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'Dragon Ball Z Sparking!' (PS2) Coming To Europe And North America

by Rainier on April 24, 2005 @ 2:18 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A few weeks ago, Bandai revealed the next title in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Developed by Spike, the action game will be in full 3D and feature over 40 characters, including Sangoku, Vegeta and Janemba. Combat will take place in the air, on the ground, and have an over-the-shoulder perspective. After only confirming a fall 2005 release date in Japan, Bandai now also revealed that Sparking will be released in North America & Europe. GameStop has a DBZ game listed for November 15 release, although the full title isn't specified.

'F1 Grand Prix' (PSP) - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 6:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Fans now have the best of both worlds with a game that not only captures the 'real' essence of the sport but delivers an unrivalled experience with real racing satisfaction. F1 Grand Prix boast all the official cars, drivers and teams, including the new Turkey Circuit, which means you can race the track before the lights go out on August 21st.

'Operation Flashpoint 2' On Display At E3!

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 3:45 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A post in the Bohemia Interactive forums reveals that eventhough Codemasters won't be present, Bohemia will be showing off current and new titles. "We're pleased to confirm that Bohemia Interactive will be at this year's E3. Marek Spanel and myself will be in attendance at room 6941 of Kentia hall where we intend to announce our release plans for 2005 and beyond. We will also reveal further details about the games we're currently working on."

'7 Sins' (PS2/PC) - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 3:43 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

7 Sins is an action-oriented life simulation that immerses mature players in a world of celebrity and greed, where the right relationship can help you claw your way up the career and social ladder. In a game universe where fame and fortune are all that really matter, players charm, finagle, fib, and finesse their way through seven campaigns and over 60 non-linear missions in hopes of reaching the top.

'Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Revealed

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 3:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

A French magazine cover reveals that Activision is not only working on a Call of Duty sequel for the PC, but is also working on a sequel to last years Call of Duty: Finest Hour. Playmag's cover shows that Call of Duty 2: The Big Red One will be set during World War 2, has a tentative holiday season release date (thanks NoFrag). Previously Activision mentioned it would be showing "two" new Call of Duty products, so besides the CoD2 for PC, this may be the second one.

Various Game Trailers #489

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 3:10 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 :

  • Madden NFL 2006 - Next-Gen Trailer
  • Earth 2160 - Making of Trailer
  • Genji: Dawn of the Samurai - Japan Trailer
  • Xbox 360 - MTV Promo

'Rising Kingdoms' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 4:19 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rising Kingdoms is an RTS set in a fantasy world, which focuses on empire development and dynamic tactical battles. Set in the beautiful fantasy world of Equiada, home to magical creatures, mighty leaders, and powerful wizards, Rising Kingdoms, offers players the unique combination of both strategy and adventure modes. This demo features a tutorial, two multiplayer maps (bots, LAN, and online), one Foresters campaign mission, two difficulty settings, and also included is the in-game map editor (thanks GGMania). Read more for download links ...

Global PC Shipments Up 10 Percent

by Rainier on April 23, 2005 @ 4:13 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Reuters is reporting that the worldwide personal computer market grew more than 10 percent in Q1 2005, mainly driven by strong growth in Europe, boosted by a low dollar, and healthy shipments of notebook PCs, market research firms said on Friday. Dell is still the world's largest seller of personal computers with 19% marketshare, but projection for the second half of 2005 are not so optmistic because of slowing down of the economic growth.

Future 'Half-Life 2' Steamy Update #5

by Rainier on April 22, 2005 @ 8:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve released some information about future Steam updates for HL2 and CS Source. On Monday Valve will release a new Half-Life 2: Deathmatch map, dm_runoff, inspired by a Half-Life 1 favorite, Crossfire. They are also working on an all-new Counter-Strike map, de_port, and to make people familiar with the design intentions Valve has put up a page that outlines six different strategies to try once the map is available. The release of the new CSS map isnt for another few weeks, but will be accompagined by a redone de_inferno map.

'Phantasy Star Universe' (PC/PS2) - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on April 22, 2005 @ 5:24 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Phantasy Star Universe is being developed for both the PS2 and the PC, offering two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component.