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'Interstellar Trader 2' Ships

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 10:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games announced today that Interstellar Trader 2, the strategy game touted as easy to learn and difficult to master, has begun shipping. Interstellar Trader 2 is the sequel to the original strategy simulation Interstellar Trader where you become the owner of a start-up merchant business in outer space. You do this by traveling from planet to planet in the galaxy, buying and selling items in the various marketplaces.

Radio Vietcong

by Thomas on March 21, 2003 @ 10:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A few days back Take-Two Interactive announced VIETCONG for the PC went gold. VIETCONG, a first person shooter set during the Vietnam War, is set to hit stores shelves in March 2003. Now you can listen to the hot newcomer band Rude Kostry and its instrumental soundtrack for VIETCONG, playing at Radio Vietcong. (thanks Unrealik)

'Devastation' - Multiplayer Demo Performance Fix Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 9:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

ARUSH Entertainment, Groove Games and Digitalo have just released a performance fix for the Devastation Multiplayer Demo. This is a performance fix and not a full patch. This performance fix addresses specific problems that may cause players to experience extreme frame rate loss and connection lags even when running a local LAN game. Read more for further details and download links ...

'Big Mutha Truckers' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Big Mutha Truckers sees the player take command of an 18-wheel rig, trucking from city to city, wheeling and dealing and upping the stakes as they battle to build up a personal fortune. Along the way players will run into the local biker gangs, corrupt sheriffs and even their own redneck siblings, who are also out to amass their own fortune – even if it’s at the player’s expense! This demo lets you play as one character (Rawkus Jackson) and two levels in mission mode. Read more for download links ...

'Galleon' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 1:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Galleon can be summed up in a single phrase: "The Voyages Of Sinbad". The game is set across six unique islands that will take the player from the bustling port of Ackbah to islands populated with giant monsters, evil slave lords and of course damsels in distress in a story of intrigue, magic, love, obsession and revenge. Read more to check out some new Xbox screens ...

'Battlefield 1942' - New Multiplayer Map Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and DICE have released a new free map for Battlefield 1942. This totally unexpected announcement allows owners of Battlefield 1942 to download the new desert based map, Operation Aberdeen. Operation Aberdeen is the latest free map from DICE. It is an all armor battle set in the desert. There are 5 points to capture, and players will need to secure both outposts, and the area around the central town to ensure victory (thanks VE3D). Read more for download links ...

'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.