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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
 
[Console] Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for XBox Goes Gold - posted by Andy Grieser at 11:01 am CDT

BALDUR'S GATE: DARK ALLIANCE FOR XBOX AVAILABLE AT RETAIL IN NOVEMBER

Xbox Version of Top-Selling D&D(r) Action Adventure Game Approved for Manufacturing

IRVINE, California, September 25, 2002 - Black Isle Studios, the award-winning RPG (role playing game) division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NasdaqSC:IPLY), leading console game developer Snowblind Studios and Vivendi Universal Publishing announced today that Baldur's Gate(tm): Dark Alliance(tm) for the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft has gone gold and will be available at retail in November.

"We are excited to bring the thrilling gaming experience of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Xbox gamers," stated Feargus Urquhart, president of Black Isle Studios. "We've taken full advantage of the graphical realism the Xbox provides, and believe Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance will be a unique asset to the system."

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance features a blend of action and adventure set in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons(r) campaign setting: The FORGOTTEN REALMS(r) franchise owned by Wizards of the Coast Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc., and licensed to Infogrames Interactive. Faithful adaptation of the new 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules set, customizable player and character development allow for a gameplay experience new to the Xbox audience. Dramatic spell effects and powerful abilities enhance this action-packed game, assisting the player in combat against an abundance of terrifying monsters found throughout the adventure.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, developed by Snowblind Studios for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, has shipped over 500,000 units worldwide, and was ranked among the Top 10 PlayStation(r)2 games in its first week of release, making it the only PlayStation(r)2 title in the Top 10 that did not have a pre-established brand for any console platform (source: NPDFunworldSM TRSTS(r) Video Game Service; December 2-8, 2001).

Played from a third person perspective, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance immerses players in the port town of Baldur's Gate. Darkness has fallen upon the town and rumors of a Thieves' Guild civil war brew beneath the streets of the city. Entering this desperate situation, new to the world of adventuring, the players soon learn that they stand in the way of one of the greatest threats ever to strike the town of Baldur's Gate and the entire region of The Sword Coast.

Black Isle Studios, the creators of the Fallout(r) series, Planescape(r): Torment(tm) and the Icewind Dale(tm) saga, is proud to bring Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Xbox. More information on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance for Xbox can be found at www.blackisle.com.



Tuesday, September 24, 2002
 
[PC]Ubi Soft Ships Ghost Recon: Island Thunder Mission Pack - posted by Erich Becker at 3:21 pm CDT

Ubi Soft Entertainment Ships
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(TM): Island Thunder(TM) for the PC

New Mission Pack Carries on the Tradition of Game of the Year Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(TM)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA., September 25, 2002 - The Ghosts are back and ready to storm the island of Cuba! Ubi Soft Entertainment announced today that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(TM): Island Thunder(TM) ships today for the PC within the United States.

Taking the next step in battlefield realism, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder is the latest expansion pack of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, winner of PC Gamer's and IGN.com's PC Game of the Year in 2001. The game was developed at Ubi Soft's Red Storm Entertainment's development office, the studio behind the multi-award winning Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six(TM) and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(TM) series.

Storyline:
The year is 2009. Set in an all-new campaign across the island of Cuba, Castro is dead, and the first free Cuban elections in decades are thrown into turmoil by a drug-funded warlord. The Ghosts, an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, must destroy the rebel forces and their mercenary leaders, securing the elections for a free Cuba.

Details:
Ghost Recon: Island Thunder features eight new single-player missions, five new dedicated multiplayer maps, twelve new multiplayer weapons-including the FN M240G and the MM-1 automatic grenade launcher-and two new multiplayer game types. There are also new Cuban enemy vehicles, new allied vehicles and amazingly realistic insertions by helicopter. Ghost Recon takes battlefield realism to the limit with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder carries a "M"(Mature) rating from the ESRB and will be priced at $19.99. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder was developed by Red Storm Entertainment.

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 line-up has grown considerably. As well as developing original properties, Ubi Soft has also steadfastly partnered with several high-profile companies and is dedicated to delivering consumers with quality videogame titles while offering blockbuster franchises. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in 22 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Finland and China and sells its products in over 50 countries. For more information about Ubi Soft, visit http://www.ubi.com.


 
[Community] ConsoleGold Takes a Look at Star Fox: Adventures (GCN) - posted by Erich Becker at 1:58 pm CDT

Erich: Our review of Star Fox Adventures should be along soon, I just got my copy today and will put it into some heavy testing over this coming weekend. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

Starfox Adventures -Short Take- [Cube]

Tim comes through this morning with his thoughts (alot of them...2 and a half pages worth) on Starfox Adventures. Here is a bit on the history of Rare:

"First a bit of history. Rare started working on this game way back when the Nintendo 64 was still selling decently many a year ago. It was originally called Dinosaur Planet back at that time. The game basics were still the same, as was the general storyline. Basically it was about this anthromorphic male and female whose quest was to save Dinosaur Planet. You were supposed to be able to switch between the two characters as the story progressed. Ultimately the game played like an upgraded Zelda: The Ocarina of Time."


Related Links: ConsoleGold


 
[PlayStation2] Ubi Soft Ships Super Bust-A-Move 2 - posted by Erich Becker at 1:54 pm CDT

Ubi Soft® Ships Highly-Addictive, Super Bust-A-Move® 2 for PlayStation®2

Super-Bust-A-Move 2's Fast-Paced, Arcade Puzzle Action is Perfect for the Whole Family!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 24, 2002 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced it has shipped Super Bust-A-Move 2, for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Super Bust-A-Move 2 is the latest version of the hugely popular Bust-A-Move franchise featuring challenging puzzles, a fun cast of characters and highly-addictive gameplay appealing to gamers of all ages. Super Bust-A-Move 2 for the PlayStation 2 is rated E for everyone and has an MSRP of only $19.99!

Super Bust-A-Move 2 is a highly-addictive screen clearing puzzle action game for one or two players. Play it at a party, with a friend, or by yourself as you compete in four challenging modes, including the new edit mode where you design your own levels for almost limitless replayability! With all of your favorite classic characters plus two new ones, more than 10 stages for each character to clear in their own unique story modes, and the ever popular head-to-head battle mode, Super Bust-A-Move 2 is destined to be a fan favorite.

"Look no further than Super Bust-A-Move 2 for fun, challenging, addictive gameplay that's easy to pick up and almost impossible to put down," said Karen "KC" Conroe, group brand manager for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "With cool characters, colorful graphics, multiple game modes and nearly limitless replayability, Super Bust-A-Move 2 is the perfect game for anyone with a PlayStation 2."

About Super Bust-A-Move 2
With thousands of new puzzle boards and 2 brand new game modes, fans of the Bust-A-Move franchise and new players alike will be hooked by Super Bust-A-Move 2's arcade-style action and immersive environment. Super Bust-A-Move 2 is easy-to-pick up and impossible to put down once you've experienced the captivating gameplay, cute characters and extremely fun game modes.

Super Bust-A-Move 2 Features:

- Single Player Puzzle Mode - Play through multiple stages, a multiple game types as each characters unique story is explained and information is gradually revealed
- NEW Edit Mode - Now fans of the Bust-A-Move series can create their own mind bending, bubble busting puzzles, play them, and save them to memory card to challenge their friends
- Battle Mode - Challenge your friends or the computer as you compete in a best of three match to prove you've got mad skills
- Strong Cast of Characters - With 12 different characters, each with their own abilities and skills, there's a character for every player's style
- NEW Special Bubbles and Effects - With more shapes, rainbow bubbles, exploding fireworks and more Super Bust-A-Move 2 is more challenging and more fun
- Training Mode - Hone your shooting skills and strategy to become the baddest player around
- Scalable Difficulty - From Normal, to Expert Mode, to Chain Reaction players of all skill levels can enjoy the game
- Upgraded high-resolution graphics and new animations
- Thousands of new puzzle boards

About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubi Soft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubi Soft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubi Soft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.

Bust a Move is a registered trademark of Taito Corporation Taito Corporation 1995, 2001. All rights reserved. Taito is a registered trademark of Taito Corporation. Ubi Soft Entertainment and the Ubi Soft logo are registered trademarks of Ubi Soft Entertainment. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2002 Ubi Soft Entertainment. All rights reserved.

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[Console] Tribes Aerial Assault Ships for PS2 - posted by Andy Grieser at 9:15 am CDT

SIERRA SHIPS TRIBES AERIAL ASSAULT VIDEOGAME FOR PLAYSTATION(r)2 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

New Videogame Among First to use Sony Computer Entertainment America's Network Adaptor for Online Play via the Internet


BELLEVUE, WA (September 24, 2002) - Sierra Entertainment, Inc., a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, today announced that the Tribes(tm) Aerial Assault videogame has shipped to retailers nationwide. Created exclusively for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, the Tribes Aerial Assault game is one of the first to use Sony Computer Entertainment America's network adaptor for PlayStation 2 for online play over the Internet, allowing up to 16 players from around the world to compete with, and against, each other in the same game.

The Tribes Aerial Assault videogame is rated "T" for teen audiences by the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB) and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99. More information about the game can be found at http://tribesaa.sierra.com/.

Unlike other shooters, the Tribes Aerial Assault videogame lets players fly in addition to running and jumping, giving gamers a 3D action experience. The game provides an arsenal of futuristic weapons, vehicles, and boundless outdoor arenas in which to do battle.

A true team game, the Tribes Aerial Assault game lets players assume different roles and play different kinds of games, including the all-time-favorite, Capture the Flag. Players can also get the full Tribes experience offline with a full single-player campaign, or play any of the online game types with computer-controlled players.

 
[PCGaming] Age of Mythology Sneak Preview Sign-Up Starts Friday - posted by Andy Grieser at 4:19 am CDT

Lightning Strikes a Second Time! Age of Mythology Sneak Preview Sign-Up Starts Friday

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but when the gods are involved -- great things can happen! After a successful online multiplayer alpha test in which 10,000 gamers received the opportunity to try out Age of Mythology before anyone else, gamers will now be given a second chance. Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios today announced that at an undisclosed time on Friday, September 27, gamers will be able to sign up for the chance to win a sneak preview copy of the most anticipated real-time strategy game this fall at http://www.microsoft.com/games/ageofmythology/sneakpreview.asp, or any of 13 other participating games sites.

RTS fans who hope to be among the first to venture into the playgrounds of the gods in Age of Mythology will want to check the sites frequently, as the sign-up will be posted at an unspecified time. The official Age of Mythology site will also host a complete list of all participating sites. The first ten submissions from each site, along with 50 additional winners randomly selected from all entries, will be able to play Age of Mythology before the game hits store shelves.

Age of Mythology's 3-D engine delivers impressive graphics in a fully 3-D environment, including beautiful waves and water, lifelike rolling terrain, realistic sunlight, and lush forests. In-game cinematics create a seamless, story-based and character-driven campaign which features 35 scenarios. In addition, the game features incredible special effects with astonishing levels of detail, including waterspouts, infernos, snowstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes. Age of Mythology will be available this fall for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.).
Age of Mythology is a branch of the popular Age of Empires franchise that has sold more than 10 million licensed units worldwide. More information about Age of Mythology is available at http://www.microsoft.com/games/ageofmythology/, or on the Ensemble Studios site at http://www.ensemblestudios.com/aom/.



Monday, September 23, 2002
 
[Microsoft] Ubi Soft Launches Deathrow Website - posted by Erich Becker at 12:51 pm CDT

Ubi Soft Launches Website For Deathrow - Brutal Team Combat Game

Get All the Details on This Fast-Paced Adrenaline Rush NOW!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 23, 2002 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced the launch of a dedicated website to support its forthcoming brutal team combat game, Deathrow. Featuring in-depth team and player profiles, special moves for effectively removing your opponents from the field of battle, and interviews with developer SouthEnd Interactive, http://deathrow.ubi.com will have everything to quench any fan's thirst for Deathrow info. Deathrow, an exclusive title for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, is scheduled to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail shelves this fall.

"The legions of players dying to get their hands on Deathrow grow everyday as more details and images of this violent team combat game come to light," said Matthieu Boulard, producer at Ubi Soft Inc. "The Deathrow website will definitely whet the appetites of those looking for something more than the ordinary fighting or sports game. Once you see this game you're going to want it!"

About Deathrow
Deathrow is a brutal fighting sport where the fastest, toughest players are victorious and the slow and weak are defeated. It combines the lightning-fast gameplay of third-person action games, adrenaline rush of fighting games and the cooperative team play and gritty roughness of rugby, offering a unique gameplay experience. The object of the game is to win matches however you can, either by scoring as many points as possible before time runs out, or by severely injuring your opponents and removing them from the field of combat.
- Feel the rush as you beat the pulp out of your opponents using back-breaking holds, blood-splattering punches and fast sliding kicks to knock the competition to the floor.
- Team up with a friend and go for a team K.O. as you electrify the crowd, stomping your enemies and scoring.
- Earn money by winning matches, injuring your opponents and exciting the audience, to attract star players and train your current team making them stronger by any means necessary.
- Engage in fierce hand-to-hand combat against your friends, enemies, or highly-intelligent AI opponents that don't just get mad, they get even!

In Deathrow there are no rules and full-contact aggression is not only legal, it's required!

Deathrow Features:
- Multiplayer support for up to 8 players
- Realistic mature language
- More than 150 unique characters and 18 playable teams, each with their own background, special abilities, and motivation
- Dozens of holds and over 800 base animations
- Highly detailed characters, using more than 55 bones and 7000 polygons for realistic character shape and lifelike movement
- Facial animation capable of blinking, talking, expressing pain, anger, happiness and more
- The ability for users to import their own music
- More than 15 combat arenas, each with their own unique architecture and gameplay elements
- Automatic victory if you remove all of your opponent's players from the field of combat
- Team management component allowing you to customize your own team
- Build players' statistics from match to match while gaining speed and power bonuses
- Xbox effects such as bump-mapping, specular lighting and bumped reflection mapping

About Xbox
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.

About SouthEnd Interactive
SouthEnd Interactive is a Swedish game developer founded in 1998. SouthEnd Interactive is dedicated to deliver exceptional computer games aimed at the serious gamer demanding high performance, cutting edge graphics and game play to match. Their mission is to create the most visually stunning games ever seen with new innovative ways of delivering excellent playability. To aid this, SouthEnd Interactive is developing a highly advanced 3D engine and character animation system to suit today's as well as tomorrow's demands for visually compelling games. For more information about SouthEnd, visit http://www.southend-interactive.com

About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubi Soft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubi Soft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubi Soft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.

Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. ©2002 Ubi Soft, Inc. All rights reserved. Ubi Soft Entertainment and the Ubi Soft logo are registered trademarks and Deathrow is a trademark of Ubi Soft, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Friday, September 20, 2002
 
[Multi] Myst III Ships for PS2 and Xbox - posted by Erich Becker at 12:42 pm CDT

Myst III: Exile for PlayStation2 and Xbox Ships Nationwide

Award-winning Adventure Game Introduces Epic Mystery and Adventure to Next-Generation Consoles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 19, 2002 - Ubi Soft , one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced Myst : III: Exile for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft has shipped to retail stores nationwide. For the first time, the intrigue and adventure of the Myst franchise will be fully realized through the power of these next generation consoles. Developed by Presto Studios, Myst III: Exile is the award-winning third installment to the best-selling Myst franchise -- named "Best Adventure Game" by Computer Games Magazine and "Best Game in its Genre" by Gamespot. Exile for PS2 and Xbox is available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $19.99 (PS2) and 39.99 (Xbox), respectively.

The Saga Continues
Myst III: Exile transports players ten years forward in the Myst universe, where a new villain lies in wait. Saavedro, played by Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif (Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), has been hiding on Atrus' Ages, awaiting his chance to gain revenge upon Atrus and his family. Players must track Saavedro through five surreal Ages, solving puzzles and uncovering the truth behind this new adversary and his devious plot.

-- Vividly beautiful scenery and real-time 3D technology seamlessly blend environments and gameplay in real-time
-- Five entirely new ages to explore and an original storyline to discover
-- Rich music and riveting cinematics complete the realism of the experience

About Presto Studios
San Diego-based Presto Studios was founded in 1991 by a talented group of close friends determined to make an impact in the gaming industry. Presto has grown to a cutting-edge entertainment software development company known for its engaging photo-realistic games, including the Journeyman Project series of time-travel adventures. Presto Studios, Inc. can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.presto.com.

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. As well as developing original properties, Ubi Soft has also steadfastly partnered with several high-profile companies and is dedicated to delivering consumers with quality videogame titles while offering blockbuster franchises. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in 21 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Germany and China and sells its products in over 50 countries. For more information about Ubi Soft, visit http://www.ubi.com .

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[Nintendo] Doom II (GBA) Site Goes Live - posted by Erich Becker at 12:41 pm CDT

Activision just announced that the website for DOOM II for the Gameboy Advance has gone live, you can find the site by clicking right here.

The game is slated for release on October 23rd, 2002. Be sure to check it out if you plan on picking this one up next month.

 
[Microsoft] Xicat sets Nov. 19 Release for Metal Dungeon - posted by Erich Becker at 12:39 pm CDT

Metal Dungeon: a thrilling cocktail of Japanese anime, cyborgs and a world gone to hell in a hand-basket

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Sept. 19, 2002 – Xicat Interactive, Inc., the publisher of the award-winning role-player, Gothic, brings RPG action to the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, with the release of Metal Dungeon, Nov. 19. Xicat offers fans of Japanese games a post-apocalyptic world where the mixing of magic and technology has opened a Pandora’s box of trouble.

"Metal Dungeon is an exciting game with some cool twists. Players battle with cyborg monsters deep inside a futuristic dungeon, while building (enhancing) your ultimate cyborg warrior. “It’s exactly the kind of dungeon crawl/RPG that the Xbox needs," says John Linn, Creative Director at Xicat.

Aransas is a war-torn world that has been in conflict for as long as history can recall. Humans "enhance" their warriors through cyborg technology and the ancient art of magic. Deep within a vast underground weapons complex known as Force Valley, one faction of humans tries to gain the upper hand by creating super-enhanced cyborgs. Something goes terribly wrong. One of their experimental cyborgs Magin, escapes and takes over the weapons laboratory/facility creating an army of enhanced weaponic monsters, turning Force Valley into a Metal Dungeon.

Teams of enhanced humans (cyborgs) are enlisted to take back the facility. Players assemble the team to plunge into the depths and root out the monsters. Players choose from 5 character types – fencer, striker, analyzer, caster and broader, for building their teams, and may be further enhanced by finding or buying chips and implanting them into their characters. Players can add to their team by finding and re-animating the corpses of fallen warriors and transforming them into one of five unlockable character classes. Metal Dungeon can be played by a single player (who may control up to six characters) or by multiple players, each controlling their own character and their actions simultaneously.

Battles with cyborg monsters are ferocious within the Metal Dungeon, and will take all the skill, strategy and knowledge of your characters’ talents and abilities. Experience is gained in battles with monsters within the 10 cavernous dungeon levels or by means of gladiatorial games in the "trial hall." Levels are never the same twice due to Metal Dungeon succession of random dungeon layouts.

In the Metal Dungeon, enhanced humans of the future come face to face with the dark evils of the past. You never know when a pile of scrap metal, flesh and sinew might come bounding from a dark corner to feast on your robotic bones. Metal Dungeon is rated Teen for Blood and Violence.

About Xicat Interactive:

Xicat Interactive, Inc., (http://www.xicat.com/) headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with offices in London and Zurich, is a fast-growing innovator in the world of interactive entertainment software publishing. Xicat’s other popular titles, Sniper: Path of Vengeance, ChopLifter: Search & Rescue, U.S. Special Forces: Team Factor, Jane's Attack Squadron, Top Angler, X-Plane, and Gothic can be found at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Toys R Us, K-Mart, Best Buy and Electronic Boutique among others. Xicat publishes award-winning games for PlayStation2®, Nintendo® Gamecube® and Game Boy® Advance, Microsoft® Xbox(TM) and personal computers.



 
[Community] Khabal Gaming Reviews Icewind Dale II - posted by Erich Becker at 12:37 pm CDT

"It's more fun than a barrel of drows, thought our reviewer, a huge Icewind Dale fan. "

"Simply put, IWD2 has an even more epic storyline than its predecessor, and the learning curve for Icewind Dale 2 (IWD2) is pretty shallow, you'll be able to just jump right into the game and get into the heat of things."

 
[Nintendo] Rare Sale Official, Nintendo Sells Stake - posted by Erich Becker at 12:33 pm CDT

Note: First Reported by Console Gold

Nintendo has made it official, the company has sold off its 49% stake in England based Rare and released the company to the realm of third parties. While it remains to be seen if the rumored buyout by Microsoft will happen or not, Rare is official free from Nintendo.

This isn't all fun and games though, all of Rare's primary properties and franchises including Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Star Fox (from Star Fox: Adventures) are properties of Nintendo which retains exclusive rights. No report was made to other console alumni such as Joanna Dark of Perfect Dark fame and Conker of Conker's Bad Fur Day and Conker's Pocket Tales. There was also no word on the rumored development of Perfect Dark: Zero for the GameCube. It remains to be seen if those games will be scrapped, moved to a different developer, or changed and released by Rare at a later date.

Here is a comment from the official press release brought to use by Console Gold. Thanks go out to them.

"As part of a strategic redirection of its game development investments, Nintendo announces it has sold its 49 percent ownership position in U.K.-based developer Rare, Ltd. 'Nintendo had the ability to continue its exclusive relationship with Rare, but in looking at the company's recent track record, it became clear that its value to the future of Nintendo would be limited,' says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. 'In other words, we passed on this opportunity for very good business reasons.'"

We will have future developments as they happen.

 
[ESCmag] No Editor's Column This Week - posted by Andy Grieser at 5:02 am CDT

The Sunshine Girl and I are off to New York to see friends and attend a wedding. So, no column this week. Instead, why not join the wackiness in our forums?


Thursday, September 19, 2002
 
[PCGaming] Sudden Strike 2, Divine Divinity Ship - posted by Andy Grieser at 10:48 am CDT

CDV SOFTWARE'S "SUDDEN STRIKE II" AND "DIVINE DIVINITY" SHIP TO RETAIL STORES

World War II Real-Time Strategy and Fantasy Role-Playing Game Now Available in the United States

CARY, NC - September 19, 2002 - CDV Software Entertainment, one of the leading German publishers and distributors of gaming software, today
announced "Sudden Strike II" and "Divine Divinity" for the PC are now available in stores. Sequel to the worldwide hit "Sudden Strike," World War
II real-time strategy "Sudden Strike II" adds Japan as a playable nation
and includes 50 new historically detailed units. Called "massive,
ambitious, and exciting" by GameSpy, wildly anticipated "Divine Divinity"
offers over 200 hours of fantasy role-play.

"With two powerhouse titles like 'Sudden Strike II' and 'Divine Divinity'
just out the door, CDV is starting the fall season with a bang," said
Robert Pickens, chief executive officer of CDV USA. "From the infinitely
complex magical world of 'Divine Divinity' to the gritty war-torn
battlefields of 'Sudden Strike II,' we are proud to offer intelligent,
well-crafted games to discerning gamers and casual audiences alike."

About "Divine Divinity"
According to the prophecies, a divine hero will come forth and protect the
Seven Races. He alone can save Rivellon from the shadows of unrest and war.
But first, the chosen one must be found and blessed before the campaign
against iniquity begins. He must not fail, nor must he fall into the hands
of the Dark Side. "Divine Divinity" unveils an archetypal tale of light
versus dark. As the chosen one, the player sets upon a perilous journey
avoiding the clutches of evil in pursuit of good. The gamer can choose to
walk the way of the Warrior, Wizard or Survivor to restore balance to the
mystical land of Rivellon.

Features for "Divine Divinity" include:

* Four expansive maps totaling over 20,000 screens, spanning from peaceful
small villages to demon infested wastelands
* Six playable characters with fully customizable appearances
* Up to 96 learned skills in a unique character development system-choose
the way of the Warrior, the way of the Survivor or the way of the Wizard
* Unlimited amount of special equipment that can be enhanced by magic
* Over 150 non-player characters and more than 100 monsters and creatures

More information about "Divine Divinity" is available at
www.divinedivinity.com.

About "Sudden Strike II"
With "Sudden Strike II," players can now experience the battlefields of
World War II with more realism than ever before. Players choose to command
German, Russian, British, American or Japanese troops all over the world
and recreate real-time strategic combat on land, sea, and air. Whether
challenging the computer in one of five campaigns or contesting human
generals worldwide, the war is far from over.

"Sudden Strike II" features include:

* More than 50 new units
* A new playable nation - Japan
* Controllable ships and trains
* Planes that land and launch from airfields
* Clearly distinguished unit types
* Realistic damage values and armor
* User-friendly map editor that provide an endless supply of professional
maps

More information about "Sudden Strike II" is available at
www.suddenstrike2.com.


 
[Console] Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Coming to GameCube - posted by Andy Grieser at 10:46 am CDT

BLACK ISLE STUDIOS ANNOUNCES BALDUR'S GATE(tm): DARK ALLIANCE(tm) FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE(tm)

First Nintendo GameCube(tm) Dungeons & Dragons(r) Game Coming this Winter

IRVINE, California, September xx, 2002 - Black Isle Studios, the award-winning RPG (roleplaying game) division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NasdaqSC:IPLY), and leading console game developer High Voltage Studios today announced their plan to bring the Baldur's Gate(tm): Dark Alliance(tm) franchise to the Nintendo GameCube(tm) video game system. The PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system version of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, developed by Snowblind Studios, has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance features a distinctive blend of action and adventure set in the most popular Dungeons & Dragons(r) campaign setting: The FORGOTTEN REALMS(r) franchise owned by Wizards of the Coast Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc., and licensed to Infogrames Interactive, Inc.

Faithful adaptation of the third edition rules set for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game and customizable player and character development allow for an engrossing gameplay experience new to the Nintendo GameCube audience. Dramatic spell effects and powerful abilities enhance this action-packed game, assisting the player in combat against an abundance of terrifying monsters found throughout the adventure.

Played from a third person perspective, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance immerses players in the port town of Baldur's Gate. Darkness has fallen upon the town and rumors of a Thieves' Guild civil war brew beneath the streets of the city. Entering this desperate situation, new to the world of adventuring, the player soon learns that they stand in the way of one of the greatest threats ever to strike the town of Baldur's Gate and the entire region of The Sword Coast.

Black Isle Studios, the creators of the Fallout(r) series, Planescape(r): Torment(tm) and the Icewind Dale(tm) saga, is proud to bring Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance to Nintendo GameCube. More information on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance can be found at www.blackisle.com.

 
[PCGaming] Links 2003 Hits Store Shelves - posted by Andy Grieser at 10:03 am CDT

Gamers Can Grip It and Rip It as "Links 2003" Hits Store Shelves

Real-Time Swing Capability Helps Cybergolfers Swing Like the Pros

REDMOND, Wash. - Although the weather is cooling, golfers still can swing like the pros as Microsoft Game Studios begins shipping "Links® 2003" to retailers across the country today. PGA superstar Sergio Garcia returns to headline an all-star lineup of well-known professional golfers featured in "Links 2003."

In "Links 2003," Garcia and Annika Sorenstam are joined by professional golfers David Toms and the always-fashionable Jesper Parnevik. New to "Links 2003" is a Real-Time Swing feature that allows a player's mouse to become a club. Players pull back their mouse and the 3-D character goes into its backswing, then they lightly push the mouse forward and the character swings to strike the ball and begin the drive. The game's highly advanced ball physics factor in speed, tempo, direction and course conditions in real time, giving golfers more control over every shot. PC golfers can still indulge their choice of swing method, including the "classic" feel of "Links" click-swinging and the sweeping motion of PowerStroke.

To offer gamers a more realistic golf simulation, this newest version of the best-selling* golf simulator software features improved graphics, six all-new championship courses, several high-resolution 3-D characters, a new career mode and an expanded online component.

"'Links 2003' is so authentic, it can help you mentally improve your golf game because it presents you with so many real-life golf situations," Garcia said. "It is a terrific tool, and one that I recommend to golfers to learn course management and better understand the game of golf."

To celebrate the launch of "Links 2003," Microsoft Corp. will host the finals of the Million Dollar "Links" Virtual Golf Association Tour (VGA Tour) Oct. 28 in Atlanta, with Garcia acting as the celebrity caddie. For the third straight year, the top cybergolfers in the world will compete for the title "World's Best PC Golfer." The winner of the VGA Tour will have the opportunity to try to sink a putt on a real golf course for $1 million.

"Links 2003" gives golfers the opportunity to play on some of the world's most beautiful and exclusive golf courses, including Cabo del Sol (Mexico), Kauri Cliffs (New Zealand), GLENEAGLES (Scotland), The Tribute at Otsego Club and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Cambrian Ridge (United States). In addition, "Links" golfers can play the "Links 2001" courses, as well as hundreds of user-created courses available for download at
http://www.linkscountryclub.com/ .

"Links 2003" is designed for fast and easy online play. Using the all-new "Links" Match Maker, PC golfers can start an online tournament and play against their friends at any time. Players can even join matches online via a simplified, in-game process or via e-mail.


 
[PCGaming] Stronghold: Crusader Has Gone Gold - posted by Andy Grieser at 10:01 am CDT

GATHERING OF DEVELOPERS ANNOUNCES "FIREFLY STUDIOS' STRONGHOLD: CRUSADER" HAS GONE GOLD

Dynamic Castle-Sim, Successor to Bestselling "Stronghold," Heads off to Duplication

New York, NY - September 19, 2002 - Computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ-TTWO), and UK-based developer FireFly Studios Ltd today announced that "FireFly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader" for the PC has gone gold. "Stronghold: Crusader" is a dynamic "castle sim" set in a distant Arabian land that combines the finest aspects of the city builder and real-time strategy genres. The game is set to ship late September 2002.

About "Firefly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader"
Within a resilient castle beats the heart of a thriving society full of Fletchers, Brewers, and Armorers, while outside stalk enemy Assassins, mighty War Engines, and the constant threat of fire. In "Stronghold: Crusader," players journey to Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry, while reliving heroic battles of the historic Crusades. The player's challenge is to build and defend medieval desert fortresses and lay siege to fearless enemies. As European nobles or Arabian warriors, players must conquer the harsh terrain in the legendary Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Players of "Firefly Studios' Stronghold: Crusader" will:

* Relive the heroic battles of the historic Crusades in FOUR distinct campaigns - Lead the heavily armored European Knights as Richard the Lionheart and command vast Arabian armies as Saladin, the Sultan of Syria.
* Attack the strongholds of fierce computer lords while forging an impregnable bastion of defense during intense skirmish mode.
* Master the tactics of the desert while building fortifications of varying height and thickness, hoard every drop of water to extinguish deadly fire, and fervently defend the fertile oases.
* Experience ruthless medieval combat in a hostile land where Assassins silently slay their victims, Horse Archers combine deadly accuracy with frightening speed, and common Slaves can shift the balance of power.
* Protect and defend your loyal subjects with boiling oil, killing pits, moats, keeps, fire watchmen and more.
* Conquer the Crusader Trail - 50 linked skirmish missions.
* Witness unparalleled siege weaponry including crushing Trebuchets, Portable Fire Ballistae, imposing Siege Towers, and destructive Mangonels.
* Storm enemy barricades with over 25 units including Arabian Swordsman, European Knights, and Fire Throwers.
* Create an awe-inspiring fortress in Castle Builder mode, with nothing to worry about except the camels.
* Design challenging new scenarios to thwart your friends with the full-featured map and scenario editor.
* Crush your friends in an ultimate crusade for the crown - intense multiplayer Crusader Skirmish play for up to 8 opponents via a LAN or over the internet.

For additional information on Stronghold: Crusader, please visit: stronghold.godgames.com/crusader

 
[PC] UbiSoft Announces IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles Features - posted by Erich Becker at 9:43 am CDT

Ubi Soft® Announces IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles Features

First Official Expansion Pack For Multi-Award Winning IL-2 Sturmovik WWII Combat Flight Simulation Coming This Winter!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 18, 2002 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced features of IL-2
Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, its forthcoming expansion pack for use with the multi-award winning IL-2 Sturmovik World War II combat flight simulation. The expansion pack will add 30 new missions, 27 additional flyable aircraft and a new dynamic campaign system offering almost limitless replayability. IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles is expected to ship to North American retail shelves this winter, with an MSRP of $19.99.

"The IL-2 community is anxiously awaiting the release of IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles and we know they'll agree that it is well worth the wait for an official expansion pack to continue the IL-2 experience," said Matt Wagner, producer at Ubi Soft Entertainment. "Full of highly-detailed aircraft and action-packed missions, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles continues Ubi Soft's tradition of delivering only the best in ultra-realistic combat simulation titles."

About IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles:
IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles is the first expansion pack for the hugely popular, multi-award winning IL-2 Sturmovik World War II combat flight simulation. The expansion pack is being created by the original IL-2 Sturmovik's developer, 1C Maddox Games, assuring the high level of quality, detail and realism that flight simulation enthusiasts demand. It includes three new maps for both single and multiplayer play, including the Finnish gulf from Helsinki to Leningrad, the Balaton Lake area of Hungary, and L'vov covering the Ukraine and Poland. With 20 new single player missions and 10 new cooperative multiplayer missions, and a new dynamic campaign system, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles expands the aerial battlefield for IL-2 owners, adding almost limitless replayability. The expansion pack also adds 27 new flyable, and 12 new AI controlled aircraft to faithfully recreate the WWII aerial combat experience.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles also features:
- New AI ground objects and vehicles for each new map area, with new 3D building models
- Ranking and award system for Finnish and Hungarian pilots
- Selectable custom skins in single play mode for players and all AI aircraft
- All IL-2: FB aircraft available in Quick Mission Builder, except seaplanes and gliders
- Improved flight dynamics
- More realistic AI scripting to create more realistic battles
- New engine management relating to radiators, superchargers and fuel mixture control for different altitudes
- Online track recorder
- A New system of single play track recording
- Search lights and barrage balloons
- 4 new large ships including the Russian battleship Marat, Russian cruisers Aurora and Kirov and German cruiser Niobe
- 27 New flyable aircraft:
- Ju-87D-3 (German "Stuka")
- Ju-87G-1
- Bf-109G-14
- Bf-109G-10
- Bf-109K-4
- FW-190D-9
- He-111H-2 (multi-crewed flyable bomber)
- He-111H-6 (multi-crewed flyable bomber)
- Me-262A-1a
- Me-262A-2a
- Brewster Buffalo F2A (Finnish Air Force)
- Hurricane Mk I (Finnish Air Force)
- La-5
- La-5F
- La-7 (2x20mm ShVAK cannons)
- La-7 (3x20mm B-20 cannons)
- I-153 M-62
- I-153P
- Hurricane Mk IIB
- Hurricane Mk IIC
- Hurricane Mk II (with Russian cannons and machineguns)
- P-47D-10 (American "Thunderbolt")
- P-47D-22
- P-40E
- P-40M
- P-40 (Russian Field Mode with Soviet M-105P engine)
- TB-3 (multi-crewed flyable bomber)
- 12 New AI aircraft:
- Bristol Blenheim MK I (Finnish Air Force)
- Bristol Blenheim MK IV (Finnish Air Force)
- Fiat G-50 (Finnish Air Force)
- Morane MS.406 (Finnish Air Force)
- Morane MS.410 (Finnish Air Force)
- Mörkö Morane (Finnish Air Force)
- IL-4
- SB-2
- Bf-110C
- Bf-110G
- Me-210Ca-1 (Hungarian Air Force)
- Me-210Ca-1 Zerstörer (Hungarian Air Force)

About IL-2 Sturmovik
Released in November 2001, IL-2 Sturmovik has set new standards of realism and gameplay in the combat flight simulation genre. It is the world's most realistic WWII combat flight simulation, allowing you to fly more than 30 types of Russian, German and American planes, engage in air-to-air and air-to-ground battles and destroy any ground object, such as buildings, bridges, airfields, and more. Play campaign missions and track your career (with ranks and awards), fighting against intelligent AI opponents and multi-play with up to 32 human or AI players in dogfight. The title, developed by game developer 1C Maddox Games has swept almost every gaming award on it's way to becoming the most critically acclaimed flight simulation title of 2002.

IL-2 Sturmovik is available now at retail stores worldwide. Visit the IL-2 Sturmovik website at http://www.il2sturmovik.com and experience the demo today.

About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubi Soft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubi Soft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubi Soft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.

©2002 Ubi Soft, Inc. All rights reserved. Ubi Soft Entertainment and the Ubi Soft logo are registered trademarks and IL-2 Sturmovik is a trademark of Ubi Soft, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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[Community] Console Gold's Short Take on Animal Crossing (GCN) - posted by Erich Becker at 9:42 am CDT

Erich: ConsoleGold has posted this Short Review of what Animal Crossing is all about for the Nintendo GameCube, click on the link below to get the full story.

"Ultimately you can do whatever you want to do. To do all the fun stuff though, you need cash. Cash is gathered rather easily, as helping out the townspeople tend to reward you with all kind of stuff. Tired of helping the people? Well, just wander around and give your local tree a good shake. You’ll be surprised to see what falls out. Go visit the local dump and see what the villagers have thrown out. Go collect seashells by the seashore. Go capture and sell the local wildlife. Go fishing. You can do any number of things to keep your bankroll in the positive."

Related Links: See This Short Review!


 
[PC] Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder Goes Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 9:40 am CDT

TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON: ISLAND THUNDER GOES GOLD

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 19, 2002: Ubi Soft Entertainment is delighted to announce that the title Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(tm): Island Thunder(tm) has reached Gold Master Status. Ghost Recon: Island Thunder was developed at Ubi Soft's Red Storm Entertainment development studio as a Mission Pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(tm), which was PC Gamer's and IGN.com's PC Game of the Year in 2001.

The Ghosts, an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, are sent to Cuba in 2009 as part of a UN peacekeeping force to destroy the drug funded rebel forces and their mercenary leaders and secure the elections for a free Cuba.

Ghost Recon: Island Thunder features eight new single-player missions in an all-new campaign set across the island of Cuba. The game includes five new dedicated multiplayer maps, twelve new multiplayer weapons-including the FN M240G and the MM-1 automatic grenade launcher-- and two new multiplayer game types. There are also new Cuban enemy vehicles, new allied vehicles and amazingly realistic insertions by helicopter. Ghost Recon takes the next step in battlefield realism with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder ships on PC CD ROM on September 25, 2002 within the United States. MSRP $19.99.



Wednesday, September 18, 2002
 
[PCGaming] Airline Tycoon Evolution Ships in North America - posted by Andy Grieser at 10:11 am CDT

Airline Tycoon Evolution flies onto retail shelves in North America Today!

Montreal , Quebec . September 17, 2002 – Co-publishers Strategy First and Monte Cristo and Developers Spellbound are pleased to announce the Airline Management game, Airline Tycoon Evolution , has shipped to retail stores nationwide.

“This is a great game that lets people try their luck at running a major airline,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Strategy First. “The original Airline Tycoon was a big hit and we expect this sequel will do just as well.”

Airline Tycoon Evolution gives players the chance to manage all aspects of this exciting industry, most importantly all the security measures, using sophisticated technology and the latest security tools. Players can also build and customize their own fleet of planes, use them to jet through 10 new missions or the 16 original Airline Tycoon missions, trade them over the Internet with other players and plan detailed itineraries, menus and in-flight entertainment.

Airline Tycoon Evolution will be exclusively distributed in North America by Infogrames .

For more information about the game, log onto http://www.strategyfirst.com.



Tuesday, September 17, 2002
 
[Community] Games Xtreme Reviews Stuntman (PS2) - posted by Erich Becker at 12:32 pm CDT

Erich: Games Xtreme has also posted their review of Stuntman for the PS2, we actually got this yesterday but techincal difficulties with my computer kept us from posting it. Give it a read after this preview:

"Stuntman is not an easy game and you’ll need to spend some time playing it to get a feel for the controls, if you’re used to Driver and Driver 2 it won’t take you too long to get the hang of the vehicles. Yes I said vehicles, you can expect to drive a plethora of cool cars and various other things in Stuntman including Snow Mobiles and they all have different handling designs and various tolerances to damage (What should we expect from the same pioneers who brought us the game Destruction Derby). The damage system is great, affecting the handling of the vehicle or in some cases (The Tuk Tuk for instance) trashing it outright and spectacularly too."


Related Links: See The Full Review @ Games Xtreme


 
[Community] Games Xtreme Posts Divine Divinity Review - posted by Erich Becker at 12:30 pm CDT

Erich: Games Xtreme posted their review of Divine Divinity today, check the article out after reading this snippet.

"There are plenty of things to do in Larian's world and you will spend a good few hundred hours uncovering the lot. Mess with everything that looks suspicious and explore every nook and cranny of this huge world/game. Because the first dungeon itself is a monster that makes Ruins of Myth Drannor look small by comparison. Divine Divinity has a solid storyline too and a great set of voice actors, compared to some of the other games out there. There are some truly humorous performances and dialogues between your character and the various non-player (NPC) characters in the game world. It's obvious that Larian themselves are fans of a lot of fantasy since there's a good few references to the likes of Pratchett and even a tip of the hat to 2000AD's Nemesis the Warlock."

Related Links: See the Full Review, You Know You Want To.


 
[Console] Wreckless Coming to GameCube - posted by Andy Grieser at 12:30 pm CDT

ACTIVISION ANNOUNCES WRECKLESS: THE YAKUZA MISSIONS(tm) FOR THE NINTENDO GAMECUBE(tm)

Santa Monica, CA -- September 17, 2002 -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that WRECKLESS: The Yakuza Missions(tm) , its top-selling mission-based driving game for the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft, will shift into overdrive on the Nintendo GameCube(tm) this fall. Like the upcoming PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system version, the Nintendo GameCube title will feature all of the ultra-realistic pulse-pounding missions of the Xbox game, plus 20 all-new missions, two-player action, 16 more vehicles to drive with mounted rockets, new sub-missions, interaction with pedestrians, 60 fps gameplay and a "Free Roam" mode.

WRECKLESS: The Yakuza Missions for the Nintendo GameCube is currently rated "T" ("Teen" -Violence - content suitable for persons ages 13 and older) by the ESRB.

 
[PC] Electronic Arts Ships Battlefield 1942 (PC) - posted by Erich Becker at 12:28 pm CDT

EA SHIPS BATTLEFIELD 1942 FOR THE PC

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 17, 2002 - Take to the land, sea and air in the ultimate multi-player World War II experience. Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) has begun to ship Battlefield 1942(tm) , the highly anticipated first-person multiplayer game for the PC where up to 64 players can affect the outcome of key World War II battles.

Battlefield 1942 puts players at the heart of World War II combat, allowing them to choose from 16 famous battle sites, including Omaha Beach, Stalingrad and Wake Island, from the four main theaters of World War II including the Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe and Northern Africa. With the ability to control more than 35 authentic Axis and Allied vehicles and select from five distinct character classes, players are faced with incredible choices in their plan of action.

The game features a unique, robust multi-player component that supports up to 64 players on certain maps. Playing as several infantry classes, gamers can use many of the hand weapons used in World War II while commanding numerous land, sea and air vehicles. In Battlefield 1942, gamers are able to join forces and fight as a team with select vehicles, such as the bomber or battleship. For example, the B-17 bomber offers a pilot/bombardier station and two separate gunner positions.

The game also features incredible single player action. These levels feature unscripted, advanced AI allowing players a completely different experience each time they play.

Battlefield 1942 was developed by Sweden-based, Digital Illusions. Electronic Arts is publishing and distributing Battlefield 1942 for the PC under the EA GAMES(tm) brand. The game carries an ESRB rating of "T" (Teen) and MSRP US$49.95. More information can be found on the game's web site at www.battlefield1942.ea.com.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. EA markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(tm), EA GAMES(tm), EA SPORTS BIG and EA.COMSM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

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