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'Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 4, 2003 @ 1:42 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Already available through the auto-updater earlier, Blizzard has released a new patch for its 3D RTS Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos. This upgrade brings your retail game to v1.6 and adresses balance issues for several characters, weapons, items, structures, and plenty more. Replays are incompatible between v1.05 and v1.06. Read more for a detailed fixl ist and download links ...

Atari's 'Enter The Matrix' Sells BIG

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 4:29 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

With just 18 days on store shelves, Atari's Enter The Matrix has sold through more than 1 million units in North America, making it the fastest-selling game in that territory in the Company's history. Enter The Matrix is a third-person action game that parallels Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action blockbuster, The Matrix Reloaded, the second chapter in the Wachowski Brothers' revolutionary film trilogy. The game was released in North America on May 15 for the PS2, the Xbox, GameCube and the PC.

LotR: The Return of the King (GBA) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 4:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Return to Middle-earth in the only video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Developed using the same digital assets as the film, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King recreates, in stunning detail, the final events of the War of the Ring. Become the heroes who determine the fate of Middle-earth as you traverse the haunted Paths of the Dead, defend Minas Tirith from the onslaught of thousands of Sauron's minions, and even play co-op multiplayer with a friend as you march against the impenetrable Black Gates of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King game is scheduled for release in late 2003 on the ALL platforms. In the meantime check these GBA screens, as well as a trailer showing in game footage...

'RTX Red Rock' (PS2) Has Gone Gold!

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 3:54 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LucasArts is pleased to announce RTX Red Rock for PlayStation2 has gone gold! This out-of-this-world original action-adventure will be available in participating domestic retail stores starting the week of June 19. We will have a hands on preview of RTX Red Rock later on tonight!

'Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut' (NGC) - Video Interview

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 3:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Take a seat in the director's chair with Takashi Iizuka, director of "Sonic Adventure," to hear about the secrets behind the making of one of SEGA's most coveted and classic games. Similar to the audio commentary featured on a special edition DVD movie, this "Director's Cut" gives gamers an inside look into the creative mind of SONICTEAM's Iizuka-san. Through his personal accounts of developing the game, you are given V.I.P. treatment into the sights, sounds and artistic concepts behind "Sonic Adventure" in this 17+ min video interview. Read more for download links ..

'The Italian Job' (Xbox/NGC/PS2) - Screens

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 2:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Italian Job lets gamers recapture the high-octane thrills of the blockbuster movie. Taking on the role of Charlie Croker and his gang members, you are left for dead in Venice after being double-crossed during one of the biggest gold bullion heists ever. Now you and your team of professional thieves must wreak vengeance on the man who betrayed you and reclaim the gold. In order to achieve this, you need to create the biggest traffic jam in L.A. history and attempt your getaway in super-charged new MINI Coopers. Eidos keeps trickling out the screens, another 5 just dripped in...

Constitution Protects Video Games

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 1:02 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last April, Senior U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh ruled that computer and video games had "no conveyance of ideas, expression or anything else that could possibly amount to free speech" in a St. Louis County case that sought to limit children's access to mature video games. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, saying a "particularized message" is not required when it comes to the First Amendment. Read more for details ...

'Silent Storm' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Silent Storm is a true 3D game combining turn-based tactical combats and role-playing set against the background of the WWII. As the war rages on, you will lead a squad of elite troopers deep behind enemy lines to perform secret missions and prevent a disaster the true scale of which could be fully appreciated by neither of the involved parties. Read more for a fresh batch of screens, as well as a new "English" trailer.

'BlitzKrieg: Total Challenge' - UnOfficial Addon Goes Gold

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

German GameStar got word that the unofficial addon for CDV's latest real time strategy game Blitzkrieg reached the gold status. Total Challenge is expected to be released in the next few weeks and apart from the obvious new missions it will also contain 2 additional editor manuals.

Bigben Interactive And JoWood Get Cozy

by Rainier on June 3, 2003 @ 11:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bigben Interactive today announces it has become the publisher for the JoWood range in both the UK and Scandinavian territories with immediate effect. The deal is part of an agreement that sees the Bigben Interactive Group publishing the JoWood range across Europe. Bigben Interactive UK will be responsible for all forthcoming titles such as, Chaser, Silent Storm, Söldner: Secret Wars and Spellforce: The Order of the Dawn in addition to the entire back catalogue, budget range and OEM opportunities.