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'Superpower 2' - Developer Diary

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 11:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GolemLabs has posted its first developer diary of six on its official website today, detailing the development of its upcoming real-world strategy game SuperPower 2. DreamCatcher Games will publish the title in late 2004. The sequel to SuperPower is, like its predecessor, a global geopolitical simulation game that gives gamers the power to control four aspects of a chosen country: politics, economy, military and demography. Compared to the original game, however, SuperPower 2 has been improved with new gameplay, 3D graphics and an incredibly smart A.I.

'IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles' - Dedicated Win32 Server

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 5:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

UbiSoft has now also released the dedicated Win32 server for 1C Maddox's WW II flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik: the Forgotten Battles to synchronize it with yesterdays v1.21 client patch. Read more for download links ...

'Halo: Combat Evolved' - Update Patch Coming

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 5:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gearbox has revealed that they are working on yet another patch for their PC port of Halo: Combat Evolved. The v1.03 update patch is expected to be released early next week and will add several new features (anti team killing, increased network performance, etc.) as well as various game fixes and dedicated server updates. Read more for a detailed fix list.

'Unreal 2 Expanded Multiplayer' - Demo Tomorrow

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 4:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Right after the Unreal II SE announcement, Atari now also revealed that a demo version of Unreal 2 Expanded Multiplayer a.k.a. XMP, will be released tomorrow. The demo will not require a copy of Unreal 2 to try out and will feature one map entitled XMP-Garden. The full version of XMP, which is included with Unreal 2: Special Edition, will be a free download for existing owners of Unreal 2, and is absolutely brilliant (thanks Andy). Stay tuned for we WILL have it on our fileservers of course ..

'Mercedes Benz World Racing' - Update Patch & Add-on

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 4:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TDK has released a new patch for Synetic's racing game World Racing. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.4.4 and adresses some control issues, fixes bugs and some sound improvements. This patch also allows you to download new cars and the first one "slipstream" is already included (thanks 4Players.de). Read more for details and download links ...

'Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition' Coming Next Week

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

Atari is expanding the gameplay of Unreal II: The Awakening this December with Unreal II: The Awakening ­ Special Edition for the personal computer. The Special Edition package will include the original single-player campaign, first released in February 2003, as well as an all-new multiplayer experience called XMP, or “Expanded Multiplayer.” Developed by Legend Entertainment (an Atari studio) in conjunction with Epic Games, Unreal II: The Awakening is the follow-up to Epic Games’ 1998 smash hit Unreal and incorporates the same story-driven gameplay, cunningly ferocious enemies and nail-biting tension that made the original title a best seller.

'The Elemental' - Alpha Mod Available NOW

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

The Elemental is a total conversion of Gas Powered Games Dungeon Siege. Elemental is set in an alternate mythical version of ancient Judea that is gritty, mean, and profane. In a world full of Romans, thieves, and monsters the only real way to describe the Elemental experience is with one word, Biblepunk (thanks Jason). Read more for details and download links ...

'Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 3:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari, Inc. has announced that the sequel to last year's hugely successful Dragon Ball Z: Budokai game has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 for the PlayStation2, takes the best-selling fighting game of 2002 and 2003 (through October)*, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, and transforms it into a heart-pounding new way to immerse fans in a quest to recover the seven Dragon Balls and the battles between good and evil that define the DBZ world.

'World Series Baseball 2K' Now Known As 'ESPN Major League Baseball'

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 3:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

ESPN Videogames has announced its newest sports title set to debut in Spring 2004 - ESPN Major League Baseball. Formerly known as the "World Series Baseball 2K" series, ESPN Major League Baseball will deliver the exhilarating drama and heart-pounding action of the "Major Leagues." ESPN Videogames is proud to announce that New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will be the official spokesperson and cover athlete for ESPN Major League Baseball. Providing players with the complete ESPN experience, ESPN Major League Baseball will feature two stalwart ESPN baseball veterans: Jon Miller and Karl Ravech. Miller, who is set to begin his 15th season on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, will handle the play-by-play duties on the virtual diamond, while Ravech, the host of ESPN's Baseball Tonight, will provide the in-studio analysis. Read more for details & screens ...

'Coliseum' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 2:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games and Stormcloud Creations has released an updated for the upcoming fantasy gladiatorial management sim, Coliseum. The demo gives players an enormous taste of what to expect in the full title to be released later this month. This v1.01 fixes a few bugs but also adds or modifies many features and addresses some perceived balance issues. Read more for download links ...

'I of the Enemy' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 2:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enemy Technology has released a demo for their upcoming sci-fi RTS game I of the Enemy, featuring 2 extra missions (a total of 5) from the first campaign. I Of the Enemy is a "science fiction, real-time strategy war game in the genre of Command & Conquer and Warcraft and will blast its way onto the retail scene in a simultaneous launch across all territories across the world in Spring 2004." Read more for download links ...

'One Must Fall: Battlegrounds' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 1:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Diversions Entertainment today announced that One Must Fall: Battlegrounds, the long-anticipated online action fighter for the PC, has gone gold. One Must Fall: Battlegrounds offers players a fun and engrossing single-player tournament campaign experience complemented by a comprehensive online multiplayer mode, offering players the opportunity to match their fighting skills against up to 15 other players at once!

'The Sims Bustin' Out' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 1:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get your Sims off the couch and out of the house! The Sims Bustin' Out for PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube has gone gold and is scheduled for release on December 16, 2003, just in time for the holidays. Read more for details & some new screens ...

Eidos Brings 'R-Type Final' (PS2) To North America

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 12:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos today announced its Fresh Games line will bring R-TYPE FINAL, the newest iteration of the classic R-TYPE franchise, to North America for the PlayStation2 this Winter.

'IGN' And 'GameSpy' to Merge

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 11:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

IGN Entertainment and GameSpy Industries, on Thursday said they will merge to create a company offering gaming news, information, downloads, data services and community features. San Francisco-based IGN and Irvine, California-based GameSpy, both of which are privately held, said the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2004. IGN Chief Executive Mark Jung will be CEO of the combined company, and GameSpy Chairman Mark Surfas will be chief strategy officer. Both the IGN.com and GameSpy.com brands are expected to be retained after the deal closes, the two sides said in a statement.

Running With Scissors & Tri Synergy in Ménage à Trois

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 11:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Running With Scissors, the pugnacious publisher and developer of POSTAL 2: Share The Pain, proclaimed that the contractual blood tests were back and that they could now safely hook-up with the morally casual distribution demons at Tri Synergy, Inc., the videogame co-publishing company that will be handling sales services for Running With Scissors in North America.

'Syberia 2 - Demo No Longer Available

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A beta demo (the same version that was shown at E3 a few months back) for Benoit Sokal's Syberia 2 has been released allowing you to check out a small part of Microids upcoming adventure game (thanks multiplayer.it / HomeLAN).

UPDATE : Microids contacted WP to inform us that this demo is not suitable for public release, thus we have removed the download link...

'Curse: The Eye of Isis' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 10:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced that it has shipped Curse: The Eye of Isis on the Xbox and PC in North America. Curse: The Eye of Isis centers on Darien Dane and his assistant, Victoria Sutton as they investigate the disappearance of an ancient sacred Egyptian statue. Protected by an evil curse, the curse causes madness (or violent death) to those who come in contact with it. Darien must battle hordes of zombies and evil mummies to find this statue and return it to its pyramid home before total carnage ensues.

'Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 10:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced that it has shipped Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon in North America on Xbox. Many have touted this new adventure game as a true epic, and a game that is likely to change the face of adventure gaming as we know it. The series itself has drawn critical acclaim from hard-core and adventure gamers alike for many years. With its revolutionary interface, strong story-line and superb graphics, the game is turning a few heads!

'I-Ninja' (NGC/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 10:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that I-Ninja, the company’s action adventure character-based game, has begun shipping to retail outlets nationwide for the GameCube and the Xbox. The game, also currently available for the PlayStation2, is rated T for Teen and carries an MSRP of $49.99. Consumers purchasing Nintendo GameCube versions of I-Ninja may also receive a free copy of Pac-Man vs., the new multiplayer game exclusively for Nintendo GameCube with connectivity to Game Boy Advance.

'Breed' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Breed is a cutting-edge science-fiction shoot-em up, which skillfully blends addictive, accessible, free-roaming gameplay with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to expand not only the gameplay potential, but also the player's perceived freedom within the game world. Utilising both first- and third-person viewpoints, players can freely take control of a variety of units and vehicles – from standard ground troops to APCs and Dropships – to do battle with The Breed, both in orbit and on the Earth's surface. The objective is simple: Halt the invasion of The Breed and stop the destruction of mankind. Check these 8 new screens ...

'Codename: Panzers' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stormregion, who have previously developed highly acclaimed S.W.I.N.E., made massive tanks a crucial element in this tactical combat action title set in World War II. Russian, German and Allied troops fight in three campaigns and more than 30 breath taking single player missions. Over a hundred authentic 3D vehicles are at disposal as well as a wide range of ground troops. Check these new screens...

'Airline 69: Return to Casablanca' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

German developer Interactive Strip has released the promised demo for Airline 69: Back To Casablanca. After their last erotic trip in Wet: The Sexy Empire, distributed by CDV, they are now selfpublishing "Airline 69: Return to Casablanca" under Redfire Software. Featuring Penthouse model Sasha Woman this erotic/comic style game, tons of exotic locations & adventures. Read more for download links ... Beware : Adult content.

'Colin McRae Rally 04' Coming To The PC - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Colin McRae Rally 04, the defining moment for rally gaming and already a massive console success, is coming to PC in March 2004 complete with exhilarating LAN and online racing. For Colin McRae Rally 04, the gear?grinding action is more intense than ever as the series' superb car handling combines with new championships, custom rallies, new single and multiplayer gaming modes, and unique car part testing challenges to win advanced technology for your car. Read more for details and screens ...

Bitmap Brothers Working on Namco's Kill.Switch

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

kill.switch promises an intense combat experience by combining highly explosive firepower with realistic cover tactics. The game's lethal combination of Blindfire gunplay allows frontal assaults against enemies without exposing the player to counter fire. Powered by the game's Offensive Cover System, kill.switch sets a new standard in the action shooter genre by demanding the use of realistic cover tactics while requiring players to take advantage of their surroundings. Throughout the course of action, players must skilfully manage their environments while quickly adjusting on the fly through six action-packed combat missions spanning 18 different levels.

'Breed' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 9:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Breed' is the first project to be developed utilizing the 'Mercury' engine. Breed is an action based game set both in Earth orbit and on its surface. From the orbiting USC Darwin the player launches attacks against the Breed, the aggressive biomechanical race infesting Earth. The demo features one mission where one of your USC units is under heavy fire from the BREED. They desperately need support against the overpowering enemy. Read more for download links ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 3:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Street Legal Racing: Redline' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision Value has released a new patch for Invictus' action/racing game Street Legal Racing: Redline. This update brings your retail game to v2.1.8 (they skipped the "unlucky" v2.1.7) and fixes R.o.C. problem and the handling should now be much improved. Read more for download links ...

Matrix Games Signs Deal with Adanac Command Studies

by Glucos on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 2:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games and Adanac Command Studies are pleased to announce that a publishing agreement has been reached for the entire line of Adanac games, including Campaigns of La Grande Armee Series and the upcoming World War I, Imperial Ambition and The Road from Sumter to Appomattox IV. Adanac Command Studies is a one man shop, showcasing the dedication and attention to detail of renowned designer Frank Hunter, known for his past work on The Road from Sumter to Appomattox and American Civil War. The Campaigns of La Grande Armee series has received excellent reviews and a great deal of excitement has been building about new titles in development.

Gamecube Review - 'Mario Kart: Double Dash'

by Glucos on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 2:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The Mushroom Kingdom just got a whole lot more hectic as Mario and company double up for furious kart racing, but this time they're driving two-seaters! Pick a partner and race through wild courses as you compete in tough circuits or duke it out with power-ups and items in battle arenas. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Conspiracies'

by ToAstA on Dec. 4, 2003 @ 1:39 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

"Conspiracies" thrusts the player into the dark underworld of Nick Delios, a betrayed, jilted, and down on his luck student specializing in medical software who, after a spree of boozing and gambling, needs cash and needs it quick. When a police investigator and old friend offers Nick money to unofficially help solve this murder, Nick agrees, not knowing the depth of intrigue and twists lying ahead. Read more for the full review ...