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'Face of Mankind' - BetaTest Signups

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 11:48 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Face of Mankind is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) within a persistent world. Thousands of players throughout the world can compete in this realistic and futuristic world of the 24th century. It combines an epic story-driven mission system over years with a complex economic system which can also affect the story deeply. Although roleplaying takes a large part, Face of Mankind is not like usual RPG´s. You have control over a very intuitive interface like known from famous realtime shooters, where you are able to explore the game world easily without learning through pages of a manual. The cutting edge graphics engine will present you a world of 5 huge cities on earth and several distant colonies in outer space. Sign up now for the first of 4 beta test stages (starting November 2003).

'The Dam Busters' Ships To North American Retail Stores

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Publisher Strategy First and developer Just Flight Games announced today that The Dam Busters, their add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000/2002 and/or Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. “The Dam Busters brings one of Europe’s most historical raids to life on the PC,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Strategy First Inc. “Any fan of MSFS® and MSCFS® will enjoy this game.”

'Rainbow Six: Raven Shield' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 5:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rainbow Six: Raven Shield utilizes graphics technology provided by the next-generation Unreal engine to power 15 new single-player missions that include the discovery of a cache of biological weapons and stopping an armed gang from terrorizing a London bank. As promised, Ubisoft has now released the update patch for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield (UK & US versions). This patch was created in response to the issues some people have with the CD Key system and brings your retail game to v1.1. Read more for full details and download links ...

'Purge Online' - Retail & Updated Demo/Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 5:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Purge is an online-only, hybrid FPS/RPG using highly modified Lithtech Talon Engine technology. Purge allows players to build custom characters: choosing from 7 player attributes, 8 science-fiction and fantasy classes, 32 weapons, and 24 skills. Purge has fully realized non-combat roles where players can succeed without ever directly fighting. New patches have been released for the Purge retail and demo versions. The patch fixes minor bugs, improves netcode, and adds UI tweaks and features to simplify Purge for new players. The lighting in the Riley's Gap map has been completely reworked to remove the dingy, muddy yellow hue. Purge 1.4.4d Demo is available in both a patch and full installation flavour. The Purge 1.4.4 Retail Patch includes all the above fixes and an additional bonus map: Pumpstation. Read more for details & download links ...

'Indiana Jack' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 11:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Publisher Big City Games and developer Techland announced today that their new adventure game, Indiana Jack, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. "Indiana Jack is a terrific children's game," says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Big City Games. "The graphics are great, the plot is addictive and how can you not love Jack?" Read more for details & features ...

'Shadowbane' - Update Patch Available

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 10:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shadowbane is the first MMO to incorporate the Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game. Each player impacts this dynamic world whether they choose to be a simple adventurer, shopkeeper or heroic leader. Bugs causing crashes when changing the interface or using a specific combination of keys have been fixed. Users of 56k modems or Windows 98 will experience less stalls and disconnects. Players should also take a look at the service announcement regarding stability and lag issues that was posted today (thanks GameSpyDaily).

'Netamin' Opens New Taiwan Office

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 10:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

U.S. based Netamin, developer of the first Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Game – Ultimate Baseball Online (UBO), has increased its international reach with the opening of an office in Taiwan. The new facility, called Netamin Asia, allows the company to strengthen its presence in Asia and establish itself with the growing online gaming community in the region.

'NHL Rivals 2004' (Xbox) Revealed - Screens

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 10:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Our buddies at VE3D send over the following MicroSoft announcement. Historic hockey rivals will face-off this week as the quest for the coveted Stanley Cup begins. With intense NHL Playoff battles opening throughout the league, Microsoft Game Studios announced today its first hockey title for the Xbox, "NHL Rivals 2004." The game is scheduled to “go top shelf” in stores this fall. “NHL Rivals 2004” will have all the modes of play that hockey fans want including single game, playoff mode, season mode and online play. Read more for details and the first batch of screens ...

'Club Football' (PS2/Xbox) Gets New Additions - Screens

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 10:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Codemasters is to increase the number of individual team-specific football action games in its Club Football series to a total of 17 titles, each officially licensed and headlined by a major European football club. Now Real Madrid Club Football and Celtic Club Football will join the already impressive roster of football clubs Codemasters is working with to produce individual PlayStation 2 and Xbox football action games for. Read more for additional details and screens ...

Big City Games Kicks Off With 'Pet Soccer' - In Stores NOW

by Rainier on April 10, 2003 @ 9:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Publisher Big City Games and developer Techland are very happy to announce that the first game on the Big City Games label, Pet Soccer, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. "We are very excited about the Big City Games launch," says Don McFatridge, President of Big City Games. "Our lineup is packed with great games and Pet Soccer is a great way to kick things off." "Pet Soccer is quite simply, an amazing game," says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Big City Games. "It's fun, it's addictive and the graphics are great. We are very proud to be bringing the first Pet title to the market with Big City Games, and we know that consumers are going to love this franchise."