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'Saga of Ryzom' - Open Beta Announced

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Nevrax announced today that the Saga of Ryzom, its highly anticipated multi-genre massively multiplayer RPG, enters Open Beta beginning today, April 13th 2004. Community relations and customer support for the beta will be provided by the Themis Group in the United States, and hosting will be provided by Jolt Online Gaming. Read more for details ...

'ToCA Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing Simulator' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters announced today that its most comprehensive motor sport racing game ever, ToCA Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing Simulator, has shipped to North American retail outlets for the Xbox. The PC DVD-ROM version will ship later this week. The title is available at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

'The Blue Vault' Announced

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 9:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Blue Vault of the title refers to an organisation which spends its time hunting down pesky aliens and doing its best not to let other humans even know the extraterrestrial sons-of-bitches even exist. There are plans for six different alien species, with around thirty missions in the finished game. The Blue Vault is a strategy title, so expect such delightful elements as resource gathering, unit recruitment and skill advancement to make a decent fist of things, though we're promised a detail level on a par with RPGs. For more details, head on over to PCZone's coverage.

'Asheron’s Call' Expansion Pack Announced

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine Entertainment Software Corp. today announced that fans of the award-winning 3D massively multiplayer online role playing game Asheron’s Call (AC) will receive a new expansion pack in early 2005. Available for the PC, the latest AC installment will offer fresh challenges to experienced players while welcoming new gamers to the colorful and exciting fantasy world of Dereth.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'Exctinction' Revealed

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 2:53 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Exctinction is a tactical multiplayer shooter set in a future where mankind has been all but wiped out by alien invaders. After years of rebuilding their armies in secret, the remaining forces of man make one final, desperate attempt to rid the Earth of its unwelcome visitors. Expect multiple character classes with unique abilities, amazing firepower, and a fair share of pulse pounding, bone crunching vehicles as human and alien forces battle on derelict wastelands, hidden jungles and polar icecaps in the ultimate fight for survival! Blow the hell out of everything as up to 32 players battle on expansive interactive environments with surprises of their own. Exctinction is under development at Cinematic Games.

'Rise Of Nations: Thrones and Patriots' - Screens

by Rainier on April 13, 2004 @ 12:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Thrones and Patriots adds a multitude of new features to Rise of Nations, introducing six new nations, a wide variety of new single player campaigns, more than 20 new units, new wonders and an innovative new Government feature. With the new Government feature, any nation, old or new, can choose exactly how to be governed, which has far-reaching effects on how units perform in various situations. All-new single player campaigns will allow gamers to control the course of history during historical events that changed the world. Read more for a batch of new screens ...

'Advent Rising' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 11:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In Advent Rising, a common legend pervades the galaxy - that of a powerful, ancient race that will one day unite the universe. Millions of cultures from vastly distant worlds revere and hallow these mythological beings known as humans. One race, the Seekers, know humans actually exist and are threatened by their potential power. Under the guise of benevolent explorers, the Seekers travel throughout the galaxy in a desperate attempt to eradicate any human society they unearth. Check out some new screens ...

Fatal1ty Shoot Out QAt E3

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 5:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Auravision Inc. today announces the first products from the Fatal1ty line of professional gaming products, including the Fatal1ty/PWX system and a motherboard and graphics card created by ABIT Computer Corporation, a world leading manufacturer of award-winning motherboards, video cards, and server products. Fatal1ty will be at E3 in booth #6453 Kentia Hall answering challenges from 100 first-come-first-served attendees in four-minute Fatal1ty shoot outs. Challengers can win $1000 if they are able to beat Fatal1ty and other prizes can be won for scoring points against him.

'ESPN NFL 2005' (PS2/Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 1:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

ESPN Videogames is proud to announce the next chapter of its critically acclaimed, adrenaline-pumping football series - ESPN NFL 2005. The ESPN NFL series, known for its stalwart football realism exhibited in bold gameplay and stellar animations, will be unleashed in Fall 2004.

'Panzers' - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 12:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stormregion, who have previously developed highly acclaimed S.W.I.N.E., 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!

'Warlords Battlecry III' - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 12:14 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Warlords Battlecry III builds upon the unique features that have made this series renowned throughout the RTS genre. Further expanding on the Battlecry traditions, this next title will feature a new hero development system, 3 new spheres of magic that entails over 30 new spells, a new lair system, as well as 5 new races. Read more for details and some new screens ...

KumaWar Launches 'Samarra Bank Heist Part 2' - Screens

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 10:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

KumaWar, an online game service featuring accurate recreations of real world events in the war on terror, has launched its newest mission, Samarra Bank Heist Part 2. Read more for details & screens ...

'City of Heroes' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation announces that City of Heroes has reached gold master status in North America and will soon be on its way to retailers in the United States and Canada. The company also announces that all customers who purchase the City of Heroes pre-order box and register their account will have a three-day head start in the game over customers who purchase the game on or after the launch date. The official launch date for City of Heroes is April 28.

'Lineage II' Goes Gold

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 9:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation announces that Lineage II has reached gold master status in North America and will soon be on its way to retailers in the United States and Canada. The official launch date for Lineage II will be April 28.

Play Golf Indoors With 'QMotions-Golf'

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 9:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

QMotions, Inc. announced today that QMotions-Golf, an Indoor Golf Simulation System that offers players state-of-the-art highly accurate, ‘full-motion’ interactive involvement in popular golf games for Windows, is now available. QMotions-Golf can be used at home, in the office, or on a business trip -- just about anywhere, anytime. Read more for details ...

'Atari' & 'Universal Motown Records' To Promote 'Transformers' (PS2)

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 9:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Highlighting the entertainment industry relationships that have become its hallmark, Atari, Inc. today announced an ongoing cross promotional collaboration with Universal Motown Records Group, which will tie-in ReAlign/Universal's hot new band, DROPBOX, with Atari's highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS video game for the PlayStation2, based on Hasbro, Inc.'s popular TRANSFORMERS brand.

'The Matrix Online' Uses AOL IM

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 9:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Just because you enter "The Matrix" doesn't mean you have to lose touch with your friends anymore. America Online and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Monday said the popular AOL Instant Messenger service would be embedded in the upcoming video game "The Matrix Online."

'Painkiller' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 8:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

DreamCatcher Games today announced that Painkiller, one of the most anticipated Windows shooters of 2004, is now available at major retailers across North America. Painkiller puts gamers in the role of Daniel Garner, an unfortunate victim of a fatal car accident now trapped in a dark and sinister world somewhere between Heaven and Hell. To find his salvation, Garner must fight through more than 50 species of Hell’s wildest incarnations in an attempt to stop an imminent Unholy War.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 12, 2004 @ 1:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News