'MLB 10 The Show' (ALL) 30-Player Franchise Mode Unveiled - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 6:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Building upon its reputation for immersion and unparalleled delivery of the baseball experience, as well as the addition of several new key features and enhancements, MLB 10 The Show is poised to continue the franchise's reign as the premier MLB licensed game on any platform.

'Aliens vs. Predator' (ALL) System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 6:34 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.

'Napoleon: Total War' Unveils Multiplayer Campaign Mode - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 3:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Napoleon: Total War will keep the franchise’s 3D battles on land and sea, while the turn-based campaign is split into three different story-driven campaigns, telling the story of the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte through his most famous battles.

GamersGate Weekly Specials Jan. 20 - Jan. 25, 2010

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 3:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced its weekly specials, starting with the Sid Meier Week giving 50% off on all Sid Meier games (Civilization IV, Sid Meier's Pirates!, etc.), as well as the Majesty 2 Strategy Guide, while the 1C Racing Mega Pack (Five Great Racing Games) is a whopping 80% cheaper and for Wings of Prey you pay 10% less. Pre-order Mass Effect 2 now and receive 5,000 bonus BlueCoins, extra in-game armor and have the game pre-loaded for release day.

'Supreme Commander 2' (X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 1:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set 25 years after the events of the original game, Supreme Commander 2 begins with the assassination of the newly elected president of the Colonial Defense Coalition. The CDC members – the United Earth Federation, the Order of the Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation – deny involvement, blame each other, and a galactic war ensues!

'Crysis 2' (ALL) Takes the Fight to New York

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 1:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crytek is building Crysis 2 on their new state-of-the-art multiplatform game development solution CryENGINE 3. While it was recently revealed that the game would have sandbox gameplay to a different, yet ultimately familiar environment, and be set in a new style of jungle far from tropical, the newest cover of PlayStation: The Official Magazine blows the lid off the new location, New York, teasing with "Aliens invading NYC? No Problem!"

'Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable' (PSP) Coming to North America - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Persona 3 you lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extra curricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few.

'Fat Princess' (PS3) v1.04 Patch Ready for Deployment, Includes Free Map

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 11:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fat Princess pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale. Your goal is to rescue your beloved princess from the enemy dungeon. There's a catch though: your adversary has been stuffing her with food to fatten her up and it's going to take most of your army working together to carry her back across the battlefield.

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (ALL) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 10:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce takes place in a mystic version of ancient China where warriors possess the power of "Fury". This power gives them superhuman strength, lightning fast speed and the ability to fly. Taking the role of any one of over 40 playable characters, up to four friends can go online to launch raids as a team or battle it out competitively.

'Halo 3' (X360) Mythic 2 Map Pack Announced, Adds ODST Maps

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 9:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Halo 3: Mythic 2 Map Pack consists of three multiplayer maps available previously only on the “Halo 3: ODST” multiplayer disc.

'M.U.D. TV' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 8:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

M.U.D. TV pays homage to the ultimate game classic of traditional game development: MadTV! In M.U.D. TV, you will take over the position of a program director at a small TV station. Build up and extend your offices, hire staff, actors or directors and produce your own films, television series or shows.

'Dark Void' (ALL) PhysX Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 7:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Void is a highly innovative action title that will deliver a groundbreaking combination of fast-paced vertical combat mixed with mid-air and on-foot action.

'Majesty 2: Kingmaker' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 7:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring a brand new "Return of Grum-Gog" campaign, players will be called upon to challenge Lord Blackviper and his army of goblins as they wreak havoc and bring turmoil to the lands of Ardania.

The Rock Band Network Beta Program Opens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 7:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Harmonix and MTV Games announced that the Rock Band Network beta program is now open to the public, giving emerging and established artists the tools needed to start authoring and submitting their music into Rock Band.

'Silent Hunter 5' Shows Off Dynamic Campaign - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 7:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Silent Hunter 5 ventures into uncharted territory and takes players behind the periscope of a German U-boat to take on the Allied Forces in famous battles across the vast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

Wii Preview - 'Calling'

by Dustin Chadwell on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 7:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Konami has unveiled a terrifying new take on the horror genre, in the form of Hudson Soft’s Calling. Using unique interaction elements, the Wii game features an innovative adventure concept and is driven by its terrifying story and many traps and mysteries.

'Halo: Reach' (X360) Perk Revealed - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 6:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Step into the boots of a Spartan III, as Halo: Reach charts the story of Noble Team in their heroic stand to defend the planet Reach, its people and secrets against a ruthless assault by an alien collective known as the Covenant. A leaked beta footage video does not show much beyond the title/loading screen, but does show a "Murder Mode" perk, to stealth kill feature.

'BioShock 2' (ALL) DRM And System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 6:47 a.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.

'Front Mission Evolved' (ALL) Officially Announced - Screens & Trailer

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

Front Mission Evolved brings the classic Front Mission franchise into an action-packed third-person shooter that gives players full control of a massive humanoid war machine—the wanzer. Players will battle through intense combat situations as they explore an immersive world in both the single player campaign and online multiplayer.

Bethesda Working On 'World of Warcraft' Style MMO

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 6:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A Fallout MMO has been talked about since 2004, but Interplay was forced to sell off most of its licenses due to financial reasons. When Bethesda acquired the Fallout license, Interplay kept an exclusive Fallout MMO license, under certain conditions. Recently Bethesda filed suit against Interplay trying to obtain the complete Fallout rights, which has so far unsuccessful. According to speculations one of the reasons may be the Bethesda's MMO department is working on a new "World of Warcraft" style game, information revealed in the court case against Interplay, which it is now trying to get redacted from the transcripts in order to hide it from the competition.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 5:25 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 ...

'Way of the Samurai 3' (ALL) Pack Bonus Goodies in Europe - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 5:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With a completely new, highly refined style of gameplay, a rich weapon crafting system, beautifully detailed graphics and a deep branching storyline that that will unfold multiple endings based upon player's actions, Way of the Samurai 3 is sure to please gamers of all types. Way of the Samurai 3 will launch alongside two digital bonus items; a definitive strategy guide, detailing an array of hints and tips, and a stunning artbook.

'Star Trek Online' Unveils European Subscription Models

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 5:12 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. Similar to last week's North American subscription model, Atari revealed the European setup, with a lifetime/12months subscription model, worth a Borg Starfleet captain as bonus.

PC Review - 'Dawn of Discovery'

by Mark Buckingham on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 5:06 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Dawn of Discovery, known in Europe as Anno 1404, is an RTS and simulation. Exploring a strange and fascinating island in the utmost East, players will get to know the culture and technology of the ancient Orient while learning the tricks of local trade, diplomacy and economy in order to build their own metropolis.

PS3 Motion Controller to Become Available Fall 2010

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony announced that it will release its new PS3 Motion Controller together with an extensive line-up of exciting software titles. The new controller, combined with the PlayStation Eye camera, can detect the natural and intuitive movement of the hand and reflect the precise movement.

'NewU Fitness First Mind Body' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NewU Fitness First Mind Body is the second release of the fitness series, focusing on Yoga and Pilates workouts, and will be fully compatible with Wii Balance Board and Wii Motion Plus.

'Half Life 2: Episode Three' Not Coming Anytime Soon, May Evolve Into Half-Life 3

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve's trilogy of episodic single player gaming was meant to provide games on a smaller scale but more frequently, but with Ep.2 released over two years ago, rumor has it that Dr. Gordon Freeman is not going to race through a countryside riddled with an increasingly fierce Combine threat anytime soon. According to Game Informer there will be no Half-Life release this year even though Valve's Gabe Newell claimed last year that Ep.3 was still in development, fueling speculation the game may evolve in an entirely new installment, even with a new engine (seeing as Source is now over five years old).

'Braid' (ALL) Coming to North American Retail

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Braid is a unique 2-D puzzle-platform experience that bends all the rules with the manipulation of time. Braid plays with the conventions of video games while posing truly challenging puzzles for the platform gamer.

There Are Few Things More Fundamentally Encouraging And Stimulating Than Seeing Someone Else Die

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It was raining all day, and I'm talking torrential, cats & dogs rain. Absolute buckets of the stuff. Some serious thunder made the house rumble, and there was even some hail on top of that. Haven't had such a heavy storm in a long time. Luckily, it seemed to have eased up by now, but they are predicting more of the same over the next few days. Joy!

Apart from the outdoor shenanigans, it was a quiet day on the home front. Watched some Fringe, the newest Leverage, and then some Australian Open. We had been meaning to check out the British Robin Hood series, and it's finally available on Netflix instant watch. So far, so good.