'CS:S' and 'Source Engine' Get Steamy Update #12

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 11:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding yet another update for Counter-Strike Source, the Source Engine and its Source SDK. This update fixes various exploits with CS: S and implements some game server changes to the Source Engine, while the Source SDK gets some bug fixes and added materials. Restart Steam for the changes to take effect. Read more for details ...

Logitech Launches Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 11:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Now, gamers no longer need to choose between maximum speed and optimum precision for that edge. They can have it both ways with the new Logitech MXTM518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse, which Logitech unveiled today at CeBIT. The mouse puts quick-shift controls at gamers' fingertips – with one click, gamers can instantly increase and decrease mouse resolution from as high as 1600 dots per inch (dpi) to as low as 400 dpi. And, no software is required.

Nintendo's 2005 GDC Lineup (NGC/NDS/GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 10:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today is the first official day of the Game Developers Conference where various publishers and developers show their latest technology. Of course Nintendo is present where they show various of their upcoming titles and we have screens for :

  • WarioWare: Twisted! (GBA)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)
  • Puppy Times (NDS)
  • Polarium (NDS)
  • Geist (NGC)
  • Donkey Konga 2 (NGC)
  • Yoshi's Touch & Go (NDS)

Vivendi's 2005 GDC Lineup (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 10:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today is the first official day of the Game Developers Conference where various publishers and developers show their latest technology. Of course Vivendi is present where they show various of their upcoming titles, and we have screens for :

  • F.E.A.R. (PC)
  • Scarface (PS2/XBox/PC)
  • SWAT 4 (PC)
  • The Bard's Tale (PC)
  • Empire Earth 2 (PC)
  • The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (NGC/PS2/Xbox)
  • Flatout (PS2/Xbox/PC)

Tannhauser Gate Pulls the Plug on 'Mimesis Online'

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 8:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tannhauser Gate announced today that it will shut down its post-apocalyptic MMORPG Mimesis Online. "Mimesis Online has been a great journey that we started back in 1998, and released in 2002. It was a very ambitious project and one of the first Massively Multiplayer Online Games set in a post-apocalyptic world. Mimesis Online was a pioneer in the genre in many ways. We now feel it is time to use all the experience and technology to move to next projects. Goodbye!" (thanks Blues)

'Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana' (PS2) Official Website

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 8:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NIS America today launched the official North American website for its PS2 exclusive RPG Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana. The Atelier Iris website will be the location to get all the latest alchemy info. Visitors can learn about the game features, story, history, and view character profiles. Those who are interested in media files can download various screenshots and movies from the site.

'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 17 New Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 7:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cold Fear is the first action-horror title to be published under the Ubisoft brand and combines the popular elements of both action and horror releases, delivering an action-packed, tension-filled gaming experience. Read more for new screens and weapons renders ...

'Supremacy: Four Paths to Power' - 6 New Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 4:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Supremacy: Four Paths to Power is a unique turn based strategy game of interplanetary combat. The game casts the player in the role of one of four Commanding Officers (CO), each with their own abilities and strategies. No matter which CO is selected the goal is the same – conquest of the galaxy! They will have to manage resources, produce units, capture planets and space stations, and ultimately, defeat their enemies.

'Need for Speed Underground 2' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 4:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gamers can dominate the tuner racing underground with new features and gameplay only made possible by the Nintendo DS. Utilizing the handheld’s touch screen technology, gamers can create their own custom vinyl designs in the "Design Studio" and apply them to the car for a unique tuner racing look.

'World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series' (NDS) - Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 4:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Crave's World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series recreates the style of play familiar to fans of televised poker tournaments and puts players in the fast and freewheeling world of high-stakes poker on their own next generation console and handheld system.

'Digimon World 4' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 4:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Brace yourself, the Digimon are back and they're ready for another adventure! All access to the Real World has been terminated, security has been breached, and in the process of the investigation a new mysterious world has been discovered. It's up to you, the Digital Security Guard to investigate and bring peace back to the Digital World.

'Advent Rising' (Xbox/PC) Gets Delayed ... Again

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 2:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco today released its financial results for Q1 2005, and the included release schedule reveals that Glyphx's epic action game Advent Rising is once again getting pushed back. Initially scheduled for fall 2004, it was pushed back to Q1 2005, and now it has been further delayed until Q3 2005. Other Majesco titles are still on track: Psychonauts (Q2 2005), Jaws (summer), Infected (fall 2005), Advent Shadow (Q3 2005), Phantom Dust (March 2005), and last, but not least, Raze's Hell (Q2 2005).

'Frogger' (NDS) - 22 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 12:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Frogger makes his debut on the Nintendo DS in a "ribbit-ing" platformer game Frogger where he finds himself called upon to stop an evil force that threatens his home, Firefly Swamp, and the nearby kingdom of Bunnington Hollow. To stop the insidious Dr. Wani and his destructive mining efforts, Frogger must use all of his hopping and dodging skills, along with many new talents, to infiltrate the mastermind's lair and bring his evil plans crashing down.

'Pac-Pix' (NDS) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 12:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Pac-Pix, Namco's iconic hero finds himself facing off against his perennial foes - the Ghosts. With the aid of mysterious "Ghost Ink," a mischievous wizard has drawn meddling Ghosts from thin air. Armed with only his mighty Magic Pen, Pac-Man rushed to defeat the Ghosts and to lock them into a book. But in the process of turning them back into Ghost Ink, our hero finds himself trapped inside. Using the DS stylus, players must resume Pac-Man's quest by drawing him into life and directing his movements on the lower screen.

Microsoft Signs Epic's 'Unreal Engine 3' For Xbox 2 Titles

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 12:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Epic Games today announced that its Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools will be used in games developed by and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

'Juiced' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 12:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Juiced is the only racing to totally immerse you in the lifestyle and culture of the real street modding scene. Starting as a new kid on the block, without a set of wheels to your name, your main focus in life is to build up your own crew of ‘driving gods’ and dominate the established street racing scene of Angel City.

Microsoft Signs On For AGEIA's NovodeX Physics SDK

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 11:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

AGEIA Technologies announced today that its NovodeX Physics SDK will enable unmatched performance for game developers targeting the next generation Xbox platform. As a result, users of the Xbox video game system from Microsoft will be able to enjoy some of the most exciting, lifelike game experiences available on any platform.

'Neighbors from Hell 2' - Service Pack 2 Patch Available NOW

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 11:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Jowood has released a patch for their reality TV show videogame Neighbors From Hell 2! This patch solves the problem with Neighbours 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 (thanks Blues). Read more for download links ...

'Gran Turismo 4' (PS2) Breaks European Sales Record

by Judy on March 9, 2005 @ 11:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Europe announce today that its racing game Gran Turismo 4 has set a new, all-time Day One record for PS2 software, shipping 3,182,535 units across PAL territories. In addition to the standalone software version, Gran Turismo 4 is also available as a part of a bundle featuring the newly designed slimline PlayStation 2.

'Zatch Bell!: Mamodo Battles' (NGC/PS2) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 11:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Every one thousand years, one hundred Mamodo descend upon earth to conduct the ultimate battle. The winner becomes the mighty king of the Mamodo world. There is only one problem - in order for the Mamodo to use their powerful spell books, they need human partners. Play as your favorite Mamodo pair from the TV show and unleash your spells during battle to become the Mighty Mamodo King!

'Pro Rugby Manager 2' - v1.06 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 10:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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. Digital Jesters has released the first patch for Pro Rugby Manager 2. This update brings your retail game to v1.06 and allows you to play multiplayer games using Gamecenter, applies bug fixes and various gameplay tweaks. Read more for download links ...

'Nanostray' (NDS) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 9:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A 3D sci-fi shooter developed by Shin’en, Nanostray boasts a wide array of weapons, un-lockable features and game modes, as well as an online ranking system that tracks the game’s top players. Nanostray’s touch screen features will allow players to track enemy movement via interactive radar and manage the various weapons and other special pick ups. Check the freshly launched Nanostray website, or read more for new screens ...

Microsoft Executive J. Allard Reveals First Xbox 2 Details

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), Microsoft Corp. announced the first details of its next-generation Xbox, highlighting how hardware, software and services are being fused to power enhanced game and entertainment experiences. Read more for details on new features such as custom playlists, marketplace, gamer cards etc..

GarageGames Introduces New Torque Game Development Platform

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

GarageGames announced today at the Game Developers Conference a new engine and multiple programs that make it easier for people to build their games. The Torque Game Development Platform recently added the Torque 2D engine, which joins the proven Torque Game Engine and the next-generation Torque Shader Engine to make the complete game development platform.

'Singles 2: Triple Trouble' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 8:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Singles 2: Triple Trouble offers players a whole host of new relationship possibilities to manage, along with the everyday necessities of going to work, maintaining a 'happy home' and equipping their flat with the latest furniture and mod-cons. Using a new 3D engine, SINGLES can be dressed in a whole range of different outfits, express themselves in even more realistic and recognisable ways and explore beyond their apartment to new locations, where they can meet other characters for friendship, romance, possibly more?

'Preyground' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 8:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has unveiled its first PC action game Preyground. The game brings fresh air to the genre with its explosive action sequences and innovative weapon upgrade system. Preyground also features cutting-edge realistic lighting technology, a thrilling sound environment and a unique top-down perspective that create an epic gaming experience ready to launch in Q3 2005.

'Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure' (GBA) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 8:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced that Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure is scheduled for European release in spring 2005 for the GBA. Based around the original Dragon Ball TV series it gives fans and players alike the opportunity to play through the adventures of Goku in his courageous search for the Dragon Balls. Featuring three different game modes, multiplayer action and many un-lockable extras, Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure is destined to be an essential addition to any Dragon Ball fan's collection.

Gregor Narholz To Write Music For 'X-Men Legends II' (NGC/PS2/Xbox)

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 8:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

APM film and television composer Gregor Narholz, The Rookie, Saturday Night Life, Star Trek, Spongebob, will compose and arrange the music for Activision's X-Men Legends II, under development at Raven, based on Marvel's legendary Super Hero team.

SEGA Acquires 'Creative Assembly'

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 2:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Earlier today we put up SEGA's Spartan Total Warrior announcement, but what was not included was the fact that SEGA simply bought out the UK developer. SEGA Europe today announced that the company has acquired the hugely successful development studio, The Creative Assembly. Founded in 1997, headed up by Tim Ansell and operating from offices in the UK and Australia, The Creative Assembly team has produced a catalogue of hits throughout their history and notably is the team behind the award winning Total War franchise.

'Super Monkey Ball Deluxe' (PS2/Xbox) - 35 New Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 2:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, for the first time on PS2 and Xbox consumers for the first time, features 300 stages (114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 Deluxe-exclusive boards). Read more for new screens ...

'Battles In Normandy' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 1:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battles In Normandy brings wargamers back to the western front with historical scenarios including two monster campaigns, and eight smaller historical scenarios. A full scenario editor is included and additional free scenarios are available online. This demo includes both a tutorial on the game and a full “Ardennes Offensive” scenario, also known as the Battle of the Bulge. Read more for download links ...

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'Juiced'

by Paul Reith on March 9, 2005 @ 12:56 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Juiced is the only racing to totally immerse you in the lifestyle and culture of the real street modding scene. Starting as a new kid on the block, without a set of wheels to your name, your main focus in life is to build up your own crew of ‘driving gods’ and dominate the established street racing scene of Angel City.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PS2 Review - 'Xenosaga II'

by Justin on March 9, 2005 @ 12:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Xenosaga EPISODE II, thousands of years into a war-torn future, humanity has advanced to such a degree that its substantial resources of weapons and technology distort the boundaries of human limits. In this sequel, contend for control over the original Zohar to unravel its mystery and defeat the threat of the Gnosis.

'Capcom Fighting Evolution' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 9, 2005 @ 12:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom Fighting Evolution features a diverse cast of characters as well as additional hidden characters from each of the following titles: Street Fighter II, DarkStalkers, Street Fighter III, Red Earth and Street Fighter Alpha.