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Monday, May 14, 2001
Mac Based :: Infogrames Obtains Publishing Rights to Take-Two Titles - posted by Erich Becker at 3:01 pm CDT

PLYMOUTH, MN, May 9, 2001 -- Infogrames, Inc., (Nasdaq: IFGM) a global publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced that it has acquired the Macintosh publishing rights to several high-profile titles from Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO). MacSoft continues to dominate the Macintosh entertainment software category having achieved a market share of over 37 percent for calendar year 2000*.

"As the market penetration of Mac gamers deepens, so does the need to provide this growing audience with a wide variety of products" said Cindy Swanson, Marketing Manager of MacSoft. "As the leading publisher of Macintosh game software, we are excited to be adding such an acclaimed array of products to our lineup." Under terms of the agreement, Infogrames acquires the Macintosh publishing rights to Tropico and Fly! II, which will be shipping this summer, as well as such highly regarded titles as Max Payne, Stronghold and Myth III. Infogrames also obtains the Macintosh rights to several additional titles that will be announced at a later date.

"MacSoft is the unquestioned leader in the Mac gaming arena, " said Kelly Sumner, Chief Executive Officer of Take Two Interactive. "We are excited to have Take-Two's premier properties brought to the Mac audience and look forward to working closely with MacSoft to do so."

Related Links: Macsoft HomePage

Community :: Tribes2Review's Pet Peeves - posted by Erich Becker at 2:57 pm CDT

Erich: Tribes2Review is putting together a rather interesting list of pet peeves for the game. If you are interested check out the site below, and here is the full news clip.

"I'm compiling a list of Tribes2 player's Pet Peeves for an article I'm putting together. We're going to take probably the top 15-20 or so of them and they'll be put in the article, along with people's opinions and comments. I'm sure there are some things in Tribes2 that just drive you nuts. Be it Team-Killing, Sniping, what have you, we're asking that everyone send their top 5 (or less if you can't think of that many) to t2petpeeves@hotmail.com with a comment about each one.

Also, please include your first name and location (state/province/country, etc.) if you wish to get credit in the article for your comments. If you feel uncomfortable giving that, just don't include it. It wont make a difference in my decision to include the comment (I'll just insert anon.). Thanks in advance!

-Hickeroar and the T2R Staff"

Related Links: Tribes 2 Review

EXCLUSIVE :: ESCMAG Honors Douglas Adams - posted by Erich Becker at 2:54 pm CDT

ESCMAG would like to take this oportunity to honor the famous author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Mr. Adams was a very popular author and wrote many cult classics, such as the Guide mentioned before. In honor of his passing, ESC has posted a short special feature acknowledging him as one of the best authors in the past century.

Related Links: Read Our Farewell

Press :: Ubi Soft adds Two Major Titles to Catalog - posted by Erich Becker at 2:47 pm CDT


PARIS, France – May 10, 2001 – Ubi Soft Entertainment has signed a deal with Digital Anvil Holdings to publish Loose Cannon and Conquest: Frontier Wars worldwide. With this agreement Ubi Soft acquires the rights to publish Loose Cannon on all platforms, and the rights to publish Conquest: Frontier Wars on PC. Ubi Soft’s objective will be to expand the Loose Cannon brand by developing it on next generation consoles.

The two projects were originally handled by Digital Anvil, an Austin, Texas based company founded by Chris Roberts. Roberts is one of the stars of the development world, best known for the wildly successful Wing Commander series. Eric Peterson, the original producer of the game, has opened his own development house called Fever Pitch Studios, Inc., to finish work on Conquest: Frontier Wars, which is slated for release in the 3rd Quarter of 2001. Sinister Games, Ubi Soft’s highly talented studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, will finish development on Loose Cannon, which is slated for release in the 1st Quarter of 2002.

Loose Cannon, created by Tony Zurovec, is pure action-adventure that combines an intense mercenary-style driving game with a shooting game. The year is 2016, and players take the role of bounty hunters in a country plagued by crime. Driving around cities from San Francisco to New York in a car equipped with weapons, players will hear police calls on the radio and choose whether to intervene in bank robberies, muggings and other crimes in progress. Two years of development and five million dollars have already been spent on the game. Loose Cannon uses the very latest technology to give players a unique gaming experience.

Conquest: Frontier Wars is a 3D real-time strategy game that takes place in solar systems around the galaxy. Aimed at RTS players ages 18 to 35, the game-play is reminiscent of tactical situations faced by the U.S. and Japan in the Pacific theater of World War II – but now those events are played out on the modern battleground of space.

Both games are in line with Ubi Soft’s strategy of acquiring strong brands. They expand the group’s adult offerings. “With these product acquisitions, Ubi Soft solidifies its strong commitment to the PC market,” said Ubi Soft President and CEO Yves Guillemot. “Loose Cannon and Conquest: Frontier Wars are both incredible games that are going to revolutionize their respective genres.”

Highlights of Loose Cannon, Conquest: Frontier Wars and the rest of Ubi Soft’s impressive product lineup will be shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 17-19th. Visit www.ubisoft.com/e3-2001 .

About Ubi Soft® Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is a global producer, publisher and international distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the industry, Ubi Soft’s strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably over the past couple of years. As well as developing original properties, Ubi Soft has also steadfastly partnered with several high-profile companies and is dedicated to delivering consumers quality video game titles while offering blockbuster franchises.
Ubi Soft has made key acquisitions over the past few months, including Red Storm Entertainment, Blue Byte Software and The Learning Company’s entertainment division. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in 18 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Germany and China and sells its products in a total of 52 countries. For more information about Ubi Soft, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

Thursday, May 10, 2001
Various :: Sgt. Hulka Named Sexiest Man Alive - posted by Erich Becker at 12:48 pm CDT

I know what you are saying, why does this belong on a gaming websites news page? Well Sgt. Hulka is a very big and recognizable name in the gaming force online, so we are proud to acknowledge his new title, and celebrate his victory of opposition. Here's the post strait from TripleG2G.

"I dropped by Sgt. Hulka's today as I do everyday. And what should I see there? A banner ad for GGG2G. Much thanks Sarge. To celebrate this kindness I think now would be a good time to name the "2001 GGG2G's Sexiest man alive Award" winner. Of course all the ladies already know who the winner is. When he's not kicking your ass in deathmatch or creating the worlds best Q3A mod, he's more then willing to help out the "Less gifted" males with handy hair care tips. He's also know to drive about town in his world famous "Bitch'n Chevy". He's the man with the plan, the big dog and the boss hog, he's that guy that is Too sexy for his hat, he proves "SIZE DOSE MATTER", and he's every woman's secret fantasy.......... he is..... Sgt.Hulka!!!!!!

Congratulations Sgt.Hulka, you are GGG2G's "2001 sexiest man alive". Please use your powers for good and not for evil. Now, How about an interview?"

Related Links: Check Out TripleG2G Here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2001
Hardware :: Leufken Water Cooling Kit Review at 3DSpotlight - posted by Erich Becker at 1:05 pm CDT

Here at 3D Spotlight we have just smacked up a very detailed review of Leufken Technologies´ Water-Cooling Kit. Find the whole article at the link below.

Here´s a snip:
As I mentioned before, with regular air-cooling my CPU could run reliably at 850mhz, but seeing as it’s a Duron, which are known for their good overclocking, I wasn’t exactly thrilled by this speed. So I was quite enthusiastic to see what speeds would the processor achieve with water-cooling. I managed to get it to 950mhz, still 50 left to the magic number. But nothing I did could get the CPU stable at 1Ghz. I called a friend to me and he came over with his soldering iron. We had to increase the voltage beyond the 1.85v that the Socket-A motherboards are limited to. We followed this guide as seen here and soldered a 22k ohm resistor onto the motherboard to give us an increased voltage. I increased the voltage to 2.05v and this got the processor running perfectly stable @ 1000Mhz.

Related Links: See The Full Review!

Microsoft :: Ultimate Blade of Darkness Announced for Xbox - posted by Erich Becker at 1:03 pm CDT

After the great success of Blade of Darkness for PC CD-ROM (called Severance: Blade of Darkness in Europe) Rebel Act Studios is proud to announce ULTIMATE BLADE OF DARKNESS for Xbox

Blade of Darkness PC CD-Rom has climbed to the top 3 in the charts around Europe: number 2 in UK charts, number 3 in Germany and France, number 1 in Spain and Finland, etc.. featuring the covers of some of the main european magazines (PC Zone in UK, Joystick in France, PC Zone and Gameplay in Benelux, K PC and Computer Games in Italy, Micromania, Gamelife, Juegos y Cia, Screenfun y Gamelife in Spain amongst others)

ULTIMATE BLADE OF DARKNESS won't be a mere conversion of the PC game, but a new game in itself.

The main advances upon the PC CD-ROM game will be, amongst others:

-Console-suited control system, with analog-stick player-character control.
-More smoothly blended animations.
-More fluid and controllable jump moves.
-Improved save and load times
-Near-flawless collision detection.
-Simplified on-screen display, with all information rendered graphically.
-Controller rumble support.
-Improved particle effects system.
-Improved characters graphics
-Blood on weapons.
-Bloody footprints.
-3D-positioned audio.
-Additional atmosperic environmental sound effects.
-Revised story elements.
-Improved control responsiveness.
-Bump mapping.
-Split-screen two player mode.
-New and improved levels, both for the single-player mode and for the multiplayer mode.
-Multiplayer cooperative levels, different from the current ones

Win Based :: X-Setup 6 Review at 3D Spotlight - posted by Erich Becker at 12:58 pm CDT

Today at 3D Spotlight we've posted our review of what
is probably the most famous Tweak Utility around. No
it's not Tweak UI, rather Xteq's X-Setup 6. Here's a
bit of it;

"Compared to Version 5.7, Version 6 is not so much a
re-working/updating of all the Plug-ins & Wizards it
contains, it's more of an upgrade to the underlying
program itself. It's now easier to update X-Setup with
new Plug-ins than before, it's also safer to use &
will hide Plug-ins which aren't intended for your
Operating System.

Or to put it a another way, X-Setup 6 is basically the
same smelly old tramp you all know, but this time he's
been given a bath, had his liquor taken away & been
given new clothes, oh man! Now, let's get a bit deeper
into the new features shall we?"

Related Links: See The Full X-Setup Review!

Escape :: Kohan Review Posted! - posted by Erich Becker at 12:57 pm CDT

After a short dry spell, we here at ESC have posted a new review. Today we look at the newest game from Strategy First, Kohan. Reviewer Garret Romaine gave the game great praise, here is a clip from his review, and a link to the full 9 out of 10 posting.

"Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns is a strong RTS Game of the Year candidate. It may actually be that long-awaited, often-promised "New Breed of WarCraft clone" that RTS gamers have long waited for, what with it’s fresh outlook on the genre. The game’s high rating comes from its use of new concepts and a fun, easy to play interface that practically invites you to kick back and watch the battles that develop."

Related Links: See The Full Review!

Various :: Two New Sports Reviews at Operation Sports - posted by Erich Becker at 12:42 pm CDT

Today we have posted two new reviews. Dan Clarke has reviewed Sports Jam, an import title for the Dreamcast. And newcomer, John Griffin, has put Knockout Kings 2001 on the PS 2 through the paces. Any mention in your news would be greatly appreciated.

The Links are as follows:

Sports Jam:
See The Full Review!

KK 2001:
See The Full Review

Thursday, May 03, 2001
EXCLUSIVE :: First Impressions of Game Boy Advance - posted by Erich Becker at 1:49 pm CDT

I recently had a chance to sit down with the Game Boy Advance yesterday, and what I say left me in a state of shock.

The little machine is the coolest thing ever. Playing through the first level of Super Mario Advance on that wide screen and the amazing colors of the Super Nintendo left me drooling all over the floor.

Everything about the machine is perfect. The sound is a little light, and the size of the Game Boy is extremely small, I thought it would be bigger, but no real complaints. I really didn't want to give it up, but I had to let go. Then I had to play test a Playstation 2 to make sure it wasn't damaged, what a job I have.

Escape :: Hey Erich Where's the News? - posted by Erich Becker at 1:46 pm CDT

I'm glad you asked. This is the time in the year when the gaming industry becomes very silent. Right up until Nintendo's pre-E3 unveiling of the Gamecube, the industry will be quiet. Then for three days and two nights, news will pour from every crack in the industry. Then all rivers will run dry, there will be two Nintendo 64 games left, the Playstation will be basically dead, and the PS2 will have the summer to itself with only the GameBoy Advance to whip it down into submission.

It would be best to pick out some good games and get ready to settle in and play them for a good amount of time, because come Fall, things are really going to heat up.

Gamecube :: Sonic to Appear on Gamecube? - posted by Erich Becker at 1:40 pm CDT

The President of Sega of America, Peter Moore, recently layed down some hints that a Sonic game would be appear on the Nintendo Gamecube (take that Microsoft). Moore stressed that Nintendo's Cube that Could has the target demographic for a Sonic game, and would be most suitable on that platform.

More details should be released in two weeks when the gaming industry splits open and the unveiling of all those sweet ass games happens at the E3 Convention in LA.

Unfortunatly, due to circumstances beyond our control, we won't be attending E3 like we had planned. We are sorry but we won't be able to provide live coverage, but we will be regurgitating all the news from other sites for you to enjoy with my own little editorial pizzaz. I look forward to it.

Sunday, April 29, 2001
Escape :: Fallout Tactics Review Posted - posted by Erich Becker at 10:19 pm CDT

With the approaching Summertime drought of games and the transition to new systems this coming Fall, you need to pick out some great games and have us some fun. Unfortunately, according to Editor-in-Chief Andy Grieser, Fallout Tactics doesn't live up to the premise of the first two games. Take a look at this snippet from the full review, and then hit the link to see more:

"Now, we at ESCmag love us some Fallout. Just check out the typeface we use, and the button design. When Toby and I founded the magazine, we envisioned running it from a Vault-type structure. So it’s with sadness that I say Fallout Tactics is a failed experiment, like the Leonard DiCaprio Growing Pains years."

Related Links: Fallout Tactics Full Review

Wednesday, April 25, 2001
Win Based :: 3D Spotlights Tribes 2 Tweaks - posted by Erich Becker at 1:54 pm CDT

Ed. NoteThis is in direct relation to our Tribes 2 Review, see the news for further details.

Today at 3D Spotlight we've posted our Tribes 2 Tweak guide. While it's launch may not have went quite as smoothly as expected, neither is it's performance (amongst other things). That´s where our guide comes into play, showing you all the menu tweaks, config tweaks & a bunch of other stuff for getting it up to scratch again.

Related Links: Tribes 2 Tweaks

Playstation :: WomenGamers Review Rival Schools 2 - posted by Erich Becker at 1:50 pm CDT

WG member Phalanx99 reviews the action/arcade game for the Playstation, Rival Schools: Evolution 2.

"...It's unfortunate that the RPG-like Edit mode is only available in the Japanese version of the game; this is also the case for the upcoming sequels Project Justice: Rival Schools 2 and 3. I believe Capcom could be cutting off a potentially large market in the US and Europe with this decision. "

URL: http://www.womengamers.com/revprev/act/rs/rivalschoolsevolution2.html

WG Reviews: Rival Schools: Evolution 2

Playstation2 :: Gamecritic's Review Onimusha - posted by Erich Becker at 1:48 pm CDT

Brad and Chi review Capcom's latest survival horror release, Onimusha: Warlords. Here's an excerpt from Brad's review:

"Onimusha is rehash-king Capcom's entry into the newly-created "samurai horror" genre. For anyone who has played Resident Evil or any of the innumerable mindless clones, you know exactly what to expect. The game is played in third-person perspective, featuring static, rendered backdrops with 3-D polygon characters superimposed. Players take control of the main hero Samanosuke for the bulk of the game, with short sequences featuring Kaede, the token female ninja companion."

GameCritics.com Reviews Onimusha: Warlords

Escape :: Tribes 2 (PC) Review Posted! - posted by Erich Becker at 1:44 pm CDT

Another great review has been posted here at ESCMAG. This time reviewer Erich Becker ventures into the world that is Tribes 2 and tells us if the game is worth the hype. Here is a clip, and the usual link.

"I wasn’t one of the thousands caught in the crack-like addiction that surrounded the original Tribes. In fact, I never really knew what people saw in the game. Standing up to games like Quake II and Unreal wasn’t an easy thing to do, but Tribes proved that its team-based gameplay could win over mindless deathmatching and sweet new technology for many gamers out there. Still, I was one to join a nice game of Weapons Factory for Quake II and have some serious fun."

Related Links: See the Full 8 out of 10 Review!

Friday, April 20, 2001
Mac Based :: Small Mac News Clips, Just for You - posted by Erich Becker at 11:32 pm CDT

All of the following information is coming form Aspyr Media, and their website can be found at the link on the bottom of the page.

The Sims House Party On It's Way to a Mac Near You:

Yes, Westlake will be doing a conversion of the EA Games published, Maxis developed expansion pack for the highly popular game, The Sims. The expansion pack focuses on having a sweet party at your Sims establishment without having the fun level drop too low. Better grab a few wine coolers and some cold pizza, you will be at the computer for a while. Look for it in July.

Tony Hawk 2 -- Nearing Completion

By the time you read this, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for the Mac should be just about done. The game should be in available very soon, get read for some air!

Tomb Raider to Ship With Level Editor

Aspyr reports that they have just played the latest beta version of Tomb Raider: Chronicles for the Mac, and the level editor from the PC version is included and working perfectly, soon you will be able to rehash your own game over and over and over and over and...

Escape from Monkey Island has Shipped

If you are not reading this, and you are a Mac gamer, then chances are you are playing Escape from Monkey Island on your G4 Cube. In any event, Escape from Monkey Island has shipped for the Mac, and it should be available everywhere that sells games from Mac!

--News Editor Erich Becker doesn't edit levels, he rips off ideas from everyone else and combines them.

Related Links: Aspyr

Escape :: Daytona USA (DC) Review Posted! - posted by Erich Becker at 11:23 pm CDT

In a rather odd mid-day update, ESC Magazine is proud to unleash our latest console review (it has been a while since we posted one) and it is for none-other than the beloved Sega Dreamcast. Daytona USA goes under the microscope by reviewer Erich Becker (aka me) and scores a very respectable 8 out of 10 rating. Here is a clip, and a link to the full review:

"Rolling start! Daytona USA is back and better than ever as the high-octane, powersliding racing title comes home to the Sega Dreamcast in grand fashion. Boasting 11 vehicles, awesome new tracks, as well everything from the classic arcade game, Daytona makes a gigantic splash in the pool that is the Dreamcast racers. Aside from a few minor problems in the AI and control departments, Daytona USA is a serious contender."

(note: it is very hard to talk about yourself in this way)

Related Links: Rolling Start into the Review!


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