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Various Game Trailers #475

by Rainier on April 6, 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 :

  • World Racing 2 - Trailer #2
  • Auto Assault - Trailer #4
  • Castlevania [NDS] - Trailer #2
  • Dungeon Lords - Trailer #8

Sony Online Bans 700 'EverQuest II' Accounts

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 11:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online has continued efforts since launch to keep the EverQuest II game world free of players who use exploits to gain an unfair advantage, especially with bots and macros. Over 700 accounts were banned for various forms of cheating and exploiting during the past 2 weeks alone. It is our goal to continue investigations into suspicious in-game activity and ban accounts with violations. "A few hundred 'bot subscriptions just aren't worth the money when compared to keeping the game fun for hundreds of thousands of people" said EverQuest II Senior Producer Scott Hartsman.

'Cricket 2005' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Utilizing technology from our blockbuster sports games such as FIFA, NBA & Rugby, EA SPORTS Cricket 2005 returns to the pitch. In addition to the international teams and bonus squads, you can now play with domestic teams and compete in England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The all-new Twenty20 tournament will be fully licensed with season modes also on offer.

'Dead to Rights: Reckoning' (PSP) Revealed

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 5:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Revealed on the EBGames website, Namco's action game Dead to Rights is making its debut on a handheld with Dead to Rights: Reckoning. While it has not been offiically announced, the PSP version of the game is scheduled to ship May 1st and is priced at $39.99. Whether this will be an all-new product or a port from either one of the two previous titles is not known at this point. The Dead to Rigths titles are third-person, story-driven action-noir games delivering diverse gameplay mechanics, cinematic style and Hong Kong-inspired action. While Dead to Rights II pre-dates the original title, both games are set in Grant City's underworld where Jack Slate and his deadly K9 partner Shadow battle with various criminal organizations.

'Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 4:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees is the next addition to the popular online Star Wars gaming experience. Episode III Rage of the Wookiees, available to current players two full weeks before the movie launches as a digital download, 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.

'Rugby 2005' - Update Patch #1 Available NOW

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 2:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA has released the first patch for Rugby 2005 which addresses some of the most significant issues found with the game so far, in particular the Republic of Ireland's national tri-colour flag has been replaced with a flag that represents rugby players across all of Ireland. Read more for download links ...

'1944: Battle of the Bulge' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 2:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

What began with PC real-time tactical Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps and continued with D-Day is to be concluded with 1944: Battle of the Bulge, as Digital Jesters announces the March release of the third World War II RTS from genre masters Monte Cristo.

'Obscure' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Creeps Into Retail

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 2:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced its survival horror game Obscure has shipped in North America for the PS2, Xbox and PC. Obscure follows five All-American teenagers through a real-life nightmare as they uncover a deadly secret lurking in the hallways of their high school. When a popular student suddenly disappears, it sets off a chain of frightening events rivaled only by Hollywood cinema.

'Motocross Mania 3' (PS2/Xbox) - 11 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mania has spread across the land as people have turned traditional motocross racing into an intense blood sport. Furious combat mixes with fast paced racing through deadly courses that range from populated city street to harsh open environments. Mania is here and ready to fight. The winner is the one to make it across the finish line still in one piece.

'Universal Combat: A World Apart' - 30 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Universal Combat: A World Apart gives hardcore fans an enhanced "Battlecruiser" experience, keeping the flavour of combat, but utilizing newer technologies. Universal Combat: A World Apart, the second title in the Universal Combat series will be published by Dreamcatcher and released globally for PC in May 2005.

'Baseball Mogul 2006' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 12:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Baseball Mogul 2006 is version 8 of the award-winning Baseball Mogul series, in which you assume the role of General Manager for your favorite professional baseball team. Unlike action game simulation, Baseball Mogul is a game of strategy that requires sharp wits rather than an itchy trigger finger. If you like fantasy baseball, you'll love Baseball Mogul. This demo allows you to play one season. Read more for download links ...

'MotoGP4' (PS2) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 12:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With updated teams and riders, new circuits and a range of new modes, advances have been made across every area of the game. MotoGP4 will include online play for the first time to add to the series' established single player and head-to-head racing modes. The highly popular 125cc and 250cc classes have also been added, enabling players to test themselves at all levels of the sport.

'Vivisector: Beast Inside' - 3 New Screens

by Judy on April 6, 2005 @ 11:58 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.

'Lego Star Wars' (GBA/PS2/Xbox/PC) Now In Stores

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 10:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eidos and Giant Interactive Entertainment today announced that LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is now available for the PS2, Xbox, PC and GBA

New 'Viewtiful Joe' (NGC/PS2) Titles Revealed

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 9:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The latest Famitsu issue reveals that Capcom is already working on the next version of its popular Viewtiful Joe series. Announced for PS2 and Gamecube, Joe VFX Battle is scheduled for release in Japan later this year. According to the article, the new title will take the franchise in a new direction and has been said to be more like Super Smash Bros., but what that really means was not explained. Capcom is also working on Viewtiful Joe Scratch!, but no platform specifications were disclosed ... perhaps a Nintendo DS title?

Webzen Forms No Less than Nine Development Studios

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 9:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Webzen announced today the formation of nine development studios to create new IP for the online games market worldwide. The studios have secured 450 developers total, 350 of them internally employed by Webzen. The company is currently working on various new titles, SUN, Huxley and All Point Bulletin (APB). Read more for details ..

'Horse and Musket 2: Prussia's Glory' Announced

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games and Boku Strategy Games announced today that the next game in the Horse and Musket 2 series, entitled Prussia's Glory (no relationship to the GMT boardgame of the same name) has currently entered the testing phase and will soon be available for the Windows OS. The price and the exact release date have not been set at this time.

Ener1 Group Acquires Nival Interactive

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ener1 Group announced today that its affiliate has signed an agreement to acquire Moscow-based Nival Interactive. Ener1 Group plans to integrate Nival Interactive's creative studio of 140 artists, designers and programmers with its US operations to develop next generation console and wireless games.

'Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict' (Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Games today announced that Unreal Championship 2: the Liandri Conflict, has gone gold and will ship to stores for the Xbox on Monday, April 18, 2005.

'Pacific Storm' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The furious battle of Pearl Harbor became the first in the sequence of gory sea combats. Now you can take part in all major Pacific battles of the World War II in the Pacific Storm game that is a mixture of RTS, war-game and simulator. All major and important sea battles of World War II, which took place in the Pacific Ocean, are included and you can play either for the USA or Japan. Mine the resources (money, iron and nickel ore, bauxites and oil), train various units and retaliate!

Eastern Developers Meet Western Publishers

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SN Systems today announced that it start offering a new service to improve relations between Japanese developers and western publishers. While usually Japanese game developers sell few games outside of Japan and western publishers have sold few western-developed games into Japan, SN Systems Match-Making service hopes to contribute to the increase in Japanese consumer's appetite for all things western.

Nintendo To Open 'World Store' In New York

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 8:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo is drawing up plans to open a two-story mega-complex in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The Nintendo World Store is scheduled to open this spring and will showcase the best of Nintendo.

'Armored Core: Nexus' (PS2) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Armored Core: Nexus is a giant-robot action game offering highly customizable mechanical creations, fast paced combat and a dynamic mission system. The two disc set will offer one disc (Evolution) with new game material, while disc two (Revolution) revisits Armored Core's past with graphically overhauled missions from previous titles, as well as a huge selection of player-earned secrets (music, movies, and artwork) associated with other games in the series.

'Infected' (PSP) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infected, under development at Planet Moon Studios, is a thrilling new run-and-gun shooter that allows players' avatars to invade opponents' PSP systems via multiplayer victories. Infected is scheduled to ship this fall and is the first release in an exclusive three game PSP deal between Majesco and Planet Moon Studios.

'Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance' (PS2/Xbox) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in the seedy underbelly of Las Sombras, players are immersed in an urban setting ruled by a criminal underworld of power, greed and corruption. This intense, urban action game features a twisting storyline filled with betrayal, warring cartels and hard-hitting battles.

'Flashpoint Germany' - v1.02 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 6, 2005 @ 1:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Matrix Games released a new patch for its tactical war game, Flashpoint Germany. This update brings your retail game to v1.02 adds new AI enhancements, improved off-map counterbattery fire, expanded equipment-specific unit silhouettes, a new map rendering system and other new features.

PC Preview - 'Dungeon Lords'

by Alanix on April 6, 2005 @ 12:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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.

PC Review - 'NASCAR SimRacing'

by Gumby on April 6, 2005 @ 12:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

For 18 months, a dedicated team of NASCAR gaming veterans from the top shops has been focused on creating the ultimate simulation for the 2005 NASCAR season. The game will feature the new Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship format and will also include the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Busch Series.

Xbox Review - 'FIFA Street'

by Alanix on April 6, 2005 @ 12:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

FIFA Street is a combination of arcade action blended with the culture of freestyle street football. By removing the rules from the simulation football experience, 'FIFA Street' exposes the heart of the world's beautiful game, on-the-ball flare and individual style.