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E3 2004: Game lineup
by Jolex Del Pilar

Monday, April 19 2004

Check out our running list of games that will be shown at E3.

E3 is a little under 3 weeks away and the show is already shaping up to be a good one. Nintendo, Sony, and Infinium Labs are all looking to debut consoles in some shape or form, and of course the show floor will be filled with shooter titles ranging from Half-Life 2 to Doom III.

It's obvious there will be many AAA titles showcased this year but just in case you haven't been keeping up, here's a list of games that we've confirmed as being on the show floor. The list will be updated continuously as we get closer to the show.

Adventure Company
• Aura: Fate of the Ages
• Dark Fall: Lights Out
• Atlantis Evolution
• Missing

• Jade Empire
• Kotor 2

• Dungeon Lords—D.W. Bradley and Heuristic Park—PC
• SuperPower 2—Golem Labs—PC
• Besieger—Primal Studios—PC
• Cold War—Mindware Studios—PC

Microsoft Game Studios
• Dungeon Siege II
• Fable
• Halo 2

Monte Cristo
• Captain: Bay Area Inferno—real-time strategy game
• D-Day—3D real-time tactical title
• Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand—city building game

• Ace Combat 5—PS2
• Street Racing Syndicate—PS2, Xbox, GameCube
• Dead to Rights II—PS2, Xbox
• Death by Degrees—PS2
• Xenosaga Episode II—PS2
• Tales of Symphonia—GameCube
• Ghosthunter—PS2
• Time Crisis: Crisis Zone—PS2
• Smash Court Tennis Pro 2—PS2
• Baten Kaitos—GameCube
• The Adversary
• Taiko Drum Master

NCsoft Corp.
• Guild Wars
• Tabula Rasa—Tabula Rasa
• Auto Assault
• City of Villains
• Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle

• Airborne Troops
• Alpha Black Zero
• Cyclone Circus
• Inuits
• Project Delta
• Snap
• Xyanide

Sammy Studios
• "Darkwatch," for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft, is the company's internal development debut. Created by the team who founded the Carlsbad-based studio, "Darkwatch" is an original first person shooter combining the Western and Horror genres to create a cinematic experience with unparalleled depth and game play variety. As half-vampire Jericho Cross, players must hunt down a powerful vampire lord whose undead minions have overrun the Wild West. The result is a stylistic premise blending western and vampire-horror milieus, and one injected with innovative concepts. Gunslingers and ghouls, rifles and rocket launchers and undead horses and high-octane vehicles all exist side by side in the unique "Darkwatch" universe. At E3, "Darkwatch" will debut a live game demonstration in a replica of an in-game haunted church. The experience is designed to highlight the inspired premise and features sure to establish it as "Most Wanted" at the show. Tickets for free admission to the theatre will be distributed inside badge inserts for all E3 attendees, and audience members will be eligible to win a video game collector's dream; a one-of-a-kind "Guilty Gear XX # Reload" arcade machine. Developed by Sammy Studios, "Darkwatch" is slated for release in Spring 2005 and is not yet rated.

• "The Shield" for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, is based on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning FX network police show that has become one of the most talked about programs on television. At E3, Sammy Studios will give the public their first look at this authentic adaptation of the trailblazing series, a game promising to deliver an experience akin to a "lost episode." "The Shield" is a third-person action game putting players in the role of Vic Mackey, a hard-nosed cop fighting a war on crime where, to him, the ends justify the means. The company is working closely with Fox Television Studios and "THE SHIELD" creators and talent to recreate the show's trademark intensity and visceral emotional impact in a true-to-life police action game. Developed by Point of View, Inc., "The Shield" is slated for release in Spring 2005 and is not yet rated.

• "Spy Fiction," exclusively for PlayStation 2, brings never-before-seen features to the stealth-action genre. "Spy Fiction" introduces the revolutionary ability to steal the appearance and other characteristics of any character in the game and assume their identity. The game brings fast-paced action and variety to stealth, with action-oriented mini-games and spy gadgets designed to let players avoid detection while on the move. "Spy Fiction" boasts amazing graphics, with character design by famed artist Renji Murata (Last Exile) and a range of soon-to-be-revealed upgrades not found in the recent Japanese release. Developed by Access Games, Inc., "Spy Fiction" is slated for release in September 2004 at an MSRP of $49.99 and is not yet rated.

• "Iron Phoenix," exclusively for Xbox Live, brings a new genre to online multiplayer games as the first-ever 16-player 3D fighting game. This Kung-Fu brawler, introducing team-based melee combat, wide-open environments and wire-fu style fighting to the 3D fighting genre, will get its playable debut at the show in a LAN tournament open to all E3 attendees. "Iron Phoenix" promises a huge variety of weapons-based combos, more than ten playable characters a robust single-player mission mode and numerous online play modes. "Iron Phoenix" is slated for release Holiday 2004 at an MSRP of $49.99 and is not yet rated.

• "Guilty Gear Isuka," for PlayStation 2, is the newest sequel in the acclaimed 2D fighter series. The game promises to raise the bar on the genre, one arguably set by its own predecessor "Guilty Gear X2," by introducing 4-player simultaneous play, combo customization, all-new play modes and new characters and arenas. Developed by Arc System Works Co., Ltd., "Guilty Gear Isuka" is slated for release in Holiday 2004 at an MSRP of $49.99 and is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB.

SNK Neogeo USA
• KOF: Maximum Impact—PS2
• Metal Slug 3—Xbox
• SNK Vs. Capcom SVC Chaos—Xbox
• Metal Slug 4 & 5 Combo—PS2, Xbox
• The King Of Fighters 2002 & 2003 Combo—PS2, Xbox
• Metal Slug Advance—GBA
• Samurai Shodown 5—PS2, Xbox
• Samurai Shodown 5 Special—PS2, Xbox

Sony Online Entertainment
• EverQuest II
• Unrevealed PS2 title

• Front Mission 4—PS2
• Star Ocean Till the End of Time—PS2
• FullMetal Alchemist—PS2
• Final Fantasy XII
• Kingdom Hearts II
• Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories—GBA
• Final Fantasy XI Chains of Promathia
• Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

• The Incredibles—PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, Mac, GBA
• The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie—All consoles
• The Polar Express—PS2, GameCube, PC, GBA
• S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl—PC
• Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War—PC
• Full Spectrum Warrior—PC, Xbox
• The Punisher—PS2, Xbox
• WWE Day of Reckoning—GameCube
• Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams—PS2, GameCube, GBA

· Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: A first-person action shooter, sequel to original PC game.

· Brothers in Arms: WWII shooter.

· Prince of Persia 2: Hey, looks like the Prince is getting a sequel.

· Far Cry Instincts: PC shooter finally hits the consoles.

· Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Black Arrow: Multiplayer focused title.

· Myst IV Revelation: Woo, another Myst title.

· Settlers 5 (working title): The new episode of the popular strategic simulation game.

Other titles featured on Ubisoft's booth include Rocky Legends, Pacific Fighters, Silent Hunter III, Playboy The Mansion, The Dukes of Hazzard, Return of the General Lee.

• Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
• Half-Life 2

--- Jolex Del Pilar
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