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'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.

'American Civil War: Gettysburg' Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:48 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

American Civil War: Gettysburg brings this legendary and epic battle to life on your PC. Lead the Confederate army as they fight their way into the heart of the northern aggressor or take command of the Union forces as they hold fast against the rebel invaders.

'Spy vs. Spy' (PS2/Xbox) Infiltrates Retail - Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Global Star Software today announced that Spy vs. Spy for the Xbox is now available in retail stores across North America. Featuring eight action-packed single and multiplayer game modes, Spy vs. Spy lets gamers take on the roles of the diabolical spies from MAD Magazine's beloved long-running comic strip.

'Close Combat: First to Fight' (Xbox/PC) In Stores NOW

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Close Combat: First to Fight has shipped and is currently available in retail stores across North America and Europe for the Xbox and for the PC. Players lead a four-man fire team of US Marines through the perils of modern urban combat in Beirut. Gamers can play through the campaign as either a single player or a co-op experience through the use of online, LAN, Xbox Live or split screen. In addition, gamers can go head-to-head in the fire team arena with as many as 8 players simultaneously competing.

'GoldenEye: Rogue Agent' (NDS) Officially Announced - Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced plans to release GoldenEye: Rogue Agent for the Nintendo DS this June. Going where no previous James Bond game has dared tread, this first-person shooter gives players the chance to explore the dark side of the Bond universe and experience life as a ruthless, unpredictable villain. All-new features and innovative gameplay are only made possible by the Nintendo DS platform.

'America's Army: Rise of a Soldier' (PS2/Xbox) - 13 New Screens

by Rainier on April 7, 2005 @ 8:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Built in partnership with the U.S. Army, and developed by Secret Level, America's Army: Rise of a Soldier offers the most true-to-life Army experience, allowing you to create a soldier and take him through the thrills and adventure of an army career. Intense single-player missions and high-adrenaline multiplayer action build the skills of your soldier and advance him through his career.