Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Zero Punctuation - Velvet Assassin

New Zero Punctuation this week has a go at Velvet Assassin.
"between this and Valkyria Chronicles, what's with all the WWII being developed by the axis forces? what is this, community service?"
overall he didn't seem to mind it that much

Sony Online Entertainment - New Free Realms Advert

Sony Online Entertainment have released a new Free Realms advert titled "Super Ego"

SOE - New PoxNora Expansion Detailed, Called Rise of Serkan - Press Release

Sony Online Entertainment have announed the 10th Expansion for PoxNora. Rise Of Serkan brings 70 New Runes, 40 Champions, 20 Spells, Equipment, and 6 New Hero's.
A New Equipment Mechanic is used to turn special equipment into relics giving your allies a added bonus.
All previous expansions for PoxNora will be avalable as booster packs online at

Press Release
Tenth PoxNora® Expansion, Rise of SerkanTM, Launches Today

TUCSON, ARIZ. – May 20, 2009 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today the launch of the 10th PoxNora expansion, Rise of Serkan. In Rise of Serkan, the fallen Lich King Serkan has returned to claim his throne as the king of Elsarin, but his ambitions extend beyond taking the throne. By harnessing the power of the Utterdark—with the potential to create and destroy—Serkan will reshape the world according to his own sinister whims. Rise of Serkan adds more than 70 new runes, including Hero runes and a new equipment set that can be converted into relics and back into equipment.

“Rise of Serkan adds six new epic Heroes to PoxNora, the most we have ever released in a single expansion, and for the first time ever, players will be able to purchase booster packs from past expansions to fill out their collection,” said Dan Kopycienski, director of development, SOE Tucson. “We’re also excited to introduce the new equipment runes, adding a whole new element to PoxNora battles.”

Rise of Serkan features:

More than 70 New Runes – Rise of Serkan introduces more than 70 new runes to PoxNora, including 40 champions and 20 spells, as well as the long-awaited “Bunny Lord,” another rune inspired by thePoxNora community.

New Equipment Mechanic – This expansion also introduces special equipment that can be transformed into relics, giving your allies an added bonus. These relics, in turn, can transform back into equipment.

New Campaign – Rise of Serkan will include one new campaign with four encounters. In this campaign, players will take part in the fight against Serkan.

More Avatar Experience – Rise of Serkan also features 10 more experience levels for avatars introduced in the last expansion.

New Store Products – With the release of Rise of Serkan, all previous PoxNora releases will now be available in booster packs and booster boxes in the pack store found at! This will make it easier for players looking for runes they have missed to add them to their collection.

Rise of Serkan is available now at

Developed at SOE’s Tucson studio, PoxNora is an online multiplayer turn-based strategy game, playable on Windows and Macintosh computers. To get started, players can download the client for free

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

Jambo Safari for Wii and DS announced With Pictures and Press Release

Jambo Safari announced for the Wii and DS. Jambo Safari Animal Rescue is coming to the Wii with Jambo Safari Ranger Adventure going to the DS.

More pictures can be found at

Sega are re-releasing a classic 1990's title, Jambo Safari, for a 2009 Release. You can play as on of two rangers, who are fully customisable, aiming to become a fully qualified ranger by undertaking challenges and rescue missions.
The game features fully licensed Vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110, which you will use to keep up with the animals, to make sure they are healthy and happy.
Each game is designed round the platforms unique interfaces, With the Wii your Able to swing the remote like a lasso, and DS has full use of both screens.

Press Release

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (Wednesday 20th May, 2009) -- SEGA® Europe Ltd., and SEGA® of America, Inc., today announced Jambo! Safari, an action packed African adventure exclusively for the home video game system, Wii™, and the Nintendo DS™ system. Hitting stores late in 2009, Jambo! Safari takes the fun and excitement of the classic 1990’s arcade action title and reinvents it with modern graphics and deeper gameplay, suited to today’s Nintendo consumers.

As with the original, the new Jambo! Safari allows you to play as one of four safari park rangers, but this time they are fully customisable. With the ultimate aim of becoming a fully qualified ranger, players must take on high speed challenges and exciting rescue missions across the rich and varied free-roaming landscapes of the African Plains. Using one of the four customisable vehicles, including the licensed Land Rover Defender 90 and 110, rangers will need to ensure the animals in their park are healthy and happy. The vast range of Jambo! Safari missions include rescuing animals in need, diagnosing and treating them before releasing them back to the wild, wildlife photography, sight seeing adventures and even hot air balloon rides!

Jambo! Safari Animal Rescue for Nintendo DS has been adapted to make full use of the stylus and double screens of the Nintendo DS system whilst interacting and caring for the animals of the African Plains. Swinging the Wii RemoteTM like a lasso and using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to drive through the vast levels of Jambo! Safari Ranger Adventure and will immerse players in a true safari experience on the Wii console.

“Jambo! Safari was a much loved SEGA arcade game that has lent itself perfectly to the unique way of playing games on Nintendo platforms”, commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director SEGA Europe. “Jambo! Safari makes learning fun, whilst children are playing the game and rescuing the wild animals they collect information cards, meaning they learn the characteristics of the animals and their natural habitat as they play”.

Alongside the single player adventure to become a ranger, Jambo! Safari Ranger Adventure for Wii will also contain a co-op mode enabling you to share certain missions with a friend. The party games can be enjoyed by up to four people, so take your pick between Ostrich Racing, Meerkat Madness and more safari style fun.

Jambo! Safari will be releasing for the home video game system, Wii™ and the Nintendo DS™ system late in 2009. For more information please visit
For press assets please visit

About SEGA® Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distributor arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The SEGA® Europe Web Site is located at

About SEGA® of America, Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at .

Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Nintendo DS and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo.

Land Rover , Defender and the Land Rover Logo are trademarks owned and licensed by Land Rover , copyright 2009 Land Rover.

EA - Need For Speed Nitro - Wii and Ds Screens + Video

EA Have released screens for both the Wii and DS versions of Need For Speed Nitro.

Wii Pictures


DS Pictures

Update - EA - My Sims Racing for the Wii has new Screenshots. (More Screenshots)

EA have released Even more new screens for My Sims Racing on the Wii, Looking at Envoirments, Split screen play and more.

EA - The Sims 3 Star Trek Parody.

EA Have just released this new Sim's 3 video, a Parody of Star Trek.

Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • GBA: 420,000 GBA's were sold worldwide last year. The Handheld had not been killed of by Nintendo.

  • PS3: inFamous will only have English language track, with French, Italian, etc, on separate discs.

  • QTE Blog: EA - Robot Chicken Writers Team Up with Spore Galatic Adventures for Hysterical Downloadable ..

  • 3pm, BST, sees a announcement that could provoke quite a reaction, apparently. nothing else known as yet.

  • Namco Bandai announce Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast for 360 and PS3. Set for Japan Release of 2009. Its a fighter.

  • Todays 3PM announcement could be new GTA IV DLC, Blood and a Four Leaf Clover. if not, this shown be known soon.

  • All Fallout 3 DLC, once 360 exclusive, is to be published on the PS3. 2 more DLC packs coming to 360, PC and PS3.

  • 360: Halo Wars DLC, Strategic Options Add ON is now live for 800 MS Points. it brings 3 new game modes.

  • PS3: Eurogamer has a exclusive video of Inferno Pool for the PSN. its a unique idea. it comes out on the 28th.

  • QTE Blog: Majesco - My Hero brand announced for DS. Insperational Ttitles putting you as Fireman/Astron..

  • PS3: inFamous will now get a English Language Patch. this is for those games with a single European language.

  • New Tomb Raider Movie announced. will be a Origins story with a younger Lara Croft. No Angelina Jolie.

  • Wii: Rolling Stone Magazine is teaming up with 505 Games to Bring Rolling Stone Drum King out This spring.

  • QTE Blog: Ubisoft - New Might And Magic Game heading to the DS for Worldwide Lunch in August 2009 - Pre..

  • More DJ Hero details. notes will cascade form the top to the bottom, Euphoria power, and an eclectic soundtrack.

  • A video of the Robot Chicken/Spore Galactic Adventures collaboration is now online, shows gameplay and the studio

  • Press kits for MGS 2/3/4 all have same font as the 5 thats been teased by Kojima. MGS 5 suggested to be mystery.

  • 360: the new Halo Wars DLC is only 2 MB in Size. it was either already on the Disc, or part of a patch.

  • Nintendo's E3 promises from last year evaluated. Nearly all met, but where's Zelda/Mario teams games?

  • FFXIII could yet be delayed. when asked whether the game would be out this fiscal year the reply was I'll try.

  • PS3: Pictures are out for Team Ico's New Game. not all of the elements in the pic's may be in the game though.