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'StarCraft II' Pre-Order At GameStop Gets You Beta Access

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 9:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races. It's overhauled and re-imagined with Blizzard's approach to game balance, and it's designed to be the ultimate competitive RTS game. Gamestop is giving fans who pre-order either the regular or collector's edition access to the beta.

'Nail'd' (ALL ) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 8:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nail'd is truly a hellish ride. No other racing game has ever featured such differences in altitude! Only those who master daring jumps into unknown depths at ultimate top speeds stand a chance to win the challenging action races in nail'd.

'James Bond: Bloodstone' (ALL) Revealed

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 8:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

That Activision studios Bizarre Creations is working on a new James Bond driving game is not exactly a secret, as it has been mentioned by execs on various occasions and conference calls. According to UK megastore HMV the name of the new, vehicle-focused, title is James Bond: Bloodstone. Activision declined to comment, and while the product has been removed in the meantime, it still shows up in the search results when you enter James Bond.

'Wipeout: The Game' (NDS/Wii) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 7:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wipeout: The Game challenges fans to master speed, balance, and precision to overcome the world’s largest obstacle course while enduring the inevitable hilarious falls, sometimes at the hands of your friends and family!

'UK Truck Simulator' - v1.06 Patch/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 7:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

You will gain experience working as a UK haulage contractor ensuring your deliveries are on time, your truck isn’t damaged and keeping an eye on fuel consumption, with the aim being to build up your own business.

PlayStation Store Gets After Burner, Monkey Island, Puzzle Chronicles, DLCs, Tracks, PSP Games

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Ubisoft Game Sale (HAWX DLCs, various Petz titles), Hyperballoid HD, Puzzle Chronicles, Secret Of Monkey Island Special Edition, After Burner Climax, Lost Planet 2 Multiplayer Demo, DLCs for BUZZ!, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band, and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (UNO, Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess!, Hysteria Project, Homerun Hitters, Shogi, and Charge! Tank Squad!).

'Galactic Taz Ball' (NDS) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 7:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Galactic Taz Ball, Taz is accidentally kidnapped by Marvin the Martian, who is stealing the Earth’s landscape to make Mars more scenic. Taz must spin his way across pieces of Earth floating in space to stop Marvin from destroying the planet and get back home.

Various Game Trailers #1820

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:46 p.m. PDT | 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:

  • Alan Wake [X360] - Bright Falls Live Action Trailer
  • Alpha Protocol [ALL] - Leland Trailer
  • Blur [ALL] - Under The Hood: Cars & Tracks Trailer

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

'MechWarrior 4' Cleared For Release, Coming Soon

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MechWarrior marks an epic struggle to reclaim your birthright as you command an awesomely armed 40-foot tall, 80-ton, 90-mile per hour war machine across the remote battlefields of a hostile world. After going back and forth with Microsoft for a few months, MekTek revealed that MechWarrior 4 has been cleared for release, and should be available shortly (thanks Blues).

'Halo: Reach' (X360) Gets Limited And Legendary Game Editions - Trailer

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Step into the boots of a Spartan III, as Halo: Reach charts the story of Noble Team in their heroic stand to defend the planet Reach, its people and secrets against a ruthless assault by an alien collective known as the Covenant.

'DarkStar One: Broken Alliance' (X360) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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.

'The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom' v1.03 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom gives gamers the opportunity to choose the best way to lead their kingdom to victory, in a rich environment set in middle-Europe during the early Renaissance.

'Darksiders' (PC) System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 3:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Darksiders is an action/adventure game that gives players the ability to experience the supernatural destructive power of WAR, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as he explores a demon ravaged world -- seeking revenge and ultimate redemption with a vast array of modern and mythical weaponry.

'ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead' Gets Release Date - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 3:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original ARMA II, a new flashpoint in the Green Sea region heats up and coalition forces led by the US Army are sent to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties.

'Runes of Magic' Rolls Out First Phase Of Chapter III

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 3:34 p.m. PDT | 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.

'Mount & Blade: Warband' - v1.113 Full Client/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

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.

'Star Hammer Tactics' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Hammer Tactics is a futuristic, fast-paced tactical battle game featuring a rule set that is deliberately simple whilst still allowing for maximum strategic depth, and is sure to engage and entertain gamers of all persuasions

'Ravensdale' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 1:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Project “Ravensdale” is a fast paced fantasy action game in a very unique “steam powered” setting featuring cool and outrageously over-powered gadgetry. The player will seek out high pressure steam outlets, to supercharge his equipment, allowing him to pulverize his adversaries and overcome the obstacles on his path.

'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' Pre-order Incentives

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 1:11 p.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.

'Madden NFL 11' (ALL) Cover Athlete Signed - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Madden NFL 11 captures the emotion and intensity of the NFL like never before. Whether you're a diehard football fan, gamer, or somewhere in between, Madden NFL 11 puts you in control of your favorite teams and NFL superstars and lets you feel what it's like to play on Sundays.

Major League Baseball Games Streaming Live On PS3 In High Definition

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America and Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced that MLB.TV is available today in North America on the PS3, the first and only gaming console to stream live baseball games in High Definition.

'Global Agenda' Coming To Euro Retail

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 9:24 a.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.

NDS Review - 'Ragnarok DS'

by Brad Hilderbrand on April 22, 2010 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Ragnarok DS brings the customization and exploration that has millions of PC gamers enthralled to the NDS. In Ragnarok DS, players upgrade their character's armor and weapons by either taking them to a blacksmith to be refined, or by affixing effect cards dropped by defeated monsters.

GamersGate Weekly Specials April 22 - April 25, 2010

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 5:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital distribution outlet GamersGate announced its weekly specials, starting with 50% off Crusaders: Thy Kingdom Come, Medieval II: Total War Gold Edition, 40% off Disciples II: Gold Edition, Painkiller Universe, while Beat Hazard gets a 25% discount, while Making History 2 gets you beta access, while Splinter Cell Conviction gets you Splinter Cell or Splinter Cell Chaos Theory for free, Storm over the Pacific offers 10% and Beta Access, and Alpha Protocol nets you a free copy of Space Siege.

'Zombie Driver' v1.1.4 Patch Available NOW

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

Zombie Driver is an action driving game with a top down perspective and a dynamic helicopter chase camera. Fight your way through the streets of a zombie infested city to save the survivors of a disastrous chemical accident that changed most of the city's population into mindless brain hungry monsters.

'Splinter Cell: Conviction' (ALL) Details Uplay Win Rewards

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 5:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.

'Clash of the Titans' (PS3/X360) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Clash of the Titans, based on the upcoming remake of the classic movie, is an action adventure game depicting the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. Set in the timeless grandeur of Greek mythology, the game tells the story of the epic battle for dominance between the human race and the powerful gods Hades and Zeus.

'ModNation Racers' (PSP) To Feature PS3 Interconnectivity

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ModNation Racers is a thoroughly fresh take on classic kart racing that empowers the player to personalize their entire game. Players can create their own Mod character, styling their own racing kart and even building an imaginative track that can be shared with the rest of the PlayStation community. In a full interview to be published later today, producer Vernon Mollette revealed that the PSP version will work together with the PS3 edition.

'Blur' (ALL) Blur Pre-order Incentives

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:40 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Runaway: A Twist of Fate' (NDS) - Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the story of the previous game, A Twist of Fate is also very much an independent adventure, allowing those that have never played a Runaway game before to fully enjoy this brand new experience. Also, for the very first time in the series, the game will allow you to control Brian as well as Gina who has an important part to play in the story.

'Transformers: War for Cybertron' (ALL) Adds Another Two New Playable Characters

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Transformers: War for Cybertron takes players to the Transformers characters’ home planet of Cybertron for a new look into the epic story of the grand civil war that spawned one of the most brutal rivalries of all time.

'Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice' (PS3) Trophy Patch Coming to Europe Next Month

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 4:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disgaea 3 is a rich and deep Strategic RPG that's not afraid to display a very bizarre sense of humor, a combination that will leave you laughing one minute and fighting cunning enemies the next.

'Islands of Wakfu' (XBLA) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 3:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Islands of Wakfu is an adventure/beat'em all style game that can be played by two players in team mode and will reveal never seen before background content from the world of Ankama casual MMO titles DOFUS and Wakfu.

'Supreme Commander 2' (ALL) Rolls Out v1.12 Patch, Polishes A.I. And Multiplayer

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 3:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set 25 years after the events of the original game, Supreme Commander 2 begins with the assassination of the newly elected president of the Colonial Defense Coalition. The CDC members – the United Earth Federation, the Order of the Illuminate, and the Cybran Nation – deny involvement, blame each other, and a galactic war ensues!

'Doctor Who: The Adventure Games' Ep.1 Gets Named & Dated

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games are four downloadable new 'interactive episodes' in which players assume control of the Doctor and Amy as they embark on new adventures which complement the new TV series.

'AQUA: Naval Warfare' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Games Distillery's AQUA is an action-arcade title in a Victorian-era-inspired maritime setting featuring appealing storytelling and gigantic steamships going into battle.

'Planet Calypso' Focusses On Story With 80 New Missions

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Planet Calypso is a virtual world utilizing a real cash economy, featuring beautiful new vistas, a compelling new story and dangerous monsters all rendered in Crytek's CryENGINE 2.

'Majesty 2: Kingmaker' Launches Map-making Contest

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring a brand new "Return of Grum-Gog" campaign, players will be called upon to challenge Lord Blackviper and his army of goblins as they wreak havoc and bring turmoil to the lands of Ardania.

'Field of Glory' - v1.2.5 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 22, 2010 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

Based on Slitherine’s popular tabletop wargaming system, Field of Glory is a faithful adaptation of this miniatures wargame! Without the calculations and measurements required for a tabletop game of Field of Glory, the PC version accurately represents ancient combat where you make the important and fun decisions on the battlefield.

Maybe If I Stick Your Head Through That Window Over There You'll Get Unconfused.

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

Halfway through the week, and unsurprisingly, i'm looking forward to the weekend. I need some downtime after last week's vacation. Odd how that works :)

We attended a PSP event last night and got to play a few upcoming games (Modnation Racers, Hot Shots Golf and a few others), so we'll have some impressions and interviews later today and later in the week.