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Tuesday, Oct 05, 2004

New Shade Demo

A second demo is now available for Shade: Wrath of Angels, offering an updates sample of this horror game from Black Element Software. The version 1.01 demo features the Burning Town level and the Temple of Sith level, and the 86 MB download is available on the Cenega Publishing Website and mirrored on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Ships Ahoy - Law & Order: Justice is Served

Law & Order Justice is Served PC Game Ships to Retail Outlets Nationwide is the press release announcing the U.S. availability of the new installment in the series of games based on the smash-hit television series. Here's a bit: "First, players will begin as part of the investigators alongside Detectives Lennie Briscoe (Orbach) and Ed Green (Martin) having to gather and analyze evidence, solve puzzles, and interrogate witnesses. Then, players move to the courtroom and assume the role of Assistant District Attorney. With the help of A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn (Röhm), players must build a case against the defendant and convince the jury to return a guilty verdict. Tennis personality Patrick McEnroe makes a cameo appearance in Law & Order: Justice is Served, and is featured as himself."

VU Sells Knowledge Adventure

Vivendi Universal Games announces they've divested themselves of the Knowledge Adventure division:
LOS ANGELES (October 5, 2004) – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the sale of its Knowledge Adventure educational software business, including its titles JumpStart, Mathblaster and others, to Knowledge Holdings, Inc., a company formed by Azure Capital Partners and Telesoft Partners, two Bay Area venture capital firms. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

VU Games will continue global sales and distribution responsibilities for Knowledge Adventure titles.

Gold - Pitfall: The Lost Expedition

Aspyr announces the completion of the PC version of Pitfall: The Lost Expedition, the latest installment in the highly diggable adventures of Pitfall Harry:
Pitfall®: The Lost Expedition™(PC) has gone gold and will begin shipping Monday, October 11, arriving in stores nationwide by October 16. Players travel deep inside the perilous South American Jungle to take on the role of the athletic and adventurous Pitfall Harry. While racing through a vast landscape of forests, ancient ruins and subterranean mines, you have to learn quickly how to discern friend from foe in this dynamic obstacle-filled world. Some jungle plants are toxic, some jungle creatures will help you, and not all monkeys are cute and harmless. Pitfall®: The Lost Expedition™ requires Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, 800MHz Pentium III or better, 256MB RAM, 1.2GB free disk space, ATI Radeon 7500/nVidia GeForce 2 or better, 32MB of VRAM, 8X CD-ROM, and DirectX 9.0c or higher.

TRIBES: Vengeance Patch

The first TRIBES: Vengeance patch is now available, updating the latest installment in the multiplayer shooter series to version 1.01, a full day in advance of the game's planned availability (story). The 2 MB patch is accompanied by the following simple explanation: "This file updates the English language version of Tribes®: Vengeance to version 1.01. It includes general updates and is required for online play." The download can be found on this Sierra Entertainment Downloads Page and mirrored on 3D Gamers, ActionTrip, Boomtown (registration required), FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Survivor Announced

Replay Studios unveils plans for a "reality gaming" project titled Survivor:
German game development Studio, Replay Studios, located in Hamburg announces 3rd person action game Survivor. Survivor will be developed for all systems, PC and consoles. The Game establishes the all new genre Reality Gaming.

SURVIVOR is a 3rd-person Disaster Survival Game with highly interactive locations, based on famous, authentic-historical disaster scenarios. In independent game episodes, the player will experience some of the most dramatic disasters of the 20 - 21st century. The original single player game concept has never been seen before. We call this unique genre REALITY GAMING. Anyone who likes to know how it feels like being aboard the Titanic after she has hit the iceberg, could go for a try.

Survivor offers GTA like player freedom game play mechanics that forces the player to participate in the most dramatic and well known disaster scenarios: sinking of the Titanic, Hurricane Andrew, 9/11, Hiroshima and the giant earthquake in Mexico in 1985. While many subquests must be fulfilled within the disaster scenarios, the main goal of the game is always pure survival.

For more information, screenshots, concept art, logos, a downloadable game concept document and a web forum please refer to

HD & Mithis' Mystery Game

Publisher HD Interactive and developer Mithis announce plans to team-up on another upcoming game, following the completion of their first collaboration, Nexus: The Jupiter Incident. Not even a title is available among the scant information they are revealing at this time, all they are willing to say is that this is an RTS game that will employ "all the key personnel and creators of 'Codename: Panzers - Phase One'." The game is slated for a Q2 2006 release. Word is to expect more details soon.

UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?

A post on (thanks Stoo) reports they've received indications from U.K. retailers that the Half-Life 2 will be released in the U.K. on DVD only. They don't have word on the remainder of Europe, though they point out and that the Far Cry CD edition was not sold across the pond either.

Morning Q&As

  • Dungeon Siege II
    The Dungeon Siege II Q&A on GameSpot talks with lead designer Kevin Lambert about Gas Powered Games' action/RPG sequel: "The biggest lesson we learned was that players who enjoyed playing Dungeon Siege and Legends of Aranna were still craving a deeper experience. And that's exactly what we're delivering for Dungeon Siege II, in the form of an overhauled story and quest system, character skill trees, powers, pets, enchantable items, and much more."
  • Evil Genius's Evil Genius Q&A talks with Elixir's Demis Hassabis about their villain simulation: "In fact, believe it or not, I've never actually played Dungeon Keeper! Of course I was there when it was being concepted, because that was before I left for university - it was straight after Theme Park - and it was a fantastic idea. But beyond the idea of actually allowing you to play the bad guy, and that being a clearly compelling thing to let the player do, that's about it as far as influence goes."
  • Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivions
    HomeLAN Fed's Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion Q&A talks with Frank Lucero, producer on Wolfpack's upcoming MMORPG expansion: "Our goal with the Vampire race was to create a new kind of gameplay experience that just wasn't a rehash of some existing race with some stats juggled. As such, Vampires have some unique strengths but some unique weaknesses as well. First and foremost, all of a Vampire's spells and abilities will cost just health - mana and stamina will be near useless for them. Vampires only have one resource to manage, but using their powers too quickly may leave them weak and exposed."
  • Galactic Civilizations 2
    HomeLAN Fed's Galactic Civilizations 2 Q&A talks with Stardock's Brad Wardell about plans for a sequel to their space strategy game: "Unlike the original, Galactic Civilizations II will have a campaign in it and it won't be strictly linear -- you will be able to fail missions and go on and play alternative missions instead. But this way, we'll be able to tell our story. At the same time, players will still be able to play skirmishes like they did in the first one if they like."
  • Pirates Of The XXI Century
    The Pirates of the XXI Century Q&A talks with Michael Zinchenko of DIOsoft Company about their upcoming FPS: "Three playable sides fully expose the story – player chooses to play either as expressly positive American navy seals, malicious but freedom-loving modern pirates or crafty fighters of Hong-Kong Triads. Clear-cut storyline is combined with opportunity to turn about and just have lots of time enjoying yourself. But, by the way – three sides mean three storylines."
  • Meqon
    TotalVideoGames' Meqon Q&A talks with Marcus Lysén, one of the folks behind the physics in Duke Nukem Forever: "I am as excited as you are to see what 3D Realms can come up with for Duke, but I actually don't know much about it yet. What I do know is that with our technology, combined with their visions, just about anything can be created. The flexibility of our API is perfect for a team as innovative and creative as 3D Realms."
  • CGW
    The Armchair Empire's Jeff Green Q&A is the fifth in this infinite-part series talking with the Editor-in-Chief at Computer Gaming World.


There's an Axis & Allies Developer Chat on GameSpyArcade slated for this evening at 8:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. PDT) to discuss the upcoming wargame. Also, the Shadowbane Team will be participating in a house of commons hosted by Stratics. It will be at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 7, in the #StraticsHoC channel on Stratics IRC. Finally, Thursday will see a chat session on Coldfront GuildWars at 8:00 p.m. EDT, though the attendees will be alpha testers for the upcoming MMORPG, rather than the developers.

Morning Preview

Tales of Eternia Online

Tales of Eternia Online hits PC next year on GameSpot describes plans to launch an online PC RPG based on the original Tales of Eternia series of console RPGs. The game is set to launch in Japan next year, and there are plans to bring the game to other Asian territories, though there is no plan at this point to bring the game to North America.

Morning Screenshots

Help Wanted

The NetDevil Employment Opportunities Page outlines a new position the developer is looking to fill for a Lead Content Designer to work on Auto Assault, their upcoming road rage MMORPG.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


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