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'Silent Hunter III' Gets Delayed

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 8:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft has announced that its naval combat game Silent Hunter III has been delayed, luckily only a few weeks. "We are sorry to announce that Silent Hunter III has been postponed a couple of weeks in order to be polished and fine-tuned, the new release date is 17th March 2005. However, we do have a live chat scheduled for Tuesday 25th at 18:00 CET, server type: beyondIRC (irc.beyondirc.net), channel: #SH3." In 'Silent Hunter III' you take the role of the U-boat commander, seek your enemy with sonar and periscope, attack the enemy with torpedoes, destroy them with the deck gun, or command their crew to do the job.

'Will of Steel' - Official Website Launched

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 8:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Will of Steel is a modern warfare tactical 3D Real Time Strategy game set in the early 1990s. As a young Marine officer, William Steel is the son of the highly decorated USMC General Thomas Steel. Players must assume command and responsibility of the battalion at his control and defeat your opposing in forces in hostile locations around the globe. Head on over to the official Will of Steel website for the latest screens, movies, artwork and gameplay information.

'The Punisher' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Pummels Its Way To Stores

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 8:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ today announced the release of the highly anticipated title The Punisher for the PlayStation2, Xbox, and PC. The Punisher is based on Marvel's darkest antihero, a revenge-driven vigilante from the popular comic book series. Developed by THQ's Volition studio, The Punisher has shipped nationwide with a suggested retail price of $49.99 on console and $39.99 on PC.

'Flat-Out' - v1.1 Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 6:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire has released an updated demo for Bugbear's racing game, Flat-Out, bringing it in synch with the previously released retail patch. The demo features 3 tracks: Finchley Forest, Fairgrass Grounds and Grand Slam Stadium (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Star Fox: Assault' (NGC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 5:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A few years after disaster was barely averted on Dinosaur Planet, Lylat Central Command gets wind of a new threat spreading throughout the solar system. The Star Fox team is sent in to engage this new enemy but what begins as a standard combat mission quickly takes a drastic turn. Classic team members, Fox McCloud, Slippy Toad, Peppy Hare and Falco Lombardi, join forces with some new faces to create the most formidable team in the history of this celebrated series: the Star Fox armada!

'Counter-Strike: Source' Update Released

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As we mentioned a few days ago, Valve announced it would release the official Counter-Strike Bot, as well as an updated version de_tides, rebuilt by Turtlerock Studios. True to their word, it is now available through steam, which also updates a few other maps and a few other tweaks. Read more for details ...

'TimeSplitters Future Perfect' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 4:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In TimeSplitters Future Perfect, Cortez - the hero from previous installments - returns with humanity on the brink of destruction. With the help of some familiar faces (some very familiar!) he must chase a mystery foe across different time periods to trace the origins of the TimeSplitters and save the day.

'Vivisector: Beast Inside' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 4:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivisector: Beast Inside developed by Action Forms (creators of Chasm and Carnivores series) is a unique mixture of 3D Action/Horror. The game blends a thrilling interactive story with intense, high-adrenaline action and immerses players in a rich and fascinating storyline.

Dreamcatcher Signs 'Obscure' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 3:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced it has joined forces with MC2 to publish and distribute Obscure in North America. This Survival Horror game will be available for the PlayStation2, Xbox and PC, in March 2005.

EA Signs 15-Year Exclusive ESPN Deal

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 12:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After EA previously locked down the NFL, today it has signed a long-term agreement for the development and integrated marketing of EA SPORTS games containing ESPN content. The relationship will include established EA SPORTS franchises -- which will be enhanced by ESPN telecast, print and online content – as well as new sports games to be published by EA based on ESPN media properties.

'Hearts of Iron 2' - v1.1 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 12:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox has released the first patch for its strategy game Hearts of Iron 2. This update brings your retail game to v1.1 and adds interface inhancements, gameplay changes, AI improvements, addition of mod support, and a long list of bug fixes and balance adjustments. Read more for download links ...

'Stranger' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 12:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Stranger" is a real-time strategy game, with elements of role playing games set in a world, split in two parts, surface and a subterranean one, which are in a tenuous balance. 'Stranger' will also feature multiplayer although details beyond "The players may play on their own, or unite in teams" are a bit sktechy.

'Age of Pirates' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 12:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Akella is making yet another pirate game, after Sea Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean, it is now time for the Age of Pirates. Known in Russia under Corsairs 2, this AoP will be distriuted under that name in Europe and North America. No details or planned release date are known yet, but at least there are some new screens ...

'2004 Golden Spanner Mod of the Year Awards'

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 12:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After 2 months, 1.4 million mod profile visitors and 8,000 different voters, the 2004 Golden Spanner Mod of the Year Awards have been decided, by the visitors and gamers who know best. As expected, Half-Life based mods polled well, although mods from over 10 other games also finished up top, a testament to the talent out there. Head to the feature and read up on the top three mods from all gameplay styles (action, adventure, racing, etc.) and also the top three mods for each design area (best models, textures, maps, etc.)

'Transport Giant Down Under' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 11:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The add-on to the successful game Transport Giant takes you to the Earth's most fascinating and mysterious, but also most dangerous continent – Down under to Australia!

'Neighbors From Hell' (NGC/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD invites players into a world of mishap and mayhem where the practical joker is king. Neighbors From Hell challenges players to solve hundreds of puzzles in order to play the best prank possible in this hilarious animated adventure.

'Majestic Chess' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 11:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majestic Chess has everything you have ever wanted in a computer chess game: A powerful A.I. opponent that can be adjusted to any strength or style of play, stunning graphics and dazzling animations and free 24-hour online play.

'Donkey Konga 3' (NGC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 10:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While Donkey Konga 2 is not even out yet in Europe/North America until March or April, the Asian market is already preparing for Donkey Konga 3, and here are some of the first screens ...

'Roll Call' (Xbox/PC) Gets New Developer

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SCi Games Ltd. confirms that Roll Call is still in full production. Originally developed by Argonaut Games Plc for PS2 and Xbox, the game is now being developed by a newly formed company, Rocksteady Studios.

'Forza Motorsport' (Xbox) Complete Car Roster Revealed

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced the complete car roster for its highly anticipated and critically acclaimed driving simulator for Xbox, Forza Motorsport. Slated to hit store shelves this April, Forza Motorsport will debut with more than 230 cars from over 40 of the world's top car manufacturers for gamers to own, customize, upgrade and race.

'World of Warcraft' Launches In Korea

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 10:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard Entertainment today announced that World of Warcraft will officially launch in Korea on January 18, 2005. Following a highly successful beta-testing period, the game is now being prepared for availability throughout the country. Once released, players can sign up for various subscription plans and experience the epic adventure of the Warcraft series in an immersive and continually evolving online environment.

'Fire Emblem' (NGC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 3:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Unfurl the banners and lead the charge! All of Tellius is torn in a bloody war, and only you have the means to put it to an end. Take command of a band of mercenaries loyal only to you, and guide them to victory against the forces of the Daein kingdom! Turn-based strategy gives you maximum control of your army. As your characters gain experience, shape their abilities by giving them special skill sets, and develop your army into a unique fighting force.

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

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels, the supernatural thriller Constantine tells the story of John Constantine, a man who has literally been to hell and back. Constantine is being developed by Bits Studios and is based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film starring Keanu Reeves, due in February 2005.

'Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory will offer a high adrenaline experience thanks to never seen before close range attacks, a totally open level design, a completely immersive and interactive environment, and challenging advanced AI. Check these new screens ...

PC Review - 'CSI: Miami'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 1:44 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

CSI: Miami, the latest CSI crime-solving game, will lead you down slippery trails of evidence into the steamy world of Miami's beaches and nightclubs. Join the CSI: Miami cast and use their high-tech crime lab to find the truth and dissect the criminal mind.

'SecurePlay' Anti-Cheating Software

by Judy on Jan. 17, 2005 @ 1:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

IT GlobalSecure announces its new anti-piracy solution, SecurePlay Keeper to be released in the first Quarter 2005. Piracy and game hacking are growing more serious for the computer games industry. In 2004, the biggest industry news issues behind record sales were a series of serious security breaches ranging from software piracy, to code theft, and game cheating.