EA Looking to Buy Digital Illusions

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 3:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Electronic Arts today announced a tender offer for all outstanding shares of the Swedish game developer, Digital Illusions (DICE). The offer is scheduled to close on December 27, 2004. EA currently owns approximately 19 percent of DICE's outstanding shares.

'Flat-Out' - Update Patch Coming

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 2:44 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Flat-Out developers Bugbear have put a message in the game's community forum notifying its fans that they are working on an update patch for their recently released racing game. The fixes will include at least the following Blue screen / crashes (as far as these can be reproduced), incompability with certain Nvidia Forceware driver version, DirectX 9.0 detection and reporting, force feedback and the horsepower bugs are also on the to-be-fixed list. No multiplayer patch is being worked on, although BugBear recognizes the fan outcry, but says it depends on publisher Empire Interactive.

Cryptic Studios Reacts to Marvel Lawsuit

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 2:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios has updated its official website with a brief statement regarding last week's copyright lawsuit by Marvel Comics. "As reported by The Associated Press, Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Marvel Characters, Inc. have sued NCsoft Corporation and Cryptic Studios. The complaint is meritless. Cryptic Studios is confident that the District Court will reject all of Marvel's claims and fully vindicate Cryptic Studios in all respects."

'GTR: The Ultimate Racing Game' (Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 2:05 a.m. PST | Filed under News

SimBin Development Team is nearing completion of the first ever official racing game based on the FIA GT racing series. GTR – The Ultimate Racing Game represents the most intense and immersive racing experience ever to grace a PC or games console. GTR is scheduled to ship in North America in late Q1, 2005 for the PC.

Sven Co-op for 'Half-Life 2' IRC Interview

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 1:56 a.m. PST | Filed under News

HL2DB and GameSurge are holding a Half-Life 2 Release Party on IRC and GameSurge Radio, with various events scheduled for the hours leading up to the release (midnight on November the 15th), including a possible interview with members of Valve Software. From 9PM Pacific Standard Time, an interview with Sven Viking and Sniper of the Sven Co-op team -- on the subject of their upcoming co-operative mod for HL2 -- is to be held in the #HalfLife2 channel on irc.gamesurge.net.

Matrix Games Signs 'Supremacy: Four Paths To Power'

by Judy on Nov. 15, 2004 @ 1:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

After Strategy First losing the license last week, Matrix Games is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to publish Black Hammer Game's new turn-based sci-fi strategy game, Supremacy: Four Paths To Power, which is scheduled for release in December, 2004.

'Kessen III' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 14, 2004 @ 12:57 p.m. PST | Filed under News

The Kessen series melded two elements, ‘game’ and ‘drama’ together into grand epics that have won the acclaim of critics and consumers worldwide. The appeal of commanding one side of an epic clash between two great armies and the awe of watching dramatic events unfold across spectacular vistas are what the Kessen series is all about. Kessen III will be considered the game that redefined the Kessen series.

'World Racing 2' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Gets 'AC Cobra'

by Judy on Nov. 14, 2004 @ 12:46 p.m. PST | Filed under News

TDK Mediactive and AC Cars have concluded an agreement to feature one of the world’s most famous sports cars in the racing game World Racing 2. The famous 1960's AC Cobra will enhance the variety of car models in the game and offer the experience of an authentic piece of sports motoring history.

'Dark and Light' - Extra Beta Content

by Judy on Nov. 14, 2004 @ 12:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Over 30 new spells, along with new races, sound effects, are included in the new beta test for Dark and Light, an MMORPG scheduled for commercial release in April 2005 by developer NP Cube and publisher Farlan Entertainment.

'Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines' - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 14, 2004 @ 2:22 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, built using Valve's Half-Life 2 Source Technology, allows players to become a dangerous creature of the night as they assume the role of a recently embraced fledgling vampire in the service of the city's dark prince. Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines is being developed by Troika Games, based on White Wolf's renowned pen-and-paper Vampire: The Masquerade RPG series.

'SÖLDNER: Secret Wars' - v30770 Beta Update Patch & Server Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 13, 2004 @ 8:41 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Jowood has released yet another first patch for Wing Simulations' multiplayer shooter SÖLDNER: Secret Wars. This v30770 beta patch optimizes camera code, addresses plenty of gameplay issues, bug and game crash fixes but also adds new maps (St Rebecca / Hell Village), new vehicles, and new weapons. Read more for details and download links ...

'Half-Life 2' On Sale But Vivendi Blocks Authentication

by Judy on Nov. 13, 2004 @ 6:31 p.m. PST | Filed under News

As has been rumored the past few days, 'Half-Life 2' is indeed being sold early at various big stores in the U.S., such as BestBuy, Wal-Mart and even a few select EBGames. The lucky ones who managed to purchase a copy will get a major disappointment, as Vivendi ordered Valve to not activate the Half-Life 2 Steam authentication servers. Basically, anybody who bought HL2 can't play it yet. Valve issued a statement saying it is not their decision, but Vivendi who threatened Valve with breach of contract if they did.

'Chris Sawyer's Locomotion' - v1.76 Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 13, 2004 @ 1:03 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Atari has released the first patch for its strategy game Chris Sawyer's Locomotion. This update brings your retail game to v1.76 and addresses about a dozen game balance issues, crash fixes, as well as interface adjustments (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...

'WarCraft III' - Bonus Map Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 13, 2004 @ 12:25 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Blizzard has released yet another new Warcraft III map, this time called "Hinterland Raid"... Map info: "Deep in the woods, you'll track down the enemy encampment and prepare to launch a final, decisive strike. Assemble your forces quickly: the peril is great, and time grows short." This is a small map and the suggested no. of players is 2v2 or 3v3. It is based on the "Ashenvale Forest" tileset. Go download it here!

'Ski Racing 2005' - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 13, 2004 @ 2:02 a.m. PST | Filed under News

140 kp/h…….150 kp/h……160 kp/h………and no airbag! Ski Racing 2005 feat. Hermann Maier has the farthest jumps, the steepest slopes, the toughest skiers! Total concentration – An extreme risk - Brutal falls - Every mistake will be penalized without mercy! Thousands of fans – Breathtaking atmosphere – An unforgettable experience: The fight for the World Cup 2005 has now begun!

'Stronghold 2' - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 4:44 p.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. Due to be released for PC in early 2005, until then, check these new screens...

'Bloodrayne 2' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 4:40 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Majesco has released a demo for Terminal Reality's horror action game BloodRayne 2 featuring 1 level of play, the Mansion. Your objective is to discover who is the Cult of Kagan and put an end to their ring leader, Dariel Zerenski. Read more for download links ...

Various Game Trailers Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 4:39 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers were released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for :

  • Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault - Trailer
  • Armies Of Exigo - Trailer
  • Wanda And The Colossus - Trailer #2
  • Painkiller: Battle out of Hell - Trailer #2
  • Alida - Trailer #2

'Phantom Kingdom' (PS2) - Screens

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 3:52 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Nippon Ichi Software merely announced earlier today its plans to release Phantom Kingdom in Japan exclusively for the PlayStation2, and here are the first screens already ...

'Evil Genius' - v1.01 UK Update Patch Available NOW

by Judy on Nov. 12, 2004 @ 3:47 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Vivendi has released the first patch for Elixir Studios' strategy game Evil Genius. This update brings your retail game to v1.01 and addresses a slew of game crashes, bugs, AI tweaks and interface changes. This patch is for the U.K. edition of the game only. Read more for detailed fix list and download links ...