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'Dark Messiah of Might & Magic' Now Available For Pre-Order

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 6:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dark Messiah Might and Magic is now available for pre-order via Steam, for $49.95, so you can activate the game the moment it launches. In Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, players will be introduced to the world of Ashan, the new setting for all future Might & Magic games. Ashan is a dark and unforgiving world, scarred by a bloody history and threatened by an apocalyptic prophecy: the Dark Messiah.

'Darkfall' - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 6:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enjoy the smooth and flowing gameplay, the fast paced action, and the highly responsive controls. Darkfall is a next generation MMORPG that combines real-time action and real-time strategy in a fantasy setting.

'Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As an aspiring Underworld figure, spread corruption throughout the galaxy using new strategic gameplay elements to influence other factions, steal their funds, slow their production, spy on them and more.. This demo allows you to try out one mission where you have to "corrupt" the Mandalore planet and set up a black market on Nal Hutta.

Various Game Trailers #902

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:40 p.m. PDT | 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 :

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 [ALL] - Trailer (3)
  • Desperate Housewives - Trailer #2
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent [ALL] - Realism Trailer (2)
  • Spectrobes [NDS] - Webisode Trailer #1
  • Instinct - Russian Trailer
  • Arthur and the Invisibles [ALL] - Trailer #3


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

'Made Man' (PS2/PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 3:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prepare to get 'made' in the most compelling and thrilling mafia experience you've ever seen. Work up the ranks of The Mob, from opportunist G.I. fighting in Vietnam, to 'wise guy' on the make, doing deeds and winning favor from the Don in New York City.

64% of Online Gamers Are Women

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 3:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nielsen's Active Gamer Benchmark Study shows that the social elements of video games are becoming an increasingly important part of the overall gaming experience. The research found that among the roughly 117 million active gamers in the U.S. in 2006, 56% play games online, and that 64% of all online gamers are women.

'Star Wars: Lethal Alliance' (NDS/PSP) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 1:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance is an PSP/NDS exclusive action-adventure game immersing players in an adventure that takes place between Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope.

'Scarface: The World Is Yours' (ALL) Gets Hollywood-Quality Sound Effects

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 1:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sierra Entertainment has partnered Skywalker Sound and Oscar-winner Randy Thom to ensure its third person action shooter Scarface: The World Is Yours boasts audio effects that are unparalleled in the video game industry. In a complex world filled with excess and greed, players can take the role of Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film.

SpeedTree Gets Integrated into Unreal engine 3

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 1:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Interactive Data Visualization announced that they’ve joined Epic Games’ Integrated Partners Program for Unreal Engine 3. SpeedTree has been fully integrated into Unreal Engine 3 and is now available for licensing directly from IDV.

'Sonic Rivals' (PSP) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sonic Rivals is a head-to-head competition between Sonic and his top rivals. Rip through tracks in some high-spirited single player and wireless multiplayer action against friends as Sonic returns in a whole new racing-platformer with classic 2D gameplay in true 3D environments for gamers on the go.

'Assassin's Creed' (PS3/X360/PC) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 11:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Set in 1191 AD, the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, you play the role of Altair, an Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict and throw the environment into chaos and shape events during this pivotal moment in history.

'Dynasty Warriors Vol. 2' (PSP) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 11:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI announced that Dynasty Warriors Vol 2 has gone gold. Ancient China’s greatest warriors have rocked the foundations of heaven and earth for over 2,000 years. Now KOEI’s ‘Warriors Worth a Thousand’ return in DW Vol. 2 that eclipses the original with an exquisite array of features!

'Splinter Cell Double Agent' (x360) Collector's Edition Announced

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 11:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft today announces the limited availability of Splinter Cell Double Agent Collector's Edition for the X360. Available for pre-order, while supplies last, at a suggested retail price $69.99 and includes Covert Ops documentary focusing on authenticity & realism of the game, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game, interview with Sam Fisher voice actor Michael Ironside, multiplayer tips & tactics, 7 mini web films, game trailers, concept art gallery and more...

'Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire' (PS3) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 11:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire is a sci-fi action game with stunning high-definition graphics, promising gorgeous Mobile Suit battles and the opportunity to participate in thrilling epic battles taking place on the futuristic Earth.

Hilary Duff Makes Appearance in 'The Sims 2 Pets' (ALL) - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 11:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that it has signed a partnership with recording artist, actress, fashion designer and philanthropist Hilary Duff, to make her inaugural video game debut in The Sims 2 Pets games, joined by her beloved Chihuahua Lola.

'NBA Live 07' (PS3/X360) Gets Unlockable Jay-Z Character

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 10:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PS3, gamers who purchase Reebok's new S. Carter Basketball IV shoe at Champs Sports will receive a special code to unlock Jay-Z's character for use in NBA Live 07, marking the music icon's first foray into the gaming world.

'PDC World Championship Darts' (PS2/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

PDC World Championship Darts provides an authentic ‘as seen on TV’ adaptation of the UK’s best loved home-grown sport, offering darts fans an authentic, star-studded, challenging darts experience that can be played at home. Oxygen signed an additional five champions to be featured in the game...

'Yoshi's Island DS' (NDS) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 10:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A mysterious floating island has suddenly appeared over peaceful Yoshi’s Island. Soon after its arrival, a gaggle of kids vanishes from the island school. Thankfully, Baby Mario, Baby Peach and Baby Donkey Kong manage to avoid being kidnapped.

'Rainbow Six Vegas' (X360) Demo Coming - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 9:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A Rainbow Six Vegas playable demo for the X360 will be available on cover cd of the OXM December issue, and will be available on Xbox Live in November. The single player demo features part of the Dante's Casino level where you will Observe, Plan and Assault (O.P.A.) your way through the Gothic-themed casino that is under construction and believed to be a hideout for the terrorist leaders.

'Undercover: Dual Motives' (NDS) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

ANACONDA is announcing Undercover: Dual Motives, where players take control of physicist and reluctant spy Dr. John Russell in his early days, investigating at a British research facility, and hunt for a Nazi nuclear bomb

'Guild Wars Nightfall' Weekend Preview Event Great Success

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nearly half a million players got their first taste of Guild Wars Nightfall in last weekend's World Preview Event. Averaging 8.5 hours each over the course of the weekend, players amassed more than 4 million hours of game play, shattering the previous attendance record of 3 million hours set during the Guild Wars Factions preview event earlier this year.

Mod Chip Sellers Sentenced to Pay Over 9 Million in Damages

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 9:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today that a federal court in California recently ordered a group of defendants, representing console mod chip seller Divineo, to pay over $9 million in damages for violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

'Final Fantasy III' (NDS) - 19 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 7:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The only Final Fantasy never localized will finally reach North American shores! Using the features of the NDS to their fullest, Final Fantasy III features graphics that have been reworked and remodeled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical Final Fantasy look and feel.

'Micro Machines v4' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 7:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters has released the first patch for its miniature racing game Micro Machines v4 bringing your retail game to v1.01 and fixing a crash to desktop, and some graphical issues.

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v3.0 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 7:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v3.0 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth (thanks 3DGamers).

Intel Out to Acquire Nvidia?

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 6:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nvidia shares skyrocketed more than 8 percent Wednesday on rumors that Intel might be out to purchase the graphics chipmaker. Investors are speculating an official statement might follow shortly, while others say the deal would be too expensive, and not be as interesting as the recent ATi/AMD merger, as Intel has its own gfx chips.

'Mass Effect' (X360) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 6:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mass Effect is a science-fiction action-RPG created by BioWare, previously known for Jade Empire, KotoR, and Neverwinter Nights. Mass Effect will deliver an immersive story driven gameplay experience with stunning visual fidelity.

PC Preview - 'Alpha Prime'

by Alan Butterworth on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 6:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Alpha Prime is a first person action game with an emphasis on the single player experience. At its core is a Science Fiction story written by the foremost Czech Sci-fi author Ondrej Neff. Game play will be a varied balance of combat and more technical activities such as hacking and remotely controlling robotic devices.

'Heatseeker' (PSP/PS2/Wii) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 5:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heatseeker will strap you into the pilot’s seat and deliver an exhilarating white-knuckle ride that’ll have you clutching the joypad as you engage in face-melting 6G turns and fight against a seemingly-impossible amount of airborne enemies.

'Silverfall' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 5:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Silverfall is a fantasy-style RPG using advanced 3D graphics and fascinating storyline, featuring large free-roaming environments, 4 customizable and playable races, 150 monsters, single- and multiplayer (co-op and PvP), ragdoll effects, day/night cycle, particle effects and the latest shaders.

Thursday, October 5, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

'Army of Two' (PS3/X360) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Army of Two will throw gamers into hot spots ripped from current day headlines where they will utilize unique TWO man strategies and tactics while seamlessly transitioning between playing with intelligent Partner AI (PAI) and a live player.

'World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade' Collector's Edition Revealed

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard revealed that the WoW: The Burning Crusade Collector's Edition package will come in a special box that contains many exclusive extras to enhance your adventure into Outland, such as behind-the-scenes DVD, exclusive in-game pet: Netherwhelp, map of Outland mouse pad, soundtrack, hardcover art book, 2 WoW trading card game starter packs, plus exclusive cards, and of course the game itself.

'GT Pro Series' (Wii) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take full control of your vehicles in this exciting arcade-style racing game with a new level of driving immersion and control, thanks to the intuitive Wii-mote.

'Dominions 3: The Awakening' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dominions 3: The Awakening is a turn-based strategy game set in a world of epic struggle between men, monsters, and gods. This demo features a tutorial, a single and multiplayer map, as well as a random map feature.

'Untold Legends Dark Kingdom' (PS3) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 1:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Untold Legends Dark Kingdom will set the standard for next-gen action-RPGs by delivering an immersive fantasy experience through its breath-taking graphics, dramatic storyline, and action-packed battles filled with heart-pounding combat, magical spells and brilliant SFX.

PS2 Review - 'Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria'

by Chris "Atom" DeAngelus on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 12:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria's captivating story takes place long before the events of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth with ties to Norse mythology, producing a perfect synergy of exploration, plot development, fast paced action, and control multiple combatants with an innovative battle system.

'FIFA 07' (ALL) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA 07 delivers authenticity with licenses for all the world’s top leagues, including MLS and Mexican 1st Division, and 26 others from over 20 nations. This year, you have the power to shape your club’s destiny in the Interactive Leagues, a new online mode that enables you to pit your club against supporters of your real-world opponents.

'Gary Grigsby’s World At War: A World Divided' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 12:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Matrix Games and 2by3 Games announced that Gary Grigsby’s World At War: A World Divided has gone gold, adding a host of new features to grow the engine well beyond the original game in terms of grand strategy, includes spies, neutral country diplomacy, variable political events, unit experience and scenarios that occur after the war as well as starting earlier than the original.