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'The Movies' (Xbox/PC) Logo Competition Winners Announced

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Following a worldwide search, three lucky fans – Jonathan Jensen (Canada), David Watts (United Kingdom) and David Boyle (United States) – have been named grand prize winners in Activision and Lionhead Studios’ The Movies Logo Competition.

'Full Spectrum Warrior' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 5:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed through a collaborative effort between Pandemic Studios and Mass Media, the game's innovative design, complex artificial intelligence (A.I.) and advanced graphical prowess has been successfully transitioned to the PlayStation 2, pushing the hardware to its limits. Full Spectrum Warrior is scheduled to ship worldwide in early 2005.

'The Elemental' - Final Mod Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 5:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Elemental is a total conversion of Gas Powered Games Dungeon Siege. Elemental is set in an alternate mythical version of ancient Judea that is gritty, mean, and profane. This final release adds two new player character races, Mantis and Human Female, as well as a host of other fixes and improvements too numerous to mention. After two and a half years of development, the team is calling it quits, so enjoy this final product.

'Worldwide Soccer Manager' Kicks Off In Stores - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 3:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America today announced the North American release of Worldwide Soccer Manager, a sports management simulation game that is officially licensed by Major League Soccer (MLS). Worldwide Soccer Manager represents the next evolution in fantasy sports by enabling gamers to control all team-related activities for their favorite professional soccer teams in the U.S. as well as 50 other countries across the world.

Novalogic Launches 'Joint Ops' STAT Tracking System

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 3:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The coming weeks will see the wheat separated from the chaff, the big dogs from the puppies and the Rulerz from the N00bs with the imminent launch of the Joint Ops STAT tracking system for both Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising and Joint Ops: Escalation.

'Devil May Cry 3' (PS2) - Screens

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

Devil May Cry 3 unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante's history, before the original Devil May Cry, to the fateful clash between Sparda's twin sons, divided by the divergence of their chosen paths. Take a peek at yet another 50+ new screens...

'The Punisher' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 12:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ has released a singleplayer demo for Volition's action game based on the Marvel comic book, The Punisher. Enter the twisted mind of Frank Castle as he wreaks havoc upon the scum of the criminal underworld. This demo features a cinematic intro and one mission set in the Central Zoo, where you have to rescue a friend taken hostage. Read more for download links ...

'Codename Panzers: Phase 2' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 11:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV Software Entertainment has released the first screens for Stormregion's Codename Panzers: Phase Two, expected spring 2005. Codename: Panzers offers gamers an unprecedented real-time strategy experience focusing on key battles of World War II (thanks Tiscali). Read more to check out the goods ...

'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut' Ships

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 11:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games, in association with Vin Diesel’s Tigon Studios, announced today that their PC action game The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay –Developer’s Cut has shipped to retail stores in the United States.

'Star Wolves' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 11:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wolves is a 3D space RPG with strategy elements. The game thrusts players into a world of freelance space hunters in the XXI-XXII Century A.D. during a time of political crisis for the all-powerful Empire and the three mega-corporations that control all the known worlds.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 10:55 a.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 :

  • Fight Night Round 2 - Trailer

Climax L.A. Studio Relocates and Hires 80 New People

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Following a hugely successful year for its Los Angeles studio, Climax is proud to announce plans to expand its U.S. operation. The ambitious project will see the LA office relocate to larger premises and recruit new staff - a move that reaffirms Climax's commitment to creating a world-class development studio.

'Far Cry Instincts' (PS2/Xbox) - Developer Q&A

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

In addition to the PC version's signature locations, non-scripted A.I., and unprecedented view-distance, Far Cry Instincts will feature brand new gameplay scenarios that will challenge players to use an even broader range of strategies and survival tactics in order to uncover the many secrets within the beautiful-but-deadly islands. Far Cry Instincts producer Roxane Gosselin is on hand to answer some questions about the "traps" concept being used.

'Sprung' (NDS) Slopes Into Stores

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announces the release of Sprung for the Nintendo DS handheld game system, which has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Engage in a risqué, daring adventure with sexy singles at Snowbird Mountain, a hip ski resort in Colorado. Written by North Shore (FOX) writer Colleen McGuinness, Sprung captures the essence of teen entertainment through fresh storylines, sex appeal, two gender-specific adventures 50 missions, bonus levels, cool characters and hours of stimulating fun. Developed by Guillemot Inc., Sprung is rated “T” (Teen) and retails for US$29.99.

NCsoft Launches 'Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle' Expansion

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft today announced the release of an extensive expansion for its MMORPG Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle. The expansion, Chronicle 2: Age of Splendor, includes more than 500 megabytes of new features adding three new zones, wondrous underwater areas, rideable mounts, new monsters, items and spells as well as an in-game gambling system consisting of a racetrack, throwing dice and a lottery.

'Heritage of Kings: The Settlers' Delayed

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft has pushed back the original Q4 2004 release date for Blue Byte's 3D RTS Heritage of Kings: The Settlers, and it is now scheduled for Q1 2005. Heritage of Kings: The Settlers is a world-building strategy game with fully rendered 3D visuals and unavoidably addictive gameplay. Players can dive into a detailed medieval world offering a unique mix of RTS and simulation gameplay. A fully functioning community can be created; new advancements can be discovered, and enemy forces will be repelled (thanks Blues)!

'Dragonshard' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:33 a.m. PST | 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.

'X²: The Return' - Screens

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

The launch of the new expansion pack, 'X²: The Return' is set for Feb 2005. Enhancing and extending the gameplay of the award winning X²- The Threat, the expansion pack adds many exciting new features and involves players in a thrilling new storyline. Check the freshly re-launched website or read more for some screens...

'Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 7:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Oxygen Interactive announced today that UK developer Kuju is working on a new FPS 'Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction.' Using the Fire Warrior engine, Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction, is under development for PC, PS2 and Xbox, and is scheduled for March 2005. Read more for details and the first screens ...

'UFO: Aftershock' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 7:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

UFO: Aftershock follows directly from one of the endings of UFO: Aftermath, where the player agrees to hand over the Earth to the Alien scientists, who are trying to change the planet into a giant living organism. The Council of Earth and their followers take refuge on an orbiting satellite prepared for them by the aliens, but not all the survivors of the original invasion where re-located.

European 'City of Heroes' Beta Sign-Ups

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 7:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

City of Heroes is now accepting Beta applications in preparation for its European release, due in February '05. Potential Beta applicants should point their browsers at the official European City of Heroes website.

'Advanced Battlegrounds' - Screens

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 7:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Grab your choice from over 20 destructive hi-tech weapons including heavy machine guns, rocket launchers and plasma rifles as you set out to seek-and-destroy your enemy once and for all. Take control of awesome vehicles like four-wheelers, speeder bikes and giant mech-robots as you battle across gigantic landscapes, huge air masses and vast oceans. The Future of Combat is Now… Choose Your Battleground.

'Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 1:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Catacombs is the just released expansion pack for Dark Age of Camelot in which players are given the opportunity to explore underground cities – with attached adventuring areas – based on the backstory of one underground player race per Realm. Mythic asked us to host the first patch for the new expansion pack, so you MUST have Catacombs installed before applying the patch.

PS2 Review - 'Taiko: Drum Master'

by Ricardo Chimal on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 1:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

With its diverse offering of music and variety of skill levels, TAIKO: Drum Master delivers a unique experience filled with flexibility and fun for players of all ages. The game offers more than 30 songs in its catalog, including well-known hits from today’s current chart-toppers and yesterday’s favorites.

'Battles In Normandy' - v1.01 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 1:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games and Strategic Studies Group have released a new patch for their strategy game Battles In Normandy. This update brings your retail game to v1.01 and improves enemy AI, provides four levels of opponents, adds a number of hotkeys, and the usual crash and bug fixes. Read more for download links ...

'Gates of Troy' Now On Sale

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 1:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games and Slitherine Strategies are pleased to announce that the new turn-based empire-building and ancient battles game Gates of Troy is now available for download and purchase from the Matrix Games Online Store.

PS2/Xbox Preview - 'Darkwatch'

by Geson Hatchett on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 12:58 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Darkwatch is a cinematic 1st person shooter with an original premise that blends Vampire-Horror and Western genres. They grind their enemies for fuel, fashion their skin into protective cloaks and create weapons designed to exterminate en masse, and they are the good guys. We got some hands-on time with a build, and here are our updated impressions ...

PC Review - 'Alpha Black Zero'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 12:32 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Alpha Black Zero is a fast-paced mission based 3rd person tactical shooter with a gripping storyline to test both your fighting abilities and your intelligence. Dozens of different enemies, all possessing strong Artificial intelligence, will punish your mistakes across huge and challenging levels.