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'Purge Online' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 8:59 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Purge Online delivers a compelling combination of first-person shooter gameplay and RPG character development, immersing players in a strife-torn world that blends science fiction and fantasy. Purge is an online only game (no singleplayer) and requires no subscription (free online play). Freeform Interactive's hybrid FPS/RPG powered by the LithTech Talon system, Purge, has already gone gold, and will ship to US stores on March 31, here is the official demo, containing a different map than the betas and featuring all 8 player classes. Read more for download links ..

'Galactic Civilization' - BonusPack Revealed

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 7:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Galactic Civilizations is a turn-based single player game, however players who play on Stardock.net will be able to play as part of a “metaverse” where victories, defeats and campaigns can be recorded. We already had a featured story on the Stardock Central which is a program that consolidates software updates, message boards, chat, documentation updates, and more into a single easy-to-use program. Now Strategy First/Starddock announced that they will release a Galactic Civilizations Bonus Pack, a free set of game enhancements, in conjunction with the games release. The bonus pack will offer some extra features that players will appreciate including additional game session options, enhanced civilization customization interface, the ability to use your own MP3s in the game, two additional ships, and more galactic resolutions.

Tri Synergy Announces 'Purge' Has Gone Gold - Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 5:20 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Already known but finally official, Tri Synergy announced today that Purge, an online-only title that delivers a compelling combination of first-person-shooter gameplay and role-playing character development, has gone gold. Developed by Freeform Interactive LLC, Purge immerses players in a strife-torn world that blends science fiction and fantasy. In Purge, players will find themselves engrossed in a war between two opposing forces, the Order (humans genetically modified to scientific perfection) and the Chosen (religious believers who reject all forms of technology). Read more for details and a batch of fresh screens ...

'NeverWinter Nights' - Linux Client Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 4:26 p.m. PST | Filed under News

BioWare has released the first public beta of the Neverwinter Nights Linux Client. They have set up a forum to discuss the client, an email address to use for feedback, and promise frequent updates to the beta. Word is this debut version (build: 1.29.6758 Beta 1) does not support chat or server browsing, but these will be in the next release. Installing the client will require game resources from an existing Windows installation and a CD-Key (thanks Bluesnews). Read more for download links and details on how to install.

'Heroes Of M&M4' & 'Gathering Storm' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 1:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

3DO has released new patches for the North American versions of 'Heroes of Might and Magic IV' and its 'The Gathering Storm' expansion pack to v3.0. If you have the North American version of the Winds of War expansion you do NOT need any patch, as the retail version is already v3.0. Note that this is the for NA version only and users of other language versions of the game (including UK English) are warned not to use these patches or it will conclude in errors. Read more for download links...

'The Sims' (Xbox/NGC) Goes Gold

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 1:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Your dream will soon become a reality! The Sims made a wildly successful transition to the PS2 when it shipped earlier this year and now The Sims for Xbox and GameCube have gone gold and are scheduled for release on March 24, 2003. Players can create and control their Sims on these upcoming platforms with new level-based gameplay and stunning 3D graphics. Customize your Sims’ personality and appearance then move them into the neighborhood. Get a job, make friends, and advance through their career and life’s big moments. Unlock unique new objects and more extravagant houses along the way. Meet, flirt, and fight with a neighborhood full of wild characters. You can also play The Sims with or against each other in challenging two-player games.

'UFC: Tapout 2' (Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 12:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

With bone crunching intensity, "UFC: Tapout 2" makes its way to store shelves! TDK Mediactive, Inc. announced today the shipping of the newest title based upon the license of the "Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)," the world's leading Mixed Martial Arts sports association. "UFC: Tapout 2" is now shipping to major retail outlets nationwide exclusively for the Xbox.

'Op.Flash Resistance' & 'Op.Flash GOTY' - Update Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 12:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

New weapons, units and civilian transport are provided today for Operation Flashpoint's Resistance fighters with the release of an all-new upgrade. The Operation Flashpoint: Resistance upgrade is freely available from the game's microsite in the Downloads section. Players require the original Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis and the Resistance expansion pack to use the upgrade (thanks Gamershell). Read more below for download links and to check out what this fix/add. There is also an upgrade patch for the GameOfTheYear Edition...

'Ultimate Baseball Online' - Beta Test Report & Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 11:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Netamin Corporation has concluded its initial phase of alpha testing for Ultimate Baseball Online. Ultimate Baseball Online is the first ever Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Game (MMOSG), allowing two teams to compete in a 3D virtual stadium. Each participant controls a player for a specific position on a team and gamers can build their athlete’s skills by practicing pitching, fielding or batting. The UBO universe will allow league play, pick up games and a farm system, just like the real life big leagues. The season begins in early 2003.Read more for details and additional screens

'X2 WolverineÂ’s Revenge' (PS2/Xbox/GBA) - Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2003 @ 11:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Releasing simultaneously with the “X2” feature film, X2 Wolverine’s Revenge is the only PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC action-adventure that allows players to assume the role of Wolverine. After discovering that a deadly X-Virus has been activated within Wolverine’s body, the player has 48 hours to acquire the antidote from the evil organization that not only gave them the disease, but also their mutation. Read more to check out some new screens for all platforms...