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October 2002

Thursday, October 31, 2002

'The Thing' Winner Announced!
Steve @ 11:38 PM EST
And the winner is: EasyPeasyBrooks72. Well it was about a month long, and we finally have a winner. Here's what he had to say:

"Awesome! I never won anything like this before. Thanks a lot Xbox Exclusive!"

All those who registered and posted don't dismay, we have another contest that will be announced very soon! Congratulations to EasyPeasyBrooks72 on winning The Thing.

Rocky Goes Gold
Steve @ 11:27 PM EST
Ubi Soft Gives Gamers a Month Full of Rocky in November

San Francisco, CA - October 31, 2002 - Ubi Soft® Entertainment, one of the world's leading videogame publishers, today announced Rocky for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft , PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube , and Nintendo GameBoy Advance has gone gold. Developed by UK-based Rage Games, LTD, Rocky lets gamers relive each dramatic fight and memorable moment from the Rocky through Rocky V movies. November will be a month devoted to Rocky, as Ubi Soft plans to release different versions of the game throughout the month:

-- Xbox -- Tuesday, November 12th
-- GameCube and GBA - Tuesday, November 14th
-- PS2 - Tuesday, November 19th

Undisputed Boxing Champion of the World!
Officially licensed by MGM Interactive, Rocky the videogame is the closest fans can get to the real thing. The hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping, sports game holds true to the look and feel of the Academy Award® winning movies with everything from accurate boxing styles to gritty arenas. Rocky lets players take on the role of the 'Italian Stallion' who must fight against the most infamous opponents in movie history - Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago and Tommy Gunn. Rocky features more than 20 individual fighters pulled straight from the movies, plus special hidden characters including Rocky's trainer 'Mickey.' Rocky also features realistic damage including bruises, facial swellings, blood, sweat and tears as the action heats up. Additional game features include:

  • Multiple Gameplay Modes -- a variety of single and multi-player game modes, including: Movie Mode, Knockout Tournament and Exhibition Bout
  • Build Skills through Training - play through a variety of training modes to enhance your boxer's skill and stamina
  • Rocky-style Boxing Action -- players can utilize more than 250 fight moves ranging from attacking hooks, jabs and uppercuts through to defensive blocks, ducks and weaves
  • Famous Locations - varied fight locations from rundown gyms to the world's best-known arenas

    Fatality Friday for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
    Steve @ 2:35 PM EST
    Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, names Nov. 22, 2002, as 'Fatality Friday' to signify the day Mortal Kombat(R): Deadly Alliance(TM) is available for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance.

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance delivers the highly acclaimed series to the next-generation consoles with a lethal dose of unparalleled brutality, supernatural mystique and a reinvented fighting system. Beginning the next chapter in the battle of good versus evil, two powerful sorcerers -- Shang Tsung(TM) and Quan Chi(TM) -- join forces to deliver unrivaled fighting action in their quest for supreme mortality.

    "'Fatality Friday' is the official street date of the much-anticipated next-generation version of Mortal Kombat," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is poised to shock the world and awaken the fighting game genre, with an all-new fighting system and gory fatalities."

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

    Adding to the punishing action in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is Arista Records' Adema, which has recorded a hard-driving, heavy, yet melodic, modern rock theme song titled "Immortal," done exclusively for this new Mortal Kombat videogame and featured as the lead track in the follow-up EP to its self-titled debut album. The album is in stores now. "Immortal" was made available on radio Oct. 14 while the music video for the track began airing on MTV2's Extreme Rock on the same date and is currently live on

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance's DVD content will include the "Immortal" song and music video. Also featured in the DVD section is the history of Mortal Kombat and behind-the-scenes interviews with the game's development team.

    Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance marks the next chapter in the Mortal Kombat series with an all-new engine delivering punishing action that will reward longtime fans of the franchise as well as next-generation game lovers. Hyper-realistic, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance features progressive physical damage that allows players to view the inevitable demise of their opponents while utilizing three unique fighting styles for each warrior, creating nearly unlimited fighting possibilities. The game also features intense hand-to-hand and special-weapon combat, secret hidden moves and combinations with deadly body blows and fatalities. The Mortal Kombat series is one of the best-selling franchises in videogame history with more than 19 million home games sold.

    In addition, on more than 5,000 movie screens across the country, R-rated moviegoers will have a chance to preview a 35 mm Dolby Surround sound cinema spot of the latest Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance trailer. The spot began airing Sept. 27 and will run through Nov. 21, and is expected to reach an estimated 18 million viewers.


  • The first execution of the Mortal Kombat franchise on the next-generation systems, allowing for incredible detail and innovative gameplay, taking the series where it has never gone before
  • A completely new fighting system delivering intense combat with three unique fighting styles for each character -- including hand-to-hand and deadly-weapon combat, combined with progressive physical damage -- making this the most detailed fighting experience in the series
  • Favorite warriors from the past return, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Sonya Blade and more; new human and supernatural fighters appear, too, each with their own lethal special attacks
  • Brutal new fatalities let players finish off and humiliate their opponents in true Mortal Kombat fashion
  • In-depth and engaging storyline continues the mythology and supernatural mystique of the series
  • DVD content including Adema's "Immortal" music video, the history of Mortal Kombat and behind-the-scenes with the development team of Mortal Kombat
  • 35 mm Dolby Surround sound cinema spot in R-rated previews on over 5,000 movie screens across the country

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

    For more information about Midway Games and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance visit

    Acclaim Releases Second Trailer for BMX XXX
    Steve @ 2:32 PM EST
    With the launch of this year's most talked about video game only weeks away, AKA Acclaim, a division of Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., today announced it has released a second trailer for BMX XXX(TM) on The Company's first trailer was met by incredible demand from consumers, who downloaded the film more than one million times from the game's official site.

    "Millions of consumers flocked to our site to see for themselves why this game was being talked about on national television and in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and," said Ben Fischbach, Senior Brand Manager. "Due to their overwhelming response and support of our product, we've created a second trailer that will be even more irreverent and reflective of the game's over-the-top satirical humor."

    The first action sports video game designed specifically for audiences over the age of 17, BMX XXX is one of the most talked about titles for this holiday season. Combining outrageous Hollywood humor and characters, beautiful women from New York's famous Scores club, incredible arcade action and a dynamic soundtrack from today's top recording artists, BMX XXX will deliver an unparalleled interactive entertainment experience.

    BMX XXX will be available on November 15 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The game will be available in mid-November for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM) at suggested retail prices of $49.99. In order to ensure that consumers have their copy the day the game ships, the Company encourages consumers to pre-order BMX XXX from Electronics Boutique or GameStop. For more information on BMX XXX, please visit

    Zapper Shipping November 5th
    Steve @ 1:47 PM EST
    Infogrames' one wicked cricket, Zapper is coming November 5 to all next-generation systems - an ideal holiday gift the entire family will enjoy!

    In this action-packed, addictive character-action game, Zapper, is on a mission to save his brother, make his way through four interactive worlds, each with dangerous hazards he must avoid, eggs he must capture, and all the while meeting both friends and enemies that help and hinder his progress.

    In a great twist on classic "avoid-em up" gameplay, Zapper has an offensive weapon: the Zap! The zap is a powerful electrical charge which Zapper can send from his antennas, eliminating or stunning enemies and gaining him access to the power-ups and treasures of the worlds he moves through. This zap, plus fast-footed skills and superior timing, will help Zapper to conquer all the worlds and survive the final showdown with Maggie, the diabolical magpie queen.

    Developed by Blitz Games, Inc., Zapper is rated "E" for Everyone, and carries an approximate retail price of $29.99 on Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, $19.99 on PC and $39.99 on GameCube. For additional information regarding this title, visit

    Wednesday, October 30, 2002

    Winning E-mail Sent Out for The Thing - Check Your E-mail
    Steve @ 10:32 PM EST
    Well, we have a winner! Everyone who is a registered memeber of our Forum (Boards) should check their e-mail ASAP. If we don't get a response in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks to all who participated! Stay tuned for the next give-away!

    Release Date List Updated
    Steve @ 10:22 PM EST
    Anyone who wants to see what's coming for November and December, then go here

    Hitman 2 Cheat Codes Released
    Steve @ 8:11 PM EST
    Eidos just released these cheat codes to us for Hitman 2.

    XBox: These cheats are only triggered by these codes and are not unlocked. They are for fun and will cause problems with level completion etc.

    In Game:
    God Mode - R,L,Up,Down,A,R,L,Black, White
    All Weapons - R,L,Up,Down,A,Up,X,A
    Slomotion - R,L,Up,Down,A,Up,L
    Full Heal - R,L,Up,Down,A,Up,Down
    Punch Mode - R,L,Up,Down,A,Up,Up
    Gravity - R,L,Up,Down,A,L,L
    Lethal Charge - R,L,Up,Down,A,Black,Black
    Bomb Mode - R,L,Up,Down,A,Up,White
    Megaforce - R,L,Up,Down,A,R,R (restart level to remove effects)
    Nailgun Mode *pins people to walls* - R,L,Up,Down,A,White, White

    On main menu Title:
    LevelMenu Press R, L, Up, Down, X, Y, B at the main menu.

    Microsoft Announces Tennis; Top Spin for Xbox Live
    Steve @ 1:40 PM EST
    Ever wanted to test your skills against the world's best men and women tennis players? How about survive a gruelling five-set match against the world's No. 1 player on a moist clay court? We all want to argue with the line judge, don't we?

    Microsoft Game Studios today announced its first tennis title for the XboxTM video game system is in development. Developed by Power and Magic Developments, "Top Spin," an Xbox exclusive and Xbox LiveTM enabled tennis experience, will offer gamers and tennis fans a pulse-pounding glimpse into professional tennis.

    Although "Top Spin" will feature 16 tennis superstars, gamers can create their own tennis personalities and characters to achieve superstardom. Will you slam your racket to the ground? Argue a bad call? "Top Spin" challenges each player to master all the shots including slices, lobs, drops and spins while playing on various surfaces including clay, hard court and grass.

    Xbox Live enabled, "Top Spin" is truly a global tennis experience. Play against the best and climb the worldwide ladders to achieve the much-coveted No. 1 online ranking. Along the way, "Top Spin" encourages you to take risks to beat your opponent. Just like on the real courts, players are searching for "the Zone", where every forehand, backhand and overhead slam overpowers the individual on the other side of the net.

    "Tennis games have always been lacking the intensity and realism of playing on centre court," said Matthew Seymour, product manager for Microsoft Game Studios. "Top Spin,' with all of it features and gameplay, is the complete tennis experience for all gamers who want nothing less than the world's No. 1 ranking. It is an excellent addition to an already stacked line-up of sports titles exclusive for Xbox"

    New FreeFormer Gameplay In Haven: Call Of The King
    Steve @ 1:38 PM EST
    CHICAGO, Oct. 30, 2002 - Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that revolutionary FreeFormerTM gameplay will be featured in Haven: Call Of The KingTM, a groundbreaking action and fantasy console videogame, which is in development and scheduled to ship Nov. 18 for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system. The title is also scheduled to ship for the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeTM in 2003. Haven: Call Of The King is being developed by acclaimed U.K.-based developer, Traveller's Tales.

    "FreeFormer gameplay is the next major development in videogaming," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "The technology in Haven: Call Of The King allows for an unbelievable cinematic-style smoothness and experience as you encounter the varied play mechanics in the game."

    The Revolutionary Technology

    Utilizing FreeFormer gameplay - which allows the player to experience multiple gameplay mechanics blended together in a virtually limitless world - a variety of genres are fluidly integrated into one game. In the game, players have total freedom to move anywhere in the world on foot or by vehicle with smooth gameplay transitions between turret-based shooting, boat racing, bike battles, plane fighting, gladiator arena combat and space exploration. In addition, the groundbreaking technology allows players to seamlessly travel from the earth, through the atmosphere, into outer space, and back again.

    The gameplay in Haven: Call Of The King projects a cinematic-type quality with visually stunning worlds and environments. Like scenes from a movie, all of the levels in Haven: Call Of The King perfectly link together the character-driven story, which directs the gameplay and unfolds against a backdrop of the many enchanting worlds.

    The Epic Story

    Haven: Call Of The King unveils a remarkable tale of exploration and intrigue. Players embark on an epic quest as Haven, a heroic young man haunted by dreams that awaken him to the legend of the "Golden Voice." A bell that can be rung in times of need, the "Golden Voice" is the only way Haven can free his people from slavery and imminent death at the hands of the evil Lord Vetch.

    To emancipate his people and complete his galactic crusade, Haven must prove his mettle in the warrior training grounds and navigate untold dangers to recover the relic that will guide him to the "Golden Voice."

    Microsoft Forms New First-Party Publishing Relationship
    Steve @ 1:35 PM EST
    LONDON, 29th October 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Micro Forté, which specialises in computer and console video games development, has signed a deal with Microsoft Game Studios to create an exclusive XboxTM game to be published by Microsoft.

    "Microsoft Game Studios seeks out the best developers in the world to partner with, and our relationship with Micro Forté adds yet another high-calibre development house to our roster," said Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox Game Content at Microsoft. "I can't wait to see the results of its extraordinary game development skills combined with the power of the Xbox."

    "With every new project, our goal is to push the envelope in game development. We believe Microsoft shares this philosophy and look forward to working with it to bring gamers even more stellar Xbox titles to enjoy," said John De Margheriti, president and CEO of Micro Forté.

    Founded in 1985, Micro Forté is responsible for developing such critically acclaimed hits as "Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel," a squad-based, third-person tactical combat game with role-playing elements. In addition to creating the Australian Game Developers Conference and the Game Developers Association of Australia, the company founded the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Ltd. (AIE), one of Australia's top institutions for aspiring game developers.

    After receiving a grant from the Australian government and after years of research, Micro Forté developed BigWorld Technology, a revolutionary system that offers a unique approach to massive multiplayer online gaming. BigWorld provides developers with a solution that can save years of development time. An award-winning, highly scaleable, fully customisable platform, BigWorld Technology allows hundred of thousands of people to play in the same online world at the same time. It also solves the challenges of typical online gaming including bandwidth, load balancing and level of detail. Micro Forté's first product from Microsoft Game Studios will incorporate Big World Technology. Micro Forté can be found on the Web at

    3DO Gets JACKED
    Steve @ 1:32 PM EST
    REDWOOD CITY, CA - (October 29, 2002) - The 3DO Company today announced that JACKEDTM, a combat-based motorcycle racing game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCubeTM system, is in development. Bones will be broken as players jack the roughest bikers around, attacking competitors with any bludgeoning devices they can get their hands on.

    "With bone shattering melee combat and breakneck motorcycle racing, JACKED will be the roughest, toughest game on the market next summer," said Trip Hawkins, chief executive officer, The 3DO Company. "We have also added great details like character evolution. As the player wins more races, the character looks and gets tougher, with bigger muscles, tattoos and more."

    Tuesday, October 29, 2002

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 Ships
    Steve @ 3:21 PM EST
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2002--Hit the links with Tiger Woods, 14 of his PGA TOUR(R) friends as well as 12 original design characters in the new Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2003 from Electronic Arts. EA, continuing its exclusive partnership with the PGA TOUR and the world's best and most famous golfer, Tiger Woods, delivers the most realistic golf simulation for fans of console golf on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM).

    Compete on one of 12 exclusive courses including the home of golf, St. Andrews Golf Links, Pebble Beach(R) Golf Links, the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale and newly named 2008 U.S. Open site Torrey Pines, or on one of three original design courses. Try your hand at "Tiger's Dream 18", featuring 18 holes hand-picked by Tiger Woods from the courses available in the videogame. You can also create your own course by choosing from the 216 holes included in the game for a customized course, your own Dream 18 that can be named, saved and played.

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 has a new online feature that will allow players to compare themselves to the best sports gamers in the world: an online ranking system that prints your golfer's resume on the web and posts your scores and statistics on a Worldwide Leaderboard. Players can also compete in a new unlockable bi-weekly tournament via a password revealed at Speed Golf returns in the game, providing a two-player race to the hole and SkillZone debuts, where you can buy a bucket of balls to compete in a series of mini games to earn points and money.

    Play as Tiger Woods or one the 14 other PGA TOUR golfers, including Charles Howell III and Ty Tryon, two of the younger and exciting players on the PGA TOUR, as one of the six new original characters, or as one of the returning favorites like Big Mo or Yosh Tanigawa. CBS Sports' leading golf team, David Feherty and Bill Macatee, provides commentary. EA SPORTS(TM) TRAX features the music of Saliva, Paul Oakenfold and Ash.

    Monday, October 28, 2002

    Xbox Exclusive is Now a Part of Community
    Steve @ 3:06 PM EST
    It happened on Thursday night. And we are honored to be up there and serve as part of the Xbox Community. There is still time to register with our forums for a chance to win The Thing. Check out the forums here.

    World Series Baseball 2K3 Announced for Spring
    Steve @ 2:51 PM EST
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2002--SEGA(R) of America, Inc. officially announced today the upcoming release of "SEGA Sports(TM) World Series(R) Baseball 2K3" for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(R).

    Critically acclaimed and heralded as a genre-defining franchise, "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will launch in March 2003 with a host of gameplay and visual enhancements, including an ESPN telecast-style presentation. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Blue Shift Inc., "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will once again be in a league of its own.

    "'SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3' comes from a long legacy of quality baseball simulations that have been both entertaining and innovative," said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "Building on last year's acclaimed Xbox release, 'SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3' will deliver a host of exciting features, including classic ballparks, an all-new jump button, new awards and the deepest Franchise Mode around."

    Designed for the discriminating baseball fan, "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will include a variety of gameplay enhancements such as home-run robbing jumps at the wall, dramatic running grabs in the outfield, user-controlled leadoffs and power swings, silky smooth double play and relay animations, offline throws, and a behind-the-pitcher cam that brings an exciting new perspective to the game. The unrivaled gameplay will be complemented by the deepest Franchise Mode in any baseball video game. Extending through an unlimited number of seasons, users will be able to assemble a full coaching staff by selecting from a pool of managers, batting and pitching coaches, Minor League directors and scouts. In addition to the Franchise Mode, "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will also include modes such as Exhibition, Big League Challenge(TM), Season, Playoffs and the SEGA Sports Challenge. Appearing in all SEGA Sports 2K3 games, the SEGA Sports Challenge allows fans to compare their offline stats against other players nationwide on

    On the visual front, "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will remain the most graphically stunning baseball game on the market. Built to take full advantage of the capabilities of each individual console, "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3" will feature intricately detailed ballparks and improved player models. From classic ballparks such as the Polo Grounds to the ballparks of today including Great American Ballpark, the new home of the Cincinnati Reds -- no detail is too small in "SEGA Sports World Series Baseball 2K3."

    Thursday, October 24, 2002

    Legends of Wrestling II Delivers Over 65 Wrestlers
    Steve @ 1:32 PM EDT
    Acclaim's Legends of Wrestling II is the exciting follow up to the holiday 2001 smash hit Legends of Wrestling, taking you through the ultimate wrestling hall of fame with the top grapplers battling for squared circle supremacy!

    Legends of Wrestling II is coming to all next-generation systems this November, delivering over 65 of the greatest ring warriors including

    Abdullah The Butcher
    Andre The Giant
    Andy Kaufman
    Bam Bam Bigelow
    Baron Von Raschke
    Big John Studd
    Bob Backlund
    Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
    Bret "Hitman" Hart
    Brian Pillman
    British Bulldog
    Bruno Sammartino
    Captain Lou Albano
    Cowboy Bob Orton
    David Von Erich
    Don Muraco
    Dory Funk, Jr.
    Dr. Death Steve Williams
    Dynamite Kid
    Eddie Guerrero
    Fritz Von Erich
    George "The Animal" Steele
    The Grand Wizard
    Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
    Hacksaw Jim Duggan
    Harley Race
    "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
    Hulk Hogan
    Iron Sheik
    Ivan Koloff
    Ivan Putski
    Jerry "The King" Lawler
    Jimmy Hart
    Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
    Kerry Von Erich
    Killer Kowalski
    King Kong Bundy
    Koko B. Ware
    Michael Von Erich
    Mil Mascaras
    Mr. Fuji
    Mr. U.S.A Tony Atlas
    "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
    The Nasty Boys
    Nikolai Volkoff
    One Man Gang
    Owen Hart
    The Road Warriors
    Rick Martel
    Rick Steiner
    Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
    The Rock & Roll Express
    Rocky Johnson
    Rowdy Roddy Piper
    Scott Steiner
    The Sheik
    Sid Vicious
    "Superstar" Billy Graham
    Ted DiBiase
    Terry Funk
    Tito Santana


  • 6- and 8-man Elimination Bouts, Cage, Battle Royal, Ladder plus 3- and 4-way dances;

  • Never-before-seen $15,000 Body Slam Challenge with Big John Studd;

  • All-new storyline career mode, allowing players to battle throughout the United States and the world for the respect of promoters and fans while fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world;

  • Interviews with many of the legends talking about their famed careers, favorite opponents and more;

  • Fierce tag-team tournaments with great teams such as The Road Warriors, Steiner Brothers, British Bulldogs, Nasty Boys, Rock-n-Roll Express and more;

  • Signature entrances and taunts for each legendary wrestler, including all new licensed music composed by "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart;

  • Leverage the experience of some of the greatest managers in the business, including Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, The Grand Wizard, Captain Lou Albano, "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart and Mr. Fuji;

  • All-new dynamic cloth and hair technology enhancing the realism of the wrestlers' movements.

  • Advanced ISP system delivering even more bone-breaking one-button combos and reversals for outstanding game play;

  • Create-A-Legend returns bigger and better, allowing players to make their ultimate grappler.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2002

    Ubi Soft Ships Deathrow
    Steve @ 7:37 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 23, 2002 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that it shipped its fast-paced, brutal team combat game, Deathrow, to U.S. retail stores. Deathrow is an exclusive title for the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft, combining the lightning-fast gameplay of third-person action games, adrenaline rush of fighting games and the cooperative team play and gritty roughness of rugby to offer a unique gameplay experience. Deathrow is rated "M" for mature and has an MSRP of $49.99.

    "Deathrow is the perfect blend of fighting and sports game, delivering the adrenaline rush action gamers want, in large, quick doses," said Matthieu Boulard, producer for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "Deathrow is extremely addictive thanks to its pure unbridled gameplay, highly-polished artificial intelligence, badass characters and breathtaking arenas that include what many are calling the best textures since Halo."

    Mad Catz Introduces the Blaster
    Steve @ 2:31 PM EDT
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23, 2002 - Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., a leading manufacturer of video game accessories, today announced the launch of the Mad Catz Blaster, the first-to-market light gun for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.

    This product will be available for $39.99 in stores beginning October 2002 in conjunction with the much-anticipated launch of SEGA's "The House of the Dead(TM) III."

    Mad Catz, SEGA(R), and Microsoft have been co-developing the Mad Catz Blaster for "The House of the Dead III" over the past 12 months in an attempt to define the light gun protocol for Xbox. Mad Catz' Blaster identifies a better way to transmit data from the light gun, the television and the Xbox gaming system and takes full advantage of the powerful capabilities of Xbox.

    "As the leading designer of innovative accessories, Mad Catz has expanded its line of peripherals to include the first-to-market light gun for Xbox," said Darren Richardson, President and COO of Mad Catz, Inc. "The Mad Catz Blaster is the first gun for any console to incorporate a `Shotgun' firing mode, enabling players to fire five rounds at a time. We anticipate great success for Mad Catz' Blaster and SEGA's `The House of the Dead III,' both of which use next generation technology."

    The Mad Catz Blaster for Xbox features three firing modes, "Auto", "Burst", and "Shotgun" and an auto-reload function that gives players unlimited ammunition for an enhanced gaming experience. "Auto" allows players to shoot 360 rounds per minute, similar to a fully automatic weapon. "Burst" allows players to fire three rounds per second with a single trigger pull. "Shotgun" is a new feature exclusive to Mad Catz' Blaster and allows five rounds to be fired in a star-like pattern on and around the target point. This enables a larger surface area to be blasted with one trigger pull. Other features include rubberized grips for increased comfort and high precision optics, making the Blaster the most accurate gun available.

    In SEGA's "The House of the Dead III," players will defy the undead with shotgun in hand as they explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland of unrelenting terror. Fans of the series will thrill to beautifully rendered gore, time-sensitive gameplay and a wide variety of branching paths. Gamers take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as they travel different routes and advance the storyline, uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. "The House of the Dead III" is available October 29 exclusively for Xbox.

    Splinter Cell Sweepstakes
    Steve @ 2:29 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA. October 23, 2002 - To celebrate the upcoming release of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(TM), Ubi Soft Entertainment is giving away one copy of this holiday season's most anticipated game, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, to a lucky winner every day for 30 days! At the end of the sweepstakes, one lucky game fan will win the Grand Prize Pack, which includes:

    " A Flex-head color camera, courtesy of
    " Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell sunglasses, courtesy of Dragon Optical
    " A Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell T-shirt
    " A copy of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell for the Microsoft Xbox video game system from Microsoft

    "Ubi Soft Entertainment is very excited have to bring Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell to gamers everywhere," explained Ubi Soft President Laurent Detoc. "And, we want game fans to feel a part of the excitement so we are holding the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Game-A-Day Giveaway. Now, they can experience the nail-biting tension of elite espionage first hand. After playing this game, gamers will understand why Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is the hottest game for the holidays." Developed by Ubi Soft Entertainment's Montreal studio, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell has won numerous awards including the E3 Game Critics Award for best action game and the ECTS overall best game of the show award.


    Beginning October 23rd and running for 30 days, eager gamers can register for the sweepstakes at or through the Splinter Cell Uplink, a downloadable gadget that brings Splinter Cell insiders dynamic news coverage on Splinter Cell, including exclusive screenshots, movies and downloads.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell will ship November 18, 2002 for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and November 26, 2002 for PC. It carries a "T" (Teen) rating from the ESRB and will be priced at $49.99.

    Splinter Cell Uplink
    Steve @ 2:26 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA. October 23, 2002 - Gamers across the globe are holding their breath in anticipation of this holiday's hottest game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(TM). For those who want to be "in the know," Ubi Soft Entertainment is introducing the Splinter Cell Uplink, a downloadable device that dynamically delivers insider information and exclusive media.

    Game fans can visit to download the Splinter Cell Uplink and begin receiving daily updates including exclusive screenshots, movies, and other downloadable goodies right from the source! They'll also gain access to an exclusive prologue story of Splinter Cell. Those select gamers who just can't get enough info on this eagerly awaited title can get the scoop from the Splinter Cell Uplink and, since both sources will feature exclusive and frequently updated content.

    "Game fans can't get enough Splinter Cell and the game isn't even out!" said Ubi Soft President Laurent Detoc. "Splinter Cell is expected to be one of the hottest titles for the holidays. There's a lot of hype behind it, but we promise that the game will exceed expectations. Simply stated, this game has set new standards in game design."

    You are Sam Fisher. A lone shadow-operative in a world where lost seconds can allow terrorist plans to become deadly reality. You operate in the heart of hostile territory. Spy. Steal. Destroy. Assassinate. Just don't ever be seen. Because when the stakes are this high, the choice between leaving a witness or a corpse is no choice at all. When two CIA agents mysteriously vanish in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the NSA's secret sub agency, Third Echelon, deploys Sam Fisher-its most capable splinter cell operative-to recover them. Fisher soon uncovers a deeper conspiracy: a plot that threatens to destabilize the world order and spark nuclear conflict.

    " Covert stealth-action featuring a compelling original storyline and characters inspired by the world of Tom Clancy and endorsed by the famous author.

    " Revolutionary lighting, shadowing, animation, physics, and sound effects create an astonishingly realistic tension-filled experience.

    " Diverse stealth techniques including sniping, split jumping, zip lining, rappelling, and using human shields bring gameplay possibilities to a new level.

    " Experimental intelligence gadgets (night/thermal vision goggles, prototype weapons and surveillance gear, etc.) give Fisher the edge against his enemies.

    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell will ship November 18, 2002 for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and November 26, 2002 for PC. It carries a "T" (Teen) rating from the ESRB and will be priced at $49.99.

    Another New Colin McRae Rally 3 Video
    Steve @ 2:21 PM EDT
    New York – October 23, 2002 – With only a few weeks until launch, Codemasters has released a new movie for the highly anticipated Colin McRae Rally 3. Available online from the Downloads section of the game’s web site, located at (Titled “Colin McRae Rally 3: Features”; filename “cmr3_FX”), it showcases the game’s world renown environments, dramatic weather conditions and the spectacular damage that occurs at high speeds (approx. 2 minutes).

    Discover more about the game and view all the action-packed movies at:

    Tuesday, October 22, 2002

    Xicat Interactive Releasing Two New Titles
    Steve @ 11:41 PM EDT
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Oct. 22, 2002 – Xicat Interactive, Inc., publisher of award-winning video games, is set to release Blackstone: Magic and Steel and Metal Dungeon for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft in North America in late November 2002.

    Black Stone will cast a spell on fans of Japanese anime with the characters and lush environments of Zedan, while Metal Dungeon offers a gruesome, post-apocalyptic world and unleashes RPG action in this Sci-fi thriller of twisted robotic cyborgs. For an in depth “tour” of either game, Mike Bellhorn, lead producer is available to lend his insights to the magic and darkness that define each of the games characteristics.

    About Black Stone: Magic and Steel:

    In Blackstone: Magic and Steel you must heed the call of the White Wizards to protect all that is good. Raise your weapons, memorize your spells and charge ahead as you begin your quest to find the magic stones and save the world of Zedan. Black Stone: Magic & Steel is rated Teen for Blood and Violence.

    Key features:

  • 26 Perilous levels of swordplay and bloodletting.
  • 5 Characters: warrior, warlock, archer, pirate and thief; each with varying melee skills, magical powers and long-range attack abilities.
  • Buy or find power-up items to increase character capabilities.
  • Single- or four-player cooperative game play to attack the forces of evil simultaneously.
  • Mount massive dinosaur to completely devastate enemy forces.
  • Add to pool of characters by completing missions and unlocking hidden characters.

    About Metal Dungeon:

    Far into the future, Alansas is ravaged by war and chaos. Teams of enhanced humans (cyborgs) are enlisted to take back the underground weapons complex known as Force Valley after one of the experiments escapes and takes over the facility. The escapee creates an army of enhanced weapon monsters who are not quite ready to vacate their newfound “home”. Players assemble a team of elite cyborgs to plunge into the depths and root out the monsters. Metal Dungeon is rated Teen for Blood and Violence.

    Key Features:

  • Choose from 5 characters (fencer, striker, analyzer, caster and broader).
  • Customize character with enhancing chips, equipment and a unique attribute system designed specifically for Metal Dungeon.
  • Add to your team by finding and re-animating the corpses of fallen warriors, unlocking 5 new character types.
  • 10 Massive levels with regenerating terrain and monsters for unlimited replay ability.
  • Hundreds of Monster types to battle and 10 unique end-bosses to test your mettle.
  • More than 200 weapons, items and power-ups to find, purchase, and accessorize.
  • A detailed ‘library’ system keeps track of every Monster, Item, Weapon, Power-up and Spell found during each mission. View complex stats, features and abilities with ease.
  • Compete against other cyborg teams in the Coliseum and earn riches and fame.
  • 100+ hours of dungeon-crawling game play.

    Sega Sports Games To Be Best Sellers This Holiday Season
    Steve @ 1:27 PM EDT
    "SEGA Sports NFL 2K3" and "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3"
    Named Among the Top 10 Video Games Expected to be
    Best Sellers by Leading Retailers Nationwide

    Building upon its reputation for creating the best video game content, SEGA(R) of America, Inc. today announced that "SEGA Sports(TM) NFL 2K3" and "SEGA Sports(TM) NBA 2K3" were both voted among the top 10 video games expected to be best sellers this holiday season on the PlayDate Best Seller List. Published by PlayDate, an independent marketing services company known for its unique objectivity in tracking the toy and game industries, the PlayDate Best Seller List includes results from an annual survey polling the nation's top retailers for predictions of the best-selling toys and games for the year's holiday shopping season. SEGA is one of the only companies placing more than one game on the PlayDate Video Game Best Seller List.

    "Inclusion on the PlayDate Video Game Best Seller List indicates strong sales potential for `SEGA Sports NFL 2K3' and `SEGA Sports NBA 2K3' for the upcoming holiday season as predicted by leading retailers," said Sean McGowan, veteran research analyst with Gerard Klauer Mattison and co-founder of PlayDate.

    "SEGA Sports NFL 2K3" has received rave reviews from video game critics and was heralded as the "Best Sports Game" by the "Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2002." "SEGA Sports NFL 2K3" features ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence, unparalleled lifelike animations, an ESPN telecast-style presentation, full online gameplay options and an in-depth franchise mode featuring a revolutionary and easy-to-use visual interface. Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher appears on the cover of the game.

    "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" is the most authentic and entertaining NBA simulation available. Building upon the strength of the franchise, "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" features unmatched player and ball physics, an ESPN telecast-style presentation, ground-breaking animations, an in-depth franchise mode and full online gameplay options taking the genre to unprecedented levels of realism. "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" also includes unprecedented passing options that give gamers control of every player on the court, as well as mid-air shot adjustments and blocking. NBA All-Star Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers appears on the cover of the game.

    Sega Releases Toe Jam & Earl III Exclusively for Xbox
    Steve @ 1:25 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2002--SEGA(R) of America, Inc. today announced the release of "ToeJam & Earl(TM) III: Mission to Earth" exclusively for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(R). "ToeJam and Earl III: Mission to Earth" delivers a comic adventure of cosmic proportions, blending phat beats, risque humor and truckloads of attitude into one seriously funkified quest to save the universe. The game also features special downloadable content via Xbox Live(TM), which will be available when the service launches on Nov. 15.

    The 12 Sacred Albums of Funk have been stolen and it's up to gamers playing as ToeJam, Big Earl and their new gal-pal Latisha, to journey to Earth and return the vanished vinyls to Lamont the Funkopotamous, source of all Funk in the known universe. Scattered throughout more than 30 massive, randomly generated levels, the 12 Sacred Albums of Funk will ultimately give players the power to square off against the dreaded Anti-Funk and save the universe.

    As gamers explore Earth they will battle hordes of decidedly un-funky Earthlings -- from insane drill-wielding dentists and perky cheerleaders to medusa babies in walkers. Players must master the ways of Funk-Fu and make use of scores of gift-wrapped power-ups, ranging from Icarus Wings to the Funkmobile, to convert the clueless Earthlings to the ways of Funk.

    "SEGA has a history of both making and breaking the rules of video game design, and 'ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth' is a perfect example of the innovative, genre-bending approach to game design that has made SEGA a leader in the industry," said Mike Fischer, vice president, entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "A daring blend of action, adventure, music and humor, 'ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth' is the triumphant return of two of the most memorable video game characters of the 16-bit era."

    Gamers can choose to play as ToeJam, Earl or Latisha, with each character bringing their own strengths, weaknesses and trademark personality into the mix. Additional playable characters will be available via download on Xbox Live. The game also features dozens of mini-games, rhythm matching challenges and sub-quests, keeping gameplay fresh. An innovative cooperative two-player mode lets players double team the Earthlings in style via a dynamically splitting screen.

    With the game's 30-plus levels generated randomly, "ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth" offers nearly endless replayability. Every time a player starts a new game, the geography of levels will be different, enemies will be in different locations, and items will be hidden in new places. A series of five hub levels, one for each environment, remain the same every time, acting as a "home base" for gamers on their quest to retrieve the 12 Sacred Albums of Funk.

    The game features five gorgeously rendered environments: snow, desert, country, urban and water. New environments will be made available via download on Xbox Live. The levels are filled with jaw-dropping special effects only possible on Xbox, including detailed reflections and real-time shadow effects, which show shadows moving across the entire environment as the sun moves through the sky -- even across the characters' bodies.

    "'Toe Jam and Earl III: Mission to Earth' once again proves how SEGA is making the Xbox shine," said Ed Fries, vice president, Xbox Game Content. "With awesome game play, funky music, killer graphics and a defining sense of humor, the newest installment of this hilarious fan favorite series will make even the most cynical gamer laugh out loud."

    The third game in the series, "ToeJam & Earl" and "ToeJam & Earl II: Panic on Funkatron" appeared on the SEGA Genesis(TM) video game console.

    Ubi Soft Launches Official Site for Rocky
    Steve @ 1:23 PM EDT
    San Francisco, CA - October 22, 2002 - Ubi Soft® Entertainment, one of the world's leading videogame publishers, today announced the launch of the dedicated Web site for its highly anticipated, officially licensed Rocky game - . Rocky for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft®, Nintendo® GameCube(tm), and GameBoy® Advance console is scheduled for release in November.

    Developed by UK-based Rage Software, Rocky the videogame is the closest fans can get to the real thing. The hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping, sports game holds true to the look and feel of the Academy Award® winning movies with everything from accurate boxing styles to awesome arenas. Rocky lets players take on the role of the 'Italian Stallion' and must fight against the most infamous opponents in movie history - Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago and Tommy Gunn.

    Rocky features 30 individual fighters pulled straight from the movies, plus special hidden characters including Rocky's trainer 'Mickey.' Players can utilize more than 250 fight moves ranging from attacking hooks, jabs and uppercuts through to defensive blocks, ducks and weaves as they attempt to become the undisputed boxing champion of the world.

    Rocky also features realistic damage including bruises, facial swellings, blood, sweat and tears as the action heats up, plus there is a dedicated training mode designed to enhance your boxer's skill and stamina.

    The new Web site includes a full history of the Rocky movie anthology, all the very latest game information including special fighter biographies, exclusive artwork, screensavers, wallpapers and audio downloads. Rocky is the most exciting and explosively charged boxing game on any console this Holiday, and is the most comprehensive destination for all gamers' Rocky needs.

    Monday, October 21, 2002

    THQ Ships Toxic Grind Exclusively for Xbox
    Steve @ 6:30 PM EDT
    First Story-Driven, Mission Based BMX Game

    CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - October 21, 2002 - THQ® Inc. today announced that Toxic Grind, the first story-driven, mission-based BMX game has shipped exclusively for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. Toxic Grind immerses players in a completely unique, story-driven experience, where they must “ride for their life” as fictional BMX rider Jason Hayes. Toxic Grind is now available at major retail outlets nationwide.

    “Toxic Grind brings something different to the extreme sports videogame genre,” said Peter Dille, Vice President of Marketing, THQ. “Toxic Grind is more than just learning how to pull off tricks. Mission and story-based gameplay adds another level of interactivity rarely seen in actions sports games.”

    About Toxic Grind

    Toxic Grind is a mission-based game set in a dark futuristic world, where contestants are snatched from the past to compete in the future’s deadly new television program. Jason Hayes, a pro rider from the year 2002 and other rogue riders have been injected with a deadly toxin by Von Blass. With poison in their veins, Hayes and the other riders are forced to compete as contestants on a show where death equals ratings. The only way to survive is to avoid deadly obstacles like spike pits and furious lightning bolts, pull off insane tricks and avoid Dixon’s evil henchmen.

    Toxic Grind features 10 diverse worlds, each with different themes set to locations from the past, present and future. Areas include a futuristic New York City, the ancient Greek Pools and the mysterious Sherwood Forest. A dynamic playfield enables gamers to launch off ramps, traverse moving platforms and grind rails that change shape to expose hidden areas. The storyline unfolds through comic book-style cinematics that maintain the feel of a twisted and futuristic world. Two-player competition will allow riders to compete head-to-head through seven levels of action and adventure.

    Limited Edition Comic Book for Batman: Dark Tomorrow
    Steve @ 5:57 PM EDT
    Bellevue, WA – October 21, 2002 - Japan-based videogame publishing powerhouse Kemco and comic book giant DC Comics announced together that they will create a limited edition, two-part comic book that will serve as a prequel to the storyline of Kemco’s upcoming action/adventure title, Batman: Dark Tomorrow. The first of two collectible comic books will be included as a pack-in within top-tier platform-specific enthusiast publications, distributing over 1.4 million comic books nationwide. The comic pack-in for each of the publications will have a cover created exclusively for that magazine. The second, digest-size comic book will be included in the retail game package and limited to the first production run of the game, and will feature a custom cover for each of the three platforms.

    Batman: Dark Tomorrow is the first modern Batman video game to date based not on the movie or animation series, but on the original DC Comics comic book.

    “We are incredibly excited to be working on a project of this magnitude with DC Comics” said Glenn Halseth, vice president of sales and marketing of Kemco. “Creating this custom, limited-edition collectible comic book assures core gamers and Batman fans alike that we are developing and publishing a game that will represent Batman as intended by his original creators.”

    DC Comics assembled an all-star creative team to design the custom two-part comic book, including Batman and Batman: Dark Tomorrow writer Scott Peterson, industry veteran Rick Burchett, known for his work on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and the Justice League of America, Colorist David Baron, Group Editor of Creative Services Martin Pasko, and Associate Producer Multimedia Publishing Michael Siglain.

    In Dark Tomorrow Batman must use all of his skills, both mental and physical, as well as a variety of gadgets, to defeat some of his most infamous adversaries, including Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and many others. In addition, he must infiltrate Arkham Asylum and rescue Police Commissioner James Gordon. During this time, Batman has to piece together clues to discover the mastermind behind these seemingly unrelated events and stop an evil plan that threatens the fate of the entire world!

    David McKillips, vice president of advertising for DC Comics stated: “It was important for DC Comics to bring together a superlative creative team to work on these original comics, a team that would parallel the strength of our strategic partnership with Kemco.”

    Friday, October 18, 2002

    New Colin McRae Rally 3 Movie
    Steve @ 4:17 PM EDT
    New York – October 18, 2002 – UK-based videogame publishing giant, Codemasters, released a stunning new Colin McRae Rally 3 movie today, showcasing the game’s grueling rally gameplay and dynamic visuals. Created especially for the London Effects & Animation Festival, the video is available online from the download section of the game’s web site and can be located at (movie file titled “Colin McRae Rally 3: The Game”; filename “cmr3_game”). With a running time of approximately two minutes, the video streams through the game’s opening scenes to the gritty rallying action and ends with a championship win.

    Colin McRae Rally 3 is a highly realistic rally gaming experience, capturing the intensities of professional rally driving. The pressure is on as players take on the role of Colin McRae as he’s given a three-year contract to win a series of championships for the Ford Racing team. Between the adrenaline-rushing rally driving, the game is seamlessly blended with stage starts, stage checkpoint, end stage and service area sequences.

    Colin McRae Rally 3 will be available at retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox‘ video game system from Microsoft with an SRP of $49.99. Game information and the new downloadable movie of Colin McRae Rally 3 can be found online at

    Thursday, October 17, 2002

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Soundtrack
    Steve @ 1:29 PM EDT
    Thirty-five tracks of high-octane music will fuel big air tricks in Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterTM 4, the sequel to the #1 action sports video game of 2001. The game, which allows players to experience the ultimate skating challenge, features tracks from rock royalty and hot new artists. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will be available this fall on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM, PlayStation® game console and Game Boy® Advance. Following is a list of artists and tracks:

  • System of a Down – "Shimmy"
  • The Offspring – "Blackball"
  • AC/DC – "TNT"
  • Sex Pistols – "Anarchy in the UK"
  • Run–DMC – "My Adidas"
  • The Cult – "Bad Fun"
  • N.W.A. – "Express Yourself"
  • De La Soul – "Oodles of O's"
  • Public Enemy – "By The Time I Get To Arizona"
  • Iron Maiden – "The Number of the Beast"
  • The Distillers – "Seneca Falls"
  • Gangstarr – "Mass Appeal"
  • Goldfinger – "Spokesman"
  • Agent Orange – "Bloodstains"
  • Less Than Jake – "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads"
  • Flogging Molly – "Drunken Lullabies"
  • Rocket from the Crypt – "Savoir Faire"
  • Aesop Rock – "Labor"
  • Avail – "Simple Song"
  • Bouncing Souls – "Manthem"
  • Delinquent Habits – "House of the Rising Drum"
  • Eyedea & Abilities – "Big Shots"
  • The Faction – "Skate and Destroy"
  • Haiku D'Etat – "Non Compos Mentis"
  • Hot Water Music – "Freightliner"
  • JFA – "Beach Blanket Bongout"
  • Lootpack – "Whenimondamic"
  • Nebula – "Giant"
  • Toy Dolls – "Dig That Groove Baby"
  • US Bombs – "Yer Country"
  • Zeke – "Death Alley"
  • Muskabeatz – "I'm a Star" (featuring Grandmaster Melle Mel)
  • Muskabeatz – "Versus of Doom" (featuring Jeru the Damaja)
  • Muskabeatz – "Bodyrock" (featuring Biz Markie)
  • Jai Plus – "Bad Dreams"

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 lets players take on the role of renowned skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other athletes as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time. The game's new free-roaming career mode allows players to earn respect and the chance to take on all new pro goals by conquering a skater-specific Pro Challenge based on each skater's personal history.

    Acclaim Responds to Controversy Involving BMX XXX
    Steve @ 1:22 PM EDT
    GLEN COVE, NY, October 17, 2002 - Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. today responded to the widespread controversy surrounding the launch of its forthcoming mature rated release, BMX XXX.

    "We believe that there is a general, unfair characterization of the interactive entertainment industry and as a result, our product is being held to an entirely different standard than other entertainment media with comparable content, including movies, television and radio," said Greg Fischbach, Co-Chairman and CEO of Acclaim. "According to NPD's August report, more than 60 percent of all next-generation hardware owners are men over the age of 18, and this combined with the fact that last year's number one selling game was mature rated, fully supports our belief in the demand for this type of content."

    "While we acknowledge that we are setting new benchmarks with BMX XXX, we are disappointed that there are groups who fail to see how this humorous product is truly on par with such widely accepted mainstream entertainment experiences, including movies like American Pie, and TV shows like The Sopranos and Sex and the City," added Fischbach. "As a leading publisher, we fully believe that consumers should have a right to choose their entertainment, and with that right comes the importance of responsible consumerism."

    "This product was not designed for, nor is it being marketed to consumers under the age of 17, and we fully support the Electronic Software Rating Board and encourage consumers to utilize their rating systems to make educated purchases," concluded Fischbach.

    The first action sports video game designed specifically for today's mature gaming audience, BMX XXX features scripted jokes and events created by some of Hollywood's top comedic writers, more than 2,000 BMX tricks and an incredible in-game soundtrack featuring today's top artists. The product's official web site,, debuted a trailer, which has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since the beginning of the month.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2002

    Shaun Murray's Pro Wakeboarder
    Steve @ 3:11 PM EDT
    Hang on for your life in Shaun Murray's Pro WakeboarderTM as you get ripped across a lake by a high-powered speedboat and trick through dangerous terrain. Feel the rush as you crash into houseboats and catch huge air in nine exotic levels with seven world-class wakeboarders. Tired already? Then drive the boat and help your friend pull off challenging technical tricks on the most realistic looking water ever.


  • Unique Gameplay - With a ton of innovative objectives, the game gives players the option to take control of the speedboat, compete in a variety of competitions and unlock secret challenges. Rope MechanicsTM enables players to let go of the rope in order to find secret areas and venture into unteathered territory. Gamers can then grab a hold of the rope again to continue exploring exciting new areas.

  • Revolutionary Water Graphics - The game features the most impressive water physics in a video game to date. From the particle effects to the formation of the wake, gamers will be mesmerized by the realistic shape and reflections of the water.

  • Expansive Levels and Dynamic Events - Gamers can explore nine huge levels of limitless action, complete with tournament-style challenges. Each level comes complete with fully interactive objects: birds, boats and spectators. Unique level-specific objectives like crashing a ferry boat or embarking on an exciting boat chase will trigger environmental changes in each dynamic level.

  • Groundbreaking 2-Player modes - Players will compete against each other in Cooperative (one player controls the wakeboarder while the other controls the boat) and Tug-of-War (dominate the other wakeboarders by taking their extra rope).

  • Real World Destinations - Gamers will choose from exotic locations around the world. Every destination from Hong Kong Harbor to Lake Powell has realistic-looking water and amazing wake effects.

  • Ride Like a Pro - Players can take control of seven of the world's best wakeboarders including Shaun Murray, Parks Bonifay, Dallas Friday, Tara Hamilton, Cobe Mikacich, Darin Shapiro and Colin Wright. Each pro possesses unique moves that helped him/her revolutionize their sport.

    Black Box Corporation Provides Infrastructure for Xbox Live
    Steve @ 3:05 PM EDT
    PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 16, 2002--Black Box Corporation announced today that it has been selected by Microsoft Corp. to provide the cabling infrastructure on a global basis for Xbox(TM) Live, Microsoft's new online console gaming service for the Xbox(TM) video game from Microsoft. Xbox Live, which launches in North America on November 15, will allow gamers to play multi-player Xbox games with other gamers everywhere on the Internet via a broadband connection.

    Through its worldwide network services operations, Black Box provided the network infrastructure for Xbox data centers in Seattle, London, and Tokyo. Additional centers are also being established in the U.S. and other countries.

    As the infrastructure partner, Black Box is responsible for planning, project coordination, installation, and maintenance of the network infrastructure at these centers. The installations use BLACK BOX(R) brand cabling and other premise wiring components (such as jacks, patch panels, cross-connects, and more).

    Black Box's extensive worldwide footprint and resources were a key factor in Microsoft's selection of Black Box for this important rollout. "We picked the best company to be our partner in this huge undertaking," says Nicky Pike, Program Manager for Xbox Live Operations. "We're more than satisfied with the quality of work, service, and professionalism that the Black Box team has provided to Xbox in our efforts to establish multiple data sites."

    Superman Ready for Release
    Steve @ 3:04 PM EDT
    Infogrames Europe, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment is ready to release a new action-game under its popular Atari® brand - Superman: The Man of Steel for the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft.

    Based on a new story written alongside DC Comics' and starring the most popular and recognised super hero in the world, Superman: The Man of Steel will challenge players to protect Metropolis from super villains 'Braniac 13' and 'Lex Luthor', as well as a legion of malevolent robots intent on destroying the city and taking over the world.

    Braniac 13 attempts to take control of the advanced technology behind the futuristic Metropolis that would enable him to destroy the city and rule the world - this calls for the Man of Steel to go to work.

    Superman: The Man of Steel features comic book inspired environments such as the popular futuristic Metropolis, the Phantom Zone and War World. Anyone who's familiar with the Superman comics will be in sheer heaven. Popular characters appear throughout including Bizzaro, Metallo, Mongul, Cyborg and of course Lex Luthor who has never been so tough.

    Superman: The Man of Steel features new incredible state of the art effects for the Xbox hardware. Superman has access to all his famous powers, including Freeze Breath, X-Ray Vision, Telescopic Vision and many more. Whilst engaging in hand-to-hand combat, Superman can use a variety of other skills to destroy his enemy.

    Developed by Circus Freak Studios, Superman: The Man of Steel incorporates cutting-edge graphical technologies, including vertex and pixel shaders, bump mapping, environment mapping, real-time motion blurring, realistic cloth effects and spectacular particle effects. The game also features Dolby 5.1 3D spatial sound effects and an evocative, movie-like score composed especially for the game.

    Pascale Vermeerbergen, Marketing Director for Mass Market Game at Infogrames commented, "Superman is the ultimate superhero, and we're very pleased to have had the opportunity to work closely with DC Comics to bring this wonderfully popular character to the Xbox console for all to enjoy. "

    Tuesday, October 15, 2002

    BloodRayne Ships
    Steve @ 1:45 PM EDT
    EDISON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2002--An interactive journey into the terrifying world of the occult awaits as Majesco, one of the fastest-growing publishers of interactive entertainment, today announced their supernatural thriller, BloodRayne, has shipped two full weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

    Supported by a multi-million dollar "lethal erotica" marketing campaign, BloodRayne is now available for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo GameCube(TM).

    "Perfectly infusing all the essentials of an exceptional video game -- non-stop action, sex appeal, weaponry, and elements of the supernatural -- BloodRayne has the potential to become one of gaming's premier franchises," said Ken Gold, Vice President of Marketing. "The release of Majesco's first original title is a major milestone in the growth of our publishing business and underscores our commitment to creating high-quality gaming experiences."

    Set in the late 1930s, BloodRayne introduces the sexy, supernatural Agent BloodRayne. An unholy union of human and vampire, Agent BloodRayne was raised and trained by a secret government agency to hunt down and eliminate supernatural threats. Now she must take on an occult faction of Nazis to prevent them from unleashing creatures of unfathomable terror in their quest for world domination.

    Agent BloodRayne's lethal repertoire includes inhuman strength, spectacular leaping and acrobatic skills, aura vision, zoom vision and slow-motion perception that enables her to weave in and out of bullets. By feeding off the blood of other creatures, she is able to sustain her life force, however her undying thirst for blood compels her onward until she is driven into `Blood Rage' where she achieves a new set of unstoppable fighting combos and deadly attacks.

    Developed by Terminal Reality and driven by their new Infernal Engine, BloodRayne delivers fast-paced, battle-heavy action from a third-person perspective, coupled with unique cinematic horror elements. Ultimately, BloodRayne's lavish graphics, exotic 3D environments and chilling sound and camera effects immerse players in a terror-filled world.

    Additional game play features include:

  • Non-linear game play through more than 40 levels and 3 massive
    worlds: Louisiana, Argentina and Germany;
  • Special Dhampir abilities: Suck blood for health, use slow-motion, zoom and aura visions to aid in death dealing. Pull off fantastic acrobatic moves to bend the environment at will;
  • Dispatch enemies with Agent BloodRayne's blades and kicks for
    awesome, acrobatic combat;
  • Revolutionary control allows Agent BloodRayne to target multiple enemies with each hand simultaneously;
  • Agent BloodRayne can use and carry any of her enemies' weapons, including guns, explosives and rocket launchers, and automatically drop and pick up weapons to optimize her inventory;
  • Fast-paced combat against Nazis, mutants, swamp creatures, ancient parasitic monsters and blood-sucking beasts.

    BloodRayne is supported by Majesco's "Lethal Erotica" marketing campaign, which includes widespread print advertising, strategic cross promotions, extensive retailer support, and a gripping TV commercial running on national cable and syndicated shows through November. Additionally, Majesco has organized consumer sweepstakes with some of the Internet's most highly-visited websites, including,,, and to promote the launch of BloodRayne.

    Consumers looking for more information on BloodRayne can visit the official Majesco site at The site contains continually updated movies and screen shots from the game; additional background on the interactive world's most deliciously wicked hunter of evil; unique downloads and other special features.

    BloodRayne is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.95 across all platforms and will be available for the personal computer early next year.

    New Release Date For Batman: Dark Tomorrow
    Steve @ 1:40 PM EDT
    Bellevue, WA – October 15, 2002 - Japan-based videogame publisher Kemco has announced new U.S. release dates for Batman: Dark Tomorrow, the first Batman video game based on the DC Comics epic comic book series. Dark Tomorrow, slated for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, will ship in Q1, 2003.

    “We made the decision to push the game back until Q1 in order to ensure that we are publishing the best Batman video game to date,” said Glenn Halseth, vice president of sales and marketing of Kemco.

    Dark Tomorrow takes a different twist on the franchise from previous Batman video games. Focusing on the detective elements, the world of the Dark Knight is darker, grittier and offers gamers a more stealth-based Batman game, rather than a button-mashing marathon. Players encounter more than 90 enemies in Batman: Dark Tomorrow, some of which have yet to be included in any Batman game to date.

    Serious Sam Website Launched
    Steve @ 1:38 PM EDT
    NEW YORK, NY – October 11, 2002 – Video game publisher Gotham Games, a division of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., announced today the launch of the official Web site for Serious Sam, which enters the next-gen console market this fall exclusively on the Microsoft Xbox. Serious Sam puts players in control of Sam "Serious" Stone, the only man that has what it takes to repel the alien forces determined to turn planet Earth into their personal trash can.

    In this first-person shooter, Sam will have to battle through 36 insane levels and hack, blast and annihilate more that 100 creatures – attacking simultaneously from land, air and water – trying to put Sam six-feet under. Featuring intense action, vast indoor and outdoor environments with amazing color and detail and more baddies on-screen than any other game, only "Serious" gamers should enter the world of Serious Sam.

    The Web site for Serious Sam is focused on introducing the Serious Sam franchise to console gamers. By browsing the site, Sam fans will be able to use all of Sam’s weapons, meet all of Sam’s foes, and hear Sam’s words of wisdom in the "Sam Stuff" section. Those visiting the site will also be able to read an interview with Croteam, the creators of Serious Sam.

    Those who are prepared to truly get serious should visit to be enculturated into the Serious Sam universe.

    Monday, October 14, 2002

    Colin McRae Rally 3 Audio
    Steve @ 4:44 PM EDT
    New York – October 14, 2002 – The engines are revving as Colin McRae Rally 3 prepares to race onto store shelves this November for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.

    In addition to the realistic car handling the series is renowned for, Colin McRae Rally 3 will immerse the player in the action with an incredible audio performance. On PlayStation2 the game’s audio is in Dolby Pro Logic and on Xbox it features Dolby Digital 5.1 with 5-speaker support. The game feeds the roaring atmospheric sounds through the speakers as if four of them were positioned right on the wheels of McRae’s Ford Focus RS WRC. Switch to different game views and the sound positioning changes, effectively moving the sound in relation to the Focus’ engine position.

    “The effect is incredible and we are confident it’s the best audio in any racing game,” says Guy Wilday, Codemasters’ producer of the Colin McRae Rally series. “The audio technicians have aimed for perfection all the way through the development of the games sound – from the recording of effects using a rally-spec Ford Focus, through to this incredible sensation of surround sound.“

    Street Racing Syndicate Announced
    Steve @ 3:08 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 14 - The 3DO Company (Nasdaq: THDO) today announced that Street Racing Syndicate is currently in development for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube(TM) system. Scheduled for release in 2003, "SRS" captures the heart of street racing culture, and includes extensive car customization, police intervention, and high stakes competition. The game is being developed by racing game specialist Eutechnyx Ltd., which has developed such popular titles as F1 World Grand Prix 2000, 007 Racing and Le Mans 24 Hours.

    "With SRS, we have captured the essence of underground racing -- high stakes, high speed, and customization of realistically detailed cars," said Trip Hawkins, chief executive officer, The 3DO Company. "Every race has a lot at stake, including pink slips, cash, and, of course, the ladies' respect."

    About Street Racing Syndicate
    In SRS players begin by creating their own street racing characters, then set off to make names for themselves in the first of three cities. Players choose to race in illegal or officially sanctioned races. In illegal races, police may intervene to hand out tickets, impound cars, or throw players in jail. The after-market upgrades are licensed and customizable, and vehicles take realistic damage hits. In development for all next generation console systems, SRS is scheduled for release in 2003.

    Features for SRS include:

  • High stakes such as money, pink slips, and the girlfriends of rival street racers
  • A detailed realistic damage option that affects a car's look and performance, and costs money to repair
  • The choice of illegal or officially sanctioned racing events
  • Build up vehicles with visual upgrades including licensed after-market parts
  • Tough cops who give tickets and fines, and impound cars
  • Play the extensive Street mode or drag race against friends using
  • Multiplayer modes

    Xbox Bundle - 2 Free Sega Games - $199
    Steve @ 3:05 PM EDT
    Critically Acclaimed SEGA Games "Sega GT 2002" And "JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future" Bring Holiday Value to Xbox

    REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 14, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Xbox™ video game system will become even more irresistible to holiday shoppers beginning Oct. 15. For the low price of $199.99,* consumers at official Xbox retailers in the United States can get an Xbox system, including the new Xbox Controller S and two free exclusive games — "Sega GT™ 2002" and "JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future™" — packed into one box. The limited-time offer represents a savings of $100** and is a great incentive for new customers to experience the gameplay, graphics, sound and power available only on Xbox. With titles that appeal to a broad audience, the offer is suitable for diverse gamers of all ages.

    "Millions of people have Xbox atop their holiday wish lists," said John O'Rourke, director of Xbox sales and marketing at Microsoft. "With this powerful holiday offer, the launch of the Xbox Live online game service and more than 200 games to choose from this holiday season, there's never been a better time to buy Xbox."

    "Since Xbox launched nearly a year ago, we've been selling the system and games at a rapid pace," said Pete Roithmayr, vice president of merchandising for EB Games Online Inc. "The Xbox holiday offer is an excellent value for the consumer and a strong sales driver for us."

    With unbeatable graphics and sound, a built-in hard drive to store music and shorten game load times, an Ethernet port for online gaming with Xbox Live,*** a DVD drive for movie lovers,*** and more than 200 great games, Xbox was already a bargain. This special offer gives gamers two stellar exclusive SEGA games — "Sega GT 2002" and "JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future" — at no additional cost. The holiday offer also includes the Controller S, which is smaller than the original Xbox controller and will be the new standard controller for all Xbox systems sold moving forward. Current Xbox owners can purchase both games from major retailers.

    SEGA Unleashes Intense Xbox Games

    Hard-core gamers and beginners alike will have fun playing the all-new Xbox exclusive racing simulation game "Sega GT 2002." The game features 125 classic and modern cars, thousands of vehicle customization options, a stunning virtual garage for trophy storage, and a nostalgia-rich Chronicle Mode, where gamers can get behind the wheel of classic cars from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Official Xbox Magazine recently gave "Sega GT 2002" a score of 9.1 out of 10, calling it "one of the most polished and playable driving games for Xbox — or any other system, for that matter."

    "JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future" is a unique action adventure that features extreme skating, extreme action and extreme style. A fun, edgy game that offers 24 playable characters and a soundtrack featuring Russell Simmons and the Latch Brothers, "JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future" takes advantage of the power of Xbox with its four-player competitive battles at 60 frames per second. The title launched on Xbox earlier this year to tremendous accolades. According to GamePro Magazine, "To play ‘Jet Set Radio Future' is a breathtaking experience. From the inimitable graphics to the hypnotically addictive gameplay, it's captivating on every level and a must-have for your Xbox library."

    "SEGA's 'JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future' and 'Sega GT 2002' have widespread appeal and have been praised by media and gamers alike," said Charles Bellfield, vice president of strategic planning and corporate affairs at SEGA. "Demonstrating the true graphics power of Xbox, 'JSRF - Jet Set Radio Future' and 'Sega GT 2002' are the perfect games to complement Xbox this holiday season."

    Panzer Dragoon Orta In Detail
    Steve @ 3:03 PM EDT
    Thousands of years after the fall of the ancient civilization the world is a hostile and arid place to be, a fallen age in history. The few remaining human tribes, who live scattered across the wasteland, are in desperate fear of biogenetic terrors - powerful artifacts born out of blasphemy.

    In the midst of the continued conflict over precious water resources the Empire, who wish to gain control over the organic weapons from the old age through military pressure, have discovered a production factory from the ruins of the Old Century and succeeded in creating their own organic weapon - the Dragon.

    The key to restore peace in this distorted world is a mysterious girl captive under ball and chain, her name is Orta.

    The game is divided into 10 stages, tied together with SGI and hardware rendered cut- scenes to portray the story. There are sub-scenarios and various other artifacts to interact with in order to tell the story, these also intend to give you the perspective from the Empire's point-of-view, but have yet to be confirmed. Stages will be action packed, encompassing fierce fighting, swooping down canyons and will not be too linear. There will be multiple ways of reaching the end battle depending on whether or not you are able to complete certain tasks, for example, accelerate towards the shutter before it closes to progress through otherwise you'll be forced to take another path.

    The Dragon
    He is your companion and your ride through the game, capable of accelerating to intense speeds, running on the ground and performing a number of attacks -

    Locked-on laser
    This is the main weapon, fired from his mouth and can hit multiple targets. The power level increases as the Dragon morphs (see below)

    The player sitting on the Dragon can fire from the weapon carried in hand. It is capable of hitting enemy fire and targeting weaker enemy points effectively. The power level increases as the Dragon morphs (see below)

    Homing Glide
    This is only available when using the highest-spec Dragon type. It makes it possible to attack enemy forces while sucking up the enemy's hp, in turn, replenishing your own.

    The Berserk
    This is a type of special weapon with immense destructive power.

    Players can adjust the speed of the Dragon to gain the appropriate position for attacking enemy forces. It is also particularly useful for navigating the environment.

    There is a gauge evident in the game, which determines the Dragon's power, how this increases and decreases is not confirmed. There are 3 stages of metamorphosis and it seems that you can change this at will, providing the gauge is at the required level. This adds a level of strategy, which the player must adopt for certain situations-

    - Normal Type
    Basic features, well balanced.

    - Heavy Attack Type
    The lock on effect is more accurate and inflicts a greater level of damage, but there is less lock on options.

    - High Spec Type
    Has the highest level of mobility. Lock on laser is not accessible through this type but Homing Glide can be utilised to great effect.

    Friday, October 11, 2002

    Hitman 2 Commerical Banned By Major Networks
    Steve @ 9:37 PM EDT
    Hitman2: Silent Assassin ***Official TV Spot BANNED by major Networks!!!***

    An interesting twist on Friday news, we come with a follow-up report on our recently premiered Hitman2 TV Spot . As part of our massive TV campaign for Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, we had slated our original creative to air across selected major cable networks, however, in an interesting turn of events, numerous networks opted NOT to run the spot as it was originally intended. VH-1, MTV, MTV 2, TNN, UPN, ABC Sports, Comedy Central, Sci-fi, and USA all declined to air the original spot! The following is some of the reasoning behind denial of the commercial...

    "Glorifies Violence"... "strong violence depicted "
    "Over the top sexual content"
    "the game looked a little too realistic and that people might not know that it was just a game"

    In an effort to support the games strong momentum, and continue to bring Hitman 2 to the people, we've tapped into the games epic "orchestral score" and made a brand new Hitman 2 commercial that has been approved by almost all of the networks. Unfortunately, ABC still declined to have anything to do with Hitman, but that's...ok. Take an exclusive, FIRST EVER look at this new, "less controversial" commercial! Hopefully this will prevent the game from feeling the same wrath of censorship.

    Click here for the full download of the "Hitman 2 Classic TV Commercial"...

    Fatal Frame To Use Full Xbox Capabilities and New Features
    Steve @ 9:07 PM EDT
    Fatal Frame on Xbox Delivers New Screams this Halloween Season
    Tecmo reveals new features for the Xbox version of the popular psycho

    TORRANCE, Calif., October 10, 2002 ­Tecmo revealed new features that will be included in the latest version of Fatal Frame scheduled for release on the Xbox video game system in time for Halloween in the North American territory. Fatal Frame plans to take full advantage the Xbox capabilities with new and improved features that will add an enhanced sense of dread to the survival-horror hit.

    "It gave us a chance to utilize all the great feedback we received from the PS2 version. Then, by using some of the unique capabilities of Xbox, we were able to create a version that is richer in detail, offers improved game play, and is even more terrifying than the first." said John Inada, Director of Sales and Marketing for Tecmo.

    New features in the game include:

    1. A variety of new hidden costumes for Miku (the heroine) to unlock.
    2. Updated interior items and additional 3D objects spread throughout the game. The development team paid even closer attention to specific details on this new version while creating their authentic Japanese haunted mansion to give it an even more eerie atmosphere.
    3. More than 10 never-before-seen rare ghosts will bring new terror to the Xbox version, where consumers will encounter an even more terrifying experience.
    4. New final game play mode called the Fatal Mode. This final terrifying level which includes increased difficulty during battle and a new enemy story will increase the fear factor in this final bone-chilling chapter of the game.
    5. Once the player has beaten the Fatal mode they will experience an alternative ending that promises to reveal new answers to some of the mysteries surrounding the Himuro mansion.

    More terrifying features will be revealed frame by frame until the release of the game this Fall. For more spine-tingling information and ghostly new screens visit the official Fatal Frame website at Pre-Order Fatal Frame on Xbox at Fatal Frame has a suggested retail price of $49.99 and has not yet been rated.

    Guided by her sixth sense and armed only with an antique camera, Miku sets out to solve the mystery of her brother¹s sudden disappearance. As the story unfolds, she discovers gruesome details about the Himuro mansion¹s troubled past. The property and surrounding areas have a dark history involving grisly murders, an evil cult, and restless spirit. Based on a true story, Fatal Frame, the newest survival-horror game to hit the Xbox video game system, will chill you to the bone as you become immersed in a world full of supernatural spirits and sheer terror.

    Thursday, October 10, 2002

    Sega Kicks Off Marketing Campaign for NBA 2K3
    Steve @ 1:28 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2002--

    Emphasizing the Strength of its NBA Video Game Franchise, Company Launches $10 Million Marketing Campaign for "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3"

    SEGA(R) of America, Inc. today announced the details of its marketing campaign for its critically acclaimed NBA video game, "SEGA Sports(TM) NBA 2K3" for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(R) and the Nintendo GameCube(TM). Supporting "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" with $10 million in marketing, the company is launching an integrated marketing program including an extensive advertising campaign, national sponsorships and key promotions with partner ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports.

    "Receiving rave reviews from gaming critics, 'SEGA Sports NBA 2K3' is the leading basketball simulation on the market," said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "Befitting a game of this magnitude, SEGA is putting major marketing muscle behind the title including TV advertising that like the game, blurs the lines between 'SEGA Sports NBA 2K3' and an NBA telecast."

    Focusing on the strength of the franchise and the unmatched authenticity of the title, the advertising campaign for "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" will emphasize authority and deliver the emotion and realism of the NBA. Created by Leagas Delaney, San Francisco, and directed by award-winning hip hop music video director, Hype Williams, the 30-second "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" television spot embodies the true spirit of the sport utilizing key athletes and their moves including: dunks from Vince Carter, forward for Toronto Raptors; three point shots from Gary Payton, guard for the Seattle Supersonics; and tenacious defense from Ben Wallace, forward for the Detroit Pistons.

    The spot will launch Thursday, October 10, 2002 and will continue on both broadcast and cable networks including CBS, ESPN, MTV and others. The print campaign is currently running in leading gaming, sports and consumer magazines.

    SEGA will also support "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" with a national promotion with ESPN and tie-ins with the ESPN Zone. Additionally, SEGA Sports will have a strong presence at major sports events including the NBA All-Star Game where SEGA Sports will host the third annual SEGA Sports NBA All-Star Celebrity Challenge. Regional NBA-tied promotions for the title will take place at major video game retailers nationwide.

    "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" delivers the most authentic and entertaining NBA basketball experience with unmatched player and ball physics, an ESPN telecast-style presentation, groundbreaking animations, an in-depth Franchise Mode and full online gameplay on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" is endorsed by NBA All-Star Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers and is currently available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.95.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2002

    Xbox Challenges Students to Play More in UK
    Steve @ 2:37 PM EDT
    XboxTM, the video game system from Microsoft, is on the search for the ultimate student gamer and is offering a grand prize of £10,000 for the student who can beat off all opposition to claim the title. Heats for the Xbox Play More Challenge will be held at universities far and wide during the autumn term with a grand final in London in December, where the winner will get the Christmas present of their dreams – a cheque for ten grand.

    Xbox is the most powerful video-games console in the world and befitting this status the challenge will feature one of the most graphically intense and cutting edge games – Quantum Redshift. Exclusive to Xbox, Quantum Redshift features a new racing tournament of speed and daring that has become an organised sport and is conducted on tracks all over the world. Gamers race on futuristic terrains and compete in fierce grudge matches against multiple opponents, including an archrival.

    Local heats will be played at 25 locations from mid November through to early December. Each local champion will receive an Xbox, a year's subscription to Computer and Video Games magazine, a fistful of the latest Xbox games, including Quantum Redshift, Colin McRae Rally 3TM, TimeSplitters 2TM, BladeTM II, and the awesome Halo, plus all manner of other Xbox merchandise. Most importantly, of course, they will also have earned a place in the grand final and the chance to pocket a cool ten thousand pounds.

    To find out more about the tournament, where your nearest local heat is and how to enter, visit

    KMFDM and Trigger To Provide Exclusive Songs for Defender
    Steve @ 2:27 PM EDT
    CHICAGO - Oct. 9, 2002 - Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Metropolis recording act - KMFDM - and Black Black recording act - Trigger - have provided videogame-exclusive songs for Defender(R), an all-new 3-D version of the popular 1980s arcade classic. Defender is currently in development and scheduled to ship October 21, 2002, for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, with releases for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance to follow in November 2002.

    "The musical styles of both KMFDM and Trigger are a perfect match for the new 3-D version of Defender," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "The groups' hard, pulsating rhythms lend an even more realistic feel to the intense, combat-action and strategic gameplay experienced while defending and protecting the human race from an alien invasion."

    Ubi Soft to Develop Myst Games Till 2008
    Steve @ 2:25 PM EDT
    October 9th, 2002 - Ubi Soft® Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced today an agreement to extend its partnership with Cyan Worlds, Inc. to develop and publish new games for the Myst® franchise through 2008. The deal ensures that Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst and founder of Cyan Worlds, Inc., will continue to play a central role in helping Ubi Soft develop the Myst series. It also furthers Ubi Soft's ability to produce and market games for a wide audience.

    "Since its first release in 1993, Myst has become one of the best-selling video games of all time. Ubi Soft continues to build on this success and has recently expanded the brand to new generation consoles," said Yves Guillemot, President and CEO of Ubi Soft Entertainment. "By renewing our partnership with Cyan Worlds, Inc., we demonstrate our long-term commitment to one of the world's leading video game brands. Working hand in hand with Cyan Worlds, Inc., we plan to continue to surprise and delight fans of the Myst series of games for years to come."

    "Our partnership with Ubi Soft is exciting to us, primarily because they're excited about what Myst represents, and the potential it holds," said Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds, Inc. "This isn't about Cyan Worlds making games that Ubi Soft sells, it's about Cyan Worlds and Ubi Soft working together to build new forms of entertainment around and beyond the worlds of Myst."

    Myst's diverse fan base is comprised of men and women of all age groups. With their lush cinematic environments and beautifully orchestrated, original sound tracks, Myst and its sequels Riven® and Myst® III: Exile are among the strongest titles in Ubi Soft's catalogue of games. The games' popularity stems from their ease of use as well as their nonviolent, visually stunning atmosphere. Players can safely immerse themselves into the game, discover a lost universe and use their wits and intuition to solve imaginative puzzles.

    With 11 million copies sold worldwide, sales continue to rise for both consoles and PCs. Myst III: Exile, the third instalment of the game, was just released on September 26 for the new generation of consoles. The next step in the Myst adventure will be taken in 2003 by, Ubi Soft's online arm, when it launches an entirely new online adventure set in the recently discovered city of D'ni. The online game is designed to appeal to both avid online gamers as well as more casual players.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2002

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 Released
    Steve @ 1:56 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2002--Do you feel it? Do you feel the need for speed? Well, buckle up as EA announced today the North American release of Need For Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM). The PC version will shortly follow on Monday, Oct. 21.

    Staying true to the legendary "Need For Speed" franchise, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 features the world's most sought after exotics ... with the added intensity of "Johnny Law" as similarly featured in the spiritual predecessor, Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit. The cops are back, but bigger than ever! Players can jump behind the wheels of 23 vehicles and 10 police variations including the speedy Lamborghini Murcielago(TM) and the popular Ferrari 360 Spider(TM). Skilled drivers will need to push their RPMs all the way to the finish line within a variety of challenging tracks and detailed environments including National Forest and the 13-mile long Tropical Sunset track.

    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 includes four gameplay modes: Quick Race, Single Challenge, Championship and Hot Pursuit. In Hot Pursuit mode, players must out-maneuver the cops and do their best to evade police pursuit tactics such as multiple cruisers, roadblocks, spike-strips and even armed helicopters ready to put an end to those law-breaking joyriders. All versions of Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 will also feature new multiplayer head-to-head racing and "cop versus speeder" mode.

    EA Jumps the Gun and Releases NBA Live 2003 Early
    Steve @ 1:55 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2002--Get off the bench and onto the court with EA SPORTS(TM) NBA LIVE 2003, released today by Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(TM). The game was originally slated to ship in late October. The ninth installment of the best-selling basketball franchise, NBA LIVE 2003 allows players to get into the action and live their dreams of NBA superstardom.

    NBA LIVE 2003 features the revolutionary EA SPORTS Freestyle Control, letting players express their game through the use of the right analog. With the Freestyle Control, players can execute over 100 true-to-life moves such as the crossover dribble, step-back move, Triple-threat moves and pass interceptions, giving them total player control and making them feel like they are truly part of the action.

    Gamers will also have the chance to compete in head-to-head online play with NBA LIVE 2003 for the PlayStation 2. Featuring an on-line lobby, gamers can meet, greet and chat with other gamers around the country and will be able to download current rosters throughout the NBA season. More information on the EA SPORTS Online Service can be found at

    In NBA LIVE 2003, the new Quick Play feature gives gamers the ability to make offensive and defensive set adjustments with one press of a button. Whether it's an isolation or pick and roll on offense or man-to-man or zone coverage on defense, gamers now have control of what their teammates do on the court. Players can also use the new Take Charge button in order to draw the offensive foul.
    Gameplay enhancements made to NBA LIVE 2003 include over 30 new rebounding animations that make for better looking, more responsive and more accurate rebounding. A new shot blocking mechanism also allows players greater responsiveness and quickness to shots creating a greater chance of blocks. With a wider variety of shot blocking animations, players can find themselves blocking a ball off the backboard or rejecting a ball into the stands.

    The atmosphere of the NBA comes to life with new crowd animations, enhanced lighting for players and arenas, all 29 NBA coaches on the sidelines, as well as dramatic camera coverage of in-game and out of play sequences. Players can also relive the glory days of their favorite teams by choosing from a selection of Hardwood Classics(TM) jerseys for all 29 teams.

    NBA LIVE 2003 will also feature EA SPORTS TRAX, showcasing exclusive songs from some of today's hottest hip-hop artists including Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Fabolous. Included with every copy of NBA LIVE 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox will be a CD soundtrack containing seven songs featured in the game.

    Sega Ships NBA 2K3
    Steve @ 1:54 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2002--

    The Best NBA Simulation Returns With A New Franchise Mode, ESPN Telecast-Style Presentation, Unprecedented Player Control and Online GamePlay

    SEGA(R) of America, Inc. announced today the simultaneous release of "SEGA Sports(TM) NBA 2K3" for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft(R) and the Nintendo GameCube(TM). Critically acclaimed for its authentic and entertaining simulation of the NBA game, "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" takes the genre to unprecedented levels of realism with unmatched player and ball physics, an ESPN telecast-style presentation, ground-breaking animations, an in-depth franchise mode and full online gameplay on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" captures all of the nuances of the NBA game, from Allen Iverson's signature crossover to high-flying dunks from the league's top skywalkers.

    "The `SEGA Sports NBA 2K' series has consistently delivered the type of hoops simulation experience that NBA fans crave and it has quickly become a cornerstone of the SEGA Sports brand," said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc.

    "In the development of `SEGA Sports NBA 2K3,' we concentrated on perfecting both the gameplay and visual elements that are truly specific to the NBA," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio. "As a result, gamers are closer to the NBA hardwood in `SEGA Sports NBA 2K3' than any other NBA video game."

    Building off the strong gameplay foundation of the "SEGA Sports NBA 2K" series, gameplay enhancements to "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" include the ability to control pass type and direction, fake a pass, freely adjust lay-ups and dunks in mid-air and lunge out of bounds for loose balls. In the paint, an enhanced low-post game lets players fake, pivot, drop-step and even front the offensive player, while total control rebounding allows effective blocking out and board work. Enhanced ball and player physics produces more realistic caroms off the rim, while accurate impact collisions on hard fouls and blocks mimic the precise nature of the NBA.

    The game's visual improvements are equally as striking. Specular Highlighting, a graphical technique designed to show players sweating during the game, is among the game's key visual enhancements. "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" also features the incredibly detailed player faces and lifelike player expressions that more effectively convey the emotions of an NBA game. Players are instantly recognizable and react realistically to the action around them. From the players' tattoos to the mascots, each individual 3D model is designed to match the exact look of its real-world counterpart. Rounding out the package is a complete ESPN telecast presentation, which includes TV-style player introductions, dynamic replays and scoreboards and graphics overlays.

    "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3" returns the series to the online arena with the introduction of full online play and downloadable content for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Gamers from around the country will be able to challenge one another over the Internet, check their win/loss records, download roster updates and maintain a list of favorite opponents. Additionally, the SEGA Sports Challenge, appearing in the SEGA Sports 2K3 games, allows fans to compare their offline stats against other players nationwide.

    Joining the returning Exhibition, Tournament, Season and Practice Modes are reconstructed Franchise and Street Modes. The Franchise Mode allows users the option of signing free agents and coaches, scouting and drafting rookies, making trades and even drafting graduating seniors from "SEGA Sports(TM) NCAA(R) College Basketball 2K3." The Street Mode, which features legendary real-world street courts from around the country, now lets players customize their own street team by selecting any player from the current NBA rosters, one of the all-decade legends teams or from their roster of created players. Other exciting new features in the Street Mode include animated crowds and the addition of variable weather including rain and fog.

    Big Mutha Truckers
    Steve @ 1:51 PM EDT
    Empire's Trucking extravaganza Big Mutha Truckers has been deemed too rude to be shown before the 9PM TV watershed by the BACC. Bear in mind this is the same BACC that allowed a rather sexual beer ad which blatantly suggests fellatio from a vacuum cleaner for the robotic drinker.

    Yet again it seems to be either a case of games paranoia by the powers that be or simply the age-old problem of big blue chip companies not having to play by the same set of rules as the smaller companies.

    Chris East Head of Marketing & PR for Empire Interactive Europe Limited screamed down the phone "It's outrageous, just because the name Big Mutha Truckers is a tenuous play on a' well known' phrase, we've been banned from doing a rather splendid TV ad. Although perhaps submitting the script with a truck running over an old lady's dog didn't help our case."

    Big Mutha Truckers will be released on November 29th, probably after 21:00 hours when it won't pervert the nation.

  • Developed by Eutechnyx, proven developers in the racing genre with titles like Le Mans 24 Hours and F1 World Grand Prix 2000 under their belt.
  • Over 30 Mission based levels to truck through or a 60 day trading free for all.
  • Get your hands on the steering wheels of 4 'Big Mutha Trucks'.
  • Full damage model on all vehicles, involving deformation, animation and detachables.
  • Truck and trailer customisation with custom Paint Tool.
  • Truck repairs, upgrades and accessories.
  • Reputation and notoriety system.
  • Player interactive with varied game world characters.

    Blackstone: Magic and Steel Info
    Steve @ 1:50 PM EDT
    Xicat Interactive, the publisher of the award-winning role-player, Gothic, brings RPG action to the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, with the release of Blackstone: Magic and Steel on the 22nd November 2002.

    Blackstone, AKA Ex-Chaser (in Japan) has been extremely popular and has enjoyed many excellent reviews," says Bradley Flack, Director of Sales at Xicat Interactive. Xicat has renamed the Japanese game - Black Stone: Magic & Steel.

    In the game, darkness has crept into the world of Zedan. Madul (the Dark Lord) has led his forces of the Underworld to victory over the White Wizards and the Forces of Light. Hope still remains as the White Wizards summon the bravest of the brave to battle Maduls army and find the sacred Black Stones needed to save the world of Zedan. This small band of heroes are assembled and tasked with traveling to distant parts of Zedan to recapture key strong holds, find the Black Stones and restore power to the White Wizards.

    Black Stone: Magic & Steel, lets single players battle foes in real time as individual characters or as a team of 4 (toggling between characters). This combat/strategy RPG, allows up to 4 players in 'cooperative play', to attack the forces of evil simultaneously, slashing their way through 26 perilous levels of non-stop swordplay and blood letting. Players collect (or purchase) weapons, beastly companions, magic spells and various magical stones as players do away with a dark army who want to enslave all of Zedan.

    The environments of Black Stone are brilliantly animated and fans of 'anime' should be pleasantly surprised with the individual character animation. Players choose their character (or characters): Warrior, warlock, archer, pirate or thief, each with varying melee skills, magical powers and long-range attack capabilities. After completing missions successfully the player can add to his pool of characters by finding hidden ones. Players should ready themselves to spill a river of blood using the proper techniques to dispose of foes in this non-stop, fast-paced slasher.

    So raise your weapon, memorize your spells and begin your quest to find the stones and save the world of Zedan. Black Stone: Magic & Steel will be released for Xbox on 22nd November 2002.

    Key Features:

  • Find the Black Stones in nonstop four-player action.
  • Buy power-up items to increase your character's effect in combat.
  • Choose one of five character classes: Warrior, Archer, Pirate, Thief and Warlock.
  • Ride massive dinosaurs mounts and tear through your enemies.
  • 26 huge levels to explore.
  • Cast magic, fight goblins, slay dragons, find the Black Stones and ultimately crush your foes

    Metal Dungeon from Xicat Coming November
    Steve @ 1:35 PM EDT
    Xicat Interactive, the publisher of the award-winning role-player, Gothic, brings RPG action to the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, with the release of Metal Dungeon on the 22nd November 2002.

    In the distant future, man and machine are one. Twisted, robotic cyborgs walk the planet ravaging the land and destroying all that they find. Mankind retreats to metal fortresses, and holds out for the future. Underneath the scorched earth, evil awaits, magic returns to life, and terrible creatures of myth are revived. A group of battle cyborgs must now journey below the surface of the planet, to tame the Metal Dungeon.

    "Metal Dungeon is an exciting RPG with a some cool twists. Players battle with cyborg monsters deep in a futuristic dungeon, while 'building' (enhancing) your ultimate cyborg warrior. It's exactly the kind of dungeon crawl/RPG that the Xbox needs and will futher expand the already-strong Xbox portfolio," says John Linn, Creative Director at Xicat Interactive.

    Aransas is a war-torn world that has been in conflict for as long as history can recall. Humans "enhance" their warriors through cyborg technology and the ancient art of magic. Deep within a vast underground weapons complex known as Force Valley, one faction of humans tries to gain the upper hand by creating super-enhanced cyborgs. Something goes terribly wrong. One of their experimental cyborgs 'Magin', escapes and takes over the weapons laboratory/facility creating an army of enhanced weaponic monsters, turning Force Valley into a Metal Dungeon.

    Teams of enhanced humans (cyborgs) are enlisted to take back the facility. Players assemble a team to plunge into the depths and root out the monsters. Players choose from 5 character types – fencer, striker, analyzer, caster and broader, in building their teams, and may be further enhanced by finding or buying chips and implanting them into their characters. Players can add to their team by finding, and re-animating the corpses of fallen warriors; transforming them into one of 5 unlockable character classes. Metal Dungeon can be played by a single player (who may control up to 6 characters) or by multiple players, each controlling their own character and their actions simultaneously.

    Battles with cyborg monsters are ferocious within the Metal Dungeon, and will take all the skill, strategy and knowledge of your characters' talents and abilities. Experience is gained in battles with monsters within the 10 cavernous dungeon levels or by means of gladiatorial games in the "trial hall". Levels are never the same twice due to MD's succession of random dungeon layouts.

    In the Metal Dungeon, enhanced humans of the future come face to face with the dark evils of the past. You never know when a pile of scrap metal, flesh and sinew might come bounding from a dark corner to feast on your robotic bones. Metal Dungeon will be released for Xbox on 22nd November 2002.


  • Five character types to choose from: Fencer, Striker, Analyzer, Caster and Broader
  • Ten huge dungeon levels to explore and conquer
  • Randomly generating dungeons, so you never play the same level twice
  • Totally customizable advancement system lets you build characters any way you choose.
  • Use chips and implants to enhance your cyborgs by adding spells, abilities and equipment
  • Create and swap your powerful group of adventurers, and discover new bodies to revive in the grounds below.

    House of the Dead 3 Summary
    Steve @ 1:32 PM EDT
    In "The House of the Dead III," players will defy the undead with shotgun in hand as they explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland of unrelenting terror. Fans of the series will thrill to beautifully rendered gore, time-sensitive gameplay and a wide variety of branching paths. Gamers take out wave after wave of horrific zombies as they travel different routes and advance the storyline, uncovering new secrets and hidden areas along the way. The all-new shotgun comes in handy when surrounded by an army of undead. Players must use it wisely to take out multiple enemies in a single blast as they plow their way through the most exhilarating nightmare yet.

    Monday, October 7, 2002

    ToeJam & Earl III Details
    Steve @ 4:23 AM EDT
    The original alien duo is back in an off-the-wall new adventure. In "ToeJam & Earl III: All Funked Up," ToeJam, Big Earl and their hot new homegirl Latisha embark on a mission to retrieve the 12 sacred Albums of Funk, stolen by the dysfunctional inhabitants of the planet Earth. Gamers will explore sprawling environments as they master the ways of Funk-Fu and battle towards the ultimate showdown with the evil Anti-Funk. Along the way, they'll collect present power-ups of almost endless variety, take on harrowing side quests and generally get down with their bad selves in a massive, wickedly funny adventure. Play solo or grab a homey - the dynamically splitting screen makes it easy for a friend to jump in at any time and double-team the clueless Earthlings in style. Either way, gamers are guaranteed an irreverent blend of action, risqué comedy and out-of-this-world alien attitude. Feel the funk, baby.

    Short, But Sweet Description of Panzer Dragoon ORTA
    Steve @ 4:14 AM EDT

    Years ago, a legacy was born that ruled the skies. As time passed and memory grew dim, distant times progressed from History into Legend. Now, the era of human prosperity has come to a grinding halt, with all but a few pockets of civilization destroyed by years of devastating battles. The population clings precariously to the brink of extinction, scattered across the desolate land, living in the darkest age in history. A new Empire rules with an iron grip, and a band of rebels begins a revolt in an attempt to become masters of their destiny once again. As the world is engulfed in the flames of war, a mysterious Hero on the Dragon becomes mankind's only hope and stands alone against the empire.

    The Dragon will rise again.

    Friday, October 4, 2002

    TimeSplitters 2 "Monkey Assist" In UK
    Steve @ 4:14 PM EDT
    Ever wanted to go on a date with a supermodel? Ever been playing a video game and wanted someone to grab you a fresh beer from the fridge? Ever wanted to be king of the world? Well now all this and more is possible, with the launch of

    Monkey Assist 'the furred emergency service' has been developed to help celebrate the release of TimeSplitters 2 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The free service aims to give consumers a helping hand with anything they desire - a little like the monkeys that feature in the video game. Basically you ask the team for whatever you desire and they try their hardest to oblige.

    Consumers can send requests to Monkey Assist via, which features case studies of successful assists including a marriage proposal, writing a letter of resignation and helping to pay off a debt. The website also features a downloadable desktop monkey and e-cards like 'spank the monkey'. Alternatively requests can be sent by text to 07786 200 205, or phone on 09017 030 130.

    From the end of September, Monkey Assist trucks and teams are also visiting key cities in the UK* leafleting and assisting people on the spot.

    TimeSplitters 2 is being published by Eidos Interactive and will be available from 18th October 2002.

    *Cities include London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh, Southampton, Birmingham and Brighton.

    Hitman 2 Released; Final Trailer Out
    Steve @ 1:47 AM EDT
    Yes the headline is correct, the day is at hand for Agent 47 to makes his triumphant return in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin! After a long wait, Hitman2 is now present in force in major retail outlets across the nation! Once again we come to the end of that long road of delivering the "inside look" of our world to the world at large....for this we extend our most sincere Thank You!

    In order to properly celebrate this monumental occasion we bring you the raw, un-cut, totally uncensored final Gameplay trailer for Hitman 2. Musical accompaniment by the infamous Andrew WK delivers an action-packed, no-holds barred look into the world of Agent 47!

    Click this link for the stream:

    Click this link for the full download:

    Thursday, October 3, 2002

    BloodRayne Marketing Blitz Will Be Huge
    Steve @ 2:09 PM EDT
    EDISON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2002--Supporting the pre-Halloween release of its highly acclaimed action/horror game, BloodRayne, Majesco, one of the fastest-growing publishers of interactive entertainment, today announced the details behind its multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

    Highlighted by a gripping TV commercial and strategic cross-promotions, Majesco's BloodRayne campaign also includes extensive print advertising, consumer sweepstakes, and extensive retailer support.

    "The scope and activity of the marketing behind BloodRayne is our largest to date, and reinforces our commitment to establishing it as one of the premier entertainment properties," said Ken Gold, Vice President of Marketing for Majesco. "The comprehensive "Lethal Erotica" campaign utilizes a variety of marketing vehicles, each carefully selected and synchronized to heighten consumer awareness and build excitement for BloodRayne from launch through the holiday season."
    Majesco's comprehensive BloodRayne marketing campaign includes:

    -- National TV Advertising Campaign
    -- Gripping :30 and :15 BloodRayne spots perfectly capture and convey haunting atmosphere and visceral thrill of game;
    -- Airing from launch through November on national cable and syndicated shows, including "The Man Show," "Mad TV" and "South Park."
    -- Agent BloodRayne Hollywood Casting Call
    -- Majesco is bringing Agent BloodRayne to life for use in cross-promotions as well as public appearances at industry trade shows and retailer events.
    -- "Much Music" On-Air Promotion
    -- Agent BloodRayne actress to host debut of new network show, "Dead Man Rocking" on Much Music -- Canada's premier music television network which is seen throughout North America.
    -- "BloodRayne in the Bayou" Contest Sponsored by
    -- Contestants register at for the chance to win a date with a Playboy Playmate to tour haunted graveyards in Louisiana, a key environment in BloodRayne.
    -- CBS SportsLine "Out for Blood Sweepstakes"
    -- SportsLine users will enter weekly drawings to win a copy of BloodRayne for the console of their choice. Contest will be included in the October and November SportsLine newsletters received by 12,000 site visitors.
    -- World Wrestling Entertainment "Win a Trip to the World" sweepstakes
    -- Majesco partners with -- one of the most visited sites on the web. Consumers have the opportunity to play BloodRayne with a pro wrestler and win tickets to an upcoming WWE event.
    -- College Television Network Promotions
    -- In conjunction with CTN's "Music Binge Tour," Majesco will sponsor BloodRayne blood drives and game demos at 10 major universities across the U.S.;
    -- Agent BloodRayne will also host "Halloween Week" on College Television Network.
    -- Special InterAct Cross Promotion
    -- Leading video game peripheral company, InterAct, is including full-color BloodRayne inserts in 50,000 InterAct PowerPad Pro Xbox(TM) controller packages.
    -- Multi-Tiered Print Advertising Campaign
    -- Three unique BloodRayne advertisements will run from Aug. through Dec.;
    -- Targets game enthusiast print publications and a broad range of consumer magazines, including Maxim, Stuff, DC Adult, and Blender.
    -- Promotional Tie-Ins With Enthusiast Publications
    -- Includes give-aways, fold-out posters, videos and playable demos in top-tier video game publications.
    -- Internet Marketing Campaign
    -- Running now through November, campaign includes eye blasters, point rolls, homepage take-overs, and interstitials on leading men's web sites such as,, and others.

    NHL 2003 Will Be Here On Tuesday
    Steve @ 2:06 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2002--Electronic Arts drops the puck, kicking off the 2002-03 NHL season with the release of NHL(R) 2003 under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand. The number one selling interactive NHL video game franchise ships its latest in the series this week on the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and PC-CD. NHL 2003 for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft ships October 8.

    NHL 2003 offers users new gameplay, stunning graphics, four different game modes and an edgy soundtrack for a heart pounding hockey experience.

    Among its new features, NHL 2003 introduces `Dynamic Dekes' and the EA SPORTS(TM) Freestyle Control, giving the user total control over the player and hockey stick in order to deke past an opposing player or goalie. With the EA SPORTS Freestyle Control, the user can skate from side-to-side, play the puck off a teammate's skates, fish the puck between his legs, or deke one-handed.

    Other enhancements include new enhanced goalie AI and goalie animations captured with state of the art motion capture technology with professional goalies. Also, new and improved puck collision detection makes the virtual puck move like an actual puck. When it comes in contact with players, boards, glass or ice, it will react accordingly. New game strategies enable NHL 2003 users to choose one of three different offensive strategies for each of their four lines. `On the Ice Sound' takes authenticity to the next level including sounds of collisions, skates and sticks scraping the ice, the puck gliding along the ice's frozen surface, crowd reaction, and players communicating things such as "dump it" and "man on!"

    Part of the recently announced EA SPORTS(TM) TRAX initiative, NHL 2003 includes music by artists such as Jimmy Eat World ("Sweetness"), Papa Roach ("She Loves Me Not"), Queens of the Stone Age ("No One Knows"), Gob ("Sick with You"), Default ("Deny"), Greenwheel ("Strong"), Dragpipe ("Simple Minded") and others. EA SPORTS TRAX musicians including members of Papa Roach, Greenwheel, Default, Gob and Treble Charger make their hockey debut in this year's game as selectable hockey stars available through `Create Player' on the main menu.

    NHL 2003 is an official game of the NHL(R) and NHLPA, and includes all 30 NHL franchises, 20 of the world's top International teams, over 700 face-mapped models of active NHL players.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2002

    Majesco Teams With to Promote BloodRayne
    Steve @ 11:37 PM EDT
    'BloodRayne in the Bayou' Contest Kicks-Off; Offers Gamers Chance to
    Win a Guided Vampire Tour in Louisiana With a Playboy Playmate

    Win a guided vampire tour with a Playmate! Majesco, one of the fastest growing publishers of interactive entertainment, today announced they have partnered with, one of the premier online lifestyle and entertainment destinations for men, to promote the Halloween release of Majesco's new action/horror video game, BloodRayne.

    Inspired by the game's sexy, half-vampire heroine, Agent BloodRayne, and one of the spooky in-game locations, Majesco's "BloodRayne in the Bayou" contest offers entrants the chance to win an exciting evening with a Playboy Playmate and travel to Louisiana to experience the city's famed vampire tours.

    "We consider our 'BloodRayne in the Bayou' contest to be one of the most exciting facets of our overall marketing campaign because the target audience of dovetails perfectly with that of the game," said Ken Gold, Vice President of Marketing for Majesco. "Our promotion should resonate with visitors of as well as with the core video game player, and end up being mutually beneficial for both companies."

    The "BloodRayne in the Bayou" sweepstakes begins September 30, 2002 and runs through November 24, 2002, when one Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected. Contestants can register to win by visiting and completing an official contest entry form. In addition to the Grand Prize, copies of Majesco's BloodRayne, one of the most anticipated action/horror games of the year, will be awarded to 10 runner-up contestants.

    Conflict: Desert Storm Ships
    Steve @ 11:36 PM EDT
    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that its Gotham Games subsidiary has shipped Conflict: Desert Storm for the PlayStation(R)2, the Microsoft Xbox(TM) and the PC.

    Licensed from SCi (SEG.L) and developed by UK based Pivotal Games, Conflict: Desert Storm is now available at stores in North America. This is the first product release from Gotham Games, a publishing label established by Take-Two earlier this year.

    Conflict: Desert Storm lets players lead one of the best known and most feared special operations forces in the world: the U.S. Delta Force or the elite British SAS. The missions are as unpredictable as they are dangerous: from vital scud-hunting missions deep within enemy territory to highly secretive rescue and assassination operations in Baghdad. As the first line of defense, the player's objective is clear: Protect Freedom.

    "Conflict: Desert Storm is the most action-packed and realistic military action shooter available this year," said Jamie Leece, president, Gotham Games. "The game's unprecedented AI governs both enemy and squad behavior and ballistics to accurately simulate the rigors of combat. Once you've successfully played this game, you're ready to enlist!"

    To present the most realistic depiction of the intense ground war in Iraq, the developers recruited as technical consultant, Cameron Spence, a former high-ranking SAS officer who served in Operation Desert Storm.

    Conflict: Desert Storm was released in the UK on September 13th and has created a storm of its own by taking the number one spot across all platforms, according to the recent ELSPA reports compiled by Chart-Track.

    "Our Gotham Games label was launched to focus exclusively on publishing outstanding content that is accessible to a wide range of consumers," said Kelly Sumner, Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive Software. "With its broad appeal, exciting gameplay and relevance to world events, Conflict: Desert Storm is an ideal title for the debut of our Gotham Games label."

    Additional information about Conflict: Desert Storm is available at

    Rayman Arena Ships
    Steve @ 5:31 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 1, 2002 - Race, Battle, Reign Supreme! Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced it has shipped Rayman Arena(tm) for all console platforms and the PC. The first ever action-intensive multi-player game in the Rayman franchise, Rayman Arena combines intense footracing action and gladiator style battles, featuring the cast and environments of the Rayman universe. Players are immersed in up to 30 different worlds while unleashing the power of nine playable Rayman characters in the quest to reign supreme.

    "Rayman Arena promises to provide gamers a new multiplayer experience while maintaining the production value associated with the Rayman franchise," said Danny Ruiz, brand manager for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "Anyone who has experienced the Rayman world will undoubtedly get a 'kick' from the fast paced gameplay and whacky cast of characters."

    About Rayman Arena

    Rayman Arena offers two modes of gameplay, the first of which, Race Mode, throws players in an every-toon-for-itself foot race where speed, short cuts, and tricks must be used in order to win with the fastest time. Whether players run, climb, or helicopter, Race Mode will prove to be no walk in the park. In Battle Mode, players enter the Arena for an all out lum fight where craftiness, like freezing your opponent and lum-shooting skills, can turn the tide to becoming the ultimate gladiator of the Arena. Featuring bonus levels, bonus modes, new characters and skins, the Rayman universe just got a whole lot bigger!

  • Two Modes of Gameplay: Take risks, trip up opponents and find
    shortcuts in a high-speed foot race or go head-to-head in a lum-shooting,
    gladiator style arena and defeat your opponent to reign supreme.

  • Unleash New Characters: Nine playable characters, including the cast from Rayman 2 plus new, never-before seen contestants.

  • Multiplayer Madness: Compete with up to four players for intense
    multiplayer action.

  • Fantasmic Worlds: Delve into immersive battle arenas and racetracks filled with lush colors and detailed environments.

  • True Rewarding System: Compete for the best times and the highest
    scores for your chance to unlock TRUE rewards such as: Bonus Levels,
    Additional Modes, Character Skins, and Bonus Characters.

    Spy vs. Spy Announced for Xbox
    Steve @ 5:08 PM EDT
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. ­ October 1, 2002 ­ TDK Mediactive, Inc., a global publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today a worldwide licensing agreement with E.C. Publications, Inc., the publishers of MAD Magazine, to bring the mischievous and iconic Spy vs. Spy cartoon strip to next generation gaming console systems.

    With over three-quarters of a billion MAD Magazines sold since its
    inception, we are very pleased to be adding this classic license of madcap espionage at its finest, said Dan Kletzky, executive vice president of business development, TDK Mediactive. Spy vs. Spy is an entrenched part of our pop culture that we are proud to be bringing to the gaming community.

    We are excited to have TDK bringing one of MAD Magazine¹s best known
    features into the rapidly growing video game arena, stated Paul Levitz, President and Publisher, E.C. Publications, Inc. With their proven track record, Spy vs. Spy fans will have plenty of hilarious hi-jinx to look forward to.² The Black Spy and White Spy were not immediately available for comment.

    UK Version of Legends of Wrestling 2
    Steve @ 1:26 PM EDT
    LONDON, UK, October 01, 2002 – The greatest UK wrestlers will, for the first time ever, be immortalised as Acclaim Entertainment today announces the inclusion of legendary wrestlers Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki in Legends of Wrestling II. Out on all next-generation consoles in November, the UK greats join an already breathtaking cast of characters including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner and Jerry "The King" Lawler.

    Batman: Dark Tomorrow Delayed
    Steve @ 1:21 PM EDT
    Kemco today announced that the highly anticipated title Batman: Dark Tomorrow will launch Q1 2003 across Xbox, Playstation 2 and Gamecube. The extra development time will ensure that the game delivers the best in gaming experience.

    Kemco brings the surreal world of the Dark Knight Detective to the next generation of video game platforms, with the action adventure game Batman: Dark Tomorrow. Containing originally crafted story lines by DC Comics, brilliantly written by DC Comics' star author, Scott Peterson and Kenji Terada. Heavily influenced by DC Comics' unique style, easily rivaling the quality of the Dark Knight comic series.

    Batman: Dark Tomorrow is a dynamic third person action adventure game filled with anticipation and danger. Containing 30 action-packed levels including Gotham City, Arkham Asylum, Gotham Dock and many more. Accompanied by an incredible 60 hours of Full Motion Video, ardent Batman fans will not only love the game, but enjoy the movie like FMV that fully animates the DC Comic legendary characters.

    Kemco have presented a faithful adaptation of the Batman DC Comic series. Keeping in line with the original DC Comic characters, environments, story lines and history. Such authentic depictions of Gotham's most famous characters and environments have never been experienced before.

    Visually the graphic detail is superb adding depth to the dynamic atmosphere presented to the gamer. The environments feature intricate detail offering a complex array of levels to explore. Graphically superior to any other Batman game on the market.

    Batman: Dark Tomorrow promises to capture a gamers imagination, featuring intense gameplay combined with excellent graphical detail and the legendary DC Comic heritage. Watch this space as many secrets are still to be revealed about this title - a mystery character never seen before on any computer game will feature in Kemco's Batman: Dark Tomorrow.