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'Trauma Team' (Wii) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Encounter unprecedented depth across six distinct fields of medicine: play as a general surgeon, diagnostician, E.M.T., orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, and medical examiner. Follow the story as never before with all-new dynamic story sequences inspired by Japanese animation and comics; each dramatic chapter comes vividly to life with distinct style!

'The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom' v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under Patch

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.

'Lost Planet 2' (ALL) - 16 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lost Planet 2's story has advanced beyond Wayne Holden as players will now follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirates on their quest to seize control of E.D.N III. Players will move their heroes through different stories creating a truly unique and interactive experience.

PlayStation Store Gets Spring Fever Sale, Lead & Gold, UFC Demo, DLCs, Tracks, PSP Games

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with Spring Fever Sale (Warhawk, SOCOM US Navy SEALs Confrontation + Cold Front DLC), Lead and Gold: Gangs Of The Wild West, demo for UFC Undisputed 2010, DLCs for Modern Warfare 2, Record Of Agarest War, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band, and the usual game/movie trailers, PS3 themes, downloadable PSP games (Fat Princess: Fistful Of Cake, Armored Core Last Raven, What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2, Iron Man 2).

Humble Indie Bundle Offers Up Five Indie Games For A Price That You Decide!

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 4:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Five independent game developers have joined forces and created a bundle of games. The bundle consists of: Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra: Overture and World of Goo and to top it off you can then purchase the remaining Penumbra games (Black Plague and Requiem) with a 75% discount (for only $5 that is)!

'Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker' (PSP) - 175 New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 1:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This latest PSP installment picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3 for the PS2 leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features original game design, story and scenario by Hideo Kojima.

'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II' (ALL) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 1:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the epic story continues as players once again assume the role of the devastatingly powerful Starkiller - Darth Vader’s secret apprentice set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Xbox 360 Arcade Spring Bundle Now Available

by Adam Pavlacka on May 4, 2010 @ 1:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft is shipping the new Xbox 360 Arcade Spring Bundle, which offers more value than ever this spring. For the same price of $199, the Xbox 360 Arcade now comes with two Xbox 360 exclusives: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and Viva Piñata.

'Sid Meier's Pirates!' (ALL) Officially Coming to the Wii - Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 9:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Pirates! you are a 17th century Caribbean Pirate Captain trying to become the most revered and feared pirate in history - exploring high seas and exotic ports, overtaking enemies in fierce naval battles, engaging in duels and attempting to seize valuable booty.

Nexon Acquires Majority Stake in NDOORS

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NEXON announced the acquisition of NDOORS Corp. management rights, known for developing titles such as Atlantica, and GoonZu. NEXON will acquire 67% stake of NDOORS including the shares of the former chairman, Seong-Mun Kwon the largest shareholders and has secured management rights as the largest shareholder.

'Disciples III: Renaissance' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disciples III: Renaissance is a turn-based RPG/strategy game set in an expansive fantasy world, offering players action, adventure and glory. Stunning 3D environments, three playable races, and multiplayer functionality all combine to offer an outstanding gameplay experience.

'Alpha Protocol' (ALL) Goes Gold

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Loyalty carries a price and no one knows this more than agent Michael Thorton. A talented young agent cast out by his government, Thorton is the only one with the information needed to stop an impending international catastrophe.

'Rage' (ALL) Scheduled For 2011 - New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 8:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rage is set in post-apocalyptic wasteland after a meteor hits earth and wipes out civilizations, RAGE is an all-new take on the first-person shooter, developed using id Software's new Tech5 engine.

'Backbreaker' (PS3/X360) Details In-game Customization Tools

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 8:49 a.m. PDT | 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.

'Brink' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 8:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brink is an immersive shooter that blends single-player, co-op, and multiplayer gameplay into one seamless experience, allowing you to develop your character across all modes of play. You decide the role you want to assume in the world of Brink as you fight to save yourself and mankind's last refuge for humanity.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 8:07 a.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 ...

'Pro Evolution Soccer 2011' (ALL) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 7:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The PES range has long been regarded as offering incredible realism and control, but PES 2011 will reinvigorate the series with the most advanced raft of gameplay additions, control options, and animations to meet the evolution of real-life football.

'Wild Planet' Revealed, Using Gamebryo Engine

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 7:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in 2400 A.D. after a meteorite strikes the earth, Wild Planet features a non-targeting combat mode, sci-fi world outlook and punk-styled characters.

'Hunted: The Demon's Forge' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 7:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in a dark fantasy world, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge is an unforgettable cooperative action game, pitting you and your partner against waves of vicious enemies.

'God of War: Ghost of Sparta' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single-player game that allows players to take on the powerful role of Spartan warrior Kratos combining intense action, an elaborate new storyline, stunning graphics, and depths of scale never-before-seen on the portable platform. 

'SOCOM 4' (PS3) Introduces Lead Character - Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A militant revolutionary has unexpectedly seized control in an important South Asian country. As the Ops Com, your mission is to command an elite five-man squad charged with stopping his aggressive agenda before it’s too late. In only six days, you must lead your team through a hostile jungle and urban environments against an army of well-armed rebel insurgents that completely outnumber you.

'Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, players will control a 16-year-old Ben Tennyson and 16 alien forms as they embark on a mission around the world to uncover an ancient alien artifact that may save humanity from a mysterious cosmic storm and ultimate destruction.

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

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:27 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.

'Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes' (ALL) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set during a tumultuous period of Japanese history, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes follows players as they fight their way to the dramatic battle of Sekigahara. Players will take up the swords and spears of more than a dozen fierce samurai warriors in huge battles against hundreds of opponents in many exciting stages that lead up to the main event.

JoWooD Adds Playmobil Brand To Its Distribution Portfolio

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 6:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Entertainment has finalized a distribution agreement with HMH, adding the world-renowned Playmobil brand to its portfolio.

'X-Motor Racing' - v1.26 Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under Demo

X Motor Racing is an arcade racing game with next generation physics model, including all classes of cars from old RWD to modern sports cars, physics, and various graphical features. This demo includes 3 tracks, one car and is now updated with new physics surfaces, damage model, etc.

'Galactic Taz Ball' (NDS) Shows Off The Overworld - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:49 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.

New 'FlatOut' (ALL) Installment In Development

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Team6 announced that it will develop a brand new version of the well known franchise FlatOut, to be published by Zoo Games.

'Hydro Thunder Hurricane' (XBLA) Reveals Games Modes - New Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 5:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring all-new, over-the-top themed environments, rocket-powered speedboats, gorgeous visuals, and amazing dynamic water physics, Hydro Thunder Hurricane is the adrenaline dripping sequel fans have been waiting for.

PC Preview - 'StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty'

by Steven Mills on May 4, 2010 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Designed to be the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, StarCraft II will feature the return of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg races, overhauled and re-imagined. Each race will be further distinguished from the others, with several new units and new gameplay mechanics, as well as new abilities for some of the classic StarCraft units that will be making a reappearance in the game.

Xbox Live's Game Room Update Resuling This Week

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The new Game Room on Xbox LIVE, which will be the place to relive the glory days of arcade games, with over 1000 games being released throughout the next three years. Promised game updates were delayed last month "until further notice," and now a few new titles are due this week.

'JoyJoy' (X360) Coming Soon - Screens

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:04 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.

'Mafia II' (ALL) Lets You Be Part Of The Story of Frankie Potts

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:01 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.

'BlazBlue: Continuum Shift' (PS3/X360) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift inherits all the key features of its predecessor while adding a few twists of its own. Tsubaki, µ-12 and Hazama will join the ranks of the veterans, who will be reborn with additional moves to their arsenal. With new modes like Beginner Mode and Tutorial Mode, even fighting game beginners can pull off combos like the pros and dive right into the action.

If You Open Your Mind To The Impossible, Sometimes You Will See The Truth

by Rainier on May 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a little bit quiet due to a bank holiday in Europe, so we took the opportunity to catch up on a few episodes of Fringe. Love that series!

It was another warm day, and with all these computers on, the fans are at full strength to keep the office at a decent temperature. All I need now is a beach towel and a cocktail!

Wanted to thank Microsoft and its PR department for hooking us up with the early Halo: Reach codes. Unfortunately, we were only able to accommodate a handful of people out of the thousands of submissions, but we hope that the lucky few had a good time.