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Direct2Drive opens European-centric online store

Dear Europe, Man, you guys don't even know it yet, but you just got access to something wonderful. Direct2Drive recently launched a European-focused branch of its digital distribution racket, which allows shoppers to purchase games using Euros, instead of America's bizarre, chartreuse currency....

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Darksiders rides into 1.2 million homes, THQ recovering financially

THQ today announced to investors its financial holdings for the year ending December 31, 2009, reporting a net income of $1.4 million and sales of $701.5 million in the final nine months of the year. To put that in some perspective, the net income for the same period last year was a $334.2 loss. No...

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Best of the Rest: Chris' picks of 2009

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition A high-definition update – with high-quality voice work to boot! – of the adventure gaming classic, Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition represents a sea change in how LucasArts treats its adventure gaming roots. Instead of squirelling them...

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Best of the Rest: Ludwig's Picks of 2009

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories I mocked this "re-imagining" of Silent Hill when it was first announced. I thought Harry Mason had become an older, life-hewn Harry Potter and considered the town's frosty makeover as nothing short of sacrilege. But an encounter with the game at E3 2009 (and with...

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Best of the Rest: Alexander's Picks of 2009

Valkyria Chronicles "BUT THAT GAME WAS 2008!!11one!1!" Well, yes, in the strictest sense. Sega's strategy role-playing game, an epic tale chronicling the hardships and victories of Gallian militia Squad 7, was sent out to die by the publisher when it released in November 2008. However,...

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Best of the Rest: Ben's Picks of 2009

Red Faction: Guerrilla Arriving approximately seven months late to the party, I didn't play RFG until earlier this month when I desperately cobbled together 2009's game releases for a massive pre-GOTY playstravaganza. That marathon came to a long pause while I smashed through the many structures...

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Best of the Rest: Griffin's Picks of 2009

DJ Hero What started out as tepid fascination in DJ Hero quickly turned into a deep, passionate love. I initially thought it was just another rhythm game knock-off with an obtuse peripheral and a too-high price point. However, as my turntabling improved, my fondness for the game multiplied. Based...

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Get your ass back to Mars for quintuple XP in Red Faction: Guerrilla

Ah, Total Recall references -- does it get any better? Well, five times the XP for five days in Red Faction: Guerrilla is a start. Any of you Quaids out there who jump online for some jetpack-fueled fun will get quintuple XP from today up until Monday, December 21. And if you've not downloaded...

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Games for Windows Live adding Games on Demand beginning Dec. 15

Games on Demand, a.k.a. full game downloads, is one of the more recent additions to Xbox Live -- and today Microsoft has announced that it's bringing the service to its Games For Windows Live platform beginning December 15. GFWL creative director Chuck Osieja calls the initiative "Microsoft's...

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This is really how Red Faction DLC 3 debuts

We just got the first word on the latest Red Faction: Guerrilla DLC, the Smasher Pack, due October 1st. Included are eight new maps for the Wrecking Crew mode, and a new "Behemoth" mode that adds the giant robot walkers to the multiplayer action. Sounds cool, right? Yeah, we thought so. What we...

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