A year ago, a distraught mother finally saw her son’s killer jailed, and she is still convinced that Rockstar’s game Manhunt is to blame. Ms. Pakeera is now outraged at Rockstar’s pending Bully game. Check out the screenshots and game info here and let us know what you think.
We have new screenshots of ‘The Movies’ for your viewing pleasure. Take a glance at these new shots and see what the graphics and some of the create menus looks like.
If you like puzzle games such as Bejewelled, then you will probably want to check out the free demo of Stonewall Interactive’s Celestial Mage available for Windows XP.
Celestial Mage is played on a chess-like 3-D board, the goal of which is to clear the board by rune stones into combinations of 3 or more; creating scrolls and casting spells to advance to the next round. Each rune stone and scroll however is limited in moves; increasing the challenge. Try to move your rune or scroll too far, and it turns grey, making it a lovely roadblock on your board. When three or more like runes are grouped, you can activate them using your mouse to create a scroll. The different colored runes create different spells with different effects, such as poison, heal, and ball of fire. Combining scrolls may make more powerful scrolls, worth even more points.
“We’re proud of our work on Celestial Mage” said Rocky Jalil, President and CEO of Stonewall Interactive. “My goal is to redefine gaming and push the limits of what can be done. I feel that the combination of ideas that formed Celestial Mage puts us on course to do that.”
The single player Time Attack game is the only one available for now, but I am anticipating trying out the full version.
So what do you do when a new line of next-gen consoles are about to come? You do what Foundation 9 is doing and jump on in.
Emeryville, CA – August 19, 2005 – Foundation 9 Entertainment, Inc., the largest independent developer in North America, announced today that it is officially moving into development for next-gen consoles in a number of its studios.
Already with a next-gen title based on the Dirty Harry franchise being developed by The Collective in Newport Beach, Foundation 9’s Backbone Emeryville studio is also working on an unannounced next-gen project, and Pipeworks and Backbone Vancouver are delving into next-gen development as well.
“We’re excited to be taking this step up to develop and deliver the highest quality titles for the next-gen consoles,” said Foundation 9 Co-President Douglas Hare. “We plan to carry our huge success on the current generation of consoles onto the next, creating great games based on licensed and original IP.”
In addition to these projects for next-gen consoles, the company is also hard at work on nearly 30 titles for all current platforms across its five major studios.
Both The Collective and Backbone Emeryville are currently in the middle of a large recruitment drive in response to the large number of projects in development.
Jason’s comments:I’d like to see The Collective do another Buffy the Vampire Slayer game – that would be amazing on one of the next-gen systems.
Do you want to bat every hand? Do you want to control the finances of your team? Matrix Games is getting ready to let you do that with PureSim Baseball 2005.
Staten Island, NY, August 18th, 2005 – Matrix Games (www.matrixgames.com) is pleased to announce that it has added an exciting new sports simulation, PureSim Baseball 2005 (www.puresim.com) to its growing line. PureSim Baseball 2005 is the ultimate baseball fan’s toy, with support for both casual and hardcore baseball fans and the ability to play out any season in baseball history. The Matrix Games release will be a new updated version, scheduled for late Summer, 2005.
David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said, “We believe PureSim Baseball is the best and most flexible simulation of baseball available to fans of the sport. Whether you want to be the manager, the owner or build a fantasy league with players from different time periods and watch them improve, age and retire, PureSim Baseball can do it all.”
PureSim Baseball 2005 allows you to choose how much you want to do. You can play out each at bat in every game or focus on the financial or statistical aspects. Creating a league can be as easy as a simple three step wizard and allows fictional or real players from any season since 1871 with PureSim’s integrated support for the free Lahman 2004 MLB player database. Career play allows you to keep going for as many seasons as you like. Multiplayer support is included, run an entire league with other players!
Shaun Sullivan, Designer and Developer of PureSim Baseball, stated, “It has always been my goal to introduce PureSim Baseball to as many gamers as possible. Matrix Games has a strong record with strategy and simulation games and I feel that the PureSim community will grow and be well supported thanks to this relationship.”
PureSim Baseball 2005 also allows detailed statistical analysis, allowing multiple replays for checking lineup combinations, a full almanac system and metrics, full player editor support and unattended simulation features. Every pitch is tracked, with reports such as Runs Created 27 (RC/27), Relative Batting Average, Pitching Runs, Park Factors, Defensive Independent Percentage, and more. Add-in support allows the creation of mods that plug directly into the game.
Jason’s comments:Complete control of a baseball team sounds great. Do I get to tell the players to take steroids? Can I make a player punch out a camera man for taking a picture?
Alienware’s hotly contested competition awards industry-leading ALX systems to
MIAMI, FL – August 18, 2005 – Alienware awarded Area-51 ALX and Aurora ALX systems, valued at over $6,000 each, to the two gamers with the highest-performing systems during the popular Alienware Performance Challenge at QuakeCon 2005. With ALX systems and other top Alienware prizes at stake, the Alienware Performance Challenge drew hundreds of gamers to have their systems benchmarked against the systems of other QuakeCon attendees.
Alienware, the only system manufacturer to sponsor QuakeCon 2005, separated competitors taking part in the Alienware Performance Challenge into three categories: single-GPU desktop, dual-GPU desktop, and notebook. In both desktop categories, AMD-based systems achieved the winning benchmark scores.
The winners and prizes in each category were:
– Single GPU – Amos Pe
Ok, so you have to wait until you find your old physics teacher’s phone number for the blue sky question, but Shannon “Vandemar” Drake has taken a look at the MMO industry, and evaluates where it is, and why the Far East is going to overtake it. You can read his editorial here.
We have new screenshots of Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species for your viewing pleasure.
Two exciting new features of the expansion pack include new animals and elevated paths for your zoo. Elevated paths really open up a lot of doors when building zoos. Now fans can make large pools for your crocs or hippos and create elevated paths to extend over the large body of water. Before fans might have had to divide the pool into two separate areas to make sure your guests had a good view.
Linda Curry, the lead designer at Blue Fang commented recently on the new animals and said, “We kept the endangered animals on that list and even some of the most popular non-endangered animals on that list (gray wolf, koala). I then charted the number of animals that are available for each biome, world location and at each fame level. I prioritized the number of animals that we needed for each biome and location to better balance the animals in the game. I then did a search for endangered and critically endangered animals from those biome/location combinations. We decided on the animals on that list that were the most well known or represented conservation success stories.”
Lions and Tigers and…Crested Gibbons? Oh my.