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'King of Fighters Maximum Impact' (Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 9:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The first ever 3D version of the most popular fighting franchise in history, The King of Fighters Maximum Impact comes to the Xbox Video Game System. Gamers from around the world will be able to battle it out across the Xbox Live network and play as their favorite SNK character in full 3D with beautifully rendered backgrounds and full flowing animation.

Various Game Trailers #456

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 9:17 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 :

  • Pariah - Trailer #2
  • Stubbs The Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse - Trailerpack
  • Wrestlemania 21 - Trailer
  • Obscure - Trailer #4
  • Aurora Watching - Trailer

'Fire Department 2' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 8:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Fire Department 2 (known in the US as Fire Captain: Bay Area Inferno) will feature a lot of improvements and new features such as multiplayer capabilities, better AI, control over a larger amount of units, improved graphics, five campaigns, and, of course, more realism. Monte Cristo has released an English demo featuring the 'Shopping Mall' mission from the first campaign (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising' Announced - Screens & Trailers

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 5:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Perpetual Entertainment, developer of the upcoming Star Trek Online, today announced Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising, a new massively multi-player game (MMG) designed by Stieg Hedlund, the lead designer of Diablo II. Gods and Heroes is being unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week and will launch in the fall of this year.

'Fable: The Lost Chapters' Announced for PC - Screens

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 3:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Fable: The Lost Chapters is currently in development for Windows and is expected to reach store shelves this fall. Fable: The Lost Chapters will feature a host of enhancements from its top-selling Xbox version, including new quests to conquer, areas to explore, creatures to slay and story elements to discover.

'Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich' - Mod Tools Available NOW

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 1:26 p.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. Irrational has released Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich beta mod tools allowing fans of the game to add to the already huge Freedom Force mod community. Read more for details and download links ...

'Dynasty Warriors 5' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 1:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

KOEI today announced that Dynasty Warriors 5 for the PlayStation2 has reached gold status. The much-anticipated title will ship to North American retailers on March 29, 2005. The game already made its Japanese debut last month, appearing as the #1 title in the first week of release.

'The Legend of Zelda' (NGC) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 1:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A more grown-up Link returns to Nintendo GameCube in a new adventure, and an impressive new 3-D look. Solve challenging puzzles, explore vast lands and hunt for treasure. Immerse yourself in the deep storylines and rich graphics that the franchise is known for. Read more to check out 11 awesome new screens, as well as a new trailer ...

'Project: Snowblind' - 14 New Screens

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 12:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Project: Snowblind is a the first-person action shooter putting you in the role of an elite super soldier, fighting on the front lines of a near-future war using unique weapons, abilities and high-tech gadgetry that inject depth and variety to gameplay. Read more for new screens ...

'Stolen' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 10 New Screens

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 12:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Stolen is an ultra realistic, third person, stealth-based, action game based around a high-tech female thief. Along with innovative high-tech stealth/robbery game actions and events, Stolen also boasts some truly amazing technical and presentational features to give it a spectacular look that will captivate gamers. Read more new screens.

'Still Life' (Xbox/PC) - 6 New Screens

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 12:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Still Life lets you play the role of FBI agent Victoria McPherson. Situated in Chicago, you are on the heels of a serial killer, much like your grandfather did 80 years earlier in Prague (Microids' Post Mortem). By means of flashbacks and timewarps, you will travel to locations like Eastern Europe to interrogate suspects, or North America, to scrutinize dead bodies.

Nintendo President Reveals First 'Revolution' Details

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 12:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Nintendo President Satoru Iwata outline the company's bold vision for the future. Iwata made several major announcements during his Game Developers Conference keynote speech such as the fact that the Revolution is proceeding on schedule and will include both backward compatibility and Wi-Fi features. Iwata also announced that Nintendo soon will offer a free Wi-Fi connection service to NDS owners, and demonstrated several new titles using voice recognition, touch-screen control and wireless connectivity. Read more for details ...

'The Matrix Online' Goes Gold

by Judy on March 10, 2005 @ 11:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and SEGA announced today that The Matrix Online has gone gold and is on track for a March 22, 2005 launch. The MMOG will take tens of thousands of players down the rabbit hole and unveil a story full of twists and turns allowing them to take an active role in helping determining the future of the Matrix saga.

First Unreal Engine 3 Game 'RoboHordes' At GDC - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 11:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Naked Sky Entertainment began demonstrating RoboHordes today at the Game Developer Conference (GDC). Commissioned by Intel to showcase the power of Intel's dual-core processor, the RoboHordes demo not only utilizes advanced robot simulation technology and control theory from modern robot design, but is also the first game to use Unreal Engine 3 at a playable frame rate.

'Sniper Elite' (PC/PS2/Xbox) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spring 1945: World War 2 is drawing to a close and the Russians and Germans are caught in a furious battle for a devastated Berlin. The cold war starts... As a sniper, recruited by the OSS (former CIA), it is the beginning of a lonely stealth mission in the Russian territory. In development since 2003, Sniper Elite is a sniping/stealth game due to be released on PS2, PC and Xbox May 2005.

'LEGO Star Wars' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Play the most memorable and exhilarating scenes from The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and the forthcoming Episode III Revenge of the Sith including pod racing on Mos Espa, the repelling of the droid onslaught in the Genosian arena and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon's fatal fight with Darth Maul. Eidos has released a demo for its upcoming action game LEGO Star Wars, allowing you to play the first level (thanks Demonews) Read more for download links ...

'Panzer Elite Action' (PS2/XBox/PC) Officially Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Already revealed earlier this month, Jowood Productions today officially announced its intention to bring out the big guns for 2005 with the release of Panzer Elite Action for Xbox, PS2 and PC developed by Zootfly. Read more for details and screens ...

'Madagascar' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 9:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited ... on a ship en route to the island of Madagascar. When their vessel capsizes off the coast, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.

Firaxis Signs GameBryo Engine For 'Civilization IV'

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NDL today announced from the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC) that its Gamebryo 3D graphics engine and toolkit is being used by Firaxis Games in the creation of Sid Meier's Civilization IV. Firaxis is expanding its relationship with NDL based on the company's recent success using Gamebryo in the development of the critically acclaimed Sid Meier's Pirates!

Bioware And Irrational Team Up To Promote 'Freedom Force 2'

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 8:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare and Irrational Games are pleased to announce a co-marketing agreement for Irrational Games’ new release, Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich. As part of BioWare’s continuing efforts to expand its online store, BioWare will be promoting Irrational's Freedom Force sequel to the nearly 2.4 million members of the BioWare Community. Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich offers gamers a unique role-playing experience, and BioWare and Irrational hope that fans of BioWare’s games will also be fans of Irrational’s new release.

French Adventure Developer Galiléa Shuts Down

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 8:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Founded in 1996, Galiléa started with the adventure/edutainment title Genesys before finding a much wider audience with Cameron Files series (Loch Ness and Pharaoh's Curse/Amenophis). The company's final adventure was Jack the Ripper in early 2004. Having already cancelled production on the third Cameron Files game and shutting down its main studio in Grenoble, France, Galiléa has existed since mid-2004 as a skeleton company based in Montreal, Canada. However, unable to secure any new development deals, co-founder Philippe Gaudé has now confirmed that budget considerations have forced them to close down and seek opportunities elsewhere (thanks Adventure Gamers).

Xfire Files Countersuit Against Yahoo

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 8:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xfire announced today it has filed an answer and countersuit in United States District Court in response to a lawsuit filed by Yahoo Inc. In today's filing Xfire refutes all allegations that it is infringing Yahoo's patent. In addition, Xfire has filed a countersuit stating that the Yahoo lawsuit is an attempt to drive Xfire out of business (and therefore avoid direct competition in the marketplace) or to force Xfire to sell or license its proprietary technology to Yahoo for far less than fair market value to settle the expensive litigation.

'Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 7:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment are thrilled to announce Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees as the next addition to the popular online Star Wars gaming experience. Episode III Rage of the Wookiees, available to current players two full weeks before the movie launches as a digital download, adds a whole slew of content taken directly from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith movie, including the adventure planet of Kashyyyk, home to the Wookiees.

'Nibiru: Messenger of the Gods' Gold Gold in Germany

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 4:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nibiru: Messenger of the Gods, developer by Future Games previously know for Black Mirror, is a horror/adventure game in which you take on the role of Martin Holan, an Thechz archeologist working in France sent to investigate a newly found secret tunnel apparently made by Germans during the second World War. Nibiru is a 2D adventure featuring 80 locations, over 30 NPCs, and 50 pages of narrative. German publisher dtp announced today that Nibiru went gold and should start appearing in retail stores end of next week. No news or publisher for an English version has been announced yet.

Eidos Financial Result Reveals Poor Health and Game Delays

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

Eidos UK's latest six-month result shows that the long time fledging developer/publisher continues to be in bad financial shape as it posted a £29.2 million operating loss. Shares dropped to an all time low, and while a new buyout proposal made on March 2nd is under consideration, no decisions have been made yet. Even further bad news was came to light as it was confirmed that Hitman: Blood Money, 25 to Life, Just Cause and the new Tomb Raider are being delayed due to a 'strategic decision' and are being pushed back fiscal 2006, meaning not earlier than July 2005. Previously only announced for PC and PS2, the new Tomb Raider is now also scheduled for Xbox 2 and PSP.

'Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars' - 29 New Screens

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

Cossacks: Napoleonic Wars returns one of the most successful strategy games of the past years to the real-time battlefield - with reinforcements: Meet Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and probably the most ingenious strategist in European history! Enter the battle on the side of one of 10 great European nations and rewrite European history in six exciting campaigns.

Various Game Trailers #455

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 2:41 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 :

  • Trackmania Sunrise - Trailer #4
  • Act of War: Direct Action - Trailer (2)
  • Soldner: Marine Corps - Exclusive Trailer
  • Dungeon Lords - Trailer #7
  • SCAR: Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo - Trailer

'Bet On Soldier' - 39 New Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 1:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bet On Soldier is a first-person shooter which presents something considerably different in order to stand out from the crowd. With a corporation-takes-over-the-world-style plot, Bet On Soldier allows players to do exactly what it promises with its title - that is, bet on the outcome of encounters with specific enemies. Before entering battle, players can wager on which particular enemy soldiers they are going to kill.

'Stubbs The Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse' (Xbox/PC) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2005 @ 1:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.

PS2 Preview - 'Lego Star Wars'

by Alicia on March 10, 2005 @ 1:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Quick, what's the first thing you think of when someone says "Star Wars?" Whatever it is, it's probably not "Lego"… but after playing Lego Star Wars, that might be different. Relive the Star Wars saga as retold in Lego form, guiding an increasingly large cast through everything from adventures on Naboo to the Pod Race on Tatooine. Sure, the ships are made out of bricks and your characters are all little guys with detachable plastic hair, but that just makes Star Wars better.

PC Preview - 'Operation: Matriarchy'

by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on March 10, 2005 @ 1:12 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

In 'Operation: Matriarchy' you are a trooper of the government army sent with the expeditionary force to attack Velian. As you accomplish missions given to you at the headquarters, you get new opportunities in selection of weapons and military equipment. Each mission will also get you closer to the secret of the origin of the Velian anomaly of the human race.