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10/05/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: announced
Bioware and Microsoft have teamed up once again for another Xbox 360 exclusive title: Mass Effect. Mass Effect is a sci-fi action RPG in which you play the first human Specter -- an elite soldier sworn to defend the galaxy. As one might expect, a rogue agent begins stirring up trouble for the peaceful denizens of the galaxy, and it's up to you and your elite team of defenders to solve the problem. And as any Bioware fan might expect, you will eventually discover the truth about a much greater threat to the galaxy. Is it just us or does this sound a lot like SW: KOTOR?


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10/05/05 | | Shawn Rider
game: Too Human
category: announced
Eternal Darkness developer, Silicon Knights, is working on a first-party game for Microsoft Game Studios. Too Human is an "epic action game" (read: the first of a planned trilogy) in which players assume the role of the Cybernetic God Baldur, who must defend humanity from a group of monstrous war machines who don't play well with others. Powered by Unreal Engine 3, this one is already looking good, and with the reputation Silicon Knights has for creating great, story-driven action games, we have very high hopes for this title. Keep an eye out for Too Human to release in Fall 2006.


10/05/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Microsoft has been holding out on pretty much all info about Perfect Dark Zero. They know the game has a rabid fanbase thanks to the massive cult success of its N64 predecessor, and they know we'll all just lap at any little dribble of PDZ-oriented love we can find. So here we are: Finally we've got a load of new screens to share, fresh out of Amsterdam where Microsoft hosts its annual European Xbox showcase. Check out the latest shots here.


10/05/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Gears of War is the new shooter from Cliffy B and the crew at Epic that's got everyone going, "Damn!" The visuals here are absolutely incredible, from the dirty textures of a wartorn humanity pitted against monstrous enemies from the bowels of the Earth, to the delicate lighting effects that challenge the greatest cinematographers and most sensitive painterly visions. We can only hope that the gameplay and story live up to the huge graphical promise of Unreal Engine 3. Check out these screens for a real idea of what the Xbox 360 can do.


10/05/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Rare's long-in-development Kameo: Elements of Power has made gamers oddly curious for over half a decade now. We're curious about the great graphics, lush game world, Xbox Live multiplayer, and, of course, Rare's reputation for delivering great titles. But it's odd because the game has been in development since it first debuted on N64, then moved to GameCube, and finally will land on Xbox 360 this Fall. Historically, such business shenanigans are not good for a game. We'll find out this Fall when we finally get our hands on Kameo: Elements of Power. In the meantime, here are some new screens.


10/04/05 | | Shawn Rider
game: Halo
category: announced
In an announcement sure to get gamers everywhere all worked up, Microsoft announced at the X05 Amsterdam expo that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (creators of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the upcoming King Kong) will be Executive Producers on the upcoming Halo movie. The news also means that Academy Award winning New Zealand effects house, Weta Digital, will also be involved in the movie, which is another great sign. It looks like Halo might just set the bar a little higher for the old game-to-film adaptation, just as it did for the console-based FPS and again for console-based online multiplayer.


10/03/05 | | Aaron Stanton
category: happening
Cyan Worlds, makers of Myst, laid off their entire development crew earlier this month and shut their doors for what the gaming industry assumed was forever. Turns out that's not the case. Ryan Miller, co-founder of Cyan Worlds, has confirmed to GamesFirst that the company has rehired some portion of their development team. "Yes, we have rehired most everyone," he said. "At this point, I can't really say more." Earlier, MercuryNews.com received similar confirmation from Cyan Worlds. Is it possible the game industry has not really lost one of its original pioneers? Sounds like it.


10/03/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: announced
Independent, and well-loved, strategy game publisher Strategy First has announced that they are offering free full game demos of their titles. Over 20 games are available now. Gamers can download the titles directly from http://www.StrategyFirst.com and will be able to play the full version of the game for three hours. After three hours, gamers can opt to buy the game, or can simply uninstall it. This sounds like a great plan to get some of the best gaming experiences available into the hands of more gamers. Head to the Strategy First website and be sure to check out some of our faves like Supreme Ruler 2010 and Jagged Alliance 2.


10/03/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Atari's Test Drive Unlimited is aiming to be every car and motorcycle customizer's dream game come true: Explore miles and miles of Hawaiian highway as you complete challenges, missions and races to trick out your deluxe vehicles with rare customiztion parts. You can create a whole world of virtual automotive decadence, building homes, garages and even buying clothing for your driving avatar. Check out these gorgeous new screens from the Xbox 360.


09/30/05 | | Shawn Rider
category: screens
Tetsuya Mizuguchi is most well-known for his rhythm-based experimental games Rez and Lumines. Both of these games have been major cult hits, and Mizuguchi continues to explore these areas. But in his new title for Xbox 360, N3: Ninety-Nine Nights, Mizuguchi puts you in control of a badass fighter slaughtering oceans of enemies. It looks a lot like playing Dynasty Warriors on acid, and we've got the screens to prove it.


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