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PS2 Review - 'The Jungle Book Rhythm n’ Groove'

by Hank on March 17, 2003 @ 11:20 p.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Journey as Mowgli through the magical adventures of Walt Disney's The Jungle Book original animated film! Explore vivid worlds, encounter wild creatures, and challenge all the characters in the wild jungle like Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, King Louie, Shere Khan, and more. Not your typical Worthplaying review, but we're open minded so we gave it a spin ..

'Smash Cars' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 10:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

No rules radio-controlled racing through living off-road worlds with giant objects, giant animals and giant people. Get behind the wheel of your own RC car and be the first to the finish or nail some crazy stunts. Take 13 awesome toy cars across 13 expansive living levels, move up the ranks, win upgrades and find hidden secrets and shortcuts. Watch out or you might get too close to an unruly crocodile or a punk skateboarder. The road challenge awaits – do you dare? Read more to check out a fresh batch of screens ...

'Pax Romana' Renames Into 'City States: Stone to Steel' - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 4:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This historically accurate game will allow you to relive the glory days of the Roman Empire. 'City States: Stone to Steel' (previously known as Pax Romana) is the first strategy game in which all the players must collaborate in order to survive, all the time vying amongst each other to ensure Rome's ultimate dominance. Read more for details and a batch of screens ...

'America's Army' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 3:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It has been a while since the last America's Army patch but here it finally is. The game includes the first-person-perspective action game Operations, as well as Soldiers, the role-playing portion of America's Army in which players navigate life's challenges to achieve life goals. The new version contains an updated Unreal game engine, a new "Radio Tower" non-combatant rescue mission, better projectile penetration, incorporates ricochets and adds a large number of other additions, changes and bug fixes. Read more for detailed fixed list and download links ..

'Wish' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 2:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mutable Realms today revealed that it has been working on a new category of games that provide unprecedented opportunities for people to meet online in a shared fantasy experience. The game, which has been under development for over a year, is titled "Wish", and is one of the most ambitious projects that the gaming industry has ever seen. Wish will be presented to the public at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo from May 14 to 16 (thanks HomeLAN). Read more for details and screens...

'Championship Manager 4' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 1:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SI Games are very excited to announce that the English version of CM4 has now officially gone to gold master, and the game will be released in the UK & Eire on March 28th, 2003. The non UK releases are due to go gold in the next couple of weeks, and should be out shortly after the UK release (specific release dates will follow when we have them). We are still working on trying to get distribution sorted for the Americas, and more info will follow about that in the coming weeks. Please note, if you live outside the UK and decide to import the UK version of the game, it is ONLY in English language. An updated demo of the game will be released in due course, a further announcement with regards to this will be made on Friday

'Mater Of Orion 3' Is #1 Best Selling PC Games

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 1:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames, Inc. is pleased to announce that robust first week sales of the space epic sequel Master of Orion 3 have made the game the Top-Selling PC Game for the week of February 23 - March 1, according to NPD sales data released last week. The game released worldwide on February 25, 2003.

'Pro Bass Fishing 2003' - Demo Available NOW

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

Pro Bass Fishing 2003 is "a challenging and highly accurate bass-fishing simulation complete with real bass-fishing locations, authentic bass behavior and changing weather and water conditions, and complete personal customization for the ultimate virtual fishing experience". Your cast breaks the stillness of a picturesque lake. Movement underwater ripples the surface. Is it a Largemouth, Walleye or Muskie? Suddenly, there's a tug on the line! What a fighter! Do you have the skill to bring him in? Go download the demo and find out ...

'World Series Baseball 2K3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 10:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

World Series Baseball 2K3 marks the multi-platform debut of last year's must-have Xbox baseball title. The "King of Diamonds" returns stronger than ever and poised to make a run at a Yankee-like dynasty as it heads to the PS2 (already available on Xbox). And, just like the Bronx Bombers, WSB 2K3 spent the offseason improving what was already THE baseball franchise by adding an all-new ESPN broadcast presentation, more classic uniforms for every team, player-specific batting stances and pitching styles for Hall of Fame players, and historic ballparks. WSB 2K3's unrivaled gameplay gives users what they asked for, including: a jump button for home run-robbing snatches and line drive-snaring grabs, user-controlled leadoffs, drag bunts, improved double play animations, power swings, and more. This year, WSB 2K3 is in a league of its own!

Interview With 'Ryzom' Manager

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 10:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

The Saga of Ryzom is designed to appeal to existing online RPG gamers, providing the 'must have' combat, magic and crafting system that players have grown to expect. Ryzom is a third-generation 3D game that features a highly original poetic universe designed for the general public. The Saga of Ryzom is a Science-Fantasy MMORPG and developed by the French company Nevrax, earlier today we had some screens and so we decided to hit Ryzom Manager Sébastien Vidal up for a few short questons...

'The Hulk' (Xbox/PS2/NGC/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 9:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Since his creation by Stan Lee in 1962, the Hulk has become one of Marvel’s most well known and popular characters around the world. Expanding from his comic-book origins, the Hulk has been seen in video games, books, TV and countless other mediums. Now, with the release of the blockbuster Ang Lee film in Summer 2003, Universal will bring the Hulk to life like never before. Check out 6 brand new screens ...

'Echelon: Wind Warriors' - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Echelon: Wind Warriors is the next evolution in futuristic flight combat that delivers the latest technical and gameplay innovations demanded by today's experienced game playing audience without sacrificing accessibility for newcomers. Players fly a variety of futuristic aircraft through a number of new missions set on a spectacular continent that takes seven hours of real-time flying to cross. Echelon: Wind Warriors is expanding the futuristic universe of Echelon - the "first-rate flight-combat title that set some lofty new standards for a joystick-controlled game."

'Ryzom' - Screens

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 9:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Saga of Ryzom is designed to appeal to existing online RPG gamers, providing the 'must have' combat, magic and crafting system that players have grown to expect. The Saga of Ryzom is a Science-Fantasy MMORPG and developed by the French company Nevrax. Ryzom is a third-generation 3D game that features a highly original poetic universe designed for the general public. Online gaming aficionados will discover innovative game mechanisms, along with sumptuous graphics. Read more for details and a few new screens ...

'Master Of Orion III' - Official QS Patch Information

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 8:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The official forum for Master Of Orion III is updated with information regarding a upcoming patch. Here is a clip:

Yes, work is in progress on a patch. We have no delivery date at this time.

We are concentrating on the Military AI (offensive, defensive and build queue) and point defense problems, along with some UI glitches and any crash or easy to fix bugs. Changes which require any artwork are extremely unlikely for this patch.

The plan is to release a data-only patch fairly quickly which should help with some of the Military AI problems (and other things) and may also contain some additional documentation on use of the spreadsheets to help the modders.

This will be followed by a code patch. Code changes will be listed here as they are verified internally, so that you know what is coming.

The actual release of the patches will be controlled by the QA departments at Infogrames (for Windows) and Destineer (for Macintosh).

New Color Options For Xbox Controllers

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 8:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Recognizing that color allows people to express their individuality, Microsoft Corp. is listening to gamers who wanted color options for their Xbox controller. The company is even taking it one step further by putting the choice of colors squarely in the gamers' hands. In an exciting new twist to the Xbox experience, gamers can log onto xbox.com beginning today to help decide the colors of a special line of Xbox controllers.

'IGI 2 : Covert Strike' - Update Patch & Dedicated Server Available NOW

by Rainier on March 17, 2003 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Codemasters has release a new upgrade to IGI 2: Covert Strike. Introducing a new multiplayer jungle mission, the upgrade also enhances the games online and LAN multiplayer functionality, and is accompanied by an updated dedicated Win32 server. In the mission, IGI operatives have located a Conspiracy base deep inside a jungle. The IGI team's objectives are to turn on the base's generator, hack in to a computer to discover the purpose of the base and finally destroy one of two temple ruins the Conspiracy has been using as cover for the base. Meanwhile the Conspiracy group must defend its base. Read more for details and download links ...

'Splinter Cell' - Gamepad

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 8:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Thrustmaster infiltrates Splinter Cell, the long-awaited PlayStation 2 title from Ubi Soft Entertainment, and will be releasing an official Splinter Cell gamepad and cheatcodes. Fans of the cutting-edge spy thriller will be keen to pick up these two special weapons, both of which will be available for the game's scheduled release at the end of March 2003.

THQ To Distribute 'Big Mutha Truckers' (ALL)

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that it will distribute Empire Interactive's "Big Mutha Truckers" for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and PC. "Big Mutha Truckers" places players behind the wheel of an 18-wheeled big rig deep in the heart of the South with a cast of colorful characters and plenty of campy humor.

'MLB SlugFest 20-04' Ships For PS2/XB/NGC/GBA

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 8:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway Sports announced today that MLB SlugFest 20-04 has shipped for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

Softwrap's ESD Momentum Grows With Three New Partnerships

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 3:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Softwrap today announced three new agreements with gaming companies Blue Tea Games, Alawar Entertainment and Grass Games.com. The three companies will adopt Softwrap's technology to distribute secure versions of their games online. The growing adoption of Softwrap's technology by games developers demonstrates the appeal of 'try before you buy' solutions. Steve Zi Kun Zhao from Blue Tea Games revealed that it was Softwrap's "secure and professional approach to online distribution" that appealed to him in distributing the game Save The Meeklits, along with the "reasonable commission based fee".

'Hybrid' - A New PC FPS Announced

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 2:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vulcan Software has unveiled details of Hybrid, a brand new First Person Shooter currently in development for the PC platform. Hybrid is Vulcan's first game to be entirely developed using their Mother3D engine, and benefits from an impressive array of engine features, which include advanced physics, complex AI, and fully interactive environments. Vulcan has spent the last four years developing Mother, along with their digital distribution software the Vulcan Portal and PC conversions of their back catalogue.

'Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced' (GBA) - Site

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 2:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is the sequel to the smash hit Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. The story takes place directly after the events of the first, but takes gameplay to a whole other dimension. The nefarious N. Tropy is back and up to no good again. This time, he has teamed up with an all new partner-in-crime, the hypnotically evil N. Trance, to brainwash Crash's friends and turn them into bad guys! Now Crash must face off against his friends and bring them back to the side of good... or lose them to the villainous duo forever! A link to the game's new site, the game itself having been released on Friday.

PC Review - 'GI Combat'

by Justin on March 17, 2003 @ 1:04 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

G.I. Combat is a 3D, Tactical Strategy game that engulfs you in the dynamic conflicts of World War II. Storm the beaches of Omaha in a historically detailed campaign set in Normandy, June 1944. The fully three-dimensional environment provides unsurpassed detail for terrain, armor penetration, vehicle movement, morale, and combat resolution! Immerse yourself in the agonizing struggle to hold back enemy offensives, lead an assault to capture key objectives, and charge into the fray with gritty, determined grunts!

'The Lost Vikings' (GBA) - Playable Demo

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In The Lost Vikings, players must employ the skills of 3 unique Viking characters cooperatively to solve puzzles, conquer enemies, and navigate their treacherous voyage back home. The game provides hours of arcade-style action with over 35 levels, numerous enemies, and hundreds of mind-bending puzzles to solve... Here you have link to a Flash Lost Vikings demo, to get you fired up for the real thing.

PowerBoard For The Nintendo GameCube Console

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Datel, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of innovative video game enhancement products, is proud to announce the release of PowerBoard for the Nintendo GameCube console. The perfect companion for online games like Phantasy Star Online, PowerBoard is the first full-size, computer-style keyboard designed specifically for GameCube.

Echelon - WindWarriors.net Is Alive!

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A good news for the gaming community keen on sequel to Echelon. The two German enthusiasts of this game created a fansite for Echelon: Wind Warriors action/sim... More about it below!

'Ballerium' - Coming To E3

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majorem Ltd., a developer of massively multiplayer games and technology, is pleased to officially announce that they are now finalizing preparations towards the E3 tradeshow at Los-Angeles California. 'Ballerium' is meant to be the main company's display at the famous tradeshow. Majorem's booth on E3 this year would be located at the Kentia hall, booth #6345. The public is invited to test the game's Beta on site.

eJay Join Forces With Ministry Of Sound!

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

This is quite simply a genuine match made in heaven! eJay Entertainment GmbH, one of the world's leading providers of music software, has teamed up with Ministry Of Sound's infamous record label Data Records to promote DJ Sammy.

'GameCube & GBA SP' Promotion

by Thomas on March 17, 2003 @ 12:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo is celebrating the launch of Game Boy Advance SP and its connectivity to Gamecube by running a €20 million pan European promotion. The first 400,000 Game Boy Advance SP to be sold include a '£30 discount' voucher for Gamecube.