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Friday, May 13, 2011

05/13/2011 - LightBox Interactive Unveils Starhawk for PS3
LightBox Interactive unveils StarhawkTM for PlayStation®3 (PS3TM)

Brand new fast paced shooter set to redefine the genre in 2012 Non stop action and instant customisation on the battlefield in real-time

London, 10th May 2011: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is pleased to announce Starhawk™ a brand new title coming exclusively to PlayStation®3 (PS3™) in 2012.  Developed by LightBox Interactive, in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios’ Santa Monica, Starhawk will provide a fast paced third-person shooter experience set in the unruly frontier of space allowing players to instantly alter the battlefield by calling down offensive and defensive structures in real-time from an orbiting drop ship, whilst blasting away at enemies in the middle of huge single-player or multiplayer battles. 

The Starhawk Universe is set in the distant future out in the far reaches of Space where two factions a colony of humans known as the Rifters, and the Outcast, a ruthless species of humans mutated into psychotic monsters by the Rift Energy, a dangerous resource both factions are battling over.  Starhawk puts the player in the boots of Emmett Graves a hired gunslinger ostracised from society due to his own exposure to Rift Energy, leaving him partially mutated, but still able to retain his humanity.  Taking on the powerful role of Graves the player will be drawn back to his home settlement of White Sands on the planet Dust to face a mysterious outlaw and his band of Outcast warriors to only find out that this assignment may mean more to him than he could ever imagine. He will soon find out that his family is involved in the clash between the Outcast and the Rifters and therefore must decide between those close to him and those he swore to protect.

Starhawk’s features a host of weaponry and a multitude of vehicles for fast paced action combat combined with intense vehicular warfare on both land and air.  The game’s innovative Build & Battle system lets players alter the on screen action by giving them the ability to change the dynamic of the battlefield instantly with a selection of base structures at their disposal, all while in the midst of the fight.  By the touch of a button players can deploy a number of buildings, vehicles, or fire power to strategically complete mission objectives and defeat enemies.  Through the sophisticated architecture of the PS3 system, the instantaneous customisation that Build & Battle provides, as well as this breadth of gameplay that spans multiple modes is made possible. 

Utilising state-of-the-art visual technologies, the development team has made every effort to give players the realistic feel of actually being on the battlegrounds with vibrant characters and environments, coupled with dynamic lighting effects.  Starhawk also boasts a strong online mode where users can battle head-to-head in epic 32 player matches, up to four player online and offline co-operative play, and split-screen gameplay within multiplayer and co-op modes against an endless attack of enemies, in addition to a full-fledged single-player story mode with various missions set in a number of diverse interstellar environments. 

Additionally, Starhawk employs a host of online community features that allows players to be always connected, all the time, including tournaments, leaderboards, and clan support with additional friends list and quick match options.  Players can keep up to date with the community events calendar, ticker tape updates, and a Starhawk Android app that will allow users to keep track of friends, clan mates, and stats when not online. 

Starhawk is a single or multiplayer third person shooter experience scheduled for release in 2012. 

Fight to claim the riches of the galaxy.  For more information visit eu.playstation.com.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

05/12/2011 - SEGA Brings Vanquish to Games on Demand
SEGA Adds Critically Acclaimed Vanquish to Games On Demand Library

Sci-Fi Shooter Now Available on Xbox Digital Distribution Service

SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON - May 12, 2011 - SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. announced that Vanquish™, the fast-paced sci-fi shooter from PlatinumGames, is now for sale through the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network’s Games On Demand platform for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Vanquish, an explosive title that puts players in a versatile battle suit, waging war against hordes of soldiers and giant robots, is available now for immediate purchase and play in an equally futuristic fashion. Vanquish costs $39.99 (3200 MSP) and can be downloaded today.

Vanquish brings to life a near-future story of global warfare from the minds of PlatinumGames and Shinji Mikami, creator of the Resident Evil series. Players must step into the powered battle suit of Sam, a U.S. government agent, to defend an American space station from Russian invasion. Sam must make use of an arsenal of futuristic weaponry and impressive martial arts, including the innovative sliding “boost” maneuver, which has gone on to become influential within the genre.
The critically acclaimed Vanquish has received high praise from fans and reviewers, including
  • “Grin-inducing fun” – The Telegraph
  • “Vanquish is fun. Ridiculously fun.” – Games Radar
  • “Action that will have you on the edge of your seat from explosive start to thunderous finish.” – Joystiq
Vanquish joins SEGA’s expanding library of download-ready games through Xbox LIVE Games On Demand, including hits such as Bayonetta™, Aliens vs. Predator™, and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing™.
For more information about Vanquish, visit

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05/12/2011 - Nintendo 3DS System Update Coming June 6th

A new system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS™ system will be available in North America the evening of June 6 Pacific time. By downloading the free update via a wireless broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users can enjoy new features and enhancements, including an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable content. For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.com.  

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

05/11/2011 - Atari Star Raiders Now on Xbox 360 and pC

Star Raiders Soars Onto Xbox 360® and Windows PC Download Offering Team-Based Multiplayer for the First Time

London, United Kingdom – May 11, 2011 – Atari Europe, one of the world’s most recognised publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, announced today the release of Star Raiders®.  The return of Star Raiders combines tense aerial assaults and dogfights with a new compelling storyline, striking visual style and exhilarating single player gameplay.  Star Raiders is now available on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC Download at Steam.com. 

Originally introduced in 1979, Star Raiders blazed an all new trail, becoming the first ever first-person space combat title.  The game inspired several generations of “space combat simulation” titles throughout the 80’s and 90’s.   The exciting new take on this Atari treasure pays tribute to the original while ushering in an all new, captivating episodic experience.   The game offers familiar battle elements including space warps and galactic tactical maps with all new features like radical battle transformations and customizable ships.

Developed by Incinerator Studios, Star Raiders carries a retail price of 800 Microsoft Points (£7.19/€8.99).  For more information, please log onto
www.atari.com or www.starraiders.com

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

05/10/2011 - Dream Trigger 3DS In Stores Now

The Nintendo 3DS System Comes to Life Blending Sound and Eye-Popping Graphics For the Ultimate 3D Arcade Shooter Experience

LOS ANGELES – May 10, 2011 – D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced that Dream Trigger 3D is now available for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system in North America.  Dream Trigger 3D is a completely original arcade shooter where players expose colorful enemies using sonar and then blast them into multicolored 3D patterns to create a first of its kind handheld gaming experience. 

Dream Trigger 3D will test players’ arcade shooting skills and have them at the edge of their seats as they navigate through dozens of nightmare-induced stages in 3D,” said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P.  “Dream Trigger 3D is the perfect visual showcase for the 3D graphical abilities of the Nintendo 3DS system and provides an experience never before seen on a handheld system.”

Dream Trigger 3D is a completely original arcade shooter that will please any hardcore fan with a combination of over 50 captivating stages that feature stunning visuals and explosive 3D action.  Dream Trigger 3D is designed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and is played by one or two players in a frenetic combination of color and light mixed with a dynamic multi-track musical score.  The visuals provide an unparalleled immersive experience as players use sonar bombs to destroy and detect enemies, dodge attacks, and move through a variety of layered environments that burst seamlessly off the screen.  Ultimately, each player is to be the “fixer of dreams” and end nightmarish attacks forever before being consumed completely.

Dream Trigger 3D is developed by Art Co. Ltd. and is rated “E” (Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence) by the ESRB and is available at the suggested retail price of $39.95.  For more information on Dream Trigger 3D, please visit
www.DreamTrigger.com and find Dream Trigger 3D on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DreamTrigger.  

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Monday, May 9, 2011

05/09/2011 - Two L.A. Noire Soundtrack CDs coming May 17th
Announcing L.A. Noire Soundtrack Releases: Official OST & L.A. Noire: Remixed

 Announcing Two Original Albums From L.A. Noire.  Left:  L.A. Noire: Remixed, a six track EP featuring jazz standards re-interpreted by some of today's most acclaimed DJs and producers.  Right: L.A. Noire The Official Soundtrack, an original orchestral score, along with modern takes on the  classical torch songs of the era.

We are proud to announce two official  L.A. Noire soundtrack releases, the  L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack and  L.A. Noire: Remixed.

The  L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack was inspired by the sweeping orchestral scores of the great films of the 1940s. This all-original score was recorded in London’s legendary 
Abbey Road Studios and composed by Andrew Hale,  of the band Sade and  Sweetback and whose credits include scores for such films as  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The soundtrack also features modern takes on the classic torch songs of the period. Three original vocal recordings were created for the soundtrack, all produced and written by  Stephen Coates (of The Real Tuesday Weld) and featuring the guest vocals of  Claudia Brucken (of  Propaganda). Additional music was composed for the score by  Woody Jackson, who won multiple awards for his work with Bill Elm on the original score of Red Dead Redemption.

Players will also hear over 30 classic licensed jazz tracks in the game itself, including songs from such greats as  Billie HolidayDizzy GillespieElla FitzgeraldLouis Armstrong and  Thelonious Monk.

L.A. Noire Remixed is the fruit of a partnership with  Verve Records that provides a modern take on the music found throughout the world of L.A. Noire. This unique EP is a collection of six jazz standards re-interpreted by some of today's most acclaimed DJs, producers and remixers, including  Dave SitekDJ Premier and  Truth & Soul.

L.A. Noire Remixed and the  L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack will be available for purchase on iTunes on May 17th, and look for song previews and additional information to be released at  www.rockstargames.com/lanoire next week.

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