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2004 E3 SHOW

INTRODUCTION
E3 PREVIEWS
Latest previews from E3:
Ratchet & Clank 3
Jak 3
Star Ocean: End of Time
Dead To Rights II
Athens 2004
Time Crisis: Crisis Zone
God Of War
Brothers In Arms
Prince of Persia 2
Battlefield: Modern Combat
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
Siren
Shellshock Nam '67
DRIV3R
Terminator 3: Redemption
Rocky Legends
Transformers
Ace Combat 5
The Getaway: Black Monday
Metal Gear Solid 3
Combat Elite WWII Paratroopers
Catwoman
Gran Turismo 4
Headhunter: Redemption
The Movies
Gradius V
Neo Contra
Metal Gear Solid 3
Burnout 3
Metal Gear Solid 3
Van Helsing
The Red Star
100 Bullets
The second half of 2003 and early 2004 has been a bit tougher for Sony with the XBox managing to peg back to level sales, mostly due to the higher price of the Playstation 2. Still it's the games that count at this stage and we can expect some major titles from not only Sony but also 3rd party publishers for the PS2. Want some new hardware? Well it's possible we may see 4 new items at this years E3 show. These include the PSTwo (the revised Playstation 2), PSX (the DVD recorder), PSP (the handheld) and possibly, but less likely, the Playstation 3. Sony's dominance is just beginning.

This coverage is split up into different publishers/developers on the game sides, and as the week progresses more previews and screenshots will be added to each game. Any hardware and price drops being announced will be added into their respective areas as announced. Let the fun begin.

SUNDAY MAY 15, 2004
GAMES
Perhaps the biggest news of the 2004 E3 show has turned out to be something which everyone wish didn't (or couldn't happen). Apparently a couple of young men have stolen the demo code for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. After leaning on the case they simply ejected the disc before taking off for the exits.

Sony have confirmed that the PSP will be playable at this years Tokyo Game show in September.

SATURDAY MAY 14, 2004
GAMES
The E3 show for 2004 has just closed a couple of hours ago (about midday Saturday Australian time) but the news won't stop anytime soon. There were literally hundreds of titles on display for the Playstation 2 and for the next couple of days you can expect many, many more previews being added. Make sure you scroll down to have a look at the previews.

    EIDOS' GAMES AT E3 2004
    25 to Life - One of the surprises at Eidos' booth at E3 this game allows 16-players online to compete in urban warfare.

    Backyard Wrestling 2 - The first game was a major disappointment, this game looks better, but does it play better? Time will tell.

    Crash N' Burn - Being developed by Climax this game looks very impressive. Can it compete in a crowded market though?

    Get on Da Mic - Essentially a singing game with hip-hop music to sing to.

    Shellshock Nam '67 - Another game based in the Vietnam war. What makes this game so interesting is that it is being developed by Guerilla who are working on one of Sony's biggest titles this year, Killzone. The graphics in Shellshock look very atmospheric and this will certainly be a game to keep an eye on.

FRIDAY MAY 14, 2004
GAMES
Sega's big revelation at E3 was little more then a new game, which wasn't even new. Sadly PS2 owners don't benefit either. What is it? Well the big surprise was that Sega will be publishing Matrix Online. So and old game that UbiSoft dropped will be picked up for PC only by Sega. Wow... Perhaps more exciting, and this should be the bigger news, is that Sega are developing Phantasy Star Universe which as yet hasn't got a platform let alone a date.

Capcom are probably the last major publisher to add to this list of games. They certainly have one of the most impressive lists as well. Sadly Killer 7 wasn't shown for PS2. Here's the PS2 titles at E3 2004:

    CAPCOM'S GAMES AT E3 2004

    Capcom Fighting Jam - One of the biggest surprise at the E3 show is this game. Yes, it's another fighting game but this 2D fighter includes characters from five other Capcom titles. Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter III, Darkstalkers, and Red Earth.

    Crimson Tears - Tokyo 2049. Three humanoid biological weapons must meet their destiny head on and fight for their future. Crimson Tears is a fast-paced futuristic 3D action game taking place in the high tech underworld of future Tokyo. Control the fate of three humanoid biological weapons: Amber, the twin blade samurai, Kadie, the mechanical eradicator, and Tokio, the steel gunslinger.

    Devil May Cry 3 - Hopefully this game can return to the glory of the original title rather then the lame sequel. At this stage it looks promising.

    Megaman X8 - The Megaman X series hits the 8th title and 3D graphics look better then ever.

    Monster Hunter - Monster Hunter heads online in this action adventure title. Release in Europe unknown at this stage.

    Nightmare Before Christmas - The Tim Burton classic gets turned into the game. Looking good the game should be released in late 2004.

    Onimusha 3: Demon Seige - The third game in the series stars Jean Reno and Paris this time. Possibly the best looking PS2 game ever.

    Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 - The second Resident Evil game to go online. Hopefully Capcom will get this sequel running in Europe.

    Shadow of Rome - Another big surprise was provided with this title which is set in Ancient Rome. Looking hot this title should be release late this year.

    Street Fighter Anniversary Collection - As it says, a collection of past games being bundled together. Street Fighter fans will be happy with this one.

    Under the Skin - I told you Capcom had a big list of games, and plenty of surprises. This title is cell shaded, and well, very strange.

    Viewtiful Joe (1 and 2) - Not being sold together, but seperate this is one of the most original and exciting games in recent years.

Namco is one company who have kept their titles very close to their chest prior to E3 show, but their list of games being shown is impressive. One interesting non-appearance at the E3 show is Cold Fear which was a title leaked on Sony's E3 site before the show started. Anyway here is the other PS2 titles:

    NAMCO'S GAMES AT E3 2004
    Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War - Namco's latest game was announced some time ago now, but is getting a decent showing at this years E3 show. Everything is coming together nicely with some stunning visuals on offer and familair air combat. This game is shaping up superbly.

    Dead To Rights II - Jack Slate and Shadow (the Syberian Husky) are back in Dead To Rights II which features improved visuals and improved gameplay. Though he swore he’d never return to the city that left him for dead, the plight of an innocent girl draws Jack back.

    Death By Degrees - Not sure what this game is? Well, it's actually the spin off game featuring Nina Williams of Tekken fame. The game includes some nice visuals and gameplay in the stealth/action style.

    Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 - The sequel to Namco's hit tennis game is coming out soon, and looks quite improved from the original. Expect a release in America and Australia in June.

    Time Crisis: Crisis Zone - Namco return to the light guns with this action packed title. As with other games in the series we can expect plenty of bonuses on the Playstation 2. Almost totally destructable levels and dual gun mode feature. The game is scheduled for release in September 2004, with the PAL release likely for later in the year or early next.

    Tekken 5 - Did someone say Tekken 5? Yep, it's coming to Playstation 2 in 2005 but at this stage details and screens are almost non-existent. Expect more news soon, hopefully!

    Xenosaga Episode II - Not in playable for at E3 the game was in video only, but with a release of Spring 2005 for America there will be quite a wait still. I would love to see this game get a release in PAL territories, but I'm not so sure The RPG will make it out here.

Atari are another company that kept things quiet until the show. Here's their list of PS2 titles on display:

    ATARI'S GAMES AT E3 2004
    DRIV3R - The third game in Atari's Driver series is almost here with a late June release now confirmed. This is the first time that the series will be available on the Playstation 2, and the entire game is shaping up quite nicely indeed. Check out the preview with all the details on this hot title.

    Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone - From the developers of Return of the King for Electronic Arts comes this hot title which, although set in a different world, looks very similar, both in terms of graphics and gameplay. Expect to hear plenty about this title prior to release.

    Godzilla Save The Earth - Based on the legenday Japanese monster this game is essentially a 4-player brawler. Expect a release in late 2004.

    Terminator 3: Redemption - This will be Atari's third crack at getting a Terminator game right, the last two were simply dreadful. Fortunately a new developer Paradigm Entertainment has stepped in and Terminator 3 Redemption is certainly looking not only like an improvement, but a great game overall.

    Transformers - This game has just shipped to retail, and we've been playing it here at Future Gamez for some time now. Simply put - stunning. Developed at Melbourne House it's easy to see why Atari have placed so much emphasis and hype on this title. For once, a game that deserves every accolade it gets.

    Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament - Developed by Digital Fiction this 2-player game is a battle/card game. Announced at E3 2003 it's taken a year to appear - will it make it to Australia? I'm not so sure.

THURSDAY MAY 13, 2004
GAMES
Make sure you check out the titles listed below for new previews which are being added several times a day. Well, what are you waiting for?

Something interesting to note is that according to SCEA's web site Gran Turismo 4 has an American release date of Q'4 2004. That will certainly see the PAL release pushed from September until that date, or possibly early 2005.

WEDNESDAY MAY 12, 2004
GAMES
Sony America also have quite a few games on display. As yet few details are available, but here's a list of PS2 titles they are expected to be showing.

    SONY AMERICA'S 2004 E3 TITLES
    Athens 2004 - Athens 2004 is the official game of this years Summer Olympics, and the only place you will be able to play the game is on the Playstation 2. Unlike the real event this game seems to be coming together quite nicely with the developers Eurocom promising some unique gameplay techniques (such as the dance mat) rather then the buttom mashing of other similar games.

    ATV Offroad Fury 3 - Quad racing is set to return with Climax developing the game for Playstation 2. Race more than 20 terrain-conquering ATVs through the most diverse and challenging environments imaginable. Find your own road through more than 30 huge, offroad races - each with distinct terrain types.

    God of War - From the director of the Twisted Metal franchise. God of War brings to life the brutality and violence of the ancient Greek myths. Battle giant Cyclops, fearsome Minotaurs, and the deadly Medusa while navigating through war-torn Athens in search of Pandora’s Box.

    Gran Turismo 4 - As the fourth installment of the worldwide blockbuster-selling Gran Turismo series, Gran Turismo 4 will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. The creative and talented minds of Polyphony Digital, Inc. have once again succeeded in developing the most technologically advanced racing experience ever. Gran Turismo 4 features a truly authentic racing experience spanning 100 years of automotive history. Packed with more cars, courses, race modes and online gameplay via the Network Adaptor, Gran Turismo 4 delivers enhanced, if not perfected game physics and graphics.

    Hot Shots Golf Fore! - The fun and magic of Hot Shots Golf returns to the PlayStation 2 with Hot Shots Golf FORE! Join in on the off-the-wall fun, true-to-life physics and new Online gameplay. With more courses and more characters than ever before Hot Shots Golf FORE! delivers more of what HSG fanatics have grown to love.

    Jak 3 - One of the greatest adventures of all time continues in Jak 3, as Naughty Dog’s multi-million selling series returns for the third installment. Although Jak saved Haven City from Kor and his threatening Metal Head army, the citizens of the city banished Jak due to their distrust of his dark powers. Dropped off in the barren Wasteland and left for dead, Jak and his trusty comrade Daxter begin their epic journey, meeting new allies and fighting dangerous enemies along the way. With potent weapons, armor and vehicles, Jak also discovers that there is something deep inside him — an emerging power — the balance to Dark Jak–Light Jak.

    Killzone - In an era of planetary colonization, a ruthless separatist faction has launched a surprise attack on the ISA (International Strategic Alliance). Arm yourself against the Helghast, and become immersed in a cinematic storyline wrapped around an all out action, first person shooter experience. With intense firefights and breathtaking graphics, Killzone captures the grit and reality of a massive post-modern war.

    MLB 2005 - Baseball - unlikely to be seen outside America where it's already out.

    Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - In Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet and Clank once again team up for an all-new adventure combining diverse gameplay with elements of action, exploration, adventure, puzzle-solving, strategy, role-playing and fierce battles into one riveting experience. Featuring single-player and introducing new multiplayer offline and online gameplay, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal aims to push the action platform genre even further to deliver one of the most exciting and fulfilling single-player and multiplayer experiences ever.

    Rise of Kasai - The sequel to the highly acclaimed The Mark of Kri offers gamers artistically stylized gameplay filled with magic and mysterious spells, an innovative fighting mechanic, and online compatibility with intense collaborative combat action.

    Siren - Midnight. A Siren calls from a sea of red, and a village mysteriously disappears. A terrible force has enveloped the small Japanese village of Hanuda. Red water has strangely surrounded the mountainous town, and slowly but surely the village’s inhabitants are transforming into shibito, undead shells of their old selves, fueled by evil and hate. This is the story of ten characters, each caught in a living nightmare and embroiled in his/her own fight for survival. Taking place over the course of three days, the paths of these characters intersect as they attempt to uncover the mystery of the Siren.

    Sly 2: Band of Thieves - The charming, wry, master thief is back! And this time, Sly and his crew are in for the job of their lives. This next episodic adventure is a technologically, awe-inspiring, action-packed heist thriller in the true tradition of the best crime caper movies around. So, say goodbye to the Rat Pack as you know it because there’s a new Raccoon Pack in town!

    Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain - Put in charge of a powerful new black-box Agency, Gabe Logan uses all of his resources in a desperate battle against the clock. He and his team combat terrorists from all over the world as they struggle to discover who mutated the original virus, and why. But ultimately, Gabe must battle with the dark side of high-stakes espionage: how far will he push his team to solve the mystery behind Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain.

    The Getaway: Black Monday - Team Soho are returning with the sequel to their hit game, The Getaway. The developers seem to have taken complaints about the first into consideration to make this an even better game.

    World Tour Soccer 2005 - 989 Sports return with their latest soccer title. Will it make it to Australia? Actually it's coming out here as This is Football 2004. PES3 beater? Not quite, but it is online.

Check out yesterday's news about Konami's lineup for added details on all games at E3 2004.

HARDWARE

    The big presentation today, and to be honest not a lot was revealed. The PS3 was a no show as expected, the PSX nowhere to be seen, the PSTwo also non-existant. What Sony did put a lot of emphasis on was the PSP. Here's Sony's official press release about the console which pretty much details everything - except the price!
    SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. ANNOUNCES PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS OF HANDHELD VIDEO GAME SYSTEM, PLAYSTATION PORTABLE (PSP)

    LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2004 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today the product specifications for the handheld video game system, PlayStation®Portable (PSP), three-dimensional-CG games incorporating high-quality, full-motion video similar to PlayStation 2 can be played anytime, anywhere with PSP. PSP is scheduled to be launched in Japan in the end of 2004, followed by the North American and European launches in the spring of 2005.

    PSP comes in a black color, with a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD centered in a sleek ergonomic design with a high-quality finish that fits comfortably in the hands. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm with a weight of 260g. PSP features a high-quality TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. It also comes complete with the basic functions of a portable player such as built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector, brightness control and sound mode selection. Keys and controls inherit the same operability of PlayStation and PlayStation 2, familiar to fans all over the world.

    PSP also comes equipped with diverse input/output connectors such as USB 2.0, and 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN, providing connectivity to various devices in the home and to the wireless network outside. The world of gaming is further enhanced by enabling users to enjoy online gaming, or by connecting multiple PSPs to each other, directly via the wireless network. In addition, software and data can be downloaded through a USB or wireless network onto Memory Stick PRO Duo. All of these features can be enjoyed on one single system.

    PSP adopts a small but high-capacity optical medium UMD (Universal Media Disc), enabling game software, rich with full-motion video and other forms of digital entertainment content, to be stored. The newly developed UMD, the next-generation compact storage media, is only 60mm in diameter but can store up to 1.8GB of digital data. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as music video clips, movies and sports programs can be provided on UMD. To protect this entertainment content, a robust copyright protection system has been developed which utilizes a combination of a unique disc ID, a 128 bit AES encryption keys for the media, and individual ID for each PSP hardware unit.

    SCEI intends to aggressively promote PSP and UMD as the new handheld entertainment platform for the coming era.

PRICE DROP

    In this morning's presentation Sony America confirmed that the Playstation 2 would drop in price to $US149. This brings it in line with XBox, but is hardly the killer price that people were hoping for of $US99 or $US129. Still, it's better then nothing.

TUESDAY MAY 11, 2004
GAMES
Konami have announced their games being shown at E3 later this week, and there are a couple of surprises - not only because Konami's seperate divisions announced their own games, not as one big list. Here are the Playstation 2 games:

    KONAMI'S E3 2004 PRODUCT LINEUP
    Dance Dance Revolution Extreme - The greatest dance party returns with smash hit songs, unique modes and more features than ever before. Get ready to shake your groove thang with Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME. Over 100 minutes of energetic dance music and new Eye Toy USB Camera (for PlayStation 2) support will have the dance floor pumping all night long.

    Enthusia: Professional Racing - Enthusia Professional Racing puts you in the driver's seat and recreates the sensation of racing real cars. As in the real world Enthusia emphasizes driving skills and ensures that winning is a result of ability rather than how much money has been spent tuning a car and maintains a subtle balance between the power of the car a driver's skill. With a host of features Enthusia promises to deliver the ultimate driving experience for casual and hardcore racing fans alike. Fasten your seatbelt!

    Gradius V - Gradius. Without a doubt the series is one of the all time greats. In an age when side-scrolling shooters are a distant memory it's great to see that Konami are trying to breathe new life into the series with some fantastic visuals and improved gameplay.

    McFarlane's Evil Prophecy - In a time long ago, four warriors were given the task of saving the world from ultimate evil. Each endowed with special powers of the elements, together they fight the evil that plagues the land. Against such enemies, as the Werewolf, Sea Creature, Voodoo Queen, Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula, our warriors must strengthen their alliances, or face the ultimate doom that is McFarlane's Evil Prophecy.

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater looks set to bring an entirely fresh slant to the series, with a great majority of the game being played outside in the jungles. This has been one of the most talked about, rumored about, and drooled about games since its unveiling at the last E3 show in America in 2003. This is almost certian to be one of the games of 2004.

    Nanobreaker - In the distant future, nanotechnology goes awry and nanomachines start to harvest the blood of humans in an effort to construct an army of monster machines. To defend the world from this certain apocalypse, players control a military cyborg who wields a powerful, shape-shifting Plasma Blade. Using a variety of fighting techniques, hack and slash through hordes of enemy units to save humanity!

    Neo Contra - Contra is coming back to the PS2. The previous game on the system, Contra: Shattered Soldier, was a great game for old school gamers, but not the casual gamer. The game was rock hard, with many levels taking direct inspiration from the Super Nintendo title, Contra 3: The Alien Wars. Neo Contra is quite a different game with many options and enhancements that were very much lacking in the previous title and should impress at E3.

    Phantom Crash: 2050 - Konami brings the first online mech combat game to the Sony PlayStation 2 entertainment system with Phantom Crash 2050. This fast paced mech action is the sport of the future, where players pilot their customized mechs to win cash and worldwide dominance. Over 1 million possible mech configurations and phantom stealth abilities make this one mech party you'll have to crash.

    Rave Master International - Based on the exciting comic books from Tokyopop, become the Rave Master in this action-packed multiplayer game for the PlayStation 2. Embark on an epic quest with characters and storylines adapted directly from the comic book series. With easy controls, rich 3D graphics, dynamic action scenes and 3 different modes of play, Rave Master International offers unlimited fun and a unique mix of action, adventure and fighting. Let the Groove Wars Begin!

    Rumble Roses - Get down with Rumble Roses, the first and only all-women’s wrestling game on any platform. These wrestling beauties not only score a perfect 10,000 polygons per character, they also have all the some of the best moves and talent found in any wrestling game. But make sure to watch out for that Mud Match Mode, because these sexy vixens might get dirty.

    Shaman King Power of Spirit - Based on the all-new TV series, this fighting/strategy game for the PlayStation 2 lets you control Yoh Asakura and his friends in an exciting adventure. Immerse yourself in real-time battles, experience the innovative active talk system and behold unbelievable 3D graphics as you strive to be the next Shaman King!

    Silent Hill 4: The Room - Henry Townshend finds himself trapped in his apartment that has been cursed by a deeply rooted evil. Only by exploring mysterious portals leading to disturbing alternate worlds will Henry begin to uncover the truth. However, in true Silent Hill fashion, mysterious new characters, horrendous creatures, and the undead will use any means necessary to impede his progress. Silent Hill 4: The Room features a terrifying experience that fans and newcomers will never forget.

    Suikoden IV - The mysteries surrounding the Rune of Punishment will be answered in the newest installment of the hit RPG series, Suikoden IV. Follow the plight of a young knight as he struggles with a powerful Rune that slowly steals the life of its bearer. The oceanic environment filled with huge ships and vast oceans is brought to life with a captivating score, dynamic lighting effects and highly detailed 3D models.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - This is the second game in the series. The action is packed into another exciting series of adventures with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus. Run with the Turtle dudes as they show off their new Ninja abilities against all new opponents. Only the best can turn chaos into control with simultaneous play for up to four players in both cooperative and head-to-head modes.

    Y's The Ark of Napishtim - Washed ashore on an uncharted island, Adol Christin begins a new journey in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim. Lush environments, beautifully rendered characters and animated 3D backdrops combine to create the setting for Adol's newest adventure. In the world of Canaan, our red-headed hero must fight deadly monsters and menacing bosses with a variety of sword combinations, special attacks and magical spells creating a uniquely deep and compelling gameplay experience.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum - Become the Capsule Monster King by showing your dueling strength in the Coliseum! Create your own unique symbol and build your army of monsters to duel in this intense tactical board game. Spectacular battle scenes erupt in your quest to defeat your opponents and prove that you are the Capsule Monster Champion.

Codemasters have confirmed their E3 lineup, while not as detailed as many press releases, actually it's only a list, there are several games of interest for PS2 owners and I've added some details from each title's press release in the past. The Playstation 2 games being shown at E3 include:

    CODEMASTERS E3 2004 PRODUCT LINEUP
    Second Sight - Developed by Free Radical this game is hot. Combining an atmospheric, psychological thriller narrative with paranormal psychic abilities, stealthy exploration and intense shooter action, the game has already received acclaim from games press with PSM2 calling it “one of the best-looking and original action adventures of the year.” Bringing a new dimension to stealth action games, Second Sight gives players control of a character endowed with incredible psychic abilities. The game offers multiple approaches to completing levels either via stealth, dramatic gunplay, psychic powers or a combination of all three. The ability to psychically influence characters and remotely manipulate objects and individuals provides for a totally fresh gameplay dynamic.

    Club Football 2005 range - More clubs join the range this year, which will see an individual and official video game for the top UK and continental European football teams from Manchester United Club Football 2005 to Real Madrid Club Football 2005. Current new English signings to the range are Tottenham Hotspur Club Football 2005, Birmingham City Club Football 2005 with more major clubs still to be announced.

    Colin McRae Rally 2005 - Set to be revealed at this year’s E3 Expo (May 12-14, Los Angeles), Colin McRae Rally 2005 takes the series forward with a massive multi-event Career Challenge and introduces online head-to-head rallying, for up to 8 players, on both PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The all-new Career Challenge is the steering wheel-gripping heart of Colin McRae Rally 2005 and has players hurtling through over 20 different classes of rally events including Challenges, Cups, SuperCups, Shields and Championships, earning the right to compete against the very best.

    IndyCar Series 2005 - The fastest race on earth is set to return as Codemasters announces that IndyCar Series 2005 will launch this summer, complete with head-to-head online racing for both Xbox and PlayStation 2. Officially licensed by the Indy Racing League®, IndyCar Series 2005 gets a boost with a host of new features to complement the action-packed oval track racing at speeds up to 235mph! The game’s new online racing will see up to 12 players getting fiercely competitive out on the circuits on Xbox, with up to 8 players on PlayStation 2.

    MTV Music Generator 3 - Codemasters, a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment, and MTV: Music Television announced today the development of MTV Music Generator 3, the latest generation in the popular music creation and remixing game series. Giving console owners the chance to make the music track of their dreams with ease, the title is scheduled for release in June 2004 on the PlayStation 2.

Midway may not be the biggest publisher in the world, but they have got a few major franchises and their game list for E3 is pretty impressive. Here's their press release.

    Midway Unveils Lineup for 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo

    CHICAGO, May 10, 2004 - Offering a concentrated and focused lineup of high quality interactive entertainment products, Midway Games Inc. today announced its roster of titles scheduled for exhibit at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 12-14. Headlining the selection is Mortal Kombat: Deception, the next product in the top-selling, history-making franchise. For the first time ever, Mortal Kombat will be going online and full product details will be unveiled at a special, invitation only event the Tuesday night before E3. On the show floor, Midway will also be showing off a near final version of the much anticipated Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and the first-person action thriller Area 51, which will feature online play for up to 16 players.

    "Supported by a tightly focused release schedule, expanded relationships with leading entertainment companies, as well as a strengthened in-house management team, this E3 heralds a new era for Midway," said David Zucker, president and CEO, Midway. "The current sales success of recent releases The Suffering and NBA Ballers are strong indicators that our revised product strategy and renewed vision have us on the proper path to success."

    Midway's exciting E3 product lineup includes:

    Area 51 - The U.S. Army has received a distress signal from Area 51 where a viral outbreak has just shut down the research facility. A small Hazardous Materials unit led by specialist Ethan Cole is sent to investigate. As Cole, players will delve into the mysterious confines of Area 51, discovering a deadly mutagenic side effect of the virus that controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility.

    Midway Arcade Treasures 2 - Midway Arcade Treasures 2 brings more than 20 all-time classic arcade games to next-generation consoles, many for the first time, including the original Mortal Kombat, and smash-hit sequels Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, Spy Hunter 2 and Gauntlet 2. Additional classics include NARC, Total Carnage, Cyberball 2072, Wizard of Wor and many more. Players can enjoy hours of retro-gaming fun and watch a full-feature documentary on the origins of these interactive pioneers. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is scheduled to be available in fall 2004.

    MLB Slugfest: Loaded - Unlike any other baseball game available, MLB Slugfest: Loaded takes the fast and furious gameplay style Midway Sports games are known for, and adds a deep and rewarding franchise mode through the addition of Baseball Mogul. Also new to this year's version is online multiplayer on both PlayStation 2 and Xbox Live. MLB Slugfest: Loaded is scheduled to be available on June 21.

    Mortal Kombat: Deception - Delivering the most complete fighting experience and progressing the lethal intensity which the franchise has been known for since its 1992 debut in arcades, Mortal Kombat: Deception is set to revolutionize the fighting game genre. With unlimited online competition, Mortal Kombat: Deception features multiple fatalities per character; multi-tiered interactive backgrounds and extensive new game modes. Plus, for the first time ever, an enhanced free-roaming Konquest mode, an action/strategy board game and a unique puzzle game serve to compliment the improved fighting mode that has established the Mortal Kombat franchise as the ultimate fighting game of all time. Mortal Kombat: Deception is scheduled to be available in fall 2004.

    Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy - An all-new battlefield weapon is deployed… the mind. And Nick Scryer, an American psi-operative must use his to defeat The Movement, a deadly terrorist organization. Undergoing an excruciating procedure, Scryer has his mind wiped clean so he can infiltrate the Movement undetected. Aided by double-agent Sara Blake, Scryer wields a whole new arsenal of weapons consisting of Remote Viewing, Telekinesis, Mind Control and Pyrokinesis in addition to the traditional armory needed to strategically defeat this new menace. Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy is scheduled to be available on June 14.

    Shadow Hearts: Covenant - The sequel to its critically acclaimed predecessor released in 2001, Shadow Hearts: Covenant takes place over a year after the original ended, and finds Yuri embarking on a new expedition during World War I in a fantastical world of magic and creatures. Cursed by a secret cult that is taking advantage of the war to fulfill their evil ambitions, Yuri's morphing abilities are weakened. Yuri and his companions must journey to find a cure for his curse and defeat the malevolent cult. Shadow Hearts: Covenant is scheduled to be available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in fall 2004.

    For more information about Midway's entire lineup of products being showcased during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 12 - 14, please stop by room #4001 in Petree Hall or visit www.midway.com.

MONDAY MAY 10, 2004
GAMES
Sega, once the king of the home consoles may have a couple of major surprises this year, all thanks to a great e-mail they sent to press last week promising a surprise that no one will guess. Rumours include the company re-entering the console business with the Dreamcast or Atomiswave aracade system, to buyouts of, or by, another company. What they have announced is a strong lineup of games - here's the PS2 titles.

    SEGA ANNOUNCES GAME LINEUP TO BE FEATURED AT E3 2004

    SAN FRANCISCO (May 6, 2004) - SEGA today announced its fall and winter lineup of entertainment and sports titles to be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2004. Extending its reach as an independent content publisher, SEGA will feature titles developed for a broad base of home and handheld platforms including PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance. SEGA's booth will be located in Concourse Hall, Room #151, Los Angeles Convention Center.

    The SEGA entertainment lineup features a thrilling blend of action, adventure, sports, platform, and puzzle games, including the highly-anticipated debuts of Astro Boy, Otogi 2, and the return of several classic SEGA franchises like Sonic The Hedgehog, Virtua Figher, and Samba de Amigo - all of which have been enhanced for EyeToy by Yuji Naka's award-winning SONICTEAM studio.

    ESPN Videogames, SEGA's sports studio, gears up for the 2005 season packed with unmatched visual enhancements and a deeper level of ESPN integration. The ESPN Videogames lineup includes impressive additions to gameplay that further blur the lines between an authentic ESPN broadcast and a sports video game. The ESPN Videogames 2005 series promises players an unrivaled experience into the world of sports entertainment.

    "Our multi-platform lineup at E3 2004 underscores a new global publishing initiative that combines our industry-leading brands and IP with acquired titles that coincide with North American demand," said Hideaki Irie, president and COO, SEGA of America, Inc. "With an enormous catalog of legendary franchises and the addition of some hot acquisitions, SEGA has extended its reach and is well positioned for future growth."

    "Building upon the foundation of ESPN Videogames, I'm thrilled about our 2005 lineup," states Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, makers of ESPN Videogames. "This year's games not only showcase ESPN Videogames commitment to excellence, but also invite gamers to explore a host of innovative new features."

    SEGA's lineup of entertainment games to be featured at E3 includes but is not limited to:

    Altered Beast - As a special military operative, you are sent to investigate a deadly genetic outbreak in a small West Coast town. Hunted by unspeakable horrors and haunted by your past, you soon discover that in order to overcome evil, you must become more than evil. The only thing that can save you is your darkest power, the ability to transform into a variety of powerful beasts. As you defeat wave after wave of failed genetic experiments, the line between human restraint and primal instinct blurs, until nothing is left but the savage desire to uncover the true nature of the beast.

    Astro Boy - Join Astro, the robotic superhero with a human mind, in a jet-fueled adventure to reunite the robotic race with humans. Working with Tezuka Productions and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, SEGA's SONICTEAM studio has faithfully recreated the Astro Boy universe, paying homage to a classic icon of Japanese anime that is now a featured series on Cartoon Network. In Astro Boy, gamers use Astro's Rocket Feet, Arm Cannon, 1,000,000-Horsepower Strength, X-Ray Vision, and other special abilities to help save Metro City. With each case solved, Astro's skills develop, preparing him to face off against the strengths of Atlas, Acheron, the Blue Knight and more!

    Blood Will Tell - Blood Will Tell is a modern day action epic adapted from the classic manga by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy). Like the original manga, the game follows the adventures of Hyakkimaru, a samurai haunted by a shocking secret who embarks on a quest to uncover his past and regain his humanity. As a newborn baby he was robbed of every limb, every organ and even the ability to cry. He replaced his missing parts with weapons and departed on a quest to destroy the fiends who robbed his organs, hoping to regain his body and his future. Throughout the game, Hyakkimaru's friend Dororo is there to help and guide players and fight alongside Hyakkimaru.

    Headhunter: Redemption - Twenty years after the devastation caused by the Bloody Mary Virus, a new order has emerged, based on two distinct but totally independent worlds, divided by the ultimate consumerist society - 'Above' and 'Below'. Headhunter: Redemption continues the gripping story of Jack Wade, a veteran Headhunter keeping order in a futuristic world overrun with unchecked consumerism, vicious organized crime and mind-controlling mass media. When Jack and his protégé, the sassy, streetwise Leeza X, stumble upon an arms smuggling operation that threatens the status quo, they must work together to deliver an oblivious world from impending catastrophe, confronting their darkest fears beneath a shroud of evil that blankets the city.

    SEGA SuperStars - SEGA SuperStars for EyeToy is a compilation of 12 mini-games featuring classic SEGA characters and games redesigned exclusively for Sony's PlayStation 2 camera add-on. Now instead of just playing a favorite SEGA game, gamers are part of it! Race through with Sonic, battle Akira or Rau of Virtua Fighter fame in a toe-to-toe power attack or play a variety of instruments in Samba de Amigo rhythm. Multiple mini-games across a variety of genres ensure that there is plenty of fun for the entire family.

    Virtua Quest - Virtua Quest is a 3D Action/RPG that features both core RPG elements (exploration, treasure gathering, and character development) and a strong fighting component. The player assumes the identity of a young boy named Sei (pronounced "Say"). As the player explores each stage, he/she will discover "Virtua Souls" - data clusters that contain information about the martial arts abilities of the legendary Virtua Fighter characters. These clusters give the player the ability to easily perform complex fighting moves. As the game's story progresses, Sei discovers that only he can unlock the potential of the Virtua Souls, and he subsequently gains the attention of an evil syndicate known as Judgment 6.

    The 2005 sports lineup to be featured at E3 includes but is not limited to:
    ESPN NFL 2005 - It's the season of the fan. The year of people coming together to celebrate sports. ESPN NFL 2005 is uniting fans with a coupling of the most responsive and intense gameplay and the richest multi-player gaming experience possible. Maximum Tackling brings unique on-field control allowing gamers to go for the wrap-up tackle or deliver the big highlight hit. The addition of the V.I.P. System allows gamers to play friends, even if they're not there! Players are invited to show off their coaching skills in Franchise mode and utilize Weekly Prep to fully plan the training schedule, intensity, and regimen each week. Full online leagues and tournament play with living rosters rounds out the most complete online experience.

    ESPN NHL 2005 - Poised to defend its title as the #1 rated hockey video game, ESPN NHL Hockey returns to the ice with the confidence of a seasoned veteran. Improved player control, an all-new fighting engine and lightning fast gameplay truly capture the feel and pace of NHL-caliber hockey. ESPN NHL 2005 features breakthrough new ways to play including online leagues, multi-player mini-games and a deeper franchise mode adding endless replay value to an already robust lineup. With exclusive ESPN presentation players will experience all the on-ice action called by ESPN veteran commentators, Gary Thorne and Bill Clement. ESPN NHL 2005 makes skating with the NHL's elite a reality!

    ESPN NBA 2005 - The king of the court gears up for release. ESPN NBA 2005 will change the way virtual basketball is experienced with a host of new graphical improvements including self-shadowing, advanced reflective lighting, and full 3D crowds. Huge gameplay improvements in IsoMotion and the revolutionary 24/7 mode ensure the most responsive control and the most satisfying basketball experience. Let the next movement begin.

    ESPN College Hoops 2005 - In collegiate basketball, there's a world of possibilities no matter how big or small the college program. A season of success or defeat can be determined with one single decision, one coaching change, and even one shot. ESPN College Hoops 2005 is the only game that realizes the passion and pageantry of collegiate competition. ESPN College Hoops 2005 brings the unbridled emotion and wonderful magic only exhibited in a real college basketball game.

Vivendi have announced their lineup of games for this years E3 show, and it shows a lot of promise, including sequels, and licensed games. Here's th PS2 games we can expect to see at the show.

    VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PRODUCT LINE-UP FOR 2004 E3

    LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2004 - Vivendi Universal Games today announced its multi-platform product line-up for the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The company will showcase 18 highly anticipated titles, including: World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment, marking VU Games' entry into the massively multi-player online role-playing games category, StarCraft: Ghost, a tactical-action console game set in Blizzard's epic StarCraft universe; Half-Life®2, the sequel to the 1998 PC hit that won more than 50 game-of-the-year awards; Crash Twinsanity and Spyro: A Hero's Tail, the latest installments from two highly successful original character franchises; Van Helsing and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, titles based on major theatrical releases from Universal Pictures this spring; and Fight Club, a gritty fighting game based on the feature film from Fox Filmed Entertainment.

    "VU Games will feature an exciting range of highly creative games at E3, including hit franchise sequels, movie-based games, and new intellectual properties," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "We are showcasing titles that target the global marketplace across all major console platforms and the PC and featuring the company's great big, innovative entry into the MMORPG business from Blizzard."

    The titles listed below will be on display at VU Games' E3 booth (#1200) located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center (listed in alphabetical order):

    Crash Twinsanity (Titled Crash Unlimited in Europe and Asia Pacific) - A new evil has invaded the island paradise of Crash Bandicoot, with plans of destruction. In a strange twist, Crash reluctantly pairs with his archenemy, Dr. Neo Cortex, in order to save the world. Through this unorthodox partnership, Cortex is abused as Crash's favorite weapon when Crash and Cortex are controlled as one in this all-new gameplay mechanic. Gamers will encounter reactive enemies, fully immersive environments and a wacky cast of brand new characters in Crash Bandicoot's craziest and funniest adventure ever. Crash Twinsanity is scheduled for release third quarter 2004.

    Fahrenheit - Fahrenheit is a spectacular psycho thriller, set in New-York. For no apparent reason, ordinary people are randomly killing total strangers with the same ritual and pattern. Lucas Kane becomes one of these murderers. Finding himself in control of Lucas, the player is haunted by strange visions and the desperate need to find out what is happening to him. At the same time he must keep one step ahead of the police, especially Inspector Carla Valenti and agent Tyler Miles. A constant interaction with the storyline makes the story change as a result of your decisions. Fahrenheit gives gamers the unique chance to play both hunter and hunted, which in turn leads them to speak, explore, interact, fight and confront unknown dark forces. The final countdown has already begun. Fahrenheit is scheduled for release winter 2004.

    Fight Club - Players will be immersed in this gritty visceral world of fighting by playing as one of the many characters from the Fight Club movie. The extreme realism of the game will have players feel every punch and kick by delivering shocking visuals of broken bones, blood stained ripped clothes and real-time facial deformation in fully interactive environments familiar from the movie scenes. A no-holds-barred realistic fighter, the game will portray the brutality of street fighting while encompassing the artistic style, settings, storyline and characters from the movie with an extremely realistic fighting system and jaw-dropping special effects. With 3 different fighting styles and intuitive controls, ability to create fighters and online gameplay, the game will create a deeply rewarding yet challenging and unique experience for fighting fans of all levels. Fight Club is scheduled for release in fourth quarter 2004.

    Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude - Developed by High Voltage Software, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is the coming of age story about Larry Lovage, nephew of Larry Laffer, the series' original lovable loser. In Magna Cum Laude, Lovage starts as a pathetic loser enrolled at Community College who spends most of his time in his dorm room, or on campus striking out with women. After hearing about a reality TV dating show visiting his college campus, he resolves to revitalize his life and win. Over the course of the game, Larry sets out on an epic search for love (or its equivalent) and finds that things don't always go as planned. The Leisure Suit Larry videogame franchise began in 1987 with The Land of the Lounge Lizards, the first of seven games in the series. Since then, the Leisure Suit Larry games have sold millions of units worldwide and its games are considered collector items. Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude will be available in October 2004.

    Predator: Concrete Jungle - Gamers will hunt down their prey in an urban killing zone as they take on the legendary role of the lethal Predator within this 3rd person action extravaganza. The intergalactic hunter has its sights set on Earth in this new console game. In Predator: Concrete Jungle, the gripping tale of the fearsome alien's history on Earth unfolds between two separate time periods, first the 1930s and then in the 2030s, as the Predator embarks on a mission of revenge upon an organized crime empire and its leader who seek to conquer all Predators. Taking inspiration from the popular film franchise, the game allows players to roam a vast city landscape stalking human prey while armed to the teeth with hunt-adapted vision modes, cloaking technology, and extraterrestrial weapons of annihilation. Predator: Concrete Jungle will be available in the fourth quarter 2004.

    Red Ninja: End of Honor - Red Ninja: End of Honor is a third person action game that cohesively blends a variety of game-play features including action, adventure, stealth, and seduction and fighting. All these elements have been placed into Japan in the 1500's, here the power of the samurai class is fading and the use of the Ninja has become necessary to hold any political power in this chaotic time. Kurenai is a young girl who's world is destroyed when she and her father are attacked by the deadly Black Lizard Clan, a group that captures her and brutally hangs her by a wire and leaves her to die. Miraculously, she survives and is rescued and adopted into a clan where she obtains complete mastery of her unique weapon, the Tetsugen (steel wire). Kurenai has pledged her undying loyalty to her new family. She now lives to avenge her father's death and will go to any means necessary to destroy the Black Lizard Clan. Red Ninja: End of Honor is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2004.

    Spyro: A Hero's Tail - Spyro must save the Dragon Realms from the Evil Red Dragon who has planted light-sapping Dark Gems all over the Dragon Realms in an attempt to capture and control the world. With the help of his allies, Spyro must seek out and destroy all of the Dark Gems to return the lands back to normal and to save the Dragon Realms from the evil dragon's tyrannical control. Full of brand new dragon powers and abilities, gadgets, real-time morphing environments and five playable characters, A Hero's Tail is the greatest Spyro adventure yet! Spyro: A Hero's Tail is scheduled for release fourth quarter 2004.

    StarCraft: Ghost - StarCraft: Ghost, Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming tactical-action console game, refines the epic experience of StarCraft to the level of the individual soldier. Engage the StarCraft universe face-to-face as Nova, a deadly Ghost operative in the employ of the Dominion. With the help of a determined group of allies, follow story-driven missions that take you from massive planetary battles through dangerous solo operations to an unexpected turn of events that leaves the fate of the universe in your hands. Featuring a revolutionary new style of gameplay that showcases Nova's physical and psionic abilities, as well as an arsenal of sophisticated weaponry, off-planet call-downs, and vehicles straight out of the StarCraft strategy game.

    Van Helsing - Van Helsing, the third-person action game, transports players to a new world of fantastical reality set in 19th century Transylvania - home to the legendary Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man. As the renowned monster hunter Van Helsing, players must hunt down and destroy the evil that inhabits these ancient lands before darkness engulfs the world. As players progress through Transylvania and the strongholds of Castle Frankenstein and Castle Dracula, they'll encounter untold fiends and evil minions including the legendary dark prince Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man and Igor as well as a host of original creatures created for the game including stone gargoyles, fell spirits and banshees. Van Helsing will be available May 7th.

    Behind-Closed-Doors - By Appointment Only: VU Games and Monolith Productions will provide the media a sneak peek of the latest action-packed project from the developer that created award-winning games like Aliens vs. Predator 2, the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0. This project might be described as The Matrix meets The Ring, an intense close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging story presented entirely in first person.

THQ has announced their E3 lineup, and it's pretty heavily movie based on the PS2. Oh how I would have loved to see a PS2 port of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., although the graphics would have to be toned down from the stunning looking PC game. Here's the details of the PS2 games to be shown.

    THQ UNVEILS BLOCKBUSTER LINE-UP AT 2004 E3

    From Hollywood's Hot Holiday Releases to New Original Console and PC Content, THQ Showcases Videogames Targeting All Segments of the Expanding Gaming Audience.

    Calabasas Hills, Calif. - May 4, 2004 - THQ Inc., the #2 independent videogame publisher, today announced plans to debut several of its highly anticipated console, PC and handheld releases at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Console gamer content including Destroy All Humans, The Punisher, WWE Day of Reckoning and Full Spectrum Warrior will be available for demonstration along with brand new PC titles S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War. THQ will also present the most expansive mass-market product portfolio in the industry, including games based on "The Incredibles," "The Polar Express," and "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," three of the biggest feature films scheduled for holiday 2004. These titles and others will be available for hands-on demonstrations in the THQ booth, #1024, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center May 12-14.

    "Our 2004 portfolio caters to every segment of the game playing audience," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "Games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Destroy All Humans, Dawn of War and Full Spectrum Warrior are already winning critical praise and gaining traction at retail. Additionally, we have an expansive portfolio of games based on premiere mass-market brands including The Punisher along with highly anticipated holiday feature film releases, such as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Incredibles, and The Polar Express. In addition, THQ Wireless is also unveiling sports applications for wireless devices at the show."

    THQ's E3 Lineup includes games in every genre, including:
    From the Silver Screen:
    The Incredibles - Following the success of the Finding Nemo videogame, which shipped more than five million units worldwide, The Incredibles is the second offering in THQ's three property deal with Disney and Pixar. The Incredibles tells the story of a family of undercover superheroes that are trying to live a quiet, suburban life, but are forced back into action in order to save the world. The game is expected to launch simultaneously with the film, which will hit theaters on November 5, 2004.

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie - Based on the highly anticipated November 2004 release of "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," this action platform game is being developed by Heavy Iron Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, released in October 2003. The SpongeBob character continues to hold the #1 Q-score rating for kids aged 6-14 and is the most watched animated show in TV history by kids. The franchise also has all-ages appeal, with 30% of viewers between ages 18-49.

    The Polar Express - Based on the tent-pole holiday release from Warner Bros. Pictures, The Polar Express, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, brings the magic of Christmas to life in beautiful CG animation. The game is being developed by THQ's Australian studio and will ship for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC in conjunction with the film release this holiday season.

    Core Titles:
    The Punisher - Developed by THQ's Volition studio, The Punisher is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series. The game is built for players to enter the mind of the Punisher. More than just shooting, it will be important for players to walk into a room and think 'What would The Punisher do?' Features like character interrogations and highly interactive environments add a layer of depth that truly set this game apart. The Punisher is scheduled for release in early 2005.

    Destroy All Humans! - Developed by Pandemic Studios, creators of Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans! turns players' conventional expectations of playing the human defending against an alien invasion to now allow them to play the alien hell bent on infiltrating and taking over all of humanity. Destroy All Humans! delivers an open ended world where the player can rain down destruction from his UFO or land at any point to walk among the humans as the 3rd person alien subverting and terrorizing all of humanity. Packed with humorous science-fiction mythology and tons of conspiracy theory. Players will soon discover that it is better to be the superior being. Scheduled for release on the PlayStation2 and Xbox in early 2005.

    THQ will also showcase Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams, the next installment in THQ and Nickelodeon's million-unit selling original Tak franchise. Additionally, THQ and Nickelodeon will unveil their first game for the PlayStation 2 Eyetoy, Nicktoons (working title), in which popular Nickelodeon characters interact in multiple Nickelodeon cartoon environments.

Activision have confirmed their E3 lineup. The company doesn't have a lot of PS2 titles coming up, but what's there should generate a lot of interest due to major licenses.

    ACTIVISION SHOWCASES EIGHT NEW GAMES AT 2004 E3

    Game Slate Includes High-Profile Entertainment Properties and Titles from Industry’s Premier Development Talent

    Sydney, Australia – May 5, 2004 – Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will showcase eight key titles from its fiscal 2005 game slate at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 12 - 14. The company’s lineup is comprised of high-profile entertainment properties and titles created by some of the industry’s premiere development talent. The slate includes games based on such highly anticipated movies as “Spider-Man 2,” DreamWorks’ “Shark Tale” and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, as well as id Software’s gripping 3D action game DOOM 3 (XBox only being shown apparently, no PC - David) and The Creative Assembly’s award winning RTS game Rome: Total War (for PC).

    Spider-Man 2 - Based upon the biggest movie event of the summer from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and including other world famous Marvel comic book characters, players experience what it’s like to be the world’s most celebrated Super Hero, Spider-Man. Players can swing, sling, dive, jump and scale the heights of Manhattan to protect the innocent, in a living city with Super Villains, common criminals, vehicles, trains and helicopters. Players re-capture the movie experience by following the main storyline or choosing to embark on missions that challenge them to perform good deeds, deter random crimes, and face classic Marvel comic book villains such as Mysterio, using innovative new combat moves in locations from the film and environments exclusive to the game. Spider-Man 2 is being developed by Treyarch.

    DreamWorks’ Shark Tale - Players experience the fun and adventure of the DreamWorks movie by assuming the role of Oscar, a fast-talking little fish working his way up the food chain, who becomes an unlikely hero as he searches for an easy path to fame and fortune. Players undertake more than 25 adventure-packed missions set in their favourite film locations and new environments exclusive to the game. With a blend of original and film-inspired gameplay, players immerse themselves in a hip, underwater urban culture featuring the gritty environments of Reef City and funky tunes inspired by the film. DreamWorks’ Shark Tale is being developed by Edge of Reality for the console versions.

    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the book series and upcoming Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies film starring Jim Carrey, Jude Law and Meryl Streep. It is the only game that lets players experience first-hand the misadventures of the savvy and resilient Baudelaire orphans as they narrowly escape from the clutches of the villainous Count Olaf who is after their inheritance. In the game, players switch between the three orphans, mastering each one’s unique skills to solve puzzles and collect various items to build ingenious inventions. By combining their talents, the Baudelaire orphans work together to outsmart Olaf’s troupe of creepy cohorts and overcome sticky situations. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is being developed by Amaze Entertainment.

    X-Men Legends - The first 3D action-RPG based on the popular Marvel characters, the X-Men, X-Men Legends challenges players to master the attributes of their favourite X-Men by creating, customising and controlling teams of four mutants in real time. Assuming the role of more than a dozen popular Super Heroes, each with individual mutant powers and fighting skills, including Wolverine, Gambit and Storm, players lead teams of mutants as they battle the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and other Marvel villains on a quest to stop the extinction of mankind and determine the fate of the world. X-Men Legends is being developed by Raven Software.

    The Movies - Developed by Lionhead Studios' Peter Molyneux, a pioneer in the "life simulation" genre, The Movies lets gamers become Hollywood players, by creating unique movies and releasing them from the studios they build, starring the actors they discover and develop.

Acclaim have announced their lineup of games to be shown at the E3 show, and barring a couple of "unannounced titles" everything looks pretty solid for the publisher with Juiced likely to be one of the biggest titles of the show. Here's the main points from Acclaim's press release.

    ACCLAIM ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS E3 2004 PRODUCT LINEUP

    GLEN COVE, NY, May 7, 2004 - Unveiling the most dynamic product portfolio it has ever assembled, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., today announced their lineup that will be on display at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 12-14. Acclaim's E3 2004 lineup features such highly-anticipated brands as 100 Bullets, Combat Elite: World War II Paratroopers, Juiced, SHOWDOWN: Legends of Wrestling, The Red Star and World Championship Rugby.

    In addition, Acclaim will make several new product announcements during E3 and show these titles behind closed doors to a select group of media. While the Company has not yet revealed any details regarding these titles, consumers can anticipate the return of two popular brands that have enjoyed commercial success.

    "E3 marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of Acclaim; one filled with leading-edge brands and unparalleled creative vision," said, Rod Cousens, Chief Executive Officer for Acclaim. "Driven by a diverse, world-class product portfolio, including established brands like as All-Star Baseball and World Championship Rugby, consumers are only first starting to see who we are today. Brands such as Juiced, Combat Elite, 100 Bullets and The Red Star, have already captured the media's attention and set the stage for our future, which will hold even more surprises and exciting new properties that we will announce during E3. "

    Acclaim's E3 product lineup includes:

    100 Bullets - Based on the popular comic series published by DC Comics and created by Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets delivers an original action experience set in an urban noir world of conspiracy and revenge. Part hard-boiled crime story, part paranoid espionage thriller, 100 Bullets follows what happens when people from all walks of life meet Agent Graves, a mysterious figure who offers his "clients" the opportunity of a lifetime: an attache case containing the proof, the gun, and the carte blanche immunity to exact revenge on a person who's done them an irrevocable wrong.

    All-Star Baseball 2005 - Ranked among the top-selling baseball video game brands, All-Star Baseball 2005 returns for another season to deliver the most authentic hardball video game action available today. Offering an array of new features, including online head-to-head play, downloadable rosters, FielderCam, BroadcastCam, analog-control batting, Spanish play-by-play and the exclusive T.W.I.B. (This Week In Baseball) Challenge, All-Star Baseball 2005 is the only game to put gamers in the on-field shoes of their favorite players.

    Combat Elite: World War II Paratroopers - Go behind enemy lines with the military's most elite force - paratroopers - as they wage battles throughout the European theater of World War II, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden and the bitter winter defense of Bastogne. With over 60 authentic WW II missions and weapons, co-operative two-player gameplay and visually stunning environments, Combat Elite: World War II Paratroopers enlists gamers to undertake history's most dangerous missions where "failure was never an option." This June marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Combat Elite: World War II Paratroopers is driven by the renowned Snowblind engine, which is same the technology behind such as popular games as Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath.

    Juiced - Juiced is a racing simulation that totally immerses players in the lifestyle, community and risk-taking of the real-life street modding scene in a unique and compelling way. Juiced doesn't pay lip-service to the modding scene, it takes players there and immerses them in the culture - racing for pink slips, creating crews and providing the complete freedom to customize cars - from the dashboard to the drivetrain. Featuring over 50 licensed cars, 200 official aftermarket parts, and incredible online head-to-head play for up to 6 players and team-based racing; Juiced is one of this year's most anticipated racing titles.

    SHOWDOWN: Legends of Wrestling - Battle through the annals of time clashing with the greatest grapplers to set foot in the squared circle. Create special dream matches, unlock classic feuds and travel down the "path of pain" in the first-ever era-based career mode to see if you have what it takes to beat the icons of professional wrestling! Featuring more than 70 of the greatest legends of all-time, including Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Diamond Dallas Page, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Andre the Giant and Dusty Rhodes, SHOWDOWN: Legends of Wrestling is the ultimate wrestling supercard!

    The Red Star - Set in a breathtaking, award-winning universe, The Red Star flawlessly blends the fighting and shooting genre, offering an innovative high-action, character-driven co-operative gameplay experience. Based on the Archangel Studios' critically acclaimed comic series created by Christian Gossett, The Red Star tells the tale of an alternate Russia, the U.R.R.S., where massive technology and futuristic weapons are wielded by its army, The Red Fleet. Considered by GameSpy.com to be "One of the biggest gaming surprises seen so far in 2004", The Red Star has been likened to a cross between Final Fight-style brawling and Contra-style action.

    World Championship Rugby - A top-5 selling release in the United Kingdom and France since its launch, World Championship Rugby is this year's #1 selling Rugby brand throughout Europe. Developed by Swordfish Studios, World Championship Rugby has been garnering top marks among the press and is considered "the best the best rugby game on PS2" and "a brutal treat" by Europe's Official PS2 Magazine and Official Xbox Magazine, respectively.

UbiSoft have announced a list of games that they will be showing off at the E3 show. Some games don't have platforms confirmed as yet, and remain on the list. Needless to say it's quite clear that UbiSoft may have the strongest lineup in their history. One question though. Where is Splinter Cell 2 on PS2?

    Ubisoft, one of the world’s leading video game publishers, today announced that its 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) lineup will feature an exceptional selection of diverse titles for all platforms. Particularly in the spotlight this year, seven blockbuster games that are expected to surprise fans and rack up record sales:

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2 - A first-person action shooter that completely immerses players in the war of tomorrow. (Confirmed for PS2)

    Brothers In Arms - Brothers in Arms is one of UbiSoft's biggest titles at the E3 show this year. This is the most realistic and authentic WWII shooter ever, that reveals the emotionally-charged side of war. One thing is certain, it looks nice and with a release set for late 2004 it's certain to make an impact.

    Prince of Persia 2 - The sword-slashing sequel to the critically acclaimed Prince of Persia The Sands of Time. This time the game looks a lot darker, and even more detailed. With a release expected at the end of the year this is certain to be another awesome title on PS2.

    Far Cry Instincts: A breathtaking first-person action shooter that redefines the term "survival action".

    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time - This Role Playing game is one of the best looking for years and UbiSoft have picked up the game for release in PAL territories. While not shown at by UbiSoft at the E3 show (it was shown by Square-Enix) it makes up a major part of UbiSoft's stunning lineup of games.

    Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Black Arrow: A game that gives a new dimension to multiplayer online first person shooters.

    Rocky Legends - Based on the hit movies starring Sylvester Stallone this game includes all the fighters (except one) from the movies and looks like a terrific fighting game with some wonderful visuals. Check out the preview of this hot game from UbiSoft which will hit PS2 in late 2004.

    Other titles featured on Ubisoft’s booth include The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee (Confirmed for PS2), Pacific Fighters, Silent Hunter III and Playboy The Mansion (Confirmed for PS2).

    "The choice of titles for this year's E3 faithfully reflects Ubisoft’s strategy: capitalizing on strong established brands like Prince of Persia, and bold innovation, exploring new segments to build up new brands", says Yves Guillemot, President and CEO of Ubisoft. "Ubisoft expects to take the video game business to new heights, through both its capacity to break new ground and its sheer creative abundance."

    Ubisoft’s E3 booth will be located at #1046, South Hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information, visit http://ubi.com

Not to be outdone Electronic Arts have put out a press release detailing their games at the E3 show. I've kept all those that relate to the Playstation 2, and there's quite a few. Note, however, that some of these most likely won't be released outside America including the NASCAr and NCAA titles, and as with last year online gameplay in PAL territories will need to be confirmed in future.

    EA UNVEILS ITS 2004 GAMES AT E3

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 6, 2004 -- Electronic Arts, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, today announced its unrivaled E3 lineup of Sports, Action, Racing, Role-Playing, Fighting and Real-time Strategy games. EA’s 23 E3 titles will debut next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). EA also will announce its support for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) hand-held game machine, delivering four EA titles at the system’s launch with 10-12 additional titles following within the year.

    EA SPORTS will unveil eight titles at E3, all of which feature online gameplay for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system:

    Madden NFL 2005 – Madden NFL 2005 introduces the Hit Stick, which gives players the ability to turn a game around with a crucial tackle and delivers the power to take control of the game from the defensive side of the ball like never before. Along with all-new defensive pre-play controls and defensive AI enhancements, the defense now has a diverse arsenal of weapons available, making defense as fun to play as offense. The incredible depth of Franchise Mode grows with the new Storyline Central, where you manage the players and stories of the week. You can get the latest scoop on your team by listening to Tony Bruno’s weekly sports radio talk show and scanning stories in both local and national newspapers, while getting the inside word from your coaches, trainers and front office staff. Madden NFL 2005 is scheduled to ship in August on the PlayStation 2.

    FIFA Soccer 2005 – Great soccer players need a great first touch—and the same is now true for gamers with FIFA Soccer 2005. Using an all-new fluid player kinetic system, a player’s first touch becomes a key advantage for players who can think quickly and act fast to outsmart the competition. An all-new animation system reacts to every button press with authentic responsiveness, directly translating to the speed and vision of the world’s greatest players. With more than 350 official team and league licenses from around the world, more than 12,000 officially licensed players, and an enhanced Career Mode, FIFA Soccer 2005 is the only complete, authentic, and intelligent soccer experience. FIFA Soccer 2005 is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    NBA LIVE 2005 – Elevate your game on both ends of the court with NBA LIVE 2005. With EA SPORTS Freestyle Control, create awe-inspiring dribble moves, highlight-reel dunks, and tenacious defensive plays that express your individual playing style. All new 10-man Freestyle adds individual player movements and spacing, creating a realistic feel like never before. Enhanced player graphics that vividly reproduce each NBA player reach new heights, while multiple game modes including EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode put you in the middle of the action. Levitate and create with NBA LIVE 2005. The game is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup – Fight to the top in a groundbreaking new story mode to achieve NASCAR stardom. Start from humble beginnings by earning Modified, Truck, and NASCAR rides before grabbing million-dollar purses in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Develop your racing skills and intimidate your rivals on the track with all-new controls. Off the track, force the action with post-race confrontations, and settle disputes with NASCAR stars by racing America’s top production cars through city streets. Fans react to the drama, idolizing both NASCAR heroes and villains with every move. Owners and sponsors recognize talent and reward success. It's up to you to show 'em what you've got. NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    NCAA Football 2005 – For the first time in a football videogame, the game day atmosphere directly affects players’ on-field performances and home field advantage is key. Track the crowd’s impact on your players to see if they can withstand the pressure and find key personnel mismatches with the new Match-Up Stick. NCAA Football 2005 puts you inside the stadium to deliver the real emotion, collegiate atmosphere, and traditional gameplay of college football and includes the Top 25 Toughest Places to Play. Watch the visiting team fight crowd noise when calling audibles and hot routes and feel the stadium rumble with controller vibration and shaking cameras. With a deeper EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode, you manage an entire program including discipline, grades, and player happiness. NCAA Football 2005 is scheduled to ship in July on the PlayStation 2.

    NCAA March Madness 2005 – Lead your favorite school to the Big Dance with NCAA March Madness 2005, the most strategic basketball game on the market. Use scouting reports and locker room videos from many of the nation’s top college coaches to create the ultimate game plan. Along with an enhanced EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode, now you can rewrite NCAA history by replaying classic match-ups between some of the greatest teams ever assembled. With mascots, cheerleaders, arenas, crowd chants, fights songs, and Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler calling the action, NCAA March Madness 2005 continues to deliver the most authentic college basketball experience. NCAA March Madness 2005 is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    NHL 2005 – Delivering top shelf gameplay that captures the speed, finesse, and hard-hitting action of pro hockey, EA SPORTS lights it up in its 13th season of NHL action with NHL 2005. New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute complex offensive plays such as give-and-goes and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a new email system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the hotly-anticipated World Cup of Hockey, with the top eight International Teams and venues from North America and Europe. NHL 2005 is scheduled to ship this fall for the PlayStation 2.

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 – Challenge the Man Who Changed Golf Forever—Tiger Woods. Tiger-Proof your favorite course and change the way the game is played in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005. Using the revolutionary course-altering system, create that intensely challenging course you’ve always dreamed about. Modify course dynamics and call out your PGA TOUR rivals by adding lengthier Tiger Tees, tighter fairways, dramatic undulation to greens, deeper bunkers, higher rough, and more. The power to create golf’s biggest challenge is in your hands. With an enhanced EA SPORTS Game Face featuring non-proportional bone scaling and texture blending for realistic looks, plus new clothes, more manufacturers, and more variety, the time to become the greatest golfer on the PGA TOUR is now.

    EA GAMES DELIVERS GLOBAL HITS

    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent – Why save the world when you can rule it? Going where no previous James Bond game has dared to tread, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent breaks all the rules. Transport to the dark side of the Bond universe to experience life as a high-rolling, cold-hearted villain. As an aspiring 00 agent gone bad, you’re recruited by Auric Goldfinger in a ruthless war against Dr. No for control of the Bond underworld. A brutal encounter with Dr. No costs you an eye, but Goldfinger’s technicians replace it with a gold-hued, synthetic eye, earning you the name ‘GoldenEye’. With the ability to customize and upgrade your villain persona, wreak havoc as you make your unrelenting rise through the ranks. On globe-spanning missions of vengeance and demolition, cross paths with such infamous allies and enemies as Oddjob, Scaramanga, Xenia Onatopp, and, of course, Pussy Galore. GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    Battlefield Modern Combat – The award-winning Battlefield franchise comes to the PlayStation 2 and drops owners into the heat of battle in the high-tech frontlines of Battlefield: Modern Combat. Focusing on the action-packed, multiplayer style that has earned the franchise critical acclaim, gamers will prepare for all-out war on the modern battlefields of the world. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, they can engage in major conflicts with up to 24 players online .

    Catwoman – A classic story of betrayal and revenge unravels in Catwoman, based on the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film of the same name. Gamers will control Halle Berry as Catwoman as they play the movie, utilizing her unique cat-like skills, senses, and cunning to defeat her enemies. Boasting incredible acrobatic skills, Catwoman can leap across roofs, run up walls, pounce on prey, utilize unique “cat senses,” and avoid enemy bullets with feline grace. The game will take players through more than multiple levels set in seven different locations from the movie.

    Def Jam Fight For NY – The ultimate hip-hop fueled fighting game, Def Jam Fight For NY challenges players to step into the shoes of a ruthless street fighter battling for control of the hip-hop underground. The game features an all-new fighting engine including weapons, interactive environments and five unique fighting styles that can be combined to form dozens of customized hybrid styles for the ultimate edge on the streets. Def Jam Fight For NY features more than 40 of the most well-known artists and personalities in hip-hop today, including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Def Jam Fight For NY will be published and distributed by EA for the PlayStation 2 and is scheduled to ship in September 2004.

    Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban – Harry Potter fans will experience the magic and peril of Harry’s third year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. For the first time gamers will play as friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as well as Harry Potter, switching between characters and utilizing their key attributes and skills to resolve challenges and overcome enemies. The three friends will need to combine their strengths and master a variety of new spells as they face Harry’s most terrifying opponents yet: the escaped convict Sirius Black and the Dementors, the sinister guards of Azkaban prison. Players will unravel the mystery surrounding Sirius Black and his escape from the infamous wizard prison Azkaban, as they take part in the most exciting and challenging Harry Potter videogame adventure yet. Gamers will encounter a host of new characters and creatures, engage in a variety of sub-quests, fly on a Hippogriff, and reveal the secrets of the Marauder’s Map, and can check out six special games playable with EyeToy USB Camera. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is scheduled to release in June for the PlayStation 2.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age – Experience the first console role-playing game set in The Lord of the Rings universe in The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age. Travel in the wake of the Fellowship in a unique structure that allows players to explore their own path while periodically intersecting the major events of New Line Cinema’s film trilogy. Traverse through both familiar and seldom-glimpsed locations as you fight to save or destroy Middle-earth in an epic adventure. Encounter the demonic Balrog in the Mines of Moria, defend the fallen city of Osgiliath, or try to win the battle at Helm’s Deep. These choices and many more will confront you as you align yourself with the people of Middle-earth or undertake missions on behalf of Sauron. The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age is scheduled to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2.

    The URBZ: Sims in the City – The Sims have moved to the city where action is 24/7 and reputation means everything. Sims who live in the City are known as Urbz, and they have a bold new look and attitude. Go to work and be challenged by bosses at locations like the Sushi Bar, Chop Shop, or Bootleg Fireworks, Inc. Success at work brings promotions, access to new power socials, and gear to influence your new lifestyle. Flaunt your attitude by styling your Urbz using the detailed new character engine; then cross the velvet ropes of an uptown night club or explore the subway to earn new skills and items for your high-rise crib. It's up to you whether your Urbz become big-time players or get lost in the crowd. It's all about reputation as the Urbz are living the dream in a City that never sleeps. The Game Boy Advance version of The URBZ: Sims in the City also has a brand new city adventure set in Miniopolis, a bustling city poised on the brink of ruin. To thwart Daddy BigBuck’s evil schemes you have to get access throughout the city by building up your reputation to become the biggest “player” in the city. The URBZ: Sims in the City is scheduled to be released on the PlayStation 2 in the fall of 2004.

    Burnout 3 – Burnout 3 rewrites the rules of the road with a new mantra: aggressive racing required. Vie for first place with aggressive driving or simply indulge your thirst for twisted metal and breathtaking crashes. With stunning 3D graphics, addictive multiplayer races, and over 70 cars and 40 tracks, Burnout 3 is a breakneck, adrenaline-fuelled, arcade-racing experience.

    TimeSplitters: Future Perfect – The third game in the TimeSplitters universe and once again EA have grabbed the rights to publish the title from another company, this time Eidos, although Eidos play it down as a disinterest as publishing the game - yar, right. This is destined to become the biggest game in early 2005. Check out eh preview now.