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'NCAA Football 07' (PS2/Xbox/X360) Revealed

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 8:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Online retails EBGames and GameStop are early out the gate with what might be a premature announcement for EA's newest edition in their football franchise, as both outlets have new listing for the yet to be announced NCAA Football 07, loaded with new features such as Student Athlete mode and ESPN Radio, on top of the usual Dynasty Mode. Read more for details ...

'WarCraft 3: RoC' & 'TFT' - v1.20d Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 8:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard has released new update patches for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as well as The Frozen Throne. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.20d and fixes a crash that could happen in multiplayer games. Read more for download links ...

'City Life' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Create exactly the city you want: build uniquely-designed structures, from residences to corporate skyscrapers. Improve the quality of life by providing recreational and entertainment opportunities-without letting taxes spiral out of control. CDV has released an English demo which includes three of the six cultures from the game along with their representative buildings and one map (Rock Lake).

Blizzard Bans 4,500 'World of Warcraft' Cheaters

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 4:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In keeping with its aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, Blizzard have since patch 1.10 banned over 5400 accounts and suspended 10700 more for participating in activities that violate the game’s Terms of Use, including using third-party programs to farm gold and items. Such actions can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

Various Game Trailers #757

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 4:15 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:

  • Night Watch - German Trailer
  • Guild Wars: Factions - Trailer #4
  • Stranger - Trailer (2)
  • Over The Hedge [ALL] - Villains Trailer
  • Darkstar One - (German) Trailer #4
  • Back to Gaya: The Adventures Of Zino And Boo - Trailer #3


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

'Scratches' - Retail Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 4:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Scratches is a gripping first-person mystery adventure game that will keep the players glued to their monitors, with its story full of breathtaking twists and surprises, until the final shocking revelation. This patch fixes stability issues found on some systems, mostly P4 with Hyper-Threading technology, but is recommended for everyone.

'Yakuza' (PS2) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Yakuza (known in Japan as Ryu Ga Gotoku) is a thrilling, PS2 exclusive, action-adventure game created by producer Toshihiro Nagoshi and award-winning novelist Seishu Hase, taking players deep into the world of Japan's infamous underground organization.

'Counter-Strike Source' And 'Earth 2160' Steamy Update #42

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding the latest update to Earth 2160 (save game issue fixed) and Counter-Strike Source. This update adds HDR to de_dust, resizes crates, adds new GSG9 and Arctic player models, improves lag compensation, and a few other minor tweaks. Just restart Steam for the effects to take place.

'Heroes of Might and Magic V' Will Be Starforce Free!

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:10 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It seems Starforce may be losing one of its biggest supporters, as Ubisoft announced today that Nival's upcoming RPG Heroes of Might & Magic V will not have the controversial, and much disliked, Starforce copy protection, instead Ubisoft opted to use "an alternative protection." If this means the longtime Starforce supporter is shying away from using it in general or just a one time experiment is not disclosed.

'The Lost' (Xbox/PC) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It has been a few years since we last heard from The Lost, an action/horror title putting the player against denizens of the underworld. Back in 2003, it was to be published by Crave and developed by Irrational Games, but Crave then decided to go value price only. A few days ago FXLAbs announced a comic book deal with Archie which uncovered The Lost as one of their projects in development (thanks Blues).

'Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge' - English/German Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 1:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take on the role of the bounty hunter John Cooper and experience in a thrilling Western story with surprising turns, how he apprehends the nasty scoundrel Dillon with the help of his friends known from the first part. Atari Germany has released a playable demo, read more for download links ...

'Ultimate Baseball Online 2006' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 1:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Netamin today announced the latest edition of the world's first MMO baseball game, Ultimate Baseball Online 2006, giving players the opportunity to play sports gamers from other countries in virtual competition.

Digital & Voice Media Limited Acquires Perception

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Digital & Voice Media Limited (DVM) announced today that it has entered into a heads of agreement with the shareholders in Perception Pty Ltd pursuant to which DVM has agreed to acquire 100% of the shares in the capital of Perception. Stargate SG-1 is still listed as one of its "projects," what this actually means is not clear though.

'Bone: The Great Cow Race' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 12:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

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. This demo includes the complete game, but only lets you play part of the game, which you can fully unlock by purchasing an activation key.

'Urban Chaos: Riot Response' (PS2/Xbox) - 6 New Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 11:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Urban Chaos: Riot Response, previously known as Zero Tolerance, is a high velocity, first person shooter where the player confronts real terror in an American city.

'Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway' (PS3/X360/PC) Officially Announced

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 10:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Ubisoft and Gearbox Software announced that Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway is in development for next generation video game platforms, including the PS3 and PC.

'Hitman: Blood Money' (PS2/Xbox/X360/PC) Gets Release Date

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT | 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. Eidos confirmed the North American bloodbath will begin May 30, while Europeans will be able to commence May 26, 2006.

'Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege' Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 9:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cinemaware Marquee announced that it has signed Moscow to Berlin: Red Siege for North American distribution. Moscow to Berlin plunges the player into the most intense battles of the Easter Front.

'Pirates of the Caribbean Online' Will Make Its Debut At E3

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Announced a few months ago, Disney said it will unveil the first images and a playable version of the never-before-seen Pirates of the Caribbean Online game at the E3 2006 in May. This MMORPG is based on the popular film franchise and will allow players to experience the world captured on screen.

'Take Command 2nd Manassas' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 8:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paradox Interactive announced today that their next big April release, Take Command 2nd Manassas, has gone gold. The strategy title plays out during Americas Civil War and brings the struggle between unionists and confederates to life like never before.

'Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII' (PS2) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 6:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Taking place three years after the original PSOne game console title, gamers follow Vincent Valentine's journey as he uncovers shocking truths never revealed in Midgar. Vincent is connected to recent attacks, and he may be the only one who can save this shattered world. When the world is engulfed in darkness, his gun will toll a dreadful dirge...

Wednesday April 12, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 6:32 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:

'The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II' (X360/PC) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BFME 2 takes part in the North where a battle is raging between Sauron's forces vs. elves and dwarves. It will be possible to create/customize your own hero, apart from known figures such as Arwin, and become more powerful as you progress in the game. While BFME was all land based, the sequel will also take the action on the sea, naval battles included.

'God Hand' (PS2) Revealed

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

The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu reveals Clover Studios' next project, God Hand. Shinji Mikami and Atsushi Inaba, known for working on franchises such as Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, Resident Evil, and Phoenix Wright, are currently finishing Capcom's Okami. While details about God Hand are not available at this time, the track record of Clover Studio speaks for itself that this is a title to keep an eye on.

'X3: Reunion' - v1.4.02 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EgoSoft has released a new patch for its space-combat exploration game X³: REUNION. This update brings your retail game to v1.4.02, improves support for widescreen resolutions, and the usual improvements and bug fixes. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

NDS Review - 'Metroid Prime: Hunters'

by Arkalem on April 12, 2006 @ 4:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

A mighty race, now extinct, has left behind relics of their once-powerful warrior culture. Now bounty hunters from across the galaxy are racing against each other to lay claim to these relics to harness their power for themselves.

'Alone in the Dark: Near Death Investigation' (X360) Also Coming to PC - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 4:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced that Alone in the Dark will launch for the PC simultaneously with the X360 version. Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through the use of state-of-the-art real-time physics and unprecedented environmental interaction combining to deliver an exhilarating action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment.

'2006 FIFA World Cup' (ALL) Developer Q&A

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

A will celebrate the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany with the launch of the event's only officially licensed videogame, 2006 FIFA World Cup. EA executive Steve Schnur tells us more about the just announced soundtrack.

'Sadness' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nibris decided to follow Nintendo's path, which definitely fights the stagnation which has occurred in video games, and creates new trends. "With this move, we want to create a unique environment, which is only available in Sadness," says £ukasz "CassSept" Oskard, a Nibris employee. But Nibris is not following the trend created through Sin City, but rather a game which is set in the pre-World War era. The Nintendo Revolution-exclusive title Sadness will be fully ... black and white!

'Air Conflicts' Goes Gold In Germany

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

German publisher Frogster announced that Air Conflicts has gone gold and will be released on April 27. Air Conflicts is an arcade simulator from the second World War. Many action missions with historical based timeline, authentic planes, units.

'Semper Fidelis: Marine Corps' Coming To North America

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 3:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

You are part of a special operations squad equipped with the best weapons in modern warfare. Take charge in an action driven tactical war. Choose from ground, airborne and water vehicles, it’s your choice how to support the team and how to achieve victory. Semper Fidelis: Marine Corps is also known as Soldner: Marine Corps, which was never released in North America.

'Gothic III' - 4 Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 12:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions continues its successful cooperation with the German developer Piranha Bytes by publishing one of the most spectacular titles of the coming year: Gothic III, the third part of the legendary RPG saga.

NGC Review - 'Naruto: Clash of Ninja'

by Geson Hatchett on April 12, 2006 @ 12:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Naruto: Clash of Ninja is a fighting game for 1-2 players where gamers may choose to play as one of eight different Naruto characters. Using special character-specific moves, players take on challengers in one-on-one fights to determine who is the greatest ninja.

'2006 FIFA World Cup' (ALL) - 41 New Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2006 @ 12:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA will celebrate the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany with the launch of the event's only officially licensed videogame, 2006 FIFA World Cup. The videogame will ship on all platforms including X360 in April 2006 in anticipation of the real-world tournament which begins in June.