NewsPro Archive

July 2003

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey Ships
Steve @ 3:21 PM EDT
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - July 31, 2003 - TDK Mediactive, Inc., a global publisher of entertainment software, announced today that Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey has shipped for the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo* GameCube(tm) video game system. The unique action/adventure game was developed by Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and is available at retail outlets throughout North America.

"The lush tropical world of Dinotopia provides a great environment for this robust adventure game, " said Michael Devine, executive vice president sales and marketing, TDK Mediactive. "With its rich graphic content, challenging strategies and deep storyline, Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey offers an beautiful and enthralling gameplay experience for all ages."

Players will defend the island of Dinotopia with a challenging mix of adventure, puzzle-solving and combat.Players control Drake Gemini through 24 spectacular levels in his quest to rescue his family, held prisoner by the unlikeliest of enemies. Navigate through swamps, villages, ancient jungle ruins, and far above the ground in a forest canopy. When travel is prohibitive on foot, take to the air through desert canyons on a flying dinosaur called a Skybax, or along tropical trails atop a robotic dinosaur called a Strutter. Thwart 16 types of enemies with three modes of combat: melee, ranged and indirect. The challenge awaits; do you have what it takes to make Drake the Guardian of Dinotopia?

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

TDK Ships Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis
Steve @ 12:37 PM EDT
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – July 30, 2003 – TDK Mediactive, Inc., a global publisher of entertainment software, announced today that Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis has shipped for the Nintendo GameCube™ video game system and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft to retail outlets throughout North America. The game marks the first solo appearance by one of the founding members of the Justice League of America, and follows Aquaman’s long anticipated return as a monthly comic series.

“We’re proud to be bringing Aquaman, one of DC Comics’ greatest super heroes, to next generation gaming platforms,” said Michael Devine, executive vice president, sales and marketing, TDK Mediactive. “With the recent resurgence in popularity for classic super heroes, it’s the perfect time to introduce a game that focuses on one of the
greatest champions from the ocean’s depths.”

Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis is a single player action/adventure set in a vast ocean world that has been invaded by an army of Aquaman’s greatest foes from the pages of his comic book past. The game features 21 undersea levels, as Aquaman defends the deep-sea city of Atlantis against his most infamous arch-enemies Ocean Master, Black Manta and the Lava Lord of the Fire Trolls.

Features:

• Fight 13 enemy types in bruising three-dimensional underwater battles.
• 5 submarine attack levels let you bombard your enemies in from an attack sub’s first person viewpoint.
• Control Aquaman’s cybernetic morphing hook-hand and telepathic powers.
• Hunt scores of enemies through the legendary city of Atlantis
• Unlock and play as Classic Aquaman, Tempest, or as the arch villain, Black Manta.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Ghost Recon Island Thunder Goes Gold
Steve @ 11:23 PM EDT
San Francisco, CA - July 29, 2003 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, today announced that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon(tm) Island Thunder(tm) has gone gold. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Island Thunder brings realism, heart-pounding action and intense gameplay into one exciting operation.

The game's campaign will take place in post-Castro Cuba where political corruption is rampant. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder promises future access to exclusive downloadable content featuring new missions and maps for hours of extended game play. Also included will be a dozen game types and twelve multiplayer maps for Xbox Live play, including four "fan favorite" maps from the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, the most played game on Xbox Live today. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder will be rated M and will have an MSRP of $39.99.

Shrek Super Party Wins Award
Steve @ 12:47 PM EDT
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 29, 2003--TDK Mediactive, Inc. announced today that Shrek(R) Super Party has been designated a 2003 Parents' Choice FunStuff Award winner. The Parents' Choice Awards are presented by the Parents' Choice Foundation.

Identifying the best products for children of different ages, backgrounds, skills, and interests, the Parents' Choice Awards are given to products that meet and exceed standards set by educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and kids themselves. During its twenty-five year history, the Parents' Choice Awards program has established the benchmarks of achievement in children's media; trust with consumers and credibility with the press.

"Shrek(R) is a great brand; the games appeal to a wide audience and are fun for the whole family to play together," said Vincent Bitetti, chief executive officer of TDK Mediactive. "We're honored that the Parents' Choice Foundation has presented us with this award."

Amped 2 Introduces Brand New Riding Style: Snowskate
Steve @ 12:32 PM EDT
Microsoft Game Studios announced today that it’s exclusive snowboarding game for the Xbox, “Amped 2,” will feature the new snowboarding alternate – snowskate. Think skateboarding on the snow, with a small board rather than wheels under a skate-sized deck.

It was just a matter time before someone put surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding together and Andy Wolf was just that guy. Wolf, a professional snowboarder, would slip into town after a competition and try to ride urban rails and perform tricks with his snowboard just like a skateboarder, but the size of the board and the binding were awkward and got in the way. Just like many revolutionary ideas, he locked himself in his garage, tinkered a little and developed the first snowskate prototype.

A snowskate, shorter and narrower than a snowboard, has a twin-tipped skateboard-sized board with a foam top sheet for grip. Some boards have a plastic, channeled base for stability and tracking on rails, and others have an even smaller board with edges attached under the upper deck. Free from the binding, riders can master the same tricks as skateboarders like kick flips, ollies, nose slides and exciting one-footed tweaks, stalls and rails. The addition of snowskate to “Amped 2” provides gamers with a whole new set of tricks to master, significantly increasing the fun and replay-ability of the game. Snowskate will have skateboarders picking up a controller to see if they can do the same things on the snow that they can on the pavement.

Snowskate in “Amped 2” is easy to pick up, but has levels of complexity and difficulty that make this feature a fun break from the pressure of a pro snowboarding career. This mode of play is wrapped into the career, enabling you to take a step back from going pro and try all new types of riding on each level. The “Amped” franchise continues to give gamers the opportunity to go deep inside the snowboarding community and experience the ultimate snowboarding lifestyle. New additions to “Amped 2”, like snowskate and the way to ride with style aka “steez,” provide gamers with the ultimate snowboarding simulation. ”Amped 2” also features some of the top mountains from around the globe, including Laax in Switzerland, Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. Buller in Australia and many of the top professional snowboarders including Jeremy Jones, JP Walker, Mikey LeBlanc, Travis Parker, Bjorn Leines and Janna Meyen. In addition, world-renowned terrain park designer, Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson, lent his expertise exclusively to the game’s level design. “Amped 2,” which will be Xbox Live enabled, is scheduled for release in October.

Snowskate has not hit the mainstream, but on July 5, Mt. Hood hosted the first ever US Open of Snowskating with more than 20 contestants sliding through the largest snowskate park ever created. Snowskate, like “Amped 2,” is all about hanging out with friends and relentlessly practicing a move over and over until it’s right for no greater reward than the stoke of pulling something nearly impossible.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Soul Calibur II Joins Mountain Dew and Xbox
Steve @ 12:17 PM EDT
San Jose, Calif., July 28, 2003 – Namco Hometek’s most sought after game, SOULCALIBUR®II, joins Mountain Dew and Xbox® at The Dew Den, the ultimate video game lounge at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN, where teens will get to experience SOUL CALIBUR®II on 720p HDTV, a feature that allows players to enjoy the sharpest audio/visual possible and a capability exclusive to Xbox® titles.

The Dew Den, which runs through August 17, features Xbox® gaming stations, comfy chairs, hot new tunes, plasma screens running extreme sports videos, and plenty of Mountain Dew to get the party started. Guests at The Dew Den will get the unique opportunity to play SOULCALIBUR®II prior to its August 26 release in the U.S.

SOULCALIBUR®II delivers a refreshing new rendition of one of the most celebrated weapons-based fighters of all time, SOULCALIBUR® (1996). The game will feature improved game play and graphics, a variety of game modes, and will be available on multiple game console platforms. SOULCALIBUR®II for Xbox will feature an exclusive guest character, Spawn, created by Todd McFarlane. In addition, all platforms will feature Necrid, a Todd McFarlane character created specifically for SOULCALIBUR®II.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Legacy of Kain: Defiance - New Gameplay Trailer
Steve @ 8:05 PM EDT
This week, Eidos released a new gameplay trailer for Legacy of Kain: Defiance which ships this fall. Click on the link below to view it.

http://www.eidosinteractive.com/downloads/search.html?gmid=142

Thursday, July 24, 2003

DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball on Your Phone
Steve @ 5:04 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2003--Following the launch of Tecmo Wireless earlier in the month, Tecmo today announced that the girls from their popular "DOA(R) Xtreme Beach Volleyball" are now available as downloadable screensavers for users of AT&T Wireless' mMode service. Users will be able to choose from images of each of the eight girls in the game and save them directly to their wireless phone. There are two images of each girl available initially, with more planned over the coming months.

"This is the first step in our plans to deliver quality wireless content to our customers," said Tony Tarpey, Marketing Manager for Tecmo, Inc. "Every fan of DOAX has their favorite girl, and now they will be able to show their devotion by saving them to their phone and taking them with them wherever they go. We will be launching additional images of each girl based on their popularity, and some of these will only be available for a limited time."

Each screensaver will cost just a dollar and may be found on mMode under the What's New section and under Ringtones and Graphics.

Tecmo is also developing wireless gaming content that should see the release of popular titles such as "Mighty BombJack," "Solomon's Key," and even the hugely popular "Tecmo Bowl" over the coming months.

"We have a great catalog of titles that are ideal for the wireless market, and our goal is to bring these titles to a whole new generation of gamers, as well as devoted fans of the originals," Tarpey said. "Look out for more content announcements in the near future from Tecmo Wireless."

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Gotham Games Ships The Great Escape
Steve @ 1:07 PM EDT
Gotham Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today that The Great Escape, based on the classic 1963 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Film, has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(TM) and PC.

One of the most celebrated tough-guys of American cinema, Steve McQueen makes a triumphant return as he is digitally recreated to reprise his unforgettable role as Captain Virgil "the Cooler King" Hilts in The Great Escape. Utilizing McQueen's likeness, The Great Escape puts gamers in control of Hilts and his band of POWs as they break free from the notorious Stalag Luft III prison camp and battle the Nazis throughout WWII. Gamers will combat the evil Third Reich in fistfights, shootouts and high-speed chases through 18 unique levels of adrenaline-filled stealth and combat-based gameplay.

Throughout The Great Escape, players will control multiple characters, each with their own individual strengths and abilities, through a variety of levels. McQueen's character Hilts, "The Cooler King," has a knack for picking locks. MacDonald, known as "Intelligence," can speak German to impersonate Nazi soldiers, and Hendley, "The Scrounger," is a master pickpocket. The diverse and beautifully rendered levels include a German POW camp, a mountaintop castle-fortress, a moving train and an active Luftwaffe airfield. In addition to stealth and action elements, the game includes frantic vehicular combat with a number of different WWII era vehicles, trucks and jeeps, in addition to the legendary motorbike.

The original film adaptation of The Great Escape is based on the true story of the massive Allied escape attempt from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in March of 1944. Arguably one of the greatest WWII adventure films ever, director John Sturgess assembled one of the great ensemble casts of the era, including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, among others.

The Great Escape is rated T for Teen and is available for the MSRP of $39.99.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Conspiracy Corp Sues Eminem on Videogame
Steve @ 4:36 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 22, 2003) - Conspiracy Entertainment Corp, a Los Angeles based producer of video games, today sued Eminem’s Management Company, Cousins Entertainment, Inc. and Eminem’s Licensing Agent, Bravado International Group, Inc. for fraud and breach of contract arising out of a video game Conspiracy was set to release featuring Eminem music videos.

According to Conspiracy, Eminem, through his agents, Cousins and Bravado, reneged on a lucrative video game license agreement in order to cut a better deal with another company as a result of Eminem’s increasing popularity. Conspiracy Chief Financial Officer Keith Tanaka claims that all of the parties were in agreement about the first video game project before the licensing agreement was ever signed. According to Tanaka, “we were not aware of any problems until we started getting some press on our new product. Then we started hearing rumors about Eminem negotiating a better deal with Rockstar Games or some other big video game publisher. Apparently, our deal must have been in the way because there was no other reason for Bravado and Cousins to stop us from introducing a video game that was approved before the contract ever got signed.”

The suit filed by Conspiracy seeks over $5,000,000 in damages based upon Eminem’s agents’ failure to honor the licensing agreement. When asked whether Conspiracy thought that Eminem (Marshall Mathers) was personally involved in the decision to dishonor the contract, Conspiracy’s President, Sirus Ahmadi, declined to speculate, stating only that “we hope everyone can arrive at a quick resolution now that Eminem is fully aware of the problem.”

Monday, July 21, 2003

"The Crib" in ESPN Football Announced: New Screens
Steve @ 5:26 PM EDT
SAN RAFAEL, California - (July 21, 2003) - SEGA(R)'s sports studio, Visual Concepts Entertainment, maker of the acclaimed '2K' sports game series, and ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, today announced details surrounding an innovative new feature called "The Crib," which will be available exclusively in the Fall release of "ESPN NFL Football."

"The Crib" gives gamers access to an empty pad that they can deck out with more than 300 unlockable items as they play through the game and score points, make plays or just get lucky. The more gamers play, the more they can win, so "The Crib" will offer players more of an incentive to crush the competition.

"We already knew that our sports gamers were ultra-competitive, so we wanted to keep challenging them to be on their game when they play," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment, maker of the acclaimed '2K' sports game series. "This is one of the many ways that we are raising the bar in 'ESPN NFL Football' this year with innovative features that keep the game not only challenging, but also fun."

As gamers play through "ESPN NFL Football," they will be alerted via overlays that they have unlocked an item for their "Crib." There are a wide variety of unlockable "virtual" rewards ranging from mini-games such as air hockey or paper football; decorative items such as couches, bobbleheads or recliners; team-specific items such as NFL team banners, in addition to a load of other items. At anytime during the game, players can review their User Card to track the progress of their unlockables.

"ESPN NFL Football" will be available at retailers nationwide in September for the PlayStation(R) computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) videogame system from Microsoft.

ESPN Football Crib Screens

Top 10 Xbox Games for June 2003
Steve @ 5:17 PM EDT
Today NPD Funworld released this data:

Top 10 Xbox Games of June 2003

1. Brute Force - Microsoft
2. Enter the Matrix - Atari
3. Midnight Club II - Rockstar
4. Halo - Microsoft
5. Hulk - Vivendi Universal
6. Soldier of Fortune II - Activision
7. NBA Street Vol. 2 - EA
8. RTCW: Tides of War - Activision
9. Midtown Madness 3 - Microsoft
10. Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind - Bethesda

Friday, July 18, 2003

Brand New Backyard Wrestling Xbox Screens
Steve @ 6:21 PM EDT
Eidos released 7 new screens today of Backyard Wrestling. Take a look at the "Create-a-Wrestler" screens. There is now a total of 12 screens, and the first 5 are older ones.





Backyard Wrestling Screens

Batman: The Rise of Sin Tzu Feature List
Steve @ 5:50 PM EDT
A new era in Batman history begins in Batman™: The Rise of Sin Tzu – the first videogame to introduce a new character into the Batman universe.

Beyond madness, beyond evil, Sin Tzu is an enemy unlike Batman has ever battled. He is a master in the deadly art of war, driven by a single desire: to conquer. Scouring the world in search of only the worthiest adversaries, Sin Tzu has descended upon Gotham City and marshaled the infamous villains Bane, Clayface, and Scarecrow into a superior fighting force against the Caped Crusader. In turn, Batman has called upon his allies Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl to join the fray.

To survive Sin Tzu’s cold and calculated assault, Batman must not only match wits against this warrior’s fearsome military mind, but also unleash the most furious attacks in his crime-fighting arsenal. For Gotham City is a battleground…

Key Features

·The Rise of Sin Tzu: Sin Tzu, cunning master of strategy and martial arts, makes history as the first Batman character to debut in a videogame. To commemorate this event, DC Comics and Warner Bros. have showcased the talents of renowned comic book artist Jim Lee as Sin Tzu’s creator and character designer.

·Four Infamous Supervillains: Battle Batman’s most infamous enemies including Bane, Clayface and Scarecrow – each appearing on a videogame for the first time – and the formidable Sin Tzu.

·Two-Player Cooperative Gameplay: Play solo as Batman, or recruit a friend into the battle as Nightwing, Robin or Batgirl in 2-player cooperative fighting mode.

·35 Batman Attacks: Topple Sin Tzu’s soldiers of crime with more than 35 martial arts moves and combos.

·12 Levels: Wage brutal street battles through the Gotham City Docks, Crime Alley, Arkham Asylum and more.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Rainbow Six 3 Xbox Exclusive: 2 New Screens
Steve @ 8:08 PM EDT
San Francisco, CA - July 16, 2003 – Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announced that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®3, the next installment of the best-selling Rainbow Six series of games, is a console exclusive for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft in 2003.

Rainbow Six® 3 is a whole new game for Xbox, based on the universe Ubi Soft brought to gamers with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®. The title – the first Rainbow Six game for a next-gen console – will release in time for the exciting Christmas 2003 market exclusively on Xbox.

Xbox is the lead development platform for the game, which has been designed to take full advantage of the advanced capabilities of the system. Rainbow Six® 3 will feature dynamic lighting and soft body physics as well as support for 5.1 Dolby surround sound. The game will also utilize key online elements for both multiplayer action and downloadable content offered by Xbox™ Live, the first comprehensive, online game service fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. For the most intense immersion, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®3 will feature a brand new voice recognition system via the Xbox Live Communicator headset, allowing gamers to directly and in a very intuitive way give orders to their teammates during intense offline firefights.

The Rainbow Six franchise is known for its action-packed game play and heart-stopping realism, and Rainbow Six®3 will continue the tradition. Developed by Ubi Soft’s Montreal studio, in close collaboration with Red Storm Entertainment, the game will utilize graphics technology provided by the next-generation Unreal™ engine to power 14 new single-player missions, 9 new multiplayer maps and more than 30 weapons.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Microsoft,” says Yves Guillemot, President and CEO of Ubi Soft Entertainment. “The same kind of exclusive agreement was a tremendous success for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell™, which ended up being the top-selling Xbox game in 2002. With the Xbox's proven gaming potential and the recent addition of the Xbox Live service, we expect even greater things for Rainbow Six®3 !”

“We’re pleased that Ubi Soft has chosen Xbox as the lead development platform for Rainbow Six®3,” said Michel Cassius, Senior Director, Xbox Platform and Marketing. “Using graphics technology that makes the most of what Xbox has to offer, plus Xbox Live support, means Rainbow Six®3 will be an amazing gaming experience. After the success of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell™, it’s great to welcome another fantastic Tom Clancy title to the growing Xbox portfolio of exclusive triple-A titles.”

New Screen 1
New Screen 2

All Rainbow Six 3 Screens

Atari Bringing Unreal II: The Awakening to Xbox
Steve @ 7:51 PM EDT
Atari is bringing "Unreal(R) II: The Awakening" to the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft this Holiday season. "Unreal II: The Awakening" is the follow-up to Epic Games' 1998 smash PC hit, "Unreal." The Xbox version of the game will include console specific enhancements and exclusive multiplayer modes playable on Xbox Live!

"`Unreal II: The Awakening' raised the bar for single player first person shooters on personal computer, and now Xbox owners will get to experience the same amazing gameplay along with the multiplayer benefits of Xbox Live!," said Steve Allison, vice president of marketing in Atari's Los Angeles studio. "The game features a great story, amazing graphics and truly unique gameplay styles that keep it exciting from beginning to end. It's the perfect title for console shooter fans."

The Xbox version is in development by Tantalus and Legend Entertainment (an Atari studio) in concert with Epic Games. The game is being modified and tweaked to create better-than-ever performance and controls specifically designed for the Xbox.

In the game, players jump into the scarred combat boots of a grizzled lawman of the future to battle a torrent of bizarre alien creatures and hard-hitting enemy soldiers. The mission: win a brutal galactic race to collect powerful artifacts and stop a malevolent plot to awaken an ancient power. The player will be dispatched to unique worlds with exotic new settings that range from stunningly realistic outdoor terrain to spine-chilling alien cities, archaeological dig sites and more.

The player will be armed with a devastating arsenal, ranging from familiar alien-bashing favorites like the Rocket Launcher and Combat Assault Rifle to all new exotic alien variants modified by your cantankerous ship's engineer. Those weapons will come in handy versus a large bestiary of creatures, including the fearsome Skaarj from the original "Unreal" along with a host of all-new enemies, such as the Drakk and the Izarians.

"Unreal II: The Awakening" for Xbox will include a robust multiplayer component both on- and off-line. Two players will be able to join forces in splitscreen co-op mode to battle through the epic single player campaign as a team of mercenaries. Online play will be supported through Xbox Live! and will feature an all new class-based, team-oriented multiplayer mode.

Under the hood lies the latest Unreal technology from Epic Games, creating the best graphics available on any system. The advanced particle system creates the illusion of blazing fire, drifting smoke and weather effects. Enemies in the game use new AI to find cover during fire-fights, work together in teams and react believably based on the caliber of weapon the player is carrying.

"Unreal II: The Awakening" for Xbox is expected to ship in the 2003 Holiday season with an estimated retail price of $49.95 and an ESRB rating of "M" for Mature. Additional information about the game can be found online at www.unreal2.com, which features downloadable and streaming game play movies, screenshots and other game information.

Xbox Exhibition Volume 3 Now In Stores
Steve @ 7:40 PM EDT
Microsoft today announced that “Xbox Exhibition Volume 3” is now on store shelves across North America for an estimated retail price of $7.99. Volume 3 contains playable demos of “Apex” from Atari, “ATV: Quad Power Racing 2” from Acclaim, “Gladius” from LucasArts, “MotoGP 2” from THQ, “NBA Street Vol. 2” from Electronic Arts, “Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War” from Activision; and “Brute Force,” “Inside Pitch 2003” and “Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus” from Microsoft Game Studios.

Previously available only to Xbox Live subscribers, downloadable content for “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” from UbiSoft and “Run Like Hell” from Interplay is included on the disc. Provided by G4, the only television network dedicated to the world of interactive entertainment, are video updates, tips and tricks for some of the hottest Xbox games. Additionally, smokin’ music videos from Depswa, Queens of the Stone Age, Rooney, Trail of Dead and Woven are also on the disc along with trailers of upcoming Xbox games. More information about “Xbox Exhibition Volume 3” can be found at http://www.xbox.com/exhibition03

New Legacy of Kain: Defiance Screens
Steve @ 7:33 PM EDT
Yesterday Eidos released these new screens. Legacy of Kain: Defiance is coming to Xbox this Fall.

Legacy of Kain Defiance Screens

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Outlaw Volleyball at Lollapalooza
Steve @ 2:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 15, 2003--Simon & Schuster Interactive Gamers Can Play The Hottest Xbox Game "Outlaw Volleyball" with Themselves or Do the Group Thing at GameRiot.

Simon & Schuster Interactive, the digital entertainment unit of Simon & Schuster Inc. (a Viacom Company), announced today that "Outlaw Volleyball," the humorous, gameplay driven sports title for Xbox(TM) has hit the road with Lollapalooza (Rated: "M" by the ESRB; Now Available; Xbox Live(TM) enabled). Before checking out Jane's Addiction, Audioslave and other cool acts, gamers are invited to play a round of OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL at GameRiot.

Gamers will be playing the game that media have called "...fun, fun, fun, with a capital FU," and "(the) new king of spike on the Xbox." OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL has addicting gameplay, the hottest babes in any videogame, and the trademark humor for which the 'Outlaw Sports' series is known which will have gamers laughing themselves silly.

Due to the game's mature material, gamers must be 17 years of age or older to play OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL at GameRiot and proper identification will be required.

About GameRiot

GameRiot blows the lid off video game play this summer at Lollapalooza. Once you enter, it's a whole new game. Experience the cooling GameRiot atmosphere and the heat of competition as you rock the newest and unreleased Xbox and PC games. Feel the pressure of the GameRiot girls, massaging the competition drums as you work your way up to the ultimate FreakBox finale, where Lollapalooza's main stage spotlight shines on you. Lollapalooza will dedicate every day to 6 intensive hours of play, just make sure you get our updates and check in early because space is limited and the future is hyper.

Monday, July 14, 2003

David Duchovny Signs on Lead Role in XIII
Steve @ 4:34 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 14, 2003 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's top game publishers, rounded out its AAA cast of voice talent for its highly anticipated action-shooter, XIII, by signing David Duchovny as its title character. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world and is scheduled to release on all game consoles as well as the PC, in Fall 2003.

"XIII isn't like any videogame I have ever seen - it plays like a suspenseful movie with a conspiracy-ridden storyline filled with enough twists and turns to keep everyone guessing," said Duchovny. "Players are in for a lot of surprises with this game - things are never what they seem, making for good drama and a great game."

XIII is a stylish, first-person shooter thriller featuring a conspiracy of epic proportions. David Duchovny takes on the role of XIII, a secret agent with complete amnesia who must discover clues behind his true identity. Avoiding pursuit by the FBI, who accuse him of assassinating the president, and a mysterious group called the Twenty are just two of XIII's challenges; he must also uncover sinister plots against the U.S. government from its highest offices. Duchovny joins actress/musician Eve, starring as Major Jones, and Adam West, as General Carrington, in the cast.

No stranger to the themes of government conspiracy, Duchovny starred in the hit television series about government cover-ups and conspiracy theories, The X-Files. Duchovny won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on The X-Files. He also appeared in many hit motion pictures, including EVOLUTION, Return to Me, and Zoolander. Duchovny is currently shooting Connie & Carla Do L.A. opposite Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette.

For more information about XIII, please visit: http://www.whoisxiii.com

Adam West Joins Cast of XIII
Steve @ 4:24 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 14, 2003 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's top game publishers, added to its AAA cast of voice talent for its highly anticipated action-shooter, XIII, by signing Adam West as General Carrington. West joins actress/musician Eve, starring as Major Jones, and David Duchonvy, as XIII, in the cast. XIII is an epic, conspiracy-driven thriller set in a highly stylized graphic-novel world and is scheduled to release on all game consoles as well as the PC, in Fall 2003.

"XIII's visual style is extremely eye-catching," said West. "The game's comic text and pop-up windows are similar to elements we used with the Batman series to stay true to the comic. In XIII, it builds this graphic-novel world to the last detail."

XIII features a unique visual style utilizing cel-shaded graphics to showcase the game's comic roots. Based on a popular graphic novel, XIII employs various comic elements, including pop-up windows and cartoon text to make the graphic-novel world come to life. Adam West, who played one of the cartoon world's famed heroes, Batman, plays the role of General Carrington - a hard-nosed military general leading an independent inquiry into the presidential assassination. Carrington is the only one who can help XIII find out his real identity and the truth behind who killed the president.

West is famous for his portrayal as the caped crusader in the hit 60s television series Batman, and has starred and appeared in more than 50 motion picture, television, and stage projects throughout his career. He has also lent his voice talents to several animated characters for well-known shows including The Rugrats, Family Guy, Batman, and Johnny Bravo. West also authored two books, Back to the Batcave and Climbing the Walls, and starred and served as creative consultant for the recent CBS Movie of the Week, Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam & Burt. In July, West will host a series called Achieving the Glow on G4®, the ComCast-owned TV network all about videogames and the gamer lifestyle.

Halo: Combat Evolved Sells Over 3 Million Units
Steve @ 4:17 PM EDT
Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today announced that the critically acclaimed "Halo: Combat Evolved" for Xbox has sold over three million copies worldwide. "Great to see that Halo continues to be a success on Xbox," said Bungie studio manager Pete Parsons, "and later this summer we will unleash Halo for the PC with online multiplayer capabilities featuring new maps, weapons and vehicles, plus the ability for fans to create mods." Bungie is currently hard at work on the highly anticipated sequel, Halo 2, which will come to Xbox in 2004.

Friday, July 11, 2003

Justice League Coming in 2004
Steve @ 4:00 PM EDT
CHICAGO - July 11, 2003 – Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that it will ship a new videogame based on the hit animated Cartoon Network television series, Justice League, for next-generation platforms in 2004.

Midway will bring together – for the first time on next-generation consoles – the Justice League, the greatest super heroes of all time with nonstop excitement and thrills for Justice League fans. Gamers will take control of their favorite DC Comics super heroes including Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, using each character’s superpowers, skills and special weapons to battle the combined forces of their greatest foes.

“We’re excited to bring this hit animated television series to life and give gamers the chance to play as their favorite Justice League heroes on next-generation consoles,” said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

The Justice League’s adventures began in 1940 when DC Comics’ All-Star Comics introduced the first-ever group of super heroes in a comic book series, entitled Justice Society of America, which ran until 1951. DC Comics revived the concept in March 1960, renaming it Justice League of America. It became the longest-running television cartoon based on a comic book when Hanna-Barbera Studios produced it as Super Friends (1973), The All-New Super Friends (1977), Challenge of the Super Friends (1978), The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979) and The Super Friends Hour (1980) for Saturday mornings, each with new characters added and each produced for ABC Television.

Justice League of America, a monthly comic book, continues to be one of DC Comics’ best-selling titles, consistently ranking among the top ten in industry sales. The Warner Bros. Animation- produced series, Justice League, premiered on Cartoon Network on Nov. 17, 2001, and quickly became an audience favorite with children and adults alike, ranking consistently in the network’s top ten performers. Issue #1 of the animated series tie-in comic book, entitled Justice League Adventures, debuted in Nov. 2001 and is one of the industry’s best-selling kid’s comics.

NARC Announced By Midway
Steve @ 3:35 PM EDT
CHICAGO – July 11, 2003 – Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that NARC, a stylized third-person action/shooter game, is in development and expected to ship in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube.

NARC is an all-new remake of the 1988 cult arcade classic of the same name, which was the first action/shooter videogame to put players in the middle of the war on drugs. Assuming the role of Hitman and Max Force, ex-partners reluctantly reunited as members of the elite NARC squad, gamers must rid the world of the powerful international drug cartel, K.R.A.K., which is run by the evil drug lord, Mr. Big. To stop the spread of the new ultra-powerful designer street drug, Liquid Soul, gamers must use street-style, hand-to-hand combat and a large array of weapons against enemies.

“Following a deep and twisting story that drives the character players control, NARC challenges gamers to bust and kill ruthless thugs and criminals in order to bring justice to the drug-infested streets,” said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

Hitman and Max Force embark on an authentic, drug-busting mission around the globe, from the United States to Asia and Eastern Europe, and finally to Mr. Big’s private island hideout. To accomplish their goal, gamers can choose from an arsenal of weapons to use as well as down-and-dirty street-fighting skills. The armed combat features third-person shooting, plus a zoomed-in third-person view for the perfect shot, while the unarmed combat features roughhouse action with an authentic street-fighting style, including wild punches, head-butts, knee-strikes, grappling and throwing.

NARC also features sub-missions that occur outside of the main missions. Gamers can hone their skills in the sub-missions and build their reputation by choosing to stop the many random crimes ranging from purse snatching to bank robberies. And, the licensed music in NARC features a collection of the best drug songs of all time.

NARC Key Features:

·Nonstop, Action-Packed, Drug-Busting Mayhem – As Hitman and Max Force, players must rid the world of drug-infested corruption:
-Play as either Max Force or Hitman in each of the levels; the game’s storyline drives which character players control.
-Some missions are solo while other missions allow the computer-controlled AI to fight along.
-Be a good cop or a bad cap—its up to you how you play the game.

·Bust Criminals – Arresting and busting criminals:
-The arrest procedure will be fast, arcade-like and will feel like a real tussle.
-Ease of arrest will depend upon the criminal’s health, criminal rating and drug use.

·Combat – Both unarmed and armed combat:
-Unarmed Combat – The style will be a roughhouse, authentic street-fighting style with big, wild punches, head-butts, knee-strikes, grappling and throwing.
-Armed Combat – Using an intuitive combat mechanic, players will use a wide arsenal of weapons, ranging from a crowbar to a rocket launcher and flame-thrower.

·Worldwide Drug Locales – Players embark on an over-the-top adventure that will take them around the globe in pursuit of the evil drug lord, Mr. Big. The five game locations are:
-USA: Based around a crime-ridden district of an East Coast American city.
-Asia: Set on the dock and downtown areas.
-Eastern Europe: An industrial complex and drug lab.
-Private Island: The private island of the evil drug lord, Mr. Big.

·Ambient Crime – The world found in NARC is extremely violent and crime-ridden. Occurring outside of the main missions, gamers can hone their skills and build their reputation by choosing to stop the many random crimes ranging from purse snatching to bank robberies.

·Soundtrack – Eclectic soundtrack spanning a wide variety of musical genres add to the drug-ridden street flavor of the game.

Midway Announces Area 51 FPS: Xbox Live
Steve @ 3:29 PM EDT
CHICAGO – July 11, 2003 – Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Area 51, the ultimate “sci-fi meets government cover-up” first-person shooter videogame, is scheduled to ship in 2004 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.

Featuring online play for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox Live, Area 51 is set in the U.S. government’s most top-secret and secure facility located in the Nevada desert. Players take on the role of Lt. Nick Cross, a hazardous biological waste specialist sent to investigate. During his investigation, Lt. Cross stumbles across alien creatures and becomes infected with a biological mutagen that eventually transforms him into something not quite human. To save the earth and himself, Lt. Cross must fight to solve the enigma of Area 51.

“The intrigue and rumors that surround the top-secret facility add a unique intensity and all-new dimension to this first-person shooter,” said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

Area 51 takes the player through eight massive levels within a clandestine government complex. Combining intense combat, exploration, adventure, discovery, and puzzle solving, the game blends graphic violence with science fiction. As Lt. Cross, the player will discover secret areas and items, including the answers to this rumored government conspiracy.

Stan Winston, renowned creature designer, contributed to Area 51’s intrigue by creating artwork of some of the disturbing alien characters and mutations featured in the game. For more than 30 years Stan Winston has developed characters, creatures and monsters for motion pictures and television. The four-time Academy Award winner is responsible for designing many of the most enduring creatures of the big screen, including the dinosaurs of “Jurassic Park,” the extraterrestrial monstrosities of “Aliens” and the fanciful character of “Edward Scissorhands.” Nominated for an Academy Award for “A.I.,” Stan Winston worked on the newly released “T3” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Area 51 Key Features:

·Extensive Single-Player Campaign – Battle through corridors of Area 51 and attempt to discover the secrets of the extraterrestrial menace before it is too late.

·Story-Driven Epic Adventure – Engage in an epic adventure through eight massive sections of a secretive complex.

·Fearsome Weaponry – Equip yourself with more than 15 types of human and alien weapons and other equipment as you explore dark corridors.

·Evolving Gameplay – An infectious mutagen gives Lt. Nick Cross alien-enhanced physical abilities but is also slowly transforming him into an alien. Find the cure before it’s too late and humanity is lost.

·Alien Menace – Battle fierce, horrific creatures designed by Stan Winston Studios, famed creature designer for such films as “Aliens”, “Jurassic Park” and “Predator”.

·Government Conspiracies – Explore and discover a multitude of secret items and areas, including the real answers behind such conspiracy theories.

·Multiplayer Combat – Compete against your friends via a four-player split screen and system link through numerous multiplayer game modes including Death Match.

·Online Combat – Battle online with your PlayStation 2 or via Xbox Live where you can easily access the many systems allowing you to find your friends and set up your own matches.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

New Rainbow Six 3 Screens
Steve @ 4:38 PM EDT
Ubi Soft made it clear to us today. This is not a port, and it's not called Raven Shield. The game has been completely redone for Xbox, and will have Splinter Cell quality graphics. Here are 8 new Screens.

Rainbow Six 3 Screens

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

EA Announces NFL Street
Steve @ 7:09 PM EDT
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 9, 2003--Electronic Arts announced today that the makers of Madden NFL Football are developing NFL STREET, a street style football videogame scheduled for release in early 2004 under the EA SPORTS BIG(TM) brand. The title is under development by Electronic Arts Tiburon for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube(TM), and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft.

NFL STREET features fast-paced 7-on-7 arcade gameplay, challenging NFL players to show their skills on both sides of the ball. The game showcases style with big jukes, behind-the-back passes, and a wealth of showboat moves that take football out of the stadium and into the streets. The action is non-stop with no penalties and no punting, kicking, or field goals. Players can pull off numerous trick plays and special moves because it's not just about putting points on the board, it's about showcasing your unique style -- NFL STREET is all about style over strategy.

"The NFL STREET franchise represents the game we all played as kids taken to the next level," said All-Pro Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. "We all want to play on both offense and defense in a wide-open, no holds barred game. NFL STREET is football the way players want to play -- it's our game."

Gamers can create a powerhouse team by filling each position with the biggest stars and best players from the NFL, selecting from over 300 players from all 32 NFL teams including legends like Barry Sanders. All of the NFL players featured in the game were made available from a license with PLAYERS INC, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. There are no helmets so players will be able to see the personalities of their favorite NFL players, and players are completely customizable from their clothing down to their hairstyles, tattoos, and more.

Need for Speed Underground Shipping this Fall
Steve @ 2:12 PM EDT
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 9, 2003--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) will release Need for Speed(TM) Underground, the next chapter in its landmark Need for Speed(TM) franchise, this fall under the EA GAMES(TM) brand. Originally slated for release in early 2004, Need for Speed Underground thrusts gamers into the adrenaline-filled world of urban street racing, challenging gamers to win cash, cars and respect as they put their driving skills to the test in their own fully-customizable urban exotic supercar.

Featuring a thrilling sense of speed created by a team led by an OSCAR(R)-nominated special effects expert, Need for Speed Underground delivers an authentic look at the gritty world of underground street racing. The game offers 20 of the most sought-after tuner cars from manufacturers including Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru(R), and Toyota(TM). Gamers will be able to upgrade nearly every aspect of their car's appearance and performance with hundreds of after-market parts from more than 50 real-world manufacturers, including HKS(R), Sparco(R), NOS(R), and more.

Need for Speed Underground is slated to ship for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) videogame console from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance, and PC CD-ROM. The game is being developed by EA Black Box.

Dynasty Warriors Franchise Sales Reach 5 Million Units
Steve @ 2:00 PM EDT
Burlingame, CA – July 9, 2003 – KOEI Corporation, the respected innovator of the Tactical Action genre, announced today that sales for the company’s Dynasty Warriors™ franchise has reached 5 million units worldwide. The original Dynasty Warriors game was released for PlayStation in 1997, and the series continues on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game console from Microsoft.

“The Dynasty Warriors brand intertwines the action and drama of a story based on actual events, and forges it into one of the most exhilarating video game experiences in history,“ stated Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at KOEI Corporation. “Achieving this sales milestone emphasizes the lasting universal appeal of the Dynasty Warriors saga.”

The newest installment in the series, Dynasty Warriors 4, known in Japan as Shin Sangoku Musou 3, debuted as the No.1 title across all video game consoles, and then went on to sell more than one million units in only nine days of release in Japan. The fervor over the title’s battlefield melee action has reached critical mass on this side of the Pacific. Dynasty Warriors 4 has laid siege to the North American PlayStation 2 Top Ten three months running since the game was released on March 25, 2003.

The enduring success of the franchise is matched by its critical acclaim. At the 2003 Game Developers Conference, Animation Magazine honored the Dynasty Warriors series with an award for Best Overall Game Animation. Dynasty Warriors 4 also received the coveted IGN.com Editor’s Choice Award, “a sign of excellence reserved for only the best products.”

Dynasty Warriors 4 for Xbox storms onto retail shelves on September 4, 2003 at a suggested retail of $49.99. The Xbox version includes the exclusive feature of Dolby Digital 5.1 compatibility.

Created by KOEI’s internal development team, Omega Force, Dynasty Warriors 4 is a 1-2 Player game. The ESRB rating for Dynasty Warriors 4 is "T" (Teen- Mild Language, Violence). The game is available now for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Dynasty Warriors 4 can be ordered through most online retailers including ebgames.com, gamestop.com, and toysrus.com, bestbuy.com, target.com, and kbtoys.com.

Gamers can visit the Official Dynasty Warriors 4 mini-site now at http://www.koei.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Outlaw Volleyball Ships
Steve @ 2:18 PM EDT
Simon & Schuster Interactive, the digital entertainment unit of Simon & Schuster Inc. (a Viacom Company), announced today that "Outlaw Volleyball," the humorous, gameplay driven sports title for Xbox(TM) has shipped to retailers and will be on store shelves this week (Rated "M" by the ESRB; $49.95 estimated street price; Xbox Live(TM) enabled). Developed by New Jersey-based Hypnotix Inc., OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL will deliver a spanking good time with exciting online multiplayer action (Xbox Live), the hottest babes in any videogame, and the trademark humor for which the 'Outlaw Sports' series is known.

Also announced today, the first 150,000 copies of OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL contain a bonus music sampler from Hollywood Records' featured band 'Diffuser.' One of the tracks on the sampler, "Get It On," will also be on the forthcoming OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL soundtrack that was Executive Produced by Nile Rodgers (Madonna "Like a Virgin," Duran Duran "The Reflex"). The official soundtrack will be shipping July 29.

About OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL

OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL, the second title in the Outlaw Sports series of humorous, gameplay driven games, follows on the success of "Outlaw Golf." "Outlaw Volleyball" is the first volleyball game for the Xbox Live(TM) multiplayer game network that allows gamers to play against one another around the world. In OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL players compete against one another in exotic locations such as a sewer and a woman's prison while spiking the ball down their opponent's throat.

Gamers begin OUTLAW VOLLEYBALL by choosing from one of four game modes:

  • Tour - Show your volleyball skills on more than 10 off-the-wall courts.

  • Exhibition - Want a quickie? Get going fast with a quick game.

  • Tutorials - Learn how to play with yourself with this handy mode. Spiking, diving, and serving are just a few of the skills you'll learn.

  • Drills - Get toned and ready to compete with fun mini-games such as "Spectator Invaders," "Bump-a-palooza," "Block Party," and many others.

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Sells Over 2 Million
    Steve @ 1:48 PM EDT
    CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 8, 2003--Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Mortal Kombat(R): Deadly Alliance(TM) has sold-through more than two million units worldwide in combined sales, across all platforms, between its November 22, 2002 launch and July 8, 2003. The game is currently available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance.

    "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance took gamers by storm, and these numbers prove the franchise is continuing to define the fighting genre," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

    The leading gaming media have also recognized Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as a top choice. GamePro Magazine's 13th Annual Readers Choice Award for the best fighting game went to Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, while GameSpot declared the game "Best fighting game of 2002" for Xbox and Nintendo GameCube, and IGN included it among its "Editor's Choice Awards" for PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. In March 2003, Gaming World X crowned Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as the "Best Fighter" on Xbox.

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance delivers the highly acclaimed series to the next-generation consoles with a lethal dose of unparalleled brutality, supernatural mystique and a reinvented fighting system, all powered by a new engine that rewards longtime fans of the franchise as well as next-generation game lovers. Beginning the next chapter in the battle of good versus evil, two powerful sorcerers - Shang Tsung(R) and Quan Chi(TM) - join forces to deliver unrivaled fighting action in their quest for supreme immortality. Historically, the Mortal Kombat series is one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time with more than 20 million home games sold.

    In the game, players engage in hand-to-hand and special-weapon combat, executing secret moves and combinations with new fatalities and deadly body blows. Lethal new warriors are added to the mix along with the return of Mortal Kombat classics - Scorpion(TM), Raiden(TM), Sub-Zero(R) and Sonya Blade(R). Hyper-realistic, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance features progressive physical damage that allows players to view the inevitable demise of their opponents while utilizing three unique fighting styles for each warrior, creating nearly unlimited fighting possibilities.

    Players are also able to enter the Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance "Krypt," which is comprised of more than 600 "koffins" that players can purchase with "kurrency" earned in the game. The "koffins" are filled with new characters, new arenas, alternate costumes, photos and other hidden surprises.

    Adding to the punishing action in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is Arista Records' Adema, which has recorded a hard-driving, heavy, yet melodic modern rock theme song titled "Immortal," done exclusively for this new Mortal Kombat videogame and featured as the lead track in the band's follow-up EP to its self-titled debut album. The album is in stores now. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance's DVD content includes the "Immortal" song and music video. Also featured in the DVD section is the history of Mortal Kombat and behind-the-scenes interviews with the game's development team.

    Monday, July 7, 2003

    ESPN Football New First Person View; Screens & Movie
    Steve @ 7:32 PM EDT
    SAN RAFAEL, California - (July 7, 2003) - Armchair quarterbacks, beware! SEGA(R)'s sports studio, Visual Concepts Entertainment, maker of the acclaimed '2K' sports game series, and ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, today announced First Person Football, a revolutionary style of gameplay that allows gamers to immerse themselves completely in a sports videogame- from the first person perspective. First Person Football will make its debut this fall in "ESPN NFL Football," giving the definition of virtual football a whole new meaning. For the first time ever, a sports video game will be played through the perspective of the players themselves as every sight and sound is experienced from behind the helmet.

    "Our fans have been asking us to find ways they can get even more involved in the game," said Greg Thomas, president, Visual Concepts Entertainment, maker of the acclaimed "2K" sports game series. "We've put considerable resources behind this revolutionary feature and created a game mode that allows you to become any player on the field and experience the game just as they do every time they hit the field."

    "This is a truly exciting new feature for sports fans, and we're excited to bring it to them and to the gaming community," said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN Enterprises. "ESPN has always been about serving the fans, and these games will really make them part of the action."

    With strikingly realistic audio and visual components, the most minute of details have been included in First Person Football. Depending on which position gamers select to control for each play, the audio and visual experience will change. As the quarterback, players can hear the ominous footsteps of defensive linesman closing in, their pounding heartbeat or the thud of their body hitting the grass after a tough tackle.

    The accurate viewpoint of every player on the field has been captured, from kicker to fullback, allowing gamers to alternate players for every play giving them a truly immersive gridiron experience.

    "ESPN NFL Football" will be available at retailers nationwide this fall and will be available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(R).

    First Person - PS2 Screens

    Only PS2 Screens are available, but we figured we'd show you anyway.

    ESPN Football First Person Teaser Trailer

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone From EA
    Steve @ 4:50 PM EDT
    For the first time ever, Harry Potter(TM) fans will be able to experience the magic of Harry's first year at Hogwarts(TM) with next-generation graphics and updated gameplay in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM) game from Electronic Arts. EA's UK Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(TM) games, which together have sold over 20 million copies worldwide, joins Warthog Games in developing the title for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCube(TM). The game is scheduled for release in the fall of 2003 under the EA GAMES(TM) brand.

    Continuing the successful game design style first used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the graphics and gameplay for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- previously available for the PlayStation game console, PC, Game Boy(R) Advance, and Game Boy Color -- are updated for next-generation consoles for an even richer experience in Hogwarts year one. Making the most of new technology, the locations in and around Hogwarts and Diagon Alley(TM) are displayed in spectacular 3D graphics.

    Players take the role of Harry Potter as he arrives for his first year at Hogwarts and embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery of the Sorcerer's Stone. An adventure full of fun and magic, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone allows players to explore a variety of multi-layered 3D environments. The game includes encounters with many of the characters familiar to readers of the fiction, including Harry's best friends Ron Weasley(TM) and Hermione Granger(TM), Rubeus Hagrid(TM), Professor Dumbledore(TM), and his nemesis Draco Malfoy(TM).

    Thursday, July 3, 2003

    Midway Announces Arcade Treasures
    Steve @ 2:59 PM EDT
    Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Midway(R) Arcade Treasures(TM), the first next-generation console offering of more than 20 classic arcade games, is scheduled to ship in fall 2003.

    Midway Arcade Treasures features hundreds of hours of classic gameplay action from all-time arcade favorites including the fast-paced action of SpyHunter(R), the multiplayer collaboration of Gauntlet(R), the space-age adventure of Defender(R) and the dueling combat of Joust(R), just to name a few.

    "Now these games can be enjoyed along with extensive DVD content that features the history of some of the top arcade titles and creator interviews," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway.

    With Midway Arcade Treasures, gamers will have the option of enjoying their favorite titles in either one-player or two-player game formats. The DVD content in the game features a history of many of the classic arcade hits and interviews with creators and developers of the games.


    Midway Arcade Treasures Games Include:

    More than 20 Great Arcade Games

    -- SpyHunter
    -- Defender II
    -- Gauntlet
    -- Joust
    -- Paperboy(R)
    -- Rampage(R)
    -- Marble Madness(R)
    -- Robotron: 2084(R)
    -- Smash TV(TM)
    -- Joust 2
    -- Bubbles(R)
    -- RoadBlasters(TM)
    -- Blaster(R)
    -- Rampart(R)
    -- Sinistar(R)
    -- Super Sprint(TM)
    -- 720 degrees(R)
    -- Toobin'(R)
    -- KLAX(R)
    -- SPLAT!(TM)
    -- Satan's Hollow(TM)
    -- Vindicators(TM)

  • Nonstop Action -- Hundreds of hours of classic gameplay action
  • DVD Content -- Creator and developer interviews and game histories
  • Multiplayer Gameplay -- One- and two-player gameplay

    Happy 4th of July From the Girls of Sudeki
    Steve @ 2:47 PM EDT
    We hope that everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Ailish and Buki from the RPG Sudeki would also like to wish you a happy 4th! Enjoy!




    Wednesday, July 2, 2003

    New Dynasty Warriors 4 Screens
    Steve @ 4:09 PM EDT
    Koei was nice enough to send over some new screens from Dynasty Warriors 4. DW4 will be shipping for Xbox this fall.

    Dynasty Warriors 4 Screens