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'The Sims Superstar' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 11:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier today we announced that EA's The Sims Superstar went gold and is expected to ship to stores next week. The Sims Superstar is a new expansion pack to the top-selling PC game of all time, The Sims. Players can now realize their fantasies of fame and fortune as they pursue the dream of being a Rock Star, Movie Star or a Supermodel and live the lifestyle of a celebrity. All new gameplay, new social interactions and a whole new in-game destination offer players an all access pass to the world of superstardom. In The Sims Superstar, The Sims are ready for their close up. Check these new screens ...

'Phantom' - New Website

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 11:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Plucky Florida-based Infinium plans to take on PS2, Xbox and GameCube with a new, high-end broadband console this autumn. Are they serious? You decide... Infinium Labs today announced the launch of a new Web site for its revolutionary on-demand console system, the Phantom. The new, feature-rich site demonstrates Infinium Labs' commitment to technology and offers consumers a preview of what lies in store when the Phantom is unleashed in 2004.

'Stake: Fortune Fighters' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 11:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier today we announced that Stake is shipping to stores and should be available as early as May 5th. Stake is the ultimate third person, multi-player 3-D arena fighting game exclusively for the Xbox. It boasts a deep action combat experience, intriguing characters and superior graphics. This game represents the essential elements of a fighting game but goes beyond that with multiple power-up weapons, lots of collectable items, insane combo attacks, special tricks, secret characters, inspiring graphics, 3-D isometric camera views, exciting locations and multiple multi-player modes. Check out the new batch of screens!

'Crimsonland' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 11:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Thousands of aliens, giant spiders, mutant lizards, and more are on the attack - can you survive the onslaught? You will consistently unlock new and better perks that improve your ability to use a devastating arsenal. Crimsonland features 3 modes of play, Internet high score posting, and endless hours of pressure packed fun. Reflexive Entertainment and 10 Tons Entertainment have released a demo, read more for download links so you can join the action ...

'Priest' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 9:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Priest is a multiplayer, head-to-head combat game that introduces controversial themes in a Wild West setting. It is an action-horror RPG that creates a grim and gruesome ambiance while providing a healthy dose of gory, violent action. In a departure from the scores of medieval fantasy games, Priest is set in the midst of a lost land of the American Wild Western Frontier. Priest follows the trials of Ivan Isaacs, a disillusioned former priest who sold his soul to battle the evil fallen archangel, Temozarela. Combining elements of both classic simulation and action games, Priest introduces a unique player vs. player/NPC structure and item/pet fusion system to create an FPS-like role-playing game in an entirely new genre. Check the new screens...

'Heaven And Hell' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 9:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

What could be greater than God? To be God - just like in Heaven and Hell! In the year 1500 BC you announce to four peoples: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. To make your commandment effective, you are supported with miracles and plagues by seven different prophets. Convince your future followers with sound arguments such as chain lightning, locusts, and other mysteries. As you have to compete against a strong opponent at the same time, the fight for the most followers will be even more challenging. There can be only one after all!

'SÖLDNER: Secret Wars' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 9:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In "SÖLDNER - Secret Wars" the player takes command of one such special unit. As squad leader, the player's mission is to work with other players to control this highly mechanised elite mercenary company - consisting of soldiers, helicopters, light tanks and vertical take-off planes - and carry out a very wide gamut of missions. To make thing even more interesting, these units are stationed on a mobile carrier disguised as a freighter. Check these new screens...

'Prince of Qin Online' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 8:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

“Prince of Qin Online” is set in a time where chaos reigned and injustice prevailed in the almighty Qin Empire. An era where the good suffered while the evil enjoyed tremendous power, where the rightful crown prince was denied of his throne and forced to be on the run. Embark on your journey into the Qin Dynasty and live your life as a Qin hero!the Prince of Qin Online Website now offers a new patch to update the beta of Object Software's Qin Dynasty RPG to v0.998E, adressing several bugs, fixes and tweaks. Read more for a detailed fix list and download links ...

'Hearts of Iron' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 7:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First & Paradox Plaza have released yet another patch for their WWII based strategy war title Hearts of Iron bringing your retail copy to v1.4. Even more gameplay tweaks, AI fixes and general improvements to the game! Read more for detailed fix list and download links for all localised versions ...

'Doom III' & 'Half Life 2' Set To Save The PC?

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 5:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on Homelan that there is an interesting Reuters article on Yahoo about how industry people expect Doom III and Half Life 2 to lift up the PC games sales records. Two of the most-anticipated video games of 2003 put those much-maligned life forms back in the cross hairs of PC gamers in a pair of sequel games -- "Doom III" and "Half-Life 2." Some see those games acting as a catalyst that could recharge the fortunes of computer gaming after an unprecedented sales slump last year. Check out the Yahoo story for more details ...

GMX Media Signs 'Crown Of The North' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GMX Media today announced that it has secured the rights to publish the PC Strategy title – Crown of the North in the UK and Ireland. "We are thrilled to be working with Paradox Entertainment, whom we believe are one of the best known and most talented developers in Europe." Commented Barry Leonard COO of GMX Media. "The title will certainly do well in the UK and we look forward releasing it." Read more for details & some small screens ...

'America's Army' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 12:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

America's Army is a realistic computer game providing civilians with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today's premiere land force, the U.S. Army. America's Army players will experience soldiering in a state-of-the-art new manner. The America's Army game blends two vivid simulations: Soldiers, a role-playing portion in which players navigate life's challenges to achieve goals, and a first-person action game, called Operations. A new upgrade of America's Army: Operations is now available, bringing the US Army's team-based tactical shooter to v1.7.0. This upgrade it contains a new map and updated sound code. It comes in a 1.6->1.7 upgrade as well as a full 1.7 install (390mb). Read more for download links ...

'Unreal Tournament 2004' Announcement At E3?

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Just noticed on VE3D that GameStop has updated their site today with a new game page. The addition is Unreal Tournament 2004 and the game is listed as being released 18th November 2003. Can we expect announcement of this game at E3? It was stated before the release of Unreal Tournament 2003 that there would be a yearly update a la Fifa, so this could very well be!

'Stake: Fortune Fighters' (Xbox) Ships To Stores!

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metro3D, Inc., announced today the nationwide release of Stake: Fortune Fighters, its premier title made exclusively for the Xbox. Stake: Fortune Fighters features a "T" (Teen) ESRB Rating and will be available at major retailers on Monday, May 5th with a MSRP of $29.99.

'The Sims Superstar' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 10:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Now's your chance to grab fame and fortune, The Sims Superstar Expansion Pack has gone gold!! The game is scheduled for release on May 13, 2003. In The Sims Superstar, players can now realize their fantasies of stardom and wealth as they pursue the dream of being a Rock Star, Movie Star, or a Supermodel and live the lifestyle of a celebrity. All new gameplay, new social interactions, and a whole new in-game destination offers players an all access pass to the world of superstardom. Players will even have the opportunity to experience real-life celebrities in the game.

'Breed' - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Breed is a cutting-edge science-fiction shoot'em-up, which skilfully blends addictive, accessible, free-roaming gameplay with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to expand not only the gameplay potential, but also the player's perceived freedom within the game world. The USC Dropships are the primary assault, recon, and support vessels in Earth’s fight against the Breed. These aicrafts are highly maneuverable VTOL-capable vehicles, which are configured for both atmospheric and space flights. They can be pre-loaded with a variety of payloads and are used to ferry GRUNTS and other vehicles from the Darwin to the planet (thanks VE3D). Check out the screens!

The Adventure Company's E3 Lineup

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced its lineup for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The company will be showcasing eight new products, including the much anticipated sequels to Traitors Gate and Mysterious Journey:Schizm. The company will also announce another blockbuster title at E3. “If there’s one thing The Adventure Company has proven, it’s that we know adventure. And this year is no different,” said Richard Wah Kan, CEO of The Adventure Company. “We’ve got another fantastic lineup and some surprise product announcements that no-one will want to miss.”

'DareDevil' (PS2) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The first game to feature one of Marvel Comics most popular superheroes. Daredevil is Matt Murdoch, a lawyer who was accidentally blinded by radioactive waste – an accident that may have taken his sight but also heightened his remaining senses to superhuman levels. Having seen his father, a once proud Boxer, killed by villains, Daredevil has sworn to make his home safe by battling the scum of Hells Kitchen – by day as Lawyer Matt Murdoch but at night as the justice seeking Daredevil. Daredevil can tell whether you are armed by smelling the gunpowder in the bullets, hear a heartbeat from metres away and can read by feeling ink on a page.

'The Hobbit' (GBA/NGC/PS2) - Screens

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

"The Hobbit" is a third-person action/adventure game set in the world of Middle-earth. In the game, you take the persona of Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit who has been unwittingly thrust into an epic adventure. Explore the mystical world of Middle-earth where you'll need to jump gaping chasms, climb treacherous mountains, solve mind bending puzzles and battle hordes of enemies just to survive. Meet enchanting Elves, battle-ready Dwarves, a powerful Wizard, massive Trolls, bloodthirsty goblins, and more as you traverse from the peaceful lands of the Shire to the harrowing forests of Mirkwood. And that's just the beginning. Today we got some new NGC, GBA as well as PS2 screens ...

'Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons' At E3 - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 8:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Batfish Studios today announced that they will be attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Batfish will be on stand 2340 demonstrating their PC strategy game based on Gerry Anderson's popular television series, Captain Scarlet. Read more to check out some new screens ..

'Need for Speed Underground' (ALL) - Announced

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 6:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enter the adrenaline-filled world of high performance street racers in the latest game from the award-winning Need for Speed franchise, Need for Speed Underground from Electronic Arts. The new EA GAMES title is under development by the award winning Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 team. The game features a breakthrough sensation of speed, developed by an OSCAR nominated special effects expert, and a spectacular graphic presentation showcasing an exciting lineup of licensed cars and aftermarket performance parts (mods) from top manufacturers.

UPDATE : The US press announcement mentions there is a PC version in the works as well.

'Hugo: Bukkazoom' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the success of "The Evil Mirror" for PSX, PC & GBA, Hugo is now ready and eager to enter the wonderful world of PS2 PC & GBA, the first game being Bukkazoom. Together with his family, friends and sworn enemies, Hugo has been invited to race with his wild and wacky animated carts in the world of the Greenflies. This is a world of slushy swamps, bone-strewn deserts and country landscapes. What makes it more exciting is the fact that Hugo and his companions have been shrunk to the size of the Greenflies themselves! This makes for a fun-filled racing adventure with new and thrilling challenges... Today we serve up three new shots of free-roaming karting.

'Korsun Pocket' - Facts & Screens

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Korsun Pocket is the long-awaited sequel to the Ground Breaking Wargame; The Ardennes Offensive. Korsun Pocket uses a greatly improved version of The Ardennes Offensive engine to recreate the desperate German attempt to escape encirclement on the Russian Front early in 1944. The battle is a tense and exciting struggle, with neither side having a decisive advantage, as the Russians struggle to form the pocket, then try to resist successive German rescue efforts and last ditch attempts at breakout.

'WrestleMania XIX' (NGC) - Features & Screens

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The glory lives on in WrestleMania XIX only for the Nintendo GameCube. Featuring real-life Superstar abilities, an enhanced grappling experience and original story mode, players can enact 'Sweet Revenge' on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. Release Date: Oct-2003. Check out some new screens below!

Play For Profit With 'Return To Castle Wolfenstein'

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ca-ching! Are you a serious computer gaming fan who dreams of using your fine-tuned playing skills to cash in big time? If so, the moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived. Today, YouPlayGames launched its highly-anticipated online skill-based gaming service, where gamers compete against one another in a quest for real-world cash and prizes. id Software's widely popular Return to Castle Wolfenstein is the first title to be featured on YouPlayGames' gaming service. As a special promotion, participants who sign up for a limited time will receive a one-time only five dollar credit in their YouPlayGames account for use in game competitions.

Logic3 Metal Dancing Platform (PS2) - Features

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the astounding success of the Logic3 Dance Mat, SpectraVideo are pleased to launch a brand new and incredibly exciting Metal Dancing Platform for the many dance games enthusiasts. The Dance Platform is almost identical to those found in the arcade, comprising of heavy-duty pressure pads under each directional arrow, that illuminate whenever a pad is depressed which really allows the user to enjoy the most incredible arcade experience in the comfort of their own home.

'Pure Pinball' Goes Gold!

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 5:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bumpers, flippers, and multiball in the loop as Iridon Interactive reveals that the PC version of its upcoming 3D flipper-fest extravaganza Pure Pinball has gone gold. Featuring free-roaming 3D graphics, tons of special game modes, and psychotic fun, Pure Pinball is the flipper baby that will take you all the way to pinball heaven.

Arxel Tribe At E3

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ARXEL TRIBE will be present at E3 in South Hall this year on OMPR's dedicated Games Pavillon # 436. OMPR's booth and Café area will be accessible from the major East/West Aisle. ARXEL TRIBE will be presenting, amongst others, HANNIBAL - THE GAME that will be released late Q3 beginning of Q4 2003. Demos of the game will be realised exclusively on appointment..

Techland Conquers German Market

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 1:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Techland has signed a deal regarding distribution of five of their products in German-speaking countries. According to this agreement Koch Media will be distributing Techland games in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “Koch Media with their market possibilities and experience in German-speaking countries is a perfect partner for distribution of our products on those markets” says Przemek Marmul, responsible for international sales in Techland. Koch Media will soon release first three products mentioned in the deal. These will be Pet Soccer, Pet Racer, and Chess 2003. The other two products, Chrome and Xpand Rally, will be released later this year. German players will have to wait for the premiere of Chrome until the third quarter of 2003.

'NBA JAM' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 1:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The over 6 million-selling Granddaddy of Basketball is back! Redeveloped from scratch for PlayStation2 & Xbox, NBA JAM brings the "in your face" highlights of NBA play to life with over the top, arcade-style 3-on-3 Basketball featuring spectacular high-flying dunks, ankle-breaking crossovers and "get that outta here" blocks! Read more for additional details and some screens ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 30, 2003 @ 1:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PS2 Preview - 'IndyCar Series'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on April 30, 2003 @ 12:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

IndyCar Series delivers the Indy Racing season, including the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) race, "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". The season is an open-wheeled championship on short ovals and superspeedways throughout the US, including California and Texas, with the Indy 500 as the highlight of its racing calendar. Indy cars are similar to F1 but are powered by 3.5-litre V8 engines, used by all teams. Fast and furious, the 650 bhp cars reach 0-100 mph in less than three seconds.

'Space Empires: Starfury' Approaching A Galaxy Near You!

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 12:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games is pleased to announce today the next title in Malfador Machinations' award winning Space Empires series--Space Empires: Starfury. SE: Starfury represents a departure from previous titles in the Space Empires series, as players will live their alternate lives not as interstellar rulers, but rather as a single starship captain trying to eke out a life amongst the stars.

Layoffs At Shiny As Matrix Dev Finishes

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A story at Gameindustry.biz let us know that a number of staff at development studio Shiny have allegedly been laid off following the successful completion of Enter The Matrix for parent company Infogrames, which will be released alongside the second movie in the Matrix trilogy later this month. It's by no means unusual for a studio to let go of staff after the end of a project, although online rumours suggest that some of those made redundant in this round of layoffs were actually quite senior members of the Shiny team - which is a bit more unusual. These rumours are unconfirmed as yet, but if true, they certainly scotch the possibility of Shiny launching straight into work on a quick follow-up to Enter The Matrix to coincide with the release of the third film towards the end of this year.

'Starships Unlimited: Divided Galaxies' - Facts & Screens

by Thomas on April 30, 2003 @ 12:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Starships Unlimited: Divided Galaxies (SU:DG) is a Sci-Fi based, classic "4X" (eXplore, eXploit, eXpand, eXterminate) game, offering players an infinite variety of gameplay through the player-defined variables as each new game is set up. Players design their starships for different tasks, then begin exploring the galaxy, and using the alien artifacts that are discovered to support research efforts that will give an advantage in the "space race" to outmanoeuvre and outwit your opponents. If your military might is not enough, you can use diplomacy and espionage to achieve total domination and unite the Divided Galaxies under your control.

Xbox Review - 'Serious Sam'

by Chris "Fozz" Breci on April 30, 2003 @ 12:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Serious Sam is a high-adrenaline arcade-action shooter heavily focused on frantic arcade-style single player action. In a world where cyberpunk meets fantasy-fiction and advanced technology is mixed with black magic and psycho-powers, Sam travels through the beautiful world of ancient Egypt and several diverse planets, confronting countless Mental's minions on his way to the Mental's base.