News From 05/10/02

Soul Calibur 2- New Promotional Footage Released
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Korean game news site, has released a new promotional footage of Namco's upcoming 3D fighter sequel, Soul Calibur 2.

For the 18MB promotional trailer, check the mirror hosted by the third party.
Special thanks to Namae no nai Heya and Challenger-AM (BBS) For the news.

Short Comment- The download section at Gameshot is Here, but it provides some difficulty. So best check the footage out from the mirror. - "Madman" Henry Moriarty

First Photos of "Matrix Reloaded" Released, Trilogy to be Released within Year (
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The first public photos of Warner Bros. blockbuster film sequel, "Matrix Reloaded" have been released by Details of Matrix Reloaded by TIME's article goes as follows-

"On a remote corner of a sound stage stand dozens of latex, life-size replicas of the dastardly Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), all in single file. Why so many Smiths? Since the original film, Smith has learned to replicate himself (he's a computer virus), which means Neo will have to fight several Smiths at once...

... in parts two and three, Neo must persuade the omnipotent machines to set his people free. The action-packed part two takes place primarily in the gleaming world of the Matrix, while the more serious-minded part three is set in the scorched real world. In the sequels, we will also visit the vast underground city of Zion, inhabited by the few hundred thousand humans who have managed to escape cyberimprisonment. Laurence Fishburne (as the sage Morpheus) and Carrie-Anne Moss (as Neo's love interest, Trinity) are also back. This time they're joined by Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, another rebel and a former lover of Morpheus', and Nona Gaye (daughter of Marvin). Gaye stepped in to replace R.-and-B. singer Aaliyah, who had been cast in the role of Zee, a resident of Zion, before she died in a plane crash last year. Gloria Foster, who played the wise old Oracle in the original, also died in September, at age 64, after she shot her scenes for part two. What about part three? Thanks to a quick rewrite on the script, the Oracle will be back, but in a different form."

M atrix Reloaded- currently being filmed simultaneously with the third series "Matrix Revolutions", is scheduled for theaters in Memorial day. Matrix Revolutions is scheduled for theaters within the year as well. For the photos, check

Short Comment- And check out the official site at while at it. - "Madman" Henry Moriarty

Sony PlayStation2 Reaches 30 Million in Sales (Reuters)
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(Reuters, Quoted)
"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The video game arm of Japanese media and electronics giant Sony Corp (news - web sites). said on Thursday that its PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) video game console has reached a global installed base of 30 million units.

The majority of those units -- 11.3 million in total -- are in North America, followed by 9.9 million units in Japan and the rest of Asia and 8.8 million units in Europe.

The company said that total base includes 4 million units sold since February. Industry executives expect the U.S. base alone to reach as many as 15 million units by year's-end.

The company also said it would announce "some new business developments" for hardware, software and online gaming at the game industry's Electronic Entertainment Expo, which starts on May 20 in Los Angeles.

Industry analysts widely expect that Sony may cut the U.S. price of the PS2 to $199 from $299 at the show, particularly if Microsoft makes a similar price cut.

Sony has also said it will release an adapter in August for PS2 to enable both dial-up and high-speed Internet access and online gaming through the console."

For the full article, check Reuters.

Namco Tales Of Fantasia and Mr.Driller footages Released (
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Game news site has released footages of Tales of Fantasia and Mr.Driller from Namco's announcement meeting. For the two QuickTime format videos, check the site's sections.

Special thanks to Dragon-Warrior and Quiter For the news.

Tekken 4 - Playstation2 Tournament Footage Released (Impress Gamewatch)
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Footage from the PS2 Tekken 4 Tournament has been released by Namco and Impress Gamewatch. The 14 minute streaming video features seven battles from the Semi-finals, but a broadband connection of 512Kbps or higher is required.

For the footage, check Impress TV, a subsite of the Impress Coropration.