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'Hitman' And 'Kane & Lynch' Studio Hit By Layoffs

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 6:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

IO Interactive, known for developing Hitman and Kane & Lynch, has been hit by as many as 35 layoffs, revealed by none other than 3D Realms' George Broussard who tweeted, "Layoffs at Io Interactive (Kane&Lynch/Hitman). As many as 35, and a project canceled. - Tis' the season." Square Enix confirms that an unspecified number of employees were let go, and neither were any specifics given on the so called canceled title.

'DC Universe Online' (ALL) Shows Off PvP - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 5:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOE Austin has built a world where you feel like you've stepped into the DC Universe and become the ultimate super-hero (or villain) along side of Superman, Batman, or Ambush Bug.

'Hybrid' (XBLA) Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 4:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hybrid, powered by Valve's Source engine, is a sci-fi shooter that puts you in the middle of a war between two factions, the Paladin and Variant, and from the looks of it is packed with furutustic armor, gadgets, and weapons.

'Farming Simulator 2011' v1.4 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 4:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

In Farm Simulator 2011 players take on the role of a young farmer faced with the test of building a successful business. Beginning with just a thousand acres of rolling countryside and a small collection of vehicles, they progress through the game by completing a range of farming tasks over 18 hour days.

'A Fairy Tale' (NDSi) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 4:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

When a giant menace threatens the village, the young faeries Delfbert, Wilf and Angelica set out on a journey to save their home. In A Fairy Tale, players will join them on their quest through 100 levels in a unique new type of puzzle game.

Friday, October 29, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:00 p.m. PDT | 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 ...

'Emergency 2012' v1.1 Euro Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 2:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

The world as we know it is out of control! As the head of all rescue operations – you must ensure that the job gets done with all fire and rescue services, police and specialist personnel. The world is counting on you – can you handle the pressure?

'Knights in the Nightmare' (PSP) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 2:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Knights in the Nightmare requires players to throw out everything they know about RPG and strategy games and embrace something altogether new and fresh. Frantic, energetic action mixes with thought-provoking tactical gameplay, all within a beautifully-rendered fantasy setting and presented through a captivating, emotional narrative.

'Evochron Mercenary' v1.128 Patch/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 1:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

Evochron Mercenary is a first person 3D space combat, trader, and exploration simulation. It is the sequel to Evochron Legends and rounds out a trilogy in the series culminating in the game with the highest level of technology and most extensive feature set. Mercenary takes gameplay, control, physics, sound/music, and graphics in several new directions.

'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings' (ALL) Wants Your Face In The Game

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 1:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings features all new dialogue, updated graphics engine, realistic environment, revamped day/night cycle, actions that affect AI behavior, more dynamic/spectacular/bloody finishing moves and plenty more.

'Bunch of Heroes' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 1:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bunch of Heroes is a humorous 4 player cooperative top-down shooter. The game sets a super team of Earth’s warriors against an Alien invasion and their Zombie Army.

'Namco Museum Megamix' (Wii) Goes Gold, Gets Dated

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 1:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Museum Megamix features 18 arcade-perfect ports and six special remixed versions of classic Namco arcade titles. Swing, shoot, jump, bop and steer through these exciting remakes with 3D graphic enhancements and intuitive motion controls.

'Dungeons' - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeons is an all new strategy/simulation title which will take players on a devious adventure through the depths of the underworld. Prepare to have the roles reversed as you play a despicable Dungeon Lord whose job is to create fiendish dungeons to lure and trap heroes who dare to try and steal your treasure.

'Privates' (ALL) Expands With Free DLC Early 2011

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Privates is a platform twin-stick shooter in which you lead a teeny-tiny gang of condom-hatted marines as they delve into peoples’ vaginas and bottoms and blast away at all manner of oozy, shouty monsters.

BioWare Mythic Launches Halloween Events Across Its MMOs

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

BioWare Mythic has announced that their yearly heart-pounding Halloween Live Events and festivities, will be kicking off today on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Dark Age of Camelot and Ultima Online featuring a stirring series of ghoulish quests, fiendish encounters and dastardly deeds!

'Faery: Legends of Avalon' (ALL) Gets Partial Release Date - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Faery: Legends of Avalon is a Role Playing / Adventure game packed with an original and unique atmosphere, and a graphics design close to illustration. The game immerses players in a fantasy world inhabited by many colorful characters and magical creatures.

'Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress' (ALL) Gets Limited Edition

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beyblade: Metal Fusion - Battle Fortress features a complete game-specific story with the original characters from the show.  Players find themselves in the midst of a disappearance of the world’s most powerful Beybladers.  Sucked into a giant fortress, players must battle robot bladers and discover the mystery behind the abduction.

Rock Band Music Store To Get The Doors 12-Pack, Free Rush Track Next Week

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 11:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring an 83-song set list and access to far more music than ever before, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

'FlatOut' (Wii) Unveils Stunt Mode - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 10:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The main goal of the whole FlatOut franchise is taking out your opponents in the most violent way possible, trashing each others cars till they explode: which makes FlatOut one of the most violent racing series on the market.

'Michael Jackson: The Experience' (ALL) Unveils Three New Tracks

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 10:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Michael Jackson: The Experience will provide an interactive experience for the entire family that enables players to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing.

Every Month Gamers Spend 1 Billion Entertainment Hours On Xbox Live

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to new research, 21% of American consumers use game consoles to view TV and movie content. Xbox 360 has been digitally delivering movies and TV shows to tens of millions of owners since 2006 through Xbox Live.

'MicroVolts' Closed Beta Adds New Content, Events - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

MicroVolts is an online shooter that offers an innovative 3rd Person approach over the traditional FPS, making it easier to play and more fun to watch while offering extra excitement and intensity. Among a thriving number of different weapons, characters, levels and fast paced gameplay, another of the games unique feature is the possibility to customize your character.

'Planet Calypso' To Roll Out Harbinger Event Next Month

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 9:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Planet Calypso is a virtual world utilizing a real cash economy, featuring beautiful new vistas, a compelling new story and dangerous monsters all rendered in Crytek's CryENGINE 2.

'Runes of Magic' Celebrates Halloween With Pumpkin Festival Event

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 9:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Even at the beginning Runes of Magic conveys its absorbing story in over 2,700 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

PS3 Review - 'Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes'

by Brian Dumlao on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Tribes Universe' Now Accepting Closed Alpha Sign-ups

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tribes Universe is a persistent online shooter set inside the game universe popularized by such classic titles as Earthsiege, Starsiege, Starsiege:Tribes, Tribes 2 and Tribes Vengeance.

Good Old Games Adds 'Neverwinter Nights' And Halloween Promo

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GOG.com has signed a digital distribution agreement with Black Isle, expanding its catalog with Planescape: Torment for $9.99, Win7/Vista compatible, DRM free, and packed with bonus materials, including the soundtrack, over 100 pieces of artwork, forum avatars, wallpapers and a Chris Avellone/Colin McComb book.

'NeverDead' (ALL) Introduces Demon Fighter Bryce Boltzman - New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NeverDead will feature third-person action gameplay set in a fantasy and horror-influenced universe where supernatural battles between humans and extraordinary creatures blanket a vast city landscape.

'F.E.A.R. 3' (ALL) Gets New Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

F.E.A.R. 3 is a heart-pounding paranormal horror first-person shooter unleashing intense combat, compelling narrative and co-op play that evolves the franchise.

'Uncharted' (PS3) Gets Novel Treatment

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fortune hunter Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Naughty Dog's blistering PS3 exclusive 3rd person action adventure shooter.

'TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea' Introduces New Tribe And Class - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game where you battle epic wars and protect your kingdom from demise. TERA is developed to bring you thrills never experienced before in traditional MMOs with its action-filled gameplay and riveting visuals.

Wii Review - 'Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack'

by Jason Grant on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack is an arcade-style first-person shooter in which players engage in missions to protect sections of New York and Los Angeles from enemy forces.

'Reload' (Wii/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Reload is a realistic weapons and tactics simulator which will put players into the boots of exhibition shooters, soldiers and law enforcement officials.

'Dragonica Online' Now Called 'Dragon Saga'

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Saga is a free-to-play, cartoon side-scrolling, micro-transaction-based casual MMO mixing elements of action and arcade.

I Thought We'd Be Together Only In Death

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Vindictus launched earlier this week, and I was hoping for some new content beyond a new character. While it is good for new players, the game is currently filled with new mages. I can't to be bothered with starting a third character just to find out what she's all about. Playing through the game another time isn't any fun.

Props to Nexon for addressing the token issue that had the community up in arms (they raised the count from 100 to 150 and added an extra reset date mid-week), but I was hoping for some new missions, weapons, armor, etc.

There is still the huge question of what the guilds will be able to do; for now, all you can do is invite people to join your guild, but nothing else. It would be nice to get more details of what we can expect — perhaps some hints at some sort of PvP, if there will be any at all. I'm starving here...