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'Myst V: End of Ages' Announced

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 9:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cyan Worlds and Ubisoft announced that the next chapter of the Myst saga is under development. "Due to the tremendous loyalty and spirit of the Myst community, and our appreciation for your involvement through the years of development of the Myst series, we are making this announcement to you first, before the official Press Release. Myst V: End of Ages will be a new pinnacle, continuing the beauty, drama, creativity and challenge which have been the hallmarks of all Myst titles". Myst V: End of Ages is scheduled for autumn 2005.

'Armies of Exigo' - v1.3 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 7:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts has released the first patch for Black Hole Games' 3D RTS Armies of Exigo. This update brings your retail game to v1.3 and fixes so online players are now defaulted to one chat room (AoX Chat) instead of national channels, and ladder Rankings now function and update correctly. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Suikoden IV' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 7:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami America today announced that Suikoden IV for the PS2 has shipped to retail stores nationwide. The company's epic role-playing game (RPG) includes the long awaited return of the series' signature 108 Stars of Destiny as well as an enhanced graphical interface and a new ground breaking battle system.

'Spoils of War' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 6:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Spoils of War skillfully combines the successes of real-time strategy and first-person shooter to create intense warfare and player depth that is unparalleled. Read more for new screens ...

'Creature Conflict: The Clan Wars' Gets Delayed

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 6:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cenega has delayed Mithis Games' turn based strategy game from its original February 4, 2005 date to a more vague April 2005 (thanks Blues).

Hip Hop MMO Revealed

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 6:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DJ Pooh “a.k.a Mark Jordan” the writer of the critically acclaimed movie Friday and the mega-successful video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has joined the 404 Gaming team as Senior Executive Writer. DJ Pooh will be creating the many stories that will define the Hip-Hop Urban based MMO 404 Gaming is currently developing. Pooh brings his many years of Urban story telling talents to the cutting edge team and technology that is 404 Gaming (thanks ve3d). Time will have to tell what this is all about ...

'Warrider' Unveiled - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 5:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Warrider is an action-RPG in development over at TaleWorlds which combines a sophisticated, dynamic game world and intense medieval swordfighting action, and strives to create a game experience never seen before. Playing Warrider, you will venture through a world filled with daring enemies as well as friendly groups that will come to your aid or need yours (thanks RPGDot). Read more for details, screens, and ingame footage ...

'Resident Evil 4' (NGC) Scares Its Way To Stores

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom today announced the release of Resident Evil 4, a terrifying new chapter in the world renowned series, for the GameCube. Based on the popular Resident Evil series, which has sold more than 24 million units worldwide, Resident Evil 4 sees the return of a familiar hero on a mission of the highest level.

'The Sims 2' - v1.0.0.994 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA has released another new patch for its recently released Sim game, The Sims 2. This update brings your retail game to v1.0.0.994 and combines the previous DVD & CD updates into one, and fixes a few bugs related to downloadable objects, as well as addressing browser issues for Asian territories (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Atari Signs Multi-Year 'Dragon Ball' License

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari announced today that it will continue its long-standing successful relationship with FUNimation Productions, Ltd. through a new five-year exclusive license for the Dragon Ball franchise covering the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Under the new agreement, Atari will have the rights to develop interactive video games based on the Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT animated series and characters for all current and future gaming consoles and portable gaming devices, such as the NDS and PSP.

'Rainbow Six: Lockdown' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 2:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In this new episode, you lead Team Rainbow, the world's most elite counter-terrorist unit, as they are called into action and unfamiliar territory to battle a bioterrorist threat. Stakes escalate as they are personally targeted by an evil terrorist organization. Used to protecting the lives of others, Team Rainbow must now embark on a mission to fight and save some of their own.

'Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict' (Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 1:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

UC 2: The Liandri Conflict continues the Unreal franchise on the Xbox and introduces an evolutionary new gameplay style to the traditional FPS genre: acrobatic melee combat. This sequel also features new single-player and multiplayer gameplay, person camera mode and intense melee abilities. Unreal Championship fans can play as any one of 14 characters from the Unreal universe, each with spectacular new Adrenaline Powers that enable new offensive and defensive combos.

'Banjo-Pilot' (GBA) Flies Into Stores

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 1:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ today announced that it has shipped Banjo-Pilot for the GBA. Developed by Microsoft Game Studios' renowned Rare Studios, Banjo-Pilot is the latest title in the multi-property publishing agreement between THQ and Microsoft Game Studios. Banjo-Pilot builds upon the popular Banjo-Kazooie franchise providing gamers with a creative, fast-paced air racing handheld experience and is now available at major retail outlets throughout North America.

'The Getaway: Black Monday' (PS2) Gets To Stores

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 12:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA announced today the launch of its PS2 exclusive action game The Getaway: Black Monday. The Getaway: Black Monday fuses gaming and cinema into one medium, providing players with an exciting, in-depth, interactive entertainment experience, as gamers make "moral choices" in the gangland thriller that will determine their path through the story, concluding with one of the multiple endings.

'Death By Degrees' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 12:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Death By Degrees is an action adventure featuring Nina Williams from the multi-million selling Tekken series. Set prior to the first Tekken game this prequel focuses on the events that lead up to Nina's involvement in the Iron Fist Tournament.

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

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 11:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stolen is an ultra realistic, third person, stealth-based, action game based around a high-tech female thief. Along with innovative high-tech stealth/robbery game actions and events, Stolen also boasts some truly amazing technical and presentational features to give it a spectacular look that will captivate gamers. Check out the freshly launched website, or read more for some new screens ...

'NBA Street Vol 3' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 11:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring NBA legends, today's top stars, and original characters from past editions, NBA Street Vol 3 reaches new heights by making over-the-top, larger-than-life moves even bigger in this action-packed, arcade-style game. Customize your baller, build courts from the ground up, throw one down in an all-new dunk contest and go online to put your reputation to the test.

'Star Wars: Republic Commando' (Xbox/PC) - Official Website Launched

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 11:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars: Republic Commando is a squad-based first-person shooter that lets you explore the elite world of the Star Wars military. LucasArts has launched the official website, head on over there to check info on the dozen deadly weapons at your disposal and the enemies you will use them on, and meet the most powerful weapon of all - your squad. In addition, the Producer of Star Wars Republic Commando, Chris Williams, will be posting weekly on the boards.

'Shadow of Rome' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 10:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shadow of Rome, an all-new action adventure game, transports players to one of the most perilous ages of man, an era when Caesar was hailed as the leader of the Roman Empire and whose sovereignty dominated all of western civilization.

'City Of Heroes' - European Launch Date And Price Confirmed

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 10:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The European release date of the highly-acclaimed and award winning City of Heroes has been confirmed for 4th February 2005. Exclusively available for PC, City of Heroes will have a suggested retail price of £29.99 / €39.99.

Gamers Not So Geeky After All

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 10:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

New research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shatters myths about the profile of typical American video game players, revealing that they regularly volunteer, exercise, and attend religious services. Read more for more details ...

The Adventure Company Signs 'The Moment of Silence' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced it will publish The Moment of Silence, an espionage thriller for the PC, in North America. Read more for details & screens ...

'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Developer Diary #2 - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cold Fear is the first action-horror title to be published under the Ubisoft brand and combines the popular elements of both action and horror releases, delivering an action-packed, tension-filled gaming experience. Today's developer diary covers 'Monsters and scientific madness' with contributions from DarkWorks' Nicolas Castaing (Level Designer and Lead Level Builder), Arnaud Barros (Lead Computer Artist) and Cyrille Combes (AI programmer).

Talib Kweli In 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure' (PS2)

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will be the voice of Trane, the lead character in Atari's Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. The video game promises to be an homage to graffiti's rich culture and represents the culmination of seven years of story and character development by fashion pioneer Marc Ecko, himself a former graffiti artist with deep ties to the urban community.

'Ground Zero: Genesis of a New World' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 8:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The player takes the role of the leader and has to build up a team – whatever action it may take. With the help of this team he has to take control of the world of Ground Zero. To achieve this he must conquer 20 different locations and protect them from his enemies. The leader can choose between 250 different equipments like weapons, armour, building materials and food. There are 3 different professions: mercenary, technician, and doctor.

'EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath' Expansion Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 8:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment today announced a new expansion for its MMORPG, EverQuest. Dragons of Norrath returns EverQuest to its original foundation with appearances from a familiar cast of characters who will find themselves at the forefront of events transpiring across the world. Read more for details and 30+ new screens ...

February Launch Date For NDS In Australia

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo Australia confirms the February 24th nation-wide launch of the eagerly awaited Nintendo DS at SRP $199.95 with embedded messaging and communication tool Pictochat. For a limited time at launch, Metroid Prime Hunters : First Hunt demo will also be included.

'The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap' (GBA) In Stores NOW

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, launching today, takes all these larger-than-life elements and shrinks them to microscopic size. The result is a huge quest on a tiny scale. The only way to free the Hyrule people from Vaati's evil clutches is to seal the evil mage's power. However, the knowledge to do so is only kept by the tiny Minish people who live in a land unseeable by adult eyes. Enter Link, a young boy who takes on the epic journey that will turn him into a hero of legend...

'Nibiru: Messenger of the Gods' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Future Games, previously known for Black Mirror, is working on an all new horror/adventure game, Nibiru: Messenger of the Gods. You take on the role of Martin Holan, an Thechz archeologist working in France sent to investigate a newly found secret tunnel apparently made by Germans during the second World War. Nibiru is a 2D adventure featuring 80 locations, over 30 NPCs, and 50 pages of narrative.

'Neighbours From Hell' (NGC/Xbox) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Living next door to you is a real Neighbour From Hell and it's now time to have your revenge! Creep around your neighbour ’s house performing ever more elaborate tricks upon the unsuspecting resident. As the star of a fantastic new TV show, cameras will track your every move as you set your fiendish traps. Your objectives are to create more and more disarray, increase ratings and maybe even winning prestigious awards. But beware of watchful neighbours and alert guard dogs; if they catch you then the show will be taken off air. For now only announced as a German product, it is expected to be available in retail February 2005.

'Dragon Quest VIII' (PS2) Coming To America

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The famous Dragon Quest RPG series is headed for the PS2 with a bold new visual style featuring cell shaded characters on top of beautifully rendered backdrops. Familiar creatures make their way back into this latest installment, and the interactivity with the environment -- such as picking up barrels and opening drawers, returns as well. While Square Enix confirmed that Dragon Quest VIII is indeed coming to North America, no release date was mentioned at all, yet ...

'Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance' Announced

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 4:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced it will be releasing Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance, a brand new adventure game on PC for horse riding fans across Britain. Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance will be in stores date March 2005.

'EyeToy: Monkey Mania' (PS2) Coming To Europe

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 3:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is pleased to announce the release in PAL Territories of EyeToy: Monkey Mania, a wacky board game style EyeToy title created by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ) with kids in mind. Read more for details and list of minigames...

'Star Chamber: Rebellions' Announced

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 3:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nayantara Studios LLC announced today an expansion for its critically-acclaimed online collectible card game. Star Chamber: Rebellions is the second expansion for the independently-published game, and will go live on Saturday, January 15.

'Cold Winter' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Captured, conveniently forgotten, tortured, and left for dead, MI6 agent Andrew Sterling awaits execution in a Chinese prison. The story begins when a mysterious friend from his past rescues him, setting off a chain of events that could rock the very foundations of global security and wreak chaos on a worldwide level.

GBA Review - 'Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force'

by Inexhist on Jan. 11, 2005 @ 12:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force gamers will be challenged through the most exciting and memorable scenes from the classic Star Wars Trilogy, controlling Luke Skywalker as he becomes a Jedi Knight, taking part in unique co-operative single-player and competitive multiplayer modes, and participating in other memorable Star Wars-based tests.