sábado, abril 30, 2005

Half-Life² XBox - Hands on Preview by IGN

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IGN have managed to Score some playtime with the XBox Version of Half-Life², which is due for Release Later this Year. They also have a few Screenshots and Video Footage to show off, as well as an Interview with Jay Stelly of Valve.

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The result, as we saw, is Impressive. Half-Life² looks remarkably Good on the XBox. Which is to say, even at this early stage -- in the four areas we played -- Valve's title might be One of the Best Looking, if not the Best Looking, XBox Game on Microsoft's Console. Players of the original PC version will notice a lack of Detail compared to the original PC version, as well as some Aliasing and Resolution Issues, but we played an Early version, which lacked polish, optimization, and in all fairness, just isn't Finished yet. So sure, the XBox version will not match the highest Resolution or the Graphic superiority of its PC brethren, but for an XBox Game ? As former editor Kaiser Hwang might say, it really does look Amazing.

More on this 1st Half-Life² XBox Preview, here:
http://xbox.ign.com/articles/608/608385p1.html


Enjoy the 1st HL² XBox Preview, of so many others in the Future, Stay Tunned !

Valve and Vivendi Universal Games settle Lawsuit

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An interesting Press Release has just appeared from Valve's Doug Lombardi:

Bellevue, WA and Los Angeles, CA - April 29, 2005 -- Valve and Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the settlement of a pending federal court lawsuit filed by Valve in August 2002. The parties have resolved their differences, and the settlement provides for the dismissal of all claims and counterclaims. Under the settlement agreement, VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve's games, including Half-Life®, Half-Life², Counter-StrikeTM, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike: Source, effective August 31, 2005.

For more about this, go here:
http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5402


Update: Also, for those of you worrying that we might be left with Steam as the only option for buying Valve games, I received this response from Doug Lombardi earlier:

We are making arrangements to continue retail distribution of our products post August 31. Should have more details to share soon.At the moment the current speculations are that Activision may take over from VU Games. Remember, back in April 2003, Valve signed a multi-title deal, all starting with Day of Defeat, who are also publishing Day of Defeat: Source, so they may also take on the rest of Valve's back catalogue.


HOT NEWS in there, well, it seems, that we'll have Fire after all...

Half-Life² - Garry's Mod - New Update for v8.0 // Garry's Mod Version v8.0 Released

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Fans of Garry's MOD will be happy to see there have been multiple Updates revolving around Garry's MOD. To start, the GMod Development Team is currently developing Version 8 of the MOD. What is so exciting about Version 8, you say ? Gmod switched to the HL²DM Code, which means less Lag for Online Play. Another exciting addition will be Faceposer, which allow you to reposition different Facial Features.

Also, GMod's website has been Updated with a brand spanking New Template. For More Information on the Soon to be Released GMod V8, visit the website.


More Updates on this Later !!

UPDATE:
Version 8 of the incredibly popular sandbox-modification Garry's Mod has just been released, and is available for download on the official website.

"Version Eight adds a lot of new stuff - too much to go through here.. I'm sure half the fun is figuring it out for yourself so I'm not going to write any huge guides. One thing I need to stress is that you need to press and hold Q in game to show the new spawn menu."For those still interested in what goodies this version has to offer, check out the changelog here. And of course, the download can be reached here.

sexta-feira, abril 29, 2005

Batman Begins - New Trailer

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Batman Begins - TRAILER 4, for you to see, right here:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/batman_begins/trailer4

Batman Begins - Release Date:
17th June, 2005


Enjoy it at the Latest !!

quarta-feira, abril 27, 2005

PREY - Uses the Beast DOOM³ Engine - OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED by 3D Realms - The Creators of DN3D & the Future DNF / Prey 1st Shot in PCGamer

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This is Officially Confirmed this Time. 3D Realms' Shooter Prey (ambitious FPS in its time, yet dropped in 1997) will return against any waiting Next Year, powered with "a significantly enhanced Version" of id Software's DOOM³ Engine. The development has been entrusted to Human Head Studios already known for having developed Rune and Dead Man's Hand.

If you have any interest in this Game, you may want to check out the June issue of PC Gamer, it is said to hold an actual In-Game Shot from the Game. It will also be on show at Next Month's E3.

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Quote:

Like Duke, Prey was presumed lost to the great videogame dumping ground in the sky, but 3D Realms President reckons it was just holding on for the right moment. "The initial concept for Prey had been incubating for a while, waiting for the right opportunity to come along," he said.The original storyline of Prey cast you as a Native American battling an alien invasion. It's still unclear whether this particularly original storyline has stuck around but the delay in development has allowed for several new features to be added, as Scott Miller, CEO of 3D Realms, points out: "Prey is special for many reasons, including several new and original gameplay features and a tightly integrated story that packs an emotional punch, unlike other first person shooters."

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Wait & Dispear in Pain for the Launch of PREY...
Do You think is it Possible for the Game, to See the Day Light Like never Before !?

Well, we'll Wait & See, if it's gonna Happen, this Time...HAVE FAITH !!

terça-feira, abril 26, 2005

'Silent Hill' - The Movie - Updates: Mitchell will do Talking for SH

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Mitchell will do talking for 'Silent Hill'

Radha Mitchell will topline the video game adaptation "Silent Hill," which TriStar Pictures will release in the United States, producer Samuel Hadida said Friday. Principal photography is due to begin Monday in Toronto on the suspense horror feature, directed by Frenchman Christophe Gans ("Brotherhood of the Wolf"), and will run through July 22. The movie is budgeted at $45 million-$50 million, with additional casting to be finalized. "Silent Hill" is based on the hugely successful Konami game in which Rose (Mitchell) desperately searches for her lost daughter in the mysterious, terrifying town of Silent Hill, where they are trapped. The screenplay was written by Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction"). Hadida's Davis Films developed the film in association with Konami Corp. (Charles Masters).

Source of the News:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/brief_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000893840


More on this SH - The Movie Later !!

Classic DooM II for DooM³ Mod - Takes Interest: Review / Download Current Release Version ( In Development Yet )

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According to a Review, It appears this Mod, DOOM II FOR DOOM³, can draw quite the crowd, even at its Current Development Stage. Raving about Graphics to Gameplay to the Classic DOOM II feel, It's certainly something to be excited about. And with the Classic DOOM series being reanimated by different mod teams out there, its safe to say DOOM's future has no end in sight.

Skeptical of the Review ? Well no worries ! You Can Download the Current Release from DOOM WAD STATION right here and see for yourself.

Review / Current Download:
http://www.doomwadstation.com/doom3/maps/doom2

DooM³ - Resurrection of Evil - Walkthrough by Gamespot ( 16 Pages )

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GameSpot have published a full-fledged Game Guide for DooM³ : Resurrection of Evil, no less than 16 Pages ! It begins with a useful Overview of the New Weapons and Enemies, then makes its way deeper into covering the Eleven Levels of the Game. In addition, if like me the New Bosses make you nuts, that is, you Experience small trouble Beating them, a couple of Gameplay Movies demonstrating a working strategy can be downloaded or streamed:
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6122486/index.html

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Quote from the D3:ROE Walkthrough:

Bruisers are the new ultra-enemies in Resurrection of Evil, and are essentially souped-up Mancubi with monitor screens for teeth (which doesn’t seem like it’d work too well) and a pair of rapid-fire energy beams for hands. Taking these guys on without using the Artifact is almost suicidal, but you shouldn’t run into them before you get the Berserk power for that weapon, making it a relatively easy matter to run up to them and take them down with a single punch.

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Note:
Only for Gamespot Registered Users have such Access !

Quake 2 Images on the DooM³ Engine

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Kiltron (of Futrix Studios) keeps bringing the Gaming Community gorgeous works of art, as seen in these newly Released Quake 2 Screenshots on the DooM³ Engine. To clarify guesses or assumptions as to whether or not this is the original content, it is not. Kiltron and his team have re-worked everything from scratch for the DooM³ Engine. The images hosted by Bluesnews.com are watermarked incase any of you are having any 'ideas'.

Keep checking back into The Mean Arena for complete updates on this and other projects by Futrix Studios.

Quake 2 Shots using DooM³ Engine:
http://www.bluesnews.com/screenshots/games/misc/20050423

Kiltron's Official Website, for more News on this, in the Future:
http://www.planetquake.com/meanarena

Enjoy !!

segunda-feira, abril 25, 2005

Aspyr Media on Mac DooM³ Optimizations

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Aspyr Media Inc., the developer of DOOM³ for Macintosh, has answered some questions and technical responses towards developing games on the big Apple, including DOOM³ itself.


Here's a bit from the Article:

SantaDuck: Was Apple tweaking OpenGL in active cooperation with your efforts?

ASI: Yes, Apple devoted a lot of time and resources to doing optimizations within OpenGL so it better handled the parts of Doom 3's rendering path that we couldn't easily change. The most significant speed increases we gained from the start were due to these kinds of Apple efforts. "


Full of technical interest, from OpenGL 2.0 to Apple personally optimizing its software to easily handle games like DOOM³, the Article is a must for all of those scratching their heads and thinking "How?", as well as a great insight towards Mac gaming. Head on over to Macologist and see for yourself:
http://www.macologist.org/viewtopic.php?t=1224

sexta-feira, abril 22, 2005

Half-Life² : Aftermath & HDR - More Details by Valve Software Staff Member - Doug Lombardi

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Planet Half-Life has a Story about Half-Life² : Aftermath, the Lost Coast HDR Level and Half-Life² Xbox, From Valve's Doug Lombardi:
http://www.planethalflife.com/#PQN490522


New Details about Half-Life² : Aftermath Exp. Pack / HDR / Half-Life² XBox:

-Half-Life² : Aftermath is due in Late Summer. The Episode continues the Adventures of Gordon Freeman, and Begins immediately following the Conclusion of HL². It will be Available via Steam and may appear in Retail Boxes as well.

-It is not Slated to Appear at E3.

-Lost Coast is slated to appear in the Games for Windows areas at E3, and is scheduled for Release during the Summer months.

-Half-Life² XBox, featured on this Month's Issue of the Official XBox Magazine, is slated for Completion in August and will be Shown in Microsoft's booth at E3.


It's all for Now, Enjoy the News !!

Star Wars - Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Movie - NEW Video Clips ! Watch Now !

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First up, I've got Links to Three Brand New TV spots now airing from the film:

To Access the New TV Spots entitled
'Jedi Action 1' and 'Jedi Action 2', and 'Unite' go here:
http://www.movieweb.com/movies/film.php?7


In addition, I'm serving a Quicktime Movie of a recent German TV broadcast of Focus TV which features a look at the Special Effects in the film. What is revealed is some Footage from the Film as well as some Pre-Production Animatics of 'General Grievous' who serves as the main 'baddie' in the film.

To Access the Footage, Scroll Down to the End of the 'Special Media' Section on the Left Side and Access the German 'General Grievous' Footage to watch, right here:
http://www.movieweb.com/movies/film.php?7


Enjoy the Latest on the new Star Wars movie, to be Released for the Public at:
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hits Theaters on May 19th, 2005.

PS: Dedicated to oZaLaN, once more Time ( The 'Insane' S.W.'s Fanatic ) ;}

'High Tension' - NEW Movie Trailer ( 2005 )

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The Story:
Marie and Alexia are schoolmates and best friends. Hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet, they decide to spend a weekend in the country at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But in the dead of night, a stranger knocks on the front door. And with the first swing of his knife, the girls’ idyllic weekend turns into an endless night of terror...Prepare to take a white-knuckle journey into the heart of fear with Lions Gate Films’ HIGH TENSION, the terrifying story of two girls’ battle for survival at the hands of a sadistic psychopath. Marking a return to the nightmarish intensity of 1970s horror classics, director Alexandre Aja reduces the genre to its bare essentials, building a narrative of intensifying dread that culminates in a truly shocking climax. Relentlessly tightening the screws of suspense, HIGH TENSION will have you struggling to catch your breath.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Rating: R (for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual content and language)


'High Tension' - Official Website:
http://www.hightensionmovie.com

'High Tension' - NEW Movie Trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/lions_gate/high_tension/trailer/large.html

'High Tension' - Release Date:
June 3rd, 2005


"...Brilliant !!
"...Terrifying !!
Michael Wilmington, from Chicabo Tribune

"A True Horror Classic !"
Lawrence Raffel, from monstersatplay.com

"It Will Scare You the Living Hell out of You"
Dennis Dermody, From Paper

terça-feira, abril 19, 2005

id Software talks about DooM³ XBox Commercial

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Read more about the 'Interview' about this D3X Commercial:
http://biz.gamedaily.com/features.asp?article_id=9426

Doom 3 TV Spot Scarily Convincing:

"Having a game's developer so involved with its marketing helps ensure that the best footage possible ends up in the commercial. We have an intimate knowledge of our product that a publisher or ad agency just can't get," Marty Stratton and Kevin Cloud, id Software.

Enjoy !!

Physics Processing Unit ( PPU ) to Demo at E3 / UE3 to be using it in Early 2006

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A little tidbit about this Subject:

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Tim said that the next generation Unreal engine powered with next generation graphic, richer content needs better physics as well. You will be able to experience this in early 2006, once Tim finishes Unreal 3 engine and once when games based on this engine gets released. They will however be able to use a hardware Physics Processing Unit (PPU).

The PPU is definitely the next step in making games look good and senior Intel executives have told us that its firm likes the fact that there will be a dedicated piece of hardware that will accelerate physics calculations in games.

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Read the Rest of the Article, right here:
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=22592

domingo, abril 17, 2005

'Kingdom of Heaven' Movie - Theatrical Trailer / Production Featurette / Wardrobe Featurette

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Enjoy the Latest Theatrical Trailer until the Launch of the 'Kingdom of Heaven' Movie:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/kingdom_of_heaven/theatrical_large.html

'Kingdom of Heaven' - Production Featurette Trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/kingdom_of_heaven/prod1_menu.html

'Kingdom of Heaven' - Wardrobe Featurette: Creating Character through Wardrobe:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/kingdom_of_heaven/ward1_menu.html

Visit the Official Website for 'Kingdom of Heaven' :
http://www.kingdomofheavenmovie.com


A Film of Ridley Scott - The Director of Gladiator


Holiness is in right action, and courage
on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves...

Hospitaler, 1185 AD

sábado, abril 16, 2005

Quake 4 - New Details Emerge

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Quake 4 (PC)
Activision and Raven let loose some teaser info about the latest in the classic Quake series.

Today, Activision passed along a slightly expanded synopsis for the game written by Raven's Eric Biessman, along with one of the few screenshots we've seen to date:

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Earth is under siege by an alien race. The Strogg are cybernetic warriors -- a mechanical frame and decaying body parts stabilized by flesh consumed in a systematic annihilation of other species and civilizations. In a desperate attempt to survive a Strogg attack on Earth, an armada of Earth's finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet. Earth's initial assault force is nearly annihilated immediately, but one marine manages to infiltrate the base, bring down their planetary defense systems, and kill the Strogg's collective brain and leader -- the Makron. Earth assumed the destruction of the Makron would end it all, but it didn't.

That's where QUAKE II leaves off and QUAKE 4 begins.

The Strogg are quickly regrouping. However, with the Strogg's planetary defenses still destroyed, Earth's forces can deliver a full and final assault. This time, you're not alone. You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad, and part of Earth's next invasion wave. An army of soldiers are fighting with you and an arsenal of weapons and vehicles are at your disposal in this heroic and epic battle between worlds.

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Quake 4 News/Info Sources:
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2005/04/15/news_6122391.html
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/quake-iv/604903p1.html?fromint=1


That's Nothing really New about Quake 4, Raven/id/Activision are only Rehashing Old News, to Impress the Gamers, still a Demo is to be Shown in QuakeCon X ;\

DooM³ - 'The Evil' Mod in the Works Yet - "Tests the Sky" - Awesome Video

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Check this Awesome Video, about some Improvements for 'The Evil' Mod from their Developers, named "Tests the Sky" ( Take attention to the great Outdoor Areas ( Like a Lot of PpL said to be Impossible to do with this engine with todays hardware, this proves the exact opposite), the use of High-Resolution Textures/Using Bump-maps, the Cool Skybox and other things, Enjoy ) :
http://www.planetdoom.com/theevil/the_evil_skyportal.mpg


'The Evil' Mod Proves to be a Very Ambitious Project, Stay with Attention with This One Too in the Near Future...
Stay in Touch with this, for more News regarding this Good Looking D3 Mod !!

sexta-feira, abril 15, 2005

MASTERS OF DOOM - THE MOVIE in the Works

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Well it seems there is another DOOM related Movie in the works. This recently Announced Movie will be for Showtime and will be based around the book Masters of DOOM which tells how the Phenomenon of DOOM came to be and how id Software got its Start in the Gaming Industry. You can Read more about the Movie right here:
http://www.cgonline.com/content/view/756/2


WTF ?! MASTERS OF DOOM - THE MOVIE ?! YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING !! AWESOME !! NOW I WILL GET BAD DAYS OF SLEEP, COUNTING THE DAYS FOR IT !! TRULLY AMAZING NEWS FOR HARDCORE DOOM FANS LIKE ME ;}

PhysX - Ageia Technologies Interview

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"The New Revolution in Gameplay Physics"


PhysX : Ageia Technologies Interview:

TeamXbox has a lengthy interview with the CEO of AGEIA Technologies, Manju Hegde, whose company is building the first dedicated Physics Processing Unit (PPU) called the PhysX chip. This technology is being touted as the next big thing in gaming, almost as important as the first 3D card.

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"AGEIA's PhysX chip is the world's first dedicated PPU. With AGEIA's groundbreaking new technology, developers can now create scenes using the same laws of physics that govern the physical universe, enabling players to interact with any object in any scene at any time, providing pervasive interactive reality. In concert with the CPU and GPU, the PhysX chip will allow game developers to create characters, backgrounds and effects that rival those of Hollywood movies, but with interactivity."

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The company already has the backing of Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Microsoft. When asked if we'd see this in a next-gen console, Hedge said, "On this one, you will have to wait."


Source of the Interview, read all about this Awesome Tech here:
http://interviews.teamxbox.com/xbox/1117/AGEIA-Technologies-Interview/p1


Enjoy the Latest Adition "Feature" Technology for Advanced Gameplay Physics !!
More on this in the Future, stay in touch !!

quinta-feira, abril 14, 2005

'DooM' - The Movie Delayed

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According to the Universal Pictures website, its release has been postponed to October 21. It was initially expected to go on air early August. No explanation is given regarding this somewhat sudden change...

Check the Official Universal Pictures Website:
http://www.universalpictures.com

Another Source Infos about the Delay of DooM - The Movie:
http://www.megagames.com/news/html/movies/doommovie-update.shtml
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=58638


For more Big News regarding this, Stay Tunned !!

DooM³ - .Plan File Updates from Timothee Besset ( id Software Staff Member / Programmer )

DooM³ - .Plan File - Updates Posted by Hello


DooM³ Plan File Updates from Timothee Besset:
Regarding the next DooM³ patch ( Version 1.3 )

- Resurrection of Evil will be supported on Linux
- Release 1.3 has EAX HD support, PunkBuster and bunch of other goodies
- We will release an updated SDK shortly after the patch release
- It's not done yet

Source of the News:
http://www.bluesnews.com/plans/476

quarta-feira, abril 13, 2005

Amityville Horror Movie - 6 Clips to Haunt You !

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Amityville Horror Movie - 6 Clips to Haunt You, You can see them, right here:
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=trailer&id=1808594450&intl=us


This Film is Based on a True Story !!
Enjoy the Clips !!

Night Watch - Movie Trailer ( 2005 )

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The Story:
Set in contemporary Moscow, "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. As night falls, the dark forces battle the super-human "Others" of the Night Watch, whose mission is to patrol and protect. But there is constant fear that an ancient prophecy will come true: that a powerful "Other" will rise up, be tempted by one of the sides, and tip the balance plunging the world into a renewed war between the dark and light, the results of which would be catastrophic. "Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)" is the first installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko entitled Night Watch, Day Watch and Dusk Watch.

Director: Timour Bekmambetov
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rating: R (for strong violence, disturbing images and language)

Night Watch - Official Website:
http://www2.foxsearchlight.com/nwnd

Night Watch - Official Trailer:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/night_watch

Night Watch - Release Date:
July 29th, 2005


The First Chapter in an Epic Horror Trilogy !!

DooM³ XBox - TV-Spot Video

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DooM³ XBox - TV-Spot Video:

Low-Res Quality Download
http://doom3.planet-multiplayer.de/download.php?view.372

High-Res Quality Download
http://doom3.planet-multiplayer.de/download.php?view.373


Enjoy Another Cool Promotional TV-Spot Video for DooM³ XBox !