'SpellForce: The Order of Dawn' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 1:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore and JoWooD have released a demo for Phenomic's RTS/RPG game SpellForce: The Order of Dawn. The demo features the usual tutorial as well as a singeplayer map (Rift), and a multiplayer map (2-player map Ashvale). Read more for download links...

'Mythora' Revealed - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 12:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The main hero of the game, the lumberman from the introduction, comes from Earth. He came to this planet with the whole earth civilization when the Earth resources started to exhaust. The mankind was forced to leave the Earth and leave for another planet (thanks GenGamers). Read more for details & screens ...

'Riftrunner' Is Now 'Beyond Divinity'

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 12:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Larian Studios announced today that Beyond Divinity will officially become the new title for the latest adventure set in the Divinity Universe. Divine Divinity, launched in 2002 was critically acclaimed for its depth and level of interactivity. In Beyond Divinity, Larian Studios takes what made Divine Divinity so deeply appealing, and pushes it one step further. Using an enhanced version of the original engine, the final product delivers infinite character development, unparalleled levels of interactivity, a wide variety of enemies; tons of quests and a brand new combat system. By catering to all of these elements with equal levels of importance, Beyond Divinity will truly deliver a total RPG experience.

'Blade & Sword' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 11:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Whiptail Interactive, a global publisher of PC games, today announced that the kung fu action role-playing game Blade & Sword has gone gold. The game will ship on December 22, 2003 with an MSRP of $29.99 and has been rated M for Mature.

'Conan: The Dark Axe' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 10:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Black-haired and sullen-eyed, a thief, a reaver, a slayer. The legends that surround his name, speak of the world before history, where shadows of magic and dark alien gods shrouded the known world and the fate of whole empires were dependent on the strength and skills of a single sword. And this is one of those legends. Conan is a 3rd person action game, with few elements of RPG and adventure. The game is divided into chapters, each chapter with different environments and creatures. Each chapter contains several levels. Read more for some new screens ...

GMX Media Signs 'Cold War Conflict' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 10:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

GMX Media today announced that it has secured the rights to publish the PC RTS title – Cold War Conflict in the UK. "Based on the Gameplay of the award winning Sudden Strike 1 & 2 but with flair of the cold war theatres, this is certain to take the UK by storm." Commented Barry Leonard COO of GMX Media. “We are due to kick off a massive marketing campaign in 2 weeks which we hope will all but guarantee a chat position on release.” Read more for details and a bunch of new screens ...

Open Letter on Exclusive Demos

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 10:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In the gaming industry, the free playable demo is one of the most popular and powerful tools to interest gamers in the final product. It therefore seems logical to expect publishers will maximise the game's exposure by giving the demo the widest possible release. Unfortunately this is not always the case, and sometimes a demo is given the most restricted release: to one site for several days or even a week. This hurts the industry at large much more than it can help a single relationship. Read more for the full letter ...

'The Sims Bustin' Out' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims Bustin' Out for the PlayStation2, Xbox , and GameCube has shipped under the EA Games brand. For the first time, Sims console players can get their Sims out of the house and into all-new locations to play, work, and meet a cast of outrageous new characters.

'Race Driver 2: The Ultimate Racing Simulator' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Slated for release in Spring 2004 for the Xbox and the PC, Race Driver 2 will provide gamers the most diverse and thrilling range of motor sports ever seen in one game. Designed as the definitive racing experience, the game will feature complete head to head Xbox Live and PC online functionality. Read more for details ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:53 a.m. PST | 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 :

  • Spellforce - Trailer
  • Hitman: Contracts - Trailer

  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Codemaster has released a new upgrade for their stealth/action game IGI 2:Covert Strike. This upgrade will bring your retail game to v1.3 and adds anti-cheating features and framerate optimizations. Read more for details and download links!

'Counter-Strike' (Xbox) New Downloadable Content

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios and Valve today announced that two new multiplayer maps for Counter-Strike for Xbox are now available for free download via Xbox Live. The red-hot "Inferno" and fan-favourite "Office" are the latest urban battlefields on which to stage Counter-Strike's world-famous, action-packed multiplayer gameplay.

'Postal 2: Share the Pain' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

With noses red from their victims' blood, Running With Scissors announced the release of POSTAL 2: Share The Pain. The brazen videogame developer's Christmas balls were hanging with joy as they landed their first title as a publisher onto the shelves of retailers across North America.

'Hitman: Contracts' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 9:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos today announced the eagerly awaited return of the world's deadliest assassin in Hitman: Contracts. The game is the third installment in the critically acclaimed, multi-million selling Hitman series. Hitman: Contracts is being developed by Io Interactive and will be available for PlayStation2, the Xbox, and PC in spring 2004.

'MTX: Mototrax' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 3:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Experience the thrill of top speed racing and high flying freestyle action in the most authentic motocross video game to date. Choose from more than a dozen top pro riders and battle it out for first place in fast-paced, realistic racing on a variety of Supercross (indoor) and Motocross (outdoor) levels or take on challenges outside the circuit. Read more for a few new screens ....

'Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain' (PS2) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 3:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gamespot got word that Sony's 'Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain' has been pushed back in order to give the development team more time to polish the game. SCEA's John Garvin, creative director of Omega Strain developer Sony Bend (located in Bend, Oregon, hence the name), and Chris Reese, technical director of the studio, explained the delay in a statement. "The team took a close look at how much tuning and gameplay balancing was necessary to complete the game with our original vision intact. We then decided to take some additional time to implement that extra bit of polish into the game," the two designers said.

'Tribes: Vengeance' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tribes: Vengeance's single-player campaign, gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of other, interrelated stories that are unfolding behind-the-scenes. In addition, gamers are given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Powered by an enhanced version of the Unreal Engine, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects. Check out these new screens ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 2:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Wrath Unleashed' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 2:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Wrath Unleashed, powerful beings called overlords fight for supremacy in a striking and imaginative ethereal void as they struggle to become gods and maintain dominance and magic. Overlords and their minion creatures battle for control of magical floating islands represented by a beautiful world map comprised of terrain tiles. Each tile on the map is imbued with an elemental affinity of fire, earth, water or wind. Unleash your wrath and may the best beast win! Read more for a fresh batch of screens ...

'RalliSport Challenge 2' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"RalliSport Challenge 2" is the highly anticipated second installment in the critically acclaimed "RalliSport Challenge" franchise and the first racing title in the XSN Sports brand. "RalliSport Challenge 2" confronts gamers with several new features, including a new graphics engine, online play through the Xbox LiveTM service, the ability to set up leagues and tournaments using XSNsports.com, new race modes, and more cars and tracks. RalliSport Challenge 2 will test every driving skill you think you have and some you don't even know were physically possible. It's about living on the edge and white-knuckled racing that only rally can deliver.