NewsPro Archive

July 2004

Friday, July 30, 2004

New Features for ESPN NHL 2K5
Steve @ 5:43 PM EDT
SAN RAFAEL, CA (July 30, 2004) - ESPN Videogames today unveiled new features for their upcoming hockey title, ESPN NHL 2K5. The #1 rated* 2K hockey series introduces several new additions in Franchise Mode, the new Intense Contact Control(tm) system, and Party Mode, a new feature that brings fans together in the spirit of competition.

Several new enhancements can be found in ESPN NHL 2K5's expanded Franchise Mode. The introduction of worldwide scouting offers gamers the most comprehensive options in order to find key players to help build their minor league teams and plan for the future. New, improved minor league management allows the player to develop up-and-coming talent with the help of a full coaching staff. The Live Scouting System(tm) gives users the ability to track prospective talent from around the globe in practice drills and games to learn much more about their abilities.

Party Mode introduces 15 unique mini-games for frenetic multi-player fun. Playable for up to four people, gamers compete in several entertaining hockey-based challenges. Mini-games include the scoring fest Free-For-All, In the Zone, Breakout, and many more. All mini-games in Party Mode are playable online for PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(tm) videogames system from Microsoft(c).

The physical intensity of hockey is fully realized with the debut of the Intense Contact Control(tm) system. Gamers can antagonize hockey opponents with quick hooks, bumps, and other contact moves to throw off timing when passing or skating to the goal. Players can also restrict the opposing team's movement, and intimidate adversaries with hard-nosed play.

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

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Area 51 Gets a New Release Date
Steve @ 7:01 PM EDT
Chicago-based interactive entertainment developer and publisher, Midway Amusement Games, LLC announced today that its sci-fi first-person shooter is now scheduled to ship the first half of 2005. Committed to publishing games of the highest caliber, Midway decided to give AREA 51 the extra development time needed in order to achieve the triple-A game quality that is expected of the title. In addition to honing graphics and fine tuning gameplay, the development team has confirmed that they will be adding new features to the game including a new alien enemy, as well as a new alien weapon. The new launch date will also give Midway time to effectively market AREA 51 to its highest potential.

In AREA 51 players will experience a chilling government cover-up in the only 1st person shooter that explores America’s most top secret military facility revealing the conspiracies are real and far worse than anyone ever imagined. Gamers will be able to explore and investigate the mystery, the conspiracies and the enigma that is Area 51 while battling through five massive levels where fantastic, futuristic and horrific human and alien weaponry, enemies and powers await. Players will be able to compete against friends via 4-player split screen on Xbox® and 2-player split screen on the PlayStation®2, or fight it out with their mutation abilities online with 16 players on their PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system or via Xbox™ Live with online modes such as death match, team death match and capture the flag.

Official Website for 'The Guy Game' Launches
Steve @ 7:00 PM EDT
Are you tired of the monotony in your everyday grind? Still trying to figure out if your boss was blind cc'd on that email? It's time for something a little bit more "uplifting" as TOPHEAVY Studios and Gathering invite you to check out some of those scantily clad women (as if you don't already) and get a sneak peek at what's to come for the launch of The Guy Game, this summer. Take an online tour through this voluptuous valley of information and stop at these various locations:

Gameplay: Everyone knows it's not how sexy a video game looks; it's the gameplay inside that counts. The Guy Game has a handful of exciting play modes including: Trivia with over a 1,000 questions, Smackdown (new version of "Ahole") and the Ballz challenge that will help determine just who has the biggest Ballz in gaming;
Screenshots & Video: Nothing will make you wish that you studied harder in school than gazing upon The Guy Game hotties. Get a closer look at the 8 sexy babes you can choose to be your own personal cheerleader throughout the game and see the female contestants that you'll be dying to undress with all of that useless knowledge stored in your noggin;

News: If you ever finally leave the screenshot section, you might want to check out the latest information that has been published on the title.

About the Guy Game

The Guy Game puts you right in the middle of the steamiest Spring Break action at one of the world's wildest party spots!

Shot live at South Padre Island; this Trivia Challenge meets Spring Break Insanity and lets you play along with over 60 hot co-eds, proudly showing off their "assets." Bring the party and we'll supply the game -- where you score every time!

The Guy Game is rated "M" for mature and will be available Summer 2004 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

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Midway to Publish 3 Titles Based On the Unreal Franchise
Steve @ 6:49 PM EDT
CHICAGO – JUNE 28, 2004 - Midway Games Inc., a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced a multi-year, multi-product agreement with Epic Games to publish three new videogames based on the popular Unreal® franchise. The agreement marks Midway's entrance into the premium PC games sector with a property that has sold more than seven million units worldwide and generated nearly $200 million in revenue at retail since the introduction of Unreal Tournament in 1999.

Under terms of the agreement, Midway obtains worldwide publishing rights for the three Unreal titles from Epic, including Unreal Championship® 2, an Xbox® exclusive title scheduled to ship in 2005, and two future installments of Unreal Tournament® on PC and upcoming next generation consoles. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Only Korean PC rights were excluded from the deal.

"This relationship with Epic further bolsters the strength of our portfolio of top-rated games and allows us to leverage the marketing capabilities of our organization to take the Unreal franchise to an even broader audience of gamers," said David Zucker, president and chief executive officer of Midway. "It immediately establishes Midway as a leader in the PC games sector. Additionally, Unreal Championship 2, scheduled for introduction in February, should further extend Midway's growing track record for distributing top quality games. We are delighted that Epic chose Midway over other publishers and we look forward to working closely with the Epic team to carefully manage this valuable franchise."

"Midway gets it. They hit right at the heart of gamers. Not only did they create many classics including Defender, NFL Blitz and Mortal Kombat, but they're making great new games such as Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, The Suffering, NBA Ballers, NARC and Area 51. They make awesome games and don't apologize for it, so we think games like Unreal Tournament will fit in perfectly here," said Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder, Epic Games. "In our opinion Midway is doing the industry's best marketing and promotional campaigns and they will contribute strongly to the ongoing success of the Unreal franchise."

Scheduled to arrive exclusively for Xbox in February 2005, Unreal Championship 2 brings a whole new level of intensity to the series as gamers are blessed with superhuman agility that arms them for battle against deadly characters or readies them for hand-to-hand melee combat. Taking the battle online and around the world, Unreal Championship 2 pits players against each other in an eight-person Xbox Live!™ multiplayer challenge where only the strong survive. Built from the ground up for the Xbox, Unreal Championship 2 features all new gameplay elements, including a deep melee combat system that seamlessly blends in with the ranged weapon combat the series is known for, a full story-driven single-player mode, dozens of all new maps, new game modes and an arsenal of new weaponry. Additional information can be obtained through the Unreal Championship 2 web site at

Backyard Wrestling 2 Soundtrack Announced
Steve @ 6:45 PM EDT
San Francisco, CA (July 28, 2004) - Eidos, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced the hard hitting in-game soundtrack for Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood. The sequel to the genre-bending phenomenon Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This At Home, Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood offers a soundtrack featuring contributions from legendary artists, today’s hottest acts, and tomorrow’s industry leaders. The in-game soundtrack delivers a direction that further refines and voices the sound of Backyard Wrestling and today’s youth.

"With the soundtrack for Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood we are building on the nearly unanimous positive feedback that the original Backyard Wrestling soundtrack received,” says Kevin Gill, global brand manager / soundtrack supervisor at Eidos. “This time around we are drilling even deeper into the past with the music that inspired today’s bands, the present with today’s hottest acts, and looking to the future to break the next big groups NOW. The BYW2: There Goes the Neighborhood soundtrack is THE DEFINITIVE hard rock soundtrack.”

The Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood soundtrack
boasts a healthy selection of over 50 hard hitting tracks. The ample list balances the melodic, yet urgent "punky" sounds of today’s youth, a strong selection of modern music’s heaviest bands, and a healthy sampling of dynamic hip hop that thinks outside the box. Many legendary artists that have influenced much of the sound of today’s generation will make their FIRST EVER appearance on an in-game soundtrack. The following is the list of confirmed artists lending their talents to the official in-game soundtrack:

o Body Count - There Goes the Neighborhood
o Andrew WK - Your Rules
o Kool Keith feat. Kut Masta Kurt and Motion Man - Serve 'Em A Sentence
o T.S.O.L. - Serious
o Hoobastank - Out of control
o Insane Clown Posse - Juggalo Paradise
o Mudvayne - Silenced
o Dizzee Rascal - Just a Rascal
o KRS-One - Get Your Self Up
o Gwar - Gor Gor
o Hazen Street - Are you Ready?
o Murphy's Law - Vicky Crown
o Gorilla Biscuits - New Direction
o Shadows Fall - Destroyer of Senses
o Sick of It All - On The Brink
o Bad Brains - Soulcraft
o Kjell Vistad - Wicked Style
o ABK - Gang Related
o Thousand Foot Krutch - Rawkfist
o Twiztid - On The Other End
o Stamping Ground - Don't Need A Reason To Hate
o Six and Violence - Die for Fun
o Hazen Street - All That
o Boys Night Out - I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in
Other People's Business
o Every Time I die - Godspeed Us to Sea
o Fall Out Boy - Granade Jumper
o Lexicon - Rock
o Andrew WK - Party Hard
o Insane Clown Posse - F#*k The World
o Insane Clown Posse - We Gives No F*#k
o Strike Anywhere - Infrared
o Biohazard - Shades of Grey
o Chimaira - Pure Hatred
o Red Tape - Stalingrad
o Clutch - The Mob Goes Wild
o Mudvayne - Not Falling
o Amen - Money Infection
o No Redeeming Social Value - Clueless
o Vision of Disorder - Through My Eyes
o Nora - I Should Have Sent Flowers
o Vaux - Set it to Blow
o Bloodsimple - Path to Prevail
o Late Night Sneaky - The Metal
o Channel 3 - Whine of Youth
o D.R.I. - Tear It Down
o Dark Lotus - That's Me
o K-Love - Backyard Wrestling!
o Pint Size - My Fist, your face

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes The Neighborhood is currently in
development by Paradox Development and will be available for the
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system & the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft in October of 2004 in North America.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Carmen Electra and Tom Arnold In Playboy: The Mansion
Steve @ 3:47 AM EDT
Scottsdale, Ariz. – June 27, 2004 – Co-publishers Groove Games and ARUSH Entertainment today announced that their upcoming, highly anticipated title "Playboy: The Mansion(tm)," published under license from Playboy Enterprises, will feature celebrity guests Carmen Electra and Tom Arnold on its interactive game play roster, and that the Official game site, , is now online for you to immerse yourself in the virtual Playboy video game experience.

Much like the ultra-cool parties thrown by Hugh Hefner in real life, players will have the opportunity to host incredible parties for dozens of celebrities in "Playboy: The Mansion." Each celebrity comes equipped with his/her own characteristic data, unique to the real life personality being emulated. In addition to their physical likeness, every celebrity possesses a set of moods and drives that steer their motivations and reactions in specific social situations. Even their own zodiac signs mysteriously affect the celebrity guests. Players have the opportunity to interact with these celebrities in order to build meaningful friendships, strike profitable business deals, or even stimulate a sizzling romance.

“I am very excited about my cameo in this game,” said internationally known actress, model, TV host and Playboy favorite Carmen Electra. “I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Hef and the incredible lifestyle he lives, and to have a virtual avatar representing me in 'Playboy: The Mansion' is very exciting. I look forward to seeing myself at many of the incredible parties that gamers will throw in their virtual Playboy Mansions on the PlayStation2, Xbox and PC.”

To kick off the addition of these celebrities in the game, ARUSH Entertainment and Groove Games are happy to announce a new Web site dedicated to the title. Located at , gamers can check out the latest news and info, screenshots, artwork, downloadable features and forums where they can talk with others about the game and their own ideas on how they will live the lifestyle of the world’s ultimate Playboy.

“We are happy to have the star caliber that our celebrities bring to this game,” said Jim Perkins, founder, president and CEO of ARUSH Entertainment. “The best part about 'Playboy: The Mansion' is throwing kick-ass parties, and having cool celebs like Carmen and Tom make the experience more realistic for gamers. They aren’t partying with Adrian Actor; they are partying with people they can see on TV or in movies any day of the week.”

The release of "Playboy: The Mansion(tm)" marks Playboy’s entry into the video game category and underlines the growth of Playboy’s licensing business in the entertainment arena. In addition to game industry advertising and merchandising initiatives, ARUSH and Groove will aggressively market the game in Playboy magazine and on to support the launch.

"Playboy: The Mansion," distributed in North America by Hip Interactive and developed by Cyberlore Studios, will be available for purchase at nearby retail stores during the 2004 Holiday season. For more information on the game, please visit

Codemasters Announces All-New Website
Steve @ 3:44 AM EDT
New York – (July 27, 2004) – Codemasters, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today a dramatic new look for its online community with several updates to its official Web site. Located at and tailored to individual international territories, the site is home to more one million registered members and garners over 20 million page impressions each month.

The front page highlights the latest headline games and news, allowing visitors to visit game-specific micro sites and browse dedicated sections for Downloads, News, the E-Store, Cheats, Code M (Codemasters’ dedicated community section) and the newly added Video Box.

The Video Box provides visitors with immediate access to streaming videos via on-screen players. Currently, users can check out the latest videos for Colin McRae Rally 2005, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II and the new “Gimmicks” video for Second Sight, which showcases a wide variety of bizarre psychic power tricks. In addition to streams, movies can also be downloaded in full from the Downloads section, which also plays home to screenshots, game demos and upgrades, desktop accessories and e-toys.

Players can get up close and personal with Codemasters’ development teams and fellow fans by signing up for the Code M privileged subscriber community at Members receive newsletters tailored toward specific game interests, free unlocks, e-mail alerts, forum access and opportunities to participate in surveys and provide updates on new game design ideas.

Visit the all-new Codemasters Web site today at

Street Racing Syndicate Sponsor of Hot Import Nights
Steve @ 3:31 AM EDT
San Jose, Ca., (July 27, 2004) – Namco’s Street Racing Syndicate (SRS) will race around the country as the exclusive video game sponsor of Hot Import Nights and Hot Import Daze, the multi-city expo showcasing the top rides, models, trends and gear that dominate the import racing community.

From California to New Jersey, Hot Import Nights offers auto enthusiasts a chance to get intimate with the world of import racing. DJs spin music, graffiti artists show off their talent, and never before seen rides pull up to the circle to be judged while one of a kind cars and their celebrity owners show up to show off.

The same high stakes, pride, and ferocity of the street racing lifestyle is best seen in the opening movie of SRS. Available now on the SRS web site ( ), the first half of the movie highlights four zealous drivers as they pull up in tricked out rides, side by side for a true test of glory. Drivers will have to hang on to their seats to see the second installment of the movie where the winner of the race is eventually revealed.

SRS comes fully loaded with officially licensed vehicles, hundreds of aftermarket parts, and authentic import racing gameplay and has captured the attention of one of the import scene’s largest magazines. Import Tuner says about the game, "It is so rare to find a game like SRS that captures the essence of the scene and portrays it so well."

Drivers can race head-to-head online, risk pink slips and win rivals’ cars. Gear heads can even measure car modifications before taking it on the road with an in-game dyno. Day or night, gamers can choose to race in hot cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami and put it all on the line for the affections of the SRS girls who are even hotter!

Street Racing Syndicate hits shelves this fall on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube entertainment system.

Monday, July 26, 2004

NBA Street V3 In Development
Steve @ 7:13 PM EDT
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 2004--Electronic Arts announced today that NBA STREET V3 is in development and scheduled for release in early 2005 under the EA SPORTS BIG(TM) brand. The game is being produced by Electronic Arts Canada, the studio which also is home to the industry-leading NBA LIVE and NCAA(R) March Madness(TM) hoops videogame franchises.

The highly-anticipated third chapter in the multi-platinum-selling NBA STREET series rises above the rim and expands on the customization and variety of game modes and gameplay that helps distinguish the franchise within EA's rich basketball portfolio. Gamers can build their reputation as they create the future of street basketball with all-new jaw-dropping, ankle-breaking, rim-shaking moves in visually stimulating environments, from favorite courts like "The Cage" and "Rucker Park" to the next generation of streetball sanctuaries, like "Venice Beach." It all adds up to give V3 a revolutionary style all its own.

"NBA STREET V3 is a celebration of the culture and inventive style of street basketball," says Wil Mozell, senior producer for the project. "We're excited to continue to push the possibilities of customization, self-expression, and creativity in the new school revolution of hoops."

Featuring NBA legends, today's top stars, and original characters from past editions, NBA STREET V3 reaches new heights by making over-the-top, larger-than-life moves even bigger in this action-packed, arcade-style game. Customize your baller, build courts from the ground up, throw one down in an all-new dunk contest and go online to put your reputation to the test.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Catwoman Available Now
Steve @ 6:03 PM EDT
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2004--Electronic Arts announced today that Catwoman the videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on the highly anticipated Catwoman motion picture from Warner Bros. Pictures starring Oscar(R) winning actress, Halle Berry, is now available for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance, and PC CD-ROM.

The game follows the story of Patience Philips, who is killed after she uncovers a dark secret held by her employers. Brought back to life by a rare Egyptian cat, she becomes Catwoman and sets out to discover the truth about herself and her murder. Players will encounter key characters from the movie, including challenging bosses such as Armando, Hedare's head henchman and Laurel Hedare, the beautiful face behind the evil empire.

Boasting incredible acrobatic skills, players can leap across roofs, run up walls, pounce on prey, utilize unique "cat senses," and avoid enemy bullets with feline grace. In addition, players can use Catwoman's whip to swing through the air and utilize the fully interactive environments to trap or knock her foes unconscious.

Developed by EA's UK Studio, Catwoman is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.95 for console platforms, $29.95 for the Game Boy Advance and $39.95 for PC. The game's official website is

Download the Halo 2 Theatrical Trailer On Xbox Exclusive
Steve @ 5:48 PM EDT
We just got the official Halo 2 Theatrical Trailer. Check it out now!

Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today announced a movie-style promotional campaign for the launch of the most anticipated game this year, Halo 2. Beginning today and continuing through August, a Halo 2 theatrical trailer will be shown in more than 1500 Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie screens in the U.S. before many of the hottest films of the summer; including Spider-Man 2, The Village, King Arthur, I Robot, Catwoman and Alien vs. Predator. The trailer sets the stage for Master Chief's arrival on Earth to stop Covenant forces from destroying all mankind. Halo 2 lands on store shelves on November 9; but gamers can reserve their copy now, as a special limited edition copy of Halo 2 is currently available for pre-order at most retailers.

The cinematic Halo 2 trailer was created by The Ant Farm, the Hollywood company renowned for their work on trailers for blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 2, Shrek, Kill Bill and the Harry Potter series.

Halo 2 Trailer

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Intec Introduces 2.4Ghz Wireless Accessories
Steve @ 5:31 PM EDT
(Miami, FL) – July 22, 2004 – Intec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of cross-platform video game accessories, today introduced its new lineup of 2.4Ghz wireless video game accessories. Intec, the first to market in 2003 with 2.4Ghz wireless controllers, will be adding mini controllers, racing wheels, and dance mats to its current roster of wireless 2.4Ghz accessories. Set to begin shipping in North America on August 16, 2004, Intec’s new products will offer users additional features and offerings that only an experienced leader in the video game accessories market can provide.

The new lineup includes:

1) 2.4Ghz Mini Wireless Controllers

Lightweight at only 9.6oz, Intec’s new mini wireless controllers are for players with small hands or for those who prefer precise game control in a smaller layout. Versions for the GameCube® (G5085 – MSRP $29.99), PlayStation® 2 (G7085 – MSRP $29.99), and Xbox™ (G8085 – MSRP $34.99) are available and each allows for play up to 30 ft. away from the console. The mini wireless controllers come with a Lifetime Warranty and offer users 70 hours of game time (using 2 AA Batteries), turbo function buttons for rapid fire, “gamer” designed analog sticks and digital directional pads for superior control, rubberized grips for comfort and tactile control, dual vibration motors with on & off vibration switches, auto connect for a simplified set up, a 3-position rumble switch to control the vibration feedback level and battery life, and auto-sensing technology that allows for up to 16 players to play without interference. Each mini wireless controller will go into a “sleep mode” after not being used for a period of 5 minutes (auto shut-off), which saves battery time, and each will “wake up” with the press of any action button, making it available for immediate use.

Specific features for the GameCube and PS2 controller include 8 analog action buttons and 2 analog sticks, while the Xbox version offers 6 analog buttons and 2 action triggers.

2) 2.4Ghz Wireless Racing Wheels

Intec’s new 2.4Ghz wireless racing wheels offer vibration feedback so users can really “feel” bumps, crashes, and more. Each version - one for PlayStation® 2 (G7094 – MSRP $69.99) and one for Xbox™ (G8094 – MSRP $79.99) - features digital, analog, and steering wheel modes, rubberized grips for maximum control, auto centering for improved handling on curves, and analog pedals for realistic acceleration and braking. Both offer pedals and shifting paddles, which have 2 settings to cover all racing game layouts, high, mid, and low vibration switches, and steering wheel turning sensitivity adjustment control is offered for each player’s preferred racing style. Both can be setup to play via a desktop or lap position due to the improved 250-degree wheel excursion.

3) 2.4Ghz Wireless Dance Mats

Intec 2.4Ghz wireless dance mats allow users to create a dance floor anywhere, anytime, up to 30 ft. away from the console. Versions for the PlayStation®/PlayStation® 2 (G6251 – MSRP $39.99) and Xbox™ (G8251 – MSRP $49.99) are available, and each works with today’s popular dance software and/or games made specifically for those systems. Intec dance mats feature a non-slip surface, so dancers can dance without falling off!

4) 2.4Ghz Full-Sized ‘Lazer’ Wireless Controllers

For the second year in a row, Intec is offering full-sized 2.4Ghz wireless controllers that allow for play up to 30 ft. away from the console. Versions for the GameCube® (G5091 – MSRP $29.99), PlayStation® 2 (G7091 – MSRP $29.99), and Xbox™ (G8091 – MSRP $39.99) are available and come with a Lifetime Warranty. Each offer the same features as the new mini wireless controllers but in a full-size format suitable for all styles of game play. The new editions of the ‘Lazer’ wireless controllers operate on 2 AA batteries and no longer use rechargeable batteries and a charger, as did the 2003 versions.

"Intec has received enormous support from the retail community for this new line of accessories, and the company is poised to become the leading provider of high-end wireless video game accessories in the market," said Mark Stanley, vp marketing at Intec. "Our capability to develop and design top-quality accessories, and manufacture them in our own overseas facility, gives us the advantage of speed-to-market as well as best-of-class quality control. This Fall, a number of exciting games will be coming to market and Intec’s new line of wireless products will allow gamers to increase their gaming performance while maximizing the immersive experience of these new titles.”

Doom 3 Taps Chris Vrenna for Theme
Steve @ 5:29 PM EDT
(Los Angeles, California, July 21st, 2004) – id Software™, one of the world’s leading video game developers, today announced that noted producer-composers Chris Vrenna and Clint Walsh have produced the theme song to the highly anticipated DOOM 3™, set for release August 3rd, 2004.

A terrifying battle with the forces of Hell, DOOM 3’s dramatic storyline, incredible action, mind-blowing graphics, 5.1 surround sound and ground-breaking technology are fused together to draw gamers into the most frightening, shocking, and gripping first-person gaming experience ever created.

Renowned as one of the founding members of Nine Inch Nails, Chris Vrenna is recognized as one of the top producer-remixers in the music industry, having worked with a ‘who’s who’ of artists such as U2 for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, P.O.D. for The Scorpion King as well as Weezer, David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins and Rob Zombie amongst many others. Vrenna recently released his second Tweaker album (created with collaborator Clint Walsh) titled 2 a.m. wakeup call on the Waxploitation label.

“I have been a fan of almost every game id has developed”, said Vrenna. “I grew up on DOOM, QUAKE and Wolfenstein, so this was a huge honor for me to have been asked. Clint and I have created something worthy of the task, that both game and music fans will be into.”

Vrenna has produced and composed music for a number of video games including American McGee’s Alice, id Software’s QUAKE (as a member of NIN), The Sims II, Enter The Matrix, as well as upcoming games such as Tabula Rasa and Area 51.

”We asked Chris to create a modern DOOM 3 theme song that reflected the character and intensity of DOOM3, and we couldn’t be happier with the final product,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “Chris and id have shared a mutual appreciation for each others work, and it was exciting to be able to team up on something that fans of both id and Vrenna will appreciate.”

For more information on DOOM 3, VRENNA’S music and background, and id Software, visit , , , and

Sudeki Now Available
Steve @ 5:23 PM EDT
Summer's here, and so are the beautiful women and intense action of Sudeki. Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Sudeki, a fantasy roleplaying game (RPG) exclusive to Xbox®, has has been spotted on store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.). Sudeki will be available in Europe in August. Developed in the U.K. by Climax Group, Sudeki sets its heroes on a twisting path of betrayal, gravity-defying combat and unbelievable magic.

Four heroes -- a sultry wizardress, a soaring gunslinger, a powerful swordsman and a dark huntress -- are about to be hurtled over the edge in a flight into a world of darkness and evil. Sudeki pushes the limits of what an RPG can be by providing bigger worlds, more powerful heroes and sexier heroines; all set in the context of fantastical real-time action. In a world ripped apart by deceit, Sudeki players become heroes on a twisting path of betrayal, real-time combat and unbelievable magic.

Message From Blinx
Steve @ 5:21 PM EDT

“After a glorious vacation, I’m back. The last time you saw me, I was fighting that menacing group of pigs! Just wait until we show them how I’ve improved the skill of time sweeping during my travels! I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I’ve become quite a master of controlling and manipulating every second of every day. In my most recent battle, I was up against a gang of pigs who tried to manipulate the space around me by creating a worm hole, can you believe that?! Don’t worry; I fooled them by pausing time. I was able to dart around the pig-headed bullies while they stood like stone, not knowing what was happening. The best part is my gang and I defeated them using some serious time control and teamwork!

Not only have I become a master of time, I have acquired a new wardrobe too! I can decide what I want my clothes to look like and even decide what length I want my tail to be. Oh, and through the miracle of color contacts, I can choose what color eyes I’ll have! How cleverly cool is that?! Every day is a new adventure and I have the wardrobe to prove it. What can I say, I’m the coolest cat around! Next time you hear from me, I’ll probably be in the middle of a heated battle. So, stay tuned…

Microsoft Game Studios’ “Blinx 2: Masters of Time Space” is the anticipated sequel to the highly acclaimed “Blinx: The Time Sweeper.” “Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space” continues the adventures of Blinx, a heroic cat with the ability to make time slow, fast forward, rewind, or altogether stop. In this sequel, Blinx and his squad of tough, agile cats use their time control powers to battle menacing time monsters, outmaneuver the criminal pig gang, and discover why time is disappearing.

For more information, visit http://www.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Take-Two Announces The Guy Game
Steve @ 6:33 PM EDT
AUSTIN, TX, July 21, 2004 - Combining spring break excitement with an engaging trivia challenge TOPHEAVY Studios and Gathering, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. today announced The Guy Game, a new video game based around the insanity that is Spring Break. Available in August for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, The Guy Game (ESRB Rating: M) was shot live on location on South Padre Island during Spring Break, and challenges players to match wits with over 60 attractive co-eds, all of whom are set on showing off their best "assets."

"I feel innovation is incredibly important in the video game industry. With The Guy Game we set out to do something completely different than what had been done before," said Jeff Spangenberg, CEO of TOPHEAVY Studios. "We feel that guys will be extremely pleased with the final result."

Features of The Guy Game include:

§ 20 outrageous episodes featuring interviews, stunts and challenges with over 60 attractive college babes;

§ Hosted by funnyman Matt Sadler, as seen on MTV and winner of HBO's National Talent Search;

§ Smackdown with up to fours players. Top scorer becomes "President" and makes the rules; low scorer loses influence and respect;

§ Over 1000 popular trivia questions from the worlds of sports, movies, TV and more;

§ Choose one of eight sexy babes to be a personal cheerleader;

§ Find out who has the biggest Ballz in high-speed action mini-games such as Ballz Out, Ballz In and Ballz Shotz;

§ Features the world famous Hottie Challenge.

The Guy Game is rated 'M' by the ESRB and is scheduled for release in August. More information can be found online at

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

ESPN NFL 2K5 Officially Ships
Steve @ 11:29 AM EDT
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2004--ESPN Videogames and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. today announced that the critically acclaimed ESPN NFL 2K5 has shipped to major retailers across North America and will be available to consumers on the weekend of July 23. Continuing the standard of innovation and unparalleled game quality, ESPN NFL 2K5 offers the most feature-rich and responsive football game on the market. ESPN NFL 2K5 is available for both the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft(C).

"ESPN NFL 2K5 represents our dedication to delivering the finest gridiron experience ever," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts -- makers of ESPN Videogames. "The formula is simple, 20 bucks on the weekend of July 23rd nets the consumer the best NFL game at the best price."

A bevy of new features permeate ESPN NFL 2K5, adding to the authenticity and realism the 2K series is known for. The V.I.P. System(TM) (Virtual Identity Profile) allows players to keep track of a human opponent's behavior, then save and re-load the behavior, allowing true competitive play at any time. Maximum Tackle(TM) gives gamers an unparalleled level of control from both sides of the field, as defenders decide whether to go for the basic wrap-up tackle, or a devastating big hit.

ESPN's Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber headline an updated ESPN Presentation complete with stylized on-screen graphics, ESPN's exclusive Skycam(TM) and a full franchise show featuring ESPN personalities Mel Kiper, Jr. and Trey Wingo.

ESPN Videogames also delivers the new standard in online play consisting of competitive tournaments, deep online statistics and multiplayer leagues -- all offered at no additional cost to the consumer. Players not only can test their gameplay skills at beating online opponents, but also through the Crib's new point system and item catalogue, allowing gamers to customize their Crib. Players are challenged to garner additional points in the Crib by accepting phone challenges from Crib celebrities such as Steve-O, Carmen Electra, Jamie Kennedy, Funk Master Flex and David Arquette and taking on their "dream teams."

ESPN NFL 2K5 and all other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts -- SEGA's sports studio. ESPN NFL 2K5 is rated E for Everyone and is available for the suggested retail price of $19.99. For more information, log on to

Friday, July 16, 2004

Halo 2 Hits the Big Screen This Summer
Steve @ 4:27 PM EDT
Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today announced a movie-style promotional campaign for the launch of the most anticipated game this year, Halo 2. Beginning today and continuing through August, a Halo 2 theatrical trailer will be shown in more than 1500 Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie screens in the U.S. before many of the hottest films of the summer; including Spider-Man 2, The Village, King Arthur, I Robot, Catwoman and Alien vs. Predator. The trailer sets the stage for Master Chief's arrival on Earth to stop Covenant forces from destroying all mankind. Halo 2 lands on store shelves on November 9; but gamers can reserve their copy now, as a special limited edition copy of Halo 2 is currently available for pre-order at most retailers.

The cinematic Halo 2 trailer was created by The Ant Farm, the Hollywood company renowned for their work on trailers for blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 2, Shrek, Kill Bill and the Harry Potter series.

Pushing the Xbox hardware to its very limits, Halo 2 will expand on everything that made the original game great, plus add a wealth of technological and gameplay advances. Significantly improved graphics, enhanced artificial intelligence (AI), an advanced real-time lighting engine and destructible interactive environments are just a small part of Halo 2’s evolution of design and technology. Every improvement in Halo 2 is designed to take gameplay to a new level -- and in the end, to tell a more compelling story.

Utilizing Xbox Live to redefine online play, Halo 2 delivers superior online multiplayer capabilities. Whether playing with a clan on a new multiplayer map, boarding a friend's Warthog, watching a game replay or checking player stats, Halo 2 will bring the social experience to a higher level via Xbox Live. For more information about Halo 2 is available at

Advent Rising Re-Scheduled for 2005
Steve @ 4:08 PM EDT
EDISON, NJ, July 16, 2004 - Majesco Holdings Inc., a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced it has shifted the release date of their highly anticipated sci-fi video game, Advent Rising, to the first calendar quarter of 2005.

Majesco also announced that due to the strong retail performance of its Game Boy(r) Advance and Game Boy(r) Advance Video lineup; the upcoming release of its TV Arcade products and holiday line-up, including the action/horror sequel, BloodRayne 2, the Company remains confident in its previously announced guidance of net revenues in the range of $100 to $110 million, and operating income between $12 to $15 million for its 2004 fiscal year.

"We are taking advantage of our strong fourth quarter line-up to allow Advent to fully realize all aspects of its franchise potential," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Majesco. "This change in strategy also enables us to free the game from what we expect to be an overcrowded holiday season so that we can maximize the impact of our marketing campaign."

One of the most popular titles emerging from the industry's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, Advent Rising is the first in an epic trilogy of sci-fi action games for the Xbox(r) video game system from Microsoft and PC. Working with award-winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card, developer GlyphX Games has created a gripping adventure that thrusts gamers into a continuously evolving series of sequences and events that unfold in an incredible intergalactic saga. In Advent Rising, players make decisions that effect not only what they experience in the first game, but the entire Advent trilogy.

Additional information about Advent Rising and the critically acclaimed "making the game" documentary is located at

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Sudeki Goes Gold; Shipping Soon
Steve @ 2:52 PM EDT
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Sudeki, the exclusive Xbox® roleplaying game (RPG), has gone gold and is scheduled to ship to stores on July 20 in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.). Sudeki will be available in Europe in August. Developed in the U.K. by Climax Group, Sudeki immerses players in a world of real-time, fast-action combat, where they'll need to use their wits, magic and powerful Spirit Strikes to defeat other-worldly forces.

Four heroes -- a sultry wizardress, a soaring gunslinger, a powerful swordsman and a dark huntress -- are about to be hurtled over the edge in a flight into a world of darkness and evil. Sudeki pushes the limits of what an RPG can be by providing bigger worlds, more powerful heroes and sexier heroines; all set in the context of fantastical real-time action. In a world ripped apart by deceit, Sudeki players become heroes on a twisting path of betrayal, real-time combat and unbelievable magic.

Xbox Live Reaches over 1 Million Members
Steve @ 2:46 PM EDT
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. today announced that more than 1 million people are now members of the worldwide Xbox Live online video gaming service. With peak usage time for Xbox Live between 7:30 and 9 p.m., this thrill-seeking throng is showing that they prefer to play TV.

As evidence of online gameplay's mass appeal and growing importance in the digital entertainment landscape, Xbox Live reached the million-member mark three times faster than other subscriber-based entertainment services such as Home Box Office Inc., America Online Inc. and TiVo Inc.

Microsoft, which introduced the first broadly adapted online gaming service in November 2002 with the launch of Xbox Live, continues to expand the appeal and adoption of broadband. New Xbox Live feature introductions like video chat, content downloads, voice messages and alerts, coupled with highly anticipated games, have fueled rapid uptake and catapulted online gaming into mainstream entertainment. Much has happened since the service was unveiled:

  • Players in 24 countries have spent more than 160 million hours (or 20,000 years) playing Xbox Live.
  • Members are playing an average of 265,549 hours every day.
  • More than 100 game titles from a host of top publishers including Electronic Arts Inc., Microsoft Game Studios, THQ and Ubisoft
    Entertainment are playable on Xbox Live, and the number is expected to rise to 150 by the end of the calendar year.
  • Players have logged more than 220 million online sessions, an average of 10.5 million sessions per month.
  • More than 200 pieces of downloadable content are currently available to expand and enhance already great games, including new levels, new characters, new multiplayer modes and updated sports rosters.
  • The top 15 cities worldwide boasting the most Xbox Live members are Tokyo; London; Houston; Chicago; Toronto; San Diego; New York; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Miami; Seattle; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; San Antonio; Las Vegas; and Seoul, Korea.

    "Consumers are clearly choosing Xbox Live online video games as the new digital entertainment nirvana," said Microsoft Senior Vice President of the Home and Entertainment Division and Chief Xbox Officer Robbie Bach. "Our community has reached a million members in record time, and we've got hot new games and expanded features that will continue to feed our customer's almost insatiable appetite for online play."

    This fall, Xbox Live membership promises to grow even more as several blockbuster franchises hit the service. Electronic Arts Inc.'s lineup of popular titles, including "Madden Football 2005," "NCAA Football 2005" and "FIFA Soccer 2005," will be Xbox Live-enabled, as will "Halo® 2,"Microsoft Game Studios' much-anticipated sequel to the best-selling Xbox title of all time.

    Also this fall, Xbox Live members can enjoy a selection of quick and easy casual games via a new feature called Xbox Live Arcade. Classic card, puzzle, trivia, retro and action arcade games from publishers such as Atari Corp. and Namco Ltd. will be featured in the Arcade, giving gamers yet another innovative way to play together online.

    "Great game content has been and will continue to be the key to the success of Xbox Live," said Cameron Ferroni, general manager of Xbox Live. "What really sets the service apart from others is that we make it incredibly easy for consumers to get online, find their friends, join a game and start playing right away; Xbox Live is a great experience every time they play, regardless of what they play."

    Xbox Live is currently available in 24 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    ESPN NFL 2K5 Has Gone to Manufacturing
    Steve @ 8:03 AM EDT
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 15, 2004--Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.'s Global Star Software publishing label, along with ESPN Videogames, confirmed today that ESPN NFL 2K5 is currently being duplicated for retail distribution. ESPN NFL 2K5 for both the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft will be in stores the weekend of July 23. ESPN NFL 2K5 is developed by Visual Concepts, a subsidiary of SEGA Corporation.

    "With ESPN NFL 2K5, Visual Concepts has once again raised the bar on football simulation and created the best interactive football gaming experience ever," said Paul Eibeler, President of Take-Two. "Fans of the 2K franchise will be extremely pleased with the innovative new features and exceptional game play in this year's offering; and with the $19.99 price, we invite gamers of other sports franchises to give ESPN NFL 2K5 a try - we know you'll be hooked."

    Winner of numerous awards at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2004, including's Best Sports Game award, ESPN NFL 2K5 has unmatched new features, including:

    -- The V.I.P. System(TM) brings a new level to competitive play by allowing players to save their on or offline opponent's game profile to compete against them whenever they want.

    -- Players have the opportunity to earn valuable Crib points by playing against their favorite celebs, including Carmen Electra, Steve-O, Jamie Kennedy, Funkmaster Flex or David Arquette, and their dream teams. Players use the points they earn to deck out their virtual Crib.

    -- Mind-blowing gameplay features like Maximum Tackle(TM), QB Evade, and Defensive Hot Routes, combined with stunning graphics help immerse players into the high-impact game that is football.

    -- Virtual, friendly competition is stressed as new online plans invite players to connect to the ultimate online gaming community. The most complete online experience is fully realized as players can setup-up online tournaments, message buddies for a game, and organize online leagues for full online season play.

    ESPN NFL 2K5 is rated E for Everyone and is available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

    For more information, log on to

    Wednesday, July 14, 2004

    Official Galleon Website Launch
    Steve @ 6:26 PM EDT
    Irvine, CA, July 14, 2004 – Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment, today announced the launch of the official Galleon website at The site will feature the latest screenshots, game information, videos, wallpaper, as well as a dedicated message board. Galleon is a unique 3rd person action adventure game on Microsoft Xbox™ featuring an epic tale of action, adventure, romance, evil and mystery, from the creator of Lara Croft™ in the fall of 2004.

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

    Galleon Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Galleon has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit the official Galleon website at For more information about Atlus U.S.A., Inc. visit

    Pro Fishing Challenge Website Launches
    Steve @ 6:24 PM EDT
    Irvine, CA (July 14, 2004) - Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today the launch of the official Pro Fishing Challenge website featuring Cassy Coelho, Atlus’ E3 spokesmodel for 2004 who was made infamous among the gaming community on’s E3 article, “Unsung Cassy” which detailed her troublesome antics at E3 which eventually led her to being escorted off the show floor. The Pro Fishing Challenge website will feature the latest screenshots, movies and desktop wallpaper featuring Ms. Coelho. Pro Fishing Challenge is the only Xbox Live enabled fishing simulation and is currently being developed by Opus Corporation. It is due for release in the summer of 2004.

    Cassy will also be featured in Pro Fishing Challenge’s ad campaign that will run in top video game magazines and consumer magazines including Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official Xbox Magazine and Xbox Nation.

    "When it came time to pick our spokesmodel for Pro Fishing Challenge, choosing Cassy was a no-brainer." said Gail Salamanca, Marketing Manager, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. "Her “bad girl” personality coupled with her knock out looks made her a natural choice!"

    Cassy had this to say when asked about her participation in Pro Fishing Challenge’s ad campaign, “Who do you think he’s fooling around here? The only reason why Gail chose me to be in the ad campaign is because he likes me. He’s cool and all, but it’s not like I’d go out with the guy or anything... Hey, you’re not going to post this online or anything, are you?”

    About Pro Fishing Challenge

    Cast your line, set your hook, and prepare for the most realistic fishing simulation on the Xbox. Pro Fishing Challenge replicates all the excitement and tension of fishing without having to leave the comfort of your living room. Participate in one of the many Tournament Modes and earn money to buy the latest tackle and equipment. You can also choose to relax and just enjoy the scenery on any one of the four photorealistic lakes. Once you think you’ve mastered the single player modes, you can take your angling skills to the ultimate test and challenge the best fisherman on “Xbox Live”

    Pro Fishing Challenge Features:

    · Explore 4 huge photorealistic lakes complete with day and night cycles.

    · Incredible simulation of lake environments and fish ecology which include variable weather effects, water temperature and wind speed.

    · Customize your own fisherman with different clothing items and accessories!

    · Equip your angler with over 100 pieces of tackle: rods, lines, reels and lures.

    · The only fishing game with Online Multiplayer! Challenge the best anglers around the world on “Xbox Live.”

    Pro Fishing Challenge has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit the official Pro Fishing Challenge website at

    Fable Pre-Order Documentary DVD Deal
    Steve @ 3:47 PM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced an exclusive pre-order deal with EB Games, GameStop, Circuit City, GameRush, GameCrazy and Trans World to reward gamers who pre-order Fable with an exclusive Fable documentary DVD. The limited edition DVD, available only with a Fable pre-order, contains a "making of" documentary featuring interviews with renowned game designer Peter Molyneux, as well as Simon Carter and Ian Lovett. The disc also includes playable demos of Sudeki, RalliSport Challenge 2 and Top Spin; plus gameplay trailers from E3 2004 for Forza Motorsport, Jade Empire, Conker: Live and Reloaded and MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf. Fable, the highly-anticipated role-playing adventure for Xbox is in development by Peter Molyneux's studio, Big Blue Box, and is set to hit retail shelves in the United States on September 14 with an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). Fable's U.S. release will be followed by a European release in October and will ship in Asia in early 2005.

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

    Martin St. Louis Signs for ESPN NHL 2K5 Cover
    Steve @ 3:04 PM EDT
    SAN RAFAEL, CA- (June 14, 2004) - ESPN Videogames today announced that Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing and current NHL MVP, will be ESPN NHL 2K5's cover athlete. A premier figure in the NHL, St. Louis helped lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2003-04 Stanley Cup, and was the recipient of the Art Ross Memorial Trophy recognizing him as the league leader in scoring. As only the eighth player ever to win the MVP, Art Ross Trophy, and Stanley Cup in a single season, St. Louis has cemented his place in NHL history.

    "Martin St. Louis is the epitome of a great NHL player, exuding unmatched talent, confidence, and an intense passion for the game," states Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts - makers of ESPN Videogames. "St. Louis has worked hard to achieve success in hockey, much like what ESPN Videogames has done in the video game world. His skills on the ice make him the perfect representative for ESPN NHL 2K5."

    Added St. Louis, "Becoming a part of ESPN NHL 2K5 rounds out an incredible year. It's an honor to be chosen as the cover athlete of the number-one rated hockey game. Working on ESPN NHL 2K5 gives me the opportunity to reach fans in an entirely new way."

    ESPN NHL 2K5 brings puck fans the most competitive and compelling hockey gameplay ever experienced. Seamless visuals, enhanced ESPN presentation, and innovative game features infuse ESPN NHL 2K5.

    Available for both PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(tm) videogame system from Microsoft(r), ESPN NHL 2K5 and all other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts-Sega's sports studio.

    For more information on ESPN NHL 2K5 and other ESPN Videogames titles, log on to:

    NCAA Football 2005 Hits Store Shelves
    Steve @ 3:03 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 14, 2004--Electronic Arts Best-Selling College Football Videogame Franchise Focuses in on Home Field Advantage and is the First EA SPORTS Title Available on Xbox Live

    The college football season is underway as NCAA(R) Football 2005 hits store shelves today, from Electronic Arts. Last year, NCAA Football 2004 sold more than one million copies and was the second best-selling football game in North America behind Madden NFL 2004. NCAA Football 2005 marks the first EA SPORTS(TM) title on Xbox Live(TM).

    For the first time in a football videogame, the game day atmosphere around the field and in the stadium will affect the players on the field in NCAA Football 2005. Visiting teams will have to fight crowd noise when calling plays while home teams can play off of the thunderous support from their fans. Featuring the Top 25 Toughest Places to Play, players can compete in the most elite stadiums across the country including LSU's "Death Valley," "The Swamp" at Florida, Michigan's "Big House," and Nebraska's "Sea of Red."

    With the new Match-Up Stick, gamers can track the crowd's impact on each player, then find and exploit key personnel mismatches. Players can use the Composure Meter to recognize which players are rattled and to determine the players they can count on in critical situations. After big plays, players can celebrate in style with new team-specific fan celebrations like the Gator Chomp and Texas Hook 'Em Horns. NCAA Football 2005 also features the deepest Dynasty Mode(TM) to date where players can build up their schools, transform young players into rising stars and monitor program integrity.

    Calling the game from the booth for NCAA Football 2005 is the award-winning broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso.

    NCAA Football 2005 features online gameplay(1) on PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox Live. Players will have access to voice communication, tournaments, ladders and much more. For more information about online (service, play, capabilities, features) for NCAA Football 2005, go to

    Tuesday, July 13, 2004

    Samurai Warriors Ships to Stores
    Steve @ 2:02 PM EDT
    KOEI’s Samurai-Themed Tactical Action Game Shipping To North American Retailers

    Burlingame, CA – July 13, 2004 – KOEI, recognized worldwide as a leading brand of strategy and action games, today announced that SAMURAI WARRIORS™ for the Xbox® video game system is shipping to North American retailers. Gamers can order the game now at and

    "With SAMURAI WARRIORS aspiring warlords can make their bid to unite Feudal Japan. We are truly excited about delivering this powerful experience to Xbox owners across the continent,” said Amos Ip, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at KOEI Corporation. “The Xbox community can look forward to an incredible adventure with some of the greatest samurai of all-time, spectacular battlefields and majestic castles action-packed with the fast and addictive gameplay for which KOEI has become known.”

    OutRun 2 Coming This October - New Screens
    Steve @ 1:50 PM EDT
    Microsoft today announced that it will publish the Xbox® version of Outrun™2 in North America, due to ship to retail stores this October. OutRun2 is the sequel to the famous game that made its first appearance in arcades across the world 17 years ago. With gameplay reminiscent of the steadfast driving game, remixes of the original soundtracks and exclusive Xbox Live™- head to head gameplay, OutRun2 stays true to its predecessor while kicking it up a notch.

    In development by AM2/SEGA®, OutRun2 puts gamers into the Italian leather driver's seat of eight different Ferraris, from the traditional Testerossa to the highly coveted Ferrari Enzo. Players can speed through several tracks set against spectacular environments inspired by some of the most beautiful locations around the world. Whether players are power-drifting around the desert pyramids and medieval castles or accelerating over high mountains tops, OutRun2's distinctive and addictive gameplay will appease any racing fan. Gamers of all ages will find the pick-up-and-play controls make the game accessible and fun for everyone, while several of the game's missions still provide plenty of challenges for more experienced players. Players can also take on up to seven of their buddies over Xbox Live in head-to-head multiplayer challenges in an all-out finish to the end of the course. OutRun2's Xbox Live features also allow players to compare their times with other drivers on the leader scoreboard or to download the best runs and ghost race against them to improve their skills. For more information about OutRun2, please visit

    OutRun2 Screens

    Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Announced
    Steve @ 1:36 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2004--Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced Splinter Cell 3 (working title), the third blockbuster in the Splinter Cell(R) franchise, will officially be called Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM). In addition to the PC, the game will be available on the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft for Holiday 2004, as well as on the N-Gage platform, published by Gameloft(R). Details on other platforms will be forthcoming. The game, which debuted to massive buzz and won numerous awards at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, including official show awards for Best PC Game, Best Action Adventure Game, and a Special Commendation for Graphics, is expected to be one of the year's most talked-about titles. The first Xbox screenshots and hands-on details of the game may be found in the August issue of Game Informer Magazine, on stands next week.

    With Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM), Ubisoft's celebrated Montreal development studio continues to push the interactive and technological possibilities of video gaming, returning to the legendary Splinter Cell(R) franchise for an action gaming breakthrough. The game will offer a completely new gameplay experience, exemplified by a totally open level design, a completely immersive and interactive environment, and advanced AI in which enemies are aware of their environment and remember past events, making them smarter and even more dangerous. In addition, it will offer the best graphics in this generation of games and a unique, collaborative multiplayer experience. Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM)'s features -- all courtesy of cutting edge visual and sound technologies -- will set an industry benchmark once again.

    "Splinter Cell(R) titles have been huge hits on all platforms, and we're thrilled to deliver the latest, greatest installment, Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM), to both PC and Xbox gamers in time for the Holiday season!" said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. "Both single- and multiplayer elements of the game enjoyed a stellar reception at E3, and we know that Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM) will be at the top of every player's must-have list this year as it offers a completely new kind of gaming experience, and, with the unbeatable combination of Ubisoft's technological prowess and visionary creativity, it will be the best-looking game on any platform."

    About Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM)

    The year is 2008. Citywide blackouts... stock exchange sabotage... electronic hijacking of national defense systems... this is information warfare, which has become the most dangerous threat to global stability. To prevent these attacks, you must infiltrate deep into hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, closer than ever to enemy soldiers. You are Sam Fisher, the NSA's most elite black-ops agent. To achieve your mission you will operate undetected, kill at close-range, attack with your combat knife, shoot with the modular SC20K rifle, and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck break. Work alone, or enjoy the thrill of cooperative multiplayer infiltration missions, where teamwork is the ultimate weapon.

    As the enemy evolves, so must you.

    Battlefield: Modern Combat Single Player Mode
    Steve @ 1:33 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2004--Electronic Arts and Digital Illusions announced today that Battlefield: Modern Combat(TM), the latest title in the award winning game franchise, will feature a single-player mode when it ships in fall 2005. The game is currently in development for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft.

    In addition to the single-player mode, new maps and additional features will be added to the game during the extended development period. The decision to add the single-player mode was made in response to consumer feedback.

    "Adding more time to the development cycle of the game will result in a more expansive feature set and a more compelling product," said Greg Richardson, General Manager, EA Partners. "We are confident that this decision will result in a stronger title and continue the advancement of the Battlefield brand."

    Featuring both single-player and multi-player modes mean that Battlefield: Modern Combat can be enjoyed by solo players or within an online multiplayer environment that supports up to 24 players. To play online, PlayStation 2 console owners will require a broadband connection, memory card and network adaptor for the PlayStation 2, while Xbox owners will require a subscription to Xbox Live(TM).

    The first-ever Battlefield console installment will drop players into the heat of battle on the high tech frontlines, entering a new modern era of combat with more firepower and new expansive environments. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can choose from more than 30 vehicles and 70 weapons, and communicate with one another in real time via USB headset. Players will choose to fight for one of three military superpowers: the United States, the Chinese, or the newly formed Middle East Coalition.

    Battlefield: Modern Combat will ship in fall 2005 and will be published and distributed by EA under the EA GAMES(TM) brand. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

    ESPN NFL 2K5 Goes Gold
    Steve @ 5:24 AM EDT
    ESPN Videogames Announces ESPN NFL 2K5's Gone Gold - Now Shipping July 20th!

    ESPN Videogames is proud to announce the early release of the critically acclaimed football game, ESPN NFL 2K5. On Tuesday, July 20th, ESPN NFL 2K5 will be unleashed to an eager public at the price of $19.99.

    But don't let the price fool you - ESPN NFL 2K5 will deliver the most responsive and intense football gameplay yet. Revolutionary game features, rich multi-player competition, seamless visuals, and true-ESPN presentation features create the ultimate virtual football experience in ESPN NFL 2K5.

    Leading industry critics are already calling ESPN NFL 2K5:

    "The one football game you must own" and "One of the best sports video games ever."

    ESPN 2K5 'brings it' to the field with unmatched new features:

  • The V.I.P. System(tm) brings a new level to competitive play by allowing players to save their on or offline opponent's game profile to compete against them whenever they want! We're talking a game that plays exactly how friends play-even when they're not there!

  • Players have the opportunity to earn valuable crib points by playing against their favorite celebs, including Carmen Electra, Steve-O, Jamie Kennedy, Funkmaster Flex or David Arquette, and their dream teams. Players use the points they earn to deck out their virtual crib.

  • Mind-blowing gameplay features like Maximum Tackle(tm), QB Evade, and Defensive Hot Routes combined with stunning graphics help immerse players into the high-impact game that is football.

  • Virtual, friendly competition is stressed as new online plans invite players to connect to the ultimate online gaming community. The most complete online experience is fully realized as players can setup-up online tournaments, message buddies for a game, and organize online leagues for full online season play.

    ESPN NFL 2K5 ships with these features and more for only $19.99 July 20th!

    For more information click on

    Thursday, July 8, 2004

    New Downloadable Content For Project Gotham Racing 2
    Steve @ 4:24 PM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced the arrival of new downloadable content for the popular Xbox® racing title, Project Gotham Racing® 2. The PGR™2 Long Beach Booster Pack is available for download via Xbox Live™ and offers gamers the chance to race on eight new tracks in eight new cars for just $4.99 (U.S.). Gamers who download the Long Beach Booster Pack will find themselves behind the wheel of some of the hottest cars around, including the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport and Subaru Impreza 22B STi while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Long Beach, California area. Coastal courses, aquarium tracks and the Long Beach Challenge will test gamers' racing mettle while pushing them to max out Kudos points. Gamers can download the PGR 2 Long Beach Booster Pack via Xbox Live starting today, July 8.

    Project Gotham Racing 2 is the follow-up to the smash hit Project Gotham Racing and offers circuit-based racing through highly detailed, photorealistic urban environments. Racers can choose from more than 100 of the hottest cars while navigating their way around 10 exciting cities, mastering corners and accelerating through the straightaways before moving to a different venue. Players also can race against up to seven friends at once using System Link or match up against seven players online utilizing the Xbox Live service. Project Gotham Racing 2 was developed by Bizarre Creations and is available now for an estimated retail price of $29.99 (U.S.). For more information, please visit the official site at

    BloodRayne Comic Book Series
    Steve @ 12:55 PM EDT
    EDISON, NJ, July 8, 2004 - Strategically exploiting the appeal and popularity of its BloodRayne video games, Majesco, a leading publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, today announced an exclusive worldwide agreement with Echo 3 Worldwide to publish BloodRayne as a series of original, full-color, one-shot comic books.

    One-shot comic books are self-contained stories that will be published on a quarterly basis. Echo 3's first BloodRayne comic book is scheduled to debut in conjunction with Majesco's BloodRayne 2 video game this Halloween.

    "BloodRayne has built a loyal following of fans and established herself as a new breed of action heroine," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "With a movie already announced for 2005, and now a comic book, we're thrilled to see our franchise expand into other entertainment mediums."

    "We're very excited to have acquired the exclusive BloodRayne comic book rights," said Steven O'Connell, President for Echo 3 Worldwide. "BloodRayne will make a fantastic comic book - with a dynamic character and storyline that will translate well to this medium."

    BloodRayne is a dhampir, born from the unnatural union of vampire and human. Raised and trained to hunt supernatural evil, Rayne is blessed with the powers of a vampire, but is also cursed with the unquenchable thirst for blood and a weakness to sunlight.

    BloodRayne 2 for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(r) video game system from Microsoft and PC is scheduled to ship this Halloween. More information about Majesco's BloodRayne 2 can be found online at

    Oddworld Stranger Officially Announced
    Steve @ 12:51 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 8, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) announced today that Oddworld Stranger, the latest in the internationally acclaimed character-based Oddworld series, will bring its signature brand of action gaming to owners of the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. Oddworld Stranger, which is currently under development for a planned spring 2005 debut, will be published and distributed by EA under the EA GAMES(TM) brand.

    Developed by Oddworld Inhabitants(TM), Oddworld Stranger features detailed interactive environments set in an enthralling new frontier of the Oddworld universe. Players step into the role of the Stranger, a rough and tumble bounty hunter who tracks down outlaws for moolah. Using a special weapons system that gives a whole new meaning to "live" ammo, players will encounter deviant species and hostile challenges along the way. Oddworld Stranger combines first and third-person gameplay with familiar Oddworld elements and an all-new engine to deliver a unique gameplay experience. Set to award-winning visuals, players will be moved by the complex and inspiring story as the Stranger comes to grips with his true nature in the hunt for the ultimate bounty.

    Since its debut, the Oddworld series has become one of the most popular game franchises of all time with nearly five million units sold worldwide, garnering more than 100 industry awards and gracing the cover of more than 50 magazines. The three previously released chapters, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee(TM), Abe's Exoddus(TM) and Munch's Oddysee(TM) have been heralded as revolutionary for their mix of brilliant graphical artistry, unique personality and compelling gameplay.

    Wednesday, July 7, 2004

    Acclaim Reveals Juiced "Show Off" Mode + Screens
    Steve @ 10:54 PM EDT
    You’ve just blown $50,000 upgrading every nut, bolt and panel of a Nissan 300 ZX, transforming a moderately hot production sports coupe into the automobile equivalent of a fighter jet. Why? Simply because it will blow away anything that dares to race you? Not quite! It’s because it makes you look good, especially when you start pulling crazy maneuvers on the street, getting the crowd going wild as you donut and J-turn your way across town. It’s good to ‘Show-off’ and it’s only available in Juiced.

    What every modder craves is attention and respect in equal measure, and the ‘Show-off’ event is exactly where to get both… or lose both! In Juiced, ‘Show-off’ is a totally unique mode providing a freestyle event against the clock. It’s not racing, but you have a set amount of time to pull classy maneuvers and impress the crowd. What’s more, ‘Show- Off’ mode is not only available in the single player game. It’s available online too!

    In Online Career mode, you get the chance to go head to head with up to six other petrol heads simultaneously, battling it out for the maximum points. You take online any of the cars you have bought and modded in your Career Collection, complete with personalized paint job. Best of all, it’s possible to compete in a ‘Show-off’ for Pink Slips – winner not only takes the glory, but the opponent’s car too!

    Sophisticated physics are what make the ‘Show-off’ mode possible and so much fun. In the movies, we’ve all seen Bootleg turns (U-turns), J turns, donuts and other motorized madness. In Juiced you get to try them all, in over 45 different types of car. It takes real skill to master all the moves in every model… on the way you’ll find that some cars are better than others for certain moves, and that’s all part of the game.

    How well you perform also depends very much on the way you have modified your car. For example, a four wheel drive Skyline kitted out with rock-solid suspension, full spoilers and the most expensive tires is probably not your best choice for drifting or pulling donuts. On the other hand, an old Nissan 300 ZX with rear wheel drive, up-rated power and a short ratio gear-box is just right. Take a look at the real-life example. Front wheel drives can be fun too, but you’ll need to learn completely different ways of executing the same maneuvers.

    In all there are nine distinct maneuvers to master in ‘Show-off’ mode, from donuts to high speed 360-degree turns, but that’s just the start. By linking moves together successfully, you’ll boost your score considerable. Make a mistake and you’ll wipe out your hard earned points.

    Once you have mastered each maneuver, your mission is to string them together to create high-speed ballet in cars. So start with a half dozen, smoking donuts, nitro your way to a maximum speed run, bleed off energy in a sweeping drift around a curve and get ready for the grand finale… a 180 degree turn that has you traveling backwards at high speed, ready to execute a classic J-Turn. And to put a cherry on top, another round of donuts followed by a handbrake turn as you dash to cross the line. Executed perfectly, this sequence will have the crowd screaming for more, and see your score multipliers go through the roof.

    Because it takes skill to master the moves, it’s quite easy to damage your vehicle getting it right, so it’s best to start off in something that’s not too expensive to repair. Once you feel confident, it’s time to start taking your better cars out on the streets. The more ‘Juiced’ your ride, the more respect you’ll earn in certain parts of town. Where you perform is key too. Some areas of the City are better suited to show-offs than others and only by gaining enough respect to enter any neighborhood will you get to see all the streets. And if you get it wrong, the crowd lets you know, heckling you and taunting you on poor performance.

    The fine control of the maneuvers requires very careful balancing between throttle and brakes. Drifting is a good example, where you approach the bend and decelerate, then flip the steering wheel to get the back end out while accelerating to get the drift going. In the case of a 360 degree turn it’s all about getting the timing right for braking and accelerating. If you don’t get the braking right, you won’t have enough momentum to approach 180 degrees, and if you don’t accelerate at the right spot you won’t pull the nose around to face the same direction as the one you started with. Getting it wrong in both cases will probably lead to damage because you need relatively high speed to execute a 360.

    In the Career mode of Juiced, you’ll need to compete in ‘Show-offs’ to gain enough respect to complete the game. And while it’s not racing, it will teach you dozens of useful tricks for getting out of trouble when you lose it on the track. Of course, hi-scores in the ‘Show-off’ events’ are recorded and stored on-line if you have the right broadband connections. On Xbox, you don’t even have to be playing someone else to get your good results up on the global rankings. As long as you have an active Xbox Live link, your scores are posted automatically.

    Juiced Show-off Mode Screens

    Atari Partners With MTV For DRIV3R
    Steve @ 9:50 PM EDT
    Atari has partnered with MTV to produce a contest in conjunction with Atari's DRIV3R, the popular action-driving game for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft.

    The contest, which is running through at, offers a grand prize package that will put the winner into the high speed and glitzy lifestyle of the game's lead character, Tanner. The prize pack is valued at more than $50,000 and includes a classic DRIV3R muscle car, a trip to Miami including first-class hotel accommodations, a DRIV3R game pack, $1,000 in cash, and high-speed driving lessons at one of Miami's famous raceways.

    "We are excited to work with MTV to give gamers the chance to experience the life of one of video games' coolest and most exciting heroes," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Atari. "Win the contest, and you'll get to live the fast driving, first-class life of Tanner in one of the most exotic cities in the country. Plus, you get your own classic muscle car so you can cruise your home streets in style."

    To enter the contest, gamers must go to and answer three questions about the game. If the questions are answered correctly, they will be entered into the drawing for the grand prize. The grand prize includes:

    -- Trip to Miami: Three days and two nights in sunny Miami, home city of Tanner, the undercover cop who is the lead character of DRIV3R. Gamers can explore the real-world city where they fought crime in the game while staying in first-class accommodations

    -- DRIV3R Muscle Car: A classic American muscle car similar to the one driven by Tanner in the game. The car is the same vehicle used in the filming of DRIV3R's groundbreaking online film event, "Run The Gauntlet," created by Hollywood's Ridley Scott Associates and currently showing on

    -- DRIV3R Game Pack: A copy of both the Xbox and PlayStation(R)2 version of DRIV3R

    -- High Speed Driving Lessons: A half day of lessons at one of Miami's most famous raceways learning how to drive at high speeds

    -- $1,000 Cash: A cool grand in cold hard cash for spending money to live it up in Miami, Tanner-style

    DRIV3R is an action-packed driving-adventure game that recreates the excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster car chase and plays like an interactive movie. The next evolution of the hugely popular and successful Driver franchise, DRIV3R is developed by Reflections Interactive (an Atari studio), the masterminds of the franchise, which has sold more than 12 million units worldwide to date. DRIV3R stays true to its roots, incorporating the cinematic gameplay and gritty street crime of its predecessors with ground-breaking graphics and three mammoth, wide-open city environments.

    Featuring Hollywood-level production values and a gripping, narrative story line, DRIV3R casts players once again as Tanner, a jaw breaking, no-holds-barred undercover cop and master "Wheelman" who does whatever it takes to bring the bad guys down. This time, Tanner, alongside his longtime partner, Tobias Jones, must infiltrate a global car theft ring, surviving high-octane car chases and fierce on-foot firefights while tailing gangsters, chasing witnesses, stealing cars and unloading huge clips of ammo to bring the criminals to justice.

    You must be a US citizen and at least 18 years of age for entry in the contest. For full eligibility info, please see the sweepstakes rules and privacy policy linked from the main contest page at Sony Computer Entertainment of America takes no responsibility for this offer.

    DRIV3R is currently available worldwide with an estimated retail price in North America of $49.95 and an ESRB rating of 'M' for Mature. For more information on DRIV3R, please visit the game's official Web site at

    More Than 2 Million Copies of Spider-Man 2 Shipped
    Steve @ 9:48 PM EDT
    Santa Monica, CA – July 7, 2004 – Activision, Inc. announced today that the company’s North American Publishing unit has shipped more than two million units of its Spider-Man 2™ video game timed to the theatrical release of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures Spider-Man® 2. The game, which is currently available at retail stores, lets players experience what it’s like to be the world’s most celebrated Super Hero as they web sling from buildings, dive from rooftops to the streets and scale the heights of Manhattan, a living breathing city complete with pedestrians, traffic, trains and helicopters. Gamers can re-live the film’s storyline or embark on exclusive game missions as they perform heroic deeds, protect citizens from random crimes, and face off against the nefarious Doc Ock and other Marvel super-villains.

    Spider-Man 2 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube carry a “T” (Teen with violence) rating by the ESRB and the Game Boy Advance and PC versions carry an “E” (Everyone with violence) rating.

    In Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 2, two years have passed since Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) walked away from his longtime love Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and decided to take the road to responsibility as Spider-Man. Peter must face new challenges as he struggles to cope with "the gift and the curse" of his powers while balancing his dual identities as the elusive superhero Spider-Man and life as a college student. The relationships Peter holds most dear are now in danger of unraveling as he clashes with the powerful, multi-tentacled villain "Doc Ock" (Alfred Molina).

    Spider-Man 2 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first adventure, including Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris and J.K. Simmons, under the leadership of director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel's Avi Arad. Joining the ensemble cast are Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius ("Doc Ock"), Daniel Gillies as John Jameson, Vanessa Ferlito as Louise, Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors and Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius.

    Columbia Pictures Presents A Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin Production Spider-Man 2 starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy and J.K. Simmons. The film is directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, The Evil Dead). The screenplay is by two-time Oscar® winner Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People, Unfaithful) based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The screen story is by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Chabon. The producers are Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man, Pretty Woman) and Avi Arad (X-Men, Daredevil).

    Tuesday, July 6, 2004

    Acclaim Not Publishing Combat Elite?
    Steve @ 4:23 PM EDT
    Things aren't looking to hot for Acclaim these days.

    RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 2004--BattleBorne(TM) Entertainment, Inc. today announced that a preliminary injunction has been entered in its favor against Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. by order of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau. The preliminary injunction restrains Acclaim from shipping BattleBorne's Combat Elite(TM): WWII Paratroopers for the Sony(R)PlayStation2 and Microsoft(R) Xbox platforms. BattleBorne Entertainment has sued Acclaim for breaching the parties' development agreement by failing to make payments when due and by threatening to release Combat Elite prior to making all required payments.

    BattleBorne's Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers:

    The first title for the Combat Elite franchise begins during World War II. June 6, 1944 - D-Day - The downfall of Nazi Germany's occupation of Europe begins with the Allied invasion of France. The campaign is supported by more than 17,000 U.S. and British paratroopers, dropped behind enemy lines prior to the assault on the beaches of Normandy. These brave troops pave the way for the Allies by attacking the German forces from inside occupied Europe, fighting their way through enemy territory to thwart the Nazi war machine from within. Their battles lead them through rolling hills, open plains, small farms and war-torn cities throughout France, Holland and Belgium.

    Eventually some prove themselves worthy of the ultimate challenge: preventing German development of a weapon that could forever change the face of Europe; the atomic bomb. This dangerous mission takes them into the very heart of the Axis; The Fatherland.

    Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers will include an array of features, including:

    -- More than 40 varied and immersive missions that recreate the toughest battles of WWII, including D-Day; Operation Market Garden and the bitter winter defense of Bastogne;

    -- Two-player, same screen co-operative game play;

    -- Rise through the ranks - begin as a Private and through battle experience earn promotions and that allow the customization of characters with new skills and abilities;

    -- Pick-up-and-play controls for ease of play;

    -- Incredible assortment of historically accurate weapons, equipment and devices;

    -- Built with the award-winning Snowblind Studios engine.

    Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers will be available soon for the next-generation video game systems at suggested retail prices to be determined. The official Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers site

    Acclaim Loses Turok and MLBPA Licenses?
    Steve @ 3:34 PM EDT
    According to, Acclaim is losing some of its well known game licenses.

    There was further bad news for troubled publisher Acclaim in its latest round of regulatory disclosure documents, as the company admitted that it has lost the rights to the Turok franchise and Major League Baseball.

    Both licenses have been lost for the same reason - alleged non-payment of royalties due - and while the Turok franchise has been effectively dead in the water anyway since the commercially disastrous Turok: Evolution two years ago, the loss of the baseball license will affect one of Acclaim's biggest titles, All-Star Baseball.

    Friday, July 2, 2004

    New Iron Phoenix Exclusive Screenshots
    Steve @ 4:10 PM EDT
    Yesterday, Sammy Studios had a conference call that we took part in. And we got some exclusive screen shots of Iron Phoenix for you!

    Iron Phoenix Screens

    Thursday, July 1, 2004

    Madden NFL 2005 Soundtrack Announced
    Steve @ 5:08 PM EDT
    Electronic Arts today unveiled the highly-anticipated soundtrack for Madden NFL 2005. Featuring an all-star line-up of emerging rock and hip-hop artists, the world's best-selling football videogame will once again shape the sound of the 2005 football season. The in-game soundtrack features 21 groundbreaking new songs that will rock the music scene this fall.

    Madden NFL 2005 launches the new Green Day album with their single "American Idiot", the first single from the platinum band Chevelle and new singles from Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, THE HIVES, Hoobastank, New Found Glory and Alter Bridge - the originating members of Creed. Adding further edge to the line-up are breaking bands Yung Wun, Midtown, Earshot, Hazen Street, Mooney Suzuki, Jazze Pha, Franz Ferdinand and an exclusive rematch of The D.O.C's "It's Funky Enough" vs. Earshot's "Wait" mixed by famed DJ, D.J. Z Trip.

    The full soundtrack line-up for Madden NFL 2005 is:

    Wylde Bunch - Last Day of School
    New Found Glory - This Disaster
    Earshot - Wait
    Hoobastank - Same Direction
    Ozomatli - Saturday Night
    Jazze Pha - Da Heavy Hittas
    Strata - Piece By Piece
    Yung Wun - Yung Wun Anthem
    Z-Trip feat. Soup of J5 - Listen to the DJ
    The D.O.C. vs. Earshot - The Madden Re-Match
    Will.I.Am - Go!
    Hazen Street - Fool the World
    Midtown - Give It Up
    Alter Bridge - Open Your Eyes
    Green Day - American Idiot
    JR Ewing - Time to Get Dirty
    THE HIVES - Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones
    Mooney Suzuki - Alive and Amplified
    Chevelle - The Clincher
    Faith No More - From out of Nowhere (Throwback Track Powered by Rhino)
    Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

    "Madden helps set the pace of pop culture by defining the look, feel, and sound of the upcoming season," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Audio at EA. "For millions of players worldwide, the sound of football in Madden NFL 2005 will be synonymous with Franz Ferdinand, D.J. Z Trip, Green Day, THE HIVES and the other artists in the game. We sort through thousands of new songs as we make our selections. We will not put last year's hits in this year's game. Players around the world can count on Madden to deliver the coolest tracks of the year."

    The soundtrack is a part of the EA SPORTS(TM) TRAX music initiative that EA debuted in 2001. The program is dedicated to bringing gamers the hottest music through EA's videogames.

    Madden NFL 2005, developed by EA-Tiburon, is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and will be available on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube(TM), the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Game Boy(R) Advance in stores on August 12. It will be available in September on PC and PlayStation(R).