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Microsoft Announces New 'Xbox Live' Features & Titles

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 11:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

This summer is going to be a scorcher with the addition of three new features and highly anticipated hits from distinguished third party publishers. With this unrivaled line-up, we plan to deliver on our promise of taking the online gaming experience to an unprecedented level. Read more for new features and 20 upcoming titles supporting Xbox Live!

'TAIKO: Drum Master' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 11:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get ready to hone your drumming skills! TAIKO: Drum Master, developed by Namco Ltd. in Japan, is a new game that challenges your rhythmic skills through fun and challenging game play. TAIKO: Drum Master will release in time for the holiday season.

Ubisoft Partners with Quazal to Bring 'Splinter Cell 3' Online

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 11:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Quazal and Ubisoft today announce their partnership has produced the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3 multiplayer experience: one of the most innovative multiplayer designs to date, with cooperative moves that have never before been seen in a video game. A continuation to the story of Sam Fisher, member of the ultra-secret Third Echelon, Splinter Cell 3 is currently in development at Ubisoft’s Montreal studios.

Paradox To Self-Publish 'Crusader Kings' In North America

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 10:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crusader Kings will be in stores on September 21st, and as a step in Paradox Entertainment’s long-term strategy, the company will self-publish the title in North America (it was previously to be published by Strategy First).

'Dark Matter: The Baryon Project' Revealed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 10:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fly one of the many spacecraft and battle huge cruisers - or break through hull, grab your rocket launcher and explore the enemy's vessel in your superior battle suit! Fight morphing aliens and fierce time warriors in a dark future that will become your worst nightmare!

'Codename: Panzers' - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 9:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stormregion made massive tanks a crucial element in this tactical combat action title set in World War II. Russian, German and Allied troops fight in three campaigns and more than 30 breath taking single player missions. Over a hundred authentic 3D vehicles are at disposal as well as a wide range of ground troops. Read more to check 30 new screens and also check our Panzers preview!

'Colin McRae Rally 04' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters has released the first patch for Colin McRae Rally 04. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.01 and improves the ghost car tracking system, to improve the visibility over LAN/Internet. Controller calibration is now smoother and less hard to control. The gear box testing sections are now better balanced. The game now report the ready state correctly in LAN/Internet multiplayer modes. Added code to display name, damage, tracks, etc when using GameSpy Arcade.

'Vivisector: Beast Inside' - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

1C Company and Pointsoft Interactive have signed a Pan-European distribution deal for Vivisector: Beast Inside. Vivisector: Beast Inside developed by Action Forms (creators of Chasm and Carnivores series) is a unique mixture of 3D Action/Horror. The game blends a thrilling interactive story with intense, high-adrenaline action and immerses players in a rich and fascinating storyline. Read more for some new screens ...

Nobilis Brings 'Virtual Grand Prix 2' To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today LAGO announces a brand new agreement with one of the major French videogame distributors, NOBILIS, for its racing-simulation game Virtual Grand Prix 2. This agreement involves the distribution for France, Spain and Benelux countries. Read more for details and screens ...

'Top Spin' - PC Version Officially Announced

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Aleready revealed a few weeks ago, but today the official announcement rolled in. Atari has forged links with Microsoft, publisher of Top Spin for the Xbox, to publish the Windows PC version of Top Spin, the critically renowned tennis simulation releasing this September. Atari and Microsoft are confident of repeating the success of last year's Xbox version in 2004.

'Jak 3' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Created and developed by Naughty Dog, Inc., Jak 3 is the team's follow-up to their best-selling title, Jak II and their Greatest Hits PlayStation2 debut title, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Combining a variety of genres including driving, adventure, action-platform, puzzles, strategy and exploration, Jak 3 promises to deliver one of the most entertaining and interactive experiences to gamers this holiday season!

Millar Brothers Leave Jaleco and Team Up With Lionhead

by Rainier on June 16, 2004 @ 8:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lionhead Studios is delighted to announce the appointment of brothers Ron and Chris Millar who both formerly worked for Jaleco Entertainment and Blizzard Entertainment. Ron Millar is to continue his work as designer at Lionhead Studios and his experience on games such as Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to Lionhead's design process.

'Astro Boy' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Join Astro, the robotic superhero with a human mind, in a jet-fueled adventure to reunite the robotic race with humans. Working with Tezuka Productions and Sony Pictures Television, SEGA's SONICTEAM studio has faithfully recreated the Astro Boy universe, lending authenticity to the franchise and paying homage to a classic icon of Japanese anime that is now a featured series on Cartoon Network. Read more for some new screens ...

GarageGames Ships Torque Shader Engine (TSE) Early Adopter

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 11:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A couple years ago, the GarageGames position on shader support was that it was not needed. Now, however, a new generation of video cards supporting shaders and DirectX 9 have been on the market for several years and are becoming ubiqutious in new computers. Shaders are becoming a technology that cannot be ignored by game makers, but that cannot easily be addressed by old techniques.

'Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris' Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cenega has announced that the English version of our game "Gooka - The Mystery of Janatris" has gone GOLD and will be released in a second half of June. Gooka: Mystery of Janatris is a point and click style RPG adventure – take on the role of Judge Gooka, who, on arriving home after a long journey discovers his house has been razed to the ground, his wife in a critical condition and his son vanished. Travel through many exciting and varied locations to piece together the clues that will help you progress through the game, saving your wife and rescuing your son.

Galactic Civilizations: Altarian Prophecy Out NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:41 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Independent game studio, Stardock Entertainment, released its expansion pack for the award winning strategy game, Galactic Civilizations. The expansion pack, called Altarian Prophecy, has been in development and testing for some months to get all the features and enhancements put together just right.

'Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 10:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

NovaLogic, Inc. today announced that the groundbreaking new multiplayer FPS title Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising has shipped and is in stores now.

'Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood' (ALL) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 3:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood places gamers deep in the heart of Small Town America, USA. Backyard Wrestling Inc. has announced "your town" as the location of its first live pay per view. They've put a million dollars cash prize on the line for the wrestler who's got what it takes to destroy every obstacle in their way to the main event and ultimately the unified BYW championship.

'Weird War' - Screens

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Weird War – that’s the title of a new cRPG taking place during World War II, which will be released under the Techland label. A dose of original humor combined with various and extensive terrain at player’s disposal makes this title very interesting not only for fans of such games as Arcanum, Fallout or Baltur’s Gate. Weird War has been signed by MC2-Micro├»ds and is expected in Europe September 23, 2004. In the meantime, check a few new screens...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on June 15, 2004 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :