Sony has released even more downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP, through the PlayStation Store, including two Japanese imports, a zombie shooter and a lab-rat game. Read on for more details...
CCP has launched the Incursion expansion for its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online. Eve Online: Incursion is scheduled as a multi-part release, but Incursion 1.0.0 can now be downloaded (the next installment should be released on December 14). Incursion 1.0.0 adds 80 new storyline missions and the new Noctis salvage ship along with a variety of new user-interface tweaks.
Zoo Games confirmed that its game Silly Bandz for the DS really is available in (some) stores. Based on the toy craze (that is just funny-shaped rubber-bands), the game has players flinging Silly Bandz at targets to free other Silly Bandz. The game comes packaged with a 12-pack of Silly Bandz bracelets. FI is currently in talks with a developer to create a game based on the popular children's toy "Stick," with a possible future sequel based on "Rock."
Nail'd, from Deep Silver, is now available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, despite losing a vowel from the title somewhere during the shipping process. Nail'd is an off-road, ATV racing game set in locations such as Yosemite Park with colossal jumps and races against up to 11 AI opponents.
Battlefront.com, together with publisher Akella, has released PT Boats: South Gambit as a download for the PC (the game is also available by mail order). This is a stand-alone expansion for PT Boats: Knights of the Sea that adds new missions around Europe to this World War II-era naval combat simulation.
Disney's game Epic Mickey is now available for the Wii. The game sends Mickey Mouse on a journey into Wasteland, a place filled with Disney's forgotten creations (and ruled by Walt Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit), where he can use paint and paint thinner to change the world. Developed by Disney developer Junction Point, different paths to being an epic hero of Wasteland lead to different ultimate outcomes.
O-Games announced that its title Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles 2 for the Wii, PC and DS is now available in stores. The compilation includes a variety of brain-teasers, including Sudoku and other logic puzzles.
Sony's game Gran Turismo 5 is finally in stores for the PlayStation 3. This long-in-development racing simulation includes more than 1,000 cars, with the ability to tune and race these cars on a variety of courses.
This week's downloadable game for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade is Crazy Taxi, available for 800 points ($10). This classic Sega game has players taking the shortest and fastest path, however perilous, to cash in on fares.
Sony has released a new slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store. Not only does this week see the release of a lot of games, it also sees the launch of the VUDU movie service for PlayStation 3 owners in North America. This is a pay-by-the-rental service for HD films. Read on for this week's specific releases...
Tangled, from Disney, is now available for the Wii and DS. Based on the film of the same name, Tangled has players exploring the film in the form of a storybook, revisiting locations from the movie and facing a variety of puzzles and mini-games.
Electronic Arts has released the latest major update to its massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online. This v1.4 update finally introduces the rat-like Skaven as a playable race, along with new realm-vs.realm zone capture mechanics, a rebuilt renown-ability system and a new set of Skaven incursion events.
Zoo Entertainment has shipped Mathews Bowhunting for the Wii to stores, and the game should be available within the next few days. The game is available either as stand-alone software or packaged with a bow peripheral, and has players hunting popular North American game using a simulated bow.
Warner Bros.' title Game Party: In Motion for Xbox 360 consoles with the Kinect is now available in stores. This compilation of party games has Xbox 360 owners participating in activities ranging from throwing darts to tapping root beer.
Hudson Entertainment's Deca Sports Freedom is now available for the Xbox 360. This latest game in the Deca Sports franchise requires the Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 and allows players to participate in 10 different sporting events, such as tennis, archery and figure skating.
It should come as a surprise to no one that the layoff rumors are quickly swirling. Unfortunate, yes, and potentially earth-shattering to those whose lives are impacted or even destroyed, but every year the game industry starts shedding staff around this time. The big games are out the door for the holiday season, so publishers and developers just don't need as many staff as they do in crunch time. As a result layoffs are regularly being rumored to occur at places like Electronic Arts and LucasArts. Furthermore, studios often finish projects, so if more projects (and funds) aren't forthcoming, developers also have layoffs or are shut down entirely. This week, the rumors concern studios like Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham) and Activision's Budcat Creations. It's sad, but it's business as usual... it's also not over.
Microsoft has released two more downloadable games for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. One is a re-imagined coin-operated classic, while the other features a seemingly hopeless battle against hordes of aliens. Read on for more details...
Hank Haney's World Golf for the PC is now available for purchase. The game includes 20, 18-hole courses, with more available as premium downloads.
The new downloads for the PlayStation Store are plentiful today, providing new options for PlayStation 3 and PSP owners to download games ranging from Japanese and American classics, to miniature golf to aerial combat. Read on for more details...
Disney's Game, Wizards of Waverly Place: Spellbound, based on the television show, is now available for the DS. The game has players exploring locations from the television show, collecting outfits for the characters and casting spells.
Aksys Games' title Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for the DS is now available in stores. This game, mixing puzzle and adventure elements, has players awakening on a ferry engaged in a game of life and death.
Ntreev USA has changed its name to SG Interactive to reflect Ntreev's acquisition by Korean game company SmileGate. The company publishes games such as Grand Chase, Pangya and Trickster Online. Of course, this means current players need to prepare to transition to a newly branded portal that should launch in 2011.
Publisher Destineer, together with Digital Leisure, has shipped Dragon's Lair for the DS to stores in North America (some stores will not have the title in stock until later this week). This is a port of the classic 1983 arcade game animated by Don Bluth. If you want to see the original "quick-time event" game, look no further.
Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended October 2, 2010. Read on for more details...
As part of Viacom's quarterly financial results, the company announced that it plans to sell Harmonix and reclassified Harmonix as a "Discontinued Operation." Harmonix (part of MTV Games, owned by Viacom) is responsible for developing games such as Rock Band and the recently released Dance Central. Harmonix is such a strong developer, it will surely find a home, but this announcement indicates Viacom sees the end of musical games powered by plastic peripherals as a profit powerhouse.
Oberon Media (parent of labels such as I-play) has appointed David Lebow to the Board of Directors and the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company. Lebow has worked at companies such as AOL and Internet Broadcasting. Lebow's appointment comes at the same time that Oberon Media has completed raising $16 million of funding from a variety of private investment firms. Oberon Media plans to use the funds to grow and release current products.
This week sees three more downloadable games released for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade, including an underground platformer, a role-playing game and Muromachi-age Japanese shooter. Read on for more details...
Aeria Games (in conjunction with Tecmo Koei Games) has officially launched its persistent online game Dynasty Warriors Online. The game has been available for play in a variety of states, but the official launch (as usual) means that the item shop for this game is now live. This game focuses on tactical action, similar to the Dynasty Warriors games, in which players hack their way through hordes of enemies.
A new supply of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP are now available in the PlayStation Store. Read on for more details...
According to Sony, The Fight: Lights Out has reached store shelves. Major online retailers, as well as stores FI has called, claim the boxes won't be available until next week, so think what you will. When, inevitably, PlayStation 3 owners are able to get their hands on this game of fisticuffs that requires the PlayStation Move, they'll be able to engage in hardcore street fights set in 12 underground fighting venues.
Red Wagon Games has shipped its title Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. Developed by High Voltage Software software, this game has players engaging in a variety of activities such as helping Mrs. Claus bake cookies or helping Mr. Claus deliver presents.
The developer formerly known as Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M), responsible for games such as Naughty Bear and Wet, has rebranded itself as Behaviour Interactive. Presumably, the unfortunately not-safe-for-work text abbreviation that has come to be associated with "A2M" is the reason for the rebranding. The developer, with offices in Montreal, Canada and Santiago, Chile, also confirmed that it is working on sequels to both Wet and Naughty Bear for a multi-platform release.
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, has released Dance Central (with distribution help from Microsoft) for Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 gamers. The game has players performing choreography (observed by the Kinect) in an effort to achieve high scores. The game comes with 32 songs, and more can be downloaded for $3 apiece.
Mobile and social game publisher Gameloft announced selected financial results for the third quarter of 2010:
Two more downloadable games for the Xbox 360 have been released through Xbox Live Arcade, including a fighting game and a popular trading card game. Read on for more details...
Little Orbit's game Busy Scissors, a hair-styling game featuring Redken products, is now in stores. Available for the DS, a Wii version of the game should reach stores soon. After a play session, you are welcome to stop by FI's offices and sweep the hair off the floor.
Sony has released a new selection of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP, including an evil dragon simulator and a strategic dungeon builder. Read on for more details...
Scholastic Media has shipped Digging for Dinosaurs for the DS to stores in North America. The game features a variety of mini-games ranging from paleontological digs to fighting dinosaurs so that players can uncover facts about dinosaurs. The game is available in some locations and will reach stores in others soon.
Scholastic Media has shipped My Amusement Park for the DS to stores in North America. The game is available in some locations and will reach stores in others soon. My Amusement Park has players building an amusement park with the aid of educational logic games and puzzles.
Zoo Games has shipped Minute to Win It for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. Based on the current game show featuring Guy Fieri, the video game version of Minute to Win It features 36 60-second mini-games grouped randomly into 10-round battles.
Sony made EyePet for the PSP available in stores in North America. EyePet uses the bundled PSP camera and included "Magic Card" to allow PSP owners to draw objects in the real world that will transform into 3D toys for their virtual pet to play with. EyePet owners can also customize, clean, feed and train their pet on the PSP.
Sony's game God of War: Ghost of Sparta is now available for the PSP. Developed by Ready at Dawn together with Sony's Santa Monica studio, this latest God of War action game has Spartan warrior Kratos revisiting his past and revealing details about his family.
Splitfish Gameware has shipped the FragFX Shark, Barracuda and Piranha controllers to retail stores. These USB controllers are specifically designed for the PlayStation 3, but can also be used on a PC and Mac. The controllers are designed to simulate the action and accuracy of a mouse for games that otherwise might require a DualShock controller.
Her Interactive has shipped the Nancy Drew Collector's Edition: Fan Favorites for the PC to stores. While not available in all stores yet, shortly, fans will have access to this tin including a Nancy Drew journal and three Nancy Drew adventure games voted on by fans. The three games including in this compilation are Treasure in a Royal Tower, The Secret of Shadow Ranch and Curse of Blackmoor Manor.