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New website v6.0 goes Live!
Wednesday
29.08.2007
By: HoriZon

What was due for the end of June to celebrate our 9th Birthday missed the deadline unfortunately.

But here it is almost complete only a few small things to do! (nav menu new look and top right logo! been the most obvious!)

Its on a CMS (Content Management System) called e107 which has had this custom theme made and just about every default graphic has been changed to our own style, these were a few hundred icons to very large things like the banners you can see.

Features that the site include for site members and to some extent the public/guests are.


Site Members:

  • Use the comment system.
  • Use the public forum!
  • Download all files! (but not clan member only files!)
  • Have an inbox/outbox on the site for sending and receiving messages! (10meg limit each!)
  • Read exclusive articles/interviews.
  • Use the sites rating system.
  • View other site member profiles.
  • Search the whole site.


Guests:

  • View the site but can't do any of the above!
  • Read the public comments.
  • Limited search options.
  • Limited downloading!
  • Vote in public Polls.


Their is a lot more the site offers and even a lot more for site members but for that you will have to register for an account.

Which brings me to my last few points, the site works best in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox 2 it will work in other browsers like Opera (PC & Wii) and to a lesser extent IE6 but the latter is very buggy and is not recommend plus no one should be on that browser in this day and age!! (I may get around to fixing it) The site is also best viewed in a resolution of 1280 and above as well.

Also note there may be a few bugs to iron out over time we will fix these, please report any you find here.

All the old accounts are unfortunately gone as this system is new so you will have to re-sign up for an account as they have not been transferred. So don't delay register today!!

Thanks go to ROB and silentbob for all their help.


Welcome to the Phoenix Rising site version 6.0!



Crysis demo on 25th Sept
Tuesday
28.08.2007
By: HoriZon

Eurogamer is saying that a Crysis demo will be out next month!




Halo 3 will be dominating the headlines in late September, but PC gamers needn't sulk, because Crytek says that it will release a Crysis demo on 25th September.

The demo will consist of the entire first level of the single-player game. Called "Contact", it will give you a taste of the fancy graphics, fancy Nanosuit gameplay and fancy open-ended level design that make the game - for want of a better word - fancy.

What's more, Crytek says the demo is "poised to include a huge surprise from Crytek". Perhaps they're going to correct the typo in the name.



Meet the Soldier
Wednesday
22.08.2007
By: HoriZon

Valve have released a new Team Fortress 2 video featuring footage of the Soldier character class. You can view it here.




Previous movie: Team Fortress 2 - Heavy Movie.



A world in Crysis?
Monday
20.08.2007
By: HoriZon

Eurogamer has an exclusive preview of the upcoming PC game. Which does look very slick but unfortunately requires a DirectX 10 card and Windows Vista to get the most out of it!!




Despite the advances, though, Crysis isn't without its clichés. Characters include a shouting Afro American chief and a British thug type who responds to orders with, "Bollocks". The first mission sees you rescuing a woman wearing a vest smaller than something Lara wears when she wants to look slutty. And everyone says things like, "The whole mountain is encased in some kind of energy sphere" with noteworthy regularity.

The review may find Crysis failing to push boundaries too hard when it comes to plot, characterisation or basic gameplay mechanics, but that there are truthfully innovative features, namely the nano suit and the Power Struggle mode. Whatever the final verdict, there's no denying that Crysis's biggest differentiating element is the fact that it looks brilliant - even, as we found out in Frankfurt, if you don't have the very latest technology to play it on.

Cervat Yerli agrees. "I would even say some DX10 games out there won't look as good as ours running DirectX 9. Or as a competitor friend said, "Crysis will be the zenith of graphics for probably the next two or three years."



New 2142 wallpapers!
Sunday
19.08.2007
By: HoriZon

To go with the new launch of the site, ROB is working on some new BF2142 wallpapers for us this is the first of a few I gather!




You can find many, many more on our new and improved wallpaper page.



Halo 3 - 99.9% done, New screenshots too!
Saturday
18.08.2007
By: HoriZon

A new Bungie Weekly Update reveals that Halo 3 is nearly complete, not too surprising considering its September 25 release date. The last bit of testing is being done through the Halo 3 Epsilon program, which includes single and multiplayer content along with the Forge multiplayer map customizer.




Another good looking game coming to the X360, well as long as it doesn't suck like Halo 2!



New Site v6.0 (Beta 1)
Friday
17.08.2007
By: HoriZon

Almost time to go live! over the last few days I have added all our old league and ladder pages and given them a big overhaul from new graphics to some easy access links at the bottom of each page. Also added all our old Quake 2 and Quake 3 demos!

Others things which have been added over the past few weeks are the interviews, guides and event pages etc, which can all be commentated on as well as rated.

The links page has a new look as well with sites which we like.

Some of these are available to guests, but for most of them you will need an account!



BioShock comes to Steam
Thursday
16.08.2007
By: HoriZon

Well Steam is looking better and better first id signs up and now one of THE most anticipated games for the PC & X360 hits it!

I for one will be getting the X360 version, can't wait!! Never heard of the game? (you been under a rock!) visit here.




NEW YORK, NY, August 16, 2007 - Valve today announced that BioShock, the highly-anticipated and award-winning first-person shooter by 2K Games is available for pre-purchase now via Steam?. Starting today, gamers can pre-order BioShock on Steam for $49.95, and begin playing the moment the game is made available.

One of the most anticipated games of 2007, BioShock is the "genetically enhanced" first person shooter that lets players do things never before possible in the genre - turn everything into a weapon, biologically modify your body with plasmids, hack devices and systems, upgrade weapons and craft new ammo variants, and experiment with different battle techniques.

Gamers enter the game as a cast-away in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, players have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. No encounter ever plays out the same and no two gamers will play BioShock the same way.

"Over the next six months, gamers will be hit with a barrage of highly-anticipated titles," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "The lion's share of these great new releases will be PC games. And with the gameplay and graphic innovations featured in BioShock, it promises to be one of the most important games released in 2007."

BioShock is currently scheduled to be available via Steam and at retail on August 21 in the U.S. and August 24 in Europe. For more information or to pre-purchase BioShock, please visit www.steamgames.com today.



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