'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Map Pack DLC Coming End of March

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. While not revealing any specifics, Infinity Ward has revealed, by means of a mock website advertising a cure for Mapathy (a state of indifference to the same old maps on has been playing for the last several months), that the map pack will debut on Xbox Live March 30.

'Split/Second' (ALL) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Split/Second is an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion.

'The Cages Pro-Style Batting Practice' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A baseball batting simulator, filled with unique mini-games focusing on hitting, gets players off the pine and active in this innovative sports game. What awaits players is a series of fun and interactive mini-games that test players' hand/eye coordination by challenging a virtual pitching machine that spits out 19 different pitches, varying in speed and difficulty.

'Rock Band 3' (ALL) Confirmed, Scheduled for Holiday Release

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Previously revealed by Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopolous at a Q&A session at the CES 2009, and Natal support confirmed late last year,  Harmonix confirmed that it is developing Rock Band 3 for worldwide release this holiday season! The game, which will be published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts, will innovate and revolutionize the music genre once again, just as Harmonix did with the original Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and The Beatles: Rock Band. Stay tuned for more details!

'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11' (ALL) Announced, Adds Motion Controller Support - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 4:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 takes golf fans inside-the-ropes to experience the drama and emotion of tournament golf.

Tomorrow Corporation Formed By Indie Developer Veterans

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 3:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tomorrow Corporation is pleased to announce the existence of itself as a massive new “indie game” studio, formed by 2D Boy's Kyle Gabler and Allan Blomquist (World of Goo), and EA's Kyle Gray (Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure).

'White Knight Chronicles' (PS3) Getting New/Free Quests

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

White Knight Chronicles provides RPG fans with a unique battle system, and robust online gameplay rooted in an epic adventure. Throughout the game you'll have the opportunity to explore the massive world, experiencing a medieval-like fantasy where the hero is able to engage in combat as the larger-than-life White Knight.

'Puzzle Quest 2' (NDS/XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 2:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Puzzle Quest 2 features a blend of match-3 gem matching and fantasy, with a simple but meaningful role playing experience, using all-new weapons, spells, and shields that make every decision meaningful and never passive in the deepest puzzle adventure yet.

Unreal Development Kit - March Beta Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 1:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games launched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3, providing the community access to the toolset like never before, and has now released an updated version.

'Battlestar Galactica Online' Announced

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlestar Galactica Online is tactical space combat and adventure MMOG, inspired by the science fiction TV series, offering state of the art graphics that can be played directly in a browser. Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) The Taxidermist DLC Unveiled - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence.

'R.U.S.E.' (ALL) Open Beta Now Available On Steam, Pins Down Release Date

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 10:35 a.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.

'Need for Speed Shift' (ALL) Exotic Racing Series Pack Adds New Cars, Map - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 10:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers, delivering an authentic and immersive driving experience.

Rock Band Music Store to Get Lady Gaga Four-Pack, Poker Face Cover By Cartman

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 9:59 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.

'Spelunky' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 8:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spelunky is a cave exploration / treasure-hunting game inspired by classic platform games and roguelikes, where the goal is to grab as much treasure from the cave as possible. Every time you play the cave's layout will be different. Use your wits, your reflexes, and the items available to you to survive and go ever deeper!

Sony Offering Advanced Graphics Rendering Engine To PSP Developers

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 8:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PhyreEngine is an advanced graphics rendering engine provided as source code and tools to PS3 game developers, publishers and Tools & Middleware licensees, and used in a number of titles released on the PlayStation Store and Blu-ray Disc.

Electronic Arts Signs 38 Studios' RPG Codenamed 'Project Mercury'

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 7:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Project Mercury is an epic single-player role-playing game that marks the first entry into the company's vast universe created by New York Times best-selling fantasy author R. A. Salvatore, with artistic direction by Todd McFarlane, renowned artist and creator of Spawn.

'Bodycount' (PS3/X360) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Bodycount players become ensnared in a clandestine global power struggle as a powerful combat asset with a green-light to eliminate enemies known only as ‘Targets’ on behalf of the ‘Network’. Equipped with a mouth-watering selection of contemporary weapons, players and opponents tear through destructible cover to execute explosive kills in a shreddable world where operatives are encouraged to leave no witnesses.

'Power Gig: Rise of the SixString' (PS3/X360) Announced

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Power Gig: Rise of the SixString will transport players to an entirely new universe, with its own mythology, politics, settings, heroes and villains, where music rules all, using new technology that represents the next evolution of music performance games to provide all players with a more authentic and fun experience.

'Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce' (ALL) DLC Schedule Revealed

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce takes place in a mystic version of ancient China where warriors possess the power of "Fury". This power gives them superhuman strength, lightning fast speed and the ability to fly. Taking the role of any one of over 40 playable characters, up to four friends can go online to launch raids as a team or battle it out competitively.

'PlanB' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Not like an ordinary online game, PlanB is a free to play online action game where players can choose a character from 5 extraordinary characters such as baseball player, boxer, rugby player, fireman, and rock star and play instantly.

'Dark Void' (ALL) PhysX Installer Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dark Void is a highly innovative action title that will deliver a groundbreaking combination of fast-paced vertical combat mixed with mid-air and on-foot action.

'Alarm for Cobra 11: Highway Nights' - v1.22 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Patch

Daring stunts, spectacular crashes, thrilling criminal cases: All fans of the racing genre will easily fall in love with the newest game originating from the original RTL TV-Show “Alarm for Cobra 11”.

'Rise of Prussia' Updated Demo/Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 6:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Players will have the opportunity to assume the roles of military and political leaders of either the Prussian Kingdom or nations hostile to Prussia (Austria, Russia, and France) in a recreation of the exciting battle that encompassed much of Europe throughout the years of 1756-1763.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:56 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 ...

'God of War III' (PS3) - New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:43 a.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. SCEA Santa Monica's Director of Technology Christer Ericson revealed that God of War III reached gold status and is being sent off for manufacturing.

'Jagged Alliance 3' Revived, bitComposer Snags License

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Revealed in 2004, delayed a few times, then rumored as being canceled, bitComposer Games announced that it has secured the full rights to the license from Strategy First, and that preliminary development work has started on Jagged Alliance 3, which it will publish worldwide.

Former Pandemic Studios Members Launch Globex Studios LA

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A group of leading game industry creatives announced the launch of Globex Studios LA, a subsidiary of Globex Studios, founded by key personnel formerly of Pandemic Studios, will be a driving force in producing high-quality, direct-to-consumer games for the international marketplace.

'NHL 2K11' (Wii) Announced, Cover Athlete Signed

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 5:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Sports has signed Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler to be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for their upcoming video game, NHL 2K11. Kesler captured the collective attention of sports fans around the world with his gritty 2010 Winter Olympics performance, and will now look to bring the same electrifying play to NHL 2K11.

NDS Review - 'Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing'

by Brian Dumlao on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rain forests and bustling cities, all taken from the rich and varied universes of Sonic & SEGA.

'Super Street Fighter IV' (ALL) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Street Fighter IV features the full roster of 25 characters from Street Fighter IV such as Ryu, Ken, Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte and Rufus, while adding about eight characters new to the world of Street Fighter IV, such as classic combatants from previous SF games like T. Hawk as well as all-new characters such as the mysterious and deadly female fighter, Juri.

'Battlefield: Bad Company 2' (ALL) Server Issues Update

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 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.

'UFC Undisputed 2010' (ALL) Adds Marcus Jones to Gamestop Pre-Order Lineup

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | 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.

'Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Demo

You awake with amnesia in a Chicago hotel room and can’t remember your own name. Who are you? And how did you get here? You’ll need to keep your wits to solve this riveting hidden object game!

Laugh And The World Laughs With You. Weep And You Weep Alone

by Rainier on March 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Finalized our GDC appointments for this week, and I've kept it rather light since the conference is mainly about new technology, which is not our focus here. There are quite a few interesting titles to be shown, so keep your eyes out for a variety of interviews, previews and regular assets. Coverage might be a bit spotty as we'll be shuttling back & forth between locations, but we'll do our best to keep the news flowing ....

We made some headway in our DVR watching over the last few days, with 24, The Amazing Race, Caprica, The Good Wife, Kitchen Nightmares, Leverage and NCIS.