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EA To Support PS2 Online Initiative

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 11:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that it will bring Madden NFL 2003 to the PlayStation2 for online play. EA’s worldwide studios also have plans for additional EA SPORTS and EA GAMES franchises that will take full advantage of the PlayStation 2 console’s online capabilities.

New Operation Flashpoint 1.55 MP Test Released

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 9:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bohemia Interactive today released a new (4.86MB) multiplayer test patch v 1.55 "beta" for Operation Flashpoint. The patch has new netcode and some of the Multiplayer features that will be in Resistance. Grab it from Navy Seal here.

Activision Announces 'True Crime: Streets of L.A.' (PS2 XB GC)

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 8:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision, Inc. is taking on the Russian and Chinese mobs with the announcement of True Crime: Streets of L.A. for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube. Inspired by Hong Kong action films, the game lets players assume the role of tough-as-nails detective Nick Kang, bent on settling a personal vendetta with the L.A. underworld. As Kang, players will be able to dispense their own personal brand of justice through automotive combat, a variety of rib cracking martial arts moves and the business end of dual 45s. True Crime: Streets Of L.A. has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Kaydara Announces 'MotionBuilder 4.0'

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 8:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kaydara Inc. today announced the upcoming release of MOTIONBUILDER 4.0, a new generation of its award winning real-time 3D character animation software previously named FiLMBOX animation. With a completely new, redesigned drag-and-drop user interface, MOTIONBUILDER 4.0 is a compelling professional 3D character animation solution that is substantially more powerful, faster and easier to use than any other product on the market. MOTIONBUILDER 4.0 will be available to customers in August 2002.

Mythic Announces 'Dark Age of Camelot' Expansion 'Shrouded Isles'

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 7:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment, creator of the multiple award winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game Dark Age of Camelot, today announced that the game's highly anticipated first expansion pack is currently in development. Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Islesä is set for a late 2002 release and will continue setting new standards for online game-play. The game will be developed by Mythic Entertainment and co-published with Abandon Entertainment.

Ubi Soft & Rage Announce 'Rocky' Games - Screens

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 6:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's leading videogame publishers, today announced an exclusive deal with Rage Software, to publish games based on the award-winning and beloved Rocky movies. Rocky will be available on all next generation consoles (PS2/Xbox/GameCuBe/GBA) and will launch in North and South America this fall.

Raylight Programming Group Interview!

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 5:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today GameSurf publishes an interview to Raylight Programming Group that have developed a new graphical engine that has definitely changed the way we play on Game Boy Advance. Here is a clip:

Lord Axl: Hi Massimiliano, can you tell us something about the great graphical engine developed by Raylight that you call BlueRoses?

Massimiliano Di Monda: BlueRoses first came out with a multiplatform 3D engine, whose versatility and power are greatly demonstrated by the fact that lately we've been able to bring such technology into GameBoy Advance, too. A lot of people was astonished by our brilliant results.

Acclaim's Celebrity Lineup At E3

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 5:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In support of its exciting new holiday offerings for 2002, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. announced a powerhouse lineup of celebrity athletes available to sign autographs, take photographs and honor media interviews at the Company's booth (#1046, South Hall), during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 22-24, 2002.

Atriarch Developer Chat Today!

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 5:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

House of Commons will be held on the Stratics IRC on Wednesday, May 15th, 6pm PST. Atriarch developers so far on the roster to attend include: Serafina - Lead Game Designer, Arc - Chief Architect and Lead Programmer, Mo - Lead Artist and Mythfit - Ecosystem Designer and Writer. This will be your chance to talk live with the developers, ask questions about Atriarch. The topic of the chat is: "Player Construction and Housing". Get step-by-step instructions HERE!

PlayStation to Bundle Final Fantasy X

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 5:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a ringing endorsement of the popularity and phenomenal demand for SquareSoft’s Final FantasyX, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is to sell the critically acclaimed game as part of a PlayStation 2 bundle.

'Defender Of The Crown' (GBA) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 5:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This is the Age of Chivalry! A time of lusty wenches and black-hearted villains. King Richard has been murdered and England is thrown into civil war! Amidst the ringing clash of steel and the thunder of charging steeds the bold Saxon knights have chosen you to lead them into battle against the hated Normans. Ahh man! Just the way i remember it from the Commodore 64!

'Thrustmaster' At E3 2002

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 4:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Thrustmaster will be exhibiting at E3 in Los Angeles, USA, from 22 to 24 May 2002 (Kentia Hall, Booth # 6021). Thrustmaster will demonstrate its latest accessories and future innovations for all platforms - PC, GameCube, PS2, Game Boy Advance and its officially licensed products for the Xbox.

'NCsoft' E3 Lineup

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 4:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft today announced the roster of titles that they will be showing at the upcoming Electronic Entetainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

THQ Announces 'Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park'

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 4:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that "Bob the Builder: Bob Builds A Park" for PC is in development. Just what we been waiting for ... NOT

Microsoft & Flextronics Move Xbox Manufacturing To China

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 4:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Corp., along with its manufacturing partner Flextronics Corp., today announced plans to establish a manufacturing and assembly operation for the Xbox in China later this year. The companies also stated that the console manufacturing operation in Hungary would be relocated to Doumen, China. In addition to the Xbox operations at Flextronics' Guadalajara, Mexico, facility and the new operations in China, Microsoft will add another facility in Asia in the future.

'NFL Fever 2003' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 2:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A smash hit in its rookie season, this franchise will include several new customization and presentation features and gameplay enhancements. In "NFL Fever 2003," gamers can customize uniforms, playbooks and plays. "NFL Fever 2003" updates will include up-to-date rosters, the NFL’s new eight-division format, the new expansion team, the Houston Texans, and new stadiums for the Bears, Lions and Patriots. The gridiron game also will feature online capabilities. Check these nifty screens.

Microsoft Reduces Xbox Price

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 1:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Through a carefully planned effort that includes the participation of key retailers and third-party publishers, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled its plans for a North American price reduction of the Xbox. Effective immediately, Xbox will have an estimated retail price of $199.99 in the United States ($299.99 CAN). The price reduction will be supported by a multimillion dollar national merchandising and marketing campaign set to begin this weekend. Microsoft also announced it is reducing the price of Xbox in Japan to 24,800 yen effective Wednesday, May 22.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Xbox) - Trailer

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 1:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

FilePlanet is now mirroring the official Xbox trailer of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. See the beautiful graphics, landscapes, and environments as the movie runs through actual game footage of this awesome title. Since fileplanet's is a whopping 40mb we compressed their version down to 20mb (divx format). Read more for links where to grab it!

'Dragon Empires' To Be Revealed At E3 - New Screens

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 1:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters will reveal the breathtaking world of Dragon Empires for the first time at E3 and it marks the next generation of MMORPGs. The game’s genre-leading landscaping and character graphics engine will be seen for the first time at E3, The engine creates visuals that makes Dragon Empires a world begging to be explored.

TDK Secures 'Chevrolet' License

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

TDK Mediactive, Inc. announced today that a five-year worldwide licensing agreement has been forged with the Chevrolet division of General Motors Corporation. Under the agreement, TDK Mediactive now has publishing and distribution rights for interactive video games based on the Chevrolet license, specifically dedicated to the Corvette 50th Anniversary.

'Kingdom Hearts' All-Star Voice Cast

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 12:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square and Disney Interactive today announced the all-star voice cast for KINGDOM HEARTS, the 3D action role-playing game for the PS2.

'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' - Q/A & Screens

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 11:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Lucasarts opened the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic website. Their role playing game (RPG), Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, will debut on the Xbox this fall and release on PC early 2003. Developed by BioWare Corp., the dramatic game features an original story set some 4,000 years prior to the timeframe of the Star Wars films in an era dominated by an epic conflict between the Jedi and the evil Sith. The site has a small Q&A and some screens, which we mirror'd here .. check them out ...

'Virtua Striker 2002' (GameCube) - Features & Screens

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get your cleats on because this soccer game is so realistic you'll have grass stains on your socks when you're done playing. Virtua Striker 2002, the latest installment in the popular Virtua Striker arcade series, makes its console debut on the Nintendo GameCube this spring with some of the best moves around.

Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 (PC/Xb) - Screens

by Thomas on May 15, 2002 @ 10:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

We tossed up six not exactly massive screenshots from Infogrames racing title, Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4, that'll have to do for both PC/XB formats. Release date: PC - 14/6/2002 and Xb - 28/6/2002!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on May 15, 2002 @ 1:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GameSpot put up a Q&A with Blizzard's Bill Roper discussing the single player campaign in their upcoming 3D RTS title, Warcraft III. Its Action Vault's turn to put a "one question-many answers" Q&A with members of Raven Software each giving their thoughts why their FPS Soldier of Fortune 2 ( just went gold) will be different from other shooters. RPGVault put up a Q&A with Sony Online's Rich Vogel, the executive producer of their upcoming massively multiplayer RPG Star Wars Galaxies. Computer and Video Games put up a Q&A with Red Storm producer Deke Waters talking about their tactical shooter The Sum of All Fears (expected end of May). HomeLAN chats with Object Software's Liu Yu Bin as he talks about Prince Of Qin, their upcoming action-RPG set in ancient China that will be published in the US by Strategy First.