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'Liquidator' - v1.1 Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 7:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Liquidator is an action-packed, first person shooter game with large cinematic adventure components. This demo features a tutorial and 3 levels, 6 of the full game's weapons, a bunch of different enemies, and several bug fixes and gameplay adjustments (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers #449

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 5:29 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 :

  • Resident Evil: Outbreak File No.2 - Trailer #2
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - NSA Trailer #4
  • Robots - Trailer
  • MLB 2006 - Trailer (3)
  • Empire Earth 2 - Dev Diary #5

'Football Manager 2005' - v5.0.3 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 5:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sports Interactive has released a new path for its football management simulation FM 2005. This update brings your retail game to v5.0.3 and adds all changes in personnel that have occurred in the world of football since the game's initial release on Nov 4th 2004 and the closure of the recent transfer window on January 31st (a total of more than 160,000 changes of player, coaching and managerial staff.) Get the WWSM 2005 right here. Read more for download links.

'Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - 36 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 5:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory will offer a high adrenaline experience thanks to never seen before close range attacks, a totally open level design, a completely immersive and interactive environment, and challenging advanced AI. Check these 36 new screens ...

'Heavy Metal Thunder' (PS2) Revealed

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 4:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While there are no specific details available yet, Square Enix today revealed its newest title, Heavy Metal Thunder. Heavy Metal Thunder was unveiled during a concert in Japan, where rock band Sex Machineguns performed a live set promoting their new album, also titled "Heavy Metal Thunder." During the event, Square Enix showed a short trailer of the game filled with mechs and jets, but that was all there was to it. Square Enix is also sponsoring a new anime TV show, "Heavy-Meta san," which will air in Japan every Tuesday at midnight, beginning April 5.

'Fantastic Four' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 4:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While it was already revealed several months ago, Activision today officially announced Fantastic Four, a team based action adventure in which players harness the Marvel superheroes’ unique and amazing powers through a compelling single-player mode or two-player co-operative gameplay experience.

'Haunting Ground' (PS2) - 32 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 3:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Haunting Ground is a spine-chilling survival horror game is set in a mysterious castle that has become a prison for two innocent characters- an orphaned young girl and a white shepherd dog. They must utilize each other’s strengths if they hope to escape from their horrifying surroundings. Haunting Ground combines a compelling ambiance of terror and solitude with challenging puzzles and a unique gameplay approach.

id Software's John Romero Launches Online Game Matching Service

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 2:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Game Pioneer is an affordable solution for modern game-matching and offers proven performance using new technologies. Game Pioneer boasts robust server support, an easy-to-use software development kit for licensees, proven performance and a thriving web-based community. Mac and Windows versions are to be released by mid 2005.

'Auto Assault' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 1:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Auto Assault combines vehicular combat with role-playing elements. Players explore a post-apocalyptic future in customizable cars, motorcycles, semis and even tanks. Players battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth.

'Phantom Dust' (Xbox) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 1:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Phantom Dust is an anime-inspired game in which players must journey above ground in a quest to learn who and what was behind the destruction, but the surface is a place of deadly evil filled with unimaginable abominations. It is also home to mysterious particles known only as Phantom Dust, a force unlike any other that has given some members of the human race unimaginable super powers. Check the freshly launched Phantom Dust website or read more for new screens ...

ESRB Expands Rating System

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 1:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A new video game rating category, E10+ (Everyone 10 and older), was introduced today by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), to help consumers more easily differentiate between games that have content appropriate for the whole family and games that are suitable for ages 10 and older.

'Domination' Whips its Way to Retail Stores

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 12:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games announced today that its strategy game Domination is now available in North America. Domination features a renewed global conflict between the Free Nations Union and the Phantom League on distant planets, including sci-fi land, sea and air warfare at a grand-strategy level.

'RPM Tuning' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 11:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Get behind the wheel and be ready to live numerous driving experiences in Los Angeles; choose your car to be fully customized: add loads of new tuning elements either on the body or in the mechanics of your car. Thus its behavior will change and evolve providing you with an always in-evolution sensation and appropriation feeling of your car. Once on the streets, drive freely wherever you want!

'Silent Hunter III' Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 11:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced that its highly anticipated submarine simulation, Silent Hunter III, has gone gold. The game is set to launch March 15 and will retail for $39.99 .­

Ubisoft Acquires Microids Canada

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 11:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire MC2-Microids (Microids Canada) Canadian development operations and integrate them into its Montreal studio. The closing of this agreement is subject to requirements to be met by the two parties. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Following this agreement, Microids Canada's fifty employees will be integrated into Ubisoft's Montreal studio operations. This agreement does not cover any of MC2-Microids intellectual property or projects currently under development.

'Popeye: Rush for Spinach' (GBA) - Screens

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Popeye: Rush for Spinach, the Sea Hag witch has stolen the world's supply of spinach to feed her ghosts. Now Popeye and three other playable characters, Olive Oyl, Bluto and Wimpy, must race to defeat her. Players can choose to compete in a series of races within the storyline, compete in 1-on-1 races against each character on each level, race one level or compete against a human opponent.

'Mercury' (PSP) - 16 New Screens

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 9:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mercury is a refreshingly unique game with roots in many genres. Mercury provides an addictive challenge through its simple gaming mechanic. Players "tilt" each level to maneuver the blobs of mercury, with various switches, platforms, obstacles, and hazards standing between level goals. Read more for new screens ...

'KOTOR II: The Sith Lords' - Update Patch Coming Soon

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 9:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last month LucasArts released a small v1.01a patch for the UK/German editions of Knights of the Old Republic 2 addressing some ingame text issues, as well as update the game documentation. At that point the the community manager said a North American patch was due to be released soon, which is now being confirmed by Obsidian's Chris Avellone, who also makes mention of a "content patch" due to be released later on. While there was specific release date or list of fixes provided, Chris did mention this was a pure bug fix patch.

'Medal of Honor European Assault' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Back in October EA announced the newest edition in the MoH franchise, successor to Rising Sun, Medal of Honor: Dogs of War. Originally scheduled for early 2005, it was then delayed to Q1 2006 (April through June) and now news has come in that the title has been renamed MoH European Assault to better appeal to the overseas market, and more accurately reflect the setting of the game itself, the European theatre of war.

European 'Wanda & the Colossus' (PS2) Is Now 'Shadow of the Colossus'

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 8:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While still not many details have been revealed about SCEI's sequel to what a lot of people call one of the best games of all time, ICO, Sony Europe decided to rename Wanda & the Colossus into Shadow of the Colossus. Situated in the same universe as its prequel, the Collossus will follow a totally different story line.

'Star Wars: Battlefront' (Xbox) Gets Live Update

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlefront is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to re-live and participate in all of the classic Star Wars battles like never before. Battlefront owners can now connect to Xbox Live and get a new update for LucasArts' FPS addressing a few gameplay issues, increasing the game to 32 players online, ability to change teams, host booting without vote and a few other minor fixes.

2nd Annual BAFTA Games Awards Winners Announced

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Half-Life 2 roared home with six prestigious Awards at this year's BAFTA Games Awards, winning in the categories Best Game, Action Adventure, Online & Multiplayer, PC, Art Direction and Animation. Burnout 3: Takedown scooped three Awards in the categories for Racing, Technical Direction and PlayStation 2. In the other individual console categories, Halo 2 won the Xbox category, and the GameCube category was won by Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.

Microsoft Snags More Japanese Developers For Next Xbox

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 8:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In another creative coup for its next generation Xbox platform, Microsoft today announced that developers Yoshiki Okamoto, President & CEO of Game Republic (formerly known for Capcom titles like Onimusha, Final Fight et Street Fighter), and Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Creator and Co-founder, Q Entertainment (known for Sega titles like Rez and Space Channel) have aligned with Microsoft Game Studios to develop exclusive next-generation Xbox games.

European 'Will of Steel' Turns Gold

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 8:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Will of Steel is a modern warfare tactical 3D Real Time Strategy game set in the early 1990s. As a young Marine officer, William Steel is the son of the highly decorated USMC General Thomas Steel. Players must assume command and responsibility of the battalion at his control and defeat your opposing in forces in hostile locations around the globe.

'Act of War: Direct Action' - 25 New Screens

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 2:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Act of War: Direct Action, developed by Eugen Systems, is Atari new action game with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown, 15-time New York Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology. Read more for new screens...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 1:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PS2 Review - 'NBA Street V3'

by Hank on March 2, 2005 @ 1:42 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Featuring NBA legends, today's top stars, and original characters from past editions, NBA Street Vol 3 reaches new heights by making over-the-top, larger-than-life moves even bigger in this action-packed, arcade-style game. Customize your baller, build courts from the ground up, throw one down in an all-new dunk contest and go online to put your reputation to the test.

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

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 1:33 a.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.

'Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on March 2, 2005 @ 12:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atelier Iris :Eternal Mana is an SRPG like none other on the PlayStation 2. Create your own items and weapons each with unique powers, appearances and abilities. Experience an epic adventure filled with a powerful story and ominous intrigue. Battle vicious monsters where your mastery of weaponry and spells is the only thing between you and ferocious beasts.

Various Game Trailers #448

by Rainier on March 2, 2005 @ 12:11 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 :

  • Cold Fear - Trailer #4
  • Stronghold 2 - Trailer #7
  • Destroy All Humans - Trailer #2
  • 7 Sins - Trailer #2
  • Rugby 2005 - Trailer #2