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January 8th, 2003
11:02 PM CST -
A new promotional trailer for Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus is now on Microsoft's Official Xbox website. The trailer reveals new details, including the west coast of the United States being taken over by China and named New China. Also, details about the game's two clashing forces, Pale Lotus (good) and Black Mantis (evil), are revealed. To view the trailer you must have at least Windows Media Player 7. Just click the launch media player link above or below the download button. Thanks Shacknews. Join the discussion here.

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January 10th, 2003
11:36 PM CST -
The artists of the GREAT video game themed online comic, Penny Arcade, got to play a newer version of Tao Feng over at Microsoft's offices and posted a mini-preview of it. They had a lot of good things to say about the game, even though the version they played was not complete. Here is a little bit of what they had to say:

Beyond the slick visuals the game actually plays really well too. John Tobias co-creator of Mortal Kombat no doubt has a lot to do with that. The game actually feels a lot like a Mortal Kombat game, although more brutal if that's possible. One of the really cool features of TF is that the characters take [damage] and it affects their performance. Break a guys arm or beat on it enough and eventually it's going to be all but useless. Fighters build up "Chi" which they can use to do special moves or heal broken limbs. As fights progress characters get bruised, cut and dirty. It's actually a really nice effect and one that sort of makes TF stand out from other fighters.

Click here for the preview (you'll have to scroll down a bit to read it).

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January 14th, 2003
9:58 AM CST -
Yesterday, Midway issued a press release indicating that Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has sold over One Million Units since it's release November 22nd, 2002. This is the total sales across all game systems, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and GameBoy Advance, up until the end of the year 2002. Here is a snippet from the press release:

"We are thrilled the gaming community fully embraced the latest edition of the Mortal Kombat franchise," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "Mortal Kombat titles have always been top sellers in the fighting game genre and the successful sales of Deadly Alliance reinforce that Midway is giving gamers exactly what they want."

The leading gaming sites have also recognized Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as a top choice. GameSpot declared the game "Best fighting game of 2002" for Xbox and Nintendo GameCube and IGN included it among its "Editor's Choice Awards" for Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2.

Read the rest of the press release at Yahoo! Finance News.
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