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Blizzard Closes 18,000 'World of Warcraft' Accounts

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 11:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, it have permanently closed more than 18,000 accounts over the past three months for participating in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use. A majority of these accounts were found to be using third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such actions can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players. Read more about it on the official WoW website.

Various Game Trailers #673

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 9:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • Resident Evil: Deadly Silence [NDS] - Gameplay Trailer
  • Grandia III [PS2] - Trailer #4
  • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII [PS2] - Trailer #2
  • Kingdom Hearts II [PS2] - Intro Movie
  • Crashday - Trailer #4


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

'The Godfather' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 9:21 p.m. PST | 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.

'Domination' - v2.0.164 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 7:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dreamcatcher has released the first patch for Wargaming's turnbased strategy game Domination. This patch brings your English/French/German retail game to v2.0.164 and addresses an ambiguous "new corrections in the game" (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for details and download links ...

'Mad Tracks' (PS2/Xbox/X360/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 7:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Playing with pull back friction vehicles, ‘Mad Tracks’ players will battle in numerous challenges like races (Weakest link, red light, Roller Coaster...) or mini games (Snooker, table soccer, long jump, crocket, bowling, Darts...). More than 45 challenges in 10 original environments await, each victory unlocks new cars, new tracks or spare parts to improve performances of 16 cool vehicles.

'GODS: Lands of Infinity' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 6:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cypron-Studios announced that its RPG GOD: Land of Infinity has gone gold. GODS: Lands of Infinity invites you into exiting world full of adventures, battles and quests of unearthly affairs. You can spend hours by discovering the world of Antasion, trading and completing the lead quests of each race or kingdom as well as many side quests helping ordinary people with their troubles.

'RTL Skispringen 2006' - German v1.02g Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 6:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring 41 ski jump ramps including Worldcup venues, you can either compete or be a coach in one of three difficulties, or opt for management mode. After a hard working day, you can also relax with the integrated Quiz Games with over 500 topical questions. 49Games has released a new patch bringing your German retail game to v1.02 and optimizes multiplayer.

'Ski Alpin 2006' - German v1.03 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 6:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Alpine Skiing 2006 captures the essence of the sport by allowing players to take part in each of the four disciplines of alpine skiing: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. Alpine Skiing 2006, aka Ski Alpin 2006, is known in North America as Bode Miller Alpine Skiing. This patch brings your German retail game to v1.03 and optimizes multiplayer.

'Unreal Tournament 2007' To Be Playstation 3 Launch Title

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 5:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

At the Sony 2005 pre-e3 event, Epic's Tim Sweeney showed off an FPS demo without revealing which title it may be. In July Sony announced it had licensed the Unreal Engine 3 for the PS3 platform, bringing a possible UT2007 release closer to reality. PlayStation Magazine's January 2006 issue now not only confirms UT 2007's arrival on Sony's next-gen console, but also reveals that it will be a launch title and so far is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2006. Epic is also working on another Unreal Engine 3 title, Gears of War, exclusively on X360.

'Madden NFL 06' - v2.0+ Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 5:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

With enhancements to the passing game, defensive improvements, and expanded online options, Madden NFL 06 takes you onto the field and into the locker room like never before. EA has released yet another roster update for Madden NFL 06, current up until December 20, 2005.

'Blitzkrieg II' - v1.3 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 2:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

CDV has released the first official patch for Nival's WWII based 3D RTS Blitzkrieg II. This v1.3 patch adds missing editor textures, fixes a save game issue, editor crash, adds Win 64 bit support, and adds various other tweaks, bug and crash fixes. Read more for details fix list and download links.

'Splinter Cell Double Agent' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 12:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent will completely revolutionize and reinvent the spy action genre by introducing an unprecedented double agent concept and an entirely new breed of game play that adds an exciting new dimension to the gaming experience.

'Call of Duty 2' Patch Coming Early 2006

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 11:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision and Infinity Ward today announced plans to release new multiplayer maps as part of a Call of Duty 2 PC update that will also include PunkBuster anti-cheat software and additional support enhancements. The patch is scheduled for release in early 2006, and we will, of course, have it available on our fileserver network as soon as it's released.

Vivendi Universal Denies Interest In Sci Entertainment

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 11:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Recently certain UK media outlets have been reporting on rumors that French media conglomerate Vivendi Universal might be interested in taking over SCi, who recenrly purchased Eidos. Today VU issued a statement saying any such rumor is incorrect, "In view of articles published in the UK press, Vivendi Universal denies any interest in Sci Entertainment and also denies having made any offer."

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach' Gets Voice Chat - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeons & Dragons Online will provide players with the definitive online D&D experience, complete with dramatic dungeon crawling, terrifying monster combat and challenging puzzles, character advancement and guild-based power struggles. D&DO: Stormreach will be the first MMORPG to offer integrated voice chat.

Get 'Pro Rugby Manager' On The Cheap

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

With England's World Cup win raising the profile of the sport throughout the UK, bringing with it an influx of more than 50,000 new players since the victory, Pro Rugby Manager is sure to entice fans with its complete and in-depth rugby gameplay, for the rock-bottom price of just £9.99.

Ubisoft Signs 'Exit' (PSP) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 10:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Taito to publish and distribute three of its titles in 2006. The first title to be released by Ubisoft will be Exit, a puzzle action game for people of all ages, exclusively for the PSP system in February.

'Act of War: High Treason' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 10:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With Act of War: High Treason Eugen Systems and Atari are introducing a massive amount of new features and content to enhance and extend the overall experience. High Treason will expand into naval warfare with over a dozen different vessels, such as AEGIS cruisers, frigates, aircraft carriers and submarines. Less scripting, better AI and camera handling.

'Seed' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 10:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Runestone Game Development is pleased to unveil Seed, a new and genre-shattering massively multiplayer game featuring advanced AI, interactive story, and a truly mutable world. Slated for release in April 2006, with beta test sign ups starting in January 2006, Seed will have no combat, no dungeons, no elves.

'Tactica Online' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 10:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tactica Online, developed by Imaginary Numbers, is a fast-moving turn-based strategy RPG set in the conspiracy and intrigue of Leonardo da Vinci's world.

'Legion Arena' Marches Into Retail

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 10:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and Slitherine Software are thrilled to announce that their strategy game, Legion Arena, has shipped and is now available in North American stores nationwide.

'Alpine Skiing 2006' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Alpine Skiing 2006 captures the essence of the sport by allowing players to take part in each of the four disciplines of alpine skiing: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. Alpine Skiing 2006, aka Ski Alpin 2006, is known in North America as Bode Miller Alpine Skiing. This English/German demo features 3 skiers (including Bode Miller), three slopes, and allows you to try out one race in three game modes (quickstart, practice and arcade).

'Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror' (PSP) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 4:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is scheduled to be released in North America spring 2006 and will not only see the return of Gabe Logan, but also Theresa, Lipan et Lian Xing. The PSP version will allow you to give commands to the rest of your team a la SOCOM, and a multiplayer wi-fi mode is also par of the new features. Sony promises near PS2 quality graphics due to the usage of streaming technology.

hell-tech Signs 'Crashday'

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 4:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Greek publishing and distribution company hell-tech announced that it has secured the publishing rights to Moon Byte Studios/Replay Studios' Crashday for Greece, former Yugoslavia, Turkey and South Africa. In Crashday it is your task to scrap your vehicle with breathtaking stunts or to wreck cars in aggressive street races.

'MVP 06 NCAA Baseball' (PS2/Xbox) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 4:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MVP 06 NCAA Baseball is being produced by Electronic Arts Canada in Vancouver, B.C., and will celebrate everything that makes NCAA baseball unique -- aluminum bats, intense action, and stadiums filled with school spirit and packed with passionate fans.

'Rush for Berlin' and 'Heart of Empire: Rome' Coming To North America

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 3:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox Interactive announced that they will be publishing the North American release of two titles from pan-European publisher Deep Silver, Rush for Berlin and Heart of Empire: Rome, both scheduled for Q2 2006.

'Street Supremacy' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 3:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has announced Street Supremacy, a multi-player racing game, specifically developed by Genki for PSP. Due for release in March 2006, Street Supremacy is a high-octane racing title featuring a wealth of licensed vehicles.

PS2 Review - 'Trapt'

by Kris Graft on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 2:45 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Equal parts action and strategy, Trapt features a unique system that lets players set a variety of traps throughout each level to create intense combinations that burn, maim, skewer, electrocute, fling, confuse, pulverize and eventually obliterate Princess Allura’s attackers.

Xbox Review - 'Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan'

by Alicia on Dec. 21, 2005 @ 2:16 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Ty and his Bush Rescue friends return to fight supernatural evil in Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan. Save New Burramudgee from the invading Quinkan using Ty's unique fighting abilities, whether armed with boomerangs, riding in power armor, flying planes, or going all-out in smash 'em up kart racing. You can blaze through the six chapters while taking missions in any order, or slowly seek out all the hidden Bilbies, Kromium Orbs, and picture frames to get a perfect score.