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'LotR: The Battle for Middle-earth' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Battle for Middle-earth utilizes the Generals game engine, and in the game players can select from the different "good" or "evil" campaigns, where they will be given the freedom to command a variety of major armies from the films, each with their own distinct strengths and weaknesses. Prepare for war by creating offensive and defensive strategies set in the memorable battle locations taken straight from the big screen. The Battle for Middle-earth RTS game will utilize the digital assets created for the films and will feature exclusive voiceover from the real actors as well as actual movie footage from the three films.

'Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough' Tournaments

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

November 1st, test your five-player team’s mettle as you strategically battle your way through the Gamers Open North American Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough Online Divisional! Prizes for the series of tournaments are worth over $5,000, so prepare your troops for heavy fighting in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, all from the ease of an iGames game center. The Gamers Open Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Breakthrough Championship season is sponsored by EA, Antec, Biostar, Sapphire, and game servers provided by Game Daemons.

'Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde' (PS2/Xbox/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde, players battle their way through the war-torn land of Ogriss, a world ruled by goblins. Spawned by the mighty wizard Fraziel, the goblins have fallen under a corrupt influence that now threatens the balance of power. Advancing through dark subterranean caves, lush woodland cities and towering storm-swept castles; the player wages war with an army of specialized goblin warriors and fearsome monsters to prevent the ultimate destruction of Ogriss. Read more to check out no less than 100 screens ...

Age of Mythology & AoM: The Titans - Update Patch AVailable NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 8:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ensemble Studios has released a new patch for their 3D RTS AoM (v1.08), as well as The Titans expansion pack (v1.01). No specific details are available for The Titans patch but the AoM version adresses some multiplayer issues and recording feature (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'OMF: Battlegrounds' Goes On Tour

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 8:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Diversions Publishing, publisher of One Must Fall: Battlegrounds (Q4 2003), an upcoming Multiplayer fighter for the PC, is proud to announce that One Must Fall will be featured in tournaments at the Xcelerator Gaming LAN and Tournament in Washington DC, November 7-9 2003, and in a tournament at the ATI Cyber X Games at CES, January 8-11, 2004. Read more for details ...

'Rogue Ops' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 8:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Rogue Ops, Kemco exposes the underground world of anti-terrorist operatives. Rocked from normality by an explosion that claimed her daughter and husband, ex-Green Beret Nikki Connors exploits her new role as leading lady to further her personal quest for vengeance. Read more for a big batch of screens ...

'Ghosthunter' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 7:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Inspired by the cinematic styling of classic horror films, Ghosthunter combines high production values with solid gameplay, drawing players into a macabre, supernatural universe packed with stealth, exploration and all-out action. Read more to check a batch of new screens ...

'Contract J.A.C.K.' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 5:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Contract Jack is a standalone action experience focused on giving PC action gamers what they want: More action, less stealth, and more robust multiplayer gameplay. Developed by one of the industry's elite developers, Monolith Productions, Contract Jack showcases the award-winning storytelling of Monolith in a new singleplayer campaign, and adds new multiplayer content as well as a suite of mod-making tools. The multiplayer portion of Contract J.A.C.K. consists of four different gameplay modes, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Doomsday, and Demolition. This demo includes 2 levels that can be used to play three of these modes with up to 16 total players.

'Universal Combat' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 4:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Universal Combat brings the greatest components of war together in a single game. Conceived in late 2001 as Battlecruiser Generations, the fifth in the Battlecruiser series, the game has grown into much more than a massive space simulation. Universal Combat is due to be distributed by Mindscape in the UK in November 2003. Unfortunately due to time constraints and a looming Gold date, plans for the demo have been put on hold. Once the game goes Gold this Thanksgiving holidays, work will resume on the demo. Expect it around the end of November. In the meantime, check the new screens ..

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Seamlessly combining role playing with intense first-person action combat, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines allows players to become a dangerous creature of the night as they assume the role of a recently embraced fledgling vampire in the service of the city's dark prince. Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines is being developed by Troika Games, whose founding members' credits include the award-winning Fallout, and is based on White Wolf's renowned pen-and-paper Vampire: The Masquerade RPG series. Built using Valve's Source Technology - the same game technology used to power Half-Life 2.

'Homeworld 2' - Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 3:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games has released the modification tools for Homeworld 2, the sequel to 1999's award-winning, space-based real-time strategy game. Amateur and professional game designers alike can use these powerful modification tools to create their own ships, levels, single-player campaigns, and multiplayer game modes. These are the same tools used by the game's developer, Relic Entertainment, to create the content for Homeworld 2. Detailed documentation has been included with the tools to ensure ease of use, regardless of experience or skill level. A copy of Homeworld 2 is required to use any content created with the modification tools. Read more for details & download links ...

'Contract Jack' Goes Gold & Public Demo Coming

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 2:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Contract Jack is a standalone action experience focused on giving PC action gamers what they want: More action, less stealth, and more robust multiplayer gameplay. Developed by one of the industry's elite developers, Monolith Productions, Contract Jack showcases the award-winning storytelling of Monolith in a new singleplayer campaign, and adds new multiplayer content as well as a suite of mod-making tools. Sierra just send word that Contract Jack has gone gold and can be expected in stores Tuesday, November 11th as planned. The note also mentions the release of a public demo on November 6th, which of course we will have mirror'd on our file servers.

'Chrome' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 1:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Chrome is a TPP/FPP tactical shooter taking place on newly colonized planets of a distant star system. The player takes the role of an Interstellar bounty-hunter, who performs various missions challenging both reflex and tactical skills. Strategy First has released a multiplayer demo for Techland's sci-fi shooter Chrome (thanks Gamespot). This demo features 2 maps (Battledust2 and Solient) and 2 multiplayer modes (Assault and Capture the Flag). Read more for download links ...

True Crime: Streets Of L.A. (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Soundtrack

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Over 80 tracks including 50 all original west coast hip hop performances and an eclectic collection of tunes ranging from, funk, rap, metal, rock, alt metal and Spanish rock fuel Activision, Inc.'s highly anticipated True Crime: Streets of L.A. The upcoming mission-based driving and action game, which is scheduled to ship to retail outlets worldwide on November 4, 2003, will be available on the PlayStation2, the Xbox and GameCube. The game has been rated "M" ("Mature" - Blood and Gore, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language and Violence) by the ESRB.

'Dungeon Siege' Goes Hollywood

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 10:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vierte Boll Kino Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG (Boll KG) and Gas Powered Games have joined forces to bring the popular action/fantasy video game “Dungeon Siege” to the silver screen. Boll KG, the production company responsible for several film adaptations of video games including “BloodRayne,” “Alone in the Dark” and “House of the Dead,” recently purchased the theatrical and merchandise rights for “Dungeon Siege.” Read more for details ...

'Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines' - Website Goes Live

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 10:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

This Halloween...before taking to the streets to prey on innocent candy-loving party-go'ers, denizens of the underworld should first check out the official Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines website from Activision, Inc. for some truly scary inspiration. To officially inaugurate the day, fans can delve into the dark and sacred world of the vampire at the official 'Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines' website.

'C&C Generals: Zero Hour' - 'Forgotten Forest' Bonus Map

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 10:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts is proud to present you with another FREE map for Generals/Zero Hour. Beware… enter the Forgotten Forest at your own risk…for you may never return! Graveyards, crypts and spooks inhabit this 2 player map brought straight to you from the ghouls & goblins on the C&C Generals team. Please have a hideously Happy Halloween! Read more for download links ...

'Medal of Honor: Rising Sun' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 10:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Starting on November 11, 2003, players will have the opportunity to step into the boots of a Marine Corporal--survive the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, and drive the Japanese Army from the Pacific as Medal of Honor Rising Sun from Electronic Arts has gone gold. Developed by EALA, Medal of Honor Rising Sun is the latest installment in the award-winning franchise known for its immersive and authentic WWII experience. Medal of Honor Rising Sun will ship nationwide on Tuesday, November 11, under the EA GAMES brand for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, and GameCube.

'SWAT: Global Strike Team' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SWAT: Global Strike Team, a squad-based FPS game for the PlayStation2 and Xbox has shipped to retailers worldwide. The SWAT PC franchise has sold three million units worldwide and this will mark the first time the franchise will be available on the PlayStation2 and Xbox for a suggested retail price of $49.99 with an ESRB “Mature” rating.

'Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising' - Beta Test

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NovaLogic, Inc. announced today that they will shortly begin accepting applications for the closed pre-beta test for the forthcoming multiplayer modern combat game, Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising.The application process for gamers in North America & Canada is being hosted by GameSpot with sign-ups commencing on Monday Nov 3rd 2003.

'Kuma: War' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kuma Reality Games’ Kuma: War brings today’s news of military conflict directly to the PC in a method and style never-before-seen in the world of video games. Supported by true-to-life satellite imagery and authentic military intelligence, Kuma: War provides players with the opportunity to jump from the headlines right into the frontlines of international conflict. Read more for some new screens ....

'Gladiator Sword of Vengeance' (PS2/Xbox) Coming November 4th

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Whoever said “the pen is mightier than the sword” never picked up a controller and played Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.’s, Gladiator Sword of Vengeance. Shipping to retail outlets nationwide on Tuesday, November 4 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Gladiator Sword of Vengeance is an epic adventure set in ancient Rome, where the only justice comes in the form of cold sharp steel.

'Arx Fatalis' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arx Fatalis is a first-person RPG, which plunges players into an amazingly complex fantasy-world of trolls, goblins and ‘Snake-women’. Creating weapons, solving puzzles and completing amazing quests, gamers become heroes as they battle in an evil world. Players will also need to master a unique real-time magic system to cast more than 50 different spells based on 20 different runes. Read more to check a 50 or so new screens ...

'Etherlords II' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and Nival Interactive have released today a Multiplayer demo for Etherlords II, their exciting game that blends role-playing elements and tactical combat in the best traditions of fantasy trading card games. In the Multiplayer demo you will be able to play all modes available in the retail release of Etherlords II. In the demo you must choose between 2 races (Vitals or Chaots) from the 4 races that populate the Etherworld. Each of the races found in the demo is represented by only 2 heroes. The Combat tutorial is included in the demo and we strongly recommend that players begin with it to ease the learning curve. Read more for download links ...

'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 2:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the 1993 award-winning animated movie of the same name, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a ghoulish tale with wicked humor and stunning animation. In this adventure action game, players assume the role of "Jack Skellington" the Pumpkin King and help reclaim Halloweentown from the mischievous Oogie Boogie. Capcom's production of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas will incorporate extraordinary worlds filled with magic and wonder mixed with enchanting and musical elements. Capcom plans to release the game in the fall of 2004. Check the new screens ...

'Animal Planets: The Clan Wars' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 2:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cenega Publishing today announced it has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing and distribution agreement with Mithis Interactive (Hungary) for Animal Planets: The Clan Wars on PC. Animal Planets: The Clan Wars is a humorous cartoon style, mass appeal turn-based tactical and real-time action arcade game, with destructible 3D worlds for PC-CD and multi-player online gaming use. Animal Planets: The Clan Wars is due for release on PC in Q4 2004. Read more for details and screens ...

'Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy' is an enchanting adventure filled with mystery, action and a deep, compelling storyline. The game is set in an entirely original universe that is styled upon ancient Egypt where players will embark on an epic quest exploring new worlds, uncovering dark secrets, interacting with hundreds of fantastic creatures and discovering new abilities. Traveling the world via magic portals to foil the evil plans of Set, players will guide Sphinx on a journey requiring all his wits, agility and special powers in an attempt to find the stolen mystical crowns of Egypt. Read more to check out the new screens ...

'MTX: Mototrax' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Experience the thrill of top speed racing and high flying freestyle action in the most authentic motocross video game to date. Choose from more than a dozen top pro riders and battle it out for first place in fast-paced, realistic racing on a variety of Supercross (indoor) and Motocross (outdoor) levels or take on challenges outside the circuit. Read more for a few new screens ....

'Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Command the world's most elite, multinational squad of counter-terrorist operatives in their latest mission. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Mission Pack 1, Team RAINBOW tracks the desperate remnants of a dangerous terrorist organization into exotic regions of the Mediterranean to prevent their agenda of international anarchy and devastation. Check these new screens....

'Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 1:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment in association with top video game developer Genki Co., Ltd., is offering gamers the opportunity to rev up their engines as they tear up 200 miles of scenic highway in its new racing game, Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3, for the PlayStation2. For players who enjoyed navigating the open roads of Tokyo in Tokyo Xtreme Racer Zero, the game offers realistic drives along the highways of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Check these 40+ screens ...

PC Review - 'Greyhawk: The Temple of Elemental Evil'

by Mark Crump on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 1:38 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

"Greyhawk: The Temple of Elemental Evil" finds adventurers in a fight for their lives as a simple rescue mission uncovers a much more sinister plot with far-reaching implications. As the story unfolds, adventurers will travel the world of Oerth, discover the besieged village of Hommlet, survive the filthy shire of Nulb and ultimately penetrate the ruins of the Temple of Elemental Evil, a beacon of darkness and despair in a world without hope. Read more for the full review ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2003 @ 1:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News