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'F.E.A.R.' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 8:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

F.E.A.R. is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging, paranormal horror storyline. As promised Vivendi has released the first patch for its just released FPS F.E.A.R. This update brings your retail game to v1.01 and address various single and multiplayer issues. Read more for download links ...

'The Movies' (Xbox/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 7:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Build your own movie studio and make films to capture the world’s imagination. Start filming in the break-neck 1920s and rewrite history as you pioneer the great cinematic advances. Be the first to introduce talkies, colour, animation or computer-generated special effects. Pick the scripts you want to shoot, design and construct the sets and hire the director, the crew and the stars.

Various Game Trailers #622

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 7:37 p.m. PDT | 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 :

  • Quake IV [X360/PC] - Theatrical Trailer
  • Stubbs The Zombie [Xbox/PC] - Boyfriend Trailer
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thones [ALL] - Trailer
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland [ALL] - Jimbo Trailer
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 - Trailer (3)
  • King Kong [ALL] - Trailer #4
  • Resident Evil 4 [PS2] - Ada Wong Trailer
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Trailer
  • Battles of Prince of Persia [NDS] - Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'The Chronicles of Spellborn' Betatest SignUps

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 6:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Chronicles of Spellborn is a MMORPG set in the Enclave of the Five Sacrifices. Developed by Dutch studio Khaeon Games, previously known for Alpha Black Zero, Spellborn uses the Unreal 2.5 Engine. Khaeon Games is now accepting people to join the closed beta test. A limited nummber of people will be allowed, while in Q1 2006 Khaeon plan to open up the beta/stress test for the majority of the applicants.

'F.E.A.R.' Creeps Its Way To Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 5:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi today announced that Sierra Entertainment’s award-winning F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon), one of the most anticipated games of 2005, has been shipped to retailers globally and will be available Tuesday, October 18, 2005.

'Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords' - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 4:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Galactic Civilizations II takes place in the distant future, when mankind has become a space-faring civilization and must contend with other extraterrestrial powers for domination of the galaxy. The sequel is a true evolution for the series, with rethought fundamentals and exciting new changes.

'Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance' (NGC) Finds Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 4:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Most video games can be quite forgiving when it comes to matters of life and death. If a character dies at the hands of an overpowering foe or player error, no problem – just hit a button and restart. But Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, which launches today exclusively for GameCube, doesn't let players cut corners. If someone in a player's band of mercenaries dies, that's it – the character is gone for good.

'Condemned: Criminal Origins' (X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 2:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience an unnatural level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. Gamers will play as Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent in the Serial Crimes Unit (SCU), whose pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through detailed urban environments filled with deadly sociopaths who lurk on the periphery of humanity.

'Full Auto' (X360) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Combine fully-automatic, weapon-equipped vehicles with highly detailed and interactive urban environments and you have Full Auto, the most destructive racing action ever experienced in a video game. This racer allows players to choose from a wide selection of unique vehicle designs and arm them with any combination of machine guns, cannons, and other deadly weapons.

Microsoft Executive Joins Firaxis Games

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 1:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Firaxis Games today announced the appointment of Bretton Wade as Director of Technology. He'll be responsible for directing the development of game and graphics technology that will enable the teams at Firaxis to reach new heights in delivering stunning game play experiences on next generation consoles and personal computers.

GameTap Launches Today And Reveals New Publisher Support

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 1:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turner Broadcasting System today announced the launch of its broadband entertainment network GameTap, opening its massive vault of great video game content and original programming to gamers across the United States.

'Chicken Little' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Now In Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 1:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disney's Chicken Little video games are now available at retail outlets across North America! The game brings the excitement of the film to life, allowing gamers to play as the key characters in an endless variety of fast paced game play.

'F.E.A.R.' Addon Coming?

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 12:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In an interview with German magazine PC Games, senior producer Craig Hubbard revealed that Monolith is, or will be, working on an addon for its FPS F.E.A.R. While no additional details were provided, Craig did admit, saying "for sure" that the ending of the game was intentionally left open for a possible addon. The complete interview is featured in the PC Games November issue.

'GTA: Liberty City Stories' (PSP) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 10:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The story of GTA: Liberty City Stories takes place 3 years before the events of Grand Theft Auto 3 and we find that our main character Toni Cipriani has returned from laying low for the past 4 years after taking out a rival mob boss for the Leone crime family. Having welcomed him back with open arms, the Don Salvatore Leone is putting Toni to back work under the watchful eye of Vincenzo Cilli, one of his most trusted capo’s.

'Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars' - Bonus Map Pack Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV has released a free bonus map pack for GSC World's 3D RTS Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars. This pack contains three skirmish maps and one historical battle. Read more for download links ...

'The Warriors' (PS2/Xbox) Brawl Their Way To Retail

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games is pleased to announce that The Warriors has shipped to retail stores in North America. Developed by Rockstar Toronto, The Warriors is an adaptation of the 1979 Paramount Pictures movie and is available for the PS2 and Xbox.

D3Publisher Bringing Naruto Titles (NGC/GBA) To North America

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

D3Publisher today announced a North American co-publishing agreement with TOMY Corporation for video games based on VIZ Media's hit anime series - Shonen Jump's Naruto. The agreement calls for the release of four games: one title each for the GameCube and GBA in early 2006, and in the second half of 2006.

'X³: Reunion' - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

X³: Reunion utilises a new generation game engine, developed to immerse the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. The economy model in X³: Reunion is more complex than any previous X game. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: Reunion will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a player’s actions really can shape the future of the universe.

F.E.A.R. Performance Issues? You Are A Pirate!

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to Vivendi's FEAR community manager, people who are having performance issues with the retail version of FEAR, are all pirates! In this community thread Greg raised quite a ruckus when people who pre-ordered Monolith's FPS F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) complained of stuttering and performance issues, by calling them pirates. While apparently FEAR apparently has been warezed, people claim certain online outlets have shipped the game ahead of tomorrow's official release date. While pirates usually only remove protections, it is very questionable how such impacts performance at all.

UPDATE: Vivendi's FEAR community manager has issued an apology stating that he did not mean to generalize the issue.

'Blitz: The League' (PS2/Xbox) Tackles Away In Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway today announced that it has shipped the first-ever story driven football videogame, Blitz: The League, for the PS2 and Xbox.

'The Star and the Crescent' Ships Worldwide

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Star and the Crescent, the latest modern warfare simulation title from ProSIM is now shipping worldwide! Originally slated to ship near the end of September, the production unfortunately hit a few snags that delayed the release until today. Gamers who have pre-ordered this title should expect to be the first ones to receive it, which will of course depend on where you live.

Meridian4 Signs Distribution Deal With Atari

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Meridian4 is thrilled to announce that it has signed a deal with Atari to exclusively distribute their games in North America throughout all retail channels, starting with the Sci-Fi Action/RPG, Space Hack.

'NFL Head Coach' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 8:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that NFL Head Coach is in development in Orlando, Fla. by EA Tiburon, makers of other NFL properties including Madden NFL Football and NFL STREET. The new exclusive deal with the NFL has allowed EA to build this franchise and work with all coaches in the NFL Coaches Club.

'Serious Sam II' - Demo #2 Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 8:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The series famous for relentless intensity is returning bigger, better looking and more frantic than ever before. Sam Stone is back to rescue the universe one bullet at a time against overwhelming hordes of time traveling enemies in Serious Sam 2.

'True Crime: New York City' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 3:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

True Crime: New York City will follow another policeman through the meticulously re-created streets of a real-life metropolitan area. However, instead of the wisecracking LAPD detective Nick Kang, gamers will now play as Marcus Reed, a former gang member turned NYPD officer.

'SoulCalibur III' (PS2) Developer Q&A #2

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

SoulCalibur III offers the series' hallmarks of exhilarating sword-fighting action and profound martial arts while also delivering highly improved graphics and sound effects to create a unique gaming experience. It also features a Character Creation Mode, which allows players to create original warriors. Namco sent over an interview with composer Junichi Nakatsuru.

FireFly Studios Working On Two New Titles

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 2:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FireFly Studios has signed two more SDK deals with Lifemode Interactive, to use their facial animation tool: LifeStudio:HEAD in 2 new games, the titles yet to be announced.

'X³: Reunion' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EgoSfot has announced that its space strategy game X³: Reunion has gone gold and is scheduled in the US on Oct. 21, and a week later in the UK. X³: Reunion utilises a new generation game engine, developed to immerse the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: Reunion will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe.

Xbox/PC Preview - 'The Movies'

by Alicia on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 1:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Build your own movie studio and make films to capture the world’s imagination. Start filming in the break-neck 1920s and rewrite history as you pioneer the great cinematic advances. Be the first to introduce talkies, colour, animation or computer-generated special effects. Pick the scripts you want to shoot, design and construct the sets and hire the director, the crew and the stars.

'The Godfather' (ALL) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 1:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts you've been accepted into America's most famous criminal organization, the Corleone family. Now it's up to you to carry out orders, earn respect, rise through the ranks, and make New York City your own. Play your cards right and you could even be running everything as the next, and most powerful, Don.

Xbox Review - 'Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder!'

by Chad on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 12:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi' (PS2) - 10 Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, also known as DBZ: Sparking!, is the only game to combine fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom.

'Perfect Dark Zero' (X360) Original Soundtrack

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 12:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Perfect Dark Zero Original Soundtrack. The soundtrack album will be released on November 8th to US retail outlets through Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Else Music Works label.

PS2 Review - 'Ultimate Spider-Man'

by Katarani on Oct. 17, 2005 @ 12:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Ultimate Spider-Man allows players to take on the role of Spider-Man AND a super-villain in an original storyline. The game's expanded, free-roaming environments deliver a deep adventure with a variety of challenging missions, diverse game play and an improved combat system that allows players to face off against the largest number of characters from the Spider-Man universe ever assembled.