Activision Debuts Dynamic Lineup @ 2003 E3

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision will debut a show-stopping slate of games at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 14-16. The company's blockbuster lineup includes high-profile Hollywood licenses such as "Shrek 2: The Game" (working title), "Spider-Man 2" (working title) and "Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure"; id Software's gripping 3D action game "DOOM III"; Peter Molyneux's innovative new simulation title, "The Movies"; The Creative Assembly's "Rome: Total War"; an all-new "Pitfall Harry" game, based on the Activision classic; a no-holds barred driving action game "True Crime: Streets of L.A."; and "Call of Duty," a first-person action game that captures the gritty drama, intensity and camaraderie of World War II... Read more for all details!

THQ To Publish 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost' For PC

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

THQ today announced it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the highly anticipated "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" (working title). Developed exclusively for PC by Ukraine-based GSC Game World, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" is the first game to utilize GSC Game World's proprietary X-Ray engine that allows for massive indoor/outdoor environments, real-time physics and the capability to push more than one million polygons per frame at 60 frames per second. "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" provides players with an intense first person action experience that incorporates elements of survival horror and role-playing while taking place in the forbidden zone of the Chernobyl nuclear facility. "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost" will be available in 2004.

'FIFA Football 2004' Gets Help From Fifa Coach

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that it has partnered with Erich Rutemöller from FIFA's Technical Committee, to assist with the development of EA SPORTS FIFA Football 2004. In line with EA's commitment to deliver the most authentic, immersive interactive football experience on any gaming platform, Rutemöller will help ensure that the development team working on FIFA Football 2004 share in his knowledge and experience of the playing tactics and formations of the most successful and revered football clubs.

UBI Signs Musician/Actress Eve For 'XIII' (ALL)

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that one of music and film's hottest stars, Eve, will play the role of Major Jones in its highly anticipated action-shooter, XIII. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world. Eve will lend her voice talents to Major Jones, a beautiful yet mysterious character in the game, who helps players unravel clues behind the game's captivating story. XIII is planned to release on all platforms in Fall 2003.

Mad Catz Reveals 2003 E3 Lineup

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (Amex: MCZ; Toronto), the world's leading third party video game accessory manufacturer, today announced the Company's lineup of new video game accessories to showcase at the Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 14 -16, 2003. Check out the line-up below!

EA Unveils Plans For 'SimCity 4 Rush Hour' - Screens

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced that the first expansion pack for SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack* is in development at the company's Walnut Creek-based Maxis studio. SimCity is on the move in SimCity 4 Rush Hour. Players will now have the ultimate level of control over their city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, waterways, and even vehicles. SimCity 4 Rush Hour will make its debut to industry insiders on May 13th at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition in Los Angeles and is scheduled to ship in fall 2003.

'Inside Pitch 2003' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gamers will be able to create their own superstar, hone their baseball skills and challenge their friends online using Xbox Live. Want to learn how to play the carom off of Fenway Park's Green Monster? "Inside Pitch 2003" will include special training sessions for each position to help gamers perfect their baseball skills. Check out the new xbox screens ...

'The Hulk' Demo Expected This Week

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

VU Games will release a PC demo of its Hulk title Thursday morning. The product ships to North American retailers June 3. Canada-based Radical Entertainment is developing the third-person action game for all three next-generation consoles and the PC. Players will experience two types of gameplay as either Bruce Banner or The Hulk as they battle characters from the film and familiar enemies from the Marvel universe. The Hulk can smash through any physical obstacle and annihilate foes with over 45 attacks (thanks Avault). Of course we will have this puppy on our file servers as it becomes available ...

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 1:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

'World Championship Pool' (PS2/NGC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today we got screens from another one of Jaleco's upcoming title, World Championship Pool being developed on all platforms. No details are known at this point but at least we got some spiffy looking screens for you to enjoy! Read more to check them out!

The Climax Group Expands

by Thomas on May 7, 2003 @ 12:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Climax Group, one of the world's leading developers of interactive entertainment, today announced the launch of the company's first US office. Already one of the largest and most respected game developers in Europe, this latest expansion puts Climax at the forefront of the global gaming market. The new office, located in Venice, California, will leverage the technology developed and popularized by Climax' European studios, as well as the company's name and solid reputation, to build the brand in the U.S. market and pursue projects with major Hollywood studios.

'OC Racing' (Xbox/PS2/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

OC Racing will feature cars that look cool instead of ones that look like toys. A former automotive designer is designing the models, and the game is an opportunity for his imagination to run wild. OC Racing is divided up into three Grand Prix circuits, five races each. The game does not have your typical new cars that you can unlock upon winning or qualifying but instead you have to collect parts in the race itself... Read more for some screens ...

'Lowrider' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

As the title suggests, Lowrider lets players construct cars for the purpose of participating in low-riding competitions--such as hops, dances, and cruises--against various opponents. Players can not only upgrade the engine and the physical characteristics of their car, but they can also upgrade the hydraulics system so they can perform even more outrageous mechanical feats. The game even features a custom paint tool that lets players add their own visual touches to their car. Check out these screens ...

'Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War, a fierce conflict is beginning to unfold in the streets of America. Red Army troops are pouring across the borders of Mexico and Canada shortly after a nuclear missile is unleashed on Washington D.C. Chaos sets in when breaking news informs Americans that their President has been killed and the Russians have invaded the country.

'Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde' (PS2/Xbox/NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on May 7, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde sets itself apart from other Real-Time Strategy games with fast arcade-style action, richly detailed and destructible environments, and an easy-to-master control scheme designed specifically for console game pads. The project is spearheaded by strategy game developers Ron Millar and Chris Millar, who are known for their work on best-selling titles within the StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo series. Read more to check out a fresh batch of screens ...

'Infogrames' Officially Changes Name To 'Atari'

by Rainier on May 6, 2003 @ 11:47 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Already rumored earlier this week, it is now slowly becoming fact.Franco-American video game publisher Infogrames Inc., in an effort to increase its profile with consumers by reaching back into gaming history, on Wednesday said it would change its name to Atari. To mark the new Atari Inc. and the new ticker symbol 'ATAR', Chief Executive Bruno Bonnell is set to open the Nasdaq on Wednesday. On top of that i have noticed that one of my PR contact changed the Infogrames account to Atari.

'EVE Online: The Second Genesis' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on May 6, 2003 @ 6:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crowd Control Productions has issued the first patch for EVE Online: the Second Genesis, bringing their just-released MMO space game to build 1000. This patch can be used if the auto-updater doesn't work, but there are no details on the changes in this patch (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

'Galactic Civilizations' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 6, 2003 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Galactic Civilizations is a strategy game set in space at the dawn of the 23rd century, where you become the leader of the human civilization. The galaxy has 6 major civilizations and the race is on to colonize, conquer, and dominate the galaxy using whatever means necessary. Strategy First/Stardock have released a new demo which lets you play the Federalist party in a small galaxy until the year 2190. Read more for download links ...

'The Sims 2' - Screens

by Rainier on May 6, 2003 @ 3:03 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Sims2, the next generation of the #1 PC franchise of all time, is currently under development at the company's Walnut Creek-based Maxis studio. For the first time, players control The Sims over an entire lifetime for the very first time. Every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. More life-like Sims, all new gameplay, and the ground-breaking addition of genetics, with the DNA of Sims passed down through generations, gives players a more vivid, realistic, and in-depth Sims experience. All of this takes place in a new amazingly life-like 3-D world. Read more for the first screens and they look quite amazing screens!

'Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow' (GBA) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on May 6, 2003 @ 1:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami of America, Inc. announced today that Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. From the creators of the critically acclaimed Castelvania: Symphony of the Night for PlayStation, and last year's handheld game of the year, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is the 16th U.S. video game release in the 17-year-old series and marks the franchise's third installment on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.