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'Metallica' - New Album But Also New Game!

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 10:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games today announced that it has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with renowned rock band Metallica. The contract grants VU Games the worldwide rights to publish and distribute a multi-platform vehicle combat action game featuring music, voice-overs and inspiration from the band. Scheduled for release in 2005, the game will be produced in collaboration with Segnana, Inc. ( www.segnana.com ), a company that partners with Metallica on interactive and online endeavors.

Raven Software Is Hiring For 'Quake 4'

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Raven Software is looking for a hi-poly modeler who can model sci-fi and fantasy, with an emphasis on realistic science-fiction military characters, bio-mechanical creatures, human and alien weaponry, vehicles, machinery, and world models for Quake 4. The candidate must have experience modeling hi-poly models in the 200,000 to 4,000,000 poly range using Maya or Lightwave. A more realistic modeling style is required with a great understanding of anatomy. Strong artistic/concepting/painting skills would be a major plus, but not required. If you think you got what it takes then apply here!

'Strategy First' One Of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 10:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First has ranked number 12 in the PROFIT 100, the 15th annual ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Profit: Your Guide to Business Success, and took first place among the Quebec finalists. “Being ranked in the Top 20 in Canada and 1st in Quebec is an amazing achievement for us,” says Don McFatridge, President of Strategy First Inc. “The past couple of years have been tough for everyone so to end up where we are among other companies based in Quebec and across Canada makes me very proud.”

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King' (GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 10:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fight your way against the demons and vampires and help Buffy get hold of the Gentlemen. Join Buffy and all her friends in this new fighting game. Buffy is on patrol in the cemeteries and in the woods to check on the demons and vampires... simple routine for the vampire slayer! However this time she catches sight of two of the Gentlemen's henchmen. Not only she has to deal with Adam, but she now has to look for some clue on what the Gentlemen are organising. But nothing impossible for the slayer. Check the new screens ...

'Mafia' Coming To Xbox/PS2

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Already shown/revealed at this year's E3, Gathering/Take-Two today officially announced Mafia for the PS2 and Xbox. You choose a life with the Salieri family and the cops and feds will be the least of your problems. Expect a hail of bullets from a Tommy gun or a shotgun in the face over linguine. Read more for details ...

'Tropico 2: Pirate Cove' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 9:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Take 2 has released the first patch for their recently released RTS/Simulation game by Pop Top Software, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.02 and adresses a few game crashes, adds a few new features and the usual lot. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Rolling' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 9:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

SCi today announces its entry into the exciting world of aggressive inline skating with ROLLING, a new extreme sports title for the PS2 and Xbox. For people keeping score, Rolling was one of the titles of now defunct publisher/developer Rage. Read more for details and a few new screens ...

'Colin McRae Rally 3' - Demo Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 9:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As expected Codemasters has released their announced patch for the recently released Colin McRae Rally 3 demo. This patch brings the codebase up to date with the final retail version of the game, and improves steering wheel & force feedback support, updates sound effects and volume balancing, gives a better frame rate, etc. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' (NGC) Demo Disc

by Thomas on June 4, 2003 @ 3:43 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Nintendo, it will produce NINTENDO GAMECUBE playable demo disks to mark the launch of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell on the console in June 2003. The demo will consist of an introductory trailer and one level from the Chinese Embassy 2 map in the game, where Sam Fisher must use his stealth abilities to the highest level. It will also include the unique Game Boy Advance connectivity features such as the radar, the wall mine and the sticky bomb.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 2:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 1:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Already available through the auto-updater earlier, Blizzard has released a new patch for its 3D RTS Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.6 and adresses balance issues for several characters, weapons, items, structures, and plenty more. Replays are incompatible between v1.05 and v1.06. Read more for a detailed fixl ist and download links ...

Atari's 'Enter The Matrix' Sells BIG

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 4:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With just 18 days on store shelves, Atari's Enter The Matrix has sold through more than 1 million units in North America, making it the fastest-selling game in that territory in the Company's history. Enter The Matrix is a third-person action game that parallels Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action blockbuster, The Matrix Reloaded, the second chapter in the Wachowski Brothers' revolutionary film trilogy. The game was released in North America on May 15 for the PS2, the Xbox, GameCube and the PC.

LotR: The Return of the King (GBA) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the film, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King recreates, in stunning detail, the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith from the onslaught of thousands of Sauron's minions, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King game is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the ALL platforms. In the meantime check these GBA screens, as well as a trailer showing in game footage...

'RTX Red Rock' (PS2) Has Gone Gold!

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LucasArts is pleased to announce RTX Red Rock for PlayStation2 has gone gold! This out-of-this-world original action-adventure will be available in participating domestic retail stores starting the week of June 19. We will have a hands on preview of RTX Red Rock later on tonight!

'The Italian Job' (Xbox/NGC/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 2:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Italian Job lets gamers recapture the high-octane thrills of the blockbuster movie. Taking on the role of Charlie Croker and his gang members, you are left for dead in Venice after being double-crossed during one of the biggest gold bullion heists ever. Now you and your team of professional thieves must wreak vengeance on the man who betrayed you and reclaim the gold. In order to achieve this, you need to create the biggest traffic jam in L.A. history and attempt your getaway in super-charged new MINI Coopers. Eidos keeps trickling out the screens, another 5 just dripped in...

Constitution Protects Video Games

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 1:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last April, Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh ruled that computer and video games had "no conveyance of ideas, expression or anything else that could possibly amount to free speech" in a St. Louis County case that sought to limit children's access to mature video games. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, saying a "particularized message" is not required when it comes to the First Amendment. Read more for details ...

'Silent Storm' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Silent Storm is a true 3D game combining turn-based tactical combats and role-playing set against the background of the WWII. As the war rages on, you will lead a squad of elite troopers deep behind enemy lines to perform secret missions and prevent a disaster the true scale of which could be fully appreciated by neither of the involved parties. Read more for a fresh batch of screens, as well as a new "English" trailer.

'BlitzKrieg: Total Challenge' - UnOfficial Addon Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

German GameStar got word that the unofficial addon for CDV's latest real time strategy game Blitzkrieg reached the gold status. Total Challenge is expected to be released in the next few weeks and apart from the obvious new missions it will also contain 2 additional editor manuals.

Bigben Interactive And JoWood Get Cozy

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bigben Interactive today announces it has become the publisher for the JoWood range in both the UK and Scandinavian territories with immediate effect. The deal is part of an agreement that sees the Bigben Interactive Group publishing the JoWood range across Europe. Bigben Interactive UK will be responsible for all forthcoming titles such as, Chaser, Silent Storm, Söldner: Secret Wars and Spellforce: The Order of the Dawn in addition to the entire back catalogue, budget range and OEM opportunities.

GMX Media Signs 'Massive Assault' - Screens

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 10:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

GMX Media today announced that it has secured the rights to publish the PC Strategy title - Massive Assault in Western Europe. "We are extremely excited about Massive Assault." Commented Barry Leonard COO of GMX Media. "Strategy gamers are going to love this title. It has astonishing graphics, a great soundtrack, unparalleled gameplay and the AI is simply incredible." Read more for details and new screens ...