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'CS:S' and 'Source Engine' Get Steamy Update #13

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding yet another update for Counter-Strike Source, and the the Source Engine. This update implements various fixes and gameplay adjustments for CS: S and corrects some engine issue, a sound pak file problem, and fixes a registry issue. Restart Steam for the changes to take effect. Read more for details ...

Sid Meiers Pirates! - Bonus Theme Pack Available NOW

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 8:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Firaxis released a bonus theme pack for its 3d action/adventure game Sid Meier's Pirates! This pack allows you to modify the with new sail emblems, flags, music, and changes to some of the characters you meet in the Pirate Havens (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Area 51' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 7:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Area 51 is set in the U.S. government's most top-secret and secure facility located in the Nevada desert. Players take on the role of Lt. Nick Cross, a hazardous biological waste specialist sent to investigate. Read more for details, and a few screens..

'FIFA Soccer 2005' (PSP) - 20 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Boasting unprecedented visual and audio features, a deep selection of advanced controls, and more than 350 official team and league licenses, FIFA Soccer delivers console quality to the PSP. Battle your way through Season and Tournament play, or replay famous games as you fight your way out of preset match situations in the Challenges mode. With Mid-Season Scenario and wireless capabilities, FIFA Soccer is the only complete, authentic, and intelligent soccer experience for the PSP.

Various Game Trailers #466

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 5:40 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 :

  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - Trailer #2
  • Auto Assault - Trailer #3
  • Call of Cthulhu - Trailer #2
  • The Matrix Online - Trailer
  • Battle of Britain 2 - Trailer (2)
  • Codename: Panzers Phase Two - Trailer
  • Domination - Trailer #6

'Fire Emblem' (NGC) - 29 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Unfurl the banners and lead the charge! All of Tellius is torn in a bloody war, and only you have the means to put it to an end. Take command of a band of mercenaries loyal only to you, and guide them to victory against the forces of the Daein kingdom! Turn-based strategy gives you maximum control of your army. As your characters gain experience, shape their abilities by giving them special skill sets, and develop your army into a unique fighting force.

John Woo's Tiger Hill Games Working on Five Products

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 4:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Technology magazine Wired has the first details about Hong Kong director John Woo's game studio, Tiger Hill Games' newest project ShadowClan. Additionally, Tiger Hill Games' website mentions that the studio is currently working on five products, while only two are detailed: Sinner and Burglar. Read more for further details on all three titles ...

'Enemy in Sight' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 4:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mafia developer Illusion Softworks, also known for its Hidden & Dangerous and Vietcong titles, has signed a publishing agreement with Atari for its newest action title Enemy in Sight, which is schedule for end 2005. Read more for details and screens ...

'Lumines' (PSP) Now Available At Retail

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 4:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced that Lumines for the PSP is now available at all major video game retailers. Lumines was created by renowned developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi and jointly developed by Bandai and Q Entertainment.

'Jade Empire' (Xbox) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Jade Empire is set in a new fantastical world based on mythical China, where sinister events have upset the peaceful harmony of an isolated martial arts school. Featuring furious action previously found only in Hong Kong cinema, the game lets players master more than 30 fighting styles and a wide range of mystical powers.

'Iron Phoenix' (Xbox) Slashes Its Way To Stores

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America. today announced the availability of Iron Phoenix exclusively on the Xbox. This Xbox Live enabled game mixes melee combat with arena-style death matches to create a fast-paced contest of wills and reflexes.

'Obscure' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced Obscure has reached gold status for North America. The Survival Horror game will be available for the PS2, the Xbox and PC on March 29, 2005.

'Juiced' - Demo #3 Available NOW

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining the best elements of simulation and arcade-style play, Juiced will feature more than 50 licensed vehicles; real-time modding with hundreds of authentic aftermarket parts; realistic car physics and damage; and online head-to-head play, including for the first time ever, "crew based" team racing. THQ has released yet another demo featuring the game's Angel City and Downtown track, available in day (vs. 1 car) and nighttime (vs. 3 cars) (thanks Demonews) Read more for download links ...

'Tribes Vengeance' - v1.1 Patch Cancelled

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In a very odd turn of events, Vivendi's Guy Welch posted in the community forum that the often delayed and long overdue patch for Irrational's Tribes Vengeance has been cancelled and there will be "no" further updates. "Development on the previously announced Tribes: Vengeance 1.1 update has been cancelled. No further updates to Tribes: Vengeance are planned." ... wow ...

'Lego Star Wars' (GBA/PS2/PC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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. LEGO Star Wars for PS2, PC, and GBA will be available in stores across North America on April 2, 2005 with the Xbox version soon to follow....

'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith' (PSP/NDS/GBA) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith is the closing chapter of epic Star Wars saga. Following closely the storyline of the upcoming movie (WW release 18/05), you'll choose your path between light & shadow playing either as the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anakin Skywalker, the soon-to-become Darth Vader. Read more for details and screens ...

'Project Entropia' Launches New Update And 'Home For Everyone' Program

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Project Entropia, a rapidly growing virtual world utilizing a real cash economy, today announces that they applied the 7.2 version update to the live servers. Some 2000 apartments were put up for sale on the Project Entropia auction in this phase, ranging from small, medium to large sized apartments. In a few hours time a third of these were sold, and just 24h after launch only some 30% of the stock remains in the auction.

'Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend is a single-player expansion pack offering over 20 new areas of Paradise to decimate, 10 new missions to execute with extreme prejudice and an array of "cutting edge" weaponry that would make Lorena Bobbitt salivate. Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend is scheduled to ship on April 15.

'Elite Warriors: Vietnam' - 13 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 11:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Elite Warriors: Vietnam, you will fight along side Green Beret commandoes as you conduct classified missions deep in Southeast Asia. By using patrol techniques still being used today in Iraq and Afghanistan you will rescue downed pilots, ambush convoys, seize enemy prisoners, and discover targets for air attacks.

Get In Line For Your Midnight PSP Purchase

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Select retailers across the country will open their doors to eager consumers at the stroke of midnight on March 24th. The most anticipated product of the year will be available at participating retail locations nationwide including special Sony Computer Entertainment America hosted events at Sony Style Retail in Manhattan, New York and the PlayStation Store at the Metreon in San Francisco.

'1944: Battle of the Bulge' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 9:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

What began with PC real-time tactical Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps and continued with D-Day is to be concluded with 1944: Battle of the Bulge, as Digital Jesters announces the March release of the third World War II RTS from genre masters Monte Cristo.

'Roma Victor' - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 9:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Roma Victor is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) based on the Roman Empire, circa 180AD. Roma Victor features social interaction on a massive scale, freestyle and mission-led gameplay, one on one combat in the Coliseum, tactical warfare on the battlefields of Europe and a deeply rich and varied non-combat crafting and skill system.

'Mourning' - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 9:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Mourning' is an MMORPG is being developed by Quad Software and Maxim Software based in Europe for Limitless Horizons Entertainment based in the United States. Currently in development and scheduled for a spring 2005 release, "Mourning" will take users into a rich online fantasy world.

NCSoft Launches 'Lineage Dark Conquest, Episode 3: Life and Death'

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft today announces the latest chapter to its massively multiplayer game, Lineage. Dark Conquest, Episode 3: Life and Death launches today on North American servers. This episode continues the story of the Lastabad Dark Elf army, introducing the group’s headquarters in the Diad Fortress. The fortress is located in the underground region of Lineage’s fictional world of Aden.

SEGA Signs Exlcusive Publishing Agreement With Silicon Knights

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 8:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA today announced an agreement to acquire and publish next-generation game content from Silicon Knights, the Ontario, Canada-based development team responsible for such hits as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, and Eternal Darkness. The partnership brings SEGA more Western-developed content in preparation for high-growth opportunities presented by next-generation hardware platforms.

'Spider-Man 2' (PSP) and 'THUG 2 Remix' (PSP) Ship to Retail

by Judy on March 23, 2005 @ 8:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision's Spider-Man 2 and Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix will be among the first PSP titles to hit North American retail shelves and are currently available nationwide. The PSP will be released on March 24.

Vivendi Acquires Radical Entertainment

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 7:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi today announced that VU Games has completed the purchase of independent console developer, Radical Entertainment, known for Simpsons: Hit & Run, and currently developing Hulk Destruction and Scarface. Under the agreement, VU Games will retain Radical's team of more than 200 development professionals, as well as acquire the studio's exclusive game development technologies. Radical's founder Ian Wilkinson has been named President of Radical Entertainment, and the studio will remain in Vancouver, Canada.

'Dragonshard' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 3:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dragonshard will incorporate classic role-playing themes, a powerful and dynamic real-time strategy engine all woven together with a rich storyline involving a global conflict for an immensely powerful artifact with the power to change the fate of Eberron itself.

Codemasters Brings 'Asheron's Call' Expansions to Europe - Screens

by Rainier on March 23, 2005 @ 2:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Asheron's Call is returning to Europe as Codemasters announces securing the European distribution rights to Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny and Asheron's Call 2: Legions from Turbine, Inc. Both games will include content from the original games, new exciting content from the expansions, massive amount of content from Turbine's regular service, and one month's free subscription.

NDS Review - 'Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits'

by Agustin on March 23, 2005 @ 1:57 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits offers the ultimate in drilling action, where players utilize the stylus and innovative dual-screen interface to avoid falling blocks and scramble for air capsules, in order to rescue their fellow Drillers, or collect power capsules to destroy the menacing Destroyer Drill! Players can play anytime, anywhere with various quick play modes or battle head-to-head with up to four other players through the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities.

PC Preview - 'F.E.A.R.'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 23, 2005 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control.

GameCube Review - 'MVP Baseball 2005'

by Kris Graft on March 23, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Level the playing field with the EA SPORTS Hitter’s Eye in MVP Baseball 2005. With unprecedented control of your at-bat, the ability to move in the batter’s box and the power to read the pitch, master the art of hitting and own the plate with an unprecedented offensive toolbox. Along with an enhanced Dynasty Mode, you can take complete control of the team with the all-new Owner Mode.