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'FaitH' Launches Battle Server

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 8:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragon Claw Studio announced today that their massive multiplayer game, FaitH officially launched its new server on Monday, March 29th. As always, FREE trials are still unlimited in length and allow you to play one of the nine church options and one of the five class options.

'Fight Night 2004' (PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 8:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that its new boxing game, EA SPORTS Fight Night 2004 has gone gold for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft and is scheduled to ship to retailers starting on Monday, April 5, 2004. The game will be published under the EA SPORTS brand and feature Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Roy Jones Jr. as its cover athlete.

'Samurai Warriors' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 5:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

'Samurai Warriors' stars the brave Sanada Yukimura, who leads an elite band of samurai and ninja. Sanada's journey will take him to the hallowed Japanese battlefields of Okehazama and Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle where he will come face-to-face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja). Read more for details and screens ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 4:50 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 :

  • Darkwatch: Curse of the West - Trailer
  • The Alamo - Trailer
  • King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact - Trailer


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

'Atari' Closes Down 'WizardWorks' Studio

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 3:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

WizardWorks better know for its record selling Deer Hunter series has apparaently been shut down by Atari in order to streamline operations. WizardWorls was purchased by GT Interactive in the mid 90's, which on its own was then purchased by Infogrames, now Atari. The closure affected 19 people who will most likely be transferred to other Atari departments. No titles have been cancelled or dropped as the Minneapolis Studio (internal Atari name for WizardWorks) had no dedicated titles in production, a0nd publishing responsibilities have been transferred to another office. Previously, Atari also closed their Hunt Valley studio, and most recently Legend Entertainment. You can read the full story over at Gamespot.

'Silent Hill 4:The Room' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 1:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Henry Townshend finds himself trapped in his apartment that has been cursed by a deeply rooted evil. Only by exploring mysterious portals leading to disturbing alternate worlds will Henry begin to uncover the truth. However, in true Silent Hill fashion, mysterious new characters, horrendous creatures, and the undead will use any means necessary to impede his progress. Some new screens ...

'Middle-Earth Online' - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 1:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From the far corners of Middle-earth, new adventures come forth to face the growing evil in the East. The forces of Mordor are mobilizing as the Nazgül hunt for the One Ring. The land itself is in peril and its fate lies in the hands of those who possess it. Adventuring alone or in groups, join thousands of players online in the massive world that is Middle-earth. Support the forces of good in an epic struggle to drive back the forces of Sauron. This is Middle-Earth Online, your home in the world of Tolkien. Read more to check some screens ...

'Fight Night 2004' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 1:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Built from the ground up to deliver the bone-crushing action of championship boxing, EA SPORTS Fight Night 2004 is an all-new boxing game that features revolutionary new gameplay mechanics and a dramatic new-school attitude to immerse players like never before. Innovative new analog Total Punch Control allows gamers to throw punches, block, bob, and weave with unprecedented fluidity and precision. The game also includes a deep create-a-player option, career mode, and online play for the PS2 via EA SPORTS Nation.

'Room Zoom: Race For Impact' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 11:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Room Zoom offers arcade-style racing in an environment that changes with every lap. In each room, objects are at your disposal to push, bump or blow up to deter your opponents and unlock hidden keys. Gather power-ups along the way to help defend against aggressive drivers. Drive unrestricted house and find secret passages that may be a shortcut to the finish. Read more for details & screens ...

Nintendo Launches Classic NES Games for GBA SP

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 11:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wait `til you hear! On June 7, Nintendo is going totally retro with a classic collection of eight Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games for the GBA and a tubular new GBA SP that looks like an itty bitty NES console. The `80s were, like, a long time ago. But everything from then is way cool again. Back then, games went from blocky bleeps and bloops to sweet side-scrollers like Super Mario Bros. And the most excellent NES saved the day for the video game industry. Bonus!

'King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact' (PS2) Announced - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 11:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SNK NEOGEO USA announced today the company is developing the first original The King of Fighters title for the PlayStation2. KOF: Maximum Impact will ship in Fall 2004 and is the first KOF title to be designed specifically for the PlayStation2, rather than being based on any existing SNK arcade version. Read more for details & screens ...

Ubisoft Clarifies Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow (Xbox) 'OptiMatch' Issue

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 10:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week gamers who purchased Ubisoft's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow for the Xbox, experienced an Xbox Live problem, today Ubisoft issued the following statement : "Some gamers who acquired the Xbox version of Ubisoft's critically acclaimed Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow have experienced problems using the game's online multiplayer features. Specifically, after logging onto Xbox Live and selecting the "optimatch" function, players discovered that waiting for more than about 10 seconds on the optimatch results screen causes the game to freeze indefinitely." Read more for the full statement...

'DreamCatcher' Brings 'Dungeon Lords' To North America - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 10:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced that it will publish "Dungeon Lords" for the PC in North America. "Dungeon Lords" blends the depth of an epic Fantasy RPG with the flexibility of an FPS-style control system. Gamers journey through a land of ancient castles and dungeon lairs to engage in real-time tactical combat with a variety of deadly foes. It's not just about the battles though, as magic spells and hundreds of powerful weapons and artifacts play a huge role in the game.

'Knights Over Europe' - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:54 a.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. Knights Over Europe brings the dawn of aerial combat up-to-date with leading edge graphics, high fidelity flight models and precision damage modeling. Dozens of highly detailed aircraft with historically accurate markings will set the stage for an experience that will attract both hard-core flightsim fans and novices alike. Read more for details and screens

'New World Order' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Project 3 has today released a final upgrade for its FPS game 'New World Order'. The main new features of v.1.43 are - 4 new sets of custom character skins to choose from, overall improved rendering, improved hardware compatibility, bindable sayings, improved movement and jumping, team-only spectate setting (for meeting clanwar rules), new connection speed options, various graphical performance tweaks and much more. Read more for download links ...

'The Egyptian Prophecy' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced that it has shipped The Egyptian Prophecy on PC in North America. This first-person adventure has an easy to use point-and-click interface with high quality cinematics, and integrated 3D real-time puzzles.

'The Settlers V' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced its development plan for the latest installment in the award-winning series The Settlers. Developed by its German studio, Blue Byte, the new episode of the popular strategic simulation game will be released at the end of this year. The first four parts of the famous series have already sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. Read more for details & screens ...

Microsoft Announces New Robust North American Xbox Price Move

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The console dubbed the sexiest video game system is becoming even more attractive. Effective March 30, the Xbox will be available for a handsome $149.99 in the United States and $199.99 in Canada, representing a significant savings of $30 for consumers in both regions. In addition, Microsoft will reduce the price of the Xbox console in Mexico to $1,999 pesos, which translates to a consumer savings of $500 pesos or roughly $45 (U.S.).

'Painkiller' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games announced today that its highly anticipated FPS, Painkiller, has reached Gold Master Status for the PC. The game will be available April 12th at retailers across North America. Created by development team People Can Fly, Painkiller puts gamers in the role of Daniel Garner, the unfortunate victim of a fatal car accident who finds himself trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world somewhere between Heaven and Hell. The key to salvation is to fight through more than 50 species of Hell’s wildest incarnations in an attempt to stop an imminent Unholy War.

'Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War' - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 3:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000; Dawn of War is the first real-time strategy title in THQ's agreement with industry-leading PC development studio Relic Entertainment Inc. Based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 - the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe traveled by millions worldwide from Games Workshop, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War is scheduled for release in fall 2004. Read more for some new screens...

Microsoft Drops 'OddWorld'

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 3:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

At last week's GDC, Developer Oddworld Inhabitants revealed that it's latest OddWorld product, Steef's Oddysee, will no longer be published by Microsoft. Due to this development the name has been changed to "Stranger", which is also the name of the main character. Oddworld Inhabitants says that eventhough Microsoft no longer publishes the product, it will most likely remain an Xbox exclusive, and although so far no other publishers is known, Stranger, is scheduled for end of the year.

'Mashed' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 2:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mashed is a top down racing game that pits up to four players against each other in a gladiatorial racing battle extravaganza. Compete over 13 challenging and diverse environments using whatever means necessary to batter and bruise your opponents into submission, and claim victory for yourself. Using a plethora of weapons or just your driving skills unleash your fury, cause absolute carnage and send your friends to a humiliating defeat!

'Beyond Divinity' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on March 29, 2004 @ 2:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The street date for the English version of Beyond Divinity’s has been postponed to late April 2004. The main reason for the delay is Larian’s commitment to give the fans the RPG they want. With the release of the Beyond Divinity demo last month, the studio obtained a lot of a valuable feedback from the RPG community.

PC Review - 'Far Cry'

by Eric on March 29, 2004 @ 2:09 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Far Cry is set around 2020 on a set of tropical islands in the pacific. And has a strong tropical-paradise feel, scenic in its beauty, but, harbors a terrible threat. It is a mix of jungle / primal / and next-gen technology. As the player you find yourself drawn into a secretive plot involving secret research facilities with scientists involved in military genetic-research, a secret "security" force of mercenaries, and, advanced net-generation weaponry and equipment.

PS2 Review - 'Nightshade'

by Thomas Wilde on March 29, 2004 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

This “side story” to SEGA’s popular “Shinobi™” invites players to live out the events following Hotsuma’s victory over Hiruko’s evil minions. But like all things, victory is fleeting, and an evil such as Hiruko’s is not so easily vanquished. Just as Tokyo begins the slow and tedious process of repairs, a new rift opens between Earth and the demon realm.