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E3 2002 Previews

TimeSplitters 2 Coming to Xbox and GC

The FPS generating a ton of buzz on console systems these days is TimeSplitters 2, which promises to be a very good game. Eidos has recently announced the title will appear on all three next-gen systems, making everyone smile. Check out our original preview of TimeSplitters 2 for even more new screens.

Ubi Soft to Bring Sum of All Fears to PC

Ubi Soft will bring the movie and Tom Clancy novel, The Sum of All Fears, to PCs around the globe. The game will be in the same vein as Rogue Spear and Rainbow Six. Click for more.

Rollercoaster Tycoon II Coming Soon

Infogrames has announced that Rollercoaster Tycoon II will be coming soon to videogame stores and local Wal-Marts. We know, you can hardly wait. Neither can we. Click, click!

Rygar Returns to the PS2

Tecmo has announced that they will release Rygar: The Legendary Adventure for the PS2. They say a little bit more about the game, too, which brings back the wildly popular NES character and, presumably, his killer yo-yo thing. Sweet!

TDK Mediactive Secures Muppets License

TDK Mediactive is planning a set of games using their newly acquired Muppets License. Fans of the Muppets (and who isn't) may begin holding their breath now... Click here.

Ubi Soft Unveils Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Ubi Soft has just announced the development of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, which brings you into the would of counter terrorism (just like that guy on 24). We'll bring back more info about this game from E3. In the meantime, read this.

Enix Announces Two for 2002

Fans of Japanese import titles love Enix, the kind folks who brought you the Dragon Warrior series in the US. This year, Enix will bring out two new games. Robot Alchemic Drive features giant robots and lots of destruction. Sounds fun. And Grandia Xtreme, developed by the fine people at Game Arts, promises to be just as amazing as the last couple installments of the series. Click here for all the dirt on these games.

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Coming to Xbox

Codemasters is bringing their best selling military PC title to the Xbox. Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis will hit the Xbox this winter, and it will feature a whole extra campaign called Resistance. Fans of modern warfare might want to pre-order. Click here for a full briefing.

The Getaway Creates Cinematic Experience on PS2

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has been quietly hacking away at The Getaway since 1999. That's the story at least. The game features a completely realistic rendering of over 30 square miles of London and promises to deliver creative, cinematic gameplay (it sounds a lot like GTA3 meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). We'll definitely keep our eyes peeled for this one at E3 this year. In the meantime, check out this article.

Everquest Online Adventures Coming to PS2

Sony Online Entertainment has officially thrown their hat into the PS2 ring. Everquest Online Adventures will open a whole new realm of online-only addictive gameplay to PS2 owners. Click here for the whole story.

E3 2001 Coverage

Best PC Games of E3 2001

Better late than never, we always say, and after almost a month of playing demos and wading through press kits and getting over our first-impression infatuations, we're ready to announce our Best PC Games of E3. We're not including some very good games that are a long way off (like SW Galaxies) or coming out right away (like Arcanum)--and most of these will be around for Christmas. Better start making out that gift list now.
Warcraft III E3 Preview (PC)
w3_8.jpg (7848 bytes)We're still reeling from E3, and one of the titles that spun us around the most was Blizzard's Warcraft III. It looks real good, and it's got four playable races, heroes, and a 3D engine. More than anything, though, it looks to have a great story, compelling gameplay, and that inimitable Blizzard touch.

LucasArts PC Games at E3 

Tucked away on the second floor of West Hall in room 518, LucasArts allowed access to the limited (and lucky) few with appointments made well before the E3 madness.  Check out previews of Star Wars Galactic Battleground, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II.  But wait, there's more!  Here's five exclusive screenshots from Jedi Knight II--focus the Force this way, young Jedi!

Sarah's E3 2001 Photo Diary

Sarah has compiled her thoughts and images into a little essay for you all. Check out Sarah's E3 2001 Photo Diary for a unique view of the world's biggest videogame extravaganza. Sarah's got her usual crop of celebs, gamers, and great scenery.  Get your eye candy here.

Matt's E3 RPG Roundup

While the rest of the GF! staff enjoyed sampling a variety of different games at E3, resident RPG expert Matt spent all his time digging dirt on upcoming RPGs. That, and hanging out in the GoD lot. Read on for his takes on some of this year's biggest role-playing games, including the much-awaited Diablo II and Baldur's Gate II expansions, the excellent steampunk/fantasy hybrid Arcanum, and the mysterious Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
AquaNox E3 Preview
It's only fitting that a company named Fishtank would come up with a game like Aquanox, one fine-looking underwater shooter. It combines stellar graphics with fast-paced action, and that and the free gummi sharks have got Greg really excited about this one.  

Microsoft PC at E3

While the Xbox certainly took center stage at this year's E3, Microsoft also displayed an impressive collection of new PC titles. We'll soon be posting previews of Age of Mythology, Dungeon Siege, Mechcommander 2, and Sigma. We've got the AoM preview up right now, so click here to take a long hard look at the future (and mythological past) of the legendary AoE series.  
Sarah's E3 2001 Picks
It's become a staple at GF! -- Sarah runs down her top picks for interesting, exciting, and innovative console games coming out over the next year. This year she tackles GameCube, PS2, and Xbox, and our previews of these games are better than ever. Check out Sarah's E3 2001 Picks. Click-click, Hombre.
Run Like Hell (RLH) Preview (PS2)
What would a year of gaming be without some action horror titles? Crappy, that's what it would be like. Run Like Hell (aka RLH) is one of Interplay's new console titles, and it is looking really scary. What's most scary is just how innovative and interesting this game is. This ain't your daddy's survival horror. Click here if you can take it.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Preview (PS2)
BGDA004_lg-01.jpg (8215 bytes)The beloved PC RPG series makes a leap to the PlayStation 2 this Fall. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is not a port of one of the PC titles, and it's not just Gauntlet. It's a great new action RPG based on 3rd Edition AD&D rules that might bring a breath of fresh air into the stagnant console RPG genre. Get your quests here.
Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn Preview (PS2)
TDK Mediactive is bringing us a great adventure game for all ages. Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn will have you questing all over a huge world in order to save the inhabitants from evil and destruction. Fantasy action, a great story, and compelling gameplay should make this a hit. Click here.
Smugglers Run 2: Hostile Territory Preview (PS2)
Definitely not a "wholesome" title, but a hell of a lot of fun, Smugglers Run 2: Hostile Territory is looking like a more than suitable heir to the SR throne. Haul contraband all over the world, through war zones and populated villages, in order to hook up the connection. Banditos click here.

E3 Photo Blowout!

What a long, strange trip it was--at this year's E3 Al shot announcements, demos, CEOs, booth babes (of course!), and even a few photos of the GF! staff.  In fact, we've put together a gallery of over 60 images documenting the fanfare, all in a nice, easy format that will make your surfing experience a pleasure.  Come on in and take a gander at the visual splendor that defines E3 2001...
State of Emergency Preview (PS2)
Rockstar really threw us for a loop this year with the debut of their new title, State of Emergency. Best described as a "riot" game, this title will have you looting, shooting, bashing, and breaking everything in sight, along with about 100 of your closest NPC friends. Sound incredible? It is. Click here for anarchy!
THQ Unleashes Xbox Frenzy
THQ has been hard at work prepping for the Xbox. WWF Raw is War is a launch title, and brings wrestling games to a whole new level. Dark Summit will (hopefully) usurp SSX as the best fantasy snowboarding title. And New Legends brings a mixture of Shadowrun and Dynasty Warriors to the Xbox.
MX 2002 Preview (PS2)
Get that laundry detergent is ready, because you'll get dirty playing MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael. With even more pros, ultra-realistic tracks, and pretty, pretty visuals, this ain't your momma's motocross game. Check it out this June on PS2.  Click here.
Devil May Cry Preview (PS2)
From the creators of Resident Evil and Onimusha comes Devil May Cry, a game so intense and beautiful that you just might cry, too. With an incredibly high "cool" factor, you'll weild kitanas and John Woo style pistols as you take out the dark lords of the underworld. Spooky stuff this way.

Sega's Xbox Lineup

Sega is all set to release two Xbox titles this year. To coincide with the launch is Gun Valkyrie, a way-cool action/shooter that not only has big monsters and cool guns, but jetpacks, too. Due this winter is Jet Set Radio Future, the sequel to Jet Grind Radio. It's a lot like the first, but with more tricks and much more astounding visuals. Lock and Load or Tag It Up, holmes.
Dreamcast Still Kickin'
The Dreamcast should see about 30 titles released in the next year. Two big hits will undoubtedly be Crazy Taxi, the wacky cab simulator with a huge cult following, and Shenmue II, the compressed ending to the epic tale of revenge. Both games are looking really pretty and sport great new gameplay elements.
Monkey Ball Preview (GC)
Sega is bringing us what looks like another really addictive puzzle game called Monkey Ball. I know, what else could I possible say to make it sound any better? How about this: There are MONKEYS. And they're in BALLS. Roll it up.
Sega Rolls Out the GBA Titles
Rounding out Sega Day here at GF! is a better look at the two GBA titles they're releasing. Chu Chu Rocket! (note the exclamation mark) is an enhanced version of the DC game. That's right -- it's bigger, better, and even more fun. Sonic Advance will come out this November, and brings back the classic, and speedy, gameplay of the Genesis versions. 
Game Boy Advance Onslaught I 
The GBA is going to be a big deal. This is the handheld that will make handheld consoles seem like a good idea. The Game Boy Advance is really sweet. Also, check out these launch titles: Hot Potato! is a cool puzzler. Fire Pro Wrestling packs tons of characters and moves. And action fans should dig Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure. Check them all out.
Game Boy Advance Onslaught II 
Don't think GBA releases will taper off towards fall. With a schedule of over 60 titles due by the end of the year, we've got some early looks at a few of the most promising. Ecks vs. Sever is a Perfect Dark style FPS game that looks great. Dark Arena is also an FPS title, but takes an approach more similar to Half-Life.
Interplay PC Games at E3
03.01.01-1_lg.jpg (8866 bytes)Interplay's booth is always a quiet bastion of sanity amidst the general madness of E3. So imagine this PC guy's dismay when everyone's favorite RPG company had more console than PC games on display this year. The good news is that the PC games pretty much rocked. Check out our quick previews of Neverwinter Nights, Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Star Fleet Command: Orion Pirates, and Torn right here
Xbox Launch Titles 
The Xbox will be well-supported this fall. Check out Blood Wake, an insanely cool looking gunboat combat game. This title snuck up on us, and we love it. Also, we've got updated, hands-on info about Halo, one of the biggest launch titles for Bill's Baby.
Soldier of Fortune Preview (PS2) 
The cult hit Soldier of Fortune will migrate to the PS2 this fall. Sporting an in-depth storyline and a cool locational damage system, this game has all the gore and action you could ever want in an FPS. Click here, soldier.
Eternal Darkness Preview (GC) 
The GameCube will be blessed with the horrific Eternal Darkness. Spawning centuries of human existence, you'll fight the creeping evil that makes things, well, creepy. With an innovative gameplay system and incredible graphics, this is a truly immersive and exciting game. Click here if you have the guts.
Twisted Metal: Black Preview (PS2) 
Jeff finally got his hands on Twisted Metal: Black, and he doesn't regret it. Now that the development has reverted back to the original team that made TM2 so grand, TMB is looking like a phenomenal next-gen installment of the beloved vehiclular combat series. Get your motor runnin'.

GameCube Details Announced

Big N has done it again. The GameCube was incredibly popular at this year's E3, and Nintendo announced a launch date for their system, as well as launch titles. Also, Panasonic showed the alternate version of the GameCube, and Nintendo showed off their modem, ethernet card, and wireless controller. Click here for the full scoop.
All Kinds of Xbox Goodness 
The Xbox was blowing up at E3. In addition to a ton of titles playable for the new system, Capcom announced a lineup of three games for the Xbox. Sega announced they would release online versions of the 2K3 sports titles. Microsoft has cornered the AI license, and will create interactive sequels to Spielberg's film. Microsoft also committed to broadband gaming. Oh yeah, and there's that launch date and price info we've all been waiting for.
Kiss Pinball Review (PSX) 
It ain't pretty, but it's a KISS game, and that's all that really matters, right? Well, maybe not. Although KISS Pinball probably won't be on your summer wishlist, it does feature some spiffy soundtrack options that'll make you rock. Click here or TILT.
Atari Makes Splash at E3 
One of the sleeper hits of E3 was the ultra-secret Atari project being undertaken by Infogrames. We got the scoop, so click here for some cool, refreshing goodness.
E3 2001 Previews
Infogrames to Showcase 35 New Titles at E3 2001
Konami Announces E3 2001 Lineup

Dragon Warrior VII (PSX)
Max Payne (PS2)
Max Payne (PC)
Gunslinger (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty(PS2)
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (Xbox)
Azurik (Xbox)
ChuChu Rocket(GBA)
Dragon Warrior III (GBC)
Dungeon Siege

Earthworm Jim 3D (GBA)
Game Cube
Game Boy Advance

Halo (Xbox)

Iridion 3D (GBA)
Malice (Xbox)
Munch's Oddysee(Xbox)
NFL Fever 2002 (Xbox)
Nightcaster (Xbox)

Project Gotham (Xbox)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x (Xbox)
WWF Raw is War (Xbox)
E3 2000
E3 PC Best of Show
Sarah's E3 Photo Page
Al's E3 Photo Gallery
Rick's Best of E3, Part One
The Medium is the Medium
A Conversation With Some Kid at the Airport
Why You Must Pre-Order Your PS2
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Awards 2000
There Can Be Only One?
Interview with John Gildred, CEO of Indrema
PS2 Official Announcement
SegaNET Details
E3 1999
E3 PC Best of Show
Sarah's E3 Diary
Al's E3 Photo Album
Shawn @  E3
Dreamcast Pre-Release Hype
Grrrl Gamez

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