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Tuesday July 16, 2002

PC News
CFS3 Site Launched
Microsoft has launched the official website for Combat Flight Simulator 3. The website features the standard features page, screenshots, details of the planes, pilot characters and nose art. A movie trailer is also available and illustrates the game's backstory with nearly four minutes of pre-rendered cinematic footage. Download Movie

Community Working on SH2
Wolfpack League is currently working with Ubi and Ultimation to replace the flawed Rtime engine with Directplay in Silent Hunter 2. Efforts are also being made to adjust Silent Running, Reload times. Click here for more details.

MechWarrior 4: Clan 'Mech Pak" Goes Gold
Microsoft Game Studios announced that the MechWarrior 4: Clan Mech Pak has gone gold and will arrive in stores in early August. The Clan Mech Pak is comprised of new BattleMechs and technology compatible with MechWarrior 4: Vengeance and the MechWarrior 4: Black Knight expansion. The four new 'Mechs featured are:

  • Masakari - Easily identified by its squat torso, jutting head, and broad chest, this 'Mech has become notorious for its deadly accuracy
  • Kodiak - A large, fast-moving Assault 'Mech that carries impressive medium-range firepower
  • Arctic Wolf - Loaded with SRMs, this BattleMech can rapidly close with an enemy and shower it with more than 40 missiles
  • Cauldron-Born - Named for the unstoppable zombies of Irish myth, this 'Mech can take immense damage and remain operational
New Screens: Frontline Attack: War over Europa
Frontline Attack: War over Europe is a new real time strategy game from the EIDOS Interactive. Set during World War II from 1941 to 1944, player's can select whether it the command the Red Army or the Germans. Altogether the play offers 24 missions

The single player campaigns offer tactical operations with soldiers, armed vehicles and assistance by long-distance weapons. In the multiplayer and skirmish mode, however, one plays a classical real time strategy game with resources and structure of building. Three different degrees of difficulty (a riser, soldier, veteran) for an appropriate challenge with higher in each case AI and aggressiveness of the enemies ensure. The player can advance toward more experienced units - the more fights to project, the better they will be able to maintain their units with the next attack. Screenshots

New Screens: 1914: The Great War
1914 - The Great War, is a turn-based strategy game from German developers TriNodE Entertainment and published by Fishtank Interactive/JoWood. Beginning in 1914, the game will not be limited to this year and will include a total of 30 missions, where players can choose between playing either as the Allied forces or as the Germans. With more than 60 units from Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States, there will be plenty to choose from.

The units are upgradeable, and success for the player means those ever-important opportunities to earn medals and recognition for the hard fought work of their soldiers. The team at TriNodE has strived to make sure that a multiplayer mode is present with up to four players engaging in the war (with two players on each side). Screenshots

Military News
Elbit Major Supplier for Merkava Mk-4 Tank
Elbit Systems Ltd.announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Elop Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. ("El-Op"), is a major supplier for the recently unveiled Israel Defense Forces Merkava Mk-4 tank. Elop supplies the state-of-the-art fire control system, the stabilized gun and turret electrical drive system, and the battle management system on the Merkava Mk-4.

The Merkava's upgraded fire control and sighting system includes computerized ballistic calculations and compensation, a dual-axis stabilized gunner sight and a dual-axis stabilized commander panoramic sight, both with day, FLIR and TV channels. An improved auto tracking system enables tracking while on the move of moving ground targets and helicopters, and firing with a higher hit probability.

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