'Splinter Cell' (Xbox) - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 6:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Splinter Cell invites gamers to delve into the dark shadows of cyber-terrorism, shadow agencies, and covert operations. The player controls Sam Fisher, a solo operative directed by a top secret, "black ops" wing of the National Security Agency. Alone, yet armed with some of the best hi-tech weapons on the market, Sam walks the fine line between what is legal and what is necessary. He must infiltrate enemy territory and neutralize the opponents—all without leaving a trace. European gamers have to wait one more week for Splinter Cell to arrive, in the meantime Ubisoft send us a new clip showing off some Sam Fisher movie action, quite impressive. Read more to download it ...

'GOTHIC II' - New Screens

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 4:51 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The story is set in the mine valley of Khorinis. The glorious days of the once productive mines in this small seaside region are long over. Instead, the mines are now akin to a natural prison that is surrounded by an impenetrable magic barrier where slaves eked out their miserable existence. Khorinis is facing an uncertain future. Due to the farmers' decreasing production, more and more of the food deliveries are not taking place, and the stocks diminish continuously. The militia's strength ends at the town gate. Outside the town wall, nobody is safe from the bandits' armed raids. There is war in Khorinis. A civil war.. Six new screenshots of people getting medieval.

'What's Going on in the Game Industry' Radio Interview

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 4:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

IPOdesktop.com presents "What's Going on in the Game Industry," a web radio show with Trip Hawkins, CEO of The 3DO Company. THDO provides advanced entertainment systems including the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation game console, the Nintendo GameCube system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft Corp., the PC, and the Game Boy Advance system. The interview includes:

  • Why the market is taking off
  • Why publisher results are mixed despite the market taking off
  • 3DO's outlook for 2003 -- why the market will be much more favorable
  • 3DO products in 2003 -- raves for High Heat Baseball, Street Racing Syndicate (SRS), and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    Links and full scoop here!

'Prince of Qin' - Update Patch 1.16b

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 3:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Strategy First today offers a new patch v1.16b to their action role-playing game Prince of Qin. The 22.5MB patch Includes several game optimizations and bug fixes. Download and read more about bug fixes here.

Sony Europe Confirms Price Stability For Christmas

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 3:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today moved to quash speculation that it would be reducing the price of its PlayStation2 computer entertainment console before Christmas. The move follows news coverage of a reduction in the wholesale price of the PlayStation 2 in Japan, to bring it into general alignment with the current console price in Europe and North America. The Japanese price cut was made possible by increased production yields of the NTSC format console for the Japanese market (Europe use the PAL TV format). Sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed today that there were no plans to reduce the price of PlayStation 2 in the PAL territories before Christmas. We are very content with the sales of PlayStation 2 in Europe following our price reduction at the end of August this year,” said David Reeves, EVP Sales and Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “This Christmas sees a phenomenal line-up of PlayStation games, from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, to The Getaway, GTA Vice City, This is Football 2003, Formula 1 2002 and WRC II Extreme.

Various Games Ships (NGC/GBA/PS2)

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 2:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Universal Interactive today announced that its shipped Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly for GameCube. Agetec also announced the shipping of Fighter Maker 2 to retail outlets across North America for PlayStation 2 and TECMO GAMES announced the release of Monster Rancher Advance 2 for Nintendo GBA. Activision has unleashed more high-speed driving missions and mayhem onto the PlayStation 2 and GameCube with the release of WRECKLESS: The Yakuza Missions.

Take 2 Announce Acquisition Of Angel Studios

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 2:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today the acquisition of Angel Studios, Inc. a leading developer of next generation interactive entertainment software. Take-Two acquired Angel Studios for an aggregate $28 million in cash and 235,679 shares of restricted Common Stock. The Company does not anticipate the acquisition of Angel Studios to have any effect on its previously issued fiscal 2003 financial guidance. Angel Studios will be renamed Rockstar San Diego effective immediately.

'Midtown Madness 3' (XB) - Screens

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 12:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Midtown Madness 3" provides something for both the hardcore and casual gamer. With three challenging single race modes, Blitz, Checkpoint and Cruise, gamers will experience ambient traffic, pedestrians and voice-over effects particular to neighbourhoods.. Six new screenshots featuring a Mini Cooper that probably ought to be locked up.

'Lamborghini' & 'Rolling' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 12:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today we serve up 12 of the very freshest PS2 screenshots from Rages' upcoming racing title, Lamborghini. On top of that we also got 26 new PS2 shots from their "get your skates on" title, Rolling. Njoy!

'Search & Rescue:Coastal Heroes' - Demo

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 10:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

I saw that 3DGamers tossed up a 72MB demo of Search and Rescue: Coastal Heroes.. This demo allows you to try out the new civilian rescue chopper simulation from InterActive Vision, but details on its contents are apparently first in line to be rescued as they're currently not available.

European Beta for Asheron's Call 2 Fallen Kings Begins Today

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 10:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios announced that Asheron's Call 2 Fallen Kings will begin beta testing in Europe today. Players in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom will be able to test Asheron's Call 2 Fallen Kings in either English, French or German. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.ac2europe.com. The highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be available in certain European markets in December.

'Reign of Fire' Cross-Product Rebate

by Thomas on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 10:07 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BAM! Entertainment a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, has teamed up with Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the home video division of the Walt Disney Company, in a unique promotion to offer a Reign of Fire cross-product rebate to consumers. With the release of the Reign of Fire movie on DVD, consumers who buy the DVD will find a rebate offer inside for $10 off of the PlayStation2, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo GameCube versions of the video game and $5 off the Game Boy Advance product. Consumers who buy the video game will find a rebate to receive $5 off the purchase of the movie on DVD. The promotion is supported with an extensive television advertising campaign.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 8:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'SimCity 4' - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2002 @ 3:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA just released 9 new screens from their next title in the SimCity franchise. EA also notified us that they will be hosting a chat event on Thursday, November 21st at 3PM (PST) with SimCity 4 Producer, Sean Decker where he will answer all of your questions about the Region Play feature in SimCity 4. The event will be held in the SimCity 3000 Unlimited chat room. You must be registered at the SimCity 3000 Unlimited website so get there early to register and submit your questions. Read more for the new screens ...

'RalliSport Challenge' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 10:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft has release a demo of the recent PC version of Digital Illusions' racing game RalliSport Challenge. The demo contains two drivable Pro class cars, four tracks and two game modes from the full version of the game, and is a whopping 221 mb big! (thanks Homelan). Read more for links where to grab the demo ...

'Murakumo:Mech Hunter' (Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 9:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft today announced plans to launch the popular Japanese mech-based shooter, Murakumo: Mech Hunter, exclusively for the Xbox. Murakumo: Mech Hunter is a fast-paced, "pursue and destroy" action game that features a variety of innovative, original mechs and adrenaline-pumping action set in city street and skyscraper environments. Murakumo: Mech Hunter is targeted to ship in February 2003.

'Dakar 2' (PS2) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 9:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Dakar 2 is the all-action arcade version of the most radical endurance rally in the world. The game sees a radical departure from Paris Dakar Rally, offering a wealth of options and gameplay advancements which will leave off-road race fans gripped and on the edge of their seat as they battle for the finish line. Check out the PS2 screens gallery...

'ATV: Quad Power Racing 2' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 8:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"ATV: Quad Power Racing has been one of our most consistent performing brands, having struck a definitive chord with mass-market gamers," said Evan Stein, Vice President of Brand. "We're excited to leverage our technological resources to bring this brand to the next-generation systems, and deliver an entirely new gameplay experience that will further entertain and captivate the masses." A few days ago we had new Xbox and PS2 screens, today we have a brand new load of screens for the Gamecube version. Njoy!

'Dragon's Lair 3D:Return To The Lair ' For GameCube Goes Gold

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 7:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore today announced that Dragon's Lair 3D-Return to the Lair for the Nintendo GameCube™ has gone gold. This completely new, built-from-the-ground-up version of the legendary Dragon's Lair coin-op phenomenon is scheduled to ship to store shelves by year end; the "Teen" rated game will retail for approximately $50. The PlayStation2 version,­ which will have identical content and gameplay, ­is still scheduled for release at the end of first quarter next year.

Vietcong - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2002 @ 7:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Set during the Vietnam War, "Vietcong" is a first person shooter with tactical elements. Acting as an elite soldier, players of "Vietcong" command the A-team, part of the U.S. Special Forces, in realistically represented Vietnamese environments. Players will lead as many as six expertly trained soldiers through 20 dramatic missions, and follow a storyline that captures the danger, fear and unpredictability of the war itself. The full-featured multiplayer mode also allows gamers to play as U.S. Special Forces or Vietcong soldiers and to battle over specially designed levels. The game is expected to hit store shelves this fall.