'Interstellar Trader 2' Release Delayed!

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shrapnel Games announced today that the release date for Interstellar Trader 2 has been moved to March 21st. Tim Brooks, President of Shrapnel Games, said, "We have had a slight delay in the release of Interstellar Trader 2. This is one of those mix- ups that could have been avoided, but unfortunately wasn't. We know there are a lot of fans waiting for this game, and I personally want to apologize for the delay." Interstellar Trader 2 is the sequel to the original strategy simulation Interstellar Trader (available in the Thunder Pack Platinum four pack available from Shrapnel Games) 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.

Video Games Market Growing Faster Than Ever Before

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The world market for video games is growing at a faster rate than ever before, according to a new report by analysts Screen Digest on behalf of ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. The popular games console systems, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox have sold 30 per cent more than the previous generation of gaming technology at the equivalent point in time.

SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3 Ships For Xbox

by Thomas on March 11, 2003 @ 4:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SEGA of America, Inc. officially announced today the release of "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" launches with a host of gameplay and visual enhancements, including an ESPN telecast-style presentation, Hall of Fame legends, retro uniforms and ballparks, and new player moves and animations. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Blue Shift Inc., "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will once again be in a league of its own.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 11, 2003 @ 12:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Sniper Elite' (ALL) - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 9:28 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Spring 1945: World War 2 is drawing to a close and the Russians and Germans are caught in a furious battle for a devastated Berlin. The cold war starts... As a sniper, recruited by the OSS (former CIA), it is the beginning of a lonely stealth mission in the Russian territory. Here are some of the first screens ..

'Mortyr II' - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 8:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The story begins in Sweden. Sven - our hero - is designated to go to a distant village and meet with two local resistance soldiers. He eventually travels through Eastern Europe to reach Greece - where the game's final chapter will take place. Sven will visit other countries along the way - including Poland and Slovakia. The main plot is about the Wunderwaffe - a superweapon the Nazis hope to use against the free world. Sven discovers the plans - but it's too late to ask for help. Our hero must save the day all by himself. A demo is expected soon and they have released a list of new "features" that we can expect to see in their new Mortyr II WIP version. Read more for details ...

Raging Blades (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 8:14 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Are you ready to do battle with the seven tribes of the shadows and their evil god? With the help of the gods, the continent of Atranart had developed into a prosperous civilisation. From the dawn of time, magic and technology had both been studied there and had brought great wealth. Then, suddenly, the gods disappeared and the world was plunged into war and chaos. Monsters appeared near the various ruins scattered over the continent and began destroying everything in their path. Read more for details and a batch of new screens.

'Far Cry/Cry Tek' Engine - Tech Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 6:50 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In Far Cry, the player finds himself abducted and taken to a group of beautiful islands in Polynesia where he finds sun, sea, sand and... sub-machineguns! Our unlikely hero soon finds himself fighting for survival against highly trained and heavily armed opponents, whilst becoming ever more embroiled in a deeper conspiracy. Driven by CrtyTek's impressive engine this title will be absolutly one to look out for in the coming year. We now have a trailer/self runnnig demo from the CryTek engine showing what its capable of. Read more for download links ...

'MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 3:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries" allows players to play for fortune, not honor, as they become leaders of a fledgling mercenary company in the latest standalone installment of the critically acclaimed MechWarrior action-simulator franchise. Players control 100 ton 'Mechs while leading up to eight hired guns into the heat of battle in the quest for the all-mighty C-Bill. MicroSoft has just released a new patch (Point Release 1) for MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries which mainly adress some cheat explots, crashes and other fixes. Read more for details fix list and download links ...

'Soul Calibur 2' (Xbox/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 3:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SC2 features seven distinctive modes of game-play including: Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive, Weapon Master. Weapon Master is a "complete the mission" mode combined with an RPG twist. In this mode, the player can collect and equip their character with up to 200 different weapons, thus adding a deeper level of strategy to every new battle. Check out these 40 PS2 as well as 40 Xbox screens ..

'World of Pirates' - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 3:04 p.m. PST | Filed under News

World of Pirates is a "massive multi player" online game playing in the Caribbean in 17. century. It contains trade, construction and strategy. A few new screens have been released. From the looks of the screens it reminds me of Pirates on the C64 (idea wise, not graphically ;) Read more to check them out ...

Blizzard Expands 'Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne' Beta

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 2:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard is proud to announce that we will be selecting 10,000 additional participants to facilitate the ongoing testing process of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. We are extremely pleased with the results and feedback that the beta test is generating and would like to offer the opportunity for even more players to experience all the new features that the Frozen Throne has to offer. Those who signed up for the Beta Test will now have another chance to participate in and play-test the Beta as we proceed into the next phase of our testing process. These additional participants can expect to receive an e-mail from us confirming their participation in the next few days. We would like to once again thank everyone who applied, and we ask that you please continue to visit the Warcraft 3 website for more information on the game. We look forward to seeing all the new faces on Battle.net.

'Gotham Games' Launch Official Website

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 2:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gotham Games has officially opened its doors on the Web. The new site was launched today. Gotham’s Web site offers surfers a one-stop source for news, previews, screen shots, exclusive content, Q&As and all information on Gotham Games’ exciting lineup of products. In addition, the site includes a Flash animation game based on the current Gotham title Conflict: Desert Storm, and will soon feature additional Flash games based on the Gotham’s releases.

'Sonic Advance 2' (GBA) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 11:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

THQ Inc. and SEGA Corporation today announced that "Sonic Advance 2" has shipped and is available at retail outlets nationwide. "We are delighted to publish this sequel to the 2002 smash hit, `Sonic Advance'," said Alison Locke, executive vice president, North American Publishing, THQ. "`Sonic Advance 2' exemplifies SEGA's talent and devotion to the Sonic brand and THQ is thrilled to be bringing this triple-A Game Boy Advance title to North America." Read more for details ...

'Galleon' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 11:21 a.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 Gamecube screens ...

Fiends Takeover 'Horizons' Website

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 10:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Artifact Entertainment has debuted the first website theme based on creatures from its highly anticipated PC title, Horizons. Gamers can now log on to Istaria and select the "Fiends," one of the many playable races from the forthcoming MMORPG. The new theme will change the experience and design when navigating through the game's site to reflect the world of the beautiful, horned, blue skinned offshoot of the human race. When selecting a theme, gamers will be presented with a new look and feel to the Horizons website. The standard presentation of the site can always be selected and as new designs are introduced, with the official launch of additional races, fans will be able to switch between their favorites. The themes give gamers yet another sample of the flexibility and customization Artifact Entertainment has built into the Horizons community.

Sony's Plans For Early PlayStation3 Release?

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 10:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Corp., the world's second- largest consumer-electronics maker, will introduce the PlayStation 3 video-game console this year, two years ahead of schedule, to widen its lead over rivals, the Commercial Times said, citing unidentified people at Taiwanese parts suppliers. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan, which assembles the PlayStation 2 for Sony, and other parts suppliers on the island will start trial production next month, the report said.

'MotoGP 2' - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

MotoGP 2 for Xbox and Xbox Live! offers eight different racing modes including: Stunt, GP, time trial, Training challenges, tag, Live, multi-player & single race, customizable bikes and all of the riders from the real 2002 MotoGP class. Players can create custom riders and race them online at 60 frames per second with up to 16 riders on one track during a single race. Players can also utilize Microsoft's online voice communication to talk trash with the nearest competitor at speeds that will make their voices crack and their knees buckle. Read more to check out 40 new screens ...

'X2: The Threat' - Screens

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 10:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

German developer EgoSoft's upcoming X sequel, X2 : The Threat, is coming along quite nice. Today we serve up a fresh batch of 20 screens for you to enjoy!

'Top Spin' (Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on March 10, 2003 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that two-time grand slam winner Lleyton Hewitt, along with two tennis superstars yet to be disclosed, will be featured on the cover of “Top Spin,” the new Xbox tennis title set to launch in the fall of 2003. Created exclusively for Xbox by PAM, “Top Spin,” which will be Xbox Live-enabled, provides tennis fans with the ultimate on court and online tennis experience.