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PlayStation Store Gets Heavy Rain Demo, DLCs, Tracks, PSP Games

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 7:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with demos for Heavy Rain, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3, echoshift, DLCs for LittleBigPlanet, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, Dante's Inferno, Dark Void, Fairytale Fights, NBA Live 10, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band, and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars + Full Auto 2: Battlelines bundle, Sonic Rivals 1&2 bundle, and Spaceball: Revolution).

'Dead Space 2' (ALL) Coming to PC? Yes, No, Maybe So...

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 4:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience using gruesome new tools, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores Zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless necromorph onslaught. EA's financials no longer made mention of the originally announced PC version fueling speculations it has been canceled, and while EA's Jeff Green at first confirmed there will be a PC version, he later backtracked saying it is  still "under consideration."

'Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing' (ALL) First Details Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 3:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for cooperative action games, adding melee combat to enable deeper cooperative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more.

'Crackdown 2' (X360) Coming in June, Pre-Order Incentive Revealed - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 3:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crackdown 2 will take multiplayer gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any means necessary

'Final Fantasy XIII' (ALL) Gets Xbox 360 Hardware Bundle, Includes Avatar DLC

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 2:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

FF XIII provides tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of Final Fantasy XIII, thus making this newest addition to the Final Fantasy series worthy of the title next generation.

'Perfect Dark' (XBLA) Scheduled for March 2010

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rare's favorite gung-ho future field operative finally gets the chance to relive That Thing With The Skedar on Xbox Live Arcade. Whether it's your first, second or tenth time facing off against the sly dataDyne Corporation and their allies, just be sure to keep a steady grip on your Falcon 2 as you prepare for infiltration.

'Lost Planet 2' (ALL) Adds Resident Evil’s Albert Wesker - New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Lost Planet 2's story has advanced beyond Wayne Holden as players will now follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirates on their quest to seize control of E.D.N III. Players will move their heroes through different stories creating a truly unique and interactive experience.

'Halo: Reach' (X360) Public Multiplayer Beta Coming May 3rd

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

Step into the boots of a Spartan III, as Halo: Reach charts the story of Noble Team in their heroic stand to defend the planet Reach, its people and secrets against a ruthless assault by an alien collective known as the Covenant.

'Dead Rising 2' (ALL) Gets Release Date, Prologue DLC Prior to Launch - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 2:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dead Rising 2 will take the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun with tens of thousands of zombies, the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City to explore and conquer plus a host of new in-game objects that can all be used as deadly weapons to stave off the zombie assault.

THQ and Syfy Enter Into Strategic Alliance to Create And Publish Original Content

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 1:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TV station Syfy and THQ have entered into a comprehensive strategic alliance through which the companies plan to create new concepts/intellectual property as well as develop some of the world’s premier video game franchises into fully integrated multi-platform properties, starting with de Blob franchise.

'Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition' (X360) Gets Dated - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 1:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zeno Clash, powered by Valve's Source Engine, is an action game with a strong focus on melee combat set in a punk fantasy world with the beautiful environments, where you will encounter incredible challenges. The Ultimate Edition is vastly enhanced and much improved, with new modes, new features, and added content.

'Alan Wake' (ALL) Gets Dated, Collector's Edition And Pre-Order Incentives Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in the deceptively idyllic town of Bright Falls, Alan Wake immerses players in an intense and expansive cinematic world that enables players to explore the hyper-realistic and interactive environments. Both Walmart and Best Buy are offering an Alan Wake LCE ($79.99) packing art books, soundtrack, DLC token and a few other tidbits.

'God of War III' (PS3) Pre-Order At GameStop Gets You Spiffy Poster

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

God of War III will bring epic battles to life with stunning graphics and an elaborate plot that puts Kratos at the center of the carnage and destruction as he seeks revenge against the Gods who have betrayed him.

'Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening' (ALL) Shows Off Velanna - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Designed and written by the same team that brought you Dragon Age: Origins, the Awakening expansion pack offers a brand new area of the world to explore known as Amaranthine, featuring an epic story that will allow players to unravel the secrets of the darkspawn - and their true motivations!

Court Decides NCAA Class-Action Lawsuit Against EA Has Merits

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Recent developments surfaced this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman, on behalf of current and former college athletes, against Electronic Arts and NCAA. U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied a motion to dismiss the case, and will move forward April 2010.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) Demo Downloaded 2 Million Times And Counting - Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 11:45 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.

'Settlement: Colossus' Announced, Released, Demo Available NOW - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 11:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A fledgling empire in an untamed paradise awaits your decree in Settlement: Colossus. Cursed by his god, robbed of his true love and with his once proud and shining city laid to ruin by his enemies, a 300-year-old emperor is forced to search for a new homeland in Settlement: Colossus.

Good Old Games Adds More Classic Activision Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 11:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GOG.com has signed a digital distribution agreement with Activision, expanding its catalog with a slew of classic titles, Phantasmagoria and Space Quest 4+5+6 pack, while more titles will be unveiled gradually in the coming weeks, DRM-free of course.

'No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle' (Wii) Coming to Europe in April

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 11:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, and pro wrestling-obsessed assassin. Travis finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again.

'Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition' (ALL) Reunites Lost Characters - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 10:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resident Evil 5 promises to revolutionize the survival horror series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism and control.

'The Beatles: Rock Band' (ALL) Claims All You Need is Love On Wii/PS3

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 10:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band's legendary career.

'Fallen Earth' Content Update Adds New Location, Missions, Items, Increases Cap

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fallen Earth is a post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online game that mixes FPS style with traditional RPG mechanics, where six factions are struggling to emerge from the collapse of civilization brought on by viruses and environmental disaster.

'Under Siege' (PS3) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 10:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Seed Studios' real time strategy game Under Siege features an original world, unique gameplay elements and a large number of multiplayer and community features with special emphasis on user generated content.

'Runes of Magic' Introduces Chapter III – The Elder Kingdoms

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:58 a.m. PST | 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 2,000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world. The next cxhapter will add a new continent, dungeons, a new skill system, increased level cap, and expanded Guilds wars with the addition of siege weapons.

Ntreev USA Gears Up For Valentine's Day With In-Game Events

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ntreev USA announced its Valentine's Day inspired events for its popular online games Grand Chase, Trickster Online and Pangya.

'Greed Corp' (ALL) Introduces The Cartel - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Greed Corp is a fresh and innovative turn-based strategy game for PlayStation Network. It will be the first in a series of games situated in a rich, fictional world inspired by the industrial revolutions and their destructive effects on the environment.

Gamescampus Celebrates Valentine's Day With Game Events

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gamescampus.com announced a host of Valentines events and special promotions for its popular free to play online games, Asda Story, Shot Online, Manga Fighter and MLB Dugout Heroes.

'Audition' Gives Away In-Game Pet For Valentine’s Day

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With simple directional and space bar keystrokes, Audition, a free-to-play online dance sensation, players perform hip-hop style dance steps and choreographed routines which require precise timing and rhythm.

'Plain Sight' Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Plain Sight is a 3D multiplayer arcade game with robots; robots who bounce around cityscapes on mini planetoids and wield swords which are used to destroy one another.

'Still Life 2' Goes Gold in Europe

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Still Life 2 is a real-time 3D adventure game where you play FBI agent and profiler Victoria McPherson, investigating some of North America's most difficult and darkest crimes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 8:55 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 ...

'Rocket Racing' (PSP) Announced, Coming Soon - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 8:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take to the sky-high tracks with speed and precision in Rocket Racing, which challenges your reflexes and daring across 24 levels in Grand Prix, Challenge and Quick Race events. Drive like a true prodigy by mastering advanced drifting and wall-boosting techniques to get an edge over your opponents and achieve record times.

'Dark Age of Camelot' Euro Publishing Picked Up By Mythic

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 8:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Age of Camelot is an MMORPG featuring Realm vs. Realm combat, as well as multiple class and race combinations, a robust trade skill system, and a comprehensive player Guild system. Last month GOA decided to no longer publish DAoC in Europe, with Mythic now picking up the slack.

'Ion Assault' (X360) Updated With New Game Mode, Control Setup

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Black Inc.'s Space combat action game Ion Assault, instead of conventional weapons, players use the free energy particles that are abundant in space to fend off swarms of aliens.

'2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa' (ALL) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA Sports 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will feature all the emotion and passion of the fiercest national rivalries battling on the world’s biggest stage, with all 199 national teams that took part in qualification, all 10 official stadiums to be used in South Africa and stadiums from each qualifying region.

'Aliens vs. Predator' (ALL) Playing As The Predator, Tactics & Abilities

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Aliens vs. Predator, players will have the chance to take the role of the three infamous species: the Colonial Marine, the Predator and the Alien. Each of the three species has its very own distinct story-driven, single-player campaign mode that interweaves with the campaigns of the other two species.

PS3/X360 Review - 'BioShock 2'

by Adam Pavlacka on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. All along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to Rapture. You will play as the first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival.

NDS Review - 'Sudoku Ball: Detective'

by Brian Dumlao on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Sudoku Ball is a new take on the popular Sudoku puzzles, consisting of six interlinked Sudoku puzzles mapped on a 3D ball. The ball can be twisted and turned with the easy-to-use interface, while the numbers are entered by using the stylus, Wiimote or mouse.

'Singularity' (ALL) Delay Confirmed

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Singularity pits shooter and sci-fi fans against a devastating fracture in time. As players attempt to unravel a conspiracy, they must fight their way through ever-shifting epic sci-fi environments, occupied by Russian soldiers and time-ravaged creatures, while sudden time waves hurl them back and forth between 1950 and the present day. During its conference call yesterday Activision also confirmed the earlier rumored delay, currently set for Q2 2010.

I Know You Can Fight, But It's Our Wits That Make Us Men

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

By the time you read this, I'm either on my way home or sleeping off the alcohol. We have dinner plans with some publisher/developers, which is always dangerous, so who knows where we'll end up?

Tonight we have another concert to go to. Alice in Chains is in town, so that should be a blast. Got their newest album a few weeks back, and the new singer sounds pretty close to Layne Staley, who OD'd in 2002.

On the subject of music, I picked up the newest Fear Factory and Rob Zombie albums, so I'll have to give them a listen later today.