Trion Worlds has launched the latest major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Rift. Called "From the Embers," this update is primarily designed for players who have reached the game's level cap, adding a large zone called the Ember Isle with new environments, monsters and zone events. "From the Embers" adds a new dungeon called Caduceus Rise, a new 10-player raid and a second tier of Planar Attunement.
Sony has released a new slate of downloadable games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP through the PlayStation Store. This week's games include an episodic adventure based on a classic, dinosaur-related film and a game based on a much-loved (or reviled) game show. Read on for the full list and more details...
Warner Bros., has released Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 to stores. Developed by TT Games and available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PSP and 3DS, this casual-style platformer has Lego versions of all the important Harry Potter characters enjoying adventures based on the films from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. The game includes Hogwarts lessons that players can attend.
Fusion: Genesis is now available through Xbox Live Arcade. Developed by Starfire Studio, the game can be downloaded to the Xbox 360 for 800 points ($10) and has players shooting their way through the universe on hundreds of solo and co-operative missions.
Game Mill Entertainment's DaGeDar for the DS is available in stores. Based on the line of battling ball-shaped toys, the game has players racing their DaGeDar balls across 50 raceways using the ball's special abilities.
Warner Bros. has released Happy Feet Two: The Videogame based on the animated film of the same name to stores. Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, 3DS and DS, the game has players once again dancing to save their penguin nation from extinction.
Mobile and casual game publisher Gameloft has announced selected third-quarter financial results. For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, Gameloft announced sales of €40.6 million (compared to sales of €34.7 million in the same quarter the previous year). Gameloft did not announce full results that would indicate the company's profitability, so this announcement simply indicates that the company continues to sell more games. As Gameloft described, much of the growth has been on smartphones and tablets, particularly iOS and Android devices.
BurgerTime World Tour from Konami and developer Monkeypaw Games is now available as a download to the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. The game can be downloaded for 800 points ($10) and brings the classic burger-assembly platformer to the modern age as Chef Peter Pepper once again assembles food while fleeing angry, man-eating food.
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town for the DS is now available in stores in North America. Based on the classic animated television special, the game has players helping Kris Kringle explore three interactive storybooks. From Red Wagon Games, most of the game's play involves twenty mini-games.
Aksys Games has released Fate/Extra for the PSP to stores in North America. This RPG has players participating in the Holy Grail War for the opportunity to have a wish granted.