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'Deca Sports DS' (NDS) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 6:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Deca Sports DS is an all-new sports compilation title with ten new games that can now be played on the go! Players will also be able to battle up to six friends in exciting multi-sports competition.

'Darksiders' (ALL) Gets Scored By 'God of War' Composers - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 3:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Darksiders is an action/adventure game that gives players the ability to experience the supernatural destructive power of WAR, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as he explores a demon ravaged world -- seeking revenge and ultimate redemption with a vast array of modern and mythical weaponry.

'Blur' (PS3/X360/PC) Multiplayer Demo Coming?

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 2:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blur drops players into heart-pumping, electrified racing action with 20 cars on a track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more. The German rating board USK has a new listing revealing that Activision is planning on releasing a Blur multiplayer demo at some point.

'Star Ocean The Last Hope: International' (PS3) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 12:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Science fiction and fantasy meld in this continuation of tri-Ace Inc.'s RPG franchise. The refined gameplay features team-oriented combat, while improving upon the innovative real-time battle system that has become a trademark of the Star Ocean franchise.

2010 ELANS Open for Award Submissions

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 11:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Submissions for the award categories officially opened today for the 2010 ELAN Awards, announced ELAN Founder and CEO Holly Carinci and Chairman  Justin Townsend (Founder of in-game advertising giant IGA Worldwide).

'Combat Mission: Shock Force Marines' - v1.21a Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 11:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Combat Mission: Shock Force is a tactical military simulation depicting a hypothetical near future conflict between NATO and Syrian forces in Syria.

'MAG' (PS3) Beta Opens For All

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 10:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MAG may be massive but it is an action shooter at its core. You can run around and shoot enemies, throw grenades, and drive vehicles just like any other shooter except with MAG you’ll do it with up to 256 players.

'Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 9:33 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.

'Dark Void' (ALL) Minimum System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 9:19 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.

'Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond' (ALL) This Week's XBLA/PSN Title

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond is a flood of carnage that the classic 8-bit side-scroller era didn’t want gamers to see.  Recreated today with next-gen 3D graphics, it’s nonstop run-and-gun action at its finest.  Take a suspenseful ride in single player or co-op through a pirate hideout, an ancient Japanese castle, the Old West, Siberian ice mines, and even the moon

'Arsenal of Democracy' (PC) - 68 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 7:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arsenal of Democracy is the ultimate World War II simulation and is described by Project Leader Lennart Berg as “Hearts of Iron II on steroids!”

'Strength & Honour 2' v1.08 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 7:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strength & Honour 2 is an empire building turn-based and real-time battle strategy war game that is set in the ancient world. The game allows the player to take the seat of an ancient ruler, featuring eight civilizations to choose from with over 25 nations

'Alpha Protocol' (PS3/X360/PC) Sequel Already Planned

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 6:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Loyalty carries a price and no one knows this more than agent Michael Thorton. A talented young agent cast out by his government, Thorton is the only one with the information needed to stop an impending international catastrophe. SEGA's Constantin Hantzopoulos revealed that people on the dev team are already coming up with some concepts for, eventually, AP2, and that ideas that didn't make it in the original are putting on the drawing board for the sequel.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 6:38 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.

'HistWar: Les Grognards' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 6:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Histwar: Les Grognards! is a revolutionary Napoleonic strategic and tactical war game that thrusts you into the thrilling and challenging role of the Commander In Chief of one of the many powerful Napoleonic armies between the years 1805 -1814 including the mighty French, Austrian and Russians.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, January 04, 2010

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 6:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo added one VC, three NDSi, and three WiiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem Points to download: Heron: Steam Machine, Pub Darts, Fast Draw Showdown (Wiiware), Trajectile, Animal Puzzle Adventure, Hell’s Kitchen Vs. (NDSiWare), and Final Fight 3 (VC).

'Resonance of Fate' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 5:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resonance of Fate redefines the RPG genre with a unique storyline, stylized graphics, an emphasis on realistic gunplay engrossing action, customizable weapons, and memorable characters, taking players far beyond the boundaries of the typical RPG.

'The Grinder' (Wii) Gets Fan Requested Features

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 5:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Grinder is an online co-op FPS where your team fights werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. High Voltage has been listening to its fan base, and revealed that two of the most requested features for The Grinder, a cross bow and destructible vehicles, have been added to the game.

EA Shutting Down Slew Of Game Servers

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 4:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA announced that servers for the games listed below will be shut down on the indicated dates. Fans may continue to play the games online up until these dates, but certain community programs may begin to close down prior to the shutdown dates.

Wii Review - 'Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage'

by Brian Dumlao on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 3:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage follows Shaun White and his crew of friends as they go from chasing the best powder to pursuing the world's top competitions. You and Shaun will hit the slopes once again, but this time the stakes are higher; zig- zag across the globe to ride against the best of the best and take your place on the world stage.

'Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie' (NDS) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 3:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining classic role-playing adventure with new character options and enhancements, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation offers hours of imaginative fun spanning several unique game worlds that can be enjoyed on the go.

N3V Games Brings 'BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger' (PS3/X360) Down Under

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 3:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger is a 2D fighter featuring twelve, extraordinarily detailed, hand-drawn characters in true HD glory, each with unique “Drive” attacks that can turn the tide of battle instantly.

Xbox Live Arcade Review - '0D Beat Drop'

by Brian Dumlao on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 2:52 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Ball your way up to the top of the league and play to your fullest to get the crowd pumped. The fusion of "rhythm" and "puzzle" creates a completely new kind of game in 0D Beat Drop! Drop pieces along with the beat, and go for the win with explosive chains.

Old Age. It's The Only Disease That You Don't Look Forward To Being Cured Of

by Rainier on Jan. 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

The holidays are official over, so it's back to work we go. I'm sure it will be somewhat quiet for the next few weeks until companies rev up again and reveal upcoming titles or launch new games that were delayed from the holiday run-up.

We did not do much on Sunday, since the missus was still having back issues, so we lounged around the house, play some more Rock Band 2 and CrimeCraft, and finished up Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 Notorious.