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'Sammy Studios' Unveils Lineup For ECTS 2003

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 11:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sammy Europe, Ltd. today unveiled the games it will have on display at ECTS 2003. Amongst their titles are the eagerly anticipated Lethal Skies 2, as well as Seven Samurai 20XX. The company is exhibiting at booth #1950 at the show, held August 27th – 29th at Earls Court in London, UK.

'Mercedes-Benz World Racing' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mercedes-Benz World Racing offers training missions, race and championship modes and also mission based play. Advanced technologies allow each driver to develop its own character and driving history to enable them to master and accomplish different skills and missions successfully. Check these new screens ...

'The Simpsons Hit & Run' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 8:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Simpsons Hit & Run is a mission-based driving game featuring out-of-the-car platform action, the interactive world of Springfield, and the signature humor of the Simpsons. We'll have new screens and clips each week featuring the characters from the game, this week check out Apu. Hit & Run comes out September 16th for the PS2, Xbox and GC. Read more to check out the goodies ...

'Hidden And Dangerous II' - Beta Test Sign Up

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 5:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Noticed on HomeLAN that iBeta Software are taking sign-ups for people to beta test Illusion Softworks/Gathering's upcoming WWII tactical shooter Hidden and Dangerous II. Sign up for the beta at iBeta's web site.

Capcom Ships 'Bombastic' (PS2) & 'Pro Cast Sports Fishing' (Xbox)

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 2:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom today announced the release of Bombastic for the PS2. Bombastic puts players in control of a veritable minefield of explosive, moving dice. Experience the struggle of man verses fish as Capcom today announced the release of Pro Cast Sports Fishing, the most comprehensive bass fishing simulation game developed exclusively for the Xbox. In Pro Cast Sports Fishing, players choose their fisherman from a line up of three seasoned professionals in a bid to attain the grandtitle of Master Bass Fisherman.

DreamCatcher Screens Galore

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

We got some new screens for some upcoming Dreamcatcher titles. Read more to check out goodies from :

  • Mysterious Journey 2: Chameleon
  • Cypher: Code of Ruin
  • Jack the Ripper

'New World Order' - Counterstrike Assault Map Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

This New World Order map, which is a full conversion from the original CS Assault map, is totally rebuild from scratch and has much improvements on the original map. The new v2.0 Assault is very atmospheric, has stunning looking graphics and offers lots and lots of extra’s compared to the original. Some extra streets were created for more tactical game play and what to think of special effects like shootable lights and glass, and smoke coming from car exhaust pipes is seen on this map. Read more for details and download links ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 12:10 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 :

  • Battlestar Galactica - Intro Movie
  • Futurama - Trailer
  • Far Cry - Trailer
  • War Of The Ring - Trailer
  • Forgotten Realms - Trailer


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

'Rugby 2004' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 11:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA SPORTS Rugby 2004 will once again be a rugby fan’s dream. 20 international teams, as well as all the Super 12 and other domestic teams, will be featured including the mighty New Zealand All Blacks, the Australian Wallabies, the South African Springboks, England and France. Take your team to victory in the World Cup, Tri nations, Super 12 Series, Domestic, Master League and Friendly matches. A custom league set up facility will also allow players to structure their own tournaments.

'Disgaea: Hour of Darkness' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The critically acclaimed strategy role-playing game from Japan, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for the PlayStation2 has shipped to retailers, courtesy of Atlus U.S.A., Inc., the publishers of last year's award winning Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis. To accompany the launch of the game, the official Disgaea Website has gone live. The site will feature exclusive screenshots, downloads, game information and a dedicated message board.

'Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metal Gear Solid The Twin Snakes combines the thrilling story of the original Metal Gear Solid game with the jaw-dropping graphics and unparalleled gameplay found in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The game is scheduled to ship later this year in North America and Europe, followed by the Japanese launch in early 2004. Read more to check out some new screens ...

'Otogi: Myth Of Demons' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA of America, Inc. today announced the release of "Otogi: Myth of Demons," a samurai warrior action game exclusively for the Xbox. Developed by FROM Software, "Otogi: Myth of Demons" delivers mission-based gameplay in deep, destructible environments representative of ancient Japan. Based on Japanese folklore, "Otogi" tells the story of an undead warrior on a quest to save himself and the universe from a vicious, demonic army.

'KnightShift' Coming To The MAC

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Virtual Programming announces today that it will be bringing KnightShift, a unique and mystical RTS/RPG hybrid to the Mac market. KnightShift offers the best of conventional RPG and RTS games combined into a mystic world, full of fantasy and imagination. The player takes control over heroes, real or magical characters, and leads them to victory and honour.

'Resident Evil Outbreak' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Resident Evil Outbreak retains the signature Resident Evil storytelling, visuals, and bone-chilling audio that Capcom's survival-horror fans demand. The game introduces an all-new story, an assortment of new characters, and a large number of non-player characters (NPC's). Scenarios are generated for the player by the game with storylines branching off in new directions based on decisions made. Players can enjoy each character's own storyline, as well as communicate with others.

'UT2003' Tournament Featuring World Champion Gamer Fatal1ty

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ultimate Arena, Inc. today announced that gamers around the world can try their hand at beating professional gamer and Cyberathlete Professional League champion Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel for prize money in the "Beat Fatal1ty!" event at www.ultimatearena.com. Ultimate Arena is the first service to offer players an online venue to compete against Fatal1ty for cash prizes. Read more for details ...

'Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Play the Greatest Story Ever Written . . . The quest to destroy the One Ring continues in the first real-time strategy game based on The Lord of the Rings saga. Massive battles erupt as the peoples of Middle-earth fight for control of Tolkien’s World. Gamers can play as the forces of good and valiantly fight for the One Ring’s destruction or assume command of the forces of evil to claim control over Middle-earth forever. Read more for some new screens ...

'LotR: The Return of the King' (NGC/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA’s second “The Lord of the Rings” action adventure game, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, will allow players to journey through multiple gameplay paths, taking control of the motion picture trilogy’s heroes. Defend the walls of Minas Tirith as Gandalf, raise the Army of the Dead as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli, and with Frodo and Sam, deliver the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom. Read more to check some awesome new screens ...

'Middle-Earth Online' - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 9:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

From the far corners of Middle-earth, new adventures come forth to face the growing evil in the East. The forces of Mordor are mobilizing as the Nazgül hunt for the One Ring. The land itself is in peril and its fate lies in the hands of those who possess it. Adventuring alone or in groups, join thousands of players online in the massive world that is Middle-earth. Support the forces of good in an epic struggle to drive back the forces of Sauron. This is Middle-Earth Online, your home in the world of Tolkien. Read more to check some screens ...

'Yager' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Germany has released a playable demo of Yager (in German of course) letting you try out their upcoming sci-fi flying action game. The demo (developed by Yager development, how resourceful) contains three missions from the full game (thanks 4players.de). Read more for download links ...

NCsoft To Establish Joint Venture In Taiwan

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation has unveiled plans to establish a joint venture, NC Taiwan, with Taiwan's leading game distributor, Gamania. The announcement came during a joint press conference held in Taipei, Taiwan. One of the first products to be distributed by the new venture will be NCsoft's highly anticipated Lineage II. Officials indicated plans to launch beta services for Lineage II in Taiwan by the fourth quarter of this year.

'Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft has released the European (i guess a US version is expected later) demo for their upcoming turn-based strategy title Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria. The demo features a single map, playable solo or multiplayer, but multiplayer support is limited to play on a single computer (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for download links ...

'TRON 2.0' - In Stores Now

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers and TRON fans alike can now digitize themselves into the world of the computer with Buena Vista Interactive’s TRON 2.0, which debuts today on store shelves across North America. Inspired by TRON, the ground-breaking science-fiction film, TRON 2.0 is a first-person PC game that delivers immersive story-driven gameplay packed with intense action, virtual viral villains and a unique visual style.

'Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc' - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

"Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc allows gamers to relive the tremendous challenge of planning and fighting battles during Medieval Europe," said Trevor Chan, CEO of Enlight. "We are integrating individual battles and military campaigns into the gameplay to provide players with a range of challenges that will test their combat and strategic skills. With a wide variety of medieval weapons and diversified character attributes, Joan of Arc gives players control of their own destiny.".. Enlight today released new screenshots from Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc. The screenshots, which highlight some of the new weaponry, can be viewed below!

Activision Appoints Tim Riley Worldwide Executive Of Music

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision announced today that music industry veteran Tim Riley has joined the company as worldwide executive of music. Riley brings to Activision more than 11 years of experience in the music industry and an extensive background in music licensing and supervision. In his new position, Riley will direct all activities concerning the integration of music into the company's games and aggressively seek opportunities to expand Activision's alliances with record labels around the world. Additionally, he will identify, negotiate and secure worldwide music licenses for Activision's products. Supporting Riley in his new role will be Brandon Young who joins Activision as music supervisor and licensing coordinator.

Various Titles From 989 Sports Ships For PS2

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NCAA GameBreaker 2004 from the 989 Sports development team is now available in stores, marking the highly anticipated launch of the most advanced online-compatible college football game available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. With more than 117 teams to choose from, 27 bowl games and more than 50 new animated mascots, cheerleaders, and sideline personnel, NCAA GameBreaker 2004 also features revolutionary online play through 989SportsOnline, allowing gamers to go head-to-head nationwide for college gridiron superiority... They also announced today that NFL GameDay 2004 from the 989 Sports development team is now available in stores for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. The latest pro football release from 989 Sports features new Artificial Intelligence technology, the deepest Online Mode ever created for a sports game and all-new player models, presenting the deepest and most authentic gridiron gaming experience available. NFL GameDay 2004 offers football fans of all ages the excitement of true NFL action.

THQ Ships 'Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights' For Xbox

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced the release of Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights for the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft. Based on the classic Scooby-Doo! TV series, the game features original characters and villains with the celebrity voice talent of Don Knotts, Tim Conway and Tim Curry. The Xbox version is now available at retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $19.95. Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights is also available for $19.95 for GameCube and the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, under the PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits Program.

En Garde: Namco Ships 'SOULCALIBUR II' (XB/NGC/PS2)

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Ltd. announced today that its franchise title, SOULCALIBURII, has shipped to stores nationwide. The highly anticipated sequel to one of the most revered 3D weapons-based fighting games of all time, SOULCALIBURII is now available on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.

'The Sims Double Deluxe' Announced

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 7:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced plans to release this September The Sims Double Deluxe, the ultimate compilation of the top-selling PC franchise, The Sims. The Sims Double Deluxe delivers the original #1 PC game of all time, The Sims, as well as The Sims Livin' Large and The Sims House Party expansion packs all in one value-packed product. With the most Sims content ever assembled in one place, now is the best time to join The Sims phenomenon.

'Pop Idol' (PC/PS2) - Site Launch

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Pop Idol fever grips the nation, Codemasters has launched a new website for Pop Idol.. Pop Idol – The Official Video Game is coming to PlayStation 2 and PC in November and the website is packed with news, screenshots, downloads and information to keep even the most devoted Pop Idol fan entertained until the game's release... More about it below!

'Mod-Chip Case' Lik Sang To Pay Compensation To Sony

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 2:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Due to the latest international legal developments surrounding Mod Chips and similar devices, and for financial reasons, Lik Sang International Limited signed an Acknowledgement and Undertaking which includes a one time compensation payment to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

'Halo' - Developer Interview

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 1:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Armed with a brand new arsenal of weapons and vehicles, Halo delivers challenges and surprises, as well as intense online multiplayer competition exclusively for the PC, including new multiplayer maps. After we spend some time at a recent Halo LAN event, it was prime time to get cozy with Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford and ask some annoying questions ...

'Looney Tunes: Back In Action' (PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Looney Tunes: Back In Action is a video game to be released on multiple platforms day and date with the upcoming live action feature film starring the Looney Tunes characters. The partnership marks the first time Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered to co-publish a video game title. UK-based Warthog is developing the game based on the film, which will debut in November 2003. Check out these new screens ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 1:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PC Review - 'Port Royale'

by GreyOoze on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Released a few months ago by European developer Ascaron Entertainment, Port Royale features wide open gameplay established through real time trade on the high seas, production chains, and a host of missions, side quests, and hidden adventure. So is Port Royale worth the price of admission? Read the review and find out.

X3D Man vs Machine

by Thomas on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 12:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

X3D Technologies today announced the ultimate "X3D Man vs. Machine" contest, as Garry Kasparov takes on X3D Fritz in virtual reality, with the chessboard floating in the air between man and computer. This historic match will mark the marriage between the most dominant chess program and the most powerful 3D software to challenge the greatest chess brain of all time. Kasparov will neither touch nor move the pieces as the voice activated X3D Fritz works its magic to create the ultimate 3D experience. Spectators will be treated to the latest in cutting edge technology as they watch the entire virtual reality experience on the X3D Displays.

GBA Review - 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Aug. 26, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Join Buffy and all her friends in this new fighting game. Buffy is on patrol in the cemeteries and in the woods to check on the demons and vampires... simple routine for the vampire slayer! Fight your way against the demons and vampires and help Buffy get hold of the Gentlemen. But first fight your way through this review ...