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

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:21 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.

'Need for Speed World' Pre-Order Gets You Early Access, In-Game Car, And More

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Need for Speed World Online takes the race into the largest open world in the franchise's history. This Play 4 Free action racing game will give fans access to licensed cars, parts, multiple game modes, sophisticated online matchmaking features and fully customizable profile and rides.

'Greg Hastings Paintball 2' (ALL) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Greg Hastings Paintball 2, players take to the field in 12 global paintball locations, each containing three to six different fields. Seven single-player game modes challenge the most experienced "ballers" to hone their skills and then test them against up to 19 others in seven different multiplayer game types.

Study Finds Casual Video Games Improve Cognitive Function

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 4:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

PopCap Games announced that preliminary results of a new study being conducted by East Carolina University's Psychophysiology Lab have identified improvements in cognitive function through the playing of "casual" video games

'Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 3:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 plunges fans into an explosive environment where they can become elite aerial soldiers in control of the world's most technologically advanced aircraft.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 2:04 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 ...

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is an action-packed 3D arcade video game that casts players in the role of Dave, the powerful sorcerer’s apprentice, as he joins a mystical fight against the ultimate evil in a world filled with fantastical quests and magical combat.

'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Game With Ozzy Osbourne Fame

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:11 p.m. PDT | 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.

'DarkStar One: Broken Alliance' (X360) Alien Ships Overview Part I - Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 10:54 a.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.

'Mafia II' (ALL) Collector's Edition and Pre-Order DLC Revealed

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 10:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mafia II immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940s-early 1950s scenario by fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative. Players will easily become engaged in the game's cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city.

'Test Drive Unlimited 2' (ALL) Gets Pre-Order Incentives, Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 9:30 a.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.

'Sonic Colors' (NDS/Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 9:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sonic Colors is a brand new high speed action adventure in which Sonic the Hedgehog races through incredible theme park inspired worlds to rescue a colorful alien race from the clutches of Dr Eggman.

'Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is an action RPG featuring six playable characters to choose from, each with their own special abilities and attacks. Players will need to master them all if they want to stand a chance against the game's fierce enemies and towering bosses that fill both screens!

'Guitar Hero 5' (ALL) And 'Band Hero' (ALL) June DLCs Revealed

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, you can customize the makeup of your band with any combination of instruments in-game: two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, etc. while also adding new gameplay mode.

'Soul Master' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Soul Master is a new genre-bending, free-to-play MMORTS, an addictive new game that takes the innovation behind customizable "Hero" units in the RTS genre to a whole new level by allowing players to have complete MMORPG-style control over their characters.

'Gears of War 2' (X360) Rolls Out Title Update #6, Adds Balancing, Tweaks, Improvements

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

Gears of War 2 picks up six months after the events of the original, thrusting players back into humankind's epic battle for survival against a nightmarish force of underground creatures known as the Locust Horde.

'Alien Breed' Gets Updated For PS3/PC

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 8:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alien Breed: Impact is an action packed, tense single player adventure and an absolute blast of a co-op game, a “retro-modern” remake of the 1991 original that helped the now indie dev/publisher burst onto the Amiga scene 18 years ago.

'Crackdown 2' (X360) - 13 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 4:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crackdown 2 will take multiplayer gaming to unprecedented levels for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any means necessary.

'SBK X' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 3:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

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.

'Dragon Ball: Origins 2' (NDS) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 3:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Ball: Origins 2 continues the story of series hero Goku’s early years as he and his friends search the world for the seven enchanted Dragon Balls. The new action-adventure game includes an array of features including the ability to play as different characters along the way and the option to team up with a friend for co-op multiplayer challenges.

THQ Imitates Electronic Arts And Sets Up THQ Partners

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 3:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ announced the launch of THQ Partners, providing select developers and publishers access to THQ’s global retail and online publishing network.

'Splatterhouse' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over-the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.

Wii Review - 'Monster Hunter Tri'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on May 26, 2010 @ 1:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

MH Tri, pronounced as "try," is an action RPG series where you hunt down fantastical monsters in natural environments, including underwater aquatic beasts, as well as implementing a split-screen co-op mode and introducing a new Arena fighting mode.

'NCAA Football 11' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCAA Football provides the ultimate experience for the true football fan, delivering the excitement and pageantry that can only be found in college football. NCAA Football 11 will give players 120 ways to win with real college offenses that, for the first time ever, reflect the authentic style of every NCAA FBS school.

'Scratch: The Ultimate DJ' (ALL) Also Coming to iPad, iPhone And PC

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scratch: The Ultimate DJ is set in distinctive urban environments combining free-form DJ tricks with great rhythm game-play, and featuring songs from the biggest names in Hip Hop. Designed by DJ technology manufacturer Numark, Scratch Deck gives players an authentic DJ experience like no other.

We'll Tell You Anything You Want To Hear, We Lie Like Hell

by Rainier on May 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we saw a special screening of the Prince of Persia movie. We aren't allowed to talk about it until tomorrow, and although we're not in the habit of reviewing movies, we'll go into a little more detail in tomorrow's MOTD.

Microsoft is cleaning house with J Allard and Robbie Bach leaving and/or retiring. I just hope that the people who replace them will focus more on PC gaming than what we've seen in recent years. Bring Gears of War and Halo to the PC simultaneously, not a year or two after the fact, when everybody has already moved on. I'm just saying ....