Rainier's Articles


'Heroes of Annihilated Empires' - 3 New Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2005 @ 12:21 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Mixing role-playing game with real-time strategy, Heroes of Annihilated Empires delivers you a new experience and unique gameplay, where you can feel yourself the Hero of a legendary epic tale. This time it's not about units, it's about armies with thousands of soldiers that entrust their fate in your hands. It's about responsibility taken by great leaders and future of entire races. Survival or extinction? It's all up to you to decide.

'WrestleMania 21' (Xbox) Gets Delayed

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 8:02 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The WWE experience has never been more lifelike with Superstar voice-over and commentary, an all-new proreversal system and motion capture technology, making this the most realistic looking grappler to date. Create the ultimate Superstar and watch him evolve as you earn new move-sets, costumes and abilities in your quest for the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Build the perfect championship belt and defend it on Xbox Live while gaining prestige with each victory you claim, or take on four of your friends in head-to-head competition online. Originally due in stores in March, the new release date is set for April 18th.

Happy Second Anniversary, 'Shadowbane'

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 7:56 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Ubisoft celebrates the two-year anniversary of its MMO Shadowbane by providing all players with a unique piece of in-game apparel featuring stats that will directly affect gameplay. Shandowbane: Throne of Oblivion, which includes the original game plus both expansion packs is currently available at a manufacturer's retail price of $19.99. It is rated "T" (Teen) for Blood and Violence.

Valve Anti-Cheat Beta Starts Next Week

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 4:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vavle announced that next week they will begin beta testing the new Valve Anti-Cheat system, and it will be logging cheating violations into our database to make sure it's ready for general release. If you have any cheats for multiplayer games installed on your computer, now would be a good time to uninstall and stop using them. When a cheat infraction is detected, the offender will be permanently banned from playing on secure servers. Valve has also released a small Steam update which Fixes a crash when turning on the budget panel in Counter-Strike: Source, and fixed exploit that would allow clients to spawn large numbers of temporary entities on clients, causing a crash. As usual, restarting Steam auto updates everything.

'Dungeon Lords' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 1:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Combining the depth of an epic Fantasy RPG with FPS-style controls, Dungeon Lords brings the Action RPG to a whole new level. Dreamcatcher has released a single/multiplayer demo allows you to play as either a Human, Argot, or Sylvan, starting you off outside Fargrove, leading you on to the underground sewer system and into the Fargrove Theatre to do battle with the Goblin Mage. Read more for download links ...

'Halo 2' (Xbox) Multiplayer Map Pack Slated for June - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Microsoft Game Studios has announced a June 28 release date for the highly anticipated Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack. The multiplayer expansion pack contains nine new multiplayer maps to push gamers' skills to their limits. The retail package also contains two new videos: an animated side-story from the single-player story in New Mombasa and a mini-documentary that includes interviews with the map designers, combat strategies and fly-throughs of the new maps. Xbox Live subscribers will get a four-map sneak peek in April, and by late summer, all maps will be available for free. Read more for details ...

'Elite Warriors: Vietnam' Deploys Into Retail

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 10:18 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In Elite Warriors: Vietnam, you will fight along side Green Beret commandoes as you conduct classified missions deep in Southeast Asia. By using patrol techniques still being used today in Iraq and Afghanistan you will rescue downed pilots, ambush convoys, seize enemy prisoners, and discover targets for air attacks. Bold Games, a unit of Destineer, today announced that it has shipped its highly anticipated new PC title, Elite Warriors: Vietnam, to major retailers nationwide.

'Stacked' (PSP/PS2/Xbox/PC) - 12 New Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 10:08 a.m. PST | Filed under News

A Texas Hold 'em game that captures the spirit of the professional poker tour, STACKED utilizes powerful artificial intelligence and a detailed tutorial system to deliver thrilling and realistic poker gameplay that helps players expand their game while they play. The all-star lineup of poker talent in STACKED includes leading pros Josh Arieh, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Carlos Mortensen, Evelyn Ng and David Williams in addition to Daniel Negreanu. Stacked allows you to go online and test your skills in huge online tournaments or a casual game with friends.

'Star Wars Battlefront 2' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Revealed

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 9:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

According to various sources the latest PC Gamer issue will have an announcement for Star Wars Battlefront 2. Scheduled for fall 2005, SW: BF2, it is under development for PC and consoles, although specific platforms, current or next gen, were not revealed. Game details as scarce at this point but the sequel will have a much improved AI and gameplay will no longer be of the "hold this amount of bases to win" type, but rather a serious of objectives which need to be completed. Of course the new product will feature various new levels, including a space battle in & around the Deathstar (SW Ep 4: A New Hope), and the Blockade Runner spaceship (thanks Gamefront). Now that the cat is out of the bag, an official announcement will most likely follow shortly.

'Doom 3' (Xbox) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2005 @ 9:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

id Software's terrifying battle with the forces of Hell. A massive demonic invasion has overwhelmed the UAC's Mars Research Facility leaving only chaos and horror in its wake. As one of only a few survivors, players must struggle with shock, fear, and an all-out assault on their senses as they fight their way to Hell and back, in an epic clash against pure evil.