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.
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!
May the bunnies be with you ... I know i got my easter eggs early ... in the form of a few virusses ... on top of that my winblows has been acting up the past few days ... so since its slow at the moment .. i'm going to re-install .. which means i'll update the site with news later on today .. be patient .. i got some good screens from Serious Sam engine'd "Carnivores : Cityscape", WarCommander screens and a few new reviews .. all coming up in the near future, you never know what might happen ;)
JediKnight.Net has been updated with an interview of Associate Producer Dan Pettit from Lucas Arts chatting about Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (thanks Homelan). GameSpot has been put up a new interview with Lead Designer Iain McNeil on Strategy First's Legion. GameSpyDaily has whipped up an interview with Ubi Soft's Richard Dansky, the lead designer for the Tom Clancey's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege Mission Pack. GameSpyDaily also posted up a new Q&A with Jim Perkins of ARUSH Entertainment talking about their upcoming 3D side-scrolling action game "Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project".Korean Site Gaming Ground put up an interview with Phantagram Studios concerning Total Annihilation 2. They were so nice to translate it from Korean into English (thanks voodoo).
Activision today sent out some of the first/awesome screen shots showing off their new SOF2 multiplayer random level generator. Gotta see it to believe it! Yummie!
Infogrames, Inc. today announced Driver 2 Advance for the Game Boy Advance. In development by Sennari Interactive and available later this year, Driver 2 Advance leverages the full power of the Game Boy Advance through realistic, action-packed, single-player missions and dedicated multiplayer modes.
Ubi Soft today announced that Alfred Hitchcock - The Final Cut has shipped to the U.S. retail stores (the game has already been out a few months in Europe). The adventure game based on some of Hitchcock's best movies, including Psycho, Frenzy, Shadow of a Doubt, Torn Curtain, Topaz and Saboteur, has an MSRP of $29.99 and should be on retail shelves starting this weekend.
The big man behind Dungeon Siege (Chris Taylor) just dropped a msg on the official Dungeon Siege website about their upcoming plans for "The Siege Editor", to be released a few weeks after the April 5th store date of Dungeon Siege itself.
Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that it has shipped three new E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial games to coincide with the 20th Anniversary celebration of Universal Pictures' and Amblin Entertainment's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a major theatrical re-release now in theaters nationwide. The games, E.T. Away From Home, E.T. Phone Home Adventure, and E.T. Interplanetary Mission are all available at retail now. E.T. Away From Home, and E.T. Phone Home Adventure have an MSRP of $19.99 each, and E.T. Interplanetary Mission has an MSRP of $29.99.
Monkeystone Games is happy to announce that Baseball Mogul 2003 for the PC has been shipped to manufacturing and can now be purchased as a download in the Monkeystone Store. The latest installment in the series of highly acclaimed games from Boston-based Sports Mogul Inc., Baseball Mogul 2003 allows players to assume the role of General Manager of their favorite professional baseball team.
Global video game publisher Infogrames announced that it has entered into a distribution deal with Konami to distribute and market throughout Japan select future titles published by Infogrames Japan KK.
Gamers can now unleash their animal rage with the launch of Activision, Inc.’s Bloody Roar: Primal Fury, the first fighting game available for the GameCube. This latest installation in the popular Bloody Roar series delivers fast and fluid fighting action, incredible special effects and amazing characters that have the ability to transform from humans into Hyper-beast life-forms with special attack moves. Bloody Roar: Primal Fury was developed by Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. and Eighting Co., Ltd. and is rated “T” (“Teen” – Blood, Suggestive Themes, and Violence – content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) by the ESRB with a $49.99 suggested retail price.
Strategy First just let us know that they have released a new update patch for Disciples II : Dark Prophecy. This patch incldes some new maps, AI improvements, some editor updates and plenty more ... you NEED to have Patch v1.1 to successfully upgrade to v1.2 .. click "read more" for links and the full details on whats changed/updated.
Ubi Soft Entertainment and Red Storm Entertainment are pleased to announce that the mission pack Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege will hit the shelves today. European Ghost Recon fans should expect it in a matter of a few days/a week as well.
There's been a coup in the PC gaming world. After nine years as the best-selling computer game of all time, "Myst" has dropped to number two. In its place now stands "The Sims," the quirky and utterly addictive title that lets you control the lives of simulated people. Read the full story on CNN.
Thanks voodoo for pointing out that the new Team Factor demo is available and ready for download. Team Factor enables the player to choose and develop his or her favourite way of play and fight. After selecting one out of three teams and one of four different character specializations, the player may set up whichever skills he or she likes to cultivate. According to the specific skill development, the player is able to access more "exclusive" weapons and devices. This means, that each created character will be unique and therefore recognizable to the other players by his or her personal ability and record. This feature is called a "RPG factor". All players' records will be stored in the Team Factor on-line central database." Get it off 3DGamers / Tiscali or BonusWeb. Update : this is a LAN only demo, no singleplayer nor inet play .. yuk! Update2 : they updated the demo, it now has bot support (thanks blues)
Simon the Sorcerer 3D is a new kind of adventure - an absorbing storyline combined with challenging puzzles, crazy characters and wonderful locations all wrapped up in a glorious real-time 3D environment. Previously a Hasbro project now under the Vivendi Universal battleship! Check the screens
NCsoft Corporation, the world's largest independent online game company, today announced that Lineage, one of the world's most popular online games, is now being offered to the Chinese market.
Microsoft today announced that weekly replenishments are ensuring that strong demand for the Xbox video game system is met, benefiting retail, third-party publishers and gamers. Hmmm this sounds odd since "yesterday" some other sources say that the xbox is NOT selling as well as expected and as result we should expect a price drop... Microsoft doing some damage control or other sources out to pester them??
Blackstar Interactive signs up Schanz International Consultants exclusively for licensing their games in various territories. Titles will include “Software Tycoon” (Asia, North America), “Battle Race 3D” (Worldwide except Germany), and for Asia: “Cinemaware Classics: Defender of the Crown, Three Stooges, Wings!, Lord of the Rising Sun, It came from the Desert, Rocket Ranger”.
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