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The Sims 3 Special Collectors Edition announced for PC


Pre-order The Sims 3 Collectors Edition for PCElectronic Arts today announced the The Sims 3: Collector’s Edition PC game is now available for pre-order at select North American retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, Circuit City, Fry’s Electronics, GameCrazy, EB Canada,,, and Worldwide pre-order opportunities outside of North America will be announced in the coming months at which time fans can look to local retailers in their market for more information.

The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, in stores on February 20, 2009, for $69.99 (at $20 more than the normal edition) it will include the full game along with an additional collectable 2GB The Sims Plumbob USB drive, tips and hints guide and a bonus in-game European-styled sports car unavailable elsewhere. In addition, those who pre-order the product now will receive an additional exclusive in-game vintage sports car, and a collectible poster that is a first look at the neighborhood, all available while supplies last.

The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition will include:
* The Sims 3 Game for PC
* The Sims Plumbob USB Drive with matching Green Carabiner
* Exclusive In-Game European-Styled Sports Car
* Tips and hints guide
* The Sims 3 Plumbob Stickers

Published on October 15th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

First Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack expansion to release on November 18, 2008


Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack expansionAbout a month after the release of the PC life sim Spore, the first Spore expansion has been revealed by Electronic Arts as the “Creepy & Cute Parts Pack”. The pack isn’t so much a gameplay expansion as it is an item add-on pack. It will set you back $19.95. You can pre-order it for digital download via the EA Store for its release date on November 18th, 2008. It’ll be available at retail stores as well.

I don’t know if you’ve seen Spore’s YouTube upload page or the Sporepedia, but editing together new creatures keeps proving to be really popular with nearly 37 million creations so far.

It’s expected the second Spore expansion pack will be for a Flora Editor.

Published on October 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 review video (DS)


Under the Knife 2 for DSGUILT is no more. Dr. Derek Stiles and Nurse Angie Thompson faced humanity’s greatest threat and triumphed. Now, in the aftermath taking place during Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2, they find themselves in unknown territory, forced to deal with the disastrous consequences of the killer virus. Join them as they scramble to address questions left unanswered and put an end to the mystery behind the disease.

Caduceus’ preeminent surgical team returns to confront the aftermath of the devastating GUILT epidemic in a brand new story. With a new easy-play mode, improved tool utility, and clearer directions, playing doctor has never been so much fun.

Is this medical simulator going to sting? Find out in this Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 review video.

Key features include:
* The true sequel to Under the Knife — Scrub back in to Nintendo DS for the next chapter of the award-winning Trauma Center: Under the Knife that returns to the tactile stylus-based experience that made the original a smash hit.
* Derek and Angie are back — Caduceus’ preeminent surgical team returns to confront the aftermath of the devastating GUILT epidemic in a brand new story.
* Just what the doctor ordered — With a new easy-play mode, improved tool utility, and clearer directions, playing doctor has never been so much fun.

To quote the video review: “The prognosis is good: Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 channels the spirit of the first game and then some with a tighter presentation and a developed story sure to reward players who’ve persevered with Derek in the first installment. And though its sabbatical from the DS hasn’t exactly provided a lot of new ideas, poking around someone’s insides still remains one of the DS’surest thrills.”

Story — 8.3
Design — 7.4
Gameplay — 7.5
Presentation — 8.1
Overall — 7.8

Battlestations: Pacific trailer shows the other side of the war (PC, Xbox 360)


Midway for PCSet in WWII, Battlestations: Pacific for PC and Xbox 360 aims to deliver intense, action-packed combat and strategic warfare on an extraordinary scale and features two distinctly different single player campaigns. As the Americans, the game picks up the story where Battlestations: Midway left off and allows players to fight their way from The Battle of Midway to Okinawa as they try to secure peace in the Pacific. As the Japanese however, players take control of the Imperial Japanese fleet and have the unique chance to fight at Pearl Harbor before attempting to change the course of history and take full control of the Pacific Ocean.

For the first time, the game also includes the tactical landing of troops in battle. Launch your parachute squadrons with pin-point accuracy or ensure the safe passage of your landing craft and watch your battalions of troops capture key locations, man the defensive artillery and gain a strategic foothold to support your offensive efforts. Join forces with friends online or play solo against the computer controlled opponents in the all-new Skirmish mode or battle each other in one of the five new, innovative multiplayer modes.

Battlestations: Pacific features a massive US and Japanese single player campaign with over 28 story missions, double the size of the previous Battlestations: Midway. The game also features 21 new units, including kamikaze and other WWII jets and units. Players can now experience for the first time a whole new level of depth of gameplay while taking direct control of the infamous Ohka and other Japanese air units that terrorised the Pacific Ocean during WW2.

Watch the first Battlestations: Pacific trailer that shows the Japanese side of the war.

The game is set for release in January-February 2009.

Pet Vet: Down Under brings cute Australian animals under your care on DS


Down Under DS screenshotNurture and care for some of Australia’s most adorable animals in Pet Vet: Down Under. Using the Nintendo DS stylus, players can examine, feed, assist, and play with six amazing animals, including koalas, kangaroos, and platypus. Players will be amazed by the variety of reactions as they administer treatments, and correctly diagnosing the animals’ ailments will earn money which the player can then use to expand and upgrade the animal hospital. The game contains extensive information about Australia and its wildlife, which players can read in order to treat the animals and successfully grow their veterinarian business.

Help out the extremely cute and fluffy animals in the land down under. Watch the Pet Vet Down Under trailer.

Jumpgate Evolution Beta for the new space flight sim MMO open


Jumpgate Evolution logo
A revitalization of the Jumpgate franchise, Jumpgate Evolution brings new gameplay, advanced AI engine, and a complete graphics overhaul to fans of the original MMO. Codemasters Online & NetDevil recently announced that Jumpgate Evolution Beta signups for their hotly anticipated MMO Jumpgate Evolution are now live at The game is scheduled for release in Spring of 2009.

Developed by US-based MMOG developer NetDevil, Jumpgate is the definitive elite space combat MMO allowing players to choose from one of three playable nations and engage in an intense action-packed universe. Embarking on an immersive and accessible space adventure players can trade valuable commodities, take part in dangerous intergalactic raids, meet and play with friends and live out the dream to become an elite hero or infamous space pirate. The game features both a rich and varied universe to explore and has been designed for experienced and novice MMO players alike.

This Jumpgate Evolution trailer shows new threats are emerging from the infinite darkness of space, and with threats come opportunity.

Published on July 26th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Spore game preview by Will Wright


Pre-order Spore on PC for its September 7 releaseA new game from EA’s Maxis Studio and industry veteran Will Wright (of The Sims fame), Spore is a personal universe in a box. In this universe players can create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations and even sculpt entire worlds. In Spore, there are a variety of creation tools that allow players to customize nearly every aspect of the universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even spaceships. While Spore is a single player game, gamers’ creations and other players’ creations are automatically shared between galaxies, providing a limitless number of worlds to explore and play.

Earlier this month Electronic Arts held a press conference where Will Wright previewed his upcoming universe simulator Spore.

Published on July 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

First look at Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise on Nintendo DS


Pocket Paradise for DSViva Pinata: Pocket Paradise for Nintendo DS is based on Microsoft Game Studios’ highly-rated original Viva Pinata game for Xbox 360. Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise features an array of content exclusive to Nintendo DS and an intuitive control scheme designed to take full advantage of the DS touch screen and stylus, making it a breeze to navigate through the garden as the first gameplay videos below will show.

In Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise, players will inherit a neglected garden on Pinata Island and turn it into a pinata paradise by tending to all aspects of cleaning the garden, growing and maintaining vegetation, caring for and breeding pinatas, as well as attracting new pinata species. The game features seven all-new pinata species, each with new requirements, houses and unique cut scenes. Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise also includes twelve full motion video clips that serve as tutorial levels within the game. The videos feature the stars of the Fox 4Kids Viva Pinata TV series, including Hudson Horstashio, Fergy Fudgehog and Paulie Pretztail. The brand-new Playground mode allows players to create a lush garden full of exciting and exotic pinatas in a very short amount of time. In addition, certain rare pinatas can only be acquired by using the Nintendo DS local wireless connection, where players can transfer items from their garden to a friend’s garden.

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise gameplay montage 1:

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise building gameplay:

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise romance gameplay:

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise sours gameplay:

New Flower game trailers (PlayStation Network game)


The Flower game for PS3 is one of a three-game deal with Sony Computer Entertainment with thatgamecompany, the indie game creators behind flOw and Cloud.

The PlayStation Network downloadable game is all about… ummm… well… it’s about being a flower really.

At E3 2008 this Zen gameplay trailer was shown:

Then there’s this Windmills gameplay trailer shown:

Published on July 15th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for DS and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for Wii celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary


Tree of Tranquility Wii screenshot
Natsume announced they are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its popular Harvest Moon franchise this summer. In commemoration of the anniversary, Natsume is launching two new Harvest Moon titles later this quarter and offering a host of retail promotions surrounding the launches.

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Nintendo Wii will both be available at retail later this summer, and will be branded with special packaging marking the 10th anniversary. In addition, a line of collectible plush toys featuring the cute and friendly animal characters from the games will also be available as a pre-order bonus/gift with purchase at select retailers. Other special promotions surrounding the anniversary include an exclusive 10th anniversary Harvest Moon DS Lite Kit (with protective cover, stylus, screen wipe and more) and two new strategy guides from BradyGames.

In Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Nintendo Wii, you find yourself in a troubled island town which once prospered with life and energy, but is now in serious trouble. The mystical Mother Tree that once watched over the island has disappeared, and the Harvest Goddess is nowhere to be found! The island has lost its connection with nature and the inhabitants don’t know what to do – it’s up to you to save the island! You must help to rebuild the island by tending to the earth, befriending and raising animals, nurturing friendships, and creating a family. When the giant Mother Tree is reborn, the Harvest Goddess will return and bring prosperity to the island once again. Long-time Harvest Moon fans as well as new players will find an exciting, involving storyline and plenty of activities including cultivating crops, caring for animals, and participating in festivals. All-new controls for the Nintendo Wii Remote give players the chance to feel like they’re really farming!

Island of Happiness DS screenshotIn the largest portable Harvest Moon experience ever, Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS tasks players with building their own paradise as they find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. Starting off with an abandoned farm, a handful of seeds, and the determination to start a new life, it’s up to the player to attract settlers by making their farm robust and the island prosper, By harvesting crops, raising animals, and mining for precious gems, gamers will help the island grow into a vibrant town filled with people, businesses, and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Players can take on the role of a boy or a girl while falling in love and starting a family. For a competitive feel, gamers can also play against other ranchers via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

The Harvest Moon series began ten years ago when it launched on the Super Nintendo. Since then, the RPG/Simulation series has garnered a large and loyal fan base, and has appeared on most every home and handheld console available, including GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation2, PSP and soon the Nintendo Wii.

The series has sold millions of units in North America, with 20 incarnations over the course of 10 years. The games are usually set in rural towns packed with interesting and friendly characters where the player is tasked with running a successful farm, creating a family by getting married, having children, and befriending the people in the town to help build up their land. The games are great for players of all ages because they provide wholesome, non-violent entertainment anyone in the family can enjoy.

“The concept of Harvest Moon games is simple: hard-working people should get rewarded for what they have done. We want players to take this concept they get in the game, and apply it to their real life, too,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. “We couldn’t be happier that the series has caught on with so many fans. It’s their tremendous enthusiasm and support that has kept the series growing and evolving over these past ten years.”

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