'X3: Reunion' - v1.4 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 8:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EgoSoft has released a new patch for its space-combat exploration game X³: REUNION. This update brings your retail game to v1.4 and adds new features, gfx options, various improvements and several bug fixes (thanks Tim). Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun' - v1.04 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 8:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Victoria An Empire Under the Sun your ultimate goal is to become one of the eight great powers of the era. To achieve this goal you must master the art of Diplomacy, Warfare, Economy & Industrialization, Colonization, Technological Research and Politics. This v1.04 patch addresses a massive slew of fixes, db changes, scenario and other game tweaks.

'Warship Gunner 2' (PS2) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 6:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

KOEI announced today that its PS2 exclusive Warship Gunner 2 has reached gold status, and is scheduled to ship to North American retailers on March 18, 2006. In Warship Gunner 2 you will engage in deadly sub-to-sub stealth warfare, pilot classic warships and design their own fleet of destroyers, submarines, and battlecruisers.

Various Game Trailers #730

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 6:45 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:

  • Alliance: Future Combat - Trailer (3)
  • Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends - Trailer #5


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

'War Front: Turning Point' - Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 4:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

War Front: Turning Point explores an alternate World War II, one in which Hitler is assassinated in the early days. This new timeline includes more than just new leadership. Players will take command of experimental weapons, prototype vehicles and units rarely seen in strategy games in an attempt to alter or secure the historical outcome of World War II.

THQ Forms Outsource Division To Streamline Development

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 4:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ today announced the formation of XDG (External Development Group), a new team charged with streamlining the company's development outsourcing needs, spearheaded by Shiraz Akmal, previously director of research and development at THQ's Heavy Iron Studios

'Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII' (Xbox/X360/PC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft today proudly announces that its squadron-based flight action game Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, has gone gold for the Xbox 360, Xbox and PC and will be releasing to U.S. stores on March 23, 2006.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (X360/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Oblivion is a single-player game that takes place in Tamriel's capital province, Cyrodiil. You are given the task of finding the hidden heir to a throne that sits empty, the previous emperor having been killed by an unknown assassin.

'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 1:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an Online Action RPG, mixing a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan.

Blu-Ray Copy Protection Delays PlayStation 3 Launch Until November 2006

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 12:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

While neither confirmed nor official, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun claims that tomorrow's secretive Sony conference will reveal that SCEI will delay the release of its PS3 next-generation console until early November because the copy protection technology for the Blu-ray Disc has not been finalized.

Nobilis Takes a 'Coffee Break'

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 12:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Already announced last year, Coffee break is a company life simulation with attitude. All your colleagues have different personalities and you must develop a good relationship with them all if you want to succeed in your different tasks.

'The Godfather' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 12:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

EA announced today that The Godfather has gone gold for the PS2, Xbox, and PC and is expected in stores on March 21st in North America and March 24th in Europe, while X360 and PSP versions are scheduled for later this year.

'AND 1 Streetball' (PS2/Xbox) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

AND 1 Streetball will raise the bar for sports videos game with its revolutionary I-Ball Controls, an intuitive control system that gives you fluid and precise command over every offensive and defensive move. Not only will you do it, you will also feel it, and it will feel good.

'Bone: The Great Cow Race' Gets Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 11:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Telltale has been moving rapidly to get Bone: The Great Cow Race game ready for release this April. The Great Cow Race is the continuation of Bone: Out from Boneville, and will feature more quirky and colorful characters, as well as a deeper story.

'Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence' (PS2) Sneaks Into Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 11:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami announced today that Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for the PS2 has shipped to retail stores nationwide, further evolving the tactical espionage series with the addition of online gameplay, a 3rd-person camera perspective, new gameplay modes and features as well as the inclusion of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake games.

'The Outfit' (X360) Deploys In Retail Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 10:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ today announced that Relic Entertainment's The Outfit has shipped for the Xbox 360, combining explosive squad-based combat, the freedom of total destruction and an over-the-top attitude to bring a thrilling new gaming experience to the World War II genre.

'Moto Racer 3' Gets Updated In Gold Edition - Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Moto Racer series is back with Moto Racer 3 Gold Edition. The game presents a wide variety of brand new game modes, circuits, bikes and bonuses for extra challenges, thrills and life expectancy, but most importantly optimised for Windows XP.

'IL-2 Sturmovik Series: Complete Edition' Announced

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 10:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft announced that its IL-2 combat flight simulator series is now merged into one DVD including: Il-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, the Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters, and all the intermediary add-ons.

'Battle of Europe' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 10:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Black Bean today announced that its WW2 flight action title Battle of Europe will be landing in stores on March 31st, offering fast, arcade style gameplay with a historical theme. Players will control the best combat aircraft of the era and even some "top secret" ones! This fast paced title lets players engage their enemies over some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

'Illumina' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 9:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Irish game developer Star Cave Studios Limited announces devastation and mayhem in the form of Illumina for the PC platform! Illumina is best described as an online multiplayer semi-tactical FPS set in the year of 2046.

PopCap Games Opens San Francisco Studio

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bejeweled developer PopCap Games has opened a studio in San Francisco, California, to complement its Dublin, Ireland and Seattle, Washington headquarters. The new studio will serve as a regional hub for PopCap's game design and development activities, tapping the wealth of software engineering and artistic talent found in the area.

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach' Add-On Module Announced

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 9:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Turbine is pleased to announce the first module for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The Dragon's Vault module will provide players the opportunity to battle the dangerous Vault of Night that is protected by a ferocious guardian – the red dragon!

'The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript' - Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is a major adventure and investigation game, the first game created about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. It offers players the opportunity to grapple with the mysteries of the codes hidden within the works of the great Italian genius.

PS2/Xbox Preview - 'AND 1 Streetball'

by Kenny Bartlett on March 14, 2006 @ 6:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

AND 1 Streetball will raise the bar for sports videos game with its revolutionary I-Ball Controls, an intuitive control system that gives you fluid and precise command over every offensive and defensive move. Not only will you do it, you will also feel it, and it will feel good.

'Dungeon Runners' - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 6:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Runners is a fast paced, action RPG experience where you take on the role of a brave hero and explore dangerous dungeons, battle ferocious monsters, and discover unique items! Your hero can adventure alone or team with a party to hunt terrible monsters and reap fantastic rewards.

'Driver: Parallel Lines' (PS2/Xbox) Wheels Into Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 6:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced that its Hollywood-style action driving game Driver: Parallel Lines has shipped to retail stores worldwide. Driver: Parallel Lines offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience and features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge.

'Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing' (PS) Goes Retail

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA announced today the release of its PSP exclusive Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing, an action adventure role playing game served up in "bite-sized" gameplay sessions that entice players to progress through the larger story.

Nival Interactive Moves To North America And Goes Console

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nival Interactive today announced it has established its global headquarters in the United States and recruited an executive management team comprised of American video game industry professionals, including Kevin Bachus, co-creator of Microsoft's Xbox, as chief executive officer. Nival plans to expand into the console and mobile games market.

'Daxter' (PSP) Flying Solo Into Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SCEA announced today the launch of its PSP exclusive title Daxter, taking players through the Jak and Daxter universe through the eyes of Daxter as this time around, Daxter drops his sidekick image when he finally fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming the action hero.

'Act of War: High Treason' Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced that development is complete on Eugen Systems' Act of War: High Treason. The expansion pack for its techno-thriller RTS Act of War: Direct Action comes loaded with new features including modern-day naval combat and mercenaries.

'Far Cry Instincts Evolution' (X360) Xbox Live Arcade Achievements Revealed

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 5:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Far Cry Instincts Evolution will introduce players to an entirely new story, characters and game features that reflect and improve upon the critically acclaimed elements of the first title.

'Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 4:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tony is back in a brand-new adventure with modern 3D-graphics. However, Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress is no sequel, but a prequel – it takes the player back into Tony’s youth, into the year 1953, when Tony was 13 years old.

France Knights Video Game Developers

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 4:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

French Minister of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres knighted Ubisoft's Michel Ancel, creator of Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil and King Kong, along with director and general manager of Nintendo EAD, Shigeru Miyamoto and author Frederick Raynal as knights of arts and literature for their outstanding achievement in video games. France's Order of Arts and Letters recognizes eminent artists and writers who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

'Steam Client', 'Source Engine', 'H-L 1' And 'C-S: S' Get Steamy Update #41

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 4:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding the latest update to Steam client, Source Engine, Half-Life 1 engine and Counter-Strike Source. This update allows you to join the Friends Beta, fixes a Counter-Strike exploit, reveals results of the hardware survey, improved HL2 filesystem addressing stuttering, and a few other Steam client fixes. Just restart Steam for the effects to take place.

'Rogue Trooper' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 3:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rogue Trooper is a mix of intense 3rd person action and next generation stealth elements, with complex line-of-sight AI, multiple game paths, full tactical use of your bio-chip operated equipment and both single- and multiplayer online gameplay.

Sony's Patent Infringement Appeal Denied

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 3:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Last week US District Judge Claudia Wilken threw out Sony's appeal of a 2005 ruling that ordered it to pay Immersion $90 mill. due to patent infringement allegedly incorporated into Sony's controller, including its Dual Shock. This decision hits hard as the upcoming PlayStation 3 also features said technology in its controllers. A spokesperson said it had already appealed to a US Court of Appeals and procedures there are under way, denying out-of-court settlement talks are being held.

Sony Conference Confirmed

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Is this where it all starts? The past few days rumors have been abound, initiated by Koei's President Kiyoshi Komatsu, but today Sony has confirmed that on March 15th, at 3PM Tokyo time, it will kick off PS Business Briefing. Open to the press and industry specialist, this conference may very well be the first actual showcasing of Sony's PlayStation 3, and additional rumors even mention a major PS2 announcement, including a possible price drop. We'll have more details when the conference starts...

'Guitar Hero' (PS2) Goes Gold In Europe

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

RedOctane announced today that the English PAL version of Guitar Hero has gone gold and is ready to ship to outlets across UK, Scandinavia and Benelux on April 7th. Finally, gamers will have the chance to fulfill their dreams of being a rock god on stage, minus the stage and actual god status – unless, of course, they master the tricky Expert difficulty level.

'Magic Online' Implements PayPal Feature

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wizards of the Coast today announced it would make available PayPal as a new payment option for Magic Online, its multiplayer online collectable digital objects game experience. The new payment option will be available as of today.

'Auto Assault' Gets Massive In-Game Ads

by Rainier on March 14, 2006 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft and Massive Incorporated today announced a strategic partnership to integrate dynamic in-game advertising. Explore a post-apocalyptic future in customizable cars, motorcycles, semis and even tanks, battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth.

Xbox Review - 'Black'

by Hugh McHarg on March 14, 2006 @ 2:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

You are Sergeant First-Class Jack Kellar, seasoned veteran of the US military and a leader of a BLACK ops team. Your squad have been sent into the heart of Eastern Europe on a dangerous mission, drawn in to the midst of a relentless combat zone to bring in a traitor.