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'Lotus Challenge' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 11:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Lotus Challenge is truly the most complete racing game to date. By mixing different gaming styles, camera angles, story lines and even a hint of role playing, players can choose multiple paths through the game. Five huge modes offer players a complete tour of the world of Lotus. Stunt mode takes you to the set of a Hollywood blockbuster run by a hotshot director who gives you the play-by-play of the scene he wants you to execute. A multi-player option is available for those who want to challenge others through a championship or single race.

GarageGames Launches 'Marble Blast' Mac OS X Release

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 4:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GarageGames announced today the release of the Mac OS X version of their highly acclaimed title, Marble Blast. The Mac demo features five playable levels and access to several of the game's power up items. The full version of Marble Blast, available at www.garagegames.com for $14.95, includes 72 levels, a variety of power up bonuses and additional hazards.

'Jagged Alliance 2 Gold' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 4:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and SirTech have just released a new patch for the Gold edition of Jagged Alliance 2. This upgrade brings your JA2 Gold retail copy to v1.12 and brings several tweaks and game fixes. Read more for a detailed list and links where to grab it...

Total Immersion Racing - US Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 2:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Total Immersion Racing is a driving game with an emphasis on the highest quality driving technology linked to compelling and immersive gameplay. The player can choose a career path that leads from being the lowest ranked driver of a GT sports car all the way to becoming a world champion driving a massively powerful 8-litre prototype. On the way team engineers and managers will give advice and input to guide the player. Empire and Razorworks have just released a new patch for the Total Immersion Racing US edition fixing a few DirectX related issues. Read more for details and download links...

'Rome: Total War' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 1:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rome: Total War is the next generation in epic strategy gaming from the critically acclaimed and award winning Total War brand. The aim of the game is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire with the ultimate goal of being declared as the “Imperator” of Rome. Read more to check out the new screens ...

Strategy First Brings The Tracks Of Germany To North America

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 1:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First, leading worldwide publisher and developer of PC games, is happy to announce they have signed a publishing agreement with German developer German Railroads to bring two new add-ons for Microsoft Train Simulator to the North American market.

'Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 12:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown is based on Cinemaware’s hit game Defender of the Crown, first released in 1986 on the Commodore Amiga and subsequently to a variety of platforms where sold over 1,000,000 units worldwide. Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown is a re-imagining of the beloved classic, with a deep storyline, a rich cast of characters, and the same commitment to stunning graphics and unique, varied gameplay that first made Cinemaware famous. Check the new batch of screens ...

'Steam' - Beta 2.0 Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 12:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Steam Beta 2.0 begins today at 3 pm Pacific. The beta is open to the public, anyone can join by downloading and running the 4MB install applet. For the first few days, this beta will include the coming versions of Counter-Strike (v1.6) and Team Fortress Classic. Further updates to these games, as well as additional content, will be made available to participants throughout the beta. Read more for links where to download... UPDATE : Seems the demand was/is overwhelming and they have temp. suspended the streaming...

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 11:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

To further promote their upcoming action/stealth title IGI 2: Covert Strike, Codemasters has just released a new trailer showing off some graphical bliss of what to expect in the full product. The Scope video showcases IGI 2: Covert Strike's incredible visuals, with detailed internal locations and massive outdoor environments with vistas rendered as far as the eye can see. Read more for download links and check it out!

Koch Media Signs 'WWII: Frontline Command'

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 10:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bitmap Brothers' upcoming RTS title WWII: Frontline Command has found a new publisher. The game was originally scheduled to be published by Codemasters, but last year, they suddenly dropped the product without a specific reason. WWII: Frontline Command will now be published in Europe by Koch Media this May. No North American date (or publisher) has yet been assigned.

'Downtown Run' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 10:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft seems to be working on a Midtown Madness type game for the Nintendo Gamecube. Not much info is available apart for these 10 new screens. Check out them out!

'Eve Online: The Second Genesis' - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 9:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EVE ONLINE is a new breed of computer game. Played online with thousands of other players, EVE draws people into what is essentially an alternate universe set some time far in the future in a place one can only dream of. SSI and CCP have just released a 2 min in-game action trailer showing off the plans and intentions of an ambitious player in the world of EVE. Read more for links to check it out!

Konami's 2003 Lineup

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 8:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. announced 16 new titles for 2003, including all-new versions of blockbuster franchises such as Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, Gradius, Silent Hill, Winning Eleven, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Zone of the Enders. Focusing on powerful brands, Konami's broad 2003 lineup includes titles for all genres, age groups and skill levels. Brand new games that are scheduled to debut in 2003 include Casino Manager (working title), Cy Girls, K1 World Grand Prix, McFarlane's Monsters, Ninja Five-O, and Street Kings (working title). Read more for details ...

'Silent Hill 3' Bundled With Original Music Soundtrack

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 8:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. announced that Silent Hill 3, the highly-anticipated new release in the blockbuster horror series, will ship with a 70-minute music soundtrack. Composed, performed and edited by the game's producer, Akira Yamaoka at Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, the soundtrack features the game's distinctive musical score as well as four exclusive vocal tracks.

Conversions And Licenses

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 7:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Need one doing? The chaps behind Prisoner of War reckon they've got just the thing... Wide Games, the ambitious developer of the best-selling PS2, Xbox and PC smash, Prisoner of War, today announces a move into licensed products and conversions. Building on the success of POW - the only unlicensed, non-sequel game in the top ten last summer, Wide Games has recently completed a GameCube conversion, and is now working an Xbox/PC port for a major US publisher.

WANADOO 2003 Lineup

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 7:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WANADOO EDITION produces, publishes and distributes video games for consoles, PC and the Internet. Wanadoo Edition's development strategy centers around three key points: to design original video games for all software platforms, to publish games of all major genres (notably action, adventure, sport, race, strategy and MMG) and to distribute worldwide... Today we received their 2003 lineup, check it out below!

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - SP Demo Available NOW

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 7:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With just under one month to go until the February 14th launch of IGI 2: Covert Strike, gamers can today experience covert action IGI style with launch of the single-player demo of Codemasters’ stunning stealth-based shooter. This standalone PC demo is now available for download.. Read more for download links and also a all-new IGI 2 video entitled “Scope”.

'Disney Princesses' Announced For Game Boy Advance

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 7:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that Disney Princesses for Game Boy Advance is currently in development and is scheduled to release in Spring 2003. The game is based on the Disney Princess characters in Disney's animated classic films "Cinderella," "The Little Mermaid," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Sleeping Beauty," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin."

EA Ships 'The Sims' For PlayStation 2

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 4:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system has shipped. Players will be able to create and control their Sims like never before with all new level-based game play, two-player modes, and dynamic 3D graphics.

'GLADIUS' (NGC/PS2/XB) - Screens

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 4:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

At the heart of Gladius is a unique mix of dynamic game play that requires players to develop and manage a school of gladiators who, over time, gain experience, learn new skills, improve their abilities and finally test their might in epic battles. Players fight with deadly weapons and powerful magic, learn vital combat tactics, and enhance and customize characters... Check out six new shots!

PlayStation 2 Shipments Reach 50 Million

by Thomas on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 4:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, the Tokyo based parent of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that cumulative world-wide factory shipments of the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system had reached 50 million units.

'Resident Evil Online' - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 1:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resident Evil Online is set in Raccoon City and seems to feature gameplay typical of the series, but it will allow up to four players play together at once. There are eight characters -- including a police officer, plumber, journalist, and surgeon -- each with his or her own skills. Cooperation is a big part of the online game's design. Player characters can interact by exchanging weapons, helping another player get up, or by providing a steady shoulder for a wounded character to lean on. However, players can't always rely on the security of a group and may start a scenario separated from each other. There are also nonplayer characters in the game that players can talk to for information, including those characters that weren't selected by players. Read more to check out the trailer ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 12:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PC Preview - 'Runaway: A Road Adventure'

by Patrick on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 12:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Runaway: A Road Adventure follows Brian, a student on the verge of graduating from college, is suddenly and mysteriously attacked by Mafia gangsters. During his desperate flight, in the company of a mysterious striptease dancer, he ends up meeting a wide range of unusual characters. But he has to figure out who's trying to help him or kill him. The player will have to be very ingenious to figure it out who's his friend or foe in this explosive mixture of murder, money, ambition, rituals and deception...a whole lot of deception.