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'Making History II: The War of the World' Gets New Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 5:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Making History II lets grand strategy players experience the role of a WWII era national leader embroiled in the toxic mix of waning empires, economic crisis, and ethnic "fault lines" that famously resulted in a global war that transformed the world.

'WarioWare: D.I.Y' (NDS) To Get Microgames From Celebrity Developers

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 5:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The WarioWare D.I.Y. game lets players create the same kind of microgames that are the hallmark of the WarioWare series. Players design every aspect of their creations, including graphics, animation, music and rules. Some of the video game industry’s brightest talents are contributing to a unique series of microgames for the upcoming game...

'Sniper Elite' (Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 4:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

World War 2 is drawing to a close and the Russians and Germans are caught in a furious battle for a devastated Berlin. As a sniper, recruited by the OSS (former CIA), it is the beginning of a lonely stealth mission in the Russian territory. This demo features three mission. Read more for download links ...

'Save the Turtles' (NDS) Coming Next Week

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 2:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Save the Turtles allows puzzle solvers to act as good humanitarians by aiding the endangered sea turtles as they burst from their shells and make the life or death break for the deep ocean’s safe blue waters.

'Big Brawls' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 12:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Big Brawls is an arena-style, fighting game featuring over a half-dozen, iconic characters battling across an equal number of highly destructible arenas where combatants use a variety of brutal melee, object, and siege attacks with one goal in mind - to knock each other out of the arena!

'Mass Effect 2' (ALL) Kasumi's Stolen Memory DLC Dated, Priced, Detailed

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 9:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life forms and mysterious uncharted planets. In ME2, Saren's evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, who are still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril.

'Hamsterball' (PS3) Announced, Coming to PSN This Week - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Hamsterball, players take control of a hamster-in-a-ball as they run the most frenzied race of their lives! The clock is ticking and EVERYTHING is out to stop them – with crazy obstacles around every turn, unexpected twists and dramatic drops, each level will immerse and challenge players in new and inventive ways!

'Armada 2526' Coming to Europe

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Armada 2526 is a space-based blend of addictive turn-based strategy and intense real time space battles. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys, until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you'll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, found new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles.

'Kick-Ass' (PS3) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 7:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kick-Ass is a superhero action game based on the upcoming theatrical movie by the same name.  Players will be put to the test as they take on the role of any 1 of 3 super heroes based on the super characters featured in the movie.

The9 Limited Acquires Majority Interest in Red 5 Studios

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 7:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With an announced Reorganizing, and Pink Slips Handed Out it should come as no surprise that The9 Limited has entered into a definitive investment agreement with Red 5 Studios, founded by key members of the World of Warcraft team, to acquire a majority interest in the US developer for approximately US$20 million.

'Alien Monster Bowling League' (Wii) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 7:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

You might be the best bowler in the world, but are you the best bowler in the Galaxy? Compete against humans, aliens and monsters in this interstellar twist on league bowling. It takes more than a good hook shot to compete in the Alien Monster Bowling League.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, March 22, 2010

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 6:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added one WiiWare, and five NDSiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem points to download: Cave Story (Wiiware), and Drift Street International, Libera Wing, Game & Watch: Mario’s Cement Factory, Game & Watch: Chef, and Game & Watch: Judge (NDSiWare).

'Breach' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 6:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Covert action simulations and military action games developer Atomic Games the development of Breach, a multiplayer title for consoles and personal computers.

'Drakensang Phileasson's Secret' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 6:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Drakensang: Phileasson’s Secret adds a new chapter to “The Phileasson Saga” as well to the PC game Drakensang: The River of Time itself. Drakensang: The River of Time: Phileasson’s Secret allows CRPG players to learn more about the backgrounds and history of Aventuria and The Dark Eye itself and satisfies the long-cherished wish of TDE players of continuing “The Phileasson Saga”.

'Ironclads: Schleswig War 1864' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 6:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

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 ballistic and weapon models.

'Backbreaker' (PS3/X360) Gets Euro Date

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Backbreaker is taking sports video games to a place where the action is never the same and every hit looks and feels as realistic as a Sunday afternoon. Utilizing NaturalMotion’s euphoria motion synthesis engine, you’ll never see the same tackle again. Ever.

'Blackshot' Enters Second European Close Beta Test - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 5:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A militaristic FPS loaded with powerful weapons, lifelike characters and gritty environments, Blackshot’s intense multiplayer action will appeal to gamers of all skill levels.

PS3 Review - 'Last Rebellion'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on March 22, 2010 @ 4:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Nippon Ichi Software and HitMaker's Last Rebellion is an RPG with action elements where players can roam around the world field and make action movements like in an action game, but once you enter battle you engage the enemy using a turn-based system.

'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 3:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Inspired by the rich and colorful cultures of eastern Asia, Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer sends you on a voyage through the Empire of Khitai where countless of adventure await, not only introducing a new storyline and a vast new world to explore, but also adding new features such as faction gameplay and an alternate advancement system.

'The Whispered World' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 3:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Whispered World is a classic point & click adventure game whisking the player away to a fascinating fantasy world. Sadwick is a young clown but often far from cheerful. One night, a strange blue creature speaks to him in a dream, and sends him on an adventurous journey.

'Air Aces: Pacific' Open Beta Coming Next Month - Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 2:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take off and dive into the aerial battles over the Pacific. Enjoy innovative graphics and one of a kind set of dynamic sceneries. Fly admiring wonderful sunny skies in earthly paradise and fight during murky nights full of heavy rain and lightings. Shoot and win, bomb and destroy! Gain praise and glory and become one of the best Pacific War pilots!

'Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising' v2.2 Patch Details

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 2:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Chaos Rising features a new playable army, and continues the epic journey of the Blood Ravens as they battle this new, more personal enemy. Chaos Rising offers new single-player and co-op campaigns, a level cap increase from 20 to 30, more powerful war-gear and a suite of innovative multiplayer options.

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 1:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier.

'Horse and Musket: Volume I' - v1.12 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Horse and Musket: Volume I is a reboot of the successful Horse and Musket series, including not only two solid historical titles in one package (Prussian War Machine and Prussia'’s Glory), but also many new game features, a powerful new editor, and a complete graphics overhaul to an already acclaimed gaming system.

'Star Wars: The Old Republic' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Wars: The Old Republic will let you explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining your personal story and determining your path down the light or dark side of the Force.

'Gratuitous Space Battles' v1.36 Demo/Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gratuitous Space Battles is a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'.

Goody Gumdrops. Get Us A Cup Of Tea, Would You?

by Rainier on March 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another weekend over too soon! As planned, we did not get much done yesterday. Watched some Kitchen Nightmares, some Chuck and the second episodes of The Pacific, which was once more emotional and visceral at the same time.

I've got a slew of recent titles to check out, including Dragon Age, Aliens vs Predator and Mass Effect 2. I've just got to get around to actually pulling myself away from CrimeCraft.

Nothing major planned for this week, so we'll work on getting a few more interviews prepped, as well as a bunch of first looks at upcoming titles.