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'American Conquest' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 5:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

American Conquest, is the latest masterpiece from the makers of Cossacks, the undisputed champions of several-thousand-unit combat. Spanning the moment Columbus set foot on America to the American War of Independence, players must shape the future of the continent through over 50 missions spread across eight campaigns. Check out the new screens, showing off the battle at Fort Duquesne in 1754 during the Indian/French War. Read more to check them out ...

'Vivisector: Beast Within' - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 4:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Year 1878. Soreo Isle, a small, uninhabited, volcanic island in the Pacific. The Man, a masterful physiologist, well-known in scientific circles for his extraordinary imagination, howled out of England for his ambitious and rather disgusting experiments on animals. His name is Dr. Morhead. On this detached island he stepped aside from the world, to continue his twisted experiments. Violating the very foundations of nature, his work was aimed at the creation of a new form of living being. Dr. Morhead's work in his "Temple of Rebirth" sought to alter animals to look, feel and behave more like humans. Today we serve up a new batch of Vivisector: Beast Within (previously known as Creatures of Dr. Moreau) screens, njoy!

'Total Immersion Racing' - European Update Patch Available

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 4:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Total Immersion Racing is a driving game with an emphasis on the highest quality driving technology linked to compelling and immersive gameplay. The player can choose a career path that leads from being the lowest ranked driver of a GT sports car all the way to becoming a world champion driving a massively powerful 8-litre prototype. On the way team engineers and managers will give advice and input to guide the player. Empire and Razorworks have just released another patch for the European version of their racing game fixing a few DirectX related issues. Read more for details and download links...

'EverQuest: The Legacy of Ykesha' - Official Web Site

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 3:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Troll clans have long fought amongst themselves for the right to rule their race. With the creation of the Night Keep, the Grobb clan firmly established its dominance over the trolls. The Broken Skull clan was driven from the city and built a stronghold of its own. Years later, in a flood of brutish strength and cunning the trolls of the Broken Skull clan returned, and by their actions forever changed Norrath. Sony has just launched the 'EverQuest: The Legacy of Ykesha' official website, the newly announced expansion for their massively multiplayer RPG. This will be the first commerical Everquest expansion pack that will be offered as an online-only download product with a price of $17.99 for pre-orders (thanks Homelan).

BF1942 : Desert Combat - Mod 0.2 Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 3:30 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The DesertCombat team is pleased to announce that the second public alpha version of the most played mod for Battlefield1942 is now ready download. The purpose of these tests are to get valuable feedback from the community so that we can produce one of the best gameplay experiences out there for arcade style modern military combat. The goal of the DC team is to release many of these alpha and beta tests until we feel it is a complete mod. Read more for details and download links ...

Forum For Mod Makers

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 2:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rick Johnson, Lead Programmer @ Ravensoft updated his .plan file with following information:

Based on feedback we received at the mod maker round table sessions at QuakeCon, we created a private forum for mod makers. This forum is a place for all mod makers of all engines / games (not just Raven games) to come and discuss any issues associated with mod making, such as programming, scripting, mapping, modeling, textures, sounds, etc. This forum is only open to people actively involved in making content. If you wish to join, create an account on our forums and then email me with your account name and I’ll give you access. There is also a small website associated with this whole endeavor. Again, this is for all people making mods for all games / engines.

'Heroes IV: Winds of War' Goes Gold

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 1:18 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Celestial Heavens let us know that Christian Vanover from New World Computing announced that Winds of War, the second expansion pack for Heroes of Might & Magic IV, has gone gold.. (thanks Blues) Here is the clip:

I wanted to let everyone know that 3DO has given their stamp of approval to the Winds of War expansion, and the Gold Master is on its way to the duplicators! I'm sure we'll be sneaking some WoW info onto the boards in the next few weeks, and maybe, just maybe, I'll have some early Heroes V info as well.

'Planetary Defense' Release Announced

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 1:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

UK Based Independent Games developer Positech Computing announced today the release of their arcade/strategy game Planetary Defense. Planetary Defense puts you in charge of a variety of worlds, defending them against enemy attack. You have to defend against missiles, laser equipped satellites, cloaked starships, multiple-warhead rockets and flaming meteors, by guiding defensive missiles to their targets. On some levels you have multiple orbiting moons, complete with their own bases and space colonies, ships evacuating your planet to defend, and energy shields that keep the enemy rockets at bay. Its also possible for enemy fire to disable the all-important radar... Screens, gameinfo and demo is available here!

'Soul Calibur 2' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - Details

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 12:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Ltd. proudly announced today the release of their long awaited sequel to one of the most revered weapons-based fighters of all time. Soul Calibur2 is scheduled to release in Japan on March 27th and in North America in August 2003 on all three video game platforms. Soul Calibur 2 will be available on the PlayStation2, GameCube, and the Xbox.

Strategy First Releases New 'MicroSoft Train Simulation Add On'

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 11:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Train buffs can now explore the beautiful Allegheny mountain region from the comfort of their own homes. Publisher Strategy First and Developer Maple Leaf Tracks are pleased to announce that the latest MSTS Add-On, Sandpatch¸ has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

'Rage' Is No More

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 11:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The software company that makes the David Beckham Soccer Game has collapsed, with the loss of 77 jobs. Receivers have been appointed by Liverpool-based computer game firm Rage Software, ending hopes that a rescue package could be put together. The Liverpool-based firm is now likely to be broken up, and any new games it is working on sold off.

'IGI 2 : Covert Strike' - Single-Player Demo Tomorrow

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 11:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Codemasters' IGI 2: Covert Strike single-player demo will be available tomorrow. An all-new movie entitled Scope will be released at the same time. Both the demo and the video promise to showcase the massive environments and new graphics engine. The playable demo calls for skilful stealth tactics - but players also need to be sharp shooters when the need arises. The demo sees David Jones investigating the theft of an advanced nano-technology device by an organized crime syndicate.

'Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 9:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness asks more questions of Lara's abilities and motivations as she finds herself in nightmarish situations she has not faced before. As both hunter and hunted she must rely on her ingenuity, athleticism and a new harder edge that has arisen from her inner demons. For Lara it's no longer a clear-cut case of good versus evil, this is a more complex tale in which she will have moral choices to make for the first time. Check out the 4 new screens as well as the 8 minute 'Making of' trailer ...

'ATV Quad Power Racing 2' (Xbox/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 9:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A few days ago ATV Quad Power Racing 2 shipped for the PS2, the Xbox/NGC fans will have to wait another week or 2 but in the meantime we tossed up another boatload of screens to make the wait bearable. ATV Quad Power Racing 2 puts you in the driving seat of powerful off-road quad bikes and then gives you that little bit extra. The fast, edge-of-your-seat arcade gameplay blends seamlessly with the outrageous tricks you can pull both in the air and on the ground. You can do it all as one of 10 real top pro riders or one of 10 new characters. Race against the AI competitors and friends to take the top prize in many game play modes. Race through the dirt in this all-action racer but be prepared to fight dirty too.

'Chaser' - Screens & Character Details

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 7:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions is proud to announce the first official details of the characters featured in the breathtaking first-person shoot 'em up, Chaser, the PC CD game scheduled for a UK release in Q2 2003.

EA Reveals Details For 'NBA STREET Vol. 2' (XB/NGC/PS2)

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 6:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts reveals details for NBA STREET Vol. 2, the follow-up to the hit title NBA STREET, to be released under the EA SPORTS BIG brand. NBA STREET Vol. 2 lets players bring their act to the street show and face off against the greatest basketball players of all-time on blacktop courts throughout North America. First team to "21" wins, but in NBA STREET Vol. 2, style and attitude are as important as putting the ball in the basket. Currently under development, NBA STREET Vol. 2 will be available this spring for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox video game system from Microsoft.

'Burnout' (PS2) Platinum Edition

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 6:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Following the enormous success of the chart-topping arcade racing game, Burnout, Acclaim Entertainment Ltd is pleased to announce that a Platinum edition is due for release on February 7th 2003. The award-winning, Burnout was originally released in November 2001 to worldwide critical acclaim and immediately took its place as one of the greatest driving games for PlayStation 2...

Nintendo Has More Games Than Ever Before

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 5:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

These days, gamers have insatiable appetites - and Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance fill the need. By summertime Nintendo of America Inc. will accelerate its Nintendo GameCube game library past 225 titles as it continues to broaden its appeal to video game players of all ages, interests and lifestyles. This reflects an increasing amount of support from third-party publishers, adding to a strong cavalry of first- and second-party selections... Read more for a huge 2003 release list!

Miguel Tejada and Randy Johnson Cover Athletes of 'MVP Baseball 2003'

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 4:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MVP! MVP! MVP! EA today announced American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Miguel Tejada and National League Cy Young winner Randy Johnson as the North American spokesmen and cover athletes of the upcoming MVP Baseball 2003 interactive video game from EA SPORTS.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI Bring 'Treasure Planet' Into The Future

by Thomas on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 3:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Softimage Co. a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc. today announced that its SOFTIMAGE|XSI system, the industry's leading 3-D nonlinear production environment, was the tool of choice for all the modeling, texturing and animation work for Disney's much anticipated new game: Treasure Planet. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island', Disney's new game for the Sony PlayStation 2 adds a futuristic twist to the classic tale and creates a new epic adventure of bloodthirsty pirates and buried treasure in which the spaceship, 'Legacy,' is overrun by mutinous pirates led by the cyborg John Silver.