THQ Acquires Vigil Games

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ today announced that it has acquired Austin, Texas based developer Vigil Games, which will be led by for former NCSoft project creator/director David Adams, and Marvel Comic's Uncanny X-Men artist Joe Madureira. Vigil is currently working on new content for next-gen scheduled for release in 2008.

'MX vs. ATV Unleashed' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

MX vs. ATV Unleashed allows PC gamers to personalize their racing experience with an all-new track editor and race with a collection of new vehicles and chose between new tracks, challenges and mini-games. This patch brings you retail game to v1.01 and addresses a few issues with the game.

'Keepsake' - German v1.4 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Frogster has released a new patch for the German edition of Wicked Studios' adventure game bringing your retail game to v1.4 and addresses a few stability issues and crashes.

Various Game Trailers #732

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 5:09 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:

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion [X360/PC] - 5 Days
  • Rogue Trooper [PS2/Xbox/PC] - Trailer #2
  • WRC: FIA World Rally Championship [PSP] - Trailer
  • X-Men: The Official Game - Trailer
  • Champion Sheep Rally - Trailer
  • Fire Department 3 - Trailer
  • Back to Gaya: The Adventures Of Zino And Boo - Trailer #2


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

'DropTeam' - Multiplayer Beta Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 4:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

DropTeam is a truly Sci-Fi multiplayer tactical simulation of mechanized ground combat using a new groundbreaking and powerful 3D engine. DropTeam is all about fun, fast and furious tactical action – but not at the expense of realistic physics and a credible combat experience. This mp beta allows you to try out 2 scenarios, Ice Field" and Raid.

'Hitman: Blood Money' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.

'Crime Stories' Spreading In North American Stores

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 3:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company announced today that its investigative thriller, Crime Stories has shipped to retailers across North America. As the brilliant detective Martin Mystère, you have just been called upon to investigate the brutal murder of the highly reputed scientist, Professor Eulemberg.

Turtle Rock Is Steaming New Source-Powered Game

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 3:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Independent studio Turtle Rock Studios, known for C-S Condition Zero, C-S Xbox, AI Bot, today announced that it is working on a new Source-based title for the PC, to be released via Valve's Steam online platform for digital distribution.

Trinigy's Vision Game Engine Gets Intelligent

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 3:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A.I. middleware provider Kynogon and 3D game engine developer Trinigy today announced that both firms have collaborated on a full integration of Kynapse A.I. into Trinigy's Vision Game Engine.

'Maximum-Football' - v1.095 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 2:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Maximum-Football takes flexibility to a whole new level. By allowing the players to select and change nearly every option of play, from Canadian vs. Professional USA rules to setting your own playbook for each team, Maximum-Football is the PC football fan's dream come true. Play or coach your team to victory in a fully customizable league system, draft free agents, and create the ultimate football team.

'Black & White 2' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 12:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Lionhead has released a demo for its strategy sim Black & White 2 allowing you to try out part of the game. This demo starts on Land 3 of the main game, and will guide you through the finer points of town building and how to complete lands. Read more for download links ...

'Over the Hedge' (ALL) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 11:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Players assume the roles of RJ the raccoon, Verne the turtle, Hammy the squirrel and Stella the skunk and turn a suburban neighborhood loaded with dangerous obstacles and traps into their personal playground.

'CivCity: Rome' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Games and Firaxis Games today announced CivCity: Rome for the PC, a new city building strategy game inspired by the world of Sid Meier's Civilization. CivCity: Rome is being developed by Firefly Studios.

'Odama' (NGC) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 11:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Mix all the intensity of classic pinball with the sights, sounds and savagery of war and what do you get? Odama – the first pinball game that throws you into the midst of mighty clashes between armies on boards laid out like chaotic battlefields.

'Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Games and Firaxis Games today announced Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords, an expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization IV for the PC.

'Rumble Roses XX' (X360) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The follow-up to last year's smash hit female wrestling video game, Rumble Roses XX for the Xbox 360 will feature a full lineup of incredible looking wrestlers along with all-new moves, gameplay modes, tag team action and online play.

'Sid Meier's Railroads!' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Games and Firaxis Games today announced the next edition of the award-winning Railroad Tycoon franchise, Sid Meier's Railroads! for the PC.

THQ Will Implement Quazal's Online Multiplayer Middleware

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Online multiplayer middleware developer Quazal and THQ announced today that they have signed an agreement that will see the THQ studios add Quazal's Net-Z and Rendez-Vous technologies for use in their online efforts through 2007.

'Test Drive Unlimited' (X360/PC) - 27 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 10:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages.

'Abducted' (PC/Xbox) Changes Developer

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 9:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Contraband made a brief announcement on its website that Abducted was sold to another developer, more details forthcoming (thanks Blues). Abducted is a unique blend of the best of science fiction, horror and adventure all rolled into one harrowing, immersive game.

'Earache Extreme Metal Racing' (PSP/PS2/PC) Announced

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 7:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Teenage Goth-Metal girl designs extreme metal racing video game based in Hell…. Earache Extreme Metal Racing will feature ten evil Earache racing teams burning a lot more than rubber through hell and other wastelands.

'Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning' Game Details

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 7:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After two years of development Climax's Warhammer Online was cancelled after which Games Workshop granted its license to Mythic Entertainment. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is an MMO game for PC and console set in the fantasy world of Warhammer.

'Project Entropia' Gets Massive Ads

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 6:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MMO developers MindArk have announced today it has signed an agreement with Massive Incorporated to incorporate streaming ads in latest title Project Entropia, making it even more real life than ever before.

'Call of Juarez' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 5:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Call of Juarez is situated in 19th-century Wild West America and requires a combination of both intelligent stealth and pure shooting. Fast-paced revolver duels using historically accurate firearms, horseback riding, and memorable locations combine with top-notch graphics and an enthralling soundtrack to immerse both casual and hardcore players.

Atari Narrows Down 'Test Drive: Unlimited' (X360/PC) Release Dates

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 5:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari today announced that the world's first console massively open online racing game, Test Drive: Unlimited, will launch for the PC platform in Fall 2006, while the Xbox 360 edition is on schedule for a Summer 2006 release.

'Emergency 4' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 5:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Either play the 20 mission campaign or choose to try the randomly generated missions. Emergency 4 will feature realistic physics (walls collapsing, fire spreading), simplified controls, as well as a multiplayer mode.

EA Drops 'Need For Speed Most Wanted' Support

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 5:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

An ongoing discussion in the EA community forums regarding a stuttering issue in the PC version of Need For Speed Most Wanted concluded with the forum admin revealing there will be no more patches due to "time and resources." Although in early February the team was apparently doing some testing to investigate the issue, EA recently decided to drop all NFS Most Wanted support (thanks ve3d). On the bright side, EA promises to do better in future releases ... really ...

'Black & White 2: Battle of The Gods' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 4:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As rumored a few weeks ago, Lionhead today announced Black & White 2: Battle of The Gods. The war between the Aztecs and the allies was over. The Aztecs, crazed with dreams of ruling the planet, had come up against the steely resolve of the stronger, cleverer Greeks. And, most importantly of all, they'd come up against the Greek god.

'ArchLord' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 4:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Embark on your adventure to become the one mighty ruler of them all and take control of vast worlds, sprawling towns and cities or even control the world's horrific monsters to wreak havoc on your cowering enemies. For the first time ever you can rise to rule them all and with it the true destiny of Chantra is under your control...

PS2 Preview - 'Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires'

by Geson Hatchett on March 16, 2006 @ 3:53 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

In Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires, the armies of the kingdom are at your command! The player's ultimate goal is to conquer the 25 regions of Ancient China and build an entire Empire using cunning diplomacy and uncompromising force. Before each battle, the player will meet with the war council to decide upon military and political policies for the kingdom;, then it's time for war.

'Gekido: The Dark Angel' (PSP) Developer Interview

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 3:53 a.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

Gekido is a multiplatform fighting game previously developed and published on PSone, GBC, and GBA. This time Gekido PSP is completely rewritten, to bring some fresh air to fighting game players. Gekido will also rewrite the genre by bringing a brand new vision of fighting action games. The NAPS development team gives us some more information, new screens included...

'The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 16, 2006 @ 3:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Add excitement to your Sims' family with this all-new collection of furniture, clothing, and décor. Decorate the home with an assortment of cool new furnishings, including upscale living room items and adventurous bedroom sets.

NDS Review - 'The Rub Rabbits!'

by Kenny Bartlett on March 16, 2006 @ 3:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Getting the girl is never easy, especially when competing against 12 other rivals. The hero must not only battle his rivals but also win the affection of his love interest, and that's just the beginning of his troubles! The Rub Rabbits! offers over 35 chapters in Story Mode.