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Asheron's Call 2 Beta CD Sign-Up

by Thomas on Aug. 20, 2002 @ 9:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The AC2 Beta is currently underway! AC2 has not yet entered the Open Beta public phase, so the vast majority of Beta participants remain AC1 and AC Dark Majesty players. However, The AC2 Team wanted to offer 1000 other lucky gamers the chance to join now. The world of AC2 is an exciting place, and here's your chance to take part! Sign up and find out more here! (thanks GameSpy)

Commandos 2: Men of Courage (PS2) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Aug. 20, 2002 @ 7:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eidos Interactive announced that the PlayStation2 version of Commandos 2: Men of Courage has gone gold to begin manufacturing by Sony Computer Entertainment America and will be in stores August 30th, 2002. Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a port of the popular PC team-based strategy game set during World War II. The Xbox version will follow shortly!

Nina Agent Chronicles - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 20, 2002 @ 2:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NINA is an action-adventure game, with a good balance of both elements. It is not meant to be another shooter with the intention to take out anything that moves just spiced up with adventure elements, but a game where completing tasks and solving puzzles will be as important as eliminating opponents. The action is likely to move towards a tactical shooter, where combat tactics and taking maximum advantage of available weaponry has more importance than just fast reactions allowing to shoot numerous opponents. Check out the "real life" Nina screens, the actress who stood model for digital Nina. Ohh and of course also a few in-game screens ...

Sub Rebellion (PS2) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 20, 2002 @ 2:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In 2139, the earth’s tectonic plates begin to shift, producing massive seismic activity throughout the world. This makes most of the world’s land sink into the sea, leading to many deaths and changing civilization forever. Those who survived adapt to the new conditions of life under and above the surface. By 2145 two factions arise, the Meluguis Empire and the Alliance Army. The Alliance, in a desperate attempt to turn the tides on the war deploys the experimental Chronos attack submarine.

'Kingdom Hearts' Consumer Demo Day

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 11:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Square EA is about to blow the lid off its upcoming PlayStation 2 adventure roleplaying game, Kingdom Hearts with a community event centered around the game called the Kingdom Hearts Consumer Demo Day. On Friday, August 23 Square EA will give players the chance to get a hands on preview of this wonderful adventure that combines the characters and locales of various Disney movie franchises with the worlds created by SquareSoft. Attendees will also get a chance to meet the game's director and character designer Tetsuya Nomura and voice talent David Gallagher ("7th Heaven") and Hayden Panettiere ("Ally McBeal," "Remember The Titans"). The event will be held at the PlayStation store, located at 101 Fourth Street (Fourth & Mission streets) in San Francisco on August 23 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Limited edition posters will also be handed out at the event, but the most important thing is that you'll be able to play the game before September 17 - the day the game hits retail in North America! (Thanks GameSpy).

'Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc' Allies Revealed! - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 9:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fans of the Rayman series will be excited to hear that Rayman's two best friends, Globox and Murfy, will return alongside Rayman in Ubi Soft's action-adventure, cartoon fantasy game Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc . Globox and Murfy play important roles in the game and Globox is especially intertwined in Rayman 3's plot. Not to reveal too much of the story (that'll come later), all we can say for now is you'll be seeing a lot of Globox and Murfy as Rayman comes face-to-face with some of his greatest adversaries yet, including the Hoodlums and evil Dark Lums.

Official 'Aces of World War I' Web Site Goes Live

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 9:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aces of World War I, the ultimate flight simulation meets action combat PC game, fully immerses gamers into the heat of World War I combat. Assuming the identity of Edward Rickenbacker, a great American ace, players are challenged to hold their ground against the most lethal German flyers of the Great War. Flying in one of six authentically rendered planes, players must successfully combat all of the opposing ground, air and sea German forces if they intend to win the war victoriously. Check out the Aces of World War I site for yourself. There you'll find all sorts of in-game details, plane and in-game images and a game trailer. We have a local mirror for the trailer so "read more" for links ...

Sony Online Goes To Battle!

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 8:39 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's robots fightin' time! A team of employees at Sony Online participates in the remote-controlled fighting robot competition BattleBots by entering our very own bot known simply as "S.O.B." See how our bot came into being, from the initial meeting full of wild ideas, through early designs and prototypes, to the final product. Follow the story of one tough S.O.B. as it competes in the fourth and fifth seasons of BattleBots on Comedy Central. Read more about the Sony Battlebot right here.

Battlefield 1942 Is Gold!

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 8:12 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

GoneGold today reports that Battlefield 1942 has gone gold! They got it confirmed after they talked to Jerris Mungai, Sr. PR Specialist for EA. He stated the game is indeed gold and will be shipping out for duplication in a day or two.

New 'IL-2 Sturmovik' Update Patch Coming Soon

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 7:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment will release an upgrade for its multi-award winning World War II combat flight simulation title, IL-2 Sturmovik. The IL2-Sturmovik version 1.2 upgrade includes four new flyable aircraft including theYak-9, Yak-9D, Bf-109-E-7/NZ and Ju-87B-2, and features 10 new single player missions and six new cooperative online missions for the IL-2 community. Version 1.2 will be available for download in three weeks from the official il2sturmovik website and also check some early screens here.

'Industry Giant II' Made Endless - Part 2

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 7:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As an added bonus and thank you to all IG2 players, the level designers in Ebensee have restructured the mission levels so that they are suitable as endless games. This time, Mission Emerald Creek can be downloaded as an endless level. Every effort has again been made to maintain the original character of the level to the maximum possible extent. Get the redesigned 'Mission Emerald Creek' here.

UbiSoft Gives Previous 'Chessmaster' Owners a Rebate!

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 7:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced a rebate program for its forthcoming Chessmaster 9000 PC title. Under the program, current Chessmaster owners will receive a $10 rebate when they upgrade to Chessmaster 9000 from any previous version of Chessmaster, starting with Chessmaster 4000. Chessmaster 9000 has an MSRP of $39.99, and will ship to U.S. and Canadian retail shelves on August 27, 2002.

'Devastation' Comes To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 6:38 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Recreating the association that brought Duke Nukem – Manhattan Project across the Atlantic, the Amsterdam-based powerhouse of innovative and exciting gameplay has teamed up yet again with Arizona-based publishers Arush Entertainment to secure European publishing rights to the amazing cyber thriller Devastation.

'Santa Claus Jr. Advance' (GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions promises that the festive season will be filled with fun for gamers as Santa Claus Jr. Advance launches on GameBoy Advance on 1st November 2002.

'Pentium 4 Processor' - Winter Event Announced

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 4:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fresh off the overwhelmingly successful Pentium 4 Processor Summer Championships, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) today announced their next major event in the United States - The Pentium 4 Processor Winter Event 2002. Scheduled for December 18th to 22nd at the Dallas Hyatt Regency, the event will bring together the best professional computer gamers on the planet to play Half-Life Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament 2003, and a special Team Fortress Classic tournament.. With over $150,000 being awarded, the Pentium 4 Winter Event will be the largest US gaming event this year.

'Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet' (NGC) Shots & Features

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 3:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nintendo and Rare join forces to bring Fox McCloud and friends to NINTENDO GAMECUBE. Eight years after the defeat of Andross, the Star Fox team discovers a beautiful prehistoric planet ruled by a sinister tyrant known as General Scales. Players take charge of Star Fox team leader Fox McCloud to free inhabitants from Scales's evil clutches and restore peace to the primal paradise.

'Celtic Kings: Rage of War' - Game Story & Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 2:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Celtic Kings is an RTS which combines strategy and role-playing elements in single mode, and which also includes online multi-player functions. Players must take control of the destiny of the heroic Larax and try and lead him to victory by developing a personal strategy and showing a mastery of military tactics. Celtic Kings is due for release in September 2002. (4 slightly small screens is included with the game story)

'Time of Defiance' - Demo, Features & Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 2:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time of Defiance unleashed on the public; limited discount subscriptions available. Two million gaming minutes served over a year of beta testing will culminate this Wednesday with the release of Nicely Crafted Entertainment’s (NiCE) Time of Defiance. Read more for screens, features and download link for a five-day demo!

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (XB/PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin is the follow-up to the BAFTA award nominated Hitman: Codename 47. Developed by Io Interactive, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin will be released on PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox in September.

Grandia Xtreme (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 19, 2002 @ 11:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Grandia Xtreme is the first original Grandia title for the PlayStation2 and is scheduled to ship September 30. Grandia Xtreme carry an estimated retail price of $49.99. Check out 16 slightly small PS2 screenshots.