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'Age of Empires III' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 11:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Empires III is set in 1500 A.D. and chronicles the Age of Discovery that started around the time that Columbus discovered the new world. The single player campaign follows American history up through 1850, and in multiplayer mode, you'll be able to choose from among eight different civilizations, and there will include free-for-all and team-vs-team matches for up to eight players. The demo includes single player skirmish mode and two missions in the single player campaign. In Skirmish mode you can play as the British or the Spanish empires in the New England and Texas maps.

'TY the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan' (ALL) Official Website

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 10:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In this next chapter of Ty, players will embark on a series of missions and challenges filled with new and upgraded weapons and vehicles. Like its predecessors, TY the Tasmanian Tiger 3 will feature a unique array of interesting native animals inspired by the Australian Outback. Krome has launched the official TY the Tasmanian Tiger: Night of the Quinkan website offering fans the latest news, EnTYclopedia with info on things found in the game (characters, locations, vehicles), mini-games, videos, game audio, wallpaper and plenty more ....

'Sega Rally 2005' (PS2) Now Called 'Sega Rally 2006'

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 6:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Japanese magazine Famitsu reveals that Sega Rally 2005 has slipped into 2006, is now scheduled for January, and has therefor been renamed to Sega Rally 2006. With development in its final stages, said to be 90% done, Sega Rally 2006 will most likely be playable at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. Unlike the previous installments SG2006 will debut on console, and not the arcades as was the case with its predecessors. To accomodate gamers, In order to make the game longer, Sega has added a career mode, where you have to work your way up the ranks from amataeur to pro.

'Far Cry Instincts' (Xbox) - 3 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 5:10 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.

Various Game Trailers #592

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 4:54 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 :

  • Heroes of Might & Magic V - GC 2005 Presentation Part 1
  • Bad Day in LA [Xbox/PC]- Trailer
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins [X360/PC] - Trailer #4
  • Ground Zero: Genesis of a new World - Trailer
  • Jak X: Combat Racing [PS2] - Trailer #6


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

'FIFA Manager 06' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 3:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA Manager 06, previously known as Total Club Manager 2006, now boasts an improved user-friendly interface and more than 2,000 clubs and over 20,000 players, providing football fans with the most complete, up-to-date and authentic football manager experience on PC.

'World War II Combat: Road to Berlin' (Xbox/PC) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 3:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Groove Games today announced World War II Combat: Road to Berlin, a high-intensity first person shooter (FPS) set in and around the chaotic battle grounds of Berlin during the final days of World War II. Developed by Direct Action Games, creators of the SPEC OPS series, Combat: Task Force 121, World War II Combat: Road to Berlin features single player and multiplayer action modes on Xbox Live.

Take-Two Announces Q3 Results, Reveals Release Changes

by Judy on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take 2 today announced financial results for its Q3 and nine months ended July 31, 2005. Net sales and losses were up 6% and 100%, respectively, from last year. So far, net sales have increased 30%, and net income is $18.3M. Bully (PS2/Xbox) has been delayed to provide additional development time, while Civilization IV is ahead of schedule and has been scooted up into fiscal 2005. An all new IP for the X360 is mentioned, as well as extensions of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

'Ultimate Spider-Man' (ALL) - Screens & Trailers

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 1:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dive into an immersive adventure as you experience a living comic-book illustrated with 3D Comic Inking Technology. The game's expanded, free-roaming environments deliver a deep adventure with a variety of challenging missions, diverse game play and an improved combat system that allows players to face off against the largest number of characters from the Spider-Man universe ever assembled in one video game.

'NHL 06' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) Skates Into Retail

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 1:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that it has shipped its hockey title, NHL 06, to retail stores. With NHL 06 players can score like a superstar, express themselves through their shooting style with the new Skill Stick and light the lamp with highlight reel moves such as spinoramas, toe drags, bat-ins, and between-the-legs shots.

'The Settlers Gold Edition' Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft Europe announced today that it will launch The Settlers Gold Edition on DVD at the suggested retail price of £34.99. Available on September 15th, the special DVD set will include both The Settlers Heritage of Kings and its add-on The Settlers Heritage of Kings Expansion Disk.

'Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green' (Xbox/PC) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Developed by Brainbox Games and using the Unreal Engine, Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green is a FPS featuring zombies, frightening effects, and key environments seen in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead horror film.

'World of Warcraft' Expansion Premieres at BlizzCon

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

World of Warcraft Lead Producer Shane Dabiri has put up an updated battleplan looking ahead to what WoW players can expect in the coming months leading up to BlizzCon and the expansion announcement. Shane talks about adding mid-sized raid content, expanding current, and adding new, world events, PvP content and making it easier for lower level characters to advance in the PvP Honor System, improving underused talents for all classes, implementing is fee-based character transfers on the website, and closes off with a promise about soon coming details on the Hero class, and the WoW expansion at BlizzCon.

'Knights of the Temple II' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 28 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 11:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In KOTT2 players will join the ultimate battle of Paul de Raque, Grand Master of the Order of the Temple and hero of the first game, and the forces of Hell. Travelling the lands and kingdoms of 13th century Europe, Paul must unveil the secret of three mysterious ancient artefacts and fight the demon armies attacking our world.

'Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway Arcade Treasures: Deluxe Edition consists of 28 arcade games including all of the games from Midway Arcade Treasures 2 and Midway Arcade Treasures 3. This 4-disc compilation set will be available for the suggested budget price of $19.95.

'StarCraft' & 'Brood War' - v1.13d Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 11:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard has yet again released a minor updated patch for good old Starcraft, and its expansion pack Brood War. The v1.13d patch fixes a bug that prevented the training of infested terrans. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Diplomacy' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 10:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Developer and publisher Paradox Interactive announced today that their next strategy release, Diplomacy for the PC platform, will be shipping to stores in the US and Scandinavia on October 4, 2005. UK, France, Germany and the Benelux countries are to follow on October 28.

'SSX On Tour' (PSP/NGC/PS2/Xbox) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SSX On Tour features all-new player customization that gives you the chance to join The Tour. SSX On Tour is packed with all-new highly detailed tracks, new stylish player customization options, new monster tricks, and multiplayer options.

'Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes' (Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 9:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft announced today that its Xbox exclusive Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes, has gone gold and is now ready for a worldwide release. As the most feared and respected warrior generals in the war-torn land of Bersia, players must hack-n-slash through hordes of enemies using various melee moves and magic spells, while commanding hundreds of soldiers, catapults, and dragons, to achieve the ultimate victory.

'Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows' (PS2/Xbox) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 9:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows is the fusion of fantasy fighting action with the strategy of user-friendly RPG elements , providing gamers a deep, engaging gameplay experience complete with solo play, co-op and an online community.

'Vietcong 2' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vietcong 2 is a FPS set against the background of the 1968 Tet Offensive, in and around the ancient city of Hue, during the Vietnam War. Brought to life through a gritty story compiled from first hand accounts and memories of Special Forces and Infantry servicemen stationed in Hue during the assault. This multiplayer demo features 2 maps, 3 game modes (CTF, DM and TDM),playable with up to 64 people.

'Neverend' - 18 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Neverend is a Fantasy RPG under development by Mayhem Studios (previously known for the TBS Empire of Magic) Discovering the background of Agavaen, and determining her final personality is one of the main purposes of the game, which continuously appears as the principal plot is being resolved.

'Dawn of War: Winter Assault' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault has reached the gold master stage of development, is entering manufacturing, and is scheduled for retail September 19, 2005.

'Dragonshard' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:32 a.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.

'Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War' - v1.4 Patch Coming Tomorrow

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Relic announced that on Thursday 8th September it will launch a new patch for Dawn of War through the auto-updater in the game. This patch will bring your retail game to v1.4 and address a few notable balance items, adds Persistent Bodies and Decals! These options (accessible from the Graphics Options) allow you to control how long the bodies of the fallen warriors remain on the battlefield. Read more for details ...

'MVP 06 NCAA Baseball' (PS2/Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that MVP 06 NCAA Baseball is in development and scheduled for release in spring 2006. This new version of the MVP Baseball franchise is being produced by Electronic Arts Canada in Vancouver, B.C., and will celebrate everything that makes NCAA baseball unique -- aluminum bats, intense action, and stadiums filled with school spirit and packed with passionate fans.

'NHL 2K6' (PS2/Xbox) Slips To Retail Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

2K Sports announced today that the critically acclaimed NHL 2K6 has begun shipping to major retailers across North America. NHL 2K6 continues to deliver the most realistic and entertaining hockey experience with unparalleled visuals, intuitive gameplay, and a host of new features.

'Indigo Prophecy' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 7:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced that Indigo Prophecy, a suspense-filled adventure video game, has gone gold and development is complete.  Known as Fahrenheit in Europe, Indigo Prophecy tells the story of a man whose destiny is irrevocably altered when he unwillingly commits a brutal murder. Through the use of branching storylines and multiple character perspectives, players embark on an immersive adventure on par with a Hollywood thriller. 

Blizzard North Studio Lead Joins Castaway Entertainment

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 3:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Early August Blizzard revealed it was closing is Blizzard North development studio, and today Castaway Entertainment announced that former Blizzard North studio lead Rick Seis has accepted the position of Technical Director and lead programmer for their current unannounced project.

'Paraworld' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paraworld combes for the first time ever a setting never seen before with personalized unit management, it brings new life to the real-time strategy genre. Modern elements blend with primeval conditions in a long forgotten, incredibly beautiful prehistoric world. Creatures long extinct come once more to life, a constant danger to anyone living in the area.

'Total Extreme Wrestling 2005' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Grey Dog Software today announces Total Extreme Wrestling 2005 to be released October 6, 2005. A sequel to the critically acclaimed TEW 2004, Total Extreme Wrestling 2005 is scheduled to be available for digital download exclusively through Grey Dog Software for U.S $34.95.

'Driver: Parallel Lines' (PS2/Xbox) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Driver: Parallel Lines returns to its gameplay roots with a sophisticated, adrenaline-pumping car chase AI and unprecedented vehicle dynamics and physics. Driver: Parallel Lines is set in a photorealistic interpretation of New York City, features a seamless open mission structure, and is one of the first console racing games to incorporate online play.

'80 Days' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Frogwares is working on a game based on Jules Verne's novel Around The World In 80 Days. Journey on every existing means of transport, making you to use all inventiveness ingenuity, full of discoveries of unseen and unheard beauties. New gentleman, new bet, but it is up to you to choose itinerary. Would you do it in 80 days? Maybe you would rather make a stop at Bahamas, and give up the race for good?

'The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 2:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BFME 2 takes part in the North where a battle is raging between Sauron's forces vs. elves and dwarves. It will be possible to create/customize your own hero, apart from known figures such as Arwin, and become more powerful as you progress in the game. While BFME was all land based, the sequel will also take the action on the sea, naval battles included, courtesy of an updated engine.

PC Review - 'Fantastic Four'

by Tony Jennings on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 1:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Fantastic 4 film's storyline and expands the adventures by letting players stretch, control fire and use invisibility and brute force to defeat evil Super Villains in new environments and familiar comic book locales. Challenged to master the individual powers of each Super Hero and combine them to level even more devastating attacks, players must battle some of Marvel's most notorious Super Villains, including, the ultimate evil - Doctor Doom - to save the human race from disaster.

'The Matrix: Path of Neo' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari is returning to the universe of "The Matrix" with a new game that lets players assume the role of actor Keanu Reeves' lead character Neo and relive his most important and memorable scenarios from the complete film trilogy, including the original film.

'Spyro Shadow Legacy' (NDS) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Spyro Shadow Legacy, developed by Amaze Entertainment, is an action/adventure game which will – for the first time – introduce magical powers, role playing game (RPG) elements, and martial arts fighting to the beloved Spyro gameplay.

Analysts Expect Midway Shares To Plummet

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2005 @ 12:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Viacom's Sumner Redstone continues to accumulate shares of Midway Games, a lot of investors have been betting that he won't keep it up and that Midway's high-flying price will come crashing down. The stock has risen from less than $3 a share two years ago to $15 this month, while Midway is losing money, and its shares on a price-to-sales basis are selling for 50% to 10 times as much as other vidgame publishers, some of whom are making plenty of money. Read more over at Variety...