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'Star Wolves' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 11:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wolves is a 3D space RPG with strategy elements. The game thrusts players into a world of freelance space hunters in the XXI-XXII Century A.D. during a time of political crisis for the all-powerful Empire and the three mega-corporations that control all the known worlds. Star Wolves is being developed by Xbow Software and published by 1C. Read more for some new screens ...

'Tenchu: Return from Darkness' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 10:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tenchu: Return from Darkness brings the acclaimed Tenchu stealth ninja series to the Xbox, delivering the most realistic ninja action-adventure game ever. Based on Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven for the PS2, Tenchu: Return from Darkness offers several new enhancements including two exclusive single-player maps, improved gameplay balance with re-tuned enemy intelligence and new enemy placement, a user-interactive training mode and Xbox Live featuring two player online co-op and versus action. Read more for some new screens ...

'Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight Software has released a demo for their upcoming 3D action/strategy title 'Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc'. This "final" demo is the same as the previously distributed demo ( features 'The Arrival at Orleans' tutorial as well as one full mission of the game), except with optimized 'gold' code, gfx and voiceovers. Read more for download links ...

'Painkiller' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Painkiller is a nickname of a pretty unusual mercenary, who is dealing with supernatural. There are places on Earth where demons and other evil creatures have their nests: abandoned prisons, private castles, deep caves in the mountains. "Cleaning" those places is good money, and our hero needs a lot of it, since he loves living the life to its fullest. One day he gets what seems to be a pretty simple job: to retrieve a religious artifact from one of the nests. When after a furious battle he realizes he might have been tricked into the war between two competing clans of the undead, he tries to play his own cards. Check these 49 new screens ...

'Creature Conflict: The Clan Wars' Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Cenega Publishing is proud to announce a new title for their PC line-up, releasing in the fall of 2004. Creature Conflict: The Clan Wars (previously known as Animal Planets), by the Hungarian developer Mithis Interactive, is a turn-based combat strategy game, heavy on the humor! The game takes place in a galaxy populated by four different animal clans, each faction battling for control over all the planets.

'Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm' (PS2) Online Tournament

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Get ready, Ghost Recon fans! Showcase your skills and challenge other enthused Ghost players around the nation. In celebration of the release of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm for the PlayStation2, a three-on-three tournament will be held online to determine who has the goods to master the Ghost team. Sign-ups begin February 2 and continue until March 11 (or until all 128 slots are full - so act fast!). This momentous event will take place on April 3.

Xbox Launches Game With Fame Program With OutKast

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of Game With Fame, a new program that allows fans to play against some of today's hottest stars on the Xbox Live service. The launch event, taking place Feb. 4, will give Xbox Live fans a chance to play "ESPN NFL Football" against today's hottest hip-hop duo and six-time Grammy nominees, OutKast. Read more for details ...

'Far Cry' Development Studio Crytek Raided

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Numerous German-language sites have reported that Far Cry development studio Crytek have been raided by police and authorities after an ex-employee informed them of widespread software piracy at the studio. Reports indicate that the software has been used to create the game and that the value of the software, if purchased legally, would be over 1 million Euros. The home of Faruk Yerli, one of the three brothers who set up Crytek, has also been searched for illegal software.

UPDATE: Read more for Ubisoft's official statement...

'World Of Warcraft' Support Team In Europe

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

During a press conference held today, Blizzard Entertainment announced plans to build a local World of Warcraft team in Europe. The team will be responsible for community relations, customer service, and technical support for the game. Additionally, they will manage the distribution and hosting of World of Warcraft on local European servers. With a regional team in place, Blizzard intends to affirm its commitment to the European game community by delivering a massively-multiplayer experience of unparalleled quality.

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' Gets A Release Date

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Already revealed in yesterday's financial results, Ubisoft is excited to announce that the Xbox, PC and GBA versions of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, the new adventure from the world of Tom Clancy, is on track to ship for the end of March. Due to development issues, and the groups' commitment to making these versions the same high quality as the Xbox version, the PS2 and GameCube will launch at a later date. This date is still to be confirmed. There's a single player mode and an "incredibly addictive" online version.

'Mafia' (PS2) In Stores NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gathering announced today that Mafia for the PlayStation 2 is in retail stores in North America and the English language PAL version of the title is available in Europe.

Digital Illusions Signs Agreement With Trauma Studios

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 9:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Trauma Studios developed the popular mod* to Battlefield 1942, DesertCombat. The new collaboration is for one of Digital Illusions' previously announced projects. The Company estimates the costs for the collaboration to approximately 550 000 USD during a period of 12 months. "We understood the impact DesertCombat had quite early. This mod kept Battlefield's popularity in place during the last year, as well as helped us sell a considerable amount of games", says Patrick Söderlund, CEO, Digital Illusions.

'Fear Effect' Gets Movie Deal

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 2:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Eidos announces it has optioned the film and television rights to its sexy and action-packed video game franchise Fear Effect to producer and director Uwe Boll and his production company, BollKG. Continuing Eidos' success in transitioning game content to film, the Fear Effect deal follows in the footsteps of bringing the hugely popular Tomb Raider video game to the big screen via Paramount Pictures. Additionally, Eidos optioned the multi-award-winning game Deus Ex to Columbia Pictures and producer Laura Zisken in 2002.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 2:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Fight Night 2004' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Built from the ground up to deliver the bone-crushing action of championship boxing, EA SPORTS Fight Night 2004 is an all-new boxing game that features revolutionary new gameplay mechanics and a dramatic new-school attitude to immerse players like never before. Innovative new analog Total Punch Control allows gamers to throw punches, block, bob, and weave with unprecedented fluidity and precision. The game also includes a deep create-a-player option, career mode, and online play* for the PlayStation 2 console via EA SPORTS Nation.

EA Europe Signs Namco's 'Breakdown' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 1:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced plans to publish BREAKDOWN from Namco Limited for the Xbox. Breakdown is the hotly anticipated first-person action adventure title that combines Namco's legendary fighting game experience with the best elements of traditional shooters. A thrilling science fiction storyline is revealed through its high-end, real-time rendered graphics, bringing an unprecedented level of realism to the gameplay experience. The game features intense hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat, challenging puzzles, surreal dream sequences, advanced A.I and massive, detailed environments for exploration.

'Anito: Defend A Land Enraged' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 9:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Anito is a Single-Player Isometric Adventure RPG game set in 16th century Asia, in the land of Maroka. Filipino developer Anino has released the first patch for the English version of 'Anito: Defend A Land Enraged'. This patch brings your retail game to v1.02 and adresses a few crashes, bugs and tweaks. Read more for details and download links ...

'Earth 2150: Moon Project & Lost Souls' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 9:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zuxxez has released a new patch for their 2000/2002 strategy games 'Earth 2150: Moon Project' & 'Earth 2150: Lost Souls' (at the time developed under the name TopWare). This v2.0 update (available for the German & English editions) was developed in cooperation with Playerliga.de and is completely rebalanced. This update adds tons of game tweaks/fixes and makes Moon Project & Lost Souls multiplayer compatible which will allow you to play both games on the Earthnet Server irrespective of which title you have. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'ESPN Major League Baseball' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 7:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

ESPN Major League Baseball raises the bar with Power Pitching, Online Gameplay and a stellar ESPN presentation featuring Jon Miller and Karl Ravech. A new name, a new season, a new way to play! ESPN Major League Baseball will include voice-chat support for the PlayStation2 and the Xbox, as well as the only complete online league experience for PlayStation2 owners. Read more for some new screens ...

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 7:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

'Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow' will bring back more of the single-player intrigue that made the original game a bestseller. With exciting new action scenes and a strong cinematic feel, the player will experience new and even more realistic surroundings. Building on Ubi Soft's strong commitment to online gaming, Pandora Tomorrow will the be the first stealth game ever to feature multiplayer online missions allowing several players to simultaneously share Sam Fisher's shadowy world of espionage. Read more for some new screens...