Rainier's Articles

'Vanguard: Saga of Heroes' - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on March 14, 2005 @ 8:37 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes will be the premier third generation massively multiplayer RPG. A vast, seamless, immersive virtual world filled with elements of familiar High Fantasy, including traditional themes and more, all depicted using cutting-edge graphics technology. Sigil’s expertise and experience in the field will bring groundbreaking static and dynamic content to the genre.

'Stronghold 2' - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 14, 2005 @ 8:23 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Stronghold 2 will bring the the castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 will also offer players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative and exciting single player campaign that will be revealed in the months ahead. Check out these new screens and in-game trailer...

Macrovision Study Reveals Widespread Gaming Piracy

by Rainier on March 14, 2005 @ 8:17 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Macrovision today announced the results of a gaming piracy study that shows significant losses experienced by the gaming industry due to software piracy. The surveys of 6,000 Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2 users show that 21% of gamers play pirated games, but 73% would have bought the game within one month if a free version had not been readily available. This high level of piracy on console systems, which are generally considered to be secure closed systems, is surprising.

'Donkey Kong Jungle Beat' (NGC) Drums Its Way To Stores

by Rainier on March 14, 2005 @ 8:15 a.m. PST | Filed under News

That tap-tap-tapping you hear is the sound of the most innovative video game control system to come along in years. Get physical with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, made exclusively for GameCube, by using a pair of bongos to control the game action. Mastering the game requires good timing, bongo abilities and a love of bananas.

'Warfare' Announced

by Rainier on March 14, 2005 @ 8:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Warfare is a real-time global war simulator with real material and it's devoted to a conflict in the Near East. There are two campaigns, one for the USA, the other for Saudi Arabia. The main goal of the first campaign is taking full control of the region; the second one is coming to power in Saudi Arabia and achieving the withdrawal of all American troops.

'Metal Slug 1' (GBA) Announced

by Rainier on March 13, 2005 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Metal Slug has been around for seemingly ages. SNK's little franchise, a wonderful little action game, first impressed gamers on the Neo-Geo, but has since visited other consoles, including the Xbox and PS2; and, in its short lifespan, the Neo-Geo Pocket Color. November 2004 we saw the first Metal Slug on GBA in the Advanced version, some mechanics were changed, no blood and while the game was still great, it wasn't true port from the original game. While no specific details were disclosed yet, SNK's release schedule show it will be be bringing Metal Slug 1 to the GBA, expected winter 2005.

'MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf' (Xbox) Gets Live Patch

by Rainier on March 13, 2005 @ 12:15 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Day 1, FASA, and Microsoft announced that the MechAssault 2 Auto Update has been released! This update will provide many gameplay improvements. In MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf gamers will be able to step outside the 'Mech and live the life of a human pilot in a fresh new single player game. Tanks, VTOLs and BattleArmor will offer players plenty of opportunities to rain destruction on their opposition in both single and multiplayer games. Read more for details ...

Blizzard Bans 1000 'World of Warcraft' Accounts

by Rainier on March 13, 2005 @ 12:06 p.m. PST | Filed under News

"Over the recent weeks we have been investigating the activities of certain individuals who have been farming gold in order to sell it in exchange for real world currency. After researching the situation, we have issued permanent suspensions to over one thousand accounts that have been engaging in this practice. We do not condone such actions and will take decisive action as they are against our policy and damage the game economy as a whole. We will continue researching this matter. If you suspect someone of taking part in said gold farming, please eMail the report to wowgm@blizzard.com."

'Metal Slug 4 & 5' (PS2/Xbox) Bundle Announced - Screens

by Rainier on March 13, 2005 @ 2:00 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SNK Playmore USA announced that it will release a special Metal Slug 4 & 5 bundle pack for the PS2 and Xbox. The Metal Slug 4 & 5 will ship in early summer 2005 and each will have a suggested retail price of $39.99. Read more for details and screens ...

'Need for Speed Underground Rivals' (PSP) - 17 New Screens

by Rainier on March 12, 2005 @ 6:36 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Compete and earn respect in Need for Speed Underground Rivals only available on the PSP. Customize and take on the pinnacle Japanese & American tuner cars in a pursuit of total ownership of the street racing scene. A uniquely designed racing game based on the legacy of the hugely successful Underground series.