Thursday, September 3, 2009

Funcom Reveal Details On Their New MMO, The Secret World.

Funcom have revealed The Secret World. A MMO set in the modern day. whilst more will be revealed at PAX, Funcom have revealed 3 secret societies in the game, the Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars. All of which, Funcom say, will be critical to the game.

Gamers can head to and take a test to see which of the three secret societies suits the player the most. taking the test also gives the player a chance to join the Beta for the game.

Press Release

Durham, USA – September 3rd, 2009 – Funcom today revealed new details on its upcoming modern-day, real world massively multiplayer online game ’The Secret World’. As a teaser for more reveals to come out of the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this week, Funcom unveiled three secret societies - the Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars - all of which will be central to gameplay and the storyline in ‘The Secret World’.

Gamers everywhere can also visit the official website at and complete a unique personality test that will reveal to them what secret society they are most suited to join. Completion of the test will not only allow them to become an initiate of that secret society and thus an important member of the official ‘The Secret World’ community, it also gives them the chance to win exclusive future beta access to the game. Initiates will also be kept up-to-date on the development of ‘The Secret World’.

"The secret societies are integral to ‘The Secret World‘," says Producer and Director Ragnar Tørnquist. "Players must eventually pick a side in the conflict. By revealing the three societies - and at the same time keeping some exciting new features under wraps - we provide players with the opportunity to dig deeper into the conspiracies and urban legends, and to learn more about these famous secret societies, before making their final decision when the game launches."

For this pre-show reveal Funcom has teamed up with Gamespot (US), CVG (UK), Buffed (DE), JeuxVideo (FR), Meristation (ES), Multiplayer (IT), Boomtown (DK) and FZ (SE) - all of which today features exclusive information on the secret societies. By visiting those sites you can also check out all-new artworks as well as a new cinematic trailer for ‘The Secret World’ – the follow up trailer to the hugely successful cinematic released in April this year which has been viewed by more than one million gamers around the world. More in-depth information on the secret societies and gameplay associated with them, as well as the first ever in-game screenshots of the game, will be revealed exclusively to press during media-only presentations at the Penny Arcade Expo. The game’s official website will also see several updates over the next days that reflects the new content and information coming out of the show.

Funcom is also present on the showfloor during the show. Here gamers can learn more about ‘The Secret World’, take the initiation test, and even win exclusive ‘The Secret World’ merchandise. ‘Rise of the Godslayer’, the first expansion pack for the 2008 best-selling new MMO ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ will also be featured on the showfloor and gamers can even try out a playable demo.

‘The Secret World’ is Funcom’s third MMO and features a unique modern-day setting. Players will be able to discover real world locations such as New York, London and Seoul as they battle the forces of evil together with thousands of players from around the world. ‘The Secret World’ uses no classes or levels, thus giving the player complete freedom of choice when creating and developing his or her alter-ego.

For more information on ‘The Secret World’ please visit

ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Recent titles include 'The Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit For information about Funcom games visit,, or Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Ubisoft Release First Gameplay Trailer For Assassins Creed 2

Ubisoft has released the first gameplay trailer for Assassins Creed 2. the 2.04 minute trailer, featuring a song called Genesis by Justice, shows various types of combat, with many different weapons, flying, diving, and watching a target before sticking.

UK PSN Update 03/09/09

PS3 Games
Buzz Junior – Monster Rumble [£3.99]
Disgaea 3 – Complete DLC Pack [£39.99]
F.E.A.R.2: Project Origin – Reborn Pack [£6.29]
Pain – Fannie, Le Toot, Ivan Tojakov Character Pack [£1.59]
Pain – Fannie Character Pack [£0.79]
Pain – Le Toot Character Pack [£0.79]
Pain – Ivan Tojakov Character Pack [£0.79]

Fight Night Round 4 – Ali vs Tyson HeavyWeight and Buttons Demo

Guitar Hero - World Tour

Rock Band
Talking Heads Pack 01 [£5.25]
“And She Was” by Talking Heads [£0.99]
“Crosseyed and Painless” by Talking Heads [£0.99]
“Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads [£0.99]
“Once In a Lifetime” by Talking Heads [£0.99]
“Take me to the River” by Talking Heads [£0.99]
“Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold [£0.99]
“Going Underground “by The Jam [£0.99]
“Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine [£0.99]
“Supersonic (Live)” by Oasis [£0.99]
“Town Called Malice” by The Jam [£0.99]

Batman: Arkham Asylum - Gadgets Trailer
WET Video Short 1
Fast and Furious Trailer – Bluray Movie Trailer


The Punisher: No Mercy 1
The Punisher: No Mercy 2
Zen Pinball 1
Zen Pinball 2

Burn Zombie Burn! Theme [£1.19]

PS1 Classic

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End [£23.99]
Holy Invasion Of Privacy Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? - Demo*
Prinny Can I Really Be The Hero – Marona Of Phantom Island [£3.19]
Rock Band Unplugged - “Lucid Dreams” by Franz Ferdinand [£0.99]
Rock Band Unplugged - “Riad N' The Bedouins” by Guns N' Roses [£0.99]

* Demo requires firmware 5.55, but firmware 5.55 is not currently out yet

Square Enix Announce That Order Of War Has A USA Release Of September 22nd.

Square Enix has announced today that they are publishing Order Of War, and the USA Release is set for September 22nd.

Order Of Way is a World War II being developed by it is also Square Enix's first historical real-time strategy game they have published, and be Square Enix’s first release of a western-developed game outside of Japan.

The game allows the player to take cotnrol of up to 1,000 soldiers, tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and airplanes, in two completely different storylines. both with their own environments, objectives, and missions.

Order Of War

Press Release

LOS ANGELES (September 2, 2009) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that ORDER OF WAR™ will ship to North American retailers on September 22, 2009.

ORDER OF WAR is a brand-new IP set during World War II and is being developed exclusively for the PC platform by strategy game specialist This will be Square Enix’s first release of a western-developed game outside of Japan and kicks off the launch of upcoming titles being developed through partnerships, including SUPREME COMMANDER® 2 by Gas Powered Games® and FRONT MISSION EVOLVED™ by Double Helix Games™. These titles are part of Square Enix’s commitment to offer a broader variety of games across different genres.

As Square Enix’s first foray into the hugely popular genre of historical real-time strategy, ORDER OF WAR takes strategy games to new heights and features massive-scale battles brought to life with unprecedented cinematic intensity. Players will take command of an entire army including ground troops, artillery, tank divisions and aircraft in all-out strategic assaults. The single-player mode can be played out in two campaigns – American forces versus German forces in occupied France and German forces versus Soviet forces in Poland and versus American forces in France. Missions will be based on key historic events and operations from 1944.

The free, single-player demo – “Road to Paris” – is currently available for download at In this introductory demo, players are tasked with commanding American troops in an attempt to destroy German outposts amid tank and infantry attacks and clear the road to Paris.

In the summer of 1944, the Second World War entered its endgame when the Allies launched two major operations that would drive back German forces on both the Western and Eastern Fronts at once.

In the ultimate test of military strategy, ORDER OF WAR will challenge you not only to lead America’s finest to victory in the west, but also place you in command of German forces charged with repelling the Red Army’s seemingly unstoppable offensive in the east.

Even the keenest military minds will find that it’s one thing to make history, but quite another to change it.

Do you have what it takes to command?

Experience WWII warfare on an epic, cinematic stage; that truly captures the intensity and scale of the battlefield
Take command of an entire armed force consisting of up to 1,000 soldiers, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and airplanes
Players can choose between two different campaign modes offering completely different storylines, missions, objectives and environments
Experience the unique dynamic camera that allows players to command troops over huge geographical scale whilst maintaining movie-like vistas and detail
In-depth gameplay modes: two different campaign modes, multi-player, Deathmatch and Skirmish

For more information on ORDER OF WAR, please visit the official website at

About Based in London with development in Belarus, is a strategy game development company operating since 1998. The company developed the highly acclaimed Massive Assault series, including Massive Assault, Massive Assault Network, Massive Assault: Phantom Renaissance and Massive Assault Network 2. also developed Galactic Assault, a turn-based strategy game based on the famous sci-fi universe by the Strugatsky Brothers. In November 2007, acquired Arise, an independent PC game developer. The company’s motto is “Strategic Satisfaction.”

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc. Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises — FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 50 million units worldwide — under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at

© 2009 All rights reserved. ORDER OF WAR is a trademark of Published and distributed by SQUARE ENIX under license from DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. FRONT MISSION EVOLVED is a trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. SUPREME COMMANDER is a registered trademark of Square Enix, Inc. “Double Helix Games” is a trademark of Backbone Entertainment. Gas Powered Games is a registered trademark of Gas Powered Games Corp. All other marks are the properties of their respective owners.

Nintendo Announces Penny Arcade Expo 2009 Line Up

Nintendo has annoucned the games they will be bringing to this years Penny Arcade Expo, in Seattle. On The Nintendo Wii There Is New Super Mario Bros, Metroid Prime: Trilogy, Wii Sports Resort, And on WiiWare there is Pokémon Rumble.
On Nintendo DS, there is The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, And Flipnote Studio.

Nintendo has invited artists to this years PAX to show off Flipnote Studio. throughout the show, these artists will be creating animations using just the Flipnote Studio. the artists are Scott Kurtz (PvP), Eric Jones (DC Comics: Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade), Christina Strain (Marvel Comics: Runaways), Mike Choi (Marvel: X-Force), Edison Yan (5th Cell:Scribblenauts) and Ryan Jones (Telltale Games: Tales of Monkey Island).

Press Release

SEATTLE --(Business Wire)-- Sep 03, 2009 The upcoming Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle will give consumers their first-ever chance to play key upcoming Wii™and Nintendo DS™ games like New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii, The Legend of Zelda™: Spirit Tracks and Mario & Luigi™: Bowser’s Inside Story. The recently launched Metroid™ Prime: Trilogy, Wii Sports Resort™ and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box™ will also be on hand at the Nintendo booth (#352).

Additionally, Nintendo will debut a new WiiWare™ game at the booth: Pokémon Rumble. Pokémon Rumble lets you battle with Pokémon like never before. Up to four players at once can team up and unleash powerful attacks as enemies surround them in this action-packed game.

In addition to the playable games at the booth, Nintendo has invited artists to create one-of-a-kind animations using the Flipnote Studio™ application for the Nintendo DSi™ system. Throughout the Sept. 4-6 show, a professional artist will be on hand nearly every hour at a special area in the South Lobby (#S-3) to showcase the many ways that people can use Flipnote Studio to create original works of art.

Some of the artists scheduled to be on hand include creative talents from the world of comic books and video games like Scott Kurtz (PvP), Eric Jones (DC Comics: Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade), Christina Strain (Marvel Comics: Runaways), Mike Choi (Marvel: X-Force), Edison Yan (5th Cell:Scribblenauts) and Ryan Jones (Telltale Games: Tales of Monkey Island).

Flipnote Studio is a Nintendo DSiWare™ application that is available for download at no cost. Nintendo DSi owners can download Flipnote Studio and draw a series of images that, when animated, resemble looking at pictures drawn on a notepad. Users can share their Flipnotes with others using the Nintendo DSi local wireless feature or through a broadband Internet connection. Flipnote Studio makes it easy for anyone to jump in and create animations, regardless of their artistic abilities.

For more information about Nintendo, please visit

Nintendo Reminds New USA DSi Owners They Have Until October 5th To Claim Their Free 1,000 DSi Points

Nintendo have announced that USA DSi owners have until 2 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 5, 2009, to claim the free 1,000 DSi Points. these points can be obtained by simply logging into the DSi Store via a DSi. this is only applicable to DSi owners who have not already obtained their free 1,000 DSi Points.

Press Release

REDMOND, Wash. --(Business Wire)-- Sep 03, 2009 Time is running out to get free downloadable games and applications for your Nintendo DSi™ system. Anyone who buys a Nintendo DSi system and connects it to the Nintendo DSi Shop by 12 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 5, 2009, will automatically receive 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be redeemed for a variety of games and applications.

Users can purchase additional Nintendo DSi Points in the Nintendo DSi Shop in increments of 1,000 for $10 or via a Nintendo Points Card™ sold at retail locations in increments of 2,000 at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Nintendo DSi Points do not expire. Nintendo DSi owners who have already received their 1,000 points can hold onto them for as long as they wish. Software in the Nintendo DSi Shop is available at four price points: free, 200 points, 500 points and 800+ points.

The Nintendo DSi Shop is already home to a mix of fun and entertaining downloadable software. In all, more than 35 games and applications are now available. These include:

Paper Airplane Chase™ (200 Nintendo DSi Points)
Art Style™: PiCTOBiTS™ (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Dr. Mario™ Express (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Guitar Rock Tour® (500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Minis March Again! (800 Nintendo DSi Points)

Additionally, Nintendo DSi owners can download free applications like the Nintendo DSi Browser, which lets users surf the Internet (with wireless broadband access) or Flipnote Studio™, which allows people to create animations using images they draw by hand or import as photos from the Nintendo DSi camera album. With a system update, Nintendo DSi owners can also share photos taken on the Nintendo DSi cameras with friends on Facebook.

For more information about the Nintendo DSi Points offer, please visit

New Atelier Annie: Alchemists Of Sera Island Screenshots For The Nintendo DS

NIS have released new screenshots for their upcoming Nintendo DS game, Atelier Annie: Alchemists Of Sera Island. the screenshots are mostly in English, and show a variety of gameplay mechanics, character art, and character interaction.

Atelier Annie: Alchemists Of Sera Island

Sakura Wars USA Trailer For Playstation 2 And Nintendo Wii

NIS have released a trailer for the N.American version of Sakura Wars. The trailer introduces the player to the game, the setting, the Anime style cut scenes, and gameplay.

Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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  • take Two have said that L.A. Noire is still in development, says its "pretty exciting and innovative".

  • Acitvison have provided a list of songs that can be imported from Guitar Hero World Tour and Smash Hits to Guitar Hero 5

  • PS3: Trine devs say the PS3 version is still in QA Testing. still unsure when it will be ready.

  • PS3: Sony America have said that 74% of PS3 users have played a Blu-Ray movie on the console.

  • PS3: Sony say that the God Of War Collection has had some minor changes, but nothing critical tot he game.

  • 360: Microsoft has announced a Price Drop in Japan. elite is now ¥29,800, and pro has a open price. no arcade drop.

  • the last song in The Beatles Rock Band has been revealed as "The End"

  • EA Has said that they still have no plans to make a NASCAR game.

  • PS3: Some users are complaining that firmware 3.0 causes games like Uncharted, UFC, And Bioshock to freeze in palces

  • PS3: From Software announce that the unique looking game, 3D Dot Game Heroes has a Japan release of November 5th.

  • Hudson website had listings for Bomberman Live sequel, Rooms: The Main Building, And Bonk. all but Bonk taken down.

  • DSi: A High Quality Scan of the Okamiden Announcement in Famistu has been found.

  • 360: Microsoft has announced that Konami is publishing Ninety-Nine nights 2. Konami's EU PR have no comment on the deal.

  • PS3: Kotaku asks other publishers about getting PS2 games on PS3 as collections. no confirmations, some seem keen.

  • QTE Blog: Warner Bros. And Screenlife Announce Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! For Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3...

  • QTE Blog: Boxart For Planet 51 On Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, And Nintendo Wii.

  • PC: Red Faction Guerrilla's release is set for September 15th. has with Demons Of The Badlands And Multiplayer DLC

  • PS3: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is coming out in N.America on October 27th.

  • QTE Blog: New Zero Punctuation - Tales of Monkey Island

  • QTE Blog: Namco Bandai Announce Namco Sounds For N.America iTunes

  • PS3: Sony appears to confirm new boxart design with todays Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time release announcement.

  • PSP: Sony announces Gran Turismo PSP limited edition bundle. PSP 3000, 2gb memory, 1 movie/10 music track vouchers + more.

  • PSPgo: Sony announces 8/16gb M2 cards with Pro Duo Adaptors for PSP 3000. 16gb M2 has music promotion, get 100 tracks free

  • 360: it appears Microsoft has dropped the requirement that all games run at a 1280x720 resolution

  • OnLive: OnLive has announced that a public beta. users who signed up on their website will be contacted.

  • PS3: Firmware 3.0 is rumoured to be causing issues with some PS3 Controllers, namely the Ceramic White.

  • QTE Blog: Disney Online Announce That Club Penguin Is Now Available In Spanish

  • PS3: its expected that Sony is moving towards 3D tv's, laptops, blurays, and 3D games on the PS3.

  • QTE Blog: Screenshots Of V8 Super Cars In Forza 3