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Tuesday, September 09, 2003
 
[Industry] Battlestar Galactica Video Game Site Goes Live - posted by Erich Becker at 2:24 pm CDT

The official Web site for the upcoming Battlestar Galactica video game has just gone live and is available at www.battlestargalacticagame.com. The new site offers fans all new media and a comprehensive look at the title including:

- An overview of the title's characters, ships players will fly and fight against and gameplay features
- Downloadable content such as wallpapers, animated icons and a fansite kit
- News and updates on the Battlestar Galactica
- A trailer featuring in game action and vignettes from the titles awesome cut scenes

Set 40 years before the events of the classic TV series, Battlestar Galactica follows the adventures of fledgling Viper pilot, Ensign William Adama on his fist assignment onboard the Galactica. As Adama, players will engage awesome arcade action as they take control of the hottest fighters in the galaxy, and tangle with dozens of swarming Cylon fighters in massive space battles. Additionally, players will get a chance to pilot a wide array of ships, from sleek vipers to heavy bombers and take command of an elite cadre of wingmen that increase in experience and skill as the game unfolds.

 
[Multi] VU Games Ships Buffy: Chaos Bleeds to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 2:04 pm CDT

BUFFY STAKES CLAIM AT RETAIL STORES THIS WEEK
Vivendi Universal Games Ships Buffy the Vampire Slayer™: Chaos Bleeds To Retail

LOS ANGELES, CA - (September 8, 2003) – Get out the garlic and open the curtains, because the demons are demanding revenge! Vivendi Universal Games announced that Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ has shipped to retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Everyone’s favorite blonde vampire slayer has returned to clean up Sunnydale’s streets of baddies once again, but this time she’s bringing her friends.

Based on the successful long-running television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds, developed by Eurocom Entertainment Software and licensed by Fox Interactive, is a third-person fighting adventure game featuring the actual likenesses of Buffy the Vampire Slayer show cast members, as well as a number of cast member voiceovers. Developed as a ‘lost episode’ from season five of the television show, Chaos Bleeds centers around a dimensional bleed that has been enabled by Pure Evil to consume humanity once and for all. Players will be thrust into action as one of six characters from the TV show – Buffy, Faith, Willow, Spike, Xander and Sid the Dummy, each with their own unique set of abilities and powers. In addition to an engaging story-driven single player mode, players can also duke it out with up to three friends in four different multiplayer modes.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide fans of the series and newcomers alike a quality game that delivers a truly authentic Buffy experience,” said Phil O’Neil, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vivendi Universal Games. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is the next-best thing to actually having a stake in hand on the streets of Sunnydale… but much safer!”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is available now for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube for a suggested retail price of $49.99 with an ESRB “Teen” rating. For more information, please visit the game’s official site at http://www.buffygame.com.

 
[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews Chaos Legion (PS2) - posted by Erich Becker at 2:02 pm CDT

The guys and gals over at GamesXtreme have posted a review of the PS2 game, Chaos Legion. Have a look in this snippet and hit the link below for the full article.

See the Full Article @ Games Xtreme

"Imagine if you took the single player action of Devil May Cry 1 and 2 combined it with a healthy dose of the insanity from the Dynasty Warriors series, the result is a graphical action-fest that takes the player on a dark and sometimes frustrating journey into a twisted and macabre story. The whole game is played from a third person viewpoint with a rotating camera and bares some resemblance to the aforementioned adventures of Dante and crew, except where you fought alone in those games, here you have the Chaos Legion to call upon."


 
[PlayStation2] VU Games Ships Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward - posted by Erich Becker at 2:00 pm CDT

VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES ANNOUNCES HUNTER: THE RECKONING WAYWARD SHIPS TO RETAIL
More non-stop action comes to the PlayStation(r)2 from the franchise that delivered us from evil...

LOS ANGELES, CA (September, 9, 2003) - Vivendi Universal Games announced today that Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system has shipped to retail. This fast-paced hack n' slash game marks the introduction of the gothic fantasy world of Hunter: The Reckoning based on White Wolf's pen and paper RPG, to the platform. With one of five playable Hunters, gamers will battle hordes of monsters with an arsenal of deadly weapons. High Voltage Software has developed several features that provide Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward a unique game-play experience from previous games from the franchise, including a Hub based portal system and two-player cooperative mode.

"The rich content of the Hunter: The Reckoning franchise offers gamers an immersive experience into one of White Wolf's most popular fantasy worlds," said Philip O'Neil Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Infusing intense action, strong character development and an engaging storyline, Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward draws gamers one step deeper into this dark fantasy world.

In the game, players return to the sleepy town of Ashcroft, where two years ago a supernatural evil was destroyed by four Hunters. In the last two years the town has put the past behind them...or so they thought. The Intrepid residences of this ill-fated town are struck with a cult that has formed underground and now two years later events reminiscent of the past have begun to occur. After receiving a distress call from a mysterious new Hunter, the four original Hunters realize they must return to the town. Evil has again resurfaced and the Hunters are Ashcroft's only hope of deliverance.

Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward is available on PlayStation(r)2 for a suggested retail price of $49.99 with an ESRB "Mature" rating. For more information, log on to http://HunterTheReckoning.com/Wawyard

 
[Multi] EA Sports Announces Tony Stewart as NASCAR Thunder 2004 Cover Athlete - posted by Erich Becker at 1:56 pm CDT

EA ANNOUNCES NASCAR CHAMPION TONY STEWART AS COVER ATHLETE FOR NASCAR THUNDER 2004

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., September 9, 2003 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that reigning NASCAR® Winston Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart will be the official cover athlete for NASCAR Thunder(tm) 2004 from EA SPORTS(tm). Tony's likeness will appear on all NASCAR Thunder 2004 packaging and merchandising.

"Being on the cover of NASCAR Thunder 2004 is an honor for the entire Joe Gibbs Racing team," commented Tony Stewart. "I look forward to working with EA SPORTS and playing NASCAR Thunder 2004 while on the road and against other drivers and my crew."

In just four years of NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition with Joe Gibbs Racing, Home Depot driver Tony Stewart secured one of the most coveted honors in all of motor sports-the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. It was Stewart's ninth driving title since he first wheeled a go-kart at a racetrack in 1978.

"We feel that Tony Stewart epitomizes the competitive spirit that we are capturing in this year's game," said Chris Gray, Executive Producer for EA SPORTS NASCAR Thunder. "The grudges and alliances gameplay makes you feel like there are real drivers inside the other cars, an experience that is unmatched by any other driving game on the market."

NASCAR Thunder 2004 is slated to ship this fall for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation console, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and PC CD-ROM next week. NASCAR Thunder 2004 is being developed by EA Tiburon.


Thursday, September 04, 2003
 
[PC] Game Sharpers Release 3D Mahjong Solitaire - posted by Erich Becker at 7:53 am CDT

Game Shapers are proud to announce the release of 3D Mahjong Solitaire. Designed for the Windows desktop, this addictive 3D game of solitaire, introduces a new dimension to this hugely popular genre. From the classic setup to the newly developed "Elevated layouts", these unique and dynamic games offer a refreshing and challenging perspective that evolves Mahjong truly for the first time into 3D.

Download the fully featured Free Trial, Screenshots and the Full version direct from the game website at www.3DMahjong.com


 
[Mac] The Sims: Superstar Expansion Coming in Sept. to Mac - posted by Erich Becker at 7:51 am CDT

The Sims Superstar Expansion Pack Coming to the Mac!

The Sims Superstar Expansion Pack is coming to the Mac! Not only that, it is currently at Beta, expected to ship late September. Conversion is being done by Mark Krenek of Westlake Interactive.

In The Sims Superstar, players can live their fantasies of fame and fortune as they pursue the dream of being a Rock Star, Movie Star, or a Supermodel, live the lifestyle of a celebrity, and even mingle with the rich and famous. In order to gain popularity, characters must sign with an agent and then move to Studio Town, a new fully customizable location which houses television and movie lots, recording studios, fashion outlets, and spas. Players follow their Sims to work to schmooze and name-drop their way to superstardom. Popularity is measured with the Fame Score for each character in the game. If the player achieves a high Fame Score, they will be able to enjoy a more comfortable life than ever before with luxury services and objects including satellite dishes, skydiving simulators, art and furniture collections, steam baths, mud treatments, massages, and even an oxygen bar. Players are able to hire staff including a butler, domestic staff, and a masseuse. Of course! , being a celebrity has a downside too. While working hard to increase fame and popularity and perhaps even win a coveted Simmy award, celebrities will gather the attention of obsessed fans, groupies and the paparazzi.

Features:

*New Studio Town location-dazzle directors, rock the recording studio, or light up the fashion runway.
*150+ New Items!
*Get a satellite dish and add four new channels to your TV lineup.
*Get on the Karaoke Stage and sing to the beat of your favorite tunes.
*Visit the Oxygen Bar, breathe deep and relax in style!
*Use the Skydiving Simulator and fly high while staying low.
*Visit the music studio and record the hit that everyone's talking about!

Source: Aspyr

 
[Mac] Indiana Jones Coming in Late September to Macintosh - posted by Erich Becker at 7:48 am CDT

Indiana Jones and the Emporors Tomb at Alpha

Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb, originally published by Lucas Arts, is coming to the Mac. The game is at Alpha and is expected to begin shipping in late September, conversion is being handled by TransGaming.

Players take on the role of Indiana Jones in his latest adventure. The adventures begin in 1935 in the Far East where an underground Asian society, the Black Dragon Triad, and a German mercenary, Albrecht Von Beck, have formed an alliance in hopes of acquiring the Heart of the Dragon, a black pearl that gives its holder the power to manipulate minds. The pearl has been buried for two thousand years and it is Indy and his beautiful assistant Mei Yings mission to prevent the Heart of the Dragon from getting into the wrong hands.

Indiana Jones And The Emperors Tomb offers 10 different levels all set in exciting locations such as a castle in Prague, the Golden Lotus Opera House in Hong Kong, and even an underwater palace in Istanbul.

Preliminary System Requirements (These may change before the games release):

MacOS:

*Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher
*800 MHz PowerPC G4 or better (this may need to be revised up) *156 MB
RAM *750 MB free on Disk
*32 MB Radeon 7500 / GeForce 2 class 3D hardware acceleration required
*64 MB Radeon 9000 / GeForce 4 Titanium or better recommended
*1 GB free on Hard Disk

Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb is rated T for Teen and can be pre-ordered at our website for $39.99. A trailer and two-level demo are in the works, so keep checking to website.

Source: Aspyr

 
[Mac] Rainbow Six: Raven Shield and Splinter Cell Announced! - posted by Erich Becker at 7:46 am CDT

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Raven Shield and Splinter Cell announced!!

Aspyr announced, through an Inside Mac Games chat room exclusive, that Ubi Soft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Raven Shield and Splinter Cell would be coming to the Mac. Conversion is being done by i5works. The games are both at Alpha.

About Raven Shield

Command an elite, multinational squad of special operatives against a hidden terrorist foe. In Raven Shield, the third installment to the wildly popular Rainbow Six series, RAINBOW races against time to stop terror and unravel a mystery. In locations around the world, from London to the Caribbean to Rio de Janeiro, lead team RAINBOW in a desperate effort to battle a madman and foil his doomsday plot.

About Splinter Cell

You have the right to spy, steal, destroy and assassinate, to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow any knowledge of your existence.

You are Sam Fisher.

You are a Splinter Cell.

Source: Aspyr

 
[Industry] Next Game Acquires Playsite - posted by Erich Becker at 7:31 am CDT

NEXT GAME ACQUIRES PLAYSITE

Next Game Continues Roll-Up of Casual Game Market with Second Acquisition in Two Months

San Francisco, September 3, 2003 – Next Game, Inc., a skill-based game publisher, announced the all-cash transaction to acquire Playsite, a popular casual game destination site. Playsite is a marquee multi-player portal that boasts 2.9 million games played per month.

"With the recent purchase of iWin.com and Playsite, Next Game has taken its business to the next level and is poised to be the cash competition and premium game subscription leader," said CJ Wolf, CEO of Next Game. "The combination of our best-of-breed skill-based platform with Playsite’s quality content and dedicated game community broadens our product offering and significantly extends our share of the online gaming market."

The Playsite acquisition expands Next Game’s portfolio from 16 to 28 games. The integration of Playsite enhances Next Game’s collection of game styles from single player and head-to-head games to four player and bracketed tournaments. Playsite brings an established game community of 250,000 active players and more than three million registered members.

The Playsite assets also include On Demand Gaming technology, which will enable Next Game to offer a subscription-based gaming platform across a network of sites. According to Jupiter research, more than 47 million consumers currently play PC games each month and online gaming revenue is forecasted to grow from $210 million in 2001 to $2.5 billion by 2006.

About Next Game, Inc.
Next Game, Inc. is a developer and publisher of high quality skill-based cash competition and premium subscription services. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Company manages and markets many of the top game portals on the Internet including iWin.com, Playlink.com, and Letsplay.com. The Company's transactional game platform enables thousands of players to compete for cash in skill-based games in a head-to-head, group, or tournament format. The system accommodates a wide range of games including card, board, puzzle, word, arcade, and sports.


 
[Industry] Madden NFL 2004 Sets New Sales Records, Two Million Sold - posted by Erich Becker at 7:29 am CDT

EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 2004 SHATTERS RECORDS WITH TWO MILLION UNITS SOLD IN THREE WEEKS

Redwood City, Calif - September 2, 2003 -- Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), the world's leading developer and publisher of videogames, today announced that based on internal tracking, two football titles launched in July and August have broken records. Madden NFL 2004 has sold through more than two million units in just over three weeks. NCAA Football 2004 has sold through close to one million units.

"The data we're getting from retailers indicates this could be another record breaking year for Madden NFL and NCAA Football," said EA Senior Vice President of Marketing Frank Gibeau. "The season is just beginning and serious fans have already been to the store twice for football games made by EA SPORTS."

Major retailers have confirmed a record-breaking launch. "Based on the first three weeks of sales across all platforms, Madden NFL 2004 is the fastest selling game in the history of EBGames," said Jeff Griffiths, President and CEO.

"EA broke the record," said GameStop President and Chief Operating Officer Dan DeMatteo. "Madden's first week numbers made it the fastest-selling game we've ever had in our stores."

Based on internal tracking, EA estimates:
Both games are maintaining strong momentum at retail.
To date, total sales of the two EA SPORTS(tm) football games are just below three million units.
Madden is the #1 football title on the PlayStation2.
Madden is the #1 football title on the Xbox(tm).
Madden is the #1 football title on the Nintendo GameCube(tm).
Madden is the #1 football title on the PC, the Game Boy Advance and the original PlayStation.
NCAA Football 2004 is the #2 football title on all platforms.
Both games are currently tracking ahead of the record volume established in 2002, when independent data showed they were the number one and number two selling football titles with a collective category market share of 82.1 percent. Historically, sports represent roughly 27 percent of the market for games in North America. Football titles represent roughly 28 percent of the sports category.

In the past six weeks, EA SPORTS football titles have registered 200,000 new user accounts to play online through the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system.

"We couldn't be happier with the way this game has been received by fans and critics," said EA's Tiburon Studio General Manager Steve Chiang. "Gaming critics have overwhelmingly chosen Madden NFL 2004 as the top rated game and we've achieved our highest ratings in the history of the franchise."

"Consumer enthusiasm for our football titles suggests it's going to be an unprecedented year for the entire EA SPORTS brand," said Frank Gibeau. "September releases include NASCAR Thunder 2004, NHL 2004 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004. In October, we'll launch a major marketing campaign to promote breakthrough game play innovations in NBA LIVE 2004. We'll finish up the year in sports with FIFA 2004 and NCAA March Madness 2004 launching in November."

 
[Xbox] Ubi Soft Announces Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for Xbox in Dec. - posted by Erich Becker at 7:28 am CDT

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon™ Comes to Xbox in December 2003

Highly Anticipated Action-Adventure Game Captures Martial Arts Magic of Academy Award ®-Winning Movie

San Francisco, CA – September 3, 2003 – Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announced that the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon action-adventure video game will for available for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft in December 2003. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is Developed by Genki Co., Ltd. under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products and based on Sony Pictures Classics’ Academy Award winning movie.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the most innovative and exciting movies in years, and we’ve dedicated ourselves to capturing the incredible look and feel that made the film such an amazing hit,” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubi Soft Entertainment. “With compelling characters, action-packed fighting sequences and stunning environments, the game will feature the martial arts magic of this classic film.”

About Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Set in 19th Century China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts fighting game based on the classic teachings and techniques of the Wudan style. Combining adventure and intense, dynamic combat with the ability to explore lush, interactive environments, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon suspends the laws of space, gravity, and the human body. Players represent one of four characters: Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien, Jen Yu, or Lo.

Each character possesses specific moves, talents, and deadly weapons; players must work to improve their fighting skills as they compete against intelligent foes and seek revenge against the sinister Jade Fox (killer of Li Mu Bai’s master and Yu Shu Lien’s fiancé). The gameplay experience effectively captures the martial arts magic and fluidity of movement that made the film a huge success:

Key Features Include:

- Fully Licensed: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the only videogame featuring the characters, story and locations from the Academy Award-winning film.

- Woo-Ping Yuen-Inspired Choreography: Faithfully recreates the grace and style of Woo-Ping’s fight choreography (action choreographer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, Kill Bill).

- Superhuman Martial Arts: Master all the whirling acrobatics, dizzying combos, impossible dodges and kung-fu fury from the film.

- Relive the Adventures: Embark on the personal quests of Li Mu Bai, Yu Shu Lien, Jen Yu and “Dark Cloud” Lo.

- Exclusive Moves: Each playable character has his/her own unique style of combat and special abilities for action-packed brawls, chases, and duels.

- Award Winning Soundtrack: Features the Academy and Grammy Award winning music composed by Tan Dun with solos by internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma

- Bonuses: Special stages, new game modes, extra costumes and other secrets to unlock.

 
[Xbox] Microsoft Offers Gamers Two-Month Pass on LIVE - posted by Erich Becker at 7:25 am CDT

Experience the Explosive World of Xbox Live for Free

With more than 50 Xbox Live games on shelves this holiday, Microsoft today announced the start of a free two-month Xbox Live trial with purchase of select Live-enabled games. Kicking off with the newly released NFL Fever 2004, gamers will have a FREE two-month pass to explore all that Xbox Live has to offer. Xbox Live opens up a whole new world of competition to gamers and their friends, as they can now find the ultimate opponent amongst hundreds of thousands of gamers. Subscribers can also download exclusive levels, devastating new weapons and additional characters. And players can even exercise the right to talk smack with the Xbox Communicator headset (sold separately).

In the coming months gamers can take advantage of the free trial by purchasing any of the following titles:


ACCLAIM -- NBA Jam, Burnout 2: Point of Impact (Developer's Cut), All-Star Baseball 2005 featuring Derek Jeter

Activision -- Cabela's Deer Hunt: 2004 Season, Cabela's Dangerous Hunts

Atari -- Unreal II: The Awakening, Magic: the Gathering - Battlegrounds, Dead Man's Hand

Codemasters -- Pro Race Driver PRDXL

ESPN Videogames -- ESPN NHL Hockey, ESPN NFL Football, ESPN NBA Basketball, ESPN NCAA College Hoops

Jaleco -- World Championship Pool 2004

Konami -- Dance Dance Revolution UltraMix

LucasArts -- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Knight Academy

Majesco -- Black 9

Microsoft Game Studios -- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, Counter-Strike Condition Zero, Project Gotham Racing 2, NBA Inside Drive 2004, NFL Fever 2004, NHL Rivals 2004, Top Spin Tennis, Links 2004, Amped 2

Sega -- Sega GT Online

Take 2 Interactive -- Conflict: Desert Storm 2 - Back to Baghdad

Tecmo -- Ninja Gaiden

Ubi Soft -- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, XIII (Thirteen)

Vivendi Universal Games -- Hunter: The Reckoning Redeemer, S.W.A.T. Global Strike Team

 
[Xbox] ID Software Names Doom 3 (Xbox) Developer - posted by Erich Becker at 7:21 am CDT

ID SOFTWARE CONFIRMS DEVELOPER FOR DOOM 3(tm) XBOX®

Mesquite, TX - Sept. 3, 2003 - id Software(tm) and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) have confirmed that Vicarious Visions is developing DOOM 3(tm) for Xbox®, the console version of id Software's highly-anticipated blockbuster title headed to the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

Built on id's revolutionary new 3D graphics engine, DOOM 3 draws players into the most terrifying and riveting 3D gaming experience ever created.

 
[PC] EA Ships Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII - posted by Erich Becker at 7:19 am CDT

EA SHIPS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PC EXPANSION PACK BATTLEFIELD 1942: SECRET WEAPONS OF WWII

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - September 3, 2003 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that Battlefield 1942™: Secret Weapons of WWII, the latest expansion pack for the award-winning Battlefield 1942 PC game series under the EA GAMES™ brand, is available in stores today. From cutting edge weapons to secret forces and clandestine locations, Secret Weapons of WWII will add a new level of drama and excitement to the Battlefield 1942 experience.

The expansion pack features powerful new vehicles and weapons rooted in World War II history and many never saw actual combat-until now. Players can put these weapons to use in eight massive World War II combat campaigns including Peenemüende, the V2 rocket research facility, and The Eagle's Nest, Hitler's hideaway. All new battlefields offer unique settings ranging from nightfall during the summer in Prague to a winter battle in Norway.

Developed by Swedish based Digital Illusions' Canadian office, Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII for the PC is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.99. The original Battlefield 1942 game is required to play Secret Weapons of WWII. More information can be found on the game's web site at www.battlefield1942.ea.com.

 
[PC] Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Release Date Set - posted by Erich Becker at 7:17 am CDT

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, the sequel to the highly acclaimed original, will hit store shelves October 15, 2003 for the PC. The game promises to continue the story complete with bullet time effects and the graphic novel look that set the original apart.

Look for the game in a little over a month. For more information, visit Rockstar's official Max Payne 2 website.

 
[Multi] Rockstar Announces GTA Double Pack for PS2 AND Xbox - posted by Erich Becker at 7:15 am CDT

Rockstar Games announced today the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack which puts the award winning Grand Theft Auto III and it's equally impressive sequel, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, in one collector's box for you to enjoy.

The real kicker is the box set has been announced for both the Xbox (no doubt running a port of the PC version) and the PS2 which has seen all previous GTA releases in this generation.

This special release is set to hit shelves in North America on October 22, 2003 for PlayStation 2 and on November 4, 2003 for Xbox.

For more information, visit the official Grand Theft Auto website.


Thursday, August 21, 2003
 
[Multi] XIII Soundtrack to Feature Future Primitve Sound - posted by Erich Becker at 1:10 pm CDT

XIII SOUNDTRACK TO FEATURE ORIGINAL MUSIC BY FUTURE PRIMITIVE SOUND

San Francisco-Based Label to Create Exclusive Tracks Inspired by the Game

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - August 21, 2003 - Ubi Soft® Entertainment, one of the world's top game publishers, announced its partnership with San Francisco-based label Future Primitive Sound to record exclusive tracks inspired by XIII, Ubi Soft's highly anticipated first-person shooter. The XIII soundtrack is the first videogame soundtrack to feature original music inspired by the game, and will be available exclusively through XIII's pre-order program, launching in September. XIII will be available on all game consoles and the PC in Fall 2003. Listen to clips from the XIII soundtrack at: www.whoisxiii.com/community/soundtrack.php

"We wanted to create something which ties together everything that makes XIII unique," said John Coghlan, Ubi Soft brand manager for XIII. What better way to illustrate XIII's unique style and leave a lasting impression than with music. Using a visionary group of artists like Future Primitive Sound was a natural selection, and the soundtrack captures the mood and style of the game to perfection."

"We wanted to capture the essence of XIII in this soundtrack by showcasing its nostalgic style while giving the beats a modern twist. Our intention was to tell its story through the music and create a seamless headnodding mix that would complement the energy of XIII and get gamers hyped," said Mark Herlihy, founder of Future Primitive Sound. "The game is solid and we feel privileged to be able to add our artistic touch to the project"

The soundtrack features a unique blend of funk beats and progressive hip hop produced by Future Primitive's team of visionary artists, including Z-Trip, Romanowski, DJs Faust and Shortee, J-Boogie, Jack Dangers, DJ Zeph and Bing Ji Ling. The 13 tracks were all inspired by XIII's themes of conspiracy and government intrigue, as well as the stylish 70s-influenced vibe created by the videogame designers. XIII is a stylish, first-person shooter thriller featuring a conspiracy of epic proportions. The game involves a secret agent with complete amnesia who must discover clues behind his true identity while avoiding those who are out to capture him.

The game's all-star cast includes actor David Duchovny as XIII, actress/musician Eve as Major Jones, and actor Adam West as General Carrington. The soundtrack will be available through pre-order at select retail locations in September. Ubi Soft and Future Primitive Sound will also collaborate on a multi-city club tour to promote both the game and soundtrack this fall. For more information about XIII, please visit: www.whoisxiii.com.

Future Primitive Sound is a popular San Francisco-based art collective, consisting of many local pioneers of the San Francisco music scene who push the boundaries of Hip Hop and Urban Art. The collective was born out of Future Primitive Soundsession, a critically acclaimed concert series cultivating hip-hop culture. Many of its artists - such as Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5, Ozomatli) and DJ Z-trip (Hollywood Records) - have gone on to become successful mainstream recording artists and producers. The company includes an independent record label, production company, retail store, art gallery, and private-label clothing line. For more information, please visit: www.futureprimitivesound.com.

 
[PC] Play Test Expands for Uru: Ages Beyond Myst - posted by Erich Becker at 1:09 pm CDT

PLAY TEST PROGRAM EXPANDS FOR URU: AGES BEYOND MYST

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 20, 2003 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, and Cyan Worlds, Inc., developers of the legendary video games MYST® and Riven(tm), today announced they have expanded the play test program for the upcoming title, Uru(tm): Ages Beyond Myst® for the PC in conjunction with the unveiling of a new community-focused web site, found at www.urulive.com.

"As we enter the final stage of the game's development, we are excited to invite interested fans to assist us in improving and shaping the evolving world of Uru." said Rand Miller, founder and CEO Cyan Worlds, Inc.

Play testers are invited to become among the first to experience the deepest, and most compelling Myst storyline to date as they participate in a modern day exploration and restoration of the ancient D'ni civilization. Uru (pronounced Oo-roo) includes a compelling single-player offline adventure in addition to an expansive persistent online experience, Uru Live.

Play testers will experience both the single player game and Uru Live. Candidates will need a PC with a broadband internet connection (see specs for minimum requirements below) and must visit www.urulive.com to sign up.

UruLive.com will be an active and ongoing gathering place for Uru fans to gain information about the game, meet other fans of the Myst series, interact with the developers at Cyan Worlds, and unravel the mysteries discovered during the live exploration of D'ni.

"Uru is a technological step forward for the Myst series enabling us to eclipse the beauty, grandeur, and mind-challenging elements of previous titles. Plus, with the option to join a constantly updated online universe, the adventure never has to end," said Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds.

Uru is the latest chapter in the MYST series - one of the most widely recognized game brands in history, with more than 12 million units sold worldwide. Uru is scheduled to launch in November, 2003 at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49.99.

URU: BACKGROUND

The story of the D'ni (pronounced dunny) civilization began when they established their underground empire on Earth some 10,000 years ago. The D'ni practiced a technology called the "Art of Writing" to create links to incredible alternate worlds of fantastic variety called "Ages," to which they could travel through "Linking Books." During that time, a group of D'ni traveled to the surface of what is now southern New Mexico, connecting our world and theirs.

The D'ni people thrived for thousands of years, but later met with a great catastrophe that ended their civilization. The vast underground cities of the D'ni were left uninhabited and their Linking Book technology seemed lost forever - until now.

PC users will be able to enjoy Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Owners of the boxed game will be able to try Uru Live through ubi.com, one of the world's top ten gaming portals. Pricing and other details for Uru Live will be announced at a later date. For more information about the game visit http://www.urulive.com.

PC Requirements for Uru: Ages Beyond Myst:

- Supported OS: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP (only)
- Processor: Intel® Pentium® III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon(tm) (Pentium IV or Athlon 2 GHz or greater recommended)
- Video Card: 3D graphics video card w/ 32 MB, hardware transformation, and lighting (3D graphics video card w/ 64 MB, pixel and vertex-shader capability)
- Sound Card: DirectX® 8.1-compatible sound card (DirectX® 8.1-compatible EAX 3.0 recommended)
- CD-ROM Drive: 4X CD-ROM drive or faster (Not recommended for use with CD-RWs)
- Monitor: 800x600 resolution, 16 bit color monitor (1280x1024 resolution recommended)
- Hard Drive Space: 2 GHz (4 GHz recommended)
- Peripherals Supported: 101-key standard keyboard; two-button mouse
- Internet Connection: Not required (ADSL or Cable modem recommended for Uru Live)


 
[PC] Termite Games becomes Project Three Interactive Studios - posted by Erich Becker at 12:36 pm CDT

Termite pulled under P3 umbrella

Dutch publisher Project Three Interactive today announced that its development studio Termite Games has changed its name to Project Three Interactive Studios AB and is now fully integrated in the Project Three Group.

The Swedish outfit became known for its revolutionary new game-engine known as DVA, which was used for the development of the tactical FPS game “NEW WORLD ORDER” for PC-CDROM, released during winter 2002/spring 2003. Termite kept updating the game and has concluded its work by delivering the very stable and smooth version 1.42 last month (on sale in the UK, France and Germany by the end of August – distributed by Bigben Interactive).

The DVA engine has been set up to be as generic, versatile and dynamic as possible. It has been designed in such a way that the base technologies - DVA, real time per-pixel lighting, shadowing, bump-mapping, advanced physics - are extendable and capable of handling the vast amounts of geometry and detail that the games of the future will rely on.

The newborn Project Three Interactive Studios will focus on expanding the DVA technology, so that it will function as a tech platform for next-gen shootergames that feature vast environments, extra options such as driving vehicles and - we feel most importantly - lots of freedom for the player in the gameworld. In the coming weeks Project Three will be announcing a new project based on DVA, while a spokesman said it is also planning to license the technology to independent developers.

 
[Xbox] Microsoft Announces New Platinum Hits Additions - posted by Erich Becker at 12:34 pm CDT

Microsoft Corp. today announced the second wave of Platinum Hits titles for Xbox. The Xbox Platinum Hits lineup provides gamers with a choice of the most proven and critically acclaimed titles for Xbox, all available for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $19.99 (U.S.) at most retailers. The titles in the second wave of Platinum Hits are as follows:

"Blinx: The Time Sweeper" (Microsoft Game Studios)
"Dead or Alive 3" (Tecmo)
"Dead to Rights" (Namco)
"The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind" (Bethesda Softworks)
"Hitman 2 - Silent Assassin" (Eidos)
"James Bond 007: Nightfire" (Electronic Arts)
"Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" (Vivendi Universal)
"Medal of Honor: Frontline" (Electronic Arts)
"Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2" (Electronic Arts)
"Pac-Man World 2" (Namco)
"Spider-Man: The Movie" (Activision)
"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4" (Activision)
"Unreal Championship" (Atari)



Friday, August 15, 2003
 
[Xbox] Microsoft sets Project Gotham Racing 2 Street Date - posted by Erich Becker at 1:55 pm CDT

"Project Gotham Racing 2" Getting Set to Tear Up the Streets

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that "Project Gotham RacingR 2" for XboxR will be available in North America on November 18. In addition to the all-new Kudos ranking system, tons of hot cars and cities to explore and a massive list of authentic music tracks, "PGRT2" also defines the Xbox Live experience. "PGR2" is built from the ground up for seamless online experiences in both Solo Play and Multiplayer modes. Players can get updated scores, scoreboard changes, Live Ghosts and challenges in real-time as they play.

"Project Gotham Racing 2" is the follow-up to the smash hit, "Project Gotham Racing". Rewarding drivers for focusing on speed and style while still taking risks around every corner, "Project Gotham Racing 2" offers circuit-based racing through highly detailed, photorealistic urban environments. Racers can choose from more than 100 of the hottest cars while navigating their way around ten exciting cities, mastering corners, and accelerating through the straightaways before moving to a different venue. Players can also race against up to seven friends at once through a multiplayer SystemLink or match up against seven other players online utilizing Xbox Live. "Project Gotham Racing 2" is being developed by Bizarre Creations.


 
[Multi] VU Games Announces Voice Talent for Battlestar Galactica Game - posted by Erich Becker at 1:53 pm CDT

VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES LOOKS TO THE STARS TO VOICE UPCOMING BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SCI-FI SPACE SHOOTER

New Battlestar Galactica Video Game To Feature Original Cast Members From Show

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2003) - To help voice its upcoming space shooter, Battlestar Galactica, Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today an all-star cast of actor. The talent signed to lend voices to the highly-anticipated game includes Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch, who starred as hotshot Viper pilots Starbuck and Apollo in the original television series, as well as Dwight Schultz, known for his roles as 'Howling Mad' Murdock on the A-Team and Lieutenant Barclay on Star Trek: The Next Generation(r), and Kristanna Loken, who plays the T-X in the theatrical release, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The actors will have multiple rolls in the anticipated action title which allows the players to take control of the hottest fighters in the galaxy, and tangle with dozens of swarming Cylon fighters in massive space battles. The game will be available this winter for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system from Sony Computer Entertainment America and the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft.

Benedict and Hatch who played the hotshot Viper pilots Starbuck and Apollo, will be joined by an all-star cast of actors who were specially selected to help craft the next chapter in the epic Battlestar mythology including Dwight Schultz known for his roles as 'Howling Mad' Murdock from the A-Team Lieutenant Barclay on Star Trek: The Next Generation(r) and Kristanna Loken who plays the T-X in the upcoming theatrical release, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Kristanna will lend her talents to Iphigenia, a fellow Viper pilot and Adama's love interest while Dwight will be portraying Erebus, the Imperious Leader of the Cylon battle fleet.

Set 40 years before the events of the television series, the Battlestar Galactica game tells the story of a young Ensign William Adama in his first assignment aboard the Galactica. As the young hero, players will have to turn the tide against an overwhelming Cylon fleet as they tangle with swarms of fighters in frenetic space combat over a series of story driven missions ranging from search and destroy and escort sorties to infiltration and reconnaissance operations. To help tip the scales in their favor, players will be able to take control of five different ships including a Colonial heavy bomber and a Cylon Raider, each with their own unique flight models and weapons loadouts.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the hit TV series Battlestar Galactica which tells the story of the last surviving human colony on the run from an evil robotic race in search of its mythical home world, Earth. The series was produced by Universal Television and Glen A. Larson and was first broadcast on ABC in September 1978. Starring Lorne Green, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, this epic space saga went on to become a veritable sci-fi classic. Although only 36 episodes were created, Battlestar Galactica has enjoyed syndication success for the last two decades, most recently on the SCI FI Channel.

 
[PC] Get Cool Stuff for Pre-Ordering Halo on PC - posted by Erich Becker at 1:51 pm CDT

Pre-Order Halo for Windows and Get Bonus Offers at EB Games and GameStop

Microsoft Game Studios announces that a free bonus comes with each pre-order of Halo for Windows at EB Games or GameStop . Pre-orders at EB Games come with the top-selling "Halo: The Flood" novel, and at GameStop: an exclusive Master Chief three-inch action figure. Halo for Windows ships in North America in September 2003 for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.)

Halo, the critically acclaimed best-selling Xbox game, is coming to Windows gamers for the first time with new features previously unavailable, including online multiplayer support, new maps, vehicles and weapons. Halo is optimized for the PC with the precision offered by mouse-and-keyboard support and full support for high-end hardware including graphic resolutions up to 1600 by 1200. Halo's online multiplayer feature will enable players to battle it out with fellow gamers worldwide in a variety of individual and team-based games. Currently in development by Gearbox Studios in conjunction with Bungie Studios, Halo for Windows is slated for release in September. For more information, please visit the official site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/halo/.



Thursday, August 14, 2003
 
[PC] Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Goes Gold! - posted by Erich Becker at 3:12 pm CDT

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Gone Gold!

LucasArts is pleased to announce that Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy for the PC has Gone Gold and will be in stores on September 17, 2003.

Check out the official site for more information:

http://www.lucasarts.com/products/jediacademy/


 
[Xbox] Microsoft Chooses ATI for Next Xbox - posted by Erich Becker at 12:36 pm CDT

Microsoft announced today a development agreement with Canada based ATI Technologies to develop the graphics chip for the next Xbox. The deal announced doesn't contain any financial aspects of the deal.

ATI, already the developer of the chip powering Nintendo's GameCube system, beat out rival Nvidia whom developed the chip powering the current Xbox. Sources say that Nvidia's lawsuit, since settled, against Microsoft soured relations between the two companies.

The next round of video game systems are due to hit the streets in 2005, as we approach that mark we should see more information on the subject and deal.

 
[Xbox] NFL Fever 2004 Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:32 pm CDT

"NFL Fever 2004" Goes Gold, Preparing XSNsports.com for Launch

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that "NFL Fever 2004" has gone gold and has been released to manufacturing. "NFL Fever 2004" is scheduled to hit store shelves on August 28 in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.), exclusively for Xbox(tm). Coinciding with this release is the launch of XSNsports.com, which will switch on at 12:01 a.m. that same day. Through XSNsports.com and Xbox Live, "NFL Fever 2004" players can immediately create leagues, organize tournaments, track stats, communicate with other players and more.

"NFL Fever 2004 is the first game in our XSN Sports lineup that will revolutionize sports video gaming," said XSN Sports studio manager Kevin Browne. "Forming your own league to play against your friends and create your own legends is what sports gamers have waited for their whole lives. NFL Fever 2004 and XSNsports.com will fulfill that dream this fall."

For more information on "NFL Fever 2004," go to http://www.xbox.com/nflfever2004/.


Wednesday, August 13, 2003
 
[PC] Lock 'N Load: Unsung Heroes To Bow Q1 2004 - posted by Erich Becker at 1:29 pm CDT

Fans of Avalon Hill's Firepower and squad level gamers everywhere take note!

Shrapnel Games is pleased to announce the upcoming 1st Quarter 2004 release of Mark H. Walker's Lock 'N Load: Unsung Heroes—Elite Forces in Action 1950-2003. Second in the Lock 'N Load boardgame series of squad level actions by noted game industry writer Mark H. Walker, Unsung Heroes promises to deliver as much excitement as the first, while staying true to the "More game, less guff" mantra.

As the title suggests Unsung Heroes will not focus on one specific conflict. Instead of a narrow scope gamers will find themselves fighting around the world in the global hotspots of the past fifty-three years. From the brushfire wars of Africa, to the hills of Korea, to the bleak desolation of Afghanistan, you'll find a wide range of challenging battlefields and exciting combatants in the twenty included scenarios to test your tactical skill.

Once again Shrapnel Games and Mark H. Walker will deliver a boardgame of the highest quality. Gamers can expect to be thrilled once more with gorgeous counter and map artwork by some of the best artists in the industry. Over 400 counters will be included, along with a multitude of maps. VLnL, the computer aid that allows you to play Lock 'N Load online against other real live opponents, will also be found in the box.

Unsung Heroes is not an expansion pack, but a standalone game. Ownership of Forgotten Heroes: Vietnam is not required, although why you wouldn't already own it would be a mystery that even Sherlock Holmes couldn't solve. Internationally acclaimed, and considered by reviewers and fans alike as one of the best new board wargames to come out in years, Lock 'N Load: Forgotten Heroes: Vietnam has quickly become a favorite around the world. It has even been endorsed by the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, Illinois!

Be sure to continue to check out both http://www.shrapnelgames.com and http://www.locknloadgame.com for any updated information on Unsung Heroes as it becomes available. And if you're not already one of the numerous fans of the Lock 'N Load system download the demo and see the fun that you've been missing! After that you'll definitely want to pick up a copy through our secure online store. Lock 'N Load may very well be the last squad level game you'll ever need on your bookshelf.

 
[GBA] THQ To Distribute Microsoft/Rare Games on Game Boy Advance - posted by Erich Becker at 1:26 pm CDT

THQ ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GAME BOY ADVANCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH MICROSOFT GAME STUDIOS FOR TOP-SELLING RARE TITLES

Multi-Property Agreement Includes Popular Banjo-Kazooie Brand

CALABASAS HILLS, CA., August 12, 2003 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced a multi-property agreement with Microsoft Game Studios that grants THQ worldwide rights to distribute titles from Microsoft's Rare game studio, including Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Banjo Pilot, It's Mr. Pants and Sabre Wulf. The first game scheduled for release under the agreement, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, is scheduled to release in fall 2003.

"Rare is one of the leading original content developers in the interactive space," stated Alison Locke, senior vice president of value publishing at THQ. "With multi-million worldwide unit sales, Banjo-Kazooie is a perfect addition to THQ's leading handheld catalog. We look forward to working with Microsoft in bringing Banjo-Kazooie and Rare's other new titles to the Game Boy Advance market."

"Rare has made world class games for both console and handheld," said Ken Lobb, studio manager, Microsoft Games Studios. "This agreement with THQ will allow Rare to continue to offer top level content for the Game Boy Advance fans that know and love Rare. I'm really excited that we can bring all of these excellent games to fellow fans of the Game Boy."


 
[PC] Big City Games Ships Crime Cities - posted by Erich Becker at 1:23 pm CDT

Crime Cities Ships!

Montreal, Quebec. Tuesday August 12th, 2003 – Publisher Big City Games and developer Techland announced today that their revolutionary shooter and futuristic vehicle simulator title, Crime Cities, has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

“The fact that it combines the key elements of a shooter and a vehicle simulator give it an intense energy level,” explains Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing at Strategy First. “It is a blast to play.”

Crime Cities takes you to Pandemia, a futuristic world where law and order have been replaced by a flood of terror and crime. The Human Federation decides to frame one of its best men for treason and disobeying orders. He is sentenced to spend the rest of his days on one of the planet’s prison cities. This is his cover as he begins the most crucial mission of his life.

The complex plot along with an explosive environment will have you flying hovercrafts through a myriad of sky scrappers on life-threatening missions. Crime Cities offers you the best of both the shooter and the future vehicle simulator worlds.

Games Features

- Over 100 branching missions
- 50 different cars to use
- More than 20 different weapons
- 3 individual cities (plus tutorial city)
- Wide array of vehicle modifications
- Full freedom of movement in a 3D environment
- Varied AI for different enemies
- Fast paced shooting and tactical game play
- Amazing explosions, spectacular weather effects and environmental
sounds

Crime Cities has an ESRB rating of Teen and an SRP of $19.99. For more information on the game, please visit www.bigcitygames.com

 
[Multi] Activision Signs Michael Gicchino To Score Call of Duty Franchise - posted by Erich Becker at 1:20 pm CDT

MICHAEL GIACCHINO SIGNS TO SCORE ACTIVISION'S CALL OF DUTY FRANCHISE

Santa Monica, CA - Aug. 12, 2003 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that film, television and award-winning interactive game composer Michael Giacchino has signed-on to score its new line of first-person action games -- Call of Duty(tm) for the PC and Call of Duty: Finest Hour(tm) for the next generation consoles. Giacchino's credits include the popular television series Alias, and renowned game soundtracks for Medal of Honor Frontline(tm), Medal of Honor Allied Assault(tm), Medal of Honor(tm) Underground and Medal of Honor.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have Michael scoring Call of Duty," said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president of Activision Worldwide Studios. "Time and again, he's mastered the art of telling a story through deep, rich musical tracks and careful pacing that envelop audiences into an all-encompassing atmosphere of action, intrigue and suspense."

"I am extremely thrilled to be working with Activision, Spark and Infinity Ward on the Call of Duty franchise. These are some of the best and most dedicated game creators in the business. I look forward to re-teaming with producers Vince Zampella and Scott Langteau on both titles and taking the next step in creating an even better gaming experience for Call of Duty players," stated Michael Giacchino.

"Ever since we heard of the potential of Michael working with us, we have been very excited," said Grant Collier, President of Infinity Ward, developer of Call of Duty. "Now we'll be able to reach the players through the 'Giacchino signature style,' a continuation of the Call of Duty brand promise to give gamers the highest quality experience possible."

"I consider it an honor to be working with Michael once again," said Scott Langteau, Chief Operating Officer of Spark Unlimited, developer of Call of
Duty: Finest Hour. "Together, we've forged a long-standing and creative professional relationship. Michael's the perfect fit to collaborate with us on Finest Hour, his ability to evoke mood, setting, and emotional involvement complement what the Call of Duty brand is all about - delivering an awe-inspiring epic where players sense the personal sacrifice of soldiers and the gritty realism and chaos of war."


 
[PC] Suricate Software Announces IncrediBubble - posted by Erich Becker at 1:18 pm CDT

A Game That Doesn’t Require Twitchy Fingers.
Suricate Software announces IncrediBubble, the first true 3D "Bust-A-Move" Game

Erkrath, Germany (August 13, 2003) - Today’s computer game market is a crowded field. Emerging from the mass of look-alikes is a new title that captures the essentials of compelling puzzle solving in a whole new way. Suricate Software’s IncrediBubble is set in an undersea environment where the player guides dolphins, sharks, sea horses, and other marine creatures through a brilliant underwater puzzle world.

The interface is designed to be accessible to new PC users and casual gamers alike and allows a player to get started right away. Your task is to link up at least three of the same color bubbles using Phlipper the dolphin and his aquatic friends. By linking up three or more of the same color the bubbles will burst and clear a part of the puzzle. IncrediBubble puzzles are designed to require tactical thought and action. Some missions are timed and require quick thinking to complete. Other missions give the player a limited supply of bubbles and cannot be solved unless the player uses his wits.

IncrediBubble is packed with a wide range of unforgivably addictive puzzles. Choose between seven distinct mission modes and 180 levels, including two-player games and training missions.

While IncrediBubble stands out for its addictive gameplay, it also wraps the player in a world of color and ambience. Unlike other "Bust-A-Move" style games, IncrediBubble is true 3D and boasts rich, vibrant graphics and a soothing soundtrack. 3D means more than simply eye candy-the full range of motion afforded by IncrediBubble lets the player glide and maneuver smoothly, enhancing the action. After just a few games, the urge to beat the next level takes over and another player is hooked.

Click to find out more about this game.

 
[Community] Deluxe NForce 2 Ultra Showdown @ GamingIn3D - posted by Erich Becker at 1:15 pm CDT

Deluxe NForce 2 Ultra Showdown: Epox 8RDA3+ vs. FIC AU13

"Despite the minimal improvement that the new 400fsb has brought the Athlon, all of us still seem to be suckers for every ounce of speed, and every pound of features...but we sure ain't gonna pay an arm and a leg for it! And we don't want to have to run out and upgrade in 3 months, either! That's my feeling, anyway."

See the full article right here.

 
[GCN] Star Wars Rogue Squardon III Website Goes Live - posted by Erich Becker at 1:13 pm CDT

The official site for LucasArt's Factor 5 developed Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike is online. Check the site out right here.

Also be sure to check out details on the upcoming pre-order bonus disc being offered to those who find the force, and money, to reserve a copy of the game early.

The Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike pre-order disc will be in stores the first week of September! This special disc includes:
- 1982 Star Wars Atari arcade game playable on the Nintendo GameCube
- Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike single-player Hoth level demo
- Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike concept art and game trailer
- Gladius game trailer
- Various "Making of" content

Participating retailers include: Electronics Boutique, GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R US and tru.com, Game Crazy, Circuit City, Media Play Transworld, KayBee, Target, Hastings, Virgin, and Fred Meyer.

 
[PC] New City of Heroes Screens Online - posted by Erich Becker at 1:10 pm CDT

NCsoft has just posted up some new screens of their upcoming game, City of Heroes. You can check them out by clicking right here.


Monday, August 11, 2003
 
[PC] Microsoft Releases Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection - posted by Erich Becker at 3:08 pm CDT

Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection Tramples Onto Store Shelves

Microsoft Game Studios announces that Zoo Tycoon™: Complete Collection for Windows has stampeded onto store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S.). Featuring all the animals from the original Zoo Tycoon and the Dinosaur Digs and Marine Mania expansion packs, Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection also comes with loads of bonus features, including the all-new Endangered Species Theme Pack.

Players' imaginations will run wild as they care for more than 100 land, aquatic and prehistoric animals in the most beautiful and lively zoo imaginable. The Endangered Species Theme Pack features 12 animals on the endangered and/or threatened species list, such as orangutans, whale sharks and Komodo dragons. Zookeepers can tend to these rare animals using more than 40 new objects based on four new themes, and can challenge their inner zoo keeping skills with three new scenarios. A portion of the bonus content is now available to current Zoo Tycoon players who download the Mexican Theme Pack and Mexican wolf at http://www.zootycoon.com, giving them a glimpse of the smallest and rarest of gray wolves which were nearly hunted to extinction. The Endangered Species Theme Pack, nearly half the content of a complete expansion pack, will be available via download later this fall.

Would-be zookeepers have more than 100 animals and more than 500 building objects at their disposal to create a thriving and healthy zoo. They can set up their own aquatic show, launch an expedition to recover escaped dinosaurs or build a habitat for an endangered species. With access to many specialized staff such as zookeepers, scientists, and marine specialists, Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection lets virtual zookeepers mix and match animals and themes to create and manage the ultimate zoo. Fun for kids and parents alike, Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection offers players the most exciting Zoo Tycoon experience next to actually running a real-life zoo. Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection was developed by Blue Fang Games, the creators of the original Zoo Tycoon as well as Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs and Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania. More information about Zoo Tycoon is available at http://www.zootycoon.com.


 


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