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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
[PC] 'Battalion' Beta Ending Soon - posted by Erich Becker at 2:00 pm CDT

Urban Squall (www.urbansquall.com) announced today that Battalion the massive multiplayer strategy war game will be exiting beta testing at the end of February/Early March. The server has just finished being re-written for enhanced stability and Urban Squall has recently announced they broke the 4,000 player mark and continue to grow rapidly. If you hurry and sign up you can capitalize on a couple new offers from the Battalion community.

From Feb 23rd until the end of beta all players will have access to the “premium” subscriber features. These include over 50 premium maps, Squad Management, and the first round of Squad Wars. Squad Wars is a unique massive multiplayer mode where squads will battle in a very large map for dominance. For more information on Squad Wars visit http://www.urbansquall.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3587#3587.

Battalion features a no-download system where you can login and play from anywhere, instantly. It is a full sound and graphic game where you control a battalion of troops and resources and must use them tactically against your opponents. The game is entirely online and there is always someone available to be battled. You can play against the computer or against up to three other real players.

Battalion is currently free for the duration of the beta testing and most of the game will be free forever. Registration only takes a minute but mastering Battalion may take a lifetime! Give it a try at www.urbansquall.com.

[PC] 'Auto Assault' Beta Reg Begins - posted by Erich Becker at 1:57 pm CDT

NCSoft has officially started taking applications for the Auto Assault beta. If you feel you have what it takes, go a head and sign up right here.

[PC] 'COPS 2170' Patch Released - posted by Erich Becker at 1:55 pm CDT

Strategy First and Mist Land-South have released a patch today for their title, COPS 2170: The Power of Law.

Patch 1.22 is designed to fix game crashes and sound related issues when using Windows XP/2000.

This patch is available for download at http://www.strategyfirst.com/en/downloads/, simply select the patch section.

[PC] 'Empire Earth II' Site Goes Live - posted by Erich Becker at 1:53 pm CDT

Sierra announced today that they have opened the official website for the upcoming game, Empire Earth II. You can view the site right here @ www.empireearth2.com.

Empire Earth II will be available in North America on April 26, 2005 on PC CD-ROM for a suggested retail price of $49.99, with an ESRB “T” for Teen Rating (Blood, Violence). It is being developed by Mad Doc Software.

[PC] Grey Dog Announces 'Total Extreme Wrestling 2005' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:51 pm CDT

Grey Dog Software, LLC a Phoenix based developer of sports management simulation software for personal computers, today announced Total Extreme Wrestling 2005, a sequel to the critically acclaimed TEW 2004. Total Extreme Wrestling 2005 is scheduled to be available for digital download exclusively through Grey Dog Software for U.S $34.95 in summer 2005.

Get more information @ www.greydogsoftware.com

[Xbox] New 'MechAssault 2' Content Available - posted by Erich Becker at 1:43 pm CDT

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that new content for MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, the popular 'Mech combat game for Xbox®, is now available for download via Xbox Live™. This round of free content consists of two maps that were originally featured in the Limited Edition; each playable via System Link, split-screen and Xbox Live. The first map, Mountain High, supports five game types: Team Destruction, Check It, Snatch it, Base War and Grinder. The second map, Troubled Waters, is playable in multiplayer Destruction mode and can also be played by either one or two gamers in the offline Grinder mode. More information about MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf and the new downloadable maps is available at http://www.mechassault2.com.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
[PC] 'Domination' Goes Gold for North America - posted by Erich Becker at 2:51 pm CDT

DreamCatcher Games today announced its strategy game, Domination, has gone gold for Windows® in North America.

Domination features a renewed global conflict between the Free Nations Union and the Phantom League on distant planets, including sci-fi land, sea and air warfare at a grand-strategy level. The game inherits all of the remarkable features of the original game and deepens the Massive Assault player experience through increased gameplay options and new strategic challenges.

Domination features:
• An innovative ‘Secret Allies’ concept
• 2 huge campaigns wrapped in absorbing storylines
• 20 non-linear scenarios, 10 planets for a World War mode
• Brand new Assault and Career modes
• All unit movement, firing and explosions are vividly animated using 3D graphics and sound
• 36 highly detailed units, including unique ones for each faction
• State of the art A.I. with flexible difficulty settings
• Instantaneous visual recreations of spectacular moments using unique camera modes
• Flexible random political map generation settings
• A.I., Hot Seat, LAN & Internet play modes
• More than 150 hours of gameplay

Developed by Wargaming.net, Domination has an ESRB rating of ‘T’ for Teen in North America. DreamCatcher Europe will release this title with an anticipated “12+ PEGI” rating in Europe in April, 2005.

[PC] 'Flashpoint Germany' Flashes to v1.01 - posted by Erich Becker at 2:48 pm CDT

Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) today announced the release of a new official update for their grand tactical war game, Flashpoint Germany. The new version 1.01 is now available from the Matrix Games website.

[PC] Paradox Ships 'Strategy 6-pack' to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 2:42 pm CDT

Paradox has shipped the Paradox Strategy 6-pack which contains Europa Universalis II, Europa Universalis II Asia (never before released in North America), Victoria, Two Thrones, Crown of the North and the original Hearts of Iron, prequel to the critically acclaimed Hearts of Iron II.

The title has an MSRP $19.99 and is rated "E" for Everyone.

[PC] 'Heretic Kingdoms' Comes to North America - posted by Erich Becker at 2:40 pm CDT

Got Game Entertainment LLC today announced that it has reached a co-publishing agreement with Merscom LLC to bring "Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition" for PC to North American retail. Developed by 3D People in association with Chris Bateman and his International Hobo team, "Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition" is an isometric role playing game that combines an engaging, unconventional story with immersive game mechanics. The game is scheduled for release March 28, 2005 and will retail for $29.99 (USD). "Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition" is rated M for Mature by the ESRB for Blood and Violence.

Set in the world of the Heretic Kingdoms, a world where God is dead and religion heresy, you are cast as the young female Inquisitor, assigned to stamp out the last remnants of religion. On instructions to destroy a relic which the Inquisition considers a significant threat, you are drawn into a battle between two warring secret societies – a conspiracy of mages whose goal is true power, and a shadowy cult seeking resurrection of the Dead God.

For more information, visit www.HereticKingdoms.com

[Multi] EA Ships 'MVP Baseball 2005' - posted by Erich Becker at 2:38 pm CDT

EA Sports has shipped MVP BASEBALL 2005 to stores.

MVP Baseball 2005 is available on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, and PC-CD. The game is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.95. MVP Baseball for the Sony PSP™ will ship in March 2005 when the new handheld entertainment system is released in North America.

Because of Take-Two's exclusive license for MLB and MLBPA licenses, this is sure to be the last year for the title.

[PC] 'S.C.S. Dangerous Waters' Now Shipping! - posted by Erich Becker at 2:36 pm CDT

Battlefront.com, Inc., and Sonalysts, Inc. proudly announce today that the inaugural title of the Sonalysts Combat Simulations brand, named S.C.S. Dangerous Waters! is now shipping! All pre-orders have been fulfilled today.

S.C.S. - Dangerous Waters! is not sold in stores, and is only available via mail order directly from www.battlefront.com. For European customers, the game ships out of our warehouse in Ireland, while North American customers will receive it from our warehouse in Vermont.

Two versions of the game are offered – a regular version for $45 plus S&H with 2 CDs and a short printed installation guide; and a deluxe version for $55 plus S&H, same as the regular version, additionally with a fully printed 570 page game manual.

A free playable demo is available also from http://www.battlefront.com/products/demo.html

The demo (257 MB) features two playable platforms, the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the Kilo class Diesel submarine, each with its own exciting demo mission.

For more information on S.C.S. - Dangerous Waters, please visit:

Thursday, February 17, 2005
[PC] 'Coffee Tycoon' Announced - posted by Erich Becker at 3:31 pm CDT

Anarchy Enterprises today announced Coffee Tycoon(www.coffeetycoon.net) will be release in early spring 2005 for the PC. The strategy game is being developed by the makers of Moon Tycoon, Deep Sea Tycoon, and most recently National Lampoon's University Tycoon.

Coffee Tycoon lets gamers build a coffee empire. Starting fresh with one store, players customize their coffee business by giving it a name and choosing a logo and store design. From there, they'll choose a city to start their coffee empire, maybe New York or L.A., or if they're really daring, the coffee capital of the world: Seattle!

• 5 different company logos and coffee store styles to choose from.
• 5 starting cities: New York, Miami, Chicago, L.A., and Seattle.
• Dozens of game characters and personalities.
• 100 store upgrades and coffee recipes.
• Hundreds of unique events and bonuses.

[Xbox] Xbox Power Cord Recall - posted by Erich Becker at 3:29 pm CDT

As a precautionary measure and out of concern for consumer safety, Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will voluntarily replace the power cords on 14.1 million Xbox® consoles worldwide.

The replacement power cords are designed to protect consumers and their Xbox consoles from rare electrical component failures that can pose a fire hazard. Fewer than one in 10,000 consoles have experienced these component failures, and, in almost all instances, any damage caused by these failures was contained within the console itself or limited to the tip of the power cord at the back of the console.

However, in 30 consoles worldwide, these failures are reported to have caused minor injury or minor property damage. In seven instances, customers reported sustaining a minor burn to their hand. In 23 instances, customers reported smoke damage, or minor damage to a carpet or entertainment center.

In all regions except Continental Europe, Xbox consoles manufactured before Oct. 23, 2003, require a replacement power cord. In Continental Europe, consoles manufactured before Jan. 13, 2004, require a replacement power cord.

“This is a preventative step we’re choosing to take despite the rarity of these incidents,” said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home & Entertainment Division at Microsoft. “We regret the inconvenience, but believe offering consumers a free replacement is the responsible thing to do.”

To order a replacement cord, consumers should go to http://www.xbox.com and click on the Power Cord Replacement for Xbox link. Replacement cords will arrive two to four weeks after the order is placed. While waiting for the new cord to arrive, consumers should turn off their Xbox consoles when not in use.

Customers who cannot access the World Wide Web should contact Microsoft at the appropriate toll-free number listed here:

Australia: 1800 073 897

Korea: 0079885219551

Austria: 0800295177

Mexico: 18001238568

Belgium: 080080943

Netherlands: 0800 0200371

Canada: (866) 271-0450

New Zealand: 0800 880 029

Colombia: 18009440724

Norway: 80040975

Denmark: 80885649

Portugal: 800844441

Finland: 0800112951

Singapore: 800 852 3567

France: 0 800 97 01 76

Spain: 900811914

Germany: 08000001521

Sweden: 0200810371

Greece: 0080044148905

Switzerland: 0800561421

Hong Kong: 800901727

Taiwan: 00800666073

Republic of Ireland: 1800923947

United Kingdom: 0800 028 9276

Italy: 800925244

United States: (866) 271-0450

Japan: 0120558573

Not all replacement cords that Microsoft supplies to program participants will look the same. The type of cord shipped will depend on the date the console was manufactured and the country in which it is used.

Monday, February 14, 2005
[PC] 'Guild Wars' to Launch April 28th - posted by Erich Becker at 2:34 pm CDT

ArenaNet™, creators of the highly anticipated online roleplaying game Guild Wars®, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced that Guild Wars will be available at retail in North America and Europe on April 28, 2005. Players who preorder Guild Wars will be able to use their preorder access codes to start playing the full game on April 27, 2005.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005
[PC] Cornutopia Releases 'Future Pool' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:56 pm CDT

Cornutopia (www.cornutopia.net) announced today that their latest title, Future Pool, is now available for download from their website. Future Pool is a new way to play 8-ball pool with no pockets, no scratches, and tons of strategy for pool sharks and pool minnows combined. Like all Cornutopia games, there is a free demo of Future Pool available from their website.

[PC] 'KOTOR 2' Ships for PC - posted by Erich Becker at 3:43 pm CDT

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords for the PC has officially shipped and will slash its way into stores on February 10, 2005.

For more informatio on the game, check out www.kotor2.com.

Monday, February 07, 2005
[PlayStation2] 'Champions: Return to Arms' Ships - posted by Erich Becker at 1:16 pm CDT

Champions: Return to Arms, the sequel to Champions of Norrath, has shipped to retail. The Action/RPG takes you back to the historical world established by EverQuest and has you hacking and slashing some baddie ass.

Look for a full review soon.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005
[PlayStation2] 'Gran Turismo 4' Races Home Feb. 22 - posted by Erich Becker at 3:14 pm CDT

In the It's-about-time category, SCEA finally announced a release date for the oft-delayed racer Gran Turismo 4. The game, already released in Japan, is set to come home in less than three weeks on February 22. The announcement comes a day after SCEE (Sony's Europe Branch) announced a release date for the European launch of the title.

The game is jam-packed with cars, tracks, and fun, although it will be missing the once-promised online component. Still, its Gran Turismo, you'll have enough fun just trying to get your license.

Look for the Everyone rated game soon.

[Multi] Activision Secures 'Shrek 3' License - posted by Erich Becker at 1:40 pm CDT

Activision announced today that it has secured the license for Shrek 3 in which to base video games upon. The movie isn't slated to hit theaters until 2007, but what better time to announce it?

No systems or firm release dates were given.

[Mutli] EA Announces 'The Godfather' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:38 pm CDT

Although the game's existance has been widely known for some time, EA officially announced The Godfather today. Here's a snippet from the press release with debut and gameplay details.

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Viacom Consumer Products today announced a videogame based on The Godfather fiction is under development and will put gamers at the center of the action in one of history’s most revered masterpieces. The book by Mario Puzo and classic film by Paramount Pictures serve as inspiration for the game as gamers will join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear as they rise through the ranks to become Don in a living 1945-1955 New York. The game is scheduled for release in fall 2005 under the EA GAMES brand for the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Sony PSP™ handheld entertainment system and PC.

Gamers will create their own mob character in the game, putting themselves into the action while reliving classic moments from the fiction and experiencing original missions alongside memorable characters from the film. After a life of small-time jobs and petty thefts the player will be accepted into the Corleone family, America’s most famous criminal organization. It will be up to the player to carry out orders, earn respect and make New York City their own.

[Xbox] 'Jade Empire' Comes Home April 14 - posted by Erich Becker at 10:05 am CDT

Microsoft Game Studios today announced the release date for BioWare’s upcoming martial arts masterpiece, Jade Empire. The epic action-RPG game, exclusively for Xbox®, is set in a world inspired by the myths and legends of ancient China and will leap into stores across North America starting on April 14, with worldwide distribution occurring shortly thereafter. Microsoft Game Studios also confirmed that it will release a Limited Edition of Jade Empire that will feature a bonus character, a bonus fighting style and a behind-the-scenes "making of " video feature on DVD produced by G4 – video game television. The bonus character, Monk Zeng, has the ability to channel his Chi, or spiritual energy, to fuel powerful magic attacks that manipulate both elemental and spiritual forces. Monk Zeng can equip himself with a special weapon called the monk spade, a deadly weapon useful for slashing foes at a distance and finishing them with lethal follow-up attacks. The Jade Empire Limited Edition is available for pre-order now for the same suggested retail price as the standard version, $49.95 (U.S.).

For more information, see the official Xbox page.

[PC] New 'EverQuest II' Updates/Content - posted by Erich Becker at 10:00 am CDT

SOE has announced new changes in content, monsters, and solo opportunities in EverQuest II, the companies flagship MMORPG. The list of updates is massive, but here's the main points:

- Heroic Opportunities have been revamped!
- Lots of new armor looks have been added!
- New adventure areas have been unearthed!
- First round of advanced solo encounters added for soloers and small groups!
- Vitality indicator added to your XP bar!
- DoT spells are now much more stackable!
- Tabbed chat windows make their long-awaited debut!
- See what your target is attacking with the new Implied Target window!
- Bankers now make change!
- Even more tradeskill bug fixes and improvements!
- Check out the more precise, informative AC value!
- New heritage quests: Golden Efreeti Boots and the Crown of King Tranix!

ESCMAG will have a full review of EverQuest II soon, until then, happy hunting!


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