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Monday, October 11, 2004
[Xbox] 'Halo 2' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 10:18 am CDT

Microsoft Game Studios announced just a minutes ago that Halo 2, for the Xbox, has gone gold, and will make its way to manufacturing and be released on November 9, 2004.

Really, that's all you need to know...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004
[PC] 'Atlantis Evolution' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 7:24 am CDT

The Adventure Company announced today that the first chapter in a new set of Atlantis games, Atlantis Evolution, has gone gold. The Teen rated game should hit stores on October 14th in the US and October 25th in Europe. For more information check out www.AtlantisEvolution.com.

[Xbox] 'Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 7:20 am CDT

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox® action-strategy game, Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders, has gone gold and is set to ship to retail stores on October 12. The medieval struggle between the dark legion and the human race is upon this world. Players will have their choice to command both bad and good forces in an epic battle for the Holy Lands or take their medieval warriors onto Xbox Live™ in head-to-head deathmatch action. For an estimated retail price (U.S.) of $39.99, players have nothing to lose... except maybe a little blood.

[PC] Ministry Headlines 'Vampire' Soundtrack - posted by Erich Becker at 7:19 am CDT

Activision released the soundtrack listing for the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines today. The listing is headlined by industrial group, Ministry, below is a snippet from the press release and a track listing.

"Legendary industrial/metal music guru Al Jorgensen of Ministry creates the headlining soundtrack to Activision’s highly anticipated PC game Vampire®: The Masquerade – Bloodlines™. Inspired by the dark, menacing undertones of the game, Ministry’s track, “Bloodlines,” is one of several popular songs that can be heard in the game, which takes fans into the sinister vampire underground society of modern day L.A."

The complete lineup of songs for the game include:
Aerial – “Pound”
Chiasm – “Isolated”
Daniel Ash – “Come Alive”
Darling Violetta – “Smaller God”
Die My Darling – “Needles Eye”
Genitortures – “Lecher Bitch”
Lacuna Coil – “Swamped”
Ministry – “Bloodlines”
Tiamat – “Cain”

The Mature rated game is expected this Fall sometime.

[Community] Gaming Illustrated Reviews 'Rome: Total War' - posted by Erich Becker at 7:15 am CDT

Rome: Total War has been getting a lot of great press recently. So much, in fact, that I may have to pick up a copy of the game soon. Anyway, Gaming Illustrated has put up a new review of this war game, so check it out.

"Rome: Total War is a brilliant creation that advances the technology of gaming and significantly raises the bar for the Gaming Industry – Winner of Gaming Illustrated’s “Special Achievement Award for 2004” for advancing game technology. This is a MUST HAVE GAME, with stunning graphics, depth, detail and playability."

Total war has never been this fun...

[PC] 'World At War' Delayed till February 2005 - posted by Erich Becker at 7:05 am CDT

Matrix Games and 2 by 3 Games announced today that the November 2004 release of Gary Grigsby's World At War has been pushed back until February 2005. The reason for the delay?

"Additional testing, gameplay and AI enhancements have been agreed on that will require the additional time to finish."

Sounds good to use, there's nothing like starting off a new year than taking over China at the hands of the Japanese.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
[Multi] 'Evil Genius,' 'Crash' Ship to Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 1:28 pm CDT

VU Games Announced today that they have started shipping copies of Evil Genius the PC strategy game that puts you in the shoes of bad guy.

"In Evil Genius gamers assume the role of a wicked mastermind bent on achieving global domination through the construction of the ultimate doomsday device. A tongue-in-cheek take on the 60's spy thriller genre, Evil Genius offers the chance to be the villain and control a secret island fortress complete with powerful (and strangely dressed) henchmen, mindlessly loyal minions and a wide range of hilarious gizmos." Learn more about the game at the official website.


VU Games also shipped the newest game in Crash series going by the name of Crash: Twinsanity.

"In Crash Twinsanity, a new evil has invaded the island paradise of Crash Bandicoot with plans of destruction. In a strange twist, Crash begrudgingly pairs with his archenemy, Dr. Cortex, in order to save the world. Through this unorthodox partnership, Cortex is abused as Crash’s favorite weapon when Crash and Cortex are controlled as one. Additionally, this dynamic paired gameplay features never-before-seen mechanics which also include cooperative level designs in which Crash must protect Cortex and vice-versa, albeit reluctantly! They’re working together … but they don’t have to like it!"

Source: VU Press Releases

[PC] EA Cashes in with 'The Sims 2' - posted by Erich Becker at 1:27 pm CDT

Electronic Arts today announced that, based on internal data, The Sims 2 sold more than one million copies at retail stores worldwide within the first ten days – the biggest PC launch in EA’s 22-year history.

For those of you keeping track, at an average of $40 bucks a pop, that equals a whole lot of dough for the sequel to the top selling PC game of all time.

Now we just have to wait for the 18 expansion packs to be released for their respective sales data.

Thursday, September 23, 2004
[PC] Public Beta Sign-ups for 'Dungeon Lords' - posted by Erich Becker at 2:02 pm CDT

DreamCatcher Announces Public Beta Test for Dungeon Lords

DreamCatcher Games today announced that it is accepting applications for the Public Beta Test of its Combat-RPG, Dungeon Lords. The application process will begin on Monday, September 27th at 12:00 p.m. EST and close at 12:00 p.m. EST on Monday, October 4th.

The test will include both single and multiplayer components and entrants may apply for one or both. Testers will be chosen based on applications and ability to play RPGs. The minimum system requirements for the test are a 1ghz proc with 256 RAM and a Geforce 2. The application can be found at http://www.dreamcatchergames.com/dci/forms/betatester/.

[Industry] 'The Movies' Logo Contest from Activision - posted by Erich Becker at 1:40 pm CDT


Santa Monica, CA, September 23, 2004 – So you want to be in pictures? Activision, Inc. and Lionhead Studios are hosting an online contest where fame is the ultimate prize. Fans of the forthcoming game The Movies™ are invited to design their own studio logo. The winning logos will appear in the game for use on the studio entry gates, throughout the back lot, during opening film credits, and the designer will receive acknowledgment in the game.

Fans who are interested in participating in this contest can view the official rules and submit up to five entries at: www.themoviesgame.com/logocompetition.html. The images submitted must be a square image, 256 by 256 pixels in size, preferably on a transparent background, and be in one of these formats: tga, tiff, png, gif. Fans are encouraged to create an original piece of art that doesn’t contain names or text and does not refer to products or trademarks.

The Movies logo competition begins on September 20 and ends on October 20. The production team at Lionhead Studios will judge all entries and pick the top three logos for use in the game. The winners and their designs will be announced on November 30 at www.themoviesgame.com.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
[Multi] 'X-Men Legends' Tears into Retail - posted by Erich Becker at 12:17 pm CDT


The mutant battle rages on to North American retail shelves with the release of Activision, Inc.'s X-Men(tm) Legends. An epic action-RPG featuring a compelling storyline written by former X-Men(tm) comic book writers, the game allows players to pick and customize a team of legendary X-Men from the Marvel Universe to combat evil and protect the fate of mankind from certain doom. Developed by Raven Software, X-Men Legends has already received critical acclaim, earning an "Editors' Choice" award from IGN.com. The title is currently available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(tm) for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and carries a "T" ("Teen" - Blood, Violence) rating by the ESRB.

[Multi] EA Ships 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005' - posted by Erich Becker at 12:13 pm CDT

Electronic Arts announced today that they have shipped all copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005. The game is the latest in the long running series allows players to face off against legends of golf and use Tiger Proofing to alter the courses in the game en route to becoming a legend of their own.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005, developed by EA Redwood Shores is rated “E” for (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.95 for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox®, and the Nintendo GameCube™ and $39.95 for PC. The game’s official website is www.tigerwoods2005.com.

[PC] 'Tribes: Vengeance' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 12:06 pm CDT

Vivendi Universal Games announced today that their upcoming PC first-person action game Tribes: Vengeance has gone gold and will ship to retail stores in the United States on October 5th. A multiplayer demo for the game will be made available online before the game is released.

A single-player trial version for Tribes: Vengeance and more information about the game can be found at the official website: http://www.tribesvengeance.com.

Thursday, September 09, 2004
[Multi] New 'Midnight Club III: DUB Edition' Screens - posted by Erich Becker at 7:54 am CDT

Rockstar has released some new screenshots of the upcoming third entry in the Midnight Club series, produced in association with DUB Magazine. You can find the new screens right here.


[PC] 'Battles In Normandy' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 7:50 am CDT

Matrix Games announced today that their upcoming wargame, Battles In Normandy, has gone gold and will be available starting next Monday. Eager games can buy the game directly from Matrix Games.

Here's a rundown on the game from the publisher:

Battles In Normandy is the next wargame in the award-winning Decisive Battles series, which includes The Ardennes Offensive, Korsun Pocket and Across the Dnepr. Including a number of enhancements and scenarios for the full Normandy campaign, Battles In Normandy brings wargamers back to the western front with historical scenarios including two monster campaigns, and eight smaller historical scenarios as well as a hypothetical scenario that models Rommel’s plan for a more aggressive defense.

Game Features

- New game engine with improved user interface
- New AI system
- New user friendly game and map editor
- Multiple resolution support
- Special rules for Amphibious and Airborne operations
- Carpet Bombing
- Naval Bombardment
- Mulberries (Artificial Harbors)
- Bridge building, minefield and strongpoint creation
- New supply rules
- New rules for anti-aircraft and anti-partisan operations
- New options for hidden units
- New rules for extended movement and refitting units
- Extensive Rollover Help function
- Auto email and security functions for PBEM games
- Extensive Tournament and Handicapping options for PBEM games
- Evolved Units can change their characteristics mid-game

All you wargaming nuts will have your fix in just a few days.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004
[Multi] 'Crash Twinsanity' Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 11:57 am CDT

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that Crash Twinsanity™, the next installment in the best-selling video game franchise, has gone gold. The irrepressible Crash Bandicoot® is set to hit retail shelves this month in his funniest adventure yet! Developed by Traveller’s Tales, the new action platformer will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

The latest Crash will hit shelves with an estimated MSRP of $49.99 and and ESRB rating of "E" for Everyone.

[Hardware] TechSpot Reviews the Philips Ultimate Edge Soundcard - posted by Erich Becker at 11:54 am CDT

The good guys over at TechSpot have reviewed the latest soundcard from Philips, who seem to be trying to get into the enthusiast market. Here's a clip and a link to the full review:

"The Philips Ultimate Edge has been smartly positioned as a 5.1 soundcard, it shares much of what made the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 a true Audigy competitor, then cut a few dollars from its price tag. If you are into a new soundcard this fall you should seriously take a close look to Philips latest offering."

Check out the full review: right here

[Industry] Grey Dog Opens Company, Website - posted by Erich Becker at 11:51 am CDT

Grey Dog Software, LLC today announces the launch of its new website and product lineup. Critically acclaimed independent sports management developers Arlie Rahn (Total Pro Football, Tournament Dreams College Basketball), Gary Gorski (Total Pro Basketball), and Adam Ryland (Total Extreme Wrestling, Extreme Warfare series) team up to create a new software development company, Grey Dog Software, LLC. GDS will develop ground-breaking sports management simulations for the PC while leading the sport sim genre to new heights.

Total Pro Basketball 2005, developed by Gary Gorski, adds revolutionary features to the basketball management genre. With a state-of-the-art 2d engine and exceptionally accurate simulation engine, Total Pro Basketball 2005 tests your ability to run your franchise both on the court and off allowing for incredible depth and hours of challenging fun. Total Pro Basketball 2005 will prove to be the next step in sports management realism.

Grey Dog is proud to announce Total Pro Basketball 2005 has entered beta and is expected to release 4th quarter 2004.

Fighting Spirit (FiSpi), created by Adam Ryland, takes its lead from its predecessor, Total Extreme Wrestling, and allows you to take control of the career of a professional wrestler, guiding his career through the world title wins, the tough matches, and the rivalries. FiSpi is due to release in the 4th quarter of 2004.

Grey Dog’s website features contact information, press and news related items, game information, message forums, contests and weekly columns. Grey Dog is located at http://www.greydogsoftware.com.

[Multi] EA Ships "Burnout 3: Takedown" - posted by Erich Becker at 11:49 am CDT

Electronic Arts announced this morning that it has begun shipping copies of the highly anticipated Burnout 3: Takedown for the PlayStation2 and Xbox.

The game allows you to jump in a variety of cars and be rewarded for taking down your opponents while utilizing questionable driving techniques to aquire boosts and other goodies.

Let us not forget the crashes and Crash Mode complete with the new aftertouch and crashbreaker options.

Burnout 3: Takedown should be in stores as early as today with an ESRB rating of "T" for Mild Violence and a MSRP of $49.99.

Look for a full review soon!


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