'Portal 2' (ALL) Gets Delayed Again, But Only Slightly

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Portal 2 is a stand-alone, full-price retail release with new gameplay mechanics, story line, and some surprising new twists.

'Magic: The Gathering – Tactics' (ALL) Introduces Red Mana - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 5:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics will allow players to command forces of dramatic 3D figures and powerful spell cards pulled from the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse. Players can participate in single player scenarios or jump right into PVP action against other players worldwide, 24 hours per day.

'LittleBigPlanet 2' (PS3) Extends Beta Trial, Gets Spin-Off And Demo

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LittleBigPlanet 2 gives players the ability to make better levels and completely new games. It also has a loads of new features, including revamped graphics, a fresh storyline, added accessories and equipment for Sackboy, and much, much more.

Demo Versions of WiiWare Titles Launch Next Week

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo will offer demo versions of select video games for its WiiWare downloadable game service starting Nov. 22. Wii owners with a broadband Internet connection will be able to visit the Wii Shop Channel to access demo versions of WiiWare games without using up any Wii Points.

'A World of Keflings' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A World of Keflings is the bigger, more complete chronicle of the Kefling world where players can play as their Xbox Live avatar and explore and build in the different Kefling lands. Each new kingdom has its own climate and Kefling culture. In addition, each kingdom contains its own unique resources, buildings and tech tree.

'Splatterhouse' (ALL) Heroine Is December Playboy Centerfold

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over-the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.

'Natural Selection 2' Closed Beta For Pre-Orders Starts Tomorrow

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Natural Selection 2 is the next evolution in multiplayer action/strategy gameplay and will be targeted for both competitive and public play. New features include dynamically changing environments, a new resource model, flexible game scripting and modes, and new weapons, abilities and upgrades.

Various Game Trailers #1889

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 1:50 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:

  • Section 8: Prejudice [ALL] - Mobility Trailer
  • Splatterhouse [ALL] - Gameplay Trailer #2
  • DarkSpore [PC] - Dev Diary Trailer #2

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

'L.A. Noire' (ALL) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

L.A. Noire is an interactive detective story set in the 1947 classic noir period situated in an exact recreation of mid century L.A. drawing players into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders, but also side missions based on real events from that period.

'LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will re-create the action, adventure and memorable moments of the Pirates of the Caribbean mythology in LEGO form, incorporating the humor of LEGO minifigures and fantastic worlds built from LEGO bricks and elements for players to explore.

'Rift: Planes of Telara' Now Accepting Closed Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rift: Planes of Telara is a graphically stunning online game is set in a world being torn apart by dimensional “rifts” that tear into the land of Telara, releasing powerful forces that threaten the very existence of the entire universe.

'Deus Ex: Human Revolution' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 11:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Deus Ex: Human Revolution you play Adam Jensen, a security specialist, handpicked to oversee the defense of one of America's most experimental biotechnology firms. But when a black ops team breaks in and kills the scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes.

'The Witcher 2' (ALL) Pre-Order At GOG.com Gets You 10% Off, Extras

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 11:33 a.m. PST | 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.

'Din's Curse' Lives On With Demon War Expansion

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 11:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Din's Curse is a single player and co-op multiplayer action RPG with 141 class combinations, infinite number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world.

'Plague of Heroes: Point of Orifice' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 10:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Plague of Heroes: Point of Orifice is a  story driven co-operative epic where the team must work together to bring an end to the reign of the oppressive corporate regime.

2010 Video Game Awards Categories and Nominees Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spike TV's "Video Game Awards" returns this year with a 8th anniversary celebration that will gather some of the world's hottest creators and designers as they honor the year's greatest achievements gaming. All the heavy hitters are present, with multiple nominations for God of War III, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2, Black Ops and so forth ...

'Alan Wake' (X360) Lights Up Xbox Live Games On Demand

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true.

'Swarm' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Swarm lets the player take control of 50 utterly fearless Swarmites and drive them through an intense, entertaining and often suicidal battle for a greater good. Throw your way through gauntlets of death and destruction in an attempt to collect valuable DNA and ensure that at least one Swarmite survives.

'Arma II: Operation Arrowhead' Slightly Delays Private Military Company DLC

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original ARMA II, a new flashpoint in the Green Sea region heats up and coalition forces led by the US Army are sent to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties.

'World of Tanks' Integrates Vivox Voice Chat

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In World of Tanks 30-player teams are fighting action-packed PvP battles. The game features more than 150 armored fighting vehicles from the pre-WW2 era up to the Korean War: light, medium, heavy and super heavy tanks, tank destroyers, self-propelled howitzers and rocket artillery. The game includes American, German and Soviet tanks.

'Call of Duty: Black Ops' (ALL) Sets New Five-Day Entertainment Industry Record

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 5:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Call of Duty: Black Ops takes players behind enemy lines in an entirely new chapter in the first-person action series. Black Ops is set during the Cold War era featuring at least two main characters, multiplayer that will go beyond the single-player story, as well as a two- to four-player co-op mode.

'The Next BIG Thing' Gets Euro Release Date - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 5:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Next BIG Thing revisits with class and humor the fantastic movie genre with a modern, funny adventure packed with hints and references made to popular movies and TV shows.

'WarDevil' (ALL) Still Alive, Now Called 'Project Kane'

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 4:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WarDevil is an innovative title with graphical style and visual look unlike any other game. Drawing upon strong filmic narrative, a complex story unfolds, immersing the player into a vivid and complex world, far beyond that from conventional video games.

'Kingdom Under Fire II' (ALL) Also Coming to PS3, Gets Exclusive Content

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 3:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kingdom Under Fire II will offer an epic scale medieval fantasy war zone, much enhanced in every aspect from the previous versions, for gamers to conquer the Bersia continent with the new generation of heroes, and promises a shocking ending.

PC Preview - 'Dungeons'

by Liam Craig on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 3:50 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Dungeons is a strategy/simulation title that takes 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.

X360 Kinect Review - 'Fighters Uncaged'

by Brian Dumlao on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 3:45 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Fighters Uncaged delivers the excitement of real fighting competitions in addition to teaching players mixed martial arts techniques, delivering players an immersive total-body combat experience with the Kinect technology.

'Dive To the Titanic: The Diving Simulator' Announced, Coming Soon - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 3:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dive To the Titanic: The Diving Simulator is a highly detailed, realistic 3D-undersea adventure. With the submarine "Nephron" dive into the ocean and head about 4000 meters down to explore the long-lost wreck of the Titanic!

Thursday, November 18, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 3:00 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 ...

'Music on: Electric Guitar' (NDS) Announced, Coming Soon - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 2:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Transform your Nintendo DSi system into the most incredible electric guitar and your stylus into a pick. Amaze you how easy it's to play your favorite songs, even if music isn't your thing!

'BattleBlock Theater' (XBLA) Gets Delayed Until 2011

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BattleBlock Theater is The Behemoth's upcoming third title for the Xbox Live Arcade. Having shipwrecked on a mysterious island you find yourself both betrayed by your best friend Hatty and captured by the locals. All of this is happening while being forced into deadly performances. This however, is just the start of your problems.

I Have The Perfect Weapon Right Here: These Two Hands

by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

I don't usually rant about the gaming industry, but as a PC gamer, it is increasingly frustrating to see developers neglect the platform.

Microsoft has been vowing to reignite its commitment to the PC for many years, first with Vista as a gaming platform (laugh) and then partaking in the PC Gaming Alliance (dead much?).

Yesterday Lionhead, a Microsoft studio, felt the need to remind people that Fable III for the PC is still in development, as if people had forgotten (how about we get Fable II first?). Fable III was supposed to be a simultaneous launch on X360 and PC, but now there's no date or any news on when to expect the PC version.

When big titles like Halo 2, Gears of War and Fable III don't reach the PC until months or years after their initial release, people tend to lose interest and move on. Coming from the company that ought to be on the forefront of developing and publishing on its own platform, that is incomprehensible. Executives who wonder why the PC ports don't sell any copies are out of touch with reality.