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Thursday, May 01, 2003 May Day

  

Day of Defeat 1.0

A bit later than planned, the Day of Defeat Website now offers a list of mirrors for the full version 1.0 Half-Life Day of Defeat client for Win32 and Linux. Each download is in the 170 MB range, and word is that old beta version 3.1 installations should be removed before installing the new release. This is the same version of the mod that will be in the upcoming retail boxed version of DoD.

Elite Force II Demo Tomorrow

Activision sends word that the demo for Star Trek: Elite Force II, Ritual's upcoming sci-fi shooter sequel, is code complete, and is expected to be released tomorrow. There is a preview of the demo on Ritualistic going into much detail about what to expect, some of which might be considered spoilers. The ETA for the release is about midday (Eastern Time), but as always, these things are subject to change.

Devastation Linux Client

Icculus has released the first beta Linux client for Devastation, Digitalo's Unreal-engine first-person shooter. Word is: "You need the retail disc, and a win32 system to install/patch the game before copying it to your Linux system. We're hoping to take win32 out of the equasion before the end of the beta, but you will definitely need a legal copy of the game and a valid CD key." A further note accompanying the 3D Gamers mirror of the file points out that the version of the Windows client that this seems to require is not actually out yet, which obviously limits its immediate usefulness should that actually be the case.

Call of Duty Q&A

The Call of Duty Q&A on GameSpot talks with Infinity Ward's Vince Zampella to learn more about the upcoming World War II combat franchise in the works at this developer comprised of much of the team behind Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. They discuss the single-player campaign, missions, the game's modified version of the Quake III engine, and much more. Included are two new screenshots. Here's a bit on the type of combat that will be featured: "Call of Duty is all about fighting as a group--it's not about one-man armies. Fighting alongside friendly soldiers--even friendly tanks en masse, in some missions--is the core theme for many missions. The scale is generally squad-level (small groups of four to eight tasked with a specific goal), but it does scale up to larger numbers depending on the mission at hand. There are a few missions where you will be without squadmates watching your back or helping you achieve objectives in a very real, tactical sense."

Elite Force II Trailer

This Star Trek Elite Force II Downloads Page now offers a new gameplay trailer from Ritual's upcoming sequel to Raven's Trekkie shooter. The mpeg-format file is 21 MB, and mirrors can be found on 3D Gamers, FileShack (registration required), Gamer's Hell, Happy Puppy (registration required), Tiscali Games, and Worthplaying.

Still More on UT2004?

Now that UT2004 rumors have begun floating around, French site Factornews has blabbed that they've had confirmation of this title for a couple of weeks now, offering a screenshot of the game's name on an Excel spreadsheet of Infogrames E3 appointments as their evidence.

Unreal II Demo

A demo for Unreal II: The Awakening is now available, offering a sampling of the single-player first-person shooter sequel created by Legend Entertainment. The content of the demo is the game's first mission "Sanctuary" (thanks Tiscali Games). The file is a 154 MB download, available on 3D Gamers, FilePlanet (registration required), Gamer's Hell, Happy Puppy (registration required), FileShack (registration required), and Worthplaying.

Vietcong SP Demo

A new single-player demo for Vietcong has been released, following up on the multiplayer demo for Illusion Softworks' Vietnam War shooter (story). The demo offers the game's "Crash In The Jungle" mission that features a chopper crash and a rescue mission. The 100 MB demo can be downloaded from 3D Gamers, FilePlanet (registration required), FileShack (registration required), Happy Puppy (registration required), Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Breed Trailer

A new movie trailer for Breed is now available, showing off some of Brat Designs' upcoming futuristic first- and third-person shooter. The trailer is a 31 MB download, which can be found on 3D Gamers, FilePlanet (registration required), FileShack (registration required), Gamer's Hell, Tiscali Games, and Worthplaying.

Public Enemy Server Fix

The Public Enemy Website now offers downloads of a fix for the Linux server for this Half-Life modification that prevents if from being locked up by malicious users. They are also now keeping a listing of servers that are running the mod.

More on UT2004?

A post on PlanetUnreal (thanks the_culture) has quotes from Epic concerning future plans for the Unreal Tournament franchise, which may or may not be inspired by the recent appearance of a UT2004 pre-order page (story). Either way it sounds like we'll be learning more about this all quite soon, as reflected in the quote from Steven Polge:

We'll be announcing what's happening next with Unreal Tournament at E3. Don't worry, any new UT related products shipping in the next 18 months will be compatible with UT2003, and so will serve to extend the life of the platform your mod is built on rather than replacing it.

And a follow up from Mark Rein:

If there were going to be a UT2004 it would be fully backward compatible with 2003 so mod makers wouldn't have to worry about that. But that's all I can say for now :)

More Consolidation

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes announced for GameCube on GameSpot offers news of the official title of the upcoming GameCube MGS game "currently in development at Silicon Knights, the development team behind Eternal Darkness." Word is: "Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes is scheduled for release later this year in North America, but it will be on display at E3." Also, the official press release confirming this morning's Colin McRae 04 report (story) is now available, saying: "Set to be the rally event of the year, Colin McRae Rally 04 is due to be published by Codemasters this November for PlayStation 2 and Xbox." Finally, the first screenshots of Counter-Strike on the Xbox are now available, showing off characters, gameplay, and a giant watermark. Update: Worthplaying has posted the non-watermarked versions of those shots.

Morning Previews

  • Chrome
    The Chrome Preview on ActionTrip offers hands-on impressions of Techland's upcoming first-person shooter: "Chrome is a tactical FPS game that takes place in the future during the colonization of the newly discovered solar system of Valkyria. The player is cast in the role of Logan - one of the finest highly-trained mercenaries of the 25th Century. He has a standing of four long years in the so-called Expedition Corps and another four in the SpecForce, making him the perfect candidate for the lead role." There is also another quick preview of the game on XGR and another longer one on GameAxis.
  • EVE
    The EVE Online: The Second Genesis Preview on Ferrago.co.uk is the latest look at CCP's upcoming outer-space MMORPG based on getting to participate in the beta test. Here's a bit: "The graphics are perhaps the most outstanding thing about the game. The screenshots show off how lovely the textures and models are, and how beautifully glowing the space that the developers have created is. To see them moving, and in high resolution on a reasonable computer at solid framerates, is something to behold."
  • PlanetSide
    The PlanetSide preview on Worthplaying and Gamers Europe's PlanetSide Preview offer the latest sets of impressions from the beta of SOE's upcoming MMOFPS.

World of Warcraft Beta Plans

The Night Elves have been revealed, a new race that will be playable in Blizzard's World of Warcraft, and a few screenshots are available to show them off. In further related news, a post to the World of Warcraft Forums (thanks Mystics Network) has word on plans for beta testing of the Warcraft-themed MMORPG:

The beta is expected to begin sometime in Q3 (Sometime between August and October). It will be done in stages. That is all the information we have at this time, please watch the World of Warcraft site for any news.

Galaxies Contracts?

No accompanying announcement has been made yet, but it's interesting to note that the official Star Wars Galaxies Website no longer mentions the planned console versions of the upcoming Star Wars MMORPG. This may be an innocent oversight, but up until recently, Xbox and PS2 logos adorned the site in addition to the PC-CD logo that remains. Thanks The International House of Mojo.

Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty Preview

There's a Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty Preview on GameSpy with impressions of IO Interactive's upcoming third-person combat game set in an alternate-history where Russia were the ones to drop the big one, having nuked Germany to bring World War II to a close. Along the way they describe how the game, previously known as The Battle for Liberty Island, will differ on both of its target platforms: "Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty is being developed as a single-player game for the PC, but console versions will have a four-player split-screen mode with virtually the same gameplay mechanics. The Xbox version is expected to have better graphics and textures."

Morning Q&As

  • BF1942 Secret Weapons
    HomeLan Fed's BF1942 Secret Weapons Q&A talks with Mikael Rudberg about development on the upcoming Secret Weapons expansion for Battlefield 1942. Along the way they discuss how they decided which of these secret weapons to feature: "Our thinking was that if the weapon were featured heavily in battle then it wouldn’t be some much of a 'secret weapon'. Of course, we found a lot and from there we looked at what each vehicle could add to the Battlefield experience. Every vehicle had to add a new dimension to Battlefield and not just be different."
  • Men of Valor: Vietnam
    The Men of Valor: Vietnam Q&A on GDXbox.com talks with Sierra producer Ross Perez about 2015's upcoming Unreal-engine shooter that will place the player in the steamy jungles of the Vietnam War.
  • Mythica
    The Mythica Q&A on PC.IGN.Com talks with Matthew Wilson, Joel Manners, and Hal Milton about Mythica, the upcoming Norse-themed MMORPG that will offer an enhanced single-player component.
  • Warhammer Online
    RPG Vault's Warhammer Online Q&A talks with Robin Dews about progress on bringing Games Workshop's tabletop fantasy game to computer systems as an MMOG.
  • Postal 2
    Boomtown's Postal 2 Q&A offers a Q&A with Running With Scissors' Vince Desi about their Postal sequel, talking about the comedic carnage it contains.
  • Damn Dirty Apes
    HomeLan Fed's Damn Dirty Apes Q&A chats with Graeme Laws of DarkmonthStudios about their recently announced cartoon-themed war game. In addition to the Q&A we have posted up some new local screenshots of the game.

Mac EQ Beta

Further supporting the crack analogy by offering the first hit for free, Westlake Interactive is now accepting entrants into the public beta testing of EverQuest for the Macintosh (thanks Loadedinc). The sign-ups are being accepted on Sony's EverQuest On The Mac Beta Site.

New NWN Linux Client

A new public beta of the Neverwinter Nights Linux Client is now available. In beta 5 server browsing and chat have still not been implemented, but the update does fix the problem of shadows and floor triggers not being visible with some graphics cards, adds a recommended SDL library, and provides improved handling of international characters. The file has been mirrored on 3D Gamers.

Morning Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

Consolidation

A translation of the German text on AreaXbox indicates that Valve is working on an Xbox version of Half-Life 2, but that details on this will not be released until after E3. Meanwhile, GameFaction is reporting that they have received some manner of confirmation that plans are in place for Colin McRae 4 for the PS2 and Xbox, and that more details should be forthcoming soon. Meantime, they have posted the first screenshots from the game.

Restaurant Empire Patches

A new version 1.14 patch for Restaurant Empire is now available, adding a couple of new features and addressing some bugs in this food services simulator. Thanks 3D Gamers, where there's a mirror of the English patches as well as the French patch found on this page.

Tech Bits

Game Guidance

The manual for the retail release of Day of Defeat is now available (thanks Unrealik) in your choice of English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish languages.

Game Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Oh joy! MrsBlue came home yesterday with a favorite harbinger of the warmer months: Girl Scout cookies! Our silly Samoa experimentation behind us (apologies to John Cash), we are again fully in Thin Mint mode. I think we're going to have to start buying a couple of extra boxes a year though, as every year there seem to be one or two fewer cookies in each box... I'm concerned it won't be long before they are selling these individually.

Stories of the Day: Eat Your Words - A guide to Menu English. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Wild Science: Live Worms Found in Shuttle Debris. Thanks Ant.
Weird Science: Boy 'pregnant' with twin brother. Thanks Laughing Jesus.
Auction of the Day: Custom AMD Opteron Gibson Guitar. Thanks SlayerAODsk.



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