APB Given Release Date and Pricing Scheme

Realtime Worlds’ GTA-like MMO APB has officially been given a release date: June 29 (NA) and July 1 (EU.) Exciting news to be sure for those on the lookout for this fun li’l sandbox game, but perhaps the most interesting news comes from Realtime Worlds’ “unique payment model” set in

Activision and Bungie, Out of Left Field…

   Picture via Gamepro Bungie has announced a partnership with probably the biggest name in gaming, Activision. From the press release: Bungie, the developer of blockbuster game franchises including Halo, Myth and Marathon, and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, the #1 online games publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced

Wanna Take You For A Ride…Again!

Sharpen your claws and tighten your headband, because gaming’s favorite crossover fighter is back for round three. has posted a teaser trailer for the much-anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and it looks like it will not disappoint.  The roster looks to include some familiar favorites from the past, but

Officially Official: “Gears of War 3” Announced

Despite the surprise announcement on the Xbox Dashboard last weekend, Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to officially announce Gears of War 3 and to premiere a never-before-seen trailer portraying our COGs, the Locusts, and the newly-featured Lambent. Bleszinski announced that the release

Green Day: Rock Band Track Listing Unveiled

Entertainment Weekly’s Music Mix Blog got their hands on the 47-song track list that will be launching with the upcoming Green Day: Rock Band straight from Harmonix’s mouth.

As announced earlier, the track listing includes the entire American Idiot album, but, in a pleasant surprise, the game will also include the entire 21st Century Breakdown and Dookie albums.  Rounding out the list are a few memorable tunes from their Warning, Nimrod, and Insomiac albums.  As a bonus, all 47 tracks will be exportable for use on Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and the upcoming Rock Band 3.

Green Day: Rock Band will come as a standalone game for the Xbox 360, PS3, and the Wii.  A special edition (Green Day: Rock Band Plus) will also be available for the 360 and the PS3, which includes the full game, a free export key, and the six Green Day DLC tracks.  See the full track listing after the jump.

Gears of War 3 Releases Next April

Source: In a rather silly slip-up, Microsoft accidentally announced the conclusion of the Gears of War trilogy on the Xbox Dashboard this morning. Epic Games’ design director Cliff Bleszinski was scheduled to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to bring some big announcement.  The man formerly

PAX East: The Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia:  The Forgotten Sands returns to the glory days of the Prince, returning the game to what made the Sands of Time so enjoyable: high-flying acrobatics and crazy time control. Stepping aside from the fun-but-unfulfilling cel shaded 2008 Prince of Persia, The Forgotten Sands introduces a new

PAX East: Breach Blurs Lines between Downloadable and Retail Games

On the PAX Exhibitor Floor, Atomic Games’ Breach caught my eye not because of its impressive visuals or its solid gameplay (although both are indeed true of the game), but rather because of the small sign that hung overhead that said “Available on the Xbox Live Arcade.”  I took a quick look around to see if they were promoting another game that I hadn’t heard about, but, no, they were talking about Breach.

Why the confusion?  Well, basically, it looked too good to be a download-only title.

According to the press release, Breach “offers the kinds the innovation and features expected in a full packaged game” to the XBLA.

From the looks of it, I’d say they’re well on their way.

Breach is a first-person, multiplayer, active cover shooter that pits two teams of 8 against each other across four different game types.  Featuring five specialized character classes (Rifleman, Sniper, Gunner, Support, Recon), Breach has a certain level of tactical difficulty that will require more teamwork than your standard run-and-gun.

Destructable environments allow players ambush opponents by crashing in through ceilings or taking out the floor beneath.  Purchasable Battlefield Perks, like Bandolier or Explosive Personality, grant additional boosts to players, making them more deadly on the field.  Gadgets, like the Sniper Detector and the Remote Motion Sensor, allows players to detect hazards in the area.  And those are just a few of the things that make this XBLA game stand out.

Because of fully destructible environments, holes can be punched through walls to create an impromptu sniper position.

Inspired by the CIA Special Activities Division, Breach‘s gameplay reminded me strongly of Counter-Strike with a dash of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, if that makes any sense.  Not quite as frenetic as CS, you’ll spend your time behind cover (which, of course, will eventually get blown away), but when you do get out there, your kill shots will be felt.

The game’s visuals leave little to be desired, almost creating a new benchmark on what should be expected in a downloadable game aesthetic.

Armed with four expansive maps and 23 different weapons, Breach is expected to release this summer with an expected price of $15 (or 1200 Microsoft FunBux.)

See the press release after the jump.