We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official – Capcom have confirmed Deadrising 2, sequel to the 1.5 million-plus seller which will feature on multiple gaming platforms.

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Set several years after the zombie invasion of Williamette, Deadrising 2 sees you battling zombies in the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City. Uncontained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, the virus has spread unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike.

Check the full press release after the break.

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A post from Treyarch Studios on callofduty.com yesterday, indicated some interesting new content may be on it’s way. After a recent stunt in Austin, Texas (see image after the break), it seems like new zombies are a definite for Call of Duty: World at War.

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Treyarch didn’t release specifics, nor do they suggest a price for the DLC, but zombie lovers everywhere must be itching at the trigger to get into the action!

Dear Alarmed Residents of Texas, Indiana and Illinois:

We hope that rumors of a new zombie level being included in the first Call of Duty: World at War DLC map pack wasn’t what sent you into a recent frenzy (http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies). Nazi Zombies scare us too, which is why we’d like to give you a heads-up to stay tuned for official word regarding upcoming DLC. Yes, there will be a new wave of undead coming soon and – while we appreciate everyone’s concern (and we don’t condone vandalism) – we assure you that these zombies will only be found in the Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack. Stay tuned for more details!
Regards,

Your friends on the Call of Duty: World at War team.

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To celebrate the upcoming launch of the “NEW PLAY CONTROL!” Wii-make of Pikmin, Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City players can have a Pikmin hat delivered to their mailbox via WiiConnect24.

The Nintendo website has instructions on setting up the game to receive such gifts, and this first item comes completely free. Click after the break to see what you are in line to receive – the offer concludes on February 12.

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Earlier we reported that EB Games would not be selling the Bang Bang Box Collector’s Edition for the upcoming House of the Dead. Subsequently, the game has appeared in the EB Games system, as well as the Gamesman online store owned by EB Games.

The original story stands. The decision to stock the Bang Bang Box set is a u-turn on an earlier decision by EB Games. I guess someone at HQ decided that it wasn’t the place of EB Games to nanny gamers, or perhaps saw the hypocrisy in selling the restricted game but refusing to stock the boxed set containing additional restricted material.

Of course we all know that the true reason behind this backtrack was ButtonMasher bringing this issue to the fore 😉

After announcing a release date of May 2009 for Virtua Tennis 2009, SEGA also discuss some of their improvements to Virtua Tennis that they hope will put them ahead of other tennis sims such as Top Spin. Player stumbling adds a new dimension to matches, while improved volleying, serving and net play allow you to express yourself on court like never before. Along with numerous other additions the Player Creation System in World Tour Mode has also been expanded, and a new look Tennis Store containing over 800 items will enable players to create their own unique Virtua Tennis Champion.

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“The return of Virtua Tennis promises to be a real treat for both fans of the series and sports game fans everywhere” commented Gary Knight, European Marketing Director for SEGA Europe. “The tennis season is shaping up to be the most exciting in years, and with new players, courts, an Online Tour and extensive on-court updates – Virtua Tennis 2009 is sure to maintain its spot as the standard by which all tennis games are judged.”

Check out the full press release at SEGA.com.

Konami Digital Entertainment have recently announced it’s content for an upcoming PES 2009 update. The update will bring all club sides rosters in line with all the moves and transfers made before the end of the January 2009 transfer window. Hundreds of players have been updated and corrected in line with their moves, with approximately 200 new players added to the game for the first time. The stats of thousands of players have also been refined, in line with their performances so far this season.

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The download will be available towards the end of February on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Uncharted was stunningly beautiful and to this day it has in my opinion the most picturesque jungle environments ever created in a game, so it should come as no surprise that the screenshots for the sequel, Among Thieves, looks even more amazing.

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Gametrailers have an early preview and a two part interview up at the moment for detailing some story setting details and a bit of information about the development of the game. They also posted these new screenshots which I have included after the break.

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A day or two late isn’t a problem right? We had a busy week doing things other than playing games but there are still a few things worth talking about and now that the Killzone 2 embargo is finito we can talk about that in a little more detail.

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Don’t forget that you can come with us to the Killzone 2 media release party on the 17th (see here for details) and we’ll have two copies of the game to give away in the next week.

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*No real animals were harmed during the taping of this podcast and all the puppies from last week have been safely recovered from GaR’s house.

Mahjong is a Chinese “card” game that is popular throughout Asia, often played (illegally) as a gambling game. It could be regarded as the “poker” of Asia, and there has been generally limited interest in the game in the West. FunTown (based in Taiwan) is the world’s largest Mahjong gaming site in terms of revenue and their new FunTown Mahjong aims to bring the centuries old game to a new generation via the Xbox Live Arcade, but this bare bones Mahjong simulator is unlikely to appeal to new players of the game.

Don’t get Mahjong mixed up with the many “Mahjong solaitaire” games (eg. Shanghai) that have appeared over the years. Mahjong is a complicated game played by four players sitting on each side of a square table upon which 144 hard tiles are played. The tiles have suits – three suits are numbered from 1 through 9, and in addition to these there are 7 honour tiles representing the winds (North, East, South, West), and red, green, and white dragons. There are four of each of the different tiles in the set, and the autistic amongst you have already worked out that this equates to only 136 tiles. The other 8 tiles are “Flower” tiles which do not impact on the gameplay but do affect the scoring in ways that are difficult to comprehend.

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