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'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 11:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft Europe has just announced that DarkWorks' Cold Fear has gone gold for Xbox & PS2, and will be available in European stores March 3rd, and a few days later in North America. No specific release date for the PC version has been announced yet. Cold Fear is an action-horror title that combines the popular elements of both action and horror releases, delivering an action-packed, tension-filled gaming experience.

'Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 10:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft has now released the official online demo for Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, giving you the chance to check out the "Lighthouse" level, as well as tutorial and multiplayer map. Although initially it was supposed to be slightly smaller, this version has a few minor bug fixes, and turned out to be a little bigger instead. Read more for download links ...

'TimeSplitters Future Perfect' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In TimeSplitters Future Perfect, Cortez - the hero from previous installments - returns with humanity on the brink of destruction. With the help of some familiar faces (some very familiar!) he must chase a mystery foe across different time periods to trace the origins of the TimeSplitters and save the day. Check the freshly launched official TimeSplitters website, or read more for some new screens ...

'Storm Riders Online' Open Beta Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Orchid Media International today announced the open beta phase of its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Storm Riders Online. The game is an adaptation of the world famous comic book series “Fung Wan” and motion picture “Storm Riders” by renowned artist Ma Wing Shing. Set against the mythical backdrop of ancient China , players experience an evocative world with a rich storyline and history, as well as epic clan warfare.

'Counter-Strike: Source' and 'HL2: Deathmatch' Get Steamy Update #10

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 5:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised yesterday Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding yet another update for CS:S, HL 2: Deathmatch, and Source Engine. The update mainly focuses on CS: Source and includes new maps, addresses bot issues and other gameplay fixes. The update also includes some adjustments to the Source engine, Half_life 2: Deathmatch and Master Server Query Protocol. Restart Steam for the updates ...

Atari Signs 'Indigo Prophecy' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 5:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari announced today that it has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with French developer Quantic Dream, and will be bringing Indigo Prophecy to North America. Indigo Prophecy, previously known as Fahrenheit, is a spectacular interactive thriller, set in New-York, gives gamers the unique chance to play both hunter and fugitive, which in turn leads them to speak, explore, interact, fight and confront unknown dark forces.

'World Tour Soccer' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Featuring 128 club teams, 86 international teams, nine international classic teams from the past, nine classic club teams from the past, seven league all-star teams, six international super teams and eight different stadiums, World Tour Soccer for the PSP provides gamers with the ultimate soccer experience.

'NBA' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This spring, 989 Sports will introduce the first, real, basketball simulation ever created for handheld entertainment system. NBA for the PSP will provide gamers with all the fast-breaks, precision passing, and above the rim action that fans have come to expect from their sport.

'MLB' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

'Welcome to the Show.' This spring, baseball fans will be able to play America’s pastime anytime, anywhere with MLB for the PSP. Read more for details and screens ...

'Gretzky NHL' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This spring, gamers can take their hockey game on the road and play anytime, anywhere with Gretzky NHL for the PSP handheld entertainment system. Officially licensed by the NHL and NHLPA, Gretzky NHL for the PSP features fast-paced skating, precision passing, bone-jarring checks and players that convey the power and emotion of their sport.

'Empire Earth II' Demo Coming Next Week

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi has announced that next week tuesday, March 1st it will release singleplayer demo for Mad Doc Software's RTS Empire Earth II. The single-player demo will let you take control of one of three civilizations, the Germans, Americans, or Koreans, through three of the game's 15 epochs, including the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment. There are two games types to choose from: conquest and territory control. Of course we will have it available on our fileserver network as soon as its released, so stay tuned!

Nintendo Announces Four Major Games for May (GBA/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 2:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In an attempt to not be completly forgotten, Nintendo sent out a short announcement that E3 won't be the only major video game event in May. Nintendo has four highly anticipated games launching in May featuring a powerhouse franchise, hot new rhythms, out-of-body experiences and sacred stones.

'Final Fantasy' Creator Teams Up With Microsoft Game Studios

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft today announced that Hironobu Sakaguchi, video game legend and president of Mistwalker game studio, has joined with Microsoft Game Studios to develop role-playing game (RPG) video games exclusively for the next-generation Xbox video game platform. Sakaguchi is best known as the creator of the "Final Fantasy" franchise.

'ER' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 12:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In the ER, you join the cast of the TV show as a newly hired intern and handle a steady flow of patients with health issues ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious injuries sustained from accidents and violence. Check the official ER website, or read more for new screens and trailer...

Various Game Trailers #445

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 11:54 a.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 :

  • Musashi: Samurai Legend - Trailer
  • Vivisector - Trailer #3
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix - Trailer (PSP)
  • Donkey Konga 3 - Trailer

Epic Games Reveals New 'Unreal Engine 3' Details

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 11:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games today announced it will be demonstrating Unreal Engine 3 tools and technology and headlining three speaker sessions at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco March 9-11, 2005. Read more for details ...

'Raze's Hell' (Xbox) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Raze's Hell is a darkly comic third-person shooter set in a fantasy world overrun by fiendishly cute creatures, Raze's Hell follows the exploits of Raze, a monstrous anti-hero who takes a no-holds-barred approach to stopping an onslaught of adorable characters and restore his planet to its naturally ugly state. Read more for new screens and the first ingame footage ...

'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Goes Gold

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 10:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft and developer Gearbox Software today announced that Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, the highly-anticipated World War II game, has gone gold and will soon be on store shelves. The Xbox version will ship on March 1, and PlayStation and PC versions will ship shortly thereafter.

'Rainbow Six: Lockdown' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Multiplayer Details & Screens

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In this new episode, you lead Team Rainbow, the world's most elite counter-terrorist unit, as they are called into action and unfamiliar territory to battle a bioterrorist threat. Stakes escalate as they are personally targeted by an evil terrorist organization. Used to protecting the lives of others, Team Rainbow must now embark on a mission to fight and save some of their own.

'Musashi: Samurai Legend' (PS2) Official Website Launched

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The second release of the Musashi series makes its debut on the PS2 featuring exhilarating, fast-paced, action-packed gameplay utilizing manga shaded graphics. Like a true samurai, Musashi's powers of observation will pay off in the heat of battle as he channels this energy to learn his opponents' techniques. A new mode of his protective services has also been employed, in which he literally carries his characters to safety. Square Enix launched the official Musashi: Samurai Legend website, head on over there for all the latest info ...

'Silent Storm' Addon 'Sickle & Hammer' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While there is no official word yet, Russian developer Nival Interactive has signed the Novik mod team to bring their Silent Storm Sickle & Hammer modification to a full blown retail version. So far Sickle & Hammer is only announced for Russia, but Nival is currently looking for a Western publisher and will announce it accordingly (thanks Slaughter). Nevertheless we already have the first screens ...

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

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 9:36 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.

'Pariah' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 9:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pariah focuses on a robust immersive storyline that weaves survival elements into the traditional run-and-gun style of first-person action games. Unsurprising will be the graphic marvel and fine-tuned gameplay of Pariah, a trademark gamers have come to expect from any Digital Extremes game.

'Fantasy Earth: Ring of Domination' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix has revealed a new MMORPG called Fantasy Earth: Ring of Domination which will try to combine RTS, RPG and Action, allowing you to forge alliances, build fortresses and citadels and duke it out with your allies against huge armies. It's still a ways off, as it is only vaguely scheduled for 2005, but in the meantime, read more for new screens...

'Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 9:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dead to Rights II marks the return of action-hero Jack Slate and his K-9 companion, Shadow. In this super-charged sequel, Jack and Shadow find themselves once again in the squalid, mean streets of Grant City, ensnared in a labyrinth of crime, corruption and betrayal. Check the official Dead to Rights II website, or read more for 40+ new screens ...

Funcom Signs In-Game Advertisement Agreement

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Funcom has signed an exclusive agreement with Massive Incorporated, creator of the world's first video game advertising network. In a revolutionary deal all free players of Anarchy Online will see dynamic in-game advertising billboards in central areas of the game. Paying subscribers will not see the advertisements.

Troika Closure Confirmed

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

No Mutants Allowed sent us a note that they have received an official email/statement from Troika's Leonard Boyarsky which confirms earlier rumors that the Vampire Bloodlines developer has shut down and closed its doors. ""As many of you may have already heard, Troika has laid off all of its employees and is closing its doors due to our inability to secure funding for future projects. We have not yet made the decision as to whether Troika Games as an entity will regroup and pursue future projects or simply cease to exist." Head on over to No Mutants Allowed for the rest of the brief statement...

RedOctane Forms Publishing Label

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

RedOctane announced today that it has established a new division of the company dedicated to publishing software. The renowned video game accessory company's first title for the PlayStation 2 will be announced in Spring 2005.

'FIFA Street' And 'Fight Night Round 2' Soundtracks Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 8:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA today revealed the hard-hitting in-game song lists for FIFA Street and Fight Night Round 2 that will herald in the sound of football and boxing this Spring. EA SPORTS continues to push the musical envelope with cutting-edge tracks from breaking bands Hot Hot Heat, Louis XIV, the Bravery and hip hop artists such as Fabolous, Yung Wun and Pit Bull among others. Read more for details ...

PC Preview - 'SWAT 4'

by Thomas Leaf on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

SWAT 4 allows players to take control of a squad of up to five police officers tasked with performing dangerous operations such as high-risk arrests, hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. We recently had the chance to check out a rather complete beta build, read more for our impressions ...

'Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 4:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is a comic book-inspired tactical role-playing game features a brand new league of heroes and villains, overhauled combat system, and spectacular graphic enhancements. In case yesterday's batch of screens wasn't good enough, here are a few more ...

'World Racing 2' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Race Centre Mode - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TDK Mediactive today announced a fifth 3D scenario to be included in the upcoming racing game World Racing 2. The 'Race Centre' will add track atmosphere to the game and offers 11 different race tracks, a high-speed course with high banked curves, a classic oval track plus an off-road track and two rally courses. Read more for details and screens ...

'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 2:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Created by Texas-based Gearbox Software, Brothers in Arms is the most realistic and authentic WWII shooter ever. While other WWII games have sugarcoated the war experience, Brothers in Arms is based on a true story and will immerse gamers into the gritty, uncensored and emotionally-charged side of war. Read more for new screens showing off the "suppression fire," or check the ingame trailer ...

'Age of Pirates' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 2:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Akella is making yet another pirate game, after Sea Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean, it is now time for the Age of Pirates. Known in Russia under Corsairs 2, this AoP will be distriuted under that name in Europe and North America. No details or planned release date are known yet, but at least there are some new screens ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 2:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dirty Harry Video Game Franchise Announced

by Judy on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 2:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Clint Eastwood is bringing the Dirty Harry franchise to video games and will lend his voice and likeness to reprise his internationally famous role of Inspector Harry Callahan. Additionally, Eastwood will consult on key creative aspects of the game design.

PC Review - 'Athens 2004'

by Gordy Wheeler on Feb. 24, 2005 @ 12:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Experience the strength, intensity, and grace of competing as one of the best athletes on the planet! You have arrived at the 2004 Olympic Games. Which of the 64 countries do you represent and how well will you succeed? Are you destined to be the best athlete on earth? You may be the swiftest runner, the most fluid swimmer, or perhaps the most accurate archer that has ever lived!