'MX vs. ATV Unleashed' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In 'MX vs. ATV Unleashed,' players will power through all-new environments and event types, choosing from a variety of new vehicles. A redesigned monster truck, powerful sand-rail and raised 4x4 golf karts will meet ATVs, dirt bikes and bi-planes to compete in massive free-world environments featuring hill climbs, machine challenges and short track races. The game's career mode will allow gamers to choose from the top professional ATV and Motocross riders.

'Full Spectrum Warrior' (PS2) Gets Exclusive Content

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed through a collaborative effort between Pandemic Studios and Mass Media, the game's innovative design, complex A.I. and advanced graphical prowess have been successfully transitioned to the PS2, pushing the hardware to its limits. We have just learned that the PS2 version will have an all-new exclusive level, not available in any of the previous PC or Xbox versions. Throughout the game, you always play an offensive role, but the new level will be the sole defensive mission. While you normally control fireteams Alpha and Bravo, you will now also have command over sniper team Charlie.

'Destroy All Humans!' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Use destructive weapons and innate mental powers to take on the most feared enemy in the galaxy - Mankind! Play as Crypto, an alien warrior sent to Earth to clear the way for the Furon invasion force. Your mission is to infiltrate humanity, control them, harvest their brain stems and ultimately destroy them. You choose the method - infiltration or disintigration!

'Close Combat: First to Fight' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 6:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Lead a four-man fireteam of US Marines through the perils of authentic, modern urban combat in a Middle-Eastern urban battleground. This is an action-oriented, first-person 3D shooter that is being developed under the direction of the US Marine Corps as a training simulation for use by the Marine Corps. Close Combat: First to Fight is as close as you can get on a computer or Xbox to being a Marine fireteam leader in modern urban combat!

'Fantasy Earth: Ring of Domination' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 6:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix has revealed a new MMORPG called Fantasy Earth: Ring of Domination which will try to combine RTS, RPG and Action, allowing you to forge alliances, build fortresses and citadels and duke it out with your allies against huge armies. It's still a ways off, as it is only vaguely scheduled for 2005, but in the meantime, read more for 34 new screens...

'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30' (Xbox/PC) Pre-Order Incentive

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 4:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Customers who pre-order Gearbox's WW2 FPS Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 will also receive a special bonus Penny Arcade Character Journal (PS2/Xbox) or an Official Making of DVD (PC). Bonus items will ship with purchased product, and is only available while supplies last. Participating retailers are : Ubi.com, EBGames, and GameStop.

'Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 4:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005, players will compete against the legends of golf and use Tiger Proofing to alter the courses in the game en route to becoming a legend of their own. Read more for some new screens..

SCi Signs Deadline Games' 'Total OverDose' (PS2/Xbox/PC)

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 4:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The game places the player in the leading role of an over-the-top, John Woo inspired, Hollywood action movie, playing an undercover DEA agent infiltrating the Mexican drug cartels. The leading character has all the characteristics of a modern action film hero like Nicholas Cage or John Travolta, with a popular, vividly colourful and varied backdrop provided by the Mexican setting. Overdose is scheduled to be released on PS2/Xbox and PC in Q2 2005, at which point development for a sequel will be started (thanks HomeLAN).

'Mortal Kombat: Deception' (NGC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 3:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shocking and evil, Mortal Kombat: Deception pushes martial arts-style fighting and the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action, lightning-fast hand-to-hand and special weapons combat, secret and returning characters, moves and combinations with new death-dealing battles and fatalities.

'Seven Kingdoms: Conquest' Announced

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today their latest real-time strategy game Seven Kingdoms: Conquest, the third installment of the highly acclaimed Seven Kingdoms series. Co-developed for the PC by Enlight and Infinite Interactive, Seven Kingdoms: Conquest will be available in North America this September 2005. Read more for details ...

EALA Studio Manager Axes Employees

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 2:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Making good money apparently isn't enough for EA as various online outlets have started reporting that former Maxis manager Neil Young, now spearheading the EALA campus, handed out roughly 60-70 pink slips, sending people home unemployed. While said firings were across the board, the Goldeneye: Rogue Agent and MoH: Dogs of War developers were amongst the biggest casualties. According to Young the layoffs, reducing the head count to 320, were neccesary as part of a restructuring and streamlining of EALA for the future. Read more about on GameSpot.

Computer and Video Game Software Sales Reach Record in 2004

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 1:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Computer and video game software sales set a new record in 2004, reaching $7.3 billion, according to final data compiled by the NPD Group. Halo 2, one of the best-selling titles of 2004, took in more revenue in its first day of sales than any movie has ever taken in its opening day. In addition, Nintendo sold over 1 million units of its new handheld game system, Nintendo DS, in North America by the end of 2004, a mark that took Apple's iPod 19 months to achieve.

'Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars' Contest

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 1:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV has launched a new Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars contest giving fans and gamers a chance to show off their artistic sides by putting together the best Cossacks II wallpaper they can and maybe win a prize for it. The contest runs for the next four weeks, with Cossacks II community forum members choosing the winners. Check the rules for the contest, prizes include copies of Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars when it ships, and very cool "Napoleon hats." Also, the top three wallpapers will be posted to the official Cossacks II site for download.

Various Game Trailers #422

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 12:06 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 :

  • Legend of Kay - Final Trailer
  • Red Ninja: End of Honor - Trailer #6
  • Fight Night Round 2 - Trailer #4

'DRIV3R' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DRIV3R is an action-packed driving adventure game that stays true to its roots, incorporating the cinematic gameplay and gritty street crime of its predecessors with ground-breaking graphics and three mammoth, wide-open city environments: Miami, Florida; Nice, France; and Istanbul, Turkey.

'Project: Snowblind' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Project: Snowblind is a the first-person action shooter putting you in the role of an elite super soldier, fighting on the front lines of a near-future war using unique weapons, abilities and high-tech gadgetry that inject depth and variety to gameplay. Read more for new screens ...

JoWood Closes Ebensee and Wings Simulations Studios

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 11:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD is apparently not doing too well financially, as today it was revealed to us that the Austrian publisher is closing down two of its development studios. One of our Jowood sources confirmed that earlier this week, it was decided that Transport Giant house Studio Ebensee and Söldner's Wings Simulations will be shutting down in the next few months. Both studios will finish up current projects and then will have a small core team still in place for future patch releases and customer support. Wing Simulations will finish its current Soldner: Marine Corps addon, which is still scheduled for March, but the previously announced Söldner 2 project has been cancelled.

Ubisoft to Develop Games Based on Sony Pictures Animation CGI Films

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 10:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced an exclusive multi-title licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to develop and publish games based on "Open Season" and "Surf's Up," the first two feature-length animated films from Sony Pictures Animation.

'Pure Pinball 2.0: REDUX' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 10:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pure Pinball 2.0: REDUX is the Developer's Cut of the award-winning pinball blockbuster that was originally launched towards the end of 2003. This hugely improved and updated version of the most realistic PC Pinball experience to date now features enhanced PC graphics, as well as the atmospheric music and sound effects – as seen on the Xbox release of the title.

'Myst IV Revelation' (Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today revealed that Myst IV Revelation will launch for Xbox March 2005 in North America at the manufacturer's suggest retail price of $19.99. Read more for details and screens ...

'ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 9:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Live fastballs, suicide squeezes, grass-staining dives, seventh-inning stretches, walk-off homeruns, peanuts and hotdogs… these are just some of the things that make the sport of baseball America’s favorite pastime. The victory of a baseball game can depend on the walk-off homerun in the ninth inning or a simple second base steal.

'Iron Phoenix' (Xbox) Gets Delayed

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A lot of titles getting slightly pushed back these days, today Sammy Studios updated its Iron Phoenix product page revealing it has pushed back its online fighter from February to March 22, 2005. Iron Phoenix is the first-ever 16 player simultaneous online fighting game combining live team-oriented strategy with fast paced melee combat. Players are immersed in a fantastic world inspired by mythical China where they engage in battles full of depth, variety, teamwork and challenge.

'Face of Mankind' Open Beta Starts Next Week

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Face of Mankind combines action and social elements to create a unique online experience where the battle of good and evil is depicted in shades of grey. Set in a living, breathing world full of complex interactions, players are required to call upon their real-life skills such as guile and diplomacy. The Beta download will be available on 28th or 29th, then open the gates the Monday after. Please be aware that this open stage is still beta, it is NO trial, the game is NOT finished and you have to register a portal account.

'Act Of War: Direct Action' Endorsed By Retired US General

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 8:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Drawing on the knowledge of one of the most highly decorated general officers ever to serve in the US Army, Atari announced that it has retained General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.) to offer his feedback and direction on Act of War: Direct Action, a real-time military strategy game for the PC.

KDV Games Reveals Its 'Vista Engine' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vista Engine is an integrated system for the creation of modern high-quality RTS & RPG games. The system unites the latest technological innovations, multi-purpose tools for creation and assembling of game content and the most important part - full visual control over general structure, content and game logic without additional programming or scripting. Read more for details and screens...

Majesco Gets Extra Funding For Future Growth

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 8:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco today announced the pricing of a $75 million public offering comprised of approximately 3.7 million shares issued by the company and approximately 2.3 million existing shares offered by selling stockholders.

'Wanted Guns' Gets Signed .. Again

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 8:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining third person action, horse-riding and sneak'em up assassination with a cinematography inspired rail shooter FPS mode, Wanted Guns is a story driven action game for the PC set in Mexico and the Wild West during the American Civil War. Previously signed by Big Ben and due for release end of 2003, Wanted Guns is now picked up by Fusion Labs and due for release in March.

'MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3' (Xbox/PC) Gets New Features

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 8:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ and Climax today announced that MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 for the Xbox and PC will ship with a host of new and original features, designed to reward gamers with the most complete racing experience ever! Read more for details ...

Take Two Signs 'Sid Meier's Civilization IV'

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 7:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take-Two today announced that it has purchased certain rights to the multi-million unit selling Civilization franchise, and has signed a long-term, multi-title publishing agreement with FIRAXIS Games, developers of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, SimGolf, Gettysburg, Civilization III, Pirates! and other critically acclaimed simulation and strategy games.

'Soldner: Marine Corps' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 1:18 a.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.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 1:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Quantum Legacy: Initial Tactics' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 12:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Quantum Legacy: Initial Tactics is the first true 3D cross platform, in-browser, multiplayer capable RTS game of its kind. Currently in beta stage, the final version will feature a complex single player story line, online death-match, as well as never before seen concept in RTS gaming known as "multi-time".

Xbox Review - 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath'

by John Curtis on Jan. 26, 2005 @ 12:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Oddworld just got Stranger! In this new chapter in the award-winning Oddworld series, players step into the role of the Stranger, a mysterious bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for moolah. Using a special weapons system that gives a whole new meaning to "live" ammo, players will encounter massive environments, devious opponents and hostile challenges along the way.