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'Headhunter Redemption' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 11:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Maintaining law and society order is veteran Headhunter Jack Wade, older, wiser and battle hardened. At his side is the reluctant new sidekick, the rebellious street kid Leeza X. Whether ripping up the highways of the silver metropolis on a super bike or stalking the criminal masterminds of the shadowy underworld, they are led into the greatest danger of their lives and must overcome something much more sinister than a simple human threat. Each must face their darkest fears. Together they must redeem a world facing chaos...

LucasArts Reactivates Old 'SWG: An Empire Divided' Accounts

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 9:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LucasArts/Sony Online ent. dropped us a note that starting Tuesday January 20th, 2004 and ending February 2nd 2004, they are reactivating all old 'Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided' accounts giving people a chance to try out all the new content they have been adding since the launch of the MMORPG. If you do not remember your login information anymore, you can check out their login/password recovery page.

Atari Shuts Down 'Unreal 2' Developer Legend Entertainment

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 5:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on VE3D that Legend Entertainment has today been shut down by the powers that be at Atari, according to credible sources. Legend recently completed work on the XMP addon, which added an excellent multiplayer mode to Unreal 2. This was released free on the internet for existing owners of Unreal 2 and also in a special edition version of the game that was released recently. The patch that is currently being tested will be released and that the master server for the game will continue to operate. The LEgend Ent. website has already been taken offline and the Unreal 2 Xbox port (developed by Tantalus) is still on track for release. No Atari representative could be reached for comments, no surprise there... Thanks Andy!

'Pax Romana' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 4:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher has released a patch for Galilea Multimedia 's 3D strategy game Pax Romana. This update brings your retail game to v1.01 and addresses some crashes, AI issues, auto save issues, game fixes/tweaks, making scenario's more historically accurate etc. Read more for details and download links ...

'Tenchu: Return from Darkness' (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in the late 1570s, one year after the original Tenchu, Tenchu: Return from Darkness allows players to assume the role of the ninjas Rikimaru, Ayame or the mysterious Tesshu as they battle the evil Tenrai and his six lords of darkness. As silent assassins, players must use cunning, strategy, deadly stealth and an arsenal of weapons to overcome dangerous missions and defend the Japanese countryside from Tenrai's armies. Read more for some new screens & trailer, or check out the freshly launched Tenchu: Return From Darkness website.

'Samurai Warriors' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SAMURAI WARRIORS stars the brave Sanada Yukimura, who leads an elite band of samurai and ninja. Sanada's journey will take him to the hallowed Japanese battlefields of Okehazama and Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle where he will come face-to-face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja). Read more for details and screens ...

'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Oblivion Lost' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The game will provide players with extremely dynamic gameplay of fast and tough combats, where players are to oppose dangerous and wise enemies, a large set of multifarious weaponry, possibility to control various machinery, incredible detailing and game world interactivity, story-driven single player with original team gameplay, a well-balanced multiplayer with numerous modes: DeathMatch, CTF, Cooperative, various team games and much more. Read more to check out some new screens.

'Knights of the Temple' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

You are Paul de Raque, Knight of the Temple, as you set out on a holy crusade across a forbidding, mediaeval Europe to join your order in the Holy Land. Armed with your sword, axe, bow and shield, you must fight with all your strength to complete your journey, for saving the future of the world is your ultimate goal! The core of the game is medieval style fighting with the classical weapons of European knights, coupled with stunning graphics of the historical milieus of the 12th century crusades. Check these new screens.

'Ultimate Arena' Launches 'Xfire' Service

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 10:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ultimate Arena, Inc. today announced that the beta version of Xfire is available at www.xfire.com. Xfire automatically tracks when and where gamers' friends are playing PC games online. With one click, gamers can instantly join their friends' games. Read more for details ...

'EverQuest II' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EverQuest II returns to the culturally diverse world of Norrath in the future of the original EverQuest, with the sheer size and graphical detail greater than ever seen before. Larger in scope than its predecessor, EverQuest II will allow players from every corner of the earth to explore familiar areas and new, undiscovered territories of Norrath. Read on to check out the latest screenshots!

'Xbox 2' CPU Rumoured To Use 65nm Technology

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TeamXbox is at it again with more rumours from the Xbox front. Continuing their tradition of bringing world exclusives, TeamXbox revealed today that the Xbox 2 CPU (or CPUs?) will be built using a 65nm manufacturing technology. Which in practice means the Xbox 2 could have a main processor running at clock speed higher than 3 Ghz and close to … 5 Ghz! For those not tech savvy, TeamXbox have included a short 'CPU for Dummies', check it out

'Painkiller' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Painkiller is a nickname of a pretty unusual mercenary, who is dealing with supernatural. There are places on Earth where demons and other evil creatures have their nests: abandoned prisons, private castles, deep caves in the mountains. "Cleaning" those places is good money, and our hero needs a lot of it, since he loves living the life to its fullest. One day he gets what seems to be a pretty simple job: to retrieve a religious artifact from one of the nests. When after a furious battle he realizes he might have been tricked into the war between two competing clans of the undead, he tries to play his own cards.

XS Games Signs 'Syberia II' For North America

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 9:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

XS Games, in conjunction with Jack of all games (a subsidiary of Take 2), and Microïds have reached a distribution agreement for the publishing and distribution of three different titles from Microïds' 2004 catalogue, including the sequel to the Adventure Game of 2002, Syberia II.

'Knights Of Honor' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As King, it is your duty to lead your people in their struggle to raise your kingdom from its humble beginnings to a position of power and prestige. War, diplomacy and a burgeoning economy are the means by which you increase your power and expand your influence. A unique Knight-management system will offer you brand new possibilities to enhance your personal strategy.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 3:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Ninja Gaiden' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ninja Gaiden is on the cutting-edge of action as the player takes on the role of powerful ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, who seeks revenge after his clan is massacred by the Vigor Empire. Taking full advantage of three-dimensional space, you follow the story with only your wits, your ninja skills, and your deadly sword, cutting down opponents in the Vigor Empire as you attempt to beat the Holy Emperor and reclaim the magic sword "Ryuken". Realistic battle actions and acrobatic ninja actions add another dimension to the game, restoring Ninja Gaiden to its rightful place in the gaming pantheon.

PS2 Review - 'Whiplash'

by Thomas Leaf on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Whiplash is set in a high-tech product testing facility where questionable experiments are conducted on animals. Playing as Spanx, you must use Redmond as a weapon to not only escape, but also to free other enslaved animals and bankrupt the corporation by destroying property. Whiplash combines a unique 'chain' gameplay mechanic with in-depth enemy and environment interaction, rich combat and slapstick humour.

PS2 Review - 'Muppets Party Cruise'

by Hank on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

No one parties harder than the Muppets, and in Muppet Party Cruise players set sail with the Muppet crew for tons of hilarious, family-friendly fun. One to four players can play as one of six Muppet characters, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Pepe the King Prawn and The Great Gonzo in 30 action-packed mini-games! Muppet Party Cruise also features authentic Muppet voice talent and bonus movie shorts created by The Jim Henson Company. Come aboard the wackiest party boat around!

New Development Studio 'Circle Studio' Formed

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jeremy Heath-Smith and Adrian Smith, the creators of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider series of games, today announced the formation of their new game development company, Circle Studio. Bucking the trend of numerous studio closures, Heath-Smith and Smith are confident that they can produce more world beating titles. Commenting on the new studio, managing director Heath-Smith said, 'Adrian and I are still passionate about games and have the experience and skills in-house to continue producing original and successful titles.' He continued, 'We've enjoyed working with Lara these past seven years but are looking forward to creating something or someone new.'

'Battlefield 1942' - Community Update

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Battlefield 1942 team has made a new community update regarding the upcoming 1.6 patch. The BF1942 v1.6, which they call " by far the most comprehensive patch to date", will feature 2 new maps, punkbuster anti cheat measures, improved server browsing and tons of other fixes, tweaks and additions. The patch WILL be over 250mb big, read more for a quite lenghty detailed fix list.

'Hot Shots Golf Fore!' (PS2) Coming To North America

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 1:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony announced today the upcoming 2004 release of Hot Shots Golf Fore!, available exclusively for the PlayStation2. Developed by Clap Hanz, Hot Shots Golf Fore! returns as the fourth installment in the extremely popular franchise that has sold more than 7.5 million units worldwide.

'Shattered Galaxy' - Updated Client Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 12:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nexon has released a new updated version (as well as a small update patch) of their massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game Shattered Galaxy. This upgrade brings the game to v1.59 and features the usual game fixes, unit balancing, map updates and various other tweaks. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...