'Darkspore' Now Accepting Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Darkspore is a fast-paced and intense sci-fi Action-RPG in which you become embroiled in a desperate struggle to save the galaxy from an ancient and powerful evil. Darkspore is being developed by Maxis, the creators of The Sims franchise.

'Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles' (Wii) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take control of both Naruto and Sasuke as they go their own ways to seek out the mysteries and power behind Genryu, the mighty Elemental Dragons, in an all-new epic adventure.

'MapleStory' To Get Big Bang Update, Overhauls Complete Game

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 4:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MapleStory is an online adventure game that centers around the "Maple World," allowing players to combat monsters and develop their characters' skills and abilities in an immense platform-inspired persistent world.

Ubisoft Acquires Longtail Studios' Quebec Office

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 4:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced that it has acquired most employees and assets from Longtail Studios' Quebec office, and will integrate them into its own local office. The freshly recruited developers already had a close working relation with Ubisoft contributing to the Kinect version of Michael Jackson: The Experience, even working in the same building. Longtail Studios, known for Dance on Broad­way, is run by Gérard Guillemot, Ubisoft co-founder and brother to its CEO Yves Guillemot with further offices in New York, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

'Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 3:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Experience first-hand one of the most popular storylines from the Naruto Shippuden arc as Naruto and Sasuke face off amidst a backdrop laced with intrigue and subterfuge!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 2:30 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 ...

'Bloodline Champions' Confirmed Free-To-Play, Gives Away Beta Keys

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 1:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bloodline Champions is a free-to-play arena-based player vs. player game featuring unique and action-packed gameplay for up to ten people.

'Rift: Planes of Telara' Shows Off Iron Pine Peak - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT | 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.

'Dynasty Warriors Online' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 12:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors Online combines the fast-paced, epic-scale action of the DW titles with intense online multiplayer gameplay, while simultaneously being free to play.

'PT Boats: South Gambit' Will Include Mission Editor

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 10:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PT Boats is the first simulator of the Mosquito-fleet, created with the use of technologies never seen before in naval combat simulator games. Patrol Torpedo Boats were used in WW2 mainly to attack large cruiser due to their maneuverability and speed.

'Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops' Shows Off Locations - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shadow Harvest is a 3rd-person tactical action game set in the year 2025 on various current and future points of conflict around the globe. Featuring dual character control, realistic graphics and a refreshingly different storyline, Shadow Harvest is a completely new interpretation of the tactical-action genre.

'The Lord of the Rings Online' Becomes Free-To-Play In Europe

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Lord of the Rings Online allows players to forge heroic legacies in the War for Middle-Earth, experience an evolving persistent recreation of Tolkien's fantasy realm where you can establish their unique reputations, and discover and wield legendary weapons in strategic battles, while adventuring solo or in Fellowships.

'Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising' Accepting Closed Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 8:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gods & Heroes is a massively multiplayer RPG of mythic adventure in the ancient world featuring epic God Powers, intense squad-based combat, and creatures drawn from the myths and legends of the ancient world. Fans interested in participating in the closed beta test can now sign up.

'FlingSmash' (Wii) Coming Next Week - New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 8:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

When the tropical Suthon Island is invaded by the evil Omminus, the ball-shaped hero, Zip, is summoned to save the day. Using the Wii Remote controller with the Wii MotionPlus accessory, you'll fling Zip at targets to smash your way across eight colorful worlds.

PS3/X360 Review - 'Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2'

by Brian Dumlao on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 1:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is a tour de force of Naruto thrills and spills. Impressively faithful to the universe of the anime, the game takes players through the Naruto Shippuden story arc with new battle systems enhancing the gameplay.

'Men of War: Assault Squad' Goes Open Beta

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 1:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Men of War: Assault Squad is a stand-alone expansion that features a completely new cooperative skirmish game mode with access to five different nations (Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth and – for the first time ever in the Men of War series – Japan) as well as increased realism and accessibility.

'Kinect Sports' (X360) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 1:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turn your living room into a world-class stadium, bowling alley, soccer pitch or track-and-field arena. With Kinect Sports you're not only the star player, you are the controller — through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. See a ball? Kick it. Spike it. Even give it a little topspin. Kinect Sports features soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing.

PlayStation Store Gets Qore Ep. 30, Hoard, Demos, A Slew Of DLCs, Tracks

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 12:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Qore Ep. 30, Hoard, God of War Collection, Virtual pool 3 (PSOne), demos for Split/Second, Aqua Panic! HD, Rock Band 3, DLCs for Dead Rising 2, DJ Hero 2, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimension, Super Street Fighter IV, Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype: The Last Chapter, FIFA 11, Medal of Honor, Front Mission Evolved, Space Invaders Infinity Gene, Fist of the North Star, H.A.W.X. 2, ModNation Racers, EyePet, PAIN, Sports Champions, God of War III, song packs for Def Jam Rapstar, and Rock Band, the usual game/movie trailers, and PS3 themes, and downloadable PSP/PS0ne games (No Heroes Allowed!, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Ys: The Oath in Felghana).

You're A Smooth Smoothie, You Know?

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was all about politics. Not only did California's Supreme Court have a hearing about the Schwarzenegger vs. EMA case (lots of discussion but no clear decision yet), but the Terminator's terms as governor have also ended, and his successor has been elected. We've actually met the incoming governor not too long ago at a local pub where he was drinking beers in sweats after hitting the gym. Not bad for being 72, I'd say.

Vindictus is down for maintenance, which oddly enough will take 11 hours, so I played some Global Agenda and World Of The Living Dead, a new Zombie MMO/strategy game that is currently in beta testing. So far, it's captivating.