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'Sid Meier's Civilization V' Demo Coming Next Month

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with a new engine built from the ground-up. Players are introduced to a new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience.

'Enslaved: Odyssey to the West' (ALL) - 25 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A tactical action-adventure game, Enslaved centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters and challenges players to employ a mix of combat, strategy and environment traversal.

EA Financials Reveals 'Need for Speed Shift 2' and 'Crysis 2' (ALL) Delay

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA has released its latest financial results announcing that Q1 fiscal 11 was lower compared to Q1 fiscal 10 due to a reduced title slate, which went from 10 major titles in Q1 fiscal 10 to six in Q1 fiscal 11. An updated release list was provided which revealed Need for Speed Shift 2 is in development, while Crysis 2 is being delayed.

'Sonic Free Riders' (X360) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sonic Free Riders is a extreme fast-paced boarding game that, for the first time ever in a SEGA game, will allow you to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses using Kinect's full-motion body control.

PlayStation Store Gets Summer Sale, Earthworm Jim HD, Demos, DLCs, Tracks

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has rolled out new PlayStation Store content, starting with a slew of games for PlayStation Plus subscribers, PlayStation Network Summer Sale, Earthworm Jim HD (and demo), Modern Warfare 2 Cliffhanger demo, DLCs for ModNation Racers, LittleBigPlanet, Trine, BioShock 2, Tiger Woods Pga Tour 11, Blazblue: Continuum Shift, song packs for Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band, the usual game/movie trailers, and PS3 themes, and downloadable PSP/PS0ne games (Warriors Of The Lost Empire, Arctic Adventures: Polar’s Puzzles, Widgets Odyssey 2).

'The Sims Medieval' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 8:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Sims Medieval places the Sims characters into the Middle Ages and brings players robust, compelling gameplay never seen before in the history of The Sims, letting you create heroes, venture on quests, build and control a kingdom, and play every Hero Sim  character in the land.

'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock' (ALL) Gets Bundled With Soundgarden Album - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 8:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock will once again redefine music gaming with an all-new, story-driven Quest Mode, a completely redesigned rock-inspired guitar controller, the biggest on-disc selection of rock music ever in a Guitar Hero game and Quickplay+, which invites challenge-starved fanatics to test their rock skills.

'DiRT 3' (ALL) Revealed - First Screen & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 7:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport.

Ubisoft Teams With Virgin Gaming For Multiplayer Tournaments

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 7:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Virgin Gaming announced it has partnered with publisher Ubisoft to be the online tournament provider for some of the publisher's most anticipated multiplayer console releases.

'Jade Rousseau: The Secret Revelations Ep.1' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 7:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jade Rousseau: The Secret Revelations is a new series of mystery-adventures that will offer all the unfolding drama, plot twists and excitement of a mystery-detective saga but in the form of interactive adventure games.

'StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty' Sells Over One Million Units On Its First Day

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 5:00 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.

'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole - The Videogame' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 3:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The game invites kids and fans of the film and the Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series to join an unlikely band of heroes as they take on the role of a Guardian, a winged warrior and protector of the owl world, in an epic story of good versus evil, allows players to customize and control their owl on a thrilling journey across mythic terrains.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:28 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 ...

'Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' (ALL) - 50 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:57 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.

'Big Match Striker' Details Social & Community Features

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players will need to combine all the skills of chairman, manager, player and fan as Big Match Striker blends the best in football management strategy and animated trivia games.

'Red Dead Redemption' (ALL) Legends and Killers Pack Coming Next Week - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 11:00 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.

Play 'Blur' (ALL) On PS3 And Get A Chance To Win A BMW 125i

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:59 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.

'A Stroke of Fate' Details Its Cars - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A Stroke of Fate is a detective story set in the authentic surroundings of 1940s fascist Germany, giving you the opportunity to conduct a compelling investigation of the most mysterious secret veiled by the 20th century – Adolf Hitler's premature death.

PS3/X360 Hardware Preview - 'Rock Band 3'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'True Crime: Hong Kong'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2010 - Post - E3 2010

True Crime follows the story of detective Wei Shen as he infiltrates one of Hong Kong's notorious Triad crime syndicates. As a newly hired thug within the Triad organization, Wei must do whatever it takes to stay undetected and survive, balancing his moral duty as a cop with the objectives of the assignment.

XBLA Preview - 'Plants vs. Zombies'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Plants vs. Zombies combines real-time strategy, tower defense and collectible card games, but in a casual context.

'Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team' (PSP) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever Dragon Ball Z fans can enter into high-impact two vs. two combat in Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team. Play solo or team up via Ad Hoc mode to tackle memorable battles in a variety of single player and multiplayer modes, including Dragon Walker, Battle 100, and Survival Mode.

'NBA Elite 11' (ALL) To Include Downloadable 'NBA Jam'

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA Elite 11 will revolutionize the way basketball simulation games are played, with an all-new technology base, a new control scheme and a real-time physics system.

'Mafia II' (PS3/X360/PC) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:11 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.

Lace Mamba Global Signs Three Daedalic Entertainment Titles

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 1:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brighton based publisher Lace Mamba Global has signed a publishing agreement with developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment for the release of three new projects.

'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II' (ALL) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 1:07 a.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.

'Call of Duty' (ALL) Map Packs Sell A Combined 20 Million Units

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:46 a.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.

'ArcaniA: Gothic 4' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:35 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.

XBLA Review - 'Death by Cube'

by Brian Dumlao on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Death By Cube is a strategic twin-stick shooter in which players attempt to defeat cube-shaped enemy robots. Take on missions in single-player mode or enjoy heated battles in online and offline multiplayer modes.

A Hobby Should Pass The Time, Not Fill It

by Rainier on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

As you may have noticed above, we went to a Plants vs. Zombies XBLA event last night, and both the event and game were a lot of fun. PopCap had a troupe of dancers dressed in sunflower outfits and others sporting huge zombie heads. Cue Michael Jackson's Thriller album, and fun was guaranteed.

We have a few more interviews to catch up on that we have accumulated from recent press events, so keep an eye out for DJ Hero 2, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Mafia II, Rock Band 3 and bunch of others.