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PC Review - 'Harbinger'

by Hank on April 1, 2003 @ 11:21 p.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The skies darken as Harbinger enters a solar system, dwarfing planets and leaving devastation in its wake. Entire civilizations are cleansed, planets eliminated. The majority of the survivors fill the ship’s work camps. Those less fortunate are released to the laboratories where vicious experiments eventually rid them of their sanity. But a few have escaped and formed an underground society deep within the forgotten levels of the behemoth. Equipped only with what they can scavenge, the denizens of the wastelands must resist the relentless patrols sent for them. A ship this size has many places to hide and much technology to exploit.

Mad Catz @ SCoRE Exhibition

by Thomas on April 1, 2003 @ 10:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mad Catz Inc. will showcase a full range of innovative video game peripherals at the upcoming SCoRE exhibition, April 13th and 14th, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Mad Catz will be situated on stand B44 and will highlight their recently launched Game Boy Advance SP product line, comprising of ten new accessories to enhance the GBA SP gaming experience. Further featured products will include the recently launched Mad Catz Blaster, the first light gun for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Mad Catz' popular MicroCON range of control pads and wheels.

'C&C Generals' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 2:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and Westwood Studios have released another patch for Command & Conquer Generals, bringing their brand-new 3D real-time strategy game first to v1.05. This upgrade addresses stats recording inaccuracies, some exploits and gameplay bugs, general balancing issues, and more (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Purge Online' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 1:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by Freeform Interactive LLC, Purge players become members of the Order and the Chosen, with each side seeking elimination of the enemy and individual party survival. Players receive rewards as they win battles and complete objectives throughout gameplay. In addition, Purge offers several map options, innovative weaponry and extensive player customization to enhance the online war experience. A new patch for the retail version has been released bring your game to v1.4.3 addressing a cd protection ussue and improving the netcode by 10%. Read more for download links ...

'Galactic Civilizations' - Update Patch

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

Stardock has released the first update to Galactic Civilizations bringing your retail game to v1.01a. This upgrade bring a few few features and playability enhancements as well as some compatibility fixes with the GalCiv Metaverse. The update can be downloaded through the ingame Starrdock Central. Read more for detailed fix list ...

'Legacy: Dark Shadows' - Alpha/Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 12:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on Gamershell that Razbor Studios released a new demo of Legacy: Dark Shadows, allowing you to try out this upcoming adventure game. This is the second Alpha release and many things are still waiting for full or partial implementation, however, it’s playable and it can give you a glimpse of things to come. What’s inside? "Approximately over half hour of spoken dialogues (still in testing versions and without professional voiceovers), and about 2 hours of game play if you have a walkthrough". Read more for download links ...

'StarCraft' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 11:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard has released a new update patch for their hit sci-fi RTS game Starcraft and the expansion Brood War bringin your retail game to v1.1. (thanks EvilAvatar). The patch can be auto downloaded through the game updater or read more for download links ...

GMX Media To Publish 'Northland' - Features & Screens

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GMX Media today announced that it has secured the rights to publish the PC Adventure-Strategy title - Northland (aka Cultures 3) in most European territories and North America. Part of a two-title deal signed with Funatics of Germany, Northland is planned for release early July 2003 in Europe and North America. Read more for details and 20+ new screens ...

'Def Jam VENDETTA' (PS2/NGC) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enter the world of underground fight clubs through the release of Def Jam VENDETTA for the PS2 and GameCube. Electronic Arts along with Def Jam, the undisputed powerhouse of urban music and lifestyle, are delivering players a unique interactive entertainment experience that features a roster of over 40 characters including 12 playable Def Jam artists: DMX, Method Man, Redman, Ludacris, Capone, N.O.R.E., Scarface, Ghostface Killah, Joe Budden, Keith Murray, WC and DJ Funkmaster Flex. Additionally, the game introduces Def Jam songstress Christina Milian as the temptress Angel.

'Söldner: Secret Wars' - Customisable Multiplayer Modes

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions is proud to announce that March was the month of CMM in the year of Söldner: Secret Wars, the revolutionary online tactical military shooter coming to PC CD-ROM in 2003. Söldner: Secret Wars features Customisable Multiplayer Modes, an easy to use set of options that provide an unprecedented level of configurability within multiplayer games. A wide variety of different game scenarios can be set up with just a couple of mouse-clicks, the interface offering as simple or as detailed a customisation level as required.

'Humvee Assault' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Track down and eliminate dangerous forces from behind the wheel of the world’s most relied upon front-line vehicle — the HUMVEE. Whether rumbling through a sun-baked desert, steaming tropical jungle or frozen tundra, it’s up to you to deliver a knockout punch to America’s enemies. With simple pick-up-and-play controls and immediate arcade-style action, this is your war to win. This is HUMVEE Assault! Infogrames just let us know that Humvee Assault went gold and we can expect to see it on store shelves around April 14th

UK Goes Nuts Over 'Championship Manager 4'

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Championship Manager 4 has smashed all records for UK PC game sales, having generated retail sales of 124,627 in its first week of release, according to the official UK chart organisation Chart-Track. This more than doubles the sales achieved by the previous PC best-seller, Championship Manager: Season 01/02. This phenomenal performance has also propelled CM4 into the top three of Chart-Track's 'All-Formats' fastest-seller list, with only the two PlayStation 2 smash hits, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and The Getaway, standing above it.

'Cold War' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mindware Studios has completed its first demo for Cold War and will soon be seeking a publisher for the game during the next few months. Cold War will put the player in the role of Matt Carter, an American reporter caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy in the Soviet Union during the 80's. The game will emphasize stealth (much like IGI2 and other recent tactical shooters), and will take you to Eastern European historical settings such as the Red Square, Chernobyl and Baikonur. Read more to check the screens & trailer

'Silent Storm' - Trailer Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 9:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Silent Storm is a true 3D game combining turn-based tactical combats and role-playing set against the background of the WWII. As the war rages on, you will lead a squad of elite troopers deep behind enemy lines to perform secret missions and prevent a disaster the true scale of which could be fully appreciated by neither of the involved parties. A new trailer got released, read more for download links ...

'Vietcong' - Developer Interview

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 8:58 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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. Take 2 has sent out an interview with Pterodon Development's Project Leader Jarek Kolar. Read more to check it out!

'ESPionage' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 8:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ESPionage challenges players to use their most powerful weapon -- their mind -- as they try to master the first action/stealth game to integrate traditional weapons combat with extensive Psi (psychic) mind powers. Combatting a terrorist movement set to overthrow world order, Nick Geller, an elite American Psi-Operative, fights using telekinesis (lifting and throwing objects), pyrokinesis (controlling fire), remote viewing (going "out-of-body" to plan attacks), mind drain (draining Psi energy from enemies), aura view ("seeing" elements that aren't visible in the real world) and mind control (taking control of enemies) to fight against an army of programmed, psychic terrorist super soldiers that will stop at nothing to reach their goal.

'Red Faction II' (ALL) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that its critically acclaimed action game, "Red Faction II" has shipped for Nintendo Gamecube, the Xbox and PC. Featuring an enhanced Geo-Mod engine that allows players to strategically alter and destroy the game environment in real-time, "Red Faction II" expands and builds upon the experience and technology of the original game with blistering action, an engaging storyline, highly detailed graphics and a number of multi-player options.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'PlanetSide' - Screens

by Rainier on April 1, 2003 @ 12:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Massively Multiplayer Gaming takes on a new face in PlanetSide, where thousands of players wage war in a battle of planetary proportions. A newly designed 3D engine drives PlanetSide's first-person player-to-player combat and vehicular warfare across ten continents. The stage has been set, the battle lines have been drawn, and orbital drop pods are ready to deploy you PlanetSide. Some new screens taken from our beta build!

Xbox Review - 'Colin McRae 3'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on April 1, 2003 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In a career centred game, the pressure is on as the player takes on the role of Colin McRae as he's given a three-year contract to win a series of championships for the Ford Rallye Sport team. Between the adrenaline-rushing rally driving, the game is seamlessly blended with stage starts, stage checkpoint, end stage and service area sequences. It's these sequences, when the Ford team attends to the Focus itself, that builds the atmosphere of actually being part of a championship rally team.