A deadly mist called the "Miasma" spreads across the land, killing all in its path. Having forsaken hope, the inhabitants simply await their deaths. Spero, a member of the Imperial Legion, has been given the task of hunting spirits to further the alchemic studies of his friend Viser. The young soldier hopes this will bring an end to the Miasma. Meanwhile, a shaman warrior named Linea believes that she can save the world by opening the fabled Gate of Eternity.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on April 21, 2005 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas...a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets. We had a chance for some hands-on time over at Rockstar, so read on for the juice ...
by Geson Hatchett on April 19, 2005 @ 2:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
This summer SNK USA is bringing one of the greatest arcade franchises, for the first time, to the PS2. Metal Slug 4 & 5 will be released as a bundle pack giving you twice the action, and twice the fun, its all about the gameplay. We had a chance to check out a beta build, so read on for our impression...
by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on April 18, 2005 @ 1:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Risk Your Life is a persistent universe or role-playing game (RPG). In the game, players assume the role of a Warrior, Cleric, Wizard, or Thief (over 20 classes) and explore the many beautiful and exotic locations within the game where they meet other players, complete quests, fight monsters and other players. Massively multiplayer online games are computer games in which thousands of players can play simultaneously through the Internet.
Picking up immediately where the original Myst ended, players are presented the privilege, challenge and responsibility of restoring the lost empire of the D'ni - an ancient civilization of people who thrived for thousands of years but later met with a great catastrophe. Like each previous Myst title, Myst V: End of Ages advances the graphical beauty and detail of its worlds with a fully immersive 3D environment.
by Paul Reith on April 12, 2005 @ 1:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
The "Constantine" mobile game features lush 3-D rendered environments, fast-paced action, an interactive supporting cast and mini-games strategically placed throughout the story to enhance the player experience. Armed with a variety of weapons and magic spells, gamers can delve into John's sordid history as he races against time to fend off half-demons howling for his blood.
TrackMania Sunrise, the legitimate heir to the throne, is shifting up a gear. Sunrise moves faster, handles better and features improved air-control – vital for making the massive jumps – to ensure that gameplay never moves at anything less than fast. And it's all about the gameplay.
Martin Mystére is an international comic character that is finally making his debut in the video game market. An emiment professor of MIT has been found murdered, and someone is working on a revolutionary machine capable of changing the world's destiny, making this the most dangerous mystery yet for Martin Mystére!
Dungeon Lords blends the depth of an epic Fantasy RPG with the flexibility of an FPS-style control system. Gamers journey through a land of ancient castles and dungeon lairs to engage in real-time tactical combat with a variety of deadly foes. It's not just about the battles though, as magic spells and hundreds of powerful weapons and artifacts play a huge role in the game.
by Paul Reith on April 4, 2005 @ 1:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Darkwatch is a cinematic 1st person shooter with an original premise that blends Vampire-Horror and Western genres. They grind their enemies for fuel, fashion their skin into protective cloaks and create weapons designed to exterminate en masse, and they are the good guys. We got to spend some time with High Moon and its prime title, here are our updated impressions ...
by Thomas Wilde on April 3, 2005 @ 12:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
A deranged scientist is abducting students from the Psychonauts boot camp and a powerful new cadet named Raz stands alone against the lunatic. Raz must develop and unleash an arsenal of paranormal powers, including the ability to launch himself telepathically into someone else's mind -- and take on their inner demons, nightmares and secret memories. Ultimately he must enter the mind of his worst enemy and destroy his dark plans at their source, while trying not to lose his sanity in the process.
by Mike Davila on March 30, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
The year is 2010 and the Major Powers of the world as we currently know them have disintegrated into bickering economic and military regions. The United Nations has disappeared, and in its place an organization with far sharper teeth referred to simply as "The World Market" has taken its place. Individual Regions are left to fight for power to dominate their neighbors, their countries, their continents, and then the world.
by John Curtis on March 28, 2005 @ 1:23 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Forza Motorsport gives Xbox gamers who are passionate about cars and racing the opportunity to own, customize, and race their favorite cars in a realistic driving simulation. From sport compacts to LeMans prototypes, players use earnings from hundreds of races to buy upgrades and aftermarket parts so they can transform real production cars into high-performance race cars.
Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict continues the Unreal franchise on the Xbox and introduces an evolutionary new gameplay style to the traditional FPS genre: acrobatic melee combat. This highly anticipated sequel also features new single-player and multiplayer gameplay, person camera mode and intense melee abilities. Unreal Championship fans can play as any one of 14 characters from the Unreal universe, each with spectacular new Adrenaline Powers that enable new offensive and defensive combos.
Have you been wanting a bit of humor in your RPGs lately? Look no farther than Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana. Featuring a light-hearted storyline, charming characters, and a complex gameplay engine, Atelier Iris is a gaming experience that's both retro and refreshingly unique. With its alchemy system, you'll do everything from summoning meteors to refining bread recipes.
by Tim "The Rabbit" Mithee on March 24, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Raze's Hell is a darkly comic third-person shooter set in a fantasy world overrun by fiendishly cute creatures, Raze's Hell follows the exploits of Raze, a monstrous anti-hero who takes a no-holds-barred approach to stopping an onslaught of adorable characters and restore his planet to its naturally ugly state.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on March 23, 2005 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control.
Enter the world of the Junkyard, where rival tribes fight an endless war-vying for supremacy and the right to ascend to Nirvana. Changed forever by a mysterious light, Serph and his comrades now have the power to change into powerful demons... but with that power comes a price - an insatiable hunger to devour their enemies!
by Thomas Wilde on March 21, 2005 @ 1:06 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory tells the conspiracy-ridden story of black ops agent Sam Fisher as he explores the world of international espionage. The game will offer a high adrenaline experience thanks to never seen before close range attacks, a totally open level design, a completely immersive and interactive environment, and challenging advanced AI. In addition, it will offer the best graphics in this generation of games and a unique, collaborative multiplayer mode available for online and offline.
by Gordy Wheeler on March 17, 2005 @ 1:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Quick, what's the first thing you think of when someone says "Star Wars?" Whatever it is, it's probably not "Lego"… but after playing Lego Star Wars, that might be different. Relive the Star Wars saga as retold in Lego form, guiding an increasingly large cast through everything from adventures on Naboo to the Pod Race on Tatooine. Sure, the ships are made out of bricks and your characters are all little guys with detachable plastic hair, but that just makes Star Wars better.
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