'Prey' Demo Coming Wednesday, June 21

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As announced a while ago, Take 2 will be releasing a demo for 3DRealms/Human Head's upcoming sci-fi FPS, Prey. The single/multiplayer demo will feature approximately one hour of gameplay time, as well as two multiplayer maps and countless hours of gravityless action. Get ready for some wallflipping fun next week Wednesday, June 21 at 21:00 PDT (6am Euro time) and we will have it available for download on our fileserver network.

'Pirates of the Burning Sea' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game set in the Caribbean islands of the 18th Century. You play a bold sea captain, master of your own ship and crew, as you seek glory and adventure across the trackless deep.

'The Sims 2 Family Fun Stuff' - v1.4.0.142 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Add excitement to your Sims' family with this all-new collection of furniture, clothing, and décor. This v1.4.0.142 patch addresses a slew of issues with the downloadable Family Fun pack.

'The Sims 2: Open For Business' - v1.3.0.351 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Sims 2: Open for Business will revolve around setting up businesses and making money. You will need to strategically place employees, or fire useless workers, in order to keep your customers happy. EA has released a new patch fixing various problems with the addon.

Leaked Release Schedule Reveals Ubisoft Wii Titles

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 7:06 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Multiple online sources seems to have confirmed what might be an early list of additional titles for Nintendo's next gen Wii console. According to the release schedule sent to North American retail stores, Ubisoft is preparing no less than 5 titles, in addition to the already announced Red Steel and Rayman games. Blazing Angels, GT (racing title), Monster Trucks (more racing), Prince of Persia and Far Cry. These titles are pegged as Wii launch window titles, meaning they will not be available at launch but shortly thereafter. To be taken with a grain of salt, but if true, very exciting ...

'Super Dragon Ball Z' (PS2) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 6:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Developed by former Street Fighter II producer Noritaka Funamizu’s new studio, Crafts & Meister, Super DBZ promises fans and gamers incredible on-screen damage and an abundance of intense combos.

Virtual Team Selected to Represent USA at Xbox Cup

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 6:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Xbox today named the team that will represent the United States later this month at the finals of the Xbox Cup in Berlin. The three lucky winners will fly out to Germany to compete against 31 other teams from across the globe on EA’s 2006 FIFA World Cup on the Xbox 360 console, in a bid to be crowned world champions.

Bill Gates Is Calling It Quits

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 2:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced at a press conference earlier today that he is stepping down as chief software architect, while chief technical officer Ray Ozzie will assume responsibilities. Chief technical officer Craig Mundie steps up to the plate as chief research and strategy officer, taking over Gates' research and incubation duties. To round it off, Gates also revealed that he will gradually let go of his daily responsibilities over the next two years, but will remain full-time until the formal transition takes place in June 2008.

'Mario Hoops 3-on-3' (NDS) - 20 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 1:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get that magic touch. There are plenty of basketball games out there, but none with the hands-on control of Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Players use the touch screen to get their game on as they execute tricky dribbles, special passes and sweet shots – all with strokes and taps of the stylus.

Bungie Reveals More 'Halo 2' Vista Details

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 1:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a community Q&A on the Bungie website, project lead Jo Clowes reveals a few more scant details on the upcoming Halo 2 Windows Vista edition. Confirming there will be no cross platform multiplayer gaming between PC and Xbox, Jo did reveal you could send invites and msg's to Xbox users, part of the Live Anywhere service, as well as the fact that multiplayer sessions will be capped at 16 users. Mod tools, dedicated server files and more customization options, so you can tweak mp sessions to your liking, will be part of the PC exclusive package.

'Atlantis V' - 10 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 12:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nobilis announced Atlantis V, a new point and click adventure situated in the 1930s. You are Howard Brooks, a young aeronautic engineer who awakes on the Hindenburg zeppelin, investigating a strange vessel, one which will take you to the four corners of the earth, interacting with over 30 NPCs, and solving nearly a dozen puzzles.

Daily Dose of Site Launches

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 12:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Chromehounds' (X360) Goes Gold - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 11:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Chromehounds is a squad-based action title that 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.

'Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords' - v1.2 Retail Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 11:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Galactic Civilizations II takes place in the distant future, when mankind has become a space-faring civilization and must contend with other extraterrestrial powers for domination of the galaxy. Stardock has released a v1.2 retail patch, which includes a few more updates and corrections.

'Call of Duty 2' (X360) Online Gaming Tournament

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 10:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision announced today that it has joined with Best Buy to recruit players for the Call of Duty 2 Xbox 360 online gaming tournament. Sign up now through June 16, 2006, and get a chance to win a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, Best Buy Gift Cards and more.

'WarPath' (Xbox/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 10:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

WarPath, developed by Digital Extremes, is new fast-paced Sci-fi FPS game offering up a unique single player experience as well as multiplayer modes that will challenge any shooter fan who owns an Xbox, or a PC.

'Nacho Libre' (NDS) Announced

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 10:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Majesco today announced Nacho Libre for the Nintendo DS, based on the upcoming movie starring Jack Black, offering fans comedic wrestling mayhem – exaggerated moves, wacky props and lots of pratfalls, all delivered in a unique ‘photo puppetry’ visual style.

Thursday June 15, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 10:22 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:

'LocoRoco' (PSP) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 10:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bright, refreshing and compulsive, LocoRoco plunges you into a colourful world where jelly-like creatures sing, roll and bounce their way through levels to reach their goals.

New 'Conan' Movie In The Works

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paradox Entertainment revealed today that it has teamed up with Warner brothers to produce an upcoming Conan movie, and an option for multiple sequels. Script written by Boaz Yakin, known for Remember the Titans and The Rookie, while Akira Goldsman will produce, known for titles like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Cinderella Man.

SkyNET Brings 'Shot-Online' to North America

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SkyNET Entertainment today announced that it will make its retail videogame publishing debut with Shot-Online. The game is the world’s first full 3D online multiplayer golf game to combine elements of true golf simulation and role playing together in one.

Rebellion Acquires Core Design

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

After it recently purchased Strangelite, Rebellion announced that it has reached an agreement with SCi to purchase the staff and physical assets of Core Design, who will continue to work with Eidos on a new project and will be re-named.

'Prey' (X360/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prey is serious, dark story, based on authentic Cherokee mythology. Themes of sacrifice, love and responsibility are explored and the story dives into emotional territory not yet explored by similar games.

'Glory of the Roman Empire' Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV's city-building simulation, Glory of the Roman Empire, has gone gold today. Set for a June 26 retail release in North America, Glory of the Roman Empire puts players in the shoes of a Roman city-planner, charged with designing the empire's greatest cities while maintaining harmony among the populace.

'Wildlife Park 2' - v1.03 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This v1.03 patch (for all international editions) addresses a save-game issue, gameplay hiccups and a few other tweaks.

'White Gold: War in Paradise' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

White Gold: War in Paradise explores the shadowy background of modern low intensity conflicts, where the newest weapons often do battle with the antics of witchdoctors. A high quality dynamic FPS with a handful of RPG elements thrown in for a good measure, White Gold offers a rich scenario in addition to the non-stop action.

'Asterix and Obelix XXL 2' (NDS/PSP) Announced

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari announced today that Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 is currently in development for PSP and NDS. Enhanced versions of the PS2 and PC game of the same name, Asterix and Obelix XXL 2 for the handhelds will take advantage of their unique capabilities while staying rooted in the same great tradition of parody that runs throughout the stories of Asterix and his friends.

'Unreal Anthology' Announced

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 8:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway today announced it has acquired the retail publishing rights to select games from Epic Games' catalog of existing Unreal PC titles, including critically acclaimed and top-selling titles Unreal Tournament and the original Unreal.

PC Preview - 'Magic: The Gathering Online III'

by Hank on June 15, 2006 @ 2:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Rather than simply updating the existing title, the Magic Online III team is rebuilding the game from the ground up. The new game features much greater accessibility and flexibility for the players. Veterans have more control over how they play the game while new users get a smoother introduction to the online world of Magic: The Gathering.

Nintendo DS Lite Sells BIG

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 1:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

New Super Mario Bros. and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS ranked as the No. 1 and No. 3 best-selling games of May, according to the independent NPD Group. Just two days after going on sale in the United States on June 11, the Nintendo DS Lite sold more than 136,500 units, outpacing 2003's launch sales of the GBA SP by more than 12 percent.

'Great Invasions' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 1:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

A clever mix of strategy and action, Great Invasions plunges you back into Europe of the Dark Ages, a time in history where hundreds of nations and barbarian tribes rush to assault the civilized world, from AD 375 (arrival of the Huns) to AD 1066 (conquest of England by the Normans).

'Half-Life 2: Deathmatch' Gets Steamy Update #46

by Rainier on June 15, 2006 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details on a new Half-Life 2: Deathmatch update plugging multiple cheat exploits, weapon binging, respawn invincibility to prevent spawn camping. Read more for details, or just restart Steam for the effects to take place.

PC Review - 'Hitman: Blood Money'

by Alan Butterworth on June 15, 2006 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are 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 he suddenly loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.