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'Crime Life: Gang Wars' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 3:17 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Crime Life: Gang Wars is a free roaming crime based beat em up. Mixing action and strategy elements within a gritty, detailed storyline to explore modern-day urban gang culture, the player is cast as a small-time homie who must work their way through the ranks to become a gang leader.

Quantic Dreams Confirms 'Omikron 2' and 'Infraworld' For PS3/Xbox2/PC

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 1:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Quantic Dream is finalizing initial design documents for two next-generation projects: Omikron 2, the sequel to Quantic Dream's first PC hit, and Infraworld, a new franchise. Both projects are aimed at X-Box 2, PS3 consoles and for PC and will be developed on Quantic Dream's proprietary next gen' engine. The later will offer enhanced physics capabilities through a recently signed partnership with NOVODEX and a range of action orientated features. Talks are also being finalized with major middleware creators to integrate enhanced AI capabilities. They promise more details are to follow shortly ...

'Dungeons & Dragons Online' Alpha Signups

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 1:01 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Turbine and the DDO Team announce today that Alpha Registrations for Dungeons & Dragons Online are now open to the community in the Members Only forum! Non-forum members who attempt to sign up during this exclusive signup period will be disqualified from participating in the Alpha.

'Seven Kingdoms: Conquest' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 11:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Seven Kingdoms: Conquest offers strategy fans the choice to play as human or demon in epic battles spanning 6,000 years on Earth. Starting in ancient Egypt in 3000 B.C. and ending in a final battle on a futuristic Earth, players will have to have their fingers on the pulse of their civilization as the two races clash every 1,000 years.

'Wildlife Park' - v1.19 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD has released a new patch for their wildlife sim game, Wildlife Park. This update brings your German retail game to v1.19 and addresses various little problems, but mainly addresses an issue where Grizzlies could not procreate. Read more for a detailed fix list and download links ...

'Call of Duty 2' Officially Announced

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 10:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision and developer Infinity Ward are back in action with Call of Duty 2, an all new epic title which delivers an unparalleled portrayal of the chaos and intensity that was World War II. Call of Duty 2 is powered by a proprietary new engine featuring striking new visuals, advanced A.I. technology, the most realistic squad combat and explosive action in new historic campaigns. The title is scheduled for release this fall and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

Blizzard Shuts Down Tons of 'Warcraft III' Accounts

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 10:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard issued a small statement announcing they have once again banned a slew of Warcraft 3 accounts from players who were using hacks to cheat. "A number of additional accounts and CD keys have been tied to the use of a hack or cheat program while playing Warcraft III on In keeping with our aggressive stance against cheating, we have permanently closed 5,900 Warcraft III accounts. 2,300 of the Warcraft III CD keys used with the now-closed accounts have been banned from ladder play for one month, and 500 more have been banned from ladder play permanently." Read more about it on the official Blizzard website.

Eidos Recommends That Shareholders Accept SCi Offer

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 10:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In the ongoing drama surrounding the Eidos take-over, it now seems we may finally be coming to a close. Where initially Eidos announced a deal with Bono's Elevation investment group, SCi quickly made a counter offer which is gaining more and more momentum. Today Board of Eidos plc has undertaken further discussions and due diligence with both the Board of SCi Entertainment in relation to SCi's share offer of one SCi share per six Eidos shares and Elevation Partners, L.P. in relation to Elevation's cash offer of 50 pence per Eidos share.

'Crash Tag Team Racing' (NDS/NGC/PS2/Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 9:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Vivendi today announced the development of Crash Tag Team Racing for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube and NDS. Developed by Radical Entertainment, Crash Tag Team Racing will give players a unique racing experience and allow them to continue the adventure on foot with out-of-car action. For the first time ever in a racing game, players will be able to fuse two cars together on the fly to form a super vehicle with the all-new "clashing" technology.

'VIS Entertainment' Closes Its Doors

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

MVC UK is reporting that Scottish developer VIS Entertainment has gone into administration - its Dundee office closed with immediate effect, and work suspended at its Edinburgh studio. The developer's 96 employees were informed of the situation earlier today. Twenty-six staff at Dundee have been made redundant, and 28 at Edinburgh - with the remainder of the staff sent home (thanks ve3d). It remains uncertain what will happen to its recently announced Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer product. Last year BAM! acquired VIS Ent. so it seems that did not turn out well either.