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'Live For Speed' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 8:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LFS Team does not stop updating their game, nor their demo. They have released an updated demo for their racing sim Live For Speed. This version is up to date with the latest v0.3E patch for the retail game and lets you try out the XF GTI and XR GT on the Blackwood circuit single & multi-player). Read more for download links ...

'Railroad Tycoon 3' - Bonus Map Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 7:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Take Two has released a bonus map for PopTop Software's 3D business management strategy game Railroad Tycoon 3. This single-player map is for the Eastern China region, after a period of civil unrest, the People's Republic of China takes power under the leadership of Mao Zedong. The future of China's economy now depends on revitalizing a mostly ignored railroad system in China's heartland. Read more for download links....

'Riding Spirits II' (PS2) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 4:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom Europe today confirmed it will be publishing Riding Spirits II for the PlayStation2. Developed by Spike, this highly realistic motorcycle simulation, is scheduled for release this coming March. Riding Spirits II builds on the success of the original title adding more bikes, tracks and gameplay modes to deliver the PlayStation 2’s most comprehensive road bike racer. Read more for details and screens ...

'Middle-Earth Online' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 4:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From the far corners of Middle-earth, new adventures come forth to face the growing evil in the East. The forces of Mordor are mobilizing as the Nazgül hunt for the One Ring. The land itself is in peril and its fate lies in the hands of those who possess it. Adventuring alone or in groups, join thousands of players online in the massive world that is Middle-earth. Support the forces of good in an epic struggle to drive back the forces of Sauron. This is Middle-Earth Online, your home in the world of Tolkien. Read more to check some screens ...

'Ghost Master' - Bonus Scenario Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire Interactive has released a "working" (you may have seen a version yesterday, which did not work) bonus scenario for Sick Puppies 3D spooky strategy Ghost Master. This "Class of Spook 'Em High" freeby is only suitable for the UK version and features "Never-before-seen, this scenario includes THE final showdown and gives you a more conclusive ending to Ghost Master. Can you give your haunters eternal peace?" (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Encore Brings 'Sacred' To North America

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 3:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore today announced that it has signed a new, exclusive North American agreement with UK-based Ascaron Entertainment UK Ltd. to publish Sacred, a fantasy action role-playing game for the PC. This agreement follows one signed by both companies this summer to publish Pirate Hunter and Patrician III, both of which shipped this fall. Read more for details ...

'SimCity 4' Spreads Holiday Cheer

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 12:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Spread holiday cheer in Electronic Arts/Maxis' SimCity 4 for the PC this December. Just in time for this season’s festivities, players can download a replica of New York’s magnificent Rockefeller Center and the famous Christmas tree that adorns its plaza. The download is available now for product-registered users at www.simcity.com.

'Fight Club' (PS2/Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 11:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The second rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. However, gamers will surely be talking, as Vivendi Universal Games announced today the development of Fight Club for the PlayStation2 and the Xbox. Due out in late 2004, Fight Club, developed by Genuine Games, is set to deliver an intense experience that will combine the characters, settings, artistic style, and story elements from the movie with a realistic fighting system that will appeal to both hardcore and casual gamers. Read more for details and the first screens ...

'Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Leisure Suit Larry videogame franchise began in 1987 with The Land of the Lounge Lizards, the first of seven games in the series. Since then, the Leisure Suit Larry games have sold more than 35 millions of units worldwide and its games are considered collector items. Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is scheduled for release on next-generation consoles and the PC in late 2004. Read more for 30 or so new screens ...

Got Game Signs 'Alida' - Fact & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 11:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Got Game Entertainment today announced a North American publishing deal for "Alida", an atmospheric graphical adventure game for Mac/PC. The enveloping story of a missing musician unfolds on a deserted island theme park. Mac version is expected Q1 2004 and the PC version of the game is expected later in 2004. Read more for details & screens ...

'Pirates of the Burning Sea' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 10:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pirates is broadband only, with high-end hardware specifications for graphics -- a GeForce 3 or better is required in at least a 1GHz machine, and the game is optimized for the latest DirectX 9.0-class cards. Pirates is being published on-line directly to gamers using Valve's new Steam technology, the same delivery system used by Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike 2. Check out the new seaworthy screens ...

'Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller' - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 10:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Early this year Sega revealed the next installment in the Crazy Taxi franchise, but only for Xbox. Today the first details emerged about an upcoming PC version, to be published by Empire Int. The king of crazy driving games is back and taking to the streets of Glitter Oasis with new cars, new drivers and new thrills. Whether it's making crazy money, conquering the new batch of mini-game challenges or trying out new tricks in the completely overhauled West Coast and Small Apple levels, "Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller" guarantees the best odds to beat the house. Read more for details and screens ...

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' is being developed as a multiplatform title and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2004. The game will bring back more of the single-player intrigue that made the original game a bestseller. With exciting new action scenes and a strong cinematic feel, the player will experience new and even more realistic surroundings. Building on Ubi Soft's strong commitment to online gaming, Pandora Tomorrow will the be the first stealth game ever to feature multiplayer online missions allowing several players to simultaneously share Sam Fisher's shadowy world of espionage. Read more for some new screens...

'Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge' (Xbox) Gets Downloadable Content

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 9:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Flying aces rejoice! Microsoft Game Studios today announced that new content for Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, the smash-hit action game of the holidays, is now available for download via Xbox Live and from the official site. The free content includes the brand-new Fury plane, the Caverns multiplayer map and a Windows Media Player skin.

'Railroad Tycoon 3' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take-Two Interactive has released another patch for PopTop Software's 3D management strategy Railroad Tycoon 3. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.03 (suitable for all language versions) and addresses various gameplay and balance tweaks, new interface features, various multiplayer/editor bugs & fixes, etc. Read more for detailed fixl ist & download links ...

Turbine Buys Back 'Asheron's Call' License

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell the massively multiplayer online gaming franchise "Asheron's Call" back to the games' creator, Turbine Entertainment Software Corporation. The franchise transfer includes all "Asheron's Call" intellectual properties, including "Asheron's Call," "Asheron's Call: Dark Majesty" and "Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings."

SOE Announces 'Everquest: Gates of Discord' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced Gates of Discord, a new expansion for the incredibly popular PC Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), EverQuest. This expansion will offer exploration of a newly discovered continent; a new class (the Berserker) and Alternate Advancement Abilities that will offer new and unique skills to master. Gates of Discord will be available February 2004 at retail outlets such as Electronics Boutique, Best Buy and Gamestop, and as a secure digital download from SOE. The retail version of Gates of Discord will also come with a unique in-box gift and special in-game magic item. By purchasing the retail version of Gates of Discord, players will be able to claim the in- game item.

'Counter-Strike: Condition Zero' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 3:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Launching the next generation of solo play and online combat, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is imminent. The #1 online action game of all time goes single-player with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. A stand-alone product, Condition Zero is the comprehensive successor to the 2000 Multiplayer Game of the Year. Condition Zero completely replaces the current Counter-Strike, and combines six story-driven episodes, three different single player modes and multiplayer enhancements to drive the future of Counter-Strike gamers everywhere.

'WarBirds 3' Comes To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 3:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WarBirds gives players the chance to jump into the cockpit of the most famous aircraft of WW2. Master the controls and prepare yourself for some grippingly realistic air combat. Version 3 of WarBirds, the thrillingly realistic online flight simulator, has just taken off over Europe. Get ready and try out WarBirds for free at www.warbirdseurope.com! Read more for details and screens ....

'Way of the Samurai 2' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 2:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Way of the Samurai 2 takes place at the end of the Edo period in 19th Century feudal Japan and is set in a town called Amahara, located on the island of Dejima. The citizens of Amahara once lived in peace and harmony, but as policy shifted within the powerful Magistrate’s office, they have found themselves the victims of extreme justice. Read more for details and screens ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox Review - 'Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds'

by Agustin on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 2:32 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Just as in the "Magic" card game, in "Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds" players will choose a duelist and up to two of "Magic's" five colors -- red, green, white, blue, and black -- to attempt to reduce their opponent's life to zero. Of course, getting an opponent to zero will not be easy; players will have to utilize lightning reflexes, strategic brilliance and, on occasion, raw power to overcome an enemy. Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Review - 'Beyond Good & Evil'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Dec. 17, 2003 @ 2:16 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Armed with her camera, aikido staff, and resolute investigative skills, Jade sets out to expose the dark secrets behind these alien invasions and to liberate the minds of her deceived people. Pushed to the very edge of her physical and spiritual will, she soon discovers that even these limits are not what they seem … Her quest for the truth knows no bounds. Read more for the full review ...