'Ryzom' - Beta SignUp

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 8:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Wanadoo and Nevrax send out word that registrations for the Ryzom beta test are now possible. The Beta Test will be composed of 3 stages, and the number of selected testers will increase steadily during each of these stages. Some of you may have to wait a little before being selected, so be patient. For those of you who have applied on Nevrax's website, it is still necessary to register on the European Ryzom website. If your application is accepted (which may happen at several moments during the course of the beta), you will receive an email with a login, a password and all the information necessary to connect to the game".

'True Crime: Streets of L.A' Gets Hollywood Voice Acting

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 8:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman and Michael Madsen lead an all-star voice cast of top Hollywood talent in Activision, Inc.'s upcoming crime game True Crime: Streets of L.A.. The actors were specially selected to add their distinctive voices and talents to True Crime: Streets of L.A.'s, vast line-up of gangsters, street hustlers, social deviants and reluctant heroes. True Crime: Streets of L.A., which will be available this fall for the PS2, the Xbox and the GameCube. Read more for details ...

'Splinter Cell' - v1.2 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 8:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

UbiSoft has now released an updated US patch for their stealth third-person action game Splinter Cell, bringing your US ONLY edition to v1.2. This release implements essentially the same as the original v1.2 with the addition of a small diagnostic tool that was left out of the first one, as well as a variety of graphics enhancements and fixes, as well as gameplay tweaks and other bug fixes (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for details and download links ...

'Humvee Assault' - Screens

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 8:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Track down and eliminate dangerous forces from behind the wheel of the world’s most relied upon front-line vehicle — the Humvee. Whether rumbling through a sun-baked desert, steaming tropical jungle or frozen tundra, it’s up to you to deliver a knockout punch to America’s enemies. With simple pick-up-and-play controls and immediate arcade-style action, this is your war to win. This is Humvee Assault! Read more for details and a few screens ...

'Enter The Matrix' (ALL) Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 7:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and Shiny Entertainment are pleased to announce that development is complete on "Enter The Matrix" for the PS2, the Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube and the PC. The worldwide launch of the game to retail outlets will occur on schedule on May 15, 2003, day and date with the theatrical release of the highly anticipated Warner Brothers action movie "The Matrix Reloaded."

Blizzard Looking For European PR Manager

by Thomas on April 18, 2003 @ 4:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard, part of Vivendi Universal Games is looking for a European PR manager to be based at its office in Velizy, near Paris. French language skills are useful but not essential. But the successful candidate will need at least three to five years experience in PR, a degree and some knowledge of organising events. Send a CV, salary history and cover letter here or to Vivendi Universal Games Intnl, Recruitment Department, 32 Avenue de L'Europe, Immeuble Energy 1, 78 457 Velizy Villcoublay cedex, France.

Namco To Merge With Sega

by Thomas on April 18, 2003 @ 4:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Baltimore Sun reports that Game maker Sega Corp. has received a merger offer from rival Namco, a proposal that would create Japan's biggest video game company, both companies said yesterday. Sega, famous for Sonic the Hedgehog, said the offer was being studied along with a proposal announced in February to integrate its operations with Sammy Corp., a Japanese pinball machine company. Sega wouldn't say when a decision could be expected.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 18, 2003 @ 12:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Heaven And Hell' - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 11:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

What could be greater than God? To be God - just like in Heaven and Hell! In the year 1500 BC you announce to four peoples: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. To make your commandment effective, you are supported with miracles and plagues by seven different prophets. Convince your future followers with sound arguments such as chain lightning, locusts, and other mysteries. As you have to compete against a strong opponent at the same time, the fight for the most followers will be even more challenging. There can be only one after all!

'Alex Ferguson's Player Manager 2003' - Patch & Updated Demo

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 4:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Anco/UbiSoft have now released a new update patch for their soccer manager 'Alex Ferguson's Player Manager 2003', as well as an updated demo. The update adds the German & Dutch leagues, adresses gameplay tweaks, and fixes a bunch of bugs. An updated demo is also available for download, which lets you play Player Manager 2003 for 1 season. You can take control of any team you want in any of these national leagues - (England, Scotland, Italy, Portugal, France, Germany or Holland). Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Stake' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 2:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stake is the ultimate third person, multi-player 3-D arena fighting game exclusively for the Xbox. It boasts a deep action combat experience, intriguing characters and superior graphics. This game represents the essential elements of a fighting game but goes beyond that with multiple power-up weapons, lots of collectable items, insane combo attacks, special tricks, secret characters, inspiring graphics, 3-D isometric camera views, exciting locations and multiple multi-player modes. Check out the new batch of screens!

'Enter The Matrix' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 1:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Enter the Matrix is the story-within-the-story. It features awesome gunplay and spectacular martial arts that bend the rules of the Matrix, as well as insane driving and stunts, and the chance to pilot the fastest hovercraft in the fleet. This game isn’t just set in the Matrix universe – it’s an integral part of the entire Matrix experience, weaving in and out of the highly anticipated 2nd installment in the film trilogy, The Matrix Reloaded . Earlier today there was a batch of PS2 screens released, read more to check them out ...

'SÖLDNER: Secret Wars' - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 1:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In "SÖLDNER - Secret Wars" the player takes command of one such special unit. As squad leader, the player's mission is to work with other players to control this highly mechanised elite mercenary company - consisting of soldiers, helicopters, light tanks and vertical take-off planes - and carry out a very wide gamut of missions. To make thing even more interesting, these units are stationed on a mobile carrier disguised as a freighter. Check these 5 new screens...

'Empire of Magic' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 12:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Summitsoft announced today that the long awaited and highly anticipated epic, Empire of Magic, has completed development and will ship to retail stores before the end of April. Rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the game contains an amazing 50-120 hour single player campaign loaded with extensive side quests and extra tasks that will keep gameplay fresh and, more importantly, an incredible artificial intelligence system that promises an engaging and ever-changing gaming experience.

Acclaim's E3 LineUp

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 11:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gearing up for the interactive entertainment industry's largest annual event, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled its diverse product lineup that will be on display at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 14-16. Spanning all of the next-generation gaming platforms and such popular genres as action, sports and racing, Acclaim is planning on featuring more than eight new brands, as well as making additional product announcements throughout the trade show.

UbiSoft's E3 Lineup

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 10:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that its 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) lineup will feature an outstanding selection of diverse titles for all platforms. Beyond Good & Evil, FarCry, RavenShield, Prince Of Persia, XIII and Uru: Ages Beyond MYST. Read more for details ...

'KnightShift' - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 10:05 a.m. PDT | 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.

'American Conquest: Fight Back' - Screens

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Three centuries of war continue - with even more frantic combat and more desperate power struggles raging across the American continent. The Spanish sound the attack on Yucatan amidst fierce Maya and Aztec resistance. The Germans put all their efforts into finding the legendary Eldorado. The Pontiac Uprising ends in a terrifying bloodbath between the Indians and the British. And the Russians will do anything to conquer Alaska at the cost of the Haida. There is a fantastic bonus for shrewd strategists: the great new "battlefield" mode in single-player and multiplayer modes! Tactical skill alone will determine victory or defeat in single-player and multiplayer games. So, plunge into battle & check out the screens!

'Kreed' - Beta Test Signup Available NOW

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 9:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Kreed is a dynamic FPS with its action taking place at the graveyard of spaceships, in a mysteries area of cosmic Universe. Its hero, who is an elite warrior from a semi-religious organisation, will overcome lots of danger on his way, meet representatives of unknown to the mankind races and civilisations. Original weaponry and items of equipment, dynamic battles, lots of special effects allows a player find himself in the very centre of events, and the variety of level interior brings the colours of the fantastic world of the 3d century. Burut is now accepting applications for the Kreed beta test. People interested in testing this upcoming FPS can fill this registration form. Apply within the next two weeks, and the names of the people selected will be announced on May 1.

'World War II: Frontline Command' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 17, 2003 @ 8:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

World War II: Frontline Command is set to capture the heroism of World War II's most significant battles. As Commander of the Allied Forces, the game will see players attempting to drive the Axis forces deep back inside their own territory. With a full range of authentic troops and equipment at their disposal, players become a master of the battlefield to ensure final victory (thanks EuroGamer). The demo features one mission set in the Netherlands where you command a US Army force to capture a village and a munitions factory held by the Germans. Read more for download links ...