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Posted 30 November 2002 - 02:41 PM
The graphics company is now shipping the less expensive version of the DirectX 9-ready Radeon 9700 graphics card.
ATI has announced that the Radeon 9500 Pro is shipping to stores, about a month after the graphics card was announced. The card is a revised version of ATI's high-performance Radeon 9700 Pro card. The 9500 Pro maintains the 9700's DirectX 9 features but uses 128-bit memory and runs somewhat slower, at 275MHz for the chip and 540MHz for the memory. The most notable feature is its price: a comparably reasonable $199.
The next installment in the GBA racing game series is coming next spring and focuses on racing concept cars.
THQ has announced a new racing game for the Game Boy Advance: GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing. The next GT Advance game features more than 90 cars from leading manufacturers and allows players to customize the cars' acceleration, top speeds, and handling before taking them on the 46 street and pro circuit tracks.
GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing is scheduled for the spring of 2003.
Eidos has opened a site intended to walk players through the process of making maps for the recent first-person shooter.
Eidos has announced that an official TimeSplitters 2 mapmaking Web site is now open. The site contains some tutorials for using the mapmaking function that's built into the game and some hints for best using the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube controllers in the map tools. More reference materials and specific map layouts are promised for the near future. The only way for players to exchange maps is by transferring them with memory cards.
EA's anticipated update for the WWII multiplayer game is available now.
Yesterday, EA told us that the 1.2 patch for Battlefield 1942 was in final testing. That patch is now available. The update addresses a variety of gameplay issues, but its main focus is on increasing the game's frame rate and improving the hit detection for handheld weapons. The patch will also include some minor gameplay tweaks and miscellaneous graphical fixes.
GameSpot Complete members can download the 22MB file from the link below. More information will be available on the official Web site for the game.
Titus reveals plans for an Xbox Robocop first-person shooter.
Titus has announced that it has a Robocop game coming for the Xbox next February. A PS2 Robocop game has already been announced and is due out in January. Robocop for the Xbox will have eight large levels (each with multiple objectives), 53 types of enemies, and seven weapons. As Robocop, players must protect the citizens of Delta City from drug dealers, cyborg gangs, and renegade robots and foil the plans of crime lords and corrupt OCP executives.
The latest PC sales rankings are out, and Harry Potter is the one new face on the top 10.
NPD has released its latest weekly PC game sales charts. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is making its debut at number three. A few games have lost ground since last week, namely Combat Flight Simulator 3, which dropped off the chart, and EverQuest: The Planes of Power, which dropped from eighth position to 10th.
Best-selling PC games for the week of November 10-16, 2002:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Average Price
1 / The Sims: Unleashed / Electronic Arts / $26
2 / Age of Mythology / Microsoft / $40
3 / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Electronic Arts / $28
4 / The Sims Deluxe / Electronic Arts / $42
5 / RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 / Infogrames / $29
6 / Backyard Hockey / Infogrames / $19
7 / Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania / Microsoft / $31
8 / Zoo Tycoon / Microsoft / $28
9 / The Sims: Vacation / Electronic Arts / $29
10 / EverQuest: The Planes of Power / Sony Online / $29
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