Wednesday, December 16, 2009

EA Announce A Call To Arms Reenlistment Campaign For Warhammer Online

EA has announced that from December 16th-December 23rd, they are inviting all past subscribers to Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning back to the game with the incentive of a special in-game item, Rewards, and 10 free days of game time to play Warhammer Online.

All players need to do is visit the Mythic Account Center between December 16th -23rd and reactivate their account. the day their account is activated is the first of the 10 days. all the users characters will be available to play. Those who do will receive The Libram Of Insight, The Signet Of Cursed Company, Kemmler's Arthritic Hand, and a 20% bonus to Experience, Renown, and Influence.

EA say that that game is much more stable, that it runs faster, and they have improved the RvR experience, amongst other things. other things have been removed like the Fortress, and new things like a Underdog system have been added to the game.

Press Release

FAIRFAX, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Dec 16, 2009 Mythic Entertainment™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, has sounded a rallying call for past players of Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR) with their new Call to Arms Reenlistment Campaign. All past subscribers of WAR are invited to return to the game between December 16th – 23rd to receive special in-game item rewards and ten (10) free days of game time to discover why WAR is now even better than ever!

Returning players must visit the Mythic Account Center ( between December 16th – 23rd to reactivate their WAR accounts. Players will have access to all of their characters during the free 10-day re-evaluation period which begins upon reactivation. No subscription required.

“So much has changed on the battlefields of WAR over the past several months, and we are giving all returning players 10 free days to come back and experience these improvements for themselves,” said Jeff Hickman, Studio Executive Producer at Mythic Entertainment. “The game runs faster and is more stable than ever before. We’ve really improved the RvR experience – we’ve removed fortresses as a barrier to sacking the cities, we’ve implemented the new Underdog System, and you can always find a battle in Open RvR. There has never been a better time to step back into the Age of Reckoning and re-join theWAR!”

The Call to Arms Reenlistment Campaign will also offer returning players three valuable in-game item rewards: The Libram of Insight (+15% to Experience, Renown, and Influence; limited uses), The Signet of Cursed Company (turns a player into a skeleton), and Kemmler’s Arthritic Hand (enhanced Action Point regeneration). In addition, both current and former players will receive a 20% bonus to Experience, Renown and Influence while playing WAR from December 16th – 23rd.

Past subscribers can download the full game client from

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide players with an engaging battleground for years to come. WAR is available now for PC and Mac, and is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information or to download the Endless Free Trial, visit

About Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning®
Experience the glory of Realm vs. Realm™! Declare your allegiance and join thousands of mighty heroes on the battlefields of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the epic MMORPG from Mythic Entertainment, the creators of Dark Age of Camelot™. Enter a grim fantasy world of perpetual conflict to fight for the Realms of Order (Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire) or Destruction (Greenskins, Dark Elves, and Chaos). Invade enemy lands, besiege imposing keeps, and sack sprawling capital cities for the glory of your Realm. Wield devastating magic and deadly weapons, battle monstrous creatures, and join your brothers-in-arms in cooperative Public Quests. Climb the Bastion Stair, carry your Guild Banner into battle, and unlock the infinite secrets of the Tome of Knowledge as you travel the world. Sharpen your blade and unleash your inner mutation; the Age of Reckoning has begun and WAR IS EVERYWHERE!

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA™, EA SPORTS™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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EA Announce That Battlefield Heroes Now Has Over 3 Million Registered Players

EA Have announced that their free to play third person shooter now has over 3 Million registered Players. to celebrate this, EA has released a new map called Sunset Showdown.

Sunset Showdown features 1 central control point, a hilltop church. the sunny side of the island will have tanks, whilst the shady side will feature jeeps and infantry. EA Has released screenshots of this new map which can be seen below.

Sunset Showdown

Press Release

Guildford, UK – December 16, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that Battlefield Heroes™, the hit Play 4 Free third-person shooter has recruited three million registered players. With endless hours of signature Battlefield sandbox action and a built-in matchmaking system to ensure new and old players of equal skill levels are paired together for fair play, Battlefield Heroes is EA’s popular web-based free to download, free to play title. To further add to the game’s appeal, EA today released an all-new map for the ground-breaking title that generates revenue through advertising and in-game item sales.

The new map, named Sunset Showdown, features one central control point. Set on a sunset island, players can use a variety of vehicles to capture and control the hilltop church. Tanks will roam free on the sunny side of the island while the shady eastern side offers more protection for jeeps and infantry. All class types will be needed to both attack and defend on this teamwork focused map.

“Battlefield Heroes continues to grow fast with well over 50,000 new players joining us every week. Our players have already logged in over 1,300 years worth of game time and nearly 300million kills over 150million five-minute game rounds,” said Ben Cousins, General Manager, Battlefield Heroes team. “The vast majority of our players play for free, but if they want to customize their character or enhance their game with weapon upgrades or widgets then there is a cool item for them in our store.”

Players can quickly download and easily launch the game from Character customization and upgrade items are available for Valor Points (points earned by playing the game) or with Battlefunds (a fictional currency bought with a credit card, PayPal or other methods such as SMS) so players can change or upgrade their hero at any time.

Battlefield Heroes is offered completely for free*. With its fun cartoon-style graphics, customized matchmaking and non-stop action, the game caters to players of all skill levels.

Battlefield Heroes is rated T by the ESRB and 16+ by PEGI. For more information on the game, please visit Or follow us on Twitter at

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About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA Mobile TM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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Activision Reveal Details On Transformers War For Cybertron

Following the reveal of Transformers War For Cybertron at this years Video Game Awards, Activision have released some details for the game. Activision have confirmed that there will be Wii, DS, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, And PC versions of the game.

Activision have also revealed that there will be Single Player, Online Co-Op, and head to head Multiplayer. the game will have two distinct story lines, the Autobot campaign will have them saving their planet against overwhelming odds, whilst the Decepticon campaign tells a story of a thirst for power and control of the universe.

This move by Activision and Hasbro, to tell a story before the Transformers came to earth, has given them the chance to create something that can be expanded in the future beyond just this game.

Press Release

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec 16, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Experience the legendary battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Transformers(TM): War for Cybertron is in development by award-winning High Moon Studios. Based on Hasbro's legendary TRANSFORMERS property, the game takes players to the TRANSFORMERS characters' home planet of CYBERTRON for a new look into the epic story of the grand civil war that spawned one of the most brutal rivalries of all time.

"Transformers: War for Cybertron is an origins story, taking players on a gripping, adrenaline-fueled journey that precedes the TRANSFORMERS characters' arrival on Earth," said Rob Kostich, head of marketing, licensed products, Activision Publishing, Inc. "The game transports players to a living, metallic planet where they will battle as giant converting robots in single player, online co-op or head-to-head multiplayer matches that are fully immersive from start to finish."
"For the first time, Hasbro is working with Activision to drive the TRANSFORMERS fiction forward into new story arcs, demonstrating pivotal moments in Transformers history that defined who they are," said Aaron Archer, Senior Design Director, Hasbro. "This remarkable video game helps us to tell a critical event in TRANSFORMERS lore that will be used as canon for future storylines in a way we could have only dreamed of a few years ago. It is a testament to the success of the TRANSFORMERS brand and a key element to the story we look forward to telling in 2010 and beyond."

Transformers: War for Cybertron features two distinct storylines: the AUTOBOT campaign tells a story of heroism to save their home planet against overwhelming odds, and the DECEPTICON campaign tells a story of an unquenchable thirst for power to control the universe. For the first time in a TRANSFORMERS title, fans will be able to play the game with their friends through team-based online co-op, or go head to head in a variety of intense, online multiplayer game modes. The game features a sci-fi art style that introduces to fans the entire living, metallic world of CYBERTRON, as well as all-new visualizations of the iconic TRANSFORMERS characters in their original Cybertronian forms.

Transformers: War for Cybertron is in development for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM), and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

For more information and to receive exclusive updates about the Transformers: War for Cybertron video game, visit

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Konami Have Released A New Trailer For The DSi Only Game Foto Showdown

Konami have released a new trailer for Photo Showdown. this trailer is a introduction to the game and some of the basic menus in the game. the video shown in the background is in-game. there is not much battle gameplay shown as the video introduces you to some of the story and options in the game.

Nintendo UK Announce A New Mario Kart Wii Competition

Nintendo UK have announced that a new Mario kart Competition is taking place. it will run from December 15th to December 25th. This competition is you against Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. you have to beat them in a race whilst they continuously use Bananas against you.

From Nintendo UK

New Zero Punctuation - Demon Souls

This weeks review is on Demon Souls. quite possibly the hardest game in the last decade. could it be a good review...could he even get past the training to find out.

Sony Announce The Digital Comic Service Will Start to Go Live At 5pm GMT Today

Sony have announced that The Digital Comic Service will go live in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa today at 5pm GMT. The Comic store will go live in the Playstation Store.

The Playstation Comic Twitter account have revealed the time when the USA Store will go live. "psncomics The US comic store should be live at noon west coast time (8pm GMT)"

However, The Ireland Store will not go live today "@psncomics I'm afraid some last minute technical issues will mean that the Irish store will not be live today :-( It will be asap. Sorry guys."

From EU Playstation Blog

Xbox Live Activity For The Week Of December 7th

Major Nelson's Blog has revealed the user activity on Xbox Live.

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles

1 Modern Warfare 2
2 Halo 3
3 Call of Duty: WaW
4 Call of Duty 4
5 Left 4 Dead 2
6 FIFA 10
7 Assassin's Creed II
9 Madden NFL 10
10 Gears of War 2

Top Arcade Titles
1 Trials HD
2 Call of Duty Classic
3 Madden NFL Arcade
4 Castle Crashers
5 Magic: The Gathering
6 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
7 A Kingdom for Keflings
8 Hasbro Family Game Night
9 Shadow Complex
10 Battlefield 1943

Original Xbox Top Live Titles
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Counter-Strike
4 Fable
5 Conker: Live Reloaded
6 Splinter Cell Chaos
7 Star Wars: Battlefront
8 Doom 3
9 Call of Duty 3
10 SW: Republic Commando

Top Indie Games
1 The Impossible Game
2 myChristmas
3 Avatar Drop
4 Head Shot 2
6 Avatar Avenue
7 Dont B Nervous Talking 2 Girls
8 Inside Lacrosse's CL2010
9 A Killer's Dream
10 Miner Dig Deep

From Major Nelson Blog

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  • Nintendo have renewed trademarks for Zii, Cii, Bii, Oii, Yii, In Japan.

  • Sony America have laid off 30 full time QA Staff, the San Francisco group has been moved to San Diego

  • Wii: The ESRB has rated SABRE for Wii and given it a M. its a FPS based in middle east style locations.

  • PS3: Square Enix have already shipped 1 Million copies of Final Fantasy XIII for its Japanese Release

  • iPhone: Ridge Race Accelerated has been confirmed as a iPhone game and should be out this month

  • Its rumoured that EA's MMA won't be out until September 2010. THQ have said that UFC 2010 is out May 25th

  • The Unlimited Ammo bug in Modern Warfare 2 is known and a fix is being worked on. Modded consoles cause

  • PS2: its reported that Shadow Of The Colossus is getting re-released in Japan sometime in February.

  • PS3: its reported that the Gran Turismo 5 Tim Trial Demo is only 219 MB in Size

  • PS3: Life With Playstation has been updated. it brings video playback, photo slideshows, and Game Trailers channel

  • Bethesda Softworks will be publishing RAGE, EA no longer will be

  • Infinity Ward Acknowledge that Colour Blind have issues with the radar in Modern Warfare 2, but theres no immediate fix

  • PS3: Some stores have broke the street date for The Final Fantasy XIII Street in Japan. it should be out December 17th.

  • QTE Blog: Sega Has Released 2 New Trailers For Vancouver Olympic Winter Games 2010

  • Android: There are no 20.000 Apps on the Market Place, over 60% are free.

  • PS3: Little Big Planet Pirates Of The Caribbean DLC coming December 22nd, it will bring the water update.

  • PS3: Heavy Rain trophy unlock notifications will not be turned on during gameplay, you'll be notified between chapters

  • PS3: During the Battlefield Bad Company 2 Beta, there were 45.42M kills. over 300,000 people took part.

  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Have Released A Video Promoting The Animation Contest For DC Universe

  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released A Mass Effect 2 Teaser Trailer For A Upcoming Xbox Live Trailer

  • Android: Zenimax have god unofficial Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake Ports removed from the Android market

  • 360:The Trails HD Big Pack DLC will have 35 new maps, 50 new objects, will cost 800 MS Points, and is out 24th December

  • iPhone: the 360 Live app is now free. as its free, it will no longer be taken down.

  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Announce EverQuest Expansion UnderFoot Is Out Now

  • QTE Blog: Activision Have Announced They Are Going To Publish A Videogame Based On Zhu Zhu Pets (Go Go Hamsters)

  • QTE Blog: Konami Announce iPhone/Ipod Touch Christmas Game Sale

  • DSi: Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey is delayed, it will come out March 23rd in USA with a soundtrack CD

  • 360: The rumour that Banjoe & Kazooie would be in Sega All Star Racing appears to be confirmed by Sega