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'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' (ALL) - First Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crystal Dynamics is working on Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light a new game in the Tomb Raider franchise, which will be released via digital download.

'Dawn of War II' Content Update To Coincide With Expansion Launch

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dawn of War II takes you to the brutal frontlines of war where you’ll experience intense action and visceral combat through a non-linear single player experience and a fully co-op campaign. With the release of the Chaos Rising expansion on, ALL Dawn of War II owners will have their copy of Dawn of War II updated with additional content (thanks Blues).

'Backbreaker' (PS3/X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:49 p.m. PST | 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.

Various Game Trailers #1799

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:00 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:

  • Mafia II [ALL] - GDC 2010 Trailer
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction [ALL] - Multiplayer Modes Trailer
  • WH40k: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising [PC] - Battle Gameplay Trailer
  • The Sims 3: Ambitions [PC] - Debut Trailer

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

 

'Final Fantasy XIII' (ALL) $10 Off At Target, Sells X360 Bundle for $399

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 5:16 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.

'The Red Star' (PS2) Coming to PSP - Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 3:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enter a world of chaotic warfare, industrial technology, and arcane magic in a parallel universe, where soldiers of a Soviet-style superpower fight for their liberty and their lives against the powerful forces of an evil Dark Lord and his ruthless assassin.

'R.U.S.E.' (ALL) System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 2:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In R.U.S.E. players use their brain as the ultimate weapon, fighting a war of perception, where the ability to deceive and mislead the enemy determines success. A first in a strategy game, R.U.S.E. reinvigorates the genre by using deception to give new-found depth to the gameplay.

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) Winning Pre-Order Bonus Outfit Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 2:13 p.m. PST | 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.

'Naughty Bear' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 1:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Naughty Bear is a cheeky action game featuring a unique blend of comic mischief and astonishingly bad behavior. You take on the role of Naughty Bear, a bear driven to seek vengeance after the other bears don’t invite him to the big birthday party, and is now hell bent on manipulating and terrorizing the blissful bears inhabiting the Island of Perfection.

'The Sims 3: Ambitions' Gets Simlish Track By Punk Rockers Rise Against - Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Sims 3 Ambitions allows players to pursue a variety of exciting paths and careers in their Sims’ lives that in turn affect their overall gameplay experience and neighbourhood. While on the job, the player has direct control over their Sims’ work and can choose how to spend their days.

'Order Of War: Challenge' Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 10:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Order Of War: Challenge is a multiplayer stand-alone add-on, packing even more intense World War II real-time strategy action. With 6 extended modes, 12 unique maps, and hundreds of units under player control Order Of War: Challenge gives players a battlefield experience of epic scale.

'Portal 2' (ALL) Officially Announced

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Without giving many details Valve announced that it is developing a sequel to 2007's puzzler Portal. Portal 2 is a stand-alone, full-price retail release with new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists.

'Yakuza 3' (PS3) Looks Back In Time - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yakuza 3 takes a departure from the first two games by moving from the gritty cityscape of Tokyo, to Okinawa, where Kiryu runs a center for orphaned children. The orphanage is on land that is owned by a mob boss who is under pressure from the government to sell the land, making life once again tough for Kiryu.

'Iron Man 2' (ALL) Gets Hollywood Celebrity Voice-overs

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 9:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With an all-new story written by renowned comic book author Matt Fraction, Iron Man 2 will include familiar elements from both the movie and comic book universes, allowing players to truly feel the power of Iron Man with new destructible environments, epic enemies, and innovative hand-to-hand combat moves.

'BioShock 2' (ALL) Sinclair Solutions Test Pack DLC Coming Next Week - Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 8:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. 2K Games announced an aggressive post-launch DLC plan for BioShock 2 that extends and enhances the single and multiplayer experiences.

'Fable III' (X360) Coming to PC After All?

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Fable III you will be called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power, and experience the true meaning of love and loss. While there yet no official announcement, Lionhead is currently recruiting a network programmer for an unannounced project, however the job "involves converting and maintaining the network code of the Xbox 360 version of this game to the PC, and enabling the Xbox 360 version and the PC version to play together."

'SBK X' (PS3/X360/PC) Mystery Announcement Coming Next Week - New Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Infront Motor Sports, Black Bean Games and Milestone have been tirelessly working together to inspect every corner of SBK09 to extract the best and to insert everything our players wanted for 2010 in order to deliver the best motorbike racing game ever made.

QuakeCon 2010 Announced, Dated

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

QuakeCon 2010 takes place August 12-15, 2010 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, and as always, this event is free thanks to the support of the QuakeCon volunteer staff, id Software, Bethesda , the event sponsors and exhibitors.

'JoyJoy' (X360) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoyJoy is an intense twin-stick shooter with a beautiful art style, upbeat soundtrack, and immensely satisfying and customizable gameplay.

Rock Band Music Store to Get White Stripes, Futureheads, And More

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 7:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rock Band 2 builds upon the original to introduce co-op band gameplay, multiple instruments, online multiplayer, unparalleled downloadable content and raises the bar by delivering an entirely new level of depth, connectivity, authenticity and features.

Xbox Live Code of Conduct Updated, Controversial Gamertags Allowed

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft has made an update to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct which will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs.

'Cheer We Go' (NDS) Goes Gold - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take on the role of a cheerleader in this exciting rhythm adventure game! Use your stylus to guide your cheerleader through increasingly complex dances and cheerleading routines.

'Free Realms' Going Strong, Surpasses 9 Million Subscribers

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Free Realms is a free whimsical fantasy massively multiplayer RPG from Sony Online offering lighthearted adventuring, aimed primarily at casual female gamers, and optional bonus content via micro transactions.

Stainless Games Recruits Former Eidos Exec

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Following on from the signing of a new deal between the UK’s download console experts Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast, and the announcement of further line extensions for Duels of the Planeswalkers, Stainless is continuing to bolster its senior management team with the appointment of ex-Eidos Development Director, Darren Barnett.

'Joe Danger' Becomes PS3 Exclusive - Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

It’s a riches to rags and back to riches tale, as old-school American daredevil Joe, publicly humiliated by the reckless Team Nasty at the start of the game, strives to regain his reputation as the Master of Disaster. Stepping into the shoes of the World most determined Stuntman players will have to combo, boost and pull ludicrous tricks across more than 50 events to thrill the crowd and put Joe back on the podium.

'The Whispered World' Coming to North America, Gets Dated

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | 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.

'Boulder Dash' Making A Comeback to Xbox Live Arcade

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

Boulder Dash will deliver both charming and challenging entertainment to the XBLA worldwide community, using the latest technology to present the unique gameplay and all of the characteristic elements associated with the franchise in a modern and incomparable style.

'Project E:st' Announced - Screens & Trailer

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

Project E:st is a fantasy MMORPG with an Asian theme, powered by Crytek's CryENGINE 2, featuring a high graphical quality coupled with an immersive storyline.

'Future Wars' Picked Up By Meridian4 For Digital Distribution

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 5:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Future Wars is a round based strategy-title that will bring the game back to the genres’ roots by creating definite rules, a rich story and classic gameplay elements. Players of the older generation, fans of customizing and also newbies of the genre will feel themselves homelike in Future Wars.

Eutechnyx Recruits EA Sports' Nascar Exec

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 4:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

independent driving game developer Eutechnyx has appointed Ed Martin, previously director at EA responsible for its NASCAR franchise, as Executive Vice President, North America, as it continues its ambitious expansion drive.

'Fist of the North Star' (ALL) Coming to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 4:44 a.m. PST | 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.

'Gray Matter' Gets Scored By Gabriel Knight Composer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 4:33 a.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.

'Digimon Battle' Now Accepting Open Beta Registrations

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 4:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Good Digimon need humans to help defend the earth and the Digital World from evil Digimon. Do you have what it takes to become the best Tamer and be declared a hero among the Digimon in the very first online multiplayer game based on the Digimon TV series?

Xbox 360 Preview - 'DarkStar One: Broken Alliance'

by Liam Craig on March 5, 2010 @ 12:15 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

DarkStar One: Broken Alliance fast-paced action within a vast and authentic universe that sees players exploring the vast reaches of space, encountering, battling and trading with six mysterious alien races in a quest to unravel the mysterious death of the protagonist’s father.

'Crysis 2' (ALL) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Crysis 2, New York is under the attack of a unique and frightening alien species that combines deadly weaponry, exceptional sensory abilities and intelligent collaboration to present players with the most challenging opponents ever seen in a first person shooter.

'Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West' (ALL) Developer Interview

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West catapults the player straight into the dramatic crescendo of the Western myth. Allowing players to relive the thrills of a gunfight in classic western settings such as the main street of a frontier town or the claustrophobic depths of a gold mine.

'Metro 2033' (ALL) Goes Gold - 14 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Metro 2033, based on Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy's novel of the same name, is a 3D horror/action/survival FPS with elements RPG genre game.

'Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake' (PSP) Goes Gold, Coming Soon

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Franticly paced and strategic, Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale on PSP. The player's goal is to rescue a beloved princess from the enemy castle. There is a catch, though; the adversary has been feeding her magical cake to make her heavier to carry.

Wii Review - 'The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft'

by Brad Hilderbrand on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft, the vault of the Spencer Mansion is robbed, and the Bayport Police call on the Hardy Boys to help tie up some loose ends, but they soon find themselves in the middle of a major criminal investigation that takes them on an adventure all over Bayport, and even into New York City.

'15 Days' - New Screens

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

15 Days is a fast-paced and sophisticated adventure game about Cathryn, Mike and Bernard - a troupe of political activists – stealing art for good causes. In meticulously planned coups, the three Londoners living in a hip loft steal precious paintings from the best guarded museums in the world.

Impulse March 5 - March 8, 2010 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, a THQ Ultimate Bundle for $49.99 (17 titles, a $344.83 value), knocking 50% off Alganon, Street Fighter IV, Grand Ages: Rome, Patrician III, while also dropping the price on Hearts of Iron, Hearts of Iron 2, Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday, Hearts of Iron III, SPORE, and World War 2: Time of Wrath.

I Want You To Let The Ballyhoo Boys Loose, Plan A Celebration, And Declare A Holiday

by Rainier on March 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

That Infinity Ward vs. Activision debacle sure looks like it's turning into a pissing contest. It'll be interesting to read more info about what occurred to lead up to the firings.

One more day to go through until the weekend. Can't wait for the few days of peace and quiet before GDC starts. Shortly after that madness, we're planning on a long weekend break to see the sights in Seattle. There will be the obligatory hike on Mount Rainier, for obvious reasons.

No major plans for this weekend. There are no movies coming out that we want to see (waiting for Green Zone the week after), but we are picking up a new iPod.