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'The Settlers II: The Next Generation' Announced - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 9:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Settlers II: The Next Generation is the remake of BlueByte's 2D classic Settlers 2, making the jump to 3D (thanks Blues). Read more for screens and trailer ...

Various Game Trailers #758

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 7:57 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 :

  • Hitman: Blood Money [ALL] - Remote Bombs Trailer
  • Bad Day in L.A. [Xbox/PC]- Trailer
  • Race Driver 2006 [PSP] - Trailer
  • Heroes of Might & Magic V - Hero Management Trailer
  • Auto Assault - Launch Trailer


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

'EverQuest II' Gets Live Update #22

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 6:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SOE announced today that Live Update #22 has gone live on EverQuest II servers. This newest update celebrates a new holiday in the land of Norrath: Brew Day, and also adds Barber Services, and a dangerous new raid zone.

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

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 6:06 p.m. PDT | 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.

'Daemonica' - Demo #2 Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 5:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Daemonica is an intriguing 3D interactive murder mystery that offers an immersive storyline with unexpected twists, extensive dialogues with believable characters, puzzles and both mandatory and optional quests. This demo replaced the previous trial/timed demo, and features the first act of this five act murder mystery as it unfolds and unravels in front of you.

'Age of Empires III' - v1.06 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Empires III is an RTS set in 1500 A.D. and chronicles the Age of Discovery that started around the time that Columbus discovered the new world. Ensemble has released the manual version of the v1.06 which adds new features, fixes exploits, bugs, crashes and updates a few maps.

'Stacked with Daniel Negreanu' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A Texas Hold 'em game that captures the spirit of the professional poker tour, Stacked utilizes an advanced learning artificial intelligence system that adapts to each player's style of play and a detailed tutorial mode to deliver a thrilling and realistic poker experience.

'Grand Theft Auto' To Blame For Car Chase

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tyrone McMillan was convincted to seven years in jail for leading police on a high-speed chase through two counties on August 5th of last year. After 55 minutes of hot pursuit he crashed into a few cars, injuring a police officer, all because of a parole violation. McMillan later told police he thought he could outrun them because he played the PlayStation video game Grand Theft Auto.

'Dave Mirra BMX Challenge' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 3:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment today announced a brand new installment in the popular BMX Franchise, Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the PSP.

'Enemy Territory: Quake Wars' Playable At E3 - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 3:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars pits the armies of Earth against the invading alien Strogg in the ultimate online strategic shooter. Activision revealed today that ET: Quake Wars will be playable at the Activision booth at E3 2006 where they will have a 24 player LAN set up.

Ritual Entertainment Is Hiring

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 3:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ritual Entertainment is looking for several highly skilled and motivated artists to add to our latest project. Jobs us for grabs are : Art Lead / Art Director, 3D Animators, 3D Environmental Artists. Check out Ritual's Help Wanted section for more information on these, as well as other positions it is looking to fill.

Microsoft To Sponsor World Cyber Games Through 2008

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 3:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The World Cyber Games today announced that Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and Games for Windows will sponsor the global tournament through 2008, providing hardware, software, and marketing support for the events.

'Xenosaga Episode III' (PS2) Coming to North America - Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 12:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco Bandai announced today that the final chapter in its RPG series, Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra, is coming to North America fall 2006. As Shion, uncover the future of mankind in a journey to unveil the Gnosis phenomenon and save the galaxy in this exciting conclusion to the Xenosaga trilogy.

'Heroes of Might and Magic V' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 12:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Heroes of Might & Magic V will offer a wealth of innovations such as a highly immersive scenario, a variety of appealing factions, modern 3D graphics, a revolutionary tactical combat system, and a story-based campaign mode. Ubisoft has released a singleplayer demo with 3 playable missions (2 campaign missions, 1 custom game), 2 playable races, and 6 presets for Duel game (play on Ubi.com).

'The Chronicles of Spellborn' Character Statistics - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 11:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Chronicles of Spellborn is a MMORPG set in the Enclave of the Five Sacrifices. Developed by Dutch studio Khaeon Games, Spellborn uses the Unreal 2.5 Engine, and today it has released an explanation of character statistics

'Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 11:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg adds tons of new features including many player submitted suggestions. This demo features the same 2 campaigns as before, but now also includes an all new Demo Tutorial Guide, the full game manual (153 pages in pdf format) as well as several game tweaks and enhancements.

'Down In Flames' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 11:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Down In Flames focuses on tactical fighter to fighter dogfight combat in World War II. The game is turn based, and the action is resolved through a unique 'action - reaction' game mechanic. This demo features the same content as before, but now includes an all new damage system, updated cannon and machinegun effectiveness, improved wingmen AI, new spitfire animations and more.

'Neverwinter Nights 2' Gets Release Date

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 11:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and Obsidian Entertainment today announced that the official Neverwinter Nights 2 web site has gone live, and is scheduled for a September 2006 release. Neverwinter Nights 2 is set in the popular Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe, and will transport players back to the embattled city of Neverwinter.

'.Hack//G.U.' (PS2) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 10:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blur the lines between game and reality with the return of "The World" - a complex virtual landscape filled with intrigue and mystery. When are you playing the game and when is the game playing you? Real life and game life become intertwined as you play the player killer-hunter Haseo in search of a mysterious character in a vividly created MMO world.

Thursday April 13, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 10:41 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:

'Deer Drive' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 10:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Deer Drive is a stage-based 3D action hunting game, tailored for casual players, but with elements appealing to hardcore gamers. With only a firearm for protection, the player must take stand in an environment full of wild animals - whitetail deer trot and gallop, grizzly and moose charge and attack!

'Open Season' (ALL) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Announced earlier this year, Open Season will allow gamers to relive the humor and adventure of the movie by creating a fun and immersive interactive world that conveys the same comedic storyline, zany characters and artistic images projected in the animated film.

'Sid Meier's Civilization IV' - v1.61 Patch, SDK & Server Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 9:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after previous update Firaxis has released another, large, patch for Sid Meier's Civilization IV. This update brings your retail game to v1.61 and includes numerous optimizations for memory usage that should help performance on all machines but are tailored to especially improve performance on machines at or near the minimum specification.

'Two Worlds' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 8:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Two Worlds is an RPG under development at Reality Pump featuring thrilling fight choreographies, gripping characters and realistic worlds, creating new dimensions in the genre. The title also introduces new benchmarks in content with experienced script editors linking the cinematic story with maximum gaming freedom in a medieval fantasy world.

SimBin Signs In-Game Advertisement Deal

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 8:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

IGA Worldwide has signed a multi-year exclusive agreement to integrate its Radial in-game advertising technology into SimBin’s stable of officially licensed racing video game titles – GTR, based on the FIA GT and a recently announced new series to be based on the World Touring Car Championships.

'Terrorist Takedown: War in Colombia' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It was a routine operation. Colombian and American Special Forces units were destroying a cocaine plantation when a sniper’s bullet killed their commanding officer. A moment later, all hell broke loose. The expedition dared to destroy cocaine fields belonging to the Bendictions cartel: the largest and most ruthless drug lord alliance in Colombia.

'Silent Hill : Original Sin' (PSP) Revealed

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 6:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A leaked overview of Konami's E3 2006 lineup reveals that it will have a new Silent Hill title on display at the convention next month. Whatever information is available at this point indicates that Silent Hill : Original Sin is not going to be an all new title in the horror/adventure franchise but instead a remake of the very first, PSOne, title of the series. Silent Hill : Original Sin is currently scheduled to be released in North America on October 2006.

'Sparta: Ancient Wars' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sparta: Ancient Wars is a real time strategy based on historical events and timelines, and not to feature myths or legends. Based on the historical background of Spartans' high culture, there will appear huge ancient battles on your screen, enabled by a brand new stunning 3D engine.

European Xbox Live Football Free-For-All Weekend Announced

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 5:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While Microsoft ran an Xbox Live free for all last month, it was restricted to North America, so Microsoft Europe announced today it will host a similar weekend for EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup, starting Monday, May 8th, at 08:01 and ends Monday, May 15th, at 07:59.

'Brigade E5: New Jagged Union' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Brigade E5: New Jagged Union is a tactical turn-based game. The scene of action is a small country called Palinero somewhere in the tropics. Recently a coup d'etat has happened in the country and civil war is about to break out. This demo allows you to try out a tutorial and one mission.

'Belief & Betrayal' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Belief & Betrayal is an adventure game putting the players into the role of the journalist Jonathan Danter, who - after the mysterious death of his uncle - gets involved in a dangerous church conspiracy, which has its roots through the centuries in the time when Judas got 30 silver coins for his betrayal of Jesus Christ.

'Emergency 4' - French/German v1.05 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 4:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Emergency 4 you can 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. This patch will bring your French/German retail game to v1.05 and addresses a multiplayer issue, a load issue and a few other tweaks.

'War Front: Turning Point' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 2:22 a.m. PDT | 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.

New 'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Interested In Making A Game

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After his appearance at the GDC, "new" Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore has expressed the willingness to take the franchise into new areas, one being the development of a game, "I've thought about doing something where you start a property across mediums, with Internet participation and role-playing video games," he told the Hollywood Reporter. The last Battlestar Galactica from Vivendi was a rather mediocre attempt.

'The Shadow of Aten' (X360/PC) To Debut At E3

by Rainier on April 13, 2006 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Schanz International Consultants Spanish partner studio is debuting this year at E3. The Shadow of Aten is an action/thriller games where you embody a British ex-agent, Allam Scott, investigating the murder of a renowned British archaeologist in Cairo in the year 1936.

PC Review - 'Scratches'

by Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen on April 13, 2006 @ 1:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

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.

PS2 Review - 'Suikoden V'

by Katarani on April 13, 2006 @ 1:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Suikoden with an all-new role-playing adventure filled with mystery and suspense. In the land of Falena, a prosperous and beautiful country governed by the matriarchy and the benevolent power of the Sun Rune, civil unrest arises and the queen is forced to use the Sun Rune to quell the uprising. But, at what cost?