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Saturday, February 26, 2011

02/26/2011 - Sega Serves Up Virtua Tennis 4 Release Date

SEGA SERVES UP VIRTUA TENNIS 4 RELEASE DATE

SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. are pleased to confirm that Virtua Tennis™ 4 for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Wii™ will hit stores across North America on May 10, 2011.

As spring hits and tennis fever takes over the world, top tennis stars warm up and head for the courts to battle it out and be crowned No 1. Relive the tension and excitement with Virtua Tennis 4 by taking on the likes of tennis heroes Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Porto and Caroline Wozniacki. Experience the same intense drama as you build up your Match Momentum gauge, and revel in your form as your player grows in confidence.

Virtua Tennis 4 takes the series to a higher level of realism with the PlayStation®Move, MotionPlus and Kinect™ compatibility, pushing the tennis genre forward yet again. Exciting new features such as a refreshing World Tour experience means every decision you make both on and off the court will affect your path. You'll never experience the same career twice!

For more information about the game, please visit www.sega.com/virtuatennis4

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Friday, February 25, 2011

02/25/2011 - Three Kingdoms Brawler - Free-to-play action MMOG coming to PCs this Spring
THREE KINGDOMS BRAWLER COMING TO PC THIS SPRING FROM THE9 INTERACTIVE , INC.

San Jose, Calif. – February 25, 2011 - The9 Interactive, Inc., an interactive entertainment publisher, today announced their first title, Three Kingdoms Brawler, will be released this Spring as a free-to-play action MMO for Windows PC.

Three Kingdoms Brawler takes the classic side-scrolling arcade beat-em-up and updates it for a new generation of online gamers. Inspired by the events and battles of the Three Kingdoms era in China, players take control of legendary warriors fighting to determine the future of the country. By choosing their guiding spirit and hero class, players can customize their fighting experience to their own personal skills. As they progress they will upgrade their combo moves, armor, and weapons, becoming even more powerful and able to face the challenges ahead. The fight cannot be won alone, however. By joining and fighting together, the heroes will be able to face ever increasing odds and emerge victorious.

Joining together in factions and guilds, players have a vast world to explore and conquer. A robust crafting system allows players to create unique weapons and armor that enhance their personalized combat skills. The online marketplace and auction house allows players to buy and sell their creations with thousands of players. With thousands of different weapon, skill, and armor combinations, each player will have their own unique experience tailored to their personal choices.

Player vs. player combat adds a new twist to the action, with players competing for victory against each other in arena combat. Players can prove they are the mightiest warrior by defeating all their opponents or teaming up in tag-team matches. Leaderboards and in-game honorary titles will show the world who has the most skill.

For more information or to register for an upcoming Beta, please visit
www.threekingdomsbrawler.com

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

02/24/2011- Official L.A. Noir Box Art Revealed
L.A. Noire Official Cover Art Revealed Plus Look for Details on Exclusive Pre-Order Bonus Content Later Today

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Introducing the official cover art for our upcoming thriller  L.A. Noire, featuring Detective Cole Phelps against the backdrop of a crime-plagued 1947 Los Angeles.

Developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire arrives on shelves May 17th in North America and May 20th in Europe.

Later today, be on the lookout for news on exclusive content bonuses for L.A. Noire available via retail partners across North America and the UK. The announcement will be made on our
Rockstar Newswire with all the details and order links to be posted at  www.rockstargames.com/lanoire/preorder.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

02/23/2011 - More Dead Space 2 DLC
The Dead Space 2 Story Continues on March 1st with Dead Space 2: Severed!
Have you finished the new gold standard in action horror games known as Dead SpaceTM2? Are you already screaming for more? If so, you’re not alone. Visceral Games has the answer with an all-new digital download pack -- Dead Space 2: Severed. Releasing on March 1, Dead Space 2: Severed extends the Dead Space 2 story with the addition of two stand-alone single-player chapters. This digital pack will take players through the haunting story of Gabe Weller, who fans will remember from the award-winning game Dead Space Extraction. As a security officer, Weller comes equipped with a one-of-a-kind security suit and an upgraded, more powerful Pulse Rifle that will help him unleash his own blood-curdling adventure across the Sprawl. Lurking behind every corner is another bloodthirsty monster but the big surprise for Weller (and fans) is the return of the Twitcher, a grotesque enemy who first appeared in the original Dead Space game.

Dead Space 2: Severed will be available March 1 worldwide on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and the PlayStation®Network in North America for $6.99 or 560 MS Points. Dead Space 2: Severed will be available March 2 on the PlayStation®Network in Europe.

Heralded by critics worldwide as the first big blockbuster of 2011, Dead Space 2 pushes the limits of action, horror and terror. After mysteriously awaking in a sprawling, massive city orbiting around one of Saturn’s moons, hero Isaac Clarke again finds himself thrust into the middle of a relentless Necromorph outbreak. Surrounded by the screeching cries of undead monsters and the haunting drum of echoing noises, Isaac plots a course through The Sprawl. Dead Space 2 is noted by critics worldwide for delivering an epic terror experience that takes players on an explosive thrill ride filled with intense action and spine-tingling scares through deep space.

Developed by Visceral Studios, Dead Space 2 is now available in North America and Europe on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the PC, iPhone®, iPod® touch and iPadTM. The Dead Space 2 Limited Edition for PlayStation 3 includes Dead Space Extraction, the prequel to the entire Dead Space saga, now featuring support for the PlayStation®Move motion controller. Dead Space Extraction is also available for download as a standalone game on the PlayStation Network.

In addition to this, players can now purchase these Isaac suit and weapon packs on Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.
  • Dead Space 2: Martial Law Pack, 400 MS Points, $4.99 / 4,99 Euro
    • Earth Gov Bundle (Earth Gov Security Suit, Earth Gov Pulse Rifle, Earth Gov Seeker Rifle, Earth Gov Detonator)
    • Bloody Bundle (Bloody Vintage Suit, Bloody Flamethrower, Bloody Javelin Gun, Bloody Force Gun)
  • Dead Space 2: Supernova Pack, 400 MS Points, $4.99 / 4,99 Euro
    • Forged Bundle (Forged Engineering Suit, Forged Plasma Cutter, Forged Line Gun, Forged Ripper)
    • Heavy Duty Bundle(Heavy Duty Vintage Suit, Heavy Duty Line Gun, Heavy Duty Contact Beam, Heavy Duty Detonator)
    • Agility Bundle (Agility Advanced Suit, Agility Rivet Gun, Agility Plasma Cutter, Agility Pulse Rifle)
  • Dead Space 2: Occupational Hazard Pack, 400 MS Points, $4.99 / 4,99 Euro
    • Hazard Bundle (Hazard Suit, Hazard Line Gun)
    • Triage Bundle (Triage Suit, Triage Javelin Gun)
    • Shockpoint Bundle (Shockpoint Suit, Shockpoint Ripper)

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

02/22/2011 - Nintendo Reveals NA 3DS Launch-Day Lineup
NINTENDO REVEALS LAUNCH-DAY LINEUP OF 18 NINTENDO 3DS GAMES

With More Than 30 Games Total Launching by Early June, There's Something for Everyone

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 22, 2011 – On day one, new Nintendo 3DS™ owners will have plenty of video games to keep them busy. Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners have made sure that people who buy a system on March 27 will be able to choose from a variety of experiences that leverage the system's new features. A steady and diverse stream of games of all kinds will keep the fun going, with more than 30 Nintendo 3DS games total launching before the E3 Expo in early June.

"Seeing 3D visuals without the need for special glasses is just one aspect of Nintendo 3DS," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The real test of any system is whether the games and applications draw you in and keep you engaged. Through the launch window and beyond, Nintendo 3DS delivers."

On March 27, new Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to choose from the following Nintendo-published games, each available at a suggested retail price of $39.99:

  • Pilotwings Resort™, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures.
  • Steel Diver™, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking into a miniature aquarium as they control the sub's speed, depth and pitch, and fire torpedoes.
  • nintendogs™ + cats, a game that lets players interact with realistic puppies – and kittens – in a variety of fun ways. There are three versions of the software, each with different starting breeds: French bulldog, toy poodle and golden retriever. But in each version players can unlock and enjoy more than 20 different breeds.

Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works for 2011 from Nintendo include The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star Fox 64™ 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and new installments in the Mario Kart™ series.

Third-party publishers also have a strong slate of games ready to go on March 27. These include:

  • Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
  • The Sims™ 3 from EA
  • Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
  • LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™
  • RIDGE RACER® 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
  • Super Monkey Ball™ 3D from SEGA
  • BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ from Square-Enix, Inc.
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS®: Chronicles from TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.
  • Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
  • Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
  • Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT

Nintendo 3DS also comes pre-loaded with a variety of fun games, applications and features, such as the Nintendo 3DS camera, which can be used to take photos in 2D and 3D as well as be used in other games and applications. For instance, the built-in Face Raiders™ game asks users to shoot at funny depictions of their own photographed faces, while the Mii Maker™ application lets gamers use the camera to take a picture of a person and have an automatic Mii™ character created. The system also comes with six AR Cards, which, when viewed through the outer cameras, bring to life fun and interesting animations and images. For example, when used with nintendogs + cats, users might see their puppies or kittens sitting on their coffee tables or in the palms of their hands. With Nintendo 3DS Sound, users can enjoy sound-manipulation tools or rock out with their Nintendo 3DS system while listening to their MP3 or AAC music files.

Nintendo 3DS is also able to play nearly every game in the massive Nintendo DS library, except those that require use of a secondary Game Boy™ Advance slot.

For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit
http://www.nintendo3ds.com.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

02/21/2011 - More Dead Island Info Revealed
Axis deliver emotional, gut wrenching Dead Island trailer

UK based animation studio Axis have worked closely with publisher Deep Silver to create the emotional and hard hitting trailer for the video game Dead Island, which is developed by Techland.

Dead Island is a survival horror title coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011 and is set in the tropical paradise gone wrong, Banoi. The entire island is over run by zombies and the player is drawn into the mysterious and dramatic scenario.

The trailer, which was directed by Axis owner and director Stuart Aitken, was released virally and has built up a massive buzz across the online community with over 2.5 million YouTube plays.

“When we were initially approached by Deep Silver about Dead Island we were really excited about the idea of getting to grips with zombies.” said Axis Executive Producer Richard Scott.

“As we started to collaborate with the Deep Silver team on the story ideas and creative treatments we felt that there was something else special about this opportunity.” Scott continues.

Aitken and Axis Producer Andrew Pearce worked with the Deep Silver brand team who had a very clear message that they wanted to project for the game. Dead Island is not just another zombie shoot ‘em up, it is going to be more real, more visceral.

“Deep Silver were really keen to create something different, something that would really stand out and when they put forward the initial idea for the ‘reverse’ sequence I saw the seed of something great there.” said Axis director Stuart Aitken.

Aitken went on to take that seed and evolve it into a complex trailer that conveys not only the horror and brutality that comes from the human nature of zombies but captured an emotional thread not normally expected in video games. It is this emotion that is key to the trailers success.

“Working with the Deep Silver team has been fantastic.” continued Aitken. They put a huge amount of faith and trust in me and the rest of the team and it has paid off for everyone.”

“We set out to create a rather unique trailer concept that would focus on delivering emotion and atmosphere while transporting the key elements and features of Dead Island. With the help of Axis and the great collaboration between our cinematic Director, Anton Borkel and his team and Axis’ own Stuart Aitken, we ended up creating something that was a breathtaking combination of pictures, story and music which formed an atmosphere of intensity that - for us - was beyond words.” said Global Business Development Director and acting producer on the project Malte Wagener of Deep Silver.

Technology and sound also play a big part in the trailers success. The Axis team brought in motion capture experts Audiomotion and Dimensional Imaging to capture the character performances and Savalas for music composition and sound design.
“We are blown away by the reaction to the trailer and look forward to continuing the strong relationship with Dead Island and Deep Silver.” said Axis Producer Andrew Pearce.

“Axis exceeded all our high expectations and then some on this project and really hit this one out of the park.” said Global Business Development Director and acting producer on the project Malte Wagener of Deep Silver.

© 2011 Deep Silver © 2011 Techland.

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