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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
 
[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews 'Gran Turismo 4' - posted by Erich Becker at 2:12 pm CDT

games xtreme has posted a review of the Gran Turismo 4 on the PS2. Below is a snippet from their review with a link following to the full text version.

"At each car dealership you will find an upgrades center, here you can go to town on all aspects of your car provided you have the necessary cash, as with previous GT games you can perform a wide range of engine and exhaust modification to up the brake horse power of your rides along with modifications of the drivetrain, brakes, suspension and clutch amongst other things."

Read the full review @ games xtreme

 
[Industry] NYU's CampGame Summer Camp Info - posted by Erich Becker at 2:10 pm CDT

For the second year, New York University will be is holding its month-long CampGame: Intensive Video Game Creation summer camp. CampGame will be taking place from July 5 to August 5 this year and will include a number of the video game industry's most important creative forces (last year, guests included Josh Needleman, the lead game designer for Rockstar, among others.) No experience is required for participation.

If you want any more information please speak to Ellen Evaristo at (212) 992-9103. You can also check the program's web page at http://www.scps.nyu.edu/landing/index.jsp?wfId=960.

 
[PC] Activision ships 'Call of Duty: Deluxe Edition' - posted by Erich Becker at 2:02 pm CDT

Activision has released Call of Duty: Deluxe Edition to retail stores today. The game includes the original Call of Duty: Game of the Year Edition, expansion pack, Call of DUty: United Offensive, along with the game's soundtrack and strategy guide.

Call of Duty: Deluxe edition for the PC is rated “T” (Teen – Blood, Mild Language, Violence – content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $39.99.


 
[PC] 'SWAT 4' Now Shippping - posted by Erich Becker at 2:00 pm CDT

VU Games announced this morning that the fourth installment in the SWAT series would be shipping today to retailers. The game, developed by Irrational Games, allows you to control a squal of up to five officers as they clean up some sticky situations.

SWAT 4 carries a suggested retail prices of $49.99 for the PC and has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. For additional information please visit www.swat4.com.

 
[PC] 'The Sims 2 Nightlife' Announced - posted by Erich Becker at 1:58 pm CDT

EA is at it again. After nearly half a dozen expansion packs for The Sims, the second one is already in development for the game's sequel, The Sims 2.

"The Sims 2 Nightlife takes Sims into the night to explore all of their favorite after-dark activities. Players can either head out and discover their love lives or have a crazy night out with friends. With the new dating gameplay, players will see if their Sims have chemistry with others which will determine their romantic fate. The newest addition to the game includes the brand new pleasure seeker aspiration allowing players to explore a life filled with unforgettable dates, endless nights of dancing and fine dining. Make your Sims nightlife fantasy a reality with over 125 new objects including a DJ booth, poker table and all you need to design the ultimate nightclub and VIP lounge. "

The game is scheduled to ship in Fall 2005. Rating is pending and the game will require The Sims 2 to play.


Monday, April 04, 2005
 
[Multi] 'DOOM 3' Debuts on Xbox, Expansion on PC - posted by Erich Becker at 11:41 am CDT

For the DOOM fans out there, the third installment is getting a double dose of releases today, here's the press release:

id Software™ and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today set soul-thirsty demons loose across the globe with the release of the most terrifying game ever, DOOM 3® for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil™, the official expansion pack to DOOM 3, the fastest selling first person PC action game ever. Both titles are rated “M” for Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence) by the ESRB.

 
[Multi] EA Announces 'Burnout: Revenge' - posted by Erich Becker at 11:39 am CDT

Electronic Arts certainly made my day (or week) today by announcing the sequel to Burnout 3: Takedown, one of the best racing games of all time. Here's a snippet from the press release announcing Burnout: Revenge:

Burnout Revenge lets gamers rip through rush hour traffic and lay waste to scores of rubbernecking roadhogs in an over-the-top scene of vehicular mayhem. The game is currently in development by Criterion Games for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

In addition to tricked out new race, crash and road rage modes, Burnout Revenge takes the series’ blistering speed and spectacular destruction to dizzying new heights with an all-new Revenge mode, challenging gamers to battle the clock and unleash their frustrations on rush hour traffic.

EA will debut Burnout Revenge at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles on May 18, 19 and 20, 2005.


Wednesday, March 23, 2005
 
[PC] Matrix Games Signs 'Crown of Glory' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:18 pm CDT

Matrix Games announced today that they will be bringing Crown of Glory to gamers around the world. The Napoleonic-era strategy game will allow games to change history nearly two hundred years after the start of the Napoleonic Wars. The game is developed by Western Civilization Software.

For more information check out the official Matrix Games website.

 
[PC] NCSoft Launches New 'Lineage' Episode - posted by Erich Becker at 1:45 pm CDT

NCSoft has launched the newest chapter in the long running online game Lineage. Dark Conquest, Episode 3: Life and Death launches today on North American servers. This episode continues the story of the Lastabad Dark Elf army, introducing the group’s headquarters in the Diad Fortress. The fortress is located in the underground region of Lineage’s fictional world of Aden.

Now, players can challenge the Lastabad in a pledge war and lay siege to their fortress. To win, players must best Baranka and Laia, two new and extremely dangerous boss monsters introduced in this episode.

Lineage is currently available via free download at http://www.lineage.com or players can request a free CD via U.S. mail from NCsoft. Lineage comes with a 7-day free trial period. After that, a subscription of US$15 per month is required to continue playing. Customers can save money by purchasing four months in a single transaction at a rate of US$11.25 per month.

 
[PSP] Activision Ships 'Tony Hawk,' 'Spider-Man 2' for PSP - posted by Erich Becker at 1:42 pm CDT

Activision has shipped two launch titles for the midnight launch of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) tonight. The two games, Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix and Spider-Man 2, should be available with the console tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on when you pick up your console.

Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix, was developed by Shaba Games and is rated “T” (Teen – with blood, crude humor, language, suggestive themes, use of alcohol and violence). Spider-Man 2 the game was developed by Vicarious Visions and is rated “T” (Teen - with violence). The suggested retail price of both titles is $49.99.

Have fun waiting in line tonight everyone!


Tuesday, March 22, 2005
 
[PC] 'Machine Hell' Now Available from Nuclear Games - posted by Erich Becker at 1:29 pm CDT

Nuclear Games LLC (www.machinehell.com) announced that their first title, MachineHell, is now available. MachineHell is a fast paced shooting game that takes place in the future of Earth as it is being invaded by an alien force of mechanized warriors. You play the role of an advanced hovercraft pilot and must battle your way through hordes of enemy robots to lead the Earth to victory!

A demo is availale at the offical site.


 
[PC] Matrix Games Signs 'I of the Enemy' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:27 pm CDT

Matrix Games announced today they have signed on to publish Enemy Technology's I of the Enemy, a RTS game with a unique twist. Instead of collecting them, resources are delivered automatically to your base’s gate via regular intervals, leaving you free to control your soldiers on more tactical maneuvers. As your soldiers fight they gain experience. Those that gain enough can gain levels and join you on future missions. Tactics become increasingly important when your enemy begins bringing long range artillery, air units, and heavy infantry. Stay light, stay mobile, and you just may survive long enough to return to your home world…

No release date was given as of press time, but for more information check out www.matrixgames.com


 
[Industry] Video Gamers League Opens Registration - posted by Erich Becker at 1:24 pm CDT

VIDEO GAMERS LEAGUE OPENS REGISTRATION FOR NATIONAL GAMING TOURNAMENT OVER $20,000 CASH AND A 2005 SCION xB TO BE AWARDED.

Dallas, Texas - March 21, 2005 - VGL, (Video Gamers League), the first organization to advance console gaming competitions to the level of a professional sport, announced today that they have opened registration for the first season of competition in the National VGL Video Gaming Tournament, the largest-ever console game tournament. Players can register to compete in official (qualifying) tournaments at the VGL website, www.vgleague.com. Halo 2 is the official game for the first season, which will include 112 tournaments that will take place in Scion dealerships across the nation.

The VGL will offer both team and FFA (free for all) tournaments. The FFA tournaments are free to enter. Official winners will advance to one of six regional tournaments, which will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, San Francisco, and Chicago. Winners of the regional tournaments will advance to the national championship, where top finishers will receive cash and prizes and the grand champion will drive away with a 2005 Scion xB. All tournament participants will receive Scion merchandise, including beanies, CD's, and backpacks.

The National VGL Video Gaming Tournament is made up of two tournament seasons. It is produced and managed by VGL of Dallas, TX and Turn-Key Marketing Services, Inc. of Orlando, FL. Scion, a top-level sponsor, will host the official Halo 2 tournaments for the first season and will determine the official game for the second season in the near future.

 
[Industry] QuakeCon Turns 10 - posted by Erich Becker at 1:20 pm CDT

In August 2005, QuakeCon, the largest video game festival and tournament in North America, will celebrate a decade of "peace, love, and rockets" with an event that promises video game fans the greatest four days of gaming and entertainment. The 10th Annual QuakeCon will once again draw thousands of people from around world to the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, from Aug. 11-14, and is open to video game fans worldwide free of charge.

First-come, first-served online registration for QuakeCon 2005 will begin at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, April 15, 2005, at www.quakecon.org.

"QuakeCon's 10th anniversary is a historic milestone and a time to celebrate the volunteers, fans, sponsors and games that have driven QuakeCon to become the largest event of its kind," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "We're going to have the party of a decade, and we want everyone to be there."

QuakeCon 2005 will be a four-day, 96-hour bash with non-stop gaming, around-the-clock contests, exhibits, entertainment, giveaways, parties and white-knuckle tournament action. With a dedicated area for more than 3,200 BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN gamers, and over 150,000 square feet of total convention space for tournaments, exhibits, conferences and entertainment, QuakeCon 2005 attendance is expected to top last year's record of nearly 6,000 attendees.

QuakeCon Room Reservations:
To reserve a room, call the Gaylord Texan at 866-782-7897. To receive specially negotiated room rates of $119 for single or double occupancy and $129 for triple or quad occupancy, attendees should mention QuakeCon when making reservations. Additional information regarding the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is available at http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordtexan/.


 
[PSP] 'Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade' Ships - posted by Erich Becker at 1:17 pm CDT

PlayStation Portable (PSP) launch title Untol Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade from Sony Online Entertainment has shipped to retail and should be available for the PSP launch on Thursday, March 24th. The action RPG carries an MSRP of $39.99.

 
[PC] 'Laser Squad Nemesis' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 1:15 pm CDT

Got Game Entertainment LLC and co-publisher Merscom LLC today announced that "Laser Squad Nemesis" for North American release has gone gold. Here's a snippet from their press release:

Developed by Nick and Julian Gollop, the team behind the "X-Com" games, "Laser Squad Nemesis" brings a new addiction to tactical warfare gamers. With its unique and innovative turn-based combat system, combined with the action of real-time strategy games, players plot battle orders, test them, and watch the results unfold as the forces of the Laser Marines, Greys, Machina, and Spawn fight for supremacy.

Retailing for $19.99 (USD) and rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB for Blood and Violence, "Laser Squad Nemesis" is scheduled to arrive on store shelves April 14, 2005.

 
[Multi] 'TimeSplitters Future Perfect' Splits to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 1:13 pm CDT

The third game in the TimeSplitters saga has shipped to retail. You should be able to find the game at your local store today.

TimeSplitters Future Perfect is available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube™. The game is rated M for Mature and carries an MSRP of $49.95.


Friday, March 11, 2005
 
[PC] Perpetual Announces 'Gods and Heroes' - posted by Erich Becker at 7:22 am CDT

Perpetual Entertainment has announced their latest MMORPG, Gods and Heroes for the PC, which will launch later this year. Here's a summary of the game from the press release:

In Gods and Heroes, players become classic heroes of the ancient world, born of immortal blood. As a scion of the gods, each player will have the opportunity to pursue his destiny through a series of Epic Quests that will span all levels of gameplay, over time commanding amazing God Powers and acquiring famous weapons and treasure of myth.

The game will be set in Rome around 300 BC, a time when the Republic is powerful, but Roman enemies including the Carthaginians, Gauls, and Samnites threaten the fledgling imperial holdings. Worse, the land is beset by terrible creatures, such as Gorgons, Cyclopes, and Furies. As heroes of Rome, players will take on missions to expand and protect the Republic, her interests, and her citizens, and will serve one of the twelve great Roman gods. Future expansions are planned to open up new lands and new pantheons of gods

Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising will implement the most interactive, dynamic, strategic and engaging combat system of any MMG – challenging players before battle as well as during battle. Players will strategically select and train their NPC Soldiers in a variety of skills and abilities to form individual squads that meet specific challenges, and devise strategies and create formations for these squads to execute on command – maximizing the unique skills and abilities of each individual squad.

You can find out more at www.godsandheroes.com

 
[Nintendo] Nintendo DS Online, Revolution Details - posted by Erich Becker at 7:19 am CDT

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata's keynote speech at the Game Developer's Conference this week has shed some light on the company's upcoming plans for the Nintendo DS and Revolution.

First up, a free wi-fi network, capable of being connected to at any hotspot, has been announced for the Nintendo DS, allowing 8-player games such as Mario Kart to be played across the country. The service will be free of charge and developers will have development kits by E3 in May.

The big news of the day was concerning Revolution with Iwata announced will be backwards compatible with the GameCube. The system's CPU (developed by IBM) and graphics chip (developed by ATI) are on schedule and Nintendo hopes to have prelim development kits out soon to developers.

Also, for those of you still bragging about Xbox Live, Nintendo announced that the Revolution will have built in wi-fi capabilities (similar to the DS).

Also a new Legend of Zelda trailer has been released with amazing new footage of the game in action, a Q4 release is still planned.

 
[PC] Microsoft Announces 'Fable' for PC - posted by Erich Becker at 7:17 am CDT

Today Microsoft Game Studios announced the release of Fable for the PC. Entitled Fable: The Lost Chapters, the game is currently in development at Lionhead Studios for a fall release. Microsoft promises "...expanded content, greater customization, new quests and enhanced graphics," so we'll see how that works out later this year.

For all of us that missed the hype on Xbox, you'll soon have a new chance to discover what Fable was all about.


Tuesday, March 08, 2005
 
[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews 'Cold Fear' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:26 pm CDT

Games Xtreme has placed a new review for Xbox game Cold Fear. Click right here for the full review, and check out the snippet below.

"Cold Fear plays very much like other survival horror games, such as Resident Evil and draws heavily on the genre for inspiration. The controls are pretty responsive and Tom has a variety of actions he can do, but this really is more of an action game than about solving puzzles ala Resident Evil."


 
[Community] Gaming Next Reviews 'Halo 2' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:24 pm CDT

Fellow gaming site Gameing Next has reviewed Microsoft's holiday opus, Halo 2. You can see the full review right here.

 
[PC] 'Supremacy: Four Paths to Power' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 3:21 pm CDT

Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) and Black Hammer (www.blackhammergame.com) announced today that their latest sci-fi strategy game Supremacy: Four Paths to Power has “gone gold.” It is due to be available for digital download purchase in the Matrix Games Online Store within a week.

As a member of one of four races, you begin with a planet, a ship and a dream. The galaxy is stretched out before you, but you are not alone. The path to Supremacy is a puzzle with many pieces, from espionage and economic growth to planetary invasions and fleet battles. Play as one of four unique commanders, each with distinctive starships, ground units, abilities, and strategies.

Look for a full review on ESCMAG soon.

 
[PC] Paprikari Releases 'DDD Pool' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:15 pm CDT

Paprikari has announced the release of DDD Pool (3D Pool, get it?) here's a snippet from the press release:

DDD Pool is a realistic fully 3D pool simulation that provides access to five game types and 3 levels of computer AI. The physics engine of the game provides an accurate display of many different shot factors, move the position of the cue, adjust where it strikes the ball, adjust the power level, and of course, aim to perform any number of true to life pool shots. With three different rooms to play in the scenery won’t be the same old green felt table every time.

The five game modes include 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 8-Ball Challenge, 9-Ball Challenge, and practice mode. While 8 and 9-Ball follow traditional rules, challenge mode pits you against the clock. Practice mode allows for free play to hone your pool skills. Each of the three levels of difficulty will provide a challenge for any skill level, novice to professional. Also you have the option of playing against other live humans in a hot-seat match, which means endless fun for family and friends.

Enjoy pool the way it was meant to be played, with super-realistic physics and limitless shot positions, DDD Pool brings you everything but a cold draft beer. Enjoy the 60 minute full feature demo from their website at www.paprikari.com and begin your journey to becoming a true pool shark.

 
[PC] Paradox Opens Paradox on Demand - posted by Erich Becker at 3:12 pm CDT

Paradox Interactive has announced their new Paradox On Demand game service allowing you to play games in the catalog that have gone out of print.

It will feature back-list titles like best-selling Europa Universalis II, Hearts of Iron (prequel to latest success Hearts of Iron II) as well as classical Victoria and Crusader Kings.

For more information on Paradox On Demand and available titles please visit http://shop.paradoxondemand.com/ or contact Paradox Interactive.

 
[PC] Strategy First Signs 'Gang War' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:00 pm CDT

Publisher Strategy First and developer Radioactive-Software are pleased to announce the signing of the 3D gang simulation game, Gang War.

Street wars are sweeping the city and you aren’t the only point man looking for control. Enter Gang War’s 3D gang simulation and rival other gangs to see if you can win city reign. Use your street smarts, hustling abilities, and sheer intimidation to expand your territory. You must manage your businesses carefully as you fight to dominate drug trafficking, extortion, robbery, and other underground investments. Earn money to buy new guns, cars, and even legitimate businesses. Plot your strategy and choose your gangsters carefully, as they are all rated on their street skills and remain your full responsibility.

Gang War is a real-time strategy game which possess both strategic and action elements. At any point in time, you can jump down and take control of your individual gang members. The game then changes from strategy to action where you're free to do anything from stealing vehicles to mugging citizens. Enjoy the liberty of Gang War’s open-ended gameplay.

Learn more at www.strategyfirst.com.


Tuesday, March 01, 2005
 
[PlayStation2] 'Cold Winter' Pre-Sale + Bonus Now Available - posted by Erich Becker at 3:31 pm CDT

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the pre-sell for the upcoming PlayStation®2 first-person shooter Cold Winter™ is now available at retail. Gamers will receive a free bonus DVD when they pre-order* a copy of the gritty FPS action thriller set to hit shelves on May 10. The pre-order bonus DVD features exclusive content -- including a special interactive guide and a never-before-seen movie -- as well as unique assets that allow players to delve into the deep, shadowy world of international espionage in which Cold Winter is set.

The Cold Winter pre-order bonus DVD -- available at major retailers nationwide -- includes the following:

- Exclusive interactive hint guide
- First Look! The Story of Grey Wings movie
- Complete walkthrough of one of the game’s compelling levels
- Biography of Andrew Sterling
- Interviews (Development Director, Swordfish Studios and Producer, VU Games)
- Teaser trailer
- Listing of Cold Winter-related websites

In Cold Winter, the player is Andrew Sterling, a disavowed British MI6 agent and expert in the kind of covert operations the public doesn’t believe proper governments engage in. Gamers will experience incredibly realistic interaction throughout highly-detailed and life-like environments, featuring real-world physics, searching fallen enemies and manipulating objects to use as cover. As players encounter intelligent adversaries, they can choose from an arsenal of over 30 weapons which inflict extremely realistic zone-specific body damage and rag-doll death animations. The original storyline -- set in 2002 and written in collaboration with noted author Warren Ellis -- brings to life both the heroic and fatally-misguided characters that inhabit the shadowy world of international espionage.

Cold Winter will also feature multiplayer support (headset enabled) with up to eight-player online multiplayer action powered by GameSpy, or up to four-player split-screen off-line mode. Players can choose from six multiplayer game modes, over 30 player skins and 12 maps, as well as set the parameters to customize games.

Cold Winter will be available in North America on May 10, 2005 for a suggested retail price of $49.99, with an ESRB “M” for Mature rating. The game is developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system by UK-based Swordfish Studios.

 
[PC] 'Gary Grigsby's World at War' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 3:28 pm CDT

Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) and 2 By 3 Games (www.2by3games.com) announced today that Gary Grigsby’s World at War has officially “gone gold.” The game is due for final release in March.

Gary Grigsby’s World at War takes you through four World War II scenarios where five playable powers battle across thirty-eight different countries with fifteen different unit types. Each unit type has up to fourteen attributes, which you can upgrade through careful research of new technology during the war. Rules cover everything from strategic movement to cold weather, nuclear weapons, and even deal with managing supply lines in the advanced mode of the game. With a top-notch AI, Play-by-Email capability, and two in depth tutorials, World at War will make you a general in a day but keep you occupied year round.

For more information, check the main World at War page at www.worldatwaronline.com.

 
[PC] 'Dungeon Lords' Beta Signups Today Only - posted by Erich Becker at 3:25 pm CDT

The Dungeon Lords beta test sign-up form will be available at http://www.dungeonlords.com/beta/, opening today at 12 p.m. EST and closing tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST. International entries are welcomed and encouraged. Applications from the 2004 call-for-entries are still active and under consideration. Following the registration period, DreamCatcher will randomly select testers based on a variety of system configurations and locations.

 
[Multi] EA Ships 'Fight Night Round 2' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:20 pm CDT

Fight Night Round 2, from EA Sports, has shipped to retail. The boxing game comes home with online support for PlayStation2 and Xbox owners an the classic Super Punch-Out!!! as a GameCube exclusive.

Developed by EA Chicago, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 2 is available for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube. The game is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99.

So, for everyone who likes to see big sweaty guys hitting each other with big red gloves, here's your ticket.

 
[PC] Merscom to Publish 'Laser Squad Nemesis' in NA on April 7 - posted by Erich Becker at 3:18 pm CDT

Got Game Entertainment LLC today announced that it has reached a co-publishing agreement with Merscom LLC to bring "Laser Squad Nemesis" for PC to North American retail. Developed by brothers Nick and Julian Gollop, the team behind the "X-Com" games, one of the most enduring and popular PC game franchises, "Laser Squad Nemesis" is a tactical warfare game which combines a unique and innovative turn-based combat system with the action of real-time strategy games. This North American retail version will include 20+ missions in 4 single campaigns, a free 3 months subscription to additional online campaigns and updates, as well as an extended and detailed manual. The game is scheduled for release April 7, 2005 and will retail for $19.99 (USD). "Laser Squad Nemesis" is rated T for Teen by the ESRB for Blood and Violence.

 
[PC] EA Ships 'The Sims 2: University' to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 3:13 pm CDT

EA announced that the company has shipped the long awaited first expansion pack for The Sims 2 entitled, University. The game will carry a "T" for Teen rating and is available today. No MSRP was mentioned in EA's press release.

The Sims 2 University will introduce a new young-adult stage of life, 4 new career paths, new influence gameplay and over 125 new objects.

The Sims 2 University allows players to explore a whole new stage of life as young adults and introduces college-related wants and fears that are ultimately tied to their Sims’ social life and academic goals. Join a secret society, pledge a sorority or fraternity, or even join a band and see if your Sims will become the big Sim on campus. The Sims 2 University also introduces influence gameplay allowing players to earn influence points to have other Sims do certain tasks for them such as homework, term papers, cleaning up the fraternity house or even pulling pranks on other Sims. Players will be able to choose from one of 11 majors and open up 4 new career paths while exploring new campus locations such as college lounges, pool halls, gyms and coffee houses.

 
[PC] NCsoft & Top Cow Announce New 'City of Heroes' Comic - posted by Erich Becker at 3:09 pm CDT

In a co-venture with NCsoft® Corporation and Cryptic Studios™, Top Cow Productions will launch City of Heroes® as a new comic book series that will link together gamers and comic book fans alike. Celebrated writer Mark Waid (X-Men, Hunter-Killer, Flash, JLA, Ruse, Fantastic Four, Kingdom Come, Empire) teams up with David Nakayama (Proximity Effect, a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, and a Wizard art contest winner), to bring to life the action and the adventure of the super-powered heroes and villains that make up the City of Heroes massively multiplayer online world.

 
[PC] SOE Releases 'EQ2' Adventure Pack Details - posted by Erich Becker at 3:06 pm CDT

Sony Online Entertainment announced yesterday that the first Adventure Pack for the popular MMORPG, EverQuest II, will be released on March 21 for $4.99. Players will need a current subscription to EverQuest II to purchase and play the Adventure Pack.

Players who pre-order The Bloodline Chronicles will be granted early access to a special area, known as the D’Morte Burial Chambers. Pre-order customers can be among the first to discover the items inside, uncovering and unlocking mysteries contained within this exciting Adventure Pack.

The Bloodline Chronicles takes you deep into the mysterious caverns beneath Nektulos Forest to investigate the source of strange happenings in the land of Norrath. Battle the denizens of the underworld to discover the dark secrets of the Tombs of Night – and enter, if you dare, the Crypt of T’Haen to confront the legendary lost lord of the undead. Content in The Bloodline Chronicles is geared towards level 30-45 players, however all players will be given access to one zone, The Tombs of Night, whether or not they choose to purchase the Adventure Pack. The Bloodline Chronicles features:
• Five new areas to explore and conquer, including the Tombs of Night, the Crypt of T’Haen and D’Morte Burial Chambers, when this new story unfolds on March 21, 2005
• Pre-order customers may receive access to the D’Morte Burial Chambers as early as February 28, 2005
• The Tombs of Night will be available to all EverQuest II subscribers at no additional charge when the zone is made generally available on March 21, 2005
• Experience new instances for soloists, large and small groups and raids
• Encounter ferocious new creatures such as Vampires, Hellhounds, Fleshgoyles and Revenants
• Choose to help either the Brotherhood of Night or the Hand of Marr as you embark on dozens of new quests across different storylines for good and evil players alike
• Follow the dynamic storyline as your actions influence the outcome of your progressive adventure
• Find new ways to interact with the environment, including destructible walls that lead to unexplored tombs
• Exclusive themed content, including vampiric magic-based spells and items
• Discover new Neriak items for players of all levels
• Fortune and glory for the 1st raid group on each server to defeat T'Haen The Lost


 


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