'Beach Head: Desert War' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 4:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Beach Head Desert War is the most recent installment in the 360° arcade shooter series by Digital Fusion, this time transporting the coastal defense action to other places with lots of sand. Digital Fusion has released a demo allowing you to try out 4 levels of the game. This download IS actually the full game but you need to purchase an unlock key if you want to continue (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Acclaim Launches 'Alias' & 'Gladiator: Sword Of Vengeance' Websites

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 3:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Acclaim has launched the official web site for Gladiator: Sword Of Vengeance featuring info/screenshots from their upcoming Roman Empire themed console action game. At the same time Acclaim has also launched the official Alias web site which features info/screenshots from the upcoming third person console action game based on the hit ABC TV series. We'll have more on both those titles during/after the E3, so stay tuned!

Big City Games Signs 'Air Raid: This is not a Drill'

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Publisher Big City Games announced today that they have signed Air Raid – This is not a Drill!, developed by Made by Kiddies for the North American market.

'Everquest Online Adventures: Frontiers' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment announced today that it is developing EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers, the second edition of the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role-playing game, EverQuest Online Adventures. EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers expands the rich, vibrant fantasy world of Norrath with uncharted territories to explore, new items and spells to acquire, fierce creatures to battle, and a new playable race, the Ogres. Frontiers also offers innovative features such as an in-game tutorial, controller instructions and in-game customer service to make online gaming simple and easy for the new user. Developed exclusively for the PS2, EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers is scheduled to ship to retail stores this fall.

'Microsoft Train Simulator 2' Announced

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Microsoft Train Simulator 2 will make its debut at the E3 expo next week. "With five new, highly detailed routes, Microsoft Train Simulator 2 provides the opportunity to command a 200-ton modern diesel locomotive or operate a steam-breathing behemoth from the past. The game also adds dynamic weather in a living-breathing world complete with people, vehicles and animals roaming the countryside". Microsoft Train Simulator 2 will be in stores this Fall. Just what we need .. more trains :)

'Alfa: AntiTerror' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mistland (Paradise Cracked develoeprs) have another project lined up for the near future, the yet unannounced "Alfa:AntiTerror" (expected 1st quarter 2004). The sad reality of life in many countries. The global problem of modern times. A war, which can neither be won nor lost. The unpromising forecasts of scientists and experts concerning further development of things. Terrorism is waiting for our answer. An answer we are about to deliver. Read more for details and 4 new screens ...

'Nexagon: Deathmatch' - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nexagon: Deathmatch takes you into the action-packed and fast-paced world of the 25th century’s mortal combat arena. Here you recruit a dynamic team of combatants with varying skills and abilities in a fully 3D, completely destructible environment. Fight battles online in one on one multiplayer match ups or connect as a spectator to watch the mayhem from front-row center.

Bethesda Signs 'Call of Cthulhu' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks today announced that it will publish Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth, a first-person horror game for PC and Xbox. Developed by Headfirst Productions, Call of Cthulhu is a mix of horror, investigation, puzzle solving, exploration, and combat as you are faced with the seemingly impossible task of battling evil incarnate.

'Worms 3D' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Worms 3 will utilise the full power afforded by next-generation platforms, featuring ground-breaking fully deformable landscape technology, and will continue the wild humor and intensive, addictive fun that gamers expect from the Worms franchise. Worms 3 will showcase a raft of new gameplay features, while retaining all the familiar chaos of the original titles, complete with bizarre power-ups, loopy weaponry, and crazy cartoon graphics -- in both single and multi-player modes. Check out these 5 new wormelicious screens ..

'Victoria: 1835 - 1920' - Features & Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 11:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paradox Entertainment and Strategy First today revealed the next eposidoe in their Europa Universalis franchise. Victoria "In Victoria, players will be challenged to lead their nation into the industrial age of the 20th century, ensuring that the country becomes a great power by making sure that it stays ahead of the competition in terms of both wealth and strength. The gameplay will focus on six key aspects of running a country: diplomacy, warfare, economy and industrialization, colonization, technological development, and political simulation." The game is scheduled to be released for the winter holiday season. Read more for details and the first screen...

'Cypher: Code of Ruin' - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dreamcatcher is working on a sequel to last year's Traitor's Gate going by the name of 'Cypher: Code of Ruin'. No details are known at this point but we do have some screens for you, read more and check them out!

'Reel Fishing III' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 11:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Reel Fishing III sets itself apart from other Bass Sports Fishing titles by offering a true to life fishing experience. Using the PlayStation 2 technology, Reel Fishing III will offer beautiful scenery, a real-life 3-dimensional fishing engine, true sounds of nature in Dolby Surround Pro Logic II, inspiring soundtracks and fish so real that most will want to keep them in an aquarium. Read more for some fishy screens ...

JoWooD's E3 LineUp

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 11:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions today announced its line up of ground breaking titles that will be on display at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center between May 14 - 16th. Spanning a range of popular genres on PC CD-ROM and Playstation 2, JoWooD's line up will include the new PS2 title "Legend of Kay" and "Silent Storm" on PC. Read more for further details ...

'Battlecruiser Generations' - Website, Multiplayer System & Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games is proud to announce that its new website, dedicated to Battlecruiser Generations, has gone live today! The much anticipated title from legendary-producer, Derek Smart, is due to ship in the fall, and this dynamic site gives a great snapshot of what to expect! The site includes a great forum to get an insight from Derek himself and legions of other fans. There’s also a ton of exclusive screenshots, detailed information about the game, some great downloads and a chance to pre-order the game right now. So pull up a mouse, and head to the official 'Battlecruiser Generations' website where it’s all about to kick-off!! Read more for some new screens as well as details about the online engine.

'Uru: Ages Beyond MYST' - Single & Multiplayer Details

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment and Cyan Worlds, Inc., developers of the legendary MYST and Riven, today announced more details about Uru: Ages Beyond MYST, the eagerly-awaited game for the PC that combines an all new addition to the legendary MYST franchise with the power of the Internet. Uru is the latest chapter in the MYST series - one of the most widely recognized game brands in history, with more than 12 million units sold worldwide. It is scheduled to launch for Holiday 2003. Read more for details ...

'Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh Trail' Announced - Features & Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ePie Games has announced their upcoming Vietnam War game, Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh Trail (thanks VE3D). It is the year 1970. The flames of war in Vietnam burn on years after French troops are dealt a crushing defeat. American troops, sent into harsh terrain and dense jungle, find themselves embroiled in guerrilla warfare with a cunning enemy that uses the jungle to its advantage. The Ho Chi Minh Trail, a Vietcong transport route snaking through thousands of miles of dense foliage, somehow endures the American saturation bombing campaign, and men and armaments continue to reach southern forces down this vital supply line......

'Painkiller' - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Painkiller is a nickname of a pretty unusual mercenary, who is dealing with supernatural. There are places on Earth where demons and other evil creatures have their nests: abandoned prisons, private castles, deep caves in the mountains... "Cleaning" those places is good money, and our hero needs a lot of it, since he loves living the life to its fullest. One day he gets what seems to be a pretty simple job: to retrieve a religious artifact from one of the nests. When after a furious battle he realizes he might have been tricked into the war between two competing clans of the undead, he tries to play his own cards. Readm ore to check out the new screens ...

'Arx Fatalis' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Arx Fatalis is a first-person RPG, which plunges players into an amazingly complex fantasy-world of trolls, goblins and ‘Snake-women’. Creating weapons, solving puzzles and completing amazing quests, gamers become heroes as they battle in an evil world. Players will also need to master a unique real-time magic system to cast more than 50 different spells based on 20 different runes. DreamCatcher has send us a batch of new screens, check them out!

'Deus Ex2: Invisible War' - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deus Ex 2 allows players to participate in the telling of a powerful story, rich in mystery, lies and intrigue. In addition to a host of new conspiratorial friends and foes, players can expect encounters with a variety of characters from the original Deus Ex game. And, once again, players visit a variety of real world locations made more exotic by the passage of time. Approximately 20 years after the events depicted in Deus Ex, the world is only beginning to recover from a catastrophic worldwide depression brought on by technology run amok and a secret conspiratorial war. Read more for some new screens ...

'Call of Duty' - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set on the battlefields of the 20th century's most monumental conflicts, the series will thrust players into gripping, cinematic, authentic warfare. As unsung heroes, players experience the war from the perspective of multiple characters from numerous countries, each with varying roles and duties and who fight along side fellow soldiers in epic battle sequences. The Call of Duty brand will support Activision's multi-platform strategy and include both console and PC games. Check out these 4 impressive screens ...

'EVE Online: The Second Genesis' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 9:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Right after the initial patch, Crowd Control Productions has now issued the second patch for EVE Online: the Second Genesis, bringing their just-released MMO space game to build 1002. This patch can be used if the auto-updater doesn't work (you need to have the first patch applied as well), but there are no details on the changes in this patch. Read more for download links ...

Activision Debuts Dynamic Lineup @ 2003 E3

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision will debut a show-stopping slate of games at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 14-16. The company's blockbuster lineup includes high-profile Hollywood licenses such as "Shrek 2: The Game" (working title), "Spider-Man 2" (working title) and "Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure"; id Software's gripping 3D action game "DOOM III"; Peter Molyneux's innovative new simulation title, "The Movies"; The Creative Assembly's "Rome: Total War"; an all-new "Pitfall Harry" game, based on the Activision classic; a no-holds barred driving action game "True Crime: Streets of L.A."; and "Call of Duty," a first-person action game that captures the gritty drama, intensity and camaraderie of World War II... Read more for all details!

THQ To Publish 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost' For PC

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the highly anticipated "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" (working title). Developed exclusively for PC by Ukraine-based GSC Game World, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" is the first game to utilize GSC Game World's proprietary X-Ray engine that allows for massive indoor/outdoor environments, real-time physics and the capability to push more than one million polygons per frame at 60 frames per second. "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" provides players with an intense first person action experience that incorporates elements of survival horror and role-playing while taking place in the forbidden zone of the Chernobyl nuclear facility. "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" will be available in 2004.

'FIFA Football 2004' Gets Help From Fifa Coach

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that it has partnered with Erich Rutemöller from FIFA's Technical Committee, to assist with the development of EA SPORTS FIFA Football 2004. In line with EA's commitment to deliver the most authentic, immersive interactive football experience on any gaming platform, Rutemöller will help ensure that the development team working on FIFA Football 2004 share in his knowledge and experience of the playing tactics and formations of the most successful and revered football clubs.

UBI Signs Musician/Actress Eve For 'XIII' (ALL)

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that one of music and film's hottest stars, Eve, will play the role of Major Jones in its highly anticipated action-shooter, XIII. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world. Eve will lend her voice talents to Major Jones, a beautiful yet mysterious character in the game, who helps players unravel clues behind the game's captivating story. XIII is planned to release on all platforms in Fall 2003.

Mad Catz Reveals 2003 E3 Lineup

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (Amex: MCZ; Toronto), the world's leading third party video game accessory manufacturer, today announced the Company's lineup of new video game accessories to showcase at the Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 14 -16, 2003. Check out the line-up below!

EA Unveils Plans For 'SimCity 4 Rush Hour' - Screens

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that the first expansion pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack* is in development at the company's Walnut Creek-based Maxis studio. SimCity is on the move in SimCity 4 Rush Hour. Players will now have the ultimate level of control over their city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, waterways, and even vehicles. SimCity 4 Rush Hour will make its debut to industry insiders on May 13th at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles and is scheduled to ship in fall 2003.

'Inside Pitch 2003' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers will be able to create their own superstar, hone their baseball skills and challenge their friends online using Xbox Live. Want to learn how to play the carom off of Fenway Park's Green Monster? "Inside Pitch 2003" will include special training sessions for each position to help gamers perfect their baseball skills. Check out the new xbox screens ...

'The Hulk' Demo Expected This Week

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

VU Games will release a PC demo of its Hulk title Thursday morning. The product ships to North American retailers June 3. Canada-based Radical Entertainment is developing the third-person action game for all three next-generation consoles and the PC. Players will experience two types of gameplay as either Bruce Banner or The Hulk as they battle characters from the film and familiar enemies from the Marvel universe. The Hulk can smash through any physical obstacle and annihilate foes with over 45 attacks (thanks Avault). Of course we will have this puppy on our file servers as it becomes available ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GBA Review - 'Rayman3: Hoodlum Havoc'

by The Cookie Snatcher on May 7, 2003 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc will feature many brand new game elements. Its action-adventure format will be familiar to many, but advanced combat will form the heart of this latest installment. Rayman will have a range of new movements and powers including, Shock Rockets, the Lockjaw, Vortex Fist and he will certainly need them as he comes up against over 20 powerful enemies, including the savage Hoodlum tribe. The new in-game combat systems will also ensure players use their brains, with each enemy having individual strengths and attack strategies, and will only be defeated by using the correct combination of fighting techniques.

'World Championship Pool' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today we got screens from another one of Jaleco's upcoming title, World Championship Pool being developed on all platforms. No details are known at this point but at least we got some spiffy looking screens for you to enjoy! Read more to check them out!

The Climax Group Expands

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 12:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Climax Group, one of the world's leading developers of interactive entertainment, today announced the launch of the company's first US office. Already one of the largest and most respected game developers in Europe, this latest expansion puts Climax at the forefront of the global gaming market. The new office, located in Venice, California, will leverage the technology developed and popularized by Climax' European studios, as well as the company's name and solid reputation, to build the brand in the U.S. market and pursue projects with major Hollywood studios.

'OC Racing' (Xbox/PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

OC Racing will feature cars that look cool instead of ones that look like toys. A former automotive designer is designing the models, and the game is an opportunity for his imagination to run wild. OC Racing is divided up into three Grand Prix circuits, five races each. The game does not have your typical new cars that you can unlock upon winning or qualifying but instead you have to collect parts in the race itself... Read more for some screens ...

'Lowrider' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As the title suggests, Lowrider lets players construct cars for the purpose of participating in low-riding competitions--such as hops, dances, and cruises--against various opponents. Players can not only upgrade the engine and the physical characteristics of their car, but they can also upgrade the hydraulics system so they can perform even more outrageous mechanical feats. The game even features a custom paint tool that lets players add their own visual touches to their car. Check out these screens ...

'Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, a fierce conflict is beginning to unfold in the streets of America. Red Army troops are pouring across the borders of Mexico and Canada shortly after a nuclear missile is unleashed on Washington D.C. Chaos sets in when breaking news informs Americans that their President has been killed and the Russians have invaded the country.

'Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde' (PS2/Xbox/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde sets itself apart from other Real-Time Strategy games with fast arcade-style action, richly detailed and destructible environments, and an easy-to-master control scheme designed specifically for console game pads. The project is spearheaded by strategy game developers Ron Millar and Chris Millar, who are known for their work on best-selling titles within the StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo series. Read more to check out a fresh batch of screens ...