'BlackStone: Magic and Steel' On Friday

by Thomas on March 26, 2003 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Xicat Interactive, the publisher of the award-winning video games brings RPG action to the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, with the release of BlackStone: Magic and Steel on Friday 28th March 2003, so steel yourself with this fact sheet.

'Restaurant Empire' - Screens

by Thomas on March 26, 2003 @ 2:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Starting with nothing except some cash and a passion for food, build your restaurant from the ground up. Hire waiters, decorate your restaurant and even cook the meals! Buy, build, outsell and out-price the competition. The developers behind Restaurant Empire (Enlight) are one of the world's leading developers of entertainment software.. Five pictures of restaurants that look good enough to eat. At.

War Games See Sales Spike

by Thomas on March 26, 2003 @ 12:28 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"Operation Iraqi Freedom" brings on surge of interest in military titles.. CNN reports that PC and video games may generally serve as nice breaks from reality, but the U.S. war on Iraq has sparked gamer interest in current events. Military-themed games, which were already experiencing a sales surge well before the war, are becoming even more popular. Titles such as "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault" (letting gamers recreate the storming of Normandy) and "Battlefield 1942" (a fictional version of World War II, letting players choose any of five nationalities) have been fixtures in the Top 10 selling games list for months now, but with last week's military action by the U.S., retailers say consumer demand has increased. Full article here!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 26, 2003 @ 12:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Starscape' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 26, 2003 @ 12:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With most of its crew missing and its weapons systems ruined the space research station Aegis is all but lost. As the last remaining pilot you must help rebuild the station’s defences, acquire alien technology and create your own uniquely configured set of fighters. By mining the asteroids within the grid dimension, valuable resources can be harvested to fuel the Aegis’s molecular furnace to build devastating weaponry. Within the nodes of the grid you will encounter allies to aid in the struggle to escape, uncover the terrible purpose of the evil Archnid race and learn why you and the rest of the crew were brought here. Read more for download links ...

'Uplink : Hacker Elite' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 11:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Uplink brings players into the depths of one of the world’s most intriguing settings: cyberspace. Players take on the role of an Uplink agent, working for large corporations and hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, and framing innocent people. Stock markets can be influenced, personal records can be altered, and money can be transferred... sometimes into the wrong hands. There is small update patch available for Strategy First's recently released Uplink : Hacker Elite, bringing the retail game to v1.31 (Win/Linux). Read more for download links ...

'Rayman 3 : Hoodlum Havoc' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 5:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Rayman, the only gaming hero with no arms, no legs, helicopter hair, and brand new powers, hits the PC with the latest installment of the 11-million-plus-best-selling franchise! Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc for the PC has shipped for retail.

'Lionheart' - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 4:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 1588 A.D., a critical year of an alternate history hauntingly familiar yet fantastically alien to our own. Because of one fateful event during the Third Crusade, the history of this world diverged. This event, the Disjunction, ripped open a long-sealed breach to other worlds. Magic energy and powerful spirits flowed into the world, changing the lands and the people forever. Cast into this world, you are a character of your own devices, strengths, and abilities. Set upon by human factions and powerful spirits, you must decide how to best develop your skills in order to triumph over obstacles that lie between you and your true fate. A fresh batch of Lionheart screens has arrived!

'POSTAL 2' - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 3:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sequel to the notorious original, this iteration of the envelope-pushing franchise puts players once again in the well-worn shoes of the hair-trigger Postal Dude. POSTAL 2 operates on Epic's Unreal Warfare Engine and benefits from a host of new features including: fully-explorable open-ended 3D environments, innovative first person shooter action and interaction with well over a hundred unique non-playable characters (NPC's) including Gary Coleman (Arnold from 80's TV show 'Different Strokes').

'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 1:48 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft® Entertainment announced today that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is now available for the PC. Based on the hit television series from CBS, the CSI game challenges players to solve a series of crimes, acting as a new member of the Las Vegas CSI team. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is rated "M-Mature" and is available for a retail price of $29.99.

'Dynasty Warriors 4' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 12:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Warriors are closing in and they are prepared for a major assault. KOEI Corporation today announced that Dynasty Warriors 4 is shipping to retailers throughout North America. Consumers can expect to find the game on retail shelves as early as Wednesday, and can still order it through online retailers including,,, and

'Alienware' Makes Unprecedented Leap In PC Design

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 11:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Alienware has taken an unprecedented leap forward with the launch of a new case design for its award-winning desktop systems. Maintaining its position at the forefront of the industry and continuing a strong tradition of innovation, Alienware is the first specialty system builder to offer an exclusive PC case of its own design.

'Delta Force: Black Hawk Down' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 10:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NovaLogic, Inc. is pleased to announce that the eagerly awaited PC Game Delta Force - Black Hawk Down has shipped and will be in stores shortly. Set in Somalia in 1993, Delta Force - Black Hawk Down is based upon and around the Operation Restore Hope and Task Force Ranger campaigns immortalized in the book and movie of the same name. The game follows members of the elite Delta Force, US Army Rangers and 10th Mountain Division as they participate in a number of daring raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu.

'Shadowbane' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 10:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Shadowbane is the first MMO to incorporate the Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game. Each player impacts this dynamic world whether they choose to be a simple adventurer, shopkeeper or heroic leader. Fresh in stores, UbiSoft already released the first patch for the massively multiplayer online world fixes and optimizes a number of features for the release of Shadowbane (thanks Blues). Read more for details and download links ...

'Destruction Derby Arenas' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 9:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Not much detailed information known about Sony's online automobile devastation (due out Autumn 2003), but here are some screens to get you by until we dig up more details ... Njoy!

'Highland Warriors' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Highland Warriors has over 30 single player missions and allows players to create an infinite number of multi-player missions and stage epic battles using the game’s map editor and hundreds of battle units. The game’s unique customizable game interface allows users to redesign the game presentation to suit an individual player’s ability. Drag and drop buttons, screens, a mini map, and direct access to characters can be customized according to a player’s sensibility. DataBecker just let us know that the first patch for Highland Warriors has been released! The patch updates graphics, bugs, and adds some features to the game. Read more for download links ...

'Auto Modellista' (PS2) And 'The Sims' (XB/NGC) Ships

by Thomas on March 25, 2003 @ 8:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom today announced the release of Auto Modellista, the highly anticipated online racing action for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Auto Modellista is the first true cell-shaded online racing game to utilize SEGA Network Application Package (SNAP) technology for networked gameplay. The online feature in Auto Modellista provides players the option of racing head-to-head with eight driving opponents online. Auto Modellista is rated ‘E’ for everyone by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and is now available at retailers across North America... Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube has shipped. Players can create and control their Sims like never before with level-based gameplay, two-player modes, and dynamic 3D graphics. The Sims for the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube were developed by the company's Walnut Creek-based Maxis studio in conjunction with Austin-based, Edge of Reality, Ltd. and carries an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen.

'Star Trek Elite Force II' - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2003 @ 8:41 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, Star Trek Elite Force II allows players to break out of the confines of ship bulkheads and spacestation corridors to explore all new locations including alien worlds and zero-g environments. New and more powerful weapons will be at the player’s disposal and branching levels offer a more varied gameplay experience. Read more for some new screens ...

'Ballerium' Developers Chat

by Thomas on March 25, 2003 @ 8:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Majorem Ltd. And The Stratics Massively Multiplayer Gaming Network are pleased to announce a dev-chat with the developers of Ballerium, the Massive multiplayer strategy game. The Chat will be held on Thursday April 3rd at 8PM GMT in #BalleriumHoC on the Stratics IRC servers. Their topic this evening will be "Ballerium Beta". They will also be discussing the game's current development status as well as the upcoming E3 showup so make sure to join them that evening! Read more for details!

'Top Spin' - Fact Sheet

by Thomas on March 25, 2003 @ 8:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Top Spin is the complete tennis experience, that allows gamers to define their own playing style, take risks, pull off world-class tennis shots, argue calls and work the crowd to develop their own unique image on the court. In addition, gamers can train with a coach to master different shots and playing surfaces and work their way up the online rankings to become the best in the world. "Top Spin" offers gamers singles or doubles matches with 16 of the world's top pros including cover athlete and the world's #1, Lleyton Hewitt.