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Various Game Trailers #493

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 11:58 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 :

  • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana - Trailer #2
  • Cold Winter - Multiplayer Trailer
  • Pariah - Trailer (Part 2)
  • Tomb Raider: Legend - Trailer
  • Dragonshard - Trailer #6

'Act of War: Direct Action' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Act of War: Direct Action is Eugen Systems' recently released RTS game with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown. Atari has released a multiplayer demo featuring two maps (Fistful of Sand and The Last Battlefield), playable as the US Army over LAN/online, and in skirmish mode (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Alien Swarm: Infested' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 5:50 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alien Swarm: Infested is an upcoming action strategy game, using Valve's Source engine, featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad level tactics all in an overhead view.

'Borderzone' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 5:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Borderzone is a combat oriented game, combining elements of role-play and action. Players assume the role of Olaf, one of the few remaining humans on the planet Terra. Having to leave the safety of their outpost, gamers venture on quests and into battle, running up to five characters simultaneously and amassing weapons, skills and magic. The action and strategy of the non-linear plot unfolds in a pseudo-turn based format, leading explorers to various endings depending on which paths they choose.

'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' Revealed

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 5:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier today a game listing was spotted on Gamestop revealing an expansion pack for Rome: Total War, scheduled for October 17, 2005. PC Zone UK confirms this rumor as they are running a preview in their current issue. Here is a snip : "The expansion pack's called Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion and is set well after Rome: Total War spanning the years 364AD to 476AD. You can play as one of the Barbarian factions (including the Vandals, Saxons and Huns) and take revenge against the Roman Empire, or as the Western and Eastern Roman empires attempting to drive back the Barbarians. The big new feature is the addition of night-time battles, but lighter troops - including cavalry - can now also swim across rivers. There are also a load of new units to look forward to."

'Battlefield 2' - Demo Expected Mid June

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 5:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

One of the PlanetBattlefield editors is currently attending a community event at the EA campus and during a presentation executive producers Scott Evans revealed that a Battlefield 2 demo is in the works and it is expected to be released Mid June featuring one map. No details whether this will be a single or multiplayer demo, but judging from EA's trackrecord, we can assume it will probably be MP. The official Battlefield 2 release date is set for June 23, 2005 in North America and Europeans will get lucky a few days earlier on the 17th.

'STACKED with Daniel Negreanu' (PSP/Xbox/PC) Multiplayer Details

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 4:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Myelin Media today revealed details about the online gameplay in STACKED with Daniel Negreanu. The game will feature its own sanctioned multi-table tournament system called “STACKED Masters” and will also include involvement from the seven professional players associated with the game, providing the most in-depth online play and community experience for any console poker game.

'Dragonshard' - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dragonshard will incorporate classic role-playing themes, a powerful and dynamic real-time strategy engine all woven together with a rich storyline involving a global conflict for an immensely powerful artifact with the power to change the fate of Eberron itself.

'Wanda & the Colossus' (PS2) Is Now 'Shadow of the Colossus'

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 4:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

After Sony Europe renamed Wanda & the Colossus to Shadow of the Colossus over a month ago, SCEA is now following suit and had taken the name change on as well. The reason to to rename SCEI's upcoming action/adventure game is the same as before, "to better reflect the game's atmosphere and to avoid possible translation issues." Wanda is Japanese translates to "wonder" in English. Situated in the same universe as its prequel, the Collossus will follow a totally different story line.

'Dawn of War' - Upcoming v1.3 Patch Details

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 1:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ has released details of what people can expect for the upcoming first patch for Relic's 3D RTS Dawn Of War. While no specific release date has been announced yet, the new v1.3 patch is currently in Q&A testing, so it should not take too much longer. The new patch will address a slew of tweaks & unit balancing for all 4 races, game performance improvement, bug fixes, ability fixes and adds Observer mode, mod manager, friends list and plenty more (thanks RelicNews). Read more for detailed fix list....

Atari Appoints Marc Metis, SVP Marketing

by Judy on April 29, 2005 @ 1:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari has named Marc Metis as its Senior Vice President, Marketing, effective immediately, it was announced today by Jim Caparro, President and Chief Executive Officer. Metis will be responsible for driving the marketing for all of Atari's interactive products and will oversee the Marketing team, including advertising, media buying and channel marketing, product marketing and publicity, and market research.

DC Studios Acquires 'State of Emergency 2' (PS2) License

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 12:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A few weeks ago VIS Entertainment closed its Dundee office and laid off several people at its other remaining Edinburgh studio, virtually halting all production on its titles in development, State of Emergency 2 and Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer. Today DC Studios announced that it has acquired the rights to Rockstar's 2002 sequel and will resume development on State of Emergency 2, which is now schedule for late this year, PS2 confirmed, but no other platforms are specified at this point in time. DC Studios most recently finished Ubisoft's Rayman DS and is currently also developing a multiplatform title for Konami of Europe.

'Chaos League: Sudden Death' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 11:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chaos League: Sudden Death, developed by Paris-based Cyanide Studios, takes up where the original Chaos League left off, bringing with it a host of improvements and enhancements which make take the real-time, role-playing strategy sports title into a whole new bloody battleground. Here are the first ingame screens ...

Microsoft Signs 'Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 9:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Phantagram announced it a few months ago, Microsoft announced today that it will distribute the next saga of the epic action-strategy game Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes exclusively for Xbox in late summer 2005. Read more for details & the very first screens ...

'Specforce' - 27 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SpecForce is Techland's latest futuristic tactical shooter with a plot connected to already known Chrome. Using an optimized Chrome Engine, the gamer acts as an operative of future's special forces unit - SpecForce. Established to fight crisis situations that threaten the Federation's peace, equipped with the latest combat gear, the unit is the Federation's elite rapid reaction force.

Ex-Acclaim Developers Form Silverback Studios

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 9:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A new development studio has been launched - fronted by ex-Team 17, Ocean and Infogrames veteran, Jon Oldham, and fifteen members of Acclaim's Manchester studio, who were working on Interview With a Made Man. Fund4Games has secured the rights & assets to the title, and SilverBack Studios have reprised development for current and next-gen consoles, and it is now scheduled for 2006. Read more for details ...

Valve and Vivendi Universal Games Settle Lawsuit

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 8:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve and Vivendi today announced the settlement of a pending federal court lawsuit filed by Valve in August 2002. The parties have resolved their differences, and the settlement provides for the dismissal of all claims and counterclaims. VUG will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve's games, including Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source, effective August 31, 2005, and notify distributors and cyber cafes that were licensed by VUG that only Valve is authorized to distribute Valve games to cyber cafés and grant cyber café licenses. All previous license agreements made by Vivendi are being terminated. Needless to say, settlement or not, this is a huge win for Valve.

'Hammer & Sickle' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 8:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Already revealed a few months ago, Nival Interactive today officially announced Hammer & Sickle, a new tactical role playing game set in the Silent Storm universe. The game is being co-developed by Novik&Co and Nival Interactive.

'Dungeon Lords' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 8:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced Dungeon Lords has reached gold status worldwide. To mark the occasion, DreamCatcher has released the intro-cinematic for Dungeon Lords, created by Brain Zoo Studios, giving fans a taste of what to expect when the game ships on May 4, 2005.

'Notcom Racing' (PS3/Xbox360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 8:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ForwardGames' Notcom Racing is a next-gen futuristic racing game with more than a twist. Race among beautiful, highly detailed environments, over the magnetic track at insane speeds, find your way out among track-traps of any sorts, change vehicle configuration on the fly and do not, do not use wisely your lethal embedded weapons arsenal!

'Vietcong 2' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 8:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Games today announced Vietcong 2 for the PC, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Vietcong and the expansion pack Vietcong: Fist Alpha.

'Pro Cycling Manager' Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 4:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cyanide Studio today announced the development of their latest cycling title, Pro Cycling Manager. PCM will have more detailed animations, an experience system, stage editor and also several multiplayer modes. Cyanide Studio is using the GameBryo engine, and the Paris-based developer of Chaos League has also recently licensed SpeedTree for use in Pro Cycling Manager. Read more for the first screens ...

'Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees' Developer Q&A

by Mark Crump on April 29, 2005 @ 3:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

SWG: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees adds a whole slew of content taken directly from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith movie, including the adventure planet of Kashyyyk, home to the Wookiees. We sat down with LucasArts producer Julio Torres and had a little chat, new screens included ...

'Hostile Intent' - v1.4 Mod Update Available NOW

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 2:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Hostile Intent team has released a new version for their Half-Life mod, bringing it to v1.4 (requires v1.3.5) and has a slew of bug fixes and game tweaks, new and updated maps, new weapons etc. Read more for details and download links ...

'Ultimate Spider-Man' (PS2/Xbox) Revealed

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 1:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The newest PSM issue reveals the first details about Activision's latest Spider-Man game. Several big changes over the previous Spider-Man 2 title have been made. First off, the game graphics will be more true to the actual comic book style, referred to as 3D comic inking, and include cinematics via a "comic panel" presentation. Ultimate Spider-Man will have a less expansive game world, but Treyarch made up for that by increasing the detail of the environment, adding a "threat assessment" feature which forces you to prioritize tasks, added more mission variety and a new combat system, and allows you to play as Spidey and Venom. The game story is written by comic book author Brian Michael and picks up after issue #39.

Daily Dose of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 29, 2005 @ 1:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PS2 Review – 'Full Spectrum Warrior'

by Hank on April 29, 2005 @ 1:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Full Spectrum Warrior began as a training aid for the U.S. Army to reinforce Army doctrine and team effort within the troops. It is the most realistic portrayal of contemporary urban warfare. Players become the Squad Leader, commanding Alpha and Bravo squads. There is potential for danger down every alley, behind every window. It's not about how many kills you have, it's about getting your men home in one piece!