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Pre-Order 'Savage' And Enter The Beta Test

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 4:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

As pre-orders for Savage: The Battle for Newerth soar, S2 Games and iGames Publishing today announced additional incentives for the rapidly growing fan-base to pre-order the title. All gamers who pre-order the title will promptly receive a guaranteed spot in the current phase beta test of Savage, allowing them not only the chance to play for free in advance of the release date, but to directly contribute to the development of the game. Savage: The Battle for Newerth is the first-ever real-time-strategy-shooter (RTSS).

'Devastation' - Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 3:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Devastation is a high-action, teamplay-oriented, first person game powered by heavily modified Unreal Engine technology. Set in the very near future, dozens of unique characters are pit against each other in urban combat spanning several devastated locales. Devastation focuses on intense multiplayer action with an equally satisfying single-player experience. Ascaron has released a new patch for the european version of Devastation bringing your retail game to v381. This upgrade adresses sound changes for weapons, stability fixes for multiplayer, tweaks to the Territories gametype, a new server browser interface, and tons of other improvements that will make the game smoother and better. Read more for details and download links ...

'Foo' - Developer interview

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 1:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Set in ancient China, Foo will challenge you and your competitors to enter palaces and temples before dawn, loot them for as much treasure as you can carry, and escape before the sun rises. Before setting out carefully plan what traps to take with you for your unwitting competitors - but beware, the more trap components you take in the less treasure you'll be able to carry out and the slower you'll move and react to the traps set out by other players. Foo is a unique "sneak, steal and trap-em-up" game of malicious pleasure with gameplay summarized as "Thief" meets "Spy vs. Spy", with the general feel of an animated feature crossed with the comical morbidity and brutality of "Itchy and Scratchy." Game Designer and Development Team Leader at IdolFX, Stefan Ljungqvist answers a few questions to shed some light on this rather unknown title.

Tiger Woods Challenges Gamers In 'Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004'

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 1:15 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tiger Woods challenges gamers to take on Bethpage Black, one of the most difficult public golf courses in existence, in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004. Bethpage State Park's Black Course is the latest top-rated course to be included in the newest version of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004, due out in September from EA SPORTS. Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York, hosted the first U.S. Open golf tournament that was played on a truly public site in 2002, which was won by Woods, and will host the tournament again in 2009.

'Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars' - Screens

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 1:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

You thought it was all over after Cossacks -European Wars? You were wrong! Cossacks - Napoleonic Wars returns one of the most successful strategy games of the past years to the real-time battlefield - with reinforce-ments: Meet Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and probably the most ingenious strategist in European history! This worthy successor combines the qualities of Cossacks - European Wars and Cossacks -The Art of War with the advantages of the third dimension! Enter the battle on the side of one of 10 great European nations and rewrite European history in 6 exciting campaigns. Check the awesome screens!

'Breed' - Screens

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Breed is a cutting-edge science-fiction shoot'em-up, which skilfully blends addictive, accessible, free-roaming gameplay with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to expand not only the gameplay potential, but also the player's perceived freedom within the game world. The Scout is a single seater, twin-engine, light atmospheric vehicle that can infiltrate hostile territory undetected. Its two miniguns are not very effective in comparison to those found in other vehicles, but they suffice in taking care of small BREED squads. The Scout is your vehicle of choice if you want to place your sniper behind enemy lines. Check the screens ...

'Rome: Total War' And 'Tony Hawk's Underground' Get 'Best Of E3 Awards'

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 12:04 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision announced today that Rome: Total War, the revolutionary new real-time strategy game from The Creative Assembly and Tony Hawk's Underground, the first game in a new breed of Tony Hawk skateboarding games, were awarded Best of E3 2003 honors for Best Strategy Game and Best Sports Game. Hosted at www.e3awards.com, the "Best of E3" awards recognize excellence at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, as judged by the Game Critics Awards committee, which is comprised of 35 leading industry journalists. "It is an honor for Rome: Total War and Tony Hawk's Underground to be recognized by the industry's top journalists as the best games in their genres," said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president of Activision's worldwide studios. "This recognition is a testament to the talented development teams at The Creative Assembly and Neversoft."

'Cycling Manager 3' Goes Gold - Screens & Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 11:45 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CM3 will Cover up to 10 World Cup races including the Tour de France, Giro, Vuelta, three 7-day stage races & five semi classics. Manage your teams (finance, strategy, fitness.….. ) and race tactics. All new improved graphics will represent different locations of the individual races of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy etc, mountain backdrops in the Alps / Pyrenees or the Arc de Triomphe in fine detail. Focus Interactive and Cyanide Studio today announced that the latest installment of their popular cycling simulation, Cycling Manager 3, has gone gold and will be released around june 20th in France, Belgium, germany, Italy, Switzerland and Scandinavia. They have also released a playable demo, where you will be taking over the CSC Team as manager, and will ride one of the mountain stages of Tour de France. It will be 191 kms hard and long ride. Can you beat Armstrong, Beloki, Savilla and the other favorites? Read more for details, screens and download links ...

UbiSoft Europe Signs 'Pirates of the Caribbean' - Screens

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 11:11 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bethesda Softworks, Disney Interactive, and Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that Ubi Soft Entertainment will publish Pirates of the Caribbean for the Xbox and PC throughout Europe. Inspired by one of this summer’s most anticipated blockbusters, the game will bring swashbuckling adventures and rich worlds to Xbox and PC this June. Pirates of the Caribbean is being developed by Akella and Bethesda Softworks. Check the new screens!

'Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg' (GCN) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on June 12, 2003 @ 1:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sonic The Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka and SONICTEAM return with their first all-new platform game since the SEGA Saturn era! Darkness has fallen upon a once-magical land. An evil King who seeks to rule with an everlasting night has captured the creatures that inhabit this realm. Now, a young boy must use the powers of a legendary suit to control special eggs in order to restore light to the land. Read more to check a few new eggelicious screens or a nifty trailer...