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'Mass Effect 2' (ALL) - ATi Crossfire Hotfix Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 9:45 p.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.

'Last Flight' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 7:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Last Flight is a new Wiiware title where you play Larry Adelman, a culinary critic who has to fight blood-sucking vampire/zombies (no, not snakes) on a plane. The beat-'em-up title sports cel-shaded graphics. You must cleave your way through hordes of enemies and use the environment to create stakes (max. 4), or slap them around with a whip.

'Fallout: New Vegas' (ALL) Signed By Namco Bandai Europe

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 7:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While an official announcement has yet to be made, Namco Bandai announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Bethesda to bring Fallout: New Vegas to Europe. The new installment in the Fallout series is under development at Obsidian (former Black Isle Studios, known for KOTOR II, Neverwinter Nights 2) who is currently finishing up Alpha Protocol. Whether Fallout: New Vegas will use Obsidian's own engine or an updated version of the Fallout 3 one has not yet been revealed but it was disclosed that the new game is not a sequel but a standalone game.

Various Game Trailers #1773

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 7:22 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:

  • R.U.S.E. [ALL] - Making Of Trailer #2

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

'Borderlands' (ALL) The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Borderlands is an all-new sci-fi action game combining elements of first-person action titles with player customization and vehicular combat.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 4:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Heavy Rain, you don't watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the player's actions, not cut scenes, and every action has a consequence. Sony Europe and North America both confirm mid-February release dates for Heavy Rain.

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier.

GamersGate Weekly Specials Jan. 28 - Jan. 31, 2010

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced its weekly specials, starting with Virtua Tennis 2009 at 75% off its regular price, 1C Racing Mega Pack (5 racing games) for $9.99, 50% off World War 2 Time of Wrath, Men of War Gold Edition, and the Resident Evil 5 Guide, while Wings of Prey gets 10% off, Zombilution is 20% cheaper and Faces of War goes on sale for $2.95 only. Pre-order Battlefield Bad Company 2 and get special Beta Access (only for pre-orders) that will last until Feb. 25.

PlayStation Store Gets Hustle Kings, DLCs, Uncharted 2 Demo, Tracks, PSP Games

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with a 10 for ’10 Game Sale (50% off 10 PSP and PS3 titles), Hustle Kings, Thexder Neo, Assault Heroes, Extreme Pinball (PSOne), Hi-Octane: The Track Fights Back (PSOne), demos for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Thexder Neo, DLCs for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, LittleBigPlanet , Assassin’s Creed II, PAIN, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band; and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (Dracula – Undead Awakening, Pinball Dreams, Route 66, Deflector).

Impulse Jan. 28 - Jan. 31, 2010 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, knocking 50% off Trine1C Racing Mega Pack (if you do not want the entire pack, each of the 5 games has dropped from $9.99 to $6.99), Gratuitous Space Battles, and Alganon, while also dropping the price on Light of Altair, and Armada 2526.

'After Burner Climax' (ALL) Officially Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:27 p.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.

'Hei$t' (PS3/X360/PC) Development Canceled

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

HEI$T has gamers taking charge of a group of renegade criminals as they rob, steal and shoot their way throughout the city, all the while their sights set on the big score: taking the San Francisco Mint. Originally scheduled for a 2007 release,  Codemasters revealed that "After a much extended development period, Heist has been terminated as a project and removed from our release schedule. Codemasters is focusing its future portfolio on high quality titles that will, in the majority, be developed and produced by our internal studios."

'They' (PS3/X360/PC) Development on Hold

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

They is a first person mystery shooter featuring a technically future minded 3D engine with next generation effects, brand new gameplay elements and a revolutionary weapon system to survive the challenges ahead! Citing "economic reasons," CD Projekt RED revealed that Metropolis is no longer working on They, but is instead collaborating on The Witcher, hoping to resume development on the FPS at a later time.

'Runaway: A Twist of Fate' (NDS) Gets Release Dates - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 2:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Following the story of the previous game, A Twist of Fate is also very much an independent adventure, allowing those that have never played a Runaway game before to fully enjoy this brand new experience. Also, for the very first time in the series, the game will allow you to control Brian as well as Gina who has an important part to play in the story.

'Hunted' Announced, Goes Gold, Coming Soon

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Hunted drops gamers in the middle of an outdoor expedition as they stalk large and small game through a mix of environments. For the true thrill-seeker, there’s even the option of poaching bigger and more dangerous game!

'Ragnarok DS' (NDS) Goes Gold, Confirms Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ragnarok Online DS brings the customization and exploration that has millions of PC gamers enthralled to the NDS. In Ragnarok Online DS, players upgrade their character’s armor and weapons by either taking them to a blacksmith to be refined, or by affixing effect cards dropped by defeated monsters.

'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' Shows Off Northern Grasslands - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Inspired by the rich and colorful cultures of eastern Asia, Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer sends you on a voyage through the Empire of Khitai where countless of adventure await, not only introducing a new storyline and a vast new world to explore, but also adding new features such as faction gameplay and an alternate advancement system.

'God of War III' (PS3) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:54 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.

'Dead to Rights: Retribution' (ALL) Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that will stop at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis. Pre-order the game from GameStop or Amazon and get a DLC  pack that provides bonus content to enhance the game experience.

'Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Leaf Valley is in trouble! The heartless Funland corporation is going to bulldoze the town and replace it with an amusement park unless its citizens can find a way to stop them! Players will need to grow crops, raise animals, and mine ores and gems to help save Leaf Valley and their family farm.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) Launches XBL Demo, PC Beta

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:19 a.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.

'Tropico 3' (ALL) Finally Gets Console Date

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tropico 3 you will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.

'Mega Man Zero Collection' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 11:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Mega Man Zero Collection is comprised of all four Mega Man ZERO titles bundled together. All four titles will be available on one DS cartridge for the first time at a great price.

'Metro 2033' (X360/PC) Gets Euro Date, Limited Edition

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 9:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Metro 2033, based on Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy's novel of the same name, is a 3D horror/action/survival FPS with elements RPG genre game.

'Major League Baseball 2K10' (ALL) One Million Dollar Contest

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Major League Baseball 2K10 is the new iteration in the long running baseball series, now 2009 American League Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award recipient Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays on the cover.

'Space Ark' (XBLA) Gets Delayed - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 9:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Space Ark is a fun homage to the bright and bouncy arcade games of the late 80s such as Rainbow Island and Arkanoid, with an added mix of Pinball. Originally scheduled for Q4 2009, Space Ark is now slated for spring 2010.

Good Old Games Adds Classic Activision Titles

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 9:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GOG.com has signed a digital distribution agreement with Activision, expanding its catalog with a slew of classic titles, starting with Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura and Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, while more titles will be unveiled gradually in the coming weeks, DRM-free of course.

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) And 'Band Hero' (ALL) February DLCs Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 8:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. while also adding new gameplay mode. For the first time in a music video game, master tracks from heavy metal band Black Sabbath are hitting center stage, in addition to 30 Seconds To Mars, Breaking Benjamin and Third Eye Blind

'Save the Turtles' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 8:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Save the Turtles allows puzzle solvers to act as good humanitarians by aiding the endangered sea turtles as they burst from their shells and make the life or death break for the deep ocean’s safe blue waters. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 8:13 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 ...

'Brain Cadets' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 8:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Brain Cadets challenges gamers to complete a number of tests under the watchful eye of the toughest Drill Sergeant around, in the race to progress from lowly Private up to the prestigious roll of Field Marshall.

X360/PC Review - 'Mass Effect 2'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The Mass Effect trilogy is a scifi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In this dark second chapter, 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….

'Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny' German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Demo

Young FBI agent Nicole Bonnet receives a mysterious package. Inside she finds a complicated logical puzzle that appears to be a message from a serial killer. This is just the beginning of an epic duel of minds between Nicole and the ruthless murderer, who leaves playing cards by the bodies of his victims as signature.

Unless You Came In Here To Wipe My Ass, I Believe We're Through

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

At some point last night, I was working on my message of the day, and while I thought about what to write, I fell asleep. That does sound weird on its own, and you're probably thinking, "Maybe you should get that checked out," but there's a very good reason for it.

You see, every Wednesday, we have homemade tacos for dinner, and we've done so for the past 10 years. It's not that we are creatures of habit, but they are so good that we made a regular thing out of it. We bragged about this to some of our friends, and they decided to join us in the festivities last night. Three bottles of wine later, we were all pretty saturated. The key to this story is that wine makes me sleepy, so the end result is that I dozed off in mid-thought.