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Thursday, November 23, 2000
PC :: WomenGamers.com rates Pharoah - posted by Erich Becker at 9:31 pm CDT

WomenGamers.Com member KaCee reviews the city-building strategy game, Pharoah.

"While Pharaoh has many of the good elements of Caesar III and some new challenges, the fact that it takes forever to do what should have been the most interesting part of the game is a downer. Add in the bugs with docks, granaries, and the Inuet scenario, and this game gives the impression that it needed more thought during the development and testing processes."

Pharoah Review

Site :: New Review Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 9:31 pm CDT

...it was actually posted yesterday, but we are little behind today...

ESC Magazine is proud to present our review of the first game in the Gathering of Developer's Blair Witch series. The first game titled "Blair Witch Volume One: Rustin Parr" puts players in the shoes of Elspeth Holliday in her quest to find the cause of Rustin Parr's killing spree that claimed seven children.

The game earned a very high 9 out of 10 ESC Key rating from our reviewer (read: Me).

Blair Witch: Rustin Parr Review @ ESCMag.com

Read it today, and fear me!

Mac :: Two Releases For Turkey Day Joy - posted by Erich Becker at 9:27 pm CDT

With your turkey coming fresh out of the oven, Aspyr Media has announced that two fresh new games will be hitting your Mac soon. The Sims: Livin' Large and Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force have both been shipped to stores and both could be on a software shelf as early as today.

Related Links: Aspyr Media

PC :: Rune Review at Game Rankings - posted by Erich Becker at 9:24 pm CDT

Game Rankings has posted a review of Rune for the PC. It seems that the gaming community is split when it comes to Rune. Many call it fun even though it is lacking inovation, or they call it boring and repetative drabble. Here is a snippet:

"Rune is one of those games that I really wanted to like more than I did. While it's lots of fun, has a lengthy adventure, and lots of killing... it's just missing the flair of a game that tries to do new things."

Rune Review@ Game Rankings

PS1 :: Triple Play 2001 Review also at GC - posted by Erich Becker at 9:22 pm CDT

Dale and Chi of GameCritics.com examine EA Sports' recent baseball release on the PlayStation. Both critics were unimpressed. Here is an excerpt from Dale's review:

"Triple Play 2001 seems to bury itself further by not going the extra mile when it needs to. Its graphics are standard PlayStation fare, although cleaner in appearance than Sony's own MLB 2001. Trey Arch went to the great pains to copy the trademark batting stances and swings of baseball's big hitters as well as the pitching motions of most pitchers, but neglected the other animations that players perform on a ball field. Fielders run about the field with astounding awkwardness. At times they look like uniformed Steve Urkel's (sans hiked-up pants)."

GameCritics.com Review Triple Play 2001

PS1 :: Mega Man Legends 2 Review at GameCritics - posted by Erich Becker at 9:21 pm CDT

Guest critics, Matt Weise and Brad Gallaway, take a look at Capcom's second attempt to bring Mega Man into the 3-D world in Mega Man Legends 2. Here is an excerpt from Matt's review:

"True to the original, one of the special pleasures of the game is that there're lots to do besides fighting. For example, you can buy furniture and appliances for the Flutter (Mega Man and Roll's ship/home), take an honest-to-God quiz at school (which includes actual questions covering everything from Pink Floyd to Chaos Theory), and even send and receive mail at the local post office. And that's *before* you unlock the mini games."

GameCritics.com Review Mega Man Legends 2

PC :: Spend Thanksgiving with The Sims - posted by Erich Becker at 9:20 pm CDT

It's the holidays!

What would complete the perfect Thanksgiving celebration for your Sims? A turkey! Who needs Martha Stewart when you can visit www.TheSims.com today and download a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

You buy it for your Sims and put it on the table. Drawn by the smell, other Sims will come over to join the festivities. You carve it and it becomes a SIMply delicious Thanksgiving feast.

After dinner, put your Sim on the coach in front of the television for a bowl game and you have got the perfect Turkey Day experience.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Related Links: The Sims.com

Happy Thanksgiving to All - posted by Erich Becker at 9:16 pm CDT

I would like to take this oportunity to wish everyone who reads ESC Magazine, a very Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you all stuffed your faces today of turkey.


Erich Becker

Monday, November 20, 2000
Palm :: Womengamers Reviews 67 Different Games - posted by Erich Becker at 2:06 pm CDT

WomenGamers.Com's Banshee went to check out what games are available for Palm Pilots and got a LITTLE carried away. Check out what she had to say about 67 different Palm games in her article, Games on the Go.

"It never fails to amaze me that these tiny handheld devices have more power than the original arcade systems. Many Palm game developers have taken advantage of that by making numerous adaptations of the classic games I covered in my recent Children of the Eighties article. If you're not an arcade junkie, there are plenty of other game types to fill your palmtop device: puzzles, word games, combat, even Tamagotchi-like virtual pets. There's something for almost everyone."

Games on the Go

Multi :: Learn to Ease Away Gaming Frustrations - posted by Erich Becker at 2:05 pm CDT

GGz' Gemstone is back with a new editorial! Today she discusses using games as a way to get rid of those nasty frustrations. There are many reasons why gamers choose the games they do and working off frustration is only one of them. Who knew something as simple as 'Smacking a Theif' could help a person vent so much stress! It really is a primal need...

Gaming Away Frustration

PC :: Angel Munoz Interview @ Gamegirlz - posted by Erich Becker at 2:04 pm CDT

Angel Munoz founded the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) on June 26, 1997, pioneering the concept of high profile tournaments that have elevated computer game competitions to the level of a professional sport. The CPL is the leading computer gamer's league in the world, and has transformed computer game competitions into a professional sport. GameGirlz recently caught up with Angel Munoz to chat about all-female tournaments, and what we can expect to see at the upcoming Babbage's $100,000 CPL tournament.

GameGirlz / CPL Angel Munoz Interview

PC :: Two New Reviews @ XLGaming - posted by Erich Becker at 1:57 pm CDT

XLGaming sent me an email telling the world of two new reviews they have just posted. You can check them out below, remember to tell 'em who sent ya.

First the freeloader.com published space fighter Halcyon Sun:
Halcyon Sun Review @ XLGaming.com

Second the Fox Interactive published Monolith title Aiken's Artifact:
Aiken's Artifact Review @ XLGaming.com

PC :: All Female Game Tourney Interview - posted by Erich Becker at 1:53 pm CDT

Continuing with their series of CPL and all-female tournament participant interviews, the Stomped sponsored GameGirlz /CPL Tournament site has posted up a quick interview with Pauline "bam_bam" Derosier. The GameGirlz / CPL all-female tournament will be Pauline's first entry into a gaming tournament. In the interview, Pauline about her views on gaming, her job, pro-gaming events, and much more

All-Female Tourney Interview

PC :: New Counterstrike Feature - posted by Erich Becker at 1:52 pm CDT

There's a new Counter-Strike feature over at www.student.co.uk. It's an "interview" with the four Counter Terrorist members from the game, (not taken too seriously).

It can be found directly at:
This Site

Here's a snippett:

In the first of our exclusive (ie. made up) interviews with the stars behind the smash hit online game: Counter-Strike, we talk to the heroes of the game, the Counter Terrorist force (CT's) and find out just what makes them get out of bed wanting to kick Terrorist arse! Representatives from each of the four forces, Julian (SAS), Francis (GIGN), Helmut (GSG-9) and Butch (SEAL) have kindly agreed to chat with us about their rise to online superstardom!

Next week there'll be a similar one with the Terrorist side, so people can check back then if they like it. Readers comments are welcome.

Site :: New Feature Column Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 1:49 pm CDT

ESC Magazine is proud to present our newest feature, Finding the PS2. We now present this news item in movie trailer form:

[cue ambient music]

[cue camera cuts of the PS2]

Escape Magazine in assosiation with Matt Burawski is proud to present a feature that will thrill you, scare you, and revolutionize the journalism field:

[cue cuts of forgettable objects exploding and men jumping throught the air]

Finding the PS2, one man's heroic story to have the ultimate gaming machine. Featuring a special guest appearence by Jackie Chan, as the man who taught Matt to fight.

[cue logo]

See it today a ESC Magazine

Thursday, November 16, 2000
PC :: GamePen Thinks They Can Live Forever - posted by Erich Becker at 3:03 pm CDT

But the must realize that No One Lives Forever.

GamePen's review of Fox/Monolith's No One Lives Forever is now online.
Here's a snippet:

"NOLF is a cross between a first person shooter like Half-Life and a first person "skulker" like Thief. You're required to avoid security cameras and such, while avoiding contact as much as possible. Unlike Garrett in Thief, you're not defenseless. You have a wide range of weapons, from pistols to submachine guns to a Buck Rogers-ish zap gun. And, as any good movie spy has, you have an array of gadgets, from robotic poodles to exploding lipstick. "

No One Lives Forever Review @ GamePen

Mac :: Aspyr Updates Releases - posted by Erich Becker at 3:02 pm CDT

Aspyr Media has sent out their monthly newsletter (thanks Toby), and it highlights some of the big conversions and release dates coming over to a Mac near you.

Firstly, we have Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. The acclaimed PC game is hitting Mac in style and should be in stores within a week. Elite Force puts you in the shoes of Ensign Monroe as (he or she) tries to put together the pieces of a puzzle and help Voyager escape from a space rift that has claimed hundreds of vessels. For more information on the game you can check out our review in the reviews section of the site.

Second we have the critically acclaimed, Sims: Livin' Large expansion set which is set ot ship with in the next few days. The expansion pack to the number one selling game of 2000 is finally here for the Mac, and it brings all of the zanny fun and wierdness with it. You can also check out our PC review in the reviews section.

Conversions are also taking place for Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed from EA. Escape from Monkey Island from LucasArts, and Tomb Raider: Chronicles from Eidos and Core.

And that is some news that should make our Mac gamers very happy.

Related Links: Aspyr Media

Media :: Sims TV Campaign Premiers Today! - posted by Erich Becker at 2:54 pm CDT

The Sims TV Ad Campaign Premieres Today!

Don't miss today's premiere of the wacky new ad campaign for The Sims, Electronic Art's wildly popular PC game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people (Sims) and control their lives. A series of eight humorous and unpredictable ads features a young boy named "Timmy" and his household high jinx with many of the characters made popular in The Sims and its expansion pack, The Sims: Livin' Large. Look for these ads to run on MTV, USA, TNT, Comedy Central and The WB throughout the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000
PC :: Age of Empires: Conquerors Review - posted by Erich Becker at 3:10 pm CDT

GameSurge takes a look at the latest in the series for Age of Empires.

"First I'll just say that if you're a fan of Age of Kings, Conquerors just adds more to the mix. I found the new campaigns easier to play than the original, especially the new Conquerors Campaign, which has various battles from history all over the world. If you're a general strategy fan, Conquerors is also made more fun thanks to these scenarios. The gameplay has been enhanced, but not changed. The farm queues are a welcome addition, and the new units are fun, and each has a unique graphical style. I did notice, however, that the Conquistador looked different from all the other units, but I quickly got over that."

Link: Age of Empires: Conquerors Review @ GameSurge

DC :: Quake III Arena Review @ GamePen - posted by Erich Becker at 3:08 pm CDT

Gamepen has posted a review of the recently released, Quake III Arena for the Sega Dreamcast. Check out the review, and all of the online fragging glory.

Here's an excerpt:
"The control is fine, even with a Dreamcast controller. It takes time to get used to, but the controller actually does a fine job commanding your warrior. Still, though... if you want to play Quake 3 the way it's supposed to, you're going to have to invest in a $20 Dreamcast mouse and a $24 keyboard. It's actually the only true way to play first person shooters, especially on the internet. When you're online it's painfully apparent who has a mouse and who doesn't. "

Quake 3 Arena Review @ GamePen

Tuesday, November 14, 2000
PC :: Everglide announces New Mouse Pad - posted by Erich Becker at 5:02 pm CDT

EverGlide.com to offer innovative fUnc Industries, sUrface1030 Mouse Pad

San Francisco, CA /EverGlide.Com/Nov. 12, 2000 - Surprising many in the gaming industry, David Welsh, President of EverGlide.com, creators of the internationally popular gaming mouse pad, announced today that their online games product shopping destination will begin featuring the new fUnc Industries, sUrface1030 mouse pad effective immediately.

"We are very excited about adding the sUrface1030 to our widening line of high quality mousing solution," said David Welsh, President of EverGlide.Com. "Customers familiar with the Everglide name can continue to go to our site to find high quality solutions for gaming and game play," he added.

"Everglide has built an outstanding reputation in the gaming industry for supplying performance oriented mousing solutions," said Craig Rogers, CEO of fUnc Industries. "With their new focus as a shopping cart destination for gaming hardware, we feel that both fUnc Industries and the on-line customer will benefit from this strategic relationship," continued Rogers.

The patent-pending sUrface1030 provides users with the flexibility required in today's diverse computing environment, offering features never before available in a mouse pad.

The product is comprised of an ergonomically designed rubber base that houses the unique double-sided sUrface1030 and keeps it in place on the desktop. The double-sided sUrface1030 offers two unique options for the user depending on their individual mousing style and preference. A specially designed integrated mouse cord clip with multiple placement locations allows the sUrface1030 to be used either wide or tall and provides the user with hassle free mouse movements.

Inspired by the demanding requirements of professional computer gamers, this solution provides the user with a smooth and consistent mousing experience. Unique tracking qualities offer benefit not only to the computer gamer but also to those professional computer users demanding more control and accuracy in mouse movements.

Related Links: Everglide.com

N64 :: GG8.com Speaks with Miyamoto - posted by Erich Becker at 4:55 pm CDT

GG8.com has posted an exclusive interview with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind the Mario and Zelda franchises as well as others. You can find the interview here:

GG8.com's Exclusive Interview

Here is a snip:

"In 1977, Nintendo (then a children's toy company) was struggling with a bit of a problem. There was this huge new industry of arcade games exploding at the time and they had quickly sensed that it was going to be the next big thing. They were absolutely desperate to get involved. Already the company's engineers had finished a few video game designs, but they had failed to grab any of the interests of the North American distributors."

PC :: MechCommander 2 Site is Now LIVE - posted by Erich Becker at 4:50 pm CDT

Microsoft today announced that the official Web site for MechCommander 2, the highly anticipated sequel being developed by Microsoft's FASA Interactive group, is now live at
http://www.microsoft.com/games/mechcommander2/. In MechCommander 2, players command a company of MechWarriors in a real-time tactical game of power, strategy, and treachery set in the perpetual BattleTech Universe. MechCommander 2 will be available at retail locations throughout North America in spring 2001.

The MechCommander 2 site features a wealth of information, including an interview with the game's program manager, Mitch Gitelman; dynamic screen shots, and a downloadable AVI highlighting gameplay in this addicting new title. In addition to a complete features list, the site also offers in-depth details on the BattleTech background story. Gamers can also visit the MechBay section, which features five 'Mechs and will be regularly updated with additional 'Mechs as game development progresses.

MechCommander 2 gives gamers more than amazing gameplay -- it draws them into the rich, 16-year history of the BattleTech Universe. Players will be immersed in intense tactical gameplay, commanding up to a dozen enormous BattleMechs in real-time combat, where outsmarting the enemy is their key to victory. MechCommander 2 is fully 3D, with state-of-the-art terrain that can be maneuvered to the gamer's advantage. Players can knock down trees, blow through walls, jump-jet onto cliffs and step on things standing in their way to victory!

While a lone MechWarrior can wield up to 100 tons of "Mechanized" death, the MechCommander rules the battlefield from above, imposing his strategic will and mastering all he surveys. When he issues an order to jump, MechWarriors obey. When something needs to be destroyed, the MechCommander need only finger the target. He rules the battlefield with an iron fist, commanding his units from the orbital dropship.

PC :: Womengamers.com rates Baldur's Gate II - posted by Erich Becker at 4:44 pm CDT

WomenGamers.Com member Zoras reviews the highly anticipated roleplaying game, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.

"The character generation screen alone will have fans poring over the various options, alignments, kits and spells for a good hour or two. Furthermore, in response to a tremendous number of fan requests, BioWare has included the option of character romances. Some of the NPCs develop affections for your character, along with all the joys and sorrows that normally accompany such."

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Review

Monday, November 13, 2000
DC :: Shenmue First Impressions - posted by Erich Becker at 3:06 pm CDT

After reading many pre-release reviews of the game I was somewhat in question about this title. How can websites call a game "the greatest game ever" when that game was clearly released in late 1998 for the Nintendo 64 system, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. Still, having a Dreamcast comes with its advantages, and if this Christmas is any indication, I can just laugh at all of the people who "invested" into a PS2.

I won't really go into a big debate here over what system is better (it is clearly the one with online play), I am here to give my first impressions on one of the best games I have ever played.

From the very beginning of the game, Shenmue, grabs your attention. In a very lenghty opening cutscene it shows the death of lead character, Ryo's, father. From then on the game follows the familiar seek-revenge cliche which has been over exploited in Hollywood, but not sampled enough in the video game world. From only playing about halfway thought disk one I can honestly say that I was blow away with how much fun and engrossing this game is. Every character has speech, every object can be moved or examined, and every door can be knocked on or entered. The sheer scope of this game is unimaginable, as is the fun factor.

I find myself sitting in school wondering what I will do next in the tantalizing world of Shenmue. Everything is so perfect in this game it nearly rivals Zelda for my favorite game in the last five years.

I won't go into too much detail, because my upcoming review will go deeper, but if you do own a Dreamcast you NEED to pick up this game and enjoy the goodness. Sega's dynamic holiday season is upon us, don't be the one left out.

Erich Becker

PC :: Gamepen is Under Fire - posted by Erich Becker at 2:57 pm CDT

Gamepen has posted a preview of GOD Game's Kingdom Under Fire. Many are looking forward to this anticipated title. If you are one of the many check out this preview.

Kingdom Under Fire Preview @ GamePen

PS2 :: GamePen Reviews Kessen (PS2) - posted by Erich Becker at 2:55 pm CDT

Gamepen was so nice to inform me this morning that they have posted their review of the highly anticipated PS2 launch title Kessen from Koei and Electronic Arts. You can find out what they thought of the title here:

Kessen Review @ GamePen

Site :: Dino Crisis 2 Review Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 2:53 pm CDT

In a big week for Capcom, on Dreamcast atleast, reviewer John Benedetto takes a look at Capcom's latest offering on the aging Sony Playstation. Can Dino Crisis 2 surpass the dino-killing/puzzle-solving fun of the original or is it in store for a Lost World syndrome? Find out for yourself, click the link below.

"Take the beginning of the game, for example. After watching the most impressive cinematic display I have seen in a console game (including what I saw of Kessen for the PS2), you begin the game playing as a soldier sent to deal with the latest government screw-up while Regina, the redhead from Dino Crisis, runs off disgusted at your primitive attempts to open a door. So you go through that door, and wade right into the middle of a velociraptor pack. After that, it’s merely a matter of turning around quick enough to shoot all of them. "

Dino Crisis 2 Reivew @ ESCMAG

Wednesday, November 08, 2000
DC :: New Review and Feature at GamePen - posted by Erich Becker at 6:20 pm CDT

Gamepen has posted a review of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. Being one of the best games to come out in years, check out what GamePen had to say about this dynamic game.

Tony Hawk Review @ GamePen

Also at Gamepen, they have posted a very cool comparison between F355 Challenge and Sega GT for the Sega Dreamcast Console. A very nice read. Check it out.

F355 Challenge vs. Sega GT

COM :: Womengamers T-Shirts Now Available - posted by Erich Becker at 6:17 pm CDT

Looking for a great present this holiday season or just wanna tell the world you play games too? Maybe you are a guy who wants to support women who game? Buy a T-Shirt! On Sale now for $14.95 featuring really cool anime designs!

WomenGamers.Com T-Shirts -- On Sale Now!

Media :: New Fan Fiction at Gamesurge - posted by Erich Becker at 6:16 pm CDT

Chapter 1 of Jodias' Fan Fic, the Seventh Realm has been posted on Gamesurge.com

"Rothin looks in front of him as he continues moving closer to the entity. The glimmering eyes that are looking at him suddenly vanish as he halts. Minutes pass as nothing within the vortex can be seen. Swiftly, he hears the faint sound of a magical chant. As he realizes what he is hearing, it is far too late. Out from the portal blast magical missiles aimed directly for his chest. The blast hits him on target as his energy shield is shattered and the magical impulses protecting him vanish. The missiles propel his body back against the hard oak tree behind him. "

Link: See the Rest of the Story at Gamesurge

PC :: New Blade of Darkness Screens - posted by Erich Becker at 6:14 pm CDT

RebelAct just sent me an email telling me that they have released new screenshots of their upcoming game, Blade of Darkness. Just don't sit there, click the link below to learn more about the game and see the screens.

Blade of Darkness Screenshots

Related Links: RebelAct

N64 :: WWF No Mercy Preview @ Gamecritics.com - posted by Erich Becker at 6:12 pm CDT

Dale of GameCritics.com puts together a preview of the highly anticipated N64 wrestling game WWF No Mercy. Done in their trademark style, expect 13 screenshots accompanied with details about the game in captions. Here's an excerpt from the text:

"Any fan of THQ's previous Nintendo 64 wrestling titles will immediately notice that the graphics are essentially unchanged. The character models are still bulky and angular, but the engine did receive a few changes. For one thing, the character textures are cleaner and game environments are much more detailed than those of WWF Wrestlemania 2000 are."

GameCritics.com Preview WWF No Mercy


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