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Various Game Trailers #428

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 11:59 p.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 :

  • Battlefield 2 - Trailer #8
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - Trailer #13
  • SWAT 4 - Trailer
  • Fight Night Round 2 - Trailer #5
  • Red Shark 2 - Trailer

Sony Might Delay European PSP Launch

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 11:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Reuters is reporting that they have received word from a company source that Sony could miss its end-March target for the European launch of its PSP. This would effectively be the second time it has delayed the European launch, since it originally planned to release the handheld in time for Christmas last year.

'Tin Soldiers: Julius Caesar' Announced - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 11:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games announced today that they have signed Koios Works’ latest title in the Tin Soldiers series, Julius Caesar. Using the same general play style of Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar makes massive improvements to the graphical engine along with numerous game changes to correctly mimic the change in armies and army tactics for the time period.

'Wipeout Pure' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 5:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get ready to race at blazing speeds and experience adrenaline-filled, anti-gravity racing action. Wipeout Pure, the latest edition to the popular anti-gravity racing series for the PSP, provides intense, hovercraft racing action as players choose from five different speed classes and race relentlessly around 16 futuristic, anti-gravity racing tracks.

'Ape Escape' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 5:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on the popular Ape Escape series, Sony Computer Entertainment (Japan) brings Ape Escape onto the PSP this spring. Family-friendly, Ape Escape for PSP will feature multiplayer functionality and a wide variety of mini-games for players of all ages. Read more for details and screens ...

'Live For Speed: S2' - Screens & Trailer

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

S2 will significantly improve the game - important features have been added. For example, dynamic camber (improved simulation of suspension and different suspension types), highly detailed tyre physics and a damage model have been introduced. Also the additional content in S2 should be noted - where S1 mostly contains the 'medium' fast cars and tracks, S2 introduces several 'fast' classes (and 'slow').

'The Realms of Stelanthir' Revealed - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Realms of Stelanthir is a 3D MMORPG set in Stelanthir, a mysterious world. Choose to be a person of the light, a human, an elf or a dwarf and fight for freedom and peace within the world. Or join the side of darkness, the undead, a vampire or an orc. Causing havoc and chaos throughout the world. Which path you take is up to you. Live the game. Realms of Stelanthir has been signed by a yet unnamed publisher, until then, read more to check the screens ...

Sony Online Opens Development Studio in Seattle

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment announced today that it has expanded operations with the formation of a development studio in Seattle, Washington. SOE Seattle will be headed up by Matt Wilson, who some of you may remember from Microsoft’s cancelled Mythica MMO. Ed Fries (formerly of Microsoft) will also be working with the SOE Seattle team in an advisory role, but will not be joining the company full-time.

'Act of War: Direct Action' Sequel and Addons Planned

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eugen Systems' general director and vice chairman Alexis le Dressay revealed in an interview with C&VG that they have plans to build the Act of War into a franchise and Eugen systems is "saving some really cool stuff for the expansion packs and the sequel!"

'NBA Street Vol 3' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts is pleased to announce that NBA STREET V3 has officially gone gold for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. The game will ship to retailers under the EA SPORTS BIG brand on Tuesday, February 8.

'LEGO Star Wars' (GBA/PS2/Xbox/PC) Official Website Launched

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LEGO Star Wars combines two childhood favorites, LEGO and Star Wars, to create an innovative and exciting action-adventure title designed for young gamers. The game is based on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and the eagerly awaited Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, slated for worldwide release in May 2005. In the meantime, check out the freshly launched LEGO Star Wars website...

'World Tour Soccer' (PSP) - Game Details & Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:06 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) - Game Details & Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:03 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 handheld entertainment system 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) - Game Details & Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 1:59 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. 3, 2005 @ 1:56 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.

'Irth Online' Will Use SpeedTree Technology

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 1:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Magic Hat Software has announced its new MMORPG Irth Online, scheduled for release in 2Q05, will use SpeedTree, the real-time foliage rendering technology from Interactive Data Visualization.

'Brian Lara International Cricket' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 1:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bringing its heritage of being the definitive cricket game series, Brian Lara International Cricket comes ten years after Codemasters launched the original Brian Lara game and over five years since the series appeared on any platform. Brian Lara returns to game screens this summer in Brian Lara International Cricket for PS2, Xbox and PC.

'Makai Kingdom' (PS2) Coming To North America

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 11:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NIS America Inc. announced today its plans to release Makai Kingdom for the PS2, and is scheduled for July 2005. Makai Kingdom is an RPG on which you take on the role of Lord Zetta to command an army of determined fighters to reclaim what has righteously been his, the netherworld. Battle enemies ranging from vicious demons to determined soldiers with both modern and ancient warfare, slash your enemies with the good old broadsword or blast your way through with the deadly rocket launcher; the choices are yours.

'Rome: Total War' - v1.2 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 10:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has released a new patch for Creative Assembly's 3D RTS Rome: Total War. This update brings your retail game to v1.2 and includes improved performance, single player improvements and multiplayer connectivity updates. The 1.2 patch will be required to play games online. Read more for download links...

Marilyn Manson Providing 'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Title Song

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 10:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rocking the horror genre with its new action-horror release, Cold Fear, Ubisoft today announced that Marilyn Manson's song "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" headlines the in-game soundtrack. Manson's edgy track sets the stage for the trouble that awaits lead character Tom Hansen as he arrives on the violently rocking ship's bloodstained decks.

'Winning Eleven 8' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 10:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami America has released a demo for the North American edition of its soccer game Pro Evolution Soccer 4, aka Winning Eleven 8. This version of the demo adds the possibility of playing as the USA in addition to England, Sweden, Spain, Italy. Read more for download links ...

'Tekken 5' (PS2) Limited Edition Announced - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco announced today it has partnered with Hori U.S.A. to offer a limited edition TEKKEN 5 premium bundle set to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the fighting franchise. The bundle will retail for $99.99 and include a copy of the game, a Hori customized peripheral and a special six-disc collectors DVD case for storage of all games in the TEKKEN franchise. TEKKEN 5 and its limited edition premium bundle will be available in stores in Q1 2005.

Paradox Interactive Announces 'Diplomacy'

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After much secrecy and the successful dodging of various infiltration attempts, developer and publisher Paradox Interactive finally revealed today that their next title under development is Diplomacy! Hailed as one of the best board games in the world, Diplomacy is being developed on a new engine that will cater for classical board game features as well as new fresh ideas based on the approved game design.

North American PSP Release Date Announced

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA announced today the North American launch details for its highly anticipated PSP. Available through retail outlets on March 24, the company continues its consumer-centric legacy with the release of the PSP Value Pack for a suggested retail price of $249.99 U.S./$299.99 CND. REad more for details and list of PSP launch titles

'Batman Begins' (ALL) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics and Electronic Arts are bringing Batman Begins to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures' film starring Christian Bale will be released day and date with the film on the PS2, PSP, Xbox, GameCube and GBA. Read more for the first few screens...

'NASCAR SimRacing' Cover Athlete Signed

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA announced today that NASCAR SimRacing, will feature NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series star Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge. In addition to being both cover athlete and spokesperson for the franchise, Newman also worked extensively with the game development team to produce the most realistic NASCAR PC simulation to date.

First Agatha Christie Game 'And Then There Were None' Announced

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced And Then There Were None as the first title in a series of games based on the books from legendary mystery author, Agatha Christie. AWE Games has been signed to recreate the rich storyline and characters from this best-selling novel.

'Sudeki' Release Date Revealed

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Only a few days after we reported on the first details, more credibility has been given to an upcoming PC version of Climax's RPG Sudeki, as publisher Zoo Digital's release schedule now reflects a date of May 25th, 2005. ZXoo Digital has also gone forth and launched a product page for Sudeki, which reads "After a successful release on Xbox in 2004, Sudeki is now ready for the massive PC audience in this beautifully crafted RPG from Climax."

'Disciples II Gold' Ships To Retail

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First Inc. is pleased to announce that Disciples II Gold has shipped to retailers nationwide. Developed and published by Strategy First, Disciples II Gold offers four great titles and countless hours of fantasy gameplay in one adventure-packed box.

NVIDIA To Sponsor $1,000,000 CPL World Tour

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 8:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NVIDIA and the Cyberathlete Professional League, today announced that NVIDIA has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the $1,000,000 CPL World TourTM. The landmark tour, which boasts the largest cash purse ever offered by a game tournament, will travel to ten international cities and is expected to bring together the world's best competitive PC game players and computing enthusiasts at every stop.

Take 2 Signs 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (PS3/Xbox2/PC)

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 5:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Games today announced a co-publishing agreement between Take-Two and Bethesda Softworks, granting Take-Two co-publishing, sales and distribution rights to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. 2K Games has also signed an agreement to co-publish Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements.

'World Snooker Championship 2005' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 5:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

World Snooker Championship 2005 offers gamers the ultimate simulation of the beloved game. As you might expect, this game has all the big names, but this time there's simply a lot more than any snooker game gone before. More features, options, game modes and faces to make this the ultimate must have snooker title for any serious fan. Check out 100+ screens ...

'The Godfather' (PSP/PS2/ Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and Viacom are working on a videogame based on The Godfather fiction putting gamers at the center of the action in one of history's most revered masterpieces. The book by Mario Puzo and classic film by Paramount Pictures serve as inspiration for the game as gamers will join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear as they rise through the ranks to become Don in a living 1945-1955 New York.

EA Working on 'Superman' Game

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week it was revealed that EA's Tiburon studio was working on a "non sports" product, and today it was revealed through the EA job page that EA-Tiburon has taken on a 3rd Person Action Title... SUPERMAN! Best known for delivering AAA sports games such as: Madden Football, NFL STREET, NCAA Football, and NASCAR racing, Tiburon is now expanding it's suite of products to include a huge movie licensed, 3rd Person Action title.

'Guild Wars' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 4:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Guild Wars is a Competitive Online Role Playing Game with an emphasis on rewarding player skill. In large head-to-head guild battles, cooperative group combat, and single player missions, players will explore a fantasy world while pursuing professions and acquiring skills to develop their own personalized character. Unique items, special abilities, and a wide variety of skills add meaningful value for the player and for their comrades.

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

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 3:54 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.

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

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 3:41 a.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.

'Rebel Without a Pulse' (Xbox/PC) - Developer Interview

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 3:22 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Based on an updated version of the same engine technology used in Bungie's first person shooter Halo, Rebel Without a Pulse puts players in control of a wisecracking zombie named Stubbs, "who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies." The game is rife with tongue-in-cheek humor, a strong storyline and innovative combat techniques. Aspyr sent out a pre-canned Q&A with Wideload Games' Alex Seropian.

Xbox/PC Preview - 'Close Combat: First to Fight'

by Paul Reith on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:55 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Lead a four-man fireteam of US Marines through the perils of authentic, modern urban combat in a Middle-Eastern urban battleground. This is an action-oriented, first-person 3D shooter that is being developed under the direction of the US Marine Corps as a training simulation for use by the Marine Corps. Close Combat: First to Fight is as close as you can get on a computer or Xbox to being a Marine fireteam leader in modern urban combat!

GBA Review - 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events'

by Agustin on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:40 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, fans follow the Baudelaire orphans as their luck goes from awfully bad to incredibly worse. Based on the popular book series and the upcoming movie starring Jim Carrey, this treacherous tale allows players to experience the eccentric adventures of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire.

EA Completes Purchase of Ubisoft Entertainment Shares

by Judy on Feb. 3, 2005 @ 2:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts announced today that it has completed its previously announced purchase of 3,497,049 shares of Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. from Talpa Beheer B.V. for a purchase price of 19.69 Euros per share.