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'TrackMania' (Wii) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TrackMania is a hybrid 3D /racing game filled with progressively difficult tracks, a variety of fascinating competitive modes, and the ability to create your own tracks using building blocks (tunnels, land transitions, signs, turbos) and share them with other users.

Various Game Trailers #1796

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:15 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:

  • Just Cause 2 [ALL] - Vehicle Upgrades Trailer
  • C&C: Tiberian Twilight [PC] - Night Moves Pre-Order Missions Trailer

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

'Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love' (ALL) Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sakura Wars is a Strategy RPG that features a unique sim-based story system. An in-depth storyline exists, much like in any other RPG; however, the player’s destiny in the game is not predetermined.

'Gray Matter' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Designed by Gabriel Knight 3's Jane Jensen, Gray Matter is an epic adventure game with a story that mixes eerie mysteries with supernatural events.

Activision Confirms Infinity Ward "Departures" And Reveals New Call of Duty Title

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision announced new strategic plans for the Call of Duty franchise, and confirmed earlier rumors that both Jason West and Vince Zampella are no longer with Infinity Ward. Activision also revealed that it will bring the franchise to Asia, and that Sledgehammer Games is working on a Call of Duty action-adventure game.

'Tecmo Bowl Throwback' (PS3/X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 1:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tecmo Bowl fans no longer have to reminisce about the old days as players can return to the first video game that emulated real football with new generation consoles, twenty years after its release. Tecmo Bowl Throwback will maintain all of the classic gameplay in addition to fresh new features that modernizes the franchise.

'Forza Motorsport 3' (X360) Ltd Coll. Edition Extras Available For All, Benefit Haiti Relief Efforts

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Forza Motorsport 3 unites the racing game genre, making it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of more than 400 of the world’s most exotic and exquisite cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe.

'Just Cause 2' (ALL) Reveals NVIDIA Features - Trailer

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 12:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Just Cause 2 stars Rico Rodriguez, back to wreak havoc once again, this time with a new destination – the huge playground of the Southeast Asian islands of Panau, in an over-the-top Hollywood-esque blockbuster of a video game.

'Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon' (Wii) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 11:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, players will explore a dark and abandoned world with the aid of their Wii Remote that functions as a flashlight and also a proximity sensor to track invisible ghosts.

'Runes of Magic' Surpasses One Million Users In North America

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 11:40 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 2,300 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom' (ALL) Coming to North America - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, known in Europe as Majin: The Fallen Realm is an action-adventure game featuring an engaging storyline of enduring friendship that takes players through a seamless world where an agile protagonist and a powerful AI- controlled monster must forge an alliance to battle enemies, solve puzzles and conquer challenges.

Sony Computer Entertainment Acquires Media Molecule

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 10:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment announced that it had acquired game developer Media Molecule, creator of LittleBigPlanet. Media Molecule will join as part of SCE’s global development operation, SCE Worldwide Studios.

'Mount & Blade: Warband' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 9:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mount & Blade: Warband is geared to raise the level of intensity of the original Mount & Blade, incorporating a brand new multiplayer feature that enables up to 64 players to fight for glory on a single map in team deathmatch style battles.

'HardGrip' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Experience the thrill and adrenaline of free soloing some of the most amazing rock walls in the world with vertigo-inspiring graphics, a pulse-pounding soundtrack, and dizzyingly realistic climbing action.

'Blur' (ALL) Gets Dated, Multiplayer Beta Coming Next Week - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 8:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blur drops players into heart-pumping, electrified racing action with 20 cars on a track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more.

'M.U.D. TV' - German v1.06 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 8:50 a.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.

'MotoGP 09/10' (PS3/X360) Demo Coming This Week - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 7:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MotoGP 09/10 will not only deliver all the bikes, riders and tracks from the 2009 championship, but brand new gameplay modes that offer rewards for not only winning but also driving style, plus the ability to update the game with accurate content from the 2010 championship, as the season unfolds at no extra cost.

EA Sports To Integrate Online Tournament Functionality In Upcoming Titles

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 7:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Major League Gaming and EA announced an agreement to integrate online tournament functionality across a number of upcoming EA SPORTS titles in 2010. The deal deepens the two companies' existing relationship relating to the EA Sports Challenge Series and will bring to market the most fully integrated competitive experience in online console gaming.

'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a new action-adventure IP, a story of one man’s journey to discover the true meaning of sacrifice amidst murder and betrayal. Set in Southern Europe during the middle ages, Lords of Shadow has beautifully-realized locales that play host to an epic battle between good and evil.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:15 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 ...

Volition Veteran Forms New Studio, Radiangames

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Veteran game designer Luke Schneider announced the creation of Radiangames, a new independent game development studio formed with the goal of developing a series of highly focused and enjoyable downloadable games.

'Nexuiz' Coming to PS3/X360 - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 6:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nexuiz is a 3D deathmatch game that is simply first person shooting reduced to the very basics with perfect weapon balancing.

Triangle Studios Opening Up Shop In North America

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Triangle Studios has opened a new office in the United States. The new location is intended to facilitate the growth of international ambitions of the company.

Rare Opening New Studio In Birmingham, UK

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rare is to open a new second studio facility in Fazeley Studios, Digbeth Birmingham in April which will complement Rare’s longstanding headquarters in Twycross. Fazeley’s main area of focus will be as a production, test and usability site to accommodate Rare’s evolving methodology in game creation.

'Blacklight: Tango Down' (ALL) Signed By Ignition - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blacklight: Tango Down is a fast-paced FPS based in a new fictional universe called Blacklight. The game's near-future setting is brought to life with disturbingly detailed and old-world architecture dripping with modern sci-fi lighting and brightly lit advertisements, an effect that causes each environment to appear both futuristically alien as well as hauntingly familiar.

THQ Chooses The Guildhall at SMU to House New Usability Lab

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ announced that it will open a new, state-of-the-art Usability Lab located at The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. Expected to be fully operational by summer 2010, the lab will enhance game testing capabilities, and generate important opportunities for collaboration with faculty and the post-graduate community, as well as potential paid internships and research projects.

'Tony Hawk: RIDE' (ALL) Developer Is Recruiting

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Since the launch of high-selling Tony Hawk: RIDE, Robomodo has grown by 20%, increasing in all areas of the studio, including art, engineering, production, and design. The company is currently looking to grow an additional 17%, looking to fill positions in all areas across the company to work on projects across all platforms.

'PoxNora' Update Adds New UI, Rune Manager, Redesigned Maps, and More

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 5:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PoxNora combines collectible trading card, tactical miniatures and fantasy roleplaying titles to create a unique online strategy game.

Wii Review - 'Mega Man 10'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on March 2, 2010 @ 12:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The year is 20XX and a suspicious outbreak of Roboenza, a Robot Flu, has broken out. It spreads through the world like wildfire bringing down robots everywhere. Infected robots have rampaged out of control, destroying the city and holding it hostage! Who’s behind this mess? It’s up to Mega Man to take on this sinister threat and get to the bottom of this viral mystery.

'Ironclads: Schleswig War 1864' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 12:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A steam-ship period naval combat simulation games focusing on fleet-scale battles in real time. Manage financial and strategic aspects while planning your squadron's structure. The naval combat game allows you to set up battles squadron groups, their formations and management, with realistic ship models and characteristics, as well as advanced ballistisc and weapon models.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Developer In Disarray, Co-Founder Fired?

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Now here's a bizarre story. G4's Patrick Klepek reported last night that relations between Activision and Infinity Ward have been "tense" for several months. Yesterday, the studio heads had a meeting with owner Activision, after which IW's Vince Zampella and Jason West have not been seen at the studio. Once security personnel arrived on the IW premises, employees became "freaked out" and "confused," but no further information was available. Its otherwise chatty community rep Robert Bowling has been awfully quiet, only tweeting he had no information on the matter. Later last night, Jason West's Facebook status changed to "Jason West is drinking. Also, no longer employed," while his LinkedIn profile now shows his career as IW president spanned January 2001 – March 2010.

UPDATE: Found in a March 1st, 2010 SEC filing by Activision, "The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward."

I'm Not Going To Waste My Time Arguing With A Man Who's Lining Up To Be A Hot Lunch

by Rainier on March 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

I've finally given up. The old iPod's on its way out, and a new one is coming in. When I went in to get it repaired, the Apple customer service rep said they would give me a discount if I were to replace my current iPod, so you can't beat that deal.

Passed a quiet evening watching 24, Leverage and nothing else.

Going to be making my schedule for GDC; lots of meetings and press events to go to. I'm not looking forward to it because that only means that E3 is not far behind.