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PC Preview - 'Etherlords 2'

by Chad Ballewz on July 24, 2003 @ 1:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The saga continues! Etherlords II takes you back to the world of the Etherlords and into a whole new realm of fantastic possibilities. Choose your Hero from one of four distinct races and start your adventure to unlock the ultimate mystery. The fine folks at Strategy First & Nival were so kind to send us a build, read more to find out how it played ...

PC Preview - 'No Man’s Land'

by GreyOoze on July 22, 2003 @ 1:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

CDV and Related Designs new real time strategy game boasts its own graphics engine, 6 historically significant sides to play, and 3 full fledged campaigns. We took a look at a late build of the game to see how No Man’s Land is coming along, and what the final product might offer. Read more and find out ...

Gamecube Preview - 'Soul Calibur II'

by Thomas Wilde on July 16, 2003 @ 12:59 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Soul Calibur 2 features 13 historic fighters return plus all new combatants including Necrid, specially designed by Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. The Gamecube version will, exclusively, have Link from the infamous Legend of Zelda series as a playable character in the game, wielding his Master Sword with gruesome accuracy. With seven exciting modes of play including Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master, Soul Calibur II is set to be another GAMECUBE must buy. Read more and find out if you should start saving your pennies or not...

PC Preview - ' Chrome'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on July 14, 2003 @ 1:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Mega-Corporations are competing for control of the Valkyria System and its most precious resource, Chrome. Espionage, sabotage and theft are common practice, and no one is better at it than Logan, mercenary for hire. Become Logan in this first-person tactical shooter. Wield an extensive range of weapons. Operate vehicles on land, sea, and air. Learn that one man, the right man, can make a difference. The good folks at Strategy First were nice enough to send us a build. Read more to find out how our test drive went ...

PS2 Preview - 'Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward'

by Thomas Wilde on July 11, 2003 @ 1:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

'Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward' is a 3rd person action-shooter set in the fantasy world of White Wolf role-playing, players act as human monster-hunters protecting and defending lives of the innocent. One to two players choose from 5 playable Hunters, each possessing a vast array of weapons, edges (spells) and supernatural abilities. The nice folks over at Vivendi sent over a build so read more to find out how our hunting trip went ...

PS2 Preview - 'Lethal Skies II'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on July 8, 2003 @ 1:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Lethal Skies II is the most explosive title yet in Sammy Studios’ action-driven jet combat series. The game is an arcade-style flight shooter that puts the most powerful modern-day and futuristic fighter jets at the command of players. Shown at E3 and met with a warm reception, we finally had a chance to take to the skies with the latest build. Following in the wake of its predecessor, does Lethal Skies II have what it takes? Let’s find out!

PS2 Preview - 'Sphinx and The Shadow of Set'

by Thomas Wilde on July 4, 2003 @ 1:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Sphinx is an enchanting adventure filled with mystery, action and a deep, compelling storyline. The game is set in an entirely original universe that is styled upon ancient Egypt where players will embark on an epic quest exploring new worlds, uncovering dark secrets, interacting with hundreds of fantastic creatures and discovering new abilities. Travelling the world via magic portals to foil the evil plans of Set, players will guide Sphinx on a journey requiring all his wits, agility and special powers in an attempt to find the stolen mystical crowns of Egypt. Read more to find out how our preview adventure went ...

PC Preview - 'One Must Fall: Battlegrounds'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on June 30, 2003 @ 12:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Ever wish you were a 90-foot-tall robot, beating the snot out of other huge robots in a futuristic mega-sport? Sure you have. We all have, and this is your chance - One Must Fall: Battlegrounds puts you in control of enormous robots, letting you fight to become a champion in the greatest spectator sport of all time.

PS2 Preview - 'Jak II: Renegade'

by The Cookie Snatcher on June 23, 2003 @ 12:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Jak II is the follow-up to the “Greatest Hits” PlayStation 2 debut title, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Destined to be one of the hottest titles of the year, Jak II will stun players with its innovative character designs and animations, superior technology and spectacular graphics. Jak II is a true plot-driven adventure game, where every mission has a direct effect on the storyline. With stunning graphics and animations, Jak II takes gamers on a journey through an enormous mystical world, darker than they have experienced before, as an immersive tale unfolds.

Xbox/PC Preview - 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on June 18, 2003 @ 12:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The Pirates of the Caribbean video game is a unique role-playing experience with an intriguing storyline and the ability to explore everything the world has to offer. Deciding to become a cold-hearted mercenary for hire, a peaceful and profitable merchant or a swashbuckling pirate will influence future interactions. Gaining wealth and experience gives players the opportunity to hire crewmembers, sail larger ships, and uncover priceless treasures. We set sail for the big ocean in search for fights and loot! Read more and find out how our journey went....

PC Preview - 'Painkiller'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on June 11, 2003 @ 12:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You are Painkiller, a mercenary for hire, charged with cleaning out nests of the undead. But an unholy pact with a demon unknowingly puts you square in the middle of a fight for control of the underworld... with the future of humanity hanging in the balance. We got a chance to mess around with Dreamcatcher's 3 level beta and here is the result!

PS2 Preview - 'RTX Red Rock'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on June 4, 2003 @ 1:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Radical Tactics Experts, who evolved out of the military's special forces, are the smartest and toughest members of the armed services, uniquely known for their strategic thinking, adaptability, and pure military muscle. Individuals from this elite unit are trained for insertion into undefined combat situations where even a small team is too large and unwieldy. We let loose our own muscle on the build we received, so read more and find out what we thought of it ...

PC Preview - 'Will Rock'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on May 14, 2003 @ 2:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The power of a Titan courses through your veins. Your only comfort is the singe of a powerful weapon in your grip. Centaurs, minotaurs and the legions of ancient Greece stand against you. And if you live long enough, you'll face the anger of the gods themselves. Send them all to Hades without deiscrimination, because in the world of Will Rock, it's the god's turn to be damned. Will Rock can best be described as a Serious Sam, old school type shooter, but with a few innovations. We took our beta build for a spin, read more to find out what we thought of it ...

PS2 Preview - 'Gladius'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on May 12, 2003 @ 1:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The brutal and spectacular gladiator battles of the ancient world serve as inspiration for Gladius, a turn-based action role-playing (RPG) game for the PS2. Gladius follows the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors to contend in the fiercely competitive gladiator games. We had a chance to look at an early build so read more for our first impressions!

PS2 Preview - 'Smash Cars'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on May 2, 2003 @ 12:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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.

PC Preview - 'PlanetSide'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on May 1, 2003 @ 12:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Massively Multiplayer Gaming takes on a new face in PlanetSide, where thousands of players wage war in a battle of planetary proportions. A newly designed 3D engine drives PlanetSide's first-person player-to-player combat and vehicular warfare across ten continents. The stage has been set, the battle lines have been drawn, and orbital drop pods are ready to deploy you PlanetSide. We took to the battlefield and wrote a rather whopping report, read more and check it out!

PS2 Preview - 'IndyCar Series'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on April 30, 2003 @ 12:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

IndyCar Series delivers the Indy Racing season, including the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) race, "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". The season is an open-wheeled championship on short ovals and superspeedways throughout the US, including California and Texas, with the Indy 500 as the highlight of its racing calendar. Indy cars are similar to F1 but are powered by 3.5-litre V8 engines, used by all teams. Fast and furious, the 650 bhp cars reach 0-100 mph in less than three seconds.

PC Preview - 'EVE-Online: The Second Genesis'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on April 27, 2003 @ 1:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

EVE is a world far away from mankinds original habitat, planet Earth. How far away, and where, no one knows. Humans got there through a natural wormhole, and gazing upon a sky never before seen, were completely unable to determine the whereabouts of this new world. From the system of New Eden, where the gate of EVE that once led to the old world lies, humans expanded in all directions at a great pace, exploring and colonizing.

PC Preview - 'Paradise Cracked'

by The Cookie Snatcher on April 5, 2003 @ 2:24 p.m. PST | Filed under Previews

u are a young hacker. Once, while in cyberspace you managed to break into a secured area and came across a series of strange data packets. You hurriedly copied these to disk, not even having the time to read their contents. Only a few minutes later you hear a police siren, followed by banging on the door and demands to open up. Buka was so kind to send us a beta build so we we gave it a crack ...

PS2 Preview - 'Colin McRae Rally 3'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on April 4, 2003 @ 12:20 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Visually Colin McRae Rally will be a feast of cars, stages and countryside with the Ford Focus RS World Rally Car returning as the lead car. The in-game Focus is being designed to feature fully moving working parts, such as suspension, and the enhanced damage engine will result in a totally destructible car - panels can be ripped off and punctured as well as dented. We love a good racing game, so read more and find out what the final verdict is on this one. Expected in stores in aprox. 2 weeks (already availabe in Europe).