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'Back To The Future' (ALL) Ep. 2 Coming Next Month, Two New Characters Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 7:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on Universal's trilogy of movies, but with an all-new story consulted by co-creator and writer Bob Gale, Back To The Future will revive Marty McFly and Doc Brown's high-flying voyage across the space-time continuum.

'The Next Big Thing' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Next BIG Thing revisits with class and humor the fantastic movie genre with a modern, funny adventure packed with hints and references made to popular movies and TV shows.

SOE Bringing 'Plants vs. Zombies' (ALL) And Five Other Titles To PSN

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 4:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment announced a line-up of new titles for the PlayStation Network, including the hugely popular Plants vs. Zombies, Acceleration of Suguri X Edition, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Akimi Village, Sideway, and Rochard.

'Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds' (ALL) Adds Hsien-ko And Sentinel - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 2:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Iconic Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from the most beloved franchises in entertainment as you battle in a living comic book brought to life in a versus fighting game.

'Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers' (ALL) Sales Exceed 500,000 Units

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Duels of the Planeswalkers lets players simulate the Magic: The Gathering trading card game through lush interactive 3-D environments. The arcade-style game takes players on a journey through a vast Multiverse of unique worlds where they are deemed Planeswalkers, powerful mages who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest.

'Patrician IV' Expands With Rise Of A Dynasty Add-On - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Patrician IV, the player takes on the role of a young merchant in the area of the Baltic and North Sea during the late Middle Age, the zenith of the Hanseatic League and its naval trading empire.

'Explodemon!' (ALL) Pins Down New Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 11:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Explodemon! is a 2.5D platform action game influenced by classic Japanese games from the golden era of the SNES.

'Call of Duty: Black Ops' (ALL) First Strike DLC - 10 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 11:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Call of Duty: Black Ops takes players behind enemy lines in an entirely new chapter in the first-person action series. Black Ops is set during the Cold War era featuring at least two main characters, multiplayer that will go beyond the single-player story, as well as a two- to four-player co-op mode.

'Cloning Clyde' (X360) Coming to PC

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cloning Clyde is a 3-D side-scrolling adventure, featuring crazy action-oriented puzzle solving and hectic multiplayer gameplay.

'Silent Hill: Downpour' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Staying true to the franchise's original roots, Silent Hill 8 returns with another third-person horror experience, and an all-new thought provoking storyline.  Players once again find themselves face-to-face with their deepest sins and fears in the strange world of Silent Hill.

Rock Band Music Store To Get The Clash's London Calling Album

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 9:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring an 83-song set list and access to far more music than ever before, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

'Killzone 3' (PS3) Singleplayer Demo Coming Next Month - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 8:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Loaded with more vehicles, explosive high powered weapons and a vicious close-combat system, resume the fight against a remorseless Helghast Army of colossal proportions.

QuakeCon 2011 Dates Announced!

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 6:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

QuakeCon is the ultimate video game festival and party. QuakeCon is open to the public and attendance is FREE thanks to the support of id Software and Bethesda Softworks, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and the 2011 event sponsors and exhibitors.

'TNT Racers' (ALL) Gets European PSN/XBLA Dates

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 6:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TNT Racers is a high-octane racer with 8 action-packed courses, for up to 4 simultaneous players (online or offline), where winning requires much more than just being the best driver. The decisive factor is being the best racer - you must collect the pickups and cleverly use the powerful weapons to catapult your opponents off the track!

'Top Spin 4' (ALL) Developer Diary 1 - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Top Spin 4 brings the competitive action of tennis to life like never before with redesigned controls, jaw-dropping player models and Signature Style animations, enhanced TV-style presentation elements, and one of the deepest player rosters to date featuring tennis’ top athletes and legendary pros.

Mastertronic Partners With PopCap To Bring Casual Games To Retail

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

UKpublisher Mastertronic has signed a deal with  casual games developer PopCap Games, and bring those titles for PC, handheld and console formats to retail across the UK, Europe and PAL territories.

'Conduit 2' (Wii) Reveals Multiplayer Info, Gets A New Date - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Armed with advanced and powerful weapons, players, Conduit 2 will take players to the far reaches of the world to stop an alien invasion that can be fought in single-player, online multi-player battles, and all-new off and online co-op modes.

'Challenge Me: Word Puzzles' (ALL) Announced

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 5:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Challenge Me: Word Puzzles is filled with word based puzzles designed to boggle your brain! From word searches to anagrams there are hours of gameplay available for you & your family.

'L.A. Noire' (ALL) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 3:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

L.A. Noire is an interactive detective story set in the 1947 classic noir period situated in an exact recreation of mid century L.A. drawing players into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders, but also side missions based on real events from that period.

'Crysis 2' (ALL) Multiplayer Demo Also Coming To PC

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 3:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Crysis 2, New York is under the attack of a unique and frightening alien species that combines deadly weaponry, exceptional sensory abilities and intelligent collaboration to present players with the most challenging opponents ever seen in a first-person shooter.

'Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed' (ALL) Shows Off Career Mode - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 3:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shift 2 Unleashed builds on the true drivers experience by introducing the driver’s battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself.

'Heavy Rain' (PS3) Movie Script Written by 'Deadwood' Creator

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions - not cut scenes - and every action has a consequence.

'E.Y.E : Divine Cybermancy' - New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

E.Y.E is a new FPS/RPG where you play an elite soldier from a strange and secret society looking to, by any means necessary, take the power of the almighty Federation.

Impulse January 27 - January 30, 2011 Weekend Sale

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 2:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stardock's digital distribution platform, Impulse, is having its weekend sale, starting with a sale on THQ Ultimate Bundle (17 titles for $99.99), knocking 50% off Trainz Simulator, Trainz Simulator 2010, X3 - Terran Conflict, X2 - The Threat, X3 - Reunion, X3 - Gold, SimCity 4 Deluxe, The Guild 2, Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition, Trainz Simulator 2009, while also dropping the price on The Entente - World War I Battlefields, Bioshock, X-COM Complete, and MinerWars 2081 Pre-Alpha.

'World Of Tanks' Goes Open Beta - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 2:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In World of Tanks 30-player teams are fighting action-packed PvP battles. The game features more than 150 armored fighting vehicles from the pre-WW2 era up to the Korean War: light, medium, heavy and super heavy tanks, tank destroyers, self-propelled howitzers and rocket artillery. The game includes American, German and Soviet tanks.

NDS Review - 'Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun'

by Brian Dumlao on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

When an inexplicable, ongoing solar eclipse plagues Transylvania, it is up to news reporter Emily Davis to solve the dark mystery. As researchers and other civilians begin to disappear, you must uncover hundreds of skillfully hidden objects and decipher the clues behind the eclipse.

You Are My Best Friend. You Are My Only Friend

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Sony finally took the wraps off the PSP2, or Next Generation Portable, whatever you want to call it. I haven't turned on my old PSP in forever, and when I did, it was to occasionally play Ghost'n Goblins or Killzone for a few minutes. The new iteration sounds promising, so let's hope it lives up to the expectations.

No big plans for this weekend, so everything will be nice and quiet around these parts. Maybe we'll catch up left or right, sleep, watch DVR/Netflix, and see The Green Hornet or Your Highness. You know, the usual. :)

It's been rather quiet concert-wise, but we are going to see Kevin Smith in a few weeks, as well as a musical, Rock Of Ages. That'll be my dose of cultural enlightenment for the rest of the year.