Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a launch trailer for Dragon's Dogma, a behind the scenes trailer for Darksiders II, and much more!

Dragon's Dogma

Darksiders II

We also have a Shadow Revolution trailer for End of Nations, an update trailer for Aion 3.0, a story trailer for Unchained Blades, a trailer for Way of the Samurai 4, and three trailers for Brave: The Video Game. Be sure to check out additional trailers and screenshots on each game page!

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

We're going to guess that RealmForge's new game, DARK, isn't going to be the most uplifting title. The developers of Dungeons are trying their hand at a new genre, moving away from strategy into third-person stealth-action.

Players assume the role of a vampire trying to uncover the secrets of the GeoForge Corporation. You'll hunt targets in a futuristic cityscape utilizing vampire-enhanced stealth skills.

Combining a unique cel-shaded open world with intriguing vampire abilities--like turning into a puff of smoke--RealmForge's new game certainly sounds like it has potential. However, given Dungeon's lackluster reviews and the ambitious scale of the project, we're a little skeptical.

Dark will be available on Xbox 360 and PC in early 2013.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Gamers really wanted to meet their maker, apparently. Prototype 2 topped software sales in April, the latest sales figures from the NPD show. Other strong performers include Shacknews Game of the Year The Witcher 2, which was recently re-released on Xbox 360. MLB 12: The Show also stayed on the top 10, proving Sony's investment in the franchise was a wise one.

However, prepared to be dismayed by Kinect Star Wars' performance. It was the top-selling exclusive of the month, proving that being terrible won't dissuade purchasers.

Microsoft continued its winning streak with the top-selling console in the US market. 236K systems were sold last month, and the Kinect Star Wars bundle helped drive the "average selling price" for hardware up. The hardware is undeniably attractive, even if the game isn't.

The retail channel continued to shrink, down 32% from last year. However, the "total consumer spend" on games including digital is estimated to be $1 billion.

Here is the full list:

    Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms including PC)

  • Prototype 2 (360,PS3)
  • Kinect Star Wars (360)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
  • Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 13 (360, PS3)
  • NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (360, PC)
  • Mario Party 9 (Wii)
  • Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC)
  • Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)
  • MLB: The Show (PS3, PSV)

Major titles that have dropped off the list from last month include Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, SSX, Street Fighter X Tekken, Naruto, and MLB 2K12.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Last year, Valve introduced "The International," a Dota 2 championship with a one million dollar prize. Held in Germany during Gamescom, it was the game's public debut and tested the skills of the "best Dota teams in the world."

Apparently, "The International" is an annual affair, as Valve has announced plans for a second competition. Like last year, a million dollar grand prize is at stake. However, this year's competition will take place during PAX Prime in Seattle.

"The International" 2012 will run from August 31st through September 2nd. Valve plans on broadcasting the competition in multiple languages, free of charge.

Ironically, this year's announcement of the tournament largely mimics last year's, including the text about a release coming "this year." Oh, Valve Time.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

The classic PC adventure-RPG series Quest for Glory is now available on GOG, providing the five-part series for a cool ten bucks. The pack also includes the original and remake version of the first game, along with all the standard goodies you'd expect from such a compilation.

The Sierra series was released from the late 80s through the late 90s. It became known for its puzzles, hybrid RPG combat, and silly humor. The story begins as you graduate the Famous Adventurer's Correspondence School, and progress upwards to fight epic evils as a fighter, mage, or thief. That progress is tracked across games, decades before Mass Effect did it.

The bundle includes 6 manuals, a reference card, 2 maps, 3 Famous Explorers' Correspondence Courses, and a Hero Journal. Give it a try to hold you over into next week, when we're sure you'll be questing for loot instead.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

It took more than 25 years for the original NES Kid Icarus to receive a sequel. If Kid Icarus Uprising's director, Masahiro Sakurai, gets his way, it will be another 25 years to get yet another follow-up. While the decision is ultimately in Nintendo's hands, he said "for now, my thought is that perhaps we'll see someone else besides me make another Kid Icarus in another 25 years."

The reason Sakurai wants to avoid a Kid Icarus sequel is because a sequel wouldn't have much new to offer. "Because we pushed a lot into the game in order to let people have this short yet deep experience, but the novelty of that would likely grow thin in the next game," he told IGN.

While it's true that the "novelty" of a sequel to Uprising may wear thin, there's another good reason why we shouldn't expect a follow-up any time soon. Project Sora is working on the next Smash Bros games for Wii U and 3DS.

Shacknews - Garnett Lee

Who knew American history could be so gripping? Ubisoft has unveiled the first gameplay trailer for Assassin's Creed 3, giving us a good look at stabbing, parkour, and more stabbing. Then, a video game based on The Avengers has been announced--but it's not based on the movie. Find out more about this odd game, coming to Wii U and Kinect. Finally, EA confirms a new Dead Space game--and could it have co-op?

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is getting ready to deploy, and Ubisoft has already announced its first downloadable content pack. The "Arctic Strike Map Pack" will release on July 3, just in time for you to celebrate Independence Day by taking out virtual enemies of freed. America!

The pack will feature new maps, a new mode, a Guerrilla Mode co-op map, and six new weapons, for $9.99 (800 MSP). The release date means it will come out after the PC version drops on June 12, so the DLC may hit simultaneously on all platforms.

Shacknews - Jeff Mattas

When it comes to the multiplayer component of Gearbox Software's upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines, not a whole lot has been revealed. Our Steve Watts previewed the game's team deathmatch mode--but the developer has been pretty stingy with other specifics.

While the game's other modes have yet to be revealed, producer Chris Brock said that they will be "objective-based." He also confirmed that the co-op campaign will support up to four players.

Brock was a bit more forthcoming about whether or not the Predator will make an appearance (it won't), and where the inspiration for the multiplayer maps is coming from. "We draw inspiration for multiplayer maps from all the films, in addition to concept art and expanded Aliens universe content," he told the PlayStation.Blog.

When asked what it will be like to control the game's deadly Xenomorphs, Brock noted that a third-person perspective will be used, largely to avoid the visual disorientation inherent in characters that can climb on walls and ceilings. "Xenomorphs are obviously much more agile than their human counterparts, so they're very quick and have the ability to maneuver about on walls and ceilings," he said. "As you've seen before, every part of a xenomorph is dangerous, from their claws and tails to their 'little mouths' and acidic blood. They have a wide variety of ways to attack the marines."

Split-screen play has also been confirmed, and when asked if weapon selection will be loadout-based or if there will be pick-ups in-game, Brock cryptically alluded that the game might include a combination of both. Some of these weapons will be ones that have been alluded to in Alien canon, but that have never before been seen.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is expected to arrive for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 this fall.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Lego recently announced plans for Lord of the Rings brick-building sets, leading to a flurry of speculation that it would be next up for the Traveller's Tales video game treatment. Those rumors are getting another dose of fuel today, with reports of toy packaging advertising the game, and a listing for the game appearing on a UK retailer.

MCV reports that toy reviewers have gotten their hands on the LOTR Legos early, and have found packaging materials advertising the game. If that weren't enough, GameSpot reports that UK retailer Shop To put up a listing for the game. The listing has been pulled, but a cached version still shows it clearly.

The listing details the release date as October 26, 2012. That timing would make sense, since the Lord of the Rings franchise is going to get reinvigorated this year with a film adaptation of The Hobbit. It seems likely that Warner Bros will make an official announcement in the next few weeks, or during E3. Shacknews has contacted Warner Bros regarding the rumor, and will update as more information becomes available.

Traveller's Tales also has Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes in the works for this year, so we might get a double-dose of Lego licensed games.