PS2 Review: Fatal Frame

by The Cookie Snatcher on March 19, 2002 @ 11:42 p.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Based on a true story, Fatal Frame (to be distributed in Europe by Wanadoo end 2002 titled "Project Zero"), a horror adventure game, leaves its victims breathless as they become immersed in a world full of supernatural spirits and sheer terror. Fatal Frame takes place in a dilapidated, haunted mansion and nearby surrounding area. Unlike other survival horror games which focus on heavy combat with traditional weapons such as handguns and shotguns, the unique twist in Fatal Frame is that the player is guided by Miko’s sixth sense and armed only with an antique camera. The designers focused heavily on developing a creepy, unsettling game atmosphere, complete with darkened hallways, sticky cobwebs, and rotting staircases where Miku sets out to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance.

Microsoft Announces Crimson Skies (XBOX) - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Hop into the cockpit of a high-flying, fully loaded aerial hotrod in “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge,” the newest game under exclusive development for the Xbox. Microsoft Game Studios today announced that its critically acclaimed action-adventure franchise, “Crimson Skies,” is coming exclusively to Xbox this fall. “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge” combines the thrills of low-to-the-ground air combat with the swashbuckling style of an action-adventure movie. Players pilot powerful fantasy aircraft in a game reminiscent of a classic Hollywood tale, as they battle enemy aces and navigate tricky stunts in single- and multiplayer modes. As the handsome and daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, players barnstorm through 1930s America hunting down the murderers of Nathan’s best friend.

Day Of The Sequels

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames and Phantagram revealed that Total Annihilation 2 is in the works. Very interesting stuff. Phantagram is best known for Kingdom Under Fire, a large scale RTS game that was published by Take-2 under the Gathering of Developers label. It will be interesting to see what they can create based on Cavedog's masterpiece. Richard Garriott and the folks at NCSoft have announced Lineage 2, the second iteration of their popular online roleplaying game. But the real kicker is that it will reportedly use Epic's Unreal Engine technology. NCsoft said almost all core components have been developed at this point and an alpha version is being tested. The company, which began to develop Lineage II in October 2000, said it is in talks with a major music studio to produce game music and sound effects. A testing-level service will be available in several months and a full-fledged commercial version is slated for the first half of 2003. NCSoft said it will introduce Lineage II in foreign markets such as the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and China by end-2003.

Master Rallye (PS2) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Master Rallye is a completely unique, fast paced off-road race game based upon the FIA rally event of the same name. The game features licensed vehicles and officially endorsed special stages and a wide variety of game modes to allow casual, arcade, and simulation levels of play. Each rally stage follows off-road routes and allows the driver to find shortcuts from A to B in an extremely wide environment. The player can risk off-track navigation to find the best shortcuts to accomplish their goal – as long as they finish first! Each stage is tested and approved by the legendary Master Rallye designer Rene Metge – himself a triple Paris Dakar winner. Scheduled for mid-May 2002.

Hero X for PC Announced

by Thomas on March 19, 2002 @ 7:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crime fighters and villains everywhere just did a double-take as Infogrames, Inc. today announced that a mysterious new hero is coming to town. With Hero X, an action adventure game for the PC, superhero justice will have a new name, yours. Developed by Amazing Games and "officially'' sanctioned by the A.S.H.A. (American Super Heroes Association), Hero X features you as a first-time superhero determined to climb the heroic ladder by putting evildoers in their place.

External Development Division

by Thomas on March 19, 2002 @ 6:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rage, one of the UK's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announces that it has set up a new internal development division to manage Rage’s growing catalogue of externally developed projects. The new division will also seek out further titles across all major formats for Rage to publish internationally.

Strategy First/Wanadoo Snag 'The Druid King' - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 6:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

French publisher Wanadoo, in association with the North American publisher Strategy First, announces it has concluded a deal with Sofia-based studio Haemimont Games to publish and distribute Druid King, its new real time strategy game. It will be released in Western Europe (except Spain) and Japan by Wanadoo, and in North America jointly by Wanadoo and Strategy First.

Patches For 'Silent Hunter II' & 'Destroyer Command' Available NOW

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 6:02 p.m. PST | Filed under Patch

We are aware that there are some problems with the AI routines and multiplayer functions in Destroyer Command and Silent Hunter II. We are currently working on a set of patches to address the more serious issues. We also know that many of you are frustrated because the patch required enabling multiplayer sessions between Silent Hunter II and Destroyer Command has not been released yet. We had planned on the patch being ready by the time Destroyer Command was to arrive on the retail shelves, but unfortunately we discovered some serious problems that have required further testing and development work to make the interoperability between the two products function properly.

Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Arcade Advanced collects six Konami arcade titles in their classic form, including Rush'n Attack, Gyruss, Scramble, Yie Ar Kung~Fu, Time Pilot, and the original Frogger. Each of the six titles appears on the single cartridge just as they did in the Golden Age of video games, while new bonus features breathe new life into them. New graphics, multiplayer modes, levels, sound effects and game modes are just some of the extras being added to each title.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 1:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A fresh batch of screens send by our dear Lucasarts friends ... boy this game sure looks impressive ... and its almost there ... *pant* *pant* Enjoy the screens ...

'Operation Flashpoint: Resistance' - Details & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enhanced visual detail and new landscape features bring dramatic new gameplay elements to Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. New details on Operation Flashpoint's official expansion. From Bohemia Interactive Studio, the creators of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, comes the game's official expansion - Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. Due to launch at retail on June 21st and requiring the original game to play, Operation Flashpoint: Resistance introduces a new island environment with remarkable high-resolution graphics.

New SiS 3D Chip Announced

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), one of the world’s leading graphic chip makers, announced today that they will demonstrate the next generation GPU, SiS330, at annually GDC show. The outstanding performance and lifelike shading that SiS330 provides will revolutionize the 3D graphics power of PCs at GDC 2002. Anyone who experiences the unforgettable hail of bullets in the most popular FPS game at the SiS booth will have no doubt about the true definition of “next-generation graphic chip.” The “8X8” (eight-by-eight) feature of SiS330 contains the world’s first support for both DirectX 8.1 and powerful AGP8X specification that allows data transmission rate go up to 533MHz. It also utilizes the “Pixelizer” engine and high quality Video processor. The speechless performance of SiS330 will show game lovers how SiS provides a competitive product among varies GPU solutions.

Digital Bridges to Launch First Color Games For Mobile Phones

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital Bridges, the world leader in mobile entertainment services, today announced that it is launching the first collection of color wireless games available outside the Japanese and Korean markets.

Mat Hoffman’s Pro Bmx 2 - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX™ 2 allows players to travel with Mat Hoffman, Mike Escamilla, Chad Kagy, Cory Nastazio, Joe Kowalski, Rick Thorne, Kevin Robinson, and Simon Tabron to eight cities across America. Players can perform thousands of tricks as they experience multiple modes of play: Road Trip, Wreak Havoc, HORSE and many multi-player split screen modes. Players can also build their own BMX, course using the next generation Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2 course editor.

'Ecks VS. Sever' Explodes Onto PS2 This Autumn

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BAM! Entertainment’s Critically Acclaimed Action Game Coming To Sony®’s Gaming Console. BAM! Entertainment today announced that it is bringing Ecks vs. Sever to the PlayStation 2. Based on the upcoming Franchise Pictures movie of the same name.

The Captain Speaks In Flight Sim 2002 - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Just Flight have announced the imminent release of Captain Speaking 2002 for, you guessed it, Microsoft Flight Simualator 2002! This must be every airline enthusiast's dream - a unique set of 37 flexible airline flights using authentic ATC. With over 22,000 different voice recordings, varied weather and holding patterns, the flight conditions are different every time.

Wolfenstein 3D (GBA) - Screens

by Thomas on March 19, 2002 @ 8:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yesterday we tossed up the announcement from BAM! Entertainment about them having obtained the rights to publish id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D for Game Boy Advance. Today we bring you some nice screens..

Unreal Tournament 2003 Video

by Thomas on March 19, 2002 @ 7:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tiscali Games got a new Unreal Tournament 2003 video posted today. The movie is 55 MB to grab and runs over five minutes showing off a couple different levels. Grab it here!

'Realm Wars' Official Website & Demo Available - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 1:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GarageGames announces the kick off of Realm Wars, the first GarageGames Community Project and Demo to be built on the popular Torque Game Engine (their modified Tribes 2 engine). Realm Wars will allow massive numbers of players to team up and fight battles in a real time, team based, FPS, action format. To prepare for battle, the player chooses a race, customizes his character's abilities and appearance with a wide array of weapons, armor and items. Characters can join simple team based skirmishes, controlled battles, or epic wars, with persistent stats kept on the player's performance. They us know that they've just launched their official website for Realm Wars and have a 6mb demo available that gives you an impression of what to expect ... and for that small a demo, i can tell you its packing some serious heat! read more for links and other goodies

'Hitman 2' Delayed Until This Summer

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 12:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Posts on Gone Gold and GameSpot indicate that Hitman 2: Silent Assassin has slipped from its expected release this month, and the new projected ship date is June, or even worse that the fate of IO Interactive's contract killing sequel won't arrive in stores until September, simply to give it more development time.