'UFO: Aftermath' New Release Date

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 5:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The eagerly awaited global strategy and tactical warfare PC game, UFO: Aftermath is currently undergoing last minute improvements during BETA stage and is now scheduled for release on 26th September 2003.

Giovanni Ribisi & Jason Statham To Do Voices In 'Call of Duty'

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 5:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Further immersing gamers into its gritty, first-person war-torn thriller Call of Duty, Activision, Inc. has enlisted Jason Statham and Giovanni Ribisi to provide their trademark voice talent in key roles. Additionally, accomplished writer/producer Michael Schiffer ("Crimson Tide, "Colors," "Lean of Me," "The Four Feathers" and "The Peacemaker") has added his screenwriting stamp to the game's action-filled script. Call of Duty will be available this fall for the PC and is currently rated "RP" by the ESRB.

'Mastertronic' Classic Label Back From The Dead

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

20 years on, the most famous re-publisher of them all is set to return to the industry. Mastertronic will be re-launched by games software industry veterans Paul Patterson and Andy Payne and the company's mission will be true to the original, all be it updated to handle the demands of the modern software publishing industry.

Besides bringing many a legendary 8 bit game to a true mass market (One Man and his Droid, Hunter Patrol, Spellbound, Phantoms of the Asteroid and Master of Magic to name a few), Mastertronic also brought the Sega Master System into Europe in the late 80's. The name Mastertronic all but disappeared from the industry in 1991 when it was merged with Richard Branson's Virgin Games initially becoming Virgin Mastertronic before being renamed Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

'Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner' Soundtrack

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 5:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As Konami of Europe gears up for the end September release of its eagerly anticipated 3D action title, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, the publisher has announced it is to release a special CD soundtrack (sold separately) to accompany the game on release.

'Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death' Site Launch

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games Intl and Rebellion, today announced that the official website for their game: Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death, has gone live today.

Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death is an intense first-person shooter set in the future megalopolis of Mega-City One. This 22nd century melting pot is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal, and the only thing preventing the city from descending into complete anarchy is the group of elite law enforcers known as the Judges.

Activision To Sponsor id Software's QuakeCon 2003

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 3:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision, Inc. will once again be a featured sponsor of id Software's QuakeCon 2003, the world's most legendary multiplayer gaming event and ultimate fan-based game tournament, party and convention, taking place Aug. 14 – 17 in Dallas, TX. In addition to co-hosting with id Software the first-ever opportunity to play DOOM 3 multiplayer deathmatch, Activision will also provide financial support for the annual LAN-fest in celebration of all things QUAKE.

Valve To Present Half-Life 2 @ ECTS

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 3:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve, creators of Half-Life, the world's largest PC action gaming franchise, will team up with Vivendi Universal Games UK (VUG UK) at ECTS in London to present Half-Life 2 for the first time in Europe. In development for the past five years, Half-Life 2 was first unveiled in May 2003 at the E3 games convention in Los Angeles, where it received 12 Game of Show accolades and E3's Overall Game of Show award.

'Naval Ops: Warship Gunner' (PS2) For Europe In Autumn 2003

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI Ltd. today announced that the next title on the Radar is 'Naval Ops: Warship Gunner' which will launch in Europe in autumn 2003... Read more for all details!

'Dynasty Warriors 4' (XB) In Europe November 2003

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 1:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KOEI Ltd. today announced that it will be bringing Dynasty Warriors 4, the latest instalment of the worldwide best-selling Tactical Action series, to the European Xbox market this November.

'Ground Control 2 : Operation Exodus' - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 1:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ground Control 2 : Operation Exodus takes place during the year 2741 AD, roughly 300 years after the events in the original game. The democratic and freedom caring Northern Star Alliance (NSA) is being hard pressed by the warmongering Terran Empire. The war has recently entered a new stage; a brutal and deadly ground war, as the Empire has managed to land their first troopships on the last NSA controlled planet – Morningstar Prime...

'Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour' - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 8, 2003 @ 1:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's Zero Hour, and time to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology in a quest to become the world's most powerful General. In C&C Generals: Zero Hour, the first expansion pack to C&C Generals, players will wage a global war for control of the modern world and face the ultimate challenge by squaring off against the world's most elite commanders. Selecting from a variety of new units and an arsenal of new high-tech weaponry, players will use whatever it takes to remove enemy Generals from power. Some new screens zero'd in ...

'Rainbow Six 3' (Xbox) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:57 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Command an elite, multinational squad of special operatives against a hidden terrorist foe. In Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3, the third installment in the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, Team RAINBOW races against time to stop terror and unravel a mystery. In locations around the world, from London to the Cayman Islands to Rio de Janeiro, lead Team Rainbow in a desperate effort to battle a madman and foil his doomsday plot.

'Republic: The Revolution' - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Following the fall of the mighty Soviet Union, the Republic of Novistrana verges on collapse, and numerous factions struggle for power. Starting with nothing more than a small base of local support, challenge the state and build a nationwide faction powerful enough to oust the President and enforce a new Republic… by any means necessary... Read more for some screens!

'Will Rock' Retail Patch v1.2

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft has released some new patches for their first-person shooter Will Rock. Here are some details for this new v1.2 patch:

1.2 Patch additions:

  • Improved multiplayer stability
  • A beep when someone sends a multiplayer chat message
  • Up to 6 players for coop (should only be used on higher-end machines with good processors and net connections, because framerate may suffer on lower-end machines)
  • Added the ability to see ping when the game runs
  • Added the ability to select all sublevels for coop
  • In Single Player, levels are marked as passed and player can select any one of them as the starting point
  • Switched off auto targeting for projectile weapons

    1.2 patch fixes:

  • Fixed a rare "cannot continue" bug in the final part of Medusa Level.

'Full Throttle: Hell on Wheels' Cancelled

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A small announcement on LucasArts press site let us know that they decided to stop production on Full Throttle: Hell on Wheels. Here is the full clip: (thanks Blues)

“We do not want to disappoint the many fans of Full Throttle,” says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts, “and hope everyone can understand how committed we are to delivering the best quality gaming experience that we possibly can.”

Conflict: Desert Storm II - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 7:40 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCi has released a playable demo of Conflict: Desert Storm II - Back to Baghdad. This demo lets you give Pivotal Games' upcoming team-based tactical shooter a try and features a Street Battle mission playable as a SAS or Delta Force team (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'XIII' - English Demo Available Now

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blues reports that the English-language single player demo for XIII is now available for download.. This demo contains 2 levels, the Beach and the Military base. Read more for download links ...

'Etherlords II' Early Beta Test

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Want to play Etherlords II before anyone else? Find out how...

Strategy First has teamed up with GameStop to offer players a guaranteed spot in the open beta test of their adventure-RPG game, Etherlords II.

Once a player pre-orders the game from GameStop, that player will be sent an email asking them to sign-up and then they can enter the world of Ether to take part in an epic online magical combat experience. The beta test will be focused on the game's new multiplayer modes and auto rating server.

'Northland' Demo Available Now!

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GMX Media has today announced the release of the official demo of its upcoming PC title - Northland. Northland will be released on the 15th of August in the UK and Benelux, other territories to follow soon after... Read more for download links and details!

'Risk Global Domination' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 7, 2003 @ 9:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

RISK, the game of global domination, makes its debut on PlayStation2 computer entertainment system. Using the same hands-on military planning found in the original RISK board game, players now see battles come to life. Each battle brings the chance for victory, as well as advice from historic military leaders as they earn medals and special bonus content for strategic accomplishments. This product will deliver a truly unique way to play the RISK game and provide an ideal social experience for up to six players in Multiplayer mode and online. Built on a proven combination of strategy and luck, the RISK video game delivers unmatched replayability and a fun, competitive experience... We'll take the risk that you'd like these 17 PS2 screenshots below.