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PC Preview - 'Unreal Tournament 2004'

by Eric on March 12, 2004 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

"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...

Xbox Preview - 'RalliSport Challenge 2'

by Eric on March 11, 2004 @ 4:48 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

'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...

PC Preview - 'War Times'

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?

PC/Xbox Preview - 'Judge Dredd vs. Judge Death'

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 ...

PS2 Preview - 'Rainbow Six 3'

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...

PC Preview - 'Sacred'

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.

PC Preview - 'Nemesis Of The Roman Empire'

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...

PC Preview - 'Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots'

by GreyOoze on March 2, 2004 @ 2:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

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.

PC Preview - 'Airborne Troops'

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 ...

Xbox Preview - 'Tenchu: Return from Darkness'

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.

Xbox Preview - 'Breakdown'

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.

PC Preview - 'Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps'

by Thomas Wilde on Feb. 15, 2004 @ 2:07 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

A real-time tactical game boasting single and multiplayer modes, Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps immerses you into the explosive campaigns that took place in North Africa during World War II. Set across two campaigns and twenty missions, you take the role of either friend or foe as you follow the fascinating destinies of an English and a German hero who were once friends and who are now constrained to fight each other in this “war without hate”.

PC Preview - Gangland'

by Sylvia Gallardo on Feb. 13, 2004 @ 4:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

You take on the role of one of four Italian brothers, Mario, Angelo, Romano or Sonny. Born into Sicilian mafia, your character must work his way up within the family and compete with other mobs and gangsters for supremacy within the game's 'Paradise City' playing environment. Read more for the full preview ...

PS2 Preview - 'Transformers'

by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2004 @ 3:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

The year is 2010 and the war for supremacy between the Autobots and Decepticons continues. On Earth, a group of kids find a Transformer ship that crash landed long before the dawn of mankind. Accidentally, they activate the ship's long-dormant cargo of Mini-cons, not knowing that the Autobots and Decepticons once schemed to keep this ship and its payload from ever being found.

PS2 Preview - 'Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm'

by Geson Hatchett on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 2:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

While the Cubans revel in their newfound democracy, the Colombian drug cartel that financed the failed revolution has set its sites on a new target. Readying a retaliatory blow against its own American-allied government, the Columbian cartel rocks the capital with severe explosions, including one that severely damages the American embassy. Hearing the Colombian government's cry for support, the U.S. sends in the Ghosts to deliver deadly justice to the Colombian cartel and end their ever-accelerating agenda of terror.

PC Preview - 'Far Cry'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Feb. 6, 2004 @ 12:03 p.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. We had a chance to fiddle around with a 3 level beta build, read more for the full preview ...

PC Preview - 'I Of The Dragon'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Feb. 5, 2004 @ 1:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Play as one of three possible dragons, each with their own unique abilities. Use spells and brute force to hunt down and destroy the evil creatures that threaten the peaceful Nimoans. Build new towns or destroy them, create mountains or bring them crumbling to the ground. Summon creatures to fight for you or rely on your own powers. Use all means available to help in your quest to unmask the source of evil that plagues the land.

PC Preview - 'Firestarter'

by Velvey on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Firestarter is set in the near future, in the year 2010. A malicious virus has infected a virtual reality machine, the FireStarter. The intruding program has caused the computer to malfunction. The rules of the simulation have been altered in a potentially deadly manner, with the player's consciousness trapped inside. There is only one possible way to escape, by completing the game within a period of 48 virtual hours. The penalty for failing to do so is the ultimate one - real death. HIP Interactive kindly sent us a beta build for us to try out, read more for our initial verdict ...

PS2 Preview - 'Champions of Norrath'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Feb. 1, 2004 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Set several hundred years before the timeline of the current EverQuest PC game, Champions of Norrath allows gamers to adventure as one of five playable characters who must journey from the city of Faydwer into the wilds of Norrath to save the land from a gathering army of evil orcs and goblins. The game offers more than 100 hours of gameplay per character and unlimited battles, deadly missions and unmatched character customization. Read more for the full preview ...

PC Preview - 'Tribes: Vengeance'

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2004 @ 6:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

In Tribes: Vengeance’s single-player campaign, gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of other, interrelated stories that are unfolding behind-the-scenes. In addition, gamers are given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Powered by an enhanced version of the Unreal Engine, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects.