Deep Silver's game Secret Files: Tunguska is now in stores for the Wii and DS. This adventure game has players investigating the obliteration of the Tunguska region of Siberia following a kidnapping.
Xbox Live Arcade has two new downloadable games this week. Read on for more details on Ancients of Ooga and Puzzle Quest 2:
777 Studios' Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War - Iron Cross Edition is now available for the PC. This "Iron Cross Edition" of the previously released game includes updated graphics, around twice as many planes and new dogfight modes.
Bohemia Interactive's compilation ArmA II: Combined Operations for the PC is now available in stores. This retail box includes both the original combat simulation ArmA II: Armed Assault and the (stand-alone) expansion ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead. The game is an exceptionally detailed combat simulation set in a fictional ex-Soviet state.
Aksys Games' Deathsmiles Limited Edition for the Xbox 360 is now in stores. The game is a shoot-'em up in which players control attractive, underage-looking angels with demonic familiars. Aksys describes the game as a "Lolitastic" shmup.
Warner Bros.' game Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is now in stores. The game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, PSP and DS. The game has players exploring the world of Harry Potter's adventures as any of a broad variety of characters, while unlocking elements of the Lego game.
Sony has released a new slate of games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP, along with the premium "PlayStation Plus" membership. Read on for more details:
Her Interactive's game Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister for the PC and Mac is now available as a download and at certain retail stores. This adventure game has Nancy Drew investigating why a series of accidents is keeping a group of storm chasers from completing their tornado predictions.
505 Games, together with developer Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M), has released the game Naughty Bear for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. Mixing cute with carnage, players take on the role of Naughty Bear as he takes his revenge on other cutesy bears.
CCP Games, the Icelandic developer and publisher responsible for Eve Online has opened a studio in Newcastle, UK (to be called CCP Newcastle). The core founding engineers of the studio previously worked for Midway Games and have a reputation for familiarity with the Unreal Engine. As a result, CCP Newcastle will focus on console game development, particularly CCP Games' upcoming persistent online shooter for consoles, Dust 514. CCP Newcastle will collaborate with CCP Asia on Dust 514.
NIS America has shipped Trinity Universe for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America. The game is a role-playing game crossover between the Atelier and Disgaea universes, featuring characters exploring a universe in which an entire lineage must transform themselves into gems that prevent objects in the Netheruniverse from colliding.
A new version of the massively multiplayer online game Fallen Earth, including the recent "Blood Sports" expansion is now available in retail stores. Fallen Earth: Blood Sports is available in both Walmart and GameStop locations in North America.
As happens on most Wednesdays, Microsoft has released more downloadable games for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. This week's two releases are:
505 Games' title Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge for the Xbox 360 is now available in stores. The game has players tracking and hunting around 30 types of game in a variety of weather conditions.
Sony has released more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store. It's a light day, but today's downloads include:
ThinkSMART for the DS is now in stores in North America. This brain-training game features puzzles that test language, memory, mathematics, logic and spatial reasoning.
Telltale Games has released the third episode in the third season of The Adventures of Sam & Max. This episode in the season called The Devil's Playhouse is "They Stole Max's Brain!," and has rabbity-thing Max suffering an unthinkable crime. This adventure episode is now available for the PC and will be available this afternoon on the PlayStation 3.
Yet another Monday is at hand, marking the release of another pile of downloadable games for the Wii and DSi:
The concise, reductionist summary of E3 2010: Many games were shown. Some were sequels. Some will never see release. Others were delayed or downplayed. All were accompanied by trailers and screenshots. Most will excite gamers by completely transforming the genre or the "way we play games." Some crappy-seeming games looked better to attendees thanks to over-the-top parties. Many games rely upon motion-sensitive or video-capture technologies that will be released late this year. Of those games, most are gimmicky and aimed at casual gamers, rather than exploiting what is unique about these technologies. Oh... and people should be excited about 3D.
Disney's game Toy Story 3, based on the film of the same name, is now in stores. Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, DS and PSP, the game has players taking on the role of Woody, Buzz or Jesse as they rescue their companion toys.
Scholastic has shipped its game I Spy Universe for the DS to stores. The game has players boarding a rocket to reignite the sun – a science-fiction process accomplished by playing a series of "I Spy" riddles.
Never mind the E3 activities, Sony has ventured ahead with yet another set of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP available through the PlayStation store, including:
At Sony's E3 event in Los Angeles today, the company added details to several expected announcements, including naming a date and price for the PlayStation Move accessories and a premium PlayStation Network service. Read on for more details:
505 Games' title Naval Assault: The Killing Tide for the Xbox 360 is now in stores in North America. Set in the North Atlantic during World War II, the game has players piloting submarines against the German fleet combining elements of stealth action and naval simulation.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is at hand. While the conference itself begins next week, events surrounding the conference begin this weekend, and many companies have already divulged their secrets at pre-E3 events. This upcoming week will be a major week for hype, and as FI has been moving away from covering hype and future releases, expect a quiet (or at least erratic) week. Don't fear though, we'll be sure to pass on any big news.
Linden Lab, the company behind the online persistent space Second Life, announced a strategic restructuring that will see the company dropping 30% of its staff. Linden Labs will combine its product and engineering divisions in North America and will focus on transforming Second Life into a browser-based experience.
This week, two more downloadable games for the Xbox 360 arrive on Xbox Live Arcade:
Sony has released more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store, including:
Harmonix (part of MTV Games), together with Electronic Arts, has shipped Green Day: Rock Band to stores. This Rock Band game features 47 Green Day tracks and is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. The game should reach stores in Europe later this week.
This week's addition to Xbox Live Arcade is Snoopy Flying Ace. Downloadable to the Xbox 360 for 800 points ($10), this arcade-style flight combat game allows players to battle in 16 planes as any of the Peanuts gang, or using their own Xbox Live Avatar.
Bass Pro Shops: The Hunt from Griffin International and XS Games is now available for the Xbox 360 and Wii. Using gear available in the Bass Pro Shops stores, players hunt game such as deer in famous hunting locations.
Sony has released a new slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store, including:
Crave's game America's Next Top Model is in stores for the Wii and DS. Based on the television series of the same name, the game puts players in control of an aspiring model competing in various challenges. Presumably, players of America's Next Top Model can use their DS stylus or Wii remote to purge.
505 Games' title Backbreaker for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is now in stores in North America. This football game doesn't feature licensed teams, but does sport physics-based motion and brutal (but legal) plays.
Bigpoint GmbH, a game company that specializes in browser games, has acquired Radon Labs. Radon recently declared bankruptcy, after a string of gamer releases including two Drakensang titles. More than 30 of Radon's employees will join Bigpoint's Berlin office.