new Counter-Strike: Condition Zero preview on CS-Nation
that includes word
of yet another developer(!) on the upcoming Counter-Strike game, as Turtle
) is now at work on the project. According to the article, some of the
content from Ritual (who assumed the reigns of the project from Gearbox earlier in
this soap opera) was not equal to expectations, so Valve has turned things over
to this small start-up, comprised of four former Westwood/EA Pacific employees,
headed by Mike Booth (Nox). Here's a bit more on this:
Although you will
still find some of the Ritual missions in the game, the meat of CS: Condition
Zero is a new mode programmed by Turtle Rock Studios. Twelve Ritual missions
will be in a section of the game called "Deleted Scenes." These
missions were the best of the 20 or so that Ritual developed. But the new game
mode that will comprise most of Condition Zero is a Tony Hawk Pro
Skater-like challenge mode.
Codemasters Dragon Empires Developer Diary
features a description of the
monster creation process for Dragon Empires
, Codemasters' upcoming
MMORPG, including a new piece of concept art. Also, RPG
Vault's Riftrunner Peek of the Week #9
is online, with a look at the
character creation process in Riftrunner
, courtesy of Larian Studios'
application frameworks programmer Ike Casteleyn. The Railroad
Tycoon 3 Diary on IGN
is online, in which "PopTop pops off about
creating the interface" in Railroad Tycoon 3
, their upcoming train
mogul simulator. Meanwhile there's a mini diary on the official
for Middle-Earth Online
). Finally, RPG
Vault's Mimesis Online v1.5 Report, Part 6
looks at the major update in the
works for Mimesis Online
, Tannhauser Gate's MMORPG, as Piotr Krzywonosiuk
explains how the revised Guild system will operate.
- Contract J.A.C.K.
Vault's Contract J.A.C.K. Q&A is their chat with Craig Hubbard of
Monolith about their upcoming NOLF 2 prequel that takes the player out of
H.A.R.M.'s way and directly into H.A.R.M. The conversation covers all the
basics in introducing the project.
- TRIBES Vengeance
Vengeance Q&A on GameSpot talks with Irrational Games' Michael
Johnston and VU Games' Alex "Marweas" Rodberg about the upcoming
shooter sequel. They have also posted a
new gameplay movie (registration required). Thanks Frans.
- Star Wars KOTOR
The Star Wars KOTOR Q&As on PC
Gameworld and Computer
and Video Games each discuss progress on the upcoming PC version of
Knights of the old Republic, the force-wielding RPG. Thanks HomeLan Fed.
- Railroad Tycoon 3
There's a Railroad Tycoon 3 Q&A on Worthplaying
that the developers of the upcoming train management game conducted with
themselves and sent around to fill in some details about the project.
- Lords of EQ Voices
Lords And Ladies Of EverQuest on GameSpy.com is their Q&A with some
of the actors lending their voice talents to the upcoming EQ RTS game.
- NASCAR Thunder
There's an in-house Q&A on the EA
Sports Website talking with Scott Stutsman, producer on NASCAR Thunder
2004. Thanks Frans.
(direct link) features a new patch for John Madden Football 2004.
Also, the Vivendi
Universal Games Forums
offers a patch for NASCAR Racing 2003 Season to fix a
"securom issue." Finally, a new version 5.21 German Yager patch is up
- BREED on Loadedinc.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth on ActionTrip.
- Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne on GameSpot.
- Richard Burns Rally (part two) on Computer
and Video Games. More on Dick Burns. Thanks Frans.
- Secret Weapons Over Normandy on IGN.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on IGN.
Version 0.26 of Quake II
is now available, offering significant changes to id's first-person
shooter, where every effect in the game has been replaced, mod support is
enhanced, shader support is improved, speed optimizations, and more.
LAN War 20 Wrap-up
recaps the festivities at this LAN extravaganza
that boasted more than 500 attendees. Thanks Kazmont|OSLT.
There's a Lionheart
Walkthrough on GameBanshee
to offer assistance to those stuck in Reflexive's
alternate-history RPG, pointing the way to quest steps, magic items, experience
opportunities, major enemies, vendors, traps, and more.
from Epic Games' Mark Rein
and Beyond Unreal
) has word
to expect the release of a non-gaming version of the Unreal engine in the coming
months that can be freely used for non-commercial projects.
HomeLAN Fed's Organised
chats with Jelmer Boskma, project leader on this
upcoming Unreal Tournament 2003 modification that is set in the early days of
organi(z)ed crime of the 1930s Mafia.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
rocked... and this is coming from someone who is not
familiar enough with most of the martial arts movies to which it pays homage.
Sure enough, a consult with my buddy Abraxas, a martial arts movie maven, shows
that the appeal for fans of the genre is even more extreme. Great stuff...
basically like Fox Force Five
without any vaudeville jokes.