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'Halo' PC Status = It's Finished

by Thomas on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 11:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Randy Pitchford @ Gearbox Software posted up some good news in their forums (thanks VE3D).. Here is the clip:

Expect an announcement about the release date of Halo PC sometime in the next 1 to 4 days. gearboxsoftware.com will carry the announcement in the forums, on the main pages and will offer other fun materials related to the announcement. The "Work Items" remaining ticker was removed because there are no remaining work items for the retail game. The team is working on a number of other things including a demo and some bonus features to be released as an update on or about launch time. We are having lots of fun at Gearbox playing "Assault" mode in Halo PC. We can't wait for you to be able to join us

'Conan: The Dark Axe' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Black-haired and sullen-eyed, a thief, a reaver, a slayer. The legends that surround his name, speak of the world before history, where shadows of magic and dark alien gods shrouded the known world and the fate of whole empires were dependent on the strength and skills of a single sword. And this is one of those legends. Conan is a 3rd person action game, with few elements of RPG and adventure. The game is divided into chapters, each chapter with different enviroment and creatures. Each chapter contains several levels. Read more for a huge batch of screens for each and every platform ...

'Eve of Destruction' - Updated Mod Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 3:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eve of Destruction is a mod Battlefield 1942, and they have released a 20% "demo" of the final product. Eve Of Destruction will contain not only new skins, vehicles and new objects, it features 8 complete new custom maps. Each map is different in their own way (from realistic to fun maps) and partially adapted to the Indochina Vietnam Conflict. Infantry Combat in EoD is more realistic and more action than in Battlefield and similar to more infantry-based games like Raven Shield or Counterstrike. Head back to the jungles in this modification replicating the deadly and vicious Vietnam War. Read more for download links ...

'Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword' Joins With Punkbuster

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 3:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In an effort to combat cheating issues in multiplayer online play, Ubisoft will be incorporating Punkbuster software into Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword.Punkbuster is a client/server product that detects cheats/hacks on end-user systems and reports their use to administrators and, potentially, takes action against the violating player by kicking and/or banning them from the server. The exact cheats that will be detected for Athena Sword have not been announced for security purposes. However, Punkbuster for Athena Sword will have ongoing support for quite some time as new versions that deal with new cheats and hacks are released periodically.

'The Temple Of Elemental Evil' Ships Early

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 3:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and Troika Games are pleased to announce that The Temple of Elemental Evil will now ship on September 16th and not September 23rd as previously reported. After years of research into the science of time travel and the mysticism of interactive entertainment distribution, Atari has achieved a breakthrough in the melding of the two disciplines. As a result of this revolutionary achievement, The Temple of Elemental Evil will now appear on retail stores shelves nationwide seven days earlier than originally anticipated.

'LoTR: Treason of Isengard' (PS2/Xbox) Cancelled

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 2:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games has canceled the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Isengard for Xbox/PS2. Scheduled for release in Q4 2003, Treason of Isengard was dropped from the release schedule when it was determined that the game was not shaping up as strongly as anticipated and would likely not satisfy the expectations of Tolkien fans. Vivendi Universal Games remains committed to developing and releasing quality games based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and we look forward to the release The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring this November, as well as Middle-Earth Online next year.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 2:34 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 :

  • XIII - Trailer
  • C&C Generals: Zero Hour - Trailer
  • Arx Fatalis (Xbox) - Trailer


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

'Phantom Dust' (Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 1:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced the upcoming release of Phantom Dust, an Xbox exclusive third-person action game in which players battle opponents in real-time combat with an ever-growing arsenal of over 300 skills. The title is being developed internally by Microsoft Game Studios Japan and is currently scheduled for a Japanese release in 2004.

'Freedom Fighter' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Has Gone Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 1:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The squad-based action war game Freedom Fighters has gone gold and will start to ship on Tuesday, September 23 for the PlayStation2, Xbox , the Nintendo GameCube, and PC.

'Onimusha 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The year is 1582 and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Samanosuke is the man who has just returned. The stage is set at the burning Honnoji Temple, as the famous Onimusha warrior Samanosuke Akechi fights. As he faces the demons in front of him, Samanosuke is compelled to move forward by hatred for his true enemy, the undying Nobunaga Oda, ever pursuing his crazed ambition. Samanosuke prepares for the long-awaited final battle against Nobunaga. Read more for a few new screens ...

'Command & Conquer Zero Hour' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Command & Conquer™ Generals Zero Hour has gone gold and will start to ship on Monday, September 22. The first expansion pack to one of the best-selling PC games of 2003, Command & Conquer Generals, gives players more weapons, more power, new battlefields, three new single-player campaigns, 15 new missions, and new game modes.

'Purge Jihad' - Beta Build Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

For Purge retail owners, the Purge Jihad Expansion Pack Beta 5 Build 1.8D is ready. This should finally fix the Drone crash bugs. This is the first Open Beta of Jihad. The more players, the better the balance. The beta only runs until end of September, so get in the action while you can. Read more for download links ...

'Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Developed by the award-winning team at Auran - creators of the hugely successful Trainz – this is the ultimate standalone railway simulator that provides a complete experience for every train fan. Railway enthusiasts are often fiercely loyal to their native rolling stock and in Railway Simulator 2004 the trains included span the continents as well as the ages. We've all been kids, we all had train sets didnt we? Read more to check out some screens ..

EA Announces Online Plans For Playstation2

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 11:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

For the first time ever, EA Games console titles including The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King will feature online gameplay for the PS2, Electronic Arts announced today. Along with The Lord of the Rings, The Sims Bustin' Out, Need for Speed Underground, and Medal of Honor Rising Sun will allow gamers to connect and play online this holiday season. Read more for details ...

'MoH: AA Breakthrough' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As U.S. Army Sergeant John Baker, players join the battle at Kasserine Pass in North Africa, race to capture Messina in Sicily, and finally repel the German army at the historic battle of Monte Battaglia in the heart of Italy. Armed with a new arsenal of weapons, players will fight alone and with squad mates as they rush to stop the Axis powers. Some more screens ...

'Kunoichi' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 10:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This "side story" to SEGA's popular "Shinobi" invites players to live out the events following Hotsuma's victory over Hiruko's evil minions. But like all things, victory is fleeting, and an evil such as Hiruko's is not so easily vanquished. Just as Tokyo begins the slow and tedious process of repairs, a new rift opens between Earth and the demon realm. Check the screens ...

Nokia Game 2003 Goes Mobile!

by Thomas on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nokia today announced mobile online elements for this year's Nokia Game at the fifth annual Nokia Totally Board event in Sevilla, Spain. Nokia Game 2003 is an interactive adventure provided by Nokia that will be played across 35 countries around the world in 10 languages.

Ritual To Develop 'DFBHD: Team Sabre'

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

Entertainment software developer and publisher NovaLogic, Inc. is pleased to announce that the first expansion pack for the number one selling PC title Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is currently under development at Dallas-based Ritual Entertainment.

Game Live Video Games Tour Goes Back to College

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 10:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Game Live Events today announced their “2003 Fall College Tour.” Building on the overwhelming success of their 13-campus Spring Tour, attended by over 20,000 college gamers, the 17-stop Fall College tour begins on Friday, September 12th in New York, NY at Cornell University and runs through Monday, October 20th at the University of Southern California.

'Spellforce: The Order of Dawn' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In their immeasurable greed and constant thirst for power, the thirteen most powerful Mages of all time doomed the land, hurling it into an endless spiral of chaos and despair. Entire countries were wiped out in the blink of an eye when the devastating power of the Elements was unleashed – Elements summoned by dark rituals. Continents shattered like glass, the pieces strewn about like leaves in the wind. Huge armies, bound by the the power of ancient runes, brought war and destruction to the lands that survived the initial onslaught. All that was left were a few islands, connected by magic portals. Read more for 4 tasty new screens ...

Virgin Lands to Develop 'Knights Of Honor' Intro

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sunflowers has contracted Virgin Lands Computeranimation GmbH to develop the cut scenes for their new PC game Knights of Honor. Developed by Bulgaria’s Black Sea Studios, the empire conquering simulation is due to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2004. Read more for details if this is your kind of bag ...

'Age of Mythology: The Titans' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Age of Mythology: The Titans has gone gold and is scheduled to march onto store shelves on September 30 for an estimated retail price of $34.95 (U.S.). The cataclysmic struggle between ancient gods begins anew with the addition of a new mythology, the Atlanteans, as well as a brand new single-player campaign and a host of exclusive new features. Read more for details ...

'Espn NHL Hockey' (PS2/Xbox) Now Available

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ESPN Videogames today announced that the highly acclaimed ESPN NHL Hockey is now available at major video game retailers across North America. Continuing the high standard of sports realism and video game entertainment of the ESPN Videogames brand, ESPN NHL Hockey delivers speed, action and excitement to hockey fans. ESPN NHL Hockey and other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts - Sega's sports developer.

'Hunting Unlimited 2' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

HU2 isn't like other hunting games on the market; it features a fast-paced mission style which drops the player into specific scenarios, such as being charged by an angry bear or glassing a hilltop and bringing down three prize trophies of different species. Arush has released the playable demo which features 5 of the 75 challenges in the full game--the free hunt mode, mini-games, mission editor and target range are disabled in the demo but appear in the full version. Read more for download links ...

'Wars & Warriors: Joan of Arc' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 9:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Joan of Arc is a 3D epic saga that allows players to relive some of the most intense battles during the Hundred Years War. In Joan of Arc, players will slowly transform from a single warrior into a forceful military leader as they develop and master the art of chivalry and tactical warfare... Six new shots is available below!

'POSTAL 2' Multiplayer Beta Announced!

by Thomas on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 7:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official Postal 2 site is updated (thanks VE3D) with following Multiplayer Beta information:

We've been working on multiplayer, and we are going beta on Friday, Sept 12th at about 6pm PST. It won't be an open beta but we will be accepting a lot of people! For more information join irc.gamesnet.net and join #postal2beta or email mikej@gopostal.com.

Rabbit Season.. Duck Season.. Nooo.. It's Deer Season!!!

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

The hunt is on with the release of "Cabela's Deer Hunt 2004 Season" from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. The follow-up to last year's hit for the PlayStation game console, "Cabela's Deer Hunt 2004 Season" expands upon the realistic Cabela's hunting games franchise by including new regions, more deer, and plenty of action for both novice and expert marksmen. "Cabela's Deer Hunt 2004 Season" for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft is currently available at retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and carries a "T" (Teen -- content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) rating by the ESRB.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Steam Client Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve has released the official Steam client which you now need for future Halflife, as well as Counterstrike, update patches and other Valve goodies. No more beta patches, this is the official release (thanks Shacknews). Read more for download links ...

'Mercedes-Benz World Racing' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 12, 2003 @ 12:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TDK has released the Mercedes-Benz World Racing playable demo. This demo features 4 Mercedes-Benz cars (SLK 230 Kompressor, G500, A 190 Twin, SL 300 Gullwing), 1 full World Racing scenario: the Alps, 1 mini championship with 2 races, 2 missions (1 waypoint mission, 1 mission which is exclusive for the demo in which a vintage 300 SL Gullwing competes against a modern SLK). Read more for download link ...