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Worthplaying E3 Page Update

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 5:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

To avoid cluttering up the page i will just round up several acticles and add them here as they come in .. Latest Updates :

'Rise of Nations' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 3:36 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rise of Nations combines the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games. The game allows players to create new cities, improve their city infrastructure and expand national borders. Players have the option to win through military might using everything from slingshots to cannons to stealth bombers, corner the market on key commodities, and wheel and deal with a wide variety of Nations. In the trial version, gamers can choose between four of the 18 nations featured in the retail version of Rise of Nations. Players will be able to play through the tutorial and then try their hand on the field of battle on one of four different map types. Read more for download links ...

John Woo Creates Game Studio

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 2:56 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Tiger Hill Entertainment, a new interactive entertainment studio backed by famed film director, John Woo, today announced its operations and its mission to redefine the action/adventure video game genre with its innovative approach to interactive entertainment development and production. Founded to take advantage of the creative talents of John Woo and his producing partner, Terence Chang, the company announced world-renowned video game developer, SEGA as its premier partner to establish itself as a leader in the interactive entertainment industry (thanks VE3D). Read more for details ...

Logitech Announces New Feature-Rich Joysticks For PC/Mac

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 2:55 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Logitech today announced the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro and Logitech Attack 3 joysticks for PC and Mac. On display at the E3 tradeshow in Los Angeles, the joysticks will be available this summer on retail shelves in the U.S. and at Pricing is not yet available. Read more for details ...

Sega E3 Screens Gallery

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 2:30 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today we present another massive screens gallery filled with all of Sega's upcoming titles they will display at the E3 convention in LA, which kicks off Wednesday. We got screens from :

  • NCAA College Basketball 2K4 (PS2/Xbox)
  • NBA 2K4 (PS2/Xbox)
  • NFL 2K4 (PS2/Xbox)
  • NHL 2K4 (PS2/Xbox)
  • Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution
  • Virtual-On Marz (PS2)
  • Vectorman (PS2)
  • Sonic Adventure DX (NGC)
  • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (NGC)
  • Phantasy Star Online III Card Revolution (NGC)
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons (XB)

'EverQuest II' - Enter The New World Of Norrath This Winter

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 1:51 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sony Online Entertainment announced today that it is adding incentives to EverQuest II, the parallel online universe to the hugely successful gaming phenomenon EverQuest, to reward current EverQuest players for the time they have invested enjoying the original title. The incentives will include exclusive crossover quest zones in each game that will be accessible only by subscribers of both games, allowing characters in EverQuest and EverQuest II to gain access to hidden treasures, an EverQuest II in-game reward for loyal fans, and additional features to be disclosed over the coming months for ongoing EverQuest and EverQuest II players. EverQuest II is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores this winter.

'Sonic The Hedgehog' Speeds Onto Next Generation Game Platforms

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 12:52 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

SEGA today announced that it will deliver its top-selling franchise of all time -- Sonic The Hedgehog -- to the largest audience of gamers worldwide, launching four new Sonic The Hedgehog games on all next-generation console and handheld platforms this fiscal year. The highly-anticipated "Sonic Heroes," an all-new title in the Sonic The Hedgehog series, will debut on the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Additionally, building off the success of the Sonic franchise on Nintendo GameCube, SEGA will release "Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut" exclusively for Nintendo GameCube. Finally, Sonic will return to the Game Boy Advance with the release of "Sonic Pinball Party" and "Sonic Battle."

SEGA Sports And ESPN Enhance Alliance

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 12:46 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, today announced that it has expanded its relationship with ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports, for its "2K4" lineup of video games. Only one year after joining forces to deliver the most authentic and realistic sports simulation video games, including ESPN's trademarked presentation features, the two sports powerhouses are taking integration to the next level. The expanded relationship will incorporate even more ESPN elements into the critically acclaimed "2K" franchises, including ESPN commentators, as well as an increased marketing alliance between the two brands.

Gotham Games Signs 'Starsky & Hutch' (PS2/Xbox/PC)

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 11:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Gotham Games announced today that it will release the thrilling driving shooter Starsky & Hutch, under license with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, for the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in North America this fall.

'Alias' Will Feature Original TV Cast Voice-overs

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 11:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Alias is a third-person action adventure containing a unique blend of action and stealth that puts you under fire and under pressure. Utilize your incredible spyware and array of disguises to complete the most dangerous covert missions across the globe. Experience all the heart-stopping action and tension of the award winning TV series.

Acclaim Sports Announces 'NBA Jam' For Xbox/PS2/NGC

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 11:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Cries of “He’s on Fire” and “Boomshakalaka” will once again fill the hardwood arenas of the NBA, as Acclaim Sports today unveiled its latest installment of NBA JAM for the next-generation consoles. Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin, NBA JAM, the grand-daddy of all arcade-style basketball games, has sold more than 6 million units worldwide. This fall, NBA JAM returns with its trademark over-the-top, arcade-style 3-on-3 gameplay, “On Fire”, “Big Head” mode and hot spots, as well as all-new rim-rocking moves specifically designed for the next-generation gaming systems.

'The Y-Project' Canned, Long Live 'Das Reich 2005' - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 11:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The developer JOYLABS, consisting of the development team of the former game developer WESTKA Interactive (Cologne, Germany) and conducted by industry veteran Thomas Schaefer, has decided to stop the further development on the “The Y-Project” in favour of the complete new PC game title “DAS REICH 2005” (draft title). Read more for some info and a first weapons screen...

'Commandos3: Destination Berlin' - Trailer Available NOW

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 10:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Commandos 3 takes the stunningly detailed graphics and compelling gameplay of the series to a whole new level. The game features a new interior engine that enables you to rotate the detailed environments and zoom in and out. Prepare your Commandos as enemy bombing raids lay waste to environments, requiring you to change your tactics and approach. Eidos has just released their E3 trailer showing off about 30 seconds of movie goodness. Read more for download links ...

'IGI2: Covert Strike' - Libyan Village Beta Map

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

New Libyan Village multiplayer beta map. In this mission, IGI operatives have located some papers deep inside the village, which they must retrieve. Once the papers have been recovered a computer virus must be planted in an enemy compound and a fuel dump blown up to cover your tracks. Get it from Codemasters "27.8mb" !

'Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home' (PS2/Xbox) - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 10:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Eidos Interactive today announced it has entered a strategic partnership with Island Records, American Records and Roadrunner Records in the creation of the official in-game soundtrack for Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home. Read more to check out the list of features bands as well as new screens for the xbox/ps2 versions...

'The Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas' Announced

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The swashbuckling action of one of this summer's highly-anticipated movies will be coming to life in an interactive PC action adventure game, Atari, Inc. announced today. The Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas game will be based on the upcoming DreamWorks animated film of the same name and will combine the epic adventure of the movie with the latest innovation in PC technology from Intel to deliver a state-of-the-art game experience.

'The Great Escape' (PC/PS2/XB) - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

One of the most ingenious and suspenseful films of all time, MGM's The Great Escape is a World War II escape-adventure classic that hits the Xbox, PS2 and PC this summer. Providing an exciting opportunity to take part in the largest breakout in history from the "escape proof" Stalag Luft III German POW camp, gamers are invited to participate in the most memorable and famous motorbike scene in ever to emerge in Hollywood. Following the massive hit Conflict: Desert Storm, The Great Escape, published by SCi Games, offers a unique variety of gameplay that builds you from slow, tension filled stealth scenes to adrenalin-filled action and chase sequences. Fans of the film and all gamers will certainly appreciate this stylish masterpiece. Check out the screens and a nice little tailer mixing movie as well as ingame action!

'Conflict: Desert Storm 2' (PC/PS2/XB) - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 9:47 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Shortly after the big success of Conflict:Desert Storm SCI/Pivotal started working on sequels hoping to cash in even more on the trend of today's events. We scored some new screens for the Pc, Ps2 as well as xbox versions of the game. Read more to check them out!

'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' - Ships

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc has started shipping Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for the PC. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is set to be in stores May 13th in North America and May 16th in Europe.

'Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne' Announced

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Rockstar Games, the world-renowned publishing division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is proud to announce Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne, the next installment in the blockbuster Max Payne franchise. Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne for the PC is expected to hit retail shelves Fall 2003.

'Medieval Total War: Viking Invasion' - Ships

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Activision, Inc.'s Medieval Total War: Viking Invasion, the add-on pack to the multi award-winning game of 2002, Medieval: Total War, has shipped to retail stores throughout North America. Developed by The Creative Assembly, Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion takes gamers back to 793AD as hordes of marauding Vikings sail from Scandinavia to ravage Britain. Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion is available for the PC at a suggested retail price of $29.99 and carries a "T" (Teen - Blood, Violence - content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) rating by the ESRB.

'Gladiator Sword of Vengeance' (CONSOLE) Unveiled

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:41 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Transporting players to an era when emperors reigned and warrior slaves battled savagely to their deaths, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled Gladiator Sword of Vengeance for the next-generation consoles. Currently under development with Acclaim's Manchester studio, Gladiator Sword of Vengeance is an epic adventure set in ancient Rome, where warriors' fates are decided by the cold steel of a sword. Gladiator Sword of Vengeance will feature an intuitive fighting system that allows players to fight multiple opponents and unleash an array of deadly combo attacks and bloody finishing moves.

'007: Everything or Nothing' (CONSOLE) - To Debut For Holiday 2003

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced an extension of the relationship with MGM Interactive and Danjaq LLC to extend the exclusive worldwide rights to develop, publish and distribute the ongoing series of interactive games based on the world-renowned James Bond franchise. The agreement, for one of the most popular video game licenses in history, will be continued until 2010. The agreement allows EA to create games based on the world of James Bond, including the entire library of Ian Fleming books, the existing 20 feature films produced by MGM and Danjaq and all new James Bond films released during the term of the agreement. EA also announced details about the next Bond game: James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, which is scheduled for a holiday 2003 release.

Buena Vista Games Premieres @ E3

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Buena Vista Games, Inc., the global interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company, today announced its new line-up of exciting PC and video game titles designed to rivet players of all ages to their gaming devices at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Leading the portfolio is the much-awaited TRON 2.0 for PC. The game's new high-speed multiplayer light cycle racing feature is debuting on the show floor at the company's booth, number 924, South Hall.

'Futurama' (PS2/XB) - Features & Screens

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 5:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Put Fry, Leela, Bender and Dr Zoidberg through their 31st Century paces this summer when Matt Groening's EMMY award winning cartoon hits 21st Century Consoles. Good news everyone... Futurama the game is here! Futurama is a comprehensive 3rd-person platform shooter, which combines the humour, character development and innovation of the highly popular & award winning TV Show, with the best in platform game play & strategy..

'Powerdrome' (PS2/XB) Announced - Screens

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 2:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Argonaut Software announces Powerdrome, an ultra-high speed racing sport of the future – currently in development for the PS2 and Xbox by Argonaut's Sheffield studio. With Powerdrome the creators have designed the ultimate future-racing experience.

Battle Engine Aquila To Feel The GeForce

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 2:46 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Respected developer Lost Toys today announced that it has developed a GeForceFX2 (aka NV35) version of its acclaimed shooter Battle Engine Aquila to be made available for bundling through OEM specialists Vector OEM Content. The fully optimised PC version has been approved by nVidia and will be shown on the company's booth at E3 as part of its 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' campaign.

'Robot Battle' Programming Contest

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 2:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Lunkwill Labs and GarageGames announce the first annual Robot Battle programming contest; a battle of wits to see who can design and code the smartest most adaptable fighting robot. The contest challenges players to devise their own autonomous robot for a head to head fight to the finish.

'Carve' (Xbox) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on May 12, 2003 @ 2:23 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Today, Argonaut Games is delighted to announce Carve, the watercraft based racer for Xbox, featuring intense team-based AI, a mass of extreme tricks and full online racing via Microsoft's Xbox Live. Carve harnesses the sheer power of Xbox to create a race experience that mixes thrills and authenticity in equal measures. Each of the twenty-seven levels are visually resplendent with an authentic atmosphere, ensured by the dedicated team jetting off to Thailand, Iceland, Amsterdam and the Grand Canyon on research matters, before channelling their discoveries back into the game. Read more for details & the first screens ...

PC Review - 'Rayman3: Hoodlum Havoc'

by Justin on May 12, 2003 @ 2:16 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

'Rayman3: Hoodlum Havoc' is a cartoon fantasy in which the ever-popular hero Rayman, comes face-to-face with some of his greatest adversaries yet. In addition to vibrantly detailed worlds and innovative game play, it features a deep story line that will immerse players in this unique experience. All of this sound too good to be true? Well read more and find out what we thought about Rayman3!

PS2 Preview - 'Gladius'

by The Six Billion Dollar Man on May 12, 2003 @ 1:51 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The brutal and spectacular gladiator battles of the ancient world serve as inspiration for Gladius, a turn-based action role-playing (RPG) game for the PS2. Gladius follows the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors to contend in the fiercely competitive gladiator games. We had a chance to look at an early build so read more for our first impressions!

'Kings of War' Announced

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 1:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

TimeGate Studios, Inc. announced today (thanks VE3D) that it is developing KINGS OF WAR, a fantasy real-time strategy game inspired by TimeGate’s critically acclaimed Kohan series.

'Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure' (NGC/PS2) - Screens

by Thomas on May 12, 2003 @ 1:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure will use cutting-edge technology from Activision's latest Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 engine to allow characters from three beloved animated films: Walt Disney Pictures' presentation of Pixar Animation Studios' "Toy Story 2," "Disney's Tarzan " and "Disney's The Lion King" to skateboard just like the pros in their respective worlds for the first time. In addition to these characters, the new game includes a Create-A-Skater option where players can customize a youthful skater's "look" by selecting clothing and accessories.