'Supremacy: Four Paths to Power' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 11:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Matrix Games and Black Hammer announced today that their latest sci-fi strategy game Supremacy: Four Paths to Power has “gone gold.” It is due to be available for digital download purchase in the Matrix Games Online Store within a week.

Interview With High Moon Studios CEO John Rowe

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 7:31 p.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Earlier today we reported that Sammy Studios, Inc. has completed a management buyout from parent company Sammy Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. The private investment group led by John Rowe, president and chief operating officer of Sammy Studios, purchased all shares of the company as well as the rights to original video game properties being developed at the studio. With this turn of events, it was prime time to ask High Moon's CEO John Rowe a few quick questions ...

'Need for Speed Underground 2' - v1.2 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 7:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Not yet available in stores, EA has already released the first patch for Black Box's tuner racing game Need for Speed Underground 2. This update brings your retail gme to v1.2 and addresses some issues with the Geforce 6800 gfx card. Read more for download links ...

'Sid Meiers Pirates!' - v1.01 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari has released a patch for Firaxis' action/adventure game Sid Meier's Pirates! This patch brings your retail game to v1.01 and addresses a variety of bugs and game crashes. Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers #452

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 5:43 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 :

  • Nemesis Strike - Trailer (3)
  • God of War - Trailer #4
  • The Godfather - Voices Trailer
  • Sigma Star Saga - Trailer [GBA]

'Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga' (PS2) Official Website

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 5:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atlus U.S.A. announced today that the official Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga website has gone live. The site will feature exclusive screenshots and movies as well as character bios, game information and downloadable goodies such as wallpaper and AIM icons.

'Robots' (ALL) Marches Into Stores

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 5:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games today announced Robots has shipped to retail stores nationwide – several days ahead of the March 11th animated feature film release from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, creators of the hit feature Ice Age. The Robots game puts players in the role of the film’s hero Rodney Copperbottom, as he embarks on thrilling adventures through the living mechanical world of the Robots movie.

'WWE WrestleMania 21' (Xbox) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 4:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

WrestleMania can define a legacy, and yours is about to be written. The greatest spectacle in sports-entertainment comes to Xbox with WWE WrestleMania 21. Read more for additional details & screens..

Sony Undergoes Major Management Shuffle

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 3:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Effective immediately, Sir Howard Stringer will replace longtime chairman Nobuyuki Idei, assume the position of Chairman, Group CEO and Representative Corporate Executive Officer, Sony Corporation. Sir Howard will be the first foreigner to take the Sony top spot and run Sony's overall group business operations on a global basis from headquarters in both New York and Tokyo. Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi also get the boot but will remain head of the SCE gaming division.

'Nemesis Strike' (Xbox) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 2:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

You belong to an elite force fighting against global counter-terrorism. Your team is made up of two crack agents poised to react to any threat. Stealth Owl is an infiltration expert, whose skills are accuracy and skydiving. Raptor uses weapons of mass destruction and favors close combat. Your main objective is to dismantle the NEMESIS network and retrieve the stolen technology. Known in Europe as CT Special Forces: Fire For Effect.

'Maximus XV Abraham Strong' - v1.03 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary created by Rebelmind is a sci-fi RPG/action title presented in astounding real-time 3D graphics. This update brings your retail game to v1.03 and improves stability of the game. Read more for download links ...

'Bet On Soldier' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:36 p.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.

'Ghost Recon 2' (Xbox) Downloadable Content - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on March 7, 2005 @ 1:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced that the first downloadable content (DLC) for Ghost Recon 2 is now available for download via Xbox Live. Read more for details, screens & trailer showing off new multiplayer maps, skins, and weapons.

'Worms 4: Mayhem' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 12:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Worms series recently diversified with Worms Forts Under Siege, a tactical RTS-like spin-off created for Sega. However, Worms 4: Mayhem is a return to the series' trademark gameplay and sees Team 17's core Worms design and development team regrouping for a game of explosive annelid annihilation.

'Taxi 3: eXtreme Rush' - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Taxi 3: eXtreme Rush is a high end racing game in which you dash frantically through the city of London in order to pick up and drop off passengers. Xing Interactive have announced Taxi 3 for February 1st 2005, and will be distributed by Atari in some territories and by local distributors in others. Read more to check out some new screens ...

'Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Announced

by Judy on March 7, 2005 @ 12:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Australian game developer Krome Studios today announced the development of the third installment in the company's best-selling TY the Tasmanian Tiger series.

'Black & White 2' Official Website Redesigned

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 11:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lionhead Studios announced the launch of a completely new Black & White 2 website. Designed for the community to read about the game and check out the latest information, screenshots and other artwork. The website also features a look behind the scenes with quotes and development screenshots; webcams broadcasting images live from the development team and other (interactive) aspects are planned.

'Spartan: Total Warrior' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Revealed

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gameindustry.biz seems to have gotten some inside information that Creative Assembly is working on a "Total Warrior" console version, due for release in September. There are no specific details available yet, an official announcement is expected later this week, but already comparisons are being made with KOEI's Dynasty Warriors series, or Phantagram's Kingdom Under Fire. This product however will not be published by Activision, but rather by SEGA Europe.

North American Sammy Studios Becomes High Moon Studios

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sammy Studios, Inc. today announced that it has completed a management buyout from parent company Sammy Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. The private investment group led by John Rowe, president and chief operating officer of Sammy Studios, purchased all shares of the company as well as the rights to original video game properties being developed at the studio, including the upcoming console title Darkwatch.

'Stronghold 2' - 2 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 9:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stronghold 2 will bring the the castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 will also offer players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative and exciting single player campaign that will be revealed in the months ahead. Check out these new screens ...

PopCap Games Releases Open Source Framework

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PopCap Games today announced the release of the PopCap Games Framework, the in-house development toolset used to create smash-hit titles such as "Bejeweled," "Bookworm," "Zuma," and other wildly popular casual computer games. The PopCap Games Framework is offered under an open source license and can be used free of charge by any developer for commercial or non-commercial use.

EA Europe Signs 'Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 8:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA Europe today announced plans to co-publish Dead to Rights II, scheduled for release on the PS2, Xbox and on PC in summer 2005. Dead to Rights II marks the return of action-hero Jack Slate and his K-9 companion, Shadow. In this super-charged sequel, Jack and Shadow find themselves once again in the squalid, mean streets of Grant City, ensnared in a labyrinth of crime, corruption and betrayal.

'SCAR: Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 8:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SCAR, a brand new racing simulation licensed by Alfa Romeo, and developed by racing sim specialists, Milestone, creators of the Superbike series and Racing Evoluzione. SCAR, Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo, is a stunning racing simulation which combines both realistic car physics, and vibrant graphics together with classic Role Playing Game elements to become the first 'CARPG' ever developed.

Sign Up For The First European 'Halo 2' (Xbox) Championship

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 8:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yes, today is the day to answer the call to save Earth and all of humankind in the tournament we've all been waiting for. Gamers have two weeks from today, 7th March, to register in what is the first stage of the Halo 2 Championship, hosted on the Xbox Live service. Registration closes on 20th March when eight winners will battle to win the title of UK Halo 2 Champion and, ultimately, the chance to take part in the Xbox Live Halo 2 Worldwide Finals in April.

'Battle of Europe' Lading In North America

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developer MAUS Software and publisher Strategy First are happy to announce the signing of the flight combat title Battle of Europe scheduled to fly into stores this spring. Read more for details ...

Epiphany Games Working on MMORPG For Xbox 2

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Epiphany Games is a new Australian game company that is currently working on a MMORPG game for the PC. They are now inviting Xbox gamers from around the world to participate in a survey to determine the viability of bringing a MMORPG to the next-generation of consoles, especially for the Xbox. For the month of March Epiphany Games has teamed up with AussieXbox homepage, Australia's very own Xbox community website to bring the survey to Xbox gamers across the world to try and get as much feedback as possible to determine the financial viability of an Xbox MMORPG.

Microsoft Announces New 'XNA Software'

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced new XNA software that will enable enhanced collaboration between content creators, programmers, management and quality-assurance staff members to speed the game production process. Based on the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the latest innovation of the company's flagship development platform, XNA Studio is an integrated, team-based development environment tailored for game production.

'The Settlers: Heritage Of Kings' The Fog Realm Addon - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The latest Settlers game takes the franchise and pushes it to the next level with fully animated 3D technology and enhanced gameplay features,. The game will take the player to a medieval setting, to re-conquer the kingdom currently under the domination of an evil tyrant. While Heritage of Kings is not released yet in English territories, Blue Byte is already working on a "The Fog Realm" addon with new maps, new heroes, and editor.

'Wipeout Pure' (PSP) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails' (PSP) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 1:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Intense, free-roaming, off-road racing takes on a whole new meaning as gamers will be able to blaze their own trail, anytime, anywhere with ATV Offroad Fury Blazin' Trails for the PSP.

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'Battlestations: Midway'

by Thomas Wilde on March 7, 2005 @ 12:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

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.

'GMX Media' Will Release Five Titles In March

by Rainier on March 7, 2005 @ 12:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GMX Media are announcing the release of five new PC games for March 2005.. If you're into exploring new worlds, fighting realistic military battles, embarking on mysterious adventures or taking to the skies in some of the greatest flying machines know to man – then read on!

Xbox Review - 'Constantine'

by Alanix on March 7, 2005 @ 12:20 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

You are cast as irreverent mystic detective John Constantine and must embark on an investigation in a world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught up in a series of catastrophic events, it is imperative that you seek out and destroy pure evil - before peace on Earth is destroyed forever.