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'Rome: Total War' - v1.3 Euro Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 3:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision has released a new patch for Creative Assembly's 3D RTS Rome: Total War. This update brings your German/French retail game to v1.3 and sychronizes multiplayer with the Barbarian Invasion addon, adds campaign and battle map improvements, and the usual balance adjustments, crash and bug fixes.

'Age of Empires III' - v1.01 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 3:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Age of Empires III is an RTS set in 1500 A.D. and chronicles the Age of Discovery that started around the time that Columbus discovered the new world. Ensemble has released the first patch preparing for the official launch next week, bringing your retail game to v1.01 and improves formations, and the usual game tweaks, bug and crash fixes.

'Rayman 4' Coming In 2006

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 7:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

At a fall Gaming Session press event in France, Ubisoft presented its lineup of upcoming titles. The usual suspects were all present, such as Ghost Recon 3, Prince of Persia, King Kong, and so forth, but the real interesting part was when producer Michel Ancel announced that the new installment in the Rayman franchise is making a comeback, which we already hinted at several months ago. While the teaser video did not reveal much information, it showed Rayman being called back from some tropical/vacation resort. No specific were given, but it is expected end of 2006, and most likely on current and next-gen consoles.

'SoulCalibur III' (PS2) Developer Q&A

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 6:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

SoulCalibur III offers the series' hallmarks of exhilarating sword-fighting action and profound martial arts while also delivering highly improved graphics and sound effects to create a unique gaming experience. It also features a Character Creation Mode, which allows players to create original warriors. Namco sent over a Q&A with Chief Designer Seido Ozawa.

'WarCraft III' - 'Brutal Winter' Bonus Map Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 6:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Blizzard has released yet another new Warcraft III map, this time called "Brutal Winter"... Map info: "The unforgiving winter is upon us... a time when resources are scarce and flanks exposed. Call forth the warriors, for there could not be a better time to attack than now. " This is a small map size and the suggested no. of players is 1v1, or 2v2. It is based on the "Lordaeron Winter" tileset. Go download it here!

'Battlefield 2: Modern Combat' (PS2/Xbox) Goes Gold

by Rainier on Oct. 15, 2005 @ 6:09 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

EA announced today that BF2:MC went gold and is expected in stores October 25. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat will drop players into the heat of battle on the high tech frontlines, entering a new modern era of combat with more firepower and new expansive environments. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can take control of over 30 vehicles, including tanks, helicopters and fast attack vehicles, to engage in major conflicts in some of the largest online battles.

Various Game Trailers #621

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2005 @ 7:42 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows [PS2/Xbox] - Trailer #6
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi - Trailer #4


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'Prince of Persia The Two Thrones' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2005 @ 6:08 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Prince of Persia The Two Thrones takes the best features from The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and combines them with new gameplay elements such as a second playable character, an intuitive Speed Kill system, outdoor Babylon environment, chariot combat and more. With such favorite elements and major improvements, PoP The Two Thrones is poised to take the action-adventure gaming experience to a new level.

'Condemned: Criminal Origins' (PS3/X360/PC) Official Website Launched

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2005 @ 5:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Condemned: Criminal Origins allows players to experience an unnatural level of psychological tension as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and melee combat to track serial killers and bring them to justice. SEGA has launched the official Condemned: Criminal Origins website where you have access to a large collection of Condemned videos, screenshots, music and wallpapers. Visitors can also sign up to receive email updates for Condemned: Criminal Origins information and assets.

'Irth Online' Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Oct. 14, 2005 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Pre-Launch Special Offer allows gamers to purchase Irth Online for $19.95, a 33% discount off the at-launch price of $29.95. The pre-order subscription fee will be $9.95 per month for the first six months, representing a 30% savings over the at-launch fee of $13.95 per month, pay 3 months in advance, get the 4th free. Pre-Launch Special Offer orders may be placed online only at www.irthonline.com which explains the ordering procedure and payment options.