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ESRB Under Fire For Giving 'GTA: San Andreas' Only An 'M' Rating

by Rainier on July 7, 2005 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Assembly Speaker Leland Yee today blasted the ESRB for failing to appropriately rate Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Recently it was reported that GTA:SA includes hidden animations which allow players to watch graphic scenes featuring oral sex, nudity, and simulated intercourse, which Rockstar denies. Despite these graphic scenes, GTA:SA only received a "Mature" rating instead of the ESRB's most restrictive rating "Adults Only." Most retailers will not carry games with an AO rating.

'Painkiller' (Xbox) Is Now Called 'Painkiller: Hell Wars'

by Rainier on July 7, 2005 @ 1:27 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Painkiller: Hell Wars is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You are Painkiller, a mercenary for hire, charged with cleaning out nests of the undead. But an unholy pact with a demon unknowingly puts you square in the middle of a fight for control of the underworld... with the future of humanity hanging in the balance.

'Colin McRae Rally 2005 Plus' (PSP) - Screens

by Rainier on July 7, 2005 @ 1:20 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

CMR 2005 has gained an extra word in the title, so it’s now Colin McRae Rally 2005 Plus, due to its wireless multiplayer functionality. CMR 2005 Plus features over 30 rally cars, a diverse range of rally events, cups and championships to create a world of rallying for players on the move.

'Far Cry Instincts' (Xbox) Developer Q&A #3

by Rainier on July 7, 2005 @ 12:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Far Cry Instincts is a technically advanced gaming experience built from the ground up using the kind of cutting-edge technology that Far Cry fans will recognize from the PC title. Yesterday Ubisoft announced Far Cry Instincts will ship exclusively for Xbox in September 2005, and today we catch up with technical creative director Laurent Mascherpa talking about the AI in the game.

'Burnout Legends' (PSP) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on July 7, 2005 @ 12:21 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Burnout Legends sets the bar for on-the-go automotive anarchy, combining the series' trademark speed, destruction and depth with new PSP-only features, gameplay refinements and connectivity. Gamers can look forward to eight gameplay modes, including crash, road rage and pursuit, with white-knuckle multiplayer via WiFi, and a GameShare option allowing players to wirelessly share a demo level of the game with friends.

'NBA 2K6' (PS2/Xbox/X360) - 15 New Screens

by Rainier on July 6, 2005 @ 10:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In NBA 2K6 ballers achieve NBA superstar status with the new 24/7 mode, where created players now participate in training camps, competitions and even land endorsement deals. Players elevate their game by utilizing the innovative V.I.P. System to challenge profiles of friends and other NBA 2K6 gamers across the country that match their gameplay tendencies down to the most minute detail.

'X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse' (ALL) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on July 6, 2005 @ 7:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

X-Men Legends II introduces the epic storyline of an uneasy alliance between the X-Men and the hated Brotherhood in a fight to reclaim Earth from Apocalypse's grasp. Impressive gameplay enhancements include more than double the superpowers and customization capabilities, the debut of several new playable characters, over 100 diverse types of enemies, and a breathtaking range of exotic and real-world environments—from the Madri Temple to Egypt.

UK Xbox Modder Gets Convicted

by Rainier on July 6, 2005 @ 7:37 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A 22-year-old Cambridge graduate has become the first ever individual in the UK to be convicted for the illegal modification of video games consoles at Caerphilly Magistrates Court. Although Xbox modding is a grey area in a lot of countries, he fitted the consoles with a larger HD, partly pre-installed with illegal warez, and thats what did him in.

'Cold War' (Xbox/PC) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on July 6, 2005 @ 7:33 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cold War follows the story of Matt Carter a freelance journalist who finds himself in the midst of an international conspiracy that aims to control the U.S.S.R. Using only recovered weapons and improvised gadgets, he must now evade or overcome elite Soviet forces and defeat the conspiracy before he is sent to a Siberian prison camp or killed.

'Counter-Strike Source' Gets Steamy Update #21

by Rainier on July 6, 2005 @ 4:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details regarding the latest update for Counter-Strike Source and the Source Engine. As promised it includes the remakde cs_assault and a new terrorist model, but also new player animations, bug fixes, bot changes, and plenty more ... Just restart Steam for the effects to take place.