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Codemasters Snags 'American Idol' (PS2/PC) License - Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 8:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The worldwide interactive video game publishing rights to "American Idol," the smash-hit reality television show, have been secured by game publisher Codemasters. Under the license from FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, joint owners of the blockbuster reality entertainment format, Codemasters will launch an "American Idol" video game this fall for the PlayStation 2 and PC. Read more for details and a few screens ...

'Hit the Pros 2003' - Available Now

by Thomas on April 3, 2003 @ 8:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News and WildTangent today announced the release of Hit the Pros 2003, their latest version of the popular online baseball game.. Developed by and WildTangent's in-house studio, Hit the Pros 2003 is the only online baseball game to feature actual pitches thrown during Major League Baseball games, and the only one utilizing the WildTangent Web Driver platform to deliver realistic player animation, detailed ballpark replicas and dynamic audio that truly captures the baseball experience. The game also features a full screen immersive experience and game control responsiveness not found in any other online sports game. Hit the Pros 2003 follows the success of Hit the Pros 2001 & 2002, which was played online over 1.5 million times.

'IndyCar Series' (ALL) Website Goes Live

by Thomas on April 3, 2003 @ 8:47 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Get into the ultra-fast lane at Codemasters’ dedicated web site for IndyCar Series, the official game of the most intense motor racing championship.. IndyCar Series is coming to PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC this June and the site will fill any petrolhead’s tank with information and visuals from both the game and the sport itself. For those new to the sport the site is packed with background on the IndyCar Series and also profiles the drivers and 29 cars featured. There are also maps, detailed information, and downloadable movies of the 14 challenging circuits from the series. With the title offering a fresh style of racing gaming, players will be able to get ahead of the pack by registering to try out the playable PC demo, which will be released ahead of the game. With its incredible high speeds, dangerous close pack racing, skilful on-track manoeuvres and challenging drivers, IndyCar Series will debut in June 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

'Apocalyptica' (Xbox) Announced

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 8:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has reaffirmed its commitment to PC and the Xbox with the announcement of Apocalyptica - an epic tale of the battle between good and evil set in a desolate 3D game world. The PC game will be released in September, with the Xbox version to follow. Overseen by Konami's new European development studio and created by Telford-based Extreme FX, Apocalyptica is a stunning third-person action title, set in a bleak future. As his power grows, Satan stands on the cusp of universal domination, with his unholy troops swarming across the galaxy like a plague.

'Fable' (Xbox) - Screens

by Thomas on April 3, 2003 @ 3:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The longest journey always starts with one step. When your mother and sister are kidnapped, your first action is to travel across the magical land of Albion to find your father, the famed Hero. But soon you are plunged into a world of danger you couldn't possibly have imagined. A dark force is gathering. A power to bring evil to every town and village in Albion, and to destroy the fairytale lives of the inhabitants. This evil force has turned the very Heroes into power-crazed, ruthless warriors. Only your father has resisted. That's why your family has been taken. And that's why the fate of your family is now in your hands. Oh, and the fate of the entire world.

'BC' - Screens

by Thomas on April 3, 2003 @ 3:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

BC is an original 3rd person action/adventure game that hurtles you millions of years into prehistory, to the beginnings of mankind. Here you must lead the struggle for dominance among the first men. You will personally guide your evolving, learning and changing clan on an epic journey of survival.

'Airline Tycoon Evolution' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Airline Tycoon Evolution gives players the chance to manage all aspects of this exciting industry, most importantly all the security measures, using sophisticated technology and the latest security tools. Players can also build and customize their own fleet of planes, use them to jet through 10 new missions or the 16 original Airline Tycoon missions, trade them over the Internet with other players and plan detailed itineraries, menus and in-flight entertainment. Spellbound has released a new patch bringing your retail game to v1.03. No specific details on what exactly it updates are available now, read more for download links ...

'Rugrats Royal Ransom' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 2:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The Rugrats embark on a magical adventure to Stu Pickles' Play Palace 3000 (PP3K). As Tommy, Chuckie, Kimi, Phil and Lil all take turns climbing up to the PP3K, they soon find that something's amiss. Every time they climb higher, the Palace moves further out of their reach. Angelica, the self-appointed Queen of PP3K, has dubbed the rest of the Rugrats her loyal subjects who will need to obey her commands. As the Rugrats defiantly refuse Queen Angelica's demands, they each find their most treasured items haven fallen in her possession. Tommy and company must now begin their adventure to reclaim their treasures so they too can play in the PP3K.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 2:09 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Blip & Blop' - Free Arcade Oriented Game

by Thomas on April 3, 2003 @ 1:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Blip & Blop is basically a free arcade oriented game, a 2D shoot game like Gryzor and Metal Slug. This crazy game is made by a french company named Loaded Studio where you got the opportunity to kill some of the meanest creatures in the video game industry such as the pokemons, smurfs, care bears, mario and lara croft. Find out more about this game and download the full version "43.4MB" from the official site here! (thanks captain igloo)

'Mega Man Network Transmission' & 'Viewtiful Joe' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 1:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom released some more screens earlier today. Viewtiful Joe is a super hero with all the confidence, punch and style of a million-dollar action-hero caught in the world of a Hollywood movie. No Expected release date known yet. The other titles is Mega Man Network Transmission where players will need to communicate with Lan, Mega Man and other characters to gain information that holds vital hints to overcoming various in-game predicaments. Read more to check out the screens ...

'Soul Calibur 2' (Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on April 3, 2003 @ 12:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SC2 features seven distinctive modes of game-play including: Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive, Weapon Master. Weapon Master is a "complete the mission" mode combined with an RPG twist. In this mode, the player can collect and equip their character with up to 200 different weapons, thus adding a deeper level of strategy to every new battle. Check out 40 Xbox screens ..

'Disciples II : Servants Of the Dark' & 'Guardians Of The Light' - Features

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 11:44 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Disciples II: Guardians of the Light is a stand-alone expansion that lets you dive into the fantastical world of Disciples II as either the Empire or the Mountain Clans. Disciples II: Servants of the Dark is a stand-alone expansion that brings you into the never-ending quest for supremacy as either the Undead Hordes or the Legions of the Damned. Read more for details on both titles.

Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot Expansion Pack: Shrouded Isles Is A Hit

by Christian on April 2, 2003 @ 11:38 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mythic Entertainment has shipped more than 150,000 copies of Dark Age of Camelot's expansion pack: Shrouded Isles in Europe, due to strong demand throughout the continent. A week after its release in mid-February, Mythic's European distributor Wanadoo reported that more than 60 percent of the units in retail outlets had sold through their copies of Shrouded Isles. In addition, almost 90 percent of the players of the original Dark Age of Camelot have already purchased the expansion pack in Europe. Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles reached the number one spot in entertainment CD-ROM sales in France the week of release, according to GFK, a marketing company, which runs the French consoles and PC software reference panel.

'Europa Universalis Crown of the North' Revealed - Features & Screens

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 11:22 p.m. PST | Filed under News

From the developers of the award-winning Europa Universalis I and II and Hearts of Iron, comes the all-new Europa Universalis Crown of the North. Crown of the North takes place in the years between 1275 and 1340 in a time where nobility and the church held all the power and Sweden was about to launch into its only civil war. Play as Norway, Sweden or Denmark and plot to change the historical legacy of a region seldom explored. Read more for details and some small screens ...

'Driver 3' (ALL) Delayed

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 11:08 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari and Reflections Interactive announced today that the release date for Driver 3, the highly anticipated third installment of the smash hit Driver franchise, has been moved to Spring 2004. The game was previously slated for release during the 2003 Holiday season.

'VIETCONG' - Movie

by Thomas on April 2, 2003 @ 10:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The official VIETCONG site got a new 15MB movie available for Gathering's recently released first-person shooter, VIETCONG (thanks Unrealik). "Enter the jungle in Vietcong, an action-packed first person shooter set in the harsh landscape of Vietnam. As an elite member of the US forces, you'll lead up to six team members on 20 dangerous and intense single player missions. Multiplayer action lets you choose either a US or Vietcong soldier, and battle up to 64 players on a variety of detailed maps".

'The Sydney Mystery' - Screens

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 4:01 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Sydney Mystery is a mystery adventure game fully photographed on location in Sydney, Australia. The full game features over 240 scenes, 17 real Sydney locations, and 11 characters. Your uncle, a retired private investigator, has been kidnapped, and as his niece you must explore this rich world, talk to an intriguing cast of suspicious people and ultimate solve the mystery. The official website has been updated with a whopping 47 real life screens and Twilight Software was so kind to send us a few exclusive one's. Read more to check them out ...

'PN03' (NGC) - Screens

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 2:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Capcom has updated the PN03, in development by its internal studio, Production Studio 4, Japanese website. P.N. 03, directed by Shinji Mikami, is described as an action game starring a female soldier named Vanessa Z. Schneider. She's a mercenary armed with a high-powered laser--and she's a robot killer. Robots at a colonial settlement have gone wild on a nearby planet, and it's up to Vanessa--whose parents were killed by the same system overrunning the settlement--to stop them. Not much is known about the game's action, but it is described as containing dodging capabilities and transforming mechs. The game is due to hit Japan in spring of 2003.

'Counter-Strike' Comes To The Arcades

by Rainier on April 2, 2003 @ 2:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Noticed on HomeLAN that Namco has licensed the popular Half-Life modification Counter-Strike for use in its new chain of Ledzone entertainment centers, Impress Game Watch reports today. Namco's original version of the game will be called "Counter-Strike Neo," and the company plans to release a test version this month. CS Neo is substantially similar to the latest version of the game for American PC gamers, but it incorporates a more simplified interface and a detailed tutorial mode to acclimate inexperienced players to the game. Namco's setup is built around two-on-two games, but its facilities are able to accomodate larger games, and the company hopes to host competitive events sanctioned by the Cyberathlete Professional League in the future.