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'Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 11:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition is the third installment in the Midnight Club racing franchise. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition will be available for the PS2/Xbox and is expected to hit retail shelves this holiday season. Check the freshly launched Mightnight Club 3 website, or read more for some new screens..

'Ys: The Ark of Napishtim' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. In the world of Canaan, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells creating a uniquely deep and compelling gameplay experience.

'Zap!' Available For Online Purchase

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 5:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GarageGames today announced that Zap! a team-based internet arcade action multiplayer game is now available by direct download the GarageGames website. Zap! is a fast-paced 2D vector graphics multiplayer team based action strategy game with the accessible controls of classic arcade games blended with cutting-edge multiplayer technology and gameplay.

'Mercenaries' (PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 3:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mercenaries is a revolutionary third-person combat-action game that delivers the next level of free-form gameplay in massive interactive environments. The game gives players the opportunity to take on the role of a soldier for hire in an open-ended world. Mercenaries has is scheduled to explode onto store shelves the week of January 10, 2005.

'Jade Empire' (Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 3:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Jade Empire" is set in a new fantastical world based on mythical China, where sinister events have upset the peaceful harmony of an isolated martial arts school. Featuring furious action previously found only in Hong Kong cinema, the game lets players master more than 30 fighting styles and a wide range of mystical powers.

'Madagascar' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 2:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to the island of Madagascar. When their vessel capsizes off the coast, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.

Vivendi And Ubisoft In Merger Talks?

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 2:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After Reuters reported yesterday that Infogrames CEO Bruno Bonnell might be willing to help out Ubisoft in its defense against a hostile take over from EA, todays rumour involves a possible merger between Vivendi and Ubisoft according to French newspaper L'Agefi. Either publisher had no comment but it is safe to say that a merger between Vivendi Universal Games and Ubisoft would create the largest video games group in Europe. Analysts said the tie-up would be encouraged by the French government which would be concerned about seeing French games technology fall in foreign hands.

UPDATE : "In view of the rumors reported in the press, Vivendi Universal denies that any negotiations are taking place concerning the takeover of Ubisoft."

Dreamcatcher Signs 'Engima: Rising Tide - Gold Edition' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced it will publish Tesseraction Games has naval combat Enigma: Rising Tide -Gold Edition in North America, coming January 28 2005. Read more for details and new screens ...

Titus Interactive & Interplay Are No More...

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 1:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Reuters France is reporting that the commercial court of Meaux announced on Monday that French publisher Titus and its subsidiary companies, Sofra Jeux (publisher) and Avalon France (previously known as Virgin Interactive) are bankrupt. Titus also held 62.25% of the Interplay shares, which is now also liquidated (thanks DuckforCover). Interplay recently signed a publishing deal with Majorem for its MMORTS Ballerium, so it is uncertain what will happen to the title now. Majorem had this to say : "We're still waiting for a confirmation of this item as posted by you, however in the meantime I can reassure that even in the case that Interplay liquidates as well, Ballerium is as safe as it was (or, as unsafe as it was, depending your point of view)."

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

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 1:14 p.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. Anything can make an impact in a baseball game because- as a wise man once said - “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Coming this spring 2005.

'Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 11:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom today announced plans to release Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower for the PSP. This hard hitting fighting game summons the return of Capcom's greatest monster warriors to once again battle for control of the night. Read more for details and screens ...

'The Matrix Online' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 11:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in a virtual, persistent online universe in which millions of players around the globe can participate, The Matrix Online, developed by Monolith and EON Entertainment, will feature cutting-edge graphics, real-time martial arts combat and a rich storyline that picks up where The Matrix Revolutions, the third chapter in The Matrix film trilogy, leaves off.

'Shadow of Rome' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 11:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shadow of Rome, an all-new action adventure game, transports players to one of the most perilous ages of man, an era when Caesar was hailed as the leader of the Roman Empire and whose sovereignty dominated all of western civilization.

'Barrow Hill' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 10:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shadow Tor Studios announces production on “Barrow Hill”, a chilling new adventure game. The news follows an invitation by Conrad Morse, of Middlestone University, for the media production company to help survey the ancient stone circle known as “Barrow Hill”. Read more for details and screens ...

'Universal Combat: A World Apart' - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 9:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

3000AD announced “Universal Combat: A World Apart”, an add-on to the original Universal Combat title released in February 2004 by Dreamcatcher Games. This add-on has been in development for some time and is scheduled to be released in March 2005 via online distribution as well as various retail chains, a demo is expected to be released at the same time. Read more for new screens...

'City of Heroes: A Council of War' Launched

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 8:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft and Cryptic Studios announced the release of the third expansion of its MMORPG City of Heroes, Issue 3: A Council of War. The expansion includes the villain group, the 5th Column, taken over by the mysterious Council in a war that will sweep through most of Paragon City’s zones. Issue 3 also brings new “ancillary” powers and “epic” archetypes to high-level players, a new mid-level zone called Striga Isle and several automated zone events.

Sony Eyes March Launch of PSP in U.S. and Europe

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 8:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony will likely launch its new PlayStation Portable hand-held game console in North America and Europe in March, a top executive said on Wednesday. Sony has previously only said it will start selling the PSP, which can also play movies and music, in Europe and North America between January and March.

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

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stolen is an ultra realistic, third person, stealth-based, action game based around a high-tech female thief. Along with innovative high-tech stealth/robbery game actions and events, Stolen also boasts some truly amazing technical and presentational features to give it a spectacular look that will captivate gamers.

Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach In 'NBA Street V3' (NGC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 8:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts and Nintendo announced today a partnership that brings the Nintendo All-Stars – Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach – to the GameCube version of NBA Street V3, scheduled to launch in February. Read more for details and some screens showing off the new characters...

'Legend of Kay' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 1:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Kay's home, the island Yenching, has been invaded by Shun's evil gorilla army and masses of sleazy rats. When the new occupants meddle with his fight training, Kay is livid so he follows his friend Su Ling to offer some armed resistance. An action packed adventure drives Kay through all of Yenching to the heart of evil; the flaming fortress of Waa-Lo. New screens & trailer, coming right up!

PC Preview - 'Battle Mages: Sign Of Darkness'

by Reldan on Jan. 5, 2005 @ 1:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Battle Mages: Sign Of Darkness is an RPG in which you will discover the mysteries of the Order of the Keepers, confront treacherous plans of the elves, lead vengeful Orcs to the battle, oppose the creatures of Chaos, and of course the darkness will raise its flag over the green hills of Daenmor under his command. We had a chance to play an early beta build, read more for our findings...