June 2009 Archives

Vertigo Review

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Vertigo Publisher: Playlogic
Developer: Icon

Platform: Wii and PC
Reviewed on Wii

In the future, racing is not something done in conventional airships nor in wheeled, terrestrial vehicles. Real racing involves "Xorbs" – customized racing spheres – cruising through tracks constructed on nine worlds involving high speeds and death-defying jumps. Speed alone, however, isn't enough to make it through Xorb Racing Corporation's top courses. They also require practice and puzzle-solving prowess to maneuver fast enough to outpace all competitors.

Pool Hall Pro Review

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Pool Hall Pro Publisher: Playlogic
Developer: Icon

Platforms: Wii and PC
Reviewed on Wii

"Rise to stardom as you take on the Pool Halls' toughest opponents. Select and play a vast collection of different styles of Pool, Snooker and Billiards! Battle your way through tournaments set in exotic locations."

Atlus has shipped Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament for the PSP to stores in North America. This game allows up to four players to battle Mechs from the Steambot Chronicles universe against one another.
UbisoftUbisoft's game Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is now in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. This shooter has players following the McCall Brothers as they depart Civil War-era Georgia and head to Mexico to search for gold in Aztec ruins.

Fuel Ships for the PC

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CodemastersCodemasters has shipped the PC version of its game Fuel (that shipped earlier this month for consoles). The game will ship in Europe and other territories later this week.
CapcomCapcom has shipped Mega Man Star Force 3 for the DS to stores in North America. The game is an action-oriented role-playing game in which players travel between the physical world and digital world while trying to save both.
O-Games, part of Oxygen Interactive, has shipped My Dress-Up for the DS to stores in North America. The game has players dressing up their avatars and then participating in "dress-up parties."
PlaylogicPlaylogic has shipped its game Infernal: Hell's Vengeance for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America. The title, developed by Metropolis Games, follows Ryan Lennox, a fallen angel battling against a secret plot by heaven.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has shipped Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to stores worldwide. The game is based on the film of the same name and has players engaging in puzzle-solving and basic platforming action. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, DS and PlayStation 2.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, has shipped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to stores worldwide. Based on the film of the same name (in turn based on J. K. Rowling's sixth book in the Harry Potter series), has players brewing potions, playing Quidditch and dueling wizards as they learn the identity of the Half-Blood Prince. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, DS, PC, Mac, PlayStation 2 and mobile phones.
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Magic: The Gathering, the long-running collectible card game, has reached a variety of platforms, from early PC implementations to a strangely action-oriented game to Magic: The Gathering Online. In Duels of the Planeswalkers, Wizards of the Coast (part of Hasbro) is bringing the latest version of Magic: The Gathering to Xbox Live Arcade (and later to the PC).

505 Games has shipped Parrot Pals for the DS to stores in North America. The game bears the Discovery Channel label and has players participating in the simulation of a pet parrot.
MTV Games has hired Scott Guthrie and David Cox to new executive positions. Guthrie was the Executive Vice President of Publishing for THQ and will be Executive Vice President and General Manager for MTV Games. Cox was the Senior Director of Sales and Merchandising for Sony Computer Entertainment America and will be MTV Games' Senior Vice President of Sales.
NintendoWith the arrival of another Monday, Nintendo has released another five downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:
NCsoft has launched the "Issue 15" major content update for its massively multiplayer online game City of Heroes. Called "Anniversary," this update returns the 5th Column to the fore of villainy, adding five new Task Force missions, new emotes, new costume options and new tools for the Mission Architect system.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has added responsibilities to Kunimasa Suzuki currently Senior Vice President (Deputy President) of the Networked Products & Services Group of Sony Corporation. Now, SCEI is also making Suzuki Representative Director and Deputy President of SCEI reporting to Kazuo Hirai (SCEI's President and Group CEO). In this capacity, Suzuki will run SCEI's strategy and product planning efforts.
Sony has released a variety of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC Xbox 360
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 8.1 compatible video card and sound device, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

"When unrelenting rain ruins their holiday plans, Wallace & Gromit bring the beach to 62 West Wallaby with a makeshift resort – in their basement. Keeping customers satisfied is tricky business, especially when one of them is clocked on the head by an unknown assailant."

UbisoftUbisoft has shipped Dawn of Discovery for the Wii, PC and DS to stores in North America. This strategy game has players exploring the world, building a trading empire and colonizing new lands.
CompuExpert has shipped its game Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War for the PC to stores. Developed by Russian developer "neoqb," the game is a flight simulator set in 1917 exploring early flight combat with planes like the Spad XIII in heated battles online and offline.
Hurry Up Hedgehog from O-Games (part of Oxygen Interactive) is now in stores for the DS. Hurry Up Hedgehog is a racing and puzzle game based on board games in which players navigate cute hedgehogs around garden-themed levels.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' Fight Night Round 4 is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The boxing game includes 48 famous boxers and adds a new "Legacy Mode" to the franchise that allows players to develop a boxing career against the great boxers of all time.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has placed its game Little League World Series Baseball 2009 in stores for the Wii and DS. Developed by Now Production, the game re-creates Little League baseball action, adding new power-ups and real-world stadia to the game.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has entered into a "multimillion-dollar marketing agreement" that will allow gamers to unlock special content in Electronic Arts games by purchasing Dr. Pepper products. While the extra income is surely something EA will enjoy, this is an unfortunate development for gamers:
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has decided to restructure its role-playing and massively multiplayer online game studios. As a result, EA is creating a new group that will include both BioWare and Mythic Entertainment.
Mad CatzPeripheral manufacturer Mad Catz reported a massive net loss, as well as the fact that it recently renegotiated certain financial agreements. Given the renegotiations described below, it looks like Mad Catz might be in real trouble.
KoeiKoei's game Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This latest installment in Koei's flagship tactical action franchise introduces an editor that allows players to create their own character to battle thousands of foes on the battlefields of ancient China.
Fashion Week Junior: Designer from 505 Games is now available for the DS in North America. The game has players becoming a fashion designer, trying to create a signature high-fashion look.

Doom Joins Fallout

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If anyone doubted that Bethesda Softworks is one of the big boys in the game publishing industry, those doubts should now be dispelled. ZeniMax Media, the parent of Bethesda Softworks, has purchased iD Software for an undisclosed sum.
FuncomFuncom has launched the fifth major update for its massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. This update, dubbed "Gangs of Tarantia" includes a variety of additions beyond the usual new quests and items, including PvP mini-games, social pets and improvements to guild cities.
THQTHQ has reorganized its business units and management to reorient its business, forming three business units that will each report to President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Farrell: "Core Games, "Kids, Family and Casual Games" and "Online."
Two more downloadable games have been released through Xbox Live Arcade or the Xbox 360:
PlayStation 3Sony has released the v2.80 update for the PlayStation 3. According to Sony, "The playback quality of some PlayStation 3 format software has been improved." In other words – it's an undisclosed patch.
Atlus has shipped its game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor for the DS to stores in North America. This game is the first game in the Shin Megami Tensei role-playing game franchise to reach the DS, and has players battling demons in an effort to survive seven days in Tokyo.
SegaSega has shipped The Conduit for the Wii to stores. The game features an alien attack on Washington D.C. and pits agent "Mr. Ford" against the aliens with a variety of futuristic weapons. Developed by High Voltage software, The Conduit also includes a variety of online multiplayer modes.
CodemastersThree Overlord games from Codemasters have reached stores today, including Overlord II:
TurbineTurbine has launched a major content update for its massively multiplayer online game The Lord of the Rings Online. This latest update adds "Book 8: The Scourge of Khazad-dum" to the Mines of Moria expansion, including new instances, a 12-player raid and the launch of the in-game summer festival.
CapcomCapcom has shipped Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP to stores in North America. According to Capcom, the game has already sold 3.4 million copies in Japan and offers over 500 hours of play. The game continues the Monster Hunter franchise, allowing players to hunt monsters alone or in parties with other players.
Tomy has shipped Pangya: Fantasy Golf for the PSP to stores in North America. This golf game has PSP owners playing through nine golf courses on Pangya Island. Developed by Ntreev Soft, the game features anime characters and extensive character development options.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has placed its game Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in stores. Based on the film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is available for the Wii and PlayStation 2. There are also distinct "Autobot" and "Decepticon" versions of the game for the DS.
Electronic ArtsSpore Galactic Adventures, the latest Spore game from Electronic Arts, is now available for the PC in North America. The game should reach stores internationally by the end of the week. Spore Galactic Adventures expands the play available in Spore by allowing players to exit their spaceship and explore other planets in a series of terrestrial adventures. The game also includes several adventures and an adventure creating tool.
NintendoNintendo has released five additional downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:
Reflexive Entertainment has launched Sprouts Adventure as a download for the PC and Mac. The game can be downloaded from Reflexive and is a life simulation in which you guide a community of Sprouts through their daily life.
Square EnixSquare Enix has hired Ami Blaire as its new Vice President of Marketing for North America. Prior to joining Square Enix, Blaire worked as the Vice President of Marketing for Vivendi Games, with previous experience working with Xbox Live, Sega and SNK Home Entertainment.
Meridian4, a Canadian game publisher, has released Big Rig Europe as a download for the PC. The game is a North American port of Euro Truck Simulator and has players experiencing life as a long-distance truck driver in Europe.
Sony has released two more downloadable games through the PlayStation Store:
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has rehired John Schappert as the company's Chief Operating Officer, responsible for worldwide publishing among other divisions. Schappert founded Tiburon Entertainment in 1994 (where many of EA's sports games were developed), and left EA in 2007 to go work with Microsoft to work on Xbox Live, where he launched the "New Xbox Experience." Now, Schappert returns to the fold.
MicrosoftFollowing the full day yesterday in which Xbox Live was offline for updates to get ready for Microsoft's promised features, Microsoft is still having problems with Xbox Live. In particular, may people (including the staff of FI) have been having problems using Xbox Live Marketplace, doing things like accessing content for download.
The United States Army has launched America's Army 3 as a download through the official America's Army 3 site and a variety of download portals. This latest version of the Army's recruitment-oriented shooter updates every aspect of the game, but still takes players from basic training to combat.
O-Games, part of Oxygen Interactive Software, has shipped PDC World Championship Darts to stores in North America. This darts game includes seven real-world tournament sets and 16 PDC champion players. Reportedly, the game shipped for the Wii, PlayStation 2, DS, and PSP, but stores that FI checked with have so far only received the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions.
Paradox InteractiveParadox Interactive has released an expansion pack for Sword of the Stars called Argos Naval Yard. The expansion is available as a download for the PC and adds new technologies, new ship sections, new weapons, new maps and three new scenarios for the strategy game.
Two more games are available for download through Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360:
Activision BlizzardActivision, part of Activision Blizzard, has shipped Guitar Hero: Smash Hits for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2 to stores. This version of the game compiles 48 songs from previously released Guitar Hero games and includes the additional drum difficulty level introduced in Guitar Hero: Metallica.
Matrix Games has released a compilation of Boku Strategy Games' Horse and Musket games, Horse and Musket: Volume 1 - Fredrick the Great. The release updates the Horse and Musket implementation of the Seven Years' War, with players immersing themselves in 18th Century warfare.
Activision has shipped Big League Sports: Summer for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. The game has players participating in summer sports such as volleyball and tennis in a variety of casual challenges.
SegaSega has shipped Let's Tap for the Wii to stores in North America. The game has players placing the Wii remote on a flat surface and then hitting the surface to play this rhythm-based game. The game also interacts with Let's Catch, released as a download for the Wii on Monday.
The British Government, in its "Digital Britain" report, has determined that it will support the Pan European Game Information System (PEGI) for boxed video games rather than supporting the British Board of Film Classification's (BBFC) continues oversight over games.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the content update called "Monument and Might" for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II. The update includes around 80 new quests in the "Rise of Kurnark" zones, the ability to write and distribute in-game books, and adds research assistants who can train up players' spells.
KonamiKonami has shipped the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Greatest Hits Edition for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. This version of Metal Gear Solid 4 features slightly different packaging, is available for $30 and includes Metal Gear Online.
XseedXseed Games has shipped Flower, Sun and Rain for the DS to stores in North America. Released in conjunction with Marvelous Entertainment, the game has players unlocking the secret behind a time loop at an island resort in which every day results in terrorists destroying the island.
Telltale Games has launched Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Muzzled! as a download for the PC. This is the third episode in the planned four-part Wallace & Gromit adventure game series, and can be downloaded directly from Telltale Games.
Majesco has shipped the Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack for the Wii to stores in North America. Developed by Digital Leisure, this is a compilation of three coin-operated arcade games (Mad Dog McCree, Mad Dog 2: The Lost Gold and The Last Bounty Hunter). All three were games in which players grabbed a light gun to face off in Wild West-style gunfights. Now players can use the Wii Remote to do the same. Does that make them Wiild West gunfights?
Atari has shipped Ghostbusters: The Video Game to stores in North America. The game, developed by Terminal Reality and RedFly, is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2 and DS. The release of the game coincides with the release of the 25th anniversary of the film's release.
505 Games has shipped Diva Girls: Divas On Ice for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. In this first Diva Girls game, the four girls learn to skate to compete in the Miracle Ice Festival. Players train their girl to skate and customize her competition outfits.
PlaylogicPlaylogic has shipped Vertigo for the Wii and PC to stores in North America. The game has players racing "Xorbs" through puzzle-rich levels and mini-games.
O-Games, part of Oxygen Interactive, has shipped Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. This time management-style game has players running seven different emergency rooms, triaging patients and administering basic diagnostic tests.
MajescoMajesco Entertainment reported its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2009:
NintendoNintendo is marking the arrival of another Monday morning with the release of another set of downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:

Neo Steam is Live

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Atlus' free-to-play massively multiplayer online game Neo Steam has now officially emerged from beta testing and is "launched." Primarily, the official launch means that the premium item shop is now live for this game in which magic and technology once coexisted and now fuel international wars.
Sony has released several more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:

PSP Gets v5.51 Update

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PSPSony has released the v5.51 firmware update for the PSP. This update is intended to improve system stability for the PSP.
Electronic ArtsElectronic arts has shipped MySims Racing for the Wii and DS to stores this week. The game has players taking Sims around the tracks of Speedville, engaging in kart racing and upgrading their karts.
Microsoft has released a slew of classic Sega games as downloads today through Xbox Live Arcade:

Fairytale Fights Preview

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Fairytale Fights Publisher: Playlogic
Developer: Playlogic Game Factory

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC

Once the center of everyone's favorite stories, storybook characters such as Little Red Riding Hood no longer capture the popular imagination. Like any celebrity who has fallen out of the limelight, these storybook characters are desperate to take to the red carpet once more. And what's the best way to do so? Kill people. It's easiest to describe as celebrity boxing for the storybook set, with hundreds of weapons instead of padded gloves.

Sega has shipped its game Virtua Tennis 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii to stores. This latest iteration of Sega's tennis franchise allows players to play as or against 20 of the world's top tennis players.
LucasArts' game Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings has shipped to stores for the Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP and DS. The game is set in 1939, and has Indy racing around the world to acquire the Staff of Moses.
Atlus has shipped its game Class of Heroes for the PSP to stores in North America. The game is a classic first-person-perspective dungeon crawl that takes an anime-styled approach to Wizardry-style games.
TurbineIf you are one of the many who doubted the primacy of the free-to-play business model for online games, here's big news for you: Turbine, the publisher of games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, will release free-to-play games that offer premium content from a cash shop. In fact, this summer, Dungeons & Dragons Online will transition into a free-to-play game.
Graffiti Entertainment, part of Signature Devices, has shipped its game Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled for the DS to stores in North America. Developed by Studio Archcraft, Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is an extensive role-playing game in which players follow a young knight named Kairu and his friends as they set out to save their homeland.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shipped Lego Battles for the DS to stores in North America. Produced by TT Games and developed by Hellbent Games, the game has players building and fighting with Lego constructs made from the Lego "Castle," "Pirates" and "Space" themes.
MajescoMajesco's games Go Play Circus Star and Go Play Lumberjacks have both shipped for the Wii. Both games support the Wii Balance Board, with Go Play Lumberjacks having players "climb, chop, saw and logroll their way to victory." Go Play Circus Star has players participating in 15 circus events ranging from walking the tightrope to taming large cats.
PlaylogicPlaylogic Entertainment has shipped Pool Hall Pro for the Wii and PC to stores in North America. The game includes 11 varieties of table game ranging from 8 Ball to 6 ball Snooker.
Strategy First and Out of the Park Productions have released Out of the Park Baseball 10 as a download for the PC. This latest installment in the baseball management simulation adds content from Bill "The Spaceman" Lee alongside plenty of tweaks and enhancements.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has shipped Prototype for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America. The game, developed by Radical Entertainment, should reach Europe by Friday.
Huxley: The Dystopia Publisher: ijji.com (NHN USA)
Developer: Webzen

Platform: PC
Official Site: huxley.ijji.com

Radioactive pieces of Earth's moon have rained down onto the planet's surface, the irradiated fragments of Earth's only natural satellite destroying nearly all of humanity. A single city has survived, but the massive radiation has mutated the survivors, fragmenting the population along altered genetic lines. Now those groups are working to annihilate each other with the biggest guns available.

Black Mirror II Preview

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Black Mirror II Publisher: dtp Entertainment
Developer: Cranberry Production

Platform: PC
Official Site: www.dtp-entertainment.com

Darren is a young student living in coastal Maine. His major is Physics, but his passion is for photography, explaining why he suffers the abuse of his boss Fuller, the man who runs the photography studio where Darren works. Shortly after Darren meets a stunningly attractive English woman in Fuller's photography studio, Fuller is killed. Everyone is a suspect in this mystery that leads Darren far across the Atlantic Ocean.

Koei E3 2009 Overview

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by Kyle Ackerman

Koei has been a force to be reckoned with in Asia for a long time, but has been a slowly growing presence in North America. From its start here as a publisher of niche tactical action and strategy games, Koei has grown tremendously, and is now decidedly a big boy in the gaming space. Koei even has a game coming next year developed in North America. At E3, only two of Koei's games were playable (Monster Racers and Warriors Orochi 2 for the PSP) and both are due out shortly (August 25), so I'll give you an overview of Koei's upcoming offerings rather than extensively preview things that will be out shortly. Here's what Koei has on tap:

Electronic ArtsGrand Slam Tennis from Electronic Arts is now available in stores and should reach stores worldwide by Friday. The tennis game is available for the Wii and will be compatible with the Wii MotionPlus accessory to carefully track players' swings.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PSP. For most platforms, this is the latest iteration of EA's golf franchise. The Wii version, however, supports the Wii MotionPlus for more accurate tracking of the golf swing (and also includes a disc golf mode).
NintendoNintendo has launched The Legendary Starfy for the DS in North America. While Starfy is a new character in North America, the starfish has been released in Japanese games previously. In The Legendary Starfy, Starfy needs to reach the end of each level of aquatic platforming action with the help of his friend Bunston (with whom Starfy can adopt other useful forms).
NintendoAnother Monday has arrived and Nintendo has released yet another set of downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:

Torchlight Preview

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Torchlight Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
Developer: Runic Games

Platform: PC

A small, mining settlement named Torchlight was established to exploit the rich, nearby veins of "Ember." That rare ore is not only the source of Torchlight's riches, it's a magical substance with the power to transform and corrupt everything nearby. Only a handful of adventurers are brave enough to venture into the nearby mountains and below to discover how the Ember has already destroyed past civilizations.

Bass Pro Shops: The Strike Publisher: XS Games
Developer: Griffin International

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii and PC

Video games are finally mainstream enough (and profitable enough) that everyone wants in. Bass Pro Shops is a huge retailer of fishing and hunting supplies, and what better way to build a brand with homebound gamers than to release hunting and fishing games in which progress depends on purchasing fancier gear from Bass Pro Shops? It may be a straightforward marketing ploy, but thanks to an incredibly clever controller, it looks like this marketing ploy might result in the best fishing game yet released.

Aliens vs. Predator Publisher: Sega
Developer: Rebellion

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Official Site: sega.com

A remote human colony has once again infringed on an alien battleground. By settling on a distant world with a Predator pyramid containing xenomorph eggs, the human colonists triggered an horrific xenomorph slaughter and alerted the alien hunters known as Predators. A call for help from the colony has summoned the Marines, once again bringing all three species into bloody conflict. But the blood from this battle can eat its way through steel plates.

Dungeon Fighter Online Publisher: Nexon America
Developer: Nexon and Neople

Platform: PC
Official Site: nexon.net

Dungeon Fighter Online is popular in other territories, having launched in August of 2005 in South Korea. According to publisher Nexon, the game already has around 10 million users. Fortunately, you'll be able to experience the game yourself shortly – much less time than it would take you to learn Chinese or Korean and ask the game's many current players about Dungeon Fighter Online.

Bayonetta Preview

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Bayonetta Publisher: Sega
Developer: PlatinumGames

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Official Site: sega.com

Bayonetta is a witch who holds sway over demonic powers, but that's probably not the first thing you notice about her. The skin-tight body stocking might be. Perhaps the almost fetishistic focus on thick-rimmed glasses and piled-up hair that flows out to support Bayonetta's witchly powers would be the first thing to catch your attention. Of course, if you aren't distracted by the dramatically underdressed schoolmarmish sexpot who fills the titular role of Bayonetta, you'd notice that she's so well armed she even has guns strapped to the back of her platform heels.

Brink Preview

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Brink Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Splash Damage

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Official Site: brinkthegame.com

Humanity built the Ark as a self-sufficient habitat, made up of hundreds of floating islands, drifting in the middle of the ocean. In the mid-21st century, The Ark lost contact with the rest of the planet. Perhaps the rising ocean levels drowned everyone not fortunate enough to live in a floating city. Perhaps it was something more horrific. Whatever the cause, the Ark's inhabitants, their descendents and tens of thousands of refugees have been confined to the Ark for 25 years. In that time, population pressure and ideological disagreements have plagued the last refuge of humanity with a brewing civil war.

Darkest of Days Publisher: Phantom EFX
Developer: 8monkey Labs

Platform: PC
Official Site: darkestofdays.com

Alexander Morris was part of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry fighting under General Custer, and had the distinct misfortune of being present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Morris was considerably more fortunate than many of his compatriots. Instead of dying, he went missing-in-action. Alexander was plucked from battle to travel through time and space.

Sony has added quite a few more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP to the PlayStation Store:
by Kyle Ackerman

The old Electronic Entertainment Expo is dead. A new E3 has been resurrected in its place, built from the ashes of the old Expo, but it's not really the same beast. When the Entertainment Software Association and the heavy hitters of the industry collaborated to kill the E3 of old, they simply didn't foresee where things were going. But, to be honest, neither did I.

E3 and MMOGs

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New massively multiplayer online games have increasingly been rapidly developed free-to-play games (usually offering premium content as a purchase) rather than subscription-based games, but this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo provided a particularly stark illustration of this trend:
This week's downloadable release for Xbox Live Arcade is Wolfenstein 3D, the classic shooter in which B. J. Blazkowicz must escape from Castle Wolfenstein by killing the Nazis that stand between him and escape. The game can be downloaded for 400 points ($5).
Take Two InteractiveIn a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Take-Two Interactive confirmed that has signed on J. P. Morgan Securities and Barclays Capital to sell Bonds on behalf of Take-Two Interactive:
Two classic games from the original PlayStation are now available for purchase through the PlayStation Store and can be downloaded to the PlayStation 3 or PSP:
CodemastersCodemasters has shipped Fuel to stores in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version of the game should be released later this month. The game features racing throughout an open world with different classes of vehicles ranging from trucks to bikes and muscle cars.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Publisher: Funsta (Codemasters)
Developer: Team 17

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

Larry heads to Tinseltown to discover the employee trying to undermine the tasteless film studio that Larry's uncle runs. To do so, he'll jump around the studio, fall to his death hundreds of time, race the occasional kart and shout lewd comments at everyone and everything.

Atlus has shipped its game Knights in the Nightmare for the DS to stores in North America. Knights in the Nightmare is a role-playing game with strategic elements in which players control a variety of knights in fantasy-themed battles.

Sony Adds Meat to E3

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Sony 2009 E3 Briefing by Kyle Ackerman

To open Sony's 2009 E3 Briefing, Jack Tretton (President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America), declared that "2009 is going to be all about content on the PlayStation 3." Truly, Sony showed an impressive array of exciting software, but Sony also had the most interesting and exciting hardware announcements of the show.

Smug Nintendo Coasts

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by Kyle Ackerman

Nintendo's briefing at this year's E3 was decidedly underwhelming. Like Sony's press conferences of old, there was an air of smugness to Nintendo's presentation, but Nintendo added little in the way of real content to the mix. After gloating about Nintendo's admittedly impressive hardware sales, much of the presentation was a tired retreading of previously announced software and hardware.

Tomy has shipped Naruto: Shippuden - Ninja Council 4 for the DS to stores in North America. Yet another game based on the popular Naruto anime series, the game has players fighting as characters from the anime, participating in battles with up to four players.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' latest game in The Sims franchise, The Sims 3 is available for the PC in North American stores and as a download. The game will be available worldwide by the end of the week. This latest iteration of The Sims allows for even more lifelike Sims and provides short and long term goals for your Sims that range well beyond making sure they go to the bathroom.
THQTHQ's game Red Faction: Guerrilla is now in stores worldwide for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game continues the Red Faction franchise by having players battling for Martian liberation from the Earth Defense Force. To do so, players explore an open world, using third-person action to fight the Earth Defense Force with weapons and deformable terrain.
Got Game Entertainment has released Hinterland: Orc Lords as a download for the PC. The game has players building a village and taking parties of orcs or humans and adventuring the style of an action-heavy role-playing game.
by Kyle Ackerman

With its usual impressive stage set-up, multiple colossal screens and hundreds of dynamic lights, Microsoft launched its E3 2009 briefing with a trailer for Beatles Rock Band. Launching into a live play session of "Day Tripper," Beatles Rock Band became the keystone of the Microsoft's presentation, taking on the same kingly role that games like Halo, or the Xbox 360 console itself, have occupied in recent years. The emphasis on the Beatles was surprising given Microsoft's other important hardware and social networking announcements.

Turbine Hires New CFO

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TurbinePublisher and developer Turbine has hired M. Beau Paradowski as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Turbine, Paradowski worked as the CFO of Optasite.
MajescoMajesco Entertainment's game Puffins: Island Adventure for the DS has reached stores in North America. In the game, players become part of a puffin flock and will "learn to fly, dive, swim, explore, start a family and more..."
NintendoThe fact that it's the week of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and Nintendo's competitor Microsoft is busy holding a press conference later this morning, hasn't stopped Nintendo from releasing more downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:

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