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Five More Developers Sign Up For 'SpeedTree'

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 9:21 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Five more game developers, Bizarre Creations, Second Life, Ternary Software, Imaginary Numbers, and A Hero's Journey, have chosen SpeedTree to ensure that their games will meet the incredible new environmental standard SpeedTree is driving worldwide. SpeedTree delivers low-polygon, highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, seamless LOD transitions, and a library of hundreds of tree models from more than 100 species.

'Coffee Tycoon' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:57 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Coffee Tycoon lets gamers build a coffee empire. Starting fresh with one store, players customize their coffee business by giving it a name and choosing a logo and store design. From there, they'll choose a city to start their coffee empire, maybe New York or L.A., or if they're really daring, the coffee capital of the world: Seattle! Read more for download links ...

'GTR: FIA GT Racing Game - Kings of Ovals' Expansion Pack - Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

As we already revealed over the weekend, SimBin and 10tacle Studios today announced another free expansion pack, the "King of Ovals". This pack adds three new fictional tracks in the style of American oval circuits to the existing selection of tracks in GTR. Oval racing in a GT car is a unique challenge, and provides the player with an interesting variation from the FIA-GT seasonal circuits. Each of the new tracks is designed to present the player with a different characteristic of oval racing, and the AI behaviour is adjusted to suit the new conditions and keep the player challenged.

'Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:45 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees is the next addition to the popular online Star Wars gaming experience. Episode III Rage of the Wookiees, available to current players two full weeks before the movie launches as a digital download, adds a whole slew of content taken directly from the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith movie, including the adventure planet of Kashyyyk, home to the Wookiees.

'10 Pin: Champions Alley' (PS2) - 14 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

The ideal choice for a night in with the girls, a rainy afternoon with the children or some after-hours entertainment with the lads, 10 Pin: Champions Alley takes the popular pastime of bowling out of the lanes and into the living room. This is the perfect party game for up to eight players, a standard PS2 and a single controller.

'Spy vs. Spy' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) - 66 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Spy vs. Spy is one of MAD Magazine's longest-running and best-known features. For nearly four decades, the Black Spy and White Spy have been building their bizarre, elaborate contraptions in an endless parry of "Joke and Dagger." Award-winning cartoonist Antonio Prohias fled Cuba one step ahead of Castro's authorities at the height of the Cold War. He ended up in New York, where he began working for MAD. Since 1961, his Spies have been silently turning tables on each other in crazier and ever-more bizarre schemes of one-upmanship.

'Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django' (GBA) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set directly following the events of the first game, Boktai 2 sees vampire slayer Solar Boy Django and Master Otenko, the Messenger of the Sun, returning to Django's home town of San Miguel, after having dispatched the vampiric undead in Istrakan, the City of Death. However, all is not well in San Miguel, and the Immortals – the force for evil fought in the first game – have unleashed a spell to transform the populace into shambling zombies.

'Pro Rugby Manager 2' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 8:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Offering over 40 fully-licensed and faithfully replicated club and national teams, players can tinker with tactics, formation, line-up and training before each match. Pro Rugby Manager 2 displays each bone-crunching tackle, each heart-in-mouth drop kick and every maddening pass and dash to the try-line in such glorious, motion-captured detail, it rivals anything TV coverage can offer. This demo features a friendly game between the Northampton Saints and Toulouse, playable in singleplayer mode, but also LAN and online multiplayer.Read more for download links ...

'Dungeon Siege II' Gets Delayed

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 3:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Dungeon Siege II returns players to the beautiful fantasy land of Aranna, but it is a land scarred by civil war, where the lines between good and evil are blurred. Players must lead an elite battle party against Valdis, a vicious marauder determined to return the world to order, no matter the cost. Microsoft has updated its product release list reflecting a change in release date, from the original spring 2005 it has now been postponed until late summer 2005.

'Guild Wars' Collectors Edition Announced

by Rainier on March 21, 2005 @ 1:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

ArenaNet and NCsoft today announced that Guild Wars will be available across Europe in a special Collectors Edition. In addition to the game itself, the Guild Wars Collectors Edition will contain a full-colour art book, the official music sound track, a Logitech headset, three months' free subscription to the Speakeasy: Teamspeak service and an exclusive in-game item, the Divine Aura.