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ActivisionÂ’s Xbox Games Take Top Spots In Germany

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 11:46 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision, Inc. announced that WRECKLESS: The Yakuza MissionsTM and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 were the #1 and #2 best-selling third-party titles by units for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft in Germany for the week of March 18 – 24, 2002, according to Media Control. These results followed the successful European launch of Xbox on March 14, 2002.

Nintendo's "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem" Comes To Life

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 11:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

This summer, video game publisher Nintendo of America and film entertainment company Hypnotic combine efforts to promote the upcoming NINTENDO GAMECUBE title, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, via a pioneering online filmmaking competition, Eternaldarknessfilms.com. Nintendo is searching for a short film that perfectly embodies the haunting themes of its new video game thriller launching this summer.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - Multiplayer Screens

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 11:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

We have covered a boat load of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast single player screens last week ... in case you were still not convinced that this title is totally excellent we bring you some multiplayer action screens .. which adds extra to the replay value of this brilliant title! Njoy!

Codemasters Announces 'Shoot to Kill: Colombian Crackdown'

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 10:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Gavin Raeburn, Codemasters’ Studio Head today confirms a dramatic departure for his studio’s next development project and his intention to shake up the “predictable” first-person action game market with Shoot to Kill: Colombian Crackdown.

Up Your Arsenal In 'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - Screens

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 1:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The powertool of global special forces, the .50 Sniper Rifle, is one of agent David Jones’ most effective weapons in IGI 2: Covert Strike. Check the info & screens.

"Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza" Has Gone GOLD!

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 1:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Sierra just confirmed us that Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza has reached Gold status! Nakatomi Plaza combines the exciting elements of the original blockbuster movie with a pulse-pounding adventure game set in an interactive 3D environment. This single-player game features an event-driven storyline that follows John McClane in his life and death struggle to overcome a group of greedy terrorists, and in the process, save his wife, the other hostages, and hopefully himself. Staying true to the original story, the entire game takes place in the 40-story Nakatomi Plaza office building on Christmas Eve, with our hero "accidentally" called upon to thwart a large scale burglary attempt by a band of trigger-happy terrorists. By the end of the night, only McClane's stealth maneuvers, desperately crazy antics, and witty comebacks will save the hostages and thwart the terrorists. Expect it in stores end of April

Are You A Power Gamer?

by The Cookie Snatcher on April 2, 2002 @ 12:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Did you know that the circular-lid insertion on top of your GameCube could be easily removed and replaced? It’s true; soon companies will begin to promote this aesthetic modification en masse. How cool would it be to replace that boring default Nintendo lid insert with a custom-made Sonic the Hedgehog design? Keep an eye out, they’re coming. There are tons of customization options available for all major video game platforms that not only provide mad bragging rights but can also increase the functionality of your lean, mean, gaming machine. One thing I think we can all agree on is that video games are fun -- a 5-year-old playing Pokemon can tell you that. The question is; are you a standard-issue gamer or are you a power-gamer?

Monster Jam Web Site Launched

by Rainier on April 2, 2002 @ 12:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Monster Jam Web site has launched for your viewing pleasure. Visit Monster Jam Web site for detailed information on Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction for PS2 and GBA. The GBA version launched on arch 26th and the PS2 version is targeted to launch later in May. The Monster Jam Web site features new screenshots, movies and information about the game. The site also links to the United Hot Rod Association's Web site and MonsterMania.com for in-depth information about the actual Monster Trucks featured in the games

'Jedi Knight II' - Dedicated Server Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 11:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Raven Software has released the Windows32/Linux versions of the Jedi Knight II dedicated server for their hit first person action game for publisher LucasArts. You can download the server at four locations over at HomeLAN. The Win32 : Download One,Download Two, Download Three and Download Four and the Linux version : Download One,Download Two, Download Three and Download Four. You can also download the file from XGR.com. Please note that the Win32 dedicated server file is offered as is with no official support from Raven Software or publisher LucasArts. (Thanks Homelan)

CDV's "WarCommander" - First Look

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 9:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Warcommander is one of CDV's rather unknown and smaller titles ... it could be considered a budget version of their blockbuster hit "Sudden Strike". Warcommander could be considered a lite version with somewhat less spectacular graphics but equally as much action and we enjoyed it very much (although we ARE eagerly awaiting Sudden Strike II) ... You command a company of soldiers dumped on Omaha Beach. Check our screens.. Carry On Private!

'Carnivores : CityScape' - First Look

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 8:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It’s futuristic mayhem in prehistoric proportions! 245 million years of evolution collide when a starship crashes, releasing hoards of furious Jurassic beasts into the parks, sewers and streets. Eradicate the escaped carnivores or play the dinosaur and stomp, claw and bite your way to freedom. Infogrames brings us the next installment in their Carnivores series (they previously released "Carnivores : Ice Age" under their old WizardWorks label). Powered by the Serious Sam Engine we gave it a whirl ... check out what we came up with ..

Infogrames' Backyard Sports Comes To The Gameboy Advance

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 7:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

With “Opening Day” right around the corner, Infogrames has announced that Backyard Baseball will be the first game in the best-selling Backyard Sports series to debut on Game Boy Advance system. Backyard Baseball for Game Boy Advance as well as a new Backyard Baseball 2003 for Win/Mac will both be available in June. Both games will include the 30 Backyard Kids found in each of the Backyard Sports games as well as 30 Major League Baseball pros featured as kids, including New York Mets All-Star Mike Piazza.

Weekend Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 11:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

HomeLAN chats with Valve Software's Gabe Newell about their plans for Steam, their newly revealed broadband delivery system. French site Nofrag.com has posted up an interview (translated to English) with Zombie Games's John Williamson, talking about their currently under development Western action game "Wanted: Dead or Alive". Strategy Games Online has posted up an interview with Iain McNeil of Slitherine Software discussing their upcoming Roman Empire strategy game "Legion" (thanks gamespy). Savegames.net has posted up a short Q&A with Thor Frølich from IO Interactive (thanks homelan) as he talks about their upcoming (and recently delayed until September) third person action game "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin".

The 'New World Order' Is Coming ... AGAIN!

by Rainier on April 1, 2002 @ 10:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After having to cancel the public demo a few minutes before release time, Termite Games and Project Three finally announced a new release date .. unless this is a sick April Fools Day joke the demo should be out April 2nd at 6pm Euro time (aprox noon EST). It'll be aprox 140 megs and the bug that caused the delay last week has been eradicated ... We'll know more tomorrow i guess ;)

'Total Annihilation' Legacy Map Pack

by Thomas on March 31, 2002 @ 10:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Are you tired of playing the same 20 maps? The official Total Annihilation Legacy Map Pack site is updated with a new map pack that contains 150 maps. The pack has been compressed to 560 MB and then it has been slit up in 100 MB parts to make downloading easier. Find out more here!

"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" In Stores NOW

by Rainier on March 30, 2002 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision let us know that all the PC skater fans ought to keep an eye out for "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" as it should be trickeling into stores and appear on shelves starting today! Skating isn't really my bag, baby!

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 30, 2002 @ 10:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Game Arena has a new Q&A with Cryptic Studios's Jack Emmert talking about their upcoming super hero MMRPG City of Heroes. Computer Games Online has posted up a new Q&A with Everquest co-designer Brad McQuaid. Jolt.co.uk has posted up a new Q&A with members of the Generations Arena mod team as they discuss their work on the id Software tribute mod for Quake III Arena (thanks voodoo). An interesting read over at Action Vault is the new Q&A with Marek Spanel and Viktor Bocan of Bohemia Interactive talking about Operation Flashpoint: Resistance, the eagerly anticipated expansion pack for OF. PC Game Central has a chat with Brian Martel of Gearbox Software in form of a Q&A on how to get started into the gaming business. HomeLAN chats with Rich Francis as the project lead behind the Rune Co-op mod reveals the mod team's next project: a co-op mod for Microsoft's action title MechWarrior 4 (thanks homelan). The official Microsoft Dungeon Siege Site has posted up an interview between Creative and Gas Powered Games (thanks voodoo).

Xenus - New Screens

by Rainier on March 30, 2002 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Deep Shadows send us three new screenshots from Xenus, their upcoming first-person shooter for the PC. Deep Shadows are the people behind the highly under valued action game Codename Outbreak (which still has a permanent spot on my hd!). It uses their own home-cooked engine 'Vital Engine 2'.

'Global Operations' Patch v1.1 Available NOW

by Rainier on March 30, 2002 @ 10:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The first patch for the retail game is now ready. This patch addresses the most serious issues. Most of this was done last week, but we also did a major optimization to the server that was really needed to make the game play better. We played a nice game yesterday on a server that was capped at 384K upstream, and it was smooth.

A Few Interesting Previews

by Rainier on March 29, 2002 @ 4:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Still tweaking the WinXP setup .. Looking around i noticed on voodoo that there are a few interesting previews ... PC.IGN posted a five page preview of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, after testing out a beta build. Shacknews posted a preview of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, checking out ARUSH Entertainment's upcoming 3D side-scroller. HomeLAN takes a look at Infogrames' retail UT mod (much like Counterstrike became a retail Halflife mod), Tactical Ops. The shooters are back in full effect!