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Sins of a Solar Empire 'Diplomacy' beta begins fall, releases winter 2010

The second micro-expansion for PC sleeper hit Sins of a Solar Empire will release in winter 2010. The Diplomacy add-on will increase the number of ambassadorial options to players in their conquest of the galaxy. You know, sometimes it helps to talk through the issues. Ironclad and Stardock plan to...

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Metareview: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3, 360, PC)

We had hoped that, at this point, this kind of glowing criticism would be enough to make your buying decisions for you. But, sadly, it seems you still want to hear what others have to say about Batman: Arkham Asylum. Very well. Though it pains us, we oblige: Game Informer (95/100): "Batman: Arkh...

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Xbox 360 Fancast 131 -- The Pursuit of Chairness

So, Shadow Complex came out last week. In case you haven't heard, we kind of liked it. So, we thought it would be a good opportunity to wrangle some time with Donald Mustard, creative director of Chair Entertainment, the studio behind Shadow Complex. Download the show to learn about the game, the M...

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EA, Ubisoft pleased as punch post-PS3 price plummet

As happy as you might have been to read about the PS3's price being slashed to $299 in the US, trust us: Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot and EA Games president Frank Gibeau were much, much happier. Not only will, theoretically, more systems fly off shelves but buyers will have a little extra cash in th...

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Modern Warfare 2 bringing $60 price tag to PC games

Well, PC gamers, you had to know it couldn't last forever. Even though you've traditionally enjoyed paying $10 less than your console brethren for big new releases, your luck, it seems, has run out, with Gamestop, Amazon and Best Buy showing a $60 price tag for the standard edition of Modern Warfar...

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Lessons from GDC Europe: The 'seven pillars' of a Remedy IP

During his speech at GDC Europe – exhaustively titled "From Max Payne to Alan Wake: Creating Intellectual Properties the Remedy Way" (air!) – Remedy Managing Director Matias Myllyrinne laid out the seven pillars the company uses for its games: 1. Strong Lead Character -- Main charact...

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Xbox 360 Fancast 130 -- An Absolute Steal

We talk about a lot of things on this episode of the Fancast. We talk about Steven Spielberg, Halo and some other mishegoss. The really important thing is that we talk about this week's XBLA release, Shadow Complex. We've all had our hands on the game for a while now and, as it turns out, it's pret...

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Crytek CEO asks GDC audience to kill 'killerspiel' law, won't leave Germany unless forced out

During his keynote address at GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli requested the audience support the petition against the host-country's bill, which is seeking to ban any games in the region "where the main part is to realistically play the killing of people or other cruel or un-...

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Rock Band Weekly: Foo Fighters, Blur, Dropkick Murphys, Blind Melon

So, are we all getting used to Rock Band Weekly across the various platforms being combined in one serving every Friday? No ... um, tough noogies. This is the way it's going to be for the time being. Next week brings a new Foo Fighters pack to the PS3 and Xbox 360, while the Wii gets a whole mess...

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BlizzCon 2009 sold out in just eight minutes

Not only was BlizzCon sold out in under a half hour over the two days tickets were on sale, turns out it was all done in eight measly minutes -- like an Onyxia run at lvl 80. Big Download took note of the reveal during Activision Blizzard's conference call with investors, where the publisher with m...

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