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Various Game Trailers #464

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 11:09 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 :

  • Commandos Strike Force - Trailer #2
  • Earth 2160 - Trailer #3
  • FEAR - Trailer #2
  • Empire Earth 2 - Trailer #1
  • 7 Sins - Trailer #2

'Metal Gear Acid' (PSP) Infiltrates Stores

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 7:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami Digital Entertainment America today shipped Metal Gear Acid to retail stores nationwide, in preparation for the upcoming launch of the PSP on March 24, 2005. The newest addition to the heavily-lauded Metal Gear franchise combines the renowned stealth action with new emphasis on tactical turn-based strategy.

WildTangent Announces Online Adventure 'FATE' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 6:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

WildTangent announced today that it is nearing the release of it’s new fantasy adventure game FATE. FATE is the first game of its kind to offer a friendly entry point for the casual gamer, as well as game play depth and infinite replayability for the experienced gaming enthusiast.

Elevation Partners, Not SCi, Acquires Eidos

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos said earlier this month that it had received an approach on March 2nd about a possible offer at 53 pence per share, and ever since, rumors have run rampant all over the web. Ubisoft was mentioned as a contender, and earlier today, reports stated that SCi had bought Eidos. None of it is true it seems, as it has now been confirmed that Eidos has agreed to a 71 million pounds ($135 million) cash offer from a unit of U.S. private equity company Elevation Partners LP. Interestingly enough, Elevation Partners is lead by people such as U2's Bono and former EA President John Riccitiello.

GMX Media Brings 'Beyond Blitzkrieg' To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

GMX Media announced today that it has signed a publishing agreement with Playfirst to bring Beyond Blitzkrieg to Europe in June 2005. Beyond Blitzkrieg is a first-person, massively multiplayer online game where players choose to fight alongside and against thousands of other players on the battlefields of Western Europe.

'PsychoToxic' Blasts Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Whiptail Interactive announced today that the action shooter PsychoToxic has shipped and is available now at retail stores nationwide. The fast-paced PC shooter title shipped in Germany in 2004, where it was well received by both the German games media and fans of the FPS genre.

'Chariots: The First Olympics' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 4:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 776BC. The time of the first Olympics in Ancient Greece. The Greek city states of Athens, Sparta, Macedonia, Elis, Crete, Troy, Thebes and Carthage have gathered at Olympia. It is the last day of the historic event. The five full days of frenetic athletic activities are coming to an end. But the pinnacle of all the Olympic events is yet to commence. As one of the competitors, the expectations of thousands rest on your shoulders....

Electronic Arts Revises Sales Estimates, Share Earnings Plummet

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 3:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced revised estimates for the Company's fiscal year ending March 31, 2005. The changes are primarily the result of lower than expected sales in both North America and in Europe. "These results are clearly disappointing," said Larry Probst, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "While our new releases are performing reasonably well, they have not been able to offset a significant falloff in catalog sales."

'Battlestations: Midway' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under News

'Battlestations: Midway' is a new tactical multi-player game focusing on the naval and aerial battles of World War II leading up to one of the greatest naval victories of all time, the Battle of Midway, which saw the highly outnumbered US Naval and Air forces take on the might of the most powerful naval force in modern history: the Imperial Japanese Navy.

'Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory' - v2.60 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 2:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has released a new patch for Splash Damage's free team-based multiplayer FPS Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. This release brings the multiplayer addon to v2.60 and optimizes netcode, various server crashes fixed, server can redirect clients to other servers when full, mods menu, and plenty more. Read more for details and download links ...

'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 1:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set before the events of both Universal Pictures' The Chronicles of Riddick and the 2000 breakout hit Pitch Black, the game tells the story of Riddick's dramatic escape from the previously inescapable triple max security slam Butcher Bay, home to the most violent prisoners in the universe. This demo contains a short tutorial and one level from the full game (thanks GameSpot). Read more for download links ...

Videogame Market in China Explodes Despite Piracy

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 11:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Niko Partners today announced that the videogame market in China is experiencing rapid growth, particularly in the online games segment. According to a new report released by the company, online games revenue is forecast to reach $2.0 billion by 2009. Additionally, China had 28.8 million gamers in 2004 and Niko Partners projects that number to grow to 55.5 million gamers by 2009.

'Dynasty Warriors 5' (PS2) - 31 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 11:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors series of action games takes players back in time and onto the battlefields of Ancient China. In the games, players experience the thrill of fighting single-handedly against nearly endless legions of enemy soldiers in historical battles that shaped an empire.

Get Your 'Final Fantasy - With Special Guests' Concert Tickets Today

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 10:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Square Enix announced today that a new concert for the Final Fantasy video game franchise will be performed in Los Angeles at Universal Amphitheatre. The concert will be conducted by Grammy award winner Arnie Roth and performed by the World Festival Symphony Orchestra and the CSUF University Singers, with special appearances by The Black Mages and additional guest performers who will be announced at a later date.

'God of War' (PS2) - 27 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

God of War is a new action/adventure game developed by SCEA's Southern California studio previously known for developing Twisted Metal. You play as a yet unnamed hero, surrounded by Greek mythology. Hacking your way through hordes of enemies by means of swords and Spawn-like chains you are on a quest to kill the Greek "God Of War", Ares. Read more for a few new screens...

Five More Developers Sign Up For 'SpeedTree'

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Five more game developers, Bizarre Creations, Second Life, Ternary Software, Imaginary Numbers, and A Hero's Journey, have chosen SpeedTree to ensure that their games will meet the incredible new environmental standard SpeedTree is driving worldwide. SpeedTree delivers low-polygon, highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, seamless LOD transitions, and a library of hundreds of tree models from more than 100 species.

'The Darkness' (PS3/Xbox2) Announced

by Judy on March 21, 2005 @ 9:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco today announced it will publish the video game adaptation of the popular comic book series, The Darkness, for the next generation of consoles. Scheduled for release in 2006, The Darkness is being developed by Starbreeze, the acclaimed development studio behind the top-selling video game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

'Coffee Tycoon' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Coffee Tycoon lets gamers build a coffee empire. Starting fresh with one store, players customize their coffee business by giving it a name and choosing a logo and store design. From there, they'll choose a city to start their coffee empire, maybe New York or L.A., or if they're really daring, the coffee capital of the world: Seattle! Read more for download links ...

'GTR: FIA GT Racing Game - Kings of Ovals' Expansion Pack - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As we already revealed over the weekend, SimBin and 10tacle Studios today announced another free expansion pack, the "King of Ovals". This pack adds three new fictional tracks in the style of American oval circuits to the existing selection of tracks in GTR. Oval racing in a GT car is a unique challenge, and provides the player with an interesting variation from the FIA-GT seasonal circuits. Each of the new tracks is designed to present the player with a different characteristic of oval racing, and the AI behaviour is adjusted to suit the new conditions and keep the player challenged.

'Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees is 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.

'10 Pin: Champions Alley' (PS2) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The ideal choice for a night in with the girls, a rainy afternoon with the children or some after-hours entertainment with the lads, 10 Pin: Champions Alley takes the popular pastime of bowling out of the lanes and into the living room. This is the perfect party game for up to eight players, a standard PS2 and a single controller.

'Spy vs. Spy' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - 66 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spy vs. Spy is one of MAD Magazine's longest-running and best-known features. For nearly four decades, the Black Spy and White Spy have been building their bizarre, elaborate contraptions in an endless parry of "Joke and Dagger." Award-winning cartoonist Antonio Prohias fled Cuba one step ahead of Castro's authorities at the height of the Cold War. He ended up in New York, where he began working for MAD. Since 1961, his Spies have been silently turning tables on each other in crazier and ever-more bizarre schemes of one-upmanship.

'Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django' (GBA) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set directly following the events of the first game, Boktai 2 sees vampire slayer Solar Boy Django and Master Otenko, the Messenger of the Sun, returning to Django's home town of San Miguel, after having dispatched the vampiric undead in Istrakan, the City of Death. However, all is not well in San Miguel, and the Immortals – the force for evil fought in the first game – have unleashed a spell to transform the populace into shambling zombies.

'NARC' (PS2/Xbox) Ships to Retail

by Judy on March 21, 2005 @ 8:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Midway announced today that NARC has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox at an MSRP of $19.99. A mission-based 3rd-person action game, NARC is set against a stylized, modern-day backdrop of the War on Drugs.

'Pro Rugby Manager 2' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Offering over 40 fully-licensed and faithfully replicated club and national teams, players can tinker with tactics, formation, line-up and training before each match. Pro Rugby Manager 2 displays each bone-crunching tackle, each heart-in-mouth drop kick and every maddening pass and dash to the try-line in such glorious, motion-captured detail, it rivals anything TV coverage can offer. This demo features a friendly game between the Northampton Saints and Toulouse, playable in singleplayer mode, but also LAN and online multiplayer.Read more for download links ...

'Dungeon Siege II' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 3:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Siege II returns players to the beautiful fantasy land of Aranna, but it is a land scarred by civil war, where the lines between good and evil are blurred. Players must lead an elite battle party against Valdis, a vicious marauder determined to return the world to order, no matter the cost. Microsoft has updated its product release list reflecting a change in release date, from the original spring 2005 it has now been postponed until late summer 2005.

'Guild Wars' Collectors Edition Announced

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 1:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ArenaNet and NCsoft today announced that Guild Wars will be available across Europe in a special Collectors Edition. In addition to the game itself, the Guild Wars Collectors Edition will contain a full-colour art book, the official music sound track, a Logitech headset, three months' free subscription to the Speakeasy: Teamspeak service and an exclusive in-game item, the Divine Aura.

Xbox Preview - 'Splinter Cell Chaos Theory'

by Thomas Wilde on March 21, 2005 @ 1:06 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory tells the conspiracy-ridden story of black ops agent Sam Fisher as he explores the world of international espionage. The game 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. In addition, it will offer the best graphics in this generation of games and a unique, collaborative multiplayer mode available for online and offline.

Xbox Review - 'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30'

by Corey Owen on March 21, 2005 @ 12:56 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set during the famous airdrop before the invasion at Normandy, Sgt. Matt Baker and his squad of 101st Airborne paratroopers were scattered over the French countryside. As the story unfolds, the player (Baker) must choose between the success of his mission and the lives of his men – his brothers in arms.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 12:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News