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'Gangland' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Budding Al Capone's across the world are set to play out their gangster dreams thanks to leading game publisher Whiptail Interactive's latest offering Gangland, developed by Danish gaming experts MediaMobsters, which is due to be released across the UK, Europe and North America in November 2003. In a new hybrid format that combines the best elements of real-time strategy, role-play and simulation gaming genres with a totally new style of in-game combat, Gangland delivers a menacingly fresh PC gaming experience.

'Space Hack' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:23 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Space Hack is a sci-fi RPG/action title with Diablo-inspired gameplay mechanics. The storyline puts you on board of a quite 'peculiar' spaceship, trapped inside a space warp. Being a tough guy, whose axe is almost as quick as his wit, it's not surprising that you promptly find yourself confronting angry monsters, one wave after another. Space Hack is scheduled to be released in first half of 2004.

UbiSoft Drops 'The Matrix Online'

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on Gamespot that Ubisoft has announced they will no longer co-publishing The Matrix Online with Warner Brothers. "Ubisoft has been a great partner and we look forward to continuing our publishing relationship with them on several other projects," said Warner Senior Vice President Jason Hall. "Ubisoft will continue its strong and positive relationship with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment now and in the future on other games" said Gilles Langourieux, Managing Director of Ubi.com.

Sony Announces 'EyeToy: Groove' (PS2) for North America

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 12:05 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. today announced the second title to utilize the EyeToy camera technology. EyeToy: Groove, exclusive to the PlayStation2, is the first interactive videogame that enables players to dance in time with one of the 28 licensed songs, from such artists as Elvis, Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Jamiroquai, and Fatboy Slim, with no controller or dance pad necessary. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment London Studio, EyeToy: Groove is scheduled for release in Spring 2004 and will be available at an SRP of $49.99 with the EyeToy USB camera or $29.99 without.

'Conan: The Dark Axe' - Demo Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 11:16 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Conan is a 3rd person action game, with few elements of RPG and adventure. TDK has released a patch for Cauldron's recently released 3rd person action/adventure title demo Conan, adressing some issues with Windows XP and GeForce4MX-based cards. Read more for download links..

'Super Mario Bros.' World Record Falls

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 10:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

For years, the world record on NES' legendary Super Mario Bros. video game was stalled at 5 minutes and 20 seconds. In recent months, however, increased media publicity on classic gaming has re-ignited player enthusiasm for breaking long-standing records, with world titles falling on titles like Legend of Zelda and Metroid.

'Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow' - Online Tournament

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 10:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

One of the most anticipated video games of 2004, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow will make its big screen debut next month, in a first ever coast-to-coast video game tournament that will connect participants playing the game in New York and Los Angeles. The world premiere event will take place on March 15, at the Loews Cinemas movie theaters as hundreds of fans watch gamers battle it out in the "Spies vs. Mercenaries" online tournament.

'Bad Boys II' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Barely released in the UK, Empire Interactive has alreadyreleased the first patch for Blitz Games' 3rd person shooter Bad Boys II. No details as to what this patch does, contains, not even a version number, so we will just have to take Empire's word for it (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Savage: the Battle for Newerth' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:38 a.m. PST | Filed under News

To celebrate its European launch Digital Jesters has released the promised v2.0 demo for S2 Games' 3D Online Action/Strategy game Savage: the Battle for Newerth. The latest game demo includes three new maps (Alpenglow, GlacierPoint and SacrificeLedge), alongside new human and beast units and structures, Xfire support, as well as a host of other improvements and enhancements have been introduced, it has been updated with the latest code and contains all the fixes and updates that were made with the previous v2.0 retail patch. Read more for details and download links ...

'Aura: Fate of the Ages' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:30 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Adventure Company today announced that it will publish Aura: Fate of the Ages on PC. Aura’s powerful story is based on an ancient legend that decrees that four sacred rings will bring great strength, power and immortality to he/she who collects them. Read more for details and screens ...

'X²: The Threat' Sells Big In UK & Germany

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Enlight announced today that X²: The Threat is experiencing great sales across North America and debuted as the top selling PC game in the UK and Germany during the second week of February.

'Origin Systems' Closure Confirmed ?

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to published reports Electronic Arts' Origin Systems division is expected to inform its employees today that the company will be closing Origin and relocating its operations to California sometime in the near future. While the Austin game development community is obviously disappointed by the EA's decision, the Austin region will continue to thrive as the 3rd largest hub of game development activity in the United States, with more than 50 companies in the local area making major contributions to the game industry, including game development, publishing, tools, middleware, chips and hardware.

Big Ben Signs 'Wanted Guns'

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Yee-haw cowboy, time fer ya' to wipe the dust off tha't horsey! Iridon's PC Western title has been signed to BigBen Interactive GmbH for publishing and distribution in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Under the deal a German edition will be produced which is scheduled for release on March 26, 2004. The title will carry a value price point. The Wanted Guns website is located at www.wantedguns.com

'Counter-Strike: Condition Zero' Coming In March

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi Universal Games announced today that Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, the follow-up to the number-one on-line action game in the world, Counter-Strike will hit the streets worldwide March 26th, 2004. Co-developed by Valve and Turtle Rock Studios, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero introduces a brand-new single-player experience to the Counter-Strike series, along with special enhancements for on-line play.

'Mortyr 2' - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 2:54 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In the year 2093 the Nazi's control Earth after winning the Second World War. They appear to possess a time machine, which gives them ultimate power. As one of the members of the conspiracy, you decide to move back to the year 1944 to change the course of the war. Unfortunately the mathematical calculations fail and instead of landing in the time machine room you find yourself just outside the snowy castle.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 25, 2004 @ 2:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 10:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Encore and JoWooD have released a second demo for Phenomic's RTS/RPG game SpellForce: The Order of Dawn. This updated demo includes a game tutorial, a single-player mission (Farlorn's Hope) and two multiplayer maps (the new Whisperling Swamp, plus Ashvale from the first demo) that support up to four players. Read more for download links...

Neverwinter Nights: SoU & HoU - Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 10:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Bioware has released the final patch for their 3D role-playing game Neverwinter Nights, and both its addons Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.62 and adds the Sea Hag and Winter Sky skybox to game resources, fixes custom talk tables in multiplayer and a various other bugs. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Call Of Duty' - Beta Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 8:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision has released a new "beta" patch for Infinity Ward's WW2 based FPS Call Of Duty. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.3 and addresses several server list problems, a couple of exploits, a sniper rifle animation bug, and some balancing issues. Read more for a detailed list and download links ...

'Ninja Gaiden' (Xbox) Release Date Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 7:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Tecmo officially announced today that the ship date for its eagerly anticipated new action title, Ninja Gaiden, for the Xbox will be Tuesday, March 2, 2004. Gaining an incredible amount of buzz since it was first shown on the E3 floor in 2002, the powerhouse title will ship out to retailers across the country in mass quantities, arriving on store shelves throughout the first week of March.