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'Alpha Protocol' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 7:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Loyalty carries a price and no one knows this more than agent Michael Thorton. A talented young agent cast out by his government, Thorton is the only one with the information needed to stop an impending international catastrophe.

'Penny Arcade Adventures' (ALL) Ep.3 Canceled

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Penny Arcade Adventures is an episodic comic adventure game which features characters from Penny Arcade, including the well-known Gabe and Tycho. Initially planned as a trilogy Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins revealed at PAX10 that the 3rd installment in the series has been canceled by HotHead Games due to it developing DeathSpank, "I think Episode 3 would've suffered. I mean, I know it would have suffered. So we'd rather not do it than do it half-assed and so we're going to finish that story but it's going to be on our website."

'LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies that tell the story of Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 offers an engaging mix of magical gameplay and light-hearted humour.

'Global Agenda' Rolls Our Free-to-Play Version With Limited Functionality

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A departure from the traditional online settings of high fantasy, outer space, or military, Global Agenda is a fast-paced action MMO using Unreal Engine 3 set in Earth's near future, a spy-fi world of advanced technology and player-driven conflict.

'Vanquish' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vanquish is a new futuristic action game under development at Platinum Games, known for Bayonetta and MadWorld. Currently, there are few details known but it looks like New York is under attack by a laser beam from space, and you play a mech soldier sent in to pick up the pieces.

'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite' (PSP) Gets Final DLC This Week

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 4:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite delivers over 500 hours of gameplay spanning 400 missions. Add in previously unreleased monsters, weapons and missions and you have the biggest Monster Hunter to date.

'Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 2:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following in the tradition of The First Encounter, the game will feature all the insane action of the original game but with visuals beautifully rendered to current standards. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter will also feature an all new Co-Op Tournament mode that will allow teams to compete with one another.

'After Burner Climax' (ALL) Gets Release Dates

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

After Burner Climax is an arcade-style flight combat title that features fast and frantic feats, putting you in the cockpit of the world's top fighter jets. Players dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft to relive the experience of the classic After Burner arcade game.

'UFC Undisputed 2010' (ALL) - 18 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

UFC Undisputed features an authentic and comprehensive UFC atmosphere, poised to deliver intelligent and intuitive combat, increased fighter customization, robust career progression, challenging new gameplay modes and explosive online offerings.

'Battlefield 1943' (ALL) Sells Over One Million On Xbox Live Arcade

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 1:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlefield 1943 takes players back to WWII, offering endless hours of 24 player multiplayer action over three classic and tropic locations; Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

'Hydro Thunder Hurricane' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 1:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring all-new, over-the-top themed environments, rocket-powered speedboats, gorgeous visuals, and amazing dynamic water physics, Hydro Thunder Hurricane is the adrenaline dripping sequel fans have been waiting for.

'Fist of the North Star' (ALL) Gets More Violence In The West

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 1:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI's new game is based on one of the most widely-recognized manga and anime series of all time, "Hokuto no Ken" or "Fist of the North Star." Hokuto Musou takes place in the manga's post-apocalyptic world where the remaining survivors of a nuclear holocaust roam the wasteland in an ongoing struggle against marauding tribes for food and water.

'The Swarm' (ALL) Now Called MorphX, Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

MorphX is a 3D action/adventure game, where the player will face the challenge of surviving in a wasted Moscow that shows the scars of the alien attack, defending himself against other humans looking for scraps of food, and from the dangerous aliens.

'Dead to Rights: Retribution' (ALL) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Returning to Grant City, a boom town gone bust that is falling to the worst excesses of crime, greed and corruption; Dead to Rights: Retribution follows vice cop Jack Slate as he fights to expose shadowy figures that will stop at nothing to exert their deadly influence over the crumbling metropolis.

'Quarrel' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The essence of Quarrel is making high-scoring words, but what’s the use of making high scoring words if they don’t help you dominate an island? As luck would have it, that’s exactly what you do in Quarrel: lead your troops to vocabulary victory!

PC Preview - 'Disciples III: Renaissance"

by Liam Craig on March 29, 2010 @ 7:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Disciples III: Renaissance is a turn-based RPG/strategy game set in an expansive fantasy world, offering players action, adventure and glory. Stunning 3D environments, three playable races, and multiplayer functionality all combine to offer an outstanding gameplay experience.

'Enslaved: Odyssey to the West' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 7:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A tactical action-adventure game, Enslaved centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters and challenges players to employ a mix of combat, strategy and environment traversal. With influences and contributions from top music and film industry talent, Enslaved combines beautifully rendered graphics and captivating music with seamless animation and engrossing gameplay.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Tropico 3'

by Brad Hilderbrand on March 29, 2010 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In Tropico 3 you will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.

'Guardians of Graxia' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guardians of Graxia is a single/multiplayer strategy/board game that features dynamic strategic gameplay using cards, figurines, and map tiles in a fantasy-based environment, combining the best of both online and board game aspects in a highly replayable fantasy setting, and will contain more than 240 unique unit and spell cards at release.

'Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands' (ALL) Uses Scaleform GFx Middleware

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Marking the return to the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time storyline, The Forgotten Sands will feature many of the fan-favorite elements from the original series as well as new gameplay innovations that gamers have come to expect from the Prince of Persia brand.

'Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom' (ALL) - 35 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:43 a.m. PDT | 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.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/Wii) Monday, March 29, 2010

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added a Virtuak Console, one WiiWare, and five NDSiWare titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem points to download: WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, Diner Dash (Wiiware), Disney Fireworks, Libera Wing, Save the Turtles, Nintendo DSi Metronome, Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner, Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures (NDSiWare), and Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (VC).

'Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley' (PSP) - New Screens

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

Leaf Valley is in trouble! The heartless Funland corporation is going to bulldoze the town and replace it with an amusement park unless its citizens can find a way to stop them! Players will need to grow crops, raise animals, and mine ores and gems to help save Leaf Valley and their family farm.

'Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning' Gets New Trial Upgrade Process

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

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will bring Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds and glory on the field of battle. After recently launching an endless free trial client and new user journey features, Mythic is enticing past players back to the game with special in-game item rewards and 10 free days of game time.

'Pirates: Adventures Of The Black Corsair' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 6:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pirates: Adventures of the Black Corsair invites players to become marauding buccaneers in 17th century London. Double-crossed by their pirate Captain and branded traitors to their country, players will face countless perils as they struggle to clear their names and become the most famous of pirates, the Black Corsair – defender of the Crown.

Monday, March 29, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 5:59 a.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 ...

'Samurai Shodown Sen' (X360) Gets Euro Date - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Samurai Shodown Sen is the 11th game in SNK's classic Japanese weapons-based fighting series and the fourth in the 3D series. The game takes place in Japan during the twilight of the turbulent Edo period, and promises to be the most brutal and visceral chapter in the Samurai Shodown series' history.

PS3 v3.21 Firmware Removes Other OS Feature, Early April Fools?

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The next system software update for the PS3 will be released on April 1, 2010, and, citing security concerns, will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.

'Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 follows Naruto Uzumaki and his continuing adventures to save his friend Sasuke, and enhances the fun and accessible battle system the series is known for by introducing four-player battles, an all-new adventure mode, and a brand new roster of powerful characters.

'Left 4 Dead 2' (ALL) Delays The Passing DLC, Gets Priced

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | 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. A YouTube video reveals that The Passing DLC (priced at 560 Microsoft Points or $7.00) won't be released before its previously targeted late March, 2010 date but is now set for a rather vague "spring."

'Skate 3' (PS3/X360) Demo Coming April 15, 2010

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 4:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Skate 3 features an all-new co-op mode where teammates can complete challenges together while advancing each other's careers. From rewarding epic bails and fails with a beefed up Hall of Meat mode to honing your craft with the all-new Skate School, players of all skill levels have multiple ways to "kill it" in the game. At PAX EA revealed that it will release a Skate 3 demo on April 15, 2010, which will be available on PSN and XBL.

I Finally Got Some Sense Knocked Into Me. And I've Got The Bump To Prove It

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Our dinner party last night was a raging success. The initial plan was for a casual get-together with our neighbor, daughter and her future son-in-law, but as mentioned earlier, the number of guests ballooned from five to 10 (and two more showed up during the course of the dinner) because other people just invited themselves as word spread. It took us all afternoon slaving in the kitchen, but based on the feedback, it was a resounding hit. Maybe we should start WorthEating soon ...

We'll be rubbing our fat bellies for the rest of the evening/morning, but let's get some news rolling while we're at it.

'Distant Worlds' v1.02 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

Distant Worlds is a vast, real-time, 4X space strategy game. Experience the full depth and detail of large turn-based strategy games, but with the simplicity and ease of real-time, and on the scale of a massively-multiplayer online game.