'Castlevania: Curse of Darkness' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While past Castlevania games have focused on the struggle between Dracula and the Belmont clan, Curse of Darkness introduces players to an entirely new storyline and main character – Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters, who had once refined his skills under Dracula. Told in true Castlevania style, this action-packed tale of betrayal and revenge takes players on a journey through an expansive world filled with formidable foes and beautifully rendered environments to the ruins of Dracula’s castle.

'World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Winning Eleven 8 will once again raise the bar for the critically acclaimed series with even more in-depth gameplay, improved realism and increased control. The game features more teams, players and stadiums than ever before, including all the teams from the Italian, Spanish and Dutch leagues under the official license. Check the freshly launched website, or read more for new screens...

'Enthusia Professional Racing' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get behind the wheel and experience the sensation of racing actual cars. As in the real world, Enthusia emphasizes pure driving skills and ensures that winning is a result of ability rather than how much money has been spent tuning a car. Maintaining a subtle balance between the power of the car and the driver’s skill, Enthusia promises to deliver the ultimate driving experience for racing fans of all abilities.

'TMNT Mutant Melee' (NGC/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TMNT Mutant Melee is the ultimate TMNT party experience. The game offers hours of bashing, crashing and trashing fun with more than 20 playable characters, a competitive Adventure mode and a huge variety of mini games and unlockables.

'Lost in Blue' (NDS) Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This innovative RPG takes players on a journey of survival, adventure and mystery. After a disastrous incident at sea, the young hero of the game awakens to find himself on a seemingly uninhabited island. After meeting another survivor, a 17-year old girl who has also drifted ashore, the two must work together to survive.

Konami Signs 'Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 6:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory is a third-person action game that places players in a dark and distant future. Modeled in a compelling blend of Eastern and Western sci-fi/fantasy, Rengoku puts gamers in the role of a well-armed battle android that must fight its way to the pinnacle of a great tower to confront a mysterious foe.

'Metal Gear Acid' (PSP) Game Details & Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 6:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami announced today exciting new details about Metal Gear Acid, a turn-based, tactical espionage game requiring players to collect cards and strategically construct their own decks to complete various missions and objectives. Boasting a compelling storyline filled with new characters and incredible cut scenes, Metal Gear Acid will draw players into an all-new adventure packed with intrigue – designed specifically for the portable gaming enthusiast.

'Frogger Helmet Havoc' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 6:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Frogger makes his debut on the Nintendo DS in a “ribbit-ing” platformer game Frogger Helmet Havoc. In this latest escapade, Frogger finds himself called upon to stop an evil force that threatens his home, Firefly Swamp, and the nearby kingdom of Bunnington Hollow.

'Dragon Booster' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 6:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragon Booster is a fast paced 3rd person racing/action/combat game set in a fantastical world where humans and dragons co-exist. When their peaceful way of life is disrupted, Beaucephalis, a legendary dragon, chooses Artha Penn, an ordinary 16-year old, to become a mythical hero known as a Dragon Booster.

'Retribution' (Xbox2/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 6:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Retribution is a new FPS currently in production by U-235 Studios, with the prototype set to hit publishers doorsteps in November 2005. U-235 Studios have secured a licensing agreement for the state of the art engine "Reality" developed by Artificial Studios. Read more for new screens..

'Death Jr.' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 5:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Death Jr. is a new action platforming game that seamlessly blends elements from first-person shooters with the exploration of a third-person platformer and serves up a large dose of intense gameplay and weapon heavy combat for the PSP.

'Coded Arms' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 5:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Coded Arms is a first person shooter in where you take the role of a computer hacker who infiltrates the abandoned virtual reality system. Gamers will use weapons and power-ups that they discover while exploring the expansive single player mode. Coded Arms will also utilize the PSP handheld system's wireless capabilities for multiplayer action for up to four people.

'Castlevania' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 5:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The first title in Konami’s legendary Castlevania series to be made for the Nintendo DS, this new title will continue the storyline that first emerged in the critically-acclaimed Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Taking place a year after Aria of Sorrow ended, Castlevania for DS will take players on a harrowing and challenging journey of selflessness.

Various Game Trailers #423

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 3:42 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 :

  • Brothers in Arms - Tutorial Trailer (2)
  • MotoGP 3 - Trailer

Nintendo Europe's NDS Lineup - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 3:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The full Nintendo DS launch software line-up has been unveiled today at a press conference! The launch date of March 11 for Nintendo DS will be supported by some of the strongest Publisher launch titles to date, with games from EA, Sega, Ubisoft, Activision, Namco, THQ, Ignition and Vivendi. Read more for details and screens on the full lineup...

'Colin McRae Rally 2005' (PSP) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A special edition of Colin McRae Rally 2005 will lead Codemasters' PSP publishing schedule. This benchmark of rally games will come to Sony's handheld format with over 30 rally cars, a diverse range of rally events, cups and championships to create a world of rallying for players on the move.

'TOCA Race Driver 2' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 12:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TOCA Race Driver 2 brings the most motorsports in any game to PSP, complete with real performance cars, real damage, real physics, and real driver AI that adapts to suit your level of racing expertise. Read more to check out the first screens ...

'Need for Speed Underground 2' (NDS) Officially Announced

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 12:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While its existence was already widely report, EA today officially announced that Need for Speed Underground 2 for the Nintendo DS handheld game system will hit retail stores nationwide this spring. Gamers can dominate the tuner racing underground with new features and gameplay only made possible by the Nintendo DS.

'Painkiller' - v1.61 CPL Patch/Server Available NOW

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

Dreamcatcher has released a massive patch for People Can Fly's FPS, Painkiller. This update brings your retail game to v1.61 and includes Battle Out of Hell’s graphic enhancements, reworked networking code, fixes for outstanding issues, the new CPL dueling maps from Ritual, a half dozen specialty maps, numerous CPL-ready network features, two additional multiplayer modes, Capture the Flag and Last Man Standing, as well as the exclusive weaponry offered in Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell. Read more for download links ...

'Starship Troopers' (ALL) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 11:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed internally by Empire's award-winning Strangelite Studio, the game will be released on PC, and all current and next generation consoles. The length of the agreement will allow Empire to produce multiple titles. The game will be based on the movie of the same name and animated series franchise.

'Half-Life 2' Sells Over 1.5 Million Copies

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 11:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi has issued a small statement finally revealing some HL2 sales numbers. "Half-life 2 is already clocking up a massive success. With nearly 1.7 million copies sold in less than two months, this new release by Sierra Entertainment (a VU Games company) and Valve looks set to become one of the biggest hits of 2005. Sales have been particularly good in Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia – as well as the US." Valve remains tightlipped on the amount of HL2 versions it has sold through its Steam service.

'Parkan II' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Parkan II is a 3D space simulator combined with first person action planet side. In the game players will get an opportunity to explore a vast universe, visit different planets, their satellites, huge space stations and immense space destroyers.

'Seven Kingdoms: Conquest' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest offers strategy fans the choice to play as human or demon in epic battles spanning 6,000 years on Earth. Starting in ancient Egypt in 3000 B.C. and ending in a final battle on a futuristic Earth, players will have to have their fingers on the pulse of their civilization as the two races clash every 1,000 years.

Microsoft Executive's GDC Keynote Speech 'Xbox' 2 Announcement?

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 10:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft's corporate vice president J Allard will deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). Entitled "The Future of Games: Unlocking the Opportunity," Allard will discuss Microsoft's commitment to the next generation of interactive entertainment. Possible Xbox 2 announcement? We will be on site and report as it happens, or not.

'Bomberman DS' (NDS) And 'Bomberman Hardball' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 10:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announces that it has signed an exclusive deal with Hudson Soft to publish and distribute Bomberman DS for the NDS in Europe and North America (Summer 2005) and Bomberman Hardball for the PS2 throughout Europe (Spring 2005).

Namco Signs 'Gumby & Friends' (ALL) License

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 10:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco announced today that Prema Toy has awarded Namco the exclusive publishing rights to the classic children's entertainment property, Gumby. The deal allows Namco to create video games for all game systems, featuring Gumby and all related characters, such as Pokey, Prickle, Goo and the infamous Blockheads.

'Stronghold 2' - Developer Q&A

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

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. Take Two sent over a pre-canned interview with Firefly Studios Lead Designer Simon Bradbury.

'Torque' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Now Known As 'Jacked'

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 9:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In March 2004 JoWood announced it had secured a license from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures to develop a game based on the Torque movie, but not much has been heard from the project since. Today developer Sproing revealed that the project is no longer a movie tie in and has been renamed to Jacked (thanks Blues). Need a new bike? In Jacked, asking for permission to ride a new bike is not on your agenda! Race from the east coast to the west coast and steal as many bikes as you can! A nice selection of weapons will help you to beat upstart biker gangs in your way...

'Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball' (NGC) Announced

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A new breed of baseball is coming exclusively to GameCube. Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball brings video game play to a new level of excitement and reality with fan-favorite players and teams. Slugger David Ortiz of the 2004 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, will grace the cover of Nintendo Pennant Chase Baseball, which will be available April 4.

European NDS Will Launch In March For £99

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today at a press conference in Paris, Nintendo announced that this innovative new console will be available to buy in the UK on 11 March at the estimated retail price of around £99 and will be supported by a strong software line up. The Nintendo DS has been received exceptionally well in the US and Japan, having sold 2.8 million units by the end of 2004, and is expected to have the same response when it launches in the UK.

NARC (PS2/Xbox) - Pre-Order Icentives

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway games announced today the pre-sell program for NARC. Gamers can pre-order their copy of NARC and receive the 2-Disc soundtrack featuring select songs from the game, for free. The soundtrack includes 15 in-game tracks comprised of Classic rock-n-roll tunes and hip-hop tracks created exclusively for NARC by up-and-coming artists. Read more for details ...

'Xpand Rally' - v1.1.0.0 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Techland has released the first patch for their rally racing sim Xpand Rally. This update brings your retail game to v1.1.0.0 and improves the performance of the dedicated game server, fixes game's mods problems in multiplayer, allows for changing the time of the day and weather conditions when running player-created maps, introduces (by popular demand) a 'less dust' feature to the multiplayer mode (to increase the game's performance and make racing with more people easier), and improves the ChromEd tool. Read more for download links ...

'Heavyweight Thunder' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Knuckle up, gamers: Overload Entertainment and Iridon Interactive today announced that Heavyweight Thunder, the first boxing simulation to celebrate the championship lifestyle, will be released on PC in March 2005.

'SuperPower 2' - v1.4 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games has released the first patch for Golem Labs' global domination strategy SuperPower 2. This patch brings your retail game to v1.4 and adds even more features :A.I. aggressiveness slider, ban console command, private chat, as well as a good numbers of tweaks and fixes. This patch is for the International and US editions of the game.

'COPS 2170: The Power of Law' Ships To Retail

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 8:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and developer MiST land - South are pleased to announce that the futuristic tactical strategy game COPS 2170: The Power of Law has been shipped to retailers nationwide.

'DRIV3R' Gets Exclusive Content & Release Date

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 7:47 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. The PC version of Driv3r will feature a new level and additional footage, release date is set for March 2005. Read more for details ..

'Battlestrike: The Road to Berlin' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The guns of the greatest of all wars roar into life in and on The Road to Berlin. This fast-moving game drops the player right in the middle of frenzied combat action, where the thrills just keep coming! Pilot, gunner, sniper, paratrooper – all these roles are played out through a simple, intuitive point-and-click interface, allowing instant and complete immersion in the game world.

'Big Mutha Truckers 2' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Big Mutha Truckers 2 begins with Ma Jackson being taken into police custody for tax evasion. The only way she can win her case is by hiring Cousin Jacob, the most "fancy-talkin' legal fella" this side of Booger's Canyon. Players will be challenged to raise the cash needed to bribe jurors to let Ma off by trucking, trading, wheeling and dealing.

'Rome Total War Expansion Pack' Revealed

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A product listing at online retailer Gamestop revealed that Activision is planning to release an addon for Creative Assembly's 3D RTS title Rome Total War. No specific name, or details of any other kind, were included, but the Rome Total War Expansion Pack has a tentative release date set for October 17th, 2005. More details should follow soon ...

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

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Juiced is the only racing to totally immerse you in the lifestyle and culture of the real street modding scene. Starting as a new kid on the block, without a set of wheels to your name, your main focus in life is to build up your own crew of ‘driving gods’ and dominate the established street racing scene of Angel City.

'MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 1:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Moto GP 3 has taken the thrill of the first two titles and doubled it, taking the franchise beyond the realms of Grand Prix racing through the introduction of high-adrenaline street racing in Extreme Mode. Players can hone their skills on the streets, experiencing the carnival-like atmosphere that follows the Grand Prix Championship around the world.

PC Review - 'Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 12:39 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set before the events of both Universal Pictures' upcoming summer release, The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel, and the 2000 breakout hit Pitch Black, which first introduced Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick, the game tells the story of Riddick's dramatic escape from the previously inescapable triple max security slam Butcher Bay, home to the most violent prisoners in the universe.

'WWE WrestleMania 21' (Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 27, 2005 @ 12:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WrestleMania can define a legacy, and yours is about to be written. The greatest spectacle in sports-entertainment comes to Xbox with WWE WrestleMania 21. Read more for additional details & screens..