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Microsoft's GDC LineUp (Xbox/PC) - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 7:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As most people will know this week's news is mainly dominated by various announcements and revelations at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Jose, CA. Microsoft is showing off various in house productions and we have screens & trailers from the following titles :
  • Fable (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer
  • Sudeki (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer
  • Rise Of Nations: Thrones & Patriots (PC) - Screens & Trailer
  • RalliSport Challenge 2 (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer
  • Jade Empire (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' (GBA/Xbox/PC) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 5:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced today that Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow has shipped for the PC, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance and will be on store shelves nationwide, March 27. Developed by Ubisoft's Shanghai and Annecy studios, Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow tells the conspiracy-ridden story of black-ops agent Sam Fisher as he explores the shadowy world of international espionage.

'Pro Rugby Manager 2004' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 3:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Players will be able to take the reins of their preferred team through European and World Championships. Over 15,000 real players are included within the game. Managers can buy and sell players, train their squads and develop match tactics - with matches portrayed in real-time through a detailed 3D engine.

'Chaos League' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 3:49 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 new screens ...

'Massive Assault' - Bonus Map Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 3:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Wargaming.net releases a new map for its turn-based strategy game Massive Assault. This planet called Brimstone can be used both for World Wars against the A.I. and for the online games. Read more for download links ...

Microsoft Announces Next-Gen Development Platform 'XNA'

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 1:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Corp. today announced XNA, a powerful next-generation software development platform. XNA empowers developers to deliver breakthrough games while combating rising production costs and ever-increasing hardware complexity. Games for future iterations of all Microsoft game platforms — including Windows, Xbox and Windows Mobile-based devices — will be unleashed by tools and technologies from the XNA development platform.

NCsoft Announces 'Lineage 2' Open Beta Test

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 1:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation announces plans to begin open beta testing for its soon to be released online game, Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle. The free open beta period will begin at 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, March 28 and last approximately one month. The game is scheduled for commercial release on April 28.

'Painkiller' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 11:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You are Painkiller, a mercenary for hire, charged with cleaning out nests of the undead. But an unholy pact with a demon unknowingly puts you square in the middle of a fight for control of the underworld... with the future of humanity hanging in the balance. Read more for 30+ new screens ...

Mythic Entertainment To Use 'EMotion FX Engine'

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 10:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game "Dark Age of Camelot," today announced that it will use EMotion FX 2 in all current and future games as the next step in the evolution of the player experience.

Enlight Brings 'Trackmania' To North America

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 10:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today that it will ship TrackMania to retail stores across North America in June. A fast paced track racing game, TrackMania has been praised by reviewers across Europe for its blend of strategy elements with great racing action. Trackmania was shipped to retail stores in Europe before the holidays.

'True Crime: Streets of LA' Soundtrack Announcement

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Expanding on its award-winning game soundtrack featuring original music from Snoop Dogg, Westside Connection and other hip-hop stars, Activision Inc. today announced True Crime: Streets of L.A.for the PC will feature 32 additional tracks from artists such as Alice In Chains, Queensryche, and 2004 Grammy Award Nominees Spineshank and Stone Sour. The massive soundtrack will capture the essence of The City of Angels, from the urban vibe of East L.A. to the hard rock streets of Hollywood offering more than 115 music tracks that will immerse players into the mean streets of Los Angeles. True Crime: Streets of L.A. for the PC will be available this spring.

'NovaDrome' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Carmageddon developer Stainless Games has revealed their new project "NovaDrome". Situated on planet Nova, The NovaLords needn ew "volunteers" for their brutal gladiatorial racing sport. Your character has been abducted by the aliens and taken to Nova. You are given a vehicle, and sent straight into combat. The game consists of a series of automotive battles in many, varied purpose-built arenas, pursuing your unwanted career as an alien race’s source of sick entertainment.

'Onimusha Blade Warriors' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom today announced the release of Onimusha Blade Warriors for the PlayStation2. An action fighting game based on the award winning Onimusha world, Onimusha Blade Warriors challenges players to enter into battle alone, or with up to three other opponents for lighting quick multi-player action battles that show off their skills as a warrior.

'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' - Multiplayer Demo Tomorrow

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft is proud to announce today that a multiplayer demo of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow on PC will be available on Thursday, March 25th at 6.00 pm. The MP demo will weigh in at about 60mb, features the Mount Hospital level, playable in Neutralization game mode. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow tells the conspiracy-ridden story of black ops agent Sam Fisher as he explores the shadowy world of international espionage. Read more for details ...

'Impossible Creatures' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Relic Entertainment has released a new patch for their 3D real-time strategy game Impossible Creatures. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.4 and addresses a few bugs for the main game, the full patch/addon also adds 15 new base insects, 9 new abilities, new environments and multiplayer maps, as well as game balance tweaks. Read more for download links ...

'Call Of Duty: United Offensive' Revealed

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PC Gamer's 10th anniversary edition has the first details and screens from Call Of Duty: United Offensive. Under development at Return to Castle Wolfenstein's Gray Matter Studios, Call Of Duty: United Offensive is the upcoming expansion pack for Infinity Ward/Activision WWII FPS. Along the lines of the the original CoD game, United Offensive will feature three single player campaigns (Battle of the Bulge for the US side, the Battle of Kursk for the Russian side and an unnamed battle for the British side) and is expected to ship this coming fall (thanks Homelan).

'Sacred' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore and Ascaron Entertainment UK Ltd., today announced that Sacred has shipped to retail stores in North America. If you haven't yet, read our Sacred preview ...

'Zoo Tycoon 2' Powered By NDL's Gamebryo Engine

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 8:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NDL announced today from the 2004 Game Developers Conference (GDC), that Gamebryo is being used by Blue Fang Games LLC for the award-winning Zoo Tycoon sequel titled Zoo Tycoon 2. Gamebryo provides the graphics engine and tools to help companies like Blue Fang Games generate 3-D graphics without sacrificing the development time necessary to create compelling content and gameplay. Zoo Tycoon 2 is scheduled to ship for Windows this Fall.

'Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 8:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps is Real-Time Tactical game in full 3D with highly realistic graphics, real time shadows, localised damage effects, explosions, weather effects and much more. Missions range from recon operations in the desert and escort missions to large-scale sieges of desert fortresses. All missions start with a briefing, a recap of the historical background and a management phase. Read more to check out some new screens ..

'The Stalin Subway' Officially Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While we already revealed this weeks ago, Buka has now officially announced The Stalin Subway (under development at G5 Software, previously known for Fair Strike, Red Shark), a realistic first-person shooter which is set in Stalin's Moscow of fall 1952. Read more new screens...

'Armored Assault II: Stalingrad 1944' Revealed

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 3:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

iEntertainment Network Inc announced today that the new Armored Assault II Beta Development game can be played for FREE online in Massively Multiplayer online simulation gaming (MMOSG) at http://www.armoredassault.com/. A brand new game, Armored Assault II: Stalingrad 1944 is in development and should be shipped over the next few months as this Development Beta assists in determining the features online player want most!

'Gumshoe Online' - Beta Test Sign-up

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 2:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gumshoe Online is a point and click adventure game for the PC that transports the player back to the corrupt gangster-ridden streets of 1930's America. Played using a standard Internet browser, Gumshoe is available to anyone with an Internet connection. Read more for details ...

'Stalingrad' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 2:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stalingrad is a real-time strategy (developed by DTF Games) based on the modified Blitzkrieg engine. The game tells a story of one of the most dramatic periods of World War II and covers all major events from June 1942 till January 1943. The game consists out of two campaigns. During the first one players will lead the advancing German forces and after that will assume the role of a Soviet commander, whose aim is to liberate the city and smash the 6th Army of Wehrmacht

Buy 'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' (Xbox) and Win a Year Of Xbox Live

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 2:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox Live and Ubisoft announced today that the companies will participate in a two-part promotion involving Xbox Live and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 2:22 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 :

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 - Trailer
  • Flatout - Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'Sphere' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 1:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sphere is a MMORPG which immerses players into the world of medieval Europe where they have complete freedom to shape their own destiny. Read more for details and screens ...

PS2 Review - 'Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II'

by The Cookie Snatcher on March 24, 2004 @ 1:04 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The anticipated sequel has arrived. Embark on a new adventure in Baldur's Gate and brave terrible dangers in search of fortune, glory, and power. Face a multitude of sinister enemies while traveling through many spectacular environments in this action-packed fantasy game. Rid the lands of chaos, mastering skills, spells, and deadly weapons … the fate of thousands hangs in the balance.

'Supreme Ruler 2010' - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 12:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Supreme Ruler 2010 represents the next generation of strategy game. Not another build and attack 'click fest', but a challenging simulation of political and military leadership. Read more to check some new screens ..

'Crash Bandicoot' & 'Spyro the Dragon' (GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on March 24, 2004 @ 12:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy are scheduled to ship on the GBA in second quarter 2004. For the first time, the two renowned characters will meet up in each other's respective adventures in these upcoming action platformers. Albany, New York based studio, Vicarious Visions, is developing the games. Read more to check out some screens ..