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Thursday, April 28, 2005
[Multi] EA Announces 'From Russia With Love' - posted by Erich Becker at 4:12 pm CDT

While we've known it has been in development for some time, EA made it official today with a press release. Sean Connery will lend his likeness and voice to James Bond once again in From Russia With Love.

The game is due for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube™ under the EA GAMES™ brand and will be in stores this fall.

Casino Royale, the next Bond film, will be released late next year. The title role is still unfilled as of press time.

[Multi] 'Pariah' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 4:10 pm CDT

Groove Games announced yesterday that Digital Extremes' upcoming first person shooter, Pariah, has gone gold for both Xbox and PC. The game will be released next week for the aforementioned platforms.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005
[Industry] Topware sets up shop in Las Vegas - posted by Erich Becker at 1:13 pm CDT

Topware Interactive Inc. has officially entered the North American market as both a publisher and distributor of PC and console entertainment software. All three principals of Topware Interactive Inc.: Alexandra Constandache –owner, Dirk Hassinger – CEO, and James Seaman – Managing Director, are part of the prominent European game producers, Zuxxez AG of Germany.

Topware will release the upcoming Earth 2160 in September.

[Xbox] Global 'Halo 2' Tournament Announced - posted by Erich Becker at 1:12 pm CDT

“Halo 2” fans from all corners of the globe will get the chance to compete in the world’s largest battle for Earth yet. Contestants from Xbox Live’s 24 regions will vie for the honor of being named Xbox Live “Halo 2” World Champion.

The global contest is currently underway, with the GameStop-sponsored United States competition kicking off during the week of May 2nd with regional qualifying rounds. The worldwide finals will be played in June, culminating in the naming of the first ever Xbox Live “Halo 2” World Champion. Never before have all 24 Xbox Live regions - such as Japan, New Zealand, France and Norway - participated in one global tournament event. The Xbox Live “Halo 2” World Champion will be decided by a double elimination ladder. The U.S. qualifying round will be played in the “Rumble Pit” match setting within “Halo 2.” Please see www.Xbox.com for more details about this worldwide tournament.

Contestants 18 years and older can register at GameStop stores nationwide or at www.GameStopStores.com. Registration for this worldwide tournament begins Tuesday, April 26. The GameStop-sponsored U. S. National Champion will play online in the worldwide finals in June.

[PC] Got Game/Merscom Release 'Laser Squad Nemesis' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:10 pm CDT

Laser Squad Nemesis, developed by Nick and Julian Gollop (X-Com series), has been released in North America via Got Game Entertainment and Merscom. The game features tactical warfare with a mix of RTS and turn-based combat play-styles.

Laser Squad Nemesis retails for $19.99 (USD) and is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB for Blood and Violence. Look for the game at your favorite retailer.

[PC] Pre-Order 'Supreme Ruler 2010' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:08 pm CDT

Strategy First announced today that EB Games and GameStop (soon to become one) have begun taking pre-orders for Supreme Ruler 2010 the upcoming economic, political and military strategy game from BattleGoat.

The game is set to ship May 10, 2005 for the PC.

[PC] Matrix Games Releases 'Tin Soldiers: Julius Caesar' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:06 pm CDT

Matrix Games and developer Koios Works have released Tin Soldiers: Julius Caesar for the PC. The game is currently available for digital download with a boxed copy being made available later this week. The game is a series follow-up to Alexander the Great and features a 3D camera, non-linear campaigns, and mobilization/re-enlistment system for your forces.

Look for a full review soon.

[PSP] EA Ships Two for PSP - posted by Erich Becker at 1:02 pm CDT

Electronic Arts has shipped NBA Street Showdown and FIFA Soccer for the PlayStation Portable. Each game retails for $49.99 and both are rated "E" for Everyone by the ESRB.

[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews 'SWAT 4' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:00 pm CDT

Our friends over at Games Xtreme have reviewed the latest in the SWAT series, SWAT 4. You can see their full review right here after checking out this snippet.

"This is really where Swat 4 shines as far as I am concerned, there’s a huge level of detail that has been crammed into the levels of this game, and it really comes to life thanks to the placement of the objects. From discarded soda cans to all kinds of trash, boxes and bottles – Swat 4 has a real ‘lived in’ feel to the locations; you can actually believe you’re striding through the darkened corridors of a restaurant with the constant threat of terrorist activity only a door away."

[PC] 'Empire Earth II' Ships... - posted by Erich Becker at 12:58 pm CDT

...to stores, so go and pick up your copy.

[PC] Nival Announces 'Night Watch' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:56 pm CDT

Nival Interactive has announced a new tactical RPG called Night Watch. The title is set to feature two realities and tons of magic. Here's a clip from the press release:

"Join the Night Watch and step out to protect the case of Light using all your magic power! Get ready to step into thrilling magic battles in two parallel realities - in real locations of modern Moscow and in the Dusk, the Other layer of reality filled with magic. As you gain experience your power will grow - and you will choose a type of Other you want to be out of three, Shapeshifter, Enchanter and Mage, each of them having its own special spells and abilities. Magic battles in reality and in the Dusk and twisted plot with unexpected turns will make your service in the Night Watch an unforgettable adventure and a captivating challenge."

Sound good? Night Watch doesn't have a release date at this time.

[PC] 'Auto Assault' Beta Begins - posted by Erich Becker at 12:54 pm CDT

NCsoft has begun beta testing Auto Assault, their upcoming, online car combat title. Here's NCsoft's blurb followed by the link to sign up yourself.

"We are pleased to announce that the first wave of Auto Assault beta invitations has been sent. If you didn’t receive an invitation and you applied for the beta, please don’t despair – this is just the muzzle of the chain gun (so to speak) and more invitations will be sent in larger groups over the coming weeks and months."

Sign up for the Auto Assault Beta

[PC] Perpetual Announces 'Gods & Heroes' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:50 pm CDT

Perpetual Entertainment has announced their new MMORPG, Gods & Heroes for release this fall (with beta testing to begin this summer). Here's a short description of the game, taken from Perpetual's press release:

"Set in pre-imperial Rome around 300 BC, Gods and Heroes provides epic-scale, quest-driven gameplay across a wide variety of immersive regions and environments. Every player in G&H is descended from the gods, and through ongoing relationships with them, earns and commands tremendous abilities. Using their god-like powers, unique combat, special moves, and the might of squads and groups, players strive to serve the gods and the Republic as they fulfill their destinies. En route, they must do battle against fearsome creatures from mythology such as Cyclopes and Furies, and contend with waves of invading armies including Samnites, Germanic Barbarians and Gauls."

No firm release date has been set, as of yet, but the game will be on hand at this year's E3 later in May.

Monday, April 18, 2005
[Xbox] Forza Motorsport Goes (Went) Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 11:28 am CDT

We're a bit late to the punch on this one, but Microsoft's upcoming Gran Turismo-killer, Forza Motorsport went gold last week and should hit store shelves May 3, 2005 for an estimated price of $49.99.

The game features cars from 60 different manufactures and Xbox Live support.

[PC] Raven Releases New 'Quake 4' Info - posted by Erich Becker at 11:27 am CDT

Raven Software, developers of such hits as Soldier of Fortune has released some new information on the upcoming shooter, Quake 4:

Quake 4 Updated Info

Earth is under siege by an alien race. The Strogg are cybernetic warriors--a mechanical frame and decaying body parts stabilized by flesh consumed in a systematic annihilation of other species and civilizations. In a desperate attempt to survive a Strogg attack on Earth, an armada of Earth's finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet. Earth's initial assault force is nearly annihilated immediately, but one marine manages to infiltrate the base, bring down their planetary defense systems, and kill the Strogg's collective brain and leader--the Makron. Earth assumed the destruction of the Makron would end it all, but it didn't.

That's where Quake II leaves off and Quake 4 begins.

The Strogg are quickly regrouping. However, with the Strogg's planetary defenses still destroyed, Earth's forces can deliver a full and final assault. This time, you're not alone. You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad, and part of Earth's next invasion wave. An army of soldiers are fighting with you and an arsenal of weapons and vehicles are at your disposal in this heroic and epic battle between worlds.

Sounds pretty kick-ass right? We'll have more when its released, until then, thanks goes out to GameSpot for the head's up.

[Industry] GameStop, EB to Merge - posted by Erich Becker at 11:27 am CDT

In a day of big consolidations (Adobe and Macromedia also announced a joining of forces today) the two hardcore gaming retailers in the US, GameStop and EB, are locking together.

The entity created from the two, taking the GameStop name, will operate over 3800 stores in North America and has its eyes on Europe.

The deal is expected to gain regulation approval from the FCC due to the combined market share of both retailers only adding up to 22 percent.

Thanks goes out to gameindustry.biz for the story.

[Industry] 'Jungle Beat' Beaten Down? - posted by Erich Becker at 11:26 am CDT

New NPD numbers released for March game sales show a big month for Sony's PlayStation2 and Microsoft's Xbox console as both companies moved units and software (with Gran Turismo 4 taking the pole position).

The real story is Nintendo's Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat which has reportedly only moved a tick under 40,000 units. This information was reported by IGN on Friday, but it proves to be true, it will no doubt be a huge disappointment for The Big N.

Source: IGNCube, GameSpot

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
[PC] 'Heretic Kingdoms' Ships to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 4:46 pm CDT

Got Game Entertainment LLC and co-publisher Merscom LLC today announced that "Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition" for the PC has shipped to retail stores across North America.

The combat-oriented and story-driven RPG, developed by 3D People in association with Chris Bateman and his International Hobo team, casts you in a world where God is dead and religion heresy. As the Inquisitor, assigned to stamp out the last remnants of religion, will you crush religion underfoot or become its savior? In a world where good and evil defy convention, your choices have consequences and will lead you to one of six different endings. Featuring a unique system of over 100 attunements for complete character customization to prepare for over 50 quests, "Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition" retails for $29.99 (USD) and is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB for Blood and Violence.

[Xbox] 'Jade Empire' Is Now Available - posted by Erich Becker at 4:44 pm CDT

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that Jade Empire™ has punched into North American retail outlets and is now available for an estimated price of $49.95 (U.S.). Jade Empire will be available in Europe starting on April 22.

The game was developed by Bioware, creators of Knights of the Old Republic.

[PlayStation2] VU Games' 'Cold Winter' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 4:42 pm CDT

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the PlayStation®2 first-person shooter Cold Winter™ has gone gold. Developed by UK-based Swordfish Studios, Cold Winter is set to hit retail shelves May 10 for and MSRP of $49.99. The game has been rated "M" for Mature.

[Industry] Vote for Future Tournament Games - posted by Erich Becker at 4:38 pm CDT


The VGL is currently running a national tournament for Halo 2 sponsored by Scion and Lee Jeans. At the National Championship, we will award a minimum of $20,000 and a new Scion xB.

We are starting to include additional games in our tournaments and are letting the plaeyrs decide which games we use. Each week players will be able to login to the VGL site and vote on which games they would like to play. The VGL will count the votes and announce the additional game(s). The top 5 games with the most participation throughout the season will be added to our regional and national championships.

For more details about this excting progam, visit the Video Gamers League at www.vgleague.com.

[Multi] 'Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition' Now Available - posted by Erich Becker at 4:31 pm CDT

The third installment in Rockstar's tuner series is now available for PlayStation2 and Xbox with a PSP version planned for future release.

Get those 22's ready!

Monday, April 11, 2005
[Industry] EA's NCAA Football 2006, The Only Game in Town - posted by Erich Becker at 4:21 pm CDT

Electronic Arts announced today that they have secured the exclusive rights to create college football games from the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).

What does this mean? NCAA Football 2006 is the only game to see my Sun Devils take over the Pac 10.

[Industry] MTV and Microsoft Partner Up for Xbox Announcement - posted by Erich Becker at 3:04 pm CDT

In what can only be described as factoring to the lowest common denominator, MTV and Microsoft have announced an agreement where an MTV produced special will reveal Microsoft's next-gen console for the masses.

See what Microsoft's "electrifying" press release has to say:

“MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed.” The special will be hosted by entertainment icon, seasoned gamer and Xbox fanatic Elijah Wood, known globally for the Academy Award-winning “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Island Records’ renowned Las Vegas rockers The Killers will deliver electrifying performances throughout the special. The global broadcast will premiere Thursday, May 12, at 9:30 p.m. EDT in North America and on Friday, May 13 in other regions around the globe.

All I can say is wow, I'll be setting my BeyondTV to record that.

[Multi] EA Announces 'Need for Speed Most Wanted' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:01 pm CDT

Electronic Arts announced the latest game in the Need for Speed franchise today, Need for Speed Most Wanted. The game takes the series to the Hollywood case scene which somhow differs from the custom car scene the previous two installments presented.

Here's what the PR department has to say:

"Need for Speed Most Wanted delivers a unique, fast-paced and gripping ride in the racing genre as players build up their Rap Sheet and street cred to move their way up the Black List to become the most wanted racer on the streets. Players will go head-to-head with the top drivers on the scene as well as strategically evade more than half dozen cops at any one time. Add in a dynamic open world, new gameplay and customization as well as tuners, supercars, muscles and sports cars and Need for Speed Most Wanted will be on every gamer’s 'must-have' list."

Developed in Vancouver, B.C. by EA Canada, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available for a next generation console as well as the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, PSP™ handheld entertainment system and PC. More details to follow.

Note: "...a next generation console..."? Just how cryptic are we getting these days, everyone knows which system is going to launch first, I fail to understand why Microsoft, oops, "the company who will be releasing this console" just won't announce the damn thing.

Friday, April 08, 2005
[PC] 'Call of Duty 2' Confirmed for Fall 2005 - posted by Erich Becker at 3:30 pm CDT

Yesterday, Activision confirmed the development of Call of Duty 2 by the company's Infinity Ward development studio. No significant details are known about the game, only that a fall 2005 release is planned.

[PC] The Adventure Company to Published 'ECHO' - posted by Erich Becker at 3:15 pm CDT

The Adventure Company has signed on to publish ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern in June. The title allows you to:

"Delve into a world of exploration and intrigue as you embark on a quest filled with puzzles and mystery. Use your wits and powers of observation to survive the vast wilderness as your journey leads you to one of mankind’s forgotten wonders."

Sounds fun, no? Look for more information on the game in the next few months.

[PC] 'Empire Earth II' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 3:12 pm CDT

Vivendi Universal Games today announced that Empire Earth II has gone gold and will hit store shelves in the US on Thursday, April 28th. The game carries a suggested retail price of $49.99, with an ESRB “T” for Teen Rating (Blood, Violence). It is being developed by Mad Doc Software.

More information about the game, including a downloadable demo with both single and multiplayer modes, can be found at http://www.empireearth2.com/.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005
[PC] New 'Flashpoint Germany' Patch Released - posted by Erich Becker at 3:27 pm CDT

Matrix Games has released v1.02 patch for their strategy game, Flashpoint Germany. The new patch contains dozens of fixes and is recommended for every owner of the game.

Head on over to www.flashpointgermany.com to pick up the patch.

[Industry] Ener1 Group to Acquire Nival Interactive - posted by Erich Becker at 3:25 pm CDT

Ener1 Group, a technology holding company, announced today that its affiliate has signed an agreement to acquire Moscow-based Nival Interactive LLC., Russia’s largest video game developer. Ener1 Group plans to integrate Nival Interactive’s creative studio of 140 artists, designers and programmers with its US-based video gaming interests to develop next generation console and wireless games. Ener1 Group also announced that Sergey Orlovskiy, Nival Interactive CEO and Founder, has been named President of the new company, called Nival Inc., which will be based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Nival is currently working on Heroes of Might and Magic 5 for Ubisoft. For more information, check out www.nival.com.

[Multi] DreamCatcher Ships 'Obscure' for PC, PS2, XB - posted by Erich Becker at 3:22 pm CDT

DreamCatcher Games today announced Obscure, a survival horror game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Windows®, has shipped in North America.

Obscure follows five All-American teenagers through a real-life nightmare as they uncover a deadly secret lurking in the hallways of their high school. When a popular student suddenly disappears, it sets off a chain of frightening events rivaled only by Hollywood cinema.

The game will retail for $19.99 for all three platforms and has been rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB.

Look for a review soon.


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