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Deus Ex: Invisible War Trailer Posted
6:50 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

The internet was abound yesterday with news that game design gods Ion Storm and publishers Eidos Interactive have released the first video trailer for their upcoming Deus Ex: Invisible War.

The movie, which appears to be the opening cinematic of the game, features a highly detailed futuristic CGI version of New York. It follows the efforts of a high-tech security team as they attempt to capture a nanotech terrorist running through the city's streets. The movie is full of the tension, edginess, and attention to detail that are expected to drive the game, which bodes well for players keen on digging their hands into the sequel to one of the most popular computer games of the last decade.

The trailer, weighing in at around 35 megs, hasn't yet been posted to the official Deus Ex 2 website, but can be downloaded from several websites around the internet. Click on the link below to download the video from gaming mega-site Gamespot.

The Xbox and PC versions of Deus Ex 2: Invisible War are expected to hit the shelves before the end of the year. Although there has been no official word on a Mac version of this sure-to-be bestseller, sales figures of the previous version, combined with the fact that the game is based on a re-worked version of the Unreal gaming engine, make the chances of a Mac port look promising. Stay tuned to IMG - we'll keep you posted.

Gamespot: Deus Ex 2 Official Trailer
Deus Ex 2: Invisible War
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Logitech Ships New Gamepad and Joysticks
6:50 AM | Lucian Fong | Comment on this story

Logitech has begun shipping three new gaming peripherals that were announced at this years Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Attack 3 ($24.99), Extreme 3D Pro ($34.99), and Dual Action Gamepad ($19.99) are affordably priced, yet do not skimp on design or features. Here is a description of each product from Logitech's press release:

Logitech® Extreme 3D Pro: The Extreme 3D Pro blends useful features with a new eye-catching industrial design. For quick and easy access to the multiple commands of today´s games, the joystick has twelve conveniently placed action buttons. A comfortable twist handle ¯ nearly essential in many games ¯ acts as a rudder in flight simulation games and allows fast rotation in first-person games. The joystick features a rubberized 8-way hat switch and a high-precision throttle that allows gamers to adjust power settings in a game with pinpoint accuracy.

Logitech® Attack 3: With an easy setup and simple layout particularly well suited for entry-level gamers or those for whom a joystick is not the usual controller of choice, the Attack 3 joystick is suitable for gamers of any experience level. It features 11 programmable buttons to choose from, making it easy to select and fire weapons or to change gears. Attack 3 is the company´s first joystick in some time to offer an ambidextrous handle, providing excellent comfort and functionality for both right and left-handed gamers, while a throttle control rotates smoothly for accurate control of power settings.

Logitech® Dual Action Pad: Logitech gaming engineers took the most desirable features that gamers have been asking for and incorporated them into a gamepad with an affordable price. The Dual Action Pad has a lightweight design that includes two rubber-capped analog joysticks for total control and a smooth 360-degree motion. An 8-way D-pad allows for precise movements within a game. Four responsive triggers and six buttons complete the “right stuff” for eliminating the competition with minimal effort.

For more information, visit Logitech's website. IMG will endeavor to review these peripherals in the near future.

PR: Logitech's Newest PC Joysticks And Gamepad Now Hitting Retail Shelves
Attack 3
Dual Action Gamepad
Extreme 3D Pro

UT2004 Hellbender Movie Posted
6:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Unreal Ops has posted an exclusive movie that shows off the current capabilities of the Hellbender. A vehicle slated to be in the upcoming Unreal Tournament 2004, the Hellbender sports the ability to carry three people, with two of those people manning entirely different weapons:

The front is the Driver, the middle is the Top Gunner and the back is the Main Gunner.  The Hellbender is not as fast as the Manta or Scorpion but it still moves pretty quick for the amount of punch it dishes out.  While not as versatile as the Raptor and not as deadly as the Battle Tank, it is definitely an all around nice weapon/transport.While the weapons still aren't 100% finished on it, the look and feel of the HB is pretty cool.  It is a good cover vehicle for ground troops.
While the weapons are still in development, the ones shown on the current build include a repeating cannon and a secondary weapon described as being similar to the shock rifle. Also shown are brief glimpses of the player running around with dual pistols.

The movie is available in both Divx and Windows Media Player formats, with the Divx download being about 16.9 MB in size. Links to both can be found at Unreal Ops.

Unreal Ops

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KnightShift Preview
6:50 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Mac gamers looking for a little more information on KnightShift may be interested in a preview done by the folks at GameSpy. The first thing the preview notes is the title change to Once Upon a Knight due to legal conflicts. The second thing noted is the game's irreverent sense of humor. For example, the main resource of the RTS portion of this RTS/RPG hybrid is fresh, wholesome milk. Which naturally means that the local cows must be kept happy and well-fed in order to keep things flowing.

Knight also appears to contain some interesting units:

In addition to the usual sword-wielding knights, barbarians, wizards, and other combat classes, players will also have to figure out how to utilize some rather unusual units. These include the cowherd who can speed up your milk production, a flying witch (complete with pointy black hat) who fires lightning at enemy buildings, and my favorite, the mother-in-law, who can capture enemy buildings by forcing other player's units out with her rolling pin or speed up production on her end using the same tool.
Also described are the various available character classes as well as impressions on the graphics and sound. Those interested in the full read can find it at GameSpy.

GameSpy - Once Upon a Knight Preview
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Mac Games News for Wednesday, August 20, 2003

IMG Posts Bloodrayne Review2:41 PM
Apple Features Elite Force II12:54 PM
Armagetron for OS X Released12:36 PM
Alchemic Dream to Publish Adellion for Mac9:40 AM
MacPlay Announces New 5$ Sale9:00 AM
Neverwinter Nights 1.31 Released9:00 AM
New World of Warcraft Screenshots9:00 AM
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Demo Released9:00 AM
uDevGame 2003: 58 Entries And Counting9:00 AM
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