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'Astro Boy' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Join Astro, the robotic superhero with a human mind, in a jet-fueled adventure to reunite the robotic race with humans. Working with Tezuka Productions and Sony Pictures Television, SEGA's SONICTEAM studio has faithfully recreated the Astro Boy universe, lending authenticity to the franchise and paying homage to a classic icon of Japanese anime that is now a featured series on Cartoon Network. Read more for some new screens ...

GarageGames Ships Torque Shader Engine (TSE) Early Adopter

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A couple years ago, the GarageGames position on shader support was that it was not needed. Now, however, a new generation of video cards supporting shaders and DirectX 9 have been on the market for several years and are becoming ubiqutious in new computers. Shaders are becoming a technology that cannot be ignored by game makers, but that cannot easily be addressed by old techniques.

'Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris' Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cenega has announced that the English version of our game "Gooka - The Mystery of Janatris" has gone GOLD and will be released in a second half of June. Gooka: Mystery of Janatris is a point and click style RPG adventure – take on the role of Judge Gooka, who, on arriving home after a long journey discovers his house has been razed to the ground, his wife in a critical condition and his son vanished. Travel through many exciting and varied locations to piece together the clues that will help you progress through the game, saving your wife and rescuing your son.

Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy Out NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Independent game studio, Stardock Entertainment, released its expansion pack for the award winning strategy game, Galactic Civilizations. The expansion pack, called Altarian Prophecy, has been in development and testing for some months to get all the features and enhancements put together just right.

'Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NovaLogic, Inc. today announced that the groundbreaking new multiplayer FPS title Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising has shipped and is in stores now.

'Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 3:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood places gamers deep in the heart of Small Town America, USA. Backyard Wrestling Inc. has announced "your town" as the location of its first live pay per view. They've put a million dollars cash prize on the line for the wrestler who's got what it takes to destroy every obstacle in their way to the main event and ultimately the unified BYW championship.

'Weird War' - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Weird War – that’s the title of a new cRPG taking place during World War II, which will be released under the Techland label. A dose of original humor combined with various and extensive terrain at player’s disposal makes this title very interesting not only for fans of such games as Arcanum, Fallout or Baltur’s Gate. Weird War has been signed by MC2-Microïds and is expected in Europe September 23, 2004. In the meantime, check a few new screens...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | 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 :

Creator Of 'Games X Copy' Gets Sued

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Three makers of video games (EA, Vivendi & Atari) sued a Missouri company marketing software that enables consumers to make backup copies of computer games. The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday in New York, alleges that Games X Copy software by 321 Studios Inc. of suburban St. Louis violates copyright laws by illegally cracking copy-protection systems used by game makers.

'Dark Age of Camelot: New Frontiers' - Open Beta Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment has released an updated Dark Age of Camelot: New Frontiers Open Beta. The closed beta will be followed with an extended open beta period, warning that this open beta version is unfinished, nor that the add-on is almost finished. In order to participate you must have either Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles or Trials of Atlantis installed. This version has NO new content, just much smaller in size, so if you have the previous version, no need to get this again. Read more for download links ...

'Missing' Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced that MISSING has gone gold for PC in North America. MISSING features an innovative blend of PC and internet gameplay, fully immersing players in this frightening game of cat-and-mouse. This title will ship to retail on June 24, 2004.

'The Bard's Tale' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Bard's Tale combines the development team's collective knowledge of compelling RPG gameplay with brilliant graphics and major motion picture quality story and dialogue. Unlike most RPG games produced today, The Bard's Tale will eschew genre clichés in favor of intelligent humor for an original and truly entertaining experience. Some new screens showing off the "Karaoke" feature...

'Predator: Concrete Jungle' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Predator: Concrete Jungle is currently in development by Eurocom for the PS2 and Xbox. Slated for a Q4 2004 launch, the new 3rd person action/adventure game weaves the past with the future, as gamers become the terrifying Predator, hunting the Earth for criminals using superhuman powers, fantastic vision modes and an impressive array of alien weaponry.

'Lock On: Modern Air Combat' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released a new patch for The Fighter Collection's Lock On: Modern Air Combat and adds new missions, gameplay modes, network & performance improvements, bug fixes, etc. Read more for download links ...

'Evil Prophecy' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami today announced that it has shipped McFarlane's Evil Prophecy for the PlayStation 2 to retail outlets nationwide. The action-fighting game brings to life the popular McFarlane's Monsters line of action figures from McFarlane Toys. Players will battle hundreds of monsters, including six boss enemies from the action figure series featuring Dracula, Mummy, Werewolf, Frankenstein, Sea Creature and Voodoo Queen.

'Spellforce: The Order of Dawn' - UK Edition Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The first Add-on to the critically acclaimed genre-spanning Role-Playing-Strategy hit Spellforce - The Order of Dawn has gone gold. In store in the UK on June 25th, the game features an extensive 40h single player campaign and the new "Free Game" mode, allowing one to three players to compete against the computer with their own Avatars on a large range of separate maps. The add-on has undergone extensive testing with participation from the fan community and seen large improvements especially in the multiplayer network code.

'Aura: Fate of the Ages' Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Adventure Company* today announced that "Aura: Fate of the Ages" has gone gold. A challenging first-person adventure game, "Aura" features an in-depth fantasy storyline, stunning graphics, inventive puzzles and an intuitive point and click interface. "Aura" is rated E for Everyone, and will be available in retail stores on June 24th.

'Purge Jihad' - Updated Trial & Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Freeform Interactive releases Purge Jihad 2.1.0. This new version adds several new attacks and weapon modifications, large experience point boosts for teamwork, and new rules for the character attributes Energy and Tenacity. Also, significant features have been added based on player requests. Purge Jihad 2.1.0 comes in a full installation and patch format for both Registered users and Free users.

'Rainbow Six 3' (NGC) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced today that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 for the Nintendo GameCube is available this week at retail outlets across the U.S. Developed by Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio, the game offers the most thrilling and realistic counter-terrorist experience available anywhere.

Kemco Brings 'Yager' (PC/Xbox) To North America

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 9:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After more than 2 years Yager is FINALLY coming to North America. Kemco announced today that they have signed a publishing agreement with Yager Development Team to bring the long awaited shooter to North America, expected in stores September 2004. With 22 levels, this 3rd or 1st person sci-fi flight action shooter will be sure to please. With free roaming huge levels, intense flying action, and an involving storyline, Xbox/PC fans everywhere are in for a treat. Read more for details ...

'Kick Off' Developer Signs On For New Soccer Game

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

An agreement between games developer DC-Studios and games guru Dino Dini is set to show football videogames the red card. Dino Dini is the godfather of the football game genre and creator of some of the most influential football games ever to appear on home computers and games consoles. His most famous games include Kick Off, Player Manager, Goal and Dino Dini's Football. Read more for details ...

'Knights Apprentice: Memoricks Adventures' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 9:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Knights, on guard! MC2-Microids announces the launch of its very latest title, Knight's Apprentice: Memorick's Adventures, developed exclusively for the Xbox platform. In the company of Memorick, an apprentice knight, we will be carried off to the enchanted world of Merlin on the island of Avalon where he will fight valiantly to protect his native land against the forces of evil.

'NHL Eastside Hockey Manager' - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Featuring all 30 NHL teams, plus teams from all the other major hockey leagues of North America and Europe, NHL Eastside Hockey manager provides ice hockey fans complete franchise control of their favourite ice hockey team. Read more to check out some new screens ...

'Conspiracies' - UK Release Date Announced

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take control of Nick Delios, an ex-scientist fallen from grace living on the edge as a detective with a penchant for gambling and booze. Specialized in solving cases of industrial espionage, by using his medical studies and also his acquaintances of the underworld Nick finds himself in a world of trouble... GMX Media today announced that Conspiracies will be launched across the UK exclusively on PC on June 25th 2004.

Cenega Signs 'UFO: Aftershock'

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UFO: Aftershock is the sequel to the highly successful 2003 title - UFO: Aftermath - and follows directly from one of the endings of the first title, 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.

'Front Mission 4' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square Enix U.S.A., Inc. announced that the mech-based strategy game 'Front Mission 4' is shipping to North American retailers today. This is the first 'Front Mission' title to be released for the PlayStation2.

Project Three Interactive Signs 'Alida'

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dutch publisher Project Three Interactive today announced a publishing deal for the PC version of "Alida", an atmospheric graphical adventure game. The game was originally developed for Macintosh and is now being brought to a bigger audience on the Windows PC platform.

'Soldiers: Heroes of World War II' Reveals Co-Op Multiplayer - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Launching for PC on July 2nd, Soldiers allows you to handpick your troops from your real-life mates and team up with three buddies as a crack squad and play through any of the tactical action missions in the campaign. Complementing the strong single-player game, co-operative multiplayer affords all-new gameplay possibilities, vastly increasing the tactical options available to the players. Read more for details & screens...

'Test Drive: Eve of Destruction' Coming To The Xbox

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 8:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari, Inc. announces that the latest iteration in its Test Drive racing franchise, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction will be released this fall on the Xbox, in addition to the previously announced version of the game which will be available for the PlayStation2 in September.

PC Preview - 'SuperPower 2'

by Alanix on June 15, 2004 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

SuperPower 2 is the only global geopolitical simulation game which allows players to control entire countries. Players control countries in 3 major areas: political, economic and military, but this time, in a beautiful real-time 3D environment. Players build up their own countries and increase their influence in the broader world while competing against sophisticated A.I.

PC/Xbox Review - 'Thief: Deadly Shadows'

by Thomas Wilde on June 15, 2004 @ 2:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Once again, Garrett finds himself without allies, standing alone between the City and the forces that would crush it. Will his skills be enough to save the dying City? Can he survive betrayal, assassins, and war in the labyrinthine city streets? Will he destroy or be destroyed by the evil he awoke? And finally, what must he do to get what he wants most of all: to be left alone plying his trade as the City’s greatest… Thief?

'Unreal Tournament 2004' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 1:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Epic has released the final patch for their recently released FPS Unreal Tournament 2004. The patch brings your retail game to v3236 and features a TON of tweaks, bug fixes, multiplayer & performance enhancements. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Marine Heavy Gunner' - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vietnam, 1967. You are Specialist Heavy Gunner Grant of the 6th Platoon US Marine Corps. Weeks earlier on a routine search and clear mission, members of your platoon were ambushed and taken prisoner by the Black Skulls, an elite North Vietnamese unit under the command of Colonel Trung also known as the “butcher of Bac Ninh”. Your mission is to find the hidden POW camp and rescue your buddies…and perhaps exact a little revenge along the way.

'Crashday' - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 12:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crashday puts the player in a world of stunts, dents and adrenalin. His task is to scrap his vehicle with breathtaking stunts or to wreck cars in aggressive street races, showing his opponents that they made a fatal mistake in choosing him as their enemy. The battle setting place in maps partly created by the player is sponsored by a crazy video shop owner who sells new vehicles, weapons and other upgrades from time to time.