As is Sony Computer Entertainment America's custom on Thursdays, a whole new slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP have been released through the PlayStation Store:
I-play, part of Oberon Media, has released Nora Roberts Vision in White as a download for the PC. This hidden-object adaptation of the popular novel has players taking on the role of a wedding photographer seeking romance while planning weddings. The game is available as a download through some portals.
NIS America's game Last Rebellion for the PlayStation 3 has shipped to stores in North America. This role-playing game has players seeking revenge while caught between the plots of two gods.
Developer Judobaby announced that it has emerged from stealth mode and is currently working on an unannounced game for the Wii. The company launched on February 13, 2009 and was founded by two Sony veterans and a variety of talented programmers.
The arrival of another Wednesday marks the release of more downloadable games for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. This week, there are three new games:
The two biggest U.S. Christian video game companies, Left Behind Games and Digital Praise, announced that they have entered into a merger agreement. In part, the timing of the announcement is designed to distract investors from the poor financial results that Left Behind Games announced, and is a "reverse triangular merger agreement." Ultimately, Digital Praise shareholders will end up in control of the company that will trade under Left Behind Games' ticker (until the ticker symbol is changed). More terms of the transaction follow:
Atlus USA has shipped its game Metal Slug XX for the PSP to stores in North America. This latest installment in the side-scrolling shooter Metal Slug franchise features six players, any two of which can co-operatively conquer the game.
Atari's game Hello Kitty: Birthday Adventure for the DS has shipped to stores in North America. The game has a variety of Sanrio characters, including Hello Kitty, hanging out, shopping and playing character-specific mini-games.
City Interactive has shipped Art of Murder: Cards of Destiny for the PC to stores. This adventure game has players tracking a serial killer who leaves playing cards at the scene of his crimes.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the latest (and ninth) release for its online trading card game Legends of Norrath. The "Vengeful Gods" expansion for this EverQuest-themed game adds new cards (and loot cards), new characters and extends the game's plot by pitting players against avatars of Norrath's gods.
Deep Silver has shipped the Xbox 360 version of its game Risen to stores in North America. This massive RPG shipped for the PC last year and has players investigating ancient temples that have risen from the ground, unleashing monsters on the world.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced that it has acquired a majority (controlling) stake in London-based Rocksteady Studios, the developer of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Sony has launched Quantic Dream's game Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 3. In the tradition of the game Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain mixes adventure game elements with action sequences and quick-time events to present a psychological thriller on your console.
Tripwire Interactive has shipped the retail version of its game Zeno Clash to stores in the United States. Developed by Ace Team, the game is a "punk-fantasy brawler."
Heatwave Interactive, a casual publisher, is excited that it has acquired the massively multiplayer online game Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising from PlayGrid. While production on Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising ceased in 2007, when it was in development at Perpetual Entertainment, the underlying technology will serve as the basis of other MMOGs Heatwave has planned.
Egosoft's compilation, X3: Gold Edition for the PC is now available at stores in North America. The collection includes X3: Reunion (including the Bala GI Missions) and X3: Terran Conflict (including the Aldrin Missions). Players can pilot a ship around the universe, following the plot, fighting or trading as they see fit.
Publisher iEntertainment Networks has launched the latest version of its WarBirds franchise, WarBirds' Dogfights for the PC. This single-player aerial combat game allows players to pilot one of 100 historical aircraft in combat missions across Europe and the Pacific.
Sony has added several more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP to the PlayStation Store:
Telltale Games has shipped a compilation of the four episodes of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures for the PC to stores in North America. These adventure games feature Aardman Animations' inventor and pooch pair in a series of unlikely adventures.
Casual game publisher Merscom has released Black Circle, a hidden-object game, through certain download portals. The game casts players as detective Carol Reed investigating the disappearance of a dead body.
This week's download for Xbox Live Arcade is The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. Xbox 360 owners can download the game for 800 points ($10). Published by 2K Play (part of Take-Two Interactive) and developed by The Odd Gentlemen, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a puzzle game in which P.B. Winterbottom uses the time-control powers he gained from eating Chronoberry pie to steal and consume the most elusive pies available.
Stargate Resistance is now available as a download through Steam. The game is a third-person shooter based on the Stargate television shows and film in which the forces of Earth's Stargate Command face off against the armies of the Goa'uld.
Sony has released SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo 3 for the PSP to stores in North America. This latest SOCOM game brings four-player cooperative play to the PSP as PSP owners work as part of a four-man fireteam working to stop a possible terrorist attack coordinated by a former KGB agent.
Atlus' game Shiren the Wanderer for the Wii is now in stores in North America. This newest Shiren game has players taking on the role of the wandering samurai Shiren as he explores a millennium of Japanese history and mythology.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched the sixth major expansion for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II, called Sentinel's Fate. The expansion is available in stores as part of a compilation, and can also be downloaded (shortly).
Brilliant combat, but
My leader has no comm. and
Snipers camp my spawn
M.A.G. for the PlayStation 3
Sony has released a variety of additional downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store:
This week's downloadable game on Xbox Live Arcade is Darwinia+. Available for 1,200 points ($15), this indie hit from Introversion Software is a strategy game in which digital stick figures battle against a world infected by a computer virus.
Rock Blast from UFO Interactive is now in stores for the Wii. This puzzle game has players destroying rising lava rocks to save a village from a once-dormant volcano.
Stardock has released Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity for the PC as a download and as a boxed version in North American stores. This real-time strategy game compilation includes the original Sins of a Solar Empire as well as the two expansions: Entrenchment and Diplomacy.
Publisher PlayFirst has hired Mitali Pattnaik as its General Manager of Social Games. Prior to joining PlayFirst, Pattnaik was with Electronic Arts where he served in positions directing online marketing for The Sims 3 and worked to monetize EA's social gaming efforts. At PlayFirst, Pattnaik will be responsible for social gaming initiatives including developing games for Facebook.
It may be a light week for the PlayStation Store, but Sony has released another three downloadable games through the PlayStation Store:
This week's addition to Xbox Live Arcade is Chime a puzzle game hat can be downloaded for 400 points. This musical puzzle game was developed by Zoe Mode and published by Valcon Games.
D3Publisher's game Family Party: 30 Great Games - Winter Fun for the Wii is now in stores in North America. This collection of winter-themed party games allows up to four players to compete together.
Gameloft reported selected financial results for its 2009 fiscal year:
Winter Wolves has released The Flower Shop, a dating and farming simulation for the PC. Available as a download for the PC from Winter Wolves' site, the game has players taking on the role of a college freshman working on his uncle's farm for the summer, near three attractive women.