'Black Powder Wars: Battles Of Napoleon' Announced

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 11:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Matrix Games and Double Shot Design today announced an agreement to publish the first of a series of black powder-era wargames. Black Powder Wars: Battles Of Napoleon will cover Napoleonic-era tactical combat with full multiplayer and scenario editor support.

'Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich' - Updated Mod Tools Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 7:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is a comic book-inspired tactical role-playing game features a brand new league of heroes and villains, overhauled combat system, and spectacular graphic enhancements. These updated mod tools address the issue with importing bundles and putting files in the wrong place, and a few other tweaks. Read more for details and download links ..

'Hellboy' Game Revealed

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 5:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hellboy movie director Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that he has been approached to work with Mike Mignola, author of the original comic book, as a consultant for a video game based on the Hellboy movie. "A deal has been finalized with Konami for a Hellboy video game based on the movie version of the characters and world. Expect new monsters, new villians (and the return of one of our favorite ones) and a new storyline" (thanks Blues). Check out the Guillermo Del Toro fansite for more details ...

'Dominions II: The Ascension Wars' - v2.16 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 5:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games has released the first patch Illwinter Game Design's turn-based fantasy game Dominions II: The Ascension Wars. This update brings your retail game to v2.16 and adds some mod features, and the usual gameplay tweaks and bug fixes. Read more for details and download links ...

'Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny' Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 4:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine announced that players can now pre-order a copy of Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny. Fans can ensure that they receive the title on the first day it ships and limited edition bonus materials by ordering the game early at participating GameStop, EBGames locations or by visiting the retailers online. when you pre-order you get an exclusive in-game Augmentation Gem, a detailed printed map of Dereth, a special edition DVD featuring the game's opening cinematic, and a $50 instant rebate from Alienware. Read more for details ...

'Nintendogs' (NDS) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 4:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Purchase one of several breeds available at the beginning of the game, then start spending time with your pup. Throw flying discs and balls to improve the pup's agility, bathe it when it gets dirty, and repeat voice commands to train the dog to do tricks. If you train it well enough, you'll excel in dog shows and agility contests, which will earn you money and unlock other items and puppy breeds. When you earn enough cash, you can buy even more puppies to live with yours.

Various Game Trailers #480

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 3:30 p.m. PDT | 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 :

  • Killer 7 - Trailer #7
  • Psychonauts - Trailer (2)
  • Cold Winter - Trailer #4
  • ER - Trailer #2
  • Drive'N'Kill - Trailer #2

'Batman Begins' (ALL) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:16 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Step into the shadows of Gotham City's perilous criminal underworld as DC Comics' legendary Dark Knight in the Batman Begins video game. Slated for release day and date with the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Batman Begins challenges players to use fear as their ultimate weapon. Read more for new screens ...

'Tomb Raider: Legend' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tomb Raider: Legend revives the athletic, intelligent and entertaining adventurer who won the hearts and minds of gamers worldwide. Lara comes alive with intricately animated expressions, moves and abilities. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before. Head on over to the official Tombraiderr website, or read more for the first screens ...

'Cold Winter' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 1:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi announced today that the PS2 first-person shooter Cold Winter has gone gold. The shockingly gritty FPS will immerse gamers in a modern and deep story set in the shadowy world of international espionage. Developed by UK-based Swordfish Studios, Cold Winter is set to hit retail shelves this May.

Foundation 9 Acquires Pipeworks Software

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 12:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Foundation 9 Entertainment today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Pipeworks Software, an independent studio focusing on development of entertainment software titles for major software publishers. After the transaction is completed, Pipeworks will continue to develop video games for the PS2, Xbox, and the PSP.

'From Russia With Love' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The new game will follow the plot of the original "From Russia with Love" film, including the battle on the Orient Express and the boat chase sequence, but will expand the story with new action sequences. The development team approached the game as a director's cut of the film, which will allow the player to utilize such cool toys as the jetpack and a Q-copter as well as the trusty Walther PPK handgun. The game is set for release in the fall on PS2, Xbox and GameCube.

'Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay' (PS2/Xbox) Assaults Stores

by Judy on April 12, 2005 @ 12:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today that Dead to Rights II has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Featuring relentless action and a hard-hitting crime storyline, Dead to Rights II is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB.

'Jade Empire' (Xbox) Conjures Itself Into Stores

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 12:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that BioWare's action-RPG game Jade Empire has punched into North American retail outlets and is now available for an estimated price of $49.95 (U.S.). Jade Empire will be available in Europe starting on April 22.

'Tales of Legendia' (PS2) Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 10:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today that the latest epic adventure in the enormously popular "Tales" franchise, "Tales of Legendia," will be coming to the U.S. market exclusively for the PS2. Read more for details and screens ...

'Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition' (PS2/Xbox) Screeches into Stores

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition is the quintessential racing game for any true aficionado of the automotive and racing lifestyle, and is the only game to offer a full range of street vehicle culture including over 50 fully customizable licensed vehicles. The full spectrum includes import tuners, motorcycles and luxury rides all of which are fully customizable in both style and performance.

'Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition' Preaches Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Got Game Entertainment and co-publisher Merscom today announced that Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition for the PC has shipped to retail stores across North America. The combat-oriented and story-driven RPG casts you in a world where God is dead and religion heresy.

'Etrom' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Etrom is an epic adventure among realms and cities, democracies and “nazi” dictatorships, a journey through space-time portals, among the Thrones of the Abyss, beyond the gates of the City of Light and many more locations, situations, rituals, secret-services plots, dark spells.

'Jagged Alliance 3D' - Features & 3 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 9:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Game Factory Interactive has released the first details for MiST Land South's Jagged Alliance 3D. Taking place in West Africa, you are contacted to intervene in a nuclear arms race which could destabilize the region. You are sent in to overthrow the government and restore stability in the area, but of course the current rulers are not going to let that happen without a fight. Read more for game details, features and a new screen.

'Kirby: Canvas Curse' (NDS) - 42 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 8:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Kirby: Canvas Curse, it's up to you to use your magic paintbrush (stylus) to guide the pink hero, stun enemies, and launch special attacks. Read more to check out the new screens ...

'Terrorist Takedown: Payback' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 8:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

City Interactive is working on an addon for its Terrorist Takedown action game, Payback. Scheduled for an April release, Terrorist Takedown: Payback is a standalone expansion pack in which the player once againtakes on the role of GIs fighting against terrorrism. The expansion incorporates various gameplay improvements over the original title and adds 10 new missions, and lets you fly AH 64-Apache, control the .50 caliber humvee machine gun, or take aim with an antitank cannon.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (ALL) Announced - Screens

by Judy on April 12, 2005 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire videogame, scheduled for a November 2005 release in conjunction with the film based on J.K. Rowling's fourth book. The title will be available on all current consoles, handhelds, and the PC.

Activision Brings 'Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade' To Europe

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 7:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision today announced that the company has signed an agreement with SOE to publish Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade for PSP in all territories excluding U.S., Canada and Japan, as well as those areas serviced by SCEA. Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is the only multiplayer action role-playing game currently available for the PSP.

'Asheron's Call 2: Legions' - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 3:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine Entertainment is developing and publishing its first expansion pack for Asheron's Call 2, called Legions. The expansion will continue the ever-evolving epic adventure that was begun with the graphically groundbreaking massively multiplayer online role playing game Asheron's Call 2.

'Daxter' Gets His Own Game on The PSP

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Ready at Dawn, new dev studio formed by ex-Naughty Dog and former Blizzard people, announced that it is working on a new action/adventure product revolving around Jak's former sidekick. While not many details are available yet, 1UP revealed that you will be able to exchange data between Jak X on the PS2 and the new Daxter PSP title, to unlock new playable characters.

'Joint Task Force' Announced - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revealed a little while ago, HD Interactive and Mithis today officially announced their new real-time strategy game for the PC entitled Joint Task Force. The game, a state-of-the-art military RTS with a contemporary setting, is scheduled for a worldwide release in Q2 2006.

Konami Acquires Majority Stake In Hudson Soft

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami Corp announced that it will make its affiliate game software maker Hudson Soft Co a subsidiary through a private offering of new shares later this month. Responding to a capital infusion request from the financially troubled Hudson, Konami will buy 3 million new Hudson shares on April 27 for 1.43 billion yen. Previously Konami already owned 45% of the company, and after the acquisition of shares clims to 54%. Hudson Soft currently has 540 employees, but the upcoming restructuring will surely slim that number down.

'Medal of Honor European Assault' (PS2/Xbox) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 2:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Europe 1942. These are desperate hours for Allied forces as the Nazi war machine rages across a devastated European landscape. You are US Army Lieutenant William Holt, hand-picked by William “Wild Bill” Donovan to be the first field agent of the newly formed Office of Strategic ServicesĀ­the OSS. Medal of Honor European Assault makes you the driving force in the struggle to liberate Europe.

Daily Dose of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 12, 2005 @ 1:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mobile Preview - 'Constantine'

by Paul Reith on April 12, 2005 @ 1:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The "Constantine" mobile game features lush 3-D rendered environments, fast-paced action, an interactive supporting cast and mini-games strategically placed throughout the story to enhance the player experience. Armed with a variety of weapons and magic spells, gamers can delve into John's sordid history as he races against time to fend off half-demons howling for his blood.

GBA Review - 'Ace Combat Advance'

by David Wanaselja on April 12, 2005 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Ace Combat Advance casts the player as a pilot in the United Air Defense. As the newest recruit, you must help the UAD to destroy the Air Strike Force and bring General Resources Ltd., an evil worldwide economic superpower, to its knees.

PS2/Xbox Review - 'Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay'

by Thomas Wilde on April 12, 2005 @ 12:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.