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'Crusade' Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 7:49 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Quest Online, Inc. has announced its entry into the industry with a new upcoming MMORPG title called Crusade. Created by David Allen, creator of "Mordor", "Demise", and the original design of "Horizons", Crusade promises to be a major fantasy-based playing experience in the ever-expanding online marketplace.

Atari's Pre-E3 2006 Lineup - Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 7:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Check out the following new screens from Atari's Pre-E3 2006 lineup:

Various Game Trailers #773

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 6:13 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:

  • Alone in the Dark: Near Death Investigation [X360/PC] - Trailer
  • Evolution GT [PS2/PC] - Trailer #4
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea - E3 2006 Trailer
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusader - Trailer
  • Rush for Berlin - Trailer #5
  • Titan Quest - Trailer #3


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

'Emergency 4' - French/German v1.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 5:58 p.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 features realistic physics (walls collapsing, fire spreading), simplified controls, as well as a multiplayer mode. This patch will bring your French/German retail game to v1.2 and makes gameplay tweaks, fixes bugs & crashes and a few other issues...

Microsoft Launches Xbox Live Message Center

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 5:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier today Xbox.com and Microsoft's online multiplayer service Xbox Live were down for maintenance and a possible upgrade. Now that the downtime is over, Microsoft introduces us to its newest features, My Xbox Message Center, which allows you to send msg's to other Xbox Live members via your PC.

Tuesday May 2, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 4:57 p.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:

'Dungeon Siege II: Broken World' - 4 Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 3:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Dungeon Siege II: Broken World picks up right where Dungeon Siege II left off with an all-new campaign mode, a new playable race, more items to discover and a brand new multi-class character development system. Dungeon Siege II: Broken World will require the full version of DS II

'EverQuest II' Gets New Expansion and Adventure Pack - Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 3:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment today announced details on its latest plans for EverQuest II, which include a new expansion pack, Echoes of Faydwer, featuring an all new playable race and an adventure pack introducing an Asian flair to the popular massively multiplayer online game.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (X360/PC) - v1.1 Beta Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 2:02 p.m. PDT | 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. This v1.1 beta patch (only for English versions of the game) addresses various bugs, crashes, quests and plugin issues.

'Take Command: 2nd Manassas' - v2.40 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take Command: 2nd Manassas explores the titular 1862 battle of the American Civil War, which proved to be the pivotal engagement of the Northern Virginia Campaign. MadMinute Games has released the first patch bringing your English / German retail game to v2.40 and addresses various gameplay issues, fixes bug and game crashes and scalable resolution and more ...

'Entropia Universe' Now Features Virtual ATM Machines

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Entropia Universe today announces the introduction of an ATM card system that connects directly with real-world Versatel machines internationally, for easy access to the conversion between virtual and physical currency, allowing Entropia members to conveniently access virtual PED (Project Entropia dollars) and transfer it into "real" cash.

'GTR' (X360) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GTR features all the cars, drivers and tracks from two full FIA GT Championships and challenges casual racers to become world-class drivers.

New 'Call of Duty 2' (X360) MultiPlayer Maps Coming

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision and Infinity Ward announced plans today to wage a campaign of new content for its WWII-based FPS Call of Duty 2 with the release of nine multiplayer maps on Xbox Live online gaming service. The first four maps (2 free, 2 paying) will be available for download this spring, and the remaining five maps (paying) will be released in July.

'Tomb Raider: Legend' (GBA/NDS/NGC) Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eidos Interactive announced today that it is bringing Tomb Raider: Legend on all current Nintendo platforms, and will faithfully capture the detail and breadth of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend currently available on other platforms.

'Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway' (PS3/X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 11:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Delivering on the franchise's compelling story, unrivaled authenticity and intense squad-based action, Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway drops you into Operation Market-Garden, the largest airborne operation of World War II.

'Act of War: High Treason' - Patch #1b Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 10:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Act of War: High Treason is an expansion pack for the near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller RTS, Act of War: Direct Action. Atari has released an update version of the first patch, no content changes just different installer and copy protection implementation.

'Metal Slug Anthology' (Wii) Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SNK announced today that the company will develop games for Nintendo's Wii and for the Nintendo DS, starting with Metal Slug Anthology and SNK VS Capcom Card Fighters DS.

'Pacific Storm' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 9:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The furious battle of Pearl Harbor became the first in the sequence of gory sea combats. Now you can take part in all major Pacific battles of the World War II in the Pacific Storm game that is a mixture of RTS, war-game and simulator. This demo features a tutorial, 2 missions and a few multiplayer maps in air simulator mode.

'Assassin's Creed' (PS3) Announced - Trailer

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft announced the development of a new PS3 exclusive video game franchise: Assassin's Creed, combining compelling new gameplay, superb graphics, and an immersive and sophisticated storyline to deliver an epic experience that will launch the action genre into the next generation and beyond.

'Gary Grigsby’s World at War' - v1.2 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 9:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take command in this dynamic turn-based game and test strategies that long-past generals and world leaders could only dream of: make it happen in Gary Grigsby’s World at War. In addition to TCP/IP Play and cross-compatibility, this update fixes dozens of minor bugs and makes dozens more improvements to the user interface.

Funcom Teams With Softwrap For Digital Distribution

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 9:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Softwrap today announced that it has partnered with Funcom, to provide it with antipiracy technology, allowing them to sell games directly from their eStore and through any of their affiliates, starting with Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' (X360/PC) Beta Patch Coming This Week

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 6:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last month Bethesda's PR guru Pete Hines revealed that a patch for the X360/PC editions of TES4: Oblivion was in the works, fixing a number of issues that they found or were reported by the community. Since then it has been quiet on the progress but Pete finally confirmed that a beta patch will be released this week, and if all goes well (meaning no major bugs pop up), the final patch should be released in a few weeks.

'Overlord' (X360/PC) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 6:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters today announces an original next-generation title with the signing of Overlord from Age of Wonders developer Triumph Studios. Overlord is a groundbreaking action adventure, set in a seriously warped fantasy world.

Eberron Creator Joins 'Dungeons & Dragons Online' Team

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 6:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine announced today that Keith Baker, the original creator of the Dungeons & Dragons Eberron campaign setting, will pen additional storylines and works of fiction for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

'Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics' (PSP) Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 5:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced the development of Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics for the PSP, which authentically utilises the D&D 3.5 rule-set created by Wizards of Coast, and allows players to take a party of six adventurers into a wide variety of dangerous environments to experience deep and exciting turn-based action.

'Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 5:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade will feature two new playable races, the Tau Empire and the Necrons, bringing the number of totally unique races to an unprecedented seven.

'Army of Two' (PS3/X360) Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 5:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Army of Two will throw gamers into hot spots ripped from current day headlines where they will utilize unique TWO man strategies and tactics while seamlessly transitioning between playing with intelligent Partner AI (PAI) and a live player. When one man is not enough, it will take an army of two to fight through war, political turmoil and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world.

Namco Bandai's 2006 Pre-E3 Lineup - Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 4:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Check out the following new screens from Namco Bandai's E3 2006 lineup:

'Alone in the Dark' (X360/PC) Presented in Episodic Format

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 4:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that its heart-stopping survival experience AITD will be presented in a TV action dramas like episodic fashion. Alone in the Dark will be split into a number of distinct episodes in a season-style format, with cliffhangers, scenes from next episode and so forth ...

'Half-Life 2: Episode One' Pre-Loading Now

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 3:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Half-Life 2: Episode One, the first in series of episodic games from Valve, is now available for pre-purchase and pre-load via Steam. Those who pre-order the game before it is made available on June 1st will save 10% off the $19.95 price.

'The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II' (X360) - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 2:47 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.

PC Preview - 'World in Conflict'

by Thomas Wilde on May 2, 2006 @ 2:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

World in Conflict is a strategy game that delivers intense action and coordinated team play amidst the war the world feared most – an apocalyptic showdown between the Soviet Union and the United States, with completely destructible 3D battlefields, aggressive team-based multiplayer action and a focus on fast, hard-hitting battles.

'Mercury Meltdown' (PSP) At E3!

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mercury Meltdown features a new vibrant visual style, double the number of stages, a free-look camera, new ways to control your mercury “blob” and much more. Supporting up to two players, Mercury Meltdown offers many new modes for ultimate party-puzzle action, as well as game sharing capabilities, customization skins and downloadable content. Meltdown will be shown behind closed doors at E3 for one day.

'Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT' (PS2) - 11 New Screens

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crave Entertainment's next installment in the popular street racing series, Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT features race real production cars on real mountain courses, during the day or night, any weather condition, and race for pride or upgrades.

'Full Auto 2: Battlelines' (PS3) Announced

by Rainier on May 2, 2006 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA today announced that Full Auto 2: Battlelines is being developed exclusively for the PS3. Full Auto 2: Battlelines puts high-speed vehicles outfitted with weapons and armor into fully realized and fully destructible urban street environments. Fierce combat-racing will ensue as you strategically use destruction to win races as well as leave massive devastation in your wake.

PS2 Review - 'Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny'

by Alicia on May 2, 2006 @ 12:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny is a sequel RPG to Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana for the PS2. Atelier Iris 2 takes synthesizing to a new level, with new gameplay, features, and improved graphics. Experience an epic adventure that crosses two different worlds, and battle evil to save the world from utter destruction.