These are the April Update news:
- Movie: the time has come... remember when I told you that a
Lord of the Rings movie was being prepared? Well... THE TRAILER
HAS HIT THE NET! And it rocks!!! For the looks of it, this will
be one damn great screenplay of Tolkien's superb book! Just check
out these snaps taken by me from the trailer! And, if you wish to
download it, head to
http://www.lordoftherings.net. It's a streaming video,
QuickTime is required for viewing. And it's damn well worth it!
However, we still have to wait a long time for the release of
the three movies. The first one, "The Fellowship of the Ring",
will be available in the Christmas of 2001. The second movie,
"The Two Towers", will be released in the Christmas of 2002.
One year later, in the Christmas of 2003, New Line Cinema will
close the trilogy with "The Return of The King". Anyway, it'll
be well worth the wait!
- Enix: the american department of this know RPG software house
has announced four new titles. "Torneko: The Last Hope" seems
to be their highest bet. Based on a character from Dragon
Quest IV, this game has lots of exploration involving
randomly generated dungeons (yuck!). But, best of all, it has
graphics by Akira Toriyama (the creator of Dragonball, Dragonball
Z and Dragonball GT). This won't be the first time that Toriyama
is involved in a RPG... most of you probably remember his
superb work with Chrono Trigger, considered by many as the
best RPG ever made. Torneko can be a great game... let's see
what Enix can do with it.
American users will also be able to play Valkyrie Profile,
a RPG packed with over 60 hours of gameplay in the japanese
version. With some luck, it should be available in October 2000.
Apart from the PlayStation news, there are also interesting things
for Gameboy users. Dragon Warrior I and II (the american versions
of Dragon Quest) will be released in one cartridge for Nintendo's
portable system. These will be versions similar to those seen on
the NES about 10 years ago, but with minor enhancements. Some
story-telling screens will be added and the graphics were a bit
improved. With some luck, this cartridge will kick Pikachu off
the market :). This game should be out in the Fall of 2000.
- Summoner: from the creators of Descent (a Doom-like game that
featured some superb rotations and great graphics for its time)
comes a RPG for both PS2 and PC. You'll have to search for the
Summoner's rings in a world created by Volition for this game.
It should be released until the end of the year.
- Host: this page is now hosted at
EmulationZone. We didn't had a reliable host since Emualliance
got shut down during March. Thanks for hosting me, Zone!
And good luck for Emualliance, too! You guys helped me
making my page an eensy bitsy popular :). See if you can
get that server back soon!
- 32X: most of you probably have already heard of Vegas.
This Genesis/32X emulator has already seen a second version
(numbered 0.92) that speeds up the emulation in some
games. You can now finally play all those damn great
32X RPGs like... like... eeeeeh... well... that one...
can't quite remember... :). Well, for a cool 32X emulation
coverage (including emulators, games, bios, etc), head to
Emu Realm, which will also be moving to a new server
sometime during the next week.
- Music: I think we can call this a musical update. Five more MIDIs
were added to the background playlist (and to the Music section as well),
making it a total of 35 available songs! Like if this wasn't enough,
I've even added RPG related Winamp skins to the Music section! Who's
your favourite webmaster? :)
- April 1st: eheheheheh... yesterday's "Microsoft buys Linux"
news was our little April 1st lie :). It was prepared together
with Ex-Alpha's Zone
in order to look more reliable :). His Linux weekly section also
had the same prices and release dates that were featured here.
As for the San Jose conference, it really happened some days ago,
but it was to announce the X-Box.
- Final Fantasy 9: it's confirmed, Square's new game will hit the
Japanese stores in June. Start saving your money for what could
be one of Playstation's greatest hits!
- Phantasy Star: Dreamcast's most wanted RPG of the moment will
hopefully be released this year. This game will be an on-line
RPG that will place up to four players fighting together. It will
be possible to talk to other players with pre-defined dialogues,
using the keyboard or through special icons. The real time battles
can be quite interesting, with players helping each other. There
will also be special puzzles that require the cooperation of other
players. But how will this work? First, I'm a little disappointed
about the four-player limit. I was expecting something greater.
I also think that the 33.6 Kb modem that is packed with the Dreamcast
may have some troubles dealing with the game (which may cause some
laggish gameplay). And, last but not least, how will this game
behave against Final Fantasy 10 and 11, Square's RPGs for the PS2?
- Microsoft: Bill Gate's company has acquired Linux! Linus Torvald,
the creator of this freeware operative system, has sold its rights
to Microsoft for 2.5 Million USD. The new Microsoft Linux Professional
should be out in 2002. Home users can expect a version in the Summer
of that year. As you've probably guessed, Linux won't keep being free.
During the press conference that took place yesterday in San Jose
(California), Microsoft's spokesman has announced a retail price of
800 USD for the Professional Edition. The Home Version should be
priced at 180 USD. How this will affect Indrema's Linux based
console is still unknown. Guess that the Penguin will be looking
over some Windows within 2 years...
- Reviews: Cyrus has written a Saga Frontier 2 review. Check it out!
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