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Tuesday, October 03, 2000
Sega -- Sega Delays Broadband Adapter - posted by Erich Becker at 4:11 pm CDT

Sega's Broadband adapter was suppose to launch along site Quake III: Arena on October 10th, but that isn't going to happen. Instead, the adapter will be released in late November, or early December and then gamer's will finally be able to connect to the internet using their Dreamcasts with a high speed connection.

Many were calling the Broadband Adapter Sega's killer app to destory the competition (read: Sony) this month because of the launching of a certain console. It seems, however, that Sony shot themselves in the foot, and Sega doesn't have to rush to release a product it isn't ready to.

Quake III: Arena is still slated to be released on the 10th of this month, and will be the first game to support the high speed device with other games to follow.

Related Links: Thanks to FGNONLINE for the Story

Community News - October 3rd 2000 - posted by Erich Becker at 4:07 pm CDT

In order to compensate for the tons of email's I get daily from other sites around the web, I have decided to consolidate them into this news story each day called Community News. Lets get cracking!

WomenGamer's have put up part one of thier two part interview with Black and White designer, Peter Molyneux. Check it out today.
Direct Link

Game Rankings
Game Rankings have put together a review of Dogs of War.
Direct Link

Wewp have put together a review of the recently released Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 by Ritual Entertainment. Great game, check out their review.
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See Our Review

And that is the first edition of the new Escape Community News. Want to see your site mentioned here? Well contact us here or join the HULKAWIRE at www.hulka.com/

Monday, October 02, 2000
Affiliate -- XLGaming reviews Age of Empires 2: EXP - posted by Erich Becker at 2:57 pm CDT

XLGaming has posted an "early morning" review of Age of Empires 2: Conquerors Expansion with an 80% rating. Here is a preview:

"Limiting ourselves just to the isometric 2D RTS titles the games that really stood out from the flood of '97/'98 were Total Annihilation, War Craft 2 and Age Of Empires. AoE owes its success, at least in part, to its heart stoppingly detailed in game graphics. I still remember seeing screen shots of the game back in '97 and marvelling at the detail of the buildings, units, environment, everything. One of the best, if not the best looking 2D RTS titles to grace the screen of the average PC."

Direct Link: Click here for full review!

Site -- Voyager Elite Force review is LIVE! - posted by Erich Becker at 2:53 pm CDT

Escape Magazine's Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force review is online and ready for you to view. Here is a sneak peak:

"Taking a queue from Half-Life, the game features about a half-dozen "choose-points" where you must choose the outcome of the situation. One such incident: Do you raise a force field that will trap a member of your crew behind to be killed, or do you wait until he is out of danger to erect it, but risk destroying the entire ship? Sadly, after about half of the game, these decision instances fade off and more hardcore action fills the gap."

See the full review here

Friday, September 29, 2000
Affiliate -- GameCritics.com Takes on Sega Sports - posted by Erich Becker at 4:01 pm CDT

GameCritics.com has done two excellent reviews of World Series Baseball 2K1 for the Dreamcast, and SegaNET launch title NFL 2K!. Check out both reviews with the links below.

World Series Baseball 2K1 Review

NFL 2K1 Review

Related Links: Game Critics

Affiliate -- XLGaming Goes to Unfriendly Territory - posted by Erich Becker at 3:56 pm CDT

As you can see by my headline, there was no real big gaming news today, other than Sony screwing over alot of customers, and I can't think of any clever headlines. Here is the latest from XLGaming.

XLGaming.com recently took a look at Microsoft & Konami's port of Metal Gear Solid for the PC. Metal Gear Solid was most likely one of the top 10 playstation games of all time, maybe even top 5. It forced players to use their head instead of just fragging around everywhere. Now Konami has teamed up to bring the game to the PC. A type of game PC gamers have been hoping for is finally here? Join us as we find out. Here is a snippit:

"Microsoft has brought a good version of a classic game to the PC audience. While the enhancements aren't necessarily earth shattering, it remains a great opportunity for PC gamers to discover what console gamers have been raving about for years. However, the only major gameplay difference between the PC version and the PSX version is the rather lackluster first-person mode. Consequently, it's questionable whether it's worthwhile to buy MGSPC when it's just as easy to rent or borrow the PlayStation version...."

Take a look at the 86% Review of MGSPC right here

Related Links: XLGaming

Affiliate -- XLGaming Takes to the Unfriendly Skies - posted by Erich Becker at 3:52 pm CDT

XLGaming.com just took a peek at Microsoft & Zipper Interactive's new 1930's dogfight simulation Crimson Skies. While the game was smooth and fun it did have some flaws in it. Overall we really enjoyed playing the game, but it is missing some elements. Here is a snippit:

"This new game from Zipper Interactive truly sparked my chaotic spirit as an air pirate. Built upon the Crimson Skies universe the game held true. For those that are not sure what I am talking about, Crimson Skies is based off a board name featuring the same type of world. The United States as we know it is gone, instead it has split into 23 different territories. No more states, no more one central government, and no more love of the car. Instead of the U.S. embracing the automobile as we did this world embraces the airplane. The airplane is now the prime means of transportation as well as crime."

See The Full Review at

Related Links: XL Gaming

Affiliate -- Gamer's Nexus gets some Answers - posted by Erich Becker at 3:46 pm CDT

At the request of Kinesoft's PR representative, Mike Murphy, Gamer's Nexus ( http://www.gamersnexus.com ) is re-releasing our Magelords interview with expanded answers to our questions and new answers from other team members including Eric Hyman, VP of Product Development and the Producer of MageLords. With the interview is a bunch of character sketches, including a new exclusive sketch of "Grimlach".

Magelords Interview -
Check it out right here!

Related Links: Gamer's Nexus

PC/Mac -- Deus EX Walkthrough - posted by Erich Becker at 3:43 pm CDT

Computer Games Online has posted a rather informative basic walkthrough guide for the massively popular, Deus Ex.

If you own the game, and need a little help, you can check out the guide right here

Related Links: Computer Games Online

Thursday, September 28, 2000
Site -- News Update - posted by Erich Becker at 3:15 pm CDT

Due to some unforseen happenings, like my video card deciding it didn't want to function anymore, the news hasn't been updated in two days. I will resume normal news updates tomorrow, Friday, at around 1 PM MST.

Expect a nice size update tomorrow including all of the "affiliate site" news that was sent to me over the last few days.

If any editors from Gamer's Nexus, XLGaming, or any of our other news sharing sites are reading this your news will be posted tomorrow.


Erich Becker
Senior Review Team
News Editor

Monday, September 25, 2000
Frogger 2 has Shipped - posted by Erich Becker at 9:14 pm CDT


FROGGER 2 delivers action-packed game-play for kids and adults

BEVERLY, MA (September 21, 2000) - Frogger, the ultimate survivor, is back in a brand- new adventure in Hasbro Interactive's (NYSE:HAS) FROGGER 2:SWAMPY'S REVENGE.

The fun-loving amphibian takes his biggest leap yet into 30 exciting levels of action and adventure gaming for the PC, Sega Dreamcast® and PlayStation® game consoles. Frogger 2 is also available on the Nintendo Game Boy Color® handheld. Building on the success of the multi-million selling PlayStation and PC game released in 1997, FROGGER returns to foil Swampy the Crocodile and rescue the innocent baby frogs that Swampy has taken hostage. To help him on his quest to hunt down Swampy and rescue the baby frogs, FROGGER has recruited his smart and sassy girlfriend, Lillie Frog.

"It has been my privilege to be involved with this great license since the first time it came home for the ATARI 2600 video game console in 1982 from Parker Brothers," said Hasbro Interactive President Tom Dusenberry. "A more fun-loving character with such proven popularity across so many different consumer demographics seldom comes along. FROGGER has been the foundation for Hasbro Interactive's success in action games with over four-million units sold on the PC and PlayStation. Having played FROGGER in all its incarnations, I strongly feel that FROGGER 2: SWAMPY'S REVENGE is the best FROGGER game yet."

To catch Swampy and save the frog babies, FROGGER and Lillie use their improved superhop, power-croak and bug-seeking tongue powers. SWAMPY'S REVENGE takes FROGGER through a 10-chapter game story, including levels that play out in deep space, ancient pyramids, and dastardly laboratories. FROGGER 2 also presents players with a variety of action gaming options that are new to the sequel. Players can choose to take the role of FROGGER, Lillie or other amphibian characters. They can also choose all-new multiplayer action for up to four players.

As always, FROGGER 2 will feature Hasbro Interactive's unique intuitive game play and well structured learning curve that makes it easy for anyone to pick up a controller and learn how to play.

Hasbro Interactive, Inc. is a global interactive entertainment industry leader, innovating new ways to play and developing, publishing and distributing the highest quality interactive games and lifestyle products for a full range of genres and platforms. A subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), Hasbro Interactive has offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia, and internal development studios in the U.S. and U.K. For further information, visit Hasbro Interactive's Web site at www.hasbro-interactive.com

Madness at Gran Prix - posted by Erich Becker at 9:09 pm CDT


Microsoft today announced that Midtown Madness 2 will be showcased at the U.S. Grand Prix Ferrari Fan Fest during the U.S. Grand Prix, today through Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Midtown Madness 2 is the over-the-top urban racer sequel to Midtown Madness, one of the top-selling racing games of 1999.

The U.S. Grand Prix Ferrari Fan Fest, which is expected to draw upwards of 20,000 attendees, is being sponsored by local radio station WIBC 1070. Local radio celebrity, Dave "The King" Wilson will be challenging all would-be racers to take him on in a game of Midtown Madness 2.

Midtown Madness 2 will also be showcased alongside the BMW Mini Cooper at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, September 29 to October 1. The Paris Auto Show is the third largest auto show in the world, boasting thousands of attendees yearly. In addition, Midtown Madness 2 will also be featured at the upcoming Beetle Rally Cup at the Road Atlanta Speedway on September 30. The Beetle Rally Cup is part of the Petit Le Mans race, the ninth leg of the American Le Mans series. Both the BMW Mini Cooper and VW Beetle are included in Midtown Madness 2's line-up of cars.

Midtown Madness 2 delivers the same madcap racing excitement as the original with even more hair-raising racing challenges, two new locations - London and San Francisco - and ten hip, new urban roadsters. Midtown Madness 2 also features the new single-player Crash Course Mission mode where budding drivers can learn and improve their skills by racing as a Hollywood stunt driver on location at a San Francisco movie set or as a trainee at the Imperial Cabbie Academy in London.

The game puts players in the driver's seat of ten all-new campy urban roadsters ranging from the Audi TT to a cherry-red Freightliner fire truck. These are in addition to the madcap assortment of cars and trucks from the original game, including the new VW Bug and Ford Mustang. The game features the same great racing modes as the original, including Blitz, Check-Point, Circuit and Multiplayer Capture-the-Gold. Plus, Midtown Madness 2 builds upon the ground-breaking physics engine of the original by allowing all new racing challenges like racing on two wheels, and mastering the hand brake, power slides and more. In addition, damage modeling has been improved, allowing breakaway parts and even better damage detail.

Midtown Madness 2 is expected to hit retail locations throughout North America within the next few days. The game has an anticipated street price of US$39.99.

Related Links: Midtown Madness 2 Homepage

Loopy Landscapes at GamePen - posted by Erich Becker at 9:07 pm CDT

GamePen has posted a review of expansion pack number 2 for the award winning Rollercoaster Tycoon by Microprose and Hasbro. Great game, great review.

Give it a read at GamePen
See The Full Review Here!

Related Links: GamePen

Sunday, September 24, 2000
Elite Force Review at XLGaming - posted by Erich Becker at 12:40 pm CDT

Two stories from XLGaming in one day, these guys have been very busy. Anyway XL has done a review on the newest addition to the First Person Shooter genre from famed developer, Raven Software. The game is based in the Star Trek Universe, namely Voyager, and provides some explosive action. Here's the story.

XLGaming.com has taken a look at the new FPS title from Raven Software based on the Star Trek world. We have all seen at least one Star Trek game if not played at least one. This one is a bit different, using the Quake 3 engine to produce a First Person Shooter. It sure isn't as gory as Soldier of Fortune but let's see what we can suck out of it. Here is a snippit from the review:

"One of the things I noticed while playing through STV: EF was the use of stealth within certain missions. While most had you going in with gun blazing a few required you to creep around to avoid detection. There is even a key combination to let you lean around corners in true ‘Thief’ style. The AI aliens in the game weren’t up to Deus Ex levels however as when you spotted you they found you instantly. In Deus Ex guards would just hear something then shrug it off if they didn’t hear anything more. Nevertheless it made for a good mix of play from being a ‘tank’ to a ‘thief’."

Check out the full review Right Here!

Related Links: XLGaming

XLGaming is Livin' Large - posted by Erich Becker at 12:37 pm CDT

XLaming.com recently took a look at the new Sims expansion pack "Livin' Large" Is this a new way for Maxis to cash in on one of the best selling games of the times? Or perhaps it is truely good addon? Check out the review to find out more! Here is a snippit:

"I proceeded to click on max speed and watch in dismay as my once civilised sims turn into rabid animals wallowing about in their own mess begging to get some rest/food/bath. It was shocking yet very funny. Yes you did read that correctly! For some reason I found the sight of two sims turn into a revolting mess rather amusing. I do remember cackling as one of the sims called for a pizza in a desperate attempt to get some food. In response to this I removed the phone and laughed as the pizza man arrived but had no means to deliver the pizza. At this point I dubbed the residence I had created 'The House Of Death'. After a few more minutes of this one of the sims died, and the reaper appeared on que."

Check out the full review @

Related Links: XLGaming

Thursday, September 21, 2000
Mac -- Two Mac Games Go Gold - posted by Erich Becker at 4:48 pm CDT

MacSoft a leading publisher of Mac games has stated that two games have gone Gold and are on their way to be producted.

The first game is the popular TV Game Show, Wheel of Fortune. With new graphics, video, and your host Vanna White.

The second game is the very popular computer adaption of the board game Risk. Risk 2, sequel to risk :), has also gone Gold and should be in production.

Look for these games soon Mac Gamers.

Related Links: West Lake Interactive

PC -- Arcanum Beta Test Tuesday - posted by Erich Becker at 4:44 pm CDT

The following is a media alert from Sierra Studios and Trokia Games:


"Chapter One" Beta Test gives hundreds a chance to play early release version.

Sierra Studios and Troika Games today announced that enrollment in the beta test for their upcoming role-playing game Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura will begin next Tuesday, September 26th. The "Chapter One" testing session will encompass the first 20% of the total content found in the single-player game. Selection for the beta test is based on a variety of criteria: system specs, experience with other games, and skill in documenting suggestions and communicating them clearly. Beta testers will get a pre-release version of the game, and have access to a private message board to communicate directly with the developers at Troika Games.

More information about Arcanum can be found at http://arcanum.sierra.com/ Arcanum is the first game to come from the development house Troika Games, LLC, started by former Fallout(r) team members Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky, and Jason Anderson. The experienced Arcanum development team reunites many of the original development team from the critically acclaimed Fallout(r) and Fallout 2(r) RPGs. Arcanum creates a compelling new world where magic and technology coexist in an uneasy balance. As Arcanum opens, the mechanical age has only recently arrived in this ancient land where Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and other races have learned to coexist in the new sprawling industrialized cities.

But this radical shift from magic to technology has created a potentially explosive situation. While the townspeople and other thinkers begin mass production of light bulbs, batteries, eyeglasses and guns, the Mages grow leery. This tightly-wound setting is the starting point from which the character must set out on his quest. Arcanum allows gamers to assume the role of multiple pre-existing characters or create their own, and provides many paths to explore the game world, ensuring the highest degree of replayability. Meanwhile, the multiplayer component extends the life of the game and appeals to a large fan base that enjoys cooperative and competitive play.

Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com/ is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is a division of Havas Interactive, a global leader in interactive content, and is one of the world's largest publishers of education, entertainment and home productivity software. Its divisions, Blizzard Entertainment(r), Coktel, Knowledge Adventure(r), Sierra(tm) and Flipside.com(tm) are famous for releasing critically acclaimed and award winning titles. Havas has operations in the US and in Europe and is a subsidiary of the French publishing house Havas, part of Vivendi Communications.

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PS2 -- Tony Hawk 3 Announced - posted by Erich Becker at 4:37 pm CDT

Not even 24 hours after the second game went on sale, Activision announced Tony Hawk 3 for the Playstation 2 and Xbox consoles.

The game is once again being developed by Neversoft Entertainment (Tony Hawk 1&2, Spiderman). Expect an offical Xbox announcement soon, and more information as it becomes available.

Cube -- The Real Resident Evil Zero Story - posted by Erich Becker at 4:33 pm CDT

FGNOnline is reporting that the real reason Resident Evil: Zero was canceled for the Nintendo 64 was technical limitations of the system itself.

In any event RE: Zero is being ported over to the GameCube with added movie sequences and an extended play period. RE: Zero is an expected launch game for the Gamecube in July 2001.

This goes to show that the next Nintendo system will not debut with only 2 Nintendo developed games, third party publishers and developers will be releasing games at launch, this is a good sign for the system.

Related Links: FGNOnline


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