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'Vietcong' - Screens

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 9:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Acting as an elite soldier, players of “Vietcong” command the A-team, part of the U.S. Special Forces, in realistically represented Vietnamese environments. Players will lead as many as six expertly trained soldiers through 20 dramatic missions, and follow a storyline that captures the danger, fear and unpredictability of the war itself. The full-featured multiplayer mode also allows gamers to play as U.S. Special Forces or Vietcong soldiers and to battle over specially designed levels. Read more for a batch of fresh screens ...

'Neverwinter Nights' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 9:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A week after the dedicated servers, BioWare has now released new client patches for Neverwinter Nights, bringing the English and international editions of their 3D role-playing game in sync at version 1.29. This release includes sound control enhancements, a bunch of game improvements and fixes, a few DM client fixes, and a scripting, server and Aurora Toolset fix each. Read more for details and download links ...

'Sega Rally' (GBA) & 'Aero Elite: Combat Academy' (PS2) Ship To Stores

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 6:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America today announced the release of "SEGA RALLY" for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, marking the first time SEGA's classic Rally Race franchise is available on a handheld video game system. SEGA of America today also announced the release of "Aero Elite: Combat Academy" exclusively for the PlayStation2. Featuring more than 60 of the world's most powerful aircraft, "Aero Elite: Combat Academy" is the most realistic aerial-combat simulation available for PS2.

Unreal Tournament 2003 - Bonus Pack Available NOW

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 2:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In a continuing effort to give back to the fans that have made Unreal Tournament 2003 one of the most popular multiplayer action games of the year, Epic Games and Atari have released the second official - and completely FREE - bonus pack for the game. The downloadable pack includes three new game types, 10 new maps, two new adrenaline combos, new announcer voice options and an in-game music manager. Read more for details and download links ...

'Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner' (PS2) Enters The Store Zone

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 1:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of America announced today that the critically acclaimed Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner (ZOE2) for PS2 has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Developed by Hideo Kojima (the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series) and his award-winning design team, ZOE2 is the follow-up title to the 2001 hit Zone of the Enders. The most intense mech combat game ever, ZOE2 is packed with non-stop action, hundreds of on-screen enemies, exciting new moves, vast environments and a wealth of new weapons.

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - Developer Interview

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land. We now have a interview with UbiSoft producer Yannis Mallat.

PS2 Preview - 'Rayman3 : Hoodlum Havoc'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on March 11, 2003 @ 1:03 p.m. PST | Filed under Previews

He's a hero for the ages, living in a twisted world of mind-numbing madness. Meet Rayman – again, or for the first time – starring in his latest Ubi Soft video game adventure, Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc, which has gamers already a-buzz. This latest installation of the 11 million-plus best-selling hit series features psychedelic 3D worlds, heinous hoodlums and irreverent cast of characters with unbelievable powers. We got our hands on a Playstation 2 build and here is what we had to say ...

CDV's 'Grom' Ships To Retail Stores

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV Software Entertainment today announced that "Grom" for the PC is now available in stores. Set in World War II Tibet, "Grom" is an exhilarating action adventure title packed with hours of thrilling game play. Gamers can test their strategic intellect as they dive into dynamic real-time combat to rid the world of evil.

Konami's 'Winning Eleven 6' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. announced today that World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International (WE6) for the PS2 has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Having sold over 2.4 million units in Europe and Japan since its debut in April 2002, the internationally celebrated WE6 (known as Pro Evolution Soccer in Europe) is poised to up the ante for soccer simulation supremacy in North America.

New 'Darkfall' Site

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 12:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Razorwax are proud to present the new Darkfall site (thanks Tasos).. The new site offers new screenshots, new renderings, an overhauled FAQ, updated key features, updated Human race descriptions with new character models, a new lore section, selected monster descriptions with illustrations and a short team description.

Strategy First Ships 'Uplink: Hacker Elite'

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Publisher Strategy First Inc. and developer Introversion Software announced today that Uplink: Hacker Elite, their one-of-a-kind hacker simulation game, has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

Ubi Soft Releases 'Ghost Recon' Gold Edition

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get ready for the ultimate value in front line realism as Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, announces Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Gold Edition has shipped for the PC.

'Breed' - German Demo Coming End March

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 11:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on Avault that the release date for the (German) demo of Breed - publisher CDV and developer Brat Designs' sci-fi shooter - has been set as the end of March. Visitors to E3 in May will be able to get a good look at the near-complete game before it hits stores in Germany that month. We are still waiting on word when the English demo will be released, but the retail will be shortly after the German version.

'Splinter Cell' (GBA/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 9:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sam Fisher, the shadow agent starring in Console Game of the Year, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, has simultaneously penetrated Nintendo's GameCube and Game Boy Advance game systems. Developed by Ubi Soft Entertainment's Shanghai and Montreal studios respectively, both games will be released on June 5, 2003 in Europe (May 6 in the US). Read more for details and screens for both platform...

'Eve Online' - Fans Start Radio Station & Screens

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 9:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crowd Control Productions (CCP) announced today fans of the highly anticipated Massive Multiplayer Online Game "Eve Online: The Second Genesis" have created an online radio station now on the air 24 hours a day (EVE ONLINE is rated "T" by the ESRB; shipping May 6, 2003). The "Galactic News Network (GNN)" has taken to the airwaves of the Internet playing hot music, group discussions on the world that is Eve, and delivering the latest information on EVE ONLINE through interviews with developers, corporation CEOs and others. Read more for details and a few new screens.

'Frontline Attack: War over Europe' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 9:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Zuxxez Entertainment sends along a new patch for Frontline Attack: War over Europe (a.k.a. World War II: Panzer Claws), bringing the 3D real-time strategy game by In Images to version 1.1.7. This patch unifies all language editions, and primarily applies a handful of multiplayer enhancements and bug fixes, along with balancing and AI improvements and a few other changes (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Disciples II' - Stand-Alone Expansion Packs Announced

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

Strategy First announced today that it is releasing two new stand- alone expansion packs for its award-winning strategy game, Disciples II – Dark Prophecy. Read more for details ...

Let The Siege Begin With 'Castles & Catapults'

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 8:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Immerse yourself in medieval warfare with Castles & Catapults, the PC game in which you destroy your enemy brick by brick. Developed by Magic Lantern Playware and published by Infogrames, Inc., Castles & Catapults ships today and is available for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

'Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis' - Details & Screens

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 6:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A dedicated edition of the million-selling military simulator Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is coming to the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Codemasters will publish a customised Xbox version of the multi-award winning game this autumn. The Xbox edition is being developed by Bohemia Interactive Studio, creators of the original PC title, and will contain the entire original game along with an additional prequel campaign called Resistance.

'Devastation' Goes Gold!

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 6:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ARUSH Entertainment, Groove Games and Digitalo today announce that Devastation, a next-generation Unreal engine-powered first person shooter, is now GOLD. It is currently being sent for duplication and manufacture, and will be on retail shelves throughout North America in a couple of weeks. Devastation features amazing graphics and textures, an intriguing and involved storyline, intelligent NPC and enemy AI, incredible weaponry, the ability to pick up and throw items in the environment, and a brand new style of multiplayer gaming called Territories. Check our recently posted preview here!

GameHouse And MacPlay Announce Partnership

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 6:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GameHouse, the industry leader in creating fun, high quality Puzzle and Arcade style games, announced today an agreement with United Developers, parent company of MacPlay and Mumbo Jumbo. The partnership is taking GameHouse's most popular online games and distributing them in national retail outlets.

'Age of Mythology' Goes Platinum

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 6:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The gods are smiling upon "Age of Mythology." Solidifying its position as one of the top PC games, with its tale of might and magic involving legendary Greek, Egyptian and Norse gods, "Age of Mythology" has reached a milestone by selling more than 1 million games worldwide since its release. The title, developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios, continues to garner critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' (AIAS) Interactive Achievement Awards as PC Game of the Year and PC Strategy Game of the Year.

Various Games Ship To Stores (PS2/XB)

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 5:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today that MLB 2004 from the 989 Sports group is now available in stores, marking the first time this critically acclaimed PlayStation baseball franchise hits the PlayStation2 ... Live by honor, kill by stealth ... Activision is calling on gamers to take the ninja oath and step into the shadows in Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, the only stealth-based ninja game for the PlayStation2. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven is currently available at North American retail outlets... MVP! MVP! MVP! Electronic Arts today announced the release of MVP Baseball 2003 from EA SPORTS on the PlayStation2 and Xbox. A PC version will ship on March 25, 2003.

'Interstellar Trader 2' Release Delayed!

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games announced today that the release date for Interstellar Trader 2 has been moved to March 21st. Tim Brooks, President of Shrapnel Games, said, "We have had a slight delay in the release of Interstellar Trader 2. This is one of those mix- ups that could have been avoided, but unfortunately wasn't. We know there are a lot of fans waiting for this game, and I personally want to apologize for the delay." Interstellar Trader 2 is the sequel to the original strategy simulation Interstellar Trader (available in the Thunder Pack Platinum four pack available from Shrapnel Games) where you become the owner of a start-up merchant business in outer space. You do this by traveling from planet to planet in the galaxy, buying and selling items in the various marketplaces.

Video Games Market Growing Faster Than Ever Before

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The world market for video games is growing at a faster rate than ever before, according to a new report by analysts Screen Digest on behalf of ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. The popular games console systems, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox have sold 30 per cent more than the previous generation of gaming technology at the equivalent point in time.

SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3 Ships For Xbox

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America, Inc. officially announced today the release of "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" launches with a host of gameplay and visual enhancements, including an ESPN telecast-style presentation, Hall of Fame legends, retro uniforms and ballparks, and new player moves and animations. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Blue Shift Inc., "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will once again be in a league of its own.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Line of Sight: Vietnam' - Developer Interview

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on March 11, 2003 @ 12:21 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Line of Sight: Vietnam is the "next installment in Infogrames' repertoire of authentic military games with pick up and playability, coupled with an affordable price point". Developed by nFusion Interactive LLC, this FPS "follow the story of a young sniper assigned by the U.S. Army to the 5th Special Forces compound in Kontum, Vietnam". We had a sit down with N-Fusion's Jeff Birns and Jason Zisk...

PC Review - 'I Was An Atomic Mutant!'

by Tristan on March 11, 2003 @ 12:10 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

As the city sleeps, the underground world of street racing awakes... This is a high stakes world where nothing matters but speed. Let the roar of supercharged engines ad the hiss of nitrous oxide propel the night into a high octane fury. You’re racing for respect and rule of the streets.