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Starfleet Command II Review (PC)

January 19, 2001

Starfleet Command II: Empires at War promised to expand the number of playable races in this Star Trek title and to introduce Dynaverse II, an online multiplayer dynamic campaign where players assume the role of a commander in one of the eight empires as they struggled for galactic supremacy. To get the goods on this starship battle simulator, mark a course for our review and--engage!
Starcraft "Expert" contributes to Empire Earth 
Stainless Steel Studios Interactive, developer of strategy games for the new millennium, has announced the addition of a new game balancer to the Empire Earth development team.  Damon "Stratus" Gauthier has joined SSSI to help balance the multiplayer portion of the game. Read the release here.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review (DC)

January 17, 2001

Ash is available on the DC now, and we wish we could change our mind completely. Unfortunately, even better graphics can't save Evil Dead: Hail to the King. It's so sad for us to see a game with so much potential blow it. If you're a Dead fan, click here to witness the gore.
GamesFirst! Mailbag Comin' Atcha
This month we've got some Small Town DC Blues, Sony Rumors, and a letter from the nicest website editor in the biz, Kevin Baird from VideoGameNews.com. Check out the Mailbag right here.
PS2 Problems in Britain
We love the UK. And the UK seems to love us, too (except a few notable exceptions in past Mailbags). So we kind of know how Sony feels, what with all the Consumer Alerts the British have vaunted at them this weekend. A leaked memo from Sony stating, "We know a lot of our units are not up to consumer standards," doesn't help at all, either.  The Register has a great article detailing the strife across the pond. Click here.
Xbox Update

January 16, 2001

PONG01-01.jpg (4565 bytes)Amidst all the new information about Xbox that's been bandied about, our fearless intern, Van, updates his great article, In Search of Xbox. Get all the specs, prospective launch titles, and updated analysis. We've got a hunch about this system. Click here.
Oni Comic Issue #0

January 15, 2001

It's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Human Rights Day if you live in Idaho, and we're relaxing. You should relax, too, and think about where we'd be without such great leaders of humanity. And while you're doing that, you can check out Issue #0 of the new Oni comic series, coming to fine comic shops everywhere courtesy our friends at Darkhorse. Sure, she doesn't follow the good doctor's policy of nonviolence, but she is fighting for truth and justice. Click here for the whole comic. And keep an eye out for our forthcoming reviews of Oni for PC and PS2.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review (PSX)

January 12, 2001

It's the king of B-movie comedy gore, but the transition to video game hasn't gone as smoothly as that whole defeating the undead thing for our hero, Ash. Evil Dead: Hail to the King should be amazing: Sam Raimi involved in creation; Bruce Campbell lending his voice. What happened? Click here to get some.
Wingman Strike Force 3D Review (Peripheral)
This latest Logitech joystick is the WingMan Strike Force 3D, a full-featured peripheral that’s easy to set up and use despite the plethora of jam-packed controls.  It’s the additional options (and a slightly higher price tag) that sets the Strike Force 3D apart from the rest of the pack.
3D game engine shows vast potential for emergency response specialists
The same technologies that power interactive 3D games might save lives.  NDL's NetImmerse 3D game engine, used to create more than two dozen game titles worldwide, has been licensed by Applied Research Associates (ARA) to develop a computer-animated training environment for emergency response specialists. Click here for the full story.
Mage Knight: Rebellion
Collectable Miniatures Game

January 11, 2001

Draconum-01.jpg (7608 bytes)What do you get when you combine the collectability of a CCG with the tabletop allure of miniatures? The answer is Mage Knight: Rebellion, the hottest thing going in tabletop gaming. While the quality of the figures can be spotty, the game has simple-yet-deep rules, an innovative combat dial base, and bottom-line affordability. It's a simple formula: Warhammer + Magic: The Gathering = The Next Big Thing. Only wish we'd thought of it.  
Iridion 3D Preview (GBS)
level204-01.jpg (3448 bytes)The screenshot to the right is from Iridion 3D, a new space shooter from Majesco. Is it for the SNES? Nope. N64? Nope. PSX? Nope. This baby is coming to a Game Boy Advance near you next fall, and it should be a helluva lot better than we've seen in portable gaming so far. Read the release here.

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