NewsPro Archive

August 2004

Sunday, August 29, 2004

About Site Updates for This Coming Week
Steve @ 6:30 AM EDT
There may be a lack of updates for this coming week. We just wanted to give you a warning. If there are any updates, they will be minimal, but we will be back to regular updating the week after.

New Screens for Shellshock: Nam '67
Steve @ 5:08 AM EDT
Eidos brings us new screens of a level that we never seen much of before. New intel has just arrived that General Diem is holed up in an old abandoned Buddhist monastery. Your unit has been selected to go in to flush out and capture Diem and his men.

Shellshock: Nam '67 - Get Diem Screens

New Colin McRae Rally 2005 Video
Steve @ 4:46 AM EDT
New York (August 27, 2004) – Codemasters has released an explosive Colin McRae Rally 2005 video at http://www.codemasters.com/colinmcrae2005 (in Downloads) that showcases the game’s stunningly realistic damage engine. But grab it while you can… as the ultimate Drive-In movie, it’s only going to be available until Monday evening at 7 p.m. EST.

Colin McRae Rally 2005, launching September 28th for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, features an enhanced physics engine that powers individual damage models for each car – right down to scraping the paintwork. There are also all-new collision reactions including bending and breaking posts and, if you crash into a tree, it shudders and drops leaves. Mess up your drive seriously and you’ll see the new “dazed” visual effect as you recover from a crash!

Colin McRae Rally 2005 Key Features:

  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 takes the series online for up to 8 players on Xbox Live with more cars, more stages and new challenges.
  • Drive the most diverse selection of cars through a new, non-linear Career Challenge with over 20 individual rally events and over 300+ stages.
  • 30+ featured cars include the Volkswagen Golf MK5, Toyota Celica GT-FOUR, Lancia Stratos, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Alfetta GTV Turbodelta, -
    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, Peugeot 206, 205 T16 Evo2 and the distinctive VW Beetle RSi!
  • 9 international locations (new German rally joins events through UK, Sweden, USA, Finland, Australia, Spain, Greece and Japan) in Rally game mode, each with 8 stages.
  • Large, animated spectator crowds cheer you on through the stages.
  • Incredible detail: An individual damage model for each car – right down to paintwork scrapes and a “dazed” visual effect as you recover from a crash!

    Saturday, August 28, 2004

    Guilty Gear X2Reload Website Launch
    Steve @ 11:37 PM EDT
    In preparation for the September release of Guilty Gear X2Reload for Xbox, Majesco today launched the official http://www.GuiltyGearX2Reload.com website.

    Fans of Guilty Gear X2Reload can now access new screenshots and gameplay trailers, download wallpapers, and chat with other Guilty Gear fans in the all-new game forum. Better yet, players can log on to check their official Xbox Live global ranking and view the top-ranked players of the week.

    About the Game:

    The popular fighting franchise makes its debut on Xbox with head-to-head Xbox Live support! Guilty Gear X2Reload revives the fighting tournament designed to find humans skilled enough to thwart the Gear threat. Take over 20 playable fighters, with 6 outrageous new characters. Use electrifying new moves and features, like Psych Burst, Faultless Defense, the all-new Burst Gauge system and more. Devastate your opponent with an arsenal of eye-popping, jaw-dropping moves and combos, including trademarks like Overdrive Attack, Gatling Combo, Roman Cancel and signature Instant Kills for each character!

    Storyline:

    A newly discovered form of energy has been used to create devastating bioweapons with fused human and animal DNA. Known as the Gears, they are now self-aware and amok. They now threaten human dominance on the planet.

    Game Play Features:

    * Xbox Live enabled head-to-head play with real-time, global rankings;

    Increase your rankings through winning percentage, number of matches;

    * Players ranked on weekly and overall basis;

    * Special "novice' area for Guilty Gear newcomers;

    * GGX2 Community: support of Voice and Friends;

    * Nine awesome game modes including:

    - Arcade Mode - take on the CPU in elimination battles;

    - Medal of Millionaire Mode - a brutal one fall competition where medals are earned;

    - Versus 2Player Mode- two player battles to settle scores including Xbox Live matches;

    - Survival Mode - 1,000 levels of endurance;

    - Story Mode - learn the truth of the Gears, with multiple endings;

    - Mission Mode - defeat opponents using certain rules and meeting specific conditions;

    - Training Mode - customizable training mode allows players to tune for optimal practice;

    * 20 characters plus hidden characters and EX characters;

    * Thousands of moves and combos including Psych Bursts, Overdrive Attacks and Instant Kill Techniques;

    * Progressive Scan Video Support for 480p;

    * Intense metal and rock soundtrack.

    Vietcong Multiplayer Info and Screens
    Steve @ 10:50 PM EDT
    Vietcong: Purple Haze is a combination of the best missions from Vietcong and the Vietcong: Fist Alpha add on-pack for the PC.

    19 of the original missions have been optimized for the console with more enemies and intense combat specifically designed for the console gameplay.

    In addition, two new missions have been created specifically for the console versions from PC multiplayer gameplay levels


    * Thunder Creek From Fist Alpha
    * Operation Pandora’s Box From Fist Alpha
    * Death Valley From Fist Alpha
    * Field Guns Battery From Fist Alpha
    * Insertion From Vietcong
    * Ho Chi Minh Trail From Vietcong
    * Hunting Charlie From Vietcong
    * False Alarm From Vietcong
    * The Bridge From Vietcong
    * Outpost From Vietcong
    * Halong Port New Level
    * Storm New Level
    * Seize the hill part 1 From Vietcong
    * Seize the hill part 2 From Vietcong
    * Po Tlong Karai From Vietcong
    * Stream From Vietcong
    * They’re coming From Vietcong
    * Too many targets From Vietcong
    * The last stand From Vietcong

    Xbox Live: Multiplayer Game Types & Levels

    Here is a table of all the game types and maps in Vietcong: Purple Haze and the corresponding maximum number of players per gametype.

    GAME TYPE

    MAP NAME DM TDM ATG CTF COOP RW
    Thunder Creek 10 10 10 10 N/A 10
    Burn the Jungle 10 10 10 10 N/A 10
    Arroyo 10 10 10 10 N/A N/A
    Waterfall 10 10 10 10 N/A N/A
    Halong Port 10 10 10 N/A N/A N/A
    Po Tlong Karai 10 10 10 10 6 10
    Storm 10 10 10 10 6 10
    Stream 10 10 10 10 6 10
    Mine Factory 10 10 10 10 N/A N/A

    Maximum Supported Players per Map Mode

    Assault Team Game (ATG)
    On some maps, there is an ATG mode available. In this mode, every team has a specific objective.
    Example: Protect the pilot
    US team has to protect a pilot and escort him to the LZ. The pilot starts with a pistol and has a flak jacket to protect him.

    The Vietcong team has to prevent the pilot reaching the LZ.
    Capture The Flag (CTF)
    Each team has a flag to protect. Steal your enemies flag and return it to your base. (Note: You can only score if your flag is still in your base.)

    Deathmatch / Team Deathmatch (DM / TDM)
    Deathmatch is a free-for-all where the player with the most number of frags wins. Weapons can be found lying around the map. In Team Deathmatch mode, two teams compete for the most number of frags.

    Note: For both Deathmatch game modes, the player starts with just a handgun and has to find a primary weapon located in weapon boxes throughout the map.

    Real War (RW)
    Each map will have 3 or more flags for your team to score. Hold all flags on the map in order to score.

    Co-operative (COOP)
    Form a squad and play through missions together while fighting the A.I. controlled enemy.

    Xbox Live: Configurable Game Modes & Player Setup

    Quickmatch
    Quickest way to get into the action – use Quickmatch to join the first available Xbox Live section

    Optimatch
    Select Optimatch to join a specific Xbox Live session tailored to your own specifications
    Choose Map, Game Type, Max / Min players, Skill Level, Friendly Fire (on/off)

    Create-a-match
    Customize an Xbox Live match so other players can join

    Map Name
    Choose from 9 different maps.

    Game Type
    Choose Game Type (ATG, CTF, RW, DM, TDM)

    End Rule
    Set limits on a match in order to determine winner.
    Limits for each game type is determined by a different set of values.

    Value
    Set limits on a match in order to determine winner.
    Time (5 - 90 minutes) / # of Frags

    In Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes, the winner is
    determined by player or team with most # of frags by the
    end of a timed match

    Time (5 - 90 minutes) / Points (5-100)
    In Assault Team Game, Real War and Capture the Flag
    modes, the winner is determined by the team with most #
    of points by the end of timed match

    Public / Private Players
    Set the number of Public / Private players allowed into a match.

    Auto Balance
    When enabled, balances the number of player in each team, in team based matches.

    Friendly Fire
    With Friendly Fire turned on, your team can be injured by your own fire.

    Team Kill Kick
    Setting the Team Kill Kick On, will automatically remove a player from the game if they kill members of their own team more than three times in a row.

    Player Setup

    Side
    Choose between VC and US.

    Body
    Choose which body / uniform.

    Headgear
    Choose which hat / bandanna.

    CHANGING CLASS
    Once you have selected your class at the start of a match, you stay at that class until you die.

    1 - Press the START Button to bring up the Pause Menu.
    2 - Select Player Setup and choose a new team, class and weapon.
    3 - If the server has limited the classes, you may be unable to select them.
    Next time you are killed, you will respawn into a new class.

    Vietcong New Screens

    Terminator 3: The Redeption New Screens
    Steve @ 10:02 PM EDT
    We got a hold of some new Terminator 3: The Redeption screenshots. Enjoy.

    Terminator 3: The Redeption Screens

    Thursday, August 26, 2004

    Midway Announces L.A. Rush
    Steve @ 3:00 PM EDT
    CHICAGO--Aug. 26, 2004--Midway Games Inc. today announced the development of L.A. Rush(TM), an innovative racing videogame based on the sport of competitive street racing and the fanatical, ruthless lifestyles of those involved. A reinvention of the classic Midway Rush(TM) franchise, L.A. Rush is scheduled for release in spring 2005 on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft.

    Based on entirely new technology that recreates a living, breathing go anywhere Los Angeles with highly destructible environments, players will be able to explore Los Angeles by day or by night from Compton, to LAX, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the beaches of Santa Monica. The unique story mode of L.A. Rush, enriched by the creative design assistance from the game's exclusive content partners, Rides magazine and West Coast Customs, presents a powerful lifestyle adventure in a fully free-roaming city. Pure racing skills are on the line as the world's best street racers gather in L.A. and the player's self-respect is up for grabs in a variety of non-racing driving missions. Cop chases, gridlock, cross-traffic, high-flying jumps, and the death-defying shortcuts that the Rush franchise is known for take L.A. Rush beyond the standard tuner-car simulation game. Featuring a number of gameplay modes and unique objectives, L.A. Rush will feature more than 50 licensed and concept cars, classic muscle cars, SUVs and import tuners, customizable part manufacturers and designs (including several exclusive West Coast Customs vehicle concepts), celebrity talent, music and much more. More details on L.A. Rush will be unveiled in early 2005.

    For more information about Midway Games visit http://www.midway.com

    Fable Officially Goes Gold
    Steve @ 2:51 PM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Fable, the exclusive Xbox® roleplaying adventure game, has gone gold. Fable is scheduled to ship to retailers in North America on September 14 for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.). Fable will be available in Europe in October. Developed by Peter Molyneux's studio Big Blue Box in conjunction with Lionhead Studios, Fable offers players the opportunity to develop a unique character by making choices that determine their character's skills, reputation and appearance.

    In Fable, the players’ every action determines their character's skills, appearances and moralities. Character's life stories are created from childhood through adulthood and on to old age. They can grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalized in legend. Players may choose the paths of righteousness or dedicate their characters' lives to evil; observing as they transform into reflections of their actions and decisions. Age leaves characters wizened, battle leaves them scarred, gluttony affects obesity. With experiences come advancement and physical change; whether it is by expanding muscles, a keen eye and nimble form or the buzz of magical energies around their finger tips. As players' characters develop, the world reacts to them and their actions. People comment on their successes, failures, appearances and behaviors. Their many opinions are expressed through applause, mockery, trepidation, panic and even flirtation. With each person characters aid and every creature they slay, the world is changed forever. In Fable, gamers decide: “Who will I be?” For more information about Fable, visit the official site at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/fable/default.htm

    Wednesday, August 25, 2004

    Backyard Wrestling 2 Site Update and New Trailer
    Steve @ 7:20 PM EDT
    Eidos today announced that a new Trailer has been released for Backyard Wrestling 2, as well as a website upgrade.

    Check out the new trailer here: http://www.eidosinteractive.com/downloads/search.html?gmid=148

    And check out the site here: http://www.bywgame.com

    Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood ships October 2004 across North America for PS2 & Xbox.

    The Red Star Character Bio: Makita
    Steve @ 7:01 PM EDT
    MAKITA BIO:

    RANK: NONE (URBAN REVOLUTIONARY: NOKGORKA RESISTANCE MILITIA)
    Upon the fall of the United Republics of The Red Star, the nation turned in on itself. Nokgorka, one of the many provinces of the U.R.R.S., declared independence from its former master, and was met with forty days of heavy artillery shelling.

    The civil war has lasted almost a decade, and still the Nokgorka Resistance Militia will not yield; even against the superior forces of The Red Fleet. Makita is a soldier forged in this pyre of hatred. Her mother a Red, her father a Nokgorkan, Makita lost them both in this bitter war, and is resolved to give her own life to it. This changed on that fateful day she meets Maya and Kyuzo, and realizes her place upon their quest.

    PRIMARY WEAPONS SYSTEMS:

  • MELEE: HAMMER AND SICKLE
    Outmoded now, but once standard issue weaponry during the heyday of the United Republics, these crude but effective melee weapons are protocol-enhanced with superior materials density, allowing them to cut or pound through most types of armor.

  • RANGED: SAMSONOV-MODEL 79 MACHINE PISTOLS
    The Samsonov '79 Machine Pistol is the elite personal firearm of the Red Fleet. Granted only to Generals or to ranks above them. Makita took hers off the body of one of her more highly ranked victims.

    About The Red Star:
    The Red Star is a U.S. comic created by Archangel Studios. The art style is groundbreaking and the scope and writing is cutting-edge. Conceived and drawn by Christian Gossett, The Red Star continues to rocket forwards in its success.

    Set around three key main characters, The Red Star tells the tale of an alternate Russia, the URRS, where massive technology and futuristic weapons are wielded by its army, The Red Fleet. An additional twist is that magic exists in this world and The Red Fleet employs Sorcerers who can cast protokols (The Red Star term for spells).

    The comic book story focuses on Maya Antares, Sorceress-General for The Red Fleet as she searches for her husband, Marcus, also a soldier in The Red Fleet who was lost in a disastrous URRS defeat battle some 10 years before.

    Along her journey she is accompanied by her bodyguard, Kyuzo, and she meets Makita, a Nogorkan rebel, who delivers shocking news of Marcus's survival. Now declared rebels against their own state and having taken command of The Red Fleet's flag ship, the heroes are ready to journey into the unknown in a desperate bid to rescue Marcus and bring down the tyrannical, and near immortal, dictator of the URRS.

    Features:

    o Choose from 3 different characters and customize them, each with 10 different upgradeable weapons and abilities.
    o Experience integrated cooperative play, with the ability to modify & enhance each other's attacks.
    o Play through 25+ levels of pulse-pounding action, from the gundecks of a massive Skyfurnace to the war-torn city of Nokgorka!
    o Fight the state using an innovative combat system built upon generations of fighters & shooters.
    o Achieve excellence to unlock a variety of extra game modes and secret levels.
    o Try to survive against massive mechanical bosses!
    o Visually stunning special effects and protocol attacks help provide a constantly evolving action experience!
    o Set in the award-winning universe of The Red Star, recently named as one of Wizard Magazine's Top 100 comic book series of all time.

    Test Drive: Eve of Destruction Ships
    Steve @ 3:44 PM EDT
    BEVERLY, Mass.--Aug. 24, 2004--Atari, Inc. announced today that Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction has shipped to retailers throughout North America and is available for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

    "Test Drive(R) is a world recognized brand in the racing genre featuring some of today's hottest music and Atari is proud to release the exciting next chapter, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studios. "This over-the-top racing game allows players to break the rules and race how they want to race - wide open, peddle to the floor, putting all challengers on their bumpers."

    "We are thrilled to work with Atari on Test Drive: Eve of Destruction," said Carmen Liu, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & Development, The Island Def Jam Music Group. "Video games are a great place to introduce a wider audience to developing artists like Autopilot Off, Thrice, and Thursday and at the same time gives platinum acts like Sum 41 and Hoobastank a valuable outlet for their music outside of radio."

    Video games are a great place for labels to launch up-and-coming bands and to rediscover new music by favorite artists. Featured on the Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction soundtrack will be:

    Artists and Songs:

    -- Hoobastank- Out of Control

    -- Sum 41- Still Waiting

    -- Rob Zombie- Never Gonna Stop

    -- Thrice- The Artist and the Ambulance

    -- Thursday- Between Rapture and Rupture

    -- Auto Pilot Off- What I Want

    Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction is the first Test Drive(R) game to feature: vehicle damage, dirt tracks, crazy events and unorthodox vehicles like school buses, ambulances and hearses. Since its debut in 1987, the Test Drive series has sold through more than $160 million worth of product on console and PC.

    Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction blends the best elements of racing and demolition and is packed with 25 different events, including Demo Derby, where the last car standing wins; Gauntlet, where the player climbs behind the wheel of a hearse and tries to finish a set number of laps while the rest of the field attempts to stop him; Trailer Race, a new brand of racing event, where the player competes while towing various types of trailers and must finish the race with something resembling a trailer still attached. The Xbox version of Test Drive: Eve of Destruction will support the ability to create custom soundtracks using players own music libraries.

    Additionally, Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction offers players a selection of more than 30 nontraditional, custom vehicles, an in-game track announcer and a split-screen multiplayer mode for up to four players.

    Intec's New Wireless Kombat Arcade Stick
    Steve @ 3:39 PM EDT
    (Miami, FL) August 24, 2004 Intec, Inc., the leading manufacturer
    of cross-platform video game accessories, today introduced two new
    additions to its comprehensive line-up of 2.4Ghz wireless video game accessories. The Wireless Kombat Arcade Stick - available for PlayStation 2 (G7080 MSRP $29.99) and Xbox (G8080 MSRP $34.99) - is perfect for players who want to experience the old school feeling of an arcade stick while playing their favorite combat games at home. Set to begin shipping in North America on November 15, 2004, the Wireless Kombat Arcade Sticks are loaded with the latest features and are designed for maximum fighting action.

    Great for PlayStation 2 games such as Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution,
    Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, Fight Night 2004 & 2005, Def Jam: Fight for New York, and Tekken 5, and Xbox games such as Dead or Alive 3, Soul Calibur 2, and Fight Night 2004 & 2005, Def Jam: Fight for New York, Intec Wireless Kombat Sticks allow users to jump, kick, run, duck, and punch with amazing accuracy and instant response. Each offers users the following features:

  • Wireless Receiver: plug into the gaming console and experience play up to 30ft. away
  • 8-way auto-centering directional chrome joystick for smooth playing action
  • Dimple-contoured rubber palm rests for better grip and comfort while gaming
  • Smooth-touch instant-response fire buttons
  • Program function to set your best move combinations
  • Mode button for quick analog or digital mode selection
  • Turbo mode for fast-action play
  • Ergonomic, bi-level gaming platform for enhanced control and
    stability
  • Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included) for up to 60 hours of continuous game play!
  • Auto-shut off feature automatically turns the unit off after 5
    minutes of idle time to save battery life

    "The market is experiencing the beginning of a huge movement towards
    retro gaming, said Mark Stanley, vp marketing at Intec. Our
    first-to-market Wireless Kombat Arcade Sticks deliver that retro arcade feel with the latest 2.4Ghz wireless technology. These arcade sticks for Xbox and PS2 deliver a more immersive gaming experience with the stellar line-up of fighting games due to release in the next few months.

    Advent Rising Website Relaunch
    Steve @ 3:33 PM EDT
    Majesco annouced that the website for Advent Rising relaunched with a whole new look and tons of great new content. Check it out here: http://www.AdventTrilogy.com

    New Site Features:

  • 20 Questions with Donald Mustard - Advent Rising's lead designer/director tackles a wide range of questions
  • MP3's of Demo Music - from composer Tommy Tallarico, download and sample some of the early demos that will become the soundtrack for Advent Rising
  • Cool New Wallpapers - dress up your desktops with Gideon and the Seekers
  • Brand new FAQ - answers to fan questions and more
    New Character - check out the ' Seeker Scanner ' in the Characters Section
    Advent Avatars - for all our dedicated message board posters, avatars for a wide range of characters
    Screenshots - a couple of new ones for you
    Fansite Materials - an updated packet of images and logos to create your own Advent site with.

    Monday, August 23, 2004

    Eidos Announces LEGO Star Wars
    Steve @ 6:20 PM EDT
    Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces it has secured the distribution rights to LEGO Star Wars with Giant Interactive Entertainment Ltd for all countries except Japan. The game will be released in April 2005 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, PC and Game Boy(R) Advance.

    LEGO Star Wars combines two childhood favourites, LEGO and Star Wars(R), to create an innovative and exciting action-adventure title designed for young gamers. The game is based on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and the eagerly awaited Star Wars(R): Episode III Revenge of the Sith(TM), slated for worldwide release in May 2005.

    Under an agreement between LucasArts and Giant Interactive Ltd, LEGO Star Wars is currently being developed by Traveller's Tales for the PlayStation2, Xbox and PC. Amaze Entertainment is developing the Game Boy Advance version.

    Mike McGarvey, CEO of Eidos says:

    "This signing of a title with such wide spread appeal and recognition is a major coup for Eidos. We look forward to working with Giant on maximising the game's potential."

    BloodRayne to Appear on MTV2's "Video Mods"
    Steve @ 6:17 PM EDT
    EDISON, NJ, August 23, 2004 - Video games and music videos unite, as Majesco, a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced its popular BloodRayne video game character will be featured on a premiere episode of MTV2's new series "Video Mods." Scheduled to air September 18, the episode showcases Evanescence's "Everybody's Fool" video, recreated with characters from Majesco's forthcoming BloodRayne 2 video game sequel.

    MTV2's "Video Mods" debuts on September 18 at 9:30 pm EST (6:30 pm PST) and highlights some of today's most popular video game characters as they perform videos by artists of all genres, including Lil' Jon, Black Eyed Peas, New Found Glory and others. Each video will be transformed by adapting the music video to utilize a unique video game environment and feature characters from one or a variety of video games.

    "Having BloodRayne as one of the premiere 'performers' in MTV2's 'Video Mods' show is a testament to her popularity and appeal," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing, Majesco. "We are thrilled to see BloodRayne star in a music video and we applaud MTV2's creative blending of entertainment mediums and properties."

    Friday, August 20, 2004

    Second Sight Info and Video
    Steve @ 8:10 PM EDT
    New York (August 19, 2004) – With episodic levels split between the past and the present, see what the future holds for Second Sight with the latest in-game videos now available from http://www.codemasters.com/secondsight. The new stealth action thriller from TimeSplitters creators Free Radical Design, Second Sight will be available September 21 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube entertainment system.

    Delivering a gripping playing experience, Second Sight combines an atmospheric narrative with paranormal psychic abilities, stealth exploration and intense shooter action.

    Players lead John Vattic, a former researcher, as he attempts to unravel a mystery that led to his imprisonment in a maximum security Medical Research Facility. As he makes his escape, Vattic discovers that he is empowered with amazing psionic abilities, capable of manipulating people and the surrounding environment. Providing a totally fresh dynamic, gameplay offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, paranormal powers or a combination of all three.

    The videos, which can be downloaded from the site or viewed on Codemasters’ new online Video Box ( http://www.codemasters.com/videobox ), include trailers focusing on combat and Vattic’s psychic powers. For a bit of immediate paranormal action, there’s a “psychic shooter” e-toy to download!

    Second Sight has already won acclaim for being one of the most original and engaging games of the year, and gamers can check out Vattic’s psychic powers in full effect when it’s published by Codemasters on September 21.

    New Crash 'n' Burn Website Features
    Steve @ 8:03 PM EDT
    The Crash 'n' Burn site is now tricked out with new information, screenshots, footage and more. The complete list of features is included below. And it's ready to wet your appetite for destruction! Visit the Crash 'n' Burn site at http://www.crashnburngame.com because ladies and gentlemen, it's time to rev up those engines and embrace the anarchy! Crash 'n' Burn will be released this Fall on both PS2 and Xbox across North America.

    The Crash 'n' Burn website currently includes these new following features:

    HOME- Get the latest news and happenings on Crash 'n' Burn!

    GAME INFO- Find out how to pimp your ride, race it, and crash it!
    Synopsis- Learn about the game.
    Features- What's new about the game.

    CONTENT- Check out some of the many locations for racing from the sunny streets of Miami to the manufacturing maze of Detroit and find out just how destructive these races can get!
    Circuits- Check out the locations.
    Destruction- Let's smash 'em up.

    GALLERY- Feast your eyes on various cars and trucks, from their shiny state of modded glory to their dismal burning end!
    Screenshots- Get a peak at the action.
    Concept Art- How does it all start.

    DOWNLOADS- Watch Crash 'n' Burn in action and decorate your computer with the same speed and insanity you experience in the game!
    Trailer- Hot footage of the game, with more to come.
    Wallpapers
    Screensaver

    PRESS- This is what the Press is saying about this new demolition racing game!
    Quotes- From the Press.

    COMMUNITY- Guess what, other people love racing mayhem too!
    Fansites - Fansite Kit.
    Links

    http://www.crashnburngame.com

    New Call of Duty: Finest Hour Screens
    Steve @ 7:54 PM EDT
    Call of Duty™: Finest Hour™ – The newest installment in the award-winning Call of Duty™ series, Call of Duty: Finest Hour takes console players to the frontlines of combat to experience the cinematic intensity, chaos of battle and epic moments of World War II across new campaigns across the North African, Western and Eastern Fronts. An original game for the console systems, Call of Duty: Finest Hour delivers all-new missions featuring authentic squad-based combat, explosive vehicle action and cinematic special effects to deliver a breathtaking first person action thriller. Covering three Allied campaigns, players experience some of history’s most intense battles and for the first time assume the role of multiple characters within the Russian, British and American forces. Call of Duty: Finest Hour is being developed by Spark, which is comprised of over 30 individuals who developed titles in the Medal of Honor™ series, including several of the production leads.

    Call of Duty New Screens

    Konami Announces Karaoke Revolution
    Steve @ 7:44 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – August 20, 2004 – Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Time Magazine’s 2003 Game of the Year, Karaoke Revolution , will ship this November for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. The first karaoke video game for the Xbox to include a vocal analyzer that measures the pitch and rhythm of a player’s voice, Karaoke Revolution will feature more than 45 songs, including chart-topping hits like “Billie Jean”, “Like a Virgin”, and “Celebration”, as well as 10 classic Motown hits from the original artists’ recordings -- exclusive to the Xbox. Gamers can also download new music and create friends lists via Xbox Live support.

    Available as a standalone game (compatible with the Xbox Live communicator headset and Xbox Music Mixer microphone) or bundled with a specially designed Konami-branded Xbox microphone from Logitech®, Karaoke Revolution utilizes proprietary voice recognition technology to judge players on how well they hit and hold the notes in each song. Thanks to adjustable difficulty levels, gamers of all ages and levels of ability can sing along with Karaoke Revolution’s catalog of more than 45 songs, including karaoke favorites, rock, pop, dance and R&B songs made popular by such artists as R.E.M, Avril Lavigne, Nickelback, Barenaked Ladies, and Michelle Branch, as well as original Motown recordings. Adding to the excitement will be dynamic in-game crowds that react in real-time to a player’s performance, getting on their feet and cheering to a well-sung tune or booing at a cascade of sour notes.

    The ultimate party video game, Karaoke Revolution features a number of exciting single and multi-player modes that support up to eight other aspiring pop stars. Showtime Mode lets players climb from the clubs to the ultimate arena, while Arcade Mode and Karaoke Mode let you sing and compete alone or with friends. In addition, downloadable song packs, several customizable characters and multiple venues make it even more fun to step up to the mic!

    Karaoke Revolution is developed by leading music video game creator Harmonix Music Systems ( http://www.harmonixmusic.com ). Karaoke Revolution for Xbox is scheduled to ship in November 2004. For more information on the game, please visit: http://www.konami.com/karaokerevolution

    Shellshock: Nam '67 Base Camp
    Steve @ 6:43 PM EDT
    Today, Eidos brings us fresh new screen shots from the Shellshock: Nam '67 Base Camp. Enjoy!

    Shellshock: Nam '67 Base Camp Screens

    Close Combat: First to Fight New Screens and Facts
    Steve @ 5:01 PM EDT
    Story:

    Lead a fireteam of Marines through combat in a modern urban Middle-eastern city.

    Overview:

    Lead a four-man fireteam of US Marines through the perils of authentic, modern urban combat in a Middle-Eastern urban battleground. This is an action-oriented, first-person 3D shooter that is being developed under the direction of the US Marine Corps as a training simulation for use by the Marine Corps.

    Close Combat: First to Fight is as close as you can get on a computer or Xbox to being a Marine fireteam leader in modern urban combat!

    Features:

    · Cutting-edge graphics engine delivers amazingly realistic graphics, facial animations, volumetric real-time shadows, dynamic lighting and more;

    · In-game psychology model makes AIs behave as though they were humans with wills of their own;

    · Developed in conjunction with the US Marine Corps;

    · Use authentic Marine urban military doctrine (Ready-Team-Fire-Assist): governs how marines maneuver through urban environments;

    · Use the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) to destroy enemies: call for fire and support from Cobra helicopters, mortar, other fireteams, tanks, AAVs;

    · Use true military tactics to defeat enemies: lay suppressing fire, flank enemies, separate leaders from enemies, etc.

    Close Combat: First to Fight New Screens

    Other Close Combat: First to Fight Screens

    FIFA, Xbox, and EA Team up for Competition
    Steve @ 3:52 PM EDT
    LEIPZIG, Germany Aug. 19, 2004 FIFA, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft Corp., and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), the world s leading interactive entertainment software company, will team up to bring a newly developed FIFA competition, the FIFA Interactive World Cup , to football lovers around the world.

    In addition, Xbox will serve as the Official Licensed Video Game Console of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which will be held from June to July 2006 in stadiums across Germany. Xbox will work with FIFA to introduce specially branded retail offers celebrating the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

    Xbox and Electronic Arts will be the presenting partners of The FIFA Interactive World Cup, a new series of tournaments combining online and offline football action featuring EA s FIFA Football 2005 on Xbox and the Xbox Live online game service. Kicking off this year, the FIFA Interactive World Cup will travel to six continents from October to December 2004, with the finals being played at the FIFA World Player of the Year Gala in Zurich in December 2004.

    Throughout the three-month tournament on Xbox Live, each heat will see players in the FIFA Interactive World Cup compete on EA s FIFA Football 2005. Players will also enjoy participating in real-life football drills and tips and tricks sessions with international football experts in between heats. In addition, a host of guest appearances, prizes and musical surprises are planned throughout the tour. More details on the events will be released later this year.

    We re excited to be part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, said Mitch Koch, corporate vice president of the Home Entertainment Division at Microsoft. The world s most popular sporting event is teaming with the world s most powerful and exciting video game console to give fans a whole new reason to love football and they can only experience it through Xbox Live. With the FIFA Interactive World Cup, we re starting a new tradition of virtual football on Xbox and Xbox Live fans will truly understand why it s good to play together.

    This innovative project concept will enable us to exploit further opportunities to promote and develop the game of football at all levels worldwide, said Urs Linsi, general secretary of FIFA. The FIFA Interactive World Cup will be launched just as FIFA steps into the second century of its existence and will give fans an additional reason to love football. The FIFA Interactive World Cup will herald a new tradition of football games and test football players virtual abilities in a completely new way. We are proud to pay tribute to a completely new category of football player at the next FIFA World Player of the Year Gala.

    The FIFA Interactive World Cup is going to be the place for authentic, interactive play for football fans all over the world, and we re pleased to be working with Xbox and FIFA to bring it to life, said Jan Bolz, vice president of Marketing and Sales for EA Europe. Our game enthusiasts asked us for a way to broaden the scope of their gaming challenge, and this event is for them, combining the excitement of FIFA Football 2005 from EA with Xbox Live support and real-world football tournaments, to test their physical as well as virtual abilities in a completely new and interactive way.

    Thursday, August 19, 2004

    Top 10 Xbox Games for July 2004
    Steve @ 9:16 PM EDT
    Here's the Top 10 Xbox game list for July 2004 from NPD.

    1. ESPN NFL 2K5 - Take 2/Sega
    2. NCAA Football 2005 - EA
    3. Spiderman 2 - Activision
    4. Halo - Microsoft
    5. DRIV3R - Atari
    6. Full Spectrum Warrior - THQ
    7. Sudeki - Microsoft
    8. MechAssault - Microsoft
    9. MVP Baseball 2004 - EA
    10. Red Dead Revolver - Take 2

    ESPN NHL 2K5 Goes Gold
    Steve @ 9:08 PM EDT
    ESPN NHL 2K5, the latest in the #1 rated* hockey game series, is set to hit retail shelves September 1st!

    ESPN NHL 2K5 is filled with a bevy of enhancements that enrich NHL fans' virtual ice rink experience. The exciting Party Mode offers the ultimate multi-player hockey experience as gamers compete in 15 different hockey-themed mini-games to claim their title as "King of the Rink."

    Revamped gameplay with the new Intense Contact Controls(tm) realizes the physical nature of hockey as players utilize them to hinder the movement of adversaries and intimidate the opposing team.

    Dream Team Mode pits players against several all-star caliber teams hand-selected by well-known NHL athletes and ESPN personalities including Martin St. Louis, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Drury, Brendan Shanahan, Marty Turco, Steve Levy, and many more.

    An expanded Skybox offers players more than 150 unlockables, such as retro jerseys, a Heritage Classic Mode, "create-a-team" logos, NHL trivia, shuffleboard, air hockey, remote outdoor locations and more!

    ESPN NHL 2K5, with these features and more for only $19.99, will be in stores September 1st.

    For more information click on http://www.espnvideogames.com

    New Details for Conflict: Vietnam + Screens
    Steve @ 8:52 PM EDT
    To survive in the harsh jungles of Vietnam, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and every member of your squad in prime condition. The skill advancement system in Conflict: Vietnam allows players to decide in which of nine fields their squad members will specialize, essentially giving the player more control over gameplay as they progress through the story. It is possible to build up a stealth kill team consisting entirely of snipers, a squad of heavy weapon experts that charge into every battle, or whatever mix of soldiers best fits a particular style of play.

    After each mission is completed, squad members are awarded skill points for completing primary and bonus objectives, taking down enemy soldiers and vehicles, fire accuracy, and stealth kills. Points are deducted for killing civilians and friendly soldiers. These points are split amongst the four squad mates, and then spent to raise their skills in Pistol, Assault Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Machine Gun, Grenade, Shotgun, Medic, Rocket Launcher, and Booby Traps. The higher the skill, the more points it costs to raise.

    Pistol

    Though never used as a primary weapon, it’s always handy to have at least moderate sidearm skill when ammo for your main weapon is running low. Increasing a character’s skill in pistol gives them a steadier hand at quick targeting and more accurate aim, eventually allowing them to hit targets that would otherwise be too far away to even attempt taking a shot at.

    Assault Rifle

    The most commonly used, and arguably the best, weapon to have on the field, the assault rifle skill covers arms such as the AK-47 and M16A1. The higher a character’s assault rifle skill, the better their accuracy. Having this skill maxed out makes the burst option available on most assault rifles deadly effective.

    Sniper Rifle

    Corporal Bruce Lesh begins as your squad’s main sniper, but any member can become equally proficient with enough skill points. The tactical advantage of being able to take down enemies from a distance is undeniable, and an effective sniper is an intimidating opponent. Increasing sniper rifle skill steadies your character’s hand when going into sniper mode, improving accuracy and allowing shots to be taken quicker.

    Machine Gun

    This skill covers heavier, fully automatic armaments such as the M60 LMG and M3A1 “Grease Gun”. Though they can spill out an oppressive amount of bullets, their high fire rate comes at the cost of massive recoil and inaccuracy for those lacking the ability to keep them under control. Raising machine gun skill will increase a character’s ability to stay on target while unloading an entire clip.

    Grenade

    Useful for flushing out hidden enemies and getting into places where bullets can’t, it is wise to have every member of your squad at least somewhat skilled at using grenades. Higher grenade skill gives better throwing distance, and makes soldiers better at knowing when to use a grenade when they’re not under player control.

    Shotgun

    Perhaps the most underrated weapon on the battlefield due to its short range and slow reload time, the main advantage of the shotgun is that its spreading shot rarely misses, and at close range one shell is all it takes to down an enemy. An increased shotgun skill lessens the weapon’s downfalls by both increasing range and improving the character’s reload rate.

    Medic

    Private Harold Kahler is officially your squad’s medic, but every member of your team should have at least passing knowledge in this field if you hope to make it out of the jungle alive. The medic skill decreases the time it takes to heal another character, and increases the amount of health they receive.

    Rocket Launcher

    Necessary for destroying tanks, but also useful for dispatching gun emplacements and machine gun nests, rocket launchers can quickly defuse a difficult situation. Considering that a misplaced shot can be as deadly for your squad as the enemy, the increased accuracy that comes with an improved rocket launcher skill is vitally important.

    Booby Traps

    The VC were notorious for the ingenuity and deadliness of their traps. Increasing this skill makes characters faster and more proficient at disarming traps. It also gives them a better eye for spotting well concealed trip wires and mines, so they’re more likely to shout a warning when you’re running unknowingly into danger. Since failure to disarm a trap can result in setting it off instead, at least one character in your squad should be highly proficient in this skill.

    Conflict: Vietnam Skill Advancement Screens

    Wednesday, August 18, 2004

    Majesco Secures the Rights for Jaws Videogame
    Steve @ 7:12 PM EDT
    EDISON, NJ, August 18, 2004 - Majesco, a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced that it has secured the interactive entertainment rights to one of the most enduring action-suspense films of all time, Universal Pictures' and Steven Spielberg's Jaws. Developed by Appaloosa, the video game is scheduled to ship in summer 2005 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film's theatrical release.

    "Without a doubt, Jaws is one of the most revered classics of all time. The film's mixture of action, adventure and suspense terrified the masses," said Jesse Sutton, chief executive officer of Majesco. "The game will capture that same action and excitement as the movie, but this time, the shark enjoys some pay-back."

    "Jaws was an instant hit, a phenomenon, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike," said Bill Kispert, vice president of Interactive at Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. "It was an adrenaline-charged experience. With Jaws, the game, we want to give players that same adrenaline rush as they control the power and the fury of a Great White."

    In Majesco's Jaws, players assume the role of a Great White shark driven to a predacious frenzy by the sonic emanations of underwater oil drilling equipment. To defend their underwater territory, players undertake a campaign to drive the raiders away while simultaneously solving a series of action-based puzzles designed to thwart the player.

    Taking the game to realistic heights is Appaloosa's advanced game engine that produces stunning underwater visuals and realistic physics that enable the Great White to perform a variety of leaping, twisting assaults, thus rendering havens such as dive platforms and boats vulnerable to attack.

    Jaws is scheduled for release in 2005 for the PlayStation(r) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(r) video game system from Microsoft and personal computers. More information about Jaws and Majesco's entire lineup of products can be found online at http://www.majescogames.com

    Nissan Pickup-Dakar 2004 In Colin McRae Rally 2005
    Steve @ 7:00 PM EDT
    New York (August 12, 2004) – What Colin wants, Colin gets… After competing in the Dakar Rally earlier this year, Colin McRae’s request to have the Nissan Pickup-Dakar 2004 simulated has been fulfilled: the 4x4, which won him two stages of the endurance race, will be included as a special vehicle in Colin McRae Rally 2005, available in late September for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. A new video featuring the Nissan Pickup-Dakar is available at http://www.codemasters.com/colinmcrae2005

    “Piloting the Nissan in the Dakar Rally was an incredible experience, and I was keen to see it have a part in Colin McRae Rally 2005,” says McRae “It’s an excellent vehicle to take out on the new game’s different road surfaces and makes for one of the most entertaining elements of my preparation for next year’s event.”

    Inexperienced drivers need not apply. The Nissan Pickup-Dakar 2004 will only be available to players skilled enough to beat McRae himself in the game’s career mode, where gamers will hurtle through more than 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best.

    The Nissan Pickup-Dakar 2004 is just one of over 30 featured cars in Colin McRae Rally 2005, including the Toyota Celica GT-FOUR, Lancia Stratos, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Alfetta GTV Turbodelta, Peugeot 206, Ford Fiesta Rallye Concept, Subaru Impreza 44S WRX, MG 6R4 and from Mitsubishi the Lancer Evolution VIII and Montero Evolution. There are also some unusual rally drives to experience, including the 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S.

    Colin McRae Rally 2005 Key Features:

  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 takes the series online for up to 8 players on Xbox Live with more cars, more stages, and new challenges.
  • Players drive the most diverse selection of cars through new, non-linear Career Challenge with more than 20 individual rally events and over 300 stages.
  • Over 30 featured cars including the Volkswagen Golf MK5, Toyota Celica GT-FOUR, Lancia Stratos, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Alfetta GTV Turbodelta, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, Peugeot 206, 205 T16 Evo2 and the distinctive VW Beetle RSi!
  • 9 international locations (new German rally joins events through UK, Sweden, USA, Finland, Australia, Spain, Greece, and Japan), in Rally game mode, each with 8 stages. Large, animated spectator crowds cheer you on through the stages.
  • Incredible detail: An individual damage model for each car – right down to paintwork scrapes and a ‘dazed’ visual effect as you recover from a crash!

    With its perfect car handling, superbly designed stages, and progressive events, Colin McRae Rally 2005 is set to be the most complete and rewarding rally experience when it launches in late September.

    Play Maroon 5 on Xbox Live
    Steve @ 6:56 PM EDT
    "Xbox Live™'s popular "Game With Fame" series of online celebrity events is offering gamers a chance to play against rockers Maroon 5. You’ve heard ‘em on the radio, and you’ve seen ‘em on MTV rocking their hit songs “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love” from their debut album Songs About Jane. On Sunday, August 22, you can challenge Adam, Jesse, Mickey, Ryan, and James on Xbox Live!. They'll be playing Top Spin™ and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® 3 Black Arrow™ from 10 AM - 1 PM PDT. Gamers looking to join Maroon 5 on Xbox Live should head to the official "Game with Fame" site ( http://www.xbox.com/en-US/news/events/gamewithfame.htm ) for more details. For more information on Maroon 5, please visit their official web site at http://www.maroon5.com/

    Top Spin is the complete tennis experience that allows gamers to define their playing style, take risks, pull off world-class tennis shots, taunt opponents and work the crowd to develop a unique image on the court. As part of the XSN Sports brand, Top Spin offers tennis fans the ability to create and compete in their own online tournaments via Xbox Live while keeping track of hard-earned stats on their own virtual sports page, the centralized website XSNsports.com.

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow is the follow-up to Rainbow Six 3 for Xbox from Ubisoft's Montreal studio. Players take control of Team Rainbow -- the world's deadliest counter-terrorism force. Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow is the first Xbox Live-enabled shooter to take advantage of new Xbox Live 3.0 features including online storage of clan logos and user-created tournaments.

    Xbox Live's "Game With Fame" promotion gives game fans the opportunity to play on Xbox Live against some of today's hottest stars. Past "Game with Fame" celebrity players include The Strokes, Hoobastank and Big Boi from OutKast. For further information on other Xbox Live events, be sure to visit the "Game with Fame" Web site at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/news/events/gamewithfame.htm

    Street Racing Syndicate Goes Gold
    Steve @ 6:51 PM EDT
    San Jose, Calif., (Aug. 18, 2004) – The streets may never be the same again…Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that Street Racing Syndicate (SRS ), one of the most realistic, high-speed multiplayer street racing games to date, has been approved for manufacturing. One step closer to being on the store shelves, SRS will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube.

    “Gamers are about to get an insider’s look at the underground world of street racing,” said Rod Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Research and Development for Namco Hometek Inc. “We’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure SRS is the most authentic street racing game ever.”

    SRS comes tricked out with 50 officially licensed damageable vehicles, hundreds of after market parts, roaming police cruisers, an in-game dyno that measures actual peak torque and horsepower in real-time and 18 of the import scene’s hottest female models. Racers can battle head to head via split-screen, System Link, or even take it online and risk the pink slip to their car for the chance to win their rivals’ cars permanently! Day or night, gamers can tear through live traffic against rival racers in actual locations based on LA, Miami and Philly, or explore miles of open city streets between tuning and racing! SRS’ driving and tuning realism has even been embraced by the automotive scene, with Import Tuner magazine recently saying, “…this game has become absolutely amazing. Simply put, it will trounce its competition.”

    For players who just can’t wait until August 31, Namco has partnered with top retailers to offer strong pre-order incentives to consumers. Gamers who reserve a copy of SRS from Electronics Boutique, GameStop, GameCrazy and other select retailers will receive exclusive SRS trading cards. The packs of limited edition trading cards feature the girls of SRS and one of various Bonus Cards containing unlockable items exclusive to each retailer. Players can unlock new cars, special graphics, and much more! Also, for the gamer who is a collector, a limited edition poster is available when a copy of SRS is reserved. For more information on how to pre-order SRS visit www.srsgame.com and click on “Pre-Order” in the speedometer navigation bar.

    SRS is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will be available in stores nationwide beginning the week of August 31, 2004. For more information about the game check out the SRS web site at http://www.srsgame.com

    Tuesday, August 17, 2004

    Conflict: Vietnam Goes Gold for the UK
    Steve @ 1:33 PM EDT
    Conflict: Vietnam goes gold on PS2, Xbox and PC and set for September 3rd release in the UK

    SCi Entertainment Group Plc today announced that Conflict: Vietnam, the next instalment in the award-winning Conflict series, has gone gold for PS2, Xbox and PC and will be released in the UK on September 3rd, 2004.

    A haunting depiction of a truly grisly war, Conflict: Vietnam follows the progress of four US soldiers, Ragman, Junior, Hoss and Cherry, cut off from their unit during the 1968 Tet Offensive and tasked with fighting their way back to friendly lines. A third person shooter where the player takes full control of all four squad members, Conflict: Vietnam does not set out to depict the course of the war; instead we witness four men struggling for survival in the hostile Vietnam jungle against a ruthless terrain and seemingly ever-present 'invisible' enemy.

    Friday, August 13, 2004

    Sid Meier's Pirates! Coming to Xbox
    Steve @ 3:30 PM EDT
    --Aug. 13, 2004--Atari, Inc. and Firaxis Games announced today that Sid Meier's Pirates!(R) for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft is currently in development and is scheduled to release worldwide in spring 2005. Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows will ship to retail stores worldwide on November 16, 2004. The award-winning 1987 smash hit game, Sid Meier's Pirates!, received unprecedented critical acclaim and set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.

    "There has been great anticipation for the long awaited return of Pirates! and to see what the team at Firaxis has been able to accomplish with the franchise," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing, Atari, Inc. "We are pleased to follow-up what is sure to be a great PC launch this holiday with an Xbox title next year."

    "We're thrilled to continue our relationship with Atari to bring Pirates! not only to fans of the original game but to a new generation of gamers," said Jeff Briggs, President and CEO of Firaxis Games. "Pirates! is among the most popular and loved titles in gaming history and Sid and the team here are working hard to uphold the high standards of the franchise."

    In Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows and Xbox, players take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean - amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize a rightful place as one of the most revered and feared pirates in history. Players test their skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3-D world. As your reputation and skills grow, so will the size and quality of your crew, your ability to take on larger enemy ships, raid and plunder heavily fortified ports, and locate ancient treasure.

    Sid Meier's Pirates! for Xbox will include a Vs mode and will take advantage of many Xbox Live! capabilities, high fidelity 5.1 Dolby Digital surround and will support HDTV.

    Additional information about the franchise and Sid Meier's Pirates! for Windows and Xbox can be found at http://www.atari.com/pirates or http://www.pirates-game.com

    Thursday, August 12, 2004

    Ben Wallace Cover Athlete for ESPN NBA 2K5
    Steve @ 3:49 PM EDT
    ESPN Videogames today announced that Ben Wallace, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will be featured as the ESPN NBA 2K5 cover athlete and spokesperson. The All-Star center helped drive the Pistons to win the 2003-2004 Finals.

    "When it comes to selecting our cover athlete, it's all about finding a player that embodies the passion and commitment that we put forth in creating ESPN NBA 2K5," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts - makers of ESPN Videogames. "As we continue to deliver the highest rated NBA video game, Wallace's leadership and unbridled tenacity perfectly represents our brand."

    "I've been a fan of ESPN Videogames for a long time," said Ben Wallace. "I have been in their television commercials for the past two years, so I was honored when they asked me to appear on the cover of ESPN NBA 2K5."

    Supporting online game play for both Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, ESPN NBA 2K5 delivers intense hardwood action as court awareness and enhanced team movement have an integral role in the successful execution of plays. Pioneering a new standard in artificial intelligence and player motion, ESPN NBA 2K5 heightens the senses of the computer-controlled player with the exciting debut of Reactive Court Sense. This new technology allows players to independently react to opponent's actions, creating a more in-depth, natural response system that further blurs the line between virtual and real courts. ESPN NBA 2K5 will be available at retailers nationwide this October.

    ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts, SEGA's sports studio, and are co-published and exclusively distributed by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

    For more information, log on to http://www.espnvideogames.com

    Take-Two is co-publishing...hint hint...$19.99

    Wednesday, August 11, 2004

    Sonic Mega Collection Plus Coming to Xbox
    Steve @ 7:50 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO (August 11, 2004) - SEGA® of America today announced that it will publish Sonic Mega Collection Plus® on Microsoft Xbox™ in addition to the previously announced version for Sony PlayStation®2. Loaded with hyper-speed ring collecting fun, Sonic Mega Collection Plus™ features SEGA’s mascot and all his friends in some of their greatest adventures.

    Sonic Mega Collection Plus will feature seven Sonic The Hedgehog® games from the SEGA Genesis®, three lock-on games, four additional unlockable Genesis games, six Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA Game Gear® games, and a Sonic museum filled with art, comics and more.

    Sonic Mega Collection Plus Content:

    Sonic The Hedgehog®, Sonic The Hedgehog® 2, Sonic The Hedgehog® 3, Sonic & Knuckles™, Sonic 3D Blast™, Sonic The Hedgehog® Spinball™, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, three Sonic lock-on games, The Ooze™, Comix Zone™, Flicky™, Ristar™, and six hidden SEGA Game Gear® games: Sonic the Hedgehog®, Sonic Chaos™, Sonic Drift™, Sonic Labyrinth™, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, Sonic Blast™.

    Sonic Mega Collection Plus is expected to ship to retailers on November 2 for $19.95 MSRP.

    Kingsley & Loken to Co-Star in BloodRayne Movie
    Steve @ 2:46 PM EDT
    (Vancouver, BC) - Sir Ben Kingsley, best known for his Academy Award winning role in Ghandi, and most recently for his Oscar nominated performance in House of Sand and Fog, has signed on to play the villain in the film adaptation of one of the most popular action-horror video games in years, BloodRayne. Kingsley joins "Terminator 3" star Kristanna Loken, who will play the film's heroine, BloodRayne.

    The film is set in 18th century Romania, where the film will actually begin principal photography later this month. The beautiful Rayne has a human mother and a vampire father, giving her superhuman strength, yet at the same time, allowing a softer, more vulnerable side to her personality. Still, she is driven by vengeance to overthrow her vampire father, who turns out to be the powerful and evil Kagan, King of the Vampires, who will be played by Kingsley. Kagan wants nothing to do with his daughter and is intent on bringing her to doom. On her journey, Rayne is befriended by two vampire hunters. Together, the three must combat the great Kagan before he manipulates the earth into darkness, with vampires ruling forever.

    BloodRayne is written by Guinevere Turner ("American Psycho") and will be directed by Uwe Boll. Boll has recently raised $47 million through German film fund Boll KG 4, and this financing will be used for BloodRayne as well as other forthcoming videogame screen adaptations. The filmmaker most recently directed "House of the Dead," based on the Sega videogame, and "Alone in the Dark," starring Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, based on the Atari game. The first film was acquired by Artisan Entertainment; the latter has no domestic distributor as of yet.

    The producers of BloodRayne are Shawn Williamson and Dan Clarke. Williamson is a principal at the Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures which recently co-produced with Gold Circle Films "White Noise," starring Michael Keaton, which Universal Pictures will release in 2005, and line produced "Edison" for Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films, starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Justin Timberlake.

    Of Kingsley's casting, Williamson said, "It is an incredible honor to have an actor of Sir Kingsley's caliber involved in our film. His talent and strength as an actor will help us create an outstanding cinematic experience." Kingsley's more than 75 film and television credits include "Schindler's List," "Sexy Beast" and "The Diary of Anne Frank."

    About BloodRayne:

    Majesco's popular action-horror video game series features the sexy, supernatural BloodRayne, the most deliciously wicked action heroine ever to grace a console game. This October, Rayne is challenged with her most personal battle yet in BloodRayne 2, for the Xbox(r) video game system from Microsoft, Sony PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, and PC. More information can be found at http://www.bloodrayne2.com

    Music Line-up for FIFA Soccer 2005 Announced
    Steve @ 2:42 PM EDT
    Aug. 10, 2004--Electronic Arts the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced the in-game soundtrack for the 2005 edition of FIFA Soccer, the world's best selling football video game franchise. Featuring a variety of today's hottest music talent, FIFA Soccer 2005 brings together new sounds and long-time favorites from artists around the globe, and showcases 38 tracks representing Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Sweden and the United States, to name just a few.

    Lending their talent to the interactive version of the world's best loved sport, FIFA Soccer 2005 features new songs of The Streets, Faithless, Air, Seeed, Oomph!, Franz Ferdinand, Marcelo D2 and Mala Rodriguez. Additionally, superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold wrote and recorded the EA SPORTS Football theme that will debut exclusively in the game. The upbeat song list reflects the high energy and white-knuckle intensity of the sport and is designed to accompany the innovative new gameplay of FIFA Soccer 2005.

    "With FIFA Soccer 2005 we are raising the bar for in-game music soundtracks - again," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Audio at EA. "This year, we are delivering an unprecedented line-up of bands, with 38 songs from 20 different countries. The international mix of artists will strike a chord with football fans worldwide. FIFA Soccer 2005 demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering relevant, cutting-edge music to our diverse global audience."

    The soundtrack is a part of the EA TRAX music initiative that debuted in 2002. The program is dedicated to elevating the in-game entertainment experience by delivering breakthrough music in all EA SPORTS, EA GAMES and EA SPORTS BIG releases.

    The full soundtrack for FIFA Soccer 2005 is:


    ARTIST SONG COUNTRY
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    Air Surfing on a Rocket France
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    Brothers Dieci Cento Mille Italy
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    Debi Nova One Rhythm (Da Yard Riddim Mix) Costa Rica
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    Emma Warren She Wants You Back England
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    Faithless No Roots England
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    Ferry Corsten Rock Your Body, Rock Netherlands
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    Flogging Molly To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh) Ireland
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    Franz Ferdinand Tell Her Tonight Scotland
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    Future Funk Squad Sorcerary England
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    Gusanito Vive La Vida Spain
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    Head Automatica Brooklyn is Burning United
    States
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    Inverga + Num Kebra Eu Perdi Voce Brazil
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    Ivete Sangalo Sorte Grande Brazil
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    INXS What You Need (Coldcut Force Mix 13
    Edit) - EA SPORTS Throwback Trax
    Powered By Rhino Australia
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    Jose A Necessidade France
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    Los Amigos Esto Es Lo Que Hay
    Invisibles (Reggaeton Remix) Venezuela
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    Mala Rodriguez Jugadoras, Jugadores Spain
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    Manana Miss Evening Switzerland
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    Marcelo D2 Profissao MC Brazil
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    Miss J Follow Me Denmark
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    Morrissey Irish Blood, English Heart England
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    Nachlader An die Wand Germany
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    New Order Blue Monday - EA Sports Throwback
    Trax Powered By Rhino England
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    Clorofila of Nortec Almada
    Collective Mexico
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    Oomph! Augen Auf! Germany
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    Paul Oakenfold EA SPORTS Football Theme England
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    Sandro Bit Ciao Sono Io Italy
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    Sarah McLachlan World on Fire/Junkie XL Remix Canada
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    Scissor Sisters Take Your Mama United
    States
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    Seeed Release Germany
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    Sneak Attack Tigers The End of All Good Scotland
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    Sober Cientos de Preguntas Spain
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    Soul'dOut 1,000,000 Monsters Attack Japan
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    The Sounds Seven Days a Week Sweden
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    The Soundtrack of Karmageddon
    our Lives Sweden
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    The Streets Fit But You Know It England
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    Wayne Marshall Hot In The Club Jamaica
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    Zion y Lennox Ahora Puerto Rico
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    EA Announces NBA Live 2005 Cover Athletes
    Steve @ 2:40 PM EDT
    Electronic Arts announced today that NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol will serve as global spokesmen for NBA LIVE 2005, scheduled for release this fall under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand. The NBA LIVE franchise, celebrating 10 seasons this year, is the best-selling basketball videogame of all-time with more than 20 million units sold worldwide.

    Anthony, a second-year forward for the Denver Nuggets, will appear on all packaging and merchandising for NBA LIVE 2005 in North America and other territories around the world. Parker, a point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, and Gasol, a forward with the Memphis Grizzlies, will appear on NBA LIVE 2005 packaging in France and Spain, respectively.

    "Making the jump from Syracuse to the NBA, and now from the cover of NCAA March Madness to NBA LIVE, is an incredible honor," said Anthony, who was the cover athlete for EA's college basketball franchise last year after leading the Syracuse Orangemen to the 2003 NCAA title. "I grew up loving EA SPORTS, especially NBA LIVE. To think that I could now be on the cover and help introduce a new generation to NBA LIVE is an awesome feeling."

    With all new features, visually immersive graphics, and improved gameplay, the NBA LIVE franchise continues to set the standard as the most authentic and comprehensive hoops simulation ever created. EA SPORTS Freestyle Air takes the game above the rim with new dunks and added in-air control, while the all-new NBA All-Star Weekend mode features the innovative Slam Dunk Contest, the 3 Point Shootout, and more. Add in a revamped Dynasty Mode(TM) and EA SPORTS Online(a) features, and NBA LIVE continues to deliver the ultimate hoops experience.

    Anthony led all rookies in scoring with 21 points per game, ranked third in rebounding (6.3 rpg), and helped propel the Nuggets to their first playoff berth since 1995, the year NBA LIVE was born. Parker, a native of Belgium who grew up in France, has averaged 13.1 points and 5 assists per game through three NBA seasons and established himself as one of the league's top point guards when he helped lead San Antonio to the 2003 NBA championship. Gasol burst on to the scene from his native Spain when he earned the 2002 got milk? NBA Rookie of the Year. In three NBA seasons, the 7-footer has averaged 18.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in leading the Grizzlies.

    "The NBA is increasingly a global sport, and what better way to celebrate 10 great years of the NBA LIVE franchise than to be working with three of the NBA's top young stars from around the world," said Glenn Chin, Senior Director of Worldwide Basketball for EA SPORTS. "These guys have already made a significant impact on the game, they are particularly representative of the global culture of the sport, and the style of their play is very much in the spirit of NBA LIVE, where creativity and self expression make Freestyle king."

    Developed by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA STREET and NCAA March Madness franchises, NBA LIVE 2005 is scheduled to ship in October on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube(TM), and the PC.

    EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL(TM) Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL(R) hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, MVP Baseball(TM), NCAA(R) Football, NASCAR Thunder(TM), and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R). The EA SPORTS home page is htpp://www.easports.com

    Monday, August 9, 2004

    Killings Over Stolen Xbox
    Steve @ 2:53 PM EDT
    (CNN) -- Authorities in Deltona, Florida, have arrested and charged four people in the killings of six people in a rental home, Volusia County's sheriff said Sunday.

    Sheriff Ben Johnson said the murder was organized by a man who was angry because he believed his Xbox video game system and some clothes had been stolen.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/South/08/08/bodies.found/index.html

    Madden NFL 2005 Ships Nationwide
    Steve @ 1:36 PM EDT
    Aug. 9, 2004--Signaling the start of football season, Electronic Arts today announced that Madden NFL 2005, the flagship EA SPORTS(TM) videogame and the largest-selling franchise of all time in North America, with over 37 million copies sold, has shipped to retailers nationwide and will be in stores in time for National Madden Vacation Day on Tuesday, August 10th. Madden NFL 2005 celebrates the franchise's fifteenth anniversary by pushing the boundaries of realism forward with new defensive innovations including the Hit Stick, that for the first time make playing defense as fun as playing offense, an immersive new Storyline Central in Franchise Mode, where player chemistry and personalities come alive, and enhanced online features including Xbox Live(TM) support.

    Madden NFL 2004 was the #1 selling videogame of 2004, and Madden NFL 2005 has already incited fan frenzy with pre-sell reservations doubling last year's. A special limited edition Madden NFL 2005 Collector's Edition with exclusive Madden Moments, classic versions of the game, collectible packaging, and behind-the-scenes videos is also available exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. Adding to early demand is the fact that the third annual nationwide EA SPORTS Madden Challenge kicks off August 14th with a $50,000 grand prize check for the winner.

    Defense wins championships and Madden NFL 2005 proves it with the Hit Stick, the dynamic control that gives players the power to change the momentum of a game with a single, perfectly-timed hit. Defensive Playmaker controls let players modify defensive assignments at the line of scrimmage and a host of defensive AI upgrades make defenders more intelligent than ever before.

    Franchise Mode's new Storyline Central is incredibly immersive, with realistic player personalities (including players requesting more playing time or want a bigger contract after a monster season), close to 20,000 different story types for virtually limitless replayability, a weekly radio show hosted by national talk show host Tony Bruno that includes real player interviews, and local and national newspaper coverage. The new Create-A-Fan feature further enlivens the action by allowing players to customize 'super fans,' complete with individual costumes and props to cheer on their team. John Madden and Al Michaels return to the booth with Madden NFL 2005 sideline reporter Jill Arrington.

    PlayStation 2 console and Xbox Live online gamers get a host of new online features headlined by an all-new Mini game, quick tournaments and the EA SPORTS Ticker. Online gamers can also enjoy the new EA SPORTS Premium Pass presented by Dodge for Madden NFL 2005, a subscription-based service that is offered for free this year. Madden NFL 2005, the most complete football game ever, is available for the PlayStation 2 console, the Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance this week and the PlayStation console and PC are scheduled to ship in September. The game, which was developed by EA Tiburon, is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.95 for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube, $39.95 for PC, $29.95 for Game Boy Advance, and $24.95 for the PlayStation console. The game's official website is http://www.madden2005.com

    Wednesday, August 4, 2004

    Madden Challenge Kicks off August 14
    Steve @ 7:55 PM EDT
    Celebrating Madden NFL(TM) Football's 15 years of football leadership, Electronic Arts announced the locations for the 2004 EA SPORTS(TM) Madden Challenge, the only EA officially sanctioned 32-city consumer tournament to decide the best player of the top-selling video game franchise in North America. The winner from each city will advance to the Finals at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 11. The winner of the 2004 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge will receive a prize package, including a check for $50,000. Last year, over 16,000 competitors battled across the nation to determine the best Madden competitor. David "Sandman" Seitchick from Buffalo, New York, took home the $50,000 grand prize at the Las Vegas finals.

    The 2004 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge will test the skills of thousands of consumers on Madden NFL 2005, the newest iteration of the most authentic football video game. The game ships August 9 and will be in-stores everywhere by August 12. Madden NFL 2005 focuses on defense this year with the new Hit Stick, delivering the power to take control of the game with hard hits and crucial tackles that change the momentum of the game. Along with improved defensive AI and in-game defensive playmaker controls, Madden NFL 2005 is the only complete football game on the market and proves now why "Defense Wins Championships."

    The 2004 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge schedule:


    Saturday, August 14 Minneapolis The Metrodome
    Sunday, August 15 Green Bay Lambeau Field Atrium
    Saturday, August 21 Chicago Navy Pier Grand
    Ballroom
    Sunday, August 22 Indianapolis Castleton Square
    Saturday, August 28 Detroit Great Lakes Crossing
    Sunday, August 29 Cleveland Cleveland Browns
    Stadium
    Saturday, September 4 Cincinnati Great American
    Ballpark
    Sunday, September 5 Pittsburgh Heinz Field
    Saturday, September 11 Buffalo Walden Galleria Mall
    Sunday, September 12 Boston Gillette Stadium
    Friday-Saturday,
    September 17-18 New York South Street Seaport
    Sunday, September 19 Philadelphia Gallery at Market East
    Saturday, September 25 Washington DC Union Station
    Sunday, September 26 Charlotte Concord Mills
    Saturday, October 2 Atlanta Lenox Square
    Sunday, October 3 Jacksonville The Avenues
    Saturday, October 9 Miami Bayside Marketplace
    Sunday, October 10 Tampa Raymond James Stadium
    Saturday, October 16 Nashville Opry Mills
    Sunday, October 17 St. Louis Union Station
    Saturday, October 23 New Orleans Riverwalk Marketplace
    Sunday, October 24 Houston Houston Galleria
    Saturday, October 30 Dallas Valley View Center
    Sunday, October 31 San Antonio The River Walk
    Friday-Saturday,
    November 5-6 Kansas City Westport
    Sunday, November 7 Denver Cherry Creek Shopping
    Center
    Saturday, November 13 Phoenix McDuffy's in Downtown
    Tempe
    Sunday, November 14 Las Vegas Fashion Show
    Saturday, November 20 San Diego Mission Valley
    Sunday, November 21 Los Angeles Third Street Promenade
    Friday-Saturday,
    November 26-27 Seattle Qwest Field
    Sunday, November 28 San Francisco SBC Park

    Saturday, December 11 (Finals) Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Hotel


    The NCAA Football Challenge, a highly-competitive, 16-campus tournament to decide the nation's best EA SPORTS NCAA Football player kicks off on Tuesday, August 31 at University of Notre Dame. Other campuses include: Purdue University (9/1), Penn State University (9/10), University of Maryland (9/22), University of Virginia (9/23), Florida State University (10/6), University of Miami (10/7), University of Georgia (10/12), Clemson University (10/14), Louisiana State University (10/21), University of Texas (10/27), Oklahoma University (11/2), University of Nebraska (11/4), Arizona State University (11/12), USC (11/16) and University of California-Berkeley (12/2). The winner of the December 11 Finals in Las Vegas will receive a $10,000 check for the grand prize. All information is up at www.ncaafootballchallengecom.

    The EA SPORTS Madden Challenge participating sponsors are Best Buy, Reebok and Champs. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to NFL Youth Education Town (YET), an official NFL charity that provides high-tech educational and recreational centers designed to improve the academic, physical fitness, and job-related skills of at-risk youth.

    For all the EA SPORTS Madden Challenge information, including Tournament Official Rules and online registration, players can go to www.maddenchallenge.com, the official EA SPORTS Madden Challenge website. Competitors will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. General online registration will be open on a region-by-region basis during two weeks before each city's competition date and will close approximately four days before each competition. Walk-in, on-site tournament registration will be accepted on the day of each city's competition as space permits.

    ShellShock: Nam '67 Gets a Release Date
    Steve @ 7:46 PM EDT
    Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces that the highly anticipated ShellShock: Nam '67(TM) will be released in Europe on 3rd September and North America on 14th September. ShellShock: Nam '67 is an action game based on the Vietnam War. Developed by Guerrilla, it will be available on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

    ShellShock: Nam '67 depicts the reality of the Vietnam War for the first time in a video game. You take on the role of a rookie soldier on his first tour of duty as he experiences the fear and chaos of the most controversial war of modern times. From napalm bombardments and Viet Cong booby traps, to the permanent threat of invisible foes and deadly ambushes, ShellShock: Nam '67 delivers a realistic portrayal of the terror of combat.

    Jonathan Kemp, European managing director of Eidos says:

    "ShellShock: Nam '67 is an important release for Eidos, especially as it is the first game of what will hopefully prove to be a very successful franchise. We are giving the game significant marketing support across all media, and in conjunction with the very positive press coverage already received, we are confident that ShellShock: Nam '67 will perform strongly at retail."

    Majesco Publishing Psychonauts
    Steve @ 7:42 PM EDT
    EDISON, N.J., August 4, 2004 –Majesco, a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced it has secured the worldwide publishing rights to Psychonauts, a sought-after new video game being developed by Double Fine Productions, Inc. Already heralded as one of the most original titles in development, Psychonauts will be available next year for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the personal computer.

    “A completely original experience that is sure to intrigue both the hardcore and casual gaming audience, Psychonauts exemplifies the types of games Majesco is seeking to publish,” said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Majesco. “Richly humorous and intricately delightful, Psychonauts is unlike any game to date and we are excited to be working with Double Fine to bring their unique vision to interactive reality.”

    Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine, added: “I'm really excited to be working with Majesco because I can tell they understand what Psychonauts is all about, and that they believe in

    giving developers the creative freedom they need to fully realize their ideas. Together we are going to make what could conservatively be called the greatest game of all time ever, and I think that's awesome."

    A deranged scientist is abducting students from the Psychonauts boot camp and a powerful new cadet named Raz stands alone against the lunatic. Raz must develop and unleash an arsenal of paranormal powers, including the ability to launch himself telepathically into someone else’s mind -- and take on their inner demons, nightmares and secret memories. Ultimately he must enter the mind of his worst enemy and destroy his dark plans at their source, while trying not to lose his sanity in the process.

    Created by Tim Schafer, the visionary designer of award winning titles Grim Fandango and Full Throttle, Psychonauts thrusts players into a third-person psychic odyssey across thirteen incredibly unique levels: three set in the real world and 10 set inside the mental worlds of misfits, monsters and madmen. Once inside a mind, players can rise in rank by collecting figments of other people’s imaginations; sort through their emotional baggage; clear out their mental cobwebs and crack open their memory vaults. As their rank rises, players are endowed with new psychic powers such as telekinesis, invisibility, pyrokinesis, clairvoyance and confusion.

    Featuring a humorous storyline filled with unforgettable characters and non-linear gameplay of incredible depth, Psychonauts offers players multiple paths throughout wildly imaginative settings. Along the way, players must conquer an array of challenging puzzles with alternate solutions that self-tailor themselves to the player’s own strengths and abilities.

    Tuesday, August 3, 2004

    Galleon Now Shipping
    Steve @ 3:55 PM EDT
    Irvine, CA (August 3, 2004) - Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today that it has shipped, GALLEON a unique 3rd person action adventure game on Microsoft Xbox™ featuring an epic tale of action, adventure, romance, evil and mystery, from the creator of Lara Croft™.

    “Galleon is one of the few games in the Xbox library that has everything a gamer could wish for; a huge world to explore, gigantic bosses, intense puzzle-solving, amazing acrobatics and above all, Kung Fu,” said Gail Salamanca, Marketing Manager, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. “Add to that, fully voiced dialogue and an epic 40 hour adventure filled with mystery and romance and you’ll see why Galleon is the one game you won’t want to miss this year.

    About Galleon:
    GALLEON introduces the charming yet dangerous Rhama Sabrier, a new type of action hero – tall, dark, handsome, and highly skilled in martial arts. He is quick-witted and an obvious hit with the ladies. As the story begins we journey with Rhama on his epic quest to unlock the mystery of an enchanted ship, which holds the key to amazing powers. As the story unfolds, Rhama must rely on more than just his charm and wit, fending off fiendish adversaries from mercenaries to 250 ft monsters, using swords, pistols and his martial arts skills. Along the way Rhama will meet up with two enticing and very different women, whose specific abilities must be used effectively to progress through the game.

    Galleon Features:

    · Brought to you by the creator and lead designer of Lara Croft™ and the original Tomb Raider™ - Toby Gard.

    · A richly crafted, immersive story unfolds through hours of action, exploration and challenge.

    · Traverse a beautiful, completely original world spanning six massive island locations, with expansive indoor and outdoor environments to explore.

    · Gorgeous stylised art, fluid animations and intuitive controls provide a rewarding experience for all skill levels.

    · Perform super cool moves like back-flipping off a ledge and landing on a pinhead, climbing up almost any surface and fighting like a Kung-Fu master.

    · Use the abilities of your crew members to conquer challenges - including the mystical knowledge and powers of Faith and the martial arts prowess of Mihoko

    Midway Arcade Treasures 2 Updated Line-up
    Steve @ 3:38 PM EDT
    Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced the updated game list for Midway Arcade Treasures 2, a compilation of twenty of your all-time favorite arcade classics all found on one disk. In addition to the updated line-up, Midway also unveiled the new “look” for its Midway Arcade Treasures brand packaging (see Midway Web site information below).

    The sequel to the successful Midway Arcade Treasures (2003), Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is scheduled to ship October 11, 2004, for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ with a suggested retail price of $19.99. The revised line-up will consist of the following classic titles:

    A.P.B.™
    Arch Rivals™
    Championship Sprint™
    Cyberball 2072™
    Gauntlet® 2
    Hard Drivin’®
    Kozmik Kroozr’™
    Mortal Kombat® 3
    Mortal Kombat® II
    NARC®
    Pit Fighter™
    Primal Rage®
    Rampage World Tour®
    Spy Hunter® 2
    Timber™
    Total Carnage™
    Wacko™
    Wizard of Wor™
    Xenophobe®
    Xybots™

    ESPN NHL 2K5 $19.99 Price Tag Announced
    Steve @ 3:33 PM EDT
    ESPN Videogames is proud to announce that ESPN NHL 2K5, the latest installment in the #1 rated NHL 2K series, will be available for the incredible price of $19.99. ESPN NHL 2K5 will ship to retailers on August 31, 2004.

    ESPN NHL 2K5 continues the tradition of unparalleled visual quality and enhancements that 2K fans have come to love and expect by introducing a bevy of new features. Competitive gameplay, authentic ESPN presentation, seamless graphics and deep online play infuse ESPN NHL 2K5, creating the most exciting and gritty hockey experience on the market.

    ESPN NHL 2K5 brings all the action to the ice and to puck fans with a variety of innovative new features:

    · Party Mode, an all-new feature, encourages players to take on each other in dozens of multi-player mini-games and challenges, all in the name of becoming King of the Rink.

    · Intense Contact ControlÔ, a completely redesigned fighting engine, invites players to get physical with improved checks and new aggressive defensive tactics that can stifle an opponent or put the offending athlete in the penalty box.

    · An enhanced ESPN Presentation brings back veteran ESPN hockey commentators, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement and introduces cut scenes from the locker room, statistic-laden overlays, more music, crowd chants, and ice girls.

    · ESPN NHL 2K5 begins the next revolution in online gaming with competitive tournaments, deep online statistics and multiplayer leagues. Party Mode is also available for frenetic online play

    ESPN NHL 2K5 offers these features and more for only $19.99!

    For more information click on: http://www.espnvideogames.com

    Mortal Kombat: Deception Limited Edition
    Steve @ 12:51 PM EDT
    CHICAGO– August 3, 2004– Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that special, Limited Editions of Mortal Kombat: Deception will be available when the latest iteration of Midway’s best-selling fighting franchise ships to stores nationwide, scheduled for October 4, 2004. With more than 20 million copies sold worldwide, Mortal Kombat continues to be one of the most popular videogame franchises of all-time and Mortal Kombat: Deception will be the first 3D fighter to feature online gameplay for both the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.

    The Mortal Kombat: Deception Limited Edition will feature distinctive packaging available in five unique box covers. The Mortal Kombat: Deception Premium Pack, available only on the PlayStation®2, will feature exclusive premium box packaging featuring Sub-Zero.
    The Mortal Kombat: Deception Kollector’s Edition, available only on Xbox®, will be available in four unique collectible box covers featuring: Baraka, Mileena, Raiden and Scorpion. The Limited Edition sets have a suggested retail price of $59.95 and will include the following:

  • An arcade-perfect, playable of the original Mortal Kombat® videogame
  • Over 40 minutes of bonus DVD video content featuring a “History of Mortal Kombat” movie that chronicles the origins of the franchise through the release of Mortal Kombat: Deception, along with exclusive biographical videos for each of the 25 characters in the game.
  • A serialized, embossed metal Kollector’s Card created exclusively for the Limited Edition sets; there will be five unique cards in total (each of a different MK character), corresponding to the respective packaging.

    Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on all major videogame platforms including the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® , Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance.

    For more information on Mortal Kombat: Deception, visit http://www.mortalkombatdeception.com