'World of Warcraft' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. Being "Massively Multiplayer," World of Warcraft allows thousands of players to interact within the same world. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other in epic battles, players will form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with enemies for power and glory. Check these new screens ...

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 10:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced that the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon action/adventure game is now available on the Xbox for a suggest retail price of $19.99. Developed by Genki Co., Ltd. under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products and based on Sony Pictures Classics' Academy Award-winning movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is rated "T-Teen."

'Warrior Kings: Battles' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 10:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First has released a new patch for Black Cactus' 3D RTS Warrior Kings: Battles. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.23 adds enchanced network play, improves framerates, some multiplayer fixes and a few other things. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Kohan: Kings of War' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 7:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Kings Of War immerses players in the world of the Kohan as one of the immortals who lead the fight against an ancient evil that has risen again and is bent on destroying civilization forever. The story unfolds as all-out war plunges the world into chaos. Read more for some new screens ...

'Mission Impossible: Operation Surma' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 6:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infiltrating stores nationwide today, Atari’s Mission: ImpossibleĀ® - Operation Surma brings all the action and intrigue of the Mission: Impossible movie franchise to the PlayStation2, Xbox and the Game Boy Advance. Developed by Atari’s Paradigm Entertainment, Mission: Impossible Ā­ Operation Surma presents players with a true mission impossible as they become IMF agent Ethan Hunt in an effort to stop the diabolical plans of the Surma Corporation.

Microsoft Announces the $25,000 XSN Sports World Championship

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 6:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Think you can steady your nerves to hit a game-deciding free throw with no time left on the clock? How about smash a cross-court backhand winner in the final set of a championship tennis match? Can you hole a 30-foot putt on 18? What about ride the rails on the world’s hottest mountains? Now try it with $25,000 on the line. Welcome to the XSN Sports World Championship, the most competitive and intense online sports tournament in the history of console video games. Read more for details ...

'Unreal 2 XMP' - Full Download Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 6:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised, Atari has released the full version of their Unreal 2: The Awakening XMP addon for free. The Unreal 2 XMP includes 8 maps, 3 vehicles, and 3 character classes. To install, you need the Unreal 2 CDs, but it does not have to be physically installed. Read more for download links ...

'Halo' - Update Patch & Dedicated Server Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft has issued a new patch for Gearbox/Bungie's first person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved. This upgrade brings your retail copy to v1.03 and add several new features (anti team killing, increased network performance, etc.) as well as various game fixes and dedicated server updates. Read more for download links ...

'Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack' In Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enter Tom Clancy's World of Elite Counter-Terror Action as Ubisoft is pleased to announce the release of three spectacular elite counter-terror games in one, Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack! The pack includes critically acclaimed best-sellers: Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, and The Sum of All Fears. Each game puts you in command of elite teams of operatives against dangerous terrorist foes. Use authentic weapons and tactics in missions across the globe, and become freedom's answer to fear. Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack is available now in retail stores and has an MSRP of $19.99.

'The Movies' - Developer Interview & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:11 p.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Take The Movies by storm. Dominate Tinsel town and live out your dreams. Build your own movie studio and make films to capture the world’s imagination. Start filming in the break-neck 1920s and rewrite history as you pioneer the great cinematic advances. Be the first to introduce talkies, colour, animation or computer-generated special effects. The Movies lets you get involved in the details of filmmaking. Pick the scripts you want to shoot, design and construct the sets and hire the director, the crew and the stars. Today Lionhead sent out a brief Q&A with project leader Adrian Moore.

'Chrome' - Big Patch Coming Up

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Techland sends word of plans for a big Chrome patch that will add a bunch of new maps, some new vehicles, and new gameplay modes to their science fiction first-person shooter. Some details : "Having taken into account players’ suggestions, Techland releases their new Update for Chrome. Although it fixes some minor game issues it’s something much more than just a patch" (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for details ...

Rainbow Six 3: Ravenshield - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As mentioned earlier Ubi Soft has released another patch for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.50 and adds an "Operative SDK," enhanced expansion pack support, some Punkbuster fixes, and a handful of other issues. The corresponding dedicated server patch is also available.. Read more for details fix list & download links ...

EA Reveals 'NFL Street' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Soundtrack

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts is very excited to announce the final soundtrack list for its upcoming NFL STREET video game. The music will be a mix of hip hop and rock from some of today's hottest artists, including an all original score by the X-ecutioners. A few of the tracks will be heard in the game prior to their album's release as noted below. Read more for detailed list ...

'Horizons: Empire of Istaria' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari and Artifact Entertainment today announced that Horizons: Empire of Istaria has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Available now for PC, Horizons will allow players to experience online gaming like never before in a massive, ever-changing, online world primed for exploration, brimming with adventure and rife with danger. For the first time in a MMORPG, players will have the opportunity to experience the power and might of ancient dragons as a playable character race. In addition, Humans, fiends, dwarves, elves, gnomes, as well as the cat-like Saris and the reptilian Sslik, round out the first nine playable races available in the game.

'Knights of the Temple' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

You are Paul de Raque, Knight of the Temple, as you set out on a holy crusade across a forbidding, mediaeval Europe to join your order in the Holy Land. Armed with your sword, axe, bow and shield, you must fight with all your strength to complete your journey, for saving the future of the world is your ultimate goal! The core of the game is medieval style fighting with the classical weapons of European knights, coupled with stunning graphics of the historical milieus of the 12th century crusades. Check the new screens ...

'Postal 2: Share the Pain' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised Running With Scissors has released "a sneak peek" of their upcoming Postal 2 multiplayer addon Postal 2: Share the Pain. The demo includes multiplayer gameplay featuring Gary Coleman, Rednecks and, of course, The Postal Dude. The demo features the Ponderous level in Snatch (CTF) mode, as well as Cemetary & Shantytown maps for the Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Grab modes. Read more for download links ...

'King of Fighters 2000/2001' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 10:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SNK NEOGEO USA announced today that The King Of Fighters 2000 and The King Of Fighters 2001 has shipped to retail stores throughout North America in a special combination pack exclusively for the PlayStation2. The King Of Fighters combo pack is available for a special suggested retail price of $39.99.

Climax Already Working On PS3/Xbox2 Title 'Avalon'

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Climax today confirmed that work is well underway on its premiere next generation game. Developed under the codename Avalon, this impressive new game is to be produced at the company's celebrated Brighton Studio and will debut on the eagerly-awaited PlayStation 3 and Xbox 2.

'R: Racing Evolution' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

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

Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that its highly anticipated, intricately detailed, action racing experience, R: Racing Evolution, has begun shipping to retail outlets nationwide. Developed for the PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube, R: Racing Evolution is rated T for Teen and carries an MSRP of $49.95.

'Massive Assault' - Bonus Scenario's

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

Wargaming.net releases 12 new SCENARIOS for its global domination strategy game Massive Assault. These scenarios are coming as extra pack for the game. "We have composed this easy pack to let novice players get involved quicker, while the experienced players will get few extra hours of fun." Read more for download links ...

'Savage Eden' Launches Closed Beta

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

Savage Eden, the Battle for Laghaim, a new role playing game hosted by iEntertainment Network, has launched for Closed Beta play. Closed Beta began December 3rd and will run through December 16, 2003. During this period we will be inviting more players every couple of days to come in and help us explore the worlds of Savage Eden. During the closed beta period we will be implementing changes to the game based on customer feedback. We are still accepting registrations for closed beta testers. Currently over 4000 people have signed up. If you are interested in joining the closed beta team please go to www.savageeden.com today.

'Tribes: Vengeance' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tribes: Vengeance's single-player campaign, gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of other, interrelated stories that are unfolding behind-the-scenes. In addition, gamers are given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Powered by an enhanced version of the Unreal Engine, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects. Check out these new screens ...

'Wartime Command' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wartime Command: Battle For Europe 1939-1945 is the stunning World War II tactical real time strategy game from Russian developers 1C Company in Russia. The game development project has been retitled from Battlefield Command to give it prominence in a cluttered market of similar product brands. Wartime Command will launch for PC in the spring of 2004. Read more for some new tank screens ...

'WhiteDay' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WhiteDay is a fear inducing horror survival game viewed, for the first time ever in this genre, completely from a first person perspective. Unfolding like a movie, the player takes control of a love-sick teenager entering into the local school late at night to return your dream girl's diary, which she lost earlier in the day and to drop off a token of your affection – WhiteDay chocolates. Read more for some weirdo screens ...

'Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition will be Sports Interactive's first non-football game, and is due to be released in late Q1 2004. The game will feature a detailed and realistic game engine with in-depth ice hockey content including numerous leagues, players with detailed statistics and personalities and full management features for trading, drafts and transactions. Read more for some screens ...

'Firestarter' - Updated Demo & Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As was mentioned yesterday GSC Game World has released an updated demo & a patch for yesterday's demo of their sci-fi first-person shooter FireStarter. This small patch addresses some framerate issues as well as enhances the RPG elements of the demo. Read more for download links ...

'Squad Assault: West Front' - Demo & Patch Coming Up

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games is pleased to announce that a demo version of Eric Young's Squad Assault: West Front by Freedom Games has been completed and will be made available online later this week. In the demo for Squad Assault: West Front, you command troops in both the Allied and German Armies of the West Front of World War II in an immersive full 3-D continuous time environment. Two scenarios are included along with online multi-player capability. In addition, this demo is based on the latest version of Squad Assault, which will also be released simultaneously in the form of an update later this week.

'DRIV3R' - Developer Interview

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

DRIV3R is an action-packed driving adventure game that stays true to its roots, incorporating the cinematic gameplay and gritty street crime of its predecessors with ground-breaking graphics and three mammoth, wide-open city environments: Miami, Florida; Nice, France; and Istanbul, Turkey. Today we serve up an interview with Reflections Interactive's Managing and Development Director Martin Edmondson.

'Unreal Tournament 2004' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"Unreal Tournament 2004 is the next evolution of the greatest competitive computer game ever created," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Atari's Los Angeles studio. "The addition of new modes, mods and maps as well as the controllable land-, air- and space-based vehicles, means Unreal fans are getting an entirely new experience featuring devastating vehicular combat and wide scale warfare." Check out some new screens ...

'Maximo vs Army of Zin' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Maximo has defeated a host of ghosts and gone for the glory, but nothing can prepare him for...The Army of Zin! Dormant for centuries, this legion of mechanized mayhem has returned to unleash their undead clockwork fury! The action has never been more furious as Maximo, aided by his dark pal Grim, strikes back with new powerful combo attacks and even more daring moves! From the top of the Crystal Mountains to the depths of the Dead Sea, Maximo must defend the innocent and make new alliances as he seeks to unlock the mystery of the Zin!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GBA Review - 'Frogger's Journey: The Forgotten Relic'

by Agustin on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 1:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Frogger's Journey: The Forgotten Relic begins as players set out to find Frogger's missing Grandfather and unravel the mystery of his sudden disappearance. Leaping through 18 unique environments, players young and old will enjoy the new characters and fun-filled action in The Forgotten Relic. Read more for the full review ...