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ESRB Flunks NIMF Watchdog Group Across The Board

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 8:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) today assigned a failing grade of "F" to the National Institute for Media and Family (NIMF) for its seriously flawed Video Game Report Card released last week. The ESRB cited inaccuracies, incomplete and misleading statements, omission of material facts, and flawed research as key factors in assigning the failing grade.

'Indigo Prophecy' - US v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 7:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari has now released the North American version of the first patch for Quantic Dreams' action/adventure Indigo Prophecy, aka Fahrenheit. This update brings your retail game to v1.1, but currently there are no details available as to what it fixes. Read more for download links ...

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

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 7:39 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 a roster update for Madden NFL 06, current up until November 15, 2005.

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 6:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeons & Dragons Online will provide players with the definitive online "Dungeons & Dragons" experience, complete with dramatic dungeon crawling, terrifying monster combat and challenging puzzles, character advancement and guild-based power struggles.

'Darwinia' - v1.41 Beta Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 6:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Introversion has released a new patch for its action game Darwinia. The updated demo features an entirely new scenario not included in the full game, new icon-based control mechanism and a tutorial to make the game easier for newcommers. The patch prepares the game for its Steam launch, adds German translation and a few other tweaks (thanks 3DGamers).

'T-72: Balkans On Fire!' - v1.3 Patch Available NOW

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

Set in the violent period of civil wars in Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1995, T-72: Balkans on fire! puts the player as a Russian volunteer tank commander right into the turret of some of the best tanks the Russians built ­ the T-72B, the T-55A and the T-34-85. This patch brings your retail game to v1.3 and fixes various lockups, adds improvements and new config features. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'World Championship Poker 2' (PSP) Goes All-In Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 6:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment today announced the release of World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer for the PSP system. World Championship Poker 2, the follow up to one of the best selling titles for the first half of 2005, is also available for the PS2 and Xbox.

'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey' (Xbox/PC) Coming To Germany

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 6:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

German publisher dtp has just signed a publishing contract with French company Micro Application about the publishing of Dreamfall in the German speaking countries. The long awaited sequel to the legendary The Longest Journey will be on the shelves in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April 2006.

'Rainbow Six: Lockdown' - 10 New Screens

by Judy on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 5:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Team Rainbow is called into action and unfamiliar territory to battle a bioterrorist threat but are personally targeted by an evil terrorist organization. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown will ship worldwide in early 2006 for the PC.

'Mega Man Maverick Hunter' (PSP) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 2:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X is a fresh remake of the original Mega Man X title that debuted on the SNES, launching a separate Mega Man storyline and a new central character named X. Read more for some new screens ...

Game Developers Conference Expands Into China

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 2:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is spreading its wings and is introducing the China Game Summit. The one-day event will take place tomorrow, Dec. 7, at The Hilton Hotel in Shanghai, China. Developers, publishers and industry professionals representing companies from both China and the West will gather to explore the theme of “What's Next” in the world of video game creation.

'MX vs. ATV Unleashed' (PC/PSP) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 2:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge (PSP) and MX vs. ATV Unleashed (PC) expand on the franchise's success, allowing PC gamers to personalize their racing experience with an all-new track editor. Both titles will allow gamers to race with a collection of new vehicles and chose between new tracks, challenges and mini-games.

'Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast' (PSP/PS2) Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 1:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Whiel there hasnt been an official announcement yet, a sequel to last years Outrun 2 isn't much of a surprise. According to Sony America, SEGA is working on Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast for the PS2 and PSP. While Sony is obviously not going to speculate on any competitor's platform, it will most likely also be getting an Xbox edition. Outrun 2006 is scheduled for Q2 2006 and will feature multiplayer on the PSP (Ad Hoc) as well as PS2.

'Need for Speed Most Wanted' - v1.3 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 11:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets. EA has released the first patch bringing your retail game to v1.3 and addressing various crashes & bugs, and multiplayer issues.

'Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play' (PSP) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 11:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play contains 21 arcade hits, 16 of which feature multi-player Wi-Fi accessibility. Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, together for the first time on the PSP, along with all time favorites such as Gauntlet, Joust, Wizard of Wor, Rampage, Defender, Paperboy and more!

'The Guild II' Coming To North America

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 10:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Aspyr Media today announced it has acquired the North American distribution and publishing rights from JoWood to publish The Guild II. As the successor to the highly rated medieval life simulation, The Guild II offers players the opportunity to control the fate of generations of a large dynasty during the Middle Ages.

'World of Warcraft' - v1.8.4 US/AUS Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard has released a new update for its MMORPG World of Warcraft. This v1.8.4 patch is for US/Australian editions of the game and prepares the game for the v1.9 visual upgrade as well as adding Battleground changes, tweaks, bug fixes and new quests for Feast of Winter Veil. Read more for details and download links ...

'Future Killer' Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 10:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Future Killer is an FPS taking place in a futuristic earth setting; you are the only survivor of a failed genetic experiment. The experiments were developed by the government to produce work clones in an attempt to build a New Earth as their means of escaping a dying world from alien invasion. The engine being used for the game is being kept under wraps until further development.

European Xbox 360 Launch Successful

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 10:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The dust has cleared from the European launch of Xbox 360, and preliminary reports indicate it's a runaway hit. Thousands of gamers queued up at stores in the 16 European launch countries on the evening of 1st December to be among the first to purchase Xbox 360, resulting in a sell-out situation across the region in its first day at retail. UK retailers alone sold over 70,000 units over the weekend.

'The Getaway : Gangs of London' (PSP) Revealed

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While not yet officially announced it seems Sony is bringing yet another PS2 franchise to the PSP. After Medievil, and most recently Socom, SCEE's vice president Phil Harrison revealed that The Getaway will get a handheld version. The Getaway : Gangs of London will not be a port, but more of a spin-off title. As with previous titles the game will be situated in London where rival gangs duke it out to gain power over the city. The Getaway : Gangs of London will also feature wifi multiplayer and is expected to ship in Europe Q2 2006.

'Burnout Revenge' (X360) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Burnout Revenge slams into the Xbox 360 with a suite of new online features set to define next-generation automotive anarchy, jaw-dropping high-definition graphics and the retina-searing speed that the Burnout series is famous for.

'Khan: The Absolute Power' Launches In North America

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

iEntertainment Network has announced that Khan: The Absolute Power was launched in North America today on the iEntertainment Network Game Portal. Khan: The Absolute Power is a uniquely social game with a proprietary MMORPG Party System that is one of the best MMORPGs in the RPG game world.

'Major League Baseball 2K6' (PSP/NGC/PS2/X360/Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Sports announced today that Major League Baseball 2K6 is slated for release in early spring 2006. Featuring New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter as the cover athlete and official spokesperson, Major League Baseball 2K6 will debut new features that will set a new standard for baseball video games.

''The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' (ALL) Ships

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Buena Vista Games announced today that the company has shipped more than 2 million units of the multiplatform video game to retail outlets in the two regions.

'Call of Duty 2' - v1.0a Dedicated Linux Server Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 8:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Call of Duty 2 is an all new epic title which delivers an unparalleled portrayal of the chaos and intensity that was World War II. Icculus has released the official version of the Call of Duty 2 dedicated linux server, allowing you to host a game server in the linux environment, and contains the dedicated executable that requires the game data from retail game.

'SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Entitled 'The Stetchkov Syndicate', the expansion pack brings a host of new levels, weapons and enhancements to the highly rated SWAT 4 and is scheduled for release in Q1 2006.

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v1.9 Update Patch Available NOW Redux

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 8:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v1.9 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth. Last week's patch wasnt fully working, this one is ...

'Ford Street Racing' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ford Street Racing, developed by Razorworks, moves the action from the racetrack to the streets of LA, control 3 team cars, give orders, switching on the fly, and will feature eighteen officially licensed Ford vehicles.

'Roma Victor' Pre-Order Icentive

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 2:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

RedBedlam today announced the release dates for its Roman Empire based MMORPG Roma Victor. The first 1,500 accounts will be made available during a 'pre-order' phase, beginning on the Ides of December. The accounts, costing £14.98 each, will come complete with £5 worth of in-game currency (sesterces).

'The Kings of the Dark Age' - Demo And v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Kings of the Dark Age provides great medieval atmosphere to the player, with its realistic in-detailed economy, military and political management, 45 minute original soundtrack, complex and exciting battles and castle siege and colorful and eye-catching graphics. Zuxxezz has released a demo and also the first patch bringing your retail game to v1.1 which addresses game stability, AI issues, pathfinding and plenty more (thanks Patches-Scrolls). Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers #661

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 1:50 a.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 :

  • The Sims 2 Open for Business - Trailer


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

'Rugby 06' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 1:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rugby 06 will challenge gamers to compete in a host of the World's most prestigious rugby competitions including the Six Nations, Lions Tour, Tri Nations, Guinness Premiership and the Super 14. After yesterdays announcement and first screens, here is another batch ...

PS2 Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare'

by Justin on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The Turtles are back to battle the nefarious Shredder and his evil Foot Ninjas in an all-new action game for consoles and the Nintendo DS handheld system. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare lets amers play as their favorite Turtle and improve the character's abilities as they progress. Taking teamwork to the next level, TMNT3 adds features that make bashing bad guys even more fun as a group.

X360 Review - 'Condemned: Criminal Origins'

by Thomas Leaf on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 12:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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.

'Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter' (ALL) - Developer Q&A

by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2005 @ 12:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

In Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3, players will embody Captain Scott Mitchell as he commands the Ghosts and Special Forces allies equipped with the IWS in the quest to save the president of the United States, recover stolen nuclear codes and eliminate a vicious band of renegade soldiers hell-bent on unleashing catastrophe. Ubisoft producer Mathieu Girard gives us some more details about the PC version...