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'Z-Axis' Development Studio Moves to Bigger Location

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 5:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Z-Axis, known for titles such as Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and the Aggressive Inline, announced today that the company has moved its headquarters from Hayward, CA to Foster City, CA in order to facilitate the studio’s expansion needs.

'Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 4:00 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory recreates the fierce and famous air battles southern England in 1940. The game delivers explosive fun for veteran and casual gamers alike, and occurs over a vast and living world below which will be forever known as one the world's most decisive moments in history.

'Dynasty Warriors 5' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 3:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Based on Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors series of action games takes players back in time and onto the battlefields of Ancient China. In the games, players experience the thrill of fighting single-handedly against nearly endless legions of enemy soldiers in historical battles that shaped an empire.

'Cold Fear' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 2:53 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Cold Fear is the first action-horror title to be published under the Ubisoft brand and combines the popular elements of both action and horror releases, delivering an action-packed, tension-filled gaming experience.

'NBA' (PSP) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 2:43 p.m. PST | Filed under News

This spring, 989 Sports will introduce the first, real, basketball simulation ever created for handheld entertainment system. NBA for the PSP handheld entertainment system will provide gamers with all the fast-breaks, precision passing, and above the rim action that fans have come to expect from their sport.

'Death By Degrees' (PS2) Kicks Its Way Into Retail

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 1:49 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Death By Degrees is an action adventure featuring Nina Williams from the multi-million selling Tekken series. Set prior to the first Tekken game this prequel focuses on the events that lead up to Nina's involvement in the Iron Fist Tournament.

Copyright Industries Identify Top Countries Contributing to Piracy

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 1:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The video game industry singled out Malaysia and China as among the worst havens for piracy in the 2005 "Special 301" filing submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and other copyright-based industries. The purpose of the report is to underscore areas of concern about market access and high piracy rates, which exist in some countries at levels at or in excess of 90%.

'Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars' - v1.02 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 1:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Haemimont Games has released a new patch for its 3D RTS game Celtic Kings: The Punic Wars (known in North America as Nemesis of the Roman Empire.) This update brings your English/German retail game to v1.02 and adds a new mp map (MultiDefense), enhanced NAT support, as well as a few bug fixes and balance changes. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'Codename: Panzers' - Bonus Map #2 Available NOW

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 11:59 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Codename: Panzers thrusts players into the high-powered battles of World War II offering real-time combat rampages with awesome 3D graphics. CDV has released a new map, Silent Hill, suitable for any language version of Stormregion's RTS game. Read more for download links ...

Eidos Closes 'Ion Storm Austin' Studio

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 11:32 a.m. PST | Filed under News

What was being rumored already last week is now official, Eidos announced : "This is part of the company's move to consolidate and strengthen its technical and management capabilities into a smaller number of studios which are capable of scaling up in order to meet the competitive challenges that lie ahead, particularly in anticipation of next generation technologies and platforms." At the same time Eidos is expanding its San Francisco Crystal Dynamics studio, currently working on Project Snowblind.

'Bujingai: Swordmasters' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 10:26 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Bujingai: Swordmasters, known in North America as Bujingai: The Forsaken City, brings martial arts fantasy to life in a high speed third person action adventure which tells the story of Lau Wong and Rei Jenron. Having spent their lives training to become legendary Swordmasters, they must both tend to the task of warding off demon invasions in a post apocalyptic Asian city. Bujingai: Swordmasters will be available across the UK on 18th February.

'Hell Forces' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 10:11 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Hell Forces is a classical FPS in which the main hero, Stephen Geist, is trying to find out what has happened to his missing friend. During this search, he is mired in a satanic conspiracy, and is trying to stop dread forces of Baphometh, the servant of Satan. Infernal legions are uncountable, but Stephen is not. Only with your help can he find out the truth and stop the invasion.

'Energy Airforce: Aim Strike!' (PS2) - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 9:13 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Energy Airforce: Aim Strike! sees players take on the role of the pilot and not the plane in a breathtaking air combat simulator developed in conjunction with aerospace industry giant Lockheed-Martin and several air force self defense divisions.

2K Games Signs North American Distribution Deal with SCi

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 8:49 a.m. PST | Filed under News

2K Games today announced that it has signed an agreement with SCi Games for exclusive North American publishing rights to Conflict: Global Terror, Carmageddon and Reservoir Dogs.

'Nexus: The Jupiter Incident' - Updated Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 8:31 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi has released an updated singleplayer demo for Mithis Games' real-time mission-based tactical space game Nexus: The Jupiter Incident allowing you to try out one mission (not available in the game), playable on three difficulty levels. Read more for download links ...

'Swords Of Destiny' (PS2) Announced - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 5:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Rising Star Games is set to release a new take on third-person action adventures with the beautiful hack-and-slash epic Swords Of Destiny. Heading for the PS2 in the summer, Swords of Destiny is further example of Rising Star's commitment to bringing quality Japanese software to the European market. Read more for details and screens ...

Hollywood Stars Sign On For 'Batman Begins' (NGC/PS2/Xbox)

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 5:39 a.m. PST | Filed under News

EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today they have secured an all-star cast for the Batman Begins video game. The game will feature the voices and likenesses of Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard), Katie Holmes (Rachel Dawes), Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane), Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), all reprising their roles from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Christopher Nolan.

'SWAT 4' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 3:25 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Developed by Irrational Games, SWAT 4 allows players to take control of a squad of up to five police officers tasked with performing dangerous operations such as high-risk arrests, hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Read more for new screens and concept art.

'TimeShift' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 3:06 a.m. PST | Filed under News

TimeShift is an innovative first-person shooter in which players control time to complete missions and defeat foes, is in development by Saber Interactive for the PC and Xbox. TimeShift will leverage first-of-its-kind gameplay abilities and functionality, the latest graphics technology, and high production values to create a truly unique action game experience.

'Sacred Underworld' - Screens

by Judy on Feb. 10, 2005 @ 2:53 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Within Sacred Underworld, adventurers can look forward to a vastly increased game world, two brand new characters, a whole arsenal of exciting new weapons and hordes of new opponents to use them on. Launching 15th April 2005, Sacred Underworld is available as an expansion pack for Sacred (£19.99) or as Sacred Gold, combining both the original game and the expansion (£29.99).