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Blizzard President Sends 'World Of WarCraft' Players An Apology

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 9:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard President Mike Morhaime has addressed the WoW community to shed some light on the recent downtime and apologies for the problems some of the players may have been experiencing on the servers. "I am sure that many of you are wondering what has been going on with the World of Warcraft servers, as there was another period of extended downtime during peak hours last night.... Last night, we took down 20 realms for emergency maintenance.... Players on these same 20 realms also experienced service interruptions earlier in the week... Therefore, in addition to the three days already credited to these players as a result of the server issues earlier in the week, players on these realms will be receiving an additional four-day credit to their accounts." Read the full statement on the official WoW forums...

'Rainbow Six Lockdown' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Developer Q&A

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 6:03 p.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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. Uisoft sends along a pre-canned Q&A with lead designer John Slaydon, talking about the weapons in Rainbow Six Lockdown.

'Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam' (PS2) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 4:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Seven years after the end of the devastating One Year War.... The victorious Earth Federation has become corrupt and oppressive, and the elite Titans police force has taken on dictatorial powers. As the A.E.U.G. rebel group struggles to defeat the Titans, the heroes and villains of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series find themselves on the same side of this new conflict. The focus, however, is on a new hero named Kamille Bidan, the pilot of the transforming Zeta Gundam.

'Rise of the Kasai' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rise of the Kasai, the sequel to The Mark of Kri, builds upon the original with new storylines, characters, weapons, and cooperative online gameplay - offering a game three-times larger than the original. Readm ore for screens and trailer ...

'Soldner: Marine Corps' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 1:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Soldner: Marine Corps, you become part of a special operations squad or could even command the team. Equipped with the best weapons in modern warfare the player joins one of two teams who combat each other in an action driven tactical war. With ground, airborne and water vehicles available, it’s the players choice how to support the team and how to achieve victory.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (PS3/Xbox2/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 1:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks today announced that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is currently in development for PC and future generation consoles (PS3 & Xbox 2). In development since 2002, Oblivion is another leap forward in role-playing with its combination of freeform gameplay and cutting-edge graphics.

'NASCAR SimRacing' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 12:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NASCAR SimRacing is the perfect combination of realism, true racing ‘feel’, depth, and advanced EA SPORTS presentation. Thunder down the straightaway at Daytona International Speedway alongside 42 other live drivers online as Voice Over IP smack talk mixes with the roar of V8 engines in glorious surround sound. This demo features the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Kansas Speedway tracks, with 10 different drivers and car colors to choose from. Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers #419

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 11:30 a.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 :

  • Nibiru: Messenger of the Gods - Trailer #1

'Batman Begins' (ALL) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 10:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics and Electronic Arts are bringing Batman Begins to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures' film starring Christian Bale will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation 2, the PSP, Xbox, GameCube and GBA. Read more for the first few screens...

'GTR: The Ultimate Racing Game' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 10:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SimBin Development Team is nearing completion of the first ever official racing game based on the FIA GT racing series. GTR – The Ultimate Racing Game represents the most intense and immersive racing experience ever to grace a PC or games console. GTR is scheduled to ship in North America in late Q1, 2005 for the PC. Read more for 20 new screens ...

Euro Release Dates For 'Project Zero 2' and 'DOA Ultimate' (Xbox)

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xbox today announced European release dates for two Xbox exclusive titles from Tecmo. The first to hit European shelves is Project Zero 2, available from 4th February. The second title is the latest offering from Team Ninja's popular Japanese fighting series, Dead or Alive Ultimate, which will be available from 18th February.

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

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 10:08 a.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.

'Darwinia' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining fast paced action with strategic battle planning, Darwinia features a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from '80s retro classics, and a story concerning a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3D game world (thanks VE3D). Read more for download links ...

'Super Monkey Ball Deluxe' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 8:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, for the first time on PS2 and Xbox consumers for the first time, features 300 stages (114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 Deluxe-exclusive boards). Check out the freshly launched Super Monkey Ball Deluxe website, or read more for new screens and trailer.

'Tekken 5' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 8:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tekken 5 promises to deliver the ultimate, most visually stunning fighting game experience ever seen in a TEKKEN game. Tekken 5 brings back the popular cast of characters from the previous TEKKEN games, along with three new characters, for a total of 20 default characters to start and more to unlock as players progress in the game. Tekken 5 allows players to use their fight money to customize their characters with various accessories such as hats, glasses and an assortment of different costumes.

'Dynasty Warriors 5' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 8:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors series of action games takes players back in time and onto the battlefields of Ancient China. In the games, players experience the thrill of fighting single-handedly against nearly endless legions of enemy soldiers in historical battles that shaped an empire.

'Sprint Car Challenge' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 7:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With a toe-tapping soundtrack, a choice of a dozen rally or sprint cars and a frenzy of power slides and high-speed collisions, Sprint Car Challenge allows the player to jostle for position whilst hurling ultra-light high-powered cars around a selection of dirt circuits. Of all the world's motorsports, Sprint Car racing is the most extreme. Now with this frantic arcade-style racer, Liquid games brings all the excitement of the sport to the PS2, in time for the 2005 Sprint Car World Showdown in Australia.

'1944: Battle of the Bulge' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 7:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Already revealed a few weeks ago, but what began with PC real-time tactical Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps and continued with D-Day is to be concluded with 1944: Battle of the Bulge, as Digital Jesters announces the March release of the third World War II RTS from genre masters Monte Cristo. Read more for details and screens ...

'StarCraft' - v1.12 Patch Coming Soon

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Believe it or not, but Blizzard is working on a new patch for good old Starcraft. The v1.12 patch will include a host of new features to streamline and enhance multiplayer competition. The update will be available for download in the next few weeks, read more for a detailed fix list...

'Mercury' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 1:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mercury is a refreshingly unique game with roots in many genres. Mercury provides an addictive challenge through its simple gaming mechanic. Players "tilt" each level to maneuver the blobs of mercury, with various switches, platforms, obstacles, and hazards standing between level goals. Read more for new screens and trailer...

PS2 Preview - 'Destroy All Humans!'

by Alicia on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 12:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Do you want to conquer the earth? Sure, we all do. And with THQ and Pandemic’s Destroy All Humans, you can finally enjoy raining terror and destruction down upon the dim-witted people of planet Earth. Armed with psychic powers, a stylin’ spaceship, and your trusty Anal Probe, you’ll be able to show those stinking humans the unquestionable superiority of the Furon Empire.

Blizzard Gets Tough on 'Warcraft III' Cheaters

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 12:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A number of additional accounts and CD keys have been tied to the use of a hack or cheat program while playing Warcraft III on Battle.net. In keeping with their aggressive stance against cheating, Blizzard has permanently closed 12,000 Warcraft III accounts. 6,000 of the Warcraft III CD keys used with the now-closed accounts have been banned from ladder play for one month, and 1,000 more have been banned from ladder play permanently. Repeat offenders risk having their CD keys disabled, which will result in the permanent removal of their copies of Warcraft III from Battle.net.

'Star Wars: Empire at War' Officially Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 12:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

LucasArts revealed today that it will give PC players the opportunity to control the fate of the galaxy in an all new real-time strategy (RTS) game titled Star Wars: Empire at War. Set a few years before the events of Episode IV A New Hope, the game will let players rewrite history as well as experience the aftermath of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the creation of the Rebel Alliance, and Darth Vader's rise to power. Read more for details and screens ...

Xbox Review - 'Backyard Wrestling 2: TGtN'

by Kris Graft on Jan. 21, 2005 @ 12:23 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood places gamers deep in the heart of Small Town America. 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.