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Friday, May 01, 2009

Uncharted 2 - Among Thieves Online multiplayer features revealed!

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves
Five-Versus-Five Player Matches Competitively - Up To Three Player Cooperative Modes

Sony Computer Entertainment announce that UNCHARTED 2 Among Thieves - exclusive to PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) - will introduce online competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes to the franchise. Developed by Naughty Dog Inc., UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, the highly-anticipated follow up to UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, will feature up to 10 players in 5-versus-5 competitive gamezplay.

Cooperative multiplayer modes allow up-to-3 players to progress through a variety of environments by working together to accomplish set objectives. Using a robust party system, groups of players will remain together in ranked and custom matches while earning currency, which used in combination with currency earned in single player missions, will unlock additional content and upgrades.

Presented with multiple modes of competitive gameplay, players battle in ranked matches that include Team Death Match and Capture the Treasure, a unique style of multiplayer competition that encourages team work to transport a treasure over dynamic terrain such as ledges and obstacles. Capture the Treasure brings truly vertical game play to traditional multiplayer modes. With maps based on environments from the single player campaign, players are taken from the night time streets of a war torn city to a Nepalese village and have the ability to create custom games allowing them to play any type of game on any map.

“Adding a multiplayer aspect to the UNCHARTED franchise is a significant step in the re-playability of the game,” said Christophe Balestra, co president Naughty Dog. “UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves will be the most impressive and ambitious game that Naughty Dog has done and we are thrilled to let our fans experience it this fall.”

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves is the story of Nathan Drake, a fortune-hunter with a shady reputation and an even shadier past who is lured back into the treacherous world of thieves and mercenary treasure-seekers. The tenth game by premier PS3 system developer Naughty Dog, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves allows players to take control of Drake and embark on a journey that will push him to his physical, emotional and intellectual limits to discover the real truth behind the lost fleet of Marco Polo and the legendary Himalayan valley of Shambhala.

More Lips Game Add-on Tracks coming to Xbox LIVE this May

This May, “Lips,” the hit singing party game exclusively for Xbox 360 from iNiS Corp., is adding 15 more tunes to the already blossoming library of Game Add-on songs available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the in-game Get Music store.

A special treat for 80s aficionados everywhere, the smooth sounds of New Edition will be available on 15th May in a convenient song pack including, “Mr. Telephone Man,” “If It Isn’t Love” and “Cool It Now” for 440 Microsoft points. Single songs, available throughout the month for 160 Microsoft points, vary from the upbeat “Dance Floor Anthem” by Good Charlotte, to the country sensation “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, to the soothing “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. With such an abundant variety of music available, fans around the world have even more reason to belt out their favorite songs with friends on their “Lips” wireless light-up microphones.

Available on 1st May:
Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love) – Good Charlotte
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? – Travis
Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes
Available on 8th May:
You Get What You Give – The New Radicals
Turning Japanese – The Vapors
Clocks – Coldplay
Available on 15th May:
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Mr. Telephone Man – New Edition
Cool It Now – New Edition
If It Isn't Love – New Edition
New Edition Song Pack – Mr. Telephone Man, Cool It Now, If It Isn’t Love
Available on 22nd May:
Lollipop – Mika
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
100 Years – Five For Fighting
Available on 29th May:
I Miss You – Blink-182
Life Is A Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
“Lips,” the singing party game from Xbox 360 and iNiS, includes 40 songs on-disc and two wireless, motion-sensitive microphones. The “Lips” microphones are also compatible with other hit music games on Xbox 360 such as “Rock Band 2” and “Guitar Hero Metallica” with more games coming soon.

Franz Ferdinand and music from The Allman Brothers Band, Prong, The Distillers, Alien Ant Farm and Luscious Jackson join Rock Band

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the addition of 10 songs from six popular rock bands to the Rock Band™ Music Store of downloadable content including a three-pack from Franz Ferdinand and music from The Allman Brothers Band, Prong, The Distillers, Alien Ant Farm and Luscious Jackson.

Franz Ferdinand has produced a string of memorable, chart-topping hits since the band’s formation in 2001. The Scottish band’s signature song, “Take Me Out,” from their self-titled 2004 album will debut in the Rock Band Music Store next week. The Franz Ferdinand 3-pack also includes “Do You Want To” from You Could Have It So Much Better (2005) and “Lucid Dreams” featured on the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009). The tracks will be available for purchase as a three-pack or as individual tracks.

Southern-rock outfit The Allman Brothers Band makes its first appearance in the Rock Band Music Store with “Midnight Rider,” featured on 1970’s Idlewild South, and “Blue Sky,” featured on the band’s 1972 classic album Eat a Peach. The band has received numerous awards and was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004. Eat a Peach was the band’s final album to include legendary guitarist and founding member Duane Allman before his tragic motorcycle accident death in 1971. Rolling Stone magazine listed Allman as the second greatest guitarist of all time, behind only Jimi Hendrix. The Allman Brothers Band made it’s Rock Band debut with “Ramblin’ Man” on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack.

New York City metal band Prong makes its Rock Band debut with “The Banishment” and “Idealistic Types,” both featured on Prong’s latest album Power of the Damager (2007). In addition, The Distillers deliver their brand of energetic punk rock power in their Rock Band debut with “Drain the Blood,” the lead single from their third album Coral Fang (2003).

Rounding out this week’s line-up is “Smooth Criminal” from Alien Ant Farm featured on ANThology (2001) and Luscious Jackson’s “Naked Eye” from Fever In Fever Out (1996).

Release Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360)
Thursday, May 7, 2009 (PlayStation Store)

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”
Franz Ferdinand “Do You Want To”
Franz Ferdinand “Lucid Dreams”
Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal”
The Allman Brothers Band “Blue Sky”
The Allman Brothers Band “Midnight Rider”
The Distillers “Drain the Blood”
Luscious Jackson “Naked Eye”
Prong “Idealistic Types”
Prong “The Banishment”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

Locations: Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360
Music Videos:
Click on the track below to view the song’s corresponding music video.
Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal”
Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out”
Franz Ferdinand “Do You Want To”
Luscious Jackson “Naked Eye”

Website Links:
For more information, please visit:

Rock Band Website
Franz Ferdinand Official Website
The Allman Brothers Band Official Website
The Distillers Official Website
Prong Official Website
Luscious Jackson Official Website
Alien Ant Farm Official Website

Rock Band 2 is available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo Wii home videogame console from Nintendo.
There are now more than 660 tracks available via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at Rock Band continues to satisfy music fans’ and gamers' voracious appetite for rock with more than 40 million paid downloads since its launch on November 20, 2007. The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library.
Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

Rhiannon - Curse of the Four Branches video game for download

Rhiannon Curse of the Four BranchesWelsh developer Arberth Studios has joined with games portal Gamersgate to offer the English-language version of its supernatural adventure 'Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches' for download. The non-exclusive deal covers all publishing territories of the world.

Arberth's co-founder Noel Bruton comments "We're very excited about this opportunity. It means that 'Rhiannon' is now available anywhere with a good Internet link, which opens it up even to territories where we don't yet have direct publishing arrangements. It can put 'Rhiannon' in the hands of more players, which is why we wrote it - to get it played. It's a great alternative route to market for the smaller independents like ourselves."

However, it is not just the increased and immediate product distribution that drew Arberth to Gamersgate, but the flexibility and quality of the facility. Bruton continues, "Gamersgate's online inventory monitoring service allows us to track and manage sales almost in real time, which is a far cry from the comparatively primitive, after-the-fact periodic sales reports from some more conventional publishers. We see offerings like Gamersgate as a key part of the future of access to adventure videogames."

Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV and Bionic Commando Coming to PC Starting in July

Resident Evil 5 download multi player optCapcom announce that three of its blockbuster hit console games of 2009 will be coming to the PC beginning this summer. Bionic Commando, Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5 will all be coming to the PC, beginning in July with Street Fighter IV and Bionic Commando, while Resident Evil 5 comes later in the year. All three games will be optimized for the PC platform and will have new PC-specific features added to the already great games. All three games will be available both at retail and via various digital distribution methods.

Street Fighter IV features a mix of returning favourites such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile along with new characters created for this game, such as Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter™ 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Instantly familiar six-button controls are the hallmark of the game, with a host of new special moves and features. Mixing classic genre-defining game mechanics the franchise is known and loved for with all-new, never-before-seen gameplay systems, Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting experience to fans the world over. The PC version of Street Fighter IV will feature online play, higher screen resolutions and three new shaders based on three of the “artistic” trailers released in 2008 that will change the visual appearance of the game: “watercolour,” “poster” and “sumi-e ink” styles. Street Fighter IV PC is scheduled for release throughout PAL territories on July 3.

The first true sequel to the classic 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System original, Bionic Commando sees the return of the bionically-enhanced Nathan "Rad" Spencer. Time has not been kind to Spencer: 10 years after his heroic defeat of the Imperials, he has been betrayed by the government he swore to serve, imprisoned for crimes he didn't commit, and sentenced to death. Bionic Commando transposes the swing-and-shoot gameplay of the 8-bit original onto a stunning 3D environment of towering buildings, suspended roadways and monorails, deep canyons and sheer rock faces, where every environment is scalable using swinging, repelling, climbing and wall-walking techniques. The PC version of Bionic Commando will support higher resolutions than the console version, remappable controls including mouse and keyboard support, support for both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 and online connectivity for multiplayer sessions.

In Resident Evil 5, returning hero Chris Redfield is sent to Africa to investigate a biological weapon that is transforming the populace into aggressive and disturbing creatures. Joined by another local BSSA agent, Sheva Alomar, the two must work together to solve the truth behind the frightening turn of events. Featuring a revolutionary new co-op mode of gameplay, Resident Evil 5 will let players experience fear together as terror moves out of the shadows and into the light of day. The PC version of Resident Evil 5 will feature online play for co-operative play sessions over the internet and will also take advantage of NVIDIA’s new GeForce 3D Vision technology (wireless 3D Vision glasses sold separately).

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky patch update v1.5.09

stalker1.5.04 - 1.5.08 versions saved games will be compatible with 1.5.09.
Patch introduces the following changes...

Improved integrated anti-cheating system to take screenshots from the player’s screen.
Improved integrated anti-cheating system that allows the remote admins to track the modifications in network game parameters.
Fixed bug with killing the player after respawn.
Improved player-checking system upon connection.
Fixed bug with RPG-7.
Fixed bug in buy menu.
Added new effect High Definition Ambient Occlusion.
Increased the game stability.
Changes of game balance in Multi-player:
- Increased damage dealt by "Tunder С14", "SA Avalanche ".
- Added possibility to attach scope to "SA Avalanche".
- "UDP Compact" pistol now has an increased cartridge (12 bullets).

Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce offers PSP multiplayer like no other

Koei Ltd proudly releases its first major co-op ‘Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce’ title on the Sony PSP. Featuring:

• Quest based gameplay over 100s of uniquely generated maps
• Four player co-op set over 15 sprawling cities
• Deep Crafting System allowing 100s of weapons, items and upgrades to be created and traded
• Devious boss battles with gargantuan, screen-filling enemies
• The all new ‘Fury Transformation’ attack to obliterate opponents

With the PSPs recent resurgence, more gamers than ever are choosing to play together and experience the console how it was meant to be experienced – socially. With instantly accessible gameplay to fans and new-comers alike, Dynasty Warriors Strike Force is the perfect title for those new to the PSP and on-the-go gaming.

‘The PSP has always been a solid, fantastic machine and Koei’s games always look their best when they feature on PSP, so to have such an accessible multiplayer game released as the PSP enters its most interesting period yet is great’, said Will Curley, Vice President Sales & Marketing KOEI Ltd, ‘we hope people have fun playing Strikeforce on-the-go. There really is no other multiplayer game on the PSP like it’

Hailed as the true stars of the original Overlord, the Minions will return in Overlord II

Overlord II
Evil may have a new face but he’s brought along some old friends. Hailed as the true stars of the original Overlord, the Minions will return in Overlord II, today confirmed for release on June 26th for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and Games For Windows. Ahead of release, gamers can see the maniacal Minions in malevolent motion in the new ‘Minion Maximus’ gameplay video below.

In Overlord II the Minions return stronger, smarter, deadlier (and funnier) and are ready to fight in epic battles that will see them squaring up to the Legions of a new enemy – the Glorious Empire. Their horde mentality is as wild and outrageous as ever and their loyalty to their Overlord has not changed – they’ll do anything and everything that’s commanded of them (and then a bit more) to aid their masters’ quest to destroy or dominate the land.

During the Overlord’s onslaught, the savage pack will gleefully destroy the towns of the Empire and decide the fate of their denizens. Given the right instruction, they’ll even gather voluptuous mistresses for the Overlord and infiltrate the very heart of the Glorious Empire’s army badly (but passably) disguised as diminutive soldiers.

Delivering a whole new level of Minion control, players can equip the Overlord’s devoted brown, green and red Minions with mounts, unique and deadly creatures ready to raise hell. Forming the Minion Cavalry division, brown Minions can ride and control packs of vicious wolves (“Aw, lovelies wolfies”). On wolf-back, the Minions can be swept into attacks and knock enemies off their feet through sheer force and then bite and gore opponents in lupine finishing moves.

Red Minions ride fire salamanders, which become living flamethrowers that shoot fireballs as a primary attack. Green Minions can mount giant spiders, enabling them to climb walls to get to places where no other Minion can get. Meanwhile, the blue Minions, the more ethereal and Zen-like of the tribes, wouldn’t be seen dead on a creature’s back; but they will keep their eyes on their Minion pals and, should they take a tumble or get injured, they’ll dash to the rescue and make use of their unique healing powers.

“The Minions are the stars of the show and we’ve brought them back with bigger personalities and with more abilities than before,” said Lennart Sas, Creative Director, Triumph Studios. “Hilariously supercharged, the Minions can tear down scenery and destroy buildings, ride mounts and operate powerful siege weapons in massive battles with the Empire. They became hugely popular from the first game, so we’re upping their profile, abilities and unique characteristics.”

Prepare to put the Minions into action in Overlord II – the game that puts the laughter into slaughter – coming June 26th for the PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360 and Games For Windows.

Round 4 video game predicts Knock Out for Manny Pacquiao over Ricky Hatton? Fight night video

Manny Pacquiao over Ricky Hatton

11th Round KO Ends Back and Forth Bout

Manny Pacquiao will win his highly anticipated May 2nd bout against Ricky Hatton with a convincing 11th round knockout, according to the official EA SPORTS simulation conducted using Fight Night Round 4.

Available 26th June 2009, for the Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, Fight Night Round 4 is the latest entry in the critically acclaimed boxing series from Electronic Arts.
According to the simulation, an aggressive attempt by Hatton to limit Pacquiao’s movement early on was unsuccessful. Pacquiao’s used his speed and control of the ring to take advantage of Hatton’s aggression, picking his punches and keeping out of range. The tide turned in Hatton’s favor in Round 4 when he found some success trapping Pacquiao in the corner. With little room to work with, Pacquiao was forced to trade blows on Hatton’s terms. This relentless exchange proved to be too much for Pacquiao who went down to a powerful left hook at the end of Round 6. The later rounds saw the revival of the quick moving Pacquiao, who outpaced and out boxed Hatton yet again. Lightning fast left jabs wreaked havoc on Hatton through Rounds 7, 8 and 9 before a commanding right hand brought him to the mat in Round 10. Badly hurt and looking sluggish, Hatton was unable to beat the count after falling to another deadly right hook from Pacquiao in Round 11.

The simulation was conducted using Fight Night Round 4’s all-new AI (Artificial Intelligence) system. Dubbed R.E.A.L (Record, Evaluate, Adapt, Learn) AI by the development team, the system re-creates each fighter’s ring strategies in the game based on their real life counterparts. Built with adaptive logic, the system triggers fighters to change their tactics based on their success, or failure, throughout the course of a bout.

One of the most anticipated video games of 2009, Fight Night Round 4 features unique boxer styles and an all new physics based engine that creates one-of-a-kind bouts between over 45 licensed boxers, including Hatton and Pacquiao. Fans will have the chance to recreate this May 2nd bout with the Fight Night Round 4 Demo, which is scheduled for release in late-May. smashes the 3 million battle barrier! Over 493 Pokemon to battle.

Pokémon World's new Pokémon battling website proves to be a phenomenal success

Poké was launched in December 2008 by Imagine Publishing as part of its online expansion and as a companion to its established Pokémon World magazine.

The online battle engine allows users to choose the winner of a faceoff between two pocket monsters and then records the results of the battle which also count towards a list of the top100 Pokémon of all time. After just four months has now hosted over three million battles!

“We could never have imagined the colossal number of players Pokémon would attract!” exclaimed Nick Roberts, Imagine’s Business Development Manager and the driving force behind Pokémon World and the new website.

“We caused major disruption to Imagine’s websites over Christmas with the number of Pokémon battles taking place, and since then we have gone on to see every one of the 493 Pokémon take part in over 12,000 battles each. That makes over three million Pokémon battles in four months!”

“I would just like to thank all the Pokémon fans that have played the FaceOff game so far and made it the success that it is, and a big thank-you to Electronic Arts, D3 Publisher and Square-Enix for using the site to advertise their latest games too.”

With the launch of Pokémon Platinum for Nintendo DS on 22 May, Imagine is standing by for the next surge of Pokémon FaceOff players to battle it out online. And the number one Pokémon so far? It’s Platinum cover star Giratina, winning 83% of its battles.

Imagine Publishing is one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer specialist publishers. Formed in May 2005, Imagine now publishes 20 magazines and 27 websites in the videogames, computing, entertainment and photography markets. An Imagine magazine is purchased every ten seconds.

Name: Pokémon World Face Off
No. of Pokémon available for battle: 493

New update to the ARMA II video game - declassified for immediate analysis

New update to the ARMA II homepage. This update provides a unique opportunity to explore the world of the post-Soviet Republic of Chernarus, which is the setting of this highly anticipated military simulator. This latest piece of Intel which allows an in-depth look at the ARMA II environment, has been declassified for immediate analysis at

North-Eastern Chernarus is a hilly area with rocky coastlines; the tallest hilltops reach more than 700 m above sea level, covered with temperate forests and is still relatively untouched from logging and mining. The biggest cities and industry are concentrated on the southern coast. There are mostly smaller villages inland, situated in deep valleys, hidden in forested ridges or on elevated plateaus with lush meadows.

ARMA II consists of 225 square kilometers of highly detailed sandbox landscape, modeled with stunning precision and detail, using real-world geographical data of the Ceske Stredohori mountains; a picturesque, volcanic area situated in the northern part of the Czech Republic (GPS location for reference: 50°42'6.477"N, 14°7'55.217"E). Covered by 235 megapixels of open, accurate, aerial mapping (15.3602 pixels), 350 km of roads, more than 50 cities and villages and over 1 million world objects, ARMA II is a true masterpiece of environment creation, never before seen in a tactical military simulator or first person military shooter.

ARMA II benefits from an internal realism based vegetation system called LINDA, capable of generating realistic vegetation both for massive real-time as well as offline rendering. LINDA generates vegetation based on real biological processes including its development over a period of time.

The website update provides a detailed glimpse into the world of Chernarus, including in-depth descriptions of the historical and political situations, as well as a description of specific regions modeled to real world geographic data, supported with in game images. The Intel is being declassified in thematic groups every 12 hours starting this morning at 10:00 CET.

ARMA II will be available on June 26th 2009 on PC.

Ultimate military simulator, for the ultimate combat experience.

The Best Selling Cheerleading Video Game All Star Cheer Squad 2 is Back with High Flying New Moves, Exclusively for Nintendo Wii

All Star Cheer Squad 2, is currently in development exclusively for Nintendo Wii and is scheduled for release this fall. Tony G, world renowned cheer choreographer best known for his work on the Bring it On movies, will once again serve as chief consultant for the title.

In All Star Cheer Squad 2, 14 exotic locations from around the world will serve as the backdrop for global cheer competitions. No longer a newbie, players will start out as the captain of the Tiger Squad, leading the team to victory by utilizing an all-new diverse move set that includes real-world aerial stunts, tumbling, formation changes and advanced moves on the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. Moves can be executed by using two Wii Remotes™, allowing for greater mobility. Players will select their squad members and then choose from more customization options including new makeup, hairstyle and uniforms. Because every routine needs a good beat first, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will feature even more original cheer music. Combined with an upgraded routine editor featuring a music mixer, a choreography editor and the ability to challenge friends via WiiConnect24™, All Star Cheer Squad 2 will allow players to live the ultimate cheer experience.

*Source: The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service; Title – All Star Cheer Squad

Storm into May: Guerilla Event for players at Combat Arms Europe - free download link

combat-arms-gamezplay.orgCombat Arms Europe storms into May with a guerilla-event for a lavish weekend. On this Saturday and Sunday (May 2nd and 3rd), players who enter the battlefields during the peak hours from 4 pm through 10 pm CET will receive additional 30% on GP and EXP on top of their usual portion, and all that just for playing their usual rounds.

This time’s Bonus GP & EXP event is not the first of its kind, but part of the diverse, non-stop in-game event series at Combat Arms Europe which includes “GM Live” where players can measure their skills in battles with or against GMs, clan events, and the recent festive weeks with Xfire.

combat arms video game
“We had several bonus GP and EXP events already, and the responses were always very positive,” says Sung Jin Kim, Directing Manager at Nexon Europe. “We always plan and execute our events to deliver an extra portion of fun and unexpected challenge, but the bonus GP & EXP events are especially a form to express our gratitude for the enthusiasm and support of our players. We really appreciate their dedication for Combat Arms Europe, and hope that they can benefit from the additional GP and EXP and further enhance their game-play experience a bit faster. But this is only one of our “smaller” events, and we have an extensive list of new events lined up. Our players can definitely look forward to receiving more very soon.”

Combat Arms Europe drives on to gain enthusiasm and popularity among European gamers with its exciting mix of various combat styles, battlefields and multiple game modes, presented in eye-catching graphics and customized characters. Combat Arms Europe also features a high level of socialization with in-game Buddy List, Clan System, Community Support and many more. This essential composition of traditional as well as advanced FPS elements and striking socialization features is free-to-play, representing a truly unique offering in the ever evolving world First-Person-Shooters.

To download the game for free and to secure some bonus GP and EXP, please visit and sign up at

Third video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat announced

GSC Game World is glad to announce a new project in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series – S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (working title) for PC. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat will become a third stand-alone game in the highly-acclaimed Survival FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The project is slanted for release in autumn 2009.

The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.

According to the operation's plan, the first military group is to conduct an air scouting of the territory to map out the detailed layouts of anomalous fields location. Thereafter, making use of the maps, the main military forces are to be dispatched.

Despite thorough preparations, the operation fails. Most of the avant-garde helicopters crash. In order to collect information on reasons behind the operation failure, Ukraine's Security Service send their agent into the Zone center. From now on everything depends on the player.

Key game features:
• Photorealistic exclusion Zone – Pripyat town, Yanov railway station, Jupiter factory, Kopachi village and more, recreated by their true-to-life prototypes.
• New story, a number of unique characters.
• Extended system of side quests.
• New monsters: Chimera and Burer. New behaviour and abilities for all monsters.
• New A-Life system, created using the players' best-liked elements of the first two games in series.
• Emissions considerably influence the world of the Zone.
• Sleep function added into the game.
• New player's interface.
• Possibility to continue the game after completion in a freeplay mode.
• The game is developed on X-Ray engine v.1.6

New Web Site Available for Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Ascaron Entertainment have re-launched the official web site for Sacred 2: Fallen Angel. The updated site, available at, offers visitors a wealth of information about the upcoming fantasy action-RPG, including new screenshots, trailers and concept art from both the PC and console versions of the game.

Jeremy Soule and Joss Ackland to provide IL-2 Sturmovik: Bird of Prey's soundscap

IL-2 Sturmovik: Bird of Prey's
The duet of Jeremy Soule (KOTOR, Oblivion) and Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2) performing on 1C Publishing’s IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. Soule will be applying his unique talents to composing an exclusive European soundtrack for the game, whilst Ackland’s momentous, timeless and distinctive tones will be the backbone of the UK and US version of the game’s narration.

London-born Ackland is a distinguished stage actor, and has appeared as a chameleonic cad in over 100 films. Though he has avoided type-casting, in recent years he’s managed to secure many roles as a person of distinction, including Archchancellor Ridcully in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, Ambassador Lysenko in The Hunt for Red October, and Winston Churchill in Above & Beyond. Older gamers may remember him as the South African heavy in Lethal Weapon II or even the voice of the black rabbit in Watership Down!

Multi-award winning composer Soule, on the other hand, is a native of the videogame stage, supplying music for the leading games of the last ten years; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Company of Heroes, Harry Potter, Total Annihilation, SOCOM: The Navy Seals and the Elder Scrolls series all owe their distinctive aural environments to him, alongside many, many more. With a corpus stretching from the deceptively simple Rugrats and Lemony Snicket, to the asian stylings of Guild Wars: Factions, to the opening of the $744 million-earning The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Soule has demonstrated his versatility and professionalism.

Developed by Gaijin Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PS3, DiP Interactive for Nintendo DS and DYNAMICSYSTEMS for PSP, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey features the greatest aerial battles of all time, during the Second World War, and boasts the most realistic landscapes and aircraft seen in any flight sim. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey will be published by 505 Games under the 1C Label and is due for a 2009 release.

· Authentic World War II atmosphere
· Engage in more than 50 thrilling missions from famous historical battles over Eastern and Western Europe.
· Five theatres of war to engage in, including The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun' representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.
· Fly historically accurate aircraft, from the iconic Spitfire to the Mustang and of course the Ilyushin IL-2!
· Completely flexible difficulty level system: from arcade to realistic simulation c
· Thrilling multiplayer modes: Dogfight, Team Deathmatch, Ground Strike and Capture the Airfield
· Cutting edge, highly-detailed visuals, realistic sound and original music

505 Games will publish IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey on the 1C Label for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and PSP in 2009.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine the video game out in UK

Activision Blizzard has sponsored the wolverine enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo for one year. In addition, the lead male wolverine has voluntarily changed his name to Logan in respect of the legendary Marvel character.
The sponsorship will help to ensure that Edinburgh Zoo, who has the only wolverines in the UK, can continue its breeding programme throughout 2009 and 2010.

Quote from Edinburgh Zoo
“It’s fantastic that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is sponsoring our very own wolverines here at Edinburgh Zoo. As a charity we rely on our fundraising to further our work and sponsorship is an excellent way for us raise essential funds, not just for the day to day care of our animals, but for our conservation projects across the globe.”
Cristina Pouso, Corporate Development Manager

Quote from Activision
“What better way is there to pay homage to the mighty Wolverine by making sure his real life cousins are cared for during the next year? With wolverines an endangered species, we see Wolverine having a major role in helping people become more aware of these wonderful creatures and ensuring their survival for many years to come.”
Aruna Sinha, Senior Brand Manager, Activision

About the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
RZSS, which celebrates its centenary this year, is one of Scotland’s leading charities at the forefront of animal management, conservation, education and research. RZSS owns and manages two of Scotland’s top animal based visitor attractions, Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

About X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Inspired by Twentieth Century Fox’s highly anticipated feature film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the official video game delivers the most true-to-character Wolverine action ever featured in-game. Players will utilise Wolverine’s signature brute strength, regenerative mutant abilities, and indestructible adamantium claws as they perform death-defying feats, take massive damage, regenerate in real-time and uncover the mutant’s mysterious and complex past.

The game is available on PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Games for Windows PC, PSP, PLAYSTATION 2 and Nintendo DS. Please check individual formats for age ratings.