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'LoTR: War Of The Ring' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 6:32 p.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 ...

'Navy Seals: Weapons of Mass Destruction' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 6:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valusoft has released a demo for their FPS game Navy Seals: Weapons of Mass Destruction. Be prepared (or be the victim), as you navigate the rough terrain of Iraq, North Korea, and Bosnia, assessing and executing your objectives in three combative missions through 10 massive levels. This demo limits your play to 60 minutes, but contains the full product, which can be unlocked by purchasing a license key online (thanks 3DGamers ). Read more for download links ...

'Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 4:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Just as in the "Magic" card game, in "Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds" players will choose a duelist and up to two of "Magic's" five colors -- red, green, white, blue, and black -- to attempt to reduce their opponent's life to zero. Of course, getting an opponent to zero will not be easy; players will have to utilize lightning reflexes, strategic brilliance and, on occasion, raw power to overcome an enemy. Check these spiffy new screens

'Tortuga: Pirates of the New World' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 3:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Experience the huge world of "Tortuga", with its 16 very different scenarios either as a buccaneer in service of his Majesty or as a feared pirate. Your riches will expand through successful piracy, theft of ships, plundering of towns or completion of missions from the town governments. But make haste, and be wary of the treachery and mutiny that can reduce all of that to nothing. Read more for details & screens ...

'The Sims Makin' Magic' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brace Yourselves! Your Sims have Magic! In this supernatural edition, Sims are granted magical powers with the ability to cast spells that are playful or deviant. Players can venture to an all-new magical, carnival-themed destination, experience exciting new gameplay, gain over 150 new items, and encounter a whole new cast of quirky characters in this powerful pack of magical high jinx. Check the new magical screens ...

'Spy Fiction' (PS2) Coming To North America - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sammy Studios Inc. has announced that it will publish Spy Fiction, an exciting new action-stealth video game for Sony PlayStation2, in North America. Spy Fiction is the first title developed by Access Games, a company formed in 2002 when a group of veteran developers came together to create the ultimate original action-stealth game. Spy Fiction is slated for release exclusively for PlayStation2 in Spring 2004. Read more for details & screens ...

'Spirits & Spells' For Nintendo GameCube Ships

by Thomas on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 11:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced that it has shipped Spirits & Spells for the Nintendo GameCube to stores. This fun new 3D platform game takes the younger gamer on an unforgettable journey into a spooky world full of magic, eerie environments and weird creatures. Players take on the role of Alicia, dressed as a witch, and Greg, disguised as a masked-devil.

'Call of Duty' - Release Date Confirmed

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 10:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers...mark your calendars! "HQ" has confirmed October 29 as the date for Activision, Inc.'s Call of Duty to invade retail outlets nationwide. The highly anticipated, first-person, WWII action-thriller has been given its orders and will be deployed to manufacturing, setting the stage for an all-out assault on game fans everywhere. Developed by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty for the PC is rated "T" (TEEN - blood and violence) by the ESRB.

'Asterix & Obelix XXL' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Asterix & Obelix are returning in style on next-generation consoles, with an XXL game in which they battle up to 70 Romans at a time. Asterix & Obelix XXL makes full use of the technical features of new consoles to produce an extraordinary image of the universe of Asterix and Obelix, through 6 gigantic levels and 49 challenges, each more astounding than the next. Read more for screens...

'Time Crisis 3' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the latest installment in its popular light gun shooter franchise, Time Crisis 3, has gone gold. Exclusively for the PlayStation2, Time Crisis3 is on track for a late October release. Additionally, the company announced today the launch of the Time Crisis3 official Web site. Currently, the site offers readers the first look at the game’s Crisis Mission Mode.

SCi Buys 'Conflict: Desert Storm' Developer Pivotal

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UK-based game publisher SCi Entertainment has acquired Pivotal Games for 2.36 million pounds (approximately 3.9 million dollars). Pivotal is the developer of the Conflict: Desert Storm series of tactical shooters and The Great Escape. Pivotal is completing the third game in the Conflict series and has begun development of the fourth. Pivotal Games was previously a subsidiary of Kaboom Studios – which recently closed its doors due to the poor performance of other components of its business. Pivotal currently employs approximately 70 people. The move is a unique one for SCi - which operates a business model generally based on outsourcing development to third parties.

'Universal Combat' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. Universal Combat is due to be distributed by Mindscape in the UK in November 2003.

'Schizm: Mysterious Journey' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:26 a.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. Check out some new screens ...

'Forever Worlds' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Journey to an island of robots, a mysterious abandoned desert dwelling, and the sparkling glass towers of the Merari, an ancient sea people who are involved in the resistance against the Balial, to solve the mystery behind The Far Realm. Read more for some new screens ...

CIA's Plan To Make 'Training' Game

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

The CIA is set to spend several million dollars to develop a video game aimed at helping its analysts think like terrorists, The Washington Times has learned. The agency's Counter Terrorist Center, or CTC, is working with the Los Angeles-based Institute for Creative Technologies on a project designed to help its analysts, "think outside the box," a CIA spokesman said. The project is close to approval, but officials wouldn't comment on the exact cost of the program.

'Jack the Ripper' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jack the Ripper is a “warp advanced game” that features the story of James Mortimer, a reporter of the “New York Today”, investigating on murders that strangely look like Jack the Ripper’sstylein White Chapel15years earlier. The game includes 3D characters, full 3D animations in real time and 3 different types of gameplay: Exploration, Discussion&Puzzles. Check the new screens ...

'Dungeons & Dragons Heroes' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced the highly anticipated Dungeons & Dragons Heroes, the first Dungeons & Dragons branded adventure ever to hit a next-generation game console, exclusively for the Xbox has shipped to retail this week. Dungeons & Dragons Heroes features revolutionary four player coop play that allows up to four players to join or leave a game at anytime and play cooperatively through the single-player campaign.

'Cypher: Sequel To Traitor’s Gate' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The world has seen all kinds of weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical and biological. Now the threat is digital. A virus, simple in concept yet catastrophic in effect, has been developed. Its target is the communication systems of the world. It will shut down all digital entertainment, economic trade and cripple the military, causing breaches in all security systems and global mass chaos. There is only enough time to send one operative. His codename: Raven. His mission: to find the virus, copy it and then destroy the research lab where it is located. A new batch of screens just arrived ...

'Black Mirror' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

British nobleman, Samuel Gordon, has just returned to his homeland after a self-imposed twelve year absence. Reluctantly returning to his magnificent home, Black Mirror Manor, he is desperate to prove that the untimely death of his ancestor, William Gordon, was not just an ‘unfortunate incident.’ Samuel reads William’s private diary and quickly discovers that there have been a number of mysterious deaths, and as he gets closer to these crimes, he realizes that he is very much at the centre of the mystery. Samuel must do all he can to solve the mystery and keep himself alive. Check a few new screens ...

'Cleric' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the rich historical tapestry of sixteenth century Russia, Cleric puts you in the role of a faithless ex-priest in this first person survival horror title for the PC. Cleric will immerse you in a world of rich visuals, strong dramatic story lines, highly interactive characters, and challenging gameplay. Read more to check a few new screens ...

Playstation 2 PriceDrop In The UK

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment UK today announced that it is to begin offering its ground breaking PlayStation 2 at £139.99 commencing October 1st 2003. Also available from the same date, is a limited edition 'satin silver' PlayStation 2 which comes packaged with two silver versions of the classic Analog Controller (DUALSHOCK®2) for £149.99. Both machines feature the new built-in IR receiver, improved DVD-R/DVD-R/W playback and a significantly quieter fan.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 1:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox Preview - 'Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge'

by Eric on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 1:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

“Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge” combines the thrills of low-to-the-ground air combat with the swashbuckling style of an action-adventure movie. Players pilot powerful fantasy aircraft in a game reminiscent of a classic Hollywood tale, as they battle enemy aces and navigate tricky stunts in single- and multiplayer modes. As the handsome and daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, players barnstorm through 1930s America hunting down the murderers of Nathan’s best friend.

PC Review - 'Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Sept. 29, 2003 @ 12:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a dynamic single and multiplayer action experience featuring an all-new epic story. Players are immersed in the role of apprentice at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy where they learn the power – and danger – of the Force. Read more to find out whether the force is with this game or not ...