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NCsoft Announces Lineage II

by Thomas on March 21, 2002 @ 9:03 a.m. PST | Filed under News

NCsoft Corporation, the world's largest independent online game company, today announced Lineage II, the prequel to the most popular online game in the world. With more than four million subscribers and 330 thousand concurrent users, Lineage set the standard for subscription-based online games. Lineage II promises to advance the world of Lineage by adding an amazing array of features, graphics, gameplay, fantasy and depth.

'Freedom Force' Demo Coming Up Today

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Irrational's Ken Levine announces that a playable demo of their recently completed superheroic tactical combat RPG is slated for released tomorrow on FilePlanet. A subsequent post refines that into two demos, one with music (around 90 MB) and one without (75 MB), while another post by Crave associate producer "Primetime" offers even more details: "Tomorrow means around 8:00 AM PST. You'll have 2 choices to download...1 is about 58MB without music and one is 90MB with. There are 2 levels of the game and the character creator. You will be able to create a hero and use it in the second mission."

'Tomb Raider - The Angel of Darkness' Coming Up

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 8:48 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The game is coming out on the PC as well as the PS2, though Smith says that the core mechanics of both versions will be exactly the same. "We have one team working on both versions of the game, but we do focus on the two different platforms separately and try to maximize the individual strengths of the PC and PS2," says Smith. "There will be little elements that will be different, but 99 percent of the game is essentially the same. Visually, they'll be close as well, but there are certain things that each machine is better at." The PC will obviously have a higher resolution, whereas the PS2 version of The Angel of Darkness will likely benefit from more precise control.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on March 21, 2002 @ 2:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

PC Game Central's Lost Continents Q&A talks with Travis McGeathy, community manager for Lost Continents, VR1's upcoming pulp-inspired MMORPG. Warcraft III Q&A on Atomic Maximum Power Computing talking with Blizzard's Bill Roper about Warcraft III, their upcoming role-playing infused RTS sequel. There's a Freedom Force Q&A #5 on RPG Vault with another in their now-trademark series where one question is posed of a group of developers, this one talking with some of the folks at Irrational Games about their now-gold superhero game. GameSpot's Vampire Hunter Q&A talks with Dave Hagewood, president and founder of Psyonix, and Will Nevins, the game designer for Vampire Hunter, their upcoming Unreal-engine vampire action game. There's a new HoveRace movie on 3D Gamers showing off gameplay in GSC Game World's upcoming hovercraft combat racing game. On a related note, there is a HoveRace Q&A on Blue Monday discussing the game with Oleg Javorsky, PR Manager at GSC GameWorld. Voodoo Extreme's Neverwinter Nights Q&A chats with Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-CEO of BioWare to discuss their upcoming D&D RPG.

'Black & Bruised' Announced For PS2

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 10:27 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco, one of the fastest-growing publishers of interactive entertainment software, today announced Black & Bruised for the PS2 and Nintendo GameCube. Developed by Digital Fiction, Black & Bruised is scheduled for release across both game consoles this holiday.

No One Lives Forever (PS2) Goes Gold!

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 9:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Get the PlayStation2 controllers ready for the super sexy heroine, Cate Archer. The Operative : No One Lives Forever for PlayStation2 has gone gold and the warehouse is preparing to ship to stores nationwide. Now you will be able to play the "Action Game of the Year" winner - The Operative:No One Lives Forever - on your PlayStation2 console gaming system. Plus don't forget the four extra missions exclusive to the PS2 featuring Cate Archer in her younger days as a thief. The Operative: No One Lives Forever for PlayStation2 will be available in retail locations after April 16, 2002 for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Total Annihilation II Confirmed

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 9:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

We mentioned the rumor yesterday and today the story has been confirmed with Korean developer Phantagram, who are picking up the reigns of the RTS, rights to which are owned by Infogrames (who are not forthcoming with any detail on this at this point). Infogrames picked up the rights to Total Annihilation after purchasing GT Interactive, who published the original game, which was developed by now-defunct Cavedog Studios (thanks blues)

'Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway' Ships For GBA

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 7:35 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TDK Mediactive, Inc., a global publisher of entertainment software, today announced that "Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway" for the Game Boy Advance has shipped to stores. Competition and fun collide in this upbeat new title, featuring everyone's favorite ogre and other characters from "Shrek," DreamWorks Pictures' 2001 blockbuster feature film.

Frogger: The Great Quest (PS2) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 7:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Many Hoppy Returns! Frogger, one of the most enduring of the ‘old school’ classic video games, is to make a welcome return as Konami of Europe resurrects the amphibian hero for a new PS2 title: "Frogger - The Great Quest". Hop on over to the screens ;)

'UT 2003' Coming This Summer - 'Unreal II' Arrives For Christmas

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 6:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

We already knew this a few days ago, but here is the official announcement. Infogrames announces release dates for two of the most highly anticipated sequels in the Unreal family of action games. "Unreal Tournament 2003," who won numerous awards, is poised to deliver non-stop multiplayer action starting this summer. And, "Unreal II," sequel to the blockbuster hit "Unreal," will bring single-player story-based action to new heights when it ships this winter in time for Christmas.

Savage Skies - Movies & Screens

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 5:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

iROCK Games today updated their Savage Skies site with two new kickin' gameplay videos showing both single and multiplayer gameplay as well as 4 screens from some of the game's prerended animations. Take me there.

Final Fantasy XI Online - Screen Gallery

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today we bring you 50 some screens from Square's upcoming Final Fantasy XI Online. Some new, some older ... all packed in one for you to enjoy ...

Liverpool Hero 'Ray Houghton' Signs Up For 'Championship Manager 4'

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 1:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Sports Interactive, the team responsible for developing the record breaking Championship Manager series of football management simulations published by Eidos Interactive, is extremely pleased to announce that Ray Houghton has been retained as a consultant to advise on the eagerly anticipated Championship Manager 4.

BAM! Ent. Shoots For The Stars (GBA) With 'Star X' - Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 12:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BAM! Entertainment today announced that it will publish the action game, Star X, for the Game Boy Advance. Currently in production at UK-based developers, Graphic State, the futuristic flight title is due for release in May of this year. Star X places the player in control of a highly advanced fighter aircraft capable of both atmospheric and space-based flight. The title is set to take advantage of both Nintendo’s handheld technology and the extensive development experience of Graphic State.

Heroes of Might & Magic IV - Movie

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 12:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

3DO was so kind to send us a new 4.7 MB zipped QuickTime movie from their upcoming title, Heroes of Might and Magic IV. Link #1 here and Link #2 here!

We also tossed up same movie for your window media player "wmv" and the size is 3.3 MB. Grab it here or here!

'Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos' - New Battle.net features

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard will be implementing a slew of groundbreaking enhancements to Battle.net for WarcraftIII: Reign of Chaos. The following list highlights many of the new features designed to streamline your Battle.net experience and help you get the most out of Warcraft III.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 - Award

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 10:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Activision, Inc.’s top-selling game of 2001, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 was honored with the Best Console Sports Game of the Year award by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The award was presented at the 5th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas.

'Robin Hood' Update - New Exclusive Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 10:52 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on an common idea by Wanadoo and Spellbound, Robin Hood will be created in Spellbound’s studios in Kehl, Germany. The game is scheduled for release on PC and game consoles in the third trimester of 2003. Robin Hood will be the first tactical game released by Wanadoo, whose policy of releasing alternative video games has led them to identify the tactical game as one of the genres which is most popular with the wider public and casual gamers. We got some new screens showing off the current progress, and its looking GOOD!

'Star Wars Jedi Starfighter' For Xbox - Screens

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 10:36 a.m. PST | Filed under News

LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC will unleash the power of the Force on the Xbox video game system this May with the release of Star Wars Jedi Starfighter. The game, which launched to critical acclaim last week on PlayStation 2, will give Xbox gamers a chance to experience the exhilaration of piloting the Jedi starfighter from the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Xbox Has Taken Europe By Storm

by Thomas on March 20, 2002 @ 10:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The dust has cleared from the European launch of Xbox, the future-generation video game system from Microsoft, and preliminary reports indicate it’s a runaway hit.