Beyond Divinity is Larian Studios’ new role playing game set in the award-winning Divinity universe. In Beyond Divinity, you become soul-forged with a Death Knight. Your fate is to spend the rest of eternity bonded to this creature of evil, unless you can undo this curse. You and your unlikely companion embark on a great adventure to unlock the secret of riftrunning... your only answer to this life of darkness! Read more for our beta build impressions ...
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by Thomas Leaf on March 23, 2004 @ 2:53 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Chaos League is a fantasy sports game in which teams of nine players compete in a brutal field sport. Controlled using a real time strategy interface, the object of the game is simple: put the ball in the opponent's end-zone. The rules are equally simple: do it any way you can. And if that includes issuing commands such as 'stamp', 'facial kick' or 'ball of fire'... well, so be it. Just as long as you win. We had a chance to play around with an early build, read more for our first impressions ...
by Thomas Wilde on March 22, 2004 @ 2:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Viewed from a third person perspective players must take turns using the available time, energy and weapons to defeat the enemy. With unique line of sight AI and fully destructible environments no two games are ever the same. Add to this a team of characters each with different skills and you get a game of infinite possibilities and compulsive playablity.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 20, 2004 @ 1:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow will bring back more of the single-player intrigue that made the original game a bestseller. With exciting new action scenes and a strong cinematic feel, the player will experience new and even more realistic surroundings. Building on Ubi Soft's strong commitment to online gaming, Pandora Tomorrow will the be the first stealth game ever to feature multiplayer online missions allowing several players to simultaneously share Sam Fisher's shadowy world of espionage.
by Mark Crump on March 18, 2004 @ 1:57 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Panzers takes you into the heady battles of World War II. Whether you play in towns with bullet-riddled buildings, bleak mountain landscapes or treacherous swamps - Panzers gives you real-time combat rampages in awesome 3D graphics. Experience the nerve-jangling thrill of strategic gaming - in Panzers! We got the chance to play with an early build, read more to find out how it went ...
by Nathan Mourfield on March 17, 2004 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Alpha Black Zero is a fast-paced mission based 3rd person tactical shooter with a gripping storyline to test both your fighting abilities and your intelligence. Dozens of different enemies, all possessing strong Artificial intelligence, will punish your mistakes across huge and challenging levels. We had a chance to play a press build, and were literally blown away ...
Syberia II will be the second and final installment of Kate Walker's joint adventures with Hans Voralberg. After leaving behind all her worldly possessions with the sole purpose in joining the heir of the Voralberg family on his journey, Kate's role will undergo a remarkable change. From being the pursuant, she becomes Hans' main acolyte, his support to attain the elapsed terra firma of the mammoths. We got the chance to play a near final build, so read more for our preview ..
CSI: Dark Motives is a first-person adventure game that will test players' nerves and intellect as they examine crime scenes, question witnesses and analyze evidence utilizing the latest in forensic equipment. The new CSI PC game features a number of gameplay improvements including in-depth evidence examination, scalable difficulty and more interactive lab functionality. CSI: Dark Motives will once again feature the likenesses and voices of the entire CSI cast. Read more for a full preview!
by Mark Crump on March 12, 2004 @ 2:40 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Far Cry is set around 2020 on a set of tropical islands in the pacific. And has a strong tropical-paradise feel, scenic in its beauty, but, harbors a terrible threat. It is a mix of jungle / primal / and next-gen technology. As the player you find yourself drawn into a secretive plot involving secret research facilities with scientists involved in military genetic-research, a secret "security" force of mercenaries, and, advanced net-generation weaponry and equipment. Earlier we covered Far Cry's singleplayer portion, now we tackle the multiplayer part ...
"Unreal Tournament 2004" builds on the success of past installments, taking the franchise to the next level with the introduction of the hyper-charged Onslaught mode, the return of the fan-favorite Assault mode, which last appeared in the original "Unreal Tournament," and the introduction of land-, air- and space-based vehicles. Expected in stores next week, we took it for a quick spin...
'RalliSport Challenge 2' is the highly anticipated second installment in the critically acclaimed "RalliSport Challenge" franchise and the first racing title in the XSN Sports brand. "RalliSport Challenge 2" confronts gamers with several new features, including a new graphics engine, online play through the Xbox Live service, the ability to set up leagues and tournaments using XSNsports.com, new race modes, and more cars and tracks. After a bumpy ride, we finally got hold of our preview build...
by Nathan Mourfield on March 10, 2004 @ 3:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
War Times takes real time strategy to a new level as you follow the tumultuous era of the 2nd World War through Germany, Great Britain, the USA and the USSR. You can play up each nation’s unique strategies in their attack and defense as you trudge through Europe’s war zones. All campaigns are based on historical events – bringing an unparalleled realism to the fight! What does this soon to be released real time strategy game set in World War II have to offer the genre?
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 9, 2004 @ 2:16 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Judge Dredd vs. Judge Death features a unique new storyline, but one that fits in perfectly with the continuity of the comic with a full cast of characters from the Judge Dredd stories, including Judge Anderson and the Dark Judges, and many of the famous Mega-City One locations. We had a chance to play with a near final build, so read more to check out our full preview ...
by Thomas Wilde on March 8, 2004 @ 3:21 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 for the PlayStation 2 gives players the opportunity to command an elite, four-man international anti-terrorist squad and features the trademark realism of the Clancy games: immediate, immersive close-quarters action, state-of-the-art in-game cinematics, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell-quality graphics and a nail-biting plot ripped from today's headlines. Also included is a voice-activated command system and comprehensive offline and online multiplayer capabilities...
by Sylvia Gallardo on March 8, 2004 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
The player can choose from 6 playable characters, each with their own individual characteristics and style. The more reserved role-player might prefer the Battle Mage or the Wood Elf, while admirers of traditional fantasy characters can take on the role of the Gladiator or Dark Elf. If the player fancies a different approach then the Seraphim, a follower of the mystical Angels, or the bloodthirsty Vampiress might clench their thirst.
by Thomas Leaf on March 5, 2004 @ 2:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Nemesis of the Roman Empire (known in Europe as 'Celtic Kings The Punic Wars') continues on the traditions of the award-winning original Celtic Kings: Rage of War from Haemimont Games. Nemesis of the Roman Empire explores the three Punic wars between Rome and Carthage in 264-146 B.C. and includes the famous campaigns of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. We had the chance to try out a build, read more for our impressions...
Just released last June, Rise of Nations has received several nominations and awards for its innovative design and fiendishly addictive game play. Now, not even a year after its release, the game is poised to get the expansion pack it deserves. Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots adds six new nations, a wide variety of new single player campaigns, more than 20 new units, new wonders and an innovative new Government feature. In this preview, we take a hands on look at the marketing beta of Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Feb. 26, 2004 @ 4:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Airborne Troops is an infiltration action-adventure based on authentic events of WWII. Through extensive studies of archives and historical documents all weapons, uniforms, locations, and situations have been recreated as they were at the time. Complete the secret missions and you will be a hero. Fail and history will be redefined and the world map re-drawn. We had a chance to try out a build, read more for our impressions ...
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Feb. 19, 2004 @ 2:48 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Set in the late 1570's, one year after the original Tenchu, Tenchu: Return from Darkness allows players to assume the role of the ninjas Rikimaru, Ayame or the mysterious Tesshu as they battle the evil Tenrai and his six lords of darkness. As silent assassins, players must use cunning, strategy, deadly stealth and an arsenal of weapons to overcome dangerous missions and defend the Japanese countryside from Tenrai's armies.
by Thomas Wilde on Feb. 16, 2004 @ 4:07 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Breakdown is a science fiction thriller combining the best elements of shooters and fighters into a comprehensive first-person action/adventure game. Breakdown’s intense storyline is revealed through its high-end, real-time rendered graphics, bringing an unprecedented level of realism to the gameplay experience. The game features fierce hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat, challenging puzzles, surreal dream sequences, advanced A.I. and massive, detailed environments for exploration.
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