Lionheart had everything in place to become one of the best crpgs of, at least, this year.  Produced in conjunction with Black Isle Studios by Reflexive Entertainment, using Fallout's SPECIAL combat system, and attached to an intriguing narrative it seemed inevitable that Lionheart would be both an intellectually compelling and eminently playable game.  Set in the years following the disjunct
PlanetHalfLife has what appears to be a (confirmed) response of Gabe Newell to a question about how much Half-Life 2 is going to cost via Valve's Steam service. He mentions some details on the versions and payment schemes available. Those who prefer purchasing the 'boxed' Half-Life 2 might want to know that there will be several editions available.
No this isn't a cross-post from our sister site "". I saw over at Slashdot Games that there's one less exclusive demo out there. The Call of Duty demo on Friday was supposed to be exclusive to a certain little green website we all know and love.

September 1st - 7th

I hope everyone had a refreshing long weekend full of fun and frivolity. If you didnÂ't than maybe you should have picked up some of last weekÂ's awesome releases instead of watching Xena re-runs. WeÂ've got a few heavy hitters this week with SEGAÂ's ESPN Football 2004 finally hitting the shelves and the Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons expansion also making an appearance.
GameArena features an interview with Tim Willits and Todd Hollenshead on - who would have guessed it - Doom 3. They've answered a number of questions, also talking about the mod aspect of the anticipated FPS as well as the multiplayer mode.
Ze Gamestar crew points out that there is a promotion video of the 'Alone in the Dark' motion picture is available at The 11 MB download hints at a standard horror thriller inspired by 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'.

Etherlords II Demo

Most of you are probably trying out the Call of Duty demo right now. I, however, downloaded the Etherlords II trial, which was released about two days ago. The same day the game went gold. The title was developed by the Russian team Nival Interactive, also responsible for the WWII-tactics game Silent Storm and the RTS title Blitzkrieg.

Site Issues 2.0

Aside from Â"˜The Week AheadÂ' IÂ'm happy to report that my only other content this week will be to say that the site is experiencing some technical difficulties. So here goes. *Ahem*
Blizzard posted some fresh content in the Tauren section of the World of WarCraft website. Some new screenshots, featuring a female Tauren among other things. The Tauren will be one of several playable factions. Blizzard recently also confirmed that Trolls, Gnomes and Undead will be part of the set of races to choose from.

And Add a Funny Caption, Hon!

What's to say, really? The last new game I bought for my Gamecube was Zelda, and I preordered that six months before it was even released. My poor purple box hasn't had much exercise as of late. This week, though, I actually had to choose between games. Soul Calibur II and F-Zero GX both tempted me with their seductive newness.