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'Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom' Ships

by Thomas on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 7:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sierra Entertainment, Inc., a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, and Impressions Games today announced that their new city-building game, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Developed by Breakaway Games Ltd., Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom takes aspiring city governors to ancient China, adding several revolutionary features, including local area network (LAN) and Internet multiplayer gameplay, a first in the city-building genre.

Ninja Assault (PS2) - All You Needed To Know

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 6:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Namco's cult arcade hit, Ninja Assault, makes its much-anticipated debut on PS2, combining the scenery and mythology of feudal Japan with up-to-the-minute weaponry and pinpoint shooting action to provide one of the best gun games on any next-generation console. All you need to know about weapons, magic and the clothes (and its neat little tricks) being used in Ninja Assault. Njoy!

'Xenus' - New Screens & Interview

by Thomas on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 6:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GGMania got a chance to talk with Deep Shadows' project scenarist and dialog writer Alexander Khrutsky, as he answers a few questions regarding to Xenus, the upcoming action role-playing game which is powered by new version of Codename: Outbreak's Vital Engine. He graciously filled them in on many details in this Xenus Interview, which is accompanied by six new screenshots.

Divinity Comes Up Trumps - Contest

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

To celebrate this Friday’s (13th September) release of its staggeringly involving role playing game Divine Divinity, CDV Software Entertainment UK is offering all Web browsers the chance to win some excellent PC hardware – provided they defeat the Black Knight. Read more for details!

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' Gets SAS Military Consultant

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 6:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SAS hero Chris Ryan has become the military consultant to Codemasters¡¦ forthcoming stealth-based first-person shooter IGI 2: Covert Strike, due on PC this November.

Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Soon!

by Thomas on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 5:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mark Reign from Epic games Inc. today made a interesting post on the official UT2003 forum about the upcoming demo. Here it is:

Demo should be ready this week

Hi Folks,

The demo is nearly ready to go. It should be out sometime within the next few days. Keep watching this space (the stickies) for an announcement. When it's ready we'll just be releasing it randomly to a few major sites so that hopefully it will spread like wildfire and everyone will be able to get it from their favorite games site. There won't be any special exclusives or anything like that. We want everyone to be enjoying it the minute it goes live.

More details to follow, keep watching this space.

Update: The forum is now updated with following news from Mark Reign.. I'm expecting the demo to be out sooner than 5 days but things have a way of cropping up and biting us in the ass so you never know. It could be as early as tomorrow or as late as the weekend but I'm pretty confident that it's this week.

Majorem Announces 'OPIUM' - Massively Multiplayer Technology

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Majorem Ltd., a developer of massively multiplayer games and technology, is pleased to officially announce the development of a software development kit to provide solutions for both server-side and client-side needs in facilitating the creation and running of massively multiplayer worlds.

Sign Up For Free 'Red Faction 2' Demo Disk

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The official Red Faction 2 web site now has a sign-up page where people can fill in to receive a free Playstation 2 demo disk containing a partial build of Volition and THQ's upcoming "destroy everything" first person shooter sequel. Only the first 20,000 people who sign up will receive demo disks and only accept US and Canadian entries.

New 'Neverwinter Nights' Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 3:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bioware has just released a new patch for the English language version of Neverwinter Nights, updating their high profile RPG to v1.24 (previously only as beta). The new release applies a variety of enhancements and bug fixes. Accompanying the new patch there is a v1.24 Neverwinter Nights Linux Dedicated Server (thanks blues). Read more for detailed fix list and links where to grab the files ...

'Midway: Naval Battles' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 3:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Midway is a real-time 3D tactical/strategy game that adapts the naval battles of the Second World War. It introduces how the naval warfare changed during WW2 - from the dreadnaughts protecting the memory of Battle of Jutland to the forerunners of modern carriers. The player may control different vessels in real or hypothetical naval battles. The fleet comprises ships, captains, officers and crew of different abilities. In order to achieve victory, an effective team should be forged. Check the new in-game screens ... Today some screens from Japanese Zero in action.

Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 3:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers take to the skies aboard their own dragon for intense aerial combat through 10 branching stages as they battle to save humanity from the brink of extinction. Dragons morph in real time, allowing players to constantly change their fighting styles as they master devastating techniques that influence both the action and the storyline in this Xbox exclusive. A bunch of screens, a mixture of new and old... Njoy!

'World War II: Frontline Command' - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 3:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Currently in development at The Bitmap Brothers, World War II: Frontline Command is a squad-based action RTS game that captures the heroism of some of World War II’s most significant and bloody battles. As a commander of Allied forces in Europe in the last year of World War II, the player will enter into combat with the Axis forces to drive the enemy back deep inside its own territory. 9 new screens to drool over!

Zapper (GC/PC/PS2/Xb) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 2:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Zapper is an action-packed and addictive game that starts with the “avoid-em-up” game play mechanics of Blitz Games’ own Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge, and then takes the action to a whole new level. In this action-adventure game, Zapper (a cricket) hops his way through six interactive worlds in a quest to find his brother, held captive by the evil magpie queen. Dangerous traps and even more dangerous enemies await Zapper. It will take fast-footed skill and timing to conquer all the worlds and survive the final showdown with the magpie queen.

Blizzard To Announce New Product At Tokyo Game Show

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 2:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard Entertainment will be making their next product announcement at the Tokyo Game Show. The press conference will be held at the Hotel New Otani Makuhari on Friday, September 20th, at 9:00 AM. A second press conference will be held immediately following at 10:15 AM. Additionally, Blizzard will be holding press meetings at the New Otani Makuhari on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21st and 22nd. Everybody is invited .. errr.. yea, lemme check my schedule ;)

Myst III: Exile's Edanna The Nature Age (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The next age in the upcoming game, Myst III: Exile for PS2 and Xbox -- Edanna the Nature Age. Edanna is a fantastic, living edifice that rises some 200 feet above the ocean. This nature-infused Age is a tree-like structure, that grows inward. Knotted, sun-bleached branches weave a labyrinth down the trunk's interior, creating three distinct ecosystems: the dry Deadwood Ridge, the lush canopied forest and the murky saltwater swamp. To find Edanna's unique symbol, players must discover how various plants and animals in the Age react to different stimuli.

Riding Spirits (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2002 @ 12:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

BAM! Entertainment today announced that it has commenced shipping the motorcycle racing game Riding Spirits for PS2 to North American retailers. The critically acclaimed title includes more than 200 licensed motorcycles from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, as well as licensed accessories and gear from Shoei, Alpinestars and other major race sponsors. Called "BAM! Entertainment's two-wheeled answer to Gran Turismo" by online video game magazine IGN.com, Riding Spirits has been in development by Spike in Japan for the past two years.

'Unreal Tournament 2003' Server Q&A

by Thomas on Sept. 9, 2002 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The people over at Unreal Admin Page tossed up an interview with Epic Games Joe "DrSin" Wilcox about some UT2003 Server only questions. Here is a clip:

Shaggy: Can we have an in game graphical interface to set admin/game options fitted as standard - I find the command line stuff too slow and easily screwed up so it would be nice if I didn't have to wait around for ages until some nice person wrote a mod for it.?

DrSin: Yes, but probably not until the first patch. Michel Comeau (DarkByte) is doing it once all the default in-game menus are done. He also wrote the new web admin system so I would expect it to follow the functionality fairly closely.

'Medal of Honor : Frontline' (XB/GC) - Details & Screens

by Thomas on Sept. 9, 2002 @ 5:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Keep your head down as you storm the beaches of Normandy to defeat the dreaded Nazi scourge. EA reveals details of Medal of Honor Frontline, the highly acclaimed first person shooter where players travel from the shores of France to the heart of Germany to put an end to Nazi tyranny. The game is currently under development for the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox video game system from Microsoft and will ship this fall. Details and screens below!

'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' - Soundtrack

by Thomas on Sept. 9, 2002 @ 5:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games and Sony Music Entertainment proudly announce a landmark collaboration to release the soundtrack for the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the follow-up to the global blockbuster videogame, Grand Theft Auto 3.

CDV Games - General Update

by Thomas on Sept. 9, 2002 @ 5:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

CDV today updated there gaming sites with following news: