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'Aces High' - Updated Graphics and Added Content

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 10:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

HiTech Creations has released a new version of its massively multiplayer flight simulator Aces High. Version 2.01 adds three new combat units showcasing a stunning new level of graphical detail. The new units are the Consolidated B-24J Liberator, the Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, and the Russian T-34 medium tank.

'Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 9:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bandai America announced that "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is shipping to retail stores throughout North America today. Available exclusively for the PlayStation2, "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" is a thrilling third-person action game based on Masamune Shirow’s pioneering anime series.

BioWare Gets 'Game Developer of the Year' Award

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 6:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare Corp. was awarded the prestigious title of “Game Developer of the Year” at the Billboard 2004 Digital Entertainment Awards Gala on November 5, 2004. The award is given to the developer showing the best body of work distributed on any platform or combination of platforms over the last year.

Nevrax Offers 'The Saga of Ryzom' 14 Day Trial

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 6:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nevrax announced today that players worldwide have the opportunity to try its massively multiplayer online role-playing game, The Saga of Ryzom, for 14 days free, beginning today!

'Knights Over Europe' - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 6:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Knights Over Europe is a World War I combat flight simulation brought to you by a team whose collective experience includes Red Baron II, the Falcon 3 series, the Close Combat series and Fly II.

'WWX: Rumble Roses' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Starring the sexiest female models to grace the ring, this over-the-top grappler is set to deliver intense girl-on-girl wrestling action with jaw-dropping graphic detail. WWX is the first-ever women’s wrestling game and is being developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo in partnership with the acclaimed development studio, Yuke’s Entertainment, and renowned CG movie specialists, Polygon Magic’s VSL Team.

'Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 5:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dead to Rights II marks the return of action-hero Jack Slate and his K-9 companion, Shadow. In this super-charged sequel, Jack and Shadow find themselves once again in the squalid, mean streets of Grant City, ensnared in a labyrinth of crime, corruption and betrayal.

'Mario Power Tennis' (NGC) Ships To Stores

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 5:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The keys to winning a tennis match in the real world are fast footwork, consistency and a wicked backhand. Enter the realm of Mario Power Tennis, exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, and the secret to winning includes Power Shots like Mario's Iron Hammer, Luigi's Squeaky Mallet and Peach's Super Peach Spin.

German 'Fire Department 2' Goes Gold

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 5:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Monte Cristo has announced that the he German version of tactical mission-based game Fire Department 2 has gone gold and will be available in stores starting November 25, 2004. Fire Department 2 will feature a lot of improvements and new features such as multiplayer capabilities, better AI, control over a larger amount of units, improved graphics, five campaigns, and, of course, more realism. The English version should follow shortly...

EA Lowers Prices On Its Sports Titles

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced new holiday promotional prices on top EA SPORTS titles. Starting tomorrow, Madden NFL 2005 and NBA LIVE 2005 will have a suggested retail price of $29.95. The suggested retail price for NHL 2005 will be $29.95 and the best-selling college football game, NCAA Football 2005 will be $39.95.

'World of Warcraft' Open Beta Kicks Off

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 3:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce that the free open beta has begun. In preparation for the launch of World of Warcraft, we are now introducing the most complete version of the game, including a new patch with extensive content, including racial traits, raids, Hunter and Paladin talents, new quests for high-end zones, and much more. An initial run of open beta accounts is now available from FilePlanet, no registration requited.

'Asphalt Urban GT' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Asphalt Urban GT for the Nintendo DS screens have arrived! Drive more than 20 well-respected racing cars in the world, including Lamborghini, Jaguar, Hummer and many more. Race through streets of New York City, Miami, Paris and and other famous locations, at the same time players will have the advantage of watching their progress turn-by-turn on the bottom display of the Nintendo DS.

'Need for Speed Underground 2' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Goes Gold

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA just informed us that Need for Speed Underground 2 has gone gold for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and PC. The title will ship to retail outlets nationwide on Monday, November 15th.

Warren Spector Officially Leaves Ion Storm

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rumors have been floating around for weeks now, and today Eidos confirmed that Warren Spector, the head of Eidos's Ion Storm Studio in Austin has left the building. Reason given for Warren's departure : "to pursue personal interests." Spector has been responsible for the original Deus Ex, its recent successor as well as Thief: Deadly Shadows. Eidos also said that Warren will stay in their employment of as original IP consultant.

'Oddworld Stranger's Wrath' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Oddworld Stranger's Wrath combines first and third-person gameplay with familiar Oddworld elements and an all-new engine to deliver a unique gameplay experience. Set to award-winning visuals, players will be moved by the complex and inspiring story as the Stranger comes to grips with his true nature in the hunt for the ultimate bounty.

'Settlers: Heritage Of Kings' Demo Coming Soon

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week Blue Byte announced that its 3D RTS game 'Settlers: Heritage Of Kings' has gone gold and is expected in German stores November 23, 2004. Fans will enjoy fully animated 3D technology and enhanced gameplay features, but still be able to relive the experience that makes the Settlers series such a big hit. Today we received word that a 'Settlers: Heritage Of Kings' demo will be released before the game launches, so that should be shortly. Whether it will be only in German is not known at this point.

'NRA Varmint Hunter' Shoots its Way to Stores

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NRA Varmint Hunter is the first in a series of 15 games from Speedco and the NRA. Based on one of the fastest growing hunting sports in North America, varmint hunting is enjoyed by virtually all of the various shooting and hunting communities. The game series will cover many different shooting disciplines. Upcoming titles include High Power Competition, American Big Game Hunter, Wing Shooter and Ultimate Hunt.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:10 p.m. PST | 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 :

  • Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within - Monica Bellucci Trailer
  • Sentinel Descendants in Time - Trailer
  • Dungeon Lords - Trailer #3 [Divx]

'UFO: Aftershock' Official Website Launched

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cenega has launched the official UFO: Aftershock website where you can get fresh updates in news, game features, storyline, exclusive screenshots and latest videos. UFO: Aftershock is the sequel to 2003's UFO: Aftermath and follows from one of the endings of the first title. The player will have to investigate what happened on the Earth surface and fight against new enemies who want the planet for themselves.

'Halo 2' (Xbox) Midnight Madness Frenzy

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The entertainment industry is bracing for a big night tonight as thousands of fans around the globe finally get their hands on one of the most highly anticipated games of the year: "Halo 2," available exclusively Xbox. Gamers, celebrities, adrenaline junkies and industry paparazzi worldwide will converge at hundreds of lively launch soirees and thousands of retail outlets when the game officially goes on sale just after midnight.

'Wings Over Vietnam' Flies into Stores

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 11:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Destineer’s Bold Games unit today announces its fourth title for the PC, Wings Over Vietnam, is now available at most mass merchant and PC retailers nationwide.

'Ballerium' Put On Hold

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 7:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Ballerium', an online multiplayer RTS, was an ambitious project by developer Majorem that has been in the works for a few years which has come to a sudden end. "Having no viable alternative and following the collapse of Majorem's only client, development is immediately suspended. The technology, demonstrated successfully with Ballerium will now be offered as-is for whomever is interested in making an offer."

'Cross Racing Championship' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 7:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Utilizing the next generation of the Invictus engine which incorporates its new real-time physics module, Cross Racing Championship (CRC) will allow the player to experience the thrills of high-speed on and off road racing across vast open terrains. The Demo offers three quick race game modes, a time trial mode, two game tracks and two cars with wide variety of tuning options, from the eagerly anticipated racer.

'Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell' Goes Gold

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 7:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell has reached gold status. The Expansion Pack for the award-winning FPS, Painkiller, will begin shipping to North American retailers on November 11th and will begin releasing across Europe on November 24th.

'EverQuest II' Ships To Stores

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE) today announced that EverQuest II has shipped to North American retail stores. EverQuest II is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest. More than 100,000 people have already pre-ordered EverQuest II in hopes of being among the first to experience this massive gaming phenomenon.

PC Preview - 'Nexus: The Jupiter Incident'

by Alanix on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:17 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Nexus: The Jupiter Incident is a story-based single player strategy game. Starting in 2040, you are in control of the fleet of a multinational cooperation fighting a rivalling cooperation. The discovery of foreign technology leads to expeditions into space. When you return to Earth you find it occupied by Aliens. Only one colonizing spaceship with humans escaped. Your task is to find this ship, use it to build colonies and to finally gather enough strength to take back Earth.

'The Dark Legions' Gets Delayed

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Full price PC RTS game "The Dark Legions" will only be released before Christmas in a few territories. With amongst others Atari as distribution partners the pre-sales count already exceeds 75.000 units with more in store in the weeks to come. The reason for the slipped release date in many territories, including most of Europe and North America is that several distribution agreements for the title are not in place yet.

PS2 Review - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

by Inexhist on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 1:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Players will need to kick, punch and slice their way past Foot Ninjas and the turtles' archenemy, The Shredder, in two exciting game modes - Story and Battle Nexus. The four-player cooperative Story Mode is based on the FoxBox's TMNT Season 2, with individual player's performance and selection affecting the story line. The Battle Nexus Mode offers slick head-to-head action.

Xbox Review - 'Second Sight'

by Corey Owen on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Bringing a new dimension to stealth action games, Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, psychic powers or a combination of all three. The ability to psychically influence characters and remotely manipulate objects and individuals provides for a totally fresh gameplay dynamic.