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'Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' (ALL) Shows Off Fragile Alliance Mode - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a raw and brutal crime shooter designed to take players on an even more intense story experience, following two of gaming’s most disturbed criminals, through the gritty Shanghai underworld.

'Hegemony: Philip of Macedon' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 6:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

Hegemony: Philip of Macedon is an RTS game based on the rise to power of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander The Great. Using a new 3D landscape engine, the game map is constructed from satellite DEM data and combines battle and strategy within the same unified 3D world.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 6:00 p.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 ...

'Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Ep. 2' (ALL) Coming Next Week - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 5:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A psychically empowered lagomorph battling unusual and fearsome villains can mean only one thing: Freelance Police Sam & Max are coming for a new series of monthly episodic games.

Various Game Trailers #1824

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:55 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:

  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands [ALL] - Acrobatics Trailer
  • AQUA: Naval Warfare [ALL] - Trailer #2
  • Darkness Within 2 [PC] - Trailer #3
  • Mafia II [ALL] - Taking Care Of Business Dev Diary

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

'Family Trainer: Treasure Adventure' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Family Trainer: Treasure Adventure sends players on a heart-pounding hunt across continents in search of hidden treasures. Mastery of the Family Trainer Mat peripheral is a must as you jockey the Wii Remote through the series of hair-raising active adventures, find the treasures, and become a fully-fledged Family Trainer action hero.

'God Eater' (PSP) Confirmed For Europe

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In God Eater, the earth has been ruined by mutated beasts known as the Aragami and mankind’s only hope against them is the Jinki weapons and the God Eaters who wield them. Players will create their own hero and battle more than 35 unique enemy types to find items to customize their weapons, guns, bullets and shields to increase their strength and stamina.

'Test Drive Unlimited 2' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.: Massively Open Online Racing; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online.

Valve Offers 'Portal' Free of Charge

by Adam Pavlacka on May 12, 2010 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

'Alan Wake' (X360) Comes to Life with Havok Physics

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 12:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true.

'EA Sports MMA' (ALL) Fighter Bios Part #1 - New Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 11:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Sports MMA will feature the most authentic, intense and broad mixed martial arts experience to date - complete with a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world.

'Max & the Magic Marker' Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 10:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

A virtual gadget – a simple marker – is the hook between the player and the cartoon styled boy Max, who has to face, confront, and control himself in a classical Jump`n Run setting within a fantastic children’s book environment.

'Metro 2033' (X360/PC) Ranger Pack DLC Adds New Weapons, Achievements And Mode

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:57 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.

'Runes of Magic' Adds A Swamp Full of Adventure

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:50 a.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 2,400 quests embedded in an atmospheric world.

'ArcaniA: Gothic 4' (ALL) Launches Ultimate Gaming Gig Contest

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ArcaniA: Gothic 4 is set 10 years after the last installment and situated on multiple southern islands, each with unique fauna & flora according to various climate zones. The game will feature a day & night cycle, changing weather, and depending on the time of day altering spell casting abilities.

'Gray Matter' (ALL) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:34 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Monster Tale' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Monster Tale mixes platform gameplay on the top screen with a deep pet-raising game on the touch-screen to create a dynamic, one-of-a-kind adventure. The heroes of this intriguing tale are little Ellie and a mysterious young monster named Chomp, who set out together to reclaim the Monster World from the Kid Kings and their enslaved creature pets.

'Hasbro Family Game Night 3' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 7:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Hasbro Family Game Night 3 collection of titles will appeal to the entire family with digital versions of their favorite game brands brought to life in a new theme park setting with the loveable MR. POTATO HEAD returning as the host and park guide.

'Blacklight: Tango Down' (ALL) Shows Off Weapon Customization - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 6:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blacklight: Tango Down is a fast-paced FPS based in a new fictional universe called Blacklight. The game's near-future setting is brought to life with disturbingly detailed and old-world architecture dripping with modern sci-fi lighting and brightly lit advertisements, an effect that causes each environment to appear both futuristically alien as well as hauntingly familiar.

'KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 6:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KIDZ BOP Dance Party! The Video Game includes 24 of the most popular KIDZ BOP dance hits. The all-new game lets kids create the ultimate dance party in their own living room as they move and groove their way to superstardom with the KIDZ BOP Kids.

'Empires of Steel' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 5:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

Empires of Steel is a turn-based game of world conquest set in the 20th century. Players command various ground, armored, naval and airforce units against up to 20 human or computer-controlled (Artificial Intelligence) opponent.

'StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty' - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 5:14 a.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.

'Call of Duty: Black Ops' (ALL) Getting Wii Version, Four-Player Co-Op

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 4:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While details are still scant, Call of Duty: Black Ops will take players behind enemy lines in an entirely new chapter in the  first-person action series of all-time. While the previous Modern Warfare 2 installment did not have a Wii version, it seems Black Ops will change that, while USA Today reveals that the game is set during the Cold War era with at least two main characters. Multiplayer being a big part of the franchise, Treyarch is said to be going "beyond the single-player story," with a two- to four-player co-op mode outside of the realm of the regular campaign, much like Modern Warfare's Spec Ops mode.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (ALL) Onslaught Mode To Add Four-Player Co-Op

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:39 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Galactic Taz Ball' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 3:00 a.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.

'The Heavy' Also Coming to Xbox Live Arcade

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 2:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Frazer Nash has obtained the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the British-made Parkland Pictures film The Heavy, directed and created by Marcus Warren, a political crime thriller about family rivalry and betrayal.

'2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa' (ALL) Game With Deftones Fame

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 12:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA Sports 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will feature all the emotion and passion of the fiercest national rivalries battling on the world’s biggest stage, with all 199 national teams that took part in qualification, all 10 official stadiums to be used in South Africa and stadiums from each qualifying region.

'MapleStory' Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

by Rainier on May 12, 2010 @ 12:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

MapleStory is an online adventure game that centers around the "Maple World," allowing players to combat monsters and develop their characters' skills and abilities in an immense platform-inspired persistent world.

Poker Should Not Be Played In A House With Women

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

Believe it or not, my most esteemed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar in my office has a day missing this month. May 8th, which was supposed to be last Saturday, was placed on Sunday, with Saturday being a big, blank box. Why is that important? I use it as a visual aid for daily appointments — no, really I do — and now, I had to ruin the curvaceous swimsuit model in the background with a big black marker to adjust all the dates and appointments. Outrageous!