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'Test Drive Unlimited' (X360) - 3 Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 2:13 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages.

'Massive Assault Network 2' Beta Test SignUps

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 1:54 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Wargaming.net is now accepting applications for the upcoming Massive Assault Network 2 beta test. In beta-version players will be able to play on 4 beautiful planets (out of 24 in release version). Beta testers can now sign up (all countries are eligible) until November 30th, the beginning of the beta test.

Stainless Steel Studios Shuts Down

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 12:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

In a surprising turn of events, a community message in the Heaven Games forums reveals that Stainless Steel Studios, previously known for Empire Earth, Empires and currently working on Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, has been shut down. Details as to what and why are not revealed, probably due to legal ramifications, but several now-former SSSI employees claimed the game is merely weeks from going gold, although its current status has not been determend. R&F: CaW is owned by Midway so the decision to have another team finish it up, or cancel it altogether, is up to them.

'Nintendogs' (NDS) Sells One Million Copies In Europe

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 12:12 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nintendo announced today that, so far, it has sold over 2 million Nintendo DS' since it launched earlier this year, selling at a rate of 100,000 units per week. Nintendogs contributes to its hand-held popularity, which has sold over 1 million copies since its European launch on October 7th in Europe. Nintendo hopes to repeat that success through the holidays with Mario Kart DS, its first Nintendo game to offer Wi-Fi gaming through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

'Yu-Gi-Oh! Online' Enters Phase 2

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 12:07 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Konami of Europe has announced the second phase of its Yu-Gi-Oh! Online campaign, with a new "duelpass system" set to offer users more cards for online play.

'Darwinia' Gets Multiplayer

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 5:19 a.m. PST | Filed under News

In an interview on Steam Review, Introversion's Tom Arundel revealed that Darwinia's debut on Steam (December 14) allows them to make use of Valve's multiplayer structure and they are "currently scheduling the work / release. We also have a new multiplayer game coming out in Spring that we’ll be talking more about in the new year." Darwinia is a captivating mix of multiple genres including fast paced action with strategic battle planning, arcade, and puzzle games, featuring a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from '80s retro classics, and a story concerning a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3D game world.

'Prince of Persia The Two Thrones' (NGC/PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 4:31 a.m. PST | 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.

'Final Fight: Streetwise' (PS2/Xbox) - 24 New Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 3:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Set within Capcom's Final Fight universe, this mission-based action game calls for players to use their street smarts and powerful fighting skills to survive the back alleys of Metro City. Classic Capcom fighting action, expansive 3D environments, and diverse gameplay await those when Final Fight: Streetwise is released this winter.

'Super Taxi Driver 2006' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Super Taxi Driver 2006 is the most aggressive taxi game so far. You have to use all of your driving skills, to survive these rides from hell.. Competitive taxi drivers will smash your car into pieces, meanwhile you are desperately trying to deliver your passenger safely to their destination. Team6 has released a demo allowing you to try out 2 taxis, in 2 singleplay or 1 multiplay mission.

'SBK: SnowBoard Kids' (NDS) Coming To Europe - Screens

by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2005 @ 2:55 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rising Star Games today announced that it has snapped up the DS version of a cult snowboarding racer, Snowboard Kids. SBK: SnowBoard Kids follows on from previous versions of the game, which combined downhill snowboarding action with Mario Kart-style dynamics to create a uniquely dynamic hybrid with a distinct emphasis on trick-happy fun.