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'Payday: The Heist' (ALL) - New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 5:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Payday: The Heist is an action-filled first person shooter for the PlayStation Network that lets you take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next "big score."

'NBA 2K12' (ALL) Signs Three Athletes, Each Gets His Own Cover

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 5:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA 2K12 delivers the most realistic, stylistic, and feature-rich simulation experience ever available in the NBA 2K franchise – from gameplay to graphics, presentation and online features.

'Street Fighter X Tekken' (ALL) Unveils Four New Characters - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tekken characters such as Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams will make the transition into the Street Fighter universe, while retaining their unique characteristics and signature moves as they go head-to-head with classic brawlers from the Street Fighter franchise.

'Mortal Kombat' (ALL) To Add Freddy Krueger As DLC

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 5:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The newest chapter of the fight franchise marks a return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the Fatality is back, presented in more gory detail than ever before, as well as a number of new game-play features and a deep story mode.

'Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi' (ALL) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 5:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prepare to dive into the world of Dragon Ball Z with Earth-shaking combat, a massive character selection, faithful manga-style graphics, and exciting new features.

'Ms. Splosion Man' (XBLA) Launches Free Challenges, Free DLC

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 4:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ms. Splosion Man is a 2.5D action/platformer based around the simple concept of 'splosions and the ridiculousness that ensues, featuring up to co-op multiplayer, local and online, a story mode chock full of hilarious cinemas seamlessly integrated into gameplay, and epic boss battles.

'Star Fox 64 3D' (3DS) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 4:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Fox 64 3D invites players to take on the role of legendary Fox McCloud as they lead a fearless squadron of fighters in fierce aerial combat to battle the evil forces of Andross and save the galaxy from destruction.

Disney Interactive Recruits Bill Roper As Marvel VP

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 4:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disney Interactive Media Group has appointed seasoned video game executive Bill Roper, previously at Cryptic Studios and Blizzard, as Vice President, Marvel Franchise.

'Monster High Ghoul Spirit' (ALL) Announced - Screen

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 4:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The creepy cool campus goes virtual in Monster High Ghoul Spirit where monsters new to the campus will embrace all their freaky flaws in seven brand-new episodes that have been created especially for the first-ever Monster High video-game experience.

'Gotham City Impostors' (ALL) Gets Priced, Scheduled For Early 2012

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gotham City Impostors is an original download-only first-person shooter where players battle for control of an unhinged Gotham City overrun by impostors inspired by the DC Comics characters Batman and The Joker.

'Just Dance 3' (ALL) Unveils New Tracks And Modes - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring more than 40 tracks across a wide range of musical genres, including pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, disco, funk, and more, Just Dance 3 introduces a number of new game features that take advantage of the unique mechanics of each console.

'Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad' System Requirements Revealed

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Red Orchestra 2 is a sequel to Tripwire's realism-based multiplayer WWII shooter. The game will focus on one of the most brutal battles in all of human history, the Battle of Stalingrad and the surrounding operations, both German and Russian, from July 1942 to Feb. 1943.

'The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns - Again!' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again! has fans playing through three original episodes and interacting with their favorite characters from DreamWorks’ The Penguins of Madagascar, including Team Penguin, King Julien, Maurice, Mort and Marlene.

'Kinect Star Wars' (X360) Bundled With Limited Edition Star Wars-Themed Console

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kinect Star Wars brings the Star Wars Universe to life like never before. Harnessing the controller-free power of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Star Wars allows fans to physically experience training as a Jedi, using the Force and battling with a lightsaber. Using full body motions, players can live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy, no controller required.

'Sonic Generations' (ALL) - New Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Delivering the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans old and new, Sonic Generations sees Sonic the Hedgehog playable as both the much loved classic 1991 character, and the modern day video game hero he has become in this exciting new fast paced adventure.

'Street Fighter III: Third Strike - Online Edition' (ALL) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 11:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bringing the new generation of World Warriors to new consoles, Street Fighter III: Third Strike – Online Edition takes one of the deepest, most sophisticated fighting games of all time online with an arcade perfect re-creation.

'Sideway' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 11:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sideway is a 2D adventure platformer set in a 3D environment. Follow our hero, Nox, as he is sucked into Sideway - a twisted graffiti world that forces him to navigate between 2D and 3D world views, use his smart and paint powers to defeat enemies, his nemesis Spray, rescue his friends and ultimately escape back to the real world.

'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Pre-Order Incentives

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 10:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Wars: The Old Republic will let you explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining your personal story and determining your path down the light or dark side of the Force.

'Tales of the Abyss' (3DS) - 21 New Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tales of the Abyss, based on the PS2 RPG, delivers full 3D support and use of the dual screens, offering a new gameplay experience and brings players closer to the action.

'The Legend of Zelda' (ALL) Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Symphony Concert

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 9:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduces full motion  control to synchronize player movements with Link's actions while offering the most  intuitive play control of any game in The Legend of Zelda franchise to date.

'Tank Ace' Accepting Second Closed Beta Sign-ups - Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tank Ace is a free to play third-person shooter game that will feature realistic World War II battlefields and vehicle stats based on actual historical facts. You will be able to choose a historically accurate tank and then customize it by adding additional armor, different styles of camouflage, body art, kill marks, and clan insignias.

Nintendo Download (NDSi/3DS/Wii) Thursday, July 21, 2011

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo added one WiiWare, and six NDSi/eShop titles to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem points to download:  Bobby Carrot Forever (Wiiware), Nintendo Video, 3D Classics: Xevious, Antipole, Kung Fu Dragon, and Trollboarder (NDSi/3DS/eShop).

'Mythos' To Add New Lamento PvP Feature

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythos is an online, action RPG that is free to download and free to play. Set in the land of Uld, players assume the roles of fantasy heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest through entirely randomized dungeons and environments.

'Wargame: European Escalation' - New Screens

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 8:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wargame: European Escalation is built around depth and reflection, the key elements of classic wargames, featuring intense real-time battles, stunning graphics, and the amazing IRISZOOM system, which allows a continuous zoom from a global view of the map to the heart of the action.

X360 Preview - 'Gears of War 3'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on July 21, 2011 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under E3 2011 - Post-E3 2011

Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival, and brotherhood that concludes the current story arc for Gears of War. With the last human city destroyed and the remaining survivors stranded, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race from the jaws of extinction.

'Born to Fire' Announced, Making Its Debut At GamesCom

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Born to Fire is a character-oriented FPS for PC with five different classes to choose from, each flaunting its own distinctive style and specific brand of firepower as well as a range of complementary skills to enable sophisticated team strategies.

A Lot Of Holes In The Desert, And A Lot Of Problems Are Buried In Those Holes

by Rainier on July 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Two more days of patience, and Captain America: The First Avenger will be upon us! Adam got to see an advance screening today, and while his review is under embargo until later this week, he did let me know "you won't be disappointed." I'm going to hold him to that!

While we're impatiently awaiting Friday, we watched the two-hour season finale of Leverage, and it lived up to expectations as well. Maybe Eliot's slow-mo bullet time segment was a bit over the top, but it sure looked cool, so I'm all for it.

A new patch for APB Reloaded is being rolled out tonight, and hopefully it will resolve the frequent lag spikes that have been occurring over the past week or two. Even though it's only a few seconds every time, it's happening too frequently to dismiss.