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Riddick: Dark Athena debut trailer


The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a game that will expand on the critically acclaimed original game in the series that released for the Xbox and PC in 2004 as The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

The new game not only brings the entire original to next-gen consoles with upgraded graphics, effects and audio, but an entirely new game that’s just as large as the original has been added in addition to numerous gameplay enhancements and features.

Starring Vin Diesel as the titular anti-hero Riddick (who has heightened sensory abilities that allow him to see and hear beyond normal human ranges), you must break out of the galaxy’s most deadly prison in this compelling 1st person action experience. Check out the all new trailer for the game.

Call of Duty: World at War starts Double XP Week


World at War on Xbox 360Activision has started “Double XP” Week for Call of Duty: World At War for those Xbox 360 and PC users who have the Limited Collector’s Edition.

Those who qualify will have the opportunity to earn double the experience points with access to the “Double XP Officer’s Club” playlists. It will end at 11:59AM Pacific Standard Time in the U.S. on Friday, December 12th. So you have the rest of today and all of tomorrow to rack up those points!

Call of Duty: World At War is the latest game in the first-person war series and the 5th game in the franchise. For this title the setting was brought back to World War II after the huge success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was set in modern times. The game recieved great reviews across the board.

It is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at a price point of $60, on the Wii for $50, the PS2 for $40 and the DS for $30. It’s rated M for Mature (Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore).

Here’s the awesome launch trailer for the game.

Heroes of the Pacific sequel Heroes over Europe coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2009


Heroes Over Europe dog-fighting Screenshot

Atari has announced Heroes Over Europe for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The game is the sequel to the air combat/dogfighting prequel, Heroes of the Pacific (released for PS2, Xbox, PC and PSP in 2005) and is being developed by Red Mile Entertainment and published by Atari.

Heroes of the Pacific on PS2The game will take aspiring combat pilots into the bullet-ridden heart of major World War II European air battles in glorious dogfight-friendly high definition. Heroes over Europe follows the Allied campaign from the attacks on London to the destruction of Berlin, with players under orders to strap themselves into the authentically rendered cockpits of the campaign’s iconic aircraft. Their mission: “to survive the most ferocious dogfights ever seen in a flight combat game.”

Here is the trailer for the new game.

Key Features for Heroes Over Europe include:
* Best tactical dogfights in HD: relive the best tactical dogfights in over 40 types of ultra-realistic iconic warplanes of the era, all presented in stunning high definition graphics with realistic localized damage on aircraft;
* Meticulously rendered environments: detailed landscapes and landmarks recreated in painstaking detail including faithful representations of London and Berlin to bring war-torn World War II to life;
* Legacy of ‘Heroes’ series: new installment in the Heroes series builds on its impressive legacy with highly detailed realistic visual presentation and more online options;
* Comprehensive online gameplay: fight for the skies with 4 modes of online multiplayer action for up to 16 players;
* Downloadable content: additional downloadable content will be available from launch.

Far Cry 2 contest offers 50 games and 1 intel Core i7-965 processor each day for month of December


Far Cry 2 on PS3Ubisoft is offering a massive Far Cry 2 contest where you have a chance to win a copy of Far Cry 2 or an Intel Core i7-965 processor.

In order to win you need to answer “four simple questions” relating to Far Cry 2 or the Intel Core i7 processor correctly.

The Far Cry 2 contest runs from now until December 30th and you have a good chance of winning because Ubisoft is giving away a mind-boggling 50 copies of Far Cry 2 EACH DAY along with one Core i7-965 unit. So good luck!

Far Cry 2 is Ubisoft’s latest game in the open-world first-person shooter series where you are caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa. You are tasked with taking out “The Jackal”, a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force.

The game immerses players with a custom-made video game engine built from the ground up. Players discover a true open world gameplay set in Africa, brought to life by high-definition next-gen technology and impressive fire physics that allow you to burn anything in your path.

Far Cry 2 is available now on Xbox 360, PS3 ($60) and PC ($50) and is rated M for Mature (Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language).

Published on December 9th, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Sega launches casual games portal


PlaySega! Online Casual Game Portal Logo

Sega has launched an online, casual game portal web-site called PlaySega, for Internet users in the United States and Europe.

Like other popular casual game portals such as Pogo and Yahoo Games, PlaySega will offer a variety of free to play web-games, including arcade, word, card, puzzle, quiz, Sonic-themed, and sports titles.

Among reasons to choose this casual game site over others, will be a port of Sega’s “Sonic At The Olympic games” mobile title, several titles in Sega’s “Brain Assist” Brain Age-style title for Nintendo DS that you can play online as well as games created exclusively for PlaySega such as Ice Shuffle and Aquatic Word Burst.

Each title will offer leaderboards and achievements for players to earn. Players will also earn PlaySega Rings (their form of PlaySega money) and can also create a profile that they can customize with decorative items and backgrounds, in addition users can invite friends to view their favorite games, their highest scores and any achievements they have earned.

There will eventually be a Paid VIP area of the site and Sega also plans to give users access to more and more exclusive web games such as Sega classics like Columns, Puyo Pop, Chu Chu Rocket, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Super Monkey Ball Tip N’ Tilt.

“Sega fans and new gamers alike can now come together in one place and enjoy some of our most exciting vintage and new titles,” says Sega of Europe’s network business director Nick Pili.

“There was a story out there recently that we have a locked vault full of retro Sega classics in Japan. Well, it’s true — and we’ve been given full access to a lot of the properties in it.”

Published on December 8th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Ghostbusters game trailer touts Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson


The Video Game HD Screenshot

A new Ghostbusters: The Video Game trailer along with new screenshots has been released by Atari, who will publish the game on six systems (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC and DS) in 2009. Note that the Wii and PS2 version will feature more cartoony looking graphics and characters due to the lack of HD graphics.

The Video Game on PS3Developed by Terminal Reality, who worked closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc., the game will be released to coincide with the 25th anniversary celebration of the original film’s theatrical release with a completely new story that re-unites the original cast members from the film (complete with their voice acting and in-game likeness) in a sequel (Ghostbusters 3, if you will) that seeks to recapture the unique blend of humor, fright and action that established Ghostbusters as one of the most popular and recognizable pop culture sensations in history.

Here is an all-new trailer for the game.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is penned by the original writers of Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and re-unites the original film’s cast, for the first time in 20 years, in Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson with a storyline that takes place two years after the Ghostbuster II film. The game even features fan favorites such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) and Brian Doyle-Muray (Mayor Jock Mulligan).

Sony will also be releasing the two movies on Blu-ray disc for the first time in celebration of it’s anniversary.

Call of Duty: World at War downloadable content release soon


World At War on Xbox 360Activision has plans to continue supporting it’s top-selling Call of Duty: World At War game with downloadable content (DLC) via paid packs like they did with Call of Duty 4.

However World at War may not get only one pack, but up to three “when all is said and done” reports MTV.

They also said that they will be doing DLC a little differently this time, stating that “It’s not going to be what we’ve done traditionally”, leaving us to speculate on what that could be. Which could be anything from new single-player content to new weapons and maps, but all of that seems pretty par for the course so we’ll have to wait and see what they have in the wings. Considering the fantastical “zombie Nazi” mode that unlocks once you’ve beaten the game, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they did some pretty wild things for the DLC.

As far as release date, they haven’t given one, but Call of Duty 4 didn’t receive it’s first map pack until five months after it’s release.

Red Alert 3 Patch 1.05 removes DRM protection, adds WorldBuilder


Command & Conquer Red Alert 3Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for the PC has gotten it’s first major update in the form of Patch 1.05.

The biggest news to come out of this new patch is the fact that it will completely remove the DRM protection built into the game. This will allow you to install the game on an unlimited number of computers. Of course, you still need the actual game in the drive to play it, but this is a huge step for EA given all the trouble that the Spore DRM caused them. Hopefully they will follow-up with a patch for Spore that removes DRM from that game.

Also in this patch is a new WorldBuilder tool. This powerful tool allows you complete creative control to make the ultimate multiplayer or skirmish map.

Also included in the patch are a number of technical bug fixes and balancing fixes across all of the game’s three factions. Give the official Red Alert 3 web-site a look for the full notes for the patch and to download it.

About the Game

Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 is available in stores now for the PC and Xbox 360, featuring the real-time strategy genre’s fully co-operative campaign, groundbreaking naval warfare and the series’ trademark live-action movie sequences, Red Alert 3 also features the largest and most talented cast in the history of video games including Jenny McCarthy, George Takei, Tim Curry, J.K. Simmons, Randy Couture, Gina Carano, Autumn Reeser, Kelly Hu and Gemma Atkinson.

Published on December 7th, 2008 under , , , , , , , ,

Best games of 2008 X-Play Award nominees


X-Play Best of 2008 Awards

X-Play will have their annual Best Games of 2008 Awards on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00 PM Eastern/Pacific time on G4.

X-Play is the most watched videogame series on TV and has announced the nominees for it’s various award categories for the Sixth Annual Best of 2008 Awards. The categories cover over 20 different sections including Most Original Game, Best Strategy Game, Best New Character and Best Sound Design.

The categories have also been expanded this year to cover some all new ground. These include: Best New Downloadable Game, Best Racing Game, Best Music/Rhythm Game, Best Handheld and Best MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game).

The special episode of the awards will take viewers through each category, revealing the winners and explaining in detail exactly why each game won. It will culminate finally in the highly coveted Game of the Year Award, where players can watch with anticipation in finding out which of this years heavy-hitters will win it all.

Fallout 3 (screenshot) is one of this year's biggest games

Will it be Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic epic Western RPG Fallout 3? How about the intense sequel to one of the Xbox 360’s best games in Gears of War 2?

Or Valve’s latest innovative shooter, the zombie-packed Left 4 Dead? EA’s first foray into the first-person adventure genre with the acrobatic action game Mirror’s Edge? And there’s many others as well, from Will Wright’s latest opus, the creature-building Sims-follow-up Spore to EA’s first gory survival horror game Dead Space to Rockstar and Take Two’s latest epic open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto IV. And don’t forget about Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and big DS and PSP titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Professor Layton and the Curious Village. There’s lots to choose from and all the awards this year should be really interesting.

“It seems commonplace to expect and find every year to improve on the one before,” says Adam Sessler, Host and Managing Editor, “X-Play.” “But the level of sophistication and depth found in 2008’s standout titles are truly extraordinary.”

“Every year, it gets tougher and tougher to pick the winners,” says Morgan Webb, Host, “X-Play.” “This year was no exception and we had to really challenge ourselves to whittle down the list of nominees to come up with the best of the best.”

The Complete List of “X-Play Best of 2008″ categories and nominees include:

Game of the Year

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Gears of War 2
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Resistance 2

Most Original Game

* Boom Blox
* Braid
* LittleBigPlanet
* Mirror’s Edge
* No More Heroes
* The World Ends With You

Best Gameplay Innovation

* “Level creation/sharing” – LittleBigPlanet
* “AI Director” – Left 4 Dead
* “Objective-based multiplayer” – Resistance 2
* “Voice command” – Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* “Right stick combat” – Too Human
* “Public quests” – Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Best Multiplayer Game

* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Madden NFL 09
* Resistance 2
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* Too Human

Best Action/Adventure Game

* Dead Space
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* No More Heroes
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Sports Game

* FIFA 09
* Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
* NBA 2K9
* NHL 09
* Madden NFL 09

Best Shooter

* Call of Duty: World at War
* Far Cry 2
* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Resistance 2

Best RPG

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Persona 4
* Tales of Vesperia
* The World Ends With You

Best New Character

* The dog – Fable 2
* Niko Bellic – Grand Theft Auto IV
* Sackboy – LittleBigPlanet
* Drebin 893 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Travis Touchdown – No More Heroes

Best Art Direction

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Far Cry 2
* LittleBigPlanet
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Prince of Persia

Best Animation

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* NBA 2K9
* Madden NFL 09
* Prince of Persia
* Resistance 2

Best Writing

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Best Original Soundtrack

* Gears of War 2
* Mirror’s Edge
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* Resistance 2

Best Sound Design

* Battlefield: Bad Company
* Condemned 2: Bloodshot
* Dead Space
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Downloadable Content

* Burnout Paradise – bikes/map expansion
* Call of Duty 4 – maps
* Rock Band 2 – DLC songs
* Team Fortress 2 – class upgrades
* Warhawk – PSN expansions

Best New Downloadable Game

* Bionic Commando Rearmed
* Braid
* Geometry Wars 2
* Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* World of Goo

Best Strategy Game

* Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
* Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor
* Sins of a Solar Empire
* Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* Valkyria Chronicles

Best Racing Game

* Burnout Paradise
* Mario Kart Wii
* MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
* Pure

Best Music/Rhythm Game

* Audiosurf
* Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
* Guitar Hero World Tour
* Patapon
* Rock Band 2

Best Handheld Game

* Chrono Trigger DS
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Patapon
* Professor Layton and the Curious Village
* The World Ends With You

Best M-M-O

* Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
* Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
* World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Published on December 6th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 49, 2008


What are the best-selling games in America, Japan, and Europe (UK, France, Germany) this week? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the most popular right now.

Nintendo Wii
The Force Unleashed for WiiNorth America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Namco Bandai), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games).

Japan: 1. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Sega), 2. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo), 3. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. Carnival: Fun Fair Games (2K Games), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega).

Xbox 360
World At War for Xbox 360North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 5. Fable II (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 2. Saints Row 2 (THQ), 3. Agarest Senki: Re-appearance (Compile Heart), 4. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 5. Tales of Vesperia (Namco).

Europe: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Fable II (Microsoft), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

PlayStation 3
LittleBigPlanet on PS3North America: 1. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. Prince of Persia (Ubisoft), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Special Edition (Konami), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 5. MotorStorm II (Sony).

Europe: 1. Resistance 2 (Sony), 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 5. Need for Speed: Undercover (Electronic Arts).

PlayStation 2
Rock Band Special Edition for PS2North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (Square Enix), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World – Special Edition (Bandai), 2. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 3. Real Rode – Kirakira Box (Kadokawa Shoten), 4. Real Rode (Kadokawa Shoten), 5. Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Plus Edition (Atlus).

Europe: 1. SingStar: ABBA (Sony), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. SingStar: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands (Sony), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. SingStar Singalong with Disney (Sony).

Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Spore (Electronic Arts), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 5. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead (Zoo), 2. Fantasy Earth Zero: Equitis Edition (Square Enix), 3. LineAge Episode Re: Premium Kit ver. 2 (E Frontier), 4. Ragnarok Online 6th Anniversary Package (E Frontier), 5. The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Pack (Electronic Arts).

Europe: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Spore (Electronic Arts), 4. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).

Nintendo DS
Elite Penguin Force for DSNorth America: 1. Disney Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 2. Personal Trainer: Cooking (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (Nintendo), 3. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel – Plus Main Theme Music CD (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 2. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 3. Imagine: Teacher (Ubisoft), 4. 42 All-Time Classics (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

PlayStation Portable
Chains of Olympus for PSPNorth America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony), 2. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd (Nihon Falcom), 2. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G – Best Of PSP Edition (Capcom), 4. Patapon 2: Donchaka (Sony), 5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 3 (Konami).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 4. Football Manager Handheld 2009 (Sega), 5. Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory (Activision).

Call of Duty: World at War remains #1 on the Xbox 360 chart. LittleBigPlanet returns to claim the top spot on the PS3 chart again. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also stays on top of the PC chart. Rock Band returns on the PS2 chart. Disney’s Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force is on top of the DS chart. A discount puts Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the Wii chart. And lastly God of War: Chains of Olympus stays on the PSP chart.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” A listing of the top 5 sellers per region, for all systems combined.

North America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Wii), 4. Wii Music (Wii), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (Wii).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (DS), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 3. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Wii), 4. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (DS), 5. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (DS).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Wii Play (Wii), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 4. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (DS), 5. More Brain Training (DS).

For the full lists go to Amazon’s US, JPN (PC) & UK / DE / FR sites.

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