Editor: November 2007 Archives

DSI Games has released its game Clue/Mousetrap/Perfection/Aggravation for the DS.
The Guinness World Records company confirmed that it plans to release the "Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008," a book that will cover world records related to video and computer games.
At 2AM (PST) on Tuesday, December 4, Microsoft will release the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update.
NCsoft released additional information on its upcoming massively multiplayer game Aion: The Tower of Eternity.

Kuju Creates DoubleSix Studios

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Kuju has opened a new studio in Guildford, U.K. aimed at creating casual and downloadable games.
I-play, the mobile publishing division of Oberon Media, has released Negreanu Poker Pro for mobile phones worldwide.
Xseed Games confirmed that it has acquired the right to publish Wild Arms XF in North America.

BlackSite: Area 51 Review

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BlackSite: Area 51 Publisher: Midway
Developer: Midway


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

Something has gone horribly wrong in the rural Nevada desert. An exceptionally well-armed force has seized a town near Area 51, driving locals into the protective arms of a nearby army camp. When Aeran Pierce leads his Delta Force squad into the thick of the action, he discovers the Nevada insurgency has a terrible secret... an alien secret.

Digital Eel has released two of its classic games for free today: Dr. Blob's Organism Digital Eel's Big Box of Blox. Both games sport PC and Mac versions.
Astraware, a publisher of mobile games, announced that it will expand the platforms for which it offers titles.
2K Play, the casual gaming label for Take-Two Interactive, has shipped Deal or No Deal: Secret Vault Games for the PC.

Race Driver One Becomes Grid

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Codemasters confirmed that the game previously developed under the name Race Driver One will be officially called Grid.
The latest content update for NCsoft's massively multiplayer online game City of Heroes (and Villains) has launched.
Sony has launched Pain as a downloadable game for the PlayStation 3.
Glu Mobile has agreed to acquire Chinese game developer and publisher Beijing Zhangzhong MIG Information Technology Co. Ltd.
Electronic Arts has released updates for its Xbox Live Arcade title Boom Boom Rocket.
Sony online Entertainment has launched the latest expansion for its online game the Pirates: Constructible Strategy Game Online.
Atari has launched Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe over Xbox Live Arcade.
Aksys Games confirmed that it plans to release MiniCopter: Adventure Flight for the Wii in the first half of 2008.

Microids Re-creates Self

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Microids has relaunched its official site and has relaunched its game development capabilities.

Big Fish Buys Thinglefin

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Big Fish Games has acquired developer Thinglefin.
The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation has launched The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Charity Challenge as a downloadable PC game.
Russian publisher 1C confirmed that it plans to publish Oniblade outside of Russia, certainly in Europe and possibly other territories.
D3Publisher of America has shipped the Wii version of its game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords to stores in North America.
I-play, part of Oberon Media, has signed a deal with Pandemic Studios that will have I-play make a mobile version of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.
Nintendo is so pleased with its sales results for the first week of the 2007 holiday shopping season, that it wants to gloat about those numbers to everyone.
Sony confirmed that it plans to release a better battery for the new model of the PSP (PSP 2000).
Aspyr confirmed that the Mac version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is gold for the Mac.
Greenpeace has released its sixth issue of the "Guide to Greener Electronics." In this latest issue, Greenpeace has expanded its ratings to include game console manufacturers Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Sierra Entertainment has shipped Geometry Wars: Galaxies for the DS to stores in North America.
Activision is so excited about its sales that it has increased its fiscal outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2007 by 20%.
Midway confirmed that it plans to further the NBA Ballers franchise by releasing NBA Ballers: Chosen One for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the first half of 2008.
Lighthouse Interactive has shipped its game Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder for the PC to stores in North America.
Vivendi Games Mobile has launched its mobile game The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night for mobile phones worldwide.

DDI Hires COO

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Data Design Interactive (DDI) has hired Matthew Humphries as the publisher's Chief Operations Officer.
Eidos Interactive, part of SCi Entertainment, has opened a new studio in Montreal and confirmed that the new studio is working on Deus Ex 3.
Nintendo has materialized its game Master of Illusion for the DS into North American Stores.
Russian publisher 1C has acquired the Akella development studio responsible for the Sea Dogs series of games.

THQ's CFO Resigns

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Edward Zinser, THQ's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, has resigned.
THQ, through its ValuSoft label, has launched its game for the PC, My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Party Parade.
Atari confirmed that it plans to release ArmA: Gold Edition for the PC in early 2008.
Oberon Media has signed a licensing agreement with Program Partners and Merv Griffin Entertainment that will allow Oberon to make a game based on the game show Merv Griffin's Crosswords.

ZeniMax Licenses HeroEngine

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Simutronics has licensed its HeroEngine middleware to ZeniMax Online Studios.
Activision confirmed that in early 2008 it plans to sell the wireless guitar controllers so far only available as part of a bundle with Guitar Hero III on a stand-alone basis.
Lighthouse Interactive has acquired the right to publish WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger in Europe.
It's Monday, and Wii owners know what that means: More games have been released for the Wii Virtual Console.
Perfect World Co., has launched a content expansion to celebrate that its game Perfect World II has been in operation for a year.

Trickster Adds Third Jobs

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Ntreev USA has launched a major content update for its massively multiplayer online game Trickster Online Revolution.
Publisher Playlogic has signed on to publish Aggression: Reign Over Europe in North America.
10tacle Studios has shipped Boulder Dash-Rocks! for the DS to stores in Europe.

Contra 4 Reaches Mobile Phones

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Konami has launched Contra 4 for mobile phones. Earlier in November, Contra 4 was released for the DS.
Sony has launched a large body of games for the PSP that can be purchased by downloading them through the PC PlayStation Store and loading them on the PSP.
Lighthouse Interactive has started shipping SunAge for the PC in certain territories.
Earlier in the month, Peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz announced that it was in the process of acquiring Saitek. Today, Mad Catz confirmed that it has completed the acquisition.
Microids announced that it plans to postpone the release of two of its PC adventure games into the first quarter of 2008.
Undertow is now available as a download for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Marketplace.
Publisher cdv Software Entertainment has hired a new Sales Director for certain European territories.
2K Sports, a label of Take-Two Interactive, has shipped College Hoops 2K8 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
PopCap has released the mobile version of its game Bookworm through most mobile carriers in North America and the UK.
On September 27, SCi Entertainment, the parent of Eidos, confirmed that it was considering possible acquisition offers. Today, SCi confirmed that SCi continues to be in discussions.
Square Enix has shipped the latest expansion pack for its massively multiplayer online game Final Fantasy XI to stores in North America.
Namco Bandai Games has released five new plane variants for download to support its game Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation for the Xbox 360.
Matrix Games has released Harpoon – Commanders Edition
Sony has launched two new games through the PlayStation Store designed to work with the PlayStation Eye camera.
Namco Bandai Games has shipped Soulcalibur Legends for the Wii to stores in North America.
The Game Factory has shipped Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity for the Wii to stores.

Ghost Squad Ships for the Wii

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Sega has shipped Ghost Squad for the Wii to stores in North America.
Ubisoft has released CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives for the DS to stores in North America.
Take-Two Interactive has expanded an existing secured credit facility, allowing the company to borrow an additional $40 million.
Atlus USA has shipped Trauma Center: New Blood for the Wii to stores in North America.
Namco Bandai Games has shipped Time Crisis 4 for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Codemasters has released Dirty Dancing the Video Game as a download for the PC.
Ubisoft announced certain financial results concerning the first six months of its 2007-2008 fiscal year ended September 30, 2007.
WolfKing is now offering a bundle with some of its peripherals designed to appeal to female gamers.
Sega has shipped the Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus expansion to Phantasy Star Universe in North America.
Microsoft and BioWare have shipped Mass Effect for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America.

Rock Band Arrives in Stores

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Electronic Arts, MTV and MTV's Harmonix division have finally gotten Rock Band into stores in North America.
Ignition Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release Rainbow Islands: Evolution for the PSP in North America this January.
THQ Wireless confirmed that it plans to release another mobile game based on the film Ratatouille.
The PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles has shipped to stores in North America.
Atari has shipped Godzilla Unleashed for the PlayStation 2 and Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash for the DS to stores in North America.
Nintendo has launched two new DS bundles, each with a new DS color.
Electronic Arts has shipped Medal of Honor: Airborne for the PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
Sierra Entertainment, part of Vivendi Games, has shipped Geometry Wars: Galaxies for the Wii to stores in North America.
JoWooD confirmed that development is underway on a Dungeon Lords expansion and sequel.
Square Enix has shipped Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings for the DS to stores in North America.
Retailer GameStop announced its financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended November 3, 2007.
The Walt Disney Internet Group has expanded its development studio in Prague to improve its mobile development capabilities.
Sony has released the v2.01 firmware update for the PlayStation 3.
Tri Synergy has shipped Ghost in the Sheet for the PC to stores in North America.
Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Link's Crossbow Training are now in stores.
Koei confirmed that it plans to release Dynasty Warriors 6 for the Xbox 360 on February 19, 2008 in North America.
Sony has made changes to the pricing and content of the PlayStation 3 Software Development Kit (SDK) to make PlayStation 3 development more accessible.
Microsoft and Bungie confirmed that they plan to release the first content expansion for Halo 3 on December 11.
WolfKing has released its "Warrior Xxtreme" gamepad for the PC.
Bethesda Softworks has shipped Star Trek: Conquest to stores in North America for the Wii and PlayStation 2
Sony has released Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for the PlayStation 3.
Vivendi Games Mobile has launched the 2008 version of its mobile Surviving High School game.

Mario Party DS Now Available

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Nintendo's game Mario Party DS is now in stores in North America.
Every Monday, Nintendo releases a few more games for the Wii virtual console, and today, the first anniversary of the Wii's availability, is no exception.
Midway and Epic Games have Shipped Unreal Tournament 3 for the PC to stores in North America.
Atari has finally filed its quarterly report with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007.

Beowulf Now in Stores

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Ubisoft's game BeoWulf is now in stores in North America.
Publisher Atlus USA is now officially a licensed third-party publisher for the Xbox 360.
Sega confirmed that it plans to release a compilation of The House of the Dead games for the Wii.
Sierra Entertainment, a label of Vivendi Games, reconfirmed that it plans to release Ghostbusters: The Video Game in late 2008.
PC Developer Arise and developer Wargaming.net are set to merge.
GigaMedia has signed on to distribute EA's NBA Street Online in certain territories.
The Game Factory has shipped Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake to stores.
Sega confirmed that the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will ship to stores on January 22, 2008.
PopCap Games' collections PopCap Arcade Volume 1 and PopCap Hits Volume 1 have arrived in stores.
Mobile publisher Gameloft has released the mobile version of Assassin's Creed.
ArtGuitar today launched its line of custom guitar controllers.
SouthPeak Games confirmed that it plans to release Iridium Runners for the PlayStation 2 in February, 2008.
Koei confirmed that it plans to ship Samurai Warriors: Katana for the Wii to stores on January 15, 2008.

id Software Forms id Mobile

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id Software is launching a new division to focus on mobile development, called id Mobile.
Interactive Data Visualization is excited that its SpeedTree RT middleware package is being used in Unreal Tournament 3.
Hudson Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts next year.
Electronic Arts has shipped Boogie for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Sierra Entertainment, a label of Vivendi Games, has shipped Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem for the PSP to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts has signed on to distribute Rail Simulator in North America next year.

Assassin's Creed Now in Stores

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Ubisoft's game Assassin's Creed is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Matrix Games has released Close Combat: Modern Tactics as a download for the PC.
Vivendi, the parent of Vivendi Games with labels like Sierra and Blizzard, announced its third quarter financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007.
NCsoft is planning a major expansion for its massively multiplayer online game Lineage II, called "The Kamael."
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary for the Wii is now in stores in North America.
Electronic Arts' game Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is in stores for the PSP and the Wii.
Electronic Arts has shipped its game Need for Speed: ProStreet to stores in North America.
Activision's game Soldier of Fortune: Payback is now in stores in North America.
Lighthouse Interactive's game Avencast: Rise of the Mage for the PC is now in stores in North America.
Peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz has not only reported its financial results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2007, the company also announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire peripheral manufacturer Saitek.
I-play has acquired the rights to make a mobile game based on the upcoming film Wanted.
Today, Microsoft has added two more games to Xbox Live Arcade, bringing the total of downloadable games released through Xbox Live Arcade to 100.
Blizzard Entertainment, part of Vivendi Games, has launched The Gods of Zul'Aman content expansion for its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft.
Ubisoft has shipped its game Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 for the Wii and DS to stores in North America.
Microsoft continues to be excited that Thursday, November 15, marks the fifth anniversary of Xbox Live. To celebrate having eight million members, Microsoft has a few announcements and perks.
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo


Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Shortly after the events of The Wind Waker, Link is sailing with Tetra (the piratical Princess Zelda) when their ship and crew run afoul of the Ghost Ship that lurked in The Wind Waker's seas. Tetra jumps onto the Ghost Ship to investigate, and immediately disappears. Link attempts to follow, but falls into the sea.

After plummeting into the water, Link discovers that he's in far deeper than he expected. Rather than landing near his familiar ship and crew, he awakens on a strange island nestled in an unfamiliar sea. This sea was protected by the Ocean King, a powerful spirit served by several fairies. Sadly, the land has come under the shadow of a foul creature that has stolen the power of the Ocean King and his fairies, and holed up in the Ocean King's sacred temple.

With the aid of a captain named Linebeck, Link must travel these newfound waters to rescue Zelda from the Ghost Ship and restore the Ocean King to benevolent power.

Beautiful Katamari Review

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Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Namco Bandai Games


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

"The King of All Cosmos and his family were vacationing on one of their favorite planets. The King was enjoying a delightful game of tennis with his beloved Queen and Prince. The King's tennis skills were truly first-rate. But alas! The King's swing was too strong, and the ball was sent flying into the sky!

"The ball flew on and on, and opened up a hole in the sky. The King and his family gazed up in worry at the dark hole that had popped open... The hole began to suck up all sorts of things, for this was truly that dreadful astrophysical anomaly: a Black Hole! The Black Hole hungrily ate up bigger and bigger things. Growing even bigger, it started to suck up nearby stars as well.

"The King had had enough! He stood up to face the Black Hole. The King summoned his almighty powers, and in a spectacular fashion, stopped the Black Hole in its tracks. Harmony has returned to the Great Cosmos, but no one knows when the Black Hole will strike again..."

Mutant Storm Empire Review

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Publisher: Pom Pom Games
Developer: Pom Pom Games


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

"There's this evil emperor, see and... well, he's evil. Now someone has decided to put a stop to the whole evilness thing, and that someone is you. It's the right thing to do!"

Word Puzzle Review

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Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Interserv


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Word search puzzles proliferate in this puzzler that has gamers hunting for words in vast pools of letters.

Atari's CEO has stepped down and the company has announced its first steps down its path to financial recovery.
While it has seemed to the rest of the world that Interplay has been effectively dead for some time, Interplay has announced the results of its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Sega has shipped Sonic Rivals 2 for the PSP to stores in North America.
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Ignition Entertainment


Platform: Wii
Reviewed on Wii

This puzzle game for the Wii has players maneuvering blobs of mercury through laboratory-themed mazes filled with wildly dangerous obstacles and wacky rewards.

Contra 4 Ships for the DS

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Konami has shipped its game Contra 4 for the DS to stores in North America.
SNK Playmore has shipped The King of Fighters XI for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Mumbo Jumbo has launched a game based on the television show The Office.

Smarty Pants Ships for the Wii

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Electronic Arts has shipped Smarty Pants for the Wii to stores in North America.
Konami has shipped Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus for the PSP to stores in North America.

Crysis Ships for the PC

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Electronic Arts and Crytek have shipped Crysis for the PC to stores.
Electronic Arts has shipped SimCity Societies to stores for the PC.

Flipper Critters Review

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Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Gawain the Tiger and Bubba the Monkey are two well-meaning teenaged animals eager to help their fellow animals in and around the town of Aldenor – whether or not their friends need the assistance. The unlikely mammalian pair begin by setting out to help a Bull who happens to be an oracle with a bad cold; move on to discover what happened to some Boar guards; and end up getting caught in a vast sequence of quests, complete with a dragon and a sorceress. And they do it all by acting as the ball in a world-sized game of pinball.

Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, has shipped Kane & Lynch: Dead Men to stores in North America.
Majesco has shipped Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends. for the DS to stores in North America.
EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark, a new expansion for Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II is now in stores.
Agetec has shipped its game Fire Pro Wrestling Returns for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched its latest expansion for the original EverQuest massively multiplayer online game.
Hands-On Mobile confirmed that it will release a mobile version of Guitar Hero before the end of the year.
Atari confirmed that when it releases its new Alone in the Dark game it will also release versions of the game for the Wii and PlayStation 2.
THQ has shipped Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command for the PSP to stores in North America.
Capcom's game Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is now in stores for the Wii.
Got Game Entertainment has entered into a publishing agreement for Knut Mueller's Rhem 3.
Atari has shipped its game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 to stores in North America.

Orcs & Elves Ships for the DS

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Electronic Arts has shipped Orcs & Elves for the DS to stores in North America.
Atari has shipped its game Jenga World Tour for the DS to stores in North America.
Brash Entertainment confirmed that it will release a game based on the film Jumper in February.
D3 Publisher of America has shipped its game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America

Vivox Raises Additional Funds

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Vivox, a company that provides voice communication middleware for games, has completed a second round of financing.
THQ has shipped WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for most platforms.

WordJong Ships for the DS

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Destineer has shipped its game WordJong for the DS to stores in North America.

Eve Online Economics Unveiled

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CCP Games has released the first edition of its Quarterly Economic Newsletter covering the state of the economy within its massively multiplayer online game Eve Online
Aspyr Media has placed Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for the PC in stores in North America.
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB 3D video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Grandma ain't run over by a reindeer, but Santa's running amok. The North Pole is undergoing corporate restructuring. The elves are out of work and toy manufacture has been outsourced to baby penguins – because adult penguins have a demanding union.

Sam and Max, the Freelance Police, are going about their business when a gift from Santa arrives: the Maimtron 9000, a death-dealing robot with a penchant for pop music. Now it's up to the Freelance Police (the bipedal hound named Sam and president/rabbity-thing Max), to set Santa straight before Christmas rolls around.

It's another Monday, and that means Nintendo has released another three games for the Wii Virtual Console.
Namco Networks has launched Scene It? TV Edition for mobile phones in North America.
Midway, in conjunction with Cartoon Network, has shipped Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders to stores.
Midway has shipped its game BlackSite: Area 51 to stores in North America.
Majesco confirmed that it plans to release Pet Pals: Animal Doctor for the DS in early 2008.
Nintendo's game Super Mario Galaxy is now available for the Wii.
Midway has shipped its game Ultimate Mortal Kombat for the DS to stores in North America.
Capcom confirmed that it plans to release another Ace Attorney game for the DS in early 2008.
Matrix Games has released two compilations of games previously released on the PC.
Canadian developer HB Studios has created a new development studio located in Halifax, Canada.
Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor: Airborne for the PlayStation 3 is gold, in duplication and should reach stores in North America on November 21.
Disney Interactive Studios' game High School Musical: Sing It! reached stores this week for the PlayStation 2.
Take-Two Interactive has settled all of the class action lawsuits against it related to the "Hot Coffee" scandal.
Electronic Arts has launched "Online Team Play" for its game FIFA Soccer '08.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback is gold, in duplication and should ship to stores shortly.
Koei announced that it plans to release Nobunaga's Ambition: Rise to Power on February 5, 2008 for the PlayStation 2.
Sega confirmed that it plans to release Brain Assist for the DS in North America in the first half of 2007.
Sony Online Entertainment confirmed that it plans to release the first expansion to its online collectible card game Legends of Norrath.
Apparently, a Dutch online site is claiming that there is a 40% failure rate for the new 40 GB PlayStation 3. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe issued a statement denying that such is the case.
Strategy First has shipped its game Panzer Killer for the PC to stores.
Electronic Arts announced that it plans to donate copies of SimCity to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative.
Nintendo confirmed that it will launch the "Check Mii Out Channel" on November 11 for the Wii.
Telltale Games has released Sam & Max Season Two: Ice Station Santa as a downloadable PC adventure.
Activision has shipped its game Cabela's Big Game Hunter for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has entered into an agreement to acquire TT Games.
SouthPeak has launched a demo for its role-playing game Two Worlds on Xbox Live Marketplace.
Panzer Tactics DS from Conspiracy Entertainment is now in stores.
Sony confirmed that it plans to release the v2.0 firmware update for the PlayStation 3 tomorrow.
Atari shipped Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey for the PC to stores in North America.
Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue from 2K Play, a new label from Take-Two Interactive, is now in stores.
Atari has shipped Fantasy Wars for the PC to stores in North America.
Nyko's Wii Charge Station Company: Nyko
Platform: Wii


Nyko's Wii Charge Station keeps two Wii Remotes charged in a convenient base so that Wii owners are always ready for long play sessions with Mario, Link or just a two-player tennis match with a pair of Wii Remotes.

Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids for the DS is now in stores.

Sony Prepares SCPH-90000 CB

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Sony Computer Entertainment Japan confirmed that it plans to release a new version of the PlayStation 2.
Microsoft is introducing an Xbox 360 Family Timer similar to one of the parental controls available in Windows Vista.
Microsoft's game Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action is now on store shelves for the Xbox 360.
Activision has placed a compilation of its past Guitar Hero games on store shelves.
Magmic Games has entered into an agreement that will allow it to bring games from Vivendi Games Mobile to Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices.
Koei's game Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Two new games from the First Encounter Assault Recon franchise are now in stores.
SouthPeak Games is yet another company that has licensed Epic Games' Unreal Engine.
Glu Mobile has launched the mobile version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Two new games have been launched over Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 owners.
Matrix Games has released Napoleon in Italy as a PC download.
Electronic Arts has launched the latest stuff pack for The Sims 2, The Sims 2: Teen Style Stuff.
CCP Games has launched clients for its long-running massively multiplayer online game Eve Online for Mac owners and those using the Linux operating system.
The Game Factory has launched its game Build-A-Bear Workshop, now in stores for the DS.
It's been a big day for NCsoft news. Not only did the company fully acquire the rights to City of Heroes, it also released the financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Ubisoft has shipped three Coach Games for the DS to stores in North America.
Electronic Arts confirmed that Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 is gold, in duplication and should be in stores shortly.
Publisher NCsoft has signed a distribution agreement with Chinese media company Shanda that will see NCsoft's upcoming massively multiplayer online game Aion: The Tower of Eternity distributed in China.
It's a bit late, but Atari has finally filed its quarterly report disclosing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Ubisoft has shipped Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII for the PlayStation 3.

Zhu Xian Gets New Content

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Perfect World Co., has launched the "Unparalleled Battlefield" expansion content for its massively multiplayer online game Zhu Xian.

Fury Offers Free Trial

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Auran has launched a 10-day free trial for its online, multiplayer competitive game Fury

Cryptic Sells City of Heroes

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Cryptic Studios has sold its flagship game City of Heroes (and Villains) to publisher NCsoft.
Microsoft has shipped Gears of War for the PC to stores worldwide.
Sega has been trickling out information concerning its upcoming game NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii, but today Sega unveiled some interesting details.
SNK Playmore confirmed that it plans to release World Heroes Anthology in the first half of 2008 for the PlayStation 2.
Sega has shipped its game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii to stores in North America.
The Wizards of the Coast division of Hasbro, in conjunction with Nexon, has launched a trading card game based on the massively multiplayer online game MapleStory

Neves Ships for the DS

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Yuke's Company of America has shipped Neves for the DS to stores in North America.
Steve Bergenholtz and Gary Corriveau announced that they have formed a development studio called Beanbag Studios.
Upper Deck revealed the three Loot cards that will be included in the March of the Legion expansion for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Phase Available for the iPod

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Harmonix, part of MTV Games, has launched its game Phase for the iPod.

Ontamarama Ships for the DS

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Atlus USA has shipped its game Ontamarama for the DS to stores in North America.
Activision's game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is now in stores for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and DS.
THQ has shipped its PC game Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance to stores in North America.
A version of Crash of the Titans is now available for mobile phones.
Playlogic announced the financial results of its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Konami has shipped its game Silent Hill Origins for the PSP to stores in North America.
Destineer Publishing has licensed Epic's Unreal Engine 3 for an unannounced project.
Activision's PR department took a little time out of their busy morning to gloat a bit concerning the success of the recently launched Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is now in stores for the DS.
Sierra Entertainment (part of Vivendi Games) has shipped Empire Earth III for the PC to stores in North America.

Majesco Adds LA Studio

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Publisher Majesco announced that it is opening a development studio in Los Angeles.

Horse Life Ships for the DS

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D3 Publisher of America's game Horse Life has shipped to stores for the DS.
Sony's game for the PSP, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike is now in stores in North America.
Electronic Arts confirmed that Smarty Pants for the Wii is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on November 15.
Activision revealed the results of its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, published by Nintendo, is now in stores for the Wii.

Rock Band is Gold

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Rock Band is officially gold, in duplication and on its way to stores.
Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive


Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS, PSP
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A young adventurer from the kingdom of Bartonia is destined to lead the battle against the evil that increasingly plagues the world of Etheria. Starting as a mere novice, players build citadels, conquer nations, battle mythical beasts and dominate all opposition – all by playing symbol-matching puzzle games!

Tetris Splash Review

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Publisher: Tetris Online
Developer: Tetris Online


Platform: Xbox360
Reviewed on Xbox360

It's a water-themed Tetris game! That transforms into an aquarium screensaver! It has all the fun of stacking blocks mixed in with the thrill of collecting virtual fish!

Ubisoft has completed an agreement to acquire Japanese developer Digital Kids.
Monday has arrived, and that means that Nintendo has released another three games for the Wii Virtual Console.
Microsoft has regularly been adding new television and film content to Xbox Live Marketplace. Today, Microsoft announced an agreement with ESPN that will see considerable sports content added to Xbox Live Marketplace.
PopCap Games' SpinTop division has launched its casual game The Lost Tomb for the PC.
Midway has shipped Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am for the PlayStation 2 to stores.

Prank TV Review

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Publisher: Wild Hare
Developer: Jam-Games


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 1.0 GHz, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 9 compatible 64 MB video card, 1 GB HD space, Windows XP SP2

When a new family moves into a neighborhood filled with malcontents and socially maladjusted hooligans, they decide to teach everyone in the neighborhood a lesson – in the form of vicious pranks. Fortunately, TV crews are on hand to catch every cruel joke and pernicious prank for the benefit of the audience at home.

Publisher: Q Entertainment
Developer: Q Entertainment


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Time your own self-destruction to the beat to take out thousands of enemies in massive chain reactions – all to the engrossing rhythm of trance music.

Midway's game BlackSite: Area 51 for the Xbox 360 and PC is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on November 12.

Front Mission Review

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Front Mission Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix


Platform: DS (originally released for the SNES)
Reviewed on DS

Huffman Island is stuck in the neutral zone between the Oceania Cooperative Union (O.C.U.) and the United Continental States (U.C.S.). The O.C.U. and the U.C.S. already battled it out on Huffman for two years, beginning in 2070. When a ceasefire was finally negotiated, Huffman was divided in two, becoming a haven for mercenaries and a hotbed of tensions between the superpowers. Now the year is 2090, and a U.C.S. military factory on Huffman has been destroyed.

Inevitably, war is, once again, at hand on Huffman Island.

Buzz Jr. Jungle Party Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Magenta Software and FreeStyle Games


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Every day in the jungle is a party. At least in this jungle. And every party involves monkeys falling from the sky, being electrocuted or hurling bananas at one another. Fortunately, they never get hurt (at least, permanently). The party is also controlled solely with Sony's new buzzer controllers for the PlayStation 2.

The game charity launched by the folks behind the online comic Penny Arcade has launched its holiday charity drive.

Buzz!: The Mega Quiz Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Relentless Software


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Buzz himself hosts Buzz!: The Mega Quiz, an irreverent game show with a wild assortment of guests, mixing a biting wit with terrific trivia to provide an entertaining game show experience on the PlayStation 2, complete with buzzer controllers.

Sony has launched Twisted Metal 2 through the PlayStation Store.
Publisher Playlogic confirmed that it has completed raising $12.3 million through a private equity placement.
DreamCatcher, part of JoWooD, has shipped LifeSigns: Surgical Unit for the DS to stores.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has been delayed again.
DSI Games has released its game Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the DS.
Today, Midway reported the results of its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Electronic Arts has reported its financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007.
THQ reported its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Glu Mobile reported the financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Com2Us has launched its game Tower Defense for mobile phones.
LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment have released the latest content update for the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies.
Ubisoft has launched its line of Imagine games for the DS in North America.
NCsoft's latest massively multiplayer online game Tabula Rasa is in stores in North America and Europe and will begin service tomorrow.
Gamecock Media Group has signed on to help developer Blazing Lizard bring its game Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball to Xbox Live Arcade next year. In addition, Blazing Lizard is working on adding a zombie team to the game.
Gameloft has launched American Gangster: The Mobile Game for mobile phones in North America.
Electronic Arts' compilation of Command & Conquer games is now in stores.
Activision's game Barbie as The Island Princess is now in stores for the Wii, PlayStation 2, DS, PC and GBA.
Legacy Interactive has shipped Zoo Vet: Endangered Animals for the PC and Mac to stores.
Mobile publisher I-play has released The Weakest Link 2008 for mobile phones in the UK and North America.

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