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PC Review - 'Platoon'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 27, 2003 @ 11:33 p.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Platoon covers the period from the early days of the conflict (late 1965) to the height of battle in 1968. and recreates some of the most tragic moments of the Vietnam war : Operation “Shiny Bayonet”, the Pleiku Campaign, Operation “Pershing” ... Combat and weapons are ultra realistic, real-life tactics making use of real US Army reports and documents.

'Fighter Ace 3.5' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 9:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Welcome to the world of Fighter Ace, a real 3D massively multiplayer aerial combat game. Strap yourself into the cockpit of any one of over 95 World War II vintage fighters and bombers before taking to the skies against up 200 virtual pilots in one single air combat arena. Watch your six as you join in the most notorious battles in history as an Ally or an Axis Power. Bombard targets on the ground or take down your enemies in the air. After an exclusive on FilePlanet for a week, it is now freely available. Read more for download links ...

'BC' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 8:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BC is a hugely innovative action game set in a brutal, fully simulated prehistoric world in the shadow of a potentially devastating natural disaster. It’s the story of an intense struggle for survival in a hostile environment governed by a food chain’s worth of violent predatory creatures. BC allows the player to employ all his 21st century know-how in a prehistoric context and asks the question: ‘What would you do if you found yourself sent back in time to confront a chaotic natural ecosystem containing some of the most violent creatures that have ever walked the Earth?

'Lionheart' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 7:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 1588 A.D., a critical year of an alternate history hauntingly familiar yet fantastically alien to our own. Because of one fateful event during the Third Crusade, the history of this world diverged. This event, the Disjunction, ripped open a long-sealed breach to other worlds. Magic energy and powerful spirits flowed into the world, changing the lands and the people forever. Cast into this world, you are a character of your own devices, strengths, and abilities. Set upon by human factions and powerful spirits, you must decide how to best develop your skills in order to triumph over obstacles that lie between you and your true fate. A fresh batch of Lionheart screens as well as a new trailer have arrived!

Atari To Publish 'Horizons'

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 3:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced that it will publish Artifact Entertainment's "Horizons," one of the most closely-followed and highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) in years. Currently in development for the PC by Artifact Entertainment, Horizons will allow players to experience online gaming like never before in a single massive online world primed for exploration, brimming with adventure and rife with danger.

'Lionheart' - Delayed

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 2:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

According to a post on the BlackIsle forum by PR guru Jessica Urquhart, Lionheart is scheduled for release on August 12, 2003. The original date set was April, so there is no specific reason why the game is delayed for almost 6 months ... Read the forum post.

'Heroes Of M&M4' & 'Gathering Storm' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 2:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week 3DO released new patches for the North American versions of 'Heroes of Might and Magic IV' and its 'The Gathering Storm' expansion pack to v3.0, this week it is time for the UK version. Just like the US version, note that you must update to version 2.2 before applying this patch. Read more for download links...

'Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain' (PS2) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 2:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain explodes onto the PS2 as the latest chapter of the Syphon Filter storyline with edge of your seat offline and online action. The newest installment in the multi-million unit selling series offers sophisticated and highly intelligent AI, richly detailed worlds, an enhanced character customization system and groundbreaking cooperative, peer-to-peer online gameplay. Read more for details & screens ...

'Sea Dogs II' (PC/Xbox) Development Suspended

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 1:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on HomeLan that the development of Akella's "Sea Dogs II" has been suspended and that title will not be released this year. We want everyone who had been looking forward to Sea Dogs II to be aware that Pirates of the Caribbean offers outstanding role-playing gameplay in a similar setting. Since Bethesda just announced their new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and judging that Akella is also the developer on that product, it would be safe to say that the game just got "renamed" (thanks Bluesnews).

'Marvel vs. Capcom 2' (Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 1:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 pits more than 50 of Capcom’s legendary characters and Marvel’s world famous super heroes against each other for dream matches of epic proportions. The game also delivers new innovations with real three-on-three tag team matches and numerous modes of play.

'Panzers' - Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 12:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Panzers takes you into the heady battles of World War II. Whether you play in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes or treacherous swamps - Panzers gives you real-time combat rampages in awesome 3D graphics. Create your combat force from over 100 finely detailed units, from a flame-throwing squad over a Soviet Stalin Organ rocket launcher through to a German Koenigstiger battle tank. You are the commander - demolish your enemy by using your skills in war strategy. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming - in Panzers!

'Legion Gold' Goes Gold!

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 12:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and developers Paradox Entertainment and Slitherine Strategies announced today that Legion Gold, the newest edition of the high-level strategy game, has gone gold. Legion Gold is a revolutionary, high-level strategy game that incorporates both strategic and tactical elements in a unique Roman Empire adventure. At the strategic level, players control vast armies and attempt to carve an Empire, and at the tactical level, they position their armies and make use of the best formations to achieve victory. Read more for details ...

'Nexagon: Deathmatch' - Website Goes Live

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 12:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First just let us know that the website for their highly anticipated upcoming Real-Time Tactical game, Nexagon: Deathmatch has gone live. The Nexagon: Deathmatch website will feature tons of info on the game and other goodies. Game Overview, History of the Nexagon, Game Rules ,Sanctum description (this is your fortress), Forum links, Screenshots, Unit Description (describes the units that make up the Thralls, including attacks, abilities and stats). The website will also feature three mp3 music tracks and 10 wallpapers available for download. Also, check out our Nexagon preview!

Bethesda To Publish 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 12:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks and Disney Interactive today announced that Bethesda Softworks will publish a Pirates of the Caribbean video game for the Xbox, PlayStation2, and PC. Inspired by one of this summer's most anticipated blockbusters, the game will bring swashbuckling adventures and rich worlds to Xbox and PC this June, and to PS2 at a later date. Read more for details and screens

'Atlantis Underwater Tycoon' Dives Into Stores

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision Value is inviting gamers to immerse themselves in the world of underwater exploration, offshore mining and colonization with the release of "Atlantis Underwater Tycoon" for the PC. In the game, strategy gamers and would-be futurists can test their skills at building an underwater empire. Whether choosing to be a ruthless oil tycoon, an adventurous treasure hunter, or an environmental marine biologist, gamers may shape their destiny while building the undersea paradise of their wildest dreams. "Atlantis Underwater Tycoon" is currently available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

'World War II: Frontline Command' - Interview

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Set during the climax of the Second World War, Frontline Command lets aspiring generals make the strategic commands necessary to turn the tide of Axis aggression and liberate occupied Europe. Previously under the wings at Codemasters, Frontline Command will be one of many exciting titles to be published by KOCH Media during the course of 2003. To give more insight into the game Koch Media decided to grill Bitmap Brothers' Jamie Barber and ask some annoying questions! Also check out the new screens included...

GarageGames Launches 'Marble Blast' For Lindows 3.0

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 9:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GarageGames celebrated the successful launch of Marble Blast as the premiere download from Lindows.com's Click-N-Buy Warehouse. Marble Blast was first available on Linux in February, and now Lindows.com is the first site to distribute directly a GarageGames game.

'Mistmare' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 8:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Arxel Tribe & Sinister Systems have released a demo for their imminent LithTech engine 3D fantasy RPG Mistmare. The demo lets you play the episode 'a Fistful of coins', in which you must "find a place to stay in Antwerpen, after fighting monsters from the Fog". Most noticeably controls changed from previous demo version (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for download links ...

'Blitzkrieg' - Online Championship Begins End Of April

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 8:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV Software and the e-sports company Turtle Entertainment are organising an online championship after the international release of the real time strategy game Blitzkrieg. The contest will begin at the end of April in the Electronic Sports League, Europe's largest online league, with a direct link available on the official Blitzkrieg website, so that enthusiastic strategy game players can participate directly in the championship. Further tournaments will follow in the UK, France and the USA to coordinate with the various countries' release dates for Blitzkrieg.

'Cold Zero' - Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 8:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cold Zero is an action adventure game where the player takes the role of John McAffrey, a former marksman with a SWAT team who was discharged from service after shooting a hostage by accident. His skills helped him get a job providing high level security for high profile corporations. One of his clients is BioResearch Inc, a company that created the genetic weapon known as Cold Zero. After a terrorist group attacks the laboratory and steals this virus, John sets our to find the terrorists before they have a chance to unleash a catastrophe of global proportions.

'Battlefield Command' - Website & Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 8:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlefield Command: Europe at War 1939 – 1945 (formerly known as WWII: RTS) has players commanding troops through some of WWII's most significant battles from its European theatre, played out in real locations constructed using topographical data and period aerial photography. The game's epic visual style is superior to any previous real-time strategy title; the outcome of the player's commands are experienced through stimulating and stunning graphical detail and effects. Players can join the forum community today from the micro site. Check these 10 sweet looking screens!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 27, 2003 @ 12:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox Review - 'Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit'

by Paul Reith on March 27, 2003 @ 12:11 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Launch into aerial mayhem as a pilot of the Murakumo, an elite Mech Hunter unit. Weave through dense cityscapes at supersonic speeds, acquire your target, and unleash the power of Murakumo. But, with technology this advanced, will you control the machine, or will it control you?