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New Raven Shield's Art Director Q&A

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today the official site for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Raven Shield is updated with some q/a from Raven Shield's Art Director, Carol Bertrand. Here is a clip:

Q: You used the new Unreal Technology to develop Raven Shield. What does it allow to do in terms of graphics? What are the strong points? And the challenges?

True, we are using the ever-evolving Unreal technology. I say ever-evolving cause one of the biggest challenges is to keep up with constant changes made in the toolset. It's also true that UnrealEd is not exactly made for our needs, so we have to do our own modifications in the tools some times. On the other hand, we have a state-of-the-art technology that allows us to display a lot of stuff.

'Drug Wars' DVD-Video Game for Xbox/PS2 - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 9:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital Leisure today announced its release of a remastered version of the American Laser Games' smash arcade hit Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars. Digital Leisure, the leading publisher of interactive DVD adventures, has re-mastered Drug Wars into a fully interactive adventure for DVD movie players that is also compatible with PS2 and XBox. The remastered version is highlighted by spectacular video quality and all the shooting action of the original laser disc adventure. Players use their DVD remote controls to aim and fire, as the notorious Lopez and his South American Drug Cartel strive to ship their white powder across the border and into major metropolises. Check the screens!

Myst III: Exile (PS2/Xbox) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 8:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The best-selling Myst franchise takes its award-winning Myst III: Exile to Xbox/PS2 this fall. Developed by Presto Studios, Myst III: Exile takes place 10 years after Riven: the Sequel to Myst and broken out into five ages, Tomahna, J'nanin, Amateria, Edanna, and Voltaic. The game begins with the Tomahna Age, where players meet Catherine and Atrus, and first encounter Saavedro. Check the Tomahna Age screens!

AGB Games's Racing Engine (GBA) - Trailer

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 8:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

ABG games just send us a bunch of little video's showing off their updated advanced 3D racing game engine for Gameboy Advance and PDA. The engine allows the player to navigate at high speed around a mix of arbitrary indoor and outdoor worlds. The videos show various locations around a 4-mile track that we have up and running on GBA at around 30 fps. Some locations include river jump, canyon jump, urban area, desert area, tunnels, railway and inside a large multi-storey building. We have merged those files into 1 mpeg for your convenience. Read more for some screens and link to grab the trailer.

'Command & Conquer Renegade' v1.031 Patch Available NOW

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 8:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time to patch up your Command & Conquer Renegade!! Today Westwood has released a new patch for their 3D action game Command & Conquer Renegade. The patch is 18MB to grab and you can get it at shacknews here or official site here!

Neocron Offline Demo

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 8:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official Neocron site today let us know that an English offline tutorial demo of 'Neocron' (that is an upcoming MMORPG by Reakktor Media) is available for download. The demo is 96MB and you can grab this puppy over at fileplanet.

Digital Music On The (GB) Handheld Video Game Machine

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 7:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A southern California start-up is preparing to start selling a device that would play digital music on the Game Boy handheld video game machine. Santa Monica, California-based SongPro plans to launch a device for under $99 this fall that will play digital music in various formats on any of the tens of millions of Game Boy game consoles worldwide. The Game Boy line -- both the older Game Boy Color and the newer Game Boy Advance -- is a product of Japanese game giant Nintendo Co. Ltd., and it has a virtual monopoly on the handheld gaming market worldwide. The company says it has Nintendo's support for first-of-its-kind device.

Klonoa (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 7:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Klonoa and his ten pals can each call on their own unique special attacks utilising their inner potential to dazzle opponents. The knockabout fun is given extra spice with these extravagant shots taking on the form of lightning blasts, light contrails and other atmospheric fireworks. Spiking the ball takes on a whole new meaning when balls turn oblong due to the mighty velocity with which they are launched resulting in some grand slam gameplay.

'THQ' Closes Acquisition Of 'ValuSoft'

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 7:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that it has completed its previously announced purchase of substantially all the assets of ValuSoft, Inc., a leading publisher and distributor of consumer-priced interactive entertainment and productivity software.

'DroneZ' Escape the Cyber-Dungeon! - Features

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 6:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In DroneZ, players lead characters, Sidd or Eva on a mission to free mankind from the deadly V-Space Network, the computer enemy that controls the future. DroneZ dominates the V-Space Network – cyber-insects who forbid people to disconnect. With the help of a “real world” hacker, players must fight to stay alive as they travel from various network memory locations and avoid the DroneZ deadly lasers. A free-aiming weapon scanner, tons of bonus powers, shield generators and secondary equip players for pinpoint attacks. Defeat the DroneZ protections with rapid-fire weapons and players steal victory.

'Smash Cars' No Rules Radio-Controlled Racing! - Features

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 6:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

No rules radio-controlled racing through a variety of off-road realistic worlds. Smash Cars drivers steer remote-control cars in a high-speed race where daily life is in full swing with giant objects and people interacting with and hindering the path of your tiny car. Don’t drop the hammer too fast or people, animals, cars and a variety of other real-world obstacles may spin you into trouble. A one- or two-player game, Smash Cars provides special control features including power boosts, jumps, and the most realistic physics for enhanced driving action.

'Aces Of World War I' Soon Crashing Onto Your PC - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 6:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lemon Interactive (yes, Lemon Interactive), is excited to announce that the ultimate bargain flight simulation meets action combat PC game, The Aces of World War I, is near completion and will to ship to stores in late-August 2002. This may be the first time you’ve heard of the Aces of World War I, but believe me, it won’t be the last.

New Colin McRae Rally 3 video released online

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 6:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

"CREW REPORT" video shows off incredible damage engine.. When the flying Scotsman’s car leaves the tarmac, there’s no telling which way up it’ll land when you’re behind the wheel of Colin McRae Rally 3. Read more below for links!

MicroMachines (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

MicroMachines is one of the strongest and most successful franchises in the history of video games. It has now been updated to take advantage of the processing power of next-generation consoles, and offers the same fast-paced top-down racing with miniature vehicles that has made MicroMachines games so popular in the past… and then some! The gameplay is more varied than ever before, with a huge variety of tracks and levels in many different environments. There is also a large selection of vehicles on offer for next-gen gamers.

Ferrari F355 Challenge (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A true driving simulation, as opposed to an arcade thrash, F355 Challenge features one of the most accurate and realistic physics models ever seen on any format. As a result, the car's handling is stunningly authentic and - just like the real thing - it takes a lot of skill and expertise to get the most out of the car on its limits. Seven new screens below!

Men in Black II: Alien Escape Ships For PS2

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infogrames, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced Men in Black II: Alien Escape, for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system has shipped to stores. Men in Black II: Alien Escape is a fast-paced third-person action game infused with the trademark humor of both the original hit film and its sequel set for release on July 19th.

Dreamworks Nabs Japanese Horror Video Game

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With a horror franchise in mind, DreamWorks has picked up exclusive film rights to the Japanese video game "Fatal Frame." (being published by Wanadoo in the UK in September with the title PROJECT ZERO)

TOCA a look at Lara?

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ms. Croft and touring cars lead Sold Out's July charge. Sold Out, the clear market-leader in PC super budget titles, is to buck the trend of low-key releases during the summer months, with a stunning sextet of titles joining the £4.99 label in July.

Star Wars: Episode II The New Droid Army (GBA) - Features and Screens

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 5:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With the power of the Force at his will, Anakin must stop Count Dooku from creating a new more destructive droid army. Anakin will travel from Tatooine to the depths of Space to do battle against Dooku and his minions increasing his Force abilities with each conquest!

Digital Workshop, launches a new partnership

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 4:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Oxfordshire-based software developer, Digital Workshop, launches a new partnership with up-and-coming games developer, Batfish Studios, to introduce a variety of leisure titles, starting with the arcade-style puzzler, Xorb.

Octagon to Secure Worldwide Publishing for Playstos’ Debut Title

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 4:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Octagon Entertainment, Inc. has teamed up with Italian development team Playstos Entertainment to find worldwide publishing for Ruff Trigger: The Vanocore Conspiracy, an action-packed, shoot ‘em up experience currently in development for a next-gen console and PC.

Divine Divinity Reading

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 11:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV releases free e-book chronicling the background to its forthcoming role-playing title. Whilst Divine Divinity – the hugely anticipated PC CD-ROM role-playing game from CDV Software Entertainment UK – is not due for release until September 2002, those desperate to immerse themselves in its detailed world and rich background story can do so immediately thanks to a new e-book which has just been released worldwide.

Dark Alliance (Xbox) - Trailer

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

There is an new Dark Alliance Xbox trailer available for download from interplay today. The trailer is 10MB to grab and runs for 45 seconds. "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a revolutionary action adventure with an epic tale of intrigue, fierce alliances, explosive spell effects and highly detailed creatures and environments."

3 New 'Sonic The Hedgehog' Titles Announced

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA Corporation today announced that "Sonic Adventure 2 Battle" for Nintendo GameCube and "Sonic Advance" for GameBoy Advance have each shipped one million units worldwide respectively since their initial retail debuts beginning December 2001 in Japan, February, 2002 in the U.S. and March 2002 in Europe. Building upon the global success of the Sonic The Hedgehog series, the company also announced three new Sonic The Hedgehog titles including "Sonic Mega Collection" and a new "Sonic Adventure" game for Nintendo GameCube and Sonic Advance 2" for GameBoy Advance.

Warcraft III - Development Team In-Store

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

To celebrate the release of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, this Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the Warcraft III development team will be visiting select retail outlets in California. Players who purchase a copy of the game will have a chance to meet the team and have their copy signed by the game's designers. For store locations and further information, Click Here!

Malice Site Goes Live

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sierra Entertainment, Inc. a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, today announced the launch of a new website dedicated to Malice, the upcoming action-adventure game, developed by UK-based Argonaut Games PLC (AGT.L). The new Malice site hosts screenshots from the game, desktop backgrounds, movies and music, as well as behind the scenes production artwork and a voice recording session with No Doubt. There are also links to the latest Malice game news and press releases. Malice is due to release worldwide this November on both the Xbox video game system and the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system under the Sierra brand. The site is live and can be accessed here!

'Earth & Beyond' Patch

by Thomas on July 2, 2002 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Westwood Studios announced today that it has released a major patch for Earth & Beyond that includes new grouping features, an upgraded skill system, and an improved chat interface. Earth & Beyond is an online role-playing galaxy that will be published by EA under the EA GAMES brand in summer 2002. This patch incorporates most of the game's major features into the public test. From now until the game's launch in late summer, the development team will continue to fix bugs, balance, and add content to the game universe

'Aliens vs. Predator 2: Primal Hunt' - Screens

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 6:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The saga continues as Sierra Entertainment and Fox Interactive announced today the development of the Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt expansion pack. Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt continues the nail-biting terror and suspense from the award-winning Aliens versus Predator 2. With all new single-player and multi-player levels, weapons, and new player characters, this original interlocking story is an all out battle of three of the deadliest species in the universe as the Aliens versus Predator 2 saga begins.

'Duke Nukem Manhattan Project' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on July 2, 2002 @ 12:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

3D Realms & Arush have just let us know that they released a 55mb demo for their recently released budget title "Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project". There is also an updated level editor available! Read more for links where to grab these beauties.