'SpellForce – The Order of Dawn' Official Site Opens!

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 5:37 p.m. PST | Filed under News

SpellForce is the latest creation of Phenomic Games , the team surrounding Volker Wertich, whose claim to fame includes designing and creating the world-famous 'Settlers' series... Today JoWooD launched the official website for Spellforce: The Order of Dawn. The site includes weekly news updates, screenshots and general game information, they will also be giving you a glimpse behind the scenes with making-of videos, concept art, sketches and other goodies. In addition, every month will feature a closer look at a new race – first in line are the Elves.

'American Conquest' - Sketches

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 5:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The New World is ablaze in American Conquest, the newest real-time strategy offering from the makers of Cossacks! In the year 1492, travel to America as Christopher Columbus and ignite the fire that will fan 300 years of heated battles for land, riches and freedom. In 8 historical campaigns spanning 42 missions, you play great legends such as Pizarro and Washington, commanding epic real-time battles containing up to 16,000 soldiers. Play with fire! Conquer America! Check out some sketches of American conquering. Maybe they'd make nice Christmas cards or something.

'Mutant Storm' (PC/MAC) - Details & Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 5:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mutant Storm is inspired by Williams classic RoboTron, Smash TV and Jeff Minters fantastic Llamatron. To those unacquainted, this means two joysticks, one controlling fire direction, and the other controlling movement. Sounds confusing? ...don't worry, its very simple once you try, and very effective when you're used to it...

Atlantis Theme Pack Now Available For Free Download

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 5:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Zoo Tycoon fans can add to the allure of their parks as Microsoft Game Studios and developer Blue Fang today announced the availability of the Atlantis Theme Pack. The Pack contains the following Atlantean items: a gift shop, three undersea ruins, a new tank wall, two unique decorative fences, a statue, urn and archway. Blue Fang is also introducing a new animal to the Zoo Tycoon world - the barracuda. Both the Atlantis Theme Pack and the barracuda can be downloaded by visiting the official Zoo Tycoon site. The Pack requires players to either have Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania or the 10.9 update to Zoo Tycoon, which can be downloaded here!

'Blitzkrieg' - Intro Movie

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 4:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In the next three weeks CDV going to present the intro movies of the three campaigns from Blitzkrieg. They starting off with a spectacular movie from the allied campaign, featuring some great mixing between historical and rendered imagery. The movie is about 21MB in size and is now available for download from the official Blitzkrieg homepage.

'IGI 2: Covert Strike' - New Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 4:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Played in massive outdoor environments with vistas rendered as far as the eye can see, the team-orientated LAN and online multiplayer games in IGI 2: Covert Strike – due February 2003 for PC – are set to be one of the title's major highpoints... New screens released today show impressive images from IGI 2: Covert Strike's multiplayer games, running under the game's enhanced graphics engine.

Midtown Madness 3 (Xb) - New Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 11:43 a.m. PST | Filed under News

"Midtown Madness 3," the latest in Microsoft Corp.'s popular "Midtown Madness" franchise, allows gamers to get behind the wheel of more than 30 vehicles while competing in exciting race modes such as Blitz, Checkpoint and Cruise. With a robust Career mode featuring 14 driving careers, "Midtown Madness 3" delivers the rush and excitement of street racing while challenging gamers to put their driving skills to the ultimate test... Nine new screenshots. Take a gander at the Paris Bus and the Corvette Z06.

The 50 Magic Spells Featured In 'GOTHIC II' - Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 11:34 a.m. PST | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions is proud to announce the first official details of the 50 defensive and destructive magic spells set to feature in Gothic II, the breathtaking role-playing action adventure game... Read more for all details of the game's 50 magic spells - just the ticket for making it through Friday 13th, and four screenshots of spells in action.

Want Free Phantagram Games For a Year?! (ALL)

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 11:27 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Previously, Phantagram Europe has announced in celebration their Top 20 entry in ChartTrack, Phantom Crash, which was released 22nd November 2002, with a prestigious event titled Phantom Crash Battle Royal Competition. Already they have been receiving many entries but time is running out. With the deadline on 29th December 2002, competitors that have already entered the competition have demonstrated their skills greatly. This is all in bid to win a "Year supply of Phantagram titles on all formats", "Phantarama CD", "discount" off your purchased copy of Phantom Crash and a free copy of "Kingdom Under Fire Gold". For competition entry, the player has to play Phantom Crash playable Demo on Official U.K. Xbox Magazine that was released 27th November 2002. They have to defeat 25 opponents in the fastest time possible and prove the results to Phantagram Europe via Photo or Video Tape... Find out more below!

'FIM Speedway Grand Prix' Is Accomplished! - Screens

by Thomas on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 11:04 a.m. PST | Filed under News

On Wednesday, the 4th of December techland finished working on FIM Speedway Grand Prix. After two weeks of testers' intensified work and final improvements of the game, it was sent to replication on Thursday, the 5th December at 11.15. Despite of the extreme tiredness and sacrifice of all the SGP Team, all people who worked on FIM SGP have been very satisfied with the achievement. The game will apear in Poland before Christmas. Distributors for other countries will be found soon and the game will be released worldwide in Q1 2003.

Daily Dose Of Boring Q&As

by Rainier on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 9:58 a.m. PST | Filed under News

'Smash Cars' (PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 5:35 a.m. PST | Filed under News

No rules radio-controlled racing through a variety of off-road realistic worlds. Smash Cars drivers steer remote-control cars in a high-speed race where daily life is in full swing with giant objects and people interacting with and hindering the path of your tiny car. Don’t drop the hammer too fast or people, animals, cars and a variety of other real-world obstacles may spin you into trouble. A one- or two-player game, Smash Cars provides special control features including power boosts, jumps, and the most realistic physics for enhanced driving action. A few news screens ...

'Black & Bruised' (PS2/NGC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 13, 2002 @ 2:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Black & Bruised thrusts players into the colorful world of 18 lively boxers, each forced into competitive boxing for individual reasons. Competing in 18 different arenas, players learn the life story of each boxer and how winning will benefit them. Characters are differentiated not only by their look, but by their individual personalities, which are enhanced by the game’s advanced AI system. More than 30 unique and detailed facial animations are used to convey the boxer’s mood and reaction to landed punches. Read more to check out some new screens and a new trailer.. Njoy!

Hollywood Stars Do Voice-overs in 'Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc'

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 11:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubi Soft Entertainment has announced two Hollywood celebrities who will play feature voiceover roles in Rayman3 Hoodlum Havoc, a video game slated for release in March 2003 that is already stirring a buzz among the gaming community. Read more for details and download a Globox sample file ...

'Wallace & Gromit' (PS2/Xbox) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 11:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In 'Wallace & Gromit' players will rescue young animals from the clutches of mischievous monkeys and thwart Feathers McGraw's twisted and diabolical plan for total zoo domination. Set in an immersive 3D world, the player is cast as Gromit and is challenged to solve puzzles and locate keys in order to rescue the young animals. Machine parts, located throughout the game's many testing levels, must also be gathered so that the ever-inventive Wallace can create a marvellous contraption with which to deal the final knockout blow to the dastardly Feathers and his vile plans. Check out the new load of Xbox and PS2 screens ...

Global Star Software Signs 'Bowling' Deal With Digital Fusion

by Patrick on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 10:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Today Global Star Software has announced that they have signed a agreement with developer Digital Fusion to release an as-yet-unnamed 3D Bowling title for the PC Platform. Although still in the early stages of development, the game will feature multiple characters and environments, as well as online play. The game is tentatively set for release some time next summer. Apart from these 2 screens, not much else known about the product ..

'Counter Strike' & 'Team Factor' - Dedicated Servers

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 10:11 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A new beta of the dedicated server software for Counter-Strike is now available. There is a Counter-Strike Win32 server v4.1.1.0c version available as well as a Counter-Strike Linux server v3.1.1.0c version. Meanwhile, a new version 1.25 dedicated Linux server for Team Factor has been released which allows the hosting of a server for the European version of the game only (thanks Blue's News). Read more for details, install help and links where to grab the goods ...

'Legion' & 'Hearts of Iron' Comes To Apple´s PowerMac.

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 8:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Paradox Entertainment has licensed the British developer Virtual Programming Ltd the right to convert the award-winning historical strategy games Legion and Hearts of Iron to Apple´s PowerMac. The games will be released during 2003. Paradox Entertainment has previously licenced the Macintosh rights to Europa Universalis 2 to Virtual Programming Ltd who has specialist competence in converting into the MacOS.

'Lionheart' - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 7:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

It is 1588 A.D., a critical year of an alternate history hauntingly familiar yet fantastically alien to our own. Because of one fateful event during the Third Crusade, the history of this world diverged. This event, the Disjunction, ripped open a long-sealed breach to other worlds. Magic energy and powerful spirits flowed into the world, changing the lands and the people forever. Read more for links to grab the very first trailer with in-game footage from Black Isle Studios/Reflexive Entertainment's "Lionheart". Njoy!

'Micro Machines' For NGC & GBA In January 2003

by Thomas on Dec. 12, 2002 @ 6:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames announces that it will be shipping Micro Machines for Nintendo’s GameCube and Game Boy Advance to retailers in January 2003. Infogrames’ Sheffield House development studio (responsible for the GameCube version) and Paragon 5 / Infinite Dreams (who made the Game Boy Advance version) have produced polished, vibrant games that are sure to delight Nintendo fans of all ages with their quirky sense of humour and fast and furious gameplay.