'Star Trek' MMOG Status Report

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 9:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Viacom Consumer Products Senior Director Harry Lang has posted over at Star Trek Gaming Universe giving an update on the state of Star Trek gaming. The previously announced Star Trek Online is deep in design, and is set for beta sometime in 2006, release sometime in 2007. Harry also revealed that several all-new singleplayer/multiplayer Star Trek games, specifically mentioned "strategy" genre, are being discussed, as well as the resurrection of a previously cancelled ST game, as well as a project that would involve the modding scene exclusively.

Blizzard Gives 'World of Warcraft' Players 48-Hour Free Time Extension

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 9:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Over the weekend Blizzard updated some of the World of Warcraft database hardware in order to improve performance. This update required extended downtime for certain realms as data was transferred from the launch servers to the new servers. Due to the extended nature of the server issues, Blizzard will be providing a free 48-hour extension of play time, which will show up as free extra time on your current billing period. You can read more about it on the official World of Warcraft website...

'Codename: Panzers' - v1.10 Mod Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 6:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Codename: Panzers thrusts players into the high-powered battles of World War II offering real-time combat rampages with awesome 3D graphics. CDV has released a multilanguage mod patch for its WW2 based RTS, allows you to play custom made maps in single, and multiplayer (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Virtua Quest' (PS2/Xbox) Is Virtually In Stores

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 6:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America today announced the availability of Virtua Quest, an action-RPG spin-off of the renowned Virtua Fighter franchise, for the GameCube and PlayStation2.

'Outlaw Volleyball Remixed' (PS2) Revealed

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 5:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Choose your team, choose your court, choose your bikini and then serve up the attitude. Scantily-clad babes and seriously twisted dudes bring their famous "Outlaw" vibe onto the court as they bump, set, spike, AND throw punches on their way to total victory. Outlaw Volleyball provides fast, furious, and uncouth action via PS2's network adapter and everyone can experience the outrageous humor and fantastic gameplay that the "Outlaw" gang is known for.

Various Game Trailers #416

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 5:08 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 :

  • Champions of Norrath: Return to Arms (PS2) - Trailer #2
  • Shadow of Rome (PS2) - Trailer #7
  • Fight Night Round 2 (PS2/Xbox) - Trailer #2
  • The Punisher (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Trailer #6

'Restricted Area' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 3:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Restricted Area is an action-based roleplaying game with realtime combat, which combines a fascinating gameplay similar to Diablo 2 with innovative technology, tactic-shooter elements and a dark future scenario. Read more for a few new screens.

'Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel' (PS2) Flies Into Stores

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 3:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix announced today that Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel is now available at retail outlets nationwide. This action role-playing game is exclusively for the PS2. Fullmetal Alchemist expands the story of the popular anime series, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. The tale follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on their quest to right the mistakes of their past.

'World Tour Soccer 2006' (PS2) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 2:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA announced today that World Tour Soccer 2006 from 989 Sports will be available in stores this Spring, marking the fourth iteration of the critically acclaimed soccer franchise. Developed exclusively for the PS2, World Tour Soccer 2006 features an unprecedented line-up of teams and players from around the globe in order to bring the excitement of the world's most popular sport to the forefront for gamers and soccer fans alike.

'Hell Forces' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 2:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Hell Forces is a classical FPS in which the main hero, Stephen Geist, is trying to find out, what has happened to his missing friend. During this search he is mired in a satanic conspiracy, and is trying to stop dread forces of Baphometh, the servant of Satan. Infernal legions are uncountable, but Stephen is not. Only with your help he can find out the truth and stop the invasion.

'Kessen III' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 2:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Kessen series melded two elements, ‘game’ and ‘drama’ together into grand epics that have won the acclaim of critics and consumers worldwide. The appeal of commanding one side of an epic clash between two great armies and the awe of watching dramatic events unfold across spectacular vistas are what the Kessen series is all about. Kessen III will be considered the game that redefined the Kessen series.

Video Game Sales In 2004 Not as Low as Expected

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 11:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to The NPD Group Annual 2004 U.S. retail sales of video games, which includes portable and console hardware, software and accessories, saw sales of over $9.9 billion -- a decline of less than one percent when compared to $10 billion in Annual 2003. However, while dollar sales were down slightly, total industry unit sales were up 4 percent over the same period last year.

'Stronghold 2' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 11:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stronghold 2 will bring the the castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 will also offer players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative and exciting single player campaign that will be revealed in the months ahead. Check out these new screens ...

Namco Brings 'Hugo' GBA Titles To North America - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 11:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco announced today they have signed a deal with the Danish ITE, to bring two projects from the global HUGO franchise on the Game Boy Advance to the U.S. market this year. Working closely with ITE, Namco will deliver the addictive platforming/puzzle game HUGO: The Evil Mirror and the fast-paced kart racing title HUGO Bukkazoom for young gamers ages 12 and under.

'SpecForce' - Game Story & Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 10:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Techland recently announced the release of its new product SpecForce. The game will be a futuristic tactical shooter with a plot connected to already known Chrome. Game development has been underway for some time now, and will use an optimized Chrome Engine. Today Techland revealed some background story, and new screens ...

'Forza Motorsport' (Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 10:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"Forza Motorsport" gives Xbox gamers who are passionate about cars and racing the opportunity to own, customize, and race their favorite cars in a realistic driving simulation. From sport compacts to LeMans prototypes, players use earnings from hundreds of races to buy upgrades and aftermarket parts so they can transform real production cars into high-performance race cars.

'Pacific Fighters' - v3.04 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 10:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft has yet again released new patches for 1C Maddox's WW2 flight sim Pacific Fighters. This update brings your retail game to v3.04 (for both the standalone and merged installations) and corrects take off acceleration of the carrier based aircraft making it easier to take off with the fully loaded aircraft, tuned maximal speed of F2A and fixes various glitches on ATI cards. Read more for download links.

'EverQuest II' Adventure Pack Details

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 9:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While it was already revealed several days ago, Sony Online Entertainment today officially announced the forthcoming Adventure Packs for EverQuest II, a content release strategy intended to give players access to new content between traditional game expansions. The first Adventure Pack is scheduled for digital release in March 2005 for $4.99.

'World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series' (NDS) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment today announced the upcoming release of their first game for the Nintendo DS - World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series, with an MSRP of $29.99. WCP is currently available for the PS2, Xbox and GBA.

'Soldner: Marine Corps' Unveiled - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 9:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In the first official Soldner addon, Soldner: Marine Corps, you will be faced with all new challenges on the virtual battleground. In Soldner you became familiar with land and air combat, various weapons and means of transportation, Soldner: Marine Corps adds a new playground to the mix, water. But that is not all, the Marine Corps will also have you face a totally different enemy, a total lack of waterm the desert. Read more for the first screens ...

'Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the inspirational survival stories of American pilots shot down over occupied Europe during the Second World War, this action-adventure sees US Airman Bill Foster stranded and alone in Germany in the Winter of 1944. Bill must survive against both the elements and the elite German forces and only upon reaching the Swiss border is his survival assured.

'GTR: The Ultimate Racing Game' Gets Additional Cars - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 8:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GTR: The Ultimate Racing Game represents the most intense and immersive racing experience ever to grace a PC or games console. Already released in Germany, the international version introduces five totally new car models for the player to choose from. In addition to these, there are also several additional team entries running the Viper, Ferrari 360, and Porsche 911/996 GT3 cars, so 16 uniquely designed opponents are waiting on the track.

DreamCatcher Signs 'Domination' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 8:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced it will publish Domination, a 3D turn-based tactical strategy game previously known as Phantom Renaissance. Domination is slated for release during February in North America and during April in Europe. Read more for details and screens...

Sony Online Forms Publishing Label and Signs 'Asheron's Call'

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 8:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment today announced the formation of Station Publishing, a new distribution label within the company. Station Publishing will focus on distributing interactive entertainment products licensed from external content providers for the PC and game console market. The first titles due from Station Publishing will be Turbine Entertainment Software's Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny and Asheron's Call 2: Legions.

Project 3 Signs 'Cross Racing Championship'

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 8:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dutch publisher Project Three Interactive today announced it has signed the European rights for the racing game Cross Racing Championship for PC. The game has a scheduled pan-European releasedate of April 15th 2005.

'SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix' - v1.52 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 2:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jowood has released a new patch for its RTS/RPG game SpellForce bringing your retail game to v1.52 (for all language versions) and fixes some minor problems and logic issues, addresses multiplayer incompatibility problems between the Gold Edition and Shadow of the Phoenix addon, optimized netcode allowing players with different language versions to play, both in coop and pvp games. Read more for download links ...

'Swords of Destiny' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 1:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Swords of Destiny is an action-packed sword combat game from Marvelous Interactive, with hyper-active, high-flying battling focusing on air combat action (including "Sword Time" for intense juggling airborne combos.) Not much info is available, as for now this is a Japan only title, no details who might bring this to Europe or North America are available...

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'Playboy: The Mansion'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 1:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

In Playboy: the Mansion you step into the virtual slippers of world-famous Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner, building Playboy Magazine and the Playboy Mansion into dynamic cultural icons. Gamers also will live the lifestyle, rubbing elbows with stunning women and popular celebrities, and share the mystique of the Mansion by hosting extravagant, exciting parties. This preview features nudity, so parental discretion advised...

'Dragonshard' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 12:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"Dragonshard" will incorporate classic role-playing themes, a powerful and dynamic real-time strategy engine all woven together with a rich storyline involving a global conflict for an immensely powerful artifact with the power to change the fate of Eberron itself.

PS2 Review - 'The Punisher'

by Alicia on Jan. 18, 2005 @ 12:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The Punisher finally makes his debut on the PS2, in an action-packed game that will test your wits and your reflexes. Play as classic anti-hero Frank Castle as you brutalize the seamy underbelly of New York, giving criminals their just desserts. With a host of guest stars and action ripped right from the pages of Marvel Comics, this game is a must-have for any Punisher fan.