'Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction' - Beta Update Patch

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 8:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Due to the magnitude of the upcoming Diablo II 1.10 patch, we are for the first time ever conducting a special patch beta test! Unlike the previous beta tests, you do not have to sign up to participate. This is for PC users only and Battle.net does not work with this patch. Diablo II BETA Patch 1.10 is playable ONLY in single-player mode and ONLY via TCP/IP for multiplayer. You cannot play this version on Battle.net. If you install this patch, you will not be able to connect to Battle.net to play Diablo II or Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Full patch is expected soon. Read more for further details and download links ...

'Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone' Coming To PS2/NGC/Xbox

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 8:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, Harry Potter fans will be able to experience the magic of Harry's first year at Hogwarts with next-generation graphics and updated gameplay in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone game from Electronic Arts. EA's UK Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets games, which together have sold over 20 million copies worldwide, joins Warthog Games in developing the title for the PS2, the Xbox, and GameCube. The game is scheduled for release in the fall of 2003 under the EA GAMES brand.

'Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided' Launch Successful

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 7:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Apparently ignoring the launch debacle the first 2 days, LucasArts' Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, the first Star Wars massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, experienced unprecedented success in its first week of availability, garnering more than 125,000 users and receiving accolades from gaming press and players alike.

'Firestarter' - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 7:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The game is developed on original high-tech engine The Firestarter Engine, which uses the possibilities of the latest accelerator generation GeForce3/4. Among the engine possibilities are work with outdoor and indoor areas, coloured dynamic lighting, dynamic shadows, vertex and pixel shaders, T&L, procedure textures, various classes of particle system-based effects, interactive and destructible level objects, realistic physics, high-polygonal character and monster models (up to 5000 of polygons), skeleton animation. The official site has once again been updated with 4 new screens, read more to check them out...

'Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield' - Upcoming Patch Plans

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Patch 1.31 will only include the arm patches fix that that caused server connection problems. Testing on it will begin next week and public release is expected in 3 weeks. Tony Ray, from Even Balance, is working closely with the development team in integrating Punkbuster and everything is going smoothly. The SA servers (windows - linux) will hit testing in a few days. Exact release on this is uncertain right now. What can you expect in the future? Patch 1.4 is being worked on and is scheduled for release at the end of August. This is shaping up to be the largest patch thus far in terms of bug fixes and improvements. Plans for an official MOD and release of an SDK are underway (expect both to come later).

'Enemy Territory' - Coming To A Magazine Disc Near You

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 4:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision just dropped us a note about Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory -- if you've been holding off on the download because of your bandwidth, you won't have to any longer. Over the next couple of months, Enemy Territory will be on the discs of magazines all over the world! We've got a partial list below of gaming magazines that will be including Enemy Territory and when they're coming out. An updated list can be found on the official Wolfenstein website.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 3:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • Call Of Duty - US Campaign Trailer Pack
  • Call Of Duty - Russian Campaign Trailer Pack
  • Heaven And Hell - Trailer
  • The Kore Gang - Trailer
  • Spyhunter 2 - Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'City of Heroes' - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 1:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

City of Heroes is the first superhero themed online RPG and will offer a host of exciting and compelling gameplay features. Players create their own heroes, choosing from hundreds of different powers, skills, abilities, and items and design their own unique costumes. Then they can band together with other players to fight evil, build their own secret headquarters and strive to become the premiere hero group in the city.

'Yu Yu Hakusho' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) Revealed

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 1:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Building further on an already successful partnership, Atari, Inc. and FUNimation have entered into an agreement, through which Atari will publish video games for certain next-generation consoles based on FUNimation’s popular animated television series, Yu Yu Hakusho. Already an acknowledged blockbuster in Japan where the manga alone has sold more than 40 million copies, Yu Yu Hakusho made its debut in the United States in April 2002 on Cartoon Network, where it is currently among the top-rated shows on the network’s “Toonami Block” of programming. Read more for details ...

Midway Launches 'Midway Arcade Treasures'

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 12:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Games Inc. announced today that Midway Arcade Treasures, the first next-generation console offering of more than 20 classic arcade games, is scheduled to ship in fall 2003. Midway Arcade Treasures features hundreds of hours of classic gameplay action from all-time arcade favorites including the fast-paced action of SpyHunter, the multiplayer collaboration of Gauntlet, the space-age adventure of Defender and the dueling combat of Joust, just to name a few.

'Etrom: The Astral Essence' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 12:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

P.M. STUDIOS today officially announced the development of the 3D Action-RPG Game– ETROM: “The Astral Essence”. Earth 476. A.H.E.F. (After Human Empire Foundation): the Future? Etrom is a project aiming at creating a world where we find conflicting societies divided by walls, laws, secrets, towers and deserts, characterized by either fantastic technologies and ancient civilizations governed by mysterious hidden energies. Read more for details & screens ...

'Battlestar Galactica' (Xbox/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Battlestar Galactica delivers a compelling and immersive space action experience as players move seamlessly between stunning cinematics and epic space battles against the insidious, mechanical power of the Cylons. Fight the insidious Cylons in epic space battles utilizing advanced tactics and an arsenal of weaponry, including the greatest weapon mankind ever conceived — The Battlestar Galactica. Check out some new screens ...

'Mistmare' Ships In North America

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 10:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First and co-developers Sinister Systems and Arxel Tribe are happy to announce that Mistmare, a title that offers a unique blend of action, adventure and RPG elements has shipped to retail stores nation wide. “Mistmare takes gamers into a very different world,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Strategy First. “The Dark Ages never ended and gamers will be faced with medieval weapons and magic with only their skills and intellect to help them survive.”

'Forever Worlds' - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 10:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Forever Worlds is a 1st person 'pure' adventure game that transports the player into a series of surreal and immersive worlds. As an archaeological detective, gamers embark on an amazing journey through a chain of non-parallel dimensions, where magic and fantasies merge. Intuitive interfaces and navigation combine with fully integrated puzzles for a great adventure. Read more for a batch of new screens ...

'Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension ' (PC/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Players take on the role of hero Nick Bluetooth -- straight out of the hit ABC Family TV series -- and find themselves in an Outer Dimension on an action-packed quest to free friends who have fallen into the clutches of the evil tyrant, Gorm. With the ultimate goal of finding the portal to GALIDOR and ridding the Outer Dimension of its wicked ruler, Nick encounters many challenges and menacing foes along the way. Armed with the awe-inspiring ability to "glinch" or absorb the attributes of enemies he defeats, Nick can fly, jump, grapple and navigate through his adventures. GALIDOR: Defenders of the Outer Dimension has both 2D and 3D environments to explore across 21 levels.

'Aliens versus Predator: Extinction' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Out thinking, out maneuvering and overpowering the enemy in a race to dominate the planet is what players can look forward to in "Aliens versus Predator: Extinction." The game, based on the blockbuster Aliens and Predator sci-fi film franchises from Twentieth Century Fox, is the first game of its kind for next generation consoles, giving players the ability to play as one of three species: Aliens, Predators or Colonial Marines. "Aliens versus Predator: Extinction" is scheduled to ship in summer 2003. Read more for some new screens ...

THQ Ships Two GBA Titles To Stores

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc.has shipped "The Simpsons Road Rage" for the GBA. Handheld game players can now control over 15 Springfield residents, including Bart, Homer and Marge, as they drive vehicles inspired by the longest-running comedy on television. Today, THQ has also shipped out "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King" for the GBA. Take control of Buffy as she and her friends kick, stab and blast their way through some of the baddest vampires, monsters and demons from the hit TV series.

Don Blutch & Gary Goldman To Work On 'I-Ninja' (PS2/NGC)

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today the company has signed renowned animated filmmakers Don Bluth and Gary Goldman to create and direct the in-game cinematics for the upcoming title, I-Ninja. Famous for bringing memorable characters to life in the animated film world, Bluth, Goldman and their team will create the in-game movies for I-Ninja. The game, scheduled for release on the PlayStation2 and GameCube in Q4 2003, stars an ultra-cool ninja who combines his major attitude with extreme sports gameplay mechanics.

'Psychotoxic' - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Psychotoxic is a first person shooter with an exceptionally exciting story line. The setting is New York, in the year 2020. Three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse have caused terrible damage on Earth. The fourth horseman is now preparing for his return. Violence and aggression are increasing drastically. Humanity's last hope is protagonist Angie Prophet. Basically a human, she is also an angel and guardian, marked centuries ago to save mankind. Play on two different levels: The reality level contains the main elements for the battle against the horseman, including both indoor and outdoor scenes. In the mind level, Angie enters other people's thoughts - here time and space have no meaning. Check the new batch of screens ...

'Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne' - Teaser Site Launched

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on ToTheGame that Rockstar Games has launched a teaser website for Remedy's upcoming Max Payne sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne. Even for a teaser site it doesn't offer much apart from some Max Payne 2 wallpapers & icons, or the the official screensaver. Expect Max Payne 2 to appear on store shelves Fall 2003.

'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon gives players the option to play as Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien, Jen Yu, and "Dark Cloud" Lo. Each character possesses specific moves, talents, and deadly weapons - players must conquer various challenges in order to improve their fighting skills as they compete against intelligent foes and seek revenge against the sinister Jade Fox. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon offers a compelling gaming experience that effectively captures the martial arts magic that made the movie a worldwide success. Read more for some new screens ...

'Headhunter: Redemption ' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Maintaining law and society order is veteran Headhunter Jack Wade, older, wiser and battle hardened. At his side is the reluctant new sidekick, the rebellious street kid Leeza X. Whether ripping up the highways of the silver metropolis on a super bike or stalking the criminal masterminds of the shadowy underworld, they are led into the greatest danger of their lives and must overcome something much more sinister than a simple human threat. Each must face their darkest fears. Together they must redeem a world facing chaos...

'Battle Mages' - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 9:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buka Entertainment today announced a contract with Nobilis, a well-known French distributor of video games, to release the new and promising title from Buka - Battle Mages. This innovative title represents a gorgeous mix of RTS and RPG genres. A player controls the main hero, a graduate of the Imperial Battle Mage School, and his troops to restore peace in a beautiful fantasy world, inhabited with various creatures. Dynamic quest system, dozens of spells and well-thought skills system, flexible gameplay and fascinating storyline are bound to attract many players to Battle Mages. Read more for some screens ...

'Colin McRae Rally 04' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 8:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's the rally game reinvented by the people who invented the rally game, and you're getting it sooner than you think: Colin McRae Rally 04 will launch late September for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. For Codemasters' 50-strong development team that has been working on the game since last summer, Colin McRae Rally 04 is set to be the total rally video gaming experience with eight game modes, an advanced visual engine and an all-new style. The September launch is not the only surprise Codemasters has lined up. The engine that drives the series' sublime car handling has been enhanced to a new level of detail. A batch of new screens just rolled in ...

'K-1 World Grand Prix' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 1:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A growing combat sport that has taken Japan by storm, K-1 brings together the toughest practitioners of karate, kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu to create the world's most challenging fighting competition. And now, players can step in to the virtual ring and feel the sweat on their brow in Konami's new videogame, K-1 World Grand Prix - the most realistic recreation of the sport ever. Read more to check a batch of new screens, or download an action-packed trailer with in-game footage ...

PC Review - 'The Hulk'

by GreyOoze on July 3, 2003 @ 12:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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 media. Throughout gaming history, there have been a lot of attempts at movie tie-ins with video games. Unfortunately, where the movie usually does well, the game does not. So how does this latest blockbuster move fare? Read on, and find out.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on July 3, 2003 @ 12:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News