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'IL-2: Forgotten Battles' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 6:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

IL-2: Forgotten Battles is the full-featured sequel to the hugely popular, multi-award winning IL-2: Sturmovik World War II combat flight simulation. Created by 1C Maddox Games, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles adds new maps and missions for both single and multiplayer play, as well as dozens of new World War II aircraft, including the American P-47 "Thunderbolt" and German Ju-87 "Stuka," a new dynamic campaign system, and several other features for almost limitless replayability. A new batch of screens showing off some raw Geforce4 power, various aircrafts and cockpit details ...

'Dungeon Lords' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 6:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Lords is a new breed of epic Fantasy RPG, a unique combination of RPG and Fighter game action in full 3D, featuring a deep storyline shrouded in mystery, surprise, and betrayal. Dungeon Lords is loaded with quests, personal missions, extensive skills and special abilities for customizing your own character hero from a variety of races and multiple class specializations, as you journey through an enchanted land of ancient castles, dark forests, and dungeon lairs braving an army of diabolical foes in real time action packed combat to uncover the secrets lying hidden within the depths of an evolving storyline. Dungeon Lords can be played either single-player stand alone, or in multi-player group sessions.

'American Conquest' Tournament Begins Today - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 2:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV Software today announced that their reenactment of the American Revolution has officially begun, as simulated in their upcoming "American Conquest," a historical real-time strategy title devoted to the quest for the New World. This latest in RTS features a dozen playable nations and beautiful art and animation lauded by GameSpot as "shockingly good and detailed." Read more for some nifty screens ...

'Iron Storm' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 2:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

There is also a new patch for Iron Storm available updating 4X Studios' alternate-history World War I shooter to v1.04. This release now includes the ability to start a dedicated server for the game, as well as optimizing "multiplayer features like the ping, map cycling, etc." Read more for download links ...

Atlus Localizing 'Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 2:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The sensational strategy role-playing game from Japan, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness comes to North America on the PlayStation 2, courtesy of Atlus U.S.A., Inc., the publisher of last year’s award-winning "Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis". Read more for details, screens and more ...

'Freelancer' - Demo

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

There's a new Freelancer Demo on FilePlanet (subscription required), offering a sample of Digital Anvil's upcoming space game exclusively for their paid subscribers. The 154 MB demo "contains the entire first system of the game: The Liberty System of Manhattan. It includes more than a dozen bases, five ships, and great taste of the open-ended nature of Freelancer." The demo's exclusivity is enforced by way of an activation key provided to FP subscribers during the download (thanks Bluesnews).

'Pinobee' (PSOne) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get ready to run, jump and dash your way through nine lush worlds in Pinobee for PSOne. Slated for release in April 2003, families will soon have a chance to enjoy hours of action/platform fun. Created by Grandpa Bee, the game's hero Pinobee is a noble bumblebee who is charged with defending the insect world from the clutches of Vestor and his evil robot army. Players will use a series of dash attacks and power-ups to defeat enemies while the game's comical cast of characters help Pinobee in his epic quest to save the insect world!

'Apex' (Xbox) Races To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Design it. Build it. Race it. Atari shipped APEX, the ultimate racing game for racing enthusiasts, to retail stores nationwide this week exclusively for the Xbox. Developed by Milestone, the creators of the popular Superbike series, APEX takes racing on Xbox to an entirely new level with more than 80 cars to choose from, including models from Toyota, Lotus and Dodge; more than 50 race tracks; numerous environments including mountain courses, city street races and traditional circuits; and, the engaging Dream Mode, which allows players to design, build and race their own dream cars as they attempt to build a racing dynasty.

'Beach Volleyball' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Beach Volleyball brings the excitement of Spring Break to the PlayStation2 taking you to the world’s hottest Spring Break locations to compete in 2-on-2 beach volleyball! Another batch of chicks in skimpy bathing suits jumping around in the sand, what more can you want! Njoy!

'Praetorians' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 11:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Praetorians is an epic 3D strategy game set at the time of Julius Caesar's campaigns to expand the frontier's of the Roman Empire. Taking on the role of a Roman General you are transported back to the deserts of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls and to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy. Eidos has released some more screens today giving us a glimpse at the Epgyptians, they are an intelligent force capable of building up troops fast and executing devastating raids..

'Fire Department' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 11:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Got what it takes to become a hero? In Fire Department, experience what life is really like for fire-fighters. Choose your team, vehicles and equipment! Keep your cool when faced with high-pressure situations… Your reactions, your strategy as well as your capacity to manage a team of firemen are the keys to success. Check out this new batch of sizzling hot screens ...

'Voodoo Islands' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

“Voodoo Islands” is an exciting new game from the developer SPIRIT. Taking the role of a pirate captain, you set forth on the high seas, fighting against evil cannibals, hostile pirates and the omnipresent Conquistadors. Your aim is to control the Caribbean Sea – but these are not calm waters. This is a treacherous sea full of bloodthirsty enemy Pirates, dangerous Voodoo spells and mysterious magical artifacts. Read more to check out a batch of new screens ...

'Harbinger' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Harbinger is a single-player action / RPG set in a fantastic science fiction universe. As one of three distinct character types, players explore the world of Harbinger - journey to the far reaches of space, battle unique foes never before seen in any medium, discover powerful new weapons and alien technologies, and uncover the dark secrets buried within the massive starship's steel walls. A new batch of screens ...

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - Dedicated Server Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 9:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For IGI 2: Covert Strike the acclaimed superb stealth-based first-person shooter action returns, and continues the modern warfare and espionage theme of the original. The covert missions continue the career of David Jones, a former SAS soldier, now working freelance for the secret organisation, codenamed 'IGI'. IGI 2 takes place soon after the events in the previous title, bringing back key characters in a brand new story and new locations across the globe. Now that the game is available in Europe Codemasters have released the dedicated server code so you can run your own IGI2 server. Read more for download links ...

$20,000 For Worldwide American Conquest Tournament

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 8:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV Software Entertainment UK has upped the ante in its virtual War of Independence by doubling the amount on offer to entrants. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors - The Overclocking Store, Pure Digital, Saitek, Gainward and Logitech - the total value of prizes available to players competing in this prestigious online tournament has now topped an astonishing $20,000 - the largest ever offered by CDV to its players.

'Chaser' - Weapon Details & Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 8:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions is proud to announce official details on the highly destructive arsenal of weapons featured in the stunning first-person shoot 'em up, Chaser, the PC game scheduled for a UK release in Q2 2003... Take that! Details of the weapons, that is.

Greatest Hits Title Returns With Sequel Exclusively On PS2

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 6:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of Dark Cloud2, an imaginative, invigorating and vibrant 3D action-adventure, role-playing game (RPG) developed exclusively for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. The follow-up to the successful 2001 release, Dark Cloud 2 features a new character-driven story with two playable characters, an enhanced graphical look utilizing cell-shading technology, the return of the GEORAMA -- the unique ability enabling players to create, build and customize a fully interactive, 3D world, and the introduction of the Invention System which allows players to create an array of items for later use in battle and exploration.

'Empires: Dawn of the Modern World' Announced - Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 6:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision marks a new era in the historical strategy genre with the announcement of Empires: Dawn of the Modern World from acclaimed designer Rick Goodman and Stainless Steel Studios. A real-time strategy game of epic scope and breadth, Empires: Dawn of the Modern World lets players command legendary civilizations as they battle to forge mighty empires during the days of longbows and charging knights to the awesome land, air and sea battles of WWII involving Tiger Tanks, Storm Troopers, Spitfires, and stealthy submarines.

'Shenmue II' For Xbox To Include 'Shenmue The Movie' DVD, Free

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 6:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox, the future-generation video game console that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences, today announced that Xbox owners can get caught up on the journey of Ryo Hazuki to avenge his father's death through the "Shenmue The Movie" DVD. The DVD will come bundled with the Xbox exclusive "Shenmue II" when the game ships in Europe on 21st March. The DVD is 90 minutes long and features English or Japanese voice-overs with the option for Japanese subtitles, and is playable on the Xbox with DVD remote or PAL DVD players.

'Big Strike Bowling' (PSone) - Features & Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 3:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Are you a pin punisher or a gutter lover? Take off your street shoes, buff up your ball, and step into the lanes of Big Strike Bowling. Choose from a horde of unique bowlers and head out on to the craziest alleys ever created.. Five screenshots of whacky character action.

'Gladius' (NGC/PS2/XB) - Artwork

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 3:31 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.

Europe First For 'Silent Hill 3'

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 3:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has announced that Silent Hill 3 - the latest title in the hugely popular horror series - will be released for PlayStation 2 on May 23rd - several weeks before Japanese and US fans can sample its macabre delights.

'MechAssault' Downloadable Content Ready For Action

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft today announced that the first batch of new downloadable content is now available for "MechAssault" via Xbox Live. In this first update, players will find two new multiplayer maps which support all five of the current gametypes and two agile new 'Mechs: Raven and Corvus. The new maps include Hell's Kitchen, a fiery volcanic world; and Stone Cold, a frigid snowy environment. These new items will greatly expand multiplayer play, and this update is available for no additional charge.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'IGI 2 - Covert Strike' Officially Released In Europe

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Michael Rowland Community Liaison Officer @ Codemasters posted up following information in our forum:

Just though I'd let you know that IGI 2 - Covert Strike is officially released in Europe tomorrow, Friday 21st February and on March 4th in the US. Of course we still have the many demos on the Codemasters site so if you are still in doubt, have a bash at them.

Happy gaming

Mike

Kerlin Softworks Image Utilities

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

UIU is a suite of several applications for 3d artists and game developers. Primarily focused on the creation of environments and environmental effects, it's a good tool that's easy to learn. All components come with a help file and quick start guide to get you up and running quickly. It includes the following tools:

Eleblend - Texture blending for terrain
Ripple Rain - Alpha channel rain and water impact ripple animation
Gradient Thief - Multicolor gradients from existing images
UT Screenshot Assistant - Quick image processing for Unreal Tournament 2003
Mosaica - From image to mosaics with matching bump maps

More about it and download here!

GameCube Review - 'Worms Blast'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:18 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The aim of the game is to survive, either longer than your opponent or until one player has reached a set objective. Worms Blast gives us our fifth trip to the Worms universe. You control a team of worms, you square off against opposing worm team(s) - either AI or human-controlled - in a kill-them-before-they-kill-you fight . As always in the series, Worms Blast tests the players thinking, skill, reflexes, forward planning and nerve. Read more for the final verdict!

'Special Forces Pack' In Stores Now!

by Thomas on Feb. 21, 2003 @ 12:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Entertainment software developer and publisher NovaLogic, Inc. is pleased to announce the arrival of the ultimate covert operations compilation – The Special Forces Pack. This exciting three game pack contains two of the best selling titles in the history of the tactical first person genre: Delta Force and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. Combined, these ground breaking franchises have sold more than 10,000,000 units. In addition, the pack also includes the acclaimed title Shadow Force: Razor Unit. The Special Forces Pack is in stores now, SRP $19.99