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'Half-Life 2: Deathmatch' and 'Source Engine' Get Steamy Update #16

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 8:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve has released a new Half-Life 2: Deathmatch map, dm_runoff, which is now available via Steam. If you have HL2:DM installed in your Steam games list, you will receive the new maps automatically. This release also includes a Source Engine update which moves default Steam port to 27009 (UDP) from 27030. Use -steamport to override this setting.

'Rebelstar Tactical Command' (GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 7:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rebelstar Tactical Command is a turn-based strategy and combat game with role-playing elements, "Rebelstar Tactical Command" transports players to a not-so-distant future in which Earth is ruled by an evil empire.

'War World' - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 6:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

War World is a fast paced, third person online shooter where players build and battle the ultimate mech warriors. Designed for multiplayer mayhem, War World lets players challenge other warriors online as they try to work their way up the War World rankings ladder. As players move up the ladder, they will be able to earn and purchase upgrades and enhancements for their mechs. War World will also offer several single player modes, 3D arcade style games, where players can upload their scores to the web site for bragging rights

Various Game Trailers #490

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 6:30 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 :

  • Deep Sea Tycoon 2 - Trailer
  • Empire Earth 2 - Release Trailer
  • Fantastic Four - Trailer #2
  • Guild Wars - Trailer #8

Video Game Sales Up 23 Percent In First Quarter 2005

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 4:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

According to NPD Group, total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories rose 23 percent in the first quarter of 2005 to more than $2.2 billion The sharp increase was mainly due to the launch of PSP and NDS handhelds, and software wise the best selling product was Sony's PS2 title Gran Turismo 4, with 1.1 million copies sold. The $10 billion U.S. video game industry is keeps steady in comparison with the domestic movie box office sales.

'Bad Day L.A.' (Xbox/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 2:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

American McGee Presents: Bad Day L.A., a third-person action/adventure game with a tongue-in-cheek comedic twist. Set in modern day Los Angeles, Bad Day L.A. combines a fantastical art style, groundbreaking collaborative gameplay elements and a heavy dose of dark satire to create a truly unforgettable experience.

'NCAA Football 2006' (PS2/Xbox) - 15 New Screens

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 1:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCAA Football 2006 is the latest iteration in EA's college football franchise, and one of the new features will be the Race for the Heisman. The new mode allows you to create a profile and work your way up through the stats, including perks to pimp out your college dorm room, and once your won the trophy, eventually you will be able to get drafted by the NFL, and transfer your character, and his stats, over to continue your football career in Madden NFL 2006.

'War Leaders: Clash of Nations' Announced - Screens

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 12:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV, in partnership with developer Enigma, today announced War Leaders: Clash of Nations, previously known as War Leaders: WWII. War Leaders will offer players a complete strategy experience, requiring gamers take on the role of diplomat, grand strategist and battlefield tactician in a war-torn WWII Europe.

'Prince of Persia 3' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced that it is developing Prince of Persia 3 (working title) for the PS2, the Xbox, GameCube and the PC. Scheduled for release in the second half of 2005, Prince of Persia 3 is the third volume in the award-winning Prince of Persia franchise.

'SpecForce' Multiplayer Details Revealed - Trailers

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 11:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SpecForce is Techland's latest futuristic tactical shooter with a plot connected to already known Chrome. Game development has been underway for some time now, and will use an optimized Chrome Engine. Techland today revealed first details of the game's multiplayer mode, along with fresh game play footage.

'Heaven vs Hell' Announced

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 11:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TKO's Heaven VS Hell, the next generation of real-time strategy (RTS) PC gaming, will put players in command of angelic, demonic and mortal forces battling to determine the fate of humanity. Read more for details ...

'NBA '06' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 10:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEA announced today the launch of NBA '06, appearing exclusively this Fall for the PS2. The title introduces a number of feature firsts, including a behind-the-scenes, all- inclusive story mode and an entirely new game design where a player's talents on the court dictate their ability to manage teammates and even the crowd. NBA '06 delivers a comprehensive basketball experience, combining a unique cinematic career mode and action-packed mini-games with an all-access pass to the NBA's world off the court.

'Asheron's Call 2: Legions' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 10:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine announced today that the highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online game Asheron's Call 2: Legions has gone gold. Legions, the first expansion pack for the graphically ground breaking phenomenon Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings, arrives on retail shelves throughout North America in May.

'SUN' Gets Hollywood Composer - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 10:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

With action-packed intensity, stunning graphics, unique battle systems, and a captivating cast of characters, SUN is an epic medieval tale set in a rich world of emperors, armies, magicians and monsters. SUN is the first title to incorporate console-style game mechanics into a classic MMORPG. Webzen announced today the company has signed Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer Howard Shore to compose the music for SUN. Read more for details and the first ingame screens ...

'We Love Katamari' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 9:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today We Love Katamari, the sequel to 2004's beloved cosmic clump-rolling game, Katamari Damacy. "We Love Katamari," available exclusively for the PS2 later this year, will feature the diminutive yet determined Prince, with an assortment of celestial cousins and the eccentric King of All Cosmos.

'Everybody's Golf' (PSP) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 9:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Go golf crazy and take on a cast of colourful characters in the coolest clubhouse around. No need for airs and graces here – just select a golfer from a range of friendly faces, and customize their abilities, attributes and appearance before teeing off across a series of challenging courses and game modes. Go head-to-head with both friends and foes via WiFi compatible Ad Hoc Mode and become a true golfing legend.

'Dungeon Lords' - 27 New Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeon Lords blends the depth of an epic Fantasy RPG with the flexibility of an FPS-style control system. Gamers journey through a land of ancient castles and dungeon lairs to engage in real-time tactical combat with a variety of deadly foes. It's not just about the battles though, as magic spells and hundreds of powerful weapons and artifacts play a huge role in the game.

'Battelfield 2 Modern Combat' Also Coming to PSP

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 8:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today DICE announced it will be bringing its upcoming Battlefield 2 Modern Combat console title also to Sony PSP handheld. It is planned for a first quarter 2006 debut. Digital Illusions licenses the right to develop Modern Combat for PSP to EA's studio in Great Britain.

'NBA Street Showdown' and 'FIFA Soccer' (PSP) Rush to Stores

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 8:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced the release of NBA STREET Showdown and FIFA Soccer for the PSP. Now, right in the palm of their hands, players can experience the graphics, new game modes, and Wi-Fi multiplayer of both EA franchises.

'Company of Heroes' Officially Announced - Features & Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 8:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ and Relic Entertainment today announced their latest RTS game Company of Heroes. A real-time strategy game set in World War II, Company of Heroes brings to life, in full cinematic detail, the greatest war mankind has ever known. Scheduled to release worldwide in 2006, the game will make its public debut at the E3 in May. Read more for details and the first screens ...

'Road to Sunday' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 8:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony today announced Road To Sunday, a title exclusive to the PS2. Blending on- and off-the-field action, Road To Sunday delivers a unique cinematic football experience where gamers must complete various missions, moving from setting to setting and character to character as dictated by the story.

Square Enix's E3 2005 Lineup - Screens

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square Enix today announced its E3 line-up which encompasses content developed for a broad spectrum of platforms including consoles, handheld devices and visual entertainment. Square Enix will show off titles like Front Mission Online, Dragon Quest 7, Kingdom Hearts 2, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7, etc. Read more for the full list...

Majesco Announces 'Double Game' Packs for Game Boy Advance

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 8:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Offering sensational value for the dollar, Majesco Entertainment Company, an innovative provider of digital entertainment content and products, today introduced its new GBA Double Game packs, a new lineup of products featuring two exciting GBA video games on a single cartridge for just $19.99. The three new Double Game packs are now available in stores.

'Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 8:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cossacks II will put gamers in control of one of six 19th-century nations as they wage war, secure alliances and work to economically and militarily defeat their opponents to become the dominant European power. With an enhanced 3D graphics engine, more than 150 unit types and a realistic troop morale system, "Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars" will challenge armchair emperors to prove their mettle as they fight historical and historically inspired battles on an epic scale. This demo features an intro movie, 2 tutorials, 2 missions and a skirmish map. Read more for download links ...

'Area 51' (PS2/Xbox) Beams into Retail

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 8:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway announced today that Area 51, the story-driven, first-person action thriller, has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Area 51 will also be available for PC and is scheduled to ship on May 23, 2005.

'Enthusia Professional Racing' (PS2) - 57 New Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get behind the wheel and experience the sensation of racing actual cars. As in the real world, Enthusia emphasizes pure driving skills and ensures that winning is a result of ability rather than how much money has been spent tuning a car. Maintaining a subtle balance between the power of the car and the driver’s skill, Enthusia promises to deliver the ultimate driving experience for racing fans of all abilities.

Illusion Softworks Signs On With Meqon Game Dynamics

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 1:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Illusion Softworks, known for the Hidden & Dangerous, Mafia and Vietcong series, today signed an agreement with Meqon Research, for the provision of game dynamics and physics for Illusion's forthcoming 3rd person action game scheduled for release in 2007.

'2 Days To Vegas' - Screens

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 1:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2 Days To Vegas is a story driven 3rd person action-adventure game. The thrill-a-minute story is crammed full of car chases, shootouts and unexpected twists, to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the game.

Daily Dose of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 25, 2005 @ 1:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'World of Warcraft' Open Beta Makes Earlier Debut in China

by Judy on April 25, 2005 @ 1:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official date for the open beta testing of World of Warcraft in China will be April 26, 2005, earlier than the originally planned April 29, 2005. WoW's open beta testing date has been brought forward by three days to accommodate tremendous requests and strong expectations from players.

Xbox Review - 'Phantom Dust'

by Kris Graft on April 25, 2005 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Phantom Dust is an anime-inspired game set in a post-apocalyptic era where chaos has forced people underground for safety. Players must journey above ground in a quest to learn who and what was behind the destruction, but the surface is a place of deadly evil filled with unimaginable abominations. It is also home to mysterious particles known only as Phantom Dust, a force unlike any other that has given some members of the human race unimaginable super powers.

PSP Review - 'Need for Speed Underground Rivals'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on April 25, 2005 @ 12:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Compete and earn respect in Need for Speed Underground Rivals , customize and take on the pinnacle Japanese & American tuner cars in a pursuit of total ownership of the street racing scene. A uniquely designed racing game based on the legacy of the hugely successful Underground series.