The Gladiators: Galactic Circus - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2002 @ 5:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

It's the 1970's, and the American military is working on an top-secret new space shuttle project which goal is to study the "black hole" phenomenon recently discovered by western scientists.As the shuttle's construction is coming to an end, the mission is entrusted to Officer Greg D. Callahan, a former US Marines major.The shuttle is launched under heavy secrecy towards an asteroid field where a physical phenomenon resembling that of the famous "black holes" has been detected.As the mission is approaching the asteroid field, the NASA loses all contact with the crew and receives no further signal from the shuttle. It is as if the spacecraft has vanished into deep space. Read more for links where to get the demo ... (Thanks Gamershell)

Celtic Kings: Rage of War - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2002 @ 4:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Strategy First just let us know that they have release the first update patch for their recently released Real Time Stragy game, The Celtic Kings. The patch adds 20 new maps in single and multiplayer modes, improved AI and multiplayer performance, and a several other miscellaneous enhancements. Read more for links where to grab it ...

'War and Peace' - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 11:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

War and Peace is a revolutionary game in the RTS genre. For the first time, players will really be in charge of the entire strategy of their nations: politics, economy, diplomacy, army, tactics, etc. On a unique, full 3D map of the entire world, you'll be able to take full commands of your nationn a true historical context. You will discover and enjoy the experience of being a major statesman at the dawn of the fascinating 19th century! Check the new screens ...

Blizzard Announces 'The Lost Vikings Return' For GBA

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 11:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard Entertainment announced today plans to bring The Lost Vikings to the Game Boy Advance under its newly created Blizzard Classic Arcade label. Further information regarding upcoming titles to be published by the new label as well as country specifics will be announced in the months to come.

UT2003 Questions Live

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 10:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

XGR will hold a LIVE Unreal Tournament 2003 chat tonight at 9:30PM EST with Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski from Epic Games! Find out more about this LIVE chat here. "You can also send in your questions for Cliffy B". (thanks HomeLan)

Dual Blades (GBA) Ships

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 10:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metro3D, Inc. announced today the nationwide release of Dual Blades, an exclusive fighting game for Nintendo Game Boy Advance, which hit store shelves today. Developed by Vivid Image, Dual Blades features an ESRB Rating for “Mature” Audiences and an MSRP of $29.95.

Defender of the Crown (GBA) Ships

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 10:27 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Metro3D, Inc. the multi-platform video game developer and publisher today announced the release of Cinemaware’s Defender of the Crown for Nintendo Game Boy Advance, which began shipment today at retail stores nationwide. Developed by Cinemaware, Inc., Defender of the Crown is a medieval action combat and strategy game based on one of the most successful award-winning software classics originally created for the personal computer. This new and enhanced game features an ESRB Rating for “Everyone” and an MSRP of $29.95.

Anno 1503 - Screens

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 10:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Factornews today tossed up five new screens from Anno 1503. "1503 A.D. is a new PC title that blends the action of real-time strategy with the depth of empire building".

EA Ships 'NBA Live 2003' (XB/PS2/NGC)

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 9:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Get off the bench and onto the court with EA SPORTS NBA LIVE 2003, released today by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube. The game was originally slated to ship in late October. The ninth installment of the best-selling basketball franchise, NBA LIVE 2003 allows players to get into the action and live their dreams of NBA superstardom.

'Soldiers Of Anarchy' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 7:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Simon & Schuster Interactive announced today that its Real Time Strategy (RTS) game "Soldiers of Anarchy" for the PC has gone gold. A Next-Generation 3D Strategy Game Set in Post-Apocalyptic 2014 To Arrive At Retail in Mid October.


by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 6:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc. and SEGA Corporation today shipped VIRTUA TENNIS for Game Boy Advance featuring Venus and Serena Williams. With Exhibition, Tournament, and World Circuit Modes, VIRTUA TENNIS enables you to perfect your game, triumph in world tournaments, develop and train players or challenge the world as Venus or Serena Williams.

'Red Faction II' (PS2) Goes Gold!

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 6:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ Inc. today announced that development on its highly anticipated action title, Red Faction II for the PlayStation2 is complete. Created exclusively for PlayStation 2 by THQ's Volition studio, Red Faction II is the sequel to one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed original game franchises of 2001. Featuring an enhanced Geo-Mod™ engine that allows players to strategically alter and destroy the game environment in real-time, Red Faction II builds upon the experience of the original game with non-stop action, highly detailed graphics, new multi-player options and an engaging storyline. Red Faction II is scheduled to ship on October 16.

'Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 6:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Robin Hood – The Legend of Sherwood arrives on store shelves on November 5, but today Strategy First and Gigex are giving you the chance to play it by downloading the never before seen demo! Read more for details and links where to grab it ...

Championship Manager 4

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 5:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sports Interactive announces date for first Championship Manager 4 details.. It’s a good job that there are no UK football fixtures scheduled for October 24th, as that is the day fans around the world will be sat glued to their PC screens, digesting the first official Championship Manager 4 news, which will available for download on and on the The Official Championship Manager Magazine coverdisc.

Armored Task Force Goes GOLD!

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 4:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today Shrapnel Games announced that Armored Task Force has gone GOLD! Tim Brooks, President of Shrapnel Games, said, "We are at Gold with ATF now. It took us a little longer than expected, but we think the wait has been worth it. ATF is solid and we already have interest on this product from different areas of the US Army." Shrapnel Games expects to ship Armored Task force on November 4, 2002.

The Getaway (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 4:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

An uncompromising action thriller of a game, The Getaway features breakneck, ultra-realistic driving action, mixed with combat on foot and unprecedented levels of cinematic realism, in what promises to be one of the toughest, grittiest games on any format. There's no getting away from it: here are 17 new screenshots.

New 'Time of Defiance ' Client Available

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Time of Defiance developers Nicely Crafted Entertainment (NiCE) haven’t been resting on their laurels since the release of the world’s first massively multiplayer real time strategy game - as proved today, with the launch of a new client which enables players old and new to benefit from the comments of the game’s many users.

'Primal' (PS2) - Character Profiles & Screens

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 1:21 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Primal is the first PlayStation 2 title by SCEE Studio Cambridge, the Bafta Award winning studio behind C-12 and the MediEvil series. Primal features state-of-the-art motion capture animation, advanced AI and integrated cut scenes. Dynamic loading and detail management methods are used to present environments of exceptional size, beauty and complexity with no load delays.. Check out character profiles of the Wraiths and prime yourself for 16 new screenshots.

Big Mutha Truckers (PS2/XB) 'Too Rude' For TV

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 1:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Empire's Trucking extravaganza Big Mutha Truckers has been deemed too rude to be shown before the 9PM TV watershed by the BACC. Bear in mind this is the same BACC that allowed a rather sexual beer ad which blatantly suggests fellatio from a vacuum cleaner for the robotic drinker. Yet again it seems to be either a case of games paranoia by the powers that be or simply the age-old problem of big blue chip companies not having to play by the same set of rules as the smaller companies.

Nintendo Intensifies Reach to Teens

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2002 @ 12:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In support of its strongest lineup ever of video games designed for older players, Nintendo of America today announces it will spend $140 million in marketing during the holiday season, a 25-percent hike over last year. Much of the funds will target teen and 20-something players. The marketing focus mirrors several noteworthy and highly anticipated game releases over the remaining weeks of 2002. Both the teen-rated Metroid Prime and the mature-rated Resident Evil Zero arrive this fall exclusively for Nintendo GameCube. They are among 80 new game launches supporting the platform before year-end.