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Fishtank Announces 'Silent Storm' For the PC - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 20, 2002 @ 12:50 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Fishtank Interactive, a division of Ravensburger Interactive, announces "Silent Storm," a new turn-based tactics and role-playing game title for the PC. Developed by Nival Interactive, "Silent Storm" promises multiple gameplay styles and truly interactive environments for spring 2003.

Microsoft Announces Crimson Skies (XBOX) - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:58 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Hop into the cockpit of a high-flying, fully loaded aerial hotrod in “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge,” the newest game under exclusive development for the Xbox. Microsoft Game Studios today announced that its critically acclaimed action-adventure franchise, “Crimson Skies,” is coming exclusively to Xbox this fall. “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge” combines the thrills of low-to-the-ground air combat with the swashbuckling style of an action-adventure movie. Players pilot powerful fantasy aircraft in a game reminiscent of a classic Hollywood tale, as they battle enemy aces and navigate tricky stunts in single- and multiplayer modes. As the handsome and daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, players barnstorm through 1930s America hunting down the murderers of Nathan’s best friend.

Day Of The Sequels

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:29 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Infogrames and Phantagram revealed that Total Annihilation 2 is in the works. Very interesting stuff. Phantagram is best known for Kingdom Under Fire, a large scale RTS game that was published by Take-2 under the Gathering of Developers label. It will be interesting to see what they can create based on Cavedog's masterpiece. Richard Garriott and the folks at NCSoft have announced Lineage 2, the second iteration of their popular online roleplaying game. But the real kicker is that it will reportedly use Epic's Unreal Engine technology. NCsoft said almost all core components have been developed at this point and an alpha version is being tested. The company, which began to develop Lineage II in October 2000, said it is in talks with a major music studio to produce game music and sound effects. A testing-level service will be available in several months and a full-fledged commercial version is slated for the first half of 2003. NCSoft said it will introduce Lineage II in foreign markets such as the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and China by end-2003.

Master Rallye (PS2) - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 7:17 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Master Rallye is a completely unique, fast paced off-road race game based upon the FIA rally event of the same name. The game features licensed vehicles and officially endorsed special stages and a wide variety of game modes to allow casual, arcade, and simulation levels of play. Each rally stage follows off-road routes and allows the driver to find shortcuts from A to B in an extremely wide environment. The player can risk off-track navigation to find the best shortcuts to accomplish their goal – as long as they finish first! Each stage is tested and approved by the legendary Master Rallye designer Rene Metge – himself a triple Paris Dakar winner. Scheduled for mid-May 2002.

Strategy First/Wanadoo Snag 'The Druid King' - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 6:19 p.m. PST | Filed under News

French publisher Wanadoo, in association with the North American publisher Strategy First, announces it has concluded a deal with Sofia-based studio Haemimont Games to publish and distribute Druid King, its new real time strategy game. It will be released in Western Europe (except Spain) and Japan by Wanadoo, and in North America jointly by Wanadoo and Strategy First.

Patches For 'Silent Hunter II' & 'Destroyer Command' Available NOW

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 6:02 p.m. PST | Filed under Patch

We are aware that there are some problems with the AI routines and multiplayer functions in Destroyer Command and Silent Hunter II. We are currently working on a set of patches to address the more serious issues. We also know that many of you are frustrated because the patch required enabling multiplayer sessions between Silent Hunter II and Destroyer Command has not been released yet. We had planned on the patch being ready by the time Destroyer Command was to arrive on the retail shelves, but unfortunately we discovered some serious problems that have required further testing and development work to make the interoperability between the two products function properly.

Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 3:42 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Arcade Advanced collects six Konami arcade titles in their classic form, including Rush'n Attack, Gyruss, Scramble, Yie Ar Kung~Fu, Time Pilot, and the original Frogger. Each of the six titles appears on the single cartridge just as they did in the Golden Age of video games, while new bonus features breathe new life into them. New graphics, multiplayer modes, levels, sound effects and game modes are just some of the extras being added to each title.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 1:34 p.m. PST | Filed under News

A fresh batch of screens send by our dear Lucasarts friends ... boy this game sure looks impressive ... and its almost there ... *pant* *pant* Enjoy the screens ...

'Operation Flashpoint: Resistance' - Details & Screens

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 12:45 p.m. PST | Filed under News

Enhanced visual detail and new landscape features bring dramatic new gameplay elements to Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. New details on Operation Flashpoint's official expansion. From Bohemia Interactive Studio, the creators of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, comes the game's official expansion - Operation Flashpoint: Resistance. Due to launch at retail on June 21st and requiring the original game to play, Operation Flashpoint: Resistance introduces a new island environment with remarkable high-resolution graphics.

New SiS 3D Chip Announced

by Rainier on March 19, 2002 @ 11:42 a.m. PST | Filed under News

Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), one of the world’s leading graphic chip makers, announced today that they will demonstrate the next generation GPU, SiS330, at annually GDC show. The outstanding performance and lifelike shading that SiS330 provides will revolutionize the 3D graphics power of PCs at GDC 2002. Anyone who experiences the unforgettable hail of bullets in the most popular FPS game at the SiS booth will have no doubt about the true definition of “next-generation graphic chip.” The “8X8” (eight-by-eight) feature of SiS330 contains the world’s first support for both DirectX 8.1 and powerful AGP8X specification that allows data transmission rate go up to 533MHz. It also utilizes the “Pixelizer” engine and high quality Video processor. The speechless performance of SiS330 will show game lovers how SiS provides a competitive product among varies GPU solutions.