'Natural Selection' - v3.0 Mod Update Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 4:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Natural Selection team has released an updated patch for the latest version of their Half-Life mod Natural Selection v3.0. The beta 3 patch contains many updated maps, much shorter Combat games, and some bug fixes. Read more for details and download links for the Windows client and dedicated server files patches ...

'Men of Valor: Vietnam' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The storyline follows the player through the major actions in the conflict, from search and destroy missions around Danang airbase to the Tet offensive and the counterattack on Hue. A cast of AI controlled characters accompanies the player through the missions, and he learns their value and mourns their loss as the war progresses. The game will support a cooperative mode that allows the player to experience the entire tour of duty with his friends, and various multiplayer modes allow the player to experience the war from the perspective of North Vietnamese Army or Viet Cong guerillas as well as US Forces.

'Lords of the Realm III' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Lords of the Realm III (Lords 3) is a real-time strategy game of historic medieval conquest that spans castle building, siege, politics, religion, and conquest. The game is set in the Middle Ages, between 850 AD and 1350 AD, and features authentic castle designs and characters. Various scenarios and campaigns encompass the British Isles, Germany, France, Normandy, Brittany, Flanders and Denmark. Read more for some new screens ...

'Universal Combat' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 1:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

3000 AD has released the demo for their futuristic 3D action game Universal Combat. The demo features five scenarios which are based on several game careers - including the brain freeze inducing, slack jawed producing, highly advanced Commander career. Read more for details and download links ...

'Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004' (GBA) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 12:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami Digital Entertainment - America today announced it has shipped Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance to retail outlets nationwide. The official videogame for the 2004 Yu-Gi-Oh! videogame tournament, and the sequel to last year's popular Worldwide Edition Tournament game, Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 delivers the ultimate card battling game with more cards, more decks and more tactical strategies.

'Chaos League' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Chaos League is a new kind of game, combining Real-Time Strategy, RPG and Sports. In a fantasy heroic universe Chaos League offers new game-play possibilities. Don’t look for notions of fair-play or the command “Help opponent back on his feet” because they don’t exist ! However, if you’ve been longing to find in a sport’s game such commands as “Stamp”, “High Facial Kick”, “Holding on the Ground”, “Force Passage” or “Ball of Fire” …. Then at last you’ve found the game of your dreams. Read more for details and screens ...

'Wrath unleashed' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 12:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Wrath Unleashed, the exhilarating new LucasArts action-strategy game that will transport every player to the fantasy universe is in stores now for Xbox and PlayStation 2! The game introduces players to a unique and spectacular universe where players engage in both single and multiplayer battles with more than 30 fierce, mythological creatures from four realms. Each character has special attributes, powers and attacks...but all characters have the power to unleash their wrath to defeat opponents and dominate the universe!

'Mercedes-Benz World Racing' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 12:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TDK has released a second demo for Synetic's racing game Mercedes-Benz World Racing. This demo features Hockenheimring track drivable in the Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor. Read more for download link ...

'All-Star Baseball 2005' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 12:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

All-Star Baseball 2005 is the most realistic baseball simulation that’s easier and more fun to play. All-Star Baseball 2005 is packed with exclusive feature innovations and online head-to-head play plus the deepest franchise mode of any baseball video game. Read more to check out some new screens and the "fielder cam tutorial" trailer.

'SpellForce: The Order of Dawn' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 11:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore and JoWooD, an Austrian game publisher and developer, today announced that "SpellForce: The Order of Dawn" has begun shipping to retail stores in North America.

'Silent Scope Complete' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 10:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami Digital Entertainment - America today announced it has shipped Silent Scope Complete for the Xbox to retail outlets nationwide. Marking the series' Xbox debut and the only light gun supported precision shooting game for the console, Silent Scope Complete combines four of the franchise's hit titles - including arcade classics Silent Scope, Silent Scope 2 Dark Silhouette, Silent Scope EX and the console exclusive Silent Scope 3 - into one game.

Will Wright To Share The Secrets Of 'The Sims'

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 10:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Will Wright, creator of The Sims and one of the game industry's most well-known designers, will kick of a new "Legends of the Game Industry" Speaker Series being hosted by The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. The free event will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm on Feb. 25 at the school, located at 1170 Market Street (at 8th) in San Francisco.

'Grand Raid Offroad' (Xbox/PC) Revealed - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 10:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Deep in the wildest outback the best rally pilots compete on some of the most beautiful and longest tracks of the world. Races are dangerous: arriving in one piece at the end of a stage is already a victory... Choose from 30 vehicles the one that you consider to suit best to conquer the vast wilderness. And attention, with Grand Raid Offroad you will definetly be facing vastness. Read more for details & screens ...

'NHRA Drag Racing: Top Fuel Thunder' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 10:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ValuSoft today announced the release of NHRA Drag Racing: Top Fuel Thunder for PC. This intensely competitive racing game is rated "E" for Everyone and is now available at retailers throughout North America for $19.99.

'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' Attracts Top Hollywood Talent

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 10:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Three Hollywood heavy hitters have lent their talents to the much anticipated stealth-action game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow. Joining the development team are Michael Ironside (Sam Fisher), Dennis Haysbert (Irving Lambert) and Lalo Shifrin (Composer, Original Theme). Read more for detailed information...

'Seven Samurai 20XX' (PS2) Website Launched

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sammy Studios today announced the launch of the dedicated web site for "Seven Samurai 20XX". Exclusively for Sony PS2, "Seven Samurai 20XX" is a fast-paced action game inspired by Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "The Seven Samurai." Visitors go behind-the-scenes to gain access to a wide selection of art, movies, screenshots, character and story background and artist profiles to get a look into how the greatest action tale of all time has been "digitally remastered" for the video game generation. Scheduled for release spring 2004, "Seven Samurai 20XX" is rated T for Teen and has an MSRP of $39.99.

'Universal Combat' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

3000 AD has released the first patch for their futuristic 3D action game Universal Combat. This release candidate will be superseded by the final patch later this week and addresses a ton of AI tweaks, interface improvements, content and gameplay revisions, multiplayer enhancements, bug fixes, and more. Read more for details and download links ...

'Nightshade' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America, Inc. today announced the release of "Nightshade" exclusively for the PlayStation2. The latest chapter in one of the longest running and most revered videogame franchises, "Nightshade" delivers more intense gameplay, bigger environments, and sharper visuals than its popular 2002 predecessor, "Shinobi". It also offers a more reasonable learning curve and a new 'Easy' mode, making the title more accessible for casual players.

Pre-Order Campaign for 'City of Heroes' and 'Lineage II'

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation announces the beginning of its pre-order retail box campaign for Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle and City of Heroes in North America. The boxes will begin to appear on store shelves this week at computer game retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Both games are expected to launch commercially this spring.

'Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today that its highly anticipated title Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is now available in retail stores across North America. Inspired by the legendary story of Joan of Arc, Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc sends players to medieval France to experience the most epic battles of the Hundred Years War.

'Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The official add-on Blitzkrieg: Burning Horizon, throws you in even more dramatic battles of WWII. Burning Horizon offers a huge 18-missions-campaign around General Rommel, giving you the opportunity to play famous battles like Ardennes, Tripolis, Tobruk, El Alamein, Sicily and, of course, Normandy. Furthermore, the add-on contains 8 single missions, with an entire new nation at war: Japan. Read more for details ...

Hip Interactive Acquires LSP

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

European videogame publisher L.S.P. announced today that Hip Interactive Corp. completed the acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of L.S.P. Hip Interactive Corp. is a leading North American provider of electronic entertainment products. In fiscal 2003 Hip generated sales of Cdn $361,3 million, producing net income after taxes of $11 million.

Vivendi & Radical Sign Deal For Six Multiplatform Titles

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games and Radical Entertainment today announced a worldwide development agreement under which Radical will exclusively develop products for VU Games. The two companies will collaborate on the development of six multi-platform titles based on new and existing entertainment franchises. VU Games will also obtain a royalty-free license to Radical's proprietary game development technologies, as well as an option to purchase the company during contract's term. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

'Space Hack' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 4:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Space Hack is a sci-fi RPG/action title with Diablo-inspired gameplay mechanics. The storyline puts you on board of a quite 'peculiar' spaceship, trapped inside a space warp. Being a tough guy, whose axe is almost as quick as his wit, it's not surprising that you promptly find yourself confronting angry monsters, one wave after another. Space Hack is scheduled to be released in first half of 2004. Rebelmind just informed us that they have reached Alpha (playable) stage, and sent us some screens to celebrate it.

'Squad Assault: West Front' - Update Patch & Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 4:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games has released a new patch for Freedom Games's 3D WWII strategy title Squad Assault: West Front, as well as an updated demo with the latest code. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.60 (available for US & UK editions) and includes more Windows 98/ME enhancements, LOS and targeting improvements and solutions for some map-specific issues. Also included for download are the new v1.60 demo, with all the v1.60 fixes, an extra map and a demo update for those with previous demos. Read more for detailed fix list and download links

'Virtual Skipper 3' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Digital Jesters has released the first patch for Nadeo's sailing simulation game 'Virtual Skipper 3'. This update brings your retail game to v1.1 and adresses a tons of issues suchs as creating of profiles, ISAF rules, various network code optimizations, graphics & sound issues etc. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'SAHARA' (Console/PC) Announced - Details

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TKO Software, Inc. today announced an agreement for the exclusive rights for developing a PC and console game based on SAHARA -- Paramount Pictures and Crusader Entertainment's blockbuster movie. SAHARA is based on the international best-selling novel by Clive Cussler, and stars Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn. TKO Software will invest $7 million in developing a 3D action adventure game to launch with the film in late 2004.

'Champions of Norrath' (PS2) Ships In North America

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced that Champions of Norrath has shipped to North American retail stores. Champions of Norrath, available exclusively on the PS2, brings gamers into its immersive fantasy universe as they experience exciting hack-and-slash action. Champions of Norrath has more game features than any other game in the genre, including five playable character types, randomly generated dungeons and voice chat during online, four players co-op action. Champions of Norrath carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Resolution Interactive Acquires Games Rights From Daydream

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Resolution Interactive has acquired full rights from Daydream Software to computer games Clusterball and X-Team Racing, and the game concepts Scarcefreak and Billion Dollar Disc. The agreement includes code, design and community servers, as well as customer databases. One exception is South America, where Daydream keeps the Clusterball and X-Team Racing rights for 3 years in order to complete unfinished business. Daydream is also allowed to use existing Autobahn code in its future production.

'Onimusha 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The year is 1582 and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Samanosuke is the man who has just returned. The stage is set at the burning Honnoji Temple, as the famous Onimusha warrior Samanosuke Akechi fights. As he faces the demons in front of him, Samanosuke is compelled to move forward by hatred for his true enemy, the undying Nobunaga Oda, ever pursuing his crazed ambition. Samanosuke prepares for the long-awaited final battle against Nobunaga. Read more for a few new screens ...

'Burnout 3' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Burnout 3 takes the series even further, now featuring a unique 'crash and burn' racing concept and a one-of-a-kind special effects engine that delivers spectacular visuals. The intensity heats up as players race, and often crash, their way through oncoming traffic in an attempt to claim the top spot. Boasting multiple single-player, multiplayer and online* crash and race modes, Burnout 3 offers players the opportunity to race through busy city streets and be rewarded for taking risks that result in heart-pounding action and electrifying crashes.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PC Review - 'Wildlife Park'

by Mark Crump on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 2:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The player must build a Wildlife Park from the ground up, continually tweaking it so that the little giggling visitors will happily spend their money. He starts out with only the park area, a ticket booth and a decent amount of money. From there the player has to buy some attractive animals, build their surroundings, add a few employees and then open the gates and let the visitors flow in. The game consists of several different terrains in different areas around the globe on which the player can start up his new Wildlife Park business.

NVIDIA Sponsors 'Electronic Sports World Cup'

by Mark Crump on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 1:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that it will be the main sponsor of the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC). NVIDIA also participated in the official press conference that took place in Paris last week. Read more for details ...

GBA Review - 'Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Feb. 10, 2004 @ 1:40 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Thieves and brigands have driven you and your family from your farmland home. Desperately seeking safety within the walls of Baldur's Gate, your family is ambushed and your sister has been abducted... YOU... are all that stands in the way of one of the greatest threats ever to strike Baldur's Gate and the Sword Coast. From the streets of Baldur's Gate, to the windtorn peaks of the Sunset Mountains, your quest to rescue your sister escalates into staving off a war that will drown the Sword Coast in blood.