'AquaMark 3' Benchmark Announced

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 4:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tired of those boring old Quake 3 benchmarks? Here's one based on AquaNox 2's engine... JoWooD Productions AG today announced that a subsidiary of the publisher, Massive Development, will publish a successor to its 3D benchmark program AquaMark 2.3 during this financial quarter. AquaMark 3 will be a fully DirectX 9-capable cutting-edge benchmark based on Massive Development's krass engine which also powers AquaNox 2: Revelation.

'Soul Calibur II' (PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The PlayStation 2 version features Heihachi Mishima , one of the main characters from Namco's "Tekken". Battle action fans cannot miss this dream collaboration of Namco's top two battle action titles, "Tekken" and "Soul Calibur II." Another ten PS2 shots from the game of the low-alcohol lager.

'Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb' - Screens

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 2:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

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.. Read more for some new screens!

'1893: A World's Fair Mystery' Now Available

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 2:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

1893: A World's Fair Mystery, an interactive CD-ROM game based upon Chicago's Columbian Exposition, has been released after four years in development. This work of interactive history celebrates an important event in Chicago's past and accurately represents the grandeur of what remains the largest tourist attraction America has ever known.

Kaydara FiLMBOX Fuels Sony Team Soho's 'The Getaway'

by Thomas on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 1:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fast-paced driving, intense fight scenes, and unprecedented realism prove to be a winning combination for Sony Team Soho's London gangster game, "The Getaway," and they couldn't have done it without Kaydara FiLMBOX (now named MOTIONBUILDER). Using MOTIONBUILDER as a hub for its production pipeline, Sony Soho's team of over 50 developers were able to break new ground in advanced character animation and motion capture to produce one of the hottest action games of the year. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) released "The Getaway" in December 2002.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2003 @ 1:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'The Gladiators' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOw

by Rainier on Feb. 2, 2003 @ 8:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Gladiators is a 3D real-time strategy game featuring a heavy emphasis on tactics and action. Arxel feels that The Gladiators could be a real hit in the North American market and wants to make sure it gets there in a timely fashion. The Gladiators is scheduled for a February 2002 release in North America. This demo includes a sample from the multiplayer part in the game, but further details on its contents are not available. Read more for download links ...

How Does Combat Work In Gladius ? (PS2/NGC/XB)

by Thomas on Feb. 2, 2003 @ 1:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Gladius allows players to control a group of gladiators in turn-based combat. The development team has added a twist to the turn-based genre by adding real-time swing meters once targets engage each other on the battlefield. With careful timing, players can execute devastating combo attacks and unleash powerful spells. Visit the official site for Gladius for more gameplay information.

'Breed' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2003 @ 9:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Breed is a cutting-edge science-fiction shoot-'em up, which skilfully blends addictive, accessible, free-roaming gameplay with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to expand not only the gameplay potential, but also the player's perceived freedom within the game world. Utilising both 1st and 3rd person viewpoints, players can freely take control of a variety of units and vehicles – from standard ground troops to APCs and Dropships – to do battle with The Breed both in orbit and on the Earth's surface. The objective is simple: Halt the invasion of The Breed and stop the destruction of mankind.

'MistMare' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 12:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Join Isador, the inquisitor monk, on an epic journey through Europe ravaged by years of conflict. The fate of the world lands squarely on your shoulders, as you visit great European cities isolated from each other for hundreds of years, trying to find the person who escalated a personal conflict into a quickly unfolding drama that encompasses the known world. Check out the latest screens from Axel Tribe's upcoming epic adventure.

'V-Rally 3' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 12:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

After last summer’s successful PS2 release of the greatest V-Rally yet with V-Rally 3, Eden Studios has gone back in to the development studio to work on the Xbox release. Utilising the unique technological architecture of the Xbox, they have produced two real innovations to make V-Rally 3 on the Xbox a much different and refined experience than that of its PlayStation 2 counterpart. Firstly, dynamics have been improved to produce more sensitive and responsive handling; easier yet still simulation oriented. Check out these blazing new screens ...

HiTech Creations Announces 'Aces High II'

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 12:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

HiTech Creations, producer of the award winning online combat simulation Aces High, has announced plans to launch the next generation of the game, Aces High II: Tour of Duty, in Q3 2003. Aces High is the most popular massively multiplayer online flight simulator on the market, with players from over 50 countries worldwide participating in virtual combat 24 hours a day (thanks VE3D).

'Galactic Civilizations' Delayed

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 11:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Publisher Strategy First and Developer Stardock announced today that the release date for their upcoming 4X space-based strategy game, Galactic Civilizations, has been updated to March 25, 2003. The decision to hold back the release of Galactic Civilizations came after the recent delay of Quicksilver/Infogrames’s Master of Orion 3.

'Industry Giant II' & 'Add-On' - Update PAtch Available NOW

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 11:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Industry Giant II caught the imagination of players across the world by allowing them to build a thriving business as product, industry and transport development from 1900 to 1980. Now, the Industry Giant II Add On gives players the unique opportunity to create an industrial empire from 1980 to 2020 where items such as mobile phones and computers are available for manufacture, distribution and selling as well as a massive range of exciting new industries that haven’t even been developed in real-life yet. Jowood has released patches for the original Industry Giant II, as well as the add-on. No new features, mainly CD drive compatibility issues.. Read more for details and download links ..

20-Year-Old Video Game Record Beaten By New Hampshire Man

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 10:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Donald Hayes, a well known competitor in the world of classic arcade gaming has beaten a 20-year-old record on the legendary arcade game Super Zaxxon. Considered among the the top ten "hardest games of all time," the world record on Super Zaxxon had not budged an inch since Greg McLeod of Halifax, Nova Scotia, set the benchmark standard of 339,750 points on July 25, 1983 during a Twin Galaxies event. Not only will Donald Hayes be recognized as the Super Zaxxon champion in the forthcoming edition of the Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, but he also holds the world records on TRON and Centipede, two of the most highly contested titles of all time. The entire story can be found at TwinGalaxies

'Crashday' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 10:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Crashday is comparable with "Carmageddon" (SCI) and "Stunts" (Distinctive Software); mostly because Crashday's gameplay also concentrates on realistic stunt physics, absolute freedom of movement and the ability to create custom maps with a powerful track editor. A release might be possible in quarter III/IV 2003. read more for 10 new shots!

'Pride: Fighting Championships' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 10:14 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Pride FC pits the top fighters in the world from several different combative sports including wrestling, karate, judo, kick-boxing, and others into one ring under the same rules. The philosophy of Pride, known as ValeTudo, is the acceptance of any technique of any school of combat. Pride is the survival of the strongest. Not the strongest in a specific genre, but the strongest of all combative sports, period.

Tri Synergy Announces 'Purge Online' - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 9:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Tri Synergy announced today that it will release Purge, an online-only title that delivers a compelling combination of first-person-shooter gameplay and role-playing character development in Q1 2003. Developed by Freeform Interactive LLC, Purge immerses players in a strife-torn world that blends science fiction and fantasy. In Purge, players will find themselves engrossed in a war between two opposing forces, the Order (humans genetically modified to scientific perfection) and the Chosen (religious believers who reject all forms of technology).

'War and Peace' - Official Web Site

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 9:29 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microids has now launched the official English web site for their upcoming RTS title War and Peace.The web site sports gameplay details, demo link (which is also mirror'd on our file servers), artwork and a batch of new screenshots. Players in War and Peace lead a nation and influence the course of 19th Century history. You'll be in charge of your country's entire governing strategy - from politics and economics to science and war. Go check it out!

Sign Up For 'Savage' Beta Test NOW!

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2003 @ 9:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Game developer, S2 Games, has opened visiting registration for beta tests of its highly anticipated first-person strategy shooter, Savage. Gamers can sign up to be among the first to battle on the side of humanity or join the ranks of the Beast Horde by visiting the Signup page HERE. An initial beta test will commence by mid-February with qualifying participants. Eventually the testing will be opened up to include additional gamers in order to test the title with various hardware configurations.