Tony Hawk 3 To Be Gamespy Powered

Core Magazine has posted more info on the upcoming internet capabilities of Tony Hawk 3. Gamespy will be handling player matching and online meetings of up to 4 players online.

The internet adapter for the PS2 has been delayed until next year, but apparently a few sites have been able to connect via USB Ethernet or USB Modem adapters. I’ll let you know how it works when I get it from RedOctane.com

GCN Launch List

FGN has posted the final list of Gamecube games that should be ready for launch:

  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2
  • Wave Race: Blue Storm
  • Super Monkey Ball
  • SSX Tricky
  • Madden NFL 2002
  • Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
  • NFL Blitz 2002
  • NHL Hitz 2002
  • All-Star Baseball 2002
  • NFL Quarterback Club 2002
  • Extreme G 3
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Batman Dark Tomorrow
  • Universal Studios

I’m getting Luigi, Waverace, and Rogue Leader. I’m not terribly excited about Luigi, Waverace should be more of the same (which is fine by me), but Rogue has my attention. I almost purchased the 64 flavor, but held off. I’m glad I did…

PS2 Internet Delayed

IGN is reporting that the manual for the boxed version of Tony Hawk 3 mentions that the PS2 Internet adapter is being delayed until spring 2002. Nothing official from Sony, but considering THPS3 was supposed to offer large amounts of online modes, I imagine they were one of the first to know.

The game will still offer online modes, but they won’t be available until 2002…

Sony at X01?

Heh. This is kinda funny. According to FGN, Sony kinda snuck their way into the recent Xbox show, X01, in Europe. Apparently the hotel that was housing guest to the show has small white billboards on them. On the billboards were the words “Just Pretend I’m not Here” and a small PS2 logo.

Very nice, Sony. I like hearing about these little jabs the console makers throw at each other. Not as good as the Sega ad with the kid sticking his toungue out, mentioning that Sega was sorry to hear about the PS2 shortages, but good none the less…

Splash!

If you were even remotely interested in ATV : Off-Road Fury for the PS2, then you’ll want to check out SplashDown. Take away the 4 wheelers and replace them with JetSkis and you get the picture.

I just heard the game is final (gone gold) and is scheduled to ship mid next month.

Unreal On Gamecube?

Interesting post up at Gamecube 101. Aparently the newest issue of ‘Total Gamer’ out in Canada has a little piece mentioning that “Digital
Extremes out of Waterloo, ON is working on a first-person shooter” for the Gamecube. For you Xbox heads out there, this is the same company working on Unreal Championship, the Xbox exclusive version of the PC hit, Unreal Tournament.

The author assumes a lot by thinking the game is a UC port for the GC, but I could see them working on something related. It could even be a port of the original Unrreal Tournament, but only time will tell for sure.

Wolfenstein Update

Mucho cool info up atAchtung Wolfenstein! about the “Top 10 Wolfenstein Revelations”, 10 things never known about the game until now.

#9 Das Boot for Team Killers
This feature wasn’t in, but Activision described a new feature aimed at curbing team killers. Once someone kills another on his team, the victim gets a chance to lodge a “complaint” against that player. After so many complaints, a vote to kick the player is automatically called.

#8 Checkpoint Mode
Many of the maps (including one that we got to play) can be played in “checkpoint mode” in addition to their regular “objective mode”. Checkpoint involves capturing multiple flags on the level, with the first team to cap them all winning. It’s similar to Unreal Tournament’s Domination mode.

#7 New Maps
I got to play two additional maps: “Das Boot” and “Assault”. Das Boot is a level where Allies try to dynamite an Axis submarine after punching through a couple of sealed doors. Protecting your Engineers is a must! Assault normally requires Allies to fight their way to a radio tower and dynamite it, but we played this map in Checkpoint mode (see above). Both maps were very well done.

Very cool. This is one of the few PC games that I’m anxious to get my hands on.