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January 2002

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Dave Mirra 3 Info
Jeremy @ 10:26 PM EST
Here's the info directly from the press release:

GLEN COVE, NY, January 31, 2002 - Building upon the proven success of its premier extreme sports franchise, Acclaim Max Sports, a division of Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ.SC: AKLM), today announced it will release Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 in the fall for all of the next-generation hardware platforms. Currently in development with Z-Axis, the creative team behind the 2.8 million unit selling franchise, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 will feature 10-time world champion and 13-time X Games champion, Dave Mirra, and 16 of the best street, vert, dirt and flatland riders in the world.

"The Dave Mirra brand is the number one BMX franchise in the world across all platforms and continues to set new industry benchmarks with each release," said Sarah Anderson, Senior Vice President of Brand. "Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 will take the BMX genre to new heights and strongly appeal to the rapidly expanding mass-market consumer audience."

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 will offer many exciting new features, including all-new motion captured rider moves, more than 1,700 tricks and 10 highly expansive and immersive environments. The game will offer a revolutionary Create-A-Rider system, which will allow players to create their own rider and BMX bike to utilize throughout the game. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 will also offer a dynamic in-game soundtrack, featuring some of today's top recording artists. In addition, Z-Axis is also working on the Company's Chris Edwards Aggressive Inline title, which will ship in the spring across all of the next-generation systems.

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3 will be available in the fall of 2002 across all of the next-generation platforms. For more information regarding this title, as well as Acclaim's entire 2001 holiday season lineup, visit www.acclaim.com

Sega Announces Crazy Taxi 3 for Xbox
Eric @ 6:33 PM EST
Sega of America today confirmed that "Crazy Taxi 3" is in development for Xbox and will release this summer.

Crazy Taxi 3

The king of crazy driving games is back! Loaded with all-new gameplay modes, hidden courses and mesmerizing mini-games, Crazy Taxi 3 puts you behind the wheel as one of four new characters, each with their own new set of wheels and attitude to spare.

David Beckham Soccer: First Screens & Info
Eric @ 6:26 PM EST
Rage, the UK-based computer games publisher and developer, is pleased to announce that its forthcoming officially licensed soccer game ‘David Beckham Soccer’ for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft is scheduled for release in time for the World Cup 2002.

David Beckham Soccer features hundreds of up to date teams and players, a vast array of competitions and game modes and an all new improved “train with Beckham” training mode which allows the player to hone their skills before taking on real opponents with a series of tests set for you by David himself, including corner taking, shooting, passing and David’s world renowned free kicks.

Key features include:

Classic matches for you to play, including the chance to relive England's famous qualifying matches against Germany and Greece.

Advanced set-plays system where you can choose from several exciting set-plays as you stand over a free kick.

Custom ‘A.I.’ where you get to manage each of your individual player's ‘A.I’ to give you control over the movement of your team.

All new detailed stadium builder where you can create your own fantastic stadiums to play in.

Comprehensive custom editor ever that allows you to change every aspect of a team and individual players through to designing you own sponsors and badges.

Featuring fluid, motion-captured player animation, an intuitive control system for beginners and progressive skills for advanced players plus new set-plays system for free kicks and corners, David Beckham Soccer offers a comprehensive mix of game modes for short-term and long-term challenge.

Check out the first screens of the Xbox version below.

David Beckham Soccer Screen Gallery 1

Five New Reviews Added
Steve @ 3:22 AM EST
We've added reviews, some new, some old. The staff at XBE has been hard at work to bring you these great reviews. Our Staff is hard at work on the next batch already. If you don't feel like reading these reviews, check out all the reviews here.

4x4 Evolution 2
Arctic Thunder
Batman Vengeance
Dead or Alive 3
SSX Tricky

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

23 impressive new Screens of Moto GP
Eric @ 6:46 PM EST
Moto GP will hit Xbox this Spring and judging from these new screens it will be a blast! We will have more info and media on this impressive looking game in the coming weeks, for now enjoy the new screens and features list.


FEATURES:
* Ten real world tracks to race on, with up to 20 racers onscreen
* All of the bikes and riders from the 2001 MotoGP series
* Ultra-realistic bike physics engine
* Intuitive, arcade style control system with simulation features for the hardcore racing fan
* Split screen, multiplayer mode supporting up to four players
* Six modes to choose from: Arcade, GP, Time Trial, Training, Multiplayer and Single Race
* Ultra realistic replay mode, from a variety of dynamic camera viewpoints
* Multiple types of weather including sunny, cloudy and wet

Moto GP Screen Gallery 2

LucasArts announces new game
Eric @ 5:10 PM EST
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- January 30, 2002 -- With a sly wink and a nod to its legacy of unique humor, LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC has chosen Planet Moon Studios to create an original humorous action title for next generation game consoles. Best known for its clever and off beat genre-bending Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Planet Moon's game for LucasArts will follow in the rich tradition of wry humor and intelligently crafted play style of the company's classic titles. The game is expected to release in 2003.

"With Planet Moon's development of a unique humorous action game for LucasArts now madly underway, I suspect the pubs around its Sausalito, Calif., headquarters may be in for some tough economic times," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "In seriousness, a relationship with Planet Moon is an obvious choice for LucasArts. It's one that will complement the brand of humor for which we're well known and bring to our fans the kind of game they've always loved."

"Our past games have focused on two things: being late and over budget," says Nick Bruty, Planet Moon's president and co-founder. "Joking aside, this is the most exciting thing we've ever created, with the best fit between developer and publisher we could imagine. There is no one with a more consistent record in action titles and genuinely funny games than LucasArts."

More details and screens on THQ's BMX game
Eric @ 1:21 PM EST
In the year 2097, BMX riding has been outlawed and a twisted reality game show is the showcase for public execution of these fugitives. The maniacal host of the show, Dixon Von Blass, has eliminated all but a handful of these riders and resorted to risky time travel technology to pluck new contestants from the past to fuel his gladiatorial exhibition. To ensure that no rider survives the deadly gauntlet, they are injected with a powerful toxin before the show. Jason Hayes, fresh from 2002 is about to give the show its highest ratings as he rides for his life in a world where death equals ratings.

Injected with deadly toxin, ride through 14 sets recreated from famous locations and time periods in the first ever mission-based BMX game. The only way to survive the deadly game show is to complete objectives, avoid deadly obstacles and pull off insane tricks all the while avoiding Dixon’s henchmen. Will you be remembered as the savior of BMX or just another rerun?

Features:

First ever BMX game with a Storyline: Plucked from the past Jason Hayes must ride for his life in the most extreme reality TV show ever created. The only way to survive is by advancing through the sets and bringing down the all-powerful Dixon Von Blass

Mission based objectives: Complete a multitude of objectives such as finding keys to deactivate bombs, sinking a battleship and destroying a helicopter

Hazards and obstacles: Avoid hazards such as lightning bolts, cannons, and orbs of death.

Variety of levels/time periods: Ride through 14 diverse levels from the past, present, & future including the Sherwood Forest, the ancient Roman Coliseum, and an Underwater Cave

Gameplay modes: Toxic Grind will feature four gameplay modes: Underground – Ride for your life on the twisted game show Treads of Death Circuit – Compete against all other characters in the game for the highest score Arcade – Free ride all of the level unlocked in Underground mode Multiplayer – Featuring seven different mini games such as HORSE, Turf Wars, and King


Toxic Grind is on track for a summer 2002 release on Xbox. Enjoy the new screens below.

Toxic Grind Screen Gallery

New details on MX 2003
Eric @ 1:06 PM EST
Reap the rewards of racing through an entire season of pulse pounding motocross action while upgrading your gear and bike along the way. For free ride madness compete in the all-new freestyle career mode dazzling the crowd with new tricks and sick maneuvers. Or simply ride the open terrain searching for secret areas without the burden of competition. It’s your bike – now ride!

Features:

Expanded freestyle mode with more of what’s made the MX franchise dominate – mini-games, tons of arenas and wide-open worlds with secret area to explore.

The only game featuring Ricky Carmichael, seven-time AMA National Champion. Play as RC or one of 26 other pros in the all-new roster of real riders from the 125cc, 250cc, and freestyle ranks.

The new Stunt Track Editor allows you to build your own ramps, jumps and obstacles to test the limits of your bike.

Racing and freestyle career modes! The only motocross game where you can Create-A-Rider choosing from the big name sponsors, all six major bike manufacturers and authentic gear. The better you are the more stuff you can buy.

The pros get crazier with each competition and so does MX. Pull the new Tsunami , Rock Solid, and every signature move in the sport.

Twenty-five motocross, supercross, amateur and freestyle tracks exclusively featuring Loretta Lynn’s, the Outdoor Nationals, the Free Ride Moto-X Championships and the THQ US Open. No other game immerses players in such authenticity.

Tight, responsive controls to pull huge wheelies, stoppies, tail whips and more – everything but the arm-pump!

Five different multi-player modes both in racing and freestyle, plus mini-games!


MX 2003 is scheduled for a summer 2002 release on Xbox, we will have more info soon on this title.

WWF Raw Marketing Blitz
Jeremy @ 9:35 AM EST
Here is the press release:

THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific Inc. today announced details of an extensive marketing campaign backing the first World Wrestling Federation® licensed title for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, WWF Raw(TM).

An exclusive Xbox title, WWF Raw will ship on February 12 and benefit from multi-million dollar marketing support, including a national television campaign featuring the music of Limp Bizkit. WWF Raw is THQ and JAKK's most advanced World Wrestling Federation title to date featuring more than 45 World Wrestling Federation Superstars and intense, grappling-style gameplay. The game is being heralded by Microsoft as a groundbreaking title that gamers will not want to miss.

"We are extremely excited to be working so closely with Microsoft on the first World Wrestling Federation title for Xbox," said Brian Farrell, President and CEO, THQ. "The popularity of the World Wrestling Federation combined with the power of the Xbox is sure to make 'WWF Raw' the must-have game for early 2002."

"WWF Raw brings the excitement of the World Wrestling Federation to Xbox with graphics that are unmatched and excitement that is palpable," said Stephen Berman, President and COO, JAKKS Pacific. "We anticipate great results for the title at retail in 2002."

"THQ/JAKKS WWF Raw is a key title in the first half of 2002, and we are incredibly excited to see it come to life on Xbox," said J Allard, General Manager, Xbox Platform. "It's quality titles like WWF Raw that are showcasing the Xbox difference in graphics and gameplay."

The television spot for WWF Raw was produced by the World Wrestling Federation's in-house production team and features exclusive gameplay footage cut to Limp Bizkit's My Way, William Orbit's Mix from the new Limp Bizkit remix album "New Old Songs," which was released by Flip/Interscope on December 4.

Marketing highlights for "WWF Raw" include:
National television campaign on FOX, UPN, NBC, TNN, MTV, FX, Comedy Central and other major networks
Print campaign across major videogame and World Wrestling Federation publications
National point of purchase program including posters, oversized boxes, banners, floor graphics, in-store merchandising and in-store commercials at game retailers nationwide
Featured title on Microsoft's national Xbox Odyssey tour
World premier event for ``WWF Raw'' hosted at WWF New York(TM) in Times Square
Radio promotions including on-air giveaways
Coverage on WWF.com (www.wwf.com), as well as the official "WWF Raw" web site, hosted by THQ.com
Coverage on www.xbox.com
Official "WWF Raw" video game strategy guides

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

41 Brand-New Screens of Crash in Action
Eric @ 5:47 PM EST
Crash is a fast-paced, furious and fun step into the world of classic cars and their subsequent destruction. Climb into a Hot Rod, Muscle Car or Performance Car and rip it apart at the expense of your opponents. No engine tweaking, type balancing or pit stops, just glorious mayhem in the cars of your dreams.

Crash features exceptionally detailed vehicles and a pioneering and extensive realistic damage and wreckage system unlike anything previously seen in a game. Crash also has a variety of different game vehicles, each with their own driving styles and attributes.

Eight standard tracks with unlockable extras, plus four areas used for 'challenge' levels await the player along with several multi-player player game options.

Choose from dozens of different paint jobs and decorations for each vehicle, with additional unlockable features and recreate the carnage in an exciting replay/highlights system.

Crash is scheduled for release shortly after the launch of the Xbox in Europe and should make it's way to the USA soon after. Check out some incredible new screens hot off the press.

Crash Screen Gallery 1
Crash Screen Gallery 2
Crash Screen Gallery 3


Seven New Screens of Rocky for Xbox.
Eric @ 5:36 PM EST
Based on the critically acclaimed Rocky movie anthology, the game will feature all of the lead characters from the five Rocky films including Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago and Tommy Gunn.

You must fight your way through a variety of single and multi-player game modes including a special movie mode, knockout tournament and exhibition bout. You can also enter a number of detailed training modes designed to enhance your boxer's skill and stamina.

Rocky features superb free-flowing motion captured animation using real-life boxers and a huge range of punches from attacking hooks, jabs and uppercuts to defensive blocks, ducks and weaves. It also has varied fight locations from rundown gyms to the world's best-known arenas.

Rocky will be released by in time for Christmas 2002, check back here in the coming months for more info and media on this hot looking title. Click on pic below for screens page.


First info and screens of F1 2002
Eric @ 5:12 PM EST
Check out the first info and screens of F1 2002 on Xbox.



Features:

EA SPORTS F1 2002 will be the first product on ANY platform to include the complete 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship giving the console gamer the opportunity to compete head to head with all the new drivers and teams as the season unfolds. EA SPORTS F1 2002 will be the first video game to feature the all new Toyota Formula One team - the 12th team to enter the F1 paddock.

Incredibly competitive artificial intelligence will lead to the player racing against opponents who want to win as badly as they do. Every driver on the track will fight, battle and react to maintain their current position, while constantly looking for the next opportunity to overtake, creating a high pressure, edge of the seat racing experience.

F1 2002 on Xbox will take the player into a living, breathing Formula One world. Feel the anticipation during the build up to the race on a buzzing grid as team personnel, engineers and glamorous grid girls surround you. Be watchful for flag bearing marshals at the trackside warning of up and coming dangers and create breath taking incidents as you crash into tire walls, scrape along barriers and scatter warning cones.

Taking advantage of the new technological capabilities of Xbox , EA SPORTS™ will marry the full excitement, glamour and drama that is Formula One with breathtaking new graphical detail and gameplay experience offered by the cutting edge hardware.

Specific Technical Advancements in EA SPORTS F1 2002 for Xbox


The most visually impressive technical feature is the wet weather which includes:

- Raindrops on the camera that reverse the image you see through them and fade and blur with time
- A windblown rain effect
- Reflections of all the cars in the road surface


Further technical advancements available on Xbox

- Cubic environment mapping that truly reflect the surroundings onto the each cars frame.
- Self shadowing - dynamic shadows that the cars cast on themselves, the track and other cars.
- Pixel by pixel track to car shadowing - not approximating by turning the whole car dark when under shadow
- Car damage that includes texture damage as well as breaking the model up so you can lose spoilers and wheels etc.

EA SPORTS F1 2002 the most technically advanced F1 game to be released to date, launching for Xbox on March 14th 2002 it runs at a higher resolution, a higher frame rate and has higher resolution textures.



Sounds like EA is starting to take advantage of Xbox hardware. Expect more info on this title soon, till then check out the first screens below by clicking on the link.

F1 2002 Screens

New Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Screens
Eric @ 5:00 PM EST
Here are some brand-new Buffy: The Vampire Slayer screens. Click the box art to view the rest.


Monday, January 28, 2002

Xbox and Linkin Park Partner Up
Steve @ 9:06 PM EST
Here is the Press Release:

REDMOND, Wash. - Jan. 28, 2002 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that Linkin Park is slated to be the first music promotional partner for the popular Microsoft® Xbox™ video game system. Kicking off the partnership with the band's first Projekt: Revolution tour, the two entities aim to expand their rapidly growing fan bases in a promotional campaign designed to reach each other's core audiences nationwide.


"We're huge fans of Xbox," said Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson. "We've been playing it since before it came out, and we're excited about the opportunity to include Xbox in the first Projekt: Revolution tour."


The partnership follows the launch of Linkin Park's new Web site dedicated to their multigenre tour, Projekt: Revolution. Xbox plans to extend substantial promotional support to the tour while Linkin Park generates awareness of Xbox with tour signage, logos on merchandise and autographed consoles for radio promotions. Both parties also plan to feature reciprocal Web site links on http://www.xbox.com/, http://www.linkinpark.com/ and http://www.projektrevolution.com/.


"Linkin Park is an amazing band and a great partner," said John O'Rourke, director of sales and marketing for Xbox. "They've taken the music industry by storm, and we feel Xbox couldn't tour with a cooler group."


Both chart-topping Linkin Park and hot entertainment product Xbox carry momentum from 2001 into the new year. Microsoft sold 1.5 million Xbox units in North America between the Nov. 15, 2001, product launch and Dec. 31, 2001, executing one of the most successful launches in video game history. This unprecedented attention has fueled worldwide excitement for Xbox, which remains on track to launch in Japan on Feb. 22, and in Europe and Australia on March 14. Also pulling in record numbers, Linkin Park's debut LP "Hybrid Theory" was the best-selling album of 2001, with 4.81 million copies sold in the United States, according to SoundScan year-end charts.


"This is the ideal, synergistic relationship between artist and brand," said Eric Cohen, executive vice president of The Stronghold Group, the entertainment brand management firm that represents Linkin Park and the Projekt: Revolution property. "With Projekt: Revolution designed as an annual event, the relationship between Linkin Park and Xbox will help further establish and communicate the identities between artist and brand."

The Linkin Park Projekt: Revolution tour will begin Jan. 29, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Currently scheduled to travel to 19 markets nationwide, the tour also will feature bands Adema, Cypress Hill and DJ-ZTRIP. Supplementary tour dates and locations are as follows: Jan. 30 in Wichita, Kan.; Feb. 1 in Chicago; Feb. 2 in Madison, Wis.; Feb. 4 in Detroit; Feb. 5 in Dayton, Ohio; Feb. 7 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Feb. 8 in Uniondale, N.Y.; Feb. 9 in State College, Pa.; Feb. 11 in Lowell, Mass.; Feb. 12 in Fairfax, Va.; Feb. 13 in Philadelphia; Feb. 16 in Memphis, Tenn.; Feb. 17 in Dallas/Fort Worth; Feb. 18 in Oklahoma City; Feb. 20 in Phoenix; Feb. 22 in Long Beach, Calif.; Feb. 23 in San Diego; and Feb. 24 in Las Vegas.

Leader lists Third-party games for Euro Launch
Eric @ 5:10 PM EST
XBox is being released in Europe soon and here is the latest information:

After succeeding in the acquisition of Microsoft Xbox hardware and software distribution in Italy, Leader is announcing a complete lineup of third-party titles available during the launch period of the console, which starts on 14th March 2002.
Together with the distribution of athe entire Microsoft lineup of titles (which will include Dead Or Alive 3, Project Gotham, Halo, Fuzion Frenzy, Blood Wake, Oddoworld Munch’s Oddysee, Rally Sport Challenge and Amped), Leader will also launch:

Maddash Racing (Eidos)
Scudetto 01/02 (Championship Manager- Eidos)
Commandos 2 (Eidos)
Blood Omen 2 (Eidos)
Wreckless (Activision)
Crash (Rage)

This excellent range of top class titles confirms Leader as the main source for 3rd party Xbox software as well as strenghthening its position in the next generation console business.

Leader will shortly announce the next wave of 3rd party titles which will arrive during the months immediately following the launch.

Midway Announces Official Title for next MK
Eric @ 5:05 PM EST
Today Midway announced the name of there all-new next-generation Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.

CHICAGO – January 28, 2002 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer announced today that the official title for the all-new, next-generation version of the popular fighting game franchise will be Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance™. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is currently in development and scheduled to ship fall 2002 for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Game Boy® Advance and other next-generation gaming systems.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance marks the relaunch of the Mortal Kombat series with an all-new engine delivering punishing action that will reward long-time fans of the franchise as well as next-generation game lovers. The game features intense hand-to-hand and special-weapon combat, secret hidden moves and combinations with deadly body blows and fatalities.

“Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is the next phase of the Mortal Kombat series that gamers have been waiting for,” said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. “With all-new characters and worlds, never-before-seen features and a totally new fighting engine, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance will set a precedent for all other next-generation fighting games to follow.”


Colin McRae Rally 3 Screens and Concept Art
Eric @ 4:37 PM EST
Here are the first real time screens of Colin McRae Rally 3 along with some concept art. Colin McRae Rally 3 is due out in fall 2002 for Xbox. Click on Pic for rest of screens.


Saturday, January 26, 2002

Review: Star Wars Obi-Wan
Steve @ 9:53 PM EST
We added the review for Star Wars: Obi-Wan from LucasArts. Does this XBox Exclusive title stand up to show us the power of Xbox? Is the gameplay good enough to make you forget about the poor visuals? Find out here.

Nightcaster Released
Jeremy @ 7:03 PM EST
From the Microsoft press release:

Microsoft today announced that Nightcaster has appeared at retail locations throughout North America. As the wizard Arran, players will harness the power of over 40 different magical spells from the four schools of Fire, Water, Light, and Dark. Nightcaster is available in stores now, exclusively on Xbox, for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). Nightcaster has an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen. For more information, visit the official site at: http://www.nightcaster.com.

Nightcaster is a fast and furious action adventure game featuring intensely addictive real-time spell combat and exploration. You play as Arran, a young boy chosen by the force of Light, who grows in age, skill and magical powers as he progresses throughout the game. Throughout his quest, Arran must find and learn over 40 different spells for combat against more than 30 different types of enemy creatures. Arran's ultimate goal: to defeat the forces of Darkness and bring light back into the world.

Friday, January 25, 2002

THQ Unveils 2002 Lineup
Steve @ 9:12 PM EST
Here is the Press Release:

LAS VEGAS, January 25, 2002 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced details of its 2002 videogame lineup, which features a diverse array of titles for the new generation of game consoles and includes some of the biggest brands in the industry.

Here are the XBox games that THQ announced:

  • MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology™ - MotoGP is the world’s fastest, most advanced form of motorcycle racing. With Grand Prix races taking place on all five continents and millions of television viewers per event, MotoGP features all of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. MotoGP will be available for Xbox this summer and Game Boy Advance this spring.

  • MX - The next installment of THQ’s MX series is the most complete motocross game to date. Along with the return of Ricky Carmichael and other pro riders, this year’s edition boasts an enhanced freestyle mode, expansive environments and wide-open worlds for gamers to explore. Developed by THQ’s Pacific Coast Power & Light Co. studio, MX will be available for GameCube and PlayStation 2 this summer followed by an Xbox release in winter.

  • Toxic Grind™ - This first mission-based BMX game with a storyline will enthrall gamers with comic book-style cinematics and dynamic, hazard-filled environments. Toxic Grind will be available for Xbox and GameCube in the second half of 2002.

  • New Legends™ - Futuristic China comes to life as players embark on an adventure laced with exhilarating combat in this third-person action game that sets man against militia. Exclusively for Xbox, New Legends will ship in late February.

  • WWF Raw® - THQ and Jakks Pacific give players unsurpassed realism and highly-detailed graphics in their quest for the WWF Heavyweight Championship as The Rock™, Stone Cold Steve Austin™ or one of 45 other superstars. Exclusively for Xbox, WWF Raw will be available this February.

    THQ looks to have a pretty good lineup coming up this year. Stay tuned for reviews and previews of these killer games.

    Thursday, January 24, 2002

    THQ Announces Next “MX” game for Xbox
    Eric @ 1:13 PM EST
    THQ has announced its next title in there MX franchise today. No official name was given but the game will ship for Xbox this fall.

    After successful launches on PlayStation 2 and Xbox last year, we are now bringing our `MX' franchise to all the next-generation systems in 2002," said Alison Locke, executive vice president, North American publishing. "This latest installment will once again showcase the sport's number one pro rider, Ricky Carmichael, along with a host of enhanced features and a high-flying freestyle mode."

    "Our next `MX' title will continue the success of the franchise by building on all of the racing action and features from last year's game with a more robust freestyle mode and an expanded career mode," said Don Traeger, president, Pacific Coast Power & Light Co. "With 22 new tracks and numerous wide-open freestyle worlds to explore, this will be the most in-depth and adrenaline-pumping `MX' game to date."

    Stay tuned for more news,info and screens on this game.

    All-Star Baseball 2003 Gets a Release Date
    Eric @ 1:07 PM EST
    Acclaim Sports announced today that All-Star Baseball 2003 for the Xbox would ship on March 7. All-Star Baseball 2003 will be supported with an integrated marketing campaign, which will feature Derek Jeter and include national television, print and online advertising.

    "All-Star Baseball 2003 will raise the bar on what was considered to be the best baseball game ever brought to a next-generation system," said Evan Stein, Vice President of Brand. "With new features, leading-edge technology and our ongoing successful relationship with Derek Jeter, All-Star Baseball 2003 will be in a league of its own when it ships."

    "All-Star Baseball 2003 is the best playing baseball game I've ever seen," added Acclaim spokesperson, Derek Jeter. "Acclaim's attention to detail, realism and fun is evident from the first crack of the bat to the last out of the ninth. I'm proud to be associated with another team that prides themselves on winning and tradition."

    Heres a quick run down on the Features list,

    All 30 Major League teams, including logos' and uniforms;
    More than 900 players;

    Official stadiums, with active dugouts and bullpens, real time scoreboards and jumbotrons, with stadium features;

    All-new player models, featuring 3-D Cyberscan technology, giving

    All-Star Baseball 2003 the most realistic representation for player faces ever seen in a video game;

    Future throw technology allows players to make incredible super-smooth catches and throws like never before;

    Innovative 3D batting interface and power/contact swing selection;

    User control over check swings;

    Never-before-seen broken bats;

    Season awards like the MVP, Cy Young,Rookie Of The Year, and Gold Glove;

    Incredible gameplay depth with 10 game modes, including Exhibition,

    Season, Career, Franchise, Expansion, All-Star Game, Series,

    Manager, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice;

    Franchise Mode allows users to play and build their favorite team for up to twenty consecutive seasons;

    All-new Expansion Play allows baseball fanatics to choose a city, stadium and team logo, and add that team into the Major leagues for season play;

    All-new Expansion draft, whereby users will draft from a pool of unprotected players and build a team of free agents and minor leaguers;

    First time ever -- official in-game player trading cards, which enable users to collect, trade and unlock cheat codes throughout the game;

    More than 50 stadiums to choose from, including 9 classic and 10 expansion stadiums;

    Cooperstown Hall Of Fame team, featuring favorite sluggers from the past, such as Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra;

    Seven authentic stadium camera angles for television broadcast views;

    First time ever -- a 3-man broadcast booth with Bob Brenly (Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 2001 World Series Champions), Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2002

    Site News for Wednesday
    Steve @ 11:55 PM EST
    Hello all. Today we bring you reviews of Azurik and Star Wars Starfighter: SE. Both are worth looking at. We also have Previews for Activision's Wreckless, and EA's Triple Play 2002 complete with brand new screen shots for each. In the preview for Wreckless we have a movie for you to download. These reviews and previews can be found on the main page under Features. We hope you enjoy them.

    For quick access to them:

    Wreckless Preview
    Triple Play 2002 Preview
    Azurik Review
    Star Wars Starfighter: SE Review

    THQ Unveils Toxic Grind
    Steve @ 8:53 PM EST
    Here is the Press Release:

    January 2002 (Newstream) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) has unveiled Toxic GrindTM, a story-driven, mission-based BMX game for the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GamecubeTM. Set in the year 2097, players will assume the role of BMX rider Jason Hayes who has been forced to ride for his life with other riders on the set of a sadistic television game show titled Toxic Grind. Toxic Grind is scheduled for release in the second half of 2002.

    "Toxic Grind is a unique take on extreme sports thanks to the game's compelling storyline that immerses players into a sinister and futuristic world where players must complete various challenges in order to survive," stated Michael Rubinelli, vice president, product development, THQ. "In addition to performing outrageous BMX tricks, players must find keys to deactivate bombs, sink battleships and even destroy a helicopter to progress through various stages of each world."

    About Toxic Grind

    Developed by Blue Shift, Toxic Grind is a mission-based game set in a dark futuristic world where BMX riding is forbidden and punishable by death. As time traveling Jason Hayes, the player and other rogue riders are injected with a deadly poison by the maniacal game show host, Dixon Von Blass. With poison in their veins, Hayes and the other riders are forced to compete as contestants on a show where death equals ratings. The doomed riders must complete objectives, avoid deadly obstacles and pull off insane tricks in order to survive the most lethal game show ever created.

    Toxic Grind features 14 diverse worlds, each with different themes set to locations of the past, present and future. Areas include a futuristic New York City, the ancient Roman Coliseum and the mysterious Bourbon Street of New Orleans. A dynamic playfield enables gamers to contend with ramps, moving platforms and grind rails that change shape or rotate to expose hidden areas. The game's storyline unfolds through comic book-style cinematics that maintain the feel of the twisted world that Toxic Grind exists in. Two-player competition will allow riders to compete head-to-head through seven levels of action and adventure.

    Jet Set Radio Future Soundtrack Listing
    Jeremy @ 6:39 PM EST
    Here is a complete list of the songs that will be appearing in Sega's upcoming release, Jet Set Radio Future.

    The Latch Brothers- "Latch Brother Bounce", "Ill Victory Beat", "Koto Stomp", "Me Likey the Poom Poom", "Count Latchula."

    Bran Van 3000- "The Answer" (remix by Latch Bros.)

    BS2000- "The Scrappy" (remix by Latch Bros.)

    Prunes- "Rockin' The Mic" (remix by Latch Bros.)

    Russell Simins- "I'm Not a Model"

    BIS- "Statement of Intent"

    Cibo Matto- "Birthday Cake"

    Hideki Naganuma/WaveMaster- "The Concept of Love", "Fly Like A Butterfly"

    Guitar Vader- "I Love Love You" (remix by WaveMaster)

    Tuesday, January 22, 2002

    Release Date List Updated
    Steve @ 11:57 PM EST
    The Release Dates have been completely redone! Many great games are coming out in 2002. Some games to take a look at are: Wreckless, JSRF, Medal of Honor, WWF Raw, THPS3, and many more. Take a look at all the of the great games that our coming to our XBox, it's very exciting! Check out the entire list here.

    You can also check out the entire list of games (37) that are currently available for XBox right here.

    Hitman 2 Website Now Open
    Steve @ 11:57 PM EST
    From Eidos Interactive and IO Interactive comes Hitman 2.

    Enter the realm of a retired assassin, forced back into action by treason. You may be a hired killer but you still have a sense of loyalty and justice.

    Visit the dark recesses of a world corrupted by crime, greed, degradation and dishonour.
    And a past that catches up with you.

    Trust no one - if the price is right, the finger of your most trusted ally will be on the trigger.

    Your targets may hide in the most remote areas of the planet, but their destruction is never prevented - only postponed.



    This game is set to release in Spring of 2002 for the XBox, PC, and PS2. Be sure to check out the official website. They also have some sweet wallpaper.

    Unofficial: GTA 3 on XBox
    Steve @ 11:56 PM EST
    While Take Two Interactive has not yet confirmed Grand Theft Auto 3 for XBox, a UK Amazon site has a release date for it. Here you will find that it will be released on May 31, 2002 in the UK. If this is true, one must think that it will be out on XBox in the US soon. Unfortunately, this could be false, and therefore very unofficial information.

    Thursday, January 17, 2002

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Confirmed
    Steve @ 5:32 PM EST
    Here is the Press Release:

    Axis forces are primed for a Blitzkrieg into the console arena with the development of Return to Castle Wolfenstein for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Expanding on the same wickedly addictive gameplay that has driven the PC version to ship more than one million units and top sales charts worldwide, Return to Castle Wolfenstein for the next generation game consoles will feature unique design and technical modifications that take full advantage of each platform's advanced technology. Return to Castle Wolfenstein is being developed by Raster Productions and executive produced by id Software, and is currently rated "RP" Rating Pending by the ESRB.

    "Return to Castle Wolfenstein has quickly become the most critically acclaimed and widely played action shooter of 2001, and we're thrilled to bring the Wolfenstein experience to a new generation of gamers." Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software said. "We're working with Raster on a number of technical and design modifications that will provide Xbox and PlayStation 2 owners a definitive gaming experience that is designed and built for their systems."

    "The QUAKE III Arena engine coupled with the power of these next generation gaming systems creates a remarkable synergy that will serve as the benchmark for future action-shooter games," states Larry Goldberg, executive vice president of Activision Worldwide Studios.

    Set against the backdrop of WWII, Return to Castle Wolfenstein plunges players into a maelstrom of action, espionage and covert operations, as an American soldier tasked with infiltrating the heart of Nazi Germany and stopping the darkest plans of the Third Reich. Throughout the game, players are locked in combat with waves of Nazi storm-troopers, undead Teutonic knights and the twisted products of genetic experimentation. Return to Castle Wolfenstein further draws the player into the nightmare with advanced artificial intelligence (AI), photo-realistic character and environment textures, revolutionary effects, and an immersive story that unfolds before the player like a movie.

    Brand New Gun Valkyrie Screens
    Eric @ 7:13 AM EST
    Here are a few new screens of Sega's new Action-Adventure game.

    Gun Valkyrie Screens

    Wednesday, January 16, 2002

    Microsoft Negotiating with Square and Enix
    Jeremy @ 3:40 PM EST
    Microsoft is attempting to ink a deal that would allow games from two of Japan's biggest publishers: Square and Enix, to show up on the Xbox. We will keep you abreast of the situation as it happens.

    Turok: Evolution announced for Xbox
    Eric @ 7:20 AM EST
    Acclaim has been busy the past few days announcing big titles for Xbox, but this is cream of the crop. Planned for a September 2002 release, Turok: Evolution looks to be the best one yet. We will have tons of new media on the game very soon, till then check out the games features.


    Features:

    Return to the lush prehistoric Lost Lands that made Turok famous
    Become immersed in flourishing jungle environments: palm trees sway in the wind and thicket rustles when touched.

    Destructible environments lets you shoot trees onto enemies and collapse rock formations onto unsuspecting dinosaurs.

    Diverse environments include caverns, futuristic suspended cities, thriving jungles, mesas and frontiers.

    Advanced artificial intelligence allows for enemies that dodge behind structures, retreat, and form squads.

    Stealth and action based gameplay follow a context-sensitive path and mission-based sequences.

    Take to the skies on the wings of a Pteranodon and experiences air-to-air and air-to-ground combat.

    All-new weapons including Variable Payload Cruise Missles, Gravity Disrupter Beams, and the sickeningly gory Swarm Bore.

    A deep multiplayer mode designed by a dedicated team of designers, programmers and artists.

    Brand new game engine built to accommodate all next-generation consoles, and dedicated programmers further help to cater to each platform's strengths.

    Auto-save feature ensures you won't lose valuable progress
    At any time, return to levels that you've previously cleared.



    Amazing new screens of Wreckless
    Eric @ 7:06 AM EST
    We just got some new screens of Wreckless today which are very impressive to say the least. We will have a full preview on the game very soon.

    Wreckless Screens

    Acclaim shows off All-Star Baseball 2K3
    Eric @ 6:40 AM EST
    We just got the first screen shots and info on All-Star Baseball 2k3 which is going to be the only baseball game coming out on all three systems. Here is the feature list and screens.

    Official Features:

    Official in-game Donruss player trading cards enables users to collect, trade and unlock cheats.

    All-new player models feature 3-D Cyberscan technology giving All-Star Baseball the most realistic representation of player faces ever seen.

    Incredible depth with 10 game modes: Exhibition, Season, Career, Franchise, Expansion, All-Star Game, Series, Manager, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice.

    All-new Expansion Play allows baseball fanatics to choose a city, stadium and team logo and add that team into the Major leagues.

    A 3-man broadcast booth with Bob Brenly, Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons for the most in-depth commentary.

    Franchise mode allows users to play and build their favorite team for up to twenty consecutive seasons.

    All-new Expansion draft: users will draft from a pool of unprotected players and build a team from free agents and minor leaguers.

    Cooperstown Hall Of Fame team featuring your favorite sluggers from the past like Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra.

    All 30 Major League teams and over 900 players all with official stadiums, logos and uniforms.

    Over 50 stadiums to choose from including 9 classic stadiums and 10 expansion stadiums.

    All-Star BaseBall 2k3 Screens


    First Screens of Vexx on Xbox
    Eric @ 6:17 AM EST
    Here are the first screens of Acclaim's new platform game on Xbox.

    Vexx Screens

    Tuesday, January 15, 2002

    Acclaim Unveils Vexx
    Jeremy @ 9:27 PM EST
    Vexx, the title formerly known as Jinx, is Acclaim's latest Xbox endeavor. The game has been in development for about two years now and looks to be coming along quite nicely. Vexx will use the same gameplay engine as that of the upcoming title Turok Evolution. Vexx is an action-platformer with some RPG elements thrown in for good measure. Vexx takes place in a fictitious world called Astara, where an invasion is taking place. Vexx is currently on-tap for an October 2002 release.

    We are Back, Really
    Steve @ 3:09 PM EST
    Did it come to a surprise to you? Well, in early December we ran out of space. The reason was that we had too many movies. Well, everyone was downloading them and that caused us to use up a lot of bandwidth. So, our intentions were to get a new server. We got one, but they ripped us off. With that said, we are back on the first server. This one is a lot better. We just want to say that we are going to be providing you with the best 24 hour news coverage we ever have, along with reviews and previews. But we cannot offer many movies to download at this time. If anyone has a server that can offer us unlimited bandwidth, then I'm sure we could work out a deal. Thank you.

    Legends of Wrestling to Xbox
    Jeremy @ 3:02 PM EST
    Legends of Wrestling, the critically-acclaimed wrestling game released by Acclaim for the PS2 in late-2001, will be heading to the Xbox later this year. The game currently has a fourth-quarter release, although that could change. There is no news, as of yet, regarding any additions being made for this version of the game.

    Burnout to Xbox
    Jeremy @ 3:01 PM EST
    Burnout, the high-octane racing game released by Acclaim for the PS2 in late-2001, will be heading to the Xbox later this year. The game currently has a fourth-quarter release, although that could change. There is no news, as of yet, regarding any additions being made for this version of the game.

    Xbox Japanese Launch News
    Jeremy @ 2:54 PM EST
    The Xbox will launch in Japan on 2/22 at a price of 34,800 yen. The system will feature 12 titles at launch from some of the biggest names in gaming. Companies such as Sega, Capcom, Konami, and Tecmo will all have launch games available. Here is a listing of each Xbox Japanese launch title, with their publisher in parenthesis:

    Jet Set Radio Future (Sega)
    Genma Onimusha (Capcom)
    Silent Hill 2: Saigo no Uta (Konami)
    Double S.T.E.A.L. (Bunkasha)
    Air Force Delta II (Konami)
    Hyper Sports 2002 Winter (Konami).
    ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 (Konami)
    Nobunaga's Ambition: Chronicles of Chaos (Koei)
    Nezmix (Microsoft)
    Tenku: Freestyle Snowboarding (Microsoft)
    Project Gotham Racing: World Street Racer (Microsoft)
    Dead or Alive 3 (Tecmo)

    In addition to the launch titles, there will also be 50,000 special edition Xbox consoles released at launch. These special edition consoles will feature a greenish-black color with translucent casing. The Xbox jewel will be silver with black lettering. These systems will feature a silver-plated key chain with an engraved serial number and the signature of Bill Gates. These special edition consoles will sell for 39,800 yen.