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PS2/Xbox Preview - 'Spider-Man 2'

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 11:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Based on the highly anticipated movie sequel from Columbia Pictures and Marvel, "Spider-Man 2" allows players to swing into action as the famous "web-slinger" and protect the city of Manhattan from Doc Ock and his evil minions. Activision and Treyarch gave us a guided tour at a recent press event, after which we had some hands on time Read more for our initial impressions

'Astro Boy' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 9:15 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.

'NovaDrome' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Situated on planet Nova, The NovaLords need new "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.

Nihilistic No Longer Working On 'StarCraft: Ghost'

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 6:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

HomeLAN has gotten more information regarding Vivendi's announcement about the 'StarCraft: Ghost' delay. Blizzard's PR people had no comment but HomeLAN has gotten word from Nihilistic that they are no longer involved with 'StarCraft: Ghost'. "Nihilistic has completed its contribution on StarCraft: Ghost. They are contracted to begin work on another project in the months ahead. Due to the requirements of that obligation and the delay of StarCraft, it was mutually determined that now would be the best time for them to complete their work."

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' - v1.3 Patch Coming Soon

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 5:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has announced that within the next couple of days, a new update to the PC version of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow will be available for download. Among other things, this update will add new ranking features (thanks Joe!). Read more for details ...

'Spider-Man 2' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spider-Man 2 is the first game to fully immerse players in the role of Spider-Man and propels them into a living city teeming with common criminals, super villains and pedestrians. Set in a massive free-roaming, do-anything, virtual city, players swing from buildings, sling webs on structures, dive from roof tops to sidewalks, jump across skyscrapers and scale tall heights as they patrol and protect the city from the nefarious Doc Ock. Based on the plot of the movie and extending beyond the film with other diabolical Marvel villains, additional missions and random events, Spider-Man 2 is the most in-depth Super Hero game to date.

'Guilty Gear Isuka' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 3:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guilty Gear Isuka introduces revolutionary upgrades such as 4-player simultaneous fighting, allowing for 2-on-2, 3-on-1 and 2-player co-op battles. The title also adds new characters to a full roster of returning fighters, all-new fight arenas and multiple new modes of play, including an exciting side-scrolling action game called Boost Mode. Check the freshly launched offcial website, or read more for new screens....

'Zoo Empire' - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 12:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tend to your animals' health, happiness and nutrition by hiring employees, and adopt new animals as you unlock the numerous features hidden within the game. Attend to visitors by providing facilities for them to eat, drink and buy souvenirs from as they revel in your zoo.

Vivendi Restructures And Axes Employees

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 12:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games today announced another step in its turnaround plan to improve operating effectiveness, reduce costs and position for growth. The changes include a significant staff reduction in its North American based operations (Papyrus & Impressions, as well as some PR people) resulting in the elimination of 350 staff positions. The Company's Blizzard Entertainment studio was not part of the staff reduction.

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 10:46 a.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 :

'MLB Slugfest: Loaded' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Games Inc. announced today that MLB SlugFest: Loaded, the newest title in the company's exclusive, adrenaline-style baseball series, has shipped for the PlayStation2 and the Xbox.

'Obscure' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Obscure is Hydravision Entertainment's upcoming survival horror game where all the action centres around a group of three students, trapped in an eerie school, where the teachers have been performing obscene experiments on their classmates.

'Tales of Symphonia' (NGC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The perilous quest for survival will soon be a reality. Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that its popular quest-driven role-playing game, Tales of Symphonia, has gone gold. Exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, Tales of Symphonia will lead players on an epic adventure filled with intrigue, sacrifice and surprises as it makes its way to retail outlets on July 13, 2004.

'Kohan II: Kings of War' - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 9:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TimeGate Studios delivers a breathtaking world of magical splendour, heroic deeds, and fearsome enemies with Kohan II: Kings of War, a fantasy-based real-time strategy game. Presented in beautifully rendered 3D, Kohan II: Kings of War allows gamers to lay siege to enemy cities, explore fantastic realms, fight strange creatures, and build a world-spanning empire.

'Street Racing Syndicate' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

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

SRS features the hottest rides on asphalt including real licensed vehicles ripped from the authentic world of street racing. The performance of these tricked-out street machines has been modeled realistically with lifelike physics and authentic damage effects that will thrust players into this high-speed world. From hot cars to beautiful girls, with booming bass, big bets and both sanctioned and illegal events, SRS is the only game that offers the rush of living in the world of true street racing. If it’s on the streets, it’s in the game!

'Warhammer Online' Gets Canned

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Games Workshop Group announces that its board has resolved to terminate its online gaming development project. This decision was taken following a full review of the progress, costs to date and future costs of the project. As a result both the Company and Climax Development Limited, the computer games developer, have agreed to terminate the development project. The official Warhammer Online website seems to confirm the cancellation.

'Top Spin' - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari has forged links with Microsoft to publish the Windows PC version of Top Spin, the critically renowned tennis simulation releasing this September. Atari and Microsoft are confident of repeating the success of last year's Xbox version in 2004. Developed by French games studio Power and Magic Development (PAM) - the creators of the original Xbox version - Top Spin is the complete virtual tennis experience.

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

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:51 a.m. PDT | 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 ...

'DRIV3R' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari has shipped DRIV3R, the highly anticipated action-driving game for the PlayStation2 and the Xbox, to retail stores worldwide today. DRIV3R is an action-packed driving-adventure game that recreates the excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster car chase and plays like an interactive movie.

Matrix Games Signs 'Tin Soldiers: Alexander The Great!' - Screens

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 8:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Matrix Games is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to publish Koios Works' innovative new wargame, Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great. Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great is a turn-based, simultaneous-play wargame with a classic feel and a reaction system to allow mid-turn adjustments to strategy. Aside from covering the most famous conqueror in all of history, Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great also presents the wargamer with a unique miniatures-oriented feel with graphics of hand-drawn, individually adorned soldiers.

'Ultima Online 7th Anniversary Edition' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 5:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that Ultima Online 7th Anniversary Edition, the latest version in the longest running online game, is now available. The package includes the original Ultima Online (UO) game and all five UO expansion packs as well as a collector's edition of the Ultima Online Fan Guide and a copy of the classic Ultima IX: Ascension, the last game in the Ultima series.

'Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand' - Website Launched

by Rainier on June 21, 2004 @ 4:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital Jesters has launched the UK website for the forthcoming Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand. Gamers can head to the official Medieval Lords website to access all the latest information - from screenshots and video footage, through to news pieces and a forum. Medieval Lords is a refreshingly unique take on the city building concept. Shifting the perspective from the usual forced snap-to-grid structure that characterises the genre, developer Monte Cristo has bestowed upon its offspring a gloriously free-form 3D engine.

PC Preview - 'Golden Land'

by Alanix on June 21, 2004 @ 2:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

GoldenLand is a role playing game with a global gameworld, developed role system, divaricated storyline allowing multiply passes of every quest, and turn-based battle system. The multiplayer mode allows players to join their energies on struggles against the enemies, to fight against each other and even to establish economical relations with other players.

Xbox Preview - 'Samurai Warriors'

by Thomas Wilde on June 21, 2004 @ 2:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Play as the brave Yukimura Sanada or other legendary warriors including the mysterious Nobunaga Oda, and the ninja, Hanzo Hattori. Your quest will take you to the sprawling Japanese battlefields of Okehazama and Kawanakajima and inside the embattled walls of Osaka Castle. Come face-to-face with gun-toting troops, echelons of ninja, and deadly kunoichi (female ninja).

PC Review - 'Horizons'

by Mark Crump on June 21, 2004 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Horizons, an online epic adventure, is based in the massively multiplayer fantasy world, Istaria. A world of legend and lore filled with humans, fiends, dragons and many other traditional fantasy roles, Horizons allows thousands of players to adventure together in the civilized and untamed regions of the world.