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Midway & Dodge Promote 'NHL Hitz Pro'

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 11:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Sports announced it will kick-off a national sweepstakes that gives hockey fans a chance to win a 2004 Dodge Durango on December 10, 2003, among other prizes. Read more for details ...

'Port Royale 2' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 9:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ascaron has released the first screens for Port Royale 2, the sequel to last year's free range Pirate game. Not many details are available at this point so these 4 screens will have to do. Read more to check them out ...

'Half-Life 2' Delay Confirmed

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 9:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shacknews has gotten word from Valve's Doug Lombardi that the long rumoured delay of Half-Life 2. Doug's reply states" The previously announced September 30th release date for Half-Life 2 is being pushed back. We are currently targeting a holiday release, but do not have a specific "in-store" date to share at this time. We will release that information as soon as we have confirmed a new date." Not really a big surprise, especially with the flimsy Steam service, but still a rather big disappointment.

'UFO: Aftermath' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 8:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

UFO: Aftermath is a 3D isometric, turn-based strategy game (TBS) with a rich and compelling sci fi story. 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. Check out these 8 new screens!

'Schizm: Mysterious Journey' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 8:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It is the year 2083. Ten months ago the first humans landed on Argilus. They found cities, towns, industrial installations - all deserted. Doors unlocked... meals unfinished... strange machinery still operational... but no people. Scientists were brought in, research bases set up. Four months later, your supply ship the Angel, has been sent to check these bases. But when you hail them from orbit, theres no answer. The scientists too, seem to have vanished. Another 70+ screens for your enjoyment!

'EverQuest Online Adventures' (PS2) Auction System - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 8:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EverQuest Online Adventures continues to roll out great new game enhancing features as part of their online subscription. In July, EQOA added in trade skills, enabling characters to craft a host of all new items, weapons and armor. Now, EverQuest Online Adventures features a new auction system that allows players to buy and sell wares and treasures with other players. Read more for details and screens ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 4:49 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 - (5) Trailer
  • C&C: Generals - Trailer
  • Nitro Family - Trailer
  • Arx Fatalis [Xbox] - Trailer
  • Crimson Skies [Xbox] - Trailer


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

'Lords of EverQuest' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 2:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Inspired by the world of online gaming phenomenon EverQuest, Lords of EverQuest features an enthralling storyline drawing gamers to the land of Antonica as they control one of 15 Lords and manage massive armies in their quest for domination. An updated Lords of EverQuest demo is now available, offering one map from the Shadow Realm faction (same content as before but fixing several unspecified technical issues). A second & 3rd demo will be released in the coming weeks, if you "collect" all 3, bonus material will unlock (thanks Gamespot). Read more for download links ...

'Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment's Paris studio is currently developing a brand new game from the popular Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series - exclusively for the PS2. Scheduled to ship for the late 2003, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm is poised to become the latest success story in a series of hit Tom Clancy games from Ubi Soft. Check these new screens ...

'Kill.Switch' Is Coming! (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official countdown has begun. Namco is less than 6 weeks away from the release of kill.switch, the company's highly anticipated third-person shooter game for the PS2 and the Xbox. The game's release marks an important milestone for Namco Hometek Inc., as kill.switch is the largest internally developed project this season for the company. With an official release date scheduled for October 28, players are days away from learning the game's highly secretive storyline for the first time. Read more to check out some screen goodness ...

Want To Be A Face In The Crowd?

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A 3D snooker simulation for the PC is currently in development, and Binary Zoo are offering you the chance to be featured as one of the spectators! The game features a range of different opponents to play against, one and two player game modes, multiplayer online option, fully customisable tournaments, practise mode, plus TV-style camera angles and action replays to capture all of the action.

'DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution' (PS2) Ships

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's time to shape up with the ultimate groove machine! Leading videogame publisher Konami of America, Inc. announced today that the newest and most exciting addition in the Dance Dance Revolution series, DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Available for the PlayStation2, the game includes chart-topping songs by high-profile musical acts, such as Kylie Minogue, The Crystal Method, K.C. & The Sunshine Band and Dirty Vegas, as well as a wealth of new game modes and features that will have gamers dancing the night away.

'NHL 2004' PC & Console Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 11:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that NHL 2004, the #1 selling Pro Hockey franchise, has shipped to retail under the EA SPORTS brand. The 12th installment of EA's legendary hockey franchise, NHL 2004 is now available for the PlayStation2, the Xbox, GameCube, and PC.

'RoadKill' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 11:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

RoadKill drops players into instantaneous battle with 30 core missions and numerous side missions. The missions place the player into the three cities of Hell County -- Lava Falls, Blister Canyon and Paradise City. RoadKill's dynamic reputation system determines how the world reacts to the way players perform missions, kill and maim citizens, destroy enemy vehicles and build alliances with the gangs of Hell County. Check these juicy new screens..

'Fire Warrior' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fire Warrior follows one day in the tumultuous life of a young Tau warrior who must battle alone against a force that shows no mercy: The Imperium. The Tau will soon learn there is a darker foe at hand and become entangled in a frightening story that leads them through an ongoing war. Read more to check out a big batch of new screens ...

'RC Squad Land Machines' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 10:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Put on your driving gloves, grab that radio control and jump right into action with 'RC Squad Land Machines'! Select from a great mix of realistic Electric or Fuel RC-Vehicles such as Monster Trucks, on/off Road Buggies, ATV's to even Hover-Crafts to participate in many styles of gripping gameplay. Read more for some screens ...

'Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal' (PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft launch the official Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal website. Get an up-close look at some of the most popular trucks of the Monster Jam family including Grave Digger, Bounty Hunter and Bulldozer. Check out the rugged racetracks featured in the game including Alcatraz, the Swamp and Rocket Land.

'Alienware' Using 'Athlon 64 FX' In Its Aurora Systems

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alienware announced today the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor in its Aurora systems. Aurora desktop gaming systems boast a long history of earning awards from industry leading publications such as CNet, Computer Shopper, PC Gamer, and many more.

'Raging Tiger: The Second Korean War' Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 9:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In 1953, on the Korean peninsula, a cease fire was agreed upon by the major combatants of the Korean War: the United States, the United Nations, and both North and South Korea. This cease fire created the unique piece of geography known as the DMZ, or demilitarized zone. Running along the 38th Parallel the DMZ is over 156 miles long and nearly two and a half miles wide. The DMZ is home to countless landmines, anti-tank ditches, razor wire, and killing zones. Tunnels pre-stocked with equipment, from thousands of automatic rifles to tanks, await beneath the earth for use. Read more for details ...

Mumbo Jumbo to publish Activision Anthology Remix Edition

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Retro game fans, rejoice! Soon you will be able to play your favorite old-school Activision games on your personal computer courtesy of Mumbo Jumbo. The '80s are back with classic gaming collection Activision Anthology: Remix Edition for personal computer systems. The Remix edition is jam-packed with over 75 Atari 2600 favorites from Pitfall! and Kaboom! to River Raid. Activision Anthology: Remix Edition features an additional 30 titles that where not available on the PS2 version, and a '80s-themed soundtrack that will let gamers play their way down memory lane.

Xbox Accelerates Into Holiday With Full Head of Steam

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 8:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fueled by a highly touted lineup of new game titles and the growing popularity of its unified online gaming service, Microsoft Xbox is outpacing the industry as the only next-generation console to continuously demonstrate positive market share growth on a year-over-year basis (August 2002 to August 2003). According to NPD Group Inc., (NPD Funworld TRSTS, August 2003), sales of the Xbox console increased 6 percent from this same period last year, while the Sony's PlayStation 2 dropped 36 percent and Nintendo's GameCube fell 22 percent. Xbox now captures 27 percent of the United States industry market share for next-generation consoles and is on track to capture additional market share this holiday season.

'Transformers Armada: Prelude To Energon' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 8:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Exclusively for the PlayStation 2, 'Transformers Armada: Prelude To Energon' is a revolutionary 3rd person 3-D action/adventure game. Players enter the world of Transformers as they become one of three AUTOBOT robots and control their character's every move and decision. The massive robots can explore numerous rich 3-D environments on foot or convert to vehicle mode for high-speed maneuvering. Players will battle DECEPTICON forces with an arsenal of weapons including cluster rockets, homing missiles and vortex cannons.

'18 Wheels of Steel: Across America' Available Now

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 7:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ValuSoft a division of THQ today announced the release of 18 Wheels of Steel: Across America. This PC trucking sim is rated "E" for Everyone and will be available at retailers nationwide for $19.99.

'Universal Combat' - Details & Screens

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced the first details of the renamed Universal Combat for PC, due to be distributed by Mindscape in the UK in November 2003. A playable demo is expected in the first week of October. Universal Combat brings the greatest components of war together in a single game. Conceived in late 2001 as Battlecruiser Generations, the fifth in the Battlecruiser series, the game has grown into much more than a massive space simulation.

SEGA Rolls Out 'Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg'

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA of America today announced the release of "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg," a new platform game exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube. Developed by the creator of SEGA's world-famous Sonic The Hedgehog series, "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg" challenges players to solve puzzles, complete missions and defeat powerful bosses throughout massive, fantastical environments with the help of magical eggs.

'American Idol' (PS2/GBA/PC) Site Launch

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As "American Idol" fans prepare for the scheduled November 2003 release of the official American Idol video game for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Game Boy Advance and PC-CD ROM, Codemasters has launched the game's dedicated Web site. The new Web site is packed full of surprises, including audio messages from Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul; new gameplay images; and a complete virtual backstage tour that is certain to fulfill every Idol fans' craving until the game's release.

'IndyCar Series' Delivers Racing Mania to PCs Nationwide

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters has announced that IndyCar Series, the official video game of the U.S.-based open-wheel Indy Racing League, has shipped for the PC CD-ROM with an MSRP of $29.99. The PC version includes direct input wheel support to give gamers the ultimate IndyCar Series racing experience. Now over 313 million IndyCar Series racing fans can capture the same invigorating, ultra-close pack racing at home on their computer.

EA Ships 'The Sims Double Deluxe'

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 6:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced the release of 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 in one value-packed product. With the most Sims content ever assembled in one place, there has never been a better time to join The Sims phenomenon.

EA SPORTS Fuels Top NASCAR Driver Competition

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 5:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This weekend at the EA SPORTS 500 race at Talladega Superspeedway, the competition heats up early and often amongst top NASCAR drivers. In addition to the race excitement on Sunday, several other weekend activities are planned, including head-to-head racing between top drivers of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Ryan Newman pick up the controllers and race in the 3rd Annual EA SPORTS Drivers Challenge on Friday night. On Saturday, Dale Earnhardt Jr., last year's EA SPORTS 500 race winner and avid videogame player, is scheduled to trade paint with an EA SPORTS NASCAR Thunder 2004 video game fan. The EA SPORTS 500 race will be telecast on NBC Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

'Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004' For PC & Console In Stores Now

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 4:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004, the number one golf title from Electronic Arts is available in stores today on four platforms. EA, continuing its exclusive partnerships with the PGA TOUR and the world's best and most famous golfer, Tiger Woods, brings new features that appeal to golf and videogame fans alike. Still the most realistic golf videogame available, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004 is packed with new modes and gameplay.

'NBA JAM' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 4:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lacing up its high tops and taking to the air with its legendary NBA video game action, Acclaim today announced that it has shipped its eagerly anticipated title, NBA JAM, for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin, NBA JAM returns with its trademark over-the-top, arcade-style 3-on-3 gameplay, "On Fire," "Big Head" mode and hot spots, as well as all-new rim-rocking moves specifically designed for the next-generation gaming systems.

'Neverend' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 3:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mayhem Studios (the chaps behind Empire of Magic) today released an update from their latest PC/X-box fantasy RPG (Final Fantasy style) project, Neverend.. Release date is set to spring 2004.. Read more below for the update/gameinfo and a bunch of new screens!

Let The Nokia N-Gage Game Battle Begin

by Thomas on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 3:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nokia today announced the ConnectCoder, N-Gage Mobile Game Deck Game Battle 2003, a competition for game developers across Europe, the United States and Canada to find the hottest game ideas that take advantage of the unique mobile online functionality of the Nokia N-Gage game deck. Helping to unleash the creative and innovative spirit of the game community, the competition runs until January 31, 2004.

'Horizons: Empire Of Istaria' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 1:22 a.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!

'Doom 3' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 1:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

id Software's terrifying battle with the forces of Hell. A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the UAC's Mars Research Facility leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, players must struggle with shock, fear, and an all-out assault on their senses as they fight their way to Hell and back, in an epic clash against pure evil. Currently being shown at QuakeCon, Activision has released 2 new screens... Check them out!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 1:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PC Preview - 'Age of Mythology: The Titans'

by GreyOoze on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Poised to be released almost a year after the original game, The Titans expansion for Age of Mythology offers several worthy additions to an already highly regarded game. What can we expect from The Titans, and how will it make a good game even better? We check out a nearly complete preview of the game to find out.

PS2 Review - 'Alter Echo'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Sept. 23, 2003 @ 12:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Alter Echo features innovative action gameplay and a groundbreaking visual style based on pioneering technology. TimeDilation and real-time morphing between three combat modes add tactical depth, and the revolutionary PostFX camera system intensifies the action with spectacular visual effects that heighten the drama of every combo and special attack. All sounds very nice, so read more for the full review and find out if it actually is..