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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
[PC] 'Half-Life 2' In-Stores, On Steam! - posted by Erich Becker at 6:46 am CDT

Half-Life 2 has been released in retail stores and on Valve's Steam service. The game (which has been available in different parts of the country since late last week) can finally be played as the authorization servers are online.

Those looking to pick up the retail copy have two versions to choose from. The standard box copy comes with Half-Life 2 and Counter Strike: Source for $54.99 and the Collector's Edition packs in HL2 (DVD), CS: Source, Half-Life: Source, a T-Shirt, and a Prima strategy guide for $79.99.

Either way, Gordon is back!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004
[PC] 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Ships Nov. 16th - posted by Erich Becker at 3:43 pm CDT

Activision announced today that the highly anticipated Vampire®: The Masquerade - Bloodlines(tm) for the PC will be released on November 16. The Source-powered game, based on White Wolf's World of Darkness, is set to debut with an "M" rating from the ESRB and a MSRP of $49.99.

[PC] 'EverQuest II' Launches - posted by Erich Becker at 12:34 pm CDT

In addition to that Halo game, something called EverQuest II also came out today. Is that why the roads were so empty this morning on the way to the office and ESCMAG Tower is deserted?

[Xbox] 'Halo 2' Launches - posted by Erich Becker at 12:33 pm CDT

I guess there is this game called Halo 2 that launched last night. Anyone heard about it?

[Multi] 'Need for Speed Underground 2' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:25 pm CDT

EA announced today that the sequel to NFS: Underground has gone gold and will be in stores November 15th for the PlayStation2, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo GameCube.

The game features 125 miles of road to traverse at insane speeds and the lovely figure of Brooke Burke to keep you company (here's hoping the women aspect turns out much better than in Namco's SRS).

For those of you looking for some more tuner action, gear up that rice-burner because NFS: Underground 2 is only a week away.

[PC] Nevrax Offers 14 Free Days of 'Ryzom' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:22 pm CDT

For those of you looking at a long winter, maybe you should think about a new MMORPG. We all know about the EverQuest II's and World of WarCraft's, but do you want to try something new? Nevrax is giving you that chance by offering a two week free trial of The Saga of Ryzom, its MMORPG

The trial begins today, and a valid credit card is required to verify your free account.

If the Saga of Ryzom is not for you, just cancel the trial at any time. If you have found your new home, do nothing and your free account will be converted into a registered account automatically.

As a special holiday promotion, players who purchase the game during their free trial will be charged just $29.99, instead of the retail price of $44.99.

Get more details and the game client right here

[Multi] Activision Ships 'Lemony Snicket's: ASoUA' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:18 pm CDT

Activision has shipped Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for the PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GameBoy Advance, and PC. The game, based on the upcoming movie of the same name, should be available later this week. The film hits theaters December 19th.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Both the Game Boy® Advance and PC versions feature unique game play with their own adventures and carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 each. The game has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.

[PC] Mersom Ships 'Space Interceptor: Project Freedom' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:14 pm CDT

Merscom announced today that they have shipped Space Interceptor: Project Freedom for the PC. Here's a snippet from their press release:

Merscom LLC today announced "Space Interceptor: Project Freedom" for PC has shipped to retail across North America. This high-quality space combat arcade-style game, with its dazzling visuals and straight-ahead action gameplay, raises the bar for "value-priced" games. Published by Merscom, "Space Interceptor: Project Freedom" was developed by CITY Interactive and is distributed to retailers by Atari. The game is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB for Mild Language and Violence and retails for $19.99 (USD).

[PC] EA Ships 'Medal of Honor Pacific Assault' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:11 pm CDT

In retail news today, EA has shipped Medal of Honor Pacific Assault for the PC. The game should be available as early as today at your retailer of choice. There are two versions of the game, the standard and a Director's Cut, so choose which one is right for you.

Medal of Honor Pacific Assault is rated "T" (Teen) with descriptors of Blood, Language, Violence by the ESRB and is available under the EA GAMES™ brand with a US MSRP of $49.99. The Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition which includes an arsenal of bonus features on PC-DVD will appeal to a wide variety of game fans and has a US MSRP of $59.99.

Thursday, November 04, 2004
[PC] 'Return to Mysterious Island' Now Available - posted by Erich Becker at 1:44 pm CDT

The Adventure Company announced today that their latest adventure game, Return to Mysterious Island, based on the Jules Verne novel, is now availabe at North American retail stores.

[Multi] 'Lord of the Rings: The Third Age' Ships - posted by Erich Becker at 1:42 pm CDT

EA announced yesterday that the eagerly awaited The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age has shipped and will be on store shelves soon. The game, developed by the same team responsible for last year's Return of the King game, will be released on PlayStation2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and GameBoy Advance.

The console versions carry an MSRP of $49.95 while the GBA version should retail for $29.95. All versions are rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.

[Multi] 'FlatOut' Demo Released, Game Out Tomorrow - posted by Erich Becker at 1:39 pm CDT

Empire Interactive and Bugbear Entertainment announced today that the first demo for their upcoming racing title, FlatOut, is now available through NVIDIA's nZone. The demo shows off two tracks from the final game (which houses 36), one of the game's cars, and the ragdoll minigame from the full version.

US gamers can get the demo right here: http://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_flatout_downloads.html

FlatOut will be released for the PlayStation® 2, Xbox, PC CD-ROM on November 5th 2004.

[PC] Strategy First Ships 'Vendetta Online' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:34 pm CDT

Publisher Strategy First and developer Guild Software Inc. are proud to announce that the much anticipated MMORPG Vendetta Online ships to retail stores nationwide today.

- A “twitch” based flight model and combat system brings the intensity and immersion of FPS-style battle action, set against the backdrop of a massively multiplayer universe.
- User-configurable choice between "Physics" and "Arcade" flights models.
- A massive universe containing thousands of solar systems.
- A truly real-time, physics based, zero-g space flight simulation.
- A wide range of highly configurable ships
- Open ended skill and faction system permits variability in a character's role
- A dynamic economy, affected by supply, demand and the political climate
- Extensive communications system, including chat and instant messaging
- Multiplatform: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
- Continued expansion of the game feature, after release

Vendetta Online is available for $29.99USD and is rated TEEN/Fantasy Violence by ESRB. To find out more about Vendetta Online, please visit www.strategyfirst.com or www.vendetta-online.com.

[PC] NCsoft Releases 'City of Heroes Collector's DVD Edition' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:30 pm CDT

NCsoft today released the DVD Collectors Edition of the acclaimed super-hero MMORPG, City of Heroes. The game will be in stores next week.

City of Heroes Collectors DVD Edition game pack includes:

- A DVD containing City of Heroes including expansions, Episode 1: Through the Looking Glass, and Episode 2: A Shadow of the Past with new zones, villains, costume tailoring and capes
- An exclusive Statesman HeroClix figure
- A 16-page PVPonline mini-comic book
- A new Paragon City fold-out map and City of Villains™ poster
- A 32-page mini manual and reference guide
- A revealing excerpt from the upcoming City of Heroes novel, “The Web of Arachnos,” from CDS Books due out in Spring 2005
- The winning entries from the recently conducted City of Heroes Film Festival
- A unique in-game item that can only be found in the Collectors DVD Edition
- Preview trailers of the upcoming City of Villains expansion and other NCsoft games

The City of Heroes Collectors DVD Edition will be available at most major North American computer game retail outlets at a suggested retail price of US$49.99, which includes the first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.95. Sixty-day game time cards are also available at many North American retailers for an estimated street price of US$29.99. The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

City of Heroes players who currently have an account, can purchase the City of Heroes Collectors DVD Edition and receive 30-days of free play credited to their account.

[PC] 'Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault' Director's Edition In Stores - posted by Erich Becker at 1:22 pm CDT

EA announced today that Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Director's Edition is in stores and ready for you to pick up. Here's a snippet from their press release detailing some of the special features included in the Director's Edition:

The PC-DVD Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition contains the full game, plus an arsenal of bonus content which will appeal to game fans and history buffs alike. Most notable is the Interactive Timeline, a dynamic presentation of the history of the Pacific Theater during WWII. With a click of the mouse, knowledge-hungry players can track attack planes and ships, highlight them to learn more about the type of vehicle and its crew or play audio clips such as Roosevelt’s “December 7th Day of Infamy” speech, as well as declarations of war from both Japan and Britain. Every major battle included in the game is highlighted, as is additional contextual information.

Additional content includes two educational documentaries written and produced by EA. “Medal of Honor Pacific Assault The Thought War", details the use of propaganda during World War II, and “Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Paths of Glory” features gripping interviews with WWII veterans who describe their experiences in the major battles covered in the game.

In addition to those features, the Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition offers an eye-opening montage of the WWII poster imagery that inspired a nation. Pop-Up Facts can be toggled on and off during the game to highlight historical facts, famous quotes, and relevant statistics. (This feature will be included in both the Medal of Honor Pacific Assault standard and the Director’s Edition.)

Longtime fans of the Medal of Honor franchise will appreciate the behind the scenes peek at creating the game, and the Medal of Honor™ Media Player which contains more than 60 conceptual paintings used in designing the Medal of Honor games, as well as the best selection of the Medal of Honor franchise's award-winning music. Hardcore gamers will enjoy playing the game with the exclusive weapon available only in the Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition.

Medal of Honor Pacific Assault is rated "T" (Teen) with descriptors of Blood, Language, Violence by the ESRB and is available under the EA GAMES™ brand with a US MSRP of $49.99. The Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition has a US MSRP of $59.99.

[Xbox] 'Blinx 2' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 1:18 pm CDT

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space has gone gold for the Xbox. The action-platformer with time warping capabilities will be in stores November 16th for an MSRP of $39.99.

Blinx has been rated "E" for Everyone.

[Industry] SpikeTV Announces 'Video Game Awards Hits V1' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:14 pm CDT

Spike TV and Artemis Records have announced an upcoming compilation CD featuring music featured in video games. The disc will street on November 30th, you can find a track listing below.

Also, SpikeTV announced that the second annual Video Game Award will be held on December 14th in Santa Monica, CA. The show will be hosted by Snoop Dogg.


1. Blink 182 - "Feeling This" (Madden 2004/EA Games)
2. X-ecutioners - "Like This" (SSX 3/EA Games)
3. New Found Glory - "This Disaster" (Madden 2005/EA Games)
4. Pixies - "Wave Of Mutilation" (Wakeboarding Unleashed/Activision)
5. David Banner - "Crank It Up" (Fight Night 2004/EA Games)
6. Andrew WK - "Tear It Up" (Nascar Thunder 2004/EA Games)
7. Mystikal - "Smashing The Gas (Get Faster)" (Need For Speed Underground 2004/EA Games)*
8. Bone Crusher - "Never Scared" (Madden 2004/EA Games)
9. Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours" (NBA Street Volume 2/EA Games)
10. Elvis Presley vs. JXL - "A Little Less Conversation" (EyeToy: Groove/Sony Games)
11. Sugarcult - "Memory" (Burnout 3: Takedown and NHL 2005/EA Games)
12. Benzino - "Rock The Party" (Fight Night 2004/EA Games)
13. Groove Armada - "Superstylin' (EyeToy: Groove/Sony Games)
14. Petey Pablo - "Need For Speed" (Need For Speed Underground/EA Games)*

[PC] Merscom's 'Terrorist Takedown' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 1:11 pm CDT

Merscom LLC today announced "Terrorist Takedown" for PC has gone gold. With its fully realistic sound effects and rapid-fire gameplay, this arcade-style military action game drops you on the front line in the war on terror. Furthermore, to honor those men and women fighting the real war, a percent of profits from the sale of each copy of the game will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). This very special charity pays tribute to those fallen Special Operations personnel by providing college scholarship grants to their surviving children. Retailing for $19.99 (USD) and rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB for Strong Language and Violence, "Terrorist Takedown" was developed by CITY Interactive and is scheduled to arrive on store shelves in the next two weeks. The game will be distributed by Atari and will be widely available across the country.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
[PS2] 'San Andreas' First Impressions - posted by Erich Becker at 6:13 pm CDT

These impressions are for our illustrious Editor-in-Chief, who must wait to play the game! *EVIL LAUGH*

So what can you really say about the Grand Theft Auto series other than every game released has been a ground-breaking achievement in entertainment. The latest game in the series, San Andreas came out today, I got it last night, and I can't get the game out of my head.

Everything you loved about Vice City is back, in a west coast atmosphere with so much to do. So far I have only been introduced to a few of the characters in the game, mostly members of the gang CJ belonged to before he headed off to Liberty City. What brings our protagonist back to his hometown of Los Santos? The death of his mother is the primary reason, but when he finds his former gang in complete disarray, things are in for a change.

The one thing I have noticed, so far, is the RPG elements play both a major, and minor role in the game. Granted, I'm only to the point where you begin to learn about how building muscle aids you with melee attacks, but there are so many dimensions to the game that I have yet to explore.

I spent the better part of yesterday evening jumping over walls, stealing tractors, heading out to the country, and eating at burger joints. If you had any doubts about the game, rest assured that San Andreas was well worth the wait. If you thought they crammed a lot into Vice City, you haven't seen anything yet.

A full review will be coming in a few weeks, but you should buy the game before then.

Monday, October 25, 2004
[PC] 'DOOM 3' Expansion Coming - posted by Erich Becker at 12:37 pm CDT

Activision announced a new expansion pack for the recently released Doom 3. Here are all the details we have, straight for the press release:

"id Software™ and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will unleash an all-new assault on humanity with DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil™, the official expansion pack to the fastest selling PC first- person action game ever in the U.S., according to NPD Techworld. Co-developed by Nerve Software and id Software, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil continues the terrifying and intense action of the already classic DOOM 3, which Maxim and Computer Gaming World awarded “five out of five stars” and the Associated Press called “one of the scariest games ever made.” Through the discovery of a timeless and evil artifact you now hold the powers of Hell in your hands, and the demons have come to hunt you down and take it back. Following the events of DOOM 3 and featuring new locations, characters and weapons, including the return of the double-barreled shotgun, DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil expands the terrifying action that fans and critics have been raving about. The title will require the full retail version of DOOM 3, and has not yet been rated by the ESRB."

[PC] 'EverQuest II' Ships November 8th - posted by Erich Becker at 12:33 pm CDT

In the continued assault of AAA titles making their way to retailers, SOE announced today that EverQuest II will ship to retailers in North America and Europe on November 8th.

I know something big happens on the 9th...what could that be...

In any event, I have personally been playing the beta test for the last three weeks and highly, highly recommend the game to anyone who enjoys online RPGs. While seasoned EQ vets may find some things too different for them, newbies to the series, such as me, have fallen in love with the game.

Look for EQ II in just over two weeks.

[PS2] 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' Ships - posted by Erich Becker at 12:29 pm CDT

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the next game in the best-selling GTA series has shipped off to retailers, with some getting them as early as tonight (local shops in AZ call those with pre-orders yesterday stating the game would be in-store at 7:00PM MST).

The game promises to be the biggest GTA game yet, and we will have a full review in the coming weeks.

Thursday, October 21, 2004
[Multi] Activision Announces 'X-Men Legends 2' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:59 pm CDT

Keen on the success of X-Men Legends with fans and at retail, Activision announced that its Raven Software studio (Soldier of Fortune) has begun development of a sequel to the action-RPG title based on the famous MARVEL characters.

No release date, systems, or any further information was given beyond the existance of the game. One can assume that the series will continue on this generation of consoles before making a leap to the next.

We'll have more, when there's more to have.

Source: Press Release

Monday, October 18, 2004
[PC] 'Return to Mysterious Island' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:29 pm CDT

Yet another game has gone gold today. This time The Adventure Company's Return to Mysterious Island has Gone Gold. Here's a synopsis of the game:

"Return to Mysterious Island follows Mina, a strong young woman competing independently for the “Jules Verne Trophy” in a round-the-world sailing expedition. Caught in a tremendous storm, she becomes stranded on the shores of a wild and apparently uninhabited island. As she explores her new surroundings, she uncovers artifacts, living spaces and technologies left behind by the people who came before her to this uncharted island."

Developed by Kheops Studio, Return to Mysterious Island has an ESRB rating of ‘T’ for Teen in North America and “3+ PEGI” in Europe. The game will ship in North America on October 26th and begins releasing in Europe on November 12th.

[PC] 'National Lampoon's University Tycoon' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:22 pm CDT

"National Lampoon's University Tycoon" Goes Gold!

Anarchy Enterprises's newest game, "National Lampoon's University Tycoon" has gone gold! Never before has flunking college been so much fun. Create the wildest university campus ever - cause chaos, throw parties, enroll dirty girls to save hapless virgins, and drag the school's reputation through the mud!

Won't be any Nobel prize winners in this student body - so keeping them happy should be as simple as providing beer, sex and other party necessities for 4 years of drunken debauchery. Dozens of college characters are at your disposal and need your help to make their college experience one to remember… or a memory lost in a drunken stupor!


• Hilarious Student Body: Diverse characters enroll in your campus including Super Star Jocks, slutty Foreign Exchange Chicks, clueless Computer Geeks, hazing-abused Fratboys, raging Party Animals, ditsy Cheerleaders, rebellious Punks, chronic Stoners, hipster Skaters, bi-curious Goth Chicks and tons more. Each student is brought to life with unique personalities as they get freaky with their classmates, pound down brewskies and pass out drunk.

• Get Totally FUBAR: Each student will drink at parties and can get totally wasted. Drunken students will stagger around and pay more than they should for things you sell them. Get them too drunk and they'll pass out!

• Tons of Buildings to customize your campus. Decide what your students need to be happy or they'll drop out! Keep your students in a school daze with: Go-Go Bars, Beer Gardens, Raves - or waste the Law Students from the campus Sniper Window!

• Stunning 3D Graphics: Amazing detail brings your campus to life in full 3D, with exquisite detail right down to the zits on the Nerd's noses. A completely immersive experience with lush sound and animation, and a hilarious story will keep you hooked until you bust a gut laughing!

National Lampoon's University Tycoon is developed by Anarchy Enterprises and published by Activision Value, and will be available in stores in October 2004.
For more information visit: www.anarchyent.com

[PC] 'Half-Life 2' Goes Gold! (finally) - posted by Erich Becker at 12:20 pm CDT

More than a year after its original release date due to a mysterious "break-in" and theft of source code, Valve's Half-Life 2 will be coming home on November 16. The game, developed by Valve and published by Sierra, is the sequel to the multi-award winning Half-Life released in 1998.

To celebrate the arrival of snow in Hell, VU Games will release the game in a special Collector's Edition that will include Half-Life 2 on DVD-ROM, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Source, a limited edition T-shirt, and a Half-Life 2 Prima strategy guide.

All copies will come with Counter-Strike: Source.

Mark those calenders ladies and gentlemen, Gordon Freeman is finally back.

We will now return to making fun of Duke Nukem: Forever.


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