This week's downloadable game for Sony's platforms is Resident Evil Director's Cut. It can now be downloaded for the PlayStation 3 and PSP. This is a remake of the original Resident Evil that includes altered scenes and extended play.
Aksys Games has shipped Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past for the DS to stores in North America. The game, developed by WorkJam, adds three new mysteries to the Jake Hunter franchise (along with some comedic relief). It also includes three remastered mysteries from the original Jake Hunter hunter game.
Two Challenge Me games for the DS from O-Games, part of Oxygen Games, are in stores. Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles is a collection of brain teasers, while Challenge Me: Math Workout focuses on mathmatical puzzles. Both are intended to work out the brain and increase mental acuity.
Retail and rental chain Blockbuster is starting a pilot game rental program. Blockbuster already entered the online (by mail) film rental business to compete with Netflix, and is now launching a pilot program in the Cleveland area. As with the company's film rentals, customers will be able to rent games both from local stores and by mail. At least, if the program is extended beyond Cleveland.
Three more games are available for download this morning for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade:
Atlus has shipped its game Crimson Gem Saga for the PSP to stores in North America. This role-playing game offers 2D art and a complex battle system attempting to capture the epitome of the Japanese-role-playing game experience.
NIS America has shipped Cross Edge, a role-playing game for the PlayStation 3, to stores in North America. Featuring characters from a variety of other RPGs, the game has characters from Disgaea, Darkstalkers, Mana Khemia 2, Ar tonelico and Spectral Souls, the game features a complex battle system allowing the many characters to attack one another.
NovaLogic has released its game Delta Force: Xtreme 2 for the PC. The game, in which players take on the role of Delta Force soldiers battling in Asia, includes 10 single-player missions and nine co-operative missions. The game, with an additional premium subscription, also supports multiplayer games with up to 150 players.
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, in conjunction with Electronic Arts, has shipped Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP to stores in North America and Europe. Developed by Backbone Entertainment (part of Foundation 9 Entertainment) the game takes 41 songs (nine of which have not been released for other Rock Band games and allows gamers to play along using the PSP as their instrument.
Merscom has launched Righteous Kill 2: Revenge of the Poet Killer as a download for the PC through major portals. The game, based on the film Righteous Kill, is a hidden-object game in which players analyze crime scenes to track down a killer.
Sony's game inFAMOUS for the PlayStation 3 is now available in stores. The game casts players as Cole MacGrath, a man who gains superpowers after an explosion transforms Empire City. While exploring Empire City, players can confront the decay of Empire City in this game developed by Sucker Punch Productions.
Focus Home Interactive has released the English language version of Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper as a download for the PC. Currently the game is only available through The Adventure Shop. This adventure game pits the famous detective Sherlock Holmes against England's most famous serial killer.
The first full-length trailer for Modern Warfare 2 is coming this Sunday – here are the details:
This week, two games from the original PlayStation can now be downloaded through the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 or PSP:
Casual developer eGames has shipped the retail version of its game Blood Ties for the PC to stores. Developed by Merscom, the game has players helping detective Vicki Nelson and her vampire partner Henry Fitzroy track down members of the Hellfire Club by finding objects hidden in various playscapes.
4mm Games revealed itself unto the world today, announcing its plans to "create and support a slate of high-profile properties." 4mm was founded by President Jamie King (a co-founder of Rockstar Games), Chief Technology Officer Gary Foreman (another co-founder of Rockstar Games), Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Perrett (a former executive of Image Metrics) and Executive Vice President Paul Coyne (formerly a Vice President at NBC).
Sony Online Entertainment has launched Rise of Serkan, the tenth expansion for the online collectible strategy game PoxNora (developed by SOE Tucson, formerly known as Octopi). Rise of Serkan adds 70 new runes, an "equipment" mechanic and a new campaign with four encounters.
Two more games have arrived as downloadable Xbox Live Arcade titles for the Xbox 360:
Matrix Games has released Commander - Europe at War Gold! as a download or a physical shipment form Matrix Games' site. The gold version is effectively the same as the v1.12 patch (which is now available for those who already own the game) and brings the game up to the same state as the versions available for the DS and PSP.
Atlus has shipped its game Steal Princess for the DS to stores in North America. Steal Princess is a puzzle-oriented platformer in which a young thief endeavors to rid the land of a demon.
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has shipped Terminator Salvation to stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game is set two years prior to the events of the film of the same name, and has players taking on the role of John Connor battling the forces of Skynet.
Zoe Mode (a company that primarily makes music and party games), part of Kuju Entertainment, plans to launch a studio in San Francisco on June 1. The Studio will be led by Sarah Stocker (formerly of Sony Computer Entertainment's Studio 5) and Mark Danks (formerly Senior Manager of Developer Relations for Sony Computer Entertainment). The San Francisco studio will expand Zoe Mode's North American presence.
NIS America has shipped Puchi Puchi Virus for the DS to stores in North America. This puzzle game has players forming triangles by linking like-colored viruses together.
Harmonix (part of MTV Games), in conjunction with Electronic Arts, has released the Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2. This disc includes 20 classic rock songs and is, essentially, an alternative to downloading these songs through Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network.
True Games has "officially" launched its game Warrior Epic, an online "free-to-play" massive multiplayer online game. That means that the game's item shop is now open, allowing players to pay for items to "enhance" the fun of the game. Developed by Possibility Space, the game has players controlling a variety of warriors in a fantasy-themed world.
Focus Home Interactive has launched its game Dungeon Party. The game is a comedic dungeon crawl that is free-to-play. Of course, what makes the launch official is the cash shop, that allows players to pay to make the game entertaining.
Valcon Games has released Raiden Fighter Aces for the Xbox 360. The game includes all three of the coin-operated Raiden Fighter shooter games on one disc.
Tripwire Interactive's co-operative survival/horror game, Killing Floor, is now available as a download through Valve's "Steam" service. The game allows up to six players to work together to eliminate zombie like products of super-soldier experiments.
Quite a few downloadable games have been released for Sony's PlayStation 3 and PSP, including a game that is free, for the moment:
Merscom has launched its game Mystic Emporium as a download through major download portals for the PC.Mystic Emporium is a time management game in which (rather than running something like a diner) players take on the role of a witch running a shop full of potions and monsters.
Loose Cannon Studios has gone high-profile, announcing that it was recently formed to develop games. Co-Founder Ricci Rukavina (formerly of Disney and Vivendi Games) will be the company's president. Co-Founder Dev Madan will serve as Creative Director, having come from Sucker Punch Studios. Co-Founder Mattew Scott also comes from Sucker Punch and will serve as Technical Director.
Two more games have been released as downloads for the Xbox 360, Star Trek D-A-C and Texas Cheat'em:
Atlus has shipped its game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abadon for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America. Just in case the incredibly long name isn't self-explanatory, this game continues the Shin Megami Tensei franchise of role-playing games with players protecting Japan from King Abaddon.
CDV Software Entertainment has shipped its game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The epic-scale role-playing game previously shipped for the PC and is an action-oriented game in which players battle countless foes.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the man who has produce films ranging from Top Gun to National Treasure and the Pirates of the Caribbean, recently started a game production company called Jerry Bruckheimer Games to develop game properties. Today, the company announced the appointment of two executives:
Sony Pictures Entertainment has launched its own development group to create content for the PlayStation 3's online social space, PlayStation Home. The group is called "Loot," and is making premium content that can be purchased for players to customize their avatars and virtual residences. The first such offering is a "Living Room Stage Set" that can be purchased for virtual residences for $5 and provides interactive props that would be appropriate on a movie set.
Sony has launched a variety of downloadable games this week for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Network:
Codemasters' game Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust is now in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game has Larry going to work at his uncle's film studio as he tries to seduce film starlets and make his way in the movie industry.
Hardware manufacturer nVidia confirmed its financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 26, 2009:
3D Realms, the developer currently best known for its long-time vaporware Duke Nukem Forever has closed down. Take-Two Interactive was slated to publish the game, in development at 3D Realms, but without funds to continue the game, Duke Nukem Forever is finally, officially, dead. Deep Silver and Apogee Software confirmed that development on the handheld game Duke Nukem Trilogy continues.
505 Games, together with Zorro Productions, has shipped The Destiny of Zorro for the Wii to retail stores. The game has players using the Wii remote to battle as the masked swordsman Zorro.
CCP Games' massively multiplayer online game is now six years old, today. The game launched on May 6, 2003 and now claims to have around 300,000 active subscribers. CCP also says that the game has reached as many ass 53,850 concurrent users.
Microsoft has released three downloadable games through Xbox Live today:
O'Reilly Media and No Starch Press have are releasing The Blender GameKit: Second Edition this month. The second edition of this book teaching the Blender 3D creation kit is fully revised and update for Blender 2.48.
Sony has released Patapon 2 for the PSP in North America. The game is a second outing with the Patapons, a tribe of eyeballs with arms and legs who follow commands from the rhythms beat on drums by their god. The game can be downloaded through the PlayStation Network for $20, or acquired via a voucher purchased in retail stores.
PopCap Games has launched Plants vs. Zombies as a download for the PC. The game is from the same designer who conceived of Insaniquarium and has players deploying plants to defend against hordes of incoming zombies. The game has a variety of play modes but may be best described as a cross between a tower-defense game and Root-Beer Tapper.
Telltale Games has released the second episode of its Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures season, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: The Last Resort, as a download for the PC. This episode has the inventor and his pet pooch constructing a beach getaway in their basement.