN. Pick from over 60 different loads and deliver cargo between 18 major German cities connected by major
highways.

'DJ Hero 2' (ALL) Confirmed, Recruiting Commences

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Having supported various elements of the show in previous years, in 2010 DJ Hero will be hosting an exclusive Listening Session, providing one lucky undiscovered musician the opportunity to have their winning song mixed, mastered and featured in a future installment of DJ Hero.

'Walk It Out' (Wii) Coming to Europe As 'Step to the Beat' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Walk It Out invites players to experience a revolutionary workout where walking to the beat of great music unlocks the secrets of a rich, interactive world, while burning calories and increasing fitness!

'Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3' (PSP) Coming to Europe

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 follows Naruto Uzumaki and his continuing adventures to save his friend Sasuke, and enhances the fun and accessible battle system the series is known for by introducing four-player battles, an all-new adventure mode, and a brand new roster of powerful characters.

'Prison Break: The Conspiracy' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Prison Break: The Conspiracy is an action adventure game where you play Company agent Tom Paxton, sent to the Fox River State Penitentiary to find out why Michael Scofield (the hero of the TV series), a man without a previous criminal record, became a bank robber.

Mamba Games Sets Up Global Publishing Division

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mamba Games are excited to announce that they have formed a partnership with the UK's leading DVD distribution company Lace Group (DVD and game publishing, sales and distribution business) to create a multi global video games publishing company.

'The Whispered World' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 5:16 a.m. PST | 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.

Wii Review - 'Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010'

by Jesse Littlefield on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010 is set on a rugged, Pacific jungle island. Players will enter a Hell Week-style boot camp filled with many new features and workout modes, including more accurate motion tracking and a calendar system.

'Dungeon Party' Coming to North America As 'Dungeon Bandits'

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Bandits, known in Europe as Dungeon Party, is a free MMOG where two teams of up to 5 players compete over one or more rounds and victory is only assured when one of them gets out of the dungeon with the treasure.

'Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing' (ALL) Also Coming to PC

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rain forests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Issuing box covers for the game, SEGA revealed that the game is also coming to PC.

'Lionheart: Kings' Crusade' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lionheart: Kings' Crusade is a real-time strategy that places players between the years of 1189-1192, calling upon warriors to enter the heart of the battle in one of the most vicious wars of all time.

'Star Trek Online' Offers Lifetime Subscription

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Trek Online features customizable ships and characters from the Klingon Empire and United Federation of Planets, ground, space and shipboard gameplay and unique options for player-generated content set in the Star Trek universe. Cryptic has revealed its subscription models raging from 12 months to a lifetime (which adds the Borg as playable race).

Mark Cerny To Be Indicted Into The AIAS Hall of Fame

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that Mark Cerny will be the 13th inductee into the Academy’s Hall of Fame, which is bestowed upon individuals who've contributed a significant advancement within the industry while demonstrating proven success and leadership.

Because If A Machine Can Learn The Value Of Human Life, Maybe We Can Too

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

This evening, we had plans to meet up with a friend for food & drinks, which unexpectedly got called off, resulting in us having nothing to do and nothing planned for dinner. The problem was easily solved. We went to Round Table to get a extra large pizza (King Arthur Supreme, tasty!) and plopped ourselves on the couch to catch up, and we watched Chuck, House and NCIS.

We attended a few press events over the past week, so pending embargoes, we will have new coverage (assets, preview, interviews) on White Knight Chronicles and Bad Company 2. Keep an eye out for that if either one of those titles is your cup of tea.