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News Archive for September 2001


September 28, 2001
 Civilization III Pre-sales Open
16:39:35 EDT - Award 
Infogrames informs us that the pre-orders are already going strong for Sid Meier's third installation of his classic series Civilization.

From the press release:
Pre-sales have begun for the highly anticipated third installment of the game franchise that has kept game players in front of computers way into the night for over ten years: Sid Meier’s Civilization® III. As the pre-sales mount, it has come as no surprise that the most dedicated aficionados of the game are snapping up the special limited edition version of Civilization III that has been capped at a one-time run of 75,000 units.

If you'd like to read more on Civilization III, check out the official press release by clicking "More" below!

 Art of Magic Screen Shots
1:35:34 EDT - Award 
3D Gaming Daily, a GameVisions sister-site, sends word that it is hosting 16 1024x768 screen shots from Bethesda Softworks' up-coming RPG, Art of Magic. The highly anticipated game will be on store shelves on October 1st.

Be sure to click "Visit Site" below to check out the action!


September 26, 2001
 Throne of Darkness Ships Today
1:08:31 EDT - Award 
Sierra announced today that its highly anticipated ARPG--Throne of Darkness--shipped to stores today.

From the official press release:
Throne of Darkness offers gamers a massive single-player and multiplayer experience. Tightly based on Japanese mythology, the single-player game casts gamers in a fight to overthrow the Dark Warlord and his army of the undead. Seven distinct samurai are ready to challenge the evil that stalks the land. Lead up to four of these characters into battle with the unique Play Calling system for controlling the computer AI. The multiplayer game allows up to eight gamers to battle for supremacy in this ancient land.

GameVisions will, of course, be featuring a full review of Throne of Darkness in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

If you'd like to find out more about Throne of Darkness, click "More" below.


September 23, 2001
 MechWarrior 4 Expansion Site Online
14:07:28 EDT - Award 
For all of you Battletech fans out there, you'll be pleased to know that Microsoft has launched the MechWarrior 4 expansion, Black Knight, website for you to keep up on the latest pre-release information.

From the press release:
MechWarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion drops the player into the notorious Black Knight Legion, a mercenary group of MechWarriors focused on taking care of the most important people - themselves. MechWarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion introduces five new ‘Mechs for the player to pilot: the Sunder, Ryoken, Uller, Wolfhound and Black Knight. It also includes several new vehicles, such as the Demolisher II Heavy Tank and the Nightwind Attack Helicopter; and new weapons, like the incredibly devastating Cluster Bombs.

For more information on Black Knight, read the official press release by clicking "More" below!


September 21, 2001
 XBox Production Underway
20:23:56 EDT - Award 
Any of you who were looking forward to grabbing an XBox for this holiday season, fear not! Microsoft has announced that XBox manufacturing has begun to have at least 1 million units ready to ship for the holiday, at it's November 15th release date.

From the press release:
Xbox will launch in North America on Nov. 15, 2001. The company also reconfirmed it will ship 1 million to 1.5 million Xbox consoles to North American retailers this holiday season, with replenishment of more than 100,000 Xbox units each week.

"Put a great big 'X' on Nov. 15," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer at Microsoft. "Xbox is the one worth waiting for. It's the only video game system being manufactured in North America. This is significant because it assures retailers that we can keep filling the retail channel with new Xbox units week after week."


To check out the entire press release, click "More" below.

 Empire Earth Betas In Stores Now
20:17:17 EDT - Award 
For those of you who just can't wait to get you hands on Stainless Steel Studio's up-coming RTS no longer have to wait until November. The public beta CDs are reportedly in stores now for anyone pre-ordering the game from a select few retailers.

From the press release:
Consumers interested in beta testing Empire Earth(tm) need only pre-order the game at their local Best Buy, CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, Fry's, GameStop, Software Etc. or Babbage's retail store. All beta testers will get a pre-release version of the game, and have access to a private message board to communicate directly with the developers at Stainless Steel Studios, Inc.

If you're interested in finding out more about this program, click "More" below to read the full press release!


September 20, 2001
 Links Championship Edition Ships Today
21:54:35 EDT - Award 
For those of you who enjoy a good, low-intensity sports game now and then, Microsoft announced that Links Champion Edition has shipped today.

From the press release:
In Links Championship Edition, you can play on any of 13 world-class courses as or against six tour pros, plus a large selection of amateurs, and design your dream course with over 1,600 objects to choose from. It will be available for an estimated street price of $54.95, with a $20 USD mail-in rebate for owners of Links 2001. (Please see package for details.)

To check out the entire press release for further details on what is included in Links Championship Edition, just click "More" below!


September 19, 2001
 Visions of Reviews -- Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos
13:31:25 EDT - Award 
Of all the top space sim games, one has always been just a bit different. As the sequel to one of the most highly acclaimed space fighter sims of all time, expectations were exceptionally high. Does Independence War 2 run away with the loot, or do space pirates everywhere get robbed?

From the Review:
The actual gameplay is quite different from most other games, however. Most space sims involve getting a mission, playing the scenario, being debriefed and starting another mission. I-War2 features a continuous world. You can go to any part of space, in any star system, at any time. That being said, pirating cargo freighters at jump points and bases is a very good way to juice up your ship early on in the game, though the really nice hardware doesn't start coming in until later in the game.

Be sure to check out the entire review by clicking "Review" below, or by simply clicking the Independence War 2 logo in the "featured" bar!


 Half-Life Mod Expo Postponed
12:28:31 EDT - Award 
For all of your Half-Life mod teams out there, you should be aware that Sierra's mod expo has been postponed as a result of current events.

From Sierra:
Given the activities of the past week and their impact upon travel in and to the United States, the third annual Half-Life Mod Expo will be postponed to a later date. When we have a new date set for the event, we will release that information as well as a list of the mods to be shown at this year's event.

Be sure to stay tuned and find out when the rescheduled date is!


September 18, 2001
 NOLF Game of the Year Edition Announced
19:38:38 EDT - Award 
Sierra announced today that The Operative: No One Lives Forever, one of a select few commercial games to go open source, will be re-released in a new game of the year bundle.

From the press release:
Game of the Year Edition Special Feature Set
* The original game featuring 15 missions over sixty levels
* An all-new mission featuring four new levels of heart-pumping action, deadly intrigue, danger at every turn, and Cate in the heart of an active volcano
* New exclusive textures, and a new enemy model to outwit
* Map editor and source code included to allow players to create and share their own mission levels
* Bonus music CD - Original "In-the-Lounge" music CD featuring groovy 60s music
* Bonus Strategy Guide - Prima's official primer to the shadowy world of Agent Cate Archer


To read the entire press release and find out all the juicy bits on this one, click "More" below!


September 17, 2001
 Visions of Reviews -- Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
1:17:00 EDT - Award 
Arcanum takes Fallout and sends it a few eons back in time to when magic was common in the world, and technology had begun to creep in by way of the steam engine and science. But does it contain the essence of true creativity, or should it just be nuked?

From the review:
In the beginning you can barely fight anything, so there is no way you can really gain enough experience to really begin leveling up and gaining new abilities (depending on player class, but generally, those that do well at first, do badly later.) Granted, the game gets a bit easier as you proceed more deeply into the core of the story and begin to get enough experience to get some more powerful spells or tech (on my spell tree, I went with a summoning tree first and was amazed how easy combat became after that. If only I could boost my fatigue (like mana) enough to sustain two demons for a length of time without waiting to recharge.

Be sure to check out the entire review by clicking "Review" below, or by simply clicking the Arcanum logo in the "featured" bar!


September 14, 2001
 Visions of Reviews -- Age of Empires II: Gold Edition
20:56:19 EDT - Award 
Age of Empires is one of the most highly played multiplayer RTS games around, and has always taken a slightly different, more realistic, approach to strategy. To find out of the sequel truly tops the first, and if the gold edition is really worth its weight in gold, check out our review of AOE2: Gold Edition by clicking "Review" below, or by simply clicking the "AOE" logo on the "featured" bar!


September 1, 2001
 Acranum Patch 1.0.6.9 Released
20:48:11 EDT - Award 
Sierra has release the latest patch for Arcanum, 1.0.6.9, containing some much awaited features including the fullscreen option.

From the press release:
Sierra and Troika Games today announced that they have posted a patch for the recently released role-playing game, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. The patch adds several new features and addresses balance and playability issues found in the retail release of the game. More details about the patch can be found in the "readme" information below.

Be sure to check out the download locations, as well as the full Readme file, by clicking "More" below!


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