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SEGA Beefs Up Its Data Center Network

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA has signed a deal with Force10 Networks to deploy the TeraScale E-Series in its gaming data center to provide a reliable, high performance foundation for its online interactive worlds, especially for its upcoming MMO RF Online and Xbox 360 multiplayer enabled mech shooter Chromehounds.

'WarCraft 3: RoC' & 'TFT' - v1.20c Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 5:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard has released new update patches for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as well as The Frozen Throne. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.20c and fixes a crash that could happen in multiplayer games. Read more for download links ...

'Heroes of Might and Magic V' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 5:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gamers will delve into a more mature, consistent fantasy universe that will appeal to fans of all fantasy genres. Heroes of Might & Magic V will benefit from the features and characteristics that established the success of the initial saga while offering a wealth of innovations such as a highly immersive scenario, a variety of appealing factions, modern 3D graphics, a revolutionary tactical combat system, and a story-based campaign mode.

'Lord of the Rings: The White Council' Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 4:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

An in-house 3D Realms interview with former Apogee developer Jim Norwood (known for Shadow Warrior and Bio Menace) reveals the juicy bit that he is currently working on an RPG for EA, Lord of the Rings: The White Council. After The Third Age, this would be EA's second attempt at developing an RPG set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe. While there are no details, The White Council is mentioned in the trilogy as a body formed to prevent Sauron from obtaining the One Ring, and includes Gandalf but also Saruman before turning evil. Now that the cat is out of the bag ...

'Universal Combat: A World Apart' - v1.00.11 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 2:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Universal Combat: A World Apart uses a new graphics engine, offer high definition first-person character models, new first-person weapon models and classes such as machine guns, fixed gun turrets and several new combat weapons. This patch brings your retail game to v1.00.11 and adds a new audio engine and various gameplay tweaks.

Various Game Trailers #680

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 1:09 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • MLB '06: The Show [PS2] - Trailer #2
  • MVP 06 NCAA Baseball - Trailer (2)


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

'Curious George' (GBA/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Bandai Games today announced Curious George has gone gold. Curious George is about to embark on his biggest adventure ever, as the star of a new animated feature film and his long-awaited videogame debut.

'Electroplankton' (NDS) Fiddles Its Way To Retail

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Whether you're musically inclined or musically impaired, Nintendo's new Electroplankton will make you a mixing maestro. The musical experience, launching today exclusively for Nintendo DS, lets users score music by using the touch screen or speaking into the microphone. Sounds can be sampled, manipulated, changed and rearranged to help even novices create engrossing beats and harmonies.

'War on Terror' - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

War on Terror is a modern combat RTS game, set against the background of today's greatest threat to world peace – terrorism! Forces clash in believable scenarios, set within real locations across the globe.

Record Internet Music To Your PSP With 'X-OOM Music'

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

X-OOM Software today unveiled X-OOM Music on PSP, a new software suite that records Internet radio directly to the Sony PSP.

'Burnout Revenge' (X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 11:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Burnout Revenge slams into the Xbox 360 with a suite of new online features set to define next-generation automotive anarchy, jaw-dropping high-definition graphics and the retina-searing speed that the Burnout series is famous for.

Take-Two Acquires Irrational Games

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 10:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take 2 announced that it has acquired independent developers Irrational Games. Known for such titles as SWAT 4, Tribes Vengeance and Freedom Force, Irrational is currently working on Bioshock for Take Two, scheduled for PC and nextgen consoles, but also SWAT 4 expansion pack for Vivendi.

'Rising Kingdoms' - v1.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rising Kingdoms is an RTS set in a fantasy world, which focuses on empire development and dynamic tactical battles. BlackBean Games has released a new patch for Haemimont's RTS, bringing your European retail game to v1.2 and mainly adds bug, crash and game freeze fixes. Read more for download links ...

'Half-Life 2: Aftermath' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 9:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mod HQ has received word from Valve's Doug Lombardi that the first HL2 expansion is expected soon. "We're currently targeting April 24th for the release of both Aftermath and Platinum. Platinum will include HL2, HL2 DM, CS: Source, DoD: Source, and Aftermath."

'Seal of Evil' Coming To North America

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 8:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First and Object Software are happy to announce that they have signed a North American publishing agreement for Seal of Evil. Combining ancient Chinese history some 2000 years ago with Chinese legend, Seal of Evil is an RPG.

'Seed' Beta Test Sign-ups

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 8:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Runestone Game Development announced today that applications are now being accepted for beta testing Seed, the premiere genre-shattering massively multiplayer game slated for release in April 2006, with testing to kick off February 1st.

'World Racing 2' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Demo #3 Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 8:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

World Racing 2 will put the fun of driving at centre stage and offer optimized arcade racing characteristics, rich and varied range of mission modes, lively scenarios, enhanced tuning options and a great variety of cars. TDK has released a new World Racing 2 demo featuring the German Hockenheim track, with two modes and two cars (Roadster and Cup/R). Read more for download links ...

'Guild Wars: Factions' Revealed

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 1:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The newest issue of CGW has some info on the first Guild Wars expansion. Guild Wars: Factions will introduce two new professions (assassin and ritualist), 25 new skills and 6 armor sets for old classes, a full campaign set on a new Eastern-themed continent Cantha with 3 nations, and faction-based PvP where guild alliances will battle to control various areas of the world map. Guild Wars: Factions will be standalone, although then only the new continent will be playable.

'WorthPlaying's Top 20 Games of 2005' - Part 2

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 1:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yesterday we revealed the bottom half of the top 20, and today we announce what the WP staff considers the 10 top games of 2005. Read more for the final results, and to find out what was the best game of 2005!

'Hard Truck Tycoon' - 21 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 1:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hard Truck Tycoon is an economic simulation in the sphere of trucking industry. The player will be able to build his own trucking infrastructure, upgrade his numerous trucks, recruit personnel and deal with tight competition.

GBA Review - 'Madden NFL 06'

by Katarani on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 12:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The Madden NFL Football franchise has revolutionized its passing game—giving Madden NFL 06 the most groundbreaking and innovative offensive arsenal ever created. The new QB Vision Control lets you scan the field, look off defenders, and make perfect throws within your quarterback's unique field of vision. QB Precision Placement lets you put the ball exactly where you want it.

Xbox Review - 'The Chronicles of Narnia'

by Hugh McHarg on Jan. 9, 2006 @ 12:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In order to end Narnia's 100 year winter by the evil powers of the malevolent White Witch 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.