NewsPro Archive

September 2004

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Intec Announces Star Wars Licensing Agreement
Steve @ 3:50 PM EDT
(Miami, FL) – September 30th, 2004 – Intec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of cross-platform video game accessories, today announced it has secured a deal with Lucasfilm Ltd. for the accessory licensing rights to their Star Wars video game related brands. Intec will launch its first Star Wars-branded high-performance video game controllers (one for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system and one for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft®) in time for this holiday season. Intec will also work closely with Lucas Arts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company who is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products, to design product for titles to be released later this year and to coincide with the release of the upcoming and much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode III video game slated for a May 5th, 2005 release date, and other video game related titles in 2005.

Intec, who will be developing a whole suite of specialized Star Wars-branded controllers, including wireless controllers, will introduce new video game technologies in 2005, which will be embedded in Intec’s new Star Wars controllers slated for early next year. These new technologies will heighten gamers’ experiences while they play best-selling Star Wars games.

“Since the beginning of Star Wars, Lucasfilm has developed solid licensing partnerships to ensure the brand remains synonymous with a high-quality, adventurous galactic experience,” said Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing. “Intec’s product line will add onto this experience, and we look forward to increasing our fans’ gaming experience through their innovative video game accessories.”

“Our Star Wars video games have been extremely well received by fans across the nation, from last year’s Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic to this month’s Star Wars Battlefront,” said Mary Bihr, vice president of Global Publishing for LucasArts. “This partnership with Intec will finally allow Star Wars fans the opportunity to experience the same high-quality in accessories as they have in our video games for years.”

“Star Wars is one of the most recognized brands in entertainment,” said Mark Stanley, vice president of Marketing at Intec. “We are very excited to develop innovative video game accessories that will not only give gamers a more immersive Star Wars gaming experience, but also further extend the brand’s reach across North America.”

BloodRayne 2 Goes Gold
Steve @ 3:36 PM EDT
EDISON, N.J., September 30, 2004 –Majesco, a provider of diversified applications and content for digital entertainment platforms, today confirmed that BloodRayne 2 has gone gold and is on schedule for release October 12. Majesco is supporting the launch of BloodRayne 2 with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign that includes extensive cross-promotions with MTV, targeted TV and print advertising and a consumer pre-sell initiative.

“BloodRayne’s popularity has transcended video games and emerged in other entertainment mediums including films, comic books and TV,” said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing. “Our campaign is focused on maximizing these synergies to gain additional traction with the mass-market audience, as well as reach the core video game audience.”

Majesco’s creative marketing campaign looks to build that recognition even further with such initiatives as:

  • High-profile cross-promotional partnership with MTV2 celebrating the launch of BloodRayne 2 that includes:

  • BloodRayne 2/Headbangers Ball Launch Event on October 21, 2004 from the House of Blues in Los Angeles;

  • Taping of a special October 30th Halloween edition of MTV2’s Headbangers Ball from the BloodRayne 2/Headbangers Ball Event

  • Exclusive sponsorship and integration within Headbangers Ball programming specials;

  • Extensive promotional campaigns on MTV, MTV2 and MTVU;

  • Online sweepstakes where one lucky winner gets to attend the party;

  • Exclusive integration of BloodRayne 2 messaging around the packaging and promotion of the Headbangers Ball CD.

  • National print and online advertising campaign appearing in major video game publications, as well as targeted lifestyle publications including FHM, WWE Smackdown and DC Comics;

  • Exclusive pre-sell program at Electronics Boutique and GameStop whereby consumers who pre-order a copy of the game will receive a BloodRayne Collector’s Edition Comic Book Preview;

  • A movie adaptation of BloodRayne is currently filming with Kristanna Loken (T3: Rise of the Machines) portraying the title character, and Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) playing her father, Kagan. Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Michelle Rodriguez (SWAT) and Ben Davis (Pearl Harbor) also star;

  • A specially created music video debuted on MTV2’s new “Video Mods” program where BloodRayne performed Evanescence’s “Everybody’s Fool;”

  • Appearance in Playboy’s “Women of Gaming” in the October issue;

  • BloodRayne: Skies Afire comic book by Echo 3 scheduled for December;

  • BloodRayne 2 video game demo to appear on the Official Xbox Magazine’s demo CD for November

  • Official BloodRayne 2 strategy guide by Brady Books will be available at launch;

  • BloodRayne 2 September cover feature in the video game magazine, Play;

  • Creation and launch of BloodRayne2.com web site to keep more than 100,000 subscribers updated on the game.

    About BloodRayne

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

    ESPN NBA 2K5 Now In Stores
    Steve @ 3:23 PM EDT
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--Sept. 30, 2004--ESPN Videogames today announced that the number-one rated(a) pro basketball video game, ESPN NBA 2K5 is now available at major retailers across North America. The highly acclaimed series continues its legacy of innovation as well as unmatched gameplay and visuals to create the most authentic virtual NBA experience. ESPN NBA 2K5 is available for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft(C).

    "I am immensely proud of ESPN NBA 2K5," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts -- makers of ESPN Videogames. "No other NBA video game matches the visual quality and realistic gameplay mechanics featured in ESPN NBA 2K5. Consumers are going to love the extensive additions made to The Association, an even greater integration of ESPN's signature presentation, and the enhancements found in IsoMotion(2), and the 24/7 mode. Simply put, ESPN NBA 2K5 is the most realistic basketball video game ever."

    IsoMotion(2) builds upon the revolutionary IsoMotion system, giving players the creativity and freedom to perform tricky moves to throw off their opponents. IsoMotion(2) expands the ability to perform crossovers and spins in the backcourt, adding new techniques to mid-range and 'in the paint' plays. The new hop step allows gamers to perform a forward hop step or a lateral spin step to get into the post. Once a player is 'in the paint,' IsoMotion(2) can be used while backing down a post-up defender to deftly execute pump fakes, pivot feints, and up-and-under maneuvers. ESPN NBA 2K5's IsoMotion(2) gives gamers the ability to recreate the breathtaking moves seen in every NBA highlight reel.

    The popular 24/7 mode -- an original mode that allows gamers to create the best streetball players -- gets an extreme makeover becoming twice its previous size by adding over 100 new items, multi-player games, and new training and timed mini-games. In 24/7 mode, gamers will personalize their create-a-player with hundreds of different accessories, train the player in various exercises and drills, and take on the NBA elite to become the best streetball player. Featuring more player customization, "create your own shoe" and online exclusive items that gamers can win only when playing online, 24/7 promises round-ball fans a unique and addictive basketball experience.

    ESPN NBA 2K5 also introduces a groundbreaking approach to team management, with a new franchise mode, The Association. Gamers experience all the drama of running a pro basketball franchise as the importance of maintaining good team chemistry is stressed. New to any NBA video game are Player Personalities, which are used when NBA players visit the general manager with specific questions or concerns that need to be addressed. Different personalities require different responses and the user's response can make the difference between greater team chemistry and a lackluster team effort. The Association also introduces the Full Authority simulator, which allows gamers to simulate basketball games while retaining full control of decisions and strategies for each player.

    ESPN-stylized overlays and camera angles infuse ESPN NBA 2K5, providing an enhanced ESPN presentation complete with commentary by Hall of Fame legend Bill Walton and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

    ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts, SEGA's sports studio.

    (a) According to GameRankings.com average scores of 2003-2004 basketball videogames

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

    SpongeBob SquarePants Becomes "Platinum Hit"
    Steve @ 3:20 PM EDT
    THQ(R) Inc. today announced that SpongeBob SquarePants(TM): Battle for Bikini Bottom for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system has been added to Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" collection and is now available at retailers throughout North America for the low price of $19.99. Developed by THQ's internal studio, Heavy Iron Studios(R), and based on the top-rated show on kids TV, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom originally launched in fall 2003 and has sold more than 1.25 million copies to date.

    The game is also now available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(R), under similar bestseller programs.

    "We are thrilled with the worldwide sales success and critical acclaim of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president, North American sales and distribution, THQ. "Now the reduced price point of $19.99 will allow more SpongeBob fans to experience this fun and humorous interactive version of the TV show, while enjoying classic platform gameplay."

    Wednesday, September 29, 2004

    The Dukes of Hazzard Released
    Steve @ 6:42 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO--Sept. 28, 2004--Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that The Dukes of Hazzard(TM): Return of the General Lee is now available in retails stores for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, for a suggested retail price of $29.99. Licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Ratbag Games, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee is a humorous, action racing game that combines a mission-based adventure with arena-style driving.

    About The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee

    Set in Hazzard County, players step into the shoes of Bo and Luke Duke as they race to win prize money in order to save the local orphanage from Boss Hogg's latest crooked scheme. With the help of the ever-popular Daisy Duke, Uncle Jesse and Cooter, the good ol' boys go up against the villainous Boss Hogg and his bumbling cohorts Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and Deputy Enos in order to win the Hazzard County Derby. Just like the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee is filled with wild off-road action, gravity-defying stunts and adrenaline-pumping car chases.

    Game features include:

    -- The Dukes world, the way fans want it: Players explore a virtual Hazzard County full of stunts, races, chases and adventures all tied together by a new story.

    -- Dukes Celebrity and Music: Full cast represented from the show, with voice-overs and likenesses from John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), James Best (Roscoe P. Coltrane), Ben Jones (Cooter) and Sonny Shroyer (Enos Strate). Also included is Waylon Jennings' signature theme song.

    -- Dukes Vehicles: Players can drive a variety of vehicles including the General Lee, the Black Charger, Uncle Jesse's Pickup, Daisy's Road Runner, Cooter's Tow Truck, Rosco and Enos's Police Cruisers, Boss Hogg's limousine and the infamous "Double Zero", the only car to ever beat the General Lee.

    -- Hair-Raising Chases and Stunts: Take on Rosco and Boss Hogg in a single-player Adventure Mode containing over 15 missions, and an unlockable two player split-screen mode featuring destruction derby battles, head-to-head competition and hot pursuit.

    Shark Tale Now Available
    Steve @ 5:41 PM EDT
    Santa Monica, CA – September 29, 2004 – Find out what happens when a fast-talking fish tells a great white lie in DreamWorks’ Shark Tale video game, available now from Activision, Inc. Featuring a hip underwater culture and funky tunes, gamers immerse themselves in the world of Reef City as they step into the fins of Oscar, a bigger-than-life little fish that is constantly ”fin-agling” his way out of trouble. Players will dance, race, fight, explore and brave their way through more than 25 movie-inspired and game exclusive levels.

    DreamWorks’ Shark Tale for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Both the Game Boy® Advance and PC versions feature unique game play with their own adventures and carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 each. The game has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.

    “DreamWorks’ Shark Tale gives players an expanded view of Reef City where they can interact with their favorite movie characters and experience new adventures,” said Kathy Vrabeck, president, Activision Publishing. “With dance pad compatibility and a cool, hip-hop soundtrack, players of all ages will be able to enjoy this game.”

    In the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of DreamWorks’ Shark Tale, players can plug in a dance pad and truly get into the groove. Points earned while busting moves to the uniquely choreographed dance missions help Oscar make a name for himself and allow players to unlock special items. Whether getting funky in a dance challenge, or dodging traffic while careening through the bustling metropolis of Reef City, players will experience the vibe of the movie thanks to remixed and licensed R&B, funk, reggae and hip-hop music from top artists.

    In DreamWorks’ Shark Tale, Oscar is a little fish who dreams big, but his dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. At first, his fellow fish swallow Oscar’s story hook, line and sinker and he is showered with fame and fortune. It’s all going along swimmingly, until it starts to become clear that Oscar’s tale about being the defender of the Reef is all wet. Oscar is finding out that being a hero comes at a Market Price when his lie threatens to make him the Catch of the Day. Now he has to tread water until he can get the scales to tip back in his favor again. DreamWorks’ upcoming feature film, “Shark Tale,” opens nationwide this October 1.

    Working in conjunction with the DreamWorks animation team, DreamWorks’ Shark Tale was developed for the console platforms by Edge of Reality, for the Game Boy Advance by Vicarious Visions and for the PC by Amaze Entertainment.

    BradyGames' DreamWorks’ Shark Tale Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at http://www.bradygames.com

    Ubisoft Ships Rocky Legends
    Steve @ 3:39 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 28, 2004 – Get ready to enter the world of legends as Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announces that Rocky Legends has shipped for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Microsoft Xbox™. As the follow-up to the smash hit, Rocky™, Rocky Legends serves up a one-two punch of adrenaline pumping, arcade-simulation boxing action. Players will begin their careers as one of four legendary fighters, Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, or Ivan Drago, as they fight their way to the top from unknown amateurs to legendary champions. Rocky Legends is rated “T” for Teen and has an MSRP of $39.99.

    “Rocky Legends pummels all other contenders – its easy controls, fast-paced action and diversified fighting combos provide a unique and fun-filled experience,” said Helene Juguet, director of marketing for Ubisoft. “Ubisoft is thrilled to be continuing the legacy of the Rocky universe through such an innovative, interactive medium.”

    In Rocky Legends, players will relive boxing-cinema history, playing through the careers of Rocky Balboa, Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed or Ivan Drago from their raw beginning as unproven amateurs to their ultimate rise as boxing champions. Rocky Legends also boasts new boxing arenas, intuitive training modes and 40 opponents to choose from in arcade mode.

    Game features include:

    •All-New Career Mode allows you to follow your favorite character – Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago – from his raw beginnings right through his professional career.
    •Eight Authentic Training Games available to the boxers; each boxer has five tailored training sessions to choose from in his career mode, including Rocky’s famous chicken chase.
    •Two-Player VS Training Modes allow the player to compete against a friend in a trial of strength and determination.
    •40 Opponents: 26 new boxers plus returning fighters from the first game bring the total to more than 40 opponents with extra, hidden, unlockable characters.
    •20 Venues including 13 brand-new venues, featuring more familiar locations from the films, such as the Philadelphia Art Museum, a casino on the Vegas strip, the Docks in Philly, and the Russian training camp from Rocky IV.

    New Xbox Live Content for RalliSport Challenge 2
    Steve @ 3:28 PM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced the arrival of new downloadable content for the popular Xbox® racing title, RalliSport Challenge 2. Now gamers can race two new vintage cars, the Volvo Amazon and Saab 96, as well as two new Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), the BMW X5 and VW Touareg.

    In the download are two new career modes; Mountain Challenge (Hill Climbs) and Arena Challenge (Ice Racing and Rally Cross). Gamers that enjoy personalizing their cars will be thrilled to learn the download offers two new paint jobs or “skins” for each of the 43 original cars in the game, providing numerous new visual designs to enjoy while racing. In addition, each of the four new cars comes with six new skins.

    Also new is a “Challenges” mode that features daily, weekly and monthly new contests that feature a specific car and track, with all the results recorded and presented for easy bragging rights via Xbox Live scoreboards.

    RalliSport Challenge 2 features five unique rally sports including the a Crossover duel that test a driver’s skill and stomach for danger with extreme speeds on tracks that could send even the best driver on a collision course with disaster. From broken windows to missing hoods, RalliSport Challenge 2 features an updated graphics engine with realistic vehicle physics complete with damage modeling and performance degradation to test a driver’s mettle. It features 47 of the most challenging rally cars, including the infamous group B cars that were banned because of uncontrollable horsepower. Gamers will be able to make minor modifications to each car to meet the challenge of each track. With nearly double the tracks of the original, gamers can race on different tracks from Australia, the frozen Nordic, and the Pacific Northwest. Drive in variable weather conditions, including rain, snow, and fog. It also features new camera angles that focus on spectacular crashes and interactive environments, including breakaway signs, moving rocks and new splash and rain effects.

    Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Soundtrack Listing
    Steve @ 3:18 PM EDT
    Santa Monica, CA – September 28, 2004 – Featuring such classic acts as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and The Doors, as well as Metallica, Ramones, Sugarhill Gang and Jimmy Eat World, Activision, Inc.’s Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 is rocking gamers with an eclectic in-game soundtrack that includes 53 tracks. As players travel the globe on a World Destruction Tour, they will experience music from a variety of artists who have defined musical genres for the past seven decades. A full listing of artists/tracks that will be featured on Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, which will be available on October 5, is included below.

    Frank Sinatra – “That's Life”
    The Doors – “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”
    Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
    Ramones – “Rock ‘N Roll High School”
    Sugarhill Gang – “Rappers Delight”
    Metallica – “Whiplash”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Power of Equality”
    The Stooges – “1970”
    X – “Los Angeles”
    Violent Femmes – “Add It Up”
    The D.O.C. – “Whirlwind Pyramid”
    Jimmy Eat World – “Pain”
    Rancid – “Fall Back Down”
    The Explosion – “Here I Am”
    Melvins – “Sweet Willy Rollbar”
    Distillers – “Beat Your Heart Out”
    Less Than Jake – “That’s Why They Call It A Union”
    Faith No More – “Mid Life Crisis”
    Ween – “It’s Gonna Be A Long Night”
    Joy Division – “Warsaw”
    Dead Boys – “Sonic Reducer”
    Brand Nubian – “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down”
    Cut Chemist – “Drums of Fire”
    The Germs – “Lexicon Devil”
    Disturbed – “Liberate”
    The Living End – “End of the World”
    Fear – “I Love Livin In The City”
    Audio Two – “Top Billin”
    Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “Soul Brother #1”
    Das Oath – “Awesome R***”
    Libretto – “Volume”
    Handsome Boy Modeling School – “Holy Calamity”
    Zeke – “Long Train Running”
    Lamb of God – “Black Label”
    3 Inches of Blood – “Deadly Sinners”
    The Hiss – “Back On The Radio”
    25 Ta Life – “Over the Years”
    Nebula – “So It Goes”
    Aesop Rock – “No Jumper Cables”
    Living Legends – “Night Prowler”
    Atmosphere – “Trying To Find A Balance”
    Suicide Machines – “High Anxiety”
    The Casualties – “Unknown Soldier”
    Diverse – “Certified”
    Ultramagnetic MC’s – “Ego Trippin”
    Camaros – “Cheesecake”
    Steele Pulse – “Born Fe Rebel”
    Ministry – “No W”
    Grand Puba – “I Like It”
    Operatic – “Interested In Madness”
    Mike V & the Rats – “Never Give Up”
    Dead End Road – “Sin City”
    Melbeatz feat. Kool Savas – “Grind On”

    The latest evolution in the #1 action sports franchise, Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 delivers more interaction than any other Tony Hawk game. Players take off on an all out skating blitzkrieg where two teams led by Tony Hawk and Bam Margera conquer sick terrain, wreak havoc, pull off mischievous pranks and make a variety of international cities their personal stomping ground both on and off the board.

    Tuesday, September 28, 2004

    Colin McRae Rally 2005 Races Onto Xbox
    Steve @ 3:34 PM EDT
    New York (Sept. 28, 2004) – Codemasters, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today that its internationally acclaimed rally game, Colin McRae Rally 2005, has shipped to North American retail outlets for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. A PC version of the title will be available in October.

    “Just when players thought the Colin series couldn’t get any better, Codemasters has taken the rally racing genre to the next level,” said Marc Bennett, Codemasters North American President. “With 8 player head-to-head online racing, all-new Career mode and stunning graphics, Colin McRae Rally 2005 is set to give rally fans the ultimate racing experience.”

    The Career Challenge hurtles players through a full professional rally career, driving the most diverse selection of rally cars available in one game. Drivers will tear through more than 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best.

    An enhanced physics engine powers individual damage models for each car and stunning visual effects provide the ultimate in realism.

    Colin McRae Rally 2005 is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about the game visit the Colin McRae Rally 2005 web site at http://www.codemasters.com/colinmcrae2005


    Colin McRae Rally 2005 Key Features:

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

    NBA LIVE 2005 Slams Into Stores
    Steve @ 3:28 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 28, 2004--NBA LIVE 2005, the authentic and innovative new basketball videogame from Electronic Arts, ships to retailers today under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand. In stores throughout North America just in time for the opening of NBA training camps, the NBA LIVE franchise celebrates its 10th year in style, with all new features, visually immersive graphics, and improved gameplay.

    NBA LIVE 2005 continues to set the standard as the most authentic and comprehensive hoops simulation ever created. New EA SPORTS Freestyle Air gameplay takes the action above the rim with new dunks and added in-air control on put-backs, tip-ins, and shot blocks. NBA LIVE 2005 also debuts the comprehensive new NBA All-Star Weekend mode, where players have the ability to create gravity-defying, fully adjustable dunks in the innovative Slam Dunk Contest, a feature IGN has called "the most addictive new feature in any sports game this year." Another feature allows players to step outside the arc and test their jump shot in the 3 Point Shootout, which pits superstars from the East versus West in the NBA All-Star Game. Gamers can also battle with the league's best young players in the Rookie Challenge, all under the bright lights of the NBA's showcase event.

    With a revamped Dynasty Mode(TM), EA SPORTS Online* features, in-game commentary from Marv Albert and Mike Fratello, and colorful banter between Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith in the Slam Dunk Contest and 3 Point Shootout, NBA LIVE 2005 continues to deliver the ultimate hoops experience.

    The game's launch also sets the stage for the second annual EA SPORTS NBA Livestyle event, a celebration of music and gaming, which kicks off in Atlanta on October 1. Consumers will test their skills on NBA Live 2005 for a chance to win VIP treatment during the 2005 NBA All Star Weekend in Denver, Colo. The NBA Livestyle event visits Atlanta, Miami (October 8), Dallas (October 29), and Los Angeles (November 19).

    Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA STREET and NCAA(R) March Madness(R) franchises, NBA LIVE 2005 is available on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube(TM). NBA LIVE 2005 is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB. The game's official website is http://www.nbalive05.com

    Monday, September 27, 2004

    ESPN NBA 2K5 Has Gone Gold
    Steve @ 9:00 PM EDT
    ESPN NBA 2K5, the latest in the #1 rated NBA game series, Shipping September 28!

    ESPN Videogames is proud to announce that ESPN NBA 2K5 is currently in production and will ship to retail stores September 28, 2004. ESPN NBA 2K5 offers a multitude of enhancements that cement its place as the number-one rated NBA video game.

    ESPN NBA 2K5 includes the following innovations:

  • The Next Movement is a new momentum based gameplay system offering gamers a realistic difference in control, based on a player's real-life attributes. A player's movement is now based on their physical makeup to determine how fast they run, the speed in which they can execute fast breaks, how quickly they cut to the basket and more. The Next Movement offers gamers an unparalleled level of realism.

  • The Association introduces a new look and style to team management. A completely redesigned interface accompanies a host of features including training camps, new simulation models and in-depth weekly wrap-up shows are just a few of the features that make ESPN NBA 2K5 the number-one rated NBA game.

  • Graphical Supremacy is apparent as ESPN NBA 2K5 offers the most realistic reflections, player self-shadowing, and the most lifelike player faces and expressions of any hoops game.

    ESPN NBA 2K5, with these features and more, will be released September 28, 2004 at a retail price of $19.99.

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

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Announced
    Steve @ 8:59 PM EDT
    Ubisoft is pleased to announce that its popular PC franchise CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, based the hit CBS TV series, will soon make its console debut on the Xbox by Microsoft. A combination of Ubisoft’s top selling PC-CD ROM titles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Dark Motives, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for the Xbox offers twice the content.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for the Xbox is a first-person adventure game that puts the fate unsolved mysteries into the hands of the console gamer as they examine crime scenes, question witnesses and analyze evidence utilizing the latest in forensic equipment.

    The adaptation of television’s No. 1 show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for the Xbox includes all ten cases from the previous two PC releases and all the in-depth evidence examination and interactive lab functionality.

    The game will ship to North American retailers in November and is
    expected to have an ESRB rating of “M” (Mature) and will carry an MSRP of US$29.99.

    Midway/Paramount Fear & Respect Agreement
    Steve @ 8:55 PM EDT
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 24 / PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Paramount Pictures has reached an agreement to acquire the worldwide film rights to Midway Games' "Fear & Respect," a state-of-the-art videogame based in the intense urban environment of South Central Los Angeles. Currently being developed in collaboration with writer/director John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood," "Baby Boy," "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Shaft"), the exciting urban/action adventure game is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. Christine Peters ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") will be collaborating with the game developer to produce the film.

    "'Fear & Respect' brings the unique urban experience of South Central Los Angeles to the gaming world in a way that is both realistic and exciting," says Peters. "I'm thrilled to be working with Midway Games to turn this riveting game into an equally exciting major motion picture."

    "Fear & Respect," is a "3rd person" video game about a young man who has to make survival choices in the urban world of Los Angeles: Does he survive by inspiring fear, or does he survive by inspiring respect in the characters he encounters -- and what lessons does he teach by his actions? The decisions the player makes influences the events (and ultimately the outcome) of the story.

    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Ghost Recon 2 New Screens & Info
    Steve @ 4:59 PM EDT
    Ghost Recon 2 Key Features

    ·Exclusive game design for the Xbox: Storyline, level design, and cinematic sequences will be unique to the Xbox. Developed by Red Storm Entertainment, the Xbox version is built from the ground up for the Xbox to push the system to its limits. This version acts as a sequel to the PS2 version (which is set in 2007)

    ·Complete Immersion in the War of Tomorrow: Players will utilize the most high-tech, advanced weapons and gadgets to defeat the smartest, deadliest A.I. yet in this epic struggle. Intense battle sequences, countless enemies, and a gritty story power the campaigns.

    ·New Graphic and Physics Technology: Real-life East Asian environments are rendered in stunning detail. Plus, Ghost Recon 2 features next-generation technology such as dynamic lighting, multi-texturing, and normal mapping. The new Havok 2 physics engine also provides realistic effects for destructible objects, moving vehicles, ragdoll physics and spectacular special effects.

    ·Lead a Brand New Team of Special Forces: Interact with and fight alongside new characters to the Ghost Recon world – each with his or her own look, personality, and specialization. As the Ghost leader, control your squad via voice commands and a new, one click interface.

    ·All-New Camera Angle Fully Immerses You in the War: Ghost Recon 2 unveils a brand-new camera view to the Ghost Recon world. The OTS (over-the-shoulder) view allows players to see their characters and weapons, and watch them react to surrounding mortar, gunfire, and airstrikes. Players can also communicate with teammates via hand signals to silently trap enemies.

    ·Wage War Online: In keeping with its tradition as a leader in multiplayer and online gameplay, Ghost Recon 2 will feature brand-new multiplayer modes.

    Ghost Recon 2 Screens

    Midway Arcade Treasures Website Launches
    Steve @ 4:01 PM EDT
    Midway Games, Inc. today announced the launch of the official Midway ® Arcade Treasures ™ Web site, http://www.midwayarcade.com Gamers can now visit online to get the latest in Midway Arcade Treasures and Midway Arcade Treasures 2 gameplay demos, screenshots, news updates and more all in one place.

    The newly completed Web site goes far beyond delivering news on only Midway’s newest entry into the franchise, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 (set for release on October 11), but it also serves as the brand’s overall major news source, including updates from the original compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures. Fans will be excited to learn that on the new site are several playable demos from the original Midway Arcade Treasures compilation such as, Bubbles, Robotron 2084, Defender II, Satan’s Hollow, Defender, Sinistar, Joust, Spyhunter, Rampage, and Tapper.

    So fire up the browser and give the new Midway Arcade Treasures site a shot…this time keep the quarters for laundry and have some fun for free!

    Midway Arcade Treasures 2 will be available October 11, 2004 for the Playstation ® 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox ® video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube ™.

    Join the Fight 4 NY Crew
    Steve @ 3:37 PM EDT
    A new team has been created for EA’s latest release, Def Jam Fight for NY. This new fighting game features 40 of the biggest Hip Hop artists and celebrities, such as Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Ice T, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and many more. By joining the team, you can win a ton of prizes, including up to $400.00 in gift cards, game packs ($150.00 value), and EA and EB gift cards! There are also message boards, and lots of content about the game and featured artists. Check out the Fight 4 NY Crew at http://www.fight4nycrew.com

    Thursday, September 23, 2004

    Iron Phoenix to Support Xbox Live 3.0
    Steve @ 2:04 PM EDT
    CARLSBAD, CA - SEPT 23, 2004 - Sammy Studios, Inc., a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content, today announced that "Iron Phoenix" will support Xbox Live(TM) 3.0 when it releases in the first quarter of 2005. "Iron Phoenix," the first-ever 16-player online fighting game, will incorporate features built into the latest iteration of Xbox Live that allow players to form teams as well as organize and host tournaments. These features are ideal for "Iron Phoenix," a video game that combines squad-based play and strategies traditionally found in online first-person shooters with fighting game-style melee combat. Developed by InterServ International, Inc. exclusively for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft Corp., "Iron Phoenix" has an MRSP of $49.99 and is not yet rated.

    "Gamers should be ready for unprecedented single and multiplayer experiences with 'Iron Phoenix,' a game that combines two very popular genres to introduce an entirely new form of game play," said Tim Pivnicny, senior VP of sales and marketing, Sammy Studios, Inc.

    "Iron Phoenix" introduces team-based fighting for up to 16 players battling it out simultaneously in massive indoor and outdoor arenas. Players engage each other in melee combat using a fight system where moves and combinations are dictated by weapons rather than characters. "Iron Phoenix" offers nine weapons, each with a unique arsenal of powerful strikes, special moves, range attacks and combinations. The game brings a new element to the fighting game experience with play modes that rely on team strategy and cooperative combat, featuring such abilities as combos strung together between team members or multiple opponents engaged by a single character's combo attack. "Iron Phoenix" incorporates fight styles from Kung-Fu and other weapons-based martial arts, and takes inspiration from popular films of the genre by adding superhuman techniques and wire-fu. "Iron Phoenix" also offers a single-player adventure where players can uncover weapons, characters and environments, and experience the game's rich premise set in a mythical China and inspired by popular martial arts epics.

    "The game's online multiplayer mode is designed to be team-oriented, very much like popular online FPS games, yet 'Iron Phoenix' is a fighter at its heart," said Tim Hess, producer on "Iron Phoenix," Sammy Studios, Inc. "We know that 'Iron Phoenix' is going to foster intense competition, and therefore we have always thought it essential to make performing tasks like creating clans and populating and hosting tournaments as easy as possible. Xbox Live 3.0 features facilitate this, letting players get to what matters most - experiencing 3D fighting on a battle scale with 15 other players."

    "Iron Phoenix" will incorporate nearly all Xbox Live 3.0 features into its own online feature set. Xbox Live 3.0 offers team and messaging features that allow players to easily form clans and communicate among clan members. "Iron Phoenix" will allow players to form their clan and assign it a special gamer tag so that all members are automatically recognized. Clan members can then use Xbox Live 3.0 messaging features to send updates to existing teammates and even hold try-outs and interviews to qualify new members. "Iron Phoenix" will also support video messaging for those equipped with web cams. For competitions, "Iron Phoenix" will let clans organize and host tournaments for up to eight teams, with challengers and their statistics, as well as tournament results tracked through the Xbox Live service.

    "Iron Phoenix" follows the fate of a set of powerful weapons created from shards of a massive meteor. A legend claiming absolute power to anyone who controls all the weapons becomes the thunder portending a storm; a call to arms for the greatest warriors to gather for the final decisive battles. More information on "Iron Phoenix," including downloadable art, screenshots and videos, is available at the game's dedicated web site http://www.ironphoenix.com , and at the "Iron Phoenix" community at http://forums.sammystudios.com

    The Movies Online Contest
    Steve @ 12:53 PM EDT
    Santa Monica, CA, September 23, 2004 – So you want to be in pictures? Activision, Inc. and Lionhead Studios are hosting an online contest where fame is the ultimate prize. Fans of the forthcoming game The Movies™ are invited to design their own studio logo. The winning logos will appear in the game for use on the studio entry gates, throughout the back lot, during opening film credits, and the designer will receive acknowledgment in the game.

    Fans who are interested in participating in this contest can view the official rules and submit up to five entries at: http://www.themoviesgame.com/logocompetition.html. The images submitted must be a square image, 256 by 256 pixels in size, preferably on a transparent background, and be in one of these formats: tga, tiff, png, gif. Fans are encouraged to create an original piece of art that doesn’t contain names or text and does not refer to products or trademarks.

    The Movies logo competition begins on September 20 and ends on October 20. The production team at Lionhead Studios will judge all entries and pick the top three logos for use in the game. The winners and their designs will be announced on November 30 at http://www.themoviesgame.com.
    In The Movies, the studio logo is an important game element as it appears on crew clothing, the water tower, flags, and most importantly, the credits for every film created.

    Developed by Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux, a pioneer in the “life simulation” genre, The Movies lets gamers become Hollywood players by creating unique movies and releasing them from the studios they build, starring the actors they discover and develop. Players create and design their own studio lot from which they select scripts, dress sets, choose costumes, determine the intensity of the action, dub voice-overs, score music, and write their own subtitles to create movie masterpieces that they can share online with friends. Gamers can become movie moguls who discover stars, managing their fame from young unknowns to through the twilight of their careers, or let focus on directing movies from their favorite time periods. The Movies has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

    Fable Breaks Records In First Week
    Steve @ 12:40 PM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Fable, the ground-breaking Xbox® roleplaying adventure game, has had an amazing start at retailers across North America in its first week of release, breaking records and selling through more than 375,000 units (grossing roughly $18.7 million U.S.). Fable sets the stage for a spectacular holiday season for Microsoft Game Studios by paving the way for titles such as Halo 2, Blinx 2 and MechAssault 2. Sales records are being broken at retailers throughout North America: the game was EB Games' biggest first-week sales for any Xbox title ever; it broke Game Rush's first-day sales record for any game; it is the No. 1-selling overall title on any platform last week at GameStop and is the fastest-selling Xbox game at EB Games Canada for the first week. Fable even grossed more money than the No. 1 box office movie last week, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

    "Fable was the best first-week title on Xbox that we've ever had" says Jim Tyo, vice president of EB Games Canada. "The game has exceeded our expectations, and we're confident that this strong sales trend will continue."

    "Fable has been a huge hit for us, and it was our number one-selling title across all platforms over the last week" says Dan DeMatteo, president and chief operating officer of GameStop.

    In Fable, the players’ every action determines their character's skills, appearances and moralities. Character's life stories are created from childhood through adulthood and on to old age. They can grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalized in legend. Players may choose the paths of righteousness or dedicate their characters' lives to evil; observing as they transform into reflections of their actions and decisions. Age leaves characters wizened, battle leaves them scarred, gluttony affects obesity. With experiences come advancement and physical change; whether it is by expanding muscles, a keen eye and nimble form or the buzz of magical energies around their finger tips. As players' characters develop, the world reacts to them and their actions. People comment on their successes, failures, appearances and behaviors. Their many opinions are expressed through applause, mockery, trepidation, panic and even flirtation. With each person characters aid and every creature they slay, the world is changed forever. In Fable, gamers decide: “Who will I be?” For more information about Fable, visit the official site at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/fable/default.htm Fable is available in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). Fable will be available in Europe in October.

    Rocky Legends Website Unveiled
    Steve @ 12:26 PM EDT
    Ubisoft today unveiled the official Rocky Legends website at http://www.rocky-legends.com , the only place every gamer needs to go to know about the most highly-anticipated boxing video game releasing this Fall. As the official headquarters for Rocky Legends , the website contains exclusive, in-depth information about the upcoming arcade-simulation boxing game — including up-to-date news, brand-new screenshots and gameplay trailers. Players can also learn all about the backgrounds, career paths, and special fighting skills of the array of playable champions in the game, such as Rocky Balboa, Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago. Featuring an insiders’ look into the different training modes and fighting venues available in the game, the Rocky Legends website will be THE place to get exclusive information about the only fighting game that matters in 2004. Make sure to check back regularly for updates.

    Rocky Legends is slated to ship on September 28, 2004 for the Microsoft Xbox™ and Sony PlayStation®2. It is rated “T” for Teen and will have and MSRP of $39.99.

    Midway Announces Fear & Respect
    Steve @ 12:24 PM EDT
    CHICAGO, IL – September 23, 2004 - Midway Games Inc. today announced the development of Fear & Respect ™, an innovative action/adventure videogame based in the intense, urban environment of South Central Los Angeles. The game is being developed in collaboration with writer/director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious). Fear & Respect is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2005 on the PlayStation ®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox ® video game system from Microsoft.

    Fear & Respect is a cutting-edge third-person action game that realistically depicts life in a South Central Los Angeles gang. You will step onto the streets fresh from prison as a “retired” OG who is reluctantly brought back into the life. You will shoot and brawl your way through multiple levels of gameplay, in an attempt to help your crew against the backdrop of a sweltering South Central summer. On these streets, it’s all about your rep, and only you can decide if want your enemies to look at you with fear—or with respect.

    More details on Fear & Respect will be unveiled in early 2005.

    Wednesday, September 22, 2004

    EA Sports Releases NHL 2005
    Steve @ 3:17 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 22, 2004--Electronic Arts today announced that NHL(R) 2005, the best-selling professional hockey franchise has hit stores worldwide. Shipped under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand, NHL 2005 delivers top-shelf gameplay that captures the speed, flow and hard-hitting action of pro hockey. Online* gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) support. NHL 2005 gives hockey fans a chance to play as their favorite teams and players while not able to watch them on TV.

    New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. A completely overhauled skating engine captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement. The all-new face-off formations allow the user to be strategic before the puck is dropped.

    EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode(TM) goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a deep new e-mail system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey(TM), with International teams and venues from North America and Europe. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams.

    Developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., NHL 2005 is available for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB. More information can be found on the game's official website at http://www.nhl05.com

    Be a Part of the Darkwatch Fan Community
    Steve @ 3:05 PM EDT
    Darkwatch is a cinematic FPS that melds the western and vampire-horror genres. It has a unique reputation system which creates environmental reactions to your every decision. The game contains unique weapons, powerful assault vehicles, and special vampire abilities to bring new depth in both single and multiplayer. There are massive seamless worlds, non-linear missions, dynamic enemies, and NPC AI. The game also has online multiplayer capability with unique maps and modes.

    Darkwatch Fan Community

    Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    Headhunter: Redemption Available Now
    Steve @ 3:38 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO (September 21, 2004) - SEGA of America, Inc. today announced the launch of Headhunter: Redemption for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Dark and cinematic, Headhunter: Redemption is a must-have title for fans of the action/stealth genre.

    Twenty years after the devastation caused by the Bloody Mary Virus, a new order emerged based on two distinct but totally independent worlds, divided by the ultimate consumerist society Above' and Below'. Maintaining law and society order is veteran Headhunter Jack Wade, older, wiser and battle hardened. At his side is a reluctant new sidekick, the rebellious street kid Leeza X. While stalking the criminal masterminds of the shadowy underworld, they are led into the greatest danger of their lives and must overcome something much more sinister than a simple human threat.

    "Headhunter: Redemption is a dark, cinematic production rich in third-person combat and strategic stealth scenarios," said Heather Guzenda, product marketing manger, SEGA of America, Inc. "Storytelling is now a critical aspect of a videogame production, and Amuze has outdone itself, re-creating Jack Wade as a grounded, complex anti-hero who is forced to make tough ethical decisions."

    Gameplay puts you in control of both Jack Wade and Leeza X, each with their own missions and objectives. The game's focus is evenly divided between action and stealth; the player is given the option to run and gun through levels, or silently sneak past enemies. Both characters have access to a large arsenal of weapons, and are capable of switching to melee (hand-to-hand) combat on the fly.

    Headhunter: Redemption (PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox; priced at $39.95) is rated 'M' for mature and is available at retailers nationwide.

    Tork: Prehistoric Punk Announced for Xbox
    Steve @ 3:27 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISO – September 21, 2004 - Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announced Tork™: Prehistoric Punk™ for the Xbox ® video game system from Microsoft. Tork: Prehistoric Punk , a high-spirited, fast-paced action-adventure game, allows gamers to play as Tork, a fearless and determined cave boy hero who has magical powers that allow him to travel through time and transform into other creatures. Tork: Prehistoric Punk will ship for Xbox ® in North America, January 2005 for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

    “ Tork: Prehistoric Punk is one of the few high-action yet kid-friendly games available for Microsoft’s Xbox™ system,” said Helene Juguet, Ubisoft’s director of marketing in the United States. “With an expected ESRB rating of E for ‘Everyone,’ Tork: Prehistoric Punk will provide great entertainment for kids of all ages.”

    About the Game

    After seeing his village destroyed and his father kidnapped, Tork embarks on an adventure to save his father before the course of history is changed forever. To do so, the spontaneous, young punk will travel and explore different time periods, including his own Prehistoric Age, the Medieval Age, and finally the futuristic Age of Machines. As the game progresses, Tork will gain special abilities and attack modes, learn new tricks and pick up cool age-specific power-ups. Tork will battle large dinosaurs, hails of spears, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that Mother Nature throws his way. Other gameplay features include:

  • Venture through 13 dynamic levels.
  • Challenge beastly bosses with a set of bolas that pack a serious punch.
  • Using Tork’s special magical powers, morph into different animal creatures such as a bulldozing yeti, a mighty armor-plated armadillo, or a high-flying squirrel.
  • Unique attacks and abilities add variety to the gameplay.
  • Easy to pick up and play, but captivating and varied enough to keep a younger audience interested.

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 In Stores
    Steve @ 3:20 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 21, 2004--Electronic Arts announced that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2005 is available in stores today on four platforms. With exclusive partnerships with the PGA TOUR and the world's most famous golfer, Tiger Woods, EA SPORTS'(TM) industry leading golf title provides players new game features that extend the appeal to both golf and videogame fans. In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2005, players will compete against the legends of golf and use Tiger Proofing to alter the courses in the game en route to becoming a legend of their own.

    In an all-new Legends career mode, players will create an ultra-detailed golf character (aged anywhere from 8 to 80 using the state-of-the-art GameFace II technology), then take that golfer to the course to earn the chance to tee off against some of golf's greatest legends including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan. Only when players complete the ultimate challenge -- a victory over Tiger Woods himself -- will they become golf legends themselves.

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2005 also gives players the opportunity to experience the real-life phenomenon known as Tiger Proofing, where they will act as golf course superintendents and alter the courses in the game to build the most challenging layouts imaginable. In their quest for legendary status, Tiger Proofing will let gamers change the width and patterns of fairways and greens, the depth of bunkers and rough and even the color of the leaves on the trees to make the courses more difficult, unique and prestigious enough to attract the Legends to come out of retirement and challenge them on their course.

    The game has eight new licensed courses including Harbor Town Golf Links, Sherwood Country Club, Fancourt Golf Club Estate and the Ailsa Course at Turnberry Golf Club. It also features 15 different PGA TOUR players including Tiger Woods, PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh, US Open champion Retief Goosen and 14 new fantasy characters. David Feherty and Gary McCord make up an announcing Dream Team, providing their commentary and irreverent observations on every shot. EA SPORTS(TM) TRAX returns with songs digitally mixed by DJ BT

    Online(1) gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and for the first time and Xbox Live(TM) support. Enhanced online play on the PlayStation 2 console and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft will allow players a chance to play head-to-head matches, face-off in tournament play, and exclusive "battle golf" events with broadband connections. Players will also be able to bring their created "Dream 18" online to compete on their own customized courses.

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005, developed by EA Redwood Shores is rated "E" for (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.95 for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox(R), and the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and $39.95 for PC. The game's official website is http://www.tigerwoods2005.com

    Star Wars Battlefront Now Shipping
    Steve @ 12:44 PM EDT
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif.--Sept. 21, 2004--LucasArts officially announced today the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront (TM), an intense open-ended single-player and multiplayer action game that lets players re-live all of the epic battles from the classic and prequel Star Wars(R) film trilogies. Shipping September 21 with the classic Star Wars Trilogy DVD, Star Wars Battlefront is out now for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the PC.

    Console and PC players can now participate in all of the memorable Star Wars battles any way they want to. The team-based action within Star Wars Battlefront is set in 16 unique locations across 10 diverse planets including Hoth, Geonosis and Endor. Players can select one of the 20 different soldier types from each of the four factions: Rebel Alliance, Imperial Army, Clone Army and Droid Army. Each soldier has specialized abilities and the freedom to use ground-based turrets found on the battlefront as well as over 25 diverse ground and air vehicles including the AT-ST, X-wing and speeder bike.

    Single player modes include "Instant Action," "Galactic Conquest" and the story-based "Historical Campaigns" mode that lets gamers experience all of the epic Star Wars battles from Episodes I-VI, fighting from the perspective of each of the four factions within the game. Star Wars Battlefront is also optimized for multiplayer action on the PS2 online, Xbox Live and PC online. PS2 gamers can battle against up to 16 players online and Xbox Live supports up to 24 players online. PC gamers will be able to battle against 32 players over the Internet. The game will also support voice chat through compatible headsets for the PS2 and Xbox console systems.

    A special playable demo of Star Wars Battlefront is now available on the bonus disc of the classic Star Wars Trilogy DVD set. The demo level is based on the forest moon of Endor and can be played on Xbox and online through Xbox Live. Star Wars Battlefront is published by LucasArts and developed by Pandemic Studios. For more information, please visit the official product website at http://www.starwarsbattlefront.com

    Second Sight Ships Nationwide
    Steve @ 12:42 PM EDT
    New York – Sept. 21, 2004 – John Vattic’s quest to solve the military conspiracy behind his imprisonment has begun. Codemasters announced today the anticipated stealth action title Second Sight has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxŇ videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube.

    John Vattic awakens to find himself held captive in a medical facility and the subject of bizarre experimentation. He doesn't know his name, he can't remember his past, all he knows is that his only hope for survival is to escape and unravel the mystery that has led to his imprisonment. Second Sight introduces a unique dual-time narrative where flashbacks are experienced as fully playable episodes. Actions that take place in these flashbacks can alter events when Vattic returns to the present, creating an original and dynamic storyline structure.

    “True to Free Radical form, Second Sight delivers a refreshing gaming experience with action-packed game play, a rich storyline and engaging characters,” said Codemasters North American President Marc Bennett. “Whether relying on stealth, paranormal abilities, a high-powered arsenal or a combination of all three, Second Sight gives action buffs and thrill seekers freedom to choose how they want to experience the game.”

    Second Sight combines an atmospheric, psychological thriller narrative with stealth exploration and intense shooter action. Developed by Free Radical Design, the creators of TimeSplitters , the game features 13 different weapons including pistols, SMGs, tranquilizer guns and a sniper rifle, all supplemented by paranormal powers. Locations in Second Sight span the globe from the Siberian tundra to the streets of New York City and an Asylum in Vermont.

    Second Sight is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information visit the Second Sight web site at http://www.codemasters.com/secondsight

    X-Men Legends Released to Stores
    Steve @ 12:40 PM EDT
    Santa Monica, CA – September 21, 2004 – The mutant battle rages on to North American retail shelves with the release of Activision, Inc.’s X-Men™ Legends. An epic action-RPG featuring a compelling storyline written by former X-Men™ comic book writers, the game allows players to pick and customize a team of legendary X-Men from the Marvel Universe to combat evil and protect the fate of mankind from certain doom. Developed by Raven Software, X-Men Legends has already received critical acclaim, earning an “Editors’ Choice” award from IGN.com. The title is currently available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube™ for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and carries a “T” (“Teen” – Blood, Violence) rating by the ESRB.

    “X-Men Legends is the only game that allows players to fully customize and develop their ultimate dream team of 15 of Marvel’s most popular X-Men characters,” states Kathy Vrabeck, president, Activision Publishing, Inc. “The game’s original storyline is full of plot twists and turns that will captivate players and enlist them in the most immersive X-Men quest ever.”

    X-Men Legends challenges players to master the attributes of their favorite X-Men characters by creating, customizing and controlling teams of four mutants in real time, as they embark on a quest to stop the extinction of mankind. Throughout the action-filled saga players assume the role of up to 15 popular X-Men characters, each with individual mutant powers and fighting skills, including Wolverine, Gambit, Nightcrawler and Storm. Gamers select specific X-Men characters depending on each mission and unlock new playable mutants and super powers as they battle the Brotherhood of Mutants and other Marvel villains in fully interactive and destructible 3-D environments. Along the way, players lead teams of mutants on a variety of challenging missions set in some of the most popular locations from the X-Men comics, including the X- Mansion, New York City and the infamous Weapon X facility.

    Gamers can adventure alone or team up with friends to battle in up to a 4-player co-operative mode for dynamic Super Hero action.

    X-Men Legends is powered by Vicarious Visions Alchemy™ middleware game engine.

    Pre-sell Program for BloodRayne 2
    Steve @ 1:15 AM EDT
    EDISON, N.J., September 20, 2004 – Acknowledging what is fast becoming a major video game launch event, Majesco, a leading publisher and distributor of video and interactive entertainment products, has announced a nationwide pre-sell program for BloodRayne 2, the popular action-horror sequel scheduled to ship next month.

    Available exclusively through Electronics Boutique and GameStop, the pre-sell program enables consumers to reserve a copy of the game and ensure its availability at launch. Those who pre-order receive a BloodRayne Collector’s Edition Comic Book Preview that includes the first seven pages of Echo 3’s new BloodRayne comic book due out in December, as well as eight additional pages of character sketches, pin-up art and details on the creation of the comic book’s final cover.

    “Thanks to a fast-growing fan base and “perfect storm” of mainstream media appearances, awareness surrounding the entire BloodRayne franchise has grown considerably,” said Ken Gold, vice president of marketing. “Our pre-sell program is a way to thank fans for their support and enable them to receive a copy of the game with a valuable bonus.”

    One of the most recognized video game characters today, BloodRayne is becoming a pop culture sensation who has been featured in a variety of cross-over entertainment vehicles, including:

  • A film adaptation of BloodRayne in which Kristanna Loken, best known for her role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in T3: Rise of the Machines, will portray the title character. Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley will play her father Kagan. Shooting in Romania has already started.

  • A music video to debut on MTV2’s new “Video Mods” show in which BloodRayne performs Evanescence’s “Everybody’s Fool;”

  • Her stunning appearance in Playboy’s October issue;

  • The aforementioned full-length BloodRayne comic book by Echo 3 scheduled for December;

  • BloodRayne 2 September cover feature in the highly regarded video game magazine, Play.

    Def Jam FIGHT for NY Now Shipping
    Steve @ 1:08 AM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 20, 2004--Electronic Arts, the world's leading interactive video game publisher, and urban music and lifestyle powerhouse Def Jam(R) have begun shipping Def Jam(R) FIGHT for NY(TM) to retailers nationwide. The title, which won the Game Critics Award for "Best Fighting Game" at E3 2004, is available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM) under the EA GAMES(TM) brand.

    Def Jam FIGHT for NY thrusts players onto the mean streets of New York amidst a brutal battle for control of the city's hip hop underground. With a cast of more than 40 hip hop artists and celebrities from Def Jam and other prominent music labels in the game, players will come face to face with dozens of rap's biggest names, including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Ice T, Lil' Kim, Method Man, Redman and Snoop Dogg.

    Featuring five customizable fighting styles, 20 highly-interactive venues, 10 gameplay modes, 70 playable characters and dozens of weapons, Def Jam FIGHT for NY delivers a gritty, over-the-top street fighting experience deep within the Def Jam universe. The game also features a new create-a-fighter mode allowing gamers to customize their combatant with licensed hip hop gear from 12 authentic brands like Ecko, Phat Farm(TM), Def Jam University, Brand JORDAN, a division of Nike, Inc., Rocawear, and more. Players can even outfit their character with bling from jeweler to the stars, Jacob the Jeweler.

    Def Jam FIGHT for NY features an explosive soundtrack with 28 of the hottest new tracks and old school hits, including tracks from Fat Joe, Ice T, LL Cool J, Method Man, Public Enemy, Redman and more.

    Monday, September 20, 2004

    Mortal Kombat: Deception Gone Gold
    Steve @ 2:36 PM EDT
    Midway Games today announced that Mortal Kombat®: Deception™ has gone gold and will to ship to stores for both the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft on Monday, October 4th.

    Mortal Kombat: Deception delivers the deepest fighting experience ever, with the fatality-filled intensity that has helped establish the Mortal Kombat franchise as the ultimate fighter of all-time over the past 10 years! With unlimited competition online, multiple fatalities per character, multi-tiered interactive environments and extensive new game modes (a la, "Puzzle Kombat", "Chess Kombat", "Konquest" and more), Mortal Kombat: Deception is well on the way to revolutionizing the fighting game genre once again.

    Friday, September 17, 2004

    Midway Arcade Treasures 2 Goes Gold
    Steve @ 2:53 PM EDT
    Midway today announced that Midway® Arcade Treasures 2™ has gone gold and is on schedule to ship to stores on October 11, 2004. Midway Arcade Treasures 2, the sequel to the company s 2003 best-selling classic games title, Midway Arcade Treasures, will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube™.

    Midway Arcade Treasures 2 brings 20 of your all-time favorite classic arcade games back to next-generation consoles, many for the first time, including smash hits like Mortal Kombat II and 3, Spy Hunter® 2, Gauntlet® 2, NARC®, Cyber-Ball 2072™, Wizard of Wor™, and many more, all for $20! Get ready for a blast to the past as you enjoy 100 s of hours of retro-gaming bliss and full-feature documentary extras on the origins of these interactive pioneers.

    GAMES LIST:

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

    Thursday, September 16, 2004

    Top 10 Xbox Games for August 2004
    Steve @ 3:28 PM EDT
    These are the official numbers from the NPD Group.

    1. Madden NFL 2005 - EA
    2. ESPN NFL 2K5 - Sega/Take 2
    3. Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow - Ubisoft
    4. Halo - Microsoft
    5. Spider-Man 2 - Activision
    6. NCAA Football 2005 - EA
    7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - LucasArts
    8. Morrowind: Game of the Year Edition - Bethesda
    9. Rainbow Six 3 - Ubisoft
    10. Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack - Take 2

    Vietcong: Purple Haze Available Now
    Steve @ 2:15 PM EDT
    New York - September 14, 2004 -Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that Vietcong: Purple Haze for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft is available now at retail outlets across North America. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system versions will be available next week.

    An award winning, cornerstone title of the PC gaming community, Vietcong: Purple Haze is a unique Tactical First Person Shooter that offers an authentic, cinematic game play experience set during the Vietnam conflict. Players of Vietcong: Purple Haze experience the war from the perspective of a soldier assigned to join a squad of U.S. Special Forces running reconnaissance missions deep into the jungles of Northern Vietnam. Xbox owners will also be able to compete against their friends on 9 multiplayer levels via Xbox Live.

    Gamers lead four expertly trained soldiers through a single player campaign, utilizing each member's distinct personality to achieve mission objectives and survive through extreme, realistic jungle combat. In addition to the best missions from the series, the console versions include two brand new missions and the soldier's experiences are told from a totally new perspective, providing a fresh and unique gaming experience.

    Vietcong: Purple Haze is rated M for mature and is available at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about Vietcong, visit its official website at http://www.vietcong-game.com

    Paintball Comes to Xbox and Xbox Live
    Steve @ 1:52 PM EDT
    Minneapolis, MN -- September 16, 2004 – Activision Value Publishing, a division of Activision, Inc., announced today that it has teamed with game developer WXP and paintball legend Greg Hastings to create the first-ever paintball game for a major video game console - Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. This groundbreaking single and multiplayer game combines the strategy and teamwork of a sports title with the fast-paced intensity of a first-person action game. Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball will be available this fall and is currently rated “RP” by the ESRB.

    Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball’s unparalleled gameplay delivers a thrilling and realistic paintball experience through the integration of more than 21 licensed pro-players, actual tournament fields, top authentic paintball gear, and design input directly from the pros. The game captures all the true nuances of the sport with high-energy, strategy, teamwork, angles, manoeuvrability and accuracy. "It’s an intense rush. I haven’t had this much fun in a long time," said Matt "Zyos" Leto (Halo Champion - World Cyber Games; Seoul, Korea).

    With participation in the sport of paintball having exceeded 9.8 million players in 2003 and having increased every year since 1998, according to the National Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball will fill a void for avid paintball enthusiasts and casual video gamers of all ages.

    The single player game introduces gamers to the world of Paintball as they would be introduced to the sport in real life, starting out as a rookie on recreational fields with basic skills and equipment. As the player progresses he or she will discover a realistic, robust Paintball simulation at every level. As top equipment is paramount in the real paintball world, new upgrades can be purchased from a selection of over 100 licensed products using the winnings earned from tournament play. By the time the player advances to Pro, he or she can purchase all of the most cutting edge gear available to the real-life professional player. Players can move from rookie all the way to pro before heading to play against real players in multiplayer mode; or they can try their hand at jumping right into multiplayer mode.

    The multiplayer game offers both system link and Xbox™ Live play. With 20 unique locations, 179 different field layouts, and hundreds of possible game configurations, there’s plenty of replayability. Exercise full control over your online game experience through detailed OptiMatch game preferences. Communicate with your teammates using Xbox Live voicechat to coordinate strategy and identify opponent positions on the fly. With up to 14 players, experience the true ferocity of 7-on-7 tournament play.

    KEY FEATURES

  • 3 game types to play – Elimination, Capture the Flag, Center Flag
  • Quick Look – head movement without body shift
  • Cheat Meter – try to wipe paint without getting caught
  • Switch marker hands from left to right
  • Snap left/ right/ up – snap in and out or up and down behind bunkers to hide and shoot
  • Stance and mobility based targeting system – shooting accuracy changes based on stance & movement

  • 14 top pro paintball players, including:
    Greg “Red” Hastings
    Rocky Cagnoni
    Chris LaSoya
    Nicky Cuba
    Keely Watson
    Lisa Harvey
    Alex Fraige

  • 25 real-life paintball sponsors to provide an authentic experience, including:
    Severe
    Tippmann
    JT
    Dye
    PMI
    Draxxus
    BAWLS
    And many, many more

  • Real-life paintball fields and tournament locations, including:
    Huntington Beach Open in California
    Island Open in Aruba
    SC Village in Los Angeles

    Multiplayer

    · Xbox Live – Optimatch, Quickmatch, Friends, Detailed Statistics

    · All gear and all levels open to all players. Not dependent on single player game.

    · System Link enabled

    · Communicate on the field with the use of Xbox voice communicator

    · Play on-line with up to 7-on-7 team play

    · Customize your own character or select from 21 pro characters to play

    · 20 unique locations to play

    · 179 different field layouts, including small and large field sizes

    Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball offers the most complete and realistic paintball experience without taking a paintball to the chest. This fast, intense and dynamic game offers players a truly exhilarating sporting experience incorporating all the most integral elements of actual paintball action. With real pros, authentic venues, sponsors and equipment, Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball is the cornerstone of a new franchise and genre in the sporting games market.

    NCAA March Madness 2005 Cover Athlete Announced
    Steve @ 1:47 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 16, 2004--Electronic Arts announced today that Emeka Okafor, the University of Connecticut All-American who led the Huskies to the 2004 NCAA(R) Men's Basketball Championship, will serve as spokesman and cover athlete for NCAA(R) March Madness 2005, scheduled for release this fall under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand.

    Okafor averaged 17.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in leading Connecticut to a 33-6 overall record, the national title, and the Big East Tournament title in 2004. He was named Co-National Player of the Year, a unanimous First-Team All-American, and the Big East Player of the Year following a stellar junior season that also saw him earn his second straight Academic All-America nod. After graduating from UConn this past May in just three years with a 3.8 GPA and a degree in finance, Okafor was the No. 2 overall pick of the June NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. He also earned a bronze medal last month in Athens, Greece as a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Men's Basketball Team.

    "Earning the cover spot on NCAA March Madness 2005 is the perfect way to celebrate my time at UConn," said Okafor, who will appear on all packaging and merchandising for NCAA March Madness 2005. "I've been an EA SPORTS fan for as long as I can remember, and to be a part of this game -- where strategy and teamwork is at the core -- is a fitting extension to the incredible experience I had playing college basketball."

    The most strategic basketball game ever developed, NCAA March Madness 2005 allows users to be the floor general and lead one of more than 320 Division I schools to the Big Dance(R). With the all-new Floor General System -- featuring a new play-calling system and an innovative new timeout menu -- users can take complete control and play college basketball as it was meant to be played. With new mascots, cheerleaders, arenas, crowd chants, fights songs, Arena Pulse, and Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler calling the action, NCAA March Madness 2005 puts you on campus for the deepest and most authentic interactive college hoops experience.

    Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, the studio which is also home to the popular NBA LIVE and NBA STREET franchises, NCAA March Madness 2005 is scheduled to ship in November on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. The game's official website is http://www.marchmadness2005.com

    Play Halo 2 Before it Hits Store Shelves
    Steve @ 3:37 AM EDT
    Microsoft today announced the Xbox Live™ Backstage Pass Sweepstakes featuring Halo® 2, which will give 20 lucky winners from around the world the chance to play Halo 2 multiplayer before the most anticipated game of the year hits store shelves in North America on November 9, 2004. With over a million members, Xbox Live is the premier destination for online console gamers. In order to be eligible for the sweepstakes, gamers must have a valid Xbox Live account as of October 15. Winners will be drawn on October 22 and will receive a three-day/two-night trip for the winner and one guest to Bungie Studios in Redmond, Washington to play Halo 2 multiplayer. Package includes round-trip air transportation to Seattle, Washington, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, meals and a tour of Bungie Studios. For more information and official rules, please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/news/backstagepasssweepstakes.htm

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

    Utilizing Xbox Live to redefine online play, Halo 2 delivers superior online multiplayer capabilities. Whether playing with a clan on a new multiplayer map, boarding a friend's Warthog, dogfighting in Banshees or checking player stats, Halo 2 will bring the social experience to a higher level via Xbox Live. More information about Halo 2 is available at http://www.halo2.com

    Fable In Stores Now
    Steve @ 3:21 AM EDT
    Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Fable, the highly anticipated Xbox® roleplaying adventure game, has has been spotted on store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $49.95 (U.S.). Fable will be available in Europe in October. Developed by Peter Molyneux's studio Big Blue Box in conjunction with Lionhead Studios, Fable allows players to develop a unique character by making choices that determine their character's skills, reputation and appearance.

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

    Tuesday, September 14, 2004

    New Fight Club Screens
    Steve @ 7:22 PM EDT
    Check out some impressive screens of Fight Club from VU games.

    Fight Club New Screens

    Outlaw Golf 2 - New Screens
    Steve @ 6:45 PM EDT
    Features found in Outlaw Golf 2:

    ·11 over-the-top characters turn boring old Golf into a rowdy and tasteless display of uninhibited fun - scantily clad babes, wannabe rappers and deviant thugs take to the course and give a whole new meaning to playing from the rough.

    ·8 extreme courses in total, each with their own dynamic weather conditions. These include 3 newly designed courses returning from the original Outlaw Golf in addition to 5 brand new environments. From the arctic chill of Glacier Ridge to the steamy jungles of Aztec Acres, Outlaw Golf 2 has it all, even a full sized miniature golf course and driving range.

    ·By playing through the tour and winning events, a player can unlock clubs and balls to be used either during tour or exhibition play as well win new revealing outfits to customize your character.

    ·13 play styles to choose: from match and tournament play to time attack and baseball golf.

    ·Anyone and everyone can grab some balls and spin, hook and slice their way into the action online with Xbox Live and the Playstation 2 online adapter, with up to for four friends simultaneously. In addition, Outlaw Golf 2 will feature online leader boards where players can upload their scores via Xbox Live.

    Outlaw Golf 2 Screens

    Rocky Legends: Apollo Creed New Screens
    Steve @ 6:20 PM EDT
    Apollo Creed is the Master of Disaster. A very experienced boxer, he has the fastest hands of any heavyweight in the game. Get in close and throw quick combos to his body, then step out of range. Stay away from his stinging jabs and remember to block his flurries! Rocky Legends ships for the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2 September 28.

    Rocky Legends Apollo Screens

    Guilty Gear X2 #Reload Ships
    Steve @ 4:52 PM EDT
    EDISON, N.J., September 14, 2004 - One of the most renowned 2D fighting games makes its debut on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft as Majesco Holdings, Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment products, ships Guilty Gear X2 #Reload to retailers nationwide. Available for a suggested retail price of $19.95, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload features Xbox(tm) Live support, offering players head-to-head competition, real-time global rankings, and community support of voice and friends.

    "Guilty Gear X2 #Reload takes the classic fighting game franchise to an exciting new level with enhanced anime-style visuals and compelling multiplayer support via Xbox Live," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "This offering of a highly entertaining product at an attractive price-point appeals to both hardcore fighting fans as well as the casual, mass-market audience."

    In Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, a newly discovered form of energy has been used to create devastating bio-weapons from fused human and animal DNA. Known as the Gears, they are now intelligent, self-aware creatures set loose upon the populace and threaten human control of the planet.

    Guilty Gear X2: #Reload features include:

    § Variety of exciting game modes, including:

    o Medal of Millionaire Mode: a brutal one-fall, medal competition;

    o Versus Mode: two-player battles to settle scores, including Xbox Live matches;

    o Survival Mode: 1,000 levels of endurance;

    o Story Mode: with multiple endings where players can learn the truth behind the Gears;

    o Mission Mode: take on opponents via certain rules and specific conditions;

    o Training Mode: customizable training mode allows players to fine-tune their skills;


    § 20 characters plus hidden characters and EX characters;
    § Signature Instant Kill moves for each character;
    § Thousands of moves and combos, including Psych Bursts, Overdrive Attacks and Instant Kill techniques;
    § Progressive Scan Video Support for 480p;
    § Intense metal and rock soundtrack.

    Developed by ARC System Works, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload is available for the suggested retail price of $19.95. Additional information can be found on the official website at http://www.GuiltyGearX2Reload.com

    Monday, September 13, 2004

    Project Snowblind Officially Announced
    Steve @ 11:33 PM EDT
    San Francisco, CA (September 13, 2004) Eidos, one of the world s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced the development of the first-person action shooter Project: Snowblind. The game puts players in the role of an elite super soldier, fighting on the front lines of a near-future war using unique weapons, abilities and high-tech gadgetry that inject depth and variety to gameplay. Currently in development by Crystal Dynamics, Project: Snowblind places unique emphasis to its intensive multiplayer and online play modes and will be available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox game system from Microsoft and the PC. Project: Snowblind will ship this Winter.

    John Chowanec, producer for Project: Snowblind at Crystal Dynamics said: Project: Snowblind makes dynamic usage of high tech gadgetry and futuristic weapons in combat situations. This, combined with 16 player online action, will no doubt bring about a frenetic gameplay experience that gamers will want to experience. Project: Snowblind is the answer for those longing for a non-stop, action-packed ride.

    Project: Snowblind is set in a near future Hong Kong, the year is 2065. 2nd Lt. Nathan Frost is just a regular grunt until he volunteers for a super-soldier transformation for an international army called the Liberty Coalition. A painful series of surgeries gives Frost extra-normal abilities via implanted enhancements, which place him on the frontlines of a war against a destructive regime. After a military coup leaves him stranded in hostile territory and cut off from command with only a handful of men, Frost must stop the militia's secret weapon that threatens to plunge the world into darkness.

    Intense epic battles await gamers when they delve into the world of Project: Snowblind. Players will be able to employ different bio-enhancements to augment their character s attributes and physical abilities in a multitude of ways. This will allow players to change gameplay dynamics constantly.

    Project: Snowblind seeks to innovate the FPS genre with the inclusion of weapons and gadgets never seen before in the genre. Players will have access to a wide array of weapons, demolition gear, and high tech gadgetry throughout the game. All primary weapons will have secondary fire options, allowing the weapon to perform duel tasks. High tech gadgets play an integral role in your character s survival in Project: Snowblind. The gadgets and tools used in Project: Snowblind s single player missions take on a whole new dimension when used in the online multiplayer game.

    Project: Snowblind will feature online multiplayer capabilities featuring voice over IP support and classic FPS multiplayer modes such as deathmatch capture the flag, etc. Mission types found in Project: Snowblind blend the chaos and frenzy of the battlefield in suppression style missions with abundant freedom of choice in approaching problem solving in infiltration style missions.

    For more information visit: http://www.projectsnowblind.com

    Friday, September 10, 2004

    Spike TV and Tony Hawk's Underground Want You
    Steve @ 6:38 PM EDT



    Darkwatch's Tala Shown in Playboy
    Steve @ 5:34 PM EDT
    Carlsbad, CA September 10, 2004 Sammy Studios, Inc., a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content, today released the provocative image of Tala created exclusively for a pictorial in the October issue of Playboy Magazine. A pivotal character in "Darkwatch," the upcoming Vampire-Western first-person shooter (FPS) video game, Tala bares more than her fangs in the men s magazine spread dedicated to sexy video game leading ladies. The revealing image, capturing her dangerous sensuality as a half-vampire seductress of Native American descent, is the work of Sammy Studios in-house team of artists working in conjunction with Brain Zoo Studios of Van Nuys, California. The image appears in a pictorial accompanying the article Gaming Grows Up in Playboy s upcoming issue, hitting newsstands this month. "Darkwatch" is slated for release on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft(R) in spring 2005. The game is not yet rated.

    Tala plays an important role in "Darkwatch" as a femme fatale with equal lusts for blood and power. In "Darkwatch," gamers play as Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger pulled into the ranks of a vampire-hunting secret society when he is inadvertently bitten by a vampire lord. Sensuous and dangerous, Tala becomes Jericho s evil muse after luring him into a moment of passion where she urges him to bite her, making her into a powerful half-vampire like himself. Introducing a unique reputation judgment system that brings a role-playing game (RPG) element to an FPS, "Darkwatch" puts players in situations where they can overcome the evil flowing in Jericho s veins to save the American West from damnation, or succumb to it and join Tala in a reign of darkness. The first internally developed game from Sammy Studios, "Darkwatch" promises to bring great game play variety and innovations to the FPS genre. For more information on the game, please visit the official "Darkwatch" web site at http://www.darkwatch.com

    Tala Censored Pic

    Super Monkey Ball Deluxe Announced for Xbox
    Steve @ 3:16 PM EDT
    SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 10, 2004) SEGA of America today announced the development of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, which will bring SEGA's popular arcade series to PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Microsoft Xbox consumers for the first time. The new title will feature 300 stages (114 from Super Monkey Ball, 140 from Super Monkey Ball 2, and 46 Deluxe-exclusive boards), and will be available in early 2005.

    In addition to new stages, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe will offer a new Challenge mode, integrating varying skill settings (Beginner, Advanced, and Expert) into one fluid ramp up, rather than breaking them out as independent gameplay sections. There will also be additional stages in the story mode. All twelve of the party games from Super Monkey Ball 1 & 2 are also to be included.

    "Super Monkey Ball has been a fan favorite since its introduction on the Nintendo GameCube in 2001," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "We're pleased to finally make this unique, broadly accessible franchise available to gamers across all platforms."

    Effectively two-and-a-half retail games on one disc, this "E" rated value-packed product will retail in early 2005 for only 29.95 MSRP.

    ShellShock: Nam'67 Ships to Stores
    Steve @ 3:04 PM EDT
    San Francisco, CA (September 10, 2004) Eidos plc, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced it has shipped to stores across North America the highly-anticipated ShellShock: Nam 67 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and PC. ShellShock: Nam 67 revolves around a gripping journey of one young man s first tour of duty in the jungles of Vietnam in 1967. Never has a war been depicted with such realism, with no censorship of the horrors of war. Players will experience first hand the atrocities of war such as torture, ambushes, and questionable actions from friendly soldiers.

    In ShellShock: Nam 67 players take on the role of a nameless soldier during his first tour of duty. Mission types are varied throughout the game. Players may be tasked with missions involving their platoons, clearing a village, taking strategic positions, and entering urban areas. Secret assassination missions will send players deep into an enemy base alone in an attempt to take out a designated target and make it out alive. An array of genuine weapons from the Vietnam era will be used in ShellShock: Nam 67.

    ShellShock Nam: 67 is the first Vietnam based war game on the market for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. We ve seen World War II done in many war-based games, but this is the first game that will take players into one of, if not the most, controversial conflicts of the 20th century. This game delivers one of the most realistic depictions of war gamers can currently experience. says Wyman Jung, associate product manager for ShellShock Nam 67.

    ShellShock: Nam 67 was developed by Guerrilla Studios.

    Thursday, September 9, 2004

    First to Fight Site Launch Plus New Screens
    Steve @ 8:10 PM EDT
    Fans of the Close Combat series who are eager to get more in-depth
    information on the upcoming tactical FPS First to Fight will be happy to know that the official site http://www.FirstToFight.com has launched. The site will be continuously updated between now and launch with new and exclusive materials that are sure to keep gamers up to date and well informed about the progress and features of First to Fight.

    First to Fight New Screens

    Atari Slot Machines Coming
    Steve @ 7:43 PM EDT
    NOTE: Not Xbox Related, but something cool.

    Atari, Inc. and Alliance Gaming Corp. announced today a licensing agreement to develop a series of slot machines based on classic titles from Atari's extensive video game library.

    Under the agreement between Bally Gaming and Systems, a business unit of Alliance Gaming, and Atari Interactive, Inc., an Atari affiliate, slot machines based on Atari titles are under development, with the first -- based on PONG(R) -- scheduled to be debuted by Bally's at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas on Oct. 5-7, 2004 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to PONG, the deal includes other well-known Atari classics such as Asteroids(R), Centipede(R) and Breakout(R).

    ShellShock: Nam'67 Goes Gold
    Steve @ 7:29 PM EDT
    Eidos announced that ShellShock: Nam'67 has gone gold and will be in stores September 14th. For now, take a look at one of the bloodiest levels (Fort Assault) of the game.

    ShellShock: Nam'67 Fort Assault Screens

    Terminator 3: The Redemption Ships
    Steve @ 7:11 PM EDT
    Atari, Inc. announced that "Terminator(R)3: The Redemption" has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. "Terminator 3: The Redemption" takes players for a thrill ride into a post-apocalyptic universe as they become the series signature icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. The game also features an exciting, surprise ending, which hints at a possible future for the T-850 Terminator model played by Schwarzenegger.

    "'Terminator 3: The Redemption' gives gamers an opportunity to experience the world of Terminator like never before -- they can go places and do things that have only been hinted at in the films," said Jim Galis, executive producer, Atari's Paradigm Entertainment studio. "The Terminator movies are known for their incredible chase scenes and total destruction -- `Terminator 3: The Redemption' recreates that moment-by-moment intensity with incredible action-driving only the Terminator license can provide."

    Developed by Atari's internal studio, Paradigm Entertainment, "Terminator 3: The Redemption" allows players to assume the role of one of Hollywood's most popular and iconic characters, the Terminator. Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and many of his famous catch-phrases, "Terminator 3: The Redemption" continues along the "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" movie storyline, but then branches in new directions, including an ominous alternate future scenario inhabited only by SkyNet forces.

    Players can explore three distinct timelines in "Terminator 3: The Redemption," including present day Los Angeles, the desolate, post-apocalyptic world and an eerie, alternate future where no humans exist. Players can fight toe-to-toe with other Terminator models in melee combat or take over vehicles in all three timelines to race, chase, and blast their way through 14 levels of intense arcade action.

    "Terminator 3: The Redemption" is available now for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(TM) for an estimated retail price of $39.95 and is rated "T" for Teen. More information about "Terminator 3: The Redemption" can be found online at http://www.atari.com/terminator

    Wednesday, September 8, 2004

    Burnout 3: Takedown Begins Shipping
    Steve @ 1:31 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 8, 2004--Electronic Arts announced that Burnout(R)3: Takedown(TM), the latest title in the critically acclaimed Burnout series, has begun to ship to retail outlets for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft(R). Named "Best Racing Game of E3 2004" by the Game Critics Awards, Burnout 3: Takedown features a unique aggressive racing concept and a one-of-a-kind special effects engine that delivers spectacular visuals.

    With more than 40 different tracks spanning three continents, players can battle in over 70 cars and takedown opponents across a broad range of conditions and environments, as well as experiencing 100 unique crash junctions. Burnout 3: Takedown features highly sophisticated crash technology that recreates high speed crashes with extreme detail and allows the player to use their car as a weapon and takeout rivals, controlling the car even after crashing. Players can race online in seven different modes, featuring up to 6 participants, battling through full oncoming traffic. (PlayStation 2 online play requires Internet Connection, Network Adaptor and Memory Card for the PlayStation 2. Xbox online play requires Xbox Live(TM)!)

    Delivering an authentic radio experience complete with commentary from DJ Stryker from alternative radio station KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, the in-game soundtrack features more than 40 songs from bands including Jimmy Eat World and Yellowcard.

    Developed by UK-based Criterion Games, Burnout 3: Takedown for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99. More information can be found on the game's web site at http://www.burnout3.ea.com

    FIFA, Xbox, and EA Announce Tournament Details
    Steve @ 1:29 PM EDT
    BERLIN - FIFA, Xbox®, the video game system from Microsoft®, and Electronic Arts, the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced the planned tournament details and schedule for the recently announced FIFA Interactive World Cup, the world's first ever, FIFA sanctioned, video game tournament.

    The FIFA Interactive World Cup is a new video game tournament combining on- and off-line football gaming action featuring EA's FIFA Football 2005 on Xbox and Xbox® Live™. The FIFA Interactive World Cup will travel to six continents from October to December 2004, offering football fans a chance to win the ultimate video game bragging rights - being named FIFA Interactive World Player 2004 - as well as sharpening up football skills with the pros, enjoying music from big-name DJs, and lots of surprises.

    There are four ways to enter the FIFA Interactive World Cup, which will see more than 8,000 players (plus contestants from the Xbox Live community of more than one million gamers) competing all over the world :

  • Register at http://www.FIFAinteractiveworldcup.com
  • Register on site at regional tournament venues
  • Earn a place by playing FIFA Football 2005 on Xbox Live
  • Win a local qualifying tournament, which will lead to the regional tournaments and ultimately to the finals in Zurich - information on local tournaments is available on the registration site

    Players who have what it takes to win their region's finals will travel to the worldwide finals in Zurich in December - and the winner will be named FIFA Interactive World Player 2004. That prestigious achievement will be recognized with a trophy presented to the winner by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the FIFA World Player Gala.

    Kicking off in October, the FIFA Interactive World Cup will travel to nine cities in six continents:

  • Johannesburg - 24th October
  • New York - 30th October
  • Rio de Janeiro - 6th November
  • Sydney - 13th November
  • London - 20th November
  • Seoul - 27th November
  • Paris - 4th December
  • Berlin - 11th December
  • Zurich (FINALS) - 19th December

    As players compete to be the best player of FIFA Football 2005 at each regional final, they will also be able to sharpen their real-world football skills through various separate side activities. Contestants waiting for their turn on the tournament pods will be able to practice their moves with the help of professional football players

    The events will also feature big-name DJs performing for the crowds, as well as a host of other fun activities and some surprises too. Specific details on each event will be available at http://www.FIFAinteractiveworldcup.com

    Tuesday, September 7, 2004

    Silent Hill 4: The Room Released
    Steve @ 5:03 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. - September 7, 2004 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Silent Hill 4: The Room(tm) for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and PC DVD-ROM has shipped to retail stores nationwide. By enhancing the award-winning features that have defined the series - intense and bone chilling gameplay, superior graphics and a haunting musical score by the series' producer, Akira Yamaoka - Silent Hill 4: The Room will strike terror into the hearts of gamers with the most frightening experience in the history of the franchise.

    "In Silent Hill 4, the horror hits home - right in your own room," said Wilson Cheng, product manager at Konami Digital Entertainment - America. "By transforming a would-be sanctuary into an unpredictable and inescapable nightmare, players will find themselves in uncharted territory as they explore a nightmarish alternate reality to unravel a truly unnerving mystery."

    Silent Hill 4: The Room begins in the sleepy town of South Ashfield, only a few short miles from the infamous town of Silent Hill. When the game's new hero, Henry Townshend, awakens from a nightmare, he finds that he is trapped in his apartment. Through a portal which mysteriously appears in his home, Henry must match his wits and brawn against heinous creatures and the ghastly undead that lie in wait as he tries to solve the mystery of his entrapment.

    Assuming the role of Henry, gamers set off on a fast-paced and highly captivating journey into the depths of darkness, filled with a cast of disturbing characters and monsters. With Henry's apartment functioning as a home base, players will transition between a 1st person real world perspective and a horrifying alternate reality in a 3rd person view.

    Further enhancing the action, players can build up their arsenal of weapons in order to battle a number of horrifying enemies who will attack from around any corner or even through any wall. For the first time in the series, gamers can execute more powerful blows when fighting with hand-to-hand combat weapons by activating a new power gauge. Players will also meet numerous people throughout the game, including Eileen Galvin, Henry's next-door neighbor, who will help Henry through this morbid adventure. Gamers will be able to equip Eileen with special weapons to help fend off deadly creatures.

    Silent Hill 4: The Room is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is available for an SRP of $39.99. For more information on the game, please visit: http://www.konami.com/silenthill4

    EA and Def Jam Announce Soundtrack for Fight for NY
    Steve @ 4:52 PM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 7, 2004--Electronic Arts and Def Jam(R) today announced the explosive in-game soundtrack that will fuel Def Jam(R) FIGHT For NY(TM), the blazing-hot sequel to Def Jam VENDETTA(TM), set to drop this September. Delivering a hard-hitting mix of 28 hot new tracks and old-school hits from Def Jam and other prominent hip hop labels, the soundtrack magnifies the game's gritty, intense gameplay and dramatic storyline.

    Def Jam FIGHT For NY thrusts players onto the mean streets of New York amidst a brutal battle for control of the city's hip hop underground. Featuring a cast of more than 40 hip hop artists and celebrities, players will come face to face with dozens of hip hop's biggest names in the game, including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Ice T, Lil' Kim, Method Man, Redman and Snoop Dogg.

    "Video games are a natural extension of hip hop culture," said Kevin Liles, President and CEO, Def Jam Enterprises. "With Def Jam FIGHT For NY and the in-game soundtrack, we've created an experience that's true to the Def Jam universe."

    EA partnered closely with Def Jam on all aspects of the game's production - from developing the plot to refining the soundtrack - assuring authenticity within the Def Jam world.

    "Music is the heart and soul of the Def Jam universe, and authenticity was an absolute must for Def Jam FIGHT For NY," said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Audio at EA. "Every track in Def Jam FIGHT For NY was hand-picked by Def Jam and EA to correspond to pivotal moments in the storyline and to intensify the gameplay experience."

    The in-game soundtrack for Def Jam FIGHT For NY includes:


    Song Title Artist
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    America's Most Method Man, Redman
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    Anything Goes C-N-N
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    Are we Cuttin' Pastor Troy
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    Bust OutKast
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    Comp Comp
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    Flipside Freeway
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    Get into it Comp
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    Get it now Bless
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    Let's Get Dirty Redman
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    Let's Go Shawnna
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    Lil' Bro Ric-A-Che
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    Make It Hurt Busta Rhymes
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    Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J
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    Man Up Sticky Fingaz
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Mother Mother Xzibit
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    Move! Public Enemy
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    Nuff Respect Big Daddy Kane
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    O.G. Original Gangster Ice T
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    PistolGrip-Pump Volume 10
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Pop Off Joe Budden
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Poppa Large Ultramagnetic MC's
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    See about ya Beezle feat. Bonecrusher
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Sieze the Day Bless
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    Take a Look at My Life Fat Joe
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Walk With Me Joe Budden
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    We Gon Hit Em Deuce, Dub and the Junkyard Gang
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    What's Happenin' Method Man
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------
    Yes Sir C-N-N
    ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------

    Def Jam FIGHT For NY is rated M for Mature with descriptors of Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence by the ESRB and ships on September 20, 2004 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM) under the EA GAMES(TM) brand. To learn more about the game, please visit the game's official web site at: http://www.defjamfight4ny.com

    Atari Anthology Announced - 85 Atari Games
    Steve @ 4:23 PM EDT
    BEVERLY, Mass.--Sept. 7, 2004--The largest collection of classic Atari games ever assembled comes home for the holidays as, Atari, Inc. today announced ATARI(R) ANTHOLOGY(TM), a round up of 85 vintage Atari games being released for the first time for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. Capturing the nostalgia and sheer fun of the original video game revolution, ATARI ANTHOLOGY is scheduled to hit retail shelves in November at the competitive price point of $19.99 that could make it irresistible for holiday shoppers.

    "An entire generation of Atari 2600 and classic arcade game fans have been clamoring for a chance to relive that addictive fun, and now they finally can with ATARI ANTHOLOGY," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studio. "With 85 authentic Atari titles and all original gameplay, ATARI ANTHOLOGY appeals to a diverse audience of both dedicated and casual players alike."

    For video game console owners, no better value exists than ATARI ANTHOLOGY, which features 85 games that started a revolution, including 18 arcades games such as Asteroids(R), Battlezone(R), Missile Command(R), and Pong(R); 62 Atari 2600 games including Gravitar(R), Millipede(R) and Super Breakout(R) and five bonus titles, such as Off the Wall(TM), Blackjack(TM), Desert Falcon(TM), Steeplechase(TM) and Sprintmaster(TM). Adding an innovative twist to each game are new Challenge Modes such as the psychedelic Trippy Mode, Time Warp and Double Speed, all of which push player's skills to the extreme, while a new 3D interface offers a polished portal into all the games.

    ATARI ANTHOLOGY spans an impressive array of game categories, including Arcade Originals, 2600 Arcade Games and 2600 Adventure Games, as well as numerous offerings in the Action, Sports, Mind, Casino, Racing and Space genres.

    ATARI ANTHOLOGY is expected to be available in November for a suggested retail price of $19.99. For detailed information on these products as well as the Company's entire product lineup, please visit http://www.atari.com

    ESPN NBA 2K5 Priced At $19.99
    Steve @ 6:37 AM EDT
    ESPN Videogames Announces ESPN NBA 2K5 Available for the Incredible Price of $19.99!

    After tremendous response to its award-winning NFL and NHL games, ESPN Videogames is pleased to announce that ESPN NBA 2K5 will be available for the price of $19.99.

    ESPN NBA 2K5 hits stores in October 2004.

    ESPN NBA 2K5 brings all the authentic hardwood action people have come to expect from the ESPN NBA 2K series, complete with stunning visuals, authentic ESPN presentation, groundbreaking gameplay features and an expanded 24/7 mode.

    ESPN NBA 2K5 invites players to experience the emotion of the NBA with:

    O The Next Movement - A new momentum-based gameplay system that gives gamers a complete difference in control between various types of players. Now each player's ability and physical make-up will determine how fast they run the court on a fast break, how quickly they cut to the basket, and more, creating a new level of realism and natural player movement.

    O IsoMotion2 - IsoMotion2 builds upon last year's IsoMotion system. Deftly perform spins, crossovers, and fakes outside the perimeter and in the post. Players can use IsoMotion2 on defense to contain the ball handler and force turnovers.

    O 24/7 - Players get into the root of the game to become one of the best streetballers in the world. One of the most innovative features in sports games gets twice as big with over 100 new items, new timed mini games, and multi-player games.

    O The Association - Experience all the excitement and drama of operating an NBA franchise in The Association with weekly training to boost team performance, team chemistry elements that determine how athletes play together, and player personalities where gamers manage the unique behaviors of different members of the team.

    O Authentic ESPN presentation - Headlined by ESPN personalities, Hall of Famer Bill Walton brings all the exciting play-by-plays, while Stuart Scott delivers pre-game analysis, and Michele Tafoya gives updates from the sidelines.

    O Online gaming - ESPN NBA 2K5 begins the next revolution in online gaming with competitive tournaments, deep online statistics and multiplayer leagues.

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

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

    NBA LIVE 2005 Freestyle Air Screens
    Steve @ 6:22 AM EDT
    The Freestyle Revolution goes airborne with NBA LIVE 2005. With Freestyle Air, take your game above the rim like never before with highlight-reel dunks, alley-oops, put-backs, tip-ins, and devastating shot-blocking abilities. Slam your way to the top or bust out sweet new Freestyle dribbling and post moves that give you even greater control on the hardwood.

    NBA LIVE 2005 Freestyle Air Screens

    Cabela's Deer Hunt 2005 Season Released
    Steve @ 5:59 AM EDT
    Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc., is targeting virtual sportsmen with the newest release, "Cabela's(R) Deer Hunt 2005 Season," for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, and the PC.

    Raising the barrel for the hunting console genre, "Cabela's(R) Deer Hunt 2005 Season" is much more than a sequel. With 18 all new missions, private game ranches and clay and skeet shooting for the first time ever, players will experience realism like never before. Exotic species, branded animal calls, all new deer modeling and action-packed missions will allow players to feel even closer to the action. The game is currently available in North American retail stores and all versions carry a "T" for "Teen" rating from the ESRB.

    "Cabela's is the world's number one hunting brand, and we wanted to take players deeper into the hunt," says Patrick Kelly, Vice President of Studios, Activision Value Publishing, Inc. "We have created a new standard of realism using advanced technology to make the player feel like he or she is deep in the woods and face to face with the prey."

    In "Cabela's Deer Hunt 2005 Season," destinations include new private game ranches, each with distinct terrain, and three all new never-before-sought-after genetic anomalies; Piebald, Albino and Melanistic species. Players can choose from thousands of authentic Cabela's gear options and four unique vehicle types with advanced physics, and monitor their strength and well being throughout their adventure. For the first time ever players will get to experience Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clay shooting. Just like the real thing, real-life rules and regulations apply and are enforced, if an illegal or unethical hunting act is performed, a player will be disciplined.

    "Cabela's(R) Deer Hunt 2005 Season" features two gameplay modes, "Career Hunt" and "Quick Hunt." "Career Hunt'" allows a player the ability to unlock levels, items, missions and clay shooting mini-games. "Quick Hunt," provides the player instant action and gratification.

    ESPN NHL 2K5 Available Now
    Steve @ 5:54 AM EDT
    Number-one* rated hockey video game series continues its winning tradition of quality content at a value price point

    SAN RAFAEL, CA and NEW YORK, NY -(September 1, 2004)- ESPN Videogames and Global Star Software, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. today announced that the critically acclaimed ESPN NHL 2K5 is now available at major retailers across North America. The number-one rated hockey video game continues to deliver the most realistic and entertaining hockey experience through a combination of unparalleled visuals, addictive gameplay, and a host of new features. ESPN NHL 2K5 is available for the Playstation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(r) videogame system from Microsoft(c).

    "We believe we have delivered not only the most realistic hockey experience, but also the most entertaining hockey title," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts - makers of ESPN Videogames. "With a list of compelling features, online play, online league support, and an incredible price-point of $19.99, both hardcore fans and new consumers are going to get the best NHL experience on the market."

    ESPN NHL 2K5 retains its authentic hockey roots with the new Intense Contact Controls. Players can cause turnovers and upset timing of passes against hockey opponents with quick hooks, bumps, and other contact moves to restrict the opposing team's movement and intimidate adversaries. Use the Intense Contact Controls carefully, as too much hard-nosed play can result in penalty minutes. When the tension starts to rise, ESPN NHL 2K5's completely revamped fighting engine offers full-movement fighting with new grappling, dodging, and punching techniques.

    ESPN NHL 2K5 balances out the realism of hockey with the debut of the addictive Party Mode. Playable up to four players, Party Mode consists of 15 hockey inspired mini-games that are easy to pick up and hard to put down. Party mode mini-games range from the scoring fest Free-For-All, racing events like The Gauntlet, contests like the team-based passing contest Pass With Caution, and many more. Fast-paced, intuitive, and playable online, Party Mode offers a unique and addictive experience for both casual and hardcore hockey fans.

    ESPN hockey personalities Gary Thorne and Bill Clement return to lend their recognized talents to provide the best commentary in any hockey game. Their insight and chemistry bring the highest quality of commentary that is highlighted in the exclusive Heritage Classic mode, the first NHL game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Players can play against top player picks from well-known ESPN personalities and hockey celebrities in Dream Team mode. Dream Team mode pits the player against a ladder system of 20 teams hand-selected by Martin St. Louis, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Drury, Chris Berman, Steve Levy and many more.

    ESPN Videogames are produced by Visual Concepts, SEGA's sports studio, and are co-published by SEGA and Global Star Software.

    *According to GameRankings.com average scores of 2003-2004 hockey videogames

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

    Rapala Pro Fishing Ships
    Steve @ 5:51 AM EDT
    MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 1, 2004--Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc., is reeling in sportsmen and gamers alike with the release of Rapala(R) Pro Fishing for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo Game Boy(R) Advance and PC platforms. Players will embark on angling adventures in 12 of the world's most desirable freshwater fishing locales, utilizing authentic gear from Rapala, the world's largest manufacturer of fishing lures and #1 fishing brand in the world, to catch trophy fish -- hook, line and sinker. The game is currently available in retail stores throughout North America and all versions carry an "E" for "Everyone" rating from the ESRB.

    "Fishing is one of the most popular participation sports in the world, and we felt the time was right to give gamers a realistic re-creation of the experience," said Patrick Kelly, Vice President of Studios, Activision Value Publishing, Inc. "By utilizing advanced technology, Rapala Pro Fishing captures the intricacies of the sport and sets a new standard of realism, from accurate casting, line and fish physics, to graphic effects that will make players feel like they are actually on the water."

    In Rapala Pro Fishing, players can go after 13 different species of fish, including Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Catfish and King Salmon, on some of the world's most desirable lakes and rivers. Using a combination of both strategy and skill, players must select a spot where the fish are biting, choose their lure from over 700 Rapala products, precisely modeled with authentic movements, and then land their catch.

    Rapala Pro Fishing features two gameplay modes. "Freedom Fishing" allows the player to fish anywhere, anytime. "Tournament" mode allows the player to advance through 20 unique tournaments, completing challenges that focus on speed, weight or number of fish caught.

    The console versions of Rapala Pro Fishing carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 and the PC version carries a suggested retail price of $19.99.

    NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup Now Available
    Steve @ 5:48 AM EDT
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2004--Reflecting NASCAR's new format for choosing its champion -- the Chase for the NASCAR(R) NEXTEL Cup -- and featuring an all-new dynamic career mode, Electronic Arts announced today that it is shipping NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup(TM). The new EA SPORTS(TM) title will put players behind the wheel of vehicles from four series including modifieds and trucks as well as a variety of production cars such as the new Chevrolet C5 Corvette and Ford GT's. Online gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) Support.

    NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup's innovative new career mode, Fight to the Top, has drivers battling for opportunities as they race through the ranks of NASCAR Featherlite Modified, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, and NASCAR Busch Series rides before competing for million-dollar purses in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series(TM) and a chance to compete in the newly implemented Chase for the Cup that will be featured in the game as the Chase creates more excitement and drama in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Players can develop their racing skills and intimidate their rivals on the track with all-new controls such as the Intimidator Button, and continue the action off the track with post-race confrontations, including opportunities to settle disputes with NASCAR stars by racing America's top production cars through city streets. Enhanced online play on PlayStation 2 and Xbox will allow players a chance to race with up to 4 live racers with broadband connections. Fans react to the drama, idolizing both NASCAR heroes and villains with every move, while owners and sponsors recognize talent and reward success.

    NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup, developed by EA Tiburon, is rated "E" for (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.95 for the PlayStation 2 console and Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, and $39.95 for the Nintendo GameCube(TM). The game's official website is http://www.chaseforthecup2005.com

    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Official Name for PoP 2
    Steve @ 5:31 AM EDT
    Ubisoft today announced that Prince of Persia® 2 (working title) will now be officially titled PRINCE OF PERSIA: WARRIOR WITHIN™. The sequel to the award-winning Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time™, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within features a deep, mysterious storyline starring a darker, edgier Prince who is vigilant in his quest to unseal his mortal destiny. Hunted by a supernatural creature hell-bent on his destruction, the battle-weary but hardened Prince embarks upon a treacherous journey to a cursed island underworld to save his life.

    “The title Prince of Persia: Warrior Within clearly reflects who the new Prince is – an awakened Master Warrior,” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. “He’s not the young, inexperienced Prince he was on his first adventure. He is now a warrior of unmatched skills, with a dark heart and a penchant for pain. Knowing his fated death is imminent, the Prince must summon the powers within him to defend what no enemy can take away – his life.”

    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within features the all new, free-form fighting system that allows players to define their own fighting style as they combat and destroy enemies. Battling without boundaries, players will be able to manipulate their environment and enemies, using a lethal arsenal of weapons to create their own signature fighting style. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within promises to be an action-packed video game filled with treacherous landscapes, ferocious enemies and deadlier bosses with intense męlées lurking around every corner. It will unleash a new level of warrior mastery that can only be described as deadly artistry at its best.

    PRINCE OF PERSIA: WARRIOR WITHIN IS SCHEDULED TO SHIP NOVEMBER 2004 FOR THE SONY PLAYSTATION2, MICROSOFT XBOX, NINTENDO GAMECUBE AND PC

    The Guy Game In Stores Now
    Steve @ 5:16 AM EDT
    AUSTIN, TX, September 1, 2004 - Twice as much action pops from the screen in an all-new trivia challenge as TOPHEAVY Studios and Gathering today announced The Guy Game, a new video game culled from the sands of Spring Break, is in stores now. Available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, The Guy Game (ESRB Rating: M) matches players' wits against more than 60 attractive co-eds, all of whom are not afraid to grin and bare it.

    "The Guy Game is essentially an instant party disguised as a video game," said Jeff Spangenberg, CEO of TOPHEAVY Studios. "We're confident that it is a cool and absolutely unique experience because it was created by guys, for guys -- complete with stylized game play, user-defined parameters, sizzling uncensored video footage that you actually interact with, and tons of hot topless coeds."

    Shot live on location on South Padre Island during Spring Break, The Guy Game features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Features the world famous Hottie Challenge.

    The Guy Game is rated 'M' by the ESRB with the following descriptors: crude humor; nudity; strong language; strong sexual content and use of alcohol and has a suggested retail price of $39.99. More information can be found online at http://www.theguygame.com

    Wings of War Released Plus New Screens
    Steve @ 5:01 AM EDT
    New York – September 1, 2004 – Gathering, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that Wings of War has shipped to retail for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and PC. Developed by Silver Wish Games, a division of Illusion Softworks, the creators of Mafia, Wings of War brings arcade action to the historical backdrop of World War I.

    Wings of War puts gamers in the cockpit of over 25 Allied and German aircraft in massive air battles and bombing runs across the vast landscape of war torn Europe. Players will take on hordes of enemy aircraft in detailed planes or take control of anti-aircraft guns mounted on trains, zeppelins, boats and more. Wings of War features more than 70 stages of gameplay across 13 unique levels featuring a vast array of missions, including action-packed military assignments as well as additional, “non-regulation” quests.

    In addition to the extensive single player mode, the PC version of the game will include both online and LAN-based multiplayer. Featuring the ability to dogfight in a variety of modes, the online component will be every bit as action-packed as the single player experience for PC gamers.

    Wings of War is rated T for teen and is currently available for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and PC, each at a suggested retail price of $19.99. For more information about Wings of War, visit its official web site at http://www.gathering.com/wingsofwar/

    Wings of War Screens

    Pro Fishing Challenge Ships
    Steve @ 3:59 AM EDT
    Irvine, CA (August 31, 2004) - Atlus U.S.A., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today that it has shipped the first online multiplayer fishing simulation, Pro Fishing Challenge for the Xbox to retailers nationwide.

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

    "This is the ultimate fishing simulation, period," said Yu Namba, Project Lead, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. "With Live capability, limitless customization and unrelenting realism, no other fishing game on the market comes close to delivering the immersion of Pro Fishing Challenge."

    Pro Fishing Challenge Features:

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

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

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

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

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

    Pro Fishing Challenge has a suggested retail price of US $29.99 and has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information, visit the official Pro Fishing Challenge website at http://www.atlus.com/pfc or the Atlus website at http://www.atlus.com

    Second Sight Goes Gold
    Steve @ 3:51 AM EDT
    New York (August 31, 2004) – The secret past of John Vattic will soon be revealed, as Codemasters announced today that the original stealth action property from Free Radical Design, Second Sight, has gone gold. Available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube , Second Sight (NTSC) will be shipping to retail outlets nationwide on September 21.

    Combining an atmospheric, psychological thriller narrative with stealth exploration and intense shooter action, Second Sight is an original property that redefines the standards for action gameplay. The game begins as the player takes main character John Vattic on a confidential spec ops mission and uncovers a fatal chain of events leading to a sinister military conspiracy. Second Sight offers gamers the opportunity to replay events in the past through interactive flashbacks, which affects events in the present through an intense dual-time narrative.

    “Free Radical has once again pushed the boundaries of innovation with their riveting new video game, Second Sight,” said Marc Bennett, President, Codemasters Inc. “From the intense, action-packed game play to the rich storyline and character development, Second Sight delivers on all fronts. In the midst of a sequel-driven video game market, gamers will be extremely satisfied with this refreshing new title.”

    Codemasters has partnered with premiere video game specialty retailers to offer an exclusive Second Sight DVD free to all consumers who pre-order the game. The DVD features an all-access, behind-the-scenes look into the making of Second Sight at Free Radical Design, interviews with the development team and insights to their techniques. For more information on how to pre-order Second Sight visit http://www.codemasters.com/secondsight

    “Second Sight has been a secret project at Free Radical since the company was formed,” said David Doak, Free Radical Design. “This story-driven thriller is an exciting new genre for the company, and we couldn’t be happier or more excited with the end result that years of planning and development went into.”

    Second Sight is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and carries a suggested retail price of $39.99. The game ships to stores nationwide on September 21. For more information visit the Second Sight web site at http://www.codemasters.com/secondsight

    Ghost Recon 2 - Two Different Versions
    Steve @ 3:44 AM EDT
    San Francisco, CALIFORNIA – August 31, 2004 – Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced that it will release two different versions of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon™ 2 for Holiday 2004 – one for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and one for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PC version is now scheduled to launch in early 2005 in order to once again deliver ground-breaking innovation to the PC audience; more exciting details will follow. One of the most successful game franchises to date, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon titles have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide, and the first Ghost Recon remains one of the most successful Xbox Live™ games of all time.

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2 for PlayStation 2 will be a completely different game from the Xbox version, and the first title in the Tom Clancy franchise built exclusively from the ground up for PlayStation 2. Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio (creators of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® for PlayStation 2) is developing the PlayStation 2 game, while its Red Storm Entertainment development studio continues to focus on the Xbox and PC versions. Ghost Recon 2 for PlayStation 2 occurs four years before – and acts as a prequel to – the Xbox version. The game will be built on the Unreal engine (as opposed to the proprietary Ghost Recon engine used by Red Storm Entertainment) and will also use Havok physics, a rarity in PlayStation 2 games. Ghost Recon 2 for PlayStation 2 will also feature completely unique special effects, cinematic sequences, supporting characters, and online modes.

    “Ghost Recon enjoys some of the most dedicated fans in the industry, and we’re showing them some love – and challenging ourselves – by developing two totally different games for Xbox and PlayStation 2 this year,” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft’s North American division. “Whatever the platform, Ghost Recon 2’s single-player missions will immerse players in the war of tomorrow, and, like the original Ghost Recon’s award-winning multiplayer levels, the online portion will be second to none. PlayStation 2 gamers have extra cause to celebrate, as Ghost Recon 2 will be the only big military shooter for PlayStation 2 this year.”

    About Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2 for Next-Generation Consoles
    Both console versions of Ghost Recon 2 are set in North Korea – the PlayStation 2 version in the year 2007, and the Xbox version in the year 2011 – and will offer gamers an insider’s view of the way large-scale conflicts will be fought in the near future. Ghost Recon 2 will continue the tradition of intensity and realism associated with Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy brand, with an emotionally charged storyline, a completely redesigned graphics engine and the most intuitive gameplay to date, to fully immerse gamers into the chaos of a high tech war. The game will offer white-knuckle tension and explosive action as it puts players in command of an elite squad of U.S. Special Forces. In addition, the top-notch multiplayer action that gamers expect from Ubisoft will once again place Ghost Recon 2 at the top of online console and PC gaming and will make Ghost Recon 2 a must-have for all online gaming fans.

    Street Racing Syndicate Now Available
    Steve @ 3:33 AM EDT
    San Jose, Ca., (Aug. 31, 2004) – Get ready to trick out your ride and lay it all on the line… Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that Street Racing Syndicate (SRS ), one of the most realistic, high-speed multiplayer street racing games to date, has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxŇ videogame system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube.

    Fast cars. Hot cities. Hotter women. With 50 officially licensed damageable vehicles, hundreds of after market parts, roaming police cruisers, an in-game dyno that measures actual peak torque and horsepower in real-time and 18 of the import scene’s hottest female models SRS pushes the street racing scene to the limit.

    “We're in this because we love driving, tuning, and gaming. Simple as that,” said Robert Zalot, the producer of SRS. “We know the authentic street racing scene and we wanted to really deliver a game that lived it—the cars, the girls, the music, the flavor—the life…SRS.”

    SRS offers some of today’s hottest import rides including the Mitsubishi Evolution VIII, MAZDASPEED RX8, Mazda RX-7 Spirit R, Subaru Impreza S202, Toyota Supra, VW Golf VR6, Nissan 350Z, Nissan Skyline GT-R, and many more!

    Racers can battle head to head via split-screen, System Link, or even take it online with Xbox Live and risk the pink slip to their car for the chance to win their rivals’ cars permanently! Day or night, gamers can tear through live traffic against rival racers in actual locations based on L.A., Miami and Philly, or explore miles of open city streets between tuning and racing!

    Eighteen of the hottest models in the import scene grace the levels of SRS including Sasha Singleton, Francine Dee, Tila Nguyen, Courtney Day, Angelica Bridges, Flo Jalin and more. Accept Angelica’s challenge and you’ll find yourself trying to keep up with the one of the fastest Celica’s on the planet, or take on Sasha’s challenge and gain some respect points by blowing the competition away and getting to the finish line first. Win a challenge and the girls will not only see you in a whole new light, but you’ll unlock their special videos and they may even ride with you to the race.

    SRS’ driving and tuning realism has even been embraced by the automotive scene, with Import Tuner magazine recently saying, “…this game has become absolutely amazing. Simply put, it will trounce its competition.”

    SRS is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99. For more information about the game check out the SRS web site at http://www.srsgame.com

    Soundtrack for Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Announced
    Steve @ 3:22 AM EDT
    San Francisco, CALIFORNIA – August 30, 2004 – Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, today announced that innovative recording artist Amon Tobin is composing the original soundtrack for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™, scheduled to ship for PC and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft for Holiday 2004. Known for his vanguard production and composition work, Tobin uses an eclectic array of sounds, both electronic and organic, to create unique sonic landscapes, and excels at conjuring diverse and distinctive musical atmospheres that range from playful to menacing.

    “Music and sounds have always been an extremely important aspect of Splinter Cell games, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™ will use both in innovative ways that enhance the sense of immersion and directly affect gameplay,” said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. “Ubisoft always seeks out creative collaborators of the highest quality, and Amon Tobin’s moody, genre-bending, cutting-edge music is the perfect fit for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™.”

    Tobin’s original score will be heard throughout Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™; he and label Ninja Tune will also be releasing a companion soundtrack CD featuring extended and re-mastered versions of the themes from the game to coincide with the release of the game this year, with a limited collectors edition mixed in 5.1 surround sound planned for release in spring 2005.

    “It quickly became clear that Ubisoft was interested in music that completely intertwined with the overall fabric of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™ to an extent that has not been heard before in video games – the development team members are true perfectionists, and we labored meticulously over every aspect of the sound design,” said Tobin. “No concessions were made that would compromise the integrity of the soundtrack, and that’s rare in a project of this scale.”

    Official iTips DVD for T3: The Redemption Released
    Steve @ 3:11 AM EDT
    New York, NY - g-NET Media LLC and Atari, Inc. announce the release of the ultimate video game companion for Atari’s upcoming Terminator 3: The Redemption with the Official iTips DVD. The Official iTips DVD for Terminator 3: The Redemption provides the instruction, tips, and bonus content that will enable consumers to get the most out of the game, which is scheduled to hit retail shelves September 7, 2004.

    "The iTips product is the ultimate introduction to a new video game and g-NET’s most recent innovation in the DVD game guide market:," said David Getson, CEO of g-NET Media LLC. "The Terminator 3: The Redemption iTips equips gamers to dive as deeply as possible into the wild gameplay and excitement of this new game."

    ”We’re thrilled to offer Terminator fans a new tool that will enhance the experience of Terminator 3: The Redemption,” said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, of Atari. “Not only does the iTips add value to a great game, but it also makes sure that gamers get the most bang for their buck by sharing tips and tricks and taking them behind the scenes of the action.”

    Features of this limited edition iTips DVD include:

    The Terminator Story – An overview of the entire Terminator story, fully immersing players within the game’s universe and making them aware of all the stakes behind the thrilling gameplay.

    “I’m Back” – An eye-popping video showcase of some of the signature moves the T-850 pulls off in Terminator 3: The Redemption, set to a pounding in-game soundtrack.

    Targeting Tips – A video tutorial on the strategy for effectively aiming and controlling vehicles during the many harrowing driving and shooting moments of Terminator 3: The Redemption.

    Abilities & Attacks – A video review of the many hand-to-hand attack combos, the most efficient upgrade order, and other advanced fighting techniques.

    Enemies & Vehicles - A hint-filled gallery of all the enemies, vehicles, and ships included in the game (some of which are unique to the game and not in the movies).

    Level Rundown – A video synopsis of every level of the game and the type of gameplay presented in each.

    Concept Art & Renders – A chance for Terminator fans to discover all the reference material, concept art, and early renders of the models and designs used in the development of the game.

    And More DVD Content – Including the Terminator 3: The Redemption Trailer and a trailer for Atari’s upcoming game, Demon Stone

    The iTips DVD game companion is absolutely free for gamers buying Terminator 3: The Redemption at Gamestop and Electronics Boutique. The DVD content will also be available on-line for download from many different entertainment outlets covering the video game, movie, and music industries.

    We're Back
    Steve @ 2:13 AM EDT
    We are back, and regular updates will resume. We are sorry for any inconvenience last week. Things have been a little slow, but we have some new reviews coming this week. We are going to catch up on all the news from last week and get back to our regular updating.