'Far Cry Instincts' (Xbox) - 23 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Far Cry Instincts is a technically advanced gaming experience built from the ground up using the kind of cutting-edge technology that Far Cry fans will recognize from the PC title. Far Cry Instincts will ship for Xbox in September 2005.

'80 Days' Coming To North America

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tri Synergy announced today that they will be working with Frogwares to publish and distribute 80 Days in North America. 80 Days is a graphic adventure for the PC based on the timeless classic by Jules Verne and will be available in October of 2005.

'Gene Troopers' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Gene Troopers you are in the heart of a unique, vibrant and living universe. Explore amazing new worlds, develop your character into a stealth or battle professional, control supernatural powers, make friends with powerful characters and lead them into battle against the forces of evil. Experience a captivating sci-fi story, high-paced action and thrilling game play in a setting never seen before.

Chinese Government Cracks Down On MMOs

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 5:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

After repeated fatalities, the Chinese Government is finally taking measures into its own hands and Tuesday it unveiled a new system to prevent individuals from playing online games for more than three consecutive hours. The system has to be installed for every online game in the country, and if you exceed the 3 hour limit your character will degrade and eventually be reduced to starting level.

'Dawn of War: Winter Assault' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 5:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault features a deeper single-player experience, a brand new fifth race – The Imperial Guard – and even more intense Dawn of War action. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault is based on the world of Warhammer 40,000 - the dark, futuristic, fantasy universe from Games Workshop.

Various Game Trailers #580

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 5:20 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 :

  • SSX On Tour [NGC] - Mario & Co Trailer
  • The Witcher - GC 2005 Trailer
  • Sniper Elite - Trailer #5
  • Bet on Soldier - Trailer #8
  • Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory - Trailer (2)
  • Panzer Elite Action - Friendly Fire Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'Half-Life: Blue Shift' Now Available Through Valve's Steam

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve announced today that Half-Life: Blue Shift is now playable for anyone that owns the Half-Life Premier Pack, the Half-Life 2 Silver package, or the Half-Life 2 Gold package. Blue Shift is an expansion pack for the original Half-Life released a few years back, to no great success. This is merely the original, not a Source remake. As usual, restart your Steam client and let it download...

'Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising' - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 4:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment today released details for Darkness Rising, the sixth expansion to the epic fantasy MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot. In this expansion, you will get to interact with the each Realm's new King to stop a rising force of evil. This batch of screens & trailers show off the new player-controlled mounts, Champion Weapons, and the revamped Darkness Falls dungeon.

'Auto Assault' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 3:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft producer Steven Snow put up a message in the official Auto Assault forum that "NetDevil and NCsoft are both companies with a strong commitment to releasing “only when it’s ready,” so we want to extend the beta into the spring of 2006. Over this time, we are going to continue tuning, tweaking, and adding to Auto Assault." NCSoft's MMO was originally scheduled for release November 2005. People who pre-ordered the game hoping to get priority access into the beta are out of luck, as NCsoft also said they will not be adding any more North American testers for the time being.

'The Settlers V: Heritage of Kings - Legends' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 3:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Settlers V: Heritage of Kings - Legends is scheduled for release in September and will feature 4 campaigns, 17 missions, new singleplayer as well as multiplayer maps, improved editor. One of the main additions is more interaction with the environment, a new landscape type (coastal) and a little bit more focus on building structures.

'FIFA 06' (ALL) - 113 Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 2:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA 06 returns to field with more teams, better graphics, and improved gameplay. Utilize improved formations to create the perfect attack with the world's greatest players. Read more to check a massive amount of screens, for most current platforms.

PSP 2.0 Firmware Arrives In North America

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 1:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony has finally released its 2.0 firmware update for PSP users in North America. The software is downloadable through the Network Update feature on the PSP, and requires 16MB of free space on the PSP’s Memory Stick Pro Duo to download. New features are: web browser, additional photo formats, 4:3 screenmode, wallpapers, and several extra audo formats.

'Mad Tracks' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 12:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Playing with pull back friction vehicles, ‘Mad Tracks’ players will battle in numerous challenges like races (Weakest link, red light, Roller Coaster...) or mini games (Snooker, table soccer, long jump, crocket, bowling, Darts...). More than 45 challenges in 10 original environments await, each victory unlocks new cars, new tracks or spare parts to improve performances of 16 cool vehicles.

'Pump It Up: Exceed' (PS2/Xbox) Website Launched

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 12:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Video Game publisher Mastiff today announced the launch of the official Pump It Up: Exceed website, which will be available in stores early September 2005 for the PS2 and Xbox. The website features the latest news on the home game, sample music tracks, videos of expert dancing and more. Or you can always check our Pump It Up: Exceed preview.

'Age of Empires III' Demo Coming In September

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 11:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ensemble Studios' Dave Pottinger confirmed that a demo for Age of Empires III is in the works, and speculations are that it will be released ahead of the game's official November release, somewhere in September. A few demo candiates have been submitted to Microsoft for approval meaning it is nearing completion. The demo will be quite big as Dave also said "I hope you have a fat Internet pipe." We will of course have it on our fileserver network as soon as it becomes available.

'Burnout Legends' (PSP) - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 11:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Burnout Legends sets the bar for on-the-go automotive anarchy, combining the series' trademark speed, destruction and depth with new PSP-only features, gameplay refinements and connectivity. Gamers can look forward to eight gameplay modes, including crash, road rage and pursuit, with white-knuckle multiplayer via WiFi, and a GameShare option allowing players to wirelessly share a demo level of the game with friends.

'Rainbow Six: Lockdown' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In this new episode, you lead Team Rainbow, the world's most elite counter-terrorist unit, as they are called into action and unfamiliar territory to battle a bioterrorist threat. Stakes escalate as they are personally targeted by an evil terrorist organization. Used to protecting the lives of others, Team Rainbow must now embark on a mission to fight and save some of their own.

'Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter' (NGC/PS2/ Xbox/X360/PC) - 4 Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3, players will embody Captain Scott Mitchell as he commands the Ghosts and Special Forces allies equipped with the IWS in the quest to save the president of the United States, recover stolen nuclear codes and eliminate a vicious band of renegade soldiers hell-bent on unleashing catastrophe.

'Glacier' - German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Glacier is a combat racing game that puts you behind the wheel of the Iceblade - Not just any car, the Iceblade is the ultimate combat car prototype vehicle. It's stronger than a tank, turbocharged and has over 1200 horsepower for you to (ab)use. There's an arsenal of weaponry for you available, like machine guns, missiles and mines.

Hi-Rez Studios Licenses Unreal Engine 3 For MMORPG

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Newly formed Hi-Rez Studios announced today that it has licensed Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for a massively multiplayer online game currently in development (thanks ve3d).

'Monkey Island' Creator Working On A New Game

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In his blog Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert revealed that he had a planned trip to France, in order to meet with a publisher in France. Unfortunately Ron got sick and had to cancel the trip, but the interesting part here is that this would mean he is working on a new game. Speculations that Paris means Ubisoft are a little bit premature since also Atari, Vivendi have offices there, or it could be just somebody who wants to have a romantic date under the Eifel tower.

'Darkstar One' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DarkStar One delivers fast-paced action within a vast and authentic universe, spectacular graphics, freedom of choice, a gripping story and the power to save the federal galaxy from its nemesis! Read more for the first screens ...

'The Settlers: Heritage Of Kings' - v1.05 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released an new update patch for Blue Byte's 3D RTS game 'Settlers: Heritage Of Kings.' This patch brings your retail game to v1.05 and adds 6 new maps (3 for the original, and 3 for the expansion), as well as a few minor improvements and bug fixes. Read more for download links.

'Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While the storyline of Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None follows 10 strangers who are invited to a lavish island only to be accused of murder, players assume the role of a new 11th character, Patrick Narracott the boatman who takes guests to the island. The player must reveal the killer before becoming a victim.

'Splinter Cell Chaos Theory' (Xbox) Gets Downloadable Content

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 8:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announced that new downloadable content is available on XBOX Live for owners of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory. The Content Download for Splinter Cell Chaos Theory includes 2 new Coop missions that continue the Coop story and bring it to the end. The 2 missions are: Nuclear Plant, and UN Headquarters. Both new missions are playable in Split Screen, System Link and Xbox Live, both missions are playable only in Mission and Elite Mode.

'187 Ride or Die' (PS2/Xbox) Now In Stores

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 8:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced today that 187 Ride or Die is now available in retail stores for the Xbox and PS2 at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49.99. 187 Ride or Die is a high-octane combat-racing game that plunges players into a brutal street-racing gang war where victory depends on ruthless driving and deadly shooting skills.

Strategy First Signs 'Space Empires V'

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 8:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First is proud to announce that they will be publishing developer Malfador Machinations' Space Empires V. Scheduled for release in early 2006, Space Empires V is the much anticipated addition to the critically acclaimed Space Empires franchise.

'Resident Evil DS' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 3:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While there is no official English press release yet, it has been revealed by Japanese magazine Famitsu as Biohazard Deadly Silence, and probably know over here as Resident Evil DS. While no specific release date was provided, a few details did trickle through. Resident Evil DS will be a remake of the first RE title, released in 1996, but unlike the original, the DS version will not use pre-rendered graphics, but be in full 3D. One of the features will require you to wipe the blood covered screen in order to proceed, and the dual screen will most likely be used for inventory and map.

'Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species' Developer Diary #1

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 3:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zoo Tycoon 2 gives you the chance to build the ultimate zoo and enjoy it firsthand. You can explore your 3D zoo world as a zoo guest or even care for your animals as a zookeeper. The Endangered Species expansion pack will give you even more to love about Zoo Tycoon 2! This developer diary is a Q&A with Blue Fang's lead desgner Linda Currie, and game designer Shawn Stone.

'NHL 2K6' (PS2/Xbox/X360) - 13 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 1:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NHL 2K6 continues its legacy with more control, more emotion and more detail than ever before. Puck fans take command of tape-to-tape passing, behind-the-net plays and precision give-and-go attacks. Players dominate the ice with NHL caliber goaltending, skating, checking and puck handling with the deeply enhanced animation system. Featuring all-new presentation elements, commentary and cut-scenes, NHL 2K6 is the ultimate hockey experience.

PS2 Review - 'Graffiti Kingdom'

by Hank on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 1:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Graffiti Kingdom is an Action / RPG like no other. The story begins when an ancient evil is awakened and corrupts the world. Players take on the role of Prince Pixel, a young prince who has the ability to transform into anything players can draw, and embark on an epic adventure to return the kingdom back to normal.

'The Chronicles of Narnia' (ALL) - 32 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 1:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the game, players enter the world of Narnia, a land frozen in a 100 year winter by the evil powers of the malevolent White Witch. In order to end this frigid captivity and free his people, the mighty lion Aslan invokes an ancient prophecy. It will become the destiny of four siblings from our world: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie to work together and use their unique combat skills, weaponry and abilities to defeat the Witch and her armies to save Narnia.

PC Preview - 'Blitzkrieg II'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 12:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Blitzkrieg II is created with a new focus on fast-paced gameplay, a strategic layer and new tactical opportunities. A completely new engine takes WWII into full 3D where players can command famous aces and units, strategically plan battles in multiple theatres, choose their reinforcements and use a wide range of new unit types such as aircraft and ships.

'Auto Assault' - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 12:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Auto Assault combines vehicular combat with role-playing elements. Players explore a post-apocalyptic future in customizable cars, motorcycles, semis and even tanks. Players battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth.

GameTap Subscription Fee Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2005 @ 12:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turner Broadcasting System has set the subscription rate for the fall debut of its GameTap broadband entertainment network at $14.95 per month. The company also announced that all subscribers will get a two-week trial period for unlimited access to the network.