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'The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 11:55 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised EA has released the singleplayer demo for The Battle for Middle-Earth 2 demo. The massive 1.3GB demo allows you to play as either the Goblins or Dwarves and feature a tutorial and single-player skirmish mode on two maps. Read more for download links ...

'America's Army: Special Forces (Link-Up)' - v2.6 Update Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 11:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The US Army has released a new updated version for America's Army: Special Forces (Link-Up). This upgrade brings their team-based multiplayer game to v2.6 and includes two new missions, new match-making service, updated punkbuster, and the usual tweaks, bug and game crash fixes. Read more for details and download links ...

'Keepsake' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 11:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Keepsake will immerse you into a journey beyond compare. Assisted by a dragon afraid of heights, Lydia takes on to explore the Dragonvale Academy's empty structures in search for her best friend Celeste. Lighthouse has released an English demo for Wicked Studios' adventure game allowing you to check out several areas of the enchanted Dragonvale Academy, probe some of the game's puzzles and get a feel for the main character.

Various Game Trailers #705

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 11:40 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 :

  • Neverwinter Nights 2 - Trailer
  • Drakengard 2 - Trailer #2
  • Driver Parallel Lines [PS2/Xbox/PC] - Crashes Trailer #3


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

'Heroes of Might and Magic V' Spells & Artifacts - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 10:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Heroes of Might & Magic V will benefit from the established features and characteristics while offering a wealth of innovations such as an immersive scenario, a variety of factions, 3D graphics, a revolutionary tactical combat system, and a story-based campaign mode. Learn more about the magic schools in HOMM5, or discover more about performance enhancing artefacts.

'FIFA Manager 06' - v1.2 Patch & Editor Update Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 9:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA has released the first patch for FIFA Manager 06, previously known as Total Club Manager 2006. This update brings your French, German or English retail game to v1.2 and addresses a slew of fixes, enhacements, and gameplay tweaks. An update for the editor is also available, adding up to date data. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'LocoRoco' (PSP) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 5:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is thrilled to announce the Summer 2006 release of its PSP exclusive LocoRoco. Bright, refreshing and compulsive, LocoRoco plunges you into a colourful world where jelly-like creatures (LocoRoco) sing, roll and bounce their way through levels to reach their goals.

Microsoft or Ubisoft to Acquire Lionhead?

by Judy on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 5:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

According to its sources, GameIndustry.biz reports that British developer Lionhead Studios is in acquisition talks with platform holder Microsoft and French publisher Ubisoft. Electronic Arts has ruled out the possibility of acquiring the studio behind Fable and Black & White. None of the parties were willing to comment, although Lionhead did confirm the talks, which occur frequently.

'Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45' - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 4:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, built on Epic's Unreal 2.5 Engine, is a World War II standalone follow-up game to the Red Orchestra mod, that introduces new gameplay and features. Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 will be available through Steam, and in retail March 2006.

Atari's EVP/CFO Resigns In Light Of Bad Financial Results

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 4:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today released its financial results for the third quarter fiscal 2006, and it's not looking good at all. Net revenue dropped 30%, and went from a net income to a net loss. Additionally, its Executive Vice President and CFO, Diane Baker, resigned to pursue a new opportunity. As if that were not enough, its credit facility let Atari know they will not extend any further credit, which raises substantial doubt about Atari's ability to continue. The statement also reveals that Test Drive Unlimited is coming to PC.

'Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter' (ALL) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 3:55 p.m. PST | 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.

'Broken Circle' (GBA) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

An adventure on a grand scale with isometric graphics, over 12 scenarios with a total of 101 game maps, 18 backdrops for fighting, with various scenarios that bring forth the history of the three principal characters, each with different 21 techniques of fighting that are learned through experience, or the finding of hidden objects within the game.

Will Sony Showcase PS3 At Taipei Game Show 2006?

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 3:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

An article in the Chinese-language Commercial Times seems to think so. After initially announcing it at last year's E3, and some footage at TGS 2005, PS3's first appearance could be next week at the Taipei Game Show (TGS) 2006, which takes place between February 16-20. Sony’s exhibit will occupy a total of 80 booths, including 20 booths allocated exclusively for the PS3. The unveiling could be a countermove against Microsoft's Xbox 360 launch in Taiwan, starting March 16, 2006.

'Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams' (PS2) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 3:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is situated in 1598 and will have several new features and additions over previous titles, such as a new camera system, updated graphics and optimized gameplay mechanics.

'Keepsake' Gets Pushed Back in North America

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company announced today that they will be changing the ship date for Keepsake to April 18, 2006. They are planning to add enhancements unique to the North American version of the game, including new voiceovers and other goodies for the North American audience.

'GTR 2' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After its success with GTR and GTR Legends, swedish developer SimBin and publisher 10Tacle are already hard at work on the sequel, GTR 2.

'Guild Wars Factions' Preview Event Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Guild Wars developers ArenaNet and NCsoft announce that they will be giving fans a chance to preview Guild Wars Factions ahead of time, on March 24, 2006. Players around the globe are invited to participate in the Guild Wars Factions Preview Event, an exclusive and one-time opportunity unlike any offered before.

'Far Cry Instincts: Predator' (X360) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Far Cry Instincts: Predator for X360 will feature both Far Cry Instincts Evolution and an enhanced version of the original Far Cry Instincts game, which will captivate gamers with its lush and deep natural environment, enhanced graphical reality and gameplay.

'Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter' (ALL) Gets Orchestral Soundtrack

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 1:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Following his work on Cold Fear and Ghost Recon 2, Tom Salta has composed and produced the anthemic live orchestral soundtrack for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. Scheduled to ship for March 2006, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter focuses on the deployment of the Soldier of the Future – the "warfighter," into the chaos of urban warfare.

'Age of Empires: The Age of Kings' (NDS) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 1:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Age of Empires: The Age of Kings players command five different civilizations, build armies and take them on scores of campaigns. Boasting turn-based strategy game play, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings allows players to move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world.

'Lineage II Chronicle 4: Scions of Destiny' Launched

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft North America has released Chronicle 4: Scions of Destiny, an expansion that adds 800 megabytes of new content and features to its PvP MMO Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle, adding the high-level hunting areas Rune and Godard, a new castle in Godard, the nearly invincible fire dragon Valakas, and a fishing system.

'Final Fantasy XI' Gold Farmers Get Cropped

by Judy on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 1:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Square-Enix has banned more than 700 accounts in its Final Fantasy XI massively multiplayer online RPG. Square issued a press release which included statements about how the gold farming was affecting the FFXI world's online economy.

'Metroid Prime Hunters' (NDS) Gets Voice Chat

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 12:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

At the DICe conference in Las Vegas Nintendo revealed several new features for the Nintendo DS, amongst which is Metroid Chat, allowing gamers the ability to chat directly with one another before and after matches played via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Read more for details ...

'Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords' - Screens & Trailer

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

Galactic Civilizations II takes place in the distant future, when mankind has become a space-faring civilization and must contend with other extraterrestrial powers for domination of the galaxy. The sequel is a true evolution for the series, with rethought fundamentals and exciting new changes.

'MS Saga: A New Dawn' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 11:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Bandai Games America announced that its PS2 exclusive RPG MS Saga: A New Dawn has gone gold. Follow a storyline exclusive to this game, where a young man named Tristan who lives in a distant future hopes to use Mobile Suits to avenge a terrible war crime.

'Halo 2' Coming to PC, But Only Windows Vista

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 9:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Halo 2 is set to explode onto PCs exclusively for Windows Vista. Halo 2 for Windows Vista will be developed by a dedicated Microsoft Game Studios team in partnership with Bungie Studios, and will include the original game, as well as the multiplayer map pack.

'WWII Tank Commander' Rolls Into Stores

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 9:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Got Game Entertainment and Merscom today announced that WWII Tank Commander, a non-stop military action game for the PC, will begin arriving this weekend in game retailers across North America. Developed by Sylum Entertainment, WWII Tank Commander features an easy to pick-up-and-play style.

'Pacific Fighters' - v4.03 Update Patch & Servers Available NOW

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

Ubi Soft has yet again released new patches for 1C Maddox's WW2 flight sim Pacific Fighters. This update brings your retail game to v4.03 (for both the standalone and merged installations) and adds new aircrafts, modifications, fixes, new ground objects and more... Read more for download links.

'Far Cry' - v1.33 Dedicated Linux Server Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released a new v1.33 dedicated linux server file for Crytek's Far Cry. Read more for download links ...

'Driver: Parallel Lines' (PS2/Xbox) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 3:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As the only game that offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience, Driver: Parallel Lines features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge. Set in a photorealistic interpretation of New York City, players take on the role of a notorious 18 year old who, free from conscience and rules, is the most sought after driver-for-hire in town.

'State of Emergency 2' (PS2) - 36 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

State of Emergency 2 takes place 10 years after the original and has Spanky, Bull and MacNeill again up against the Corporation. This time, they not only have access to guns but also - for the first time - helicopters, speedboats, Tanks and APCs and new team members.

Blizzard Issues Apology For 'GLBT' Controversy

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 2:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to In Newsweekly, Blizzard has sent Sara Andrews a formal letter of apology after reviewing the incident where she was reprimanded for using the term "GLBT friendly." The policy in question would be reviewed, and Blizzard's COO Paul Sams told In Newsweekly that it would be adding a guild recruitment channel to the game where people can advertise their guilds in an appropriate fashion, and to top it off, all of its WoW GMs are getting sensitivity training.

PS2 Preview - 'Shadow Hearts: From The New World'

by Thomas Wilde on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 12:50 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Shadow Hearts: From The New World takes place in the US during the Great Depression. With an improved Judgment Ring System, a gripping and inspirational storyline, players can expect to run into a unique set of characters at famous, real-world locations including Chicago, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and New York.

PS2 Review - 'Neopets: The Darkest Faerie'

by Geson Hatchett on Feb. 9, 2006 @ 12:37 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, players enter the land of Neopia for the first time in 3D and journey with Neopian characters on an adventure to rid the world from the evil Darkest Faerie.