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'The Chronicles of Spellborn' Design Process Detailed - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 8:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Chronicles of Spellborn is an MMORPG set in the Enclave of the Five Sacrifices. Developed by Dutch studio Spellborn, previously known for Alpha Black Zero, it uses the Unreal 2.5 Engine. The lead audio designer got to try his hand at level design and shares some details about the design process.

PlayStation Store Update Gets Truckload of Downloadable Games, DLCs and Demo

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 7:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony is ending the year with a bang by rolling out a huge PlayStation Store update. Just like on XBL, EA has released new Rock Band tracks, a free We Three Kings Guitar Hero track, and PS3-exclusive content with Warhawk Omega Dawn Booster Pack ($7.99), Folklore Holiday Add-On (free), MotorStorm Holiday Skin (free) and 2 High Stakes: Poker Edition Add-Ons (free). On top of that, there are 4 new downloadable games: Toy Home ($9.99), Snakeball (free demo, $9.99 full game), Trials of Topoq ($4.99) and Mesmerize: Distort ($1.99). There is also a demo for Midway's Blacksite: Area 51 and the usual slew of game and movie trailers.

Various Game Trailers #1233

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for:

  • Lost Empire: Immortals - Trailer #2
  • NFL Tour [PS3/X360] - Trailer
  • The Club [PS3/X360/PC] - Trailer (2)
  • PixelJunk Monsters [PS3] - Trailer [JAP]
  • Bomberman Land Touch! 2 [NDS] - Trailer
  • Bomberman Land [PSP/Wii] - Trailer

  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

Sony Reveals Special 'Devil May Cry 4' (PS3) Bundle

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Devil May Cry 4 is the 4th installment in Capcom's series starring Dante, the gunslinging demon hunter, and introducing a new hero, Nero, who possesses a demonic arm that can pull in enemies or use them as projectiles. Sony revealed a DMC 4 special edition PS3 will be released in Japan, for US$422 (47,800yen), which includes the game and a ceramic white or clear black console.

'Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice' (PSP) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Pursuit Force brings Hollywood-style movie action to life by delivering high-speed vehicle chases, thrilling shootouts and new multiplayer capabilities, all in the quest for justice. In Take the role of a young rookie police officer, responsible for tracking down and thwarting five criminal gangs in and around Capital City.

Robert Garriott Steps Down As President NCsoft North America

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft announced that Robert Garriott, who recently finished Tabula Rasa, is leaving his post as president of NCsoft’s North American business and moving into a role of global business development and planning, and will be replaced by Chris Chung, currently the vice president for worldwide product development.

'Sin City' Powered by Unreal Engine 3

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 2:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After Red mile grabbed the license to Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novels and comic books, then signed Flint Dille, known for The Chronicles of Riddick, as designer/scriptwriting, it has now also licensed Epic's Unreal Engine 3 for use in its upcoming Sin City video game.

'One Piece: Unlimited Adventure' (Wii) - 17 New Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the animated TV series, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, makes its exclusive debut on the Wii. Join Captain Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates as they embark on a search for the ultimate treasure in this all new original quest.

'Shattered Suns' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 12:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shattered Suns is a sci-fi RTS game with unique features such as three-dimensional battles, a moving battlefield, player-designed units, unique economic challenges and an interactive campaign. Clear Crown Studios informed us that the released has been pushed from Q1 2008 to May 30, 2008, allowing time for a more extensive beta testing period.

'Drone Tactics' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 12:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus USA announces Drone Tactics, a game of mechanized strategy RPG warfare. Evil forces are on the march, and inhabitants of an oppressed land are turning to you for leadership. Command a squad of insect Drones, choosing from over 100 weapons, upgrades, and power-ups to optimize your forces as you confront the Black Swarm.

Activision Prevails in 'Guitar Hero Rocks The 80s' (PS2) Lawsuit

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 12:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A federal judge in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 17 denied The Romantics' request to stop the use of the song "What I Like About You" in Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s, saying that to the extent there were any copyright issues, Activision did exactly what the company was supposed to do in developing the product.

'Nanostray 2' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shin’en Multimedia's Nanostray 2 introduces many new features and elements which have never been used in its genre such as innovative touch screen features and exciting WiFi functions over the internet.

Win A Dell XPS System With 'Civilization IV' Modding Contest

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 10:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take Two and Firaxis get in the holiday spirit and announced a Civ IV modding contest running from Dec. 23, 2007 though Feb. 18, 2008. The creator of the winning entry in each category will receive a Dell XPS desktop computer, and the best over-all mod will receive the grand prize of a Dell XPS laptop.

'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed' (ALL) Not Coming to PC

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 9:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set between the largely unexplored era between Ep III and Ep IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. LucasArts issued a statement saying that The Force Unleashed is NOT coming to the PC after HMV recently started taking pre-orders in the UK.

'Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor' - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 8:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In addition to a new campaign that ties up the Dread Lords saga, GalCiv II: Twilight of the Arnor adds civilization-specific technology trees and planetary improvements that add even more flavor to each alien race, while greatly expanding the strategic depth of the game.

'The Witcher' - v1.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 7:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Witcher is an action RPG, combining features of such games as Dungeon Siege, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, Gothic and Neverwinter Nights, incorporating a simple-yet-interesting game system, along with a complex plot and attractive 3D graphics.

'Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock' (PS3/X360) New Tracks Available

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 7:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has rolled out three new track for GH III, single song downloads from such popular European bands as Extremoduro, Trust and Die Fantastischen Vier, as well as a free, exclusive rock rendition of the holiday classic "We Three Kings," recorded by Steve Ouimette.

'Imperium Romanum' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 6:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take the future of an empire into your hands in Imperium Romanum. Sequel to Glory of the Roman Empire, this historical strategy game sees the player take the role of a governor of a Roman province and strive to build a well organized, prosperous and commanding settlement.

'Stranger' - v1.1 Christmas Addon Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 6:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stranger combines epic RPG with some of the best elements of RTS. The never-before-seen spell and item enchantment system allows a never-before-seen flexibility as players simply have to swap the amounts of used crystals to adapt to their enemies' strategies. Fireglow Games released a Christmas add-on featuring two new multiplayer maps.

1C Company Acquires 'Fantasy Wars' Developer Ino-Co

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

1C Company announced that it has acquired Russian developers Ino-Co, creator behind the Star Wolves and Fantasy Wars titles, increasing once more its number of internal studios. Ino-Co is currently working on a Fantasy Wars sequel, as well as 2 other unannounced projects.

'Space Empires V' - Euro v1.66 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Space Empires V completely updates the user interface, and takes the player into a real-time rendered 3D universe. Watch space battles play out in glorious detail with realistic effects. This v1.66 patch version is for the European version of Space Empires V.

'Jumpgate Evolution' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Staying true to its early vision, NetDevil has improved upon the original Jumpgate in every way, with a complete graphics update, and the integration of advanced AI features to ensure unpredictable and compelling situations.

Next 'Kingdom Under Fire' Already in The Works

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With the early 2008 release of Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, developer Blueside is already at work on the next installment of the KUF franchise according to game director Henry Lee. However, unlike the Circle of Doom title, the next game in the series will go back to its strategy roots and be more of a traditional real-time strategy sequel to KUF: The Crusaders. The Circle of Doom spinoff did away with the original formula for a more hack'n slash type approach, and is intended for a broader, more casual audience.

Deep Silver Signs 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' (X360/PC)

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 4:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sacred 2 is a action-oriented deep fantasy RPG where players are immersed in an epic journey through the medieval-like kingdom of Ancaria featuring pitched battles and a wide range of enticing quests.

'MLB 08 The Show' (PSP/PS2/PS3) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Reflecting on the history of the franchise, the SCEA San Diego Studios development team went into this season looking to build upon the history and success of the franchise, by raising the level of authenticity and realism, and creating the perfect blend of features and unique gameplay opportunities.

'Conflict: Denied Ops' (X360/PS3/PC) Pins Down Release Date

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Conflict: Denied Ops is a new paramilitary themed co-op FPS from Pivotal Games, putting you in control of two of these merciless operatives, each of them highly specialized in both weapons and military tactics.

PS3 Review - 'Rock Band'

by Sanford May on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:32 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Rock Band allows you to perform music from the world's biggest rock artists with your friends as a virtual band using drum, bass/lead guitar and microphone peripherals, in addition to offering deep online connectivity.

'Samurai Warriors: Katana' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Samurai Warriors: Katana, known in Japan as Sengoku Musou Wave, is based on the Samurai Warriors series and delivers total arcade-style action right into your own home. Armed with your motion-sensitive Wii Remote, you'll journey back in time to do battle as a lethal samurai warrior.

PC Review - 'Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Dec. 20, 2007 @ 3:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Mask of the Betrayer, players are transported back to the Forgotten Realms shortly after the events detailed in the original NwN 2. Following the climactic battle against the King of Shadows, the player awakens alone and stranded deep beneath the earth. Surrounded by a horde of evil spirits, the player embarks on an epic adventure that reveals his true destiny.