Saturday, March 26, 2011
03/26/2011 - Aeria Games Reveals Closed Beta Date for Metal Assault
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It’s No Joke –
Run ‘n’ Gun Action Shooter Blasts into CB on April 1
Aeria Games Reveals Closed Beta Date for Metal Assault
Calif. – March 26, 2011 – Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games,
today revealed the Closed Beta date for its latest action shooter title. Metal Assault is scheduled to open its battlefields
to Closed Beta participants on April 1. Interested players can still sign up for a Closed Beta invite at Metal Assault’s
Official Website (http://metalassault.aeriagames.com). Here players will also find an arsenal of Metal Assault goodies;
read mercenary bios, learn mission details, download fun wallpapers, and watch epic videos highlighting Metal Assault’s
Once Closed Beta begins, players can blast full speed into Metal Assault’s non-stop,
frenzied PvE / PvP action. Defeat enemy troops, eliminate waves of zombies, and team up with your friends to solve the
mystery behind an underground military lab explosion in this epic Metal Slug-style shooter.
thunders on the scene with these features:
Metal Assault is a 2D side-scrolling action shooter, similar in style to the Metal Slug series.
Metal Assault will be free to download and free to play. Head to the official website (http://metalassault.aeriagames.com) on April 1st to participate in the Closed Beta release!
Modes – Team up with or against your friends in Metal Assault. Play Co-Op missions or battle your
friends head-to-head in PvP Deathmatch sessions. Or fight solo in frenzied PvE modes.
- Vehicle Violence – Maximize destruction with one of four playable vehicles. Don a personal
combat suit, hop into a giant cannon, or join up to 3 friends in a multiplayer Helicopter or Tank.
- Zombie Zones – The City of HERZ is infested with roaming
hordes of zombies! Take ‘em out as part of your mission in PvE modes. Or play the fast-paced Infection PvP variant
and try to escape bites and scratches from your undead friends!
About Aeria Games
Aeria Games, a leading destination for online entertainment, provides an unrivaled
MMO gaming experience to a growing community of more than 15 million members. The online gaming portal offers a broad selection
of fun, high-quality games, including fantasy MMORPGs, FPS, casual MMOs and Facebook games. Aeria Games is committed to its
position as the world’s premier publisher and portal, with high-quality, innovative content and outstanding customer
Based in Silicon Valley, Calif., Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 2006 and has offices
in the United States, Japan, Germany, and Brazil. More information about Aeria Games can be found at www.aeriagames.com.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Friday, March 25, 2011
03/25/2011 - Homefront Sells Over 1 Million Units
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AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 24, 2011 - THQ (NASDAQ:THQI) today
announced that HomefrontTM has already sold-through an estimated more
than one million units across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific markets, on shipments of 2.4 million units to date.
THQ Announces Estimated Global HomefrontTM
Sell-Through of Over 1 Million Units, on 2.4 Million Units Shipped to Date
In addition, according to UK Chart Track's March 21st weekly report,
Homefront's reported first weekend sell-through ranked the game as #1 for the week, as well as the best-selling week-one
new console release in 2011 in the UK.
"We are very pleased
with strong worldwide shipments and sell-through for Homefront, and we continue to fulfill new retail orders for the game
across the globe," said Brian Farrell, THQ President and CEO. "Homefront is clearly resonating with gamers and we
are certainly pleased with our initial sales results."
2027. A once proud America has fallen, her
infrastructure shattered and military in disarray. Crippled by a devastating EMP strike, the USA is powerless to resist the
ever expanding occupation of a savage, nuclear armed Greater Korean Republic.
Abandoned by her former allies, the United States is a bleak landscape of walled towns and abandoned suburbs. This
is a police state where high school stadiums have become detention centers, and shopping malls shelter armored attack vehicles.
A once-free people are now prisoners... or collaborators... or revolutionaries.
Join the Resistance, stand united and fight for freedom against an overwhelming military force in Homefront's
gripping single player campaign penned by John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn). Stand alongside a cast of memorable characters
as an emotional plot unfolds in this terrifyingly plausible near-future world. Experience visceral, cinematic first person
shooter action as you fight your way across Occupied USA using guerrilla tactics, and commandeer military vehicles and advanced
drone technology to defeat the enemy.
Multiplayer brings epic
warfare to the online arena as infantry, tanks, attack helicopters and combat drones battle across huge, open battlefields.
A rich feature set offering layers of tactical depth combined with game-changing innovations like Battle Points and Battle
Commander set a new benchmark in online warfare.
For more information
on Homefront, visit Homefront-Game.com, or follow the resistance at Facebook.com/Homefrontgame or Twitter.com/Homefrontgame.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Thursday, March 24, 2011
03/24/2011 - Green Lantern Coming to Nintendo 3DS, 360, PS3
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Green Lantern: Rise Of
The Manhunters as its Debut Nintendo 3DSTM Title
Inspired by Upcoming Green Lantern Film – also set for
3D Release for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system
on June 10th
March 24, 2011 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC
Entertainment today announced their debut title for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system: Green Lantern: Rise
of the Manhunters. The action-adventure game will also be released in 3D, as well as 2D, for the Xbox 360®
video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is set to invade the third dimension in the UK on 10th June 2011 in conjunction
with Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic superhero feature film Green Lantern scheduled for release
on 17th June 2011. The upcoming game title will also be available in standard 2D only for the Wii™ system and Nintendo
DS™ handheld system, delivering an immersive experience across all platforms for Green Lantern fans
that the entire family will enjoy.
The Nintendo 3DS version of the game is designed specifically to take advantage
of the system’s stereoscopic 3D capabilities and deliver multi-plane graphics that delve players further into the Green
Players on Xbox 360 and PS3™ will be given the option to play in anaglyphic
3D with technology that is compatible with all standard and high definition TV sets and visible to players wearing the 3D
glasses that will be available for the video game. Fans can also enjoy the game in stereoscopic 3D when playing on any 3D
HDTV while wearing active shutter glasses that are compatible with the television.
Green Lantern: Rise
of the Manhunters is inspired by Warner Bros Pictures’ upcoming Green Lantern film,
which brings the enduringly popular DC Comics Super Hero to the big screen for the first time and stars Ryan Reynolds in the
title role as Hal Jordan, the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps. In the videogame, gamers can use an arsenal of amazing
constructs and take flight across the deepest parts of the universe to restore intergalactic order by wielding the ultimate
weapon: the Green Lantern Power Ring. Gamers playing the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions will also have the option to join
forces with a friend to play as Hal Jordan or Sinestro to battle the Manhunters.
Green Lantern: Rise
of the Manhunters is in development for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS by Griptonite Games and for Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3 by Double Helix Games. For more information and updates, become a fan at www.facebook.com/GreenLanternVideogame
About the Green Lantern Feature
Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong,
Angela Bassett and Tim Robbins. Also starring are Jay O. Sanders, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi and Jon Tenney,. Martin
Campbell directs the film from a screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg,
story by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim, based upon characters appearing in comic books published
by DC Comics. The film is being produced by Donald De Line and Greg Berlanti. Herbert W. Gains and Andrew Haas serve as executive
producers. The film will open in 3D and 2D on June 17, 2011. Green Lantern will be distributed worldwide
by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.greenlantern.comAbout DC Entertainment
home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman,
Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating
across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its
superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment,
and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest
English-language publisher of comics in the world.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher,
developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms,
including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
GREEN LANTERN: RISE
OF THE MANHUNTERS software © 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Nintendo
DS and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo. KINECT, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft
group of companies and are used under license from Microsoft. “PlayStation” and “PS3” and are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
DC LOGO, GREEN LANTERN and all
related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner
Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
03/23/2011 - Zombii Attack Infests the Nintendo Wii
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ZOMBII ATTACK INFESTS THE Wii AND POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO WIPEOUT UNFUN GAMEPLAY
Gamers Digital Brings Physic Based Downloadable Arcade-Style
Game to WiiWare Suitable For All Ages
Minnesota (March, 23, 2011) — Today, Gamers Digital issued a nationwide health warning to all current and potential
Wii™ users to pay close attention to Zombii Attack, scheduled for release in Spring 2011.
Those who download Zombii Attack exclusively on Nintendo’s WiiWare™ service may become
infected and suffer from uncontrolled bouts of hysterical laughter, experience intense feelings of exhilaration and become
affected with a disposition of overwhelming joy. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to habit forming fun.
“If you or anyone you know plays Zombii Attack
please take every precaution to not have fun, avoid enjoyment and please stifle all laughter in order to prevent further spread
of the infection. Please, be very careful when playing Zombii Attack,” said Gamers Digital
CEO and mad developer of Scott Zerby.
How the zombie virus infection spread remains a mystery
for now, but it appears Zombii Attack originated deep in the underground labs of Gamers Digital
before spreading to highly populate metropolitan cities that are highly interactive using the state of the art Unity game
engine. The undead now overrun these cities. They hide in buildings, launch frenzied attacks and pose a very serious
health threat to the remaining survivors and the world at large. Non-gamers should not approach the zombies.
There are scattered reports that one survivor is making a stand armed only with the laws of physics and a trusty
rubber band to launch environmental items at zombies before they spread their infection. Those infected by Zombii
Attack’s will experience more than 18 ever increasingly difficult levels of
zombie madness. Lone survivors must use strategy when launching anvils, tires, experimental highly-explosive z-bombs and even
the undead themselves at the endless waves of zombies using the Wii Remote™ with realistic natural motions.
When Zombii Attack’s infectious fun takes over, the only known cure is to recognize
the warning signs, arm your slingshot and destroy all attacking zombies before they eat you. Play at your own risk.
Zombii Attack is rated “E+10” by the ESRB. For more information on Zombii
Attack, please visit http://www.gamersdigital.com.
About Gamers Digital
Gamers Digital is a multi-platform publisher, with leading
development studios worldwide. Gamers Digital games are available on the biggest names in the global download space,
including Big Fish Games, Yahoo!, MSN, Gamehouse, Nintendo®, and Apple. To visit Gamers Digital, go to www.gamersdigital.com.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
03/22/2011 - Nintendo 3DS European Launch This Week
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Pick Up Your Glasses-Free
3D Entertainment System This Week
THE NEXT DIMENSION OF ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES ACROSS EUROPE
Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo’s new device which offers portable entertainment in 3D without the need for special glasses,
launches this week in Europe on March 25th. Play games in 3D, take 3D photographs and enjoy engaging new social applications
that will offer a new surprise every day. Nintendo 3DS will launch in Cosmos Black and Aqua Blue alongside 13 3D games including
nintendogs™ + cats, Pilotwings Resort™, Super Street Fighter™IV 3D Edition, Tom Clancy's™ Ghost Recon®
Shadow Wars, PES 2011 3D and The Sims™ 3.
“Nintendo 3DS represents a dynamic shift in how we interact
with games and continues the tradition Nintendo has for changing the technology landscape in the same way it did with touch-screen
gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006,” said Laurent Fischer, Nintendo of Europe's Managing Director of
Marketing & PR. “People will truly need to experience it to believe their eyes.”
3DS also comes with a large selection of pre-installed software, including Face Raiders, a game that asks users to battle
with funny depictions of their own faces, AR Games, Mii Maker, StreetPass Mii Plaza, Activity Log, the Nintendo 3DS Camera
and Nintendo 3DS Sound. The Nintendo 3DS also features new connectivity functions called SpotPass and StreetPass.
The StreetPass feature offers a new element of fun and surprise when you meet another Nintendo 3DS user. StreetPass allows
you to wirelessly connect with other Nintendo 3DS systems around you, as you move through your daily life. Each time you open
your Nintendo 3DS you may find another Mii™ character has greeted you in the StreetPass Mii Plaza gathering point, which
will subsequently aid you to complete StreetPass minigames. Many games also utilise StreetPass to exchange data and you don’t
even need to have the Game Card in the system. Once you see the green light on the right shoulder of your Nintendo 3DS, you
will know you have exchanged data with someone and a new surprise awaits!
The SpotPass feature connects to Wi-Fi
access points to go online automatically, even if the system is in Sleep Mode. It is compatible with public hotspots and you
can also use your wireless broadband Internet connection at home. Once connected, the Nintendo 3DS system will be able to
receive new content and updates on a regular basis. Later this year you could be viewing sports highlights in full 3D on your
Nintendo 3DS courtesy of Eurosport – or spending your morning commute in the fun and quirky world of Shaun the Sheep,
from Aardman Animations, just some of the possibilities available with SpotPass.
From around late May, even more
features will be available*. People will be able to update their Nintendo 3DS to gain access to the Nintendo eShop to download
new content, such as 3D games and classic games directly to the device. The simple update will also provide the ability to
browse the Internet; play 3D video content; and transfer previously downloaded Nintendo DSiWare™ on a Nintendo DSi™
system to the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo 3DS launches across Europe on 25th March. For more information about
Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo-europe.comSubmitted By: E. Thomas
Monday, March 21, 2011
03/21/2011 - 3DS Midnight Launch Event in New York this Weekend
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New System's March
27 Launch Ushers in the Era of 3D Fun without Special Glasses
NINTENDO 3DS CHANGES THE WAY YOU VIEW PORTABLE ENTERTAINMENT
REDMOND, Wash., March 21, 2011 – Nintendo introduces portable entertainment in 3D –
without the need for special glasses. The Nintendo 3DS™ system goes on sale in the United States on March 27 at a suggested retail
price of $249.99. It comes with a collection of pre-installed games and fun features, with more on the way.
3DS can play 3D video games and take 3D pictures, but that's just the tip of the iceberg," said Nintendo of America President
Reggie Fils-Aime. "The 3D display is amazing in its own right, but just as compelling are the new forms of game play
it delivers, and the groundbreaking ways it will connect players to new content … and each other."
To celebrate the arrival of the system, Nintendo is holding a midnight launch event
starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time on March 26 at the Best Buy store in Union Square in New York City. The event will feature
hands-on Nintendo 3DS demos with food, music and giveaways (while supplies last), all leading up to a countdown to midnight,
when the Nintendo 3DS system goes on sale. For those who can't make it to New York, additional midnight launch events will
be held at several Best Buy stores throughout the country. Fans can visit http://www.bestbuy.com/3DS for more information. Nintendo is also installing more than 6,000 kiosks
at retailers across the country over the next couple of months to let people demo the new Nintendo 3DS system.
3DS has 18 games available on launch day, with more than 30 total available by early June. Nintendo-published games available
March 27 include:
- Pilotwings Resort™,
a high-flying aerial adventure that lets you soar over a tropical island in a plane, on a hang glider or with a rocket belt.
You can take on more than 30 challenging missions, or go sightseeing and snap pictures in the game.
- nintendogs™ + cats, which lets you train
and interact with your very own puppy and kitten. They react to your voice and will even welcome you with a lick of the face
as you lean in. There are three different versions of the software, each featuring a different starting breed: Toy Poodle,
Golden Retriever or French Bulldog. In each version, players can eventually unlock all 27 different breeds to enjoy.
- Steel Diver™,
an action-packed and immersive 3D submarine combat adventure. Take command of your sub to control its speed, depth and pitch,
and use both the touch-screen and motion-sensitive controls to navigate through lush undersea environments and fire torpedoes
at enemy ships and obstacles.
publishing partners are rolling out their biggest names for launch day. Games ready for March 27 include Super Street
Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM, The Sims™ 3 from EA, Madden NFL Footbal l 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., plus Asphalt™ 3D, Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3 D, Rayman®
3D and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT.
Meanwhile, Nintendo is working on
Nintendo 3DS games from its top franchises, including The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star
Fox™ 64 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and new installments in the Super Mario™, Mario
Kart™, Animal Crossing™ and Paper Mario™ series. The system is also ready to play
nearly every single Nintendo DS™ game with its original 2D graphics. Nintendo DS games that required the use of the
Game Boy™ Advance slot are not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system.
Nintendo 3DS features two screens.
The top screen displays 3D images without the need for special glasses. The bottom screen is touch-sensitive. It also has
three cameras. One inner camera points at you, while two exterior cameras let you take pictures of your friends and family
in 3D or 2D. It weighs approximately 8 ounces and is available in Cosmo Black or Aqua Blue.
Built-in games and
applications include Mii Maker™, which uses facial recognition technology to create a Mii™ character that looks
just like you; Face Raiders™, which requires you to shoot at comical depictions of your own face as well as
others around you; AR Games™, which superimpose graphics and animations on the real world using the included
AR Cards; and Nintendo 3DS Sound, which lets you listen to MP3 or AAC music files, or make your own recordings and play with
them using fun filters. The StreetPass™ feature lets some of your games and applications wirelessly swap small bits
of game data as you pass other Nintendo 3DS users throughout the day, if you choose. SpotPass™, on the other hand, lets
the Nintendo 3DS system detect wireless hotspots or wireless LAN access points and allows users to obtain information and
game data when the system is in Sleep Mode. Free software and videos will also become available with future system updates.
Soon Nintendo will roll out a series of additional features for Nintendo 3DS, including an Internet browser, an online
store called Nintendo eShop, the ability to access 3D Hollywood movie trailers, automatic and free access to more than 10,000
AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide and the ability to stream Netflix movies (Netflix unlimited membership required).
For a comprehensive look at all the hardware specs and features of Nintendo 3DS, visit http://press.nintendo.com/nintendo3ds.
Remember that the Nintendo 3DS system features parental controls
that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Sunday, March 20, 2011
03/20/2011 - Support Tsunami Relief Efforts with Direct2Drive
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Because much of the heart of
the gaming community lies in Japan, Direct2Drive.com (D2D) is especially motivated to help out in the earthquake and tsunami relief
efforts. For every game purchased at D2D through March 21st, D2D will donate $1 to the American Red Cross. Additionally,
many of D2D's game publisher partners are on board to match donations, including Paradox, 2k Games, Atari and many, many more.
The full list of participants can be found here: http://www.direct2drive.com/staticpage.aspx?topic=relief
Support Tsunami Relief Efforts with Direct2Drive
As a thanks to our users for supporting the disaster relief efforts, D2D will also
be taking 20% off its entire library of first-person shooters this weekend, including upcoming
AAA games from publishers like THQ and Electronic Arts, through March 21st at 10:00am PDT. Use code SPECWAR5
at checkout. A few great FPS titles to check out include:
THQ invites gamers to join the Resistance and fight for a crippled United States of America against the Greater Korean Republic
in the year 2027. Wage guerrilla warfare against a flood of hostile soldiers to reclaim your once-prosperous country.
Bulletstorm: Take on the role of a mercenary out
for revenge and travel across barren deserts, lush forests, and an adults-only resort. Fight ferocious mutants and deranged
cannibals with some of gaming's most imaginative weaponry from Electronic Arts.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition: Explore the inhospitable planet Pandora, battling
dangerous creatures across treacherous terrain to discover ancient alien technology in this FPS-RPG hybrid from 2K Games.
For more details and to review D2D's huge library of more than 3,000 games, visit
*Low Prices Guaranteed: A Friendly Reminder!*
If you find a lower price on any digital PC or Mac game on a qualifying site the day of your purchase, Direct2Drive
will reward you with D2D store credit for the price difference! For more info on the "Lowest Price Match Guarantee"
program, click here.
Submitted By: E. Thomas