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Homeplanet Site Update

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 11:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The official site for the upcoming space fight simulator game Homeplanet is today updated with some new screens in the gallery section and new pictures of the ships from the game in the ships section. Check it out!

Operation Blockade Announced

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 11:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining the non-stop action of an arcade game with the noted plug-and-play appeal of its military shooters, Infogrames, Inc. today announced Operation Blockade for the PC. Scheduled for this spring, Operation Blockade provides both a single and multiplayer cooperative mode, as well as a pulse-pounding 360-degree field of fire.

'Star Wars Bounty Hunter' Announced

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 9:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The hunt begins! Jango Fett, the most ruthless and feared mercenary in the Star Wars galaxy, will make his spectacular interactive debut later this year in the action-packed Star Wars Bounty Hunter from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. Through Jango -- father of Boba Fett, one of the most intriguing and enduring characters in the Star Wars universe -- players will plunge into the dark, deadly world of a bounty hunter, a role Star Wars game fans have long awaited to play. Star Wars Bounty Hunter is expected to release fall 2002 on PlayStation 2 and GameCube.

Freedom Force - Screens Gallery

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 9:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

We announced earlier today the release of Irrational Games, EA, Crave Ent.'s Freedom Force .. So ofcourse i had to snag it and put it to the test. Only 2 small missions and a character editor in the demo but i must say that its looking like quite a nice game. Lots of nice effects, weapons and you can pick up cars and throw them around, ripp out lightpole's etc... pretty cool ... I made a 40-some screens to let you people enjoy it while you download the demo left or right ... its worth it ;)

SoundMAX Audio Rendering Technology Toolkit For Game Developers

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Addressing consumer demand for increased audio realism in gaming environments, Analog Devices today announced a new version of its SoundMAX Audio Rendering Technology Toolkit (SMartTools) - which now offers significantly improved cross-platform output capability and a more intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to game audio developers.

Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis - Ships to U.S. Retail Stores

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis, its futuristic Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game has shipped to U.S. retail stores with an MSRP of $39.99

ZooCube Announced For GameCube and GBA

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 7:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bringing an exciting new dimension to puzzle-solving games, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. today announced that it will release ZooCube for the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Available this spring, ZooCube has been heralded for its innovative design and is the first true 3-D puzzle game available for the next-generation systems.

'Dungeon Siege' Is Gold!!!!

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 7:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft today let us know that Gas Powered Games epic RPG, Dungeon Siege has gone gold and will be out April 5th. Yes!!! The moment A LOT of us been waiting for ...

'Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness' Exclusively On PS2 Console

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 6:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

More Lara Croft Tomb Raider announcements.. This time Eidos Interactive announces that the new Tomb Raider game "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness" will be exclusive to PlayStation 2 on the videogame console format. The game will be released on PlayStation 2 and PC on 15th November 2002.

Epic Releases 'The Unreal Performance Test 2002'

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 6:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Can today's PC hardware stand-up to the increasingly complex and intense computer games of tomorrow? Although game designers continue to push graphical detail and performance, hardware manufacturers are testing their wares against the existing standards of yesterday. Until now... Leading game and technology developer Epic Games today unveiled the Unreal Performance Test 2002, the first and only game benchmark indicative of the future of gaming.

'Freedom Force' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 5:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised last night, the demo from Freedom Force, Irrational Game's now-gold superhero game, is now available for download from FilePlanet (registration required). The demo is available as a large version (87.4 MB) and a smaller version (56.1 MB), the difference between the two being that the larger version includes the music.

Nvidia Releases Newest 'Detonator XP' Drivers

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 5:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA's Drivers Page now offers new version 28.32 "Detonator XP" drivers for Windows 95/98/Me, Windows XP/2000, and Windows NT (thanks Blues). As is always the case with these reference drivers, no technical support is offered, as they are to be used at your own risk.

The Race Is On As 'V-Rally 3' Arrives On The GBA - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 5:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Forget the sun block next summer - it looks like being a mud-spattered June for Gameboy Advance/PS2 gamers. Leading interactive games publisher, Infogrames, has announced that it's driving the hugely successful V-Rally brand out of the garage and onto Gameboy Advance/PS2 in June 2002; and with 4 million units already sold in the series, it's a welcome return for one of the most realistic rally games yet seen.

'NVIDIA' & 'Sony' Partner To Drive Online Gaming

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 3:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it is working closely with Sony Online Entertainment, Inc. to optimize two upcoming online games developed by Sony Online Entertainment. Star Wars Galaxies, to be published by LucasArts, and PlanetSide will be among the first wave of games optimized for NVIDIA's GeForce4 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), resulting in a gaming experience rich in crisp 3D graphics, unique visual effects and some of the most realistic, life-like images ever seen in an online game.

Sony and BAM! Entertainment Expand

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 3:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BAM! Entertainment today announced that it will publish futuristic racer WipEout Fusion and 3D action adventure Dropship: United Peace Force for the PlayStation 2. This expanded relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe enables BAM! Entertainment to bring the games to the North American market this summer. Just last month, BAM! announced that it will bring North America the critically acclaimed racing title WRC: World Rally Championship for PlayStation 2.

Xbox Tools and Middleware License

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 3:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zona, Inc., the Massive Multi-Player Online Game (MMOG) server and network solution provider, today is announcing that the company has joined the Microsoft Corporation Xbox Tools & Middleware Program for MMOG middleware development. The Xbox Tools & Middleware License gives Zona, Inc. the right to develop an Xbox version of Terazona, the highly scalable, secure, fault-tolerant, total server and network solution for Xbox online games. Terazona is capable of supporting tens of thousands of users on a server and drastically lessens the time-to-market for online game developers.

’Schizm: Mysterious Journey’ - The Reinvention Of The Adventure Game

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 12:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mindscape is proud to announce an exclusive publishing agreement with Project 3 Interactive for the adventure game ’Schizm: Mysterious Journey’ on DVD-Rom and PC CD-Rom. The popular adventure game has already been launched as localised versions across Europe and the agreement with Mindscape secures distribution of the English version in the UK and Ireland.

'Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness' (PC/PS2) - Facts, Art & Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 12:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A new Lara Croft for a new generation. We already told you some preliminary facts about yesterday and today Eidos Interactive and Core Design officially announce the return of the world’s most famous video game character in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. The game will be released on PlayStation 2 and PC towards the end of 2002. Of course we added some screens for all you Lara fans out there to drool over and a photo of the official Lara model, Dutch beauty Jill De Jong.... boy oh boy ;)

Update: We just added 15 extra new screens to the article.. Enjoy!

The Settlers IV - 2.4.1090 History Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 12:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

History Patch, patched all versions of the settlers IV to newest version 1090. This SETTLERS IV improves some gameplay and balance issues, costs of certain trojan resources and some "userfriendly" interface fixes. Grab the patch HERE!!

UbiSoft's 'Battle Realms' Map Contest

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Are you one of the many people eagerly awaiting the BATTLE REALMS World Editor? You are an inspired map designer? Then the next BATTLE REALMS Contest comes as a gift from heaven! In two weeks the large Mapcontest for Ed Del Castillo's popular real time strategy game will kick off. More details on the conditions of participation are given on the official BATTLE REALMS page. Do not delay, grab the Battle Pack 2 and start experimenting with the high performance World Editor NOW.

Red Card Soccer (PS2) - Screens Gallery

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 11:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway Sports Asylum, the sports brand of leading software industry publisher and developer Midway Games Inc., announced today that RedCardTM Soccer, an 11-on-11 (including goalies) adrenaline-style soccer game is in development for next-generation systems. RedCard Soccer is scheduled to ship in spring 2002. In case you did not see the massively spread screens before .. here's ohh an odd 100 or so to go showing off players, ninja's, monkey's and all kinds of weird stuff.

'Xbox Controller S' - Overview

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox Controller S is Microsoft’s answer to gamers that wanted more choice, and a controller that better suited their style of play. Smaller than the standard Xbox controller and featuring a new button layout, Xbox Controller S allows gamers to choose the controller most comfortable to them.

GlobalOps Patch - Mess Cleared Up

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Barking Dog's Dan McBride hit the offical Global Operations forums to clear up some of the rumours spread around about GO Patches. It appears that there has been a little misinformation spread around here lately- for that you get a LAW to the groin revoemag!! We are indeed working on a patch for the public beta, but our main priority has been and will be to make sure that those who purchase the game are happy, so most of our effort has been dedicated to making sure that the retail version is as solid as possible. We have already fixed the lockups that some users were experiencing and have improved many other issues that you have been talking about here (yes, we DO read these forums!!). We are working hard on optimizing the server performance, but it is unlikely that these changes will make it into a public beta patch in the short term. The Linux server is compiled and running and we have had a few small tests with it. However it would be doing a disservice to everyone to release it at this point- it needs lots of testing still.

'MotoGP : Ultimate Racing' - Facts & Screens

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology is an ultra-realistic bike racer for the Xbox and PC, which puts you, the player, behind the handle-bars of some of the meanest, fastest, most thrilling machines on two-wheels. Today THQ send us a bunch of new PC screens that you can check out below. Scheduled Release Date : June 2002.

Sven Goran Eriksson's : World Cup Manager - Screens

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

3DO send us eight new Playstation One in-game screens from their upcoming title, "Sven Goran Eriksson's : World Cup Manager". As exciting as Manager's can be ;)

'Sudden Strike II' / 'Divine Divinity' & 'Breed' - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV updated some of their webpages with new screenshots on their upcoming blockbusters "Sudden Strike II", "Divine Divinity" and "Breed". Since they are all over the place we slapped em together for you puppies to enjoy ... so check them out!

NCsoft Announces Lineage II

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation, the world's largest independent online game company, today announced Lineage II, the prequel to the most popular online game in the world. With more than four million subscribers and 330 thousand concurrent users, Lineage set the standard for subscription-based online games. Lineage II promises to advance the world of Lineage by adding an amazing array of features, graphics, gameplay, fantasy and depth.

'Freedom Force' Demo Coming Up Today

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Irrational's Ken Levine announces that a playable demo of their recently completed superheroic tactical combat RPG is slated for released tomorrow on FilePlanet. A subsequent post refines that into two demos, one with music (around 90 MB) and one without (75 MB), while another post by Crave associate producer "Primetime" offers even more details: "Tomorrow means around 8:00 AM PST. You'll have 2 choices to download...1 is about 58MB without music and one is 90MB with. There are 2 levels of the game and the character creator. You will be able to create a hero and use it in the second mission."

'Tomb Raider - The Angel of Darkness' Coming Up

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The game is coming out on the PC as well as the PS2, though Smith says that the core mechanics of both versions will be exactly the same. "We have one team working on both versions of the game, but we do focus on the two different platforms separately and try to maximize the individual strengths of the PC and PS2," says Smith. "There will be little elements that will be different, but 99 percent of the game is essentially the same. Visually, they'll be close as well, but there are certain things that each machine is better at." The PC will obviously have a higher resolution, whereas the PS2 version of The Angel of Darkness will likely benefit from more precise control.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 2:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PC Game Central's Lost Continents Q&A talks with Travis McGeathy, community manager for Lost Continents, VR1's upcoming pulp-inspired MMORPG. Warcraft III Q&A on Atomic Maximum Power Computing talking with Blizzard's Bill Roper about Warcraft III, their upcoming role-playing infused RTS sequel. There's a Freedom Force Q&A #5 on RPG Vault with another in their now-trademark series where one question is posed of a group of developers, this one talking with some of the folks at Irrational Games about their now-gold superhero game. GameSpot's Vampire Hunter Q&A talks with Dave Hagewood, president and founder of Psyonix, and Will Nevins, the game designer for Vampire Hunter, their upcoming Unreal-engine vampire action game. There's a new HoveRace movie on 3D Gamers showing off gameplay in GSC Game World's upcoming hovercraft combat racing game. On a related note, there is a HoveRace Q&A on Blue Monday discussing the game with Oleg Javorsky, PR Manager at GSC GameWorld. Voodoo Extreme's Neverwinter Nights Q&A chats with Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-CEO of BioWare to discuss their upcoming D&D RPG.