'Half-Life 2' Gets Steamy Update #5

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 10:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding yet another Half-Life 2 update which adds a slew of Source SDK tweaks. Read more for details ...

'Tenchu: Fatal Shadows' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 8:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in historical Japan, Tenchu: Fatal Shadows features two playable ninja warriors - returning heroine Ayame and newcomer Rin. This installment of the fan-favourite franchise offers a tight balance of melee combat and shadow stalking, and its levels are structured to avoid the frustrating trial-and-error patterns that are all too familiar in the stealth genre.

'Call of Duty' & 'United Offensive' - Linux Update Patches Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 5:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has released new Linux patches for Infinity Ward's WW2 based FPS Call of Duty and its expansion pack, Grey Matter's 'United Offensive.' The Call of Duty patch brings your retail game to v1.5 while the United Offensive will become v1.51. Read more for download links ...

'NASCAR SimRacing' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 5:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

For the first time, EA has moved development for NASCAR PC racing games to the Tiburon Studio in Orlando, FL to focus exclusively on building the ultimate racing simulation. For 18 months, a dedicated team of NASCAR gaming veterans from the top shops has been focused on creating the ultimate simulation for the 2005 NASCAR season. The game will feature the new Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship format and will also include the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Busch Series.

'Age of Pirates' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 5:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This morning revealed, and there are the first screenshots from Akella's Age of Pirates. Not much information available at this point, so read more to check out the goodies ...

'Half-Life 2' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 11:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve has just released a free demo of Half-Life 2. Featuring some of the amazing digital actors and physical gameplay that has made Half-Life 2 the leading contender for Game of the Year 2004, the demo takes players through some of the early levels of the game and later transports them to the area of the game known as Ravenholm. The demo will require a Steam account to install. Read more for download links ...

'The Guy Game' Flashes Into Retail

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 10:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Topheavy Studios ships The Guy Game, the first-ever video game to feature hours of live-action video clips of topless women during Spring Break. Released in September for the PS2 and Xbox, The Guy Game matches players' wits against more than 60 attractive co-eds, all of whom are not afraid to grin and bare it. In addition, the PC version features exclusive new Spring Break footage not available on the console versions.

'Forza Motorsports' (Xbox) Gets Delayed

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 9:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Microsoft announced the launch of the official Forza Motorsports website, but more importantly, the same statement also revealed Microsoft pushed back the release from its original February date, to April 2005. Head on over to the official website for all the latest info, an innovative car builder page enabling car enthusiasts to modify the look and performance of six cars – the Acura NSX, Nissan 350z, Audi TT, Silvia, Hyundai Tiburon and Volkswagen Beetle, the latest screenshots or Car Cultures, a page dedicated to the wide-range of cars and car cultures that make up Forza Motorsport.

'Age of Pirates' Revealed

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 7:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In an interview on Pirates Ahoy, Akkela's Project Manager Renat Nezametdinov, reveals that the game formerly known as Corsairs 2 is now finally getting an international release under the name of Age Of Pirates, and not Sea Dogs 2 as previously anticipated. While Corsairs 2 was only intented for Russian release at first, the new project under the AoP name will be targetted for European and North American audiences. For more details read the full interview

'Face of Mankind' Beta Test Sign-ups - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 7:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jolt Online Gaming today announced that it has secured 100 beta-tester slots for the next Face of Mankind closed beta-testing phase.

THQ Signs 'Constantine (PS2/Xbox) For North America

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 7:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ and SCi Entertainment Group have signed an exclusive agreement naming THQ the North American publisher for the "Constantine" video game, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics, and based on the Warner Bros. Pictures film.

'Cross Racing Championship' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 7:27 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.

Xbox Review - 'Knights of the Old Republic II'

by Corey Owen on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is the next chapter to the award winning game of 2003. Set in the unique timeframe of the Old Republic, 4,000 years before Star Wars Episode I, The Sith Lords features an all-new more perilous storyline, new characters, classes, locations and force powers.

'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Developer Q&A

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Cold Fear is the first action-horror title to be published under the Ubisoft brand and combines the popular elements of both action and horror releases, delivering an action-packed, tension-filled gaming experience. A new avenue for Ubisoft so time to catch up with DarkWorks' Guillaume Gouraud and Antoine Villette.

Brazil Beats USA In First 'FIFA Interactive World Cup'

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 3:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The first ever FIFA Interactive World Cup reached its ultimate climax on Sunday at FIFA House, Zurich, as eight finalists from all over the world competed on the virtual football pitch to become the overall winner of this video game tournament featuring Electronic Arts' FIFA Football 2005 on Xbox. After a determined and skilled performance, Thiago Carrico de Azevedo, 21, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, defeated Matija Biljeskovic, 21, Rockford, Illinois, USA to take the coveted title of the inaugural FIFA Interactive World Player 2004.

Electronic Arts Buys 20% of Ubisoft Shares

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 2:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced an investment in international game developer and publisher UbiSoft Entertainment. The investment represents approximately 19.9 percent interest in the company, shares purchased as a block from Dutch investment company Talpa Beheer B.V. to be completed upon obtaining antitrust clearance from the U.S. government. Financial terms were not disclosed. It is not apparent if this is part of a hostile takeover, but if approved, this would instantly make EA the biggest shareholder of Ubisoft.

'Tony Tough 2' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 2:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tony Tough 2 acts as a prequel to 2003's Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths. In this 3D point & click adventure game you get to Tony at the age of 13, and he has his first case to solve. Under development at ProGraph, and published by dtp, Tony Tough 2 is scheduled for release in April 2005. Not much info available at this point, but we do have the first screens...

PS2 Review - 'Duel Masters'

by Hank on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 1:40 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Marking the franchise's first-ever appearance on the PS2, Duel Masters brings the Duel Masters universe to life with incredible 3D graphics. Players are invited play solo or battle against a friend in this challenging new adventure that also allows them to discover the powers of five never-before-seen creatures.

'Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile' - Soundtrack

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 1:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Children of the Nile is the first and only strategy game where citizens who behave like real people are your primary resource. As their leader, you must build a place in which they can live and work, establishing a relationship of trust and cooperation which you then leverage to build a lasting civilization, and bring it to its cultural peak. The Children of the Nile Soundtrack (containing 17 tracks of music from the game, in MP3 format) and a Bonus Tune has been released, get them now ...

Black Bean Brings 'Stalingrad' To Europe

by Judy on Dec. 20, 2004 @ 1:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Black Bean is proud to announce the signing of a pan-European publishing deal for "Stalingrad." The deal was signed with the Moscow based publisher 1C Company. "Stalingrad" is being developed by DTF Games and uses a modified version of the game engine used in the successful game "Blitzkrieg", which was noted for the realism of its combat scenes.