Alphonse and Edward Elric return in Full Metal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir. With streamlined gameplay and smoother, more sophisticated cel-shaded graphics, FMA2 strives to deliver an improved version of the first entry's brawling gameplay. Fans of the anime will be delighted to see 30 minutes of original animation from BONES, more character art, full voice acting by the cast of the Cartoon Network series, and a blend of original story and scenarios adapted from the manga and anime.
Tabula Rasa is the latest massively multiplayer entertainment experience to come from the legendary creative mind of Richard Garriott and the all-star team of industry professionals at Destination Games. Developed from the ground up to be stable, fast and fun, Tabula Rasa represents a refreshing new approach to the design of multiplayer online games.
by Thomas Wilde on May 27, 2005 @ 12:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
In Quake 4 the Strogg are quickly regrouping, however the Strogg’s planetary defenses still destroyed, Earth's forces can deliver a full and final assault. This time, you're not alone. You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad, and part of Earth’s next invasion wave. An army of soldiers are fighting with you and an arsenal of weapons and vehicles are at your disposal in this heroic and epic battle between worlds.
Young warrior Edda's life is forever changed when he meets the mysterious Kirika. Players will embark on an epic journey through the most evil-infested areas of the world, utilizing powerful weaponry and magic to avert the threat, unlocking 24 playable characters from the Arc The Lad series in the process.
Control the fate of the galaxy in LucasArts' RTS game Star Wars: Empire at War. Set a few years before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, the game will let players rewrite history as well as experience the aftermath of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the creation of the Rebel Alliance, and Darth Vader's rise to power.
Soul Calibur III offers the series' hallmarks of exhilarating sword-fighting action and profound martial arts while also delivering highly improved graphics and sound effects to create a unique gaming experience. It also features a Character Creation Mode, which allows players to create original warriors.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend hopes to restore the Tomb Raider franchise to the prestige it had years ago. An arsenal of modern equipment, such as a magnetic grappling device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and communications equipment, allows gamers to experience tomb raiding as never before.
by Corey Owen on May 25, 2005 @ 3:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Kameo: Elements of Power is an action-adventure game with role-playing elements for gamers of all ages and skill levels. From legendary game developer Rare, Kameo: Elements of Power sends players on a magical and epic journey full of intense combat, magnificent exploration and innovative morph-into-warrior action.
When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.
by Thomas Wilde on May 25, 2005 @ 3:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is an eagerly anticipated first-person horror adventure based on the award winning RPG from Chaosium that in turn is based on the writings of the acclaimed American horror author H. P. Lovecraft...
Where do you take an aging platformer franchise that's still got a big following? You apparently turn it into a racing game, and a rather cool-looking one. Then you sneak an action game onto the PSP, starring your franchise's amusing sidekick. Jak X: Combat Racing and Daxter will be able to link up in a way never before seen in Sony products, letting fans unlock even more bonus material and extra gameplay.
Square-Enix's booth this year was awesome, but one game towered over all the rest in terms of storytelling, gameplay, and graphical quality. That game was the #1 RPG of E3, Dragon Quest VIII. This title promises to give players a trip back to the days when an RPG was about becoming the hero of your own story, while still delivering the immersive experience modern fans have come to expect from Square-Enix.
Amid all the hype and screaming about the Xbox 360, which definitely deserves it, Sony's remained silent about its intentions for the PS3. But at E3 this year they finally showed off the first floor models and first teaser footage for this next gen system. Does the Cell processor have what it takes to keep Sony on top for another hardware generation? The answer just might be yes.
In Gods and Heroes, players become classic heroes of the ancient world, born of immortal blood. As a scion of the gods, each player will have the opportunity to pursue his destiny through a series of epic quests that will span all levels of gameplay, over time commanding amazing God Powers and acquiring famous weapons and treasure of myth.
What is with platformers turning into racing games lately? Crash Tag Team Racing is the way the Crash Bandicoot franchise handles the transition, by dividing the game equally into platforming and racing halves. With polished, traditional gameplay for the action half and the unique Clash mechanic for the racing, Crash Tag Team Racing is shaping up to be a unique experience.
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is an online action RPG scheduled for PC in the first half of 2006. A mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and a massive and brutal multiplayer end-game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan. Now you can enter the brutal domain of the world's greatest fantasy hero.
by Geson Hatchett on May 23, 2005 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Shadow The Hedgehog allows players to collect an arsenal of weapons, vehicles, and objects to rocket through more than 50 unique missions. In his feature debut, Shadow is tormented by a dark past, struggling to discover his true identity. He is caught in a complex battle between aliens, the G.U.N. army, and Dr. Eggman, and discovers that he may be the very element that will tip the scales between good and evil forever.
by Geson Hatchett on May 23, 2005 @ 5:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Paraworld combes for the first time ever a setting never seen before with personalized unit management, it brings new life to the real-time strategy genre. Modern elements blend with primeval conditions in a long forgotten, incredibly beautiful prehistoric world. Creatures long extinct come once more to life, a constant danger to anyone living in the area.
In the mid-25th century, human technology has become so advanced that they have learned to manipulate the natural order of the universe and begin meddling in God's design. Humanity's arrogance infuriates God, so he plans to cleanse the Earth of mankind and start anew. The Devil, fearing his own loss of power wages Armageddon, the war to end all wars, for the remaining souls of men.
by Mark Crump on May 23, 2005 @ 4:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Star Wars Battlefront II takes one Imperial-walker step forward with all-new space combat, playable Jedi, and never-before-seen environments straight out of the Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith film. Enjoy an all-new single-player experience that takes players through an epic, story-based saga where every action the player takes impacts the battlefront and, ultimately, the fate of the Star Wars galaxy.
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