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Hitman Contracts - PC
3.5 stars Hitman Contracts - PC By Andy Lynn

Ten years ago Activision raised the standards for PC Gaming to console level in terms of presentation with the sublime classic Mechwarrior 2, paying particular attention to the music as well as the action. Instead of multiple formats, there were different... Read more

Breed - PC
3.5 stars Breed - PC By Andy Lynn

Well well, it's finally here. Technical problems scuppered a planned preview of Breed last year and we applied the patch to the review copy before proceeding, only to find that that stopped the review code from working too. Two installations later we... Read more

Painkiller - PC
4.0 stars Painkiller - PC By Andy Lynn

Want a movie-style pitching line to sum up Painkiller? We'd called it “Serious Damned”. In fact it's a return to the good old days of Doom I and II with another graphical makeover like Serious Sam's. The paper thin plot has you in purgatory and conscripted... Read more

Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC
3.5 stars Uru Ages Beyond Myst - PC By Andy Lynn

True 3D is the major selling point to the latest in the Myst Series; you can play from the third person view (default) or switch to first person, although sometimes the game will make its mind up for you, in the style of Tomb Raider. Yeesha, the 200 year... Read more

Royal Mail produces UK’s first printable digital stamp
Royal Mail produces UK’s first printable digital stamp By Andy Lynn

They were pioneered and introduced in America four years ago, but the digital stamp has now been released by Royal Mail for Britain. The principle is the same as the US version; stamps are paid for online, and then sent electronically. The user can then... Read more

Tough Competition takes its toll on Dixons Maiden Chain
Tough Competition takes its toll on Dixons Maiden Chain By Andy Lynn

The Computer World aka Tiny and Time as they were, are now on their third major rebrand as The Computer Store and with every relaunch there are store closures as shop rents and leases expire or are folded to save money. It's a sign of the company's strength... Read more

Reports of Win 98’s Death Greatly Exaggerated, XP SP2 in summer 2003
Reports of Win 98’s Death Greatly Exaggerated, XP SP2 in summer 2003 By Andy Lynn

First we were told the plug would be pulled on Windows 98's support on 15th January 2004 including the Second Edition previously excluded from the Christmas 2003 clearout. However business pressure from companies eager to pay Microsoft (MS) for more support,... Read more

UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC
4.5 stars UNREAL II XMP Multiplayer - PC By Andy Lynn

Thanks to the desire to make an Xbox version and internal competition with the Digital Extremes, and Epic Megagames, Legend Entertainment created an eXpanded MultiPlayer add-on for anyone with the original disc, and American and Canadian readers can buy... Read more

Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub
3.5 stars Adaptec XHUB2 2-Port USB Hub By Andy Lynn

Adaptec, major player in SCSI devices, has diversified into the USB and Firewire area with ease, bringing over its internal PCI boards with the various external connectivity methods that are now taken as common place. Thanks mainly to Apple, Firewire's... Read more

KaZaA Lite shut down- By KaZaA
KaZaA Lite shut down- By KaZaA By Andy Lynn

Sharman Networks, original developers of KaZaA, see quite a future in their ad-supported and spyware riddled peer-to-peer software and don't want a rival based on its code impeding their growth. Therefore, every link accessible from within K++ was rendered... Read more

Coca Cola to launch UK Music Download service
Coca Cola to launch UK Music Download service By Andy Lynn

Sensing the disquiet in the UK about closed American download stores, Coca-Cola are to launch a paid-for download service. Like the drink the service is expected to go global. Hooking up with OD2, who already supply Tiscali, Freeserve, HMV, Tower Records... Read more

Real Gun Pulled at LA Multiplayer Games Tournament
Real Gun Pulled at LA Multiplayer Games Tournament By Andy Lynn

"All over bar the shooting" would be an unfortunate way to view the events at a recent Counter-Strike Gaming Tournament organised by CXG. Let's let Joseph F Hill of CXG take up the story in his own press release; At 4:30am (CST) I was informed by CXG... Read more

Microsoft in Xmas software clearout
Microsoft in Xmas software clearout By Andy Lynn

While ordinary folk rush to catch the final rubbish and recycling collections before the holiday disruptions, Microsoft are doing much the same thing. The difference is, Microsoft's "junk" consists of old utilities and Operating Systems which are finally... Read more

Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC
4.0 stars Warcraft III - The Frozen Throne - PC By Andy Lynn

In the summer of 2002 you had to marvel at a game that sold almost a million at full console price, when it was a PC game- such was the loyalty commanded by Warcraft III Reign Of Chaos finally getting released. At the same time Neverwinter Nights was... Read more

Unreal Tournament 2003 v2225 - PC
4.5 stars Unreal Tournament 2003 v2225 - PC By Andy Lynn

This game was released in 2002 and was the sequel to the winner of the last great multiplayer FPS shootout. So why look at it now, with constant updates and improvements across the year this is still a top flight game that continues to be played but now... Read more

Unreal II - PC
3.5 stars Unreal II - PC By Andy Lynn

Let's cut to the chase: Unreal II is Max Payne set in space. Both feature groundbreaking graphics for the time of release, both will hit you with some exhilarating firefights, and both are criminally short- they can be completed in just over a week. I... Read more

Tron 2.0 - PC
3.5 stars Tron 2.0 - PC By Andy Lynn

Tron is a classic 1982 movie about video gaming with music that could only (politely) be described as of the times. The game spawned two arcade machines of its own and countless early licensed console variants, but now it’s back in a Lithtech-engine... Read more

Toca Race Driver - PC
4.0 stars Toca Race Driver - PC By Andy Lynn

TOCA. A classic PC driving game range from yesteryear, the last true PC entry being version two eight years ago. Aside from moving into Rally games this was the series where Codemasters' reputation for demanding physics and smashable cars was showcased.... Read more

Postal 2 - PC
0.0 stars Postal 2 - PC By Andy Lynn

Like GTA, when the graphics weren't realistic due to technology, the original Postal was written off as a joke and not even the Daily Mail was as annoyed as usual. It did however, sell well enough for Running With Scissors to program a sequel in full... Read more

Day of Defeat - PC
3.5 stars Day of Defeat - PC By Andy Lynn

Another success story from the mod development community, Day Of Defeat is a hardcore WWII multiplayer FPS. Crafted from the engine of the best selling Half-Life which never had bots at launch so most online deathmatching was human v human, the penultimate... Read more

Colin McRae Rally 3 - PC
3.5 stars Colin McRae Rally 3 - PC By Andy Lynn

To be honest we could just leave up the headline, show you the screenshots and leave you to it. The second game was cutting edge at the time, both graphically and physically. Released when Colin was showered in gold with the seemingly magic Ford Focus.... Read more

Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings - PC
4.0 stars Asheron’s Call 2: Fallen Kings - PC By Andy Lynn

This Microsoft-Published MMORPG's developed into community all its own, drawn in by the easy learning curve of the interface and the action. Go online and you'll find maps tips and the usual wealth of fan sites. Further episodes have kept gamers interested... Read more

Age of Mythology - PC
3.5 stars Age of Mythology - PC By Andy Lynn

The strap line reads, “a game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men”. “Taking on the role of one of nine ancient civilizations, players guide their people... Read more

Age Of Wonders Shadow Magic - PC
4.0 stars Age Of Wonders Shadow Magic - PC By Andy Lynn

Age Of Wonders Shadow Magic has the pattern of Rogue Spear and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. It's not quite a full-blown sequel but it's standalone and slightly more expansive than a mission pack. The edition reviewed ships with a strategy guide in the same... Read more

Pinnacle MovieBox Studio USB
1.5 stars Pinnacle MovieBox Studio USB By Andy Lynn

In thousands of homes across the country sit mountains of videotapes, some with programmes you just haven't got around to watching yet, others with lovingly recorded cult TV series in meticulous order. The most essential kind hold family memories and... Read more

Netopia Cayman 3341 ADSL Modem
3.5 stars Netopia Cayman 3341 ADSL Modem By Andy Lynn

Netopia is best known for its Timbuktu Pro software remote control range in the UK, but has been branding ADSL modems for some time. The 3341's the basic, single- user entry level product. USB Connection is properly and clearly detailed with diagrams... Read more

ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
4.0 stars ATI Radeon 9600 Pro By Andy Lynn

(Reference board tested with Catalyst 3.7 Drivers, 24-25 Frames per second is film/video speed) For the past two generations of Radeon card ATi has kicked Nvidia back into the underdog position, thanks to new technology which makes the best of DirectX... Read more

Dell Axim X3 Wireless PDA
4.0 stars Dell Axim X3 Wireless PDA By Andy Lynn

November 11 2003 Dell is the direct PC king whose latest PDA range has been eagerly awaited by PDA enthusiasts. Like the X5 range Dell has ramped up a single range of three models built around similar chassis and a mix and match of specifications. The... Read more

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - PC
4.5 stars Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory - PC By Andy Lynn

Return to Castle Wolfenstein was the classic from Xmas 2001, darker and gorier than EA's bloodless Medal Of Honour Allied Assault, though both were derived from Quake III's Engine code. RTCW's AI was also better. A separate developer was called in to... Read more

Techno Ejay 4 - PC
3.0 stars Techno Ejay 4 - PC By Andy Lynn

We didn't get off to a good start with Techno Ejay 4: It crashed twice, once when searching for an automatic update, the second time for fun. We persevered and found a reasonable amateur dance music creation package underneath. A percentage of the 850MB... Read more

Half Life 2 Source code leaked
Half Life 2 Source code leaked By Andy Lynn

UPDATED OCTOBER 15 2003: While PC Owners all over the world enjoyed Halo instead, Valve are now treating this theft with the same force that the RIAA treats downloaded music. They will be suing anyone hosting the code or anyone they track down with the... Read more

Halo for the PC: GearBox Co-operating nicely
Halo for the PC: GearBox Co-operating nicely By Andy Lynn

Speculation about Halo for the PC intensifies but today news emerged from Gearbox Software that the PC version will have officially supported co-operative multiplayer, a mode neglected in Western-developed first person shooters for some time. It may not... Read more

Unreal Two: Multiplayer Add-On Under Development
Unreal Two: Multiplayer Add-On Under Development By Andy Lynn

Nobody was all that happy with Unreal II back in February when it took the Max Payne approach and stayed resolutely short and single-player. Whether it was always in development and cut at the last minute or never intended for it, the game will receive... Read more

Yahoo! buys dotmusic and GamesDomain content
Yahoo! buys dotmusic and GamesDomain content By Andy Lynn

They were already teamed up together to shore up BT's broadband provision and allow the telecoms giant to let go of the heavily promoted BT Openworld service, creating BT Yahoo! Broadband. A dialup service will be launched soon. Now Yahoo has added two... Read more