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Konami & Langer Juice Company Promote 'Boktai'

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 9:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. today announced a national promotional partnership with the Langer Juice Company Inc., in support of Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand, the groundbreaking new game for Nintendo Game Boy Advance. Boktai is the world's first game to incorporate natural sunlight into gameplay via a solar-sensor located on the Game Boy Advance cartridge. In celebration of the game's unique sun-sensitive design, Langer Juice Company and Konami are inviting consumers to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to sunny Hawaii. The Langer-Boktai Sweepstakes will be specially marked on over 1 million Langers Juice Bottles.

'Red Ninja: End of Honor' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 8:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Red Ninja: End of Honor is an action-adventure title, developed by Tranji, a new studio formed by the Japanese developers New Corporation and Opus, which will feature a variety of innovative game-play features blending action, adventure, stealth, seduction and fighting. These elements have been placed in a historical Japanese environment with an event-driven story written by famed Japanese feature film director, Shinsuke Sato.

'Lords of EverQuest' - Celebrity Voice-over Cast

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 7:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced its line-up of all-star voice talent for Lords of EverQuest, the next-generation of Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games. The stellar roster of Hollywood talent has been brought in to give voice to the hero characters, complementing the game's exciting storyline and thrilling gameplay. Lords of EverQuest is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores this Fall.

'Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked and Loaded' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 5:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Incorporating challenging new elements of gameplay such as a new experience-based character growth system, upgradeable weapons and armor, a more dynamic economic system and truly unique gameplay modes such as gladiatorial arenas, space combat and “spherical worlds,” Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando takes gamers on a hilarious adventure to save a brand new galaxy. Read more for a big batch of new screens ...

Hardware: Online Arena (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Exclusive to PS2, Hardware: Online Arena is a massive, broadband exclusive, multiplayer experience that puts the player in the driving seat of some of the most powerful military fighting vehicles in existence today. The players are brought together online, placed in a purpose built environment, equipped with some awesome weaponry and then let loose on each other with their primary purpose being to destroy their opponents as many times as possible. Read more for some new screens ...

'Time Crisis 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 5:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time Crisis 3 marks the return of Namco's premier light-gun shooting franchise. Compatible with the GUNCON2 light-gun, this fast-paced shooter delivers superior shooting action and supreme excitement. A new weapon select system enables players to chose from 4 weapons (machine gun, hand gun, shotgun and grenade) and optimize their game play strategy. Time Crisis 3 includes the original arcade game as well as console-exclusive game modes. Sniper combat provides intense and lethal sharp-shooting action, sure to be a winning combination for this popular franchise. A preview is coming up soon but in the meantime read more for a few new screens ...

'LotR: The Battle for Middle-earth' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 3:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Battle for Middle-earth utilizes the Generals game engine, and in the game players can select from the different "good" or "evil" campaigns, where they will be given the freedom to command a variety of major armies from the films, each with their own distinct strengths and weaknesses. Prepare for war by creating offensive and defensive strategies set in the memorable battle locations taken straight from the big screen. The Battle for Middle-earth RTS game will utilize the digital assets created for the films and will feature exclusive voiceover from the real actors as well as actual movie footage from the three films. Earlier today we were invited over to EA's HQ in Redwood City to see the game in action and brought back some awesome screens. Expect a preview SOON.

Mech Arena: First Match - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 3:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mech Arena: Beauty VS Machine is an action-packed, an awesome firepower and fast-paced battlefield action with incredible graphics, detailed environments, and sophisticated A.I. It features the most explosive one on one battle fare and complicated strategy of any PC RPG. Read more for details and screens ...

'Knightshift' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 3:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Reality Pump Studios and Atari have now released an English language version of their wacky cow-themed real-time strategy game, Once Upon A Knight. The rather huge demo includes first part of The Long Path to the Throne campaign, and one role-playing quick mission, entitled The Call. Read more for download links ...

'NHL Hitz Pro' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) Signs Big Names

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 3:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Sports announced today that NHL Hitz Pro will feature cover athlete Nicklas Lidstrom, star defenseman of the Detroit Red Wings, as well as coaching legend Scotty Bowman. NHL Hitz Pro, the reinvented version of the successful NHL Hitz videogame franchise, is in development and scheduled to ship September 25, 2003 for the PlayStation2, the Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.

'Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars appeals to both RTS and RPG players searching for a new experience in already known genres. The multiplayer provides new strategic gameplay tuned towards the traditional RTS players. It is easy to start playing the game but there are a lot of new options to explore. Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars continues the traditions of the award winning Celtic Kings: Rage of War and will be exploring the three Punic wars between Rome and Carthage in the period 264BC – 146BC which includes the famous campaigns of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. We got some new in-game images from Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars show aspects of the life which Carthaginians had those days. Their markets often shared space with the barracks - a combination best describing an expansionist nation of merchants. Their key to success was simple - strong economy fueling constantly campaigning imperial army of skilled and highly paid mercenaries.

'SimCity 4: Rush Hour' Expansion Pack Rides into Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 2:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced the release of the first expansion pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. For the first time in SimCity history, players can take charge of vehicles in their cities to drive or solve missions that earn reward buildings and vehicles. Players have the ultimate level of control over their city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, and even waterways. SimCity is on the move in SimCity 4 Rush Hour.

'Dynasty Tactics 2' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 2:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI Corporation today announced that Dynasty TacticsT2 will be in stores on Wednesday, September 24, 2003. Consumers eager to purchase a copy of the game can still order the title now at gamestop.com, ebgames.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com, and walmart.com. Dynasty Tactics 2 is a turn-based Tactical Simulation where players must annihilate enemy armies by forming high-intensity chain reactions of offensive and defensive maneuvers.

LotR: War Of The Ring - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 2:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi has released a playable demo for their upcoming RTS LotR: War Of The Ring. The demo includes two single-player missions from the game - "The Siege of the Iron Hills" and the "Pursuit of Gollum." In both missions, players take the side of the forces of light in their attempt to destroy the One Ring. Read more for download links ...

'Space Empires: Starfury' - Demo Available Now

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games and Malfador Machinations are proud to announce that gamers can try out the latest entry in the Space Empires series, Space Empires: Starfury, thanks to the newly released official demo. The demo, which provides players with a nice sense of what to expect in the final release. Read more for download links ...

'LotR: The Battle for Middle-earth' Announced

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The battle for Middle-earth is about to begin...Electronic Arts officially announced today the development of The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth for the PC under the EA GAMES brand. Developed at EA Los Angeles by the same team that created the award-winning real-time strategy (RTS) PC hits Commander & Conquer Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer Generals, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth game will capture the epic battles from The Lord of the Rings films and deliver them to PC gamers in summer 2004.

P.M. STUDIOS Announces First Images From 'ETROM - THE COMIC'

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

P.M. STUDIOS announces the on-line publishing of the first images from ETROM Comic. Here is a clip from the announcement:

"The development of ETROM project goes on with great enthusiasm and effort. As people know since last July announcement, ETROM is a multi-faceted project, which consists in a Videogame, a classic RPG and a Comic. We decided to publish on-line the first images from the Comic to give everyone that has enjoyed our work since its genesis a further step into the amazing Universe of the Knight of the Absolute, "Etrom Zediostruin". We're sure that the visual and the "feel" of the published images will make your curiosity and interest for our project grow "in fieri". Enjoy them!"- Fabio Belsanti Managing Director & Lead Designer-P.M. Studios.

'Pro Evolution Soccer 3' Out On 17th October

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has announced that Pierluigi Collina - the most respected referee in the modern game and arguably one of the most regonisable faces in football - will be on the packaging of Pro Evolution Soccer 3. The publisher has also confirmed that the PlayStation 2 game will be launched October 17th, while a PC version will follow later in the year.

'Traitors Gate 2 - Cypher' Using NDL's Gamebryo

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NDL, a leading developer of 3D graphics technology for the computer and video game industry, announced today that its Gamebryo technology is being used in *The Adventure Company's much anticipated Traitors Gate II: Cypher. The publisher agreement with DreamCatcher Interactive Inc, announced earlier this year, allows their development teams to create unique and compelling video games for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation2 and Nintendo GameCube.

'Time of Defiance' UK Retail Release Date Announced

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Oxygen Interactive, the UK based computer game publisher can today announce the release date for the retail version of the multi-award winning Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy Game – Time Of Defiance. Oxygen have planned a comprehensive marketing campaign which will see this highly anticipated title launched into the High Street on 7th November 03.

'Knights of Honor' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 8:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Knights of Honor features two main game views, the World View and the Close View. Each of these views is closely bound to different aspects of the game’ s objectives. The two views have been designed to eliminate the need for further zooming and to provide the player with any important information they might need to successfully play and enjoy the game. Read more for details and screens ...

EA Brings 'NCAA Football 2004' To Nokia N-Gage

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 8:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nokia, together with Electronic Arts today announced that NCAA Football 2004 will be developed for the Nokia N-Gage game deck. One of the best-selling titles from the EA SPORTS range, NCAA Football on the Nokia N-Gage game deck gives mobile quarterbacks the chance to lead their team to the championship anywhere, anytime. The first college football season of NCAA Football 2004 on the Nokia N-Gage game deck will focus on a range of unique mobile features, including multiplayer gameplay via Bluetooth wireless technology.

'The Polar Express' Coming To PC, Console & GBA

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 6:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced a worldwide agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products naming THQ the interactive game licensee for the upcoming animated movie adaptation of the internationally acclaimed children's book, "The Polar Express." THQ's multi-platform agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products includes video games for console, PC and Game Boy Advance systems scheduled for release at Holiday 2004.

EA Brings 'Final Fantasy X-2' To Europe & All PAL Territories

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 4:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that its EA Partners division has signed an exclusive distribution and publishing agreement with Square Enix Co., Ltd for FINAL FANTASY X-2 on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system throughout Europe and all PAL territories. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

'UFO: Aftermath' - European Release Date Announced

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 4:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cenega UK today let us know that the eagerly awaited global strategy and tactical warfare PC game, UFO: Aftermath got a European release date of 3rd October settled ...

Combining global strategy with small squad tactical combat, the challenge offered is to fight against an alien invasion. Featuring run time generated tactical missions with innovative simultaneous combat action; the genre is also enhanced with strong RPG elements, offering a quite unique mix of strategic ideas.

Upcoming 'ER' Titles Revealed

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 1:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has granted the license to its record-breaking television series “ER” to Hollywood-based Legacy Interactive, to create the first computer game based on the show. Legacy Interactive, known for its expertise in developing entertaining simulation games and the successful launch of the first “Law & Order” computer game, will allow fans of the series and gamers alike to experience first hand the excitement of life in the emergency room. The “ER” computer game, distributed by Take 2 Interactive, is scheduled to release in fall 2004 to coincide with the 10th season premiere of the television series. Read more for details ...

'War Times' - Developer Interview

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 1:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

War Times is a real-time strategy game about the Second World War following the path led by titles like Command & Conquer, Warcraft, Age of Empires and Starcraft, but going away with the best of all of them. We met with Legend Studios during E3 for a quick presentation and thought it was prime time to check up on our spanish friends to inquire about the latest progress ...

'Mission: Impossible: Operation Surma' (GBA) - Screens

by Thomas on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari is bringing all the action and intrigue of the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise to video games with "Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma" for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Developed by Atari's Paradigm Entertainment and scheduled for release in November, "Mission: Impossible -- Operation Surma" provides players with a chance to become IMF super agent Ethan Hunt in the stealth action game of the year... In Surma-ry, ten screenshots from the GBA version.

PS2 Preview - 'Castlevania: Lament of Innocence'

by Thomas Wilde on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 12:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Set in the 11th Century, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence thrusts players ten centuries into the past and casts them in the role of Leon Belmont, the forefather of the legendary Belmont Clan and the first in the family’s long line of vampire hunters. With social and political activities operating under the oppressive grip of clergy during the Crusades, Leon is a nobleman about to be engaged to his beloved Sara. However, when his young lover disappears one fateful evening, Leon sets out to rescue her. We got hold of a recent build and passed it on to our resident (evil) Castlevania freak. Read more for his findings ..