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'Soul Calibur II' (PS2) Features Exclusive Character & Bonus Demo Disc

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 5:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This year’s most anticipated fighting game, 'Soul Calibur II', will pack an extra punch for PS2 owners when it ships to retailers on August 26. The game’s publisher, Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that the initial shipment of 'Soul Calibur II' for PlayStation 2 will include a special in-pack demo disc featuring playable demos, game trailers and downloadable content for some of Namco’s hottest video game titles.

'Freedom Fighters' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 4:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Freedom Fighters combines the depth of a squad based game with the intensity of an action-packed war game that unfolds in the streets, subways, and buildings of the city. Earlier today we had the demo available for download, now we have a fresh batch of screens for EA's upcoming action game Freedom Fighters. Read more to check them out.

'Freestyle Street Soccer' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 3:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Freestyle Street Soccer returns to grass roots and allows rival gangs to gain respect and supremacy in urban environments. Jumpers and oil drums replace goalposts and rules are well and truly left on the sidelines as the pitch is transformed into a battleground for the duration of the match. No offsides and limited boundaries ensure flowing gameplay and fierce, frantic competitive matches. Read more for a fresh batch of screens ...

'X²: The Threat' - Rolling Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 3:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A day earlier than expected, Koch Media & Egosoft have already released the announced rolling demo for their upcoming space trading / combat sim, X²: THE THREAT. Using actual game code, this non-playable rolling 'movie' shows many of the game's key features. The demo is configurable for different levels of hardware. Read more for download links ...

'Silent Storm' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 3:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

After last weeks russian demo, now the English version is available for Nival Interactive's 3D turn-based tactical combat game Silent Storm. No specific details available but if it is anything like the Russian version then it should have a tutorial and two missions. Read more for download links ....

Encore Signs 'Patrician III' And 'Pirate Hunter' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 2:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Encore today announced that it has signed an exclusive North American agreement with UK-based Ascaron Entertainment UK Ltd. to publish Patrician III and Pirate Hunter. These two strategy/sim games offer a unique combination of trading and fighting, one in the cities of Northern Europe, the other on the high seas of the Caribbean. Under this agreement, Encore is managing sales, distribution and marketing for these PC games, while Ascaron is delivering the content. Read more for details and screens ...

Second Wave of Xbox Platinum Hits Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 2:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Corp. today announced the second wave of Platinum Hits titles for Xbox. The Xbox Platinum Hits lineup provides gamers with a choice of the most proven and critically acclaimed titles for Xbox, all available for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $19.99 (U.S.) at most retailers. Read more for details ...

'Bionicle: The Game' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Bionicle, players enter the world of Mata Nui, a paradise island where a shadow has been cast and the six heroes of destiny, called "Toa," have been chosen for the greatest challenge of all. Players will have the opportunity to live out the Bionicle legend by playing the Toa, helping them evolve into the super Toa, or "Toa Nuva," and eventually find the seventh Toa. With the magical elemental powers that the Toa possess, players must defeat the shadow of darkness brought by a sinister villain, Makuta, and return Mata Nui to light. In all, from Toa to Toa Nuva, fans of Bionicle will be able to play all 13 Toa. Read more for some new Xbox screens ...

'No Man's Land' - Multiplayer Modes Part 2 & Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week we had No Mans Land multiplayer part 1, and now we have part 2 giving more details on the "Eliminate Heroes" and the "King Of The Hill" multiplayer modes. Read more for some new screens ...

'Horizons: Empire Of Istaria' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Horizons is the next generation online epic adventure. It is based in the massively multiplayer fantasy world, Istaria. A world of legend and lore filled with humans, fiends, dragons and many other traditional fantasy roles, Horizons allows thousands of players to adventure together in the civilized and untamed regions of the world. It's been a while since we had some good Horizons screens, so njoy!

'James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing' (PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

What would James Bond do? That’s the question players will answer in every dramatic moment of James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, as the world’s greatest secret agent returns in his fifth interactive adventure under the EA GAMES brand. First, you will think like Bond, using espionage, tactical skills, and gadgets from the Q-Lab to analyze your situation. Then you will act like Bond, using his stylish physical skills, clever subterfuge, and bold personality to once again save the world. Check the new Gamecube & PS2 screens ...

'Freedom Fighters' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, a fierce conflict is unfolding in the streets of America. Taking on the role of Christopher Stone, players evolve from an average New Yorker into a fearless patriot who recruits and leads an army of freedom fighters in the streets of New York City. Freedom Fighters combines the depth of a squad based game with the intensity of an action-packed war game that unfolds in the streets, subways, and buildings of the city. This demo features the Post office level, seven weapons, 3 AI guys to recruit. Read more for download links ...

XIII Soundtrack To Feature Original Music By 'Future Primitive Sound'

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft announced its partnership with San Francisco-based label Future Primitive Sound to record exclusive tracks inspired by XIII, Ubi Soft's highly anticipated first-person shooter. The XIII soundtrack is the first videogame soundtrack to feature original music inspired by the game, and will be available exclusively through XIII's pre-order program, launching in September. XIII will be available on all game consoles and the PC in Fall 2003. Listen to clips from the XIII soundtrack at: www.whoisxiii.com/community/soundtrack.php

'FIFA Soccer 2004' (NGC/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 9:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For true soccer fans who demand the finest gameplay and in-depth game modes, FIFA Soccer 2004 is the most complete and authentic soccer experience. A new Career mode gives players the chance to take a team from the lower divisions, battle through ranks, sign new players, and turn them into champions. The action is deeper than ever with advanced levels of player detail and responsiveness. With immersive atmospheres, benchmark presentation, total realism with the world's premier clubs, and industry-leading gameplay, FIFA returns as the true authority in soccer gaming. Read more for some new screens ...

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Oblivion Lost' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The game will provide players with extremely dynamic gameplay of fast and tough combats, where players are to oppose dangerous and wise enemies, a large set of multifarious weaponry, possibility to control various machinery, incredible detailing and game world interactivity, story-driven single player with original team gameplay, a well-balanced multiplayer with numerous modes: DeathMatch, CTF, Cooperative, various team games and much more. Read more to check out a new batch of screens, as well as a brand new trailer directly from the Game Convention in Leipzig!

'Gangland' & 'Postal 2 Multiplayer' At ECTS

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 9:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Whiptail Interactive will premier its Q4 product releases for 2003 at ECTS, August 27-29, 2003 at Earls Court, London in stand #1970. A highlight of the stand will be the first look at Whiptail Interactive’s new PC game - Gangland. Developed by Danish gaming experts MediaMobsters and anticipated to be released this fall, Gangland combines the best elements of real-time strategy, role-play and simulation games. Read more for details ...

'ESPN NBA Basketball' (PS2/Xbox) Coming In October

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rejoice sports fans! It's that time of year again when every pro sport you can think of and more is vying for air time. The pennant race is heating up for baseball! The first hike of the football season is just weeks away! Teams are readying to hit the ice for hockey season! Before you know it it'll be time to switch your focus to the hardwood when "ESPN NBA Basketball" hits the court for the PS2 and Xbox. "ESPN NBA Basketball," from the makers of "NBA 2K3," promises exciting enhancements including fanatical crowds, blinding lights and deafening sounds that set the stage for each competitive match-up. Throw down rim rattling slams, dish dead on passes - and do it all online for both the PS2 and the Xbox. AND, ESPN Videogames is the only brand that offers online play for both consoles!

'Pro Race Driver' (Xbox) Goes Live - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 9:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

All new Xbox Live functionality will be added to the full game enabling up to 12 online gamers to compete head-to-head in the most realistic, most intense and aggressive racing championships seen in any Xbox motorsport game. The game also now includes System Link play for up to 12 consoles. Incredibly, the new dedicated Xbox Live mode unlocks Pro Race Driver's entire range of 42 real touring and sports cars, 12 championships and 38 internationally renowned race circuits and lets gamers race for supremacy in FreeStyle races.

'Enigma: Rising Tide' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 8:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Controlling the battle at sea ultimately leads to a victory in any war, and Enigma: Rising Tide allows gamers to do just that. Battling as one of three factions (US, German or the League of Free Nations) players must control a naval fleet of destroyers, submarines, battleships or cruisers. Each commander must deploy suitable weapons to tackle an ever-evolving enemy, from deploying deck guns and torpedoes to launching hedgehogs, and depth charges. This demo features the latest v2.1.4c codebase, and lets you try out a submarine and corvette mission on the United States side. Read more for download links ...

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 5:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land. Check out the new screens ...

'Action Replay MAX' (PS2) - Cheat, Tweak & Modify

by Thomas on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 4:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Datel Design & Development, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of video game enhancement products, today announced the launch of the world's first broadband-enabled cheat code system for PlayStation2, Action Replay MAX.

'EyeToy: Groove' (PS2) - Announced

by Thomas on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 4:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe are pleased to announce the second title in the award winning EyeToy series. 'EyeToy: Groove' exclusive to PlayStation 2, will hit stores in Q4 2003.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 2:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox Preview - 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds'

by Eric on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is a 3rd person action-adventure game based on the successful cult series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just like the show, the adventure takes place at ground zero for all things vampire – Sunnydale, California. Developed with the show's writers as a 'lost episode' from season 5, Chaos Bleeds involves an unraveling tale in which a dimensional bleed has been enabled by Pure Evil to consume humanity once and for all. It's up to Buffy and her friends to stop it all from happening ... again! Due in stores next week, we had a chance to take a quick peek ...

PC Review - 'Aquanox 2: Revelation'

by Justin on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Aquanox 2: Revelation is a new story of the underwater world Aqua. In 2666 a young freighter pilot called William Drake sets out to search for the heritage of a mythical ancestor. He is looking for adventure - and finds greed, ruthlessness, merciless hatred … and also unexpected help. But very soon he has to realize that he is not the only one hunting for his ancestor's legendary treasure.

'Frontline Command Online' Revealed

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 12:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Bitmap Brothers and award nominated online gurus Nicely Crafted Entertainment (NiCE) have today announced their intention to work together on a number of exciting new products sharing both IP and technology. Through their development joint venture, NiCE and The Bitmap Brothers are exploring new genres for MMOG entertainment as well as creating online versions of existing titles including Chaos Engine and Frontline Command.

'Destruction Derby Arenas' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 12:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As a flagship launch-title, the original Destruction Derby was a powerful demonstration of PlayStation gaming values. Liberating, cathartic and (for its time!) brutally realistic, it freed gamers from the restrictions associated with traditional driving games. Subsequent sequels performed well and added numerous features; total Destruction Derby sales now total 3 million +!! However, by the third incarnation it became clear that the limitations of the PSX were restricting the improvement of the franchise's basic game proposition.

'Ghosthunter' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2003 @ 12:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Inspired by the cinematic styling of classic horror films, Ghosthunter combines high production values with solid gameplay, drawing players into a macabre, supernatural universe packed with stealth, exploration and all-out action. Read more to check a batch of new screens ...