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 ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

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

  • Nexuiz - Trailer
  • Carve (Xbox) - Trailer
  • ViviSector: Beast Inside - E3 Trailer
  • One Must Fall: BattleGrounds- Trailer #2
  • Splinter Cell (GBA/NGC) - Trailer
  • MechMinds - E3 Trailer
  • Nexagon: Deathmatch- E3 Trailer

  • (thanks 3DGamers).Read more for download links ...

'Shanghai Dragon' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 9:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shanghai Dragon is a first-person arcade rail-shooter by Chinese company E-Pie Entertainment (already released in China). They have released a playable demo letting you try out the first two missions from the full game (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - Team Sabre' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Novalogic just send out word announcing the first expansion pack for Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. As the US army’s elite special operations soldiers you are the most potent ‘smart weapon’ known to man. You are the ‘tip of the spear’ for covert operations around the world - you are the first line of attack. Nothing stands in your way. From the war torn streets of Somalia you have been re-deployed to take out targets in Colombia and Iran. As the US military’s preemptive strike force you must work with your team to get the job done. Read more for some features and the first hi-res screens ...

'RtCW: Enemy Territory' - Patch Coming

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision sends word that Splash Damage are working on a patch for their recently released "free" Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory product. The server side patch will fix a server crash problem as well as memory leaks. No release date has yet been given.

UbiSoft to Publish 'EverQuest II' & 'Lords Of EverQuest' In Europe

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 8:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft today announced that it will be the European publisher for the highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game EverQuest II and the recently announced Lords of EverQuest real-time strategy (RTS) game from Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE). EverQuest II and Lords of Everquest are currently set for a worldwide release in Winter 2003/04.

'The Sims' Creator Signs Up For TV

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 8:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Will Wright, creator of video game sensation "The Sims," has signed a first-look development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. "It could be a sitcom or something completely different," said Mike Darnell, Fox executive VP alternative programming and specials. "This deal's not about taking a game and turning it into a TV show; it's about creating new entertainment franchises."

'Dead Man's Hand' (Xbox) Expected This Autumn In Europe

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 8:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari is bringing all of the drama and fast-paced action of the Old West exclusively to the Xbox this autumn with Dead Man's Hand, a first person shooter chock full of gun fights and dripping in frontier lore. In development by Human Head studios, the creators of Rune, Dead Man's Hand uses the latest Unreal technology from Epic Games to provide amazing graphical performance, non-stop action and enhanced multiplayer capabilities through Xbox Live!

'Diablo II' - v1.10 Patch Info

by Thomas on June 2, 2003 @ 10:11 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard has revealed info about their next patch "v1.10" for Diablo II.. Here is the cut and past:

We’ll be adding many new Horadric Cube recipes to Diablo II with the upcoming 1.10 patch. Some of the new recipes allow you to upgrade your Unique weapons. For instance, 1 Ral Rune + 1 Sol Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + 1 Normal Unique Weapon results in an Exceptional version of that weapon with the same Unique Item bonuses. Using this recipe, an Axe will be transformed into a Cleaver! This is useful for upgrading the damage of your Unique Weapons. You can use another recipe to upgrade to the Elite version: 1 Lum Rune + 1 Pul Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + Exceptional Unique Weapon results in the Elite version of that weapon with the same Unique Item bonuses. Using these new formulae, players can create new special versions of Unique items that were not previously possible. Players can then further customize these weapons by adding a socket to them and their own favorite gem, jewel, or rune.

Although we do not have a release date set for this patch, we are working hard to get it out as soon as possible.

About The Leaked 'Battlefield 1942' Patch 1.4

by Thomas on June 2, 2003 @ 10:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A post on the official Battlefield 1942 website let us know following about the recent leaked 1.4 patch:

It has come to our attention that a non-final version of the 1.4 patch has surfaced on the web. Please note that this is NOT the final version of 1.4, and it WILL NOT be compatible with the final version of 1.4. We strongly recommend that you do not install it. If you have installed it, our suggestion is that you reinstall BF 1942.

Stay tuned to the official Battlefield 1942 website for our regularly scheduled community update this Friday.


'Chrome' - Fileplanet Subscriber ONLY Demo

by Rainier on June 2, 2003 @ 8:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

FilePlanet is now offering Techland's upcoming first-person shooter "Chrome" as one of their "exclusive" demo's for paid FilePlanet subscribers only. A whopping 340 MB download can only be activated by a key generated for subscribers. As usual this exclusivity lasts for about a a week, so us regular folks will have to be patient a few more days. Of course we will have it available here, free as always ...

'Eve Online: The Second Genesis' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 2, 2003 @ 8:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crowd Control Productions has issued another patch for EVE Online: The Second Genesis, bringing their just-released MMO space game to v1058. This patch can be used if the auto-updater doesn't work, and as usual there are no details on the changes in this patch. Read more for download links ...

'Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 2, 2003 @ 7:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Infogrames has released a new patch for their mod gone retail team-based tactical shooter Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror. This rather huge upgrade brings your retail game to v3.4.0 and adresses a slow of additions, changes and fixes (thanks 3DGamers). This patch is for the retail version of Tactical Ops: Assault On Terror only. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...