Activision Launches The 'Tenchu: Wrath Of Heaven' Web site

by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 2:16 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision is giving gamers an all access pass to go behind-the-scenes for its highly anticipated stealth-based, ninja action game at the official Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven web site. The site will kick off with an exclusive cinematic trailer showcasing the game's epic storyline and heart-pounding stealth action featuring all three playable characters - Rikimaru, Ayame and Tesshu. Additionally, the site will be updated weekly and will roll out a host of other downloads and information including custom wallpaper, character and weapon features, links to the online Ninja community and news updates. Named one of GameSpy's "Most Wanted Console Games of 2003," Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven will be available at retail early next month for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

'The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 10:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks today announced The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon, the second expansion for its RPG-of-the-Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for PC. Scheduled for release in May, Bloodmoon takes you to the frozen Island of Solstheim where the Empire is establishing a new mining colony - a venture being threatened by the prophecy of the Bloodmoon and rumors of werewolves. Read more for details ...

Konami Reveals 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel'

by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. today revealed a brand new title in the mega-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! series of videogames, Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel for Nintendo Game Boy Advance. Slated for release on April 15, 2003, Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel will ship with three limited edition Trading Game Cards inside the game box; Harpie's Feather Duster, Sinister Serpent and Valkrion The Magna Warrior.

'Rise of Nations' - Beta Contest Start Today!!

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 9:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rise of Nations fans will have the opportunity to enter the Rise of Nations Sneak Preview Beta Contest for a chance to win one of 1000 copies of the Rise of Nations beta. The contest will stay open from February 14 to 11 AM PST, Monday, February 17. Winners will be selected from a random drawing from all eligible entries received. Fans from around the world are invited to participate.

GBA SP Launched Today In Japan

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 9:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The GBA SP launched today in Japan. Hundreds of gamers were seen lining the streets eager to buy their very own GBA SP - the latest addition to the Game Boy range. The new Game Boy Advance SP is available in silver, black and blue and following its high profile arrival in Japan is set to be a hit with style conscious European gamers. The console is due to launch in Europe on March 28th.

David Gosen, Managing Director, Nintendo of Europe stated:

"As we anticipated, the reception the new GBA SP has received in Japan is fantastic. The stylish pocket-sized design, the front lit screen and rechargeable battery ensure the ultimate playing experience for gamers on the go."

'Ghost Master' - Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 9:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Ghost Master, you play an afterlife civil servant sent to Gravenville by the Haunter Committee. Your mission: manage resources to scare and manipulate people, then to discover the secrets behind Gravenville. Your control over ghostly beings will allow other ghosts to be laid to rest – therefore making the transition from the material to the ethereal plane. But helping out these wretched souls takes a bit of effort and plasm - that's where the fun-packed scaring comes in! Four ectoplasmic new PC shots.

'Gothic II' - Character Classes & Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 7:20 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions is proud to announce the first official details on the three character classes featured in Gothic II, the breathtaking role-playing action adventure game scheduled for a UK release in Q1 2003 on PC CD-ROM... Details and screens below!

'Time of Defiance' - Skirmish Servers

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 4:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Nicely Crafted Entertainment Ltd. (“NiCE”) today announced the launch of Time of Defiance Skirmish Servers. The new servers will be available exclusively to subscribers to Nicely Crafted Entertainment’s Massively Multiplayer Persistent-Universe Online Real Time Strategy game Time of Defiance. Unlike the normal restriction of only being able to participate in one game at a time, subscribers will be able to make use of the new skirmish servers whilst also participating in their regular game. Running at four times normal game speed, Skirmish Server games will typically last for around seven days, and can be used by subscribers to practice new tactics, settle outstanding disputes quickly and easily, or just for the enjoyment of playing the game.

'Casino Inc' - Website Goes Live!

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 3:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hit the jackpot with Casino Inc., the complete sim that drops you right in the glitzy, and sometimes gritty, world of casino management... Konami and Hothouse Creations announce today that the website for their latest game, Casino Inc. has now gone live. The website contains screenshots, 3D objects and downloads with the addition of 6, 360 degree Quicktime movies and a mobile phone theme and screensaver.

Empire Has Licensed 'Bulletproof Monk' (PC/CONSOLE)

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 3:33 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Empire Interactive plc, today announced that it has licensed the interactive videogame rights to the eagerly awaited Hollywood action-adventure film, Bulletproof Monk. Licensed from MGM Interactive, the game will follow the premise of the film, which is based on the comic book first published by Flypaper Press in 1999. The film is being produced by John Woo and Terrance Chang's production company Lion Rock Productions, responsible for the critically acclaimed film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

'Ultima Online: Age of Shadows' - Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 3:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Age of Shadows, fans will be introduced to two new professions and an exciting new realm to explore and settle. In addition to the expanded availability of housing, a 'House Design Tool' is also included in this latest version... For all Ultima Online fans, we now serve up another 33 lovley shadow-ageing shots.

'Unreal II' - Demo & Patch

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 2:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Glen Dahlgren, Designer/Producer @ Legend Entertainment posted up a quick update on Infogrames Unreal II forum about what's going on (thanks Blues). Here is the full clip:

I wanted to give you all a quick update about what's happening on the home front. While we Legend guys haven't been posting here as much as we'd like (things are still pretty crazy here), I assure you we have been reading your comments and concerns, and we take them all very seriously.

As you may have read in the forum already, we're planning on releasing a patch sometime soon. It should address a number of the issues that people have raised in these forums. As well, we're going to be releasing a demo, especially targeted at those of you who want to 'try before you buy'. It should be a great benchmark to see how the game runs on your particular system.

In a later post, I'll try to get you some specifics about both of these, but it shouldn't be too long until you've actually got them in your hands.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

The 'Panzers' Are Still Rolling!

by Thomas on Feb. 14, 2003 @ 12:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The official homepage of Panzers holds some new screenshots for you! You're going to witness fierce street fights and gorgeous graphics. German Tiger vs. the English Sherman is one of the duels..

'Syberia II' - Officially Announced

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 7:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Everybody knew it. But today, Microïds wanted to make it official. Syberia II, the sequel of the 2002 Adventure Game of The year, is currently in development at the developer/publisher Montreal-based studios. Microïds is also excited to release today the first images, screenshots and artworks, of Syberia II. The game will be released in the Fall of 2003.

'Dynasty Warriors 4' (PS2) Includes New J-POP Single

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 7:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

KOEI announced today that the Yuki Koyanagi single, “Cross Colors”, would appear in Dynasty Warriors 4. Koyanagi re-recorded the song in English for the game’s closing credits. Current hot commodity on the “J-Pop”, or Japanese pop music scene, Yuki Koyanagi, established herself alongside reigning J-Pop divas Utada Hikaru and Ayumi Hamazaki with a string of top ten hits. The soulful songstress with the powerful and dynamic voice continued her run at the top, in 2002 when she recorded, “intimacy” an album with Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman of BOYZ II MEN. A sample of the song, “Cross Colors”, can be found in Windows Media and Real Player formats at:

'Blitzkrieg' - English Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 6:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From the publishers of Sudden Strike, Blitzkrieg is the fine art of strategy, but with more finesse! Dissect your enemy with surgical precision, halt the enemy's advance and maintain your offensive momentum. Prove your tactical skills in the various historical campaigns during WWII commanding German, Soviet or Allied troops."Attack is the best form of defence". Last week we had the german demo and as expected we now have the English version available. Read more for download links ...

'Indiana Jones &he Emperor's Tomb' (Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 6:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

LucasArts is pleased to announce that Indiana Jones® and the Emperor's Tomb for Xbox has been approved for manufacturing and will be in stores February 25th! Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb features The Collective's proprietary 3D engine that supports completely immersive, highly interactive environments. The game will offer 10 levels, all set in unique locales such as a 15th century castle that looms over Prague, an underwater palace in Istanbul, and a mountaintop fortress in China. A sophisticated camera tracking system makes sure that the player always has an optimal view of the third-person action. Stay tuned for reviews soon ...

'Burnout 2: Point of Impact' (Xbox/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 12:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The sequel to Burnout, which was originally launched in November 2001 to universal acclaim from media and consumers alike, Burnout 2: Point of Impact delivers an incredibly fast and high-action driving experience, with vastly improved gameplay, new game options and bigger, better and more insane crash carnage. Burnout 2: Point of Impact boasts larger tracks, fully tuned-up custom motors and all-new thrilling crashes. Reckless driving is rewarded with an improved Burnout meter: take to the air, slide through corners or swerve to avoid a near head-on collision to fill the meter before unleashing an adrenalin fuelled speed boost. A new points system allows you to unlock challenges and modes throughout the game. Developed by Criterion Games, Burnout 2: Point of Impact includes modes such as ‘Pursuit’, which allows drivers to race a police car in hot pursuit of opponents whilst attempting to ram them off the road. The brand new “Crash” mode allows drivers to perform the most insane crashes and incredible pile-ups ever seen in a video game. serving up, 30 screens for each platform .. Njoy!

'Tropico 2: Pirate Cove' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 12:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Shiver me timbers! "Tropico 2: Pirate Cove" is the sequel to the publisher's top-selling Caribbean simulation, "Tropico." Set on a hidden pirate island and starring some of history's scurviest sea dogs, the game is scheduled to ship this fall. Strap on your boots, and get ready for the "Tropico 2: Pirate Cove" beta demo. This demo allows you to play through two full scenarios (the previous beta demo only had 1 limited scenario) allowing you will cruise, raid, kidnap, and explore. Read more for details and download links ...

Video Game Pioneer 'Atari' Sinks & Drowns

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2003 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The last studio linked to the iconic video game company is winding down its operations this month. More than a hundred employees are losing their jobs. Some of these staffers date back to Atari's heyday in the 1970s. One employee worked on Atari's second game, Tank. Parent company Midway Games, which bought Atari's arcade division in 1996, said the downsizing is necessary to cut costs.