Backbreaker demo now on PlayStation Network

Backbreaker
Backbreaker
Global video game publisher 505 Games and developer NaturalMotion today announced that the demo for the innovative football video game Backbreaker is now available on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3. The first football video game available this season, Backbreaker puts players on the gridiron to experience hard-hitting, explosive action and unique, on-the-field gameplay like never before.

After downloading the Backbreaker demo, players can choose from one of six teams to play in exhibition mode, under various weather conditions in the San Francisco stadium. The demo gets players ready for a mind-blowing season as Backbreaker’s training camp mode helps sharpen running, passing, kicking and tackling skills before stepping onto the field. Players can train even harder for the full Backbreaker experience with the Tackle Alley mini game. Already a widely popular download for iPhone and iPad, Tackle Alley gives players the option to play solo or test the split-screen local multiplayer function as they try to gain yards and avoid sacks and tackles.

Backbreaker thrusts players into a stunning football experience featuring NaturalMotion’s critically acclaimed Euphoria engine. As the first sports game to utilize Euphoria, Backbreaker offers realistic, physics-based motion, crisp high-definition graphics and a camera angle that follows the perspective of the player. Revolutionizing the way football games are played on this generation of consoles, Backbreaker features an intuitive pick-up-and-play control scheme in Arcade Mode, with the more challenging Pro Mode turning off AI assists.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Demo on Xbox LIVE Today

Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron
The new Multiplayer Demo for the highly anticipated 3rd person action shooter Transformers: War for Cybertron is now available for free download worldwide on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Exclusive to Xbox 360 owners, the demo will grant players early access to a deep Transformers multiplayer experience, offering fans a sample of some of the character classes and game modes that will be found in the final version. It will feature full, 10-player matches and drop players straight into Molten, one of the game’s expansive maps set on the Transformers’ home planet of Cybertron.

Players will have access to the Scout and Soldier character classes and be able to experience upgrading and leveling up their Transformer to unlock weapons and abilities. Fans will compete with each other in two of the game’s adrenaline-pumping multiplayer modes:

· Team Deathmatch – A classic game mode that pits Autobots vs. Decepticons directly against one another in blistering head-to-head battle

· Conquest – An intense team-based mode that challenges each squad to control various power nodes on the map to earn points to achieve victory

Mortal Kombat to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011.

Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Mortal Kombat, the most brutal installment of the landmark fighting game to date for release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2011. Mortal Kombat is being developed by the newly re-named NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.

The newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game. Players can choose from an extensive lineup of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several new game modes.

“We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style.”

“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game modes as well as the most extensive online experience ever seen in a fighting game. Up to 4 players can battle “tag-team”- 2 players can team up in the new “Co-op Arcade Mode” or compete against another team online.

For more information about Mortal Kombat, please visit www.themortalkombat.com.

Metal Gear Solid: Peach Walker out on PSP

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced the launch of METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Developed by the legendary Hideo Kojima – the mastermind behind the most successful tactical-espionage video game series of all time – this latest PSP system installment picks up where METAL GEAR SOLID®3 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974 in a cold war scenario, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER takes the series in an exciting new direction with incredible visuals and a unique design, specifically for the PSP system. A download version of the game and camouflage hardware PSP system bundles is also be available.

“This stunning new title from Hideo Kojima and his Tokyo-based Kojima Productions team will amaze both METAL GEAR fans and new gamers alike,” said Shinji Hirano, president of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER is a spectacular stealth title that brings the action and thrill of a console game to the PSP system taking an interesting turn in the METAL GEAR SOLID saga.”

A blend of action RPG and RTS elements, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER features a gripping story that unfolds through the artwork of Yoji Shinkawa and acclaimed comic book artist, Ashley Wood. The game introduces new AI Weapons- giant unmanned behemoths that Snake must overcome to complete his mission – including airborne, tank, and mobile-fortress-styleenemies that can each talk and sing during battle using VOCALOID technology. Additionally, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER boasts extensive multi-player elements including four-player CO-OPS (COoperative-OPerationS), and a stunning three-against-three battle, wherein six players can form teams and engage in thrilling linked battles via the Sony handheld’s Ad Hoc capabilities that extend the gameplay experience allowing players to administer medical help to colleagues, share munitions, and provide defense for each other using the Snake formation to cover blind spots.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER begins with Naked Snake training his soldiers and building up his army in Colombia, South America in the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis. As Latin America became a key to maintaining the power balance between the East and West, Costa Rica had miraculously managed to maintain its peace and neutrality. However, a mysterious armed force seemed to be engaging in suspicious activities in various regions of the country. To preserve peace in this nation without a military, the Snake’s army had to move into action. In time, they would be known as the founders of “Outer Heaven.”

MLB Power Pros Touch 2010 is now available in App store

Just in time for Father’s Day, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that MLB Power Pros Touch 2010 is now available for purchase for $3.99 on the App store. Offered to consumers for a limited time only, old fans and new can experience the full version of the top-selling franchise for $4.00 less than the original price on the App store.

MLB Power Pros Touch 2010 allows gamers to compete as their favorite MLB teams for an engaging and authentic baseball gaming experience. Players can simply tap and slide to pitch, bat and run while choosing from four action packed game modes. In Season Mode, gamers can experience an entire Major League Baseball season from Opening Day through the World Series and can customize their schedules with 25, 50 or 162 game season options. Gamers can play out each game, watch their team through the fast forward option, or simulate straight to the game results. In Wireless Mode, players can utilize their device’s Bluetooth feature to challenge friends. Exhibition Mode offers gamers the option to select their favorite team and play head-to-head versus the computer; while Custom Mode gives players the freedom to customize an actual Major League Baseball team in order to create their own unique pro lineup. Gamers can also rearrange batting orders and pitching rotations, move players on and off the roster, and change their team’s name, logo and uniform design.

MLB Power Pros Touch 2010 is available for purchase for $3.99 from June 7-17 only on the App Store for Apple iPhone and iPod touch.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack is now available

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Pack is now available, releasing first on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network. Today’s launch of the second map pack from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 follows the record-breaking release of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package, which established new Xbox LIVE launch records with millions of gamers around the world joining the action in its opening days.

Developed by Infinity Ward, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® 2 Resurgence Pack adds five additional multiplayer levels, including three all-new locations along with two updated classic locations from Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®. The new map pack is published by Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and available for download on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, for 1,200 Microsoft Points. To celebrate its release, Infinity Ward will host a Double XP weekend for Xbox LIVE gamers beginning June 4.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night released on iPhone

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night. Tailored specifically for the iPhone™ and iPod® touch, the latest iteration of the classic platformer game will now allow fans of the franchise to revisit the Transylvanian castle with new addicting puzzle-RPG action on-the-go.

A first in the Castlevania series, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night will employ a unique style of puzzle-RPG, allowing players to take on the role of Alucard, the son of Dracula. Players will also have the option to play as or against characters directly from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night drops players inside the walls of Dracula’s castle challenging them to solve puzzles in order to provide weapons and spells to aid players in their quest.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest to use Playstation Motion

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Saul Zaentz Company and New Line Productions, Inc. released the official box art for The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest video game. This family-friendly action-adventure game, which will launch with full support for PlayStation’s upcoming motion controller technology, PlayStation® Move, is giving players of all ages their first chance to experience authentic The Lord of the Rings gameplay.

Wielding a sword, shield, bow and spear, players will battle enemies and journey through a colorful and fresh rendition of Middle-earth where they can switch between spear and sword on horseback, taking down evil foes in a truly action-packed gameplay experience. Exclusively for the PlayStation®3 system and Wii™, two-player motion controlled co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf allows kids, families and friends to battle side-by-side in the heart of the action. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is based on the films and literature of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and is scheduled for release in Fall 2010 for PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. In the game, players become the legendary hero Aragorn and relive his most daring battles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest video game will feature the voice talents of actor Sean Astin (Rudy, The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and actor and vocal artist John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Both Astin and Rhys-Davies will reprise their on-screen roles of Samwise Gamgee and Gimli. The game also showcases original in-game music tracks along with music from The Lord of the Rings film scores created by composer Howard Shore.

Shrek Forever After to be released on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and more

Shrek Forever After
Shrek Forever After
Return to Far Far Away in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s upcoming Shrek Forever After™ video game. Based on the final chapter in the Shrek® franchise from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., the game reunites fans with their favorite characters – Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss In Boots this May.

ABOUT THE GAME
Gamers will adventure through a variety of locations from the Shrek universe, solve challenging puzzles and battle exciting new enemies as they morph between Shrek’s normal world and his alternate reality…and ultimately conquer that crafty Rumpelstiltskin! The game offers a fun-filled social and collaborative experience with its co-operative multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to work together through the single player story.

Shrek Forever After, developed by XPEC for consoles and PC and by Griptonite for DS, will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS and PC. The game is rated “E10+” (Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Lyrics) for all consoles and PC and “E” (Cartoon Violence) for the DS by the ESRB.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Return to Far Far Away in Activision Publishing, Inc.’s upcoming Shrek Forever After™ video game. Based on the final chapter in the Shrek® franchise from DreamWorks Animation, the game reunites fans with their favorite characters – Shrek, Fiona, Puss In Boots and Donkey.

Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king, and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world, and reclaiming his one True Love.

There’s tons of living room fun to be had in the Shrek Forever After video game, which turns Shrek into a social and team experience that the whole family can enjoy. Players can join in on the action at any time in the co-operative multiplayer mode to form a team of up to four players. Together, teams can navigate through Shrek’s two realities while solving mind-bending puzzles, and fending off Rumplestiltskin’s army of baddies. Shrek, Fiona, Puss In Boots, and Donkey, all have their own unique game skills that will come in handy to progress through the game. A single-player experience is also offered, which allows the player to switch between the four characters as needed at any time.

KEY FEATURES:

Work as a team – Up to four players can enjoy the laughs and excitement together in the co-operative multiplayer mode. Team up with friends and family to work through a variety of puzzles and mazes, battle enemies and triumph over Rumpelstiltskin.

Two worlds to explore – Morph between Shrek’s normal world and his alternate reality.

Play as your favorite Shrek characters – Choose between four of Shrek’s most beloved characters – Shrek, Fiona, Puss In Boots and Donkey. Each character has their own set of abilities and upgrades to help progress through levels in order to save their fairytale land.
Buy new skills and upgrades – Throughout the game, players can collect coins to earn new skills and upgrades including a timed blast, a megaphone attack and disco ball that will stun enemies. As players progress, new items will become available.

Find special items and new areas – As players explore the various levels, they will find permanent health upgrades and other secret items. After gaining level two skills players can then replay the game to discover new areas and solve additional puzzles.

Football Manager Handheld 2010 for the iPhone and iPod touch out

Football Manager Handheld 2010
Football Manager Handheld 2010
Sports Interactive & SEGA® Europe Ltd. are pleased to announce that today sees the global launch of Football Manager Handheld™ 2010 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game is available now worldwide via the App Store, priced at $9.99 (USD).

Developed by Sports Interactive, Football Manager Handheld™ 2010 brings the unrivalled realism of the critically acclaimed Football Manager series to the iPhone and iPod touch. Players can choose a team from 34 leagues across 11 different countries and try to take their chosen club to the very top of the football world. Take control of all aspects of football management; negotiating player contacts and transfers, managing a squad of up to 36 players and setting tactics, formations, as well as team and individual player instructions.

“We’ve been trying very hard over the last few months to keep this a secret so it’s great to be able to finally reveal all,” said Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “We’ve fitted more than we ever imagined into the game, and the results speak for themselves – it’s the most in-depth football management game so far released on the iPhone or iPod touch, with a bargain price point for what you get, and we’re really excited to see the reaction to the game from football fans all over the world.”