'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Bad Company crew again find themselves in the heart of the action, where they must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive. The action unfolds with unprecedented intensity, introducing a level of fervor to vehicular warfare never before experienced in a modern warfare action game.

'Aliens vs. Predator' (ALL) Steamy Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Aliens vs. Predator, players will have the chance to take the role of the three infamous species: the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien. Each of the three species has its very own distinct story-driven, single-player campaign mode that interweaves with the campaigns of the other two species.

'Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll' (Wii) Partners With Chiquita Bananas to Promote Launch

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The loveable characters from the original Super Monkey Ball, AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby, are back with all new mind-blowing puzzles and party games specifically designed to fully utilize the Wii Balance Board accessory and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

'BioShock 2' (ALL) Pre-Order On Steam Gets You 10% Off, Original For Free

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 2:52 p.m. PST | 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.

'Ar tonelico 3' (PS3) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ar tonelico Qoga is the final installment in the Ar tonelico series. In Sol Cluster, a kingdom is ruled by Clustania, an organization with an ultimate goal of enslaving humans and ruling the world. Two key Reyvateils (humanoids) fight back against the injustice.

'Crackdown 2' (X360) Pre-Launch Demo Confirmed

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 1:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crackdown 2 will take multiplayer gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any means necessary. In a recent interview Ruffian producer James Cope said to expect a Crackdown 2 demo will be available before retail launch.

'World of Warcraft: Cataclysm' Up for Pre-Order on Amazon

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

WoW: Cataclysm brings sweeping changes to the world of Azeroth, with two new playable races, new levels of power, challenging quests, dungeons in all-new zones, and dramatic changes to familiar aspects of the game in the wake of a world-shattering disaster. Fans who can't wait for Blizzard to actually announce a launch date can already pre-order it on Amazon (US/Euro), but no extras are offered just yet (thanks SK).

'Storm over the Pacific' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Storm over the Pacific is a grand strategy game depicting the Pacific War in a wide historical context, providing  a good variety of scenarios with several hours of gameplay. You can join any side of the conflict, leading Americans, the Japanese or a combination of any nations, as you enter into the heart of the Pacific War.

2K Sports Signs In-Game Ads Deal With Double Fusion

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 11:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Double Fusion announced that video game publisher 2K Sports has granted Double Fusion the exclusive dynamic in-game advertising rights for two of its premier franchises for the PS3, NBA 2K10, and NHL 2K10.

'Divinity II: Ego Draconis' (ALL) Launches Loot Contest

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.

'Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess!' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 11:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess! is a upwards-scrolling platformer where you take control of a powerful (and slightly unhinged) aristocratic demon who sets out to track down his missing princess by beating up monsters largely at random in the hope that it will (somehow) reunite him with his beloved princess.

'Mass Effect 2' (ALL) DLCs Available Through The Cerberus Network

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In ME2, Saren's evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril.

Tenth Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Finalists Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Organizers have revealed the nominees for the tenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, led by Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2, with seven nominations, closely followed by five nominations for thatgamecompany's evocative downloadable game Flower, and four nominations for Ubisoft Montreal's Renaissance action game sequel Assassin's Creed II.

'3D Dot Game Heroes' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pixels rule again in the ultimate retro action-adventure game 3D Dot Game Heroes. Dripping with old school charm, classic gaming pizzazz, and pure retro sexy, 3D Dot Game Heroes is the ultimate homage to the industry's golden era.

'DJ Hero' (ALL) Highest Grossing New IP Of 2009

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DJ Hero expands Guitar Hero's signature social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance.

'Pokémon HeartGold' and 'Pokémon SoulSilver' (NDS) Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago, now enhanced for the NDS(i) with updated graphics/sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises.

'Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games' (Wii/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Your Winter fun is not over! Enter a frosty wonderland in this special party game for a whole family. Join Hubert the Teddy Bear and his friends to confront crafty bunnies. Challenge them in 8 winter activities including games such as a sledge ride, snow fight, fishing or bunny chase.

'Adam's Venture: Solomon's Secret' (ALL) Announced, Goes Worldwide

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 9:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Adam's Venture brings a combination of action oriented gameplay with classic puzzle solving along with an involving storyline.

'Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict' Reveals Global Campaigns, New Features

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time, players will be able to wage World War II across the massive expanse of the entire planet. From battles in Europe and North Africa all the way to Asia and the Pacific, WWII Global Conflict features the largest map yet.

'GTI Club Supermini Festa!' (PSP/Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 6:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Staying true to the original racing frenzy of the arcade game, in GTI Club Supermini Festa! players will race through the cityscapes of France, the UK, Italy, USA and Japan. Speed through tight bends and back roads of the urban sprawl and up steep mountainous roads and caves. Tackle a wide variety of driving conditions in the ultimate race to the finish!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 5:13 a.m. PST | 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 ...

'SpongeBob’s Boating Bash' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 4:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SpongeBob’s Boating Bash is a high energy and fast-paced video game that lets players compete as one of nine SpongeBob characters and “crash-n-bash” their way to victory within demolition arenas throughout Bikini Bottom.

'After Burner Climax' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 3:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After Burner Climax is an arcade-style flight combat title that features fast and frantic feats, putting you in the cockpit of the world's top fighter jets. Players dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft to relive the experience of the classic After Burner arcade game.

Nintendo Europe's Q1 2010 Release Lineup

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 2:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo has plenty in store to keep your Wii Remote and touch screen busy in the coming months. Whatever sort of games you like to play there is something for everyone. Starting Resident Evil Zero (Wii) and Max & The Magic Marker (Wiiware) on Jan. 22, followed shortly by Tatsunoko vs Capcom, U-SING 2, and a slew of others.

'Ace Combat: Joint Assault' (PSP) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 2:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ace Combat: Joint Assault features accessible and exhilarating gameplay, comprehensive online multiplayer options, while the nail-biting close-quarters combat and incredible visuals are completely re-designed to deliver maximum intensity and an accessible and fun experience for any fan of flight action.

'Rock Band 2' (ALL) Network to Get Steve Vai, Widespread Panic, Reverend Horton Heat and More

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 1:46 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.

'Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes' (Wii/PS3) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 1:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.

Wii Review - 'Need for Speed Nitro'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 1:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Need for Speed Nitro will have players of all skill levels hooked from the moment they get into the action, while arcade racing fans will be exhilarated by the deep and challenging gameplay.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) Will Not Get A Sequel - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence. Sony Europe and North America both confirm mid-February release dates for Heavy Rain. An interview with Quantic Dreams' David Cage in the latest OPM reveals that Heavy Rain will not get a sequel, similar to QD's previous original IPs like Indigo Prophecy.

'Red Steel 2' (Wii) Gets North American Date

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Red Steel 2 returns with an artistic style and flair created just for Wii. Set in a desert-bound, high-tech metropolis, Red Steel 2 is a revolution in the action-fighting genre, taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii MotionPlus accessory. Previously set for a March 24 release in Europe, Ubisoft's official website now reveals a March 23, 2010 for North America.

'Armored Core 5' (PS3/X360) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

From Software's is developing the who-knows-how-many-th installment in its mech-based combat franchise.

Outspark Launches "Help Haiti" Campaign

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Outspark is giving players a chance to help the victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake. Through the end of January, Outspark will donate 100% of its proceeds from the sales of its in-game “Help Haiti” bundles to Yele Haiti,

Some Places Are Like People: Some Shine And Some Don't

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

As suspected, it was a quiet work day yesterday; most businesses were closed so there wasn't much to report on. Instead we slept, ate, cleaned up, and watched four hours of "24" (AKA the Jack Bauer Power Hour[s]) and Human Target, which is aptly described as "James Bond on adrenaline." Cool stuff.

Our DVR issues persisted today, and we finally got fed up enough to put in a customer service call. After making us jump through hoops, the first rep was totally oblivious to what the real issue was. We decided to put in another call, hoping to get a different rep, and lo and behold, we immediately got the address for the nearest service center to get the DVR replaced for free.