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'Gran Turismo 5' (PS3) Shows Off Mercedes SLS AMG - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:03 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.

Microsoft Confirms Natal for Holiday 2010, Unveils Game Room

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 8:54 p.m. PST | Filed under Consumer Electronics Show - CES 2010

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

'Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight' Introduces Defense Class - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 5:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Introducing new class-based gameplay, mobile bases and persistent player progression throughout all game modes, C&C4 offers players new, innovative and compelling strategic depth. Fans who can't wait until the March 16 release date can now pre-order and get early access to the upcoming beta program, the game's official soundtrack and an exclusive prequel bonus mission.

EA Hooks Up With Dr. Pepper To Give Away DLC Codes

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 5:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dr.Pepper announced that it has teamed up with Electronic Arts to give away redeemable codes for exclusive in-game content for "top" EA titles. Every bottle and cup of specially marked 20 oz., 16 oz. and 14 oz. Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper Cherry, Diet Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper Cherry, and specially marked 32 oz. fountain cups, will have a game code under the cap. Enter your code at the official website to receive your prize, contest runs until December 31, 2010 (thanks Blues).

'Blue Toad Murder Files' (PS3) Ep. 2 - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 5:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blue Toad Murder Files is set in the quintessentially English village of Little Riddle where murder is in the air. As one of the famous Blue Toad detectives you solve puzzles, interrogate suspects, use your powers of observation and investigate clues to uncover the strange goings on in this quaint and sleepy village.

Sony Sells 3.8 Million PS3 Units During Holidays

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony announced that the holiday season retail sales of PS3 during the five weeks following the last week of November 2009 exceeded 3.8 million units worldwide, a 76% increase in hardware sales compared to the same period in the previous year, the highest record sales for PS3 for a holiday period.

'Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars' (Wii) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 4:05 p.m. PST | Filed under Consumer Electronics Show - CES 2010

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars pairs well-known characters from Capcom's roster of games with some of Japan's most beloved characters from anime powerhouse Tatsunoko Production.

'M.U.D. TV' Soundtrack Scored By Live Musicians

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 2:53 p.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.

'Mass Effect 2' (X360/PC) Reveals Vanguard Class - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:45 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.

Unity Technologies Recruits Torque Engine And IO Interactive Developers

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 11:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Unity Technologies announced the appointments of Brett Seyler (formerly InstantAction/Torque Engine) as VP of Strategy and Steffen Toksvig (formerly IO Interactive) as Development Director.

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 10:50 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.

'Rock Band 2' (ALL) Software Update Adds Community Requested Features

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 10:27 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.

'Chromehounds' (X360) Online Servers Shut Down

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 10:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Chromehounds is a squad-based action title that puts gamers in control of giant mechanized military weapons of war with a strong focus on cooperative and competitive online gameplay. Originally released in 2006, SEGA revealed last year that it would shut down the Chromehounds' online servers on Jan. 6, 2010, and despite an online petition it has happened.

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

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 10:05 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.

'Magic Ball' (PS3) Renamed 'Magic Orbz' As Its Expands

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Magic Orbz takes a very simple idea - a ball, a paddle and a pile of bricks - and turns the player loose in a dynamic 3D environment of destructible pirates, dragons and more.

'Fist of the North Star' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

KOEI's new game is based on one of the most widely-recognized manga and anime series of all time, "Hokuto no Ken" or "Fist of the North Star." Hokuto Musou takes place in the manga's post-apocalyptic world where the remaining survivors of a nuclear holocaust roam the wasteland in an ongoing struggle against marauding tribes for food and water.

'Sail Simulator 2010' Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sail Simulator 2010 is the most professional sailing simulator ever made and will amaze sailing and simulation enthusiasts with its stunning look, feel and realism.

'Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney' (ALL) Coming to WiiWare Next Week

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Back in Nov. 2009 Capcom announced that it would be bringing three classic Ace Attorney games for digital release on WiiWare beginning with the one that started it all, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which is scheduled for next week.

'WH40k: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising' Introduces The Librarian - Screen

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 8:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising features a new playable army, and continues the epic journey of the Blood Ravens as they battle this new, more personal enemy. Chaos Rising offers new single-player and co-op campaigns, a level cap increase from 20 to 30, more powerful war-gear and a suite of innovative multiplayer options.

'Darksiders' (PS3/X360) Developer Interview

by Adam Pavlacka on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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.

NDS Review - 'C.O.P.: The Recruit'

by Dustin Chadwell on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

C.O.P. The Recruit gives gamers the opportunity to utilize tactics from both sides of the law and fight crime like never before in a full 3D open world.

'Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online is an authentic golf simulation experience that is dynamically streamed to a web browser and requires no game installation, no disc, and no additional peripherals.

'Dark Void' (ALL) Demo Not Coming to PC

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 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. Yesterday's demo announcement only made mention of PS3/X360, which according to Capcom is unlikely to come to PC as a statement said "Looks like it's console only."

'Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun' (Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring 30 all-new winter-themed games for up to four players, Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun boasts a wide variety of engaging and addictive winter activities, including sports competitions, playground snow games, winter-themed puzzles and more.

'Kung Foo!' Enters Closed Beta

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Foo is the ultimate martial arts mash-up mastered by sand ninjas worldwide. Start your journey toward mastery in Panda Province, where you'll unite troubled realms, save a beautiful princess and escort fluffy bunnies to the great beyond.

'Deca Sports DS' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.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.

'World War 2: Time of Wrath' - v1.70 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WW2: Time of Wrath is a turn-based grand strategy title, an improved and expanded sequel to WW2: Road to Victory, that puts the player in charge of the political, economic and military decisions of one or more Axis or Allied nations, including minor nations.

'Planet Calypso' Virtual Space Station Sets New Record, Sold for $330,000

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

First Planet Company announced the results of the public auction of the Crystal Palace Space Station. The winning bidder acquired the property for a record-breaking $330,000.00 USD., breaking its own previous record (listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2008) when another piece of property in the Planet Calypso game was bought for $100,000 USD.

Is Life Always This Hard, Or Is It Just When You're A Kid?

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Back to the old routine, which is not always a bad thing. Slow news days are rather boring, so while the light news during the holidays was a welcome reprieve from the daily madness, I'm equally happy when things go back to normal.

Played a bit more Torchlight and, of course, CrimeCraft, and looking forward to check out Divinity II. Maybe I'll get an extra copy of Darksiders; been hearing good things about it.

We were debating between watching Up or Echelon Conspiracy, but eventually settled on the newest episode of NCIS. We're lazy!