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PC Preview - 'Civilization IV'

by Paul Reith on July 11, 2005 @ 3:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The fourth game in the PC strategy series that has sold over five million copies, Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a bold step forward for the franchise, with spectacular new 3D graphics and all-new single and multiplayer content. Civilization IV will also set a new standard for user-modification, allowing gamers to create their own add-ons using the standard Python and XML scripting languages.

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'The Suffering: Ties That Bind'

by Thomas Wilde on July 10, 2005 @ 1:28 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The Suffering: Ties That Bind is an action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with all-new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the slums and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeks revenge against the mysterious grand manipulator Caleb Blackmore, a man somehow tied to the death of Torque's family.

PS2 Preview - 'Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves'

by Geson Hatchett on July 8, 2005 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will entice a broad range of players with multiple tiers of gameplay to reach both the hard core and gaming novice. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will draw players immediately into the devious adventures of Sly and his crew by offering a unique cast of playable characters, a challenging dual analog stick multiplayer mode, new vehicles, mini-games, disguises, enhanced combat move sets and much more.

NDS Preview - 'Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow'

by Thomas Wilde on July 7, 2005 @ 1:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Taking place a year after Aria of Sorrow, the game’s protagonist – Soma Cruz – finds himself at the center of a mysterious cult’s plan to resurrect their evil lord and master Dracula. To save himself and protect the lives of those he loves, Soma must infiltrate the enemy’s home base, a towering replica of Dracula’s castle that is teaming with monstrous creatures. Players’ abilities develop as they collect items and gather experience points by defeating a multitude of gruesome enemies.

PC Preview - 'War Leaders: Clash of Nations'

by Mark Crump on July 5, 2005 @ 1:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

War Leaders: Clash of Nations will expand upon the RTS genre by placing gamers in the roles of the major leaders of WWII, including Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. Political, diplomatic and economic decision making will be key to success, while sound tactical strategies will ensure victory on the battlefield.

PC Preview - 'War Front: Turning Point'

by Mark Crump on July 5, 2005 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

What would happen if Hitler had been assassinated early on in WWII and the German war engine came under control of a new regime? Digital Reality and CDV aim to answer that question in War Front: Turning Point, bringing gamers an "alternate reality" strategy game. Gamers will be exposed to a whole new WWII timeline, new battles and a variety of secret and experimental weapons.

PC Preview - 'Codename: Panzers, Phase Two'

by Mark Crump on July 4, 2005 @ 1:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Codename: Panzers, Phase Two will bring armchair generals to the war-torn battlefields of Africa, Southern Europe and the Balkans where they will fight as the Anglo-American Allies, the German-Italian Axis or the Yugoslavian resistance. A complement of heroes, both new and familiar, will be the players' alter egos in dozens of new missions as they attempt to lead their troops to victory.

PC Preview - 'Company of Heroes'

by Thomas Wilde on July 3, 2005 @ 1:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In Company of Heroes gamers will experience the journey of the brave men of Able Company in a deep single-player campaign that begins with the invasion of Normandy through their fight across Europe, all set against the most dynamic battlefield ever seen in a game. Company of Heroes' completely destructable environment means no two battles ever play out in the same way.

Xbox Preview - 'Sid Meier's Pirates!'

by Kris Graft on July 2, 2005 @ 2:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In Pirates! you take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean trying to become the most revered and feared pirate in history - exploring high seas and exotic ports, overtaking enemies in fierce naval battles, engaging in duels and attempting to seize valuable booty.

PC Preview - 'Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress'

by Judy on July 1, 2005 @ 2:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress covers one day in the life of young Tony, on which he gets himself and his hometown into small and big catastrophes, but uncovers mysteries about a thief, ancient Indian cultures, UFOs, an abduction, and more ...

Xbox/PC Preview - 'Snow'

by Thomas Wilde on June 30, 2005 @ 1:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In Snow, you become a drug kingpin who earns fame and fortune selling illegal goods across the United States. As an up and coming drug lord you can order various characters to procure, smuggle and ultimately distribute "the goods" for you. You build structures like corrupt law firms and money-laundering nightclubs to compete for greater market share against your rivals. You also will need to "take out" certain key enemies in order to protect your interests and further expand your growing drug empire.

PS2 Preview - 'Colosseum: Road to Freedom'

by Geson Hatchett on June 29, 2005 @ 1:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Gamers will experience first hand the thrill of fighting in the violent spectacle of gladiatorial combat. Taken into slavery, the player must earn their freedom through battle. The choice is yours - enter the arena to bask in glory or bathe in blood. Fight man or beast or re-enact glorious military victories. The crowds are hungry for entertainment and death. But be warned - a conspiracy that will shake the very foundations of the Roman Empire is brewing around you.

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'Conflict: Global Terror'

by Rainier on June 28, 2005 @ 2:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Teaming up once again with the original Desert Storm Delta Force - Bradley, Foley, Connors and Jones - your four men now form part of an elite anti-terrorist unit tasked with minimising the worldwide threat from active global terrorist groups. The game takes place across the world, in a number of different and hostile locations and against a merciless and corrupt enemy; this is your squad's greatest challenge to date.

PC Preview - 'Titan Quest'

by Judy on June 27, 2005 @ 2:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Titan Quest is an action role-playing game set in the ancient mythical worlds of Greece and Egypt. With an arsenal of more than a thousand pieces of unique and legendary equipment, players will have to overcome terrifying monsters and mythical beasts in their quest to save humankind from the Titans.

PS2 Preview - 'Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome'

by Alicia on June 27, 2005 @ 1:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The latest in the line of Nippon Ichi strategy RPGs that began with La Pucelle and brought Disgaea to the US is about to hit. Makai Kingdom merges the devilish humor of Disgaea with the free-roaming gameplay of Phantom Brave, and throws in a host of new gameplay options like vehicles, buildings, and a whole new class of offensive weaponry.

PSP Preview - 'Dead to Rights: Reckoning'

by Alicia on June 25, 2005 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The Dead to Rights series finally makes its move to the PSP, with an all-new storyline set before the events of the original game. Dead to Rights: Reckoning brings the fast-paced action of an intense FPS into portable form, with wireless multiplayer and a gripping single-player campaign.

PS2/Xbox/PC Preview - 'Fantastic Four'

by Rainier on June 23, 2005 @ 12:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Fantastic 4 film's storyline and expands the adventures by letting players stretch, control fire and use invisibility and brute force to defeat evil Super Villains in new environments and familiar comic book locales. Challenged to master the individual powers of each Super Hero and combine them to level even more devastating attacks, players must battle some of Marvel's most notorious Super Villains, including, the ultimate evil - Doctor Doom - to save the human race from disaster.

PC Preview - 'Outfront II'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on June 22, 2005 @ 2:12 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Outfront II immerses players right in the heat of WWII action. The game includes all the highlights of the original and provides even better physics and unit models, complex team AI and new tactical opportunities. New unit commands such as move to cover and charge position help team survival while new personal moves like climbing over fences and aimed-shots keep individual soldiers fighting.

PC Preview - 'Vanguard: Saga of Heroes'

by Mark Crump on June 21, 2005 @ 2:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be the premier third generation massively multiplayer RPG. A vast, seamless, immersive virtual world filled with elements of familiar High Fantasy, including traditional themes and more, all depicted using cutting-edge graphics technology. Sigil’s expertise and experience in the field will bring groundbreaking static and dynamic content to the genre.

PS2 Preview - 'Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam'

by Gordy Wheeler on June 20, 2005 @ 12:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Seven years after the end of the devastating One Year War.... The victorious Earth Federation has become corrupt and oppressive, and the elite Titans police force has taken on dictatorial powers. As the A.E.U.G. rebel group struggles to defeat the Titans, the heroes and villains of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series find themselves on the same side of this new conflict.