After serving its sentence as an exclusive subscriber-only release, the demo
version of Midnight Club II is now being freely distributed, offering more folks
the chance to check out Rockstar's street racing sequel. The demo is a 168 MB
download, which can be found on 3D Gamers
(registration required), FileShack
(registration required), Gamer's
(registration required), and
Bust out the large popcorn... The promised flood of Half-Life 2 media continues,
with the latest movie, called Kleiner's Lab, available for download before the Steam
version. The 82 MB movie has shown up on FilePlanet
(registration required), with mirrors now also available from 3D Gamers
, and Worthplaying
new Lock On: Modern Air Combat trailer can be found on 3D Gamers
A new Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds Teaser has been
released, and can be found on FilePlanet
(registration required), mirrored on Worthplaying
Dragon Empires Website
now offers a new cinematic movie from Codemasters'
upcoming fantasy MMORPG, mirrored on 3D Gamers
The Phobos Lab
has a post up
with John Carmack's response to their question about the minimum system
requirements to run id Software's upcoming DOOM 3 (thanks Tiscali Games
). Here's the
GF1 or Radeon 7xxx series card
Nival Interactive sends word that they are now accepting applications for "open" (meaning closed) beta testing of Etherlords II, their upcoming RPG/strategy hybrid sequel. Here's
Moscow, Russia. July 16, 2003 — Nival Interactive is pleased
to announce that we are now accepting applications for an open beta test of our
upcoming adventure-RPG with tactical card based combat Etherlords II. The beta
test will be focused on the game’s new multiplayer modes and auto rating
Registration is open to all gamers who are interested in helping us ensure that
Etherlords II offers one of the best online magic combat experiences possible.
Beta Testers will be chosen based on their application information, with the
ability to play online being the most important consideration. The application
can be found at www.etherlords.com in
the Beta Testers section.
Project Three Interactive has released new patches for New World Order to update
various previous versions of Termite Games' first-person shooter to version
1.42. In addition to bug fixes, the update adds tracers, multiplayer
improvements, an enhanced HUD, and more. The download can be found on
, while more info can be found here
The updates have been mirrored on 3D Gamers
Buena Vista Interactive's TRON 2.0 Goes Gold, Celebrating 21 Years of TRON
) is the press release announcing that Monolith's first-person
shooter follow-up to the science fiction flick is complete, although the game
will not be available until August 26. Here's a bit: "Developed by
critically acclaimed Monolith Productions, TRON 2.0 is an action-packed
story-driven game that takes place in present day, approximately 20 years after
the events of the film. Playing as Jet Bradley, son of ENCOM programmer Alan
Bradley from the TRON film, gamers are digitized into cyberspace and will race
on light cycles, battle corruption both inside and outside of the computer
world, and explore locations including the Internet Hub, Firewall, Corrupted
Server and Light Cycle Game Grid."
1.7 for the Mac is now available, once again "for sale" via the Akamai
download whatsis. The file is also more freely available from 3D Gamers
and Mac Game Files
Ubi Soft FTP link
offers downloads of a QuickTime
movie showing off 40
seconds of gameplay from Prince of Persia: The Sands of time. Mirrors can be
found on 3D Gamers
and GZ Downloads
The official XIII Website
has launched (I should have mentioned this yesterday) replacing the previous
teaser for the upcoming cel-shaded shooter in the works at Ubi Soft.
Also, the official Sphere
Website is online
), dedicate to Nival Interactive's upcoming medieval-themed MMORPG. Finally, a
new Magic: The Gathering - Battle Grounds
is online, which includes three new low-rez shots. Thanks
Beta 2 of the Colin
McRae Rally 3 - Multiplayer Manager
has been released, which hacks in
limited LAN support in the racing game, though it's admittedly not intuitive,
and does not provide niceties like cheat protection.
The "first final version" of the Niflheim - Souls Feast
modification for Quake III Arena is now available. The mod offers single- and
multiplayer support, includes six new maps, a total of 80 weapons, and more.
The Inferno Pages
offer the release of the Inferno fan-made campaign for Freespace 2. Among other
things, the mod adds 140 new space ships.
offers details on this
year's session that looks to play matchmaker between game developers and
publishers. Applying is free, and the action will take place at the Austin Game Conference
September 11-12 of this year. Also, PCAuthority
reports: "Windows 2000 SP4 kills 3ds max files," relating a warning
Games regretfully announces that the eagerly awaited next chapter in the
Space Empires saga, Space Empires: Starfury, will be delayed until early
autumn. Gold status is currently projected as September 1st , and the
five-dollar pre-release discount will now extend until July 31st."...
- "Global Star Software currently plans to release Mall Tycoon 2 in the
fall of 2003, just in time to double your shopping pleasure for
Christmas." You have been warned...
- How to buy a piece of Star Wars.
Thanks Mike Martinez...
I had an adventure last night finding a previously never-visited (by us) train
station after MrsBlue capped off a late night in the city by sleeping past her
stop. I had one doozy of an adventure many years ago when I did the same thing
myself on a subway ride... I think everyone who has ever commuted probably has
one such story, a failure of the so-called "commuter's instinct" that
usually wakes one before this happens. I also think many folks never repeat the
experience, as the fear of reliving the trauma is enough to prevent it. I'm
guessing this will be the case with MrsBlue, as she didn't seem to be able to
find any amusement in this at all.