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NCsoft Announces Beta Test Plans for 'City of Villains'

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 11:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation today announced preliminary beta testing plans for the highly anticipated City of Villains massively multiplayer online computer game. The plan will reward long time players of City of Heroes with beta testing slots for City of Villains, slated for release next year.

'World of Warcraft' Closed Beta Coming to an End

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 11:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard send out a msg is to inform us that the beta servers will be coming down at 3:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 29 and will remain offline for a few days in preparation for another stress test. Accounts and characters will be active for this stress test, but a new client download will be required. After the game servers come down on Friday the 29th, you will be able to log in to the community site and download the new client.

'Enthusia Professional Racing' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 5:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enthusia Professional Racing is a PS2 new racing game, developed by KCES, designed to bring all of the white-knuckle energy and thrill of car racing to life, Enthusia features groundbreaking gameplay mechanics, enhanced physics and pixel-perfect graphics to deliver an unprecedented racing experience.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 5:16 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 :

  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - 'Making of' Trailer
  • The Witcher - Making Of Trailer #2
  • LotR: Battle For Middle Earth - Fellowship Club Trailer
  • Sid Meiers Pirates! - Trailerpack

'Dragonshard' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 4:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

"Dragonshard" will incorporate classic role-playing themes, a powerful and dynamic real-time strategy engine all woven together with a rich storyline involving a global conflict for an immensely powerful artifact with the power to change the fate of Eberron itself.

'Backyard Wrestling 2: TGtN' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 4:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood places gamers deep in the heart of Small Town America, USA. Backyard Wrestling Inc. has announced "your town" as the location of its first live pay per view. They've put a million dollars cash prize on the line for the wrestler who's got what it takes to destroy every obstacle in their way to the main event and ultimately the unified BYW championship.

'Armies Of Exigo' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA has released a multiplayer demo for Armies of Exigo featuring 4 multiplayer maps where you can play as the Empire, Beasts and Fallen, as you attempt to vanquish your opponents in four, highly-detailed and multi-level environments. Battling your way across the snowy and sinister lands of Spider Realm and through the misty woods of Fronts, it will take more than just incredible skill and strategy to be the one side left standing.. Read more for download links ...

'Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut' Gets Dated

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tecmo announced today that Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut on the Xbox will ship Monday, November 1, 2004. The fright-infested title will haunt in new ways on Xbox with the addition of a new First Person Mode, where fears arise as the new FPS mode gives players limited sight, creating new insecurities and immersing the player more fully into the horrifying world of Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut.

'Men of Valor' - v1.2 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 12:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi has released the first patch for 2015's Vietnam based FPS Men of Valor. This update brings your retail game to v1.2 and adds auto patching, addresses audio errors and AI/pathfinding issues, and a slew of singleplayer and multiplayer fixes. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Dragonshard' - Beta Test Sign-Ups

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 11:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and Liquid Entertainment are pleased to announce the initial sign-up phase of the closed beta test of our upcoming Dungeons & Dragons real-time strategy title, Dragonshard. Sign-ups for are now available for this fantasy real-time strategy experience at Atari's betatest.net, so put in a request now. The beta start date is coming soon.

'TrackMania Sunrise' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 10:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TrackMania Sunrise, the legitimate heir to the throne, is shifting up a gear. Sunrise moves faster, handles better and features improved air-control – vital for making the massive jumps – to ensure that gameplay never moves at anything less than fast. And it's all about the gameplay.

Sid Meier's Pirates! - Pre-Order Incentive Announced

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that a special Limited Edition version of Sid Meier's Pirates! will be packed with tons of bonus material and is available through select retail channels for fans who pre-order the game. The Limited Edition will be offered at the same price as the regular game and can only be reserved before the game launches. Read more for details ...

'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith' Coming to PSP, DS and GBA

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 10:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced the signing of a new and exclusive licensing deal with LucasArts to develop portable video games based on the upcoming Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith movie. The title will be available on the new next-generation of handheld consoles - PSP, Nintendo DS, as well on Game Boy Advance - and will launch in conjunction with the movie in Spring 2005.

'Manchester United Soccer 2005' Ships To Stores

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stateside soccer fans can now experience an international match on U.S. soil as Codemasters today announced that Manchester United Soccer 2005 is now shipping to select retail outlets nationwide for PC-DVD. Now American enthusiasts can experience what it is like to bring home a championship with the boys from “across the pond.”

'Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean' (NGC) Goes Gold - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 10:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that the epic role-playing adventure Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean has gone gold. Available exclusively for the GameCube this November, Baten Kaitos takes players on an intense and innovative epic journey to save a world in crisis.

'Prince of Persia: Warrior Within' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within features a deep, mysterious storyline starring a darker, edgier Prince who is vigilant in his quest to unseal his mortal destiny. Read more for new screens showing off some of the enemies and monsters you will encounter in the game ...

'Wanda And The Colossus' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEI is working on a sequel to what a lot of people call one of the best games of all time, ICO. Carrying a somewhat odd name, 'Wanda And The Colossus' is situated in the same universe as its prequel, but will follow a totally different story line. Not much details are available yet, but with the Tokyo Game Show in progress, there should be more info coming soon. In the meantime, check out the new screens...

'Colin McRae Rally 2005' Now In Stores

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters announced today that its internationally acclaimed rally game, Colin McRae Rally 2005, has shipped to North American retail outlets for PC-DVD. A console version of the game is also available on the Xbox.

'Pacific Fighters' - v3.11 Beta Dynamic Mission Generator

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released a beta version of the Dynamic Mission Generator for 1C Maddox's World War II combat flight simulation Pacific Fighters. No specific details are available at this point. Read more for download links ...

'Rebel Without a Pulse' (Xbox/PC) Announced

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Based on an updated version of the same engine technology used in Bungie's first person shooter "Halo," "Rebel Without a Pulse" puts players in control of a wisecracking zombie named Stubbs, "who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies." The game is rife with tongue-in-cheek humor, a strong storyline and innovative combat techniques.

'The Roots' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 8:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Roots combines a classic RPG with dynamic gameplay and the fast paced plot characteristic of action-adventure games. The Roots has a complex, multi-threaded storyline and a vast world, which the player discovers whilst traveling with his party, fighting various monsters and living through great adventures.

'GoldenEye: Rogue Agent' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 8:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Going where no previous James Bond game has dared to tread, the upcoming GoldenEye: Rogue Agent first-person shooter from Electronic Arts breaks all the rules by transporting players to the dark side of the Bond universe to experience life as a high-rolling, cold-hearted villain. Read more for new screens ..

'Richard Burns Rally' - v1.02 Update Patch

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 7:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCi has released a new patch for Warthog's rally racing sim Richard Burns Rally. This update patch brings your retail game to v1.02 and mainly seems to address audio issues, some minor bug fixes and redbull animation, AMD crashes, replay slow-downs, glass shader errors, etc (thanks bluesnews). Read more for download links ...

'Need for Speed Underground 2' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Soundtrack

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 7:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA today announced that Snoop Dogg's remix of The Doors' legendary rock song 'Riders On The Storm' will be available exclusively in Need for Speed Underground 2. The in-game soundtrack shifts seamlessly from rock to hip hop to techno with 26 additional hit songs.

'Everquest II' Gets Station Players Service

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 7:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE) today announced Station Players, a new Web-based service that allows gamers to connect with their friends, their game community, and their in-game characters from SOE games. The new service gives players more ways to access, track and expand upon their game experiences, and also provides a centralized location where communities connect and grow.

'Second Life' Gets Financial Boost

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 7:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seconf Life developer Linden Lab announced today it has closed a financing round of $8,000,000 led by Benchmark Capital and with participation from Omidyar Network, a new organization lead by eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar. Existing investors including software pioneer Mitch Kapor also participated in the round.

'Pathologic' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pathologic is a unique example of a dramatic game, which directly affects the player's state of mind. Featuring a bizarre combination of first-person game, role-playing features, non-linear plot and real time flow, three unique campaigns and multiple endings.

'Alexander' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alexander is Ubisoft's real-time strategy video game based on the upcoming motion picture Alexander, the biopic based on the life and conquests of Alexander the Great from director Oliver Stone. Read more for details and new screens...

'Battlefield 2' - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Battlefield 2, players will choose to fight for one of three military superpowers: the United States, China, or the newly formed Middle East Coalition. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can take control of any of the game's 30+ vehicles to engage in major conflicts with over 100 players in some of the largest online battles on the PC.

'Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics' (Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The seventh installment of Japan's long-running series makes it's way to the United States. Equipped with an arsenal of modern weapons and technology, you can test your war strategies in land, sea, and air battles.

Xbox Review - 'Conflict: Vietnam'

by Agustin on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 3:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Conflict: Vietnam follows the progress of four US soldiers, Ragman, Junior, Hoss and Cherry, cut off from their unit during the 1968 Tet Offensive and tasked with fighting their way back to friendly lines.

PS2 Review - 'Bad Boys: Miami Takedown'

by Inexhist on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 2:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In Bad Boys: Miami Takedown, a new drug has emerged in Miami, and its use is spreading fast. As key members of the Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT), players take on the roles of either Mike Lowrey or Marcus Burnett and must stop the highly organized cartels that are flooding the market with this new drug. Players need to move fast to make sure the TNT cops are not DOA.

Online Sailing Sim 'Res Nautica' Announced

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 2:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

French on-line game producer, Variations-R, are developing a unique sailing simulation game called Res Nautica, for Europe-wide launch early 2005.

'The Poolisher' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 1:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

You are in a squalid, spoilt city in the faboulous Seventies, and in your pockets there are few money. There are two things that you know to do really good: to come to blows, and to play to the billiards. And the fate is good with you: in that town will be organized the greatest pool tournament of all the United States: you must, absolutely, join it! The first prize is 50,000 dollars! A lot of money, and must be yours!

'Soul Quest' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 1:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revoltage proudly presents their new turn based RPG Soul Quest (working title). Prepare for an unforgettable experience in the fantasy world of Soul Quest. Delight in an epic story of six races. Find out the reason the balance has been broken between them, control vast cities, conquer new lands, and take care of your team. When the time comes they may be your only hope.

'I Of The Dragon' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 1:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Play as one of three possible dragons, each with their own unique abilities. Use spells and brute force to hunt down and destroy the evil creatures that threaten the peaceful Nimoans. Build new towns or destroy them, create mountains or bring them crumbling to the ground. Summon creatures to fight for you or rely on your own powers. Use all means available to help in your quest to unmask the source of evil that plagues the land. Read more for some new screens ...

Koei Announces Akira Kurosawa-Inspired Movie & Game (PS3)

by Judy on Oct. 28, 2004 @ 1:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI, Kou Shibusawa Production, and Kurosawa Production join forces to bring to fruition the film Oni (working title), based on a script by the late director Akira Kurosawa.