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'The Godfather' (ALL) Developer Interview #8

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 6:50 p.m. PST | Filed under Interviews

After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts you've been accepted into America's most famous criminal organization, the Corleone family. Now it's up to you to carry out orders, earn respect, rise through the ranks, and make New York City your own, and become Don. EA world designer Steven Smith tells us more about Little Italy in The Godfather, illustrated by new screens ...

'Rogue Trooper' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 10 Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 6:43 p.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.

'Ski Alpin 2006' - Win98A Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 6:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Alpine Skiing 2006 captures the essence of the sport by allowing players to take part in each of the four disciplines of alpine skiing: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. Alpine Skiing 2006, aka Ski Alpin 2006, is known in North America as Bode Miller Alpine Skiing. This patch is needed if you have problems installing the game on Win98 (thanks 3DGamers).

'Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach' Going To Japan

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 6:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Turbine announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with SAKURA Internet Inc. to localize Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach for the Japanese market. SAKURA also will market, distribute, and operate the game in that territory, which is scheduled for somewhere in 2006.

'The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion' (X360/PC) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 6:00 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.

'Micro Machines V4' (NDS/PSP/PS2/PC) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 5:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After a four-year hiatus and a move from Atari back to its original publisher, Hasbro's Micro Machines V4 promises to bring its own hilarious brand of mini multiplayer madness. While there still is no official announcement, we do have the first screens ...

'X³: Reunion' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Egosoft has released a playable demo for its space-combat exploration game X³: REUNION. This demo walks you through key game concepts in a limited game universe. Don't imagine that it will all be plain sailing though. The deadly Kha'ak will be there too and you will have to contend with their presence while you learn about the other aspects of the game.

'Battlefield 2: Euro Force' Gets New Release Date

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Battlefield 2: Euro Force, the European Army joins the Battlefield with seven new weapons and four new vehicles, the European Army will be sent into battle against MEC and Chinese forces on three brand new maps. The BF 2 Euro Force Booster Pack will be available for download on Wednesday March 15th.

'Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection' (NDS) Clocks One Million Users

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo's wireless gaming service has hit an all- time gaming record of 1 million unique users, in less than four months in operation.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Double Pack' (GBA) Announced

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of Europe announced that it will release the first two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle titles in its new Double Pack series, this coming March, comprises TMNT and TMNT 2: Battle Nexus, both of which feature the full gamut of characters from the popular TV series within games that effortlessly mix platform and fighting genres.

'The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript' - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:13 p.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.

'OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Power your way across 15 new American themed environments from the OutRun2 SP arcade experience. Race from coast to glorious coast with a fresh new mission structure, a license mode and online play, with up to 6 players for a thrilling head-to-head journey.

'Hammer & Sickle' - Unofficial v1.15 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 12:33 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A unique mix of turn-based and role-play, Hammer & Sickle is a brand-new gaming experience. This unofficial patch fixes a number of glitches which allow you to have continuity in the story line.

'Samurai Warriors: State of War' (PSP) Rides Into Stores

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Samurai Warriors: State of War for PSP is a tactical action game set in the turbulent times of civil war Japan. Players will get to take control of famous military commanders and other legendary characters, and engage in a multitude of battles in a dramatically unfolding war.

Former 'Halo', 'Half-Life' Developers Form Giant Bite Games

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 11:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Giant Bite is founded by game industry veterans Hamilton Chu, Michael Evans, Andy Glaister, and Steve Theodore. The principals have helped to create some of the best-known games in the world, including Halo, Halo 2, Half-Life and Counterstrike, as well as making key contributions to Microsoft's DirectX technologies.

'Condemned: Criminal Origins' - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 11:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

While it's not exactly a secret, SEGA today officially announced Condemned for the PC, which will be coming spring 2006. Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience an unnatural level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice.

'Knights of the Temple II' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - v1.2.44 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 11:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Playlogic has released a new patch for its 3d action game Knights of the Temple II. This update brings your retail game to v1.2.44 fixes bugs concerning save games, improves playability, corrects bugs while climbing, fixes occasionally crashes and a problem during the final boss fight. The new patch also adds a 3D mode, which requires 3d glasses.

'Liquidator' - v1.2 Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 10:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Liquidator is an action-packed, first person shooter game with large cinematic adventure components. This demo features a tutorial and 3 levels, 6 of the full game's weapons, a bunch of different enemies, and several bug fixes and gameplay adjustments. Read more for download links ...

'Test Drive Unlimited' (X360/PC) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 10:13 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.

'Flitzer' Announced

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

German publisher dtp will release an off-beat football experience with the casual game Flitzer, the German term for streaking soccer/football fans. The game, developed by German company Handy Games will be released in May 2006, just in time for the World Cup, the biggest soccer event of the year.

'Battle of Europe: Royal Air Force' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battle of Europe offers 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.

Pre-Order 'Savage 2: A Tortured Soul' And Get Guaranteed Beta Test Access

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul developer S2 Games today announced that all customers who pre-order the game before April 15, 2006 will receive instant guaranteed beta approval.

NCsoft Announces Publishing Deal with Spacetime Studios

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft announced today its latest partnership with a new company in Austin. Spacetime Studios, composed of a core team with previous roles on successful franchises such as Privateer, Wing Commander and Star Wars Galaxies, will publish its next, yet unannounced, game under the NCsoft brand.

'Battlefield 2: Modern Combat' (X360) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat will drop players into the heat of battle on the high tech frontlines, entering a new modern era of combat with more firepower and new expansive environments.

'One Piece: Pirates' Carnival' (PS2) Announced

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Bandai today announced One Piece: Pirates' Carnival, an over-the-top party game for PS2, scheduled to ship this Spring.

'Seed' Gets Slightly Delayed

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 9:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Runestone Game Development announced today it will slightly delay its massively multiplayer game Seed from its original April release date to May 2nd in order to improve player experiences for load and connectivity.

'Knights of the Temple II' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Knights of the Temple 2 players will join the ultimate battle of Paul de Raque, Grand Master of the Order of the Temple and hero of the first game, and the forces of Hell. Playlogic has released a demo allows you to check out 2 levels. First you need to escape from the inner sanctum of a burning temple and fight against Roman elite guards and legionnaires. In the second level you have to face evil demons at the beautiful harbor of Sirmium.

'Driver: Parallel Lines' (PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 3:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Driver: Parallel Lines offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience and 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.

'Paris Chase' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Paris Chase, you start your career in a cheap garage and a choice of affordable street cars. Work your way up to 5 other garages. Each garage has its own style, cars (total of 30+ supercars), and friends, so feel free to drive towards one of these garages and check out their showrooms.

'Chromehounds' (X360) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 2:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Chromehounds is a squad-based action title puts gamers in control of giant mechanized military weapons of war. With a strong focus on cooperative and competitive online gameplay, the game is sure to satisfy players looking for a deep, involving Xbox Live experience.

'Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams' (PS2) Slices Its Way To Stores

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 1:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A new nefarious threat emerges as Capcom today announced the release of Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, a new epic action game for the PS2, focusing on the destiny of a new hero whose courage and fortitude must withstand the adversaries that wait.

'Age of Empires III' Expansion Pack - Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios announced that Age of Empires III will get its first expansion pack, providing players with the ability to lead one of three proud Native American civilizations, including the Iroquois Confederation, to expand their empire and fight for control of the Americas.

'Brothers in Arms 3' (PS3/X360/PC) - First Screen

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 12:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

That Gearbox is working on Brothers in Arms 3 isn't much of a secret, Sony announced BiA 3 would be making an appearance on the PS3 back in September at TGS 05. Gearbox licensed Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to work on the next generation installment and while details are few, the first screenshot trickled in...

Xbox 360 Review - 'Fight Night Round 3'

by Thomas Leaf on March 8, 2006 @ 12:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Fight Night Round 3 brings the most intense boxing experience to gamers. Film-quality graphics showcase devastating punch impacts unparalleled in any game or film. On the way to becoming boxing's greatest legend, train to fight like the best including Muhammad Ali or create a boxing style unique only to your boxer.

'FlatOut 2' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on March 8, 2006 @ 12:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The sequel to the destruction racer is set to accelerate its way onto the PS2, Xbox, and PC in the nitrous charged form of FlatOut 2 this June, courtesy of Bugbear Entertainment and Empire Interactive, while Vivendi Universal Games will distribute the title in the U.S.