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Microsoft Announces the $25,000 XSN Sports World Championship

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 6:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Think you can steady your nerves to hit a game-deciding free throw with no time left on the clock? How about smash a cross-court backhand winner in the final set of a championship tennis match? Can you hole a 30-foot putt on 18? What about ride the rails on the world’s hottest mountains? Now try it with $25,000 on the line. Welcome to the XSN Sports World Championship, the most competitive and intense online sports tournament in the history of console video games. Read more for details ...

'Unreal 2 XMP' - Full Download Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 6:10 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised, Atari has released the full version of their Unreal 2: The Awakening XMP addon for free. The Unreal 2 XMP includes 8 maps, 3 vehicles, and 3 character classes. To install, you need the Unreal 2 CDs, but it does not have to be physically installed. Read more for download links ...

'Halo' - Update Patch & Dedicated Server Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft has issued a new patch for Gearbox/Bungie's first person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved. This upgrade brings your retail copy to v1.03 and add several new features (anti team killing, increased network performance, etc.) as well as various game fixes and dedicated server updates. Read more for download links ...

'Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack' In Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:32 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enter Tom Clancy's World of Elite Counter-Terror Action as Ubisoft is pleased to announce the release of three spectacular elite counter-terror games in one, Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack! The pack includes critically acclaimed best-sellers: Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, and The Sum of All Fears. Each game puts you in command of elite teams of operatives against dangerous terrorist foes. Use authentic weapons and tactics in missions across the globe, and become freedom's answer to fear. Tom Clancy's Counter-Terrorism Classics Pack is available now in retail stores and has an MSRP of $19.99.

'Chrome' - Big Patch Coming Up

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 12:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Techland sends word of plans for a big Chrome patch that will add a bunch of new maps, some new vehicles, and new gameplay modes to their science fiction first-person shooter. Some details : "Having taken into account players’ suggestions, Techland releases their new Update for Chrome. Although it fixes some minor game issues it’s something much more than just a patch" (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for details ...

Rainbow Six 3: Ravenshield - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As mentioned earlier Ubi Soft has released another patch for Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.50 and adds an "Operative SDK," enhanced expansion pack support, some Punkbuster fixes, and a handful of other issues. The corresponding dedicated server patch is also available.. Read more for details fix list & download links ...

EA Reveals 'NFL Street' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Soundtrack

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts is very excited to announce the final soundtrack list for its upcoming NFL STREET video game. The music will be a mix of hip hop and rock from some of today's hottest artists, including an all original score by the X-ecutioners. A few of the tracks will be heard in the game prior to their album's release as noted below. Read more for detailed list ...

'Horizons: Empire of Istaria' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:12 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari and Artifact Entertainment today announced that Horizons: Empire of Istaria has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Available now for PC, Horizons will allow players to experience online gaming like never before in a massive, ever-changing, online world primed for exploration, brimming with adventure and rife with danger. For the first time in a MMORPG, players will have the opportunity to experience the power and might of ancient dragons as a playable character race. In addition, Humans, fiends, dwarves, elves, gnomes, as well as the cat-like Saris and the reptilian Sslik, round out the first nine playable races available in the game.

'Knights of the Temple' (PC/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

You are Paul de Raque, Knight of the Temple, as you set out on a holy crusade across a forbidding, mediaeval Europe to join your order in the Holy Land. Armed with your sword, axe, bow and shield, you must fight with all your strength to complete your journey, for saving the future of the world is your ultimate goal! The core of the game is medieval style fighting with the classical weapons of European knights, coupled with stunning graphics of the historical milieus of the 12th century crusades. Check the new screens ...

'Postal 2: Share the Pain' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 11:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As promised Running With Scissors has released "a sneak peek" of their upcoming Postal 2 multiplayer addon Postal 2: Share the Pain. The demo includes multiplayer gameplay featuring Gary Coleman, Rednecks and, of course, The Postal Dude. The demo features the Ponderous level in Snatch (CTF) mode, as well as Cemetary & Shantytown maps for the Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Grab modes. Read more for download links ...

'King of Fighters 2000/2001' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 10:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SNK NEOGEO USA announced today that The King Of Fighters 2000 and The King Of Fighters 2001 has shipped to retail stores throughout North America in a special combination pack exclusively for the PlayStation2. The King Of Fighters combo pack is available for a special suggested retail price of $39.99.

Climax Already Working On PS3/Xbox2 Title 'Avalon'

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

Climax today confirmed that work is well underway on its premiere next generation game. Developed under the codename Avalon, this impressive new game is to be produced at the company's celebrated Brighton Studio and will debut on the eagerly-awaited PlayStation 3 and Xbox 2.

'R: Racing Evolution' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that its highly anticipated, intricately detailed, action racing experience, R: Racing Evolution, has begun shipping to retail outlets nationwide. Developed for the PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube, R: Racing Evolution is rated T for Teen and carries an MSRP of $49.95.

'Massive Assault' - Bonus Scenario's

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:24 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wargaming.net releases 12 new SCENARIOS for its global domination strategy game Massive Assault. These scenarios are coming as extra pack for the game. "We have composed this easy pack to let novice players get involved quicker, while the experienced players will get few extra hours of fun." Read more for download links ...

'Savage Eden' Launches Closed Beta

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:10 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Savage Eden, the Battle for Laghaim, a new role playing game hosted by iEntertainment Network, has launched for Closed Beta play. Closed Beta began December 3rd and will run through December 16, 2003. During this period we will be inviting more players every couple of days to come in and help us explore the worlds of Savage Eden. During the closed beta period we will be implementing changes to the game based on customer feedback. We are still accepting registrations for closed beta testers. Currently over 4000 people have signed up. If you are interested in joining the closed beta team please go to www.savageeden.com today.

'Tribes: Vengeance' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Tribes: Vengeance's single-player campaign, gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of other, interrelated stories that are unfolding behind-the-scenes. In addition, gamers are given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Powered by an enhanced version of the Unreal Engine, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects. Check out these new screens ...

'Wartime Command' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 9:01 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Wartime Command: Battle For Europe 1939-1945 is the stunning World War II tactical real time strategy game from Russian developers 1C Company in Russia. The game development project has been retitled from Battlefield Command to give it prominence in a cluttered market of similar product brands. Wartime Command will launch for PC in the spring of 2004. Read more for some new tank screens ...

'WhiteDay' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

WhiteDay is a fear inducing horror survival game viewed, for the first time ever in this genre, completely from a first person perspective. Unfolding like a movie, the player takes control of a love-sick teenager entering into the local school late at night to return your dream girl's diary, which she lost earlier in the day and to drop off a token of your affection – WhiteDay chocolates. Read more for some weirdo screens ...

'Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition' - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Eastside Hockey Manager: Franchise Edition will be Sports Interactive's first non-football game, and is due to be released in late Q1 2004. The game will feature a detailed and realistic game engine with in-depth ice hockey content including numerous leagues, players with detailed statistics and personalities and full management features for trading, drafts and transactions. Read more for some screens ...

'Firestarter' - Updated Demo & Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2003 @ 8:40 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As was mentioned yesterday GSC Game World has released an updated demo & a patch for yesterday's demo of their sci-fi first-person shooter FireStarter. This small patch addresses some framerate issues as well as enhances the RPG elements of the demo. Read more for download links ...