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Friday, December 05, 2003
 
[Mac] "X2" and "Elite Force II" Ship for Mac - posted by Erich Becker at 7:42 am CDT

Two more games are being added to the Mac library today. X2: Wolverine's Revenge and Star Trek: Elite Force II are both shipping. You can view the trailer for X2 right here, and an article on Elite Force II by clicking right here.

 
[Mac] "Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy" Coming to Mac - posted by Erich Becker at 7:38 am CDT

Activision's Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is coming to the Mac via Aspyr. Fans of the series/genre won't have to wait long as the game is expected to ship in late December or early January.

If you want to learn more about this game, you can check out the preview right here.


Tuesday, December 02, 2003
 
[PC] "X2: The Threat" Ships to Retail from Enlight - posted by Erich Becker at 3:04 pm CDT

One of over 250 games coming out this holiday season, Enlight's X2: The Threat is getting some very good marks in early previews. You too will be able to try the game out as Enlight has announced the game has shipped to retail and should be on store shelves very soon, if not right now.

In addition to the featuring graphics and in depth gameplay, X²: The Threat exhibits an amazingly open-ended X-universe that is twice the size featured in its predecessor, X: Beyond the Frontier. "The sheer size of the universe and the astounding number of ships to fly, solar systems to visit and commodities to buy blew me away. X2 makes you feel like you're a part of a living, breathing cosmos," said Avault's Dustin Arient in his first look at the epic space simulation.

For more information visit http://www.x2-game.com/

 
[PC] "Wish" Beta from Mutable Realms and the Themis Group - posted by Erich Becker at 3:01 pm CDT

Mutable Realms, Inc., an independent developer of massively multiplayer games, and Themis Group, an international provider of outsourcing and consulting solutions and services to the interactive entertainment industry, announced today the beginning of the highly anticipated Wish Beta. This round of Beta is scheduled to run through the end of February, 2004, quickly scaling to 20,000 users.

Wish is planned for release in Q4 2004. More information about Wish can be found at http://www.mutablerealms.com and a Beta signup form is located at http://www.themis-group.com/wish/beta_app.phtml.



 
[PC] "Castle Strike" Interview - posted by Erich Becker at 2:58 pm CDT

Every now and then a game seems to slip under the radar and then we get a press release revealing it to the world. Looking over the screenshots of Castle Strike has no only impressed me, but left me wanting to play a demo version of the game. Head on over here to read an interview then head over here for the official site.

 
[PC] SOE Releases "Lords of EverQuest" - posted by Erich Becker at 2:54 pm CDT

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), today announced that its fantasy Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game, Lords of EverQuest, is available now at U.S. and Canadian retail stores. Lords of EverQuest carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.


 
[PC] Ubi Soft Ships "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" - posted by Erich Becker at 2:53 pm CDT

Ubi Soft has shipped the last version of their hit action/adventure, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The wall-running, time-screwing game is being hailed by many publications as one of the best games of the year. Not having been able to play the game as of yet, although it is on my todo list, I can't confirm those statments but the game certainly looks really cool.

If you don't own a console, and want to get the "hook up" with the PC version, now is your chance, although, if playing other games in this genre on PC is any indication, a gamepad is highly recommended.


Wednesday, November 26, 2003
 
[PC] Enlight Launches "Warlords Battlecry III" Website - posted by Erich Becker at 1:51 pm CDT

Enlight announced today the official Warlords Battlecry III website is live and players may now access the site through http://www.enlight.com/wbc3.

The new website features an in-depth storyline, extensive overview of the new features in this series and downloads for fans that include concept art, screenshots and wallpapers. The site will also serve as the comprehensive online information hub for the latest updates on the next installment in the Battlecry series.

Set once again in the land of Etheria, Warlords Battlecry III transports players into the ever-changing continent known as Keshan, where allies become enemies and provinces are disrupted, captured, and ruled through the ceaseless struggle for dominance and control. However, something has changed and a new race threatens all who had once ruled before them. The destiny of the players is left open-ended, as they must decide which path to choose and the method needed to hunt down and banish this creature from the realms of the land.

 
[Multi] X-Wing and TIE Fighter in "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" - posted by Erich Becker at 1:48 pm CDT

Use the Force in World War II. LucasArts has unveiled the "top secret" news that players of Secret Weapons Over Normandy will have the ability to unlock and pilot the Incom T-65 X-wing and Sienar Fleet Systems TIE Fighter vehicles from the classic Star Wars universe.

Upon completing the Secret Weapons Over Normandy 15-mission campaign and all 21 "Challenge" missions, skilled pilots will be rewarded with these two memorable starships that are available for use in the game's "Instant Action" mode. Console players will also be able to fly a squadron of X-wings head-to-head against their friend's TIE Fighters in split-screen multiplayer mode. In addition to the realistic look and authentic Star Wars sound effects direct from the Skywalker Sound library, players will also enjoy details such as watching the head of the X-wing's astromech droid track nearby targets.

 
[PC] Ubisoft Cancels "Harpoon IV" - posted by Erich Becker at 1:46 pm CDT

Ubisoft announced today that they have officially ceased production on the title and are in possible negotiations with a third party to license the source code for the completion of the game by another developer.

All those simulation fans out there will be surely disappointed by this news, but its better for a company to realize something wasn't taking shape then hope you will choke on it (::cough:: Enter The Matrix ::cough::). Sorry I have a cold...


Tuesday, November 25, 2003
 
[PC] "Infiltration (v2.9)" Total Conversion To Be Released Soon - posted by Erich Becker at 1:12 pm CDT

The Unreal Tournament total-conversion Infiltration has been significantly updated with the completion of the long awaited version 2.9. Infiltration is the most ultra realistic simulation of team based combat available, with a carefully researched armory of weapons based on real world performance, a wide range of real world camouflage team uniforms, a completely remodeled movement and stamina system, improved bot AI and a sophisticated goal based game play structure that fosters true team work.

Included in this coming release are numerous new and highly detailed realistic maps based on a wide range of locations including urban war torn cities, Iraq and the middle east, military and industrial complexes and locations from around the world. For more information about this mod visit the web site at http://infiltration.sentrystudios.net/

The Infiltration installation pack for PC or Mac will be made available as a 448 meg download from our download area and is also available on CD which can be ordered from http://www.theonlinegaming.net

Unreal Tournament v436 is required.

The CD version also includes the all new TbuildT Desert Storm Map pack with over 20 new maps in addition to the 22 maps in the main 2.9 release giving a total of 42 new maps. The TbuildT Desert Storm Map pack will be made available as a separate download from our download area.

For a list of weapons, maps, and all the cool new features in version 2.9, be sure to check out the Infiltration homepage at http://infiltration.sentrystudios.net/


 
[PC] Strategy First Ships "Victoria - An Empire Under the Sun" - posted by Erich Becker at 1:08 pm CDT

Strategy First and Paradox Entertainment have announced their latest title based on the award-winning Europa Universalis engine, Victoria -An Empire Under the Sun has shipped to retail stores in North America!

In Victoria - An Empire Under the Sun your ultimate goal is to become one of the eight great powers of the era. To achieve this goal you must master the art of Diplomacy, Warfare, Economy & Industrialization, Colonization, Technological Research and Politics. Achieve global supremacy, by spanning the globe to become the dominant empire of the period and recreate history as you wish. While striving to simulate the conditions and prerequisites of the time period, Victoria - An Empire Under the Sun still leaves all the decision-making to the individual player.

Victoria - An Empire Under the Sun will be distributed by Hip Interactive with a SRP of $39.99 and an ESRB of E for everyone.

Look for this one on store shelves in the next few days.

 
[PC] Strategy First ships "Disciples II: Rise of the Elves" - posted by Erich Becker at 1:06 pm CDT

Strategy First is pleased to announce that the next chapter in the award-winning Disciples series, the stand-alone expansion pack titled Disciples II: Rise of the Elves has shipped to retail stores nation wide.

The Disciples series has sold almost a half a million copies worldwide and has received countless awards for its graphics, gameplay and unique twist on the fantasy strategy genre. Disciples II: Rise of the Elves will have a SRP of $29.99 and an ESRB of T for TEEN.

Look for the game soon at your favorite retailer.

 
[Multi] "XIII" Ships for Xbox and Nintendo GameCube - posted by Erich Becker at 1:04 pm CDT

Ubisoft announced yesterday that XIII (Thirteen) has shipped for Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube. The highly stylistic game has won critical praise for it's graphic novel (comic book) like presentation. Looking to try before you buy? Download the demo by heading over to Gamer's Hell.

 
[PC] "Lords of EverQuest" Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 1:02 pm CDT

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced that its fantasy Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game set in the rich fantasy universe of EverQuest has gone gold. Lords of EverQuest is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores on December 1, 2003.

 
[Multi] "Need for Speed: Underground" In Stores Now - posted by Erich Becker at 1:01 pm CDT

In case you have been living under a Honda S2000 Body Kit for the last few months, you might never have heard of EA's latest entry into the Need for Speed series which takes a few pages from the popular, albeit completely irrational, Fast and Furious films that brought street racing into the mainstream.

If you want to pick up Need for Speed: Underground, take your little rice-burner over to your favorite retailer and plop down some dough, yo!

Man, I am soooo white...


Tuesday, November 18, 2003
 
[PC] Wanna Get a Spot in the EverQuest II Beta? - posted by Erich Becker at 2:05 pm CDT

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced unprecedented incentives for EverQuest players who purchase Lords of EverQuest, its forthcoming fantasy Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game. Players who purchase Lords of EverQuest and register the game on SOEGames.net (using their EverQuest account) before 11:59 p.m. PST on January 3, 2004 will be eligible for a special phase of the EverQuest II beta. Additionally, current EverQuest players can receive an extra 30 days added on to the end of their current EverQuest subscription by participating in this promotion (see details below). Lords of EverQuest is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores on December 2, 2003.

Sounds like a sweet deal to all the EverCrack-heads out there.

 
[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews "Max Payne 2" - posted by Erich Becker at 2:01 pm CDT

Games Xtreme have put up the review of Max Payne 2, giving it 95% and the Editor's Choice award. You can see the full review by clicking the link below, but be sure to read the provided snippet before heading off.

http://www.gamesxtreme.com/review/282.shtml

"I like a good story and I like a good game, when you can combine story and game into one big package you’re bound to get a winner with me. The first Max Payne laid the foundations for a gritty, twisted descent into the film-Noir inspired world that Remedy had created. Their grasp of storytelling and visual imagery has still really not been bettered in a third person shooter yet, and with Max Payne 2 – Remedy once more proves without a shadow of a doubt – they are becoming the Kings of Noir."


 
[GameCube] Ubisoft Ships "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" - posted by Erich Becker at 2:00 pm CDT

November 18, 2003 - Ubisoft's highly-anticipated Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has officially shipped for all major consoles, with the Nintendo GameCube version heading for retail today. The PC version will follow in the coming weeks. With fluid animations, ingenious and challenging level design, a gripping story and an inimitable hero with the ability to manipulate time, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time delivers an extraordinary, singular gaming experience - one that's been repeatedly mentioned as a strong candidate for Game of the Year by several industry heavyweights.

Created by Ubisoft's Montreal studio, in close collaboration with original Prince of Persia® creator Jordan Mechner, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is expected to be one of the smash hits of the Holiday season, as excitement surrounding the game has been steadily building since it received numerous awards at E3 2003.

Special GameCube Features Include:

- The entire, original Prince of Persia game will be hidden within the GameCube version of the game - gamers will need to break down the correct wall to access the game, or . . .

- Using the connectivity capabilities of the GameCube and Game Boy Advance, players can also unlock POP1 on the GameCube if they find all of the special switches in the Game Boy Advance version

- Connectivity will immediately enable automatic health regeneration on the GameCube version

 
[Multi] Ubisoft Ships "XIII" for PS2 and PC - posted by Erich Becker at 1:57 pm CDT

SAN FRANCISCO - November 18, 2003 - Ubisoft(tm) announced its highly anticipated, stylish shooter XIII shipped for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PC. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world, starring the voices of David Duchovny as XIII, Eve as Major Jones, and Adam West as General Carrington. XIII is rated "M" (Mature) and retails for a suggested retail price of $49.99 on PlayStation 2 and $39.99 on the PC.


Thursday, November 13, 2003
 
[Indusry] Ubisoft and Alienware Announce "XIII" Partnership - posted by Erich Becker at 1:24 pm CDT

Ubisoft® and Alienware, the leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop and mobile systems, announced a co-marketing partnership in support of Ubisoft's highly-anticipated action-shooter, XIII. The highlight of the collaboration features a promotional campaign where XIII fans can win one of 13 Alienware® Aurora(tm) gaming systems, each system valued at $2000. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world and is scheduled to release on all consoles and the PC this fall. The XIII/Alienware promotion will run from November 13 through March 13, 2004. Fans can link to the promotion from the XIII Web site: www.whoisXIII.com or Alienware's Web site: www.alienware.com/13.

 
[Multi] "XIII" Has Gone Gold! - posted by Erich Becker at 1:19 pm CDT

Ubisoft announced its highly anticipated, stylish shooter XIII has gone gold. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world, starring the voices of David Duchovny as XIII, Eve as Major Jones, and Adam West as General Carrington. XIII is rated "M" (Mature) and is set to launch on all platforms in November - PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PC versions will be shipping to stores on November 18, with the Nintendo GameCube(tm) and Xbox® video game system versions shipping on November 24. As an added bonus, the first 300,000 units of XIII Xbox will ship with a two-months free Xbox Live(tm) account.

For more information please visit www.whoisXIII.com


Tuesday, November 11, 2003
 
[PC] "Star Wars: Kinghts of the Old Republic" Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 1:02 pm CDT

LucasArts is pleased to announce that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for the PC has gone gold and will be in-store on November 18, 2003. This game is rated Teen.

Featuring an all new Star Wars storyline and developed by the team that brought you Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, includes a new PC specific interface, enhanced graphics and sound, and a special trading area where users can get different weapons, armor and clothing items.

The time has come for you to choose your path between the light and dark side, so grab your lightsabers!

www.swkotor.com

 
[PC] "Disciples II: Rise of the Elves" Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:57 pm CDT

Disciples II: Rise of the Elves Goes Gold

Strategy First is pleased to announce that the next chapter in the award-winning Disciples series, the stand-alone expansion pack titled Disciples II: Rise of the Elves has gone gold.

The Disciples series has sold close to 400,000 copies worldwide and has received countless awards for its graphics, gameplay and unique twist on the fantasy strategy genre. Disciples II: Rise of the Elves will ship to retail stores on November 20th, 2003 with a SRP of $29.99 and an ESRB of T for TEEN.

 


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