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'Deadhunt' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 10:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deadhunt is a first-person arcade shooter (FPS) game that merges the best features of arcade and FPS action games with fresh ideas and new twists. REL Games has released an updated demo, adding an extra difficulty setting to the game. Read more for download links ...

'SWAT 4' - Mission Editor Available NOW

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 7:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SWAT 4 allows players to take control of a squad of up to five police officers tasked with performing dangerous operations such as high-risk arrests, hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. If the ingame editor is not good enough, try your luck with the mission editor (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Hellgate: London' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 5:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco today announced Hellgate: London, the first original PC title from premier developer Flagship Studios. Hellgate: London is a role-playing game set in the immersive first-person perspective. With a completely randomised world that offers a unique experience every time you play, Hellgate: London introduces a demon-ridden world where the last survivors of the human race must meld science and magic to survive.

'Jak X: Combat Racing' (PS2) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Jak X: Combat Racing, created exclusively for the PS2 by Naughty Dog, introduces head-to-head car combat and incorporating both multiplayer and online functionality to deliver a refreshingly new experience to fans of both the Jak and Daxter series and car combat gameplay.

Seven More Companies Sign On For SpeedTree - Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

IDV, Inc. announced today that it has added yet another 7 developers to its growing list of SpeedTree customers. Korean developers Gravity and Webzen, Mythic Entertainment, Cyanide, as well as Spellforce 2 developer Phenomic and several others have gone on record as users of SpeedTree for its wind effects, foliage editor, dynamic LODs, and an aesthetic prowess that runs circles around anything else out there. Read more for details ...

'Predator: Concrete Jungle' (PS2/Xbox) Unleashes In Stores

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi announced today that Predator: Concrete Jungle, developed by Eurocom for the PS2 and Xbox, has shipped to stores and is now available nationwide. The new 3rd person action/adventure game weaves the past with the future, as gamers become the terrifying Predator, hunting the Earth for criminals using superhuman powers, fantastic vision modes and an impressive array of alien weaponry.

SNK USA Reveals 2005 Xbox Lineup

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 3:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SNK USA announced today that they will unleash four new games for the Xbox in 2005 that will have full Xbox Live support including rematch, head-to-head fighting and Tournament Modes. The King of Fighters Neowave, Samurai Showdown 5, The King of Fighters '94 Re-Bout, and KOF: Maximum Impact - Maniax which will all ship during 2005 for the system. Later this Summer SNK will also release Metal Slug 4/5 combo pack for the system that will offer Xbox Live Leaderboard options and King of Fighers 02/03 that will offer online head-to-head fighting.

'Sengoku Basara' (PS2) - 9 New Screens

by Judy on April 26, 2005 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sengoku Basara takes you to the Sengoku War period in Japan where you must guide your warlord through armies of foot soldiers, with a gameplay style reminiscent of other hack-and-slash titles like Dynasty Warriors and Kingdom Under fire. Produced by Resident Evil 4's Hiroyuki Kobayashi, and with Devil May Cry's Makoto Tsuchibayashi in charge of character design Sengoku Basara is already well on its way to be an interesting title in the very least.

'Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory' (PSP) Arrives In Stores

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 2:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami America today shipped Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory for the PSP. The second original PSP game by Konami, Rengoku features an imaginative science-fiction setting with breathtaking graphics and dark, gritty foreboding art created by famed Japanese illustrator Jun Suemi.

'Empire Earth II' - v1.05 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi has released the first update patch for MadDoc's just released RTS Empire Earth II. This update brings your retail game to v1.05 and resolves a GameSpy lobby issues and adds autopatch functionality. Read more for download links ...

'Laser Squad Nemesis' Beams Into Stores

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Got Game Entertainment and co-publisher Merscom today announced that Laser Squad Nemesis for North American release has begun shipping to retail stores across North America. Developed by Nick and Julian Gollop, the team behind the "X-Com" games, Laser Squad Nemesis is a tactical warfare game which combines a unique and innovative turn-based combat system with the action of real-time strategy games.

Majesco Announces Million Dollar 'Advent Rising' (Xbox/PC) Contest

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers now have one million more reasons to anticipate the May 31 launch of Advent Rising, as Majesco today revealed the details of its Xbox Live exclusive “Race to Save Humanity” million dollar play and win contest for its highly anticipated sci-fi action video game. The contest kicks off on June 9 and offers eligible consumers who find hidden ‘A’ icons within the game a chance to win hundreds of weekly prizes and one grand prize of $1,000,000.

'Serious Sam II' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 11:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last week 2K Games officially announced Serious Sam II, the much-anticipated return of Sam "Serious" Stone to PC and the Xbox. Still not many details are available at this point, but another two screens trickled through. Read more to check them out.

'Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity' (PS2) Levels Up to Store Shelves

by Judy on April 26, 2005 @ 10:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atlus announced today that Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity, a strategy / RPG for the PlayStation 2, has shipped to retailers nationwide. Stella Deus will also be the first Atlus game that will feature a dual-sided coversheet, the designs of which were chosen by users on Atlus' official message board.

'Blitzkrieg II' Gets Dated - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 10:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV announced today that its RTS sequel Blitzkrieg II is in development and is set to ship in autumn 2005. Blitzkrieg II, which will be on display at E3 2005, expands upon the original by offering amazing new additions and enhancements. Controllable naval units, more powerful air forces and real WWII commanders are just a few of the many updates that will be included in the game's exciting new arsenal of features.

'Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released a demo for Gearbox's WW2 tactical FPS, allowing you to try out a tutorial mission, a cinematic intro and two chapters from the full game (Rendezvous with Destiny, and Action at Vierville). Read more for download links...

'Supreme Ruler 2010' Pre-order Incentive

by Judy on April 26, 2005 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First and BattleGoat today announced that Supreme Ruler 2010, the upcoming economic, political and military strategy game, is available for pre-order online. Fans who pre-order Supreme Ruler 2010 will receive additional game content including exclusive bonus scenarios and missions.

NEC Chip to Provide Half of Xbox 360's Graphics Power

by Judy on April 26, 2005 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NEC Electronics has won a contract from Microsoft to produce one of the chips that will go into the graphics system of the next generation Xbox games console.

'Pac-Pix' (NDS) Chomps its Way to Stores

by Judy on April 26, 2005 @ 10:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco announced today that Pac-Pix has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America for the Nintendo DS. Combining classic Pac-Man gameplay and the unique technology of the DS system, Pac-Pix lets players draw and control their very own Pac-Man as he chases down Ghosts in this innovative adventure.

'Pirates of the Caribbean Online' Announced

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after we revealed it last night, Disney Online officially announces that it is developing a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the popular theme park attraction and franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. The game is slated to debut in summer 2006, coinciding with the theatrical premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

'GT Legends' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 8:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The unmistakable body of a Porsche 906, the goose bump provoking sound of a Ford Mustang and the sophisticated skills required of the driver of a Corvette Stingray are synonymous with the motor sports of the 60s and 70s. Equipped with the official licence of the FIA GTC '65, FIA TC '65 and FIA GTC-TC '76 respectively, this year, 10TACLE STUDIOS and developer SimBin will recreate the period of great racing adventures by introducing GT Legends.

'Half-Life 2: Lost Coast' - HDR Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve has released a new trailer for its upcoming free Half-Life 2 addon, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. This movie features a minute of high-res in-engine footage to show the High-Dynamic Range rendering that is included in the FPS add-on. Read more for download links ...

'Prey' Officially Re-Announced

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 8:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Games and 3D Realms today announced Prey, a revolutionary first person shooter for PC and a next-generation console system in development at Human Head Studios, under the direct supervision of 3D Realms. Prey will be on display at ATi's booth...

'Empire Earth II' Strategically Invades Retail

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 4:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games announced today that the real-time strategy game Empire Earth II has shipped to retail stores in the US and will be available for purchase by Thursday, April 28th. The game carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PC and has been rated "T" for Teen audiences by the ESRB.

'Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves' (PS2) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 4:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will entice a broad range of players with multiple tiers of gameplay to reach both the hard core and gaming novice. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will draw players immediately into the devious adventures of Sly and his crew by offering a unique cast of playable characters, a challenging dual analog stick multiplayer mode, new vehicles, mini-games, disguises, enhanced combat move sets and much more.

'Island of Living Dead' Revealed

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 3:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Techland's Island of Living Dead is a survival horror FPP shooter where action is situated in the near future, when all of today's threats and fears become reality. Global pestilences, mutating viruses and products of illegal genetic engineering begin to devastate mankind. The player, surrounded by mutants and half-dead enemies, will struggle for his life. "Island of Living Death" uses the Chrome Engine, among other simulation of environment devices, and all top notch vertex- and pixel-shader-based visual effects to provide an unforgettable experience of playing your own life in the amazing world of the near future.

Zuxxez Launches Topware Interactive In North America

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 3:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Topware Interactive Inc. has officially entered the North American market as both a publisher and distributor of PC and console software. All three principals of Topware Interactive Inc.: Alexandra Constandache (owner), Dirk Hassinger (CEO), and James Seaman (Managing Director), are part of the prominent European game producers, Zuxxez AG of Germany.

Deep Silver's E3 2005 Lineup

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 2:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deep Silver will be joining the industry caravan to Los Angeles, presenting their 2005 and 2006 titles to the worldwide media. With many announcements to be made during the show, Deep Silver can confirm that the following titles will be on show at their stand in the South Hall (724) : D1rt, X3: Reunion, Singles 2, Earth 2160, Rush for Berlin and Hearth of Empire: Rome. Read more for details ...

'The Sims 2' (Console) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 2:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Maxis-EA is redefining the Sims 2 franchise and will deliver classic open-ended gameplay along with exclusive new features. Aspirational gameplay and fully customizable content will give players the most authentic Sims experience to date on console.

'Vivisector: Beast Inside' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 2:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivisector: Beast Inside developed by Action Forms (creators of Chasm and Carnivores series) is a unique mixture of 3D Action/Horror. The game blends a thrilling interactive story with intense, high-adrenaline action and immerses players in a rich and fascinating storyline.

Set Sail With 'Pirates of the Caribbean' MMO

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seems like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is not the only movie tie-in title under development, as Walt Disney Internet Group revealed today that it is working on a Pirates of the Caribbean MMO scheduled for release next summer in conjunction with the second PoTC movie. Disney's Buena Vista Games recently acquired Avalanche Software and founded its own production studio in Vancouver. Whether either one will actually partake in the development is not clear at this point. Read the full article over at Variety...

'Castlevania: Curse of Darkness' (PS2) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Curse of Darkness introduces players to an entirely new storyline and main character – Hector, one of two Devil Forgemasters, who had once refined his skills under Dracula. Told in true Castlevania style, this action-packed tale of betrayal and revenge takes players on a journey through an expansive world filled with formidable foes and beautifully rendered environments to the ruins of Dracula’s castle.

'Cold Winter' (PS2) - 10 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 1:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Captured, conveniently forgotten, tortured, and left for dead, MI6 agent Andrew Sterling awaits execution in a Chinese prison. The story begins when a mysterious friend from his past rescues him, setting off a chain of events that could rock the very foundations of global security and wreak chaos on a worldwide level.

Xbox Review - 'Obscure'

by Thomas Wilde on April 26, 2005 @ 12:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

In the style of Hollywood’s popular horror movie genre, Obscure tracks a group of five all-American high school students who discover the halls they walk each day are anything but safe from their most horrifying nightmares. A string of mysterious disappearances and unexplained events set the stage for a night more horrifying than any trip to detention...

European PSP Launch Set For September 2005

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 12:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCEE today announced that its PSP will be launched in Europe on 1st September 2005, available in a single version Value Pack, priced at €249 (£179). The PSP Value Pack contains the PSP with a pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo, Battery Pack, Headphones with Remote Control, AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, cloth and a video/music/game sampler Universal Media Disc including several non-interactive game demos.

GameCube Review - 'Rave Master'

by Gordy Wheeler on April 26, 2005 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Featuring stunning 3D fighting action, Rave Master for the GameCube includes 19 characters from the animated series including Haru, Elie, Musica and others. Rave Master’s unique Story Edit Mode allows players to create their very own original Rave Master adventure by choosing dialogue, backgrounds and even music.