March 2009 Archives

Atlus has shipped its game Tokyo Beat Down for the DS to stores in North America. The game is a beat-'em-up brawler in which players take on the role of Tokyo cops using their fists to cut down on crime.
Cengage Learning recently launched several new game development books:
PopCapPopCap's compilation of games for the Xbox 360, PopCap Arcade Volume 2, has reached stores in North America. This collection contains Feeding Frenzy 2, Heavy Weapon and Peggle, all of which have previously been released for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade.
MajescoMajesco Entertainment has shipped Gardening Mama for the DS to stores in North America. In the spirit of the Cooking Mama games, this title has players following Mama's instructions to grow a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables using the stylus as a stand-in for most tools of cultivation.
Activision BlizzardActivision, part of Activision Blizzard, has released its game Guitar Hero: Metallica to stores The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii versions should be available now, while the PlayStation 2 version should be released in mid-April. The game includes 45 songs, mixing famous Metallica tracks with those from 20 other bands.
Sony will drop the price of the PlayStation 2, the last generation PlayStation console, to $100 starting tomorrow. The platform already has around 1,900 games and has sold around 136 million consoles. Clearly, Sony hopes that this price reduction will help carry the PlayStation 2 for a while longer before it reaches the end of its lifetime, as the original Xbox has already done.
505 Games, in conjunction with the Discovery Channel, has shipped its line of DS games to stores in North America. Dolphin Discovery, Pony Paradise, Puppy Playtime and Kitten Corner are now all on their way to stores for the DS. Each simulation allows kids to train, care for and learn about a specific animal that can ultimately participate in mini-games related to that animal's traits or profession.
NintendoNintendo has launched another two downloadable games for the Wii to celebrate the arrival of another Monday:
Square EnixEidos and Square Enix confirmed that at the recent meeting, the required majority of shareholders voted to approve the proposed acquisition of Eidos by Square Enix. Now that 85.03% of shares that voted approved the transaction, all that remains is paperwork and regulatory approval (which we expect will be granted). Square Enix hopes to complete the acquisition in late April.
Sony has released new downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms:
GameStopRetailer GameStop released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2009.
NintendoAt the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo highlighted some of its upcoming plans. In particular, Nintendo emphasized the upcoming (April 5) launch of the DSi and the storage capabilities for the Wii.

Wheelman Reaches Stores

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UbisoftUbisoft, in conjunction with Tigon Studios and bankrupt publisher Midway, has released Wheelman for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game has players driving through Barcelona, Spain, escaping the law and combating rival gangs while driving the premier criminal car in the region.
MicrosoftThis week's Xbox Live Arcade game, downloadable for the Xbox 360, is Uno Rush. For 800 points ($10), players can enjoy a variety of different rule sets and play mode variations on the traditional Uno card game.
THQTHQ's Elephant Entertainment division has released the retail version of the game Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey for the PC. The game was previously released as a download and is the second game based on James Patterson's Women's Murder Club novels.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped BattleForge to retail stores in North America. The game should reach Europe in another two days. Developed by EA's Phenomic studio, BattleForge is a real-time strategy game in which the units themselves are collectibles that can be acquired through premium purchases. The game comes with four pre-made "faction decks," and more units (in booster packs of eight random cards) can be purchased for around $2.50.

Stormrise Ships to Stores

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SegaSega has shipped its game Stormrise for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America. Developed by the Creative Assembly, Stormrise is a real-time strategy game that works to distinguish itself by presenting a battlefield with a significant vertical dimension so that combat doesn't feel flat.

MotoGP Ships for the Wii

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CapcomCapcom has shipped its game MotoGP for the Wii to stores in North America. This motorcycle racing game uses the Wii Remote as a set of handlebars, allowing players to race in three classes to seek out a MotoGP championship.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shipped its game Wanted: Weapons of Fate based on the Universal Pictures film Wanted to stores in North America. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Created by developer Grin, the game is a third-person action title in which players continue the story of Wesley Gibson, the character from the film, as he exploits his remarkable talents to become an unstoppable assassin.
Telltale Games has released Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumblebees as a download for the PC. This is the first in a planned series of four episodic adventures featuring the inventor and precocious dog whose claymation antics have taken them as far as the moon. Created by Aardman, Wallace and Gromit are a particularly endearing pair, who have now arrived as a PC game, prepared to start a business selling honey.
Square EnixSquare Enix has shipped both the Wii and DS versions of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time to stores in North America. Both games have players dealing with crystal sickness infecting the player's village, starting an epic quest to find crystals that appear to be nothing more than memories. Both versions can connect with each other, allowing players on either unit to play side-by-side with the other.
Square EnixSquare Enix has shipped the PC version of The Last Remnant. The PC version of this role-playing game makes a few adjustments to the game already released for the Xbox 360 that improve the dynamics of the battles that comprise most of the game. So now yet another platform can experience the journey of Rush and his sister as they uncover the tremendous role ancient artifacts play in their war-torn world.
Activision BlizzardActivision, part of Activision Blizzard, has released its game Monsters vs. Aliens, based on the film of the same name that should reach theaters on Friday. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, DS and PlayStation 2. It has players using the monsters' unique talents to battle invading aliens.
THQTHQ has shipped its game WWE Legends of Wrestlemania for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. The game features classic wrestling legends from Andre the Giant through Hulk Hogan grappling for victory in the wrestling ring.
A San Diego company has declared that it plans to launch a gaming device that it calls the "Zeebo" as early as next month. Don't expect to be seeing this in North American or European stores anytime soon, though. The Zeebo is expected to launch next month in Brazil and is aimed at "emerging global markets." The device is, pretty much, a glorified cell phone that will be able to download games over 3G wireless services.
PlayStation 3To make things easier for game developers, Sony is reducing the cost of development units and adding more development tools for those creating games for the PlayStation 3.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement that will see recently-formed developer LightBox Interactive developing games exclusively for Sony's PlayStation platforms. LightBox was formed by Dylan Jobe, the former Studio Director for Incognito Entertainment best known for his work on Warhawk.
Activision BlizzardActivision, part of Activision Blizzard, has hired Dan Rosensweig as President and Chief Executive Officer of RedOctane, the group (now owned by Activision) that created the Guitar Hero franchise. The Huang brothers, who founded and ran Red Octane, will report to Rosensweig.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 3 to stores worldwide. This title brings the Command & Conquer franchise to the PlayStation 3, offering enhancements tailored to the PlayStation 3 of the game released last year.
NintendoYet another Monday has arrived, and Nintendo is offering three more downloadable games for the Wii through the WiiWare and Virtual Console programs:
NintendoNintendo's Pokemon Platinum for the DS is now in stores in North America. This game adds new regions and forms of Pokemon to the long-running franchise of monster collecting and battling.
SplitFish Gameware has made its FragFX V2 controller for the PlayStation 3 available. The controller gives a mouse-style interface ideal for shooters to PlayStation 3 gamers. The mouse can also be used to make browsing with the PlayStation 3 more convenient.
Paradox InteractiveParadox Interactive has acquired the publishing rights for East India Company, a naval strategy game that was previously to be published by Lighthouse Interactive. The game is being developed by Finnish developer Nitro Games and will, presumably, be released sometime this year. The game has players building an 18th century trading empire and defending it in naval engagements.
NintendoNintendo is pleased to let everyone know that Wii Play its collection of mini-games for the Wii has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. What Nintendo did not point out as part of its gloating is that for many months there was a shortage of Wii Remotes as stand-alone accessories, and that many Wii owners purchased a copy of Wii Play to receive a bundled Wii Remote.
Sony has launched one downloadable game each for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:
Mobile publisher Gameloft has reported certain financial results for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. For the year, Gameloft reported a net loss of €1.8 million (around $2.4 million) compared to a net loss of €4.1 in the prior year. Despite the loss, Gameloft is pleased with its expansion into iPhone games and increased presence as a provider of downloadable content for consoles, and expects success as it is positioned to release games on a broader variety of platforms than most mobile publishers.
Mad CatzMad Catz violated covenants relating to its earnings for a $35 million credit facility from Wachovia Capital Finance. Fortunately, Wachovia has agreed to continue the credit facility, but increasing Mad Catz's cost of borrowing under the facility by 0.5%. So, Mad Catz won't lose its facility, but it will have to pay more for its money.
Early last year, nVidia acquired AGEIA, giving nVidia control over the PhysX physics middleware and hardware. Since then, nVidia has been integrating PhysX into its cards and software. This week, nVidia has gotten the PhysX SDK approved for both the Wii and the PlayStation 3, allowing developers for those platforms to take advantage of nVidia's middleware.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' game Scrabble is now in stores in North America for the DS and PSP. This electronic version of Hasbro's word game allows for traditional Scrabble play against the AI or other players. It also supports a speed mode and a version of the game based on Hasbro's card game Scrabble Slam.
Developer inXile Entertainment has hired Jason Anderson as the Creative Director for an unannounced role-playing game. Anderson was one of the original team members on the first Fallout, and while this may be a boon for inXile, it's even more interesting in what it reveals about Interplay.

Titmouse Goes for Games

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Titmouse Animation, the company behind shows such as "Metalocalypse," has formed a gaming division called Titmouse Games. Aaron Habibipour will be Titmouse Games' Creative Director and will lead the division's efforts on upcoming projects.
Microsoft and Electronic Arts have launched four downloadable Hasbro games as this week's releases for Xbox Live Arcade. Battleship, Connect 4, Scrabble and Yahtzee can be downloaded for 800 points ($10) apiece. To access any of these games, Xbox 360 owners have to download the "Hasbro Family Game Night Game Room" software, at which point any of these games can be purchased. FI has to go on record as saying $10 is too much for Connect 4, a game that has been solved in the same way that everyone knows how a game of Tic-Tac-Toe will play out.
Square EnixSquare Enix's game Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume has shipped to stores in North America for the DS. The game continues the long-running Valkyrie Profile series, allowing players to enlist 20 available allies in this tactically-oriented role-playing game.
Sony's game Resistance: Retribution is now in stores in North America for the PSP. The game brings the Resistance franchise that has included the PlayStation 3 games Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2 to the PSP. Taking place between the events of the two PlayStation 3 games by Insomniac games, this title, developed by Bend Studio, is a third-person action game. It has players acting as a British Marine working with the French resistance to battle the alien Chimera.
HudsonHudson's game Marble Saga: Kororinpa is now in stores in North America for the Wii. This puzzle game has players guiding a marble in search of gadgets that will aid an ant in its quest for the Golden Sunflower. The game allows up to four players to play together, any of which can use the Wii Balance Board to manipulate the marble.
Xseed GamesXseed Games, together with Marvelous Entertainment, has shipped Rune Factory: Frontier for the Wii to stores in North America. The game has players taking on the role of a hero who ends up stuck in the village of Trampoli, forging a new life by pursuing various crafts while simultaneously exploring nearby dungeons and dangerous locales.
KonamiKonami has shipped Suikoden Tierkreis for the DS to stores in North America for the DS. The game extends the Suikoden franchise of role-playing games to Nintendo's handheld console, allowing players to roam freely around in search of quests that continue the game's and franchise's story.
Electronic ArtsIt's been a poorly-kept secret (if it was a secret at all), but Electronic Arts has made it official that its BioWare studio is working on Mass Effect 2. This sequel to the role-playing game Mass Effect (and the second game in a planned Mass Effect trilogy) will be released for the Xbox 360 in 2010.
AtariAtari's game Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution for the Wii is now in stores in North America. The game features much of the content available in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 1 and Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2, allowing players to use the motion-sensitive Wii controls to participate in over-the-top, cartoonish boxing bouts.
KonamiKonami has shipped Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 for the Wii to stores in North America. The game is already available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and PSP. The Wii version of the game simply integrates the Wii's motion-sensitive controls into the already popular soccer game.
Mad CatzMad Catz has shipped a series of Resident Evil 5 peripherals and accessories for consoles, including:
TurbineTurbine has launched the latest major content update for its massively multiplayer online game The Lord of the Rings Online. The latest content update is called Volume II, Book 7: Leaves of Lorien and will be available to European subscribers on March 24.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' game Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure has shipped to stores in North America for the DS and should reach Europe next week. The game has players joining the Pompous Adventurer Club, switching back and forth between platforming and puzzle action taking place on the top and bottom screens of the DS, respectively.
Take-Two InteractiveRockstar Games, the premier label of Take-Two Interactive, has placed its game Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS in stores. Chinatown Wars brings Rockstar Games' signature style of open-world games to the DS for the first time, having players strive to maintain control over the Triad gangs of Liberty City.

EverQuest is 10 Years Old

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Sony Online Entertainment is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest, a game that launched in 1999. Over its 10-year history, EverQuest has released 15 expansion packs and spawned a sequel and collectible card game.
TurbineTurbine has hired Jan Robert Horsfall as the company's Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Horsfall will "oversee all consumer and partnership marketing initiatives, from product planning and positioning to execution of customer acquisition and retention strategies..." Prior to joining Turbine, Horsfall has served as the CEO and founder of several technology companies (that you've probably never heard of) as well as the Vice President of Marketing for Lycos.
NintendoThis week, Nintendo has released two more downloadable games for the Wii:
CapcomCapcom's game Resident Evil 5 is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game continues Capcom's long-running series of survival/horror games, taking players to Africa to deal with a bioterrorism threat that is creating zombie-like people and animals. This latest Resident Evil game features a strong emphasis on cooperative play and shooting black zombies.
Sony is offering a variety of new downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
UbisoftUbisoft's game World in Conflict: Soviet Assault for the PC is now in stores. This is an add-on for the original World in Conflict real-time strategy game. While available as a download for those who already own the game, the retail version will include the original game.
THQIn a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, THQ revealed that its Chief Accounting Officer, Rasmus van der Colff, resigned on March 6.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has released Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising today as a download for the PC. The game is a "stand-alone" expansion pack for the real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 that includes four mini-campaigns and an extensive series of "challenge" missions.
MajescoMajesco reported its financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2009.

Zubo Ships for the DS

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Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped its game Zubo for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players battling zombies using a rhythm-based attack strategy, where players use the DS stylus in time to music to activate battle sequences.
NintendoNintendo is pleased to let everyone in the universe know that it has sold more than 100 million DS units over the lifetime of the handheld console (as of March 6, 2009), since its launch in 2004.
This Wednesday's releases for Xbox Live Arcade include two big games, one from Square Enix and one from PopCap:

MadWorld Ships for the Wii

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SegaSega has shipped its game MadWorld for the Wii to stores. The game is an arcade-style game with the appearance of a graphic novel in which players can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to cause some truly graphic violence.

MadWorld Ships for the Wii

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SegaSega has shipped its game MadWorld for the Wii to stores. The game is an arcade-style game with the appearance of a graphic novel in which players can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to cause some truly graphic violence.
Take-Two InteractiveTake-Two Interactive announced its financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2009.
CCP Games has launched a major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online called Apocrypha. This 10th free expansion adds unstable wormholes that lead to new regions dramatically expanding the universe of Eve Online. It also adds epic mission arcs, modular cruisers, new animations, an upgraded sound engine and Russian language support.
Xseed GamesXseed Games and Marvelous Entertainment have shipped Avalon Code for the DS to stores in North America. Avalon Code is a role-playing game in which players have to save elements of a dying world by filling the pages of the Book of Prophecy with the details of everything worth saving.
MajescoMajesco has added Keith McCurdy to the company's board of directors. McCurdy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Vivaty, a middleware provider that specializes in web-based virtual worlds. His appointment suggests that Majesco may be using Vivaty's software in the near future to create online, casual playspaces.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has released its console version of Trivial Pursuit, now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2. This adaptation of the 25-year-old trivia game allows players to indulge in the classic trivia game, play a single-player variant in which you race against the clock, or an adaptation that allows teams to work together for a high score.
Square EnixThe Taito division of Square Enix has shipped My Pet Shop for the DS to stores in North America. The game allows DS owners to feed, groom and train around 40 different animals and play a variety of mini-games using those animals.
Developer Splash Damage (the folks behind Enemy Territory: Quake Wars), have hired Neil Alphonso to lead the company's team of level designers. Prior to joining Splash Damage, Alphonso worked as the Lead Level Designer for Killzone 2 at Guerrilla Games.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped My Sims Party for the Wii and DS to stores worldwide. Both versions of the game are compilations of The Sims-themed party mini-games. The Wii version sports around 50 games while the DS version includes around 40. The games range from excavating dinosaurs to snowboarding and air-guitar challenges.
TurbineTurbine, the developer and publisher behind games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, has hired Ken Surdan as the company's Vice President of Operations. Surdan has previously served in technology roles at companies such as, TripAdvisor and National Leisure Group. At Turbine, Surdan will oversee network operations, project management and customer service for the company.
NintendoThe planet continues to rotate, the calendar continues to cycle and, with the arrival of another Monday, Nintendo has once again released downloadable games for the Wii:
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has decided that Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson will share the cover of its upcoming boxing game Fight Night Round 4. The announcement is particularly remarkable in that it marks the return of Tyson to the videogame world of boxing.
NintendoNintendo has re-released two classic GameCube games, redesigned for the Wii to take advantage of the Wii controller: Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis, redubbing both as part of the "Play Control!" line.
CapcomCapcom has launched the PC version of Age of Booty today, a game that reached the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last year. The game allows players to step online as cartoonish pirates and do battle with one another while capturing towns and pursuing plunder.
This week, Sony has released Watchmen: The End is Nigh as a download for the PlayStation 3 and Killzone: Liberation as a download for the PSP:
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, plans to release The Beatles: Rock Band on September 9 of this year (9/9/2009). The software will play on a stand-alone basis, but will be compatible with other music peripherals, and will allow gamers to play guitar, bass or drums and sing along to Beatles tunes. The game will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii and will also be sold with instrument peripherals modeled after instruments played by John, Paul, George and Ringo.
PlayFirst has expanded its Diner Dash universe with the release of the casual, time-management game Diaper Dash. In Diaper Dash, players help Wilson care for the babies of DinerTown's daycare, by feeding, playing with and changing those babies. Think Diner Dash, but with baby poop.
SplitFish, a manufacturer of game peripherals, has reorganized. The company appointed Werner Demetz as President to oversee an extensive restructuring and recapitalization that will allow the company to continue manufacturing controllers such as the FragFx controller for the PlayStation 3.
Conspiracy EntertainmentConspiracy Entertainment and Black Bean Games have launched SBK: Superbike World Championship for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, PlayStation 2 and PSP in North America. This motorcycle racing game simulation lets players tune their bikes before riding on famous tracks from around the world.
EidosEidos is being pursued by Square Enix as an acquisition target, and today the boards of Eidos and Square Enix reached agreement concerning the terms of the acquisition. This means that shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on the 32 pence per share cash offer on March 25. If the offer receives shareholder approval, Eidos stock may be delisted as early as April 21.
This week's download for Xbox Live comes from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. For 1600 points, Xbox 360 owners can download this brawler in which players can control Rorschach or Nite Owl as they battle gangs run rampant following the escape of the crime lord Underboss.
SegaSega's game Sonic and the Black Knight has shipped to stores for the Wii. In the game, Sonic visits an Arthurian setting, even allowing players to wield a sword within the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
UbisoftUbisoft's game Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. has shipped to stores for the Xbox 360. The game has players piloting fighters using (near-) futuristic technology in dogfights and aerial missions.
Namco Bandai GamesNamco Bandai Games has shipped We Ski & Snowboard for the Wii to stores in North America. Continuing the winter sport fun the company introduced in We Ski, this latest game allows Wii owners to ski or snowboard across two mountains and supports the Wii Balance Board as a controller.
SegaPhantasy Star Portable for the PSP, from Sega, has shipped to stores. The game takes the fan-favorite Phantasy Star RPG universe and brings it to the PSP, allowing up to four players adventure together using the PSP's wireless connection.

MLB 2K9 Reaches Stores

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Take-Two Interactive2K Sports, Take-Two Interactive's sports label, has released its game MLB 2K9. This latest installment in 2K Sports' baseball franchise is available in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC and PlayStation 2. This game offers improved animations and more precise swinging and pitching controls.
MicrosoftMicrosoft has shipped its game Halo Wars to stores, offering Xbox 360 owners the opportunity to play a strategy game set within the Halo universe and participate in the early stages of the war against the Covenant.
SegaSega's game Empire: Total War for the PC has shipped to stores, bringing the Total War franchise of strategy games up to speed with a new engine, all the world's major powers and fully 3D naval combat.
FI would like to join the many voices on the internet praising NCsoft's massively multiplayer online game Tabula Rasa for choosing to go out with a bang rather than a whimper. The game closed down this last weekend, but instead of simply shutting down the servers the remaining team built up to a major assault on humanity in which the remnants of the player base were overwhelmed by the enemy Bane for a climactic conclusion to the long-running saga of Tabula Rasa.
Warhammer Online: Age of ReckoningElectronic Arts studio Mythic Entertainment is launching the beginning of a new content expansion for its massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The new content is "Call to Arms" and will be dribbled out over the next few weeks. This week, "Call to Arms" launches with the "Bitter Rivals" event in which players battle in a Realm vs. Realm scenario that will only be available this week, set in the Twisting Tower location.
D3PublisherD3Publisher's game Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game stars fictional classic game hero Matt Hazard, reprising his previous game roles for publisher Marathon Megasoft. Unfortunately, it turns out the CEO of MM is eager to doom Matt Hazard, forcing Hazard to shoot his way out of yet another sticky situation.
Nexon Group has appointed Daniel Kim as the Chief Executive Officer of Nexon America, the group's North American publishing division that releases free-to-play online games. Prior to this promotion, Kim worked as Executive Vice President of global content strategy for the company, in Korea. Kim begins in his new position, immediately.
PopCapPopCap Games' Peggle Dual Shot is now available in stores for the DS. It brings the pachinko-style peg elimination play of Peggle to the portable DS handheld. Developed by Q Entertainment, Peggle Dual Shot has 120 levels and 90 challenges to occupy your time.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has launched The Littlest Pet Shop: Spring for the DS. Based on "The Littlest Pet Shop" toy line for girls ages six to 10, the game includes six pets to play with along with a collection of mini-games.
Sony's game MLB '09: The Show has reached stores for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 3. This latest installment in Sony's baseball franchise adds new details to the game's stadia, allows players to follow the career of individually created custom players and (on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2) participate in a franchise mode that puts players fully in control of a team.
THQTHQ's game SpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off for the DS has shipped to stores in North America. Based on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants that should air in April, this is a cooking game that has SpongeBob and friends competing in a cooking contest using the DS stylus to prepare undersea dishes.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Monolith Productions

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Sergeant Michael Becket's squad was assigned to collect and protect Genevieve Aristide, president of Armacham Technology Corporation, an aerospace military contractor, when a horrible industrial accident destroyed most of the industrial area that houses Armacham's facilities. One of Armacham's projects relied entirely on the strength of a girl with abnormal mental abilities, and now it is up to Becket and his squadmates to sort out the apocalyptic situation and resolve things as best possible... using as many big guns as possible.

F.E.A.R. 2 Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Monolith Productions

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2.4 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Video card comparable to an NVIDIA 6800 or ATI X700, 12 GB HD space

This is one of those rare moments where a game's sequel is better than the original. The first F.E.A.R. garnered mostly positive reviews, with the expansion packs almost universally getting kicked to the curb. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin starts just a few minutes before the original game ended, and fills in a lot of that game's story holes. While not as "gotcha" scary as the original, F.E.A.R. 2 builds tension and suspense subtly, almost sustaining that suspense throughout the entire game. While the multiplayer is a little blasé, the single-player game satisfies on many levels.

NintendoThis week, Monday is greeted by a pair of downloadable games available for the Wii:
Activision BlizzardActivision Blizzard has hired Thibaud de Saint-Quentin to join the company as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of European Publishing. He will start with the company on Monday, March 9, at its UK office in Stockley Park. For the last 20 years, he has worked at Kraft Foods, most recently serving as the Vice President of Kraft Food's coffee business. Mr. de Saint-Quentin will leverage all of his coffee-related expertise to oversee Activision Blizzard's marketing and sales efforts in Europe.

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