'King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood' (GBA) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 9:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Revenge? The chance to prove your courage against deadly, bloodthirsty adversaries? The sheer joy of combat? There's no wrong reason to enter the KING of FIGHTERS tournament! Whatever yours is, King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood will more than live up to the great expectations already established by this phenomenal series! With fluid action, intriguing storylines, state-of-the-art graphics and cutting-edge gameplay, King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood is ready to conquer your GBA! Read more for details and the first screens ...

'KnightShift' - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A unique graphic engine has been created for the game. The engine is aimed to make use of the latest achievements in 3D technology. All objects are constructed in spline technology. This means the description of an object is based on mathematical curves, not on a fixed grid. It allows the creation of rounded objects and avoids angularity, so typical for 3D games. All character animations are created based on a skeletal animation system, with character skin stretched onto the skeleton. It enables the creation of smooth animation while keeping the effect of a living object. As for textures, we make use of bump mapping and per pixel specular light mapping technologies. They allow the effect of wood roughness and reflections on metal.

Doors Open for 'Chrome' Beta - Signup Info

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Publisher Strategy First and developer Techland announced today that they have begun accepting applications for the open beta of their Sci-Fi Tactical Shooter, Chrome. The open beta will begin on April 7th and will run until May 9th. Read more for details ...

'Project Earth 2' Announced - Screens

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 8:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

CITY interactive announces that their development team has already started working on a new title called Project Earth 2. Development has started last year and CITY is planning to have the title ready for sale at Q4 2003. (thanks Blues)

'Pitfall Harry' (Xbox/PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 8:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Take an adventure as Pitfall Harry, the daring, risk-taking explorer who laughs in the face of danger. Featuring over 50 levels of fast-paced action and puzzle solving adventures, the game challenges players to swing, fight, climb and crawl through eight types of treacherous South American environments including lush jungles, dark tombs, ancient Aztec ruins and glacial mountains. Pitfall Harry also includes favorite features from the earlier Pitfall® games such as vine swinging, gaping chasms, crocodiles and scorpions. Gamers can overcome the obstacles using all of the tools in Harry's arsenal including a sling, dynamite and ice axes, and rescue those in distress from deadly foes like snakes, scorpions and spiders.

'Paradise Cracked' Comes To The US

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 8:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Buka Entertainment is pleased to announce, that they have already signed a Joint Publishing Agreement with Tri Synergy Inc. for Paradise Cracked. It is a significant step Buka made to broaden the visibility of its products for the North American market as a whole.

'1503 A.D' Release Dates

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The US version of 1503 A.D. - The New World, will go on sale on 28th March 2003. The european version, entitled ANNO 1503, will be available on 11th April 2003. The game will be released worldwide across 75 countries and localized in 12 different languages.

'Fair Strike' - New Screens

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 4:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Buka Entertainment let us know that they updated the official site for their upcoming helicopter action/simulation game "Fair Strike" with some new screenshots and a lot of new key features. Have a look...

'X-Men: Wolverine's Revenge' (GBA) - Screens

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 4:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After more than 300 comic books, an animated series and most recently a blockbuster feature film featuring the X-Men, Wolverine is the one character that grips the public's attention more than any of the other X-Men. Wolverine's Revenge allows you to play as Wolverine, explore the enigmatic hero's past and carve up a host of bad guys along the way. Check out 49 fresh new GBA shots.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 12:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Devastation' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 10:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

ARUSH Entertainment, Groove Games and Digitalo are pleased to announce that the 2-level multiplayer demo of the much-anticipated FPS Devastation has been released. The demo lets gamers play Devastation’s “Streetwar” (just like Deathmatch) and Capture the Flag game types over a LAN or online. It features two amazingly detailed environments, the Embarcadero Depot, and the abandoned Union Rail Yard. The maps are stocked with amazing weapons, including the powerful P*Laser and the remote-controlled Rat Drone. Read more for download links ...

'Midnight Club 2' (PS2) - Website Updated

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 9:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tokyo will be your final stop in Midnight Club 2 and where you will prove your worth and try to truly distinguish yourself as the street racing world champion. Look for Midnight Club II on the PlayStation 2 when it races to stores April 8th. Re-visit the official Midnight Club II website GPS system to find Tokyo unlocked and fully active. Access information on Tokyo challengers, vehicles, and high-speed points of interest. Load up 20 new screens, 4 new vehicle mini-movies, and the world-premiere Tokyo Midnight Club II teaser trailer. Plus more hidden desktops, screensavers and buddy icons. Check out the official website.

'Purge Online' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 8:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Purge Online delivers a compelling combination of first-person shooter gameplay and RPG character development, immersing players in a strife-torn world that blends science fiction and fantasy. Purge is an online only game (no singleplayer) and requires no subscription (free online play). Freeform Interactive's hybrid FPS/RPG powered by the LithTech Talon system, Purge, has already gone gold, and will ship to US stores on March 31, here is the official demo, containing a different map than the betas and featuring all 8 player classes. Read more for download links ..

'Galactic Civilization' - BonusPack Revealed

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 7:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Galactic Civilizations is a turn-based single player game, however players who play on Stardock.net will be able to play as part of a “metaverse” where victories, defeats and campaigns can be recorded. We already had a featured story on the Stardock Central which is a program that consolidates software updates, message boards, chat, documentation updates, and more into a single easy-to-use program. Now Strategy First/Starddock announced that they will release a Galactic Civilizations Bonus Pack, a free set of game enhancements, in conjunction with the games release. The bonus pack will offer some extra features that players will appreciate including additional game session options, enhanced civilization customization interface, the ability to use your own MP3s in the game, two additional ships, and more galactic resolutions.

Tri Synergy Announces 'Purge' Has Gone Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Already known but finally official, Tri Synergy announced today that Purge, an online-only title that delivers a compelling combination of first-person-shooter gameplay and role-playing character development, has gone gold. Developed by Freeform Interactive LLC, Purge immerses players in a strife-torn world that blends science fiction and fantasy. In Purge, players will find themselves engrossed in a war between two opposing forces, the Order (humans genetically modified to scientific perfection) and the Chosen (religious believers who reject all forms of technology). Read more for details and a batch of fresh screens ...

'NeverWinter Nights' - Linux Client Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 4:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare has released the first public beta of the Neverwinter Nights Linux Client. They have set up a forum to discuss the client, an email address to use for feedback, and promise frequent updates to the beta. Word is this debut version (build: 1.29.6758 Beta 1) does not support chat or server browsing, but these will be in the next release. Installing the client will require game resources from an existing Windows installation and a CD-Key (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for download links and details on how to install.

'Heroes Of M&M4' & 'Gathering Storm' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 1:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

3DO has released new patches for the North American versions of 'Heroes of Might and Magic IV' and its 'The Gathering Storm' expansion pack to v3.0. If you have the North American version of the Winds of War expansion you do NOT need any patch, as the retail version is already v3.0. Note that this is the for NA version only and users of other language versions of the game (including UK English) are warned not to use these patches or it will conclude in errors. Read more for download links...

'The Sims' (Xbox/NGC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Your dream will soon become a reality! The Sims made a wildly successful transition to the PS2 when it shipped earlier this year and now The Sims for Xbox and GameCube have gone gold and are scheduled for release on March 24, 2003. Players can create and control their Sims on these upcoming platforms with new level-based gameplay and stunning 3D graphics. Customize your Sims’ personality and appearance then move them into the neighborhood. Get a job, make friends, and advance through their career and life’s big moments. Unlock unique new objects and more extravagant houses along the way. Meet, flirt, and fight with a neighborhood full of wild characters. You can also play The Sims with or against each other in challenging two-player games.

'UFC: Tapout 2' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 12:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

With bone crunching intensity, "UFC: Tapout 2" makes its way to store shelves! TDK Mediactive, Inc. announced today the shipping of the newest title based upon the license of the "Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)," the world's leading Mixed Martial Arts sports association. "UFC: Tapout 2" is now shipping to major retail outlets nationwide exclusively for the Xbox.

'Op.Flash Resistance' & 'Op.Flash GOTY' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

New weapons, units and civilian transport are provided today for Operation Flashpoint's Resistance fighters with the release of an all-new upgrade. The Operation Flashpoint: Resistance upgrade is freely available from the game's microsite in the Downloads section. Players require the original Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and the Resistance expansion pack to use the upgrade (thanks Gamershell). Read more below for download links and to check out what this fix/add. There is also an upgrade patch for the GameOfTheYear Edition...