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Vivendi Shows Us Their Goodies (Xbox/PC/PS2/GC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 22, 2002 @ 12:55 p.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal came to the E3 packing some serious heat. Today we serve up screens from about 10 titles they will be showing off during the show in LA. You can expect screens from The Hobbit (Gamecube), Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (PC), Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (PC), Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest (PC), Casino Empire (PC), Tribes Aerial Assault (PS2). Now let me get back to work ;)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (PC)

The #1 online action game of all time goes single-player with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. A stand-alone product, Condition Zero is the comprehensive successor to the 2000 Multiplayer Game of the Year. Condition Zero includes an upgraded version of the Counter-Strike multiplayer game, and allows the player community to switch to this upgraded version upon launch. The game combines six story-driven episodes, three different single player modes and multiplayer enhancements to drive the next generation of solo play and online combat.

Features:

  • Single Player Gaming. Intense competition with, and against, fierce AI characters in three unique single player game types. CSCZ also offers a simulated multiplayer mode, creating endless replayability for those who prefer a single player experience with the feel of online play.
  • Perfect for those new to Counter-Strike or who are unable to connect to the Internet.
  • Amazing Depth. Six story-driven single player episodes encompassing 25 missions, each with three distinctive modes of play for a total of 225 objectives.
  • New Missions and Environments. New missions are set in realistic locations all over the world and can be played from the counter-terrorist's perspective, enabling gamers to fight the spread of terrorism.
  • New Weapons. New weapons and items including: M60 guns, LAW Rocket Launcher, Ballistic Shield and Pistol, Molotov cocktail, gas mask, and flares.
  • Enhanced Multiplayer. Each of the new weapons and maps can be played in both single player and multiplayer modes. In game voice-capability and spectator mode are also included

The Hobbit (Gamecube)

"The Hobbit" is a third-person action/adventure game set in the world of Middle-earth. In the game, you take the persona of Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit who has been unwittingly thrust into an epic adventure.

Explore the mystical world of Middle-earth where you'll need to jump gaping chasms, climb treacherous mountains, solve mind bending puzzles and battle hordes of enemies just to survive. Meet enchanting Elves, battle-ready Dwarves, a powerful Wizard, massive Trolls, bloodthirsty goblins, and more as you traverse from the peaceful lands of the Shire to the harrowing forests of Mirkwood. And that's just the beginning.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have set the standard for fantasy writers and creators of epic worlds. The novels are massive best sellers, having sold close to 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 26 different languages. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the subject of three movies being created by New Line Cinema, the first of which, The Fellowship of the Ring, was released on December 19, 2001 and is one of the hottest movies of 2001/2002.

Product Features

  • Play the official game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic story, "The Hobbit." As Bilbo Baggins, travel across Middle-earth from Hobbiton to the Lonely Mountain and take part in the historic Battle of the Five Armies.
  • On your way, you'll meet legendary characters such as Gandalf, Thorin,, the dragon Smaug, Elrond, and Gollum.
  • Experience massive levels in such recognizable areas as Rivendell, Mirkwood, Laketown, and the Lonely Mountain. Over 30 different enemies stand in your way on your epic quest.
  • A true adventure game, combining the best elements of action, stealth, roleplaying, and puzzle-solving. Master the game's deep combat system and the five different abilities that grow and change based on what you do in the game.
  • Conquer the strategic game of Stonelords (a mini-game within the game), collect and trade all the Stonelords (found in the world), and challenge your friends or characters in the game to matches.
    Pricing and Availability The Hobbit for Nintendo GameCube is scheduled for release in 2003. No pricing information has been announced.

"The Hobbit and the characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company dba Tolkien Enterprises and are used, under license, by Sierra Entertainment, Inc."

Malice: Kat's Tale

"Malice is really an original and extraordinary heroine and I expect her character to turn the game into one of Sierra's leading franchises in the years to come," said Mike Ryder, president at Sierra. "And with the depth of the story; incredibly original content, and its compelling graphics, the game is positioned to be one of the great platform-adventure games on the next generation console systems."

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Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest (PC)

The add-on to the 2001 PC Game of the Year, Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest expands the scope of Empire Earth further into the future, allowing for planetary conquest. The expansion pack builds upon the award-winning real-time strategy game by offering a new, 15th Epoch to the 14 existing Epochs in the original game. Players have conquered new lands before, but this time to continue the dominance of their civilization, they must cross the boundaries of space.

With Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest, gamers can become the greatest conqueror of all time by creating, building, and leading a civilization to transcend the ages - from the discovery of fire, to flight, to the next frontier: space.

The expansion pack also includes the three most requested campaigns worldwide; ancient Rome, World War II, and Asia in the 24th century.

From Prehistory to the Nano Age of the 24th Century, Empire Earth serves up gaming on an epic scale. Empire Earth is an epic real-time strategy (RTS) game that covers over 500,000 years of human history, from the discovery of fire to the laser battles of the future. Each player takes control of a fledgling civilization and strives to forge the greatest of all empires.

New Expansion Features

  • New Space Epoch. The Space Age Epoch occurs immediately after the Nano Epoch and covers the time period from 2200 to 2300 AD, Earth's near future.
  • The Space Age Epoch enables players to carry their battles and conquests off-planet and into space. Players start on separate home worlds consisting of land, hills, trees, and resources, and through the advancement of technology, gain the ability to construct new buildings and units, which allow them to move off their home worlds into space. The goal of the game and the victory conditions remain the same, that is to expand, build an empire, and conquer opponents.
  • A new class of units, space ships, will enable players to conduct battle and move freely through space. Space ships can be used to colonize neutral planets and to invade the home planets of opposing players and win the game.
  • All-New Single-Player Campaigns. The new Roman campaign puts players into the shoes of a newly elected consul, Gaius Marius and later his young nephew, Julius Caesar, in a story filled with intrigue, daring escapes, and epic battles. The second new campaign thrusts gamers into World War II as a commander of U.S. forces just following the attack at Pearl Harbor. The third campaign is set in 24th century Asia and follows the rise of a new hero through mankind's expansion into space.
  • New Unique Units, Buildings, Powers, and Calamities. Space ships and docking ports are just the beginning. In Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest, each of the 21 pre-designed civilizations will gain a unique special power, building, or unit. Examples include: the Kingdom of Italy's Metallurgy power, which allows them to pay building costs with gold or iron interchangeably; Great Britain's S.A.S. unit will be able to plant demolitions and swim across water; and the United States' market building will allow that civilization to trade abundant resources for scarce ones. In addition, players will be able to invoke catastrophes and calamities upon their opponents, including Volcanoes, Small Pox, Ice Age, Plague, Famine, and Global Warming
  • Upgraded Graphics. New terrains, lighting, water animations, battlefield scarring, and environmental enhancements will ensure that Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest stays on the cutting edge of PC graphics.
  • Enhanced Multi-Player Support. An enhanced matchmaking system, including global ranking, will make it easier to find friends online.
  • Same Epic Scope, Epic Depth. Stunning 3D graphics, day/night effects, special lighting, and beautiful landscapes makes players a part of the action. They can zoom in to get a close-up view of their troops, or zoom out to see the big picture. A simple and unobtrusive user interface lets them control all the action with ease. Huge random maps and a variety of map types, including tournament-style maps, provide the ultimate replayability. Helpful tutorial missions allow novice players to jump right into the fun. Gamers can even create their own custom scenarios and maps with the versatile campaign editor.

SWAT: Urban Justice (PC)

Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (PC)

Tribes Aerial Assault


Casino Empire (PC)

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