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Friday, Jun 10, 2005

Battlefield 2 Demo Dedicated Win32 Server

The Battlefield 2 Demo dedicated server for Windows is now available, offering the chance for server operators to run their own theater in the modern combat shooter sample. The Windows server was to be accompanied by a Linux server, but there was some sort of glitch with that, so it's now expected next week. The 38 MB download is available on the EA Games Website, and mirrored on 3D Gamers, Computer Games (Romania),, Gameguru Mania, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Boiling Point Euro Patch

A new Boiling Point: Road to Hell European patch is now available, updating Deep Shadows' first-person shooter/RPG to version 1.1. The update addresses a handful of bugs and other issues. The 73 MB download is available on this pop-up on the Atari UK Boiling Point Page and mirrored on 3D Gamers, FileFront, Gameguru Mania, and Worthplaying.

Battlefield 2 Demo

As promised, the Battlefield 2 demo is now available for download, offering the chance to sample the military shooter sequel from Digital Illusions (DICE). The demo offers the Gulf of Oman map, 16-player single player, and 16 and 32-player multiplayer support. The 547 MB download has debuted on GameSpot. The demo is now mirrored on 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, (Germany), ActionTrip, Battlefield 2 Files, Boomtown (registration required), Computer Games (Romania),, (Germany), Filecloud (registration required), FileFront. Filerush (torrent), FileShack (registration required),,, GameDaily, Gameguru Mania, Gamer's Hell, Gaming4All (Germany), and Worthplaying.

BF2 Community Update - ATI Demo Note

A timely new Battlefield 2 Community Update (thanks Frans) has details on creating a BF2 account and the game's Battlerecorder function, as well as a demo note:
ATI Cards and Battlefield 2 Demo
In testing the demo, EA has encountered some visual issues on certain ATI cards with the previous Catalyst drivers (5.5) and are working with yesterday's 5.6 release to discover if the issue is resolved. If in playing the Battlefield 2 demo you encounter texture corruption of any kind, we recommend rolling back to the Catalyst 5.1 drivers. ATI is aware of this issue and is working to resolve it.

BF2 Demo Within the Hour

A post to the GameSpot Forums by GameSpot's Sam Parker made just minutes ago (thanks Frans) states the Battlefield 2 demo has been finalized by EA and "It'll be up in the next hour or less."

Free Raven Shield Expansion

The Rainbow Six Website has word on the free release of Iron Wrath, the second mission pack for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. At this point the file is only being made available on FilePlanet (registration required). Update: The download is now also mirrored on 3D Gamers.

Chaos League: Sudden Death English Demo

A Chaos League: Sudden Death English demo is now available, following yesterday's release of the French demo for Cyanide's upcoming fantasy-themed sports game expansion. This version offers the same content as the French version, without requiring any understanding of French. The 344 MB download is available on the Chaos League Website and mirrored on 3D Gamers, Boomtown (registration required), FileFront, Gamer's Hell, and Worthplaying.

Game Movies

  • Auto Assault
    A new Auto Assault movie is now available, showing off gameplay from NetDevil's upcoming road rage MMORPG, accompanied by commentary from designer Scott Brown. The download can be founds on 3D Gamers, FileFront, MMOG Info, and Prodigious Gaming.
  • WOFOR: War on Terror
    A trailer from WOFOR: War on Terror is now available, showing off this upcoming RTS game in the works at Digital Reality. The movie is now available on GameStar Online (thanks Tiscali Games) and mirrored on 3D Gamers, and FileFront.
  • EverQuest II: Desert of Flames
    This page on the EverQuest II Website now offers downloads of the EverQuest II: Desert of Flames E3 movies. Word is: "With voice-over from Senior Producer, Scott Hartsman, this movie shows off several of the expansion’s new features including arena champions PvP, climbable surfaces, new zones, monsters and more!"
  • Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
    The downloads page on the Lead Pursuit Website now offers a new Falcon 4.0: Allied Force gameplay movie. Thanks Frans.

Morning Previews

Flashpoint Germany Patch

Matrix Games announces the release of a new patch for Flashpoint: Germany (direct link), updating the cold war tactics game to version 1.03. Word is: "This new update includes over forty enhancements to the AI, new sudden death options and rules, improved artillery supply calculations, many map visualization improvements including new overlays, new movement path and fire arrows, a main screen victory bar, improved reporting and faster animations. Over a dozen additional bug fixes make this the definitive new version of Flashpoint Germany."

Morning Screenshots

The Mod Squads

  • Version 1.1 of the DeGeneration modification for Return to Castle Wolfenstein is now available: "You're going to find that DeGeneration introduces, not only a completely new original gameplay designed to emphasize teamplay and strategy, but it brings other game styles to RTCW such as Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. Along with these new types of play there are new features, new weapons and a great amount of enhancements for players, server admins, and mappers alike."
  • A new version 1.6 of the AirBuccaneers UT2004 Mod is now available. Word is: "This release contains two new battleship-only duel maps which have been designed especially for LAN-games, enabling battles between 4 battleships with full crews. Also some essential bugfixes and balance tweaks have been done."


Op Ed

Friday Game Reviews

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